Mark Lombardi and DJ Dover hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning, and Ducks starter Ben Sorosky (W, 3-0) scattered seven hits over six innings to propel the South Oakland Ducks of the North Side to a come from behind, 10-9 win over the Bakery Square Bandidos (6-4) in Spring Hill last night.
With the victory, the Ducks (7-3) pulled within a half game of the Oilers (6-2) for second place.
The Bandidos took a 5-0 lead in the first, but the Ducks answered with four in the bottom of the second. Koshzow singled, John Zuzak doubled off the wall, then Gwin singled in two after the Bandidos right fielder fell down. With two out, Lombardi doubled and then Dover drove in two more with a line drive single to left.
Both teams scored a run in the third to make the score 6-5 ‘didos.
Koshzow singled in two in the fourth to give the Ducks a one-run lead. Then the Bandidos scored two in the fifth to go up 8-7, and Ducks outfielder Bryan Chvarak tore his quad.
In the bottom of the inning, Bryan Chvarek singled, hobbled to first, and was almost thrown out from center field. Two batters later, Lombardi hit a two-run home run to left, and Dover followed with a solo home run to give the Ducks a 10-8 lead.
Ducks reliever, Chris Heisler allowed one run in the seventh, but recorded the save after pulling his hamstring and striking out the last batter of the game.
South Oakland’s next game is Tuesday 6:45pm, at Mellon Park vs. Hebrew Oilers
Gutsy win. With a couple late no-shows, and a bunch of guys on vacation, we scored a lot of runs.
Great effort from Sorosky when he didn’t have his best stuff.
I think everyone in our lineup recorded a hit.
Not the best umpiring.
*The quote in the title was in reference to the Ducks, said by one of our players after one of the many errors we made last night. Both teams were 6-3 going into the game. The Bandidos are solid guys, and I don’t want them to think that was a disparaging remark directed at their franchise. Here’s hoping they can keep the same name, and group of core players for two consecutive seasons.
7-3 is our best start in years.
South Oakland looks to regain sole possession of third place with a win tonight vs Bakery Square. The Oilers (6-2) beat the Eagles (8-1) yesterday, setting up a potential log jam at the top of the division.
The Ducks are only two games out of first with two remaining against the Eagles, and two left against BIG OIL, but the rebooted Dirty Birds figure to be in the hunt down the stretch as well.
The Bandidos franchise won the A title in 2014 as the North AAmerican Lions. Then changed names, dropped some players, and won AA title two years ago as the Mon Valley Dirty Birds, then suffered through a dismal regular season in AAA that culminated in a playoff win over Ken Cool’s brother’s team in the playoffs. Then they split with half the team joining Clinton, and the other half starting the Bakery Square team. It would be funny if they won the title this year and had to keep repeating the process.
The Bandidos franchise arc is one that we may see play out again in the current league format that has the AA winners move up into AAA.
In 2014, the Ducks dropped from AA to A. That season the Rebels, Eagles and Devils moved up. They went a combined 19-52 that season, with the Rebels posting the best record at 9-15. South Oakland went 17-6, and that was the most fun I’ve had playing baseball.
The Devils allowed 196 runs that season. The Bulldogs, who finished first in the regular season, allowed 66.
in 2015, we went to three divisions, which allowed the WOLFPACK to skate by without having to play against the AAA teams after winning the A title over the North American Lions after the Beedle Park incident in Jefferson Hills allowed West View to reschedule the semi-final against the Ducks which lead to one of the most frustrating playoff losses in Ducks history. The following season most of AAA dropped down to AA, leaving 5 teams in the top division, and forcing inter-league play, which was pretty shitty.
In 2016 the Dirty Birds moved up and finished 6-18, which brings us back to this season, and the Rebels in AAA, who should stay there so we don’t have to play on that shit field at 6pm on a weekday.
So that’s some stuff that happened in our league over the last few years.
I hope it doesn’t rain tonight.
South Oakland of the North Side dropped a heartbreaker, on a walk off throwing error Sunday morning in Bakery Square.
Randy Patten threw seven solid innings, but took the hard luck loss. The Ducks dropped to 6-3 on the season, and the Bandidos (5-3) pulled even with the third place Ducks in the loss column with the win.
The two teams play again this Wednesday night in Spring Hill.
Sorry for the shitty recap. I wasn’t at the game.
Ducks Catcher, Tom Pulice went 4 for 4 with two doubles and 3 RBI, and starting pitcher, Ben Sorosky (W, 2-0) gutted out four innings on the mound to lead South Oakland of the North Side (6-2) past Pittsburgh D2 (0-4) last night in Spring Hill.
D2 entered the game having gone scoreless in their first three contests. They scored their first run off Sorosky in the first on a bases loaded walk.
The Ducks took an 11-2 lead after four innings. Then D2 got to South Oakland’s middle relievers for five in the fifth, and two in the sixth before Brian Strom entered the game with the tying runs on second and third with one out in the sixth. Strom struck out some guy and got Walking in Memphis to pop out to first to end the threat.
Ducks outfielder Lonnie Petril’s hamstring exploded on an infield single. Get well, Lonnie. (Let me know if you need me to erase this for workman’s comp purposes)
Dover drove in a run in the Ducks half of the inning.
Then in the seventh:
In the seventh, Ducks closer Jon Moore retired the side in order for his first save of the season.
Big game by Strom in his first game back. Great catch against the wall with the bases loaded in the fourth, then worked out of a jam on the mound to get us to the seventh with the lead.
Offense looks pretty good through 8 games
Good fight by D2 to take advantage of some opportunities and get back into the game after being down early. I’m surprised they have not won yet.
A scientist performs experiments involving intelligence enhancing drugs and virtual reality on a simple-minded gardener. He puts the gardener on an extensive schedule of learning, and quickly he becomes brilliant. But at this point the gardener has a few ideas of his own on how the research should continue, and the scientist begins losing control of his experiments.
Tough four game stretch coming up: Dirty Birds (Bandidos) twice, then the Oilers and Eagles. We will get a good idea of where we are at relative to the rest of the league after these games.
South Oakland’s next game is this Sunday, 9:30AM at Mellon Park vs. the Dirty Birds.
Their website makes this blog look like garbage.
South Oakland of the North Side defeated expansion Wexford 8-3, behind another strong outing from starting pitcher Randy Patton (W, 3-1). Patton pitched five solid innings, recording seven strikeouts, before giving way to Zuzack in the sixth. Zuzack pitched two shutout innings, striking out the last five Sorcerers he faced.
The Ducks sent nine men to the plate in the first inning, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. highlighted by a Joe Graff hbp before Matt Swetz collected his first RBI of the season with a line drive up the middle, and Sorosky drove in the ducks fifth run on a blistering ground ball to the right side.
South Oakland scored three more in the third on a Lombardi triple that drove in two runs, followed by a throwing error on a double steal that allowed him to score from third.
Despite trailing 8-0, the Sorcerers had some tricks up their sleeves as they conjured up two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. But ultimately, they ran out of magic, falling to the Ducks in their inaugural NABA game.
Another big win without several starters
We are old
Wexford will win some games this year, and they have the best uniforms in the league
South Oakland next plays on Wednesday night, 9PM at Springview Field vs. Pittsburgh D2.
South Oakland looks to rebound after a tough loss to the Eagles when they take on Wexford today at noon.
Wexford hasn’t played a game yet, and they’re new to the league this year. Who knows what’s up with this team. I think they’re young. Their coach seems like a decent guy from the league meetings.
If you have the balls to name your team the Sorcerers, you’re either going to go undefeated, or be absolutely terrible. I don’t think there’s much of a middle ground in this regard.
Here’s what comes up when you google sorcerers baseball.
Lots of disney hats and a few girls softball teams. Also a picture of this game:
Who’s still got a Dreamcast? I remember this game for Sega Genesis. Solid non-EA Sports baseball action. So thank you, Wexford, for allowing me to find this image. Sweet green helmet and batting gloves on that guy, love the two-stripe cleats that don’t violate the Adidas trademark.
Here’s a thirty minute video of this game on youtube:
Bad News for the Sorcerers
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South Oakland (4-2) dropped a nail biter to the South Side Eagles, 5-4 in Spring Hill Wednesday night. With the win, the Eagles (4-0) retain sole possession of first place.
South Side scored a run in the first off a couple walks, and a single.
The Ducks took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth but the Eagles tied the game in the top of the fifth, and added runs in the sixth and seventh.
Sorosky struck out seven batters and was cruising until he ran out of gas and walked some guys. Nichols gave us three solid innings in relief. He escaped a bases loaded one out jam in the fifth, and kept the game close. There was a suspect balk call that I didn’t really see which moved a guy to second, and he scored on a single.
Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh, the Ducks had runners on second and third with no outs, but could only plate one run. The Eagles relief pitcher worked out of trouble, and they threw out two guys at home.
It was a well played game by two evenly matched teams.
We ran ourselves out of a couple innings, but I’d rather we make aggressive mistakes than passive ones. Still, we need to pick our spots a little better.
Our pitching was good enough to win, and we had a shot at it in the seventh. Frustrating way to lose.
I like how we’ve battled in the first six games. 4-2 at the quarter mark is pretty good.
South Oakland’s next game is Saturday at 12pm. vs. the mysterious Wexford Sorcerers at North Allegheny Intermediate School.
The Ducks look to win their fifth straight tonight when they play the undefeated South Side Eagles.
These games are always close. We beat them by 2 in the playoffs last year, like 13-11 or something. I assume tonight’s game will be lower scoring, but also close.
I still remember when the Eagles had a left shortstop who also pitched and had this huge looping curve ball that was pretty good. That was in like 2007. The Eagles franchise has been around for a while. Ducks pitcher Adam Smith defected one year to play for the Eagles in 2008, which intensified the rivalry between the clubs and between him and one time Ducks manager and pitcher, TC Jones.
I don’t know. Since the early days, the eagles haven’t really had much of an identity other than the team that can hit. Ducks and Eagles were in different divisions for a while after the A – AA split, and then again, I think, after the second reshuffling when the Ducks dropped down, the Eagles moved up which has made it hard to develop much of a rivalry.
That guy with the mouth piece sure fucking talks a lot though. However their coach makes sweet bats. Cancels out I guess.
We have a chance to put some distance between us and the middle of the pack and put some pressure on the Oilers and the WOLFPACK! and the Bandidos who are surprisingly 1-3, but I think are going to be good.
55 is on the hill tonight.
Bad news for the Eagles
South Oakland of the North Side (4-1) ,came from behind to beat South Hills 5-4 on a walk-off RBI single by Tom Pulice Monday night in Spring Hill.
Ducks super utility player, Joe Graff started the game when South Oakland’s scheduled starter arrived late due to work commitments. Graff allowed 0 earned runs over two innings, but the Devils scored 3 runs on a single, a walk and like seven errors. But Graff battled, and kept us in it until Patton entered the game and went the last five innings, also allowing 0 earned runs, and working out of a few jams created by bad hops on the pristine Spring View infield, and more Ducks errors.
I think the Devils had 3 hard hit balls all night. We need to make fewer errors going forward.
South Oakland trailed 4 -1 going into the bottom of the sixth, as the Devils pitcher was throwing pretty well and we hit a few balls right at their guys.
Bryan Chvarek (sic.) drove in two runs with a long single to right center. His first hit as a Duck, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Pulice threw out some guy at second in the top of the seventh after he bunted for a base hit.
In the bottom of the seventh, all with 2 outs, Casale singled in Gwin from second to tie the game at 4, J. Zuzak worked a walk, and Pulice singled in Casale.
Last year, what fucked us out of a bye was losing games to teams that finished in the bottom half of the standings. Big time efforts by a bunch of guys who don’t normally start to keep that from happening last night.
The Ducks have won four straight, setting up a big early season match-up with the undefeated Eagles tomorrow at Springview Field.