Friday, May 21, 2010

So close, so far: Know Mercy falls to GE

So close: That would be the 6-6 score after six innings of the big Schnitz Ada Grill Opening Day 2.0 against GE on Wednesday.

So far: That would be the distance of the three-run homer hit by the GE tall guy with the shaved head who we all feared, effectively killing Know Mercy’s chances for victory.

Alas, the Know Mercy heroes fell just short in their bid for the team’s first win of the season, falling 11-6 to a very good GE team.

The team roared out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Nick Rodammer lead off with a Schnitz, followed by Casey Munger-Dunham who hit a Schnitz in her first at-bat of the season.

That set the table for Aaron Dunham to drive home Nick with a Schnitz of his own, and Casey came home when Mike Light hit a deep fly for a sacrifice. Mike Gillis then drove home Aaron.
GE got even and then some, with two runs in the second, three runs in the third and another in the fourth.

Know Mercy battled back in the fourth, when Rachel Zollman raced from first base to third when Nick launched a Double Schnitz, and Rachel slid into third so hard that she ripped the base right out of the ground. That’s power! You think anyone is going to mess with her?

Both Rachel and Nick came around to score when Aaron smashed a Double Schnitz of his own.

The team added one more run in the fifth, when Mike Light poked a Double Schnitz and scored when Mike Gillis ripped his second Schnitz of the game to tie the score.

But GE came back with two runs in the sixth, and the TGWSH smacked his three-run blast to put the game out of reach.

But there were some great highlights for just about everyone.

Casey Munger-Dunham not only distributed what are obviously the best softball uniforms ever, but she also hit the team’s first Triple Schnitz of the season and was flawless in left-center.

What Casey didn’t catch in left-center, Steve Korb grabbed in right-center, hauling in some very tough bombs.

Mel Carrick made her debut and was robbed at least three times, absolutely ripping line drives up the line, each falling just foul. She also made a fantastic play at third, slapping a tag on a GE runner who thought he was going to get through. Not a chance.

Steve Carins had two Schnitzes, and nearly a Double Schnitz. Rachel would offer sliding lessons, but then we’d have to replace all the bases.

Andrew Murray, playing in his first-ever softball game, used his teen-aged wheels to swipe a Schnitz.

Steve Kutz made what I think was his first game at first base and performed well!

Melissa Ferens had a big Schnitz in the first inning and turned some nice plays at second base.

Amy Bonjour played with a heavy heart and did a great job behind the plate.

The Schnitz Ada Grill Game Ball: Awarded to Mike Light for his big hit, scoring the winning run and stellar defense that included two huge throws to nail runners.

The Schnitz Ada Grill Field of Dreams Moments of the Week:

“If you build it, he will come:” Wednesday was the 2010 debut for Aaron, Mike Light, Andrew, Casey and Mel.

“Ease his pain:” John Basher suffered a season-ending injury in the game against the vile Victory Club, breaking his pinkie and enduring some tendon damage, too. Ouch! John promises to be back to pinch run, coach the bases and keep Chip from getting ejected.

“Go the distance:” Jason Stevenson is missing for this game and the next as he prepares for a marathon. There’s a part of me that hopes he reverts to hockey mode mid-race and starts fighting with another runner.

“Hey Dad, wanna have a catch?” Andrew Murray’s appearance marked what is believed to be the first father-son combo in Know Mercy history.

Next week: Schnitz Ada Grill Opening Day 3.0

OK, we have battled two of the top teams in the league for three games. Now it’s time for the soft white underbelly of the schedule with a game against St. Matthews.

But it’s another nasty 6 p.m. game on Ada 1, so plan accordingly.

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