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    18th Annual Phyllis Unell Scholarship Application

    The Batcave Chronicles: Part 6

    By Danny Buhrow 04/12/2021, 9:15am CDT

    Game 1: Miller’s Mariners at Buhrow’s Bats

     

    The Batmen took their battle for justice to the seas against the Mariners...or the Milleners if you prefer. The kicked off the fight with solid blows from Pete “shorter shorts than the I Heart Joshy Ballgame fiasco” Salazar, Ryan Driggers and Jon Simonson to put the Mariners up 7-0. The Batmen still had a few tricks up their Bat gloves, kicking off the bottom of the 1st with back to back triples from Dylan Buhrow and Dalton Fallaw. Ariel Rodriguez, Doug Kramer, Steve Enda, Jim Finley, and Daniel Buhrow would string together a cornucopia of base hits to get the Bats score close again at 5-7. Next two innings would be quiet, then the 4th inning thunder came. Daniel Buhrow and Omar Gonzalez would start with a couple of singles, Dylan Buhrow would bring Daniel in with a screaming double, followed by a ribbie from Dalton and a 3RBI homer from Ariel. The Bats didn’t let up, with David Buhrow getting on, Doug bringing him in with a double, Steve bringing Doug in with his SECOND triple of the game, Daniel would get on again in the same inning and the hits would finally stop with Jim “the gazelle” Finley losing the home plate run to two perfectly thrown balls from the outfield and John Miller. Dalton Fallaw would make the final blow in the 5th with a solo homer, giving the Bats a 14-9 victory! 

    Final Score: Bats 14 - Mariners 9 

    Game 2: Buhrow’s Bats at Muck’s Rubberducks

     

    Game 2 was a different story as the Bats took the lead early and never let it go. The Bats looked very comfortable at the plate with production coming from everyone. Dalton Fallaw hits a grand salami in the top of the 2nd to put the Bats up 7. 4 of the Bats took walks to get on, including a clutch bases loaded walk from Steve Enda in the 4th inning. This rubber ducky bath time went into extra time, but these Batmen did not get pruny fingers and held off the final attempt from the Rubberducks for another victory and a sweep on the day. These Bats are smelling clean and fresh and ready for next weekend! 

    Final Score: Bats 14 - Rubberducks 7

    The Royal Fortune,

    April 11th, 2021

    After generous Cap’n gave his crew a one-week paid vacation to visit their respective families (is rumored that each filibuster received 2 golden coins and a brand new eye-patch) the crew reported to work with an empty stomach, so Cap’n proposed to dine a delicious meal combination of Tacos and Pork that proven to be a lethal mix, sinking further the Royal Fortune to a 6-week losing streak

    First and considering filibusters were near the Cancun shores where Royal Fortune was being repaired (again!), Cap’n decided to steal the famous Mexican dish at the most renowned restaurant of the city, “Cuddlecitos Bar” which earned its worldwide recognition thanks to food industry guru Craig “El Jefe” Dyer, but Cap’n and his crew never imagined the spiciness of the food they were about to eat.

    It all started quiet, as Tacos were taken by surprise from the filibuster attack in 1st, led by a 1-rbi double from “First Mate” Baho giving the crew an early 1-0 lead.

    A lead that stayed until the 3rd, where the “quieted” Tacos were no longer in “silencio” as they stroke back the crew 4 spicy jalapenos (jargon for runs in the Cancunian slang) that were answered back by the filibusters with 2 more bullets thanks to a joint effort between Filibuster of the Week “The Doctor” London, “Sub Gunner” Mabry and “Sub Sail Master” Mendoza. An attack that continued with another bullet launched in the 4th thanks to “First Mate” Baho which tied the affairs after 4 innings.

    But then, the “Cuddlecitos Bar” issued a warning to his staff to destroy any filibusters that surrounded the restaurant shores, and the employees responded to the order with 3 more spicy jalapenos launched to the crew in the 5th to take a 3-run lead. A lead that was shortened in the same inning by the courageous crew thanks to “Sub Gunner Mabry” rbi single putting the game with striking distance, by just 2 runs

    Another silent inning by the spicy Tacos set the stage for a dramatic ending with the Marauders crew top of the order heading to attack the bar and only down by 2 runs. The lead got immediately cut in half by a solo shot from “Quartermaster Lawrence” but then the crew felt just short by loading the bases and with 2-outs a pop-up to the SS ended the game with a 6-7 loss, and the crew couldn’t grasp their well-deserved first victory of the season

    After such outstanding effort and with a hungry crew, Cap’n decided to navigate a little farther to the east towards Havana’s shores, which are famous for their delicious Cuban Sandwich (made from pork). And if you are in seek of good food, there is no better way to do it than going after the most famous sports bar owner of the city, Mr. Alford.

    But when you are trying to steal bacon from Mr. Alford you better be prepared, and the crew simply wasn’t ready after such spicy feast from earlier, and the Pigs capitalize this with a 9-bacon attack in the first and 3 more bacon in the 2nd that let the crew demoralized knowing they were heading for its 12 loss of the season.

    So Cap’n had no option but to start wearing his hat in the field to show some respect to the powerful Piggies. And boy oh boy the crew showed some character, scoring a total of 14 runs in the next 2 innings, thanks to a join crew effort from “Sub Gunner” Mabry, POW “The Doctor” London, “Sub Sail Master” Mendoza, and “Quartermaster” Lawrence rbi-extra-bases (these last 2 dropped massive bullet bombs). After this, the crew took their first (and only) lead of the game,14-12, which left astonished spectators and Pigs alike.

    But as I said before, stealing bacon from Mr. Alford is not an easy task, and after this attack, he ambushed the crew with a massive 16-bacon run storm to take a lead again, a lead that they will never lose again in the affair. The courageous crew partially answered back with 3 more bullets in the 5th (and last inning) thanks to 3-run inside the park bomb from “Boatswain” Trotter, which happens to be his first career HR in TSSL (Congrats Zack!), but the crew came short losing 28-17

     Next week, and after such a bad food experience, the Cap’n has commanded his crew to be vegetarian for one week and try to eat some delicious grasshoppers from Garber’s farm to then sneak into Silverman’s luxurious ranch to refill its artillery by stealing some bullets. Cap’n is convinced that this time his prediction will become a reality!

    Notable Filibusters:

    POW Alan “The Doctor” London – 3/4, 2R’s, 2B, RBI

    ROW Zack “Boatswain” Trotter – 3/5, 3R’s, HR, 3RBI’s

    Jose “First Mate” Baho – 4/5, 3R’s, 2 2B, BB, RBI

    Scott “Quartermaster” Lawrence – 3/6, 2HR’s, 2RBI’s, 3R’s, BB

    Lastly, and this is a belated one, here is the proof again that Cap’n word is worth it, sharing part of his 'booty' (a bit scarce this year so we are using our treasure savings account lol!) with the best performers

             

    Andy Mabry - Filibuster of the Week (3/14)                   

    Johnny Manjarrez - Filibuster of the Week (3/28)

     

    Arr!

    Cap'n Cova

    Mariners Split Again

    By John Miller 04/11/2021, 8:15pm CDT

    Game 1 for the Mariners was against the Buhrow Brothers Bats in a sloppy game. The Mariners were excited to play on a field with the wind blowing out. Home runs in the first inning by Pete Salazar, Ryan Driggers and Jon Simonson gave the Mariners a great 7 run start and then it ended. Only able to net 2 more runs the rest of the game wasn’t enough to make up for less than optimal defense as the Mariners fell 14-9.

     

    Game 2 was against the hard luck Rangers sporting a 5 game losing streak, missing their pitcher causing Coach Sil to juggle the line up again. A two run dinger by Ryan Driggers opened the scoring in the first. Another 2 run blast by Driggers (his 4th of the day) tied it at 4 after 4. Going into the 7th inning knotted at 5, Troy Steele singled, Ben Collincini walked and John Miller singled in what turned out to be the winning run. Jon Simonson singled in an insurance run to lead the Mariners to a 7-5 win and a split for the day.

     

    Ryan Driggers was our star for the day going 4-6 with 4 home runs, 4 runs, and 6 RBI’s. Matt Hyson was 3-5 and Troy Steele, John Miller and Jon Simonson all chipped in with 3-6. At a season record of 6-6, the Mariners are ready to make a move up the standings.

    Rangers Rap

    By Larry D Silverman 04/11/2021, 6:30pm CDT

    Gers

    Lost opener 13-8 to Iron Pigs.....played well except one defensive inning where we made 4-5 errors opening the floodgates.  2nd game was close as we lost 7-5 to the M's....hitting was in absent with only 10 for the game and no walks.

    We are just plating possum for now and will rally hard in second half of the season so beware!!!

    Gems:

    RR-5/6 3 2b's HR 5 runs and 2 rbi's and sensational catch in game 1

    Winsor  HR

    L Taub  4/5 

    LEGENDS TAKE HOME 2 W’s ON WRESTLEMANIA SUNDAY!!

    By Jon Kilburn / Kyle Kravitz 04/11/2021, 4:00pm CDT

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    Astros at Legends (W 16-15)

    Our Superstars entered the squared circle to face a red hot 7-3 Astros team, but they were not willing to lie down and give the Astros the win.  With a quick first inning, only giving up 1 run, the Legends ripped through their lineup plating 7 on back-to-back-to-back HRs from Vinnie “Bam Bam Bigelow” Terhune, “Big Poppa Pump” Kyle Kravitz and the "Mouth of the South" Jon Kilburn. At the end of 1, the Astros faced the daunting task of reclaiming the lead from a 7-1 deficit.  The battle raged on with the Astros continuing to pick away at the Legends who struggled in the 2 and 3rd innings but came roaring back to life in the 4th plating 5 with another Bomb from Bam Bam Terhune.  The back and forth battle continued right up until the final Astros at bat.

    The Astros came within a hair's breadth of being eliminated with 2 outs, when Jeremy "You Can’t See Me" Golden smashed a bunt that caught Kilburn and Hebbler by surprise...as he whipped around first ready to fly to second "I meant to do that" could still be heard hanging in the air. Flipping the line up proved big as the Astros would take the lead 15-13.  The Legends refused to lie down as 3 straight hits from “Road Dogg” David Shaw, Jacob “Warrior” Stites and Liam “Xpac”Kilburn would load the bases setting up  MingHung Tsai "Ming the Merciless" (AKA Tajiri) who had been on fire after after a week of hard BP and was ready for the challenge to seek out his finishing move... a smooth line drive down the left field line just over the glove of Enlow would land just inside the white line with Shaw crossing home and Jacob Stites flying toward home at top speed, the throw.... too late...Sites hits the plate, and ballgame for the Legends. .  An astounding game stat...the Legends had one player hit 1.000 (Vinnie Terhune 4-4) and a whopping 5 players hit .750 (3-4) and one of those was MingHung Tsai. As a Team the Legends were 25-41 = .610 team average.

    Superstars of the Game:

    MingHung “Tajiri” Tsai 3-4 (3 Singles, RS, 2 RBI’s) GW walk-off single to score 2

    Vinnie “Bam Bam” Terhune 4-4  (2 singles, 2 HR, 3 RS, 5 RBIs)

    Andy “Rowdy Piper” Williams 2-3 (Single, Triple, RBI) Selflessly batting 11th to flip the order over

    Kyle “Big Poppa Pump” Kravitz 3-4, HR, 2 Singles and playing on an injured shoulder

    David “Road Dogg” Shaw 3-4, 3 Singles including a clutch single to start the rally to win the game

    Jon Kilburn 3-4, HR, 2 Singles, solid pitching to hold the Astros to only 15 runs

    Liam Kilburn 3-4, 3 Singles, 2 RBI

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    Legends at Isotopes (W 23-5)

    (*Wishing Isotopes Captain, Andrew Williams, a speedy recovery!)

    Fresh off their big walk-off win over the Astros, the Legends continued to hammer the ball, finisher after finisher, opening up the first inning, once again hitting all the way through the order in their first at bats and plating 5.  The Isotopes would answer with a 3 run bomb from Greer to make it 5-3 after 1.  But that would be all she wrote for the 'Topes as the Legends would just dominate and put on a hitting display.  In game that featured only one home run (Jon Kilburn), but not one, but 3 Legends would hit 1.000 (Terhune, Kilburn and Jacob Stites), add to that two players hitting .750 (Kyle Kravitz and Ron Roberts) and 2 more at .667 (Ming the Merciless would continue his dominance and Liam Kilburn) the Legends put up an astonishing 26 hits and 5 walks would leave the Legends 26-38 as a team, with a whopping .684 team average.

    Superstars of the Game

    Ron “Ric Flair” Roberts - 3-4, 3 Singles

    MingHung “Tajiri”Tsai - 2-3, Walk, 2 Singles

    Jacob “Warrior” Stites, 3-3 with a Walk, 2 Singles, and a Double

    Vinny “Bam Bam” Terhune 4-4 with 3 Singles and a Double

    Jon “Mouth of the South” Kilburn 4-4, HR, 3 Singles

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    Legends Impact Superstars of the week

    1.      MingHung Tsai 5-7 (BB, 4 Singles, Triple, 2 RS, 5 RBIs) Walk off, 2 RBI single to clinch game 1 and fantastic defense in RF all day)

     

    2.      Jon Kilburn 7-8 (4 Singles, double, 2 HR, 6 RS, 7 RBIs) Fantastic pitching in both games

     

    3.      Vinnie Terhune (Rookie) 8-8 (5 singles, Double, 2 HRs, 6 RS, 5 RBIs) Lockdown LCF

     

    Red Sox Swept by Clowns and Colt 45s

    By Dr. C 04/11/2021, 11:45am CDT

    Red Sox hosted 2 Hall of Fame captains, John Unell and his Clowns and John Hauf and his Colt 45s. 

    Game 1 saw the Clowns score 3 and the Red Sox answered with 3 of their own including a run scoring hit from Daryl Drake and a 2 run HR by Brian Babbitt (1st of 2 consecutive 2 run HRs).  The Clowns scored 2 more in the 2nd and 3rd en route to a 17-10 victory over the Sox.  It was a well earned win by the visitors and the Red Sox played their poorest game of the season.

    Game 2 saw the Colts score 6 in the top of the 1st on the way to a 10-2 win over the Sox. The fielding was improved but the hitting was missing in action.

    Honorable mention to Matt Casey who played flawlessly at RF, 2B and C through the 2 games.  The Red Sox will move forward and on to 2 new games next Sunday.

    Week 6 Selections

    By Dr. C 04/05/2021, 1:15pm CDT

    Dr. C's week 6 selections

    8 AM:   Astros, Colt 45s, Pirates, Red Sox

    910:      Clowns, Legends, Red Sox, Pirates

    1020:   Mariners, Grasshoppers, Iron Pigs, Tacos

    1130:   Iron Pigs, Tacos, Bats, Mariners

    Last week:    10-6

    YTD:               45-35

    Early Season Observations

    By JJ Eusay 04/04/2021, 4:15pm CDT

    With the league enjoying its first week off since the start of the season, I feel it is the perfect time to reflect back on the first 5 weeks of the season and note some interesting observations.  I will do this again around mid-season and then again late season.  I will try to just stick to the numbers and trends and not personal opinions as those are pretty much meaningless.  So sit back and enjoy Chapter 1- A New Beginning.

    The off-season brought about a plethora of changes to the league.  A new commissioner, new ballpark, new uniforms and some new rules made for some early season adjustments, but all for the betterment of the player experience.  The new 16-team format has not only created deeper team rosters, but has also led to a very healthy sub list.  We have already seen some teams benefit early on from the quality of subs they were able to acquire.  So, looking back at the first ten games, I wanted to offer up my five intriguing observations:

    1.  Bob Weinfeld Division Dominance
         The first four weeks featured all inter-divisional matchups.  The standings for each division were nearly mirror images, with the Weinfeld Division sporting all but one of its eight teams with a .500 record or better.  On the flip side, the Silverman Division featured only one team with a winning record.  The teams is the Weinfeld Division had a 39-25 record overall to prove their dominance early on.  How will this all play out the remainder of the season?  Stay tuned.

    2.  Walks-a-Plenty
         One of the new adopted rules was the use of pitching screens and with that came the introduction of the strike mat.  For the first couple weeks, pitchers were operating with a small window, as the plate itself was not a strike.  This was discussed and decided by the captains to include the plate as a strike and later on to modify the color of the mat to white.  My observation here is to look at the number of walks and the impact it has had on the season thus far.  After ten games, three teams have earned 50 or more walks.  The Astros and Red Sox are tied for first in their division and happen to have the top two walk totals of 56 and 53 respectively.  The Legends are the third team with 50 walks and currently have a winning record.  In contrast, the Astros have issued only 6 free passes for a +50 differential.  The Mariners are the only other team allowing single digit walks with 8.  The takeaway here?  Pitching is even more of a weapon for teams who make their opponent earn their trip to base.  The strike out number has also risen, which I would think will level off as players become more accustomed to the new zone.  

    3.  Short Fields? What?
         The one constant you would hear year in and year out when games were played at Heritage Fields is "Oh you got the short fields more so you hit more homers."  The common thought was that homer numbers would decline without the existence of the shorter fields.  I don't have the numbers from 2020 in front of me from the games played in Plano, but I would be willing to bet that it would be close to even or possibly greater this season.  Through 10 games, we have seen a total of 225 homer runs hit.  Granted, a hand full of those may have been in the park jobs but that is still a high number.  Of the 16 teams in the league, twelve have a total of 12 home runs or more.  Ryan Driggers leads the league with 11 and a couple others are just behind with 9.  Team batting averages have also seen a climb.  This could be a result of deeper rosters due to only having 16 teams, the net protecting the pitchers which allows hitters to use the middle without concern, or maybe players have just gotten better.  Whatever the reason, we see nine teams with a .500 team batting average or better.  Interestingly, seven of those nine teams are playing in the same division.  I will let you guess which division that would be.  

    4.  Are Clowns Scary or Funny?
         I can tell you that the Clowns may have been funny immediately after the draft, however they are seeming to be much more scary as the season has gone on.  Everyone was scratching their heads when this roster was assembled by captain John Unell.  A look into the numbers will tell you all you need to know here.  Although they just missed the team batting average cut at .499, they have an OPS of 1.240 and have scored the second most runs in the league at 133.  The more impressive things about this is that they started the season missing several of their key players.  They currently sit with a 6-4 record and only one game out of first place in the division.  You have to tip your hat to captain Unell.  He has made the pieces work effectively thus far and have put them in a great position going into division play.  Can they sustain this success?  There is no clowning around with this squad.  You better bring your A game.  

    5.  Who Said Captaining is Hard?
         Having been a captain since 2017, I can attest that it isn't as easy as the Taco's rookie captain is making it look.  Craig Dyer seems to have learned from his mentor Cuddles Haas and has led his team to a division leading 7-3 record.  They also tout the first ever husband-wife combo in league history and have one of the cutest mascots in league history with Myles in the dugout.  I need to say that, for the record, the first shalom league team Myles ever was the mascot of was the Orioles of 2018.  They can't take that away from us!  Nevertheless, this team has had an impressive early season run and Dyer is proving to be a captain of the year candidate for sure.  As long as Cuddles stays out of the way, this team could be a force in that division for the remainder of the season.  Tip of the cap to Dyer.  

    Well that is all for now.  I hope you enjoyed the first edition of observations.  If not, there is always next time.  Until then, keep swinging for the fences and sprinting to the back plate!  See you all next week!

    Brew Crew Splits

    By Brooke Prim 03/31/2021, 10:30pm CDT

    Another week in Shalom, another split for the loveable beer makers.  With divisional play kicking off the Brewers were hoping to gain ground in the super tight Winfield division, but the softball gods had other ideas.  

    Game 1 Clowns vs Brewers 

    The good guys should've known it would be an interesting day when we rolled up and our fearless leader Mrs. Prim was sidelined with the always pesky lower body injury.  Super sub–Doug Storm filled in admirably for her with some solid D and earning 3 free passes from the opposing pitchers.  If missing our leader wasn't enough the Beer makers were delivered a shot in the gut when the Clowns (love the fact that we are highlighting the games rich history) leadoff guy hit a bomb that almost hit a car.  Not the way we wanted to start off our division play, but we fought back with 3 or 4 of our own in our half of the inning (not quite sure, remember I'm just an intern) lead by our doubles machine Clint Hathcock.  I could say a lot more about this game but game 2 was more fun so here is a quick recap.

    Ryan Prim is fast, Donald can hit the ball real hard, Carlos Cruz is a stud at the plate &  even better at 3b, the middle of our lineup is scary accounting for all but 2 of our RBI's & It's great to have a couple of Hall of Famers on your team to show how important it is to start off with a 12 - 8 win.

    Players of the game:  
    Brad Earls:  3 for 3, 1-2b, 1-HR, 2 runs & 3 RBI's
    Ryan Prim: 3 for 3, 2-3b

    Bryan & Matt Roth going a combined 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs with all 3 hits coming in clutch spots

     

    Game 2 - Legends vs Brewers

    "THE FUNNEST GAME OF THE YEAR"

    After our reboot of the season the Brew Crew swaggered over to field #4 with visions of Ws in their heads but the Legends had other plans.  The game started off with Ryan Prim forgetting he was the youngest guy on our team and followed in the footsteps of the Brewer's assistant to the assistant manager and stretched an easy double into a single.  Eventually the doubles machine known as Clint Hathlock heard all the BOOOOOO'S coming from the Brewers dugout and placed the 1st of his 3 extra base hits into the green.  With Ryan on 3rd & Clint on 2nd Mr. Brewer comes up and splits the speedy Legends outfield to put us on the board.  We scratched a couple more runs across the plate and it was game on or at least we thought.  After a few innings of back & forth softball the wind decided to play havoc with perennial all-star pitcher Michael Barth and that strike zone shrunk to the size of a grain of yeast.  Too bad for the Brew Crew the change of pitchers didn't help much bc before you could drink a craft beer the Legends had taken control of the game.  When you add a couple of let's say "lack luster" offensive innings by the golden boys to the power of the mustachioed green monsters one could say that the 10-run lead was pretty safe with just 3 outs left.  But Clint Hathlock had a different opinion.  Our vocal leader comes into the dugout saying, "this is going to be the funnest game of the year" "We got this boys, it's only 10 runs".  I'm not going to lie; I know we have a potent offense but scoring 10 runs in an inning is something that sounds easier than it actually is.  The Legends brought in their closer to finish us off but then stepped-up Matt Roth who had other plans.  He was a perfect leadoff and drew what at the time could be looked at as a meaningless walk but who knows right?  Barth followed with a hard single then the super sub used his eagle eye to load the bags with a walk. Gareth then hit a single that scored Roth, but Barth's aggressive base running didn't pay off and he was forced out at the plate.  This is where the beer makers turned their season around. Being down by 8 with 1 out and the bottom of the lineup coming up is where most teams would just give up and take the split but not the 2021 Brewers!  Bryan Roth hustles out a fielder’s choice that keeps the inning alive with runners on 1st & 3rd with 2 outs.  Up strides Hall of Famer Rick Halperin facing a 7-run deficit that felt like 17.  Rick used his Hall of Fame plate discipline to load the bases with a clutch walk.  Up strides rookie speedster rookie Ryan Prim with bases loaded that could only be slower if Grant was on 1st ;-) The rookie stepped up and shortened his swing and hit a hard ground ball to center to knock in 2 huge runs.  At this point you can see Bernie starting to get ready to slide into the mug of frosty goodness when up steps the man saw it all coming in Clint Hathlock and boy did, he deliver.  He calmly stepped into the box and smashed his 2nd home run of the game & his 7th RBI to bring the game to 20 - 17 with 3-, 4- & 5-hole looming in the dugout.  Donald then takes 1 swing and is back in the dugout before his ball even lands bc he crushed his 2nd home run of the game to ensure that Mr. Momentum had officially changed his address to Brewerville.  And what happens next?  That's right Brad Earls went back-to-back to back home runs to bring the tying to the plate in the form of rookie Carlos Cruz. Could it happen?  Could the Brewers fulfill Clint's prophecy of making this the FUNNEST GAME EVER, well yes & no.  We did make it the funnest game ever, but we were not able to extend the game bc Carlos hit a lazy pop up that only traveled 298 feet that was caught on the warning track for the 3rd out to end the game.

    Players of the game:
    Clint Hathcock: 3 for 4, 1 - 2b, 2 HR & 7 RBI's
    Prim brothers: 5 for 6, 1-2b, 2 HR, 2 walks, 6 runs & 6 RBI's
    Bryan Roth: 2 for 3, 2 runs & huge clutch hustle play to extend that big inning 

    Although the Brewers ended up with another split & are still under 500 Mr. Momentum officially has a bright yellow jersey.

    As always, your Brewers recap is brought to you by Magical Vacation Planner 

     

    The Batcave Chronicles: Part 5

    By Danny Buhrow 03/29/2021, 8:15pm CDT

    Game 1: Batmen vs Texas Rangers

        

    The Texas Rangers believed the Batmen were working outside the law and did not appreciate their particular brand of justice. They were gonna stop at nothing to send the people of Shalom City a message that vigilantism would not be tolerated in these here parts. Fortunately, the Batmen came prepared with an arsenal of weapons in their Bat Utility Belts and prove that we are all fighting on the same side. The Batmen kicked things off with an early 5 runs from the first 9 batters. The Rangers were hot on their trail though and came right back with a streak of their own. Another 6 runs came in from the Batmen in the top of the 2nd. Omar Gonzalez and Dylan Buhrow with back to back doubles, followed by a single, double and triple from David Buhrow, Dalton Fallaw, and Nick Barr respectively. Next few innings would remain quiet, with the Batmen maintaining an 11-7 lead on the Rangers going into the 6th. Not leaving it up to chance, and with Doug Kramer and Steve Enda on base, Daniel Buhrow comes up and POWs the snot out of the ball clear over the RCFielder for a 2RBI triple. Dylan Buhrow would drive in the final run to seal the deal and provide a 14-7 victory over the Rangers. Justice once again prevailed in Shalom City! 

    Final Score: Bats 14 - Rangers 7

    Game 2: Batmen vs the Grasshoppers

     

    We may have bats on our suits...but we definitely do not like insects...or Field 4 for that matter! There is a reason that field was picked to be the last number. Yeah...you heard us Field 4! Better start playing nice or Dylan Buhrow has something in his Bat Belt for ya! Anywho...I believe our defense looked great today and seems to be really geling now. We were just out hit and Scott Greenberg pitched a gem (which seems to be his thing against the Buhrow brothers). Nick is gonna hit the Peloton hard these next two weeks to better leg out those doubles to give Ariel a 2RBI homerun instead of a solo shot! Dalton Fallaw, Steve Enda, and Omar Gonzalez were flawless against this pitching giant, Buhrow brothers went 1-9 against him :(. Absolutely loved the 1-2 pitching knockout of Ariel Rodriguez and Dougie “Fresh” Kramer. This duo has definitely figured out their pitching groove. Freddy Barraez played lights out 3rd base with a stellar double play to home that prevented a run. Love the heart of Erik Clausen, who despite getting hurt in game 2, kept powering through and cheering on his team! Even though we lost, this team never gave up and continued to pick each other up. We tip our Bat cowls to the Grasshoppers outfield who made some of the most ridiculous catches to give their team a 10-4 win on the day. We will be ready for round 2!