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.
Rippers started the game against Drizzle with some trepidation knowing that they had tied with Tigers previously.
Batting first, it was a great start in the first innings scoring a quick 5 runs in succession before being called for an infield fly out. Drizzle replied with 2 of their own in the first innings leaving the score 5-2 at the top of the second.
3 very quick catches from Drizzle saw us go out quickly in the second innings but the Rippers still managed to bring 3 home with a home run from Ed Woodcock and this went unchallenged from Drizzle.
In the third – Bruce scored a triple (reminder: STOP watching the ball and listen to the base coaches) but should have been a homer. A few more good swings from the other batters and we finished the third innings 12-2.
Some nice hitting (and a few walks) in the fourth saw us take another 5 runs and Drizzle managed to score another 2 with the score becoming a mighty 17-4 for the Rippers.
With another 6 scored in the fifth, the Rippers pretty much had it in the bag and a few strikeouts and an easy catch for the pitcher saw this go unanswered from Drizzle. The blue then called in the mercy rule leaving the game finished at 23-4 to the Rippers.
Was a tremendous victory and left all Rippers very proud. Great work people – we are top of the league!
MVPS go to Ed and Izzy