Meeting Place climbing the standings
The Meeting Place Restaurant moved into a tie for second place in the Valley Independent Softball League with a pair of solid wins over Kut-Rite Hair Shop, in June.
After trading zeroes with Kut-Rite in the first inning, Meeting Place took a 1-0 lead in the second and pulled away to a 10-1 triumph in the opener.
John DeCarlo upped the lead to 4-0 with a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the top of the third.
Kut-Rite put up its lone tally in the home half of the frame, before Ed Leggo and Jeff French hit back-to-back, two-run doubles to increase the gap to 8-1 after four. Single runs in the fifth and sixth completed the scoring.
Scott McHugh went 3-for-3 for the victors. Paul Veilleux returned to the active roster with a pair of hits, while Luis Rivera and Alex Montero also had two base hits each.
Losing pitcher Paul Raymond had a 3-for-3 game while Chris Kovacs garnered a pair.
Fred Davila twirled the win. Montero had a good game in right centerfield to support Davila defensively.
Meeting Place broke open a tight ball game with a late scoring surge to record a 12-4 victory in the nightcap.
Kut-Rite took a 3-0 lead in the first, before Meeting Place knotted matters with three-run second. The rivals traded single tallies in the fourth, before Meeting Place put up five runs in the fifth to go ahead for good. It tacked on the final three in the sixth.
Leggo led the way with a 3-for-3 performance. McHugh, Montero and Davila, who again hurled the win, banged out three hits each.
Greg Bastek and Del Rodrigues had two hits apiece for Kut-Rite.
Shortstop Miguel Morales provided the top defensive help for Davila.
It took a while for the Ball Buster offense to heat up in both games but, when it did, it earned the Busters a convincing doubleheader sweep over Militia.
Trailing 3-2 at the game's halfway point, the Busters outscored Militia 9-3 the rest of the way to rack up an 11-6 victory in the opener.
Going ahead 5-3 with a three-run fourth, the Busters made it 7-3 on Joe Peccerillo's two-run single in the fifth before locking things up with a four-run sixth.
Militia made some noise in its final turn, a three-run rally in the seventh, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Peccerillo led the winning offense with a 3-for-3 effort and three RBIs. Steve Dobi banged out three hits, while Jeff Bryce, Sean Mayne and Matt Barr contributed a pair each.
Scott Hurd, Jim Palmarozza and losing hurler John Hayducky each had two of the nine hits surrendered by winning pitcher John Sinchak.
The nightcap saw Militia holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead after four, before the Busters erupted for seven in the fifth and 11 more in the sixth to wrap up a 19-2 triumph.
Dobi paced the assault with four base hits, including a double. Steve Donnarummo and Sinchak, who again was winning pitcher, notched three base hits each while Aaron Rogers, Mayne and Barr chipped in with two apiece.
Hurd's 3-for-3 performance that included a triple was best for Militia.
Shortstop Bryan Matos and left centerfielder Wayne Britto stood out defensively for the victors.