Militia picks up first victory of season
A five-run fifth inning broke a tie and set the stage for Militia’s first Valley Independent Softball League win of the season, an 11-8 victory over Boland’s Cafe.
Neither team mounted much of an offense in the early going as the rivals were knotted at 2-2 after four. Then Militia went on its fifth-frame scoring spree to establish a lead it would not give up the rest of the game.
Trailing 11-6 going into the bottom of the seventh, Boland’s plated a pair and had the bases loaded before Militia put away the final out to preserve the upset win.
Scott Hurd went 4-for-4 to lead the way at the plate for the victors. Angel Cruz notched three hits, Chris Orosz a pair while Kevin Fuchs delivered a two-run single to cap off the Militia’s go ahead fifth-inning rally.
Steve Donnarummo collected three hits for Boland’s. Sean Mayne, John Schepp and losing hurler John Sinchak added a pair apiece.
Boland’s bounced back in the nightcap, taking a 2-0 lead in the first and staying on top all the way to claim a 15-9 win.
After Boland’s tallied six in the second, all with two outs, to up its advantage to 8-0, Militia pared the margin to 9-7 after three. That was as close as they would get, as Boland’s outscored Militia 6-2 the rest of the way.
Dan Darwin, Wayne Britto, Schepp, Donnarummo, Mayne and Sinchak, who twirled the win, each contributed a pair of hits to the winning cause. Donnarummo hammered a two-run triple in Boland’s big second.
Hurd and John Hayducky, who hurled both games, were best for Militia with two base hits apiece.
Kut-Rite Hair Shop unleashed its biggest offensive display in three months to topple Benanto Real Estate twice, 17-4 and 15-1.
Although Kut-Rite led from start to finish in the opener, it didn’t break the game open until the final two frames. Kut-Rite led 3-2 after one inning, upped the advantage to 5-2 in the second and made the score 6-2 in the third. Kut-Rite maintained that edge until the sixth, when it plated four and then locked things up with a seven-run seventh.
Carlos Dias, Mike Conlan and Jim Geffert paced the winning offense with three hits apiece. Jack Liedke added a pair of base hits while accounting for four RBIs.
Ricky Valenti and Brian Iacuonne had two base hits each for the Realtors.
Winning pitcher was Paul Raymond. Keith Hathway absorbed the loss.
A 10-run first inning allowed Kut-Rite to coast to a nightcap win.
Brian Valeria, Diaz, Liedke and Conlan notched a pair of base hits each for Kut-Rite. Conlan capped off the winners’ scoring with a three-run round-tripper in the fifth.
For Benanto, Steve Owens and Matt Thomas were best with two base hits apiece.
Raymond again was winning pitcher. Tom Soda and Anthony DeFala shared mound duties for Benanto.
Bar 140 continued its season-ending hot streak, adding two more wins to make it 15 in a row.
Militia was the latest victim by scores of 16-3 and 15-11.
An eight-run third inning snapped an early 2-2 tie and propelled Bar 140 on to its triumph in the opener.
Leading the way at the plate were J.P. Whittington with three hits, including a homer and a triple, good for five RBIs. Miles Davee and Joe Mastronni also had three base hits each.
Steve Daddio had an excellent game at shortstop to lead the defense behind winning pitcher Mike Osiecki that limited Militia to just five hits.
Militia grabbed the early edge before succumbing to a late Bar 140 scoring flurry. It led 4-3 after one and 7-3 after two. Bar 140 closed to within 7-6 after three, before grabbing the lead for good with a four-run fourth.
Trailing 15-8, Militia rallied for three runs in the seventh and had two men on before Bar 140 gloved the third out and snuffed out any thoughts of an upset.
Davee enjoyed a 4-for-4 outing to spark the winning offense. Ken Manzari banged out three hits, including a triple, while Mastronni had a like number with a double.
Mark Palucci and Kevin Fuchs garnered three base hits apiece for Militia.
Hayducky was on the mound for Militia in both contests.