Our thanks to all the former law enforcement players in our league!
A great game today with seesaw innings.
In the third inning VPS scored five runs to take the lead 7-4. Nucci's fought back scoring 5 runs in the 4th with Roney Lewis and Roger Tesi each hitting a homerun and five more runs in the 5th inning to take back the lead 14-7.
VPS had numerous hits to battle back getting 6 runs in the 6th to reach 13 runs. Going into 8th Nucci's scored five more runs and Dave Granum got a homerun. Great effort on VPS to score three runs in the 9th but couldn't catch Nucci's.
Nucci's offense was led by Mike Brower, Jim Goertzen, Paul Thomas were all 4/4. Roney Lewis, Dave Granum, Dennis Paulson, and Russ Roopenian were 3/4.
VPS stars: Daniel Malchow 3/4 with a triple, Steve Sexton, Jack Schwarzel, Scott Tatum were 3/4 all with homeruns.
A fun and competitive game !
Featuring 2 homeruns, timely hitting and a stout defense , Worden Williams beat a spirited, but undermanned, Draft team, 22-15 to even its record at 2-2.
Worden Williams busted loose with their first homeruns of the season by Ed Navarro (4/5) and Bob Buscher (who recorded his second 5/5 day of the season). Although most of the timely hitting was provided by the top of the order (17/20), each of the remaining players contributed at least one hit including perfect days at the plate by Jeff Gorman (4/4 and 3 runs) and Eddie Gillette (also 4/4 and 3 runs) batting in the 9th and 10th position in the order.
The defensive “web gem” of the game was provided by Bob Buscher, who with the bases loaded and no out, did his best impression of FT Jr., by snagging a line shot to his left while falling down, doubling up the runner at second saving at least 2 runs and snuffing out a certain rally by The Draft. Offensively, WW never let up by scoring in 8 of 9 innings and putting The Draft back on their heels trying to catch up.
Homeruns for the Draft were provided by Mike Maltinsky and Steve Newberg who absolutely crushed a long ball almost to the fence at Alga 3. Ken McGehee was perfect at the plate with a 5/5 day and Mike Endeman provided a few defensive gems of his own at third base.
Although Worden Williams led all the way in this contest, The Draft kept coming back and making the game into a closer contest than the score would indicate.
Much thanks to Leigh Peterson, Jimmie Martin and Ray Kusmer for umping.
The PG bats were hot again today with everyone in the lineup getting at least one hit and scoring in every inning but two against a short-handed GA team.
Jonnie Johnson returned from vacation and went 4 for 4 in her first game of the season. Dave Surh went 3 for 4 with two homers and 3 RBIs, and Oscar Castillo chipped in with a homer and 3 RBIs.
Janet Wood's pitching and some stellar defense kept the GA batters mostly under control except for Gene Foreman who went 4 for 4. Pablo Shook pitched well for GA, giving up just a single walk.
Thanks to Rich Reynolds and Jerry Nuanez for subbing for GA, and to Rick Shaw for umpiring.
The pitchers at today's game--Pete Zavala for WW and Barry Anderson for CBI--came out dealing: throwing strikes; getting pop outs; and confusing batters up and down both line-ups.
After 3 innings, CBI led but only by 3 to 2. Then WW broke out for 5 runs in the top of the 4th, and CBI matched them in the bottom of the 4th.
After that, led by 3-run homers from David Ward and Carlos Cevallos, CBI jumped to a 16-8 lead going into the 8th. WW scored 5 in the 8th but that was the end of the scoring for both teams.
WW's offense was led by Karen Smith (4 for 4), Joe Paul (3 for 3), and Don Schempp, Ray O'Toole, and Jeff Gorman (all of whom went 3 for 4).
In addition to his timely homer, David Ward nabbed several hard hit balls in left field. Gosh it is good to be playing ball again.
Thanks to Jimmie Martin for umping the game!
How do you compete with an undefeated VPS team that has good defense, both infield and outfield, that has steady pitching, and has a group of batters who like to 'put it where you ain't?' Good defense can help if well-executed, but Pizza Port's fifth inning version of "execute" was to form up a firing squad aligned in a circle. Five enemy runs later ... well, manager Ray Kusmer's face would have turned a train down a dirt road.
The solution to the conundrum waited to be revealed until the PPB top of the ninth. VPS knew they would need five to win going into the inning and they needed to shut down the visitors but, after seven straight Pizza Port runners scored with hard line-drive hits, the dinner bell rang for the circling buzzards.
Pizza Port's perfect-hitting heroes were Mitch Anderson and Greg Lorton. Six batters only made a single out and Rich Reynolds homered.
Village Pie Shoppe had 4 for 4 hitting from Al Castaneda (4 RBIs) and a homer from manager Jack Schwarzel. The base at third claimed two victims, Gary Linder (hamstring) and Dwayne Zon (achilles), and will be returned to China for discipline and reeducation.
The winning sponsor provided the venue for the victory party and a good time was had by all.
There was a pitching duel today at Pine. Russ Roopenian and Lil Keehan for Nuccis and Steve Berry and Mike Endeman for the Draft. It was a very close game.
Going onto the ninth Nuccis led 8-7. Draft strung together 5 runs to break the game open.
Nuccis was led by Roney Lewis and Oscar Lara 3-3 and John McDaniels 2-3.
Draft was led by Dan Miserany 4-4 with a home run and 3-4 performances from Mike Miltinsky and Ken McGehee.
A very big Thank You to Rick Shaw who umpired a very competitive game. And did a great job.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received
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