Ramirez Transport is one win away from a perfect season in the adult softball league at McMinnville Civic Center.
The top squad had little trouble with Throwing Shade Wednesday, demolishing its opponent 33-12 to move a win away from a perfect season. In other league action Wednesday, the Shockmasters topped Namaste 26-13 and Wanted defeated Morrison Industries 18-4.
Everybody has been chasing Ramirez Transport all season. Only one team, the 7-2 Shockmasters, have come within 10 runs. They’ll collide next week at 6 p.m. at Cat Walker Field.
In Wednesday’s game, Ramirez Transport continued its use of the long ball to put distance on the scoreboard. Josh Winfree and Jeff Chisam had back-to-back home runs in the first inning, while Jathan Baker capped a 13-run third inning with a two-run blast.
Throwing Shade tried to spook the top squad with 10 runs in the first inning, but the offense fell off after the early explosion. The loss dropped Throwing Shade to 1-8, good for fifth in the six-team league.
Shockmasters also got off to a quick start in its game. The only difference was the offense continued to flow for the league’s second-place squad.
Thomas Mullins and Caleb Newby highlighted a 16-run outburst in the first inning with big blasts. Newby would add a second bomb in the fourth inning, while legendary softball pulverizer Jordan Elkins led off the fourth with a deep shot.
Namaste, which fell to 4-4, got home runs from Rylan Sliger and Daniel Wilson.
In Wednesday’s first contest, Leo Chavez finished 4-for-4 to lead Wanted to its fifth victory. Matthew Rigsby hit two home runs in the win, while Steven Scott and Zach Sutherland each had round-trippers.
Next week’s schedule will be three games originally scheduled to play July 3. Ramirez Transport (9-0) will face Shockmasters (7-2) at 6 p.m., Morrison Industries (0-8) faces Throwing Shade (1-8) at 7:15 p.m. and Namaste (4-4) will try to take third place from Wanted (5-4) at 8:30 p.m.
One final make-up game – Namaste vs. Morrison Industries – will be played July 24.