ABC Wipeouts Tame Animals in Home Opener!

ABC Wipeouts 24, Animals 10

2018 Disney Company Coed Softball Opening Night
Posted by J.K. on July 18th, 2018

The ABC Wipeouts opened Disney League ‘A’ division play last night in Studio City under the new lights recently installed at the park. The Wipeouts took on the 2017 ‘B’ division champion Animals.  With our regular starting pitcher Bret out for the night nursing a nagging injury, the ball was handed to Robin, who had not seen action on the field since the summer of 2010.  The Animals came out swinging in the top of the first sending seven batters to the plate that netted 2 runs helped by two doubles. In the home half of the inning the Wipeouts exploded with a vengeance, sending 16 batters to the plate with eleven scoring.  Shortstop Nick got us started with his first double of the season and third baseman Olyvia followed with a single that moved Nick to third.  That brought up first baseman Scott who ripped a single to easily score Nick and advance Olyvia to second.  Then right fielder Mary Anne did her version of the swinging bunt, sending a slow roller down the 3rd baseline and beating the throw to first for an infield single.  With the bases now loaded, left fielder Brad kept the hit parade going with a base hit to score both Olyvia and Scott to give us the lead at 3-2.  Second baseman Suzanne reached first on a fielder’s choice with Brad forced out at second and Mary Anne moving over to third.  Center fielder Jeff then ripped a single scoring Mary Anne that brought up Wipeouts catcher Kristin, who hit a shot to the opposite field in right with Jeff scoring on the errant throw to the infield. Right fielder Todd then singled Kristin home to score after another Animal errant throw got away.  Olyvia walked to put Wipeouts at first and second and then Robin ripped a single that scored both the speedy Todd and Olyvia.  After a pop up to third base gave us our second out, Nick singled to score Robin with our eleventh run of the first inning to give the Wipeouts command early in the game 11-2.

In the top of the second the Animals attempted a comeback by sending 9 batters to the plate and scoring 6 times, thanks in part to a bases clearing triple, but when the infield dust cleared the Wipeouts were still in control by a score of 11-8.  In the bottom of the second the Wipeouts flexed their muscles again as Brad led off with a towering solo Home Run, his first of the season.  Olyvia singled and then Jeff smashed his first Home Run of the season over the right fielder’s head to extend our lead to 14-8 after two innings.

 

In the top of the third the Animals strung together 3 hits that produced two runs but still trailed 14-10.  In the home half of the third inning Nick hit his first Home Run of the season, followed by a double by Olyvia, which could have been a triple had she not hurt her ankle rounding second base.  Scott followed with a single to left to advance Olyvia to third and Mary Anne’s single scored Olyvia and moved Scott to third.  Brad then singled with Scott coming home to score and Mary Anne racing over to third just ahead of the throw.  After a pop out to shortstop Jeff singled home Mary Anne and the Wipeouts had extended the lead to 18-10 after three complete.

 

With time quickly evaporating on the Animals, the Wipeouts dug down and held the Animals scoreless in the top of the fourth with Mary Anne making a great stop in right field and then throwing to first base to get the runner for the third out!  With only 17 minutes left in the game the ABC crew proceeded to pad the lead as Olyvia got things going with her fourth hit of the game.  After a strike out gave us one out, Mary Anne absolutely caught the Animals off guard and ripped a line drive down the third baseline that also skipped past the left fielder for her first Home Run!  Nick continued the hit barrage by hitting his second Home Run of the game.  After a pop out to second base gave us 2 outs, Scott contributed to the power surge with his first Home Run of the season.  Kristin then drew a base on balls that allowed her husband, the other half of the Power Couple Brad to come up and crush his second Home Run of the season.  The Umpire then called the game as time had run out to give the Wipeouts a blowout victory over the Animals by a final score of 24-10.

Next Game:  July 25, 2018 at Studio City Park 7pm versus The Slugs

 

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