|May 4||Outlaws||7||H||W. 11-5|
|May 11||Drizzle||6||A||W. 18-17|
|May 25||Storm||8||H||W. 23-22|
All games at Parrs Wood
A high scoring, and fluctuating game, we were ahead for most of it but could never rest easy until the final run was scored on Michael's walk off Home Run. We conceded 6 Home Runs and only scored 3 of our own but a disciplined batting performance allowed us to keep getting on base and driving the runs in. We again had people playing out of position and players who were playing injured but we just did enough to secure the win.
TK (6 for 6), Michael (6 for 6) and Dave (5 for 5) were perfect at the plate, all batting 1000. Home Run heroes were Michael with 2 and Dan with 1. We struggled a bit at times in the outfield against a strong Storm batting line up but we kept our heads up and kept plugging away through the game. Dave pitched well, Dan was good at short and TK defied her bad back to put in a strong performance at 1st.
Week 2 of the league season and a slightly makeshift and battered Tigers team secured a hard fought victory against a Drizzle side who were unlucky to come out on the wrong end of a see saw game. We took a big lead early on, gave it away, fell behind, snuck back into the lead and just held on at the end with a fine catch by new girl Jackie at 3rd giving us the victory.
OBP leader was Dan who went 5 for 5, with Tony and Michael (each 4 for 5) close behind. Home Run Heroes were Michael, with 2, and Annie with her first ever homer. In the field, Jackie played well at 3rd, Emma was solid at 1st, Michael was the standout in the outfield and Dave pitched a good game.
Steve deserves a special mention for playing when he really wasn't fit, and other people went out and did a fine job in unfamiliar positions. We have done it tough on the injury front so far this season but with a rest week coming up we may have more bodies back on board before we play again.
We recorded a fine win to start our 2017 league season in a tight game played in an excellent spirit. The Outlaws were in the lead for the first half of the game, but we shut them out for the last four innings whilst gradually accumulating runs ourselves. Injuries and work commitments meant we had to use 2 guest players, the first guests we have included in the lineup since 2015, both Jonny and Jade played a full part in our victory but there were lots of other fine performances up and down the lineup.
In the field Dan was excellent at short stop, Michael impressed at 3. Dave pitched well, Emma recorded a large number of outs at 2nd and Sandra and Caroline both recorded important outs in the outfield. Annie took a nice catch on a pop up, and paid the price as she was cleaned out (accidentally) by the base runner. Guest Jade was impressive on 1st and Jonny Huck recorded an impressive sliding catch in right field.
OBP leaders were Dan and Rob, both 3 for 3, with Emma close behind, unfortunate to only go 2 for 3. Home Run Hero was Jonny with 2 homers, including a Grand Slam in the 4th that gave us the lead we held for the rest of the game.
Jennie made her debut for the team and had a successful time, getting her first hit and also scoring a run !