Jim “Hitman” Myers had just played once since May because of his injured hamstring and glute on the left side which compounded his balky right knee.
But Thursday’s game was vintage.
Myers had five hits and was the winning pitcher as royal blue beat gray 21-15 on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. They play in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.
“Whole team was here. We had our own whole team,” Myers, 74, said. “And just hit them where they ain’t. No matter what you do, you’re only as good as your last at-bat.”
He went 5-for-5 with four runs batted in and one run scored. The perennial senior softball standout pitched all seven innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Reid Pincomb blasted a three-run homer for royal blue (3-5). Stan Sillivant had five hits while Jorge Marin had four. Jim Smelser, Pincomb and Brian Yarger had three hits apiece. Jerry Bevel and player/coach Bob Thomson added two hits apiece for the defending champions.
“We had our full team back,” Thomson said. “And now we’re playing like we’re supposed to when we have our full team.”
Dave McNeill slugged a two-run homer and a three-run homer for gray (6-2). Player/coach Rick Anthis hit a two-run shot and had four hits. Left-hander David Key also had four hits but took the loss. McNeill, Michael Gundersen and Ragnar Opiniano had three hits apiece. Sam Sepulveda, Moto Miller and Tom Fickling added two hits apiece.
“Agony of defeat,” Anthis said. “And it definitely just showed we’re missing four of our key players. But overall once again it comes down to errors. But the blue team just out-bat us.”