The wind was blowing out Monday night in Bohn Park, and the scores of the softball games reflected that. One hundred and fifteen runs crossed the plate in the four games combined. Who needs NFL football games when you can get scoring like that on a Monday night?
In the evening’s first contest, La Mariposa Butterflies squared off against the Oskar Blues Wolverines. Just in name value alone, one would have to think the Butterflies were in for a mauling. ‘Twas not the case, my friends. Oskars got on the board first with a run in the opening inning, but La Mariposa came right back with two of their own. The Brew Crew answered with six runs in the second, but again, the Winged Ones played “I’ll that and raise you one” as they tallied seven in their half of the inning. The seven run assault was ignited by a bases loaded triple by La Mariposa’s captain, Luis “Jefe” Pereyra. In another “tit-for-tat” moment, the Wolverines made the score 10 to 9 by plating three runs in the third. Then the roof fell in on Oskars; La Mariposa erupted for twelve runs in their final at bat, putting the game well out of reach for the over matched Brewers.
The seven o’clock game pitted last year’s Cinderella team, Shake N’ Bake, against a new entry into the co-ed softball league, the Soiled Brats. This one was also a “back and forth” battle with ties or lead changes after every inning. Shake N’ Bake scored three in the first, the Soiled Brats matched them. SNB plated four more in the second, SB knocked in six. The Bakers cooked up three runs in the third to go up 10 to 9, but the Brats stuck out their tongues and said, “right back atcha” and knotted the score at ten all. Showing that consistency is always the best policy with a petulant child, SNB again scored three runs in their next at bat, and added four more in the fifth inning to make the score 17 to 10. The Brats, after a “time out” (they were held scoreless) in the fourth, staged a small comeback scoring two runs in their final at bat. It was not enough, and they went to bed with no dessert, and on the short end of a17 to 12 spanking.
The third match-up of the evening saw Blue Mountain Stone tangle with the Lyons Rockers. We all know what Quarrymen/women do to rocks. They slice ‘em, they dice ‘em, and then they crush ‘em; ‘nuff said. The score was seventeen to nothing before the Rockers got on the board in the bottom half of the third. To their credit, the Rockers did score seven to close the gap, but BMS came right back with six runs in the fourth to close the deal. The final score was 21 to 9, leaving the Rockers in the dust.
The final game of the night, featured the two “party teams;” the Hooligans versus the Paddy Whackers. And as predicted in last week’s column, this is a rivalry in the making. The Whackers broke out with three runs in the first, but the never intimidated Hooligans doubled that out put, plus one. Each team kept the others attention with a run here and a run there over the next two innings. As the clock moved toward ten o’clock the score stood at 10 to 5 in favor of the Hoolies. That’s when the Paddy Whackers broke loose. They smacked the
Hooligans with a seven run outburst, and confidently went out to play defense holding a 12 to 10 advantage. Their opponents, famous for their “not in my house” attitude, needed three runs to win, so, that’s what they got. Final score: Paddy Whackers 12, Hooligans 13. A great game to end a cold windy night.