The always well-coiffed Hooligans took on McHeaters in the opening game of the Adult Co-Ed Softball games at Bohn Park Monday night. Hoolie first base woman Deb Sims pontificated, “If we don’t look good, we can’t play good.” Be that as it may, the well-groomed Hooligans might have been better served if their fleet-footed outfielder Dana “Sparky” Richards, just back from a holiday in “America’s Vacationland” (Maine) with a sprained ankle, could have done more than cheer from the dugout. The Hooligans
matched McHeaters run for run over the first three innings; even managing to eke out a four to three lead after the third inning behind an impressive (and extremely rare, at least for the Hooligans) double play by shortstop Mark “The Human Vacuum” Walker. Unfortunately for the hapless, and winless Hoolies, there was a fourth inning to be played. And McHeaters came to play! Indeed, they lit up Hoolie pitcher Wayne “Bombs Away” Anderson with a barrage of hits, and scored eleven runs in the fourth inning. It can be said, the Hooligan snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Final outcome, McHeaters 14, Hooligans 4.
In the seven o’clock game, the high riding Blue Mountain Stone Quarry Workers tried to keep their undefeated streak going against the always game Bakers of Shake N’ Bake. This one was a back-and-forth battle with the outcome in question until the final out. The Bakers got out to a three to nothing lead in the top of the first inning. That lead was short lived, as BMS came right back to tie the contest in the bottom half of the inning. It was more of the same in the second frame. SNB tallied two runs, so did BMS. The Quarry Workers managed to hold the Bakers scoreless in the third inning, and went up seven to five with a pair of scores in their half of the inning. Undaunted, Shake N’ Bake came right back and tacked on three more runs to surge into the lead eight to seven after three and a half. BMS finally said, “Enough is enough” and rocked the Bakers for five runs in the home half of the fourth inning. The score stood at Blue Mountain Stone 12, and Shake N’ Bake 8, and time was running out. The Bakers started a rally with three straight singles to plate one run. A walk loaded the bases, and a sacrifice fly made it 12 to 10 in favor of the Quarry Workers. Then it was time to flash some leather! A “look what I found” catch of a bullet line drive to the pitcher, and a laser throw from deep in the hole by the BMS shortstop put an end to the Bakers’ rally.
By eight o’clock, the temperatures were cooling, but not the bats of the Natural Disasters, who were playing the Chamber Rockers in the third match up of the evening. It was a flood of runs in the first (four), an avalanche in the second (five), a tsunami in the third (five), and a typhoon in the fourth (six), for the Disasters. The Rockers tallied a run in the second, and two in the third. When the Red Cross Volunteers arrived on the scene to assess the damage, the line read Disasters 20, Rockers 3. PHEW, glad this one was over! The Disasters kept pace with the league’s elite for a shot at the play-offs, the Rockers, not so much.
The final game of the night pitted two teams also hoping for a spot in the play-offs; the Stonebridge Farmers versus the Fast Signs Sluggers. The Farmers planted the seeds for a victory in their first at bat. Right fielder Georgia “Peach” English hit a slow roller to the pitcher, and scampered all the way to third base on a couple of wild throws. A base hit to right, and Stonebridge had the early advantage. The optimum word was “early.” Fast Signs came right back in the bottom half of the inning with five runs, and it looked bad for the Farmers. Unable to score any runs in the second and third innings (and giving up a few in the process), Stonebridge found themselves looking at a ten to one deficit going into the fourth inning. It was then that the drought ended for the Farmers. Eight hits and seven runs later, the not nearly so confident Fast Signs were clinging to a 10 to 8 ledge looking for answers. Boosted by their offensive onslaught, the Farmers held Fast Signs scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, and tied the game in the fifth with two quick tallies. With the match all square at ten runs each, Fast Sign wasted no time. Three quick runs, by way of a two doubles and a home run, deflated the Farmers hopes of a victory, and they went down one, two, three in the final inning to seal the deal in favor of Fast Sign 13 to 10.