Here it is, boys & girls. The final catch-up write-up. This one takes us back to our most recent game against D-minus stalwarts The Stray Macs.
Hopes were high going into the game. The previous week we seemed to come out of our offensive funk, which was good. When we’re hitting the ball we can play with anybody. Which is good, because the Macs have a few thumpers of their own.
Everything looked promising enough as Ray, Jon, Ken & Dan combined to stake us to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first. The bottom of the inning was a different story. Apparently someone was poking pins into a “NAD defense” voodoo doll. It seemed like everything the Macs hit ended up bouncing off our gloves. They had some of the best (and we, consequently, had some of the worst) luck I’ve ever seen. And it resulted in the Macs having a 5-2 lead after one.
Matt, doing his best to recreate his heroics of the week before, pounded a solo home run to allow the NADs to cut the lead by one. But the Macs had other ideas and scored 3 more to go up 8-3.
Not knowing the meaning of the word quit (among other words), the NADs scored another 3 to crawl back to 8-6. We had a chance at more, but -with runners on second & third- your NADitor grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning. And the Macs took advantage by scoring 5 in their half to take a 13-6 lead after three.
Even down 7 after three innings, we still wouldn’t give up. After two quick outs, we got four straight singles and a double by Mary to make it 13-9. And then the NAD defense got into the act. Finding its legs after a rough three innings, we clamped down and kept the Mac bats under wraps, holding them scoreless to keep it at 13-9. The key play was a line-out/throw-out double play.
The fifth inning saw more good defense from both teams. The NADs put up a goose-egg and the Macs could only muster one, making the score 14-9 after five innings of play.
The sixth inning saw us get two runs back, but the Macs get one of their own.
So we go to the seventh with the Macs holding a 15-11 lead. And that’s how it ended. We threatened, managing to get runners into scoring position. But we couldn’t knock them home.
Final Score: Macs 15 NADs 11
NAD Play of the Day:Normally it would be the double play. But I have a rule … if I’m involved in the play I don’t make it the play of the day. Unless ordered by Cap’n John. So the play of the day goes to Sue’s juggling catch in short field in the third inning.
NAD of the Day: Matt. He got the shaft last week, but not this time. 3-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBI.
|Nads @ Stray Macs|
Thanks to Rex, Ray, Jon, Kenichi, Dan, Jim M, Kevin, Matt, Jim I, Mary, Tom, Pete, Rob, John, Ram, and Sue.
And we’re all caught up.
Your humble NADitor,