Rained Out

2014 South Oakland Ducks

imagesTonight’s game vs the Bombers is rained out.

We play next on Sunday, 9pm at Moore Park vs. the Bombers.

All hands on deck for this one. It’ll be a good test for us.

I’ll be able to reschedule tonight’s game when I get a complete copy of the schedule.



Ducks Lose. 5-1

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The Monsters (3-0) scored a run in the first on a misplayed fly ball, three unearned runs in the second, and another in the third. Monongahela lead 5-0 forever. They threw some sidearm guy and the ump had a huge zone, benefitting both pitchers. It felt like the Monsters had runners on base all game. They didn’t exactly ‘mash’ but a couple of them hit doubles and they had a consistent lineup.

Mostly they put it in play and we kicked it around. None of their errors cost them runs. Not our best night. I look forward to playing them again.

Twice the Ducks (3-1) had runners on second and third with one out, and couldn’t get a key hit. With one out in the third, Mike Brandt was hit by a pitch then Garrett Moore had a sweet double to left center, but was doubled off on Casale’s line out to right, ending the threat. South Oakland scored a run in the sixth on a Casale walk and stolen base followed by two ground outs.

I like that team, because their coach already entered the score in the website. Probably took him less than a minute. What happened in the Lions/Titans doubleheader on the 13th? No one knows because the scores haven’t been entered, and so we don’t know the standings. Great.

South Oakland plays next on Sunday night against the Wolfpack, 8:30pm at John Herb Field.


Game Day 4: Ducks vs. Monsters

2014 South Oakland Ducks, Gameday

South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (3-0)


Monongahela Monsters (2-0)


Springview field

Blog posts will get better as we build rivalries, and someone else start writing them.

South Oakland looks to remain unbeaten and extend its winning streak to four tonight against the second place Monsters.


The Monsters beat the Warriors 7-1, and the Senators 11-1.

It should be an even matchup.

I hope they have awesome glow-in-the-dark unis like this:


May be women’s softball jerseys. Even better.

These kids took down the most haunting monster of my childhood.


Bad News for the Monsters.

Kirk Gibson’s Number Retired

2014 South Oakland Ducks

Infielder Andrew McCray’s number 21 will be retired this season. Until someone decides they really, really want 21, or Andrew decides to return.

The Ducks were without a shortstop from 2005 to late in the ’07 season when McCray came aboard. It was embarrassing how bad we used to lose in those seasons when we wore red and had no shortstop. We always had a serviceable lineup, decent pitching and solid hitting, with a few really good players, but no shortstop. McCray changed that and helped spark our rise to respectability. Since then, shortstop has been a position of strength.

The left-handed hitting McCray played from 07 to ’10. He hit bombs on a bad leg.

Shades of Kirk Gibson.


Retired numbers, 9, 10,13 and 17 are in play this season, but I made sure the players wearing those numbers this year would represent them well. TC’s number came down because he is playing again. I take this kind of shit just seriously enough, I think.



Around the League

2014 South Oakland Ducks

In Double A news, there’s some disparity. The Bulldogs crushed the Rebels 21-3, Cranberry beat the Devils 12-3 and the Black Sox beat the Eagles 13-1. The Devils, Eagles and Rebels were the three best Single A teams last year.

The question in the off season was, essentially, whether to have that disparity come in the Single A division, or the Double A division. It sucks losing by 18 runs. However, without the better Single A teams from last year moving up, Carrick and Cranberry and West End would’ve had to play a ton of games against the Bulldogs, Cherokee, Day Toyota and a resurgent Black Sox team. So we voted to have the top teams in Single A move up.

I abstained from the vote.

Our move down was done to stabilize  the franchise, and to move the team’s emphasis from winning to playing time. We aren’t blowing teams out by 18. Once we play all the teams in our division, we’ll have an idea of where we stand.

Ideally, the league goes to three divisions next year. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out over the course of the season.