Softball Playoffs in Full Effect

LAW LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

#5 Drunken S.O.L.E.S. 18 #4 Sons of Pitches 16

The Drunken S.O.L.E.S. came away on top in the upset special on Thursday night at Manchester Field.  D.S.’s hitting prowess was too much for the Sons of Pitches to handle.

Kim “The Shiv” Cruishank got D.S. going as the spark plug on offense and defense. She singled to lead off the game, and her teammates followed with four consecutive hits to put D.S. up 4-0 early in the first.  SOP came right back and cut the deficit to one with a 2-run home run by their cleanup hitter.

The same back and forth action was displayed for the rest of the game until D.S. burst out to an eight-run lead by the 7th inning.  SOP fought back valiantly, scoring five runs, but ultimately came up short.

D.S. captain Darrell Turner was a home run short for hitting for the cycle. Marquis “Big Papi” Anderson put a dent in his bat with a monstrous home run and double (3 RBI).    

Said Cecily Myrho after the game, “Son of a Pitch!  When’s next season start?”  D.S. advances to the semifinals and will play the team to beat—the K Killers—on Thursday, December 2.

#3 Susan Changs 11 vs. #6 Cases Loaded 4

Cases Loaded was the highest ranked 1L team in Grad/Law softball, and unfortunately they were trumped by experience as the Susan Changs took the 11-4 win.

After battling neck and neck for the first four innings, Susan Changs, in the final two innings, overtook CL and paved their way into the semifinals.  CL, however, did not leave without showing the upper L’s that they belong.

Henry Ciocca‘s  diving catch in shallow center field, though normally something found on ESPN Baseball Tonight’s “Web Gem” segment, has come be to expected as standard play for the 1L center fielder.  Mike Reilly, who was battling a wrist injury, was awarded the Kirk Gibson play of the playoffs.

“Mr. Reilly has been listed as “questionable” for the last few weeks with an “upper body injury.”  With the strength of one good wrist, Mr. Reilly led off the game with an Ichiro-esque lefty HR (his first ever left-handed at bat).  The only difference between Mike and ironman Brett Favre is their phone bill,” said New York native Jon Salt.

See also FINAL GRAD/LAW SOFTBALL STANDINGS (Fall 2010)

UNDERGRAD SOFTBALL SEMIFINALS

Metaphor 3 Well Hung Jury (Law team) 2

This was perhaps the best defensive performance by any two teams in USD softball history. Metaphor’s starting pitcher threw a nasty curveball every pitch, which even the best hitters on WHJ had difficulty turning on.  Well Hung Jury starting pitcher Lonnie Brown put in a masterful performance of his own, striking out three and inducing fly ball outs throughout the contest.

Metaphor went up 1-0 in the 2nd inning on a single.  WHJ finally mustered its first base hit in the 4th inning when Mark “The Alaskan Assasin” Chicklo lasered a ball into deep left field for a solo home run (his 5th home run of the season).  The hit knotted the game at 1.

“They were throwing some nasty pitches all game.  I just waited for a pitch I could hit.  Luckily, he left a curveball hanging just over the plate, and you know us.  We are Well Hung, so it wasn’t a problem taking care of that,” said Chicklo in his mid-inning interview.

Metaphor came right back the next inning when its left fielder hit an opposite field home run to take the lead at 2-1.

In the 6th inning, WHJ loaded the bases with two outs for Umar “I Take This Too Seriously” Hussain, who laced the first pitch up the middle for an RBI single.

“That was a big opportunity for us. When I was at the plate, Chicklo signaled for me to hit it up the middle.  There was a big gap, and I did my best to get my team back in the game,” said Hussain.

Behind solid defense from Kevin Brown, Mark Serino, and Raul Macias, WHJ forced the game into extra innings.  After failing to score in the top of the inning, WHJ had its backs against the wall.  With two on and two outs, Metaphor needed one hit to end the game. Ironically, they got that run to score on a WHJ error.  Hussain, in center field, dropped the easiest catch he had all season on a short pop fly.

“Aside from catching the ball on a corner kick in the fifth grade when I was a defender, that’s the most frustrating play I have ever had in sports.  I made three pretty good catches in the game, and couldn’t make that one!?  I hate sports,” said a distraught Hussain.

Metaphor came away with the 3-2 win and moved onto the finals.  What’s next for WHJ?  “We are going to take this valuable experience we got in the undergrad league and use it to crush our colleagues in the Law League next semester.  1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls, watch out!” warned a confident Kevin Brown.

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