McALESTER — The Firm did its job on defense, limiting team Swag to sporadic scoring bursts.
Swag’s defense faltered in the top of the seventh, and it cost the team its second loss of the season.
Timmy Lawson’s three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning completed a late-game rally for The firm, who beat Swag 11-10 in Tuesday’s men’s league softball game at the Pittsburg County Softball Complex in McAlester.
“It’s kind of a mixed-up lineup,” Firm captain Josh Reid said. “Everybody’s hitting out of position, playing different positions and all that, and it seems like we still did OK.”
Swag entered the top of the seventh leading 8-5 and needing just three outs for the win. Michael McNutt hit a grounder towards Swag third baseman Anthony Brown, but Brown couldn’t come up with it and McNutt reached on an error.
The Firm made Swag pay immediately for that mistake, as 10-hole hitter Jason Waller crushed a pitch from Robby Adcock to the center field wall, scoring McNutt for an RBI double.
Waller took third on Dennis Sistrunk’s single, then scored on Lawson’s fielder’s choice at second base. Derek Brinkley grounded another one at Brown, but Brown overthrew second base on what might’ve been a game-ending double play, allowing Brinkley to get on base and Lawson to get into scoring position.
The Firm tied the game when shortstop Broderick Crawford couldn’t come up with A.J. Mason’s grounder. Though Swag committed just two errors through the first six innings — both of which led to Firm runs — it committed three in the seventh.
“Candy hop, I catch it right in my glove, all I have to do is pitch it, and I drop it,” Swag captain Crawford said.