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Injectables Win 2010 G&I Softball Crown

Juan Luis Hospital Injectables are tops in 2010 G&I softball.It was all “Injectables inside de fire hose, ay ay ay, o yo yo” coming from fans in the stands, as their Juan Luis Hospital Injectables came from behind to stick it to the Fire Department, 10-7, to win the 2010 Governmental and & Industrial softball league championship Tuesday at the D.C. Canegata ball park.
The teams came to the contest with the best-of-five series dead even at two games apiece, and Fire, with nearly the entire department in their dugout, was extremely confident of victory.
The veteran-laden Injectables, however, were also confident of victory, even after falling behind 3-1 at the end of the third inning.
With the crown on the line, both teams went to their ace pitchers, David Clarke for Fire and Herminio Velasquez for the Injectables. Both started well, and neither gave up a run in the first two innings.
The Injectables were first to strike as they plated one run in the top of the third on Real Sackey’s RBI single. The lead was short-lived, however, as Fire answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-1 lead on a two-run single by Arthur Canaii, an RBI ground out by Steve Simmonds, and an Injectables error.
A solo blast by Injectables first baseman Rashawn Foster cut the lead in half at 4-2 in the top of the fourth.
The score would remain that way until the top of the fifth when the medicine men erupted for six runs in the top of the inning to send Clarke to showers and take an 8-4 lead. Clarke, who was sailing along with a two-run cushion, all of a sudden could not find the strike zone, walking three batters in the inning. The walks, along with a couple of crucial defensive errors, were too much to overcome. The Injectables runs in the inning came on a two-run single by Guido Schjang, RBI singles by Foster and Freddy Pimentel, and two Fire errors. Fire got two runs back on Canaii’s two-run single to trail 8-6 after five innings.
After failing to score in the sixth, the Injectables reached reliever Paul Christian for two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-7, lead after Fire had cut the lead to one, at 8-7, in the bottom of the sixth with an unearned run.
Schjang’s solo home run accounted for one run and the other scored on a fielder’s choice. With Injectables fans screaming their approval of their team’s position, Fire went down rather quietly in the bottom of the seventh to send the grandstand into wild celebration.
Velasquez got the win on the hill for the champs, while Clarke got the loss. Top batters for the Injectables were Schjang (2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs), Foster (2 for 2 with a home run and one RBI), and Pimentel (2 for 3 with one RBI). For Fire, Canaii was 2 for 3 with four RBIs, Simmonds 2 for 4 with one RBI, and Mario Christian was 2 for 3.
Although not always the largest crowd, Injectables fans always appear to be the loudest, and Tuesday night was no different. Smelling victory they were as if in frenzy at times, taunting every player on the opposing side.
It appeared that the two-week layoff since the last game allowed them to rest their vocal chords, and they were able to raise their decibel level to new heights. Even when their team was behind they were still loud. The only damper remarked one fan was that no administrator from the Hospital was on hand to cheer the team on to victory or join in the victory celebration afterwards.

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