Sunday, June 28, 2009

MAJA: Hounds Put The Smack-Down on The Jerks

For Games 3 and 4 of our MAJA season, it was over to the Great Lawn to take on the self-described "Crosstown Jerks." We can usually size up an opponent pretty well before the game, and by looking over at their group, we knew we had a shot of sweeping them.

For Game 1, George took the mound and was effective if somewhat erratic. His trademark spinner pitch was not finding the strike zone, so he chose to rely on his simple arc ball and let the defense behind him handle the job. The Hounds rose to the challenge, playing solid 'D' and not giving the Jerks any extra outs to play with. On offense, the production was spread around, and Dave hit another big home run. We built up a big 11-2 lead heading into the bottom of the last inning. George then proceeded to walk the bases loaded, so Margaret came in to close out the game before the damage got any worse. She did a great job of putting out the fire, showing she can be effective as both a starter and as a reliever. The Jerks scored two inconsequential runs before it ended, Final Score: Hounds 11, Jerks 4.

For Game 2, George took the mound again, looking to shake off his control issues from the first game. This time, the Jerks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. However, their top-heavy lineup was no match for The Hounds balanced attack over the course of the game, and we quickly turned that 5-run deficit into a lead of our own. The defensive highlight was Diana's nifty double play at 2nd base. Margaret relieved George again, this time in the top of the 4th, and she pitched 3 great innings to get the save. Final Score: Hounds 11, Jerks 7.

The MAJA Hounds are now 4 and 0 and in prime position heading into the July 4th break. If there is one thing we have to watch, it's our attitude towards the ump. I know the ump for these two games was awful, but we have to be careful about antagonizing him. We will definitely see him again this season, and constantly arguing with him will only ensure that the close calls will not go our way. We should let the manager handle any complaints we have going forward.

All in all, a solid effort by the Hounds. Let's stay focused over this long break, because this game can humble you at the drop of a dime. Have a good one.

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