Big hits in softball champs

City of Marco Parks & Recreation Dept.

For the second year in a row, the Island Pizza/NeNe Kitchen team won the season-ending tournament. Island Pizza along with its regular season crown “doubled up” as champions of the City’s adult softball league for the second year in a row.

On a beautiful night, you could feel the electricity in the air as Island Pizza prepared to defend its crown against their arch rivals Joey’s Pizza at Winterberry field. In what would turn out to be a see-saw game the game had it all, hits, great defensive plays, home runs and errors.

Joey’s notched the first run of the game in the top of the first; Island followed up with three in the bottom half of the inning. Joey took the lead with 3 in the top half of the second, only to see the big bats and some uncharacteristic errors lead to Island notching 6 runs taking a 9 to 4 lead.

After some good defensive work by Island Pizza’s Lee Burgin at third base, Joeys was held scoreless. Island added two in the fourth and extended its lead to 11 to 4 after 4. Joey’s rallied in the fifth, with Vince Gentile’s grand slam bringing the game back to within two, 11-9. Once again another error and a home run by Pat McGuire led to Island adding 6 runs - pushing its lead back to 17 to 9. Joeys came back hard in the 6th, adding 7 runs to move within one 17 to 16 and it looked as if the momentum has shifted to Joeys, but once again as they have done all year, Island Pizza came up with some big hits, and when Brad Frazier’s drive got behind Joey’s outfield for a home run, Island Pizza was up by 6 runs 23 to 17.

Joey’s would add three in the top of the seventh, but that would not be enough, and Island Pizza retained the crown for another year.

Island Pizza was led by Brad Frazier’s 4 hits including a HR, Butch Smiths 3 hits, Pat McGuire’s 2 hits including a HR and Bobby Natale Jr Home run. Joey’s was led by Vince Gentile’s grad slam, Steve Pahr’s 4 hits, Zach Luetkemeyer’ s and Riley McGregor’s 3 hits.

This concludes the 2014-15 Adult softball season, look for the city’s co-ed league to start up April 16th. If you are interested in entering a team in the co-ed league contact Alex Galiana at Mackle Park, 389-5196.