McALESTER — The Firm entered Saturday’s World Softball League “Bash for Bats” tournament at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex as the only team composed entirely of players from the Complex’s Tuesday-night men’s league.
Splitting its first two games Saturday, The Firm represented the home soil well but left itself some work to do in order to win a championship.
The Firm beat Tulsa-based team Sinister Softball 14-7 in the first round, then lost 14-11 to Claremore-based team OMR in the second round Saturday in McAlester.
The loss dropped The Firm into the second round of the seven-round consolation bracket. The tournament finished late Saturday night.
The Firm 14, Sinister Softball 7
Trailing by 3 runs heading into the bottom of the second inning, The Firm sent Sinister Softball reeling with an 12-man, 8-run inning. Scotty Wagoner, the last hitter in The Firm’s lineup, drew a one-out walk, then took second on Dennis Sistrunk’s single to right.
That brought up two-hole hitter Timmy Lawson. Having already singled and later scored off Sinister pitcher Joshua Williams in the first inning, Lawson wasted no time and crushed the first of his second at-bat over the center field wall for a three-run homer that tied the game 5-5.
Lawson added a single in the third inning, finishing 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and two runs scored.
“He threw two good pitches to start both at-bats, so I just swung at them,” Lawson said.
Broderick Crawford followed Lawson with a second-inning walk, then scored two batters later when JR Leak homered to center.
Leak’s first at-bat against Williams had almost resulted in homer as well, but it died just feet short of the wall.
“His pitches were coming in a little flatter, so I decided to scoot up in the box,” Leak said of his home run.