In a very exciting contest that went to extra innings, the Crushers (Jeff Kilgard) defeated the Phenoms (Scott Raes) 9-8 in game one on Saturday. The Phenoms got off to a hot start in the top half of the first inning with 4 runs and added another one in the 2nd. Jason Huling led the Phenoms with a double and 3 RBI though 6 different players in a lineup of 11 total players drove in at least one run. Captain Scott Raes had a pair of doubles with a run scored.
After 6 innings of play the game was tied at 8 and in the 7th inning, neither team was able to get a run and the game was sent to extras. In the bottom of the 8th, Hunhui Oh was on base and Andy Shehan had a chance at being the hero. Shehan ripped a shot into the left center field gap and Oh was able to score with ease as the Crushers won their first game of the season in dramatic fashion. Jason Riordan led the Crushers with a pair of RBI. Like the Phenoms, the Crushers had 6 players in a lineup of 12 drive in at least one run. Omar Ortega, Hunhui Oh, and Andy Shehan all had a double in the contest as well.
With the loss, the Phenoms fell to 0-2 on the season.
In game two, it was the Crushers against the Narwhales and the Crushers were victorious once again. Sean Castagnoli had a pair of RBI in the win for the Crushers over the Narwhals (DJ Borkovec). The Crushers picked up two runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back in their 6-4 victory. Chris Waldron had a pair of RBI in game two for the losing squad.
Game two featured a classic 9-on-9 game after a few players left following game one. Game one was 12 against 11.
It was another Saturday of absolutely beautiful weather with clear skies and moderate temperatures. It was breezy again though not as much as week one and the wind did not play as much of a factor as it did the prior Saturday. Regardless, in the early-going due to weather and rust, balls have not traveled too far and in game two on Saturday there were zero extra base-hits.
Last Sunday there were no games due to rain but the weather on Easter Sunday looks more favorable with rain not expected to plague the area until the evening hours. Many players will be busy spending time with family on Easter Sunday but there is hope there will be enough players to play.