The Ball Buster bats were smoking as they took two from Militia to highlight opening week action in the Valley Independent Softball League Second Season.
The first game saw Militia keeping step with the Busters offense before falling short 18-15.
After the rivals traded three runs in the first inning, the Busters plated six in the second and four in the fourth to boast a 13-3 lead.
Militia then plated five in the top of the fourth to close the gap to 13-8, only to have the Busters answer with five of their own to once again open up a 10-run gap.
Not done yet, Militia responded with a seven-run outburst, capped off by a three-run, inside-the-park homer by Mark Palucci to close the deficit to three runs.
It then shut down the Busters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but Militia also went down 1-2-3 in the seventh to fall short of a big comeback win.
Wayne Britto led the victors with four hits, including a triple, while driving in five runs. John Schepp had three hits and four RBIs, while Kevin Jones, Sean Mayne, Aaron Rogers, Steve Donnarummo and John Fair contributed a pair of hits each.
For Militia, Scott Hurd, Jim Palmarozza and Tyler Leopizzo banged out three hits apiece, while Jeff Hurd had two.
A six-run first put the opposition in a hole they could not recover from, as the Ball Busters rolled to a 16-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Upping their advantage to 10-2 after four, the Busters capped off the win with another six in the fifth.
Steve Dobi sparked the attack with three hits — including a double and three RBIs. Joe Peccerillo, who also drove in three runs, Jones and Rogers added two base hits each.
Jeff Hurd was best for Militia with a pair of hits.
John Sinchak earned the mound win in both contests over John Hayducky.
Santini’s Pizza Palace jumped out to an early lead to capture an 8-6 win over Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny, before ending up with a split for the evening by dropping the nightcap 8-1.
Plating four runs in each of the first two frames, Santini’s constructed an early 8-0 cushion in the opener. Mark Laudowicz stroked a two-run single to highlight the first-inning scoring, while Joe Izzo duplicated the feat in the second.
Although held scoreless the rest of the way, Santini’s limited the Porky’s/Mutiny offense to a pair of scores in the third and sixth and single runs in the fourth and fifth to preserve the win.
Josh Wifall, Mike Visciglia, Anthony Lazzara, Tony Day, Laudowicz and Izzo each had two hits to lead the Santini offense.
Anthony Savo banged out three hits for Porky’s/Mutiny, while Marty Clifford, Kevin Stachowicz and Sean Qualey notched a pair apiece.
Jon Petruny earned the mound win over Jose Santiago.
Porky’s/Mutiny used a mid-game scoring flurry to cement their nightcap win.
After a scoreless first, Porky’s/Mutiny took a 1-0 lead in the second. They maintained that lead until the fourth, when they scored four times and then followed up with a three-run fifth to build a comfortable 8-0 advantage.
Santini’s offense, which had been stymied since the second inning of the opener, pushed across the game’s final counter in the seventh.
Santiago led the way at the plate for the victors with a 4-for-4 effort.
Jeff Giarratano, Qualey, who belted a triple, and winning pitcher Mike Marchese notched a pair of safeties each.
Marchese, backed by solid infield defense by Drew Steele at third base, Tom Kavanaugh at shortstop, Dave Tokarz at second and Savo at first, limited Santini’s to six hits.
Lazzara had a good game defensively in left field for Santini’s. Petruny took the mound loss.
A rejuvenated Militia squad dropped a tough 9-8 decision in the first game of its doubleheader with The Meeting Place Restaurant before rebounding to capture the nightcap, 6-5.
After trading zeroes with Meeting Place in the first inning of the opener, Militia took a 1-0 lead in the second. It maintained that slim lead until the fifth, when it pushed across five runs to build a 6-0 cushion.
A single run in the top of the sixth made the score 7-0, before Meeting Place got on the board with three in its half of the sixth.
One more run in the top of the seventh gave Militia an 8-3 edge, but Meeting Place came up with six in its last at-bat to inflict a heartbreaking loss on Militia.
John DeCarlo was the victor’s offensive pacesetter with a 4-for-4 performance. Alex Montero banged out three hits while Ed Leggo and Ramon Noeguera added a pair apiece. Jamie Herbaczewski had a two-run double in the game-deciding rally.
Jeff Hurd went 4-for-4 to lead Militia. Scott Hurd, Aaron Womble and Palmarozza had two hits each.
Militia broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run fourth and then held off Meeting Place the final three frames to claim the nightcap victory.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Militia fell behind 3-2, before knotting the count on a Palmarozza RBI double in the third. Militia then went ahead 6-3 in the fourth. Angel Cruz’s run-scoring double and Matt Hurd’s RBI single were the key hits.
Although scoreless the rest of the way, Militia limited Meeting Place to single runs in the fifth and sixth to preserve the win.
Rob Quinones, Jeff Hurd and Palmarozza garnered two base hits apiece for the victors. Montero had three hits for Meeting Place while Paul Veilleux notched a pair.
Fred Davila (Meeting Place) and Hayducky (Militia) pitched both games for their respective teams.