Bricks & Barley wins division title
Bricks & Barley Cafe had suffered only one Valley Independent Softball League loss all season and that was to Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny.
Well, Porky’s/Mutiny did it again, inflicting a 7-5 defeat on B & B in the opener of their doubleheader.
But that opening game win just delayed Bricks & Barley clinching the 2014 Division I title — which it did in the nightcap with an 8-2 victory.
Bricks & Barley also rolled to an 18-2, 13-1 sweep of Benanto Real Estate.
Division II leader Bar 140 took two from Militia, but had to fend off a huge upset try by Militia.
The opener saw Bar 140 eke out a 6-5 win.
After the teams traded a pair of runs in the first inning, Bar 140 scored once in the second, twice in the third and one more in the fourth for a 6-2 lead.
Militia then made things interesting, plating three runs in the sixth to reduce the deficit to one run.
It held Bar 140 in the top of the seventh, but went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame to end up with a tough loss.
John Robens and Chris Chapman had two base hits each for the victors.
Scott Hurd went 3-for-3 for Militia while Mike Bernardes and Jimmy Hoffman had a pair of hits apiece.
Bar 140 took charge early in the nightcap and rolled to a 23-3 triumph.
After going ahead 4-2 after one, Bar 140 upped the count to 10-2 after two and 16-2 after three to put the game out of reach.
Tom Ballaro went 4-for-4, including a double and a triple, and drove in six runs for the winners.
Mike Osiecki, who hurled both wins, also went 4-for-4, including a double, while Joe Mastroni and Miles Davee, who homered, doubled and knocked in four runs, banged out three hits each.
John Hayducky, who was on the mound in both contests, was best for Militia with pair of hits.
Boland’s Cafe ramped up its offense to register a pair of convincing wins over The Meeting Place Restaurant, 15-5 and 16-4.
In the opener, Boland’s took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, made it 7-1 in the third, and pretty much put things out of reach by expanding the advantage to 11-1 in the middle of the fourth.
Meeting Place came up with four in the bottom of the fourth, but were shut out the rest of the way.
Joe Peccerillo, Dave Gallo, Wayne Britto, who had a triple, and winning pitcher John Sinchak led the way at the plate with three hits each. Dave Donnarummo and Jeff Bruce added two base hits each, while Aaron Rogers had a triple.
John DeCarlo and Anson Mero notched a pair of hits apiece for Meeting Place. Fred Davila was tagged with the pitching loss.
Boland’s took a 5-2 first inning lead and scored in every inning to wrap up the sweep with the nightcap win.
Sinchak, who again earned the mound win, enjoyed a 4-for-4 outing to spark the offense.
Wayne Dobi, Peccerillo and Gallo banged out three hits each, while Steve Donnarummo and Rogers had a pair apiece.
Luis Rivera had two hits for Meeting Place. Scott McHugh was losing pitcher.
Taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Kut-Rite Hair Shop was never threatened as it rolled to a 19-4 triumph in the opener of their doubleheader with Pennsylvania Steel.
Bob Findley, Mark Maas and Keith Maynard banged out three hits apiece to pace the winning offensive. Mike Conlan added a double and a triple, Jim Geffert had a pair of doubles, while Pete Silva contributed a pair of base hits.
Jarvis Benjamin’s three base hits were best for Penn. Brody Branstatter, Mark Laudowicz and losing hurler Jon Petruny notched two base knocks each.
Paul Raymond earned the mound win.
A five-run fifth was the difference in a nip and tuck nightcap affair that had Penn Steel emerge with a 10-7 win that ended a seven-game losing streak.
After the teams traded four runs in the first, Kut-Rite went ahead 6-5 in the second and added one more run in the third for a 7-5 edge.
Highlighted by a two-run double by Laudowicz and capped off by a two-run homer by Benjamin, Penn plated the game deciding runs in that big fifth.
Benjamin had a pair of hits and drove in a total of four runs for the victors.
Zack Volo, Dan Cochran and Petruny, who was winning pitcher, added two base hits apiece.
Findley and Geffert garnered three base hits each for Kut-Rite. Nick Lifrieri, Brian Valeria and Silva, who was losing pitcher, had a pair apiece.
Connelly Construction swept a twin bill from Pennsylvania Steel, 10-3 and 10-6.