Angel caps Chuggers’ rally

An improbable comeback was the talk
of the town in co-ed softball at the Field of Dreams last week.

Alex Angel delivered a two-out,
walk-off single driving in Donnie House with the winning run as the Coors Light
Chuggers overcame a eleven run deficit in the fifth inning to defeat Home Gas

The victory gave the Chuggers, 8-4,
the A2 division title while forcing 9-3 Home Gas to settle for second place in
the A1 division.

Chuggers Coach Alan Markoff said he
didn’t know how his team came back, especially since they were close to having
the 11-run mercy rule brought in force.

“I was just hoping we wouldn’t get
mercied,” Markoff said. “Then all of a sudden, we were only four runs down and
it was game on.”

Coors Light got off to a terrible
start as Home Gas opened up a 9-0 lead going into the bottom of the fourth.
They extended the lead to 12-1 in the fifth inning before the Chuggers’ bats
finally awoke. 

Aided by some costly Home Gas
errors, Coors Light scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to narrow the
score to 12-8.

After Home Gas scored a run in the
sixth, the Chuggers came right back with three more to cut the deficit to two
at 13-11.

Home Gas scored one more run in the
top of the seventh to set the stage for Angel’s heroics. Other Chuggers played
a key part in the last-inning rally. 

After Mark Wallace and Brendon
Malice hit solo inside-the-park home runs to make it a one-run game, Chris
Orlandini’s drive to the left-centerfield gap was hauled in for the second
out.  It was up to Ralda Paulse, who had
her own cheering section for the game, to keep the game going. 

She came through, hitting a
two-strike pitch hard on the ground that the shortstop couldn’t field cleanly,
causing him to rush and throw low to first base. House followed with a triple
into the right-center gap, scoring Paulse to tie the game.

Angel then quickly ended any idea
of extra innings, smashing a line drive single to centre to end the game and
send Coors Light into a wild celebration. Even the Chuggers players were

“This was our biggest win ever,”
said Neil Clements after the game.

“That was unbelievable,” said David

Markoff agreed.

“It was our biggest comeback ever
and to do it against the six-time defending champions Home Gas, a team we have
never beaten in eight or nine tries, was really remarkable,” he said. “And to
win the division with the victory made it even sweeter.”

The Chuggers have had a couple of
big comebacks this season. Against the 10-3 Island Taste Hot Stuff, the
Division A1 champions, they came back from an 8-run deficit in the second

“Comebacks are great,” said
Markoff. “But in the play-offs I’d just as soon play with some nice big leads
if possible.”

Coors Light won’t play again until
Monday April 19 when they will face the winner of the Master Batters/Swiss
Global game. 

Elsewhere the A.L. Thompson’s
Drills squeaked by the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Lions 5-4 to win the C-League
regular season title. The two teams had 8-3 records going into the game.

The two teams have formed one of
the best rivalries in the co-ed league this year, with each winning two of the
four games they have played against each other. After they traded blow outs in
their first two meetings, they both came back to win 5-4 games against the

The two teams will square off again
at least once in the play-offs and, depending on the play of the PWC Scorpions,
possibly vie for the post-season championship as well.

In other action last week, Triple
Crown wrapped up its B1 division title season by getting past the Global Baers

DogHouse bounced back from a
late-season slump with a 16-15 win over PwC B and the Island Taste Hot Stuff
won the A1 division by defeating KM Ltd 15-6.