Men's Softball Spring 1996


Championship Game Summary
Ribbed 5, Primetime 4

Amherst, MA - The men's intramural softball season ended May 14 after a spectacular championship game between Ribbed and Primetime. Ribbed defeated Primetime 5-4 in an extra inning contest at Frank Wright Intramural Field 2.

The game was characterized by hardnosed defense and pitching. Both teams came out a little tight as neither team was able to get a run across home plate early in the game. Eventually the bats came alive and the defenses made some crucial mental and physical errors. The following is an inning by inning summary of the championship:

1st Inning - Primetime was the visiting team and batted in the top half of the inning. Dan Goulet, part of the wonder twin powers, led the off the game with a solid single to left field. However, his Primetime teammates left him stranded as Ribbed pitcher, Greg Kalina retired the side. In the bottom half of the inning Ribbed went three up, three down as the Primetime defense looked solid.

2nd Inning - Primetime's Matt Danielle led the top half of the second off with a single. He later moved to second on a Ribbed error. He would get no further as Ribbed pitcher Kalina again bore down and put an end to the Primetime threat. In the Ribbed half of the inning Jon Serra had a one out single. As was the case early in the game, the bats were silenced and Primetime was able to get out of the inning.

3rd Inning - Ribbed went down one, two, three in their half of the third. Primetime's Joe Andrade led off the bottom half of the inning with a walk. He was later forced out at second on a fielder's choice and the no out walk proved to be unbeneficial. The Primetime defense again rose to the occasion shutting down Ribbed. 4th Inning - Kalina again retired the side in order as he got Primetime batters to fly out three consecutive times.

In the bottom half of the inning, Ribbed took advantage of some timely hitting and some Primetime mental and physical errors. A one out double by Kalina started the rally. He later scored on a triple by Jon O'Brien. Jon Serra followed with a single scoring O'Brien from third. Ribbed led 2-0. But the onslaught continued. With two out in the inning, Andrade poked a double down the first base line scoring two more Ribbed players. Primetime finally got themselves out of the inning but found themselves down 4-0.

5th Inning - With only three outs remaining in their season, Primetime put on their rally caps. Glen Todaro led the inning off with a single. After Ribbed retired the next batter, Primetime picked it up a notch. A Ribbed error loaded the bases with one out. A fielder's choice scored one run and Primetime was down to their final out still trailing 4-1. John Spinale singled scoring runners from second and third, the score was now 4-3.

Primetime finished the comeback when Mike Nacca had a clutch two out single that scored Spinale tying the game at 4-4. Ribbed stopped the bleeding and retired the side. In their half of the fifth, Ribbed loaded the bases thanks to a Primetime error and two intentional walks. However, a two out fly ball ended Primetime's fifth inning threat. On to extra innings.

6th Inning - Primetime's bats again fell asleep as they did not threaten Ribbed at all in the top half of the inning. Wayne Chesna led Ribbed off with a no out single to left. After a fly out, Mark Awdycki singled putting men at first and second. Chesna was forced out at third on a fielder's choice. Two outs runners on first and second.

Ribbed captain Justin Warshowsky came to the plate. He lifted a lazy fly ball to short center field. It seemed to be a routine play however two Primetime players failed to communicate and as the ball came down they ran in to each other, the ball hit the ground and Awdycki scored from second securing the title for Ribbed. Final score Ribbed 5 Primetime 4. Ribbed was led by Jon Serra's 2 for 2 performance and Jon O'Brien's triple. Primetime was led by John Spinale's 2 RBI performance.