Above left, the theme appears “Safe at Third” for both competing teams as Forest Lumber’s Matt Cox dives in as Ajax third baseman Art Torrez focuses on catching the ball. Photos: Cid Castillo

Jeremy Teeguarden reported on Town Hall Adult Coed Softball standings for the week of Aug. 8.

Last week’s softball games were an example of why this has been one of the most competitive softball seasons in recent memory. Any team can win on any given day, which has made it a great season thus far.

On Tuesday, Ajax took on the Idyllwild Tea Cubs. Robert Brower helped Ajax to an early lead when he scored the first of his three runs in the first inning. Anthony Negrete hit a home run for the T-Cubs but it wasn’t enough as Ajax won 14-4.

Yet another safe verdict by umpire Brennen Priefer, this time at first base as Forest Lumber batter Brian McWilliams gets his breath after his sprint down the base line. Ajax pitcher Fred Espinoza looks on as first baseman Michelle Brower catches the ball.

Wednesday’s game between Forest Lumber and Creekstone Inn started a string of well-played, tight games. Forest Lumber’s Marty Prevosto pitched well despite surrendering a home run to Creekstone’s Josh White. On offense, Prevosto scored two runs, which aided Forest Lumber with a big win 6-4 over first-place Creekstone.

On Thursday, Pacific Slope played twice. In the first game against Café Aroma, Slope’s Justin Lehr had a couple big hits and scored a run. Café Aroma’s Julie Fogle and Cliff Anderson hit well, too. With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh inning, Aroma’s Danielle Baraty got a nice hit and came around to score the winning run in a Café Aroma 8-7 victory.

Umpire Brennen Priefer again calls “safe” as Ajax’s Raymond Marcus claims third base and Forest Lumber’s Brian McWilliams tags him just a second too late.
In its second game of the evening, Pacific Slope took on the Idyllwild Tea Cubs. Pacific Slope bounced back from the earlier loss as Amy Righetti and Tanya Wampler hit great. Robin Lehman, Tara Strunk and Julie Phillips all hit well for the T-Cubs, but Pacific Slope won 16-6.

Friday’s game capped off a great week of softball. Forest Lumber, fresh off their win against Creekstone Inn, faced Ajax. Michelle Brower had four hits and scored three times for Ajax. The game went back and forth. Jeremy Potter scored three big runs to help Forest Lumber and Brian McWilliams came in to score the winning run as Forest Lumber clinched a playoff spot with another big win 16-15.

Standings Wins Losses
Creekstone Inn 6 2
Ajax 6 3
Pacific Slope 5 3
Forest Lumber 5 4
Café Aroma 2 6
Idyllwild Tea Company 1 7

The playoffs begin Thursday, Aug. 18, while the top four teams will be playing in the playoffs, due to games Tuesday the actuall seeds have not been determined.

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