First-place Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny extended its Valley Independent Softball League winning streak to seven straight games, but not before Militia threw a major scare at them.
In the opener, Porky’s/Mutiny jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning but then had to fend off a determined Militia charge to hold on for a 10-8 win.
After that early outburst, Militia put four on the board in the third and one more in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 7-5.
A single tally in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth increased the lead to 10-5.
Militia then answered with one in the sixth and two more in the seventh and had the tying runs on base with no outs, before the Porky’s/Mutiny defense converted the final three outs with no further damage.
Dave Tokarz’s three base hits led the winning offense. Tom Kavanaugh had two hits, while Drew Steele had a pair of doubles and also stood out defensively at third base.
Scott Hurd paced the Militia attack with three hits. Jim Palmarozza and Jeff Hurd notched two base hits each.
The nightcap contest proved to be even more interesting as Porky’s/Mutiny truly escaped with an 11-10 victory.
Once again, a 7-0 lead was established early on a single tally in the first and six more in the third. Militia’s offense then erupted for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a two-run lead.
They added one more in the fifth and held a 10-7 advantage going into the seventh. The Porky’s/Mutiny bats, silent since the third then awakened to score four runs to regain the lead by one. Sean Qualey delivered a two-run single to tie the score and accounted for the deciding run on Scott Snell’s double.
Militia put its leadoff man on in the bottom of the seventh before going down one-two-three to finish off the heart-breaking loss.
Qualey and Snell were the offensive pacesetters for the victors with three base hits apiece. Tony Pettinella and Anthony Savo garnered a pair each.
Rob Quinones’ three base hits were best for Militia. Mark Palucci and Palmarozza added two apiece. Scott Hurd made several outstanding fielding plays at third base. Savo earned the pitching win in both contests over John Hayducky.