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American Legion Post, Moose Lodge, Mango’s and Nacho Mama’s win championships

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It only seems like yesterday when the 2017 Marco Island Senior Men’s Softball and conclude this past week with four championships being determined.

In the Gulf Coast Division the league championship was won by the American Legion Post 404 when they knocked off Kirk’s Coney Island in the final game of league play with both teams entering the game with identical records of 9-8.

The Moose Lodge which ended the season in third place ended up playing the American Legion in the divisional tournament championship game defeating them in dramatic fashion in last inning of the game for the Championship.

Mango’s, who finished second to CJ’s on the Bay in league play, got their revenge by beating CJ’s for the Marco Division tournament championship.

In the Island Division Nacho Mama’s ending winning the tournament over DaVinic’s which came in second to them during the regular season giving them a clean sweep of both Island Division Championships for 2017.

The League and players would like to thank all our sponsors, fans, volunteers and Marco Island Parks and Recreation for support in making the 2017 another huge success allowing us to relive our childhood in the field of dreams at Winterberry Park.

TOURNAMENT GAMES / MARCO DIVISION

CJ’s on the Bay, 22; Stonewalls, 21

In an unbelievable comeback CJ’s scored seven runs in the last inning of the game to overcome a 21-15 advantage by Stonewalls with Bob Levasseur driving in the winning run. Doug Stang ripped the ball for five hits for CJ’s, Chet Dal Bianco had four, Dave Banghart and Ed Kopecky three; Levasseur, Randy Wesolowski, Mike Arnold, and Dan Stanard two with Banghart and Kopecky smashing a triple. Dal Bianco racked up five RBI, Banghart four, Stang three, and Levasseur two.  Stonewalls had Tom Purtell and Rob Mann sting the ball for four hits, Bill DiNeno and Joe Cervelli three, Randy Morrison, Bill Miller, Jim White and Dick Carson two, with Purtell and Carson belting a homerun. Purtell and Cervelli chased in four runs, White three; Morrison, DiNeno, Miller, Carson, Mann and John Luegering two. The loss eliminated and ended Stonewalls season.

Mango’s, 21; CJ’s on the Bay, 7        

Mango’s won the Marco Divisional Tournament Championship going undefeated with a win over CJ’s. Joe Barry was perfect at the plate going five for five while Warren Uhl, Paul Vorwich, and Doug Kemp riveted four hits and Dan O’Connell two. Vorwich smacked a homerun giving him and Kemp five RBI in the game,  Uhl had three and winning pitcher Jim Battye two. CJ’s Doug Stang, Bob Levasseur and Larry Anspach had two hit, with Chat Dal Bianco driving in three runs and Ed Kopecky two.

GULF COAST DIVISION

American Legion Post, 14; Kirk’s Coney Island, 9   

The game was for the Gulf Coast Divisional Championship with both teams ending the game with 10-9 records. In the first inning booth teams scored five, but the American Legion was able to continue scoring in every other inning except for the fourth and win the championship. Bill Dauch had three hits to lead the American Legion; Jim Conway, Fuzz Fazekas, Dick DeAnna, Al Bozzo, Angelo Polizzi, and Rick Condle had two. DeAnna and Jack Stevenson clubbed a homer in the game, with DeAnna Polizzi, and Stevenson picking up three RBI.

Kirk’s Alan Schneider and Dom Fiorda line three hits as teammates Denny Lello, Dan O’Sullivan, and Ernie Famiglietti had two. Famiglietti blasted a three run homerun and Lello a triple. Besides Famiglietti three RBI, O’Sullivan had two.

TOURNAMENT GAMES / Gulf Coast Division

Moose Lodge, 18; Kirk’s Coney Island, 11

The Moose fired twenty-five hits at Kurt’s ending their season. Tony Brock and Don Mandetta pulled the trigger for four hits, Dan Cody and Bill Moors had three; Jim O’Meara, Roger Wise, Leroy Fishleigh and Bill Dauch two. Cody and Mandetta and Cody each clouted a homerun; Mandetta and Brock tallied four RBI, Cody and O’Meara three, and Ron Burger two.        Denny Lello, Alan Schneider, Dan O’Sullivan and Ron Townsend lined three hits for Kurt’s, while Dom Fiorda and Lee Dilk had two. Dilk, John Gill, and Mike Gallagher had RB in the loss.

Moose Lodge, 14; American Legion Post, 13

The tournament championship game saw the Moose rally in the top of the seventh inning too take over the lead and then held off a rally by the American Legion in the bottom of the seventh inning for the win when Roger Wise recorded a strikeout to end the game and give the Moose the Tournament Championship. Don Mandetta had a perfect game at the plate for the Moose going four for four, Jim O’Meara and Huck McPhee had three hits; Tony Brock, Joe Callahan and Ron Burger two. Mandetta recorded four RBI; Brock launched a homerun giving him three, while Callahan and Mike Gallagher had two.  Angelo Polizzi nailed three hits for the American Legion with Dick DeAnna, Bill Dauch, Jack Stevenson, Bill Diamond, and Bob Grimm having two. DeAnna whacked a homerun a Dauch a triple in the season finally, with Dauch driving in three runs; DeAnna, Al Bozzo and Rick Condle two.

TOURNAMENT GAMES / ISLAND DIVISION

Nacho Mama’s, 14; Brewery, 3

Steve Hummel and Jim Vitas had three hits each for Nacho’s helping Nacho’s move onto the Tournament Championship and dropping the Brewery into the loser bracket with their first loss. Tom Polston hoist a homerun and George Schnorr a triple for Nacho’s, Hummel and Mike Garofalo had tree RBI; Polston, Schnorr and Tom Buettner two. George Grygrocewicz had three hits for the Brewery as winning pitcher George Schnorr limited them to eleven hits.

DaVinci’s, 20; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 19

DaVinci’s were leading 19-12 going into the top of the ninth, when the Bank rallied to tie the game at 19-19 on a grand slam homerun by Jim Williams. DaVinci’s then won the game in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Paul Shelton driving in the winning run. Chris Flynn smoked the ball for five hits for DaVinci’s, Mike Endelman had four; Chuck Reich, Nick Jacullo, and Jack O’Brien three.  Flynn, Reich, and Endelman drove in three runs; O’Brien, Gary LaMotte and Dave Manzello had two. Craig Cunningham rocked the ball for five hits for the Bank, Herm Griffith, Bill Thompson, John Gross, Lou Wolfenson, and Bill Shurina all had three. Besides Williams, Cunningham and Thompson clobbered a homerun and Griffith cracked a triple. Thompson ended up chasing in six runs, Williams four, Cunningham three and Griffith two as the Bank’s season came too an end.

DaVinci’s, 10; Brewery, 9

DaVinci’s eked out another one run game this time holding off a ninth inning rally when the Brewery came up a run short after having scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Paul Shelton and Gary LaMotte had three hits for DaVinci’s with Jim Dorey, Chuck Reich, and Mike Endelman driving in two runs apiece. Speed merchant Jon Wiseman had three hits for the Brewery; Jim Gilligan chased in four runs and Mike Schwab two in the season ending game for the Brewery.

Nacho Mama’s, 18; DaVinci’s, 10

Nacho Mama’s made it a clean sweep for the season winning the Island Division Tournament Championship to go along with the season’s Island Division League Championship with DaVInci’s coming in second in both as well. Steve Hummel, Tom Polston, Mike Garofalo, Ralph Sieja, and winning pitcher and team manager George Schnorr all swatted the ball for three hits. Jim Vitas chased in three runs for Nacho’s with Hummel, Polston, Garofalo, Tom Buettner and Tom Gazzillo chasing in two. Chuck Reich slapped four hits for DaVinci’s and drove in three runs in the process while Gary LaMotte had three hits in the season ending game.

GULF COAST DIVISION STANDINGS / Wins / Losses

American Legion Post* / 10 / 8

Kirk’s Coney Island / 9 / 9

Moose Lodge / 8 / 10

*Divisional champions

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