Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny jumped out to a 5-0 first inning lead and were never headed as they bested Bricks & Barley, 13-2, ending B & B’s 11-game, season-opening Valley Independent Softball League unbeaten streak.
After the early outburst, Porky’s/Mutiny held that edge until the bottom of the fourth when Bricks & Barley plated its two runs. A single run in the fifth made the count 6-2, before Porky’s/Mutiny secured the big win with a seven-run explosion in the seventh.
Tom Kavanaugh went 4-for-4 in leading the victor’s offense. Marty Clifford, Jeff Giarratano, Drew Steele and Dave Tokarz notched a pair of hits each, while Kevin Stachowicz drilled a two-run triple to highlight the team’s big seventh. Nick Belucci at first base, Tokarz at second, Kavanaugh at shortstop and Clifford in the outfield all made outstanding plays defensively, as Porky’s/Mutiny held Bricks & Barley to six hits— including a pair by Mike Biga.
Anthony Savo and Mike Marchese combined for the pitching win.
A five-run sixth broke open a tie ball game and sent Bricks & Barley on its way to an 11-7 win in the opener of their doubleheader with Porky’s/Mutiny.
The first five innings of the game saw no more than one run separating the teams. Porky’s/Mutiny plated a single run in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 6, before B & B put together seven straight two-out hits to produce the game-deciding runs.
Eric Caraglior, Jeff Putnick and Mike Giardini paced the winning attack with three base hits each. Mike Benoit, Joe Czarnecki, Ant Santacroce and Biga, who hurled the win, added two base hits apiece.
Tokarz with three hits and Sean Qualey and Savo with a pair each were best for Porky’s/Mutiny.
Connelly Construction nipped Benanto Real Estate, 11-10, with a final-frame rally before the Realtors did the same in their 10-9 win in the nightcap.
Jason Dziubina had a good night for Benanto, collecting three hits in each of the games. Rob Piccirilo, who played well defensively at second base, and Keith Hathway contributed a pair of hits each in the nightcap victory.
Rick Valenti lined the game-winning hit in the bottom of the seventh. Benanto enjoyed a six-run outburst in the fifth.
Runs were plentiful as Pennsylvania Steel took two from Miltia, 15-11 and 20-12.
Penn jumped on Miltia for five runs in the top of the first inning of the opener. Miltia rallied from that early deficit and went ahead 8-5 after three.
After the Steelmen tied things up with a three-run fourth that featured a two-run homer by Jarvis Benjamin, they took the lead for good with a five-run fifth that was highlighted by a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by winning pitcher Jon Petruny.
Mark Laudowicz and Benjamin led Penn at the plate with three hits each. Frank Capite, Tony Day and Petruny notched a pair apiece.
Angel Cruz banged out four hits for Militia, while Mike Bernardes and Bryan Duda collected three each.
In the nightcap win, Penn trailed early 2-1 and 5-3 before erupting for seven third-inning runs to go ahead 10-5. Militia refused to go away however and answered with six of its own in the top of the fourth to regain a narrow 11-10 edge.
However, Penn matched those runs in the home half of the frame and were not threatened the rest of the game.
Rob Rainey, Benjamin and Laudowicz garnered three hits apiece to lead the winning offense. Rainey and Petruny, who again hurled the win, each drove in five runs.
Duda wielded the big bat for Militia, collecting three hits including a triple and a home run while driving in four runs.
Cruz also had three hits while Bernardes added a pair.