By Rob Potter
LIBERTY July 6, 2007 Cobbler’s Bombers kept its perfect record intact on Monday night by defeating the McCabe’s Hitmen, 28-13, in a Liberty Slo-Pitch League “A” Division game at the Liberty Elementary School.
After McCabe’s took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Cobbler’s (12-0) responded with seven runs in the bottom of the inning. Will Smith hit a three-run homer to give Cobbler’s a 5-2 lead and John Brewer added a two-run single.
McCabe’s (11-3) took a 9-7 lead in the top of the second as Pete Dworetsky and Jason Garritt each hit a two-run home run and Kort Wheeler blasted a three-run homer.
Cobbler’s tied the game at 9-9 in the second. Steve Vladovich had an RBI triple and then scored the tying run on a single by Smith.
After McCabe’s grabbed a 10-9 advantage in the top of the third, Cobbler’s took the lead for good in the bottom of the third.
With two runners on base, John Rusin hit a home run over the fence in left center field to give Cobblers’ a 12-10 lead. Moments later, Vladovich and Smith hit an RBI double and RBI single, respectively, to extend the Bombers’ advantage to 14-10.
The Hitmen scored three times in the top of the fourth as Wheeler hit a two-run homer and Devin Burger scored on Garritt’s sacrifice fly.
But trailing 14-13 was close as McCabe’s could get for the remainder of the contest. Cobbler’s scored three runs in the fourth and four in the fifth to enjoy a 21-13 lead entering the bottom of the sixth.
In the sixth, Jay Falasca led off with a single to center field. He scored when the next batter, Vladovich, hit the ball to deep center field and quickly circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Moments later, Smith scored on a double by Shane Conner and Matt Stoddard crossed home plate when Brewer singled to center field.
As the Hitmen turned a 1-6-3 double play, Brewer scored to give the Bombers a 26-13 lead.
After Keith Shaddock singled, Dan Gallo hit a home run over the fence in center field to end the game as the round-tripper gave Cobbler’s a 28-13 advantage and the league adheres to a 15-run mercy rule after five innings of play.