The Le Bleu Drinkers had to dig out of a huge hole, but managed to defeat Walkers anyway by a score of 15-9 in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams last Sunday.
Stephen Ebanks and Pat Haag each had four hits to lead the Drinkers at the plate.
Walkers, who batted first, took advantage of three early defensive errors and before anyone could even say ‘Le Bleu is ultra pure’ the Drinkers were trailing 5-0.
After Walkers’ first five batters scored, however, Le Bleu settled down defen-sively. The Drinkers answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first which featured a two-run single by Richard Maragh.
Walkers scored a run in the second to go up 6-3, but the Drinkers took the lead for good with a 6-run third. Key hits in the inning in-cluded an RBI triple by Alan Markoff, and RBI single by Stephen Ebanks and a RBI single by Priscilla Miller.
Walkers closed the gap to 9-8 with two runs in the fifth, but the Drinkers re-sponded with three runs in the bottom of the frame, and added three more in the sixth inning.
The Drinkers suffered several leg-muscle injuries during the game, with Mal Awe, Pat Haag and Mark Wallace all limping off the field in the end.
‘Quadriceps were popping like guitar strings out there,’ quipped Haag. ‘With all the groaning, it sounded like the Wisconsin Cheese Fair on a hot sum-mer day with no breeze.’
The muscle injury to Wallace renewed suspicions of his possibly taking vitamin sup-plements during the off season.
When called ‘GNC’ dur-ing one plate appearance, Wallace quickly retorted ‘Call me blockbuster.’
Wallace blamed the muscle pull instead on drinking the wrong kind of liquid before the game. ‘I should have had some refreshing Le Bleu drinking water,’ he said. ‘Instead I opted for a carbonated multi-grained beverage. I should have known better.’
The Drinkers have a bye next week and then the league shuts down for the Easter holiday.
‘We need the off time to get healthy again,’ said Drinker’s coach Alan Markoff. ‘Obviously, some members of the team don’t understand the importance of stretching properly before a game once they’ve officially gone over the hill.’