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Hogs Finish Season 10-9
Rugh Wins Triple Crown, Breaks Five Season Records

The 2022 Hogs finished above .500 for the first time since 2018, winning a playoff game over Stride before being eliminated by Hackers.

Manager Chris Rugh broke five season records, all already held by him, including batting average (hitting a ridiculous .770), on-base average, slugging pct., OPS and home runs. Rugh also won his third triple crown, seventh straight MVH award, and achieved a Super Hog season with a perfect 38 bar appearances in 19 games.

Eric Estrada ran away with the Rookie of the Year award hitting .500 and more importantly, a Super Hog season with a perfect 38 bar appearances in 19 games.

Other season awards will be announced soon.

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Hogs Lose Playoff Opener

The first image that came to this observer's mind was the famous painting depicting the Fife and Drum soldiers marching home after battle during the Revolutionary War. Injuries have been mounting up and taking its toll on this rag-tag team of Hogs. Coach Crew was forced to go to the Hogs' Farm system and call up Ellis 'The Ringer' for this play-off game. Lethargy and lackluster spirit seemed to be the order of the day even under the influence of team leader Straw who was unable to rally his teammates as we succumbed to the Hackers in the first round of the playoffs.
We could have used the indispensable 'intangibles' that Cough brings to the team, but he was on paternity leave. Injuries and vacations also wreaked havoc on the lineup. Joe 'Don't Throw' Bucci covered for a vacationing Nixon at second base. Nixon who ? Bob 'The Bear' Speer filled in at 1st base for Booch who also was out of town with family. Bob who expected to sit out the nights' activities along side the Hog's OG's (Pung and Areno) was forced into action. He discarded his ankle bracelet tracker ( BTW ...he claims an ankle brace/boot) to round out the roster.
Billy is now our designated 'designated runner'.  The only time he wasn't substituting running was when he was running for himself. That time actually did not turn out for the best as he was gunned down at the plate after running through the non-existent third base coach's stop sign. Come on Billy !

Brandon picked up another outfield assist as his throw to Crew and then to Straw at the plate left the Hacker runner face down in the dirt after getting the thumb. That was one of two exciting put-outs at the plate as another foolish Hacker got caught in
a perfectly-executed  rundown and was tagged out with a sweep tag as Straw was able to hold on to his glove and the ball and his shoulder after the collision.
Will was MIA nursing a leg injury sustained from the previous game. (Before signing next year's contract, make sure you have a 'no slide' clause included.)
Rhino's nine consecutive hits hitting streak came to an end.  He maintained on a dubious call from the scorekeeper. Crew continued his hit parade. Noel struck out a play-off game record with 5 K's. Eric continued his solid rookie campaign rising up the batting average leaderboard while playing good defense.

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Hogs Finish Regular Season 9-7

The Hogs finished the regular season with a five-game losing streak, dropping two to Go Green. But it wasn't for lack of offense with the Hogs scoring 37 runs in the double-header. Several Hogs had big stat lines including Yenchick going 9 for 9 with two homers, Straw going 7 for 8 with a double and a triple, Rugh going 7 for 9 with 4 doubles and 4 homers, and Brandon going 6 for 8 including hitting for the cycle in game 2. Playoffs start on Thursday July 21.

Hogs Clinch Winning Season

The Hogs seven-game winning streak came to end after losing the second game of a doubleheader with Collins Paint. However, the Hogs clinched a winning season with their ninth win, improving their record to 9-3 with four games to go.

Just Another Sweep for the Hogs

Ho Hum - Just Another Sweep for the Hogs

The Hogs cruised with two more mercy rule victories, this time over longtime rival The Fightins.

Joe “The Liability” Bucci led the way for the Hogs in Game 2.  In a true full Hogs experience, Joe showed up to the game looking a little spaced out with red eyes - “must be allergies... or the joint I just smoked”. 

The Liability with Spuds

Playing the deepest right field any Hog has ever played, "The Liability" misplayed several fly balls including a can of corn that bounced squarely out of his glove.

HOWEVER, at the plate in Game 2 Joe lived up to the famous Bucci Last Name and came through with a bases clearing 3 run double to jump start the Hogs to victory.   He had a career night finishing the game 3-3 with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs.  

The Hogs sit at 8-2 with 6 games left in the regular season, needing only 1 more win to solidify an over .500 season.


Hogs Jump Into First Place

In a match-up of top teams, the Hogs swept their way into first place with two mercy rule 10-run wins over Team Stripe.

The Hogs bats were so hot, Team Stripe complained to the umpire to “check that bat!” Thinking that since the Hogs suck, those bats must be illegal.


The play of the day came in game two with the Hogs down by four - Rookie Erik ‘Ponch’ Estrada smacked a grand slam home run to tie the game.  He rounded the bases faster than the California Highway Patrol. The Hogs rode the wave of momentum and piled on from there.



The rookie from Texas is off to a hot Hogs start - one of the few still in the running for the new, illustrious, Super Hog Award.

The Hogs will look to ride the hot bats and cold beers into next week with big games and the Hogs Open upcoming.

2022 Hogs Softball Schedule/Results
Day Date Time Opponent Location Game Result Hogs
Hogs Opp.
Tue 5/3/2022 6:00 PM Gallaghers   FF 13 12 1-0
    7:00 PM Gallaghers   FF 15 25 1-1
Tue 5/10/2022 6:00 PM Hackers   FF 10 5 2-1
    7:00 PM Hackers   FF 4 13 2-2
Tue 5/24/2022 6:00 PM Breaking Bats FF 18 9 3-2
    7:00 PM Breaking Bats FF 14 8 4-2
Thu 6/7/2022 6:15 PM Stride VP 19 6 5-2
    7:15 PM Stride VP 17 7 6-2
Tue 6/28/2022 6:15 PM Fightins FF 23 11 7-2
    7:15 PM Fightins FF 15 5 8-2
Tue 7/5/2022 6:15 PM Collins Paint VP 17 10 9-2
    7:15 PM Collins Paint VP 4 15 9-3
Thu 7/14/2022 6:15 PM Routine Hops VP 0 15 9-4
    7:15 PM Routine Hops VP 15 17 9-5
Tue 7/19/2022 6:15 PM Go Green VP 17 20 9-6
    7:15 PM Go Green VP 20 31 9-7
Thu 7/21/2022 6:15 PM Hackers     10 17 9-8
Tue 8/9/2022 6:15 PM Stride   11 10 10-8
Tue 8/9/2022 7:15 PM Hackers     7 10 10-9
Total         249 246 3

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