Senior Softball: Da Vinci's continues to roll

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle

This past week saw Da Vinci's improve their record to 11-1 and open a four and half game lead in the Island Division when they knocked second place Brewery in an extra inning game. Mango's is hanging on top by one game over Stonewalls in the Marco Division.

Mark Comolli legs out a base hit just before Snook Inn’s John Cavanagh catches the ball at first base.

In the Gulf Division the American Legion Post has a game and half lead over Doreen's.

Due to rainouts and field maintenance our league schedules have changed. Go to our website for the updated schedules by Division and additional information on our league


Mutual of Omaha Bank, 15; Crazy Flamingo’s, 0

The Bank trounced Flamingo’s with the mercy rule at the end of five innings. Rob Mann lined four hits and Tom Purtell three, one a triple, for the Bank. Butch Coursen and Robert Stried and Ray Niemeyer had three RBI, Purtell and Mann two. Winning pitcher Larry Anspach tossed a five hitter and was assisted by two double plays turned by Niemeyer.

Stonewalls, 17; Snook Inn, 6 

Dave Droddy ripped the ball for five hits with Don Schwartz having four and Pat Shannon three for Stonewalls. Schwartz and Tom Grucci chased in three runs; Steve Hemberger, Lou Wolfenson and Mark Comolli two. Winning pitcher Lou Wolfenson scattered 12 hits by Snook in players.

Mango’s, 18; Joey’s Pizza, 15

Mango’s was cruising into the bottom of the seventh inning with an 18-8 lead when Joey’s staged a furious rally scoring seven runs to make it close game. Tom Parker, Todd Whitney and Bob     Herman had three hits each for Mango’s. Teammates Jim Yount and Jan Grossman drove in four runs apiece with Parker and Whitney driving in two. Joey’s John Sherwin, Nick Brooks, Pat Comerford, Dave Coward and Joe Barry had three hits. Coward hammered a homerun and Brooks a triple. Coward ended up the game having four RBI, Brooks three.                                                                                  

Snook Inn, 15; Mango’s, 3

The Snook Inn had 25 in beating first place Mango’s. John Barrett drilled four hits, Bill DiNeno and winning pitcher Steve Chasin three hits with DiNeno having a triple.  John Cavanagh and Fred Pendergrass drove in three runs, Randy Wesolowski and John Ranieri two in the win.

Stonewalls Joe Logisz  tosses the ball to shortstop Steve Hemberger in game versus Snook Inn.

Joey’s Pizza, 7; Crazy Flamingo’s, 6

Joey’s jumped out to a 7-2 advantage but had hold on when Flamingo’s scored four runs in the fifth inning. Tom McCullough had three RBI and Ron Irwin two in the win.

Stonewalls, 12; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 11              

Stonewalls were able to overcome a 11-5 deficit behind a number errors and walks by the Bank in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring seven runs with the winning run being walked in. Stonewalls pitch Lou Wolfenson had three hits with Tom Grucci chasing in three runs, Pat Shannon and Gary Swink two. Bob Smith lined three hits for the Bank. Ray Niemeyer drove home three runs Rob Mann two in the loss.

Joey’s Pizza, 18; Snook Inn, 17

Joey’s was trailing 12-7 before they mounted their comeback.  Manager Ron Irwin drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh capping off a four-run inning. Jim Baumann had three hits for Joey’s with Pat Comerford tagging a triple. Comerford chased in four runs, Baumann three; John Sherwin, Tom McCullough and Joe Barry two. Snook Inn saw John Barrett launch a homerun and Randy Wesolowski a triple. John Cavanagh registered four RBI; Barrett, Wesolowski and Steve Chasin two.

Mango’s, 19; Mutual of Omaha Bank, 10

Mango’s scored six runs in the six to blow open the ball game. Todd Whitney clocked a three-run homerun and Bob   Herman a two-run shot for Mango’s. Winning pitcher Ed Kopecky had three hits as well Jeff Dougherty and Bruce Winer. Whitney ended the game with four RBI, Warren Uhl and John Robichaud three;   Herman, Tom Parker and Jan Grossman two.  The Bank had Butch Coursen and Al Schneider with three hits. One of Coursen hits was a booming three run homerun with Ray Niemeyer contributing two RBI.

Stonewalls, 21; Crazy Flamingo’s, 12

Three hits apiece by Stonewalls Pat Shannon, Lou Wolfenson and Tom Grucci coupled by Geoff Bentley pounding two homeruns and Wolfenson a triple gave Stonewalls their third consecutive win. Wolfenson had four RBI, Bentley three; Grucci, Steve Hemberger, Gary Swink, Joe Logisz and Ray Zielinski two. Flamingo’s had Mario Lucca, George Lancaster, and John Hollerbach with three hits. Lancaster drove home three runs, Hollerbach, Dick Carson and John Wood two.


American Legion, 14; Doreen’s, 10                                                  

As a team the American Legion had 19 hits with Bill Diamond having three of them. Jim Conway pushed four runs a cross home plate for the Legion, with Dick DeAnna, Leon Schmitt and Tom Patterson credited for two. Doreen’s had twenty-one hits, four by Jerry Lenhoff and three each by Ed Dreyfus, Butch Monson, Lee Dilk and Jerry Kratz. Lenhoff and Monson belted a homerun giving Lenhoff and Angelo Polizzi three RBI and Monson two.

Doreen’s, 14; Moose Lodge, 6

Doreen’s manager Butch Monson single handedly matched the Moose’s scoring having driven in six runs on four hits, one being a homerun. Jerry Lenhoff had three hits and Paul Burnett slammed also had homerun giving them both two RBI in the win. Joe Callahan had three hits and Gary Badger two RBI for the Moose.

Moose Lodge, 16; American Legion, 15       

The Moose Lodge held the American Legion scoreless over the last three innings of the game and scored two runs in their last two at bats for the win. Gary Badger and Don Mandetta had three hits for the Moose with Jerry Kratz and Butch Monson smacking a triple. Mandetta had four RBI, Monson and Dan O’Sullivan two. Jim Conway ripped four hits for the American Legion while Tony Brock, Leon Schmitt, Paul Burnett and Bill Diamond had three. Burnett and Conway pick up three RBI, Brock and Schmitt two.                                                                                                                  


Da Vinci’s, 19; Sand Bar, 13                                                               

Chris Flynn continued to tear the cover off the ball with another five-hit game for Da Vinci’s with Dan Gulick stinging the ball for four hits while Craig Cunningham, Don O’Connell and Jim Dorey had three hits. Dorey clouted a homerun and Jack Tizio a triple.  O’Connell had four runs driven in, Gary Revall three and Phil Holmes two. Sand Bar had Wayne Bombaci and Ed Kingsbury nail the ball for four hits and Grady Fuller three. Fuller had three RBI; Kingsbury, Bombaci, and Gary Grefer two.

Brewery, 19; Nacho Mama’s, 14 

The Brewery opened and early 10-0 advantage and was able to hang on for the win. The hitting machine Rich Krumholz had another four-hit game and     Herman Griffith three hits for the Brewery. Jimmy Cuevas and Joe Rocco each launched a homerun with Cuevas also smacking a triple. Cuevas chased home five runs, Rocco and Griffith three, Krumholz and Jim Vitas two. Nacho’s Steve Hummel had three hits and Jeff Kaczka hit a solo homerun, while Mike Garofalo and John Remhoff each whacked a triple. Garofalo had four RBI; Remhoff, John Haskins, Rick DiStasio and Jerry Engel two.                                                                                                            

Da Vinci’s, 21; Brewery, 15

The game was tied at 15-15 after nine innings only to see Da Vinci’s score six in the top of tenth for the win. Chris Flynn stung the ball for four hits and Don O’Connell three for Da Vinci’s. O’Connell and Gary Revall drove in three runs; Flynn, Dan Gulick, Dan Harrar, Nick Jacullo, and Jack Tizo two. Jim George and Joe Rocco bashed four hits for the Brewery with     Herman Griffith having three.  Griffith rocketed two three run homeruns going him a total of seven RBI in the game with Rocco having two RBI.   

Nacho Mama’s, 18; Speakeasy, 15

Nacho’s scored all their runs in either the first two innings or the last two but still ended up with the win. Team manager Mike Puskar drill four hits, George Grygorcewicz and Mike Garofalo had three and Steve Hummel crushed a triple in the win. Jeff Kaczka chased in three runs; Grygorcewicz, John Haskins and George Schnorr two. Frank Tedesco had three hits for Speakeasy and Rod Lashley smacked a triple. Tedesco, Ray Kane, Joe Lazzaroti and Mitch Eil had two RBI.

Salty Dog, 31; Sand Bar, 10           

The Salty Dog put the bite on Sand Bar when they scored ten runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Dogs had thirty-one hits with Mike Schwab, Bill Thompson, Tom Polsten, Bill Novakovich, Pete Oellrich, and Paul Shelton all having three hits. Martin whacked a triple and John Krebs a homerun. Martin drove in four runs; Novakovich, Krebs, Bill Wright, Tom Gazzillo, and  John Rysak three runs; Thompson; Polsten, Jim Ramage and Ed Caster two. Bob Traver had three hits for Sand Bar which included hoisting a home run while Grady Fuller stroked a triple. Traver, Jon Wiseman and Tom Pugh had two RBI in the loss.  


Da Vinci’s / 11 / 1

Brewery / 6 / 5

Salty Dog / 5 / 6

Nacho Mama's / 5 / 7

Speakeasy / 4 / 7

Sand Bar / 3 / 8                                                         



Mango’s / 9 / 3 

Stonewalls / 8 / 4

Joey’s Pizza / 7 / 4     

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 6 / 5

Snook Inn / 4 / 8

Crazy Flamingo’s / 1 / 11                                     



American Legion / 5 / 2

Doreen’s / 4 / 4

Moose Lodge / 3 / 6