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Post by Mike McDermot » Thu, 05 Jun 1997 04:00:00


6/4/97 -- 1:01 AM

                  Firestix still winless after 8-7 loss to Pride
                       By BLANE BACHELOR Tampa Tribune correspondent

     TAMPA - The lights went out - literally - on the Tampa Bay
Firestix's home debut against the
     Georgia Pride at Red McEwen Field on Tuesday night.

     The Firestix watched their four-run lead disappear, along with the
stadium's lighting, during a
     technical difficulty that stopped play for nearly 30 minutes before
the Pride pulled out a four-run
     inning to cap off an 8-7 comeback victory.

     It was the third consecutive one-run loss for the Firestix, now 0-3
at the beginning of their 72- game
     season. Their focus for the upcoming games: capitalize on the
positives - which were strong fielding
     and a solid start against the Pride - to close out the victory.

     ``We were in control of the game, I felt, and a lot of crazy things
happened,'' Firestix coach Bob
     Brock said. ''This is certainly not an 0-3 team, and I think a lot
of people can see that. We make a
     few mistakes here and there, and tonight, we didn't seem to get the
right hits at the right time.''

     The Firestix built a 7-3 lead entering the sixth, after the Pride
tied the score at 3 in the second with a
     three-run homer from Jenny Brewster.

     Tampa Bay responded with a two-run double in its next at-bat from
shortstop Megan Murray for the
     lead again, which jumped to 6-3 after a Georgia throwing error
brought in another run.

     But a disastrous sixth inning for the Firestix, which included four
consecutive singles from the Pride
     and a two-run error from catcher Beth Gerken, erased that lead for
a 7-7 tie.

     The announced crowd of 1,443 then enjoyed a mid-game fireworks
display during the delay from
     the lighting problem. The show seemingly provided a spark for the
Pride, who capitalized on a
     fielding error off a single from Martya Laudato for the final
margin.

     The Firestix collected all seven of their hits in the first four
innings.

     ''I think a lot of us are used to a game where you jump ahead
early, and the games goes by so
     quickly it stays set like that,'' said Firestix pitcher DeeDee
Weiman (0-2), who allowed nine hits for
     eight runs, six earned. ''It just caught up to us.''

     THe Firestix face the Pride (1-2) for the second of the three- game
series tonight at 7 at Red
     McEwen Field.

     Georgia 030 004 1-8 9 1 Tampa Bay 322 000 0-7 7 2 Espinoza and
Laudato. Weiman and
     Gerken. W- Espinoza (1-1). L-Weiman (0-2). 2B-Perez (TB).
HR-Brewster (G).

 
 
 

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Post by DebLauba » Fri, 06 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Mike or anyone who knows:

Where can a copy of the WPF Rules be obtained?  Is it
in a book form or more in a newsletter print out?  Also,
how does it work with lead-offs...i.e., there is no hestitation
rule in WPF, right?

Thanks,
deB

 
 
 

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Post by Hiller » Sat, 07 Jun 1997 04:00:00

I find the comment "announced attendance" interesting. The WPF dude on the
web assured me he'd post WPF attendance figures "when he has time."

Watch that "announced" attendance closely. I'm sure it will not match
actual. As a sidelight, our HS baseball team's championship game at
Qualcomm Stadium (where the Padres play) was almost 4,000.

Vince
http://members.aol.com/HillerSB

 
 
 

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Post by Rela » Sat, 07 Jun 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I find the comment "announced attendance" interesting. The WPF dude on the
> web assured me he'd post WPF attendance figures "when he has time."

> Watch that "announced" attendance closely. I'm sure it will not match
> actual. As a sidelight, our HS baseball team's championship game at
> Qualcomm Stadium (where the Padres play) was almost 4,000.

> Vince
> http://members.aol.com/HillerSB

Sure, but what's "baseball" ???