The Coors Light Chuggers have started of the first two games of the adult co-ed softball season winning as many games as they did all last season.
Following a trip to the championship game in the fall 2010 season, the Chuggers suffered through a dismal 2-10 season last year. Now in the B-League, the Chuggers have reload with new roster additions and won their first two games of the young season to land atop the B1 division standings.
It didn’t look good for Coors Light in the first game against the Master Batters, as they fell behind 5-0 by the second inning. Then the Chuggers’ defense, a strong part of the team in past season up until the past winter season, reasserted itself, keeping the potent Master Batters line up off the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
The Chuggers’ offense came alive in the fourth inning as they scored five runs, tying the game. They added another pair of runs in the fifth inning and held on to win 7-5.
The game featured four double plays – two by each team – and the game ended on a rare 5-4-3 double play, as second baseman Andrea Hughes fired a strike to first base on a good pivot after a nice play by third baseman Mark Wallace.
Chuggers’ coach Alan Markoff said his ladies were the difference.
“All three of our girls came up big in the field. Andrea made several good plays besides turning the game-ending double play, and right fielder Cheyenna Stewart was busy all game, catching something like six balls,” he said. “Catcher Christina Hefner also made a nice play to track down a foul pop up to end an inning.”
Offensively, the Chuggers showed some rust, but Wil Pineau went 3-for-3. In this week’s game, however, the Coors Light offense was in high gear, opening up a 14-0 lead after four innings and then coasting to a 16-9 win over Deloitte.
“Our infield defense was brilliant early on,” said Markoff. “And the offense was firing on all cylinders. It was a very good win for us. Hopefully, we can keep it up.”
Pineau followed up his first game offense with three hits in his first three at-bats to start the season 6 for 6 before finally making an out in the sixth inning.
In a shocking result this week, KM Ltd. won by mercy rule 12-0 over Home Gas and team captain Peter Whittaker, handing the defending A-League champions perhaps their worst loss ever.
KM Ltd. captain David Nielsen said the new rule designed to shorten the games and save on electricity costs, played a part in the win.
“We got lucky,” he said. “They seemed a bit rusty. But the 1-1 count start is what beat them. My first pitches were hitting the plate from 30-plus feet up. They were down two strikes and it really messed with their physics.”
Nielsen said Home Gas went three up and three down in three of the five innings, and that they left the bases loaded the other two innings.
“It was really a nice win,” he said.
KM Ltd. has started the season 2-0 and look like a legitimate contender.