Game #1

Date: December 1, 2005
Start: 6:30pm
End: 7:15pm
Where: Krieg Field #2
Opponents: City Slickers

We were the visiting team.

Outcome: WIN
Final score: 8-7

Note: This game was almost a forfeit. Mitch and Eric showed up exactly at game time, at which time both Susan and Valerie had not arrived. Fortunately the city league now allows 10 minutes past the beginning of the game time for enough players to arrive (although those 10 minutes are deducted from the length of the game). The City Slickers were also short-handed at game time. However, before the 10 minutes had elapsed, each team had the 9 players required to play. For the Weasels, Susan had arrived, while Valerie was still en route. Valerie arrived during the bottom of the first inning and took the field while that inning was in progress. Her spot in the batting order had not come up in the top of the first inning, so the only hurt to the Weasels was playing one fielder short for part of an inning. The City Slickers picked up a 10th player approximately halfway through the game, but not before they had played a few inning short a fielder, and had taken two automatic outs due to their missing player.

The game was close all the way through. Neither team was able to put together a big inning and get a significant lead. Going into the bottom of the 7th inning, time was almost up and the score was tied 6-6. Despite getting a runner in scoring position, the City Slickers were unable to score, and the game went into extra innings. In the top of the 8th inning, the Weasels scored two runs. The bottom of the 8th was not a cake walk. The City Slickers scored a run and had runners on first and third base (or possibly bases loaded -- I forget) with only one out. Next came an infield fly to Neil, getting the second out and allowing no runners to advance. The next batter hit a ground ball up the middle. Eric made a stab at it, but missed. Fortunately Susan was positioned perfectly behind him. She scooped up the ball and stepped on second base, to force the runner coming from first base. The game was over, with an 8-7 Weasel victory in the 8th inning. Thanks to Matt and Valerie for subbing.

Batting lineup:

1: Eric, P
2: Azzy, 1B
3: Matt, LF/RCF*
4: Maki, 3B
5: Neil, SS
6: Carrie, C/RF*
7: Phil, CF/LCF*
8: Susan, 2B
9: Mitch, RF/RCF/LF*
10: Valerie, RF/C*

* - Valerie did not arrive until partway through the bottom of the first inning. Until she arrived, Matt played LF, Phil played CF, Mitch played RF, and Carrie played C. When Valerie took the field partway through the bottom of the first, she went to RF, Mitch shifted from RF to RCF, and Phil shifted from CF to LCF. From the second inning onward, Mitch played LF, Phil played LCF, Matt played RCF, and Valerie and Carrie traded off between RF and C.


P - Pitcher
1B - First Base
2B - Second Base
3B - Third Base
SS - Shortstop
C - Catcher
LF - Left Field
LCF - Left Center Field
RCF - Right Center Field
RF - Right Field
DH - Designated Hitter

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