With four rainouts this season, the RFT softball team has had plenty of time to sit at home watching the Cardinals on television. Evidently the hours parked on the couch have served them well.
Like the Redbirds, the RFTies have ignored the preseason naysayers to get off to their best start ever. After just three games, team RFT is 2-1 and already tied with its 2007 win total. With one more victory, the team will equal its franchise victory count dating back to ’06.
Threatened once more with showers yesterday, RFT came surging back in late innings to defeat Grady’s Bar by a score of 9 to 7. The RFTies eked out the ''W'' with a depleted lineup that included three pre-game acquisitions from team Chevy’s Fresh-Mex. (Muchas gracias, dudes!)
Taking a 1-0 lead into the second inning, RFTie hurler Chad Garrison -- playing sans shoes after forgetting his sneakers at home – was rocked for four tallies in the second inning. The team gave up gave up three more runs in the fourth before an impregnable defense led by the 6-4 combo of shortstop ''Tall'' Tom Kavanaugh and second base-womyn Kim ''Girl Can'' Cook put an end to additional scoring.
Things briefly got heated in the seventh and final inning when the Grady's manager stopped the game to protest an alleged RFT rule violation. It seems player/coach Cathleen ''Da' Cat'' Joffray may have failed to bat after pulling herself out of the game in the second inning. Forced to the plate with runners on first and second with one out and her team trailing by one run, the steely Joffray drew a walk to load the bases. Two hits and a sacrifice-fly later, and the plucky RFTies took a 9-7 lead and never looked back.
Play-of-the-game goes to catcher Kelsey Kellison who knocked home two runs with a perfectly placed blooper to shallow left during the team’s sixth-inning resurgence. Informed during the victory party that her two-run RBI was the game-changer, the ever-humble Kellison responded: ''Thanks! But what’s an RBI?''