With muddled standings during the Fall 2016 – Oakland league, teams are trying to get the best seed and best match-up possible for the playoffs. With only two weeks to go after Thursday’s games, teams are buckling down and getting every crucial point they can. The ball was once again flying at Mosswood Park in Oakland and Wrecking Balls was still the only undefeated team left standing. Would it last another week or would the standings get closer?
Dad Bods shuts out Don’t Mosswood Us, 3-0
A good battle in the dirt between a pair of new teams in Dad Bods and Don’t Mosswood Us led off the early slate Thursday with defense being the key. Both teams threw up zeroes until the fifth inning and got out of crucial jams early. In the second Don’t Mosswood Us loaded the bases with none out, but Dad Bods defense buckled down and held Mosswood to a goose egg. Dad Bods then put a pair in scoring position in their bottom half of the second, but were unable to score. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Dad Bods broke the scoring seal with a pair of doubles, which drove in three runs. Don’t Mosswood Us had one last chance in the top of the sixth, but were unable to capitalize and Dad Bods got their first victory of the season, 3-0. In Week 8, Dad Bods looks to get a win against Toot It and Boot It, while Don’t Mosswood Us looks to take down Wrecking Balls.
Toot It and Boot It defeats undefeated Wrecking Balls, 7-5
Toot It and Boot It and Wrecking Balls clashed in a close, well-played game where the momentum and the scoring swung back and forth throughout the entire match-up. TIABI started fast, using their brand of small ball to grab an 3-0 lead in the top of the first. WB responded immediately, crushing a long home run in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 3. The teams continued to mirror each other, as Toot would take the lead then the Balls would come back to tie at both 4-4 and 5-5. The pattern held until the last inning. Toot kept with the small ball attack, using aggressive baserunning and a sacrifice to grab a 2 run lead. They then tightened their defense and pitching, locking down WB in the bottom of the 6th to earn the 7-5 win. In Week 8, Toot It and Boot It looks to defeat Dad Bods, while Wrecking Balls looks to bounce back with a win against Don’t Mosswood Us.
Green Grenades defeats Almo$t Cla$$y, 3-1
A great matchup in the right field corner between a pair of veteran teams. Almo$t Cla$$y got the scoring started with a single and a double to take a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the first, Grenades got three singles and a walk, but were unable to cash in because Almo$t Cla$$y turned a double play. Grenades however got on the board in the second using lots of small ball to tie the game at 1. Meanwhile, Grenades defense managed to shut down Almo$t Cla$$y getting three up, three down innings from the second through the fourth. In the third, Grenades used the same small ball formula they did in the second plating 2 runs to take a 3-1 lead. Almo$t Cla$$y defense stepped up the rest of the way allowing no more runs. Almo$t Cla$$y had chances to score in the fifth and the sixth with a pair of singles in each inning, but nothing more as Green Grenades took home the 3-1 victory. In Week 8, Green Grenades looks to defeat Rosé Riveters, while Almo$t Cla$$y looks to bounce back with a win against 2 Legit 2 Kick.
2 Legit 2 Kick drops Pitches Be Trippin’, 4-2
If you are a fan of offense and got to the game after the second inning, you were disappointed in the results on this matchup in the dirt between 2 Legit 2 Kick and Pitches be Trippin’. Pitches jumped out of the gate early opening the scoring on back to back two out doubles in the top of the first. 2 Legit then responded with a pair of runs to take the lead at 2-1 highlighted by a sacrifice fly. The score could have been more, but a great relay to the plate, nailed the runner trying to score from second base on the same play. Pitches parlayed their defensive effort to the offensive side in the second by retying the score at 2 on a one out sacrifice fly. 2 Legit then responded in the bottom half of the second using some small ball and excellent place kicking to retake the lead at 3-2. After that the defenses stepped up to the plate and retired each other in order quickly. In the bottom of the fifth, 2 Legit tacked on an insurance run on a double to right field make it 4-2. Pitches had the tying run at the plate in the top half of the sixth, but 2 Legit defense took over and secured the 4-2 victory. In Week 8, 2 Legit 2 Kick looks to defeat Almo$t Cla$$y, while Pitches Be Trippin’ looks to defeat Welcome to Death Row.
Rosé Riveters and Welcome to Death Row battle to 5-5 draw.
In this matchup on the grass on Field 2, Welcome to Death Row got the jump early with a 2-0 lead on some excellent place kicking and a sacrifice fly. In the third Rosé responded with a run of their own with a two out rally cutting the score to 2-1. Death Row then picked up another using some great place kicking in the fourth to extend their lead to 3-1. Death Row’s defense stymied Rosé for most of the game, while Riverters defense kept them within shouting distance of Death Row with some excellent catches in the outfield. Death Row extended their lead to 5-1 in the bottom half of the fifth using some excellent place kicking. Down to their last chance Rosé finally got the offensive breakthrough that they needed plating four runs highlighted by a two run home run to deep right field. Welcome to Death Row had a chance to walk it off by getting the winning run to third base and two out, but pop out to the pitcher ended the game and both teams settled for the 5-5 tie. In Week 8, Rosé Riveters looks for a win against The Green Grenades, while Welcome to Death Row looks to defeat Pitches Be Trippin’.
Back at McNally’s again and more bar shenanigans. With lots of music in the front room and a ton of flip cup in the back, teams enjoyed the Week 7 festivities. How spooky will the bar get for Halloween next week? Stay tuned…