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.