Senior Softball: Season rapidly coming to an end

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

With the tournament in full swing many teams have already seen their season come to a conclusion.

In the Island Division DaVinci's and Nacho Mama's were both eliminated from the tournament having incurred two loses.

In the Marco Division Joey's Pizza, Mango's and Stonewalls have been eliminated. The Gulf Coast Division will have a single elimination Tournament with the winner of the Moose Lodge and Doreen's playing the Tournament Championship game against the Divisional Champions American Legion Post #404.

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Salty Dog, 22; CJ’s on the Bay, 7

The Salty Dog ended the game on the mercy rule and gave CJ’s their first loss in the double elimination tournament. In an overall team effort Tom Loiacono, Bob Traver, George Lancaster and Pat Comerford nailed three hits with Gary Grefer, Larry Wildes, Pat Romzek, Joe Cervelli and Angelo Polizzi having two. Comerford launched a two-run homerun while Grefer and Wildes cracked a triple. Wildes had five RBI, Jan Grossman four, Loiacono three, Grefer, Romzek and Comerford two.  Randy Wesolowski and Chet Dal Bianco had three hits for CJ’s; Bill DiNeno and Dave Schott two. Schott and Wesolowski thumped a homerun, with having two RBI along with Ray Niemeyer.

Crazy Flamingo’s, 16; Mango’s, 4

The Crazy bird kept pecking away at Mango’s while their pitcher Joe Furst limited Mango’s to seven hits. Tom Purtell, Mark Waks and Butch Coursen lined three hits with Furst, Mario Lucca, Mike Galatis, and Bob Levasseur having two. Furst walloped a home run and had four RBIs, Levasseur and Robert Stried three, and John Hollerbach two. Jim Battye had two RBIs for Mango’s.

CJ’s on the Bay, 17; Joey’s Pizza, 2

CJ’s ended Joey’s season after six innings sending them to the showers and ending their 2018 season on the mercy ruling. Larry Anspach was the winning pitcher tossing a five hitter. Anspach helped his cause lashing four hits one being a triple with Bill DiNeno also having four hits; teammates Doug Kemp, Don Schwartz, Randy Wesolowski, Ed Kopecky and Chet Dal Bianco had two hits with Wesolowski banging a homerun. Anspach accounted for five runs being driven in, Schwartz and Wesolowski three, Kopecky and Fred Kramer two. Joey’s had Denny Davis with two hits in their season finale.

Mango’s, 18; Stonewalls, 16                         

Mango’s eliminated Stonewalls from the tournament despite a last ditch rally in the top of seventh by Stonewalls when they scored four runs. Warren Uhl and Jim White lined three hits for Mango’s, while Jim Battye, Ed Caster, John Robichaud and Tom Grucci had two. Uhl and White drove in three runs, Bob Herman and Leon Schmitt two. Stonewall’s Fred Pendergrass and Nick Brooks stroked three hits; Dick Carson, John DeRosa, Bill Kayhart, Dave Coward, and Bob Smith two with Smith cracking a triple. Kayhart chased in three runs; DeRosa, Coward and John Wood two.

Salty Dog, 16; Crazy Flamingo’s, 1                                      

The Salty Dog chewed up Flamingo’s ended the game by the mercy rule after six innings, placing them into the Tournament Championship game undefeated. Tom Loiacono and Geoff Bentley lined three hits apiece, and Pat Comerford, Ralph Leiterding and Jan Grossman had two. Bentley and George Lancaster each belted a homerun giving Bentley five RBI in the game, Lancaster three; Comerford, Bob Traver, and Larry Wildes two. Winning pitcher Angelo Polizzi limited Flamingo’s to eight hits two coming from the bat of Frank Dooley.

CJ’s on the Bay, 17; Mango’s, 9

CJ’s used three five innings to end Mango’s 2018 season giving them their second loss in the tournament.  Dave Schott and Paul Womack drilled three hits for CJ’s while Doug Kemp, Bill DeNino, Don Schwartz, Randy Wesolowski, Larry Anspach, Ray Niemeyer, Mike Arnold and Fred Kramer provided two hits. DiNeno and Schott walloped a homerun, Anspach and Niemeyer a triple. Schott pate four runs in the game, DiNeno, Anspach and Niemeyer three, and Arnold two. Mango’s had Ed Caster, John Robichaud, Jim White and Leon Schmitt with two hits. Warren Uhl hammered a homerun and had four RBI and Robichaud three. CJ’s on the Bay will now play Crazy Flamingo to see who gets to play the Salty Dog in the tournament Championship game.                                                                                   


Doreen’s, 19; Moose Lodge, 18                       

Denny Lello and John Ranieri punched out four hits for Doreen’s; Jerry Lenhoff, Butch Monson, Ed Dreyfus, and Bill Moors three. Lello and Monson launched a homerun with Monson having five RBI in the game, Lello, Lenhoff, Ranieri, Dreyfus, and Bob Grimm two. Moose had Gary Badger, Jerry Kratz, and Leroy Fishleigh with three hits. Tom Patterson, Dan O’Sullivan, Joe Callahan, and Jim Adams all had two RBI in the loss.

American Legion, 13; Moose Lodge, 8

Al Bozzo fired off four hits, which included a homerun, to lead the American Legion while Alan Schneider and Mick Keller had three; Charles Pineno, Gregg Graycarek and Steve Slaggie two. Bozzo chased in four runs, Keller and Bill Dauch who had crushed a triple, three runs, Leroy Fishleigh, Tom Patterson, Jerry Lenhoff, and Ray Malone had two hits for the Moose, with Tony Brock having triple. Patterson had four RBI and Brock two.

Speakeasy, 13; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 8

Tom Buettner and Andre Paquette sparked the Speakeasy attack with three hits, while teammate Tom Angelo drove in three runs, Paquette and Dan Marinelli two. Winning pitcher Bruce Chambers did not allow any Bank batter to more then two hits. Ed Kingsbury had three RBI and Dean Stone two in the loss.  


Sand Bar faced Nacho Mama's with a final score of 19 to 10 in SB's favor.


Sand Bar, 19; Nacho Mama’s, 10


Tom Whitlock tagged the ball for four hits in Sand Bar’s win with Wayne Bombaci, Jim George, Lou Marinaccio, Jeff Kaczka and John Remhoff having three. Don O’Connell and Mike Endelman each smacked a homerun with Endelman also having a triple. George and Kaczka chased in four runs, Marinaccio and O’Connell three. Besides his offensive contribution Marinaccio made a number of key defensive plays in the outfield for Sand Bar, one being throwing out a runner at home plate from right center field. Tom Polston and Jimmy Cuevas had three hits each for Nacho Mama’s. Polston and Dave Manzello each launched a homerun. Poston and Cuevas had two RBIs.   

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 21; DaVinci’s, 6

The Bank concluded DaVinci’s season handing them their second loss of the tournament on the mercy rule. The Bank clobbered four homeruns two which were grand slam homeruns one by Joe Rocco and the other by Jim Gilligan, a three run shot from Jon Wiseman, and two run homerun from John Toti.  Wiseman and Rich Krumholz ripped four hits; Bill Thompson, Dean Stone, and Tom Bishard three with Herman Griffith smacking a triple. Rocco and Gilligan had four RBI, Wiseman three, Griffith, Thompson and Toti. Chuck Reich had three hits for DaVinci’s with Nick Jacullo hoisting a two-run homerun.

Brewery, 25; Nacho Mama’s, 18

The Brewery took advantage of 31 hits and seven walks to send Nacho’s to the showers ending their 2018 season with the team’s second loss in the tournament.  Mike Schwab and George Grygorcewicz tagged four hits each for the Brewery while John Haskins, Bill Wright, John Rysak, and Paul Shelton had three. Schwab and Wright launched homeruns and Murph Knapke a triple. Grygorcewicz accounted for five runs crossing home plate, Haskins and Wright four, Perry Baptiste two. Tom Polston stung the ball for four hits one being a homerun, with Jimmy Cuevas and Jack O’Brien having three hits for Nacho’s. Polston racked up seven RBI; Cuevas, Steve Hummel, Gary Revall, and Jim Stewart had two RBIs.           


American Legion* / 12 / 4                       

Moose Lodge / 7 /11

Doreen’s / 6 / 10

* Divisional Champion


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