A beautiful day on the Common showed the Rampaging Trilobites take the field against the hard-nosed Callihan Auto Parts. The Robbies were sitting pretty going into the fourth game of the season, riding high on a 3-0 start to the season.
|Game MVP Jamie|
The defensive play of the game went to MVP Jamie, who reeled in a sharply-kicked line drive through the infield, then put out the runner on first who’d left the base without tagging.
“All the practicing with the [Angry Penguins] made the catch-to-throw transition easy,” she gushed. “I am thrilled that it connected so well! It felt really awesome to make a play like that. Pete made a fantastic catch to get him out.”
Callihan, for their part, put together a strong defensive effort as well. Catcher Erik made numerous plays that caught the eyes of the Trilobite scouts.
“Put a pair of cleats on that kid and he could go far,” said Big.
Despite their defensive strength, however, the Robbies managed to push a run across in both the second and third innings.
Asian, who found herself on base all night, was able to score on a sacrifice to deep right by Aaron in top of the second inning.
“After last week’s drunken debacle, I knew I had to come up big this week,” said Asian. “While up at bat, I just wanted to get a good bunt down and then book it to first base. I’m glad that my fellow Trilobites were able to bring me home.”
Captain Big attributed Asian’s success on the base paths and in the field to her grit and determination.
“That, and I knew I had tequila shots waiting for me at the bar,” added Asian.
In the third inning, Lara would kick her first career double and then score on perfectly placed single by JP, who has been a consistent contributor all season long.
Midway through the fourth inning, the captains were asked if they wished to continue through the fifth despite the fading light. Both teams were enthusiastic about seeing the game through to the end.
Perhaps spurred by the question of an early end to the game, Callihan’s offense pushed hard in the bottom of the fourth inning. They put runners on base and nearly scored on a double down the left field line. A great heads-up play by Lara, however, got the ball in quickly enough to allow Aaron to tag the runner out between home and third.
Seeing that their two run lead might not be enough to hold off the Callihan offense, the Trilobites, as one, seemed to step to the plate with renewed resolve. Erin put down a perfect bunt to get aboard to start the inning. Phil, who is coming off a mild hamstring injury, stepped up and placed a perfect single through the right side.
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Jamie, however, kept the rally alive with an important single into shallow left, over the head of Callihan’s agile shortstop. The previous week’s Game MVP, Chris, then knocked a two run double, followed by another two-bagger by Bala, who sough redemption for striking out earlier in the game.
Asian and Charles kept things going with singles. Then Big and Aaron blasted back-to-back triples, driving in three more runs.
“It was fun to watch,” said Big. “You could see everyone buckle down and focus. The fact that we scored eight runs with two outs in the inning shows the kind of determination this team can muster when pushed.”
With the score sheet broken wide open, Callihan was unable to put together the same offensive bite they did the previous inning and the bottom of the fifth went quickly.
Both teams were appreciative of the refs who stuck around despite reservations about the light and early flights in the morning. Hopefully, a pitcher soothed their hurts.
Next week, the Trilobites will face the infamous Kick James! Show up early to get the best seats!