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.
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.
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
- 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.