Although there were no scheduled games, there was an unscheduled pickup game between our coed league and the men-only league. Our Kevin McBaron submitted the attached writeup.
With both the upper and lower leagues having rare bye days, a last minute friendly was put together out at Stage Coach today.
After watching in awe at the upper league’s batting practice display the game began with our favorites jumping out to a 5-2 lead. The opposing dugout suddenly got serious after seeing consecutive blasts by Bob Porter, Mark Forster, Gary McBride, Randy Benge and ending with a Gene La Chimia deep shot to cap the 5 run first.
Over the middle innings the upper league would score a few to make it close then our boys would respond with an Al Cabacungan gapper to keep the edge. Barry Anderson’s tongue wagging had the Uppers hitters mesmerized and kept it at 11-9 after 6.
Defense was key in this well-played game as both teams made several nifty plays to keep the innings small. Every time the upper league rallied McBride would snare a ball and snuff it out with an inning ending double play. Deep flies were gobbled up by Forster and Kevin McBarron. Shallow ones were chased down by Porter and Bob Blachford.
A McBarron triple followed by a Forster double to the fence and the murderers row of McBride, Roney Lewis, and a 4/4 Benge gave the Lowers a 15-13 lead in the 8th. But one of the Bad Boys Banger's tied it in the 8th with a 2 run shot well over the fence in left setting up the exciting 9th inning.
Game tied at 15 in the bottom of the 9th with the leadoff man on first and no outs. A ground ball throw out from Dan Griffin to Steve Bartholomew at first and then a fly out, leaving a man on third with two outs. The Uppers then got the home field karma and looped a wounded duck that fell harmlessly in right field as the winning run scored.
A fun, crisp 16-15 win for the Uppers on this beautiful day in Southern California. The team then gathered at Habit Burgers where Steve Sexton was only too happy to buy everyone a FREE ice cream cone granted to all Softball Seniors.
Next up Kauai!
Plotkin Group seems to have Carlsbad Inn's number, and it seems to be "1", as in how many runs they have beaten them by three times. Today's game at Pine should have been filmed as an instructional for how to play defense. Two of the best pitchers in the league, Mitch Anderson and Janet Wood, kept the hitters off balance all game, blanking each team for five innings. If we were hanging stars for great defensive plays, I'd be hard pressed to not give one to every single player. David Bentley for CBI had the games only home run. PG could only muster six extra base hits, all doubles. Ray Kusmer had the only perfect hitting day, going 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs for PG. And thanks to Joe Paul for subbing for CBI.
What determines which team wins and which loses? Frequently it is the big hitters at the top of a batting order or the best fielders at short and in left and right center field. But sometimes it is other hitters and fielders who make all the difference, as was the case in TTP's 17-10 win over the Draft today at Calavera. Led by Scott Tatum's 5 for 5 hitting, the bottom half of TTP's order, including Scott, George Mahler, Evie Schwartz, Marlene Hill, Jerry Nuanez, and Joe Kahn, knocked in 10 of TPP's 17 runs. And Scott, Evie, Marlene, and Jerry all fielded well despite Calavera's notoriously-difficult infield. The Draft's hitting was led by Marty Fenlon and Kevin McBarron, who were both 4 for 4 Thanks to Mark Turnlund for filling in for a short-handed TPP, and to The Draft for lending TPP a player when one of their players had to leave mid-game.
VPS started strong and held a 14-6 lead after five innings against SS at Alga 2. However, the Spa's bats came alive scoring 3 in the sixth and 5 in the seventh to close within one at 15-14. VPS scored one in the seventh and one in the eighth and held SS scoreless the remaining two innings. For VPS, Skip Moyer and Bob Buscher were 4-4 with Bob contributing a double, Marlon Moore had three doubles going 3-4 and Donato Domaguin homered. T-Bone led the Spa going 4-4 and Rick Kamien was 3-4.
The backs of the Nuccis outfielders was the theme of the game, as Pizza Port hammered 6 home runs, all to the fence at Alga. Eddie Gillette, Dave Irwine, Rony Lewis, Bob Blakley, Mike Wienrich and Gary McBride (4 - 4), all flexed their muscles. Nuccis was led by the "triple D's", Dave Ash, Dave Koch and Dwayne Zon all 4 for 4. Defensive gems were turned in by Leigh Petersons shoe string catch and Bob Peters. With the bases loaded and the ever dangerous Dave Ash on deck, Bob wheeled around from his catcher position and made a "lunging grab'' of the third out pop up.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received