By Tim “Shoe” Sullivan
Both coed softball games were blowouts at Moore Barn Memorial Monday night.
Now then, let’s say you are on the Shoe Crew and you’re playing Team BAMF. Your team gets 19 hits. They get 13 hits. Your team has two doubles, two triples, and a 3-run homer. They get 3 doubles, a triple and no homers.
Shoe Crew should win by a bunch, right?
Nope. Team BAMF won, 19-9.
Oh, we forgot to mention the walks. The Shoe Crew had no walks. None. Zero. Team BAMF had 16 walks.
“It was really windy, and our hitters had a good eye up there,” said BAMF manager Christopher Ashland. “Hey, if they weren’t gonna throw strikes, we didn’t mind walking all day.”
“The wind really picked up,” said Erin Laffe, who had three of the walks for BAMF. “One of those pitches to me almost hit the backstop.”
Kimberley Brockman went one better and walked four times. Her four walks in one game tied the Moore Barn Memorial record as Danita Briggs (now Ashland) had four strolls last year for BAMF and “Cha” Pagels, now Amanda Braaten, coaxed four walks playing in a game for Lucky’s five years ago.
The walk-fest started for Team BAMF in the second inning. The winners scored seven runs on four hits. The rally included Graham Edwardson’s triple, Brad Ashland’s double, singles by Lakyn Lloyd and Corey Blake, and walks to Chris Ashland, Jake Bailey, Kimberley Brockman and Morgan Edwardson.
And BAMF’s fourth inning was a real dandy. To recap, after one out, Graham Edwardson walked. Then Erin Laffe walked. Brad Ashland followed with a walk. Danita Ashland picked up an RBI by walking. Christopher Ashland walked. Lakyn Lloyd walked. Jake Bailey walked. And Kimberley Brockman walked.
They had eight straight walks. Erin Laffe walked twice in the same inning, and Corey Blake and Graham Edwardson both smacked doubles. Nine runs on two hits.
“There was nothing I could do about it,” volunteer home plate umpire Jesse “The Legend” Higgins remarked. “The Crew’s pitchers just couldn’t find the plate. They really missed Kyle Norwood, their regular hurler.”
Graham Edwardson was a beast at the plate for BAMF as he belted two doubles, a triple and a home run. And yes, he also walked. Corey Blake and Lakyn Lloyd each added three hits.
The Shoe Crew got three hits from Max DeLap (two doubles and a triple), Andy Horst (single, double, and triple, Kelsey Holderman (on loan from Airport), and Jared Shilka. Joe Kinsella, Tammy King and Spencer Bell contributed two hits each.
Team BAMF STATS: Graham Edwardson: Double, triple, walk, double, homer (solo shot in sixth); Erin Laffe: three walks); Brad Ashland: single, double, walk; Danita Ashland: walk; Christopher Ashland: two walks; Lakyn Lloyd: three singles, walk; Jake Bailey: winning pitcher; two walks, single; Kimberley Brockman: four walks (tied record by Amanda Pagels and Danita Briggs); Corey Blake: double, two singles; Morgan Edwardson: walk.
SHOE CREW STATS: Max DeLap: two doubles, triple; Melissa Dombrowski: single; Andy Horst: double, single, triple; Joe Kinsella: three-run homer in first, single; Tammy King: two singles; Jared Shilka: three singles; Kelsey Holderman: three singles; Spencer Bell: two singles. Amber Hintz: spotted a chipmunk in the dugout.
Time of Game: 58 minutes.
In the first game, Airport Bar remained undefeated (6-0) by hammering I’d Hit That (2-3), 21-4. They had 22 hits and five walks while IHT could only muster seven hits and two walks against Airport’s James Marthaler.
Airport Bar jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the first inning. Singles by Marthaler (a hitting machine), Josh Swan (back from the injured list), Kim Schmitz, Kyle Krieger, and Adam Lee were mixed in by walks to Abby Rottier, Tyler Mader, Meg Lee, and Stefanie Jackson.
The winners picked up seven more runs in the third on singles by Krieger, Kelsey Holderman, Rottier, Mader and Meg Lee sprinkled in between Adam Lee’s triple and James Marthaler’s long grand slam homer to center that just cleared the Point Bowl sign and was almost hauled in by outfielder Bobby Sullivan.
“I missed it by a foot,” Sullivan said.
Kelsey Holderman blasted a three-run triple in the fifth for the winners.
“We just couldn’t get anything going,” said losing pitcher Jake Mortimer. “Airport made some great plays in the field.”
Nic Dulmes was the only I’d Hit That batter with more than one hit (2), and Morgan Oppor and Matt Resch each belted two-baggers.
A boisterous crowd was on hand to take in the action. Airport’s Abby Rottier noted, “Our fans really give us great support.”
AIRPORT BAR STATS: Adam Lee: single, double, triple; Abby Rottier: walk, single, drew an on-deck circle in dirt; Tyler Mader: walk, single; Meg Lee: walk, single; James Marthaler: three singles, grand slam homer in fifth; gave the announcer a Hank bobblehead; Stefanie Jackson: walk, two singles; Josh Swan: single, double; Kim Schmitz: walk, two singles; Kyle Krieger: three singles; Kelsey Holderman: two singles, triple, four RBI’s.
I’d Hit That: Nic Dulmes: two doubles; Morgan Oppor: walk, double; Bobby Sullivan: single; Jake Mortimer: single; Matt Resch: double; Jack Mortimer: walk; Danielle Hoover: single.
Time of Game: 56 minutes.
LEAGUE STANDINGS: Airport Bar: 6-0. Sloppy Swats: 3-2. I’d Hit That: 2-3. Team BAMF: 2-4. Shoe Crew: 1-5.
NEXT WEEK’S SCHEDULE: Monday, June 27: 5:45: Shoe Crew vs Sloppy Swats. 6:45: I’d Hit That vs Team BAMF.