Saturday, June 13, 2009

Irish baseball league update 13th June '09: Dublin Hurricanes 9 Blacksox 8

Dublin Hurricanes 9 Blacksox 8
13th June 2009
Corcaigh Park

The Dublin Hurricanes continued their winning ways for the 2009 season on Saturday against the Blacksox, however not without large helping of drama. The 'Canes needed extra innings to find a way past a Blacksox side desperate to avoid losing their third straight against the home side, quite literally playing to keep their '09 season alive.

The 'Canes looked like they were going to stroll to victory early on, with a stunning seven run outburst, instead it would take some late game dramatics to keep their unbeaten season going. With the 'Canes up by seven the Blacksox launched a ferocious comeback, with all the aggressiveness of a team fighting for their season. They patched together runs in the third and fourth innings before taking advantage of some sloppy Hurricanes pitching in the fifth to take a stunning 8-7 lead.

Lesser teams may have folded in the face of such a come-back however the 'Canes righted their ship defensively and steadied themselves as the two teams put up blanks going into the sixth. The 'Canes managed to load the bases with two outs and left fielder Mike Johnson was hit by a pitch to force in the game tying run, making it 8-8.

The Blacksox had several rallies of their own however the 'Canes got out of trouble with some fine infield defensive play. On the day they turned two superb double plays off the bat of the Blacksox slugger in the three hole. Twice Shortstop Steve Divito and second baseman Eric 'Vegas' Valkys spun beautiful 4-6-2, inning ending double plays off hard hit ground balls.

In extra innings the 'Canes mounted their final assault on a potential 6-0 record.

Eric Valkys smashed a hard single to center, and stole second as Andy Martin came up to bat. Martin grounded hard towards second as Valkys took third on the impending throw, however the Blacksox second baseman threw the ball away, letting Valkys score and the allowing the Hurricanes to take a hard earned, dramatic 9-8 win.

Valkys: Game winning run

This win leaves the 'Canes at 6-0 and continued their unbeaten 2009 season. The 'Canes are now six points up over the second place team in the Irish league. Next up, the Greystones Mariners, Saturday June 20th in Greystones.

Previous games from 2009 Irish baseball season

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