Thursday, March 7
That Pizza Place 24 Plotkin Group 11
After 1 inning, TPP had a 5-2 lead, but at the end of the 2nd, Plotkin had a 7-6 advantage. But that was the last time that Plotkin had the lead as stellar defense by outfielders Johnny Brand and "loaner" Wally Wallace, and shortstop Bruce Meyer, as well as great pitching from Pete Zavala, limited Plotkin to only 4 runs in the last 7 innings. For Plotkin, Scott Koopsen had a monster home run, and Marty Fenlon and Oscar Lara had hot bats. On defense, several "Oh My" catches were made by Bill Garner and Scott Koopsen. TPP's hitting was led by Bruce, who was 5 for 5 for 5 (5 at bats, 5 runs, and 5 hits including 2 homers), and Wally, who was 4 for 5 with a homer. But the entire line-up chipped in, including a long triple by Pete and a would-have-been homer (except for the fact that he had a runner from home) by Bob Peters. Thanks to Bob Baptista and Al Cabacungan for excellent umpiring..
Solana Spa 16 The Draft 15
Here is the scene; Solana Spa is down by 2 runs to The Draft, it’s the bottom of the ninth, the bags are juiced, there are two outs. Up steps Ray O’Toole, 3 and 2 count. But unlike Casey, it’s a solid line drive to left center, one run scores and here comes T-Bone, rounding third, blowing right through the third base coach’s stop sign. Here’s the throw to home –safe. Spa Wins, Spa Wins. 16-15. O’Toole is mobbed by his teammates, Gatorade is everywhere. Erin Andrews wants an interview and immediately invites Ray to a spot on Dancing With The Stars. What a game. It was an uphill battle all the way for the Spa. The Draft, however, was not without its hitting heroes; homeruns by Robert Kresky and Roney Lewis and 2 triples by all around good guy and former teammate, Frank Bravo. For Solana Spa, it was the top half of the lineup that kept the game close for the table to be set for O’Toole. It was a game where one team would be disappointed with the outcome, but in the end, only one team could prevail. A big shout out to Eddie Gillette who again showed his umping chops.
Cultura vs Village Pie Shop
Rained out at Calavera, where else?
Nucci's 22 Carlsbad Inn 9
It was a nice overcast day at Pine and CBI scored five runs in the 1st inning. For Nucci's in the first inning Dave Koch started off with a single then Dave Ash answered back hitting a home run, and with hits from Tom and Leigh we scored 4 runs. Both teams had hits in the second and third inning tying the game 8-8 in the 3rd. With multiple hits, including a home run by Rick Barton, Nucci's took the lead in the 7th, 17-9. With bases loaded, Dave Bosque (birthday boy) hit a grand slam down left field line and the crowd went wild in the eighth inning. Whoa, what a shot!! Dave Koch was 4/5, and Honey Peterson was 4/4. For CBI, Joe Itson was 4/4 and Vern Blough was 3/3. Both teams joined each other for lunch at the DAILY NEWS in Carlsbad. Thanks to Jimmie Martin and Skip Moyer for umpiring.
Pizza Port / Gaspar - bye
Tuesday, March 5
Plotkin Group 18 - Solana Spa 12
The Plotkin Group played perhaps their best game of the season, both offensively and defensively, and handed Solana Spa an 18 to 12 defeat. Scott Koopsen started things off for PG with a grand slam in the 1st inning and finished up 4 for 4 with 8 RBIs. Marty Fenlon was 5 for 5, Jerry Nuanez was 4 for 4, and Dave Frantz and Rick Shaw were 4 for 5. The entire lineup hit well with Joe Kahn going 2 for 4. The defense also played very well behind the masterful pitching of Janet Wood, holding SS to only 4 runs through the first 6 innings. Only Dan Miserany and Steve Sexton figured her out by each going 4 for 4. The defensive play of the game was a diving shoestring catch in right field by Dave Frantz that blunted a late inning rally by SS.
Pizza Port 13 Pizza Place 10
What a setting, for the battle of the Pizza's. Perfect blue sky, the ocean in the see able distance, at Calevera. Port, playing excellent defense, defeated Place 13 - 10. Not much offense from either side, but the defense from "a bunch of seniors", was to be appreciated. On the Place side, Johnathon Brand, made many big time plays, to keep Place in the game. Port was led on defense by Mark Tanner, Rich Keefer (who also pitched exquisitely), and Michiko Rubio. Highlight of Ports offense was Rich Reynolds 4 for 4, with a missile over the center field fence, that appeared to have some flames shooting out, as it almost killed a tree, leaving the park. Other notables. Jack Schwarzel, hobbling off the DL, with a nice contribution both offensively and defensively. And if we ever fail to realize, what this league is all about, what of 90 year old Bill Laird, snatching one of Reynolds Rockets to nab a runner at home. Thanks to the following, David Bentley for subbing, Dave Tansey for scoring, Pablo and Tony Sando for umpiring. And lastly to Skip Moyer, (who I appreciate so much), for making the Calevera field playable.
The Draft 22, Nucci’s 20
After going 0 for February, The Draft finally returned to the win column against a doggedly persistent Nucci’s team at Alga Norte. Sticking to their season-long script, The Draft gave up five runs in the first, and the defense finally got an out in the bottom of the second. However, The Draft’s bats came alive in the second, and scored every inning until the eighth, and held a 22-11 lead after seven and a half. Holding Nucci’s scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the teams then flipped, and Nucci’s decided it was time to stage a comeback, scoring nine runs before hitting into an unassisted fielder’s choice to Roney Lewis to end the game. The Draft benefited from a mostly tight defense across the infield, especially Bill Kutzner at third base. The bats were hot for both teams. For The Draft, Jack Beal and Steve Oldfield hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. Robert Kresky had a homer and three doubles in four at-bats while driving in seven runs. Roney Lewis, Bill Kutzner, and Scott Tatum all went four for four, and Jack Beal was three for three. For Nucci’s, Dave Koch, Tom Winterbourne, Rick Barton, and Margo Jacobo all had homers. Margo’s was particularly nasty, hitting an alley and rolling to the fence. Dave Ash and Dave Koch were four for four. Thanks to Kevin McBarron for umpiring.
Cultura 22 Gaspar 16
Due to several rainouts and byes, Cultura had not won a game since February 7th. But that changed today, as CT played a solid game on offense and defense to beat Gaspar 22-16. CT started out well, scoring five runs in the top of the first, but GAS came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The game remained close through the fourth, with GAS leading 11-10. However, the top of the CT order had a great day at the plate, and the team scored four runs in the fifth and five more in the seventh to take the lead for good. Brian Turner went 5 for 5 to lead all CT hitters. Bob Porter went 4 for 5 with a home run and four RBIs. Gene Foreman and John Quigley also went 4 for 5, and Randy Benge, Andy Steensma and Gary Linden went 3 for 5. Gary McBride went 3 for 4 with a homerun and Bob Baptista went 3 for 4. The defensive play of the game came in the sixth inning, as Randy Benge made a shoestring catch in right center and then doubled off the runner who left second base thinking the ball would not be caught. Mike Maltinsky and Jimmie Martin led GAS hitters, both going 4 for 4. Our thanks to Al Cabacungan for another excellent job of umpiring.
Carlsbad Inn / Village Pie Shop – bye
WINTER / SPRING STANDINGS AS OF 03-07-19
Standings are posted after all scores have been received
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The game between Cultura and Village Pie was cancelled. Before you say they wimped out, check out the 'Field Closed' sign!
Pictures curtesy of Alden Cabacungan.
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