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Community Summer Softball League Winds Down

By Phil Janowicz

COLUMNIST

While the boys of summer play in fancy stadiums for fame, fortune, and everything that goes with it, the real men of summer play softball. Last Thursday, the PITS, a team of biology graduate students, defeated the Library Staff Association Bibliotechs 16-12 to capture the MIT community summer softball league Serious Slow Division 4/5 championship title.

The Bibliotechs got off to a strong start in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on three costly errors for seven runs. Then, the Bibliotechs allowed only one run in the bottom half of the first inning, a fielder’s choice following a one-out triple.

Then in the bottom of the second inning, everyone learned exactly what the infield fly rule is. With the bases loaded, the second baseman dropped a pop-up and then stepped on second base, thinking he had gotten a forced out. Meanwhile, the runner on third took off for home and was called safe. A long discussion with the umpire ensued regarding whether runners could advance, and the ump made the correct call, saying that there is no forced out and that runners could advance at their own peril. The inning then promptly ended with the Bibliotechs leading 7-2.

With their offense struggling early, the PITS opened up their offensive floodgates in the third with four consecutive singles to all parts of the field. After a one-five fielder’s choice, the PITS belted a three-run homer over the right fielder’s head to tie the game 7-7.

In the top of the fifth, the Bibliotechs tacked on another run small-ball style to take a short-lived 8-7 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the PITS offense exploded. The PITS hammered out eight singles with a double sandwiched in there for seven runs. Then, sentimental favorite Peter Dourmashkin, who pulled his hamstring in the semifinal match against perennial challenger MAshdown, hobbled to the plate. Peter drilled a shot just fair down the first base line and into the bleachers for a two run ground-rule double that would prove to be the nail in the proverbial coffin.

The Bibliotechs didn’t go quietly, tacking on three runs in the sixth and another one in the seventh to end the game 16-12 and let the champagne showering begin.

After the game, both teams immediately lined up to shake hands and exchange the obligatory “ra-ra.” These exchanges of good sportsmanship are exactly what the softball league embodied.

“This team [the Bibliotechs] has about ten guys who can hit the ball anywhere they want hard,” said Peter Dourmashkin, “but they still allowed everyone to play.”

Hopefully, the fun will continue next spring and summer when softball season starts up again, but in the meantime, we must turn our attention to other IM sports. Soon, IM soccer, foosball, and tennis will fill our days and nights with much needed breaks from lab and sleeping. But for now, the PITS are the kings of summer.