Monday, May 30, 2011

Dazzlers 32, Secret Agents 17 - Report

Dazzlers 8 7 1 4 0 12 = 32

Secret A 3 1 0 0 5 8  = 17

A batting master-class from the Dazzlers offense as we deservedly won our home opener at Fortress Finsbury. This Slugfest in the Sun was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all present as the resurgent Dazzlers bounced back from the narrow Comers defeat to register our first victory in the Majors!

Batting records were being broken at regular intervals, and the stat that stands out most is that all 12 players got at least one RBI. That is amazing at any level of the game. It really shows the depth we have now and that we play as a team, first and foremost.

It was the Secret Agents that actually started the better, quickly registering 3 runs with no outs, but in a feat to be repeated a couple of times later in the game, our defence managed to retire 3 batters in a row when under pressure to limit the damage, and give our awesome hitters the confidence to relax and go for it. Despite a brief wobble near the end where the Secret Agents showed good grit and determination to bat their way back in to the game, Dazzlers ran out easy winners with a monster 12-run inning to enforce the Mercy rule.

Dazzlers 7 @ Suede 14 - Report

Dazzlers 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 = 7
Italian S  0 2 0 1 9 2 x = 14

It was all looking so good. Middle of 5, Dazzlers leading 7 to 3, defence looking hot...
Then, bam, a monster 9-run inning for the Suede and it was all over bar the ice packs.
Can't win em all I suppose but that first Road win of the season sure would be nice. We'll take this one on the chin though.

In truth, on the night the Dazzlers batting never really got going to anywhere near the giddy levels of last week, and we got out of a couple of scrapes in earlier innings when fielding, Suede leaving countless stranded on base, in what is fast becoming our trademark Emergency Hold!
We again showed we are definitely playing at the right level with some canny play, albeit against very solid teams. But as the season progresses and with a couple more practices hopefully over the next 2-3 weekends (watch this space) we can only get better.

Hats off to the Dazzlers too, pretty much everyone came to the pub after (and the Red Lion did not disappoint!) where we nursed injuries and pride in equal measure as our next victory was plotted!

Dazzlers 9 @ Comers 11 - Report

Dazzlers 2 0 1 2 0 1 3 = 9

Comers H 3 0 2 0 3 3 x = 11

A good performance from the Dazzlers on another sunkist evening at Finsbury, we gave them a very good game right up until the end, but unfortunately on this occasion we came up just short by a couple of runs. Comers are also a good side, and played well too, so hearty congratulations to them. We battled away all the way to the end and we can take plenty of positives from the game and we can certainly look forward to the rest of the season at this level.