Senior Softball: Perfect at the plate - O’Connell, Traver have three homeruns in a game

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Don O’Connell playing for Mango’s and Bob Traver playing for Rookies were both perfect at the plate in the game that they each recorded three homeruns in three official at bats.

Traver ended up having eight RBI in his game and O’Connell and having seven RBI in his. In both games that the player’s accomplished their individual feats, the team ended up invoking the 15 run differential rule against their opponent ending the game early.

In League play the Island Division DaVinci’s and Nacho Mama’s are tied for first place with Mutual of Omaha Bank one game behind and the Brewery two games behind the division leaders.

In the Marco Division CJ’s on the Bay has a two and a half game lead on Mango’s, with Kirk’s Coney Island having a two game advantage on the Moose Lodge.


American Legion Post’s Jim Conway strokes the ball for a base hit in game versus Kirk’s Coney Island.

Joey’s Pizza, 15; Stonewalls, 13

Joey’s edged out the win behind the hitting of Joe Kruse who stung the ball for four hits, one a solo homerun, along with John Ranieri, John Hollerbach, and Denny Davis with three hits; Bob Monaco two. Monaco chased in four runs, Hollerbach three; Davis and John DeRosa two. Tom Purtell, Randy Morrison, and Dick Carson stroked three hits for Stonewalls; Joe Cervelli, Jim White, Dick Corley and Paul Burnett had two, with Burnett whacking a triple. Cervelli, Morrison, Burnett and Bill DiNeno had two RBI.

Mango’s, 18; Crazy Flamingo’s, 0

Don O’Connell was the “shock” pummeling the ball for three homeruns while accumulating seven RBI, before Flamingo’s intentionally walked him; Paul Vorwick was the “awe’ belting out four hits including a two run homerun good for three RBI. Jan Grossman added some thunder with three hits including a triple having three RBI. Teammates Doug Kemp, Jim Yount, Warren Uhl, Jeff Dougherty and Al Cenicola all had two hits. Ralph Leiterding had two hits for Flamingo’s, while Butch Monson crushed a triple. The game ended after five innings due the mercy rule.

Rookies, 20; CJ’s on the Bay, 5

Rookies hung the mercy rule on first place CJ’s with Bob Traver rocketing three homeruns giving him an unheard of eight RBI in a five inning the game. Dave Coward also homered for Rookies and fired out four hits, Nick Brooks three; John Baumann, Rob Mann, John Wood, John Robichaud and John Hollerbach two, with Hollerbach having a homerun as well. CJ’s Frank Flint and Dan Stanard had two his with Larry Anspach having two RBI.

 CJ’s on the Bay, 17; Crazy Flamingo’s, 16

It took CJ’s Ed Kopecky’s third walk of the game to determine the winner bringing in the winning run with the bases loaded. Randy Wesolowski had a banner day for CJ’s being perfect at the plate with four hits and Frank Flint had two.  Bob Levasseur was credited with four RBI, Don Rooksberry and Dan Standard two in the win. Jim Green and Ray Niemeyer punched out three hits for Flamingo’s with Fred Kramer, George Lancaster, Butch Monson, Joe Furst and Steve Slaggie having two. Monson chased in three runs, Kramer, Niemeyer, Lancaster, and Furst two.

Rookies, 19; Joey’s Pizza, 5                                                   

Rookies tossed the Pizza Boys around pounding out twenty-two hits. Winning pitcher Tom Loiacono blistered the ball going five for five, Bob Traver and Frank Dooley flipped out three hits, Jim Baumann, Nicks Brooks, and John Wood two. Baumann smashed and triple and Brooks hammered a homerun. Baumann, Brooks and Dooley bagged three RBI, Wood and Dave Coward two. Joey’s John Ranieri, Denny Davis and John DeRosa had two hits in the game.

Stonewalls, 23; Mango’s, 6                                           

Stonewalls used twenty-two to slice up Mango’s in a mercy rule game called due to differential of fifteen runs or more. Paul carved out four hits in his four at bats for Stonewalls, Rick Carson had three; Randy Morrison , Jim White, Dick Corley, John Luegering, Jerry Lenhoff and John Hollerbach two. Carson, Lenhoff and Burnett each clocked a homerun with Burnett also thumping a triple. Morrison, Corley, white and Luegering had three RBI; Burnett, Corley and Joe Cervelli two.  Morrison the winning pitcher limited Mango’s to eight hits two each by Don O’Connell and Paul Vorwick, with Vorwick launching a homerun and two RBI.


Kirk’s Coney Island, 13; American Legion Post, 8   

It was the long ball, four homeruns by Kirk’s, one each by Ron Townsend, John Gill, Tony Brock and Don Mandetta that was the difference in the game, with Brock’s being a three run shot. Cody had three hits while, Brock, Mandetta, Dom Fiorda, and Dan O’Sullivan having two. O’Sullivan, Brock and Mandetta each picked up three RBI for the day. American Legion Post Bill Diamond cut up the ball with four hits, Al Bozzo three; Jim Conway, Ray Malone and Bill Moors two. Angelo Polizzi had three RBI, Bozzo and Bill Dauch two.

Moose Lodge, 10; Kirk’s Coney Island, 9

The Moose Lodge’s Bill Moors singled in the winning run in the bottom of the last inning of the game, helping the Moose overcome a 7-3 deficit earlier in the game. Dan Cody and Jim O’Meara stroked three hits for the Moose, while Ed Dreyfus and Bill Dauch had two. O’Meara was responsible for four runs crossing the plate, Cody three, and winning pitcher Angelo Polizzi two. Dom Fiorda peppered the ball for three hits for Kirk’s with Denny Lello, Dan O’Sullivan, Ron Townsend, Ray Malone and Bill Diamond having two, one of Townsend’s being a triple. Ernie Famglistti had two RBI for Kirk’s.


Ray Niemeyer of Crazy Flamingo’s gets the force on Al Cenicola of Mango’s at second base.

DaVinci’s, 10; Brewery, 7

A four run fourth inning sparked DaVinci’s comeback from a 5-3 deficit for the win. Chris Flynn and Jim Dorey paced DaVinci’s with three hits, Flynn driving in three runs in the process, while Mike Endelman and Paul Shelton drove in two. Jon Wiseman, Jim Gilligan and Charlie Lamb had three hits for the Brewery with Gilligan and George Grygorcewicz having two RBI.

Sand Bar, 19; Nacho Mama’s, 12           

Sand Bar scored nineteen runs in consecutive games this week, this time erupting with a thirty-one hit attack. Butch Coursen and Rick DiStasio ripped four hits while Wayne Bombaci, Jim Stewart, Mike Puskar and Tom Whitlock had three, with Tom Angelo whacking a triple for Sand Bar. Stewart, Rod Lashley, and John Remhoff drove in three runs; Puskar, Whitlock and Dave Manzello two.  Tom Buettner, Pete Oellrich and Tom Polston had three hits for Nacho’s. Polston who slammed a homerun accumulated five RBI and Mike Garofalo had three.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 9; Speakeasy, 8

The Bank edged the Speakeasy helped by Herman Griffith’s three hits and a triple by Ed Kingsbury. Griffith, Bill Thompson and John Gross had two RBI. Rich Krumholz had three hits for Speakeasy with Jerry Engel driving in two runs.

Nacho Mama’s, 12; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 3         

Nacho’s broken open a close 2-1 game scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Steve Hummel had three hits for Nacho’s while Tom Buettner pulverized a ball for homerun; Tom Polston had three RBI and Jim Vitas two.  George Schnorr limited the Bank to ten hits, the only highlight was John Barrett’s smacking a triple.

Sand Bar, 20; DaVinci’s, 14

Sand Bar bats remained on fire slugging the ball for thirty hits. Winning pitcher Jim George drilled four hits; Rod Lashley, Jim Stewart, Dave Manzello, Butch Coursen, and John Remhoff three. Lashley, George and Remhoff all mashed a triple with Remhoff also clouting a homerun. Manzello, Remhoff, and Tom Bishard chased in three runs with George and Tom Angelo chasing in two. Chris Flynn had three hits for DaVinci’s with Gary LaMotte crushing a triple. Tom Whitlock recorded three RBI; Chuck Reich, Nick Jacullo, and Frank Benedetti two.

Speakeasy, 14; Brewery, 9

Jeff Hultgren unleashed four hits for Speakeasy while John Cavanagh, Dan Gulick and Jimmy Cuevas had three. Gulick belted two homeruns and Cuevas cracked a triple as part of their hits. Gulick tallied five RBI Cuevas three and Cavanagh two. Larry Wildes had three hits for the Brewery and John Rysak cracked a triple with Perry Baptiste driving in three runs in the loss.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 8; Sand Bar, 3

The Bank was led by Tom Pugh who drilled three hits and turned in a number of key defensive plays to help end Sand Bar’s five game winning streak. Teammates Bill Thompson who smacked a triple and Jim Williams each drove in two runs. Winning pitcher Lou Wolfenson limited Sand Bar to twelve hits with no player having more the two hits in the game.

Speakeasy, 18; DaVinci’s, 3                                                                                         

Rich Krumholz, Dan Gulick, John Haskins, and Jack Martin each lined three hits for Speakeasy as part of their twenty-four hit total. Tom McCullough and Martin chased in three runs; John Cavanagh, Ray Kane, and Steve Clark two. Jimmy Cuevas who was the winning pitcher limited DaVinci’s to ten hits three coming off the bat of Gary Revall.

Brewery, 15; Nacho Mama’s, 14                                               

It was Mike Shone’s diving shoe string catch for the third out in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Brewery the win keeping the tying run on third from scoring. Jon Wiseman and Jim Gilligan had three hits for the Brewery with Jim Gilligan torching a ball for a triple. Jim Ramage tallied four RBI, Gilligan and Tom Tankersley two. Tom Buettner had three hits for Nacho Mama’s. Mike Garofalo slammed a homerun and chalked up four RBI, Ed Hamill three and Pete Oellrich two in the loss.


DaVinci’s / 10 / 6

Nacho Mama’s / 10 / 6

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 9 / 7

Brewery / 8 / 8

Sand Bar / 7 / 9

Speakeasy / 4 / 12


CJ’s on the Bay / 11 / 3

Mango’s / 9 / 6

Rookies / 7 / 7

Joey’s Pizza / 6 / 9

Stonewalls / 6 / 9

Crazy Flamingo’s / 5 / 10


Kirk’s Coney Island / 7 / 4

Moose Lodge / 5 / 6

American Legion / 4 / 6