Monday, July 09, 2007

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

'A' league fixture
Dublin Hurricanes v Blacksox
Saturday 7th July 2007

The Hurricane's, fresh off their trip to and third place finish in Prague, took on the Blacksox in an important Irish baseball league game at O'Malley field in Corcaigh Park, Dublin.

The Hurricanes were looking to get back to .500 whilst the Blacksox were looking to continue their good season to date. Irish international pitchers Cormac Eklof and Niall Rowen took the mound for the 'Canes and the Sox respectively. The Hurricanes were missing all time Irish league home run king Tom Kelley (ankle injury) and Chris Foy (back injury), however apart from that they were at relatively full strength.

The 'Canes jumped out to an early lead only to have that all disappear in a horrendous top of the third inning. The Sox scored a ridiculous eight runs in what may have been the worst half inning ever in Hurricanes history. A combination of errors, hits, walks and hit batters literally handed the Sox a hefty 8-6 lead. Ironically, a third inning collapse is what led to the Canes loss to the Sox earlier in the season.

Luckily for the Hurricanes, they are learning on the job in 2007 and came right back in the bottom of the inning to tie the score up at 8-8. The competitive, dramatic game tilted back and forth as the Sox took a 10-8 lead only for the Canes to come right back and tie it all up again at 10-10.

Special mention for the Blacksox centre fielder who made a sensational, all out, diving catch in centre field to rob Steve Divito of a two run double late in the game. Amazing catch. Coco Crisp would have been proud of it.

The tight, exciting game reached a climax in the sixth inning. With two runners on Dave DeLucia smashed a double past the drawn in infield giving the Hurricanes a 15-13 lead which they managed to defend with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh. The 'Canes, with this dramatic, team-effort win, push their record to 4-4 and possibly announced their arrival for real to the 2007 Irish baseball season.

B league fixture
Dublin Hurricanes v Blacksox

The Dublin Hurricanes 'B' side took a big step towards 'B' league domination with this great 13-12 victory in what was a tight, well played encounter.

New 'Cane Emmit OShaughnessy, announced his arrival on the Irish baseball scene in style. Emmit's first trick was to throw not one but two runners out at home plate as they tried to score, he did so from his centre field position. Emmit also drove in what were the tying and winning runs with a two run double in the sixth before coming in and pitching a clean seventh for the save.

There were other heroes too. Captain Lorcan Sherlock called Eric 'Vegas' Valkys diving stop up the middle 'one of the greatest defensive plays' he had seen in Irish baseball. The win pushes the 'Baby Canes' to a superb 4-2 record, with the Cans on a nice four game winning streak.

Next weeks Hurricanes fixtures

A League
July 14 11:00 Shanganagh Park
Black Sox v Hurricanes
B League
July 14 14:00 Shanganagh Park
Black Sox v Hurricanes


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Anonymous said...

wow!!!! this o'shaughnessy sounds like he's got some skill....anyone know what glove he uses?

Cormac said...

Baseball, I believe..

Irish National baseball team

Irish National baseball team
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