The Portsmouth Rockinghams played two solid games on offense and defense to beat the Clamdiggers 15-8 in game 1, and 11-6 in game 2.
Game 1 was all Clamdiggers until the bottom of the 5th. The Rockinghams unloaded with a 10-run inning full of well-placed daisy cutters and line drives in the gap. They took the lead that inning and never gave it back with fine defense and tremendous pitching.
Game 2 was another close battle, with the Rockinghams centerfielder, Alex Nauffts, making fantastic one-handed plays on the run to rob a few Clamdiggers of “cornfield” home runs. Fans and players alike had to do a double-take at the centerfielder – you could have sworn he had some sort of oven mitt on his left hand! The game was also very well pitched, holding the Clamdiggers to 6 single-run innings.
Pat “Boom Boom” Wadland imitates the Babe and calls his shot….for Nana!
Although Sunday clearly belonged to the Rockinghams, the highlight of the day definitely came from Pat Wadland and his Nana. Taking in her first game of the year, Nana Wadland sat close to home plate cheering on her grandson and his Clamdiggers team. Before the second game, Pat asked her what she hoped to see in the second game. She responded, “I want to see you hit a home run, Pat!” And so, in similar style to Babe Ruth calling his shot, Pat stepped up to the plate in his first at-bat of that game and hit a long blast that went deep into the centerfield corn stalks. Not knowing if the ball would be found, Pat raced around the bases faster than anyone has ever seen. Pat wasn’t just running for his Clamdigger squad, he was doing it for Nana Wadland. When he crossed home plate exhausted and barely able to stand, he took the time to point to Nana Wadland. Both had smiles ear to ear – truly a great moment for three generations of the Wadland family as Pat’s Dad also was in attendance and watching with excitement!