Co-ed showdown produces exciting tie

Alex Galiana
City Parks & Rec
The league's 'elder statesman,' Jon Wright, rolls one towards a batter.
  • Even a ‘Texas tiebreaker’ couldn’t separate Speakeasy and Kretch’s

The stage was set as the two undefeated teams; Kretch’s and Speakeasy faced off for the first time this year; both teams entering the game with 3-0 records.

Speakeasy jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Joey Irigoyen’s HR with two on base. Then the seesaw match began; Kretch’s came back with 3 of their own in the second tying the game, Speakeasy added one in the third, followed by Kretch’s adding 3. Score after 3 innings 6 to 4 Kretch’s.

Jen Carpenter shapes up at the plate for Kretch's.

The teams swapped runs in the 4th and 5th and as the game reached its time limit at the end of the 5th inning the score was 9 to 9. Speakeasy’s pitcher, Selem Lake with runners on the corners and behind in the count 3 balls and no strikes put together 4 great pitches that resulted in a strike out forcing a one inning “Texas tie-breaker” to try and decide the game.

In a Texas tiebreaker format the teams start their at bat with a runner on second base. Speakeasy scored two in the top half of the inning, but once again Kretch’s responded with two of their own and when the final out was made, we ended where we started, with two undefeated teams.

The second game of the night had Stan’s facing off against Marco Island Brewery. A big 2nd inning for Stan’s with 6 runs looked as if they would run away with the game, but the “Brew Crew” answered the call with a 7-run third of their own and followed it up with aa 4 run 5th inning. Stan’s bats never got going after the 2nd inning, giving the Brewery a victory 13 to 7. Marc Canady led the Brewery with 3 hits including a HR and triple. Butch Smith had a HR for Stan’s.

Night cap

In the night cap, we had the other end of the record spectrum with the two new teams to the league looking for their first victory of the season. The City team jumped out to a quick lead with a 6 run 1st inning, Davinci’s as they have shown this year, is a grinder, they picked up 2 runs in the first, added 1 in the second had a big 3rd inning of their own adding 6 and padding what looked as an unsurmountable lead with 4 in the 4th.

Joey Irigoyen of Speakeasy hauls one in.

The city team after its big 1st inning went cold, and after 4 innings found themselves down 13 to 7 at their last at bat.

You could say that Davinci’s could “taste the victory” (pun intended); then the rally began. It started with Dory Jones getting a walk, Kip Braun moved her to 2nd with his hit to left field; team captain Brandi Garwood kept it going with a walk of her own. With the bases loaded, Ryan Montgomery came up big with a towering drive over right field to notch the grand slam HR tying the game at 13, and when John Harris’s line drive down the third base line got through, the City had their first victory with a 14 to 13 win.

Stephine Reeves of Kretch's makes the play at home to force an extra innings.

As you can see the Co-ed softball league is having some fantastic games. Games start at 6 p.m. every Thursday evening at Winterberry Field. Come on out and watch the fun.