The Americo Life Insurance Chuggers finished a good week with a convincing 20-8 victory over previously undefeated Canadian Bacon in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams last Wednesday.
That win, combined with a 37-7 victory over PricewaterhouseCoopers on Monday, clinched a play-off spot for Americo, which improved its record to 8-3.
In the game against Canadian Bacon (9-1), Americo jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead, added four more in the second and pretty much put the game away with seven runs in the third inning to extend the lead to 16-1. 13 of Americo’s runs scored to that point came with two outs.
‘We hit well, especially in the clutch with two outs,’ said Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff.
Americo, which has now won three in a row after losing two in a row for the first time in three seasons, appears ready for the play-offs.
‘We’re playing better,’ said Markoff. ‘We beat a good team, but we have to remember they were missing a few key players. I guess you could say we beat the Bacon bits.’
Leading the Chuggers’ charge offensively in the game were Stephen Ebanks (4 for 4 with 4 runs and 3 RBI), William Foster (3 for 3 with 4 runs, 5 RBI and a home run) and Steve Walsh (2 for 2 with a home run.
In the earlier game of the week, PWC put an early scare in the Chuggers as their first two batters hit home runs and they opened up a 5-0 first inning lead.
But the Chuggers came right back with six runs of their own in the bottom of the first, all scoring after there were two outs.
PWC scored one run in the second to tie the game at six, however the Chuggers outscored them 31-1 after that, tallying 8 runs in the third inning, 7 in the fourth and 7 in the sixth.
Chuggers Chris Kirkconnell broke out of a season-long slump in the game, going 3 for 3 with a home run.
‘He looked like Adonis running the bases,’ said Chugger Rachel Smyth. ‘His hair was flowing in the wind.’
Smyth suffered a tailbone injury scoring a run in the fourth inning, and was forced to sit out the Canadian Bacon game. ‘We’ve been a pain in the rear to her all year, so I’m sure she’s used to it,’ said Kirkconnell.
Other offensive stars in the game included Mark Wallace (5 for 6 with 5 runs and a home run), Alan Markoff (5 for 5 with 5 runs, 4 RBI and two triples) and Dooley Anderson (3 for 3 with a home run and a bunch of RBI).
Americo next takes on Fortis on Wednesday, their last game before the holiday break.
It will be Emily Schutt Hugs and Kisses Night at the Field of Dreams in honour of the Americo infielder’s last game with the team, as she was called up to the Tibet Yetis AAA club in Nepal. The first 750 males 18 and over attending the game Wednesday receive hugs and kisses from the popular Chuggers second baseman, as well as an autographed napkin.