It is with a heavy heart to announce our former teammate, Ed Elliot, passed away on Tuesday, January 17.
Ed's wife, Pat, has planned a memorial service for Ed, and a luncheon at her home afterwards. Pat said there will be plenty of food for any of Ed's softball friends that can make it.
Memorial to be held on Wednesday, Feb 1st, from 9 to 12 at Allen Brothers Mortuary, 435 N. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92069. Pastries and coffee will be served at 10 am.
Lunch will be served following the memorial at Pat's home: 1708 Victoria Way, San Marcos 92069.
Message from Lou Chartz: Pablo and I stayed friends with Ed, seeing him a couple times a year. Ed has been fighting pulmonary fibrosis for the last five years. Ed went to Villanova in the late sixties and was friends with Jim Croce when he was growing up in Philadelphia.
Ed would make jokes by calling himself "special Ed" since he was involved in the Special Education field as a teacher and principal. Ed's wife, Pat Elliot, said that Ed loved Senior softball and the good friends he made there.
Message from Oscar Lara: To the Elliot family Teri and I extend our most heartfelt condolences after hearing of the passing of your beloved Ed. May the love you shared throughout the years comfort you and your family during your most difficult times. Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. We celebrate his life and wish him a loving farewell in his journey to eternity. Ed (“special Ed” )was a wonderful softball teammate and friend. I will mourn his friendship.
If you would like to add a memory of Ed, please send a message to Leigh Peterson here.
Two teams scoring nineteen runs each sounds exciting and full of tense drama, but as Gaspar's Craig Wheatcroft observed, it was just long, slow and boring. Gusty winds made pitching strikes a challenge and many batters, Gasparados especially, went deep into the count looking for walks. PG's Harry Peacock showed some John Wayne style true grit as he pitched all the way. The Plotkins led through the seventh and then in the top of the eighth GAS cranked out six runs to tie the game at nineteen. That's where ennui set in (google it, I had to) and all scoring ceased. The outfielders had to be awoken at games end so they would know it was time to go home ("Did we win?").
At the plate, Plotkin Group's heavy lifting was done by Brian Turner, Gary McBride and Larry Weinberger who all went 4/4 with Larry pounding a homer to right center.
Gaspar's Walt Webber, Mgr. Al Galaviz and Larry (what a savage!) Wadalavage reached base in every at bat. Nanci Watt was robbed of a home run by a miscreant (not to mention of highly suspicious parentage) soccer goal far down the right field line that put the smooch on her drive.
A big thank you goes out to Vicki Asaivao for subbing for PG and to Gaspar pitcher Bob Baptista, who fetched and returned the bases even though he wasn't on the home team. What a special guy!
Pizza Port Brewery pulled away late against a stubborn Hennessey’s for a 21-14 win at Alga 2 today. Kevin McBarron lined one of his 4 hits for a 2 run double followed by Rich Lavacot knocking in 2 of his 6 RBIs on the day and PPB was out in front 6-2.
Hennessey’s came right back with 4 as Gary Soper, Dan Miserany, and Dave Bosque all had 3 hits and teamed up to tie the score at 6.
PPB tried to stretch the lead but the defenses took over in the middle innings with Hennessey’s Pat Driscoll making several running and diving catches plus a nice throw to nab a runner at third keeping PPB from big innings. PPB got a few of their own with McBarron making a nice catch and also robbing Dick Wood of a HR (or a double in Wood World). Gordon Recht made a nice (unofficial) catch of a liner to go along with a great running catch by Jimmy Smyth to keep Hennessey’s at bay and taking a 13-10 lead late.
PPB finally exploded for 8 runs on Mark Lehman and sub Dave Hartzog’s 4th hit followed by a HR barrage. A 2 run HR by John McDaniels, a solo shot by Dave Buck, and a 2 run HR by Lavacot finished the scoring for PPB.
But Hennessey’s made one last push down 21-10. Steve Berry got on for the 4th straight time and Oscar Lara gapped a 3 run HR. Wood got even with McBarron, lining a shot over his head to the fence for an easy HR (triple in Wood World). It was still tense until the final out as PPB improved to 4-0 on the season.
The teams thank Rick Shaw for umpiring and David Hartzog for subbing in. PPB also thanks Hennessey for lending a catcher.
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“All I remember about my wedding day in 1967 is that the Cubs lost a doubleheader. “— George F. Will
Two equally matched teams, Worden Williams and The Village Pie Shoppe, duked it out today and not surprisingly, the final score reflected the equal depth of both teams. In the end, however, WW eked out a 20 – 16 win. Going into the top of the 7th inning, the teams were tied at 13 apiece when WW broke the deadlock by plating 5 runs and adding one more run in the 8th and 9th while holding VPS to 3 runs. It was players 6 through 12 in the WW lineup (Foreman -HR, Griffin, Berkley, Tesi, Cameron-4/4, Kudren – 2 SFs and Thorne) that carried the load for WW, hitting a combined average of .655 and knocking in 13 of WW’s 20 runs. On the defensive side, solid outfield play, kept VPS hitters from taking an extra base and keeping a force play in order. The webgem, however, was a stop by Ken Thompson of a screaming ground ball up the middle which he snagged to throw the runner out at 1st as well as his best pitching performance to date.
For VPS, two well placed home runs by Barry Anderson (also 4/4) and 2 boomers by Mike Maltinsky were joined in the round trip parade by Dario Santana and Dan Frye. Robert Cairo (not to be confused with Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo from the Maltese Falcon) was a perfect 4/4.
Thanks to Randy Benge for subbing for WW.
Both teams played good defense and offense. The game was tied in the 6th inning 6-6. Nucci’s squeaked ahead by two runs in the 6th and drilling five more in the 7th against the draft’s 1. The drafts battled back by scoring four runs in the 8th but it wasn’t enough as Nucci’s scored two more to make the final score 15-11
The team was led by Kirsten who was 3/4 with 1 RBI ( she had a homerun against VPS on 1-24.)
Al Cabacungan was 4/4- 2 RBI’s
Jim Davis was on fire batting 4/4 with 5 RBI’S. Joe Dimambro was also 4/4 with 2 RBI’S. Joe Raffa was 3/4 with 1 RBI and great pitching by Rod.
For the Draft:
Kudos to Marlon Moore for great defense.
Delta Farmington was 3/4, Dan Smith 4/4,
Bill Codner 3/4 and Al Castaneda 3/4. Dennis-2/3
Pizza Port Brewery came out of the gates strong scoring 12 runs to take a 12-2 lead after three innings. Then PPB survived a scoring drought until adding on 7 late for a 19-7 victory over Gaspar at pristine Calavera muddy Field today.
Rich Lavacot had 4 hits to set the table for Mark Lehman who continues to carry the team with another 5/5 3 RBI day today.
Gaspar made it interesting getting it to 14-7 with Skipper Al Galavitz making his season debut with a 4/4 day and Michael Henderson adding 3 hits. Henderson got an assist on his double turned triple by the little white poodle that ran on the field and tried to run away with the ball as Michael stretched it into triple! Good thing LF Jimmy Smyth always carries around Beggin Strips in his pocket just in case this scenario unfolds. But In the end it was Nanci Watt who’s bark was as bad as her bite who came up with the big blow, a 2 RBI double down the line to pull Gaspar closer.
PPB responded thanks to sub Andy Boyer. Boyer not only fielded a half dozen balls at second flawlessly but tacked on 3 hits. Gordon Recht took advantage by blasting a deep 2 RBI double to stretch the lead back to 12 for PPB.
Dave Buck was a rock on the mound tossing 6 shutout innings while helping his own cause with a triple, double and 3 RBIs.
The teams thank Rick Shaw for umping and Gaspar for lending a catcher.
“I have everything that I wanted as a teenager (and then some), only 60 years later. I don’t have to go to school or work. I get an allowance every month. I have my own pad. I don’t have a curfew. I have a driver’s license and my own car. I have ID that gets me into bars and the whisky store. The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant. And I don’t have acne. Life is great. I have more friends I should send this to but right now I can't remember their names.”
What started out as a laugher turned out to be a close game as CBI rallied from 15 down to close the gap to 4 but just fell short in the 9th to end up on the short end of the 17-13 score with Worden Williams.
Despite the game moving at a glacial pace early; “ponderous” as Randy Benge observed, and left some wondering whether the game might be called because of darkness, the tempo did finally pick up and the game was over in 2 ½ hours. It ended in dramatic fashion with Teddy Badillo fielding a slow ground ball to the right side and diving to first to nab the runner by a step. Offensively for WW, Bob Buscher continued his hit streak going 4/4, Teddy smacked a home run and 11 of WW’s 12 players contributed at least 1 RBI.
It is worth noting that both teams were missing highly rated players.
For CBI, it was only a matter of time of when, not if, their bats would wake up. Six of CBI’s 12 players (Agadoni, Benge, Reynolds, Mc Nary, Kroger plus a home run and sub Weinberger) were all 1 hit shy of perfection at the plate. This is a strong team despite the loss and a force to be reckoned with.
Thanks to Daniel Malchow and Larry Weinberger for filling in as subs.
Hennessey's was at full strength for the first time this season, welcoming back the two Daves, Bosque and Erwine, and it made a difference in the team's offense and defense as evidenced by an 18 to 14 win over The Draft. It was close all the way with HEN scoring in every inning but two and DR every inning but three. DR took a brief lead in the 4th inning on the strength of a grand slam homer by Tom Benacka, but HEN answered with five of their own in the top of the 5th and then added five more in the 7th and hung on from there for the win.
HEN had solid hitting throughout the lineup with everyone but one player having at least two hits. There were no HRs, but Dave Erwine's first at bat for the season was a booming line drive to the left field fence, but his rusty legs gave out on him causing a tumble and multiple skin booboos to his arm. Dave had to settle for a double. After being tended to by manager and nurse Janet and Roberta Jacobs he was able to return to the game. Pat Driscoll was 5 for 5 and Dan Miserany, Oscar Lara and Gary Soper were all 4 for 5 with Gary knocking in five runs. The bottom of the order might have been the difference with Steve Berry, Bill Witte, Donna Engleman and Barb Pardo all going 2 for 4 with six runs scored between them.
Phil Kay was 4 for 4 for DR.
And thanks to Greg Lorton for a great job umping.
Both teams tied in the first inning 3-3 The game was moving along smoothly as hits were accounted for when Tom Carney hit a homerun bringing in three runs in the third inning and VPS followed suit bringing in three runs with a homerun from Keith Richards and Mike Maltinsky.
Rod Johnson started the 5th inning with a single with three other batters hitting and brought in 4 runs in the 5th. VPS scored three runs in the 6th Nucci's bats came alive again in the 6th scoring five more runs. In the 6th inning VPS Keith, Mike and Gene La Chima scored knocking in three runs.
The score in the 7th was VPS 11 and Nucci's 17. VPS came alive in the 8th scoring five runs and Nucci's was scoreless.
Top of the 9th VPS needed one run to tie but couldn't quite make it.
Highlights for VPS:
Keith Richards and Ray Kusmer were 4/4 and Keith had 1 homerun
Mike Maltinsky was 3/4 with 1 homerun
Highlights for Nucci's:
Great Pitching by Rod Johnson-4/4 and 1 RBI
Al Cabacungan 3/4
Tom Carney 4/4 8 RBI'S - (Great defense)
David Ward 2/4 1RBI
Kirsten Mildbrandt 3/4 1 RBI
Jim Davis 3/4 3 RBI'S
Thanks to Jerry Nuanez for subbing
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)
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