The KPMG Bounty Hunters improved to 2-0 with a 13-7 victory over Julius Baer in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams last week.
Bounty Hunters’ captain and all-around good guy Charles Pulcine could utter nothing but poetry in regards to his team’s effort.
‘The evening air was thick with tension as the unstoppable force of the KPMG Bounty Hunters clawed through the first few innings against the immovable object of the Julius Baer team,’ he said.
Pulcine singled out an RBI single by Chris ‘Neander’ Willemse and a great play at first base by Kevin ‘The Kerverator’ Ashworth as the keys to the victory.
In addition he thought the pitching of James Gibb was simply magical.
‘Da Baers, as they are called, have a powerful line-up and one of theier guys blasted a shot over the fence,’ he said. ‘But, for the most part, Gibby took them into Gibby’s world, keeping the batters guessing what to do with his confounding pitches.’
The defeat gave Julius Baer a proper welcome to the B-League. After winning the championship in the C-League last season, ‘Da Baers’ easily won their first two games in the B-League this season.
Julius Baer captain Fernando Villasin praised the Bounty Hunters.
‘It was an intense game and nice playing by KPMG,’ he said. ‘My team played like we were still in the C-League. I need to remind ‘Da Baers’ we’re in the B -League now.’
Caybrew beats a nemesis
KPMG’s A-League team didn’t fare as well as its B-League counterpart, falling in a heart-breaker to the Caybrew Chuggers 10-7.
The Chuggers, who improved to 2-0 on the season, trailed 7-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. However the squad rallied for five runs in the frame and held on for the win.
Chugger third baseman Mark Wallace didn’t live up to his promise of going four for four, primarily because he only batted three times.
But Wallace did go three for three with a solo home run and a key hit during the five-run sixth inning. He also made several fine plays at third base, one on a pirouette-and-throw move that would have made a ballerina proud.
‘He’s back,’ noted Chugger shortstop Donnie House, who turned in several dazzling plays during the game.
Caybrew right fielder Doug Sell also had a defensive gem by making a great shoestring catch that saved at least one run in the fifth inning.
The win marked the first time in several seasons that the Chuggers were able to defeat KPMG’s A-League.
‘They just seem to bring out the worst in us,’ said Chugger captain Alan Markoff. ‘It think it is [KPMG pitcher] Doug Harrell’s sky balls that get us.’
City Slickers lasso Ritz
In other B-League action, the City Slickers struck gold last Tuesday with a prize-worthy 23-6 win over the Ritz Carlton Jesters.
The win is a big step forward for the Slickers team, as they are coming off a 22-2 drubbing by B-League powerhouse Doghouse Bulldogs.
Though captain Rupert Whittaker was injured, the multi-sport athlete instructed the team well from the bench as the squad pulled off a number fine defensive plays and produced some smart at-bats.
Some of the stars on the night were Justin Wight (who showed his cricket background translates well to softball), David ‘Baggy’ Taylor (who displayed great quickness in spite of his baggy pants) and Dan Hiryok (who made a great diving catch that would make any sports media highlight reel).
In spite of the lopsided score Ritz played hard the whole game. The team made a significant rally in the sixth inning with some aggressive base running and powerful hits. However it would be too little, too late for the Jesters.
In other games, defending A-League champion Home Gas beat arch rival Cayman Coolers 15-10; the Master Batters finally played some defence and got into the win column after two losses with an 8-3 victory over Deloitte Canadian Bacon and PwC’s B-League team outlasted Dolphin Cove in a 19-17 barnburner.