Game 4 - Maroon vs.
By Johnny Betts
June 4, 2002
After falling behind by a big margin early in the game, the Maroon's comeback efforts
weren't enough to bring home a victory as they suffered a 14-9 defeat at the
hands of the Purple team on Tuesday night.
"They were beating us 9-1 after the second inning," said Johnny Betts, the
Maroon's All-Star, "but they were dropping a lot of short hits into the
outfield. Coach told me to move in and play 'rover.' That just means that
I played a lot shorter in the outfield. This thoroughly threw Purple off
their game plan. I caught two fly balls that they tried to loft over my
head. My presence was totally intimidating. After this defensive move we
outscored them 8-5. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to secure a victory."
Johnny only had one hit in the game, but he had a hard line drive that narrowly
missed the pitcher's head. "He stuck his glove up to protect himself and lo
and behold, he got lucky and caught the ball. It was bogus."
Johnny picked up a walk, knocked in 2 runs, scored a run, caught two fly balls,
and had no errors. It was another yeoman-like effort by the Internet hero.
"I'm happy with the way I'm playing, but we really need to pick up another
victory. There's no more room for error. In the next game I'm gonna start
off playing 'rover' again and see if we can tighten our defense right from the
With the loss, the Maroon's record drops to 1-3 on the year. The league's four
best teams make the post-season tournament, so time is running short for the
And what did Stephanie think of Game 4?
"After the first 2 innings I thought, 'Oh no, here we go AGAIN!' But thanks to
Johnny, the defense tightened up and they slowly crawled back in the game.
Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Oh well, thank goodness for books."
Game 5 is set for
Tuesday, June 11.