T.A.C.T. on top in Ojai softball
By Misty Volaski
Team Transit MX, 17
Valley Builders, 12
Team Transit started and ended big, scoring five runs in the
first and seventh. The rest of the game, however, found them
scoring a few runs here and there - just enough to keep Valley
Builders on their toes.
The Builders took the lead in the third and held it till the
fifth, when Transit scored three times to take the lead by one
run. Valley Builders made one last attempt at vitctory in the
sixth, when they held the lead again - but just for a few minutes,
as Team Transit, in a "Lakers-esque" move, came back
from behind to score five for the win.
Valley Builders, 7
Diamond Dogs, 6
Taking note of Team Transit's come-from-behind technique, the
Valley Builders went on to nab a big victory against the Diamond
Dogs with five runs late in the game. The Dogs held the lead
from the from the second to the fifth inning, but the Builders
put the heat on in the sixth, where they drove in five players
to bring the game to a score of 7-4. The Dogs' two in the sixth
made them just one run shy of the win. Neither team scored in
the seventh to leave the game at 7-6, Builders.
Diamond Dogs, 17
Team Transit MX, 11
The Dogs came out strong in this one, scoring six runs in the
first inning alone. Though the Transit boys came close, they
weren't able to catch the Dogs, who topped the morning off with
a 17-11 win.
T.A.C.T., 14, Ojai Sports, 4
Ojai Sports came up short in their first game of the day, losing
14-4 to T.A.C.T. Ojai Sports' four runs came in the fourth and
fifth innings, while T.A.C.T. finished off the game with six
runs in the sixth. The Ojai Sports team wasn't able to get connect
very often, resulting in a show of only four runs from their
Oak View Outlaws, 3
T.A.C.T. added another win to its list later in the day, when
they smashed the Outlaws, 19-3. The first inning left spectators
wondering if this might be a close game - by the second inning,
the score was 3-2. However, T.A.C.T. exploded onto the scene
with a huge eight runs in the third and never looked back. They
allowed Oak View only one more hit, bringing their score to a
total of three.
Oak View Outlaws, 20
Ojai Sports, 4
The Outlaws exacted revenge on the Division Three softball world
with a 20-run performance that ended the game early in the mercy
rule. Though it started slow, the Outlaws outdid the Sportsters
in every inning, scoring eight runs in the second and five each
in the fourth and fifth before the game was called.
Ojai Sports, 11
Diamond Dogs, 6
The Ojai Sports players finally snagged a win a week later,
topping the Dogs, 11-6. Bell Phipps went three for four for the
Sportsters. Danny Villa's two for three performance landed him
with a double, but the contribution wasn't enough, and Ojai Sports
drowned the Dogs.
Ojai Sports, 14
Valley Builders, 8
Continuing with another win was the Ojai Sports squad, who topped
the Valley Builders with a big five runs in the first, after
keeping the Builders from any runs that inning. By the time the
fifth inning rolled around, the score was already 11-1 and it
was looking as if the mercy rule would be called for the first
time that day. However, he Builders managed to swing for four
runs, enough to keep them in the game. But their efforts were
in vain, as the Sports players soared through the game with a
total of 14 runs.
Oak View Outlaws, 13
Diamond Dogs, 10
The Outlaws' Jeremy Glass was the big hitter of the day for the
Outlaws, scoring a home run in addition to going three for three.
Cliff Jones also had a perfect three hits off of three at-bats.
The Outlaws hit the majority of their runs in the first and second,
where they picked up six runs in each inning. Though the Dogs
tried to catch up in the fifth with five runs, the Outlaws reigned,
T.A.C.T., 19, Valley Builders, 7
The T.A.C.T. team didn't have much finesse when they played the
Builders later that afternoon as they pounded the Builders, 19-7.
T.A.C.T., which is on a three-game winning streak, opened with
three runs, followed by a huge 12 in the second. Unable to compete,
the Builders lost on the mercy rule in the fifth.
Team Transit MX, 8
The Transit's Dan Allen led his team for the game, connecting
with the ball at every at-bat for three hits - but that was the
only standout in a game where T.A.C.T. led every inning except
the fifth, where for a brief moment the two teams were tied before
T.A.C.T. tackled Team Transit with four runs in the sixth to
seal the win for T.A.C.T.
Team Transit MX, 18
Oak View Outlaws, 1
The Outlaws must not have been on their game this time - with
only one run scored in the whole game, (whereas Transit already
had 11) mercy was finally bestowed upon the Outlaws in the sixth,
but not before Transit got in seven more blows to up their score
Diamond Dogs, 11, Ojai Sports, 10
In the day's closest matchup, the Dogs came out looking like
the clear winner with 10 runs after just two innings. However,
Ojai Sports came back with an eight-run come bacl in the sixth,
putting the heat on the Dogs, who were able to maintain their
lead for the win.
Oak View Outlaws, 13
Team Transit, 6
The Outlaws' Ray Frasier topped the game with a four for four
performance, also adding a home run to the Outlaws' score. Transit
player Larry Elshere's perfect at-bat (three for three) wasn't
enough to keep Team Transit above water, resulting in a 13-6
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