It was a late 6:30 p.m. start for the playoff softball game Monday, Aug. 6, at Sharpe Field because many of the Derogatory players work at the Athenaeum Hotel.
The playoff game was between the Pounders and Derogatory. This game wasn’t a close one and was filled with colossal hits from the Pounders. The game ended with a final score of 15-10 and a Pounders win.
Derogatory started off scoring with a sacrifice fly to score one run. Pounders hit a sacrifice fly of their own, followed by two walks. The Pounders ended up scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Derogatory did not get a runner on base during the second inning. The Pounders showed off their power hitting and got back-to-back in-the-park homeruns to go up 9-1.
“We just saw the ball well,” said Kyle Mayer, Pounders left fielder.
Derogatory players answered back with their own in-the-park homerun that brought in two runs. The team ended up scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. Both teams ended up scoring three runs in the third inning, leaving the score at 12-4.
At the top of the fourth inning, Derogatory drove in two more runs. The team would also hold the Pounders to one run for the remaining three innings. Both teams scored one run at the top of fifth inning.
In the sixth inning, with bases loaded and two outs, Derogatory ended up leaving all the runners stranded. They managed to score two runs but were still down. The score was 15-9 going into the final inning.
Needing six runs to tie the game and with the last player up to bat, Derogatory only scored one run and lost the game.
The Pounders were set to play the Slugs in the championship game on Wednesday, Aug. 8.
“We beat them three times this year, but it’s just another game,” Mayer said.