A Day in the West swept its doubleheader in the Sedona summer softball league June 23, perhaps a sign that the defending champion has shaken off its early-season malaise.
After easily dispatching the Dirty Rats, 7-1, in its opening game, A Day in the West exacted revenge on the L’Auberge Mighty Ducks, 7-4. The week before, the Ducks used a five-run sixth inning to win 9-8, dropping A Day in the West’s record to 1-2 and into seventh place in the nine-team league.
After its sweep last week, however, the champs are back over .500 and in fourth place, a half game behind L’Auberge.
All the league’s teams, however, are looking up at the Balloonatics, who remained undefeated with a 13-0 whitewashing of Rokzoo Bucket List.
The Balloonatics are 5-0 as the first third of the season passes.
Red Rocks Rotary rebounded from its first loss of the season to the Balloonatics the previous week to take out Rokzoo and slide into second place ahead of L’Auberge, which balanced its loss to A Day in the West with a 10-0 win over The Other Team.
The Dirty Rats not only lost its game to A Day in the West, but its place in the standings as well, droppng from fourth to fifth.
Rokzoo fell to sixth, followed by The Other Team.
The Red Rock News became the last team in the league to join the winner’s circle thanks to a hard-earned forfeit against Enchantment Resort.
Enchantment players said they have a roster of about 20 players, but just six were there by game time, prompting the forfeit.Two showed up later.
However, the Paperboys lent one of its 10 players to Enchantment and the two teams played a scrimmage game for fun.
Leading up to the game, the Paperboys were hoping to avenge an earlier loss.
“Being that Enchantment had beaten us just two weeks earlier, 11-10, in extra innings, we were really looking forward to playing them again,” Paperboys head coach Ron Eland said. “Getting our first win of the season by way of forfeit wasn’t very gratifying for any of us. But at least we got one in the win column and hope to add to that as the season goes on.”
“We appreciated the fact that those members of their team that did show agreed to stick around and have a scrimmage. Even though it didn’t count, I was impressed with how we played, beating them 14-1.”
Eland said he hopes the game will give the team confidence that it can play well and perhaps serve as a springboard moving forward.
“Last season, we had four or five guys who had never played any type of organized softball or baseball so it was a matter of starting from scratch,” he said. “This year we have a season under our belts and have added a few new players. So even though we’ve again started slow, I think as the season progresses, we’ll be more and more competitive in every game as long as we stick the fundamentals. I believe we may be the only team that practices weekly. That says a lot about our desire to get better and give other teams a run for their money.”
Red Rocks Rotary 4-1
A Day in the West 3-2
Dirty Rats 2-2
Rokzoo Bucket List 2-3
The Other Team 2-4
Enchantment Resort 1-5
Red Rock News 1-5
|Schedule — Thursday, June 30
Enchantment Resort at
A Day in the West — 6:15 p.m., Upper Field
The Other Team at Red Rocks Rotary — 6:15 p.m., Lower Field
Balloonatics at Dirty Rats — 7:30 p.m., Upper Field
Rokzoo Bucket List at A Day in the West — 7:30 p.m., Lower Field
Red Rock News at L’Auberge Ducks — 8:45 p.m., Upper Field
Dirty Rats at Rokzoo Bucket List — 8:45 p.m., Lower Field