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Killington softball league: Winners and losers brackets determined

The double elimination playoffs are under way and, if the first game is any indication, this is going to be quite the battle throughout. The game between the four seed Phat Italian and the five seed Killington Meadows was an offensive explosion and the crowd on hand enjoyed the show. In the regular season these two teams each blew the other out and then the Phat Italian enjoyed a close win. This game was like the latter but with a different outcome.

The Phat's Coach Craig hit the scoreboard first in the bottom of the first 1-0. Killington Meadow tied it up in the top of the second with a RBI double by Chandler "Big Red" Burgess. The Phat regained the lead with their at bat, 3-1. In the third, K.M. tied it at 3-3 off a big blast by Big Justin Laramie. The Phat got one more but in the fourth, K.M. exploded for four runs to take the biggest lead of the game 7-4. The Phat had a chance to shorten the lead but Rob Ranberg got caught looking for a huge "Cold Beer K" with ducks on the pond. That motivated K.M. and they widened their lead 10-4 good buddy in the fifth. The Phat would not quit and got a bunch of hits to close the gap 10-8 after Loco, Killer Kent, Ian and Pete "MG" Meluzzo all drove in a run. K.M. then got two back in the sixth after Eric Warmbrand smacked a two-run RBI. They had a chance for more but Loco made a great diving grab to the ground and threw out the runner at first from his knees. The inning ended with Dave Gore swinging for the fences and missing for a big "CBK". Loco shined again in the sixth with a two-run RBI scoring Craig and Jimbo Cassineri. K.M. would not let this win slip away and scored in the seventh and then held the Phat's rally off for the 14-11 lead and a date with the Vermonsters.

The second game Monday night featured the Heavy Hitters vs. last year's runner-ups, McGraths. The Hitters "won" the game in the first 1-0 and beat the "Vegas odds," but could not come out on top on the scoreboard. McGraths had some batting practice to gear up for their second round battle with Clearly Moguls and ended up with the 12-1 mercy win. Tweed Bus Bob added to his "CBK" total with one in the first inning.

McGraths clearly used up all their hits versus the Heavy Hitters because nothing was getting by Clearly Moguls. This was not an offensive explosion but C.M. did what they had to do to advance. Jackie Blue was a good looking sac machine driving in half of C.M's six runs. Brandon Remick and Neal "Birthday Boy" Giberti scored all the runs with three a piece and were perfect at the plate.

Giberti was also the defensive star of the game with eight put outs. McGraths didn't get on the scoreboard till the sixth when Bus Bob and Cookie each drove in a run and that was also the only time all game that they got past third base. With the 6-2 win, Clearly Moguls sent them to the loser's bracket to fight for their lives against the Phat Italian.

A completely different Killington Meadows team showed up in their game against the Vermonsters. Nothing was going right and everything was getting past them. In the regular season, two of their three games against this team were decided by three runs or less. Not this time; the Vermonsters showed why they're the number one seed. They put on a barrage of hits and lit up the scoreboard to a 20-5 blowout win. It's off to the loser's bracket for K.M. to see if they can stay alive against the Heavy Hitters. The Vermonsters will battle Clearly Moguls and the winner earns a trip to the Championship.

SCHEDULE:
Monday, July 29, Championship
Game 1 @ Killington 5:50 p.m. 
Game 2 @ Killington 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 31, Championship
Game 3 (if necessary) @ Killington 6:30 p.m.