Nacho Mama’s and DaVinci’s were tied going into the final game of the season for both teams with a 14 -7 record.
The game was tied at 11-11 going into the bottom of the last inning when Jim Vitas drilled a wicked line drive to left center driving in the winning run for Nacho Mama’s giving them the Island Division Championship. More highlights on the game are listed below in the individual game recaps.
In the Gulf Coast Division the American Legion Post took over first place having beaten Kirk’s Coney Island. There are only two games separating all three teams with two games left in the season for each team.
Tournament Play has begun in both the Island and Marco Divisions. Visit marcoseniorsoftball.com follow the tournament action as well as the times the games are scheduled to be played.
Stonewalls, 8; CJ’s on the Bay, 4
Stonewalls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, on a three run homerun by winning pitcher Randy Morrison; who ended up with two hits in the game. Pat Shannon smashed a triple and had two hits for CJ’s on the Bay.
Mango’s, 12; Joey’s Pizza, 11
Paul Vorwick had a perfect day at the plate going four for four with a walk which included a triple for Mango’s while Warren Uhl had three hits in Mango’s come from behind win. Vorwick and Uhl had two RBI and Jan Grossman three. Joe Kruse, John Hollerbach, John DeRosa and Mike Galatis had two hits for Joey’s. Bill Kayhart whacked a triple and chased in three runs, John Ranieri and Denny Davis drove in two in the loss.
Rookies, 14; Crazy Flamingo’s, 9
Rookies tagged Flamingo’s for four homerun one each by Tom Loiacono, Jim Baumann, Bob Traver and Rob Mann. Mann and Mario Lucca sprayed three hits; Loiacono, Traver and Dave Coward two. Mann had three RBI, Loiacono and Brian Maguire two, Flamingo’s Jim Green clouted a grand slam homerun as part of this three hits; Ray Zielinski, Leon Schmitt and Ray Niemeyer had two hits. Butch Monson smacked a triple and had two RBI along Tom Patterson to have to Green total of four.
CJ’s on the Bay, 14; Mango’s, 9
Divisional Champions CJ’s ended league play on positive note thanks to three hits apiece for Doug Stang and Pat Shannon; Don Rooksberry, Chet Dal Bianco, Mike Arnold and Dan Stanard with two. Stang powered a three run homerun and Shannon also had three RBI, Ed Kopecky and Mike Arnold had two. Mango’s Joe Berry, Warren Uhl and Paul Vorwick lined three hits, Jan Grossman and Al Cenicola had two. Barry thumped a homerun and Vorwick a triple as part of their hits.
Stonewalls, 16; Rookies, 10
Stonewalls ended their season with a five game winning streak. Rick Carson and Joe Kruse paced Stonewalls with three hits, supplemented by two hits from Tom Purtell, Bill DiNeno, Joe Cervelli, Paul Burnett, and Bill Miller, with Purtell cracking a triple. Kruse had four RBI, DiNeno three, Burnett and Jim White two. Five of Rookies players had two hits; Tom Loiacono, Jim Baumann, Nic Brooks, Dave Coward and Frank Dooley. Rob Mann drove in three runs, Loiacono and Jay Terzis two.
Joey’s Pizza, 18; Crazy Flamingo’s, 6
John DeRosa pulled the trigger for three hits one a three run homerun for Joey’s, with Denny Davis and Bill Kaschube having two hits with one of Davis’s being a triple. DeRosa was responsible for four runs being scored, Kaschube three, and John Hollerbach two. Flamingo’s Ralph Leiterding lined three hits while Ray Niemeyer, Paul Womack and Fred Kramer had two. Leiterding had three RBI and Kramer two in the league finally game.
TOURNAMENT / MARCO DIVISION
Stonewalls, 17; Joey’s Pizza 10
Stonewalls came roaring back from a 6-2 deficit. Bill DiNeno pounded out four hits for Stonewalls, Joe Cervelli had three and Dick Corley two. Cervelli knocked in four runs, and DiNeno three. Denny Davis provided three hits for Joey’s with John Ranieri, John DeRosa and Joe Kruse having two. Bill Kayhart drove in two runs in the loss.
Crazy Flamingo’s, 16; Rookies; 14
It was an extra inning affair with Flamingo’s being able to hold on for the win. The game was tied at 12-12 after seven innings, when Flamingo’s scored four in the top of the eighth and Rookies only could mange two in the bottom of the inning. Ray Zielinski, George Lancaster, Fred Kramer, and Butch Monson all drilled three hits; Paul Womack, Ralph Leiterding and Joe Furst two. Monson drove home three runs; Zielinski, Leiterding, Kramer and Leon Schmitt two. Rookies Tom Loiacono, Bob Traver and Dave Banghart lined three hits, Jim Baumann, Nick Brooks, and John Robichaud two, Baumann had triple while Bob Traver slammed a grand slam homerun an ended the game with six RBI, Brooks, Robichaud and Brian Maguire two.
GULF COAST DIVISION
Moose Lodge, 16; American Legion Post, 14
The Moose Lodge withstood a last inning rally attempt by the American Legion for the win. Jim O’Meara and Ed Dreyfus lined four hits for the Moose, Huck McPhee and Don Mandetta had three, with Mandetta cracking a solo homerun; Roger Wise, Ron Burger and Alan Schneider two. O’Meara, Burger, and Dan Cody had three RBI with Schneider having two. Dick DeAnna continued smoking the ball having five hits for the American Legion, Bill Dauch nailed four hits, Al Bozzo three; Fuzz Fazekas, Ray Malone, Angelo Polizzi, Bill Diamond, Jack Stevenson, and Charles Pineno two. Fazekas, Dauch and Rick Condle mashed a triple with Fazekas also launching a homerun. Dauch accounted for four runs being driven in; Fazekas, Pollizzi, and Stevenson two.
American Legion Post, 16; Moose Lodge, 8
The American had a total of twenty-three hits with Fuzz Fazekas Al Bozzo, and Charles Pineno stroking three hits; Dick DeAnna, Bill Dauch and Jack Stevenson two. Steven walloped a three run homerun and Fazekas a two run homerun. Fazekas and Stevenson ended up having three RBI, DeAnna and Dauch two. Dan Cody delivered four hits for the Moose, Jim O’Meara and Jim Adams three Tony Brock, Alan Schneider and Huck McPhee two, one of McPhee’s was a triple. Cody, Schneider and Joe Callahan drove in to runs each.
Moose Lodge, 14; Kirk’s Coney Island, 11
Ed Dreyfus and Angelo Polizzi stroked three hits for the Moose with Tony Brock, Jim O’Meara, Huck McPhee, Joe Callahan, Bill Moors, Don Mandetta, and Ron Burger all with two. Brock and Polizzi helped score four runs each, Mandetta who crushed a homerun had three, Joe Callahan two. Dick DeAnna and Jack Stevenson peppered three hit’s for Kirk’s; Denny Lello, Alan Schneider, Danny O’Sullivan, Ron Townsend, John Gill, and Lee Dilk two, with Lello mashing a triple. Schneider, Stevenson and Ernie Famiglistti had two RBI in the loss.
American Legion Post, 10; Kirk’s Coney Island, 8
Ray Malone blasted a grand slam homerun for the American Legion as part of his two hits which ended up being the difference in the game. Teammates Jim Conway, Angelo Polizzi, and Jim O’Meara had two hits, with Bill Dauch smacking a triple. Fuzz Fazekas launched a two run homerun contributing to the win. Kirk’s Alan Schneider and John Gill peppered the ball for three hits; Dom Fiorda, Lee Dilk, and Mike Gallagher two. Gallagher banged a two run homerun and Gill a solo homerun. Beside Gallagher’s two RBI, Fiorda and Schneider also drove in two runs.
Nacho Mama’s, 12; DaVinci’s, 11
The game was for the Divisional Championship with both teams having 14-7 record. The game was classic with game tied entering the ninth inning. DaVinci’s was unable to score in the top of the ninth, and Nacho’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth when Jim Vitas drove in the winning run giving Nacho Mama’ the Championship. Jeff Kaczka, Steve Hummel, Ed Hamill, and Vitas all drilled three hits, while Pete Oellrich whacked a triple. Vitas accounted for four runs being driven in, Hummel three and Bob Herrrman two. Paul Shelton had three hits for DaVinci’s with Gary Revall, Chuck Reich, and Gary LaMotte having two RBI.
Brewery, 19; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 4
The Brewery ended the Bank’s season by invoking the mercy rule of a fifteen run differential after seven innings. Jon Wiseman tagged the ball for four hits while Mike Shone had three for the Brewery. Mike Schwab who clobbered a homerun had four RBI, George Grygorcewicz and Jim Ramage three, John Rysak two and Ed Caster hoisted a solo homerun. John Gross smacked a triple for the Bank and Ed Kingsbury had two RBI.
Sand Bar, 29; Speakeasy, 19
The ball was flying all over the field as Sand Bar and Speakeasy accumulated sixty-three hits, Sand Bar had thirty-two and Speakeasy thirty-one. Dave Manzello mauled the ball for five hits one a triple for Sand Bar; Rod Lashley and Tom Bishard and Ed Hamill four, while Jim Stewart, Tom Angelo, and Wayne Bombaci had three, Stewart and Angelo both belted a homerun. Manzello racked up seven RBI, Stewart four, Angelo and Bishard three; Lashley, Bombaci and Mike Puskar two. Speakeasy’s Rich Krumholz and Tom McCullough unleashed five hits, Jimmy Cuevas four; John Haskins, Dan Gulick, Jerry Engel and Jack Martin three. Gulick, Cuevas and John Cavanagh all uncorked a homerun. Cavanagh had four runs driven in; Krumholz, Engel, and Cuevas three, while Gulick had two.
TOURNAMENT GAMES / ISLAND DIVISION
Mutual of Omaha Bank, 18; Sand Bar, 17
The Bank was holding on to a 13-12 advantage entering the ninth inning when Sand Bar scored five runs with Mike Puskar bases loaded triple giving them a 17-12 lead. The Bank mounted their own rally in the bottom of the ninth when Herman Griffith came to bat with two runners a base. Griffith then delivered the death blow to Sand Bar with a three run opposite field walk off homerun for the win. Griffith, Craig Cunningham, and Ed Kingsbury blistered the ball for four hits, John Barrett and Bill Shurina had three. Besides Griffith’s homerun, Cunningham, Bill Thompson and Jim Williams belted homeruns with Kingsbury mashing a triple. Cunningham racked up five RBI, Griffith and Thompson three, Kingsbury and Williams two. Rod Lashley and Tom Angelo had three hits for Sand Bar with Tom Bishard launching a homerun and Bombaci crushing a triple. Puskar ended the game with four RBI, Angelo and Bishard three, Bombaci and Jim Stewart two.
Brewery, 24; Speakeasy, 19
Both teams kept swapping the lead throughout the game, with the Brewery finally taking control with four runs in each the sixth and seventh inning. Mike Shone, Jim Gilligan and Jim Ramage ripped four hits each for the Brewery with John Rysak having three. Mike Schwab provided the power for the Brewery clubbing the ball for two homeruns. Ramage chalked up seven RBI, Shone five, Schwab three, Gilligan and Tom Tankersley two. Speakeasy had Rich Krumholz, Dan Gulick and John Sherwin with three hits and Ray Kane cracking a triple. Krumholz, Kane, and Haskins drove in three runs, Steve Clark and Jack Martin two.
City League Softball Champ named
The City of Marco Island Adult Softball league, crowned a new champion, Islander Pool & Patio captured its first regular season crown with an overall record of 13-2.
End of the season play is now underway at Winterberry Field.
The number one team of Islander Pool & Patio, and the number two team, Florida Boat Sales each get a bye to the second round of the tournament.
FINAL ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses
Nacho Mama’s* / 15 / 7
DaVinci’s / 14 / 8
Brewery / 13 / 9
Mutual of Omaha Bank / 11 / 11
Sand Bar / 9 / 13
Speakeasy / 4 / 18
FINAL MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses
CJ’s on the Bay* / 14 / 6
Mango’s / 12 / 9
Rookies / 11 / 9
Stonewalls / 11 / 10
Joey’s Pizza / 8 / 13
Crazy Flamingo’s / 6 / 15
GULF COAST DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses
American Legion / 9 / 7
Kirk’s Coney Island / 8 / 8
Moose Lodge / 7 / 9