When he heard he was playing outfield against Big Mike Maltinsky, "Honey" Peterson brought a special tool to take out to Right Center Field!
The field at Calavera heated up quickly this morning but could not compete with the hot bats of Team Landings. Out of the gate in the first inning Landing scored 5. The Draft, missing a key player, scored 2 and then went dormant for the rest of the game, scoring only 1 run in the 5th 6th and 7th.
Ernie Martinez, at first base, made an amazing catch of a line draft that nearly knocked him off his feet. Vicki Asaivao showed off her stuff on the mound going the full 9 innings. On two of those innings she struck out batters with two out and bases load. She had two additional strikeouts for a total of 4.
For the Draft, key hitters were Karen Smith, John Musselman, and Kirsten Midbrandt all going 3 for 4.
The Landings lead hitters were Don Schempp, 4/5, Mitch Anderson, Rich Berkley, Randy Benge and Mike Maltinsky 4/4. Both Mike and Randy hit home runs. Going 3 for 4 were Mike Skeper, Delta Farrington, Donna (Greeny) Engleman and Steve Newberg. All total, The Landings had 43 hits, our best game of the year so far. Some said the win was attributable to the return of the manager, but that is highly debatable and subject to further discussion.
The game at Pine today was a real rip-snorter, and if you've ever had your snorter ripped you know just what I'm talking about. One quality team only had ten of their own players, but that team still pounded out six home runs, including a back to back to back trio of solo shots in the second inning. That team was Nucci's ... and that team lost. Plotkin Group was behind by three runs after four innings and then decided to get serious. They seized the lead in the fifth with a five spot and maintained that lead the rest of the way. The defensive play of the day came from PG pitcher Russ Roopenian who caught a Dave Ash screamer while standing on the mound, whack-smack, faster than you can say it. Lines formed immediately at both restrooms. Today's batting heroes are as follows: For PG - Bob Buscher 4/5, Bob Green 5/5 (HR), Russ Roopenian 3/4, Ken Thompson 3/4 and Dan Menendez 4/4. For NU - Dave "Lucky" Bosque 3/4 (HR), Bill Mead 3/4 (HR), Jimmie Martin 3/4, and Jay Cardona 3/4 (HR). The other three dingers came from Al Castaneda, Dave Ash and Joe Dimambro.
Nucci's thanks replacement players Jimmie and Al for their quality play. Spotted in the stands this morning was Tony Bona, our very own T-Bone. And so, since there doesn't seem to be any intelligent life forms down here ... beam me up Scotty. Kirk out.
No snacks or soda today! Ice cold water was the answer vs. 86+ degrees at Alga 2 Field. Tuesday the VPS batters had 39 hits, today in 7 innings, a 37 hit performance took down the (previous) 1st place team. Al Cabacungan, Roger Tesi, Jim Davis went 4/4 plus Ron Silverman 3/3. Followed by 5 players going 4/5. Pete Lindner crushed a HR and had 4 rbi's. Bob Baptista again held BBP players to infield "pop ups" including one to John Vivrett playing catcher plus.... some easy grounders. PPB hitter Gene LaChimia and pitcher Rodney Johnson went 4/4 and Dave Erwin hit a towering HR that bounced to the fence.
Thank you Ronny Lewis for umpiring and always placing yourself in position in making the correct call.......nuff said
CBI doesn't really have any big power hitters: for the season CBI has only 10 homers out of its 229 hits. But it does have players who reach base time after time. At today's game, led by Rich Lavacot's 5 for 5, CBI's first 7 hitters (Walt Webber, Jack Schwarzel, Rich, David Ward, David Herzog, Ray Kusmer, and Mark Lehman) hit over .800 and scored 20 runs. Nevertheless, led by Dave Buck and Bruce Petz hitting 5 for 5 and Dave Surh and Bill Codner 4 for 5, Gaspar hung tough all game, grabbing a one-run lead in the 3rd, and was down by only a run going into the 7th. But CBI scored 5 in the 7th and, led by the bottom 3 batters in their order--Barry Anderson, Steve Wagner, and Brenda Lehman--scored 5 more in the 8th and held on for a 25-21 victory on a very hot, sunny July--er, I mean February--day.
Like kissing your sister maybe, but I have pretty sisters! What a finish, Landings was down by seven runs coming to the bottom of the 9th. Nucci’s had been playing tough defense, but the pressure of an opponent’s come from behind win got in their heads. Balls were dropped, balls were kicked, and throws were late or off target.
Nucci’s standouts were Jim Goertzen 5/5 with a home run, Joe Dimambro 4/5, and Dave Bosque, who was only 3/5, but two of those were home runs.
Landings were all all-stars, with clutch hitting when the chips were down. Going 5/5 was Rich Berkley, hitting 4/5 were Don Schempp, Bill Codner, and Mike Maltinsky. It was rare to see Mike M. held to only a single, when Pitcher Mike Endeman decided to use his left inner thigh to stop Mike M’s line shot up the middle. That’s gonna leave a mark! 3/5 were Mitch Anderson, Delta Farrington, Phil Kay, and Randy Benge. Jerry Galily helped the cause with a home run in the 5th inning, but the star of the game with a bases clearing home run in the bottom of the nineth to bring the Landings to a 23/23 tie was stalwart Randy Benge. Landings was able to get two more runners on base before Nucci’s shut the door on the come back victory.
Special thanks to subs Bill Codner and Phil Kay.
VPS pitcher Bob Baptista pitched 5 scoreless innings, before the Draft Manager Steve Berry's crew came alive with 2, 6 and 3 runs but another 0 in the "flip" inning. The Drafts last weeks 25 run barrage vs. Gaspar must have taken the hits needed for today. The Draft was missing Rick Shaw and newly acquired Lourie Mills. Drafts Super Sub Bob Blachford filled in CF and scored several times. Jeff (I walk the beach) Jacobs had his usual sprayed hits along with John Musselman plus Dan Miserany and "Beer Man" Lorton going 4/4. Steve & Pete Zavala shared pitching duties.
Baptista had all the help he could wish for with the VPS hitters providing 39 hits and everyone hit .500 or better. Like Al Cabacungan 5/5, Crash Porter 4/4 w/6 rbi's with numerous VPS batters going 4/5. VPS Super Sub Paul (Pie Shop) Thomas held down LF and helped add his own rbi to the final score.
Another enjoyable senior game at Alga with loads of comradery.. .......nuff said
Hennessey's finally got the monkey off their back with a hard fought, close, nail-biter win against their old team, Plotkin Group, by a score of 13 to 12. PG broke on top in the bottom of the 1st, but HEN scored 4 in the 3rd to take the largest lead of the game at 6 to 2, PG scored 5 in the 6th to take a one run lead at 10 to 9 only to see HEN score 3 to take a 12 to 10 lead into the final inning. And what an inning it was with PG scoring one in the top, then barely holding off PG who scored two in the bottom with the tying run on third when Gary Soper fielded a smash at third base and fired a strike to Dick Wood for the final out.
There were plenty of hits in this game with Dave Grull going 4 for 4 for PG and six players going 3 for 4 including Bob Green with a line drive homer over the fence at Calaveras. The damage was minimized by some good defense by HEN who turned 4 double plays and had a diving shoestring catch in center field by Roney Lewis.
For HEN Gary McBride and Oscar Lara went 4 for 4 and Marlon Moore and Roney Lewis going 3 for 4. Roney just missed a homer when a drive hit the top of the fence and stayed in the field, PG's defense kept the game close by stranding eleven HEN runners in the game.
Two even teams, two teams with winning records, two teams missing top players. It was destined to be a close one today and it was as PPB pulled away late for a 21-15 win.
PPB started out with an oddity of 3 straight triples (the oddity being Dennis Rayford “legged” out one of them) enroute to a 5 run first. CBI came right back in the bottom of the inning with Mark Lehman’s first of 5 hits tying the score at 5-5.
It stayed tight the whole game and was 14-13 into the 7th when Kevin McBarron hit a HR for his 6th RBI to give PPB some breathing room at 19-14. But CBI had runners on in the bottom of the 8th when McBarron was able to make a running over the shoulder catch of a deep fly to the CF gap to keep CBI off the scoreboard.
Jack Schwarzel had 4 hits and Ray Kusmer’s 4/4 and a homer provided the final score. For PPB Jerry Nuanez and Ray O’Toole had 3 for 4 days while Rod Johnson, Gene LaChimia, Dennis Rayford all had 4 or 5 hits.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)