The Falcons dropped the second half of their Sunday night double header, but this one was far closer, as the Rebels preserved a 21-20 victory.
Even after losing game one on the other diamond, where the bats really couldn't get going, the Falcons started strong. Five Falcon hits produced 3 runs, but the real highlight was SLF's full-pizza, caught looking backwards K after being ahead in the count 3-1. The Rebels answered right back, plating 4 and winning the inning.
Undeterred, the Falcons started the top of the second with 3 singles, scoring 1 and Grahambo cleared the rest off with a 3-run blast. This seemed to anger the Rebels, and they came up angry in the bottom of the second. In one of those innings that you figured would just never end, they sent 14 men to the plate and scored 9. After 2, the Rebels lead 13-7.
The Falcons chipped away in the next two innings, scoring one in each. Going into the top of the 6th, the Rebels lead 19-9.
The floodgates opened for the visitors in the sixth. Dunner lead off the inning with a selfish Porter, that would be part of history later on. Single, double, single, double, single, and a sacrifice fly plated 5 more. A Cowboy double and a two-run single by Grahambo brought Dunner up for the second time in the inning. Thanks to genius recap writing, there's always a focus on a batter who comes up for the second time in an inning after having already hit a home run. Until this night, it had been 7 years since Teets crushed two bombs in the same inning. Dunner came up and hit a wall scraper, but it counted. Jose might have a concussion, but it counted. It marked 9 runs for the Falcons in the inning, and all of a sudden they were only down one! Slo Pitch, everyone!
With the WMSPL-mandated 85-minute time limit quickly approaching, the Falcons needed haste. The Rebels' Dan struck out to start the inning, followed by Jeff's single. Louie hit into a fielder's choice for the second out. Clint hit his second mighty dong of the game to score two, and Jose flew out to end the inning.
Down to their final at-bats, trailing 21-18, the Falcons acted quickly: SLF double, advanced by Teets' ground-out. Dance Dad's RBI single scored SLF. Million Dollar Bill advanced Dance Dad to second on a ground out, and he scored on Dr J's RBI single. Levi came up as the go-ahead run and a chance to be the hero, but his mighty whack landed in the left fielder's glove.
Two Home Runs In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two home runs in one inning was June 14, 2019. Sorry, Ash, Dunner has stolen your glory.
Two Triples In One Inning Watch: The last time a Falcon hit two triples in one inning was June 11, 2019.
Free Beer Watch: It's been since June 7, 2016. Looking at having to pay double for beer pretty soon.
Game notes: This is the second loss to the Rebels for the Falcons this season, and some are wondering who really should have won the VP Division last year... With seven sign-outs for father's day and an eighth who can't make it, the Falcons will be playing, at best, with 3 outfielders... Cowboy hit his first WMSPL career over-the-fence home run tonight, and kept the game ball as a souvenir because he was told he had to.
2B: SLF (2), Cowboy, Grahambo, Dance Dad
HR: Dunner (2), Grahambo, Cowboy
RBI: Grahambo (5), Dunner (4), Dance Dad (4), Cowboy (2), Dr J (2), Teets, Band Camp, Million Dollar Bill
DOUBLE PLAYS: None
BATTERS FACED: 49
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 5 (25% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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