I’ve always had a thing for the cartoon show Scooby Doo. It’s not the greatest show in history but it’s funny, has great characters and how can you not like a talking dog. Right, Raggy? (I guess the Scoob voice doesn’t work too well in print but it’s not really a dog anyway.)
On top of that, Scooby and I share the same initials (SD) so I have to like him for that reason too. Also with the same initials is Scooby’s nephew, Scrappy Doo. Scrappy was always the one who wanted to fight the big, bad ghost no matter how stacked against him the odds were. He was always ready to challenge somebody and always believed he would win. And it’s scrappy that brings this blog back to baseball.
I’ve called this Naturals team scrappy all year long and last night’s game is maybe the biggest example we’ll have of that for the entire season. Down 8-0 in the 2nd, the Naturals fashioned the biggest comeback in franchise history finally knocking off Springfield in 12 innings 9-8 thanks to 2 Cardinal errors in the 12th.
This 2009 Naturals team NEVER QUITS!
Down 8 runs in the 2nd with your starting pitcher already out of the game is a real easy time to throw in the towel but not these guys. 5 runs in the 3rd got the game a little tighter and the bullpen did its thing to give the offense the chance to rally.
Kyle Crist steadied the ship out of the pen and then Carlos Sencion (4 IP), Greg Holland (2 IP) and Chris Nicoll (2 IP) put nothing but zeros up on the board. Corey Smith would finish the comeback with an RBI double in the 5th and then tied in the 7th with a 2-run bomb.
Finally, Springfield caved in the 12th inning after Brian McFall worked a lead-off walk and was bunted to 2nd. Back-to-back Card errors sealed the deal to move NWA within a game of 1st.
There will still be some rough moments throughout the season, but this group no matter what knocks there may be against their size of level of talent or consistency is going to take the field every day and scrap and best they can to earn a victory.
That’s the kind of effort that Scrappy-Doo and baseball fans in Northwest Arkansas can be proud of.