McHeaters didn’t actually lose, 17 to 8, to the Paddy Whackers in Monday night first game; it’s just that they ran out of time (the games are seven innings or one hour, which ever comes first). The Whackers let loose an unabated storm of runs on their opponents starting with the first innings. They scored four runs in the first, a couple more in the second, six in the third inning,
and five more in the top of the fourth. Meanwhile, McHeater did manage to cross the plate once in the bottom half of the first. For those of you at home keeping score, that made it 17 to 1 after three and a half innings. After spotting the Whackers a sixteen run lead, the McHeater defense and offense started to perk up. They plated four runs in their half of the fourth inning, held the Whackers scoreless in the fifth, and rallied for three more runs in the bottom of the inning. The strong scent of a heroic comeback was in the air. The score now stood at 17 to 8, and the umpire called “Time!” leaving McHeaters to wonder what might have been if they only had two more innings. The Whackers now sport a nifty 5 – 1 record, while McHeaters evened theirs to 3 – 3.
The second game of the evening pitted the revived Stonebridge Farmers, currently on a two game win streak, against the always dangerous, but quite often inconsistent, Natural Disasters. The Disasters, hoping to keep pace with the cream of the crop (Blue Mountain Stone and the aforementioned Paddy Whackers) needed a victory in the worst way. The Farmers (last year’s league champions) led by their speedy right fielder, Georgia “Peach Melba” English and their left fielder, Joe “Thumper” Kuckla, were not about to hand a win over to the Disasters without a fight. Stonebridge scored early and often. English inserted as a pinch runner in the opening frame, scored all the way from first base on a single to right. And Thumper added a three-run homer (the ball made it to the river, and is probably somewhere in Longmont by now) to make the score seven to nothing, Farmers, after the first half of the first inning. But if we know one thing about the Disasters, it’s that they don’t give up even when their pitcher is getting bombed (on the mound, not the dugout). The Disasters cut the lead to 7 to 4, with a pretty good opening inning of their own. However, the Farmers were back at in the second inning with three more runs. Undeterred, ND continued to chip away, scoring one in the second, holding the Sodbusters scoreless in the top of the third, and notching two more in their home half of the inning. That made the score 10 to 7 after three, in favor of the Farmers, who tacked on a single run (again scored by the heads up base running of their right fielder) in top of the fourth. The Disasters let loose an avalanche of runs in the bottom of the inning, knotting the score at eleven all after four. In the fifth inning (which turned out to be the final inning) the Farmers rallied again, to go up 12 to 11, and only needed three out to put the game in the barn so to speak. Unfortunately, someone forgot to close the barn door, and we all know what happens when that occurs; a disaster! And so it was on this evening, as the Disasters found a way to score the two runs they needed to win the game. Final score? Thirteen to twelve for the Disasters. Stonebridge’s record fell to 2 – 4, and the Disasters raised theirs to 4 – 2.
Fast Signs squared off against Shake N’ Bake in the penultimate match of the night, and this one was a slugfest. Fast Signs blasted the SNB pitcher for four runs in the first inning, and it never got any better for the shell-shocked hurler. The heavy hitters of Fast Signs added seven more runs in the second, five more in the third inning, and another five in the fourth. Shake N’ Bake did eventually manage to shake themselves out of their early game malaise. They got on the board with a single run in the second inning, rallied for five in the third, and four more in the fourth. But that only made the final score 21 to 10 as everyone got ready for the nine o’clock game. Fast Signs is right in the middle of the pack with a 4 – 3 mark, while Shake N’ Bake’s record dropped like a chocolate soufflé to 2 – 4.
The final game of the night was a David and Goliath match up between the Chamber Rockers (David), and the Blue Mountain Stone Quarry workers (Goliath). Perhaps Biblically inspired, the Rockers came armed with plenty of stones for their sling. They stung BMS for five runs in the first (the first time the Quarry workers have trailed in a game this season). It’s never a good idea to poke a sleeping giant in the eye. Blue Mountain Stone quickly, and with authority, turned a five run deficit into a nine run lead by the time the first inning came to a close. But the Rockers were not done. Not by a long shot. The Chamber knocked the BMS pitcher around for four runs in the top of the second inning, to make the score 14 to 9. This again got the Quarry workers attention, and they managed to up the tally to 17 to 9 by the end of two. In the third inning David (the Chamber) took it to Goliath again, this time to the tune of six runs! This made for a 17 to 15 nail bitter, and the crowd was on the edge of their seats wondering, “Will this be the night?” The inspired Rocker defense held the powerful BMS offense to a single run in the bottom half of the third to make the score 18 to 15 in favor of Blue Mountain Stone. The Chamber team wasn’t through scoring on the Quarry workers. A mini rally, led by third baseman Taka “The Blade” Sueyoshi, and outfielder J.J. “The Librarian” Booksh-Asnicar, meant the undefeated Blue Mountain Stone crew was now holding the slimmest of leads. But the clock was an ally, as the Stone workers added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth, and the clock chimed 10 times before David could deliver another blow to Goliath. Blue Mountain Stone kept their undefeated status intact, barely, and now stand at 6 – 0, while the Chamber at 2 – 5, showed the rest of the league that maybe, just maybe BMS can be defeated.
Lyons Parks & Rec. officials indicated that two baseball gloves were left at the field Monday night.
If you noticed that your glove is missing, please go to Town Hall during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to describe and claim.