Bar 140 clinched the 2014 Valley Independent Softball League Division II title by running their unbeaten streak to 13 straight with a pair of hard fought wins over Kut-Rite Hair Shop.
Offense was hard to come by in Bar 140’s 4-1 win in the opener.
After the teams traded zeroes through the first two frames, Bar 140 got on the board with a pair of third inning runs.
Kut-Rite cut the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fifth, before Bar 140 tallied the game’s final two runs in the home half of the frame.
B.J. Schmidt, Brett Chapman and winning pitcher Mike Osiecki, who tripled, were best for the victors with two base hits apiece.
Tom Ballaro at shortstop and Steve Daddio in the outfield provided the top defensive backing for Osiecki.
Greg Bastek had a pair of base hits for Kut-Rite.
He also played well afield behind losing hurler Paul Raymond.
It looked like Bar 140 was going to coast to a win in the nightcap, but Kut-Rite made things interesting before dropping a tough 11-10 loss.
After jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first, Bar 140 added a single run in the second and two more in the top of the fourth for a 7-1 edge.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kut-Rite came up with four runs, two scoring on a double by the hot-hitting Bastek, to close the gap to 7-5.
Kut-Rite knotted the score with a pair in the fifth, before taking its first lead of the night with a three-run sixth.
Bar 140, who had not scored since the fourth, rallied for four runs, capped off by Ken Manzari’s two-run, inside-the-park home run, to regain the lead by one.
Kut-Rite put a pair of runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but Bar 140 snagged the final out to escape with the win.
Chris Chapman, Ballaro and Manzari, who finished with four RBIs, led Bar 140 with three hits each.
Miles Davee added a pair.
Bob Findley went 4-for-4 to spark Kut-Rite.
Jack Liedke, Jim Geffert and losing pitcher Paul Raymond notched three base hits apiece.
After Connelly Construction made it four wins in a row by whitewashing Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny twice 8-0 and 7-0, it captured its fifth straight victory with a 16-6 triumph over Boland’s Cafe in the opener of their doubleheader.
After taking a 3-1 advantage in the first inning, the Builders made it 7-1 after three and then pretty much ensured the win with a seven-run eruption in the fourth.
Dan Bailey, who tripled, Rick Bailey, Mike Matosian and Michael Smith all had three hits to pace the winning attack.
Wayne Britto’s three base hits were best for Boland’s.
Boland’s snapped the Connelly unbeaten streak with a 15-10 win in the nightcap.
After the teams traded a pair of runs in the first, Boland’s took the lead for good with a six-run second that was capped off by a two-run triple from Steve Donnarummo.
Connelly whittled the lead to 8-7 after four and still were close at 10-8 after five, before a five-run Boland sixth cemented the win.
Winning pitcher John Sinchak went 4-for-4, while Donnarummo had three hits and drove in five runs to spark the Boland’s offense.
Jeff Bryce, Steve Dobi, John Schepp, Dave Gallo and Wayne Britto notched a pair of base hits each.
Dennis Kieley and Matosian, who belted a triple, garnered three hits apiece for Connelly.
Chris Dzienkiewicz, Smith and Matt Fanelli, who pitched both games for the Builders, contributed two base knocks each.
The Meeting Place Restaurant swept a pair of games from Militia but took two different routes to do it.
In the opener, winning pitcher Fred Davila, who helped himself by driving in four runs, yielded just four hits, as he and his defense led the way to a 12-0 whitewashing of Militia.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Meeting Place added three in the third before capping off the win with a seven-run fifth.
John DeCarlo and Scott McHugh both went 3-for-3 to lead the winning offense.
Travis Edmonds, Paul Veilleux and Anson Mero added a pair of hits each.
Mike Bernardes solved Davila for three hits.
Although never trailing in the nightcap, Meeting Place had to fend off a furious final frame Militia rally to escape with a 7-6 victory.
Taking a 3-0 lead after one, Meeting Place exchanged a pair of counters with Militia in the second, before adding two more in the fourth on a Paul Veilleux inside-the-park homer for a 7-2 edge.
The score remained that way until the bottom of the seventh.
Militia rallied for four runs and had the tying and winning runs on base before Meeting Place snagged the last out to preserve the win.
Alex Montero, DeCarlo and Veilleux were best at the plate for the victors with two base knocks apiece.
Angel Cruz, Jimmy Hoffman, Scott and Matt Hurd had a like number each for Militia.
John Hayducky collected three walks.
Cruz played exceptional outfield defense in both games behind losing hurler Alex Orosz.
Pesky Militia gave Benanto Real Estate all it could handle in the opener of their doubleheader that had the Realtors escaping with a 6-3 win.
With neither team generating much offense in the early going, Benanto took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before making it 2-0 in the third.
Militia got on the board with a single run in the fourth and the score remained 2-1 after five.
In the top of the sixth, Militia plated a pair to take their first lead 3-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, after two quick outs, the Realtors came up with four straight base hits, capped off by Steve Owens’ three-run, lost-in-the-lights home run to produce four runs and earn them the win.
Chris Tamburrino’s 3-for-3 effort was best for Benanto. Jay Dziubina contributed a pair of hits.
Mark Palucci had two base hits for Militia.
Keith Hathway earned the pitching win over John Hayducky.
Benanto started slowly in the nightcap, but turned on the jets to roll to a 21-4 triumph.
After taking a 2-1 lead in the first, the Realtors then added five in the third and fourth, three in the fifth and six in the sixth to coast to the win.
Tom Soda led the winning offense with four hits and four RBIs.
B.J. Valenti and Brian Iacuonne garnered three base hits each, while Hathway, Mike Thompson, Dziubina and Owens added a pair apiece.
Kevin Fuchs was best for Militia with two hits — including a triple.