Bricks & Barley closing in on DI championship

Bricks & Barley reduced their “magic number” to one for clinching the Valley Independent Softball League Division I title after registering a sweep of Boland’s Cafe.

Slow starting offensively, Bricks & Barley turned it on in the second half of the game to record a 17-3 triumph in the opener.

After taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, B & B fell behind 3-2 after two. B & B went ahead 4-3 in the third and then scored 13 unanswered runs to coast to the win.

Jeff Putnick, Christian Krohe and Joe Czarnecki led the way at the plate with three base hits apiece. Chris Castaldi, Mike Benoit and Dan Matosian added two base hits each.

Best for Boland’s were Jeff Bryce, Wayne Britto and losing pitcher John Sinchak with a pair of hits each.

Taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning, B & B pulled away to a 15-3 triumph in the nightcap.

Benoit and Krohe each added three more hits to their total for the night. Mike Biga, Matosian and Czarnecki, who had four RBIs, garnered a pair apiece.

Britto had two hits for Boland’s.

Matosian and Putnick led the B & B defense, which was errorless for the evening. Semil Desai benefited as he earned both pitching wins,

Bar 140 made it five straight wins and took over the top spot in Division II by topping Pennsylvania Steel, 20-15 and 8-4.

Mark Laudowicz excelled both at the plate and with the glove in both games, as Penn Steel swept a pair from Militia.

In the opener, Laudowicz banged out three hits including a double and drove in three runs as the Steelmen registered a 16-3 triumph.

Penn jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning, made it 7-0 after two and then ensured the victory with a six-run rumpus in the fourth.

Dan Cochran and Chris DiCostanzo contributed three base hits each to the winning attack, while Mike Visciglia and Brody Brandstatter notched a pair apiece.

Angel Cruz’ 3-for-3 was best for Militia.

Laudowicz had three more hits including another double while accounting for four RBIs in Penn’s 14-9 nightcap win.

Penn trailed early, 1-0 after one and 2-0 in the middle of the third.

The Steelmen then plated four runs, before enjoying a seven-run uprising in the fourth that gave them a commanding 11-2 lead.

Trailing 14-5 going into the final frame, Militia tried to make things interesting as it plated four runs and had a pair of men on before Penn secured the final out to preserve the win.

Cochran had another three-hit outing, while Brandstatter, DiCostanzo and Jon Petruny, who hurled both wins, contributed two base hits each to the Penn offensive.

Acacio Selgado and Cruz led Militia with a pair of hits apiece. John Hayducky absorbed the mound loss in both contests.