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Softball Report, July 13 » Nightcrawlers v. Scheel’s Sports

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Scheel’s Sports club Nightcrawlers (metaphorically)
by Joe Thielen, manager |
The Eastside Hill Nightcrawlers valiantly fought for 5 innings in a game that would be remembered for stingy defense by an opposing shortstop hell-bent on making girls cry.  Short one Nightcrawler man, the team played 9 players, employing 3 outfielders and a full infield.

The game was not without its success stories. Tuesday featured the return of Andy Plank, fresh off a mid-season finger injury. Plank filled in well at shortstop for Doug Loechner, who was missing in action due to a visit from Vice President Joe Biden. Manager Joe Thielen was pleased with Andy’s performance.

“Plank really stepped up tonight,” Thielen said, recalling the throw Plank made to nab one greedy runner headed to third. “I’m glad he was here. When the Vice President calls Doug up to talk about our nation’s fiscal policy toward East Africa, I think the country is better off. It’s nice to know we can have other players step in and fill the void.”

Center fielder Arnold Swoboda played his second game in a Nightcrawlers’ uniform, and played hard in the shorthanded outfield. Swoboda had several base hits, and made a stunning catch in the 3rd inning that sent ladies blushing.  Despite his gingered hair and freckles, Arnoldo has risen to the occasion both times he’s played with the team.

Laura Joeforgetshername also recorded her first hit as a Nightcrawler, hustling out an infield single and scoring a run in a crucial bases-loaded situation.  Unfortunately, the 2nd inning would be closed by the first of several amazing catches by Scheel’s sports’ Shortstop (say that 3 times fast!).  Kasey Schmidt hit the ball well all night, but lined out 3 times to the shortstop, all in two-out situations with runners in scoring position. One particular line-drive required a seven-foot leap, one required a backhanded stab, and the final catchsimply self-defense on the part of the shortstop. Kasey Schmidt’s direct quote after the last catch is, unfortunately, n was ot printable for the Eastsidehill.com’s family readership.

“I’d like to say things are improving with the team,” Thielen refudiated. “I’d like to say that. OK, here goes. Things are improving with the team! It feels good to say it. Now hopefully we can pull one out next week and that’ll be actually true.”

Joe Thielen one day hopes to develop an ability to magically grant wishes.

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