Pre Season Make up Game
We got a text from the coach yesterday morning at 6:30 am, saying that there was a possibility of a make up game with North Douglas Varsity, down south in Drain, Oregon. Isn't that a lovely name for a town? Just north of Yoncalla. Had to wait for conformation on a bus for the team. Around 10 am we get the comformation. Since it was just down to Drain, 20 miles away, I called in an order to Papa Murphy's take and bake Pizza. Game was to start at 5:00 pm
We get to the North Douglas High School in time to watch the NDHS Warriors ( Warriors again? ) warm up, starting pitcher is throwing heat, and has pretty good control, our young Lions take the field for their warm up, and after a few botched plays, begin to get it togather. Play Ball!
The Lions leadoff man, takes the 1st fastball for a strike, and pops the next pitch up foul down 1st base line, and it is caught. 2nd batter, sees 3 straight fast balls, 1 ball, 2 strikes, then the pitches throws a great change up for a called 3rd strike, 2 down. 3 batter works the count to 3 & 2, and he goes down swinging at that change up. The Lions starting pitcher is a freshman, and this was his 1st start, has pitched relief, a little shakey at first but then settled down, but had trouble last night, walked the 1st batter, gave up a hit, got the 3rd batter to hit a slow grounder to shortstop, who tags out the base runner. Wild pitch allows both runner to advance, fly ball to right is caught, runner tags up and comes in to score. Next batter grounds to 1st, and the Lions are out of the inning, down 1 run. They play small ball and score a run in the top of the 2nd to tie it up, and hold the Warriors scoreless. First batter strikes out, 2nd grounds out, ES9x8 hits a single to right, next batter pops up, and is out. Lions pitcher walks the 1st batter in the bottom of the 3rd, catcher stops a wild pitch, and tries to throw out the runner who id off 1st, 1st baseman can't dig it out and the ball gets by him, runs it down and overthrows 3rd base, allowing the runner to score. Deep fly ball to center, caught. grounder down 3rd base line, snagged, and runner is thrown out. Next batter works to a full count then pops up foul, pitcher catches it and the side is retired. The NDHS pitcher has been throwing nothing but heat and that change up and is now starting to lose control, allows a base hit, runner steals 2nd, allows another base hit, and that runner steals 2nd, 3rd batter pops up, infield fly rule. North Douglas strikes out the next batter and elkslayer9x8 hits another single to shallow right, bases loaded, and the batter flies out to left field.
Lions starter is now tired and has no control, walks 2 batters, hits a 3rd, and the 4th batter hits a double to center, all 3 runners score. Pitching change, new pitcher strikes out next batter, grounds next batter to 2nd, and strikes out the next batter. The Warriors change pitchers and keep the Lions scoreless in the top of the 5th. Bottom of the inning, Lions defence hold the Warriors. 5-1.
Lions pitcher walks 1st batter, allows a hit, and 3 batter hits a double to score both runners. Strikes out next batter, pops up next , runner advances to 3rd, and a single scores him, next batter grounds out to 2nd. 8-1. Lions strike out, a pair of singles 2 on 1 out, and the lead of man hits a stand up triple, both runners score, and 2 grounder leave him on 3rd. 8-3 Warriors score 1 run in the bottom of the 6th, and the Lions go down in order in the top of the 7th. Warriors win 9-3
Standings are now 5-2 preseason and 1-0 League