Dundalk softball survives two charges from Bowie in sweep
Walk-off wins in both games for senior softball team
The scorebook will read the Dundalk Senior softball team swept visiting Bowie Gold 7-6 and 14-13 on Monday at Stansbury Park.
But even a pair of one-run decisions does not do justice to how the games played out. For starters, in each game the winning run was driven home by the pitcher — but not the same player.
The first game was dramatic enough: trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Dundalk rallied for three runs to win the game.
With two outs and a runner on first, Warner Wamsley reached on an error, Rocky Barnes drove in a run and Dan Bandy delivered the game-winning hit.
Bowie Gold led 3-1 after the first inning. Each team had two three-run innings: Bowie Gold the first and sixth; Dundalk the third and seventh.
Kenny Dernetz had a tworun triple in the third inning and scored on a sacrifice to give Dundalk a 4-3 lead.
The second game looked at the closeness of the first game, shrugged, and said “I can beat that.”
Dundalk, having once trailed by seven runs, took a 13-10 lead into the seventh inning.
With runners on first and secnod and one out, an outfield error led to Bowie scoring two runs and putting the tying run on third.
Dundalk almost got out of it, but a two-out single tied the game.
Still, it seemed but a temporary reprieve for Bowie Gold. Wamsley ledoff the bottom of the seventh with a double, and Bandy was intentionally walked.
With three attempts at the game-wending base hit, Dundalk instead got two flyouts and a popout.
Teams start with a runner on second in extra innings. A leadoff single ro center put runners on first and third with no outs.
Drew Martin struck out the next batter on a called third strike. Barnes then started a double play, fielding a ground ball near second base, stepping on the bag and snapping an offbalance throw to first for the third out.
Dundalk then finished it up quickly. With one out, Martin singled to center to drive in the winning run.
The victory gave Dundalk an 8-4 mark. Monday was the last day of the abbreviated regular season, but there are makeup games to be played before the postseason tournament, the format of which is yet to be determined.
Trailing 8-1 entering the bottom of the third inning of the second game, Dundalk got back into it with a fiverun inning.
(In senior softball, five is the maximum number of runs that can be scored in an inning until the seventh inning.)
Singles by Herb Amey, Martin and Bobby Fandom loaded the bases with no outs. Tom Montgomery gruonded into a fielder’s choice, scoring a run, and Bobby Smith singled to left for another run.
A dropped fly ball brought in two more runs for Dundalk, and an RBI from Bobby Lucas ended the inning.
Dundalk had another double play in the top of the fourth, with Wamsley fielding a ground ball, touching second and throwing to first.
Bowie scored two runs in the top of the fifth and was on the verge of extending its lead even further with the bases loaded and one out.
Dernetz, playing shortstop, ended the threat by snagged a line drive and tossing to Wamsley to double the runner off second base.
A throwing error gifted Dundalk tworuns in the bottom of the inning, and it was still a two-run game, 10-8, entering the sixth inning.
Dundalk loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on an error and two walks. One run scored on a sac fly, and Lucas singled to tie the game.
An RBI single by Phil Biedronski put Dundalk in the lead. Randy Roberts followed with a sacrifice fly to right, and then Randy Roberts got into a run-down between first and second that allowed the fifth run of the inning to score from third.
In a wild finale, the Dundalk Senior softball team rallied from a sevenrun deficit; gave back a three-run lead in the seventh inning; failed to exploit an opportunity to win the game in the bottom of the seventh; made a clutch play to keep the go-ahead run from scoring in the top of the eighth before winning in the bottom of the inning.
Ricky Barnes and the Dundalk Senior softball team had two walk-off wins in a doubleheader against Bowie Gold on Monday.