Men’s and Women’s Softball Off to a Soggy Start
by Martinique Davis
May 28, 2009 | 714 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WHAT PUDDLES? – Rainy, muddy conditions would not prevent local women from getting out on the ball fields Tuesday for their first softball games of the season.(Photo by <a href="http://tellurideimage.com/stock/"><b>Brett Schreckengost</b></a>)
WHAT PUDDLES? – Rainy, muddy conditions would not prevent local women from getting out on the ball fields Tuesday for their first softball games of the season.(Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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A league’s Martinique Davis made a run for home plate, but got tagged out by Ruth Homan.(Photo by <a href="http://tellurideimage.com/stock/"><b>Brett Schreckengost</b></a>)
A league’s Martinique Davis made a run for home plate, but got tagged out by Ruth Homan.(Photo by Brett Schreckengost)
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TELLURIDE – Telluride’s summer sportsmen and women toughed out a cold, damp start to the softball season, during which teams weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the hunt for early season dominance.

In the women’s most recent, soggy outing on Tuesday night, the league’s longstanding leading ladies proved their prowess by posting major, muddy victories. In this new season, women’s teams get only one chance to dismantle their adversaries on the climb to the second round: Last year, teams were divided into the A or B league at the start of the season, allowing teams to play each other multiple times and thus giving squads the opportunity throughout the season to conceive comprehensive plans of attack designed to upend their contenders.

But this year, the women's league is back to the more traditional structure of having all eight teams play each other in round one, just once, before the League is divided into A and B. That means that every game – and every win or loss – matters in the early season. Veteran teams like Mountain Limo and the Slammers, whose rosters include women who have been playing Telluride Town League softball together for decades, seem to have an advantage under this arrangement, since they have deep coffers of both off-the-bench skill and on-the-field game knowledge that they can glean from.

Mountain Limo, perhaps the most winning and likely the most veteran of the local women’s softball organizations, knocked up-and-comers The Cantina Chicks and Salsa off their soggy feet Tuesday night, racking up a 17-5 score to post their second win of the so-far two-game season. The Chicks’ defense, propelled by exacting plays from third basewoman Susan Heard and right fielder Sierra Stafford, kept the Limo’s offensive drive in check through the first innings. But as team manager Heard had warned her teammates before the game (she used to play for Mountain Limo), the Limo Drivers have a tendency to come into the match hitting like lambs, but exit slamming the ball like lions.

Such was the case Tuesday, with Mountain Limo racking up eight runs in the fourth to add to their early lead. Chicks and Salsa batters attempted a response, with speedy Paula Eaton racing her way around the bases to eek in a few for her team in the innings that followed, but the Limo’s well-oiled machine ultimately proved too inscrutable for the still-developing Chicks.

“I really thought the score was going to be closer,” said Mountain Limo’s Darcy Levtzow following the lopsided Tuesday match.

The Slammers, also a team that is accustomed to winning thanks to their roster of well-versed softball players, edged out the Last Dollar in a closer-fought victory, coming up with their second season win 12-8. The Slammers have benefited from the acquisition of a handful of players who made the exodus from the now-defunct Treb Curves: This ever-viable, veteran Slammers squad has deepened their already sturdy bench with the addition of the Depagter sisters: Brigitte (Kusuno), Rhea, and Margarita.
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