Softball in full swing

The fall co-ed softball season began last week with a full slate of games.

In the A-League, Jose’s Escape revenged its loss in last year’s championship by soundly defeating Home Gas 14-3.

Stellar pitching and defense held the defending champs, who were without several key members, to just three runs.

Jordan Hartmann, who is captaining Jose’s this year said pitcher Al Lovinggood was in mid-season form.

‘They just couldn’t connect with Al’s curveball and to have 10 straight outs against Home Gas is unheard of,’ he said.

‘Captain Jordo’, as Hartmann is called, went 3 for 3 himself including an inside the park home-run.

Mark Soto, who has completely recovered from a self-inflicted broken arm last season, came back strong going 2 for 3.

When given a hard time by his teammates about his lack of speed around the bases, Lovinggood replied, ‘Running is an unnatural act, except from your enemies and to the bathroom!’

Chuggers squeak by

The Caybrew Chuggers started their season off with a hard-fought 8-5 victory against the I & I Trojans (formerly Vivendi Cabaret) who moved up to the A league after winning the B league championship last year.

Down a run going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Chuggers scored five runs keyed by hits from new team member Chris Orlandini, Brendon Malice, Donnie House and Neil Clements.

Kristen Mandish led off the inning by legging out an infield triple.

The game featured a rarity in slow-pitch softball as five men struck out in the game, four of them swinging. Three of those men who struck out swinging were Chuggers. All were victim to the magical arm of Trojans’ pitcher Bobby Boggess.

Strike-out victim Mark Wallace thought the high arc on Boggess’ pitches was making them fall faster.

‘Those balls had to be moving at least 32 feet per second,’ he said. ‘That’s pretty fast I think.’

Wallace, who went 0 for 3, vowed to do better in the Chuggers next game.

‘I’m going 4 for 4, baby. Even if I only get up three times,’ he said.

Other action

In other first-week games Julius Baer, which moved up to the B league after winning the C league last season, won big against the Hellcats 13-4.

The KPMG Bounty Hunters slipped by their arch rivals PwC B 15-12 and KM Ltd defeated KPMG A 17-15 in a tight game.

1 – Group

The strike-out victims were, from left: Neil Clements, Andrea Hughes, Mark Wallace, Pen Reed and Stacey Hood. – PHOTO: SUBMITTED

2 – Bobby

Bobby Boggess is full of tricks on the mound. – PHOTO: MATTHEW YATES