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Posted at 10:15 p.m. on July 11, 2012
Strength isn’t always in numbers, especially in softball.
Softball With Chris Matthews beat the Hart Breakers in Wednesday night Congressional Softball League action, 17-9, despite running with only eight players for much of the game.
The small, sloped field on the southeast side of the Washington Monument led players from both teams to speculate that they might lose several balls over the Monument fence. As it turned out, that wasn’t a huge problem — unless pitcher Channing Barringer was up, that is.
The pitcher’s Herculean effort — 5-for-5 with four home runs and a triple — anchored a solid all-around offensive performance from the VOX Global squad.
“It was literally an uphill battle for us,” Barringer quipped after the game. “Everyone’s hitting well, and the defense was great today. It was a real team effort.”
The Hart Breakers, representing Hart Research Associates, stayed in it the whole time and even took a brief lead in the second inning. Their full roster (estimated at about 20 people, small cheering section included) came back to haunt them, though, as the best hitters had to wait their turn while VOX’s best bats were up practically every inning.
“They had a couple of really good players, who — thanks to them having eight people — were able to bat five times,” Hart Breakers captain Matt Smith said. “We had a good game offensively, but we couldn’t field very well.”
Still, the Hart Breakers remained within striking distance until Barringer brought three runs in with a triple in the bottom of the sixth. Down eight runs with three outs left, the Hart Breakers couldn’t manage a comeback.