Mandatory Fun: Game 5
It was a pretty hot day outside, for our fifth game. There was some speculation whether the game would actually happen, given the heat… but I remembered an even hotter day from last year – and if we played that time, I figured we’d play today.
Luckily for all of us, our game was later in the evening… so we hopped over to Union Park and had some dinner/drinks, prior to our game.
Folks milling about, gearing up for our first inning at bat.
Mike, about to step up to the plate for our first kick.
I want to say we did well in our game, but we got worked. We got worked pretty badly.
Our opponents were the tuxedo-clad team called Yuuuup. When we met last year, they beat us pretty soundly then as well.
We did a pretty ok job getting to the ball, but if the ball ended up touching the ground… we had a hard time getting it back, in-field. There were several good plays where we contained the action, but in a lot of cases… a solid kick from the other team resulted in 2-3 runs being scored, before we could get the ball back into play.
I didn’t play well at all, and didn’t catch anything the entire game. I had a bad play where I was supposed to be covering first but had moved too far out. On a soft bunt, Chris grabbed the ball and was racing the runner to 1st. Had I been there on the base, it would have been an easy out… but I was to far out, and the runner too far ahead for Chris to catch.
There wa one super crazy pop fly that came my way, which I ended up mis-judging and missing. It was one of those classic, movie-like moments where the guy just booted the crap out of the thing… and the ball flew what seemed like 3 stories straight up in the air.
For me to catch it, all I had to do was move about 3 feet in the proper direction. But when ended up happening was I went too far left, and the ball landed to my right about 2 feet. Would have preferred to at least made contact with the thing, but I just misjudged it.
Chantel had a solid catch for us, midway through the game. And I’m positive that our defense was primarily made up of Mike and Chris R, who caught a ton of deep kicks into the outfield. The other team had a good number of power kickers, and definitely sent the ball way out there.
On offense, we got a few folks on base and ultimately scored a small handful of runs. Happy to have gotten at least some numbers up on the board. Notably, Chris R got a nice homer in the early innings.
I forget when, exactly, the mercy rule kicked in… but kick in it did. Final score was something like 14-3. Which, compared to last year, seems like an improvement.
Overall, I think we’re right smack in the middle of things with our track record. Two wins, two losses, and one tie.