News 10 vs. Ryan's Roadhouse. Ryan being my brother, Ryan. His hired guns lost their first game last week-- only their second loss in three years as a team. But the chink in the armor was all we needed to get pumped and try and knock off the first-place team which would also move us into a tie for first. Our goal was simple: take them to the 7th inning and see what happens-- and we did just that.
The first inning started funny. Chris Gervat swings and misses at the first pitch of the game and I mean misses by 6 inches. Next pitch-- G rips a bomb over the left fielder for a speedy trip around the bases and a home run. The Roadhouse put up a couple of runs in the bottom half-- 2-1 after 1.
AndyPro saved some runs on the mound in the 2nd with an inning-ending grab of a line drive back up the middle. It would be the first of two fantastic catches in the field. Gervat also was busy in left. In fact, he made 5 of the first 6 outs of the game and was on the run for most of them.
3rd inning, we took the lead 4-2 after stringing some hits together, but I left two on when I flew out to right. Not good. It felt better when my brother came up in the bottom half and grounded meekly back to Andy who made the putout. But he would have redemption.
The Roadhouse surged ahead in the 4th 7-4 on what can only be described as a monster home run. Some hulk strides to the plate, hits it off the hands and a mile in the air and into the jet stream blowing out to left. The first over-the-fence homer I've seen in 4 years in that league.
They pushed the lead to 11-4 in the 5th with a big rally capped by Ryan's blast over Gervat's head in left for a 2-run triple. The play of the inning came from Jeff Proctor in right center. A high fly seemingly destined to drop between him and me was snared when the Chef made a sweet feet-first sliding catch. The opportunistic Roadhouse, though, tagged up for two runs on the play.
Still, we accomplished one goal by getting to the 7th. Now we had to find a way to win. Our super-sub Patti Pope (1-2, single, BB) got on to start the rally. Photographer Brian Hirten followed with a rocket to center, burning Mr. Colthorp, and turned it into a 2-run homer. Gervat continued a great game by getting another run home to make it 11-7. Then the heartbreaker-- a double play ball off the bat of Lauren Zakalik to leave us with 2 out and no one on. I rip one down the line and turn it into a double. Patti brought me home with a base knock, but the rally ended two batters later.
Final score: 11-8 Ryan's Roadhouse, which has fabulous daily lunch and dinner specials enjoyed in a cozy "Up-North" type setting. And bask in the fabulous summer weather on the new patio. Located on M-21 in St. Johns just off U.S. 127 only 25 minutes from Lansing.
We went to Reno's.
So, with a 4-3 record and an off-week for the holiday, we return in two weeks with a double-header and finish the season against the former Fox 47 team... my former team.