Gen-El-Mec spotted Microboard Processing, Inc. six first-inning runs before clawing its way back to a 17-15 win, its first Valley Independent Softball League victory of the season.
After a big first frame, MPI upped its lead to 9-2 going into the bottom of the fourth when Gen-El-Mec plated seven runs to tie the game at 9.
Gen-El-Mec then went ahead 13-9 with a four-run fifth and held on to register that big initial win of the year.
R.J. Meeker led the way at the plate with four hits. Mike Bandanza, who delivered a two-run triple in Gen-El-Mec’s go ahead rally, banged out three hits while Mike Shirling, Lee Luong and Nick Deaky added a pair apiece.
Rob Rios had three base hits for MPI. Jonathan Santos, Kevin Adorno, Marvel B and Aric St. Germain chipped in with two each.
MPI took charge early in the nightcap and stayed on top all the way in a 14-5 triumph.
After going ahead 3-1 in the first, MPI added six more in the second to open a commanding 9-1 lead that was not threatened the rest of the game.
Justin Maesto, Jorge Rivera, St. Germain and Rios led the winners at the plate with a pair of base knocks apiece.
Shirling had three hits for Gen-El-Mec while Bandanza and Deaky added two each.
Leon Kloeppner was on the mound for Gen-El-Mec in both games as was A.J. Bordas for MPI.
Connelly Construction took two from Kut-Rite Hair Shop to improve its winning streak to eight in a row.
After spotting Kut-Rite four runs in the top of the first inning, Connelly answered with five of its own in the home half and led all the way in a 13-8 victory in the opener.
Mike Matosian had three hits and three RBIs to lead the winning effort. Nick Donofrio, Don Bailey, James Homa, Mike Smith, Chris and Carl Dzienkewicz contributed two each.
Kut-Rite got a pair of hits apiece from Greg Bastek, Mark Maas, Dave Arroyo and losing pitcher Paul Raymond.
A five-run sixth inning meant the difference, as Connelly came from behind to preserve its win streak with a 14-12 victory in the nightcap.
After a wild first inning that saw each team plate seven runs, the Builders went ahead 8-7 in the second and held that edge until Kut-Rite tied the score at 8 in the fourth. Kut-Rite took its first lead with a three-run fifth, but Connelly erased that deficit with the game deciding sixth.
Chris Dzienkewicz and Josh LaRue paced the Connelly offensive with three base hits each. Dave Gruttadauria, Chris Kal, Donofrio, Matosian, Smith and Matt Fanelli, who was winning pitcher in both games, added a pair apiece.
Pete Silva and Brian Valeria were best for Kut-Rite with three safeties each.
Ghostbusters spotted Haynes Materials a 2-1 first-inning lead and then used a solid defensive performance the rest of the way to record a 12-2 victory in the opener of their doubleheader.
A single Ghostbusters tally in the second tied the game at 2 before a five-run third put the ‘Busters on top the rest of the way.
Ryan Moran banged out three hits to pace the winning offense. Nick Musante, Anthony Cassetti, Dave Facchini and winning pitcher Tom Bell notched a pair of hits each.
Jack Curry and losing hurler Bill Maisto were best for Haynes with two hits apiece.
Cassetti had an outstanding game glovewise for the Ghostbusters. Rich Dow at first base, Pat Knauth at third and Facchini at shortstop made some excellent plays to help keep the Haynes ‘offense in check.
Haynes reversed their fortunes in the nightcap as they outslugged the Ghostbusters 19-12.
Falling behind 2-0 after one, Haynes went ahead 5-2 in the third. That lead was trimmed to 5-4 in the fourth before Haynes scored the game’s next fourteen runs to open up a 19-4 lead. The Ghostbusters rallied for eight runs in their final at-bat, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
A 6-for-6 outing by Maisto, who twirled the win, sparked Haynes’ hitting. Curry garnered five hits, while Mike Papper and Dave Templeton collected three each.
Tony Pettinella, Cassetti, Knauth and Bell, who was losing pitcher, had two hits apiece for the Ghostbusters.
Kevin Kotsner delivered a clutch two-out RBI hit in the seventh inning to give Benanto Real Estate a 10-9 win over The Meeting Place Restaurant.
Benanto began the game big, plating five first-inning runs, but still needed Kotsner’s final frame heroics to record the win. Jason Dziubina and Tom Soda led the victors’ hit parade with three each, while Matt Thomas contributed a pair.
The Realtors completed a sweep for the evening with another one-run win, 5-4, in the nightcap.
Trailing 1-0 after one, Benanto tied things up with a single run in the third before going ahead 4-1 with a three-run fourth. Meeting Place answered right back with three of its own in the fifth to once again knot the score and it stayed that way until Soda drilled an RBI double in the sixth to provide the game- winner.
Soda along with Steve Tilki and Ben Bartone each notched a pair of hits to pace the winning offense.
The Militia rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning to snatch an 11-8 victory from Choice Design Remodeling.
Holding early advantages of 3-1 after two, 4-1 after three and 4-2 after four, the Militia fell behind 7-4 when the Designers plated five-runs in the fifth.
That score held until the top of the seventh when Militia produced its game-deciding rally. Big hits in the uprising were a two-run single by Jeff Hurd and Rich Morin’s two-run triple.
Hurd was the Militia’s top hit producer with three. Kevin Fuchs, Scott Hurd and Morin had a pair apiece.
Steve Donnarummo collected three hits for Choice Design, while Greg Marangell and John Fair added two each.
Taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Choice Design stayed on top all the way in a 13-5 nightcap victory.
Andrew Lavaway and Greg Marangell both banged out three hits to pace the Designers’ attack. Jeff Bryce, John Schepp, Bryan Matos and Donnarummo garnered two apiece.
Jeff Hurd and Morin had a pair of hits each for the Militia.
Jesse’s Barber Shop swept a doubleheader versus Porky’s Cafe.
In the opener, Jesse’s pulled away from an 8-8 tie to register a 16-10 victory.
The Barbers built a 5-1 lead after three innings but fell behind 8-5 when Porky’s went on a seven-run spree in the top of the fourth.
They then knotted the score at 8 with three in their half of the fourth, before regaining the lead for good with another three runs in the fifth.
Matt Lakomski, who drove in five runs, and winning pitcher Rob Kurdy led the way offensively with three hits each. Dan Tarnowicz, Chris Hebert, Jesse Schremmer, Mike Happy and Greg Gaudiosi notched a pair of hits apiece.
Chris Sibley enjoyed a four-hit game for Porky’s.
Kevin Stachowicz and Nick Belluci notched three each. Sean Qualey was losing pitcher.
Jesse’s jumped out to a 6-2 lead after one and rolled to a 16-8 win in the nightcap.
Tony Lepri, Hebert and Kurdy each banged out three hits to lead Jesse’s. Kurdy included a home run in his hits and also drove in six runs. Lakomski and Schremmer, who twirled the win, added two base hits apiece.
Best for Porky’s were Jeff Giarratano, Sean Qualey, Chris Wallace, Chris Sibley and Nick Belluci with a pair of hits each with Qualey also homering.