The Lyons Parks & Rec., Co-Ed Adult softball season is starting to wind down, with only the final scheduled game next week (Monday, August 5) and a make-up rain out game (Monday, August 12) left on the slate. The biggest question remains, “Can anyone knock off Blue Mountain Stone?” Fast Signs came close Monday night,
keeping pace with the Quarry Workers for the first three and a half innings. BMS held the Sign Makers scoreless in the opening frame, and touched home plate four times in the bottom of the inning. Fast Sign got a couple of runs back in the second inning, but then gave up six runs to wind up on the wrong end of a 10 to 2 rout. No so fast said the Sign Makers, who tallied five runs of their own in the top of the fourth inning, to bring the score to 10 to 7 in favor of Blue Mountain Stone. That was when the lights went out for the Sign Makers. The Quarry Workers’ offensive onslaught was just too much for the over-matched Fast Signs. BMS scored four in the fourth, and five more in the fifth. FS did manage a couple more in their half of the fifth inning, but that only made the outcome 19 to 9 in favor of the still undefeated (8 – 0) Blue Mountain Stone Quarry Workers. Fast Signs record is now 5 – 4, and they can be caught for the last play-off spot.
The second match featured a game between last year’s champs, the Stonebridge Farmers, versus the intimidating Paddy Whackers. Besides being pretty formidable at the plate, the Whackers were equally impressive in the field on this evening. They held their opponents scoreless through the first four innings with some impressive glove work and a slick double play in the second inning. However, the Farmers were up to the task over the same time period. They held the usually potent Whacker hitters to a mere three runs over the first four innings. With the score standing a 3 to 0 after four, the Farmers looked like they might just pull the upset of the season when they scored a deuce in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 3 to 2 nail biter. The tension was short-lived, as the Whackers “whacked” the Stonebridge pitcher for seven runs in the bottom half of the inning, and then added three more runs in the next for good measure. When the umpire called “time” at 8 p.m., the final score read, Whackers 13 and the Farmers 3; so much for the upset. The Whackers now sport a 5 – 2 record, while Stonebridge is mired at 2 – 6.
The Chamber Rockers squared off against McHeaters in the third game of the night; with McHeaters desperately needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Giving up three runs in the first inning, four in the second, and two more in the third is not usually a good recipe for keeping ones playoff hopes alive. Down nine to nothing after two and a half innings, the McHeaters batters finally got off the schnide scoring four times in the bottom of the third inning. The fielders also finally started to make some plays, and held the Rockers scoreless over the next three innings. McHeaters managed to score another run in the fourth inning, before the lumber went cold again. With the score standing at 9 to 5, Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dabney Coleman put an end to this screen play and pushed five more runs across home plate to make it 14 to 5. McHeaters mounted a small two run rally, but wasn’t enough to bolster their playoff hopes. McHeaters now stand at 4 – 4, and the Chamber Rockers have a 3 – 6 record.
The final game of the night was a struggle between Shake N’ Bake and the hapless Hooligans. SNB pretty much had their way with the Hoolie hurler. They scored three, three, two, and two, in the first, second, third, and fourth inning respectively. The Hooligans were able to mount a tepid charge, with two runs in the second, one in the third, and two more in the fourth inning. That brought the score to 10 to 5 after four. A scoreless fifth by the Bakers, and two more by the Hoolies, and suddenly, we had ourselves a 10 to 7 ballgame! But before you could utter the phrase “first win of the season!” the Hooligans gave up seven heart breaking scores, and that was pretty much all she wrote. The valiant Hoolies, led by their bouncy and ebullient catcher Dawn “Blondie” Lundell, did manage to stage a rally in their final at bat, but the four runs that crossed the plate only made it a respectable 17 to 11 loss for the Hooligans. Shake N’ Bake have a 4 – 4 record, and would need a lot of help to make the post season, while the 0 – 8 Hooligans are dreaming of next year.