By Yu Know Who
After losing to Pioneer Drive Blue in week seven, HGH needed to go undefeated in their remaining games to have a chance at back-to-back softball championships. Following a rain out in week eight, the Syringe’s looked to sweep their double header in week nine to keep their hopes alive, but Southwest Park Baptist used an eight-run fifth inning to defeat HGH 14-11 and all but end their chances, despite a forfeit win in the second half of the double header.
HGH bounced back in week 10, defeating Beltway Park Baptist 15-7 to finish 8-2, but the consecutive losses starting in week seven doomed their chances to remain atop the church league softball world. With a new manager and a few new faces, the Syringe’s battled consistency and depth issues all season, but their second-place finish assured the league that the Syringe’s will not be down for long. After leading the team in home runs and RBIs in his first full season a year ago, Chris Churchill belted a team-high eight home runs and 33 RBIs while leading the team in batting average (.750). Lucas Gibbs finished with a team-high 28 hits , 11 doubles and 26 runs while finishing third with 17 RBIs.
Grant Abston led the team in triples with four while finishing second in home runs (6) and RBIs (21). Garrett Sublette and David Pittman each knocked 17 RBIs – good for third on the team – while combining for five home runs. In five games, Graham Sensing finished tied for the team lead in batting average (.750) while Stephen Shewmaker had a bounce-back season, batting .731 to improve his average nearly .250 points from a year ago. John Powell nearly tripled his RBI output from a year ago with 12 while Wesley Ballard added 11 RBIs and was one of just two players to start every game. Matt Pinson knocked in 11 RBIs while also adding his first career home run.
With another season in the books, the Syringe’s have already turned their sights towards next season, looking to rebound and claim an elusive second title in three season. With many positions up for grab, including the possible temporary retirement of David Pittman due to paternity leave, HGH will look to bolster their lineup and add the necessary pieces to establish a modern-day dynasty.