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Son of League Founder, Some Archrivals and Others Facilitate in Win
July 17, 2005
By Andrew Wolan / MLSB.com
Bud Hall on third. (Wolan)
The forward remnants of Hurricane Denise sparked some heavy rains early in the day. As a result, the afternoon double header that was scheduled for GD-Crew, (the A’s partners in the league,) was canceled. Word had it that team skipper Raymond was actually at the game for the first time this season!
In any event, some GD-Crew players that double duty with the A’s assumed the A’s nightcap was canceled. As a result, many players from both teams had made plans for the evening and could not be reached, leaving the A’s short of players.
Regardless of the A’s misfortunes, they were able to round up some players from the 6:30 game to fill-up the roster. These players included archrivals Elena (spelt with an E, not an A as we have mistakenly in the past) and her friends Rene and Jackie, who have batten around the A’s and given A’s pitching grief this season and last season at the Complex,
veteran league player Walter, and Mark S. Also in the line-up was the son of the league founder himself, Bud Hall. As I, the sports writer for the A’s, have mentioned in the past, when you have a player in which the league is named after, you just know you are going to win, period. Tonight was no exception.
As you would expect, the A’s offense was outstanding, as both the team charter players and the last minute recruits hammers out 33 runs over 47 hits. The A’s took sincere advantage of The Depot's outfield that had trouble fielding the ball and returning it in quickly, as the A’s accumulated multiple extra base hits in the outing. In some cases, the A’s took extra bases without even being challenged or was challenged with throws that were off the mark.
Though shaky early on, it deserves to be said that the Depot's infield got their act together later on in the game and even netting a pair of double plays: one in the four and one in the seventh.
The A’s defense was also outstanding, as in the influx of skill brought the best out from both the recruits and the charter team players. The charge was led by veteran league player, Walter, who turned-over multiple force-outs at first and second. The only real blunders were made by A-WOL in the outfield in the 5th. In all, the A’s were able to limit the opponents to just 7 runs over 7 innings.
In the end, the power was in the A’s hands as they netted their second win of the season 33-7. Rick Palma gets his first pitching win of the season and A-WOL gets his first career save.
Scott: 3-run HR in the 4. First career HR with the A's.
Sniezek: 3-run ITP HR in the 6th.
Kim: 6 for 6 with 2 RBIs and 5 runs.
Dale: 5 for 6 (2B, two 3B) with 5 RBIs and 4 runs.
Rene: 5 for 6 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs.
Elena: 5 for 6 with 6 RBIs and 1 run.
Walter: 5 for 5 (two 2B) with 2 RBIs and 4 runs.
Jason: 4 for 4 (two 2B, 3B) with 2 RBIs and 3 runs.
Palma: First win of the 2005 season on either team.
A-WOL: First career save.
Webgem: A leaping catch by Jason at 3rd to rob a Depot batter of a line drive into left field.
Webgem: A leaping catch by The Depot's 2nd baseman to rob A-WOL of a line drive hit.
Webgem: 6-4-3 double play in the 5th by The Depot off of a Mark Sniezek ground ball. First one recorded in an A's game this season.
Webgem: 4-3-5 double play in the 7th by The Depot off of a Rick Palma ground ball.
Webgem: An outfield assist by Matt Sniezek to get a runner trying to stretch a hit into a triple in the 4th. Jason applied the tag at third.
Webgem: A diving catch by Jackie in RC to end the game.
A's: 11 run 2nd inning. Long rally of the season. 7 run rally in the 5th tied previous record.
A's: defense netted 4 shut-out innings.
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Andy Wolan is a reporter for MLSB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Softball or its clubs.