Sunshine Carpet, Upper Deck
top Men's League play
by Misty Volaski
This time of year, there is a fierce yet good-natured atmosphere
hanging in the air above Sarzotti Park's softball fields.
With 20 softball teams wielding sponsors and past titles, it's
no surprise that the tension runs high on the weekends when most
of the games take place.
Last week's games left Sunshine Carpet and Upper Deck tied for
first place overall, 8-1, with Tri-County Trucking (6-3) and
Chiliheads in second, 5-4.
Sunshine shut out Ojai Optical, 19-0, and after five innings
called the game on the mercy rule.
Later, Sunshine again slammed their opponents, this time Chemolene/OST,
22-5. Though Chemolene/OST shut Sunshine out of the first inning,
Sunshine retalialted with seven runs in the second to retain
the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Diamond Dogs, whose pitcher, George Conrad, is pictured above,
are currently in seventh place, tied with the Silver Bullets
with four wins and five losses in the season.
Despite their five losses, the Dogs have kept most of their games
fairly close, with a loss to Tri-County Trucking, 5-3, and the
Silver Bullets, 9-8. The Dogs had the lead for most of the game,
but were taken down in the bottom of the seventh when the Silver
Bullets scored four runs to seal their victory.
Diamond Dog Rob Lasby highlighted the Dog offense, going two
for three at bat and knocking a home run into the outfield.
In the women's league, Just Us Again slid by Brue's/Buddy Burger,
11-10, thanks to Deena Elshere's four-for-five-batting. Ojai
Pizza and TACT Construction matched each other with 14 runs each.
The women's league slaughter went to Professional Auto, whose
Lacey Albrent and Jessica Pardee went three for four to blaze
past Ojai Fresh Juice, 14-1.
Other league slaughterings came from the Chilihead, whose Doug
Colborn went five for five to help his team score 25 runs to
Ojai Optical's nine.
Ojai Optical came back, however, to silence Rowe with 19 runs
to one. Later, Chemolene/ OST pounded Rowe again, 23-8. Valley
Builders were creamed by the Oak View Outlaws, who drove in 31
runs to three.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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