Game 1 featured the Narwhals headed by first time captain DJ Borkovec against The Phenoms captained by 2012 and 2013 league MVP Scott Raes.
It was an atypical game in the early going as after 3 innings of play, the score was only 1-0 in favor of the Phenoms. Considering that it was the first game of the season and wind did play a factor, a higher score was expected. But despite winds gusting at up to 25mph, players adjusted well to the conditions and the defense on both teams was pretty sound.
Things changed in the top half of the 4th inning though when the Narwhals put a 3 spot on the board and an additional 5 in the 5th inning. The Phenoms were never really able to rebound scoring only one more run the rest of the game as the Narwhals finished the game on top 8-2. Six different players had an RBI on the Narwhals. Nate Hanson, Trent Marshall, and Jason Huling all led the Narwhals with a pair of hits. Marshall also had a double in the game.
The wind was blowing in which limited extra base hits in general. In all in game one, there were only three extra base hits all of which were doubles. Anthony Reese had the lone extra base hit for the Phenoms.
The Narwhals had 15 players to the Phenoms 14 and most players saw only 2 at-bats in the 7-inning game. A few players towards the top of each order had a third at-bat.
In game 2 it was the Goonies taking on the High Rollers. Many players left after game 1 and so game 2 featured an 11 on 10 game with the High Rollers having the extra player.
Game 2 was much more tightly contested but ultimately it was the Goonies, led by Josh Paul, on top of the High Rollers led by Michael Holst 5-4. Rich Hoxie for the Goonies had a triple, two runs scored and an RBI in the contest. Jason Huling and Trent Marshal both doubled in the game and had an RBI.
For the High Rollers, DJ Borkovec went 3-4 with two runs scored while Kevin Powell went 2-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and a pair of RBI's. In the bottom half of the 7th inning, the High Rollers trailed 5-3. They rallied to get it to 5-4 and eventually had the game-tying run on third base with two-time defending MVP Scott Raes at the plate with two outs.
Unfortunately for the High Rollers, Raes grounded out to end the game.
Sunday's games were postponed due to rain. The VLB will resume on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20 at Douglas Park at 11:30am. The preliminary forecasts for both games call for sunny skies and mild temperatures.