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Bulldogs show teeth but Busted and Bruised cant be bothered
Confusion descended early on the Bulldogs as they prepared for their clash with Busted and Bruised Aug. 22. The team was missing one of its players and needed to scramble to prepare the lineup properly, with equal numbers of men and women.
Besides fighting confusion, the Bulldogs had to deal with the tall task at hand. Busted and Bruised has proven to be one of the top teams in the rec league softball division. They have a monster hitting lineup, top to bottom, with some true sluggers.
Oddly enough, it was not Busted and Bruised hitting home runs or even doubles to win the game. They parlayed 10 second-inning singles into 10 runs, the only big hit was a double from Willie Willard, everybody else got on base with a single.
The procession of baserunners was incredible to watch as Kelsy Kazen led off the inning with a solid base knock. Phil Johnson, Tawnya Hansen, John Hill, Shannon Yargus, Matt Allison, Karilyn Ames and Eli Reddell singled consecutively as the team matriculated one base at a time toward home plate. It was incredible to watch, it seemed as if no matter where the Bulldogs positioned their fielders, Busted and Bruised would hit it somewhere else.
Trailing 10-1, the mood in the Bulldogs dugout was expectedly glum. The Bulldogs hitters had yet to get on track through three innings, scoring only a series of errors by the Busted and Bruised infield. The Dogs did scratch out a couple more runs in the top half of the fourth inning behind doubles from Leonard Turner and Gary Carver, but Busted and Bruised answered back in the bottom of the inning with four more of their own.
Things looked grim. The dejected Dogs headed to the dugout prior to the fifth inning without much hope of victory and with little to show for their efforts.
Pitcher Darren Tucker rallied his team with some strong words of encouragement. Then suddenly, miraculously, their bats woke up. Single after single found gaps in the defense. The Bulldogs hopped around the basepaths with a rejuvenated step. Dan Minish started them off and Samie Mata followed behind him with a single. The tone was set for the inning as eight runs trucked around to score without even one extra-base hit.
The Bulldogs put on quite a display of heart and effort that shot them right back into contention. However, the sky was growing dim and the light was fading on the players. Only one more inning would be able to be played due to Mother Natures constraints. Trailing only 14-11, there was plenty of hope.
Again Busted and Bruised turned up the offense as Ryan Clifton smacked a two-run home run, part of a four-run inning to put the squad back comfortably in front 18-11. The Bulldogs tried to mount another rally in the bottom half of the sixth but it was not to be.
After the game, Busted and Bruised assistant coach Willie Willard had plenty to talk about.
Did you see all those errors out there, Willard noted about her teams performance. Its a good thing we can hit.
Head coach Jamie Dicey took a sharp grounder to the shins earlier in the game and was bleeding while being interviewed.
Im the only bloody one today, which is good, said Dicey. It seems like the more fun we have the better we play.