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    Game 13: Avengers Invitational
    A's Challenge, AG Accepts
    June 27, 2005


    Score Box
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H HR
    Avengers
    1 1 5 0 1 5 2   15 26 0
    Visitors
    5 0 1 0 2 5 2*   15 X 6


    The team watches the action from the dug-out.  (Wolan)
    Summary

    At the league managerial meeting earlier that week, the As challenge everyone to a game, and the Always Growing team accepted the challenge. And thus, the As invitational was on.

    With Clara and Annie unable to make the game, the As were forced to put A-WOL on the mound, who suffered an injury to his pitching hand in Game 12. The As would also take the field short on man-power, as they were only able to round-up 9 players by game-time. Though short on fielders and playing against an A-bracket team, the As were determined to fight the odds.

    The As defense gave-up 5 quick runs in the 1st inning, but quickly got itself back on track thanks to a double play turned over by Jason and Tony. After that, the defense was rock-solid, giving-up only 3 runs in the next 4 innings. This was mostly due to some outstanding outfielding work by John, Dale and Derek. Derek personally made two outstanding catches in RF in the 3rd to limit the threatening AG to just a run.

    The As offense was alive and never gave-up. A 5-run rally in the 3rd kept the team in the game. After the 5th innings, the teams were tied at 8. The As rallied once again in the 6th to take a 5 run lead.

    Despite A-WOL hand injury, he managed to pitch a solid game. However, after 5 innings of work, fatigued settled in. AG took advantage of the situation and scored 5 runs of their own to tie the game. Ironically, AG gave A-WOL some unintentional help by exceeding the 5-run HR limit in the 6th with a HR, which lead to an automatic out. Regardless, the damage was done and the two teams were tied going into the seventh.

    In the seventh, the As managed to string together some hits to take the lead. The runs came courtesy of Jasons 2-out 2-run double.

    To close the game, the As went with the mile-high ball-tossing pitcher Dale.

    Now comes the controversial part. Despite playing hard and by the rules all game, AG desire to win the game caused them to make a foolish decision. They decided to change their line within a live game so that their heavy hitters would lead-off in the inning. They did this because their women batters, who were batting 4 in a row, were going to lead-off the next inning.

    Despite throwing at the As the best they could, AG was only able to match the As performance by batting in two runs themselves. Regardless, the illegal reordering of the line-up in the 7th inning leads to forfeiture on the part of AG. And thus, the As earn their 3rd win of the season. A-WOL picks-up his first career win while Dale picks-up his first save with the As.


    Highlights

  • Jason: 5 for 5 (2B) with 3 runs and 5 RBIs.
  • Allison: 4 for 4 (SAC) with 2 runs and an RBI.
  • Derek: 4 for 5 (2B) with an RBI.
  • John: 4 for 5 (3b) with 2 runs and 4 RBIs.


  • Web jems

  • Double play turned-over by Jason and Tony. First double play turned over by the A's in club history.
  • Derek: two terric catches int he 3rd to stop a threatening AG team.
  • A-WOL: made his first OF catch of his career. Came in a clutch situation in the 7th to get the 2nd out.


  • * = Runs are void and null due to illegal batting line-up reordering in the 7th inning.


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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.