Before we get started, you’ve got to love that the day of our game was 07-08-09. It’s just too bad that the start time wasn’t 4:56.
Anyway, here we are. Back together again after a 3-week weather-related hiatus. When we last left the NADs, they were coming off an 18-4 loss to a D-zero team and had fallen to 1-4-1. Then Mother Nature decided to put us in time out.
The big question now is how would we play after some extended time off? Would we be rested & rejuvenated or would we be sluggish & rusty from too much rest? Only one way to find out …
After the top of the first, voters were leaning toward “sluggish & rusty”. The Stray Macs opened the game with a quick 4 runs to put us in a hole before we even came to the plate. Fortunately, we were able to answer with 4 runs of our own. The big blow being a 2-run triple by Dan to start things off.
You might think –what with both teams scoring 4 runs in the first inning– that this would end up being one of our classic 18-17 type games against the Macs.
You would be wrong.
The game was a classic, but not an offensive one. After the first innings, both defenses settled in and clamped down hard. Neither team scored in the 2nd or 4th innings, and in the 3rd the Macs got one to our two, giving us a slim 6-5 lead. One thing that helped keep things close was Tom’s diving catch of a sinking liner to short field in the 4th inning.
To the 5th we go. Things were looking good until the Macs got a runner on with 2 outs. The next Mac batter (a speedster, I might add) roped a shot to left-center that looked like trouble. Jon (our own speedster) quickly tracked it down and fired a bullet to the shortstop, who somehow managed to get the ball to Eddie at third in time to tag the sliding Mac trying to get a triple.
And thus was further damage prevented. Good thing, too, because we didn’t score in our half of the 5th.
In the top of the 6th, the NAD defense held firm and kept the Macs scoreless yet again. Then our offense woke up from its brief slumber, plating 2 runs to take an 8-6 lead. Once again Dan & Jon came through for us … Dan with his 2nd home run of the game and Jon with a triple.
So now it’s the top of the 7th, with the NADs clinging to 2-run lead and pizza looming just 3 tantalizing outs away. Could we hang on?
In a word: yes. As it had all game, the NAD defense came through with flying colors, putting one more goose egg on the board for the Macs.
Final Score: Nads 8 Macs 6
Nad Play of the Day: It’s a tough call between Tom’s diving catch & the CF-SS-3B relay. But I’ve got to give the edge to the relay (even though I was involved with it). It’s not something you see every day in D-minus ball.
NADs of the Day: One of them has to be Dan. He had a triple, 2 home runs and 5 RBI. So that’s a gimme. The other one is our two pitchers, Jim S & Gary. They did a great job of baffling the Mac hitters and keeping a lot of their heavy hitters in the infield.
Thanks to Jim S, Ray, Jon, Dan, Sue, Eddie, Cap’n John, Herb, Gary, Tom, and Mike Z!
Our next game is Monday, July 13 against Schwing & a Miss. This game WILL NOT be in Middletown! It will be on 8th Street in Hazlet. Directions have been provided by Jim S. I will post a Google map to the location. Also, this game WILL HAVE AN UMPIRE! Make sure you’re at the field by 6 so we don’t forfeit.
Your humble NADitor,