Judging by the last game against Hurricanes, we knew this one could be difficult and as always we were struggling for girls, however we managed to get a full team together of registered Rippers.
We love the Barflies. We played our first ever league game against them ever and we joined forces at firstball for the spoon final (the Ripflies?). We always enjoy playing the barflies, there is always lots of banter and the game is always close. This meeting was no different.
The barflies opened the innings with a solid 2 runs scored which the Rippers responded with Bruce and Jay getting things under the way and leading us into 2nd at 2-2.
The second innings was a great innings for us shutting out the barflies very quickly and then proceeding to take a mammoth 8 runs due to some nice base hitting and a few doubles. Three strikeouts took us into the fourth (including a husband and wife who both K’d and are competing against each other on the Rippers).
The third innings saw a home run from Dave Warren which managed to bring in 2 making it a total of 4 for the innings leaving the score at BRF 6 – 14 RIP.
With a comfortable lead, things could only get worse for the Rippers and although we shut out the barflies in the fourth, we also failed to score. But the barflies are steady drinkers, not the binge variety of the rippers and they kept their heads clear and managed to bring home 4 in the 5th which the Rippers had no response too. Things were now worryingly close and the Rippers comfortable lead was shortened to only 14-10 to us.
At the top of the sixth, barflies kept their heads again and brought in a steady four which lefts us tied on 4 and we could only reply with one run scored by Becky after a nice double by our sub – Duffy. It also didn’t help that in this innings, I forgot how to use my hands and as the pitcher, that’s no good at all.
With the score worrying close at the top of the 7th (15-14 to Rippers) we needed to shut them out as quickly as possible. Unfortunately with the pitcher having no control over his hands and most of the Rippers outfield more worried about what time last orders was, we didn’t quite manage it and instead let the barflies slip two past us.
So this was it. bottom of the 7th and one run to tie (or two to win RAARRR) and up first to bat was me, back at the top of the order. Luckily I managed to gain control of my limbs and hit a double which then allowed Janette to follow with a single but left me held up at 2B. With Eddy ‘coat hangar’ Woodcock hitting a nice line drive down the centre bringing me home and then Sophie ‘jaws’ Temple hitting a single, it put us one up and we took the game.
We really enjoyed this game, top work barflies!
MVPS go to Dave ‘PP’ Warren and Mandy ‘TT’ Ashton
Also An Apology.
Last week we insinuated that Martine could not count. We apologise for this and redact that statement. She can count really really well, its just that sometimes she gets her sixes and nines mixed up.
With a little bit of a shaky first innings, Urmston Rippers struggled with batting and hit some ground balls for a few easy outs and then a strike out with some nice pitching from Epol.
Falcons then scored three runs in quick succession before some solid Rippers fielding took three outs in quick succession.
It soon came back together though and with the Rippers behind 3-0 at the bottom of the first, we knew there was work to be done and the batting needed to get better. With a couple of walks handed to us in the second (good eyes Rippers), and runs from Ed, Dave, Jay, Duffy, Becky and Scott – we finished with 6 runs and again some solid fielding saw the Falcons fail to reply.
Unfortunately the line drives were just not happening for us in the third innings and a few ground balls to Lee (Falcons shortstop) and a popup from Dave Warren right to Epol (pitcher) saw us score nothing in the third.
Again a solid display of fielding quickly managed to take three outs from the falcons but not before they scored a home run (thankfully no-one was on base at the time so not much damage was done).
So going into the fourth innings Rippers were ahead 6-4 but with it being closer than we would have liked, we needed to up our game (or someone was getting fired in the morning). With quite a few balls again, we managed to take three more runs to no reply from the Falcons and then in the fifth, we extended it again to another 7 with no reply from the falcons meaning after 5 lengthy innings, the score was 16-4 to the Rippers.
We started the sixth innings and immediately scored two from the first two batters up and with the Falcons needing 15 to win, the blue decided the light was going and called the game.
It was a great game to win as apart from us, the Falcons are the newest team in the league and obviously there will always be a rivalry there (albeit a friendly one as I used to play with Lee for the Bears).
Great game, enjoyed by all.
MVPs go to Becky Baird and Scott Barton