15th of May, 2016
The Haywards Journals pulled a bit further away from the rest of the southern division on Sunday, defeating the Oakland Colonels 11-3 at Mosswood Park. The match began cagily, with each team plating aces through the first three frames and putting up a donut in the fourth; so that the fifth inning began all square at three-a-piece. But the Haywards’ bats then came to life, driving balls through the dodgy Mosswood infield and past the mitts of the Colonels’ fielders. The Haywards plated eight aces in the final three frames, while ace hurler, Berto “Rocky” Morales silenced the Colonels’ bats the rest of the way, allowing no runs in the final four frames and finishing a complete game with thirteen strikeouts and three allowed.
For the J's, the defense started shaky but straightened out after a few innings. Jose “Hawk” Corral caught a ball in right field after it caromed off the massive oak tree that looms over the line and continued down through the branches and leaves, into his waiting mitt. Nick “Heels” Jeffrey flagged down a line drive at second base and doubled off a Colonel trying to get a headstart to third. Big Berto “Pops” Morales displayed the blazing speed of a young cheetah to track down a ball in left field in the top of the seventh.
The Colonels may not have felt it was their finest home performance, but they provided a few gingers in the field. Luis “Mule” Argueta handled duties behind the plate with his steely demeanor and kept the Haywards from taking bases, while rookie Colonel Paul “Buc” Ash tended the centerfield garden with grace and sure hands. What’s more, the Colonels helped themselves by picking off a Hayward greenhorn at first using that old chestnut, the hidden ball trick. The Journals’ base coaches went missing on that play!
For the Colonel’s offense, Captain Matt “Chops” Siee scored two of the three runs with lead-off singles followed by stolen bases. Veteran John “Bull” Davenport scored the other run in the third inning on a base knock by “Squeaky.”
In another notable incident, the match was briefly interrupted by a flying contraption, similar to something one might see in DaVinci’s sketchbooks, that hovered over the field before buzzing off back to the future. Cranks referred to it as a “Drone,” and if that is what the future holds in store, this reporter is happy remaining in 1886.Huzzah to the Journals and the Colonels as they played a fine match with grit and grace.
Faithfully Recorded On This Day,