The royal blue team has lost many close games. But their fortunes changed with one swing of the bat.
Stan Sillivant singled home the winning run as royal blue rallied past navy blue 24-23 on Oct. 1 at field 2 in Brahan Spring Park. They play in the five-team, 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.
Sillivant, batting last in the lineup, delivered the game winner with two outs and two on in the bottom of the seventh. Pete Mitchell, who was intentionally walked to set up a potential double play, scored from second base.
“I almost always take the first pitch,” Sillivant, who plays right field, said. “And they finally pitched me where I really needed. I was getting a little bit more distance on each hit. And the left fielder pulled up a little too far and I was able to get it over his head and get the winning run.”
Sillivant went 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and four runs scored for royal blue (6-13). Tim Wilson was 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, a double, eight RBIs and two runs. Jim “Hitman” Myers pitched the win.
“We finally win a close one,” player/coach Bob Thomson said. “We’re starting to jell right before tournament time.
“We constantly scored. We didn’t have innings where we didn’t score in. We kept the momentum of the offense.”
Mike Keyser went 4-for-5 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. Mark Wilbourn, Herb Prince, Thomson and Mitchell had three hits apiece. Leadoff batter Jim Smelser had two hits with a triple, three RBIs and three runs.
Navy blue player/coach Larry Guthrie went 5-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Reid Pincomb, Jerry Cowan, Darnell Ford and Michael Gundersen had four hits apiece for navy blue (11-7). Bobby Upton and Derek Santiago had three hits apiece. Don Shook added two hits while Cowan took the loss.
Navy blue led 23-22 before royal blue scored two runs, one earned, in their half of the seventh.
“We gave it away,” Guthrie said.