Ducks Lose: South Oakland 0, Sheraden 3

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South Oakland lost its second straight game to fall back to .500 last night in Munhall. Ducks starter, Colton Fago (L, 1-2) allowed one earned run in 3 innings. Matt Mullen pitched well in relief. The Ducks left a bunch of guys on base, and Sheraden’s lefty kept the team off balance.

Box Score

At the halfway point the Ducks are 6-6 and in fifth place. Not great. But still plenty to be optimistic about heading into the second half.

South Oakland plays next on Tuesday, 6/18, 6:45 at Mellon Park against the Oilers.




Gameday 12: Ducks vs Jays

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (6-5)


Sheraden Jays (6-3)


West Field

South Oakland looks to take the season series from Sheraden tonight in Munhall as the teams meet for the second time in a week. The Ducks won last Wednesday’s game 5-2.

The Ducks sit in fifth place, a game behind Sheraden. A win tonight will keep the team in the hunt for a bye.

We should have most of our starters tonight, and Colton is going to pitch again after recording nine strikeouts against the Jays last Wednesday.

Bad News for the Jays

Ducks Lose: South Oakland 5, Eagles 6


Tough one-run loss the day after Brandt’s wedding. Looks like we battled, and came up just short, scoring two in the sixth on Morgan’s RBI single and another in the seventh off a Colton Fago triple. We had the tying run on third to end the game. Two close ones against the Eagles this year. We’ve accounted for half their wins.

South Oakland falls to 6-5 with the loss. The Eagles improve to 4-6.

The Ducks next game is Wednesday, 8pm at West Field vs Sheraden

Around the League

Cranberry handed Bauerstown their first loss of the season this weekend, and those two teams are tied for first at 7-1.

The defending champion Oilers (7-4) are somehow still competent despite their manager’s pleas to stay in AA because their team that lost everyone and has no pitching.

Sheraden is a game in front of us at 6-3. Big game against them this Wednesday. It’ll be interesting to see how they respond to the suspensions that were handed down over the weekend, and a ton of makeup games that have been backloaded to their schedule.

The Devils and Bandidos both won by forfeit over the Wolfpack this weekend. Bad news for West View. I’m not sure if they are going to be able to keep from folding. Who could’ve seen this coming?

How are the Bandidos 1-6?

A big part of succeeding in this league is being able to put out a competitive lineup when starters are on vacation or whatever, and grind through June without blowing up too many times. We’ve done ok so far, but a couple close losses and an opening day error-fest might hurt down the line. It’d be great to string a few together, and get out of the middle of the pack. We play 4 games in 6 days next week.




Ducks Win: South Oakland 2, BIG OIL 0

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South Oakland moves back over .500 behind Randy Patton’s complete game shutout. Patton (W, 3-0) struck out 11, allowed 5 hits and no walks. Dimas Maldonado went 3-for-3 2 2B, RBI, and scored the game winning run on a first inning walk by TJ Morgan. Bielefeld doubled and scored in the second inning, and the Ducks held on for the win. I wasn’t at the game. It looks we had a couple base running mishaps and that Randy pitched really well. The Ducks have won five of their last six against the Oilers.

With the win, the Ducks improve to 5-4, and the Oilers drop to 7-4.

South Oakland has a quick turnaround with a game tonight against the Jays. 8:30pm at West Field.


Gameday 9: Ducks vs BIG OIL


South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-4)


Hebrew Oilers (7-3)


Mellon Park

South Oakland starts off a week of playing the two most likable teams in AA in East Liberty tonight when they take on the defending champs who have no ringers at all and are a completely legit AA team that in no way is good enough to move up.

Tomorrow the Ducks play Sheraden at West Field. The commissioner will be in uniform for South Oakland, and I wonder if the Jays will be stupid enough to start another fight. I think I’ll have a brief history of NABA fights next week. My two readers can look forward to that one.

Anyway, let’s take care of tonight first. We need a win to stay above .500 and keep the Oilers within striking distance.

Bad News for Big Oil

Ducks Fall To .500, Lose 4-0, 4-3 Over The Weekend


Friday night South Oakland lost 4-0 in a bizarre game to D2. D2’s starter threw well, and we were short a few players. Then in the second inning, our starting pitcher got hurt, and Patton filled in and threw well for the last 4 innings. D2 scored on an error on a dropped fly ball with 2 outs in the first. In the third they were aided by a single that took a six foot hop over our second baseman. They scored another run on a throwing error by our pitcher. I don’t know how they scored their other run. some guy doubled.

The umps admitted they blew the play on the intentional drop that D2 turned into a double play. We had first and third with no outs and their second baseman intentionally dropped a soft liner. Heads up play, but not a legal one. Our next batter popped out anyway.

And we left guys on base all game. It was frustrating. The umps didn’t lose us that one, but they were not great for either team. I think someone skipped a few batters in our book. It’s hard to read.

The biggest loss of the game was Colton Fago pulling his hamstring in the seventh inning after hitting a leadoff double. Fago was scheduled to start the next game at Cranberry, but is now on the injured list.

Saturday we went to Cranberry and again made just enough mistakes to give them a couple runs, and didn’t hit well enough to overcome those mistakes. Cranberry scored a run on a dropped pop-up, and a couple hits that should have been caught, also one on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.

It was a lot like Friday.

On the bright side, Matt Mullen pitched great in his first start, filling in for Fago. Fago’s injury made us worse at two positions defensively even if the pitching was still good enough to win. We moved an infielder to the mound, an outfielder to the infield, and our DH to the outfield, and it hurt us. We still should have been able to score more runs, but we never seem to hit Cranberry, ever. Germani and the guy with the beard shut us down pretty routinely. However, a couple guys had good days at the plate. Casale hit three doubles, Lombardi and Brandt drove in runs, and Mullen hit a double and scored.

So now we’re going into Tuesday and Wednesday with a depleted bullpen, but we should be ok. our weekday lineup is typically strong.

South Oakland plays next on Tuesday, 6:45 at Mellon Park against the Oilers.

Gameday 7: Ducks at D2

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-2)


Pittsburgh D2 (1-5)


Herschel Park

South Oakland looks to keep pace with the division leaders with a win tonight in Elliot against a D2 team with a surprisingly poor early season record. Last year we swept D2, but they had a bunch of good pitchers. I don’t even know what D2 stands for.

But they are not twice as many laughs as the original.

If we’re not flooded out, this is the start of 4 games in five days. This weather has been brutal. It should be a close game tonight if we play. Memphis will probably bean some guys if he pitches. Hopefully the week off doesn’t favor the team full of 22 year olds.

We have Quinn pitching tonight, who is second on the team in Ks per 7, with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings so far this year (Zingle, 1.1 IP, 3K).

Bad News for D2

Ducks Win. South Oakland 8, South Hills 1

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Ducks starter Blaise Smiley (W, 1-1) pitched four innings, allowing zero earned runs on three hits and zero walks. Blaise won his first game as a Duck and recorded his first base hit of the season on a bunt in the sixth inning that sparked a five-run rally to put the game out of reach.

Both teams were short-handed, and the Devils were playing their third game in two days.

South Hills scored an unearned run in the first and lead 1-0 through three. South Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on three doubles and a walk from Lombardi, Pulice and Colton and James Fago.

In the top of the fifth inning Ducks outfielder, Mark Lombardi singled, advanced to third on two passed balls, and scored on a ground out to put the Ducks up 3-1.

In the top of the seventh, South Oakland chased the Devil’s starter, and scored five runs on four hits, an error and a couple walks, some of which were off the South Hills relief pitcher.

Ducks reliever, Cody Quinn pitched two scoreless innings, and James Fago blanked the Devils in the seventh.

South Hills drops to 4-4 on the season, while the Ducks improve their record to 4-2, and stay within striking distance of undefeated Bauerstown (5-0), and the Hebrew Oilers (6-2).

South Oakland plays next vs D2, Wednsday, 9pm at Springview Field.



Gameday 6: Ducks at Devils

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (3-2)


South Hills Devils (4-2)


Herschel Park

South Oakland looks to get back on track after a tough loss to the Grizzlies when they travel to Elliot to take on the Devils. This is a rematch of last year’s epic 10-inning loser’s bracket semifinal that basically assured neither team would be rested or have enough pitching to advance to the finals.

Devil’s manager, Rich Rodi will likely deploy the neutral zone trap, in an attempt to stifle the Ducks breakout.

It will be the Devil’s third game in two days, band both teams figure to be short handed due to the holiday weekend. I’m excited to play a day game. 9pm on a weekday feels a lot later than it did ten years ago. Anyway…

Both teams have championship aspirations, and both teams are currently chasing the Grizzlies (4-0) and Oilers (6-2) in the standings. It should be a closely contested affair.

Bad News for the Devils

Ducks Lose. Bauerstown 4, South Oakland 0


South Oakland drops to 3-2 on the season after getting shutout by the Grizzlies Wednesday night in Spring Hill. Their pitcher shut us down, so good job by him.

Bauerstown scored 4 runs in the fifth. One guy stole home on a wild pitch that bounced up the line, and they had a floater to right field fall in for a 2-run double.

The first-place Grizzlies remain undefeated at 4-0.

Still some positives to take away from this one.

The Ducks next game is Saturday, 12:30pm at the Herschel Park vs the Devils.