Pettinella /Ghostbusters snaps Benanto streak
Pettinella Painting/Ghostbusters proved to be a true spoiler, sweeping three games from Benanto Real Estate and ending the Realtors’ 18-game winning streak.
The three losses also created a dead heat for first place in the Valley Independent Softball League’s Wood Division II between Benanto and DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding, both with 24-8 records.
Pettinella/Ghostbusters (15-13) opened the night with a 15-12 win that was highlighted by a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double by Enzo Zanfardino.
After registering a 5-2 victory in game two, Pettinella/Ghostbusters wrapped up things with an exciting 19-18 triumph in the nightcap.
The game swung on a wild fifth inning.
Trailing 8-5 going into the fifth, Benanto scored nine times to go ahead 14-8 only to have Pettinella/Ghostbusters answer with 11 to regain the lead 19-14.
The Realtors made things interesting in the sixth, when they plated four to trail by one.
They blanked Pettinella/Ghostbusters in the bottom of the sixth, but were zeroed themselves in the seventh to account for the final tally.
Kevin Deegan and Tony Pettinella led the way at the plate with 4-for-4 performances.
Nick Musante banged out three hits in support of winning pitcher Tom Bell.
Haynes Materials dominated Jesse’s Barber Shop 19-5 in the opener of their twin bill.
Jesse’s Kevin Brown went 3-for-3.
Jesse’s (23-11) rebounded to edge Haynes 13-11 in the nightcap.
Mike Happy and Chris Hebert both went 3-for-3, while Dan Andrade notched a pair of hits in support of winning pitcher Brown.
Haynes (17-15) bested Larry Janesky’s Connecticut Basement Systems 7-4 in the opener of their doubleheader, before Basement bounced back to capture the nightcap 11-6.
Basement Systems (11-21) bested Pennsylvania Steel 5-1 in their doubleheader lid-lifter. Chris DiCostanzo belted a triple for the Steelmen.
Penn (13-21) bounced back in the nightcap by edging Basement, 5-4.
A four-run fourth inning that snapped a 1-1 tie meant the difference in the ball game.
The Basement boys rallied for three runs in the seventh, before a relief effort by John Barquin saved the win for starting pitcher Bill Bowden.
Frank Capite had a good game with the bat to lead the Penn offense, while the Penn outfield excelled defensively.
For the second straight week, Caliente Bar & Grill/Mutiny (12-14) swept a Wood Division I twin bill from Downtown Danny O’s #2 (19-10).
They eked out a 6-5 win in the opener and then snagged the nightcap, 7-5.
Joe Czarnecki banged out four hits and drove in five runs to pace Downtown Danny O’s #1 (15-13) to an 18-3 triumph over The Meeting Place Restaurant (13-16).
Tom Ballaro also notched four hits, while Brett Chapman and Matt Simone had three each in support of winning pitcher Mike Osiecki.
Meeting Place took a 3-1 first-inning lead in the nightcap and never trailed in besting Danny O’s, 9-7.
Steve Rothman enjoyed a 4-for-4 game, while John Barrett banged out three hits to lead the victors’ offense. Jose Rodriguez, Paul Veilleux, Steve Donnarummo, Scott McHugh and winning pitcher Fred Davila all had two hits each.
Joe Smergalino went 4-for-4 for Danny O’s.
Matt Simone and Chris Chapman added a pair of hits each.
Davila helped himself with some excellent glovework on the mound, while Veilleux had a good game at shortstop.
Pat Moriarty was Danny O’s defensive standout.
John Ozelski was losing pitcher. Caliente Bar & Grill edged D & J Roofing 6-5 in the opener of their doubleheader, before the Roofers (9-21) bested them 10-6 in the nightcap.