FPOL FINALLY SUFFERS FIRST DEFEAT

(8/9/05) After opening the season with six straight wins, the Points finally succumbed to the opposition Tuesday night and dropped the decision 10-8.

Despite the excitement of breaking out brand new uniforms, the night began ominously for FPOL, even before first pitch was thrown: members of the team tuned in to the important A's/Angles game, only to hear that Rich Harden had surrendered seven runs in the first two innings. When the softball action itself began, things didn't exactly improve. Ike stepped in with one on and one out in the top of the first, and promptly sent the first pitch over the net in left. Out. Ejected.

Fortunately, Jenna's clutch two-out RBI double generated a little momentum, and FPOL's defense kept the opponents under control in the bottom of the first. While holding the opposition scoreless, Eun recorded a strikeout on a monstrous swing and a miss.

Through the next three innings, the two teams alternated blows. The opponents generated four runs in the second, while FPOL struck back with two in the third (including Philly's second homer of the year), only to be countered by another four-spot for the opposition in the fourth. Heading to the late innings, the Points faced an 8-3 deficit.

Yet FPOL tried to battle back. Thos got things going in the fifth with a single, and then with one out, Etu, Jen Sze and Daniel D. all reached in succession, generating two runs. After Jenna's RBI groundout, Gass strode to the plate. Living up to his nickname ('Outta Control'), he singled to right, but never broke stride and headed toward second. Not content with a double, Gass plowed ahead and motored around to third. A good throw had him easily, but the throw sailed high, and Gass was in safely. Kathy was retired to end the inning, but FPOL had closed to 8-7.

Now the Points desparately needed the shutdown inning, but couldn't nail it down: with two outs, the opponents had two aboard when one of their powerful women batters lined sharply past Gass in left-center, scoring both runs.

Those runs would prove costly. In the top of the sixth (and last) inning, FPOL managed to score once and load the bases with two outs. Manager Lawrence then went to his bench, sending Noah to the plate as a pinch-hitter with a chance to tie the game or even give the Points the lead. But the anticipated heroics just weren't in the cards, as Noah drilled a liner directly at the shortstop, who secured it to end the game.

It was a difficult loss for FPOL, but the team still rests atop the standings. The squad will hope to rebound next week at 8PM...

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Going 1-2 with a double, sac fly and game-high 3 RBIs, Jenna (right) earns POTW honors -- nicely done...

GAME NOTES: FPOL played the game without a DH... Jen Sze made the defensive play of the game, snaring a sizzler at third and throwing to first for the out...



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