Sullivan County Democrat
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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Rob Potter | Democrat

JUNIOR TORRES OF Pops & Pops, center, rests on his knee after stealing second base in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday night’s YMCA Men’s Softball League game at Somerville Field. Also pictured are Yellow Cab infielders Willie Zapata, left, and Josh Gorr.

Yellow Cab still driving for a win

By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO — The Pops & Pops team overcame a first-inning deficit to defeat Yellow Cab, 16-3, in a YMCA Men’s Softball League game on Wednesday night at Kenneth H. Somerville Memorial Field.
Down 2-0 entering the bottom of the first, Pops & Pops wasted little time in tying the score and taking the lead. Luis Paredes evened the game at 2-2 by scoring when Omar Rodriguez hit into a fielder’s choice.
Joe Sep, Julio Mangual and Paster Torres each added an RBI single as Pops & Pops took a 5-2 lead at the end of the inning.
Pops & Pops (3-3) pushed its advantage to 9-2 in the bottom of the second. With one out, Luis Cartez and Cuba Rodriguez reached base on consecutive bunts. Cartez then scored on a throwing error by a Yellow Cab outfielder.
Xavier Cardona followed with a two-run, inside-the-park home run to left field to give Pops & Pops an 8-2 lead.
Pops & Pops scored its final run of the frame when the home plate umpire called an illegal pitch on Yellow Cab pitcher Walter Jones.
Pops & Pops added two runs in the bottom of the third on single by Cartez and a passed ball. After Cartez’s single, the game was delayed for about 15 minutes by a hard rain shower.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pops & Pops scored a run to make it a 12-2 game. Cardona led off the frame by ripping a triple to center field. After Yellow Cab recorded two outs, Sep belted a triple to right field to allow Cardona to cross home plate.
Yellow Cab (0-8) scored its final run of the game in the top of the fifth.
Jonah Hinkley was the first player to step into the batter’s box and he smashed a double to center field. Hinkley scored easily when the next batter, Willie Zapata singled to center field.
Pops & Pops ended the contest by scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Torres began the frame with a walk and Luis Daniel followed with a double to left field. Yellow Cab pitcher Deon Mendez, who came on in relief of Jones in the bottom of the second, then walked Junior Torres intentionally to set up a force play at every base.
After Mendez induced a fly out, Parades blasted a pitch into deep right field. The three runners in front of Parades scored as he was sprinting around the bases. He then slid headfirst into home plate for an inside-the-park, grand slam homer.
The umpires then declared that the game was over because of the league’s 10-run mercy rule.