Thursday, October 16, 2008
Conditions contribute to tough defensive outing for Ollies
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!”