There’s a science to squarely hitting a moving round ball with a round bat. Thursday afternoon, during a 20-8 drubbing of Scientific American, the DC Bullets softball team looked very knowledgeable in their field. The team pounded out eleven extra base hits, including four home runs, five doubles and two triples.
After a scoreless first for Scientific American, the Bullets went right to work. Neil Hiremath (2-3, 2 R, RBI), centerfielder and basepath terror, and third baseman Mike Lorah singled to open the bottom of the first. Co-captain and shortstop Adam Schlagman followed with a double to score Neil. (A double? Really? That’s how we scored that?) LF Andrew Arnold and LP Vollano, the Bullet’s slugging DH, followed with back-to-back home runs. Learning from their mistakes, the SA outfielders played Andrew and LP significantly more deeply afterwards, holding Andrew to a 1-3 day, with a three-run jack. LP finished 1-2 with his solo tater.
Scientific American showed a glimmer of hope for the game when they retired the Bullets in order in the second, having retired five consecutive hitters at that time. However the Bullet defense continued to hold the line, behind strong pitching from CNap, Christine Napolitano (0-2) and Jeff Boison (2-2, 2 R, RBI). CNap pitched the first, second and fifth innings, and Jeff handled the third, fourth and sixth frames.
After holding the opposition scoreless through three innings, the Bullets busted out again in the last of the third. The right field tandem of Brian Walters (2-2, 2 R) and Allison Dugas (2-2, R, 2 RBI) sandwiched singles around a groundout, tacking on a quick run. Jeff Boison added a single, and C Katie Kubert’s (1-2, 2 R, RBI) fielder’s choice erased Allison. Neil Hiremath singled again, chasing Jeff home, and Lorah singled to load the bases. With two away and two runs home, Adam Schlagman put an exclamation point on the inning, driving a pitch on the outside corner of the plate down the right field line. With nobody guarding the line, Adam cleared the bases easily. The grand slam highlighted a massive 3-3 day that included 2 R, 5 RBI, two doubles and a home run.
Channeling some of their 2008 memories, the Bullet defense stumbled in a big way in the Scientific American fourth, however. The first six SA hitters reached base, with a few assists being given by flummoxed Bullet leather, and before the comic book makers could put out the fire, SA tallied six runs. Looking to rebound from their rocky defensive effort, the Bullets nearly came up empty in their portion of the fourth. After the first two batters were retired, CF Pat Brosseau (2-2, R, triple) slammed a ball into the right field gap for a triple, and 1B Brian Cunningham (2-2, RBI, double) ripped a double to left center to bring Pat home. At the end of four, the Bullets had Scientific America doubled up, 12-6.
In the fifth, after two additional Scientific American runs, the Bullets busted the game open. Sal Cipriano (1-2, R, double), co-captain and second baseman, doubled, and 3B Nel Yomtov (1-2, R, RBI, triple) followed with a triple to the right center field gap. After an RBI groundout cleared the bases, consecutive singles by Brian W., 1B Jerry Cerza (1-2, R), Allison D., Jeff and Katie scored three more runs. A pop up produced the inning’s second out, but then Mike Lorah capped his 3-3 afternoon and the game’s scoring with a three-run homer to deep center field, giving him 3 R and 3 RBI to go with his long ball.
The 6-0 Bullets look to improve on their 2-0 record in the New York Media Softball League next Thursday, at 7pm in Riverside Park, when they face The Daily Beast. Local fans are encouraged to enjoy some softball on the Hudson.
After a scoreless sixth for Scientific American, the Bullets added on another run, courtesy of singles by LP, Brian C., and CF Vince Letterio (1-2), but time on the field permit expired before Scientific America could bat in the top of the seventh. By time expiry/rainout rules, the game effectively ended after the SA half of the sixth, leaving the final score 20-8.
Scientific American scored twice on heads up, aggressive base running, scoring from third on an infield fly and later going from second to home on a groundout. The next Bullet defender with a mental lapse like either of those two will buy a round for the whole team after the game.
Defensive standout notice for second baseman Allison Klein (0-2, RBI), snaring a hard line drive and making a bare-handed catch on a force play at second base with a runner barreling down on her. And a tough luck tip o’ the cap to the Doc, Lauren Fries, who showed some shortstop chops in the last inning, but at the plate ended up with nothing to show for three of the hardest hit balls of the afternoon.