The top team in Huntsville Senior Softball started hitting early and often on this night.
Red took command from the outset and beat green 19-14 on Sept. 21 at field 2 in Brahan Spring Park. Red leads the five-team, 55-and-over Rockets league.
Cleanup hitter Kirk Wickizer went 3-for-3 with his 15th home run, two runs batted in and three runs scored for red (14-4). Freddie Childs was 2-for-2 with a three-run homer, a walk, five RBIs and two runs.
“I felt we were just solid all around,” Wickizer said. “Everybody was hitting the ball. We didn’t make a lot of mistakes in the field.”
Yogi Guess, Randy Bastin, Kevin Barnhill, Mike Panko, Dave Hahnemann and player/coach Phil Haas added two hits apiece. Seven of red’s 19 hits went for extra bases. Steve Robertson pitched all seven innings for the win.
“We wore it out hitting,” Haas said. “Only batted five innings and scored 19 runs. Pretty good in senior softball. Everybody played great.”
Red scored five runs apiece in the first two innings for a 10-0 lead entering the third.
Tom Fickling hit a pair of three-run homers for green (5-13). Ragnar Opiniano, the Redstone fire chief, also hit a three-run homer. Randy Phillippi went 4-for-4 with a double, one RBI and three runs. Fickling and Opiniano had three hits apiece. Scott Piro, Scott Landers, pitcher/coach Jeff Abbott and Gary Norris had two hits apiece.
“We didn’t have a lot of energy,” Abbott said. “Bats started heating up late bur we just ran out of steam. Started to get some home runs now but just not enough. But the red team played as great as usual.”