SEASON OPENER - May 31, 2015

double-header @ Aarhus

 

Pre-Game

The Achiever Nine takes the field with Feebles on the bump, Burly behind the dish

Ballyard in Aarhus looking feral, sounding surreal. Flashbacks.

Rey Hernandez - The Umpire Strikes Back

 

GAME 1:

Alien Prophecy -- "hit DanSAnders in the clean-up spot" (we did and he got the game-winning RBI)

Solid Defense --no errors (see highlights below)

Another Last-Inning Achiever Comeback (w/ some help from an Aarhus error)

 

GAME 2:

Palindromic Ambigram Lineup (1-9 becomes 9-1)

Bad Baserunning (three outs at third base, almost ran ourselves into a triple play!)

Southpaw Ace on the Rug: Jared BalaVerlander (9IP, scattered a few hits, maybe 1 walk? more than a few K's, and only 2 runs allowed).

Sloppy, but still relaxed and confident, the Achievers earned the sweep.

 

Highlights

After a couple innings on the mound, Feebles gets the catcher's gear on and promptly guns down two Aarhusians trying to steal 2nd base, both snatched off the dirt nicely by Pete, both throws right on the bag.

Burly misjudges a fly ball in CF but sticks with it and guns down the Aarhusian trying to stretch it into a double. Ends the inning.

Pete makes some slick fielding plays at SS in both games; one play saw him charging a high-hopper to field it on the short hop, on the run, easy throw to first, gets his man!

DanSanders doesn't see a single ball all day in RF until the second-to-last out of the double-header when a groundball basehit rolls to his shallow positioning in the outfield grass sharply enough for DanS to gun the dude down at first base!

 

Post-game

Celebratory Microbrews at our sponsor's sister pub: Fermentoren Aarhus

Long Drive Back in the Rain, Home After Midnight

 

BOX SCORE

name

          AB

        Runs

         Hits

         RBI

          SB

         BB

Burly

7

1

1

1

1

0

Bo

7

2

3

0

1

0

Jared

4

2

3

1

1

3

DanSAnders

5

2

3

1

1

2

Lukwata

7

1

2

0

0

0

Feebles

4

0

0

1

0

3

Raz

4

0

1

2

1

2

Pete

5

1

2

1

1

1

D'mensch

6

1

2

0

1

1

 

RESULTS

Game I:

Achievers 3

Aarhus 2

 

Game II:

Achievers 7

Aarhus 2

 

 

Double-Header #2: vs. Los Amigos of Odense

Saturday, June 20th

 

On the first warm and sunny day of the year, nine lucky Achievers found themselves in the middle of nowhere to play that great game of baseball. No wind, no worries, but no women either.

At least two of us arrived with hangovers, but only four of us remained sober. Lukwata and his knuckler were floating somewhere in between wild drunkenness and sublime sobriety, confounding the batsmen from Fyn for five shutout innings. The defending MVP brought the lumber this time, too, going 3 for 3, as did the newest member of the Achievers, Freddy "el diablo" Oliveira.


Once again the big-city sluggers showed their swagger at the dish: drawing walks, fouling-off tough pitches, bruising those fastballs, and bringing each other home. Throw in our penchant for base thievery and you have a recipe for certain victory.

 

Game 1:

Urban Achievers: 8

Odense Amigos: 0

 

At the break, while eating pizza and loading bowls, we watched no less than three of their players pick up and leave the premises. Apparently they had prioritized working the weekend shift at the supermarket over being outside for one of the only four goddamn baseball days scheduled this entire season. Fucking amateurs!


The Achievers didn't travel all that way just to watch their opponents lie face down in the muck and concede a walkover win. Achievers don't roll that way, yo. So we had ourselves an old-fashioned 7 vs. 7 with permanent pitcher and catcher battery. Granted, Odense had to borrow our two eldest statesmen -- Cap'n Raz and Freddy -- but that's how we roll, yo! 


Lukwata continued to miss bats for the next two innings, only giving up a couple runs, before Jared balaVerlander took over for the final three innings of crafty, controlled pitching. The unofficial final result of Game 2 (Achievers 4-1 Odense) reflected a few interesting things:

-Wes and Jared can hold the Achievers to four runs on only a couple walks and a few hits over 5 innings

-The Achievers, behind Wes and Jared's pitching, can beat Wes and Jared 4-1 with our timely hitting and blazing speed on the basepaths.

 

Still undefeated (4-0), the Copenhagen Urban Achievers now glide into the month of July still waiting for the sun to come out again and waiting to see if Malmö has the guts to invite us over for another friendly beating.

 

 

Double-Header #3, Achievers host Odense

Saturday, August 15

 

Reading through the scorebook from this past Saturday, the official score of the first game looks to be 8-4 and the second game 6-2, and the MVP of the third game was Burly's son Gibson.

What an amazing day, with 17 or 18 Achievers ready to play, looking good in our new uniforms (tip of the cap to Mr. Treehorn), DJ Dan playing warm-up and walk-up music for us, cameo umpires, beers, doobies, grilling, cookies, women, children, infamous fans (Z-dog!) and those we'd never met, and even a steal of home (yeah J.B.)!

The Achievers move to 6-0 on the season, looking to stay undefeated as we host cross-country rivals Aarhus on Sunday.

TRIVIA:

Feebles became the first catcher since Josh Gibson in 1932 to catch all three games of a triple-header on the same day. Gibson did it on July 31st, 1932 vs. Baltimore. Feebles did it on this day, August 15, 2015 against Odense.

J.B. became the first player in Danish Baseball's modern history to successfully attempt a straight steal of home as he caught the Odense Lefty taking too much time in his wind-up, with the bases loaded, and timed his steal perfectly as the pitch bounced into Omar the catcher while Balaverlander slid safely across the plate.

The Urban Achievers became the first team in baseball history in any league, anywhere, to get 17 of 18 uniformed players into the double-header, with at least one AB and one inning in the field. The only uniformed player not to get on the field was DJ Dan, who was busy becoming the first player ever to provide walk-up music and dugout party playlists for his teammates.

 

 

Double-Header #4, hosting Aarhus

The Achievers really stepped up our game in the absence of some of our regulars (Bo, Justin, DanS, Andrew) and slaughtered a rather solid team from Aarhus...

Game one: 10-5
Game two: 9-0

Wes pitched all of Game 1 and held them to 2 earned runs with his knuckle ball dancing in the breeze. Aarhus came out with a good game plan: bunt and steal on Wes's slow delivery and slow pitches. It worked for an inning and they got the 1-0 lead. For some reason they abandoned the strategy and couldn't put together any rallies. Jeppe delivered the big hit with two outs and bases loaded in the 3rd inning in a 1-1 game. He hit the first pitch up the middle for a 2-run single! Nobody could believe it, least of all Aarhus. Dudermensch followed it up by driving in 2 more runs with a laser to right field, deflating the opponent and demoralizing Coach Dentist on their bench. All of a sudden it was 5-1, Achievers, and we never looked back. Highlight of the game was a TRIPLE PLAY -- the first in Achievers history. Line-drive to Wes on the mound, caught, threw to first for the force, then Jared fired it to 2nd base for the third out. 1-3-4 triple play.

Game 2 featured Capn' Raz on the bump for the first two innings and he somehow held them scoreless. Jared was designated manager-for-the-day, so he gave Raz the hook and put himself on the mound for innings 3-5, where Aarhus could hardly muster a baserunner. When they did, Feebles just gunned them down attempting to steal second base (three times on the day). Lots of walks taken in this game, too many perhaps, but that meant lots of stolen bases and RBI's for everybody. Wes, Capn' Raz, and Dudermensch all had ridiculously unorthodox stat lines for the double-header, as did Jeppe (1H, 1R, 3BB, 3 RBI, 1SB). The sun was shining and we had a good crowd -- women, children, old friends -- watching us get the wins.

 

The Achievers are now 8-0, making us the first team in the reformed Danish Baseball League to go UNDEFEATED for the entire regular season. Way to go, Donny!

 

An exhibition game against the old farts from Fighters is scheduled for Sept. 2 -- a Wedensday? -- and hopefully we can squeeze in a game vs. Malmö before the DK BASEBALL FINALS on SEPT. 20.

 

Viva Los Achievers!

Exhibition Match: Sept. 2 in Skovlunde

The Urban Achievers 

vs.

A Few Old Farts from the Fighters and a group of guys from Ballerup and GSK

 

(game summary to be written by Arthur Digby Sellers -- aka 3Fingers)

 

Dear Arthur Digby Sellers,

Seeing as how I turned two double-plays (one un-assisted), had 7 putouts, and went 1/2 with an RBI single, I'd rather have someone like you write the game summary.

Here are the batting stats:

1) Saeko - DH - 0/2, BB

2) Tomo - C - 1/2, SB, CS

3) Balaverlander - 1B - 0/1, 2BB, R

4) DanS - CF - 1/2, SB, BB, R

5) Lukwata - P - 2/3, 2SB, RBI

6) Rene - DH - 0/3 

7) Cap'n Raz - 3B - 1/3, SB

8) Rune3F - LF - 1/3, SB, R

9) Dr. Moss - RF - 0/2, BB

10) Dudermensch - SS - 1/2, RBI

11) Freddy El Diablo - 2B - 0/2

We struck out 16 times, including four in a row to end the game.

NO ERRORS in the field for the Achievers on a day where they only struck out four Fighters!

Lukwata threw a no-hitter thru 4.1 innings.

Saeko and Tomo's baseball debut. And the baseball debut of Razor the Jedi...for the Dark Side.

Anyway, good luck.

Her life is in your hands,

And report back to us as soon as it's done.

-Brandt, at Mr. Lebowski's office

Danish Baseball Cup: Championship Game

Sept. 20, 2015

 

 

Your Copenhagen Urban Achievers are 2015 Danish Baseball Champions!

ACHIEVERS - 15

AARHUS - 6

(9 innings)

And what a weekend it was...

Lukwata's Mazda got a group of us into Aarhus with plenty of time to set up camp next to our dugout on Saturday, as we proceeded to Fermentoren Aarhus for a proper pre-game session of microbrew guzzling, family pizza devouring, and other wild animal behavior.

In the morning, with no toilet in sight, D'mensch had to leave an emergency gift behind the Aarhus dugout...one which Feebles, curious as he is, described as looking like one of those giant pretzels. Lukwata, having passed out in his Mazda, groaned about there not being any real pretzels in town, while DanSAnders got busy with the wake 'n bake before leading  infield practice.

We'd decided on doing a round of pre-game shadow ball as our most recent venture into "bush league psych-out stuff", and this sacred performance channeled the rebellious spirit of the Negro Leagues with utmost respect. We actually pulled it off quite well, without affectation or drama, even acting out a few missed plays, with a bewildered crowd (including several Achiever super-fans!) and a soon-to-be-beleaguered bench of Aarhusianers ogling the Achiever infielders in utter silence.

It was game time.

Gibby was psyched all day to be the bat boy and a fine job he did at that.

The battery of Jared on the mound and Tomo behind the plate, both going the distance, a full nine innings of solid work gave the Achievers a great foundation for victory.

Feebles brought his new boom stick and answered the Aarhus ringer from Venezuela, who homered twice, with a three-run bomb of his own, putting the Achievers ahead for good in what was a tight, back-n-forth game until the 6th inning.

Although it was far from our best defensive day in the field, several highlight-reel plays were made, with Burly's diving catch in right-center field being the late-game exclamation point for the win. StatCast showed he covered 23.4 meters with a route efficiency of 99.8% reaching a top speed of 8.5 mph. "A mayor league catch" as umpire Rey Hernandez called it.

The return of Rune Three Fingers to the lead-off spot was a sight for sore eyes: four hits including a home-run over the centerfield fence. He was that thorn in the side of Aarhus pitchers all day.

And the great patience shown by reserves Freddy, Slim, Eric, and Jeppe who all reached base via walk, hit, or error in an explosive 6th and 7th innings that saw us blow the game out of the water.

The game also marked the 100th career baseball victory for Cap'n Raz, a record that will stand forever until it gets broken. (R.I.P.  Yogi Berra).

Finally, we'll take a day off from practice today, a day of rest in honor of our noble chairwoman -- Kristine -- to whom we wish a Happy Birthday. May thine husband Lukwata shower thee with gifts of glorious grub from the far off lands of India.



WAY TO GO ACHIEVERS!!!!