Maiden win for the Cosmos

Veteran lead-off player/manager looking snazzy in stripey socks

Cosmos got their maiden win of the season with a hard fought 20-9 victory over Hurricanes B at Corkagh Park on Saturday last. In the first game of the day Cosmos narrowly lost out 20-16 to Spartans B.

Cosmos 16 Spartans B 20

Cosmos made the long journey north to Clondalkin for the double-header with renewed optimism after a vastly improved performance against the Belfast Bucs the previous week. Despite missing Filip Zakrocki to a hamstring injury Cosmos were still able to field a blend of experience and youth with tenured all-rounder Joerg Toepfer again taking the ball for the first game vs Spartans B.

Despite some excellent work with the bat against the Spartans, defensive errors again cost the Cosmos dearly in the crucial innings. Leading 15-12 at the top of the 5th the Spartans were able to tack on 8 runs to retake the lead. Some good at bats from Spartans veterans Alan Fox,Jens Hillebrand assisted by rookies Hazel Kilduff and Danni Scannell put the Spartans back in the driving seat but they were helped by very generous fielding by the Cosmos.

Debutant pitcher Alec Schmidt recovered admirably from a difficult maiden inning to pitch an excellent shutout 6th which meant the Cosmos were still in the hunt heading into the 7th.

Despite their best efforts efforts in the 7th,Cosmos were unable to tack on anymore runs and a relatively inexperienced Spartans side ran out 20-16 winners. Best for Cosmos were leadoff man and player-manager Colm Coakley who had a solid game with a 100% on-base performance after 5 at-bats. Red Mick O’Donoghue redicovered his form against his former club with an assured performance, catcher Mike O Callaghan had a very good day with the bat and Alec Schmidt produced an excellent performance for his first outing on the hill.

Cosmos get lost in the woods but find their way out to secure maiden win

Cosmos 20 Hurricanes B 9

In the second part of the double-header Cosmos faced an experienced Hurricanes B lineup led by catcher Joe Zefran. The seemingly indestructible Joerg Toepfer took the hill again, Ryan Schmidt replaced relief pitcher Jan Fre at first, Lukas Odendaal moved to 3rd and Ian Bradley came in at left field.

Another excellent pitching performance by Joerg Toepfer in rapidly deteriorating conditions meant that the Cosmos were able to match their much more experienced coutnerparts throughout. Topefer’s counterpart Alex Geronimo struggled to adapt to the wet and blustery conditions and was called ashore after a difficult 3 innings.

Cosmos led 7-4 after 1 and held their nerve during the first rain delay to lead 20-9 heading into the 5th. With the game legal and the weather conditions worsening rapidly,plate umpire made his best call in a very long time and awarded the game to the jubilant Cosmos.

Both catchers- Mike O’ Callaghan for the Cosmos and Hurricances Joe Zefran produced excellent performances in terrible conditions in the enormous Corkagh backstop area. Bryan Curtis made 2 excellent grabs in left field for the Cosmos to secure 2 crucial outs in the 4th but overall MVP for the Cosmos was again the evergreen Joerg Toepfer,who pitched both games and produced a solid performance with the bat.

Next up for Cosmos is a difficult double header away to leaders Mariners B at Shanganagh.

Cosmos fall 15-6 to Belfast Bucs

Despite a vastly improved performance, Cosmos search for their maiden win continued with a hard-fought 15-8 loss to a vastly experienced Belfast Buccaneers side at the International BaseBall Centre on Saturday last.

Cosmos started quickly with some clever base-stealing from star performer Filip Zakrocki and Thomas Billi. Catcher Michael O’Callaghan drew 3 walks with an assured performance with the bat and evergreen pitcher Joerg Toepfer produced another solid all-round performance which meant at the top of the 5th the game was delicately poised at 5-5.

Cosmos felt aggrieved by a number of close calls which went against them in this crucial part of the game. One particularly unique interpretation of the obstruction rule by umpire Keyser Soze went against catcher Michael O’Callaghan and resulted in a run being scored.

However, Belfast’s experience told in the end and steady batting and clever base stealing saw them pull away to finish up fully deserving winners by 15-6 after 9 innings.

Filip Zakrocki in particular stood out in defence with a number of acrobatic catches ably abetted by Jan Fre at 1st. Cosmos handed debuts to 3 rookies in the outfield – Bryan Curtis, Lukas Odendaal and Ian Bradley and all 3 put in a strong performance which belied their relative lack of experience. Alec and Ryan Schmidt also both impressed on their debuts which augurs well for the future of the Cosmos.

Big-name ( literally) off-season trade from the Dublin Spartans Mick ‘Miguel Rojo’ O’ Donoghue,has been Cosmos star performer with the bat so far this season but had a relatively quiet day on Saturday.With rumours of off-field discipline issues (WhatsApp) circling around ‘Red Mick’ again, if Cosmos are to buck their losing streak against the Spartans and Hurricanes on Saturday in their upcoming double-header, they will need all their stars performing and to raise the general level of performance yet again.

MVP for the Cosmos on Saturday was undoubtedly Filip Zakrocki with 2 spectacular defensive plays and a solid performance with the bat.