jam in the 1st with a strikeout and was saved in the 2nd by cannon-armed left fielder Matt Mullen’s outfield put-out with Dave O’Grady trying to score from 2nd on a single. O’Keefe was never in serious trouble again. Anderson, meanwhile, got out of his own 2nd inning trouble with a bases-loaded K and went 6 innings deep without another runner passing 2nd base. He picked up 13 strikeouts along the way – a necessity given the defensive hole in right field that their 2-man team left him.
Relievers Kyle DeFrancesco and Dave O’Grady both entered in 7th inning, trying to get their teams the W as the rainfall increased. With the light of day all but lost, the game’s composition changed
drastically as sudden death took effect in the 7th. The Butter Tongues put up a 4-spot in the top half and the Sasquatch replied with 4 runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. The 7th inning ended on a close play at first with the winning run headed home, extending this contest to everyone’s shared displeasure. Mullen and DeFrancesco combined for 4 more RBI in the top of the 8th and the Sasquatch were only able to muster 2 runs on a single by O’Grady before he ended the game with a blind strikeout, heading home with a 6-4 loss in 8.
The league looks forward to the next matchup of these 2 strong teams on July 16th, when hopefully the post-game comments will have more to do with the play of both sides and not the playing conditions.
Mike Houle, Associate Staff Writer