Porky's Cafe/Mutiny claims title
With the victory, Porky’s locked up the 2015 Valley Independent League regular season championship.
Santini's got on the board first with a single tally in the top of the second, before Porky's/Mutiny answered with four in the home half of the frame.
That 4-1 score remained until the top of the fifth, when Santini's batted around to score five times and go on top 6-4.
Then, in the bottom of the sixth, Porky's/Mutiny's offense, dormant since the second, arose to put up four more runs to regain the lead. The defense finished off the game by putting Santini's down 1-2-3 in the seventh to wrap up Porky's/Mutiny first league crown.
Marty Clifford enjoyed a 3-for-3 day, while driving in a pair of runs to lead the victor’s offense. Kevin Stachowicz, Jeff Giaratanno and winning pitcher Jose Santiago contributed a pair of hits each. Zack Volo had two hits, including a triple, for Santini's.
Santini's earned a split for the evening as it scored in every inning in topping Porky's/Mutiny 12-9 in the nightcap.
After Santini's took a 1-0 lead in the first, the rivals were tied at 4-4 and 6-6 before a three-run fourth put Santini's in front for good. Santini’s increased the lead to 12-7 before Porky's/Mutiny tacked on a pair of runs in the seventh.
Tom Sadowski was Santini's offensive pacesetter with three hits. Dan Cochran, Josh Wifall, Mike Visciglia, Anthony Lazzara, Tim Garrity and winning pitcher Jon Petruny all added two base hits apiece.
Losing hurler Sean Qualey collected three hits for Porky's/Mutiny. Dave Tokarz, Tom Kavanaugh, Drew Steele, Nick Belucci and Santiago notched a pair each. Kavanaugh and Steele had triples, while Tokarz, Belucci and Santiago all had doubles.
Meeting Place secures second place
The Meeting Place Restaurant locked up second place with a doubleheader sweep of the Ball Busters.
A four-run sixth inning turned the tide in Meeting Place's favor as it edged the Busters 6-4 in the opener.
The rivals traded zeroes until the bottom of the fourth, when Joe Peccerillo's two-run single gave the Busters a 2-0 lead.
After Meeting Place matched those runs in the top of the fifth, the Busters regained the edge with a single run in the home half of the frame.
Meeting Place then staged what proved to be the game-deciding rally in the top of the sixth and held the Busters to a lone tally the rest of the way.
Paul Veilleux had two hits — including an RBI triple to lead the victors.
John Schepp went 3-for-3, while Jeff Bryce and John Fair notched a pair of hits for the Ball Busters.
A wild fourth inning highlighted Meeting Place's 21-16 win in the nightcap.
The Busters took a 3-0 lead in the first and maintained it until the bottom of the third when Meeting Place tied the score at 3-3.
The Busters then put six runs on the board in the top of the fourth, only to have Meeting Place answer with 10 of their own to go ahead by four.
The lead ballooned to 10 before the Busters staged a too little, too late five-run rally in the seventh to cut the deficit in half to end the game.
John DeCarlo and Fred Davila, who hurled both wins, led the victor’s attack with four hits each. Anson Mero added three. Davila and Mero drove in four runs apiece.
Fair banged out four hits for the Busters, while Wayne Britto and Steve Donnarummo, who was losing pitcher in both contests, garnered three each. Donnarummo had four RBIs.
In earlier action, Porky's/Mutiny took two from Militia.
A 13-run second inning propelled Porky's/Mutiny to a 22-13 slugfest win in the opener.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first, Porky's/Mutiny upped its advantage to 14-0 with the second-stanza outburst.
Militia whittled away at the big deficit, but the closest it could get would be at 19-10 and the final score.
Qualey's 5-for-5 and winning pitcher Mike Marchese's 4-for-4, that included a double and a triple, sparked the victor's offense.
Kevin Stachowicz, who drove in four runs, Clifford, Steele and Kavanaugh all contributed three base hits apiece. Steele and Kavanaugh both belted triples.
Jeff Hurd swung the hot bat for Militia, banging out four hits. Mike Bernardes, Mark Palucci and losing pitcher John Hayducky notched three hits apiece.
Taking a 3-0 first inning lead, Porky's/Mutiny pulled away to an 18-2 triumph in the nightcap.
Enzo Zanfardino was pacesetter at the plate with a single, double and bases-loaded triple, while accumulating five RBIs. Steele and Marchese, who again was winning pitcher, banged out three hits each while Jeff Giarratano, Scott Snell, Anthony Savo, Stachowicz and Qualey all garnered a pair apiece.
Hurd had two base hits for Militia.