A walkoff home run is special whether it happens at Wrigley Field or anywhere else.
Mark “Cubbie” Hoffman, a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, hit a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning for the Maroon team, July 1 in the Huntsville Senior Men’s Softball Recreational League. His blast over the right-field fence at Brahan Spring Park field 2 beat the Navy Blue team, 21-18 in the 55-and-older Rockets league.
Wearing his Cubs cap, Hoffman went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer, a two-run homer, two doubles, six runs batted in and four runs scored. He batted cleanup and played first base for the Maroon (8-6).
“My key is staying behind the ball,” the Litchfield, Illinois, native said.
The score was tied 18-all when the Maroon came to bat in the seventh. Tim Lawter and Moto Miller singled to set the stage for Hoffman with no outs. And he delivered.
“My team expects me to do that,” he said, “so it feels good to fulfill their trust.”
Lawter went 4-for-5 with three runs. Miller was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, a double, four RBIs and five runs.
Denny Reasner, who played solid defense at shortstop, was 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs. Charles Wright and winning pitcher Jim “Hit Man” Myers had three hits apiece. David Battiste and Eddie Johnson added two hits apiece.
Myers, 72, allowed 18 runs, 15 earned, on 25 hits with no walks in seven innings. The Maroon had 27 hits, eight for extra bases.
Don Shook hit a three-run homer and a double for Navy Blue (3-12). Bobby Clark went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, five RBIs and three runs. Larry Guthrie had a solo homer. William Glaster and Gary Wilkison had four hits apiece. Derek Santiago, Shook and Guthrie had three hits apiece. David Stumbaugh added two hits.
“We just dropped the ball,” Glaster, the losing pitcher, said. “And not hitting in the seventh inning.”
“They were hitting better than we were,” Wilkison, the left fielder, said, “and a good hitting team.”