Softball: First Round Of The Playoffs

July 15, 2019

The first round of the softball playoffs saw several first-round upsets.

A Paulo Arruda grand slam in extra innings led Docksiders to a 16-12 victory over favored X-Bats in an A Division contest.

Both teams were tied at 11 after seven innings with Shawn Furlong [5-5] doing much of the damage for Dockies while Dustin Luck was the big man for X-Bats in going 3-4 with 4 RBI. Mark James was 3-4 with 4 RBI and a homer for X-Bats while Docksiders’ coach Richard Madeiros also had a good night in going 3-5 with three RBIs and a homer.

Raggamuffins came from behind to beat higher seed FIU Scared Hitless 19-12 in a B Division contest. Steve Wallace [4-4] smacked two homers and drove in seven to spark ‘Muffins to the triumph. Teammate Brent Giannone aided in going 3-5 from the leadoff spot. FIU’s Chris Pitcher [2-4, HR, 3 RBI] and Troy pitcher [3-4] did well from the middle of the lineup.

Beach Bums pulled off a surprise in beating top seed Team Smokey 18-14. Dylan Desilva [4-5] and Jeff Olson [3-5 both had good turns at the plate for the Bums, but it was Katie Masters [2-5] who led the team with 4 RBI. Jacinto Brownie, Lateef Trott [5 RBI], and Sarah Robinson all had three hits in the losing cause for FIU.

The first and second place teams in the C Division, Buffaloes and Super Express both swept their series. Buffaloes doubled up Shooters 18-9, then finished them off 25-13. In the second game for Buffaloes, Josh Bang was 5-5 with a homer and five RBI while teammate Johnny Singleton homered and plated six.

Super Express locked up Five O’s 19-4, before beating them by a nearly identical 20-4. In the top half of the Women’s bracket Angels had little difficulty in flying past the Outback Skylights 21-3.

Third seed PHC Zebras pulled off an upset in defeating last year’s champs Hardknockz 14-6, but the series was levelled when they pummeled PHC 26-6.

In the Corporate Division, KPMG and Athene Warriors are tied at one game apiece after the Warriors defaulted the second game. Athene, the regular season champs, beat KPMG 15-6 in the opening match. PWC dropped two to BEST Shipping and are eliminated after defaulting their second game. BEST won the opener 15-6.

The softball playoffs continue at the Michael Preece Softball Diamond at Bernard Park with games scheduled from Monday to Thursday this week starting at 6 pm.

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