August 28, 2008
Beer Goggles reigns again
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Beer Goggles batter Andrew Foster knocks a double into left field in the bottom of the first inning against Dark Horse in Wednesday’s Fast Pitch title game at Meldrim Field.
A big inning meant the continuation of a Cortland Fast Pitch League softball dynasty Wednesday night at Meldrim Field.
Regular-season champion Beer Goggles trailed Dark Horse 4-1 heading into the bottom of third inning, but scored eight runs to take control in the deciding contest of the best-of-three league championship series, ultimately winning 12-10.
It marked the fourth straight league championship for the team formerly known as The Tavern.
Doubles by Tom Avery, Andrew Foster and Mike Smith keyed the decisive uprising, which gave Beer Goggles a 9-4 lead. The winners scored two more runs in the fourth to go up 11-4, but Dark Horse battled back and got to within 11-8 heading into the bottom of the sixth, T.J. Griffin capping the rally with a solo home run in the top of that frame.
After the champions plated one run in the bottom of the sixth a seventh-inning rally by Dark Horse fell short, winning pitcher Mike Holl getting the final out on his seventh strikeout of the game off a 2-2 changeup.
Smith went 3-for-4 with the double, an RBI and three runs scored for Beer Goggles, while Foster (two doubles, two RBIs) and Mark Kinner (two RBIs went 2-for-3 and Avery went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs.
The winners totaled 12 hits off Dark Horse starter Jeff Carr, who dropped the decision, and reliever Roger Karn.
Dennis Hopkins went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs for Dark Horse, the third-place finisher during the regular season. Adam Koehler was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run and Griffin was 2-for-5 including his home run blow.
Dark Horse had won the opening game of this championship series 4-0 last week, only to have Beer Goggles bounce back to win 10-1 Monday night before this decisive showdown.
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