Week 1
KKG 25
SLG  2
Week 2
SLG 4
DDY 18
Week 3
RRD 6
SLG 19
Week 4
DBP 4
SLG 20
Week 5
SLG 7
MMR 21
Week 6
SLG 6
OSG 13
Week 7
BPK 20
SLG 3
Week 8
SLG 15
RRD 16
Week 9
DDY 11
SLG 4
Week 10
SLG 6
KKG 12
Week 11
OSG 15
SLG 4
Week 12
SLG 3
BPK 17
Week 13
SLG 21
DBP 13
Week 14
MMR 17
SLG 16

Match Reports



23Apr2014

"Kegs Crush Saga" Continues

Kegs' Crush Saga Continues

Box Score:

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Kegs (1-0) 4 6 5 0 1 9 - 25
Sluggers (0-1) 0 0 0 1 0 1 - 2

 

 

Game Notables: Daryl Clancy (3-3, 2 triples, 2 RBI); John Edwards (2-2, 2 doubles).

Full Stats

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- 30 minutes before gametime, the heavens opened up and dampened a cool, but otherwise mostly dry opening day in Dublin. Unfortunately for the Sluggers, the rain stopped and games were played.

We're a little rusty, but the ball was wet and we're taking a lot of chances. We had to, we were down 10 runs after two innings, for chrissake!

-- Sluggers P John Edwards

"I warned the team beforehand, because we've got a few players coming up from Division I to help out tonight: these guys hit big, so protect yourselves and back up," said Sluggers P John Edwards. "They proved me right, right from the start."

Known for power throughout the lineup, the Kegs put on a vulgar display, as Kegs' 2B Matt Steerman pounced on a knuckleball and accelerated it towards the hedge in left field. The ball never hit the hedge - but that's only because it hit the top of the street light marking the field boundary. The tone was set for a shootout.

But it quickly turned into a blowout. The Sluggers were never going to keep pace with this onslaught. Only able to manage 9 hits over the 6-inning darkness-shortened game, the Sluggers were struggling to get on base, nevermind getting them home.

Daryl Clancy, newest Slugger lefthander

Daryl Clancy hit well,
but he needs better
base coaches.

One bright spot for the Sluggers came in the form of Daryl Clancy, who was able to put a few big shots into play. Daryl last played in 2012 for the Castleknock Bearcats, and has been drawn back into softball to help the Sluggers with some much-needed firepower. He launched a deep ball to center field in his first at-bat; but the wet ground and a hustling Kegs outfield saw him tagged out at home. Another baserunning boo-boo by the over-ambitious Slugger saw him thrown out while attempting to advance to 2nd on an RBI single - scoring the second run, but also ending the game.

Sluggers fans would be forgiven for seeing both events as welcome, as there was no comeback on the cards.

Clancy was faultless in the field, something that couldn't be said for many other Sluggers defenders. Edwards bobbled an easy grounder, then missed first on the throw; Aoki dropped a routine foul ball; Castleknock Bearcat Elaine Donohoe squeezed a fly ball; and even the usually flawless Ian Priestley had his share of miscues at shortstop.

"We don't forget how to play ball in the offseason," said Sluggers P John Edwards, of the many uncharacteristic errors made by the Sluggers. "We're a little rusty, but the ball was wet and we're taking a lot of chances. We had to, we were down 10 runs after two innings, for chrissake!"

There were quite a few positives for the Sluggers, as Bearcats Elaine Donohoe, Laura Bolger and Cathy Flinter filled in to shore up the Sluggers lineup that saw Michiyo Hogan and Sally Greenwood absent due to the Easter holiday week. 

"I thought they played great - they made nearly all their catches in the outfield and got the ball back in quick. Laura was especially good at 2B, she knocked down a hard grounder on a bad hop - I didn't expect that," said Edwards. "It can get hectic out there, especially when big bats like Barry Casey, Mike O'Sullivan, and Ruth Lillis are pounding shots at you."

The Sluggers next game is against the Dodder Dynamoes, at Three Rock Rovers, on 29 April at 7pm.