South Oakland Ducks of the North Side
Both teams were gifted a bye out of the elimination round, and will play at the smallest field in the league out in Shaler.
South Oakland won both regular season meetings this year, taking two very close games late in the season. The Ducks have not beaten the Oilers in the playoffs since 2011, and are 2-2 against Hebrew all time in the post season, I think. BIG OIL single handedly eliminated the Ducks in 2016, defeating them in the first round and in the loser’s bracket final.
The Oiler’s manager is being cagey about their starting pitcher, but they have a good rotation so we will face someone tough.
The Ducks will throw Pitcher of the Year candidate Randy Patton who lead the league in innings pitched and WHIP.
The goal is to extend the season and get out of this weekend. We can make a good run at it if we hit.
Bad News for BIG OIL
The Ducks will advance to face the Oilers in the first round of the playoffs, avoiding the play-in game thanks to their ability to show up. West View’s season-long collapse culminated in playoff ineligibility, and the Warriors were unable to get nine guys to show up this weekend.
West View’s forfeit granted the Oilers a bye into the tournament.
That changed the Ducks’ first round opponent from the Sorcerers to the Warriors, and moved the game from Friday night to 3pm Saturday so the winner could play the Oilers at 5:30 immediately following that game.
The Warriors would not have been able to field a team over the weekend.
Additionally, had the Warriors played a Friday night game and won against the Ducks, they would have then forfeited to the Oilers and the following day in the losers bracket on Sunday which would have fucked up everything.
The Ducks have not forfeited since 2013.
South Oakland lost 9-1 to the Bandidos at West Field last night. The Ducks walked too many batters and couldn’t string together enough hits vs. Bakery Square’s starter who I don’t think even got to more than a couple three-ball counts. Tough way to end the regular season. Really if we didn’t drop five games to the teams with the three worst records in the league, we’d have clinched the top spot weeks ago, and this game wouldn’t have mattered. But we didn’t so here we are looking at another play-in game.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (13-9)
Bakery Square Bandidos (14-8)
The Ducks play an away game at home tonight vs the Bandidos in a makeup for a rain out earlier this season. A Ducks win will put South Oakland in third place, assuming a forfeit win over West View is awarded, while a loss will put us no higher than fifth, and force a first round, play-in game against Wexford, Boyce Park or Cranberry. Three teams that have given us trouble this season.
I’m excited for a meaningful game tonight. It’s been a weird year, at times it’s been extremely frustrating, but if we come out of this with a bye, none of that will matter.
Fifty five is ready to go tonight.
Bad News for the Bandidos
The South Oakland Ducks (13-9) defeated the Express (9-10) by eleven runs last night in Carrick. Ducks catcher Tom Pulice went 2-4 with 2 RBI, and a double, and has emerged as a viable MVP candidate.
As a team South Oakland recorded 18 hits including 5 doubles.
Mike Longman (W, 2-0) and Joe Graff combined for five solid innings on the mound.
With the win, the Ducks match their total from last season when the team finished 13-8-2.
South Oakland can finish no lower than fifth and can clinch a first round bye with a win over the Bandidos on Tuesday night.
If the Ducks lose tomorrow, they can’t get a bye.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (12-9)
Carrick Express (8-8)
South Oakland looks to avenge an early season loss to the Express tonight in Carrick, and continue on its recent hot streak. The Ducks have won three straight and four of the last five. Carrick has fallen off a bit after a hot start and has dealt with unfortunate scheduling/permit issues over the last month or so. They’ve only played 16 games with seven days left in the regular season.
A Ducks win will set up a showdown with the Bandidos on Tuesday that could possibly be for the third seed and a first round bye. The Ducks control their own destiny thanks to tie-breakers over the Oilers, Eagles, D2, Bauerstown, and a win over the Bandidos early in the season. Bauerstown losing one of its last two games would also help.
But none of that matters without a win tonight. These late season games are exciting, we’ve done a good job to get some wins over good teams and we will need another one against Carrick.
Bad News for the Express
Cody Quinn and Randy Patton lead South Oakland to back to back wins over the Hebrew Oilers. Quinn pitched a gem on Tuesday in East Liberty, going six innings and allowing one run. He worked out of trouble early, stranding the bases loaded, and striking out the side in the second. Patton pitched a scoreless seventh inning, in the Ducks 6-1 win. Tom Pulice hit a bases loaded double to give the Ducks some breathing room, and added an RBI single in the seventh.
Wednesday night in Spring Hill, Patton threw a complete game against his former team and the Ducks pulled away with a four run sixth inning to break a 4-4 tie. DJ Dover drew a bases loaded walk, and Paul Cucco hit a bases clearing triple. South Oakland went on to win 8-4.
Both games were close until the late innings.
South Oakland is now .5 games out of third for the final first round bye, and one back in the win column of the first place Eagles.
It’s going to be exciting down the stretch.
South Oakland’s next game is Saturday night at 8pm vs. Carrick at Volunteer Field. Hopefully the permit situation is worked out.
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side score seven runs in the first four innings, and coasted to an 8-5 win Thursday night in Munhall.
Randy Patton pitched six strong innings for the win, and Tom Pulice went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles, a walk and 3 RBI.
The Devils scored four unearned runs in the fifth to make things interesting after the Ducks had made defensive substitutions to get everyone playing time.
The Devils appear to have an almost entirely different roster from the first time the teams met.
Lonnie Petril went 0-0 with 2BB and 2 Runs
Ben Sorosky laid down a perfect sac bunt that lead to two runs.
The Ducks next game is 6pm Saturday at Sheraden.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (8-8)
South Hills Devils (7-9-1)
South Oakland looks to break a two-game losing streak tonight vs the Devils. South Hills has won like 5 in a row and six of seven. They’re much improved after a shitty start.
The Ducks are still alive for the division title and are just 1.5 games out of a bye. Everyone is right around .500. We need this one tonight. If we go 6-2 down the stretch we should get a first round bye and avoid the elimination game. We have some new guys and some old guys back on the roster. It should be a good one tonight on the turf.
Bad News for the Devils
Seriously, that guy is a disgrace to baseball.
Congrats to Bauerstown on the well-deserved win. 2-1 in 9 innings on Saturday. Tough loss for the Ducks.
We were up 1-0, and allowed one unearned run after Graff had a guy thrown out, and the ball was dropped at second. Then we botched a double play and the runner scored on the play.
PHJG had two hits, 2 SB and threw out one runner. Patton and Dipiola combined for eight solid innings on the mound. We left a few guys on base, but the terrible umpire was the story of the game. This was a team we beat 7-4 when they had their ace going against us at home, and we were only able to scratch one run across with this asshole behind the plate.
Of course we argued and made it worse.
The Grizzlies pitchers threw well. One of their guys almost went yard.
South Oakland’s next game is Tuesday, 8pm at home vs. Wexford.