Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
CHARLIES ANGELS WON the Sullivan County Womens Softball League A Division playoff championship series on Wednesday night with a 14-6 victory over Cooper Paint. Kneeling from left to right are Karen Fisher, Terri Hess, Sue Zieres, Jo Walls and Christine Decker. Standing from left to right are Shannon Dietrich, Cindy Ellmauer, Anna Tesseyman, Debbi Ackerley, Lisa Krom, Leanne Mangabang, Tonya Martin, Robyn Gannon and Diane Staves. Missing from photo is Analey Dietrich.
By a 2-1 Margin
By Rob Potter
MONGAUP VALLEY August 19, 2005 The Charlies Angels softball team rebounded from a loss on Monday night to defeat Cooper Paint two games to one in the Sullivan County Womens Softball Leagues A Division Championship Series.
In Monday nights opening game, Cooper Paint held Charlies Angels scoreless over the final three innings to record a 13-10 victory.
But on Tuesday evening, Charlies Angels scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a dramatic 11-10 win, which knotted the series at one game apiece.
In Wednesday nights deciding third game, Charlies Angels used a six-run fourth inning to break open a close contest and record a 14-6 win.
All three games were played at Edward M. Collins Memorial Park in Mongaup Valley.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the third in Wednesday nights contest, Charlies Angels scored three times to take a 7-4 lead. With one out, Shannon Dietrich ripped a triple to left center field. Terri Hess then hit a double to center field, which allowed Dietrich to cross home plate. Hess scored moments later on a single by Christine Decker.
Decker scored on an error later in the frame to give Charlies Angels a three-run advantage.
But Cooper Paint responded in the top of the fourth as Rachelle Rocky Irwin led off with a single and scored when the next batter, Erin Shuart, smacked a triple down the left field line. Shuart scored on an error to bring Cooper Paint to within one run at 7-6.
However, Charlies Angels pitcher Lisa Krom set down the next three batters in order to preserve her teams lead.
Charlies Angels extended that lead to 13-6 in the bottom of the fourth. Key hits in the frame included an RBI single by Tonya Martin, a sacrifice fly by Karen Fisher, an RBI triple by Cindy Ellmauer and an RBI single by Decker.
Krom helped her own cause by hitting a single in the bottom of the fifth that allowed Leanne Mangabang to score what would be the final run of the game.
Angels Win Game 2
In Extra Innings
On Tuesday night, Charlies Angels needed two extra innings to beat Cooper Paint and force the third and deciding game.
Charlies Angels took an early 7-1 lead in that contest, but Cooper Paint used a four-run third inning to close the gap to 7-5.
Charlies Angels scored once in the fourth and twice in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead into the top of the seventh inning.
But displaying the talent and tenacity that resulted in a perfect 21-0 record during the SCWSL regular season, Cooper Paint rallied to tie the game at 10-10. Jennifer Wright, Ir-win and Shuart led off the top of the seventh with back-to-back-to-back singles, which made the score 10-6.
After Charlies Angels recorded two outs, Charish Priest doubled to left field. Amanda Cox followed with triple to deep left center field, which allowed Priest to score and narrow the Charlies Angels lead to a single run. Cox then crossed home plate with the game-tying run on a single to right field by Amanda Irwin.
But Charlies Angels broke that tie in the bottom of the ninth. With Martin on first base, Debbi Ackerley hit a ground ball to short center field. Martin was forced out at second base on the play, but Ackerley safely reached first base. Diane Staves then entered the game to run for Ackerley. The next batter, Fisher, singled up the middle. When the ball got away from the Cooper Paint outfielders, Staves was able to score the game-winning run.
Cooper Paint Wins Game 1
On Monday night, Cooper Paint used its potent offense to take a one game to none lead in the series.
In the bottom of the second, Cooper Paint scored eight times to break a 2-2 tie and take control of the game. Shuart, Nat Cillis and Cox all had RBI singles in the frame and Lori Brown had an RBI triple. In addition, Amanda Irwin blasted a three-run homer over the left center field fence. Appropriately enough, the ball flew over the Cooper Paint sign on the outfield wall.
RBI doubles by Ackerley and Ellmauer and an RBI triple by Martin in the top of the third allowed Charlies Angels to close its deficit to 10-7.
But Shuart and Cillis smacked an RBI double and RBI single, respectively, in the bottom of the third as Cooper Paint took a 12-7 lead.
Cillis, the Cooper Paint pitcher, then allowed Charlies Angels just three more runs over the final four innings as Cooper Paint recorded the 13-10 win.
Charlies Angels ended the season with an overall record of 24-4, with all four of its losses to Cooper Paint.
Cooper Paint finished the season with a 24-2 mark.
Going into Tuesday nights game, we had nothing to lose, said Jo Walls, player/coach for Charlies Angels. There was no pressure, so we were able to relax and play the game.
They played well, too, Walls said of the Cooper Paint team. Every game we play against them is a good game.
Walls noted the key performance of Martin, who played second base, and Dietrich, who played shortstop, in Tuesday nights game. They helped Charlies Angels record three double plays that evening.
We all played well in these three games, everybody contributed, Walls commented.
Although disappointed that they lost the playoff series, Val Fersch and Pat Shuart, who both serve as a player/coach for Cooper Paint, noted that no one can take away the teams regular season championship and that perfect 21-0 record during the regular season.
It was a tough season, a long season, Shuart said. We were playing two or three games a week. Ill take that regular season trophy any day of the week.
As for the championship series, Fersch gave credit to Charlies Angels.
They wanted it more than we did, she said.