This was the third meeting for the best teams in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.
And the navy blue team beat the red for the third straight time.
Darnell Ford and Reid Pincomb both hit two-run homers in navy blue’s 15-13 win Aug. 17 on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park.
“We got the hits at the right time,” Ford, the cleanup hitter, said. He blasted his 12th homer in the third inning as navy blue (9-3) moved into first place in the five-team league.
Ford went 3-for-3 with his two-run blast and scored twice. Pincomb, the leadoff hitter, went 3-for-4 with his two-run homer in the fifth, two doubles, four runs batted in and four runs scored.
Jerry Cowan and Bill Hartsell also had three hits apiece. David Stumbaugh, Don Shook and player/coach Larry Guthrie added two hits apiece. Eight of navy blue’s 19 hits went for extra bases.
“We hit well,” Guthrie said. “That’s it. Played good defense, too, but we hit well.”
Left-hander Michael Gundersen pitched all seven innings for the win.
Freddie Childs hit a two-run homer as red (9-4) fell to second place. Randy Bastin, Dave Hahnemann and player/coach Phil Haas had three hits apiece. Childs, Kirk Wickizer, Kevin Barnhill, pitcher Steve Robertson and Rena Campbell had two hits apiece. Robertson took the loss.
“They just outhit us today,” Wickizer, the cleanup hitter and third baseman, said. “They were hitting the ball in the hole and they were making good plays. They basically had our number all season, the navy blue team. They’re hitting well and they’re not making many errors so they’re just outdoing us.”
“We ran ourselves out of it,” Haas said. “They hit well.”
The red team had two runners who were doubled up on the base paths because they tried to advance when the ball was caught in the air. The game ended on a lineout to shortstop Guthrie who tossed to second to complete a double play.