It was very hot for the late game at Alga--and not just the temperature. Plotkin's players pounded Pizza Place's pitcher pitilessly, plating 21. Two Plotkins hit for the cycle (Oscar Castillo and Jerry Galiley); 2 more had homers (Kevin Armentano and Rich Berkeley); and even Tony Fucci went 5 for 5! Down a pile, the Plotkins persevered, pushing over 8 in the 5th and another 6 in the 9th. But TPP's bats were really smokin' with 7 homers: Bob Blachford, John Cellini (2), Scott Tatum, Dave Granum, and Barry Anderson (2). TPP's first 5 batters (Wally Wallace, Bob, Johnny Brand, John C, and Scott) plus Barry at the end of the order went 26 for 29 with 24 runs scored and 21 RBIs. Defense? Well, TPP's Johnny B made several nice grabs at rover as did Plotkin's third baseman Dick Wood. But with both teams totalling 50 runs and 11 homers, there wasn't a whole lot of glove work to be seen. Thanks to Rich Keefer for filling in for the Plotkins, and for Dave Bosque for TPP, and for Bob Baptista for umping the first half of the game.
Nothing like opening day at the ballpark. New season, new team and each team that won is in first place. But it’s not so bad; the losing teams are in second place. Cultura came away with the win today, narrowly defeating Pizza Port 20-19.It was a seesaw battle all the way with neither team more than 3 runs ahead or behind at any point until the 8th inning, when Cultura pulled ahead by 5. In the top of the ninth, PP came up one run short when their furious rally was snuffed out by a solid defense. Leading the way for Cultura was Bob Porter (5/5) who lead a group of Cultura hitters who went 4/5. For PP, Roney Lewis and Bob Blakely were 5/5. Some nice fielding plays by Charlene Madvig and Karen Smith kept the game close for Cultura. Much thanks to John Quigley and Margo Jacobo for filling in, both of who contributed mightily at the plate, each going 4/5.
Tony Sando got his first win as manager for Carlsbad Inn. The bats were hot with Carlsbad Inn posting a .788 on base percentage. All the Carlsbad Inn regulars had at least 2 hits. Dan Miserany led the way with 2 homers while Jeff Jacobs, David Bentley and Dan Griffin were all perfect at the plate. Barbara Pardo found that the new cones worked pretty well as she went 3 for 4. Ken McGehee helped Carlsbad Inn with a 3 for 4 day and Joe Raffa helped out with a stand-up double. Marty Topper led the way for Nucci's going 4 for 4 and somehow CBI was able to get Dave Koch out once limiting him to 4 for 5. Marty also scored a 9 leaping over a prone Tony Sando at second base. Yes, Tony still had the ball and no, he did not get injured. Thanks to t-Bone for umpiring and to both Joe Maher and David Ward for helping Nucci's.
Another day in paradise has marked the beginning of our league’s season opener. For the Draft, the game was highlighted by thirteen Draft players who came to the field to win their season opener. This goal was accomplished. The Draft is undefeated so far. Highlights include home runs by Greg Lorton and Rick Shaw. In addition to the long balls, Gene La Chimia, Rick Shaw and Greg Lorton each went four for four. Dave Grull and Lou Chartz went three for three. For VPS, Mark Forster slugged a home run. Bob Baptista also hit a home run but decided he should stop at first base since he had a runner from home. Sheree Atkinson went three for three and Dave Tansey went two for three on the day. Everyone was just happy to be back on the field
What a great game today. 12 to 11 in senior softball, that's a pitching duel and that's what we had today. Rich Keefer and Mitch Anderson had most of the batters struggling, and if they hit it any wheres near them, well that was an out. It was a tight game from inning to inning, and after 7 CBI was hanging on to a 1 run lead. Solana Spa puts up 2 in the top of the eighth and takes a 1 run lead. Mitch Anderson comes up in the bottom of the eighth with 2 on and 2 outs, line drive base hit and 2 runs score to give CBI the lead. Mitch goes on to close them out in the ninth and CBI wins 12 to 11. Most of you know that Tony Sando has somewhat of an injury history in our league, so we were all glad to hear that he would be taking it easy, wait what is that flying through the air, is it a bird no, is it a plane no, it's Tony Sando on a diving catch on a line drive. Great play and Tony also had a home run. Barbara Pardo proved that Tuesday's game was no fluke as she went 2 for 3 today. She has to be in the talk for most improved player. Rick Skidmore had a perfect 3 for 3 day and Jeff Jacobs was 2 for 2 with a sacrifice. For Solana Spa, Dave Bosque had a perfect 5 for 5 day, Ray O'Toole smashed one over everyone's head for a triple, and David Ward was either 3 for 4 or 4 for 5 but either way had a good game as one of those hits was a home run.
Today's game between the Draft and Cultura was a bit one sided surely because Cultura was short several players. Hitting strongly for the Draft were Gary Soper 4 for 4 with 4 scores. Rick Shaw 4 for 4 with 3 scores. While Bob Fell, Lou Chartz, Joe Itson, and Jonnie Johnson were all 3 for 4. Batting for Cultura Steve Berry, Joe Paul and Bob Porter all going 4 for 5. With Bobby P getting 5 rbi's as well. Final score 23 to 12 With The Draft Prevailing. Thanks to Eddie Gillett and Tom W. For umpiring the game today.
Nucci’s bats came alive on a very warm morning at Alga, with the team coming away with a 24-13 win over the Plotkin Group in a game shortened to seven innings. NU started strong, scoring five runs in the first inning, and held the lead the rest of the game. PG closed the gap at 13-11 after four innings, but NU came back to score five runs in both the 6th and 7th. The top of the order had a tremendous day at the plate, powered by four home runs. The hitting barrage was led by Pete Penseyres and Dwayne Zon, who both went 5 for 5. Dwayne had a home run and 7 RBIs. Dave Koch and Dave Ash both went 4 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBIs. Leigh Peterson, Steve Sexton, Pablo Shook and Lil Keehan all went 3 for 4, and Leigh contributed a home run. NU played solid defense today, including two double plays and some slick play by Steve Sexton at shortstop. Thanks go to substitute Oscar Lara, who was also a big help defensively. Unfortunately, PG was missing five players today, but substitute Gary Linder filled in admirably, leading the team by going 4 for 4 and hitting for the cycle. Oscar Castillo contributed a home run and substitute Dave Tansey scored three runs. Our thanks to Joe Raffa, who umpired the second half of the game.
TPP was down to 11 players and asked to have a player assigned to get to 12. But despite having Marlon Moore (4 for 4 with several nice catches in the outfield) as the assigned player, the 11 TPP regulars were able to hang on and barely defeat PPB, 13-12. There was no score until the bottom of the 3rd when TPP finally plated 2 runs. PPB responded with 4 in the 4th, but neither team was able to build much of a lead until TPP scored 5 in the bottom of the 7th to take a 13-6 lead. PPB had one last chance as the game needed to be called after 8 to allow the next game to start, and they almost pulled it off scoring 6 with the tying run on base and only one out, but TPP made a double play to end the game. TPP was led by Dave Granum's 4 hits, and 3 each from Wally Wallace, Bob Blachford, and Gene Foreman. Thanks to Rick Shaw for umpiring.
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