NEAWL's top offensive player, Devin Amidon, continued to overpower the league's pitching by going 5 for 7 in the first 5 innings, but could not seem to cross the plate. This one went into extra frames after 5 innings of shutout ball, and that's when the sun dimmed and the runs developed. The 6th inning was quiet on both sides as Thompson struck out the side and Taft allowed just one hit for the Blaze. According to the NEAWL rules, after 6 innings the bases start loaded and with Thompson out of innings, Mike Houle was called on to start the 7th. Amidon was able to draw a lead-off walk, allowing the first run of the game and the bleeding wouldn't stop. Six runs and 3 outs later it looked like the Blaze had this one in the bag, taking a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th.
The Bassholes managed to give their best Bill Pullman Independence Day president impression and "not go quietly into the night, not go out without a fight," as Thompson crushed a lead off grand slam making it 6-4 in a blink of an eye. After a typical Mike Houle ground out and Thompson strikeout, Houle stepped up to the plate with two outs, a face full of bugs and defeat staring him in the gullet. Houle came through and ripped a single through the night air to bring the tieing run to the plate. Without hesitation, Thompson stepped into the batter's box seemingly unaware of the pressure and smashed a game tying home run over the fence to continue this marathon game.
Things were far from over, Amidon took his league leading 5 home runs to the plate and made it 6 as he blindly crushed a lead-off grand slam of his own, silhouetted across the night sky. Unfortunately that would be all the Blaze could drive in and we entered the bottom of the 8th inning 10-6 Blaze lead.. The Bassholes would respond stringing a walk and 4 straight hits to establish themselves the victors. The NEAWL grounds crew worked hard cleaning up the field with no light and lots of bugs but the players on the field deserve the most credit for playing in the bug-thicken night air. Questions still remain for both of these teams as we draw closer to the playoffs. Will the Basshole's inconsistent play help or hurt them? Can the thunderous lefty bat of Devin Amidon maintain the weight of a struggling Blaze offense? Only time will tell, friends. Only time will tell.
Written by Colin Amidon, NEAWL Staff