The Ducks (5-5) dropped their third straight game, losing 10-6 to the South Side Eagles (6-5) in Spring Hill last night. The Eagles scored seven in the top of the first, aided by a couple errors and a bad hop that hit our short stop in the face.
Then kids started throwing shit at us from the basketball court. After a scooter was tossed before the game, a metal bat flew through the air and nearly took out our bench coach. Police were called. Where are these kids parents? Rough times at the Duck Pond.
South Oakland battled back, bringing the score to 7-6 going into the seventh. But the Eagles scored three runs off two hits and two errors and put it out of reach. The Ducks had the winning run at the plate in the bottom half of the inning, when Mike Brandt hit a shot to left field that was caught for the final out.
Joe Graff recorded his first hit as a Duck, reaching base twice and scoring in his South Oakland debut. TJ Morgan legged out an infield hit.
We left the bases loaded three times and couldn’t get a big hit early to close the gap. The Eagles got those hits with men in scoring position. This was almost a mirror image of the game the two teams played in Elliot, where we beat the Eagles 10-6 after jumping out to an early 7-0 lead.
Someone stole our ball bucket.
All the teams in our division are really close. We’ve played every team and been in every game. We’re never going to be over-matched. I’m more optimistic about where we’re at in relation to the rest of the league in regards to making a playoff push than I am upset at the recent three-game skid and the shitty first inning last night. This is a deeper team than any we’ve had in the post-Fago era. We should play with a lot of confidence going forward.