Thursday 1st March, 2007 Posted: 17:22 CIT (22:22 GMT)
The Digicel Chuggers continued their hot hitting with a hard–fought 20–15 win over the Master Batters in co–ed B league softball action at the Field of Dreams last Saturday afternoon.
For the second game in a row, the Chuggers fell behind early as the Master Batters hit two home runs in the first inning on their way to a 4–0 lead.
Digicel responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning, only to have the Master Batters come right back with four more runs – and an 8–5 lead – in the second inning.
The Chuggers tied the game with three runs in the second and then their defence tightened up, allowing only three runs over the next three innings. Digicel, in the meantime, scored 10 runs over those same three innings to open up a comfortable lead.
Offensively, the Chuggers were led by Donnie House, who when 4 for 4 with 6 RBI, Alan Markoff, who went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and Shawn Wilcox who went 3 for 3 with two runs scored.
Once again, the Digigel women came up big. Christina Hefner went 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI and Addie House went 3 for 4. SusanSchlosser also made a nice play defensively at second base to thwart a Master Batters rally.
One Digicel player who struggled at the plate was outfielder Neil Clements.
“I just couldn’t find the right equilibrium between beer and batting,” he said.
Digicel Coach Alan Markoff said he was pleased with his team’s overall effort, but was a bit concerned about some of the defensive play in the early innings.
“Normally, the Digicel team has excellent communications, but we think Mark Wallace might be using a different telecom carrier. We kept telling him to catch the ball and throw it straight, but he must not have been hearing us well.”
Coach Markoff praised the Master Batters for their offensive display.
“You could tell they had a team of master batters, but we proved we’re master batters, too,” he said.
Digicel, now 3–0 and at the top of Division 1 in the B–League, will have a tough match–up this week against the defending A–League champions Canadian Bacon.