Monday, September 30, 2013

Red Dawn

This version of The Short Hop is all about the annual "Get Acquainted Day" at Gil Hodges Field. The day featured a pair of 7-inning contests which sandwiched a cookout lunch for players, coaches, friends, and family.

The Score:
Game 1: Red 8, Black 1. Lineups
Game 2: Red 9, Black 3. Lineups

Offense: The bats came out on Saturday but the Red team did most of the hitting. But overall, the hitters did a good job squaring up balls. In game one, Joe Sturino led the way with a double, a sacrifice fly, and a run scored. There were also RBI's by Andrew Pluckbaum, Josh Handzik, Michael Madden, and Kevin Sloat. Angelo Burrage paced the Black team with a pair of singles and a run batted in.  In game two, Burrage would display some power with a home run into the wind to right in a losing effort. The Red team legged out three triples in the game thanks to Chris Hauser, Charlie Dennehey, and Ryan Keck. Cam Chestnut added an RBI-single and three stolen bases. Garrett O'Neill went deep as well, sparking a 5-run 4th inning for the Red team.

Defense: Staying in game two, Brett Maus and Brad Reedy each struck out four a piece in two innings of work for the Red team but Bobby Kametas matched them both in just a single inning of work. After a ball got away on strike three, Kametas promptly struck out the next hitter for his fourth "K" of the inning. The pitching was pretty good for giving up 21 runs in 14 innings of work, only allowing three runs or more in an inning twice. The glove work wasn't anything spectacular but was able to turn two double plays.

Overall: When one team plays each other in an intersquad game, there will usually be one side that seems to play poorly. But despite the domination by the Red team on the day, there was a lot of well-played baseball from both dugouts. There was a lot of energy, and at times, resembled the atmosphere of a spring game. It was a fun day to be in the program.

Quote of the Day: "Thank you!" The Saint Joe coaching staff to everyone who attended Get Acquainted Day.

Ricky's Recaps: A new segment on The Coach's Cave YouTube channel features postgame interviews with Ricky O'Dette, Saint Joe bat boy, and son of Head Coach Rick O'Dette.

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Up Next: The 2013 Puma World Series will run from Tuesday-Thursday of this week with all games starting at 3:45pm. The fall season will end on Sunday when Puma Baseball travels to the campus of 2013 CWS participant Indiana University for a 9-inning contest starting at 3pm CST.

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