Men's softball: Z & C completes rare quadrupleheader
Zingaro & Cretella took on the task of accomplishing something that had only been done once before in Valley Independent League history, playing four games in one night. And the end result was a split.
The Barristers began the night on a high note, plating four runs in the top of the first in their opener versus A Plus Exterior. Unfortunately those were the only runs of the game they scored, as A Plus chipped away at the early deficit to eke out a 5-4 win.
Scoreless through the first three frames, A Plus got on the board with a pair in the fourth and then added two more in the fifth to tie the score. Consecutive one-out base hits in the sixth by Josh Wifall (double), Fred Davila and Anson Mero plated the eventual winning run.
Wifall went 3-for-3 to spark the A Plus offense. John DeCarlo and Mero garnered a pair of hits each.
Chris Grohe's 3-for-3 was best for Z & G. Brandon Dowty, who tripled, Brian Gargiulo and Jack Ranger notched two hits apiece.
Davila earned the pitching win over Mike Brunswick.
A Plus came out of the gate with three runs in the top of the first and were in charge all the way as it recorded an 11-3 triumph in the second game.
Heriberto Bellido had a single, double and triple to spark the A Plus attack. Wifall had two hits, including a triple, while Brian Veilleux, Santos Flores, Alex Montero and Mero all had a pair of hits.
Ranger and Dowty were best for Zingaro & Cretella with two base hits each.
Davila again was winning pitcher. Brunswick and Ethan Lonordelli shared the pitching chores for Z & G.
Next up for Zingaro & Cretella were The Diamond Kings.
Even though the results were much better (a sweep) for the Attorneys, they had to work hard to earn the wins.
In the opener, Z & G led almost the entire game but had to go to the bottom of the seventh to edge The Kings, 10-9.
After jumping out to a 5-2 lead after one, Z & G fell behind 7-5 when The Kings plated five in the top of the third. The Lawyers answered with a pair to tie the score and regained the lead with two more in the fourth.
They maintained a narrow lead until The Kings tied things up once again with single runs in the fifth and seventh.
In the home half of the seventh, Z & G loaded the bases with one out and Lonordelli plated the deciding run with a sacrifice fly.
Gabe Diglio enjoyed a 4-for-4 day to pace the winners at the plate. Justin Kotske, Ranger and Grohe collected two hits each.
J.D. Digirolamo was best for The Kings with three hits — including a pair of doubles. Nico Pirulli, Matt Marconi, Tyler Perimens, Dan and A.J. Gallo added a pair apiece.
The night's finale for the "Marathon Men" of Zingaro & Cretella was a marathon 23-17 win that began with the teams combining to score 23 first-inning runs.
Ignited by a Diglio three-run fence-clearing homer, the Lawyers put up 10 runs in the top of the first. The Diamond Kings then answered with 13 to leave the score at 13-10 after one.
After Z & G countered with six in the top of the second to regain the lead, a lead it didn't relinquish the rest of the way, things quieted down, relatively speaking.
The Diamond Kings did close to within three after six, but a four-run seventh featuring another fence-clearing four-bagger, this one by Mike Dziubina, put a wrap on the win.
Brunswick and Lonordelli, who was winning pitcher in both games, went a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the victors. Kotske banged out three hits, while Blake Barone and Dziubina notched a pair each.
Joe Cecio amassed four hits, including an inside-the-park homer for The Diamond Kings. Scott Gallo, Digirolamo and Marconi had three apiece.
Buzz & Hank's Potato Factory took charge of the opener of their doubleheader with Rex Marine Center/Oxford Pizza Palace by coming out of the gate with an 11-run first-inning outburst that paved the way to a 22-4 triumph.
Jay Fulcher and winning pitcher Chuck Osborne each delivered two-run base hits to highlight the scoring spree that saw 17 men come to the plate.
Rex/Oxford answered with a pair of runs, but the Spudmen added seven more in the second to essentially wrap up the win. Ryan Osborne drilled a three-run inside-the-park homer to highlight this outburst.
Gilbert Fernandez led the way at the plate for the victors by going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Anthony Jacabacci and Ryan Osborne banged out three hits each, while D.J. Larkin, Fulcher, Chuck and Mark Osborne notched two apiece.
Dave Gallo had a pair of hits for Rex/Oxford, whose Steve Donnarummo absorbed the pitching loss.
Rex Marine/Oxford Pizza recovered quickly from that opening game to annex the nightcap, 10-9.
After Buzz & Hank's went ahead 1-0 after one, the rivals were knotted at 2 after two before Rex/Oxford pushed across five in the third to go up 7-2. Donnarummo highlighted the scoring with a bases-loaded triple.
Rex/Oxford still maintained a five-run lead at 9-4, when the Spudsters scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run ball game.
Single runs were exchanged in the sixth and neither team scored in the seventh as Rex/Oxford held on for the one-run win.
Two hits each from Jeff Bryce, Joe Peccerillo, John Schepp, John Fair, Donnarummo and Gallo led the winning offense. Fair and Gallo each hammered triples.
D.J. Larkin enjoyed a 4-for-4 day while Jay Fulcher and Scott McHugh banged out three base hits each for Buzz & Hank's.
John Sinchak earned the pitching win over Chuck Osborne.
Buzz & Hank's rallied late to best first place Porky's Cafe/Mutiny 11-5 and snap the front runners' four-game winning streak.
Trailing 5-3 going into the fifth inning, Porky's/Mutiny plated a pair to tie the game. Buzz & Hank's then doubled their run total with a five-run blitz in the home half of the frame, before adding one more in the sixth to pull away at the end.
In the second game, Buzz & Hank's looked like they were going to continue their mastery for the night over Porky's/Mutiny and complete the sweep, as they led the entire game until Porky's/Mutiny staged a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh to eke out an exciting 6-5 win.
Taking a 1-0 lead after one, the Spudsters upped their advantage to 4-1 after two and 5-1 after four. It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when RBI singles by Dave Tokarz, Rick Valenti, Everett Morrell and Marty Clifford tied the game before Enzo Zanfardino delivered the hit that produced the game-deciding run.
Morrell had two hits and two RBIs to pace the winners. Tom Kavanaugh, Joe Coppola and Valenti had a pair of hits each.
McHugh's 3-for-3 was best for Buzz & Hank's. Brandon Luzinski, D.J. Larkin and Ryan Osborne notched two base hits apiece.
Chuck Osborne was on the mound in both games for the Spudmen, as was Anthony Savo for Porky's/Mutiny.