Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bullets' Late Rally Torches Vanity Fair

It's been a hot week, and Tuesday's game against Vanity Fair was a scorcher. The DC Bullets charged ahead early, wore down in the middle as VF rallied back to tie the game, and then put the game away with a late run. The game's 13-6 finale score doesn't do credit to the closeness of the game.

The Bullets jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead over the first three innings before VF answered with six runs of their own. In the first, Neil Hiremath sprinted around first and into second on a hit into shallow centerfield, took third on Mike Lorah's fly out to deep center, and crossed the plate on Travis Hastback's sacrifice fly to left field.

Brian Walters and Pat Brosseau both singled to start the second. After Christine Napolitano's fielder's choice erased Brian, LP Vollano and Sal Cipriano lined base hits into center- and leftfields respectively, scoring Pat and CNap for a 3-0 lead.

The Bullets doubled their run total in the third: After Blake Kobashigawa grounded to third in his first-ever Bullet at-bat (welcome aboard, Blake!), Neil collected his second hit. Mike followed with a single to left, and Neil went first-to-third, setting him up to score on Travis's RBI groundout. John ripped a single down the leftfield line to chase Mike home, and then back-to-back two-out hits by Brian and Pat scored John.

Vanity Fair, however, was beginning to figure out Mike Lorah, making his first pitching appearance of the year. Or perhaps Mike was just getting royally frustrated from the combination of heat and patient VF hitters. He's usually such a patient guy, too! Either way ... Vanity Fair equaled DC's three-spot in the bottom of the third, and when DC managed only Sal's one-out single in the fourth and no offense in the fifth, VF squeaked out another three runs to knot the score, 6 apiece.

DC took back the lead for good in the sixth. With John Choi at second following a double and two outs, Pat Brosseau came through with a Pat Special - a liner past VF's rightfielder for a two-run go-ahead homer!

A scoreless bottom six allowed DC to put some icing on the cake in the seventh. LP and Sal singled, Joel Press flew out and Allison Dugas grounded into a fielder's choice. Then, with two away, Blake, Neil, Mike Travis and John singled in sequence to score five runs.

With daylight waning but the heat not, Mike set Vanity Fair down in order, getting a routine grounder to shortstop and back-to-back flyouts to Neil to wrap up the game.

Thanks for the game, Vanity Fair. Let's do it on a cooler day next year though!

11-6 (3-1 NYMSL), the Bullets face Forbes tonight on North Meadow #2 in New York Media Softball League action.

Bullet Box:
OF Neil Hiremath - 3-4, 3 R, RBI, double
P Mike Lorah - 2-4, 2 R, RBI
LF Travis Hastback - 1-3, 2 R, 4 RBI, sac fly
UT John Choi - 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double
3B Brian Walters - 2-4
OF Pat Brosseau - 3-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, double, home run
2B/RF Christine Napolitano - 0-3, R
DH LP Vollano - 2-3, RBI
1B Sal Cipriano - 3-3, R, RBI
SS Joel Press - 0-3
C Allison Dugas - 0-3, R
OF Blake Kobashigawa - 1-3, R

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