(April 16, 2018 – Dallas, TX) Most people typically fear this particular Monday in April as the deadline for their taxes; a feeling that’s fulfilled with anxiety and angst for most. Unfortunately for the North Dallas Bulls, that same feeling ended up on the diamond as the Spirits (45+) squad unleashed a fury of offense that could quite possibly relate to a personal audit by the IRS.
In Monday night’s NTABL Masters League action, the Spirits used an 8 run first inning and a 10 run third inning to obliterate the Bulls by a margin of 25 to 2.
Utility man and veteran Dallas Spirit, Brant Finchum led the way offensively along with several others, completing his evening with a 4-for-4 performance. Finchum’s evening included 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in, while the team combined for 21 hits in a shortened game that went four and a half innings.
“There’s not a whole lot you can take away from a game like this,” mentioned club manager, Shawn Lee followed the game. “They’re a better team than that and for some reason, we hit absolutely everything they threw at us. With the exception of myself and a couple others, every guy found a spot against their defense and hit safely. Hopefully we can save some of that offense for some other games this season.”
Pitcher, John Holmquist was once again solid for the Spirits, combined with a defense that got the job done. Holmquist went all four innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 3 hits, while walking two, and striking out one.
A number of Spirits hitters used the opportunity to fill the box scores, including Guy Koenig. Koenig remained on fire for his 2018 campaign, adding 3 hits including a double, 2 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Patrick Bilgere was responsible for 8 runs on the offensive end, including a single, 4 runs scored, 4 RBI, and a base on balls. Jack Nash and Brian Hackney were each 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and a run scored, with Hackney adding a double to his dossier. A number of other Spirits added a pair of hits, including a triple by Chris Lewis who also was responsible for 3 RBIs, while Eric McPherson doubled and Kirk Sipila also added a pair of singles.