Flamingos Schüler Lose Three Hard Games Over Two Weeks

The Flamingos Schüler Team lost three games over eleven days. The Flamingos were set to face the three games without one of the senior players. And in two of the games even another experienced player was unavailable. Then, in the third game, an illness left the Flamingos without yet another dominant player. It was as expected a difficult test for the team. But despite the losses the team continued to develop and many younger and beginning players gained valuable experience.


Flamingos vs. Rams
Four days after the dominate win on the road at the Eagles, the Flamingos were set to face the Rams at home on Wednesday the 15th of June. Cedric Clicqué was the starting pitcher for the Flamingos und he completed his maximum allowed two innings facing nine batters. He had one strike out and one walk and fielded a comebacker to record the third out of the first inning. Three runs scored over the two innings but they were all unearned runs. Erik Ortiz played shortstop and had two assists to Noah Skibo at first base and he also caught a fly ball. Noah had an unassisted out in the second inning.

The Flamingos scored two runs in the first inning. Cedric got on base with a walk and later scored. Erik was safe at first due to a fielder’s choice. Jason Hosnedl had a base hit and a fielding error on the play allowed Erik to score and Jason to advance to third.

The Rams were able to pull away in the third inning. Erik moved to pitcher and was facing the top of the lineup. The Rams were ready to hit and it appeared the Flamingos were ready for a mid-week nap. The first two batters got on base with hits but advanced on passed balls and errors. Erik had one strike out in the inning, one walk, and one wild pitch. The Rams got on base on errors and passed balls and scored the five runs as the Flamingos failed to capitalize on the opportunities to make the outs.

John Luis Márquez-Ramirez and Erik started off the bottom of the third inning with walks. John Luis would later score on wild pitches but that was the last of the runs that the Flamingos would score. John Luis pitched the fourth and fifth innings with storm clouds on the horizon. He gave up only one run and had two walks and three strike outs. In the second inning, Jason caught a runner trying to steal home on a passed ball for the third out. Cedric, at third base, threw out a runner at first to end the top of the fifth inning.

The Flamingos went three up and three down to end the game just before the downpour started with the score 9 to 3 for the Rams. Liam Horn, Joel Bloch, Colin Keegan, John Herbst, Lennart Budzynski, and Celina Hajduk completed the roster.

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Flamingos vs. Mahlow Eagles
Three days later, on Saturday the 18th,  the Flamingos hosted the Mahlow Eagles. Erik Ortiz pitched the first two innings and faced nine batters. He gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and four strike outs. Jason Hosnedl, playing third base, threw to Noah Skibo at first base to get the first batter out. The starting catcher, John Luis Márquez-Ramirez, caught a runner trying to steal third to end the top of the first inning.

The Flamingos started off strong scoring four runs in the first inning and sending eight batters to the plate. Cedric Clicqué and John Luis got on base with a single and a double. Cedric scored on a passed ball. Noah and Erik were walked. Jason then hit a two RBI single. Colin Keegan drew a walk and Erik scored on a wild pitch. Jason was caught stealing to end the inning. In the second inning, Celina Hajduk and Noah drew walks and Cedric was on base with a fielder’s choice but the Flamingos failed to score.

With the score 4 to 2, Cedric was on the mound at the top of the third. The Eagles were at the top of the lineup and started the inning strong. The leadoff batter drew a walk, the second hit a double, and the third hit a triple. John Luis came in to pitch the remainder of the inning. He gave up one run due to an infield error and two walks and recorded one strike out. Erik threw out a runner from shortstop to first base and John Luis fielded a comebacker and threw to Noah at first base for the out.

Starting at the top of the lineup again for the fourth inning, the Flamingos gave up two more runs. John Luis had one walk and two strike outs and one batter grounded out to the shortstop. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Lennart Budzynski, John Luis, and Noah drew walks. With the bases loaded Erik hit a hard shot to left center field that was ruled a ground rule double which scored two runs. The ball was close to remaining a live ball which likely would have allowed for the tying run to score but the game ended with the Eagles up 8 to 6. Colin Keegan, Joel Bloch, John Herbst, and Felix Ortiz completed the roster.

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Flamingos vs. Sluggers
The Flamingos had a whole week to prepare for the league leading Sluggers but the Flamingos had to plan a lineup without two of their more experienced players. The temperature was climbing into the unbearable realm already in the early morning of the 25th of June when the news arrived that yet another of our key players would miss the game due to illness.

But the game goes on and in the afternoon heat Erik Ortiz took the mound for the Flamingos. Nineteen pitches later Erik had three strike outs and one walk. The second inning was more difficult. The first batter got a base hit. The second arrived at first safe with a fielder’s choice. The third batter drew a walk. Erik struck out the eighth and ninth batter in the lineup but wild pitches allowed the runners to score. The leadoff batter then hit a pop fly back to the pitcher to end the inning.

With a depleted roster and strong pitching from the Sluggers the Flamingos had a difficult challenge at the plate. Cedric Clicqué started off with a walk. The next batter grounded out. The third and fourth struck out. The second inning was similar. Felix Ortiz and John Herbst drew walks but three strike outs left the Flamingos scoreless.

The heat was powering some strong thunderstorms in the area as Cedric took the mound to start the third inning. It would be a difficult inning for Cedric as he gave up five walks and hit one batter. One batter was out due to an infield fly rule. Liam Horn relieved Cedric and gave up two walks and got one strike out. The inning ended when the fifth run scored.

The Flamingos had two outs in the third inning and the score was 7 to 0 for the Sluggers when the storm arrived and ended the game. Noah Skibo, Colin Keegan, Joel Bloch, and Celina Hajduk completed the roster.

Thank YOU, Scott Ortiz for your notes!

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