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2021- Week 2

Fresh off a 2-0 start, the SFRC were ready for two more on a wonder night for two softball games.

Two softball games on Lac Lavon Field E. We know it is Field “E” because:

  • Everybody hits homeruns
  • Evaluations (see the summer of 1995)

Game 1 vs. Boys 2 Men:

Boys 2 Men were born AFTER Ol’ #35 started playing softball in Burnsville for the SFRC. The youngins’ were fast and had good arms. There is no doubt they have made it a habit to take the extra base and throw runners out trying to advance.

They also might have been just young enough to overlook the SFRC.

They scored three, we scored four, they scored five, we scored zero, they scored zero, we scored six, they scored five, we scored zero, they scored one, we scored four….It was back and forth. In the top of the 6th (last inning due to time), they scored two runs to take a two run lead.

The SFRC answered with two of there own. A tough, but accurate, call at the plate was the difference in ending the game as a win or a tie.

Result: 20-20 tie.

Again, every LEADER had at least one hit and Memphis Nate and STEVE STEVE STEVE both went 4-5. Memphis Nate hit a ball about 50 feet up on the third spruce back behind the fence.

Game 2 vs. AV American Leagion

AV American Legion looked like a mix of teams from past years.  They were either filling in, or have combined.  Mergers is one way to grow / build a team.  The SFRC has gone the route of Acquisitions.  To each their own, I guess.

The SFRC started slow and getting shutout in the first inning, whilst AV American Legion plated six.  It was an uphill battle all game.  Ultimately, the SFRC has knowledge that we do NOT want to finish in 1st Place and did our best to accept our first defeat of the year with our chins up.

Final score: SFRC 9 – AV American Legion 18

 

2021 – First Balm

The 2021 SFRC season kicked off on schedule. Most LEADERS have been vaccinated. On game day the MN Department of Health and CDC said masks were not needed for outdoor sports.

The SFRC won their league last year and were forced to move up a division. It is worth mentioning that we did not run away with the league. We may have had eight walk-off wins, which are fun, but certainly doesn’t imply domination. This is also the time to mention we had two walk off GRAND SLAMS (Memphis Nate and Hunter Youngin’). We also had a walk off HR by STEVE STEVE STEVE in 2020.

Game 1 vs. CC Boys:

With Pauly on the bump, we gave up the shutout early by allowing one run in the top of the 1st. The SFRC LEADERS don’t let those things get in the way of their own hits and runs as we scored four in the bottom of the 1st, including a HR by Memphis Nate.

The SFRC scored in all but one inning on their way to a 14-5 win. Every LEADER got a hit in the first game of the year and STEVE STEVE STEVE drove in 5 runs. Scoring 14 runs on 19 hits feels like a decent run:hit ratio.

Las Vegas odds suggest CC Boys are working to move down a league.

One word: Mid-season form.

Game 2 vs. MN Wolf Pack:

I believe it is safe to say the MN Wolf Pack took to LL Field D (“D” for “Duh, where am I?”) with an abundance of confidence.  They wore their fancy uniforms proud and could taste victory based on age and uniform coordination. 

The SFRC jumped on them early.  Ol’ #35 hit a clutch HR in the top of the 1st with no one on and two outs (dumb).  STEVE STEVE STEVE, Kurty, Memphis Nate, Robert and Chris P all followed by reaching base and driving in runs.  Quick 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 1st.  The MN Wolf Pack came back with three of their own.

To plagiarize a line from Trent Tucker “What the SFRC do is, use their ‘VETERANESS'” and scored every inning.  4-1-1-1-2-4-2 = 15 total runs and held the MN Wolf Pack to 10.  That’s a 15-10 win if you are scoring at home.

CP and Pauly lead the way going 4-4 and 3-3 respectively.  

2021 starts off 2-0.

The only downside of the first week of 2021 is that we were shutout on the quote page. That might be a first. LARS – Do you still have your uniform?

First Balm After Lockout

July. Our first double-header was in July. You read that correctly. July. July 9th, 2020. No one could have imagined COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the Burnsville D/E Red softball league. Mother Nature was not informed as we have been staring at beautiful weather on Thursday from the LEADER’S respective lockdown locations since mid-April.

How do we know it is softball season? This fan was watching the game before us.

Someone paid to have this shirt made

The SFRC were ready. Safe on an error, out, single, walk, single and the SFRC plated three in the top of the 1st inning. The good start was followed by a three pitch bottom of the inning by Pauly. The SFRC scored one in the second and shutdown Suicide Squad in a quick bottom of the second. The top of the third was started by a single, F7, safe on an error and then Memphis Nate (FNG) delivered a 2 x RBI triple and STEVE STEVE STEVE drove him in with a single of his own. Pauly was on fire on the bump shutting them down in the bottom of the third to continue to shutout. The SFRC pieced together a run in the top of the fourth. The Suicide Squad launched two x 2-run homeruns in the bottom of the fourth to threaten the Fighting Red C’s of Skyline, but we have been here before and delivered three runs in the top of the fifth.

Final Score: SFRC 11 – Suicide Squad 6

Last out: Pub Krull

As we have said before, you can’t win them both if you don’t win the first.

Good ol’ D&T. They were missing the shortstop who threw a bat past first base last year after ending a game with a pedestrian ground out to short. This is a scrappy team with veterans and youngsters. Kenny and Memphis Nate went deep (hit homeruns too). Pub Krull and Kenny both finished the game 4-4. Runs were scored in every inning, but D&T simply couldn’t keep up with the SFRC.

Memphis Nate – Learning the Quote Page

Final Score: SFRC 19 – D&T 13

Last out: Memphis Nate (we will take the beer holder until try-outs are complete)

A Thrashing and Hustling to Make it Close

The weather was cool, but the sun was out at Alimagnet A. It was a nice night for two, per the norm.

Game 1: Glory Days vs. SFRC

As the home team we did what LEADERS do and shut down the heart of Glory Days’ order by allowing exactly zero runs. Unfortunately, after a couple of hits we were not able to plate any on the good half of the inning either. Luckily the SFRC defense continued. This time we answered their zero with three runs to take a 3-0 lead. After making quick work with defense, the SFRC bats came alive. 35 hit a single. Kenny answered with a “no-doubter” homerun. C20, Marky Mark, Robert, CHill and Pauly all reached base and Potter drove in a runner. Pub Krull showed us his nice SAC and Pete restarted a rally before 35 killed it, but not before the SFRC had scored six runs to take a 9-0 lead. After allowing two meaningless runs on defense, the bats picked up where they left off scoring another seven runs to make sure the result was set.

To the film room we go…

Final Score: Glory Days 3 – SFRC 19

Game 2: SFRC vs. Shanty Town

The SFRC bats were ready to start this game plating four runs in the top of the 1st. Shanty Town can hit as well and answered with two runs in the bottom of the 1st. After scoring one run in the top of the 2nd, Shanty Town found all kinds of grass en route to an eight run inning to take a 10-5 lead. The game was back and forth for a couple of innings before Shanty Town threw another six down to take a 19-8 lead heading into the top of the 6th (and final) inning. The top of the 6th inning was almost one for the ages. Pete = single, 35 = single, Kenny = double, c20 = walk, Marky Mark = single, Robert = single, CHill = FC / RBI, Pauly = reaches safely, Potter = single, Krull = reaches base, Pete = single, 35 = HR and then somehow, someway, that was it, but the SFRC scored 12 times and had the lead…20-19.

Unfortunately, Shanty Town found a little daylight and plated two to win the game in the bottom of the inning. This was a fun back and forth game with lessons to be learned all around. Lesson 1: Never count the SFRC out of a game.

Final Score: SFRC 20 – Shanty Town 21

2019 Opening Pitch (with Meat Tray)

Two weeks into April, 2019 it did not look good to start the season on April 25th. There was snow, rain and cold weather. The SFRC needed the snow to melt and the fields to dry out to be able to open their season as scheduled.

And the softball Gods listened.

April 25, 2019 was Mrs. H. 70 degrees and mostly sunny. A slight breeze that was shifting directions throughout the night and Neill B, aka “SFRCMP Away” was ready!

Game 1: SFRC vs. Portland Orange (6PM…meaning, 6PM, CENTRAL TIME)

There were concerns that we wouldn’t have a game as we didn’t see a single opposing player until 5:50pm when we saw all 14 players show up on the bus that had parked in Pauly’s spot well past Neill B. Lars was there (see quote page) and ready to step up to help the SFRC field 10 players.

With Pub Krull on the bump to start the game we had “MATTY, NO ONE… TOP! Play’s at 1B!” Mid-season form and with a team we had never played we had ALL NEW MATERIAL!

We gave up one run in the top of the 1st, but answered when Steve went deep on his first swing of the year, hitting a HR as well. And the SFRC were off an running with a 3-1 lead. The SFRC bats were just getting started. Everyone who had an AB had at least one hit. C20 managed FIVE hits and Pete touched home five times. All he does is score runs. Krull put it on lock own over the next several inning allowing only five runs for the game (not all earned).

After validating that we did, in fact, play at 6pm on Neill B, “LEADER in training,” Pauly made his SFRC debut in the 5th inning. Welcome aboard.

Final Score: SFRC 23 – Portland Orange 5

Game 2: Creative Care Auto vs. SFRC

Game #2 of the evening was a much more competitive game. We plated one run in the top of the 1st and CCA matched with one of their own. The uneventful second inning left the score 1-1. In the top of the 3rd, Pauly reached first which woke up the SFRC bats. Kenny, Pub Krull, Pete and 35 followed with singles and Steve, C20 and Marky Mark made sure everyone scored on our way to a five run inning and a 6-1 lead. The game went back and forth over the next few innings as Pauly and Krull switched from P to RC and back. Heading into the 7th inning the SFRC and CCA were tied 16-16. Robert led off the inning and seven batters later Ol’ 35 made the first out. The hits kept coming and the SFRC kept crossing home. 10 runs laters, we had a 26-16 lead. CCA plated three uneventful runs and the SFRC locked down the three outs they needed for the win.

I believe the official scorebook has Pub Krull with the Win and Save. Possibly a SFRC “first.”

Final Score: Creative Care Auto 19 – SFRC 26

Fan of the Night: Susan. We have had one night of softball and I’m going to be honest, it will be difficult for anyone to claim the “Fan of the Year” spot after Susan brought a meat tray and cupcakes.