On Thursday, March 16 from 9:00am to noon.
at Calavera Hills Community Center.
A lovely morning at Calavera. Where Scoring 25 runs is not enough for a victory. Not as cold as Tuesday but nowhere near warm either.
From the beginning it was a defensive struggle. By that I mean both teams struggled to find any defense. As an example, in the top of the ninth, ahead 25 to 17 the Draft graciously allowed Plotkin Group to score 8 runs. Humm tie game now. Up came Dan Smith with one out to hit a long Sac fly to score the winning run for the Draft.
But the bonehead play of the day went to Mr Endleman. As he with great glee rounded third and stomped on Home plate as a runner for the third out instead of the 5th run.
Many thanks to Mr Dave Bosque for subbing And hitting 4-5. Also hitting 4-5 on the Draft were Jimmie, Phil and Dennis. Batting 5-5 for Plotkin Group were Leigh (sub), Gary, and Tori.
Many thanks to Joe Raffa for umping.
Worden Williams had to forfeit the game.
First and foremost, best wishes to PPB's manager, Mark Lehman. Mark was 2 for 2, including a drive to the base of the center field fence. But in the bottom of the 4th, Mark, playing 1st base, dove for a grounder and badly tore his Achilles. His wife, Brenda, drove him to the ER but we fear he may be lost for much if not all of the rest of the season.
The Pizza men were ahead 6-2 when Mark went down, but after that the Village people were macho men the rest of the game, outscoring the previously unbeaten Pizza people 13 to 3 for a final score of 15-9.
The Pizza people's hitting was led by Rich Lavacot, who went 4 for 5 with a walk, and 3 doubles from Kevin McBarron.
The Villagers had 5 batters go 3 for 4--Johnny Brand, Mike Maltinsky, Donato Domaguin, Gene LaChimia, and Bill Mead--and they had homers from Donato, Ray Kusmer, Barry Anderson, and Bo Cai.
Defensively, the Villagers' infield--Ray at 1st, Dan Frye at 2nd, Donato at Rover, Keith Richards and Johnny at SS, and Bo Cai at 3rd--and outstanding play by Mike in the outfield, kept the Pizza people from adding on to their league-leading average runs per game.
Much thanks to Rick Shaw for umpiring a game with several close and controversial calls.
Across the league today there where teams scrambling to field 12 players. CBI was fortunate to get 2 subs that did much of the heavy lifting. Gary Soper pitched a gem and Donna Engelman took care of the catching duties. Gary was aided by some slick fielding from Oscar Castillo and Margo Jacobo.
On the offensive side, Oscar also had a big day hitting for the cycle and driving in 5 runs. Randy Agadoni hit 3 for 4 with a home run and 6 RBIs. Paul Thomas, Don Schempp, Tom Winterbourne, Tim McNary and Martin Wai were each 1 hit from a perfect day.
For Gaspar the hitting stars were Nanci Watt 3 for 3 and 3 RBIs. Two of Nanci's hits were doubles. Rick Skidmore and Dan Hacker both hit 3 for 3.
Thanks to Al Cabacungan for calling balls and strikes.
Both teams played well today in the cold/rainy weather. Plotkin welcomed two of their new players, Leo McFall and Larry Weinberger today who performed well. Rod Johnson, pitcher for Nucci's and Harry Peacock pitcher for Polktin were both steady on the mound. Nucci's Tom Carney hit two homeruns going 5/5 and lead the team with 8 RBI's.
Other leading hitters for Nucci's were David Ward hitting 5/5 with 3 RBI's, Joe Dimambro 4/5, Al Cabacungan 4/5, 2 RBI's.The ladies on Nucci's were on top of their game today with Karen Smith went 4/4 with two RBI's, Laurie Mills 3/5, 2 RBI"s and Kirsten Mildbrandt 3/5, 1 RBI. Way to go LADIES! I am so happy this teams supports each other and had fun dancing today with Laurie's boom box music.
Highlights for Plotkin:
Leading hitters were Gary McBride 5/5, Leo McFall and Larry Weinberger 4/5 and Greg Lorton 3/4
Thanks to Leigh Peterson for subbing for Plotkin
It was cold at Calavera today. How cold was it? It was so cold that nearby fire hydrants were hoping male dogs would happen by!!! But despite the cold and occasional drizzle, the Village people and the Draft dodgers toughed out a game marked by raw determination.
The Villagers jumped out to a 11-0 lead after 4 innings. But the Villagers were determined to let the dodgers back in the game--and they did. Through a combination of shoddy across-the-board defense and poor baserunning , the Villagers let the dodgers catch up and then go ahead 13-12 going into the 9th inning.
The Village people had 3--that's right 3--runners thrown out at home! Whoever thought it was good strategy to have Dennis Kemp--6'2" and a good fielder--play catcher? That Delta is one smart cookie.
But led by that hitting machine Bob Peters, who had 2 greenies, the Villagers put up 6 runs in the top of the 9th and held the dodgers to 3 for a 18-16 final score.
For the Village people, both Ray Kusmer and Gene LaChinmia were 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly each, and Barry Anderson, Dario Santana, and Bill Mead went 3 for 4. And nobody froze, although several came close.
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.”
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein
“There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.” – Tommy Lasorda
It was a glorious weather day in Carlsbad for softball --- if you like wind chill, gray skies, blustery wind and you are a polar bear. Growing up in western New York and going to school in Buffalo, glorious weather in the winter means less than 4 feet of snow, no ice (maybe) and a temperature above 20. So by my standard, it was glorious as a depleted Worden Williams (6 players out) squeezed by Hennessey’s 22 to 16. Through the 6th inning, the score was tied 13 to 13 when WW’s bats came alive, scoring 5 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th, capped off by a two out three run home run by Bill Kutchera (also 5/5). WW hit 5 home runs in total in addition to Bill K; Teddy Badillo, Ken Thompson, Rich Berkley and sub Roney Lewis. Defensively, web gems were turned in by Lloyd Thorne, Gene Foreman and Bill Kutchera (2 gems and almost a third which was labeled “a good try” in the scorebook).
Hennessey’s, of course, was not asleep at the wheel, but came up a little short. Offensively, HEN was led by Dan Miserany (4/4 and a home run) Oscar Lara (4/4) and Bill Witte, known more for crunching numbers than crunching softballs – 4/4(all solid hits). Dave Erwine also contributed a home run for HEN.
Thanks to Roney Lewis and Ron Silverman who subbed for WW and Bob Baptista who may have set a senior league umpiring record by not having one disputed call.
Sports fans fondly recall famous sports moments such as the “Heidi Game”, or “Miracle On Ice”, or the “Thrilla in Manilla”. Pizza Port Brewery scored 7 runs with two outs in the 9th to pull out a 27-20 win over Carlsbad Inn, and those fans in attendance at Alga 2 can now say they witnessed the “Nutsack Game”.
Balls were bouncing all over the place and striking…well balls. First pitcher Rick Keefer took a hard shot to the 5 hole and went down in a heap. After a few moments of recovery and taking inventory it was Umpire Rick Shaw who played bat rack to a tossed bat to the chops. An inning later it was Robert Kroger who had a thrown ball ricochet into the…uhhh you guessed it. Goalie Dale Miller escaped maiming when a liner grazed his pads and nads on the way thru to the outfield. The teams needed to call Vonn’s for a special order of frozen peas just to get this game on the books.
The game itself was a choppy marathon filled with a lot hits, runs and errors squeezed into 3 rain delays and both teams ending with only 11 players on the field. PPB scored in all but one inning with Steve Newberg coming through with 6 RBIs and Dale Miller going 6/6. Steve Sexton was an emergency fill in a pitcher and got his 4th victory of the season while adding 5 hits and a HR. Kevin McBarron and Mark Lehman added HRs with Lehman’s being a tremendous blast that brought rain and would have gone out of the park on any other day. Jerry Galiley and Phil McCabe both made superb catches to keep PPB in front.
CBI got big games from Robert Kroger 4/5, Paul Thomas 4/5 5 RBIs and Rich Keefer’s 4/5 and a HR. And not lost was a nice running catch by Randy Agadoni that saved several runs and two throw outs at the plate by their SS.
The teams thank Rick Shaw for umping and hope his physical therapy goes well on two injuries now. Remember, asking for a massage of your injury could constitute a felony. PPB also thanks Phil McCabe for subbing in. Afterwards the teams united to form an acapello group highlighting the 4 new sopranos they re-gender assigned during the game.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)
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