Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gotham City: Hounds Roll On; Record Now 4-0

Having dominated on Opening Day, it was time for the Hounds to test themselves against a more experienced team. Where the Pitches At is a team that has been around for 3 seasons, albeit with a mediocre record. The few days leading up to this series were sprinkled with showers, but the skies parted just in time for us to get our games in.

For Game 1, we were the road team and came up to bat first. As we did last week, we opened with a big inning, scoring 6 runs. JT had the big hit, a 3-run home run, our only dinger of the day. George took to the mound hoping to build on his previous good outing, and he was effective. The Hounds defense was also firing on all cylinders. Iain and Cindy flashed the leather on the left side of the infield, and the outfield play was solid as well. WPA did not get on base the entire game except for a couple of base on balls. Meanwhile, our offense was quiet in the 2nd and 3rd inning before exploding for another 6 runs in the 4th. The game was called early after WPA could not muster anything in the bottom of the frame. Final Score: Hounds 12, WPA 0. The one downer coming out of this one was that rookie Marguerite tweaked a thigh muscle while on the bases and had to come out of the game. Hope you feel better and can get back out there soon, Marguerite.

For Game 2, we were now the home team, and Cap put the ball in Push's hand. She was making her pitching debut, and she did a good job of keeping us in the game. This game was much closer than the first one, but we never felt like there was any danger of losing it. WPA scored 3 in the 1st, but we countered with 4 in the bottom of the inning. By the end of the 3rd, we had an 11-4 lead. The offense was led by Iain (3-3, 3 RBI, RS), Pat (3-3, RBI), Alan (3-3, RBI, 2 RS), and Mike (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 RS). However, in the later innings our offense was kind of quiet and WPA valiantly fought to make the game close. George came on in relief and he pitched a scoreless 5th before getting into serious trouble in the 6th. WPA had closed the gap to only 2 runs and they had the bases loaded with two outs. However, their rally would go no further as their hitter grounded out to Cindy who made a solid play at 3rd. Push was a winner on her debut, and we let out a big sigh of relief as this one was a bit too close for comfort. Final Score: Hounds 12, WPA 10.

We are on our way, Hounds. We are probably not going to face a top tier team until the latter stages of the season. We just have to make sure we don't get complacent and continue to get better from week to week while we beat up on these mediocre teams.