News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 14, 2007

Softball Scene: Fighting Pacifists strike back

By John Benton

TERRE HAUTE — Often times the “Softball Scene” column is devoted to reporting the scores and games for travel teams and individual tournament outcomes.

As a result, we tend to omit the many league teams playing their weekly game for recreational purposes. Therefore, I would like to highlight the efforts of one of the many recreational league teams in today’s column.

The Fighting Pacifists play in the Terre Haute Park and Recreation Wednesday night league at Spencer Field. With a Wednesday evening 12-6 win over Garmong, the team is presently sporting a 2-8 league mark.

Including several members of the local Church of the Latter Day Saints congregation, team members are Dan Rueckert, Darren Wilkinson, Sam Snideman, Brad Phillips, Ryan Jensen, Paul Murdock, Chang-Ting Lin, Paul Yang, Shane Guy, Drew Mathis, Mark Green, Go Fusigawa, John Pethick, Jason Holt, George Chen, Scott Blanton and Kyhle Porter.

The Fighting Pacifists, like the majority of adult teams, enjoy playing at the recreational league level and compete hard on a weekly basis. For that, I would like to say that your efforts do not go unnoticed.

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A quick trip around the local softball scene found the following results in slowpitch league play:

The Tabco/Beef O’Brady’s squad recently pulled off a come-from-behind win. Trailing Aisin Brakes 22-12 with two outs in the seventh inning, the team rallied for 10 runs to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Tabco/Beef O’Brady’s then proceeded to win with a run in the bottom of the eighth. With the win, it remained undefeated in the Terre Haute Park and Recreation Wednesday League.

In Terre Haute YMCA/YWCA action, the State Farm Insurance team captured the league tourney title with a 20-10 win over the Mad Dogs.

The Brazil YMCA coed league play included a hard-fought contest between Schurick’s Heating and Cooling and Chop Shop. Chop Shop’s 12-10 win ended with a two-out, two-run, walk-off home run by Ryan Carter.

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This weekend will see many of the usual suspects traveling to Indianapolis in pursuit of tourney titles.

The DeHart’s Rental team will be participating in an NSA World Series qualifier tourney at the Midwest Softball complex in Indianapolis. It will be competing with 19 other Indiana teams for the right to compete in the national championship tourney.

DeHart’s Rental is scheduled to play a strong Hall’s Produce team in its opening game.

Several other local squads will compete in the Worth Invitational tourney Saturday at Avon. Included will be Clabber Girl, The Outcasts and another Brazil squad (sponsor not yet determined).

The Elkins Brothers Tree Service team will be playing in a four-team men’s fastpitch invitational tourney at Alexander Park in Indianapolis.

Look for results in next week’s column.

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In a softball-related item, several Crawl Works softballers were part of a father/son baseball tourney in North Chicago, Ill. The Crawl Works team marched through with a 4-0 mark.

Included on the roster were Kelly Chesshir, D.J. Chesshir, Shane Chesshir, Brian Chesshir, Steve Atwood, Eric Atwood, Scott Malicki, Cameron Malicki, Ron Humphrey, Jeremy Humphrey, Jim Acton, Cody Owen, Jack Slaby Sr., Jack Slaby Jr. and Joe Slaby.

Congrats on the win, fellows.

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Slowpitch invitational tourney action looks to be returning to Terre Haute next Saturday and Sunday. The Spencer Field facility will be hosting an eight-team double-elimination tourney which will include several local squads.

Included in the tourney field will be Ballyhoo Tavern, DeHart’s Rentals, Chop Shop, Outcasts and Clabber Girl. A strong Old Town Tavern squad from Vincennes also is expected to play.

This may be one of the few opportunities to see a strong tourney field in Terre Haute. Games are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday.

John Benton can be reached by phone at (812) 877-2566.