Fifty total runs scored in nine innings. What does that say about how the #8 and #9 defenses played today? All polls are in agreement; they played like #2. When a visiting manager was asked for his opinion, he responded, "Not my circus, not my monkeys."
PG led by eleven runs in the fourth and then had to fend off a never say die effort by DR, which included two seven-run innings, the rest of the way.
Four outstanding Draft hitters were Rick Shaw (2 HRs), Dan Miserany (1 HR), Kirsten Mildbrandt (1 HR), and Ken McGehee (5/6).
Plotkin had three players hitting 5/5 plus a home run. These included Dale Miller and Bob Buscher. Homers were also hit by Lloyd Thorne, Ken Thompson and Marty Topper. Dan Menendez and Rich Reynolds were all hits, though Dan had to leave the game with an injury.
With all due respect to both teams, playing in today's game was a lot like having dinner at the Klumps.
It was a fine day for the Irish and Hennessey's thought Irish eyes would be smiling on their team, but Gaspar donned some green shirts of their own to see if that would generate some luck on their side. Well, it worked, as the game ended in a 15 to 15 tie.
GAS broke on top with a five run top of the 1st inning thanks to a three run homer from Bruce Petz. Al Casteneda lead off the bottom half of the inning with a homer, but HEN was only able to get one more run that inning. With good pitching from Johnie Martinez and tight defense they held onto a 12 to 6 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Finally the HEN batters woke up and pushed six runs across with eight hits and then another three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the lead. GAS pushed in three runs to tie the game in the 8th inning, but that was the end of the scoring with HEN leaving the winning run on third base in the bottom of the ninth
For GAS, Brian Turner was 4 for 4 with a homer, Bruce Petz was 3 for 4 with the aforementioned homer and Paul Thomas, Bob Blachford and newcomer Craig Wheatcroft were each 3 for 4.
For HEN, Gary McBride was 4 for 4, Al Castaneda and Gary Soper were each 3 for 4 with a homer, and Marlon Moore, Roney Lewis, Jimmie Marting, and Jeff Gorman all had 3 for 4 days.
It being St Patrick's Day, several of us repaired to Hennessey's for some Guinesses and corned beef sandwiches, but the line out the door discouraged some, while some of us made our way in through the back door.
Slainte (Smilely Face)
It is a great feeling when a team's offense and defense come together in a game. And that is precisely what occurred today at Alga 3 when Carlsbad Inn took on a well oiled and pumped Landings team. The Landings started the game with 3 runs in the 1st inning followed by CBI scoring 2. And that would be all CBI could do for the next 5 innings as The Landing defense held them close. In the 7th CBI put one more on the scoreboard and in the final inning added 2 more for a final tally of 5.
Meanwhile, The Landings offense came together to hammer 3 homers by Ernie Martinez, Delta Farrington,(3/4), and Mike Maltinsky, (3/4). Don Schemmp who made some great plays at third base hit 4/4, while Mike Skeber and Mitch Anderson each had a 3/4 day.
For CBI Rich Lavacot and Dave Ward went 3/4.
It was a tale of two halves today at Calavera. Nucci’s jumped out to a 12-2 lead into the 5th. Then PPB scored the last 19 runs of the game to come away with the 21-12 win.
Nucci’s raced to the 12-2 lead with the entire lineup coming out on fire. Jim Goertzen and Bill Mead 4/4 led the way but the middle and bottom of the order hit precision single after single. Jonnie Johnson was key with a single, followed up by moving two runners over for Johnnie Brand to promptly knock in, and then making a nice catch at the plate to get a putout. A Dave Ash CalaYARD HR made it 12-2 and things looked bleak for PPB.
But in the 6th the PPB bats came alive. Dennis Rayford’s 3 hits knocked in 4 and both Steve Sexton and Dave Erwine hit triples as part of their 3 hits to drive in 3 each. A Pat Driscoll HR (and diving catch in CF) ended the scoring.
While the stars get the press, the MVP of the game was the unsung sub for PPB Kathy O’Neil. Reunited with her former team, Kathy not only laced two big singles but also caught a line foul ball as catcher for an out and outraced another runner to the plate for another putout. PPB will immediately appeal the no trade rule in a LaChimia for O’Neil trade offering.
Both teams were missing 4 players and give many thanks to subs Bob Baptista, Kathy O’Neil, and Phil Heinz. And extra thanks goes to Bob for coming early and dragging the infield in his senior league scooter!
Another great day for Senior Softball as The Landings took on the Draft at Pine Field.
This was a game that, throughout, could have gone either way. At no time during the 9 innings did either team lead by more that 2 runs with great hitting on both sides. The win came down to the ninth inning as has become a habit with Team Landings. With The Landings topping the Draft in the bottom of the 8th 18-16, the Draft came back in the top of the 9th scoring 2 runs to tie it up 18 all. At the bottom of the inning the first 3 batters singled to load the bases. Then Mitch Anderson (the true hero of the game with a diving outfield catch) blasted one into center field to drive in the winning run(s). Final score The Landings 19, Draft 18. Another of the last 6 Landings squeakers either one or lost by one run in the 9th inning.
Headliners for the Draft were Rick Shaw and Dan Frye 4/4, Ken McGhee, Dan Misrany, Karen Smith, Greg Lorton Steve Berry and Kirsten Mildbrandt all had a 3/4 day.
For The Landings Mitch Anderson went 5/5, Don Schempp was 4/5. Mike Maltinsky, Randy Benge, Steve Newberg and Rich Berkley were 3/4. A really fun non-contentious game played by adults.
Many thanks to Jimmy Martin for subbing on a short handed Landings team.
This game was more of a defensive battle than the score might indicate. Nucci’s scored 10 of the 14 runs in just 2 innings, and Plotkin Group gave Nucci’s a scare by scoring 5 of their 9 runs in the last two innings. 7 of the 9 innings had at least one of the teams with a goose egg.
Defensive standouts are Keith Richards playing a strong 3rd base for Nucci’s and Bob Buscher playing short stop for Plotkin Group. In fact, Bob Buscher robbed Margo Jacobo of a home run by throwing a bullseye to home from a cutoff position out in left field!
Plotkin hitting stars were Dave Grull (3/4), Dale Miller (3/4), Dan Menendez (3/4), and Ken Thompson (2/3 and a triple).
Nucci’s hitting stars were Jonathan Brand (3/4), Leigh Peterson (4/4), Dave Ash (3/3), and Jay Cardona (3/3 and a home run).
Our thanks to Roney Lewis for a great job umpiring our game.
PPB held off a determined VPS team today for a 21-19 win at Calavera. In doing so they came up with the perfect strategy to beat VPS. Just send Porter and Galaviz away on a trip and have Tessi chaperone them (always a good idea with those two!).
PPB lead most of the early stages with Dave Erwine and Dennis Rayford going 5/5 each and Kevin McBarron’s 4 hits driving in 6 RBIs to keep PPB in front. VPS came back to tie it at 13-13 in the 7th with Phil Heinz, Al Cabacungan and John McDaniel’s all pitching in with 4 hits.
In the bottom of the 7th Gene LaChimia smashed his 4th hit of the game to go with 5 RBIs and gave PPB a 17-13 lead entering the 8th. VPS got the bases loaded and sub Gary McGalaviz hammered a grand slam for his 6th RBI to put VPS up 1 into the bottom of 8th. But the bottom of the PPB order got it done today with John Quigly starting off the winning rally with his 3rd hit and Joe Kahn coming up with the game winning RBI as PPB scored 4 to lead 21-18. In the 9th Pete Lindner got his 5th straight hit, a Calayard HR to close out the scoring.
Thx to Gary McBride for subbing in a fun game for all.
Weather wise, it was another perfect day for softball. Good hits and good fielding plays were made by both teams. Most importantly there were, to my knowledge , no new injuries.
Both teams started out hitting well and the score was CBI 9 and GA 8 after 4 innings. The game changed at this point and due to the CBI bats cooling off and improved defense by GA, over the next 5 innings GA scored 12 runs and CBI only scored 3 runs.
Highlights for CBI: David Ward was 4/4 with a home run, Jack Schwarzel, Carlos Cevallos, David Hartzog and Ray Kusmer were all 3/4.
Highlights for GA: Oscar Castillo and Paul Thomas were both 4/5. Bob Blachford, Bruce Petz, Craig Wheatcroft and Bill Codner were all 3/4. Brian Turner was 2/3 with a walk. Bill Codner also hit 2 home runs.
Standings are posted after all scores have been received (in a timely manner)