Bar 140 turns it on late in sweep
Bar 140 saved the best for last in both ends of its Valley Independent Softball League doubleheader with Kut-Rite Hair Shop to register a 12-8 and 25-9 sweep.
Bar 140 never led until it went on a six-run sixth inning spree to claim the victory in the opener.
Kut-Rite took a 4-2 lead after one and held that edge until the third, when Bar 140 plated a pair to tie the score at 4. Kut-Rite regained the lead 6-5 after four and held an 8-6 advantage, when Bar 140 erupted for the game-deciding rally in the sixth. Back-to-back two-run singles by Tom Ballaro and Craig Chapman were the big hits.
Chapman led the winning offense with three hits, while driving in four runs. Ballaro had two hits, as did Ryan Doughan.
Brian Valeria’s three base hits was best for Kut-Rite.
The Bar 140 infield defense consisting of John Robens at third base and the Chapman boys, Craig at first, Brett at second and Chris at short, played well in support of winning pitcher Mike Osiecki.
Bar 140 bettered themselves in the nightcap, as it plated 21 runs in the final two at-bats to turn a four-run deficit into a one-sided win.
Kut-Rite again led most of the way, 2-0 after one, 3-0 after two and 8-4 after four. Bar 140 then sent 17 men to the plate in the fifth to produce 13 runs, before they topped off the triumph with an eight-run rumpus in the sixth.
Ballaro paced the batting barrage with four hits and seven RBIs. Craig Chapman also had four hits, while driving in four runs, while Chris Chapman and Ken Manzari garnered three base hits apiece.
Mike Conlan and losing pitcher Pete Silva topped the Kut-Rite offense with three base knocks each.
Bricks & Barley rallied late to break open a tight ball game and register an 11-2 victory over The Meeting Place Restaurant and then held on to eke out a 6-5 win in the nightcap.
Boland’s Cafe and Benanto Real Estate split their doubleheader, with Boland’s capturing the opener, 8-6, before the Realtors rebounded to register an 8-2 win in the nightcap.
Taking a 1-0 lead after one inning, Boland’s traded four runs with Benanto in the second and stayed on top the rest of the game.
Aaron Rogers, John Schepp, Wayne Britto, Steve Donnarummo and winning pitcher John Sinchak notched two hits apiece for Boland’s.
Matt Thomas banged out three base hits while Doug Wenz and Brian Iacuonne had a pair each to lead the Realtors.
Wenz led the way to Benanto’s nightcap win.
While going 4-for-4, Wenz poled a two-run, fence-clearing home run that highlighted a three-run third that put Benanto on top for good. He also had a run-scoring triple in the fifth and finished up with a total of five RBIs.
Rick Valenti contributed a 3-for-3 effort, while Iacuonne had a pair of safeties.
Dave Gallo went 3-for-3, including a double that produced Boland’s two runs in the third.
Keith Hathway was on the mound in both games for Benanto as was Sinchak for Boland’s.
Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny overcame a determined Pennsylvania Steel upset effort in both games to make it seven wins in their last eight games with a sweep of the Steelmen.
Chris Wallace’s one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Porky’s/Mutiny a 9-8 win in the opener.
After Penn took an early 3-0 lead, Porky’s/Mutiny got on the board with a five-run third to give them a two-run advantage.
They maintained a slim lead until the top of the sixth, when Penn pushed across a pair to tie the score at 8.
The teams remained knotted until the bottom of the seventh, when Sean Qualey singled and, after a fly out, Wallace came through with his timely two-bagger that drove in Qualey with the game-deciding run.
Wallace was the offensive pacesetter for the victors with a total of three base hits. Enzo Zanfardino, Anthony Onofrio and Anthony Savo added a pair apiece.
Chris DiCostanzo and Jarvis Benjamin were best for Penn with three base knocks each.
Falling behind early, Porky’s/Mutiny rallied late to claim a 9-3 victory in the nightcap.
A two-run first and a single counter in the third gave Penn Steel a 3-0 edge after three. Then, led by winning pitcher Mike Marchese’s glovework up the middle, the Porky’s/Mutiny defense zeroed the Steelmen the rest of the way while the offense plated two in the fourth and fifth innings before ensuring the win with a five-run seventh.
Marchese also was the victors’ leading hitter, garnering three base hits. Drew Steele had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple in the big seventh and finished up with four RBIs. Jeff Gilbert, Sean Qualey and Wallace notched a pair of hits each.
Jon Petruny had a single, double and triple and a pair of RBIs for Penn Steel. He was losing pitcher, but excelled defensively on the mound.