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Peter, Nathan, and Dow bested Alex, Scott and Angus, 5-4, in a game that went down to the last pitch.

This one looked like it would be over early. Nathan got it started in the top of the first with a couple walks followed by a double to center to make it 1-0. He then walked the bases loaded and promptly jacked one to deep right for the granny. His team was ahead 5-0 and it looked like they were cruising.

      1  2  3     R
PND   5  0  0     5
ASA   0  4  0     4

In the top of the second it looked like the damage would continue as Angus bobbled a dribbler in center that would have been a quick out. Dow took advantage to load the bases but Scott was able to get out of the inning unscathed. Momentum shifting.

In the bottom of the inning Angus ripped Nathan's first pitch for a triple and the rally was on. He followed with a stream of singles and walks until the score was 5-2, and he was finally set down on a ground ball. Nathan had a 10 ft chance at a double play but the throw blew up in his hands. Remember, you can't assume the double play, so no error. Alex took advantage of the miscue and made the score 5-4 with some hard fought at-bats.

The momentum was fully in the home team's favor going into the top of the third as Angus got Nathan on two pitches and then struck out Dow with Old Number 7 after giving up a walk.

Scott got it started in the bottom of the third, working the bases loaded with singles. Dow is widely regarded as one of the best closers in the league, but Scott was locked in. After Scott popped out to center, the tying run was on third, the winning run was on second, and it was up to Angus.

The closer got the job done. Angus went down meekly after chasing two high heaters and then watching as strike three came straight down the pipe. Final, 5-4.

Created by adm
Last modified 2006-09-07 05:35 PM
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