As he’s done many times this season, Weemen ace, Colin Amidon, retired the side in order to start the game. After striking out the first batter in the second, Amidon stumbled, walking the next three batters. With the bases loaded, and only one out recorded, Amidon dialed it up and sat down the next two batters, striking each out.
With the Beasts’ ace again not available, Matt Austin would take the reigns. Though not his specialty, Austin did not look one bit uncomfortable. After walking two in the first, Austin refrained from giving out any more free passes for the remainder of the game. He only gave up one recorded hit, when Jeremy Ellis took him deep in the second inning for Ellis’ first home run of the season, and a 1-0 lead over the Beasts.
Matt Austin not only got it done on the mound, he helped himself out at the plate as well. After not recording a hit through the first three innings, Austin would go deep in 4th and 5th innings, with 2-run and 3-run home runs. These runs would end up being the difference makers, ending a 4 game skid for the Beasts.
Though Monbleau was able to play hours after being signed, he wasn’t able to produce the offense the Weemen needed to get past the Beasts. This isn’t anything the Weemen or their fans should be worrying about. Monbleau jumped in against one of the Bones’ top teams, and hasn’t yet become accustomed to the intricacies of outdoor play. Once he does, the league is excited to see where the Weemen will go from here.
Written by Dave O'Grady, NEAWL Senior Staff