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AquaSox Not High Enough to Defeat Aviators, Take Out Frustration on Lake Monsters in Split

By Captain Keke, 10/15/23, 5:30PM CDT


AquaSox – 5 vs. Aviators – 9

With Allen PD’s finest in attendance, Captain Keke made a conscious decision to leave the team space cakes at home.  Which raised the question…would the AquaSox be high enough to soar with Allsbrook’s Aviators in the crazy wind conditions on field 2?

The 1st inning started off promising with a Jacob Morris double, Joey Welter walk, and Chris Stutz 3 run “Shalomer” home run.  “Boom Boom” Croce and Will Ryan then each had 2 out singles which brought Captain Keke to the plate, who proceeded to stare at two straight pitches that hit the mat for a strikeout to end the inning (oof!).  Perhaps one gummy instead of two would have sufficed on Saturday night.

Allsbrook’s Aviators would answer with a 2 run fence bomb by Jason Niswonger. AquaSox 3-2 after 1. 

AquaSox got a whole lotta nada in the 2nd inning, while the Aviators put up one to tie the game heading into the 3rd inning. 

In the 4th Welter and Osgood both had doubles, the latter being an RBI.  But then the Aviators blew this game open with some clutch hitting coupled with some not so good fielding by the AquaSox.  9-4 Aviators after 4.

In the 5th and final inning, Rick Halperin and Jacob Morris both singled, then Welter drove one in on a mishandled grounder, but that would be it for the AquaSox in a 9-5 loss. 

Not so shocking, the Aviators played better in windy conditions than the space cake-less AquaSox.


Lake Monsters – 12 vs. AquaSox – 15

After a disappointing loss and a bit of a break waiting on our opponents, the AquaSox decided to take a page out of the Texas Rangers book and blast Creed’s “Can You Take Me Higher.” Pretty fitting jam heading to field 4 with the wind howling out. Alas, there was a Nessie sighting as Lawrence’s Lake Monsters headed into the visitor’s dugout.

Scott Lawrence got things going for his squad with a 2 run, pop up/home run, followed by a Tim Kaminski no doubt solo blast.  But the AquaSox were feeling froggy as well.  Leadoff man Jacob Morris smacked a line drive double, followed by RBI triples from Welter and Stutz. Osgood drove one in with a little help from Nessie’s defense, and “Boom Boom” singled to send him home.  AquaSox 4-3 after 1.

That lead didn’t last long as the Lake Monsters put up a 4 spot of their own in the top of the 2nd.  But once again, the AquaSox responded.  Doc Levy and Rick Halperin each singled, and Chase Chambers took a walk.  Joey Welter stepped up to the plate with the frogs on the lily pads, and proceeded to hit 2 out grand slam! But wait, we weren’t done yet.  Stutz and Osgood both tripled and “Boom Boom” added an RBI single.  AquaSox 10-8 after 2.

Nessie refused to lie down, putting up 1 more in the top o the 3rd, but again the AquaSox would answer.  Captain Keke, Mark Morris, and Doc Levy all singled to load the bases for Ron Roberts to send one home on a RBI fielder’s choice.  AquaSox 11-9 after 3.

In the 4th and final inning, those pesky Lake Monsters once again proved to be a very game opponent, putting up a 3 spot to take the lead 12-11.

The AquaSox at bats went…out, Welter bloop single, out. With 2 outs, Brian Os-Great stepped up and smashed a super clutch 2 run bomb.  But even with the lead there was still nearly 2 minutes on the clock.  “Boom Boom” and Will Ryan both singled, followed by a Captain Keke RBI ground rule double. With 2 outs, 2 strikes, and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Mark Morris added an RBI double of his own to end the game and earn the AquaSox the split, 15-12