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Killington Softball League: If you can’t get runs, at least don’t make errors

McMoguls is the last of the unbeaten and did so with a quick forfeit win against Slopeside Bar & Grill, keeping their shutout streak alive. A win is a win and this one was still earned as Coach Pryor took a ball off the shin and Tweed Bus Bob had an outstanding web gem sideline catch.

The Vermonsters, Phat Italian and Clear Cottage all had up and down weeks, exchanging wins and losses. The Phat Italian had the biggest win of the bunch as they bashed the Clear Cottage 13-4 which halted their winning streak at 11. The Clear was a run scoring machine up until that game having scored 44 in their previous three wins. This time the Phat Italian was the well-oiled machine with outstanding plays on offense and defense. Coach Craig Brothers led the defensive charge, robbing 3 sure home runs. Rob "Cooler than Rambo" Ranberg had the web gem of the game when he ran down a foul ball with a Superman dive and catch. The Clear's side of the scoreboard read 4-7-9 which would be ok if it was read backwards, but unfortunately that is runs, hits and a whopping 9 errors.

The Phat Italian was involved in an exciting game earlier in the week, although in a losing effort. STF jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st off a bomb by Alfi. They just kept adding runs and all the Phat could add were errors. STF took a 7-1 lead into the top of the 6th and looked like they were going to get another blowout win. The Phat Italian finally fired up the hit machine and it was the late presence of veteran Steve "Killer" Kent who lit the fuse. The Phat put a scare into STF cutting the lead 7-5 and then stopped STF in the bottom of the 6th with some great "D".

Unfortunately for the Phat, they stranded some runners in the 7th to suffer the close hard fought loss. They also kept it close in the "Cold Beer" K battle but lost that one too. STF had Chandler Burgess and Chris Kennison with one a piece, looking. The Phat saw Cam go down looking and Isiah go down twice.

The Clear started their week off on a positive note with a 13-3 mercy win over the Vermonsters. The Vermonsters started things off with 2 runs in the top of the 1st but the Clear batted through their order in the bottom and took a 6-2 lead. The Clear was on all night, hitting in every inning, but they really shined on defense. Gordy had an outstanding web gem catch in the 2nd. The Vermonsters lost a run in the 3rd when Justin got caught in a run down at third and was thrown out by Johnny "Lightning" Hurley. It was the 4th inning that saw the most impressive play of the evening. Brett "One Tire Short of a Cycle" Regimbald had an absolute laser of a throw from the outfield that caught Jason out at 2nd. It showed the cannon of an arm that Brett has that made people ask; does he have a scope on that thing?

The Vermonsters took out their frustration from that loss on the Heavy Hitters with a blowout win. The Hitters had some highlights though as they welcomed the return of shortstop Megan Poljacik who was playing in her 1st game of the season. She's a wall and kept making great catch after catch. They also welcomed the return of left center fielder Phill "Allmost No More" Andrews who fixed the hole in his glove to return to good form. Every game a different player steps up for the Hitters and this time the star was Vincent Chiarella who had a bases clearing triple, just a few feet shy of an inside-the-park grand slammy. Right after that he made a great web gem catch at 2nd.

STANDINGS
1)    Moguls/McGraths 3-0
2)    Vermonsters   4-1
3)    TIE: Clear Cottage 3-1
              Slips, Trips and Falls 3-1
5)    Phat Italian 2-3
6)     Slopeside Bar & Grill 0-2
7)    Jax Food & Games 0-3
8)    Charity's Hitters 0-4

SCHEDULE:
All games played at the Killington Library Field on River Road
Monday, June 18
Jax vs. Clear Cottage: 4:50 p.m. 
Heavy Hitters vs. Slopeside: 6:00 p.m. 
Phat Italian vs. Moguls: 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19
STF vs. Jax: 4:50 p.m.
Moguls vs. Slopeside: 6:00 p.m.
Vermonsters vs. Clear Cottage: 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20
Vermonsters vs. STF: 4:50 p.m. 
Heavy Hitters vs. Clear Cottage: 6:00 p.m. 
Phat Italian vs. Jax: 7:10 p.m.
There will be a Budweiser sponsored post game party Wednesday June 20 at the Clear River Tavern 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

Tagged: softball, killington