Weekend Irish League roundup
April 21st - April 22nd
A couple of big 'A' League games took place this weekend in the Irish League. The Blacksox beat the Twins 18-0 with Irish National team star Niall Rowen giving up just the one hit in a seven inning complete game. The Blacksox move to an impressive 2-0 start and will travel up north to play the Belfast Northstars next weekend. The Northstars v Spartans showdown was postponed for a later date.
The Hurricanes met the Mariners Saturday at Corcaigh park for an 'A' and 'B' level 'double' header.
Hurricanes 'A' 5 Greystones Mariners 'A' 6
It's early days as yet but this will probably be looked back on as one of the if not the most exciting game of the season, for the Mariners anyway. Both teams had lost their openers and were thus trying hard to get their respective seasons kick started. The Mariners started brightly in the first scoring a run however the Hurricanes hit right back and tied the score up.
The Mariners hung tough and took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the seventh (remember, we only play seven in Ireland). The 'Canes went to work and a clutch single by Rich Meade plated a run. With two outs Tom Kelley got up and ripped a ball to left that would have scored two and won the game had it not been for the Mariners left fielder positioning himself perfectly to make the catch on the line drive.
The Hurricanes now have the Twins and Northstars in that order before a break on the weekend of May 12th. They badly need to win both of those to get back in contention.
Other links of interest -
The 2007 Irish League preview
The opening weekend review
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