In the first game of a 2 game set, Mt Ridge beat the OC 6-2. The Mt. Lions got on top early with a 2 run 3rd inning, off 3 straight singles and some generous defense from the Eagles. The Mt. Lions got 2 more in the 5th. The Eagles would mount a rally in the 6th, getting 2 runs acrosss, but left the bases juiced to end the inning. Down 4-0 Kolt Kurzman got things going with a base hit up the middle, followed by a Zak Moody single. A balk would put runners at 2nd and 3rd, when Barrett Skaugrud would drive in a run with a single to left, then Landon Boyd would do the same to cut the lead in half. But the reliever came in and got the 2 big outs they needed to get out of the jam. The Eagles gave up 2 more in the bottom half to put the game out of reach.
Rivalry Game: It was a rivalry game right?? Man we have had players come through here, who would scratch, claw and bleed to win this game. This team played it very safe tonight. They need to be reminded that football teams can only win 2 games in a year, but if one of them is this game, the season was a success! This is the only game alumni will ask us about when we are out on the links during the offseason.
Turning points: We had a baserunning out in each of the first 4 innings… Hard to break a guy down if we are giving up outs without making him make pitches.
Back to work: We need to find some pride and come out with a little better fire Friday.
Best thing I saw today: Jose Garcia was out at the yard after a cardiac health scare a couple years back. Great to see him out there in good health and good spirits. He is one of the good reporters out there and does work for the AIA.