The Oxford Blues lost last night to Devilnoise & Pimpleton (28-14), bringing their season record to 3-6. However, even though the Blues gave up the most runs since their second game of last season, it was one of the most glorious losses in Blues history, and that's saying something.
D&P came ready to hit and pounded the ball all over the field. Undeterred, the Blues got their bats going right out of the gate with a two run homer by the red hot Dan Ozzi in the bottom of the first. In the fourth inning everyone got in their groove and put the ball in play while hustling down the first base line. The effort resulted in a scrappy two-out rally which scored more runs and loaded the bases for Ozzi. Hitting instructor and right-center fielder Ben Keene, who had a magnificent shoestring catch earlier in the inning, pulled Dan aside and wisely told him to "hit a grand slam". Dan obeyed and sent a rocket out to left field clearing the bases.
In the fifth and final inning Andy Fargnoli, with disregard for his own personal safety, made a tough catch in foul territory while colliding with the chain link fence in left field. While the dugout collectively gasped, he jogged away unscathed and smiling as usual. The bottom of the fifth produced another rally for the Blues offense. Credit once again goes to everyone who hustled out their hits. Kate Brown had an especially great night at the plate going 3 for 3 which kept many innings alive.
Unfortunately we did not have a photographer on hand so the above picture is from our archives (a.k.a. Jared's flickr page). It's from the first game of the season which was also under the lights at Dewitt Clinton.
Highlights from the post game festivities at the Bull Moose Saloon include meeting a stubborn-loner-Norwegian-pool-fanatic and of course the set of jingle jugs that were on display behind the bar.