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Game Played 7/9/2015 6:15PM  

Perfect Pitch
Trip Somers breaks up the perfect game and the shutout with a single in the 4th.
Enter The Beast
Josh Kallail: weapon of mass destruction.
Thursday, July 9, 2015, 6:15 P.M. on Carpenter Field #8.

The Dallas Bolts ended the Plano Knights season exactly as it began, bookending identical 3-1 victories over the Blue & Orange. The latter contest eliminated the Knights from the loser's bracket in the double-elimination playoff format. The visiting Knights went in order in the top of the first, and starter Tim "Braveheart" Wallace matched the feat in the bottom of the inning, thanks to second baseman Stacy "The Grill Master" Scott's inning ending double play. The Knights again went in succession in the second inning and the Bolts punched home a run in the bottom half to take a 1-0 lead. The Knights did not respond in the top of the third, running their consecutive batters retired streak to nine. Wallace got two quick outs in the Bolts half, serving notice that this was indeed a pitcher's duel. After a single, a wild pitch, and a walk, Dallas had runners at the corners with two outs. Catcher Josh "The Beast" Kallail threw a strike to his second baseman covering the bag on a stolen base attempt, that appeared to end the inning, but the ball popped out of the glove when Scott applied the tag. The runner from third scored on the miscue, and and additional unearned run scored later in the inning. Unfortunately, the Knights were now chasing a 3-0 deficit. After the tenth straight recorded out, the Knights finally found some offense in the top of the fourth. Richard "Trip" Somers, a late arrival to the ball park, singled with one out in the inning to bust up the perfect game, and moved to second on Paul "Speedy" Garcia's swinging ground out bunt to the right side of the infield. Wallace helped his own cause, with a RBI single to left field. "Braveheart" tried to advance to second base on the throw to home plate, but the cutoff man nabbed him at second base to end the inning. Wallace posted a shut down inning in the bottom, leaving the bases loaded with an swinging third strike. Rodger "The Poet" Battani worked a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth, but was quickly erased when Kallail grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Wes "The Gambler" Willaert reached on an error, but Jesus "El Gato Grande" Marquez grounded into a fielder's choice to end the Knights turn. Wallace cruised through the Bolts fifth, with two ground outs to shortstop, and a come-backer to the mound. The Bolts went to their hard throwing closer in the sixth, clinging to their slim two run margin. The pitching change paid dividends, as their new hurler struck out the side. Scott reached on a shortstop error with two outs, but that only seemed to anger their mound general, and he threw harder to post his third strikeout. Wallace gave his team a sporting chance, putting up another zero in the bottom of the inning. Two ground outs to Marquez at third, assisted by a nice pick at first by Battani, and a ground out to Garcia at shortstop ended the Bolts chance. Somers took a called third strike leading of the seventh and Garcia tripled to the right center field fence, keeping hope alive for the good guys. Wallace took a questionable called third strike for the second out of the inning, leaving Battani as the last ray of light. "The Poet" worked the count full and then fouled off several pitches, before swinging through a blistering fastball at the top of the zone. The closer's sixth strikeout ended the ball game and the season for the Knights. The #3 seeded Bolts earned a date with the #1 seeded Cachorros on Saturday morning, as the #2 seeded Outlaws upset the Cachorros in the winner's bracket. The winner of that contest will meet the three time defending champion Outlaws for the league's coveted tournament title.

Fire Up The Grill
Stacy "The Grill Master" Scott turned in a fiery playoff performance.