Ugg! Early game need Coffee. Nice day at Pine today. Glad to see both teams with bright smiles on their faces raring to get after it. Yeah anyways.
The draft took a 3 to nothing lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning and never looked back. Landings collected 5 runs in the 6th inning and 4 in the 8th to put a scare into the draft, but in the end an 18 to 13 score in favor of the draft was the final.
Crossing the plate 7 times for The Landings were the trio of ladies Barbara, Donna and Kirsten. Not to be outdone, Roney Lewis was 4/4 crossing the plate 4 times himself and driving home 4 RBI's. Also 4/4 were Teddy Badillo, Steve Berry (pitcher extraordinaire) And Nancy Watt.
Many thanks to Nancy and Ed Watt for helping us out and to Jack Swarzel for His hours arranging replacement players.
MR Joe Raffa did a mighty fine job behind the plate making the calls.
Now for a nap.
Nucci's scored five in the first inning with a home run from Mark Lehman. Hennessey answered back by scoring three runs.. Both teams were scoreless in the second inning. Tom Carney of Nucci's started with a single in the third inning followed by singles from Craig, Mark, Al, Dan and a single from Dave Hartzog. The hitting cycle started again in the fourth inning with Joe, Jerry Nuanez Rod, Tom, Craig, hitting singles to score another five runs.
Both teams were scoring runs throughout the game but machine gun Rodney Johnson held them scoreless in several innings with incredible defense behind him. Great job by everyone.
Nucci's Highlights: Tom, 4/5, 2 RBI's Craig Wheatcroft 5/5 -3RBI's, Mark Lehman, 4/5 1 homerun, 7RBI'S, Al 3/4, Dan Griffin, 5/5 with 2 RBI'S, Dave Hartzog 4/5 with 3 RBI'S, Sherre Lovick 3/4, Joe 3/4
Hennessey' Highlights: Oscar Castillo 4/4, Dan Smith 4/4 with 1 homerun
Hennessey's THANKS Dan Smith for subbing
Pizza Port scored in every inning but one today enroute to a 20-10 win over Gaspar at Pine Field. Gaspar took a 5-2 lead in the first with some timely hitting and a Skip Moyer HR. Moyer’s HR might have been a league first as he hit a HR, then got a GOAL as it went through the soccer nets in LF and then hit the back fence and rebounded back thru for another GOAL. So the unofficial tally was one HR and two goals but we still only gave him 2 RBIs.
Pizza Port was led by McMaltLin as McBarron was 4/4, Maltinsky 4/4 with another tremendous blast for a HR, and Lindner chipping in with a 4/4. But the stars of the game were the bottom hitters once again. Scott Tatum 4/4 knocked in an amazing 7 RBIs from the 10th spot and Johnnie Martinez and Pete Zavala combined for 3 RBIs for the second game in a row. Add in a 4/4 from Steve Sexton and 3 hits each by Dan Menendez and Rich Reynolds and it was a very balanced attack.
For Gaspar it was nice seeing Jeff Gorman spray the ball around today and Margot Jacobo dropping in some clean hits to go with some very difficult catches as she had a busy day in the field.
The teams thank Roney Lewis for umpiring today in his usual capable manner.
Village Pie Shop
In the early game at Pine, Worden Williams woke up first taking an 8-3 lead after three innings. Just as the sun was beginning to break through the clouds the Gaspar bats began to wake up. Gaspar put up 5 in the fourth and another 5 in the fifth but could not break away from WW who kept answering and after six innings the game was deadlocked at 15-15. But the last three innings was all Gaspar as they outscored WW 12-2.
For WW, Ken Thompson was 4-4 with a home run, Dan Miserany 4-4, and Dan Smith 3-3.
Everyone on Gaspar had at least two hits with Larry Wadalavage the only one perfect at 5-5. Al Galaviz hit two homeruns, Dan Frye hit one homerun and Walt Webber who was 4-5 with a triple that could have been a homer but he decided to rest at third.
Thanks to David Hartzog subbing for Gaspar. Many thanks to Al Cabacungan for umpiring and keeping the early game moving and ending on time.
Pizza Port Brewery scored often early then held on for an 18-10 win over The Draft today at Pine Field. The three headed monster known as McLintinsky were in the same outfield for the first time this season and batted a combined 9 for 11 with a Maltinsky 3/4 HR, McBarron 4/4, Lindner 2/3 and a combined 8 runs and 8 RBIs.
Pat Driscoll and Steve Berry had 3 hits each and kept the Draft in the game. A blast by Dave Erwine for a HR completed his 4/4 day to bring the Draft even closer. PPB got 3 hits from Ray Kusmer and Bob Blachford (HR), but it was Johnnie Martinez and Scott Tatum who drove in three runs to make it the final 18-10 cushion as neither team scored over the final three frames.
On defense Roney Lewis and Kevin McBarron threw runners out at home, Paul Thomas made a shoestring catch on a liner in LCF, Randy Benge made a nice running catch down the left field line and Steve Sexton showed Benge what a bazooka arm he has by gunning several nice tosses to first.
The teams thank Al Cabacungan for umping especially since he umped both ends of the doubleheader.
Today's Village Pie victory has no bearing on the respective quality of these two teams. The score imbalance came as a result of the season-long, frustrating losses VPS has endured as a collection of good players trying to mesh together as a team. Landings just happened to be the hikers on the trail when Mt. St. Helens finally blew. The game lasted just seven innings with the Villagers batting in six. They averaged four runs per inning. VPS only fielded eleven players, with LAN supplying a catcher (thank you, Steve) and nine of those eleven either got all hits or only made one out. Ken McGehee led the way as he hit for the cycle.
The Landings had all hits from Bill Mead, Steve Newberg and Rich Keefer. Bill Codner, Evie Schwartz and Donna Engleman only made one out, with Evie smacking a triple.
Our thanks to Gene LaChimia for umpiring.
Aspiring umpires are invited to Al Cabacungan's clinic at 1:30 pm this Thursday at Calavera. It will be an hour well spent.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)