Islander Pool wins Marco Adult Softball Tournament
The first game saw No. 2 seed Cocomo’s facing No. 3 Joey’s Pizza, with the winner advancing to the finals to face Islander Pool for the championship.
On a beautiful, warm, early spring night you could sense just how serious this game was being taken by both teams, who normally don’t show up until just before the game, but both teams were at the field an hour early, warming up.
Joey’s scored one run in the first behind one of Nate Poteet’s four hits of the night. Cocomo’s answered in the bottom half of the inning behind one of Marc Canady’s four hits as well.
Joey’s added a run in the third and Cocomo’s answered with three, but in the fourth Joey’s narrowed the lead to 4-3.
Both teams went on scoring sprees. Going into the final inning Joey’s led 9-8. Joey’s picked up one more and looked poised to pick up more with men on first and third, but Cocomo’s pitcher Jimmy Blankenship made the defensive play of the game. He snagged a line drive shot back at him to end the inning,
Down a run, Cocomo’s Scott Gibbs’ line drive to right field found the gap, scoring Marc Canady and Brian Day, to win the game, 11-10.
The championship game saw the surprise team of the season, Islander Pool, facing off against Cocomo’s.
Islander pool picked up where it had left off the previous weeks, jumping out to a 5-0 lead with hits from Richard Dahn, Corey Gariepy and Kyle Alvarez. Cocomo’s answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
Cocomo’s looked like it was going to turn the tables, and after Sean Shea’s home run Cocomo’s took the lead for the first time, 8-6. Islander Pool looked a bit in disarray, committing two errors.
But Islander Pool regained its composure, scoring four runs. However, Cocomo’s came right back with four, giving them a 12-10 lead.
Islander Pool added the tying runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and two more in the top of the seventh to take a 17-13 lead into the bottom of the last inning. Cocomo’s suddenly found itself in the same situation as the earlier game against Joey’s. When Niels Stone, Jimmy Blankenship and Casey Canady each crossed the plate it looked like the Islander Pool’s magic might have faded.
With Marc Canady at third and Bryan Day at first once again, Gibbs came to the plate. It looked like lighting was about to strike twice. But this time, as Gibbs tried to hit the winning hit to right field, he grounded out to the first baseman and there would be no joy in “Mudville” for Cocomo’s, as the “Pool Boys” celebrated.
Just a reminder, Coed Softball begins Thursday, with six teams participating. Games will begin at 6 p.m. at Winterberry Park.