The first contest of the new “Fall Ball” season saw the Natural Disasters and the Bombers continue their fierce rivalry, picking up right where they left off from the recently ended summer season. The Bombers drew first blood with a run in the top half of the first inning. The Disasters struck back immediately, with three scores of their own. The Bombers dropped a payload of six runs on their foes in their half of the second, but the Disasters buried the Bombers with sevens runs, taking a 10 to 7 lead into the third. The two teams traded scores in the third frame, and then the Bombers exploded for four runs in the fourth and final frame. The Disasters came to bat with time running out (they play seven innings or one hour, whichever comes first) needing two runs to win. They were up to the task: loading the bases for a walk-off single, which scored the needed two runs.
The second game of the evening matched the Stonebridge Farmers against the upstarts from the Longmont Co-Ed Leagues, Shake N Bake. In their first at bat, the newcomers seemed content to test the arm of the Farmer’s rookie pitcher, Shelly Miller. The strategy paid off, as the erratic Miller had trouble finding the plate. On a mix of numerous walks, and only a couple of dinky base hits, the Bakers fashioned a 9 to 0 lead after one at bat. It looked like a long night for the Sod Busters after their opponents tacked four more scores on in the third. But the tide began to change and the Farmers planted six runs on the Bakers in their half of the third. Despite scoring 13 runs over their final two at bat, led by an exciting bases clearing triple by the Hayseeds “Fall Ball” acquisition, leftfielder Bob “Wheels” Gilson, the final score read 19 to 13 in favor of Shake N Bake.
The four teams will get back into action this Monday night starting at 6 p.m.