The KPMG Bounty Hunters declared open season on the Hellcats with a 22-6 beat down in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams.
The victory kept the Bounty Hunter’s slim division championship hopes alive. They trail Julius Baer by two games with three games remaining.
KPMG’s Wednesday night victory revenged an earlier season loss to the Hellcats. Bounty Hunters Coach Charles Pulcine said his team wasn’t deterred by the ferocious Hellcats.
‘They strolled onto the field with their Hellcat swagger, in their red jerseys, dragging the beer cooler to the dugout like a caveman dragging a kill,’ he said. ‘But we were focused on revenge.’
In spite of pitches with freakish hang-time by the Hellcat pitcher Adrean Russell, fireworks ensued from the beginning of the game, as batter after batter mashed the ball for the Bounty Hunters.
On defence, KPMG was equally impressive, turning in a club-record two double plays, thanks to the lightning-fast glove-work by shortstop Martyn Banks.
The KPMG ladies also came to play. Odie Markrygianis was a bright shining star making plays and directing outfield traffic.
Danielle Ebanks started rolling with a pop fly catch at the catcher position and followed with a trip around the bases on offence.
To round out the evening, Sahana Vaidya smacked her first ever infield home run, giving her much joy and stories to tell her friends.
Chuggers turn sluggers
The Caybrew Chuggers, who suffered through some early-season offensive woes, put up big numbers for the second straight week, shellacking the KPMG A-league team 22-8.
The game was over all mostly before it began, as Caybrew tallied nine runs in the top of the first inning, capped off with a grand slam by David Gibb.
Caybrew added five more runs in the second inning and three in the third to open up a 17-3 lead and then they coasted from there.
Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff said he didn’t know what got into the Chuggers, who have outscored their opponents 46-12 in their past two games.
‘We’ve been ripping, that’s for sure,’ he said. ‘But I’m just as pleased about the improvement in our defence.’
Andrea Hughes continued her hot hitting with three hits and three RBIs and Gibb went 4 for 4 with 6 RBIs to pace the Chuggers offensively.
Caybrew leadoff hitter Mark Wallace, who scored five runs against KPMG-A has 12 hits in his last 13 at-bats, analysed the situation.
‘If we can average 16 to 18 runs a game and give up less than 10 every game, we’re going to win a lot of ballgames,’ he said.
The victory kept the Chuggers one game back of division-leading KM Ltd. in the A-2 division with two games remaining for each team.
Those two teams face off on the last night of the regular season on 29 October, in a game which could very likely decide the division champion.
Throughout the week there would be a number of other interesting games with playoff implications.
PWC B took down Pure Energy 21-14 to keep pace in the tense Silver Thatch division. The two division leaders ahead of them lost, allowing PWC to be just one game out of first.
One of those division front-runners who helped PWC was Doghouse who lost a tough 17-11 game to Julius Baer.
Offense was no in short supply in the game and with both defenses making good plays by and by the match came down to a few bounces that went in favour of Julius Baer.
Senor Frogs had an offensive explosion as it beat the PWC Scorpions 25-13.
With another win via forfeit earlier in the week the team is right in the thick of the B division playoff picture as they stand tied with the Hellcats.
Jose’s Escape kept pace in the A division with a solid 19-15 win over the Cayman Coolers. The division rivals came to play, doing a lot of the fundamentals right.
Runs would pour in at ever turn and it was only a good defensive stand late that allowed Jose’s to escape with the win.
Another crucial A League game saw Home Gas beat a struggling Deloitte Canadian Bacon sided 20-11.
The victory allows Home Gas to temporarily be in control of the A League’s Breadfruit division.
Maples Sluggers got a key victory during the week with a 25-15 beat-down of PWC B.
For Maples the win keeps them firmly in the playoff picture and just a game back out of first in the win column.
The last game of the week would see a monumental upset. B division cellar dwellers the Ritz Carlton Jesters took down frontrunners the Anchor Construction City Slickers 6-5 in extra innings.
The Jesters refused to surrender in spite of spectacular defensive plays from the City Slickers. Eventually the Jesters’ bats came up with the clutch hits and flustered the Slickers.
With the win Ritz Carlton are one game below .500 and firmly in the playoff discussion.