Chris Kirkconnell went 4-for-4 and
drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the seventh inning as
Jose’s Escape won for the first time defeating the Caybrew Chuggers 7-3.
With the scored tied 3-3 heading
into the final inning of a tight defensive game, Jose’s had two outs with a
runner on first when the wheels came off the Chuggers’ defence.
A bobbled ground ball put runners
at first and second for Kirkconnell, who slapped the ball into left field for a
base hit. The ball was quickly relayed
to the infield and then thrown home in plenty of time to get the runner trying
to score, but the ball was muffed at home plate.
Two more errors followed, allowing
four runs to score in total.
Chuggers coach Alan Markoff was
disappointed in his team. Six of the Escapee’s
runs were the result of errors.
“Any time you make four errors over
the course of five batters, it’s not good,” he said. “Up until that time, we’d
been playing our best defensive game of the year.
“But ultimately, when you only
score three runs in a slow-pitch softball game, you really don’t deserve to
Escapee’s pitcher Al Lovinggood held the Chuggers’
offence down. Six of the Chuggers batters had no hits, six had only one hit and
only Markoff and Chris Orlandini had two hits.
Lovinggood was ecstatic after the
“I’m just happy to be here,” he
said. “I hope I can help the club. We gotta play ’em one day at a time
and the good Lord willing, things will work out.”
A new team over in the C-League,
the A.L. Thompson’s Drills, slipped by B league club ElectraTech Pure Energy
Home Gas remained undefeated in the
A-League with a 17-6 win over the Global Baers.
The KPMG Bounty Hunters outlasted
PwC B 20-19.
Triple Crown remained undefeated in
the first division of the B-League with a 10-3 victory over the Maples Sluggers
and Walkers remained undefeated in the second division of the B-League with an
18-3 win over the RCGC Lions.
Games across all three leagues
continue this week and next week at the Field of Dreams facility in George