The Lyons Parks & Recreation’s Adult Co-Ed Softball season got underway Monday night, and it was all about offense. Perennial powerhouse Blue Mountain Stone (who was missing from last year’s league play) squared off against Shake N’ Bake in the first game of the season. BMS took up right where they left off pushing seven runs across the plate in their first at
bat. The Bakers scored a pair of their own in the bottom of the first, notched another in the second inning to make it a respectable 7 to 3 after two. But then the Quarry Workers did what they do; crush the hopes and dreams right out of their opponents. Blue Mountain scored four in the third, and another four in the fifth. SNB tallied one in their final at bat, but it was too little, too late. Final score, 15 to 4 in favor of Blue Mountain Stone.
The second game of the evening saw old rivals, the Natural Disasters and the Chamber Rockers, tangling with each other. This one was a slugfest, as neither pitcher (Chris Cope for the Disasters, and Rob Jones for the Rockers) had their “bad selves” in mid-season form. The Rockers tagged Cope for three runs in the opening frame. The Disasters saw that and raised Jones one, scoring four in their half. Five more runs by the Chamber in the second inning, and the Disasters plated four to make it 8 to 8 after two. Both teams sent plenty of batters to the plate in the third inning, and each team came away with six runs making it 14 to 14 after three (A real pitching duel if ever there was one. Those two are lucky no one got hurt the way the ball was flying off those bats!). The hour was closing in on eight o’clock, and the umpire informed the captains that the fourth inning would be their last (they play seven innings or one hour, whichever comes first). The Rockers bats continued to sing, and the Chamber were able to score two runs to go up 16 to 14. Unfortunately, the bats were singing, but the fat lady hadn’t warmed up her pipes yet. And we all know, “It aint over till the fat lady sings.” Well she belted out an aria to the tune of three runs, and the Chamber went down to defeat (and de-toes). Natural Disasters 17, Rockers 16. Good game!
The eight o’clock game featured last season’s champs, the Farmers of Stonebridge, versus a re-tooled Fast Signs team. The Farmers have been lying fallow all winter, one might even say dormant. Meanwhile, the front office for the Sign Makers have been signing free agents from opposing teams, and putting together a “murder’s row.” It was never more evident than in the first inning. After holding the Farmers scoreless, Fast Signs made it look like “fast times!” The Sign Makers scored a baker’s dozen (that’s thirteen for you youngsters) in their first at bat sending eighteen batters to the plate. It only got a little better in the next inning. Fast Signs again kept the Farmers off the scoreboard, and added another five themselves. Eighteen to zip after two! A seed started to sprout for the Farmers in the next inning. They scored five runs in the third, harvested four more in the fourth, and reaped three in the fifth.
The Sign Makers added three in their half of the fourth inning, and the game ended with a score of 21 to 12 in favor of Fast Signs. All those off-season maneuvers paid off.
The final game of the night pitted the Hooligans against McHeaters. The Hoolies went down meekly in the opening frame, not so the Big Macs. McHeaters torched their foes with seven runs in the first, five in the second, and seven more in the third, just for good measure. That makes nineteen runs for those of you who are keeping track of such things. The Hoolies, always-slow starters, rang up a deuce in the second, another in the third, and then really got rolling with eight in the fourth inning. That made it a respectable 19 to 11 in favor of McHeaters, and so ended the opening night of Co-Ed Softball. Blue Mountain Stone, Natural Disasters, Fast Signs, and McHeaters are all undefeated and tied for first place. Shake N’ Bake, the Chamber, Stonebridge, and the Hooligans . . . Not so much.
And the Lyons Youth Baseball/Softball Association (LYBSA) would also like all teams, fans, and spectators (you really should stop by Bohn Park and check out the action every Monday night throughout the summer) to know that, “The snack-shack is open!” Serving brats, hot dogs, nachos, chips, soft drinks, coffee, candy, ice cream, and even granola bars for the health conscious. All the proceeds go to benefit the LYBSA, so bring the kids and enjoy a nice night of family entertainment