On a balmy weeknight in Tacoma, at Fuchs Field on the campus of Bellarmine High School, the Bad Boys got quite a lift from their free agent righthander Danny Clemans. In his first bit of mound work of the millenium, Clemans(0-1) was dominant through 5. He limited Cortizone to 2 hits up to that point, with only 3 runners having reached second base. Clemans had gone through Cortizone's batting order twice unscathed. In the bottom of the fifth the Bad Boys broke out with 2 runs to take the lead. Were it not for an inning ending bases loaded double play, the Bad Boys easily would have tacked on more as the heart of the order was waiting in the wings. At any rate, the Bad Boys had given Cortizone their first test of this young season. As the sixth inning started the preseason favorites were on the ropes, 2-0. The third time through the order would not be a charm for Clemans, though. After the first 6 batters reached safely, Bad Boys stopper Brian Airey was called upon to stop the bleeding. Bases juiced and nobody down is a tough way for anyone to start their season on the hill. When the dust finally cleared, Cortizone had plated 6. In the bottom half of the sixth, the Bad Boys would get a couple back thanks to the two-run blast off the new bamboo of Travis Thomas. That was all the closer the Bad Boys would get. Cortizone had batted around the previous inning, and in the seventh their first 5 batters reached safely again, on their way to a 5 run inning. The game would come to an anti-climatic end. With Ryan Rhoads at the plate, lead-off man Matt Aukland was caught stealing in a meaningless situation, for the first time in his career(20 attempts).
The Bad Boys went toe to toe with Cortizone, and through 5 innings had bested a team that last year outscored them 34-4 in three games. The Bad Boys turned 2 double plays on the night and easily could've had three more. The defensive improvement from last year has been tremendous. After two games a year ago the Bad Boys had committed 6 errors and allowed 4 unearned runs. The Bad Boys look to regroup this Sunday(Father's Day) at Heritage in a double header vs the two-time defending champion Ruston Monarchs.