Doleful drubbing in Chinatown, 16-1


ARMOUR SQUARE PARK, Ill. — Thursday turned out to be a day for the Grinders to lay down and avoid.

The Red Line Go-Gos jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead midway through the third inning of both teams’ ASPL debut and never let up, putting five crooked numbers on the board en route to a 16-1 drubbing of the Chinatown Grinders.

Four Go-Gos tapped out four hits apiece in the game, led by Scott Reichard’s massive 4-for-6, two-homer, four-run, five-RBI game. Owen Schoenfeld went 4-for-5 with a homer, stolen base and four RBIs. Leigh Allan went 4-for-6 with two knocked in, and Ali White had a 4-for-6, three-RBI, three-double day.

The near-heart of the Red Line order (Nos. 4-7) combined to go 16-for-23 with 11 runs, 14 RBIs, three homers and three doubles.

Incredibly, the 21-hit Go-Gos attack was completely bypassed by leadoff hitter Janice Scurio (0-for-5, BB, K) and pitcher Mark Liptak (0-for-3, BB, K).

The first Red Line run came in courtesy of a crazy hop off of third base off the bat of White, scoring Schoenfeld. Chinatown should’ve known then, as early as the second inning, it was going to be a long night.

Larry Berleman wore the loss for the Grinders, and through absolute oversight, had no teammates available to bail him out of this rough outing. Berleman suffered 13 earned runs, and implored teammates Leonard Gore, Keelin Billue, Kim Contreras and John Gorlewski to use Friday’s off-day to throw bullpens, in the case of any future assaults.

Contreras had two of the four Grinders hits, and Gorlewski clobbered a homer to left for Chinatown’s only run.

With a lot of MVP competition, Reichard had to take the top prize with his incredible clubbing day.

While all five of the current ASPL teams were drafted to be evenly matched, Red Line and Chinatown measured as the league’s two strongest clubs. The competition had better hope it was an incredibly hot day from the middle of the Go-Gos order — or an atrocious debut on the chilly South Side on Thursday night — if parity is to rule as designed.


3-26-2020 Red Line Go-Gos (1-0) vs. Chinatown Grinders (0-1)

                      1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9   R  H  E
Red Line Go-Gos       0  2  3  0  4  1  0  2  4  16 21  1
Chinatown Grinders    0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0   1  4  2

Red Line Go-Gos              AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
J. Scurio (LF)                5   0   0   0   1   1  .000
A. Giese (C)                  6   2   2   0   0   0  .333
C. Sullivan (1B)              5   3   2   0   1   1  .400
O. Schoenfeld (CF)            5   4   4   4   1   1  .800
S. Reichard (RF)              6   4   4   5   0   1  .667
L. Allan (SS)                 6   2   4   2   0   0  .667
A. White (2B)                 6   1   4   3   0   0  .667
J. Fox (3B)                   5   0   1   2   0   0  .200
M. Liptak (P)                 3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
                             47  16  21  16   4   5

2B: A. Giese[1], C. Sullivan[1], A. White(3)[3]
HR: O. Schoenfeld[1], S. Reichard(2)[2]
SH: M. Liptak[1]
SF: J. Fox[1]
SB: O. Schoenfeld[1]
E:  C. Sullivan[1]
LOB: 10

Chinatown Grinders           AB   R   H RBI  BB  SO   AVE
K. Billue (CF)                4   0   1   0   0   0  .250
L. Gore (3B)                  3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
J. Gorlewski (RF)             4   1   1   1   0   1  .250
T. Borowski (1B)              4   0   0   0   0   1  .000
E. Colclasure (LF)            3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
L. Berleman (P)               3   0   0   0   1   1  .000
K. Contreras (C)              4   0   2   0   0   0  .500
T. Barbee (SS)                4   0   0   0   0   0  .000
B. Pollina (2B)               3   0   0   0   0   2  .000
                             32   1   4   1   3   7

2B: K. Billue[1]
HR: J. Gorlewski[1]
E:  K. Billue[1], B. Pollina[1]
LOB: 7

Red Line Go-Gos               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
M. Liptak(W, 1-0)            9.0   4   1   1   3   7   1  1.00
                             9.0   4   1   1   3   7   1

Chinatown Grinders            IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR   ERA
L. Berleman(L, 0-1)          9.0  21  16  13   4   5   3 13.00
                             9.0  21  16  13   4   5   3

DDBB Player of the Game: S. Reichard


A great day for a scheduled game between RLG (0-0) and CGR (0-0).
The starting pitcher for RLG is Mark Liptak (0-0, 0.00). 
The starting pitcher for CGR is Larry Berleman (0-0, 0.00).


*** Top of the 1st ***

So here's Scurio... nobody gone here in the Top of the 1st.
  The pitch ...
  A hot shot ...
  Straight to Barbee at shortstop ...
  He's up with it ...
  And over to first to retire Scurio.

Giese is up there now... one gone here in the Top of the 1st.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  Looped to shallow right ...
  Pollina going out, Gorlewski coming in ...
  and now Gorlewski signaling that he's got it  ...
  and puts it away for the out.

Settling into the box is Sullivan... two gone.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  A swing and a miss ... Berleman finishes her off with a fastball.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for RLG...
  And after one half it's RLG 0 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 1st ***
*** RLG 0 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Billue, Gore, and Gorlewski ***

Billue steps in and calls for time ...
Now she's ready... nobody gone.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a fly ball to left field ...
  but slicing away from Scurio ...
  and she can't get to it ...
  it gets by her and goes to the wall ...
  double for Billue.

Batting next is Gore... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 1st.
  Billue at second.  
  Liptak kicks and deals...
  In the air to shallow left field ...
  and Scurio has a long way to go ...
  but she runs it down to make the catch ...
  Nice play!

Up next for CGR, Gorlewski... one down.
  Billue is away from second.  
  The next pitch is on the way ...
  Easy ground ball to third base ...
  Fox has it ...
  And fires to first to retire Gorlewski.

Now Borowski digs in... two away here in the Bottom of the 1st.
  Billue is away from second.  
  Borowski waiting ... 
  now Liptak delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  Borowski sends this one deep to right field ...
  but Reichard is drifting leisurely back ...
  and catches it easily there for the out.

  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 woman left on base for CGR...
  We've played 1, and the score is RLG 0 - CGR 0.

*** Top of the 2nd ***
*** RLG 0 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Schoenfeld, Reichard, and Allan ***

Settling into the box is Schoenfeld... nobody down.
  Berleman turns and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and that's grounded sharply to the left side ...
  past Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure comes up with it quickly there...
  and Schoenfeld is aboard with a single.

Reichard is coming up next... nobody gone.
  Schoenfeld is away from first.
  Schoenfeld has a good lead ...
  Schoenfeld goes ...
  a poor throw by Contreras ...
  and he is in there standing.

Reichard stands in... nobody down here in the Top of the 2nd.
  Schoenfeld is on at second.  
  Berleman is keeping a close eye on Schoenfeld ...
  Anchoring him to the bag.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  And missed ... Reichard goes down swinging.

Now Allan strides to the plate... one gone.
  Schoenfeld is on at second.  
  Berleman steps off and looks at Schoenfeld ...
  Schoenfeld dives back ...
  And he'll stay put for now.
  Berleman kicks and deals...
  And that's hit in the air to shallow right field ...
  but Gorlewski is at the other end of it ...
  and that'll take care of Allan.

White is the hitter... two down.
  RLG threatening here, with Schoenfeld at second.  
  Berleman delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a shot down the third base line ...
  off the bag and into left field ...
  that'll slow it down just enough for Colclasure to cut it off ...
  holding White to a single.

  They're waving Schoenfeld around ...
  but Colclasure might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but it's not in time, he's safe!
  Schoenfeld scores, and White takes second on the throw.

Now at the plate, Fox... two down.
  White is away from second.  
  Fox waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  Fastball ...
  and that's grounded sharply to the left side ...
  past Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure comes up with it quickly there...
  and Fox is aboard with a single.

  They're waving White around ...
  but Colclasure might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but it's not in time, she's safe!
  Fox alertly takes second on the throw.

Liptak stands in to take his turn... two gone here in the Top of the 2nd.
  Fox leads off second.  
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Swung on and missed ... Strike three!

  2 runs, 3 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 1 and a half it's RLG 2 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 2nd ***
*** RLG 2 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Colclasure, Berleman, and Contreras ***

Now Colclasure digs in... nobody gone here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Got him swinging with the fastball.

The umpire brushes off the plate ...
as Berleman gets set to hit... one down here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  And that misses inside, for ball four.

Batting next for CGR, Contreras... one down.
  Berleman leads off first.
  Sullivan holding Berleman to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...
  Fastball ...
  and that's tapped into right field for a base hit ...
  coming up to get it is Reichard ... 
  a single for Contreras.
  A wide turn on the basepaths ...
  But with Reichard cocked and ready to fire ...
  They think better of it ...
  Berleman moves to second base.

So here's Barbee... one out here in the Bottom of the 2nd.
  Berleman is on at second.  Contreras is on at first.
  Barbee squares to bunt ...
  and he gets it down ...
  it's a poor bunt towards the pitcher ...
  Liptak picks it up quickly and fires to Fox to get the lead runner.
  Contreras goes to second.

And the hitter is Pollina... two away.
  Contreras is away from second.  Barbee is away from first.
  The pitch on the way to Pollina ...
  A swing and a miss ...
  He struck him out!

  No runs, 1 hit, and 2 runners left on base for CGR...
  And after 2 it's RLG 2 - CGR 0.

*** Top of the 3rd ***
*** RLG 2 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Scurio, Giese, and Sullivan ***

Now Scurio strolls to the plate.
  So far today she is 0 for 1... nobody down.
  Berleman turns, ready, and delivers ...
  And there's a liner to center field ...
  coming up to get a bead on it is Billue ...
  and she makes a fine running catch.

Giese checks in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one down here in the Top of the 3rd.
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  Slider ...
  and a fly ball to right field ...
  drifting over is Gorlewski ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Sullivan is up there now... two gone.
  The pitch on the way ...
  Sullivan hits it on the ground to second base ...
  taken there by Pollina ... 
  no, it goes under his glove ... 
  and Sullivan reaches on the error.

Schoenfeld at the plate... two down.
  Sullivan at first.
  Berleman checks Sullivan to keep him close to the bag ...
  Schoenfeld waits ... 
  Berleman turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  Swung on ...
  line drive ...
  and into right field for a base hit ...
  Schoenfeld is on with a single.
  That's deep enough ...
  Sullivan is being waved around ...
  Sullivan moves to third base.

Reichard is the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two down.
  Runners at first and third.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Berleman turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a dunker to right field ...
  Gorlewski a little slow to react ...
  and all he can do is play it on a hop ...
  Reichard will take it ...
  and he's standing at first with a single.
  They're waving Schoenfeld around ...
  but Gorlewski might have a play ...
  strong throw, but it's off line ... he's safe!
  Here comes Sullivan.
  Taking third is Schoenfeld.
  and Reichard takes second on the throw.

Now batting, Allan.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two away.
  Schoenfeld with a short lead at third.  Reichard at second.  
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a line shot ...
  past a diving Barbee and into left field ...
  Colclasure coming over to cut it off ...
  and he does, to hold Allan to a single.
  That's deep enough ...
  Reichard keeps on going ...
  Schoenfeld scores, and Reichard joins him.

Now batting, White... two gone.
  Allan leads off first.
  Borowski holding Allan to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  And White tired of waiting and steps out of the box ...
  she steps back in now ...
  and Berleman delivers ...
  And that ball is absolutely hammered to center field ...
  no chance for Billue ...
  she'll have to play it off the wall ...
  double for White.
  And they won't test Billue here ...
  The runners hold up ...
  Taking third is Allan.

Fox stands in.
  So far today he is 1 for 1 with 1 RBI... two gone here in the Top of the 3rd.
  RLG threatening here, with Allan at third.  White is on at second.  
  The pitch on the way to Fox ...
  Lifted to right field ...
  Gorlewski moves a step or two ...
  And he's there to retire Fox.

  3 runs, 4 hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  And after 2 and a half it's RLG 5 - CGR 0.

*** Bottom of the 3rd ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 0 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Billue, Gore, and Gorlewski ***

That will bring up Billue.
  So far today she is 1 for 1... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 3rd.
  Liptak on and off the mound ...
  Billue in and out of the box ...
  they're both ready now ...
  and the pitch on the way ...
  Hit in the air to center field ...
  going back is Schoenfeld ...
  and he picks it off to retire Billue.

Gore taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Liptak... one down here in the Bottom of the 3rd.
  The pitch on the way to Gore ...
  Soft liner caught ... no, trapped by Allan at shortstop ...
  Who now throws to first for the out.

Now batting, Gorlewski... two gone.
  Liptak turns and delivers ...
  A high drive to left field ...
  and deep ...
  Scurio going back ...
  way back ...
  to the warning track ...
  the wall ...
  GONE! Home Run for Gorlewski!

Coming up to the plate is Borowski.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two out.
  Liptak at the belt, now comes to the plate ...
  Swung on ...
  popped up on the right side ...
  Sullivan is there ...
  and she makes the catch.

  1 run, 1 hit, and nobody left on base for CGR...
  And after 3 it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 4th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Liptak, Scurio, and Giese ***

Up to bat is Liptak... nobody out.
  And Berleman steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  a towering pop-up behind the mound ...
  a trio converging, as Berleman, Pollina, and Barbee are all there ...
  finally it's Barbee calling everyone off to make the catch.

Scurio moves into the box now.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... one gone here in the Top of the 4th.
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Hit in the air to left ...
  No problem for Colclasure ...
  And he makes the catch.

Stepping to the plate is Giese.
  So far today she is 0 for 2... two down.
  Berleman brings it ...
  Towering fly ball to right ...
  Waiting for it to come down is Gorlewski ...
  He pounds his glove ...
  And now he's got it.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for RLG...
  And after 3 and a half it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 4th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Colclasure, Berleman, and Contreras ***

Colclasure moves into the box now... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 4th.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Deadened in front of the plate ...
  Giese grabs it ...
  And rifles it to first for the out.

Now batting, Berleman... one out.
  Berleman waits ... 
  Liptak turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  Breaking ball ...
  Waved at and missed for strike three.

And that brings up Contreras... two away.
  And Liptak steps off the mound for a moment...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  Contreras hits it hard on the ground ... 
  and that's into left field for a base hit ... 
  up to get it is Scurio ... 
  single for Contreras.

Barbee steps in.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... two out.
  Contreras is on at first.
  Liptak glances over at first ... 
  The next pitch is on the way ...
  Fly ball to right field ...
  and it's caught easily there by Reichard for the out.

  No runs, 1 hit, and 1 woman left on base for CGR...
  And after 4 it's RLG 5 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 5th ***
*** RLG 5 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Sullivan, Schoenfeld, and Reichard ***

Now Sullivan strides to the plate... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Berleman looks down and gets a sign from Contreras ... 
  the pitch ...
  In the air to left field ...
  and this could be trouble ...
  Colclasure was late picking the ball up from the bat ...
  and that's going to get by him and go to the wall for a double.

Schoenfeld taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... nobody gone here in the Top of the 5th.
  Sullivan is on at second.  
  The next offering from Berleman ...
  Schoenfeld takes ball four, and will trot down to first.

Coming up to the plate is Reichard.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Sullivan takes her lead from second.  Schoenfeld at first.
  Berleman ready and deals ...
  Swung on ...
  Well hit to center field ...
  Billue going back, but she has no chance ...
  and that one's well into the cheap seats ...
  Home Run for Reichard!
  Sullivan scores.
  Schoenfeld trots home.

Allan stands in to take his turn... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  And there's a liner to right field ...
  coming up to get a bead on it is Gorlewski ...
  but he'll have to play it on a hop...
  single for Allan.

Settling into the box is White... nobody gone here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan is on at first.
  Borowski holding Allan to the bag, trying to steal a step.
  Berleman turns and delivers ...
  Driven to the gap in right center ...
  Billue chasing it down ...
  but she's not going to get there ... 
  and it goes to the wall ...
  double for White.
  A red light from the coaching box, and the runners hold ...
  Allan moves to third.

So here's Fox.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Top of the 5th.
  Allan with a short lead at third.  White at second.  
  The pitch ...
  Swung on ...
  and a high fly ball to left field ...
  circling under it is Colclasure ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.
  Tagging from third is Allan ...
  and he scores easily.

Liptak will be the hitter.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone.
  White is on at second.  
  Liptak showing bunt ...
  and he gets it down ...
  Contreras pounces on it quickly ...
  he glances over and thinks about second ...
  but now tosses to Borowski at first for the sure out.
  White advances to third base.

And the hitter is Scurio.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... two away here in the Top of the 5th.
  RLG threatening here, with White at third.  
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Fastball ...
  And Berleman blew it by her for strike three.

  4 runs, 4 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 4 and a half it's RLG 9 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 5th ***
*** RLG 9 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Pollina, Billue, and Gore ***

Now Pollina digs in... nobody out.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Strike three called ...
  And Liptak had to break some law of physics with THAT slider!

Here's Billue... one out here in the Bottom of the 5th.
  The next offering from Liptak ...
  hit towards Sullivan and it nips her glove and bounces towards the line...
  error on Sullivan.

Gore is up there now.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one out here in the Bottom of the 5th.
  Liptak in danger of giving one up here, with Billue at second.  
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  A swing and a miss for strike three ...
  Liptak gets him!

Gorlewski is coming up next.
  So far today he is 1 for 2 with 1 HR and 1 RBI... two out.
  Billue at second.  
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Little fly ball to shallow center field ...
  but Schoenfeld read it quickly ... 
  and closes in on it easily to make the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 5 it's RLG 9 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 6th ***
*** RLG 9 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Giese, Sullivan, and Schoenfeld ***

Settling into the box is Giese... nobody down here in the Top of the 6th.
  Berleman kicks and deals...
  And that's slapped into left field for a base hit ... 
  coming over to get it is Colclasure ... 
  a single for Giese.

Up next for RLG, Sullivan.
  So far today she is 1 for 3... nobody out.
  Giese is away from first.
  Berleman checks Giese to keep her close to the bag ...
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  And that's a bullet hit towards first base ...
  and Borowski can't quite come up with it ...
  as it sails past him and into right field for a base hit ...
  Gorlewski cuts it off ...
  a single for Sullivan.
  And RLG showing a little faith in their bats here ...
  Holding the runners in place ...
  Giese takes second.

Schoenfeld will be the hitter.
  So far today he is 2 for 2... nobody gone.
  RLG threatening here, with Giese at second.  Sullivan takes her lead from first.
  Berleman looks down and gets a sign from Contreras ... 
  the pitch ...
  And that's slapped into center field for a base hit ... 
  coming over to get it is Billue ... 
  a single for Schoenfeld.
  That's deep enough ...
  Giese is being waved around ...
  Scoring from second is Giese.
  On to second goes Sullivan.

The umpire brushes off the plate ...
as Reichard gets set to hit... nobody gone.
  RLG threatening here, with Sullivan at second.  Schoenfeld takes his lead from first.
  Berleman is taking his time...
  the pitch ...
  Lifted to center field ...
  Billue steps back ...
  And hauls it in.

So here's Allan... one gone here in the Top of the 6th.
  Berleman in danger of giving one up here, with Sullivan at second.  Schoenfeld leads off first.
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Fly ball to left ...
  Not deep at all ...
  Colclasure gets into position ...
  And takes it in.

Now here's White.
  So far today she is 3 for 3 with 1 RBI... two away.
  Sullivan leads off second.  Schoenfeld is away from first.
  The pitch ...
  And that's popped up just behind the mound near second base ...
  Pollina settling under it ...
  and he makes the catch.

  1 run, 3 hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  5 and a half in the books, and it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 6th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Borowski, Colclasure, and Berleman ***

Borowski is coming up next... nobody out.
  Liptak shakes off a few signs...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  Swung on ...
  and that's hit in the air to left field ...
  Scurio starts in ...
  but is now going back ...
  and she makes the catch.

So here's Colclasure... one down.
  Colclasure waits ... 
  Liptak turns on the rubber, and deals ...
  And Colclasure looks at ball four.

Up to bat is Berleman.
  So far today he is 0 for 1... one gone.
  Colclasure is away from first.
  Liptak glances over at first ... 
  The pitch on the way ...
  the corner infielders are creeping in...
  Swung on ...
  and a high fly ball to right field ...
  circling under it is Reichard ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

Contreras is up there now.
  So far today she is 2 for 2... two gone here in the Bottom of the 6th.
  Colclasure is away from first.
  And they won't hold Colclasure here, Sullivan is well off the bag.
  And the next pitch ...
  Sent in the air to right ...
  Reichard moves over ...
  And makes the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 6 it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 7th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Fox, Liptak, and Scurio ***

Standing in to hit is Fox... nobody down.
  Berleman cranks and fires ...
  And that's lifted in the air to left field ...
  but playable ...
  and Colclasure makes the catch.

Liptak taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... one down here in the Top of the 7th.
  Berleman toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Just missed inside, and that's ball four.

Now at the plate, Scurio... one down.
  Liptak leads off first.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Scurio waiting ... 
  now Berleman delivers ...
  And Scurio takes inside ... ball four.
  Liptak stops at second.

Up to bat is Giese.
  So far today she is 1 for 4... one gone here in the Top of the 7th.
  Liptak is on at second.  Scurio leads off first.
  The pitch on the way ...
  Hit in the air to right ...
  Camping underneath it is Gorlewski ...
  And he has it for out number one.
  They are going to hold Liptak at second.

Stepping to the plate is Sullivan... two away here in the Top of the 7th.
  Liptak is on at second.  Scurio is away from first.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  One hopper to Borowski ...
  He grabs it ...
  Waits for Berleman ...
  And makes a quick flip to get Sullivan at first.

  No runs, no hits, and 2 runners left on base for RLG...
  And after 6 and a half it's RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 7th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Barbee, Pollina, and Billue ***

Time for the seventh-inning stretch.

Barbee at the plate... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  Liptak has the sign ...
  he rocks back, and here it is ...
  Swung on ...
  hit on the button towards third base ...
  but right at Fox ...
  who stays with it to retire Barbee.

Hitting next is Pollina.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... one gone.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Bouncing ball to second base ...
  White scoops it up ...
  And throws to first for the out. 

Now Billue strides to the plate... two gone here in the Bottom of the 7th.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Lined hard to second base ...
  but right there to handle it is White ...
  and she makes the catch for the out.

  No runs, no hits, and nobody left on base for CGR...
  We've played 7, and the score is RLG 10 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 8th ***
*** RLG 10 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Schoenfeld, Reichard, and Allan ***

And the hitter is Schoenfeld... nobody down.
  Berleman rocks and fires ...
  Down he goes ...
  Berleman threw him the hook ...
  And got Schoenfeld swinging.

Settling into the box is Reichard.
  So far today he is 2 for 4 with 1 HR and 4 RBI... one down here in the Top of the 8th.
  Berleman cranking, firing ...
  Swung on ...
  and that's tapped into right field for a base hit ...
  coming up to get it is Gorlewski ... 
  a single for Reichard.

Hitting next is Allan... one out.
  Reichard is on at first.
  Reichard held on by Borowski.
  Berleman deals ...
  Swung on ...
  hit hard on the ground ...
  and that's going to get through to left field ...
  Colclasure cuts it off in a hurry ...
  and Allan holds with a single.
  And with an emphatic toss back to the infield ...
  Colclasure stops the runners in their tracks ...
  Reichard advances to second.

White stands in... one out.
  Reichard takes his lead from second.  Allan is on at first.
  Berleman has the sign ...
  he winds, cocks, and fires ...
  Swung on ...
  lifted deep to right field ...
  back goes Gorlewski ...
  but it's over his head...
  he plays the carom ...
  but White is into second with a double.
  They're waving Allan around ...
  but Gorlewski might have a play ...
  strong throw to Contreras ...
  but she can't get the tag down in time ... safe!
  Scoring from second is Reichard.
  And here comes Allan to score all the way from first!
  and White takes third on the throw.

Fox taking a moment to clean some dirt from his spikes ...
And now he steps in to face Berleman... one gone.
  White at third.  
  Payoff pitch ...
  Spanked on the ground to third base ...
  Gore gathers it in ...
  And makes a good throw to Borowski for the out.

Now here's Liptak.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... two away here in the Top of the 8th.
  RLG threatening here, with White at third.  
  And Liptak tired of waiting and steps out of the box ...
  he steps back in now ...
  and Berleman delivers ...
  Hit in the air toward left ...
  And slicing to Colclasure ...
  Who makes the catch.

  2 runs, 3 hits, and 1 woman left on base for RLG...
  And after 7 and a half it's RLG 12 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 8th ***
*** RLG 12 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Gore, Gorlewski, and Borowski ***

Gore is next.
  So far today he is 0 for 3... nobody down here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  And Gore looks at ball four.

Standing in to hit is Gorlewski.
  So far today he is 1 for 3 with 1 HR and 1 RBI... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Gore is away from first.
  Gore is not a threat in this situation, so they'll play behind him.
  Liptak brings it ...
  Gorlewski looks at a curve for strike three.

So here's Borowski... one down here in the Bottom of the 8th.
  Gore takes his lead from first.
  And they elect to play behind Gore.
  Borowski waiting ... 
  now Liptak delivers ...
  Struck him out swinging ...
  Pretty good fastball from Liptak.

Here's Colclasure.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... two gone.
  Gore takes his lead from first.
  Gore not being held on.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Stroked to center ...
  But this one has a little air under it ...
  And Schoenfeld makes the catch.

  No runs, no hits, and 1 man left on base for CGR...
  And after 8 it's RLG 12 - CGR 1.

*** Top of the 9th ***
*** RLG 12 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for RLG: Scurio, Giese, and Sullivan ***

Scurio is coming up next.
  So far today she is 0 for 4... nobody out here in the Top of the 9th.
  The pitch coming up ...
  Hard hit grounder ...
  But right to Pollina ...
  And he makes a quick toss to Borowski for the out. 

Settling into the box is Giese.
  So far today she is 1 for 5... one down here in the Top of the 9th.
  Berleman is taking his time...
  the pitch ...
  In the air to center field ...
  and this could be trouble ...
  Billue was late picking the ball up from the bat ...
  and that's going to get by her and go to the wall for a double.
  And now Billue overthrows the cutoff back the infield ...
  Berleman is there to backup the play ...
  but Giese alertly takes an extra base ...
  and Billue will draw an error on the throw.

Now Sullivan strides to the plate... one gone.
  Giese with a short lead at third.  
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  And Sullivan takes outside ... ball four.

Here's Schoenfeld... one down.
  Runners at the corners.
  Berleman glances over at first ... 
  Berleman delivers ...
  High fly ball towards the right field power alley ...
  and carrying well ...
  back goes Billue ...
  way back ...
  and that one's outta here! Home Run for Schoenfeld!
  That drives in Giese.
  Sullivan trots home.

Now Reichard digs in... one out.
  Berleman cranks it up and deals ...
  A high fly ball down the right field line ...
  if it's fair it's trouble ...
  and it lands just inside the foul pole ...
  Home Run for Reichard!
  and Reichard has 2 home runs today.

Allan stands in and cocks his bat menacingly ...
Berleman seems unimpressed... one out.
  The pitch ...
  Swung on ...
  and there's a shot down the first base line ...
  off the bag and into right field ...
  that'll slow it down just enough for Gorlewski to cut it off ...
  holding Allan to a single.

Batting next for RLG, White.
  So far today she is 4 for 5 with 3 RBI... one down.
  Allan leads off first.
  Big hole on the right side with Borowski holding the runner.
  Berleman shakes off a few signs...
  he is ready now...
  the pitch...
  White hits it slowly on the ground towards shortstop ...
  taken there by Barbee ... 
  and he throws to Borowski to get her.
  Allan stops at second.

Now Fox strides to the plate... two out here in the Top of the 9th.
  Allan is on at second.  
  Payoff pitch ...
  Hit high but not deep to center ...
  Moving under it is Billue ...
  And she pulls it down.

  4 runs, 4 hits, and 1 man left on base for RLG...
  And after 8 and a half it's RLG 16 - CGR 1.

*** Bottom of the 9th ***
*** RLG 16 - CGR 1 ***
*** Due up for CGR: Berleman, Contreras, and Barbee ***

Berleman steps into the box.
  So far today he is 0 for 2... nobody out here in the Bottom of the 9th.
  Liptak toes the rubber ...
  now winds, and delivers ...
  Sent in the air to right ...
  Reichard moves over ...
  And makes the catch.

That will bring up Contreras.
  So far today she is 2 for 3... one down.
  Liptak looks down and gets a sign from Giese ... 
  the pitch ...
  Chopper off the plate ...
  Giese snatches it out of the air ...
  And throws to Sullivan for the out.

Up next for CGR, Barbee... two gone.
  Liptak turns, ready, and delivers ...
  Little fly ball to shallow right field ...
  Reichard is there ...
  and he makes the catch for the out.

And this one belongs to RLG!
The final score is RLG 16 - CGR 1
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With all the social distancing going on, how is it even possible to play games such as this? Or have I missed something?

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After the game Liptak talked with the media. “It’s always nice to get a lead like I had today. When you’ve got that cushion all you want to do is throw strikes and let them hit the ball. Team played great behind me defensively and that made things a lot easier too. Just a good day all around.”

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Ouch – I’m going to have to check out the game thread to see Ano’s meltdown.