The Crushers played host to the Phenoms in game one and it was all Crushers. The Phenoms picked up two in the top of the first but The Crushers answered with four of their own and they never looked back as they went on to win 9-4. Justin Cochuyt led The Crushers with 3 hits and a pair of RBI. There were no extra base hits by either team in game one.
Some players left after game one leaving 16 players remaining for a Crushers and Phenoms rematch in game two. This time it was the Phenoms who were home and it paid off.
The Phenoms got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first putting up a 5 spot and leading 5-2 after one. Heading into the bottom of the 4th inning, The Crushers got to within one but the Phenoms picked up two more in the bottom of the 4th to get some insurance runs. The Crushers inched closer with another pair of runs in the top of the 6th while holding The Phenoms scoreless in the bottom of the inning.
Down two, in the top of the 7th, Anthony Reese crushed one to left field hitting the top part of the tree beyond the fence to tie the game at 9.
In the bottom of the 9th, The Phenoms needed just one run to win. Raes led off with a double and then Michael Holst was intentionally walked in order to face rookie Jason Riordan. Though Riordan is only a rookie, he has made it clear in the early going that he can play displaying great defensive ability and lots of power from the left side of the plate. It was a questionable decision by Crushers captain Jeff Kilgard to walk Holst. But he did it anyway and Riordan made Kilgard regret that decision with a hit into the gap in right center field and Raes easily scored the game winning run from second. The Phenoms defeated the Crushers 10-9 in walk-off fashion.
Weather permitting, there will be baseball on Mother's Day at Ridgewood Field.
Also of note: Saturday's games were originally scheduled at Douglas Park but shortly after players arrived a couple of umpires showed up informing players of Veto League that there would be a game at 1pm. Everyone then left Douglas in order to head to Ridgewood Elementary, the secondary home of Veto League Baseball. Later league President Josh Paul found out from the umpires that players from the USSSA would be playing tournaments at Douglas Park through mid-June.
Therefore, until further notice, Ridgewood Elementary will be the primary field for Veto League for the 2014 season. However, Veto League has reached out to the Rock Island Parks department to request they take better care of the field. Additionally though, Veto League is actively seeking another potential home field for Veto League as Douglas Park continues to gain more traffic year after year and as Rock Island Parks continues to seem to ignore the field at Ridgewood. But Veto League is hoping to be back at Douglas Park in the latter half of June after all USSSA Tournaments at that site are complete.