Champs

The BatStreakBoys softball team captured the City of Baytown’s Spring II league title Tuesday at Wayne Gray Sports Complex with a 15-4 win over Saved by the Balls. In back row, from left, Joe Guidry, Steve Hampton, Jesse Garza, Robbie Tyler and Jared Walters; in front, from left, Adam Stone, Michael Magouirk, Steven Chong, Jesse Rodriguez, Sergio Chong and Chris Ballard.

Softball title winners have played together for over decade

Local city softball players dealt with increasing temperatures, rain outs and strong competition, but when it was all over, the Spring II adult season for the City of Baytown Parks and Recreation wrapped up in idyllic conditions.

On Tuesday at the Wayne Gray Sports Complex, the league’s playoffs took place and when the dust cleared, the BatStreakBoys would come out on top of the four-round tournament.

The team, which was seeded sixth out of the 10-team field got hot when it mattered and rolled to the title, recording impressive 11-1 and 15-4 wins over second-seeded Those Guys and fifth-seeded Saved by the Balls in the semifinals and finals, respectively.

Both finalists got into the title game after upsets in the semifinals. Not only did BatStreakBoys win in five innings over Those Guys but Saved by the Balls knocked off the top-seeded Budussy, 10-9, when it scored all 10 runs in their last at bat to record the unlikely win.

In the final, BatStreakBoys (9-4) scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and it was off and running from there.

Team manager Chris Ballard saw his crew make a number of strong defensive plays and flash plenty of big bats to cruise to wins at the most important time of the schedule.

“We have been playing together for 10 to 12 years, so just the camaraderie of our team and knowing each other makes our defense kind of gel,” Ballard said. “Now that we are older aged and have kids and adult jobs, it’s harder to play tournaments. So now, we just come out here and have fun.”

Saved by the Balls may have fallen short of a title, but they enjoyed the experience.

“I think that’s why we lost this game because we scored all of our runs in the last game,” Saved by the Balls captain Cory Provost said. “(In the semifinals) we just decided to play. A lot of times, we see these stacked teams that play in tournaments and the guys get intimidated. We just started hitting the ball the way we could.

“Softball is like the biggest fraternity ever. We can compete across the lines, but at the end of the day we can just hang out. A lot of us grew up together, so it’s nice.”

The champs got a T-shirt for their troubles and a chance at waving their index fingers, before the summer season kicks off tonight.

“It’s more about a night out with the guys and having a good time,” Ballard said. “We got bragging rights. We will play in the next league. This will roll over into the next session.”

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