After some of our less than inspired games that ended up as embarrassing losses (like a team with one win and only 3 outfielders) or ties (like a team that had no jerseys) or almost catastrophes (like the team we rescheduled because they had 1 win and we struggled to pull out a one-run win), we've learned not to take anyone for granted. Especially after the biggest win of our season last week against league champ and former Fox teammate Team Macias.
This week it was another familiar foe, for me at least. Erin and Nicki Rennaker play for Jimmy's Pub and just happen to be family in every sense of the word to Julie and me. Jimmy's Pub had a 4-5 record so it wasn't like they were terrible.
Erin and Julie - mugging for themselves Me and Nicki - we're cooler
After getting the first out of the game, Jimmy's had some trouble. They're entire regular team wasn't there and it showed as we racked up a huge first inning highlighted by my line drive to right that got by the outfielder and I turned it into a home run.
But Jimmy's did some hitting of their own in the first and early on it was a 4-4 game.
Then the flood gates opened and we just kept hitting. Patti Pope, playing with planter faciaitis, hustled around the bases and in the field against doctors orders. Probably because it was her birthday! She celebrated with some nice hitting. Maria Tocco stepped up with some timely hitting as did Tori Steingreaber. But Jamie Edmonds, queen of the untimely strikeout, came through like never before. This was our exchange as she came to bat in the 3rd with the bases loaded:
Jamie: How many outs are there?
Jamie: (sigh) Ohhh.
Me: Hey, Jamie why don't you buck up and enjoy the pressure? Aren't you a news reporter? It's your job to handle situations like this. Think about it as your chance to come through in the clutch. You can do it! Pick a good pitch and drive it!
Jamie: (another sigh)
I don't know if she was more annoyed with me than anything, but Jamie drilled a base hit to center to score a couple runs. She also had a key hit later in the game with two outs. But her memorable moment in this game would be her holding up Brian Hirten as he hit what should have been an easy home run with his speed. But Jamie is velocity-challenged. Frightened as she rounded third, she scored. Brian scored one step behind her.
Jamie comes through with a bases-loaded single!
Then she lost a foot race to Matt Ondecker after the game.
The defense was excellent as well thanks to Nicole's nice glove in the outfield and a dynamic infield if I do say so myself. Matt at first, Tori at second, me at short and Patti at third is pretty formidable.
We mercied Jimmy's 19-7 to finish the season 6-3-1, a half game better than last year. Now we head to the playoffs with a tough draw and no Chris Gervat this week. We're praying for rain so we get him the week after. If not, we play at 7:20 at the East Lansing Aquatic Center. See you there.