Men's Softball Spring 2012

Where My Pitches At

Back Row: Blake Chaffins, Jesse Eigner, Benjamin Mangan, Nathan Nuby, Joseph Algeri, Matthew DeCoste
Front Row: Sean McHugh, Brendan Carroll, Andrew Belastock, Patrick Pennie


Championship Game Summary
Where My Pitches At 5, Last Chance 3

It was a crisp, cool Tuesday evening, the first of May, a day that brought us a new month and a night that would see a new champion. Five innings separated two teams for the intramural men’s softball crown. It would be an evening that hosted a pitcher’s duel, relatively speaking for an intramural league. Last Chance prepared to face off against Where My Pitches At in a battle for the maroon tee.

Losing the ceremonial ‘rock, paper, scissors’ game, Where My Pitches At took first ups, while Last Chance’s starting ten rocketed out to the diamond. Starting the game in an offensive-minded way, Blake Chaffins sent a screaming line sinker to leftfield for a single. Last Chance was taken aback by the abrupt beginning and bobbled the next ball hit to third, thus allowing both runners to advance safely. Captain Matt DeCoste laced the ball to rightfield to drive in Chaffins for the first run of the game. Nate Nuby's sacrifice plated another run.

With Last Chance getting their first ups, Sean Grandfield slapped one over the infield to get on base. With two down and runners on the corner, captain Brian Campbell stepped into the box looking to get his team on the board and help his own pitching efforts. Unable to make solid contact, Campbell swung just under it and flew out to left field.

In the top of the 2nd with Where My Pitches At up 2-0, Andrew Belastock led off with a single to the gap. Patrick Pennie then cranked the pitch onto the hill for an easy stand-up double to advance Belastock to third. Runners were in scoring position with just one out. Jesse Eigner's weak grounder was fielded by the pitcher, but Campbell's flip throw to first sailed out of play. Both runners scored for the 4-0 lead. Later, a sac fly brought Eigner in for another run. In the bottom of the inning, a pair of singles got Last Chance rolling. Not to be outdone, Nuby made a spectacular sliding catch for the 2nd out of the inning. But a beautiful bunt hit for Chad Quaglia loaded the bases with two outs. Leadoff hitter Grandfield, who went deep in his first at bat, drove his pitch deep to centerfield, where it was misplayed and went over the fielder’s head to empty the bases. Just that quickly, Last Chance was back in the game 5-3.

Where My Pitches At went quickly and quietly in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the frame, Last Chance's Ricky Silva led off with a booming double that just missed reaching "home run road." With one out and a runner on second, Last Chance looked to scratch across another run. A hard hit ground ball to third base caused Silva to take a chance at third, but the third basemen made a spectacular play of faking the throw to first then catching Silva in a pickle for the out.

In the top of the fourth, Campbell recorded another 1-2-3 inning with the help of an incredible diving catch from his leftfielder. In Last Chance's at-bat, two outs were quickly recorded before James Gibbs hit a blooper over the outstretched glove of the shortstop. John Feeley picked up his team’s second bunt single. Grandfield came to the plate but flew out to centerfield to end the inning.

Where My Pitches At got runners on base in their half of the fifth but failed to capitalize in the run department. With just three outs from potentially crowning a champ, their team name seemed apropos as Last Chance. Peter Beaulieu led off the inning with a fly ball toward leftfield. Despite an ugly collision between the left and centerfielder, the ball remained in the glove for the first out. Silva hit a weak pop to leftfield for out #2. Tom Lawton made the final out of the game with a fly to centerfield. Where My Pitches at hoisted their championship shirts in celebration of their 5-3 victory.      

Last Chance

(Back Row):Thomas Lawton, Kevin Pomerleau, Brian Campbell, Peter Beaulieu,
Sean Grandfield, Bryan Horton
(Front Row): James Gibbs, John Feeley, Chad Quaglia, Richard Silva