Gary Benjamin knows what to do when batting with runners on base.
Benjamin drove in four runs as The Other Team beat the Spaceballs, 19-4 in the coed playoffs Aug. 5 at NASA softball field 1. The Other Team, which had a first-round bye in the Division B-1 tournament, advanced from the second round and sent the Spaceballs to the losers’ bracket.
“Just trying to lock in and make sure when runners are on I bring them in,” Benjamin, the first baseman, said. “I’m batting cleanup so that’s my role. When runners are on, I’ve got to bring them in.”
Benjamin went 3-for-4 with a triple, a double, four runs batted in and three runs scored for The Other Team (10-1). He played baseball, basketball and football for New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn, New York, from 1991-95.
Troy Dunning and Caleb Bagwell each had three hits and three RBIs for the defending champions. Cordero Watkins, Zach Taylor, Eric Widell and Tim Cooper added two hits apiece. Watkins pitched the first two innings and got the win. LaTesa Graham pitched the last two.
“I felt like we were hitting them into the gaps,” second baseman/coach Danielle Dutcher said. “And our defense was on point.”
In the 1-2-3 top of the second inning, she fielded groundballs for the second and third outs, including one where she made the play and threw out the baserunner from the seat of her pants. Dutcher played softball and basketball at Westminster Christian Academy from 1999-2004, softball at Calhoun Community College in 2004-05 and basketball at Piedmont College in north Georgia from 2006-08.
Blake McBride went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Spaceballs (7-5). John Seigh took the loss.
“They kept hitting the ball where we weren’t,” Seigh said.
Scott Ringel, the Spaceballs right center/coach, led off the game with an infield hit and scored in the three-run first. But the Spaceballs trailed 16-4 after three innings. The game ended when The Other Team scored their 19th run in the fourth.
“We lost a recreational softball game and now it’s time for dinner,” Ringel said, putting the contest into perspective.