Marco Senior Softball: Fierce competition keeps standings close

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CJ’s first baseman Warren Uhl stretches for a put out in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Submitted CJ’s first baseman Warren Uhl stretches for a put out in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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CJ’s on the Bay shortstop Jim Yount tosses to second baseman Paul Burnett for a force out in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Submitted CJ’s on the Bay shortstop Jim Yount tosses to second baseman Paul Burnett for a force out in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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John Barrett, Mutual of Omaha Bank outfielder, throws from on the ground to John DeRosa (13) as Sasso’s Bob Levasseur cruises into second base in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Submitted John Barrett, Mutual of Omaha Bank outfielder, throws from on the ground to John DeRosa (13) as Sasso’s Bob Levasseur cruises into second base in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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CJ’s Dan Cody rears back to hit a pitch in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Submitted CJ’s Dan Cody rears back to hit a pitch in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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CJ’s Fran Diotte rounds first base on his way to a three-run home run in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

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Mike Galatis/Submitted CJ’s Fran Diotte rounds first base on his way to a three-run home run in Marco Island Senior Softball action.

Competition remains fierce in both divisions of the Marco Island Senior Softball League.

In games reported in the Island Division, Nacho Mama’s and Sand Bar are tied for first place, with the Brewery and Mutual of Omaha Bank one game back. In the Marco Division, Rookies and CJ’s on the Bay are tied for first with Joey’s Pizza two games behind.

ISLAND DIVISION

Sand Bar 19, Nacho Mama’s 4

Sand Bar ended the game after seven innings, based on the 15-run mercy rule. Winning pitcher Jim George, Dave Droddy and Frank Benedetti each nailed three hits. Jim Blankenship powered a colossal solo home run. Roger Fleming chased home six runs, Paul Vorwich drove in three, and Wayne Bombaci two for Sand Bar. Rich Small smacked a triple and drove in two runs for Nacho Mama’s.

DaVinci’s 20, Mutual of Omaha Bank 10

DaVinci’s hammered 34 hits against the Bank. Steve Hummel, Bill Wright, Jim Williams, Dave Banghart and Gary LaMotte drilled four hits each, with Craig Cunningham and Paul Shelton each having three. Shelton hoisted a home run and Murph Knapke a triple. Wright, Shelton, and LaMotte each had three RBIs; Jim Williams, Jack Martin and Banghart two each. Herm Griffith drove in four runs for the Bank.

Sasso’s 19, Brewery 4

Sasso’s pummeled the Brewery in another mercy-rule game, which ended after eight innings. John Gross and Grady Fuller lined four hits each, with Rich Krumholz and Jack O’Brien each having three. Mike Endelman cracked two home runs and Tom Pugh one for Sasso’s. Endelman ended the day with four RBIs; Art Sinisi, Pete Oellrich, Krumholz, O’Brien and Pugh had two each. Jim Gilligan drove in two of Sasso’s four runs.

Mutual of Omaha Bank 14, Sasso’s 13

The Bank defeated Sasso’s by the same score for the second time. Herman Griffith drove in five runs and John DeRosa three, with Bill Thompson stroking three hits. Ed Kingsbury was the winning pitcher. Sasso’s rallied from a 14-8 deficit to make it close, with John Gross and Rich Krumholz each nailing three hits, with Tom Pugh and Jimmy Cuevas each driving in two runs.

Nacho Mama’s 19, Brewery 17

Nacho’s held on to edge the Brewery after having a 19-10 lead. Jeff Hultgren smacked four hits for Nacho’s, with Jerry Engel, Gary LaMotte, George Schnorr, Jack O’Brien and Ray Kane each having three hits, one of Kane’s a home run. Kane, O’Brien and John DeRosa each had three RBIs, with Engel, LaMotte, Rich Small and Ralph Leiterding having two RBIs each. Jim Ramage belted two home runs for the Brewery, with Tom Gazzillo, Jim Gilligan and Jim Dorey each lacing out three hits. Dorey and Nick Jacullo each crushed a triple. Ramage had five RBIs, with Dorey and Tom McCullough two each.

Sand Bar 22, DaVinci’s 11

Sand Bar cruised past DaVinci’s behind the hot-hitting Wayne Bombaci who stroked five hits and Frank Benedetti’s three. Benedetti, Ralph Sieja and Scott Byers drove in three runs each; Jim Blankenship, Tom Angelo and Roger Fleming, each two. Larry Anspach peppered three hits, good for three RBIs. Ron Hobson and Bill Wright each had two RBIs for DaVinci’s.

MARCO DIVISION

Stonewalls 10, Crazy Flamingo 2

Don Rooksberry, Fran Roche, Bob Smith and Dick Corley rapped out two hits each for Stonewalls, including a Smith triple. Corley had two RBIs. Winning pitcher Ed Kopecky had a wicked curve ball going, limiting Crazy Flamingo to seven hits.

CJ’s on the Bay 10, Joey’s Pizza 5

Fred Kramer stung the ball for three hits, while Fran Diotte, Jim Yount, and Tony Brock had two each for CJ’s. Kramer chased home four runs and Brock two. After a shaky start, giving up four runs in the first, winning pitcher Dan Callahan limited Joey’s to one run. Jim Vitas had three hits and Leroy Fishleigh two for Joey’s.

Rookies 19, Porky’s 14

In a wild affair, it was the long ball that made the difference. Rookies had six doubles, two triples and a home run, compared to only one extra base hit for Porky’s. Nick Brooks stroked four hits, Ray Niemeyer, Jerry Lenhoff, Tom Bishard, Dan O’Sullivan three each and John Ranieri two. Brooks crushed a triple, with Niemeyer blasting a home run and a triple. Brooks racked up four RBIs, Bishard three, O’Sullivan, Ranieri and Steve Roberts two each. Porky’s Jim Battye, Jim White and Pat Coraggio each ripped three hits, with Darryl Judson, Don Schwartz, Pat O’Connor and Ron Burger each having two. White drove in five runs, O’Connor and Joe Barry each drove in two.

Rookies 28, Crazy Flamingo 17

Ray Niemeyer continued to terrorize pitchers in the Marco Division, hammering out five hits, including a triple and a grand slam for Rookies. Teammates Nick Brooks, Dan O’Sullivan and Larry Laird ripped four hits each. Jerry Lenhoff, Tom Bishard and Ernie Famiglietti had three each and John Ranieri two. Lenhoff and Ranieri clubbed home runs. Niemeyer, Brooks, and Bishard each had five RBIs; Lenhoff and Ranieri each three, with O’Sullivan and Laird each two. Frank Dooley led Flamingo, lacing four hits. Chuck Wilson had three, with Ray Zielinski and Dom Fiorda each having two. Dooley racked up seven RBIs, while Wilson and Fiorda had three each and Steve Slaggie two.

CJ’s on the Bay 8, Stonewalls 7

Back-to-back home runs, including a two-run shot by Warren Uhl to tie the game and solo shot by Fred Kramer earned CJ’s the win. Uhl, Jim Yount and Mike Behr each had two hits, with Paul Burnett cracking a two-run home run. Uhl ended up with three RBIs. Dick Corley and Bob Smith had two hits each for Stonewalls, including a triple by Smith. Smith and Al Cenicola each drove in two runs.

Porky’s 13, Joey’s Pizza 12

Porky’s pulled off a come-from-behind win on a sacrifice fly by Darryl Judson in the bottom of the seventh inning. Winning pitcher Larry Tuttle, Don Schwartz, Jim Conway and Pat Coraggio each had two hits, including Conway’s towering, three-run homer, with Pat O’Connor and John Hedges mashing triples. Coraggio had three RBIs and White and Hedges each had two. Jack Stevenson, Jim Vitas and Joe Callahan peppered three hits each for Joey’s, including a Vitas a triple. Bob Grant, John Gill, Lee Dilk and Leroy Fishleigh contributed two hits each. Stephenson, Vitas, Callahan and Buff Morris had two RBIs each.

CJ’s on the Bay 21, Porky’s 11

CJ’s on the Bay used a 25-hit attack to down Porky’s. Fran Diotte, Jim Yount, Warren Uhl, Fred Kramer and Tony Brock tagged three hits apiece, with one of Diotte’s a home run and Kramer’s a triple. Dan Cody, Ron Townsend, Mike Behr and Bob Beaver had two hits each, with Cody slamming a triple. Diotte, Beaver and Kramer had three RBIs each, while Paul Burnett and Uhl had two each. Porky’s Don Schwartz zinged three hits and Jim Battye two, including a triple, knocking in three runs.

Rookies 8, Stonewalls 5

John Ranieri, the 83-year-old “Bionic Man,” had a big day with four hits, including three triples and three RBIs for Rookies. Teammates Ray Niemeyer Steve Roberts, Tom Bishard, Dan O’Sullivan and Jerry Lenhoff had two hits, with Lenhoff cracking a home run. Bishard and Lenhoff each had two RBIs. Fran Roche punched out three hits and Dick DeAnna two for Stonewalls, with Ed Kopecky driving in two runs.

Joey’s Pizza 24, Crazy Flamingo 14

Joey’s Pizza used a 25-hit barrage to down Flamingo. Winning pitcher Bill Kaschube pounded out five hits, Jim Vitas banged out four, Denny Davis and Lee Dilk had three hits each. Vitas and Grant walloped home runs, Stevenson, Grant and Kaschube had triples. Grant chalked up four RBIs, Gary Schneider three, Vitas and Buff Morris each two. Flamingo’s Steve Slaggie and Roger Wise nailed three hits each, with Bob Monaco, Tom Patterson and Gary Badger each having two. Joe Furst, Frank Dooley and Rich Larkin each drove in two runs in the loss.

ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS

Nacho Mama’s and Sand Bar, 4-2, Brewery and Mutual of Omaha Bank, 3-3, Sasso’s and DaVinci’s 2-4.

MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS

Rookies and CJ’s on the Bay, 5-1, Joey’s Pizza, 3-3, Porky’s and Stonewalls, 2-5, Crazy Flamingo, 1-5.

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