The playoffs bring the best out of people. Jason Tatum
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Worden Williams
The tension was palpable, the weather was dreary, the two playoff teams, Worden Williams and Pizza Port Brewery were worthy opponents and the outcome was in doubt to the very end. Thus another season of North County Senior Softball concluded with the championship game and the most unlikely of hitting heroes. The final score was 15 to 12 in favor of WW but the score was almost an afterthought as the teams traded leads up to the bottom of the eighth inning when PPB scored four times in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 12 apiece. It was at this point, the bottom of the eighth, that the real excitement began.
WW’s first two batters were retired on a fly out and a ground out, but the next two, Ron Silverman and Lloyd Thorne each singled. Up stepped right-handed batter John Vivrett batting fifteenth, who lined a long single past the outstretched glove of PPB’s first baseman to plate two runs. The crowd then started chanting, “JV,JV,JV”. Another single scored the third run and when the dust had settled, WW was up 15-12. PPB went quietly in the ninth and the game was over and then the sun came out.
WW’s scorebook revealed that each player had at least one hit with home runs by Brian Turner, Bob Loperena and Cord Cameron and a perfect 4/4 for Bob Buscher.
On the opposite side, PPB was led by Phil Heinz, Roney Lewis and David Ward, who were all 3/4.Both sides exhibited a stout defense throughout the game.
Much thanks to the umpiring crew of Rick Shaw (behind the plate) and Steve Sexton and Greg Lorton (on the bases) and to Oscar Castillo- “the announcer”.
Another great senior softball season is in the books. My thanks to all players on WW who exhibited a terrific winning spirit and a remarkable willingness to support each other in our wins and losses. A special shout out to Pablo Shook for keeping the book and to Bob Buscher whose advice and counsel as an assistant coach was invaluable.
Looking forward to reconvening for the next season's excitement.
“The playoffs are the playoffs. You just play who is put in front of you.”
Steve Nash (2 time NBA MVP)
“This is why you play - to get an opportunity to play in the playoffs.” Derek Jeter (if you don’t know who he is, you have been living in a cave)
Led by Mark Riserbato’s two home runs, one a Ballantine Blast, eight RBI’s and a perfect day at the plate, Worden Williams played itself into the senior softball finals with a 26-17 win over The Draft. For WW, it was probably their best game of the year, featuring hitting (.738), defense and pitching to come away with the win. But DR, trailing early and by a wide margin, came roaring back in the 8th and 9th by scoring thirteen runs but just could not overcome a twenty-two run deficit going into the last two innings. In addition to hitting heroics by Riserbato, Bob Loperena also homered and knocked in four and Brian Turner and Russ Roopenian were 4/4 and 3/3 respectively.
Despite the game being apparently out of reach, DR never gave up as their hitting in the last two innings proved that they were not going down without a fight. DR’s offense was led by Bill Codner’s home run and two triples by Delta Farrington. But two jaw-dropping catches in the outfield by Bob Porter clearly kept WW from running up the score.
Much thanks to the umpiring crew of Jimmie Martin (bases) and Steve Sexton (home plate).
NOW ONTO THE FINALS!
Sometimes people say “That was anyone’s game!” Today was that kind of game in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams players were highly motivated and intense. There was outstanding plays by both teams and clutch hitting. It came down to the last team hitting might win and they did, barely. CBI played a great game with their outstanding shortstop, Tom Carney making all kinds of plays and right center fielder, Pat Discoll making an unbelievable driving “Willie Mays” catch on a ball hit well over his head. CBI’s fantastic pitcher Ken Thompson pitching injured had to be helped off the field in the first inning, but hobbled back out every inning tossing an incredible game on basically one leg.
Big hitters for CBI were Randy Agadoni with a homer, triple and 2 intentional walks, Tom Carney, Greg Lorton and Pat Discoll were 3/4, Steve Doan homered and Jerry Nuanez was 2/3.
For PPB amazing pitcher Pat Steele threw 5 shutout innings with a good defense and Right center fielder Tom Winterbourne made some nice game saving catches while collecting 2 hits, one starting the bottom of the 9th inning 2 run rally to win the game. Ruby Murphy got a hit next, followed by Phil Heinz run scoring single, Pat Steele was intentionally walked after his previous single and double, then David Ward ended the game with a walk off single to right field. David was 4/5 with homer in the 8th to put PPB ahead, Dennis O’Hern tripled in another run that inning followed by Jimmy Smyth run scoring single, Jimmy was 4/4 w/3 RBIs, Roney Lewis was 3/5 and played a super game at Rover, David Erwin & Robert Kroger were 2/4, Dennis Kemp added a single, Jerry Galiley 1/1, but had to leave the game after a nice catch and fainting in the dugout cushioned by Phil Heinz, who was assisted by Rich Lavacot, Larry Weinberger and Carlsbad Paramedics and ambulance service. Fortunately, Jerry ended up with just a broken finger, but he was really missed by all.
Big thanks to volunteer umpires Rick Shaw and Joel Raffa, who both called a perfect game. Pizza Port Brewery advances to their 5th straight Championship Game according to ex-Manager Kevin McBarron.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)