Deadlock remains atop Valley Independent Softball League
Buzz & Hank's Potato Factory and Porky's Cafe/Mutiny both swept doubleheaders to remain tied for first place in the Valley Independent Softball League with 5-1 records.
Buzz & Hank's lost its season opener, but since then have won five in a row including a pair over Zingaro & Cretella.
Ryan Osborne's two-run triple highlighted a four-run seventh inning that meant the difference in Buzz & Hank's 11-7 win in the opener.
The teams traded one-run leads in the early going, before a three-run fifth gave the Spudmen a 6-2 edge. They added one more in the top of the sixth, before Zingaro & Cretella batted around to score five time to knot the count at 7.
Buzz & Hank's immediately responded with a four-run outburst in the top of the seventh, before zeroing the Litigators in the bottom of the frame to sew up the win.
Osborne led the way for the victors with three base hits. Scott McHugh, Mark Costanzo and D.J. Larkin notched a pair of hits each.
Blake Barone banged out three hits for Zingaro & Cretella, while losing hurler Semil Desai added two.
Pounding out 24 hits, Buzz & Hank's completed the evening's sweep with a 20-8 triumph in the nightcap.
Ryan Osborne again had a hot bat, garnering four base hits, as did McHugh. Anthony Jacabacci, Larkin and Chuck Osborne, who hurled both wins, contributed three each while Corey Dzienkiewicz, Harry Danley and Costanzo added a pair apiece.
The Lawyers got two base hits each from Gabe Diglio, Barone and Desai.
After taking a 9-6 lead after two, Buzz & Hank's maintained a narrow lead the rest of the way before wrapping up the victory with an eight-run explosion in the sixth.
Ryan Osborne also had a good night defensively at shortstop, as did Brandon Dowty at third base for Zingaro & Cretella.
Porky's/Mutiny maintained their share of the top spot with twin wins over Rex Marine Center/Oxford Pizza Palace.
A seven-run third inning broke things open and paved the way for a Porky's/Mutiny 15-6 win in the opener.
After Rex/Oxford took a 2-1 lead in the first, Porky's/Mutiny went ahead 5-2 with a four-run second. Then they went on their third-inning spree that was highlighted by two-run base hits from Tom Kavanaugh and Drew Steele to open a lead that wasn't threatened the rest of the way.
Three hits each by Jeff Giarratano, Kevin Deegan, winning pitcher Anthony Savo and Steele, who drove in a total of four runs, led the victors' offense.
Steve Donnarummo went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs for Rex Marine/Oxford Pizza. John Fair and losing hurler John Sinchak added a pair of hits each.
An eight-run first inning and a nearly flawless defense highlighted Porky's/Mutiny 12-0 victory in the nightcap.
With nine of the first 10 batters singling to lead off the game, the eight-run outburst decided the game's outcome early.
Giarratano went 3-for-3 while Kavanaugh and Steele had three hits each to pace the winning attack. Sean Qualey, Matt Thomas, Enzo Zanfardino, Savo and winning pitcher Mike Marchese garnered a pair of hits apiece.
Joe Peccerillo and Greg Knobloch had two hits for Rex Marine/Oxford Pizza. Sinchak was tagged with the mound setback.
The Diamond Kings took a 1-0 first-inning lead, made it 5-0 in the second and stayed on top all the way to annex the opener of a doubleheader with A Plus Exterior, 10-4.
A Plus did reduce the deficit to 5-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second, but the Kings answered with four in the top of the third to increase the lead — which didn't drop below six runs the rest of the way.
Brian Lavin led the way at the plate with pair of hits, including a two-run second-inning triple. Nico Pirulli, Jack DiMotta and A.J. Gallo each had a pair of hits.
Alex Montero with two hits, including a triple, and Anson Mero, who also had two hits while driving in three runs, were best for A Plus. Jose Rodriguez, Heriberto Bellido and Brian Veilleux contributed a pair of hits apiece.
Joe Cecio earned the pitching win over Joe Ezzo.
Trailing the entire game, The Diamond Kings rallied late to edge A Plus 6-5 in the second game.
A Plus took a 1-0 lead in the first, made it 2-1 after four and upped it to 5-1 with a three-run fifth that included a two-run, inside-the-park homer by Montero.
The Kings then plated three in the sixth to trail by one before pushing across a pair in the bottom of the seventh to steal the win. Lavin's bases-loaded single ended the nailbiter.
Lavin and Cecio, who again hurled the win, garnered a pair of hits each for the victors.
Mero had three hits for A Plus, while Juan Maldonado and losing pitcher Fred Davila notched two apiece.