Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dazzlers 6, Raiders Red 4 Match - Report

Swinging in the Rain!

RaidersR 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 = 4
Dazzlers 4 0 1 0 1 0 x =

Dazzlers were singin' in the rain as the Raiders Rouge were given a lesson in tight D! With a little less moisture on the ball, this could even have been a shut out with the Dazzlers in dominant form under the grey skies of Fortress Finsbury. A much needed win was savoured by all present as a gritty victory against our nemesis from last season led to relief all round and much frivolity in the pub afterwards. Even the landlord saw how much fun we were having and showered us with complimentary victory snacks! Hell, even I bought a round.

Despite the weather, Dazzlers started brightly and had a monster 1st innings with 4 consecutive RBI's that the Raiders were powerless to stop. Despite a small blip in the 2nd where a couple of slippery overthrows literally handed them a couple of runs, Raiders just couldn't pierce the Dazzlers mega infield and a series of defensive 3 up-3 downs left the visitors needing 3 runs in the 7th just to make Dazzlers bat again. No Raiders side ever lies down in the face of defeat, and they threw everything at us in that final inning, but two outstanding pressure plays left them stranded with runners on and the Dazzlers jumping for joy, soaked but victorious. And thirsty, of course.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

post-tournament bliss

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Head's up!

Dazzlers 7, Oblivion 20 - Report

Oblivion 3 2 9 4 0 2 0 = 20
Dazzlers 0 2 1 1 2 0 1 = 7

No getting round this one, Dazzlers were chewed up and spat out by a very organised and experienced Oblivion team. We just never got going after some wayward defensive work in the 1st and even though we battled away to steady the ship in the final 3 innings, the game was already up. We seemed unable to counter-act their clever hitting, excellent hustling and squeezing round the bases, and then offensively we found it hard to penetrate their tight in-field to put that big innings we needed together.

It goes like that some nights, so we will draw a line under this and move on!

Dazzlers 11 @ Raiders Blue 12 - Report

Dazzlers 3 0 2 2 1 0 3 = 11
Raiders B 1 1 1 3 4 2 x = 12

Softball was the winner tonight. A really tight game that ebbed and flowed like a good game should ended with the Raiders just doing enough to take home the spoils, and still leave the Dazzlers winless on the road. We will have to make hay during the big home stand coming up. Finsbury Diamond One will be our saviour!

It was the Dazzlers who started best and we were still sitting pretty after 4 with some good multiple-base hitting and tight D, but in true Raiders style they kept chipping away, and like last week a comparatively big 5th inning against us cost us the contest. Raiders were made to work hard to close out the game as a massive 7th inning rally looked on the cards for the Dazzlers, until a couple of sublime catches brought the curtain down on a heartbreaker for the red and whites.