|Ahoy Matey! Welcome to the first report of
classic Pirate battles. Allow me to introduce
myself. I am Captain Long Gone Homer, proud
pirate and chief news reporter for the 2001 Pee
Wee Pirates. You have already met my wife Polly
-- she makes all the phone calls for Coach
Rodney. Enough with the introductions... on to
The Pirates stormed the field to
defend her against those "brave"
oppponents. The first Brave stepped in and tapped
a grounder towards the pitcher. Brian swarmed to
the ball and fired a strike to Anna for the first
out. After a couple hard hit grounders through
the left side of the infield, and a lot of
tossing the ol' ball around, Ryan steadied the
team by firing to Andrew at the plate and
snagging a guy trying to score. Great play! And
way to shut down the scoring threat! One more
hit, but nothing happened. The inning ended with
Ryan gunning out the batter at first base. Braves
In the bottom of the first, the Pirates showed
why they are a force to be reckoned with. Blake
got a leadoff hit and then stole second. Brian
cracked a grounder up the middle to score Blake.
Ryan got a smack grounder to plate Brian, stole
second, and scored when Andrew got a double.
Michael and Anna got hits too, with Anna's 2 RBIs
giving the Pirates 5 runs. That's all we're
allowed to get (in the first 3 innings anyway),
so the Pirates went back on defense. The first
inning ended with the Pirates up 5-2.
The first Brave in the second inning got a hit
and tried to steal second base on the next pitch.
Andrew fired a line drive down to second base
(well, actually it was the highest rainbow I've
ever seen Andrew throw...). Ryan caught the fly
ball (I mean, hard line drive) from Andrew and
applied the tag. Safe! But the runner overran the
base. Tag! Out!! Yippeee!! Coach Rodney said he
wanted to see tag plays on runners overrunning
the base -- and Ryan got the first one. Alright!
3 straight hits produced two runs. Then Anna
fielded a grounder down the first base line and
applied the tag for the second out. A final
strikeout, and the Pirates go to the bottom of
the second up 5-4.
We now pause for a moment to remember the
brain that Coach Rodney used to
have........................thank you. Joshua
M.leads off the Pirates. Coach Rodney calls for
the bunt, and Joshua M. lays down a perfect bunt.
No one's gonna get that textbook bunt, except the
only other guy to read the textbook. The Braves
catcher (probably the strongest player in the
league), hopped out from behind the plate and
threw Josh out at first. Yikes!! Too bad Coach
Rodney was sleeping, or he wouldn't have called
for the bunt against such a strong catcher. After
a swinging strikeout by Christopher, Hayden got a
base hit. Matthew steps in and...... WHAT is
Coach Rodney thinking? Sure, it was a good idea
to get Hayden to second base with 2 outs so he
could be in scoring position, but stealing
against that catcher? Hello?? Matthew watches in
horror as his comrade is easily thrown out at
second base. Gulp! No runs score, so we're on to
the third inning.
Let's just say this. The Braves got a lot of
hits. And when the Pirates weren't sleeping, they
were tossing the ball around like a hot potato.
The net result is five runs for the Braves.
In the bottom of the third, Matthew came to
the plate -- again. He glared down at Coach
Rodney, remembering the critical mistake the
Coach made the previous inning (hey, this is
creative license! It makes the report more
interesting). Matthew hit a dribbler down the
third base line. And we have a baserunner! Coach
Rodney finally comes to his senses and puts the
brakes on his baseruners, as the Braves strong
catcher is still behind the plate. Joshua B. has
a swinging strikeout, so Max steps to the plate
with one out. Max gets a hit to start a rally.
And sure enough, the top of the lineup absolutely
murders the ball (except for Blake's itty-bitty
dribbler up the first base line!). The Pirates
score 5 and crawl back on top 10-9.
On to the fourth inning, where a team doesn't
stop at 5 runs (just 10 batters). The Braves put
up a threat, getting a few base hits. Max made a
nice putout from second base to Michael at first
base, and then the Braves had a strikeout. With
two outs, the Braves get the runners moving with
a hit to right field. Matthew hustles to the
ball. Brian is pitcher and heads out towards
right field a bit. Matthew throws to Brian. Brian
turns to the plate, finds Joshua M.
"exactly" where he needed to be (in
front of the plate), and fires a throw to Josh. A
slide, a cloud of dust, a tag play! Yerrrrr out!
Wow! What a way to stop the Braves threat. They
score 3 runs.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Pirates
needed to reach down and gut out some runs. Anna
led off with a stinging shot past the shortstop.
Joshua M, Christopher, Hayden, and Matthew all
got hits, and 2 runs scored (Josh M. was forced
out at the plate). That brought Joshua B. to the
plate. One out, game tied, definite clutch
situation. And Joshua smacks a grounder up the
middle, bringing in the go-ahead (and eventually
winning) run! More hits ensued and the Pirates
ended up with 6 runs. That means it's 16-12 after
four complete innings.
We go to the fifth inning, but we're not able
to complete it. The Braves do get some hits and
runs. And Andrew made a nice putout to first base
from pitcher, plus Andrew made a leaping (yes,
you read the word correctly) catch to prevent
extra bases. But time ran out on the inning. And
the inning doesn't count if you can't complete
it. It goes back to the previous inning, where
the mighty Pirates led. Final score: 16-12.
Pirates win their first battle!
But one important question remains -- who is
Pick? Coach Rodney is always on
the lookout for good plays at the important times
of the game. And Joshua B. clearly stepped
forward to break the tie (and thus win the game)
with his clutch hit in the fourth inning. Josh B.
is today's Pirate
Pick. Congratulations, Josh! (or
as Coach Rodney might say, "Congratulations
In case you were wondering, B.J. was in
Tennessee. I heard he was at a wedding. Gosh,
these kids grow up so fast... Best wishes B.J.!!
See you after your honeymoon!
Captain Long Gone Homer