The long arm of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig stretched all the way to Lyons Co-Ed Softball League Monday night as the Chamber Rockers, without the services of Patty “PED” Pedooski; one of their female players who was suspended for the remainder of the 2013 season, had to take on Shake N’ Bake in the first game of the evening. Unfazed by the suspension, the Chamber “nine” rocked the Bakers for four runs in the first inning. Unfortunately, out in the field, particularly the spacious
outfield is where Pedooski’s absence was felt. When SNB came to bat in the bottom half of the inning, they repeatedly dropped base hits into the gaps where the Rocker outfielder weren’t. Nine runs later the exhausted Chamber team found themselves down 9 to 4, and it never got any better. Shake N’ Bake scored once in the third, and six times in the fourth inning. The Rockers did manage a couple more runs along the way, but that only made the final outcome 16 to 6. That’s what happens when you try to play ten players against nine. It just goes to show the evils of PEDs!
The Hooligans, still looking for their first win of the season, tangled with Fast Signs in the seven o’clock game. The Hoolies, most of who have finally recovered after RockyGrass, erupted for six runs in their first at bat. Their prowess at the plate however, did not translate to the field. Fast Sign quickly (what else would you expect) got back four of those scores in the bottom half of the first. The Hooligans were not done. Behind the clutch hitting of the “Law Firm” Sims & Sims (Deb and Steve) added three more runs in the second inning to go up 9 to 4. The Sign Makers clawed their way back into the game with three runs in the third inning, only to watch the Hooligans tack on a couple of more in the top of the fourth. In the home half of the fourth, Fast Signs again found a few much needed base hits, and scored a pair of their own, bringing the score to 11 to 9 in favor of the Hooligans! It looked like the Hoolies might actually pull an upset here, and they even tacked on an insurance run in the opening half of the fifth inning. Up by three runs, and only needing three outs to seal the deal, the Hooligans “spit the bit.” Fast Signs staged a heroic four run rally, and ran off to Oskar Blues to celebrate a come from behind 13 to 12 victory. What a bitter pill for the Hooligans to swallow.
The two “Muscle Teams” of the league, Blue Mountain Stone and the Paddy Whackers, squared off in a show of might in the third bout of the card. When either of these two teams plays, the score usually gets up into the double digits by the second inning. Not so on this night, “leather” was the name of the game between eight and nine o’clock. Brilliant defensive plays from all positions of the infield (from both teams) led to goose eggs going up on the score board for nine of the fourteen at bats in this seven inning gem. The Quarry Workers scratched out a run in the first, but gave up two runs to the Whackers in the second. Each team was able to tally a run in the third inning, and after four innings, the Paddy Whackers found themselves clinging to a three to two lead. BMS realized the gravity of the situation (their undefeated record was on the line) and hammered out three runs in the top of the fifth. That made the score 5 to 3 in favor of Blue Mountain Stone, and that is how it stayed over the last two and a half innings.
The final game of the evening pitted McHeaters against the Natural Disasters. This one wasn’t as close as the 17 to 7 score would indicate. The Disasters were down three to zip before they had time to crack open a beverage. They did manage to tie it up in the bottom half of the inning, and then the Disasters were hit with a tidal wave of runs. Seven in the second, four in the third, two in the fourth, and on in the fifth (I guess McHeaters was getting worn out from running around the base paths). The Disasters were able to mount a few weak rallies; they got a run back in the third inning, another in the fourth, and two in the fifth. But that was not even close to sufficient. The McHeater win and the Disaster loss, now put the Disasters’ play-off hopes in serious jeopardy.