The Digicel Chuggers clinched the Silver Thatch division title and the number one seed in the play-offs with two impressive wins in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams last week.
Shorthanded last Monday, the Chuggers overcame a 17-7 third-inning deficit to beat the Master Batters for the second time this season 31-26. Earlier in October, Digicel overcame a four-run deficit against the Master Batters, winning with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.
‘We just seem to have their number,’ said Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff. ‘They play us tough, but we just seem to find ways to win in the end.’
In last Monday’s game, that way was with hitting. Mike Webster reached base safely six times and scored each time, setting a Chuggers’ record for runs scored. Mark Wallace scored five runs and Donnie House scored four as well. Only Wallace made an out in the 18 plate appearances of the top three hitters.
‘When your top three batters score 15 runs in a single game, you know you’re going to have a chance to win,’ said Markoff
The other hitting star was Christina Hefner, who hit her first home run and also added a triple in a key 7-run sixth inning that put the Chuggers up for good.
Hefner kept up the hot hitting two days later against Ernst & Young, smacking two more triples as Digicel cruised to a 29-10 victory.
Mike Webster’s streak of reaching base 18 consecutive times ended when he popped out to the shortstop in the fourth inning, but he still managed to score four runs in the game, as did Mark Wallace and Donnie House.
Now 10-1 on the season, the Chuggers will face the number-eight seed in the B-League, Ernst and Young, in the first round of the play-offs, which are scheduled to begin next Tuesday.