Friday, July 14, 2000
Summer softball summary
In first game action of summer softball in Carlisle, the "New York Yankees" beat the "Boston Red Sox" 12—8 as light rain fell at the opening pitch. It was a close, one-run game through four innings until David Freedman (traded to the Yankees just before the game) shut down the "Red Sox" with superb high-arc relief pitching.
Beth Clarke played Trot Nixon-esque baseball in right field for the "Yankees" as she ran down everything that came her way. James Harris, also sent to the "Yankees" in a three-player deal just before the game, collected four hits and two RBI's. Fory McCandless, playing despite a sore leg for the "Red Sox," collected a stand-up triple late in the game and walked home on a "Red Sox" hit.
Earlier in the game, John Forelli made a great sliding catch of a foul ball down the third base line and Brian Coffey assisted on the season's first double play as he made a stabbing catch of a line drive (stealing a hit from the "Yankees") and throwing the "Yankees" runner out at third who got caught off the bag.
The only controversy erupted late in the game as David Spotts lined a hit down the leftfield line. It appeared to be a fair ball, but was overruled and called foul as it was determined that homeplate had been moved and the soccer nets were in fair territory.
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