The Pretenders win both games in Bergen

Fyllingsdalen Stadion, Bergen. May 26th 2018

By Mullah.

The Oslo Pretenders continue to be red-hot in the 2018-season by winning two convincing wins in Bergen (21-7 and 16-4).

The red-hot offense continued in Bergen by scoring 38 runs on 25 hits, 22 walks and 4 hit-by-pitches. The Pretenders have started the season in great fashion and are now 4-0.

Game 1:

Terje Myhrer-Hoaas led off the game in usual fashion as he got on base on a walk, stole 2nd and 3rd and scored on Matt Connell's ground-out RBI. Myhrer-Hoaas has now 491 lifetime stolen bases and is only 9 shy of becoming the first ever in Norwegian baseball history to reach the incredible milestone of 500.

The Pretenders produced at least a run in every inning with a big 5-run 4th and 9-run 6th inning. The whole line-up contributed in the game, but in particular the bottom 3 (Victor Chavany, Enrico Guerrini and Darren McKellep) who went 6-10 with 8 runs scored.

 

On the mound Matt Connell started the game and cruised through the first 3 innings with 7 strikeouts, but then got himself in trouble in the 4th by giving up 5 runs and was replaced by Darren McKellep in the 5th after one more run and bases loaded with no outs. McKellep threw two good innings to record his first save of the season. 

Game2:

The second game was in a lot of ways pretty similar to game one. The offense kept on producing and scored runs in every inning except in the last inning (the 6th) of the day. The red-hot Pretenders ended the day scoring runs in 11 of their 12 innings. The same bottom 3 ended up producing the most by going 6-12 with 6 runs scored.

Darren McKellep continued on the mound in game 2 and pitched 4 strong innings - giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walked and a strikeout. McKellep broke his own record by becoming the oldest player in Norwegian baseball history (58 years and 61 days) to record both a win and a save - and even on the same day!

D-fense:

The Pretenders played solid D the whole day even though they recorded 4 errors. Leif P Sandvik made several great plays at SS. Victor Chavany made a great unassisted double-play at 2nd as he caught a line-drive and then stepped on 2nd to record the first two outs of the inning as they were in a jam with bases loaded and no outs. Ryan Goedecke made a great catch in LF on a hard liner tailing towards the line.

Top 3 of the day:

 - Matt Connell, 4-6, 2 R, 7 RBI, 2 SB - his lifetime SB number 100!

 - Enrico Guerrini, 4-7, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 SB

 - Darren McKellep, 4-7, 5 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB

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