It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Ernie Trujillo passed peacefully Wednesday morning.
Ernie was in his home with his wife Grace and family members by his side. Grace told us that he had battled cancer for a long time, but was pretty lucid until he went to sleep last night and died at 7 this morning.
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 30th, starting at 1pm.
The services will be held at
St Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church
located at 6628 Santa Isabel St
Al Cabacungan is planning another trip to Kauai for a senior softball challenge!
Al will again look into Oceanfront room upgrades at the Sheraton Resort.
A special meeting will be held at Calavera Hills Community Center on Saturday, November 6th at 11:30am to provide more information and to answer any questions you may have.
The game between Nucci’s and Landings today at Alga 3 was a back-and-forth battle, with NU outlasting LA to win 13-12.
NU took an early 3-2 lead in the first inning, but LA quickly tied the score at 3 all. Both teams scored three runs in the fourth inning to keep the game tied. NU scored three more runs in the sixth and four in the seventh to take a 13-9 lead. NU then held off a late LA rally in the last two innings to get the victory.
Bill Kutzner returned from vacation and led all hitters, going 5 for 5. Dave Ash went 4 for 4, with three triples, four runs and four RBIs. Dave Buck, John Quigley and substitute Rich Keefer all went 3 for 4. Johnnie Martinez pitched the entire game and had another solid performance. The defense played very well today, particularly the infield, which turned two double plays.
Mike Maltinsky led the LA hitters, going 4 for 4 with two home runs. Dave Erwine was 3 for 4 and Ray Kusmer hit a home run.
Four days before Halloween, the Villagers felt secure sitting in first place. They have attacked all threats with torches and pitchforks with great success ... until today ... until Draftula returned from the dead. Rising from its coffin in the cellar, this new horror has been defeating good teams with alarming regularity. Today as they pulled ahead in the third, DR never looked back. They were ahead by nine in the eighth and tacked on five more in the ninth. Keith Richards' three run home run in the bottom of the final inning was the last gasp of VPS before expiring from loss of blood.
The winners had 4 for 5 performances from Skip Moyer, Mike Brower, Pete Lindner and Bill Witte. Mike and Pete each hit a home run. Village Pie Shoppe had perfect hitting by lead off Philip Heinz and Jeff Gorman, Roger Tesi and Keith Richards only made one out apiece.
VPS coach Pablo Shook filed a complaint that this writer was too loquacious (that means wordy, Paul). So I finish simply ... with a smile, oh, and ... LAST TOUCH!
Nip and tuck would best describe the game between 3rd place Hennessey’s (HEN) and 5th place Worden Williams (WW). From the 5th through the 8th inning, the teams were no further than 2 runs apart until the 9th , when WW broke it open with 6 runs and walked off with the win, 21-15.
Despite WW’s hitting barrage; the first 7 WW batters collectively were responsible for only 6 outs, including a line shot homerun over the fence at Calavera by Jim Goertzen but HEN never let up and kept it close until the 9th.
Some very nice defensive plays were made by Ed Navarro, Tori Prince and Bob Buscher who, inter alia, doubled the runner at first to end the game. Harry Peacock who has been out for a couple of games, came by for moral support and as umpire as well as showing off his stitches after successful leg surgery.
HEN hitting was led by Carlos Cevallos, John Mc Daniels and Dan Griffin who also made a diving stop in the hole at shortstop to save at least one run. A web gem by Dick Wood to double the runner off first snuffed out another WW rally. Patrick Driscoll provided the power side of HEN’s hitting with a smash to the outfield wall for a homerun.
All and all, a well-played game by two evenly matched teams.
PPB came out of the gate with 5 runs in the top of the first and kept pounding the ball today against an undermanned CBI. CBI was missing several key players and didn’t have the firepower needed to hang in there today.
PPB’s top 7 batters went 24 for 27 and they were helped by HRs from Roney Lewis, Bob Green, Jon Musselman and Marty Topper. The game was shortened to 8 innings but not before CBI had a late rally led by Barry Anderson peppering the right side of the field in a 4 for 4 day as well as a HR from Dave Bosque and another HR turned double from Rod Johnson, who went 3 for 3 and a walk.
Thanks to Steve Sexton for umping and Scott Tatum and Bill Codner for filling in a very shorthanded CBI team.
In a shortened 8 inning game today at Pine field The Landings bats were hot today when they took on Carlsbad Inn. CBI was held scoreless the first 4 innings while The Landings put up 15 runs.
Mighty Mike Maltinsky continued his HR streak and was joined by Ray Kusmer who went 3/3 with a home run. Not to be outdone, Dave Erwine had a 3/3 day with 2 home runs. Steve Berry and Ron Silverman also had 3/3 games. Daring Donna Engleman ripped one to right field and tore around first base toward 2nd where she crossed the line and (coulda, shoulda, woulda) had a triple if only she hadn't gone back to touch the base where, it appeared, she stepped on a glob of bubble gum and her foot stuck to the bag. Truth be told, she was elated to have made it as far as second base and didn't want to press her luck.
Barry Anderson played (stood) the whole game out in left field for CBI, with arms crossed and eyes closed, just daring a Lander to hit to him, only to continue standing in left field when the ball actually came his way.
Final score was The Landings 20, CBI 5.
Many thanks to both Steve Sexton and Tony Sandos who were both sidelined with injuries for a masterful job of umpiring.
Today's game was at Calavera 2, 12 hours after it rained. The infield was damp but smooth, but the outfield ... They mowed right before the game, but that exposed the bare spots between the tufts of grass. The result - hits to the outfield jumped around like water skeeters and after dodging past the hapless outfielder, they rolled to the fence. The visiting Draft started with five in the first and kept the lead through the third. Gaspar held a slim lead for the next two innings and DR pulled in front for good in the sixth. The win was a team effort as Dale Miller was all hits and Russ Roopenian, Mike Brower, Mike Endeman and Karen Smith only made a single out apiece.
Gaspar's third baseman, David Hartzog, got four hits in four at bats and at one point hit a foul ball so far over the fence in left it landed in a different zip code (and scared the Alpo out of an unsuspecting dog nearby). Mitch Anderson, Bob Blachford, Jerry Galiley and Oscar Castillo each made only a single out. Said Mr. Castillo also wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Hitter with two home runs.
Finally, a word about one of the two stellar pitchers for Gaspar, Rich Keefer. When you step to the plate, Rich holds the ball right before his eyes and stares over the top at you. He holds that stare a long time, long enough for all your muscles to clinch - we're talking ALL your muscles: pecs, abs, gluts, sphincter, you name it. Now try to hit in that condition. Once past your final at bat with Gaspar's pitchers from hell, your sense of relief is palpable. It was great to see Bill and K.C. Laird taking in the ballgame today - two beloved members of the NCSS family.
Pizza Port held off a determined Nucci’s rally today for a 19-16 win at Alga. PPB hammered out 5 runs in the first and built a 16-7 lead. Roney Lewis and Gene LaChimia had 4/4 days and Sub Jim Goertzen added a HR to help push PPB ahead.
But Nuccis rallied with a spurt of HRs by Sub Brian Turner, Paul Thomas and a screamin tweener by the Sub Speedy Joe Paul to close the gap. PPB added some insurance runs with Jonnie Johnson starting a late rally with a clean single, Bob Greens 4 RBIs’ and Hugh O’Neils three big hits to make it 19-15 going into the top of the 9th.
Nucci’s got a Lil Keenan single to help push across another run and threatened with the heart of their lineup at bat but PPB was able to make just enough plays to come out ahead.
When these two teams met twice before, a total of 4 runs separated their final scores.
Hennessey's... the league's leading scoring defense (217 runs) met its match on Alga #2 Field. Their big hitters was Dan Griffin's home run + going 5/5 followed by who..? Barb Pardo's hitting blast for a solid 3/4, helped by Daniels & Oscar's 4/5 effort.
Ms. Wood's pitching lead through the 4th inning challenged VPS bats but then the 5 run innings started. Bob Paptista pitching took control and shut down HEN bats with "again" VPS stanch defense.
The hitting highlight for VPS was lil Al Castaneda hitting two HR for 8 RBIs and going 3/3! The 47 total hits were spread over all 14 VPS batters.
Another enjoyable senior game with loads of comradery....nuff said
Standings are posted after all scores have been received