Monday, June 02, 2008

Loan Sharks Repossess Ron's Auto, 12-11

It was a beautiful evening for softball, and a beautiful evening for the Loan Sharks, as they held off a late charge from Ron’s Auto to prevail, 12-11, at Shattuck Field at Franklin Yards on Monday. The Sharks took a 12-7 lead into the bottom of the seventh, gave up four runs to make things interesting, and then stranded the tying run at third and the winning run at first to preserve the victory and improve to 2-4 on the season.

The Sharks posted 3 runs in each of the first two innings on the strength of timely 2-out hitting. Mize Jonas delivered a 2-run triple in the first with two outs, and in the second inning, all four hits came with two outs as three more runs crossed the plate.

Trailing 6-2 in the bottom of the third, Ron’s began to organize a comeback by scoring two quick runs, but after Automaton Ron hit a triple into the trees, he got greedy, and Mize Jonas and Jonathan Spack caught him in a perfectly-executed rundown between third and home for the second out of the inning. The putout would prove decisive as the next batter hit a home run which would have scored Ron had he stayed put at third. That extra run would turn out to be the difference in the game.

For the Shark bats, the pivotal inning was the fifth, when the lineup batted around, scoring six. Stewart Wolfe started the proceedings with a single, and then Rachel Carlson reached base on a Ron’s infield mixup. Jonathan Spack singled Wolfe home from second, and after Naomi Shelton reached on a fielder’s choice, Matt Henzy delivered a 3-run homer. With the bases again empty, Kevin Whalen contributed a single, and Kenji Foster followed with a double, and David Spack knocked them both in with a double. The big fifth inning gave the Sharks the cushion they needed to hold off Ron’s seventh-inning rally and pay back their 28-4 shellacking at the hands of Ron’s Auto earlier this year.

Loan Sharks 330 060 0 12 17 2
Ron’s Auto 203 110 4 11 20 1

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