Feb. 22, 2007 — 40 Caliber came to the D.C. Canegata Ball Park Thursday night hoping to beat the Cartel and move into a tie for first with Speak the Word in the Bob Owen Slow Pitch Softball League.
The Cartel had other ideas, however, and they showed 40 Caliber that they were not going to roll over for anyone. They pounded the second-place 40 Caliber 17-2 in a 10-run, mercy-ruled, five-inning contest.
Batting first, the Cartel came up with one run in the top of the first on an RBI double off the bat of Kenny Milligan to take the early lead after 40 Caliber failed to score in the bottom of the inning.
The Cartel then exploded for nine runs in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Joseph Hodge, a solo shot by James Smith, a two-run double by Milligan, an RBI single by Rocky Belardo and two costly 40 Caliber errors that resulted in three unearned runs. 40 Caliber came up with one run in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by Freddie Benitez and they trailed 10-1 at the end of two innings.
In the top of the third, the Cartel extended their lead to 13-1 on a three-run shot off the bat of Eddie Dunkirk. Again 40 Caliber could only answer with one run in the bottom of the inning to trail 13-2 at the end of the third, their last run of the game.
The Cartel would go on to score two runs in the top of the fourth on solo shots by Sylvester McIntosh and Daren Lewis and two in the top of the fifth on Dunkirks second homer of the game, a two-run shot to right center for the final margin of 17-2.
James Smith picked up the win on the mound for the Cartel, while Steve Nisky took the loss for 40 Caliber. Eddie Dunkirk was the hitting star for the Cartel as he went 4 for 4 on the night with two home runs and five RBIs. Milligan was 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs and Hodge was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. For 40 Caliber, Benitez went 2 for 2 with one RBI and Malloy went 1 for 3 with one RBI.
Claudio Enterprises 12, Anchor Dive 2
After Wyatt Heat forfeited the second game of the night to Terminix, Claudio Enterprises continued to show why many say they will be a dangerous team come the playoffs. They easily took care of one of the leagues elite teams, Anchor Dive, in the nights second five-inning, 10-run, mercy-ruled contest, winning 12-2.
Julio Carmona kept a very powerful Anchor Dive offense in check all night, limiting them to just two hits to pick up the win. His record now moves to 6-6 for the season. He also helped his own cause at the plate by going 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs. Mario Simmonds got the loss for Anchor Dive.
Other offensive contributors for Claudio Enterprises were, Luis Moreno (3 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs) and Leadro Reyes (2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs).
For Anchor Dive, Dave Wiz and Danny Rodriguez were both 1 for 2 with an RBI.
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