Men's Softball: Porky’s Cafe holds off A Plus
Despite jumping out to an early 7-0 lead, first place Porky's Cafe/Mutiny was forced to score late to earn a 10-7 Valley Independent Softball League win over A Plus Exterior.
After plating a pair of runs in the first inning, Porky's/Mutiny tacked on five more in the top of the second capped off by Drew Steele’s two-run home run.
A Plus then got on the board with a pair in the bottom of the second, before adding three in the third and two in the fourth to forge a 7-7 tie.
Porky's/Mutiny then shut them down the final three frames while scoring the go-ahead counter in the fifth, before tacking on a pair of insurance tallies in the seventh.
Sal Savo led the winning offense with four hits. Anthony Savo and Steele banged out three apiece while Sean Qualey, Tom Kavanaugh and winning pitcher Mike Marchese added two each.
Juan Maldonado and Joe Ezzo were best for A Plus with three hits apiece, while Anson Mero managed a pair. Fred Davila was losing pitcher.
A Plus sprang out of the gate with a nine-run first and never trailed in recording a 19-13 slugfest win in the nightcap.
Porky's/Mutiny whittled away at the lead and got as close as 15-12 after four but, spurred by a pair of late-game triples by Alex Montero, A Plus outscored Porky's/Mutiny 4-1 to put away the win.
Montero went 5-for-5 and Luis Rivera went 4-for-4 to pace the victors at the plate. Jose Rodriguez, Brian Veilleux, Santos Flores, Maldonado and Davila, who twirled the win, contributed two hits each.
Enzo Zanfardino was best for Porky's/Mutiny with three hits — including a triple. Kavanaugh had two hits, including an inside-the-park homer, while Sal Savo added a fence-clearing homer.
Despite a pair of seven-run innings, Buzz & Hank's Potato Factory needed some late-game scoring to claim an 18-16 victory over Zingaro & Cretella.
Buzz & Hank's opened the game with their first seven-run outburst in the top of the first. Z & C scored once in the bottom of the first, before putting up six in the third to knot the score at 7-7.
The second seven-run spree came in the top of the fourth to regain the lead for the Spudsters at 14-7. However, the Barristers countered with a nine-run explosion in the home half of the frame to go ahead 16-14.
Then, in the top of the fifth, after inning-opening singles by Ryan Osborne and D.J. Larkin, Chris Folsom delivered the big blow of the game, a three-run, fence-clearing home run to regain the lead for the Spudmen 17-16, They tacked on one more in the sixth, while zeroing the opposition the rest of the way to close out the win.
Larkin and Folsom led the way offensively for the victors with three base hits apiece. Jay Fulcher and winning pitcher Chuck Osborne contributed two each.
Three hits apiece by Chris Hulk and Chris Grohe were best for Zingaro & Cretella. Blake Barone, Gabe Diglio and losing pitcher Don Cretella III notched a pair each.
A six-run second meant the difference as Buzz & Hank's captured the nightcap 8-5.
After the teams traded single runs early, the Spudsters batted around in the bottom of the second to establish a 7-1 lead. They added one more in the fourth and then fended off a late-game push by the Attorneys to wrap up the victory.
Anthony Jacabacii led the winners with three hits. Mark Osborne and Scott McHugh, who split the pitching chores with Chuck Osborne, garnered a pair of base hits apiece.
Brandon Dowty, Jack Ranges, losing pitcher Mike Benoit and Hulk had two hits each for the Counselors.
Never leading in the game, A Plus rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to eke out an 11-10 win over The Diamond Kings.
Falling behind 5-3 after one, A Plus trailed 6-4 after two before tying the score at 6 with a pair of runs in the fourth.
The Kings immediately regained the lead with a three-run fifth, before A Plus once again tied things up with a three-run sixth.
After The Kings scored once in the top of the seventh, A Plus got one-out singles from Josh Wifall and Ezzo before Corey Foster ended things with a booming two-run double to the right-field fence.
Luis Rivera, Santos Flores, Anson Mero, Wifall, Ezzo and winning pitcher Fred Davila led A Plus with two base hits each.
Matt Marconi, who drove in four runs, Nick Bacarella and losing hurler Joe Cecio were best for The Diamond Kings with three hits apiece. Dan Gallo and Brian Lavin added a pair of hits each.
An eight-run second propelled The Diamond Kings on to a 17-2 triumph in the nightcap.
After the teams exchanged a pair of runs in the early going, The Kings went on their second-stanza scoring spree. Marconi capped off the uprising with a three-run inside-the-park homer.
Adding a single counter in the third, The Kings finished off the scoring with a six-run fourth.
Cecio, who hurled the win, sparked the offense by going 3-for-3. Tyler Perimens, Jack DiMotta, A.J. Gallo, Bacarella and Lavin contributed a pair of base hits each.
Brian Veilleux and Heriberto Bellido had two hits for A Plus. Davila was tagged with the mound setback.
Jumping out to a 4-0 first inning lead, Rex Marine Center/Oxford Pizza Palace led all the way in besting Militia 11-4.
The lead was upped to 6-1 in the second and, after Militia got within 6-4 in the top of the third, Rex/Oxford shut Militia down the final four frames while wrapping up their scoring with three in the bottom of the third and two more in the sixth.
Dave Gallo's two hits, including a double, and three RBIs paced the winning offense. Sean Mayne, Joe Peccerillo, John Fair and Steve Donnarummo notched a pair of hits apiece.
Best for Militia were Jeff Hurd, Angel Cruz and Mike Angelicola with two base hits each.
Militia fell behind 1-0 after one, but erupted for eight runs in the second to launch them onto a 15-3 victory in the nightcap.
Highlighting the outburst were back-to-back triples by Mike Angelicolo and winning pitcher Justin Guillette, followed by an inside-the-park homer by Mason Lacomme which capped off the uprising.
Rex/Oxford reduced the gap to 8-3 in the top of the fourth, but Militia put the contest out of reach with a six-run spree in the home half of the frame. Guillette delivered his second triple of the game, good for two RBIs.
Guillette finished with a perfect 4-for-4 ledger. Tyler Leopizoo banged out three hits, while Bill Bogen, Angelicola and Laconne contributed a pair apiece.
Two base hits each for Wayne Britto, Donnarummo and Fair were best for Rex/Oxford.