With one on and one out in the top of the third steady rain had become too steady for this game to continue and the men in blue had little option but to call it quits. I won’t go into great detail about this no-contest but, allowing for the greasy conditions, this game really shaped to be an interesting affair between teams that appear quite evenly matched. To be fair, the weather throughout the afternoon never looked too promising and, although the Napier park diamond was in tip top condition, the rain never quite disappeared for any length of time and the light was not great.
Having showed strong mental toughness to survive a bases loaded jam in the top of the first, our starting pitcher Tyler ‘Touchdown’ Dale had settled in and he looked capable of giving our Wildcats a real chance of another positive outcome. The one run he allowed in that nerve-wracking first came from a sacrifice fly when the bases were juiced with just one out. In that context the single run on the board was somewhat of a relief for the home clubhouse on a cold and miserable Tuesday evening at Napier Park.
Wade McConnon milked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first, advanced to second on Mitch Hayes’ neatly executed sac bunt, stole third and then scored the tying run on J.J O’Connor’s RBI ground out to the second baseman. In the bottom of the second we had runners on second and third with one out when a ground ball found the glove of Doncaster manager and former ABL star Ben Utting who completed, albeit narrowly, a brilliant throw for a put out at home plate.
With only two completed innings there was plenty of action and the promise of more to come… sadly Melbourne’s often exaggerated weather didn’t comply on this occasion. At this time I am not sure what the rules of this new competition are with respect to incomplete games. Obviously there will either be a re-scheduled replay later in the season, or this will go in the books as a washout?
This upcoming Sunday 17 November we are at home again to host the Sunshine Eagles who always seem to save their best for clashes with our Waverley Wildcats – Reserves 1:00pm – Firsts 3:30pm. Maybe we can get some retribution for that horrible final game of the 2012/13 season when we lost in the last inning at Sunshine? I will be rushing back from the Melbourne Aces game at Altona, so I’ll be looking for someone to fill me in with the highlights I might have missed – hopefully all for the home team!