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Hold up, wait, look up in the sky


It's a bird
It's a plane
No it's me
Cuz I'm fly, I'm fly I'm fly I'm fly
I'm fly I'm fly I'm fly
I'm fly I'm fly I'm fly
I'm fly I'm fly.

Those who frequent Swayze would recognize this as the lyrics to Matt Smith's walk out song.  I'm sure he's walkin' it out at The Levee tonight as his 12th inning HR lifted the Rebels over the Cavs in game one of the Oxford Super. 



I have the misfortune of being in summer school during the hours of 2:30 and 4:30 during the weekdays.  As you faithful readers know, the game was at one.  So, I went to the game, then, I ran to class at 2:18 or so.  I was so preoccupied with the game and our missed opportunities.  When I got out, the bottom of the ninth ended, and I make it back for the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth innings.  What a game it was. 

The Cavs struck in the second inning on a two out double that scored a man from first.  Really, I think Ferguson did a poor job of relaying the ball to the plate.  He didn't even throw home and the guy wasn't even halfway to the plate!

Nonetheless, Mort singled to score a run for the Rebels to tie it at four.  The tie didn't last on as the Cavs tacked two more on in the fifth by stringing some hits together and getting some good at bats.  The Rebels answered in the seventh with a Miller single and Travis double to cut the lead to 3-2.

In the ninth, a Virginia error led to a Logan Power RBI opportunity to score Button from second.  Power was 0-fer until that at bat.  I call that clutch.

The Rebels tried to give the game away in the top of the twelfth by misplaying a ball hit to Smith.  He overthrew Morgan who was covering.  The runner advanced to second, and there were no outs.  Then, the next batter bunted a ball right to Morgan who threw to Miller to get the runner trying to advance. 

Then, Morgan overthrew first and allowed the runner to advance to second.  Two errors in run inning.  Morgan intentionally walked, got an infield fly, and a long fly ball caught by Henry to get out of trouble.

Matt Smith took the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall to end the game. 

Woo-hoo! Great game, right?

Well, the Diamond Rebs stuck with it and "gutted it out" despite playing an ugly brand of baseball.  Errors, ugly strikeouts, and Jordan going o-fer and popping up bunts will not help us get to that coveted city in Nebraska.  Let's hope Pomeranz has another legendary performance in his repertoire.

What happened to Jake?  Morgan broke his nose during warm ups, and he was treated by the training staff.  After some pain killers and some gauze.  Jake is a gutsy guy, and he pitched 3.0 innings of shut out relief.  He was obviously bleeding and it was running into his mouth.  Wow, Jake. You're a baller.

Let's not forget Goforth.  David gave us two innings of shut out relief where he only allowed one hit and struck out three. That's good to see after his struggles last week. 

Tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. the Rebels will try to get to Omaha for the first time since 1972.  Be there and WEAR RED!!!