4:13 shows no mercy

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 12, 2005

4:13 showed the skills that carried them to first place during the regular season of Parks and Recreation Department softball league competition Thursday evening at Peanut Park, thumping Da Crew (DC) 22-6 in five innings to take the tournament title.

The squad, which takes its name from a Bible verse, fought off brewing thunder and lightning – at one point, a flash downpour forced the teams from the field, only to suddenly stop five minutes later – and a rocky start, breaking the game open with 13 runs in the last two innings.

DC, which defeated Art Ray 23-15 early Thursday to qualify for the final game, jumped ahead in the top of the second when Mike Faulk cracked a two-run homers. But James Brown led off for 4:13 with a ground-rule double and Ken Avery and Darrel Jennings loaded the bases.

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Larry Arrington singled Faulk home, and Marvin Mayfield and Paul Arrington walked to force in two runs. Robert Fleetwood knocked in two more with a single, and Cat Turner tripled to knock in all three runners for an 8-2 lead. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Alexander, and 4:13 ended the inning up by seven.

Mike Watson gave DC one last gasp with a three-run blast in the third, but Mayfield singled home Jennings and Turner tripled again to score three more runs. A two-run blast by Alexander upped the lead to 15-5.

Telly Green tripled, Avery singled, and Brown knocked home Green. A Jennings triple brought in Avery and Brown to end the fourth up 18-5.

After the nature-induced delay, Fleetwood, Turner, Alexander and Green scored in the fourth. Because the mercy rule states that games end if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs after five innings of play (4.5 if the home team is up), the game, the tournament and the season ended early.