Kut-Rite Hair Shop styles way to sweep
Kut-Rite Hair Shop defied the early trend of doubleheader splits in the Valley Independent Softball League as they were the only team to register a sweep in this past week’s action, taking two from Militia 18-6 and 12-6.
In the opener, Kut-Rite took a 3-1 lead in the first inning but fell behind 5-3 as Militia plated four in the second. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fourth when Kut-Rite batted around to score seven times. Nick Lifrieri highlighted the outburst with an RBI triple.
Six more runs in the fifth put the game out of reach before Mike Conlan’s two-run triple ended the contest in the sixth.
Chris Kovacs, Conlan and winning pitcher Pete Silva led the victors at the plate with three base hits each. Paul Raymond added a pair of safeties.
Militia got two hits apiece from Scott Hurd, Jim Palmarozza and losing hurler John Hayducky.
Conlan excelled defensively at shortstop, handling 11 chances flawlessly while turning a pair of double plays.
After taking a 4-1 first inning lead in the nightcap. Kut-Rite added six more in the second and were never threatened in rolling to the win.
Bob Findley, Joe Orlando and Kovacs led the way with three base hits apiece while Dave Arroyo, Conlan and Lifrieri notched a pair each.
Silva hurled the win. He and his defense limited Militia to eight hits — including two by Jimmy Hoffman. Jim Geffert at third base and Orlando in left field turned in some fine fielding plays.
The Meeting Place Restaurant mercy ruled Santini’s Pizza Palace 15-3 before Santini’s got even with a 13-6 victory.
In the opener, Tom Sadowski gave Santini’s an early lead with a two-run single in the top of the second inning. That advantage was short-lived, however as Meeting Place exploded for ten runs in the home half of the frame to lay the foundation for the one sided triumph.
A seven-run first-inning Santini outburst gave them a lead they would never relinquish in their nightcap victory.
Jon Petruny, who was on the mound in both games, Joe Izzo, Zack Volo and Sadowski led the offense with three hits each. Mark Laudowitz added a pair of hits including a double.
Petruny’s top defensive support came from Dan Cochran at third base and Volo in the outfield.
Shut out through the first three innings, Porky’s Cafe/ Mutiny awoke their offense in the second half of the game to roll to a 10-2 triumph over the Ball Busters.
A single first-frame Ball Buster run stayed as the game’s lone score until the fourth when Porky’s/ Mutiny got on the board with three tallies. They then pulled away with four more in the fifth, a single run in the sixth and a pair in the seventh.
Three hits by Anthony Savo led the winning offense. Sean Qualey, Drew Steele, who had three RBIs and a double, and Tom Kavanaugh garnered a pair apiece.
Jeff Bryce solved winning pitcher for two of the eight hits surrendered by winning pitcher Mike Marchese. Steve Donnarummo took the mound loss.
The Ball Busters followed Porky’s/ Traitors first game path to success by staging a late game offense awakening to eke out an 11-10 win.
After the teams traded a pair of first-inning runs, Porky’s/ Mutiny went ahead 3-2 in the third before tacking on four in the fourth for a 7-2 lead.
The Busters then whittled the deficit to one with a four-run fifth before plating three in the sixth to go ahead 9-7.
Two more runs in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference as Porky’s/ Mutiny got within one on Drew Steele’s three-run fence-clearing homer in the bottom of the seventh, before the Buster snagged the final out to lock up the win.
Aaron Rogers had three hits, including a pair of triples to spark the winning attack. John Schepp, John Fair and Joe Peccerillo added two base hits each.
Savo went 3-for-3, while Steele had a pair of hits and totaled four RBIs. Donnarummo earned the pitching win over Marchese.