Meeting Place Restaurant topples Connelly Construction

The Meeting Place Restaurant swept a Valley Independent Softball League doubleheader from Connelly Construction, ending the Builders’ eight-game unbeaten streak.

The opener was a defensive battle that saw the rivals trading zeroes until the fifth inning, when Meeting Place’s offense erupted to score 10 runs which gave them a 10-3 win.

Offensive leaders for the victors were Anson Mero with three hits, Angel Tanus with a home run and Alex Montero with a triple.

The nightcap saw Meeting Place carry a 6-1 lead into the seventh, when Connelly rallied for three runs before Meeting Place corralled the third out to preserve a 6-4 win.

Chris Folsom, who stood out defensively at shortstop in both games, belted a home run for the winners.

Atop their respective divisions, Connelly (D2) and Choice Design Remodeling (D3) split a soggy doubleheader.

After the teams traded first-inning tallies, Connelly plated six runs in the second and pulled away to an 18-5 triumph in the opener.

Josh LaRue, who went 4-for-4, and Mike Smith, who had three hits and drove in four runs, led the victors at the plate.

Mike Matosian contributed three base hits, while Josh Ezzo and James Homa added a pair apiece.

Steve Donnarummo, who was losing pitcher, banged out three hits for the Designers. Dan Dorwin and Wayne Britto had two each.

Choice Design took a 3-1 lead in the first and stayed on top all the way in registering a 15-10 win over Connelly in the nightcap.

Highlighted by a two-run triple by Britto, Choice Design erupted for seven in the second to open a 10-1 lead.

Connelly clawed its way back to trail by one, 10-9, after five, but Choice Design outscored them 5-1 the rest of the way to secure the win.

Britto, with three hits and three RBIs, was the winners’ top thumper. John Schepp and John Fair collected three hits, while Joe Peccerillo and John Sinchak had a pair apiece.

Smith had four hits and LaRue three for Connelly.

Donnarummo twirled the win. Matt Fanelli was on the mound in both contests for Connelly.

Extending their undefeated streak to six straight, Jesse’s Barber Shop swept a pair of games from the Ghostbusters.

Behind Rob Kurdy’s 4-for-4 effort including a home run, Jesse’s outlasted the Ghostbusters 10-8 in the opener. Chris Hebert banged out three hits, while winning hurler Kevin Brown contributed a pair.

A 9-2 nightcap victory completed the sweep. Mike Happy’s three hits and three RBIs and Justin Barrett’s two RBIs led the way. Brown again was winning pitcher.

In earlier action, Jesse’s defeated Microboard Processing, Inc. twice 17-2 and 20-3. Highlighting Jesse’s offensive barrage were a pair of fence-clearing home runs by Kurdy and another four bagger by Chris Beleske.

The Militia struck for seven first-inning runs and were never threatened, as it bested Pennsylvania Steel 12-4 in the opener of their twin bill.

Jeff Hurd led the way offensively with four base hits.

Angel Cruz garnered three hits, while Acacio Selgado, Rich Morin, Kevin Fuchs and winning pitcher Alex Orosz added a pair apiece.

An excellent game afield by third baseman Dan Popiolek led the defense that helped Orosz limit Penn to seven hits, including two by Chris Moore. Bill Bowden was losing pitcher.

The Steelmen bounced back to capture the nightcap, 7-1.

After the teams traded first-inning runs, Penn went ahead 4-1 in the second and blanked its opponent the rest of the way.

Mark Laudowicz enjoyed a 4-for-4 game, including a triple for the victors. Tony Day notched a pair of safeties.

An errorless defense spearheaded by first baseman Tom Sadowski, right-center fielder Rob Rainey and Laudowicz at shortstop allowed Bowden to limit the Militia to five hits, including two by Morin.