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Double D falls to BSers

July 14, 2014

The Double D’s final scoring drive ends with BSer Frank Shoshone forcing Jason Thomson out at third base in Tuesday’s BSer 16-11 win. Photo by Thomas Sills

A definite trend is developing at Bishop City Park’s ball field. Of the two teams warming up and setting their batting order, one of the two is a “sure bet” winner. OK, the sure bet usually does win, but the underdog, though trailing up to the final innings, puts on an impressive drive, closes in on the eventual winner and keeps the game interesting.
That’s what happened Tuesday night in the Coed C Division of the city’s Adult Softball League when the sure-bet BSers, seasoned veterans with a line-up augmented by strong, young women players, squared off against the underdog Double D Electric/Bishop Ford/KIBS. The BSers took a slim lead in the first and kept stretching it out, but the Ds wouldn’t be denied, stayed in the game and closed the gap in the final open inning for a respectable 16-11 display of tenacity.
Frank Shoshone got the BSers off to a strong start with a triple. Little Eva Lent singled and both runners were brought home with a Gabe Montoya single. Sonja Velarde hit a grounder to the D’s short stop who pulled off a forced out on Montoya, lobbed the ball to first for the third out and limited the BSers to a 2-run inning.
The Ds showed strength at the plate, starting with a single from Ashley Weatherford and a Mike McDonald double. Mo Guse singled on a fielder’s choice, scoring Weatherford but McDonald was tagged out at third base. With 1 run across and 1 out, Tony Russell singled, advancing Mo to scoring position. Following a D strikeout, Jeremy Vance sent the ball deep into center field, but what looked like a sure-double ended in the mitt of Vonna Chandler for the third out. The Ds had narrowed the BSers’ lead 2-1.
The BSers widened the gap with the first man up in the top of the second. Jory Wersenberg walloped the ball deep into the outfield for an in-the-park homer. The run took the wind out of the Ds’ defensive sails. Jenna Lewis, Larry Red Owl and Becky Wright stepped up with singles to load up the bases, setting the stage for Jacob Bacoch’s double that set off a scoring drive from Chandler and Beau Someco. The drive ended when the BSers hit the 5-run limit, giving the team a 7-1 lead.
The Ds stayed close, starting with a Brandie Cox single and then a big double off the bat of Schain Thomson. The two idled on second and third bases through a strikeout and another fly ball brought down by Chandler. Weatherford walked to load the bases and McDonald cleared the bases with an in-the-park home run. The BSers saw their big lead close up at 7-5, but not for long.
With 1 out in the top of the third, Doug Watterson did what he always does, at least once a game; he tripled, then scored on a single from Velarde. Shoshone singled and Montoya brought in Velarde on a single. Wright loaded the bases with a walk and Wersenberg brought in 2 more runs for an 11-5 BSer lead.
Montoya thwarted a potential scoring drive by the Ds in the bottom of the third. With two runners on base, Vance hit a pop fly ball deep into center field. Montoya pulled off a heroic catch to take Vance out and sent the runners scrambling back to safety. Cox gained first on errors and Thomson brought in the lone D run. Score: 11-6
The D’s defense held strong in the top of the fourth. Red Owl singled, but was forced out on a fielder’s choice that put Lent on first. Bacoch doubled, his second of the game, but the final pop out left the BSers scoreless for the inning.
With two Ds on base and no outs, short stop Someco set off a double play that forced the out at second and third, but left McDonald at first. Guse singled, setting the stage for a 3-run homer from Russell, keeping the Ds in the game at 11-9 going into the open fifth inning.
Someca didn’t waste any time at the plate, sending an in-the-park home run deep into center field. Lewis and Watterson singled; Frank doubled in a run; Montoya doubled in another run and Lent brought in two more before the final out. BSers had extended their lead 16-9.
The Ds looked poised the upsets with a big Vance triple that turned into a Vance run on errors. With one out, Thomson duplicated Vance’s feat with a homer. With their lead jeopardized, the BSers defense clamped down. A strikeout and a tag at third ended the game and secured the BSer 16-11 win.

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