The Coolers and the Diageo Hummers are now the only undefeated teams remaining in the Bob Owens Slow Pitch Softball League playoffs after both won their respective games convincingly at the D.C. Canegata Ball Park on Tuesday.
The Coolers doubled up the Cartel 22-11 in game one, and the Hummers hammered the defending champion Seaborne Stealers 22-4 in a four inning, 15-run mercy ruled contest in game two.
Coolers 22, Cartel 11
The Coolers continued their strong play in the 2011 Bob Owens playoffs with a 22-11 thumping of the Cartel in Tuesday’s opening contest. It was the Coolers with 22 runs on 12 hits, while the Cartel finished with 11 runs on 15 hits.
The winning pitcher was Dexter DeSouza, and Ian Lewis got the loss. Top batters for the Coolers were Carlos Morales (3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs) and Michael Schjang (3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs). For the Cartel, Daren Lewis was 3 for 4 with three home runs and seven RBIs, and Kenny Milligan was 3 for 4 with two home runs and two RBIs.
Hummers 22, Stealers 4
The Diageo Hummers took it to the defending champion Seaborne Stealers from the words “play ball!” in Tuesday’s nightcap. By the time the Stealers realized what had hit them, they were on the losing end of a good old-fashioned, behind-the-shed butt whipping, 22-4.
The champs played as if shell shocked, as the Hummers, made up mostly of National Guard members, unleashed an offensive attack that quickly blew the game wide open in the early innings.
Jerry Vialet, easily the toughest pitcher the Stealers faced throughout the season, was brilliant on the mound as he pummeled a usually ferocious Stealers lineup into submission, to just four runs on eight hits.
The un-Stealers-like plethora of errors only made matters worse for the champs who, in moving forward, vowed to win it all out of the loser’s bracket.
It was the Hummers with 22 runs on 18 hits while the Stealers had four runs on eight hits and seven errors. The winning pitcher was Vialet, while Sam Ramos got the loss.
Top batters for the winners were Mario Christian (4 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs) and Mervin Mills (2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs). For the Stealers, Raymond Cintron and Steve Simmonds were both 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs apiece.