South Oakland of the North Side (4-5) stopped a two-game losing streak behind Joe Graff’s (W, 1-0) masterful complete game in Munhall Saturday night. Dimas Maldonado drove in a run with a sacrifice fly that plated two runs after a throwing error allowed a runner to score from second and tie the game 2-2. Tom Pulice drove in the game winning run with a sac fly late in the game, I think.
The defending champion Bandidos lost to D2 on Sunday and are now 2-5. A surprisingly poor start for a good team.
The Ducks next game is Thursday, 6:45pm vs the Warriors in Boyce Park.
We might be bad this year. Allowing nine runs in back to back games against a team that was in Single A last year, and one that finished last during the regular season is not good. I hope this is the low point for our team this season.
The Ducks next game is Saturday, 7pm at West Field against the defending champion Bandidos.
We walked some guys and left a lot of runners on base. Their pitcher threw well. Not a great night.
Next game is Wednesday, 9pm at West Field
South Oakland won its third straight game, defeating the Bauerstown Grizzlies (1-4) by a score of 7-3 in Munhall Wednesday night.
South Oakland lead 3-1 going into the bottom of the fourth when Mike Brandt doubled to the gap and later scored on a ground out by Maldonado.
The Ducks added another run in the fifth on Pulice’s team leading 8th RBI on a single to right to make the score 5-1.
Bauerstown clawed back into the game with a three-run sixth, but the Ducks answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on singles by J. Zuzak, Petril, Maldonado and Gwin.
Randy Patton (W, 2-2) pitched five strong innings, and Chris Heisler finished out the game with a two inning save. The duo scattered nine hits on the night.
Mark Lombardi went 3-3 with 2 Runs scored.
Ben Gwin recorded the 300th hit of his Ducks career, an RBI single to right in the sixth inning.
South Oakland turned a 1-5-6 double play after a botched bunt attempt in the second.
We were the beneficiaries of a couple close plays in the field. Our 7-10 hitters went a combined: 4-10, 2B, 2 BB, RE, 2 SB, 4R
The Ducks next play Tuesday night at Herschel Park vs. the Devils.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (2-3)
Bauerstown Grizzlies (1-3)
South Oakland looks to win its third straight game and get back to .500 after a slow start. Bauerstown looks to get back in the win column after two tough losses. These are two evenly matched teams. It should be a good game.
Here’s an old scorebook page:
Ducks vs Rakers? this is from like 2007. One of TC Jones’s first games as a Duck. My cousin Paul pitched for us. He was really good when he was sober. This must have been a night game.
Must be the Rakers. Note their #7 and 9 hitter. Barchie also pitched for the Ducks for a half season. He recorded 15 Ks in one game. I think that’s still a single game record.
We were just about to get really good. After TC came, he brought a bunch of Pitt Club players and we went from terrible to competitive. We started this year like 0-8 and wound up finishing like10-14 and narrowly missing the playoffs.
Bad News for the Grizzlies
South Oakland won its second straight game, and improved to 2-3 on the season with a victory over the Eagles (2-1) in Elliot on Sunday.
Ducks starter, Chuck Zuzack pitched 4 strong innings and Mike Longman threw three scoreless innings in relief.
The Ducks trailed 1-0, when Joe Graff tied the game with an RBI single in the second.
The Ducks added two in the third, three in the fourth, and one in the seventh
TJ Morgan had 2 hits and an RBI in his season debut.
Pulice, Gwin and Dover hit doubles.
South Oakland plays next on Wednsday, 9pm at home vs the Grizzlies
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (1-3) beat the Sheraden Jays (1-1) 7-3 in Munhall Wednesday night. Tony Casale hit a leadoff triple, and the Ducks scored five runs in the first inning, and the Jays never threatened the early lead.
Randy Patten threw five strong innings allowing 2 runs on five hits, with 5Ks, Mike Longman recorded the 2-inning save allowing one unearned run.
Tom Pulice threw out a guy at second by like ten feet.
Ben Gwin recorded 2, HBP, putting him in the team lead.
South Oakland added one in the fourth and one in the sixth.
I don’t know what it is about teams with non-player coaches, but it’s terrible to play against them. They typically have fans and random people in the dugout that run their mouths. Good for them, I guess. I can’t imagine playing in an adult league and having to deal with some twenty year old’s dad bitching at me. It’s bullshit. I can’t imagine what their game against West View was like.
South Oakland’s next game is Sunday, 12pm at Hershel Park vs the South Side Eagles.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (0-3)
Sheraden Jays (1-0)
South Oakland looks to win its first game of the season tonight vs. 2017 Single A champion Sheraden. The Ducks need to get in the win column before the division is out of reach.
Here’s a random scorebook page from our illustrious 15 year history:
Ducks 6, Lions 4. This is from 2014. I really had fun that season. It was our first year not playing in the most competitive division, and not winning the title that year still feels like a missed opportunity.
It looks like we threw out a couple guys at home. Former manager, TC Jones started the game and went 2 innings, recording 2Ks. Looks like he pitched out of some trouble. We could use him this year. Ciccone came in to pitch the last few innings.
Alex Riley and Garrett Moore both played in this game for us. Hartranft and Swetz with RBI. Ciccone and Culp put the game out of reach in the fifth with back to back hits. I stole a ton of bases that year, so did Tony.
Great weather for baseball. Lets get a win tonight. 0-4 would be our worst start since 2007. We need a spark.
Bad News for the Jays