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Armed with only ASA approved bats and their unimposing ability to hit home runs on kids ball parks, a band of men have roamed the Slo-Pitch world in search of the biggest trophies, the finest booze, and the loosest ladies (and moms).
With their sights set on all the treasure that Newcastle has to offer, this band of men formed a team called the Admirals and plotted a new course. They left the T-ball fields of the WMSPL and sailed east for the bountiful fields of the Newcastle Slo-Pitch league.
The Admirals fared admirably (ha!) in their inaugural 2017 season, defeating a formidable Combines squad for the A Division Championship.
But a disappointing early playoff exit in 2018 has the team eager to start the 2019 season!
The Admirals are guided by few principles, but do have a short list of core rules that govern the crew:
- Ye shall be ridiculed for striking out, swinging or looking
- Ye shall always run out a fly-ball
- Ye shall walk the plank after stranding a runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs
- Ye shall never make eye contact with another Admiral after hitting into a double play
- Ye shall battle hard, but always mantain good sportsmanship
- Ye shall splice the mainbrace after all battles
- Ye shall never insult those in ugly uniforms; uniforms are meant to be fun
- Ye shall encourage gambling, as gambling makes slo-pitch 1000% more fun
Come out and catch all the action the 2019 season has to offer!
The Admirals' bats were collectively flat, and The Pack's defense was on full display, as the guys in black and blue were bounced from the NSP playoffs after dropping game 2 of their NSP quarter final series 18-9.
Once again, The Pack Super Series squad fielded for this game proved to be too much for the Admirals as they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
A lead, quite frankly, that was never really challenged.
Thanks to a number of nice plays by The Pack defense, the Admirals could only muster 3 extra base hits and hit into 5 FCs and one IEDP. Unfortunately, not the recipe required to pull off the upset and force a game 3.
With the loss, it closes the books on the Admirals NSP 2019 season. 😢
Kudos to The Pack for a well played series, and best of luck as you move on to face the defending Champs in the semis.
* Minimum 0.750 AVG to make this list
3B• Duran: 1
2B• BJ: 2
• Bob: 1
RBI• Duran: 3
Bob popped his cherry, and Mike was lit up on the mound against a hot slugging Pack squad as the Admirals dropped game 1 of their NSP quarter finals series 26-18.
Some new faces, all seemingly legit however, took the field for The Pack in the top of the 1st inning holding the Admirals to a single run. In their home half, the hot Pack bats slugged their way to 6 runs before the Admirals could record the 3rd out.
After blanking the Admirals in the 2nd, the Pack plated another 3 to go up by 8.
In the 3rd, the Admirals finally strung some hits together to cut their deficit in half, and held The Pack to a singleton.
Another 4 in the top of 4, capped by Bob's line drive over the right-center field fence, and the Admirals were only down by one.
With a preset lineup intended to give The Pack batters a different look at pitch in the 4th & 5th innings, enter Mike, aka Poutine, aka Terminator Pouenke, aka TP on the mound.
Unfortunately, the move proved to be disastrous as The Pack batters feasted on Mike's pitches, yielding a converted touchdown in both innings.
Even with Aaron's 2-run in the 5th, their only runs scored in the inning, the guys in black and blue were down by 13 after 5 innings of play.
With the umpire's warning of possible last inning, the Admirals, in serious need of putting up a number, posted a lowly donut.
Now needing to record 3 quick outs to get the 7th inning in, the Admirals achieved the task, after conceding 2 more runs off another Pack , their 4th of the night.
As the Admirals hustled back to the dugout, talks of a comeback Dbacks style was resonating, which sparked a decent rally, but in the end, the Admirals could only scratch 7 more runs across to make the score look a little more respectable.
• Jomo: 4 for 4
• BJ: 3 for 4
• Duran: 3 for 4
• Mitch: 3 for 4
HR• Aaron: 1
• Bob: 1
3B• Antonio: 1
• Mitch: 1
• Sean: 1
2B• Aaron: 2
• BJ: 1
• Mitch: 1
RBI• Aaron: 5
• Sean: 3
The Admirals couldn't keep up with the Combines sticks as they dropped game 2 of their Wednesday evening doubleheader 22-13.
Coming in warmed up after beating Vickery Electric, the Admirals thought they might catch the Combines in a prime upset spot seeing a) they had the #1 seed locked up (seemingly in mid-July) and b) the league leaders strolled in just minutes before game time.
That thought only got better after the Admirals jumped to an early 7-0 lead after the top half of the 1st.
In the home half, that thought quickly vanished. Possibly doing BP in the parking lot, the Combines showed why they have been dominating the league this year as they responded with 7 runs of their own.
After blanking the Admirals in the top of the 2nd, the Combines put up another converted touchdown (7, for anyone not familiar with football scoring).
In the 3rd, the Admirals scored a singleton, but the Combines again put up a touchdown, but this time failed the extra point attempt (6, for anyone not familiar with football scoring).
Now down 20-8 and in need of a serious rally, the Admirals started the 4th with 3 straight singles. Looked like they'd get another after Aaron hit a hard grounder past the 1st basemen, but the Combines' deep playing speedy 2nd basemen made a great play corralling it to make the 4-3 out.
No worry, with runners now at 2nd and 3rd, Ryan cashed them all in with a Beasty Beatty , arguably his longest bomb yet. Unfortunately, that's all the Admirals could muster that inning, but it cut their deficit to a more manageable 8.
In the bottom half, a small victory was felt as the Admirals were able to get out of the inning by only allowing 2 runs.
In the umpire called last inning (5th), the Admirals needed to plate double digits in hopes of extending the game, but unfortunately, they sad-tromboned their way to just 1.
With the regular season in the books, the Admirals appear to be headed into the playoffs as the 6 seed.
ATP• Ryan: 3 for 3
• Antonio: 2 for 2, BB
HR• Ryan: 1
3B• Antonio 1
• Mark: 1
• Sean: 1
2B• Antonio: 1
• BJ: 1
• Mike: 1
• Ryan: 1
RBI• Ryan: 4
Mark recorded another pitching gem on the mound and Ryan punished Mike for years of chirping as the Admirals got back to their winning ways defeating Vickery Electric in 17-4 in game 1 of this Wednesday evening doubleheader.
After swapping a run in the 1st inning, the Admirals escaped the 2nd inning unscathed with a nicely executed run down that yielded an orthodox double play.
In their home half, with Mike standing on 3rd, Ryan, tired of years of Mike's chirping, was licking his chops at giving Mike a scare and ripped a screaming a line shot down 3rd base line. Mike, faced with split decision to a) get skinny, or b) jump into foul territory, elected to go with option b). The decision proved to the wrong one as he got nailed right in the ass, which instantly left a ball sized bruise. After the laughs subsided, and the inning was done, the Admirals had plated a snowman.
Vickery narrowed the score in the 3rd, scoring 2, and holding the Admirals to none.
After allowing another run in the 4th, the Admirals got sticking again, plated 7 and built their lead to 12.
In the 5th, the Admirals again blanked the Vickery offense and had plated one, before the umpire called the game due to time.
No time to celebrate as the Admirals had the league dominating Combines on deck.
ATP• Darrell: 3 for 3
• Morgan: 0 for 0, 3BB
3B• Mark: 1
2B• Aaron: 2
• Darrell: 1
• Mike: 1
• Ryan: 1
RBI• Andrew: 3
• Ryan: 3