Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Stop the presses -- Muckrakers win their first, beat Dianda Plaza

CONCORD --- You didn't seriously believe the Muckrakers would go the entire 2014 Summer League and not win a single game, did you? Oh. I see. Well, then.

The doubters, then, can just go and do something horribly forceful to themselves, because the 'Rakers did indeed capture their first contest of the '14, a 20-11 thrashing of old friends and fellow asphalt dominators Dianda Plaza 20-11 on Thursday on Field 1.

For such a momentous occasion, this one was fairly drama-free, although shaky starting pitcher Dave Taxier did his best to keep it from being a 'Raker rout as he battled a case of mid-game wildness. But the Men of Muck more than compensated with multiple-run outbursts in three of the five innings played.

Manager Matt Knauff helped erase that big, ol' goose egg in the 'W' column with an ultra-clutch six-RBI game off his three hits. Leadoff man John Kavenaugh also excelled in driving in three runs, and Matt Andeson and Matt McCall also plated a pair of runs apiece as the top of the batting order inflicted its special brand of pain to the Dianda defense.

Emphasizing that this was a team effort all the way, No. 10 hitter Paul Knauff was a big contributor in his 'Rakers season debut with a stat line that included two hits, three RBIs and four runs scored.

The Muckrakers came back with just the right response following a forfeit. This team isn't going away. We come to play.

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