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Game 4: Watch for Walks
HardBallers look to continue their winning ways against PMA
May 12, 2007

Score Box
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H BB
Prof Mortgage Assoc
3 1 2 0 6 6 1   19 X 7
The HardBallers
0 1 0 1 4 6 1   13 18 1

Mike gets up after getting erased trying to stretch a single into a double.  (Wolan)
Game Summary

After a commanding victory against BILFS, the HardBallers look to build momentum in game 4 as they square off against the Prof Mortgage Assoc.

Taking the mound for the HBs was A-WOL. Though A-WOL was dominant against BILFS, he clearly struggled in today’s match-up. At times, he seemed to struggle locating the strike zone. Many of PMA’s batters took advantage of A-WOL’s pitching problems by either working the pitch-count or resting the bat on their shoulder and drawing numerous walks.

Using this strategy, PMA threatened to break the game wide open in the first 3 innings of play. However, the HardBallers defense made the sure outs and kept extra base hits to a minimum, limiting the damage that PMA could delivery.

“Thank goodness the fielding unit was having a good day,” said A-WOL. “Whenever I managed to get a batter to hit into something playable, 4 out of 5 times the team made the play. That kept us in the game.”

The HardBallers offense struggled early on, but it was not without its moments. The HBs first got on the board in the second thanks to an RBI single by Mike. While trying to stretch it into a double, he was tagged out at second by a few steps.

A-WOL had another incident on the mound, this time occurring in the fourth. With two outs, A-WOL takes a line drive off his right shin. Luckily, he was wearing shin-guards and thus was able to field the ball and make the out at first. Pierre was amazed with A-WOL’s string of on-field incidences proclaiming “did you get hit again?”

In the fifth, PMA finally broke the game wide open, scoring 6 runs. Believe it or not, they did this with-out drawing single a walk in the inning. The HardBallers responding by hammering in 4 runs of their own to make it 12-6. Corbett led the charge with a 2 RBI infield double.

Jonathan speeds across homeplate into a blur on an Adam RBI single.  (Wolan)
The sixth inning was more of the same, except PMA drew walks to assist in their rally of 6 runs. The HardBallers kept pace and scored six runs of their own. Jonathan got the charge going with a 2 RBI single.

What was a low-scoring game was quickly becoming a high scoring affair, as PMA lead 18-12 after 6 innings.

In the top of the seventh, Coach Corbett felt a change in the game’s rhythm was needed and made a pitching change. She personally relieved A-WOL and made her season debut. The strategy must have worked, for she was able to get a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning and limited PMA to just a run.

Unfortunately, the HardBallers were not able to capitalize, and were only able to match PMA’s run production in the seventh to end the game 19-13.

Post-Game reaction

After the game, A-WOL made some comments about the umpire’s calls behind the plate. He didn’t hold-back any punches. You can read his comments in this game's commentary.


  • Mike: 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
  • Ian: 3 for 3 (2B) with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
  • Nicole: 1 for 3 (2B) with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

  • Web gem: John fields ground ball that passes under Justin and get sths runner out at first. (2nd).
  • Web gem: PMA double play in the 6th. First doubler play made against the HardBallers all season.
  • Web gem: 1-4-3 double play (Nicole, John, Austin) to end the 7th. First double play of the season for the team.

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    Corbett's Post Game Analysis | Commentary

    Andy Wolan is a reporter and photographer for BWCS. This story was not subject to the approval of the league or its clubs.