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


22Jun2014

Breaking Batpak

Breaking Batpak

Box Score:

Teams  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  Final
Batpak (4-3)  1  0  8  7  3  1  0  20
Sluggers (2-5)  1  0  1  0  1  0  0  3

 

 

CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- If the Batpak hadn't been living up to their reputation in 2014, they shattered any preconceived notions of being an easy target against the Sluggers in Week 7.

Scoring an average of 18.9 runs per game in 2013, Batpak were practically unstoppable in the latter half of the season going 6-1 and beating the eventual champions, Kiely's Kegs, 32-13 in 2013's week 11.

But so far in 2014, while the Batpak are scoring a lot of runs (15.5 per game) their record was only a sedate 3-3.  

For the Sluggers, facing a team scoring 15 runs a game is downright scary, as the Sluggers have so far in 2014 only managed a dire 8.7 runs per game, low for Premier league standards.

"We have to pick our battles," said Sluggers C/P John Edwards, "and a shootout with the Batpak is not a battle we want to be in." 

But that is exactly the position the Sluggers found themselves in, as the Batpak unloaded 8 runs in the 3rd and 7 more in the 4th to put the game out of reach well before it was over.

We have to pick our battles, and a shootout with the Batpak is not a battle we want to be in.

-- Sluggers C/P John Edwards

The Batpak "broke bad" by hitting a series of ground-rule doubles and singles, failing to get out and emptying the bases. One particularly large blast came from Jon Barry, who doubled to deep left, bouncing the ball off the bottom and through the left field fence.

There was confusion from the Batpak bench, directed at the umpire, asking for clarification of the ground-rule.

"It happens every week, in every division, usually to the same batters on the same fields," said Edwards, who was catching at the time, and was clearly frustrated with the apparent ignorance of the ASA rules regarding balls leaving the field of play. "It's not difficult to read, it's right there in the rulebook."

A bright spot for the Sluggers came in the form of Junichiro Aoki at SS, enabling the Sluggers to turn not one, but two defensive double-plays: the first Aoki took himself, 6x-x3, and the second on a sharp grounder to the mound, where Edwards helped out to convert the 1x6x3 double.

"I wasn't sure if we were gonna get a double-play this season, especially with Ian [Priestley] out, but here we go and get two in one game! It's something to take home I suppose," said Edwards.

With the Renegade Reds next up for the Sluggers, the stage is set for a mid-season showdown that may prove important at the end of the season. The Reds, also at 2-5, are feeling confident after beating the Batpak in Week 6; and though they lost to the Oddsox Green in week 7, they will be looking to avenge their loss from week 3 to the Sluggers, to solidify their place in the Premier division.

The Sluggers play the Renegade Reds at Mount Temple School on Tuesday, 24 June at 7pm.