Softball: Meeting Place nips Santini’s

With no more than one run separating the teams through the entire game, The Meeting Place Restaurant eked out a 7-6 win over Santini's Pizza Palace, snapping its six-game Valley Independent Softball League unbeaten streak.

The rivals were tied at 3 after the first inning, 4-4 after two and 5-5 after three before Meeting Place went on top 6-5 in the fourth.

After Santini's tied things up once again in the fifth, Meeting Place went back ahead on Jeff French's two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth. Santini's threatened one more time but the Meeting Place defense responded by cutting down the tying run at the plate to end the sixth and wrapped things up with a 1-2-3 seventh.

Ed Leggo, Luis Rivera, French and winning pitcher Fred Davila were best for the victors with a pair of safeties each.

Tom Garrity, Joe Izzo, Mark Laudowicz and Chris DiCostanzo had a like number apiece for Santini's. Jon Petruny was losing pitcher.

Santini's bounced back in a big way to annex the second game, 17-5.

Santini’s started slowly, taking a 1-0 lead after one, upping it to 4-0 after two and then 5-0 after four.

Down 9-0 in the top of the fifth, Meeting Place's offense came to life with five runs in the bottom of the frame. Santini's negated those scores with five of its own in the sixth and capped things off with a three-run seventh.

Zack Volo led the 27-hit Santini's assault with three hits — including a three-run fence-clearing homer and a triple. Josh Wifall, Lou Criscuolo, Dan Cochran, Garrity and DiCostanzo all contributed three hits each to the winning effort.

Alex Montero had two base hits, including a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double. Scott McHugh, Rivera and Davila, who was losing hurler, had a pair of base hits each.

Petruny earned the mound win.

Porky’s sweeps

Porky's Cafe/Mutiny solidified its hold on first place by toppling the Ball Busters in both ends of their doubleheader.

Taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, Porky's/Mutiny never looked back in racking up a 15-2 triumph in the opener.

After the Busters plated a pair in the top of the second to get within one, Porky's/Mutiny added five in its half of the frame for an 8-2 advantage before putting the game out of reach with a six-run third.

Winning pitcher Mike Marchese led the way at the plate by going 3-for-3 while driving in four runs. Drew Steele collected three hits, including a pair of doubles, while Nick Belucci, Sean Qualey, Dave Tokarz and Anthony Savo added a pair apiece.

The nightcap saw Porky's/Mutiny again take a first-inning lead, as it blanked the Ball Busters, 13-0.

Tallying two in the first, Porky's/Mutiny made it 4-0 in the third and then wrapped up the victory with a six-run fifth and three in the sixth.

Savo was the offensive pacesetter with a 4-for-4 performance. Tom Kavanaugh, Steele and Marchese garnered a pair of hits apiece.

Marchese again hurled the win.

With excellent infield defense from Steele at third base, Kavanaugh at shortstop, Tokarz at second and Savo at first, Porky's/ Mutiny limited the Busters to five hits in the opener and four in the finale.