Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny sweeps way to first
With both teams coming into the night with 4-2 records and sitting atop the standings, Porky's Cafe/ Mutiny unleashed its offense in a sweep over Kut-Rite Hair Shop.
Porky’s/Mutiny convincingly swept a pair from Kut-Rite Hair Shop, 15-3 and 19-7, to take over sole possession of first place in the Valley Independent Softball League.
In the opener, Porky's/ Mutiny pretty much wrapped up the victory early, plating six runs in the first inning and four more in the second for a 10-0 lead. The closest Kut-Rite would get was 11-3, before Porky's/Mutiny finished off with four runs in the fifth.
Tom Kavanaugh led the charge, going 3-for-3 with a triple. Nick Belucci and Drew Steele garnered three hits apiece, while Sean Qualey and winning pitcher Jose Santiago added a pair apiece.
Kavanaugh at shortstop and Steele at third base made some excellent fielding plays to lead the defense that helped Santiago to limit the opposition to five hits.
Porky's/ Mutiny jumped out of the gate in the nightcap, erupting for nine runs in the top of the first. Kut-Rite responded with four in its half of the frame, before Porky's/ Mutiny added five more in the second for a 14-4 bulge.
Kut-Rite reduced the gap to 14-7 after three, before Porky's/ Mutiny tallied the game's final five runs.
Kavanaugh again was the main damage-doing culprit for the victors, totalling four hits — including a bases-loaded triple in the first — while driving in four runs. Anthony Savo who also knocked in four runs, and Steele had three hits each. Enzo Zanfardino, Marty Clifford, Kevin Stachowicz and Santiago, who again twirled the win, contributed two apiece.
Pete Silva was best for Kut-Rite with a 3-for-3 performance. Mike Conlan and Joe Orlando notched a pair of hits each. Paul Raymond was tagged with the mound loss.
Santini's Pizza Palace took two from the Ball Busters.
In the opener, Santini's fell behind 3-0 after the first inning but struck for nine runs in the second en route to a 16-4 triumph.
Anthony Lazzara was Santini's top thumper, going 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, while driving in three runs.
Mark Laudowicz had a triple and a double while also knocking in three runs and Josh Wifall had a pair of hits — including a home run.
Jon Petruny, who contributed two base hits, including a double, hurled the win.
Best for the Busters were Steve Donnarummo and John Fair with a pair of hits each.
Highlighted by an early offensive show by both teams, Santini's outlasted the Busters 13-11 in the nightcap.
After the rivals traded four runs in the first, Santini's added four more in the top of the second before the Busters responded with five to lead 9-8 after two.
Then things quieted down.
Santini's went on top 10-9 on Witfall's two-run, inside-the-park, third-inning homer and upped its advantage to 13-9 with two in the fifth and one in the top of the seventh.
The Busters made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh, as they scored twice and had two men on before Santini's corralled the final out to secure the win and the sweep.
Witfall's home run highlighted his 4-for-4 performance that led the winning offense. Dan Cochran went 3-for-3, while Tom Sadowski and Lazzara banged out three hits apiece and Mike Visciglia and Laudowicz added two each.
Sean Mayne, Steve Dobi, Fair and losing hurler John Sinchak garnered three hits apiece for the Ball Busters.
Protecting a slim 4-0 lead after three innings, The Meeting Place Restaurant exploded for 13 runs in the fourth and ran away with a 17-0 triumph in the opener of their doubleheader with Militia.
Then, in the nightcap, after a scoreless first, Meeting Place plated eight runs in the second and seven more in the third to lay the foundation for a 19-1 victory.
Jeff French, Paul Kirby, Brian Veilleux, Anson Mero and Alex Montero all banged out three hits to pace the winning offensive barrage.
Fred Davila made some nice fielding plays on the mound and, along with Montero at second base, led the defense that limited Militia to five hits.