Friday, July 06, 2007

'Rakers roar, deflate Air Pro

CONCORD -- What happens when every Muckraker who takes the field has a good game? Well, perhaps the best-played game in Muckraker history, that’s all.

With a multitude of Muckrakers making strong contributions at the plate and in the field, the CCTers overwhelmed their nemesis, Air Pro, 24-17 on Field 4 to even their record at 5-5 and once again hurl themselves into the throes of the playoff race.

Pretty much name any ‘Raker and you’ll have someone who was instrumentel in the victory. And it took a team effort given the playing conditions: the ballgame started at 6:15 during a week when temperatures routinely hit three figures.

But the Muck-N-Grinders answered the call, and then some. For instance, there was Mat Peterson, who hit two homers and a two-run single in his first three at-bats for nine RBI in the game’s first three innings.

There was Mike Gale, who had clutch hits in his early at-bats, and tracked down everything in left field. And there was Randy Striegel, going 4-for-4, playing stellar shortstop and driving Air Pro crazy with his aggressive baserunning. And there was Mike Yurkus, Dave Alcorn, Dre Thurston, Dwayne (Beer MVP) Giron, Mike Rieger, Dave “Honorary Australian” Carpenter and manager Chris Wagnon. All came on strong, as nine Muckrakers had multi-hit games and every ‘Raker had at least one hit.

The Muckrakers showed that this would be a special game by scoring five runs in the first frame. Even more remarkable, the Mucksters made two outs in the second -- then went on to score seven runs.

And yet even more remarkably, the Boys of Muck piled up 10 more runs in the third, sending 16 to the plate.
Thanks to their lively bats and alert defense, the Muckrakers could be peaking at just the right time. They go up against powerful Young Guns Reloaded next Thursday at 6:00, then complete the regular season at 9:30 vs. the Benchwarmers on July 19.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It would have been a different story if I'd have been pitching, here comes my best pitch. Those high school bats can't hit me. But I'm stuck doing time. That's how we do it in the D.O.C. B League.