Benchwarmers advance to Camden Coed League title gameThursday's loser's bracket final postponed to Friday
Camden — The Camden Adult Coed Softball League finals are nearly set, with three teams remaining in the double-elimination tournament.
The top-seeded Knox County Benchwarmers and the No. 2 Camden Herald Redwings squared off at the Camden Snow Bowl Aug. 15 in a battle between the league's two top teams in the winner's bracket final, with the Benchwarmers pulling off a 16-11 victory.
The win earned the Benchwarmers a spot in the championship game, where they will await the winner of the losers' bracket final between the Redwings and No. 3 Smokestack Bar & Grille.
That game was to be played Aug. 16, but was postponed due to rain. The game was played Aug. 17, with Redwings winning 6-5 (see other story).
The championship game was previously scheduled for Friday, but will be pushed to Wednesday, Aug. 22.
Smokestack Bar & Grille defeated No. 8 Feener's Pride 5-2 Aug. 15 to advance to the losers' bracket final.
Leading the Benchwarmers at the plate Aug. 15 were Jay Young (single, run), Daphne Ripley (3 singles, 3 runs), Jason Yates (4 singles, 3 runs), Lee Smith (home run, double, single, 3 runs), Tim Jackson (single), Heath Smith (double, single), Betsy Wedge (single, run), Chris Burns (double, 2 singles, 2 runs), Erin Chase (single, run) and Steve Gibbons (single, triple, 2 runs).
For the Redwings, Christian Pieri (double, run), Christian Wincklhofer (single, run), Sami Commeau (2 singles), Kyle Weaver (double, triple, run), Gabe Blodgett (single, run), Mike Cummons (single), Marie Lufkin (3 singles), Mike Curtis (home run, single, 2 runs), Juliette Laaka (single, run), Phil Curll (3 singles), Katie Benedict (single, run) and Fritz Burke (single, run) paced the offense.
The Benchwarmers held a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning and broke the game open with a five-run frame, led by back-to-back RBI-singles by Ripley and Yates, an RBI-double by Smith and a two-run single by Jackson, to put the home team ahead 12-5.
The Redwings responded with a two-run top of the fifth when Burke, Wincklhofer and Commeau rapped three straight singles, with Burke and Wincklhofer eventually crossing the plate in on a pair of sacrifice flies.
However, the Benchwarmers put the game out of reach with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Gibbons belted a three-run triple to left field and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Redwings drew closer with a two-run single from Curll in the sixth and an RBI-single from Blodgett, who later crossed the plate on an error, in the seventh, but could not complete the comeback.
Burns made a wonderful running catch in left field on a well-hit ball by Curtis to end the game.
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