Game 5: Oxford Blues 5, Penton 4
July 14, 2014
Report by Tim Allen, Special to the Blues Blog
In a tense game certainly more thrilling than anything we saw in Brazil over the past month*, the Blues (4-1) managed to overcome Penton’s four-run first inning and hung on to defeat the specialist publishers 5 to 4 in Riverside Park. The park’s dangerous field, which includes a low outfield wall notorious for leaving former Blues players battered and bloody, threatened to become even more treacherous as storm clouds rolled in during the final two innings. Zach Haynes scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, however, and the Blues’ solid defense saved the day, finding a third out with a Penton runner in scoring position on second base.
Coach Robert Repino was reported to have foregone his usual “1-2-3-BLUES!”cheer in favor of a Bastille Day-appropriate “Allez les bleus!” Repino would neither confirm nor deny these allegations.
Catcher Jenny Doster, noted Francophile, was cautioned by the umpire for the haughty French-accented laugh she emitted as each Penton player approached the plate. “Don’t worry, guys,” she said later. “They’ll have to kick me out of this league before I stop taunting the other teams.”
The win gave the Blues a record of 4-1-0 and left the team half of a game out of first place.
The game also marked the final appearance of co-manager* and all-star Dave D’Adonna as an official Oxford Blue. We wish him tons of luck in his new position and hope that we haven’t seen the last of his infield prowess. Stay Blue, Dave, stay Blue.
*Editor's Note: This is a reference to the World Cup, the international soccer tournament that was played in Brazil this past summer.
*Editor's Note: For an account of Dave's managerial prowess, see here.