Marco Senior Softball
Nacho Mama’s, Flamingo stand tall as champions
The 2013 came to an end in what was the most competitive league play in Marco Island Men’s Senior Softball’s 14-season history.
Nacho Mama’s was the divisional champions in the Island Division and Crazy Flamingo was the divisional champions in the Marco Division.
Both teams won their respective titles by winning the last game of league play. Nacho’s Mama’s downed Sand Bar and Crazy Flamingo’s won over CJ’s on the Bay.
The double elimination tournament started Tuesday, with Mutual of Omaha Bank and Joey’s Pizza winning and moving on in the winner’s bracket, while Rookies and ADKOS went into the losers bracket and must win the next scheduled game or the teams’ seasons end. Follow the Tournament results on a daily basis at
Here are games in order of play by date.
Wednesday March 6
Nacho Mama’s, 14, Sand Bar, 10
Nacho Mama’s won the Island Divisional title due to the long-ball hitting of Steve Hummel and Tom Gazzillo, both belting home runs and driving in four runs each. Tom Pugh and Tom McCullough ripped three hits each for Nacho’s, with McCullough plated two runs and Gary LaMotte three. Jim Ramage jumped on the ball for four hits, Murph Knapke drove in three runs and Scott Byers two for Sand Bar who ended the season in third place.
Islander Restaurant, 11, Marco Brewery, 10
Islander Restaurant ended the season in second place when it scored the tiebreaking and winning run in the bottom of ninth inning. Herman Griffith lined four hits and Dave Banghart three in the win. Jim Williams, who walloped a home run and Ed Kingsbury chased home three runs, with Banghart having chased two home. Dave Coward hammered out five hits for the Brewery, while John Cavanagh, Jack Martin and Tom Porter stroked three hits each. Coward, Martin and Ray Kane each had two RBI. Brewery ended the season in fourth place.
Sasso’s, 17, DaVinci’s, 15
Jim Gilligan was a one-man demolition crew for Sasso’s, pounding out four hits, including two three-run home runs, giving him seven RBI. Teammates Charlie Lamb, Jimmy Cuevas, Bill Thompson and Ralph Leiterding connected for three hits each. Mike Galatis blasted a late-inning solo home run to help insure Sasso’s victory. Thompson plated four RBI and Lamb three as Sasso’s ended the season in fifth place. DaVinci’s Craig Cunningham and Bill Shurina tagged four hits each, including a Cunningham’s a home run. Jim Green and Fran Diotte had three hits each, with Diotte slamming a triple. Cunningham ended up with three RBI; Jerry Engel, Denny Lello and Diotte two each for sixth-place DaVinci’s.
Thursday, March 7
Crazy Flamingo, 9, ADKOS, 4
Joe Furst, Gary Schneider and Doug Patton all had two hits as Flamingo maintained a piece of first place in the Marco Division. Bob Monaco drove in two runs and winning pitcher Roger Wise allowed only 11 hits. Leroy Fishleigh lashed out three hits, with Bill Diamond and Leon Schmitt having two each for ADKOS.
CJ’s on the Bay, 9, Joey’s Pizza, 8
Ron Townsend cracked a triple in the last at bat for CJ’s, driving in both the tying and winning runs. Bill Kayhart ripped three hits, Bob Smith and Warren Uhl two each. Fred Kramer launched a three-run homer, while Roger Fleming and Smith whacked triples. Joey’s Don Schwartz jumped on the ball for three hits, Donnie Rooksberry and John Ranieri each two. Rick Benedetti had three RBI and Tony Brock two as Joey’s dropped out of the tie for first place and CJ’s remained tied for first with Crazy Flamingo.
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 13, Rookies, 3
Winning pitcher Dan Monson tossed a six hitter against ADKOS, allowing the Bank to cruise to the win. Jerry Lenhoff, Dave Droddy, Denny Davis, and Larry Laird had two hits each for the Bank. Lenhoff and Monson thumped triples with Monson collecting two RBI
Friday, March 8,
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10, CJ’s on the Bay, 3
Paul Burnett was the catalyst in the win for the Bank, smacking four hits including a triple, while making a number of key defensive plays. Teammates Dan Cody. Jerry Lenhoff, and Dave Droddy had two hits each; Burnett and Droddy drove home two runs each. Winning pitcher Butch Monson spun a four hitter, with only Bob Smith of CJ’s having two hits and Warren Uhl cracking a triple.
Crazy Flamingo, 9, Rookies, 5
Dom Fiorda laced three hits and Bob Monaco drive in four runs for Flamingo to facilitate the win. Monaco crunched a triple, Doug Patton, Al Cenicola, and Keith Stought each had two hits, with Stought driving in two runs. Jim Conway zinged three hits, Jim White and Tony Brock two each for Rookies.
ADKOS, 12, Joey’s Pizza, 11
Leroy Fishleigh clobbered a three-run homer and Steve Roberts a three-run triple, leading to ADKOS’ win and Joey’s Pizza losing any chance in winning the divisional title. Fishleigh ended up with three hits, Jim Vitas, Leon Schmitt, Chet Dal Bianco and Roberts two each. Roberts chalked up five RBI. Bob Grant tagged three hits, Art Fletcher, Rick Benedetti, Darryl Judson, Tom Patterson and Gary Badger two each for Joey’s. Grant knocked in three runs.
Monday, March 11
Crazy Flamingo, 13, CJ’s on the Bay, 2
The cagey Reggie Wise limited CJ’s to 12 hits en route to Flamingo winning the Marco Divisional and having an eight-game winning streak. Gary Schneider who had a MVP type performance in 2013, led the way for Flamingo with three hits; Ray Zielinski, Keith Stought, Steve Slaggie and Wise had two each, with Slaggie’s lining a triple. Zielinski and Slaggie drove in three runs each, Stought and Wise each two. Warren Uhl and Fred Kramer had two hits each as CJ’s ended the season in second place,
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 12, Joey’s Pizza, 10
The Bank was behind 10-4 after five innings, then rallied to score eight runs over the last two innings for the win. Dave Droddy was the big gun for the Bank, banging out three hits good, for four RBI. George Bennett and Joe Barry chipped in with two hits, with Jerry Lenhoff and Jack Stevenson have two RBI each in the win, helping the Bank to fourth place. Donnie Rooksberry, Bob Grant, and Don Schwartz lined three hits each and John Ranieri two for Joey’s. Grant collected three RBI, with Tony Brock and Bill Kayhart having two each as Joey’s ended the season in third place.
ADKOS, 30, Rookies, 28
In one of the wildest slugfests ever played in Marco Island Senior Softball, ADKOS hung on to edge Rookies. There were a total of 52 hits that included eight home runs and nine triples. ADKOS had Bill Diamond, Gary Schneider and Jack Stevenson rip the ball for four hits each; Leon Schmitt, Leroy Fishleigh and Bob Monaco had three each. Schneider and Monaco launched two home runs each, with Dan Callahan and John Ranieri having one each. Stevenson and Fishleigh each had triple. Diamond and Monaco each racked up five RBI, Callahan four, Fishleigh and Stevenson three each. Rookies Nick Brooks pounded out five hits; Joe Callahan and Jim White nailed four each and Jake Jacobson three. Two of White’s hits were two-run homers, good for six RBI. Brooks smacked four triples, with Ed Kopecky and Joe Callahan each notching a triple. Rookies ended the season in fifth and ADKOS sixth.
FINAL ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS:
Nacho Mama’s, 14-8, Islander Restaurant, 13-9, Sand Bar and Marco Brewery, 12-10, Sasso’s, 8-14 DaVinci’s, 7-15.
FINAL MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS:
Crazy Flamingo, 15-7, CJ’s on the Bay, 13-9, Joey’s Pizza, 12-10, Mutual of Omaha Bank, 11-11, Rookies, 10-12, ADKOS, 5-17
Tuesday, March 12
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 13, Rookies, 11
The Bank opened up a 13-6 lead, then held on when a Rookies runner was gunned down at home plate. George Bennett had three hits; Dan Cody, Paul Burnett, Dave Droddy, Butch Monson, Denny Davis, Bob Grimm and Ron Burger had two each for the Bank. Monson walloped a two-run home run; Burnett and Droddy bashed triples. Davis chased home five runs, Bennett three, and Jerry Lenhoff two. Jim Conway sprayed three hits, while Joe Kruse, Jim White, Dick Corley and Bill Dauch had two each for Rookies. Corley and Joe Callahan drove in two runs each in the loss.
Joey’s Pizza, 18, ADKOS, 9
Joey’s Pizza gained revenge against ADKOS for a one run loss last Friday. Rick Benedetti ripped the cover off the ball with four hits, Bob Grant and Gary Badger each had three; Art Fletcher, Tony Brock, Don Schwartz, Tom Patterson and Mike Gallagher two each for Joey’s. Benedetti triples and the 82-year-old “Bionic Man” John Ranieri whacked a three-run home run, his second home run in two days. Grant collect four RBI, Benedetti three, Fletcher and Brock two. ADKOS Bill Diamond, Leon Schmitt, Fuzz Fazekas, George Kirk and Dan Callahan all lined two hits, with Chet Dal Bianco having a triple. Leroy Fishleigh drove in three runs, Fazekas and Callahan two.