We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it. — Tony Gwynn and the 2023 edition of the San Diego Padres
"I told my wife she should embrace her mistakes. She gave me a hug." – Unknown
I have to admire the Plotkin Group. Despite being undermanned and missing two highly talented players, they displayed great skill and determination but were overwhelmed by a team that for the second game in a row, hit a team average .700. The final score was 27-18 in favor of Worden Williams but was closer than the score indicates. It was only in the last few innings that WW was able to pull away.
Worden Williams' hitters were in top form, with all 12 players recording at least one hit. Both Cord Cameron and, Dan Akers, WW’s newest addition, were a perfect 4/4 with Cord hitting a home run and four RBIs. Said Akers about his performance; "I'm just happy to be here, hope I can help the team." Dave Ash continued to exhibit his powerful hitting abilities, smashing a home run and amassing an impressive seven RBIs.
Leading the charge for the Plotkin Group were sub Rod Johnson and Marty Topper, both boasting perfect records of 4/4 and 5/5 respectively. Additionally, Bob Blatchford, Leo McFall, Jack Schwarzel, and sub Dan Menendez contributed to the team's effort by hitting home runs.
With their playoff spot secured and hopes of maintaining third place, Joe Paul, the manager of Worden Williams, emphasized the importance of taking each game as it comes, stating, "We need to focus on playing one game at a time."
The game was tied 10 to 10 after the second inning and we thought we may end in a 45 to 45 tie. But I guess everyone wanted to go home at some point. So the bats cooled down for the next 3 innings and we were tied again at 13 to 13 through 5.
It was a very close game for the next 4 innings with The Draft holding on to a 4 run lead in the last inning thanks to good pitching by Pat Steele and great defense by Marlon Moore, Delta Farrington, and yes Bob Porter.
Leigh Peterson led the team with 2 home runs, 6 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. Dan Smith, Marlon Moore, and David Bently added home runs along with a triple from Delta Farrington. Dan went 4 /4, Marlon was 4/5, Leigh was 4/5, and David was 3/4. Phil Kay was 2/2 until he had to leave the game with a injured hand. It was a total team effort to score 25 runs against such a good team. Thank you to Phil M for substituting for us.
For Pizza Port:
Jimmy Smyth, Steve Newberg, Rich Lavacot, Jerry Baliley, and Steve Sexton were all 4/5 and 3 RBIs each. Michael Judilo was 3/4 with 2 RBI’s , Gordan Recht was 4/5 and mark Riserbato was 3/5.
Thank you Al for umping.
After snapping an eleven game losing streak with a victory on Tuesday, Gaspar made it two in a row defeating VPS on maybe their best offensive game of the season. VPS plated 4 runs in the first but Gaspar answered with 5 of their own. Gaspar kept stretching the lead and were well in front 23-8 after six innings. Bob Baptista pitched a great game containing the big bats of VPS.
Perfect days at the plate were Skip Moyer 5-5, sub Roney Lewis 5-5, and Ron Silverman 4-4. Rick Skidmore, Al Galaviz, and Bob Baptista were 4-5. Roney and Al hit home runs.
VPS got home runs from Ken McGehee and sub David Ward. Both teams turned double plays and had several web gems.
Thanks to David and Karen Smith as subs for VPS and Roney Lewis who subbed for Gaspar.
Rich Keefer and Steve Berry are quick workers who throw strikes and the 90 minutes it took to complete today's game is proof. The other contributing factor was the Hennessy offense did not quite manage to get going.
The game was not without some bright spots for Hennessey’s, David Bosque hit 3 for 3 and made a very tough shoestring catch in right center. Jeff Jacobs also made a similar shoestring catch in left.
Carlsbad Inn showed some defensive sparkle turning 3 double plays and Roger Kroger going high at 1st base to snag a line drive.
Randy Benge, Randy Agadoni, David Hartzog and Paul Thomas all homered for CBI. Oscar Castillo hit 3 for 3 and Randy Agadoni hit 4 for 4. Roger Kroger, David Hartzog, Paul Thomas and Don Schempp all hit 3 for 4. Tom Winterbourne hit 2 for 3.
The two teams at the bottom of the standings played today at Calavera, with Gaspar the winner over Plotkin Group 21-12. GA ended an 11-game losing skid with its first victory since beating PG back on March 2nd. GA took a 5-3 lead in the first inning and never trailed in the game, scoring in all but one inning.
The GA bats really came alive today with Craig Wheatcroft leading the team, going 5 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Jeff Payton went 4 for 4, Al Galaviz went 4 for 5 with 6 RBIs and Rick Skidmore, Mike Henderson and Bob Baptista also went 4 for 5. Skip Moyer, Dan Hacker and Sherre Lovick all went 3 for 5. Bob Baptista had an excellent day pitching and the defense was solid, with the infield turning three double plays to keep runners off the bases.
Jack Schwarzel led the PG hitters, going 4 for 4. Brian Turner went 4 for 5 and Dave Grull and Mary Ann O’Brien went 3 for 4.
PG thanks Oscar Castillo and Margo Jacobo for substituting today.
Pizza Jump out to a big lead 14-1 and held on for a 18-7 victory. Hennessey's was hitting shots all over the field, but the Brew Crew was sober and catching just about everything hit. Pizza Port infield, pitching and outfield was amazing. Henneysees played good defense and had good pitching, but the Brew Crew was slamming balls all over Pine Park lead by Jimmy Smyth 4/4 HR + 4 RBI, Rich Lavacot 4/4, Bob Loperena 3/4, Mark Riserbato 3/4, Steve Sexton 3/4 HR + 4 RBI, Dale Miller 3/4, Steve Newberg 3/4 and John McDaniels 3/3
Henneysees couldn’t find many holes until the last 3 innings leading the way was Oscar Lara 4/4, Gary Soper 3/4 HR, Mike Brower 3/4, Dave Bosque 3/4 & Pat Driscoll made some fine catches along with PPB Steve Sexton & Steve Newberg.
Big praise for Hennessey's Janet Wood and Bill Witte staying after the game to collect next season player signup sheets and fees.
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes." Oscar Wilde
"He slides into second with a stand-up double." Jerry Coleman
Senior softball games can be won in various ways, such as strong hitting, solid fielding, and consistent performance from the lower half of the lineup. Worden Williams demonstrated all three elements in their impressive 25-12 victory over Village Pie Shoppe. Despite a shaky start in the field, Worden Williams relied on their powerful offense to secure the win, scoring 5 runs in four different innings and 4 runs in another, out of the 8 times they came up to bat. The bottom part of their batting order, consisting of Cord, Linda, Dan A, Dan G, Rich, and Lloyd, collectively maintained an impressive .700 batting average, while the top order contributed with a .750 average, including 2 home runs by Dave Ash. Pitcher Ken Thompson delivered an outstanding performance, shutting out Village Pie Shoppe in the last 5 innings, well-supported by a strong defensive effort.
Village Pie Shoppe managed to keep the game close for the first 5 innings, trailing by only 4 runs. However, Worden Williams' relentless offensive display, impeccable defense, and exceptional pitching allowed them to eventually pull away. Mike Maltinsky stood out for Village Pie Shoppe, going 4 for 4 at the plate.
Both teams showcased their defensive prowess throughout the game, with two noteworthy infield plays—one by each team. Ken McGehee and Gene Foreman deserve recognition for their outstanding contributions in the field.
Thanks to Steve Relth and Bill Codner for subbing and Roney Lewis for umping.
Nucci's was not able to get into their dugout due to some unwelcoming ballplayers know as "BEES". (See picture below.)
A large beehive was at the entrance by first base. We weren't sure if our opponents had placed them there.
But Nucci's bees wasn't going to miss this game, so we put all of our equipment outside by the bleachers.
The game was very close thru out all the innings. The draft took the lead in 5th inning 10-6 Nucci's answered back scoring 1 run in the top of the 6th and scoring five in the 7th with Tom Carney's homerun. The Draft was held scoreless in 6,7,8 and 9th inning. Nucci's bats were alive scoring 4 in the 8th and another 3 in the ninth to secure the win.
Rod Johnson was 4/5 with 3 RBI's, Laurie Mills 2/5, Tom Carney 4/5, 6 RBI'S, Dave Ward 4/5, Al Cabacungan 3/5, Kirsten Mildbrandt 3/4, Joe Dimambro 2/4 1 RBI, Dan Menendez 3/4 3 RBI'S, Sheree Parsons 3/4 2 RBI's, Karen Smith 2/4 1 RBI
Leigh Peterson, 1 HR, Dan Smith 3/4, Delta Farrington and David Bentley were 2/3
Thanks to David Hartzog for subbing
A Big thanks to Rick Shaw for umpiring.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)
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