On Thursday night in Centertown, Cruizer’s and Roscoe Brown faced each other in senior league softball action.
Cruizer’s, using a 14-run first inning, was up by as many as 15 runs, but barely escaped a valiant comeback by Roscoe Brown to win by a run, 23-22.
Cruizer’s was led at the plate by Matt Savage and David Nicholas, who each had four hits. Adam Owen, Shaggy Stovie had three hits apiece, while Nick McNutt, Dakota Nicholas, Dean Galloway, Alena Muncey and Jacob Scott added two hits apiece.
Devin Harville, Jacob Canton, Austin Jakes, Ian DeArmond and Jaylan Smith all led the way at the plate for Roscoe Brown.
In the top of the first, Cruizer’s made a statement early as Savage broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double to the outfield, 1-0. Savage scored a batter later to extend the lead to 2-0 and Cruizer’s was just getting started in the run column in the top half of the inning.
With the bases loaded with two outs, Galloway came up and cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double, 5-0.
By the time the top half of the inning was over Cruizer’s saw nine more runs cross the plate, 14-0.
Roscoe Brown managed to score only a run in the bottom of the inning courtesy of an Alex Fitts RBI single and it was a 13-run game going into the second, 14-1.
Cruizer’s tacked on four more runs in the top of the second thanks to a 3-RBI triple by Savage and a RBI double by David Nicholas, 18-1.
Roscoe Brown started to see some life at the plate in the bottom of the inning as it scored seven runs to get back in the ballgame. The scoring started with a bases-clearing triple by Harley Alexander to cut the Cruizer’s lead to 18-4. The score was 18-8 after two.
Roscoe Brown continued to battle back despite the deficit as it put up seven more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a four-run game. An RBI single by Jaylan Smith, a 2-RBI triple by Alexander, 2-RBI doubles by Harville and Austin Jakes, cut the lead to four by the time the inning was over, 19-15.
Cruizer’s scored four runs in the top of the fifth to widen the lead to eight thanks to a 3-RBI double by McNutt and an RBI single by Stovie, 23-15.
Roscoe Brown refused to go down without a fight in the bottom of the inning as it cut the lead to six thanks to a two-run shot by Canton, 23-17, and it wasn’t done. Five more runs crossed the plate later in the inning for Roscoe Brown as they were only down by a run, 23-22.
After a walked batter, Roscoe Brown’s dramatic comeback was cut short as it grounded out to second to end the game.