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


Softball Giveth, Softball Taketh Away

Sluggers v DB Packers headline

Box Score:

Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Final
DB Packers (0-4)  1  0  1  0  2  0  0  4
Sluggers (2-2) 11  0  4  4  0  1  -  20



Sluggers Notables: Darryl Clancy (4-5, 3 doubles, HR, 7 RBI, 4 RS); Judy Cecil (2-4, double, RBI, walk, 4 RS); Ian Priestley (5-5, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBI, 5 RS).

Full Stats

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- Flights to the US were the same price on either Tuesday or Wednesday, so Ian chose Wednesday's flights. That gave him one more day in Ireland, and one more game of softball. 

Arguably the best infielder to play for the Sluggers in their 14-year existence, Priestley didn't disappoint in his final outing of 2014, going 5 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs, five runs scored, and a hectic trip around the bases in his final at-bat, capping a big 20-run show by the Sluggers over the struggling Dublin Bay Packers.

"We all keep wondering: What are we gonna do without Ian? Suffer, that's what we'll do," remarked Sluggers P John Edwards. "I hope Anne-Marie [Ian's wife] really hates the US and they come back!"

I'm sure whoever plays SS will be able to get the job done. Definitely not as slick as Ian, but we'll take ugly fielding if we keep winning.

-- Sluggers P John Edwards

But this evening, the suffering was left to the Dublin Bay Packers, who felt the new-found firepower of the Sluggers as the middle of the lineup came through in the first inning to hit a series of singles to put runners on base for late-to-arrive Bearcat insert Jim Moriarity, who stepped up and dropped a 3-run homerun bomb on the Packers outfield. 

After just one inning, it was clear the Dublin Bay Packers had their work cut out for them - again.

The scorelines for the first four weeks of the Packers' 2014 season haven't been kind: to be blunt, they've lost big. They've become a clear example of how the loss of just a couple key players - like Julie Trundle, who's taken the first half of 2014 off for family commitments - can spell the difference between being competitive, and getting blown out. "The Packers can still be dangerous," said Edwards. "Like us, they can't afford to give up runs, or make errors. But they've still got smart players and a few big hitters, and they can bring it together and beat you if you're not careful."

In the Sluggers first four games, they've been humiliated twice, and twice been on the right side of brow-beatings. Losing big to the defending champions Kiely's Kegs and to the surging Dodder Dynamoes, the Sluggers were in fear of losing hope of winning any games at all in 2014. But recent outings against the Renegades and now the Dublin Bay Packers have restored some faith in resurrecting their season.

A much bigger test comes in the form of the Marlay Martyrs in week 5, who are just off a tight week 4 matchup against the Renegades, holding on to win 21-18. Scheduled for Marlay Park on the 27th of May, the Sluggers will need to continue hitting the ball hard; but more importantly, find big shoes to fill in at SS for the outgoing Priestley.

"It'll be tough," said Edwards. "We'll do a bit of juggling, but I think we can handle it. There are a lot of great players on this team, and I'm sure whoever plays SS will be able to get the job done. Definitely not as slick as Ian, but we'll take ugly fielding if we keep winning."

The Sluggers next game is 7pm, 27 May at Marlay Park against the Marlay Martyrs.