The first game saw the cocky Natural Disasters (coming off two “30-something to 4” wins) square off against the feisty McHeaters team. The Heaters struck quickly with four runs in the first. The Disasters answered with three. Keeping the heat on, McHeaters tallied nine more runs over the next three innings, while holding their opponents to a mere two runs. After three and a half innings the score stood at 13 to 5 in favor of McHeaters. But the Disasters continued to scratch out a run here and there, and their defense tightened up (McHeaters only managed one more run). Alas, as time for the early game expired, (they play seven innings or one hour, whichever comes first) the Disasters’ rally came up three runs short. Final score: Disasters 11, McHeaters 14. The two rivals sport identical 2-1 records for the season.
The seven o’clock game,between the Paddy Whackers and the Stonebridge Farmers went to extra innings before it was settled. The slow starting Farmers went four straight innings without a score (they obviously were missing the potent bat of outfielder Tim (Mighty) Oakes who is in China). Meanwhile, the Whackers paddy-caked their way four to nothing lead, with two in the first, one in the third, and another in the fifth inning. The sly Farmers had the over confident Whackers right where they wanted them. Jumping all over the hapless Whackers’ pitcher, the Seed Planters scored a bushel of runs to take a 5 to 4 lead. The reeling Whackers failed to pad the score in their next at bat, while Sod Busters tacked on another run in the sixth. Trailing 6 to 4, the Whackers dug deep, and scored three times in the seventh inning, to take the lead by one. Time had expired, but the rules say the home team (Stonebridge) must get a final at bat. They rose to the occasion, and knotted the score with a single score.
Holding the Whackers scoreless in the extra inning (and with the two eight o’clock teams watching and yelling encouragement), the Farmers reaped the benefit of some shoddy fielding, and plated the deciding run ,to win the contest 8 to 7. Both teams records now stand at 1-2.
The third game between the always-rowdy Hooligans and the never-shy Oskar Blues Crew was sure to be raucous affair (considering the extra time they both had to get, [how do we put this delicately, prepared). The Hoolies came out ready, scoring eight runs in their half of the first. The Brew Crew retaliated with three runs, but the Hooligans said “thank-you very much, here’s two more for you.” Oskars politely added four more runs in the second, and after two the score was 10 to 7, Hooligans. For good measure, and because that’s the kind of team they are, they put their feet on the collective necks of the Oskars squad, and tacked on five more runs for good measure. Good thing too, because the Brewers were not done by any means. Losing 15 to 7 with nine o’clock drawing near, the Wolverines clawed, scratched, and mauled the Hooligans for seven more runs in their final at bat. Unfortunately for Oskars, the three-inning game ended with a final score of 15 to 14 in favor of the Hooligans. What a game! Leaves one wondering what the outcome might have been if they had played another couple of innings. Oskars is winless this season, 0-3, while the Hooligans feel lucky to escape with a 2-1 record.
The final game of the night pitted the Soiled Brats versus La Mariposa. This was a real seesaw affair. The Brats took it to the Butterflies often and early, scoring five runs in the first. La Mariposa matched them run for run. In the second inning it was déjà vu all over again for the Brats as they added another nickel. La Mariposa could only manage a deuce, and after two the score stood 10 to 7 Brats. The recalcitrant ten put up a goose egg in the third, and “Mari-men/women” scored five to take a 12 to 10 lead. The Brats had a tantrum in their next at bat, scoring four runs and shutting the Mariposa bats down. It was then Mariposa’s turn to flash some leather as they held the Brats scoreless in their last inning. Needing two runs to tie, and three to win, La Mariposa elected for the latter, and ended a night of exciting close games with a 15 to 14 barnburner. The high flying Butterflies now sport a 2-1 record, while the pouty Brats fall to 0-2.