Marco Senior Softball: CJ's, Omaha Bank lose, but stay in first

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Although the photo provides the illusion that Rich Larkin of Crazy Flamingo has just one leg, he has two, but neither beat the throw for an out, caught by Denny Lello of Porky’s as umpire Gene Pall readies to make the call in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Although the photo provides the illusion that Rich Larkin of Crazy Flamingo has just one leg, he has two, but neither beat the throw for an out, caught by Denny Lello of Porky’s as umpire Gene Pall readies to make the call in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Nacho Mama’s Rick Benedetti guns down a DaVinci’s runner as first baseman Ed Hamill readies for the catch in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Nacho Mama’s Rick Benedetti guns down a DaVinci’s runner as first baseman Ed Hamill readies for the catch in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Jack Martin of DaVinci’s slams a line drive for a base hit in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Jack Martin of DaVinci’s slams a line drive for a base hit in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Crazy Flamingo’s Chuck Wilson legs out a base hit as Porky’s Denny Lello looks on in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Crazy Flamingo’s Chuck Wilson legs out a base hit as Porky’s Denny Lello looks on in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Crazy Flamingo teammates congratulate Bob Monaco (center with sunglasses) after slamming a three-run home run in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Crazy Flamingo teammates congratulate Bob Monaco (center with sunglasses) after slamming a three-run home run in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Nacho Mama’s Butch Coursen races to home for a run in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Nacho Mama’s Butch Coursen races to home for a run in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Crazy Flamingo’s Joe Furst is ready to make putout in Marco Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Special to the Eagle Crazy Flamingo’s Joe Furst is ready to make putout in Marco Senior Softball action.

The divisional races in the Marco Island Men’s Senior Softball League remain close.

Mutual of Omaha Bank in the Island Division and CJ’s on the Bay in the Marco Division, hold one-game leads, even though both suffered losses.

ISLAND DIVISION

DaVinci’s, 24, Brewery, 9

DaVinci’s continued pounding the ball, slamming out 34 hits, resulting in the 15-run mercy rule. Steve Hummel, Bill Wright and Jim Williams ripped four hits each, with Hummel and Williams smashing home runs. Team members Craig Cunningham, Doug Patton, Paul Shelton and Murph Knapke each had three hits. Williams accounted for five RBI, Patton, four, Cunningham and Hummel three each. Shelton, Knapke and Ron Hobson had two each. Jim Gilligan stroked three hits and John Sherwin launched a home run for the Brewery. Sherwin, Tom McCullough, and Grady Fuller drove in two runs each.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 16, Sand Bar, 7

Pitcher Lou Wolfenson made a number of key defensive plays and contributed offensively in the Bank’s third consecutive win over Sand Bar. Herm Griffith’s bat came alive, zipping out four hits, while Wolfenson, John Haskins, Ed Kingsbury, Steve Clark, and Bill Shurina had three hits each. Haskins rocketed a two-run home run. Haskins, Griffith, Kingsbury, Clark and Shurina, all drove in two runs each. Dave Banghart and Wayne Bombaci each tagged three hits for Sand Bar, with Bombaci whacking a solo home run. Jim George crunched a triple and Banghart had two RBI.

Sasso’s, 14, Nacho Mama’s, 13

In a back-and-forth game, Sasso’s was able to hold on for the win. Rich Krumholz led Sasso’s, peppering four hits. Jack O’Brien, Jimmy Cuevas and Pete Oellrich had three each, with Tom Pugh crushing a triple. Cuevas chased in three runs, O’Brien Pugh and Art Sinisi each two. Rick Benedetti slashed five hits for Nacho’s, with Ed Hamill having three. Hamill, Rich Small and John Remhoff each nailed triples, with Ray Kane hoisting a home run. Small and Kane each had three RBI, while Gary LaMotte and Ralph Leiterding had two each.

Sand Bar, 20, Nacho Mama’s, 2

Sand Bar snapped a four-game losing streak, while Nacho’s had their losing streak extended to six. The game ended by the mercy rule after seven innings. Jim George and Wayne Bombaci each hammered four hits and Tom Angelo, Scott Byers and Mike Puskar chipped in with three each. Angelo tagged a three-run home run as he and Byers chalked up four RBI each. Ralph Sieja, Bombaci, Dave Banghart and Larry Wildes each had two. George limited Nacho’s to 10 hits.

Brewery, 17, Sasso’s, 15

The Brewery scored seven runs in the ninth inning to overcome a 15-10 lead by Sasso’s. Jim Ramage and Jim Gilligan lined three hits each for the Brewery. Ramage, Tom Gazzillo and Chuck Reich crunched triples, with Reich’s coming with the bases loaded in the ninth. Ramage and Reich had three RBI each, Gilligan and John Remhoff each two. Sasso’s John Gross, Rich Krumholz, Jack O’Brien, Tom Pugh, and Jerry Cnudde stung the ball for three hits each. Gross and Pete Oellrich drove in three runs each and O’Brien two.

DaVinci’s, 24, Mutual of Omaha Bank, 12

DaVinci’s slammed out 34 hits and scored 24 runs for the second consecutive game. Paul Shelton led DaVinci’s with five hits, Bill Wright had four and Craig Cunningham, Steve Hummel, Jim Williams, Tom Tankersley, Larry Anspach and Tom Porter had three neach. Shelton and Anspach mashed triples and Williams hoisted a home run. Cunningham, Williams and Anspach each recorded four RBI, Shelton and Ron Hobson had three and Wright two. Bill Thompson had three hits for the Bank, with teammate Lou Wolfenson blasting a grand slam home run and knocking in five runs.

Sasso’s, 20, Sand Bar, 14

Sasso’s 20 hits resulted in 20 runs, with Jack O’Brien and Mike Endelman each nailing three hits. John Gross clobbered a home run and Endelman a triple. Gross racked up six RBI, O’Brien and Grady Fuller three each, while Endelman and Jerry Cnudde each had two. Mike Puskar peppered four hits, while Dave Banghart and John Remhoff had three hits each for Sand Bar. Scott Byers chased in four runs, Tom Angelo and Ralph Sieja, who crushed a triple, had three each and Banghart two.

Nacho Mama’s, 11, DaVinci’s, 5

George Schnorr’s pitching cooled off the hot bats of DaVinci’s and ended Nacho’s Mama’s six-game losing streak. Ed Hamill, Rich Small and Butch Coursen drilled three hits each for Nacho’s. Frank Benedetti drove in three runs and Coursen two. Jim Williams had three hits and two RBI and Murph Knapke smashed a triple for DaVinci’s, who saw the team’s five-game winning streak end.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 29, Brewery, 8

The game ended in seven innings by the mercy rule. John Haskins and Ed Kingsbury ripped four hits each, while Bill Thompson and Lou Wolfenson had three each. Kingsbury, Wolfenson and John Barrett launched home runs, with Wolfenson and Barrett each recording three-run shots. Thompson and John DeRosa banged triples. Thompson chased in six runs, Barrett five, Wolfenson, four, DeRosa three and tHaskins and Kingsbury two each. Chuck Reich and Grady Fuller zinged three hits each for the Brewery.

MARCO DIVISION

Joey’s Pizza, 10, Rookies, 5

After scoring five runs in the first inning, Rookies was shutout the rest of the way pitcher Bill Kaschube. Joey’s Denny Davis and John Gill had two hits each, with Jack Stevenson cracking a triple for two RBI. Steve Roberts, Nick Brooks and Angelo Polizzi had two hits each for Rookies, with Tom Bishard driving in two runs.

CJ’s on the Bay, 12, Crazy Flamingo, 1

CJ’s had another banner day, led by the dominating pitching of Dan Callahan. Joe Furst had two of Flamingo’s hits and Frank Dooley smashed a triple. Fred Kramer was the big gun for CJ’s, drilling three hits and racking up five RBI. Callahan, Jim Yount and Fran Diotte each had two hits and Tony Brock contributed two RBI.

Stonewalls, 11, Porky’s, 6

Stonewalls gained revenge for an earlier loss to Porky’s, behind the bats of Bob Grimm who laced three hits and Paul Womack, Bob Smith, Ed Kopecky and Dick DeAnna with two hits each. Smith walloped a home run and recorded four RBI and Dick DeAnna and Grimm each had two. Porky’s Don Schwartz and Jim White triggered three hits each, while Dave Coward, Pat Coraggio and Joe Barry had two each. Schwartz had a triple and RBI and White two.

Crazy Flamingo, 17, Porky’s, 8

Bob Monaco tagged four hits, including a three-run home run, to pace a 24-hit attack. Team members Joe Furst, Ray Zielinski, Fran Dooley and Tom Patterson had three hits each, while Gary Badger, Steve Slaggie and Keith Stought had two each. Monaco recorded six RBI, Dooley three, Badger and Patterson each two. Butch Monson and Joe Barry rapped three hits each and Jim Battye, Darryl Judson and John Hedges each two. Barry smacked a triple and Judson drove home two runs for Porky’s.

Stonewalls, 23, Joey’s Pizza, 13

Stonewalls tossed the dough boys around with 32 hits, led by Chet Dal Bianco’s four hits, including a homerun. Dick Corley, Don Rooksberry, Fuzz Fazekas, and Bob Grimm drilled three hits; Paul Womack, Ed Kopecky, Bob Smith, Dick DeAnna, and Al Cenicola had two each, including a Smith’s triple. Dal Bianco chalked up seven RBI, while Womack, Fazekas, Grimm, DeAnna, and Cenicola had two each for Stonewalls. Gary Schneider and Jim Vitas each laced three hits for Joey’s, with Jack Stevenson, Denny Davis and Leroy Fishleigh having two hits each. Bill Kaschube and John Gill drove in two runs apiece.

Rookies, 19, CJ’s on the Bay, 5

Pitcher Angelo Polizzi cooled down the hot bats of CJ’s on the Bay and provided the offense. He and Ray Niemeyer smacked four hits each for Rookies. Teammates Tom Bishard, Nick Brooks, and Pat Comerford had three hits each, while Jerry Lenhoff and John Ranieri each had two. Niemeyer cranked a home run, his fifth of the season and had two triples, Bishard and Comerford also had triples. Bishard had four RBI, with Lenhoff and Ranieri having two each. Bill Dauch had three hits for CJ’s, with Dan Cody, Warren Uhl and Fred Kramer each having two. Ron Townsend smacked a triple and Cody drove in two runs.

ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 9-5. DaVinci’s, 8-6, Sasso’s, 7-6, Sand Bar, 7-7, Nacho Mama’s, 5-8, Marco Brewery, 5-9.

MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS

CJ’s on the Bay, 9-2, Rookies, 8-3, Stonewalls, 6-5, Joey’s Pizza, 4-7,Crazy Flamingo and Porky’s, 3-8.

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