Wolverines clawed their way right back into the game, by putting up a snowman (8 runs) themselves. Things slowed down considerably in the second inning, when neither team was able to scratch out a score. Getting a second wind, the heating specialists torched Oskars for five more in the third. The brewers answered with one in the third, and two more in the fourth inning to make the score 13 to 11 in favor of McHeaters. Turning up the thermostat one more time, McHeaters scored a couple of insurance runs in the fifth, and it turned out they needed them, as the Wolverines staged a mini-rally in their last at bat, but coming up just short, 15 to 13, in the final outcome.
The seven o’clock game saw the Natural Disasters squash the La Mariposa team like a bug. The levee broke in the first inning, with a flood of runs for the Disasters. Ten runs, and that didn’t even prove to be the high water mark!
The Lepidopteri (Latin for butterflies) gamely scored a couple themselves, but the deluge continued in the second inning when the Disasters swamped their opponents for another seven runs. The never-say-die Moth men/women fluttered one run across the plate to bring the score to 17 to 3 in favor of the Disasters. But a massive tidal surge was bearing down on the Butterfly 10. Showing no mercy for their overmatched victims, the Disasters drowned La Mariposa with 14 more runs for a 31 to 3 lead (somebody call FEMA!). As time was running out, the umpire allowed La Mariposa an extra at bat, where they managed to eke out one more for the road.
The Chamber of Commerce team, the Lyons Rockers, took on the Stonebridge Farmers in the third match of the night. Again, the game got off to a fast start, with the Rockers stoning the sodbusters for five runs in the first inning (don’t any of these pitchers warm up before the game?). The plowboys/girls harvested a run during their side of the first. And so it went, tit for tat, over the next several innings. Rockers would score one, Farmers two. Rockers one, Farmer none. Rockers three, Farmers one. Zero to zero in the last frame, and the final tally showed that the Rockers had reaped a 10 to 4 victory, as in “ten-four good buddy, over and out!”
By comparison, the last game on the docket was a veritable “pitchers’ duel” between the Paddy Whackers and Blue Mountain Stone. The Whackers weren’t able to touch the Quarry Workers in their first at bat, while BMS managed to plate a solo run in their first try. Some sparkling gloves out in the field held the Whackers scoreless in the second as well, and the stone men/women scratched out another score, making it 2 to 0 after two. The Blue Mountain pitcher was on cruise control, and blanked his rivals a third time in the next inning, while his teammates tacked on a couple more runs for good measure. In the fourth inning, the Paddy Whackers finally broke through with a score of their own, and inspired by their prowess, managed to blank BMS (something not see often this season). A second run for the Whackers made it 4 to 2, and we had ourselves a ballgame! Alas, the BMS pitcher re-found his groove, and shut down the bats of the Whackers the rest of the way. The final score was Blue Mountain Stone 6, and the Paddy Whackers 2. Proving once again, the cream will always rise to the top.