CC Church Softball League to crown champion Aug. 13
By John Burbridge
CHARLES CITY — You can say some consequences for defensive backs are similar to those for outfielders.
When playing in a little too close, they’re both susceptible to getting burned by “home runs” — more metaphorically in football; more literally in slow-pitch softball.
In the second round of the Charles City Church Softball League postseason single-elimination tournament, First Baptist Church was staying close to higher-seed Bethany Alliance through three full innings, Tuesday at Westwood Park.
But then Bethany Alliance made First Baptist pay for its shallow depths in the outfield while hitting the ball over and between the fielders for a series of extra-basehits.
Included in this extra-basehit parade were back-to-back inside-the-park home runs.
All this enabled Bethany Alliance to pull away with a 16-7 victory.
The team advances to the quarterfinal round where it will face Gospel Lighthouse at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 at Westwood Park’s East Diamond.
Gospel Lighthouse, the No. 1-seed in the tournament, was granted a first-round bye as were the other top-six seeds in the bracket. Gospel Lighthouse will be going for its third-straight league championship.
The winner of the Bethany Alliance-vs.-Gospel Lighthouse quarterfinal game will face Immaculate Conception in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 on the park’s East Diamond.
Immaculate Conception eliminated Calvary Baptist on Tuesday in its quarterfinal game.
On the other side of the bracket, Bridge 2 will take on Calvary 2 at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 on the West Diamond in the quarterfinals. The winner will face Prairie Lakes in semifinals later that night (7:30 p.m.) on the West Diamond.
If all goes according to schedule, a champion will be crowned that night after the 9 p.m. tournament final game.
The past two championship games for the Tuesday night league were on Saturdays. But league director Dakotah Jones, who played for First Baptist, said players wanted to have more of their weekends free during the waning summer.
The Charles City Church Softball League is a coed league that employs rules and formats that differentiate it from other adult leagues.
Examples include pitchers pitching to their teammates, no plays at the plate, and 5-run-per-inning scoring limits.