It was a big weekend for the Burger Bashers as they looked to clinch a playoff berth for the 3rd consecutive year. Playing a makeup game for earlier in the year, the Melsians gathered on a Friday afternoon full of victorious hope but short of enough players. Fortunately Mels was playing an opponent it had bashed thorough 20-to-nothing in 2013.
But softball can be a humbling game, and a year is a long time. The Mels Squad battled to a lead and fought though a tough Brews On First team. They had gotten out to a 6-run lead by the 5th inning and were looking to finish the game strong, when a the team that had shown no life in 2013 decided to show their grit. There counterpunched with a 5-run inning and the Brew Crew lead shrunk to only one. Playing in what seemed like their thousandth away game, the Mels squad took the infield with their ticket to the postseason a mere 3 outs away. But the other Brew crew would snatch it from them and win via walk-off, sending the Burger Bashers home with nothing but a 5-3 record.
L Burger Bashers 6 Brews On First 7
The weekend, however would serve as time for reflection, as the Bashers would have a chance to avoid a dreaded must-win scenario and play again Monday evening. Perhaps invigorated by the loss, the Mels menaces (again the away team) would take their cuts first, against the team from AMC - hoping that it would not be as dramatic as Mad Men and their pervious game.
The mad Burger Bashers would - in fact - do their own Breaking Bad, and erupted for 13 runs while batting around the lineup twice in the first two innings. They would not stop their as hit after hit, the Bashers held up to their namesake and turned the bases into their own carousel. The entire team fueled the victory which mercifully ended 16-1, as the Mels Men (and women) attempted to build some momentum into the clinched playoff seat.
Adding to the victory were newcomers Jeff Dworin and Fernando. The offense looked renewed and dependable straight down the order, particularly the doubles combo or Brad King and Dave Cornwallace. On the female front, Jackie Fields provided a much desired sight at first base and Sagan Beder looked all-too-smooth in the outfield. And tremendous thanks to our superfan, Kristin Stoupe for stopping by to support the team!
W Burger Bashers 16 - AMC 1
With their ticket punched the 3rd year playoff entrants sequestered themselves to the confines of Mel’s, where one of the newest Brew Crew members Alex McCarthy could finally sip on a victory beer knowing her team would be playing September softball.
The Bashers get one more tune up in August (look for announcements) before they lace up their playoff dancing shoes. How will they show up to the dance is the question?