The softball season is winding down, with games to finish out the season and the beginning of the playoffs.
Here are the results by season-ending games, then tournament action, by divisions.
Sand Bar, 13, DaVinci’s, 7
Sand Bar scored six runs in the seventh inning to break open an 8-7 ball game. Murph Knapke cracked a double with the bases loaded, driving in three runs, giving him four in the game for Sand Bar. Tom McCullough had three hits and three RBI, with winning pitcher Jim George blasting a solo home run. Steve Hummel and Chuck Reich had three hits each. Reich slammed a triple, good for two RBI for DaVinci’s. John Remhoff hoisted a solo home run in the loss.
Cheers, 22, Bertram Total Joint Centers, 17
After opening up a 10-0 lead, Cheers had to rally in the top of the ninth to recapture the lead 15-13, scoring five runs. Bertram’s responded by scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Cheers then scored seven in the 10th for the win. Cheers players with three hits each were Dave Williams, Dave Coward, Butch Coursen and Al Cenicola. Dave Banghart, Denny Lello and Cenicola each had four RBI, Charlie Zimmer, three and Coursen two. Banghart had a home run among his hits.
Bertram’s Roger Fleming had four hits, with Mike Hopkins, Ed Kingsbury, Chet Dal Bianco, and Jerry Cnudde with three each. Fleming drove home five runs and had a triple for Bertram’s. Teammates Dom Fiorda and Bill Thompson smacked home runs.
Rookies, 22, Nacho Mama’s, 14
Pete Oellrich had a perfect day at the plate, going six-for-six for Rookies. Teammates Rich Krumholz, Steve Sayre and Mike Behr stroked four hits each, with Ray Kane, George Schnorr, John Barrett, and Ray Niemeyer having three each. Ralph Leiterding drove home six runs, Kane four and Sayre three. Bill James clouted two three-run homers for Nacho Mama’s, with John Cavanagh adding three hits.
Bertram Orthopedics, 18, Rookies, 10
This game determined third and fourth place in the Island Division. Rookies jumped out to an early 7-2 lead only to see Bertram’s come storming back to capture third place. Power-hitting Herm Griffith smacked a two-run and a three-run homer, giving him six RBI and three hits for Bertram’s. Winning pitcher Jerry Cnudde, John Barrett, and Mike Hopkins each had three hits. Cnudde drove in four runs and Hopkins three. Ed Kingsbury and Rich Schiller had two RBI, with Schiller’s coming on a two-run homer. Dom Fiorda had a triple. Rookies Ray Kane had three hits and three RBI and George Schnorr two RBI.
Rookies, 14, DaVinci’s, 8
Rookies scored three runs in the first only to see DaVinci’s score six in the second to take a 6-3 lead. Rookies battled back, tying the game at 8-8 and then erupted for six runs in the bottom of the eighth for the win. Doug Tuttle and Ray Kane drove in three runs each for Rookies with Tuttle’s coming on a colossal three-run shot to deep left center field. Mike Behr, Al Cenicola and Ralph Leiterding had two RBI each in the win. Leiterding had a triple and Pete Oellrich laced four base hits. Bill Shurina had three hits for DaVinci’s and John Luegering had three RBI
Bertram’s 14, Nacho Mama’s, 8
As in the first game, Nacho’s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game at 7-7, going into the bottom of the seventh only to see Bertram’s have five runs cross the plate to put the game away. Ed “the New Hampshire Masher” Kingsbury smashed a three-run homer among his three hits and Mike Hopkins a solo home run for Bertram’s. Bill Thompson, Ed Hamill, and Rich Schiller stroked three hits each, with Thompson having three RBI and Schiller and Hopkins two each. Grady Fuller and Paul Burnett had three hits each for Nacho Mama’s, with Burnett cracking a triple.
Islander Restaurant, 10, Joey’s Pizza, 8
Islander scored three runs in the top of the seventh to overcome an 8-7 run deficit. Mike Walsh and Bill Voss rapped out three hits each for the Islander, with Jack Evans driving in three runs. Winning pitcher Butch Monson had a triple. Joey’s Jim Dorey launched two home runs, good for three RBI, with Chuck Reich drilling three hits for two RBI. Both teams ended the regular season at 10-12 with Joey’s earning third place based on runs scored in head-to-head games played.
ADKOS, 20, Crazy Flamingo, 5
Peter Baker, Fuzz Fazekas and winning pitcher Ed Kopecky each had three hits, while Barry Bates drove in three runs in the win. Jim Dorey and Paul Vorwich each contributed two RBI. Bill Moors and Kopecky had triples. Ron Burger had three hits for Flamingo, with Tony Brock smacking a home run and having two RBI.
ADKOS, 15, Islander Restaurant, 6
ADKOS scored seven runs in the sixth inning to end any hopes of an Islander Restaurant win. Three of the runs came on a continuation play when Barry Bates lined a single with two men on base. When the dust settled all three had crossed home plate. Mike Gardner had four hits, including a monster home run to left center field. Stan Sutphen, Paul Vorwich and Pete Baker all drilled three hits. Baker and Fuzz Fazekas each had triples and knocked in three runs each. Bill Himsel had two RBI for Islander Restaurant.
Joey’s Pizza, 11, Crazy Flamingo, 2
The tall, lanky right-hander from Derry, NH., Bob Zinkevicz shut down the Flamingo bats. Flamingo’s Bill Kayhart slammed a home run and accounted for the two runs. Lee Dilk and Chuck Reich were the big guns for Joey’s, banging out three hits each and driving in three runs each. Jack Stevenson and Fred Carlson drove in two runs each for Joey’s.
FINAL DIVISIONAL STANDINGS
Cheers, 17-5, Sand Bar, 16-6, Bertram’s Total Joint Centers, 12-10, Rookies, 10-12, DaVinci’s, 6-15, Nacho Mama’s, 4-17.
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 16-6, CJ’s on the Bay, 14-8, Joey’s Pizza, 10-12, Islander Restaurant, 10-12, ADKOS, 9-13, Crazy Flamingo, 7-15.