A close game for the first 8 innings, due to great pitching by Bob Baptista of PPB and the duo of Pete Zavala & Vickie Asaivao for VPS. VPS busted out with 10 runs in the top of the ninth and held PPB in the bottom of the ninth for a 21-7 win.
Hitting stars for PPB were Don Schempp & Bob Blachford going 3 for 4 and Jack Million going 3 for 3. For VPS, Dave Ash was 4 for 4 with a HR, Marlon Moore, Bill Kutzner & Ernie Martinez were 3 for 4. Wally Wallace, Dwayne Zon, Paul Thomas & Pete Zavala each contributed a HR.
Thanks to David Bentley for umpiring our game, a job well done.
It was sunny and beautiful today at Alga 3 for the start of the new NCSS season. That Pizza Place prevailed over a shorthanded Worden Williams 22-10. WW put up 4 in the first inning with timely hitting throughout the lineup, and TPP came back with 6 straight hits in the bottom to make it 5-4. TPP then slowly pulled away as John Brand and David Surh combined for an 8-8 at the top of the lineup. WW hung in there with Gary McBride spraying the field with a HR and hitting for the cycle to go along with several dazzling plays at SS. HRs from Richard Kamien, Mark Forster and Kevin McBarron pushed the lead out to 17-10 for TPP. Lucky Bishop made several slick plays at second base to hold WW in check, and That Pizza Place was able to tack on several more runs with timely hitting from Kevin Armentano, Bob Cinque, and Kamien who all went 3/3. TPP iced it with Joe Kahn and Neil Cohen getting 2 RBIs each to push the lead to 12 in this flip game.
With the game starting at 8:30, both teams took the field wearing muck lucks, ear muffs and parkas. Manager Barry Anderson had a peek into what his season might be like, when the first pitch of the game was drilled up the middle. Only the screen saved him from a "bruising". SS plated 5 in the first, led the entire game until the 8th, where trailing 18 to 10, Nuccis scored 8 to tie, then proceeded to win it in the bottom of the 9th.
Hitting stars for Nuccis were Jeff Gorman 4-4 with an HR. Al Cabacungan and Mike Bower 4-4. Lil Keehan and Murray Levy both had 3 hits. Al Castaneda made a dazzling catch and Mike Endeman getting out of a sick bed, had 10 assists at second. SS was led by Dale Miller 4 - 4, with Rick Skidmore hitting 2 HRs and Ray Kusmer and Leigh Peterson with 1 HR each.
Thanks to Gene LaChima and Donna Lorek for subbing and Donnas dad Jimmy, rooting in the dug out!! And thanks to Jimmie Martin for umpiring!
For the first game of the year it didn't seem like these two teams were very rusty from the layoff. There were lots of hits on both sides and the defenses were generally pretty good. PG took an early 8 to 2 lead that they would never relinquish although CBI scored two runs in the 8th and six in the 9th to put a scare into PG.
Mike Martelli was 4 for 5 and Chuck Sutherland was 3 for 4 for CBI with Rich Keefer hitting a homer, and manager Tony Sando hitting two round trippers. PG had no homers but solid hitting throughout the lineup. Janet Wood and super-sub Pablo Shook were each 4 for 4 and set the table for the top of the order with Carlos Cevallos, Gene Foreman, Oscar Castillo and Bob Porter all 4 for 5.
Thanks to Jimmie Martin for a fine job umpiring a long and late finishing game.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received