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Fall Game Recap #2

October 5th, 2010

This is a very delayed recap, but it finally made it here.  That evening the Good Wood squad took the field at 9 pm against the Claim Runners.  It was the Claim Runners first played game of the season since their two previous games were cancelled due to lack of players.

In this game the Good Wood offense could be summed up by two innings.  The first inning saw the Good Wood guys hitting and running with strong enthusiasm.  The Claim Runners starting catcher struggled with base runners stealing and Good Wood took advantage by stealing every opportunity they got.  The Claim Runners made the appropriate adjustments and held Good Wood in check until late in the game when the Good Wood bats woke up again to spread their lead out of reach.  The hot hitters that evening were Sherman, Joe, and Jason who made several clutch hits and ran the bases with precision.

Defensively Good Wood showed the solid play that they are becoming known for.  Dick once again stood out as the top defender, but he was helped out by Jason, TC, and Joe making great catches in the outfield.  Joe and Dick both made diving catches that saved runs and frustrated the Claim Runners squad.

Good Wood had a solid performance overall and won 13-4.  The player of the game would have to go to Dick who stole some runs from the Claim Runners with his great play in the field.

Rackballers Game #3 Recap

June 15th, 2010

Here is where you would’ve seen a picture of Jack (www.rackballer.com) and myself standing face to face with our fists up.  Unfortunately we didn’t do that.  This game was OU vs. UT, Michigan vs. OSU, Rampage vs. Evans, Lakers vs. Celtics, and Yankees vs. Red Sox all rolled into one.  Well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it was for bragging rights.  The Rackballers vs. the Ex-Rackballers a.k.a. the Snakefarmers.

The Rackballers came out of the gate pumped up.  Their blood was pumping and the energy was high.  Being the “home” team the Rackballers started out in the field first and managed to give up four runs on two errors from Harrison and Anthony.  Both missed catchable fly balls in the outfield.  After that inning the Rackballers settled down and gave up only six more runs the rest of the way.  Three of those runs came in the last inning.  This was by far the Rackballers worst defensive performance.  There was two errors from Harrison, one from Anthony, one from Jason, one from Dan, one from myself, and one ridiculous base running error from Tim.  More on Tim’s game later in the recap.  The Rackballers locked down near the end of the game and started to perform at the level that their use to.

Offensively the Rackballers finally worked as a team and put together and impressive two out rally that widened their lead and eventually proved to be the difference.  The bottom of the lineup’s bats woke up and started to get into the act.  Andrew, David, Anthony, and Jason all found themselves on the bases and rounding home.  Dan had another great game and ended up being a very powerful one two punch with Gene at the top of the lineup.  Did I mention that Dan hit an inside the park home run?  Well now I have.  The offense with their timely hits and smart base running carried the Rackballers to victory this week.

The game did have its fair share of “controversy”.  The Snakefarmers had three players called out for various infractions.  Todd was called out for stepping in front of home plate while taking his swing.  This is a little known rule, but one that’s in place so batters won’t move up closer to the pitcher.  Brandon ended up being called out twice which resulted in an automatic ejection for throwing his bat after hitting the ball.  This rule is in place to protect the catcher and the umpire from being hit by a flying bat.  The funny part about that is that Brandon was playing catcher for the Snakefarmers so you’d figure he would be a little more respectful of the opposing catcher.  Then the Rackballers had one player called out on an infraction.  Apparently Tim needed to be reminded that he’s not allowed to run until the pitch has crossed the plate.  The unfortunate part about that out was that it ended a rally and it caused the best hit from a Rackballer (Gene) to be null and void.  Tim in general had a rough night since he forgot to bring his jersey and had two nice bloop singles taken away from him due to the fact that the Snakefarmers were playing an outfielder in short center field.

The player of the game is actually the whole Rackballers team.  Each player showed up and contributed in some way.  This was Gene’s last game with the Rackballers and in honor we’ll retire his jersey number for the rest of the season.  The Rackballers next game is Monday June 21st at 7 PM on field 3 against the 3-0 Ballbusters.

Rackballers Summer Game #2 Recap

June 8th, 2010

In what seemed like a month long break the Rackballers were back on the City of Plano Softball field last night facing off against the 1-0 Sigs team.  The game time temperature was somewhere in the 90s with the Sun blazing down on the field.  The full 11 man Rackballer roster came out to play a game and hopefully go home with a win.  The Rackballers won their first game 15-0 against El Tri, and earlier that same night the Sigs beat the Snakefarmers 13-6.

Defensively the Rackballers played solid.  There were a couple of mistakes throughout the game, but no errors.  The left side of the outfield saw a lot of action, but Harrison and Gene were up to the challenge.  Any ball that was catchable was caught, and anything that wasn’t was at least kept in play.  Harrison made a double play by catching  a fly ball and throwing out an itchy runner at second.  On top of that Harrison also managed to make a pin point throw to home that would’ve seen the runner thrown out had the thrown not been dropped.  Honestly that’s a hard play to make when you have fifty billion things going on in your head.  The infield played solid all night in spite of a couple of crazy bounces that saw David get hit in his shoulder and Sherman’s head nearly getting taken off.  The Sigs ended the game with 11 runs total.

On the flip side of things the Rackballers struggled offensively.  The 1-4 hitters went 3-12 for the game.  That right there should tell you how things went, but really the top 4 hitters just had a hard time finding the gaps.  The later part of the game saw the Rackballers bats heated up and started to put some runs on the board.  The ball was flying off the Rackballers bats right into the gloves of the Sigs.  Give the Sigs credit they played solid defensively the whole game.

This week’s player of the game honor goes to Dan who played a solid game a short and went 2-3 with a triple and an RBI.  The Rackballers next game is Monday night at 8 on field 3 against the 1-1 Snakefarmers.

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