#3 Contract Killers 6
#2 Legal Eagles 5
Trailing by one run in the top of the sixth inning, the Contract Killers came up to the plate and got just what they needed to end the year as this year’s Spring Grad/Law Softball Champions, beating the Legal Eagles 6-5 at Manchester Field.
“Winning feels great. We’ve played together for six seasons and have always been near the top. To finally bring home some ugly t-shirts . . . it’s the dream,” said David Israel.
It was apparent that both teams came to play. The game displayed not only timely hitting from both teams, but also top-class defense.
The Legal Eagles, who came in as the #2 seed and the home side, boasted a truly intimidating offense. They had the largest run differential during the regular season and even won their semifinal matchup by double figures. Carrying the hot bats, the Eagles put up four early runs in the bottom of the first to respond to the Killers’ three runs.
Defense took over as neither team managed to score more than two runs an inning thereafter. In particular, the Killers’ Ben White made a number of spectacular plays at third base. The highlight of the night came on a liner ripped to left field that was snatched away by White as he went airborne to take the hit away.
The play was of particular importance because of a running lapse in the previous inning. The Eagles were able to turn two after their shortstop snagged a liner by Krysta Peterson and doubled up a frozen Tim Workman at second base to end the inning.
The Killers kept their heads and spirits up as they manufactured the game-winning run in the top of the sixth with veteran calm.
The Eagles only managed one base runner in the bottom of the sixth to lose for the first time to the Contract Killers in three meetings (1-1-1).
The Killers were also the Comeback Kids in their quarterfinal matchup against top-seed Cases Loaded, coming from behind late in the game to win 9-8.
Even with the win, Israel is already looking forward to next season: “Just looking forward to assembling a team to defend the title next semester.”