The Middle Bass Island softball team is off to a solid start this year. Through four games the Dockers are 2-2. And they are only one win away from tying last year's win total. Coached and managed by Eddie Sheller and Art Wolf, the Dockers are looking like a sleeper team with play-off potential.
Here is a quick recap of the four games played so far:
Game 1 at Put-in-Bay
Middle Bass vs The Roundhouse Bar
In the season opener at Put-in-Bay, the Dockers unleashed their bats for a total of 20 runs. The three youngest players set the offensive tone as they each had multiple hits. Art Wolf's pitching, combined with strong defensive play, resulted in a big first win for the Dockers.
Middle Bass: 20 The Roundhouse Bar: 9
Game 2 at Middle Bass
Middle Bass vs Blue Marlin Bar and Grille
In the second game of the season the Dockers faced a favored Blue Marlin's squad. Despite the roaring support of Middle Bass Island's amazing fans, the Dockers couldn't put it together and were crushed by 14 runs.
The highlight of the game was when the Blue Marlins pinch hit their bat boy in the 7th inning. Art Wolf handled a hard hit ground ball and faked the throw to first base allowing the bat boy to reach first safely. The crowd on both sides cheered. It was the bat boy's proudest moment--a base hit in an adult league game. And as one fan said about the sportsmanship, "The way it was done might be the best of its kind I've ever seen in any sport."
Middle Bass: 4 Blue Marlin: 18
Game 3 at Middle Bass
Middle Bass vs Beer Barrel Saloon
In this hard-fought game both teams scored inning after inning. But with big hits like Rod Lawrence's two-out, 2 RBI double in the 5th inning, and solid pitching and defense, the Dockers held on. They allowed no runs to cross the plate in the 7th inning and captured the win.
Middle Bass: 10 Beer Barrel Saloon: 8
Game 4 at Middle Bass
Middle Bass vs Heineman's Winery
Although Art Wolf and the defense held Heineman's Winery to only four runs, the Dockers failed to produce at the plate. They left the bases loaded twice. Controversial calls by the umpires about allegedly thrown bats ignited the home crowd into an uproar. But even they could not sway the momentum of the game against one of the league's best defensive teams.
Middle Bass: 2 Heineman's Winery: 4
The Dockers will play Blue Marlin Bar and Grille Wednesday, June 22 at Put-in-Bay. Please join us at the game and support your Middle Bass team! And feel free to join us at St. Hazards after the game!