Apparently, a 13-run deficit is nothing to worry about if you're a Falcon. Showing some of that come-from-behind moxie that was on display during the mid-season tournament, the Falcons came from way behind to defeat a plucky Rebels team, 26-17 on Friday night.
Things didn't begin well for the Falcons (4-2), as they came out flat in the top of the first, sending only 4 batters to the plate. The Rebels took advantage of the slow start by the Falcons by sending 12 batters up, hitting two home runs and putting up a 7-spot to take a big early lead. The top of the second didn't fare too much better for the Falcons, who could only manage to plate two runs from hits by Our only friend, Don’t call me Dick, and Rookie #1. The Rebels, going for the kill, pounced. They had another big inning in the bottom half of the second and took a seemingly commanding 15-2 lead.
History is full of motivational speakers. Some are better than others: Knute Rockne, Vince Lombardi, LeBron James, Mrs. Dinner etc. You can add Don't call me Dick to that list. Later calling the Rebels "victims of circumstance", and using expressions that made it seem like each Falcon didn't have dangly bits between their legs, Don't call me Dick unleashed a tirade upon the lackadaisical Falcons reminiscent of Tim Tebow at halftime of the 2008 BCS Championship. (Though no mention of heads being up asses)
That definitely awakened the Falcons. They exploded in the third to the tune of a 6 run inning, thanks to an SLF double, Fo’ Shizzle single, Tank double, and a homer by Papa Bear to bring them all in. A single by Chef and another homer from Our only friend completed the third. The defence woke up as well, holding the Rebels to only two more runs for the rest of the game.
The offence impressed even Waldorf, Statler, and the rest of the muppets up on the hill who had stuck around after losing to these same Rebels in the 8:00 game.
Home runs by Papa Bear, and Our only friend pulled the team even with the Rebels for dingers, then moon shots from Fo’ Shizzle and Chef put them up +2. Unlike the last game, +2 didn't seem to be enough. Papa Bear, Chef, and Cashley put balls over the fence after that, however they only counted for singles.
Coming up in the 6th down 17-15, they could taste victory. Hit after hit after hit came, and the Falcons took a lead they would never relinquish. Going up 26-17 after the top of the 6th, and with the time limit looming, the Falcons needed a shut-down bottom half, and quick. That wasn't an issue for the followers of Don't call me Dick's church of kick-ass softball. Three up, three down, and we ran into the time limit.
This was a big character win for the Falcons, who seem to be showing a lot of character this season.
Game Notes: The jerseys arrived for all the new players, now we're looking like a team... Fernando Rodney made a surprise appearance at first base... There's a logjam atop the leaderboard for triples, with a three-way tie between Dinner, SLF and now Tank... In a historical first, the weather network was bang-on with their prediction that the rain would begin at 11:00... Blue seems to be taking over the cooler, as more and more players with good taste join the team... Rookie #1 continues to dress like he's heading to a sleep-over... The Legend missed the game due to an emergency rave...
2B: Dinner, Tank (2), Our only friend, Don’t call me Dick (2), Rookie #1, SLF (2), Fo’ Shizzle
HR: Papa Bear, Our only friend, Fo’ Shizzle, Chef
HR-Singles: Papa Bear, Chef, Cashley
RBI: Fo’ Shizzle (6), Papa Bear (4), Tank (4), Our only friend (4), Don’t call me Dick (2), SLF (2), Chef, Senior, Rookie #1, Thirteen Dollar Bill
PIZZAS: Dinner (Get it?) (1/3), Cashley (1/3)
DOUBLE PLAYS: Thirteen Dollar Bill-Senior
BATTERS FACED: 42
ATTENDANCE: 7 (35% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
GAME TIME: 1:25
WEATHER: 22.0°C, (75% humidity!), Overcast; Wind SW, 15 km/h (weather data courtesy Environment Canada)