Having lost their first game of the season the week before, the NADs were back at it again. This time taking on D-Minus newcomers The Screaming Chicks. The Chicks are not unfamiliar to the NADs … we’ve been playing them for years. The Chicks just finally got smart and came over to the dark side.
As the visiting team, we had first ups. And we made the most of them. After 2 quick outs we strung together 8 straight hits (including a 2-run homer by Dan) to jump out to a quick 5-0 lead. Unfortunately, we had to let the chicks bat as well. And their batters quickly found our weakness … the sun in right field. The proved quite adept at hitting the ball right into the sun and scored 4 to close within 1.
The next inning saw the NAD bats go ice cold while the Chicks’ stayed warm. We couldn’t do anything, but the Chicks plated 6 more to take a 10-6 lead.
Things took a break in the third inning, as both teams put up goose eggs. The Chicks tried their “hit it into the sun” trick, but our right fielder managed to pick up the ball on the run and stop that strategy.
The fourth inning saw some life return to the offense. Consecutive triples by Dan & Ray started the inning off and led to 3 NAD runs. The NAD defense did its part, holding the Chicks to 2 and cutting their lead to 12-8.
More NAD firepower in the fifth produced 4 more runs to tie the score at 12. The big hits were 4 doubles, including one by our super catcher, Sue. The Chicks weren’t content with a tie and busted out for 6 runs of their own to go up 16-12.
The final two innings saw the NADs manage only one more run while giving up an additional 4 to the Chicks.
Final Score: Chicks 22 Nads 13
NAD of the Day: Ray was 5-5 and came up only a homer short of hitting for the cycle. He also scored 3 and knocked in 2.
NAD Play of the Day: Not too much defensive wizardry this week, so we’ll give this one to the offense. Dan’s booming home run in the first got us off to a good start. If only we were all able to follow his lead.
Thanks to Jon, Jim S, Eddie, Dan, Ray, Rob, Sue & Tom.
Your Humble NADitor,