A Manager's Work Is Never Done !!
Carlsbad Inn and The Draft met in perfect softball weather (overcast and cool) at Pine. The Draft Dodgers jumped out quickly with four runs in the first and two in the second to lead 6-3. Then CBI’s defense settled in holding the Dodgers to one run in the next four innings while CBI’s offense awakened with nine runs to lead 12-7 after six. But The Draft was not about to roll over, scoring five in the seventh to tie the game up. CBI’s offense again came to the forefront, scoring four in the eighth and five in the ninth while holding The Draft scoreless for the final score of 21-12.
Crash Porter went 4 for 4 for The Draft, while Paul Thomas, Dan Griffin, and Bob Loperena all went 3 for 4. Captain Randy Agadoni led CBI going 4 for 5, as did Steve Doan who drilled a three-run triple into left center (he is a retired dentist, after all). Tom Carney was 3 for 4 plus a walk and also hit a two-run home run in the first. Pat Driscoll and Greg Lorton also went 3 for 4.
Thanks to Bob Loperena for subbing for The Draft and Rick Shaw and Joe Raffa for umpiring.
Today's game at Alga between the two cellar dwellers was played under a welcome overcast day that kept the temperatures reasonably comfortable. The result was a game that was not decided until the last out with PG holding off the GA top of the batting order in the top of the 9th with only two runs, preserving a 15 to 13 win for PG.
After both teams failed to score in the 1st, PG plated ten runs in the next two innings on the "strength" of twelve singles and one double. PG failed to score in the next three innings while GA chipped away at the lead finally plating five runs in the 7th inning to take an 11 to 12 lead. PG got one back in the bottom of the 7th and four more runs in the 8th to take a 15 to 11 lead that they made standup for the victory.
PG had a very balanced attack with all but one player getting a hit, all but two players scoring a run, and all but three knocking in at least one run. Leading the team were Leo McFall going 4 for 4 and Dan Menendez going 3 for 3. PG small-balled GA to death with only two doubles, one triple and no homers.
For GA, only Sheree Parsons and newcomer Rob Sterling were 3 for 3 with Rob getting the only home run of the game. PG's defense had something to do with that with David Hartzog, Dan Akers and Oscar Castillo making several key catches and Cathy McDonald, pressed into the 1st base position late in the game, catching an errant throw and tagging the batter/runner for the final out of the game.
The game started out with both teams scoring 3 runs in the first inning. Nucci's scored in every inning but three and PPB scored every inning but two. The game was like a seesaw being tied in innings 3,4,5 and 6th. Several doubles play were outstanding for Nucci's infield today. At the top of the 7th with two outs, Jonathan Brand started with a double and was followed by hits from Tom, Frank, Laurie, Al, and Oscar to bring in five runs taking the lead 14-10. PPB held Nucci's scoreless in the 8th and PPB scored two runs at the bottom of 8th. Nucci's scored two more runs in the 9th and held PPB scoreless.
Nucci's: Jonathan Brand was 5/5, Tom Benacka 4/5 with 1 RBI, Frank Weishaar was 5/5, 3 RBI's Laurie Mills 3/5 3 RBI's, Al Cabacungan 5/5 with 6 RBI'S, Dan Hacker 4/5 1 RBI
Thanks to Jeff Payton for subbing for Nucci's
For PPB: Roney Lewis 4/4 w/4 RBI and 3 doubles, David Erwine 3/3 with 2 home runs and double. Dennis O'Hern 3/3 with 2 doubles and a homerun, Phil Heniz 3/4 and Roger Kroger 2/3. David Ward with a 2-run homer
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VPS took an early lead after scoring five runs in the first inning with Nucci's following with 3 runs. VPS held Nucci's scoreless in the 2, 3rd inning.
In the fourth inning VPS had 8 runs on board. Laurie Mills led off with a single followed by her teammates to score 5 runs tieing the game 8-8 at the bottom of the 4th. In the 5th inning Frank Weishaar hit a homerun to bring in three runs followed by Laurie Mills homerun.
Nucci's took the lead in the 5th 13-10 Both teams were scoreless in the 6th. In the 7th inning with three runners on base Frank Weishaar hits his second homerun of the game giving Nucci's the lead 18-10. Both teams were scoreless again the 8th. VPS scored 2 runs in the 9th but couldn't catch up.
Nucci's had a several double plays during the game.
Phil Kay had a great day at the plate going 4/4. Frank Weishaar was 3/4 with 2 homeruns and 7 RBI's.
Tom Benacka, Laurie Mills, Dan Hacker all went 3/4. Oscar Lara went 3/4 with 4 RBI'S.
Leading the VPS hitting was Dave Ash, 3/4, 1 homerun, 2 RBI'S, Dario Santana 3/4, an Roger Tesi 3/4
“What kind of a day was it? A day like all days, filled with events that alter and illuminate our times – and you are there.” Walter Cronkite from You Are There
While the game was neither altering nor illuminating, it was certainly exciting nonetheless.
The Draft came loaded for bear at Alga Park, but missed by a whisker and fell to Worden Williams 18-17. Despite some miscues on the part of DR, the score could have been easily reversed. As was the case in its last game, WW managed to stay one step ahead of DR by opening up small leads of 3 and 4 runs and were even trailing in one inning. Going into the 9th, WW was ahead by 3 runs (18-15) with the Draft’s top of the order coming to bat. But after DR pushed across 2 runs to narrow the score to one, WW defense stiffened to get the final 2 outs.
Offensively, WW scored half of its runs with 2 outs as every batter in the lineup had at least one hit. The key hit, however, was a three run home run by Jack Schwarzel in the bottom of the 6th to overcome a one run deficit and maintain a lead that it never relinquished. Jack also contributed five RBIs. Mike Henderson was perfect at the plate as well as in right centerfield. Not much gets by Mike. Defensively, a shoe string catch by Brian Turner in right field and a couple of key stops by Joel Kudren and Ron Silverman in the infield were contributing factors in the win as was a key double play throwing runners out at third and home early in the game.
The Draft strung together two four run innings and a five run inning to keep the game close. DR was led by Dan Miserany 4/5 and Bob Porter who contributed a home run, 5/5 at the bat, 4 RBIs and was a whirling dervish on the base paths. Leigh Peterson, who was originally slated to ump the game but ended up subbing for a sub, did his best impression of Brooks Robinson by flawlessly handling a number of ground balls at the hot corner.
By winning today, WW extended its win streak to ten after an opening day loss.
Pizza Port Brewery drop ball artist Pat Steele and Carlsbad Inn Knuckleballer Ken Thompson battled in a great pitchers duel today shutting down their opponents every inning.
The defense on both squads was superb with CBi’s Pat Driscoll, Greg Lorton and Tom Carney sub Mike Brower making great plays along with PPB’s David Erwin, David Ward and Pat Steele, who also had the game winning 2-run homer in the 9th inning.
Leading the way offensively for PPB was Phil Heinz, Roney Lewis and Robert Kroger with 3/4 and 2 runs apiece. Tom Winterbourne, David Ward and Dennis O’hern were 2/3 and had RBI’s. Dennis hit a homer.
CBI was lead by Rich Lavacot, Pat Driscoll and Mike Brower all 3/4
Much thanks to Gene LaChimia for umpiring a great game in 82 degree weather. Next year he should be umpiring the Little League World Series Finals in Williamsport.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)