J. BOND WINS ANOTHER WOMEN’S TOWN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
J. Bond continues its dominance in Women’s Town Softball by edging Nast Services 8-7 to win another championship. It was not easy for the team that has lifted many trophies over the years and the drama from a fantastic game played by both teams stayed over Teufel Field even after the final out was recorded on a tag play at home plate.
While timely hitting is always a part of softball, the defensive play of both club’s outfielders was a factor. The Charli Faugno to Amanda Novak to Michelle Santora connection saved the tying run. Melissa King and Nicole Buch had outstanding defensive games for the runners-up.
Nast took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Melissa Pugni singled in Kaitlyn Gowans. However Bond answered in their turn at bat scoring five times on seven hits. The key blow was Michelle Wlosek’s two run double, but Novak, Ashley Grudzinski and Brittney Rodriguez all had run producing hits. J. Bond added another run in the third when Novak tripled and Wlosek singled. The added what turned out to be two important scores in the fifth with a Faugno triple and a Rodriguez single.
Nast Services had plenty left, however. A six run explosion in the sixth inning set the stage for an exciting finish. Laura Ryan and Gowans opened with singles, and Buch, Sharon Steins, Patty Waurishuk and King delivered run scoring hits. Patty Mould’s double to deep left field almost tied the game in the seventh inning.
Rodriguez was three-for-three for the champions and Novak was three-for-four. Emily Inesta contributed a pair of safeties and winning pitcher Wlosek, Grudzinski and Faugno were credited with a pair of his apiece. Mary Beth Fratello and Gjustina Dushku had key singles and Nancy Tarantino and Michelle Santora contributed to the J. Bond win. For Nast, Mould, Buch, Pugni, Waurishuk and King had two base hits, while Kerry Munnelly and Lorraine Gowans added clutch singles. Whit Welch and Danielle McFadden also contributed to Nast.
J. Bond Manager Lisa Sabia also credited Julia D’Andrea, Sophia Prieto and Shannon Bassilik for their contributions throughout the season in which her club lost only one game. Nast Manager Kathy Tyburski was pleased that her team “gave them a run.”
ALL SPORTS APPAREL CAPTURES TOWN CO-ED SOFTBALL TITLE
All Sports Apparel won the Town Co-Ed Softball Title over defending champ Wiegand Landcscaping at Teufel Field. All Sports defeated Wiegand 10-2 in the deciding game of the double elimination tournament. That game was played after the Landscapers earned an exciting 8-5 victory over All Sports. All Sports Apparel earned the crown in their first season in the Town Co-Ed League.
In the first contest, A.S.A grabbed the early 2-0 lead, but Weigand responded with a four run fourth. All Sports added a single run in the firth, but the Landscapers provided insurance with a tally in the sixth and three key scores in the seventh. An All Sports two run rally in the seventh fell short. Matt Wallace had one enormous hit with a three run homer in the seventh. Wallace also walked twice, producing another run. John Burns helped out by going two for three. Manager Frank Weidmann and Rebecca De Carlo were each two-for-four. Bobby Caldwell, Mary Leigh Weidmann, Erica Fox, Lance LaLuna, Maggie Wallace and Gjustina Duihkn also contributed to the victory. All Sports was led by Nick Ballone with three-for-three, while Erica Ambrogio, Manager Andrew Mitchell and Chris Ragusa each added a pair of hits to aid the attack. Frank Weidmann was the winning pitcher and Mary Leigh Weidmann added a solid defensive game for Wiegand. Mitchell had an acrobatic catch in outfield for All Sports.
Andrew Mitchell led off the second game with a solo home run for All Sports to inspire his team and it was the start of a 19-hit attack for the winners. But, it was not as easy as it sounded. ASA was clinging to a 2-1 advantage after four innings of play before pushing across four runs in the fifth and adding four more in the seventh. The Landscapers scored their other run in the seventh.
Erik Boender and Alex McMurray had perfect nights for All Sports as Boender went four-for-four with two runs batted in and McMurray had three hits in three trips and a single RBI. They had plenty of help as Erica Ambrogio and Chris Ragusa were each three-for-four in the contest. Mitchell picked up a double to go along with his homer. Britney Rodriguez, Ashley Grudzinski, Alison Kach, Nick Spano and Maddie Schrijn also contributed to the offense for All Sports Bobby Caldwell and Matt Wallace sparked the offense for Wiegand as each went two-for-three. Frank Weidmann, Mary-Leigh Weidmann, Lance LaLuna and John Burns also contributed hits for the Landscapers.
Nick Spano was the winning pitcher for ASA. Wigand Landscaping was the regular season champion in the Co-Ed League.
THE GUZZLERS WIN MEN’S TOWN “C” SOFTBALL TITLE
The Guzzlers pushed across three runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge
Riverside Service, 22-21 to grab the Men’s Town “C” Softball Title at Teufel Field. It was
the first championship for the Guzzlers. Both teams pounded out 26 hits in the slugfest.
The Guzzlers opened up with an 11 run first inning and led 14-4 before the Servicemen had
a 12 –run barrage in the top of the fifth. While the Guzzlers battled back for a 19-17
advantage after the sixth, Riverside rallied for four seventh inning scores to force the
Guzzlers to come up with key runs in their final try.
Everyone was in the act for the champs and Chris Ragusa led the way with a perfrect five-
ofr-five including four runs socred and two runs batted in. Craig Huber was also perfect at
the plate with two-for-two and three RBI’s. They received plenty of support as well. Brett
Pate and Ryan Gruenstress were each three-for-four and Gruenstress hits drove in three
runs. Tom Williamson and Steve Gruenstress were each three-for-five with Williamson
making his hits count, pushing five runs across the plate. Mike Wieneke,Mike McGrath
and Adam Pate also added a pair of hits for the Guzzlers and Tom McGrath, Jim Micik and
Craig Robinson also contributed to the winning offense.
Riverside was led by Troy Selavka who went five-for-five while scoring four runs and
knocking in two more. Will Micik and John Pitassi were also perfect at the plate, with each
player going four-for-four while Will Micik scored three times and John Pitassi scoring twice.
Steve Bozzuto had a big game, going three-for-four with two runs scored and three RBI’s.
Nick Pitassi and Rob Smurlo each had three hits in five tires for the Servicemen. Riverside
also got help from Anthony Parelli (two-for-three), Matt Rada, Kyle McTiernan, Chris Martin
and Adam Morra.