Pine Street Eatery, IMEC eliminated from playoffs
Deerfield Leathers 6, Pine Street Eatery 2
Deerfield scored five times in the home half of the second inning, and it paid off in the long run. From that point on, Pine Street pitcher Ted Theos didn’t allow another run.
Unfortunately for Theos, Deerfield’s Steve Stitt pitched a bit better, allowing only two runs on three hits in the fourth and holding the Chefs to goose eggs in every other inning.
Jeff Fuller stayed hot for the winners with a 3-for-3 game, while Dennis Cassily, Roger Neild and Bill Ohm had two hits apiece. Three men reached twice for the Eatery – Jim Edwards, Gary Royal and Miles Page.
M&N Sports 7, Jok’s Auto Sales 5
M&N got off to a good start with three runs in the home half of the first on a lead-off double by Frank Sommer, a triple by Frank Willey and singles by Greg Gougian and Paul Poisson. Jok’s tied things up by the end of the second inning.
Neither team scored again until the Sportsmen put up two in the fourth and two more in the fifth. They held off Jok’s from there.
Sommer and Gougian were perfect with three hits each and Willey reached twice for the winners. Sommer poked a gap homer in the fifth, driving in two, for his second extra-base hit in the game. Jok’s Don Fusco stroked three singles and Harry Doutt, Ron Monteiro and Larry Hersh whacked two hits each. Doutt’s first inning double was his team’s only extra base hit.
Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 13, Art’s Painting 1
The good doctor’s charges ran away with this one, scoring in each of the five innings played.
Every batter in the Medics’ lineup had at least two hits, with Peter Monaco’s four being the best. Mike Albano, Del Patton, Ralph Murphy, Joe Lamy and Harold Murphy had three hits each.
None of the Painters reached more than once. Their lone run in the first came across on singles by Steve Coco, Jerry Ferullo and Ray Floryan.
Calvary Saints 5, IMEC 4
Calvary held the lead after one and never let the Engineers get their feet under them by way of Bill Kotopoulis’ fine pitching and some timely fielding.
Greg Grote finished a perfect day at the plate by singling to lead off the sixth, and scoring what would prove to be the winning run after singles from Gary Boyle and Rob Rich.
IMEC had their last ups, however and threatened to finally overcome when Cam Boyd led off with a triple and crossed the plate on a Bob Lemieux single. But a force play and a liner to short shut them down one run shy.
Following Grote’s output were Boyle and Rich, each with two hits, Boyle’s first a triple in the first inning. Joe D’Ambrosio and Geoff Geoffrion reached twice on singles while Don Kasper added a single and double to IMEC’s offense. Grote played well in the field at shortstop to prove he’s a two-way player but Kotopoulis made the play of the day, grabbing a smoking liner off the bat of John Chase for the final out in the fifth – stranding two men on base and probably saving the game.
Hanson’s Automotive 12, Art’s Painting 3
Hanson’s put up crooked numbers in four innings but Art’s was done after their first when they scored two in the bottom of the inning to get as close as they could after the Mechanics plated three in the top half of the inning.
Mike Albano, subbing for Charlie Howe in the circle, used his funky deliveries to baffle the Painters’ bats throughout, holding them to only eight hits for the game. Hanson’s Wally Hedlund reached all four times he went to the box on three hits and a walk, his first appearance producing a two-run homer in the first, while Bob Lamontagne, Mark Lara and Joe Richards contributed three hits each in the team’s 19-hit attack.
Steve Coco, Jerry Ferullo and Mitch Milewski all went 2 for 3 for the Painters.
IMEC 5, Global Plastics 3
Coming off a tough loss to Calvary two days before, IMEC kept its hopes alive with a hotly contested win over a tenacious Global 11.
IMEC’s lead-off man, Joe D’Ambrosio and Alan Hallee were the only two batters in the lineup to reach twice. Global’s Bob Beaver and Dan Birck had two hits each and Birck reached base one more time on a walk.
Hanson’s Automotive 14, Pine Street Eatery 9
Hanson’s outhit Pine Street 23-16, nine of which enabled the Mechanics to score six times in the top of the seventh to overcome a two-run deficit on the way to victory.
Rookie Al Czernicki had a perfect day for the winners with four singles, while Bob Lamontagne and Fred Mapplebeck added three hits each. Mark Lara, Woody Woodward, Al Lamontagne and subs Paul Bergeron and Mitch Milewski contributed two hits apiece. Bob Napolitano and Gary Royal led Pine Street’s offense perfect 3-for-3 days.
Jok’s Auto Sales 10, IMEC 4
Jok’s Rusty Schwarzenberg homered and doubled twice, propelling the Car Guys to victory and knocking the Engineers out of the playoffs.
As good as Schwarzenberg’s day was, Ron Monteiro’s was a bit better with four hits in four at bats. Following those successes with two of their own were Hap Webster, Rick Latham, Les Johnson, Don Fusco, Larry Hersh, Rich Stockdale and Larry Milana.
Cam Boyd had the hottest bat for IMEC with four singles in four times up, followed by Don Kasper’s 3 for 3.
Deerfield Leathers 12, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 5
Deerfield has to be considered a top contender for the league championship as it was hot over the last third of the season heading into the playoffs.
The Leathermen beat a strong Dr. Dionne’s squad and did it handily, although some loose play by the Seniors contributed heavily to their loss.
Paul Valdanbrini led all batters with a perfect 4 for 4, while Roger Neild and Dick Moushegian were close behind with three hits each.
Mike Albano, Peter Monaco, Mike Ford and Earl Rinker all reached base twice for Dr. Dionne’s.
M&N Sports 11, Calvary Saints 9
M&N scored at least one run in every inning except for the fifth, and held on to beat Calvary late.
Frank Sommer, M&N’s fleet-footed lead-off man, had four singles in his four at bats. George Mosnicka and Paul Poisson had three hits.
Butch Dunham’s 3-for-4 effort was second in output only to Steve Morgan’s perfect day with four singles. Gary Boyle, Greg Grote, Rob Rich, Rod Robuccio, Bo Buczynski and Bill Kotopoulis all had two hits for the Saints.
Braves 18, Phillies 9
In the next-to-last game of the season, the Braves pounded out 28 hits for the win.
The Phillies made a fiery charge in the seventh, but it got choked off at four runs and was never rekindled.
For the Braves, perfect at the plate was outfielder Bo Buczynski (4 for 4 with a triple and double) and Henry Perras (3 for 3 with a walk).
Pitcher Bill Hodge helped his own cause, going 4 for 5 – including a triple and double – while Paul Nickerson, Gerry Moore, Bob Withee and Leo Gravel contributed with 3-for-4 days.
The Phillies got a perfect day from Al Abele (4 for 4)
Don Dimatteo was also perfect, going 3 for 3, while Kevin Twohig (triple), Bill Mulley and Al Longo chipped in with two hits each.