Cultura, under the leadership of their manager Randy Benge, have won the second season of 2019. After a rough start of the season, the entire team pulled together to march up the standings to end the season on top. Fantastic season, Cultura!
Winning is usually sweet, but sometimes bittersweet, and this game was one of the latter for PG. PG won a hard fought battle against CBI, but in so doing spoiled the playoff hopes of a fine team of friends. Both teams scored in almost every inning but timely defenses kept the scoring fairly low. Everyone on PG's roster had multiple hits or scored a run, including a bases loaded double by Michiko Lischin and a key two run single in the 8th inning by Larry Sebastian. Oscar Castillo led the hitting with a 4 for 4 cycle and Kevin Armentano was 3 for 4 with a homer. For CBI Al Cabacungan was 5 for 5 with a homer and manager Tony Sando was 4 for 4 with a homer. Thanks to Steve Berry for subbing as a bullpen pitcher for PG and to Joe Paul for filling in the outfield for CBI.
Thanks in part to some interesting pitching contributions from TPP and some fine hitting from DR, the final game of the season was a win for DR. The DR scored in every inning but one thanks to very active bats by the DR hitters. Bart Bartholomew and Kevin McBarron went 4/5. For TPP, Jonathan Brand went 3/3. All in all, a very good spirited final game from both teams. On a positive note, Barry Anderson did not get hurt at all today while playing third base. Go Barry, you found safe home in the hot corner.
Not wanting to take anything for granted in the race for the final playoff spots, VPS got their bats going early and often today at Calavera 3. Leading 13-0 after three innings and 16-2 after five, VPS comfortably closed out SS. Leading the way for VPS were Bob Buscher 3-3 with a double, Phil Heinz 3-3, Marlon Moore 2-3 with a double, Gary Linder 2-3 with a double, and Oscar Lara 2-3 with a double and triple. Once again Pete Zavala pitched a fine game backed by a solid defense. T-bone and Ray O'Toole were 2-3 for SS and Ernie Trujillo 2-2.
Nucci’s knew that the team had to win today to have a chance to make the playoffs and everyone came out swinging. NU made only one out in the first three innings and scored 15 runs to take a commanding 15-4 lead over Pizza Port Brewery at Calavera. PPB scored five runs in the top of the 7th to narrow the lead to 17-11, but NU scored four more runs to double up on PPB with a 22-11 win. After the game ended, NU found out that Carlsbad Inn had lost, which put NU into the playoffs. The team had a broad-based hitting attack today with all players having at least one hit. Dave Ash led all hitters, going 4 for 4, with two home runs and 5 RBIs. Don Schempp and Dwayne Zon also went 4 for 4. Dave Koch, Leigh Peterson and Marty Topper went 3 for 4, and Steve Sexton, Pete Penseyres, Greg Newman and Steve Wagner went 2 for 3. NU defense was solid all game. Dwayne Zon made several great running catches in right center, while Pete Penseyres snared two line drives at second. Lil Keehan and Pablo Shook again combined for another strong pitching performance. Barbie McCully was our cheerleader, as she had to sit out another game due to a flare up of her Sciatica. Hopefully, she will be able to play next week. Roney Lewis and Bob Blakely both went 4 for 4 and Gary McBride went 3 for 4 to lead the PPB hitters.
Starting at 10am at Alga 3
Starting at 10am at Alga 2
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