Senior Softball: Marco divisional races heat up

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

Having reached the mid-point in the 2018 season all three divisional titles are being hotly contested.

In the Island Division Sand Bar and Speakeasy are tied for first with Nacho Mama's and Mutual Of Omaha Bank only two games behind.

Bruce Chamber of Speakeasy is out on a close call at first due to the stretch of Nacho Mama’s Gary Revall.

The Marco Division has Salty Dog in first with Stonewalls one game behind and Crazy Flamingo's two games behind.

Currently the American Legion Post has a one and a half game lead on the Moose Lodge in the Gulf Coast Division.


Crazy Flamingo’s, 14; Stonewalls, 7

Robert Stried nailed three hits for Flamingo’s while Tom Purtell, Joe Kruse, Joe Furst, Butch Coursen, John Hollerbach, Mario Lucca, and Bob Levasseur two with Coursen and Hollerbach thumping a triple.  Furst drove home three runs; Purtell, Kruse and Levasseur two. John Woods had three hits and Pat Shannon two for Stonewalls with Shannon and Randy Morrison banging a homerun. Shannon had two RBIs in the loss.

Salty Dog, 21; Mango’s, 4                                                             

The Salty Dog pounded Mango’s in a mercy ruling game, based on 15 runs or more differential. The Dogs had 25 hits three each from Geoff Bentley, Ralph Leiterding, and Ray Zielinski. Teammates Tom Loiacono, Bob Traver, George Lancaster Joe Cervelli, Pat Comerford, Gary Grefer and Jan Grossman had two hits. Lancaster whacked a homerun and Bob Stried a triple. Traver, Lancaster, Comerford, and Leiterding added three RBI each to their stats, Loiacono and Stried two. Winning pitcher Angelo Polizzi limited Stonewalls to 11 hits two each coming from Jim Battye, Ed Caster and John Robichaud.

CJ’s on the Bay, 19; Joey’s Pizza, 17                                                          

CJ’s bats erupted for 25 hits, with Dave Schott and Larry Anspach ripping four hits; Doug Kemp, Randy Wesolowski and Mike Arnold three while Bill DiNeno, Ray Niemeyer and Paul Womack had two. Kemp hoisted a homerun and Anspach a triple. Anspach and Wesolowski pushed across four runs each; Kemp, DiNeno, and Chet Dal Bianco two. Jim Baumann lead Joey’s lining out four hits, Nick Brooks and Jim O’Meara three with Paul Vorwick, Steve Clark and Tom Grucci having two. Vorwick walloped two triple Joe Barry one. Vorwick tallied four RBI; Brooks, Baumann, and Grucci three, Frank Flint two.

Salty Dog, 16; Stonewalls, 12      

The Salty Dog used the long ball to take over solo possession of first place. George Lancaster whacked a three homerun, Pat Romzek and Larry Wildes two run homers, with Wildes, Joe Cervelli and Gary Grefer each having a triple for the Dog.  Pat Comerford lined three hits; Lancaster, Grefer, Wildes and Bob Traver two. Lancaster had three RBI, Cervelli, Wildes and Tom Loiacono two. Randy Morrison and Jerry Cnudde laced three hits for Stonewalls while Pat Shannon, John DeRosa, Doug Stang and Roger Fleming had two, with Morrison firing off a solo homerun. DeRosa chased in four runs in the loss.

Crazy Flamingo’s, 13; Mango’s, 7     

Mario Lucca led Flamingo’s to its win with three hits and driving in four runs. Teammates Rick Larkin and Mike Galatis had two hits with Butch Coursen having two RBI. Jim White stung the ball for three hits for Mango’s with Caster, Brian Maguire, and Jeff Dougherty having two; one of Maguire’s being a triple. Warren Uhl drove in three runs in the loss.

CJ’s on the Bay, 19; Joey’s Pizza, 8

CJ’s Doug Kemp and Don Schwartz spanked the ball for three hits with Schwartz smacking a grand slam homerun. Bill DiNeno, Ray Niemeyer and Robert Stried added two hits each, with Kemp and Niemeyer having two RBI and Schwartz five in the game. John Sherwin poked three hits for Joey’s; Nick Brooks, Jim Baumann, Denny Davis and Chris Flint had two, with Flint picking up two RBIs.


Moose Lodge, 5; Doreen’s, 4

The Moose Lodge scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the winning being walked in causing another heart breaking one run loss for Doreen’s. Leroy Fishleigh had dour hits four the Moose, while Jack Stevens, Dan O’Sullivan, Tony Brock and Gary Badger had two. Stevenson smacked a homerun and had three RBIs. Ed Dreyfus and John Ranieri had two hits for Doreen’s.

Moose Lodge, 24; American Legion, 7                                     

The Moose Lodge handed the American Legion their first loss of the season with the game ending after five innings due to the mercy rule. Tom Patterson and Tony Brock whipped out four hits apiece; Leroy Fishleigh, Gary Badger, Jack Stevenson, Don Mandetta and Joe Callahan pitched in with three, Stevenson and Callahan thumped a triple. Tony Brock had four RBI; O’Sullivan, Badger, and Mandetta three. Mick Keller had three RBIs for the American Legion, with Ron Burger hitting a triple.


Sand Bar, 21; Brewery, 5

Sand Bar bats recorded their seventh consecutive win behind a 31 hits onslaught. Wayne Bombaci and Mike Garofalo banged out five hits; Tom Vander Aarde, Mike Endelman, and Charlie Lamb had three with Garofalo and Tom Whitlock crushing a triple. Vander Aarde, Bombaci, and Jimmy Vitas had three RBI and Garofalo two. Big George Grygorcewicz had three hits for Brewery.

Speakeasy, 14; Nacho Mama’s, 5                                                              

Speakeasy had Dave Johnson, Dan Marinelli, Tom Buettner and Tom Angelo having three hits apiece, with Angelo cranking a triple. Angelo chased in four runs, Bob Williams three and Mike Shone two. Winning pitcher Bruce Chambers kept the slugging Nacho’s bat in check with exception of Jim Stewart who roughed him up for four hits. Gary Revall had two RBI in the loss.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 21; DaVinci’s, 19

The Bank was down 19-17 entering the top of the ninth when Ed Kingsbury came through in the clutch driving two runs to tie the game, which enabled Dean Stone to provide the heroics blasting a two run homerun to win the game. DaVinci’s loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth only to see Herman Griffith pitch out of the jam getting three consecutive outs. Rich Krumholz, Tom Bishard and Griffith drilled four hits with Bill Thompson, Jim Gilligan, and Rick DiStasio having three. Joe Rocco was the RBI leader with five, Krumholz, Griffith, Kingsbury, Stone, and John Toti had two. Chris Flynn and Craig Cunningham stroked four hits for DaVinci’s, Tom Tankersley and Chuck Reich had three with one Reich being a homerun. Tankersley ended the game having chased in four runs; Cunningham, Nick Jacullo, Gary LaMotte and Tom Pugh two.

Speakeasy, 14; DaVinci’s, 9          

Dave Johnson and Mike Shoney ripped four hits while Tom Buettner had three which included a triple and a homerun for Speakeasy; Tom Angelo also had a triple. Buettner racked up six RBI, Shone and Dan Marinelli two.  DaVinci’s had Jim Dorey and Phil Holmes punch out four hits; Chris Flynn, Craig Cunningham and Ralph Sieja three with Chuck Reich smacking a triple. Holmes had four RBIs.

Sand Bar, 15; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10                               

Sand Bar won their eighth consecutive game behind the hitting of Lou Marinaccio four hits and three hits each from Tom Vander Aarde and Charlie Lamb who both cracked a triple. Vander Aarde drove in four runs, Jeff Kaczka three and two each for Lamb and Mike Garofalo. Rich Krumholz, Herman Griffith and Ed Kingsbury had three hits for the Bank. Dean Stone and Rick DiStasio each hammered a homerun for the Bank with Stone having four RBI, Krumholz and DiStasio two.

Brewery, 22; Nacho Mama’s, 21              


Perry Baptiste drove in both the tying and winning run with his double in the bottom of the ninth inning in giving the Brewery their first win of the season. The bats of Brewery came alive with twenty-nine hits in the game with Tom Gazzillo scorching the ball for our hits; George Grygorcewicz, John Haskins, Jim Williams, John Rysak and Baptiste had three with Mike Schwab hoisting homerun. Gazzillo,  Grygorcewicz, and Paul Shelton had three RBI, Baptiste and Bill Wright two. Nacho’s had Steve Hummel, Jim Stewart and Jack Martin with three hits, while Gary Revall and Tom Polston each thumped a homerun and Martin had triple. Jimmy Cuevas picked up three RBI in the game; Revall, Stewart, Martin, Jack O’Brien and George Schnorr two.                  

Speakeasy, 21; Sand Bar, 3

Speakeasy moved into tie for first with the team’s mercy win after eight innings pounding thirty-one hits. Dave Johnson lead the offensive attack blistering five hits, Dan Marinelli and Bob Grant had four; Tom Buettner, Tom Angelo and John Remhoff three. Buettner, who whacked a triple, had five runs driven in, Marinelli four, Angelo three, Johnson and Grant two.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10; Nacho Mama’s, 9                     

In a game that could have gone either way the Bank survived two bases loaded jams with no outs against the meat of Nacho’s order for the win behind the pitching of Herman Griffith and the Bank’s defense. Jon Wiseman and Ed Kingsbury had three hits for the Bank, with Dean Stone belting another homerun and ended the game with five RBIs, Kingsbury had two. Rick Benedetti had three hits for Nacho’s; Steve Hummel cracked a two-run homerun for his two RBI, Dave Manzello and Pete Oellrich also had two RBI in the loss.

Brewery, 22; DaVinci’s, 7              

Brewery Bats continued to sizzle scoring twenty-two runs in back to back games and ending this one on the mercy rule. Paul Shelton smoked the ball for four hits; Tom Gazzillo, Mike Schwab, Perry Baptiste, and Frank Tedesco had three, with Baptiste crushing a triple. Schwab chalked up six RBIs, Gazzillo five; Tedesco, John Haskins and John Rysak two.  Nick Jacullo and Gary LaMotte had two RBIs for DaVinci’s.

Mango’s Ed Caster is focused on slamming the ball for a base hit.



Sand Bar / 8 / 3

Speakeasy / 8 / 3 

Nacho Mama's / 6 / 5                   

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 6 / 5                                                             

DaVinci’s / 3 / 8

Brewery / 2 / 9



Salty Dog / 8 / 3

Stonewalls / 7 / 4

Crazy Flamingo’s / 6 / 5          

Mango’s / 5 / 6

CJ’s on the Bay / 4 / 7       

Joey’s Pizza / 3 / 8                                                                  



American Legion / 5 / 1                       

Moose Lodge / 4 / 3

Doreen’s / 0 / 5