Sunday, July 12, 2009

MAJA: Hounds Split But Lose More Than a Game

Having won 4 in a row to start the season, The Hounds were looking to keep the magic going against an outfit called Grass Stains. They were also 4 and 0 coming in, so we knew they would probably be a tough opponent.
For Game 1, Margaret took the mound and showed why she is the anchor of our starting rotation. She pitched brilliantly, not walking a single hitter. Behind her, the Hounds played tremendous defense. On offense, Jason C. set the tone with a leadoff home run. We scored 5 runs in the top of the first and that would be all we would need. However, we continued to pound out hits. George, Alan, Amelia, and Dave each went 3 for 3. Jason C., Iain, and Karim also had a multiple-hit game. Ultimately, our lead got too big and the game was called after the 5th inning due to mercy rule. Final Score: Hounds 16, Grass Stains 2.
Game 2 was a different story altogether. George got the nod at starting pitcher. He had a few good moments, but his control was inconsistent, and he walked too many batters. Grass Stains took advantage of their opportunities and built up a 6-2 lead. Fortunately their pitcher was wild too and we stormed back to take the lead. The 2(Amelia), 3(Iain), 4(Dave) hitters led the attack, combining to go 5 for 6 with 3 walks, a homer, and 8 RBIs. The game was very exciting, we went into the top of the last inning leading by 1. We then let the game get out of hand by allowing them to score 7 runs. We were able to get 2 runs on the board before they closed us out to win it. Final Score: Grass Stains 16, Hounds 12.
The end of the game was marred by an injury that struck one of our fellow Hounds. Amy H. hurt her ankle pretty badly as she slid safely into 3rd during a critical juncture of the game. Needless to say our wishes for a complete and speedy recovery are with her, but we have most likely lost her for the season. It's a tough blow for our team, as it will be impossible to replace Amy's tenacity, team spirit, and heads-up play. Get well soon Amy!

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