With another beautiful day for playing ball at Calavera, VPS knew they where in for a great game against a very tough team in the Landings. First of all VPS was without their leader Pablo Shook he turned his team over to a Rookie in Al Cabacungan to try and run the team. Right from the beginning it was a back and forth game with both teams scoring 12 runs each up to the 6th inning. Great defensive plays Delta catching a line shot from Pete Lindner of VPS or Kathy O'Neil catching a long fly ball in Right Field to end an inning. Both pitchers Bob Baptista and Vicki Asaivao kept the batters in the game by pitching well. Maltansky hit a line drive over center field for the Landings and Al Galaviz hit a shot over left field for VPS.
Both teams played well but with the Landings scoring only scoring 3 runs in the last 3 innings and VPS scoring 8 runs in 2 of the last innings being the home team, the score ended up being 20 VPS to 15 Landings. Although it was a close game, it was nice that both teams played with great sportsmanship and there was zero arguing over close plays and a ton of compliments given to the opposing teams with great plays were made.
Shout out to Steve Newberg and all the players on the Landings for playing such a fine game and making it fun through out the whole game. They are getting better and better and we'd better be prepared to play them again in the next round because they are a tough team and they play well. More important they are all good people a great friends.
Aloha and Mahalo.
What a difference a day makes! Tuesday's game was wet, cold and windy. Today, great field and a nice sunny day! Who could ask for more? Except maybe a WIN!! Well, today was Hennessey's day to get the win. But it wasn't easy with some great playing, fielding and batting by both teams. It was neck and neck throughout the game. It came down to the 9th inning with NU players hungry for that win with some good hitting and scoring 4 runs to get within 1 run but HEN defense prevailed. Great efforts by both teams!!
For NU the "big bats" were Leigh Peterson (4-4) & Jay Cardona (3-4). Key defensive plays by Margo Jacobo and Jonathan Brand kept NU in the game.
For HEN, the bats were alive and well with hits throughout the line up. Al C. (3-4 with HR), Marlon M (3-4), Gary McB (4-4 with HR), Roney L (3-4), Bill G (3-4), Oscar "Scoop" L (3-4) and last but not least Michiko L (3-3). Defensive gems by our Lady "M" at 2nd were terrific...she's a tough one! And that catch by Tom W for the last out was awesome.
As good as it was today, HEN will be saying goodbye to Bill Garner. Today was his last game for this season. We will miss you Bill!!
Thanks to the guys who helped set up the field and thanks to Kevin McBarron for umpiring.
The scene: top of the 9th; CBI clinging to a 1-run lead; bottom of the Draft order up, but they only need a hit or 2 to bring up the Draft's big hitters, and boy were they hitting big (David Bentley 4/4 including a homer; Ken McGehee 4/4; John Musselman, Dan Miserany, Jeff Jacobs and Evie Schwartz all 3/4; and Rick Shaw with a homer). And sure enough, the Draft's leadoff hitter hits a smash to the right of CBI's first baseman, Mark Lehman, that looks like a sure single. But somehow Mark reaches down and grabs the ball and tosses it underhand to CBI's pitcher--ole what's his name--who barely beat the runner to first base for the out! When was the last time you saw a pitcher cover first base in senior softball? The next batter hits a smash up the middle but again ole what's his name somehow grabs it--more in self defense than anything else--and throws out the batter. The next batter grounds out and CBI squeaks by. Mark went 4 for 4 to lead CBI's hitting, and David Hartzog, Ray Kusmer, and Barry Anderson all had homers. Defensively for CBI, both 3B Walt Webber and SS Skip Moyer risked bodily injury by grabbing screaming liners, and LCF David Ward made some really nice running catches.
It was a beautiful sunny perfect temperature for a soft ball game today. Plotkin started out strong with an early lead. Gaspar came back and the score was tied at 10 after 4 innings. Over the next 3 innings Plotkin scored 6 runs and Gaspar scored 8 runs. Both teams scored 5 runs each in the 8th inning. This put Gaspar ahead by two runs 23 to 21 at the top of the 9th and Plotkin was held to 3 consecutive outs. Final score 23 to 21 for Gaspar.
Five members of the Plotkin team had an excellent day batting. Dale Miller was 5/5, Bob Green was 4/4. 3 batters went 4/5 they were Davis Grull, Bob Buscher, and Russ Roopenian.
Four members of the Gaspar team had an excellent day batting. Bruce Petz was 4/4 with 5 RBI,s, Bill Codner was 5/5 with a home run, Paul Thomas was 4/5, and Bob Blachford was 3/4.
A game of fairly evenly matched teams played on a beautiful.
It appears many of our teams need better rain forecasters. At Pine, both Pizza Port and Nucci’s delayed our infield warmups to allow the short squall to pass. Not only did it not rain the rest of the game, the sun came out a few times!
In any case, you could not have two teams so closely matched throughout the game. The score was tied for 7 of the 9 innings. It started out with great defense for both teams with 3 scoreless innings. But then the bats woke up. Both teams got the 5-run max in the fourth inning. (Is that when the sun finally came out?) After 8 innings, Nucci’s (the home team) was up by 1 run. Pizza Port fought hard and was able to get one run in the top of the 9th to tie it up. Even though Nucci’s only needed one run to take the victory, Pizza Port showed their solid defense (including an amazing catch by John Quigley at 3rd) to keep the game tied. Overall, a great game played and enjoyed by both teams.
Hitting stars for Pizza Port were Dave Erwine and Gene LaChimia batting 4/4, and a smashing HR against the swirling wind by Kevin McBarron.
Hitting stars for Nucci’s were Jonathan Brand (4/4), Leigh Peterson (3/4 + HR), Mike Endeman (2/3), and Jonnie Johnson (2/3). Nucci’s also welcomed Joe Raffa back after missing several weeks of games.
Both teams thank Al Cabacungan and Bob Porter for umpiring the game.
It was a cool and drizzly morning at Calaveras, but the field was playable and the two teams were willing to give it a go. With only eight roster players, two subs and two loaners from Hennessey's, Gaspar was seriously outnumbered but very competitive. The lead changed hands four times, but was never more than four runs apart, with both teams failing to score in the 9th inning for a Hennessey's win at 19 to 15.
Brian Turner led GA going 5 for 5, followed by Bruce Petz' seven RBIs, and new player Donato Domaguin and sub Daniel Griffin each going 4 for 5.
The top of the HEN lineup was pretty unstoppable with Marlon Moore, Roney Lewis and Oscar Lara all going 5 for 5 and Gary McBride going 4 for 5. Roney drove in 7 runs with 3 doubles and an over the fence homer. The rest of the lineup wasn't too bad either with Jeff Gorman going 4 for 4 and the team batting .685.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention some outstanding defensive plays by infielders Roney Lewis, Gary Soper and Michiko Lischen, as well as two great relays from the outfield to catcher Bob Peters to cut off runs at home plate.
Game Cancelled Due To Rain
Game Cancelled Due To Rain
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)