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P3 59'ERS UNDERWELM HSL-44 SWAMP FOXES

IN BATTLE FOR LEAGUE BASEMENT

PHOTOS AND STORY ARE STILL IN WORK

P3 Shortstop Tyler Clark rips a 1st inning single
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P3 "Superman" Johnson hits a sac fly in 1st
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Johnson RBI gives P3 early 1-0 lead
 

May 5th Sportstew's Game of the Weak featured two winless teams.  

 

You may recall The P3 59'ers who were featured last week. They had managed to stay perfect and arrived at this week's game with a 0-10 record. But earlier in the week had played the 10-0 MECHS close before finally going down 9-6.

 

Meanwhile the HSL44 Swamp Foxes arrived winless (0-2) after missing a month of the season after a roster SNAFU. This matchup promised to be a battle as the Foxes had recently dropped a 2-1 game to previously winless NMC Bombers (The Bombers has been featured two weeks earlier in Sportstew's first game of the weak). In Sportstew's pregame interview with HSL players they had difficulty providing an answer when asked "who is the coach". Perhaps an Alpha male deficiency in this foxhole might work to P3's advantage? Could this offset another week of P3 facing a team with a superior nickname?

 

With the games 17:15 (that's 5:15PM for you non- military types) start time fast approaching, a head count in HSL44 dugout reflected only four players. It looked like P3 might win their first game by forfeit (teams must have at least 7 players to start a game). However let's not forget that HSL44 are, after all, SwampFoxes ( point being that Foxes are crafty). HSL44 was able to scratch together a handful of "Free Agent" players. They were able to make muster within a slim whisker of Umpire Jesse Beach calling the game a forfeit.

 

The early game for Military teams is always the toughest. It can be really hard to get players off work in time to make those 17:15 start times. But this military league makes an allowance for this situation and teams are able to "pick up" players when they are short handed. Also teams can start games with as little as 7 players. 

 

So, after HSL44 players introduced themselves to each other, the stage was set for a classic softball battle of winless Titans.

 

Story continues below....

HSL44'S MICHEAL NYE BANGS A DOUBLE
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3RD INNING HIT GIVES SWAMPFOXES A 2-1 LEAD
SWAMPFOX BRIAN BUTLER'S HIT MAKES IT 3-1 HSL
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BUTLER WOULD GO 4 FOR 4 ON THE DAY

 

P3  59'ers went on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when Rob "Superman" Johnson hit a Sacrifice Fly following singles by Tyler Clark and James Rivera. P3 pitcher Joe Ganci was able to keep HSL44 scoreless for a few innings by getting two batters to strike out and a couple of fine defensive plays by Clark the P3 Shortstop.

 

This 1-0 lead held up until the top of the third when the Swamp Foxes began to get something going. HSL44 Seth Courtney scored a run with a Triple and he would then score on Micheal Nye's RBI double to give the Foxes the lead 2-1. Later in the inning Nye scored another HSL44 run on Brian Butler's Single to left. 

 

Now HSL44 was sporting a 3-1 lead and had the bases loaded and only one out. But P3 pitcher Ganci recorded his third strikeout of the game and P3 2nd baseman Rivera pulled in a line drive to end the threat.

In the bottom of the third the 59'ers went right to work as Morrell Morgan hit a triple to rightfield. Clark scored him with a sacrifice fly to cut the SwampFoxes lead to 3-2. P3's Antuan Floyd then singled and scored on Johnson's Triple to tie the score at 3-3.

 

HSL tried to get a rally going in the fourth inning but P3 shortstop Clark made a star play on SwampFox's Nye line shot up the middle to rob him of a hit and the score remained 3-3.

 

P3 mounted a threat in the bottom of the fourth when Joe Ganci and Adam Tillet both reached on singles. With one out and two runners on base, 59'er catcher LeRoy Daul hit what looked like a sure hit to left but his line shot was snared by HSL shortstop Butler. Barry Brooks kept it going when he beat out and infield hit to load the bases with two out. But HSL44 pitcher Todd Zimmerman was able to get Morgan to bounce out to 2nd baseman Chris Limmerman and the score stayed knotted at 3-3 after four complete innings.

 

The game had been epic at this point, a real barn burner, well played, a classic in the works. Everyone could feel the tension knowing the stakes were high. A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game as they leaned forward to watch how this one would play out.

 

It was the top of the 5th.   Game tied.  Defiance in the eyes of the 59'ers players - Pride in their bearing, smiles upon their faces. They could smell it. Victory was within their grasp. The P3 pitcher ground the ball into his hip, his face is stern and cold. Zimmerman, The Foxes batter, wipes his hand with dirt,  his teeth are clinched with hate. He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. And now the pitcher holds the ball and now he lets it go. And now the air is shattered by force of Zimmer's blow.

 

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout;
But there is no joy in P3 land-their luck has just run out.

 

Here is what unfolded:

 

Zimmerman: Ground ball, Hurried throw. Wild! Runner to third.

Wolfe: Base hit, Run in. Error! Ball past the outfield. Runner to third

Limmerman: Pop fly. Bloop! Falls in. Dust clears. Run in. Batter stands on 2nd.

Butler: Base hit! Again! He's on fire. 3 for 3. No one can stop him.

Tourney: Sac fly. RBI pop fly deep to 2nd base. Limmerman scampers home.

Kummer: Ground ball. Booted! Error

James:Walk - bases loaded

 

 Cloris Cannon enters the game as a sub for HSL. P3 scorekeeper Jayme Johnson says the name "Cannon" is not a good sign at this point. She is right. Base hit! The ball is loose in the outfield, Put away the butterfinger bars, you are what you eat! Three runs score.

 

Courtney: Base hit! His third hit in a row! Somebody throw a bucket on this guy!

Nye: Holy Cow! Another hit. His third. Wait! The ball scoots past the outfield! Everybody scores. Nye circles the bases. It's an inside the park homerun!

 

And so on ....In a matter of minutes, The Swamp Fox rally had tallied 10 runs.

 

P3 came to bat needing to score to avoid the 10 run mercy rule. The 59'ers were way down but not giving up.  They continued to hit the ball hard. But the worm had turned.

Clark,a hard long flyout, Floyd, a line shot out to second. Two hard hits but two outs. Rivera gets a hit to keep P3 alive. Superman Johnson hits a high and long shot to right center but HSL Tourney is able to run it down and it was over.

 

13 to 3 the final. P3 now 0-11, had somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. So close yet so far. For that one inning you spelled 59'er as 59eeeeeer. 59'er with 6 E's. 

 

In wrapping it all up, I am sad for them. I wanted to report better news for them. These  guys are really likeable. True, Superman did threaten me, but in my heart I somehow know, he really means it.  See you guys next week.

BOX SCORE FROM MAY 5TH P3 VERSUS HSL44
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