Pizza Port Brewery had lost its last two games by close margins, so manager Roney Lewis decided to make a few changes in the batting order today, and the team responded with a 23-14 win over Solana Spa at Calavera.
Bob Blachford became the new lead-off hitter and opened the game with a home run. Dave Granum moved up to the clean-up spot, hit two home runs and had 6 RBIs. Roney Lewis also homered after moving up in the order. PPB took an early 5-0 lead after the first inning and followed up with five runs in the 3rd and 4th to take a commanding 15-6 lead. SS scored five in the 6th to narrow the lead to 18-11, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.
Bob Blachford went 5 for 5 to lead the hitting attack. Don Schempp, Roney Lewis and Jeff Jacobs went 4 for 4, and Dave Granum, Brian Turner, Jack Million and Bob Baptista went 3 for 4. The PPB defense was stellar today, with Jeff Jacobs, Bob Blachford and Brian Turner making several great running catches in the outfield, while Don Schempp and Roney Lewis made had some slick plays at short and rover to keep runners off the bases.
Jim Plotkin went 3 for 4 with a home run to lead the SS hitters. Ray Kusmer, Gary Linder, Barry Anderson and Leigh Peterson also went 3 for 4.
A tight congested game today by two evenly matched teams with each one missing several players. Today, VPS was able to edge out Plotkin Group by a score of 16 -14.
The game was close during the entire game, no team ever leading by more than 4 runs. Leading the PG hitting machine was of course Bob Porter going is usual 5 for 5, Dick Wood, Oscar Lara & Steve Oldfield chipped in going 3 for 4. Dick Wood also had a triple, but was unable to unhitch the wagon for a HR.
VPS hitting stars were Marlon Moore going 4 for 4, Dave Ash 4 for 4 with 3 doubles, Wally Wallace 3 for 4 with a double, Paul Thomas 3 for 4 (using a secret weapon bat for his hits), Vicki Asaivao 2 for 3 and Margo Jacobo driving a line shot past PG left fielder for a HR and piece of pie.
Thanks to Steve Sexton for subbing for the Plotkin Group.
TPP bats came alive today crashing 8 HRs enroute to a 23-10 win over Gaspar. Kevin Armentano continued his hot hitting with 7 RBIs on a 3/3- 3 HR day. John Quigley sped around the bases twice for HRs and added a triple.
Gaspar fought back to make it 13-6 in the 6th with Frank Bravo and Bob Buscher leading the way with 3 hits each. But nice defensive grabs by Mitch Anderson and John Brand kept Gaspar at bay. Then TPP finally blew it open with HRs from Marty Topper (3/3), Jack London, and Rick Kamien. Other hitting stars for TPP were Anderson, Brand, and Max Isbell who were all 3 for 3.
A big Welcome Back! goes to Dave Grull who subbed in for Gaspar and chipped in with a couple hits.
Thanks to Steve Newberg for umping.
Starting out turbocharged and firing on all cylinders at Pine Avenue Park, The Draft only sent five players to the plate in the top of the first, but all five scored via a grand slam by Mike Maltinsky, followed by a solo homer by Dave Bosque. The Draft continued to slowly pad their lead over the next several innings while their defense and Pablo Shook’s pitching held Carlsbad Inn in check. After four and a half, the score was 9-0. Carlsbad Inn got on the board with four in the bottom of the fifth, but The Draft responded with five in the sixth to build an insurmountable 14-4 lead. Well, maybe not so insurmountable. Still up 14-4 heading into the seventh, The Draft shifted from turbocharger to Prius mode, while Carlsbad Inn scored five times in both the seventh and eighth to tie the game at 14. Then in the ninth with bases loaded and two outs, Dave Bosque hit a clutch two-run double followed by an RBI hit by Dan Griffin to give The Draft a 17-14 lead headed into the bottom of the ninth. Not content to make it easy, The Draft gave up a quick run, but managed to hold off Carlsbad Inn with the potential tying run at the plate.
For Carlsbad Inn, Marty Fenlon was 4 for 4, while Tony Sando and Donato Domaguin were each 3 for 4 with a home run. Dave Ward also homered.
For The Draft, in addition to the first-inning homers by Mike Maltinsky and Dave Bosque, Greg Lorton and Dave Koch also homered. Mike, Dave K, and Dan Griffin were 4 for 4, Dave B was 3 for 4, and Joe Itson, Greg Lorton, and Jimmie Martin were 2 for 3.
Thanks to Al Cabacungan and Mike Endeman of Nucci’s for scouting out The Draft for their Thursday game (and also umpiring). :-)
SS dreaded the return of the "Honey" curse, and for a short time it looked like it had returned. Leigh "Honey" Peterson showed up for the game, and sure enough SS fell behind 3-2 after the first inning. Some SS players were so spooked that they tried to avoid returning to the field by blending in with the homeless in Pine Park (and several SS players looked like they could blend in quite easily).
But then the whole atmosphere changed: Marlyce Miller, Dale's better half, suddenly showed up to see her first NCSS game, and the curse lifted. Led by "Honey" going 4 for 4 and Karen Smith 3 for 3, and homers from SS newcomers (Jim Plotkin, Glenn Miller, and Bob Storm), SS scored 19 more runs and held PG to only 1 more--Bob Porter's homer--to win 21-4.
Defensively, SS turned one double play after another, and SS Pitcher, Barry Anderson, dazzled the "crowd"--Marlyce and 2 or 3 others--with 5 assists, including 3 in a row at one point. The SS Management has now provided Marlyce with a free pass for the rest of the season.
Lucky Bishop's 3 run triple in the 9th inning highlighted TPPs 18-13 win over Pizza Port today at Alga.
It was a tight contest throughout with TPP jumping out to a 5-2 lead on the strength of John Brand and Dave Surh 4/4 days with 7 runs scored between them. Pizza Port rallied on a Steve Bartholomew HR and Joe Gomez hitting a perfect 3 for 3. With Bob Blachford and Dave Granum going 7 for 7, PPB was able to take an 8-7 lead after 5 innings and again at 12-11 after 7 innings.
A Mark Forster 3 run HR and John Quigleys 4/4 day helped restore a 15-12 TPP lead going into the 9th. Then Kevin McBarron and Marty Topper each got their third hit to set up Bishops big triple and give TPP the cushion it needed for the 18-13 win. Rick Kamien snagged a hot liner at second to seal the game and even up the season series for these two teams.
The game today at Calavera was very close with several lead changes and neither team managing to shake the other. In the seventh and eighth Nucci’s managed a few key hits, including a double by Lil Keehan to edge The Draft 18-15.
Leading the way at the plate for Nucci’s, Al Cabacungan and Randy Benge were 4 for 4.
For The Draft, Gary Soper and Jim Goertzen were 4 for 4.
Thanks to Rick Shaw for calling balls and strikes.
Hearing the crowd of three yelling “D-Fence, D-Fence.” Worden Williams responded with 5 DP’s, two caught line shots by Harry Peacock and Mike Weinreich, and a nice running catch by Ray O’Toole to end the game and finish off Gaspar 20 to 7.
Leading the 20 run hit parade were Joe Paul, sub Marty Fenlon, both 4 for 4, Mike Weinreich, 4 for 5 with a 3 run home run, and 4 players at 3 for 4; sub Bill Kutzner, Gary McBride, Ray O’Toole and Don Byrne. WW was playing with a depleted staff; down 4 players but subs Marty Fenlon and Bill Kutzner were rock solid on both offense and defense.
Gaspar was led by Bob Blakely, 4 for 4, Bob Buscher and very speedy Martin Wai, both 3 for 3.
3 stars go to Harry Peacock (OK, it’s not a hockey game and there is no puck to toss to the crowd) for shutting down Gaspar with 3 runs over 8 innings after giving up 4 runs in the first inning.
A nice win for Worden Williams and despite the loss, Gaspar did a lot better than the stock market.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received