Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Short Hop: 9/12/13

After two days of individual skill work at practice, the Pumas were ready to scrimmage. This would be the first intersquad since the scrimmage against Kankakee Community College last Saturday where the Pumas scored 18 runs on the day. The teams were shaken up a bit but the offense was just as good.

The Score: Black 5, Red 4. Lineups

Offense: Each team put together a big inning, scoring four runs a piece in the early going. Andrew Pluckebaum capped the Red team scoring in the 2nd with a 3-run home run to right. The Black team got the scoring going after Angelo Burrage recorded his first hit in almost a year since returning from injury, driving in a run in the 4-run 3rd. Nic Sampognaro would tie the game later in the inning with a double to right-center, then broke the tie an inning later with an RBI-single to left. Overall, the hitters were "tough outs" all game long.

Defense: The defense was solid overall with a nice double play turned by second baseman Matt Skrzypiec and shortstop Josh Keim. Pitchers showed they could be athletes every once in a while when Brett Maus made a great play, spinning to field a bunt on 3rd base line, to get Nic Sampognaro by a step at 1st. But the biggest defensive play came when Josh Foster started a relay to nail the tying run at the play. The best play may have been the last play of the game when Riley Benner made an over-the-shoulder catch after deflecting a pop-up with his glove before securing it bare-handed.

Overall: Another all around good effort by all parties involved.  The drill work before the scrimmage may have been the best team drills of the fall as far as energy, adjustments and execution are concerned.

Quote of the Day: "That was some Starlin Castro stuff right there." Junior/third baseamn Chris Hauser on Riley Benner's circus catch.

Up Next: Puma Baseball will intersquad once again today at 4:15pm at Gil Hodges Field.

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