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Game for the ages marks Brewery/Nacho Mama's Island Division championship clash

BILL SHURINA
Commissioner

An exciting, close game between the Brewery and Nacho Mama's marked the Island Division senior softball championship, while the Marco Division winner was also close, with Speakeasy edging Stonewalls.

Tournament Games, Island Division

Nacho Mama's 12 DaVinci's 6

To close out the season of senior men's softball, Nacho Mama's sent DaVinci's packing, ending their season with a come-from-behind win. Trailing 5-0 going into the fifth inning, Nacho scored six runs and never looked back. Tom Gazzillo drilled four hits to lead Nacho's with Jim Gilligan and Pete Oellrich having three hits. Jim Stewart chased in four runs Gazzillo and George Schnorr three. Murph Knapke laced three hits for DaVinci's and drove in two runs as did Tom McCullough.

Championship:

The victorious Brewery team. Rear, statistician Bonnie Quagliata, Mike Endelman, Gary Revall, Steve Hummel, Bill Kayhart, Tom Whitlock, Art Sinisi, Chris Flynn, Jimmy Cuevas. Front, John Remhoff, George Bennett, Mgr. Chuck Reich, Jim Dorey, Nick Jacullo, Jack OâBrien (missing from photo Phil Holmes)

Brewery 14 Nacho Mama's 13

It was a game for the ages with both teams trading the lead back and forth. Nacho Mama's jumped out to and early 4-0 lead only to see the Brewery tie the game and then take a 9-4 lead. Nacho whittled away at the lead, tying it, and then took over the lead by scoring four runs in the top of the ninth 13-9.

As they have done all season, there was no quit in the Brewery as they came storming back in the bottom of the ninth when Jimmy Cuevas, playing as a substitute player due to injuries for the Brewery, delivered a two-out base hit, driving in the winning run making the Brewery Island Division Tournament Champions.

Winning pitcher Jack O'Brien was supported by some outstanding defensive plays; one made by John Remhoff was an ESPN Highlight Film winning catch in the ninth inning for the Brewery. Chris Flynn and Tom Whitlock stroked three hits for the Brewery. Nick Jacullo hammered two homeruns, with Flynn and Mike Endelman also clocking a homerun, while Whitlock mashed a triple. Flynn and Jacullo had three RBI and Endelman two.

Nacho Mama's John Gross slashed three hits. Gross, Jim Blankenship, David Droddy and John Barrett all walloped a homerun in the game. Gross, Blankenship, Barrett and Tom Gazzillo ended the game having driven in two runs each.

Tournament games, Marco Division:

Stonewalls 13 CJ's on the Bay 4

Stonewalls used the long ball to send CJ's packing for the season. blasting three home runs, one each by Tom Purtell, John Robichaud, and Bernie Berman. John Luegering and John Wood stroked two hits each in the win. Berman had three runs driven in, Robichaud and Wood two. Dan Cody continued to mesmerize the opponents spinning an eight hitter to go along with his previous six and seven hitters in his prior two games.

Championship game, Marco Division:

Speakeasy 15 Stonewalls 11

Speakeasy victors are, standing, Bob Levasseur, Ernie Famiglistti, Ron Irwin, Ron Townsend, Chet Dal Bianco, Jim Adams, Mgr. Jim Blankenship,Randy Wesolowski, Mike Arnold, Pat Comerford; kneeling, Don Rooksberry, Leon Schmitt, Ed Kopecky, manager Elizabeth Blankenship, Al Cenicola, Joe Barry.

This was another exciting ball game to watch with both teams delivering blows throughout the game and seeing the lead change numerous times. Stonewalls who had battled back numerous times took a 10-9 advantage in the top of the sixth inning, only to see Speakeasy score six runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the lead and the Marco Division Tournament Championship.

Joe Barry, Ron Irwin, and Ron Townsend drilled three hits for Speakeasy, with Bob Levasseur, Chet Dal Bianco, Randy Wesolowski, and Leon Schmitt having two hits. Levasseur, Dal Bianco, Barry and clouted a triple. Three RBI were chalked up by Levasseur and Barry, Dal Bianco and Irwin had two.

Stonewalls' Bob Smith lashed out three hits, while John Luegering, Mike Walsh, John Wood, Gary Schneider and Roger Wise had two. Wood pounded a two run homerun and Smith ended the game having three RBI.