No Mercy in the County League

In the Karate Kid movies and Cobra Kai series, the main theme is to always show your opponent no mercy.

This season, there is a mercy rule of 10 runs after the losing team bats in the eighth inning. Strangely enough, there was only one game that went the full nine innings last Sunday, with the other three being called because of this rule. 

The league is obviously a little top heavy, with the top teams having the ability to put up a lot of runs. Where the mercy rule is also effective is in the case where the heat can get to the umpires after extended innings. Although I have never been a fan of the mercy rule, I do agree with some of the benefits. 

Washington Island showed no mercy to the Swami last weekend as he ended up 3-1 on the week, running his record to 14-2.

Let’s take a look at the Week 5 games. 

Kolberg (3-1) @ Washington Island (3-1)

A rematch of last year’s playoff championship has the Braves making the dreaded trip overseas, where anything can happen. The Braves made quick work of the Cubs Sunday, with Jake Schneider tossing a no-hitter with 13 strikeouts before he left the game with a big lead. Nick LeCaptain and Trevor Reinhardt led the way with three hits each. 

The Islanders won a hard-fought game against Egg Harbor last Sunday, with Alex Johnson picking up the win. Caleb Cornell and Luke Geiger each had three hits, and Matt Foss collected two. The Islanders have been pitching by committee, and up to this point, it has been working.
The Braves swept all three games against the Islanders last year, scoring a total of 29 runs.
Swami says: Braves. 

Egg Harbor (2-2) @ Sister Bay (3-1)

Here we go again. After a hot start that included a win against the defending-champion Braves, the Indians have lost two in a row. The back end of the bullpen has been shaky during those games, and it will need to tighten up to get back on track. Newcomer Cole Krause may just help that cause. Last year’s batting champion, Cory Fuller, notched three hits while Cody Giesseman went yard in the loss.

The Bays had little trouble with the A’s, pounding out 16 hits and 16 runs. Stewart Larson collected four of those hits, and Griffin Cole three. With the final two games of the half against two teams that are struggling, the Bays need this game to keep pace with the other top teams. They swept the series last year, holding Egg Harbor to a combined five runs. 

Swami says: It’ll be a Bay day.

Baileys Harbor (1-3) @ West Jacksonport (3-1)

The A’s came crashing down hard in Sister Bay after winning their first game in a long time last week. They are trying to find a good pitching mix, and once they do, things could start taking shape. What they do seem to have is guys who can go deep, as Randy Martinez was the second player to hit a home run in this young season.

Speaking of young, Frankie De Young got his first hit in the league Sunday. It was one of the 21 hits the Ports had on the day. Kyle Volkmann had three of them, and Alec Schartner had two hits and four runs batted in. Derek Niedzwiecki hit a home run for the second straight week and is just on fire. With games coming up against Kolberg and Washington Island, the Ports can ill afford to look past this one, and they won’t. 

Swami says: West Jacksonport.

Institute (0-4) @ Maplewood (1-3)

The Cubs just cannot score runs. They are averaging just a little over two a game, and unless you have a Pitcher of the Year candidate on your roster, that isn’t going to get you too many wins. For the second straight week, the Cubs were missing some key players – this past week due to graduation. Jacob Pflieger was the third pitcher on the day and didn’t throw too badly, but asking any pitcher to tame Kolberg is a daunting task. 

Will Jandrin got his first league hit on Sunday, and hitting hasn’t been the Mets’ problem. What has been killing the Mets is their pitching, which is a surprise because last year, that same pitching got them off to a great start. However, in their three losses, they have given up 58 runs. That’s an absurd number, but it did come against three of the top teams. 

The Cubs won both games against the Mets last year and very well could finally get into the Win column, but two runs per game just doesn’t move the meter for me. 

Swami says: Mets.

Week 4 Results

Sister Bay 16, Baileys Harbor 1

West Jacksonport 20, Maplewood 7

Kolberg 12, Institute 2

Washington Island 7, Egg Harbor 5


West Jacksonport 3-1

Kolberg 3-1

Sister Bay 3-1

Washington Island 3-1

Egg Harbor 2-2

Maplewood 1-3

Baileys Harbor 1-3

Institute 0-4

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