After witnessing some weak hitting by Pizza Port Brewery in the last game, manager Roney Lewis decided to shake up the batting order today. And the PPB players responded with a strong day at the plate to beat Solana Spa 27-16 at Alga. Both teams scored five runs in the first, and the game remained close through the fifth with PPB holding a 17-14 lead. PPB then pounded the ball to score five runs in each of the next two innings and held SS scoreless the rest of the way.
Leading the PPB hitters were Bob Blachford, who went 4 for 4 with two home runs and 5 RBIs, Dave Granum, who went 4 for 4 with a home run and 4 RBIs, and Roney Lewis who went 4 for 4. Bob Baptista went 3 for 4 with a home run and a double, and Don Schempp, Brian Turner, Scott Tatum and Jeff Jacobs all went 3 for 4. Rounding out the hitting, everyone else on the team had at least two hits.
For SS, Rick Skidmore went 4 for 5 with a home run and Gary Linder went 4 for 4.
A very close defensive and well pitched game, with VPS holding a slim 6 to 5 lead after 5 innings. VPS busted out four runs in the top of the 6th and PG was held to 4 runs in the last two innings, enabling VPS to pull out a 14 to 9 WIN. Pete Zavala was as usual tough to hit against, allowing only 15 hits over 8 and 1/3 innings, before he took a line shot off his hand, and Vicki Asaivao was called in for the save.
PG was lead by Ken McGehee, and Oscar Castillo going 3 for 4, Steve D’Agostino 2 for 3 with a HR.
VPS was lead by Dwayne Zon 4 for 4 with 2 HR’s, a double and a triple. Dan Miserany going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and a HR.
Thanks to Dan Miserany for assisting a short handed VPS team and Al Cabacungan for another EXCELLANT umpired game, keeping both managers in line.
Today's game between That Pizza Place and Gaspar went right down to the last hit in determining the winner. TPP led most of the game until the eight inning when Gaspar tied it up. TPP again took the lead in the top of the ninth only to have Gaspar win it with their last at bat. Gene La Chima advanced to third on some timely hitting. Dennis "The Vol" Rayford won it with a single to bring Gene in.
Dennis also went 4-5 with Gene and Bob Buscher each contributing 3-5. Marlene Hill hit a scorcher to center field for a homer - second of the early season for her.
TPP hit well with Mark Forester going 4-5.
Final score was 15-14.
In a day that started out overcast and chilly at beautiful Pine Avenue Park, The Draft finally broke into the win column with a 20-17 nail-biter over the tenacious Carlsbad Inn in an eight-inning time-shortened game. The Draft jumped out to a 10-3 lead after two innings and managed to keep CBI at bay for the rest of the game. However, CBI made it interesting in the last three innings, scoring 12, including 4 in the top of the eighth.
The offenses of both teams were on display throughout the game. For CBI, Donato Domaguin was 4 for 4 with a homer, and Vern Blough was 3 for 4 with a homer. Rick Shaw and Phil Heinz were also 4 for 4, and Tony Sando was 3 for 4. For The Draft, Mike Maltinsky was 4 for 4 with a homer. Dave Bosque, Jim Goertzen, Dan Griffin, Gary Soper, and Greg Lorton were all 3 for 4. Jim, Gary, and Greg each homered. Both teams played stellar defense to start the game, including Gary Soper’s vacuum glove at third. But around the sixth inning, the defenses somehow got switched to clown-show mode.
In a late development, Tony Sando leveled a charge of sign-stealing against the Draft. While the league initially considered firing manager Jimmie Martin, the league relented, admitting that firing the manager of one of the bottom feeders would be too much of a punishment for the other nine teams. So instead, his salary was cut in half. Jimmie finally admitted that the Draft was stealing signs, since CBI was delivering their signs by shouting them out (e.g, “move to your left”, “come in for this guy”, and “throw a strike this time”).
It was a cold morning at Pine Avenue Park but the CBI bats were hot, posting an OBP of just under .700. CBI scored in six of the nine innings. Good pitching by both pitchers; Rich Keefer for CBI and Barry Anderson as a loaned player to GA.
For CBI, home runs were hit by Vern Blough and Tony Sando. Rich Keefer and Tony Sando went 4/4. Hitting three for four were Phil Heinz, Mike Martelli, Vern Blough, Rick Shaw, Donato Domaguin and Marty Fenlon.
For GA; Dene LaChimia hit four for five. James Davis and Barry Anderson hit three for four. Ed Navarro slugged a home run to center field.
Thanks go out to Skip Moyer and Barry Anderson for shedding their warm blankets to be substitute players for GA. And for the record, Barry Anderson acknowledged the benefit of the pitching screen and didn’t get hit today pitching.
TPP came out swinging today, jumping out to an 11-1 lead on the way to a 20-6 win at Alga over a shorthanded Village Pie Shoppe.
Kevin Armentano continued his perfect start to the season with a 4/4 and a HR day. He was joined by 4/4 days from John Brand and Mitch Anderson and HRs from Dave Surh and Jack London. Mark Forster’s third hit was a lined so hard that it hit halfway up the fence in LF and was relayed back before the speedy Forster could scamper home.
The lead stretched to 19-1 with the TPP defense coming up big with some nice defensive gems. John Quigley snared ball after ball at 3rd, and Kevin McBarron made a couple nice running catches to offset a nice running catch by Wally Wallace and another flawless busy day at 2nd by Margo Jacobo for VPS.
Ernie Martinez went 4/4 and Dave Ash and Rich Berkeley added three hits to put some runs on the board late for VPS. Paul Thomas hit a 3 run HR so hard that he knocked the stitches off the ball and 5 stitches landed on his eyebrow to close a nasty wound from a batted ball earlier at practice.
Thx to Jimmie Martin for umpiring and Jack Schwarzel for setting up the field.
In a crisply played late game at Pine, PG remained unbeaten with a victory over PPB by a score of 17 to 11. PG started out strong with 5 runs in the top of the first, but PPB responded with two home runs by Brian Turner and Bob Blatchford in the bottom. Janet Wood's pitching and a solid defense shut out PPB in five of the remaining eight innings.
Brian Turner was 4 for 4, and Bob Blatchford and Dave Granum were each 3 for 4 with Dave driving in 4 runs. The only homer for PG was socked by Oscar Castillo, and only Bob Porter had a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4. Everyone else had two or three hits apiece and almost everyone knocked in a run.
Don’t mess with Michiko (“Scoop”) Lischin. As much as Nucci’s tried to test her at 2B, Michiko was up to the challenge, turning in a flawless effort on a number of ground balls and pop ups that came her way and greatly contributing to a Worden Williams 30-16 victory. Another nice defensive strategy suggested by Dan Miserany was to move the centerfielder over to an outfield rover position to shutoff many potential Texas league hits. Although the defense was solid as noted above, it was the offense that took center stage, piling up 5 (out of 8), 5 run innings before the flip in the 9th.
The offense was led by super sub Dave Koch with a 4/4 day and a robust 10 RBI’s. Additionally, Gary McBride continued his hot hitting (5/5) as well as perfect or almost perfect plate appearances by Jerry Galiley (HR) Dennis Rayford, Mike Weinreich (HR), Ray O’Toole and Harry Peacock. The bottom of the order also showed some stout hitting with Joe Paul and Don Byrne hitting HRs.
Nucci’s was led by Lil Keehan (4/4) and a legit 2 run home run by Mike Endeman.
Much thanks to Karen Smith and Dave Koch for subbing for WW and for Al Cabacungan assisting with a batting order issue (or else we would still be wondering what to do).
Standings are posted after all scores have been received