In a cool, breezy opener to the 2015 wiffleball season at Sorce Stadium, pitching had the upper hand as John (Sorce) and Brian (Goudsward) defeated Dylan (DaPrato) and Joe (Colonna) by a score of 3-2 in seven innings. The first pitch was thrown by wiffleball veteran John Sorce at 2:43 pm on his home mound to the season’s first batter Dylan DaPrato, who ripped a double down the left field line on the season’s first pitch.
The usually dependable Sorce struggled at the plate offensively, going 2-11 with two singles. But he made up for his lack of offense on the mound. The southpaw hurled a complete game striking out eight batters and gave up two runs, both coming in the first two innings when he struggled with his command. After that he settled into a groove and did not allow a run for the next five innings. He finished off the game in the top of the seventh allowing one hit but striking out two batters with his Greg Holland delivery to close out the win. He also made a bare-handed catch (not advisable) on a line drive up the middle off the bat of DaPrato.
While Sorce was his typical reliable self on the mound, the more notable story of this game was Colonna’s performance in a tough loss. He turned in arguably his best start of his career, going six innings and only allowed three runs on six hits. His velocity was noticeably higher than it has been in the past and he also appeared to have a better feel for his famous slurve. But he did hit a batter and walked five, so he still needs to iron out the control problems that have constantly held back his development as a potential frontline starter. If Colonna is able to give his team quality innings, it will enable them to keep DaPrato’s glove in the field, which always seems to play a big role in these games.
Goudsward started off the season on a positive note, collecting four hits and playing solid defense behind Sorce. DaPrato, known around the league as an excellent defensive player, robbed Sorce of three potential home runs which helped keep the game close. He also added some hits including a ground ball that barely made it out of the batter’s box for a single that he seems to be accustomed to getting. Colonna had a few hard hit balls to the wall, especially in the first two innings when all five of the games runs were scored, but got thrown out at first base one time due to his below-average speed. In the three previous match ups between these two squads, the game ended in walk-off fashion. But that was not needed in this one. Sorce went to 1-0 on the young season while Colonna will start the 2015 campaign at 0-1.
These two teams always seem to play close, competitive games, but it is all in good fun. The next game between these two teams will be announced at a later date.