Edinburgh Diamond Devils 13 - Glasgow Comets 0

Scheduled Date: 
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 13:00
Away Team: 
Edinburgh Diamond Devils
Home Team: 
Glasgow Comets
Away Score: 
13
Home Score: 
0
Game write up: 

Comets Game Report:

Fortunately the rain stayed off for the whole of this game but overnight condition would make the ground wet and difficult for players to throw fielded balls. In the end it turned out to be a good game of baseball where the league Champions would show their superiority by running out winners, highlighted by opportunistic hitting and a no-hit bit by pitcher Hsin Yen Lai.

The game started with Francis Takino making his 3rd consecutive start on the mound for Glasgow, and things started well for the team in the first inning, including a run being saved by a spectacular tumbling catch by George Coulter in the outfield to record the final out. The team were retired in order in the bottom of the inning, and Edinburgh jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. A wild pitch allowed a runner to score on a very close play at the plate and a 2 run double by Chris Wilmott brought the runs home. The 3rd inning proved to be decisive in the game as a 10 run rally mixed with some fielding mistakes and very strong hitting by the Devils batters.

The Comets opted for Santino DeRosa on the mound as he continues to revive his pitching career. And he was able to record outs with reasonable ease and cruise through the Edinburgh Line up. The main highlight offensively for the Comets saw James Donnelly break up the away team pitcher's no-hitter with a base hit to right field in the 5th inning. Glasgow were unable to take advantage of this as the runner was subsequently stranded in scoring position. The 7th inning saw more hits by Glasgow but the base runners were stranded once again as the side was retired, allowing Edinburgh to win by the league mercy rule.

Today saw some encouraging signs mixed with things which can be worked on for the future. The Comets' record of 2-2 shows that the team has come a long way, but after suffering today's defeat by the Champions we are able to see how far we still need to go. Surely with hard work and determination the team can get back on track! Thanks must go to stand-in umpire Valeri Wiegel for officiating today's game and doing an excellent job.

Devils Game Report:

The Devils made the trip to Glasgow today to take on the Comets for the first time. The Devils had a strong squad with all of their victorious championship team of last season available but were wary of a Comets team featuring some of the star players from last seasons Glasgow team.

Francis started pitching for the Comets and looked in fine form, retiring the first two batters he faced before with a runner at second and Devils stalwart Bret at the plate, served up a pitch which was lined into left field, only for a spectacular diving grab to deny the Devils an early lead.
The Devils had their own ace on the mound as Taiwanese Flame Thrower Hsin-Yen, brought his A game today, as he breezed through the first two innings including striking out the side in the 2nd.

After the failure of the top of the order to get to Francis, it was down to the rest of the Devils lineup to get some runs on the board. Callum patiently worked a walk and managed to get round to third base before a wild pitch promted him to head for home. The Comets frantically got the ball back to home just as the impecabbly dressed left felder reached the plate in a bang bang play. Fortunately Callum was safe and so were his lovely new trousers which he revealed afterwards to be the reason why he decided to stroll home rather than the more textbook slide.

This put the Devils in the lead and perhaps the collision at home got to Francis as he walked a further two batters before Chris Wilmot struck a deep two run double to the right field wall to stretch the Devils lead to three.

The Devils were taking no prisoners in the third inning, as in an astonishing rally the Devils sent 16 men to plate. Perhaps it was the wet condiditions and heavy ball that hampered the Comets, as an otherwise very impresive defensive display unravelled in spectacular fashion. Some wayward pitching was not helped by some poor fielding decisions to allow the Devils to score 10 runs on just 5 hits to give Hsin-Yen a huge lead to defend.

This was more than he needed as the Devils pitcher was on top form again. He would restrict the Comets lineup to only a handful of baserunners over the course of the game with some tight defence, including a couple of slick plays at shortstop by Dan preventing any sniff of a comeback.

Santino came in the 4th to pitch for the Comets and was very effective, an accurate fastball and some solid defence behind him keeping the Devils scoreless for the next four innings.

So the bottom of the 7th came about with Hsin Yen still at the mound. There was some consternation from the Comets bench as Bret re-emerged to take the field. However once they were assured that the former Devils skipper, renowned for his range would be playing at second base the game continued. Sure enough the ball was hit straight to Tristram for a text book 6-4-3 double play to end the game but sadly Bret was unable to make the pivot and throw. Hsin Yen would retire the last batter to end the game and an outstanding pitching performance in a 13-0 win.

The Comets will be looking back on the third inning with regret as with the exception of this inning they were able to match the Devils and were it not for Hsin-Yens incredible display they could have got a result here.
As for the Devils they left Glasgow with a hard earned win to make it 3 wins in a row to start the season. Can their experienced/old legs keep up the pace?