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Game 5 - Maroon vs. Blue
By Johnny Betts

June 11, 2002

It was a magical night for Johnny Betts as he completely took over the game and single-handedly led his Maroon team to a 16-15 victory over the Blue. The best way to view Johnny's TOTAL domination is to examine each of Johnny's dominating plays.

INNING 1: With the score tied 3-3 and with bases loaded and two outs, Johnny stepped up to the plate...

Here's the pitch, Johnny swings and IT'S A LINE DRIVE TO CENTERFIELD! THE INCOMPARABLE JOHNNY BETTS HAS JUST DRIVEN IN TWO RUNS TO GIVE HIS TEAM A 5-3 LEAD.

INNING 3: In what was becoming a furious back-and-forth matchup the Blue team had taken a 7-6 lead...

Johnny's up to bat. Johnny's 1 for 1 today with a 2-run single. He's got a man on first, let's see if he can pull through in the clutch yet again. Here comes the pitch, Johnny swings and it's a high fly ball to center. The ball keeps lifting, it won't stop. IT'S OVER THE OUTFIELDERS' HEADS! THE RUNNER IS HEADING HOME AND HE SCORES! JOHNNY IS ON HIS WAY INTO THIRD BASE WITH A STANDUP TRIPLE! What an amazing hit! Johnny Betts has tied this game at 7-7.

INNING 4: The top of the 4th inning was a rough one for the Maroon. They were now losing 14-9 and time was running out. Johnny was the leadoff batter in this inning, and it was up to him to start the rally...

Johnny Betts is up to bat and he is simply having an amazing night. He's got 2 hits in 2 at-bats, and he's driven in 3 runs. Can he pull through in the clutch and help mount a furious comeback? Here's the pitch and OH WHAT A HIT! IT'S GOING, GOING, OH, IT BOUNCES AT THE WARNING TRACK AND HITS THE FENCE! JOHNNY HEADS TO 3RD BASE AND HAS HIS SECOND TRIPLE OF THE GAME! Folks, I don't know if I've EVER seen a player just take over a game like this. It's almost as if Johnny is willing his team to victory.

Johnny did indeed spark a rally as the Maroon roared back to tie the game at 14 runs apiece. The Blue team scored a run in the top of the 6th, but Johnny caught a fly ball (his 4th catch of the evening) to end the inning and to prevent at least two more runs. This led us to the bottom of the 6th where everything was on the line...

INNING 6: The Maroon is down 15-14, there's a man on first, and Johnny Betts is up to bat. The question on everybody's mind is what will he do next? Will he hit a homerun to end the game? Here's the first pitch ... ball one. That wasn't even close. Here comes the second pitch ... it's an illegal pitch, that's ball two. It looks like the pitcher is throwing away from Johnny. The third pitch is on its way ... ball three. Yep, the pitcher is scared of Johnny and doesn't want to give him anything to hit. Here comes the fourth pitch ... Johnny digs his foot in the batter's box ... he's waiting ... here comes the ball ... BALL FOUR! BALL FOUR! JOHNNY BETTS HAS JUST PICKED UP A WALK! Folks, this couldn't be any more exciting if Ali Landry was out there playing in a swimsuit.

The pitcher obviously was scared of Johnny. A couple of batters later the game was tied and Johnny had reached third base. Let's pick up there...

There's one out and bases are loaded. Here's the pitch and the ball is hit to left field. It looks like it may drop ... Johnny's about three steps off the base ... uh-oh, the fielder caught it ... Johnny hurries up and tags 3rd, he should probably stay there ... HE'S HEADING HOME! ... This is going to be close, folks ... the fielder throws it, Johnny's diving into home plate and makes contact with the catcher's glove and ... HE'S SAFE! MAROON WINS! MAROON WINS! JOHNNY BETTS HAS JUST WON THE GAME WITH AN AMAZING SLIDE INTO HOME PLATE!

It was an amazing game indeed. The 16-15 win moves the Maroon's record to 2-3, and they've got momentum on their side. More importantly, they've got Johnny Betts on their side.

"What can I say?" Johnny rhetorically asked. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime game. Although my motto is if you can do it once, then you can do it again. I can't really explain it, I was just 'on.' This is the type of game that every player lives for. Now if I was just making $50 million a year rather than having to pay $30 a year to play it'd be perfect, but still, I'll take it."

And what did Stephanie think of Game 5?

"That was a genuinely exciting game. I wish I had known Johnny back in high school. I would've loved to have seen him playing baseball back then, but I'm happy to savor moments like these. He put on an amazing performance. I barely read my book at all, that's how good the game was."

Yes folks, the game was good, but not nearly as good as the man who WAS the game. No, we're not talking about HHH, we're talking about the Internet Hero, the Rider Reviewer himself ... Johnny Betts.

Game 6 is set for Tuesday, June 18.


Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2002 5 15 3 8 1 2 0 8 3 0 .667 .867 .533
Career 13 37 5 17 1 2 0 11 4 0 .683 .595 .460

Game by Game
Date OPP Result AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO OBP SLG AVG
May 7 Green L 18-5 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
May 14 Navy W 22-8 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 1.000 1.000 .667
May 21 Gold L 19-7 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
June 4 Purple L 14-9 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 .500 .333 .333
June 11 Blue W 16-15 3 2 3 0 2 0 3 1 0 1.000 1.000 2.333
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