Xplosion knocks off Players; Cyclones continue to roll in MNSA play
by Matt Floyd
Each week, there seems to be a different headliner in the Metro Nashville Softball Association, as upsets and surprising results highlight the day's play. This past week was no exception, as there were some big shockers in the D-division.
"Tick, tick, boom." MNSA fans heard this team chant many times during the afternoon as Xplosion came to the field ready to play and pulled off two very impressive victories on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon. They had two of the top teams in the division on tap, and knew they had to play aggressive and remain focused to continue their winning ways. Xplosion opened the day with a battle with the Panthers. Both teams boasted a 7-2 record, but Xplosion was catching the Panthers in the midst of a two game losing streak. Xplosion used excellent defense to limit the Panthers to just one run, as they busted open a tight game to win 11-1.
However, the story of the day came in Xplosion's second game. Xplosion (formerly Fusion) took on their rival Nashville Players. The Players have been the team to beat in the division the past two seasons, having never lost a league game. Xplosion, who have finished 2nd to the Players each of the last two seasons, finally got over the hump and handed the Players their first loss 14-5. Xplosion scored a run in the third inning to go up 1-0, but exploded for 11 runs in the 4th. The Players attempted a comeback in the bottom of the 7th, but the Xplosion defense was solid and halted the late rally.
Xplosion coach Patrice N. commented, "We pulled off what some would call an upset victory over the Players, but we consider it a well earned victory."
Xplosion improves to 9-2 and is just 1.5 games out of first place.
Seeing double? After Sunday, three teams in particular probably were! League newcomer Double Time lit up the scoreboard and notched three impressive wins on Sunday. They opened the day with a 16-1 blasting of Xtreme. Their second game of the afternoon proved to be the biggest for them thus far this season. They continued the offensive onslaught from the first game, as they shocked the Pink Panthers with eight runs in the opening inning.
The experienced Panthers mounted a big comeback and eventually took a 12-8 lead midway through the game. DT didn't fade though, using solid teamwork and encouragement from fans, as they scored eight more runs and stunned the struggling Panthers 16-13. The loss was the Panthers fourth straight (7-4).
The heat and humidity appeared to have taken a toll on the Double Time team in their third game against Holy Trinity (Blue). They committed several first first inning runs and fell behind HT Blue early. However, by the fourth inning the team regrouped and plated the go ahead run en route to a 10-9 triumph. Amanda H., of DT, made a nice catch on a line drive to shortstop and doubled up a Holy Trinity runner at second for the game ending double play. Double Time improves to 7-5 on the season.
Holy Trinity Blue, coming off their first victory last week, posted another upset win on Sunday, beating their sister team Holy Trinity (Red) 8-5 in nine innings. The game was tied through five innings (5-5). The sixth, seventh, and eighth innings all went scoreless. HT Blue finally broke the tie in the top of ninth with a three spot. HT Blue held on and ended a HT Red comeback to secure the 8-5 win.
Players 3 had a solid performance with two victories. In their opener they defeated Corkscrews 7-5, before surprising Play Swingers 5-1 in their second game. P3 improves to 3-8 on the season.
In a limited B/C division slate of games, the Knoxville Cyclones continued to roll through league play as they took on Time in a doubleheader. Time struggled on offense and couldn't really get anything going as the Cyclones won both games of the doubleheader with Time 10-0 and 9-1 respectively. The Cyclones cruised past Knoxville Good Times 13-1 to improve to a perfect 12-0 on the season. Good Times won three of their four games on the day. They beat Heat 7-0, Fury 7-6, and held off the Clippers 15-14.
The league will take this coming weekend off for Father's Day, but will return to action on SATURDAY, June 27th with D-division games beginning at 12:00 at West Park. All divisions will play on Sunday, June 28th at West Park beginning at 12:00.
For a complete schedule of play, league standings and up-to-date news and events, visit metronashvillesoftball.org.