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Week 9: A Couple of Close Ones & A Blowout

Paul Kaplan hammers a pitch Thursday night at Mitchell Field

Fainting Goats 0

Plug Uglies 2

WP: Jeff Whitehead

LP: Eddie Esposito

The Plug Uglies took control early, scoring a run in the first inning off Goats' starter Eddie Esposito. This early offensive spark turned out to be all they needed thanks to a stellar performance on the mound by Jeff Whitehead. Whitehead was in top form, scattering three hits and eight walks while keeping the Goats off the scoreboard, en route to the complete game shutout.

The Plugs added an insurance run later in the game, providing a cushion to their lead. Despite the Goats' attempts to rally, they couldn't capitalize on the few opportunities they had. In the end, the Uglies emerged victorious with a 2-0 win, clinging to first place in the standings.

Game photos by Patrick Johnson

Phillies 5

Wonders 1

WP: Colin Hosley

SP: Rick Stacy

In a closely contested matchup, the Wonders' skeleton crew kept the game tight through the first five innings, but the Phillies managed to pull ahead with two decisive runs in the top of the sixth inning. Wonders' starter Rick Stacy delivered an impressive performance despite receiving minimal offensive and defensive support from his team. On the Phillies' side, Colin Hosley pitched a complete game masterpiece, bolstered by outstanding defensive plays from shortstop Andy Klepacki. Klepacki's stellar defense robbed the Wonders' hitters of at least three potential base hits, sealing the Phillies' victory.

The Wonders thank Plug Ugly, Mike Olkin for donating his time to play centerfield and giving The Wonders a 9th player in order to field a team.

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

Dorian Grays 10

Isotopes 3

WP: Tim Sigda

LP: Dave Warner

The Grays asserted their dominance from the outset, with a fast start that saw them score two runs in the first inning, setting the tone for the game. They continued their momentum into the second inning, adding another run to take an early 3-0 lead.

The game’s turning point came in the fourth inning when the Grays' offense erupted. They sent nine men to the plate in an inning marked by a combination of timely hitting and defensive lapses by the Isotopes. The Grays managed to score four runs on just two hits, aided significantly by two costly errors committed by the Isotopes. These miscues opened the floodgates, allowing the Grays to extend their lead to 7-0 and effectively put the game out of reach.

Despite being stymied for the first half of the game, the Isotopes showed some signs of life in the fifth inning. They finally managed to get to Grays' starter Tim Sigda, scoring a solo run to break the shutout. This was followed by a brief rally in the sixth inning against Grays' reliever Rick Fleurent, where they added two more runs. However, by this point, the damage had already been done, and the Isotopes were facing a steep uphill battle.

The Grays' early lead and explosive fourth inning defined the game. The Isotopes' late attempts to rally were too little, too late, as the Grays cruised to a commanding 10-3 win.

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