NAD News 07/13/09

Alrighty … it’s been a week since our game against Schwing & a Miss and you’re probably wondering (if you haven’t found the Schedules & Results page) how we did. And if you did check out the final score, I’m sure you’d like to know how we could have possibly ended up with the results we did.

That’s what I’m here for.

So last week we had the second of our two umpired games for the year. Given what happened at our last umpired game, it would be reasonable to think that I’ll keep this brief.

Sorry … no such luck. On the plus side, I’m not clogging up your mailbox with all this excess verbiage. And remember, you chose to come here.

The NAD bats started the game by proving that “small ball” works well. A walk, 3 straight singles, a double by Mike Z and another single by Cap’n John led to a quick 5 runs. The NAD defense held tough, holding Schwing to 3 runs for an early 5-3 lead.

The second inning was almost a mirror image of the first. 3 singles and 2 doubles plated 4 more runs for the NADs, while the defense repeated their performance from the first, allowing only 3 runs. And the NADs now lead 9-6 after two.

Both defenses were strong in the third, allowing no runs. The NAD defense was particularly impressive, ending the inning with one of our patented NAD double plays. This one started as a bouncer to the pitcher, who tossed to Eddie at shortstop (who was covering second base), who then thew to Mike Z at first.

Offense was back on display in the fourth inning. Jon started things off with a solo home run. A few more singles and another walk later and the NADs had pushed across a total of 4 runs. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to extend our lead, as Schwing plated 5 to cut our lead to 13-11.

The fifth inning featured another explosion from the NAD bats. 6 straight hits, including a home run by Dan tacked on 5 more runs. Even better? The NAD defense held strong –aided by a great catch by Sue in short field– allowing only 1 run.

So, with two innings to go, the NADs held a seemingly commanding 18-12 lead. Given that we were playing with an umpire, it would be reasonable to wonder if that lead would hold.

Wonder no more. It held. Neither team could muster any more scoring the rest of the game. In the seventh Sue once again came through with a great catch in short field to keep Schwing in check.

Final Score: NADs 18 Schwing 12

NAD Plays of the Day: The double play is one. We don’t turn that many, so it has to go here. The other award goes to Sue’s two great catches in short field. Sometimes teams try a “pick on the girl” strategy. Sue made them pay for that … twice.

NAD of the Day: The usual rules apply here. We beat a D-0 team with an umpire. The whole blasted team gets kudos this time.

Thanks to Ray, Jon, Dan, Eddie, Mike Z, Tom, Cap’n John, Sue & Sylvia for giving us our second D-0 win of the year.

Our next game is Wednesday, 7/22 at Middletown against Stray Macs. There will be no umpire.

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