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Squirrels recover, then get schooled in first loss June 21, 2010

Posted by Joshua Sophy in Uncategorized.
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Montone (V) counts the damage in the 1st end of the June 15 draw vs. Schoolhouse Rocks! The Squirrels lost for the first time this season, 8-4.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — By the end of the night, the Blind Squirrels simply couldn’t measure-up against the competition.

Schoolhouse Rocks! earned its first victory of the season in 2010 Summer League play by defeating Schuylkill Blind Squirrels, 8-4, on June 15. This marks the first loss of the season for the Squirrels.

SR! used the final two ends to avenge a three-end, four-point Squirrels comeback earlier in the match, scoring four of their own to pull ahead.

Poor first-end shooting doomed the Squirrels (2-1-1) early this night. Skip Joshua Sophy wasn’t able to maneuver any rocks into the house as he struggled with his shots all night. His failures in the first end led to four SR! (1-4) points and an early deficit. This 4-0 hole was the largest deficit the Squirrels have faced since its first exhibition draw two months ago.

Like each deficit the team has faced in league play however, the team was equal to the task and over the next three ends, proceeded to gnaw at that big lead. Lead Anne Friedman established a keen Squirrels strategy and was able to clog the guard zone, along with Second Josh Stoffregen and Vice Kimm Montone. Sophy was able to keep SR! rocks away from the shot rocks in those ends and by the 5th end, the team had a chance to make that comeback complete and send another opponent packing.

In the 5th, the Squirrels weren’t without chances to make a full-circle comeback with four scoring rocks. They however, were left unprotected and grouped together in the house and were sitting targets for SR! shooters. One-by-one, and sometimes two-by-two, the Squirrels advantage quickly became another big-scoring end for SR!

In the 6th end, a last chance for the Squirrels, the team lost its first-ever official measurement. While eyeballs can usually determine even the slightest difference in distance from the button, two rocks in the 6th were so close, the club’s official PVC pressure-measuring device was employed. The Squirrels missed salvaging a point in the end by literally fractions of a millimeter.

June 15 boxscore
1 2 3 4 5 6 Final
Blind Squirrels
0 1 2 1 0 0 4
Schoolhouse Rocks! 4 0 0 0 3 1 8

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