Waterloo Records Recycles the 'Chronicle'

The Chronicle, not able to pull it together offensively, loses to Waterloo in the end, 12-8

Next up: Emo's vs. Koop, Sun., July 27; 'Chronicle' vs. Emo's, Tue., July 29
Next up: Emo's vs. Koop, Sun., July 27; 'Chronicle' vs. Emo's, Tue., July 29

Thursday, July 17, 7:30pm, field No. 11, which happens to have the most spacious dugouts at the Kreig complex (just a side note), it was our game to win. Waterloo Records had the home-team advantage but their captain, Chris Anderson, was out, and the Chronicle was sporting a solid lineup.

Waterloo raked in four runs to the Chronicle's zero during the first inning. The top of the second also went rather poorly for our team – with three at-bats reciprocated by three outs. Waterloo found themselves in the same boat, also scoring zero, and Mr. OTR Austin Powell ended the inning with a great catch for the third out. We are all so glad he is back from the dreadful world of all things unsoftball, and back with a vengeance.

The third inning saw quite a bit of offensive action from the Chron team, though the outcome was still negative. Our first two batters went right back to the bench. But our next three – Michael King, Tofte (yours truly), and James Renovitch – loaded the bases. Next up was Shelley Hiam, who had quite a bit of pressure on her with two outs and bases loaded. She made a great hit but was thrown out at first base thusly ending the potential rally. Waterloo scored one run in the third leaving the Chron down, 5-0, but not out.

Top of the fourth, we finally got on the board. First up was Austin, who made a fabulous hit – it was fumbled around by a few Waterlooers in right field, which translated to not only our first run of the game but a home run for the returning Powell. And Austin kept his game going strong, indeed, all the way through the fourth inning, with a nice catch for another third out and no runs scored by the home team.

The Chronicle came out strong in the fifth inning, both offensively and defensively. Mike B was first up to bat and made it to first base. Doug Freeman was up next, his hit went awry and the catcher snagged the foul, giving us our first out. One more on base (Mark Fagan) and one more out (Erin Toombs) followed. The next batter Cody Kirk made a great hit, sending Mike B to home plate. Christina Jupson followed with a fantastic hit to center field and totally improved her stats with two RBIs (Fagan and Cody). Next up, King made a solid hit to deep center field and also scored an RBI (Jupson). Unfortunately, I scored the last out with a line drive to first. But overall the Chron totally brought it back in the fifth, ending the inning with our team down by only one run.

The Chronicle defense had a great showing in the bottom of the seventh. Travis, who was playing shortstop, made two great throws to King at first base. The third and final Waterloo batter was out grounding to none other than the Chron captain himself, Bobby Leath.

Unfortunately, the Chronicle team was never really able to pull it together offensively, losing in the end: Waterloo, 12; Chronicle, 8. The Chronicle’s next game is on Tuesday, July 19, against Emo’s at Kreig at 8pm. If you just can’t wait that long for more softball action, hit up the Emo’s vs. KOOP Radio game on Sunday, July 27, 7:30pm, Krieg No. 1.

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