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Strong start from Wrecking Crew cant hold off Roads West
Powerhouse softball team Roads West stormed to another victory on Aug. 22 by defeating the Wrecking Crew 21-10. The score was deceptive as for most of the game Wrecking Crew either led or was close behind.
Sporting a new look roster, including a young reporter from the Arlington area, Wrecking Crew got on the scoreboard first. Shawna Noble led off the game with a walk and hard-hitting Brian Hardison walked behind her in his first plate appearance. Crissy Knott got herself aboard as well and the baserunners kept coming for the Wrecking Crew. Brandon Hamby drove in a run with a fielders choice to open the scoring. The Wrecking Crew put a solid four runs across the plate after just one inning, putting a big scare into the nearly unbeatable Roads lineup.
Roads did some run scoring of their own in the bottom of the first as Maury Wheels Lundberg started their rally with a smooth single to left. Former Mariners bat-girl Jennifer Albert singled up the middle to move Lundberg over. Bruce Brekhus then scored Lundberg with a double to deep left field. Megan Carey drove in two more Roads runs with a single and at the end of one inning Wrecking Crew led 4-3.
In the next three innings, the Wrecking Crew held Roads to just two runs, stifling the normally potent offense. Meanwhile, they also put up three more runs of their own behind the sweet swinging bats of Shauna White and Cherilyn Williams. It looked as if the Wrecking Crew might just score a huge upset in the recreation league.
However, the joy was short lived as Roads West tallied nine runs in a huge fifth inning to take command of the game. Nearly everybody on their game roster scored in the inning, including Cory Nagel who scored twice. They kept dropping in singles in front of the Wrecking Crew outfield who were powerless to stop the offensive onslaught.
The Wrecking Crew had no equal response, though Brian Hardison did hit an impressive home run to the deep part of right-center field. Hardisons blast came with no runners on base and did not even dent the Roads West armor.
Leading 14-8 after five innings, Roads West put the game away with another seven runs. They took an insurmountable 21-8 lead into the bottom half of the final inning.
A two run blast off the bat of Ben Wilcox gave the Wrecking Crew something to celebrate, but it wasnt enough to overcome such a huge output from the visitors.
Roads West coach Cyndi Albert seemed pleased with her groups performance.
We are all out here having fun, said Albert, The team is looking good right now. I dont know if we can still win the league, but were having a good time.