Scorpions are one of the best stories in co-ed softball this year. A recent
character in that tale is Jeremy Forbes. The Spotts native joined the team last
month and has seen the side leap to the upper echelons of the 2010 Fall Co-Ed
Softball League. The Scorpions are in first place in the C division and
suffered its first loss this season last Thursday in an inter-league game against
B league newcomer Ogiers Bats From Hell.
Forbes, 25, had a good showing in
that match with a couple of hard-hit balls and decent play at first base.
He teamed up well with established
softball player Eric Stachelski and hoopster Terry Ballard, both did good at
the plate and in the field. Forbes states the loss more than likely came from
“I think we came in a little bit
anxious because we were caught up in playing a B team instead of just another
game,” Forbes said. “Also we were still unbeaten and I think we felt pressure
to keep it that way. We lost a little focus even though we always start off on
a bad foot and regain our footing.”
For PWC its 6-1 record so far is a
vast improvement over its last five co-ed league campaigns. The side went four
straight seasons, which works out to two years, without winning a single
regular season game. Last season the team got some new players like Minori
Honda and saw its fortunes change as the squad had a 4-8 record.
Forbes, who works as a financial
accountant for the Portfolio of External and Internal Affairs, just missed
glimpsing that suffering. He states he played for a B league team years ago.
“I played co-ed for a couple years
before I left to go to college. When I first got out of John Gray High school I
worked with Deloitte and played on their team for three years. Before that I
played in little league leading up to and during high school.
This is actually my first time I’m
playing in three years. I got in speeches with Alan (Markoff, the league
coordinator) who gave me a list of teams that needed players.
From there I spoke to Simon (Gill,
the team vice-captain) and I signed up.”
The Scorpions are next in action on
Tuesday 28 September in another inter-league match against B league side A.L. Thompson’s
That game will take place on field
three at 7.45pm. Both teams are familiar with each other as the Drills bypassed
PWC last season to win the C league and earn a promotion. In fact the schedule
doesn’t get much easier for the Scorpions with another inter-league match
against the KPMG Bounty Hunters and C league games against a decent DMTC
Rascals side and the vastly improved Electra-Tech Pure Energy.
Forbes is not worried about the
upcoming competition and feels PWC is in a good position.
“As a whole we’re very a strong and
diverse team. There is a lot of passion and positive vibes. We want to win and
we can continue to do well as long as we keep our passion alive.”