After Solana Spa's second victory in a row--that's right, the Spa is now 2-7--the team unanimously voted to leave this turkey league and join the "other" [that is, upper] league. Well, not quite. But the Spa did beat CBI 22-16.
Led by Rick Skidmore [5 for 5]. Dale Miller [4 for 5 with a homer], and Greg Newman [4 for 5], the Spa got an early lead and thanks to 5 runs in each of the 5th, 6th and 7th innings, led 22-11 going into the 9th. CBI scored 5 in the 9th but couldn't complete a comeback.
CBI was led by a long home run by KC Laird, 5 for 5 hitting from Rick Shaw and Rich Keefer, and 4 for 5 hitting from Tony Sando and Marty Fenlon.
But defensive plays for the Spa's new players, Glenn Miller and Bob Storm, as well as from Center Fielder Sherre Lovick, and Barry Anderson's pitching [he struck out 3 of CBI's first 6 hitters] limited the scoring from the rest of CBI's line up.
Thanks much to Steve Newburg for umpiring.
PPB beat WW today 27 to 18. The game was much closer than the score indicated. It was tied 16 to 16 at one point then Pizza Port scored 12 runs over the last few innings to pull away.
Pizza Port was led by Steve Bartholomew and Scott Tatum with both going 4 for 4.
Don Schempp hit a home run and was 3 for 4 and Bob Peters and Jerry Nuanez both going 2 for 3. Jeff Jacobs continued his hot hitting going 3 for 4.
WW had good hitting thru out their lineup even though they were short-handed. Joe Paul did an outstanding job managing his team with so many missing.
Todays game had to be one of the most unbelievable in the history of NCSS. With TPP averaging 20 runs a game, facing off against Nuccis averaging 25 runs a game during their 4 game winning streak, the game looked like a high scoring affair. Over/under in Vegas, had the game at 38. Not so fast. With Mitch "the pitch" Anderson facing Mike (The Magician) Endeman, pitching and great defense was the name of the game. TPP had to believe something was amiss when Manager Kevin McBarron doubled into a double play!! Kevin and the runner ahead of him got stuck between second and third, like two people facing each other in a phone booth. As they both yelled "what are you doing here", Randy Benge ambled over and tagged them both out. In the bottom of the 7th, game tied 3 to 3 and Anderson inexplicably removed from the mound, Nuccis loaded the bases. Up stepped Steve Sexton who delivered one of his "vintage" blasts for a 3 run triple!! Mike and THE D, shut TPP down the last two innings. Hitting was at a minimum as only Dave Suhr (PP) and Eddie Gillette (Nuccis) had 3 hits. Nuccis welcomed newcomer Patrick Driscoll, who had a solid game.
Thanks to Rony Lewis, For umping.
Plotkin Group and Gaspar played a close one, Gaspar coming out the winner. The game was close throughout - the kind that gives managers ulcers. Plotkin hit two dingers from Carlos Cevallos and Dick (married to Janet ) Woods. Folks that was a deep shot to center field. Bob "Mr. Porter" went 4-4 ( surprise . . . not). Steve Oldfield turned in a fine effort going 3-3. Gaspar had a two homer effort as well with Marlene " The Missle " and Jerry Duprez rounding them all. Bob Buscher and Ed Navarro each had a 4-4 day with Ed catching a horizontal rocket for a big out. Jerry also went 3-4. Final score: Gaspar 14 Plotkin Group 11.
Thanksto Jon Quinn for "umping."
On a sad note Sheree Atkinson broke her hand on a play and will be out four to six weeks. Please wish her well. Gaspar will miss her GREAT enthusiasm.
A closely battled game with tough pitching on both sides by Pete Zavala and Pablo Shook, but VPS was able to pull out the game with a 14 to 11 WIN.
The hitting stars for The Draft were Dave Koch, Gary Soper and Donna Engleman going 3 for 4, Greg “The Beer Guy” Lorton going 3 for 3.
VPS was lead by Bill Kutzner & Dwayne Zon going 4 for 4, Wally Wallace, Marlon Moore, Margo Jacobo and newcomer David Hartzog all going 3 for 4.
Marlon had a lead off HR, but IRS called me and told me he was going to be audited.
Thank you to all for a well spirited and timely game.
With slight apologies to Bob Dylan; “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” and blow it did in the second game at Pine Park causing havoc for both pitchers and fielders alike. But in the end, such ill wind was less costly to Worden Williams who came away with a tightly contested 23-19 win over Carlsbad Inn.
Clutch hitting in the 7th and 8th inning by WW’s Dennis Poulson and Gene Becker, generally not known as heavy hitters, sparked 2, 3 run rallies with a home run (Dennis, 3 RBIs) and a double (Gene, over the left fielder’s head) to lengthen the lead to 6 runs and keep CBI at bay. Jerry Galiley, Dan Miserany, each a homerun and Gary McBride, continued their hot hitting with the trio driving in a total of 13 runs. Harry Peacock, came away with his first perfect day at the plate this season when he went 4/4.
CBI showed off their hitting muscle with 2 homeruns by Mike Martelli and a home run apiece by Marty Fenlon (also 4/4) and Rick Shaw and a 4/5 day at the plate by Phil Heinz.
Much thanks to Jeff Jacobs and Joe Gomez who subbed in for WW, both of whom contributed mightily to WW’s 5th win in a row and a tie for first place, with both stellar fielding and hitting (Jeff 4/5 and Joe 2/5 and a very capable defensive effort at first base).
Going into today’s game, The Draft carried a winless record in three Tuesday games, having been outscored 55-25 in those games. The Draft finally broke out of their 0 for Tuesday slump with a hard-fought 20-7 win over Gaspar at Alga 2. Following a lead-off triple by Dave Koch in the first, two quick outs had The Draft on the ropes. But then Mike Maltinsky, Dave Bosque, and Dan Griffin followed with back to back to back homers to lead 4-0. The Draft continued to build to their lead, and took a 15-3 lead into the eighth inning. With one out in the eighth, Joe Itson and Dave Koch hit back to home runs, and singles the rest of the way led to a 20-3 lead, when the teams flipped. Finally feeling comfortable, the Draft took the foot of the pedal and promptly gave up four runs to Gaspar, but finally stanched the bleeding with a fielder’s choice to end the game.
For The Draft, Mike Maltinsky just missed hitting for the cycle by hitting a second double instead of a single, to go along with his home run and a triple. Joe Itson and Greg Lorton were 3 for 3. The Daves were 3 for 4, while Jimmie Martin, Dan Griffin, and Pete Penseyres were 2 for 3.
Pitcher Pablo kept the Gaspar lineup all Shook up, not giving up a run until the fifth inning. In the end only Bob Buscher went 3 for 4.
Thanks to Kevin McBarron for umpiring, in spite of his annoying banter and critiquing with The Draft's pitcher and rover. :-)
This was a game of 2 evenly matched teams. Both 4 -3 with Plus 9 and Plus 8 run differential. But when the dust cleared Plotkin could only manage 11 runs in 9 innings, off of Mike the Magician Endeman, while Nuccis plated 29 in only 7 innings. Nuccis has outscored their opponents by 60 plus runs in their 4 game win streak.
Highlights were Al Cabacungan all over the place at rover. Ask after the game what attributed to his great performance, Al replied, my Pops was in the stands and I didn't want that "LOOK". Randy Benge missing the "cycle", when he failed to get a measly single.:-) And manager Lil Keehan legging out an infield hit that Pablo Shook would of been proud of. What made it more impressive was she was running in some shoes she must of bought at the "dollar store", as the soles came off on her 30 second run to first.
Hitting stars for Nuccis were Jeff Gorman .(.900 average) 5 hits, Eddie Gillette 5 hits and a HR. Cubacungan 5 hits, Joe Maher and Albert (Einstein) Casteneda 4 hits each. Mike Brower had a HR and Benge had 6 RBIs.
For Plotkins, Bob Porter had 4 hits and a HR, while Ken McGehee and Martin Wai each had 3 hits.
Thanks to Steve Bartholomew for subbing and Rony Lewis for umpiring.
It was really cold at the start of today's early game at Pine. How cold was it? So cold people were taking turns getting close to the solar powered bat warmer for a little heat. But after a slow beginning, Spa's bats warmed up. The first 5 Spa batters were really hot: Dale Miller went 6 for 6; Rick Skidmore hit 2 homers; Rich Reynolds went 4 for 5 with a homer; Dave Granum hit 3 homers; and Ray Kusmer went 4 for 5 with a homer. And each of them drove in 4 runs. Defensively, Karen Smith snuffed out a couple of VPS rallies with great catches in RF.
For VPS, Ernie Martinez and Dwayne Zon had homers.
Many thanks to Dave and Bob Baptista for filling in for a very short-handed Spa, to Jack Schwarzel for loaning the Spa a catcher, and to Rick Shaw for umpiring
Standings are posted after all scores have been received