PHOTO GALLERY: Plenty of action keeps Senior League races tight

Incredible action in both divisions keep races tight in the Marco Island Senior Softball League.

Cheer’s won three games, while Sand Bar went 2-1, ending the week with a first-place tie in the Island Division.

In the Marco Division, Mutual of Omaha Bank and CJ’s on the Bay each won two games, to keep the Bank one game ahead of CJ’s.

Here are the results in order of games played.

ISLAND DIVISION

Cheers , 22, Rookies 7

For the third straight game, Cheers bullied the opposition into submission by creating a run differential of 15 runs, ending the game under the mercy rule. Cheders’ bullies, Paul Shelton, four RBI, Craig Cunningham, Butch Courson and the now the manager Dave Coward, with three RBI led the onslaught. Coward cracked two home runs and Courson one. Jim Williams had four hits, with Cunningham and Dan Dumbauld having three. Doug Tuttle drove in three runs and Fran Diotte two for Rookies.

Bertram’s Total Joint Centers, 8, DaVinci’s, 4

Mike Hopkins whacked a two-run homer in the first inning and Bill Thompson’s two doubles accounted for another three runs as Bertram’s pitcher Jerry Cnudde kept DaVinic’s batters off stride for most of the game. Not only did Cnudde pitch well, but his fielding of line drives and hard ground balls frustrated DaVinci’s. Herman Griffith had three hits for Bertram’s, while John DeRosa accounted for two of DaVinic’s runs.

Sand Bar, 15, Nacho Mama’s, 13

Tom Porter banged out four hits, good for two RBI and Jack Mateja unloaded a grand slam home run for Sand Bar. Jimmy Cuevas and Murph Knapke also drove home two runs apiece in the win. Bill DiNeno had a big day at the plate for Nacho’s, rapping out five hits, one a solo home run. John Cavanagh’s bat came alive, stroking three hits, while Grady Fuller chased four runs across the plate in the loss.

DaVinci’s, 9, Sand Bar, 4

DaVinci’s ended Sand Bar’s eight-game win streak, behind the pitching of Bill Kaschube and timely hitting of John Remhoff, who had three RBI and Don Schwartz two. John DeRosa and Jerry Engel banged out three hits each for DaVinic’s. Ron Peterson launched a solo home run for Sand Bar.

Cheers, 23, Bertram’s, 8

Cheers continued terrorizing the opposition, mercying another team. In the last four games Cheers has scored 89 runs. Winning pitcher Ron Engels and teammates Paul Shelton, Jim Williams and Denny Lello knocked out four hits each, with Dave Coward and Butch Couson delivering three hits each. Charlie Zimmer drove home three runs, Shelton, Williams, Courson, Lello and Dan Dumbauld two each. Shelton had a home run, Lello two triples and Williams, Courson and Dumbauld one triple each. Mike Hopkins had three hits, Bill Thompson had four RBI and Ed Hamill two for Bertram’s.

Nacho Mama’s, 10, Rookies, 8

Nacho Mama’s ended an 11-game losing streak as Bill James, Mike Puskar, Jeff Hultgren and Jack O’Brien had two RBI each in the win. Bob Levasseur had four hits, while Dan Cody and Hultgren had three each. Lou Wolfenson launched a three-run homer for Rookies, while Ray Niemeyer drilled three hits and chased two runs home.

Cheers, 10, Sand Bar, 9

ChePaul Shelton’s sars bats wedre finally slowed, but a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth enabled Cheers to gain the win and tie Sand Bar for first place in the Island Division. Charlie Zimmer played a big role in the win with four RBI on two hits, as did Doug Smith with two RBI. Sand Bar took an early lead in the game, using the long ball to its advantage. Sand Bar’s Larry Anspach and Jimmy Cuevas cracked solo homers and Jim George a two-run shot. Teammates Jack Mateja lined four hits, including two doubles and Ron Peterson drove in three runs.

DaVinci’s, 20, Nacho Mama’s, 10

Ray Niemeyer had a perfect day, hammering out five hits, good for three RBI, in DaVinci’s win. Steve Hummel had five RBI, with four coming on a grand slam. John Luegering, Jerry Engel, Jim Green, Bill Shurina and Bill Kaschube all had three hits, with Green driving in three runs and Engel and Shurina two. Dan Cody and Jack O’Brien each drove in two runs on triples for Nacho’s. Teammates O’Brien, Alan Glass and Tom Angelo each had three hits.

Bertram’s, 12, Rookies, 7

Mike Hopkins hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, home run) chasing four runs across the plate for Bertram’s. Bill Thompson drove in four runs on three hits; including a triple and home run. Bertram’s manager Herm Griffith had three hits and two RBI and Ed Kingsbury had two RBI on a triple and home run. John Barrett rounded out the scoring with two RBI for Bertram’s. Rich Krumholz and Ray Kane stroked three hits each for Rookies. Kane and Steve Sayre each drove in two runs.

MARCO DIVISION

ADKOS, 10, Joey’s Pizza, 1

Pitcher Ed Kopecky scattered 10 of Joey’s hits, allowing only one unearned run. Joey’s Jim Dorey, Tom Whitlock and Fred Carlson had two hits apiece. Manager Fuzz Fazekas paced ADKOS with three hits, with Paul Vorwich driving in three runs. Joe Kruse, Bill Dauch and Darryl Judson had two hits each, with Dauch picking up two RBI.

CJ’s on the Bay, 11, Islander Restaurant, 8

CJ’s managed to hold off a last-inning rally by the Islander, behind the pitching of Dan Callahan. Both teams had big fourth innings, CJ’s scoring nine runs and Islander six. Chuck Wilson and Don Rooksbury had two hits each, with Gary Schneider recording two RBI for CJ’s. Jack Evans and Dick Corley had home runs for Islander. Mike Walsh cracked three hits, while Tony Meilan, Nick Brooks and Evans each collected two RBI.

Mutual of Omaha Bank , 19, Crazy Flamingo, 4

Al Bozzo and Ed Brack had career games for the Bank as they helped invoke the mercy rule after five innings. Bozzo had five hits and three RBI, with Brack walloping two home runs and a double, good for seven RBI. Mark Nahabedian, WWII vet, and Manny Miyar each stroked three hits, with Miyar driving home three runs.

Islander Restaurant, 18, Crazy Flamingo, 9

Islander’s bats came alive, ending a four-game losing streak. Mike Walsh led the assault with four hits and Nick Brooks, Tony Meilan and Bill Voss lined three hits each, with Brooks and Voss collecting three RBI. Jack Evans had two RBI and a triple. Bill Kayhart had four hits, including a home run and three RBI for Flamingo.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 9, ADKOS, 6

The game became a pitcher’s duel after the first two innings. The Bank jumped out to an early 7-5 lead and with the win managed to hold onto first place tie in the Marco Division. Al Bozzo facilitated the win with two RBI on two hits, one a triple. ADKOS’ Leon Schmitt had three hits, while Schmitt and Paul Vorwich each drove in two runs.

CJ’s on the Bay, 16, Joey’s Pizza, 6

CJ’s cruised to the win behind the pitching of Dan Callahan. Callahan, Chuck Wilson, Jake Jacobson and Bob Grimm all drilled three hits. Dan Stanard had three RBI, two coming on a triple. Ray Zielinski whacked a two-run homer, and Leroy Fishleigh, Fred Kramer and Callahan all had two RBI. Joey’s Jack Stevenson and Chuck Reich each had three hits, with Reich collecting two RBI.

Island division standings

Sand Bar and Cheers, 13-5, Bertram’s Total Joint Centers, 10-8, Rookies, 8-10, DaVinci’s, 6-12, Nacho Mama’s, 4-14.

Marco division standings

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 13-5, CJ’s on the Bay, 12-6, Joey’s Pizza, 9-9, ADKOS, 8-10, Islander Restaurant, 7-11, Crazy Flamingo, 5-13.

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