Dec 28: The series begins!! Today marks the official start of our series between Pole-2-Pole (P2P) from Capetown, South Africa, Duestche Baseball Academy (DBA) from Germany and Team USA. In the opening game we saw P2P vs DBA. They have played against each other 4 times over the past 4 days in a warmup to the real thing. They had played each other hard and each had won 2 games a piece. We expected today’s game to be a fabulous game and it lived up to our expectations. The game was played under partly cloudy skies, temps in the low 70s with a stiff breeze blowing out to right field. Let the game begin. P2P sprinted ahead with a 5-0 lead after 2 innings. DBA scraped together 2 runs in the 4th to trail 5-2. Sadly in the 5th, the P2P kids committed way too many errors, allowing 4 runs to score on 4 errors and they gave up the lead, trailing 6-5. In the top of the 6th, P2P refused to give up, they put together some key hits and took the lead back 7-6. Talk about a see-saw battle. In the bottom of the 6th, DBA refused to go quietly and they posted 2 runs of their own, taking back the lead 8-7. Heading into the 7th, could P2P mount another rally? Sadly, the answer was “not today”. Final score, DBA – 8, P2P – 7. This was the kind of game where both teams deserved a victory, but as we all know, there can only be one victor! Hats off to both teams.
On the plate was Bob, Geno was at 1st and Denver was at 3rd. Geno was nursing a sore knee from yesterday’s game. The crew once again wore the military green shirts with the base umpires having camo hats. Talk about a good looking crew. The game was full speed ahead, taking 1 hour for the first 4 innings. But with all of the errors committed in the 5th, the pace of the game slowed, game time was 2:19 for 6.5 innings. The game was played in front a crowd estimated to be at 129 fans. What is fabulous about this field, the fans can back their cars up to the ballfield along the left field line and all around the outfield. Some of them were bbq’ing. From homeplate, Bob was treated to a view of Table Mountain the entire game, one of the seven wonders of the world!!
Outstanding plays were turned in by both teams. The DBA squad had a home run over the right field fence. The P2P team picked off 2 of the DBA runners at first. But the play of the day (POD) goes to Luke November, catcher of the P2P team. On a passed ball that didn’t stray to far from the plate area, Luke pounced on the ball with cheetah like reflexes and thru a laser to 2nd base to get a runner attempting to advance from 1st. With a bazooka for an arm, runners will think twice before running on him. Well done Luke!! #SC10LA
And finally, one of the boys on the P2P team was “awarded” a pair of brand new Boombah cleats. These cleats were a gift from umpire Bob. He provided the cleats to the team and they decided who should be given them. So far, 4 pairs have been given away, 3 to the local gents who are helping with the series and this one today.
As the sun faded into night, another great day was celebrated with a feast at the campground. Dinner consisted of South African sausage, ribs, potato salad, pork and beans. The boys were busy reliving the game over and over. We now have a full camp of players and staff. We could hear off in the distance the frog serenade beginning.