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Ginger Blade Powers Mudcats To VictoryUpdated Monday August 13, 2018 by J Biggs.
It was a sweltering Sunday afternoon at Walnut Grove when the Firebirds and Mudcats met to compete in a baseball contest. The temperature was hot enough to cause Environment Canada to issue a heat warning for people to limit their activities outdoors. Despite the health risk, the game was to be played out as scheduled. It was clear that this game would be a battle of attrition more than anything else.
The Mudcats had reason to be concerned prior to the game because they were set to field a starting lineup with not one, but two gingers. Gingers are notoriously known for their aversion to sunlight and on a day like today, even the strongest spf 100 sunscreen could provide no comfort.
Several of the Mudcats team herbal naturopaths checked in on the gingers during the warmup and their report to the team manager urged that the gingers not dress. Several of the symptoms noted by the herbal naturopaths were extreme flush skin, excessive perspiration, light-headedness and dizziness, emitting a faint burning odour, and in general posed a risk to spontaneously combust. Despite the alarming medical report, the Mudcats manager opted for a win at all costs approach that was further emphasized when the manager opted not to start arguably the best PMBL one inning relief pitcher starter in Craig Valach.
Just before the game began, several Mudcats players noted one of the gingers was missing and set out looking for him. The missing Ginger, Street emerged from the outfield forest holding an empty bottle labeled 'special serum'. Further, when Street rejoined the Mudcats he was observed unaffected by the heat and sun as previously noted by team herbal naturopaths.
The Firebirds opened the scoring with two runs in the top half of the first inning but the lead was short lived. While other players on both teams were drained by the sun, Nick Street trotted up for his first at bat and exploded for an opposite field three run homer. As Street trotted the bases it was clear to both teams, he was no ordinary ginger, Nick Street was a 'Daywalker'.
The heat directly impacted the quality of play for everyone but the Daywalker and after three innings the Mudcats narrowly held a 10-9 lead. Fortunately for the Mudcats the Daywalker would jack his second homerun of the game in the fourth inning to cap off a six run inning, triggering the silver bullet into the hearts of the Firebirds.
The Mudcats went on to score five more runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning and when the Daywalker was observed warming up in the bullpen the Firebirds decided to cut their loses and concede victory to the Mudcats.