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.
I will spare you the details of the first four innings of today's game because someone out there may suffer from chronic gag reflex syndrome. Suffice it to say the score at that point was 16 - 3 Draft. Had WW manager Joe Paul been questioned right then about his team's execution he would have said, "Oh, I'm in favor of it." Then something happened to kindle a bit of fire under the law dogs. Perhaps Mgr. Joe suggested that if play quality didn't improve, he would send Jonathan Brand to each of their houses to discuss it with them. Whatever it was, Worden Williams won the remainder of the game 9 - 1, not enough for a victory but enough to recapture their dignity and preserve domestic tranquility.
There were no home runs in the game. The Draft had perfect hitting from Walt Webber and all but one hits from Ken McGehee, Dale Miller, Skip Moyer, Mike Endeman and Ruby Murphy. Worden Williams had perfect batting from Ed Navarro and all but one hits from Bob Buscher, Rich Reynolds and Brian Turner.
And so, another quality opponent has been apprehended. "Book 'em Dano, murder one." Thanks to our very own Rainbow Warrior, Al Cabacungan, for calling the game.
Today at Pine a short-handed Hennessey's took on a nearly full Gaspar with the result being a 22 to 11 win for HEN, Thanks to manager Bill Codner for loaning HEN a catcher throughout the game and a right fielder the last inning when another HEN player had to leave early.
It was a pretty quick, crisply played game with a total of five 5 run innings and eight shutout innings between the two teams. GAS had no solution to the top of HEN's lineup with Pat Driscoll, Marlon Moore and Dan Griffin all going 5 for 5, followed by Carlos Cevallos going 4 for 5 and Oscar Lara 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs. The bottom half chipped in some timely hits and drove in another 6 runs.
HEN's infield defense was solid with at least four double-plays and the outfield made several great catches of long fly balls. GAS only got to bat around three times with Rich Keefer, Oscar Castillo and Scott Tatum all going 3 for 3.
The Landings came out of the gate fast today and once again provided a major test for PPB. Mike Maltinsky hit the first of his two homers (and a triple) and Ray Kusmer had one of his 4 hits roll to the fence as The Landings jumped out to a 5-2 lead.
They continued in the 2nd and 3rd with Gary Soper hitting the gap for a HR, Wally Wallace going 5-5 and Steve Berry adding 4 hits to push the spread to 13-2 before PPB knew what hit them. But PPB got back in the game by steadying their defense and putting some hits of their own together.
Kevin McBarron went 5/5 and Dennis Rayford 4/4 as PPB clawed their way back into a 13-13 tie in the 6th. Then down 15-13 PPB got 4th hits from Ernie Martinez, Jon Musselman and an 2 run RBI single from Marty Topper to grab the lead. Bob Greens 5th hit was a triple and 5th RBI and Roney Lewis 4th hit drove in some insurance runs as PPB held a late Landings rally off to win the game 25-20.
At today's game at Calavera, both teams were short-handed: Nucci's was missing 4 regulars, but got Jeff Gorman and Mary Ann O'Brien to sub; CBI was short 3 players, but got a last-minute sub, Bob Baptista who did an excellent job pitching the whole game.
But despite playing with 2 subs, Nucci's--led by 4 for 4 hitting by both Dave Ash (including 3 homers) and Scott Hoover and 3 for 3 by Lil Keehan--started the game on fire, building a 10 to 1 lead in the 3rd.
Then things got even worse for CBI as a twirling fly hit CBI's rover Rich Lavacot right in the nose and he had to leave the game to seek medical treatment (Check out the Photo Gallery). But instead of giving up, CBI--led by a 5 for 5 day from Ray O'Toole and by 6 RBIs from Barry Anderson--scored 16 runs in the next 4 innings to take a 17-16 lead going into the 8th.
In the top of the 8th, Dave Ash hit his 3rd homer with a man on to put Nucci's up 18-17, and the score stayed that way until with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th Joe Gomez stroked a single up the middle to bring in Steve Sexton and tie the game, and that's the way it ended.
A drama-filled game, but well played by both teams, with a big thanks to Lil for loaning CBI a rover after Rich went down.
If the world had any poetic justice at all, Pete Lindner would play for Landings. I mean, who but a commercial pilot could make for non-stop happy Landings? But, alas, it was not meant to be. Today Pete Lindner played for the Draft and batted 4 for 4 with 3 home runs and so many RBIs I don't have enough fingers to count them. His hits were so deep they qualify for frequent flier miles.
Even with so much help for the visitors on offense, the game was not a sure thing. The Draft led the whole way, but never by more than five, and at the end of the eighth they only led by two. DR scored two in the ninth and LAN could not respond. The relatively low score reflects excellent defensive play by both teams. This makes the game a lot more fun to play. Four Draft hitters only made a single out, including Margo Jacobo, Dale Miller and Karen Smith. Landings also had four players only making one out: Gary Soper, Mike Maltinsky, Steve Newberg and Jeff Jacobs. Gary, Mike and Steve each added a home run.
One final note for all the women out there. Pete Lindner, in addition to his all-world athleticism, is also good-looking and smart ... There's so few of us left ...
Down by 7 with 2 innings to go, Nucci’s, missing 4 key players, fought back to within 1 run, 14-13, but came up short, as they were defeated by Worden Williams 17-13 in another close Senior League contest.
Nucci’s was led by a home run by Dave Ash and Ray Sutton’s perfect day at the plate. Hard luck play of the game was a hit by Paul Thomas that would have been a home run and driven in 3 runs except that it found the only hole in the Alga 3 fence for a ground rule double. Paul was heard to mutter that he would have had better luck if he had bought a lottery ticket.
On the winning side, WW’s Steve D’Agostino and Bob Buscher continued their hot hitting, each going 4/4. Johnny Brand in the leadoff spot homered for WW. Harry Peacock, returning from leg surgery, hit his first double of the year, scampering around first base and beating the throw to second by a hair.
Overall, solid hitting and fielding for Worden Williams kept Nucci’s in check, which despite its best efforts, never led in the game. The win was WW’s third in a row and moved them into sole possession of the last playoff spot and one game behind 3rd place Hennessey’s.
Many thanks to Patrick Driscoll and Barbara Pardo for subbing for Nucci’s and also David Bentley who umped the entire game.
The CBI warriors tried. They stayed in the game to the end. Many were physically hurting from old and new aggravating injuries. CBIs last two games reflect the seriousness of their dilemma to put a fully healthy competitive team on the field.
Like their past games, VPS took advantage of CBIs weakness and scored frequently. Nuff said.....
PPB fielded a very talented lineup at Alga today. Then they watched as an unfazed Gaspar team shut them down for most of the game before a late rally pulled it out for Pizza Port.
Gaspar had leads of 3-2, 5-4, 7-5 and 12-7 on the strength of Bob Blachford’s 5/5 and Tom Winterborne’s 4/4. But PPB kept chipping away, getting HRs from Marty Topper and Gene LaChimia to get within 12-11. Both teams hit into several double plays and both teams defenses made big plays to throw out multiple runners on the bases. The game stayed tight into the 8th inning when Bob Green hit his 2nd HR of the game and Jon Musselman's 4th hit of the game drove in important insurance runs as PPB went into the 9th with a 19-14 lead.
Gaspar gave it one last push as the bottom of the lineup came up with clutch hits to get the score to 19-15 with bases loaded and just one out and the meat of Gaspar lineup due up. But PPB was able to get the last outs and secure the win. It was a well-played and tight game that was fun to be a part of!
Thx to Dan Griffin for subbing for PPB and playing his usual stellar D.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received