Age and injury haven’t slowed the Bomb Busters.
The defending champions of Division D beat Guns n’ Hoses, 20-6 on June 11 at NASA softball field 2. The Bomb Busters improved to 6-0.
Two players went out with leg injuries in recent weeks. “And then the rest of us are too old so that’s our injury,” shortstop/coach Jordan Jones said.
But the unbeaten Bomb Busters just keep rolling along.
“We’ve got a deep team,” Jones said. “We got people that can come off the bench and fill in. We got multiple people that can play multiple positions.”
Teferi Taylor, the speedy right fielder/catcher, hit a three-run, inside-the-park homer. He went 2-for-4 with five runs batted in and two runs scored.
“I just love running, just love going fast,” Taylor, who ran track his freshman year at Georgia Tech in 2012, said. After starring in track in high school, he walked on his first year at Georgia Tech and ran the 100 meters and the 200 meters. After that year, he focused on his studies and he graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering.
Taylor returned from last year’s champion Bomb Busters team.
“It’s a great experience, man. We play for each other every day,” he said. “Like Jordan said, we’re a very deep team.”
Chris Casperson hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the five-run bottom of the first. He went 3-for-3 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs. Barry Childress was 3-for-3 with a double. Michael Melton was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs. Craig Goddard, Jones, Troy Sutherland and Steve Hargrove added two hits apiece.
Adrian Perez pitched the first three innings for the win. Melton finished with two shutout innings.
Guns n’ Hoses (2-5) got a three-run, inside-the-park homer from cleanup hitter Kevin Fair. Bill Cline went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Sam Ivy added two hits. Pitcher/coach Brandon Robertson took the loss.
“Both teams played great,” Robertson said. “They were able to capitalize on excellent placement of the ball to the outfield. And they played excellent defense which stopped our batting game.”