March 1st, San Pablo Park, Berkeley
The Oakland Colonels visited the Berkeley Clarions at San Pablo Park to open the 2015 BAVBB season under clear albeit breezy skies. Ace Eric “Shadow” Longville took the ball for the Clarions, and Jason “Tools” Rich for the Colonels, so Cranks expected a hurlers’ duel.
Nevertheless, the Colonels racked up three aces in the top of the first, making the most of the windy conditions and capitalizing on a two-run knock by Luis “Mule” Argueta and an unfortunate throwing error by the Clarions.
“Shadow” took over for the next few innings, striking out the side once, and with the help of Dave “Commander” Garibaldi, collecting two foul-tip strikeouts. Yet the Colonels added three more in the top of the fourth, again capitalizing on Clarions’ defensive mistakes.
The Clarions, undaunted, answered in the bottom of the fourth, putting three aces on the board and bringing the match to within reach, at 6-4. Dave “Driver” Phillips contributed with a well-struck double, and Chase “Battery” Hoblitzell provided a two-run single in a tight situation with two hands.
Yet like the champions of old, the Colonels pressed on and added two insurance aces in the top of the seventh, while holding the Clarions to one in the bottom half. The win goes to Jason “Tools” Rich and the save to team captain, Matt “Chops” Siee.
It must be noted, however, that Clarions’ ace, Eric “Shadow” Longville hurled a complete game with 14 K's- a masterpiece - but not enough for the home team to prevail.
— BAVBB Wire Services