The Avalon Ghostbusters of the North Hills dominated the Gray bats 15-5, after an unfortunate injury to gutsy ‘Bats starting pitcher Alex Warren, the Ghostbusters torched the bats bullpen for 12 runs. It seems the only way Warren will exit a game is if he is injured. Warren led off the game for the Gray Bats, and was promptly hit in the leg by A. Smith, who was wild early.
Avalon benefited from great pitching as A. Smith (W, 2-1) and Alex Schwartz, challenging the Gray Bats thanks to an outpouring of run support, combined to allow four earned runs over five innings striking out eight Gray Bats, and hitting four batters.
The Bats jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as A. Smith hit three batters in the top of the first.
A.Smith’s line: 3 IP, 6K, 3 HBP, 3 H, 2 R.
In the bottom of the first when Eric “Winston” Lee opened the frame with an infield single, promptly stole two bases and scored on Mike Watson’s ground out.
Tony Casale was hit by a pitch and stole second and scored on Gwin’s double.
In the bottom of the second, after Watson delivered a bases clearing two RBI double, Casale hit a single to left that eluded the Bats left fielder and rolled to the fence. Casale would score on the three base error.
Avalon broke the game open with a nine run third inning. Mark Kuhns lead off with an infiedl single, and A. Smith, on the heels of Eric Procenti (sp.) walk, roped a single to left loading the bases for Dr. Dan “Venkman” Morgan who drove in a run with a blustering shot to second base which Angry Man mishandled, Alex Schwartz singled in two runsand Winston hit a sacrifice fly to center. Watson was hit by a pitch and Casale singled in two more runs. Gala walked in a run, before Gwin dove in another Ghostbuster with a generously-scored infield single.
“Winston” was 2 for 3 with a sacrifice fly, 2 RBI and six stolen bases.
Ghostbusters manager/outfiedler/catcher Ben Gwin was 3 for 3 with two doubles, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored and a stolen base for Avalon.
Vinny Gala had an RBI on a bases loaded walk.
Dr. Venkman was 1 for 2 with a walk and an RBI single.
Mike Watson was 1 for 2 with three RBI
Gwin robbed BJ Rankin of a hit with a diving catch in left field.
Crush 11 Ghostbusters 1 (Go here for an actual recap)
The Ghostbusters could not string anything together against Crush ace Christian Necheff, who continues his mastery of the Ghostbusters, and of their manager Ben Gwin who is 0 for 6 lifetime against his Blues (and future Ducks’) teammate.
Crush utility player, Mark “Captain America” Guthrie hit a doubule a bunch of crap happened, the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man made an appearance, and the Orange Crush picked away at Ghostbusters ace Dr. Venkman scoring 3 runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
While playing catcher, Gwin picked off Necheff at second base, to end the sixth inning with runners on second and third.
Ghostbusters closer Ron Kuhns had minor control problems and the O.C. added four runs in the top of the seventh.
Casale scored the only run for Avalon in the bottom of the seventh.
The Ghostbusters will face the Gray Bats at 11:20 this Saturday at Pie Traynor Field.
In a desperate move, Bats coach Larry Zalewski, has called for reinforcements, and will put friend, teammate and rival, Ben Sorosky on the mound against the Ghostbusters this weekend.
I took Sorosky yard in 2006, back when we played on a little league field. I was 1-5 vs. the dominant right hander this past season, who pitched one of the best games I’ve ever been a part of for the Blues in Virginia this past Labor Day weekend.