Softball: Pennsylvania Steel breaks out
Pennsylvania Steel put together its biggest run production of the year to register its first Valley Independent Softball League win, a 19-0 thumping of Kut-Rite Hair Shop.
After taking a 3-0 first-inning lead, Penn made it 7-0 after three before plating six more in the fourth for a 13-0 advantage. It capped off the scoring with another six in the fifth.
Mark Laudowicz led the hit parade with four base hits, including a two-run double. Mike Visciglia, Tom Sadowski, Brody Brandstatter, Dan Cochran and Rob Rainey each contributed three base hits.
Laudowicz at shortstop and Brandstatter in center field led the defense that helped winning hurler Jon Petuny limit Kut-Rite to four hits.
Kut-Rite found its offense in the nightcap, bouncing back to capture a 13-8 win.
Taking a 2-1 lead in the second, Kut-Rite upped the lead to 8-2 in the fifth. Penn cut the deficit to 8-6 but Kut-Rite ensured the win with a five-run seventh.
Keith Maynard, who went 4-for-4, and winning pitcher Pete Silva, who had a double and a triple and five RBIs, led the Kut-Rite attack. Greg Bastek, Jack Liedke and Dave Arroyo added a pair of base hits each.
Brandstatter and Rainey banged out three hits apiece for Penn Steel, while Visciglia and Laudowicz notched two each.
The top two teams in Division II squared off with the end result being a split.
Second-place Boland’s Cafe had the hitting shoes on in a 17-4 triumph in the opener of a twin bill with The Meeting Place Restaurant.
They led all the way, taking a 4-2 edge after one, a 6-4 lead after three and they were up 8-4 when a seven-run fifth put the game out of reach.
Steve Dobi and winning pitcher John Sinchak both enjoyed 4-for-4 performances to spark the Boland offense. Dave Gallo, who had four RBIs, and Wayne Britto garnered three hits apiece, while Sean Mayne, Jeff Bryce and Steve Donnarummo added a pair each.
Scott McHugh had two base hits for Meeting Place.
Meeting Place balanced the books in the nightcap, outlasting Boland’s, 16-14.
After an early 3-3 tie, Boland’s took an 8-6 lead in the third before Meeting Place went ahead for good 11-8 in the fourth.
Although never falling behind the rest of the way, Meeting Place never could pull away and had to survive a bottom-of-the-seventh, bases-loaded Boland’s rally to preserve the win.
Travis Edmonds. Anson Mero and winning pitcher Fred Davila led the way at the plate with three base hits each. Ed Leggo, Alex Montero and McHugh contributed two apiece.
Bricks & Barley improved its Division I-leading record to 8-0 with a pair of well-played wins over Connelly Construction.
Taking an early 6-0 lead, Bricks & Barley held off a late-inning charge by Connelly to hold on to a 6-5 win in the opener.
A 6-3 victory in the nightcap completed the sweep.
Taking a 2-0 lead in the first, Bricks & Barley stayed on top the entire game. Justin Krossif and Dan Matosian had two hits apiece to pace the winning offense.
Joe Czarnecki at third base and Jeff Putnick in left field stood out defensively in support of winning pitcher Semil Desai.
Chris Dzieniewicz’s two hits, including a triple, led Connelly. Josh Ezzo also had a triple. Matt Fanelli was losing pitcher.
Porky’s Cafe/Mutiny snapped a six-game losing streak by sweeping a doubleheader from Benanto Real Estate.
After short-circuiting a late Realtor rally to capture a 4-3 nailbiter in the opener, Porky’s/Mutiny rode a solid defensive performance to a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.
Led by Jeff Giarratano and Sean Qualey in the outfield and Tom Kavanaugh at shortstop, Porky’s/Mutiny played errorless ball in helping winning pitcher Mike Marchese limit Benanto to five hits.
Taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Porky’s/Mutiny held it until the bottom of the third when Benanto plated its lone run. The score remained 2-1 until the fifth when Porky’s/Mutiny put up five runs to lock up the win.
Kevin Stachowiz and Dave Tokarz notched a pair of hits each for the victors. Brian Iacuone had a like number for the Realtors.