Chapman leads Bar 140 to victory

Chris Chapman went 5-for-5 in leading Bar 140 to a 16-7 triumph in the opener of its Valley Independent Softball League doubleheader sweep of The Meeting Place Restaurant.

Although ahead the entire contest, Bar 140 did not ensure the win until the final two frames, when it expanded a slim 9-7 edge into the final score by plating the game’s last seven runs.

Other big contributors to the winning effort were Joe Czarnecki, Phil Mrazik, Steve Daddio and winning pitcher Mike Benoit with three base hits each. Czarnecki and Mrazik drove in three runs apiece.

Alex Montero and losing hurler Fred Davila were best for Meeting Place with a pair of base hits each.

Mrazik clubbed a pair of fence-clearing home runs, good for four RBIs to spark Bar 140 in its 7-3 nightcap win.

Josh Cone and Ant Santacroce aided the Bar 140 cause with two hits each, while Santacroce at shortstop and Craig Chapman at third base made some key defensive plays in support of winning pitcher Mike Osiecki.

Mark Osborne and Anson Mero notched a pair of hits apiece for Meeting Place.

Boland’s Cafe upped its unbeaten streak to six straight games with a pair of wins over Jesse’s Barber Shop, 11-2 and 8-6.

Scoring the last nine runs of the ball game, Kut-Rite Hair Shop pulled away to a 14-5 triumph over the Ghostbusters in the opener of their doubleheader.

After taking a 4-3 lead in the first inning, Kut-Rite fell behind 5-4 in the third before knotting the count at 5 after five. Kut-Rite then went ahead 8-5 with a three-run sixth, before ensuring the win with a six-run seventh-inning outburst.

Bob Findley and Jack Liedke paced the Kut-Rite offense with four hits apiece. Joe Orlando, Dave Arroyo and winning pitcher Pete Silva added two hits each, while Greg Bastek drove in four runs.

Pat Knauth garnered three hits, including a double and a triple, for the Ghostbusters. Kevin Deegan had two hits.

Defensively, Arroyo and Orlando turned in some good plays for the victors — while Dave Facchini and Anthony Cassetti stood out for the Ghostbusters.

In the nightcap, the Ghostbusters scored eight times in the first, opened up a 12-run lead and then fended off a late Kut-Rite rally to earn a 17-15 win.

After their opening frame outburst, the Ghostbusters cruised to a 9-5 lead after four. They then put together another eight-run rumpus that gave them a 17-5 bulge in the middle of the fifth. Kut-Rite then scored the last 10 runs of the game, before the Ghostbusters doused the flame to preserve the victory.

Enzo Zanfardino had three hits, including a double and a triple, to pace the winning attack. Nick Musante, Ryan Moran and Knauth also had three hits apiece, while Cassetti had a pair including a three-run homer.

Arroyo enjoyed a 5-for-5 game for Kut-Rite. Silva, who took the mound loss, had four hits while Paul Raymond, Mark Maas and Liedke banged out three hits apiece.

The winning pitcher was Tom Bell.

Three hits apiece from Brandon Vasquez, Scott and Jeff Hurd paced the Militia to a 7-1 win over Microboard Processing, Inc. Scott Hurd included a pair of doubles in his hits, while Jimmy Hoffman drove in two runs.

The Militia jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and were in charge all the way, as it completed a sweep of MPI with a 10-3 triumph in the nightcap.

Kevin Fuchs homered, Scott Hurd had a double and a triple and Alex Orosz, who hurled both wins, added a pair of hits.