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Just call them the big red machine. Or just – like the classic pop band – simply red.

The red team is this year’s champion of the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.

They beat navy blue 16-14 on Oct. 27 at field 2 in Brahan Spring Park in the final for the double elimination tournament. The teams also finished 1-2 in the regular season.

The teams combined for 16 errors in the championship game. In the night’s first game, navy blue advanced from the losers’ bracket by eliminating maroon 23-19 but then committed 11 errors in the final.

“I guess we sort of did not play well but we outlasted them, I guess,” red player/coach Phil Haas said.

Mike Hoy pitched in place of red’s usual starter Steve Robertson and got the win. He pitched all seven innings in his first appearance in the circle this year. Robertson missed the game because of a family event.

“Mike ‘Chip a-Hoy’ did an excellent job pitching his first game of the year,” Haas said.

Freddie Childs, Kirk Wickizer, Mike Panko and Pat Cross had two hits apiece for red (19-5). Leadoff hitter Yogi Guess hit a double, reached base three other times on errors and scored four runs. All but two of red’s 16 runs were unearned.

Darnell Ford went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double and scored three runs for navy blue (16-10). Bill Hartsell also had three hits. Reid Pincomb, David Stumbaugh, Bobby Upton and Gary Wilkison added two hits apiece. Jerry Cowan took the loss.

“We had fun,” navy blue player/coach Larry Guthrie said. “We played pretty well coming in second place.”

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