Gameday 18: Ducks vs. Express

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side


Carrick Express


Springview Field

The Ducks look to bounce back after a tough loss at the hands of the Devils and get back into the thick of the division race today.

This is only the second non-night game we’ve played at Springview. It will be a whole different experience, I’m’ sure.

We have won two, one-run games against Carick this season so it figures to be another close one tonight. A win will give us the season series win and the first playoff tie-breaker over the Express. With the standings as close as they are, tie-breakers are likely going to figure in to playoff seeding and avoiding the play-in game is huge.

Injury update: Pittsburgh NABA all-time leader in hit batsmen and current Ducks RBI leader, Brian Strom, is out indefinitely with what appears to be a dislocated thumb. He made a diving catch last game in the second inning, popped his thumb back in and finished the game.

Strom will be with us in spirit.


 Bad News for the Express




2014 Team Awards

2014 South Oakland Ducks

Comeback Player of the Year: Matt Swetz

Most Improved: Lonnie Petril

Offensive Player of the Year: Brandon Culp/Anthony Ciccone

Defensive Player of the Year: Rob Galvanek

Pitcher of the Year: Jason Fetter

MVP: Tony Casale


Ducks Lose, Season Over.

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South Oakland lost 5-0 to the WOLFPACK Wednsday night in Carrick.

We scored zero runs, I think we only allowed one or two earned runs, but that was enough.

The Ducks only had two men in scoring postion all game. Not a great offensive night without our leadoff and five hitters. Their pitcher was lights out. Galvanek, Gwin, Hartranft and Sorosky (2) had hits for the Ducks, and that was it.

I think I’m pulling for the Lions in the finals. Their home field is more interesting.


This wasn’t the way we would’ve liked the season to end, but I’m more optimistic about the core group of players we have and the state of the team big picture-wise than I have been in years. This was the most fun I’ve had playing baseball since 2008.

We won a lot of games, many on the last at bat or by one run in come from behind fashion. With a few pieces we should content for the championship again, and I think moving ahead we will always be right there, quacking and playing teams tough as long as we can keep the nucleus intact. Feathers and bills and such. Green and gold. We were really close. Next year Garrett will announce games from the press box in Spring Hill, and maybe podcast play-by-play of our games. That would dominate the Lions fancy webpage with ther robot game recaps! Maybe we can get a decent writer on the blog. Though, Ciccone offered to write up team by team season previews before next season, so look for them in late March!

For next year, we need to figure out what youth leagues have all the city permits so we can get better time slots and help get PSL off the baseball fields. There are so many softball fields. Quit ruining our mounds, and trashing our batter’s boxes! Slow pitch softball is the worst.

Anyway, thanks for reading and thanks for a great season.


The Ghost of Larry Z: Ducks Spilt Double Header. Throwback Game Resounding Success.

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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.)

Game 2: 

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.


Gameday 22/23: Ducks vs Monsters/Ducks vs Bombers

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Game 1: Ducks vs Monsters


Springview Field

Game 2: Ducks at Bombers


Springview Field

We’re getting down to it. This is the first double header at Spring Hill in Ducks history. Of course we are the away team in game 2.

Here are the Standings:

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If North America beats the Warriors at 6:15 in Etna, they clinch the top spot, and it will come down to us and the WOLFPACK!!! for the other first-round bye. I don’t know how West View is going to get five games played in three days. We are probably going to play them on the 19th.

Today we have two games against teams that have played us tough, but are below us in the standings. We need two wins to get a bye. I don’t know who is going to be available to pitch, or who can still walk at this point in the season. We are really banged up right now. We’re going with throwback unis in game 2 vs the Bombers.

These are the greatest throwbacks ever.



Bad News for the Bombers and Monsters

Game Day 12: Ducks at Senators

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (8-3)


Senators (3-7)


Pie Traynor Field

We’re going to have to juggle the lineup a bit due to a whole bunch of weddings this weekend. The Senators have beaten the Titans, Bombers and Monsters, 3 teams that have played us close. But man, 86 runs against in ten games is a lot.

A win ties us for first again and puts the pressure on the WOLFPACK! (9-3) to win Sunday night to keep pace.

If I’m late, Strom is in charge.

stromgraff The commish is MIA, the bulldogs blog is dormant. 

We are finally getting back on a regular weekend then Wednesday schedule for a bit before we have six game in seven days from (I think) the 22nd to the 29th of June.

18A news:

  • The Lions (8-4) have won four straight and are now a game out of first.
  • The WOLFPACK! won two, one-run games last weekend over the Titans and Bombers respectively.
  • The Warriors (1-6) have been rained out at least once a week all season long.

Jason Fetter will be South Oakland’s starting pitcher this afternoon, but Matt Swetz may make his return to the mound out of the bullpen, nine years removed from his last NABA appearance. Swetz also gets to bat cleanup today because of pizza.

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Bad News for the Senators

Ducks Win

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South Oakland of the North Side (8-3) came away with a 2-1 victory over the Titans(5-7) in Bellevue, Sunday afternoon.

Ducks’ starter, Brian Strom pitched five innings for the victory, scattering 7 hits, striking out 7, and recording his league-leading seventh hit batter. He also smashed his head against the fence after a diving attempt at a foul ball down the right field line in the 7th. He returned to the game.

Anthony Ciccone recorded the 2-inning save.

Culp and Ciccone had RBI for the Ducks.

Both starting pitchers pitched out of trouble all game, and there was solid defense from both sides.

Donnie had a sweet base hit in the fifth. Limbach also singled. Culp doubled in the game winning run in the first. We thought we lost Riley for while in the sixth.

The game ended on a deep fly out to left field that RBI Collector, Matt Swetz, misjudged initially before making a heart stopping, backpedaling, tumbling catch to seal the victory.

I’m surprised the Titans don’t have a better record.


Game Seven Recap. Strom Thurmond’s corpse: Ducks 14, Senators 5

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The Senators jumped out to an early lead after Joseph McCarthy led off the game with a double, stole third, exploited America’s fear of communism, and scored on a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom of the first, after a single and two walks loaded the bases, Brandon Culp struck a blow for America and took Jesse Helms deep.


The Ducks scored another run in the inning on Bob Faust’s fielder’s choice.

5-1 Ducks after 1.

The Senators kept the game close for an inning, when they added two runs in the second off an error on a potential double play ball hit by Rick Santorum.

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Santorum supports the above slogan.

The score remained 5-3 until the bottom of the third when South Oakland blew it open.


Iceberg doubled off the wall to start the inning, Dover singled the Ducks’ catcher to third then Faust walked, and Sorosky singled in a run to put the Ducks up 6-3. Gwin walked to load the bases with 2 outs for Ciccone who hit the Ducks’ second grand slam of the game and chased starting pitcher Ted Kennedy.


10-3 Ducks after 3.

Riley made a diving catch in right in the fourth, then got lost on his way to center field in the fifth. Dorsek played an inning without his hat for some reason then pinch ran. Fetter threw a six-pitch inning in relief.

Alexander Daigle made an appearance. The Senators scored two more to make it 10-5 after 5.


In the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks added three insurance runs on a double, two singles, an error, and a sac fly.

Ciccone retired the side in the seventh to end the game.

There was pizza and beer.

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  • Lost in all the grand slamming was a solid outing by TC, and a pretty clean game by our starting defense.
  • Our smaller home field may have helped with one of the home runs, but it also kept a few really hard hit balls in the gap to singles. It’s also not very easy to see at the plate.
  • The strike zone has been really wide all year.
  • Swetz only hits with runners on base. Our three through seven hitters had the following stats:
  • Ciccone: 2 for 3, BB, HR, 2B, 4 RBI
  • Culp: 2 for 4, HR, 2SB, 5 RBI
  • Swetz: 0 for 4, RE, R, 0 LOB
  • Galvanek: 3 for 4, 2B, SB, RBI
  • Dover: 3 for 3, 2B, SF, RBI
  • If our two hitter would get on base more, we’d be in even better shape.