Softball: Ball Busters defense carries the day
Runs were definitely at a premium as the Ball Busters held Porky's Cafe/Mutiny twice, 3-2 and 4-2, to take over first place in the Valley Independent Softball League's Second Season.
The Busters put up three first-inning runs and made them stand up all the way in the opener.
Wayne Britto opened the game with a single and then, after two outs, consecutive base hits by Steve Donnarummo, John Schepp, Steve Dobi and John Fair produced the three runs.
The Busters then limited Porky's/Mutiny to single runs in the second and fourth.
John Schepp, Joe Peccerillo, Steve Donnarummo and Dave Gallo anchored the defense, which turned over three double plays behind winning pitcher John Sinchak.
Britto, Dobi and Fair had two base hits apiece for the victors while Tom Kavanaugh, Jose Santiago, Sal Savo and losing hurler Mike Marchese had a like number each for Porky's/Mutiny.
Scoring twice in the top of the first, the Ball Busters again took the lead right out of the gate in the nightcap.
Porky's/Mutiny made it 2-1 in the second and it stayed that way until the fourth when the Busters added another run.
After a fifth-frame score by the Busters, Porky's/Mutiny added their second run in the sixth. They loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but the Busters corralled the final out to ensure the twin win.
Peccerillo enjoyed a 3-for-3 game to pace the winners at the plate. Kevin Jones contributed a pair. Drew Steele had two hits for Porky's/Mutiny.
Sinchak again earned the mound win over Marchese.
Santini's Pizza Palace had a big inning and then The Meeting Place Restaurant had a bigger one to fire them on to a 15-10 victory over the Pizzamen.
After the rivals exchanged three runs in the first, Santini's went on a six-run tear in the third to open up a 9-3 lead. One inning later, Meeting Place broke into double digits to cross the plate 11 times to go ahead 14-9.
Things quieted down dramatically after that with each team coming up with only one more score to leave Meeting Place with the five-run win.
Winning pitcher Fred Davila led the way offensively with three base hits. Jose Rodriguez, Miguel Morales, Paul Veilleux, Scott McHugh, Ramon Noeguera, Anson Mero, John DeCarlo and Alex Montero all added two each.
Joe Izzo was best for Santini's with three hits, while Tim Garrity, Mark Laudowicz and Anthony Lazzara notched a pair apiece.
Four straight fifth-inning base hits, capped off by RBI singles from Davila and Mero, meant the difference in Meeting Place's 7-5 win in the nightcap.
After Meeting Place took a 1-0 lead in the first, Santini's tied it up in the second. Meeting Place regained the lead with a three-run third and a single run in the top of the fourth only to have Santini's tie things up once again with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth.
Meeting Place then went on top for good with its fifth-inning two spot, while zeroing Santini's the rest of the way.
Mero went 3-for-3 to lead the victors. Veilleux, Noeguera, DeCarlo, Montero and Davila each had a pair of hits.
Tom Sadowski, Garrity, Laudowicz and Petruny garnered two base hits apiece for Santini's.
Davila earned the mound win over Petruny.
Militia closed out their season on a high note with a 7-4, 18-17 sweep over Santini's.