We just learned of the passing of Peter Dean earlier this month. Peter played in our league a few years back and was also a commissioner to our league. Peter was just a month shy of his 83rd birthday.
Peter was a veteran fighter pilot and served in Vietnam. He was a civil attorney where he met his wife of 22 years. Those who played softball with Peter say he was "a delight to play with" and "one of the good guys".
Peter's family held a memorial at Miramar National Cemetery on January 24th. Please join us in sending our condolences to Peter's family.
If you wish to send a personal message to the family, you can sign the guest book at this link.
Pizza Port opened their season today against a good Gaspar team with a 21-14 win at soggy Calavera. It was a tight back and forth game early today with both teams still fiddling on combinations with the new rosters.
PPB took a 12-7 lead with Gene LaChimia hitting a perfect 4/4, Rod Johnson knocking in 4 runs and Dan Malchow hitting a CalaYARD homer. Gaspar came back to take a 14-13 lead with homers from 4/4 Brian Turner and 4/4 Oscar Castillo who both hit for the cycle today. Another bunt HR by Bobby Blachford had Gaspar in the lead going into the 7th inning.
But Steve Sexton's 4 hits and John Quigley's 3 hits and nice catches at third helped PPB pull away late for the win. Quigley’s play was most welcome as he arrived a wee bit late into the first inning after going to Lake Field for the 11am game and as you can see in the picture…had to play thru a bit of a wardrobe malfunction! Maybe we’ll make him play with his shirt backwards every game if he plays like he did today!
PG and CBI are pretty evenly matched teams and it showed at today's game at Pine.
CBI scored 5 in the 1st and held slim leads for the first 4 innings. Then PG scored 5 in the 5th and held slim leads going into the 9th, where they led by 1, 17 to 16.
In the top of the 9th, PG put a runner on with 1 out, but Rich Lavacot started a slick double play to get out of the inning without a run scoring. In the bottom of the 9th, PG got the first 2 CBI hitters out, bringing up Ray Kusmer, who then smacked a game-tying homer down the 1st base line to tie the game, and that's how it ended: 17 to 17.
PG's hitting was led by home runs from Ken Thompson and Dave Grull and 5 for 5 hitting from Bob Buscher and Rich Reynolds. CBI's hitting was led by home runs from Mike Brower (including 6 RBIs), Mark Lehman, and Barry Anderson (in addition to Ray's), and 4 for 4 hitting from Jack Schwarzel and 3 for 3 from Brenda Lehman.
All in all, a well played game by both teams.
On this beautiful Thursday morning at Alga Norte 2, The Draft was initially intimidated by the new uniforms worn by Hennessey’s, very stylish indeed. But then the game began and that first impression of the uniforms faded quickly.
DR held HEN to a zero first inning at bat while DR came out swinging by posting 5 runs in their half of the first inning. Both teams were performing well defensively throughout the game including Roney Lewis (HEN) turning three double plays against DR during the game. Lesson to be learned here; don’t hit to or near Roney Lewis. However DR was able to record runs in five out of nine innings, including two five-run turnovers and enjoyed an OBP just under .700.
For HEN, Dick Wood slugged a centerfield home run. Andy Boyer (sub) and Bill Garner hit 3 for 4.
For The Draft, Rick Shaw and John Musselman hit 3 for 3 and Jeff Jacobs went 3 for 4. However the star at the plate for DR was Karen Smith hitting 4 for 4.
Thanks go out to Any Boyer for subbing for Hennessey’s and thanks to DR for lending players to HEN during the game.
The first game of the season for Nucci’s showed the 3 most important words in senior softball: defense, defense, and defense. Whenever you can hold a VPS team to 5 runs in the first 7 innings, you know you are playing some good defense by all as well as good pitching from Mike Endeman and Joe Raffa. Mike made a couple of snags of bullet hits from Al Cabacungan and Bob Porter while pitching such that we can only assume he had his eyes closed! Also, Dave Ash had a triple play. He caught a blooper just over 2nd base, touched second base with the runner off the base, and then threw the ball to 1st to get the other runner. He almost didn’t throw the ball for the 3rd out because he couldn’t believe his own eyes!
And there was some good offense as well. Nucci’s scored runs in all but 1 inning. Jonathan Brand and Jay Cardona were 4 for 4, and Joe Raffa was 3 for 3. Home runs were recorded by both Bill Mead and Dave Ash.
For VPS, Dan Griffin was 3 for 4 and recorded a home run. Jim Davis was 3 for 3. And, both Phil Heinz and Al Cabacungan were 3 for 4. Pablo had more to say, but he told me ‘nuf said!’.
Mitch Anderson & Vicki Asaivao's pitching held the VPS batters until the breakout 5th inning with 5 runs to put VPS out front for good. The "barrage" of VPS home runs started with Al Cabacungan (1), Pete Lindner (2), Jim Davis (1) and John McDaniels (1). This....plus Bob Porter going 5/5 and Dan Griffen 5/5 too.
LAND own Mike Malttinsky met the HR challenge with 2 towering HR of his own. Bob Baptista continues from last season his pitching skills for the win.
And.....thank you Roney Lewis for umpiring......
Another enjoyable senior game with loads of comradery........nuff said
Game Called Due to Field Conditions (ie Calavera)
After almost 2 months since the last League game, it was really great to be back playing again, even if there was a little rain just before game time.
CBI came out swinging, jumping to an 8 to 2 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd. But led by the bottom of the Draft's order, the Draft tied the game in the 3rd and then jumped ahead 15-12 going into the 6th. After that, CBI took control, tying the game in the 6th, jumping ahead 18-16 in the 8th, and then scoring 8 unanswered runs in the 9th for a 26-16 victory.
The Draft was led by Karen Smith, who went 4 for 4 [and all her hits were after she had 2 strikes], David Bentley, who went 3 for 4, and Rick Shaw who had a long homer among his hits.
CBI had 3 players go 5 for 5: David Herzog [including a homer and 2 triples]; Rich Lavacot; and new-to-the-League Mark Lehman. Walt Webber and Skip Moyer both went 4 for 5, and even though he pitched the full 9 innings, Barry Anderson managed to leg out a homer that tied the game in the 6th.
There may not have been any fist-bumps after the game, but some players blew hugs and kisses across the diamond. XOXOXO!
Our thanks to Jimmie Martin for umpiring the game.
Today was the birthday of a new season. Covid may delay us, but never stop us in our push to get back to the pure joy of playing softball.
A team approaches a contest with Gaspar with some trepidation. They have an imposing lineup, both at the plate and on defense. Yet today they came out and played tentative for much of the game. Plotkin Group, on the other hand came out swinging, jumping to a 5-0 lead after one and holding on to the lead through eight innings. Then the sleeping Gaspar giant awoke, scoring five runs in the top of the ninth to take a 13-11 lead. Plotkin needed three to win and the middle of their lineup was due up. The first five batters got hits to tie the score. Then Gaspar got a quick out and, with the bases loaded, the Pride of the Marine Corps, Lloyd Thorne, stepped to the plate and drove in Marty Topper for the winning run. There were no handshakes after the game per league request, but waves were exchanged (all five fingers were used in those waves ... I checked).
For Gaspar, only one out was made by Oscar Castillo, Lou Chartz, and replacement players Rod Johnson and Andy Boyer. Brian Turner was a perfect 4/4 at the plate.
The Plotkin Group had three 4/4 hitting performances, including Dale Miller and Rich Reynolds. Only making a single out were Mark Riserbato, Bob Buscher, Marty Topper and Scott Tatum. Hats off to new substitute player Darla Haubner, who made a fine put out at home plate on a Bob Buscher throw from left field.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)