Tuesday, February 26
Gaspar 16 Carlsbad Inn 9
There was a chill in the air as the game began and it began slowly. It wasn't until the 3rd inning that the game really got going. That's the inning that Gaspar scored 5 runs and took a distinct lead. Gaspar maintain the lead from that point on. Gaspar played tough defensively with great catches by Jeff Jacobs in left field and Jack Million in center. Jimmie Martin was steady on the mound and the infield played well. Mike Malinsky lead the offense with a 4 for 4 day. Gary Soper was 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and a triple. David Surh and Max Isbell were also 3 for 4. Ernie Martinez smashed a triple to left field and Mike Endeman hit a home run to right field. For CBI, Joe Gomez returned from medical leave and went 2 for 3. It's always a pleasure playing CBI; they are the best of people in the league.
Pizza Port 19 Plotkin Group 18
In a game with a wild finish, Pizza Port HUNG ON for a thrilling victory. Both teams entered the game 2 and 5, and needing a win to escape the cellar. Hitting stars for Plotkin were Dave Frantz, Marty Fenlon, Bill Garner, Rick Shaw and Scott Koopsen. With Paul Muszalski adding a "round tripper". For Pizza Port, their hitting stars were Wally Wallace, Mark Forster and Rich Reynolds. Skip Moyer contributed a four base blast. Heading into the 7th, PP held a comfortable 19 to 9 lead, then Janet Wood spun some "magic on the mound” and shut down PP the last three innings. Plotkin kept Plodding until they had the tying run at the plate with one out. Bill Garner absolutely smashed a ball that carried to the fence. With Garner streaking around the bases, Jack Schwarzel hit Wally who hit Mark Tanner who threw a ball that Rich Keefer made a great stretch on to squash the tying run. But the excitement wasn't quite over as Rick Shaw singled, bringing one of the league’s most dangerous hitters to the plate, Scott Koopsen. Scott who had 4 previous hits and don't think he's made an out in February, hit a hard ground ball to Evie Schwartz, who nonchalantly flipped the ball to second, to get the final out. Thanks to Michiko Rubio, Evie and Jack, for supplying goodies during the game. Winning sure made the beer and Pizza taste better at the post game party. (See picture)
Nucci’s 29 Cultura 25
The game today at Calavera was a battle to see who could hit the most balls over the fence. Dave Ash started off with a HR in the first inning. And in the second inning with bases loaded Dave Koch hit the ball over the fence for a grand slam and hit 5/5. It doesn't get any better than that. But wait, Bob Porter had two home runs over the fence and 5/5 RBI's. Mike Martelli left his signature of two home runs over the fence and was 4/5. Brian Turner, Bob Baptista went 5/5 and John Quigley and Randy Benge were 4/5. Don Schempp of Nucci's made some great double plays hitting 4/5. In the eighth inning Nucci's was ahead 25-15. At the bottom of the eighth Cultura came back scoring ten runs to tie the game 25-25! Nucci's scored four runs at the top of 9th and held Cultura scoreless in the bottom of the 9th for the win. All players on both teams contributed to this great game of hitting and defense. Thanks to Roney Lewis and Frank Bravo for umpiring.
Village Pie Shop 25 That Pizza Place 17
The winds were blowing out at Wriggly Pine Field today as the two teams combined for 9 HRs and 42 runs in this defensive battle. VPS jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third with solid hitting and home runs from Jeff Gorman, Kevin McBarron and Kevin Armentano. By the 4th inning TPP had closed the gap to 10-9 with home runs from Gene LaChimia and a triple from Rick Skidmore. But VPS continued to pound the ball. Al Cabacungan and Jim Giovinazo had 5/5 days and Steve Bartholomew homered to complete his 4/4 day to open up a 20-10 lead. Barry Anderson tried to bring back TPP with his opposite field HR (yes I know, a HR by a righty to left field is “usually” not considered opposite field!) Line drive snags by Harry Peacock at third and Pablo Shook at pitcher kept TPP at bay. Then Armentano 4/4 and Gorman 5/5 both hit their second home runs of the game to provide the final cushion. Thanks to Joe Raffa and TBone for umpiring.
Solana Spa / Draft – bye
"We went over to Lakeland, FL a couple of days ago to see the Tigers play the Phillies. Chuck Kinnick’s grandson, Brandon Dixon, is hoping to earn a spot on the Tiger’s roster."
Picture and write up from John Wakeman.
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Thursday, February 28
Solana Spa 21 Pizza Port Brewery 11
After two close losses, Solana Spa broke out the bats at Calavera Park and pounded out a win over Pizza Port Brewery by the score of 21-11. Each player on the Spa collected at least 2 hits with Chuck Dodd and T-Bone leading the way with a 4/4 day. On the mound for the Spa were the two ageless Irish twin wonders, Ray O’Toole and Hugh O’Neil who kept PPB hitters in check throughout the game, except for Mark Forster and Rich Reynolds who were each 4/4. The score could have been much higher but for 3 outfield assists by PPB’s Wally Wallace who threw out 3 runners. In this league, throwing out one runner is rare, but three is a miracle. For the Spa, Joe Raffa moved over to centerfield for defensive purposes after playing an impeccable right field and snagged 2 fly balls. Jack Schwarzel who recently joined PPB but was unable to play due to a recurring injury, did his usual fine job of umping.
Village Pie Shop 23 Plotkin Group 13
Good defense and timely hitting allowed VPS to jump out to 7-1 and 16-5 leads at Alga today. Smoking Jeff Gorman (5/5) stroked his 18th straight hit followed by a pair of Kevin Armentano RBI doubles. Steve Bartholomew (5/5) hit a three run HR to stretch the lead. Led by Dick Wood 3 for 3 and an Oscar Castillo HR, PG group made a run. A Paul Muzalski triple closed the gap to 16-10 in the 7th. But the VPS bats kept coming with Jessie Jackson and Kevin McBarron adding 4 hits each and Sheree Atkinson outslugging and out RBIing Jim Giovanazi to lead VPS to the win. Thanks to Bob Bautista for umpiring.
That Pizza Place 20 Gaspar 18
Gaspar, tied with VPS for first place, took on That Pizza Place, who had last place all to itself. But TPP didn't roll over. They scored 5 in the first, which was matched by Gaspar. Same thing in the 3rd: 5 for TPP and 5 for Gaspar. But in the 5th TPP got the lead and never gave it up. Led by Marlon Moore, who was 5 for 5 for 5 (5 hits, including a homer, in 5 at bats and 5 runs scored), 5 RBIs from Bruce Meyer, and a homer from Steve Newberg, TPP led 20-17 going into the bottom of the 9th. Gaspar's first 2 batters reached base, and they quickly pushed 1 run across and would have had more except for a nifty double play by TPP. After a walk, the next Gaspar batter had a 3-0 count and with red-hot Jonnie Johnson on deck (she scored her 3rd run of the season earlier in the game), things didn't look so good for TPP. But TPP pitcher Barry Anderson recovered and struck out the last batter to end the game. Play of the game: a running knee-high catch by TPP center-fielder Barb McCully that saved at least 2 runs from scoring.
Carlsbad Inn 16 Draft 11
The sky over Pine today was supposed to have a little case of the squirts, but it didn't happen. The draft only brought eleven players so Carlsbad Inn popped for a catcher. The Inn Mates led through five, then the Draft pulled ahead by one in the sixth due to a timely home run from Steve Oldfield. In the seventh and eighth CBI got a bad case of the runs, scoring nine and The Draft simply couldn't answer back. The Draft infield turned two double plays and outfielders Robert Krespy and Jerry Galiley made fine catches. Carlsbad Inn got homers from Dennis Rayford and Ray Kusmer and a perfect day at the plate from Bob Blakely. Coach Vern Blough moved his players around with skill to put a damper on the Draft hitters most of the day. Randy Benge was today's umpire and his low key style and knowledge of league rules was impressive. Thanks big guy. Oh, and Ronnie, never put red socks in the wash with your white jersey. That Pepto Bismol look went out with Jackie Kennedy.
Nucci's / Cultura - bye
WINTER / SPRING STANDINGS AS OF 02-28-19
Standings are posted after all scores have been received