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Blue Nabs First Victory of Series 3, 7-6

Blue took the first game of Series 3, 7-6, in a brisk back and forth battle on August 13.

Red leadoff hitter Christine got things started with a single. Zoe moved her over with a single of her own, then Heather drove in Christine with another single, giving Red runners at first and second with one out. Blue looked like they would get out of the inning as the next batter hit a grounder that just begged to be turned into a double play, but after securing the out at second, Blue overthrew first. First baseman Emily hustled after the ball and threw a perfect strike to Amy to nail the runner at the plate to end the inning on a sort of double play. In the bottom half of the inning, Blue leadoff Yumi reached base on an error and later scored as pitcher Peggy Sue helped herself with a bomb to center for a double. A single by Penny gave Blue runners at first and third with one out. Red pitcher Kellie worked out of the jam by inducing a grounder to herself and then running down a foul popup. 1-1 after one.

Blue grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second with a little two out rally as Amy singled an Yumi doubled. Red came out in the third determined to take back the lead, as Zoe and Kellie singled and Heather walked to give the team bases loaded and no outs. Kristin smacked a hard grounder up the middle that was knocked down by the Blue shortstop, but it was enough to drive in the tying run. Unfortunately for Blue, or fortunately for Red, depending on your perspective, the subsequent throw to first was errant, allowing a second run to score, and giving Red runners on second and third with no outs. The next batter hit the ball hard, but right at the third baseman Rita who beat the runner to third for a double play. Peggy Sue struck out the next batter to end the threat. In the bottom half, Rita drove in Peggy Sue to tie the game at 3 after three.

Red came roaring back in the fourth, as once again Zoe, Kellie, Heather and Kristen combined for  three runs (all after two outs!) to put Red ahead 6-3. In the bottom of the fourth, Yumi and Emily hit back-to-back doubles (after two outs as well) to close the gap to 6-4 after four.

Blue pitcher Penny settled down and pitched a scoreless fifth. The Blue team scored a run in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 6-5, but their hopes for a big inning were crushed by a web gem by shortstop Christine as she ranged to her right and backhanded a hard grounder headed to left field, then whirled and threw to second just ahead of the runner for the third out of the inning.

Penny retired the heart of Red’s order 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth, the drove in the tying run with a single in the bottom. Blue then loaded the bases with one out, but Heather snared a comebacker to retire the lead runner at home. Then, in quite possibly the strangest play in the history of the CWBL, Blue scored the go ahead run on rule 7.05h, or what happens when a passed ball finds a small hole in the fence and goes out of play, which is runners advance one base. 7-6 Blue after six.

After catching the first six innings, Amy came in to close for Blue. Two of the first three Red batters got on base, bringing up the top of the order. The second out came on a popup, but Blue did not relax, as the heart of Red’s order was now coming to the plate. The next batter hit a sharp grounder to third that Rita played nicely then beat the runner to the bag for the final out of the game.