Early upsets spice up Senior Softball playoffs

Fran Anspach Eagle i Contributor
Nacho Mama's won the Island  Division in the Marco Senior Softball League.  Fron row, from left, Larry Anspach, Rich Krumholz, Jack O'Brien and Jimmy Cuevas. Back row, from left, Jeff Hultgren, Tom McCullough, manager Tom Angelo, Bill James, Jerry Engel, Graydon Fueller, Bill Griffin and Bill DeNino.

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Fran Anspach Eagle i Contributor Nacho Mama's won the Island Division in the Marco Senior Softball League. Fron row, from left, Larry Anspach, Rich Krumholz, Jack O'Brien and Jimmy Cuevas. Back row, from left, Jeff Hultgren, Tom McCullough, manager Tom Angelo, Bill James, Jerry Engel, Graydon Fueller, Bill Griffin and Bill DeNino.

Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor
Joey's Pizza led wire-to-wire in winning the Marco Division of the Marco Senior Softball League. Front row, from left,  Bob Kirsinger, manager Bill Moors, Leroy Fishleigh, Mark Nahabedian and coach Sharon Brooks. Second row, from left, coach Bonnie Quagliata, Jack Stevenson, Doug Patton, Ed Hamill, Roger Wise, Fred Carlson, Bill Dauch, Fred Kramer and Bill DeNino.

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Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor Joey's Pizza led wire-to-wire in winning the Marco Division of the Marco Senior Softball League. Front row, from left, Bob Kirsinger, manager Bill Moors, Leroy Fishleigh, Mark Nahabedian and coach Sharon Brooks. Second row, from left, coach Bonnie Quagliata, Jack Stevenson, Doug Patton, Ed Hamill, Roger Wise, Fred Carlson, Bill Dauch, Fred Kramer and Bill DeNino.

Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor
Members of CJ's on the Bay watch the action while a teammate is at bat.

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Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor Members of CJ's on the Bay watch the action while a teammate is at bat.

Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor
There is always a good turnout for the Marco Senior Softball League games at Winterberry Park.

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Bill Shurina Eagle i Contributor There is always a good turnout for the Marco Senior Softball League games at Winterberry Park.

The playoffs began with some surprises. Joey’s Pizza, who only lost one game in the regular season, lost in the first round of the double elimination playoffs to CJ’s on the Bay, 15-9.

Marco Community, which finished second in the Marco Division, lost twice to knock them out of the playoffs.

In the Island Division, Sand Bar, which finished second in the regular season, lost two straight to put them on the sidelines.

Here are the results in order of games played.

ISLAND DIVISION

The Pub, 17, Bertram Orthopedics, 13

Fran Roche, Charlie Zimmer and pitcher Lou Wolfenson swatted out four hits each, with Roche driving in five runs to lead The Pub. Wolfenson’s hits included a home run. Teammates Tom Porter and Jim Williams had three hits each, with Williams bringing home three runs.

Rich Schiller had a big day for Bertram’s with five RBI on four hits, including a grand slam home run. Dave Banghart had three hits, including a homer and triple and two RBI. Jerry Engel launched a three-run shot for Bertram’s.

Sunset Grille, 23, Rookies, 8

Jack Mateja stroked five hits, good for three RBI and winning pitcher Jerry Cnudde whacked a grand slam home run. Mike Hopkins hammered a three-run homer and had five RBI as Sunset cruised to the win. Jim George, Bill Shurina and Ray Niemeyer all contributed three hits each, with Niemeyer having a triple. Craig Cunningham and Dan Dumbauld each had two RBI. Rookies Nick Brooks had three hits with Jack Evans driving in three runs and Bill Himsel two.

Nacho Mama’s, 8, Thee Pub 7

The Island Division champs had to rally for five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to avoid an early first loss. Jimmy Cuevas led the comeback with a two run home. Rich Krumholz continued ripping the ball with four hits and Larry Anspach had three. Jeff Hultgren drove in two runs for Nacho’s. Fran Diotte had three hits for The Pub. Teammates Mike Galatis, Lou Wolfenson, Tom, Porter and Fran Roche all had two hits and a RBI. George Schnorr had two RBI.

Sunset Grille, 25, Sand Bar, 8

Sunset Grille’s bats were red hot, pounding out 32 hits. As if that was not enough, they hammered seven home runs. Winning pitcher Jerry Cnudde had two solo shots and Jack Mateja had a two-run homer and a solo home run. Jim George and Craig Cunningham launched three-run home runs, and Ron Hobson a two run homer. George, Cunningham, Mateja, Murph Knapke had four hits; with George having six RBI, Cunningham three and Mateja and Knapke two. Ray Niemeyer, Mike Hopkins, and Dan Dumbauld each had three hits. Hobson had three RBI and Hopkins two. Sand Bar’s Bob Levasseur had four hits and Roy Hern two. Bill Thompson drove in four runs on two doubles and Hern had two RBI.

Bertram Orthopedics, 16, Sand Bar, 12

Bertram’s ended Sand Bar’s season with John Cavanagh having a major role with three hits, including a triple and a two-run homer, while knocking in five runs. Dave Banghart contributed a three-run home run and Ed Hamill had three RBI on three hits. Ralph Leiterding had three hits and two RBI with John DeRosa cracking a triple, good for a RBI. Sand Bar’s Tom Pugh and Steve Sayre had three hits each, with Sayre, John Remhoff and Butch Monson each driving in two runs.

The Pub, 18, Rookies, 6

The Pub brought Rookies season to an end. Lou Wolfenson, Jim Williams, Charlie Zimmer, Mike Galatis, Pat Coraggio and George Schnorr all had three hits. Ken Planck and Wolfenson launched two-run homers and Williams had a three-run blast. Williams ended up with four RBI, while Wolfenson and Fran Roche each had three. Roger Fleming led Rookies with three hits and two RBI. Al Bozzo, Jack Evans, Bill Himsel, Nick Brooks and Larry Anspach each had two hits.

The Pub, 21, Bertram Orthopedics, 8

The Pub stayed hot, amassing 24 hits in routing Bertram’s from the tournament. It was a team effort as eight players had two hits each, with Butch Coursen and Pat Coraggio having three. Lou Wolfenson had a three-run homer and Jim Williams stroked a triple. Mike Galatis had four RBI, with Fran Roche, Doug Smith, Tom Porter and Coraggio each having two. Dave Banghart and John DeRosa had three hits each, with Banghart hitting a solo home run and two RBI for Bertram’s. Dom Fiorda lined a laser shot for a two-run homer.

MARCO DIVISION

CJ’s on the Bay, 15, Joey’s Pizza, 9

CJ’s ripped the cover off the ball, handing Joey’s its first loss in the tournament. Barry Bates, Mike Gardner and Paul Burnett all homered for CJ’s, with Bates also having a triple. Gardner had four RBI, Bates three, while Tom Whitlock and Bill Diamond chipped in two each. Bob Zinkevicz, the winning pitcher, had a wicked curve ball going for him. Joey’s was finally able to break through with some key hits from Ed Hamill who had a home run and three RBI and Doug Patton who had four RBI.

Islander Restaurant, 15, Marco Community Bank, 8

Danny O’Sullivan, Jim Dorey and Jim White each had three hits and each smashed home runs for Islander. George Kirk and Bill Kayhart drilled out two hits each. O’Sullivan would have had another home run, but had to settle for a triple, based on too much celebrating. Dorey ended up with five RBI, White four and O’Sullivan three. Tom Purtell stroked a three-run homer for the Bank, with Mike Puskar driving in two runs and Steve Slaggie having two hits.

Joey’s Pizza, 11, Crazy Flamingo’s, 3

Joey’s knocked out Crazy Flamingo from the tournament, behind the pitching of Roger Wise. Doug Patton and Lee Dilk contributed two RBI and Ed Hamill three on a home run for Joey’s. Fred Carlson and Patton each had a triple. Jim Conway drove in two runs for Flamingo’s on a double.

Marco Community Bank, 8, ADKOS, 7

Dan Stanard hoisted a sacrifice fly, driving in what would be the winning run, eliminating ADKOS. Stanard ended the game with two RBI as did Chuck Wilson for the Bank. ADKOS had rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie the game. Doug Smith and Pete Baker had two RBI in the rally. John Ranieri had another stellar day at the plate with three hits and Don Schwartz two.

Islander Restaurant, 10, CJ’s on the Bay, 9

Jim White had three hits and three RBI in pacing the Islander attack. Winning pitcher Butch Monson had three RBI and Darryl Judson two, with Doug Smith contributing three hits and a RBI. Dick DeAnna was the big gun for CJ’s with four RBI, three coming on a home run. Barry Bates had two hits and a RBI.

Joey’s Pizza, 7, Marco Community Bank 4

As it turned out, The Bank made a tactical error in giving an intentional walk to load the bases and pitch to Doug Patton. Patton skyrocketed a grand slam home run, wiping out a 3-0 lead. Winning pitcher Roger Wise drove in two runs to secure the win. Bruce Steele had two RBI for the Bank, which was eliminated.

In the last regular season game, Marco Community Bank edged Crazy Flamingo’s, 10-9 to earn second place. Murph Knapke clocked a walk-off, extra-inning two-run home run for the Bank. Don Schwartz, Tom Purtell and Knapke had tree hits, with Chuck Wilson driving in two runs. Jim Conway had a big game, collecting four RBI on three hits, while Jim ”Long Ball” Langdon drove in two for Flamingo’s.

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