Swing and a miss

In the co-ed softball tournament not everyone wins, but they sure have fun losing

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It has been said that on any given day any given team can win.

Nowhere is that more true than in recreational softball where teams might have eight players on one night and then fifteen the next; or a line drive just can't find a hole on one night and the next game no one can get the team out.

Despite the variability of outcomes, some teams are destined to have a losing record. For the Craig Softball Association's co-ed league that team was the club sponsored by Village Inn. Going into the tournament Monday night, Village Inn was in the basement of the standings with a 1-17 record.

On Monday the team proved the aforementioned theory about winning, as they began the post-season tournament in upset style.

After Village Inn's 10-7 win over Tanglez and Rayz (6-12) the sentiment was what one would expect from a team that had just doubled its number of wins after one game.

"It's a miracle," "I can't believe my eyes," and, "I told you we could win," were just a few of the post-game sentiments. The team, made up mostly of Village Inn employees, was happy to extend its season by at least one more game.

"During the regular season our biggest problem was getting people here," said Elroy Webb, the acting manager of the team. "This was one of our better turnouts and one of our better games."

The team members with nicknames on the back of their shirts like "tooter", "buns" and "rabbit" were enjoying themselves between games.

"We're out here just to recapture our youth," said left fielder Rodney Beason. "Trying to get that one home run before our arms can't move anymore."

If the Village Inn players were in fact re-living their youth, then their next opponent, Black Mountain Glass/ Anson Excavating, played the part of playground bully.

Black Mountain returned the Village Inn team to its regular season form with a 24-0 clubbing that was quick and painless, except for the line drives off of Village Inn players.

"That second game was typical of our regular season," said pitcher Corey Pritchard. "But we were still having a good time of it."

One of the factors that Webb said he has noticed that makes a difference in teams is how much experience they've had together.

"Some of the better teams have been playing together for 15 years," he said. "This is our first year together and it showed."

"We'll be back!" promised Pritchard.

The tournament will continue on Saturday at the Loudy-Simpson complex. In the winner's bracket undefeated teams Baker and Associates will face off against Black Mountain and the R-Team will take the field against Tagmar Medical Management.

In the loser's bracket of the double-elimination tournament, the Stone Rollers will face Village Inn and College Baptist Church will take on Freight Damaged Furniture. The two teams eliminated from the action Monday night were Tanglez and Rayz, and early tournament favorites Cook Chevrolet/Fenix Iron Works.

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