By Mike Laws - 06/24/09 06:55 PM EDT
If you’re the kind of fan who prefers pitchers’ duels and doesn’t care for the crooked number, then please take heed of this advice: Stay far, far away from the Senate Softball League.
Case in point: Tuesday evening’s marquee match-up between Sen. Bob Casey’s (D-Pa.) righteously named Scrantonicity and Sen. Arlen Specter’s (
The big showdown came in the third. With two on, two out and Casey at the bat (ha!) with a chance to blow this one wide open, Specter toed the slab, stared the junior senator down and induced an inning-ending pop-up to second. No more than a can o’ corn, as they say.
Perhaps buoyed by their boss’s poise under pressure, the Pennsylmania players would mount a major offensive in the fifth and sixth, matching their rivals’ earlier feat with back-to-back inside-the-park dingers and plating a whopping 10 runs. Amazingly, they now led, 16-14.
Sadly, it would prove to be a lead they couldn’t hold. Casey’s squad knocked out a single and three triples in their half of the sixth, then got the game’s final inside-the-park home run from pinch hitter Mike Schwartz. 19-16, advantage Scrantonicity.
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Speaking of the long ball ... Tourists traipsing around the far east side of the National Mall on Monday night could be forgiven for thinking they’d caught a glimpse of Adam Dunn taking out the Nationals’ collective frustration on a batch of helpless softballs.
No, that wasn’t Big Country blasting those tape-measure moon-shots; it was the Ohio Killer Nuts’ Derrick Walter, a staff assistant for Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
A smidge less formidably built than Dunn, Walter nonetheless seemed to have adopted the Washington slugger’s approach at the plate: If it ain’t a home run, it ain’t worth hitting.
That’s some nice work, Mr. Walter.