Series 1: Thunderbirds vs. Bandits
Time & Date: 10:15 am, September 13, 2014,
Place: Eisenhower, Field 1
Tag Line: Enemies in Softball
Match-up: There is nothing that can be written on this preview that will reveal the true intensity these two teams will bring on Saturday. Simply put, they HATE each other on the softball field. Last season they were one team and won the CHIP. That was then and this is now…the Thunderbirds (with former Bandits Ozzie, Farooq, Waqas, and AR) have a huge challenge in front of them – which is to knock off the perfect record Bandits who now have secured Hashim, Parwez, and a few others to qualify for the playoffs. Captain Pops (probable Captain of the Year) will take his perfect record and devise a game plan to beat his old buddies. Both of these teams have good softball IQ and will be ready to put their best foot forward. The Thunderbirds have a few holes on defense but will make adjustments as needed. The Bandits were perfect so their weakness’ has yet to surface.
Keys to Win: As reported, last week the Thunderbirds must shore up their defense if they want to win. There are holes in Right Field, Pitching, and at 2B. They are hitting fine but they have never faced a guy like Yasar – which could be a bit tricky. The Thunderbirds have to find a way to stop Hashim and Junior. These two can change the game in a hurry. Meanwhile the Bandits are solid in every position. With Hashim in the infield, Pops manning CF, and Yasar at the mound, their up the middle defense will be a vacuum. The keys for them are to contain the base running of the Thunderbirds and exploit the Birds defense. Riz could be deceptive as a pitcher but his lack of softball IQ could be exploited. And believe us the Bandits will do their homework on each Bird.
Prediction: If we go by past performances, the community predicts this series going to 3 games. The TBirds will game 1 by a squeaker due to good defense and timely hitting. Game 1 score: TBirds 9, Bandits 6. Game 2: The Bandits offense will wake up and tag the TBirds defense with a lot of runs and win by a score of 18-7. Game 3: The TBirds will keep it close until the 5th inning when the Bandits will generate multiple runs due to shoddy defense of TBirds and seal the win going away by a score of 13-7.