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Rookies continued the team’s hot streak with six straight wins and now have won eight of their last nine games with one being a tie.

They have moved themselves into contention in the Marco Division, two games behind division leading CJ’s on the Bay and a half a game behind Mango’s with five games left in the season before tournament play.

The Gulf Coast Division Kirk’s Coney Island has a two and a half game lead over the Moose Lodge. Nacho Mama’s has taken sole possession of first in the Island Division with a one game lead over DaVinci’s and a two game advantage on the Brewery with four games left in their season.

Tournament play is scheduled begin on Monday, March 13; weather permitting with the existing league scheduled games. You can go the website at marcoseniorsoftballleague.com to see the game schedule for the balance of the season.

MARCO DIVISION

Crazy Flamingo’s, 8; Joey’s Pizza, 7

After Joey’s had tied the game in the top of the seventh, Ray Niemeyer drove in the winning run for Flamingo’s in the bottom of the inning.  Fred Kramer had a big day for Flamingo’s ripping the ball for four hits, Butch Monson three, Jim Green and Tom Patterson two. Kramer who smacked a homerun had three RBI, George Lancaster two. Joey’s Joe Kruse, Denny Davis and Rich Larkin had two hits as, winning pitcher Joe Furst held Joey’s too nine hits.

Rookies, 17; Stonewalls, 14

Rookies rolled to their seventh win in their last eight games with one being a tie. Jim Baumann and John Hollerbach stroked three hits; Nick Brooks, John Robichaud and John Wood had two, with Brian Maguire hoisting a homerun and Mario Luca thumping a triple for Rookies. Baumann chased in three runs; Brooks, Wood, and Rob Mann two. Joe Cervelli and John Luegering sprayed three hits for Stonewalls, while Randy Morrison and Dick Carson had two. Tom Purtell clouted  a homerun and Cervelli whacked a triple and both had three RBI and Jim White two.

Mango’s, 12; CJ’s on the Bay, 4

Doug Kemp, Jim Yount, Warren Uhl, and Joe Barry laced three hits Mango’s with Jim Battye, Jeff Dougherty and Al Cenicola having two. Barry and Don O’Connell launched a homerun and Yount a triple. Yount, Barry and Paul Vorwick had two runs driven in. CJ’s Don Rooksberry and Bob Levasseur had two, with Levasseur driving in all four of CJ’s runs.

Rookies, 8; Mango’s, 7

Nick Brooks helped Rookies win the team’s sixth consecutive game driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Both pitchers gave up twelve hits in the tightly contested battle. Winning pitcher Tom Loiacono slashed four hits, with Brooks having two, Bob Traver mashed a triple and Loiacono had two RBI. Mango’s pitcher Jim Battye, Paul Vorwick and Fran Diotte had two hits; Don O’Connell tagged a solo homerun and Gregg Graycarek had two runs driven in.

Joey’s Pizza, 15; CJ’s on the Bay, 9 

Joey’s Denny Davis nailed the ball; for three hits one being a homerun, while Bob Monaco, Jack Mateja, Tom Grucci, Mike Galatis, and Rich Larkin had two. Grucci, Galatis, Larkin and Jerry Kratz had two RBI. CJ’s Don Rooksberry zipped three hits and Don Schwartz had two. Teammates Randy Wesolowski and Mike Arnold walloped a homerun, Ed Kopecky and Pat Shannon a triple, with Arnold and Shannon picking up two RBI.

Stonewalls, 17; Crazy Flamingo’s, 2                                        

Randy Morrison pitched a seven hitter as Stonewalls stoned Flamingo’s in a mercy rule ending game due to a fifteen run differential. Morrison and Paul Burnett punched out three hits; Tom Purtell, Bill DiNeno, John Luegering, Jim White, Dick Corley, and Rob Mann had two. Purtell and Jerry Lenhoff launched two run homeruns giving them and Mann two RBI, Joe Cervelli had three RBI. Mike Rechtin had two hits for Flamingo’s.

GULF COAST DIVISION

American Legion Post, 13; Kirk’s Coney Island, 7

The American Legion Post  had a twenty hit salute presented to Kirk’s. Ray Malone, Bill Dauch, Jim Conway and Charles Pineno fire off three hits; Dick DeAnna, Bill Diamond, Rick Condle, and Bob Grimm two. Condle had three runs driven in, Dauch and Diamond two. Gary Schneider and Lee Dilk lined three hits for Kirk’s, Dom Fiorda and Ron Townsend had two. Fiorda zinged an opposite field triple and had two RBI.

Kirk’s Coney Island, 13; Moose Lodge, 5    

Alan Schneider drilled four hits for Kirk’s and Denny Lello, Ron Townsend, Ernie Famiglistti, and Bill Dauch had two. Famiglistti chased in three runs, Denny Lello who pounded a homerun had two runs driven in to his credit as did Dan O’Sullivan. The Moose had Jim O’Meara with two hits and Huck McPhee who smacked a homer having two RBI.

ISLAND DIVISION

Brewery, 11; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10                 

The Brewery’s pitcher Perry Baptiste slashed four hits with Mike Schwab, Mike Shone and John Rysak having three, winning the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. Shone clubbed a homerun and Jim Ramage a triple; Shone had three RBI and Rysak two. Tom Pugh had three hits for the bank one being a triple and Ed Kingsbury drove in four runs in the loss.

Nacho Mama’s, 13; DaVinci’s, 10                             

Both teams were tied for first place going into the game. DaVinci’s jumped out to an early 10-6 lead before Nacho’s scored four runs in the seventh to take over the lead 11-10 and eventually first place with the win. Nacho’s Tom Buettner and Tom Gazzillo had three hits with Buettner crushing a homerun giving him and Ralph Sieja three RBI in the game. DaVinci’s Gary Revall launched a homerun and Tom Whitlock a triple. Revall had three runs driven in, Mike Endelman and Gary LaMotte two.

Sand Bar, 15; Speakeasy, 5

Rod Lashley, Dave Manzello, Butch Coursen, John Remhoff and Rick DiStasio all tagged the ball for three hits for Sand Bar. Lashley and Manzello slammed a homerun and had three RBI along with DiStasio, Remhoff had two. Jeff Hultgren lined three hits for Speakeasy and had two RBI.

Nacho Mama’s, 15; Speakeasy, 3

Winning pitcher George Schnorr, who pitched an eleven hit gem of a game, peppered the ball for four hits while Steve Hummel and Tom Buettner had three for Nacho’s. Buettner racked up six RBI, Hummel three and Schnorr two.  Jeff Hultgren provided the highlights for Speakeasy with three hits and two RBI.

DaVinci’s, 20; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 15                              

Both teams had twenty-nine hits but DaVinci’s took advantage of nine walks to win the game. Bob Williams stung the ball for four hits, one a homerun; Chris Flynn, Gary Revall, Nick Jacullo, Jim Dorey, and Chuck Reich three. Jacullo drove in four runs; Williams, Flynn, Revall, Dorey, Tom Whitlock and Frank Benedetti two.  Herman Griffith, Bill Thompson, and Jim William scorched the ball for four hits; Tom Pugh, Lou Wolfenson and Grady Fuller three, with Thompson and Phil Holmes cracking a triple. Thompson had three RBI; Wolfenson, Fuller, and Ed Kingsbury two.

Brewery, 15; Sand Bar, 3                              

The Brewery   poured it on Sand Bar with twenty-eight hits. Jon Wiseman smoked the ball for four hits; Bill Wright, George Grygorcewicz, Jim Gilligan, Mike Schwab, and Mike Shone all had three for the Brewery. Wright, Grygorcewicz, Shone, Perry Baptiste, and Charlie Lamb drove in two runs each. Rod Lashley had three hits for Sand Bar.

ISLAND DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses

Nacho Mama’s / 12 / 6

DaVinci’s / 11 / 7

Brewery / 10 / 8

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 9 / 9

Sand Bar / 8 / 10

Speakeasy / 4 / 14

MARCO DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses

CJ’s on the Bay / 11 / 5

Mango’s / 10 / 7

Rookies / 9 / 7

Joey’s Pizza / 7 / 10

Stonewalls / 7 / 10

Crazy Flamingo’s / 6 / 11

GULF COAST DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses

Kirk’s Coney Island / 8 / 5

Moose Lodge / 5 / 7

American Legion / 5 / 6

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