Women’s softball playoffs underway

Rachel Rooney of the Shady Ladies gets the ball as Darcie Lee Hanaway of the Honey slides into third. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The women’s slow pitch softball playoffs got underway Tuesday night with a doubleheader at Veterans Park.

The first game matched the third-seeded Honeys (5-4) and the sixth-seeded Shady Ladies (0-9). The Shadies came into the contest hoping to repeat the feat of the 2011 Rug Sox, who were winless throughout the regular season but pulled off a big win in the playoffs.

The Shadies lost to the Honeys, 10-1, but because the women’s tournament is double elimination, they will have one more shot at a win. The 2011 Sox also lost game one, before upsetting the Late Fees in the next game.

The Honeys scored three runs in the first inning and one in the second. The Shadies got on the board in the third, but Kelly Silvia belted a home run in the fourth as the Honeys built a 7-1 lead.

Still, the Shadies, led by new coach Jack Law, played out the full seven innings, without succumbing to the mercy rule, and they have a chance to bounce back next Tuesday.

Their opponents in the losers’ bracket will be the Rug Sox, who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Late Fees in Tuesday’s nightcap.

The Fees (6-5) scored in the home half of the first, but the Sox (3-8) took the lead in the second on three hits. Jen Ingraham singled, Katherine Clark batted her in, and Jen Oliver knocked in Clark, as the Sox took a 2-1 lead.

The Late Fees loaded the bases in the third and scored twice to lead, 3-2.

The Fees broke the game open with three runs in the fifth, keyed by Carol Bailey’s triple to deep center.

The Sox had two more innings to get closer, but Fees pitcher Laura Kimble and her sure-handed defense closed the door.

With their opening night victories, the Honeys and Late Fees moved into the winners’ bracket and will face the top two seeds, tonight. The Honeys (6-4) will take on the top-seeded and defending champion Snaps (9-1) at Veterans Park field ‘B’ and the Honeys play the Creamers (7-3) at Nunes Field in Edgartown. Both games start at 6:15 pm.

The Snaps look formidable in their quest for a repeat and ended the regular season on August 2, with a 16-4 win over the Creamers in five innings.