South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (15-8)
Pittsburgh D2 (8-14)
The Ducks look to avoid being swept by D2, and clinch second place tonight in Elliot. South Oakland has struggled this season against D2, losing 4-0 and 6-4 in two earlier matchups. Today’s game will determine whether the Ducks will get the 2 or 3 seed and D2 can still finish between 7 and 9 depending on tie breakers. These two teams could meet again on Saturday in the playoffs.
D2 will throw one of their seven starters, maybe the same guy who shut us down twice already this year. I don’t know if they’re trying to save arms for Saturday or what.
D2 may have based the color scheme of their new unis off the red, white, and blue team USA jerseys in D2: The Mighty Ducks. Also went with white primary color to honor the jersey change to the Anaheim home Ducks jerseys at intermission during the finals that brought the team together. I think it’s a great homage.
The Commish is on the hill for the Ducks tonight.
Bad news for D2
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (14-8)
Bauerstown Grizzlies (14-7)
Bauerstown Field #4
South Oakland has a chance to clinch second place with a win over Bauerstown today in Shaler. Both teams have played a condensed schedule over the last few days. It should be a close matchup between two good teams.
Ducks Weekend Recap:
On Friday, three Ducks pitchers combined to shut out the Oilers, 1-0 with a great performance by Andy Nichols (W, 1-0) throwing four shutout innings after Colton Fago left with arm soreness. Tom Pulice drove in the winning run on a bases loaded sac fly to left in the fifth, and James Fago recorded the save (6). We had a few missed opportunities on offense in this one.
On Saturday, the Ducks beat the Jays 11-2. South Oakland scored eight runs in the first inning, lead by Mark Lobardi’s second home run of the season. Randy Patton pitched a complete game for the win (5-3).
Cranberry all but clinched the division on Saturday when they swept Bauerstown in a double header in Cranberry. Congrats to them. Those two Grizzlies losses mean we can jump them in the standings with a win.
The Ducks have won seven of eight heading into today’s game with Bauerstown. Hopefully we’re getting hot at the right time and can ride this wave into the post season. We’re pitching by committee today, but we should have the arms to get through it.
Bad news for the Grizzlies
Mark Lombardi drove in three runs and Matt Mullen (W, 2-0) scattered four hits over six innings to lead the Ducks past the Grizzlies last night in Munhall.
Mullen worked out of a jam in the first after a hit batter, a single, and a delayed steal put runners on second and third with two outs. Mullen got their five hitter to groundout and end the inning.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. MVP candidate Tony Casale moved to third on Derek Clark’s single and scored on Lombardi’s sacrifice fly.
Mullen worked around a single and two hit batters in the fifth with the help of Tom Pulice who threw out a guy trying to steal second.
The Ducks left the bases loaded in the fifth.
Lombardi threw out a guy trying to stretch a single to a double in the top of the sixth, but Bauerstown clawed a run across with a single and a series of ground outs.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks scored three to put the game out of reach. Casale singled to start the inning, and went first to third on Pulice’s well placed single up the middle two batters later. Maldonado, running for Pulice, took second with the infield playing up. Lombardi drove in two runs with a single to left, and took second on the throw home. Mullen drove in Lombardi for the Duck’s fourth run.
James Fago recorded his franchise record fifth save of the season.
- Big win against a good team
- Grizzlies employed the no doubles defense for most of the game, leading to a few 300 foot singles
- Casale’s numbers this year are MVP worthy. He’s at least in the conversation. That guy from Cranberry and the Grizzlies guy are also good.
- Ran out of baseballs right at the end of our last home game. Perfect timing.
South Oakland’s next game is Friday night against the Oilers, 7pm at Mellon Park
South Oakland swept the season series with the Devils behind Mullen’s two-run triple last night in Munhall.
The Ducks scored in the first on Derek Clark’s RBI single, and then Matt Mullen followed singles by Sorosky and Morgan with a triple to right. Matt Muslin singled home Mullen two batters later to give the Ducks a four run lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Randy Patton (W,4-2) scattered six hits through five innings, allowing one run before the bullpen took over and held off a late Devils rally. Patton also picked off a runner at first.
- The Ducks made two errors in the game, but both were followed by inning ending double plays
- South Oakland turned a 5-2-3 double play to get out of a jam, and then in the third, a 6-3 double play to get out of a first and third situation
- Tom Pulice picked off a runner at third
- Several good plays by Maldonado at second who left with a lower body injury in the sixth
- Sorosky is five for his last five, and probably leads the team in avg. now
- Big win to get the tie breaker with South Hills
South Oakland’s next game is Sunday 8pm vs West View until we hear otherwise.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (7-7)
South Hills Devils (9-8)
The Ducks and the Devils will try to separate from the middle of the pack in a matchup full of playoff implications, tonight in Munhall. South Hills looks to avenge an early season 8-1 loss to the Ducks. Tonight’s game figures to be a much closer contest.
A win tonight, and our upcoming forfeit victory against West View and suddenly we could find ourselves on a three game winning streak. So it’d be a 2-for-1 tonight if we can beat the Devils at home.
Bad news for South Hills
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-2)
Pittsburgh D2 (1-5)
South Oakland looks to keep pace with the division leaders with a win tonight in Elliot against a D2 team with a surprisingly poor early season record. Last year we swept D2, but they had a bunch of good pitchers. I don’t even know what D2 stands for.
But they are not twice as many laughs as the original.
If we’re not flooded out, this is the start of 4 games in five days. This weather has been brutal. It should be a close game tonight if we play. Memphis will probably bean some guys if he pitches. Hopefully the week off doesn’t favor the team full of 22 year olds.
We have Quinn pitching tonight, who is second on the team in Ks per 7, with 11 strikeouts in 7 innings so far this year (Zingle, 1.1 IP, 3K).
Bad News for D2
Ducks starter Blaise Smiley (W, 1-1) pitched four innings, allowing zero earned runs on three hits and zero walks. Blaise won his first game as a Duck and recorded his first base hit of the season on a bunt in the sixth inning that sparked a five-run rally to put the game out of reach.
Both teams were short-handed, and the Devils were playing their third game in two days.
South Hills scored an unearned run in the first and lead 1-0 through three. South Oakland took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on three doubles and a walk from Lombardi, Pulice and Colton and James Fago.
In the top of the fifth inning Ducks outfielder, Mark Lombardi singled, advanced to third on two passed balls, and scored on a ground out to put the Ducks up 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, South Oakland chased the Devil’s starter, and scored five runs on four hits, an error and a couple walks, some of which were off the South Hills relief pitcher.
Ducks reliever, Cody Quinn pitched two scoreless innings, and James Fago blanked the Devils in the seventh.
South Hills drops to 4-4 on the season, while the Ducks improve their record to 4-2, and stay within striking distance of undefeated Bauerstown (5-0), and the Hebrew Oilers (6-2).
South Oakland plays next vs D2, Wednsday, 9pm at Springview Field.
Mark Lombardi hit a second inning, 2-run home run to give the Ducks an early lead they wouldn’t relinquish, as South Oakland (3-1) held off the Oilers by a score of 6-4 last night in Spring Hill. Lombardi also threw out a runner at home on a 7-2 double play, and scored on an infield hit later in the game.
Before the game, both teams provided the IDs of all players involved, and after lengthy debate and cross-referencing, all players were deemed legal. However, that piping on Dave Winfield’s pants looks so good it should be outlawed.
Ducks starter, Cody Quinn (W, 1-0) went four inning for the victory, allowing one run on a solo home run by Witer Jimenez in the first. Quinn worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the second and cruised the rest of the way. Ducks reliever, Steve Bielefeld allowed one run in the fifth, and Smiley pitched a perfect sixth. James Fago recorded his second save of the season, entering the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs. Fago struck out some guy, walked someone, then struck Jimenez out. The Oiler’s first baseman grounded out to end the game with the go-ahead run on first.
South Oakland has won three straight to pull within a half game of the first place Oilers (4-1).
- The Oilers left the bases loaded in the second, fifth and seventh innings.
- Brandt, Clark, Patton and Lombardi had RBI for South Oakland
- Pulice and Clark hit doubles
- Overall, another solid outing from the bullpen
- The defense was also solid, I think we had an error-free game
The Ducks play next against the Sheraden Jays, Sunday, 3pm at Chartiers Field.
Three South Oakland pitchers combined to one-hit the Wolfpack for the Ducks first shutout since 2014. Ducks starter, Randy Patton (W, 2-0) went four, working out of a bases loaded jam in the third; Blaise Smily faced the minimum over two innings, and James Fago pitched the seventh. Patton and Smiley each picked off a runner at first.
The Ducks scored four runs in the first on two bases-loaded walks, and a blistering single to left by Colton Fago.
Mike Brandt singled home two runs in the fourth, and Maldonado drove in a run with a sac fly in the sixth.
South Oakland improves to 2-1 on the season; the Wolfpack drop to 0-2.
- Casale had a double
- Zuzak extended his three-game hitting streak
- C. Fago was hit by a pitch and scored. He now leads the team in hbp (2)
- I can’t look up the exact date of our last shutout because the league site is trashed and the hosts lost our records in an attempted migration.
- Thankfully, I saved our all time stats last season
- Here’s the temporary Ducks page until the league office gets everything figured out
South Oakland plays next vs the Devils, Sunday, 8:30pm at Herschel Park
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.