Dr. Dionne nips Pine Street in Nashua Senior Softball
Dr. Dionne 10, Pine Street 9
Butch Dunham did it all as Dionne’s scored half of its 10 runs in the final two innings en route to a walk-off victory over a frustrated Pine Street team.
Dunham got the scoring started after his first inning triple for the medics, scored three more times, went 3 for 3 on the day, and gunned down two Chefs at the plate.
Dionne’s scored five runs in the first three innings, but Pine Street caught up by the end of the fifth. Dionne’s won the sixth inning scoring battle 3-2 on four hits and two walks.
Pine Street fought back to take the lead in the top of the seventh as Gary Royal’s triple and Rob Rich’s single drove in runs, but Dunham’s double and sub John Peterman’s single drove in the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the inning.
Frank Sommer, Dunham, and John Remillard led the Medics, each reaching four times, and sub John Peterman added three singles. Pine Street spread 20 hits across 10 batters, with Jim Edwards and Joe Martinoli chipping in three singles each and six others garnering two hits.
Remillard was active at third base, with four assists and a pair of put-outs.
Leathernecks 6, Hansons 4
Hansons took an early lead in the first inning when Harry Doutt Homered and Gary Boyle tripled and scored.
The Leathermen rallied to score four in the second when Rick Latham led off with a triple. Ted Theos, Joe Richards and Dan Walsh all had workmanlike singles and scored.
In the third Jeff Fuller tripled, Rick Latham singled and scored on a double by Harold Murphy to make the score 6-3.
Hansons scored when Nappy singled and scored on a single by Mike Doolan. Neither team did much of anything the rest of the way on a steamy hot day.
Art’s 13, Calvary 12
It pays to run hard every at-bat. Ken Rosseau grounded to Shortstop with runners on first and third with one out, and narrowly beat the throw to first.
That allowed John Consigli to score. The Leathernecks couldn’t muster hits in their half of eighth and Art’s escaped with a win.
Trailing 9-7 in the sixth, Art’s erupted for four runs when the loaded the bases and got hits from Ken Rosseau, Joe Martinoli and Paul McKinnon.
Calvary tied the score at 12 with three runs in the seventh when Rusty Schwarzenburg and Greg Gougian had big doubles.
There were many hitting stars. Dan Birck, John Cosigli, Ray Floryan and Joe Martinoli, Greg Gougian and Don Kasper had three hits. John Cosigli scored four runs.
M&N 13, IMEC 8
Heat was again a factor on this day, and it clearly affected the overall quality of play. After taking an early 6-2 lead, IMEC thought this one would go their way.
That was until the Sportsmen scored two five-run innings, which essentially put this game away.
There was no shortage of hitters for M&N – Harry Doutt was 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, Mike Albano was also 3 for 4 with a double, Jim Edwards scored three runs as he got on base all four times and Joe Kowalik was 3 for 3.
For IMEC, Bob Beaver and Johnny Peterman had identical 2-for-3 days with a triple.
Art’s 15, Hansons 4
After being quiet, the belt of Art’s lineup connected for six hits and five runs in the third. Dan Birck (three hits), Ted Theos (four hits), Jerry Ferullo (four hits), Peter Monaco (four hits) and Wally Hedlund (four hits) all smacked singles and a John Consigli double cleared the bases.
Same set of characters were at bat again in the fifth to score five more runs. Dan Birck’s triple was the big hit in that inning.
Hansons was quiet until the seventh inning, when Gary Schoolcraft, Steve Molloy and Miles Page had RBI singles.
Calvary 10, IMEC 8
Sub Joe Lamy made a valiant effort to snag Rusty Schwarzenberg’s long drive to right-center field, missing it by inches, but a miss was as good as a mile and three runs scored as part of Calvary’s five-run, first-inning outburst.
IMEC would come back with four of their own in the bottom half, but that was as close as they would ever come to catching the Saints.
Calvary would also score lone runs in the second and seventh innings, but a triple, again by Schwarzenberg, highlighted a three-run charge in the fifth.
All the while, the Engineers were being shut down for four more innings. IMEC tried to capitalize on several walks issued in the bottom of the seventh but were only able to narrow the gap by three runs.
Schwarzenberg led all hitters adding a single and a walk in his four trips to the plate.
George Abood was the top man for IMEC with a double and two runs.
Leathernecks 10, M&N 5
M&N jumped to an early 2-0 lead, then added three more two innings later, but everyone knew that the mighty Deerfield lineup could not be contained forever.
Sure enough, the Leathermen came back to tie the score with five runs in the bottom half of the third inning. And as if to prove that it wasn’t an accident they did it again two innings later.
Highlighting the two barrages was a Jeff Fuller home run as part of his 3-for-3 day. Rick Latham (3 for 3), Don Fusco (2 for 2 with a double) and Dick Moushegian (2 for 2) were also perfect for the day.
Harry Doutt was responsible for three of M&N’s 10 hits.
Global 5, Pine Street 3
In the first Dick Gillespie (4 for 4) and Gerry Vye had hits and scored on John Chase’s double.
In the second, Dick Gillespie singled in Fred Toppi to build a 3-0 lead. Pine Street then scored three when Gary Royal singled, Greg Gougian tripled, and Bill Simmons singled to tie the score at 3-3.
In the fifth, John Chase doubled and scored on Paul Valdanbrini’s Texas Leaguer single that fell between four fielders.
Dick Gillespie’s single in the sixth added an insurance run.
Pine Street was in striking distance in the seventh when a batting order mistake resulted in a critical out that took the wind from their sails.
The top of the lineup then popped out and grounded out to end the game.
Art’s 11, Pine Street 10
Art’s broke a 10-10 tie in the bottom of the seventh, gaining a victory over a game Pine Street squad.
Art’s led early, scoring five in the first off seven singles, and four more in the fourth, driven by Dan Birck’s triple.
Undaunted, Pine Street came back with four in the fourth and another three in the top of the seventh to knot the game at 10.
Leading off the bottom of the seventh, Birck once again tripled, sending a towering drive to center. The next two batters were intentionally walked, and Birck was cut down at the plate on a grounder to short, but Paul Valdanbrini then singled, driving in the winning run.
Birck, Valdanbrini and Ralph Murphy led the painters with three hits each, while Larry Kittle, Rob Rich and Joe Lamy banged out three hits each for the chefs. Sub Peter Monaco made a terrific diving catch in the first, robbing Rich of extra bases and saving a run.
IMEC 8, Dr. Dionne 6
IMEC was cruising along with a comfortable 6-0 lead after three innings on the strength of a bases clearing double by Mark Corbett when the Seniors suddenly erupted for four runs.
It would have been more if not for the Bob Beaver/Hank Frkanec combination that cut down a runner at home plate, their second in as many games.
But Dr. Dionne’s went on to tie the score an inning later.
Mitch Milewski was the pivot man for two double plays that stopped further damage.
The Engineers finally put the game away with two runs in the sixth inning.
IMEC was led by Johnny Peterman and sub Don Kasper who were both 3 for 3. Sub Larry Kittle (2 for 3) contributed to the scoring with a triple.
However, the Seniors matched IMEC hit for hit with Rick Tessier (2 for 3 with a double), and subs Jim Edwards (4 for 4) and Gary Schoolcraft (3 for 3) carrying the load.
Global 10, Leathernecks 2
Battling a persistent drizzle and poor field conditions, emergency spot starter Thom Riley scattered six hits and stopped the Leatherneck machine.
In Global’s third, John Remillard’s triple keyed a three-run inning.
The Leathernecks scratched back two runs when Jeff Porter doubled in the fourth. In the fifth Global’s John Chase had a two-run homer.
In Global’s sixth, they exploded for four runs on six consecutive singles and with one out John Chase’s bases-clearing double.
The win closes the gap between the two teams to a half-game.
We have a two-horse race to the wire
Hansons 3, Calvary 0
The game was played in a steady drizzle. Neither team hit very well. Steve Molloy scattered eight hits and pitched a shutout.
Hansons only had 11 hits as well.
In Hanson’s third inning, Gary Johnson, Jeff Porter, Mike Doolan and Gary Schoolcraft all had consecutive singles to score the only runs they would need.