Senior Softball: Marco Division sets homerun record

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle
Mario Lucca of Crazy Flamingo legs out an infield base hit, as Denny Davis of Joey’s Pizza waits on the ball.

With a strong southwest wind blowing out from home plate, the teams in the Marco Division recorded 18 homeruns during the three games played this past Monday. Warren Uhl of Mango's clouted three homeruns, one being a grand slam, and Robert Stried of Crazy Flamingo's had two.

Looking at divisional play, the American Legion Post kept its record perfect, winning both games this past week, upping its record to 5-0 in the Gulf Coast Division.

Stonewalls remains in first in the Marco Division with a one game lead over Salty Dog. Nacho Mama’s and Sand Bar are tied for first in the Island Division with Speakeasy one game out.


Mango’s, 9; CJ’s on the Bay, 7

Ed Castor swatted the ball for three hits, with teammates Jim Battye, Bill Miller, Jim White, Tom Parker, Warren Uhl and John Robichaud two in Mango’s win. Caster and Uhl had two RBIs. CJ’s had Joe Krause and Nic Brooks line three hits while Dave Schott, Larry Anspach and Fred Kramer had two. Schott launched a homerun and had two RBIs, as did Doug Kemp.

Stonewalls, 10; Salty Dog, 8                                    

Both teams were tied for first entering the game. Stonewalls took an early lead only to see Salty rally back. It took a five-run fifth inning to clinch the win. Pat Shannon had three hits for Stonewalls; John Wood, John DeRosa, Rick Carson, Doug Stand and Jerry Cnudde had two. DeRosa chased in three runs; Shannon and Carson two. Tom Loiacono stroked four hits for the Salty Dog, Geoff Bentley and Pat Comerford three, and Pat Romzek two. Bentley crushed a triple and had four RBIs; Romzek had two.

Joey's Pizza, 11; Crazy Flamingo's, 9

Joey’s avenged last week's one-run lost to Flamingo’s by scoring five runs in the fifth inning, giving the team enough runs for the win. Steve Clark and Jim Green laced three hits, with Clark smacking a triple. Nick Brooks, Paul Vorwick and Jim O’Meara had two hits. Gary Schneider had three RBIs; Brooks and Clark two. Flamingo’s had Tom Purtell, Butch Coursen, John Hollerbach, Don Rooksberry, Bob Levasseur and Mario Luca with two hits. Purtell tripled and had three runs driven in.

Salty Dog, 13; Joey’s Pizza, 12

The game went into extra innings with the Salty Dog scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth for the win. Angelo Polizzi, the winning pitcher, contributed to his team's success by tagging four hits; Tom Loiacono, Bob Traver, Geoff Bentley, George Lancaster and Joe Cervelli had three hits, with Traver cracking a triple; and Ralph Leiterding and Joe Kruse had two hits. Kruse chased in four runs; Loiacono, Bentley and Polizzi two. Paul Vorwick and Jim Baumann lined three hits apiece for Joey’s while Joe Barry, Steve Clark and Jim Green had two. Baumann, who homered, had four RBIs; Green, Barry, and Clark had two.

Doreen’s Bob Grimm is running second heading towards home on a homerun he belted against the Moose Lodge.

Crazy Flamingo’s, 13; CJ’s on the Bay, 4

Rich Larkin pitched a gem of a game for Crazy Flamingo’s limiting CJ’s to only ten hits with Don Schwartz having two of them.  Flamingo’s had Tom Purtell, Mark Waks, Robert Stried and Larkin with two hits. Waks blasted a three homerun and a triple with Stried also having a triple. Waks had four runs driven, Stried three and Butch Coursen two.

Stonewalls, 9; Mango’s, 8

Pat Shannon and Dick Carson of Stonewalls each cued up the ball for three hits.; John DeRosa and Nick Brooks had two hits. Shannon had a homerun and drove in two runs. John Robichaud of Mango's had three hits jump off his bat. Bill Miller and Ed Caster had two hits, and Brian Maguire hoisted a homerun. Caster and Warren Uhl had two RBIs.

Salty Dog, 12; Crazy Flamingo’s, 11

The Salty Dog edged Flamingo’s in extra innings, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Tom Loiacono, Jeff Bentley, Bob Traver, George Lancaster, Pat Comerford and Gary Grefer all blasted a homer, with Grefer and Joe Cervelli having a triple. Comerford and Grefer ended up with three hits; Loiacono, Traver, Lancaster, Cervelli and Ray Zielinski two. Comerford had three RBIs; Lancaster and Traver had two. Crazy's Robert Stried hoisted two homeruns; Mark Waks one. Mario Lucca drilled three hits; Waks, John Hollerbach, Don Rooksberry and Frank Dooley two. Stried and Waks each drove in three runs.

Stonewalls, 21; CJ’s on the Bay, 18

The game had 48 hits: 26 by Stonewalls and 22 by CJ’s. Pat Shannon scorched the ball for four hits for Stonewalls; John DeRosa, Dick Carson, Doug Stang and Dave Coward three; and Randy Morrison, Bill Kayhart and Fred Pendergrass two and a triple. Shannon and Stang chased in four runs, Carson three, and Pendergrass two. Doug Kemp, Larry Anspach and Pat Comerford zipped three hits for CJ’s with Anspach clouting a homerun. Teammates Bill DeNino, Don Schwartz, Randy Wesolowski and Ray Niemeyer had two hits. Niemeyer accounted for four RBIs, Comerford three, and Kemp, Dave Schott and Paul Womack two.

John Remhoff, playing as a sub for DaVinci’s, is out at first as Sand Bar’s Mike Garofalo stretches to make the out.

Mango’s, 27; Joey’s Pizza, 12

Warren Uhl pulverized the ball giving him four hits in the game, including three homeruns, one being a grand slam. Ed Caster contributed to the onslaught with three hits, which also included a grand slam homer. Tom Grucci had three hits with a solo homerun, and John Robichaud smacked a two-run homerun.  Other Mango's players with multiple hits were Bill Miller, Tom Parker and Bob Herman with three. Uhl racked up seven RBIs; Caster four; Robichaud three; and Miller and Grucci two. Paul Vorwick of Joey's smoked out four hits, with one being a homerun and another a triple. Nick Brooks and Jim O’Meara had three hits in the loss; Steve Clark, Jim Baumann and Denny Davis two, with Clark and Baumann hammering a homerun.  Clark and Baumann had three RBIs. Joe Barry, who tripled, had two.


Moose Lodge, 18; Doreen’s, 14

Jack Stevenson drilled four hits for Moose Lodge while Dan O’Sullivan, Huck McPhee, Joe Callahan and Gary Badger had three. Stevenson, O’Sullivan and Callahan each clocked a homerun. O’Sullivan and Badger had three RBIs, with Callahan having two. Dick DeAnna continued to smoke the ball for Doreen’s with four hits in the game. Butch Monson and Bob Grimm had three, with Denny Lello hoisting a homerun and John Ranieri a triple. Monson accounted for three RBIs; DeAnna, Ranieri, and Ed Dreyfus two.

American Legion, 12; Moose Lodge, 7

Alan Schneider and Mick Keller popped four hits each, with Keller driving in seven runs to keep the American Legion recorded unblemished. The Moose Lodge had Joe Callahan nail the ball for three hits; team members Dan O’Sullivan, Dan Cody, and Dick DeAnna had two. DeAnna smashed a triple while Tony Brock plated three runs in the loss.

American Legion, 15; Doreen’s, 14

The American Legion capitalized on 13 walks being issued, coupled with three hits each by Al Bozzo, Alan Schneider, Bill Dauch and Ron Burger to squeeze out the win against Doreen’s. Charles Pineno was credited with five RBIs; Schneider four, Burger and Steve Slaggie two. Ed Dreyfus, Denny Lello, Butch Monson and Paul Burnett lined three hits for Doreen’s, with Monson whacking a triple; Dick DeAnna, Ray Malone, Jerry Kratz, and Don Mandette had two. Monson and Burnett plated four runs each; Lello and Lee Dilk two.


Nacho Mama’s, 16; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 7

Dave Manzello fired off four hits and Steve Hummel three, with one being triple in Nacho’s win. Manzello drove in three runs; Tom Polston, John Gross, Jim Stewart and Rob Mann two. Dean Stone had three hits for the Bank, with Jon Wiseman clouting a homerun and a triple. Ed Kingsbury also had a triple in the fourth consecutive loss for the Bank.

Speakeasy, 16; Brewery, 5

Bruce Chambers pitched another gem of a game for Speakeasy. He was supported by three hits apiece from Mike Shone, Dan Marinelli, Tom Buettner and John Remhoff, with Buettner smacking a triple. Tom Angelo picked up three RBIs in the game; Shone, Buettner, and Remhoff two. George Grygorcewicz had a triple for the Brewery, and John Haskins two RBIs.

Lee Dilk streaks down the first base line, beating the attempt of put out by the Moose Lodge’s Jerry Kratz.

Sand Bar, 18; DaVinci’s, 6

Sand Bar made the most of eight errors and four hits from Tom Whitlock, coupled with three hits each from Jim George, Don O’Connell, and Mike Endelman. Tom Vander Aarde drove in three; George and Mike Garofalo two. Tom Tankersley and Grady Fuller had three hits for DaVinci’s with Ralph Sieja having two RBIs.

Sand Bar, 17; Speakeasy, 13                

Sand Bar’s Lou Marinaccio and Tom Vander Aarde drilled four hits with Don O’Connell and Jim Vitas having three. Marinaccio, who had a triple included in his hits, drove three runs along with Vander Aarde, O’Connell and Vitas; Charlie Lamb had two RBIs. Dave Johnson, Andre Paquette, John Remhoff and Bruce Chambers had three hits for Speakeasy. Paquette, Tom Angelo and Bob Grant each crushed a triple, with Grant picking up four RBIs, Paquette three and Remhoff two.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 12; Brewery, 11

The game went into extra innings with Brewery scoring two runs in the top of the 10th inning only to have the Bank score three in the bottom of the inning, with Joe Rocco driving in the winning run. Bill Thompson ripped four hits for the Bank while Rich Krumholz had three. Rick DiStasio smashed a triple and had two RBIs, as did Thompson and Tom Bishard. Tom Gazzillo had three hits for Brewery; he and George Grygorcewicz each crushed a triple. Mike Schwab, Jim Ramage, Paul Shelton and Jim Williams drove in two runs in the loss.

Nacho Mama’s, 24; DaVinci’s, 5

Nachos clubbed DaVinci’s into mercy rule ending at the end of eight innings. Tom Polston and George Schnorr lashed out four hits and Jack O’Brien had three hits. Polston and John Gross blasted a home run, with Polston’s being a grand slam. Polston chalked up five RBIs; Gross, Gary Revall, Jimmy Cuevas and George Schnorr three; and Pete Oellrich two. Phil Holmes had three hits for DaVinci’s, Craig Cunningham smacked a homerun and Ralph Sieja chased in two runs.


Nacho Mama's / 6 / 2

Sand Bar / 6 / 2   

Speakeasy / 5 / 3                    

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 4 / 4 

DaVinci’s / 3 / 5

Brewery / 0 / 8


Stonewalls / 7 / 2

Salty Dog / 6 / 3

Mango’s / 5 / 4  

Crazy Flamingo’s / 4 / 5                 

Joey’s Pizza / 3 / 6                                             

CJ’s on the Bay / 2 / 7      


American Legion / 5 / 0

Moose Lodge / 3 / 3

Doreen’s / 0 / 5