It feels a little like Groundhog’s Day, the movie. I keep thinking, OK, THIS is the week that it warms up and stays that way. Not so much it seems, but we’ve got another chance tomorrow and Thursday. Lets hope Bill Murray stays at home.
Speaking of home, we only crossed it once on Tuesday May 2 as the Regents came up against a rising Beloit Purple Nights squad as they hosted at Mansfield Stadium. The end result was a 7-1 defeat for the Maize and Blue. The game time temperature was a brrrrrreezy 46. The sun made an appearance about 30 minutes after the start, warming things up to at least 48. But I digress.
Here’s how it went down:
Beloit got two in the top of the first, when left fielder Matt Elliot started off with a single off Charlie Met, our starter. He was sacrificed to second base by Miggy Betancourt, their third baseman. Starting pitcher Drew Freitag walked and went to second when right fielder Trent Porter singled. DH Avery Lewis singled too, scoring Freitag. That was all they would get.
In the bottom of the first, we got one back with a single by leadoff man Austin Cotharn, occupying RF today for the Regents. After a K by Charlie, catcher Drake Baldwin grounded out 4-3 as Austin dashed to second. Left Fielder Donovan O’Flahrity then singled to center field to knock in Cotharn. Otto Treichel played third today and singled to left center over a leaping Beloit shortstop, Corbin Ovist. First baseman Owen Christenson popped foul to his counterpart Austin Jensen to end the inning.
That was our only run. So my work here is done. Peace out y’all………..
But wait, there’s more. We saw some interesting things that are not often seen, which pointed out the nuances of the great game of baseball. None of these things went in our favor however, which made them a lot less enjoyable. For example Jens Shager played the part of a runner struck by a batted ball off the bat of Austin Cotharn, despite doing his best to pull some Matrix-like moves like Keanu Reeves. We had an interference in the infield that did not involve one of their runners. We saw a bomb bounce off of Mineral Point road, but it was foul. We saw Beloit’s left fielder throw his hand up as the ball just happened to land in his glove after a rip by Owen Christenson. We got absolutely no breaks, and the ball was definitely bouncing in their favor.
However, we also did not do ourselves any favors, with a number of snafus, gaffes, and faux pas that were followed up by a few bungles and flubs. But you know, those are going to happen. The hope is that they don’t all happen in the same game or same inning. That is when they really dig at your innards. That’s a medical term. You can look it up.
Beloit got one more in the second, and the fourth, and two more in the 6th. They rounded things out with another in the 7th, but Austin Cotharn caught a fly and made a strong throw to Drake Baldwin to retire their would-be 8th run to take us to the 7th.
Treichel, and centerfielder Eli Sorensen added hits in the 4th, and O’Flahrity added another single in the 6th.
Relief pitcher Colin Pulkrabek put on a nearly one man show in the 5th, retiring the Purple Knights in order with two ground balls back to him that he fielded with cat-like quickness and superhuman speed to first for the first two outs, then struck out the last batter.
David Grunder game in to relieve Colin in the top of the 7th.
In all, we’ve had better games. Redemption awaits on Wednesday evening at 5:30 vs Monona Grove in the rescheduled game from last Friday’s Soggy Senior Night. This night we will save all of the pomp and circumstance for the players in the field. Let’s come back with a little chip on our collective shoulders. Be there or be square.