Thursday 27th September, 2007 Posted: 16:22 CIT (21:22 GMT)
Chuggers and Standing Seams go to 5–0
The Digicel Chuggers improved to a league best 5–0 with two victories over the past week in co–ed softball league action.
Last Thursday, the Chuggers jumped out to an early 12–0 lead against Rawlinson & Hunter and then cruised to an 18–4 victory. On Tuesday this week, the Chuggers came back from an early five–run deficit to defeat the Kirk Freeport Bling Dawgz 17–12.
The Rawlinson game featured great performances by Donnie and Addie House.
Addie went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and Donnie went 2 for 3 with a home run, a triple and 5 RBI.
Patrick “Resistance is Futile” Bourgue, who insists his name is spelled with a Q, went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and Doug “El Capitan” Sell went 3 for 3 with 4 RBI.
The game featured a rare appearance by Shawn “Venomous Tiger” Wilcox at first base.
“I’m tall. I’m wiry. I’m tightly wound,” said Wilcox when making his case to play the position. Wilcox also pitched the final inning, and claimed to have struck out two consecutive batters, but no one could recall that after the game.
The Chuggers’ Christina Hefner was involved in a trade during the game.
“I traded beer for mixers,” she said.
The game against the Bling Dawgz was a bigger challenge. The Chuggers defence made seven errors in the first three innings and trailed 6–1 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning.
A six–run inning, keyed by a two–run home run by Donnie House and a two–run double by Alan Markoff, gave Digicel a one–run lead.
That lead was short lived as pitcher Neil Clements took a walk on the wild side and gave up three bases on balls in the inning, leading to a pair of Kirk Freeport runs.
“I let Al [Lovinggood] walk home because I didn’t want him to hurt himself running,” said Clements.
Digicel came right back with six more runs in the bottom of the forth inning, keyed by home runs by Pat “Annoying B*$%@$!” Bourque, Donnie “Not in My” House and Alex “He’s No” Angel.
Down 13–8, the Bling Dawgz scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning to narrow the gap to two runs. Kirk Freeport would have scored more runs except for two great plays by Christina Hefner, who snared two scorching line drives hit toward her at second base.
The Chuggers came right back with four runs of their own to put the game out of reach, with Mark Wallace hitting the Chuggers fifth home run of the game to lead off the inning.
For the game, Donnie House went 3 for 3 with three runs and 5 RBI and Sean Landrith went 3 for 4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI to pace the Chuggers.
The Bling Dawgz were lead by Neil “Sideshow” Appleby, who went 2 for 2 with a home run and a triple and by Al “Freakshow” Lovinggood, who walked. Kathryn Roffey had her first hit of the season for Kirk Freeport and Christine McLean and Mal Awe both had hits as well.
The contest was marred because both teams had trouble counting to four during the game when it came to figuring out if a batter had hit too many foul balls with two strikes.
Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff said he was pleased with the way the Chuggers offence was performing.
“But the defence needs some work,” he said. “You don’t normally win when you make 10 errors in a game like we did, but scoring 17 runs does make up for a lot of sins.”
In other action during the week at the Field of Dreams, Watler’s Standing Seams also improved to 5–0 in the A–League with an 18–3 whooping of KPMG A.
“It was another very strong defensive game for us,” said Watler’s Coach Bill Sullivan. “Meanwhile the offense continued with solid batting.”
The Standing Seam were led by Brad Dunz, Rob Brooks and Melissa Jenkinson all going 3 for 4.
Walter’s Standing Seams led 10 to 1 after the second inning. They scored three more in the third and a pair of runs in the forth.
Then it was Rocky Bryington’s turn in the top of the fifth.
“With two out and two on she smoked the ball well beyond the reach of the left fielder for a three run homer,” said Sullivan.
Standing Seam Brian Horn was avoiding Sullivan after the game.
“You do realize,” he whispered to a teammate, “that because Bill has yet to walk a batter this season I have 125 push–ups to do?”