Ducks Set to Play in Capital City Classic

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Hello to the Ohio teams googling us. We are looking forward to a fun weekend of baseball, October 13/14 in Columbus at the Capital City Classic. I think we will be competitive. We won two games last year before getting smoked in the playoffs by the Columbus Pirates. We have the Pirates again in pool play, and then two other Ohio teams: The Ohio Hooligans and the Inca Chiefs. I feel like last year there were more teams from places other than Ohio in the 25+ group.

Several Ducks and a handful of other guys from around the league make up our tournament team. It is basically the same as last year. Hopefully we win a couple games and get to Sunday.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Ducks Knocked Off by Grizzlies in Loser’s Bracket Finals

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After a dramatic, ten-inning walk-off, 7-6 win against the Devils, South Oakland lost 11-2 with a shot at the championship on the line. It was a very frustrating way to go out after the team fought hard to win three straight playoff games. South Oakland finished 16-12 (combined regular season and playoff record).

I messed up the pitching vs. the Grizzlies. I should have gone right to Patton and gotten what innings we could out of him, instead of trying to hold him out until the last 3. The game was out of hand by then, so it didn’t do us any good.

A couple errors and some early base running mistakes when the game was still close, let it get away from us. But as the manager, I take the blame for not making what was a pretty obvious decision. I don’t think anyone expected the relief appearance to go quite as bad as it did for the second pitcher in the game for us, but still, we had Randy on two days rest and I should have just put him in then. It might not have mattered, but still. If we hold Bauerstown to 2 or three that inning, instead of five, the whole feel of it changes, and we are at least more engaged. It was really deflating.

That loss certainly takes the shine off what was an amazing game in the quarter final. That was easily one of the best games in Ducks history. Ten-inning walk off win with like four lead changes. I’ll remember the Devils game for the rest of my life. That may sound corny as fuck, but it was great.

The Oiler’s game was the one we needed, the first round game that we lost 2-1. If we take that one, we can maybe sneak through to the winner’s bracket final and at least not have to play a double header, but who knows. We’re dealing with alternate reality shit now. Maybe we lose our next two if we beat the Oilers in game one.

Three wins in the playoffs is our best season in a while. We finished better than 10 other teams.

This was a really hard year for me in a lot of ways outside of baseball, and then when running the Ducks got to be another source of stress instead of a way to blow off steam and play a game I love with my friends, it really fucked me up. I was very close to quitting a few times this season, and maybe that showed in my play or my decision making, but I tried to give us a chance to win every game, while still getting everyone at bats and some time in the field. That is how I will always run this team. I will always put the long term survival of the team first.

The reason I dropped down from AAA in 2013 was because it wasn’t fun anymore. There were a lot of times it wasn’t fun at all this season. But I’ll keep running the team because I don’t know what I’d do between April and August otherwise. This team has been a part of my life for fifteen seasons, and I think we have another run left in us with this core. The window might be closing, but there’s reason for optimism.

quack

 

Playoff Gameday 3: #5 Ducks at #3 Eagles

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

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South Side Eagles

8:30PM

Moon Park

After defeating the Carrick Express 7-2 last Sunday, the Ducks travel to Moon Park tonight to take on the third-seeded Eagles for a chance to advance to the loser’s bracket semifinals.

South Oakland won the season series 2-0, but they also swept the Oilers this season, who knocked off the Ducks in the opening round of the playoffs.

I think the Eagles were missing some guys the first couple times we played them. This should be a tough game between two good teams.

Win or go home. This is an exciting time of year. Hopefully our run will continue with a win tonight.

Bad News for the Eagles

D is for Default: Ducks advance after multiple forfeits

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SOUTH OAKLAND:

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.

 

 

Gameday 23: Ducks at Bandidos

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (13-9)

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Bakery Square Bandidos (14-8)

8pm

West Field

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

Ducks Win: South Oakland 14, Carrick 3

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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.

Quack

Gameday 22: Ducks at Express

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (12-9)

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Carrick Express (8-8)

8pm

Volunteer Field

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

 

Ducks Sweep BIG OIL, Keep Fist Round Bye Hopes Alive

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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.

Ducks Win. South Oakland 8, South Hills 5

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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.

Ducks Sweep: South Oakland 10, Pittsburgh D2 1

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Professional Hitter Joe Graff lead the way as South Oakland of the North Side (8-6) knocked Pittsburgh D2 (8-4) out of first place with a 10-1 win in West End last night, completing a season sweep of the young club by a combined score of 22-1 over two games.

Chris Heisler (W, 1-1) threw four innings, allowing 2 hits and 1 run.

Mike Longman came in and pitched three shutout innings in relief for the Ducks.

We scored a bunch early and coasted.

Ben Sorosky drove in a run for his second RBI in two games.

Tony Casale drove in two runs with a ground out to second base

Veteran Savvy on display.

There was a bizarre play in which one of our players tried to field a foul ball while he was a base runner and was called out which lead to some arguing. This was not our finest moment.

The umps might have checked out early. There was some frustration from the home team.

That last kid D2 pitched was Adam Banks-good.

After a 3-5 start, South Oakland has won 5 of 6 and is 1.5 games out of first. One of five teams with 8 wins. Should be a crazy stretch run.

The offense is showing signs of life.

The Ducks play next on, Saturday, 3pm at Bauerstown