The Hounds were unable to capitalize on a valiant pitching and effort by Timothy “Thunderhams” Riggenbach (#8), falling to the Pirates by a score of 2-1. The pork-legged southpaw heaved a complete game on 89 pitches, recording 4 strikes on only 2 walks.
Both teams notched only two errors on the day, but the Pirates scored all they would need by the second inning. The Hounds held the visiting team to only 2 runs on 8 hits, but only mustered one run of their own. The tally was scored by reigning-MVP Brain Lehman (SS, #2), who made his way around the diamond on two errors and a fielder’s choice in the fifth. In the following inning, Brad Halperin (3B, #15) could not be brought around following his double . He would advance on a groundout but was caught on a bold attempted delayed steal of home. Video evidence suggest perhaps the call was an incorrect one. The Hounds held off a Buc scoring chance in the top of the seventh on a missed bunt resulting in a picked-off runner, and a double play by turned by Halperin. The home team was not able to strike in the bottom of the inning and the scored stayed 2-1 against.
Post-game, teammates lingered at Maywood with opportunistic fan/bystander and Tim-best-friend to enjoy some cold Coors, Budweisers and Doritos. They would exchange juggling tips and eat Mexican food (except for Burch, who ate McDonalds). The next Hounds game is scheduled for 10AM at Walther Religious Academy against the Norridge Orioles.