I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend – a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company with cookouts and get-togethers.
What was more important was the recognition of those who sacrificed their lives so that we could have the freedoms to do these very things. But the sacrifice goes way beyond the battlefields. The loved ones of those who fought sacrificed as well. Many soldiers never returned home, and that left the family to pick up the pieces and keep the family structure intact. Some who did return home were changed forever.
My father fought in the Korean War, and my brother served in the Marines, so I had a little experience with that life. I am grateful for their service and for everyone else who put their lives on hold to fight for our freedom.
Jacksonport’s extra-inning win put the swami on notice because it kept him from predicting a perfect week: He finished 3-1. Let’s take a look at the upcoming week five.
Sister Bay (2-2) @ Baileys Harbor (0-4) Friday Night
It’s hard to believe that the Bays are only .500 after four weeks, but that is just what they are. A tough home loss to Kolberg last weekend has now left them looking up at three teams. There’s plenty of time to right the ship, but this will be a tougher task than they’re used to.
The As have now lost 18 in a row, and breaking that streak certainly will not be an easy task. They had a quick start to their game Friday night against the Cubs and led early before the Cubs put them away.
Swami says: Bays
Egg Harbor (2-2) @ Washington Island (3-1)
The Island was in a tight game with the Mets before pulling away in big fashion Sunday, turning a 5-3 game into a 20-3 victory. Mets walks aided the Island as the Islanders had only nine hits for the game. They most likely won’t get as many free passes this week and will need to earn their runs.
Egg Harbor lost a heartbreaker in extra innings to their rivals and now must take the dreaded trip to the Island. Anthony Jennerjohn returned to the mound for the Indians, and they may need all arms on deck for this one as the Island typically is a juggernaut at home. The swami has a feeling.
Swami says: Egg Harbor
Maplewood (2-2) @ West Jacksonport (3-1)
The Mets were in a tight game before the wheels fell off Sunday. Shoring up the pitching is going to be key moving forward, but one thing this team can do is run. The Mets stole a few bases Sunday, and if they can keep putting pressure on opposing teams, they’re going to win more games.
The Ports have to be feeling pretty good about themselves. A big win against the Indians is their third in a row and has them sharing the top spot. As mentioned at the beginning of the year, their Achilles heel was going to be their pitching if they weren’t healthy and well. That isn’t a problem so far as they’ve gotten stellar performances every week.
Swami says: Ports
Institute (1-3) @ Kolberg (3-1)
The Cubs got into the win column last Friday night. They put the ball in play and let some of their speed do the rest. However, several miscues in the infield kept the game tighter than it should have been, and as they know, defense up to this point hasn’t been a strong suit. They will need to play a nearly perfect game defensively to have a shot in this one.
The Braves got a huge win against the Bays, and that will go a long way as the season progresses. Their pitching has been stellar the past two weeks, giving up a total of only two runs against two really good hitting teams. The Braves must avoid a letdown and not look ahead to a showdown with the Island next week. Coach Neinas has been there, done that and is probably the last person who will allow his team to look ahead.
Swami says: Braves
May 29 Results
Jacksonport 5, Egg Harbor 3 (11 innings )
Institute 8, Baileys Harbor 2
Kolberg 9, Sister Bay 2
Washington Island 2, Maplewood 3
West Jacksonport 3-1
Washington Island 3-1
Sister Bay 2-2
Egg Harbor 2-2
Baileys Harbor 0-4