A record turnout of over 40 families came to celebrate Memorial Day and the fourth annual softball clash between neighborhood rivals Loudon Woods and Indian Village May 31 at Rye Recreation Field.
James Petersen announced the game, and David Meister and Pat Ford were the umpires. Following the Tribe’s 12-5 win over the Lumberjacks, everyone got together for a picnic lunch.
Indian Village jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, thanks to a small-ball recipe that utilized a barrage of singles and tenacious base running. On defense, Bob Petersen played brilliantly at shortstop for the Tribe, vacuuming up numerous grounders to hold Loudon Woods scoreless through the first three frames.
Although Loudon Woods was down early, pitcher Doug Moses kept the score respectable, allowing just two extra-base hits. That allowed the Woodsmen to mount a furious comeback in the fourth inning, loading and then clearing the bases with back-to-back triples from Tim Madigan and Jed Savage to slice the lead to 8-5. The wind was blowing out and the ball was carrying, leaving the children to wonder why their Dads limped into third instead of legging it all the way home. Ah well.
The Axmen’s efforts were valiant but ultimately in vain, as their comeback was stifled by Warriors’ hurler Hunter Baldwin. He bore down on the mound and held Loudon Woods scoreless for the remainder of the game as the Villagers added four more runs to clinch it.