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


Sluggers Improve, But Come Up Short

Sluggers Improve, But Come Up Short

Box Score:

Teams  1  2  3  4  5  6  7  Final
Martyrs (7-7)  1  0  1  5  6  1  3  17
Sluggers (3-11)  2  3  0  0  3  4  4  16



CASTLEKNOCK COLLEGE, DUBLIN -- In a season to forget, the Sluggers showed slight improvement against the Martyrs, though even this is tempered by the fact that the Martyrs were playing with a rookie in right field, and only 9 players.

Sluggers 3B Lisa Lyness continued to play well upon her return to the lineup, though she did show signs of rust as she rounded first to take a wayward route to second on a ball hit hard to the outfield gap. Extending the distance to run, combined with a lack of pace, found her thrown out on what would normally have been an easy stand-up double.

Vintage Darryl Clancy Home Run

Vintage Darryl Clancy Home Run.

The Martyrs made up for their 9-man roster with massive hitting. Shots were coming hard and fast to the Sluggers outfielders, with 11 runs scored across the 5th and 6th innings for the Martyrs. Declan Burke pounced on an inside pitch to clear the left field fence, a rare feat in Castleknock College.

Getting in on the hitting action as the game came to a close, the Sluggers' RCF Darryl Clancy, fresh off injuries sustained in a road cycling accident, hit a bomb to deep right field late in the game to keep it close. 

Finishing a disappointing 3-11 on the season, the Sluggers' worst record since 2010, a playoff for relegation to Division One awaits, against the Blazzers Softball Club.

Enthusiasm and positivity will only get you so far... and sometimes I was short on both.

-- Sluggers 2B John Edwards

But bigger questions weigh heavy on the Sluggers, whose lineup endured big losses as Ian Priestley moved to the US, Oscar Hernandez moved to London, David Singleton moved to Canada, Philip Robinson and Lisa Lyness were absent for most of the season, and Wouter Schotsman chose to spend more time with family. Even with strong newcomers Sally Greenwood and Darryl Clancy, each week the Sluggers relied on the Castleknock Softball Club to provide two, three, and sometimes four players to complete the lineup against strong Premier division opponents - and the results were unsurprising.

"Enthusiasm and positivity will only get you so far," said Sluggers 2B John Edwards, "and sometimes I was short on both. It is very hard to make up for game experience together as a team, and knowledge of everyone's relative strengths and weaknesses." Edwards started league games at six different positions during the course of the season (P, C, LF, RCF, SS, 2B), and many players found themselves in new positions with new teammates. "We had too much turnover each week, and without a solid, consistent and familiar lineup of 10 players, we just didn't match up well in the league this year."  

Finishing the season playing in an enjoyable and competitive game against the Martyrs will help to lessen the blow of their 3-11 season, but how the Sluggers will fare in their upcoming playoff against the Blazzers, and indeed in either the Premier or Division One in 2015, remains to be seen.