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Friday, August 13, 2010

Stealth Update 2

Friday, August 13, 2010
With an 8:00 a.m. bus for our 10:00 a.m. game against, Georgia, it was another early wake-up call for the Stealth players and families.

The Georgia Yard Dogs are from Atlanta, with a fervent fanbase full of chants and support. Their uniforms make them look like the University of Georgia from color (red) and logo (big G).

The Yard Dogs scored two runs in the first off Stealth starter Tyler Osbourne. The Yard Dogs scored four unearned runs in the second and were on the verge of blowing the game wide open but a bullet back to Osbourne turned into a 1-2-3 double play.

That gave Stealth a boost and led to an offensive outburst. Three straight walks by Tre Breland, Luke Larkin, and Tyler Osbourne loaded the bases for Shamar Jackson, who singled home Breland. Nick Copenhaver added an RBI groundout and then Jack Nolan doubled home Osbourne and Jackson and the Stealth only trailed 6-4.

However, the Yard Dogs added four runs in their half of the third to pull ahead 10-4. After another run in the fourth inning, the Yard Dogs were on the verge of ending the game via the mercy rule after Georgia’s Kevin Smith doubled and stole third with no outs.

But, Stealth reliever Brendan Kirck induced a pop fly to right and fly out to left field that turned into a double play. Kirck threw six pitches to get three outs.

The Stealth added a pair of runs in the sixth to make the score more respectable 11-6 final.

The Stealth family spent the balance of the day at the hotel pool and beach, enjoying each other’s company before going back to the Stadium to watch the Puerto Rico team battle a team from Michigan.

Saturday is an off day. Plans include a trip to Old San Juan and some rest and relaxing at the hotel’s pool and beach. After a long season that started in January with winter workouts, it is a well deserved day of fun and sun in Puerto Rico. But, if you asked each player, they’d much rather be putting on the uniform for a ballgame.

They’ll get one final chance to play together Sunday at 10:00 a.m. against Michigan.


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