The weather was hot, and so were the bats! Carlsbad Inn came out swinging, and scored 5 in their first at bat. VPS wasn’t going to be denied, and kept right up with CBI most of the game. VPS newbie Ruby Murphy helped the cause with a base clearing double to boost VPS’s lively bats. CBI’s Dan Miserany and Manager Tony Sando were 5 for 5. Rich Reynolds returned to the line up today and reminded everyone why he was so sorely missed, going 4 for 5 at the plate along with some outstanding fielding. Skip Moyer tried to kill the CBI pitcher with a line drive up the middle, but was unsuccessful. When VPS attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth, the CBI pitcher repaid the murder attempt by shutting them down. Special thanks to Jack Schwarzel for loaning CBI a player when Don Agostino couldn’t make the bell due to the heat. Thank you also to Johnny Brand for giving up his day off to come and assist the injury riddled CBI.
This was a hot game in more ways than one at Alga 3 today beginning with both teams scoring five runs in the first inning with no outs being recorded and ending with a game tying homer in the bottom of the ninth. At that point, with both teams exhausted with running around the bases and after balls in the heat, they decided to end the game in a 19 to 19 tie. Lots of hits and homers by both teams. PPB had homers from Bob Blakely 4 for 4, Hugh O'Neil 3 for 4, and Scott Tatum 2 for 4. Bob Peters had a 3 for 4 day. The top six of PG's lineup were just about unstoppable with only three outs in 29 at bats. Jesse Jackson led off the game with a homer and was 4 for 5. Oscar Castillo was 4 for 5 with two homers. Kevin Armentano was 5 for 5 with two homers, including the first over-the-fence one this reporter has ever seen. Carlos Cevallos was 5 for 5, Ron Silverman was 4 for 5, and Dick Wood chipped in with 4 for 4. And PG thanks Jerry Nuanez for filling in ably at 1st base and contributing two base hits.
For the first time in a while, Nucci’s started out a game strong, scoring five runs in the top of the first on eight straight hits with no outs. The Draft scored four runs to narrow the lead to 5-4 after two, but NU maintained the lead the rest of the game on a very warm and humid day at Calavera and beat the Draft 14-9 in shortened seven inning game. Both teams hit well today, with each scoring five runs in the fifth. Don Schempp continued his hot hitting for NU, going 4 for 4 with 4 RBIs. Dave Ash also went 4 for 4 and scored 4 runs, substitute Barry Anderson went 3 for 3 and Dave Koch went 3 for 4. NU played a solid defense all around today, with the highlight being a long running catch by Dave Ash in left center. Jimmie Martin went 4 for 4 to lead all DR hitters, and Greg Lorton and Gary Soper both went 3 for 4. Ernie Martinez and Rich Shaw each powered one over the fence for DR. Thanks to Barry Anderson for helping us out today and filling in at third base.
On a hot day at Pine, Team Purple started out scoring 5 in the first and never trailed in the game. Star of the game for Cultura was Al Galaviz who hit a Home Run. For Team Purple, David Bosque was 4-4. T-Bone was 4-4 with a double and a Home Run. David Ward was 3-4 with a Home Run. Margo, Joe Maher and Ray O’Toole were also 3-4.
Well, so much for fun in the sun, eh? I will say that there was loads of inspiration, and just as much perspiration! The draft came out as hot as the weather, with five of their first 6 batters scoring to end the top of the first. CBI came right out to remind the Draft that they know what a bat is for also, scoring 4 runs to keep it close. For the remainder of the game, it was a pitching duel, Jimmie Martin fielded his position like his glove and the ball where magnet and metal! The beer guy (Greg Lorton) proved to be a complete annoyance at rover, robbing several of the CBI players of line drive hits up the middle! Barb, go to the ball, Pardo proved to be just such an annoyance out in short center field for CBI, pulling in fly balls like a hawk attacking a pigeon in flight. Rick Skidmore just arrived back from New York, I think he landed just a few minutes before game time, was a little under the hot weather, but showed up to support his team. Both teams had hot bats, but CBI bats proved to be just a little hotter on this warm day in September. Welcome back Steve “Bart” Bartholomew. Thank you to Rick Shaw for helping to set up the field.
On a hot day at Calavera, Team Purple started out scoring 5 in the first and never trailed in the game. Stars of the game for Plotkin Group were Ron Silverman and Carlos Cavallos who each went 3-4. Carlos also made a great rally-killing catch in left field. For Team Purple, perfect days at 4-4 for Joe Maher and T-Bone with 2 singles a double and an out-of-the-park home run over Plotkin star Kevin Armentano’s head. Special thanks to Eddie Gillette for calling balls-and-strikes.
You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows or to tell you how hot it was at Pine Park where Cultura took on That Pizza Place. Cultura jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, besting TPP 12-3. Defense again was key for Cultura as outfielders Paul Thomas, Bob Porter and Brian Turner made crucial catches, as did the infield, that turned another 4 DPs. TPP also showed fine glovework in the field but clutch hitting by Randy Benge (4/4), a homerun by Brian Turner and a 2 out hit by Charlene Madvig to spark a 4 run rally helped carry the day. It would be remiss not to also mention the pitching of Steve Berry who held TPP to 3 runs. The game featured the debut of two new ball players to the league, George Mahler (not the composer; that would be Gustav Mahler) and Marlene Hill, both whom acquitted themselves quite well at bat (each with a hit) and in the field (Marlene with a nice stop off of a hot shot by Bob Porter). With the win, Cultura evened its record to 8-8.
VPS broke a four game losing streak by defeating Nucci's on a hot day at Alga Norte. VPS took a quick 5-1 lead after one inning and never trailed. Marlon Moore subbing for manager Jack Schwarzel, lead by example with a 5 for 5 game. New player Dale Miller was 5 for 5 in his first game and Pete Zavala was 4 for 4. Don Schempp made several great catches from the rover position for Nucci's. Many thanks to Dennis Poulson subbing for Nucci's, Roney Lewis subbing for VPS, and to Jim Giovinazo and Al Cabacungan for splitting the umpiring.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received