Thursday, October 23, 2008
The Ollies' offensive woes continued in the frozen tundra of East Cambridge on Wednesday, as Raining Sideways dropped a 5-2 loss to Sports 4 Kids.
"They're bigger! They're stronger! They're faster! They've got more facial hair!" sobbed Brennan
Despite only scoring a brace of runs, however, the Raining Sideways defense held strong in the last four innings, sources suggesting that the 5 runs allowed in the first were more down to the under-inflated ball (Captain Big insisted on adding air to the ball after the 1st inning was completed).
"I've gotta say I'm not too bothered by the scoreline," said Captain Big, eyebrows raised. "We goose-egged them for four innings, and that's a strong team over there. If we'd gotten our boots going, this game would've been much tighter. I look forward to seeing them in the playoffs!"
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Raining Sideways’ normally solid infield struggled with wet grass, a slippery ball and an injury early in the game on Wednesday. The result was a tie that, ultimately, the Ollies’ offense had to fight for down to the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Ollies had a strong start, blanking Where My Pitches at in the first inning while plating three runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame with a season first RBI by Asian and two runners kicked in by Kevin. Kevin continues to lead the Ollies offensively this season. He went 2 for 2 on the night with 2 RBIs and one run. He’s currently kicking for an .889 average.
The wheels appeared to fall off the bus in the top of the second inning. Third Baseman BK was subbed out in the inning with an apparent back injury. Doctors report it could be a slipped disk and amputation maybe on the list of possible treatments. We’ll hope for an update early next week, though sources were unsure if BK will be ready for Wednesday’s game against Sports 4 Kids.
The slippery ball first hurt the Ollies on a seemingly routine play on the infield when Big fielded a bunt near the first base line. His throw to first baseman Heat was wide of the target, allowing the runner to reach easily.
“I don’t know man,” Big sobs. “The ball just seemed to take a left turn out of my hands. There was nothing Heat could do. My fault entirely.”
The wet woes continued for the Ollies, however, as the ball seemed to squirt around the field as if filled with Flubber ™. When the mist settled, the Pitches had managed to plate for runs, taking a one run lead.
The Ollies battled back in the bottom half of the frame, however, as Tania kicked in her first and second RBIs of the season, scoring Pete and Heat (rhyming RBIs FTW!).
A run in the third and three more in the fourth for the Pitches, to which Raining Sideways could only must a single runner in the fourth, gave the red team a two run lead going into the fifth.
After the defense managed to blank the Pitches in the top of the fifth, the Ollies’ offense were on the march. The rally caps came out and seemed to have an immediate affect aas the first three kickers reached. Kevin and Kern both scored on Pete’s double, tying the game. However, sure hands by the Pitches infield stopped the bleeding, despite valiant attempts by Tania, Ashley and Heat to reach and push across that winning run.
The teams were left with a tie, however, to the Ollies, it felt worth more than the one point.
“The Ollies’ undefeated streak is reborn, my friends,” glowed Pete. “Hope the rest of the league’s ready, ‘cuz HERE COME THE RAIN!”
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday saw Raining Sideways’ white-hot streak smothered as Natixis managed to squeak out a victory that left the Ollies surprised, but eager for their next meeting.
Despite the long-delayed start, the game was quick out of the gate as both teams managed to plate runs in the first inning.
Both teams immediately recognized the other as probably the first true competition either had yet faced this season and were cagey as the game progressed.
Captain Big, who felt the oncoming symptoms of a compound migraine before the first inning, played through a numbed left hand and compromised peripheral vision, pitching well through the first three innings. He held the Texas Orange team to only one run through those innings, but not without the help of a strong defense behind him.
A strong play between Third Baseman Thumper to First Baseman BK was classic Ollies kickball. Wayne’s seamed throw to beat a quick runner at first silenced the home team’s bench for a rare moment while drawing the excited (and somewhat manic) cheers from the Raining Sideways dugout.
The Ollies finally reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning when Yuval kicked in his second RBI of the season in the form of a sprinting Erin.
Big, however, could not hold the lead and let in three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, giving the Natixites a seemingly insurmountable two-run lead.
The meat of the Ollies order was due up however. Big, kicking through the migraine’s fog, munted for the second time this season. Asian then advanced him to third with a well-placed bunt of her own. BK brought Big home with a single and, with only one out and runners on and the deficit cut in half, the Ollies’ bench achieved in greater volume in support of their offense.
Ashley stepped to the plate and advanced to BK to second but was unable to beat out the throw at first, leaving two outs for Wayne.
However, with a stoney glint in his eye, Thumper lived up to his name and brought BK home while sliding headfirst into first to break up the play.
The game tied, Raining Sideways were euphoric as they took the field. A great bunt put a runner on first for Natixis. The next kick seemed playable to second, however, Big’s throw to second was just out of Asian’s reach, who was then knocked to the ground by the oncoming runner, who then advanced to their on the mis-throw.
From then it was a foregone conclusion, sadly, as Natixis were able to bring home the winning run to end the game.
Despite suffering their first loss of the season, the Ollies took the defeat with class.
“It was a tough one,” admitted Captain Big. “But you know what? I still like our chances. We weren’t at full strength tonight, missing a number of players. I can’t wait to play these guys again. They beat us fair this time, but I think we can take these guys if given a second chance. I have full confidence in my squad.”