Caybrew froth over Master Batters

Co-ed softball held its opening
games last week at the Field of Dreams.

The highlight of the action was the
Caybrew Chuggers continuing their mastery of the Master Batters with a 22-8 win
last Wednesday.

Caybrew opened up a 7-2 lead in the
first two innings, only to have the Master Batters storm back to tie the game
with a five-run rally, capped by a home run by Scott “The Goose” Gossen.

With Caybrew clinging to a 10-8
lead in the bottom of the fourth inning and the game still in the balance, the
Chuggers scored seven runs to blow the game wide open.

The Caybrew offence was led by six
players with three hits.  Brendon Malice led
the way with a 3 for 4 outing punctuated by a home run and 3 RBIs. Neil
Clements was 3-4 with two doubles and Rob Harris was 3-4 with two doubles, a triple
and 4 RBIs.

A couple of players had a flawless
day at the dish. Alan Markoff was
3-3 with two triples and 3 RBIs, David “Captain Single” Gibb was 3-3 with a surprising
double and Mark Wallace was 3-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs.

Chuggers player/coach Alan Markoff said he was pleased with his team’s
overall performance.

“There were times when our defence
looked like the Bad News Bears, like the time the errant throw from the
outfield got by four different fielders,” he said. “But our offence didn’t show
any signs of rust from the two-month off-season.   We scored runs in bunches and we weren’t
held scoreless in any inning. I can’t complain about that.”

The win continued Caybrew’s
dominance over the Master Batters, who have never beaten the Chuggers squad
going back to when the two teams were in the B league together in 2005.

Last season, the Chuggers defeated
the Master Batters twice, including an 11-10 nail-biter in the play-offs.

In an epic battle
of noble warriors, the Island Taste Hot Stuff nipped Jose’s Escape 17-15.

 Team Escape took the lead in the first inning
and held it until the fourth inning. But sterling defence by Island Taste kept
the game close and the Hot Stuff came back to tie the game. 

Island Taste
took the lead in the top of the seventh inning and held on against the meat of
Jose’s batting order to win the game.

Al Lovinggood
of Jose’s commented on how all the young blood for Hot Stuff (who were called the
Coolers last season) added to their team.

“Their average
age when from like 50 to 12,” he said.

In other week
one action, the KPMG Bounty Hunters squeaked by ElectraTech Pure Energy 13-12,  Home Gas won a rematch of last season’s A
league championship with a 14-10 win over KM Ltd and KPMG A gave Swiss and
Global/Julius Baer a rude welcome to the A League with a 18-11 win.

Matches continue this week in George Town. Tonight sees
a pair of teams in action at 8:15pm. The Pub Crawlers face Deloitte in a B
league clash while Master Batters take on KPMG A.