Senior Softball: American Legion record remains perfect

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

With the first quarter of the season, almost completed, the American Legion Post has a perfect 3-0 record.

In the Marco Division the Salty Dog and Stonewalls are tied for first with a 4-2 record. The Island Division has three teams tied for first Nacho Mama's, Sand Bar and Speakeasy all with a 4-2 record.

 More information on the league can be obtained from the League website marcoseniorsoftballleague.com including more pictures, team schedules and rosters.

Speedy Rick Benedetti of Nacho Mama’s races toward third base on his way too scoring a run against Mutual of Omaha Bank.



Mango’s, 7; CJ’s on the Bay, 3

Ed Caster, John Robichaud, and Jeff Dougherty lead Mango’s with two hits apiece while Warren Uhl was credited for three RBIs in a low scoring game. Doug Kemp pumped out three hits for CJ’s with Randy Wesolowski, Ray Niemeyer and Don Schwartz having two. Niemeyer drove in all three of CJ’s runs.

Salty Dog, 17; Stonewalls, 2                                                        

The Salty Dog but the bite on Stonewalls ending the game due to the mercy rule. Geoff Bentley and Ray Zielinski stoked three hits as part of the Salty Dog’s twenty-three hit attack, with Tom Loiacono, Joe Cervelli, Bob Traver, Pat Comerford, Larry Wildes, Ralph Leiterding and winning pitcher Angelo Polizzi two. Traver, who whacked a triple and Polizzi had three RBIs; Leiterding and Zielinski two. 

Crazy Flamingo’s, 9; Joey’s Pizza, 8

Flamingo’s scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Joeys’ for the win after Joey’s had broken a 7-7 tie in the top of the seventh. Tom Purtell and Mark Waks had three hits for Crazy’s; Joe Kruse, John Hollerbach, John Rooksberry and Rick Larkin two. Waks and Hollerbach walloped a homerun with both having two RBIs in the game. Steve Clark and Nick Brooks nailed three hits for Joey’s; Joe Barry, Jim Baumann, Jim Green and Bill Kaschube had two. Clarke clouted a homerun and had three RBIs and Brooks two in the loss.

Joey’s Pizza, 21; Stonewalls, 18

Nick Brooks zinged out fours hits; Paul Vorwick, Steve Clark and Denny Davis, three while Joe Barry, Jim Baumann, Jim Green, and Bill Kaschube had two as part of Joey’s 25 hits. Clark had a homerun, Denny Davis two triple with Brooks and green having one. Brooks tallied up six RBIs, Clark and Davis four, Green and Kaschube two. Stonewalls pounded out homeruns, one each by Randy Morrison, Doug Stang, Jerry Cnudde, and Fred Pendergrass. Stang and Pat Shannon stroked four hits; Cnudde, Pendergrass, John DeRosa, and Rick Carson two. Stang and Carson had four RBIs, Morrison and Pendergrass two.

Crazy Flamingo’s, 13; Mango’s, 7

Flamingo’s Butch Coursen drove in five runs on two hits which included walloping a homerun. Teammates Bob Levasseur, Robert Stried, and John Hollerbach also had two hits with Levasseur having two RBIs. Bill Miller, Tom Parker, Ed Caster, Tom Grucci and Jeff Dougherty had two hits for Mango’s. Parker and John Robichaud triple and Parker had two RBIs.

CJ’s on the Bay, 17; Salty Dog, 13

Even after committing a total nine errors in the game that resulted in six unearned runs being scored in the third inning by the Salty Dog, CJ’s prevailed for the win. Doug Kemp and Dave Schott nailed three hits; Larry Anspach, Don Schwartz, Chet Dal Bianco, Fred Kramer and Mike Arnold two. Schott put a charge into the ball for three homerun giving him and Randy Wesolowski three RBIs; Kemp, Anspach, Arnold, Bill DiNeno and Jim Yount two. George Lancaster was the big dog for Salty’s with three hits which included whacking a three homerun giving him four RBIs while Bob Traver a two run homerun. Jan Grossman triple and Ralph Leiterding had two hits in the loss.     

Ralph Leiterding of alty Dog grabs a short fly ball in the outfield in front of teammate Bob Traver.



American Legion, 10; Moose Lodge, 8

A six run first inning and seven walks gave the American Legion the lead they need to hold off the Moose for the win.  Rick Condle, Steve Slaggie and Gregg Graycarek had two hits for Legion; Condle blasted a homerun and Ron Burger a triple. Burger amassed four RBIs and Condle three. Tom Patterson continued swinging a hot bat for the Moose having tree hits along with Joe Callahan and Gary Badger. Patterson had three RBIs and Leroy Fishleigh two.

American Legion, 23; Doreen’s, 114

The American Legion was issued 20 walks and walked away with the win. Allen Schneider had three hits in the win; Dave Banghart, Al Bozzo, Charlie Pineno, Mick Keller and Bill Dauch had two. Dauch clubbed two homeruns and had four RBIs; Banghart, Bozzo, Schneider and Pineno three, Keller two. Doreen’s John Ranieri peppered four hits, Dick DeAnna, Paul Burnett, and Ray Malone three; Butch Monson, Bob Grimm and Don Mandetta two. Grimm and Mandetta each teed up a homerun. Mandetta drove in four runs; Burnett, Grimm, Malone and Lee Dilk two.

Jan “Yogi” Grossman of the 2Shea’s Salty Dog strides into a pitch against Stonewalls and hitting a double.



Nacho Mama’s, 19; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 17

Nacho’s handed the Bank its first loss of the season with a come from behind win. Tom Polston, Gary Revall, Jack Martin peppered the ball for four hits; Rick Benedetti, Dave Manzello, and Pete Oellrich had three hits, with Jim Stewart crushing a triple in the win. Revall accounted for five RBIs, Manzello four and Martin two. Rich Krumholz and Rick DiStasio had three hits for the Bank with Joe Rocco hammering a three home runs giving him five RBIs, Herman Griffith chased in four runs, DiStasio and Dean Stone two.

Speakeasy, 19; Brewery, 13

Mike Shone and winning pitcher Bruce Chambers tagged the ball for four hits, Tom Angelo, Ray Kane, and Jerry Engel three with Dave Johnson hoisting a homerun. Shone, Engel and Andre Paquette picked up three RBIs, Chambers, Angelo, John Remhoff and Mike Puskar two. Mike Schwab ripped four hits for the Brewery with George Grygorcewicz and John Rysak having three. Rysak had four RBIs in the game and John Haskins two.

Sand Bar, 28; DaVinci’s, 15

Sand Bar  pummeled the ball for thirty-four hits with Lou Marinaccio tasering six hits, Tom Vander Aarde five; Don O’Connell, Jeff Kaczka, Tom Whitlock, Mike Garofalo  and Mike Endelman three. Garofalo and Wayne Bombaci each clouted a homerun. Marinaccio and Garofalo chased in four runs, O’Connell and Whitlock three, Vander Aarde and Bombaci two. Chris Flynn ripped four hits for DaVinci’s with Phil Holmes, Craig Cunningham, Nick Jacullo, and Tom Tankersley having three. Gary LaMotte had three RBIs, Jacullo, Tankersley, Jim Dorey and Tom Pugh two.

Sand Bar, 24; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 14

For the second consecutive game Sand Bar bats erupted for thirty-four hits. Wayne Bombaci and Mike Garofalo slammed five hits, Mike Endelman four; Lou Marinaccio. Jeff Kaczka, Jim Vitas, and Dan Dumbauld had three. Marinaccio smacked a grand slam homerun; Garofalo, Endelman, and Jim George each crushed a triple. Garofalo racked seven RBIs, Marinaccio and Endelman four; Kaczka, Bombaci and Charlie Lamb two. Jon Wiseman and Dean Stone had three hits for the Bank with Rich Krumholz thumping two triples. Wiseman had three RBIs; Krumholz, Herman Griffith and John Toti two.

Nacho Mama’s, 19; Brewery, 18

Both teams scored five runs in the ninth inning with Nacho’s runs giving them one more total runs for another come from behind win. Steve Hummel and Dave Manzello had three hits apiece for Nacho’s. Manzello launched a grand slam home run and Tom Polston a triple. Manzello accounted for five runs being driven in, Polston three, and Gary Revall two. Big George Grygorcewicz stroked four hits the Brewery with John Haskins and Tom Gazzillo having two with Grygorcewicz blasting homerun and Gazzillo a triple. Grygorcewicz and Perry Baptiste had three RBI, Jim Williams and Bill Wright two.

DaVinci’s, 17; Speakeasy, 14       

Jim Dorey lined four hits for DaVinci’s with Craig Cunningham and Phil Holmes having three. Cunningham and Nick Jacullo chased in four runs, Dorey and Holmes two. Speakeasy’s had three hits with Andre Paquette nailing a triple. Jerry Engel had two RBIs in the loss.

DaVinci’s, 21; Brewery, 15

DaVinci’s cashed in on eleven walks along with the bats of Nick Jacullo firing off five hits, John Barrett four, Phil Holmes and Grady Fuller three to beat the Brewery. Barrett who smashed a triple and Craig Cunningham had three RBIs; Jacullo, Fuller, and Chris Flynn two. Bill Wright tagged four hits for the Brewery; Mike Schwab and George Grygorcewicz three. Schwab, Jim Ramage and Jim Williams each slammed a homerun. Schwab ended the game with four RBIs, Grygorcewicz, Williams and Paul Shelton two.

Sand Bar, 13; Nacho Mama’s, 11

Lou Marinaccio bat remained smoking hot with four hits, Jeff Kaczka and Jim Vitas had three for Sand Bar. Marinaccio and Vitas both cracked a homerun. Kaczka drove in a total of five runs, Marinaccio three and Mike Garofalo two. John swatted the ball for four hits with Steve Hummel picking up three; Gross and Pete Oellrich had a triple for Nacho’s. Gross had three RBIs; Oellrich, Dave Manzello, and Jim Stewart two.

Speakeasy, 11; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10

Speakeasy scored two runs in the top of the ninth to edge the Bank for the win. Dan Marinelli banged out four hits, Mike Shone and Tom Buettner three with Buettner scorching a triple. Buettner accounted for five runs being driven in and Marinelli three. Joe Rocco blistered the ball getting four hits for the Bank, Jon Wiseman and Bill Thompson each had a homerun, giving Thompson, who had three hits, five RBIs and Wiseman two.  


Nacho Mama's / 4 / 2

Sand Bar / 4 / 2

Speakeasy / 4 / 2 

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 3 / 3  

DaVinci’s / 3 / 3

Brewery / 0 / 6



Salty Dog / 4 / 2

Stonewalls / 4 / 2

Crazy Flamingo’s / 3 / 3          

Mango’s / 3 / 3                     

CJ’s on the Bay / 2 / 4

Joey’s Pizza / 2 / 4                                                                  


American Legion / 3 / 0                       

Moose Lodge / 2 / 2

Doreen’s / 0 / 3