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Week 2: Plugs and 'Topes Unbeaten, Grays and Wonders Rained Out

Dave Warner delivers a pitch against the Goats at School Street Park





The Wonders and Grays were rained out Wednesday night at Mitchell Field. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Plug Uglies 4

Phillies 1

WP: Jeff Whitehead

LP: Ken Sloat

No No-No for Whitehead

The Phillies and the Plug Uglies met up on Thursday night at Mitchell Field for yet another grudge match between the two teams. Both managers agreed it was a classic Phils/Uglies match up: close, dramatic and down to the wire.

In the top of the first Jeff Whitehead took the mound for the Uglies. After Kenny Sloat reached base on a walk and Jon "JR" Ross on an error, the Phils went down quietly. With Sloat pitching for the Phillies in the bottom frame it was a similar story, with a quick 1-2-3 inning. 0-0 after one.

The Uglies scored first in the bottom of the 2nd when both Rob "Ecc" Ecceleston and Matt Boulanger singled. Then Morriss "Mo" Partee smashed a towering double that brought both runs home, making it 2-0 Uglies.

The Plugs tacked on another run in the 6th with an RBI single from Nolan Anaya. The Phils brought in Colin Hosley to pitch in the 7th, and a Partee single drove in Jeff Cabana to make it 4-0. Big Mo was the main catalyst at the plate for the Uglies, finishing the night 3-3 with 3 RBIs.

But the big story of the game was not so obvious: Whitehead's performance on the mound. He was cruising, pitching a great game. He sat down the Phillies 1-2-3 in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th innings and looked sharp. Shockingly Whitehead (and most of his teammates) entered the bottom of the 7th clueless as to what was actually happening: he was pitching a no hitter. A couple of Uglies knew it and were were keeping their mouths shut, hoping not to jinx the no-no.

Unaware of the historic milestone and just three outs away, Whitehead immediately gave up an opposite field double to right handed batter Jon "JW" Wills to break up the no hitter and get the Phillies back in the game. Jim Fogarty singled and suddenly there were runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. After a 2-3 ground out Jack Eisenstadt stepped in and battled with Whitehead, fouling off pitch after pitch, until finally striking out. With the Uglies one out away from a win, Craig Allaban reached on an E-1 and JW scored to make it 4-1. Steve Malachite came to the plate representing the tying run with runners on first and second. Whitehead persevered, ending the at bat with a nasty breaking pitch for a third strike looking.

Final score: Plug Uglies 4, Phillies 1.

Whitehead's final line: 7 IP, CG, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 ER.

Game photos courtesy of Jeff Whitehead

Fainting Goats 3

Isotopes 6

WP: Dave Warner

LP: Tom Salvini

In a thrilling matchup at School Street Park, the Isotopes clashed with the Fainting Goats on Thursday. Dave Warner took the mound for the Isotopes, while Eddie Esposito held it down for the Goats.

The Goats drew first blood, notching a run on three hits in the second inning to take an early 1-0 lead. But the Isotopes quickly turned the tables in the bottom of the inning, capitalizing on a leadoff walk and a trio of singles to surge ahead 2-1.

The score held tight until the 4th inning when both teams traded runs, keeping the game close at 3-2. However, the Isotopes unleashed an offensive onslaught in the fifth, rattling off six consecutive singles to extend their lead to 6-2.

The Goats mounted a comeback attempt with a lone run in the sixth, narrowing the margin to 6-3, but the Isotopes' lead proved insurmountable. When the dust settled, the final score stood at Isotopes 6, Fainting Goats 3.

Dave Warner went the distance for the Isotopes with a stellar six-inning performance. On the offensive side, Warner and Ken Rainville led the charge with two hits each, powering the Isotopes' victory.

Despite the loss, the Fainting Goats battled; Jeff Burniske leading their offensive charge with three hits, and Paul Iellamo and Jerold Duquette contributing two hits apiece.

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

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