Softball: Santini’s continues winning streak
Hits were at a premium for both teams but Santini's Pizza Palace made the most of its and, combined with a stingy defense, ran its Valley Independent Softball League unbeaten streak to four straight with 4-1 and 6-1 victories over Kut-Rite Hair Shop.
In the opener, Kut-Rite took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and held it until the fourth when Santini's broke through for three runs, before adding a final counter in the sixth.
Tom Sadowski and Tony Day notched two base hits apiece for the winners, while Mark Laudowicz delivered a two-run single in Santini's fourth-inning, go-ahead rally.
Backed by some good fielding by Dan Cochran, Chris DiCostanzo, Joe Izzo and Laudowicz, winning pitcher Jon Petruny scattered nine Kut-Rite hits — including a pair by Justin Orlando.
The rivals traded zeroes until the fifth inning of the nightcap, when Santini's put a single run on the scoreboard. Santini’s added three in the sixth and a pair in the seventh while limiting Kut-Rite to a lone tally in the sixth.
Day collected two more hits, while Josh Wifall stroked a two-run base hit in the sixth for the victors.
Mike Hugh, Anthony Lazzara and Izzo were the defensive standouts behind Petruny who again hurled the win.
Jim Geffert and Orlando garnered two hits apiece for Kut-Rite. Pete Silva absorbed the mound loss in both games.
First-place Porky's Cafe/Mutiny had its four-game winning streak ended.
Both games ended up 5-4. Both games were walk-off wins. And both teams went home with a victory. That was the storyline as The Meeting House Restaurant and Porky's/ Mutiny split their doubleheader.
In the opener, Meeting House never led until John DeCarlo drilled a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning that ended Porky's/Mutiny win streak.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Meeting Place plated a pair of its own in the second to tie the game. Porky's/ Mutiny regained the advantage, 4-2, with two runs in the top of the fourth, before single Meeting Place counters in the bottom of the fourth and fifth frames once again knotted the score.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh, when Meeting Place loaded the bases with one out before DeCarlo delivered his game-ending single.
Paul Kirby, Jose Rodriguez and DeCarlo each had two base hits to lead the victors. Sean Qualey and Anthony Savo had a like number apiece for Porky's/ Mutiny.
Defensively, Anson Mero provided the top support for winning pitcher Fred Davila. Tom Kavanaugh and Savo provided the best glove help behind losing hurler Jose Santiago.
Dave Tokarz's third hit of the night, a center-field gap triple decided the nightcap in Porky's/Mutiny favor.
Duplicating the first game, Porky's/Mutiny opened a 2-0 first-inning lead before Meeting Place knotted the count with two in the second. They then went on top 4-2 in the fourth and held that lead until the sixth, when Porky's/ Mutiny tied things up at 4.
After the rivals traded zeroes in the seventh, Porky's/Mutiny quickly ended the contest in the bottom of the eighth, as Savo led off with a single before Tokarz split the outfielders with his game-deciding triple.
With Tokarz's three hits leading the way, Drew Steele, Savo and Santiago, who hurled the win, contributed two base hits each to the victors' attack. Luis Rivera and Scott McHugh garnered three hits each for Meeting Place.
Kevin Stachowicz, Tokarz and Kavanaugh were the defensive standouts for the winners.
A pair of victories over Militia upped Santini's unbeaten streak to six straight.
Santini's rode a 13-run second-inning explosion to an 18-5 triumph in the opener.
After the teams traded a pair of runs in the first, Santini's sent 15 men to the plate in its second-stanza scoring outburst. Winning pitcher Petruny's bases-loaded triple capped off the huge rally.
The closest Militia could get was 15-5, before Santini's put a wrap on the win with a three-run sixth.
DiCostanzo and Wifall each notched three hits to pace the winning attack. Cochran, Zack Volo, Sadowski, Izzo, Laudowicz and Petruny contributed a pair of hits apiece.
Scott Hurd's 3-for-3 led Militia.
The nightcap saw Santini's pull away late in the game to a 14-2 victory.
After two scoreless innings to open the game, Santini's plated four in the third, two coming on a triple by Lazzara, before adding two more in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.
Militia got on the board with a pair in the top of the fifth, which Santini's matched in the bottom of the frame. They then completed the win with a six-run sixth.
Izzo and Petruny, who again hurled the win, led the way offensively with three hits each.
Day and Wifall added two hits apiece.
Jim Palmarozza had a pair of base hits for Militia. John Hayducky was tagged with the pitching loss in both games.