Dublin City Hurricanes 9 Greystones Mariners 8
If you want an idea just how windy it was at Shanganah Park yesterday, check out Daisuke's pants blowing in the wind!
The Hurricanes second game of the season was played in cold, windy conditions that some Hurricanes players suggested might be the worst they had ever played in. To make matters worse the Shanganah Park location is completely void of any treeline or hill/mountain protection, leaving the wind free range to sweep across the field.
Having said that, both teams played tough ball and put up a decent game, with the Canes just pipping the Mariners 9-8. The Hurricanes jumped out to a stunning 7-0 lead in the first inning, using walks and a nice line drive hit from Tommy Hernandez to put up the 7 first inning scores. To their credit the Greystones side never gave up and started chipping away at the 'Canes big lead.
The veteran Hurricanes side managed to tag on a couple of big late runs to keep the feisty Mariners side at bay. Rafael Diaz had a huge rbi single and Dan Barry, the 'Canes rock solid catcher, knocked in Tommy Hernandez with the eventual winning run.
Tom Kelley gets to his feet after third base coach Chris Foy sent him on a suicide mission towards home, Kelley was thrown out trying to turn a triple into a home run
The 'Canes could possibly have had some more, as Tom Kelley had a huge triple that he tried to turn into a in the park home run, however the Mariners short stop Sean Miskiman made a really nice relay throw to nail Kelley at home plate. Captain Steve Divito, waiting on deck, was not massively impressed.
Nevertheless the Hurricanes defence did just enough to hold the lead and win their second game of the season, starting off a tasty 2-0 for 2008.
Hurricanes v Mariners slideshow
Dublin Hurricanes photo albums
- The 2007 season - mixed pictures
- The Prague tournament - 2007
- Hurricanes - 18th August 2007 (Rain, rain go away!)
Baseball Ireland Links:
- Everything you needed to know about Baseball Ireland
- The Dublin Hurricanes on wikipedia
- Click here for details on how to get to the O'Malley fields at Corcaigh Park.