By Rob Potter
SWAN LAKE July 9, 2004 The Charlies Angels softball team continued its winning streak on Wednesday night.
Charlies Angels grabbed an early lead against L&B Tack and went to record a 9-1 victory in a Sullivan County Womens Softball League game the Swan Lake Firefighters Max Eronimous Field.
With the win, the Angels improved their record to a perfect 15-0 this season. L&B Tack fell to 9-5 on the year.
Charlies Angels wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard. With two outs in the top of the first, Tonya Martin ripped a single back up the middle to score Christine Decker from third base.
In the top of the second, the Angels extended their lead to 3-0. Debbie Ackerley led off the frame with a single and Karen Fisher followed with a double to left field. Ackerley scored on a sacrifice fly by Cindy Ellmauer and Fisher crossed home plate on a single by Shannon Dietrich.
After holding Charlies Angels scoreless in the third and fourth innings, L&B attempted to rally in the bottom of the fourth. The first batter of the frame, Liz Stubits, reached base on an infield single and Janet Calangelo followed with a base hit to put two runners on with no outs.
The next batter, Laura White, hit a fly ball to left field and Stubits tried to tag up and advance to third base. Stubits safely slid under the tag of Angels third baseman Dietrich.
But Charlies Angels appealed the play, arguing that Stubits had left second base too soon. The umpire agreed and called Stubits out, which was the second out of the inning.
Instead of having two runners on base with only one out, L&B had one runner on with two outs.
However, that one runner, Calangelo, scored when Maureen Johnson smacked a double to center field.
Charlies Angels pitcher Lisa Krom then got a strikeout to end the inning and preserve her teams 3-1 lead.
The Angels quickly extended that lead in the top of the fifth. Dietrich led off with a triple to right center and Terri Hess followed with a single to left field that allowed Dietrich to score.
Later in the frame, Hess scored on an RBI single by Leanne Mangabang to give Charlies Angels a 5-1 lead.
The Angels added some insurance runs in the top of the seventh. With two outs and two runners on base, Decker hit a bloop single to center field that allowed Robyn Gannon to cross home plate. Two batters later, Martin patiently drew a walk with the bases loaded. Jo Walls jogged home on the play to give Charlies Angels a 7-1 lead.
Krom then hit a two-run single to center field to end the scoring.
They got base hits when they needed them, L&B Coach Greg Merton said of Charlies Angels.
Merton also praised the performance of the L&B players, noting that the defense was good and everybody played well.
They battled and played a great game, he said. They just came up a little bit short tonight.
Walls, who is the Charlies Angels player/coach, noted that her teams balance was a key to the win.
Everybody was on tonight, she said. It seemed like no matter who was up to bat they pulled through.
In a game Tuesday night at Swan Lake Firefighters Max Eronimous Field, Charlies Angels defeated Cooper Paint by a final score of 15-2.
Mangabang and Martin each had two RBIs in the contest. Anna Tesseyman scored four runs for the Angels.
Fisher added a triple and Linda Schwartz picked up the win on the mound.