A close friendly game at Pine today, with VPS edging out Nuccis in the late game 15 to 8. Both teams participated in a joint batting practice at the far end of the field, enabling all of those that wanted to get some batting practice could, with the exception of Al Cabacungan who umpired the early game allowing our teams to start on time. THANK YOU Al!
Nuccis was lead by Jeff Gorman going his typical 4 for 4, Randy Benge batting in several runs and Nuccis infield turning numerous double plays. VPS was lead by 3 for 3 days from Dave Ash 2 HR’s, Paul Thomas 1 HR and Rich Berkeley with a double.
Thanks to Dennis Rayford for umpiring our game, though he did have to be reminded that the catcher must be on the strike mat when he catches a ball to call the runner out. 😊 Fine job Dennis, have to keep you on your toes!
Pizza Port Brewery started off fast today at Alga 2, taking a 5-1 lead over Gaspar in the first inning. PPB then scored another five runs in the 3rd to increase the lead to 10-2. The teams battled over the next few innings, with GA narrowing the lead to 13-12 after eight and tying the game at 13-13 in the top of the 9th. Then with two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Dave Granum hit a walk-off home run for the second straight game, a three-run blast that gave PPB a 16-13 victory.
The top half of the order had a great day at the plate. Dave Granum went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs, Don Schempp went 4 for 4, Steve Bartholomew and Roney Lewis both went 3 for 3, Bob Blachford went 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs and Brian Turner also went 3 for 4. Bob Baptista had another fine pitching performance. Steve Bartholomew made the defensive play of the game at third base, lunging to get a hard hit line drive on a short hop, tagging the base to get the runner coming from second and then throwing to second to double up the runner from first, who had not run thinking that the ball had been caught.
In his first game this season for GA, Jim Plotkin went 4 for 4 and hit for the cycle. Bob Buscher and Tom Winterbourne both went 3-4.
Thanks to Jimmy Giovinazo for umpiring the last four innings.
Never say die! Trailing 17-14 going into the top of the 9th, Worden Williams put a 10 spot on the board and came away with a 24-17 win over the Solana Spa for its first victory of the new season. The game was not for the faint of heart as the teams traded leads going into the 9th when WW put the first 8 batters on base and never looked back.
Leading the hitting onslaught was Gary McBride (6/6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) Dan Miserany (5/6, 5 runs 4 RBIs, HR), Ray O’Toole (4/5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs) and Hugh O’Neil (4/5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and clutch pitching), the latter two who have clearly debunked the Springsteen lyrics Of “Glory Days.” Solana Spa was led by Dale Miller (4/5), but despite scoring 17 runs, could not mount any offensive muscle in the 9th to match WW.
Much thanks to Al Cabacungan for his always flawless umpiring and to Barry Anderson who lent us a catcher after one of our players had to leave due to illness.
Plotkin Group was firing on all cylinders offensively and defensively today with a 20 to 9 win over the Draft. Both teams scored 4 runs in the 1st inning, but PG pushed across 16 more while holding DR to only 5 more in the final eight innings.
PG was led by Carlos Cevallos with two homers and Oscar Castillo 3 for 4 with a homer. Everyone got at least one hit for a team on-base percent of .674 with Bob Porter going 4 for 4 and Ken McGehee, Oscar Lara, Steve Oldfield and new player Martin Wai all going 3 for 3. Steve also made a great running catch of a line drive headed to the fence, and the infield turned at least three double plays.
Hitting stars for DR were Mike Maltinsky 3 for 4 with two homers, Jimmie Martin 4 for 4, and Greg Lorton 3 for 4.
Gaspar's first game of the season was a winner but not easy as Nuccis came back strong. The final score of 22-20 shows the grit of both teams.
Gary Mcbride, Bob Blakely, Ed Navarro, Gene La Chima and Marlene Hill all had homers for Gaspar. Bob Blakely, Tom Winterbourne and James Davis all went four for four.
Nuccis put forth a great effort with Randy Benge hitting two dingers and going four for five along with Joe Maher, Mike Endeman. Lil contributed to the effort going three for three.
The weather was relatively warm at Alga Norte but the bats for both teams were hot. CBI that prevailed in this hard-fought game between two teams determined to put a “W” in the win column.
Good hitting by both teams dominated the game. VPS set the bar high by scoring five runs in their first at bat. CBI answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. CBI bats fell silent in the second and third innings while VPS bats continued to increase their lead and run the score up to 8 to 3 in their half of the 3rd inning. CBI answered back with five runs in their [bottom] of the 4th inning tying the game at 8 all. CBI continued to score in every inning thereafter maintaining a lead until VPS came up in the top of the 9th inning; VPS threatened in the top of the ninth inning by tying the game at 19 all. In the CBI bottom of the 9th inning, with bases loaded and two outs, Rick Shaw drilled a single to left field hitting a walk-off base hit to drive in the go-ahead run. Whew, this was a nail-biter.
Thanks go out to Dennis Poulson for playing on behalf of CBI and thanks to David Bentley for umpiring a fine game.
Today was a tale of two games for Pizza Port Brewery. After trailing the Draft 9-0 after the top of the 4th, PPB finally started to hit. The team scored one in the bottom of the 4th and five in the 5th to narrow the DR lead to 9-5. DR then scored another four runs in the 6th to increase the lead to 13-5. However, those were the final runs DR would score. PPB came back to score three in the 7th and five in the 8th to tie the game 13-13. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Dave Granum hit a two-run walk-off homer to give PPB a 15-13 win.
Leading the hitting attack were Dave Granum, who went 3 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs, Brian Turner, who went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, and Roney Lewis, who went 3 for 3. Scott Tatum and Don Schempp also went 3 for 4. Jack Million contributed a monstrous three-run homer in the five-run 8th inning. Bob Baptista did a great job of pitching today, improving as the game progressed. The infield turned three double plays, and Joe Gomez made several stellar plays, including a leaping catch of a line drive. Jack Million in right and Dave Granum in center, both caught long fly balls, and Bob Blachford made a running shoe-string catch in left-center to save an extra-base hit.
The leading hitters for DR were Jim Goertzen and Mike Maltinsky, who both went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Gary Soper, who went 3 for 3.
Many thanks to Steve Sexton for a fine job of umpiring.
Solana Spa began the game with a 3 run rally and TPP responded with 6 straight hits to take a 5-3 in the first and it looked like it was going to be a shootout. But then ace pitchers Barry Anderson and Mitch “The Pitch” Anderson started throwing their usual assortment of filth and it became a defensive battle.
Mark Forster hit the first of his two HRs in a 4/4 day to give TPP the lead that would have been larger if not for the stellar play of Spa’s 3rd baseman Greg “Brooks” Newman who made a series of nifty catches and throws. Ray Kusmer in a 4/4 day blasted a couple of deep drives to keep the score close at 10-6, but TPPs Marty Topper had 6 nice putouts to help quell any rallies. TPP extended the lead when Lucky Bishop drilled a ball to the fence and did his best Pablo Shook impression in turning a HR into a triple. Joe Kahn launched one onto the grass and TPP was up 13-7. TPP blew it open late when Kevin McBarron and Forster hit back to back HRs. McBarron went 4/4 and hit for the cycle and Kevin Armentano also went 4/4.
Some true NCSS humor occurred on a close play at first. Neil Cohen popped a spinner up to second baseman Rich Reynolds. The ball glanced off the glove and rolled away. As Rich adjusted his weight, tightened his shoes, checked the hair coming thru his helmet, and began to negotiate his way towards the spinning ball, Cohen was just finding his second gear down the line. 14 seconds later the throw and Cohen converge on first base for a close “OUT” call. Immediately the TPP bench cried “He was Safe-We want a replay”, to which Spa responded “Whatya mean, you already saw the play in slow motion!!”
Thanks to Skip Moyer for helping set up the fields today (and allowing Barry to take credit for it).
Standings are posted after all scores have been received