Every Team Should Have One!!
Captain Renault: “What brought you to Casablanca? Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We're in the desert. Rick: I was misinformed.” Rick: “How can you close me up? On what grounds? Captain Renault: I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on here. Croupier: Your winnings, Captain.” Casablanca
It was the best of games at times; it was not the best of games at times - for both teams, (with sincere apologies to Charles Dickens for a bad paraphrase of his opening line in A Tale of Two Cities).
But no one would argue that despite some miscues for both teams (aka senior moments or brain f**ts), it was a nail biter whose outcome was in doubt to the very end; a 23-19 victory for Worden Williams over Gaspar. And like WW’s last few games, the run differential was no greater than three throughout the entire game until the final score. Going into the top of the 9th, WW led by three, but managed to push across four more to widen its lead to seven aided in large part by an eye-popping John Vivrett double over the left centerfielder’s head. But GAS, never giving up, scored three in the bottom of the 9th and was threatening to the very end.
Again the entire lineup for WW was on its game, with each player garnering at least 2 hits apiece led by a hobbled Craig Wheatcroft and Bob Buscher, both 5/5 and Bob’s 6 RBI’s. Props to WW’s lower part of the order, Joel Kudren (3/4), Steve Berry (2/4), Lloyd Thorne (2/4) and J V (2/4) who kept the line moving. Despite allowing 19 runs, the defense held up well, especially WW’s outfield.
GAS, not looking like a team with a 2-8 record, was clearly on their game today, led by Donato Domaguin’s two booming home runs and a perfect 5/5 at the plate. Assisting in GAS’ run production was Gene LaChimia, newcomer Eugene Smith and Mike Endeman, all 3/4. The most fun games are those where the score is close and both teams are fighting for the win. Such was the case today. Many thanks to Greg Lorton for the fine umpiring performance.
Wow! What a game! Close all the way with lots of good defense, pitching, hitting and base running by both teams. Game winning hit by John McDaniels in the bottom of the 8th with 2 outs, bases loaded, 2 strikes and slams a 3-run ground ball smash down the 3rd base line for a double clearing the bases. Leading hitters for PPB were Dennis O’Hern 4/4, Phil Heinz 4/5 scored 4 runs knocked in three and made an awesome catch in Center. David Erwine 3/4 scored 3 runs. Pat Steele 2/3 and pitched another great game. Roney Lewis 2/3 w/3 RBI’s, David Ward, Jimmy Smyth, Jerry Galiley Tom Winterbourne & Ruby Murphy were 2/4. Jerry had a homerun and 3 RBI’s. Great infield defense by PPB shut down Draft for 7 innings. The Draft also played great defense and hitting was lead by Bob Porter 4/4 and home runs by Dan Miserany, John Telles & Dale Miller, who had some nice catches along with Porter, Miserany and Paul Thomas.
A big thanks to Al Cabacungan, who umpired superbly. Great sportsmanship by all players.
Fun With Dick And Jane(t). Five straight teams had already bested VPS in this, the second round. Now it was Plotkin Group's turn to put their stank on the hapless Villagers. Though they trailed early the hungry Groupers tightened their defense and held VPS to a single run from the fifth through the seventh, while they tied the score at eight. They then scored three runs in the eighth inning to seize the lead and the Village People saw visions of yet another bitter disappointment looming large. In their half of the eighth, Village batters in the bottom half of the order decided to take matters into their own hands and produce some runs themselves. With determined hitting and some generous charity from the Plotkins, Joe Dimambro, Roger Tesi, Linda Wolf, Evie Schwartz and Bob Peters got aboard pushing across one run and loading the bases with one out. Now, up to the plate stepped the woebegone 0/3 lead-off hitter, the infamous Village Idiot of legend, appearing often in old folk tales as a warning to children of the dangers of idleness and sloth. Somehow he managed to direct a ball out of the infield and this so shocked the outfielders that they waved their frantically outstretched gloves in vain at the illusive little varmint. This "what just happened?" mishap completed the five run inning for the Villagers and in the top of the ninth the Plotkins quietly rolled over and whispered "Uncle."
PG hitters going 3/4 were David Hartzog, Keith Richards, Oscar Castillo, Leo McFall and Dick Wood. Marty Topper hit a home run. Roger Tesi led the Village Pie Shoppers, going 3/3 with a "no doubter" home run. Jeff Payton was also 3/3. Dave Ash, Jim Goertzen and Joe Dimambro were all 2/3 and Jim homered with a mighty blast. Reflecting on the win, the victors may have been shaken, but not stirred.
It was a one run game after 3 innings, then Pizza Port Brewery put on a dynamic all around infield and outfield defense performance with outstanding pitching by Pat Steele blanking Plotkin Group for 4 innings while PPB scored sixteen with a fine overall hitting display.
PG had four hitters going 3/4 Leo McFall, Dan Menendez, Marty Topper and super sub Dan Miserany. Oscar Castillo and Cathy McDonald made a lot of good plays. Richard Keefer always pitches a good game.
PPB was lead by David Ward 4/4, scored 4 runs, knocked in 5 with 2 doubles and Robert Kroger 4/4 a double and 3-run homer and Phil Heinz 4/4 scoring 4 times and David Erwin 4/4 scored 4 runs,
Roney Lewis was 3/4 w/2 doubles & 3 rbi, Pat Steele 3/4 scored 3 runs, Jimmy Smyth 3/4 a run & rbi, Dennis Kemp 3/4 scored a run & 2 rbi
Jerry Galiley, Dennis O’Hern and John McDaniels all 2/4 all had 2 RBI’s. Tom Winterbourne and Ruby Murphy had run scoring singles.
Much thanks to Bob Baptista for umpiring another great officiated game.
Great sportsmanship from both teams.
Carlsbad Inn hosted Village Pie Shoppe under overcast skies but pleasant temperatures at Alga 2 on Tuesday. The gray skies seemed to cast a pall on both team’s offenses, as it was truly a defensive struggle. In the end, the Innkeepers were a little more “offensiver” and “defensiver” than the Shoppekeepers. VPS only scored in the third and fourth innings while CBI only scored in the first, second, fifth, and sixth innings. The VPS pitchers struggled at times with their control which sustained CBI rallies. And the VPS batters were cursed with a number of “at’em” balls which squelched rallies.
After VPS was held scoreless in the top of the first, CBI scored five runs with the first seven batters, and never looked back – DEFINITELY NOT! CBI’s eyes were clearly focused on the rear-view mirror for the rest of the game, fully aware of the damage that the VPS offense was capable of, as evidenced by the 21 runs they scored in their win the first time the teams met. Trailing 6-1 heading into the top of the fourth, VPS rallied for three runs helped by a couple of defensive miscues. But CBI scored one in the fifth and four in the sixth to jump up to 11-4, and nobody scored in the last three innings.
With their bats stifled, VPS chose to list only Dave Ash as the highlight, going 2 for 3 with a home run. For CBI, if you count walks (8 of them) as hits, Tom Carney was 3 for 3 with two three-run home runs. Ken Thompson also went 3 for 3. Randy Agadoni, Al Castaneda, Pat Driscoll, Rich Lavacot, Sherre Lovick, Guy McCord, and Greg Lorton were all 2 for 3.
Thanks to Gene LaChimia for umpiring.
“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you do know for sure that just ain’t so” Mark Twain
Nucci’s came out firing on all cylinders scoring five in the first and three in the third but only three in the last six innings to fall to Worden Williams 16 -11, While WW fell behind early, it quickly righted the ship and did not relinquish its lead despite not scoring in the seventh and eighth innings. Again it was some strong defense and timely clutch hitting that proved to be the difference against a much improved NU team. Down 8-4 going into the bottom of the third inning, WW outscored NU in the last six 12 -3.
And for the second game in a row, everyone for WW had at least one hit. The top half of the order featured solid home runs by Bob Loperena and Jack Schwarzel and hitting by Craig, Wheatcroft (4/5), Brian Turner (4/5), Bob Loperena (3/4) and Bob Buscher (4/4) with 4 RBIs. The lower part of the order included a perfect day at the plate by Skip Moyer (4/4) and clutch hitting from 8-11 in the batting order. Web gems by Ron Silverman (again), Bob Loperena and a “look what I found” line drive catch by Steve Berry highlighted WW’s defensive effort.
Offensively, NU was led by newly acquired Johnny Brand (3/4), Frank Weishaar (3/4) and sub Bob Porter (4/4) who previously went 5/5 against WW. Defensively, NU executed three DPs as well as brilliant outfield play by Frank Weishaar to keep the game close.
Much thanks to Steve Sexton for a flawless job of umpiring.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)