She's In There!
Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
AHEAD: Twila Herbert of Charlies
Angels has the ball in her glove but cant
make a play as Donna Frazier of Frankies
slides safely home to put her team ahead 2-1 in
Wednesdays Monticello Womens Softball
League title-clinching game. Ump Dan Clark gets
set to make call.
Tops Angels for Crown
By Rob Potter
MONGAUP VALLEY August 22, 2000 A pair of
five-run outbursts last Wednesday night allowed
Frankies Tavern to claim the playoff championship
of the Monticello Womens Softball League.
Down 1-0 to Charlies Angels after three innings of
the final game in the best-of-three championship series,
the Frankies offense came to life in the fourth
inning for five runs. Frankies then scored five
more runs in the top of the sixth en route to a 13-4
The win, coupled with Frankies 15-9 triumph the
night before, gave Frankies the playoff
championship over Charlies Angels. The Angels, who
won the regular season title with an outstanding 20-1
record, took the first game of the playoff series Monday
night. That game went into the eighth inning before the
Angels plated one run for the dramatic 9-8 victory.
A two-run home run by Tonya Ackerley and a RBI triple by
Leanne Mangabang were instrumental in the Angels
Game two on Tuesday night was tied at 9-9 after five and
a half frames. But Frankies scored six times in the
bottom of the sixth to seal the win.
Kathy Brandes, Val Fersch and Lisa Krom all hit singles
in the rally, while Donna Frazier, Lisa Hayes and
Jennifer Thompson all stroked RBI doubles in the scoring
On Wednesday night, the Frankies offense took
control of the game in the latter innings. With one out
and one runner on in the top of the fourth, Frazier
doubled to left field to knot the score at 1-1. The next
batter, Hayes, then singled home Frazier for a 2-1 lead.
Thompson and Deb Wood hit back-to-back singles to load
the bases. Kim Peck then lined a double to left for a 4-1
Deb Heins hit a sacrifice fly to plate Wood for the fifth
In the top of the sixth, Frankies added some
insurance runs. The big blow came with the bases loaded
and Peck at bat. She ripped the ball to left field, where
it was misplayed and rolled to the fence. That scored all
three runners and put Peck on third with only one out.
Peck then scored on a infield groundout to make the score
Charlies Angels managed a small rally in the bottom
of the sixth, as they loaded the bases with no outs.
Tonya Ackerley then smashed a triple to score her three
teammates and cut the Frankies lead to 10-4.
But Ackerley was tagged out at home while attempting to
score and the Angels didnt score again in that
frame or in the bottom of the seventh.
This was a tough series, said Frankies
player/coach Val Fersch. We had three hard played
Counting the regular season and playoffs, Charlies
Angels and Frankies who have been rivals in
the league for the past several seasons faced each
other six times. Fittingly, each team won three of the
games. And Frankies handed the Angels their only
regular season defeat.
We were able to put it all together this
game, Fersch said moments after the playoff
clinching win. Natalie [Cillis] pitched well.
Actually, she pitched three big games for us this
Like Fersch, Charlies Angels player/coach Jo Walls
noted that the two teams have developed quite a rivalry.
These teams are very competitive, said Walls,
whose team was renamed Charlies Angels years ago in
memory her father. Both teams are near the top of
the league standings each year.
As for the game itself, Walls had a simple explanation
for the outcome.
They just had a better offensive game
tonight, she said.