POLICE RELIEF TEAM TAKES FIRST PELHAM REC WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE TITLE

POLICE RELIEF TEAM TAKES FIRST PELHAM REC WOMEN’S SOFTBALL LEAGUE TITLE
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PELHAM — With tension building to a fever pitch on Golden Brook Park’s Newcomb Field and along the sidelines, the final playoff game easily resembled a classic Red Sox-Yankees matchup.

Rebounding from two previous losses to the pink-jersey Sovereign Realty team during the season, the women of the Pelham Police Relief Association team won the championship game on Sept. 1 with a commanding 17-7 victory.

The game marked the end of the first season for the Pelham Parks and Recreation Department’s Women’s Softball League, which fielded four teams of about 18 players each that played two games every Sunday night from May 21 through the middle of August. The teams played a total of 10 regular-season games and five playoff games.

“Our team won nine games in the regular season, and four out of the five playoff games,” said Officer Adrianne Davenport, manager of the police team. “We lost one game in the regular season and one in the playoffs, both to the Sovereign team.”

Friends and family in the stands were treated to one of the best games of the season. Solid defense, timely hits and smart base running carried the team to victory.

“You can’t really name an MVP for this game, because everyone played a fantastic game,” said Davenport.

And even though she had reinjured her shattered foot during a previous game, police team catcher Pat Marchi refused to sit this one out.

The win was extra special for Davenport, who played sports as a youngster but had never won a championship. When the last out was recorded, the teams spilled into a circle around the pitcher Sandy Drolet and did a Red Sox-style celebration, jumping up and down.

The team celebrated their big win with Chinese food, drinks and a rendition of Michael Jackson’s thriller dance by some of the team members.

Davenport said overall, the season was great and she made a lot of new friends. She is hoping to add more teams for next season.

For more information about participating, contact the Pelham Parks and Recreation Department at 603-635-2721.

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