Steady defense, timely hitting and dazzling play by an intern helped pace DGWB during a very impressive first two innings Monday night in an OC Advertising Co-Ed Softball League game at Bill Barber Park in Irvine.
DGWB pitcher Doug Koegeboehn gathered the team after the first two innings to applaud it for the great achievement of playing a team as good as the opponent was, so closely during the first two innings.
“We felt really proud about that effort,” said DGWB skipper Jessica Guillen. “Those first two innings are basically what softball is all about. It was a majestic display.”
Julio Alvarez tripled to lead off the game, and was later cashed in on a single by Koegeboehn.
Defensively, DGWB held its opponent to just one run over the first two innings, which were punctuated by a smooth glove at first base from Mark Weinfeld and dynamic efforts from infielders Jackie Palmero and Stephanie Moore, not to mention catcher Antonietta Smekal.
DGWB’s remarkable first two innings were further boosted when, on the game’s first play, centerfielder Mike Besack threw a dart to second base where Tom Meyer tagged out the opposition’s leadoff hitter who dared stretch a single into a double.
“Why would anybody run on this outfield?” said DGWB right fielder Lauren DeWitt. “At that point, during those first two innings, we were basically unbeatable.”
Another highlight during the first two innings was great left field play by DGWB intern Craig Schultz, who also added a home run.
“Craig the intern was terrific out there,” Meyer said. “It’s too bad that dinger he hit didn’t happen in the first two innings.”
“I can tell this is one of those young men who can do anything if he applies himself,” said Weinfeld after the game’s first two innings. “He’s got a very bright future. For example, I foresee him maybe moving to center field where he can cover more ground — that boy can really run. I’m not so sure what exactly he does in the office.”
The contest was DGWB’s second of the young season, however the future is looking bright after a spectacular first two innings.
“Our last game of the season is June 18,” Koegeboehn said. “Does Craig’s internship last until then? Are we hiring?”