Bar 140 solidified its hold on the top spot in the Valley Independent Softball League Division II by upping its winning streak to nine straight with a pair of doubleheader sweeps.
Three runs in each of the first two innings and four more in the top of the third established an early 10-0 cushion that Bar 140 rode to a 16-4 triumph over Boland’s Cafe in the opener of their twin bill.
B.J. Schmidt had a 4-for-4 career night to highlight the winners’ offensive barrage. Miles Davee notched four hits and drove in five runs, while John Robens and Brett Chapman also garnered four base hits each.
Jeff Bryce and Joe Peccerillo each had a pair of hits for Boland’s.
Ryan Doughan and John Robens supported winning pitcher Mike Osiecki with some good defense.
A four-run third inning was the decisive factor in Bar 140’s 7-4 win in the nightcap.
After the teams traded single tallies early, Bar 140 put up four runs in the bottom of the third to give them a 5-1 lead. Steve Daddio’s two-run single highlighted the scoring.
The score stayed that way until the sixth, when Bar 140 tacked on two more for a 7-1 advantage. Boland’s rallied for three in the seventh and had the bases loaded before Bar 140 put away the final out to wrap up the win.
Tom Ballaro’s three hits led the victors at the plate. Dan Belber, Chapman and Osiecki, who again hurled the win, notched two base knocks apiece. Wayne Britto had three base hits for Boland’s, while Dave Gallo and Bryce had a pair apiece.
Defensively, Daddio and Doughan played well for the winners. John Sinchak was tagged with the mound loss in both games.
With both teams playing solid defense, Bar 140 registered a 5-1 win over Connelly Construction.
Taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Bar 140 added two in the third on a Ballaro double and one each in the fourth and sixth, while zeroing Connelly until the seventh.
Doughan, Ken Manzari, Miles Davee, Chris Chapman and Ballaro garnered a pair of hits each for the victors.
Mike Matosian had two base knocks for the Builders.
After spotting Connelly a single counter in the top of the first, Bar 140 answered with five in its half of the inning and were in charge all the way as they completed thei week with an 11-3 triumph.
Chris Chapman’s 4-for-4 effort led Bar 140’s attack. Davee banged out three hits, while Steve Daddio, Doughan, Manzari and Ballaro added a pair apiece.
Nick Slowik, Dave Gruttadauria, Dennis Kieley, Michael Smith and Matosian notched two base hits each for Connelly.
Osiecki earned the pitching win over Matt Fanelli in both games.
Kut-Rite Hair Shop led from start to finish in both ends of their 14-7 and 14-4 sweep of Militia.
In the opener, Kut-Rite took a 4-1 lead in the first inning. Twice Militia got within one, 5-4 in the middle of the fifth and 8-7 in the middle of the sixth before Kut-Rite put the game away with a six-run spree in the bottom of the sixth.
Mike Conlan went 4-for-4 and Pete Silva banged out three hits, including a pair of doubles to spark the winning attack. Mark Maas had two base hits and drove in four runs.
Acacio Selgado, Tim Oppel, Mike Bernardes, Scott Hurd, Jimmy Hoffman and Bryan Duda all had a pair of base hits each for Militia. Kevin Fuchs poled a two-run homer in the fifth.
After taking a 2-0 first frame lead in the nightcap, Kut-Rite expanded it to 6-0, before Militia plated a pair in the bottom of the fourth to reduce the gap to 6-2. Kut-Rite then added four runs in each of their next two at-bats to put the game out of reach.
Son and father combo of Jamie Raymond, who went 4-for-4, and Paul Raymond, who notched three hits, led the winners. Maas and Silva had two hits each, including a double for each.
Duda was best for Militia with three hits — including a double and a triple.
Winning pitcher in both games was Paul Raymond. John Hayducky took the loss in the first contest, while Alex Orosz was tagged with the setback in the nightcap.
Benanto Real Estate annexed a pair from Pennsylvania Steel, 8-3 and 7-6.
Leading the way at the plate in the opener were Matt Thomas, Nick Marcucio and Tom Soda with a pair of base hits each.
In the nightcap, Rick Valenti drove in what proved to be the game-winning run while Rob Piccirilo, Thomas and Soda garnered two base hits apiece.
It took nine innings, but The Meeting Place Restaurant outlasted Pennsylvania Steel 6-5 in the opener of their doubleheader.
With neither team being able to generate much offense in the early going, Meeting Place took a 1-0 lead in the second inning and held it until the fifth, when Penn got on the board with a pair or runs to go ahead by one.
After the Steelmen added three more in the top of the sixth to up the lead to 5-1, Meeting Place plated a run in the bottom of the frame before knotting the count with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Ed Leggo drilled a two-run double, before Angel Rivera drove in the tying run with a two-out single.
The rivals traded zeroes until the bottom of the ninth, when John DiCarlo’s two-out sinking line drive accounted for the deciding run.
Leggo led the way for the winners by going 3-for-3. Scott McHugh and DeCarlo added a pair of hits each.
Best for Penn Steel were Mike Viscaglia and Mark Laudowicz with two base hits apiece.
The nightcap also was a nip-and-tuck battle, until Meeting Place put up six-runs in the sixth to pave the way to a 12-5 victory.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first, Meeting Place fell behind 5-3 after three. It plated single runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the game before enjoying their sixth-inning scoring spree to ensure the win.
DeCarlo led the victors with two hits, including a double while driving in four runs. Anson Mero had three hits, including a double and a triple, while Luis Rivera and McHugh added a pair apiece.
Dan Cochran, Jarvis Benjamin and Lou Criscuolo garnered two base hits each for Penn Steel.
Defensively, Travis Edmonds made several nice catches in the outfield for the winners, as did Benjamin for Penn Steel.
Fred Davila outhurled Jon Petruny in both contests.