Sunday, October 12, 2008

Game 4: Hounds lose a heartbreaker, 11–10

The venue for game 4 was Pony Field on Roosevelt Island. Aside from the inconvenience of having to get to the island, this was a really good field. Also, this was our only day game of the season, played at noon on a beautiful Sunday. Our opponent was a team called Sporting Wood, and as the Hounds glanced over at the opposing dugout, they became confident of victory. Perhaps a little too much.

The Hounds jumped out to a lead but failed to score more than a few runs each inning. Despite leading throughout the game, I had a nagging feeling our lack of a "killer instinct" would come back to haunt us. We took the field in the bottom of the last inning leading by 2 runs. What happened next can only be described as a fluke. Batter after batter got on base without hitting the ball out of the infield. We got bad bounces galore and by the time Wood's opposite–field hitting slugger came up with the winning run at 2nd, most of us knew it was over. Indeed,  Ron Howard proceeded to smack a game–winning single to right. Game Over, Hounds lose 11–10.

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