|Result||Mets 15 at Astros 17|
|Location||Willard Jr HS||Astros
|Game Summary||Please see Team Summaries, below|
|Team Summaries||Astros Notes:
Both teams had their aces warmed up and ready to go, and this taut pitchers duel featured scarce baserunners, dramatic defense and runs were at a premium...and then the second inning started...we put away the baseball gear and played a good old fashioned weekend softball game. If there was a more entertaining game this weekend, I am sad to have missed it. Lead changes were commonplace, with both teams striking with big, no HUGE, innings, and clearly the outcome was in doubt up to the last pitch. Pretty much every player had some role in this game, but for The Astros, the MVP was Big T, who homered, and pitched out of a jam in the 6th, and closed things out as quietly as could be expected in the 7th to take the win. JD and The Big Dog started the game, and were oddly vulnerable as both struggled to find the strike zone. After the 4th inning, they were both gone, and we got to the good stuff. Down 5-1, the Mets fought back to take a 9-5 lead in the top of the 4th. PatrickG stopped the bleeding in relief of the Big Dog, but the Mets had taken control of the game. The Astros threatened in the bootom of the 4th and 5th innings, but could only narrow the gap to 9-7. It was then that slugger ChrisS opened the 6th with a bomb over the right field fence, and by the time he came to the plate with the bases loaded later that same inning, the Mets had assumed a daunting 13-7 lead. But the Astros have come from behind in 6 of their 7 previous games, and the stage was set for another comeback. With 1 run in, SpencerW stepped in as a pinch hitter, and drilled a ball off the center field light post to drive in another run. Kani (walk) and Aaron (RBI single) got on base, and then DanielK delivered a big hit driving in 2, and then The Big Dog grabbed some redemption as he drilled a triple, scoring Daniel, and tying the game. That set the stage for Big T who drove the ball over the fence and with that, the 'Stros had taken the lead 15-13. They added 2 more runs, and we wnt tot he 7th at 17-13. But the Mets were not done. With Big T on the hill, the Mets plated 2 more batters, and some close plays kept them from doing more damage. An exhaust group of fans, umpires, coaches, and players expressed regret that this would be the only meeting of these 2 teams during the regular season. Both teams players deserve alot of admiration for never giving up, and playing their hearts out. Few will forget this game soon...