Under a bright, full moon over Marco Island, Joey’s Pizza did what no one else had been able to do all year. It defeated NeNe’s Kitchen in the championship game of the Marco Island Adult softball league 5-3.
In something you don’t see often in adult softball, the championship game was a defensive battle with both teams making great plays in the field.
The game started off as most this year with NeNe’s jumping out ahead as it held Joey’s, while scoring two runs on Brad Frazier’s double, which scored Eric Nagel and Wes Alberry.
Once again, with good fielding plays NeNe’s held Joey’s scoreless in the second inning while adding a run on Greg St. Amour’s single that plated JP Nachef. But it would be all the runs NeNe’s would score.
In the third inning Joey’s captain Santo Gentile started it off with a single. Shane Moore followed with a walk, and when Steve Pahr, with one of his 4 hits for the night, hit the ball deep to the outfield, Gentile scored on an over throw at the plate. Joey Oliverio then singled home Moore and Pahr to tie the game.
The fifth inning saw Pahr adding another hit and when Justin Hanna added his second hit of the night Joey’s moved ahead 4-3. Once again good defensive work by Joey’s Luke Lutkemeyer at second base and Santo Gentile, who played like a man possessed in center field, left NeNe’s in the unfamiliar position of being behind.
In the top of the sixth great defensive plays by NeNe’s Pat McGuire and Lee Vanderjagt held Joey’s in check and Joey’s responded with its own solid defensive work as neither team scored.
In the final inning Steve Pahr collected his fourth hit and scored on Justin Hanna third hit of the night, Joey’s added another run, moving ahead by two.
In their final at-bats NeNe’s had its heart of its batting order coming up. But Joey’s third baseman Mike Buis made a play on a hard-hit ball, then second baseman Zach Lutkmeyer and shortstop Parh turned a double play to end the undefeated streak for NeNe’s and gave Joey’s the championship trophy.
On behalf of the City of Marco Island I want to thank all the participants of this year’s adult softball League, Congratulations to regular season champion NeNe’s Kitchen who ended with a 17-1 record and Joey’s Pizza as the end of the season tournament Champion.
Have a great off season, and come out and watch some fun Co-Ed Softball, April 19 at Winterberry Park.