Jubilant Hippos Drop Opener in a Nailbiter
The King Hippos were victims of some bad bounces on Thursday that led to their first loss of the season to the upstart Scoregasm squad.
Resplendent in their traffic cone orange shirts and tornado socks, the Hippos were a sight to behold.
It was a pitcher’s duel as both teams struggled to put together rallies. The only scoring in the game came in the bottom of the second inning. LCF Jeremy found a slick patch of grass which knocked him off his feet, allowing a high kick to drop in.
The Scoregasm’s runners were able to exploit this piece of luck by plating both runs, though the kicker only touched home after narrowly avoiding a (surprisingly) accurate seam from Big.
Jeremy later got revenge, making a key catch in the fourth inning on a kick that could have easily fallen in front of him.
The Hippos’ kicking feet were quiet on the day as the team acclimated to the grass field. Captain Big, however, is not discouraged:
“I’m not worried,” he said. “I saw some good things today. I think we have some good power in this lineup, we’re just going to have to work on applying that power at the right times. I also like our speed on the basepaths. With smart heads, we’re going to produce a lot of runs.”
The MVP award went to Kevin Reilly, who showed impressive composure at third base despite the slick surface and recorded a handful of important put-outs.
Spirits were high on the Hippos’ squad after the game, despite the result. This was partly due to a surprise guest on the field. A bright orange garbage truck, inexplicably driving through the Cambridge Common was gracious enough to stop and play the back drop to a first day team photo.
A raucous night at Tommy Doyle’s followed with much revelry and a sprinkling of debauchery.
Loss aside, the King Hippos’ 2009 Patriot Summer campaign started on an extremely high note.