Dun­dalk soft­ball sur­vives two charges from Bowie in sweep

Walk-off wins in both games for se­nior soft­ball team

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Ricky Barnes and the Dun­dalk Se­nior soft­ball team had two walk-off wins in a dou­ble­header against Bowie Gold on Mon­day.

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