Senior Softball: It’s a clean sweep

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

The 2018 Marco Island Senior Softball League season ended with 2Shea's Salty Dog, American Legion Post #404 and The Speakeasy each winning their division's tournament as well as winning their respective divisional season championship. This was the first time all three Divisions had the same team winning both championships in the same the same season.

The Speakeasy Island Division tournament championship team, from left, standing: Larry Anspach, Dan Marinelli, Jerry Engel, Bob Williams, Bob Grant, Tom Angelo, Michael Shone, Rod Lashley, Tom Buettner and Bruce Chambers. Kneeling: John Remhoff, Andre Paquette, Dave Johnson, Mgr. Ray Kane and Mike Puskar.

The Marco Men's Senior Softball League would like thank all our team sponsors, the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, the Marco Eagle and all our fans for all their support in making 2018 another successful season. You can find more information on our 2018 season by going to the league website

Tournament games


CJ’s on the Bay, 9; Crazy Flamingo’s, 7    

The game was nip and tuck throughout the game. The score was 7-5 in favor of CJ’s entering the last inning of the game when Ed Kopecky came through with a clutch double driving in two runs giving CJ’s a 9-5 lead. Flamingo’s came back in the bottom of inning scoring two runs. They had the tying runs on base when CJ’s left fielder Dave Schott made a game ending stab of line drive off the bat of Tom Purtell for the game ending out eliminating Crazy Flamingo’s from the Tournament.  CJ’s had Doug Kemp, Bill DiNeno, Larry Anspach, and Paul Womack with two hits. Schott blasted a two run homerun and Kemp a triple. Flamingo’s had John Hollerbach line three hit and Frank Dooley two, with two of Hollerbach’s hits being a triple giving him two RBIs in the game.                      

2Shea’s Salty Dog, Marco Division tournament championship team, from left, standing: Statistician  Sherri Mann, Gary Grefer, Bob Traver, Mgr. Tom Loiacono, Ralph Leiterding, Joe Cervelli, Pat Comerford,  Asst. Mgr. Ron Irwin, and Coach Rob Mann; kneeling, Dan Marinelli Ray Zielinski, George Lancaster Angelo Polizzi, Jan Grossman, Geoff Bentley, Larry Wildes, and Pat Romzek.

Salty Dog, 19; CJ’s on the Bay, 9                                         

The Dogs cruised to the Tournament Championship behind the hitting of Gray Grefer and Larry Wildes who both slashed three hits while Geoff Bentley Pat Comerford, Ray Zielinski and Angelo Polizzi had two. Grefer whacked a triple and had two RBI along with Wildes, Comerford, and Bob Traver. CJ’s had Doug Kemp, Dave Schott, Larry Anspach, Ed Kopecky and Mike Arnold with two hits, with Schott mashing a triple and Randy Wesolowski had two RBIs.                                                                               


Doreen’s, 14; American Legion, 3  

Doreen’s had Jerry Lenhoff, Denny Lello, Butch Monson and Ed Dreyfus drill three hits apiece with Dick DeAnna, Paul Burnett and Lee Dilk having two. Lenhoff, Monson and Burnett whacked a homerun with Monson also having a triple. Monson drove in five runs, Lenhoff three, and Burnett two.  Dave Banghart torched the ball for four hits which included a homerun and two RBI in the game for the American Legion. Al Bozzo continued his hot batting streak with three hits and Mick Keller had two in the loss.


Doreen’s, 20; Moose Lodge, 14

Doreen’s sent the Moose back into the woods until next season with their single game elimination loss. Paul Burnett, John Ranieri, and Ray Malone all zinged three hits for Doreen’s; Dick Deanna, Denny Lello, Ed Dreyfus, Bob Grimm and Rick Condle had two. Malone clocked a homerun with Deanna and Monson smacking a triple. Malone ended the day having four RBI, DeAnna and Ranieri three; Burnett, Dreyfus, and Condle two. The Moose had Gary Badger pepper the bal for three hits while Leroy Fishleigh, Tom Patterson, Joe Callahan, Dan Cody, Tony Brock, Jim Adams, John Gill and Charles Pineno had two. Callahan had three RBI with Tom Patterson who mashed a triple, having two RBI as did Dan O’Sullivan and Tony Brock.

American Legion, 12; Doreen’s, 4

In winning the Gulf Coast Tournament the American Legion Post added this Championship to their regular season Division Championship.  As has been the case for most of the season, Al Bozzo led the American Legion stroking three hits; Dave Banghart, Alan Schneider, Mick Keller, Gregg Graycarek, Ron Burger and Tony Brock had two hits. Banghart, Bozzo and Keller each drove in two runs.  Butch Monson clouted a three run homerun as part of his three hits for Doreen’s, Paul Burnett and Lee Dilk having two hits.


Speakeasy, 17; Sand Bar, 16 

It was and old time bar room brawl with the Speakeasy pounding the Sand Bar early taking an early 12-3 at the end of three innings, only to see the Sand Bar comeback swinging and having the game tied at the end of seven innings 15-15. Sand Bar took a one run lead in the top of the ninth only to see Andre Paquette deliver the knockout blow driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for Speakeasy. Paquette, Tom Angelo, John Remhoff and Mike Puskar had three hits with Angelo clouting a homerun. Paquette, Angelo and Puskar each drove in three runs and Remhoff two. Jim Stewart knocked out four hits for Sand Bar and Don O’Connell three. One of O’Connell hits was a grand slam homerun giving him four RBI; Jim George, Lou Marinaccio, and Tom Whitlock had two.

Brewery, 14; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 11

The Brewery had Mike Schwab and Paul Shelton each nailed three hits in cashing out the Bank’s season eliminating them from the tournament. Jim Ramage had four runs driven in, John Haskins three; Schwab, Shelton, Frank Tedesco, and Perry Baptiste two. Bill Thompson blistered the ball for five hits with Joe Rocco and Rick DiStasio having three with Dean Stone driving in five runs.

American Legion Post 404, Gulf Coast division tournament championship team, from left, standing: Ron Burger, Mgr. Pat Reese, Tony Brock, Al Bozzo, Jim Conway, Dan Callahan, Jack Patterson Coach, Charles Pineno,  Bill Dauch and Gregg Graycarek; kneeling: Mick Keller, John Gill, Dom Fiorda, Steve Slaggie, Dave Banghart, Alan Schneider and Rick Condle.

Brewery, 11; Sand Bar, 10

The all sand ran out of the hourglass for the 2018 season on Sand Bar when the Brewery handed them their second consecutive one run defeat in the tournament. Jim Williams lined three hits to pace the Brewery. Murphy Knapke launched a three run homerun while George Grygorcewicz, Frank Tedesco, and Jim Ramage each chased in two runs in the win. Jim George, Wayne Bombaci, and John Gross stroked three hits for Sand Bar with Gross hoisting a solo homerun. Bombaci, Don O’Connell and Tom Whitlock drove in two runs.

Speakeasy, 22; Brewery, 12                                                  

The game was tied at the end of the four innings 10-10. Speakeasy then scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth and cruised to the Tournament Championship giving them both the regular season Division and Tournament Championships. The “brute” Tom Buettner flexed his muscles with three hits which included two doubles and a thunderous blast to left field which just missed clearing the fence but was still a homerun.  Teammates Dan Marinelli, Andre Paquette and John Remhoff also had three hits. Buettner racked up four RBI, Marinelli, Paquette, Dave Johnson and winning pitcher Bruce Chambers had three; Remhoff, Bob Grant and Mike Puskar two. Jim Ramage drilled four hits for the Brewery with George Grygorcewicz and John Haskins having three. Ramage, Tom Gazzillo and Jim Williams each cracked a triple. Gazzillo drove in three runs, Haskins, Ramage and Williams two.

Mike Galatis of Crazy Flamingo's rips the ball down the third base Line in tournament game against CJ's on the Bay.


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American Legion* / 12 / 5                 

Doreen’s / 7 / 10

Moose Lodge / 7 / 11

*Divisional champion