Drain Surgeon wins women's softball title
New sponsor, same result.
After scoring a run to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, Drain Surgeon Plumbing & Heating added another run in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Planet Pizza, 5-4, and win the Ridgefield Women’s Softball Association championship last Tuesday at the old high school.
The title was the fifth straight and seventh in the last eight seasons for the team’s core group of players, who previously won as KickFit (2017), Westford Real Estate Management (2014-2016), Home Equity (2012) and Pets & Pictures (2011).
“For the most part, we’ve had the same players,” said Kristy Swanson, Drain Surgeon’s player-manager. “That consistency is a big advantage.”
The extra-innings victory over Planet Pizza completed an unbeaten season for Drain Surgeon, which finished with a 15-0 record. The team also went unbeaten last year while having KickFit as its sponsor.
Following an earlier playoff loss to Drain Surgeon, Planet Pizza nearly forced a winner-take-all title contest in the double-elimination format. Down 3-1, Planet Pizza scored three runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead, 4-3, last Tuesday night.
But Drain Surgeon answered with the tying run on Chelsea Brooks’s RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the inning.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, sending the game to extra innings. Swanson, Drain Surgeon’s pitcher, held Planet Pizza scoreless in the top of the eight, setting the stage for her team’s walk-off win in the bottom of the inning.
Back-to-back singles by Meghan Keane and Nancy Liskiewicz gave Drain Surgeons runners on first and second base. Bree Joyce followed with another single to score Keane and give Drain Surgeon the championship.
“We sent Meghan home on the play from second and she easily beat the throw to the plate,” said Swanson.
Planet Pizza had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before Drain Surgeon responded with a three-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Joyce had a leadoff single and Swanson followed with a single that included an outfield error, putting runners on second and third. Brooks, Lisa Nelson and Karen Dalessio then contributed RBI singles to put Drain Surgeon in front, 3-1.
The score stayed the same until Planet Pizza scored three runs in the top of the sixth to go ahead 4-3. Drain Surgeon then proved its championship mettle with single runs in the bottom of the sixth and the bottom of the eighth to continue its dynasty.
Notes: The title run’s only interruption came in 2013, when 50 Coins defeated Westford Real Estate Management, 9-8, in the finals. Westford would have needed to win that game and then beat 50 Coins again for the championship.