Twas a blustery start to the B North season, as the open field of Cedar Hill provided a sunny yet chilly backdrop for the beginning of another year of softball. The B North looks to be as competitive as ever as many of the teams are former champions and have beefed up their rosters for another run at softball glory.
Game 1: X-Phils v One Hit Wonders
The X-Phils started the game on a torrid pace as they were able to score 5 runs in the top of the first inning by way of 5 singles, 2 errors and a Brendon Burrows RBI double. After each team would go scoreless in their next at bats, the OHWs stormed back to knot the score at 5 in the bottom of the 2nd inning as five singles and three walks did the damage. In the bottom of the 3rd the OHWs would begin to pull away with this one as a single and an error led to a huge Rob Gisondi 2 RBI single to make the score 7 to 5. The OHWs would get the scoring machine revved up again in the 5th inning as four singles and a sac fly would score two more runs. Capping the day and the win, a single and a Dan Martin double would help push across the final run of the day for OHWs as they would coast to a 10 to 5 win.
Game 2: Bulldogs v Insurance Runs
A hot start by the Bulldogs put them up big early in this one as they are able to score 6 runs in the top of the first by way of four singles, an error and RBI doubles by Paul Burtis and CC Witt. Following up that outburst, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard again in the top of the 2nd as two singles and another RBI double would help plate two runs to extend the score to 8-0. The IRs got their big bats going in the bottom half of the 2nd as they would deficit in half, scoring four runs on singles, walks, and a Keith Meduzia bases clearing double. 3 singles a walk and a fielder's choice would tack on another run in the top of the 3rd for the Bulldogs but the IRs were able to hammer out another four runs in the bottom half of the inning by way of four singles and a Joe Rowan double to make it a 9-8 game. Heading to the top of the 5th, the Bulldogs are able to score a huge run by way of back to back doubles from Anthony DePaul and Matt Lagomarsino. In the bottom of the 6th, the IRs would close the gap as three straight singles and a fielder's choice would plate to runs to make it an 10-10 game. In the top of the 7th the Bulldogs would extend their lead as five singles from the middle of the order pushed across two runs to put them up two. Answering the bell in the bottom half of the 7th the IRs got two singles and an RBI double from Matt Freedman, paving the way for Bill McElroy to play hero as he would smoke a two RBI single to walk off with a win for the IRs. Final score: 13-12 in a thriller.
Game 3: Ballz Deep v Snipers
Ballz Deep got the party started early, plating three runs in the top of the first on three singles, two walks, and two fielder’s choices including one my lean and lanky Gene Walczak. They would also score in the top of the 2nd as three singles and two doubles from Jimmy Gautieri and Brian Carr would push across four more runs. The middle innings went by quietly, until the top of the 6th when Ballz Deep would extend their lead to 9-0 as a Tom Campbell double and two sac fly’s paved the way. Finally unleashing their offensive arsenal, the Snipers fired back in the bottom of the 6th as they would score four runs via a huge two RBI double from Dave Shannon and an RBI triple from Chris Fitzgerald. With the score 9 to 4 both teams would not be able to get much going in the 7th and the Bulldogs would come out on top.
Game 4: Dark Horse v Yankee Clippers
Team Dark Horse took an early lead as they would sprout legs and use three walks and a single to plate two runs. Firing back the Yankee Clippers would hammer home three runs via the walk, a single, and a huge 2 RBI triple from Kai Browner. Three walks, two singles, and doubles from Paul Harding and Bill Jones would help the DH squad leapfrog their way into the lead as they would plate four runs in the top of the 2nd. DH would extend their lead in the 3rd as walks would load the bases and score one on a Richie Simms sac fly. In the bottom of the 3rd the middle of the lineup came up huge for the Yankee Clippers as a double from Brian Maguire and triples from Nick Wasekanes and Kai Browner put a huge 4 runs in the scoring column to put them down one. Following that onslaught, Andrew Hesdon would smack an RBI double for YC in the bottom of the 4th to knot the score at 8. In the top of the 5th team DH got a bases loaded walk to steal a run and put them on top by one. The Yankee Clippers would throw a two spot on the board in the bottom half of the inning as three straight singles from the top of the order and a Kai Browner double did the damage. In the top of the 6th Dark Horse would continue to plug away as they got a double from Paul Harding, followed by 3 walks, and and two run scoring singles to take a 2 run lead. As time limit was reached, the Yankee Clippers gave it their all in the last inning, as Nick Todd smoked a two out RBI double to cut the deficit in half, but unfortunately on this day he was stranded there and team Dark Horse would sneak off with a 12-11 win.
King of the North: Kai Browner: (Yankee Clippers) 3-3, two triples and a double, slugging percentage off the charts.