|Mark Chernos (SV)||3.0||0||1||1||0||0||0||4.09|
|Colin Cousin (W)||4.0||0||4||2||0||0||0||12.66|
Senior Mudcats Lead Team to VictoryUpdated Sunday June 24, 2018 by J Biggs.
This season, schedule makers denied the Mudcats their annual Heritage Mountain campout. This weekend, several Mudcat players took it upon themselves to stage their own campout in order to keep the tradition alive.
A representative for the missing Mudcats said they were offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to test a prototype four person sleeping bag. Giddy with excitement, the players simply could not wait and set out on a camping retreat to keep a team tradition going, and to “test the sleeping bag’s durability” according to a spokesperson for the missing players. Morrison, the former little spoon turned big spoon said while winking at the Mudcats beat reporter “if those seams aren’t double stitched, we’re gonna find out real soon”.
The camping retreat left the Mudcats roster depleted and looking for players. The Mudcats were able to persuade retired Mudcat Godfather, Goose “the goose” Goosage out of retirement in order to have a full compliment of players. As it would turn out, it would be the elder Mudcat statesmen that would play pivot roles in securing victory for the Mudcats.
Goose “the goose” Goosage was one of the founding Mudcat players dating back to the dawn of baseball in 1869 but sadly was forced to retire several seasons ago after having Tommy John surgery on his right knee. Goose was best known for breaking the waterfowl barrier in the PMBL. Manager Chris Smith was able to persuade Goose out of retirement under the promise that the team would eat ‘All Beef’ Smokies for the remainder of the season.
The Mudcats trailed 4-1 at the top of the third inning when The Goose stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat of the game. The Goose hammered a would be stand up double into the centre right outfield gap for a single and scoring two runs. Sadness struck as The Goose appeared to injury his left knee on the play and very well looks to be next in line for Tommy John surgery on what was ‘the good knee’.
The team and starting pitcher Colin Cuz found their groove after a shaky first inning. With the Mudcats trailing 4-3, a five run fourth inning gave the Mudcats a lead that they would not relinquish. With an 8-5 lead, the Mudcats turned the ball over to another formerly retired player, Mark Chernos. Relying on callused muscled memory, Chernos pitched as he had for decades in order to secure the victory for the Mudcats.
After the game, the elder Mudcat players regaled the younger players with stories of ‘the war’, working on ‘the farm’ 25 hours a day, walking uphill both ways to school in barefeet in the snow, huddling up to their 18 siblings while sleeping on the floor, and the spending power of the nickel while “back in my day”.
Game Note: Nick Street vaulted himself from dark horse to contender for a golden glove for his outstanding clench defense during the game.