Since the beginning of the summer season defense has been a mainstay of 20-30-40-something in the Weston Women’s Softball League. Not much would change for the playoffs.
It did not make any errors in the championship on Thursday, Aug. 16. It also got enough offensive support in a 5-2 victory over No Mercy (sponsored by Camelot Real Estate) at the Onion Barn Field.
Such marked only the second league title for 20-30-40-something, which also won in 1990, and its first appearance in the championship since 2006.
“We played amazing defense all year,” said 20-30-40-something’s Deb Giannelli, who also founded the league 23 years ago. “We have people who range from 18 years old to early 60s. We’re one cohesive unit.”
Yet No Mercy!, which was the top-seeded and home team in the playoffs, made it a battle. Pitcher Kristin Adams held 20-30-40-something scoreless for the first two innings and struck out two batters.
In the meantime No Mercy! took an early lead. Adams singled in the bottom of the first and moved to second on a single by Dena Tunney. A double by Becca Schwartz brought in Adams for a 1-0 lead.
Kerri McInnis doubled with two outs in the top of the second frame but was left stranded. However, 20-30-40-Something rallied in the top of the third.
A single and two errors loaded the bases with one out for Peggy Mendoza, who came through with an RBI single to tie it at 1-1. Kelli McInnis hit into a fielder’s choice for another run and Sandy Bucaro followed with a two-run double as 20-30-40-something was ahead to stay.
Both teams were held scoreless in their next two at bats before 20-30-40-something tacked on an extra run in the sixth. Mendoza led off with a single and moved to third on a hit by Kelli McInnis. The former later scored and 20-30-40-something had a four-run lead.
Aside from a single No Mercy! went quietly in the bottom of the sixth. It did threaten in its last turn. Tunney and Schwartz both singled and Dionne Dunham also singled to drive in the former with two out. The contest ended when Annemarie McDonald flew out to left center field as 20-30-40-something won the championship.
Kelli McInnis had three hits for 20-30-40-something. Sarah Olschan and Giannelli and Mendoza had two.
Pitcher Ellen Giannitti did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Schwartz went two for three with a double and drove in a run for No Mercy!
“After all these years it’s amazing,” said Bucaro. We waited a long time. It was a nice team effort.”