Monday, July 30, 2007

Weekend Irish 'A' league report - 28/07/07

'A' league fixture
Dublin Hurricanes v Greystones Mariners

Saturday 28th July 2007

Hurricanes 7 Greystones 6

With 5 games left in the regular season the Hurricanes put themselves in a great position to make the 2007 playoffs with an exciting 7-6 win over the Greystones Mariners at the O'Malley baseball fields in Corcaigh park last Saturday.

The Hurricanes now stand at 6-4 and hold the head to head tie breaker over the Blacksox who currently sit on 7-4 just ahead of them in second place. For the 2007 season the top 4 teams make the playoffs. 1 plays 2 and the winner goes to the final while 3 plays 4 and the winner of that plays the loser of 1 v 2 with the winner of that making the final also.

However, things looked rather grim at the end of the first inning. The Mariners used a string of walks, errors and a base hit to put together a 4 run first, leaving the Hurricanes in a 0-4 hole early on. The 'Canes hit back though in the top of the second using their own small ball attack, they scored 6 runs to take a 6-4 lead. Chris Foy kick started the inning with a line drive to right field. Little did the 'Canes know that would be one of only two hits on the day.

Greystones starter Dennis Donnelly kept the Hurricanes largely off balance bar that one crazy inning. Meanwhile the Hurricanes managed to do same until the Mariners got two in the 5th to tie it. The 'Canes came right back and got what would be the winning run in the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh Tommy Hernandez made a nice catch for the first out and then left fielder made Emmett O'Shaughnessy made a superb diving catch for the second out. The last Mariner struck out and the 'Canes moved to 6-4 with the 7-6 win.

On the day, Chris Foy got things going with that single to start the six run uprising in the second, Rafael Diaz played a key part getting on base constantly with three walks and the defence was very solid, Steve Divito making a nice catch to go with Emmet's super diving grab in the seventh.

After starting the season 1-3 the 'Canes have kicked it into another gear and are starting to play up to their capabilities. Next up, the Twins followed by the veteran Northstars squad, buoyed by having been given a double walkover by the Spartans this weekend past. The league is getting very interesting as we approach playoff time.

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