P1 Takes Two Wins on Trondheim Trip
Pretenders1 @ NTNUI, Lade Stadium, artificial turf, Sat. May 27, 2017
Game 1: Pratts Shines as P1 Bats Impress
In overcast, drizzly weather, Dave Pratts (W 1-1) made his second pitching start for P1. The Brooklyn native showed better command of his pitch location in this outing, striking out 6 and allowing just one hit in 5 innings for the complete-game victory. He gave up 6 walks and 2 HBP.
Pretender defense was unyielding and committed no errors, while the catching tandem of Dave-Matt Bortz and Terje Hoaas held the Knickers to just one stolen base.
Lithuanian sensation Dom went 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Jeff Olchovy blasted a long drive to right-center and reached second even hobbling half-speed on his hurt hamstring. “Bortzy” logged his first P1 hit and was reliable behind the plate in his P1 debut.
P1 batting highlights, by inning:
1st – Terje leadoff single, Dom doubled him home.
3rd – Ryan singled, Dom walked, Dave P singled both home, Alec and Bortzy reached on FCs, Darren reached on catcher’s interference, Terje and Ryan walked, Dom 2-RBI double, Matt RBI single, Dave walked, Alec’s E1 scored two.
5th – Martinius walked, Jeff RBI double, Darren single, Terje RBI single, Ryan 2-RBI double.
Final score: 17–1. Pretender batters drew 7 walks and stroked 15 hits.
Game 2: Connell Earns Another Convincing Win
Starting pitcher Matt Connell (W 2-0) tossed 4 strong innings, having little trouble dispatching the last-place Knickers’ lineup. Matt inflicted 4 Ks and gave up just one run on 3 hits (one of them to a petulant girl). His Pretender teammates played trustworthy defense behind him, and Dom tested his throwing shoulder by closing out the final two innings with 2 Ks and allowing no baserunners.
The game ended 19–1 by mercy rule after 6 innings. P-batters logged 14 H, 9 BB, 14 RBIs.
P1 scoring by inning:
1st – Terje walked, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on a balk.
2nd – Consecutive singles by Dave, Alec, Martinius, Bortzy and Darren plated 3 runs.
3rd – Singles by Matt, Alec, Martinius and Bortzy, with 4 walks interspersed, netted 6 runs.
4th – Alec walked, stole twice and scored on Marty’s groundout to first base.
5th – Terje’s single, Dom’s majestic triple and Matt’s RBI groundout scored 3 in total.
6th – P1 scored 5 on singles by Alec, Jeff and Darren, and walks by Marty, Terje and Ryan.
*On the day, P1 infielders turned two rally-killing double-plays off line-outs.
Double-header stats for each player:
(Leading off) 1B/C Terje: 3/6, 4 BB, 6 RS(!), 3 RBI.
2B/SS Ryan Goedecke: 2/7, 3 BB, 4 RS, 4 RBI.
SS/RP Dom Jacevicius: 5/7 with 2 doubles and a triple, 4 RS, 3 BB, 6 RBI(!).
3B/SP/1B Matt Connell: 4/9, 2 RS, 5 RBI.
SP/LF Dave Pratts: 2/8, 4 RS, 2 BB, RBI.
LF/1B Alec Haralovich: After anguishing through Game 1 with an 0-for-5, Alec recovered nicely in Game 2, finishing 3/8 with 5 RS and 2 RBI.
RF/CF Martinius: 2/5, 3 BB, 3 RS, 3 RBI.
C/LF D-Matt Bortz 3/6, 3 RS, RBI.
2B Jeff Olchovy (balky hamstring) made the most of his 2 plate appearances: 2/2, 2 RS, 2 RBI.
CF/3B Darren McKellep: 3/5, BB, 3 RS, 3 RBI, reached twice on catcher’s interference.
Norskundervisning: Akronymet NTNUI står for “Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitets idrettsforening”.
Note: Terje Myhrer-Hoaas scored his 700th run for the Pretenders. Making him the first ever to reach this milestone - both for the Pretenders and in the Norwegian Baseball League.