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Sensient Redbirds pitcher Barry Patridge pitches the ball.
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Photo by Diane Cox
GRP outfielder Bobby Spurlock walks off the field muddy and drenched after diving for a ball in left field.
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Tim Patridge of Sensient releases a ball with a tough back spin.
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Photo by Diane Cox
Kenny Floyd of GRP Mechanical delivers a pitch at Gordon Moore park.
The Sensient Redbirds claimed and 18-11 victory over GRP Mechanical at Gordon Moore park on Monday in the first game of a double-header.
With all teams playing for the Alton Parks and Recreation's Monday Night Mens League, the Redbirds improved their record to 9-0 in the second game, securing an 18-1 win over the Lenhardt Lumberjacks, a team comprised of recent Alton High School graduates.
The Sensient Redbirds have found their way to success over the last several years. They are currently undefeated in the 2014 season and have only lost one game in the last three years.
"We have good chemistry," said Redbird pitcher Barry Patridge. "What we have is very good fundamentals and a great attitude...we play to have fun."
Against GRP, the Redbirds took the lead quick, scoring four runs in the first inning. Mike Young of Wood River knocked an inside the park home run to give the Redbirds their first sizable lead. Young's two sons, Michael and Alex contributed to the win with a pair of home runs and base hit RBI's.
The Redbird's Austin Peoples made several diving catches in right center to steal scoring opportunities from the GRP Mechanical team.
Peoples contributed on offense with several base hits and two doubles. Solid pitching from Barry Patridge kept the GRP Mechanical team at bay until the later innings when Bobby Spurlock crushed a three-run home run over the right center fence.
While consistently chipping away at the Redbirds lead, the game ended with GRP Mechanical falling short with a score of 18-11.
"We're a bunch of guys that work together and thought it would be good for company moral to start a softball team," said GRP Coach Kenny Floyd. "We have a great time and it's a good opportunity to get to know each other outside of the working environment."
In the second game of the night the Redbirds continued to get hotter. Max Sutton, the pitcher for Lenhardt, struggled against the consistent offense of the Redbirds as Sensient took an 18-1 win.
"We're young and have only played softball together one season," said Lenhardt Coach Chris Sutton. "Its a matter of learning the difference between baseball and softball...these guys have talent to spare, but the mechanics are different in the two sports, so give them another year or two and they'll be very competitive."
Tim Patridge took the pitching mound against the Lenhardt team and delivered a solid effort, keeping Lenhardt to one run.
"Their pitcher has really good movement on his pitches," said Sutton. "He has a lot of backspin and with the ball being wet...it's tough to hit."
The Sensient Redbirds prepare for another double header on Monday, June 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Gordon Moore park, diamond three.
GRP Mechanical has a double header beginning at 8:30 p.m. at the same location.
The Redbirds sponsor is Sensient Food Colors located at 2515 N. Jefferson, St. Louis, MO. Sensient specializes in customized food and beverage coloring. You can visit their website at www.sensientfoodcolors.com.
GRP Mechanical is located at One Mechanical Dr, Bethalto, IL.; a three generation local business that specializes in the business of industrial piping construction, fabrication/installation, HVAC, and plumbing. You can visit their website at www.grpmech.com.
Lenhardt is sponsored by Lenhardt Tool and Dye company located at 3100 East Broadway, Alton, IL. Lenhardt specializes in fabrication, welding, and repairs. You can visit their website at www.lenhardttool.com.