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Almost everyone thought that after four days of heavy rain we would NOT be playing softball on January 9th.  The first photo above is a panorama of the infield taken Thursday early morning while rain was still falling.  It tapered off and we had sun on Friday but there was standing water in a few spots.  Ron Chesebro volunteered to come out and work on the field.  He spent a few hours removing the water and raking places that needed to dry.   Early Saturday morning, a few of us came out and finished the job (photo immediately above).   What was the secret ingredient?  Six bags of kitty litter!   (Thanks to Norm Young for the suggestion).   The panorama below was taken around 7AM.   By mid morning the infield was completely dry.   But we had no problem playing even the 8:30am game. imageimageimage
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Red has another exciting finish!

Posted by Tim DiMasi at Dec 11, 2015 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Down by 21 runs going into the lext to the last inning, it looked like the Diehards would do just that.   But they managed to get the maximum of five runs before a flip flop last inning.  The merciful Gray Ghosts also lived up to their name, seeming to disappear on defense as the Red boys scored 16 runs (13 with two outs!!) to take a two run lead.   The Ghosts came up and quickly tied the game and had runners on first and second and no outs.  It looked like Red's comeback would be for naught. The next hitter lined to left field.  Lyle Nielsen dropped the ball but nabbed Angel Garcia at 3rd base for the first out.  Then the next batter hit into a game ending double play.  Final score 35-35.
Three home runs by Randy Gage and Robert Brown powered the Diehards to their first win, dealing Purple Haze their first loss.  It was a close game from the start, with four lead changes and a final score of 21-18. Defensively, Red turned in three double plays, including a game ender.  Despite the loss, the Haze retain a one game lead over Black Blitz, the Green Huts, and the X-Men.
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The Squirrels have another thriller!

Posted by Tim DiMasi at Nov 27, 2015 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
One week after a heart breaking 36-35 loss, the Squirrels came up in the bottom of the last inning down 8 runs.  A bit better than last week when they trailed by 12.  But this time they would score 8 to tie the game before even the 2nd out was made.  A single to short right center offered the chance for a win, but Randy Gage's one hop throw nabbed Ed Jernigan by a step for out number two.  A fly out by the next hitter and it was time for a handshake and a kiss to your sister.  Final score 27-27.  After four games the Squirrels lead the league in runs scored with 102.  But they also lead the league in runs given up with 105.  The Red team got off the schneid with the tie.

Game highlight from Saturday November 21.

The Squirrels started off with a perfect 5 runs in each of their first four innings. Then the Blitz surged back to tie the game. In the open inning Blitz scored 12 to take a seemingly insurmountable lead. But the Squirrels did not give up and got the tying run base, scoring 11. Alas, they came up one short.