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Menzel Lake races past Wrecking Crew
ARLINGTON As the second recreational league game in the Aug. 15 doubleheader got underway, Menzel Lakes potent offense struck early and often against the Wrecking Crew. Menzel never trailed and tallied a whopping 27-2 victory.
Menzel Lake batted first and immediately made it clear they were serious about victory. Tina Whitten belted a double down the left field line to open the game, clapping her hands at second base with a stand-up double. Ken Klein reached second base on an error in centerfield and drove home Whitten. Tina Klein followed with an RBI single before Steve Baker uncorked a clean double to put runners on second and third base. Stacie Klein hit a hot-shot through the legs of the Wrecking Crew shortstop to score two runs. Bob Bergley kept the rally rolling with a double.
Menzel had already reached the top of their order again as Whitten walked in her second at-bat of the inning to load the bases. Ken Klein drove home two more runs with a single. A single from Niki Klein again loaded the bases and Dan Weiland knocked a ball past the second baseman for two more runs. All told, Menzel totaled eight runs on seven hits in the top half of the first inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Wrecking Crew did their only damage of the night. Shawna Noble reached on an error and Brian Hardison belted a deep shot to right field. The ball rolled around in the outfield as Menzel Lakes fielders scrambled after it. Hardison saw an opportunity to motor around the basepaths and took it. With Noble zipping around in front of him, Hardison barely touched the bases with his speed on display. He eventually made it all the way home before Menzel could return the ball to the infield, giving the Wrecking Crew their only two runs of the game.
In the second inning, Menzel Lake went back to work producing runs. They manufactured five more scores highlighted by Dan Weilands mammoth three-run home run to right field. Weiland hit a moon-shot over the outfields head that landed a few feet in front of the tall grass. Luckily for Weiland, instead of bouncing into the weeds for a ground-rule double, the ball stayed put and came to a stop just inches from the dividing line. Weiland did not need to even rush as he could have casually jogged the bases and still scored easily. After two innings the score stood at 13-1.
The carnage continued as Menzel tacked on four more runs in the third and three in the fourth inning. The big hit in the fourth was a three-RBI double off the bat of Niki Klein.
Menzel kept plugging away, and thanks to an umpires mistake that allowed the game to continue past the fourth inning mercy rule, Menzel finished with a 25-run victory.
Coach Stacy Klein was pleased with her teams performance.
We pulled together tonight and filled in all the holes defensively. We were shorthanded for players, so we had to do a lot more running. I would say we all stood out today.