Two weeks into the new season and there are no unbeaten teams left in the Valley Independent League.
Long-time rivals Porky’s Cafe Mutiny and A Plus Exteriors split their doubleheader, each earning a come-from-behind win.
In the opener, A Plus jumped out to a 5-1 first inning lead before Porky’s/Mutiny improved to 3-0 by rallying in the second half of the game for a 9-6 victory.
That 5-1 edge held until the fourth, when Porky’s plated four runs to tie the game at 5. A Plus regained the edge with a single run in the fifth, before Porky’s/Mutiny went ahead for good with a three-run sixth.
Drew Steele’s three hits, including a double, sparked the winning offense. Anthony Savo, Tom Kavanaugh and Matt Thomas collected a pair of hits each.
Jose Rodriguez and Luis Rivera were best for A Plus with two base hits apiece.
Porky’s/Mutiny took a 4-1 lead in the first inning of the nightcap, before A Plus turned things around for a 13-6 triumph, inflicting the first loss of the year on Porky’s/Mutiny.
After reducing the gap to 4-3 with a pair of runs in the third, A Plus batted around to score six times in the fourth to take the lead for good at 9-4. A four-run sixth ensured the win.
Alex Montero led the victors’ attack by going 4-for-4, including a three-run inside-the-park homer in the six-run, game-changing fourth-inning uprising. Anson Mero and Josh Wifall banged out three hits each, while Heriberto Bellido and Joe Ezzo contributed two apiece.
Kavanaugh had a 4-for-4 outing for Porky’s/Mutiny. Savo notched three base hits, while Steele had a triple and a double.
Mike Marchese was on the mound in both games for Porky’s/Mutiny (3-1), as was Fred Davila for A Plus (2-2).
Buzz & Hank’s Potato Factory (previously identified as Domino’s Pizza) swept a pair from Rex Marine Center/Oxford Pizza Palace, who were 2-0 coming into the game.
After spotting Rex Marine/Oxford Pizza a pair of first-inning runs, Buzz & Hank’s plated five in the second to take a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Rex/Oxford got as close as 9-6 after five, but the Spudmen put up another five spot in the sixth to ensure the win.
D.J. Larkin, who tripled, and Scott McHugh led the winning offense with three hits each. Corey Dzienkiewicz, Harry Danley and Mark Costanza notched two apiece.
For Rex/Oxford, John Schepp, John Fair and losing pitcher John Sinchak were best with a pair of hits each.
Buzz & Hank’s defense turned over a third-inning triple play.
An eight-run first propelled Buzz & Hank’s (3-1) to a 14-2 triumph in the nightcap.
D.J. Larkin again contributed three hits, as did Costanzo. Dan Larkin, Jay Fulcher and Ryan Osborne, who belted an inside-the-park home run, all added a pair of hits apiece.
Kevin Joyce and Fair had two hits each for Rex Marine/Oxford Pizza (2-2).
Chuck Osborne was winning pitcher in both games.
Justin Guillette debuted on the mound for Militia and led them to a 13-6 victory over Zingaro & Cretella in the opener of their doubleheader.
While he and his defense stymied the opposition’s offensive efforts, Guillette helped himself big time at the plate by going 4-for-4, driving in five runs and belting a two-run homer in the third inning that put the Militia ahead for good.
After the teams traded three runs in the first, Guillette belted his round tripper in the top of the third to put Militia ahead 5-3. Zingaro & Cretella answered with a single tally, before Militia put up four in the fourth, three in the fifth and one more in the sixth to build an insurmountable lead.
Angel Cruz also banged out four hits for the victors, while Scott Hurd notched three and Mike Angelicola and Tyler Leopizzo added a pair apiece.
Mike Benoit, who stroked a two-run triple in the first, and Bret Dowty were best for Zingaro & Cretella with two hits each.
Trailing most the game, Zingaro & Cretella rallied for five runs in the seventh to earn a 9-7 win in the nightcap.
After a pair of scoreless innings opened the game, the teams exchanged single runs in the third before Militia scored five times in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. They still were on top 6-4 going into the top of the seventh, when Zingaro & Cretella turned things around with a five-run uprising.
Militia made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, scoring once and having two men on before a game-ending double play preserved the Z & G win.
Dan Baker paced the offense with a pair of hits, including a two-run triple in the fifth. Brandon Dowty garnered three base hits, while Jack Ranger and Edgar Seville contributed two apiece.
Cruz had three base hits for Militia (1-3), while Leopizzo had a pair and Guillette, who took the pitching loss, belted a triple.
Bob Whelan was on the mound in both games for Zingaro & Cretella (1-1).