NAD News 4/30/09

Hello, fellow NADs, and welcome to the 30th season of NAD Softball. Hard to believe that our fine organization has been around for that long, but I assure you it’s true. And what better way to start off our 30th season than with a game against our traditional D-minus foes, The Stray Macs.

With the Rain God busy elsewhere, we got ourselves underway. And the NADs came out smoking! The celebrated NAD defense held the Macs to 2 runs and the NAD offense started off with 9 straight hits, scoring 8 runs in the process. More importantly, with our young thumpers still in school, we did it with nothing but singles and 1 double. Small ball works!

Apparently, small ball is also tiring. How do I know?

  • Exhibit A: The NAD defense gave up 12 runs over the next 3 innings.
  • Exhibit B: The NAD offense scored exactly 0 runs during those same 3 innings.

We can’t blame that 12-0 run completely on being tired, though. In the 2nd or 3rd inning we lost one of the sparks that makes our team go. Jim Schiavone left with a dislocated finger and it took us a while to find our way without him.

So, with the score Macs 14, NADs 8, we jump right to the 5th inning. And the NAD defense is still a little tired, letting 7 more Mac runs score. The NAD offense, though, is a little rejuvenated. We bat around again and plate 5 more runs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to keep the Macs from extending their lead to 21-13.

The 6th (and final) inning was much like the previous one. We were able to hold the Macs to 5 runs and the offense came out firing again, plating 6 more runs to make it 26-19.

Sadly, the Sun God was displeased and didn’t stick around long enough for the NADs to finish their comeback. Thus we must record our first loss of the season.

At least it’s out of the way and we don’t have all the pressure that comes with maintaining a winning streak.

NAD Play of the Day: I don’t remember what inning it was, but our right fielder, Tom, threw out 2 Mac runners at 2nd base.

NAD of the Day: Newcomer Eddie gets honors this week. Eddie went 4 for 6 with 2 doubles, at least 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. He also played a darn fine shortstop. Not bad for someone who had Mary busting his chops about the Hot Dog Rule.

Huge thanks to everyone who came out and made the start of our 30th year successful: Jim M, Jim S, Eddie, Mary, Cap’n John, Gary, Tom & Cindy.

Our next game is Wednesday, May 6 in Middletown against the Stray Macs. Remember … if it’s the Stray Macs, there’s no umpire.

Your humble NADitor,

Mike

Update: Jim Schiavone expects to be in a splint for 2 weeks and then will need therapy. He’s one of our regulars, which means we’ll be short a player while he’s recuperating. Which also means we need people to step up & come to games.

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