Bricks & Barley captures postseason title

Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny, the only team that was able to defeat Valley Independent Softball League Division I regular-season champion Bricks & Barley, was on the verge of doing it again in the divisional postseason tournament championship game.

But, a late Bricks & Barley surge earned it a 9-4 win, completing a sweep of 2014 divisional honors.

After Porky’s/Mutiny, who beat Bricks twice, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the teams were tied 3-3 after two before Porky’s/Mutiny went back on top 4-3 in the third.

The score stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth, when B & B plated a pair to go ahead 5-4 before locking up the title clinching win with a four-run sixth.

Dan Metosian and Mike Benoit were the offensive pacesetters for the victors with three base hits each. Elijah Medina contributed a pair.

Mike Marchese, who took the mound loss, was best for Porky’s/Mutiny with a 3-for-3 effort. Nick Belluci and Sal and Anthony Savo notched a pair of base hits apiece.

Winning pitcher Mike Biga made several excellent plays on the mound to lead the victors’ defensive efforts that zeroed Porky’s/Mutiny the final four frames.

A 12-3 triumph over Benanto Real Estate earned Bricks & Barley its spot in the finals.

Taking a 1-0 lead in the first, B & B was on top all the way. B & B made it 4-0 in the second and, after Benanto got on the board with a single tally in the top of the fourth, Bricks & Barley responded with four in their half of the inning to build a commanding 8-1 edge.

Justin Kroftsick and Joe Czarnecki each had three hits and three RBIs to pace the winning attack. Eric Christianson and Matosian garnered a pair apiece.

Steve Pantaleo and Matt Thomas had two base hits each for the Realtors.

Semil Desal earned the pitching win over Keith Hathway.

Porky’s/Mutiny came out of the gate with a six-run first inning and thumped Connelly Construction, 17-3, to create its berth in the finals.

The Builders responded in the bottom of the first with three runs but then were silenced the remainder of the game as Porky’s/Mutiny pulled away to the one-sided win.

Chris Wallace went 4-for-4 to pace the winning offense. Sean Qualey, Drew Steele and Tom Kavanaugh banged out three hits each.

Kavanaugh excelled with the glove at shortstop to lead the defense that helped Marchese limit the opposition to six hits.

Matt Fanelli was the losing pitcher.