For 6 1/2 innings, Re-Entry out-played and out-hustled the undefeated Los Giagntes, building a 12--4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. But, in a thrilling (for Los Gigantes) and nightmarish (for Re-Entry) final inning, Los Gigantes found their strokes, and stormed back with a nine run rally to eke out a victory and seize the championship and the T-shirts. Normally, in such circumstances, the losing team folds under pressure. Not so today. Re-Entry played a superb game both on offense and on defense. The latter did not falter in that fateful seventh inning. Instead, Los Gigantes came up clutch with solid line drives and a number of flares that dropped in between the infield and outfield. All we can do is tip our caps to them for sustaining their impressive season ending drive.
In retrospect, it was a fabulous playoff run, with the Re-Entry team playing
nearly flawless softball, only to come up short at the very end
against an inspired opponent. Nevertheless, the nucleus is there for
a repeat drive for a possible championship in the spring of 2007.
The fall season has ended. Coed softball resumes in April, 2007 at
the start of the spring quarter. Best wishes for the holidays and
a happy 2007!!!
The semi-final game of Re-Entry vs. the Division II first place team, IRULEU, was a game that will be long remembered by our team. After a controversial start, in which the first run scored by Re-Entry was not recorded by the umpire (with runners on first and second, a two out run scoring single by yours truly), Re-Entry jumped to an early 4--1 lead. It was at this point that we learned that the score was not 5--1. Shaken from the news of a run not counted, we were not able to contain a strong offensive push by IRULEU highlighted by a bases clearing triple. By the sixth inning, IRULEU had built an 11--5 lead and looked like it was cruising into the final round of the playoffs. A leaping catch at shortstop ended the sixth inning IRULEU threat (saving two runs in the process). This seemed to light a spark, because in the bottom of the 6th inning, Re-Entry stormed back and scored six runs to tie up the contest. The top of the seventh saw another IRULEU threat (two outs and two men on) eliminated by a fine defensive play to end the inning.
The bottom of the seventh inning (with the light of day fading fast)
started out with an unproductive out. But, timely hitting
allowed the next three runners to reach base safely. Then,
with the bases loaded, one out and our leading slugger Josh up at the
plate, it looked like victory was in our grasp. But, Josh's hard
ground ball to 3rd base was fielded cleanly, and the throw to the
plate produced the second out of the inning (by a force play). Then,
instead of holding on to the ball and getting ready for the next
batter, the catcher threw the ball to third base (perhaps
thinking that a double play was possible). But, this was Harrison who
was running from second to third. There was no way he was not going
to beat the throw easily. The ball nearly hit Harrison (who was
already at third base) and he ducked. This surprised the third
baseman, and the ball bounced off his glove and dribbled behind him.
Harrison had an intuition of what had just happened, and he
immediately took off for home. The third baseman retrieved
the ball and threw home. Not a bad throw, which technically beat
Harrison to the plate. But, Harrison was able to avoid the tag and
score the winning run! It was a wild finish to a superb game, and
propelled the Re-Entry Rockets into the finals!!
Re-Entry combined timely hitting and solid defense to knock off
the first place team of Division IV. The end result was a convincing
14--7 win against Manhammer IV. Highlights include two amazing throws by
Josh to Allison at third base, resulting in one out and one extremely
close play. A superb double play by Allison (tagging out the runner
from second and then getting the force at second base) ended a threat
in top of the fourth inning. An eight run burst in the bottom of the
fourth inning by Re-Entry followed
which essentially iced the game.
Fall 2006 Re-Entry coed team softball roster
|Emily Cairns||OF, C|
|Cameron Chinn||OF, 1B|
|Harrison Ellman||OF, SS|
|Michael Green||DH, C|
|Howie Haber||SS, OF|
|Kim Lewis||2B, RF, C|
|Clara Lillig-Wilshire||2B, RF|
|Asher Noel Reilly||OF|
|Tracy Wilson||C, RF|
Fall 2006 Division III Coed Softball Schedule
|October 12||4 pm||1||Lumpen Proletariat||7--2 (W)|
|October 19||4 pm||1||Mercurials||21--7 (W)|
|October 26||4 pm||1||Sluggerz||10--4 (W)|
|November 2||4 pm||1||--||Postponed|
|November 9||4 pm||1||Los Gigantes||8--9 (L)|
|November 16||4 pm||1||Wok-Men||18--10 (W)|
|Quarter-finals||November 29||4 pm||3||Manhammer IV||14--7 (W)|
|Semi-finals||November 30||4 pm||3||IRULEU||12--11 (W)|
|Championship Game||December 1||4 pm||1||Los Gigantes||12--13 (L)|
There are four divisions of coed softball.
The top two teams from each division qualify for the playoffs.
|* Los Gigantes||5||0||--|
All fields are adjacent to the East Field House. The field closest to the swimming pool is Field 1 (for another view click here). Follow the running track in the direction of Monterey Bay to reach Field 2. Keep following the track as it turns, and you will then end up at Field 3, which is the furthest of the three softball fields from the Field House.
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