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Ducks and Dogs - Dragons Split

By Keith Dlott, 09/20/21, 10:15AM CDT


With four regulars unavailable, the Dragons looked to first burst the Rubber Ducks bubbles.  Captain Muck shows up sporting a braided beard, which after a Ducks sweep (spoiler alert) is bound to show up next week.  

Wiley veteran pitcher John Unell (going old school with his black Dragons shirt from a Shalom season past) held the Ducks to just four runs over the first four innings.  Problem is, the Dragons showed no fire, scoring just 3.  Things finally heated up in the 5th.  Ducks put up a 6 spot, meaning the Dragons had to respond.  

Ray ‘Ray’ Darragh led off the 5th with a single, and was plated by super sub Tim Crites’ triple.  After two quick outs were made, the Dragons order flipped to Ari Loiben who had an RBI triple.  Daryl Drake followed with yet another home run and the home team was now only down 3.

The Ducks went quietly in the top of the 6th, setting the stage for yet another late win by the feisty Dragons.  After plating one, the Dragons found themselves down two with the bases loaded, just one out, and two subs coming up.  Unfortunately, Muck’s braided magic far outweighed some super sub heroics as the Dragons were slayed 10-8.


From Rubber Ducks to Corny Dogs...only in the Shalom League!  This was a game for the ages.  The visiting Dragons led off with a single run in the first on a solo shot by none other than Daryl Drake.  The bottom of the first brought pitcher John Unell a case of whiplash as the Dogs went back-to-back to take a 3-1 lead.  

After a quiet 2nd, sub Scott Harriman led off the 3rd with a base hit, followed by IPOW nominee Kendal Anthony’s RBI triple.  The law firm of Loiben, Drake, and Kaminski went single, single, single, and all three scored giving the Dragons a 6-4 lead.  Dogs matched the Dragons with 5 in the bottom of the 3rd.

Skipping ahead to the bottom of the 7th, the Dragons were up 3.  The Dogs scratched and clawed their way to tie the game and had a runner on 3rd and one out.  The Dragons issued two intentional walks to load the bases.  The Corny Dogs were unable to plate the winning run and onto extras we went.

Top 8 begins with a Crites walk, then an out.  Kendal Anthony with a clutch single flips the order.  Ari with an RBI base hit, Daryl with a walk.  Bases juiced for Tim Kaminski.  Tim took out all of his frustrations on one pitch that cleared the parking lot for a grand slam!  Dragons score 5, take down the Dogs top of the order and earn the split with a 17-12 win.

Dragons IPOW Week 2:

  • Daryl Drake - 7/7, 4HR, 5RBI, 7R and errorless play with many chances at SS

  • Kendal Anthony - 3/6, 3B, 3R; most importantly, absolutely fantastic defense, holding down LF all day!

  • Tim Kaminski - After going 0-3 in game 1, we officially welcomed Tim to the fall season.  In game 2, Tim was 5/5 with 2HR, 2B, 7RBI, 4R.  Monster grand slam in the top of the 8th to boost the Dragons to the W.