The Le Bleu Drinkers evened a year-long grudge by walloping Aon Insurance 25-10 in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dream on 3 April.
The 25 runs were the most scored by the Le Bleu team over the past two season and allowed the Drinkers improve to 3-0 on the season.
Last season, the Aon team, with a different name, handed the Le Bleu team (then called Americo Life Insurance) one of its only two regular season losses with a 21-9 beating, the worst defeat of the season for Americo.
‘Just like ultra pure Le Bleu drinking water, revenge is best served cold,’ said catcher Laine Smyth. ‘We wanted this game badly. I didn’t even go to the beach beforehand.’
Le Bleu looked like they wanted to win from the beginning.
They scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and six in the third to open up a 12-0 lead.
Aon got on the scoreboard with three in the bottom of the third, but the Drinkers came right back with six in the fourth inning to forge an 18-3 lead.
To their credit, Aon did not give up.
Needing to scores six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to avoid a mercy-rule knock out, Aon did just that, scoring most of those runs with two outs.
A long two-run home run by Big Bopper scored the fifth and sixth runs of the inning, keeping the game going and giving Aon a ray of hope.
Any hope of a big comeback was erased, however, when the Drinkers added seven runs in the top of the seventh.
Le Bleu was led offensively by Stephen Ebanks, who went 5 for 6 with two home runs and nine RBIs.
‘I kept my eye on the fruit just like Blockbuster told me to,’ said Ebanks. ‘I guess it worked.’
Pat Haag also went 5 for 6 with five runs and five RBIs.
Lead-off hitter Mark Wallace, trying to put the swirling controversy about his possibly taking vitamin supplements during the off-season behind him, added three hits and scored four runs.
‘It’s all about the water,’ said Wallace. ‘When we are properly hydrated with refreshing Le Bleu, no one can stop us.’
Next up for the Drinkers is PriceWaterhouseCoopers on 17 April.