Too much power.
The Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team usually has too much power for its opponents. Sometimes, the Hackers unleash too much power for their own good, too.
Such was the case Sunday afternoon when, having quickly exceeded the five home runs allowed by league rules, the Hackers smashed a couple more long balls for good measure.
As per regulations, those were recorded as outs instead of base-clearing hits.
So efficiently did the Hackers hit the homers, in fact, that most wound up as solo shots and didn’t rack up the RBI numbers the team craved.
Still, the Hackers adjusted and played enough small ball — stringing together singles and a few doubles plus a couple of walks given up to Carl Vigil — to outduel Tecolote 14-7 for the Las Vegas Adult League men’s softball championship.
The game, played under cloudy skies at the city complex off Grant Street, culminated three months of action and three days of tournament play.
Tecolote made a major run in the tourney, upsetting the No. 2 seed Good Doodz to earn a spot in the championship game.
The Tecolote crew led early in the game and kept it fairly close. But the Hackers — a team made up of a mix of local athletes and former Highlands and Luna baseball stars — showed they possess strong fundamental skills as well as prodigious power. One of the better defensive plays of the afternoon came when outfielder Stephen Montaño, a senior at West Las Vegas, relayed a long throw to the catcher to get a runner out.
Notes: This past Thursday night, the Alta Vista Regional Hospital Scrubs edged Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl 13-12 for the women’s league championship.
The city of Las Vegas recreation department is sponsoring a fall softball league. Visit the Abe Montoya Recreation Center for more information on the league.