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Champion Hill Toppers split with Bonneyville Millers
By: Gib 'Judge' Young - Saturday, September 14, 2013 7:22 AM
At some ball fields a person just knows God made that field on that day just for base ball. Such was the day this Saturday past, Sept. 7, at Ox Bow Park just northwest of Goshen. A sun-filled sky dotted with clouds brought a warm day and a cooling breeze to the sloping field of play the Bonneyville Millers call home. Judge Young felt he could at last try his hand at a ‘scientifc' approach to the defensive alignment and batting order for the day. First, he decided that he would alternate Weege and Griz with hurling duties. And, except for one long sad inning, this combination worked perfectly.
Both hurlers were consistently able to keep their tosses low and outside which did not allow the Millers' heavy hitters to really get going. In the first match, Scribe and Kid at third bag and rover handled near everything that came their way. Beans Meyer and Dodger Rowe made sure the right side did equally well. Only a couple of errant throws to first sack and second sack in the last inning allowed the Millers to gain a little respect as they went down to our heroes by a seven to four count. The Judge's adroit placement of hitters in the lineup seemed successful in that the boys, as a team, had sixteen safe hits. With their three biggest sluggers cooling their heels back in Huntington, the lineup was designed set to score by the team hitting daisy cutters and flanking by the bag men. By keeping the first three strikers relatively ineffective, the Millers were able to keep the Champion Hill Toppers from scoring more runs. In fairness, some strange base running by the local boys kept the score from being higher than it was. Typical of the problem was the question overheard on the green clad's bench, "Are we suppose to turn left at second?"
In game two, the Hill Toppers decided that leading during the game was not as much fun as coming from behind. According to the plan, Griz started the match and then, not according to the plan, the club immediately allowed three aces to be tallied by the Millers. The Huntington club did come back with two quick scores themselves. In the top of the second, Weege came in for his turn and the ability of Huntington to actually catch and throw went out the window. Seven aces were tallied by the Millers on nine errors. As one Topper said upon getting back to the bench, "I think they are using a square ball". As Judge said, "It was as hard to watch as a cow wearing shoes." The boys were down 10 to two but they didn't quit. In the bottom of the fourth, Kid led off with a wallop that allowed him to circle the bases with the help of a throwing error by the Millers. With Griz, Quick Step, Weege, and Pony trading off hurling duties, the Huntington men shut down the Millers. Unfortunately some colorful running and average at bats kept the visitors off the board. And even in the last frame when the troops needed a small miracle it was not to be.
For the day, Scribe Wiehe went six for six and Weege Bugge went four for six, which put him at hitting .500 for the season. (Which, coincidentally, was the year he was born - AD.) Though the season record is only 9-12 the matches with the longtime friendly rivals were fun and fairly played.