Undefeated Blue Mountain Stone got the night off Monday evening on the adult co-ed softball schedule of games in Bohn Park, and a pack of “also rans” used the league leaders’ respite to nip at the heels of the “Big Dog!” The Natural Disasters, McHeaters, and the Paddy Whackers, all sporting 2 – 1 records, seized the opportunity and won their respective contests to pull within a half a game of the Quarryworkers.
In the six o’clock game between the Natural Disasters and Fast Signs, it was the Disasters that got off to a fast start. Scoring seven runs
over the first three innings, they cruised to a 12 to 4 win. Team captain and starting pitcher Chris “Don’t Do No Good To Complain” Cope said the Disasters had to switch their strategy to “small ball” because the base paths had been shortened to seventy feet, and the game balls had been soaked in the river. No matter, the strategy paid off, and his troops now can brag about a 3 – 1 record, while Fast Signs fell below .500 at 2 – 3.
The second game proved a little more troublesome for McHeaters. They found themselves in a back-and-fourth battle with the very game Shake N’ Bake. Stellar pitching and above average fielding were the order of the evening in this match-up. McHeaters got on the board first with a run in the first, but the Bakers came right back to tie it up in the bottom half of the inning. And so it went throughout the rest of the match. Unfortunately for SNB, McHeaters somehow found a way to snuff out the Bakers’ final rally, and walked away will a well earned 5 to 4 victory. McHeaters joined the Disasters at 3 – 1, while Shake N’ Bake kept Fast Signs company at 2 – 3.
The eight o’clock game was, as Yogi Berra would say, “de ja vu all over again.” The Paddy Whackers playing against the Chamber Rockers, now desperately needed a win to keep pace with their rivals, the Disasters and McHeaters. Like the Disasters, the Whackers wasted little time in getting into the groove. Their hitters smacked around the Rockers’ ace Rob Jones in the opening frame, and pushed four runs across the plate. The Whackers added three more in the top of the second before the Chamber finally got on the board with a couple of runs in the bottom half of the inning; Whackers 7, Rockers 2. The Whackers got a couple more in the fourth, and another deuce in the fifth. Meanwhile the Chamber did manage to push three more runs across the plate during the same time frame. However, that made the final outcome 11 to 5 in favor of the Paddy Whackers, who are tied just a half game out of first place with a 3 – 1 record, while the Rockers sport a, you guessed it 2 – 3 record, tied with Fast Signs and Shake N’ Bake.
The final tilt of the evening had little or no consequence to the top of the league standings. But it was a match up between two teams, the Farmers of Stonebridge versus the Hooligans, each trying to win their first game of the season. The Hoolies, looking resplendent with their well-coifed hair and new shirts, were no match for the down and dirty Sodbusters. The Farmers, having “carbo loaded” on pancakes over the weekend, looked like they had energy to burn. Scoring three in the first, four in the second, and two more in the third, fourth, and fifth, this baby was over well before the ten o’clock deadline. The Hooligans did manage to touch the Farmers for a run here and a run there, but the final outcome was 13 to 3, with a jubilant Stonebridge notching their first win of the year. Hard to believe since they are the defending champs! The Hooligans will have to wait until next week, against a well-rested Blue Mountain Stone, to get off the schnide. Good luck with that!