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Tuesday, January 29
The Solana Spa 25 The Plotkin Group 16
Aided by a defensive lapse with 2 outs in the top of the ninth inning, Solana Spa pushed across 5 insurance runs to defeat The Plotkin Group 25-16. The Spa was led by Ron Silverman and Chuck Dodd who both went 5/5 as well as 5 other players who were semi-perfect. TPG made a game of it until the last inning when the Spa pulled away and the deficit became insurmountable. TPG was led by the top of their order, Dave F., Marty F, Oscar L and Rick S who were all perfect at the plate and homeruns by Rick Shaw and Scott Koopsen. Defense again played an important role for Solana Spa as a number of outfield assists and near outfield assists were recorded. On the mound for the Spa were a trio of pitchers (O’Neill, Zavala and Asaivao) who kept TPG in check when key outs were needed.
That Pizza Place 16 Pizza Port Brewing 15
The highlight of the game, by far, was Michiko Rubio's brownies. Thanks from both teams. Now as to juego de béisbol: PPB just wouldn't give up: led by 4 hits from Johnny Brand, and 3 each from Marlon Moore (including a homer), Barry Anderson, Jack Million, and Mike Weinreich, TPP jumped to leads of 8 to 1 in the 3rd, 12 to 4 in the 5th, and 15 to 10 in the 7th. But PPB's hitting, led by Mark Forrester, Mark Tanner, Rich Reynolds (including a homer over the center field fence) and a homer from Bob Fell, tied the score at 15 going into bottom of the 8th. TPP didn't score then but neither did PPB in the top of the 9th. In the bottom of the 9th, the top of TPP's order--Steve Newberg, Marlon, and Johnny--all singled to score the winning run. Thanks to Dave Grull for filling in for a short-handed TPP team, and to Dave Schwarzel for excellent umpiring.
Nucci’s 17 The Draft 8
Nucci's piled up some runs in later innings to win this one 17-8. The Draft's Greg Lorton and Scott Tatum helped their team with a strong day at the plate (4/4 and 3/3, respectively), and Roney Lewis made some great plays ranging from deep short to deep second at rover. But Nucci's Margo Jacobo was on fire, going 4 for 4 with clutch hits and making three excellent catches in the outfield, one of them a running stunner. The turning point in the game came in the seventh when Murray Levy speared a smash by the Draft's Jerry Galiley and then just beat Jerry to the bag unassisted for the out. Murray was not done. He spotted the runner on third making a dash for home and threw a strike to Karen Smith for the putout. Double play: inning over. Ken McGehee drove one a mile over the left-fielder's head but settled for a single because his blast drove in an inning ending fifth run. Leigh "Honey" Peterson went 4 for 4 on the day and slashed a homer to right on an opposite fielder that rolled to the fence. Also, Don Schempp was 3 for 3 with a SF. Thanks to Al Cabacungan and Tony Sando for umpiring and doing so with real bravado.
Gaspar 16 Cultura 9
Solid defense and good batting gave Gaspar it's 4th win in a row. Mike Maltinsky covered a lot of ground and made a lot of catches. Lou Chartz made a nice catch in right field. Mike M. hit a home run and, with the bases loaded, Gary Soper had a nice hit to right resulting in 3 RBIs. For Cultura, Andy Steensma, hit 2 home runs. Thanks to Pablo for umping.
Carlsbad Inn / Village Pie Shop – bye
Thursday, January 31
Plotkin Group 20 That Pizza Place 10
On a cool blustery Carlsbad version of the polar vortex, the Plotkin Group broke out of their own winless vortex by beating That Pizza Place 20 to 10. The PG bats were hot throughout the lineup, and the infield and outfield defense was mostly solid in holding TPP to only six runs through the 7th inning. Dave Frantz was 5 for 5 in the leadoff spot and Marty Fenlon and Oscar Castillo were 4 for 5, with Oscar pounding a 1st inning homer and driving in 7 runs in the game. Bill Garner was 4 for 4. Janet Wood's pitching kept TPP bats mostly under control except Marlon Moore and Mike Weinrich who were 4 for 4. Gene LaChimia slugged a homer in the 8th inning to mount a rally that fell short. Thanks to Skip Moyer and Eddie Gillette for a fine job of umpiring.
The Draft 13 Solana Spa 12
After a blow-out loss to Nucci’s on Tuesday, The Draft returned to its habit of pulling out one-run victories in the last inning – this time against Solana Spa. The Draft built a 6-3 lead after three, but Solana Spa scored four in the fourth to lead 7-6. The Draft then scored six runs over the next three innings to take a 12-7 after seven and started praying for rain. But the Spa Boys (and girl) tied it up in the top of the eighth and held The Draft scoreless in the bottom of the eighth. The Draft, in turn, held the Spa scoreless in the top of the ninth, and then produced some bases-loaded, two-out heroics, with Steve Berry driving in the winning run with a line single through the infield to left. For The Draft, Greg Lorton went five for five, Roney Lewis went four for five (a home run short of the cycle), Jon Quinn went four for five, and Bill Kutzner went three for four. For Solana Spa, Bob Blachford went four for four, Steve Sexton and Ron Silverman both went three for three. T Bone crushed the game’s only home run over the Calavera 2 centerfield fence. The recovery crew is still looking for the ball. And thanks to Dave Surh for filling in for the shorthanded Draft.
Cultura 21 Village Pie Shop 10
On a cold and windy morning at Pine, Cultura’s bats came alive to end a two-game losing streak, and the team defeated Village Pie Shop 21-10. CUL started out strong, scoring five runs in the first inning, and continued with three more five-run innings. Randy Benge went 4 for 4 and had 4 RBIs to lead all CUL hitters. Donato Domaguin went 3 for 3 and Brian Turner went 2 for 2, both hitting home runs, and Bob Porter and Bob Baptista also went 3 for 3. Although Mike Martelli did not get a hit, he drove in three runs with sacrifice flies. All other CUL players got at least one hit today. Bob Baptista pitched a superb game to keep the VPS hitters in check, not allowing more than two runs in any inning. Bob Porter made two great catches in the ninth inning, and he was racing to catch the third out as well, but the strong wind took the ball just out of his reach. For VPS, Kevin McBarron, Jim Giovinazo and Jeff Gorman all went 3 for 4. Thanks go to Jack Schwarzel for a fine job of umpiring.
Carlsbad Inn 14 Nucci's 10
After the first six innings the S.S. Carlsbad Inn was listing badly to starboard. Trailing 9-3, the crew was facing the prospect of abandoning ship and being marooned (pun intended). Then, miraculously, the boat stopped leaking, righted itself (11 runs in two innings will do that, you know) and arrived safely in port. Nucci's star Rick Barton hit a 3-run homer, Karen Smith hit a solo shot and Dave Bosque was perfect at the plate. Carlsbad Inn batters Mitch Anderson, Bob Blakely and Dennis Rayford (who hit a 'tater') had good days. Thanks to Jimmie Martin, new coach par excellence, for umpiring.
Pizza Port Brewery / Gaspar - bye
WINTER / SPRING STANDINGS AS OF 01-31-19
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