Rug Sox, Creamers stay alive in women’s softball playoffs

Katherine Clark of the Rug Sox played the sure hop and made the play at first against the Late Fees. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The second week of Women’s Softball League playoffs got off to a rousing start, Tuesday, at Tisbury’s War Veterans Memorial Park as the Rug Sox, winless throughout the season, outscored the Late Fees, 12-7.

The Sox pushed across a run in the first inning, and the Fees matched it in the second. After a scoreless third inning the Sox went two up in the fourth and added another run in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth the Fees’ Sarah Williston blasted a drive plenty long enough for her to scamper around all the bases making the score 4-2 after five.

In the sixth, the Sox added two to their stash of runs but the Fees scored five, taking a one run lead. Sox fans, some of the most loyal and vocal in the league, began to think the unthinkable — that the plucky but unlucky Sox would taste disappointment yet again. But they were wrong.

The top of the seventh started with the Sox filling the bases with walks, then they proceeded to score six times running the count to 12-7 which was more than the Late Fees could match and the Rug Sox celebrated their first win of the year.

Monday’s second game pitted the Creamers against the Shady Ladies, a clash of talented lineups. The Creamers jumped off to a 5-0 lead with a run in the first and four more in the second while their tight defense kept the Ladies off the board until the fourth when they pushed across three runs making it close, 5-3.

But, not for long. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Creamers dented the plate four times and coasted to a 9-3 win.

Tonight, the Snaps and Honeys, the teams with the two best season records butt heads at 6:15 pm at Veterans Park.

At the same hour, the Rug Sox take on the Creamers at the West Tisbury school field.