Opening Day was a fun day! The field was in horrible condition with all the rain the day before. We modified the rules to ensure player's safety. Anyways, here are the results from the day.
Game 1: Ryan Cook/Karen Cronin/John Cronin/Joe Hubly vs. Randy Cook/Amanda Cook/Joe Cronin/Howard Cronin
The first game of the season was one that featured a showdown between 2013 MVP John Cronin and 2013 Defensive POY Joe Cronin. Randy/Amanda/Joe/Howard got on the board in the second inning with 2 runs. In the top of the 5th, John Cronin took the mound and got himself in a jam with the bases loaded and Joe Cronin at the plate. With a 3-2 count , Joe crushed a grand slam to make the score 6-0. Down 6 in the bottom of the fifth, John took matters into his own hands leading off with a solo-HR and slamming a grand slam of his own off Joe Cronin, who came in relief. At the end of day, the 5-run rally wasn't enough and Randy/Amanda/Joe/Howard won 6-5. Amanda had an impressive day on the mound painting the corners and striking out Karen Cronin. Howard Cronin pitched wonderfully in his inning, striking out the side and getting 2 K's. Joe Cronin was inconsistent on the mound, but still managed 2 K's and hit a grand slam at the plate. John Cronin had a 5th inning outburst with 2 HR and pitched decent with 1 K. Karen Cronin got the start and threw 1 K.
Final Score: Ryan/Karen/John/Joe: 5 Randy/Amanda/Joe/Howard: 6
Game 2: Ryan Cook/Karen Cronin/Joe Hubly/Howard Cronin vs. Randy Cook/Amanda Cook/Joe Cronin/John Cronin
A game that was decided in the 2nd inning with back-to-back HR from John and Joe Cronin. The game wasn't the same after the outburst. Randy Cook found his pitching rhythm and had 3 K's. Joe Cronin found his power stroke and clubbed 3 HR. John Cronin had 1 HR also. Karen Cronin pitched great with 3 K's.
Final Score: Ryan/Karen/Joe/Howard: 4 Randy/Amanda/Joe/John: 6
Game 3: John Cronin/Howard Cronin vs. Joe Hubly/Joe Cronin
A game between the league's 4 strongest members. A classic battle that proved to be the game of the day. Joe Cronin struck first in the first with a solo HR. Joe and Joe added 2 more runs in the second. John and Howard had just 1 very strong inning in the 2nd putting up 5 runs. Both John and Howard hit HR in the inning. Joe and Joe played catch-up in the 4th, adding 2 more runs to tie the game. In extra-innings (6th) Howard Cronin came through and held Joe and Joe to no runs. John Cronin came up to the plate against Joe Hubly and hit a walk-off solo HR. John Cronin played marvelously and proved his MVP potential, coming through when it mattered most. He pitched dominantly, letting in only 1 run and striking the side each inning he pitched. He was clutch at the plate also. Howard Cronin pitched when it mattered most too, coming through in the 6th. He also added his first HR of the season. Joe Hubly struggled at the mound at times, but for the most part pitched well. He also hit his first HR of the season. Joe Cronin had a balanced day on the mound and at the plate. He hit 3 HR and threw 3 K's. He was a little wild when pitching, walking runners on base and then giving up HR, but he played as well as he could at the plate.
Final Score: John/Howard: 6 Joe/Joe: 5