The balls seemed to die off the bats today in what appeared to be one of the least thrilling triple headers ever. Tall grass in both the infield and outfield forced balls to die that were hit on the ground. The ones hit in the air didn't seem to have much pop either.
Game 1 featured 8 total runs and 19 total hits as the Goonies defeated the Phenoms 5-3. The game had just one extra base hit and it was a double by Mike Dewitte of the losing Phenoms.
For the Goonies, Ryan Barton, RJ Brundies and Michael Pohl all led the way with just a single RBI. With the win, the Goonies moved to 6-1. The Phenoms went to 1-6.
Game 2 saw more scoring in what ended up being a lopsided game with the Phenoms recovering after their game 1 defeat with a 10-2 win over the Gremlins.
The Phenoms got off to a hot start with 4 runs in the first inning and they never looked back. Mike Holst had 4 RBI and 2 doubles in the game while Scott Raes, the Phenoms captain, had 2 RBI and a double. Rich Hoxie also finished with a pair of doubles while also driving in a run.
For the Gremlins, Ryan Barton and Mike Dewitte each had an RBI. Barton also finished the game with a double. The Phenoms with the win improved to 2-6 while the Gremlins fell to 4-5. Game 2 featured more extra base hits with 8 total doubles between the two teams but there were no triples or homeruns.
Following the first two games, many players decided to leave but a third game took place with 16 players sticking around. Games one and two saw 25 total players.
Game 3 involved the High Rollers and Gremlins in another lopsided snoozefest with the High Rollers rolling over the Gremlins 10-3. Mike Holst, the High Rollers captain, led the way with a pair of RBI and a pair of doubles. Holst finished the day with four total doubles. DJ Borkovec and Mike Dewitte also had a pair of doubles in game three.
Players were tired and the heat and humidity started to really set in as the High Rollers despite 10 runs, only were credited with 5 RBI. For the losing Gremlins, Scott Raes led the way with a couple of RBI. Despite the Gremlins players all getting at least 4 at bats in the game, no player got more than 2 hits. The High Rollers were a bit more successful in the hitting department with many players finishing 3 for 5.
The Gremlins with the loss moved to 4-6 by day's end and the High Rollers improved to 4-3.
A double header is expected for Sunday at the same location, Ridgewood Field. The weather forecast calls for a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms but after 1pm. So the chance of rain is not likely and if rain does move into the area, at least game one is not expected to be effected. If there is no rain, players and fans can expect partly sunny skies with a high in the upper 80s. There could be wind gusts as high as 25mph which could cause the ball to travel a bit more than it did on Saturday.
*UPDATE: Read a recap of Sunday's games here*