Due to more than 200 individuals interested in playing Marco Island senior softball for the 2016 season, the league has expanded to 14 teams comprised of three divisions - the Island and Marco divisions with six teams each, and the newly created Legends Division with two teams.
Results as of Jan. 11
Sand Bar 22 Brewery 9
Sand Bar’s Dan Dumbauld started the season with a bang, pounding out five hits which included two big triples; Jon Wiseman, Jim George, and Tom Bishard lined four hits with Bishard blasting a triple and a homerun. Teammates Dan Gulick and Jeff Hultgren had three hits. Bishard racked up seven RBI, while George, Hultgren and Ron Peterson had three, Dumbauld two. Nick Jacullo had three hits for the Brewery with one being a triple; Tom Whitlock clocked a solo homerun.
Speakeasy 14 Nacho Mama’s 11
Tom Buettner lead a come-from-behind win for Speakeasy, lining four hits while Ray Kane had three hits, with both having three runs driven in the win. Jimmy Cuevas and Mike Shone had two RBI for Speakeasy. Gary Revall had three hits for Nacho Mama’s one being a triple. Jim Ramage slammed a grand slam home run giving him five RBI in the game. Steve Hummel who cracked a triple and Pete Oellrich collected two RBI in the loss.
Mutual of Omaha Bank 14 DaVinci’s 4
Bill Shurina was four for four, with winning pitcher Jack O’Brien, Tom McCullough George Grygdrcewicz and Ed Kingsbury having three hits for the Bank. Bill Thompson smacked a triple while Grygdrcewicz crushed a home run. Herm Griffith, Mark Mekota, Tom Bowers and Grygdrcewicz all drove home two runs in the game. Craig Cunningham and Jim Williams lead DaVinci’s with three hits, with one of Cunningham’s hits a triple. Tom Pugh chased in two runs in the loss.
Crazy Flamingo’s 20 Stonewalls 3
Long ball was the name of the game for Flamingo’s, who hoisted three home runs in a mercy rule game (15 run differential in score) in the team first game of the season. Newcomer Tom Polsten belted two homers and John Cavanagh had one. Polston had three hits with George Bennett and Tom Patterson having two. Polston chased six runs across the plate, Bennett and Cavanagh three and Rob Mann two. Winning pitcher Joe Furst scattered nine hits with no Stonewall player having more than one hit.
Mango’s 5 Rookies 4
In a pitching duel, Mango’s Ron Irwin bested Rookies Larry Anspach with Irwin giving up eleven hits and Anspach ten. John Robichaud, Jim Battye and Joe Barry had two hits for Mango’s. Anspach and Dick Corley had two hits for Rookies both of Anspach’s being a double, with new league member Doug Kemp blasting a solo homerun in his first official at bat and driving in two runs in the loss.
Joey’s Pizza 5 CJ’s on the Bay 1
Joey’s Pizza winning pitcher Bill Kaschube was aided by some timely hitting from his team beating Angelo Polizzi of CJ’s with both pitchers giving up eleven hits. K CJ’s Bob Levasseur the only player to have two hits against Kaschube. Joey’s Denny Davis stroked three hit, Ray Niemeyer and Jim O’Meara had two. Fred Kramer drove in two runs for Joey’s.
Crazy Flamingo’s 10 Rookies 3
Don Schwartz stung the ball for three hits for Crazy Flamingo’s, with Tom Grucci and John Cavanagh having two hits. Ray Zielinski drove home two runs in the win. John DeRosa and Rich Larkin had two hits for Rookies.
CJ’s on the Bay 14 Stonewalls 9
Fourteen walks lead to Stonewalls demise, even though they outhit CJ’s. Bob Mann was the only CJ’s player with two hits with Joe Cervelli having three RBI and Joe Callahan two. Stonewalls’ Doug Stang and Chet Dal Bianco ripped three hits each; Jim Green, Bruce Chambers and Leon Schmitt had two. Stang smacked a home run and Green a triple, with both driving in two runs.
Mango’s 5 Joey’s Pizza 3
Mango’s Warren Uhl peppered the ball for three hits while John Robichaud, Jim Baumann and Paul Vorwick had two. Winning pitcher Ron Irwin limited Joey’s to having only one player to have two hits, Gary Zentner.
West 11 East 10
The first game ever played in the newly formed division saw the game tied at 10 -10 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Ernie Famiglistti drove home the winning run for the West. West’s Gary Badger, Bill Dauch, and Buff Morris all stroke three hits, with Dick DeAnna, Tony Brock, Don Mandetta and Famiglistti having two. Brock ended the game with three RBI and Leroy Fishleigh who smacked a triple two RBI. The East team had Jack Stevenson, Frank Flint, Dom Fiorda, and Roger Wise nail three hits each and Bob Beaver two. Flint and Beaver each clouted a triple, with Flint picking up two RBI in the game.
East 11 West 8
Jack Stevenson. Frank Flint and Roger Wise laced the hits each for the East; Stevenson whacked a two run homerun and Ron Townsend a triple. Stevenson, Flint, Wise, Townsend and Bob Beaver all tallied two RBI in the win. The West team had Gary Badger, Dick DeAnna, Alan Schneider, Tony Brock, and Chuck Wilson with two hits apiece. DeAnna and Schneider tagged the ball for a triple giving them two RBI in the game.
Island Division: Mutual of Omaha Bank 1-0; Speakeasy 1-0; Sand Bar 1-0; Brewery 0-1; DaVinci’s 0-1; Nacho Mama’s 0-1.
Marco Division: Crazy Flamingo’s 2-0; Mango’s 2-0; CJ’s on the Bay 1-1; Joey’s Pizza 1-1; Rookies 0-2; Stonewalls 0-2
Legends Division: East 1-1, West 1-1