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Acadia Peregrines (0-0) @ Sunnydale Slayers (0-0)

Acadia Peregrines 1 - 2 Sunnydale Slayers

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SUN RF
The Peregrines last hopes rest on the shoulders of their #1 draft pick Jhahn Tahmus. Tahmus already has a single in his MLN debut but will need another hit here if his team wants to keep the game going. Vaughn has his sign and starts his motion...
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Jhahn steps into the box as a sea of purple rises to their feet. Thunderous cheering and applause are drowned out by the sound of Jhahn's heartbeart, which sounds like a war drum setting the scene for battle.
"This is no longer a scrimmage." he thought to himself. "This is the real deal. I can tie it up right here. I can be one of those highlight reels they show at the end of the season after we're hoisting up the championship trophy."
The stadium lights beam down as all eyes are focused on the duel between Tahmus and Vaughn. Jhahn brings his bat to his shoulder and focuses on the skull and crossbones on Ricky's thick frame glasses.
In that moment, Jhahn can only think about how sweaty his palms are and how he misses his mother's spaghetti.
719
ACP 3B
McGoogol has a single and a stolen base on the day so far. With only 2 outs between the Peregrines and an opening day loss, McGoogol is looking to add to his stat line right here.
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You know what my favourite thing to do is? Letting other teams get their hopes by giving them the lead then to crush those hopes by taking that lead right back. 1000
ACP SS
Slayer killer JP Panik is set to lead off the 6th against new pitcher Ricky Vaughn. The Slayers are just 3 outs away from stealing a victory to start their title defense.
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788
It looks like Ricky Vaughn is coming out of the bullpen to try and close this thing out for the Slayers
SUN 1B
Louis hit into an inning-ending double play in the 3rd but is all smiles after the 2-run rally his team just staged to take the lead.
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750
SUN LF
Marnette singled in the 3rd and can give the Slayers the lead here with a fly ball. Miss Bats is desperately trying to keep the game tied.
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we want a pitcher not a belly itcher
220
SUN 3B
Astrum flew out in his first at-bat. The Slayers are running out of outs and really need to make something happen here.
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Ecliptic finishes his huddle with Bob, the dugout beagle. The dog gives him a very serious look, then his face seems to melt into a wide doggy grin. Ecliptic nods to him and leaves the dugout.
He flips his bat as he walks towards home plate. Miss Bats has been doing some interesting things up there on the mound. So far, she has been quite tricky to pin down. However, the slayers aren't a team to let a few slow innings get to them. Ecliptic looks towards first at Reference and nods, then steps into the box. He is feeling... lucky.
777
SUN DH
Another member of the ground ball brigade, Bigdik steps into the box for the second time today. Miss Bats has been able to get out of trouble each time she's allowed a baserunner, can she do the same here in the 5th?
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992
SUN SS
If someone asked you what a hitter has done in today's game and you don't guess ground out you clearly don't know how to play the odds. Reference grounded out in the 2nd inning but is hoping for a better result here.
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I walk out of the dugout, once again changed into the robes and wizard hat I was wearing for my first at bat. Again, I do not have a bat with me, but instead begin chanting an invocation and waving my hands as I step into the batter's box.
Matt Vesgersian obviously has taken a few points in his study of Draconic as he is able to translate a few of the words coming out of Reference's mouth. He is clearly able to hear the words "Animate Object" and "Baseball".
Let's see what happens with this 700!
McDichael, S
662
ACP 2B
Pablano has a single on the day and would love to add to his hit total right here.
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782
ACP 1B
Mann singled and scored in the first and walked in the 2nd. New pitcher Q Kimbrel will look to keep him off the bases for the first time today.
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750
Q Kimbrel comes running out of the bullpen and will take the mound in the top of the 5th!
SUN RF
Longshot was part of the ground ball parade in the 2nd inning. He would love to show off his power right here.
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Well well well... wat do we have here. Larry comes up kind of winded from actually playing in the field and not just sitting on his ass while on defense. He doesnt plan on running anyway as he plans on putting it over the fence. Anyway, 390
ACP C
Turbo popped out in the first, he will be looking for a base hit or more right here.
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As a former SR-71 pilot, and a professional keynote speaker, the question I'm most often asked is "How fast would that SR-71 fly?" I can be assured of hearing that question several times at any event I attend. It's an interesting question, given the aircraft's proclivity for speed, but there really isn't one number to give, as the jet would always give you a little more speed if you wanted it to. It was common to see 35 miles a minute. Because we flew a programmed Mach number on most missions, and never wanted to harm the plane in any way, we never let it run out to any limits of temperature or speed. Thus, each SR-71 pilot had his own individual “high” speed that he saw at some point on some mission. I saw mine over Libya when Khadafy fired two missiles my way, and max power was in order. Let’s just say that the plane truly loved speed and effortlessly took us to Mach numbers we hadn’t previously seen. So it was with great surprise, when at the end of one of my presentations, someone asked, “what was the slowest you ever flew the Blackbird?” This was a first. After giving it some thought, I was reminded of a story that I had never shared before, and relayed the following. I was flying the SR-71 out of RAF Mildenhall, England , with my back-seater, Walt Watson; we were returning from a mission over Europe and the Iron Curtain when we received a radio transmission from home base. As we scooted across Denmark in three minutes, we learned that a small RAF base in the English countryside had requested an SR-71 fly-past. The air cadet commander there was a former Blackbird pilot, and thought it would be a motivating moment for the young lads to see the mighty SR-71 perform a low approach. No problem, we were happy to do it. After a quick aerial refueling over the North Sea , we proceeded to find the small airfield. Walter had a myriad of sophisticated navigation equipment in the back seat, and began to vector me toward the field. Descending to subsonic speeds, we found ourselves over a densely wooded area in a slight haze. Like most former WWII British airfields, the one we were looking for had a small tower and little surrounding infrastructure. Walter told me we were close and that I should be able to see the field, but I saw nothing. Nothing but trees as far as I could see in the haze. We got a little lower, and I pulled the throttles back from 325 knots we were at. With the gear up, anything under 275 was just uncomfortable. Walt said we were practically over the field—yet; there was nothing in my windscreen. I banked the jet and started a gentle circling maneuver in hopes of picking up anything that looked like a field. Meanwhile, below, the cadet commander had taken the cadets up on the catwalk of the tower in order to get a prime view of the fly-past. It was a quiet, still day with no wind and partial gray overcast. Walter continued to give me indications that the field should be below us but in the overcast and haze, I couldn't see it.. The longer we continued to peer out the window and circle, the slower we got. With our power back, the awaiting cadets heard nothing. I must have had good instructors in my flying career, as something told me I better cross-check the gauges. As I noticed the airspeed indicator slide below 160 knots, my heart stopped and my adrenalin-filled left hand pushed two throttles full forward. At this point we weren't really flying, but were falling in a slight bank. Just at the moment that both afterburners lit with a thunderous roar of flame (and what a joyous feeling that was) the aircraft fell into full view of the shocked observers on the tower. Shattering the still quiet of that morning, they now had 107 feet of fire-breathing titanium in their face as the plane leveled and accelerated, in full burner, on the tower side of the infield, closer than expected, maintaining what could only be described as some sort of ultimate knife-edge pass. Quickly reaching the field boundary, we proceeded back to Mildenhall without incident. We didn't say a word for those next 14 minutes. After landing, our commander greeted us, and we were both certain he was reaching for our wings. Instead, he heartily shook our hands and said the commander had told him it was the greatest SR-71 fly-past he had ever seen, especially how we had surprised them with such a precise maneuver that could only be described as breathtaking. He said that some of the cadet’s hats were blown off and the sight of the plan form of the plane in full afterburner dropping right in front of them was unbelievable. Walt and I both understood the concept of “breathtaking” very well that morning, and sheepishly replied that they were just excited to see our low approach. As we retired to the equipment room to change from space suits to flight suits, we just sat there-we hadn't spoken a word since “the pass.” Finally, Walter looked at me and said, “One hundred fifty-six knots. What did you see?” Trying to find my voice, I stammered, “One hundred fifty-two.” We sat in silence for a moment. Then Walt said, “Don’t ever do that to me again!” And I never did. A year later, Walter and I were having lunch in the Mildenhall Officer’s club, and overheard an officer talking to some cadets about an SR-71 fly-past that he had seen one day. Of course, by now the story included kids falling off the tower and screaming as the heat of the jet singed their eyebrows. Noticing our HABU patches, as we stood there with lunch trays in our hands, he asked us to verify to the cadets that such a thing had occurred. Walt just shook his head and said, “It was probably just a routine low approach; they're pretty impressive in that plane.” Impressive indeed. Little did I realize after relaying this experience to my audience that day that it would become one of the most popular and most requested stories. It’s ironic that people are interested in how slow the world’s fastest jet can fly. Regardless of your speed, however, it’s always a good idea to keep that cross-check up…and keep your swing up to 610, too.
SUN CF
Wheeler has 1 of the 2 hits on the day for the Slayers. He was later caught stealing trying to get into scoring position for Larry Longshot.
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Can I get a 762
SUN 2B
Miss Bats got WMH to fly out in the first. Keeping the season 1 MVP of the bases twice would be quite a feat, can she do it?
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599
ACP C
Ewell has had a rough go of it so far today popping out and striking out. He looks determined to do so damage here as he steps into the box for the 3rd time today.
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614
ACP DH
Jonjim singled in the 2nd inning in his first ever MLN AB, can he get his 2nd hit in his 2nd AB?
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699
ACP CF
Omega grounded out in his first at-bat. One of many ground balls hit by both teams today. The launch angle revolution clearly hasn't made it's way to Sunnydale.
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906
SUN 1B
Sunnydale's powerful lefty, Lefty Louis steps up to the plate looking to do some damage. The last time Miss Bats was in the stretch Sunnydale ran themselves out of an inning when Wheeler got caught trying to steal second base.
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947
SUN LF
Marnette steps up to the plate looking to be the Slayer to finally figure Miss Bats out.
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213
SUN 3B
Ecliptic Astrum was a key FA acquisition for the Slayers after having a monster year with the Gorillas in season 1. Miss Bats is rolling and would love to start the inning off by getting this dangerous hitter out.
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Ecliptic finishes petting Bob, the dugout dog. The little beagle looks up at him with warm eyes, and then raises his paw. The gesture would be a thumbs up, if dogs had thumbs.
Ecliptic flips his bat as he approaches home plate. This game hasn't been optimal so far, but the speedy birds are only a run ahead. Time to get things started.
Ecliptic looks up into Miss Bats' eyes - a strange name... she's a pitcher... shouldn't she be Miss Balls? But then... she'd be Miss Balls .... - grins, and winks.
911
ACP RF
Tahmus singled in his first ever MLN AB, a similar result would score another run for the Peregrines.
The pitch is in
Jhahn looks at the hole, back at his feet, back at the hole, and back at the ball again before slowly bringing back the club and bringing it forward with a satisfying CLICK as the ball makes contact with the heavy steel. Jhahn watches carefully as the ball rolls over the perfectly manicured grass, flirts with stopping short, then ultimately swan dives into the hole with a CLUNK.
Jhahn gives an excited fist pump before returning his putter to his bag, retrieving his baseball bat, and heading out of the dugout to the batter's box.
565
ACP 3B
McGoogol grounded out to end the 1st in his 1st at-bat. Can anyone get the ball out of the infield?
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Yes, I can.
253
ACP SS
Panik had an RBI single in the first which stands as the only run so far today.
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10
ACP LF
McDichael struck out in the first and will be looking to put the ball in play this time around.
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626
SUN DH
Bigdik is looking to swing a big bat and jumpstart this Slayers offense that was so potent at the end of season 1.
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969
SUN SS
Slayers shortstop Daz Reference steps into the box looking to get things going for his team.
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Reference strolls out of the dugout wearing...not his uniform...but instead robes in the deep purple and black of the Slayers. He is not carrying a bat, nor any other club-like item. Just before he reaches the batter's box, he looks at Miss Bats and then reaches into a pouch at his side.
He pulls out a snakeskin glove (which he immediately puts on) and a single eggshell. Reference begins chanting in an unidentifiable language and waving his hands wildly, finishing the incantation with a resounding...92!
SUN RF
Longshot was left standing at the plate when Wheeler got caught stealing to end the inning. Ready to take his swing for realsies this time the powerful righty steps into the box.
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Why not start the season off with a bang, 811
ACP 2B
Pablano singled in the 1st and could do some real damage here with another hit. Nova is doing everything he can to get his team back in the dugout.
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Season 2 has already started better than season 1 did for me. Watching George strike out and then Stan walk reminded me of the three true outcome players. And how I am not one of them. And how I am okay with that. I smile to myself, comfortable with that thought. I am part of a lively team that enjoys playing this game as much as I do. I dig into the batters box with my cleats, a small star on the back of my cleats. A reminder that I was an all-star, but it is also in the past. This is the present and it is time to help my team.
136
ACP 1B
Mann singled and later scored in the first inning for the Peregrines. Nova still looks lost in thought as he comes set. Maybe the story of Lok'tar will continue to inspire him.
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Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 789
ACP C
Ewell popped out in his first AB. Nova has his sign and comes set.
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The reason I like to lead off is to avoid having to drive people in
464
ACP DH
Another new addition to the Peregrines this year, DH Jimjon Jonjim strides to the plate with an RBI opportunity in his first ever MLN at-bat.
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174
ACP CF
Nova is right back in the stretch again but has mostly been unlucky so far. His pitches have been down but the Peregrines keep finding holes. Determined to strand Tahmus where he stands Nova comes set.
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732
ACP RF
Tahmus steps into the box making his MLN debut. There was a lot of buzz early on that he might be the #1 overall draft pick but he ended up falling to the Peregrines at #4. Highly touted and on a quality team lets see what the rookie has to offer in his first official AB!
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Started on the Knees, now we here.
920
SUN RF
Longshot finished last season strong and was ultimately named the TooSG MVP. He is the SLayers big RBI guy and power threat and they need him to come through here.
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Longshot takes Bats first pitch low and away and on the second pitch the Peregrines pitch out thinking Wheeler and the Slayers may be up to something. Wheeler wasn't going anywhere however and it brings the count to 2-0. Pete does take off on the third pitch but it's up and away giving Ewell a great pitch to throw on and he doesn't disappoint. A perfect strike to second nabs the would be base thief and ends the inning!
Steal Number: 675
Cathers Number: 286
Difference: 389/CS
Side retired
Due up for the Peregrines: Tahmus, Omega, Jonjim
SUN C
Turbo steps up to the plate with a runner on first. Miss Bats will be looking for a groundball here to try and end this threat before it even gets started.
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I would backstroke through a sandpit filled with banana puree then pole vault blindfolded into a pit of sexually frustrated baboons and fight my way out while wielding only a rusty slinky as my weapon, if it meant I could chew a two year old piece of gum you once spat on the floor of a KFC restroom. Unrelated, my swing is 276
ACP CF
Wheeler is coming off an All-Satr caliber season. Can he pick up where he left off?
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I scramble to the plate after sleeping pst my alarm! The scout team is throwing up all sorts of hand signals but I forgot my glasses so I just give them a big thumbs up, and try my best!
899
SUN 2B
Last season's GL MVP Willie Mays Hayes steps up to the plate looking to start off season 2 just as strong as he did season 1. Miss Bats is looking to establish herself as the new Acadia ace.
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Hope everyone enjoys the bobble heads!!! 673
ACP 3B
Nova can't believe Panik's ball found a hole after getting the groundball he was looking for. He takes a few extra seconds before stepping back on the mound to face McGoogol.
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Dougal runs up to MattVasgerianSays and gives him a big ol hug and says "I've missed this"
352
ACP SS
Big time FA acquisition JP Panik steps up to the plate in a key spot early. A hit could score a run here but an out will end the inning. Can the talented SS come through for his new team?
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231
ACP LF
McDichael can put the Peregrines up early with a solid single or better. Nova is looking for that inning-ending double play.
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268
ACP 2B
Pablano had a monster year last year for the Peregrines but it was largely overshadowed by the other dominant 2B's in the GL. Out to prove he belongs in their company Pablano steps into the box.
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887
ACP 1B
As San Mann is attempting to step into the box the in-house DJ blares
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500
ACP C
It looks like Thomas Nova has finished off his warm-up pitches and is ready to get things started here in Sunnydale. The Slayers begin their title defense while the Peregrines are looking to rebound from a disappointing season 1. Ewell resigned with the Peregrines after being shipped to the Melonheads at the trade deadline. Back with a familiar team, he steps into the box looking to set the tone early.
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Batting leadoff, for the peregrines on opening day. I've been here before.
842
Jhahn stretches his hammies out near RF, a little annoyed that the equipment manager misspelled his name on the back of his jersey.
"Who spells it Thomas?" he thought to himself as he worked his way into a downward dog pose. "Alright, I've poured through the data, time to go through all the possible pitches. 1, 2, 3, 4..."
As people start arriving to their seats, Nova can be seen meditating on the Mound. Legs crossed and eyes closed, he seems to be breathing in that old familiar smell.
“Home.”
The word seems to almost fall out of his mouth. No noise, just his lips moving.
“Home.”
Again, heard a little louder.
The hustle and bustle of the crowd seemingly picks up, and his eyes open wide.
“[Poe,] (
Thomas then stands up and walks to the bullpen.
Poe, who'd been signing autographs near the dugout, flips the last ball back into the stands and paces his way back toward the mound. He lingers at the side of the mound as Nova goes through his routine, crouching a bit to pull up a handful of grass and let the blades flutter back to the ground. When Nova speaks, he glances up and offers a nod and a smirk.
"God, I love game day."
Grinning, he motions to the dugout to call forth
Ready to yeet all over them
If you hit a dinger this session you get your monolith