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Killington softball league: Hit parades begin the first games of the season

STANDINGS
Vermonsters   2-0
TIE: Clearly Moguls 1-1
 McGrath's Irish Pub 1-1
 Phat Italian 1-1
 Killington Meadows 1-1
Heavy Hitters 0-2

The Vermonsters started right where they left off last season, beating McGrath's Irish Pub and Clearly Moguls. The defending champs kicked off the new season by blasting McGraths 20-4. They were a hitting machine and McGraths did not have a way to stop it. Big Shawn saw two leave the yard to start his homerun campaign. In the next game, they came right out of the gates firing with back-to-back homeruns by Tyler and Shawn to build a 4-0 lead against Clearly Moguls.

C.M. responded with one run, and it was a welcome one at that, by the return of Neal "I'm not retiring yet" Giberti. Tyler added another in the second but this one was more damaging since it was a grand slam for an 8-1 lead. C.M. couldn't get much going but a run here and there and in the end they fell 12-5. Ronzoni delivered three "Cold Beer K's" to the Vermonsters Jeremy, Nick and Tyler.

But then Clearly Moguls beat Killington Meadows 10-1. Jackie Blue drove in Will "The Thrill" Burdick for their first run of the season. A nice looking sac to left center by Brandon Remick scored DJ Dave for the 2-0 lead. It was Killington's Brandon (or Coach Red as he's better known) that put them on the board in the third. That was all she wrote for Killington but C.M. was just getting started.
Jackie Blue stayed hot; going two for three with two runs scored and DJ Dave matched that stat. It was a solid team effort with everyone contributing to the score sheet.

The star of the show, though, was pitcher Ronzoni who was "En Fuego" all night long. He was diving and stabbing and robbing hits, a web gem maestro. He recorded 14 of the 21 outs with two "CBK's" to Matt K and Red. Killington's pitcher Chris Kenison also delivered two "CBK's" to Brian "Brain" Peters and Remick.

McGraths bounced back in their next game but it was a tough battle with the Phat Italian. McGraths struck first in the top of the second for a 1-0 lead but the Phat retaliated with one of their own in the bottom. McGraths stretched their lead to 4-1 in the third but once again the Phat shortened it to make it 4-3.

Solid Defense by both team in the fourth and fifth innings kept the score where it was but McGrath's exploded for 5 runs in the sixth to give them a nice cushion at 9-3. One of those runs was a bases-loaded walk by Matt "Ajax" Anderson. After adding two more, McGraths was sitting comfortably with an 11-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.

The Phat made it interesting with a six-run rally but fell short in the end. McGrath's "Tweed Bus" Bob was the star of the game, scoring three times with a bunch of RBI's. Most of his hits were to right field where he ripped up Ranberg.

The Heavy Hitters got their first wins of the season, six of them, in their first game vs. the Phat but over in the real world that equals a 16-6 loss. The Phat got the hits but the Hitters got the home run.

Vince "The Boss" Chiarella hit his first ever homerun and quite possibly the first ever for the Hitters in their seven year history. Unfortunately for the Hitters in their next game they weren't as fortunate because Killington Meadows crushed, blasted and blew them out 30-0. The Hitters always suffer some lopsided losses but K.M. really set the bar high in this game. It was a hit parade from the get-go and all the Hitters could do was wave and watch it go by. There were some innings that K.M. were rooting for them to get the last out just so the game would end before dark. Everyone contributed to K.M.'s win and then some.

SCHEDULE:
Monday, June 3
Phat Italian vs. STF @ Bridgewater 5:50 p.m.       
Vermonsters vs. Heavy Hitters @ Bridgewater 7 p.m.
McGraths vs Clearly Moguls @ Killington 5:50 p.m.           
                       
Wednesday. June 5
Heavy Hitters vs. McGraths @ Killington 5:50 p.m.   
STF vs. Vermonsters @ Bridgewater 7 p.m.               
Phat Italian vs. Clearly Moguls @ Killington 5:50 p.m.
There will be a sponsored post-game party Wednesday, June 5 at McGrath's Irish Pub 8 p.m.-12 a.m.