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NO HARD FEELINGS were held between the Stone Arch Inn, left, and Matthew’s on Main, right, softball teams after the sweltering two-day Cochecton Center Softball Tournament held at Heinle Field. this past weekend. The squads ended up sharing the first-place trophy and declared themselves Co-Champions of the event.

Heat, Humidity Make
For Endurance Tourney

By Andy Simek
COCHECTON CENTER — June 20, 2006 – When the dust settled back onto Heinle Field and the sun relieved the day of its blistering heat, the Cochecton Center Softball Tournament was completed, but with a startling conclusion.
The double-elimination tournament consisted of 10 local teams and went on from early Saturday morning to late Sunday evening.
This weekend’s tremendous heat and humidity made the event more of an endurance test than a softball tournament, but the teams showed no sign of it.
The final game of the tournament was played between Matthew’s on Main and the Stone Arch Inn.
The game got off to an exciting start when Matthew’s came up to bat in the top of the first. Billy Nordenhold, Matt Buddenhagen and Joe Meyer, the top three hitters of the order, all made it home, scoring the first three runs of what was to be many more for Matthew’s.
Chris Hubert, playing for the Stone Arch Inn, scored the one and only run for his team by hitting an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the second.
The top of the fifth is what sealed the deal for a sure win for Matthew’s. Nearly everybody on the team got up to the batter’s box and made it home, giving them an incredible nine runs on top of the four that had already been scored.
After the fifth inning, with Matthew’s holding a 13-1 lead, the teams called it quits and declared that they would be Co-Champions of the tournament. The hour was getting late, and everybody was spent.
The double-elimination rule would have meant another game was to be played if Matthew’s won, due to the Stone Arch Inn being undefeated, and neither team could easily schedule another game together.
So good sportsmanship lives on in Cochecton Center, where two grueling days of softball left the two final teams exhausted.
When asked about how he felt about sharing the title, Matthew’s Coach Brian Buday said, “That’s the way it goes.”

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