Softball: Meeting Place Restaurant stays unbeaten

The Meeting Place Restaurant remains unscathed in the Valley Independent Softball League as it improved its Division II-leading record to 6-0 after taking a pair from the Militia.

Big first innings in both contests paved the way for the sweep.

In the opener, Meeting Place put up six runs after Militia plated a pair in the top of the first en route to a 13-5 victory.

Meeting Place built a 13-2 lead before Militia closed the gap with a three-run seventh.

Alex Montero had three hits while Brian Veilleux, Luis Rivera, Travis Edmonds and Anson Mero had a pair apiece to pace the winning offense.

Bryan Duda and losing hurler Shane Wityak were best for Militia with three hits each.

Meeting Place exploded out of the gate with a 12-run outburst in the first that powered a 30-12 triumph in the nightcap.

Militia chiseled away at the deficit, but the closest it got was 17-9 after five before Meeting Place closed things out with a 13-3 burst.

Ed Leggo, John DeCarlo, Scott McHugh and Montero banged out four base hits each for the victors. Angel and Luis Rivera and Paul and Brian Veilleux contributed three apiece.

Duda with four hits and Jimmy Hoffman and Acacio Selgado with three each were best for Militia. Hoffman belted an inside-the-park home run.

Fred Davila was winning pitcher in both games.

Benanto Real Estate snapped a season-opening four-game losing streak by registering a pair of wins over Bar 140.

Doug Wenz belted a pair of fence-clearing home runs, good for seven RBIs, to lead the Realtors to a 16-4 triumph in the opener.

Wenz’ first four-bagger, a grand slam, gave Benanto a 4-2 lead after one. He then poled a three-run shot to highlight an eight-run third that gave the Realtors a commanding 12-3 edge.

Chris Hebert and Matt Thomas both went 3-for-3 for the victors, while Keith Hathway, B.J. Valenti and winning pitcher Tom Soda added two base hits each.

Bar 140 got a pair of hits apiece from Mark Lafontaine and losing hurler Mike Osiecki.

Benanto overcame an early 6-1 deficit to register a 9-8 comeback win in the nightcap.

Bar 140 took that 6-1 lead in the first and expanded it to 8-2 after two. The Realtors closed the gap to 8-5 after three. Neither team then scored until Benanto rallied for four in the top of the seventh and then zeroed Bar 140 in the bottom of the frame to lock up the win.

Hebert completed a perfect night with a 4-for-4 performance. Wenz banged out three hits, while Brian Iacuonne and Valenti garnered two hits each.

B.J. Schmitt, Dan Belber, Tom Ballaro, Ken Manzari, Steve Daddio and Lafontaine all collected a pair of hits for Bar 140.

Hathway earned the mound win over Osiecki.

Connelly Construction toppled Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny, 10-3 and 13-4.

Boland’s Cafe annexed a pair of wins over Pennsylvania Steel to up its Division II record to 5-1.

A seven-run fourth inning fired Boland’s to a 12-3 triumph in the opener.

After the rivals traded a pair of runs in the first, neither team scored until Boland’s went on their game-changing fourth-frame spree which was capped off by John Schepp’s bases-loaded triple.

Jeff Bryce’s three hits led the Boland’s offense. Nick Moore, Steve Donnarummo, Wayne Britto and Schepp, who ended up with four RBIs, added a pair of hits apiece.

Best for the Steelmen were Tony Day and losing hurler Jon Petruny with two base hits each.

Schepp also delivered a timely hit to finish off Boland’s 6-3 nightcap win.

After a scoreless first, the teams traded single runs in the second before Boland’s took a 2-1 lead in the third.

They made it 4-1 in the fifth, before Penn reduced the gap to 4-3 on Lou Criscuolo’s two-run double in the sixth.

Schepp then cemented the win by delivering a two-out two-run single in the top of the seventh. Penn threatened in the home half of the seventh, loading the bases before Boland’s corralled the third out to wrap up the win.

John Sinchak was winning pitcher in both games.