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McGrath’s crowned softball league Champs after game three

Third seed McGrath's Irish Pub faced off against second seed Clearly Moguls in the 2013 Best of Three Championship. McGrath's made their third straight trip to the finals but was still seeking their first title win. Clearly Moguls made their third appearance in four years and was going for their third title. C.M. was also 4-0 against McGraths this season, including their 6-2 opening round win.

C.M. got things going early with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. McGraths was a base-hitting machine in the second and tied it up. Then, Neal "The Ball Flies like a Birdy" Giberti stayed hot and got the second of his three hits and drove in Rob "Perfect Perfect" Pelletier to make it 4-3. A couple of errors by C.M. and some timely hits by McGrath's turned the third inning into their first lead and a big one at that, 9-4.

C.M. fizzled out and could not get anything going the rest of the way except for a lone Gordy run in the sixth. Cookie put the nail in the coffin with a three-run blast in the sixth and McGrath's finally beat C.M. when it mattered most and did so decisively with a 12-5 win.

The teams immediately met for Game Two and just like earlier C.M. jumped out to the early lead, except this time it was 5-0. McGrath's got on the board in the second and closed the gap 5-2. This game was similar to Game 1 except here it was C.M. who exploded for six runs in the third inning. But C.M. was just heating up and added another six runs in the fifth. McGraths could only muster one run in innings three through six. C.M. then added a few more in the bottom of the sixth to stretch their lead 19-3.
McGraths came out firing in the seventh with their first five batters reaching base and three of them scoring. But, after Joe Montemurro flew out, Cookie hit into the game ending double play. The game was a blow-out but the "Cold Beer K" battle was tied.

For McGraths, both Prior and Bus Bob suffered one for the second game in a row. Jared Hall went down swinging for C.M. and then Brett "Walk This Way" Regimbald got a very rare one, looking. Brian "Brain" Peters was the only player perfect, going 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

So, for the first time in the history of the league, the Championship was to be decided by a third game. C.M. could not ride the momentum from Monday night and came out flat on Wednesday. They had two costly errors that gave McGraths four runs in the first. McGraths stretched their lead to 7-0 through 3.5 innings. C.M. finally got on the board in the fourth with four runs and had a chance for a lot more but Jackie Blue hit into a double play and Hall added to his team-leading "CBK" total while stranding two runners.

Ezra and Cliff scored in the fifth to make it 9-4. But every time C.M. made a run, McGraths stopped them with a spectacular web gem catch.

However, nothing was bigger than Bus Bob's catch in the fifth. It was the web gem of the year as he robbed Gordy of a grand slam jumpiung and catching the ball while falling over the fence. That took the wind out of C.M.'s sail and McGraths cruised on to their first title win!

"CBK's" were plentiful as Hall and Prior each added another and joining them from McGraths were Seth, Nate and Bob Pauly. Offensive stars of the series were Montemurro who was 5-for-8 with three runs scored, two RBI and Kevin "K1" Flynn who went 6-for-8 with for runs scored and three RBI. Defensively it was Ezra and Bus Bob.

Congratulations to McGrath's Irish Pub, 2013 Killington Softball League Champions.

Photo by Rob Norton
McGrath's Champions: Top row (l-r): Nate Mispell, Jeremy Prior, Zach "Cookie" Cook, Bob Pauly, Bob Schaffner, Seth Brownell and Dola Holland.  Bottom row (l-r): Kevin Flynn, John Melendy, Ezra Leimeux, Jamie Rameau, Cliff Melendy and Joe Montemurro. Missing from photo: Rodney Miller.