The Braves came out swinging in their half of the first, but now the Orioles take to the plate to see how much damage they can do.
The Orioles are well represented in the crowd today, and the fans are on their feet to encourage their team! Erin scans the lineup card and chooses Number 15 to start things off. The Braves take their positions on the field, hoping to keep their lead. Here's the first pitch... The batter hits it high into the air, and it's deep! But, it's not deep enough and this one is a long fly out. That's one away.
One down and Number 9 comes up to the plate next. She is hoping to put on a show here in front of the crowd. Let's see if the show is a hit or not. The pitcher throws, and Number Nine knocks this one to deep right field where it drops in and bounces against the wall in that back corner that has become the bane of pitchers throughout this tournament. She puts on a show, alright! She comes around second heading for third as the fielder throws the ball toward the baseman. She slides and she is SAFE on third!
The Orioles have a runner in perfect scoring position and just one out here in the bottom of the first. The fans are going crazy! Erin sends in Number 22 to bat third here today. As long as she can avoid an out, the runner on third will cross the plate here. Let's see what happens... The pitcher takes his sign and sets up for the next pitch. He throws... The batter swings and gets under the ball a bit too much, sending it straight up into the air back to the pitcher. The second baseman waves the pitcher off and he's under it for the grab.
Two outs, a runner on, and the crowd is not quite as 'randy' as they have been. Well, the Orioles fans anyway... The Braves fans have started making some noise as they see the end of the inning looming closer. Number 31 comes in, batting in the clean-up spot. Let's see if she can clear that base... The pitcher assesses the situation, checks the runner, and throws. Thirty-One swings but gets the top of the ball, driving it forward but into the ground. It takes a hop toward first base. The first baseman comes off the bag to grab the ball, and he turns, underhanding it back to the pitcher waiting on the base for the ground out to end the inning.
The Orioles leave a runner on third without being able to bring any of the girls across the plate in order to generate runs. They trail 3-0 behind the Braves as we move on to the second inning here in the Scratch-card Championship!
Dayf, your boys are leading by three and now you will have SIX PLAYERS to call up in the second inning: 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 32
Trivia Question (open to everyone except Erin and Dayf): Which hall-of-famer once donned a Cleveland uniform during an All-Star event because his own uniform was MIA (he either forgot it, or it got lost, depending on which source(s) you use)?