Navy blue team beats royal blue

The navy blue team’s players came out swinging in their game Aug. 24.

Booger Clark and Darnell Ford homered as navy blue beat royal blue 22-11 on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. Navy blue is first among the five teams in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.

Clark blasted a three-run homer in the first inning. Ford added his 13th homer, a two-run shot, in the third.

“I hit the ball hard a couple of times,” Clark, the right fielder, said. “I hit the ball pretty good. About a ‘B’ if you ask me. It wasn’t an ‘A.’ A is when you crunch the ball every time.”

He went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly, a walk, five runs batted in and three runs scored for navy blue (10-3). Ford, the cleanup hitter, went 4-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and four runs.

Jerry Cowan, Don Shook, Bobby Upton and player/coach Larry Guthrie had three hits apiece. David Stumbaugh, Gary Wilkison and Derek Santiago added two hits apiece. Four of navy blue’s 27 hits went for extra bases. Left-hander Michael Gundersen pitched all seven innings for the win.

“We hit good. Everybody hit together,” Guthrie said. “One base at a time, a lot of it. We did that one base at a time. If we do that, we win a lot of games.”

Jorge Marin delivered a triple, a double and three RBIs for royal blue (3-11). Player/coach Bob Thomson and Mark Wilbourn had three hits apiece. Jerry Bevel, pitcher Jim “Hitman” Myers, James “Big Herb” Prince, Brian Yarger and Pat Cross added two hits apiece. Myers took the loss.

“We got outhit,” Thomson said. “Just flat got outhit.”

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