O'Donnell drives in game-winner in 17-16 slugfest
By Missy Hinks
Gold Coast Upholstery faced off
against Shanda's in Oak View earlier this week in the Ojai Recreation
Department's C Softball League. Gold Coast had the hot bats for
the first inning, plating six runs. Holding Shanda's scoreless
for their first two at bats, the Coast team stayed out in front.
Shanda's bats woke up in the bottom of the third inning, starting
with Randy McGraw and Lacey Abrent, who racked up five runs.
Shanda's plated two in the bottom of the fifth, and were able
to hold the Coast team scoreless that inning to take the one
run lead. Finding their bats in the seventh, Shanda's Juan Perez
homered in three of their final seven runs.
The Coast scored one in the top
of seven, but weren't able to catch the hard-hitting Shanda's.
The final score was Shanda's 14, Gold Coast 7.
R. Davis Construction faced off against the Hit & Miss crew
and won the game by a four-run margin. Davis took the early lead,
batting through their lineup to score 10 in the first, and one
in each of the next two innings.
Hit & Miss came back to score score six in the first three
innings, three from a three-run home run hit by Dennis Carmichael.
Over the next three innings,
Hit & Miss plated two to Davis' three. Down by six, in the
top of seven, Hit & Miss attempted a come back with Randy
Villa doubling and scoring one of the next three runs, but couldn't
catch up to Davis Construction. The final score was R. Davis
Construction 15, Hit & Miss 11.
Playing against the Bat Busters, Brue's Body got the game started
with four runs scored. Bat Busters answered with a three-run
homer by Jeremy Clark. Holding the Body Shop in check in the
top of two, the Busters took the one-run lead in the bottom of
the inning. Brue's racked up four in the next two innings, but
were outpaced by the Busters' one run in the third and seven
runs in the fourth.
Chasing five in the top of five, Brue's plated three runs over
the next two innings, while the Busters had two cross the plate.
In a "do-or-die" situation in the in the top of the
seventh inning, Brue's Kim Herman and John Lowe reached base
and scored on an error, while Brue's pitcher Gerald Deason slammed
a three-run home run to go up by one.
In the bottom of the seventh, Buster Mike O' Donnell drove in
both Colleen Cody and Brian Edwards for the win.
The final score was Bat Busters 17, Brue's 16.
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