Softball Report, May 25 » Valleybrook: 22, Eastside Hill Nightcrawlers: 3
Nightcrawlers Lose a Close One
by Joe Thielen, manager, Eastside Hill Nightcrawlers
The Eastside Hill Nightcrawlers nearly eked out a victory on Tuesday night. Sadly, the offense just couldn’t quite close the gap in the final innings against Valleybrook Church. Despite some nearly adequate defensive efforts, and some textbook small-ball in a single offensive inning, the neighborhood team was unable to deliver the final death blow to Valleybrook Church.
The Nightcrawlers held the church to just 22 runs over 4 innings, while scoring 3 runs in the final frame. Though they were unable to overcome the deficit, manager Joe Thielen was encouraged to see the fight in the Nightcrawlers. “I don’t usually quote myself when writing my own article, but I will say that if we clean up our act a little defensively, and get a little wood on the ball out of the gate next week, I think this loss gives us a lot to build on.” Thielen was unavailable for additional comment, in spite of writing all of this text.
Other highlights included some great bench-talk in wonderful regalement of veteran Tori Hugo’s recent trip to the Philippines, where co-ed slow-pitch softball is a apparently a less popular sport. Additionally, Manager Thielen could be seen ironically ribbing other team members for not hitting the cutoff man, knowing full well that, in his own hypocrisy, he has been guilty of the same thing many times, and in fact regularly benches himself in favor of the very player that missed said cutoff man.
Next week’s game is at University Field #8 at 7:00 PM, versus Scheel’s Sports. Thielen predicted a victory in an off-the-record post-game conversation inside his own head.
Joe Thielen is the manager of the Eastside Hill Nightcrawlers, is hopefully eating at El Patio today, enjoys a good glass of wine, and likes romantic walks on the beach.