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Killington softball league: Regular season comes to a close

Congrats to the Vermonsters for going undefeated in the regular season and claiming the number one seed in the playoffs. However, if history holds true, then that is not great news for them. In the past six seasons, only one number one seed has gone on to win the Championship and that was Charity's back in 2009.

But the Vermonsters are strong, they are the defending champs and are going for their third championship since 2007. The Vermonsters ended the season by blowing out the Heavy Hitters and fighting to a 12-6 win over Killington Meadows. K.M. had their chances with their ace Chris Kenison on the mound but as soon as reliever Bill Mercier came in, things changed fast. The Vermonsters feasted on him and scored most of their runs after that point.

The number two seed Clearly Moguls ended the season on a four-game winning streak but with two tough games. First, they had a hard fought 14-10 win over McGraths to sweep them for the season. Playing without their ace pitcher Ronzoni, Jackie Blue stepped in once again and secured the win. McGraths taking a cue from the Phat Italian kept their bats on their shoulders and made Jack find the plate, which he could not do in the first few innings and, as a result, McGraths built a 3-1 lead. Jack settled down and C.M's bats fired up as they hit through their order, scoring 8 runs to blow the game wide open and double up McGraths 10-5. They had a chance for more but Jared "Swinging for the Fences" Hall missed badly for a big "Cold Beer K". C.M. took a 14-8 lead into the bottom of the 7th and just like in the early going, Jack started getting erratic. He walked three of the first four batters which led to two runs. He got the biggest out of the game though as he struck out Cliff Melendy for the game ending "CBK" with two ducks on the pond.

In total Jack recorded four "CBK.'s"

Their last game of the season was a barn burner with the Phat Italian. The first run scored was not until the third inning by Clearly Moguls. They added three in the 5th for the 4-0 lead. This game was a defensive struggle. C.M. got their hits but kept stranding runners. The Phat Italian only managed a measly three hits through six innings and did not get a runner past second base. C.M. turned a sweet double play as Craig Brothers popped up to the catcher who caught Ian off first to end the inning. The Phat's Jimbo Cassineri finally crossed the plate in the 7th off a good looking sac by Steve "Killer" Kent.

Unfortunately for them, Pete "Minny Ginny" Meluzzo failed to touch 3rd base as he rounded for home and was called out to end the rally and the game and suffer the sweep. The "CBK's" were tied 2-2 but one was a first as Judd Washburn suffered his first ever as he swung for the fences like he usually does but this time he missed, badly.

X,Y-Vermonsters   15-0
X-Clearly Moguls 11-4
X-McGrath's Irish Pub 9-6
TIE: X-Phat Italian 5-10       
        X-Killington Meadows 5-10
X-Outback Heavy Hitters 0-15
X-Clinched Playoff Spot, Y-Clinched Division

Monday, July 22, Playoffs
Loser's Bracket Elimination Game @ Bridgewater 5:50 p.m.
Loser's Bracket Elimination Game @ Bridgewater 7 p.m.
Winner's Bracket Game @ Killington 6:30 p.m.
There will be a Budweiser sponsored post game party Monday. July 22 at Ramuntos Brick & Brew 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Wednesday, July 24, Playoffs
Loser's Bracket Elimination Game @ Killington 5:50 p.m.
Semi-Final @ Killington 7 p.m.

There will be a Budweiser sponsored post game party Wednesday July 24 at McGrath's Irish Pub 8 p.m.-12 a.m.