July 15, 2009
Team Around the Horn….2..2..0..0..0..0..1..0..1…..6…14…4
When Phundamentally Sound starter Jonny Szczesniak gave up 4 unanswered runs in the first 2 innings, it seemed like Team Around the Horn was going to be in control for the long haul. The most beautiful yet dangerous elemental truth of baseball shined through: it is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
P. Sound overcame 2 Horner double plays in the third and fourth inning to mount an improbable comeback on some late offense. In the third inning Kurt Hunte’s looper to left was robbed by shortstop Scott Solomon, who fell on to his back on the play. Pete Pendleton tagged from third after his single only to be gunned at the plate by the versitile newcomer. In the 4th, Team Around the Horn also turned the traditional 6-4-3 double play to put the kibosh down on a swelling rally.
Szczesniak gave way to long man Mark Stehle during a 4-4 tie after six strong innings where he stuck out six and walked four. Stehle gave up one earned run over three innings to earn the win. Justin Stuhltrager went 8 1/3 for Team Around the Horn, his cruise control fell off during the 8th and 9th when the P. Sound were able to string their hits together and the fatigued defense began to let up. Did player/coach Stuhltrager leave himself in too long? History will be the judge.
Dave Smith contributed two hits and reached base four times (not including a disputed called 3rd strike in the bottom of the 6th with two on) in the losing effort. Pitchers Justin Stuhltrager(3K, 5BB) and Scott Solomon (got the last 2 outs in the 9th) looked pretty sharp for the most part.
There ended up being some offensive standouts for the winning P. Sound: Mark Stehle (3hits, 2RBI, 2runs), Joshua Grace (3 doubles, 2RBI, 3runs), and newcomer Randy Ribay (3hits, 2 runs) all were raking. Ribay’s season as player coach of the Circle of Hope softball team in Camden, NJ recently ended freeing him up to tear it up in center field and at the plate.
There were a lot of people who wanted to play and couldn’t get in this time. Interest is at an all-time high, our league organizers are trying to find ways to maintain a high level of play with the people who have been playing together for three years while maintaining open spots for other friends and hopefuls. Thanks for all the good attitudes and patience as we figure it out.
If you are dying to play baseball and haven’t been able to play on Wed for whatever reason, you can contact Kurt Hunte about a Saturday game…occaisonally Andrew Jones will organize a Sunday afternoon ball game as well.
Notes: Phundamentally Sound leadoff man, short stop, pitcher, and deejay Michael Fichman left the game in the 9th with an injured thumb. Hopefully he is straightened out by next week…Derek Schauer is scheduled to start on the mound next week for TAtH…Jesse Engaard is rumored to be extending his Maine Oddyssey for another month…Kenny Steif & Dann Pudish should be returning to duty on 7/22…