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The Chuckawallees and Bad Company faced off Tuesday night in the C Coed Division of Bishopâ€™s Adult Softball league. Bad Company came in undefeated with the Chuckawallees right behind them at 1-1.
Chuckawallee took a couple of innings to warm up, but when they did, Bad Company went reeling with a 3-8 deficit. Then it was Bad Companyâ€™s turn to fight back, making the winning run in the bottom of the sixth for the 11-10 win.
Bad Company took out the top of Chuckawalleeâ€™s batting order in short order in the top of the first, then put the offense to work.
Badâ€™s James Napoles doubled; Nanette Johnson walked and Natalie Vega brought in the first run with a single turned into a double on an error. Wyatt Gaunt slammed a line drive single through the infield to score Johnson and Heather Barlow hit a sacrifice grounder to bring in run number 3.
Top of two, Chuckawallee continued to send the ball straight into Bad Company mitts, three-up/three-down. But, by the bottom of the second, Chuckawalleeâ€™s defense put a cork in Badâ€™s run-fest, taking two runners out at first and stopping a Kris Hohag run at home plate.
Fortified by their defense, the Chuckawallees poured on 4 runs in the top of three. With 1 out, Mona Amode and Leon Eddy had back-to-back singles, Margaret Cortez brought Amode home with a single. James Spratt, III stepped up with a single on a fielding error that scored the second run. Eric Eddy took advantage of fielding flubs, scrambling to third and bringing in 2 more runs to give the team a 3-4 lead.
The momentum stayed with Chuckawallee through the third inning. The teamâ€™s third baseman caught a line drive for an out, then lobbed the ball to second to take out Badâ€™s runner and end the inning with no harm and no runs.
Chuckawallee kept the pressure on in the top of the fourth. With 1 out and the bases loaded, Robert Eddy hit a 3-RBI triple, then scored on a Ryan Lent single, extending the lead 3-8.
Bad Companyâ€™s bats came back to life in the bottom of the fourth. With 1 out, Heather Barlow and Derek Sierra on base, Hohag hit a huge 3-RBI in-the-park home run, whittling the lead down to 6-8. Now it was Badâ€™s turn to ratchet up the defense, fielding a pop fly, tagging a runner at second and ending the threat of two runners on base with a quick out at first.
Bad Company wasnâ€™t done yet. With Johnson and Vega on base, Gaunt doubled in a run; Heather Barlow brought two home on a double and Sierraâ€™s double brought in the final run of the inning, handing the team a 10-8 lead.
Chuckawallee was quick to even the score. First up, Amode gained second on a fielding error and Spratt hit an in-the-park homer for a 10-10 tie. Chuckawallee threatened to take the lead but Bad got 2 outs, allowed 2 hits, then snagged the final pop fly.
Going into the final inning, Badâ€™s Ginger Rogers singled on an error, Napoles hit a line-drive single and Johnson brought Rogers home for the game-ending run and the 11-10 win.