No layoff rust here for The Creek as they (finally) got to play their first game in a new season with a convincing 18-12 victory over their opponent. Returning for another season after a 2nd place finish, the Creek’s bats were hot right out of the gate nearly batting through the lineup in the 1st inning and never looked back. A few errors in the 5th nearly let the opponent back into the game; however, the hot bats continue to pour on the runs to cruise to an easy victory for the Creek.
New coach and pitcher Will J said afterward that he was nervous about coaching his first game, but that the first inning really settled his nerves. Rookie first-basemen Bo Irvin said that he was glad to get the first game under his belt and looks to get more comfortable for the next game to come.
Game Ball goes to the whole team for working hard over the off-season to stay fresh. While the fielding will need some improvement, the bats are looking good. The top 4 of Dave, Justin, Todd, and Purvis continue to punish the opponents while the middle of the line-up has seen much improvement over last year. Josiah told this reporter, “I have been working in keeping my elbow up. While I didn’t get the hit I wanted, all the shots were good line drives.”
All looks good on the game front this year. Some small improvements on the fielding side, and we could be looking at another possible Championship run!
. . . no matter how ugly it is” was the sound heard around the dugout after the Creek’s 8-7 victory in the final inning against the Cuban church. Trailing from the 1st inning, the Creek just could never get their bats going. Everything was either popped up or hit right to a very skilled Cuban defense. After a rough 1st inning, the Creek’s defense settled down and held their own even getting 3 outs on 3 pitches; however, it wasn’t until their last at-bat that any sort of rally formed. Finally, the top half of the lineup produced some good hits and scored a few runs starting the comeback. After cutting the lead to 1, pinch hitter Will J came to the plate and hit into a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 7. After a walk to load the bases with 1 out, lead off Dave Raulston hit a dribbler to short who tried to turn a double-play, but quick-footed Dave beat out the throw at first and the Creek claimed the victory. “I have been working out all off-season even losing about 10-15 pounds,” said Dave in a pre-season interview. Aren’t we glad that he did . . .
Game ball has to go to Dave not only for getting the winning RBI, but for really being the only Creeker to actually hit the ball last night. Props to Keith for coming into the game in relief and holding the opponents to only a few more runs. While the Creek was missing some players, such as the fantasy sleeper Scott “Hurricane” Davis, next week’s bye week will hopefully help give the team a break as they get ready for the stretch run to the playoffs. It is this reporter’s desire that they would spend next Thursday at the batting cage instead.