John Taylor P.I. stakes claim
on first place
by Misty Volaski
Though the championships are in full swing, the Recreation
Department's coed softball league was left with some last-minute
changes in the record books at the end of the regular season.
Though R & R Fire Protection has led the league nearly the
entire season, it was ultimately John Taylor and Associates Private
Investigators that had what it took for first-place honors, scoring
14 runs to R & R Fire's 13.
Last Monday's game found R & R Fire lacking in several aspects,
but mainly in offense. John Taylor opened the game with a bang,
driving in five runs in the first inning alone. By the third
inning, R & R had a commanding lead, with 11 runs to R &
R & R Fire's come-back ability is, however, commendable.
The 10-2 team drove in five runs in the seventh inning - not
enough for the win, but enough to keep John Taylor's players
on edge for the rest of the game.
State Farm's championship game against Outkast had a similar
timbre, with Outkast struggling to steal first place from eventual
leaders State Farm. Outkast's chances at the win looked dismal
in the first, second and third innings, where State Farm scored
twice and held Outkast scoreless. In the fourth inning, however,
something seemed to click in the Outkast dugout as they drove
in five runs, taking the lead, 5-3.
Mike McGraw was State Farm's saving grace, hitting two home runs
and going four for four to allow five of his fellow teammates
to score. His five RBIs were the key in beating Outkast, who
fell behind in the sixth inning and lost, 8-5.
It seemed the Bat Busters were one of the only top teams to escape
a drop in ranks. They bested the sixth-place Warriors, 17-8,
and thoroughly dominated throughout the game.
The Bat Busters busted out with 13 runs in the first and second
innings while holding the Warriors to just two runs. The closest
the Warriors ever came was in the fourth inning, where they pounded
in six runs in that inning alone; they still trailed, however,
by eight, and the 8-4 Bat Busters drove in four more runs before
the game's end.
Because of Monday night's power outage, the rest of the coed
championship games will be held next Monday night beginning at
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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