Key losses tighten Senior Softball standings

Key losses have tightened up both divisions in the Marco Senior Men’s Softball League.

Island Division leader Nacho Mama’s lost two games in the last week, giving them a 7-2 record, seeing the team’s lead drop to two games over the Islander Restaurant and Sand Bar.

In the Marco Division ADKOS knocked off Joey’s Pizza, resulting in a tie for first place, both with 6-2 records.

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Here are the results in order of games played in each division.

ISLAND DIVISION

Sand Bar, 8, Brewery, 5

Sand Bar broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs due to a ball lost in the sun. Charlie Zimmer and Dan Cody had three hits each for the Brewery, which now has lost five games in a row.

Islander Restaurant, 12, DaVinci’s, 5

Mike Hopkins had a big day at the plate with three hits, including a double and a triple, scoring four runs for the Islander. Team members Ron Hobson and Mike Endelman both banged out three hits. Jerry Engel led DaVinci’s with four hits, while John DeRosa and Bob Levasseur had three each.

Nacho Mama’s, 18, Casa Mia, 14

Nacho Mama’s increased its record to 7-0 behind a 29-hit attack. Nacho’s had 18-4 lead after four innings and had to hold off a Casa Mia rally to remain undefeated. The torrid hitting machine, Rich Krumholz, had four hits and four RBIs, with Tom Gazzillo also rapping out four hits for Nacho’s. Tom Pugh, Pete Oellrich, Jim Green and George Schnorr drilled three hits each. Jim Williams blasted a solo home run and Jack Martin drove in three runs. Casa Mia’s totaled 25 hits in the attempt to knock off Nacho’s. John Remhoff accounted for four, Tom Porter, Murph Knapke, Ralph Leiterding, and Larry Tuttle having three each. Rich Small had three RBIs with Jack O’Brien cracking a triple.

Islander Restaurant, 12, Nacho Mama’s, 6

The Islander handed Nacho Mama’s its first loss of the season, behind the pitching of Jerry Engels. Steve Clark ripped four hits, with Ron Hobson, Gary LaMotte, and Mike Endelman having three hits each. Endelman drove in three runs. Pete Oellrich and John Cavanagh stroked three hits each for Nacho’s. Oellrich and Jim Williams each smacked a triple.

Sand Bar, 10, DaVinci’s, 5

Scott Byers was the difference for Sand Bar, walloping a grand slam home run, while knocking in five runs. Tom McCullough of Sand Bar and Doug Smith of DaVinci’s had three hits each. Winning pitcher Jim George limited the opposition to 11 hits, as did losing pitcher Larry Anspach.

Brewery, 28, Casa Mia, 14

The Brewery bats came alive, erupting for 32 hits. Tom Angelo and Dave Banghart banged out five hits each, with Angelo hitting for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run) and Banghart just missing accomplishing the same feat, lacking a double. Angelo ended up with eight RBIs and Banghart seven. Ray Niemeyer, Doug Smith and John Barrett ripped four hits each, with Niemeyer having three RBIs. Winning pitcher Jerry Cnudde had a triple and drove in four runs. Rich Small drove in seven runs for Casa Mia on three hits, which included a triple and a home run. Teammates John Remhoff had four hits each and Jeff Hultgren three.

DaVinci’s, 7, Casa Mia, 5

In a contest between the Island Division Italian restaurants, DaVinci’s won behind the pitching of Larry Anspach. Doug Smith stroked four hits and Dan Moriarty three hits, with Jerry Engel, John DeRosa and Denny Lello driving home two runs each. Jack O’Brien had three RBIs on three hits for Casa Mia.

Brewery, 6, Nacho Mama’s, 5

The Brewery was down 4-3 entering the top of the ninth inning when three runs were scored, giving them the lead; then the Brewery held off a last-at-bat rally by division leading Nacho Mama’s. Tom Angelo and John Barrett drove in two runs each for the Brewery. Pete Oellrich had two RBIs for Nacho’s.

Sand Bar, 17, Islander Restaurant, 16

It took 11 innings before Bob Grant drove in the tying and winning runs on a base hit to right field in the bottom of the 11th. Jim George, Tom McCullough, Bill Shurina, and Jim Green had three hits each for Sand Bar. Scott Byers blasted a three run homer, while knocking in four runs. George, McCullough and Grant had three RBIs each. Islander’s Herman Griffith riveted four hits, while Mike Endelman, Bill Thompson, Ron Engels, Gary LaMotte and Steve Clark had three hits each. Clark smashed a triple and Engels had three RBIs.

MARCO DIVISION

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 11, CJ’s

on the Bay, 10

John Dugan’s three-run homer in the fifth inning was the difference as Mutual of Omaha Bank downed CJ’s. John Dugan had four RBIs and Roger Fleming ripped three hits, one a triple. Leon Schmitt and Roger Wise knocked out three hits, with Warren Uhl having a triple for CJ’s.

ADKOS, 10, Joey’s Pizza, 9

ADKOS earned a tie for first place with the win over Joey’s. Leroy Fishleigh’s catch with the bases loaded in right center field in the seventh inning saved the game for ADKOS. Chuck Reich hammered a home run as part of his three-hit performance, giving him four RBIs for Joey’s. Winning pitcher Fuzz Fazekas had a triple, good for two RBIs, to help support his pitching efforts.

Rookies, 18, Crazy Flamingo, 6

Ed Kopecky hit for the cycle, resulting in five RBIs for Rookies. Bill Himsel, Nick Brooks and Mike Walsh ripped three hits each in the win. Doug Patton had three hits for Flamingo.

Joey’s Pizza, 8, Rookies, 6

A double by Jim White in the bottom of the sixth inning scored two runs and proved to be the difference in Joey’s win. Jim Dorey stroked three hits and winning pitcher Chuck Reich cracked a triple. Rookies Jack Evans blasted a three-run homer.

Crazy Flamingo, 13, Mutual of Omaha Bank, 4

John Ranieri and Tom Patterson banged out three hits each with Patterson driving in four runs. Patterson and Chuck Wilson had triples and Wilson had three RBIs. Winning pitcher Joe Furst limited the Bank to six hits, two by Ed Brack, a home run and a triple.

CJ’s on the Bay, 16, ADKOS, 13

Roger Wise won his first pitching outing of the season after rehabbing his pitching arm. Tony Brock and Wise lined three hits apiece. Leon Schmitt chased home three runs on two hits and Dan Callahan smacked a triple for CJ’s. Paul Vorwick and Leroy Fishleigh had three hits each for ADKOS, with Vorwick blasting a three-run homer. Jan Grossman whacked a triple.

ADKOS, 9, Rookies, 6

ADKOS remained in first place in the Marco Division when three runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth to break a 6-6 tie. Paul Vorwick ripped three hits with Vorwick, Al Bozzo and Don Rooksbury chasing home two runs each. Nick Brooks pounded a double and a triple, good for two RBIs for Rookies.

Crazy Flamingo, 7, CJ’s on the Bay, 4

Dan O’Sullivan peppered three hits for Flamingo as six players had RBIs in a team effort. Ultimately, the two spectacular defensive plays by outfielder Fred Kramer in the last inning saved the game for the Crazy Bird. Dan Stanard and Warren Uhl lined three hits each for CJ’s.

Joey’s Pizza, 17, Mutual of Omaha Bank, 6

Joey’s used a 21-hit assault to stay tied for first place in the Marco Division. Tom Whitlock, Jim White, and Joe Kruse hammered out three hits apiece. White ended up with four RBIs and winning pitcher Chuck Reich had three RBIs, including a home run. Al Cenicola had a triple for Joey’s. Ed Brack cranked two triples as part of his three hits, accounting for four of the Bank’s runs.

ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS

Nacho Mama’s, 7-2, Islander Restaurant and Sand Bar, 5-4, Brewery, 4-5, Casa Mia and DaVinci’s, 3-6.

MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS

Joey’s Pizza and ADKOS, 6-2, Crazy Flamingo, 4-4, CJ’s on the Bay and Mutual of Omaha Bank, 3-5 and Rookies, 2-6.

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