Irish Baseball League update: Hurricanes 10 Mariners 2

Irish Baseball League game report
Hurricanes 10 Mariners 2
Saturday 22nd August 2009

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On Saturday the Dublin Hurricanes travelled to the Greystones Mariners new field in Greystones to play their second last league game of the 2009 season. The Mariners new field, at a new sporting complex just outside Greystones village, is a sight to behold. Up high on a hill overlooking the sea, it is in an idyllic setting. The Mariners are still working on the field but it is a great start, and should serve them well for years to come.

The Mariners themselves are in good shape too, having added some extra bats to their young lineup. The Greystones two, three, four and five spots in their lineup are as good as any in the league, very tricky to work around. Garrett Donnelly is as powerful a bat as ever and narrowly missed knocking a ball out of the park in the first inning.

The 'Canes knew a win would wrap up the '09 Irish League pennant, and with that in mind came out of the blocks early. Working patient at bats the 'Canes score early and often, there were some big knocks off the bats of Mike Johnson and Andy Martin, with the 'Canes building a big lead early.

As has been the case all season long, the real story of the day was the 'Canes superior defensive work. Jeremias at third, Andy at short and Chris at first all had great days in the field. The play of the day was made by Andy Martin. A Mariner hit a roller to short that took a wicked hop up towards Andy's right shoulder, away from his glove. Andy hopped, grabbed the ball with his bare hand as it tried to loop past him, and fired a strike to first for the out. There isn't one single player in Irish baseball that would have made that play any sweeter than the 'Canes veteran infielder did.

The 'Canes held their serve and nerve and ran out 10-2 winners on the day.

With one game to play the Hurricanes stand tall on top of the 2009 Irish Baseball League, having amassed a grand total of 51 points so far, losing only three games to date. They can now not be caught by anyone else, and are destined to finish top of the table for the fifth time in their history. The playoffs start soon. Round one will see the Hurricanes play the second place team, right now that could be any one of Greystones, the Blacksox or even maybe the fourth place Spartans.

The winner or that game goes straight to the best of three Irish 2009 Baseball Championships. The loser plays the winner of the 3rd/4th place game for the right to make the Championships.

You can check out the results to date, league standings and such at this location.

Previous games from 2009 Irish baseball

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