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Thursday, February 7
Cultura 14 Draft 7
Cultura started strong today, scoring five runs in the first to take a 5-2 lead over the Draft at Alga 2. The game was close through six, with CT taking a 9-7 lead. However, CT scored another five runs in the 7th to double up on DR and win 14-7. Mike Martelli had a great day at the plate, going 2 -2 with four RBIs on a 3-run home run and a sacrifice fly. Gary McBride and Bob Porter went 3 for 3, and Andy Steensma, Gene Foreman, Brian Turner, John Quigley and Bob Baptista all went 2 for 3. Gene Foreman and Donato Domaguin also homered. The infield had a tremendous day, turning four double plays to keep DR of the bases. John Quigley made a great catch of a stinging line drive at third, and Bob Baptista pitched another terrific game. For DR, Roney Lewis and Ken Regnier both went 4 for 4 and Steve D’Agostino went 3 for 3. Our thanks to Kevin McBarron for umpiring the game.
Carlsbad Inn 23 That Pizza Place 22
If you don't believe That Pizza Place being snake bit is all that bad, just ask Cleopatra when you get to wherever (expletive deleted) she is. Imagine being down seven runs going into the ninth and scoring TEN RUNS. Now you're up three and all you have to do is close out Carlsbad Inn for the win. After runners reach second and third, you decide to walk a really mediocre hitter (this guy is a real dead man walking) to load the bases so you can get to Vern Blough. I'm not making this up, Vern Blough. All he does is hit a grand slam, and that dang rattler has just kissed your tookus again. You have to take your hat off to newly traded Pete Zavala for hitting a homer for the Red Menace and going 4/5. Gene LaChemia was also 4/5 and Steve Newberg hit for the cycle. Carlsbad Inn had special hitting from David Bentley, Dennis Rayford, Mitch Anderson, the aforementioned Vern Blough and Jim Biksacki. Dennis Poulson (3/4) hit a homer to drive in run five in the 7th. To Pablo Shook, who did a superb job with balls and strikes, our thanks. To the snake, your check's in the mail.
Solana Spa 13 Gaspar 12
On a sunny morning at Calavera, when even the polar bears were bundled up, Solana Spa came away with a hard fought 13-12 victory over Gaspar, the last undefeated team. The game featured solid pitching and defense by both teams as the Spa outscored Gaspar 4 to 3 over the last five innings which turned out to be the difference in the game. Bob Blachford, Dan Miserany and Ron Silverman were perfect at the plate for the Spa. Gaspar was led by a home run from Mike Maltinsky and timely hitting by Gene Becker who went 3/3. Defensive gem of the game and the season thus far was a stop of a bullet off the bat of Mike Maltinsky by Chuck Dodd which Chuck turned into an unassisted DP. Ray O’Toole showed off his pitching chops by shutting down the heart of the Gaspar lineup in the 9th inning, aided in part by an Ernie Trujillo shoestring catch in centerfield, to preserve the victory. Al Cabacungan showed that he is an excellent umpire but perhaps a better mediator.
Nucci’s 14 Pizza Port 10
Today's game was close until Nucci's pulled ahead with a few clutch runs in the later innings. Dave Ash began the day with a three run homer on a liner to center in the first inning. Rich Reynolds put Pizza Port ahead in the third with a long homer over the right fielder's head. Another big hit of the day for Nucci's was a grand slammer--with a lot of roll to centerfield--by Dave Koch. In addition to his homer, Rich Reynolds was a perfect 4 for 4 on the day for PP, as was Dave Bosque for Nucci's. Nucci's Chuck Kinnick was a perfect 2 for 2. In the field, Jack Schwarzel returned for his first game of the new season for Pizza Port and made a couple of great plays in left. He also hit the ball hard and well. Kasey Laird played a sweet first base for PP. Mike Seidel, on his way to North Carolina, almost got there air mail when he speared an absolute smash to third by Skip Moyer. Somehow he remained upright, fielded it on a tight hop, and turned a double play. Not all miracles are supernatural. Thanks to Rick Shaw for umpiring, consulting when appropriate, and making the right calls.
Plotkin Group / Village Pie Shop - bye
That Pizza Place Jerry Chamberlin about to smash the ball. Picture curtesy of Bill Swink.
Tuesday, February 5
That Pizza Place vs The Draft
Plotkin Group vs Cultura
Pizza Port vs Carlsbad Inn
Village Pie Shop vs Gaspar
Solana Spa / Nucci's – bye
Solana Spa Bob Blachford passing 3rd against Gaspar at Calavera. Picture curtesy of Joe Paul.
WINTER / SPRING STANDINGS AS OF 02-07-19
Standings are posted after all scores have been received