The “Fall Ball” schedule called for a double-header for all four co-ed softball teams Monday night in Bohn Park, and one team might just as well have showed up on Thursday. The patina of invincibility was scrubbed from the Natural Disasters last week when they lost for the first time since May at the hands of Shake N’ Bake.
Their frustrations continued, this time at the hands of those pesky Farmers from Stonebridge. The Disaster broke open the game with four runs in the first inning, but an unfortunate chain of events, leading to a flood of runs by the Farmers, ten to be precise, was more than the visiting team could handle. After exchanging a few runs to make the score 11 to 6 after two, the deluge continued. In the middle of another scoring outburst, Farmer pitcher “Smokin’ Joe” Kuckla was on his way to third, with what would have been a sure stand-up triple, when apparently a wheel fell off, and he went head over heels into the dirt, and was unsympathetically tagged out, the play killing the potential rally. But the Farmers were not finished, they widened the gap with a seven run outburst in the next inning, and despite allowing their opponents five runs in the final inning, the Farmers plowed under the Disaster by an 18 to 11 margin.
Photo by Joseph Lekarczyk
Natural Disaster pitcher shows excellent form as he hits a weak, rally killing, pop fly to his counterpart on the Farmers. Most men of his advanced age (and with both knees in braces) would spend their Monday night watching television from the comfort of a wheelchair.
Barely having time to catch their breath, the Disasters squared off against the Bombers in the second game of the evening. Each team went down quietly in the first, but the Bombers exploded for five runs in the second, with the help of some poor defense. But the Disasters stormed right back and scored four of their own. The Bombers tacked on another run in the third inning, but the real fireworks took place in the fourth. In what Disaster team captain described as a “Chinese Fire Drill” the discombobulated home team allowed the Bombers to drop 11 runs on them in the final frame. To their credit, the dejected Disasters didn’t give in. They valiantly rallied for eight of their own, but as the good-natured chatter and barbed banter died down, the Disasters found themselves on the short side of a 17 to 12 slugfest, and have now lost three straight!
Still feeling their oats from a victory earlier in the night, the Farmers of Stonebridge, having “re-hydrated” during the Bomber/Disaster game, came out swinging against Shake N’ Bake in the 8 o’clock game. They scored three runs in the first, another in the second, and held a four to one lead when SNB cooked up a little offense of their own. An 8-run outburst in the second inning, was followed by another 15 runs in the third, and suddenly, the over confident, and perhaps “over hydrated” Farmers were looking at a 24 to 4 deficit. The never-say-die Sodbusters did not go gently into the good night, however. Led by Bob “Wheels” Gilson’s well placed, bases loaded, whistle up the middle (which rolled all the way to the fence), for a rare inside-the-park grand slam home run, Stonebridge managed to score nine runs of their own, but fell to the Bakers 24 to 13.
Shake N’ Bake continued their offensive onslaught in the last game of the night, versus the Bombers. Scoring seven runs in the first, and adding one more in the second. The Bombers, having enjoyed a fine gourmet spread of hoagies and wraps during their down time between games, were equal to the task. They answered with two in the first, and six in the second, and knotted the score at 8 all going into the third. Shake N’ Bake, itching for the “daily double” (two wins in one night) laid the lumber to the Bombers, scoring five runs during their next at bat. As the harvest moon slipped behind Steamboat Mountain, the umpire blew his whistle, and the final score was Shake N’ Bake 13, Bombers 8. One disheartened Bomber was heard to grumble, “I should have just sat in a chair at home with my wife and watched a chick flick tonight.”