Connelly Construction tightens grip on first

Division II leader Connelly Construction made it six straight wins with a doubleheader sweep to highlight the week’s action in the Valley Independent Softball League.

Connelly took a 5-0 lead in the first inning and was never threatened in posting an 11-3 triumph over Jesse’s in the opener.

Leading the way at the plate with three base hits each were Dave Gruttadauria, Tom Kiley, Carl Dzienkewicz and James Homa. Matt Fanelli scattered 11 hits in twirling the win.

Mike Sardo went 3-for-3 to pace Jesse’s. Tony Lepri and losing hurler Kevin Brown notched a pair of hits apiece.

Jumping out to a 4-2 first-inning lead, Connelly’s was on top the entire game as it completed a sweep of the Barbers with a 14-8 victory in the nightcap.

Dom Bailey and Mike Smith led the winning offensive charge with three base hits apiece. Mike Matosian, Josh LaRue, Dzienkewicz, Homa, Dennis and Tom Kieley all notched a pair of hits each. Fanelli was the winning pitcher.

Rob Kurdy homered and banged out three doubles to lead Jesse’s. Chris Beleske, who drove in four runs, and Sardo added two hits apiece. Brown took the mound loss.

Kut-Rite Hair Shop eked out a 5-4 win over the Militia in their double header opener.

Pete Silva led the way both with the bat and with the glove. He banged out three hits and handled 11 chances flawlessly at shortstop. Joe Orlando contributed a pair of hits.

The Militia got two base hits apiece from Matt Hurd, Mike Bernardo and Kevin Fuchs. Fuchs also played well defensively in left field.

An eight-run third-inning broke open a tie ball game and launched Kut-Rite on to a 14-4 nightcap triumph.

The Militia took an early 3-1 lead before Kut-Rite tied things up at 3 after two and then took charge with a third-frame outburst.

Nick Lifrieri, Mark Maas and Paul Raymond, who was winning pitcher both games, led the victors with three base hits each. Jack Liedke, Brian Valeria, Greg Bastek, Eric Nelson, Dave Arroyo and Silva, who drove in four runs, added two hits each to the Kut-Rite total.

Jimmy Hoffman’s 3-for-3 led the Militia offense. Angel Cruz had a pair of hits. Alex Orosz hurled both games.

The Meeting Place Restaurant topped Gen-El-Mec, 25-1 and 17-5.