The Valley Independent Softball League launched its 2014 season with five doubleheader sweeps.
The Meeting Place Restaurant began the week with twin wins over Pennsylvania Steel.
After the teams traded a pair of runs in the first inning, Meeting Place scored seven times in the second to propel them on to a 10-7 victory in the opener. Jason Maldonado delivered a two-run double and Anson Mero had a two-run single to highlight the rally.
Penn crept back to within 9-7 after five, before Meeting Place capped off their scoring with a single run in the sixth.
Alex Montero went 3-for-3 while John DeCarlo had a pair of hits, including a double, to lead the victors’ offense.
Best for the Steelmen were Brody Brandstatter, Mark Laudowicz and Tom Behrendt with two base hits each.
A 10-run fifth inning was the decisive factor in Meeting Place’s 27-14 victory in the nightcap.
Penn held early leads of 3-0 after one and 8-3 after two. Meeting Place then took the lead for good with a seven-run third that put them ahead 10-8.
It maintained a slim 14-11 edge after four, before the fifth-frame eruption gave them a double-digit lead which they kept the rest of the way.
Anson Mero had three hits and drove in five runs to pace the winning attack. Brian Veilleux, Travis Edmonds, Luis Rivera, Ed Leggo, Scott Mchugh and Maldonado all contributed three hits to the barrage.
Tony Day and Laudowicz notched three hits apiece for Penn Steel. Fred Davila earned both mound wins over Bill Bowden.
Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny got their season off to a successful start by taking two from Kut-Rite Hair Shop.
Winning pitcher Mike Marchese’s two-run single keyed Porky’s/Mutiny’s game deciding three-run, sixth-inning rally that earned them an 8-5 win in the opener.
After Porky’s/Mutiny took a 3-2 first inning lead, neither team scored until the fifth when Porky’s/Mutiny added two more runs to up their advantage to 5-2.
Kut-Rite tied the game at 5 with three runs in the top of the sixth, before Porky’s/Mutiny matched those scores in the home half of the frame to secure the win.
Marchese went 3-for-3 to lead the winning offense, while Tom Kavanaugh and Drew Steele added two hits apiece.
Joe Orlando’s 3-for-3 was best for Kut-Rite. Brian Valeria and losing hurler Pete Silva had a pair of base hits each.
A six-run eruption in the first extra session earned Porky’s/Mutiny a 16-10 victory in the nightcap.
Trailing 4-3 after one, Porky’s/Mutiny took a 7-4 lead in the second on the strength of back to back two-run hits by Kavanaugh and Steele. They stayed ahead and led 10-5 when Kut-Rite came up with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 10.
The teams traded zeroes in the seventh, before Porky’s/Mutiny ensured the win with their big eighth.
Marty Clifford, Sean Qualey, Chris Wallace and Anthony Savo banged out four hits apiece to lead the victors. Brian Valeria’s three hits and two each by Bob Findley and Dave Arroyo led Kut-Rite.
Marchese again outhurled Silva for the pitching win.
Connelly Construction kicked off their year with 21-18 and 10-7 wins over Benanto Real Estate.
Boland’s Cafe took two different roads in registering its sweep of the Militia.
Dave Gallo’s single capped off a three-run bottom of the seventh inning rally that earned Boland’s a 9-8 win in the opener.
Militia jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. The score was 6-1 entering the bottom of the fifth when Boland’s scored four runs to reduce the gap to 6-5.
After Boland’s tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, Militia scored twice in the top of the seventh before Boland’s staged its game-deciding rally in the bottom of the seventh.
Leading the victors offensively were Joe Peccerillo and Gallo with three hits apiece. Jeff Bryce, Wayne Britto and John Sinchak each had a pair of hits.
The nightcap saw Boland’s roll to a 21-1 triumph.
The score was 8-1 after three, when Boland’s exploded for 13 runs in the fourth to wrap up the victory.
Steve Donnarummo and Gallo each banged out four hits. Wayne Britto, John Sinchak, Steve Dobi, Jeff Bryce, Wayne Britto and John Sinchak contributed three hits apiece. Sinchak was winning pitcher in both games.
Bricks & Barley’s offense was in mid-season form as they thumped Bar 140.
Eric Christiansen and Ant Santcroce both went 4-for-4 to spark a 23-2 triumph in the opener. Taking a 2-0 lead after one inning, Bricks & Barley led 8-1 after three before scoring nine times in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Other big contributors to the victory were Mike Santacroce, Mike Benoit and Joe Czarnecki with three hits each.