It was a beautiful evening for softball at Szot Park and the coed softball stars came out for an epic battle of East vs. West. The East took a quick 1 – 0 lead on a leadoff “homerun” by Brandon Keith (Christ Community). In the bottom of the first inning, the West tied the score on a run by Jason Warner (First Central). A close back and forth affair had the score at 5 – 4 in favor of the West entering the top of the fifth. The East squad then exploded for seven runs to take a commanding lead, 12-4 with Jody Pierce (West Springfield) starting the inning off with a double. Not going away quietly, however, the West continued trying to claw back into the game and entered the bottom of the seventh chasing just 4 runs. In an exciting final half inning, the West team put up 3 runs to close within a single run (13-12) and had the bases loaded with only one out, but the East All-Stars ultimately got the final two outs on an exciting double play started by Tara Pierce (West Springfield) at 3B and prevailed with a thrilling win.
COED MVP honors went to Jen Mattson (New Day) who went 2 for 3 on the night with a double, triple and two runs scored.