In a rematch of the 2019 WMSPL playoff championship game, the Falcons prevailed over Hanet Plastics in game one of their Sunday doubleheader, 11-9.
In their first game back, Hanet led off showing absolutely no ring rust. 5 batters into the game and the visitors were up 4-0, including back-to-back jacks by Lars and Adam. “The steroid program was maintained,” claimed George.
The Falcons responded with their own nostalgic turn at the plate. “I tainted it!” said SLF staring proudly at the lineup. Lone singles in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd innings combined with trademark stingy Hanet defence left the Falcons scoreless heading into the 4th, down 6-0.
But then the bats woke up. Singles by Miner Leaguer and Grahambo were cashed by the Mattural, who smoked a no-doubter to CF to cut the lead in half. Five more singles later and the game was tied at 6. SLF: “Just like I planned it.”
Hanet responded with 2 runs in the 5th to retake the lead, but a 6-pack of singles in the bottom half was punctuated by a Brett Bichette double to give the Falcons their first lead of the game, 11-8.
Hanet’s Nathan smashed a HR in the 6th to close the gap, but critically put them up +2 HRs. The Falcons offence put up a goose egg in the bottom half, forcing them to try to hold a 2 run lead heading into the 7th.
And things looked good at first. After a leadoff single, Grahambo turned a 6-3 double play to get the Falcons within out out. But Hanet’s John burned a drawn-in defence with a double to the fence, bringing the tying run to the plate. The next batter launched a HR that should have tied the game but, with the +2 HR rule in effect, the batter was called out and the Falcons celebrated with an “Oh crap… oh wait, we win” win.
Game notes: With Chequebook doing the splits and a toe-dragging dive at 1B to save two of the Falcons’ THREE double plays, enough sponsorship money fell out of his pockets to fund the team’s fancy new scoresheets with preprinted names and a 2019 championship ring watermark… gym short-wearing Levi continues to show no fear in sliding knee first into 2nd… Miner Leaguer went 4 for 4 despite sporting a hangover… in the 6th, Poutine’s “dive” off the mound to snag a grounder was half yoga hero pose and half cat pounce… after more than a year on display in guest writer Dr. J’s Zoom meeting backgrounds, the WMSPL championship trophy is back in the teams hands
2B: Brett Bichette
HR: The Mattural
RBI: The Mattural (4), Brett Bichette (2), Million Dollar Bill, Grahambo, Dunner, Poutine, Levi
DOUBLE PLAYS: Poutine-Grahambo-Chequebook (2); Grahambo-Chequebook
BATTERS FACED: 37
STADIUM: K2 FIELD
ATTENDANCE: 7 (35% FULL) - % is based on regular season capacity (Falcons' side only)
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