|Loss 10 - 8||Absolutely Battered||Connectors||Game Recap / Box Score|
|Loss 27 - 13||Absolutely Battered||Longballers||Game Recap / Box Score|
|Loss 18 - 17||Screwballs||Absolutely Battered||Game Recap / Box Score|
|May 26, 2013 5:30 pm||Team Active||Absolutely Battered||Hallman #3|
|June 2, 2013 5:30 pm||Honeycomb Ballers||Absolutely Battered||Hallman #3|
|June 9, 2013 4:00 pm||Absolutely Battered||The Sluggers||Hallman #3|
|June 9, 2013 5:30 pm||Absolutely Battered||Team Active||Hallman #3|
|June 16, 2013 4:00 pm||Longballers||Absolutely Battered||Hallman #3|
|June 23, 2013 4:00 pm||Connectors||Absolutely Battered||Southwest Optimist #1|
|July 7, 2013 4:00 pm||Absolutely Battered||Screwballs||Hallman #3|
|July 14, 2013 5:30 pm||Absolutely Battered||Honeycomb Ballers||Hallman #3|
|July 21, 2013 5:30 pm||The Sluggers||Absolutely Battered||Hallman #3|
|July 28, 2013 5:30 pm||Absolutely Battered||Screwballs||Hallman #3|
|August 11, 2013 4:00 pm||The Sluggers||Absolutely Battered||Hallman #3|
Well this double header was pretty unforgettable! With unrelenting winter weather we set up camp in the dugout and started our first game against the Longballers with great momentum. With Patrick’s defense tracking and some incredible hits and fielding from everyone on the team we had achieved a significant lead heading into the final innings. I’m not sure if it was the wind, the sleet, or the hot chocolate but the last inning had us in a fielding sinkhole and the Longballers trampled our lead with 16 runs in the ninth. A break to dethaw and we were off with a fresh start and renewed optimism against the Screwballs. Another fun game, and again holding a comfortable lead until close to the end of the game, but slipped away with a mercy in the eighth and were unable to get it back.
Congrats to Brent for scoring two home runs, Corina for her first official #Abat runs, and memorable mentions to Colin for demonstrating a crawling-to-base ‘out’ and Chris for our first ever garbage can pop fly. The entire team contributed everything they had and it really showed – outside of the final innings the team showed off some top notch skills.
This week’s games will most certainly go down as our worst weather games, and I’m incredibly proud of everyone’s commitment to the team. A few years ago we may have only had three or four willing to play on a day like that, and after a clobbering in the ninth would have given up. I’m sure that if we can play that well in the wind, sleet and snow we’ve got some wins up our sleeve in the near future.
What a great start to the season! Though we were missing first base (and almost Mike) our first game got rolling with an early-season-characteristic slow’ish start. After a rough couple of innings we were warmed up, confident, and ready to prove that we are serious contenders against a team ranked second in the league. Amazing work by the infield (double play kudos to Jen Colin and Dave) and a strong showing in the outfield (lots of opposite field taunting meant many hits to Mike!) showed the Connectors we mean business. I was super pleased to hear superstar scorer and photographer Patrick yell “6 is on three!”. That’s our first mercy inning against the Connectors, awesome job everyone.
Both Alysha and Amie started off their #Abat career in style with an RBI (Amie), a run (Amie and Alysha) and a pop-fly catch (Alysha). Great job ladies – glad to have you on the team!
Get ready for next week, it’s a double header!
|0||C, Amie||Rover, BC|
|17||C, Brendan||Short Stop, Left Field||R|
|31||C, Dave||Left Field, 3rd Base|
|19||D, Alysha||Rover, 2nd Base||R|
|77||F, Jen||2nd Base, Rover||R|
|69||H, Colin||Short Stop||R|
|11||H, Corina||Catcher, Rover|
|18||L, Brent||Right Field, Centre Field||L|
|15||M, Patrick||Centre Field, Right Field|
|3||O, Julia||Catcher, Rover||L|
|83||P, Mike||Anywhere but 3rd Base :)|
|16||R, Jesse||3rd Base|
|1||S, Chris||Rover, Right Field|
It’s times like these that it’s worth looking at where we’ve come, and consider the footsteps we follow down our path to greatness. The Abats have made huge progress through the season and now strike fear into the hearts of our opponents. We can look back on a season of strong growth, confidence and constantly improving play.
The tournament day was a long one with not shortage of highlights and low lights. The cool soggy start got to us and we got behind and stayed behind against the Longballers. Our next game against the Connectors was a bit better for us, now warmed up and ready to go. In both of these challenges we played a balanced game with adequate defense and strong offense flirting with double digit runs scored. Our third game after our team pitcher, wings and pizza was less enthusiastic. Triple X is a team the Abats can beat, but their ringer really sucked a lot of life out of us. We played OK, but of the 3 games this was by far the least enthusiastic and by consequence the worst.
Specific details are foggy (I blame the team pitcher) but memorable aspects of the day include a few spectacular catches in the outfield by Mike – who failed all season to be appropriately dressed, this day wearing the wrong shoes. Jen made some (more) standout defensive plays possibly closing a whole inning with rifle throws for outs at first. Brent and Mike also deserve kudos for their in the park home runs, great to make that kind of magic happen on tournament day. A highlight that deserves some attention was Colin’s beard which frankly defies explanation, but was very distracting and I’m sure our opponents thought they might be playing against baseball Jesus.
It was a good season for many of us individually and all of us as a team. Huge thanks goes to Julia whose passion for Abat baseball is no where near appreciated and the stresses of managing a Sunday afternoon team are borne without complaint – other than the odd strongly worded e-mail.
Enjoy the off season team! And remember, it was Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own who reminds us that “There’s no crying in baseball!”. Well, baseball is over, so have a good cry.
Baseball has ended
Has a dynasty begun
For now we rest
Although our winning streak has ended, we’ve not gone back to old ABat baseball. It’s probably fair to say that no one really expected a win today, at no point did the team really have a strong winning attitude. Some good early defense and slow starts on the bat showed we could be competitive, but some sloppy fielding (no help from the sun) let a few innings get away from us.
There were of course some stand out plays. Finally, Dave managed an excuse-less at bat and cranked a 2 run RBI triple that was the standout offensive highlight. Brendan chased a ball deep into left field – blinded by the sun – making an excellent running catch. We certainly all showed up to play, and there were some good efforts from the whole team. My impression is that we didn’t really show up to win which could have been possible after they line drived their own player (3rd out to boot), pulled a hamstring and were on #2 of a double header.
Alas, next Sunday is the tournament and we have to focus on having a fun day, playing good baseball we can be proud of.
Cold wind, blinding sun
Couldn’t keep the streak alive
Into the playoffs
Is it too soon to declare a dynasty? This is the baseball we’ve known we could play for at least a season. Sure there were mistakes and missed opportunities but never did we let them get to us. Never did we worry about the score and when it was all said and done we had won our third consecutive game with a balanced effort across the whole team.
It’s hard not to emphasize how clear our heads were in this game and how focused we were on playing good baseball. Even after a ‘typical’ start of weak defense and poor offense we stayed in it and worked hard. The hard work paid off and Brent didn’t even believe it when the game was over and we had another win under our belt – without having to defend it in the bottom of the 9th (again).
The standout offensive player of the game is absolutely Mike who in the 4th inning managed a 3 run homer which was followed up by James’ aggressive base running taking him to 3rd. Jesse batted a perfect game and I’m sure we all have something to be proud of.
Clearly the defensive play of the game goes to coach Julia who becomes a mess with nerves in these triumphant moments and near nail biter finishes when she caught a pop-fly to end the game – I’m pretty sure that ball is still firmly locked in her glove. Of course there were a number of other great catches including those by Jamie and Jesse, ball blocking by Jen, and great fielding by the whole team.
Truly a balanced effort all around; solid, unapologetic, winning, baseball.
Three wins in a row
Surprising ourselves each week
One game left to win
Even Thing #1 is proud of our recent efforts!
Well, in case you missed it, we WON. AGAIN. We started out calm, prepared and focused. With a lean team of 10, we came out of the gates with some incredibly solid defense and a run of singles which started it all off with the right intensity. Four innings in and we were still in the lead, gave up a couple in the 5th and 6th, and finished solidly in the 7th and 8th for a decisive and commanding win over the top team in the league. (we didn’t even play out the last inning)
It’s tough to say what was better – offense or defense! Everyone hit well, and the entire team played well in the field. Some outstanding catches by Jen, Brendan, Mike, Colin and Dave kept all of Team Active on their toes, not knowing what hit ‘em. A double play between Colin, Jen and Corina showed everyone we were there to win and are no longer a team to disregard! Mike and Brendan held down right and left fields so well I think it was annoying the heavy hitters of Team Active. (awesome).
Our 7th inning had everyone excited, with a solid run of hits, and our sixth runner on 2. By this point, the opposition was angry, and would end the game in an odd funk that can only be felt by the untouchable (full) team who just got squarely beat by the last in the league. No doubtful calls, no scoring mishaps, no bad blood. Just great teamwork and a solid win. James credits the win to his shoelace manoeuvre, Colin thinks we finally learned how to hit. Either way it was an incredible, remarkable win against a top-notch team.
I can’t say how proud I am of the #Abat crew – a back-to-back win was unexpected, but well earned! Look out Triple-X, we’re coming for you next!
Another solid effort by the Abats today, a very balanced game with our usual highs and lows. Wait, what? We won? Holy shit we won!
What a great day of whole hearted baseball everyone! We all showed up to play and we did just that with all aspects of the team performing. Solid offense including an in-field homer by Brent and a near out of the park homer by James. Patrick took a slide in shorts into 3rd that he’ll be paying for for a while and the dumbest 2 out run shortly there after. A special note of congratulations has to go to Julia who knocked a beauty single into the grass – scratch that off the bucket list coach! Sunday’s #Abat trio of ladies (Jen, Corina, Julia) crushed it with some amazing hits and great plays in the field.
Defensively we held the Screwballs at bay with great team work in the infield lead by Jen and complimented with lightning fast reflexes by Brendan. In the outfield, Brent, Julia and Patrick made some clutch catches that kept us in striking distance through the whole game.
A lot of us had really great games and everyone but Thing 1 kept their heads in it (even after the Screwballs changed the score forcing another half inning). That last half inning had everyone on the edge of their seat, and Colin wrapped it up with an in-field home run to finish the game with authority.
That head space, more polished play and we can count some more wins before this season is over.
Great game everyone, it was a pleasure to play with you.
Walked on in last
Swing, hit; run score; then repeat
Walked off as champs