Sand Crabs at Crawfords

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Crawfords001110000x311xLoss

Sand Crabs

# Batting AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB K HBP ROE LOB SF FC
24Steve Hill4220001201000001
18Chris McGill4220000101000000
34Troy Galston5120000000000000
32Tom Scalissi4100000001000000
6Mike Wallace5230003000000000
9Rich Rydecki5350013000000000
25Bernie Albright 103020001000001000
10Jim Pliner 251000000001000001
15Jason Himebauch5000000000001001
21Randy Olivares5000000000000000
2Mike Schoonveld4010001000100000
 Total4511170019304102003
Pitching IP H R ER BB Ks HB HR Win Loss Save
Mike Wallace88322210100
Troy Galston13000000000
Total911322210   

Crawfords

# Batting AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB K HBP ROE LOB SF FC
Glenn Griffin4110000100000000
Andy Winn4021001100000000
Robbie Grether4020000000000000
Paul Meyer4010000000000001
Keith Richley4120000200000000
Jason Foskett1010000002010000
Dave Cwik4010000000000000
Dan Ketter4000000000000000
Tom Littlefield3100000000101000
Sean Michael Dargan3100000000101000
Bill Baldon3010000000100000
 Total384111001402312001
Pitching IP H R ER BB Ks HB HR Win Loss Save
Dan Ketter511760001010
Robbie Grether33424100000
Paul Meyer10000000000
Total9141184101   

Recap

It was an overcast and actually somewhat blustery late spring Sunday at EMLL, on June 12, 2023 when the 1-2 Crawfords hosted the 3-0 Sand Crabs in the 45+ division of the MABL of Southern Wisconsin.  A light rain had fallen earlier in the day and the night before, but this was just enough to soften the ground, not rain out the parade.  

Atop the mound for the Crawfords was Dan Ketter, the veteran lefty making his 400th start in his long and illustrious career.  Chucking for the Crabs was Wally, a man strong enough to go by only one name.  Today he would walk tall, like Buford Pusser, knocking in 3 with his hickory stick, on 3 hits.  With his glove, he covered the mound better than the tarp the night before.  He had 7 assists, snatching any ball that dared get within 20 feet of the rubber, like a cat snatching mice at Chuck-E-Cheese. 6 of the assists covered consecutive innings, with a strikeout wedged in between for good measure.  He went 8 strong innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned on 8 hits. He walked two and hit one, striking out two.

Not to be outdone, Crabs rookie outfield phenom Rich Rydecki stole the show at the plate for the Sand Crabs, with a 5 for 5 performance, including a 2 run blast over the LF wall into the teeth of a gale force wind that would have made Gordon Lightfoot write a song.   His day at the dish earned him his first SPOG award, and when reached for comment, he just smiled and said “I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.” 

The Crabs pounded out 17 hits against the pitching firm of Ketter, Grether, and Meyer.  Crabs outfielder Jason Himebauch was just 4 hits shy of the cycle.  The Crawfords banged 11 off Wallace and Troy Galston, led by SS Andy Winn, Pitcher and OF/Catcher Rob Grether and RF Keith Richley with 2 each.  Richley had a steal of home plate in the 4th that sent the crowd of 2 into hysterics.  Bill Baldon turned in a defensive gem at second base, with a diving snare of a liner off the bat of Galston.  

Galston pitched the 9th, and effectively shut the door for the day. Crabs 11, Crawfords 3.

From the infirmary: The Crabs lost slugging rookie corner infielder Bernie Albright to injury.  He strained a right hamstring trying not to strain his left hamstring.  He’ll be out for 1-2 days, according to team witch doctor Jim Pliner, who recently returned to the Crabs after a long bout of Borborygmus.  When asked what it was like Pliner said “It feels out there. I’m… It’s a major rush. I mean it doesn’t just feel out there, I mean it feels out there. You know? Um, kinda radical in a kinda tubular way. You know? But most of all it’s out there.”

Both squads quenched their respective thirsts at Slice’s .  A good time was had by all.  The Crabs shared a Schlitz and went straight home.  

Details

Date Time Division Season
June 11, 2023 3:00 pm 45+ Division 2023

Field

East Madison Little League
East Madison Little League, Eken Park, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States

Umpires

Plate UmpField Ump
Halena, TerryTom Kersten