This week’s softball round-up focuses on a tale of vengeance.
The Caybrew Chuggers had Wednesday 30 September circled on their calendars for a long time.
For about six months the Chuggers have been planning and scheming to avenge their 16-3 beat-down at the hands of the Doghouse Glovernauts.
March 23 was a nightmare for Caybrew, an A-League adult co-ed softball team by the B-League Glovernauts.
However last Wednesday at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town was all about the revenge of the Chuggers.
‘What really got our goat was the Facebook gloating of Mr. Furious after last season’s loss,’ said Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff. ‘We wanted a rematch and the stars aligned to make it happen.’
Motivated by retribution, the Chuggers responded with their best offensive and defensive effort of the season, crushing Doghouse 24-4.
‘Hell hath no fury like a Chugger scorned,’ said third baseman Mark Wallace.
Those fighting words prompted an ‘Amen’ from the Chuggers bench.
Offensively, Markoff backed up his talk by setting the tone for the Chuggers offense, as the old guy smacked two home runs and drove in four runs.
He required oxygen after the second homer.
‘Two home runs equates to 480 feet of running,’ said Markoff. ‘I haven’t done that in a long time.’
American football and hockey aficionado Colin Wilson added three hits and a home run while Andrea Hughes also had three hits and a home run while scoring four times.
‘A-Hug was huge in the game,’ said Markoff. ‘The top four people in the batting order scored 15 runs total and Andrea was a key part of that.’
Mark Wallace also had four hits and would have been a perfect five-for-five if Doghouse second base lady Morgan Malewicz hadn’t caught his blistering line drive.
All the Chuggers were impressed with the fine snatch, which would make any highlight reel.
The Chuggers defense, which hadn’t looked too good in the past couple of weeks, was settled down by the return of Donnie House, who had missed two games while trying out for the Toledo Mud Hens fall league team.
‘I was actually watching Ole Miss get their pants beat off,’ said House. ‘But that’s the excuse I gave for going AWOL.’
As it turns out, the other big match of the week would centre on revenge.
In another eagerly awaited rematch, Julius Baer got payback for their only loss of the season with a 19-13 victory over the KPMG Bounty Hunters.
The game started out like a gem for Julius Baer heading into the bottom of 3rd with a 10-1 lead.
However as Baers Coach Fernando Villasin said, the big lead did not work in ‘Da Bears’ favour.
‘We got too comfortable with the big lead and lost focus with our defense, which allowed KPMG to get back into the game.
‘We only had a one-run lead by the 5th inning,’ he said. ‘But the mighty Baers pulled together to smack a few more runs and held KPMG in check.’
Villasin said Julius Baer has a potent offense from top to bottom.
‘We have speedsters with power in Michael Carey, Renford Barnes, Jared Awe and Oliver Parker to name a few,’ he said. ‘When our fielding is clicking we are literally an immovable object because of the Da Bears powerful line-up.’
A host of games around the league provided some interesting results.
The Cayman Coolers held off a last-inning rally to hold off division frontrunners KM Ltd 14-13.
Coming into the match KM Ltd were on top of the Cassava division of the A league by a game.
From there the Hellcats continued to prove their flag football dominance transcends to all sports as they nipped newcomers Dolphin Cove in a classic slugfest 22-20.
The final score is actually a surprising one considering the Hellcats were tied for the fewest runs allowed in co-ed softball coming into the game.
Obviously Hellcats defensive guru Phil Brown has plenty to improve upon for this week’s game.
Jose’s Escape had a dominant outing against KPMG A as they rattled off an 18-6 win, Electratech Pure Energy zapped the PWC Scorpions 16-6, the Ritz-Carlton Jesters trumped Senor Frog’s 14-11 and the Master Batters cooked Deloitte Canadian Bacon 19-6.
Finally PwC B found a way to slip by surprise B division frontrunners the Anchor Construction City Slickers with a 14-12 win.
Coming up big for PWC were flag football stalwarts Craig Smith and Justin Miller. Smith had a handful of acrobatic catches in center-field while Miller shined with the bat in the later innings.
The loss is especially demoralising for the City Slickers who were in control of the game heading into the final two innings only to see some bad bounces lead to defeat.
Nevertheless the squad saw some good hitting from local athletes David Taylor, Johnny Johnson Jr. and Thomas Wood.
Games continue this week Monday through Thursday from 6:30pm to roughly 10pm.