Our league recently lost one of our most dedicated supporters; Donna Lorek’s dad, Jim Smith. Donna who has been in our league for 18+ years, introduced me to her parents when I joined the league 12 years ago. Jim was a wonderful person and a strong league supporter and fan, always coming out to accompany Donna to watch her/our games. He always greeted me [and everyone else] with a comforting hand-shake, a warm smile, a “nice to see you,” and a caring inquiry as to how I’m doing. When I did well at the plate, he never failed to extend a hearty “atta-boy.” The same for a good play in the infield. It always seemed like he was enjoying our game-play vicariously through my/our activities on the field which added to the support he bestowed upon our league. Jim, in all my years in this league, there hasn’t been a stronger cheerleader than you and I doubt we will benefit from one as strong in the future. Keep smiling down upon us. High five Jim!! You will truly be missed.
Fondly, Rick Shaw
That Pizza Place reopened today under new ownership.
They will be open on Wednesday from 3pm to 9pm.
They will open daily from 11am to 10pm starting on Thursday.
They are looking forward to serving NCSS players!
Tie games in softball are normally about as sexy as getting a wet kiss from your great-aunt Eunice (following her second stroke). However, VPS was grateful to get this one today.
Pizza Port hitters were pounding out big hits and the VPS fielders were having to make highlight reel catches to keep from being left in the dust. Leigh Peterson and Bob Porter were just outstanding in this regard. Despite that, the home team was trailing 10-2 at the end of four. Then the Villagers started to further tighten their defense and hit a little better so that they only trailed by four runs at the end of eight. Feeling the pressure building, Pizza Port pushed across three in the ninth, leaving a seven run mountain for the Villagers to climb. And climb it they did, getting timely hits up and down the lineup. I guess relief was the prevailing feeling from players on both teams when the final out was tallied. So belly up Eunice, you hottie. Lets see what you got.
Bob Porter got nothing but hits, while Oscar Lara and Jonnie Johnson only made a single out for Village Pie Shoppe.
Pizza Port hitters only making a single out were Rich Reynolds, Craig Wheatcroft, Ray Kusmer, Dennis Kemp and Steve Sexton. Steve and Mike Maltinsky hit home runs for the visitors.
Our thanks to Landings manager Steve Newberg for calling balls and strikes and to Craig Wheatcroft of Nucci's for subbing for PPB.
Today's game at Alga was the definition of a total team victory for Hennessey's as they beat WW 22 to 11. HEN started out with five runs in the 1st inning, held WW to only four runs, and never gave up the lead. HEN scored in every inning but one, while holding WW scoreless in six of the nine innings. Everyone on HEN had at least one hit, all but one scored, and all but two drove in a run. The bottom half of the order scored 12 of the 22 runs. When you can do that, you are going to win a lot of games.
Leading hitters for HEN were Carlos Cevallos and Ron Silverman going 5 for 5, Gene LaChimia 4 for 5, Oscar Castillo 4 for 5 with a homer and 4 RBIs, John Quigley 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs and sub Evie Schwartz also going 4 for 5. She also played such a dominating right field that not a single ball was hit her way.
HEN pitcher Barry Anderson, with a stellar defense behind him, kept a powerful WW team under control the whole game. Only Randy Agadoni 3 for 3 and John McDaniels 3 for 3 with 4 RBIs were able to generate much offense.
It was a warm day at Calavera field. The Virgin Draft team, against the undefeated behemoth Gaspar With a back and forth battle between the pair. The Draft took an early lead (we were the visitors after all) Stretching the lead to 14 to 2 but the Gaspar hitters lit it up in the bottom of the 5th for 7 runs. Leading to a tie game at 14 all in the 7 th inning. And 16 all in the 8th. The draft collected 4 runs in the 9th and held Gaspar scoreless for the 20-16 victory.
Many thanks to Dave Hartzog and Bill Mead For subbing and going 4/5 each at bat. Skip Moyer was 5/5 Walt Webber 4/4 Dave Bosque 4/5. BUT Al (the stick) Galaviz Hit 2 over the fence. Not to be outdone Teddy Badillo went 5/5 with one over the fence as well. Also at 5/5 were Roney Lewis, Pat Driscoll and Paul Thomas.
Happy 4th of July to all.
Gaspar opened the new season with a 5 run first inning and held the lead throughout the game. Hennessey's got close at 12-10 after five innings but the Gaspar bats came alive again scoring 13 runs in the final four innings.
Both teams had stars offensively. Gene LaChimia was 5-5 with 5 RBI's, Carlos Cevallos 4-5, Rich Berkley 4-4, and Dick Wood 4-5 for Hennessy's.
Gaspar was led by Walt Webber 3-3 with 2 walks, Larry Wadalavage 4-4, Brian Turner 4-4, Al Galaviz 4-5, and Dan Frye 3-4. Skip Moyer had the game's only home run.
Walt Webber, filling in for Bob Baptista, pitched a very good game.
First game of the season at Alga was pretty hot. Nucci's scored 4 runs in the first inning with The Landings following with three runs. Most of the time both teams scored with the Landings scoring five runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead 9-5 Nucci's answered back scoring four in the 5th inning and held The landings scoreless in 4,5, 6 innings. Nucci's scored four runs in the 7th and five in the 8th to take the lead 20-10 Great pitching by Rod Johnson. The Landings scored three in the 9th but couldn't catch up.
The Landings highlights: Rick Shaw and Steve Newburg were 4/4, Bill Codner and Marlon Moore were 3/4
Nucci's Highlights: Al Cabacungan, Home run 4/5 with Two RBI's. Rick Skidmore (welcome back to the league) 2/4 with two RBI's. Craig Wheatcroft, 3/4 with five RBI'S. David Hartzog: 2/4 with 4 RBI's. Mark Lehman: 3/4 with 1 RBI's. Brenda Lehman: 3/4. Joe D: Had a hot bat today batting 4/4 with 5 RBI'S and an outstanding tuck and roll catch at 3rd base.
Thanks to Lloyd Thorne for subbing for Nucci's today.
Nothing like a close game to open the season to remind the winner and loser that there are 35 more games left. In what turned out to be a tight game after Worden Williams jumped out to a commanding 14-5 lead, The Village Pie Shoppe stormed back in the 5th and 6th inning to cut the lead to 15-14. However, VPS came no closer than 1 as WW score 4 more times while blanking VPS in the 7th through 9th innings and came away with a 19-14 win.
WW was led by Dan Smith who pounded 2 over the fence at Calavera knocking in 5 runs, going 4/4 at the plate and scoring 4 times. Other than the 2 home runs, I think that bested my entire hitting output for last season. Worthy of note were perfect plate appearances by David Buck, Ken Thompson ( and a clutch 2 run, 2 out double in the 8th inning) and Cord Cameron who also had a bases clearing 3 run double. Honorable mention to the WW outfield who made some spectacular plays.
VPS was led by Bob Porter with a home run, Oscar Lara (3/4), Leigh Peterson (4/5) and Johnny Johnson (2/4) with some very clutch hits.
Today’s game represented the debut of Johnny Brand as the manager of VPS, and despite the loss, this team should not be taken lightly. They did not pound the ball but kept it out of the reach of WW fielders and played a nice defensive game.
Thanks to Joe Raffa and Gary Soper for umping.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)