The Ducks (3-2) overcame an early 6-0 deficit and stormed back to beat the Bandidos 14-8 in Spring Hill Wednesday night. Randy Patton (W, 1-0) scattered 8 hits over six innings for the victory, and Brandon Blackstone pitched a scoreless seventh. Yohei Sekiya went 2-3 with 4 RBI for the Ducks. The Bandidos fell to 2-1 on the season.
This was a wild one. It was 6-0 Bandidos heading into the bottom of the second. Then their starter walked a bunch of people, and we scored 4 runs. They added another run in the top of the third, and we answered with a six-run inning. It was 10-7 after 4.
Patton settled down and had a couple quick innings.
Then They brought in another guy, and we scored two in the fifth, and two in the sixth.
Eric Friend pitched the sixth for Bakery Square. He made a nice catch earlier in the game in center field.
Our 4-7 hitters this game (Lombardi, Rayl, Gwin, Fago) have over 50 years of NABA experience between us. We all reached base at least twice. Veteran at-bats.
Gutsy performance by Patton on a night he got hit around a little. It looked like this one might get away from us, but we battled, and he gave us a chance to come back.
Missed opportunity by the Bandidos to not get 80s Padres style uniforms when they got new ones.
The Ducks and Bandidos play again Sunday, 9:30am, at Spring View Field
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (1-3)
Bakery Square Bandidos (2-0)
Spring View Field
South Oakland looks to start a winning streak tonight against the resurgent Bandidos. After a thrilling extra inning win against South Side last weekend the Ducks are back in the win column and feeling confident. Tom Pulice earned his first win as Ducks manager. He’s the fifth coach to win a game for South Oakland.
Ducks managers by year:
- Gwin: 2003-07
- Jones: 2008-09
- Gwin: 2010-11
- Fago: 2012
- Morgan: 2013
- Gwin: 2014-19
- Pulice: 2020
Based on this pattern, I’ll be back in 2022. The Billy Martin of the Pittsburgh NABA.
Last year the Ducks swept the Bandidos. In 2019, Bakery Square had a statistical anomaly of a season, winning like five games and suffering a bizarre defeat to a short handed Eagles team in the playoffs. But it looks like the odds may have swung back in their favor this season as the Bandidos are off to the best start in team history.
These teams have been rivals since the days of Zack King and the Mon Valley Dirty Birds, when the aforementioned King tried to fight our whole team for some reason. 2014 was a great year. That season, the Dirty Birds played at West Field before the renovation.
After a two year hiatus, the South Oakland Ducks of the North Side are returning to the North Side. We will play our home games at Spring View Field.
West Field was nice, I guess, but the borough was impossible to deal with, and the seeds/maintenance situation was ridiculous. The big dugouts were a nice change of pace, but the lights were impossible there. We tried to get a couple early season dates there this year, and after they charged me for them, they said they were cancelling the whole summer, and turned around and gave a DNL team a permit. I’m still waiting on my refund.
Tonight is a homecoming for the Ducks.
Bad News for the Bandidos
In honor of the Undertaker’s retirement, I’m writing a bonus post about the upcoming all-decade NABA team that Cranberry is working on. Every team is nominating five players and then there is supposedly going to be voting on the best player from each team.
I nominated five Ducks:
TJ Morgan, James Fago, Tony Casale, DJ Dover, and Mark Lombardi.
Tom Pulice missed the cut by one year of eligibility, which for these purposes is set at 4 years of non-consecutive service. Randy’s omission deserves discussion, too, as he’s won a lot of games for us in two different stints in South Oakland.
Lombardi, Fago, and Dover are all probably on multiple teams top 5 of the decade. Tony and DJ are the only two to play their whole careers as Ducks.
I guess I could figure out an all 2010s team for the Ducks at some point. Maybe I’ll create a Google sheet and people can vote. Who did I forget? Strom, Sorosky, Graff, Big Mike, Ciccone? We’ve had a lot of good position players over the years. This post would’ve gotten five pages of discussion in 2010. Leave some comments.
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (1-3) outlasted the South Side Eagles, winning 7-4 in extra innings Sunday afternoon in Findlay. Matt Mullen (W, 1-1) rebounded from a suboptimal performance last weekend in Cranberry with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Billy Welsh.
Welsh cruised through five, and the Ducks led 4-1, but a couple errors paved the way for an Eagles comeback. South Side tied the game at 4 after a three-run sixth.
The Eagles starter battled through eight innings, and then they brought in the side arm guy in the top of the ninth. Tom Pulice drove in the game winning run with a two out, two-run double down the line. Kenny Rayl added an insurance run with another RBI double.
Mullen retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth.
The win moves the Ducks out of sole possession of last place.
This would have been a horrible loss to blow another lead and fall to 0-4. The Eagles battled to tie it up, but Mullen shut the door, and we finally had some hard hit balls drop for us. Hopefully we can string a few wins together.
This was a big win with a short bench and several guys playing out of position.
Mark Lombardi made three great plays at third, including a 5-3 double play in the 8th, and a diving stop in the top of the ninth.
UPDATE: South Oakland plays next vs. the undefeated, new look Bandidos. Wednesday, 9pm at Springview Field
Eagles: Ethan Carey
Ducks: Billy Welsh
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (0-3)
South Side Eagles (1-2)
Findlay Sports Complex
South Oakland has lost three games to start the 2020 season. The Eagles beat the Ducks in what was a great game through five innings last Wednesday before the wheels fell off in the top of the sixth.
We typically start slow, but this season the margin for error is smaller, and we can’t spend too much time figuring it out. We need to get on a roll, but we have to get the first one. Father’s Day is a good day to start a winning streak.
Bad New for the Eagles
The Ducks dropped to 0-3 after a 5-0 loss to the South Side Eagles last night in Moon. This was a scoreless game through five. The Ducks stranded two men on with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth, and the Eagles scored five unearned runs in the top of the sixth. Both pitchers threw well. We couldn’t get anything to fall.
The Ducks play next on Sunday against the Eagles, 3pm, at Findlay Park.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (0-2)
South Side Eagles (0-2)
Ducks: Brandon Blackstone (0-1)
Eagles: Idk, Quinn or a new guy
After a weekend sweep at the hands of Cranberry, South Oakland opens its home schedule tonight at Moon Park against the equally winless Eagles. The Eagles lost to the defending champion Devils twice last weekend.
South Side took two of three regular season games from the Ducks last season, and are always a tough opponent regardless of record. Both teams figure to be patching together a rotation early in the season after double headers to start the season. Getting ten-runned by the Devils on may help South Side tonight as they saved some wear on their bullpen.
Speaking of bullpens, Ducks pitchers walked 17 batters and hit six more over their first two games. Twenty-three (23) free bases over fourteen innings is significant. We will have to improve on those numbers going forward. No time like the present to get back to throwing strikes.
Bad News for the Eagles
South Oakland was swept by Cranberry, losing 10-8 and 11-5 in Cranberry today. The Ducks led game 1, 7-0 before allowing 10 straight runs. In game 2, Cranberry jumped out to an 8-1 lead, and held on for the win.
Most of the runs for both teams were due to walks.
South Oakland plays next on Wednesday night, 8:30pm at the Duck Pond, pending the city issuing us a permit.
Plan on playing unless you hear otherwise.
South Oakland Ducks of the Northside
Game1: Patton vs. Germani
Game 2: Mullen vs Stumpf
The top two regular-season teams from last year both flamed out early in the playoffs. Cranberry was the league’s darling, turning in its first .500+ season, and finishing first overall. In 2019, South Oakland finished with a ten-game winning streak, to pull within a half-game of the Crusaders. Both teams lost two straight playoff games. I hope Cranberry continues their regular-season success after this weekend.
Cranberry took the season series 2-0 over the Ducks last year, winning both games on the final at-bat, by one run. Maybe there was a third game. I don’t know. They always give us a hard time.
I’m looking forward to the condensed schedule and playing regular-season series against teams. It should benefit teams with depth. We always have good depth, so hopefully, I’m right.
This season is going to be different, but everyone is excited to get going. After facing the real likelihood of cancellation, it’s like playing with house money. It might take a few games to get back in shape, but I like our team this year. We’re under new management and have made some key additions. We are still around for our eighteenth season. We will put up some runs this year. We should contend for a title.
With the “ban” on dipping, look for more cigarettes around the dugout this year.
Bad News for Cranberry
It’s been quite an offseason. For a while it didn’t look like we’d play at all. We’ve been week-to-week since March on how we would get a shortened schedule completed. The shortened season will be interesting. Field availability is still an issue. Everyone is anxious to get outside and play ball. Bauerstown and D2 are taking the season off. Sheraden folded. West View is officially gone.
We have six teams in AA this year. Bandidos, Cranberry, Devils, Ducks, Eagles, Oilers. The temporary and permanent contraction will consolidate some talent. I think the Devils got a bunch of guys. They will be tough to beat.
We will have basically the same team we always have. If we get pitching, we will be solid. We made a few moves, adding a couple arms from Sheraden, a friend of NABA legend Craig Boley’s to the outfield rotation, the Mariners old manager, and a Devils cast off. We drafted some pitchers. I think Tom made great moves adding high character guys who can all pitch and play multiple positions.
We’ve had a hole at third base and the middle of the order since losing former MVP DJ Dover. But if there is a man who can embrace joining a veteran team, following a Ducks great like Dover, it’s Kenny Powers.
The South Oakland Ducks welcome the Pittsburgh NABA all-time home run leader and two time league champion, Kenny Rayl to the team. Longtime rival and Duck killer during the league’s Golden Age; teammate of some in the 28+ league and on various tournament teams; the former owner/operator and GM of the Brookline Black Sox will play third, and backup Pulice behind the plate.
This was always going to happen. We now have two players (Ben Gwin/Rayl) who have played in the league since its inaugural season in 2003.
I think we have improved in the off season. Tom’s managing. I’ll be out there leaning into pitches for another season. We return the core of a team that won 16 games last year.
Bad news for everyone.