Senior Softball: CJ’s clinches division championship

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

CJ’s on the Bay locked up the Marco Divisional Championship with one game to play in the regular season when they held off a come from behind attempt by Crazy Flamingo’s, pulling off a double play with the bases loaded ending the game giving them the championship.

In the Island Division there is a tie between Nacho Mama’s and DaVinci’s, with the teams playing each other Thursday to determine the championship.

In the Gulf Coast Division things are heating up as well with Kirk’s Coney Island holding a half game lead on the American Legion Post.


American Legions Post Bill Dauch calls for time after a play at third base.

Stonewalls, 10; Joey’s Pizza, 8

Scoring five runs in the fourth inning was the difference in the game for Stonewalls giving them the win. Tom Purtell, Randy Morrison, John Luegering, Dick Corley and Nick Brooks all contributed two hits for Stonewalls with Morrison and Brooks driving in two runs. Joey’s Denny Davis, Bob Monaco and John DeRosa had two hits with Davis having two RBI.

Mango’s, 16; Crazy Flamingo’s, 6

Paul Vorwick and Joe Barry lined three hits with Jim Battye, Doug Kemp, Jim Yount, Al Cenicola and Fran Diotte having two. Battye who whacked a triple tallied six RBI, Kemp and Gregg Graycarek had two. Flamingo’s Ray Zielinski, Fred Kramer, and Ralph Leiterding laced three hits while George Lancaster had two. Zielinski and Leiterding each chased in two runs.

CJ’s on the Bay, 17; Rookies, 15

CJ’s ended Rookies winning streak with a come from behind win. Doug Stang, Mike Arnold, and Bob Levasseur ripped three hits; Randy Wesolowski, Pat Shannon, and Larry Anspach two, with Wesolowski launching a homerun for CJ’s. Arnold and Frank Flint had three RBI, Danny Stanard two. Rookies, Nick Brooks, Dave Coward, Rob Mann, and Joe Kruse stung the ball for three hits; Tom Loiacono, John Wood, Brian Maguire, and John Robichaud two. Mann belted a homerun and had four RBI, Loiacono and Maguire two.

Stonewalls, 15; Mango’s, 5

Stonewalls bats erupted scoring five runs in three consecutive innings to over come an early 2-0 lead by Mango’s. Bill DiNeno and John Luegering pasted the ball for three hits for Stonewalls with Randy Morrison and Jim White having two. Jerry Lenhoff crushed a triple and had two RBI; others having two RBI for Stonewalls were DiNeno, Luegering, Joe Cervelli, and Dick Corley. Winning pitcher Morrison limited Mango’s to eight hits, two each by Doug Kemp, Jim Yount and Warren Uhl.

Rookies, 18; Joey’s Pizza, 5   

Murph Knapke drives the ball  for Mutual of Omaha Bank in game against Speakeasy.

Jim Baumann stuck it to Joey’s pounding out four hits which included thumping two homeruns. Rookie teammates Dave Coward popped the ball for three hits; Tom Loiacono, Rob Mann, John Wood, and John Robichaud had two, with Nick Brooks smashing a triple. Brooks drove home four runs Baumann and Bob Traver three; Loiacono, Mann, Mario Lucca and John Wood two. John Hollerbach and Tom Grucci had two hits for Joey’s while Denny Davis had two RBI.

CJ’s on the Bay, 16; Crazy Flamingo’s, 15   

CJ’s clinched the Marco Division championship by holding off a last inning rally by Flamingo’s. Doug Stang nailed three hits for CJ’s; Don Rooksberry, Dave Banghart, Randy Wesolowski, Chet Dal Bianco, and Pat Shannon had two with Rooksberry clouting a homerun and Banghart a triple. Rooksberry and Stang drove in three runs; Banghart, Wesolowski and Shannon two. Ray Zielinski and George Lancaster line three hits for Flamingo’s, while Ralph Leiterding, Jim Green, Fred Kramer, Paul Womack and Leon Schmitt had two. Mike Rechtin mashed a triple and Ray Niemeyer hoisted a three run homerun. Beside Niemeyer’s three RBI, Zielinski came up with two.


American Legion Post, 16; Moose Lodge, 4

Dick DeAnna, Ray Malone and Bob Grimm each lined three hits for the American Legion, with Fuzz Fazekas, Rick Condle, Charles Pineno and Angelo Polizzi having two with Condle having homerun. DeAnna pushed four runs across the plate, Condle three, Fazekas, Grimm and Polizzi two.  Tony Brock and Bill Moors had three hits with Moors thumping a homerun for the Moose; Joe Callahan, Don Mandetta, Leroy Fishleigh, Jim Adams, and Ed Dreyfus two. Mandetta had two RBI in the loss.

American Legion Post, 6; Kirk’s Coney Island, 4

Dick DeAnna tagged the ball for three hits one being a triple and teammates Fuzz Fazekas, Al Bozzo, and Rick Condle having two hits for the American Legion. Bozzo also had two RBI. Kirk’s had six players with two hits Denny Lello, Alan Schneider, Dom Fiorda, Ernie Famiglistti, Jim O’Meara and Dan Callahan, with Huck McPhee driving in two runs.


DaVinci’s, 11; Brewery, 9

A five run seventh inning rallied DaVinci’s bring them back from 9-6 deficit and the win Chris Flynn and Mike Endelman had three hits for DaVinci’s. Flynn chasing in four runs, Tom Whitlock and Nick Jacullo two runs. The Brewery’s Bill Wright had three hits and teammate Larry Wildes mashed a triple giving him three RBI for the game,

Nacho Mama’s, 14; Sand Bar, 12

Nacho’s held off a late Sand Bar rally to remain first place in the Division. Tom Buettner and Steve Hummel had three hits apiece with Buettner tacking on another four RBI to his resume, Tom Polston added three, and Hummel two for Nacho’s. Rod Lashley slashed four hits for Sand Bar, one a homerun, Jim Stewart and Tom Bishard had three hits. Bishard had four runs driven in, Lashley and Wayne Bombaci three, Butch Coursen two.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 11; Speakeasy, 8

The Bank scored five runs in the eighth inning to edge out the Speakeasy. Herman Griffith, Bill Thompson and John Gross had three hit to pace the Bank with Griffith crushing a triple. Jim Williams contribute the rally and had three RBI, Griffith and Craig Cunningham two. Ray Kane and Jerry Engel had two RBI for Speakeasy.

DaVinci’s, 18; Sand Bar, 17

DaVinci’s edged out the Sand Bar scoring four runs in the top of the ninth to take a 18-16 lead and then held off a Sand Bar rally for the one run win. One of the game highlights was Frank Benedetti of DaVinci’s throwing out his younger brother Rick Benedetti of Sand Bar at the plate in what could have been the tying run in the game. DaVinci’s Chris Flynn and Gary Revall banged out four hits; Chuck Reich, Nick Jacullo, Mike Endelman and Frank Benedetti three. Revall and Endelman recorded four RBI and Jacullo three. Ex “Gunnery Sergeant” Dave Manzello was perfect at the plate firing out five hits for Sand Bar, Rod Lashley lashed out four hits for the second game in a row, with Butch Coursen and John Remhoff having three. Coursen chalked up six RBI, Manzello three, Jim Stewart and Tom Angelo two.

Brewery, 9; Speakeasy; 6

Jon Wiseman and Ed Gilligan had three hits, with Wiseman, Gilligan and Mike Shone cracking a triple for the Brewery. Teammates Charlie Lamb and Tom Tankersley drove in two runs. Rich Krumholz and John Haskins had three hits for Speakeasy.

Nacho Mama’s, 9; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 5

Nacho’s Pete Oellrich was the leader of his team having three hits and driving in three runs while Mike Garofalo had two runs driven in.  Ed Kingsbury provided three hits for the Bank and John Gross had two RBI.

Brewery, 13; Nacho Mama’s, 12                      

It was a give and take game with Nacho’s jumping out to 5-0 lead only to have the Brewery tie it up after four innings. Ultimately the Brewery opened a large enough lead to hold off a ninth inning rally by Nacho’s for the win. Big George Grygorcewicz drilled three hits for the Brewery; John Rysak had a solo homerun with Mike Schwab providing the additional power crushing a triple and a laser three run homerun which proved to be the difference in the game. Schwab ended the game having four RBI and Grygorcewicz two.  Pete Oellrich continued his torrid hitting this season with three hits for Nacho’s. John Toti launched a three homerun as part of Nacho’s rally attempt for his three RBI, Oellrich and Tom Buettner had two.

DaVinci’s, 9; Speakeasy, 6

In an overall team effort DaVinci’s moved into a tie for first place in the Island Division. Chuck Reich, Gary LaMotte and Frank Benedetti each chased in two runs in the win. Jerry Engel and Jack Martin had three hits for Speakeasy

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 20; Sand Bar, 13                   

The Bank’s bats cashed in on twenty-eight hits to earn the win. Craig Cunningham was five for five including clubbing a three run homerun racking up six RBI in the game for the Bank. Tom Pugh, Herman, Griffith, John Gross, Murph Knapke and Bill Shurina all had three hits, with Knapke smacking a triple. Griffith had four RBI, Knapke, Bill Thompson, and Lou Wolfenson two. Sand Bar’s Rod Lashley ripped the ball for five hits with Wayne Bombaci driving in three runs; Dave Manzello and Jim Stewart drove in two.


Nacho Mama’s / 14 / 7

DaVinci’s / 14 / 7

Brewery / 12 / 9

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 11 / 10

Sand Bar / 8 / 13

Speakeasy / 4 / 17


CJ’s on the Bay* / 13 / 5

Mango’s / 11 / 8

Rookies / 10 / 8

Stonewalls / 9 / 10

Joey’s Pizza / 7 / 12

Crazy Flamingo’s / 6 / 13


Kirk’s Coney Island / 8 / 6

American Legion / 7 / 6

Moose Lodge / 5 / 8

*Divisional champions