Gameday 18: Ducks vs Devils

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (7-9-1)


South Hills Devils (9-7)


Springview Field

Probable Starters:

Ducks: Mullen

Devils: Heinecke

South Oakland takes on the defending champs tonight in Spring Hill with a chance to win the season series. The Ducks have won two straight including Monday night’s 14-8 slug fest at South Hills.

A win tonight keeps the Ducks in the hunt for a home playoff game. South Oakland has won two straight and looks to keep the momentum going as the team heads into the post season. The team is playing with confidence.

Bad News for the Devils

Ducks Win: South Oakland 5, Bakery Square 3


South Oakland broke a five game winless streak, defeating the Bandidos 5-3 today in Spring Hill. Billy Welsh (W, 2-1) pitched a complete game for the win. The Ducks improve to 6-9-1 on the season.

As always the Bandidos looked great, but they still missed the boat with their new uniforms when they could’ve gone with these classics.

Baseball: Montreal Expos Andre Dawson (10) in acton, making catch vs Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field Chicago, IL 9/11/1981 CREDIT: Heinz Kluetmeier (Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: X26016 TK2 R5 F4 )

The Ducks next game is Monday, 8:30pm, Herschel Park vs. South Hills Devils

Ducks Lose. South Oakland 3, Bandidos 6

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The Ducks are now winless in five straight after the Bandidos overcame a 3-1 deficit to win in Spring Hill last night. Bakery Square scored 2 runs in the sixth and 3 in the seventh.

South Oakland’s record is terrible, but throwback night was a success.

Bandidos missed an opportunity to go with these beauties when they settled on their new unis. Could’ve used a lowercase b in the same font for the logo.

South Oakland plays next on Sunday, 9am, at Springview Field.



Gameday 15: Ducks vs. Bandidos

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (5-8-1)


Bakery Square Bandidos (7-5)


Springview Field

Projected Starters:

Ducks: Blackstone

Bandidos: Gallagher

South Oakland looks to snap its four-game winless streak tonight against Bakery Square. The Ducks won the first two meetings 14-8 and 6-3 (8 inn.), respectively.

Tonight is throwback night. Players from each team are encouraged to wear their oldest NABA jersey to celebrate our league’s rich 17-year history.

Bad News for the Bandidos



Tie Game: Ducks 5, Eagles 5 (9 inn.)

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South Oakland and South Side battled to a 5-5 tie yesterday in Elliot. The Ducks lead 5-1 early but couldn’t add to their lead. The Eagles scored two unearned runs late in the game, and South Oakland lead 5-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Eagles battled back to tie after a bunch of walks.

The Ducks failed to win another great start from Billy Welsh.

  • We left a lot of men on base yesterday
  • We are 2-2-1 in extra-innings this season
  • At this point, we are playing for the 4th seed, and a home playoff game – still very attainable
  • We are 0-3-1 without 2019 team MVP, SS, Tony Casale. Our other middle infielders have had work commitments the last couple weeks. It’s been a tough four games.

South Oakland plays next on Wednesday, 9pm, Springview Field vs Bakery Square.

Wednesday is throwback night. Both teams will wear historic NABA jerseys to celebrate our league’s illustrious 17 year history.




Ducks Lose: South Oakland 5, South Side 15


We got smoked. Hats off to the Eagles. They played well.

Three Ducks players were hit in the face this game. Two on defense by pretty routine batted balls with runners on base, and one baserunner on a weird attempted tag/slide into first play on an infield hit during the inning we scored all our runs. No one was seriously injured.

We are now 5-8.

Time to regroup.

Next game: Ducks at Eagles, Sunday, 12pm, at Herschel Park.

Gameday 13: Ducks vs Eagles

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (5-7)


South Side Eagles (2-10)


Springview Field

Probable starters:

Ducks: Patton?

Eagles: Horowitz

The Ducks look to rebound tonight, after back-to-back extra innings losses to Cranberry. The standings are still pretty tight, but South Oakland finds itself two games under .500 with eight games left, 2.5 games out of first. A division title is mathematically unlikely at this point.

The Eagles are 2-10, and that’s not a great record, but they shut us out earlier this year, and took us to extra innings the other time. At least tonight we are at the Duck Pond, our record is pretty good there.

We need to win some games and get on a roll before the playoffs. It would be great to get a home game in the first round if we miss out on a bye. We want to peak at the right time. Tonight is as good a time as any to start a winning streak.

Bad News for the Eagles


Ducks Lose. South Oakland 3, Cranberry 8 (9 inn.)

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Game 1: Ducks 8, Cranberry: 18 (8 inn.)

Game 2: Ducks 3, Cranberry 8 (9 inn.)

South Oakland (7-7) lost 8-5 in 9 innings to Cranberry last night in Spring Hill. Once again the Ducks fought back to send the game into extra innings, only to allow several runs and lose. Stumpf hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth for Cranberry, that sealed it.

It’s not easy to lose two games in extra innings by a combined 15 runs.

We only made a couple mistakes, but we paid for them.

We probably played ourselves out of a bye this week, but we’ve been in this position before. We just need to get hot down the stretch. This is the most complete team we’ve had in years, and I think we have a good shot at a title, even without the bye.

The Ducks next game is against the Eagles next Wednesday, 9pm at Springview Field.


Gameday 12: Ducks vs Cranberry

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side


Cranberry Crusaders


Springview Field

Probable Starters:

Ducks: Blackstone

Cran: Valenti

The Ducks look to avoid a season sweep by Cranberry tonight at the Duck Pond. Cranberry has historically been a bad matchup for us, but I don’t think they’ve ever swept us. I could be wrong. Either way, tonight is a big game. We don’t want to be two games under .500 heading into the Eagles series against their new guy who shut us out last time we faced him.

I think we are finishing up last game before we start the next one, but I’m not sure.

We may lose an extra inning game by double digit runs. That’s no small feat. Maybe we will score eleven with two outs. Monday really devolved. Still, with a win tonight we can get out of this two game set even, and jump back in the mix for a bye.

Bad News for Cranberry



Suspended Game

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Last night’s game between South Oakland and Cranberry was suspended due to the lights going out in the 8th inning. The Ducks fought back to tie the game several times after falling behind early. Cranberry scored a bunch of runs in the top of the 8th, and got themselves out on purpose to try to move the game along.

I’m not sure if this is currently ruled a tie or if it reverts to the top of the 8th. This was frustrating. We had a couple chances to win the game in the 7th, and we got some bad bounces early.

The two teams play again Wednesday at 9pm at Springview Field.