The Brewery made it to the Island Division tournament championship game by defeating DaVinci's. Speakeasy earned its way to to the Marco Division tournament championship game by defeating CJ's on the Bay.
The Brewery will play the winner of the Nacho Mama's/DaVinci's game. Speakeasy will play the winner of the Stonewalls/CJ's on the Bay game. These games are scheduled for Friday, March 27, with the Island Division playing at 9:30 a.m. and the Marco Division playing at 11:30 a.m.
If either the Brewery or Speakeasy loses, a second championship game will be played on March 30, based on the double elimination tournament format. You can check the league website for time(s) of game(s) at marcoseniorsoftballleague.com
Tournament games, Island Division
DaVinci's 14 Sand Bar 4
Jerry Cnudde spun a nine hitter pitching for DaVinci's helping them advance to the semi-final round of the tournament. Jim Vitas lined three hits for DaVinci's, which include belting a three-homerun. Vitas had four RBI in the game, Bill Thompson and Bill Shurina, who cracked a triple, had three.
Brewery 15 Porky's 13
The Brewery scored two critical runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge Porky's, who tried to rally in the ninth scoring two runs but came up short. The win advances the Brewery to the semi-final game. Chris Flynn smoked the ball for four hits for the Brewery with John Remhoff having three, while Mike Endelman hammered a solo homerun. Flynn and Gary Revall drove in four runs, Bill Kayhart three, and Jim Gilligan two. Bob Grant tagged the ball for four hits for Porky's; John Haskins, Tom Pugh and Tom Tankersley had three, with Jim Ramage clobbering a homerun. Ramage and Tankersley drove in three runs, Pugh and Grant two.
Mutual of Omaha Bank 21 Sand Bar 3
The Bank stayed alive in the tournament, but end Sand Bar's season in a game called after eight innings due to the mercy rule. Bob Williams, Herman Griffith, Ed Kingsbury, Art Sinisi, John Cavanagh, Joe DeRosa and Mike Puskar drilled three hits for the Bank, with Cavanagh having smashed a triple. Kingsbury chased in four runs, Charlie Lamb three; Williams, Griffith, Sinisi, Cavanagh, Jerry Engel and John Rysak two. Winning pitcher Sinisi limited Sand Bar too twelve hits, one being a triple whacked by Dan Dumbauld.
Nacho Mama's 19 Porky's 4
Assisted by twelve walks along with three hits from Jim Blankenship and Jack Martin Nacho's stayed alive in the tournament and Porky's season ending. Blacken ship blasted a two run homerun and John Barrett a solo homerun. Blankenship recorded five RBI, Tom Gazzillo three; Barrett, Jon Wiseman and Pete Oellrich two. Jim Ramage drove in three of Porky's runs.
Brewery 19 DaVinci's 10
The Brewery came slugging after they found themselves down 9-0 after two innings. Chuck Reich was the catalyst slashing four hits for the Brewery, Gary Revall and Jack O'Brien had three. Revall and Chris Flynn rocked the ball for homeruns, Flynn ending up with four RBI, Jim Gilligan three, and Nick Jacullo two. Jack O'Brien kept DaVinci's bats in check after the first two innings, aided by his defensive. Tom McCullough lined three hits for DaVinci's, with Bill Thompson smashing a triple, giving him three RBI in the game with Mike Schwab picking up two. This places the Brewery in the Championship game.
Nacho Mama's 13 Mutual of Omaha Bank 7
Nacho's ended the Bank's season handing them the team's second loss in the tournament. Tom Gazzillo, John Gross, Jim Gilligan and Jim Stewart had three hits. Stewart and Doug Stang walloped a homerun with Gazzillo crushing a triple. Stewart and Stang drove in three runs George Schnorr two. Ed Kingsbury paced the Bank with three hits. Ed Brack hoisted his league leading tenth homerun of the season, while John Cavanagh mashed a triple. Brack had three RBI in the loss.
Mango's 14 Crazy Flamingo's 8
Mango's sent the Marco Divisional Champions Crazy Flamingo's home for the season with the teams' second loss in the tournament. Jim Baumann, Ed Dreyfus, Warren Uhl and Jim White banged out three hit for Mango's, Dan Stanard and Joe Kruse two. Baumann slammed two homeruns and had six RBI in the game with White picking up three RBI. Flamingo's Joe Furst and Ray Niemeyer had two hits, with Furst and Tom Grucci driving home two runs.
Stonewalls 16 Joey's Pizza 1
Dan Cody pitched a gem of a game for Stonewalls limiting Joey's to only seven hits as Stonewalls invoked the mercy rule after six innings for the win. This ended Joey's season having incurred the teams' second loss in the tournament. Gary Zentner and Dave Coward slashed three hits for Stonewalls and drove in three runs. Mike Walsh, John Wood, and Bob Smith had two hits with all driving in two runs. Bob Monaco and Bill Moors had two hits for Joey's.
Speakeasy 12 CJ's on the Bay 10
In an extra inning affair Speakeasy eked out a win over Flamingo's after blowing a 7-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, committing three consecutive errors allowing CJ's to tie the game 7-7. Speakeasy then score five in the top of the eighth but still had to hold on for the win as CJ's scored three in the bottom of the eighth. Bob Levasseur, Joe Barry, Ron Irwin, Al Cenicola and Jim Adams contributed two hits each for Speakeasy with Don Rooksberry whacking a triple. Cenicola chased home three runs, Barry, Irwin and winning pitcher Ed Kopecky two. Fran Roche punched out three hits for CJ's, with Paul Womack and Denny Lello having two, while Bob Grimm smacked an opposite field triple. Roche had three RBI and Alan Schneider two CJ's.
Stonewalls 10 Mango's 2
Dan Cody improved on his last pitching performance for Stonewalls by limiting Mango's to only six hits advancing Stonewalls to the Marco Division Tournament Championship game and ending Mango's season. Cody helped himself by rapping out three hits; Dave Coward, Mike Walsh, and John Wood had two. John Robichaud hammered a homerun and Gary Schneider pelted a triple in the win. Robichaud and Roger Wise had three RBI in the game