Mother Nature helped the Bit Players last week.
At least that’s how player/coach Brandon Reeves saw their coed softball game against the LEC Nerds.
They benefited from five walks during their 10-run bottom of the fourth inning. The wind started picking up that inning and may have blown some pitches out of the strike zone. A thunderstorm moved in soon after the game which the Bit Players won 21-13 in five on July 16 at NASA field 1.
“It was all in the wind,” Reeves said. “We had the wind at our back. A lot of walks right there at the end. A lot of walks due to the wind.”
Reeves went 4-for-4 with four doubles, four runs batted in and four runs scored. Paul Hastings had an inside-the-park grand slam in the second for the Bit Players (5-4).
Ken Binford and Bill Hartsell added two hits apiece. Left-hander Kurt Jackson allowed 13 runs on 16 hits with one walk in five innings for the win.
LEC Nerds player/coach Jimmy Karigan went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Jason Burnett, Magan Weeks, Michael Ring, Tristan Karigan, Stephen Karigan and Nathan Holt had two hits apiece. Burnett took the loss for the LEC Nerds (5-5) in their last game of the regular season before the playoffs start this week.
“I think we played well but unfortunately it wasn’t enough today,” Jimmy Karigan said. “The two-loss streak will give us some things to think about and hopefully turn it around in the playoffs.”