IMEC sits atop the standings with a perfect 8-0 record
Hanson’s Automotive 7, Calvary Lock & Key 0
When Calvary managed to get a runner to third in the second inning, they didn’t know that it would be the high point of this game for them. Likewise, Woody Woodward’s charges didn’t think that the three runs they scored in the first would hold up, but both turned out to be the case in a game that really lacked some offense except for Thom Riley’s two-run homer in the first and Harry Doutt’s triple in the sixth.
Riley and Rob Rich managed three hits each for the winners and Woodward and sub Zeke Zarakotas stroked two for Hanson’s. Three guys managed two hits for Calvary – newcomer Cam Boyd, reliable Roger Neild and steady Steve Stitt.
Art’s Painting 12, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 8
The four runs Art’s scored in the bottom of the sixth when everyone in their order made a plate appearance broke a tie that came about when manager Dale Stearns’ guys scored three runs on only four hits in the top of the inning. The four proved to be enough to take down the Seniors in a very well-played game.
Art’s left fielder Jim Edwards stroked four hits to lead Jerry Ferullo’s 11 and Ray Floryan continued his hot streak at the plate by going 3 for 4. Pitcher Bill Hodge also had three hits and Steve Coco and Rod Robuccio stroked two each. The Seniors’ Bill Simmons led his team with a 3-for-4 day, while Pete Olson, Bob Larose, Pete Monaco, Dave Brody and sub Bert Guimond had two. Stearns and Gerry Levin both made great catches to squelch potential rallies or the margin of victory might have been higher.
M&N Sports 6, Pine Street Eatery 4
M&N scored the maximum of five in the third inning on six hits and a sacrifice and added an insurance run in the fourth when speedy Rich Stratton raced home on a Dennis Cassily single. Pine Street tried mightily to rally with three in the fifth and one in the sixth but they went out meekly in the last on two fly balls and a routine 6-3 groundout. Paul Archer and Stratton reached twice for skipper George Mosnicka’s winners and eight other batters had single hits each. Frank Sommer reached twice, on a single and a base on balls. Manager Kip Ferguson led his game squad with three hits. Ed Gifford, Mike Ford, Bill Kotopoulis, Dan Walsh, Joe DeLuca and sub Jim Edwards helped Ferguson out with two hits each.
IMEC 13, Amherst 0
Five innings was as far as this one got because the Amherst bats just couldn’t hit a ball someplace where an IMEC fielder wasn’t standing. Meanwhile, the engineers put up crooked numbers in all their innings as they moved to a league-leading seven wins. Joe Martinoli, Dan Birck, Ralph Murphy, Paul Valdanbrini and Joe D’Ambrosio couldn’t be stopped as they all had three hits. Al Jarry and sub Ron Bedard pitched in with two each for the winners. No one in the Amherst line-up reached more than once except big Frank Twardosky who hit two singles.
IMEC 8, Jok’s Auto Sales 5
Three runs in the top of the seventh proved the margin of victory for Paul Valdanbrini’s IMEC squad when Hap Webster’s guys could muster only one in the bottom of the inning. IMEC got a bigger bang from their bats when they clustered their hits, seven in the first and four and a walk in the last although only a single separated the two on the scoresheet, scoring four and three, respectively. Ralph Murphy’s three hits led the winners and Joe Martinoli, Danny Birck, Paul Poisson and Al Jarry had two apiece. Birck also had the last inning walk. Mike Albano and Del Patton managed three hits each off Martinoli’s pitching while Fred Mapplebeck and sub Bert Guimond stroked two. Valdanbrini at third and hurler Webster got votes for the league’s “Old Glove” awards when they both snared hard lined shots off the opposition’s bats.
Hanson’s Automotive 13, Global Plastics 10
Playing under the auspices of their new sponsor for the first time didn’t result in a win for Geoff Geoffrion’s Global Plastics squad, but they put up a good fight when they moved within one in the late innings, overcoming a five-run deficit. Hanson’s, however, pushed three across in the last two and those runs turned out to be the winners for Woody Woodward’s lineup. Hanson’s Harry Doutt had a perfect day at the plate with four hits and Thom Riley, Al Lamontagne and Woodward followed close behind with three each. Rounding out their multi-hit guys with two hits apiece were three subs – Harold Murphy, Boh Buczynski and Bob Beaver. Geoffrion and Gary Boyle held the best bats for Global, going 3 for 4, while Bob Lamontagne’s two hits and two walks and Paul Nickerson’s two hits in three at bats rounded out the team’s leaders on this day.
M&N Sports 11, Deerfield Leathers 4
Eighteen hits versus eight tells the story in this one as the Leathernecks managed only two hits off the pitching of sub Hap Webster after the third inning while skipper George Mosnicka’s 11 scored enough to win when they pushed five across in the first on five hits, a strikeout and a free pass. The winners spread their hits around too, as seven in their lineup reached more than once with Mosnicka, breaking out of a two-game slump, and Gerry Moore banging out three hits each. Frank Sommer, Charlie Howe, Dennis Cassily and subs Fred Mapplebeck and Webster rounded things off with their two hits. Sommer and Howe both reached via walks to help increase their OBP. Steve Morgan’s two hits was the best for Deerfield.
Calvary Lock & Key 10, Art’s Painting 7
Manager Bob Lavoie’s Calvary squad doubled their win count as they broke out of a low-scoring slump to best Gerry Ferullo’s Painters. The brush men, meanwhile, kept up a disconcerting habit of clustering some runs then going a few more innings with no one crossing the plate and it’s cost them dearly in the standings. A Ted Theos bases-clearing triple in the first and a Cam Boyd three-bagger in the third provided all the runs that the Locksmiths would need as Calvary came up with four runs in each inning. Roger Neild had a perfect 3-for-3 day and Leo Melanson, Bob Napolitano and Lavoie rounded things out with two each. Art’s Rod Robuccio stayed hot at the plate with three hits, and Steve Coco, Jim Edwards and Harold Murphy touched Steve Stitt’s pitching for two hits each.