By Dave Hoffenberg
It took a little while, but Killington Resort has made it back to where they were all of last season – in first place. To get there they had to fight two teams on the Bridgewater battle field: McGrath’s Sushi and Clearly Moguls. First battle combatant was MS and pitcher Matt Kinsman quickly made it a 2-0 lead with his bat and a long home run. KR went up 3-0 in the top of the first after Kyle “Famous” Amos added a solo shot.
The first inning was all about the pitchers and their bats, not their arms. MS tied the game in the bottom after pitcher “Big” Josh Tarleton launched a three-run rocket over the fence. Both teams stranded runners on the corners in the second, keeping the score tied. Tarleton got the best of Kinsman in the third after he sent him back to the bench with a “Cold Beer K.”
Kinsman’s team had other plans and fired up the bats for four runs off five singles and a double. MS did it with doubles off their first three batters and combined with two singles, they produced three runs. That brought them within one, 7-6. Whereas KR started the third with a “CBK,” MS ended it with one after Taylor “Stone Cold” K’d.
KR got five runs in the fourth off two home runs with a two-out rally. Nate Stoodley knocked in two and Corey Stearns blasted one for three. Just like in the prior inning MS answered with runs, just one less than KR. Tarleton jacked another homer, this time a two-run shot and Ezrah Lemieux had a two-run double to come within two (12-10).
The fifth inning was a hit parade for KR as they batted through their order one-and-a-half times. That produced a whopping 12 runs. Both Ian’s and Greg McClallen were two-for-two with two singles and two runs scored in that inning alone. MS had to produce a huge two-out rally to keep the game alive after Stone popped out and Jamie Rameau “CBK’d,” but all they got was three runs to fall to a mercy loss, 24-13.
In the bottom of the double-header, Clearly Moguls sandwiched 10 runs in between two “CBKs”: One by lead-off batter Brando “Saved by Stella” Remick, and “DJ” Dave Hoffenberg. They added one more for a huge 11-0 lead after one-half inning. Judd Washburn jacked the game’s first home run, a three-run blast to right. KR got five runs in the bottom, with all but one of those off a grand slam by Stearns. CM had nothing doing in the second, but KR’s Ian Smith had some sweet “D” with a web gem diving stop and throw to first.
CM saw their big lead completely disappear in the bottom and faced a one-run deficit after KR hit their way to seven runs. Stearns was “En Fuego” and added another homer, this time a two-run shot. Guth ended that onslaught with a “CBK.” Neither team could do anything in the third. Angel Shannon put CM back on top, with a three-run shot and Brett “The Hitman” Regimbald drove in another for a 15-12 lead. Stoodley tied it 15-15 with one swing of the bat. “Tall” Tom Gilligan saved a run with a big web gem as he caught a fly ball with a full extension catch over his head. Jimbo Billings and “DJ” Dave broke that tie with an RBI hit apiece. CM stretched their lead 19-15 after Regimbald and Shannon drove in a run apiece.
KR took their first lead since the second with a five-run sixth, 20-19. If CM was going to come back, it was going to have to be with a two-out rally after Scott “Scooter” Watelet and Hunter Pike flew out. Billings and Ronzoni Hacker kept CM’s hopes alive with a single apiece. It came down to “DJ” Dave with two out, two on, and his team down one. Unfortunately for them, he ended the game with a “CBK.”
Wednesday, June 27 Karrtel vs McGrath’s Sushi @ Killington 6 p.m.
OmyaRamas vs Clearly Moguls @ Bridgewater 5:50 p.m.
First Stop Outback vs Killington Resort @ Bridgewater 7 p.m.
Monday, July 2
OmyaRamas vs Karrtel @ Killington 5:50 p.m.
Karrtel vs Killington Resort @ Killington 7 p.m.
Clearly Moguls vs McGrath’s Sushi @ Bridgewater 5:50 p.m.
McGrath’s Sushi vs First Stop Outback @ Bridgewater 7 p.m.
1. Killington Resort 6-2
2. Clearly Moguls 5-2
3. First Stop Outback 5-3
4. McGrath’s Sushi 4-4
5. OmyaRamas 3-4
6. Karrtel 0-8