The defending champion Stealers got off to a resounding start of the 2011 season of the Bob Owens Slow Pitch Softball League by trouncing league-leading Softball Inc., 21-3, Tuesday night at the D.C. Canegata Ball Park.
In this matchup of the league’s top two teams, the Stealers blasted six home runs and plated 17 runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Meanwhile Stealers ace Sam Ramos limited the powerful Softball Inc. squad to just three hits in picking up the four-inning, 15-run mercy-ruled victory. Cody St. Pierre got the loss.
The Stealers scored 21 runs on 19 hits and two errors, while Softball Inc. finished with three runs on three hits and four errors. Top batters for the winners were Aaron Howell and Angel Torres who were both 3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. For Softball Inc., St. Pierre was 2 for 2 with a home run and one RBI.
In the night’s other contests, the Coolers outlasted the Cartel, 23-21, in the night’s opener; and Anchor Dive cruised in the nightcap over the Dirty Dozen, 14-6,.
Coolers 23, Cartel 21
The Coolers came back from an early nine-run deficit to beat the Cartel 23-21 in game one Tuesday. It was the Coolers with 23 runs on 18 hits and two errors, while the Cartel finished with 21 runs on 16 hits and four errors. Dexter Desouza got the win on the hill for the Coolers, while James Smith got the loss.
Top batters for the Coolers were Eric Perez (4 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs) and Andre Ponce (3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs). For the Cartel, Ian Lewis was 4 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, and Lebreus Gittens was 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Anchor Dive 14, Dirty Dozen 6
Anchor Dive cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday’s late game over the last-place Dirty Dozen by a score of 14-6. It was anchor Dive with 14 runs on 12 hits and three errors, while the Dirty Dozen finished with six runs on nine hits and two errors.
Edwin Sankitts got the victory on the mound for Anchor Dive, and Jason Roberts got the loss. Top hitters for Anchor Dive were Raphael Almonte (2 for 4 with two home runs and two RBIs) and Carmelo Torres (2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs). For the Dozen, Dave Wentz was 2 for 2 with an RBI, and Anthony Antal was 1 for 2 with an RBI.