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Cartel Rights Ship, Stealers and Softball Inc Easy Winners in Bob Owens Play

Stealers third baseman Raymond “Doc” Cintron rips a double in his team’s big fourth inning.After a woeful early season, the Cartel appears to be coming around as the Bob Owens slow pitch softball season reaches its midpoint. The black-clad squad upset the powerful Wyatt Heat 9-8 Monday night at the D.C. Canegata ball park to continue what has been improved play since the start on the second half of the season.
In the night’s other game the teams that stand one-two in the standings, the Seaborne Stealers and Softball Inc respectively, both disposed of their opponents by way of the 10-run mercy rule. The Stealers whipped a good Anchor Dive team 18-8, and Softball Inc hammered the Dirty Dozen 19-9.

Cartel 9, Heat 8
Game one on Monday saw the Cartel pull off a huge upset of Wyatt Heat 9-8. The winners showed glimpses of what once made them one of the most powerful team in the league in pulling off the victory. It was the Cartel with nine runs on 11 hits and one error, while the Heat finished with eight runs on nine hits and three errors. Dave McFarland got the win on the hill for the Cartel, while Dexter DeSouza got the loss. Top batters for the Cartel were Daren Lewis (2 for 2 with a home run and three RBIs) and Pedro Gonzalez (2 for 3 with a home run and one RBI). For the Heat, DeSouza and Steve Rosario were both 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs.

Stealers 18, Anchor Dive 8
After a relatively quiet first three innings, the league-leading Seaborne Stealers erupted in the fourth inning for 13 runs on their way to beating Anchor Dive in five innings by way of the 10-run mercy rule, 18-8. Needing one run to have the rule enforced in the bottom of the fifth, Stealers leadoff hitter Sheldon Turnbull delivered a walk-off home run to seal the deal. The Stealers finished with 18 runs on 20 hits and three errors, while Anchor Dive had eight runs on 12 hits and two errors. The winning pitcher was Sam Ramos, and Edwin Sankitts got the loss. Top batters for the winners were Angel Torres (2 for 2 with two home runs and five RBIs) and Eric Flynn (3 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs). For Anchor Dive, Danny Rodriguez was 1 for 2 with a grand-slam home run and five RBIs, and Juan Burgos was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Softball Inc 19, Dirty Dozen 9

Monday’s nightcap was also a 10-run mercy-ruled contest as second-place Softball Inc continues its stellar play in routing the Dirty Dozen 19-9. Cody St. Pierre pitched the win on the hill for Softball Inc, while Jason Roberts got the loss. It was Softball Inc with 19 runs on 22 hits and three errors, while the Dozen finished with nine runs on eight hits and four miscues. Top batters for the winners were Angel Guzman (3 for 3 with three home runs and five RBIs) and Antonio Cruz (2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs). For the Dozen, Dave Wentz was 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, and Wade Deshazer was 3 for 3 with one RBI.

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