Snaps stay alive, oust Creamers in women’s softball

Ryann Gold blasted a lead-off homer in the fifth inning and headed for home plate with her Snaps teammates and the fans on their feet. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Ryann Gold hit a solo home run and knocked in two more to lead the Snaps to a 9-7 win over the Creamers, Tuesday night at Veterans Park in the women’s softball double-elimination playoffs.

With the win, the defending champion Snaps kept alive hopes of a repeat.

The Creamers started off well with three runs in the first inning. Julie Perry tripled and scored on an error in the third to give the Cream Team a 5-0 lead.

The Snaps fought back in the bottom half. Kurstin Meehan led off with a home run to left. Crystal Miske, Crystal Roy, Ryann Gold, Chrissy McCarthy, and Ashley Tarter all got on base and the game was tied at 5-5 heading into the fourth.

Trisha Jendrick put the Creamers back in front 6-5 with an RBI in the fifth but the lead was short-lived.

Ryann Gold opened the home half of the fifth with a titanic shot out of Field ‘A’ and well into Field ‘B’. Chrissy McCarthy followed with another solo homer to give the Snaps a 7-6 lead.

Gold provided some insurance with a three-bagger in the sixth to make it 9-6.

The Creamers filled the bases in the seventh, thanks to Chick Stapleton, Liz Dowd, and Teri Arias, but Snaps second baseman Ashley Tarter snagged a Taylor Hughes line drive and doubled up Arias to quell the rally.

The Snaps advanced to play the Rug Sox in an elimination game Thursday at 6:15pm at Nunes Field in Edgartown.

The Sox eliminated the Shady Ladies, 21-4, in Tuesday night’s opener.

The Shadies led 3-1, but the Sox countered with two in the second, six in the third, and 12 in the fifth. Sam Cleland hit a three-run double in the third and Jen Ingraham belted a three-run homer in the fifth.

Coming into the tournament, the Snaps and Creamers, last year’s finalists, were the top two seeds. However, both teams were upset in their playoff openers on August 9.

The Snaps lost in 10 innings, 16-15, to the Honeys in a game that took over two hours. The teams played until dark on Field ‘B’. The Brewhas and Wildcats delayed the start of their men’s contest and the women played the final three innings under the lights on Field ‘A’.

Nicole Gazaille led off the tenth with a triple and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly.

At Nunes Field in Edgartown, the Creamers ran into a hot Late Fees team and lost, 15-5. The Fees played their best game of the season and built a 12-1 lead. Jaci Smith had the big hit with a three-run triple.

The Fees and Honeys, both 2-0 in the post-season, will meet Thursday at 6:15pm in the winners’ bracket game at Veterans Park Field ‘B’.