Valley Independent Softball League Wood Division II frontrunner Jesse’s Barber Shop put some distance between themselves and third place Kut-Rite Hair Shop by sweeping a pair from the Stylists.
Jesse’s (19-5) survived a seventh-inning comeback attempt by Kut-Rite (14-8) to escape with a 9-8 win in the opener.
After jumping out to a 4-0 first-inning lead, Jesse’s was in charge all the way and held a 9-3 advantage going into the last inning.
Kut-Rite’s first six batters in the seventh reached base to produce five runs and move to within one. Jesse’s defense then tightened up to prevent any further scoring and preserve the win.
Ethan Happy and Chris Belske both went 3-for-3 to lead the winning offense. Belske had a two-run triple in the first. Steve Cherhoniak added a pair of base hits.
Mark Maas’ three base hits was best for Kut-Rite. Chico Rodriguez, Joe Orlando, Brian Valeria and losing pitcher Pete Silva had two hits apiece.
Shortstop Dave Biga and third baseman Matt Lakomski provided the top defensive support for winning pitcher Jesse Schremmer. Kut-Rite shortstop Greg Bastek played well in the field.
Mike Happy led off the game with a home run.
Jesse’s took a 3-0 first-inning lead and the infield defense was sharp, as Jesse’s bested Kut-Rite 8-5.
Kut-Rite plated two in the second to trail by one. Jesse’s made it 4-2 in the fourth, 6-2 in the fifth and 8-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, when Kut-Rite tallied three times to produce the final count.
Belske’s three hits led the winning offense. Tony Lepri, Cherhoniak, Biga, Mike Happy and winning pitcher Schremmer all garnered a pair of safeties each.
Silva had two hits for Kut-Rite.
Jesse’s infield defense of Lakomski at third base, Joe Siglinger at second, Belske at first and Biga at shortstop helped Schremmer limit Kut-Rite to seven hits.
Catcher Mark Maas and shortstop Greg Bastek stood out glovewise for Kut-Rite.
Second place Benanto Real Estate (15-5) boosted its unbeaten streak to 11 in a row with a sweep of the Seymour Police Union.
Benanto opened with a 7-1 victory.
The Realtors took a 1-0 lead after one, before upping the advantage to 4-0 with a three-run third. The Police made it 4-1, before Benanto wrapped up the win with a three-run fifth.
Rob French and Mike and Joe Thompson each had two hits in support of winning pitcher Tom Soda.
Benanto spotted the Police a four-run lead, before rebounding to capture their 11th straight win 17-12 in the nightcap.
The Police took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. The Realtors plated seven in the second and six in the third for a 13-4 cushion that was too much for the Police to overcome.
Rob Piccirilo enjoyed a 4-for-4 outing to pace the Benanto offense. Gary Zarella and winning pitcher Anthony DeFala each had three hits, while French added a pair. French knocked in four runs and DeFala three.
DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding (16-8) continues to rebound from a mid-season losing streak, as it swept a pair of doubleheaders to extend its undefeated streak to eight in a row.
Its first twin win was over Larry Janesky’s Basement Systems (7-15).
After capturing the opener 7-2, DiGiorgi began the nightcap slowly before its offense awoke to score 10 runs over the final three frames to register an 11-4 win.
Basement Systems took a 1-0 lead in the second which held up until the fourth, when DiGiorgi got on the board with a single tally to tie the game.
After going ahead with a pair of runs in the fifth, DiGiorgi added two more in the sixth.
It then put the game out of reach with a six-run seventh. Highlighting the scoring spree were a two-run homer by Alex Montero, a two-run double by winning pitcher Fred Davila and a run-scoring triple by Anson Mero.
Jose Rodriguez and Angel Rivera led the winning offense with three hits each. Luis Rivera, Burt Posca and Montero added a pair apiece.
Dave Gallo and losing hurler Dave Donnarummo were best for Basement Systems with three hits each.
Keith Gaydus, John Schepp and Steve Donnarummo had two apiece.
Posca at shortstop led the errorless defense behind Davila. Basement second baseman Dave Gallo had a good game glovewise.
DiGiorgi finished its week with a sweep of the Militia (4-18).
Mark Osborne, Luis Rivera, Alex Montero and Rick Toole all went 3-for-3 to lead the Roofers to a 10-5 victory in the opener.
Jose Rodriguez and Angel Rivera both went 3-for-3 and Anson Mero delivered a three-run double in the fourth inning to highlight DiGiorgi’s eighth straight win, a 6-2 decision in the nightcap.
Pettinella Painting/Ghostbusters rode a four-run fourth inning to a 9-8 win over Basement Systems in the opener of their twin bill.
Trailing 7-5 Pettinella/Ghostbusters went ahead 9-7 with their fourth-frame flurry. They then limited the Basement boys to a lone sixth-inning run to hang on for the win.
Basement Systems rebounded in the nightcap for a 13-8 victory.
After spotting the Painters three runs in the top of the first, Basement answered with five to take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way.
John Fair and John Sinchak sparked the winning offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs apiece. Geoff Nichols, Greg Marangell, Joe Peccerillo and Bryan Matos added two hits each.
Jeff Gilbert and Ryan Moran garnered three base hits apiece for Pettinella/Ghostbusters, with Gilbert knocking in four runs.
Matos at shortstop, Sinchak at third base and Peccerillo at second provided the top defensive backing for winning pitcher Steve Donnarummo.
Tom Bell was tagged with the loss.
Kevin Deegan went 4-for-4 to spark Pettinella/Ghostbusters to a 13-6 victory over Pennsylvania Steel (9-15) in the first game of their doubleheader. Dave Facchini and Mike Testani contributed three safeties each.
Pettinella/Ghostbusters pulled away in the latter stages of the nightcap to post an 11-3 win.
After two scoreless innings to open the game, the teams traded a pair of runs in the third. Winning pitcher Tom Bell then put his team ahead with a two-run single that highlighted a three-run fourth.
After single runs were exchanged in the fifth, the Painters locked up the victory with a five-run seventh. Justin Cole ignited the rally with a two-run double.
Enzo Zanfardino banged out three hits to lead the winners. Tony Pettinella, Anthony Cassetti, Dave Facchini and Bell added a pair of base hits each.
Rob Rainey was best for the Steelmen with two base hits.
The Pettinella/ Ghostbusters outfield of Nick Musante, Kevin Deegan, Cassetti and Zanfardino stood out defensively. Second baseman Lou Criscuolo and left-center fielder Jarvis Benjamin played well behind losing pitcher John Barquin.
The Meeting Place Restaurant (8-14) rode a five-run first inning to a 10-7 win over Oxford Paint & Hardware (16-10) in the opener of their Wood Division I twin bill.
Steve Pantaleo led the way at the plate by putting together a 4-for-4 effort. Jay Burns, John Barrett and Dave Gallo added three hits each, while Jonathan Davila came through with some clutch hitting.
Scott McHugh earned the pitching win.
An eight-run third inning was the difference, as Oxford Paint outslugged Meeting Place Restaurant 21-15 in the nightcap.
After falling behind 4-3 after one, Oxford Paint went ahead 6-4 in the second before a third-frame spree boosted them to a 14-4 lead.
Meeting Place scored seven of its own in the fourth to close the gap to 14-11, but that was as close as it would get the rest of the way.
Joe Vicdomino led the victors with four hits, including a pair of doubles. He totaled four RBIs, three coming on his bases-loaded first-inning two bagger.
Ricky Valenti, Jeff Gilbert, Phil Mrazik, Bryan Bordonaro and Mark Tilki each contributed two hits, with Tilki hitting an inside-the-park home run in the fifth.
Paul Veilleux banged out four hits for Meeting Place. Fred Davila, Dave Gallo, Steve Donnarummo, John Barrett and Jay Burns notched three safeties apiece.
Matt Thomas in right-center fielder and Tilki in left-field backed up winning pitcher Keith Hathway with some fine glovework. Losing pitcher Scott McHugh fielded the middle well. Dennis Kieley belted a two-run triple in the third inning and Matt Fanelli hammered a run scoring triple in the fourth to highlight D & J Roofing’s (4-14) 10-3 victory over Caliente Bar & Grill/Mutiny (7-11).