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Crusaders save the best ’til last

July 6, 2012

Your Team’s Mike Padilla hits a single to load the bases.Photos by Deb Murphy

The CBC Crusaders have to be wishing Thursday evening’s game was the first and not the final contest of the pre-tournament Coed C Division of City’s Adult Softball League.
The Crusaders out-played Your Team taking a 13-10 win, the team’s second of the season.
The division goes into single-elimination tournament play this Tuesday.
The two teams were playing for pride and a little better seed in the tourney. Both had struggled during the season, but Your Team looked like the class of the field early in the game. Your Team was ahead by 2 runs until the final open fifth inning. The Crusaders obviously got a good look at the Holy Grail and went for it.
Aaron Bishop got things rolling for the Crusaders with a double into center field. Jon Nyland hit a double and Dan Hanvey sent both runners home on a double to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
Your Team came back with 5 hits from the top of its line up for 3 runs to claim a slim lead at 2-3. The bottom of the lineup didn’t have the same luck. With 1 out, Tom Lapp hit a line drive to Crusader third baseman Cassie McKinley for the second out. A final strikeout retired the side.
The Crusaders went three-up-three-down in the top of the second, then watched Your Team open up a 4-run lead in the bottom of the inning.
With 2 outs, Your Team came back with a triple, two 1-RBI singles and a 1-RBI double into left field for a serious 2-6 lead.
Bishop set the stage for the Crusaders in the third with a triple, then scored on a double from Nyland. Hanvey brought a run home with a double before Your Team secured the final out.
With the scent of a win in the air, Your Team took the 2 runs back in the bottom of the third with a 1-RBI double off the bat of Tim Rafferty, then a run on Lapp’s single for a 4-8 lead.
The fourth inning was go time for the Crusaders. With 1 out, the next three batters walked to load the bases. Cody McKinley hit a 2-RBI double, narrowing the lead to 6-8. Cassie McKinley re-loaded the bases. Bishop popped out, but the lead run was still sitting on first. Your Team catcher Samantha Fochesato tagged Crusader Michelle McKinley at home plate to hold off a charged-up Crusader team.
The momentum had shifted. Your Team went three-up-three-down in the bottom of the fourth, bringing the Crusaders back for the open fifth. The team took advantage of the situation with triples from Nyland and Hanvey. Michelle McKinley hit a sacrifice fly that scored Hanvey to tie the game 8-8. Brad Balint doubled and scored on a Cassie McKinley single. Rusty McKinley brought Balint home with a single. With two runners on base and 2 outs, Cody McKinely hit an in-the-park homer to extend the lead 13-8.
Greed got the best of Your Team in the bottom of the fifth. Ken Hennigan hit a solid double, but got tagged out trying for third base. The next two batters singled, bringing up Mike Padilla with a 2-RBI double. Padilla was stranded on base with the final out and the CBC Crusaders went home with a 13-10 win.

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