Dateline: Reston North 2 (formerly North Point 2)
On a picture-perfect fall afternoon, the Ironbirds took the field for their first matchup against the Red Wings. The sky was clear blue as the Birds took the field. They played a great first inning and quickly came to bat. Logan led off with a hard smash to third that he beat out for a hit. Isaac followed with a shot back to the mound that he also beat out for a hit. Grayson drilled a hard liner past the shortstop. Olivia beat out an infield hit. Mitchell did some fancy footwork at the plate and drove a ball past the mound. Zack kept the offensive barrage alive with a hard single to left side. Marcus looked great as he followed up with an infield hit. Alec hit a long shot that almost went to the outfield. Matthew cleared the bases with a long shot to the outfield.
In the field the Birds looked sharp. In the second inning a batter hit a hard ground ball to Olivia, she alertly fired to her brother Mitchell at first for an OUT. Birds fans celebrated a good clean out at first. In the third, the Birds doubled their defensive production with two more OUTS.
First a hard grounder was hit to Alec on the mound and he set his feet and nicely threw to Matthew at first for a great out. Later in the inning, on a slow roller with the bases loaded, Logan charged hard and deftly tossed to Matthew at the plate for another clean out.
After the game, Coach Grossman said, “Any time you can come out here and pick up three clean outs, you have got to feel good about your defense. I think we could have had four or five more with some improved throwing so we are going to focus on that. Now that I’ve got a taste of a few outs, I’m hungry for more. Our whole team is really starting to come together and I’m looking forward to our next game. Coach Goldstein said, “Our players looked sharp at the plate and we are startiing to nicely hit the ball on a consistent basis.” This reporter overheard a conversation with an assistant coach on the Red Wings and Coach Grossman. He said, “You guys are REALLY hitting the ball.”