Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Zog: Hounds Lay An Egg

It was an overcast, cool Spring evening in New York. The Hounds headed over to Roosevelt Island to face Who's On First, a team we have had several encounters with in the past. Both teams knew each other well and a close game was to expected. After the pre-game pleasantries were exchanged, it was time to play ball.

As the home team, we took the field first. Margaret was making her first start of the season, and as always, her pitching gave us a strong chance to win the game. Unfortunately, the defense behind her let her down, especially in the early innings. After retiring the 1st two batters of the game on routine ground balls, we proceeded to make some very curious errors. The type of errors a team of our caliber should not be making. Before you knew it, WOF had a five-run rally to jump out to a quick 5-0 lead. We got three runs back right away in the bottom of the 1st, with Iain, Mega, and Karim getting the RBIs. 

As the game went on, we would only allow three more runs. Our defense settled down and there were some defensive highlights, including outfield assists from MikePa & Juiena. Iain continued his dazzling play at short. We really had every opportunity to take the lead. Unfortunately, we shot ourselves in the foot with bad baserunning mistakes. Except for a certain few, we also did not hit very well. In the bottom of the 7th, we got a runner on, but again were not able to string together some hits. As the game ended, we couldn't help but feel that we let one get away. Final Score: WOF 8, Hounds 5.

Let's give WOF credit, they minimized their mistakes and capitalized on ours with some timely hits. But the truth remains that our talent level is higher than theirs. We just have to elevate our focus and work on our game as a team. I know that we can get where we need to be.