Something had to give, as two teams without a win, faced off. VPS came out "smoking", scoring 5 runs in the first. However, PPB took the initial blow, then played "rope a dope", holding VPS scoreless for 6 straight innings. In the meantime, they slowly built a comfortable lead. Then VPS woke from their RIP VAN WINKLE like nap and scored 11 runs in the last two innings to take a 1 run lead into the bottom of the 9th. However, Gary McBride, Rony Lewis and Max Isbell got consecutive hits to have the winning run on third with only one out. GAME OVER. Not so fast, crafty veteran Pete Zavala induced a strike out. Now the pressure was on Mike Weinrich to deliver. He hit one of those balls that gives infields fits, as it was knuckling/curving all over the place, resulting in the winning run crossing the plate. This was a "welcome home Gary McBride", as PPB had lost two 1 run games previously. But with Gary in the line-up, those fortunes flipped. McBride and Lewis each had 4 hits with Bob Blakely hitting a HR. For VPS, Jeff Gorman and SUB David Bentley each had 3 hits. Dom Domaguin delivered a HR for VPS.
Nucci’s started strong today against That Pizza Place, scoring five runs in the first inning on six hits with no outs. NU continued the hitting attack with the top of the order scoring five runs again in the third and fifth innings, including two home runs in the fifth, and came away with an 18-8 victory. Dwayne Zon lead the NU hitting, going 4 for 4 and hitting for the cycle. Pete Penseyres and Steve Sexton also went 4 for 4 and Steve Wagner went 3 for 3. Dave Ash went 3 for 4 with a home run and Dave Koch and Don Schempp also went 3 for 4. The third base bag played an unusual part in two NU hits today with Steve Wagner’s line drive hitting the bag and popping up over the 3rd baseman’s head, and Don Schempp’s drive also hitting the bag. The pitching tandem of Lil Keehan and Pablo Shook did a great job holding down the TPP hitters. NU also had some great defensive plays to keep runners off the bases, including spectacular running catches by Dave Ash in right center and Don Schempp at rover. Our thanks to Jeff Jacobs for substituting today. Wally Wallace went 4 for 4 to lead all TPP hitters. Barry Anderson, TPP’s manager, was heard to say the TPP was rejoicing that they had played their last early game. Many thanks to Bob Baptista and Roney Lewis for umpiring.
Plotkin Group finally got some players back and managed to put one in the win column with a 23 to 13 victory over Cultura. PG hit .661 as a team with everyone getting at least one hit and Rich Berkeley and Ron Silverman leading the pack with 5 for 5 days, Jerry Galiley, Kevin Armentano, Scott Koopsen and Ray Kusmer were all 4 for 4 with Jerry, Kevin and Scott knocking home runs. Janet Wood pitched a great game with solid defense behind her, limiting CU to six innings of shutout ball. For CU, Bob Porter hit three homers with only Rich Berkeley's glove in deep center preventing a fourth. Brian Turner and Bill Kutzner were 4 for 4 including a homer by Brian. Thanks to Dan Miserany for subbing for PG and making several nice running catches in right center.
Today was a beautiful summer day at Calavera field in Carlsbad. The skies were a nice blue and the ocean breezes keep coming. Team Purple scored 2 in the first and never looked back. The Draft kept things close for 5 innings at 8 – 6 in favor of Team Purple. Then Team Purple put up 12 more in the last 4 innings and ace Rich Keefer shut down The Draft to get the win. The Draft had three people who did very well at the plate. In the Draft 3-4 club were Dave Grull, Ernie Martinez with an off the fence double and Bill Garner with a nice left field triple. Team Purple had many contributors at the plate as well. Two players with a perfect 5-5 day were Ken Mcgehee including a solid triple and t-Bone 3 singles and 2 doubles. Also solid performances by David Ward 4-5 and Joe Maher 3-4 with a nice double and Ernie Trujillo going 3-4 and making some nice plays in centerfield.
This could be a long write-up, but what would you expect from a game with 55 runs scored. PG jumped out to an 18 to 10 lead after five innings, but then the wheels nearly fell off when one of our players had to leave at 11:00. CBI stormed back and tied the game at the end of eight innings. PG scored two in the top of the ninth, then got the first two outs in the bottom half before Barb Pardo kept the game alive with a solid single over shortstop. That brought up the top of CBIs lineup which knocked in a run and had the tying run on third when Ron Silverman made a game saving stab of a hard line drive to end the game. Ron was a star on offense as well as he and Ray Kusmer, Steve D'Agostino, and super-sub Bob Porter were all 6 for 6. Bob had the only two homers of the game and drove in 8 runs. There was no lack of hitting on the CBI side either with Dan Miserany and Jeff Jacobs going 5 for 5 and Dan Griffin 5 for 6. It was too bad anyone had to lose because both teams fought hard and were exhausted by the end.
The definition of Deja vu is "a feeling of already have witnessed a situation". And that is what PPB has had for 4 games. Each game has been a 1 run affair. But this one was really a GROUND HOG DAY. Tue. PPB blew a 7 run lead in the 9th, but pulled it out. They topped themselves today blowing a 10 run lead in the 9th, but pulled it out also. The bottom of the 9th was quite an adventure. With the winning run on third and no one out, Gary McBride singled sharply to the outfield. Game over. Not so fast. The runner from third was seen prancing, skipping might of even thrown in a somersault on his way to the plate. Dave Ash who never gives up, threw a strike to nab the befuddled runner. No worries, Rony Lewis plated Bob Blakely for the winning run. WHEW!! Leading the offense for PPB was Lewis, McBride and Blakely. Tom Winterbourne hit one to the fence and did his best "Chester from Gunsmoke", as he made it all the way home on an injured hamstring. Dave Koch homered for Nuccis as did Steve Sexton. Steve would of had a second home run, but his pants fell down around his ankles going into 3rd. Nuccis apparently is pitching in to buy Steve a belt. LOL
It was a hot one today over at Alga. It wasn’t just the temperatures but also the bats of both teams that were hot as well. A total of 36 runs were plated in this game. Team Purple lead 6-0 after 2 and was never behind the whole game. By the end of 5, the score was tied 9-9 but that’s when the “Purple Reign” poured on the after burners and scored 15 runs in the next 3 innings to win the game 24 – 12. David Bosque started out with 2 home runs and had a great 4-5 day. Chuck Dodd was 4-5 and Ray O’Toole was also 4-5 with a slick double. Village Pie had some great hitting as well. Gary Linder had 2 home runs and a triple while Mark Forster hit for the cycle and went 5-5. Pete Zavala chipped in a home run down the left field line. Special thanks to Karen Smith (who had a double) and Joe Paul (4-4) for subbing for VPS. Special thanks to Mike Endeman for subbing for Solana Spa. Eddie Gillette did a wonderful job calling balls and strikes.
This was a well-fought, playground game throughout the entire nine innings. The score teeter tottered back and forth between these two competitive teams with no more than three runs separating the two teams in any given inning. In the end The Draft was able to hang on and record another win. The Draft OBP was just under .700 with their bats recording some fine hitting and scoring in every inning but the 2nd. Home runs by Dave Grull, Bob Fell and Rick Shaw helped contribute to a win along with some fine hitting. Bill Garner, Ernie Martinez and Rick Shaw each went five for five on the day. Jimmie Martin, Greg Lorton and Dave Grull each hit three for four. For TPP, Jonathan Brand and Mike Martelli hit four for four. Scott Tatum hit two “virtual” home runs but because the fifth run of each inning scored in front of him, Scott ended his running at third.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received