Doleful drubbing in Chinatown, 16-1


ARMOUR SQUARE PARK, Ill. — Thursday turned out to be a day for the Grinders to lay down and avoid.

The Red Line Go-Gos jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead midway through the third inning of both teams’ ASPL debut and never let up, putting five crooked numbers on the board en route to a 16-1 drubbing of the Chinatown Grinders.

Four Go-Gos tapped out four hits apiece in the game, led by Scott Reichard’s massive 4-for-6, two-homer, four-run, five-RBI game. Owen Schoenfeld went 4-for-5 with a homer, stolen base and four RBIs. Leigh Allan went 4-for-6 with two knocked in, and Ali White had a 4-for-6, three-RBI, three-double day.

The near-heart of the Red Line order (Nos. 4-7) combined to go 16-for-23 with 11 runs, 14 RBIs, three homers and three doubles.

Incredibly, the 21-hit Go-Gos attack was completely bypassed by leadoff hitter Janice Scurio (0-for-5, BB, K) and pitcher Mark Liptak (0-for-3, BB, K).

The first Red Line run came in courtesy of a crazy hop off of third base off the bat of White, scoring Schoenfeld. Chinatown should’ve known then, as early as the second inning, it was going to be a long night.

Larry Berleman wore the loss for the Grinders, and through absolute oversight, had no teammates available to bail him out of this rough outing. Berleman suffered 13 earned runs, and implored teammates Leonard Gore, Keelin Billue, Kim Contreras and John Gorlewski to use Friday’s off-day to throw bullpens, in the case of any future assaults.

Contreras had two of the four Grinders hits, and Gorlewski clobbered a homer to left for Chinatown’s only run.

With a lot of MVP competition, Reichard had to take the top prize with his incredible clubbing day.

While all five of the current ASPL teams were drafted to be evenly matched, Red Line and Chinatown measured as the league’s two strongest clubs. The competition had better hope it was an incredibly hot day from the middle of the Go-Gos order — or an atrocious debut on the chilly South Side on Thursday night — if parity is to rule as designed.


3-26-2020 Red Line Go-Gos (1-0) vs. Chinatown Grinders (0-1)

                      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H  E
Red Line Go-Gos       0  2  3  0  4  1  0  2  4  16 21  1
Chinatown Grinders    0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1  4  2

Red Line Go-Gos              AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
J. Scurio (LF)                5   0   0   0   1   1  .000
A. Giese (C)                  6   2   2   0   0   0  .333
C. Sullivan (1B)              5   3   2   0   1   1  .400
O. Schoenfeld (CF)            5   4   4   4   1   1  .800
S. Reichard (RF)              6   4   4   5   0   1  .667
L. Allan (SS)                 6   2   4   2   0   0  .667
A. White (2B)                 6   1   4   3   0   0  .667
J. Fox (3B)                   5   0   1   2   0   0  .200
M. Liptak (P)                 3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
                             47  16  21  16   4   5

2B: A. Giese[1], C. Sullivan[1], A. White(3)[3]
HR: O. Schoenfeld[1], S. Reichard(2)[2]
SH: M. Liptak[1]
SF: J. Fox[1]
SB: O. Schoenfeld[1]
E:  C. Sullivan[1]
LOB: 10

Chinatown Grinders           AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
K. Billue (CF)                4   0   1   0   0   0  .250
L. Gore (3B)                  3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
J. Gorlewski (RF)             4   1   1   1   0   1  .250
T. Borowski (1B)              4   0   0   0   0   1  .000
E. Colclasure (LF)            3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
L. Berleman (P)               3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
K. Contreras (C)              4   0   2   0   0   0  .500
T. Barbee (SS)                4   0   0   0   0   0  .000
B. Pollina (2B)               3   0   0   0   0   2  .000
                             32   1   4   1   3   7

2B: K. Billue[1]
HR: J. Gorlewski[1]
E:  K. Billue[1], B. Pollina[1]
LOB: 7

Red Line Go-Gos               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
M. Liptak(W, 1-0)            9.0   4   1   1   3   7   1  1.00
                             9.0   4   1   1   3   7   1

Chinatown Grinders            IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
L. Berleman(L, 0-1)          9.0  21  16  13   4   5   3 13.00
                             9.0  21  16  13   4   5   3

DDBB Player of the Game: S. Reichard


A great day for a scheduled game between RLG (0-0) and CGR (0-0).
The starting pitcher for RLG is Mark Liptak (0-0, 0.00). 
The starting pitcher for CGR is Larry Berleman (0-0, 0.00).


*** Top of the 1st ***

So here's Scurio... nobody gone here in the Top of the 1st.
  The pitch ...
  A hot shot ...
  Straight to Barbee at shortstop ...
  He's up with it ...
  And over to first to retire Scurio.

Giese is up there now... one gone here in the Top of the 1st.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  Looped to shallow right ...
  Pollina going out, Gorlewski coming in ...
  and now Gorlewski signaling that he's got it  ...
  and puts it away for the out.

Settling into the box is Sullivan... two gone.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  A swing and a miss ... Berleman finishes her off with a fastball.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for RLG...
  And after one half it's RLG 0 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 1st ***
*** RLG 0 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Billue, Gore, and Gorlewski ***

Billue steps in and calls for time ...
Now she's ready... nobody gone.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a fly ball to left field ...
  but slicing away from Scurio ...
  and she can't get to it ...
  it gets by her and goes to the wall ...
  double for Billue.

Batting next is Gore... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 1st.
  Billue at second.  
  Liptak kicks and deals...
  In the air to shallow left field ...
  and Scurio has a long way to go ...
  but she runs it down to make the catch ...
  Nice play!

Up next for CGR, Gorlewski... one down.
  Billue is away from second.  
  The next pitch is on the way ...
  Easy ground ball to third base ...
  Fox has it ...
  And fires to first to retire Gorlewski.

Now Borowski digs in... two away here in the Bottom of the 1st.
  Billue is away from second.  
  Borowski waiting ... 
  now Liptak delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  Borowski sends this one deep to right field ...
  but Reichard is drifting leisurely back ...
  and catches it easily there for the out.

  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 woman left on base for CGR...
  We've played 1, and the score is RLG 0 - CGR 0.

*** Top of the 2nd ***
*** RLG 0 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Schoenfeld, Reichard, and Allan ***

Settling into the box is Schoenfeld... nobody down.
  Berleman turns and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and that's grounded sharply to the left side ...
  past Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure comes up with it quickly there...
  and Schoenfeld is aboard with a single.

Reichard is coming up next... nobody gone.
  Schoenfeld is away from first.
  Schoenfeld has a good lead ...
  Schoenfeld goes ...
  a poor throw by Contreras ...
  and he is in there standing.

Reichard stands in... nobody down here in the Top of the 2nd.
  Schoenfeld is on at second.  
  Berleman is keeping a close eye on Schoenfeld ...
  Anchoring him to the bag.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  And missed ... Reichard goes down swinging.

Now Allan strides to the plate... one gone.
  Schoenfeld is on at second.  
  Berleman steps off and looks at Schoenfeld ...
  Schoenfeld dives back ...
  And he'll stay put for now.
  Berleman kicks and deals...
  And that's hit in the air to shallow right field ...
  but Gorlewski is at the other end of it ...
  and that'll take care of Allan.

White is the hitter... two down.
  RLG threatening here, with Schoenfeld at second.  
  Berleman delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a shot down the third base line ...
  off the bag and into left field ...
  that'll slow it down just enough for Colclasure to cut it off ...
  holding White to a single.

  They're waving Schoenfeld around ...
  but Colclasure might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but it's not in time, he's safe!
  Schoenfeld scores, and White takes second on the throw.

Now at the plate, Fox... two down.
  White is away from second.  
  Fox waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  Fastball ...
  and that's grounded sharply to the left side ...
  past Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure comes up with it quickly there...
  and Fox is aboard with a single.

  They're waving White around ...
  but Colclasure might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but it's not in time, she's safe!
  Fox alertly takes second on the throw.

Liptak stands in to take his turn... two gone here in the Top of the 2nd.
  Fox leads off second.  
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Swung on and missed ... Strike three!

  2 runs, 3 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 1 and a half it's RLG 2 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 2nd ***
*** RLG 2 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Colclasure, Berleman, and Contreras ***

Now Colclasure digs in... nobody gone here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Got him swinging with the fastball.

The umpire brushes off the plate ...
as Berleman gets set to hit... one down here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  And that misses inside, for ball four.

Batting next for CGR, Contreras... one down.
  Berleman leads off first.
  Sullivan holding Berleman to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...
  Fastball ...
  and that's tapped into right field for a base hit ...
  coming up to get it is Reichard ... 
  a single for Contreras.
  A wide turn on the basepaths ...
  But with Reichard cocked and ready to fire ...
  They think better of it ...
  Berleman moves to second base.

So here's Barbee... one out here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Berleman is on at second.  Contreras is on at first.
  Barbee squares to bunt ...
  and he gets it down ...
  it's a poor bunt towards the pitcher ...
  Liptak picks it up quickly and fires to Fox to get the lead runner.
  Contreras goes to second.

And the hitter is Pollina... two away.
  Contreras is away from second.  Barbee is away from first.
  The pitch on the way to Pollina ...
  A swing and a miss ...
  He struck him out!

  No runs, 1 hit, and 2 runners left on base for CGR...
  And after 2 it's RLG 2 - CGR 0.

*** Top of the 3rd ***
*** RLG 2 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Scurio, Giese, and Sullivan ***

Now Scurio strolls to the plate.
  So far today she is 0 for 1... nobody down.
  Berleman turns, ready, and delivers ...
  And there's a liner to center field ...
  coming up to get a bead on it is Billue ...
  and she makes a fine running catch.

Giese checks in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one down here in the Top of the 3rd.
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  Slider ...
  and a fly ball to right field ...
  drifting over is Gorlewski ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Sullivan is up there now... two gone.
  The pitch on the way ...
  Sullivan hits it on the ground to second base ...
  taken there by Pollina ... 
  no, it goes under his glove ... 
  and Sullivan reaches on the error.

Schoenfeld at the plate... two down.
  Sullivan at first.
  Berleman checks Sullivan to keep him close to the bag ...
  Schoenfeld waits ... 
  Berleman turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  Swung on ...
  line drive ...
  and into right field for a base hit ...
  Schoenfeld is on with a single.
  That's deep enough ...
  Sullivan is being waved around ...
  Sullivan moves to third base.

Reichard is the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two down.
  Runners at first and third.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Berleman turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a dunker to right field ...
  Gorlewski a little slow to react ...
  and all he can do is play it on a hop ...
  Reichard will take it ...
  and he's standing at first with a single.
  They're waving Schoenfeld around ...
  but Gorlewski might have a play ...
  strong throw, but it's off line ... he's safe!
  Here comes Sullivan.
  Taking third is Schoenfeld.
  and Reichard takes second on the throw.

Now batting, Allan.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two away.
  Schoenfeld with a short lead at third.  Reichard at second.  
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a line shot ...
  past a diving Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure coming over to cut it off ...
  and he does, to hold Allan to a single.
  That's deep enough ...
  Reichard keeps on going ...
  Schoenfeld scores, and Reichard joins him.

Now batting, White... two gone.
  Allan leads off first.
  Borowski holding Allan to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  And White tired of waiting and steps out of the box ...
  she steps back in now ...
  and Berleman delivers ...
  And that ball is absolutely hammered to center field ...
  no chance for Billue ...
  she'll have to play it off the wall ...
  double for White.
  And they won't test Billue here ...
  The runners hold up ...
  Taking third is Allan.

Fox stands in.
  So far today he is 1 for 1 with 1 RBI... two gone here in the Top of the 3rd.
  RLG threatening here, with Allan at third.  White is on at second.  
  The pitch on the way to Fox ...
  Lifted to right field ...
  Gorlewski moves a step or two ...
  And he's there to retire Fox.

  3 runs, 4 hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  And after 2 and a half it's RLG 5 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 3rd ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Billue, Gore, and Gorlewski ***

That will bring up Billue.
  So far today she is 1 for 1... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 3rd.
  Liptak on and off the mound ...
  Billue in and out of the box ...
  they're both ready now ...
  and the pitch on the way ...
  Hit in the air to center field ...
  going back is Schoenfeld ...
  and he picks it off to retire Billue.

Gore taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Liptak... one down here in the Bottom of the 3rd.
  The pitch on the way to Gore ...
  Soft liner caught ... no, trapped by Allan at shortstop ...
  Who now throws to first for the out.

Now batting, Gorlewski... two gone.
  Liptak turns and delivers ...
  A high drive to left field ...
  and deep ...
  Scurio going back ...
  way back ...
  to the warning track ...
  the wall ...
  GONE! Home Run for Gorlewski!

Coming up to the plate is Borowski.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two out.
  Liptak at the belt, now comes to the plate ...
  Swung on ...
  popped up on the right side ...
  Sullivan is there ...
  and she makes the catch.

  1 run, 1 hit, and nobody left on base for CGR...
  And after 3 it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 4th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Liptak, Scurio, and Giese ***

Up to bat is Liptak... nobody out.
  And Berleman steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  a towering pop-up behind the mound ...
  a trio converging, as Berleman, Pollina, and Barbee are all there ...
  finally it's Barbee calling everyone off to make the catch.

Scurio moves into the box now.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... one gone here in the Top of the 4th.
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Hit in the air to left ...
  No problem for Colclasure ...
  And he makes the catch.

Stepping to the plate is Giese.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... two down.
  Berleman brings it ...
  Towering fly ball to right ...
  Waiting for it to come down is Gorlewski ...
  He pounds his glove ...
  And now he's got it.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for RLG...
  And after 3 and a half it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 4th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Colclasure, Berleman, and Contreras ***

Colclasure moves into the box now... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 4th.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Deadened in front of the plate ...
  Giese grabs it ...
  And rifles it to first for the out.

Now batting, Berleman... one out.
  Berleman waits ... 
  Liptak turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  Breaking ball ...
  Waved at and missed for strike three.

And that brings up Contreras... two away.
  And Liptak steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  Contreras hits it hard on the ground ... 
  and that's into left field for a base hit ... 
  up to get it is Scurio ... 
  single for Contreras.

Barbee steps in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two out.
  Contreras is on at first.
  Liptak glances over at first ... 
  The next pitch is on the way ...
  Fly ball to right field ...
  and it's caught easily there by Reichard for the out.

  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 woman left on base for CGR...
  And after 4 it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 5th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Sullivan, Schoenfeld, and Reichard ***

Now Sullivan strides to the plate... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Berleman looks down and gets a sign from Contreras ... 
  the pitch ...
  In the air to left field ...
  and this could be trouble ...
  Colclasure was late picking the ball up from the bat ...
  and that's going to get by him and go to the wall for a double.

Schoenfeld taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... nobody gone here in the Top of the 5th.
  Sullivan is on at second.  
  The next offering from Berleman ...
  Schoenfeld takes ball four, and will trot down to first.

Coming up to the plate is Reichard.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Sullivan takes her lead from second.  Schoenfeld at first.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  Swung on ...
  Well hit to center field ...
  Billue going back, but she has no chance ...
  and that one's well into the cheap seats ...
  Home Run for Reichard!
  Sullivan scores.
  Schoenfeld trots home.

Allan stands in to take his turn... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  And there's a liner to right field ...
  coming up to get a bead on it is Gorlewski ...
  but he'll have to play it on a hop...
  single for Allan.

Settling into the box is White... nobody gone here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan is on at first.
  Borowski holding Allan to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Berleman turns and delivers ...
  Driven to the gap in right center ...
  Billue chasing it down ...
  but she's not going to get there ... 
  and it goes to the wall ...
  double for White.
  A red light from the coaching box, and the runners hold ...
  Allan moves to third.

So here's Fox.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan with a short lead at third.  White at second.  
  The pitch ...
  Swung on ...
  and a high fly ball to left field ...
  circling under it is Colclasure ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.
  Tagging from third is Allan ...
  and he scores easily.

Liptak will be the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone.
  White is on at second.  
  Liptak showing bunt ...
  and he gets it down ...
  Contreras pounces on it quickly ...
  he glances over and thinks about second ...
  but now tosses to Borowski at first for the sure out.
  White advances to third base.

And the hitter is Scurio.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... two away here in the Top of the 5th.
  RLG threatening here, with White at third.  
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Fastball ...
  And Berleman blew it by her for strike three.

  4 runs, 4 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 4 and a half it's RLG 9 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 5th ***
*** RLG 9 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Pollina, Billue, and Gore ***

Now Pollina digs in... nobody out.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Strike three called ...
  And Liptak had to break some law of physics with THAT slider!

Here's Billue... one out here in the Bottom of the 5th.
  The next offering from Liptak ...
  hit towards Sullivan and it nips her glove and bounces towards the line...
  error on Sullivan.

Gore is up there now.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one out here in the Bottom of the 5th.
  Liptak in danger of giving one up here, with Billue at second.  
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  A swing and a miss for strike three ...
  Liptak gets him!

Gorlewski is coming up next.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 HR and 1 RBI... two out.
  Billue at second.  
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Little fly ball to shallow center field ...
  but Schoenfeld read it quickly ... 
  and closes in on it easily to make the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 5 it's RLG 9 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 6th ***
*** RLG 9 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Giese, Sullivan, and Schoenfeld ***

Settling into the box is Giese... nobody down here in the Top of the 6th.
  Berleman kicks and deals...
  And that's slapped into left field for a base hit ... 
  coming over to get it is Colclasure ... 
  a single for Giese.

Up next for RLG, Sullivan.
  So far today she is 1 for 3... nobody out.
  Giese is away from first.
  Berleman checks Giese to keep her close to the bag ...
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  And that's a bullet hit towards first base ...
  and Borowski can't quite come up with it ...
  as it sails past him and into right field for a base hit ...
  Gorlewski cuts it off ...
  a single for Sullivan.
  And RLG showing a little faith in their bats here ...
  Holding the runners in place ...
  Giese takes second.

Schoenfeld will be the hitter.
  So far today he is 2 for 2... nobody gone.
  RLG threatening here, with Giese at second.  Sullivan takes her lead from first.
  Berleman looks down and gets a sign from Contreras ... 
  the pitch ...
  And that's slapped into center field for a base hit ... 
  coming over to get it is Billue ... 
  a single for Schoenfeld.
  That's deep enough ...
  Giese is being waved around ...
  Scoring from second is Giese.
  On to second goes Sullivan.

The umpire brushes off the plate ...
as Reichard gets set to hit... nobody gone.
  RLG threatening here, with Sullivan at second.  Schoenfeld takes his lead from first.
  Berleman is taking his time...
  the pitch ...
  Lifted to center field ...
  Billue steps back ...
  And hauls it in.

So here's Allan... one gone here in the Top of the 6th.
  Berleman in danger of giving one up here, with Sullivan at second.  Schoenfeld leads off first.
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Fly ball to left ...
  Not deep at all ...
  Colclasure gets into position ...
  And takes it in.

Now here's White.
  So far today she is 3 for 3 with 1 RBI... two away.
  Sullivan leads off second.  Schoenfeld is away from first.
  The pitch ...
  And that's popped up just behind the mound near second base ...
  Pollina settling under it ...
  and he makes the catch.

  1 run, 3 hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  5 and a half in the books, and it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 6th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Borowski, Colclasure, and Berleman ***

Borowski is coming up next... nobody out.
  Liptak shakes off a few signs...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  and that's hit in the air to left field ...
  Scurio starts in ...
  but is now going back ...
  and she makes the catch.

So here's Colclasure... one down.
  Colclasure waits ... 
  Liptak turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  And Colclasure looks at ball four.

Up to bat is Berleman.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one gone.
  Colclasure is away from first.
  Liptak glances over at first ... 
  The pitch on the way ...
  the corner infielders are creeping in...
  Swung on ...
  and a high fly ball to right field ...
  circling under it is Reichard ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Contreras is up there now.
  So far today she is 2 for 2... two gone here in the Bottom of the 6th.
  Colclasure is away from first.
  And they won't hold Colclasure here, Sullivan is well off the bag.
  And the next pitch ...
  Sent in the air to right ...
  Reichard moves over ...
  And makes the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 6 it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 7th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Fox, Liptak, and Scurio ***

Standing in to hit is Fox... nobody down.
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  And that's lifted in the air to left field ...
  but playable ...
  and Colclasure makes the catch.

Liptak taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... one down here in the Top of the 7th.
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Just missed inside, and that's ball four.

Now at the plate, Scurio... one down.
  Liptak leads off first.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Scurio waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  And Scurio takes inside ... ball four.
  Liptak stops at second.

Up to bat is Giese.
  So far today she is 1 for 4... one gone here in the Top of the 7th.
  Liptak is on at second.  Scurio leads off first.
  The pitch on the way ...
  Hit in the air to right ...
  Camping underneath it is Gorlewski ...
  And he has it for out number one.
  They are going to hold Liptak at second.

Stepping to the plate is Sullivan... two away here in the Top of the 7th.
  Liptak is on at second.  Scurio is away from first.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  One hopper to Borowski ...
  He grabs it ...
  Waits for Berleman ...
  And makes a quick flip to get Sullivan at first.

  No runs, no hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  And after 6 and a half it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 7th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Barbee, Pollina, and Billue ***

Time for the seventh-inning stretch.

Barbee at the plate... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Swung on ...
  hit on the button towards third base ...
  but right at Fox ...
  who stays with it to retire Barbee.

Hitting next is Pollina.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Bouncing ball to second base ...
  White scoops it up ...
  And throws to first for the out. 

Now Billue strides to the plate... two gone here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Lined hard to second base ...
  but right there to handle it is White ...
  and she makes the catch for the out.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for CGR...
  We've played 7, and the score is RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 8th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Schoenfeld, Reichard, and Allan ***

And the hitter is Schoenfeld... nobody down.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  Down he goes ...
  Berleman threw him the hook ...
  And got Schoenfeld swinging.

Settling into the box is Reichard.
  So far today he is 2 for 4 with 1 HR and 4 RBI... one down here in the Top of the 8th.
  Berleman cranking, firing ...
  Swung on ...
  and that's tapped into right field for a base hit ...
  coming up to get it is Gorlewski ... 
  a single for Reichard.

Hitting next is Allan... one out.
  Reichard is on at first.
  Reichard held on by Borowski.
  Berleman deals ...
  Swung on ...
  hit hard on the ground ...
  and that's going to get through to left field ...
  Colclasure cuts it off in a hurry ...
  and Allan holds with a single.
  And with an emphatic toss back to the infield ...
  Colclasure stops the runners in their tracks ...
  Reichard advances to second.

White stands in... one out.
  Reichard takes his lead from second.  Allan is on at first.
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  lifted deep to right field ...
  back goes Gorlewski ...
  but it's over his head...
  he plays the carom ...
  but White is into second with a double.
  They're waving Allan around ...
  but Gorlewski might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but she can't get the tag down in time ... safe!
  Scoring from second is Reichard.
  And here comes Allan to score all the way from first!
  and White takes third on the throw.

Fox taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... one gone.
  White at third.  
  Payoff pitch ...
  Spanked on the ground to third base ...
  Gore gathers it in ...
  And makes a good throw to Borowski for the out.

Now here's Liptak.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... two away here in the Top of the 8th.
  RLG threatening here, with White at third.  
  And Liptak tired of waiting and steps out of the box ...
  he steps back in now ...
  and Berleman delivers ...
  Hit in the air toward left ...
  And slicing to Colclasure ...
  Who makes the catch.

  2 runs, 3 hits, and 1 woman left on base for RLG...
  And after 7 and a half it's RLG 12 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 8th ***
*** RLG 12 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Gore, Gorlewski, and Borowski ***

Gore is next.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  And Gore looks at ball four.

Standing in to hit is Gorlewski.
  So far today he is 1 for 3 with 1 HR and 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Gore is away from first.
  Gore is not a threat in this situation, so they'll play behind him.
  Liptak brings it ...
  Gorlewski looks at a curve for strike three.

So here's Borowski... one down here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Gore takes his lead from first.
  And they elect to play behind Gore.
  Borowski waiting ... 
  now Liptak delivers ...
  Struck him out swinging ...
  Pretty good fastball from Liptak.

Here's Colclasure.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... two gone.
  Gore takes his lead from first.
  Gore not being held on.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Stroked to center ...
  But this one has a little air under it ...
  And Schoenfeld makes the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 8 it's RLG 12 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 9th ***
*** RLG 12 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Scurio, Giese, and Sullivan ***

Scurio is coming up next.
  So far today she is 0 for 4... nobody out here in the Top of the 9th.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Hard hit grounder ...
  But right to Pollina ...
  And he makes a quick toss to Borowski for the out. 

Settling into the box is Giese.
  So far today she is 1 for 5... one down here in the Top of the 9th.
  Berleman is taking his time...
  the pitch ...
  In the air to center field ...
  and this could be trouble ...
  Billue was late picking the ball up from the bat ...
  and that's going to get by her and go to the wall for a double.
  And now Billue overthrows the cutoff back the infield ...
  Berleman is there to backup the play ...
  but Giese alertly takes an extra base ...
  and Billue will draw an error on the throw.

Now Sullivan strides to the plate... one gone.
  Giese with a short lead at third.  
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  And Sullivan takes outside ... ball four.

Here's Schoenfeld... one down.
  Runners at the corners.
  Berleman glances over at first ... 
  Berleman delivers ...
  High fly ball towards the right field power alley ...
  and carrying well ...
  back goes Billue ...
  way back ...
  and that one's outta here! Home Run for Schoenfeld!
  That drives in Giese.
  Sullivan trots home.

Now Reichard digs in... one out.
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  A high fly ball down the right field line ...
  if it's fair it's trouble ...
  and it lands just inside the foul pole ...
  Home Run for Reichard!
  and Reichard has 2 home runs today.

Allan stands in and cocks his bat menacingly ...
Berleman seems unimpressed... one out.
  The pitch ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a shot down the first base line ...
  off the bag and into right field ...
  that'll slow it down just enough for Gorlewski to cut it off ...
  holding Allan to a single.

Batting next for RLG, White.
  So far today she is 4 for 5 with 3 RBI... one down.
  Allan leads off first.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Berleman shakes off a few signs...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  White hits it slowly on the ground towards shortstop ...
  taken there by Barbee ... 
  and he throws to Borowski to get her.
  Allan stops at second.

Now Fox strides to the plate... two out here in the Top of the 9th.
  Allan is on at second.  
  Payoff pitch ...
  Hit high but not deep to center ...
  Moving under it is Billue ...
  And she pulls it down.

  4 runs, 4 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 8 and a half it's RLG 16 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 9th ***
*** RLG 16 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Berleman, Contreras, and Barbee ***

Berleman steps into the box.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 9th.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Sent in the air to right ...
  Reichard moves over ...
  And makes the catch.

That will bring up Contreras.
  So far today she is 2 for 3... one down.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Chopper off the plate ...
  Giese snatches it out of the air ...
  And throws to Sullivan for the out.

Up next for CGR, Barbee... two gone.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Little fly ball to shallow right field ...
  Reichard is there ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

And this one belongs to RLG!
The final score is RLG 16 - CGR 1

Opening Day: Bridgeport Hit Men 3, Douglas South Siders 2


Welcome to the Armour Square Park League, where South Side Hit Pen staff and patrons have filled five team rosters:

Armour Square Nine
Bridgeport Hit Men
Chinatown Grinders
Douglas South Siders
Red Line Go-Gos

We may add more players and teams as the league goes on this summer, but that depends on any increase in staff — or interested patrons!

Tuesday was Opening Night, and it was a chilly one, as bats were frozen until late in the game.

Leadoff hitter for Douglas, Laura Wolff, had the first base hit in league history. She also was the first player gunned down on a steal attempt!

The first big scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the sixth, when Joe Resis doubled in-between line outs to third by Year of the Hamster and Brett Ballantini. Ashley Sanders smacked a hard grounder up the middle, but a diving stop by David Smith at second base saved a run, and the game remained scoreless.

In the bottom of the eighth, Julie Brady (0-for-2 to start the game) clocked a home run to left to get Bridgeport on the board. But the Hit Men weren’t done there, as Resis and Ballantini singled to center and then a hit-and-run with Sanders at the played panicked Darren Black into a passed ball. Sanders nearly hit an oppo taco, but had to settle for a sacrifice fly to bring in Resis. Sean Williams then came through with a clutch, two-out single to put the Hit Men up, 3-0.

It turns out the insurance runs were needed. With Anthony Kiefer on with a one-out walk, Smith lined deep to left for a double, a crazy bounce off the wall turning it into a triple, and an overthrow to the infield allowed the batter to score, cutting the Bridgeport lead to 3-2.

But Ballantini settled down, coaxing a grounder to first and a line out to second to end the game.

Big hitters in the game included Resis and Smith, both 3-for-4. Both Ballantini and Douglas starter Mike Gasick threw good games. We’ll award co-MVPs to Resis and Ballantini for this Bridgeport win.

On Thursday night sees the Red Line Go-Gos visit the Chinatown Grinders, in both teams’ season debut. The Go-Gos are headlined by spring training heroes Amber Giese and Owen Schoenfeld.


 

3-24-2020 Douglas South Siders (0-0) vs. Bridgeport Hit Men (0-0)

                      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H  E
Douglas South Siders  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2   2  5  0
Bridgeport Hit Men    0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3  x   3  8  1

Douglas South Siders         AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
L. Wolff (CF)                 4   0   2   0   0   0  .500
D. Victor (RF)                4   0   0   0   0   1  .000
C. Eric (3B)                  3   0   0   0   0   2  .000
A. Kiefer (LF)                2   1   0   0   2   0  .000
D. Smith (2B)                 4   1   3   1   0   0  .750
S. Kleinman (SS)              3   0   0   0   0   0  .000
R. Hultgen (1B)               4   0   0   0   0   0  .000
D. Black (C)                  3   0   0   0   0   1  .000
M. Gasick (P)                 3   0   0   0   0   0  .000
                             30   2   5   1   2   4

3B: D. Smith[1]
SH: S. Kleinman[1]
CS: L. Wolff[1]
PB:  D. Black[1]
HBP:  C. Eric[1]

Bridgeport Hit Men           AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
Y. the Hamster (SS)           4   0   0   0   0   0  .000
J. Resis (2B)                 4   1   3   0   0   0  .750
B. Ballantini (P)             3   1   1   0   1   0  .333
A. Sanders (CF)               2   0   0   1   1   1  .000
S. Williams (3B)              4   0   1   1   0   0  .250
R. Matte (C)                  4   0   1   0   0   0  .250
P. Banting (1B)               3   0   0   0   0   0  .000
L. Laura (LF)                 3   0   1   0   0   0  .333
J. Brady (RF)                 3   1   1   1   0   0  .333
                             30   3   8   3   2   1

2B: J. Resis[1]
HR: J. Brady[1]
SF: A. Sanders[1]
SB: J. Resis[1], B. Ballantini[1]
E:  L. Laura[1]

2020-Douglas South Siders     IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
M. Gasick                    8.0   8   3   3   2   1   1  3.38
                             8.0   8   3   3   2   1   1

2020-Bridgeport Hit Men       IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
B. Ballantini                9.0   5   2   2   2   4   0  2.00
                             9.0   5   2   2   2   4   0


A great day for a scheduled game between
DSS (0-0) and BHM (0-0).
The starting pitcher for DSS is Mike Gasick (0-0, 0.00).
The starting pitcher for BHM is Brett Ballantini (0-0, 0.00).

*** Top of the 1st ***
Now Wolff strolls to the plate... nobody out.
  Ballantini turns and delivers ...

  Grounded sharply to the right side ...
  and that's going to get past Banting and into right field ...
  Brady comes up with it quickly there...
  and Wolff is aboard with a single.
Victor at the plate... nobody down.
  Wolff leads off first.
  Wolff held on by Banting.
  Ballantini ready, here he comes ...

  Swung on ...
  and there's a liner to second base ...
  but Resis is right there to take care of it ...
  and Victor is out.
Here's Eric... one gone.
  Wolff is away from first.
  Wolff has a good lead ...

  There goes Wolff ...
  the throw from Matte ...
  is in time, they got her!
Batting next is Eric... two gone here in the Top of the 1st.
  Ballantini deals ...

  It drills Eric ...
  Ballantini was trying to move him off of the plate ...
  And now he's moved him 90 feet to first base!
Settling into the box is Kiefer... two down here in the Top of the 1st.
  Eric is on at first.
  Banting holding Eric to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Ballantini has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...

  Slapped behind first ...
  Banting dives ...
  Gloves it ...
  And flips it to Ballantini covering first ...
  He's out!

  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for DSS...
  And after one half it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 1st ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: the Hamster, Resis, and Ballantini ***

And the hitter is the Hamster... nobody gone.
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Grounder slapped to shortstop ...
  Kleinman gathers it in ...
  And fires a strike to first for the out. 

Settling into the box is Resis... one down.
  And Gasick steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...

  Swung on ...
  hit on the button towards right field ...
  and that's going to elude Victor ...
  base hit for Resis.

Ballantini stands in to take his turn... one out.
  Resis at first.
  Gasick rifles it to first ...
  Safe!  Resis scrambles back.

  Gasick checks Resis to keep him close to the bag ...
  Gasick looks down and gets a sign from Black ... 
  the pitch ...
  the corner infielders are creeping in...

  Swung on ...
  a towering pop-up behind the mound ...
  a trio converging, as Gasick, Smith, and Kleinman are all there ...
  finally it's Smith calling everyone off to make the catch.

Sanders checks in... two out here in the Bottom of the 1st.
  Resis leads off first.
  Gasick looks at Resis ...
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  A swing and a miss ...
  Another strikeout for Gasick.


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for BHM...
  And after 1 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 2nd ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Smith, Kleinman, and Hultgen ***

Smith is coming up next... nobody out.
  Ballantini ready and deals ...

  Swung on ...
  big bouncer over the mound ...
  up in the air to get it is the Hamster ...
  and she makes a strong, accurate throw to Banting to get him.

Kleinman is the hitter... one gone here in the Top of the 2nd.
  The pitch coming up ...

  Offspeed ...
  and a fly ball to right field ...
  circling under it is Brady ...
  and she makes the catch for the out.

Hultgen steps in and repositions his helmet ...
Now he's ready... two away.
  Ballantini rocks and fires ...

  Fastball ...
  and that's popped up just behind the plate ...
  Matte settling under it ...
  and he makes the catch.


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for DSS...
  And after 1 and a half it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 2nd ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Williams, Matte, and Banting ***

Williams is up there now... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  The next offering from Gasick ...

  Swung on ...
  and that's well hit to left field ...
  Kiefer coming over ...
  and makes the catch ... Nice play!

Matte is up there now... one gone here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Gasick has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...

  Swung on ...
  and that's lined towards center field ...
  but right to Smith ...
  and Matte is out.

Banting stands in to take his turn... two gone.
  Gasick cranks and fires ...

  Harmless fly ball to center ...
  Wolff waits for it ...
  And grabs it.


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for BHM...
  And after 2 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 3rd ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Black, Gasick, and Wolff ***

Now batting, Black... nobody gone here in the Top of the 3rd.
  Ballantini is taking his time...
  the pitch ...

  A swing and a miss ...
  The hook got him!

Now here's Gasick... one out.
  The pitch coming up ...

  Cued to first base ...
  Banting grabs it and hustles to the bag ahead of Gasick for the out.

Wolff will be the hitter.
  So far today she is 1 for 1... two gone here in the Top of the 3rd.
  Ballantini is taking his time...
  the pitch ...

  Lifted to left ...
  Laura is there ...
  Waiting ...
  And she has it.


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for DSS...
  And after 2 and a half it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 3rd ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Laura, Brady, and the Hamster ***

Laura will be the batter... nobody gone.
  Gasick has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...

  Swung on ...
  soft line drive up the middle ...
  just over the infield ...
  and into center field for a base hit ...
  cut off there by Wolff ...
  single for Laura.

Brady taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now she steps in to face Gasick... nobody down.
  Laura is on at first.
  Gasick glances over at first ... 
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Slow grounder toward first ...
  Hultgen moves in quickly ...
  Gloves it ...
  And underhands it to Gasick for the out.
  Laura heads to second.

Now the Hamster strolls to the plate.
  So far today she is 0 for 1... one out here in the Bottom of the 3rd.
  BHM threatening here, with Laura at second.  
  Gasick cranks it up and deals ...

  the Hamster hits it slowly on the ground towards second base ...
  up with it is Smith ... 
  he'll have to hurry ...
  and he just does get the Hamster by a step!
  Laura hustles to third.

Now here's Resis.
  So far today he is 1 for 1... two out.
  Laura steps away from third.  
  Gasick has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...

  Ground ball up the middle Kleinman ...
  He gathers it in ...
  And throws a strike to Hultgen for the out. 


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for BHM...
  And after 3 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 4th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Victor, Eric, and Kiefer ***

Coming up next, Victor.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody out here in the Top of the 4th.
  Ballantini turns and delivers ...

  Swung on ...
  and that's looped to shallow center ...
  the Hamster going out, Sanders coming in ...
  and now Sanders signaling that she's got it  ...
  and puts it away for the out.

That will bring up Eric... one out.
  The pitch coming up ...

  A swing and a miss ...
  Ballantini finishes him off with a fastball.

Coming up next, Kiefer.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two down.
  Kiefer waiting ... 
  now Ballantini delivers ...

  Way outside and they walked him. 

Now Smith digs in... two out.
  Kiefer is on at first.
  A quick throw over to first ...
  Kiefer dives back ...
  And is in just under the tag.

  Kiefer held on by Banting.
  Ballantini at the belt, now comes to the plate ...

  And there's a little flare to center field ...
  Sanders a little slow to react ...
  and all she can do is hustle in to pick it up off the grass ...
  that'll look like a line drive in the boxscore.

  With two out, they play it safe ...
  The runners will hold ...
  Into second and holding is Kiefer.

Kleinman is the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two out.
  Kiefer leads off second.  Smith at first.
  Ballantini brings it ...

  Lifted to medium center ...
  Sanders is there ...
  Waiting ...
  And she grabs it.


  No runs, 1 hit, and 2 runners left on base for DSS...
  We've played 3 and a half, and the score is DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 4th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Ballantini, Sanders, and Williams ***

Ballantini stands in to take his turn.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody gone here in the Bottom of the 4th.
  The pitch on the way ...

  And Ballantini looks at ball four.

Sanders stands in to take her turn.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 4th.
  Ballantini takes his lead from first.
  Hultgen holding Ballantini to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Sanders waits ... 
  Gasick turns on the rubber, and deals ...

  And that misses inside, for ball four.
  Ballantini advances to second.

Williams is the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody gone.
  Ballantini takes his lead from second.  Sanders is away from first.
  The next pitch is on the way ...

  Williams hits it hard on the ground ... 
  taken by Kleinman at shortstop ... 
  he goes to Smith for the force ...
  and down to first ...
  in time ... double play!
  Ballantini moves to third.

Batting next for BHM, Matte... two down.
  Ballantini steps away from third.  
  Matte waiting ... 
  now Gasick delivers ...

  Hit on the ground to second base ...
  Picked up by Smith ...
  And he fires to first in time to get the out. 


  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for BHM...
  4 in the books, and it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 5th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Hultgen, Black, and Gasick ***

Up to bat is Hultgen.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody down.
  The next offering from Ballantini ...

  Two hopper to second base ...
  Resis gathers it in ...
  And tosses to first for the out. 

Black is next.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Ballantini cranking, firing ...

  Hit to shallow center ...
  Coming on is Sanders ...
  And he makes the catch about knee high.

Gasick checks in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two down.
  The pitch coming up ...

  Swung on ...
  and there's a dunker to center field ...
  Sanders got a great jump and is coming in a hurry ...
  and she puts it away for the out ...
  great hustle there!


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for DSS...
  4 and a half in the books, and it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 5th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Banting, Laura, and Brady ***

Banting is next.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody gone.
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Little fly ball to shallow left field ...
  circling under it is Kiefer ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Now Laura digs in... one out.
  Gasick looks down and gets a sign from Black ... 
  the pitch ...

  In the air to center field ...
  but playable for Wolff ...
  who puts it away, to take care of Laura easily.

Settling into the box is Brady... two gone here in the Bottom of the 5th.
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Routine ground ball toward second base ...
  Smith scoops it up ...
  And the throw to Hultgen is in plenty of time. 


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for BHM...
  And after 5 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 6th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Wolff, Victor, and Eric ***

Wolff is coming up next.
  So far today she is 1 for 2... nobody gone.
  Now the pitch to Wolff ...

  Lifted to right ...
  Brady drifts under it ...
  And closes her glove on it to retire Wolff.

Here's Victor... one down.
  Ballantini cranks and fires ...

  Easy grounder to Banting at first ...
  And the underhand feed to Ballantini covering, for the out.

And play stops for a moment as Eric goes back to the dugout to get a new bat ...
Now he returns and steps into the box... two away.
  Ballantini is taking his time...
  the pitch ...

  Grounded down the first base line ...
  Banting snags it behind the bag ...
  And shovels it to Ballantini in time for the out.


  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for DSS...
  5 and a half in the books, and it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 6th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: the Hamster, Resis, and Ballantini ***

Now at the plate, the Hamster.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... nobody out.
  Gasick rocks and fires ...

  Swung on ...
  lined to third base ...
  right there to handle it is Eric ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Up next for BHM, Resis.
  So far today he is 1 for 2... one down.
  And Resis tired of waiting and steps out of the box ...
  he steps back in now ...
  and Gasick delivers ...

  Swung on ...
  a high drive to left field ...
  and deep ...
  Kiefer going back ...
  but it's over his head and off the wall ...
  double for Resis.

Now Ballantini digs in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one gone here in the Bottom of the 6th.
  BHM threatening here, with Resis at second.  
  Gasick is taking his time...
  the pitch ...
  the corner infielders are creeping in...

  Lined to third base ...
  right there to handle it is Eric ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Sanders steps up next.
  So far today she is 0 for 1... two away here in the Bottom of the 6th.
  BHM threatening here, with Resis at second.  
  Gasick rocks and fires ...

  Sanders grounds this one hard up the middle ... 
  diving stop by Smith ... 
  and he throws to Hultgen to get her!


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for BHM...
  And after 6 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 7th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Kiefer, Smith, and Kleinman ***

Kiefer is the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... nobody gone.
  Ballantini at the belt, now comes to the plate ...

  Kiefer hits it slowly on the ground towards second base ...
  up with it is Resis ... 
  he'll have to hurry ...
  and he just does get Kiefer by a step!

Stepping to the plate is Smith.
  So far today he is 1 for 2... one out.
  The pitch on the way to Smith ...

  Swung on ...
  and a line drive base hit into right field ...
  Brady comes in to take it on a hop ...
  single for Smith.

Batting next is Kleinman.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone here in the Top of the 7th.
  Smith is on at first.

  Kleinman squares to bunt ...
  and he gets it down ...
  Williams charges and comes up with it quickly ...
  he glances over and thinks about second ...
  but now tosses to Banting at first for the sure out.
  Taking second is Smith.

Coming up next, Hultgen.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... two down.
  Smith is on at second.  
  The pitch coming up ...

  And there's a little flare to center field ...
  Sanders got a great jump and is coming in a hurry ...
  and she puts it away for the out ...
  great hustle there!


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for DSS...
  6 and a half in the books, and it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 7th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Williams, Matte, and Banting ***

Time for the seventh-inning stretch.

Williams will be the hitter... nobody out.
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Fly ball to right ...
  Hit fairly shallow ...
  Victor has plenty of time to get there ...
  And makes the catch.

Standing in to hit is Matte.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one out here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  The pitch on the way ...

  Swung on ...
  and there's a little flare to center field ...
  Wolff a little slow to react ...
  and all she can do is play it on a hop ...
  Matte will take it ...
  and he's standing at first with a single.

Standing in to hit is Banting... one down here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  Matte at first.
  Gasick checks Matte to keep him close to the bag ...
  Gasick deals ...

  Swung on ...
  and there's a little flare to center field ...
  Wolff got a great jump and is coming in a hurry ...
  and she puts it away for the out ...
  great hustle there!

Now Laura digs in.
  So far today he is 1 for 2... two away.
  Matte is on at first.
  Hultgen holding Matte to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Gasick delivers ...

  Lifted to center ...
  And right to Wolff ...
  Who had him played perfectly.


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for BHM...
  And after 7 it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Top of the 8th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Black, Gasick, and Wolff ***

Settling into the box is Black... nobody out here in the Top of the 8th.
  Ballantini on and off the mound ...
  Black in and out of the box ...
  they're both ready now ...
  and the pitch on the way ...

  Swung on ...
  hard ground ball to Banting ...
  and he'll win the race to the bag for the out.

Gasick steps into the box.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone.
  Ballantini deals ...

  Offspeed ...
  and that's lined sharply towards the left side ...
  but right to Banting ...
  and Gasick is out.

And the hitter is Wolff.
  So far today she is 1 for 3... two down here in the Top of the 8th.
  Wolff waits ... 
  Ballantini turns on the rubber, and deals ...

  Swung on ...
  and that's slapped into center field for a base hit ... 
  coming over to get it is Sanders ... 
  a single for Wolff.

Victor at the plate.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... two gone.
  Wolff leads off first.
  They throw over to first ... 
  And Wolff gets back easily.

  Ballantini looks at Wolff ...
  Ballantini kicks and deals...

  Struck him out looking at a curve.


  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 man left on base for DSS...
  7 and a half in the books, and it's DSS 0 - BHM 0.

*** Bottom of the 8th ***
*** DSS 0 - BHM 0 ***
*** Due up for BHM: Brady, the Hamster, and Resis ***

So here's Brady.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... nobody gone here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Money pitch ...

  Lifted deep to left field ...
  back goes Kiefer ...
  this one has a chance ...
  and that's GONE!  Home Run for Brady!

  And that breaks the tie, BHM now leads 1 - 0.

the Hamster steps in and calls for time ...
Now she's ready... nobody out.
  Gasick toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...

  Lined hard to shortstop ...
  but right there to handle it is Kleinman ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Batting next is Resis... one down.
  And it looks like a few words being exchanged between Gasick and Resis ...
  they're both ready now ...
  and the pitch on the way ...

  And a line drive base hit into center field ...
  Wolff comes in to take it on a hop ...
  single for Resis.

Ballantini moves into the box now... one down.
  Resis is away from first.
  Resis held on by Hultgen.
  The next offering from Gasick ...
  the corner infielders are creeping in...

  Ballantini hits it hard on the ground ... 
  and that's into center field for a base hit ... 
  up to get it is Wolff ... 
  single for Ballantini.

  And BHM showing a little faith in their bats here ...
  Holding the runners in place ...
  Over to second goes Resis.

Sanders stands in to take her turn.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one out.
  Resis is away from second.  Ballantini leads off first.
  And the next pitch ...
  the runners are on the move ...

  Passed ball ...
  Black scrambles to chase it down.
  Resis advances to third base.
  Ballantini goes to second.

Standing in to hit is Sanders.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... one out.
  Resis at third.  Ballantini is on at second.  
  The infield is in.
  The next offering from Gasick ...

  Hit in the air to deep right field ...
  going back is Victor ...
  way back ...
  and he picks it off on the warning track to retire Sanders.

  Tagging from third is Resis ...
  and he scores.

Now here's Williams... two down.
  BHM threatening here, with Ballantini at second.  
  Gasick is taking his time...
  the pitch ...

  Fastball ...
  soft line drive up the middle ...
  just over the infield ...
  and into center field for a base hit ...
  cut off there by Wolff ...
  single for Williams.

  That's deep enough ...
  Ballantini is being waved around ...
  Here comes Ballantini to score.

Matte plants the right foot, and now the left ...
and stares out at Gasick... two out.
  Williams takes his lead from first.
  Gasick glances over at first ... 
  And Gasick steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...

  High fly ball to the gap in right center ...
  Victor on the dead run ...
  and he catches up to it to pick it off on the warning track ...
  nice play!


  That'll do it for BHM in the Bottom of the 8th.
  But they get 3 runs in the inning...
  and have now jumped out on top 3 - 0.

*** Top of the 9th ***
*** BHM 3 - DSS 0 ***
*** Due up for DSS: Eric, Kiefer, and Smith ***

Coming up next, Eric... nobody down here in the Top of the 9th.
  Now the pitch to Eric ...

  A swing and a miss ...
  And he's out on strikes.

Now Kiefer strides to the plate.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one out.
  The next offering from Ballantini ...

  And Kiefer takes outside ... ball four.

Stepping to the plate is Smith.
  So far today he is 2 for 3... one out.
  Kiefer takes his lead from first.
  Ballantini is keeping a close eye on Kiefer ...
  Anchoring him to the bag.
 
  Ballantini looks at Kiefer ...
  Ballantini has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...

  Look out, that's way outside and gets away from Matte ...
  wild pitch! 
  Stopping at second is Kiefer.

Smith moves into the box now... one down.
  Kiefer leads off second.  
  Ballantini on and off the mound ...
  Smith in and out of the box ...
  they're both ready now ...
  and the pitch on the way ...

  Swung on ...
  and that ball is absolutely hammered to left field ...
  no chance for Laura ...
  she'll have to play it off the wall ...
  and now it takes a crazy hop and gets away! ...
  That'll be a triple for Smith!

  And now Laura overthrows the cutoff back the infield ...
  Ballantini is there to backup the play ...
  but Smith alertly takes an extra base ...
  and Laura will draw an error on the throw.
  Scoring from second is Kiefer.
  Scoring on the play is Smith.

Batting next for DSS, Kleinman.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one down here in the Top of the 9th.
  Ballantini at the belt, now comes to the plate ...

  Dribbler toward first ...
  Banting has it ...
  And throws to Ballantini covering at first for the out.

Now Hultgen strides to the plate.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... two down.
  Ballantini ready and deals ...

  Swung on ...
  and that's lined towards center field ...
  but right to Resis ...
  and Hultgen is out.

And you can put this one in the books.
The final score is BHM 3 - DSS 2