AUBURN – NAPA Auto Parts’ bats thawed out in the seventh inning on a frigid Thursday night to take down J.F.M./Buddy T’s, 6-5, in a dramatic finish to an Auburn Rec softball showdown at Pettengill Park.
NAPA started slowly, falling behind 2-1 in the second inning. After tying the game in the third, NAPA gave up three more runs on a couple miscues in the field. But the Partspeople clawed their way back, scoring one run in the fourth andanother in the fifth to bring the score to 5-4.
After holding Buddy T’s scoreless in the top of the seventh, NAPA came alive at the plate with singles by Dave Pontbriand and Clay Phillips. Demetrius Starks moved the runners along with a sacrifice, and Justin Robash capped it off with a two-run single to end the game with a flourish.
Phillips also helped out in the field with two highlight reel catches, and the rest of the team picked it up when it mattered to take the victory in their season-opener. NAPA plays again at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Pettingill.
In other Auburn Rec action, Cliff Meserve cranked a triple to power Interstate Batteries past O’Shea’s Pub 7-3, in Auburn rec men’s softball.
Interstate latched onto a 2-0 lead in the third inning and never looked back. Dan Smith delivered three hits in the winning cause. Rob Farrington picked up the mound win for the Batterymen.
At windswept Lakeview Field, Evergreen Tech Group made a successful debut in the Auburn Rec Men’s South Division by defeating the Gamers, 23-6.
It was a great overall debut for the Evergreen team, highlighted by homeruns from Ray Bolduc and Alex Merchant and inside-the-park jobs by Joe Locke and Jason Boenig. Chad Wenger pitched in with three triples, while Keith “the Flash” Hingy was a perfect 4-for-4. Evergreen hopes to continue its hot start Thursday against Taylor Brook Dental.
Meineke defeated Ben Alpren in another contest under the lights. Greg Rose walloped a grand slam in the first inning for Meineke, which had solid production throughout its lineup. John Langelier notched the win, with Heath Larrabee getting the loss.