South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (6-5)
Sheraden Jays (6-3)
South Oakland looks to take the season series from Sheraden tonight in Munhall as the teams meet for the second time in a week. The Ducks won last Wednesday’s game 5-2.
The Ducks sit in fifth place, a game behind Sheraden. A win tonight will keep the team in the hunt for a bye.
We should have most of our starters tonight, and Colton is going to pitch again after recording nine strikeouts against the Jays last Wednesday.
Bad News for the Jays
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (4-4)
Hebrew Oilers (7-3)
South Oakland starts off a week of playing the two most likable teams in AA in East Liberty tonight when they take on the defending champs who have no ringers at all and are a completely legit AA team that in no way is good enough to move up.
Tomorrow the Ducks play Sheraden at West Field. The commissioner will be in uniform for South Oakland, and I wonder if the Jays will be stupid enough to start another fight. I think I’ll have a brief history of NABA fights next week. My two readers can look forward to that one.
Anyway, let’s take care of tonight first. We need a win to stay above .500 and keep the Oilers within striking distance.
Bad News for Big Oil
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.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (3-1)
Bauerstown Grizzlies (3-0)
The Ducks can take sole possession of first place with a win at home tonight against the undefeated Grizzlies.
Bauerstown picked up a catcher/pitcher from Pitt Johnstown who’s hitting .800, throws 95 mph, runs a 5.8, 60 yard dash, and hits 500 foot home runs. I hear he also has a solid low post game.
The Grizzlies have some solid guys and are young. They swept the Bandidos over the weekend, and beat the Devils to open the season. They are scoring 8 runs a game. Last season, they eliminated us from the playoffs in the losers bracket final, after our exhausting, ten-inning win against the Devils. Historically, we play these guys close, including a tie a couple years ago. In that game Lonnie threw out the go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the seventh. This game will probably also be close.
A win tonight will go a long way towards keeping us out of the losers bracket in this year’s playoffs. This will be another good test for us. I like our chances at home.
Bad News for the Grizzlies
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.
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (2-1)
Hebrew Oilers (4-0)
South Oakland looks to win its third straight tonight when the Ducks take on the defending AA champion Oilers. Reports of the Oilers demise have been greatly exaggerated, apparently. They are returning a good team and have been in first place for the entire rain-drenched, opening month and a half of the season.
The Ducks swept the last regular season series against the Oilers, but lost to them 3-2 in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. It should be a good matchup.
The Brendan Chartier Memorial Scooter Series kicks off with the nominal rivalry trophy on the line. I don’t think anyone really wants to hold onto the actual scooter, which we confiscated from some local kids who threw it at us from the basketball court before a Ducks/Eagles game in 2016. This year the teams will play three times at three different venues (Springview, Mellon, West Field). Winner gets the trophy. The trophy is named after the Ducks former catcher who also moonlighted as an Oiler in a scrimmage game against Kenyon College.
We need to close the gap here so the Oilers don’t put too much distance between them and the rest of the league before everyone has to play four games a week to make up all the rainouts. This is the start of a tough stretch for us, with the Devils and Grizzlies coming up. If the rain ever stops, this season is going to very competitive.
Oilers games are always fun. They’re a good litmus test. We will have almost a full squad tonight, so we will at least have them outnumbered. I like our chances at home.
Bad news for BIG OIL
South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (1-1)
West View Wolfpack (0-1)
South Oakland looks to win its second game in a row tonight against West View in a rematch of the 2014 and 2016 semifinals. West View looks to rebound from a loss to the Oilers yesterday. Last season the Wolfpack bowed out of the playoffs after too many forfeits during the regular season, a move that helped the Ducks earn a free first round bye that set the team up for a deep run that resulted in another third place finish.
Also, the Oilers haven’t lost yet. We need a win to keep pace.
The Wolfpack has been around for close to ten years now, in some iteration or another. They pulled guys from the old Sharks teams, and some from the Matadors. It would have been a shame if they folded during the off season.
West View always plays us tough. It should be a good game tonight, but I think Spring Hill gives us an edge.
Bad news for the Wolfpack
Ducks vs Wolfpack was rained out last Saturday. It also looks like a scene from Annihilation on the infield out in Shaler.
South Oakland plays next on Wednesday at home vs. the Bandidos.
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.
The South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (6-6) got back to .500 on the season against a tough South Side Eagles (4-5) team, winning by a score of 6-3 in Spring Hill last night.
The Ducks lead 2-1 going into the bottom of the fifth. Dover doubled to start the inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch and Toumisto drove him in with a groundout to the right side. Five batters later, Tony Casale singled with the bases loaded, followed by Ben Sorosky’s clutch pinch-hit single to right to cap off the four-run inning.
The Eagles scored two in the top of the seventh, but the rally fell short.
Randy Patton (W, 3-3) pitched six strong innings, allowing only 2 hits and 3 walks along with 2 Ks. Andy Nichols recorded the save (2).
South Oakland’s next game is Saturday at 2pm vs. 1st place Sheraden Jays.
- We had the ump with the small strike zone, and there were a few questionable calls
- I think the Eagles were short guys?
- This is the first season sweep of the Eagles since 2010
- If we beat the Jays Saturday, we will sweep all other bird teams
- We jumped from 9th to a 5th place with the win