NeNe’s, Joey’s Pizza advance to championship game

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Ne'Ne's pitcher Neil Alberry tosses the ball  to the plate in City Adult Softball action.  Alberry helped his team to a win and a spot in the playoff championship game on Thursday night at Winterberry Park.

Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Ne'Ne's pitcher Neil Alberry tosses the ball to the plate in City Adult Softball action. Alberry helped his team to a win and a spot in the playoff championship game on Thursday night at Winterberry Park.

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Joey's first baseman Justin Hanna stretches for the putout on Cocomo's Mike Watkins in City Adult Softball playoff action.  Joey's plays NeNe's Kitchen for the playoff championship at Winterberry Park on Thursday.

Alex Galian Special to the Eagle Joey's first baseman Justin Hanna stretches for the putout on Cocomo's Mike Watkins in City Adult Softball playoff action. Joey's plays NeNe's Kitchen for the playoff championship at Winterberry Park on Thursday.

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Cocomo's Neils Stone keeps his eye on the ball in a City Adult Softball playoff game. Cocomo's lost to Joey's Pizza. Joey's and NeNe's Kitchen play on Thursday for the playoff championship at Winterberry Park.

Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle Cocomo's Neils Stone keeps his eye on the ball in a City Adult Softball playoff game. Cocomo's lost to Joey's Pizza. Joey's and NeNe's Kitchen play on Thursday for the playoff championship at Winterberry Park.

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NeNe's Kitchen's Greg St Armour lines a base hit on the team's way to victory and a spot in the City Adult Softball playoff championship game at Winterberry Park on Thursday.

Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle NeNe's Kitchen's Greg St Armour lines a base hit on the team's way to victory and a spot in the City Adult Softball playoff championship game at Winterberry Park on Thursday.

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DaVinci's second baseman Andrew Vale throws to first baseman Mark Feola to get an out in their loss to NeNe's Kitchen in City Adult Softball action.

Alex Galiana Special to the Eagle DaVinci's second baseman Andrew Vale throws to first baseman Mark Feola to get an out in their loss to NeNe's Kitchen in City Adult Softball action.

On a spectacular night for softball, the City Adult softball tournament semifinals took place at Winterberry Park.

The first game featured the No. 2 seed Cocomo’s against the No. 3 3 seed Joey’s Pizza. Cocomo’s bats came out flat and Joey’s was hot as Joey’s jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings. But Cocomo’s, as it has done so many times, ground its way back. Behind hits from Eddie Kirst, Kevin Hennings, Marc Canady Mike Watkins, Rich Bush and Scott Gibbs, they were able to take the lead after five innings, 8-6.

Joey’s Santo Gentile started the sixth inning off with a base hit to left field and with hits from Tony Oliverio, Justin Hanna, Zach Lutkemeyer and Steve Pahr, Joey’s took back the lead at 10-8. Cocomo’s got within one run, but Joey’s added another run in the top of the seventh to make it 11-9. Cocomo’s sent their top hitters to the plate in the last inning, but a double play ended the game, and moved Joey’s into the championship game on Thursday night.

The second game saw undefeated NeNe’s Kitchen against DaVinci’s. NeNe’s kept on rolling, winning 15-8.

DaVinci’s, playing shorthanded due to illnesses among many of their players, was no match for NeNe’s powerful lineup. NeNe’s has been powerful at the plate and solid in the field and on the mound. Strikeouts are not common in softball, but Neil Alberry, behind his pitching mask, had DaVinci’s mesmerized as he posted 3 Ks. Bobby Natalie’s three hits, including a home run, led NeNe’s at the plate, as Eric Nagel, Wes Alberry, Brad Frazier, Lee Vanderjagt and JP Nachef all had two hits each. Mike Radlovacki led DaVinci’s with three hits and Mike Poteet, Ray Neil, Andrew Vale and Taylor Goldsmith all added two hits each in the defeat.

The championship game will start at 7:05 p.m. at Winterberry Park on Thursday.

Remember, Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department is trying to form a co-ed softball league.

Games would be on Thursday nights, beginning April 19 and ending June 7. Team fee is be $375 for an eight-game season.

Anyone interested in entering a team can contact Alex Galiana at 239-389-5196.

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