Just NDNs smothers Bad Company
Bad Companyâ€™s Derek Sierra sends one deep during the top of the fourth inning in Bishop City Softball League action last week.
Just NDNs proved why it sits atop the City of Bishopâ€™s Coed B League standings with an 18-7 win over Bad Company last Thursday.
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Bad Company was game, putting up a challenge in the fifth and sixth innings, but fell victim to NDNs lethal bats and impenetrable defense.
NDNs goes into the single-elimination tournament, starting tonight, as the team to beat for the Coed B championship.
Adrian Santana started the scoring drive for Just NDNs in the bottom of the first, with a double and scramble to third on an infield error.
Bad Companyâ€™s Muff Scott handed NDNs its first out with a spectacular catch at third base. But Robert Summers took the wind out of the defenseâ€™s sails with a double that sent Santana across the plate.
The hits kept coming. Rebecca Andreas scored Summers with a left field double. Johnny Shoshone hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Andreas.
Teresa Harrison, Ken Lange and Kelli Braithwaite leveled hits past Bad Companyâ€™s defense and added two more runs to the scoreboard, putting NDNs ahead 5-0.
Bud Barlow and Derek Sierra got to base for Bad Company on a single and double, respectively, but were left stranded.
Bad Company pitcher Mike McDonald held NDNs scoreless in the bottom of the second.
McDonald sent a triple deep into left field in the top of the third for a a triple, then scored on a Scott sacrifice fly, narrowing the NDNs lead to 5-1.
Right-fielder Bud Barlow held the NDNsâ€™ bats in check in the bottom of the third. But the NDNs came back strong in the fourth.
Santana doubled; Harrison singled, scoring Santana; Summers tripled, scoring Harrison. Summers snuck home for the third run of the inning and the NDNs extended the lead to 8-1.
In the top of the fifth, Bonnie Barlow hit a line drive single that glanced off the glove of the NDNâ€™s third baseman. McDonald hit an in-the-park home run, chasing Barlow around the bases.
With two outs, Bud Barlow hit a double, but was taken out at third off a Scott single, ending Bad Companyâ€™s drive with the score at 8-3.
The NDNs answered decisively. With two runners on base, Suma Davis hit a 1-RBI single; Andreas followed with a 2-RBI single, then scored on a Rudy Madera single. The inning ended with the fifth run, Madera coming home on a Santana single. The NDNs had taken back Bad Companyâ€™s hits, and then some with a 13-3 score.
Bad Company bats had one more good inning. Sierra lead off with a double deep to center field. Ryan McVeitty send Sierra home with a double. McDonald helped his cause with a double, scoring McVeitty. Then Bud Barlow landed a 2-RBI double to narrow the NDNâ€™s lead to 13-7.
In the bottom of the sixth, Harrison loaded the bases with a single to center field. Shoshone singled; Andreas tripled and the game ended with the 5-run limit and an 18-7 win for Just NDNs.
The Coed B Division begins tournament play today at Bishop City Park and continues Thursday with the final games July 26.
The Coed A Division starts its championship tournament Monday, July 25; Coed C Division, Friday, Aug. 5; and the Menâ€™s Division, July 27.