South Oakland Ducks of the North Side
I can’t think of a better home field for the Oilers than one in Bakery Square, ground zero for Pittsburgh gentrification. If I ever wind up in Social, I’ll slit my wrists and bleed all over the tech bros and trust funded faux artists that drink there and have helped price out the working class from the East End.
Bad News for the Oilers
South Oakland improved its record to 2-1, defeating the WOLFPACK (2-2) 9-6 in Spring Hill last night. Ducks starter, Chuck Zuzack (1-1) pitched four innings, scattering 9 hits, striking out 4. Catcher, Brandon Chartier went 3-for-3 with a walk, double and 2RBI and Andy Nichols went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and notched his first save of the season in relief.
The game was back and forth all night, with West View scoring two runs in the top of the first. The Ducks tied the game in the bottom of the second when Zuzack drove in Chartier with an RBI E6 and Sorosky scored on Nichols walk.
The WOLFPACK scored two more in the top of the third, and the Ducks answered with another two runs in the bottom of the third on Chartier’s RBI double. West View added one in the top of the fourth and the Ducks took the lead in the bottom half of the inning on two singles, an error and a walk.
The Ducks added one run in the fifth and two in the sixth. Musisko entered the game for Zuzack in the fifth and allowed one run in two innings of work, before Nichols recorded the save in the seventh.
I hope their second baseman’s leg is OK. He hurt it trying to make a sliding stop on a ball up the middle and it looked like his knee stuck and he had to be helped off the field. It’s terrible how much better shape the East End fields are in than Spring View. We need the gentrification to spread to Spring Hill and get some yuppie youth league playing there, and maybe that will change. We’ve been trying to find a better field for years, and haven’t been able to since the Oilers snagged Mellon out from under us in the great Ciccone defection of 2015.
This was a big win over a good team. We battled. Erasing 3 different West View leads before they ran out of arms. We also had a lot of good at bats and made them throw a lot of pitches. Last season we dropped a few winnable games early while management figured out where everyone fit, so far we’ve avoided that.
Next game is Tuesday, 6:45 at Hebrew Oilers in Shady Side.
Infielder Andrew McCray’s number 21 will be retired this season. Until someone decides they really, really want 21, or Andrew decides to return.
The Ducks were without a shortstop from 2005 to late in the ’07 season when McCray came aboard. It was embarrassing how bad we used to lose in those seasons when we wore red and had no shortstop. We always had a serviceable lineup, decent pitching and solid hitting, with a few really good players, but no shortstop. McCray changed that and helped spark our rise to respectability. Since then, shortstop has been a position of strength.
The left-handed hitting McCray played from 07 to ’10. He hit bombs on a bad leg.
Shades of Kirk Gibson.
Retired numbers, 9, 10,13 and 17 are in play this season, but I made sure the players wearing those numbers this year would represent them well. TC’s number came down because he is playing again. I take this kind of shit just seriously enough, I think.
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side will rol out a roster featuring the top players from the 2007 team, and members of the
Fightin’ Ra 2009 League Champion Hurricanes.
Everyone is excited to get the season started. It will be the Ducks 10th.
Realignment was discussed last league meeting, no clue how that panned out.
Big time rivalry with the cherokee. Bring your smallpox-infested blankets to that one.
Godspeed flip, berdine and tish, etc.
I put the over/under on how long that team lasts at 1.5 seasons.
And there’s a new rebels team apparently, who we will not play as they are in the A division.
After a rough start to the offseason and a few months of uncertainty, South Oakland management has rallied to put together what will be a competitive team for 2012.
Projected line up:
Dave Lewandowski CF
Ken Cool 3b
James Fago P/C
Matt Stahl 1b
Chris Roth Rf
Kirk Gibson SS
Brett Pusateri 2b
Ben Hartranft C/DH
Mark Guthrie P/OF
Ben Gwin OF
Management is still in negotiations with Tony Casale, Mike Watson and Hartranft’s rotator cuff. Hopefully all three are ready to contribute this summer.
We’ll add pitching depth through the draft, etc.
Ducks, send money to Fago.
As much as I hate proving Honest Abe right, I’ve reconsidered quitting. This is not Favre-rian.
It really looked for a while like we weren’t going to be able to get the team together, and if that had been the case, I wouldn’t have played for another team.
I’ve been dissuaded, and the Ducks will field a team in 2012.
We’ve lost 9 starters.
Aside from myself, the following Ducks are returning this season:
James Fago, Manager, P,C, OF
Ken Cool, inf.
Rick Whalen, util.
Winning pitcher of the 2010 championship clinching game, Mark Guthrie P, OF 3b
2009 captain, Kirk Gibson, inf.
2006 standout Ben Hartranft, C, 1b
2009 10-hitter Garrett Moore, EH
So we’ve got 8 rostered and will probably draft players for the first time in team history.