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Busted and Bruised bullies Arlington Pharmacy
ARLINGTON The cream of the recreational league softball league showed up in full force on Aug. 8 as Busted and Bruised displayed their impressive hitting skills to top Arlington Pharmacy 16-6.
After holding Arlington Pharmacy scoreless in the top half of the first inning, Busted and Bruised broke out the bats and put three quick runs on the board.
Eli Reddell knocked a one-out double and Jamie Dicey followed with a walk. Willie Willard drove Reddell home with a single. John Hill followed with a two-RBI single of his own to put Busted and Bruised up 3-0. That was all the scoring Busted and Bruised could muster in the first, but they certainly werent finished.
Arlington Pharmacy wasted no time in responding as Dennis Willard doubled to lead off the second inning. Christina Witkowski followed with a walk and Bill Binns reached on an error in the outfield. Binns slugged a deep pop fly that was dropped, allowing
Willard to score. Jim Lidster hit a run- scoring single and Brad Moore drove in two more runs with a single of his own. Dale Kortlever completed the scoring by driving a ball past the shortstop to bring in two more runs. All together, Arlington Pharmacy tallied six runs to lead 6-3.
Unfortunately, they would not score again and Busted and Bruised kept on coming. In the third inning, Busted and Bruised got an RBI single from Reddell and an RBI double from Willie Willard to highlight a five-run inning. If not for a spectacular put-out from left fielder Dennis Willard, the damage could have been much worse.
With one run already in, Karilyn Ames rounded third base on a Dicey double with home plate looking appetizingly close. Ames failed to account for the rocket-armed Willard in left field, salivating at the opportunity to make a spectacular play. Willard ran onto the ball just as Ames began chugging for home, he fired a frozen rope down the third base line that needed only one short hop to reach its intended destination. A stunned Ames looked up at Arlington Pharmacy pitcher Bill Binns, grinning with the ball in his hand. Ames attempted to recover and race back to third, but Binns was too fast for her and tagged her out along the baseline.
Despite the momentary disappointment, Busted and Bruised remained undeterred. They went on to jump further ahead in the fourth inning when Phil Johnson lined a two-RBI double into the gap in left field. Ames followed with a single to score Johnson and after a Reddell single, Dicey hit a deep fly ball to center to score Ames. Nearly everybody that came up in the inning for Busted and Bruised came through with a hit. By the time the carnage was complete, seven more runs had crossed the plate and they led comfortably 15-6.
It took only one more inning for Busted and Bruised to widen the margin to the necessary 10 runs to win by mercy rule. Ames crossed home plate thanks to a Dicey single to cement the outcome.
Afterward Coach Dicey talked about her teams success this year.
Were all out here to have fun. Look at Shannon Yargus, she hit a bunt triple today. That was her moment.
As for the final score, Dicey noted the obvious.
The fourth inning is what did it, she said. Everybody that got up for us got a hit.
For Busted and Bruised it was all in a days work as they look to build towards a team championship. Currently seated near the top of the standings with one loss, they can ill-afford to get complacent in the coming weeks.