City champs! Hackers defend title

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By The Staff

All’s well that ends well, the way the Hackers see it.

A season-opening upset loss for the defending Las Vegas Adult Softball League men’s division champions only served as a wake-up call.

“After suffering our first season loss in years, 8-15 by Balls Deep, we cruised through the rest of the summer going 11-1,” noted Hackers mainstay Carl Vigil.

“The end of the summer tournament began for us with a scare as we faced the last-place Post Office team Yo Momma that went down to the bottom of the seventh, walk-off home run heroics by Josh McMahon to win 18-17. We mercy ruled the Tecolote team, and as the Bulldogs forfeited the winners bracket semifinal due to a lack of players, we waited for an opponent in the championship.”

“In the championship, we ended up meeting Balls Deep. The Hackers of old came out in this game, as we put up a scoring barrage in the first two innings.”

The game ended in just two and a half innings, a 22-2 bulge on the scoresheet, due to the USSSA 20-run mercy three-inning mercy rule if home team is ahead.”

Attrition did slow the Hackers at times.

“We lost a handful of bombers including James Benavidez and Chris Perez,” Vigil noted. “But we started a new generation of Hackers this summer.”

The Benavidez Construction Hackers and Lady Hackers thank Manuel and Jolynn Benavidez for the sponsorship. They get to add another trophy and T-shirt to the collection of the Las Vegas Meadow City softball championships owned by their Hackers.

This was an unruly summer for the league, which scratched games over a three-week span due to seasonal monsoons.