Since two early losses, the newest team in Division A has figured things out.
Brew Crew won their fourth straight game by beating Boomers, 20-13 on June 3 at NASA softball field 1. The first-year team started its season at 0-2.
“We had a lot of baseball players that hadn’t played in a long time,” player/coach Matt Pensa said. “We’ve got a state championship quarterback on our team (Deacon Aldridge from Hartselle High School in 2011). So we’ve all started figuring out how to play softball.”
Chase Pendley blasted a three-run homer and a double for Brew Crew (4-2). He went 3-for-4 with four runs batted in and three runs scored.
Pendley’s production at the plate since the first two losses mirror’s the entire team’s turnaround. Pendley played baseball and basketball at Austin High School in Decatur from 2008-12.
He attributed the Brew Crew’s winning streak to their defense in the field.
“We have not been making mistakes on defense,” Pendley said.
Hunter Olive hit a solo homer and a triple and drove in four runs. He went 5-for-5 with four runs scored.
Myles Kelley went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and one run. Pensa and his father, Chip, added three hits apiece. Aldridge and Kyle Mann had two hits apiece.
Left-hander Trey Jensen pitched all five innings for the win in his pitching debut. He normally plays first base.
“We had a lot of base hits and we got a great game on the mound from a first-time pitcher,” Pensa said.
Mathew West and Jacob Stitz had three hits apiece for Boomers (1-4). Jay Jarrell, Ric Rivera and Ben McCain added two hits apiece. Jarrell took the loss in the circle.
“Both teams played really well,” Boomers player/coach Eric Widell said. “I’m really glad to see a new team added to the division. They’re brand new to Division A. And they’re great competition.”
Brew Crew opened with losses to Got the Runs, 15-5 on April 24, and Boomers, 14-12 on May 1. Since then they have beaten three-time defending champion We Dem Boyz, 24-17 on May 6; Fly-Outs, 24-22 on May 13; Hit Circus, 15-5 on May 20; and now the Boomers.