Rebels pitcher Rob Bane pitched a complete game and also hit a solo homer, leading the Rebels to a 13-3 rout of the Ducks in Shaler.
South Oakland sent eight batters to the plate in the first, but could only get one run across then Shaler scored 8 in the second and it was basically over.
Our starter didn’t have his stuff, and the plate ump wasn’t great and it all compounded into an ass kicking. Hats off to the Rebels. We will have a better effort for them when we face them again in a week.
South Oakland drops to 11-9 on the season. The Rebels improved to 9-8 with the win.
South Oakland’s next game is Wednesday vs. Cranberry. 9PM at Springview Field.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (11-8)
Shaler Rebels (8-8)
We lost to these guys in 9 innings the first time we played them, so it should be another close game. The standings are real close 2 through 5, and we have chance to get some breathing room between us and Shaler with a win. Good luck getting across town at rush hour.
Doc’s on the hill tonight.
Chris Heisler pitched a complete game for the win, and South Oakland scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Express in another one-run game.
The Express scored a run in the top of the second, and the Ducks trailed 1-0 for most of the game. In the sixth, Gwin scored on a fielders choice, and then Moore singled and scored from first on McCray’s RBI double. Greundl pitched well for Carrick in the loss.
We still need to reschedule a rain out vs. the Express. We’ve beaten them 4-3, 3-2, and 2-1. So the next game will probably be 14-12.
South Oakland’s next game is Monday, 6pm at Shaler during the worst time slot in the league.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side
The Ducks look to bounce back after a tough loss at the hands of the Devils and get back into the thick of the division race today.
This is only the second non-night game we’ve played at Springview. It will be a whole different experience, I’m’ sure.
We have won two, one-run games against Carick this season so it figures to be another close one tonight. A win will give us the season series win and the first playoff tie-breaker over the Express. With the standings as close as they are, tie-breakers are likely going to figure in to playoff seeding and avoiding the play-in game is huge.
Injury update: Pittsburgh NABA all-time leader in hit batsmen and current Ducks RBI leader, Brian Strom, is out indefinitely with what appears to be a dislocated thumb. He made a diving catch last game in the second inning, popped his thumb back in and finished the game.
Strom will be with us in spirit.
Bad News for the Express
We’ve now lost 3 times to the 6-11 Devils. Our record is 10-8. We were flat after a big win over the Oilers on Tuesday and made a bunch of errors. We are probably the only reason the Devils haven’t folded, so I guess it’s good for the league that we’ve struggled against them.
We play the Express this Saturday, 6pm at Spring Hill.
Despite the loss to the last place Devils last night, we are still 1.5 out of first thanks to BIG OIL drilling the WOLFPACK 4-0 last night in West View
Sources close to the Ducks report that the game got out of hand when a Wolfpack player tried to take out the Oilers’ three-hitter with an elbow to the face during a rundown. Not a hard slide, but an elbow to the face.
Oilers pitcher Dan Rueff shut down West View, throwing a one-hitter through 5 innings. When Rueff came to bad later in the game, the West View pitcher threw at his head.
There was a bizarre report of the WOLFPACK coach using stall tactics that don’t even make sense, regarding cars parked in center field. This shit is too weird to make up.
I’m not a gracious loser, but what an embarrassment.
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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (10-7)
South Hills Devils (5-11)
We are responsible for 40% of the Devils’ wins this season with a 1-2 overall record vs. South Hills. Pitching is thin for us tonight, but they’re coming off two games this weekend too, so it should even out. Who knows. We need someone to step up.
Bad News for the Devils
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side defeated BIG OIL 7-5 behind Brian Strom’s 3-for-3, 3 RBI night and another strong start from Zuzak (W, 4-1).
The Ducks jumped out to a 4-1 lead after three innings, the teams traded runs until the seventh, when the Oilers pulled to within 7-5 with two outs and a runner on second. Then Ducks relief pitcher Chris Heisler struck out their clean up hitter to end the game. Big time pitching.
Morgan drove in two runs for the Ducks and Sorosky laid down his team leading, second sac bunt of the season.
A. Ciccone went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, reached on an error and stole three bases in a losing effort.
South Oakland wins the season series against BIG OIL 2 to 1, and retains the Spring Hill Scooter, which was thrown at the home dugout during their loss to the Eagles a few weeks ago.
Chartier is holding the scooter. I’m holding Chartier’s arm in its socket.
The Ducks (10-7) have won four of their last five and are now in third place, 1.5 games behind West View (10-4) and half a game behind the Eagles (12-8).
The Duck’s next game is Wednesday night, 9PM at Spring Hill vs. the South Hills Devils.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (9-7)
Hebrew Oilers (9-8-1)
The Scooter will be in the building tonight.
Bad News for BIG OIL
South Oakland of the North Side defeated the Carrick Express 3-2 in a bizarrely officiated game, Saturday night in Carrick. DiPiaola (W, 4-1) threw his first complete game of the season for the victory. He struck out the last batter of the game. Brian Grundle pitched well for Carrick in the loss, also going seven innings and generally keeping the Ducks off balance.
The Ducks (9-7) scored three runs in the first and held Carrick (6-8) to two runs over the final six inning to hold on for the win.
We made key defensive plays to cut down the tying run at the plate on a chopper to the pitcher, and turned a double play to end a threat in the third. So far, we’ve won more close games than we’ve lost this season, which is the sign of a good team.
There were bad calls against both teams in this game, which is a shame because it was a well played and well pitched game that could have gone either way. The plate ump forgot the count and missed a fair/foul call on a potential double that went against the Ducks, and made a few bad calls on pitches against the Express. It probably evened out, but who knows. You can’t fix one call and then replay everything in a vacuum. The space time continuum would collapse on itself.
The Ducks play next on Tuesday night 6:45 at Mellon Park vs. the Oilers.
This is the second time in Ducks history, we’ve had a rain out that I couldn’t call off in time to avoid ump fees. Really thought the rain was gonna miss us. Fifteen minute downpour and it was all she wrote. We now have 2 games vs. the Express to reschedule.
South Oakland’s next game is Saturday, 8:00PM against the Express at Volunteer Field in Carrick.