McALESTER — Strikeouts are few and far between in a typical slowpitch softball game.
With so many balls put in play, the team that fields the best often wins.
The Firm made two fine defensive plays in the bottom of the seventh, preserving a 10-9 win against Scared Hitless in Tuesday’s recreation-league game at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.
“We’re pretty solid, defensively,” The Firm captain Josh Reid said. “We don’t make a whole a lot of errors, usually.”
Koby Franz reached on an error to start the bottom of the seventh for Scared Hitless, then 12-hole hitter WD Cox drew a walk to put the tying run in scoring position with no outs. Scared Hitless leadoff hitter Jonathan Neal then rolled a pitch softly towards the pitcher’s mound and The Firm pitcher Scotty Wagner.
Wagner fielded the ball cleanly, then threw over to third baseman Derek Brinkley just in time to force out Franz.
That brought Tyler Lewis to the plate. Lewis had been 0-for-3 heading into the at-bat, and he sent a grounder towards Brinkley.
Brinkley grabbed the ball, stepped on third base, then threw to Reid at second base for the game-ending double play.
Scared Hitless couldn’t mount comebacks in two consecutive innings, having done so in the bottom of the sixth. Nathan Siers (3-for-3, three runs scored) led off with a single up the middle, then went to second on Corey Camren’s sacrifice fly. Todd Simonetti reached on an error with two outs, then Dylan Helms (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) singled to left to drive in Siers.
Macken Shipman (2-for-3, four RBIs, run) then drilled a double to deep center field, scoring both Simonetti and Helms to tie the game 9-9. Mike Simonetti reached on an error, but The Firm shortstop Colby Sexton tracked down a popup in shallow left field to record the third out and strand two baserunners.