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


14May2014

What's It All About?

Junichiro at the plate

Box Score:

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
Renegades (0-3) 1 0 1 0 0 1 3 6
Sluggers (1-2) 1 5 1 9 3 0 - 19

 

 

Sluggers Notables: Daryl Clancy (4-5, triple, 2 RBI, 3 Runs Scored); Judy Cecil (3-5, 2 RBI, Run); Mike Shea (3-4, double, 3 RBI, Run).

Full Stats

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- "Hey, did I hear that you struck out tonight? Looking?" It's such a rare event for Sluggers superstar Junichiro Aoki, he deserved a little bit of good-natured ribbing in the pub after the game.

scoreboard

The 4th inning was a killer for
the Renegades' comeback hopes.

But when you finally win in the third week of the season, you'll happily take a slice of humble pie.

If Jun strikes out and we get a win... well, I suppose it's worth it.

-- Sluggers P John Edwards

Luckily for the Sluggers, recent acquisitions have meant that Aoki doesn't have to shoulder the burden of slamming homeruns, hustling for multi-base hits and racking up loads of RBIs every week - though he wasn't far off his usual mark, going 2-5 with two doubles.

"If Jun strikes out and we get a win... well, I suppose it's worth it. But I don't see those two events going together very often," said Sluggers P John Edwards, who struggled on the mound at times, walking at least three batters, but he made up for it at the plate, going 3-5 with two doubles of his own. "Alan [O'Rafferty] and Judy [Cecil] really came through bigtime for us tonight. And Daryl... well, that's just Daryl being Daryl."

Daryl Clancy kept up his blistering pace to start the season, going 4-5 with a triple. Hot on his heels was Slugger SS Ian Priestley, who ripped 4 singles in 5 at-bats.

renegades bench

The Renegades set up early
and in style.

But the real story of this matchup was the offensive output from the Sluggers' women. All four: Michiyo Hogan (1 for 3, walk), Ciara Schotsman (1 for 3, 2 walks), Judy Cecil (3-5), and Sally Greenwood (1-5) sucessfully reached base and kept innings going. "How many runs score after a 2-out walk? That can hurt you," said Edwards, who - as a pitcher who isn't immune from issuing the occasional free pass - would know firsthand.

Fortunately for the Sluggers, the Renegades weren't as able to punish the Sluggers for their mistakes. Struggling themselves at times on the mound, Gerard Guckian was pulled midway through the game. "I was a little surprised not to see Pat [Reddy, former Slugger and current Renegade 2B] get in there," remarked Edwards, on the pitching change. "That might've been interesting... and anything that makes a batter think about anything other than hitting the ball can't hurt the defense."

The Renegades weren't overpowered by any means, and stayed in touch until the 4th inning, as their defense was stable and consistent; but in that fateful 4th inning, the Sluggers combined patience and perseverance to keep runners moving around the bases, with batters like Mike Shea (team leader in batting average in 2013) in the #9 slot of the order ensuring runners on base got home to score. Shea went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and with his defensive skills at 3B (one tag out, another very close miss on a swipe-tag on a sliding Renegade), he deservedly earns the third "star of the game".

The Sluggers next opponent is the Dublin Bay Packers, another team - like the Sluggers - "on the bubble" in the Premier division. That game is schedule for 20 May at Castleknock College.