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Tuesday, January 22
Gaspar 16 Carlsbad Inn 12
It was a beautiful day for friendly, competitive game of soft ball between two evenly match teams. At the outset, Gaspar jump ahead with a small lead, but it didn’t take long for Carlsbad Inn to catch up. The game was tied in the 7th. In the bottom of the 8th, home team Gaspar scored 4 runs. At the top of the ninth, Gaspar held on to the lead shutting CBI out to win the game. Homeruns by Max Isbell, John Cellini, and 2 from Mike Maltinsky help seal the win. Bob Blakely hit a homer for CBI. Thanks to T-Bone for umpiring and scouting the teams out.
Village Pie Shop 19 That Pizza Place 18
The long rain layoff was evident today at Alga. Both teams struggled hitting the first time through the lineup before the game heated up. TPP put 6 on the board only to be answered with 6 from VPS. Greg Newman and Kevin McBarron were 4/4 and Harry Peacock continued his hot hitting with a 3/3. For TPP Jonathon Brand and Jerry Chamberlin both went 5/5 and Rick Skidmore added a nifty double play to his 4 hits as the game was tied at 7-7 going into the 7th. Then the Piesters blew it open-or so it seemed –with some big innings late to take a 19-9 lead. In the 7th McBarron threw out a runner at home and Jesse Jackson came up with a big outfield throw to first to keep the score down which came back to be huge later on. Kevin Armentano hit a HR and two triples, Jim Giovanazo stroked a HR, Steve Bartholomew blasted a deep triple and Al Cabacungan had a HR with his three hits to give Village what seemed like a comfortable lead going into the 9th But back came TPP. Marlon Moore gapped a HR, Barry Anderson slammed his second 4 ft squibber single and the entire order peppered the field with singles and all of a sudden it was 19-18 with the tying run on 2nd. A fortunate pickle play at third got the Piesters out of the jam and ended an exciting game. Thanks to Jack Schwarzel and Roney Lewis for a fine job of umpiring today.
Pizza Port 13 Plotkin Group 4
In the battle to escape the cellar, Pizza Port played brilliant defense to hand Plotkins a 13 - 4 defeat. PP got "RICH" off the backs of RICH Keefer and RICH Reynolds. Reynolds sparkling at rover, turning 5 double plays and Keefer befuddling the Plotkin line-up, toeing the rubber. It was a good bye for now win, as Ed Navarro will be going into shoulder surgery. Get well soon Big Guy, we need you!!! Contributing on offense were Wally Wallace 4 - 4, Mark Forester, Skip Moyer and Rich Reynolds 3 -3. The 3 Amigas, Evie, Michiko and K.C. batted a combined .555, all while leading cheers! Rick Shaw homered and Marty Topper made two shoestring catches for Plotkins. Thanks to Steve Sexton and Frank Bravo, for umpiring.
Nucci's 8 Cultura 6
When a ball game is played as well and tightly as this one was today at Alga there is not much for the write-up to say except that the usual comic antics of Senior Softball were kept to a minimum. It seemed as if every player on the field did a great job out there. Even most of the outs were hard hit balls snagged by one or another infielder or outfielder. Perhaps the niftiest play was a stretching catch on a foul ball by Charlene Madvig. Dave Ash played his usual superb shortstop for Nucci's. Brian Turner (hair blowing in the wind--or did he have a hat for that at-bat?) put Cultura ahead in the sixth inning with an opposite field line drive home run that drove in three. But Nucci's came back in the seventh when Rick Baron returned the favor with an opposite field home run that drove in two. Nucci's added an insurance run in the eighth and then Lil Keehan became Satchel Paige out there on the mound in the ninth, getting two strikes on each Cultura hitter and then throwing unhittable junk to get the outs. Thanks to Tony Sando for hobbling out to ump on a bad leg and not blowing a single call all game.
Solana Spa / Draft - bye
Thursday, January 24
Solana Spa 9 Pizza Port 8
When 2 teams in senior ball score less than 10 runs each in a game, it must be attributable to defense and pitching. Such was the case with the game between Solana Spa and Pizza Port where the “Spa” edged PP 9 to 8. PP came out of the gate quickly, scoring 7 runs in the first 3 innings but were shut out the rest of the way except for a single run in the 9th. The turning point for the Spa was a 3 run homerun by Dan Miserany in the 7th that put the Spa up by 2 runs, 9-7. PP notched a run in the top of the 9th but Pete Zavala pitching for the Spa and throwing some high cheese, was able to leave the tying run stranded at 3rd base. Hitting heroics for Pizza Port were shared by Wally Wallace with a home run and Mark Tanner with 2 homeruns and a 4/4 day. But it was the “dazzling dames of defense;” KC Laird, Evy Schwartz and Michiko Rubio that kept the score close for Pizza Port. Not to be out done, however, was the outfield play of T-Bone, Ward and Miserany and the infield play of Ron Silverman, Daniel Griffin, Steve Sexton and Chuck Dodd (at 1st and at 2nd base). To sum it up, both teams played like it was a game seven with the outcome in doubt up to the very last pitch.
Village Pie Shop 25 The Plotkin Group 7
Village Pie score early and often in this game at beautiful Alga Norte today. VPS got off to a 10-7 lead after 4 innings with Jim Giovinazo and Jeff Gorman leading the way with 4/4 days. Oscar Lara of Plotkin’s went 3/3 and Rick Shaw’s triple kept the game close. But then the Piester’s broke it open. Kevin Armentano went 4/4 and hit a HR. Kevin McBarron added a HR and 5 Piester’s had 3/4 days to pull away. Harry Peacock kept his bid for the Hall of Fame alive with another 3 for 4 day at the plate and two more line drive snags in the field to enable VPS to flip in the 9th for the win. Thanks again to Jack Schwarzel for another fine job of umpiring.
Gaspar 19 That Pizza Place 14
Visiting team, Gaspar, quickly put 4 runs on the scoreboard in the first inning. That Pizza Place answered with 5 of its own. But Gaspar soon took the lead and maintained it throughout the game. Gaspar's defense was steady with Jeff Jacobs making some nice catches in left field and Ernie Martinez making some saving catches at first. Gaspar's batting was solid; everyone hit well throughout the lineup. Mike Maltinsky hit one out of the park and Gary Soper was 3 for 3 with a key triple that gave Gaspar a welcomed cushion at the end of the game. For TPP, Mike Weinreich went 4 for 4 with a triple, and Marlin Moore had a homer. In the field, Joe Raffa made 2 outstanding catches in right field. Thanks to Randy Benge for filling in a depleted TPP line-up.
The Draft 18 Carlsbad Inn 17
After a hiatus of 16 days since their first and only game (two rain-outs and two byes), The Draft started out looking as rusty as the Oz tinman left standing in last week’s rain storms. Carlsbad Inn scored five runs in the top of the first without breaking a sweat and was leading 8 to 3 after two complete. The Draft finally shook out the cobwebs and managed to take a 12 to 9 lead after five. But CBI chipped back and led 15 to 12 after seven. Then things got interesting. The Draft took a 17 to 16 lead after eight, but CBI tied it in the top of the ninth and held The Draft scoreless to send it to extra innings. The Draft, in turn, held CBI scoreless in the top of the tenth. In the bottom, Ken Regnier tripled with one out, and then loaner all-star Leigh Peterson from Nucci’s drove Ken in with a two-out bloop single to right field to win the game. For The Draft, Leigh went an amazing 6 for 6, and made us promise not to tell Lil on Nucci’s, lest she hold the same lofty expectations for him. Jon Quinn went 5 for 6, and Steve Berry went 4 for 5 with a steady performance on the mound. For CBI, Dave Bentley went 5 for 5, and Bob Blakely hit the game’s only home run.
Nucci's / Cultura - bye
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Just a little medical humor for today...
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