On a beautiful sunny day in the regal settings of the O'Malley baseball fields in Corcaigh Park the Dublin City Hurricanes got their 2009 Irish baseball campaign off to a fine start with a convincing, veteran and professional 3-0 win over the Blacksox.
The Hurricanes scored two in the first and tagged on another later on. Eric 'Vegas' Valkys lead the bottom of the first off with a walk and came all the way around to score what would eventually be the games winning run.
The patient Hurricanes batters made the most of a few walks in the first, and made the Blacksox pitching work all day long. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes defence was in superb form. Tom Kelley, Eric Valkys, Steve Divito and Kevin Richards all made fine plays, as the 'Canes veteran players made tricky defensive plays look easy all morning long.
The game was played in a crisp two hours, and at a very high level by both sides for this early in the season. The two sides meet again next week in Shanganah Park in Shankill in a quirk of scheduling.
Solid, fundamentally sound season opener for the 2009 Hurricanes.
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