The game may not have counted, but that didn’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 Company’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.
BC’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 Thunder’s turn at bat came and went. Rodney Barlow’s powerful shot to left field was denied by Rhandy Picard’s deft catch.
The Thunder held Bad Company scoreless in the top of the second. BC’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 Barlow’s single scored McDonald. With Billy Barlow and Muff Scott loading the bases, Derek Sierra’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 Barlow’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 fielder’s choice out at first brought home Scott for BC’s 14th run of the game.
The Thunder added 2 runs to narrow BC’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.