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 was held at Calavera Hills Community Center on November 6th at 11:30am. Click on the link below to see more about that meeting and more information about the trip and accommodations.
“Happy days are here again…,” as Worden Williams clinched a playoff spot by beating a very stubborn Landings team 17-13 and avenging an earlier 9th inning 1 run loss. Decimated by the absence of 4 players, Landings Manager Steve Newberg cobbled together a patchwork lineup that by any measure held up quite well until the bottom of the 8th inning, when WW drove across 5 runs to break a 12-12 tie.
Home runs by Mike Maltinsky, Wally Wallace and Dave Erwine (who never hit one that far when he played for me) were offset by 2 home runs by Jim Goertzen (one that was absolutely crushed and may be still rolling) and Brian Turner, both of whom went 4/4. Of equal note was a marvelous day at the plate by Tori Prince who hit 3 solid singles in 4 plate appearances, none of which were of the senior softball variety, and Johnny Brand, who was perfect at the plate. Defensively, a nice scoop at first base by Harry Peacock prevented a sure rally by The Landings.
Although the game was filled with mistakes by both teams, it is worth noting a quote by Oscar Wilde as it applies to senior softball (and I am slightly paraphrasing); “Experience is merely the name we give to our mistakes.”
Thanks to Dan Menendez for subbing and David Bentley for umpiring behind the plate.
Today the Draft beat the pants off of Carlsbad Inn. Now if that mental image doesn't make you cringe, you're beyond help.
At stake was the much coveted seventh place trophy in NCSS softball season 2. From the lofty perch that is seventh place a team can look down on the misbegotten peasants so very far below them. So how did this monster victory come about? "Goose" Barry Anderson was on the mound for CBI in the first four innings. His memorable performance held DR to a mere 19 runs (It's only possible to score twenty). Then "Prima" Donna Lorek came in as his relief pitcher. She gave up a whopping 2 runs for the remainder of the game. Girls rule, right Donna? Carlsbad Inn hitters were led by "I Love You, Honey" Leigh Peterson who had four hits and with Dave "The Rave" Bosque, "Smokin" Joe Gomez and "Easy" Mark Riserbato only making a single out each. "Easy" also pounded out two solo home runs.
The newly crowned imperial monarchs of seventh place, The Draft, had 4/4 hitting from Ken McGehee (who also stroked a homer. Seven other players only made a single out, including Margo Jacobo, Mike Endeman, Skip Moyer, Mike Brower, Jack Schwarzel and Russ Roopenian.
That brings my write-up season to a close. Again, don't forget to tip your waitress, unless of course she only has one leg.
Also, thanks to Joe Raffa for umpiring the game.
Why isn't Coach Codner's team Gaspar in the playoffs? They played like Champions today vs. #1 Village Pie Shop. VPS averages 21+ runs per game but was held to 17 at Alga Field today.
GA pitchers Mitch & Keefer were part of the reason. Giving VPS pitcher Bob Baptista a battle on the mound. Mitch blasted a HR over "Crash"
Porter's head and added multiple hits along with Bob Blachford and Scott Tatum.
When GA Dave Tansey gets a clean single....you know you are in trouble. It was the top of the 9th with the GA's tying run at 1st... but a long flyout saved the game for VPS.
Bob Porter retaliated back with his HR, along with Roger Tesi HR smash to the fence. VPS "super sub" Bruce Petz from Nucci's made a "major" contribution with his HR, going 4/4 and adding 4 RBIs! VPS big hitters were Phil Heinz, Porter & Al Castaneda.
Thank you Bill and your team for giving us a "wake up" call in preparing for the next week. Any given day you can lose...!
Yes... it was another enjoyable senior game with loads of comradery...nuff said
Hennessey’s has the lowest scoring defensive team in the league and PPB thinks they have a pretty darn good one too. So it was no surprise this was a low scoring affair out at Calavera today. But it was somewhat of a surprise that PPB could stretch out a 12-1 lead going into a flipped 9th inning before settling for a 12-3 win.
PPB’s pitcher Dave Surh had more strikeouts than earned runs and fielded the spot to perfection. Roney Lewis dominated the game by making play after play from all over the field. Anyone who has played infield at Calavera knows how difficult grounders can be. But Dan Griffin and Oscar Lara of Hennessey’s and Lewis and Dennis Rayford of PPB all conquered the Calavera infield to keep the offenses at bay. Lewis made the play of the game short hopping a wicked liner, stepping on 2nd base and firing a strike for a rarely seen double play on the speedy Marlon Moore.
Solid play from both outfields contributed with Marty Topper and Jay Cardona both spearing balls and Carlos Cevallos and Pat Driscoll taking a few back for Hennessey’s.
PPB built a slow and steady lead, scoring in every inning but with Janet Wood pitching one of her best games, they could never put the big inning together. Rick Shaw went 4/4, McBarron and Surh had 3 hits and Rayford chipped in with 4 RBI’s to help put just enough on the board to open the game up.
Pat Driscoll had 3 hits and John McDaniels drove in 2 in the 9th for Hennessey’s.
Both teams move on to the playoffs and hope to have another shot at each other!
Today at Alga 2, the hits just kept on coming for Gaspar (and not just from Mitch Anderson's boom box), and they inflicted a 26 to 20 loss on The Landings.
Bob Blachford (5-for-5, hit for the cycle, had a grand slam, and 8 RBIs), Mitch Anderson (4-for-4 with a home run), and Oscar Castillo (4-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs) all batted 1.000.
Bill Codner, "Steely" Dan Frye (a HR and triple), Richard Keefer, David Tansey, Larry Treppel, Tom Winterbourne, and David Hartzog all went 3-for-4. Sherre Lovick and Lloyd Thorne chipped in two hits apiece and the team batting average for the game was robust .731.
For the Landings, Donna Engleman went 4-for-4, including a double, and Mike Maltinsky hit a rocket, to right field that cleared the fence by ten feet.
CBI came out firing in this game at Alga, scoring 5 runs in three of the first four innings and taking a 15 to 8 lead over HEN. Rich Lavacot ended one of those innings with a long "wouldabeen" homer that drove in the fifth run. Steve Sexton was 4 for 4. HEN got their act together the rest of the way with the defense holding CBI scoreless the last five innings and the offense pounding hit after hit with two 6 run innings for a final score of 25 to 15.
John McDaniels was inserted into HEN's cleanup spot and responded with a 5 for 5 day with two homers and 9 RBIs. Marlon Moore, Pat Driscoll, Carlos Cevallos, Greg Lorton, and Dick Wood were all 4 for 5 with Dick's home run capping a six run inning in the 5th. Murray Levy found a new bat to his liking going 3 for 5 with four RBIs plus two long fly outs.
Despite the high score there were some noteworthy defensive plays. Marlon made a running over the shoulder catch in deep left and David Bosque copied that for CBI. Joe Gomez made two catches in right field from his knees (was he praying?). And Martin Wai made two fine catches of hard hit line drives to left field that ended the game.
Thanks to Roney Lewis for umpiring on his off day and a welcome back off the DL to Joe Raffa for coaching and umping at first base.
It took the 5th inning chasing the "sluggers".... Worden Williams, to have the home team VPS finally up by one run on a chilly day at Pine Field. Ms. Vicki's pitching continued silencing VPS bats with several big "Ks". But is was Bob Batista's pitching in the last 3 innings plus home runs by Delta Farrington, Joe Itson and Al Castaneda that put across 13 runs that made the difference.
And there was......John Cellini hitting multiple line drives up the middle. Johnny Brand "spinning" with the ball from the outfield a 98 mph throw to Rich Reynolds to catch Crash Porter at home plate. The "big play" was Brand hitting a "screamer" down the right baseline at little Roger Tesi at 1st who gloved it (to save his life!) that would have been a home run.
Another enjoyable Pine Field senior game with loads of comradery.
... nuff said
Nucci’s and the Draft played a very competitive game today at Calavera. DR took an early lead, but NU battled back to reduce the DR lead to 10-9 at the end of four and then tie the game 10-10 in the fifth. The teams remained deadlocked through seven, and then DR took a two-run lead in the top of the eighth. NU came back to score two in the bottom of the inning, with Ray Sutton hitting a deep fly to center and legging out a solo home run to tie the score at 12. NU then held DR scoreless in the top of the ninth. After being involved in a tie game two weeks ago, NU was determined to win this one. John Vivrett opened the inning with a single and speedy Dave Ash ran for him. With two out, Scott Hoover hit a line drive walk-off hit scoring Ash and giving NU a 13-12 victory.
In addition to the winning hit, Scott had two more hits to go 3 for 5. Paul Thomas went 3 for 4 with two triples, and Bruce Petz, Steve Wagner and John Vivrett also went 3 for 4. Dave Ash had an out-of-the park home run and a triple. Johnnie Martinez and Lil Keehan teamed up for another strong pitching performance, holding DR scoreless in five of the last six innings. The NU infield defense was superb today, turning four double plays to keep DR runners off the bases. Rover Bruce Petz was involved in each of the double plays, including two that were unassisted.
Super substitute Ernie Martinez went 4 for 4 to lead all DR hitters. Ruby Murphy went 3 for 3, and Dave Grull and Karen Smith went 3 for 4.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)