MY OFFICE BAR & GRILL MEN'S SOFTBALL Summer 2006
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Fairwell Matt Mullvian and Eric Biesen
     July 26th, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
Today was our last game as we lost to Lefty's. It was a game that we had a chance to win as we even held a small lead after the third inning. But the bats of Lefty's went to work and dug My Office a big hole we were not able to climb out of.

Eric Biesen and Matt Mullvain played in their last game with My Office. Each of them had good days at the plate and help My Office score runs and extend innings. But in the end it was not enough to overcome Leftys' offense.
Tournament Play Starts on Sour Note
     July 25th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
Tonight we started off the play-offs double elimination tournament against Chipman-Taylor. We got off to a good start scoring three runs in the first inning, but we could not get anything to happen after that.

Brian Mitzel pitched into the 3rd inning when he started to have trouble. He called Scotty Anderson to pitch. Chipman-Taylor scored 10 runs in that inning which was enough to put the game out of reach for My Office.

Ben Weller started in right-center field. In the 4th inning a ball was hit to deep right-center field. Ben went way back and it appeared that the ball might get over his head. He tracked it to the warning track where he made an outstanding catch on the ball. With that cathc he fell back and hit his head on the ground causing a game ending injury, but even knocking himself out to make the catch, he held on to the ball to record the first out of the inning.
A Slug Fest
     July 18th, 2006 @ 8:45 PM
Game tow of round robin play had Bomb Squad, another A-League team going against My Office. Earlier in the season My Office beat Bomb Squad. Today's game was going to be a slug-fest. My Office had four homeruns and the Bomb Squad had three on their way to a high scoring affair. There were a couple defensive gems in today's game.

Michael Bryant dove for a hard hit ball between first and second base. he came up with the ball and made the throw to second base from his back. It was a bang-bang play and the runner ended up being called safe. In one inning all three outs were records in the outfield by Taj Mahon-Haft

On Offense Scotty Anderson was three for four with three doubles. Eric Biesen, Phil Gruen, Duane Sammons, and Joe Fairbanks all hit homeruns.

The game ended abruptly in the bottom of the 5th inning when we hit the timelimit with Bomb Squad hitting.
It Takes a Real Man to get it Straight Up
     July 18th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
In game one of round-robin play for the post season, My Office faced hte Coor's Light team. They are an A-league team that is a very good team. My Office gave them a large lead early on and were not able to come back from the hole that they got themselves into.

Matt Mullvain led the team with two RBI and a triple. My Office hit three homeruns in the game, but all of them were solo shots with Eric Biesen, and Phil Gruen hitting back-to-back solo shots.
Big Bad Ben's Basehit
     July 14th, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
The last game of the regular season was another fun game for My Office and their never give up attitude. Down by eight runs after two and a half innings, My Office went to work and got some people on base to set up Duane Sammons with a three-run homerun.

Two innings later Chipman-Taylor/Gormen's scored only one more run and My Office put up five runs to get scord tie at 11. The sixth inning Chipman scored another more run to retake the lead .

My Office held Chipman scorless in the top of the seventh. With a runner on base and two outs Eric Biesen came to the plate. Chipman decided to pitch to Eric, but not give him a good pitch to hit. With a 3-0 count, Chipman's pitcher sent a high pitch that was around Eric's head. Eric swung and without a doubt it was a homerun. It scored two runs to put My Office in a tie with Chipman.

That also put the game into extra innings. Chipman was held scoreless in their half of the 8th inning. My Office lead off with Taj Mahon-Haft who got a basehit. Joe Fairbanks hit into a fielders choice. Ryan Broyles then hit into a fielders choice. With two outs Duane came to the plate and hit a solid single to the outfield. Ryan made it to third base. Ben Weller came to the plate having gone 3 of 4 to this point in the game. The second pitch came in and Ben sent it down the third baseline for a single scoring Ryan from third base to win the game.
Dad, That Score Was Ugly
     July 11th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
With only nine guys showing up for another A-League match-up, our outfielders received a big workout. Zeppoz scored 14 runs in their half of the first inning and did not look back. We only managed to put up six runs across five innings of play. After the game Ben Weller's son said "Dad, that score was ugly."

In the game, even being down by many runs Michael Bryant never gave up, stretching a single into a double. Matt Mullvain took a very hard hit ball off the center of his chest when the ball bounced higher than expected. Even with the wind knocked out of Matt he stayed with the ball and flipped it to Michael at second base for an out.
Broyles Break Out
     June 27th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
Heating up over the last couple games, Ryan Broyles broke out today hitting 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Broyles has been playing on a bad ankle since early in the season when he injured it a sliding accident. We have been able to count on Broyles showing up at the games and always willing to play where needed.

In the game against Otto's Grays a subplot was taking place as Scotty Anderson was playing against one of his old managers. Anderson was kicked off the 1999 summer league team, the Treaty Ground Rock Hounds, having a .429 batting average. It was 5 games into the season. Since then Anderson found a home with My Office, and that manager has been bouncing from team to team.

Anderson was 3 for 4 with a homerun, double and a walk. Eric Biesen and Phil Gruen each had a homerun.
A Big Win Over The A-League
     June 22nd, 2006 @ 8:45 PM
Playing another A-League team can always be tough, today Bomb Squad took the field against My Office. With the addition of Mark Seiler My Office is a stronger team.

My Office offensively and defensively played outstanding today Scotty Anderson got his first homerun on the season going 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. Michael Bryant hit another shot and added 5 RBI of his own.

My Office coasted to a large victory and is back on the winning track.
It was like batting practice... for them.
     June 19th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
In our shortest game of the season, the Coors Light A-league knocked us out like an Eric Biesen homerun. Allowing twenty runs in the first inning put us behind the eight-ball early on. After Coors Light made their statement in the first inning, they coasted from there, only taking one base at a time.

In the third inning with no outs and a man on first and a man on third, a rocket was hit up the middle hitting Brian Mitzel in the belly. He quickly got to the ball turning in a double-play.

Mitzel also lead the way hitting with a double and a homerun in three plate appearances. He earned three RBI. At the same time lead off hitter Michael Bryant had an inside-the-park-homerun and a double earning two RBI on the day.
Beaten like eggs in an omelet
     June 15th, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
The Tax Dodgers is the team that My Office has been playing heads-up for years in any year, no matter what team is having a tough time winning, both teams have a good chance to walk away with a win. Today it was not meant for My Office. From the onset the Tax Dodgers scored 12-runs in the first inning. From that point they did not look back.

We don't have much to take away from that game that is positive. Duane Sammons went 3 for 3 with a homerun and four RBI. Eric Biesen was 2 for 3 with two homeruns and six RBI.
First A-League Match-up Ends in Loss
     June 12th, 2006 @ 8:45 PM
Everything that has plagued My Office this season happened during this game. The inability to hit, field, and catch a break came together today and cost My Office another tally in the loss column.

My Office had 11 hits spread over five innings, four of which were for extra bases. Only three runs were scored. On the bright side Eric Biesen has hit at least one homerun in six of his last eight games including a shot today that ended up being an inside-the-park-homerun. He hit a towering shot that appeared to be sailing over the fence. Instead it came down just inside the fence. Eric was running the bases hard and was already past second base when the ball landed. He kept on trucking home. Matt Mullvain added two doubles.

The first inning Lefty's scored ten-runs off of timely hitting and walks. Errors sprinkled around the field allowed Lefty's to extend several innings that burried My Office.
Starting a new Winning Streak
     June 8th, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
The Colfax Merchants came before My Office at the wrong time. We were pumped and mad that we lost a game. We used our sticks to take it out on Colfax. The first four batters had 19 hits. Eric Biesen lead the team with 6 hits, 5 runs scored, a double, 3 homeruns, and 12 RBI!

Brian Mitzel had a triple and three RBI. Phil Gruen added a homerun and three RBI. Both Ben Weller and Scotty Anderson had four hits and an RBI each.

Either winning or losing, My Office, does it as a team. We respect our opponents and we have a good time playing the game.
Late Inning Errors Halts My Office Winning Streak at 5 Games
     June 8th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
In a game where offense was not an issue, My Office had several defensive errors which allowed PSPT to score 9 runs in the 5th inning and 8 runs in the 6th inning. For My Office seven out of ten betters had at least three hits with Scotty Anderson and Eric Biesen leading the way with four hits. Eric also had five RBI on a homerun and two doubles.

Losing is not fun, especially when it is errors that cause the loss, rather than being out played. But true to My Office fashion we did not get down on each other, we fought to the end. When it was over and we lost, the next comment was that we are now going to start a new winning streak. This is a great *TEAM*.
What a Defense!
     June 1st, 2006 @ 6:15 PM (by Duane Sammons)
Relying upon a shored up defense and timely hitting, the My Office softball squad pulled out an 11-5 victory over Pullman Sports Physical Therapy on Thursday night, in what was easily their lowest scoring contest of the summer.

With their bats sputtering for the early stages of the game, the team did not put any runs across until the top half of the fourth inning, but remained in the game with a sound defense that eliminated many of the mental mistakes that had plagued them in the past.

The win was capped off by another Phil Gruen home run, the only long shot of the game. My Office moves to 5-0 on the young season and sits alone atop the league standings with a PSPT rematch looming in the coming days...
Nail Biter
     May 30th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM (by Duane Sammons)
You know those games that make you bite your nails? Those games that make you feel like you're going to have a heart attack at a moment's notice? Such was the case when the My Office team took on Otto's Grays.

And people wonder why we have a drinking problem.

After trailing for the first six innings of the contest and with their backs against the proverbial wall, My Office exploded for 11 runs in the top half of the seventh inning, capped off by Phil Gruen's second three-run home run of the game. His two home runs for outs notwithstanding, Phil had a tremendous game by capitalizing on a plethora of RBI opportunities. Eric Biesen added a long shot of his own, and Joe Fairbanks contributed with misplayed pop-ups and dropped flyballs for base knocks as the team relied heavily on the long ball to pull out a 30-28 victory.

The team will surely have to shore up their defense in order to move their record to 5-0, as they run into a formidable PSPT team Thursday night.
Wind, Snow, and 80F
     May 18th, 2006 @ 7:30 PM
The wind was blowing the flag in dead-center field straight out. The cottonwood trees were shedding its cotton into the air so thick it looked like it was snow, however no one believed it could be snow as it was a muggy 80F. The thunderstorm was moving in and we had a game to complete.

In a game of "nearly" and "almost" Duane Sammons was a single away from the cycle and several near homeruns were killed by the wind. At the same time Matt Mullvain kept his 1.000 batting average alive with another good show of hitting.

The team rallied each inning to put runs on board extending the lead and putting the game out of reach of the Palouse Multiple Services. This was a blue collar game were no one person stood out as THE MVP of the game but everyone dug in and played hard to seal this victory.
My Office Wins Homerun Derby
     May 11th, 2006 @ 6:15 PM
In a team sport like softball the concept of "There is no I in TEAM" must be practiced if the team is to be a winner. Joe Fairbanks embodies that concept. After batting 3 for 4 with two homeruns and 7 RBI he said it is not about his stats it is about the team winning. Joe also anchored the leftfield making several key outs.

My Office could not get anything going offensively. In the first five innings My Office scored only 5 runs and had been held scoreless in four innings. By the sixth inning Palouse Tavern was leading 14 to 5. Then My Office came alive. In his final two plate appearances Duane Sammons took two walks. The rest of the team rallied with well placed hits.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Brian Mitzel stepped to the plate. He his a hard shot to right-center field. The fielder tried to catch the ball on a run. He dropped it allowing the game-tying run to score.

We went to extra innings. Palouse Tavern scored two runs on an opposite-field homerun. But that is all they could manage. Michael hit a two-run homerun to tie the score. Then Eric Biesen came to the plate with a runner on. On an 1-0 count he hit a towering balls - the game-winning walk-off two-run homerun - to left-center field.
Redemption!
     May 9th, 2006 @ 8:45 PM
Playing Palouse Multiple Services for the second time in the last week we wanted to come back and show them we are a team battling for first place. We lost the first time by 14 runs. We also did not have a lot of our key players. Tonight was a different story. With nearly the whole team there we went to work. We scored 4 runs in the first inning and did not look back. We came our with a ten spot in the second inning. When it was done we beat them 22 to 6. Michael Bryant and Eric Biesen both went yard. Eric also went yard for an out because we had reached our allowed allotment of homeruns.