Pizza Port Brewery jumped out to a 13-3 lead in what looked like a runaway win. But Gaspar would have none of it and stormed back to take an 8th inning lead before PPB finally pulled out an 18-17 squeaker in the 9th at Pine Field.
PPB sprung out of the gate with 5 in the first inning and 13 runs after 5 in taking the 13-4 lead after 5 ½.
Kevin McBarron, Jimmy Smyth and newcomer Bob Loperena all had 4 hits with Bob getting his inaugural HR of his NCSS career.
But with Mike Henderson gobbling up balls in LF and the Gaspar outfielders making a trifecta of juggling behind the back, off the shoulders catches (Sherre Lovick had two of the circus catches) Gaspar hung tough. Then the Gaspar offense started hitting. First Larry Wadalavage hit a HR. Craig Wheatcroft went a perfect 5/5 and Henderson added 3 straight hits and Gaspar was rallying. They scored 7 in the 6th to make it 14-11. Then Ron Silverman put jet packs on his back to beat out a crucial throw at first for an RBI that allowed Gaspar to score 5 more in the 7th to take a 16-14 lead into the 8th.
Both teams came thru with clutch hitting and PPBs Jerry Galiley and Dale Miller had 3 hits each to help tie the score going into the 9th. But at the end of the day the story was the battle between Gaspars Al Galaviz and PPBs Mark Riserbato. Galaviz got on 4 times including a triple and a HR to drive in 3 runs. But in the 9th inning of a 16-16 game with 2 on and 2 outs it was Riserbato who came up with the clutch bases clearing hit to put PPB up 18-16. Riserbato hit for the cycle with a huge 5/5 9 RBI day.
Johnny Martinez, Dave Buck, and Bob Baptista all pitched solid ball with no walks and great ball placement. And in the bottom of the 9th PPB was able to get out of a bases full jam to score the victory.
I always enjoy the quotes and quips in the WW’s write ups, so in honor of Joe Paul.
The funny thing about these uniforms is you hang them in the closet and they get smaller and smaller- Curt Flood.
Not to disagree with Mr. Flood but I find this to be true about all my clothes.
Not one argument and no rain. You can’t ask for more. For WW Cord Cameron did a Curt Flood imitation in centerfield hauling down several well hit balls. Dave Ash and Ken Thompson blasted Home runs. Ken also hit 4 for 4. Unfortunately it was not quite enough.
Carlsbad Inn also played good defense and scored in each of the first 6 innings. CBI was lead at the plate by Randy Benge 4 for 4 and Randy Agadoni 3 for 3. Randy B. and Rich Keefer also hit home runs.
The mandatory 5 run start of the game was achieved by team Green. The Draft answered with 4. Advantage Hennessy's.
But that was the last inning they would hold a lead. All remaining innings the runs would build, with the draft holding the lead till the final of 34 to 21.
Can you say Home run Fest. Little Al with 2 (two) Delta 1, David Bently1, And Phil Kay 1 with his second for the week. Touched them all. Under EXTREME pressure from a MANAGER unnamed, I would like to add that LADY FARRINGTON was 5-5.
Dan (the commish) had one for the green folks as well. Going 5-5 were Bobby P and Mr Dan Smith..
Defense? Defense? We don't need no Stinking Defense. Offense Baby Woo Hoo!
Our thanks to Jim Goertzen for umpiring the game.
Nice day for a game at Calavera. Keith Richards of VPS started the game with a homerun. There were multiple hits and runs from both teams. Great defense was behind both pitchers, Rod Johnson and Barry Anderson. New player Frank Weishar of Nucci's had some outstanding catches in the outfield, Everyone particpated in one way or another.
Highlights for VPS: Keith Richards 3/3, 1 HR, Mike Maltinsky, Donato Domaguin, Gene LaChimia and Barry Anderson all were 3/3
Highlights for Nucci's: Star Pitcher Rod Johnson, 4/4 1 RBI, All star SS-Tom Carney 3/4, 4 RBI's, Al Cabacungan 3/4, 2 RBI'S, Dave Ward 2/4 4 RBI'S, Frank Weishar 2/4 1 RBI , Jim Davis 2/4, 2 RBI'S Joe Dimambro and Karen Smith 2/3, 1 RBI, Kirsten Mildbrandt 2/3 2 RBI'S
Have a Happy Easter everyone.
The Groupies came into this game on a roll: they just added 3 new players and were on a winning streak [!!!]. In addition, they were facing the newly-named "Fightin' Pie People" who were playing without 2 of their regulars for the first time. And sure enough, the Groupies jumped to an 8 to 7 lead after 4 innings.
But despite 4 for 4 hitting from Gary McBride, and 3 hits each from Brian Turner, Jack Schwarzel, and Marty Topper [and stellar defense, especially from the Groupies 2nd baseman who robbed the Villagers' pitcher of a sure...well, ok, single], the lead seesawed and the tied was scored--opps, the score was tied--12 all going into the 9th.
But then along came Donato! Mr. Domaguin already had 3 hits including a homer and a double and 3 RBIs when he came up in the 9th with the bags loaded and clubbed a slammer deep to left center field for a 7 RBI day!!! The Fightin' Pie People added 3 more runs after Donato's big hit, and held the Groupies scoreless in the bottom of the 9th for a final score of 19 to 12.
Donato was helped by 5 for 5 hitting from Mike Maltinsky, 4 hits from Ray Kusmer, and 3 each from Dario Santana, Keith Richards [including a homer], Gene LaChimia, Bill Mead, Bo Cai, and Barry Anderson. In addition to his batting, Donato had an excellent defensive day at his position at rover.
Fortunately, no one reads these write ups or someone else might be smart enough to draft him next season.
A Code of Conduct meeting was held before playing.
Both teams were ready to play ball after the long rain spell.
Hennessey started off by scoring 1 run in the 1st inning followed by Rod, Al, and Tom's singled to score 3 runs for Nucci's In the second inning Sherre Parsons hit a single and Joe Dimambro hit a homerun to bring in two runs. Hennessey scored two runs in the second and 1 run in the third. Rod Johnson pitched a great game with great defense behind him leaving Hennessey scoreless for 4 innings. Steve Berry pitched well also with great defense to hold Nucci's scoreless in three innings. In the 6th inning Nucci's Top of the order batters all singled and Karen Smith hit a triple. In the 9th inning Nucci's scored five runs bringing the score 14-4. Hennessey' scored 1 in the top of 9th but couldn't catch up.
Highlights for Hennessey's: Pat Driscoll, Dave Erwine and Dan Miserany were 3/4
Highlights for Nucci's: Rod Johnson 4/4 1 RBI, Tom Carney 4/4, 3 RBI's, Dave Ward 2/4 3 RBI's, Sheree Parsons, 3/4
Joe Dimambro 1 HR, 2/4 and 3 RBI'S, Karen Smith 2/3 with a triple 1 RBI
What we have here is a back and forth game by two strong teams. CBI scored 5 in the first inning cause that's what good teams do. Draft managed 3 to keep us in the game. No runs for CBI in the second, add 3 for the Draft for our first lead.
Back and forth for the rest of the game with never more than a 4 run difference. Final score 19 to 17 draft.
Hitting 4-4 were Bobby P, Tom B, Dan S and MR Marlon Moore Home runs by Phil K and Dan Smith were AWESOOOOME.
For CBI Oscar C was 4-5 and Randy A 4-4 and Tim M hit 3-4. Well done to all
“The biggest lie I tell myself is ‘I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it’’.
"You know what I love about baseball? The pine tar, the resin, the grass and the dirt. And that's just in the hot dog." - David Letterman
Well, that sure took away the mystery about who won the game. But for those folks who have reached their 3 word reading limit, you’re done. For those interested in more detail, read on.
The final score was really not indicative of the closeness the game. It was back and forth throughout with GAS leading 14-12 going into the bottom of the 7th . But WW scored 4 times and plated another 5 runs in the 8th while shutting out GAS in the 8th and 9th inning.
Both teams played well but 2 line drive outs caught by Bob Buscher and Phil Heinz stood out. On the offensive side, Dave Ash not only had a shortest hit of the game – a 5 foot dribbler down the 3rd base line, but also the longest; a shot over the left field fence that hit a tree and bounced back onto the field. Dave also was 5/5, had 6 RBIs and score 2 runs. He was joined in the hit parade by Bob B., Teddy B. and Ken T. The entire WW lineup had at least 1 hit but it was the bottom of the lineup (Cord, Joel and Lloyd) that started the 5 run rally in the 8th and put the game out of reach with 5 insurance runs. Finally, special mention to Roger T and Linda W (still recovering from a nasty bruise on her shin) who hit line drives over the shocked faces of the left and left center fielders.
Although Gaspar hit the ball well, it seemed like it was at someone every time. Yet, Larry Wadalavage managed a 3 run home run and Dan Hacker, Al Galaviz and Skip Moyer each went 3/4.
All and all, a well-played ball game by both teams and to the outfielders delight, no standing water or poop in the outfield.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)
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