Sunday, September 19, 2021

The one we won

Roundrobin Game 4 - In which Storm wins a game they’re not sure they should have

The playoffs didn’t turn out quite the way it might have been expected to, but the A’s and Storm were still playing for the top seed in the final game of the round robin. There was some discussion before the game about whether or not they should win, because that would put them in line with Hanet, the team that beat them quite easily the day before. Storm had handled the Falcons fairly easily in the first game of the round robin, but anything can happen on any day. Storm decided to just play and see what happened.

Storm started slowly, scoring just two runs in the first three innings, but they erupted in the fourth for six runs. Jeff was feeling a little like a leadoff hitter again, since Craig kept ending innings, and he led off the sixth with a single. Nine consecutive runners would reach base after that and Storm scored six runs without recording a single out. If only they were able to score that easily every inning. They had brought the score to within one run after four innings.

They could not find that magic again in the fifth, but they also managed to keep the A’s off the board in the fifth, so they went into the sixth trailing by one run. Jeff, leading off again (way to go Craig), singled to start the inning. Storm put together a few more hits, and then Duran launched a three run home run to cap off an eight run inning. Storm was now ahead by seven. That lead would be safe. Right?

Wrong. Storm coughed up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. It almost seemed like Storm wasn’t sure they wanted to win.

Going into the top of the seventh, George requested that Craig hit a solo home run. Craig responded by saying not a chance. Then promptly launched the ball over the fence. At least he wasn’t the last out of the inning again. Storm would add a couple more runs, which was good, because the A’s got one back. But it wasn’t enough. Storm held on to win 19-17. They were now set up for their rematch against Hanet.

Notable Boxscores:

Rene - 4 for 4 3 RBI, 2 runs

Duran - 3 for 4, HR, 3 RBI

Jeff - 4 for 4, 4 runs

Al - 4 for 4, 3 runs

Kevin - 4 for 4, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Bob - 3 for 4, 3 RBI

Brad - 3 for 4, 3 RBI, 2 runs


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