The Hooligans were attempting to get their first win of the season Monday night. Unfortunately, they were trying to get that win against Fast Signs, who were still licking their wounds from the drubbing they took last week, at the hands of the Blue Mountain Bullies. Needless to say, Fast Signs was in no mood for any shenanigans from the Hooligans. The Hoolies got off to a quick start, going up one to zip in their half of the first. That was the last lead they saw. Fast Signs spanked the Hooligans with five runs in the bottom of the first, two more in
the second, one in the third. For those of you wearing mittens, that’s eight runs. The Hoolies were up to the task however, and answered with four runs of their own in the third, and scored another two in the fourth inning to make it a one run ballgame. Fast Signs 8, Hooligans 7. Deciding a little “discipline” was in order, Fast Signs open the proverbial can of “whupass.” When the “whuppin’” was over the score was 17 to 7, and it was time for the second game of the evening. The Hoolies’ record now stands at 0 – 3, while Fast Signs is at 2 – 1.
In the aforementioned second game, the aforementioned Blue Mountain Bullies met someone who was more than up to the task of standing up to them. Blue Mountain Stone grabbed an early two nothing lead against the Paddy Whackers in the first inning. But the Whackers weren’t going to get pushed around. They got up from the dirt, and laid four runs on the Quarry Workers, saying, “How do ya like me now?” BMS tattooed the Whackers for three more runs in the second inning to go up 5 to 4. The Whackers tied it up in their half of the second, and taunted, “Ya want some of dis?” The Bullies from Blue Mountain pounded the Whackers for two more runs in the third inning, only to see the Paddy Whackers top them with three! And sticking out their collective chins questioned, “Zat all ya got?” Blue Mountain Stone said, “No indeed,” and proceeded to rough up the Whacker pitcher to the tune of five runs in the fourth inning opening up a 12 to 8 lead. The Whackers wouldn’t back down. They tallied a deuce in the fourth to make it 12 to 10 in favor of BMS. Blue Mountain added an insurance run in the fifth inning, and it turned out to be a good thing for them that they did. The never-give-up Whackers scored two more runs in their half of the fifth, and we had ourselves a 13 to 12 heavy weight slug fest. Like a couple of tired fighters, neither team was able to do much in the final frame, and that’s how it ended; Bullies 13, Whackers 12. But the Whackers definitely proved they won’t be pushed around by anybody, and Blue Mountain will be keeping a wary eye out for their next match up with the Paddy Whackers. BMS is now 3 – 0, and the Whackers are 1 – 1.
The eight o’clock game saw the 1 – 1 Shake N’ Bake team take on the 1 – 1 Chamber team in a critical “keep up with the big boys” game. The Bakers, basically a Longmont team, hammered the “home team” Rockers, led by their slick fielding/heavy hitting shortstop Taka “The Blade” Sueyoshi (usually found, with blade in hand, behind the counter at Matsuri Sushi), for four runs in the first. The Chamber crossed the plate once in the first to make it 4 to 1, but the Bakers kept the heat on. They answered with one run in the second to go up 5 to 1. The Rockers were able to push across two more runs in the second inning to make it a 5 to 3 game. The Bakers continued to use the same recipe, and scored two runs in the third, three in the fifth, and two more in the sixth, for a total of twelve. The Rockers were only able to mount a couple of small rallies, scoring a couple in the fifth, and a couple more in the sixth. The two efforts fell short and the Chamber went down 7 to 12 to Shake N’ Bake. SNB now stands at 2 – 1, and the Rockers’ record is a disappointing 1 – 2.
The final match of the night saw the Natural Disasters square off against McHeaters, with both teams desperately needing a win. The Disasters, who were sluggish after a bye last week, got off to a very slow start offensively. What was truly offensive was their pitching and defense was sluggish too! Shut out over the first three innings (something you don’t often see in this league), the Disasters gave up five runs to McHeaters in the first, two more in the second, and found themselves down seven to squadoosh after three. What a disaster! The “Ds” did manage to get back into the game with three runs in the fourth inning, but then allowed McHeaters to score the dreaded “insurance” run in the bottom half of the fourth. You all remember how the “insurance” run thing turned out in the Blue Mountain Stone/Paddy Whacker game? Same thing here. The Disasters finally started to put it together, with two runs in the fifth, and a couple more in the sixth, unfortunately (for ND) that only made the score, you guessed it sports fans, 8 to 7 in favor of McHeaters. The Natural Disasters now stand at 1 – 1, and McHeaters improved to 2 – 1.