Tuesday March 21, 2017 National League game on Field D
First of all I would like to thank all the players in the WHSS League for the shirts that will be used in Michigan this summer with a new 75+ softball league. We will send pictures of the teams during the summer.
Next I would like to add a voice of confidence to the Board of Directors at the WHSS for a job well done. Also to all who write the articles for the Web Page, some of those articles are worthy of print in the local newspapers, we snowbirds will enjoy reading them all summer. With Mr. Fabian on the board and better score keeping it will make good reading this summer.
Now too the game. Fabian and Black took charge of the visitors. With good leadership they put the team in this order: Black, Knox, Accetta, D. Hill, Kriger, Thompson, Moots, Altemose, Navarro, Bloom, L. Baker, and Fabian to bat. Don’t know who made the home team line up as we batted in the order that was on the line up board from the leagues board members. Then everyone took the field and we had our defense in order. Black came to bat with a black bat and lined a single over shortstop. Next three went down in order. No runs.
The Manage-less team came to bat with Hawbaker leading off followed by Lopez, Learn, Hite (The Bob) Bess, LaMay, Kline, Ducham, Castilleja, Merritt, and Mortan. Singles by Lopez, Learn and Hite produced one run for the home team. Very little scoring in the next four innings. After 5 the score was Visitors 3 Home 6.
In the sixth the visitors added another run but the home guys rallied to take a good lead by adding 5 of their own. In the 8th inning the visitors added 4 more to their total and make a game of it while limiting the home guys to only 2 runs. After eight the score was visitors 9 home team 14.
The 9th saw the bats come alive for the visitors who added 8 runs while holding the home to 2 runs. Ahead now with only 3 outs to go was the visitors. Bottom of the ninth Bess leads with a single, runner for LaMay reaches base, after one out Ducham lines one to right center, after another out, Merritt bats in a run and goes to second on a throw to the plate. Now with runners on 2nd and 3rd and two outs Morton comes to the plate and put some salt on the ball and lines it to right field scoring the runner from third and Merritt going full speed also scored from second, the winning run. Final score Visitors 17 Home Team 18. Players of the game were Merritt and Morton.
Submitted by Don LaMay