McALESTER — With the wind blowing steadily away from home plate, teams Mayhem and Swag sent ball after ball flying out of the infield.
But while Mayhem’s flies died in the shallow outfield, Swag’s just kept on going.
Swag got home runs from Michael Ary and Robby Adcock, helping it beat Mayhem 8-1 in six innings and stay undefeated in the coed softball league Wednesday at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.
“You just swing hard and hope it doesn’t go at them,” Swag captain Broderick Crawford said.
While Swag squandered Crawford’s leadoff double in the top of the first, the team scored all the runs it would need in the top of the second. Colby Sexton led off with a single to right, then Justin Ary singled to left.
Nicky Lewis grounded into a fielder’s choice at second, but Mayhem second baseman Kourtnee Anderson’s throw to first got away from Emily Lovett. Lewis reached safely and Sexton scored on the error.
Michael Ary then crushed a two-run home run over the wall in center field, his first home run this season.
“I just kept my hands up and drove through it,” Michael Ary said.
“I just stayed level, made good contact and it carried out. As long you hit on top of the ball, you’ll either get a line drive or it’ll be on the ground.”
Swag starting pitcher Adcock gave up leadoff hits in each of the first four innings, but he made up for that by keeping Mayhem hitless with runners in scoring position. After giving up a leadoff single to Randy Alberson in the bottom of the second, Adcock retired Mayhem’s next three hitters on three fly balls.
Leading off the top of third, Adcock drilled a solo home run to right. Adcock said he’d faced Alberson before and wasn’t thrown off by Alberson’s quick delivery and crouched pitching stance.