Plotkin Group was looking to put a stranglehold on first place and That Pizza Place was trying to create a logjam in the standings for this game in the sunshine of Alga Field today. Mark Forster hit a two run walk-off HR with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th to give TPP the win over PG.
TPP jumped out to a 4-1 lead early and slowly increased it to 13-4 after 7 innings. But PG made several nice double plays to keep the game in reach. It looked like TPP was in control in the 8th inning until a couple of dinkers landed safely and suddenly PG was energized. Ruby Murphy had her third straight hit leading to consecutive smash line drive hits by the entire top of the PG order. An Oscar Lara HR capped the rally and all of a sudden it was all tied up at 13.
In the bottom of the 8th with a runner on, the TPP manager made a bonehead play and got doubled off first base ending a rally. After a scoreless top of the 9th , TPP had the top of the lineup due up. Johnny Brand led off with his 4th straight hit. Then Carlos Cevallos threw a perfect strike to nip him trying to tag after a fly-out and it was two outs and nobody on. The TPP manager again made a bonehead play and double clutched a swing, sending a spinning 12 hopper to second base. Luckily for TPP the throw was late to first, setting up Forster’s heroics on a gapper to the fence.
It was the third straight game for TPP where the game was decided with two outs in the bottom of the 9th with the winning run crossing or getting thrown out at the plate. Talk about stress. I thought this league was supposed to be a mellow way for retiree's to relax and just get some excercise!
In a battle for the bottom with a combined record of 1 win and 8 losses, The Draft and Solana Spa took to the field at Pine Avenue Park for the second game of the day there. In a game totally conflicting with their normal operating procedures, The Draft rallied from an 8-2 deficit after three innings to post a 22-13 victory. Again out of character, The Draft scored in every inning except the second, and managed five runs in both the seventh and eighth to build a 19-13 cushion heading into the ninth.
Solana Spa played stifling defense for the first three innings, and then The Draft batters began to find the gaps. Dave Koch was 5 for 5 with a homer. Gary Soper and Mike Maltinsky were both 4 for 5 with a homer each. Jimmie Martin was awarded with a charity homer, since the runner ahead of him was the fifth run in what would otherwise have been a grand slam. Rick Skidmore, Rich Reynolds, and Leigh Peterson were each 4 for 4 for Solana Spa, with Rich adding a booming home run. Thanks to Scott Tatum and Jeff Jacobs for filling in for a shorthanded Solana Spa team.
Both teams played strong defensively. For The Draft, the entire infield was busy (right-to-left, Jimme Martin, Pete Penseyres, Greg Lorton, Dan Griffin, and Gary Soper), with Gary Soper and Greg Lorton having very busy but effective days. Gary earned the nickname “Roomba” for vacuuming up everything in his area while maintaining a short profile. And the Spa’s Barry Anderson learned that not only does the other team target him with line drives, but so does his own team when he coaches third base.
In the first game of a twin bill at Pine Park, Worden Williams squared off against The Village Pie Shoppe and came away with a time constrained 8 inning 22-17 victory. The game was close right from the start, with Worden holding a slim lead until the top of the 7th when VPS pushed across 4 runs to tie the game at 17. In the bottom of the 7th, however, Worden scored 5 runs, led by a base loaded triple by Jesse Jackson and then shutout VPS in the 8th to come away with the win.
WW was led by the ageless Ray O’Toole who continued his hot hitting, going 4/5 with a homerun and 5 RBIs, Jerry Galiley 5/5 and the incomparable Dennis Poulson 4/4. A seldom achieved hitting streak of some note came to an end when Gary McBride (25/25) grounded into a force play.
VPS players were no slouches at the plate either that featured 2 HRs each by Dwayne Zon and Ernie Martinez and a 4 hits by lead-off man Wally Wallace. A nice post game meal at the Pie Shoppe capped off another blue sky day in Carlsbad.
Nucci’s put together their best game of the young season. Timely hitting and defense were the order of the day. On the defensive side, Al Casteneda made 2 fine catches in right field. On offense, Al Cabacungan hit for the cycle, Mike Brower was 5 for 5, Jeff Gorman and Randy Benge went 5 for 6 and Joe Maher went 4 for 5.
For Carlsbad Inn, Rick Shaw was 3 for 3 and Phil Heinz hit 3 for 4. Mike Martelli hit home run.
Thanks to Steve Bartholomew for substituting for Nucci’s.
Thanks to Roney Lewis for umpiring.
It was a pretty chilly day at Pine today, but the bats were hot on both sides with PG finally coming out on top of SS by a score of 24 to 20. SS started off strong with 5 runs in the top of the first and the lead changed hands a couple times with the score tied 13 to 13 at the bottom of the fifth inning. PG scored 11 runs over the next 3 innings while holding SS to only two.
SS put a scare into PG in the top of the 9th when Gary Linder capped off a perfect 5 for 5 day with a three run homer to close out the scoring. Leigh Peterson and Ray Kusmer were also 5 for 5 and Rick Skidmore chipped in a 4 for 5 effort.
Not to be outdone, PG got 5 for 5 days from Ken McGehee, Oscar Castillo and Oscar Lara, as well as 4 for 5 efforts from Bob Porter, Steve Oldfield and Dick Wood, one of which was his first homer in a couple seasons. Good hitting throughout the PG lineup was the difference with the bottom half scoring seven of the runs.
A big thank you to Kevin McBarron and Roney Lewis who stuck around after managing their teams in the first game to umpire our game.
The first battle of the pizzas this season was a good one. Pizza Port Brewery started out strong in the early game at Pine, scoring five runs on six hits and no outs against That Pizza Place. Then TPP scored three in the bottom of the first and followed up with three more in the 3rd to tie the game at 6-6. PPB scored three in the 4th to regain the lead and followed up with four runs in the 5th, on a three-run homer by Dave Granum. PPB took a 14-10 lead into the bottom of the 9th, but TPP came back to score three more to narrow the lead to one. PPB held on to win 14-13 on an exciting game ending double play. Third baseman Scott Tatum fielded the ball, threw to Steve Bartholomew to get the runner at first, followed by Steve’s throw to Bob Peters at home to get the potential tying runner coming from third.
Leading the hitting attack today were Jack Million, who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and Dave Granum, who went 3 for 4 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Don Schempp and Roney Lewis also went 3 for 4.
Johnny Brand went 4 for 4 to lead the TPP hitters, and Kevin McBarron and Mark Forster both hit home runs.
The rain stopped and the field dried out so the game was on. Nucci’s was in need of a pick me up and they got it from Mike Endeman. Mike pitched an outstanding game today. He did not walk anyone and provided a standout effort on defense. Steve Sexton fielded a shot down the first base line and from his knees threw to Mike covering first base. Mike also caught a line drive and a shallow pop up between the plate and the pitchers mound. Mike also went 4 for 4 at the plate. However, we are not changing the name of the team to Mike’s.
Also for Nucci’s, Mike Bauer went 4 for 4 and Al Cabacungan hit a home run.
For The Draft, Dave Koch was 3 for 3 and Mike Maltinski was 3 for 3. Jim Goetzen hit a home run for The Draft.
Thank you to Rick Shaw for umpiring today.
Another close encounter by Worden Williams and Gaspar. Final score was 24-23 Gaspar. The game went back and forth all the way through the 9th, teams tied at 17. Tied again in the 10th and then the final runs in the 11th.
Gaspar had seven home runs with Jim Plotkin and Dave Erwine each hitting a pair. Bob Buscher contributed with a 6-6 day. Ed Navarro went 5-6. Dave Erwine went 5-5.
Worden Williams had home runs from Dennis Rayford (2), Gary McBride and Jerry Galiley each once. Dan Miserany and Dennis Rayford went 5-6, Gary Mcbride 6-6. Outstanding defense by Michiko Lischin for WW was timely in the late innings.
Thanks to Rich Keefer for subbing and pitching a great game.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received