Le Bleu rallies

The Le Bleu Drinkers rallied from a 6-0 first-inning deficit to defeat Deloitte 13-10 in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams on Sunday.

Alan Markoff

Le Bleu’s Alan Markoff delivers a strike against Deloitte in Saturday’s co-ed softball league action.
Photo: Guy P. Harrison

The victory allowed the Drinkers (6-1) to get back on the winning track after suffering their first loss of the season against UBS on 8 May.

Early in Sunday’s game, it looked like Le Bleu would have a two-game losing streak to deal with.

Deloitte came out hitting and their first six batters scored before the top of the first inning was over.

‘The way they were hitting early, I thought they might score 40 runs on us,’ said Le Bleu pitcher Alan Markoff.

The Drinkers answered right back with three runs of their own, with Markoff hitting a two-run triple in the inning.

Deloitte kept hitting in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs to take an 8-3 lead.

Things stayed that way until the bottom of third, when Le Bleu rallied for six runs.

Pat Haag had a two-run homer, Steve Walsh a two-run double, and the Drinkers picked up two more runs on a pair of bases loaded walks.

Down 9-8, Deloitte tied the game up; in the top of the fourth inning when Jackie Novak smashed a home run over Stephen Ebanks’ head.

‘I had a bead on it, but I lost it in the sun,’ explained Ebanks.

The Drinkers answered back with four runs in the bottom of the inning, with Haag and Ebanks both driving in runs with hits and William Foster cap-ping things off with a two-run home run.

Brian McCarthy hit a solo home run for Deloitte in the fifth inning to round out the scoring.

After the shaky start, the Le Bleu defence settled down and made a number of outstanding plays, several with Deloitte base-runners in scoring position.

Key to the Drinkers’ big third and fourth innings were lead-off walks taken by Mark Wallace.

‘I’m not walking again,’ exclaimed Wallace before weakly bouncing out to the second baseman in the sixth inning.

Wallace has been the centre of controversy as it has been rumoured that he took vitamin supplements to strengthen himself in the off-season.

On Sunday, Wallace seemed to finally acknowledge the fact.

‘What’s wrong with a little vitamin B supplement?’ he asked. ‘They’re very good for endurance. At least that’s what the girls tell me.’

Catcher Laine Smyth said she had no problems with Wallace taking vitamin B supplements

‘As long as he washes them down with ultra pure Le Bleu drinking water, they’re fine’ she said. ‘He’d better not be taking them with that Aquafina stuff though.’

Coach Markoff said Sunday’s win was an important one for the Drinkers.

‘We have some very tough opponents left on the schedule and we really needed to get our confidence back after our first loss,’ he said.

‘This team has shown all season that we can battle back from being behind,’ Markoff said. ‘I just wish we didn’t make such a habit of being behind by so much, so early in the game.’

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