Web site team beats B&B Carpentry in revamped autumn softball league
BRECKENRIDGE – For the first time in six years, aluminum bats are pinging as aspens turn to gold in the Summit County rec scene. Steve “Smoke” Wilkins has brought autumn softball back to life in Breckenridge by gathering eight teams together and sending each of them on a 10-game sprint to the end of September.ColoradoPropertySales.com cruised to a 15-7 victory over B&B Carpentry during the second week of play on Wednesday night. The team is sponsored by Ken Moats, who has taken the rec league sponsorship to a new level by using his real estate business’ Web site as the squad’s moniker. “I got a bunch of people together that I’ve played with over the years and a bunch of friends,” said Moats. “We don’t take it too seriously, but serious enough. We have a good group of guys and everyone gets along.”His good group of guys logged on by pounding out eight hits in the first inning Wednesday night to open up a 6-0 lead that would be too much to overcome.
B&B scratched its way back into the game by narrowing the deficit to 8-5 in the third inning, but CPS answered with loud bats and high-quality leather. Left-center fielder Jeremy Fornachan smacked a solo homer in the fourth inning, and then made a sliding catch on a sinking liner to silence a B&B threat in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Rafi Fernando induced B&B into two 1-2-3 innings as CPS built an insurmountable 10-run cushion. B&B barely dented it with two runs in its last at-bat to close out the scoring.ColoradoPropertySales.com also beat CCH Building Materials/Vision Builders on Wednesday to improve to 3-1 in what appears to be a free-for-all for the title. “Everybody went 1-1 last week, so there’s probably not a dominant team,” said B&B Carpentry pitcher Molly Bukky of the parity. B&B wasn’t as fortunate as its Web-driven first opponent Wednesday, losing 11-7 to Jonny G’s in its nightcap to drop to 1-3.
The balance of competition is one of the reasons that commissioner Wilkins is optimistic of the league’s success. A friendlier schedule is another.”It used to be that there were games deep into October,” Wilkins said in reference to the disintegration that occurred six years ago. “People lost interest because of the cold and snow and not getting all their games in.” This prompted Wilkins to implement a five-week format for the reincarnated league. All eight teams will play Wednesday-night doubleheaders each week at Kingdom Park in Breckenridge. The season ends on Sept. 29, and Wilkins hopes to avoid the wintry weather that plagued the league in the past. “I’ve heard nothing but good comments so far (about the new format),” he said. A satisfied Fornachan echoed his league’s Bud Selig, saying “I’m loving the fall league!”
Fornachan reached base all four times he came to bat in the game, and added to that by going 3-for-3 in CPS’ second game of the night.Brian Elliot of B&B characterized the overall level of play this way: “It’s like a B+ league. All the teams are beefed up with a few A-league players. It keeps it competitive.” Each team is limited to three A-level players, with the bulk of the rosters rounded out by players from the summer B league. The best part? All of the games are equally important as there are no playoffs for the fall league. So in effect it’s a high-quality, 10-game round-robin tournament.
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