The co-ed adult softball teams were back in action Monday night after a two-week layoff (the first week was because of Good Old Days and Fourth of July, and last week was due to a rain-out).
In the first game of the evening, the Stonebridge Farmers jumped out to a quick two to nothing lead in the top half of the first inning over their opponents Shake N’ Bake. But the Bakers answered the bell with three tallies of their own in the bottom half of the opening frame. From there, the two teams were scoreless over the next inning in a half. In the home
half of the third inning the Farmers were subjected to a hailstorm of hits and runs, as the SNB pelted Stonebridge with hit after hit, sending seventeen batters to the plate while scoring twelve runs. That turned a tight defensive struggle into an all out rout with score standing at 15 to 2 after three. The Bakers scored two more in the fourth, and the umpire mercifully called the game at 6:50 p.m., giving Shake N’ Bake a 17 to 2 victory. After the game, Stonebridge captain and leftfielder Joe Kuckla, lamented, “If we could just get Alicia to put the baby down, and get back in the field, things might have been a little different.”
The seven o’clock game saw two powerhouses, the Paddy Whackers and Fast Signs got at it in a seesaw battle. The Whackers got things started with a couple of runs in the first inning. The fleet-footed Omens answered with a solo run in the first, and tied the situation up with another in the second. The Paddy Whackers got their groove on in the third inning, pounding the Fast Signs hurler for six hits and four runs, and looked as if they might have the game in hand with a six to two lead. The Sign Makers had a groove of their own, which they were about to unleash upon the Whackers. They clobbered the Whacker for five runs off of a walk here, an error there, and a timely hit or two, and when the dust settled, the score stood at Signs seven, Whackers six. The Whackers were not nonplussed however, and did indeed have an answer for the Sign Makers. The answer was three more runs in the fourth inning to go up by two, nine to seven. Fast Signs cut the lead to one in the bottom half of the inning, and then the Whackers flexed a little muscle and beat down their opponents with six runs in the fifth inning. With just a few minutes before the eight o’clock game was to begin, the score stood at 15 to 8, in favor of the Paddy Whackers. Fast Signs had one final at bat to try to for eight runs and a come from behind victory. They scored one.
The third match of the night pitted the up and down Natural Disasters against the, if nothing else, consistent Hooligans. The consistent Hooligans have lost every game they’ve played this season, and they had a very consistent night. They scored one run in the first inning, one run in the second inning, one run in the third inning, and one run in the fourth inning. The Disasters on the other hand scored four runs in their first at bat, and after the second inning it was time to put in a call to FEMA. The Disaster flooded the Hoolies with ten runs in the second inning, and just in case fourteen runs weren’t enough to close the deal, ND added a couple of more in the third inning. When it was time for the nine o’clock game to get under way, the Natural Disasters had carved out a sixteen to four win over the Hooligans.
In the final game of the evening, McHeaters took on the undefeated crew from Blue Mountain Stone. It didn’t take McHeaters long to get warmed up. They got to the Quarry Workers’ pitcher right of the bat (no pun intended). McHeaters managed to push one run across the plate, and enjoyed a very brief lead. Very brief as in as long as it took BMS to send three batters to the plate. Three batters up, three straight hits, and a one run lead turned into a one run deficit. Unfortunately for the Macs, it didn’t end there. Before McHeaters was able to get the third out of the first inning, they found themselves at the wrong end of a six to one score. Both teams scored a deuce in the second, and then McHeaters really got hot. In the third frame, they jumped all over the BMS pitcher for four runs, and pulled within one, to make a game of it, eight to seven in favor of the Quarry Workers. This got the attention of Blue Mountain Stone, and with their unblemished record on the line, their hitters perked up and did what they do. BMS exploded for five runs, to give themselves an apparent comfortable 13 to 7 lead. We use the word “apparent” because McHeaters was far from done as the clock wound its way toward the 10 p.m. curfew. The Macs mounted another furious rally. With two singles sandwiched between a walk, an error and a couple of doubles, suddenly the Quarry Worker found themselves clinging to a 13 to 12 lead! However, BMS collected themselves, and with some fancy glove work, were able to put another “W” in the win column.