Senior Softball: American Legion Post is Gulf Coast divisional champions

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle
American Legion Post are the 2019 Gulf Coast divisional champions. From left, back: 
Al Bozzo, Mike Gallagher, Doug Patton (coach), Darryl Judson (coach), Tony Brock, Bill Diamond, Dan Callahan, Jack Patterson (coach), Charles Pineno and Jerry Lenhoff; front: 
Manager Jim Conway, Trish Conway (statistician), Leon Schmitt, Paul Burnett, Tom Patterson and Dick DeAnna.

The American Legion Post clinched the Gulf Coast divisional championship with one game still to be played in their 2019 season edging out the second team Doreen’s. They now move on to the single elimination tournament championship game scheduled for 9 a.m., Monday March.

In tournament play Stonewall has moved on to the championship game in the Marco Division after sending the Marco divisional champion Mango's into the loser bracket to face Mutual of Omaha Mutual Bank. The winner of that game will face Stonewalls in the championship game.

In the Island Division Tournament DaVinci’s the Island divisional champions are playing the Brewery with the winner moving on to the championship game at 9 a.m., Tuesday March 26.

Jim Conway, Manager for the American Legion Post, is presented the Gulf Coast dvisional championship trophy from League Commissioner Bill Shurina.


Mango’s, 8; Snook Inn, 1    

Mango’s scored three runs in the first inning more than enough for their win. Todd Whitney was the catalyst in the win with three hits, which included thumping a homerun, giving him and Bruce Winer three RBI. Mango’s pitcher Ed Kopecky held the Snook Inn to nine hits which include John Cavanagh cracking a triple for the Snook‘s only run.

Stonewalls, 10; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 9

The lead flipped back and forth with the Bank tying the game in the top of the seventh inning 9-9 only to have Stonewalls score the tie breaking run on a colossal shot off the bat of Tim Rose in the bottom of the seventh for the walk off win. Rose smoked the ball having four hits which included a three-run bullet homerun, with Pat Shannon mashing a triple. Rose accounted for five runs driven in Shannon two. Steve Friend stung the ball for four hits for the Bank while Rob Mann had three. Friend and Robert Stried each walloped a homerun. Friend had three RBI in the game and Stried two.

Snook Inn, 15; Crazy Flamingo’s, 11

The Snook Inn had Fred Pendergrass and John Ranieri having three hits. Pendergrass and Brian Maguire each clocked a homerun, Maguire’s a two-run shot. Steven Chasin drove home three runs; Maguire, John Barrett and John Cavanagh two. Flamingo’s had John Hollerbach, John Wood, and Joe Cervelli with three hits with George Lancaster whacking a triple. Joe Kruse had three RBI and Lancaster two. The loss was the second in the tournament for Flamingo’s and end their season in the double elimination tournament.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10; Joey’s Pizza, 9

It was another epic battle between the two teams with the Bank pulling out the win on a Butch Coursen base hit in the bottom of the seventh after Joey’s had tied the game up 9-9 in the top of the seventh. Tom Purtell lined four hits for the Bank and Tom Loiacono had three with Coursen pounding a triple in addition to his game win hit. Purtell, Coursen and Alan Schneider all had two RBI. Joe Barry had three hits for Joey’s and two RBI with Tom McCullough hoisting a solo homerun. This was Joey’s second loss and was eliminated from the tournament.

Stonewalls, 9; Mango’s, 3

The game was dominated by pitching from both teams (Lou Wolfenson for Stonewalls and Ed Kopecky for Mango’s) and fine defensive plays by both sides.  Stonewalls had a five run fourth inning which increased their lead to 6-0 and the Divisional Champions Mango’s could not respond losing their first game in the double elimination tournament sending Stonewalls into the Championship game. Steve Hemberger had two RBI for Stonewalls.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 12; Snook Inn, 3  

The Bank sent the Snook Inn packing for the season by handing them their second loss in the Tournament. Ray Niemeyer helped with the packing having had three hits for the Bank. Other Bank contributors were Steve Friend, Butch Coursen, Rob Mann, Bob Smith and Al Schneider all with two RBI. The Bank’s pitcher Tom Bowers struggled early with his control but settled in to pitch a five hitter against the Snook Inn.                                                               


Doreen’s, 10; Moose Lodge, 5

Denny Lello of Doreen’s had three hits and Butch Monson clocked a booming homerun in the win. Lello chase in three runs Monson, Mick Keller and Jerry Lenhoff two runs. The Moose Lodge had Dan O’Sullivan whack a triple and Dom Fiorda drive in two runs in the loss.

American Legion, 16; Moose Lodge, 11

The American Legion moved back into first place with their win over the Moose Lodge. Leon Schmitt and Jim Conway paced the Legion with three hits each with Jerry Lenhoff belting a homerun and Tony Brock crushing a triple. Lenhoff, Brock and Bill Diamond chased in three runs; Schmitt and Dick DeAnna two. The Moose had Gary Badger with a big game banging out four hits and Leroy Fishleigh three. Frank Flint swatted the ball for a triple giving him and Don Mandetta three RBI in the game while Badger had two.

American Legion, 15; Moose Lodge, 11

The Moose Lodge took an early lead in the game before the American Legion stage a comeback rally in not only winning the game but the Gulf Coast Divisional Champion. Jim Conway and Tom Patterson each had three hits for the American Legion. Teammates Paul Burnett clouted a three homerun and Jerry Lenhoff a two run homer, while Tony Brock and Charles Pineno whacked a triple. Pineno and Lenhoff had three RBI and Brock two. The Moose had Butch Monson smacking a triple with Gary Badger and Leroy Fishleigh driving in three runs, Bill Dauch and Jerry Kratz two.


DaVinci’s, 23; Speakeasy, 9  

DaVinci’s bombarded the Speakeasy with thirty-one hits. Don O’Connell and Jack Tizio ripped the ball for five hits apiece, Chris Flynn and Art Sinisi four, Craig Cunningham and Gary Revall three in the win for DaVinci’s. Cunningham, O’Connell and Dan Gulick each crushed a triple. Gulick chalked up six RBI, Cunningham and Sinisi four, Revall three, O’Connell and Jim Dorey two. Rod Lashley punched out four hits for Speakeasy with Frank Tedesco smacking a triple.

Brewery, 20; Salty Dog, 16

The teams kept trading the lead throughout the game until the Brewery scored five runs in the sixth to take command. Jim George, Herman Griffith and John Gross each unleashed four hits with Jimmy Cuevas and Dan Dumbauld having three. Dumbauld who belted a homerun had three RBI along with Gross and Jim Williams; George, Griffith, Jim Stewart and Mike Endelman two. Jim Ramage had three hits for Speakeasy with Bill Novakovich slamming a homerun. Ramage chased in four runs; Novakovich, Jack Marin, and John Rysak two.


DaVinci’s* / 16 / 4

Brewery / 12 / 8

Salty Dog / 10 / 10

Sand Bar / 8 / 12

Speakeasy / 8 / 12

Nacho Mama's / 6 / 14                                             



Mango’s* / 15 / 5 

Stonewalls / 13 / 7

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 12 / 8

Joey’s Pizza /10 / 10

Snook Inn / 8 / 12

Crazy Flamingo’s / 2 / 18        



American Legion* / 10 / 7

Doreen’s / 9 / 8

Moose Lodge / 7 / 11

Divisional winners*