Wake Up Call?
By: Steven Ballman
If back to back losses weren't enough of a wake up call, Sunday's hideous loss at Merton is hopefully the game that will finally piss off the roster enough to start caring enough to do the things that has made 7 Up baseball a perennial threat. Anybody who was in attendance should ask for a refund from the person they came to see.
West Bend started out well, scoring 2 in the 1st inning scoring 2 on a Josh Krowiorz 2 RBI single. West Bend would tally another run in the 2nd when Taylor Koth had a RBI double scoring Jed Justman.
Merton would tally 2 in their half of the 2nd after back to back singles, a successful SAC bunt and back to back RBI singles by Decker and Meyer.
The score would remain 3-2 until the West Bend 5th. West Bend would tally 2 without a hit. A Billy Bynum hit by a pitch, a Rohlinger walk would set up Bryant Bullock who hit a ball to Centerfield that was dropped and then a poor throw by the centerfielder and the 1st baseball allowed Bynum and Rohlinger to score.
West Bend would maintain a 6-3 lead into the 8th when Merton would erupt for 4 runs on 5 hits all with 2 outs. A 2 out single, then homerun by Jake Meyer would pull the lead to 6-5. 3 consecutive infield singles tied the game at 6. Then a bases loaded walk by Sam Mulkey would give Merton the 7-6 lead.
West Bend fought back though in the 9th to tie it. A leadoff single by Matt Parrent followed by a Rohlinger walk and SAC bunt that was dropped by the 1st baseman loaded the bases. Bryant Bullock's base hit scored Parrent. Sadly that was it. A one hopper to short and a double play ball ended the threat but sent the game to bottom half of the 9th.
Dylan Hinkley rolled through the 9th. In the 10th, West Bend again loaded the bases with 1 out, Adam Rohlinger walked for an impressive 6th time on the day plating the go ahead run, but consecutive pop outs killed the chance to blow it open again.
Merton in the 10th did their damage again with 2 outs. A hit batter, then a walk, then a RBI single, and then a wild pitch scored the tying and winning runs to upset the West Bend 7 Up and allowed them to have a R Rated Duggar's 19 Kids and Counting style obstacle course/drinking game party to rub it in the 7 Up boys faces.
The 7 Up boys will try and find 9 guys who actually want to play Friday and hopefully give an effort that is up to par with what is expected from adults playing baseball in the Western Division of Land O' Lakes.