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Posted at 10:07 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2012
Civil war has descended upon the Securities and Exchange Commission! Well, sort of.
The Naked Shorts (10-2) beat fellow SEC squad the Red Stocks (6-5), 13-6, at Monument Field No. 4 on Wednesday night, solidifying their position in the Congressional Softball League’s top 10 heading into the postseason.
The Naked Shorts have been competing in the National Mall’s most casual conference for years. But the Shorts could only field so many players at a time, and in 2011, demand for a second team reached critical mass at the SEC. The result was the Red Stocks, who are unaffiliated with Boston but who — unlike the Sox — are above average this year, holding steady at No. 42.
Wednesday’s game was the first meeting between the two squads.
“There was a lot of hype going into it. We were really excited,” Red Stocks captain Nick Shwayri said. “Our chairman even sent out an email today encouraging both teams.”
The game started off fairly close — the score stood at 5-4 after three innings — but the Shorts steadily built a lead behind a solid hitting performance and impressive fielding.
“I think we had a little more fun. … That’s why we lost,” joked Shwayri, who used to play for the Shorts.
Sparks erupted briefly in the bottom of the sixth, when Red Stocks outfielder Adam Moore appeared to trap a fly ball against the turf before scooping it up. Both Moore and the home-plate umpire insisted it was caught, though, and the Shorts backed down after a brief protest.
At the end of the day, the Naked Shorts tacked on a final big win to their regular-season résumé, which was already good enough for No. 8 in the league.
“It feels good,” Shorts captain Brian Fitzsimons said. “But it’s all for fun. Folks work so hard at the agency, so to just come out, let back and have a good time was the reward.”