Redstone’s coed Trash Pandas used deception to their advantage last week.
Their base runners forced errant throws from the opposition by threatening to take the next base.
The technique helped the Trash Pandas edge the Bomb Busters 20-19 on May 21 at NASA softball field 1. The teams play in the coed Redstone Division.
“The technique we used wasn’t intentional. It was unintentional,” Trash Pandas player/coach Carlos Gomez said. “We feinted that we were going to take the base and they made errors. To be honest, I think the game was won due to their part in errors. And also there was an inning where they walked a male before a female twice in one inning so we had bases loaded twice.”
If a male batter is walked before a female batter, she in turn gets a walk, according to the league rules. This loaded the bases twice for the Trash Pandas in their 10-run third inning.
Anthony Maenzal went 4-for-4 with a three-run inside the park home run, five runs batted in and four runs scored. Joey Adinolfi also went 4-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and two runs for the Trash Pandas (2-1). Derek Santiago and Michael Dimitriou had two hits apiece. Michael Yates pitched the five-inning win.
Jordan Jones had a two-run inside the park homer and a triple for Bomb Busters (1-3). Jones, Chris Casperson, Ashley Collins, Brian Marsh and Teferi Taylor had three hits apiece. Craig Goddard and Michael Melton added two hits apiece. Player/coach Amanda Wriston took the loss. The Bomb Busters turned two double plays on defense.
“It was a good game,” Wriston said. “Had some great defensive innings. Good offense. Just came up short today.”