West Bishop and High Sierra Containers, seeds one and eight, respectively, kicked off the City Softball League’s Men’s Division Wednesday. Containers put up a good fight but West Bishop dominated the game with a 15-3 win.
West and Sweetwater have been neck and neck through the season at the top of the Men’s standings. West pulled off the number one seed with a late-season win over Sweetwater.
Containers showed power at the plate with lead-off singles from Luis Martinez and Jason Tetrick. With 2 outs, George Martinez loaded the bases with a walk giving the team a good shot at getting on the scoreboard. A fielder’s choice at second ended those hopes and turned the plate over to West Bishop.
West’s Brad Weaver singled, then scored on an Earl Lent hit. An infield fly ball to Containers’ third baseman retired the side, but West was on the scoreboard at 1-0.
West’s offense was still warming up in the bottom of the second. Daniel Dondero opened the line-up with a double and crossed home plate off Che Lewis’ double. Containers’ defense nailed Jared Hess at first for the final out.
The Containers’ bats were still cold through the top of the third, but by the bottom of the inning, West’s had heated up.
Doug Watterson slammed a 2-RBI in-the-park homerun; Weaver followed with his own round-trip of the diamond to put West Bishop ahead 5-0.
With the bases loaded and 2 outs, Dean Chavez hit a 2-RBI ground ball double to hit the 5-run limit for West, now ahead 7-0.
Fast forward to the bottom of the fourth: Ken Chandler dropped a fly ball into no-man’s land for a double, scoring on a Hess single. Watterson sacrificed Hess home before the final out of the inning to give West a 9-0 advantage.
For Containers, the goal was not to be shut out. The top of the fifth was the team’s inning. With one runner on and no outs, George Martinez tripled deep into left field to bring home Containers’ first run. Martinez crossed home plate off a Noah Martinez’ single.
West Bishop’s defense slammed the door shut, but Containers had runs on the board for a 9-2 score.
West went back to work in the bottom of the fifth. Lent doubled on a ground ball, then scored on a Rich Dondero sacrifice fly. Daniel Dondero doubled; Eric Watterson gained third base on errors and brought Daniel Dondero home. Chavez singled Watterson home giving the team a 12-2 lead.
With a quick three-up/three-down for Containers, West nailed the coffin shut with a 3-run sixth inning.
Chandler doubled and scored; Hess doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly. Weaver tripled deep into right field and scored the final West run on a sacrifice fly.
Containers had one last shot at West in the final open seventh inning. The lead-off batter doubled and raced across home plate on a Noah Martinez single. West’s 12-point lead was too much to overcome but Containers went down fighting in the 15-3 game.
West Bishop advances to the semifinals this Wednesday at 6 p.m.