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Wicked Spud withstands Budís rally

Unbeaten Spud wins 17-12 in 10 frames

The Wicked Spud/Tune-Up Express team of the Hailey Coed Softball League hadnít been tested much in the early stages of 2002 league slow-pitch action. Most of its games have been run rules, going only five.

But Budweiser, the other unbeaten team in the league, had a challenge waiting when the teams clashed Monday night at Haileyís Lions Park. Not only did Bud push Spud past five, the game went to 10 innings.

The longest league game in several years finally was resolved when Wicked Spud exploded for six runs on seven hits in the visitor 10th. Five of the runs came with two outs as Wicked Spud won going away 17-12.

The first meeting of the season between the two protagonists in last yearís Hailey Coed tournament championship game won by Wicked Spud was all it was cracked up to be.

In the early going, it looked like two-time defending Hailey champion Wicked Spud (5-0 this season, 59-9 four years) was going to resolve another win in five innings. They took a 9-2 lead with two big at-bats.

Jim Bradleyís three-run homer and a solo shot by Brigette Gross (5 hits, 3 runs) put Wicked Spud ahead 4-0 in the first frame.

The eventual winners added five runs in the third on a leadoff double by Buddy Isom (3 hits, 3 runs), a two-out single by Gross and a two-run homer by southpaw Mike Kluge (3 hits, 2 runs).

Budweiser showed it was in the game to stay with a four-run third, cutting its deficit to 9-6. Three straight hits by Bobbi Edwards, Greg Edwards (3 hits, 3 runs) and Anna Kolash got the rally going and T.J. Peterson cranked a two-run homer.

Then, in the fifth, Greg Edwards delivered a two-run homer tying the contest 10-10. Budweiser added a run, and Wicked Spud had to scramble for a 11-11 tie after regulationóBrian Nelson (2 hits, 2 runs) scoring on a sacrifice fly by Mike Watson.

With both teams out of home runs, the game settled into a defensive battle with only two runs scored in the sixth through ninth innings. It featured fielding gems and outstanding pitching by Mike Watson of Wicked Spud and Benjy Walker of Bud.

Spud right fielder Gross made two great running catches on wicked Bud liners. Bud right fielder Anna Kolash added her own diving catch. Walker stabbed a line drive up the middle by Brian Nelson, and Nelson was solid at shortstop for Wicked Spud.

In the 10th, Isomís one-out single quietly started the game-winning explosion. Laurie Wolfley split the left field gap with a double and Isom came chugging home. Gross delivered a two-out RBI double and Kluge followed with his own RBI double.

Kim McAtee ripped an RBI triple, Nelson pulled an RBI double down the third base line and Kathy Kerrick blooped a run-scoring single into no manís land for a 17-11 Spud lead.

For Budweiser, Buddy Peterson cranked two doubles and a triple, while Terri Sherbine added three hits.


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