Friday, July 24, 2009

Best of Times, Worst of Times for Know Mercy 1

It was a great night for Know Mercy 1 in their double headers.

Even though we were playing and hitting on all cylinders, we could not defend the almighty Victory Club. However, we kept it to a very respectable 5-1 in 7 innings proving to ourselves that if we can hang with Victory Club, we can hang with any team!

Because the night was somewhat of a blur with all the excitement in the double header, I am going to combine the player summary's from both games into one recap.

I want to first give a HUGE thanks to Eric, JJ and Steve for subbing in for us on such short notice. All of you came up big for us and we couldn't have one without you!

Also, to Steve and Joni. On behalf of the whole team, we were so excited and glad to have you at the game last night. Thanks :)

Steve K. - had a near perfect night at both the plate and in the field. He caught countless balls in left field adding up out after out for the other team. His hits were amazing and powerful and got him on base several times and scoring 2 for us!

Bo – I know you like outfield, but you are so great at the mound.20I think you found your new home :) Having only 2 walks or so in two games, he proved himself invaluable. He got on base several times and scored once. His “coaching” and guidance really comes in handy too. Next year back to coaching maybe??

Todd – Had a couple of good hits allowing him to score a run, but his highlight was his signature move. For those who haven't seen it, Todd plays superman and flys to catch the ball. It is so pretty, well until he comes crashing down, but he always holds onto the ball! He always provided many double plays to all infield positions. Lo-light, him getting a bad call when sliding into second and almost getting kicked out of the game. Loved the passion though!

John- Struggled a little bit at the plate at first but who wouldn't after 2 weeks vacay. We are all so jealous! He did great at 2nd base though and played it like a pro. He racked up several outs on his own and as part of double plays. I don't think anything got by him there. He was a mad man!

Steve S. - Even though barely having his shoes tied when he had to take the plate for the first time, he was never phased. He had several good hits including a double that he ended up later scoring on. In the field was the same thing from this awesome competitor. It didn't matter where he played in outfield, he caught everything that came out his way. He proved to have that same killer instinct at first too.

Eric – We can't forgot the highlight of the night, and even the season. The Eric/Tina play was one that will be talked about forever. I will tell my kids and grandkids, and have them pass on this great story. Playing against Victory Club in a tight game, their tall, young flashy hitter Shawn was at the plate.

He hit deep like normal and Tina was able to get under it in time. Catching it proved tricky with the amount of spin it had on it. It was in her glove, but in an instance, popped out. Then like an angel out of nowhere (or Eric out of right center) he swept in right in time as it bobbled out of Tina's glove to slide below and sweep the ball up right before hitting the ground. The played cleared our bench and gave us the boost we needed to know that we were in this. He also played solid in the outfield and covered everything that came his way and used his amazing arm to whip the ball infield. He had a great triple but was unable to score due to the lamo behind him. Sorry Eric :(

Tina – Well, her highlight is noted above, but she mostly liked to leave the drama behin d and just handle the outs on her own. She was absolutely amazing in the field and was responsible for out after out throughout the night. She got on base several times last night too :)

Jill – Jill was our lone run against Victory Club. Using her sharp eye, she got on base and her quick legs did the rest. Thanks for getting us on the board! She also got into the other teams head when she was catching and giving Bo signals. The other team got so flustered that there were some words, but we didn't have to say anything because the Ump turned around before any of us could and ripped them a new A**. Good times :) Also did great at right field providing back up for 1st and 2nd and getting the ball in quick.

Jo – lit it up in the second game at the plate. She had solid powerful hits that got her on base 3 of 4 times! I think that is a game high :) Her great and smart running added another point to the Know Mercy board for us. She was also not to be messed with at third which the other teams learned the hard way. She was also part of a double play too!

Jen – Not to be outdone by Jo, Jen did her own thing at the plate and killed it to. She got on base a coup le of times and scored shortly after Jo did to give us an early lead against Forest Hill Foods. She took one for the team and gave up her base and filled in wherever needed. That girl can play anywhere and do great :)

JJ – We miss you! Can't you play next year?? Pleeeease. She also got on base 3 times and scoring once. She kept awesome books, was a great cheerleader and never made a mistake on defense, no matter where we put her ( and we did put her everywhere). She also brought her own cheering section to give us the best crowd we have had all year.

Thanks everyone for a great couple of games last night. We play next week at 6:00 and it is also for the Consilation game. However, we have tougher competition so let's bring it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Know Mercy 2 mashes the Monsters

It was, perhaps, our best game of the year.

Know Mercy 2 beat a very solid St. Matthew’s Monsters team 8-3 with stunning defense and pitching matched with timely hitting to move into the consolation championship game.

Battling darkening skies and approaching rain, the team jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first with Mike Light, Casey and Chad all coming around to score, muscled in by Rob Ferguson.

The Chipper Skipper then worked out a walk to lead off the second, then moved around on hits from Steve Cairns and Casey.

Then the defense and pitching took over. Mike Gillis didn’t issue a single walk and kept Monster sluggers uncomfortable with his array of junk.

And the defense was spectacular. Not a single error! (The dropped ball at first doesn’t count, as you can’t assume the second out of a double play.)

One inning in particular stands out. Monster mashers actually got the ball into the outfield three times.

First, a fly ball to left-center expertly handled by Rachel Zollman.

Then, there was a short bloop that looked like it might drop in until the Professor turned on the jets and made an awesome grab.

Finally, a deep, deep fly back to left-center with Rachel scrambling back as all of us watched the Monsters season die in the webbing of her glove.

Know Mercy tacked on two more runs in the third and one each in the fourth and fifth innings.

St. Matthew’s didn’t go quietly, adding two runs on a home run that nipped the corner of short left field line. But the defense snuffed it out, ending the game on a dribbler to Gilley to Rob Mirque as the rains started to fall harder.

Keep in mind, this was a team that mercied us less than a month ago, putting up 10 runs in their first inning, and none of them were cheap. Holding them to three and scoring eight against their tight defense is a good sign for next week’s battle for the consolation crown.

How about some highlights!

In addition to her two great plays, Rachel Zollman had two big hits, and displayed some brilliant base-running, catching the Monsters napping in the field and hustling home for the final run.

Steve Cairns was on base three times, with two hits and a walk.

Niki Ferguson had three big hits and a run. Sidekick Rob, making his official 2009 debut, had two hits and did some fine scooping at first base.

Chad. Beast. Two for three with two runs scored and all-around fantastic play at short.

Casey. Beastette. (In the best ways) Two for four with a walk and a run scored, flawless play at second.

Rob Mirque also reached base two times and scored, and made a great dive back into first after the Monster second baseman made a nice stab on a line drive. Bride Cindy also reached base.

Kathy Breslin earned the game ball by playing hurt after tweaking a leg and attracting our cheering section, proving for sure that they’re not fair-weather fans.

Mike Light gave his usual lesson on timely and solid hitting, going two for three with a run scored.

Mike Gillis had his eye on that short right field fence, but settled for a big double in addition to his expected mound magic.

Base-running is not the Chipper Skipper’s specialty. First he sent Niki into a tag while coaching, then ran through Rachel’s stop sign at third to get nailed at the plate. But he picked up another walk and drove a hit.

Next week! The Big Consolation Championship at 7 -- err, 6:30, yeah, 6:30 -- at Leonard Field. I believe we play the Double Baggers, unless CTRL-ALT-DEL pulled off a miracle in the rain.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Know Mercy 1 gets playoff win with heavy hearts

It was a bitter sweet victory for Know Mercy 1 last night as we mercied St. Matthews Monsters with a final of 13-3 in 5 innings, but played with heavy hearts.

Here is a breakdown to re-live our solid win.

Jo brought her usual big bat for a couple of solid hits and scored twice. Not much came her way on the fleld but she was ready as usual, even though missing her awesome backup Steve Korb.

Jill -Got a little flustered after missing a tough pop up to right but used her good eye to get on base after that. We were a little bummed though with a somewhat normal uniform from her :(

Tina - Had some very solid hits. Even though she didn't get on base, she was able to get two RBI's to help us pad our lead. We will take those any day!

JJ - Scored early in the game to help us in the 2nd inning and give us a commanding lead. As always she covered 2nd great and we were SO grateful to have her and Steve fill in for us. We loved having you!

Steve - Wow, I would've thought this guy has been playing all year! He covered left field like it was going out of style getting many outs for us on D. He also rocked it at the plate with two runs for us. We hope you didn't pull anything and can fill in this week too. Let us know!

Viggy - Man were those some hits!! He had some huge hits to right field and got on base every time but was only able to score once. Sorry :( Only had a couple plays at first but got the runner out everytime!

Brian - Oh Brian, I think you took 5 years off my life with the pickle you got in between 3rd and home. On a positive note though, you made it home in one of the only successful pickles I have ever seen. He also scored twice. You also had a great catch in the outfield.

Bo - Another great game pitching. I know you like fielding better, but we all really appreciate you pitching this season. Did a great job on the mound once again. Had a couple of hits too to score twice!

Todd- Once again didn't come home without a bruise or two :) His hitting has come around for two solid hits and scoring twice thanks to some great dives/slides to make sure he was safe!


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

KM2 says "Beat it!" to CTL-ALT-DEL in big mercy win

Clearly the media can’t get enough of the whole Michael Jackson saga. Sadly, Know Mercy 2 has a media member at the helm, so we need to continue our tribute to the King of Pop for one more day.

KM 2 had an “Off the Wall” success against CTL-ALT-DEL with a 15-1 mercy win that closes out the regular season with a 4-5 record.

The team finished a game ahead of friendly rivals Know Mercy 1, and moves on to Forest Hills Foods next week for the first game of the playoffs.

After poking out three runs in the first, the team pounded out 10 runs in the second, putting the game away.

So, “Enjoy Yourself” and read the highlights, right here in “Black and White.”

Mike Gillis must have been humming “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” as he strode to the plate, because he led off the game with a triple. He scored two runs, didn’t walk a single batter, then turned in some great plays at short to end the game.

When Jamie Norris looks at “The Man in the Mirror,” he sees a guy who went three for three with a run scored and some nice defense at first. He hopes to saying “Baby Be Mine” by the next game!

Rob Mirque got on base and scored a run, then said “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” and did it again! Then sidekick Cindy, the “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” had a big walk and came around to score, too.

Chad Zollman launched a massive bomb in his first at-bat, but was robbed by a “Smooth Criminal” who ran all the way from left to left-center to poach the ball from a teammate. Chad also had a hit and a run.

Do you “Remember the Time” Kathy Breslin had two big hits? And she came around and scored a run, too!

Casey Munger-Dunham is just “Invincible,” reaching base all four times and scoring three runs.

And “Dangerous” Nikki Ferguson had three hits, then decided to show off her pitching prowess, closing the door in a one-two-three fourth inning.

“Say, Say, Say,” did you see Steve Carins out there? Two hits and a run scored! But he’d like me to quote a Pantera song instead.

Mike Light missing the next game? “I Want You Back!” Mike got robbed in the first, but then had two big hits and scored a run.

Rachel Zollman still sports a mark on her hip from when someone said “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” in the first game and took that nasty tumble. But she’s a trooper and has been kicking butt ever since!

If you think the Chipper Skipper has been on a roll lately, “You Are Not Alone.” Chipper’s been on base six straight times!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Know Mercy 2 weapons blast Forest Hills Foods

The players on Forest Hills Foods seemed like nice folks. Alas, they had no idea what was headed their way Wednesday when Know Mercy 2 arrived with a complete arsenal, blasting, pitching and defending its way to a 15-3 mercy win.

It was a close game for the first three innings. Mike Gillis scrambled around the bases for an in-the-park home run in the second, bringing Casey with him.

Forest Hills pushed then across two runs in the third. But then KM2 turned on the engines, stacking up six runs in the fourth, four more in the fifth and three in the sixth to send the game into mercy territory.

It was a super-solid effort, with contributions from every member. How about some highlights?

Oh, it was overcast and even drizzled a bit. But who needs the sun when you have Casey Munger’s brilliant smile to brighten the field? Casey’s hitting always gets attention. But she made an awesome play in the final inning. A Forest Hills player dropped a ball in the no-man’s land in the outfield behind second base. As Chad and Joel lamented not getting to the ball, Casey picked it up and fired a laser to Angie at first base to nail the runner – possibly the first outfield-to-first putout in KM2 history.

Mike Gillis recovered after some scary medical news to snap right back into form on the mound – and at the plate, too, with a homer and a triple and two runs scored.

Speaking of twos, the Zollman couple was in top form. Chad showed off the guns by nailing two runners who are probably still trying to figure out how the throw beat them.

And lovely bride Rachel says we can keep the patronizing free passes handed to women when a guy walks with two outs. With two ducks on the pond, Rachel strode to the plate and promptly slapped a hit to bring both of them home.

Not to be upstaged, our other Mike -- Prof. Light – put on his usual lesson in big hitting, with three knocks and a run!

Kathy Breslin is smacking the ball with authority, with two hits and walk with a run scored. And she bring cool fans to cheer us on!

It’s a Know Mercy 2 tradition to have someone named Nikki in every game. But with Nikki Ferguson on the road in Colorado, Nikki Weber stepped up with two walks, two hits and two runs scored. Hmmm, what would happen if we had two Nikkis in one game?

Joel Ackerman is just a monster! Two big hits and two runs, and even playing two positions!

Angie had an un-Angie-like day at the plate, but probably because she was worn out by all the super scooping, stretching and snagging she was doing at first base. If it’s in the area code around first, Angie’s gonna catch it!

The Steves can make a case that they’re as offensive-minded as the Mikes. Mr. Carins had two hits – and was called out in a controversial play at the plate where he appeared safe to everyone except the guy paid to make the call. Then, the early arriving Mr. Kutz muscled a hit and a run scored.

Jamie Norris, no doubt enjoying his waning days of a quiet house and sleeping through the night, had a big hit and was flawless at second base. Sidekick Venta gets points for coming to the game to cheer on the team! Good luck, Venta!

Chipper Skipper was on base twice and drove in two runs – and came out to the hill to close off the game in the final inning.

Next week: Another 7 p.m. game. (Yeah!) It’s the make-up game against CRTL-ALT-DEL.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Air Todd and Bumping Bo highlight big KM1 win

Sorry this is soo overdue. I couldn't skip over the great accomplishments of the game!

Here are some highlights.

Jill - Showing up in bikini bottoms may have thrown off many, but she brought her game. Getting on base and coming in to score a much needed point for us was great but she did get robbed when she was called out first even though safe by a mile.

Jen - A woman of all trades. When we needed to make adjustments this game due to lack of guy infielders, Jen got moved around while John played second. As you know, we can put that girl anywhere and she does great! She covered the plate great and has great game in the outfield. She got on base twice too!

Jo - Was on one end of one of the plays of the game where she was on 3rd when a runner went home, but she quick tossed it to Bo who was covering home and put the runner into a pickle. They ended up getting the player out..more about that later! She also got on base twice and came in to score once.

Tina - Had her two best hits of the season. Her first one was great, but the fielder just got her out by a hair. Her second but most important was in the last inning when she nailed it and sent Brian C. for 2nd all the way home for the win. Great job!

Steve - It meant so much to us that you could even make it to the game with everything going on. Always solid I would say that the highlights would be two great hits where you came in and scored on one. You always have the cutest cheerleaders too!

John - Oh John where have you been! We will overlook the one strike where you swung straight up because you had great hits and got on base twice and scored once. He also helped us out bigtime by covering 2nd base and doing a great job. Thanks ;)

Brian - This was his best game yet. He is like a fine wine and gets better with time. He got on base a season high of his of 3 times. His best hit was into left field which sent the teams slowest runner from 2nd base to home to tie the game. Is that even possible? His speed also helped us win the game by scoring the game winning run!

Bo - Where do I begin? I will not highlight (well maybe a little) the play with Jo where they had the runner in a pickle and Bo tagged him out. The runner didn't take it well and chest bumped Bo! Really!! I think Bo gets a share of the game ball because he did awesome on the mound but even better at the plate. Bo had a game high of 3 hits, but even more impressive, scoring 3 times. Not only that, his (assistant) coaching is so helpful :) Thanks!

Todd - For those who didn't get to see it, Todd had the best catch of the season. He has had a couple of good ones before, but this one took the cake. He flew in the air and snagged the ball mid air. I wish I could describe it better. Lets just say that the other team and their fans even cheered and said that is a great catch. He got on base 3 times and scored in the last inning to put us with 1 point to tie and 2 to win. It was a close play and he slid in and was safe. All was very impressive, but he did struggle walking the next day :)

GREAT JOB to everyone. As the twins said, good things happen to good people and "karma." We all know that we were screwed going into the last inning but we persevered and won. I am so proud of all of you. Please let me know who won't be in next week. The only one I have that won't be there so far is Nick. Thanks!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Know Mercy 2 has a bad inning, then pulls close

Know Mercy 2 fell vicitm to the one-bad-inning syndrome once more, but come back strongly to St. Matthew’s Monsters in a time-shortened game.

The team gave up 10 big runs in the first inning – not through errors or walks, but well-placed hits – but limited the monsters to just 4 more runs in the rest of the game.

Know Mercy bounced back with 4 runs in the first, and steadily chipped away at the Monster lead, but fell short, 14-11.

The top of the order was just stellar, with Mike Light, new friend Joel, returning Rob and Jamie all reaching base in every at-bat.

Each of the Steves -- Carins and Kutz – had a hit in two at-bats, and each made huge catches in centerfield.

Even the Chipper Skipper contributed a walk and a hit in his two trips to the plate.

The female part of the order showed some lumber, too. Kathy Breslin has found her stroke, getting on base three times, including a beautiful smash to right-center.

The magnificent Casey had two big hits, and Nikki ripped a hit and came around to score.

Cindy, fresh from her Parisian honeymoon, was her usual stead self behind the plate.

Next week: We finally have a 7 p.m. game against another lower-division team, and will be missing Nikki, and possibly Mike, whom we are keeping in our prayers.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Know Mercy 2 falls to goon squad

OK, the Lena Lou/O’Brien’s Market/whoever-is-sponsoring-them-this-year team was not as loathsome as usual, but they beat the stuffing out of a short-staffed Know Mercy 2 team.

Playing again with just four females, KM2 scored five runs and showed some nice hitting and defense. But that wasn’t enough to stop the Goon Squad, prompting a mercy loss in the sixth inning.

Naturally, whenever the KM2 gang gets together, there are highlights to be shared.

Kathy Breslin is hitting the ball harder and harder, smashing her first hit. Kathy also is responsible for attracting a personal cheering section to each game!

Mike Gillis went three-for-three and threw his usual assortment of nasty junk at Goon batters, once again issuing no free passes.

Mike “The Professor” Light started the game with a triple and scored our first run. He ripped another hit in the sixth, and showed off his powerful arm in left field.

A Goon Squad outfielder didn’t show Casey Munger-Dunham the proper respect. Chump. Naturally, she drilled the ball over his head for a triple and came around to score.

Talk about dedication! Chad Zollman was ready to play in work clothes. Nearly the victim of a Goon Squad conspiracy to delay Rachel in traffic, he changed – don’t ask where – and joined the triple-and-run-scored club.

Nikki Ferguson slapped a hit and made her usual assortment of fine throws across the diamond.

Some Goon Squader was swinging for the fence, and made the mistake of trying to clear Steve Carins. Not gonna happen. Steve made a spectacular catch.

It’s all coming back to Rachel Zollman, who is starting to hit the ball with authority. She scored her first run of the season.

Steve Kutz is getting better and better, ripping a drive for a hit in two at-bats.

Chipper Skipper did not get another massive bruise, which is about the best you can say about his performance.

Two items of good news. First, we’re done with the tough part of the schedule, and now can focus on some lower-division teams.

Second, we finally have a 7 p.m. game, which should make it easier for all!

Know Mercy 1 gets close? Really?

Yes, folks. That is what I am still saying as I am shocked about the game.

Such a great and exciting game, but not the outcome Know Mercy wanted.

Who knew that it would come down to the last play. Viggy, you had the runner out by a mile (well at least 3 feet).

It wasn't even close.

For those that weren't at the game, we were tied up and there were two outs and Nick threw the ball to Viggy, who was covering the plate and tagged the runner before she even got near the plate.

Instead of ending the inning in a tie, the run counted and we lost by one.


The lighting at the end of the tunnel though is that we played a really good team and did one heck of a job.

We had few errors and played solid and are subs did great.

Thanks so much JJ, "sister" Janet, and our rookie/babysitter Jordan!

That just shows you that you are not even safe in the stands, we may pull you to play :)

Jill - Stepped it up in playing left center and never let the ball get behind her and had great throws to hit the cut off person! It must be the pig tails :)

JJ - Not much rust here. She did a great job fielding and was the perfect fit between Todd and Nick hitting them both for outs. We need you next week too, JJ, if interested.

Sister Janet - Great arm at 3rd base with on target throws. Also, what a great hit to left field. I thought it would drop in.

Jordan - Who would've guessed that you have never played softball in your life. You were an asset. You filled in right field wonderfully! Great arm and killer speed both in the field and on the bases to make it home and score :) Thanks so much for joining us!

Nick and Viggy - You each got robbed on offense. Viggy with two deep right field hits that were caught and Nick with the hit that was only a couple feet short of the fence. Both of you played great on offense and are always assests. We are going to miss you the next two weeks Viggy.

Steve - We were so glad to have you back this week. Great job covering left field all game and having many great catches and cleaning up everything your way. Great hitting too! Thanks for bringing the cheering section along with Viggy's girls.

Brian - Oh yeah, he is feeling it now. He, too, is catching everything hit his way and hitting the cut-off's right away to keep the runners from advancing. His key walk helped advance runners, too. We always love seeing your little baby!

Todd - Had a few great catches at short. Sometimes I wonder how he snags them, but he does! Thanks for grabbing that one a few feet behind the pitcher, she is slow sometimes!

On the bright side, our schedule gets easy next week and on. We are missing Brian V. and Jill. Anyone else? Bill can we expect you? Please :)

If anyone else can't make it, please let me know right away.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Know Mercy 1 falls short, but Bo, Tina and Brian had big days

We did still have some highlights though even though we were mercied...again.

Tina - Great long hit that went over the second baseman's head and dropped in the outfield. So pretty. That one will drop and get you on every time.

Brian - After getting a little flustered in the beginning, he stepped in up to snag some balls in the outfield and had a great hit toward the end of the game. He has shaken off the rust and is ready to go to close out the season :)

Bo - Stepped in for a struggling pitcher -- Nikki -- and did a great job on the mound and didn't walk a single person. Great job!

Looking ahead is all positive. John will we back next week. Our schedule gets much easier after next week too.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Big hits and great defense drive Know Mercy 2 to victory

I can imagine the conversation between two other team captains in the Wednesday night coed rec league.

“Hey, I see you’re playing Know Mercy 2 soon.”

“Yup. I think we’ll do well.”

“Me, too. Oh, wait, I think Mike Light and Angie are playing that week.”

“What? Oh, man! We’re toast!”

“Sorry, Dude.”

All I’m saying is to look at the record. When Mike and Angie are added to the already muscular KM2 mix, good things happen.

First there was the defeat of friendly rivals Know Mercy 1 in the second game. Then, we had Wednesday's 11-7 triumph over a very good Glory Days team from the upper division.

A short-handed KM2 jumped out to a four-run lead in the first inning, when Mike Light, Casey Munger-Dunham, and Angie Bond-Patton all reached base, followed by a Nikki Ferguson double that brought some home and a Steve Carins triple that cleaned off the rest.

Lots of fans came out to support Know Mercy 2.

The team added two more runs in the second inning, but the Glory Days added five runs to the one they score in the first to tied the game.

But KM2 roared right back. Casey and Angie got on base, as they always seem to do. But then the Chipper Skipper brought them both home with a double.

The team tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning that proved to be huge when the Days crew made a last-inning attempt to tie the game, only to have a near-rally snuffed out.

Kudos to the infield defense for making Glory Days weep. Nikki and Mike Light were picking and chucking, and Angie scooping – over and over.

Many of those grounders came because mound magician Mike Gillis knows how to slip pitches over the dish in a way that produces grounders from big swingers.

How about some individual highlights?

Mike Light went three for three with two runs scored in addition to his fine defense.

Casey continued her torrid hitting, with four hits – including a triple – and a walk, and scored three times.

Angie had four hits and scored three runs.

Pete Stobie came out of the stands to help out, and had an awesome Know Mercy debut, with two hits and two outstanding catches covering a lot of ground in a very sunny right field.

Steve, Rebecca and Olivia Kutz.

Speaking of debuts, beautiful Olivia Kutz came to her first-ever game. Proud Papa Steve Kutz, who can’t be getting much sleep, had a hit in two at-bats.

Jamie Norris flashed some leather at second base and had two hits and a run scored.

Kathy Breslin was doing a fine job behind the plate, then turned heads by running up the baseline on plays to first – possibly a first in this league. Kathy later revealed she has years of experience as a catcher. This is very good to know!

Jamie Norris and the lovely Venta, a right-fielder on the disabled list.

The win gives KM2 a record of two victories and three losses. Looking ahead is a 6 p.m. game next week against a deadly Victory Club team. Note the time, 6 p.m., not 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

KNow Mercy 1 romps in mercy win

Maybe it was the warm weather, or the smaller field, or getting humiliated last week, or having John H. back, but Know Mercy 1 came to play and went for blood. We knew it would be tough with Jen and Brian out, but we were ready!

After shaking off a little rust after the first inning with a 3-3 tie, the rest was history. We went on to score 15 more while they scored 1 before the game was called with the "mercy" rule.

We knew this team was good because they beat Know Mercy 2, but we were like the movie "Angels in the Outfield" yesterday. With so many highlights, I am bound to forget a couple so please feel free to add them on and forward them.

Lets start off with our game ball winner Jo. Wow! I would have her tested for some HGH after that game :) After making a quick adjustment with Nick from playing 3rd and moving to 2nd, she showed that she owned that area. I think she may have even knocked Todd and Nick of the bag when they were playing short! She showed she could handle it better than anymore. What was my favorite? When you palmed the grounder ball to throw the out? Really who does that? Or when she was quick to field balls and get tag the runner and tag the bag. How many outs did you get anyway :)

Jill- Played awesome coverage in the outfield hugging the fence when needed and never letting the ball fall behind her. Great communication with John too so they never collided when both running full speed at it. Way to hit the cut off too! Good eye on the ball and base running to advance the bases!

Tina- Award for causing most drama, but not how you might think! After getting on base and advancing to 2nd, the ball was hit deep. Tina ran to 3rd and was sent home. It was really really close and she was tagged but was a photo finish :) She was called safe which sent the pitcher for the other team in an absolute frenzy and I thought he was going to hit Tina but end up just throwing a hissy at the mound instead! Way to get in their head Tina :)

Mary- Shaking off both the sun in her eyes and the rust of not playing in a year, offered a much needed extra female. Filling in at first, she was part of a couple of great double plays and could use those long legs to stretch her body while still touching the base. Great job!

Nikki- Took a couple of walks due to her intimidating stance at the plate :) I think the new pitching style is working. The ball has more spin and is coming in a little quicker. We'll see next week though!

John- No rust here. Killer offense. I don't know what play I liked better. There was the great snag in the outfield, but I think it would have to be while he was playing catcher and Nick launched an absolute rocket home and boy could John handle it for the tag to crush the other team from scoring! Great play :)

Viggy- Let the tradition of threatening the cars passing by continue almost nailing a white truck driving by. But he would have the last laugh with a home run to bring in a couple and score 3 points. Also covered everywhere needed with great D.

Nick- He knew that with Viggy hitting one over the fence, that meant that only one more over the fence was allowed and he wasn't going to waste his chance! As soon as he got up after Viggy he nailed on deep into left and yes, over the fence! And lets talk offense. Could it be his rocket to John from the outfield to home, or his acrobatic catch while playing infield or being part of a double play. Too many to choose from. All I know is I'm not letting him go to class until the season is over :) Oh yeah, also sorry for yelling "take a seat" to you. I was a little pumped and it came out louder than expected. HA HA.

Bo- Was ready to hit a homer but took one for the team so we wouldn't have an automatic out. He kept the ball in play for some AWESOME hits and as always had great wheels to advance on the bases. Great outfield play as always and wonderful coaching tips!

Todd- Decided to show the young stud Nick that he too could do some acrobatic tricks in the infield with a fly dive catch. There was also a Weber to Weber play which result in a double play. Good team work, now take a seat! Great hitting too to advance runners and get home.

EVERY SINGLE PERSON SCORED IN THIS GAME. No wonder we were unstoppable. Wonderful job to all! I have Bo, Tina and John out for next week. We still are set on guys and girls though. Anyone else out?

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Know Mercy 2 shows togetherness in tough loss

Before the game against Norman Family Dentistry, it was predicted that they’d try to kick our butts and steal our cookies.

Let me state for the record that our victory cookies were indeed protected from those Norman thugs.

The butt’s a little sore, though.

I’m proud of our team. We’re unified to a fault. When one person makes an error, we ALL make an error. At least that’s what happened in the first inning. Solidarity!

Without gloves turning to stone, the bats were uncharacteristicly silent, pushing only one run across the plate.

Make no mistake; the Dentists are a good team. Maybe not as good as we made them look on Wednesday, but they pitched well and made only two errors.

I’ll write this one off as a fluke. We’ll never field that poorly again, and we’ll never score so few runs.

But even in the depths of despair, there were some highlights.

How about Rachel Zollman patrolling left-centerfield with two fine catches, including one running grab? She also showed off an absolute gun of an arm.

Will anyone ever try to score when Chad Zollman is the cutoff man? For the second game in a row, the combo and Chad and Mike Gillis nailed a runner at the plate.

Angie Bond-Patton was her usual spectacular self, with a double an single in three at-bats.

Nikki Ferguson also was on base twice and showed her powerful arm.

Steve Carins had a hit and made a couple nice snags in left.

In other exciting news, congrats to Rob and Cindy Mirque who head off on a wonderful honeymoon!

Next week: Trouble with a capital T. We’re going to be missing a whole bunch of folks: Casey, Cindy and Kathy on the ladies’ side, and Chad, Mike L, and Rob on the male side. We have a week to find some friends.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

KM1 holds heads high after tough loss

Ok, I have finally gotten myself out of bed and opened the shades and am trying to pick up the pieces of our loss last night.

I won't have as much to say as Dave for obvious reasons but will try to highlight some key plays.

Jill, aka Jugs, coming with a new look, Jill got some much needed confidence and had a great hit and got on base. It was really close but the first basemen got distracted and pulled his foot off the bag.

Tina- got into the swing of things with a couple of great catches in the outfield to limit runs. Yes, we could've lost by more if we didn't have some of those catches :)

Jo- Always solid and scooping up those line drives and throwing people out at first. Had some solid hits to get on base too.

Jen- Great at 2nd as always and has really improved on keeping the ball in front of her even though sometimes she has had to sacrifice her body! Great hitting too. You will be missed next week!

Brian is finding his mojo in both the outfield and hitting. He had a big catch that was followed by a "I caught it!" He had some good hitting too and with his speed, he can't be touched!

Bo- Thanks for helping out with coaching tips too. He got a great catch in the outfield to avoid a homerun and more people scoring. He also is a great catcher and gives me pitch calls :)

Viggy- The man can play anywhere. Good stretches and throws all over the field to throw or catch those other Know Mercyers out! If it weren't for that dumb no grace foul rule, he would've been good for a home run or two :)

Steve Korb- Again, he had some great catches in the outfield. Not easy with a team that wasn't having the ball drop anywhere and everywhere they wanted. He even went up against the fence and tried to snag a deep deep hit. Great effort!

Todd- T O double d. Did great at short stop and covering the pitcher when she missed some balls! Also, was able to turn a double play to first. Good line drive but then got cursed with the no grace foul rule too.

Nick R. Oh what could've been. 99 out of 100 times that hit would've been a home run. I still want drug testing done on Chad Z. He had quite a throw. Way to go for it though! Great fielding too in every position you played!

So we didn't win. Yeah it stunk that we got blown out. The only thing that I can think of is that Dave has been putting HGH into his cookies. How else could this be the same team we beat last year? Just kidding.

But we had a lot of fun and rallied (kind of) late. We are getting it together and will have many wins to come. Bill we need you back to pitch ASAP though! I hope you all had fun last night though. I had a great time!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Know Mercy 2 overpowers friendly rival

Mercy wins are fun – unless they come at the expense of your friends.

Know Mercy 1 and Know Mercy 2 have engaged in some epic battles over the past three years. But Wednesday’s game ended up as a bit of a one-sided affair, with KM2 flexing its offensive and defensive muscles in a 15-3 victory.

There were plenty of highlights for folks in both dugouts.

Rookie Mike Light made his debut by smashing three hits and coming around to score each time.

Casey Dunham. Beautiful … lethal. Casey tried to lower expectations before the game, saying she had not swung a bat in over a year. Right. She reached base four times in four at-bats and scored four runs.

Jamie Norris extended his on-base streak to an amazing 10 at-bats with a hit in the first inning and walk in the fourth. Alas, it was snapped on a grounder in the sixth inning. But that amazing streak should stand as a KM2 record for a looong time.

Nikki Ferguson. Beautiful … deadly. Nikki mashed a key hit in the fourth inning and showed her usual steady defense at the hot corner.

Steve Kutz is either brave or crazy. Just hours after his bride Rebecca brought Olivia into the world, Steve was playing softball. And he was describing diaper duty with gusto that could only come from a new dad. Congrats Steve and Rebecca!

Rachel Zollman. Beautiful … dangerous. Rachel tried taking out KM1 first-baseman Brian Vigna in the first inning, except that Viggy is the immovable object, sending Rachel hurtling up the baseline and creating a nasty scrape.

Sidekick Chad Zollman put on a hitting and fielding clinic. One spectacular blast cleared the fence with room to spare, but was just foul. There were several amazing plays at short, including one racing backwards into the outfield and another snaring a blazing line drive that had double written all over it. But the wildest came after KM1 bomber Nick Rodhammer blistered a shot to deep left and was thinking homer all the way. But Mike Light fired a relay to Chad, who turned and delivered a spot-on rope to Mike Gillis covering home to beat a diving and sliding Nick by a foot. It was stunning.

Cindy Mirque. Beautiful … stealthy consistent. Cindy was on base two out of three times, following a Game 1 performance where she reached three of four times. Awesome!

We’re thinking Steve Carins is liking this trade so far. He offered flawless defense and two hits in two at-bats with a run scored.

Angie Bond-Patton. Beautiful … menacing. Any day Angie comes to play is a good day! Two doubles, a run scored, sparkling defense at two positions.

The team leader in home runs? That would be mound magician Mike Gillis, who smashed his second round-tripper of the season and confounded KM1 bats with his usual assortment of nasty junk and pin-point precision.

Chipper Skipper expected all kinds of sympathy when he arrived home with an ever-darkening bruise that stretches across his entire bicep. “Oh, my brave and gallant warrior, how you sacrificed your body for your team!” is what he expected. “No sympathy for you! You’re showing it off! You’re proud of it!” is what he got. OK, he is wearing a short-sleeved shirt to work on Thursday, just in case anybody asks why he is typing with one hand.

He did buy a proper first-aid kit after the game, just in case.

Special thanks: Super fans Venta Norris and Jim Boles provided much support from the bleachers!

Super-special thanks: Aaron Dunham is on the DL, but still came through with a clutch performance by baby-sitting Angie’s young ones so she could be at the game.

Injury alert: Kathy Breslin is recuperating from a leg injury sustained in Game 1. Get better soon, Kathy!

Next game: A 7:15 start – finally – against old rivals Norman Family Dentistry, which tends to be a very good team.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Know Mercy 2 shakes off rust, but falls short in season opener

It didn’t result in a victory, but Know Mercy 2 shook off the winter rust with a fine 7-5 performance against JHL Lawncare in the 2009 season opener.

The team got on the board early, with newcomer Chad Zollman kicking off his KM2 career with a double, and coming around to score the season’s first run.

JHL added three in the second, two in the third and one each in the fifth and sixth.

KM2 bats went quiet for a couple innings – well, four of them – but the top of the order lit the fuse in the sixth.

C-Zoll continued to announce his presence with authority with a smash, then Nikki Ferguson set the table for mound magician Mike Gillis, who launched the first homer of the season to score three runs.

Steve Cairns started the seventh with a drive, followed by Cindy Mirque’s amazing third walk of the game.

Dave “Chipper Skipper” Murray then shot one down the first base line that landed fair by a foot and kicked foul, scoring Steve. Cindy, still working on her catcher-spiking moves, was nailed at the plate as Chipper ended up at third, bringing the pulling the team within two.

Alas, that’s where it ended.

But here are some individual highlights:

Nikki had three hits, and sparkled with some late-game defense, grabbing a screamer behind third, planting then shooting an absolute laser across the diamond to nail a runner.

Rob Mirque had two hits and flashed some fine leather at first base. New bride Cindy is the leading candidate for the “Most Improved Player – Female Division,” reaching base three times and making strong throws back to the mound, which Mike deeply appreciated. Plus, she brought awesome Chicago popcorn and caramel corn.

“Most Improved Player – Male Division” has to be Steve Kutts, who had a nice hit and caught the only fly ball of the game. But he’s still in the doghouse for making his very expectant better half chase a foul ball on Sunday.

Speaking of new moms, Rachel Zollman delivered just eight weeks ago and looked sharp!

Her sidekick, Chad, was perfect at the plate and possibly gave a squirrel a concussion.

Kathy Breslin made her KM softball debut and picked up style points for outfield play. She’s a keeper! We like her!

Steve Cairns was stolen from KM1. We’re fairly open about it. He flashed leather and lumber.

Mike Gillis baffled JHL batters with his assortment of junk balls, walking just one and tossing the season’s first bomb!

“Chipper Skipper” had a single and a triple, and a weak pop to the pitcher that was heard to possess “multiple layers of suck.” So there’s room for improvement there.

Next week: An early season showdown against Know Mercy 1.

Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 scheules for Know Mercy 1 and 2

May 6
KM 1 vs. Norman Family Dentistry (H), Ada 2, 7:15
KM 2 (H) vs. JLH Lawncare, Ada 2, 6:15

May 13
KM 1 (H) vs. KM 2 Ada 1, 6:15

May 20
KM 1 (H) vs. JLH Lawncare, Leonard, 7:15
KM 2 (H) vs. Norman Family Dentistry, Ada 2, 7:15

May 27
KM 1 (H) vs. Chiropractic Unlimited, Ada 1, 6:15
KM 2 (H) vs. Cadena Heating and Cooling, Ada 2, 6:15

June 3
KM 1 vs. Victory Club (H), Ada 1, 6:15
KM 2 vs. Glory Days (H), Ada 1, 7:15

June 10
KM 1 (H) vs. Glory Days, Ada 2, 6:00
KM 2 (H) vs. Victory Club, Ada 1, 6:00

June 17
KM 1 vs. Forest Hills Foods, Ada 2, 7:00
KM 2 vs. CTL-ALT-DEL, Ada 1, 7:00

June 24
KM 1 (H) vs. Double Baggers, Ada 1, 7:00
KM 2 (H) vs. St. Matthew’s Monsters, Ada 1, 6:00

July 1
KM 1 vs. CTL-ALT-DEL, Ada 2, 6:00
KM 2 vs. Forest Hills Foods, Ada 2, 7:00

July 8
Make-up or tournament

July 15
Make-up or tournament

July 22

July 29

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Softball season is closer than the weather would have you think

Can you believe that softball season is almost here! Let the fun and fellowship begin.

First things first. We need you to pay ASAP to keep your spot on the team, and our spot in the league.

In the past, Trinity paid right away and the individuals paid them back. Unfortunately, there was a shortfall last year and Trinity can't afford for that to happen again. Please send your money in this week to Trinity. Make checks payable to Trinity Luthern and put a note in that it is for softball and who it is for.

Please e-mail me right away if you are unable to pay this week or no longer interested in playing. The price this year is $55 per person, and we will give money back if that turns out to be an over-charge, based on the league fees divided by the number of players.

For jerseys this year you can either wear on old one from previous years, or an orange or white shirt. Easy enough :)

Also, we will be playing on Wednesday nights again and will have two teams. We won't know how teams will be split until practices start and we see where people can play and who has signed up.

We will be playing at Ada Park again. Also, we will start practices in the next couple of weeks depending on weather, most likely on Sunday again at Ada Park.

START RECRUITING! Do you know a female interested in playing? We need a few more, preferrably three. We would like them to be part of Trinity but that is not mandatory. If they are interested in playing softball and having fun, they can join! Please let Nikki or Dave know if you know someone.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Here are the people who are interested:

Rob and Niki Ferguson
Steven Kutz
Mike Light
Rachel and Chad Zollman
Brian Vigna
Nick Rodammer
Bo and Tina Schmitz
Brian Cunningham
Rob and Cindy Mirque
Jamie Norris
Bill Bush
Jo Weinman
Jen Yoder
Jill Bracken
Steve Korb
John Hall
Steve Cairns
Mike Gillis
Casey Munger
Aaron Dunham
Dave Murray
Todd and Nikki Weber

I think that is everything!

We're so excited to have you on board this year. Here's to a great season!