April 13, 2013
The Street Kids/Wildman softball team was looking for their second straight tourney victory coming off a co-championship in Jackson, Michigan on April 6th. On Saturday, they traveled back to Columbus, Ohio for the first ever NSA Directors Cup.
The Kids were set up in the first game (ironically) against Honey Badgers, the team they split the title with in Jackson a week ago. This game was ugly for both teams, but especially for SKS, as outside of a first inning lead off triple by Terry Patesel (who did not score), SKS managed only two walks and a double in the first four innings. It was not until Leland Schmucker doubled to lead off the fifth and later score on Todd Mase's RBI single did the team even reach the scoring column. They were down 9-1 after five innings before finally showing some life but it was not enough, as they fell to Honey Badgers, 11-8.
"It was an ugly game for us for sure, but we won't make any excuses," said coach Matt Sheehan. "We simply sucked that game. I mean, I don't think you will see another game this whole season where this lineup would have one hit in four innings, and that one hit being a triple that leads off an inning and not score."
With the loss, the Kids dropped to the losers bracket and drew Shut Up and Pitch, a team that was overmatched from the beginning, despite how poorly SKS was playing. This one was quick, as SKS put up 16 runs in the first two innings on their way to an easy 24-4 win.
In the next game, SKS was pitted against 22 Below, a team led by veteran Chris Douglass. This game would go back and forth with the lead changing hands a few times. Despite some poor defense, the Kids finally were showing some signs of life offensively, but in the end, it would not be enough as 22 Below eliminated SKS from the tourney with a 24-22 win. Leland Schmucker and Fred Schmucker led the Kids in this one, both of them going 5-for-5 each. Todd Mase contributed with four hits as well.
Although they traveled a long way to lose ugly, there were a few bright spots, including Leland Schmucker, Fred Schmucker and Tim Austin all batting over .800 for the tourney. Scott Martin drove in a team high 10 runs, including five extra base hits. Fred Schmucker ended the tourney with eight straight hits.
SKS (9-4 overall) will take the next few weeks off before traveling to Indianapolis in May for the second leg of the Directors Cup.