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Roads West works over Arlington Pharmacy

Julie Baker gets around on this pitch in the first inning of Arlington Pharmacys match-up with Roads West. -
Julie Baker gets around on this pitch in the first inning of Arlington Pharmacys match-up with Roads West.
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Another week, another victory for the Roads West squad in recreation league softball.
With only one blemish on their record, the team has been making short work of most of their Arlington opponents. On Wednesday Aug. 15 they beat up on Arlington Pharmacy 14-6, bringing their overall mark to 4-1.
Leading 2-1 in the top of the second inning, Roads West used some sloppy play by the Pharmacy defense to take a commanding edge. A dropped ball by Pharmacys right fielder allowed Todd Freeman to lead off the inning and reach base. Erin Fox followed with a liner directly back at the Pharmacy pitcher who snared it and threw to first base for what should have been an easy double play. The throw sailed wide and into foul territory, costing Arlington Pharmacy an important out.
Maury Lundberg made them pay by belting a double, moving Freeman to third base. Melinna Nicely followed with a walk setting the table for Bruce Brekhus. Brekhus singled home two runs to put Roads West ahead 4-0.
Jennifer Albert followed with a single of her own and two more RBI. Justin Haug then hit a shot out to left field that was misplayed by the Pharmacy fielder. Haug used it to his advantage and loped around the basepaths to score and drive in Albert. The errors by Arlington Pharmacy led to all six runs for Roads West, giving Roads a comfortable lead 8-1.
Pharmacy also missed a golden opportunity to score in the bottom half of the inning. Christina Witkowski walked to get things going. Bill Binns singled and Patty Binns walked to load the bases. But a fly ball to centerfield off the bat of Dale Kortlever was not deep enough to score Witkowski, Karen Jacobsen flew out to the second baseman for the second out, and Dennis Willard grounded to shortstop to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, Roads tacked on four more runs. Freeman, Fox and Lundberg hit consecutive singles for the visitors. Lundbergs single scored Freeman from second base. Nicely reached on an error to load the bases with no outs. Brekhus then hit into a fielders choice that drove home two runs thanks to a hustling Lundberg. Albert followed with another RBI single to push Roads edge to 12-1.
Pharmacy mounted a miniature rally in the bottom half of the seventh inning. At that point, trailing 14-3, Jim Lidster and Bill Binns came through with RBI singles. Roads West brought in relief pitcher Cory Nagel to get the final outs. Nagel came through, getting fly ball to the shortstop to end the game.
After game, Roads West centerfielder Jennifer Albert spoke about her teams victory.
Everybody came to play, she said, We all gave 100 percent effort. If we made any errors, we picked each other up.
As for needing a relief pitcher, it is rare in rec league to see a pitching change.
We wanted to keep Megan Careys pitch count down, said Roads West coach Cindy Albert. Were saving her arm for next week.

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