(September 9, 2023 – Carrollton, TX) For a team that failed to score a single run in a pair of games just a couple of weeks ago, the Spirits (50+) fall version took to the batter’s boxes and unleash offensive hell against the Cubs on Saturday. The Spirits scored 34 runs on 34 hits as they routed the Cubs by scores of 15-4, and then 19 to 10.
In game one, pitcher Mike Sopocy simply shut down the Cubs, allowing 2 earned runs off of 7 scattered hits, while walking just one and striking out 5 en route to picking up the complete-game victory.
For the offense, Stacy Scott and Vince Parello wasted no time chasing the batting champion trophy for the team. Scott was lights out, finishing 4-for-5 with 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in, while also adding in a pair of doubles. Right next to him, Parello also went on a tear, finishing 5-for-6 from the dish, scoring once, knocking in 2, and swiping a pair of bags as well. Last and certainly not least, Will Nash added a 3-for-4 performance that included 3 runs scored, a walk, a double, and a pair of stolen bases after coming off knee surgery just weeks ago.
“Not sure what got into these fellas, but sure wish it would rub off on the rest of us,” Spirits manager, Shawn Lee joked after his team’s pair of victories over the Cubs. “These guys really lit it up today.”
The Spirits scored one run in the first, 2 in the second inning, 3 in the third inning and then added a 4-spot in the sixth, followed by a 5-run seventh. The offense was relentless against Cubs starter, Mark Hollinger, who went the distance for the Cubs but technically only allowed 9 earned runs out of 15, but also gave up 5 walks to aid in the scoring frenzy.