The Digicel Chuggers had everything they could handle with Ernst & Young, but prevailed in a hard-fought game to win 16-12 in co-ed softball play-off action at the Field of Dreams last week.
The Chuggers advanced to the second round of the play-offs with the win, and will play Kirk Freeport tonigh.
After finishing the season with the league’s best record at 11-1, the Chuggers looked like they might get upset by the eighth seeded E&Y team.
Digicel trailed 6-5 going into the bottom of the fourth inning as their offence struggled with the exception of home runs by Doug Sell and Alan Markoff.
But the Chuggers scored three in the fourth inning, three in the fifth and five in the sixth inning to take a 16-9 lead going into the final frame. E&Y made it interesting, scoring three runs off of Mike ‘Wickman’ Webster, before a pair of ground outs to shortstop Donnie House finished the game.
House led the Chuggers offensively, scoring four runs. Alan Markoff went 2 for 2 with two runs and two RBI; Brendon Malice hit a home run and Neil Clements was on base four times.
Digicel Coach Alan Markoff was pleased with the victory.
‘We beat E&Y 24-10 earlier in the year, but they really came out to play this time,’ he said. ‘We could have gotten down after we trailed early in the game, but just as we have all season, we fought back.’
In other first round play-off games at the Field of Dreams, KM Ltd. nipped the Ritz-Carlton team 13-12 on a walk-off ground-rule double; Canadian Bacon shocked the #1-seeded team in the A-league with a 15-9 victory; Café del Sol shut out Citi 13-0; Senor Frogs narrowly defeated Conyers Dill and Pearman 18-17 and LOM/Caybrew out-slugged Andro 30-20.
The play-offs conclude this week, with the semi-finals Monday and Tuesday and the championship game s on Wednesday.