Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Zog: Hounds Break Sporting's Wood

After a strong showing in our last Zog game, the Hounds headed over to Colonel Charles Young Field in Harlem looking to keep the winning streak going. It was a muggy June afternoon in New York, and a bunch of us got to the field nice and early. We took some cuts and got acclimated to the field conditions, which were actually not as bad as we were expecting. Our opposition was Sporting Wood, a team that seemed like they might have had a few drinks before the game...big mistake. It's hard enough to play against the Hounds sober, much less inebriated.

Juiena once again got the ball as starting pitcher and she continued her run of dominance. Actually this might have been her most brilliant performance of the season. Sporting Wood only scored in one inning, and that was only because of a couple of defensive misplays. On offense, we were able to score early and often. MikePa set the tone in the 1st inning, hitting an opposite-field leadoff home run. We proceeded to score 8 in the 1st and we were on our way. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit, but the major contributors were Mike(3-4, HR, 2 RS, 2 RBI), Dave(2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI), Iain(4-4, 2 HR, 4 RS, 4 RBI), Wink(3-4, HR, 3 RS, 2 RBI), and Juiena (3-3, 3 RS, 3 RBI).

Defensively we were very sharp save for those early miscues. MikePa had a nice catch in the outfield that saved at least one run. Mega came on to pitch in relief in the top of the 5th. Sporting Wood mounted a brief scoring threat in their last at bat, but Mega shut them down to close out 2 innings of scoreless relief. Final Score: Hounds 22, Sporting Wood 3.

This was a very solid win, team. We have now won 4 in a row and are playing better defensively with each passing game. We can start counting on being in the playoffs, although I would stress our work in the regular season is far from done. We still have shot at finishing first overall in the division, that should be our goal as we head towards the home stretch.

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