The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side lost 11-10 to the Monongahela Monsters Wednesday Night. The Monsters really hit well, and we didn’t make enough plays in the field to help out our depleted pitching staff. On the bright side, Brandon Culp looked really good in a relief appearance, and no one got hurt who wasn’t already injured. We had our four hitter at the plate in the seventh with two outs and the tying run on second, and we couldn’t get a run across.
The Ducks fell behind 6-0 early, and came back to tie the game at 6, scoring six runs with two out in the fourth, but after a season full of come from behind wins, we couldn’t pull out another one on the last day of the season. The Monsters took an 11-7 lead into the seventh, and we couldn’t complete the comeback. We paid for digging such a big hole for ourselves. Hats off the Monsters, who we will likely play Sunday night at 6pm in a terrifying first round matchup. The Monsters beat us twice this season, and played us close in a 11-10 Ducks victory in Brentwood a few weeks ago.
This loss hurt, given that the Warriors upset the WOLFPACK!!! on Wednesday night, and if we’d won, we likely would have secured a bye. Whatever.
It’s still possible we will have a first round bye, but we should plan on being ready to play Sunday at 6 pm vs. either the Monsters or Senators.
(Ben Sorosky, Anthony Ciccone Esq., Ben Gwin, Matt “The RBI Collector” Swetz, Jason Fetter, Brandon Culp, Matt Limbach, Tony Casale, Donnie “The Windmill” Petril, Bob Faust, Iceberg Galvanek, Mike Brandt, Garrett Moore, Brian Storm, Alex Riley. Not pictured: Ben Hartranft, Larry Zalewski, TC Jones, “Hatless” Shawn Dorsek, Mike Playmaker, DJ Dover.)
Another pitcher’s duel. This game featured a fly ball that bounced off our backup right fielder’s chest and into the murky area between second, center and right before it was thrown aimlessly back towards the pitchers mound by our backup center fielder, allowing a run to score. That play summed up the double header pretty well.
Brandon Culp hit a home run to right center for the Ducks. That third baseman for the Bombers hit one out to left center. Jason Fetter had two hits for the Ducks, including one on the last play of the game–a shot to right field before the lights went out with the ball still in the air.
South Oakland’s Donnie Petril had the game winning RBI in the top of the fifth.
Barring a highly unlikely scenario, which I will discuss in a subsequent blog post, South Oakland will start the playoffs on Sunday, July 20th, 6pm at Moore Park.