We made up one of our ball games from a few weeks ago, it was rained out back on September 5. Last night was a good night for ball, mild, temps in the upper teens. The sun at Glenmore Park in the evening is brutal for the first basemen and right fielder. Luckily, in the first 10-15 minutes of the game, the sun dips down below the trees and they can see.
We started out well, scored 2 runs in the top of the first. My pitcher took the mound – he’s a side arm thrower, pretty good control and a different look for batters facing him as well. He threw well, put the ball into play, but, the guys behind him couldn’t seem to make a play if their lives depended on it.
Fifty pitches and ten runs later, the inning was over and we were down 10-2. Not a great start, after all.
He came out of the game, his choice, I was going to give him another inning and a young pitcher went in, it was my first look at him. He threw the next 5 2/3 innings and threw well. The defence behind him improved greatly as well. We were almost done in the top of the 5th inning, down by 10 runs but were able to score a run to go into the bottom of the 5th. The game ended in the 7th, as it should with us losing 17-10, but really, it was much closer than that.
I am happy with the progress of this team for sure and am liking what I am seeing from some of the new players to Babe Ruth. If they come out next winter, I can see potentially drafting some of them.
I am really enjoying coaching Fall Ball. I am having more fun than I have in recent years. The guys are relaxed, they are having fun as well. It is an easy going evening coaching this team, which is good for everyone I am sure.
We have another month or so in the season, hoping for some continued good weather. We have a practice tonight and three weekend games – two on Saturday and a late game on Sunday. Wish us some luck.