Senior Softball: DaVinci’s are Island Division champions

Bill Shurina
Special to the Eagle
Al Bozzo, American Legion Post first baseman, puts the tag out on Angelo Polizzi of Doreen’s.

Da Vinci’s clinched the Island Divisional Championship when they completed their season sweep of the second place Brewery team winning all four games played head to head this season. Throughout the season the team dominated the division with their run scoring and defensive abilities.

In the other Divisions Mango’s is holding on to a two lead over Stonewalls with only four games left in their seasons. The American Legion Post has a three advantage over both Doreen’s and the Moose Lodge.


Stonewalls, 15; Snook Inn, 7

Stonewalls Don Schwartz had three hits leading a team effort for the win. Teammates Lou Wolfenson and Tom Grucci each drove in four runs and Ray Zielinski two. Jim Battye had three hits for the Snook Inn with John Cavanagh hammering a homerun giving him and Fred Pendergrass two RBI in the loss.

Mango’s, 13; Joey’s Pizza, 12

Mango’s won their second consecutive one run game. The game was plagued by walks by both teams, ten issued by Mango’s and six by Joey’s. Todd Whitney slammed a homerun for Mango’s with Ed Kopecky having three RBI and Warren Uhl two. Pat Comerford and Tom McCullough had three RBI for Joey’s with Dave Coward and Nick Brooks having two.

American Legion Post Bill Diamond drives the ball for a base hit and a RBI in game against Doreen’s.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 19; Crazy Flamingo’s, 4

Flamingo’s had the Bank clipped their wings with twenty hits. Three of them were homerun missiles off the bats of Tom Purtell, Butch Coursen and Rob Stried, with Purtell’s being a grand slam. Stried, Tom Loiacono and Bob Smith had three hits, with one of Loiacono’s a triple. Purtell, Coursen and Stried chalked up four RBI; Loiacono, Smith, and Rob Mann two. Flamingo’s George Lancaster had three hits; he and John Hollerbach clubbed a homerun. Lancaster had two RBI.

Joey’s Pizza, 25; Crazy Flamingo’s, 7

Joey’s assaulted Flamingo’s with 22 hits, which included three homeruns and a triple. Joe Barry peppered the ball getting four hits; Ralph Rohena, Nick Brooks, Jim White and Bill Kayhart had three for Joey’s. Rohena, Kayhart and John Sherwin each slammed a homerun and Dave Coward a triple. Kayhart totaled five RBI, Sherwin and White three; Brooks, Barry and Jim O’Meara two.  Joey’s pitcher Joe Furst held Flamingo’s to just eight hits in the game.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 13; Stonewalls, 5

Tom Bowers returned to the Bank lineup after missing over half the season with a broken wrist. In his debut he unloaded a two-run homerun and struck out three Stonewalls batters. Bowers was supported by three hits from Jim White, White and Butch Coursen three RBI and two RBI from Bob Smith and Robert Stried.

Mango’s, 15; Snook Inn, 0

The game was over after the top of the first inning when Mango’s scored six runs. The game lasted five lasted five innings when it was called due to the mercy rule. Glen Davis had three hits for Mango’s with John Robichaud belting a grand slam homerun and Bruce Winer a solo homerun. Robichaud had five RBI in the game; Davis, Tom Parker and Paul Sullivan two. Mango’s pitcher Ed Kopecky limited the Snook to three hits in the shutout.

Mutual of Omaha Bank, 12; Mango’s, 4

The Bank knocked off first place Mango’s with Robert Stried punching out three hits and driving in four runs with Ray Niemeyer having two runs batted in. Tom Bowers held the hard-hitting Mango’s team to eight hits one a two-run homerun off the bat of Glenn Davis.

Snook Inn, 13; Joey’s Pizza, 10

It was a crucial game for Joey’s Pizza in closing the gap in it chase of the Division leader Mango’s. The Snook Inn had other plans as it held off a late game rally by Joey’s. Winning pitcher Steve Chasin, Bill DiNeno and Paul Vorwick each had three hits, with Vorwick cracking a triple. DiNeno and Vorwick chased in three runs, John Cavanagh two. Tom McCullough and Jim White had two RBI each for Joey’s.

Stonewalls, 24; Crazy Flamingo’s, 9                         

Stonewalls threw 29 hits at Flamingo’s with Dave Droddy, Geoff Bentley, Pat Shannon, Lou Wolfenson, and Gary Swink having three hits. Swink and Steve Hemberger swatted homeruns, and Droddy a triple. Hemberger, Wolfenson and Swink amassed four RBI, Don Schwartz three; Droddy, Bentley and Shannon two. John Wood drilled four hits and Joe Kruse three for Flamingo’s. Wood and Nick Brooks had two RBI.


American Legion, 13; Doreen’s, 9     

In a rain makeup game, the American Legion had Bill Diamond with three hits which included hammering a home giving him six RBI in the game. Doreen’s Mick Keller lashed out four hits with Jerry Lenhoff and Frank Flint having three hits. Keller picked up three RBI, Lenhoff and Lee Dilk two.

Moose Lodge, 19; American Legion, 11

Jerry Kratz swung a hot bat for Moose getting four hits and four RBI. Dan O’Sullivan and Jerry Lenhoff had three hits with O’Sullivan chasing in three runs and Leroy Fishleigh two in the win. Al Bozzo and Leon Schmitt had three hits apiece for the American Legion. Schmitt drove in three runs, Charles Pineno, who cracked a two-run homerun; Bozzo and Paul Burnett also had two RBI in the loss.

American Legion, 13; Doreen’s, 0

Tony Brock zinged four base hits and Al Bozzo three for the American Legion. The Legion’s Dick DeAnna drove in four runs, while Bozzo Leon Schmitt and Charles Pineno each drove in two. Dan Callahan limited Doreen’s to eight hits in recording the shutout.

Moose Lodge, 7; Doreen’s, 3                                      

The Moose Lodge had Dom Fiorda, who just came off the disable list with a broken rib, and Gary Badger led them to the win with three hits. Doreen’s Rick Condle had hits three in the loss.                                                                                                                 


Sand Bar, 13; DaVinci’s, 12

Sand Bar held off a late game rally by first place DaVinci’s for the win. Jon Wiseman and Gary Grefer had three hits each. Grefer had four RBI, Grady Fuller three and Dave Roeske two. Craig Cunningham had three hits for DaVinci’s giving him and Jack Tizio two runs batted in. 

Brewery, 26; Nacho Mama’s, 8

The Brewery was merciless in beating Nacho’s with the game ending in the eighth inning. The Brewery pounded out thirty-three hits with three of them homeruns. Rich Krumholz and Dave Johnson ripped the ball for five hits; Jim George, John Gross, Jim Williams and Mike Endelman had four hits with Herman Griffith with three. Griffith, Gross and Endelman blasted homerun with Griffith’s shot a grand slam.  Griffith racked up six RBI, Gross five, Endelman four, Krumholz and Johnson three; Williams, Jim Stewart, and Jimmy Cuevas two. Nacho’s had Jack Tizio with three hits. Tizo and George Grygorcewicz whacked a homerun giving Tizo three RBI, Grygorcewicz and Craig Cunningham two.

Salty Dog, 26; Speakeasy, 11

It was another mercy that ended after eight innings. The Brewery had a total of twenty-seven hits. Mike Schwab, Bill Thompson and Paul Shelton drilled four hits, Tom Polston and Tom Gazzillo had three. Gazzillo and Polston each clouted a homerun, with Polston’s being a grand slam. Polston chalked up six RBI, Jim Ramage five, Schwab four, Shelton three, Bill Wright and Jack Martin two. Speakeasy had Mike Shone and Jeff Hultgren with three hits, while Dean Stone and Ray Kane walloped a homerun. Stone, Hultgren, Rod Lashley and Frank Tedesco each drove in two runs.

DaVinci’s, 18; Nacho Mama’s, 9                                          

DaVinci’s scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning to solidify the twelfth win. Chris Flynn, Gary Revall and Chuck Reich had three hits for DaVinci’s with Revall and Jack Tizio cracking a triple. Revall and Dan Gulick drove in four runs, Don O’Connell three and Nick Jacullo two. John Haskins tagged the ball for four hits for Nacho’s with Jeff Kaczka and George Grygorcewicz having three. Haskins had three RBI as did Mike Garofalo who hammered a three-run homerun.

Brewery, 14; Salty Dog, 9

The Brewery used the long ball in defeat the Salty Dog. John Gross clobbered a homerun with Joe Rocco Herman, Griffith and Jim Williams smashing a triple for the Brewery.  Gross chased in five runs and Jim Vitas two. Jon Krebs had three hits for the Salty Dog giving him, Bill Thompson and Tom Polsten two RBI in the loss.

Sand Bar, 20; Speakeasy, 11

Sand Bar pounded Speakeasy with four homeruns and three triples. Jon Wiseman had two homeruns a three run and a two-run blast, Dan Marinelli a grand slam, and Lou Marinaccio a three-run homerun. Wiseman also smashed a triple along with Grady Fuller and Jack O’Brien. Wiseman and Marinelli racked up five RBI, Marinaccio four, O’Brien and Bill Miller three. Marinelli ended the game with four hits and Wiseman three. Speakeasy had Mike Shone, Joe Lazzarotti, Ray Kane, Dean Stone, and Jim Gilligan with three hits. Kane and Gilligan recorded two RBI.                                                         

Nacho Mama’s, 14; Speakeasy, 6

John Haskins smoked the ball for four hits for Nacho’s with George Grygorcewicz and Rick DiStasio having three. Grygorcewicz smashed a triple while Jeff Kaczka and Mike Garofalo blasted a homerun. Garofalo had three RBI in the game DiStasio two. Speakeasy had Mike Shone and Joe Lazzarotti with three hits.

DaVinci’s, 21; Brewery, 8

DaVinci’s clinched the Island Divisional League Championship by trouncing the second place Brewery. DaVinci’s had twenty-six hits, three hits each from Dan Gulick, Ralph Holmes, Jim Dorey and Frank Tizio. Tizo, who whacked a triple, had four runs driven in, Nick Jacullo three; Gulick, Holmes, Don O’Connell, Dan Harrar and Chuck Reich two. The Brewery had Rich Krumholz with three hits with Jim Stewart smacking a triple giving him and John Gross two RBI in the loss.                                                          

Salty Dog, 18; Sand Bar, 16                                                           

Bill Wright, Tom Polston, Ed Caster and John Rysak all had three hits in the Salty Dog’s win. They also received support from Jon Krebs who had four RBI while Rysak, Mike Schwab, Bill Novakovich, and Tom Gazzillo had two. Sand Bar had Wayne Bombaci, Bill Miller and Tom Pugh drilled four hits with Bob Traver, Dan Marinelli and Ed Kingsbury having three. Miller smashed two triples, Bombaci and Kingsbury one. Marinelli had three RBI; Traver, Pugh, Kingsbury, Lou Marinaccio and Craig Cunningham two. 


DaVinci’s / 14 / 3

Brewery / 10 / 6

Salty Dog / 8 / 8

Sand Bar / 6 / 10

Nacho Mama's / 6 / 11

Speakeasy / 5 / 11                                                     



Mango’s / 12 / 4 

Stonewalls / 10 / 6

Joey’s Pizza / 9 / 6

Mutual of Omaha Bank / 9 / 6

Snook Inn / 5 / 11

Crazy Flamingo’s / 2 / 14        



American Legion / 7 / 3

Doreen’s / 5 / 7

Moose Lodge / 5 / 7