June 18, 2009

By nhfnews columnist Will L.

It was truly a game for the ages this past Sunday as NHF faced Chodae in their final game of the regular season. NHF headed into the game with a 3-3 record, giving them a chance to make this their first winning season in franchise history. Standing in their way was a formidable Chodae team intent on ending NHF’s 3-game winning streak.

NHF took an early 3-1 lead in the 1st inning, thanks to “small ball” and back-to-back-to-back RBI’s from John C., John K., and Cesar. With the help of his defense, Kyu kept Chodae at bay for 3 scoreless innings while NHF extended their lead with 3 more runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. But just when the NHF players started to feel comfortable with their 6-1 lead, Chodae responded with 4 runs of their own in the top of the 5th inning, cutting NHF’s lead to 6-5. However, NHF’s deep lineup, which featured 16 different batters during the course of the game, was up to the task and scored another 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to make the score 9-5. 9-5 quickly became 9-6 after a Chodae run in the top of the 6th inning.

At the top of the 7th inning, the NHF players took the field with a 3-run lead and a clear goal: keep Chodae to less than 3 runs. Ken Ko incited the team to “trade runs for outs.” And the team took those instructions quite literally, allowing Chodae to score 3 runs right before 3 outs were made. As the Chodae players rounded the bases and tied the game at 9-9, Dave K’s cheering section (aka Jen + baby bump) took a long sigh…was this game going to end up being another grueling 12-inning marathon like last week’s contest?

Fortunately, it was not. Chai started off the bottom of the 7th inning with a single and was advanced to second base as Will took a walk. With a man in scoring position, Tom hit a hard grounder to the shortstop. Tom bolted toward first base, and the shortstop overthrew the first baseman, allowing Chai to score from second. NHF won!! The final score: 10-9! The final record: 4-3! NHF, a team with a flair for the dramatic, won another one in exciting fashion.

Although the regular season has come to a close, the fun is far from over. For more thrills, look out for NHF in the playoffs! Stay tuned for details. And as always, players will be available for a short signing session after the game.


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