Marco Senior Softball Playoffs: Season champ Crazy Flamingo knocked out of playoffs

Rookies’ Joe Kruse strides into home plate for a score against in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Rookies’ Joe Kruse strides into home plate for a score against in Marco Senior Softball action.

Rookies’ Joe Callahan leaps for throw to third base as Joey’s Pizza’s Don Rooksberry glides into third in a Marco Senior Softball playoff game.

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Rookies’ Joe Callahan leaps for throw to third base as Joey’s Pizza’s Don Rooksberry glides into third in a Marco Senior Softball playoff game.

Umpire Dave Coward calls a strike on Joey’s Pizza’s Don Rooksberry as Rookies’ Dean Lambros catches the ball in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Umpire Dave Coward calls a strike on Joey’s Pizza’s Don Rooksberry as Rookies’ Dean Lambros catches the ball in Marco Senior Softball action.

Joey’s Pizza’s John Ranieri, foreground, gives chase on misthrown ball to first baseman Fred Carlson as Rookies’ Jake Jacobson hustles down the base line in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Joey’s Pizza’s John Ranieri, foreground, gives chase on misthrown ball to first baseman Fred Carlson as Rookies’ Jake Jacobson hustles down the base line in Marco Senior Softball action.

Rookies’ Joe Kruse makes a running catch as teammate Jim White follows the play in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Rookies’ Joe Kruse makes a running catch as teammate Jim White follows the play in Marco Senior Softball action.

Marco Senior Softball Playoffs: Season champ Crazy Flamingo knocked out of playoffs

Nacho Mama’s and Sand Bar are undefeated in the Island Division and Mutual of Omaha Bank and CJ’s on the Bay in the Marco Division playoffs.

Islander Restaurant and DaVinci’s have one loss in the Island Division, and ADKOS and Joey’s Pizza in the Marco Division, in the double elimination tournament.

Two teams eliminated in the Island Division are Sasso’s and the Brewery. In the Marco Division; Rookies and the divisional champion Crazy Flamingo.

ISLAND DIVISION TOURNAMENT

March 13,

Sasso’s, 9, Brewery, 8

Leadoff batter Jimmy Cuevas did what he was supposed to do, getting on base by zinging four hits, Charlie Lamb drilled three hits; Bill Thompson, Art Sensi, Jim Gilligan and Jeff Hultgren each had two for Sasso’s. Winning pitcher Sensi drove in three runs and Gilligan two. Doug Smith and Ray Kane came up with three hits apiece for the Brewery. Lou Wolfenson, Ed Brack, and Chuck Reich had two each, with John Cavanagh driving in two runs.

Sand Bar, 7, DaVinci’s, 2

Pitchers Jim George of Sand Bar and Jack O’Brien of DaVinci’s were locked in a pitching duel, before Sand Bar broke through for the win. George helped his cause driving in two runs, walloping a triple, while Scott Byers launched a solo home run for Sand Bar. George, Jim Ramage, and Pete Oellrich had two hits each. Craig Cunningham, who smacked a triple for DaVinci’s, Murph Knapke and Bill Shurina, had two hits each in DaVinci’s loss.

March 15

Nacho Mama’s, 6, Sasso’s, 5

It took 11 innings, in what was one of the best ball games played this season to determine the winner. Tom Pugh, who had three hits, came through in the clutch, lining a base hit in a bases loaded situation, driving in the winning run for the Island Division Champions Nacho Mama’s. Sasso’s had battled back from a 5-0 score to tie the game in the ninth inning. There were numerous key defensive plays in the game. Jeff Hultgren, the midfielder for Sasso’s, threw two players out at home plate, with Rich Krumholz, the shortstop for Nacho’s, throwing out one. Besides Pugh’s three hits for Nacho’s, Tom Gazzillo and Chuck Reich each rapped out three, Tom McCullough and Grady Fuller each had two hits and two RBI, with McCullough banging a triple. Jimmy Cuevas, Jim Gilligan and Ralph Leiterding had two hits each for Sasso’s, with Art Sinisi driving in two runs.

Sand Bar winner by forfeit

Islander Restaurant forfeited the game due to rules infractions for using a substitute player in the field over a roster Islander player. Sand Bar was leading 8-2 at the time of protest.

March 18

DaVinci’s, 9, Sasso’s, 7

DaVinci’s opened an early 7-0 lead, but needed to hold on as Sasso’s rallied to come within one run of tying the game. Murph Knapke and Bill Shurina ripped three hits each for DaVinci’s, with Craig Cunningham, Paul Shelton, Jerry Engel, Jack O’Brien and Jim Green each having two. Green drove in three runs, Engel and Tom Angelo two each. Winning pitcher O’Brien scattered 12 Sasso’s hit, with Jimmy Cuevas recording three and Charlie Lamb, Art Sinisi and Larry Anspach two each. Lamb had three RBI as Sasso’s lost it’s second game and ended the team’s season.

Islander Restaurant, 14, Brewery, 13

In an extra-inning affair, Ron Hobson scalded the ball for a game-winning walk-off two-run homer. Hobson had four hits, including a triple, knocking in four runs. Rich Small laced three hits; Dave Banghart, Jerry Cnudde, Ralph Sieja, Chuck Wilson and Mike Puskar two each. Banghart, Small and Ed Kingsbury drove in two runs apiece for the Islanders. Lou Wolfenson and John Cavanagh peppered three hits, Doug Smith, Jack Martin, Ed Brack, Ray Kane, John Remhoff, Ray Niemeyer and Paul Womack two each. Kane’s two hits were a triple and a home run giving him, Wolfenson and Brack three RBI each. Tom Porter belted a two-run home run and Cavanagh had two RBI. The Brewery was eliminated with its second loss.

MARCO DIVISION TOURNAMENT

March 14

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 21, Crazy Flamingo, 4

On a cold and wind day, the Bank’s bats were smoking, knocking out 24 hits in a mercy-called game after six innings, due to a 15-run differential. Dan Cody, Paul Burnett, Jerry Lenhoff, Denny Davis, and Larry Laird smoked three hits each, George Burnett, Dave Droddy and Butch Monson, the winning pitcher, two each. Burnett, Lenhoff and Droddy fired up home runs, with Burnett and Jack Stevenson stroking triples. Burnett recorded seven RBI, Droddy four, Lenhoff, three, Cody and Laird having two each. Ray Zielinski and Gary Schneider had two hits each for Flamingo. Schneider also drove in two runs.

CJ’s on the Bay, 14, Joey’s Pizza, 13

In a game that seesawed, CJ’s scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth that overcame a Joey’s Pizza lead for the win. Six CJ’s players, Roger Fleming, Bob Smith, Bill Kayhart, Warren Uhl, Fred Kramer and Gary Schneider each had two hits. Lee Dilk drove home three runs; Uhl, Kramer and Schneider two each. Don Schwartz had a perfect day at the plate, tasering four hits for Joey’s. Teammates Bob Grant and Gary Badger tagged three hits each, with John Ranieri and Fred Carlson having two each. Gary Grant had three RBI, Schwartz and Carlson two each.

March 19

ADKOS, 9, Crazy Flamingo, 4

In a team effort, ADKOS played its best game of the season, knocking the Marco Division title winner, Crazy Flamingo, out of the tournament. Six ADKOS players laced two hits each, including Jim Vitas, Leon Schmitt, Steve Roberts, Chet Dal Bianco, Dan Callahan, and Jack Stevenson. Schmitt, Roberts and Fuzzy Fazekas all drove in two runs. Winning pitcher Callahan only allowed Flamingo 10 hits, with Joe Furst and Gary Schneider having two each. One of Furst was a triple, Dom Fiorda chased two runs home for Flamingo.

Joey’s Pizza, 19, Rookies, 4

The season came to an abrupt end for Rookies as Joey’s downed Rookies on the mercy rule. Rick Benedetti nailed four hits, Don Schwartz three; Fred Carlson, Tom Patterson, Tony Brock and John Ranieri two each for Joey’s. Ranieri, who smacked a triple and Don Schwartz collected three RBI each and Bendetti, Brock, Patterson and Gary Badger had two each. Bill Kaschube, the winning pitcher, scattered 10 Rookies hits, with Jim Conway and Dick Corley having two each.

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