Meron's Playing Its Best Ball Down Home
Article Posted June 26, 2010
First off, a quick apology for the hiatus:
various off-field business has stemmed the regular stream of
articles. The site should become more reliable as we march
toward the playoffs.
Luckily, the website is just about the only
thing that hasn't run like clockwork for the Expos over the past
month. Since a Game 2 loss versus Lyon Mountain (in a
doubleheader that saw the 'Spos hand the Miners their only CVBL
setback so far this season), Meron's has swept a pair of league
doubleheaders and performed admirably through their non-league
schedule, posting a 10-1 record over the span.
If a single player can be cited for his
contributions over the run, it's undoubtedly pitcher
Billy Davis. The
Press-Republican's praise of his "rubber-armed" play is too
complementary of rubber: Billy has appeared - if not started -
in virtually every game of late for a staff plagued by the
injury bug, providing sorely needed stability on the mound.
The Expos' bats, meanwhile, have fulfilled
every expectation generated by the talented players who swing
them. Nick Lamica
and Tory Bouyea vex the
league with their abilities to both reach first and steal their
way into scoring position. Sluggers like Davis,
Mike Bergman, and
Mark Passino provide
ample pop: a full half of Bergman's hits, for example, have been
homeruns. Newcomers like
Paul Bruno and
Ryan Barcomb likewise
make their mark through solid defense and excellent speed.
With the team clicking as well as it has in
franchise history, a place alone in the two-spot of the CVBL
standings, and a showdown in Lyon Mountain looming on July 3rd,
the real concern at the moment becomes the battle against
complacency, particularly given the dangerous doubleheader
upcoming versus the
Timberjaxx. While the Jaxx' season has proven a
frustrating affair so far, they still carry both potent bats and
a well-documented ability to stay in big games.
Nonetheless, the Expos can take the field Sunday confident that
they've performed to their utmost in recent weeks.