Betts brought the bats - again - to stay unbeaten in the Richard T. Betts Rec Modified Softball League.
Specifically, three batters had monster nights.
Against the defending league champs in Nic-L-Inn, Betts broke out with 16 runs over the last three innings in an 18-6 win. Jeff Eaton was 5-for-5 with a home run and three doubles, Ed Baldensperger 4-for-4, and T.J. Latimer had three hits, including two doubles. Betts had 13 extra-base hits in its eighth-straight win.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Jeff Eaton rounds first base, while teammate Ed Baldensperger rounds third in the foreground, during a Richard T. Betts Rec Modified Softball League game vs. Nic-L-Inn on Wednesday at Betts Park. Eaton raced all the way around the bases on the hit.
In the nightcap, Betts needed Eaton, Baldensperger and Latimer, and more, to come back from a 10-0 deficit to defeat Crescent Beer, 23-13, in six innings and improve to 9-0. Baldensperger was 5-for-5 - finishing 9-for-9 on the day, and Eaton was 4-for-5 with a double and two more home runs. One of Eaton's home runs was a grand slam, and he finished with seven extra-base hits in two games. Latimer chipped in another three hits, including a homer and double.
Rick Eaton scattered nine hits in the first game, and came on in relief in the second game, allowing just four hits in the final four innings for his second win of the night.
Nick Bryan and Dave Stuart paced Crescent with three hits each. Eleven of Crescent's 15 hits came in the first two innings.
Craco also topped Nic-L-Inn to improve to 5-4. Ben Oviatt and Todd Rudolph both had three hits, including homers, in the win, and Adam Paden and Trevor Colvin also banged out home runs.
Nic-L-Inn 000 241 1 - 8 14
Craco 210 350 x - 11 13
2b-Andrew Morrison (C), Ben Oviatt (C), Ron Thomas (C). HR-Oviatt (C), Adam Paden (C), Todd Rudolph (C), Trevor Colvin (C). WP-Ron Thomas. No last names reported for Nic-L-Inn.
Betts 101 046 6 - 18 22
Nic-L-Inn 100 040 1 - 6 9
2b-Drew Rman (N), Jeff Eaton (B) 3, Rick Eaton (B), T,J. Latimer (B) 2, Addison Dunn (B), Jeff McMeans (B). 3b-Chris Yost (B), Darren Cummings (B), Latimer (B), Dunn (B). HR-Jeff Eaton (B). WP-Rick Eaton. LP-Ron Lemon.
Crescent Beer 370 201 - 13 15
Betts 060 557 - 23 24
2b-Ben Cummings (C), Dave Johnson (C), Kevin Roberts (C), Jeff Eaton (B), T.J. Latimer (B), Ed Baldensperger (B). HR-Dave Stuart (C), Jeff Eaton (B) 2, one grand slam, Latimer (B). WP-Rick Eaton. LP-Glenn Morse.