Ortega Hurricane's Game of the Week Apr 16th
Naturals Softball Club Defeat the "Unknowns" 15-11
in Ringhaver Park Men's Softball.
The Naturals Softball Club trailed early 9-3 in
Monday Night Softball
Action at Ringhaver Softball
Complex. However they refused to die and mounted
an amazing comeback to snatch victory
jaws of defeat.
The Naturals bats had been cold until they
came to bat in the bottom of the fourth.
a spark. They got it when Natural's 2nd baseman
Jimmy Stewart Started the inning with a triple.
an out was recorded, the Naturals then banged
out six straight hits. Bredy Stratton's double
scored Charlie Adkins
and Wayne Bennett to tie the
The Unknowns then changed Pitchers to try and break up the
The move worked as the new pitcher retired the
next two batters to end the threat
You could feel that the momentium
had shifted due to
The big inning. The other ball club, The Unknowns,
came to bat in the Top of the fifth inning
regain the lead.
But after the first Unknowns' batter got on with a hit
they were stabbed in the
heart by Natural's catcher
James Ottemeyer who ran full speed into the backstop
to dig out a pop fly. Ottemeyer
effort, showing no regard for
his own personal safety, deflated the Unknowns moral
and they went down quietly
to keep the score knotted at 9-9.
It seemed as if the Naturals would continue to roll as Stewart singled
Clifton doubled with one out in the Fifth inning.
Roger Tillis then stepped into the batter's box with runners at 2nd
and one out. A flyball would give the Naturals the lead.
That is exactly what Tillis did hitting a high
Left field for a sacrifice fly scoring Stewart. But as
the Unknowns were slow to field the relay throw
outfield evryone looked up to see Clifton rounding
third like a runaway beer truck. Clifton slid home
just as the
throw arrived. When the dust cleared Clifton was called out.
However The Naturals had a 10-9 lead.
was just what the Unknowns needed and seemed to rally
from the defensive play. They banged out four straight
to score twice and take the lead back 11-10.
But the Naturals Lower part of the batting order had been productive
all night. Sure enough Naturals Josh Winstead singled and so did
Merchant. Then Charlie Adkins walked to load the bases
with none out.
Making sure the Naturals go the lead Wayne Bennett hit a sac fly to
tie the game.
as if that would be all as the Unknowns retired the next batter
and Naturals David Butler's hit a grounder to short.
But Butler, running
hard made the Unknown's Shortstop rush his throw. The firstbaseman could not handle
and Merchant scampered home to give the Naturals the lead.
Brian McGowen, next up, banged a base hit scoring two runs
and then later
Stewart drove in another run to make it 15-11.
But the Naturals got the first two batters onbase
in the top of the seventh
inning and had the top of the order coming up. But the Unknown's lead off hitter
sharp grounder to Natural's Shortstop David Butler who threw him out
at first. 1st baseman then pegged a throw to 2nd
base to double off the baserunner
who had strayed to far off the bag. The bang bang double play ended the play
preserved the Naturals 15-11 victory