Shady Ladies whip Creamers for softball title

Crystal Walker belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning to pace the Shady Ladies to a 9-3 victory over the defending champion Creamers in the Women’s Slow Pitch League final Tuesday night at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Vineyard Haven.

The Ladies ran up a 7-1 lead by scoring four runs in the first inning and three in the fourth to clinch their first title.

The win capped off an unbeaten second season for the Shadies, who won all four playoff games and finished 10-2 for the summer.

The Creamers scored once in the top of the first, but never got their formidable offense going.

Part of the reason was sterling defense from third baseman Jen Oliver, shortstop Griffin Hughes, left-fielder Jill Napior and centerfielder Kat McCourt, who made a spectacular tumbling grab to thwart the Creamers last gasp in the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Jo Jo Jolicoeur was also superb.

The Creamers earned their place in the final with a come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Honeys last Thursday.

The Honeys put up five runs in the third inning to lead 5-1, but Veronika VandeGeer slugged the Creamers back into the game, lashing a pair of hits, including a triple in the fourth inning.