On a beautiful night at Mosswood Park Thursday night in Oakland, teams are battling down to the wire for playoff positioning. Would Highland Hitman remain undefeated for another week and would AfterDarc finally get their first win that they have been craving? Let’s get to the recaps from this exciting week of games and see if there would be a standings shake up.
Hitmen Roll past Captain Morgan’s Revenge, stay Undefeated
An early offensive outburst from the Hitmen proved too much for Captain Morgan’s in this battle between two teams jockeying for position at the top of the standings. The first inning provided a ton of excitement with both teams getting on the board. The leadoff man for the pirates turned a would be single into a round tripper. That 1-0 lead for Captain Morgan would be their only lead in the game as the Hitmen quickly struck back for 5 in the bottom of the inning on well placed bunts and timely kicks. The first four runners reached and the mercy rule 5 spot put up by the Hitmen was capped off by a 1 out, 2 run double. Captain Morgan’s crawled back into the game with 2 runs in the top of the second on a bases loaded, 1 out double to pull within two, but those 3 runs would be all the pirates could muster against the stingy defense of the Hitmen. The next few innings saw little offensive excitement but in the bottom of the fifth the Hitmen scored 2 more to pad their lead and bury Captain Morgan’s for good, winning the game 7-3 to remain undefeated. Next week, Highland Hitmen hope to stay undefeated when they play against Whistle Kicks, while Captain Morgan’s Revenge looks to bounce back against the East Bay Ballers.
Throwback Thursdaze Busts out the Offense, beats AfterDarc
Two teams in opposite directions do battle in a high scoring game. Throwback Thursdaze has come off 2 wins in a row while After Darc still has yet to get a win, but has been playing more competitive of late. Knowing that, Throwback didn’t let up scoring 7 runs in the first 3 innings playing small ball and getting several multi base hits. AfterDarc would make things interesting in the 5th scoring 2 runs with 1 out and the bases loaded. Throwback clamped down on defense to hold them to 2 runs. In the bottom of the 5th, Thursdaze looked to lock up the win with a solo shot and then another insurance run. Final Score Throwback Thursdaze: 9, AfterDarc: 3. In Week 8, Throwback Thursdaze looks for a win against Purple Rain, while AfterDarc looks to get their first win of the campaign against Almost Classy.
Whistle Kicks defeat Almost Classy
A blue moon may have been overhead, but the true stars were on the field in the Whistle Kicks and Almost Classy matchup. Both teams looked to overcome last week’s losses. The scoring started quickly with a line drive down the third-base line plating the first run in the top of the first. After that, both teams tightened up their defense. In the bottom of the third inning, Kicks were able to get on the scoreboard and take the lead with some aggressive base running. Down 2-1, Classy had a runner on first and the kicker launched a ball to deep left field for a home run and the lead. However, Classy’s 3-2 lead wouldn’t last long. With the sun down and the lights blocked by the trees, Almost Classy’s pitcher had trouble finding the plate. An unfortunate bases loaded walk tied the game. Whistle Kicks continued to pour it on, scoring 3 more in the inning to take a 6-3 lead. Classy was unable to mount a comeback, falling 6-3. In Week 8, Whistle Kicks looks to keep up the winning momentum when they face Highland Hitman, while Almost Classy looks for a win against AfterDarc.
Ballers Walk Off on Death Row in a Classic
In a clash of arguably two of the top teams in the league, we had one of the best battles this season. In the first inning, both teams played small ball to get a run apiece. In the top of the second, Death Row broke out the big guns with a 2 run homer to deep right, then adding another insurance run to make it 4-1. Bottom of the 4th had the Ballers comeback written all over it. With 1 out and bases loaded, Ballers smacked a deep double into right field scoring 3 runs to tie the game. Another base hit gave Ballers the lead 5-4 heading into the 5th, but the inmates were not going to die easily. Timely bunting got the tying run in scoring position which a line drive to left field score them in. With the game tied at 5 going into the 6th, everyone could feel a walk off in the air. Due to some errant fielding, the Ballers scored quickly to win the game and walk it off. East Bay Ballers: 6, Welcome to Death Row: 5 In Week 8, East Bay Ballers face off against Captain Morgan’s Revenge, while Welcome to Death Row looks to bounce back with a win against The Rolling Clones.
Rolling Clones and Purple Rain play to Draw
Purple Rain struck first with back to back bunts, followed by a well placed single into center field to score the first run. Rolling Clones had a big 3 run home run to right field that was almost caught by the outfielder in the bottom if the 2nd. Purple Rain struck back immediately in the 3rd with a bunt and back to back doubles to even the score at 3-3. Defense then took over the rest of the game. Both teams threatened to score multiple times but we’re unable to get anything across the plate. The game went so quick that a 7th inning was played. Rolling Clones had a Web gem double play to tag the runner out at 2nd after a valiant running attempt. The game ended in a tie and both teams went to McNally’s to eat blueberry pancakes and drink libations. In Week 8, The Rolling Clones look to defeat Welcome to Death Row, while Purple Rain looks for a win against Throwback Thursdaze.
As usual, McNally’s was jumping this week with kickballers. There was no honey whiskey this week, but the team shot was still very good. Kickballers co-mingled in the back with lots and lots of flip cup and King of the Hill was not existent this week. Maybe next week? Stay tuned and see if we crown a champion…