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The game may not have counted, but that didnâ€™t stop Bad Company and Red Thunder from going at it Tuesday night in the City of Bishop Softball League, Co-ed B Division.
Red Thunder forfeited the game for lack of enough women in the line-up. According to protocol, there was no winner. But, unofficially, Thunder rained on Bad Companyâ€™s parade with a strong comeback in the open seventh inning.
Bad Company jumped out to an early lead when Mike McDonald hit a 2 RBI single off Red Thunder pitcher Rodney Barlow.
BCâ€™s Billy Barlow hit a sacrifice fly, sending McDonald home. Paul Pope singled Nancy Barlow home to end the top of the first with Bad Company ahead 5-0.
Red Thunderâ€™s turn at bat came and went. Rodney Barlowâ€™s powerful shot to left field was denied by Rhandy Picardâ€™s deft catch.
The Thunder held Bad Company scoreless in the top of the second. BCâ€™s pitcher McDonald did the same to the Thunder in the bottom of the inning.
BC came on strong in the third. McDonald hit his second 2 RBI double of the night. Nancy Barlowâ€™s single scored McDonald. With Billy Barlow and Muff Scott loading the bases, Derek Sierraâ€™s single scored the final run of the inning. Bad Company had jumped out to an apparently insurmountable 10-0 lead.
Olivia Watterson opened the bottom of the third for Red Thunder with a single. With two outs and Watterson still on first, Damion Jackson and Kara Barlow both singled to load the bases, setting the stage for Alex Barlowâ€™s single into left field. Watterson and Jackson scored, narrowing the lead to 10-2.
Bad Company answered with 2 runs in the fourth, taking the 10-run margin back with the 12-2 score.
The Thunder rallied for a 3-run inning in the bottom of the fourth off hits by Barock Romero and Samuel Vega.
The score swung back to a 9-point lead for Bad Company in the fifth. Felicia Harmon singled in a run; a fielderâ€™s choice out at first brought home Scott for BCâ€™s 14th run of the game.
The Thunder added 2 runs to narrow BCâ€™s lead 14-7.
In the final, open inning, Red Thunder poured it on, tying the game 14-14 with only one out, then adding another 6 runs to unofficially win 14-20.