The Rolla Parks and Rec men's softball leagues kicked off on Tuesday, April 25 with 12 games split up amongst three fields and three divisions.
The upper division played on Morgan Field on Tuesday, kicking things off with a matchup between On the Run and Futures. This was the tightest matchup in the division, as runs were traded back and forth for the first few innings. Each team scored two runs in the first three innings before On the Run put up four runs in the fifth inning to seal the win. They went on to win the contest 7-3.
CG Power then faced off against Futures in an offensive matchup. CG Power scored three runs to kick off the game in the first inning, but the Futures responded with two of their own. CG Power then added another three runs in the second and one run from the Futures in the inning brought the score to 6-3. After that it was all Futures. They scored four runs in the third and seven in the fifth to help run away with a 15-9 win. Mike Eichman, Sam Bear and Sam Nelson each hit home runs for the winning Futures team.
The runs were still flying when On the Run faced off for Sakelaris in the night's third matchup. On the Run scored 10 runs in the first two innings and had another five in the sixth to help power a run away 19-9 win. Dustin Woody, Chad Henson, Ryan Bouse and Matt Booker each homered for On the Run, while Dalton Friend hit a pair of dingers for Sakelaris.
PCBB and the Shockers rounded out the night at Morgan Field and it was a dominant win by the Shockers. The fourth and fifth innings came with 10 runs for the Shockers, which included a home run by Ray Evans, on their way to a 14-4 win.
The middle division played at Kwantes Field and the night started with a nail-biter between Miller 64 and Dirty Mo Posse. Miller 64 put up four runs in the second inning to take an early 4-1 lead and maintained that lead for most of the contest. Dirty Mo Posse scored a run in the fourth to cut the deficit to one, but Miller 64 added another two runs in the sixth to push their lead to 6-2. Dirty MO Posse made a late push with three runs in the sixth, but they couldn't tie up the game and fell 6-5.
Miller 64 was no stranger to close games on Tuesday, as they had another when they faced off against For Your Convenience. For Your Convenience took an early 5-1 lead with a five run second before things exploded in the fifth. The score was 6-4 going into the inning before Miller 64 put up six runs in the fifth and For Your Convenience came right back with four of their own to tie the game at 10. Miller 64 added three more runs in the sixth and held For Your Convenience to just one run to finish off the comeback win 13-11.
For Your Convenience came back and had an offensive explosion against Not Forgotten MO. They scored seven in the first and six more in the second to kick things off and had another five runs in the fourth to run away with a 20-10 win. Each team hit a home run, with Cody Shuler hitting one for For Your Convenience and Jeremy Mitton hitting one for Not Forgotten MO.
Not Forgotten MO then faced off against McDonalds and continued their trend of putting up a lot of runs in a loss. McDonalds scored six in the first and 12 in the second to jump start their offense that went on to score 29 runs in a 29-11 win. McDonalds needed just one homer to power that 29 run showing and it came from Michael Clardy. Travis Ueke and Tim Wiltingham each hit homers for Not Forgotten MO.
The lower division was played Kimmel Field and started with a staggering 27-6 win by Xtreme Life Roll over Fidelity Communications. Those 27 runs were powered by just one home run from Scott Kaden. Mark Miller and Chris Cramer led the team in runs scored with five a piece.
BCBB then laid the smackdown on Fidelity to the tune of 33 runs. The offensive showing was highlighted by a 12 run fifth inning for BCBB. Johnny Hamm hit a home run for BCBB and Taylor Humphrey led the scoring effort with five runs scored in a 33-7 win.
Xtreme Life Rolla only needed three innings of scoring to run away with their second win of the night over Lawson Construction. They scored six runs in the first and four in the second before a nine run third inning. Those 19 runs were all they needed in a 19-7 win. Cramer smacked a home run for Xtreme Life Rolla in the win.
The final game of the night was a back and forth slugfest between Who Cares and Lawson Construction. Who cares kicked things off with a five run first before Lawson chipped into that lead with a two runs second. Lawson scored one more run in the third and Who Cares responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead to 9-3. Lawson took their first lead of the game thanks to an eight run fourth inning, jumping in front 11-9. Who Cares took the lead right back with three runs in the bottom of the inning, but Lawson then responded with four more runs in the fifth to retake the lead 15-12. Who Cares kept going with a run in the bottom of the fifth and then three more runs in the sixth to walk things off for a 16-15 win.
The next games in the men's league will be Tuesday, May 2.