Friday, August 9, 2013

All-Stars pound out 16 homers in Hailey softball

Gray batters prevail with 37 hits, 36 runs

Express Staff Writer

    Hall of Famer Wee Willie Keeler preached “hit ‘em where they ain’t,” which is what the Gray All-Stars practiced Wednesday night in plundering the base-paths and raising the Jolly Roger with a big victory at Hailey’s Lions Park.
    Mammoth home runs predominated, and the Gray All-Stars enjoyed the best of the hitting success over the Blue All-Stars in the Hailey Coed Softball League All-Star game.
    Coach Jeff Martin’s Gray All-Stars clouted 11 homers and pounded out 37 hits in eight at-bats to walk away with a 36-8 victory over coach Kyle Bennett’s Blue All-Stars.
    It was 10-4 in the fifth, but the Gray All-Stars sent up 15 batters in a 10-hit, 10-run fifth that turned out to be decisive.
    There were 16 homers between the two teams in the nine-inning game—11 of them by the Gray All-Stars. Teams were selected in a draw prior to the game, after players had been nominated as All-Stars in days leading up to the game.
    Leading the way for the Gray Stars was designated hitter Sean Harrington (4 hits, 4 runs) of league-leading 7 Dog Ranch. Belting round-trippers from both sides of the plate, Harrington clouted three homers and finished with 10 RBI.
    Also launching three homers was Gray All-Stars third baseman Mike Adamson (4 hits, 4 runs, 5 RBI) of Power Engineers. Gray shortstop Bryan Burrell of Cups & Bras delivered a perfect 5-for-5 evening that included two homers, two doubles and 5 RBI.
    The top of the Gray All-Stars lineup was potent led by center fielder Ryan Stavros (4 hits, 3 runs, HR) of Cups & Bras, left fielder Anna Edwards (4 hits, 5 runs) of 7 Dog Ranch and right center fielder Joe Molyneux (3 hits, 4 runs, 4 RBI, HR) of Alternative Color Painting.
    Besides the hitting display, there were several fine defensive catches in the outfield.
    Blue All-Stars right fielder Kim Romrell of Alternative Color Painting made a couple of fine grabs of wicked line drives by Stavros and Molyneux. Anna Edwards made the catch of the game to rob Kyle Bennett’s home run attempt in the ninth inning. And Anthony Rooney of Mahoney’s Bar & Grill robbed Mike Beall at the fence in the Gray fifth inning.
    Mahoney’s veteran pitcher and league commissioner Beall ended up as the winning pitcher, limiting the powerful Blue All-Stars to just 14 hits in nine at-bats. The Blue All-Stars made six errors.
    Blue All-Stars outfielder Casey Hawkes (3 hits, 2 runs) of Cups & Bras was perfect at the plate including a pair of mammoth homers. Shortstop/pitcher Kenny Nelson of Cups & Bras also cranked out a pair of homers, and pitcher Joe LaManna added the other blast for the blue-shirted All-Stars.
    Wednesday’s game was a prelude to this weekend’s league tournament starting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Lions.

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