After skunking the dudes from Aarhus not once but twice in their first visit to the Sandlot, the Achievers made the journey to Jutland in good spirits and with high hopes of winning at least one.
The Knights in Red Satin had other ideas. No funny stuff.
The sequel to the battle of the brothers Videbaek was a truncated affair. Nis threw out his arm on the first play of the day; exit stage left.
Brother Thomas, running after Lukwata's drive to right, pulls his hammy and falls to the ground; exit stage right. And the sea monster trots home with an inside-the-parker.
The plot thickened as Aarhus pulled ahead by a couple runs, until Feebles contributed a homer of his own, the modern way, hitting it out of the park to dead center to bring the visitors within one run.
The Achievers flashed the leather by turning a double play, with Raz spearing a one-hopper, stepping on the bag and firing to second base to nail the runner: 3-6! But Aarhus still managed to stay in front.
The crafty Cuban centerfielder retreats on a deep fly from Feebles... and... stretches over the fence and... makes the catch! robbing him of HR number two. Great play to keep the home team ahead.
And through it all, a pattern started to emerge. The little boys in blue were out of their element. A couple rotten oysters is all it takes. An inconsistent and shitty strike zone, several missed bang-bang plays at first base, hesitations on easy calls, and general performance anxiety rendered the umps all but worthless for both games.
The dudes would not abide another blown call.
Alas, down 6-1, the Achievers' comeback fell short and the home team took an extremely frustrating Game One, 12-9.
Grizzly Feebles got the good guys going with HR number two, a no-doubter into the tall trees in center. A couple innings later, he and Slim conspired to hit back-to-back doubles, which they did, and the game was tied.
If you will it, dude, it is no dream.
In fact, Slim played a great game. With family and in-laws cheering him on, the Achiever's centerfielder charged a base-hit up the middle with a runner sprinting home from second; with that characteristically long and deliberate wind-up, lefty Slim whipped the throw home and nailed him at the plate! Bang-bang-crash! OUT! Feebles got up and fired it to third, SAFE! under the sea monster's tag.
Although some of the easier plays didn't get made, the Achievers still had another web gem up their sleeves. On a sharply hit grounder to second, Rorin made a perfect toss to D'mensch and they turned a 4-6-3 double play. The second twin-killing of the day for the Copenhagen heroes.
Yet your humble heroes were still down a couple runs going into the later innings against James the heat-hurling Aussi. After receiving a warning for barking at the incompetent umps, D'mensch got angry and shot an RBI triple rocketing past the ump's face down the firstbase line. Ever thus to deadbeats!
But the Aussi buckled down and retired the next two batters, stranding the runner at third and maintaining the lead. That creep can roll, man.
And so despite a valient team effort, the Achievers again fell short in their bid for a come-from-behind victory, and the old boys from Aarhus got their revenge: 7-4.
In the end, though, it was a goddamn gorgeous day of pretty good softball; you gotta hand it to Aarhus for stepping up their game and salvaging their dignity. We dig your style too, man.
And how 'bout those fans of ours! Traveling from near and far, all the way from Thy and Amager and Aabyhoej to watch this group of amateurs. Sure puts a smile on our faces, even after a hard day on the diamond.
We're already looking forward to taking out our aggression on Cockadale. Again. They should be pushovers.