Summer softball season hits homestretch

Creamers' catcher Faith Vanderhoop reaches out to tag Emily Williston of the Mama's Girls as umpire Richie Roy watches the play unfold. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

As August begins, the summer softball season is heading into the homestretch and the contenders are clearly established. Heading into Wednesday night’s men’s triple-header at Veterans Park, the two-time defending champion Hurricanes (13-2) had a slim, half-game lead over the Highlanders (12-2), who have a game in hand and would win a tiebreaker if necessary.

The ‘Canes rallied Monday night from a 13-3 deficit with nine runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to clip the Brewhas, 14-13. The Brew Crew (not to be confused with those other guys from Milwaukee) led off the game with a John Van Putten home run and put up seven runs in the first inning. Eric Hatt homered twice and Derick Chrebet added another for the Brewhas.

July 25, the Hurricanes got round-trippers from Keith Crossland and Pat Kerr to rout the Blazers 24-7. The Blazers had a tough week. Monday night they fell in 10 innings to the expansion team Gustav, 15-14. The teams were knotted from the seventh inning on. Gustav pitcher Matt Montanile knocked in Marc Natichioni for the game-winner, as the green-clad league newbies claimed only their second win of the season. Billy Panek went yard for the Blazers.

In the other Monday night contest, Nick Billingham drilled three home runs to lead the Sons of Pitches to an 18-16 win over the Treds. Billy Johnson, Neil Estrella, Ronnie Miske, and Luke Bettencourt homered for the Treds.

In women’s play, the Snaps and Honeys stand atop the standings at 9-2. The Snaps downed the Shady Ladies 12-4 Tuesday night at Veterans Park. Ryann Gold homered and Chrissy McCarthy tripled for the victors. Gold and Lauren Merry were sharp with their gloves. July 25, the Snaps edged the Rug Sox 10-9.

The Honeys kept pace Tuesday with a 10-1 win over the Rug Sox (3-8). The teams were tied at 1-1 until the fourth, when the Honeys’ bats broke free and took over the game.

The best game of the evening was between league newcomers the Mama’s Girls and the Creamers. The Mama’s came into the game trying to shake off an 8-6 loss on July 25 to the Shadies, who posted their first win of the season.

The Girls raced out to a 6-1 lead but the Creamers fought back with five runs in the fifth, keyed by Julie Perry’s three-run triple.

Jillian Sedlier restored the Mama’s edge in the top of the seventh with a three-run homer, her second round-tripper of the game, scoring Sarah Williston and Katie Hines. The Creamers answered with two runs in the bottom half, thanks to singles from Julie Perry and Tanya Vorhees, but the Mama’s held on to win, 9-8, improving to 8-3.

Veronica Buckley went 3 for 3 for the Creamers (3-6). Taylor Hughes, Shawna O’Donnell, and Felicia Williams all had singles.