The DC Bullets softball squad showed a little early-season rust at the start of their 2009 opener against the Paris Review on Thursday, April 30. After a sluggish offensive start, third baseman Michael Lorah (2-4, RBI, run) drove home their first run with an RBI single, chasing home second baseman Erin Dawald (2-4, RBI, 2 runs) in the third inning.
In the fifth, the flood gates opened up, with three consecutive run-producing plate appearances. Dawald drove in pitcher/outfielder Sal Cipriano (4-4, double, 2 runs) with an RBI double. Shortstop Adam Schlagman’s (4-4, run) base hit pushed outfielder Heather Einhorn (2-4, run) across, and outfielder Adam Staffaroni’s (0-2, two fielder’s choices, sac fly) sacrifice fly brought Dawald home for the inning’s final tally.
Additional offensive highlights included run scoring triples by pitcher/outfielder Joel Press (2-4, triple, 2 RBI, run) in the sixth and outfielder Pat Brosseau (3-4, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs) in the seventh. Catcher/outfielder Larry “LP” Vollano (1-4, home run, 2 RBI, run) capped the scoring with a two-run bomb to finish a five-run seventh inning rally. This makes LP the early leader for 2009 Rookie of the Year.
Alas, the Bullet’s sluggish start was both offensive and defensive. The ten runs scored by the Bullets in the final three innings look nice on paper, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 16-1 deficit the Bullets found themselves in after the fourth inning. Final score: Paris Review 20, DC Bullets 11.
At least one error can be attributed to nearly every single Bullet in the first four innings. The Bullets set a new standard for their ugliest half-game in a long history of ugly half-games. No defensive stars worth nothing this time around! Unless you count a couple excellent plays by the opponent’s left fielder.
Big thanks for injured stars Fletcher Chu-Fong and Doug Harrison for showing up to provide moral support, and a shout out to DC’s VP-Manufacturing Alison Gill for trekking out to cheer on the Bullets.
Still no sign of the super soldier Nel Yomtov in the early going this season. Perhaps he’s trying to hook on with a “better” team. Good luck with that!
Tips o’ the hat to rookies Jerry Cerza (1-4, RBI, run, FC) for stepping in at first base, and Jeff Boison (1-4, FC) for splitting time with LP in the outfield and behind the plate.
Fans can come watch the DC Bullets softball team in action this Thursday at 5:30pm at North Meadow, Field #2 against Popular Science.