Another season, another bunch of smiling new faces.
UMBC 5 defeated Essendon 3.
Hits: Hao (2x3b) 2, Ricky, Didier (2b), Brad, Ethan 1
BB: Muhammad, Ricky 1
HPB: Alan 2, Didier 1
A great way to start the year…albeit against a side of seven!!
Thanks to Cayden’s fine performance on the mound……3 Hits and 6 Strike Outs (Would have been 7 but for the Ump’s bad call!!) over 7 digs…..we managed to scramble a win. Great help came from Jonathan and Brad with a couple of excellent flyballs. Jonathan and Hao then finished off the final dig with strong infield outs.
Hao set the game alight with his first ever at bat, smashing a 3 bagger over Left Field. Then, just to show it wasn’t a fluke, repeated the effort in the 5th to knock in a couple of runs. Didier also hit the ball hard to drive one in whilst Ricky and Ethan put the ball in play and gained the reward. Apart from these highs we really struggled with the bat. Two of our runs were scored by runners who had struck out but got on via Pass Balls…..in fact without these bits of luck we may well have scored just one run. The Essendon pitcher did a good job and was perhaps a little better than the average hurler we have faced in EE over the last few seasons but our 11 K’s flattered him somewhat. Johnny revealed a brand new tactic by sprinting towards home plate…..from the first base side!!! They weren’t ready for that one.
All in all it was a rewarding day. We managed to blood seven players who had never played before and come away with a win. The enthusiasm was great and everybody concentrated on the game for the full seven digs.
Don’t forget to tell the coaches at training which position you played so that you can get lots of help and try to get as much batting as possible under your belts.