Senior Softball: American Legion, Stonewalls and Mutual Of Omaha Bank are undefeated

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

With the season into its second week of play only three league teams – out the 15 – whose records remain unblemished.

The American Legion leads the Gulf Coast Division, Stonewalls the Marco Division and Mutual of Omaha Bank the Island Division.

More information on the Marco Island Men's Senior Softball League can be obtained on the League's website, This includes team rosters, schedules and additional pictures.

Here are the results as of Jan. 16.

Randy Wesolowski of CJ’s on the Bay strides toward first base after lining a base hit.



Stonewalls, 18; Joey’s Pizza, 13

Stonewalls Randy Morrison drilled four hits with Rich Carson having three and John DeRosa, Doug Stang, John Wood, Pat Shannon, Bill Kayhart and Roger Fleming two. Wood picked up three RBIs; Carson who tripled had two RBIs along with Stang, Morrison, Shannon and Freddy Pendergrass. Joey’s John Sherwin, Joe Barry and Paul Vorwick nailed the ball for three hits, Jim Baumann, Steve Clark and Al Cenicola two. Clark walloped two triples Sherwin and Cenicola had one. Clark drove in four runs, Cenicola three, and Barry two in the loss.

Mango’s, 11; Crazy Flamingo’s, 6    

Getting off to a quick start by scoring six runs in the first inning Mango’s earned their first win of the season. Warren Uhl who cracked a triple had two hits along with Jim Yount, John Robichaud and Brian Maguire for Mango’s. Bill Miller had three RBIs, Jim White and Ed Caster two. Don Rooksberry and Mike Galatis had two hits for Flamingo’s with Rooksberry having a triple and Mark Waks slamming a two-run homerun.

Salty Dog, 9; CJ’s On the Bay, 4

Geoff Bentley led the Salty Dog attack with three hits while Gary Grefer, Pat Comerford and Jan Grossman had two. Grossman and Tom Loiacono had two RBIs. CJ’s had Bill DiNeno, Larry Anspach, Paul Womack and Mike Arnold with two hits in the game.                 

Crazy Flamingo’s, 32; CJ’s on the Bay, 18   

Flamingos overcame an early 10-1 deficit pounding CJ’s with 31 runs versus CJ’s eight runs. Tom Purtell and Bob Levasseur lashed out five hits, Don Rooksberry and Mike Galatis four with Butch Coursen, Joe Kruse and John Hollerbach having three.  Rooksberry and Kruse hammered two homeruns each. Rooksberry accounted for six runs being driven in, Kruse five, Coursen and Galatis three, Levasseur and Purtell two. CJ’s Bill DiNeno pulled the trigger on four hits, Larry Anspach and Pat Comerford had three. Comerford thumped a homerun and had four RBIs, Ray Niemeyer and Fred Kramer three, an Anspach two.

Stonewalls, 18; Mango’s, 9   

It was the long ball of Stonewalls that lead to the demise of Mango’s with John DeRose and Pat Shannon pelting a homerun and Randy Morrison a triple. Shannon recorded three hits; DeRosa, Jerry Cnudde and Gary Swink two. DeRosa and Cnudde chased in three runs, Shannon and Swink two. Jim White had three hits for Mango’s while Jim Battye, Tom Grucci, Bill Miller, Ed Caster and Tom Parker two with Caster smacking a triple. White, Jim Yount, and John Robichaud had two RBIs.

Salty Dog, 22; Joey’s Pizza, 6

The Salty Dog put the bite on the Pizza boys ending the game on the mercy rule of a 15 run differential between teams after five innings. The Dogs Gary Grefer, George Lancaster and Joe Cervelli each launched a two-run homerun in the game. Grefer drilled four hits, Tom Loiacono three; Cervelli, Bob Traver, Geoff Bentley, Ralph Leiterding an Angelo Polizzi two. Grefer tallied seven RBI while Loiacono, Bentley, Traver, and Cervelli had two. Joey’s Jim O’Meara had two hits with Steve Clark crushing triple giving him two RBIs in the loss.

Mango’s, 10; Salty Dog, 5

Mango’s handed the Salt Dog their first loss of the season while evening their record to 2-2. Ed Caster and John Robichaud stroked three hits for Mango’s with Jim Battye, Jim White, Bill Miller, Jim Yount, Leon Schmitt and Tom Parker having two. Yount, Robichaud and Brian Maguire drove in two runs each. Tom Loiacono lined three hits for the Salty Dog; Geoff Bentley, Joe Cervelli, and Pat Romzek had two. Cervelli and Bob Traver had two RBIs.

The Brewery’s Tom Gazzillo lashes a base hit down the third base line in game against DaVinci’s.


CJ’s on the Bay, 14; Joey’s Pizza, 3

CJ’s ended the teams three game losing streak behind the eight-hit pitching of Larry Anspach. CJ’s Doug Kemp stung the ball for four hits, Ray Niemeyer and Mike Arnold three; Randy Wesolowski, Paul Womack and Pat Comerford two. Niemeyer chased four runs across home plate; Wesolowski, Anspach, Womack, and Comerford two. John Sherwin and Nick Brooks had two hits for Joey’s.

Stonewalls, 13; Crazy Flamingo’s, 11

Dick Carson and Gary Swink had three hits for Stonewalls with Carson belting a homerun to keep the team undefeated at 4-0. Teammates John DeRosa, Doug Stang, Randy Morrison, Pat Shannon, Bill Kayhart, Roger Fleming, and Joe Cervelli all had two hits. Carson, Morrison, Shannon, Kayhart and Swink had two RBIs in the win. Mark Waks and Butch Coursen nailed three hits for the Crazy Bird with Waks whacking a homerun; Rob Stried Joe Furst had two hits. Waks and Stried had three RBIs.


American Legion, 21; Moose Lodge, 8

The American Legion unloaded twenty-eight hits on the Moose with Alan Schneider blasting five hits; Dave Banghart, Al Bozzo and Mick Keller four, while Charles Pineno, Bill Dauch, Rick Condle, Steve Slaggie and Gregg Graycarek two. Schneider belted a homerun and Banghart a triple. Schneider recorded six RBIs, Keller three; Banghart, Bozzo, Dauch, and Condle two. Jerry Kratz and Don Mandette had three hits apiece for the Moose with Jack Stevenson, Tony Brock, Huck McPhee, Dan O’Sullivan and Leroy Fishleigh having two. Dan Cody chased in three runs.

Moose Lodge, 14; Doreen’s, 13                    

Making the most out of eleven walks the Moose was able to survive winning in the bottom of the last inning of the game. Tom Patterson was credited with four hits, Huck McPhee three; Jerry Kratz, Don Mandetta, and Doan O’Sullivan two. McPhee drove in three runs; Patterson, Kratz, and O’Sullivan two. Jerry Lenhoff had four hits on the score sheet for Doreen’s, Dick DeAnna and John Ranieri three; Paul Burnett, Butch Monson, and Ray Malone two. Ranieri and Bill Moors had three RBIs with Lee Dilk having two.


DaVinci’s, 17; Brewery, 12

Jim Dorey tore the cover off the ball having hits for DaVinci’s, with John Barrett stroking four hits; Paul Shelton and Phil Holmes three. Gary LaMotte blasted a homerun and had four RBIs, Dorey and Grady Fuller three, with Craig Cunningham and John Remhoff having two. John Haskins and Mike Schwab plastered the ball for four hits for the Brewery with Paul Shelton, who cracked two triples having three for the Brewery. George Grygorcewicz clouted a homerun giving him along Schwab and Shelton two RBIs while John Rysak had three.

Nacho Mama’s, 19; Sand Bar, 9

Nacho’s rattled off 26 hits with Steve Hummel, Gary Revall, Dave Manzello, Pete Oellrich and Jack O’Brien having three hits apiece. Tom Polston who crushed a triple had three RBIs along with Jimmy Cuevas and Jack Martin; Oellrich picked up two RBI. Sand Bar had Jeff Kaczka and Dan Dumbauld with three hits.  Kaczka launched a homerun in the game and had two RBIs as did Jim George.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 14; Speakeasy, 12

Bill Thompson was the catalyst in the Bank’s win having three hits while driving in five runs as did Ed Kingsbury who smashed a triple in the game. Winning pitcher Herm Griffith drove in two runs. Speakeasy’s Dan Marinelli drilled four hits and Andre Paquette three in the loss, with Marinelli having three RBIs and Paquette two.

Speakeasy, 13; Nacho Mama’s, 4

Bruce Chambers kept the power hitting Nacho’s bats in check for most of the game and the win for Speakeasy. The Tom boys, Buettner and Angelo, provided the fire power for Speakeasy with three hits apiece. Angelo racked up five RBI Buettner two.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 8; DaVinci’s, 7 

Bill Thompson drove in the winning run in the eighth inning capping a rally by the Bank to remain undefeated. Jon Wiseman had three hits for the Bank and Ed Kingsbury came through in the clutch again driving in two runs to help the Bank overcome a 5-0 deficit, with Herman Griffith cranking a triple. Phil Holmes chased in three runs for DaVinic’s.

Sand Bar, 15; Brewery, 10

Sand Bar won the team’s first game of the season behind the bat of Don O’Connell who ripped four hits, Tom Vander Aarde and Tom Whitlock had three hits. O’Connell and Vander Aarde smacked a triple with Jeff Kaczka launching a homerun. O’Connell had four RBI, Kaczka three; Whitlock, Mike Garofalo, and Jim Vitas two. Tom Gazzillo tagged the ball for four hits with Paul Shelton and John Rysak having three for the Brewery, with John Haskins thumping a triple. Murph Knapke had three RBIs, Rysak and Haskins two.                                                                   


Mutual of Omaha Bank / 3 / 0                                                      

Nacho Mama's / 2 / 1

Speakeasy / 2 / 1                    

DaVinci’s / 1 / 2

Sand Bar / 1 / 2         

Brewery /  0 /  3


Stonewalls / 4 / 0

Salty Dog / 3 / 1

Mango’s / 2 /  2

Crazy Flamingo’s / 1 / 3                                     

CJ’s on the Bay / 1 / 3

Joey’s Pizza / 1 /  3                                                    


American Legion / 1 / 0                           

Moose Lodge / 2 / 1

Doreen’s / 0 / 2