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Saturday - January 30, 2010

2010 Alumni Game Report

Ohmygosh! So cold! It was so cold at Disch-Falk today. Brrrrr... According to the scoreboard, it was 32 °F when I arrived a little before 11. It managed to get up to 41 by the end of the game at about 2 o'clock. It was cold. And, windy.

Alas, the old guys looked a little rusty. They committed a few errors and managed to lose to the current squad 0-3. The line:

[Final line score]

Joseph Krebs was pitching for the Alumni in the 4th so 'guess he took the loss. Rowe led things off with a double. Then, with 2 out (strikeout and pop fly by Tant Shepherd and Kevin Lusson), Kyle Lusson walked his way aboard. Tim Maitland and Brandon Loy then hit back-to-back singles to score Rowe and Lusson. In the 6th, Tant Shepherd led off with a double that skipped off J.D. Reininger's glove and toward the berm down the lf line. Shepherd moved to 3b on a fly out to cf by Kevin Lusson. Kyle Lusson popped out to 1b. With 2 out, Paul Montalbano reached on a fielding error by the pitcher (James Russell, sporting very long hair!) and Shepherd scored on the play.

My maiden attempt at using the iScore software on my iPhone to score the game did not go well. Not at all. They did not announce line-ups before the game started and I was trying to figure out how to set the lineup while scoring the game and it just turned into a big mess. I gave up very quickly. Shrug. I'm gonna have to watch the tutorials a couple more times and maybe practice with an old game or two that I've got on tape and I think things will be good to go once "official" games roll around. We'll see. The point of this story being: I don't really have any specifics other than what I wrote in the previous paragraph regarding who did what offensively. Such is life.

So who showed up to play for the old guys? In alphabetical order: Adrian Alaniz, Brandon Belt, Randy Boone, Jordan Danks, Matt Goodson, David Hernandez, Bryan Herrera (who is, oddly enough, playing for a team in the Netherlands!), Robby Hudson, Carson Kainer, Joseph Krebs, Kyle McCulloch, Omar Quintanilla, J.D. Reininger, James Russell, Kyle Russell, Huston Street, Juston Street, Drew Stubbs, Taylor Teagarden, Curtis Thigpen, Kyle Walker, and Austin Wood. Burt Hooton, Brooks Kieschnick, Greg Swindell, and Jose Tolentino coached the Alumni squad.

Here are the coaches before the game:

[Alumni Coaches]

And, from left to right, Hernandez, Goodson, Danks, Boone, Belt, and Alaniz:

[Alumni Players]

Again, from left to right, Reininger, Quintanilla, McCulloch, Krebs, Kainer, Hudson, Herrera:

[Alumni Players]

Again, left to right, Street, Street, Stubbs, Russell, and Russell:

[Alumni Players]

(Am I allowed to be amused at the fact that someone in the Baseball office seems to think Stubbs comes before Street in an Alphabetical listing? They were listed "Russell, Stubbs, Street" in the roster and announced in that order as they were introduced. Ah well...)

And, finally, Wood, Walker, Thigpen, and Teagarden:

[Alumni Players]

Defensively, Teagarden started at c and was replaced about half-way through by Thigpen. Thigpen started at 1b and was replaced by Belt when he moved to c. Hudson played 2b the whole game, I think. Quintanilla started at ss and was replaced by Hernandez at some point. Reininger played 3b for the whole game. Kyle Russell, Stubbs, Danks, and Kainer played in the outfield...moving around as the day went on. Russell played both lf and rf. Danks played in cf and rf. Stubbs played in cf and Kainer in lf. I didn't notice anyone else in the outfield but that doesn't mean someone else didn't go out there. On the pitching side of things, 8 guys pitched an inning apiece for the Alumni. In order: Boone, Wood, McCulloch, Krebs, Alaniz, James Russell, Walker, and Herrera. Hmmmm...now that I write Herrera's name, I'm thinking he might've played a little bit of rf, too. Hmmmm. 'Really wish I'd payed more attention. Oh well. He did bat some, I'm sure of that! So, I guess that means Matt Goodson and the Street boys were the only Alumni that did not see any action.

As for the young 'uns...I really did not keep track of anything but the pitching order. Cole Green, Brandon Workman, and Stayton Thomas pitched two innings each. Andrew McKirahan threw the 7th. And, Chance Ruffin closed out the final two innings. The pitching is looking good, folks.

The cold was actually affecting the auto-focus on my camera so I didn't really get many photos I'm happy with. But I did manage some decent shots. I'll close out this post with a few of 'em...

Brandon Loy:

[Loy]

Nick DeSantiago, happy to have led off with a double in the 5th:

[DeSantiago]

The Eyes of Texas are Upon You...

[Alumni Eyes]

I really do hope Opening Day proves warmer than today. That was just ridiculous.

Hook 'em!

Posted by Joanna at 6:00 PM