On Wednesday night, the Long Ballers (0-5) took the field sporting an adjusted infield. For the most part, the changes helped. But the errors continued to haunt the Long Ballers, combined with missed opportunities on the offensive side as well, fell to 0-5 with a 13-6 lost at the hand of Nothing to Lose (4-1).
Of the six innings played, the Ballers scored in only three of them. That doesn’t help when the opponent scores in all six innings.
As the home team, the Ballers’ took the field and appeared to get out of the inning, until those errors started popping its eerie head. A hit over the outfield and a few missed throws to first let NTL score 2. So the Ballers’ came up to bat. Tyler singled, followed by fly outs from Jason and Bryan. Tony & ray each singled to load the bases, but Robert popped out to short to end the threat.
The second inning, as most of this games innings, was pretty much the same story. NTL scored twice, thought it could have been a 1 or 0 inning. Bu the defense gave them a few too many outs. The bottom of the inning had the Ballers’ scrap for a single run. Cedric singled and would be safe at second on a grounder to short that was bobbled by the NTL defender. With Cedric and Al safe, Brandon popped out to short and Adam fouled out. Mat Tillison came thru with an RBI single to score Cedric. Cam would strikeout looking to end the inning.
With the error bug still looming over the Long Baller defense, NTL plated two more runs and would lead 6-1 after three innings. Offensively, the Baller offense shot themselves in the foot. Tyler singled, but was erased on a comebacker hit by Jason eliminated Tyler and Jason as Jason failed to run the play out. It appeared he got into a discussion with the home plate umpire over balls and strikes. The umpire won obviously, but Jason was not ejected. Bryan and tony each singled before Ray would fly out to right to end the inning.
The fourth innings would have both teams push three runs across and the game would have a feel of a close game. Robert singled, followed by a grounder from Cedric. But he NTL defense bobbled the force play at second so both Robert and Cedric were safe. Al hit a swinging bun in front of the plate and was thrown out at first, Robert and Cedric advanced to third respectively. Brandon then laced a single to the outfield that plates the two runners. With Brandon receiving a pinch-runner, Adam lined out to short. Mat singled in the pinch-runner for the third run of the inning. Making his Long Baller debut, pinch hitting for Cam, Josh Able laced a single down the third base line. Mat took second. Tyler would pop out to right center fielder, to which he was playing in more of a rover position at the time. With the three runs, it was 9-6 after four innings.
In the fifth inning, NTL would plate three runs after their first two hitters were retired. The error bug came out again for the Long Ballers. In their half of the fifth, they were able to plate two runs of their own. Jason would reach safely and go to third on Bryan’s double to right. Tony hit a shallow fly to right that wasn’t deep enough for Jason to score. Newcomer John Thompson popped out to the catcher in his first at bat. Back to back singles by Robert and Cedric would score Jason and Bryan. Al would hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning as Cedric was tagged out.
NTL would plate one more run and have the winning margin of 13-6 despite a small Long Baller rally that was unable to produce any runs. Brandon grounded out to short for the first out. Adam would reach on a close play where it appeared the NTL first baseman didn’t completely have his foot on the base. After the initial out call, Bryan appealed to the home plate umpire and both umpires discussed the play and decided that Adam was safe. Mat would single, but Adam was gunned out at third trying to take an extra base. Josh would reach on an error by the NTL outfielder dropping his fly ball, and Tyler would pop out to the pitcher to end the game.
In falling to 0-5, the Long Ballers’ remain tied with the Whiffers for last place, but the Whiffers do hold a better run differential. These two teams could meet in Week 9 with the winning team earning their first W, but the Long Baller’s hope to take care of that very soon. That could come as early this week when they take on the Master Batters, who defeated LB 18-6 in Week 2.
Bring your lawn chair and beverage to the field for a 7:55pm game. Pre-game begins at 7:30pm, with first pitch slated for 7:55pm.
NEW AND NOTES:
With a roster of 14 in attendance, Manager Bryan decided to sit new comer’s Josh Abla and John Thompson and sub them into the game. For Josh, he was subbed into the game for Cameron for the top of the third inning and went 1 for 2 in his two at bats. John was a defensive replacement for Ray in the top of the fourth and popped out in his only plate appearance.
Brandon and Cameron each returned to action following each being sidelined with an injury.
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