Few things are more daunting than the second game of a back-to-back hurling doubleheader, but Goose the Market accepted the challenge and took to the pitch against the Wreckers of Team Renner’s on Sunday, May 6th at Eugene Burns Park.
Renner’s entered the match hungry for victory following a particularly heated dust-up against Good Earth earlier that morning that had the sidelines, snack bar, restrooms, and TMZ abuzz over the flaring tempers and raw emotions displayed on the pitch. For their part, Goose came directly into the match after surviving a furious rally by Connor’s to gain their first actual victory of the season, because we all know a tie doesn’t really count. Renner’s graciously allowed Goose a recovery period prior to the first throw in, and the stage was set for a terrific match as both teams looks to gain ground in the league standings to cap off Week 2 of the season.
A tightly contested match featured terrific individual matchups across the board. Veteran Renner’s hurlers Andy Hazel, Ian Heraty, and Phil Barsomething-or-other led the offensive charge for the Wreckers, with Hazel stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 3-2 for the match.
For Renner’s, Kyle Griffith put up 2-4 to lead the team in both scoring categories. Goals from Fagan, Hambrick, and Rosiello helped Goose extend their slim halftime lead, along with a 1-3 output from new guy Dave Riordan, who seems to be learning the game quite nicely.
The final tally of Goose 7-12 to Renner’s 4-9 gave Goose their second consecutive victory, moving their record to 2-0-1 on the season. Renner’s fell to 0-3, but continues to lead the league in the relatively obscure “Tallest Average Lineup” statistic.
Both teams resume play under the lights at Eugene Burns Park on Friday, May 18th.