Kreable Young | Staff Photographer
After a storied, undefeated season of crushing wins and incredible comebacks, the Batgirls finally succumbed to the Moms in a 14-8 defeat last Thursday, proving once again that, even in softball, mothers know best.
Known for their refined, fundamental play developed season after season, the Moms expertly secured their fifth consecutive championship title. The talented Batgirls played their typical game of raw athletic talent, but could not bounce back from a couple rough innings.
“The Batgirls are a really tough team,” said Kathy Chubb, captain of the Moms. “They beat us twice in the regular season, so we knew we really had to bring our A-game.”
The Moms would eventually do just that, but it was the Batgirls who set the tone early.
Lauren McElree held the Moms to a scoreless half-inning with spot-on pitching and two excellent defensive plays from the bump. Mac Carter started things off for the Batgirls with excellent heads-up baserunning, turning a routine grounder into a double on an error. Julia Koron and Heather Jahrling followed suit with two RBI singles to give the Batgirls an 2-0 lead.
The Moms quickly answered back with four runs from Meg Steere, Kathy DeWindt, Jen Flanagan and Betsy Goodell. The Moms’ lead did not last long, though, as the Batgirls put up three runs thanks to singles from Lily Wells and Kelly McClymonds.
Fortunately for the Moms, the Batgirls couldn’t get the bats working after the second inning and only put up three more runs the rest of the game. An exciting third inning put the Moms on top 6-5 with help from Laura McCauley’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly from Coleen Reeve.
The Batgirls’ typically flawless play led by Rae Zarou at shortstop began to come apart at the seams in the top of the fifth. The Moms wasted no time taking advantage of the errant defense, crossing home plate five times in the fifth inning. Great base running from Donna Zellers and a good eye from 81-year-old Libby Duryea allowed Amy Hendricks and the rest of the Moms’ top of the lineup to capitalize with single shots.
“It was truly a team effort,” Chubb said. “Everyone hit well, and we supported each other in the field. It was an all-around great day for everybody.”
Although the Batgirls put up one more run in a valiant effort in the last inning, the wind had been taken out of their sails and they couldn’t climb back into contention.
The loss may have been disappointing, but the Batgirls were all smiles in the dugout after the final out.
“We’re all returning next summer, so we should have an even better season next year,” McElree said.
After a textbook season, the Batgirls are ready to make another run for the title next summer.
“We’ll be looking for some revenge next season,” Zarou said. “We’re going to win the championship without a doubt.”