By Rob Potter
MONGAUP VALLEY July 27, 2001 The members of the Charlies Angels and Frankies softball teams have little trouble getting psyched for games against each other.
For the past five years the teams have battled for the championship of the Monticello Womens Softball League. Each year from 1996 to 1999, Frankies claimed the regular season title and the subsequent playoff championship. But last season, Charlies Angels won the regular season title before Frankies captured the playoff crown in the league, renamed the Sullivan County Womens Softball League.
On Tuesday night, the rivals added another chapter to their story in a regular season game at Collins Park in Mongaup Valley.
Charlies Angels scored five runs in the top of the first and maintained the lead throughout the contest, posting a 12-7 victory over Frankies. With the win, Charlies Angels pushed its record to 220 on the season, while Frankies fell to 146.
Deb Ackerley, Twila Herbert and Terri Hess all stroked RBI singles in that first inning to give Charlies Angels a quick 5-0 lead.
Frankies responded in the bottom of the first, however. Marie Frunzi smashed a one-out RBI double to left and later in the frame Shirley Felder and Pat Shuart each hit an RBI single to cut the Angels lead to only one run.
The Angels padded their lead in the second, taking advantage of an error and RBI singles by Tonya Ackerley and Deb Ackerley to make it an 8-4 game.
In the sixth inning, Charlies Angels added some insurance runs after Frankies had narrowed the gap to only a pair of runs. RBI singles by pinch hitters Chris Decker and Lacy Dalrymple highlighted the frame as the Angels took an 11-6 lead.
This was a good game, Charlies
Angels player/manager Jo Walls said. Those pinch hitters really worked out great. We had some nice plays, good backup and good throws. Everybody played well.
With victories in its final two regular season games, Charlies Angels would finish with a spotless 24-0 record. But the team is not focused on that mark.
It would be sweet if it happens, Walls said. But theres no pressure to do it. And on any given night, any team can beat any other team.
Of course, members of the Frankies squad were hoping to knock off their rival and be the first to blemish that perfect record. But they were happy that the score was closer than their two earlier meetings with Charlies Angels this season. (Both of those games were 15-run-rule victories for the Angels.)
It was a tough one to lose, Frankies player/manager Val Fersch said. It was a good game, though. Hopefully, we will see them again in the playoffs and things will be different then.