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Gay softball keeps on growing
Gay softball keeps on growing
by Nick Bowen - Special to the SGN

With its season now in full swing, the Emerald City Softball Association (ECSA) is setting all kinds of membership records - yet again. This year, the league has grown to more than 650 players playing on a record-number 49 teams.

The ECSA, which is Seattle's LGBT softball league, is one of the largest Gay softball leagues in the country.

Last weekend, players, coaches, and fans battled the wind and grey skies, but the rain was held at bay as the season ramped up to a full schedule of regular-season games.

The Women's Division, which plays its games at Lower Woodland Park near Green Lake in Seattle, has a record 22 teams this year. Also setting its own record, the Open Division with 27 teams this year; the Open Division plays at North Sea-Tac Park. Both divisions play their games Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. and run well into the afternoon.

Leading the Women's Alternative division at this early stage in the season is the A-Crew, who have jumped started strong with a 6-0 record. They're followed closely by the NWConnexion and the Sirens. In the Women's Recreational division, last year's World Series representative, Luna Chix, is leading the way with a 5-0 record. The Jackals and FAGs are also undefeated.

Early action in the Open "B" Division took center stage with the Shock taking their first game of the day against the Angels, winning 13-3. Their second game was as close as they get, with the Shock prevailing over the Arsenal, 9-8, to stay undefeated on the young season.

In the 'C' division the Bulldogs played a slug fest with the Brewers, the reigning champs of the division from last year, and came out on top 22-12. Then, in a defensive struggle they topped the Thunder 8-2 to stay unbeaten with 4 wins and 0 losses to share the top spot in the division. The Alley Cats beat both the Dragons 18-3; and the Poco 13-1, to keep pace with the undefeated Bulldogs. The Bulldogs performance sets the stage for a match up next week with the unbeaten Blue Sox.

Four teams remained unbeaten in the Open "D" division: Rockets, Drillers, Tsunami and the defending-champion Pirates. The Tsunami, led by Coach Fern E., won all 3 of its games to take the top spot in the division. Tsunami played their first game against a much improved Buzz team from a year ago. Still the Tsunami bashed their way with great hitting and solid defense to a 19-3 victory. They played their next game, a lopsided affair against a brand new team this year, the Dirty Dogs, coming away with the win 32-8. They finished the day with a game against another new team, the Wolves.

After the Tsunami took an 8-0 lead in the first inning, it looked like they might cruise to victory, but the scrappy wolves found some defense and came back with some timely hitting of their own, led by Travis D. and his two home runs, to tie the game 14-14 after 6 innings of play. It all came down to the final inning where the Wolves failed to score in the top half, and the Tsunami managed to push across the winning run to take the win (15-14) and their third straight game to end the day with 3 wins, and alone in first place.

The Pirates played a good game with the Atomic to take the win 15-10; then played a see-saw battle with the Throttle with both teams tied after the 6th inning at 10-10 when first year player Rick H. came up and lined a clean single into left field to score the winning run and keep the game from extra innings and help keep the Pirates unbeaten.

You can follow all the action of the ECSA on our website at: www.emeraldcitysoftball.org

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