Tight races dominate ECSA play
Tight races dominate ECSA play
by Nick Bowen - Special to the SGN

The sun finally came out to play in one of the coldest springs on record here in the Puget Sound. The temperatures in the air matched the heat on the fields this week as we near the end of the regular season for the Emerald City Softball League this year. With one week of leagues games left, the top teams are going all-out to take home that coveted World Series guaranteed berth.

The D division-leading Atomic continued their winning ways, trouncing the Rebels 19-4 and then making it look easy against the Throttle with a final score of 16-1. The Atomic can clinch the division next week as they take on the pesky Buzz and the always-tough Saints. The Drillers are trying to keep pace with two wins of their own this past weekend against the Rouges, 13-0, and then a defensive struggle against the vastly improved Boys Next Door, 5-2. The Saints and Buzz played their own defensive struggle with the same final score of 5-2 with the Saints squeaking out their second win of the day after beating the Eclipse by the biggest margin of the day, 20-3. The Wolves ran their record to a season-best 10 wins and 7 losses with wins against the Rouges, 11-4, and the Pirates, 15-3. The Tsunami, in the only upset of the week, beat the Rockets, who have fallen from contention in the last several weeks. Chris G. of the Tsunami capped off the scoring with a grand slam home run to help the Tsunami to an impressive win. The Xtreme came up with big wins versus the Rebels and the Eclipse to round out action in the division.

The B division continued to show their strength this year. As a group, they remain unbeaten in interdivisional play this year with a combined perfect 12 - 0 record against their C division opponents. This weekend, the B division-leading Pilots beat the Thrusters and the Sin, while the second-place Shock defeated the number one and two teams from the C division, the Maulers and the Bulldogs. The Vendetta won big against the Thrusters and Bulldogs, allowing just one run in each game.

In all C division action, the Animals took over the top spot in the division with a win over the Toros, 12-2, and moving to 11 - 5 on the season. The Maulers held onto the number two slot with a win over the Sin and are just one game back of the Animals. Both teams are in action next week with a trip to the Series on the line for both squads.

Winners of each division get that automatic berth, but there's hope if your favorite team doesn't take home the league title. On July 12 and 13, the ECSA will have a tournament playoff for both the C and D divisions to award additional berths to this year's World Series. As the host city, Seattle is awarded several additional berths, and to award them the league will have a two-day playoff with the winners taking home a chance to play for it all in the Gay Softball World Series.

Don't forget to come watch your favorite ECSA All-Stars take on the Seattle Police in a charity game this Pride Saturday, the 28. For game times and other information, be sure to check out our website at www.emeraldcitysoftball.org.