Animals Weekend Wrap-up: Notre Dame

Notre Dame visited Tallahassee this weekend for the first time as members of the ACC. Well, sorta-members. As usual our intrepid nun reporter Bryan E. is on the job.

Game 1: ND 7, FSU 8 (12)

Your reluctant reporter, out of breath and worn out, but posting out of habit. (See what I did there?) Wow, 12 innings of grinding it out. A lot of faces I’ve never seen before mixed with the regulars for a thriller of a game. The familiar 1 run was scored in the first by Rudy, which I’m pretty sure 6 of their starting 9 are named. I see the recruiting pitch going something like this… ” I see you have red hair. Your first name starts with an R. If we offer you a 1/3 scholarship can we call you Rudy? Great. We’ll see you in South Bend.

To give credit where it’s due, though… their helmets were white.

You just don’t win games vs. the worst of opponents when you commit 5 errors. That says a lot about the team we played tonight, not an opponent. Anyone who follows these games live understands that we played WAY down to our “competition” tonight. I prefer to look at these extra inning games as a bonus for ticket holders, but those with children and other obligations may not feel the same way.

I don’t have the game notes in front of me (thanks John), but Casey Smit stands out as tonight’s MVP. 8-7 final in 12 and I predict scorched earth for the rest of the series. Notre Dame ran through at least 6 pitchers tonight.

Tomorrow’s gona be funner. Grillmaster Matt will be doing his thing and I heard rumor that Brett C. will be doing his part for the TOAD faithful. See you guys, weather permitting, around 11 tomorrow for the prelude to an Irish roshambo.

While the fielding by our boys last night was…let’s just call it ‘forgettable’…the Animals had a great time in the section. I was going to go with something related to the logo change brouhaha, but just as we started singing O Canada, the Irish 1B Bill Buckner’d a grounder, and you never pass up an opportunity to make fun of Bucker. So, the break was ‘Buckner Lives!’

If you were in attendance or were able to catch the game on ESPN3, you may have caught a glimpse of our intrepid reporter Bryan leading NOLES cheers in drag as a nun in a garnet and gold habit. The costume actually belongs to long time FSU fan and friend of the Animals, Hector. Bryan commandeered it for the cheers because hello!

Bryan had been going for a while and I decided we should play a little prank on him, so I got everyone in the section ready for the next time he was going to start a NOLES cheer. This time, however, we instead spelled HABIT and got a good laugh out of it. As Bryan continued doing his thing, several of us started singing Sound of Music songs. ‘These are a few of my Favorite Thing’s, ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria’, etc. A good time was had.

And, of course, despite some very shaky play, the team fought through it and got the win. The crowd slowly started evaporating after the 8th inning and through the remainder of the game. But those of us who stuck it out gave the guys what we had in the tank. And if there is one thing you can say about the character of this year’s team, it’s that they have no quit in them.

Saturday: Rained out

Obviously I wouldn’t comment on a rainout day, but boy was this one different. College baseball players have become well known for their rain delay antics, and on Saturday Notre Dame and FSU players treated the die-hards who stayed in the stadium through the delay to a real treat. There are a plethora of videos out there now, so I will only post one. But suffice it to say it was the most fun I have ever had in a rainout. Great job by both teams of entertaining the crowd.

On a side note, the uniforms that Notre Dame was wearing on Saturday were top-notch. Sort of a golden era throwback look with striped socks, baggy grey shirts and pants, with ‘IRISH’ written vertically down the buttons of the jerseys. Very, very sharp. I bring this up for a reason, which we’ll get to.

Games 2 & 3: ND 2, FSU 11 – ND 3, FSU 4

Your reluctant reporter with another (4 in as many weeks) double header sweep report. Let me start right there. That is four doubleheader sweeps in four weeks. I’m not a rocket surgeon, but, the odds definitely aren’t in favor of that occurring. That’s a whole lot of toughness and physical and mental conditioning that prepares a team to beat those odds, even when they sputter and slip at times.

Mike Compton got the start in the early game. 10 AM first pitch. He broke the cycle of giving up the easy run in the first and it was all Noles from there. Nogo went yard in the first to break the seal 2-0. Followed up by another round trip in a 6 run second to set the tone for a contest that was never in doubt.

The downside of that big second was the awkward step DJ Stewart took on the bag for a stand up double. He came out of the game with what is believed to just be a slight tweak. They iced it down and we hope to have him back Tuesday.

Folks slowly trickled in as the game wound down and I knew game 3 would be well attended. I feel for you folks that were out of listening range. It wasn’t full of epic moments, but there was some originality and some great one liners. The Animals were in tune and in concert. Always makes for a good time.

Bryant Holtmann got the start and went 6 full innings throwing 67 pitches, gave up 4 hits, walked two, struck out two. I’m happy with that. Stepping in for a proven starter and never missing a beat. Leibrandt is out with a shin bruise, I think, suffered in practice last week.We have a lot of talent on this team and they seem to have a very special feeling of family and can-do that just doesn’t believe in the fat lady.

The 4-3 final was representative of the wear and tear of a team playing another set of games 30 minutes apart. I’m proud of them for taking care of business on an “on call” basis day after day.

I walked into Dick Howser with the idea that I was going to hate on Notre Dame as hard as I was allowed but came away with them as my second favorite team as well as really liking the fans that I met. Their uniforms were atrocious and their coaches incredibly out of shape. Until they fully join the ACC, though, we’ll just to have own them in the sports we have them for.

I was unable to attend the first game because of daddy daycare, but John B. took care of the O Canada break. I mentioned earlier how fantastic the Notre Dame uniforms were on Saturday. As good as those were, the eye-sores they trotted out for Sunday were equally bad. They should have gotten the Saturday digs cleaned. Anyway, the break was “WORST. UNIFORMS. EVER.”

I was able to make it out for the second game. O Canada break for that game was “Partial membership sucks!”. They really should be full conference members.

I don’t generally like to discuss baseball housekeeping – I’ll leave that to the sports media – but I really think Bryant Holtmann has made a strong case for being the full time #4 starter over Peter Miller. Unfortunately, Miller has had one really good outing and a lot of meh besides. It might be time to send Miller to the pen and see if he can be more effective in relief. We have a couple more midweek games left to get Holtmann solidified before post-season. I’d like to see him given a chance to get into a groove.

Next weekend the team travels to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. Boo Bees!

 

An article about The Animals and college baseball in Florida by one of our own.

I am an Animal.

This can be interpreted in a variety of ways, few of them positive, but what I mean is this: I am one of the Animals of Section B, a boisterous, zealous, almost famous group of fans that supportsFlorida State University’s Seminole baseball team with a devotion unparalleled in the world of college baseball.

We cheer: “N-O-L-E-S. NOLES!” “N-O-L-E-S. NOLES!” We chant when our pitcher is on the brink of a strikeout: “K Time! (Clap. Clap) K Time! (Clap, Clap.)” We razz opposing pitchers on the brink of issuing a walk: “Walk him on, rag arm, walk him on. (Get a hit!) Walk him on, rag arm, walk him on. (Get a hit!)”

We adhere to an often bizarre set of superstitions, some reaching back in time, some invented as events warrant. (See below regarding my odd contribution to this and, separately, to our traditional rendition of “O Canada,” the Canadian national anthem, though only one of us is of the Canadian persuasion.)

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Animals Weekend Wrap-up: NCSU

Let’s just get this out of the way first. It will make the rest make more sense. This is a video of NCSU back-up catcher John Mangum…..twerking in the NCSU locker room.

Words cannot begin to describe. This gem was discovered in the week leading up to the series and brought to our attention. It was like Christmas in March. And this is from the team that gave us the ‘Wolpfack’ fiasco.

As per usual, Bryan E. delivers the goods.

Game 1: NCSU 1, FSU 6

Your reluctant reporter with a gloating synopsis of Game one NCSU series. I don’t know which laurel to throw out first. So much funness tonight. Rodon, the best pitcher in the country… unstoppable and superior, ruler of the strike zone, slayer of lineups, and one who lives for the lamentations of the women looked a lot like a regular human with some special training and not much luck today. He threw 124 pitches, though. That short legged interloper they call “Coach” will do anything for a win. He’s another story all to himself.

His constant haranguing of the umps and his refusal to stay in the dugout made me wish we had slingshots. He just wouldn’t let the pace be the pace.

I don’t have the game notes yet, but my memory says that wolpfack scored a run in the 4th which was answered by 2 in our half of the fifth. I know our two runs came in the fifth because we got to sing Oh Canada twice, but I feel a lot less clutzy after hearing ( and participating in) “0,1,2 runs are in and I pray for rain.”

We got in Rodon’s head. The twerk calls started early. Hats off to Kristen C. for feeding us the twerking poster. Dominic shook what God gave him between NOLES cheers in the third while donning the wolf mask.

I think the wolpfack vestige, the twerk taunts, and the one liners are still ripening and should be ready for public consumption by game two tomorrow. In case you didn’t know tomorrow is a double header. 1 PM first pitch for game 2. Grillmaster Matt won’t be able to make it and I won’t be there early enough to make grilling possible. That being said, hydrate.

We dominated wolpfack today and I like to think that the crowd, small but loud, had something to do with it. Repetitions build strength and you can’t stomp on Raleigh all day if you don’t start early. A 6-1 win vs. the best pitching in the country and a team that has outscored a fairly respectable set of opponents almost 3:1. Let’s keep this going.

A poster you say? Why yes, yes there was a poster. Let me show you it.

twerk

Drink it in.

It would be an understatement to say this game – heck, the whole series – was a lot fun. To have your opponent throw you an alley oop is a gift you just don’t pass up. It would have been better had Mangum been the starter, but we’re not ones to let that stop us. I don’t remember which games all of these came from, so I’ll just list a small sampling of what I can remember of the twerk-related jabs, which won’t be much since my memory is terrible.

  • “Walk him on twerk-butt…”
  • “Do you whistle while you twerk? Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to twerk we go”
  • “C’mon Mangum, make it clap”
  • “We’re not gonna twerk it. No! We ain’t gonna twerk it. We’re not gonna twerk it, any more!”

The O Canada break was, “shake your money maker”

Game 2: NCSU 2, FSU 8; Game 3: NCSU 8, FSU 9 (double-header)

Your reluctant reporter with the games 2 and 3 wrap up. What a blur of a day. Good on all of you animals who made it through the whole day. Hats off to you parents who hung in there as long as you could. Hail to the lung power of Section B. That was one of the hardest day’s work I’ve had in a very long time.

Game 2 started like so many so far this season. Leibrandt walked the first man up on four straight and he was sac’d and whacked around the bags for an early 1 run lead. The good guys answered with a solo shot by Ben Deluzio in the third. The tie was held until the 5th (another theme becoming common) when the wolpfack starter lost what control he had. Plunking and walking and giving up hits. We ran through the favorite tunes in the song book one after another. When the dust settled it was 5-1 good guys. Pompetous brought us 3 more in the seventh to put the bad guys away.
Final score 8-2 good guys.

Quick turnaround between games with the first pitch for game 3 coming just 45 minutes after conclusion of two. A fresh pocket full of cough drops and libations and we were right back to it with the series win secured and a sweep on our minds.

Once again, the bad guys got a run across in the first. We didn’t have to wait too long to put ourselves out of reach (or so we assumed) ripping off 4 runs in the second. It was back and forth all night with the bad guy’s coach doing everything he could to avoid his long overdue naptime. Somebody had the whines last night. The Animals never let up and were assisted by some new, visiting noisemakers. 13 innings of willing our boys to victory. That was one of the greatest displays of “can do” or whatever you choose to call it. Our Noles scrapped, scraped, and clawed their way to a glorious sweep after our bats got down to business scoring two for the walk off win.
So much class and fight in this team and in the fans. I drove out of the Oaks last night a very proud Animal full of thanks for being able to be part of it.

The next 2 weekends our boys will be away so I hope I can remember where my seats are when we all meet again. Let’s be safe out there and don’t forget to hydrate.

“Pompetous” refers to Josh Delph, who’s walk-up music is “The Joker” by Steve Miller Band. We definitely have embraced his walk-up music and appreciate it along with Gonzo’s “Brass Monkey”. O Canada break for the second game – handled by long time Animal Andres – was “Fat Matt’s”. Before the break he told me only two people in the stadium would get it, and I believe him.

An Animal asked Mangum if he’d sign the poster we made and instead of taking it like a good sport he said ‘NO!’, threw down his drink and stormed off in a huff. Don’t shake it if you can’t take it, young man.

I had to leave game two after the 6th inning. It was already way after my 6 month old’s bed time and I was hungry and not looking forward to round two with stadium food. O Canada break was ‘Own it if you shake it’. I got to listen to the rest of the game on my way to Publix. Then after I was done at Publix on my way home. Then at home…for another hour. Goodness what a long game. In no small part thanks to Elliot Avent. But I’ll get to that in a bit.

My favorite tweet of the night came courtesy of TomahawkNation:

There’s a whole lot of talent in that Rodon-Winston match-up. That tweet summed it up. There was just a ton of talent on display in Howser this weekend, and the good guys came out of this top-5 match-up with a sweep. Impressive.

On Elliot Avent

Elliot Avent is the head baseball coach of North Carolina State University.

Elliot Avent is a giant whining baby.

In a conference that already has more than its fair share of whining, cry-baby, sore-sport coaches (see: Morris, J.; Hall, D.; Legget, J.) Elliot Avent takes the cake. Avent spent the entire series with his diaper in a wad, dragging the games out to absurd lengths. Why let the players settle it on the field when you can argue every call – no matter how obviously wrong you are – and make the games last twice as long as necessary? I would hate to play for the guy because he spends more time on the field than you do. And all the while he’s in the umpires’ faces, he’s making dumb coaching decisions, hurting your chances to win.

It was absolutely satisfying when Jose Brizuela delivered the final dagger for the sweep.

 

The next home series is next month as we welcome Notre Dame to their first visit to Howser as members of the ACC. We’ll be back here with another wrap-up after that.

Animals Weekend Wrap-up: Maryland

This weekend witnessed the last time Maryland played in Dick Howser as an ACC member.

(Summaries by Bryan E)

Game 1: Turtles 3, FSU 15

Reluctant reporter with your Maryland series game one wrap up. Small in number. Large in decibels. It was cold before game time and it didn’t get any warmer. You northerly expatriates can snicker amongst yourselves, but 45 is insufferable to most of us as exhibited by the attendance.

The official numbers haven’t been released as of the time I’m writing this but my estimate is about 1500 at best. Those who missed out missed out. The turtles were quick out of the gate, scoring one in the first and playing solid defense while keeping a quick pace on the mound. Turtles drew first blood in the top of the first and it was another battle of attrition until their starter, who did more than his share, was finally sat down.

The good guys in garnet blew up for 7 in the 7th and 6 in the 8th to slam the door in a walk away win 15-3.

I think the best of the best is being saved for Sunday. Can’t wait to hear Terry’s version of Happy Trails. Can’t wait to hear GTFO, if that happens. Can’t wait to never see the turtles again.

Today had some good ones, though. A lot of “bullpen”clap clap “bullpen” clap clap. With the small crowd it was easy to get in any jabs you wanted to. Oyster John stepped his game up in a hoarse making fashion. Chilidog did his Noles cheers in the 3rd. He’s good like that.

I kept yelling “Crabcakes” and now I guess I owe Harry an hors d’oeuvre.
For such a poorly attended game it was as much fun as any so far this year.
Tomorrow should be interesting as we have already seen the best of their starting pitching and their relief got run like the hare. We’ll be under the oaks tomorrow for what is predicted to be a sunny gorgeous day. Grillmaster Matt will be there and I’ll be cooking up eggs around 10:30. Bring the family. Bring your voice. Bring meat.
Go Noles

It was so cold that Bryan remembered a Maryland run in the first that never happened. Maryland didn’t score until the 5th, off a 2 run shot. This was a blow-out, as has tended to be the case with FSU vs Maryland over the years, but it wasn’t the same as those that came before it. Past Maryland teams have been complete dogs, but this is a pretty decent squad that stands a good shot at post-season play. Their ace, Jake Stinnett, is a pretty good pitcher and kept his team in it through almost 7 innings. When he finally got in trouble, he was pulled and the Noles promptly jumped all over his replacement.

As Bryan mentioned, this was a poorly attended game. The combination of weather, FSU spring break and Maryland’s history did the crowd no favors. But the folks that showed up showed why FSU has the best fans in the nation. The game was a lot of fun in the section. At one point, Stinnett struck Jameis Winston out. After which I yelled, ‘You just struck out a Heisman Trophy winner. Your career has officially peaked.’ That got some chuckles from the crowd.

For the O Canada break, I went with ‘Welcome Louisville’. Louisville will be replacing Maryland in the ACC as they head off to the B1G. And upgrade in almost every conceivable way.

Game 2: Turtles 5, FSU 1

Your reluctant reporter with your Maryland series game 2 wrap up. I’ve never seen a home side of the 5th end before we could finish Oh Canada and the fight song, but that was pretty much the theme of the day. 5-1 for the turdels in an uncontested rout. We had our opportunities but left the bases loaded twice today. No quarter was given nor taken.

It started in the top of the 1st with 2 errors on the first contact of the game with Yertle laying down a bunt that Leibrandt dirted in the general vicinity of Nogowski. Nogo had no play at first, but should’ve blocked the ball off better. The insult was added to injury as the ball rolled out to the fence along the base line and was bumbled by Knief. Yep…. two errors on the first play of the game. A microcosm of aforementioned theme.

Today was a train wreck all the way around, but, damn, it was a party train. We’ve never lost a tailgate. And today we dominated. Good breakfast, great lunch and lukewarm leftovers as we licked our wounds. Grillmaster Matt always brings his A-game and is the meat making glue that binds us all together.

Todd V. made his triumphant return with his lovely family and I think they had a great time. If you don’t already know him, he’s a longtime animal who now lives in Nicaragua and is doing great things. He and his league are in need of all forms of baseball equipment. Gloves, balls, bats, helmets, catcher gear… Ya know…. baseball stuff. Bring it to the Oaks or let someone know where and when they can pick it up and I’ll give you a boiled egg for your trouble.

Tomorrow’s a new day. An already early 11 AM start is made worse by the time change tonight.
Get your beauty sleep children. Don’t forget to hydrate.

O Canada break was ‘Pay your exit fee’. Hey, $50 million doesn’t grow on trees. Grab it while ya can. Bryan is a fairly new Animal, so he hasn’t seen short 5th innings. I have seen one where we didn’t get through O Canada. I don’t like those kinds of 5th innings. Fortunately, they are rare. Unfortunately, one happened on Saturday against Maryland.

As I mentioned for the first game, Maryland is an improved team. Their Friday and Saturday starters will keep them in series throughout the year. If you get into their bullpen, it can still be happy fun time, however. Their Sunday guy won’t scare anyone, however.

Game 3: Turtles 0, FSU 7

Bryan was apparently a victim of the time change and didn’t make it to this game, so I’ll try my best. Like the Friday game, this one was sparsely attended due to the time change and the game being moved up to 11am. But those who did make it out were a lively bunch. It was a pretty fun Sunday at Howser.

As this was the final game that Maryland would play in Tallahassee as an ACC member, we tried to give them a proper send-off. Mike Compton took the lead in this endeavor by delivering a gem of a performance. A complete game shutout on two hits, 10 K’s and no walks. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that. The Twitters told me it was the first complete game shutout since Rhett James did it in 2004.

O Canada break was ‘Hit the road, Jack’. We had a good bit of fun in the section on Sunday. In the 5th, Maryland brought in a reliever named Zach Morris. The same name as a character from the old 80′s/90′s Saturday morning TV show ‘Saved By The Bell’.

Ya’ll know we couldn’t resist that. Some samples that I can remember:

“Are you still dating Kelly Kapowski?”

“Where’s Screech? I hear he’s making interesting movies these days.”

“Mr. Belding: Drunk or just crazy?”

“Do you know Lisa Turtle?”

“Bayside *clap clap* Bayside *clap clap*…

“We want Slater *clap clap clapclapclap*…

I’m sure I am forgetting some, but we kept ourselves entertained. We also sang two improvised farewell songs to Maryland.

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye.

You tried, you failed, now run along and hide

And to the tune of ‘We’re not gonna take it’ by Twisted Sister:

We’re not gonna miss you!

NO! We ain’t gonna miss you!

We’re not gonna miss you, not at all!

And as the game wound down to its last strike, instead of ‘K time!’ we chanted ‘Exit!’. Later, Maryland. As one wise man once said:

Animals Weekend Wrap-up: Miami

(Summaries by Bryan E)

Game 1: Bad Guys 3, FSU 1

Your reluctant reporter with the shiny silver lining to a dark evening…… We lost. 3-1.

My opinion is that we ran into a team that can take advantage of situations and lapses in fundamentals. I’ve been advised to not say things anti-Noles, but what stands out to me is the freedom of FSU bats to swing at the first pitch…. ERRR, maybe it’s the batters’ blind willingness to swing at the first pitch no matter what. (SC)UM isn’t a great team. We just stuck our jaws out while throwing blind haymakers. I hang this loss on plate discipline.

(Edit/addemdum} After a couple hours of being home and reflecting, this wasn’t a bad game. Both teams played solid ball, it just ended up that the team with less errors won. The torque, tow, and velocity of the game was enough to win over any margin walking baseball fan. I don’t think I saw anybody crying on the way out so I’m sure we’ll al live to fight another day.

It was also odd, as Marty M. pointed out, that there were only two umps on the field. I think the field ump was wrong on a couple calls. One for us and one for the Canes, but the guy behind the plate was god-awful.

No excuses, though. There really is no player to brag on or shame. I, personally, had a great time. The energy in Section B is working to a boil for the 2 PM showdown on Saturday with the chance to even it up. In a win or a loss, I can’t help but love all of you that are there and participate. You make it awesome for me and everyone else.

I don’t have much to complain about when it comes to FSU baseball – face it, we’re spoiled – but the 4pm start time for the Friday game of this series was was, to be blunt, dumb. I understand that it was an early season game, and that games are typically scheduled earlier for light/weather reasons, and I understand that this was a non-conference series. But come on, this was Miami, not UGA or some northern warm-up squad. This is considered by many FSU baseball fans to be THE rivalry of the season. The game needed to start at 6pm. I wasn’t able to get to the game, so maybe I’m just a little bitter.

Donald “The Godfather” took care of the O Canada break, busting out with ‘No More Winter’, in reference to the previous few days’ cold snap.

Game 2: Bad Guys 2, FSU 10

Your reluctant reporter, Game 2 (SC)UM series.

Uno. Dos. Tres. Cuatro. Cinco. Seis. Siete. Ocho. Nueve. Diez. Once (own say). Yep. 11 balls in a row in the bottom of the first for Miami’s pitcher. A total opposite approach at the plate from last night. And it paid off. After giving up 1 in the top of the first, we answered with 4 runs on a lot of walks and very solid hitting, all of the runs coming in with 2 outs. The tone was set for the day. It was a party before, during and after.

Brandon Leibrandt went 6.2 walking only one with 3 k’s to boot. We flipped 3 double plays today, two of them amazing… the last was a 3-4-1 double play in the 8th, I think.

Gage did his middle relief thing as expected.

Brandon Johnson got some meaningful time on the mound today and looked solid.
The youth on our team shows a lot of promise going forward as well.
The tailgate was another meatfest, both really and metaphorically. Some guy in a penguin suit did Noles cheers. It wasn’t pretty, but it got a rookie through her first set of cheers in a highly intense atmosphere.

Good guys 10. Bad Guys 2. A good day to be a Nole.

O Canada break was, ‘BioGenesis’, in reference to the steroid scandal involving certain Miami-affiliated individuals. Miami has a freshman player by the name of Brad Zunica who came in to pinch hit and then play 1B…this kid is a great big mountain of a man, listed at 6’6″ 254lbs. That got the steroid talk going.

Game 3: Bad Guys 6, FSU 13

Reluctant reporter, Game 3 (SC)UM series 2014.

Have you ever rented a mule? Did you beat said mule? If yes, then give a Cane a sympathy hug. The power of the stick pummeled the power of the carrot as every rally attempt by the uglies in orange was thwarted with a boss’ slap.

Don’t get me wrong…. it’s not that the Canes didn’t bite their bridles. Their lefty starter stayed in way past glue factory time and pulled like a blue ox the first time through our lineup. The wagon got shaky exactly the second time our boys faced off against him. The third inning was explosive. 6 runs to answer the paltry digit the Canes put up in the 2nd. Then the rout was on….. Or so we thought. All of the “fans” with the early exodus missed out on the bad guy rally that evened it up at 6 in the 6th only to be followed by the reminder that any one in orange is a short timer in the capital city. 7 runs in the bottom reminded the ugly orange that real America wins through cunning and skill.

Mike Compton went five full with 4 k’s and 2 walks. The relief held the ground with Strode, Gage, Holtmann and Jameis finishing up with no walks and Holtmann throwing 3 k’s to the the 3 he faced.

Poise, children, poise.

Final score 13-6 good guys. Another great weekend under the oaks. Thanks for making it great for all of us.

O Canada break was ‘Those weren’t antlers’. Zunica again made an appearance, this time as DH. We gave him a ‘deer antlers’ chant when he was batting. Not our funniest weekend, but screw it we won the series.