PERSONAL TOUCH CLAIMS
MEN’S TOWN “A” SOFTBALL
Personal Touch exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning and cruised to a 13-1 win over Premier Lighting Group to claim the Men’s Town “A” Softball Championship before a large crowd at Teufel Field. In taking its first title, Personal Touch had to win the decisive match in the double elimination tournament. They did so resoundingly.
In the opening game, Chad Young’s eighth inning home run gave Premier a 15-14 victory, leaving both teams with a tournament loss and forcing one more contest. The Lighting Group opened an early 9-2 lead before repeated Personal Touch rallies, including two key runs in the bottom of the seventh sent the game to extra innings and set up Young’s game winner. Frank Currivan and Mike Fesko shared the spotlight on the Premier offense. Currivan was three-for-four, including two homers and drove in five runs. Fesko went four-for-five, adding two RBI’s. Young’s home capped a three-for-four day. Mike Mohrin, Mike Costello, Jeff Currivan and Steve Connetta and Andrew Coffey each came through with a pair of hits and Jeff Currivan hits, which included a homer, pushed across four more runs. Eric Dralle and Kris O’Hara also hit safely for the Lightmen. Personal Touch got a big day from Mike Parisi, with three extra base hits and five RBI’s. Teammate Chris Marullo also was three-for-four and Jason Grabowski’s two home runs accounted for three more scores. Todd Johnson came through in the clutch with two hits and four RBI’s. Paul Phillips, Dan Clarke and John Bosco all added a couple of hits apiece or Personal Touch.
The deciding game was all Personal Touch as everyone contributed on offense to the 22 hit attack. Leading the charge was Anthony Pennella who was four-for-five and knocked in two runs. Jason Grabowski had three hits in four tries, including a homer and two RBI’s. Manager Mike Marullo wielded a hot bat, going three-for-four. Mike Parisi had two hits, including a round tripper and Todd Jordan doubled and tripled which Joe Casion added a pair of hits for the victors. Also hitting safely
for Personal Touch were Paul Phillips, Chris Marullo and Dan Clarke.
Premier’s lone score came on a Mike Costello homer. Frank Currivan was a perfect three-for-three and Kris O’Hara contributed two hits for the Lighting Group.
GRAB MEN’S TOWN “B”
Hunt-Scanlon Bears emerged as the Men’s Town “B” Softball Champions by sweeping the Dynamic Dads, 20-9 and 19-3 at Teufel Field. The Bears entered the finals with a loss in double elimination tournament and therefore had to win two contests to take home the honors.
In the first game, the Dads opened up a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but it was all Hunt- Scanlon for the rest of the evening. The Bears erupted for six runs in the second innings and scored in four of the following five innings in route to victory in game one. Nick Ballone and Mike Hawkins led the attack for the Bears as each went four-for-four, with Ballone supplying four runs batted in and Hawkins driving home three. They had planty of help as Cam Fannell picked up four hits in five tires, scoring four runs. Jason De Andressi and Erik Boender each had three hits for the winner and DeAndressi’s safeties included a home run and three RBI’s. Nick Spano homered and drove in four runs, while Andrew Mitchell, Joel Arroyo, Colin Velander, Matt Wallace and Bryan Indiveri also had key hits for Hunt- Scanlon.
The Dads were sparked by a pair of home runs from Doug Thompson. Joe Petrone qand Marc Reynolds each came through with two hits while knocking in two runs. Steve Hohl, Joe Petrone and Andy Reid also had a pair of hits for the Dynamics, who also got contributions from Scott Moroney, Charlie Mills, Buddy Kitselman, Mike Kitselman and Joe Vancho. Manager Andrew Mitchell starred on defense for the Bears and Joey Petrone had an outstanding diving catch for the Dads.
The Bears scored in every inning but the first as the emerged victorious in the deciding game, 16-3. The big innings for the champions were the five run second and sixth run fifth. The Bears bats did not cool off as they banged out 23 hits. Cam Fannell’s three-for-four led the potent attack and included four runs batted in. Mike Hawkins also went three-for- four and Colin Velander chipped in three-for-five, while plating two runs. Erik Beonder was two-for-four with a round tripper while driving in three tallies. Joel Arroyo was two-for-four, with a couple of RBI’s. Nick Spano’s two hits included another round tripper and three more runs batted in. Jason DeAndressi and Nick Ballone were each credited with two doubles and Bryan Indiveri added two singles. Andrew Mitchell and Matt Wallace also contributed for Hunt-Scanlon.
Doug Thomspon connected on a two run homer for the Dyamics and Charlie Mills and Andy Reid each collected two hits for the Dads.
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- for-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.
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.
Mike Marzulla singled in Jamie Stafford in the bottom of the seventh to lift Val’s Putnam Wines to a 17-16 victory over The Brothers in the Men’s Masters Softball Championship Game. The final saw Val’s take leads throughout the game and The Brothers consistently fight back in a dramatic battle at Teufel Field. Leads of 5-2, and 13-8 were erased in a game that was tied on three separate occasions.
The game winning hit by Marzulla capped a four-for-four outing that included three runs scored and two batted in. Dave Loparco was also a perfect four-for-four in the winning cause including two RBI’s. Anthony Covello was three-for-four driving in three runs and Rich Jones’ three-for-four was responsible for two more RBI’s. Joe Nethercott was three-for-five, with a double. Stafford, Lou Benavenutra and Louie Ambrogio each added a pair of hits and Stan Mardula contributed a key single and two walks. Paul Marko and Ralph Covello also contributed hits as everyone in the Putnam Wines lineup provided base hits.
Louie Guarnieri, Paul Phillips and Ross Barnett all shared the spotlight for the Brothers as each player was four-for-five. Barnett scored three runs, Phillips two and Guarnieri added two RBI’s. Mike “Ruggie” Marullo was three-for-five, knocking in three runs and Paulie Capobianco was three-for-five, with three runs scored for the opportunistic Brothers. Dan Petfield, Ray DePaul and Bill Waschenbo added two hits apiece and Walter Babich had a hit for The Brothers.
Anthony Covello was the winning pitcher for Val’s. Winning Manager Chris Kristoff praised his club’s “grit, determination and teamwork throughout the season, notwithstanding some key injuries.” The Brothers leader Regis Gmitter was very pleased with his team’s consistent ability to rally all game long as this team never stops playing.