There are two scheduled events to memorialize our teammate and friend Gordon Cress.
The first gathering is a Military Honors Service at the Miramar National Cemetery on Friday, February 21st starting at 10:30am. The Miramar National Cemetery is located at 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA.
The second gathering will be a Celebration of Life held at his home on Friday, February 21st starting at 1:00pm. His home is located at 6562 Windflower Drive, Carlsbad, CA.
Please RSVP Gordon's daughter Donna at DONNA@DLSEA.NET or 760-533-0194.
August 11, 1933 - October 27, 2019
OK, this is surreal. 2001 Pats 1 -3, 96 Jaguars 4 -7 and 2018 Colts 1-5 all turned their seasons around and made the playoffs. After starting the season 1 and 3 with the last game a humiliating rout, 2020s Nucci's have turned it around and have won 7 straight! At the start of the season, assistant manager Al Cubacungan told the team, "we'll single the league to death". After 11 games they are doing just that with a lot of extra base hits also. That with an excellent pitcher and stifling defense has propelled Nucci's to a league leading 8 - 3.
As far as the game went, Gaspar jumped up 4 to 2, but only scored 5 runs the rest of the game, while Nucci's plated 27 without batting in the ninth. This is the 7th straight game Nucci's hasn't batted in the ninth.
Hitting stars were a plenty for Nuccis. Jeff Gorman, Cubacungan and Randy Benge all had 5 hits. Eddie Gillette, Lil Keehan, and Steve Sexton 4 hits each with Benge, Sexton and Albert (The Italian Stallion) Casteneda all homering.
For Gaspar, Bob (sub) Porter, Gene Lachima, Jim Davis, Bob Blakely and Dave Irwine all had 3 hits. Irwine also homered.
And to Joe Raffa, who after telling everyone he was going into lasik surgery, went out and umpired anyway:-) Good job Joe.
On this beautiful day in Carlsbad, these two teams enjoyed an active game with both teams scoring in their first inning; VPS 5 and CBI 4. VPS held this lead for these two innings. But then it was the CBI bats that made the difference in the game. Not to lose sight of some good defense, VPS made several well-executed double plays at strategic times during the game. CBI, in the 3rd inning posting 5 runs to be added to their 4 in the first inning. From this point on, CBI was able to keep VPS from re-taking the lead. CBI managed to score some insurance runs in later innings to hang on to the lead for the win.
For VPS, Paul Thomas went 3/3 with a home run. Bill Kutzner and Pete Zavala went 2/2.
For CBI, Rick Shaw went 4/4, Donato Domaguin went 2/3 with a home run. 3/4 on the day were Phil Heinz, David Ward, Vern Blough, Tony Sando and Marty Fenlon.
Thanks go out to Jon Quinn for umpiring.
Pizza Port Brewery and the Draft were locked in a close game most of the way at Calavera today. DR led 5-4 after the 1st inning, but PPB took a 7-5 lead after two and never relinquished it the rest of the way, winning 19-14. PPB had a great day at the plate, including four home runs from the middle of the order. Everyone on the team had at least one hit.
Leading the way was Scott Tatum, who went 5 for 5 (and 9 for 9 the last two games). Dave Granum went 4 for 5 with a home run, and Steve Bartholomew and Jeff Jacobs also went 4 for 5. Brian Turner and Roney Lewis each went 3 for 5 with a home run, and Jack Million also went 3 for 5. Bob Blachford also hit a home run. On defense, PPG turned three double plays today, including pitcher Bob Baptista’s catch of a line drive and throw to first base to double off the runner.
The leading hitter for DR was Dave Koch who went 5 for 5. Pete Penseyres and Greg Lorton went 4 for 5. Joe Itson and Jim Goertzen went 3 for 4. Mike Maltinsky hit a home run to center that hit a tree and bounced back into the field, saving what would have been a lost ball. DR pitcher Pablo Shook had big 8th inning, striking out the last two batters with two runners on base. And The Draft thanks Dennis Poulson for subbing at third base, and hitting 3 for 5.
Mitch Anderson went 4/4 and pitched TPP to a 18-16 win over Solana Spa today at Alga. The game started out as a typical Senior Softball contest with “senior moments” abound on the base paths. TPP was fortunate to get three outs at home plate. Joe Kahn provided an interesting visual when he fielded a John Brand throw at the plate only to turn around and see TWO SS runners stacked up next to him. Bam Bam two outs without moving!
TPP led 18-12 in the 9th inning with Mark Forster and Bob Cinque providing HRs. Then in the 9th SS came alive and strung together hit after hit to make it tense and tight. Solana Spa had 5 batters 4/5, and Leigh Peterson hit 5/5 and a 3 run HR. But it was Karen Smith who brought the crowd to its feet with a rocket over the left fielders head for a bases loaded triple. But TPP was able to quell the rally and take a much needed victory.
A close game for the entire 9 inning, with VPS edging out PPB 15 to 14 for the WIN. Good pitching by both PPB’s Bob Baptista and VPS’s Pete Zavala kept all hitters off balance most of the game.
Roney Lewis and Scott Tatum were 4 for 4, Jack Million was 4 for 5 and Dave Granum hit another HR on us, one of these days we will figure out how to get Dave to ground out.
VPS had several batters going 2 for 3, with Dwayne Zon hitting two doubles, Dave Ash a double and a HR, and David Hartzog hitting a HR.
Thanks go out to Jimmie Martin for umpiring the last half of the game, very much appreciated.
On this beautiful day at Calavera Hills Park, these two teams both wanted to post a W in the win column. It was CBI that finished ahead with the W. Strong hitting by CBI, with an OBP of just over .700 and scoring in every inning led to this victory breaking a three game losing streak. PG made a gallant effort posting six runs in the 4th inning and some additional runs in the innings to follow but it wasn’t enough.
For PG, Carlos Cevallos and Oscar Castillo went 4/5. Barbie McCully went 3/4 including a blast down the third base line for a triple.
CBI enjoyed some good hitting. Tony Sando, Dave Ward, Vern Blough and Mike Martelli went 4/4 (& home run). Several CBI hitters went 3/4 including John Cellini, Rick Shaw, Rich Keefer, Marty Fenlon, Donato Domaguin and Jeff Arredondo.
Avenging an opening day loss, Worden Williams squeaked by a short-staffed Pizza Place 20-16 and held on to at least a tie for first place. This was a close game all the way until WW scored 4 runs in the 6th to break an 11-11 tie and 5 in the 8th to hold off a determined TPP who pushed across 5 runs in the last 4 innings. The game came to an end however with TPP threatening when Joe Paul caught a major league flyball off the bat of Mark Forster for the last out.
The game marked the return of Mike Weinreich and Hugh O’Neil who collectively missed a total of 9 games on the IL , but showed very little rustiness as both showed they had not lost either their hitting or fielding touch after a long layoff.
Offensively, the entire team continued its clutch hitting, but home runs (and 5 RBIs) by Dan Miserany kept the game close in the early innings and Gary McBride broke the tie in the 6th with a 3-run HR (and 4 RBIs). Worthy of note was that Gene Becker started both rallies in the 6th and 8th inning.
Solid hitting by the 2 Kevins, McBarron (HR) and Armentano (2HRs) and both 5/5 at the plate, and timely hitting by John Quigley, 3 hits and 3 RBIs, were bright spots on offense for TPP. On defense, McBarron let it be known that he has a gun for an arm in the outfield as he threw out WW’s fastest runner at home.
Both managers agreed that with parity in the league, this will be an exciting season.
Nuccis came into the game riding a 5 game winning streak. Is it coincidence that Mike (the Magician) Endeman, allowing only an average of 9 1/2 runs a game over that span, started pitching? But look what awaited them! Solona Spa, sporting 3 new quality players and winners of their last two games. But they were no match for Mike and his DOMINATE D. Heading that D were Al Cabacungen, Randy Benge, with John Telles and Pat Driscoll making spectacular catches. And of course Steve (which way do I go coach) Sexton, showing why he is the best first baseman in the league.
Leading the offense were Al C 5-5, Benge 2 HRs, Mike Brower 4-4, Joe Maher 3-3 with a double and a triple. Telles and Albert Casteneda both homered.
On the light side, with Nuccis leading by 15 runs in the nineth, Manager Lil Keehan was asked if she wanted to pitch. She replied, "no, don't think we have a big enough lead"!! When ask for his teams highlights, Manager Barry Anderson lamented, "there weren't any":-)
Thanks to Steve Newberg for umpiring.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received