Friday, April 27, 2012


Losing After Winning

Well, cranks, this reporter was a little shocked this evening as the Rohrers ball club came out and lost a hotly contested ball game in the bottom of the 6 th inning. I will not fault any one player for this defeat because the whole club played a little off their normal hard ball playing. Their normal field discipline and swinging the stick seemed to be missing.

Manger Grace in his pregame talk to the club said, “Let`s get out early and jump on them boys.” The boys started the first inning reminiscent of prior games.. On the mound for Bedways was Jake Hendricks. M.J Oswald up first had a pop fly to the pitcher for the first out. Drew Grace hits a hard gapper between third and short for a double. Drew steals third base with 1 out. Next up, Big Jake Biever who drives a low liner down third base line for a single and drives in Drew. Score: 1-0. Batting clean up Nate Dixon bunts, advancing Jake to second, but Nate is called out at first. Dylan Biever gets called out at first to end the play.

The Battery for Roheres at this point is Drew Grace on the mound and M.J. Oswald behind the plate. First batter for Bedways lines out to the short stop for the first out. Second batter smacks a high fly ball to right field and advances to third on a dropped ball.

Another error and the Bedways score for a score 1-1.
2nd inning Chase Weiser up first walks to first. Seth Grube up next. Chase steals second on a close call on a high pitch Seth is called out. Blake Lipko gets fanned 2 outs.
Easton Weiser is called out at first for three outs.

Bottom of the second. Drew fans the first batter. Drew fans the second batter with 2 outs. Third batter hits a grounder past the third baseman into left field. One man on, a walk and Bedways has two men on. Drew fans the batter for the third out.
Top of the third up at bat M.J. Oswald, who is walked on balls. Drew Grace strikes out. Jake Biever takes 4 balls and walks. Nate Dixon takes 4 balls and walks. Bases loaded. Dylan Biever up next, Dylan. called out on strikes. Chase Weiser pops up for the out.

Manager Grace calls in Big Jake to the mound and pulls Drew, who pitched a fair 3 innings. Their big slugger hits a homerun. Well ,cranks, this is the first time this season our boys were behind in a game. Jake fans the next batter. Thirds batter grounds out to first and he fans the last batter.

All in all, our boys were holding their own. Things looked exciting in the bottom of the fifth until the heavy stick of their pitcher hit another homer with a man on putting the score 4-2. But, Cranks, our boys came back in the top of the sixth when slugger Drew Grace hit an inside the park homerun and drove in two runs to make the score 4-4. The crowd was on its feet. Jake strikes out.

Bottom of the 6 th inning.Are we going to go to extra innings? Things looked good for our nine when Bedways came to bat at the bottom of the 6th. Nate Dixon snags a grounder and throws the runner out at first for one out. Henricks hits a double advancing a man to third base. The next batter cracks one to right field and Bedways scores beating our boys 5-4
After the game I asked one of the ball players what he thought of the game he stated, “ We played terrible. We missed too many signs from the coach on third. We made too many errors.”

So it was cranks that our boys played a little weak today, but overall ,they are a great team. These kids are winners and to loose a game is just baseball. Sometimes you are on. Other times you’re not.
It is interesting to note that the team who beat our boys this evening was cheering and jumping around like they won a championship game. Take this, cranks, as what it means. They beat a great team and were so shocked that it was like playing in a championship game…

See you on Saturday at Memorial Park . I smell victory in the air for Rohrers.


Monday, April 23, 2012


The Millers Ball Club went down on Friday night. A familiar tale for any who come up against the Rohrers. For six innings,our boys went to the bat and hit every hurler that Millers could supply.

In the first, MJ. Oswald was up initially. M.J,a consistent hitter, drives a grounder and legs it to first but is called out. Brent Kaunas walks and then steals second in a burst of high energy speed. Dylan Grace, one of our power hitters,slams out a double to the enjoyment of the crowd, sending Brent to third. Brent over runs third and the Millers try hard to catch him between home and third, but he foils their attempt. Up next strolls big Jakob Biever and the crack of ball against bat sends the ball flying out over center field fence and downtown for a homer. This homer is the first for the club and an excited team rushes out of their dugout and greets the big slugger when he rounds the bases and crosses home plate for the score. Next, Nate Dixon strolls out to the batter`s box, waves his hand to the ump for time, gets set and lays waste to a hanger that sails out over a leaping second baseman and rolls into the grass in center field for a single. Up next is Dylan Biever who strikes out. Chase Weiser at bat hits a grounder to the second baseman and is called out at first.

This is the way the game will go for the next five innings. Our boys hitting over and over to the delight of the audience.

I witnessed a few calls that made this reporter cringe, but that is baseball. One of those calls is evident below.

Nate Dixon slams a double with A controversial Call at Home.

Well ,cranks, the playing of our nine was faultless throughout the game. The infield stopped everything that came along and some of the chances given them were very hot. Take for example, in the bottom of the second inning, a hard bouncing grounder was snagged by Brent Kaunas who immediately under hands it to Drew Grace on second for the out. Kaunas and Grace both distinguished themselves by making a phenomenal play for which both players are well known. In the later innings, Brent Kaunas was called to do some catching and Millers was trying to make a play with a steal to third base. Brent quickly catches the movement of the runner and fires a perfect strike to the hot corner, where third baseman ,Nate Dixon, grabs the bullet and tags the runner for an out.

Up on the mound this day were a couple of relievers. Seeing our starters are being rested, the pitchers, Dylan Biever ,Chase Weiser and M.J. Oswald did a phenomenal job keeping the number of hits and runs to a minimum.

The outfielders, Easton Weiser , T,J, Schappell Seth Grube took all chances of balls arriving in their area with fine throws to the infield to hold up any runners.

Our boys did an excellent job. I am sure Manager Grace had to be thrilled by their play. It seemed to me, when I could get a view of him,he had a big grin on his face.

All we can we say about our slugger today is….. Wow! Big Jake“The Slammer” Biever jacked out two homers. M.J. “The Duster” Oswald had a single. Brent “Lightning” Kaunas had two hard hit triples. Drew “The Boomer”Grace smacked a double and a triple. Nate “The Kidney" Dixon drove out a single, two doubles and triple for a fine evening. Chase, “The Dasher” Weizer rounded out two singles. Blake “The Lion” Lipko lined out two triples. Easton, “The Kid” Weizer had a hard hit single. T.J. “Tip” Schappell had a nice single. Seth “Goose” Grube, Dylan “Smoogey” Biever and Dylan “Dynamite” Grace went down at bat. The nicknames given the players are this author`s call, the way I remember the nine. And how can we forget our manager, Ken “Phenom “ Grace.

Manager “Phenom” Grace called the boys together at the end of the game and stated, “That was an awesome game. Everybody was into it and everybody was hittin`. Ok, that’s the way to play baseball!”

See all you cranks on Monday when the Rohrers vs. Bedways…