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


25Jun2014

Renegade Revival

Sluggers v Renegades

Box Score:

Teams  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  Final
Sluggers (2-6)  2  5  1  0  3  4  0  0  15
Renegades (3-5)  0  0  2  1  3  1  8  1  16

 

 

MOUNT TEMPLE SCHOOL, DUBLIN -- Ahead by 8 runs in the bottom of the 7th, the Sluggers would have to work hard to lose this game. Fortunately for the Renegades, the Sluggers are one of the hardest-working teams in the division.

"It was fun to be in a competitive game, finally," said Sluggers LF John Edwards, "but that last inning was embarrassing."

Renegade LF Kate McCarry fouled off an inside pitch to short left field, which Edwards let fall harmlessly to the ground for strike two. Edwards had mistakenly thought there were two strikes against the Renegade outfielder. But the count was 3-1, the second strike foul giving another shot at the plate. The next pitch was a called ball, and McCarry walked and eventually went on to score.

It was fun to be in a competitive game, finally, but that last inning was embarrassing.

-- Sluggers LF John Edwards

The odd series of errors of every kind in the 7th inning for the Sluggers - drops, bobbles and overthrows - meant outs were not recorded on several batters without the ball leaving the infield, and the Renegades were keeping the bases full as they scored runs. With the strength of their batting lineup, it was only a matter of time before the runs came in bunches. Tieing the game in the 7th from 8 runs behind, the momentum was too great for the Sluggers to overcome, and the win was guaranteed in the 8th inning on a walk-off double from Renegade Simon Lewis, scoring Bill Bradley from 2nd.

Up until the 7th inning, the Sluggers looked in control, able to capitalize on Renegade errors and finding themselves extremely lucky in hitting weak shots over infielders' heads. Neither team was able to take advantage of the extremely hard ground and short grass to hit gaps, and both outfields were effective at getting outs. The Sluggers had built a solid lead, were shutting down Renegade baserunners from advancing and were holding the Renegade power-hitters to singles in most cases.

Victoriano Dominguez, up from the Bearcats, played a brilliant game at 3B, making several important put-outs in the first half of the game, including a tag on an enthusiastic runner who received a warning from the umpire on failing to avoid a collision on the out.

But the Renegades, though trailing throughout the game, stayed in touch with strong defense of their own. Simon Lewis in center field showed excellent range and consistency, while Kate McCarry in left field robbed several hits off Sluggers batters.

The game was the Sluggers best opportunity to win since week 4 against the Dublin Bay Packers. With the Dodder Dynamoes, Kiely's Kegs, Oddsox Green and Batpak, the next month of games for the Sluggers will be a very difficult stretch. 

The Renegades have now taken two of their last three games for wins, and are looking to solidify their place in the Premier division.

The Sluggers (2-6) next game is at Castleknock College on 1 July against the Dodder Dynamoes (5-3), who are fresh off a win against defending league champions Kiely's Kegs (7-1).