Neil Clements doesn’t want to hear a word about Hurricane Ike.
The Caybrew Chuggers pitcher hit a two-out, opposite field grand slam at the Field of Dreams last week to tie the game and set up an exciting finish with KM Ltd.
He denies the home run, his first one to the opposite field since joining the team, was aided by the strong breezes caused by Hurricane Ike’s passing the island.
‘That ball was hit so hard, even the wind got out of the way,’ agreed Chuggers coach Alan Markoff.
‘Ike took a hike for that one,’ agreed Chuggers utility man Mark Wallace.
True to their early-season form, the Chuggers needed their offence in gear because their defence is still on holiday.
‘Errors? What errors?,’ commented shortstop Donnie House in defence of the defence. ‘I didn’t see any errors.’
‘Our problem is that we don’t start drinking delicious and refreshing ice-cold Caybrew until after the games starts,’ said Markoff. ‘Once the Caybrew sets in, we start playing better and don’t make as many errors.
For the game, Clements went 3 for 4 with three runs and 4 RBI. Markoff also went 3 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBI and David Gibb sent 2 for 2.
Clements third inning grand slam allowed the Chuggers to rally from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game.
The game went back and forth with the Chuggers holding a 13-12 lead going into the bottom of the last inning.
After the first KM Ltd. batter made an out, successive hits and a walk loaded the bases. The Chuggers brought the infield and a the KM Ltd. batter smashed it to House, who threw the ball to Chuggers catcher Kristen Mandish.