Historically it takes pitchers a little longer into the season to catch up with the hitters. But this was ridiculous! In four games Monday night, there were one hundred and twenty-one runs scored, and more hits, walks, and errors than can be humanly calculated. But it was entertaining. If you haven’t taken the family down to Bohn Park on a
Monday evening to enjoy a few adult co-ed softball games (four games from 6 to 10 p.m.), you are really missing out. And now with the snack shack open, you can even get dinner, and benefit the Lyons Youth Baseball/Softball Association.
The opening game Monday night saw the Chamber Rockers host McHeaters. A completely scoreless first inning (the only inning in four games where neither team plated a run) gave way to a plethora of runs from then on. Both teams plated six runs as the bats started to warm in the second. McHeaters added one more in the third, and another in the fourth. The Rockers, led by their third baseman Taka “The Rocka” Sueyoshi, got back in the ballgame by scoring four runs in the home half of the fourth inning to go up 10 to 8. The Chamber added an insurance run in the fifth, and wound up with a mild upset win, 11 to 8 over McHeaters. The Rockers and McHeaters now have identical records of 1 – 1, and are tied for third place.
The seven o’clock game featured the Hooligans versus Shake N’ Bake. It was a barnburner, and a bit of a disappointment if you happened to be a Hoolie fan. The Hooligans went up one to nothing with a run in the first. The lead was short-lived however, when the Bakers tallied a deuce in their half. Unfazed, the Hooligans erupted for six runs in the second inning with the help of a well-placed rocket to right, which turned into a three-run, inside-the-park home run. SNB managed to scratch out a run in the second, but the Hoolies continued to pour it on with three more runs in the third. After three complete, the score was 10 to 3 in favor of the visiting team. The Hooligans flexing their batting muscles kept going with a good thing; three more runs in the fourth, and three more in the fifth. Meanwhile, the seemingly over Bakers scored three of their own in the fourth. With time running out (they play seven innings or for one hour, whichever comes first) the score was 16 to 6, in favor of the Hooligans, who only needed three more outs to seal the deal. Unfortunately, twas then that Hoolie pitcher Dana “Sparky” Richards ran low on juice, and his fielders lost their mojo. The Bakers rattled off eleven runs with timely hits and costly errors to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Shake N' Bake’s record now stands at 1 - 1, while the Hooligans fell to 0 – 2.
The penultimate game of the night was between last year’s champs, the Stonebridge Farmers, and the Paddy Whackers. The Farmers were looking to right the ship, after getting plowed under last week by Fast Signs. The Paddy Whackers were just looking for someone to “whack” after an opening week bye. The Farmers got on the board first with three runs, only to see their opponents rally for five runs in the first inning. Obviously missing their regular pitcher, Tim “Sturdy” Oakes (who is out for the season with a torn ACL), Stonebridge managed to cut the deficit to 5 to 4, with a run in the second, and actually went ahead 6 to 4 with a couple of runs in the third inning. However, the fat lady was warming up, and the Paddy Whackers got back into the swing of things (pun intended) with four runs of their own. That made the score 9 to 6 in favor of the Whackers. That was when the aforementioned “lady” really started to let it rip. The Paddy Whackers turned a nail-biter into a laugher with twelve runs in their final at bat, and ran away with a 21 to 6 victory. The Whackers sport an unblemished 1 – 0 record, and the Farmers now share the cellar with the Hoolies at 0 – 2. Oh how the mighty have fallen!
The final game of the season promised to be a great match up, with the Quarry Workers of Blue Mountain Stone taking on the revamped Fast Signs bunch. This could very well be a struggle between two of the league powerhouses. BMS did not disappoint. They rocked Fast Signs for thirteen runs in the first inning (sound familiar). Balls were flying all over the field, and only a little restraint by the Mountain batters kept more of them inside the park. Showing that they would not be cowed by this vulgar display of power, the Sign Makers answered with four runs in the first frame, one in the second, an impressive nine runs in the third inning. In the other dugout, Blue Mountain yawned their way to a couple in the second, five more in the third, and after three complete innings we had ourselves a 20 to 14 pitchers’ duel. Suspecting that “something might be up” the Quarry Workers tattooed the opposing pitcher for four more runs in the fourth inning, just for good measure, and then had to throw water on the fire when Fast Signs staged a four run rally in the bottom half of the last inning. When ten o’clock rolled around, the final score stood at Blue Mountain Stone 24, Fast Signs 18. Blue Mountain knocked Fast Signs back into the pack with a 1 – 1 record, while BMS now stands at the top of the heap with at a perfect 2 – 0 (the Natural Disasters, who are also undefeated with a 1 – 0 record, had the night off).
Next game, Monday night at 6 p.m., at Bohn Park.