Title race going down to the wire in Division II
It will come down to the season’s final games to determine the 2012 Valley Independent Softball League Wood Division II championship, after Benanto Real Estate and DiGiorgi Roofing & Siding both won doubleheaders to sport 26-8 records They each have two games remaining against each other.
DiGiorgi upped their unbeaten streak to 18 straight, but not before being extended to eight innings in the opener of their twin bill with Pennsylvania Steel (13-23).
Trailing 8-7 after six, DiGiorgi tied things up in the seventh and then won the game 9-8 in the eighth on Anson Mero’s RBI single.
Mark Costanzo enjoyed a 4-for-4 game to pace the Roofers. Fred Davila went 3-for-3 and Alex Montero had three hits in support of winning pitcher Mike Biga.
The nightcap saw DiGiorgi dominate from start to finish in a 16-1 triumph.
Jason Maldonado, Angel Rivera, Costanzo and Davila, who hurled the win, all went 3-for-3. Montero garnered three hits, while Biga added a pair.
Benanto’s sweep did not come easy, as they had to overcome a 12-run deficit to outslug Kut-Rite Hair Shop 23-18 in the opener.
Kut-Rite (21-13) jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and upped the margin to 18-6 by the game’s midpoint.
The Realtors then erupted for eleven in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 18-17.
A four-run fifth put them ahead and a two-run sixth gave them a cushion that ensured the hard-fought win.
Steve Tilki led the winning hit parade with four. Matt Philp, who drove in five runs, Rick Valenti and Mike and Joe Thompson each garnered three base hits.
Winning pitcher Tom Soda helped himself with three hits, including a double and a triple while driving in four runs.
Benanto took a 3-2 first-inning lead and pulled away to an 18-6 win in the second game.
Tilki continued his hot night as he went 5-for-5 to lead the Realtor offense.
Gary Zarella, Ryan Poeta and Joe Thompson banged out three hits each, while Dave Iacuone had a pair of triples.
Darchell Wilson had a 4-for-4 performance to pace the Kut-Rite attack. Bob Findley, Pete Silva and Chico Rodriguez had two safeties apiece.
Rob Piccirillo provided solid defensive support at second base for Soda. Paul Raymond was tagged with the pitching loss.
Capping off a 19-4 triumph with an eight-run seventh inning in the opener, Haynes Materials (19-17) completed a sweep of Pettinella Painting/Ghostbusters with a 7-3 win in the nightcap.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, Haynes upped their advantage to 4-0 with a three-run second.
Pettinella halved the deficit with a two-run third, and the score stayed at 4-2 until Haynes added three insurance runs in the fifth to secure the win.
Adam Peters led the way at the plate with three hits, while Mike Papper contributed a pair.
On the defensive side, left fielder Stu Fodiman provided the top glove support for winning pitcher Jon Basher.
Ryan Moran had three hits, while Tony Pettinella, Dave Facchini and Mike Testani had two safeties apiece for Pettinella/Ghostbusters.
Anthony Cassetti had a good game in left field behind Tom Bell.
The Militia (9-25) took a pair from Pettinella/Ghostbusters, 5-3 and 13-5.
Larry Janesky’s Connecticut Basement Systems and Pettinella/ Ghostbusters (16-18) took turns pounding each other, as they exchanged mercy-rule wins.
After Basement thwarted Pettinella/Ghostbusters 15-3 in the opener, the Painters rebounded with a 20-8 triumph in the nightcap.
The rivals each plated four runs in the first inning before Pettinella/Ghostbusters took charge with an eight-run second.
Basement Systems got as close as 12-8 in the fourth, before Pettinella/Ghostbusters wrapped up the win with four runs in each of the fourth and fifth frames.
Nick Belucci and Dave Facchini each banged out four hits to lead the offense.
Moran, who drove in four runs, Enzo Zanfardino, Justin Cole, Nick Musante, Tony Pettinella, Mike Testani and Bell contributed two safeties apiece.
Joe Peccerillo went 4-for-4 and John Sinchak went 3-for-3 to pace Basement. Steve Donnarummo was losing pitcher.
The game’s fielding standout was Dave Facchini in left-center field for the victors.
Basement Systems (14-22) completed their regular season on an upbeat note by taking a pair from the Seymour Police Union (7-29).
After capturing the opener 12-8, Basement outslugged the Police 23-11 in the nightcap.
Jumping out to a 6-2 first-inning lead, the Basement boys expanded their edge to 14-3 by the middle of the third. The Police got to within 15-11 before Basement sealed the deal by scoring the last eight runs of the game. Donnarummo was the top thumper for Basement, banging out three hits including a three-run triple and a grand slam.