Mitch Anderson pitched a beauty and topped it off with a HR and 5 RBIs as That Pizza Place beat The Draft 24-8 at Pine Field today.
TPP jumped out to a 9-3 lead with Kevin McBarron 5/5 5 RBIs and Johnny Brand 4/5 5 RBIs leading the way. The Draft inched closer on the strength of Jim Goertzen, Mike Maltinsky, and Jimmy Martin who all had perfect days at the plate. Nice defensive days by Mark Forster and the ever resilient Lucky Bishop kept the Draft from getting any closer.
TPP was able to break it open late with the middle of the order doing the damage. Bob Cinque continued his 4/4 day and scored 3 runs while playing a solid SS.
Best wishes to Mike Maltinsky who took a rocket throw into the back shoulder … hope it’s just a flesh wound!
Thanks to Steve Sexton for a flawless job of umpiring.
In another slugfest, Worden Williams outlasted the Plotkin Group 27-20 and ran their record to 4-2. Scoring in every inning, WW was led by a number of hitters at the top of the lineup, including Jerry Galiley (HR), Dan Miserany (HR), Gary McBride and Ray O’Toole and JJ -Jesse Jackson (HR) and Gene Becker at the bottom of the order.
Leading hitters for PG were Barbie McCully and Steve Oldfield, both 4/4 as well as Carlos Cevallos and Gene Foreman.
But the real story of the game was 92 years young Gene Becker, a 22 veteran of senior softball, who, in addition to his softball skills, is one of the most interesting players in the league. In addition to going 3/4 at the plate and starting a 2 out, 4 run rally in the 7th inning, Becker was on the end of an outfield assisted throw to nab a runner at home plate.
Also worth noting was that this writer was hit in his batting helmet by a thrown ball while running to third base. It was not a hard throw, but nonetheless, anyone who has been hit by a softball knows there is nothing soft about league soft balls. So “verbum sat sapienti,” (for you Latin scholars) a word to the wise is sufficient.
Thanks to Ray Kusmer for subbing and doing an outstanding hitting job and to Kevin McBarron and Steve Sexton for umping.
As you can see, this was a low-scoring game but well fought by both teams in a battle for the win. Most of the runs for both teams were posted during the first half of the game and then this became a battle to retain the lead.
PPB opened the game by posting 4 runs in their 1st and 3rd innings. CBI was able to bring the score to an 8 – 8 tie in the 4th inning and then go ahead in the 5th inning. From then on, CBI fought to maintain the lead through the rest of the game. Good defense by CBI, including 4 double plays by the team of Rick Shaw and Donato Domaguin enabled CBI to pull off this win.
For PPB, Bob Blachford and Dave Granum both went 3 for 4 and both hit home runs. Don Shempp and Jack Million also went 3 for 4.
For CBI, Vern Blough Slugged a home run, Phil Heinz hit 4 for 4. David Ward and Tony Sando each hit 3 for 4.
Thanks go out to Al Cabacungan for umpiring and thanks to PPB, Roney Lewis for loaning an outfielder to a short-handed CBI.
Gaspar and Village Pie played another close game. VPS started strong scoring four in the first. Gaspar battled back and with a key hit by Donna Lorek in the eight inning they took the lead. Final score 16-13.
VPS had home runs by Marlon Moore and Paul Thomas.
Gaspar had one home run by Jim Plotkin. Jim also went four of four as did Randy "Lupe" Benge . Bob Buscher, Gene La Chima, Dave Erwine and Ed Navarro all went three for four. Great defensive plays by Margo Jacobo and Ed Navarro kept the game close.
Thanks to Randy for filling in, Steve and Skip for umpiring.
Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat (usually the other way around in senior ball), Worden Williams survived a shaky few innings and a double play when 3 players were caught standing on 3rd base, to come away with a nail biting 18-17 victory over The Draft. Trailing by 4 going into the bottom of the 8th, WW pushed across 2 runs with 2 outs but clutch hitting by Dennis Poulson and sub Dick Woods kept the inning alive and put the tying runs on base. That is when Joe Paul, not known for his long ball hitting prowess, stepped up to the plate and promptly smacked the fattest, the juiciest pitch he has seen all season, over the left fielder’s head, for a 3 run homerun, to take a 1 run lead going into the top of the 9th. Harry Peacock who had pitched earlier, came back in relief to shutout The Draft in the 9th to get the save.
Clutch hitting by Ray O’Toole and Dennis Poulson (both 3 RBIs) and a grand slam by Jerry Galiley and 7 RBIs, capped off the scoring for WW. Dick Woods made a spectacular grab of a line shot to open the game and another fine outfield throw by Dan Miserany to nab a runner at home were defensive gems for WW.
The Draft was led by Dan Griffin with a HR, Dave Koch and Dave Bosque (4/5), and Gary Soper, Joe Itson and Greg Lorton (AKA the Beer Man) , all 3/4. Mike Maltinski, a gold glover extraordinaire, made 2 fine catches in the outfield to keep the game close.
Thanks to Dick Woods for filling in as a sub.
It was the Richard Kamien show today at Alga Field. Kamien had a single, double, and triple to go with an assortment of defensive gems to lead TPP to a 24-12 win over CBI.
TPP got off to a 15-4 lead with timely hitting throughout the lineup. John Brand continued his leadoff excellence with a 4/4 day and was pushed around the bases by Dave Suhr 4/4, Jack London 4/4 and Bob Cinque who had his 7th hit in a row.
CBI kept the pressure on with some runs off a Tony Sando blast to deep right and Marty “Jeff Gorman” Feldman who placed the ball in the cracks successfully all 4 times including a triple.
But the entire TPP lineup was hitting today with 13 different players getting RBI’s and Marty Topper sealing it with a HR.
Thanks to Steve Newberg for a fine job of umping.
Gaspar and Solana Spa put up 39 runs with Gaspar finally winning it 22-17. Gaspar took the lead into the eight inning but Solana came back with seven runs in the bottom half of the inning and suddenly we had a close game. Gaspar added two more runs in the top of the ninth then played good defense in the bottom of the ninth to win it.
Oscar Castillo (as a substitute) went 5-5 with a homer for Solana. Steve Agostino also filled in for SS.
Marlene "The Missile " Hill went four for four with her third homer of the season. Bob Buscher, Gene La Chima, Ed Navarro, Bob Blakely, Jim Davis and Steve Berry all went 4-5.
Thanks to Bob "Mr" Porter for filling in for Gaspar and to Randy Benge and Eddie Gillette for umpiring.
The sunrise special at Pine today was a nail biter. Pizza Port led the entire way with timely hitting that staked them to an 18 - 15 lead after 8 1/2. In the bottom of the 8th Nucci’s scored 5, then held pizza port scoreless in the 9th for the victory.
For Nucci’s, Jeff Gorman was 4 for 4, Al Casteneda and Paul Thomas hit home runs.
For Pizza port, Brian Turner and Dave Granum went 4 for 4, Jeff Jacobs and Bob Baptista went 3 for 3.
Paul Thomas did a nice job filling in for Nucci’s.
Thanks to Joe Raffa for umpiring.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received