With men on second and third and two outs in the third inning, the green team intentionally walked maroon slugger Scott Landers to take their chances with Moto Miller.
Miller made them pay.
His grand slam helped power maroon to a 22-21 win Thursday on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. They play in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.
“Just relaxed and stayed within myself,” Miller, the maroon catcher, said. “And on the grand slam, I wanted to protect my teammate who they just walked.”
Landers had slugged a two-run homer in the first and singled and scored in the second for maroon (7-5). So green gave him an intentional pass in the third.
Miller described his thoughts as he approached the plate with the bases loaded, two outs and his team trailing 12-8.
“I’m just waiting for my pitch,” he said. “I’m being patient and waiting for my pitch I know I could hit hard.”
With a 2-1 count, he blasted the next pitch over the left field fence.
“My favorite pitch is the next one,” Miller said.
He went 4-for-4 with six runs batted in and four runs scored. Two of his six home runs are grand slams. Miller also caught a popup for the first out in the top of the fifth inning.
Player/coach Chris Maggio hit a three-run homer and went 4-for-4 with six RBIs and two runs scored. Mark Hoffman was 4-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and two runs. Landers went 3-for-3 with his two-run homer, two doubles and four runs. Mike Keyser added three hits with a two-run triple. Dennis Brasher and Larry Guthrie added two hits apiece.
Maggio pitched all seven innings for the win as the maroon took their third straight.
“Everybody hit,” Maggio said. “We all contributed. It’s our second close game in a row (with the 21-20 win over navy blue May 24).”
Terry Koelbl went 5-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs for green (2-10). Robert Tolliver and Jeff Crews had four hits apiece. Yogi Guess and Ron Baer had three hits apiece. Ruthie Hambrick, Ragnar Opiniano and Tom Fickling added two hits apiece. Player/coach Billy Cooley took the loss in the circle.
“Chris (Maggio) was a tough pitcher,” Cooley said. “He stopped us one run short.”