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A Note From Eddie Gillette:
I wanted to take this space to report on one of our most beloved players. Bill Laird has had a very complicated gall bladder surgery. I visited him and he is resting kind of uncomfortably. He says he plans on playing sometime next season. Can't keep a good man down!!! And by the way, his daughter K.C. is possibly facing shoulder surgery:-( Keep the Lairds in your thoughts!
Hey! He could play outfield for NCSS!
No game pictures for today's games.
Cartoon above for Barbara McCully. "Barb's Blueprint" as commissioner kept the NCSS league running strong and smoothly. If you see Barb at one of your games, take the time to thank her for her valuable time and efforts. And give her a hug, too! (She loves to share hugs...)
Thursday May 23
Plotkin Group 15 That Pizza Place 13
PG has won their second game in a row, but let’s not have any talk about breaking us up. Like our last game, this one was won by solid defense and timely hitting throughout the lineup. Johnny Brand started the game for TPP with a leadoff home run. But that was all they would get. PG scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st and held a close lead until the 6th inning. TPP scored 5 runs in that inning with a homer by Barry Anderson and held a one run lead going into the 9th inning. But PG held them scoreless in the top half and then rallied with 3 runs for the final score. Bill Garner, PG's new leadoff hitter, was 4 for 5 with a booming line drive triple over the left center fielder. He was knocked in by Al Galavis to tie the score and Scott Koopsen then homered in the winning runs. Oscar Castillo also contributed a homer and Marty Topper was 4 for 4. For TPP, in addition to the homers mentioned earlier, Marlon Moore was 4 for 4. PG's infield of Oscar Castillo at SS and Al Galavis at 2nd made play after play and turned several double plays. Thanks to Eddie Gillette for umpiring.
Solana Spa 18 The Draft 12
A stout defense, timely hitting, and a miraculous game saving catch by David Ward all contributed to a hard fought 18-12 victory by Solana Spa over The Draft. The Spa outfield really showed its fielding chops after a lackluster showing in its previous game highlighted by the aforementioned grab by Ward and an almost spectacular catch by Dan Miserany that would surely have gone for a homerun and, cutting down a runner at the plate starting with an outfield assist by Dan M. The infield play was no less noteworthy as it throttled would be Draft rallies by completing 3-4 double plays. Hitting wise, the Spa was led by Dan Miserany who was 4/4 and backed up by a number of players who were 3/4 including a solid homerun by David Ward. The Draft was led by Scott Tatum’s and Roney Lewis’ perfect day at the plate and a homerun by Jerry Galiley who appeared to be rounding 3rd base when the ball hit the outfield. In other words, he is a fast runner. Gary Soper subbed in to help out for a number of players on the IL – its not called the DL anymore. This was a well played game by both teams.
Cultura vs Village Pie Shop
Carlsbad Inn 18 Nucci's 11
This is a write-up, not a weather report, so the cold and blustery conditions today will not be reported here. Nucci's is one tough team to play. There are no "weak spots" to hit to. As you gaze out from home plate, all their fielders are saying, "Pick me! Pick me!" Two sure things were caught; one by Leigh Peterson over his shoulder (it was a "honey") and the other by Ken Mcgehee right at his toe. Two Daves, Koch and Bosque, hit 4/4 and Dave Ash homered. So how did Carlsbad Inn defeat this A-team? Solid defense was one way, but the big headline here was steady hitting, Bob Blakely and Mitch Anderson were all hits and Mitch and Ray Kusmer homered. "Jules" Vern Blough hit one 20,000 Leagues (From the Earth to the Moon, don't you know) to drive in a fifth run ahead of him. When you beat a quality team with all your players contributing, well the feeling is truly special. I guess that's why we play. CBI extends thanks to Nucci's for providing a catcher and to Jimmie Martin for growling balls and strikes.
Pizza Port and Gaspar - BYE
Tuesday May 21
Plotkin Group 20 Solana Spa 16
THE STREAK IS OVER! After 15 straight losses, PG finally found a way to win by beating SS 20 to 16. The keys were hitting throughout the lineup (everyone got at least one hit), scoring in every inning but two, and mostly solid defense behind Janet's shut-down pitching (SS had only 8 runs through the first 7 innings). PG had several 4 for 5 hitters at the top of the order, none more productive than Scott Koopsen's cycle and 4 RBIs. Toward the bottom of the order Chuck Sutherland and Jerry Nuanez were both 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs combined. PG led the entire game but SS made it a lot closer in the bottom of the 8th inning when they batted around and scored 8 runs, closing the gap to one run. In the top of the 9th, Joe Kahn coaxed a walk and started a three run outburst by PG that made the margin a little more comfortable. SS had the top of their lineup up again in the bottom, but this time were held scoreless. PG bids a fond farewell to our awesome leadoff hitter, Marty Fenlon, who heads back east for the summer. He will be missed! And a big thank you to Al Cabacungan, who umpired a great game.
Pizza Port 15 That Pizza Place 8
Manager for Pizza Port was "salivating" at getting to play at Calavera, with his new found offense, 25 plus runs the last three games. Alas, the wind was blowing in like Wrigley Field. And with Marlon "Willy Mays" Moore, running down balls all over the place, Pizza Ports vaunted offense was held in check. But the league’s leading defense once again held an opponent under 11 runs, their league average the last 10 games. Wally Wallace, Mark Forster, Bob Fell and newcomer Mark Turnlund, turned in excellent defensive plays. The left side of the infield was a treat to watch, as Turnlund, Rich Reynolds and Robert Kreskey took turns trying to break Fells glove, with "heat seeking missiles", launched to first base. Rich Keefer had the top of Pizza Place's order befuddled all day long, as the main contributors were Rick Skidmore and Jerry Chamberlin, with three hits each. Steve Newburg had three line drive grabs, which also helped keep PP in check. Thanks to Bob Blakely for subbing.
Nucci's 18 The Draft 12
The Draft was held scoreless up to the third inning with Nucci's scoring hits and with a total of eight runs including a home run from Dave Ash and Rick Barton at the end of the third inning. The Draft answered back scoring runs to tie the game 8-8. Nucci's scored five more runs to take the lead. Holding the Draft to score only four more runs to the 9th inning, Nucci's put up another five runs to win the game. Dave Bosque and Dave Ash each hit a home run in the bottom of the eight. Dave Ash was 4/4 with two HR's, Rick Barton 1 home run, Don Schempp was 3/4,Leigh Peterson was 4/4, Ken McGehee was 4/4 and Margo Jacobo was 3/3. The Draft: Rich Berkeley, got a nice triple; Roney Lewis 4/4; Bill Kutzner was 4/5; Frank Bravo 3/4. Thanks to Dennis Paulson for subbing on the Draft.
Cultura 18 Gaspar 5
Cultura fell behind 5-3 to Gaspar in the first inning and thought it would be a tough battle today at Pine. However, with superb pitching by Bob Baptista and great a defense, CUL held GAS scoreless the next eight innings and came away with an 18-5 victory. The game was close until CUL had a two-out rally in the 5th and scored four to take a commanding 12-5 lead. Randy Benge went 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly to lead the hitting attack. Brian Turner went 3 for 4 with a home run, and Gary McBride, Bob Porter, Bob Baptista, John Quigley, and Donato Domaguin also went 3 for 4. Steve Wagner got his first triple ever with a shot down the third base line driving in two runs in the 9th. The right side of the infield had a tremendous day, with Gene Foreman, Donato Domaguin and Don Agostino all contributing to keep the GAS hitters off the bases. Mike Martelli made several great catches in right center, including a shoestring catch in the 5th to take away extra bases. The play of the day for GAS was made by Gene Becker, the team’s 91-year old catcher, when he fielded a ball hit a few feet in front of the plate and threw out the runner at first.
Carlsbad Inn and Village Pie Shop - Bye
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