The Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League began its season ending Playoffs last Thursday at Tisbury’s Veterans War Memorial Park.
The first game of the double header, Late Fees versus the Snaps, was a defensive gem with running catches in the outfield, batters thrown out at first from short field and hot grounders fielded faultlessly in the infield.
The Late Fees squeezed a run across the plate in the bottom of the first inning which stood up and stood alone until the fourth when the Snaps pushed a run across the plate to even the count — but only briefly. At the bottom of the inning the Fees scored a second run, retaking the lead. That was it!
Appropriately, the game ended with the Snaps executing a snappy double play. Final score: Late Fees 2, Snaps 1.
Thursday’s second game provided a nice contrast to the first as the Honeys and Rug Sox combined efforts to produce 18 runs.
The Honeys crossed the plate six times in the bottom of the first and were never seriously challenged. The Sox scored a run in the second, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth. The Honeys added two runs in the second, one in the fourth and five in the fifth. Final score: Honeys 14, Rug Sox 4.
Tuesday the victorious Late Fees tackled the Shady Ladies and the Honeys faced the Creamers.
The Fees pushed a run across the plate in the first inning and another in the third. The Ladies scored twice in the second. That was it until the eighth. Umpire Donald Herman’s search for goose eggs to post on the scoreboard became harder and harder and finally ran out.
But the Ladies ended matters in the bottom of the eighth, converting a base on balls, an error, and two singles into a winning run. Shady Ladies 3, Late Fees 2.
The second game of the double header had the league leading Creamers facing their nemesis, the Honeys.
Runs were almost as hard to come by as they were in the earlier contest. The Honeys scratched out a run in the top of the third and made that stand up until they added three runs on four walks and three singles in the final frame.
The scoreless Creamers responded in the bottom of the seventh ending their string of zeroes at seven but their rally was too little too late. Honeys 4, Creamers 2.
The Women’s League Playoffs continue tonight with the Late Fees facing the Snaps and the Rug Sox taking on the Creamers.