Let’s start this recap off with the worst news of the game. Yours truly struck out last night. It wasn’t just a strike out, but it was a strike out where I swung at a pitch that didn’t reach home plate. It was a situation where the bases were loaded with one out and I was swinging for a hit. The problem was I should’ve been swinging at a good pitch and not a crappy pitch. You happy now Anthony? Huh?
The sun had gone down, the lights were on, and the wind was blowing 100 MPH. The wind wasn’t moving that fast, but it sure did feel like it was. The Rackballers took the field at 9 PM last night against the Rally Monkeys. Is was the battle of the one win teams. The Rackballers were missing 5 guys last night due to illness, work, or personal reasons. The wind made it very difficult to throw strikes which Anthony figured out while pitching the first inning. In the end Anthony lasted one inning and gave up 5 runs on a handful of walks. Anthony was then replace by me and I preceded to not give up a walk for the rest of the game. Granted I also gave up 7 runs in the second inning on a crap load of hits. The Rackballers defense was surprisingly solid in the gusting winds of the Plano night. There were a few mistakes out in the field but nothing too major. Tim, Jack, and Jonathan did a great job of either catching the ball or keeping the ball in front of them out in the outfield. Without their play in the outfield the Rackballers would’ve given up more than 16 runs for the game.
Offensively the Rackballers had an up and down kind of game. They started and ended the game with 3 up 3 out innings. In between those two innings the Rackballers seemed to find a good offensive groove where they put 8 runs on the board. The wind allowed for several walks but also turned normal bloop singles into shallow pop ups. Some of the guys who have struggled this year found their swing for the first time. There was only one steal which was made by Jack who jogged to second base on a passed ball. Just like every other game there were no homers and at least one strike out (DAMN IT!).
All things considering the Rackballers put up a good fight but couldn’t overcome the 12 runs that they gave up in the first two innings. Last night’s player of the game goes to Anthony who tried to pitch, was solid at catcher, and broke out of his season long batting slump by going 2-3. The Rackballers go up against the Sons of Pitches tonight at 8 on field 8.