All the top seeds won in the first round of the City Men’s Softball League tournament.
Cocomo’s, 20, Islander Pool 8
No. 1 seed Cocomo’s jumped out early in the first inning, with the big hits coming from Scott Gibbs and Pat Baldwin, to take a 5-0 lead.
Sean Shea’s three-run home run made it 8-0 after three innings.
With two out in the top of the fifth, Islander mounted a rally, scoring eight runs, which got Cocomo’s attention. With the score now 10-8, Cocomo’s showed why they were the league champs, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the inning to assure the victory.
Sand Bar, 17, Marco Island Brewery, 11
Sand Bar came out swinging, with four teammates each hammering home runs. Pat Maguire led Sand Bar with four hits, including two home runs. Paul Thomassen added three hits, with two home runs and Jason Berning and Lee Vanderjagt each had three hits, with a home run each. The Brewery was led by Chris Massa and Luke Vergo, each with two hits and home runs.
DaVinci’s, 7, Nacho Mama’s, 5
In a game that featured great defensive plays by both teams, Nacho’s stayed close to the No. 2 seed DaVinci’s. Behind the bats of Rick Hanscom and Dave Flowers, DaVinci’s was tied, 5-5, with Sand Bar. However, behind hits from Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Graczyk, DaVinci’s scored two runs and held on, snuffing a Nacho’s rally in the seventh inning for the win.
Joey’s Pizza, 20, Eli’s Contracting, 17
In a slugfest, Eli’s led Joeys, 11-9, after four innings, but Joey’s took the lead, 14-13 in the fifth. Eli’s fought back in the sixth to regain the lead 16-13, but Joey’s again rallied in the bottom half to make it 17-16. With their last at bat, Eli’s would not quit and added two runs to move ahead, 18-17.
Now in their last at-bats Joey’s captain, Santo Gentile, came up big, hammering a home run and Joey’s went on to victory, 20-17.
Joey’s was led by Gentile with five hits. Dee Yearwood, Zach Lutkemeyer and Steve Pahr each added home runs . Jon Sally, John Wright and Todd Swander each had home runs for Eli’s.
On Thursday night, No. 2 seed DaVinci’s, plays No. 3 Joey’s at 6:30, with No.1 Cocomo’s going against No. 4 Sand Bar at 7:45, with both games at Winterberry Park.
The championship game will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 at Winterberry Park.