The Plotkin Group came out bats afire and built a 9-0 lead in the first 2 innings against still-sleeping-in The Draft, in the early game at Pine St. Park.
But The Draft arose at last and used a very balanced offense to keep chipping away at that lead, eventually prevailing 23 to 14.
In a game temporarily halted by a poor fellow who wandered onto the field to find his lost wallet (yes the The Draft found it for him, and given that outfit's probity and rectitude, it was returned to him with no cash missing!).
Plotkin Group likewise showed a very balanced offense, led by a 4-for-4 performance from Mike Brower. Adding 3 hits apiece were David Hartzog, Oscar Castillo, Dan Menendez, and Leo McFall, with McFall crushing a home run.
For The Draft, Bob Porter notched a 4-for-4, and 3-for-3's were added by Rich Muscio, Lou Chartz, and John Telles, with Telles hitting his 2nd home run of the season. And contributing at 3-for-4 were Al Galaviz, Dan Griffin, Delta Farrington, and Tim McNary.
Run production was balanced as well, with 5 Draft batters producing 3 RBIs each: Bob Porter, Dan Griffin, Lou Chartz, Rick Skidmore, and John Telles.
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times (for Nucci’s). They jumped out with a five run first and added three more in the third to lead 8-3 heading into the bottom of the fourth. Carlsbad Inn tied it at eight in the bottom of the fourth, but Nucci’s retook the lead 11-8 after five.
It was the worst of times; it was the best of times (for Carlsbad Inn). With a slow start and trailing 11-8 heading into the sixth, CBI’s defense tightened and their offense sprang loose, outscoring Nucci’s 10-0. In reality, however, the game was much closer that the final score would indicate. CBI led 13-11 heading into the bottom of the eighth before scoring five for the final score.
The hearts of the lineups dominated for both teams. For Nucci’s, Tom Benacka was 4 for 5, and Frank Weishaar and Al Cucamonga Cowabunga Cabacungan were both 3 for 4 with four RBIs each. Rod Johnson was 3 for 5.
For CBI saying two through five in the lineup dominated is a gross understatement. Rich Lavacot, Tom Carney, and Randy Agadoni were each four for four and scored each time. Ken Thompson was 3 for 4. Collectively these four scored 14 of the 18 runs, and drove in 14. Randy had nine of the RBIs and two home runs (plus a double and a triple). Ken also added a home run. Farther down in the lineup, Sherre Lovick was 4 for 4 with two RBIs, Pat Driscoll and Guy McCord were 3 for 4, and Greg Lorton was 2 for 3.
Nice day for softball even though we played on a horrible field Calavera 3 but it turned out pretty well for Pizza Port Brewery, whose players were amazing in every phase of the game winning 21-5 over Gaspar team, who was hurting so much that PPB players had to fill 2 defensive positions much of the game for them.
Lots of stars on the PPB team leading the way was their last batter in the line up Brenda Lehman, who was 4/4, Pat Steele 4/5 w/a 3 run homer & 6 rbi, Phil Heinz 4/5
Scored 5 runs, knocked in 3, Robert Kroger 3/4 inc. a 2 run homer, Donna Engleman and David Erwine 3/4, Triples and singles by Roney Lewis, Jerry Galiley & Tom Winterbourne.
PPB defense was superb zero errors with outstanding outfield and infield play especially by Rover Roney Lewis. Brenda Lehman and Pat Steele both pitched a quality game holding Gaspar to one run a piece until the 9th inning.
Leading the way for Gaspar hitters were Gene LaChimia 4/4, Dan Smith 3/4 w/4 rbi, Bill Kutchera 2/4 plus they all played great defense along with Steve Sexton, who got put out of the game with a bad hop hit ball to his throwing wrist. Johnny Martinez pitched a very well complete game for Gaspar.
The teams gave a standing ovation to the incredible umpiring team of Rick Shaw and Jim Groetzen as they called a perfect game and should be called up to the Major Leagues.
Great to see Pete Zavala at the game.
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“Dee – Fence” yelled the cheering crowd of one and both teams did not disappoint. By the time the 8th inning rolled around, the score was Worden Williams 10, Gaspar 6 with WW failing to score in 4 of the 8 innings and GAS failing to score in 5 of 8. But WW broke it open in the bottom of the 8th with a three run home run by Mike Henderson and clutch singles by Skip Moyer and Joel Kudren to extend the WW lead to 9. Steve Berry shutout GAS in the 9th to extend his scoreless innings streak to five and WW came away with a 15-6 win. In addition to Henderson’s round tripper and four RBIs, WW’s Bob Loperena also homered to lead off the game and was followed up by Bob Buscher’s 4/4 and 5 RBIs. The defensive highlight of the game for WW was provided by Cord Cameron who dove for a sinking fly ball and managed to hold on as he hit the ground.
GAS played a solid defensive game evidenced by Sheree Parsons knocking down balls at third base and throwing darts to first as well as a laser throw from Harry Peacock to Johnny Martinez who scooped out a ball thrown in the dirt like it was a ladle of water to nab a WW runner trying to score from third. A wonderful defensive execution of a combined 160 years of baseball experience. And while GAS hit the ball hard on offense, it seemed to always end up in a WW glove.
The game was played in about an hour and 15 minutes as umpire Big Al C kept the game moving at a nice pace.
Pizza Port and The Draft both brought bats as hot as the weather at Pine St. Park, with Pizza Port cutting The Draft's lead to one run at 19-18 with a 6-run bottom of the eighth. But The Draft answered with their own outburst of a half dozen runs in the top of the ninth, and Bob Baptista tossed a perfect ninth, for a 25-18 victory.
Pizza Port was led by 3-run home runs from Roney Lewis and David Ward, with Lewis and Pat Steele both collecting 4 hits. Adding 3 hits apiece were Ruby Murphy, Robert Krogev, and Jimmy Smyth.
But The Draft answered with 5 for 5 performances from both Bob Porter and Al Galaviz, with each slugger driving in 5 runs a piece, plus both hit home runs and both hit for the cycle.
Dan Miserany added his own home run plus 4 hits and 5 RBIs too. And Delta Farrington likewise added 4 base hits.
On this bright and sunny day [yet under the lights (maintenance being performed) of Calavera 3], these two teams enjoyed an action-packed game. Plotkin Group kept the pressure on VPS throughout the game with good defense in spite of many of the PG players playing out of their normal positions. To quote Randy Newman’s song, ♫”it’s a jungle out there”♫ in the Calavera 3 outfield so the ball usually died in its tracks, rolling very little on balls reaching the outfield, so this was a hitting and running game [for both teams].
For PG, Dick Wood hit 4/5 and Marty Topper hit 3/5 each with 4 RBIs. Oscar Castillo also hit 4/5. PG increased the pressure in the 6th, 8th and 9th putting four runs on the board in each inning but was unable to continue that momentum to pull ahead of VPS.
For VPS, contributing to a team OBP of .700, the bats were hot coming out of the warming pouches with VPS scoring in every inning. Dave Bosque hit 5/5, hitting 4/5 on the day and with 12 of the 19 RBIs were Dave Grull, Rick Shaw, Gary Soper, Jim Goertzen, Dan Hacker (sub), Jeff Payton and Jimmie Martin. Not to be left out was Bob Peters who hit 2/4 with 2 RBIs. Thanks to Dan Hacker for subbing for VPS.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)