The sparse crowd at Monday night’s six o’clock game was treated to a classic! The Stonebridge Farmers tangled with the Chamber Rockers, and finally started to show the “stuff” that made them last year’s adult co-ed league champions. The Farmers planted the seeds for victory with a single run in the top half of the opening frame, but the
Rockers, led by their catcher Bronwyn “Chatterbox” Muldoon, who knocked two runs with a sharp single to right took the lead 2 to 1 in the bottom half of the inning. The Sodbusters hitched up their shorts, and answered the bell with a six run explosion in the second inning to take a commanding 7 to 2 lead. Unfortunately, the only thing it commanded was an eight run outburst by the Rockers. Everyone on the Chamber side came to bat at least once, with Muldoon getting two more hits and scoring a run. Trailing 7 to 10, Stonebridge failed to get anything going in the third. The Rockers added the proverbial (and dreaded) insurance run in their half of the inning, and looked like they might cruise to a relatively easy 11 to 7 win. The Farmers had rally on their collective minds this night, and they began chipping away with three runs in the fourth inning to make it a one run game. The Stonebridge defense started to tighten up at the same time, and the Farmers held the Rockers scoreless the rest of the way. Four more runs by the Farmers vaulted them back into a 14 to 11 lead, and just to be sure, they added another run in the final frame of the game to earn a 15 to 11 over the Chamber. This makes two in a row for the Farmers, whose record now stands at 2 – 3, while the Rockers fell to 2 – 4.
McHeaters took on Fast Signs in the second game of the evening, and had all they could handle. Getting out to a quick three to nothing lead in their half of the first inning was cause for elation in the McHeater dugout. It was short lived. Fast Signs slugged their way to four runs to go up 4 to 3. Back came McHeaters, and back came the elation, as they crossed the plate twice in the second to a 5 to 4 lead. Is there anything more ephemeral than the elation that comes with a one run lead in a co-ed softball game? No! Fast Signs said, “four in the first, deserves four in the second,” to go up by a score of 8 to 5, after two. To their credit, McHeaters did not let the “elation deflation” get them down. They knocked their speedy opponents around in the third inning, this time for six runs. However, the drill remained the same. Fast Signs simply matched McHeaters score for score, and came away from the third inning again leading by three runs, this time 14 to 11. This really cooled McHeaters jets, and they weren’t able to mount a fourth rally. Fast Signs added a final run in their next at bat, and were content to go home with a 15 to 11 victory. McHeaters’ now sports a 3 – 2 mark for the season, and Fast Signs evened their's at 3 – 3.
The third game of the night, between undefeated Blue Mountain Stone and the winless Hooligans ran just about the way one would expect a game would go between two mismatched adversaries. The Quarry Workers made short work of Hooligan pitcher Wayne “Duck!” Anderson. The first four batters ripped ropes through, by, and over the Hooligan infielders. And before the umpire had a chance to yell, “ball one,” BMS was up three to zip. Anderson settled down, got a little defensive support from his teammates, and the Hoolies escaped the inning only down 5 to 0. Unable to score, they found themselves back out in the field quickly, and the inevitable continued. The Quarry Workers tacked on another two runs in the second, and again held the Hoolies scoreless. The Hooligans finally got untracked and pushed a couple of runs across the plate in the third inning to close the gap to 7 to 2. That mildly stirred the interest of BMS, and they answered with a run of their own to up the score to 8 to 2 after four innings of play. A fairly close game considering the circumstances. At that point BMS decided it was time to swat away the gnat that was flitting around their collective faces. Scoring four runs in the fifth, and six more in the sixth, Blue Mountain Stone made the mini rally (two in the fifth and one run in the sixth) by the Hooligans a moot point. The Hooligans are still without a win, 0 – 6 for the year, while BMS is still without a loss 5 – 0. Leaving the question, “Who will stop this run away train?”
Perhaps it will be the Paddy Whackers. They faced their archrival the Natural Disaster sin the final game of the evening. Adhering to the philosophy of “score early and often,” the Whackers, if you’ll pardon the expression, whacked the Disasters to the tune of seven runs in the first inning, and eight more in the second, leaving Disaster pitcher Chris “No Hope” Cope wishing he’d stay home to watch the Bruins beat up on the Black Hawks in the Stanley Cup finals (that score was two zip in favor of Bean Town, who now lead the series 2 to 1, but I digress). Back in the disaster in Bohn Park, the score was 15 to 0 after one and a half innings. The Disasters did start to finally mount a bit of a charge in the bottom half of the second, closing the gap to 15 to 2. The thirteen run deficit was short lived though, as the Paddy Whackers were not through with Mr. Cope. They “touched” him for five more runs in the third, and that turned a thirteen run nail bitter into a 20 to 2 rout. Showing his teammates his never say die spirit, Captain Cope slid headfirst into home to scuff up both his elbows, and narrow the gap to 20 to 3. It was a truly inspirational moment, and his team responded with a final tally to make it a 20 to 4 loss. The Disasters now stand at 3 – 2, and the Paddy Whackers are right behind BMS with a 4 – 1 record.
Adult Co-Ed Softball Standings
Blue Mountain Stone 5 0
Paddy Whackers 4 1
McHeaters 3 2
Natural Disaster 3 2
Fast Signs 3 3
Chamber Rockers 2 4
Shake N’ Bake 2 3
Stonebridge Farmers 2 3
Hooligans 0 6