Eyeglasses made a big difference at the plate for Brian Freitag.
He hit his first two home runs of the year to power Hit Circus past rival Got the Runs, 14-4 on July 29 at NASA softball field 1. This was the first round of the Division A tournament.
Freitag wore his glasses for the second straight game after wearing sunglasses for most of the season. His sunglasses had a 10-year-old prescription.
“So that fraction of a difference helped me square it up a little bit better,” the left fielder said. He wore his glasses on a cloudy day for the last game of the regular season.
“I started squaring it up better, so this was the second time,” Freitag said. “Because I wasn’t hitting very well at all.”
As usual Freitag also wore his James Madison University cap. He was a swimmer there from 2004-07 and graduated in 2008.
Batting fifth in the lineup, he went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a run-scoring double for Hit Circus (5-6). Jeff Klop went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four runs scored. Chris Schultz also went 3-for-4 with four runs and a double.
Michael Barger pitched all six innings for the win.
“We played a consistent game all the way across the board,” Hit Circus player/coach Tony Fiorucci said. “We hit well and made no errors. Pretty flawless on defense. Had some really good hitting going on in the middle of the order with (cleanup hitter) Jeff Klop and Brian Freitag with those two home runs. It was a good game all the way around for us.”
David Whitener went 3-for-3 for Got the Runs (3-8). Second baseman Carl Williams was 2-for-2 with a double. Left-hander Jason Marske took the loss.
“We just couldn’t string any hits together,” Williams said. “And they just got on a roll a couple of innings there.”