The season opener saw its first pitch at Parc des Benevoles on Sunday July 19. The Geese were visiting House of David on a day when both temperature and relative humidity were probably as high as they would have been in Miami or Houston.
The lefty for HoD took to the mound for the official first pitch of 2020. He managed to keep the young Geese off balance until the 3rd inning when they scored 5 runs. Meanwhile young pitcher E Lalonde had his arsenal working almost perfectly for a complete game shutout with a 10-0 final score.
On Monday night the Robinson Division saw its first game with the Dodgers visiting the Cubs at Benevoles on a splendid evening.
The Cubs took little time scoring the first run of the game showing their added speed, but young Dodger pitcher Anthony soon got into a groove and remained in control for a complete game win. The Dodgers took advantage of some walks and timely hitting to take a commanding lead and never looked back for a 15-1 victory.
Meanwhile over at Meades Park the match up featured the Braves and Padres. The Braves showed up with only 8 players and called a last minute spare. They took an early lead against Chris Stevens. Meanwhile Jon Sangiovanni acquired over the winter took to the mound for the Braves who built a 7-2 lead by the 4rth inning but Mike Lalonde launched a majestic shot to right field for a 3 run home run that narrowed the score to 7-5.
Ultimately the Braves exploded for 8 runs in the top of the 6th inning capped by a 3 run walk off HR by Jeremy Grauer.
On Tuesday July 21 it was the Robinson Division expansion Cardinals hosting the Jager Bombers.
For 6 innings the match was an impressive pitching dual, with Tristan D’Silva for the Bombers facing Cardinals Manager Andrew Porporino . The two pitchers kept opposing batters off balance, and both squads played sharp defence. In the top of the 7th inning the Bombers opened things up with a 4 run inning and a 5-1 lead. With only 3 outs to go the Cardinals put together a dramatic comeback with 5 in the bottom of the inning and an exciting 6-5 win. The Robinson division promises to be quite exciting this summer.
The defending Clemente Division playoff champions opened their season on July 23. The Orioles were home to the Braves who had out slugged the Padres a few nights earlier. The game turned out to be a pitcher’s dual, with right hander Jay Fiddler facing lefty Pedro Caviedes. Jay had a very effective arsenal of breaking and off speed pitches that kept most of the Orioles batters off balance. Meanwhile Pedro mixed a good fastball with a sharp slider all night scattering only 5 hits in 7 innings. On a night when runs were going to be scarce the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 5th. In the bottom of the inning however the Orioles put together a 4 run inning which proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win. Y Paradis drove in a couple in that decisive inning. J Grauer hit his 2nd home run for the Braves.
Saturday July 25 saw a rare 1 pm start between the Cardinals and Dodgers. The game featured siblings and close friends facing one another in a match that would determine the very early front runner in the division. J. Lopriore started for the Cardinals and had a very lively ball that gave him a total of 12 strikeouts in a complete game win. Despite getting only 4 hits the Cardinals, once more, found ways to take advantage of some walks and a few errors. The Dodgers were not as sharp as they had been in their season opener but young pitcher W Duforest showed some promising talent on the mound. The Cardinals prevailed 8-1 and have taken their record to 2-0.
Later in the afternoon HoD visited the Geese at Meades, and had a better game than in the opener. They took a 3-0 lead that held until the 4th inning when the Geese scored a pair, and in the 5th took the lead for good. The Geese ultimately won 11-3 with solid pitching.
In the evening the Royals opened their season hosting the Braves. Andre Ciccia was on the mound for the Royals while Justin Lyman, who often comes in as a reliever, started for the Braves. Justin looked quite impressive surrendering only 2 hits in six innings, while Andre had a good arsenal of breaking pitches including a knuckle ball. The powerful Braves lineup took an early lead and never looked back, with 6 runs in the top of the 7th to put an end to the game with a 12-2 final. Jon Sangiovanni who has often made the headlines with his pitching performances had four hits as the lead off batter for the Braves.
Sunday July 26 was an excruciatingly hot and humid day. The 5pm game game featured the Padres vs House of David at Benevoles. Both teams were looking for a first win in 2020 and HoD jumped all over the Padres to take a 10-2 lead. The Padres orchestrated a late comeback with 5 runs in tyhe 6th and 8 in the 7th to take a 16-10 lead which they held onto for a win. Both teams had their hitting shoes on with 31 total hits in the game.
The two evening matches at both fields were called after one inning when a sudden monsoon hit.