It was an absolutely frantic opening round of recreational league playoff action Tuesday, August 5. Six games were scheduled at the three fields in town. It was rec league action in all of its glory.
The Bombers defeated the CBVers 16-13 in their first game of the night but lost to the Mountain Spirits Likkers 20-3 in the next game, dropping them to the losers bracket.
The Crackers survived a late game rally by the Gray Hares to win 11-5 in their first game but were denied an upset win over the Bushwackers in the second game.
The Bushwackers were down nine runs but came back to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeak out a 13-12 win.
The Gas Holes defeated KBUT 12-10 in the first game of the evening at Tommy V Field and the Rasta Hairnets rose up through the rain to come away with a 13-8 win over the Couch Petitos.
It was squirrelly for the Rastas as the Couch Petitos proved a formidable opponent, trading runs with the Rastas for the first four and a half innings.
The Petitos took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on base hit singles by Wayde Hollis and Diane Bosshard, but Hairnet Kevin Reinert tied it up on a two-run inside the park home run (ITPHR) in the bottom of the first.
Both teams were held scoreless in the second inning, but the Petitos built a 5-2 lead in the top of the third.
Mike Montano snapped a double and then scored when Hollis drove a single up the middle and Kirk Peterson drove in two more Petitos runs with a base hit double.
The Rastas recovered in the bottom of the third on a series of hits and another swing of the bat from Reinert.
Singles by Matt Peacock and Carlos Velado had runners in scoring position for Nicky O’Connor. O’Connor tapped an RBI base hit and then scored when Reinert cleared the bases with his second ITPHR to put the Rastas on top 6-5.
Tom Rutherford led off for the Petitos in the top of the fourth, stroking an opposite field triple and Kim Frayer brought him home on a bloop single.
The Petitos looked to open for more with no outs and a runner on first but Velado pulled down a line drive at second and tapped first base for the unassisted double play to hold them off.
Denise Reinert popped an RBI single over third base and Peacock connected to score Arliss Merrell on a single, putting the Rastas on top 8-6 heading into the fifth inning.
The Petitos were poised to take the lead back in the top of the fifth with two runners on and only one out but a diving grab by Damien Titlebaum in right center robbed Scott Yost of a base hit. Hollis tagged up on the play to score but the effort by Titlebaum ignited a Rasta rally in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Reinert knocked his third ITPHR of the game, Matt Gutter stroked a two RBI triple and Denise tapped an infield RBI single to put the Rastas up 13-7.
The Rastas defense held tight for the final two innings capped by a leaping grab by O’Connor at third base to end the game and advance in the winner’s bracket with a 13-8 win.