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Thursday April 4
Gaspar 16 CBI 15
The game went back and forth until the 5th when CBI took a 10 to 7 lead. They held it until the bottom of the eighth when Gaspar scored 5 to tie the game at 15. Gaspar managed to hold CBI in the ninth and in the bottom of the inning Lou Chartz started the home half with a double. Lou eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Jack Million completing the comeback. Leading CBI were Joe Gomez 4-4 and Vern Blough 4-4 and a homer. For Gaspar, John Cellini, Gary Soper, Lou Chartz, Gene Becker, and Ernie Martinez went 3-4 with Ernie hitting a homer. Mike Endeman went 3-3 and Jeff Jacobs and Mike Maltinsky went 4-4 with Mike hitting a homer. It was a well balanced team victory for the home team Gaspar.
Cultura 27 Nucci’s 19
Cultura and Nucci’s played a competitive game today at Calavera 2, with CUL outlasting NU to win 27-19. Although CUL led the entire way, the margin was a slim 16-13 after six innings. Then CUL took over the game, with the top of the order scoring five runs in the 7th and the bottom of the order doing the same in the 8th. Every CUL hitter had at least one hit today, and the team scored in all but one inning. Andy Steensma and Bob Baptista led the way, both going 5 for 5. Mike Martelli went 4 for 5 with a home run, and Randy Benge, Gene Foreman and Donato Domaguin also went 4 for 5. Gary Linden filled in again admirably at first base for the injured Don Agostino, stretching out on several plays to get runners out. Unfortunately, John Quigley suffered a groin injury when he was running from home on Charlene Madvig’s RBI single in the 8th. We hope he has a speedy recovery. Steve Wagner played third base for the first time ever when John could not continue. Today was Andy’s last day, as he heads back to his home in Michigan after his annual winter in Carlsbad. We will certainly miss him and look forward to seeing him again next winter. The three “Daves” on NU all had a great day at the plate, with Dave Koch, Dave Ash and Dave Bosque all going 4 for 5.
That Pizza Place 23, Village Pie Shop 17.
What were the odds that the 9th place TPP could best the 1st place VPS? 1 to 9? Less? The over/under was only about 33, but today at Alga 40 runs were scored--23 of them by TPP resulting in 23-17 win. Despite 5 for 5 games from Kevin McBarron [including hitting for the cycle] and Jeff Gorman, and a long homer from Kevin Armentano, VPS never led. Two outstanding running catches from Johnny Brand in LCF, combined with 5 for 5 hitting from Johnny, Gene LaChimia (including a homer), Bruce Meyer, and Donna Lorek, and also homers from Marlin Moore, Steve Newberg (7 RBIs and a great game at rover), and Barry Anderson led a balanced offense that never allowed VPS to catch up. Thanks to Frank Bravo for umpiring.
Pizza Port 23 Plotkin Group 4
With the stands filled with Pizza Port injured players, the only one's missing were "Hawkeye Pierce and "Hot Lips Houlihan". PP "mash unit", consisted of Mark Tanner, Michiko Rubio, KC Laird and Ed Navarro. They provided much support for their teammates. On a game when PP could do nothing wrong and Plotkins nothing right, PP Port won handily, not even batting in the 8th and 9th. Hitting Stars for PP were Bob Fell 4 hits, Rich Keefer, Wally Wallace, Mark Forster, Rich Reynolds, Robert Kresky, and Jack Schwarzel 3 hits each. Bill Laird and Dave Tansey batted .667. Kresky and Schwarzel contributed HR's. That was ironic, as after the game the two were traded for one another. Defense "gems', were provided by Keefer and Reynolds, while Oscar Castillo and Rick Shaw contributed 2 outstanding plays, for Plotkins. The play of the game had to be Dick Wood being held to a triple by a hustling Mark Forster. Then on the next play, while a play was made at first, Dick tried to sneak home, but an alert Bob Fell threw to home, where 90 year old Laird casually stuck out his 15 inch glove, for the third out. By the way, Laird just bought a brand new glove, pretty OPTIMISTIC. Guess Bill's planning on playing till he's 100!! Thanks to Steve Sexton for umpiring.
Solana Spa and Draft - BYE
Tuesday April 2
Village Pie Shop 15 Nucci’s 13
It was a tight and eventful game out at Alga today. Village Pie took advantage of some super sub assignments and some close calls to hang on in the 9th inning of an exciting 15-13 win. Defense reigned early on with Dave Ash going 5/5 and Dave Koch and Don Schempp adding 4/5 days to match VPS who had Jessie Jackson, Kevin McBarron, and Kevin Armentano who all went 3 for 4 as the teams were tied at 5-5 after 4 innings. Then in the 5th Super Sub Rick Skidmore hit a grand slam HR to put VPS up 9-6 after 6 innings. There were multiple runners from both teams cut down from aggressive base running (or in this author’s case…boneheaded running). Schempp, Ash, and Tom Winterbourne made several nice catch and throws while VPS got assists from McBarron and a heads up play from Harry Peacock at third to tag a runner who strayed too far. But the game turned in the 7th when VPS exploded with a Jackson lead off HR, followed by a McBarron 3 run HR, followed by an Armentano HR and ending with a Jim Giovanazi HR. Nucci’s rallied in the 9th to get within 15-13 with 2 outs and runner on 1st and 2nd but VPS was able to hang on to win a game that could easily have gone either way. Thanks to Mike Weinreich (VPS) and Bruce Myer (Nucci’s) for stellar subbing.
Gaspar 14 Pizza Port Brewery 11
It was a cool breezy day at Candlestick/Pine Park. The wind was either blowing straight in or right to left and it was a very competitive close game throughout. Leading PPB was Wally Wallace 4-4, Mark Forster 3-3, and Evie Schwartz 3-4. Bob Fell had a homer. On the Gaspar side John Cellini was 4-4 and Max Isbell went 4-4 with a homer and each scored 3 times. Mike Maltinsky, Jeff Jacobs, and Mike Endeman went 3-4. The game went all the way to the last of the 9th and Gaspar was able to manage their defense enough for the win. PPB thanks Dave Grull for his substitution services.
The Draft 28, The Plotkin Group 19
After the first two scheduled encounters were rained out, The Draft and The Plotkin Group finally met on the field of battle at the beautiful but unusually treacherous Calavera 3. In a game much closer than the final score would indicate, The Draft came out on top, 28-19. The lead switched in each of the four innings, with The Draft holding a 10-6 after four and adding another four runs to lead 15-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Then The Draft returned to their more recent style of play as “The Daft”, being outscored 13-4 four by the end of the eighth with a smorgasbord of mental errors and Calavera-induced bad hops. Tied at 19 heading into the ninth, The Draft finally put a rally together, batting around, and scoring nine runs, seven of which came with two outs. The Plotkin Group was held scoreless and at bay in the bottom of the ninth.
Bill Garner went five for five with a home run for The Plotkin Group, and Oscar Castillo and Rick Shaw were both four for five. For The Draft, the 28 runs and 42 hits were the most of the season. Leading the team were Ken Regnier and Steve Oldfield, both five for five. Jerry Galiley was four for four plus a walk, and was a single short of the cycle, hitting two doubles, a triple, and a home run. Jon Quinn added a homer while going four for five, and Robert Kresky pounded a homer and three doubles while going four for six. Dave Granum in his farewell game went four for five.
Solana Spa 17 Cultura 16
Taking a cue from the tin man and the lion in the Wizard of Oz, Solana Spa finally found its heart and courage in the ninth inning of a closely contested game and came away with a 17-16 victory over Cultura. The game was tied going into the top of the ninth when, when with 2 outs, Cultura’s Charlene Madvig ignited a 3 run rally to take the lead. Not to be outdone, The Spa struck for 3 quick runs, when, with 2 outs and a runner on second, Hugh O’Neil stepped to the plate and a dropped a dying quail behind first base to score Joe Paul with the winning run. The win squared The Spa’s record at 8-8. Dan Miserany, returning from a one game excused absence (Padres opening day) was a perfect 4 for 4, but was matched by a quartet of Cultura hitters (Randy Benge Gary McBride, Gary Linden and Brian Turner) who were also perfect at the plate. On defense, outfield assists by The Spa nabbed runners at 3rd base and home to keep them within striking distance.
That Pizza Place and Carlsbad Inn - Byes