Birds of Prey. Ducks 5, Eagles 8

2017 South Oakland Ducks

Despite a late comeback, South Oakland dropped a heart breaker to the first place Eagles last night in Spring Hill. The game was 3-2 heading into the fourth. The Eagles added two runs, and then another three in the top of the seventh.

We had several hard hit outs, including a couple double plays that ended rallies. I bet that guy they pitched dominates a lot of teams.

The early innings featured a play in which two Ducks runners went back to first and second after being moved up to second and third on a sac bunt by Ducks all time sac bunt leader, Ben Sorosky.

Then there was a single to left, and we had a runner forced out at third when the Eagles left fielder made a heads up play to deke our runner into thinking he was going to catch the ball.

If we don’t move back to first and second, that scores a run and we probably have runners on first and second with one out. The umpires were not very authoritative in their calls all night and didn’t really signal anything on the bunt attempt, but we still should have stayed on the bases until we were told to go back. I’ve never seen anything like it.

That play didn’t lose us the game. We were sloppy all night in the field. We had good enough pitching to win. I don’t think there is a way to coach guys out of mental mistakes at this age. We just have to be better with situational stuff. I don’t think we walked many guys.

So this one is tough, but we battled back. This team fights to the end every game.

We scored three runs with two outs in the seventh and chased their starter, and had the bases loaded and one of our best hitters up, but after two questionable called strikes he went down swinging on a ball out of the zone.

The plate ump was suspect all night for both sides, and naturally we’re going to be more pissed about it after a loss. The zone definitely got bigger as the night went on, and that was frustrating.

The Eagles are a good team, and we can’t give away outs and expect to beat them.

On the bright side, I think we had a pretty good approach at the plate. Jon Moore , DJ Dover and Andy Nichols each had two hits. I don’t have the book, so I’m not sure of any more specifics.

I think a best of three series against South Side in the playoffs would be great baseball.

To reiterate, we need to make the plays in the field and be smarter on the bases.

Sorosky and Strom are running the show on Friday and Saturday.

We play Friday 7pm, at Mellon Park vs the Oilers and Saturday, 3pm at Herschel vs. the Devils.



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