The days are long, the weather is hot, and the sights, sounds, and smells of summer are in the air. What better way to spend the day than at Birdfreak Stadium for a game of birding baseball. Today’s game is the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Falcons and the home favorite, Seven State Cardinals.
After infield practice it was time for the National Anthem, sung by the artistic Tara Young. Then it was ready to start the game. Play Ball!!
The Falcons jumped out to an early lead, thanks to Ben Cruachan’s two-run double.
The Cardinals threatened with back-to-back base knocks but a swift double play from Space Coast Beach Buzz ended the rally.
Falcons 2, Cardinals 0
Fear of a pitching battle quickly subsided as the Cardinals put up three runs including a two-run dinger from The Greenbelt.
Cardinals 3, Falcons 2
An otherwise uneventful 1/2 inning was interrupted by a streaker who made it to centerfield before getting tackled by Chicago Bird Watching and escorted off the field.
Cardinals 5, Falcons 2
The Cardinals failed to score but the fans were entertained by the dancing styles of the Qarsauq at the end of the inning.
Cardinals 5, Falcons 3
The Cardinals turned an unassisted triple play thanks to IDEALS.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Cardinals left the bases loaded, but the details are sketchy on how it happened.
Out in right field, many fans were enjoying the newly installed “Wanderin’ Weeta Duck Pond“, which of course is full of ducks.
Cardinals 5, Falcons 3
Falcons 7, Cardinals 5
The concession stands were hopping as the fans couldn’t get enough of the Nuttall’s Woodpecker Homemade Sappy-Insect Ice Cream.
7th Inning Stretch
While “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” blared on the P.A. system, team sponsors gave away free hot dogs to celebrate Bird Photography Weekly.
The Cardinals filled the bases and eventually scored after a long at-bat that led to a walk.
Falcons 7, Cardinals 6
Falcons 8, Cardinals 6
In the top of the ninth a commotion broke out at the world-famous Birdfreak Sushi Bar when a Great Blue Heron went fishing without paying.
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs (go figure!) Mighty Corey came to bat and tied the game with a massive home run that nearly made it to Kazakhstan.
Cardinals 8, Falcons 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Falcons 2 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 0 8 16 0
Cardinals 0 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 14 1
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