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Groupers Find Groove in Epic Comeback

Mozilo Field, Connecticut – IN a stunning comeback victory, the visiting Glover Park Groupers topped the Dodd Squad 14-12 in seven innings, the game lasting 3 hours and 37 minutes— approximately the commute from Greenwich to Manhattan. Down seven runs after the first two innings, the Groupers fought back with a mixture of defensive brilliance, timely hitting, and stellar relief pitching. After giving up seven runs in the top of the first, shell-shocked starter Megan “ToTo” Towe slammed her glove in frustration when she returned to the dugout. Then, she picked up her bat. Towe redeemed herself, going 4-for-4 and driving in six runs. The highlight of the game, however, was in the fifth inning with the Groupers down by a run and a Dodd baserunner on first with no outs. Playing second base, Towe dove to her right, knocked down a line drive, and flipped the ball to shortstop Rex “Sexy Rexy” Petrill to nab the runner. For her play, Towe was named Countrywide Player of the Game by fans in the Fannie Mae luxury field boxes. Asked how she was able to focus after being yanked from the mound, Towe said, “I just do my thing, ya know?” Petrill, too, shined. With the Dodd Squad gloating and the Groupers despondent going into the third inning, Sexy Rexy paced the dugout, crooning his one-hit wonder, “Follow me and everything is all right \ I’ll be the one to tuck you in at night …” And follow him they did. Making play after play all over the infield and short left-field, Petrill hit a game-tying triple in the sixth inning. Sam “H-Bomb” Hiersteiner’s strong arm stunned Dodd hitters on the basepaths. Small-ball hustle shown by Marcy “Etch a” Stech, Chessie “Chicken” De Parma, and Rahul “RaRa” Prabhakar slashed the Dodd lead, putting the Groupers’ heavy hitters in position to punch out a victory. Sparked by Emmy “Award” Liss’ lead-off single in the top of the sixth, Matt “Bam Bam” Tannenbaum and Michael “Laser” Lazar provided their usual late-inning thunder. Josh “Kung Fu Panda” Smith played brilliant defense at the hot third-base corner, as a Dodd Squad-er, frustrated by the slow pace of his team’s baserunning and health care reform, slid with his spikes pointed at Smith’s groin. But Smith held on to the ball. Smith had no hard feelings after the game, pointing out, “I mean, how would you feel if your boss was down nine points?” The Groupers would never have been in a position to win if it were not for the relief pitching of Liz “Godzilla” Curtis-Bey, who donned her Yankees cap and taunted the Dodd Squad with a tantalizing repertoire of breaking balls. It was her fastball, clocked in the upper teens, though, that sealed the deal.

Curtis-Bey said after the game, “It was all me out there, fuhgettaboudit.” On a night when the heavy air stood still and dust swirled on the parched field, the Groupers showed that these fish don’t flop. Notes: After being hit by a line drive in the thumb, Curtis-Bey is listed day-to-day … Petrill and Lazar have both been placed on the 15-day DL following a knife-fight over the state of U.S. soccer