Welcome to the third episode of our NAD News catchup series. In this week’s episode, we see the NADs playing the second of the season’s umpired games. The opponent this time was Schwing And A Miss.
If you tuned in to the first episode of our catchup series, you’ll know that the NAD offense couldn’t quite get itself going the first time there was an umpire. We were hopeful for a better showing this time around.
We certainly started things off right, scoring two runs in the top of the first on a single by Jim S, a triple by Dan and a sacrifice fly. The NAD defense held Schwing scoreless to give us a quick 2-0 lead.
Doubles by Jon & Brian and a single by Rob plated two more runs for us in the second. Schwing managed to keep pace with two runs of their own it the bottom of the inning. With both teams unable to score in the third, the NADs took a 4-2 lead into the fourth.
We pushed two more across in the top of the fourth to put more pressure on Schwing. Unfortunately, Schwing was up to for the challenge, scoring four to tie the score at 6.
Jon (a single), Eddie (a double) & Brian (a double) kept things rolling for the NADs in the fifth, as we scored another two runs to recapture the lead. Schwing came back with one of their own to make the score 8-7.
We were unable to build on our lead in the top of the sixth and and Schwing took advantage by scoring one to tie the score at 8.
Now it’s crunch time. Top of the seventh, tie score. Your NADs were up to the task, though. Three singles and a triple later and we were taking a 3-run lead into the bottom of the seventh. That’s the good news.
The bad news? Schwing answered with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. They might have won the game, but Sue saved us with a great catch in short field.
A brief discussion ensued about whether to take the tie or play extras. It was decided that we would play one more inning and that would be it.
So now it’s really do-or-die time. But we had an ace up our sleeves in the form of Rex’s son, Matt. Matt started the inning by absolutely crushing the ball for a solo home run. That was the only run we’d score, but it now put pressure back on Schwing.
And they just couldn’t do it. After battling back the whole game, they were unable to come through one more time against the NAD defense.
And the NADs get their first win of the season!
Final Score: NADs 12 Schwing 11 (8 innings)
NAD Play of the Day: Matt’s game winning home run, of course.
NAD of the Day:You’d think it would be Matt. And he’d be a darn fine choice. But the award this week goes to newcomer Brian. He was 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run scored. He also played stellar defense in the outfield and at shortstop.
Thanks to Ray, Jim S, Dan, Mike Z, Jon, Eddie, Brian, Rob, Tom, Cap’n John, Sue, Anne and Matt.
3 down, 1 to go …
Your humble NADitor,