Benchwarmers, Redwings set for championship battleCamden Herald slips past Smokestack on Commeau's seventh-inning hit
Camden — After Mother Nature briefly interfered with the Camden Adult Coed Softball League double-elimination playoffs Aug. 16, postseason play resumed the following day as a pair of squads battled to earn a berth in the championship game against the top-ranked foe.
The No. 2 Camden Herald Redwings and No. 3 Smokestack Bar & Grille squared off in a thrilling game Aug. 17 at the Camden Snow Bowl, with both teams battling back and forth throughout the contest.
In the end, a walk-off triple by the Redwings' Sami Commeau in the bottom of the seventh inning proved the difference as the higher seed moved on to the league finals with a 6-5 win.
The Redwings (14-4) will face the No. 1 Knox County Benchwarmers (14-3) for the league title on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at the Snow Bowl. Game time is 6 p.m.
Should the Redwings win Wednesday, the double-elimination tournament would conclude Friday, Aug. 24 with a winner-take-all final at the Snow Bowl.
The Benchwarmers have won two of the three meetings against the Redwings this season, including a 16-11 win in the playoffs Aug. 15.
Smokestack finished the campaign 13-6.
Leading the Redwings at the plate Aug. 17 were Christian Pieri (2 singles), Commeau (triple, single), Mike Cummons (3 singles, 3 runs), Juliette Laaka (3 singles, run), Marie Lufkin (single), Phil Curll (single, run), Gabe Blodgett (single), Christian Wincklhofer (2 singles), Reade Brower (single) and Fritz Burke (single).
Leading Smokestack at the plate were Frankie O'Hara (2 singles, run), Tom Massey (2 singles, run), Nick Cohen (single, 2 runs), Kea Tesseyman (single), Missy Thompson (single) and Casey Cates (single, run).
The game was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Laaka plated Cummons with an RBI-single, to put the Redwings up by one run. Smokestack quickly countered with a run of its own in the top of the seventh when Cates singled and scored on a hit by O'Hara.
In the bottom of the final inning, with the game knotted 5-5, Pieri singled to start the winning uprising before Commeau ripped a walk-off triple over the right-fielder's head to plate Pieri with the deciding run.
By the end of this week, weather permitting, a new league champion will be crowned. Eight-time defending titlist Misfits is not involved with the league this summer.
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