Boland’s Cafe moved into first place in Division II of the Valley Independent Softball League with a pair of wins over Pennsylvania Steel.
Short-circuiting a seventh-inning Penn rally, Boland’s eked out a 6-5 win in the opener.
Steve Donnarummo’s two run single put Boland’s out in front 2-0 in the first inning. After Penn got on the board with a singleton in the top of the fourth, Boland’s tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth for a 4-1 lead.
The Steelmen knotted the score with a three-run rally in the top of the fifth, but Boland’s quickly regained the edge with another two runs in the home portion of the frame.
Penn made it 6-5 with a single run in the seventh and had two men on before Boland’s snagged the final out to preserve the win.
Wayne Britto’s 3-for-3 sparked the winning offense. Dave Gallo, Nick Moore, Joe Peccerillo and Donnarummo notched two base hits each.
Mike Visciglia had a pair of hits including a triple for Penn Steel.
Defensively, Jeff Bryce and Britto played well in the Boland outfield. Shortstop Tom Behrendt and Chris DiCostanzo at second base stood out afield for Penn.
Boland’s took a 1-0 lead in the first and stayed on top all the way in a 12-7 nightcap victory.
Upping their advantage to 7-1 by the middle of the third, Boland’s saw Penn rally with five runs to narrow the margin to 7-6.
That was as close as it would get, as Boland’s responded with a three-run fourth and the lead never shrank to less than three runs the rest of the way.
Peccerillo and Donnarummo each banged out three base hit for the victors. Sean Mayne, Aaron Rogers, who had a two-run double, Gallo and John Sinchak, who was winning pitcher in both games, added a pair apiece.
Jarvis Benjamin went 3-for-3 to lead Penn. Jon Petruny, who twirled both games, had three hits while Chris Moore, Brody Branstatter and Behrendt collected two each.
Steve Dobi had an outstanding game with the glove at third base for Boland’s.
After DI second-place Connelly Construction downed The Meeting Place Restaurant twice, rallying in the seventh inning of the opener for a 4-3 win and then racking up a 9-0 shutout, unbeaten Bricks & Barley toppled Benanto Real Estate, 15-3 and 14-0.
A pair of two-run singles by Mike Benoit and winning pitcher Mike Biga highlighted a five-run first inning that sent Bricks & Barley on its way to the first game win.
Joe Czarnecki led the victors’ offense, going 4-for-4, including a two-run triple. Eric Christiansen and Biga contributed three hits apiece.
Jay Dziubina went 3-for-3 while Brian Iacuonne and Rick Valenti had two base hits for the Realtors.
A nine-run third inning cemented the nightcap triumph.
Samil Desar and Benoit were the offensive leaders with three base hits each — including a two-run double by each.
Josh Cone, Will Sandin, Dan Matosian and Mike Giardini added a pair of hits apiece.