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Cuz Concrete walks off with championship
ARLINGTON What started out as a baseball game turned into a vicious beating on Wednesday, Aug. 29, as Cuz Concrete demolished Its All Good 25-11.
If the score doesnt seem that lopsided for softball, it should be noted that Cuz led 15-0 after the top of the first inning and was never seriously threatened.
The critical plays of the game all took place in the first inning as Cuz jumped on Its All Good and demoralized them before they even had a chance to bat. Becky Fleming led off the game with a single for Cuz, an ominous sign for the home team. Then five excruciatingly painful-to-watch walks followed as the Its All Good pitcher could not locate the plate with a map.
It did not help that the evenings umpire was calling a tight strike zone, but even the Cuz players were frustrated that there were no decent pitches to hit. Before the game even barely had a chance to get started it was 4-0 Cuz with no outs. Christi Weiland singled home two more runs, still with nobody out before Derek Chapin finally made an out with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Of course, Cuz simply rebooted the offense as Vic Lacerna started a string of eight straight batters who reached base safely. Nobody hit anything more than a single in that streak but it was enough to score six more runs and lead 13-0. Weiland made the second out of the inning with an RBI ground-out to the shortstop. Chapin then redeemed himself for the earlier fly ball by knocking out an RBI single to bring the teams total up to 15 runs. Tim Reilly had the compassion to pop out and end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning Heather Anderson did her part to get Its All Good back into the game. She singled home two runs and along with a Steve Scott RBI single brought the score back to 15-3. It wasnt enough.
Cuz essentially put an end to the competition with six more runs in the top of the second inning. The rest of the game certainly took place, runs were scored and hits were made. Players were ruled either out or safe depending upon whether or not they were out or safe. In order to stay entertained, the Cuz players took to a game of one-upmanship wherein they hurled insults at each other in the field. After third baseman Brandon Zachrys stumbled over the foul line trying to chase down a pop fly he received plenty of catcalls from his teammates. As the shortstop and left fielder hounded Zachry mercilessly, Cuz methodically went about the business of winning. They cruised to the final margin of 25-12 even after Its All Good scored five runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning.
Afterward player/coach Michele Reitz summed up the teams championship run.
We all had a blast this season, she said. Its been great to get out here. We pretty much all play softball regularly so that helped. A lot of the players on the Wednesday night league also play in the Sunday league. I think weve been at it for 15 years.
The championship came down to team chemistry, as witnessed by the constant joking in the field from the players.
We all play well together, said Reitz. The boss and the employees are a bunch of clowns out there. We all cheer everybody on when were not making fun of them. Thats a huge plus.