It was a cool and breezy day at Ridgewood field for Saturday's double header. The games were originally scheduled for Douglas but the field was taken. Following a dry week weather wise, Ridgewood was playable. The only issue was a giant puddle behind home plate.
But the weather was no doubt a factor in the contest with wind gusts surpassing 30mph. The wind had a significant impact on team defenses but the wind was also carrying out towards the outfield. That, coupled with Ridgewood being a small field than Douglas, resulted in 4 total homeruns between the two games.
In game 1, it was the Crushers hosting the Playaz. But it was the Crushers who were crushed. The Playaz topped the Crushers 30-16 led by 4 RBI by Anthony Reese, Tony Lopez and Mike DeWitte. In fact, every member of the 13 player squad had at least one RBI except for one player. Every player came around to score at least once. Dewitte in addition to his 4 RBI had 3 doubles while going 4-5 with 2 runs scored. A mercy rule almost ended the game early but the Crushers kept the game close enough to go the full 7 innings. The Playaz had 7 total extra base hits.
The Crushers certainly did not lack offense though scoring 16 runs. Scott Raes, Tim DeBroeck and Rich Hoxie all had a homerun in the game. Hoxie led the team with 4 RBI. Raes, DeBroeck, Anthony Sandoval and DJ Jarvis all had a pair of RBI. Unfortunately despite the 3 homeruns, it was not enough to top the overwhelmingly strong Playaz offense.
The Playaz moved to 4-3 on the year. The Crushers moved to 3-3. Game 1 featured 27 total players; the Playaz with 13 and the Crushers with 14. Every single player in game 1 for both teams had at least one hit.
In game 2 the wind did not die down, though the sun disappeared making conditions a bit cooler. Nine players left after game 1 leaving game 2 with an even 9 on 9. The Phenoms took on the High Rollers and the Phenoms continued to struggle moving to 1-5 on the year and falling to the High Rollers 21-3 in five innings due to the mercy rule.
The High Rollers came out on all cylinders with 7 total extra base hits including a homerun by Jared Hurlbut. Hurlbut finished the game 5-5 with 5 RBI and 3 runs scored. Dewitte, Tim DeBroeck and Derek Rotz all had a pair of RBI in the contest. Rotz also tripled in the game.
The offense (and defense) for the Phenoms was sluggish. The team combined for just 9 total hits and 3 runs scored. Four out of the nine players came away with no hits.
The High Rollers improved to 2-3 with the win.
Another pair of games is slated for Sunday afternoon at Douglas Park at 11:30am. The High Rollers are set to take on the Goonies in game 1. The Gremlins will play at the Crushers in game 2. Another cool breezy day is forecasted for Sunday with highs topping out under 60 and wind gusts potentially reaching 20mph. The wind will be less powerful on Sunday than they were for Saturday. It should be another clear day however.
UPDATE: **Read a recap of Sunday's games here**