Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
In a fitting swan song for one of the most feared hurlers in the BAVBB, Eric “Shadow” Longville pitched a gem against the San Jose Dukes on Sunday. “Shadow” put an exclamation point on his tenure by doing what we have all come to expect of him- lining ‘em up and knockin' ‘em down. “Shadow” recorded nine strikeouts in a vintage performance we’ve come to expect. He is moving back east to a very flat and alternatingly cold and scorching, but always boring land, known as
“Clev-e-land,” where the natives play a very different and vastly inferior version of the game we love.
“Shadow” pitched five shutout innings before the Dukes managed to plate an ace. He received support in the field to thwart the Dukes’ attempts to rally, from Joe “Conquistador” McDermott, who made a difficult catch in deep right center, and from Joe “Panner,” Olivas, who flagged a hard-hit line shot to left field.
The Clarions started their offensive onslaught in the first frame with an RBI double by Matt “Squeeze” Collins, scoring Alex “YoungBlood” Parker-Guerrero all the way from his station at first base. Veteran Clarion, Mike “Bearcat” Lewis, struck the ball well on the day, going four-for-four from the strikers’ box and piling the pressure on the Dukes. The dam broke in the fifth inning, in which the Clarions plated fifteen, capped off with a bases-clearing round-tripper by “Conquistador,” who hit the ball so far no Duke could claim it. Every Clarion plated during the inning- a remarkable feat- and one after which the outcome to the match was no longer in question.
“Shadow” was honored after the game by the Clarions for his loyalty and fierce competiveness. “Shadow’s” hurling was a key component- an essential component- of the Clarions’ brand of baseball over the last three-and-a-half seasons. From the hurler’s box, “Shadow” served up the “high cheese” with a ladle of intensity, and battled ever striker he faced. Neither will it be forgotten that he carried a big stick in the striker’s box and often helped himself and his side with timely hits. He will be missed by Cranks and Ballists and ever welcome back to the BAVBB.
For the Love of the Game,