Maples down KPMG in classic

Brad ‘Bambino’ Snell hit a walk-off
three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Maples rallied to
beat KPMG A 11-10 in co-ed softball action at the Field of Dreams last week.

Trailing 10-5 going into the bottom
of the seventh, Maples got hits from Shawn Pitterson, Tammy Jennissen, Shannon Emslie, Eckard McField and
Marc Randall to bring the game to within two runs before Snell jacked KPMG A
pitcher Doug Harrell’s first pitch over the left field fence.

With the win the Sluggers now sport
a winning record at 4-4 and are firmly in second place in the B1 division
behind 7-3 Triple Crown.

KPMG meanwhile are now 4-6 and in
third place in the A2 division. The squad is just a game up on the 3-5 Global
Baers and three games back (in the win column) of the 6-3 AL Thompson’s
Hammers.

The Island Taste Hot Stuff moved
into a tie for first place with Home Gas in the A1 division by winning both of
its games last week, 21-15 over Triple Crown and 23-11 over KPMG A.

The game against Triple Crown was a
close one with the lead changing several times, said Hot Stuff Coach Rob Duty.

Island Taste opened the scoring
with two runs but Triple Crown came right back with three of their own.

After the Hot Stuff took a 7-5 lead
in third inning, Triple Crown stormed back to take a 10-7 lead in the bottom of
the fifth.

“We then retook the lead in the top of the 6th,
13 to 10, and never looked back,” said Duty, adding that Island Taste scored
eight runs in the top of the seventh to seal the game.

The
Hot Stuff’s game on Thursday was easier as they scored eight runs in the first
inning and six runs in the second inning and ultimately won by the mercy rule.

The
Coors Light Chuggers won their fifth straight game, taking care of the Doghouse
Glovernauts 18-6 Wednesday night. The Chuggers have outscored opponents 85-32
over the five games of their winning streak.

The
Chuggers were given an early lift when Donnie House, who wasn’t expected to
play because his wife had given birth that morning, made it to the game just in
time.

“Now
that’s dedication,” said Coach Alan Markoff.

House
responded by hitting a home run for his new son Logan House.

“That
one was for the little guy,” he said afterwards.

Coors
Light also had a three-run home run by David Gibb, as well as a four-hit game
by Chris Orlandini.  Ralda Paulse made
several great plays at second base. The win puts Coors Light squarely in first
place in the A2 division at 7-3.

In
other games last week, Walkers nipped the A.L. Thompson Drills 11-10 to remain
in first place in the B2 Division. The KPMG Bounty Hunters are in second place
at 5-4.

Walkers
have the best record in the B league at 7-2 thanks to scoring the most runs
(158) while giving up the fewest (80).

Jose’s
Escape just got by the resurgent Global Baers 14-13 for their fourth win of the
season. Jose’s are just 4-6 and in the cellar of the A1 division.

A.L.
Thompson’s Hammers outlasted Triple Crown 12-10 and the RCGC Lions beat the PwC
Scorpions 11-8 to sport an impressive 7-3 record.

With
the win Ritz Carlton are on top of the C league as the Lions are a game ahead
of the 6-3 AL Thompson Drills and four games (in the win column) ahead of the
4-6 Scorpions.

After
games through Wednesday 31 March, the league shuts down until 6 April for the
Easter break.  Teams then wind up their
regular season before the play-offs start 12 April.

Programme
coordinator Alan Markoff said there were a lot of divisional battles still
going on.

“With
only two weeks left, not a single play-off seed has been definitively
determined,” he said. “That tells you how competitive the division races have
been this season.”

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