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IMEC 10,
Jok’s Auto Sales 6

Charlie Howe’s IMEC engineers took the lead after one inning and never looked back against Jok’s. ...

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IMEC 10,
Jok’s Auto Sales 6

Charlie Howe’s IMEC engineers took the lead after one inning and never looked back against Jok’s.

Howe, Jim Edwards and Al Ross touched Hap Webster’s pitching for three hits each in four at bats, while sub Bob Larose had a perfect 3-for-3 day. Pitcher Ron Lewis helped his team win with two hits, as did Bill Mulley, Jerry Levin and sub Gary Boyle.

Webster and Les Johnson each had three hits for Jok’s, while Don Fusco, Rick Latham, Al Jarry and sub Bob Lamontagne managed two hits apiece in a losing cause. Lamontagne homered in his last at bat.

Calvary Lock & Key 11, Hanson’s Automotive 3

Anyone who thinks pitching is easy should try it sometime – or should ask anyone on Hanson’s.

Forced to go with a substitute pitcher, whose regular position is shortstop, Hanson’s lineup couldn’t overcome 12 walks as Calvary’s patience took advantage of them for seven of their 11 runs. Ron Bedard’s three hits led the winners and John Poulos, Steve Stitt, Rod Robuccio, Steve Brzozowski, Larry Hersh and Steve Meltzer all helped out with two hits apiece.

Hanson’s best were the always tough Roger Neild and Rob Rich, each with two hits. Don Kasper was the only other Hanson batter to have a multiple-hit game, with two hits in three at bats.

M&N Sports 9,
Pine Street Eatery 6

Skipper George Mosnicka’s 11 kept their winning streak alive with four runs in the third and five runs in the fifth while holding the Eatery’s lineup to one run through six innings.

The Pine Street boys made it interesting in the top of the seventh when they scored five of their own on seven hits. It wasn’t enough, however, as a strikeout and a force at third base ended the day.

Mosnicka broke out of a short slump with a 3-for-3 day, only a homer short of the cycle, and Paul Archer, Frank Sommer, Mike Ford and Joe Bimonte contributed with two hits apiece. Pine Street’s Kip Ferguson went 3 for 3 and Boh Buczynski was 2 for 2 before leaving with an injury. Bill Simmons and Bob Sullivan also had two hits each for the cooks.

Amherst Autoworks 7, Art’s Painting 6

Defense played a huge part in this one courtesy of the most senior mechanics, Al Abele and John Cebrowski, who gave the brush-off to the painters. Abele grabbed one hard line drive after another, while Cebrowski stole hits from the short fielder position.

The Painters had some strong defensive play, as well, with some deep throws from the outfield, as Bill Ohm and Bob Larose hit their cutoffs on the way to gunning down two runners at home.

Hurler Thom Riley helped himself with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate, while Bob Lamontagne, Abele, Pete Monaco, Dave Krumenacker, John Ogrodowczyk and Dan Walsh managed two hits each. Art’s pitcher, Chick Hamel, led his team with three hits in three at bats, while Dick Gillespie, Steve Coco, Murph Albert and Mike Ford helped him out with two hits each. Amherst broke a 6-6 tie in the last at bat.

IMEC 11, M&N Sports 3

M&N’s eight-game winning streak came to an end with a three-run, 10-hit day at the plate.

Eight of IMEC’s 11 players had multiple-hit games with Jim Edwards, Ron Lewis and Paul Nickerson leading the way with 3-for-4 days. Charlie Howe, Alan Ross, Paul Valdanbrini, Jerry Levine and sub Bob Larose helped out with two each for the winners. Gary Royal, Mike Ford and Joe Bimonte were the only sportsmen to come close to penetrating Lewis’ pitching, as they each had two hits in three at bats.

Hanson’s Automotive 10, Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 2

Dr. Dionne’s one-run lead at the end of one inning was short-lived, as the mechanics plated five in their half of the second – four on manager Woody Woodward’s grand slam. Woodward, Zeke Zarakotas, Pete Burr and Roger Neild were high bats for the winners, each with three hits. Don Kasper, Gerry Moore, the steady Clarence Farwell and sub Steve Meltzer helped out by stroking two hits each. Dr. Dionne’s 11 reiterated yet another low-production game with only 13 hits, eight of which came from Wally Hedlund, Bert Guimond, Peter Olson and sub John Poulos with two hits apiece.

Art’s Painting 11,
Calvary Lock & Key 10

A resurgent Calvary lineup scored six runs in the last three innings to tie things up, but Steve Coco’s single in the last of the seventh drove home Harold Murphy with the winning run in a game largely decided by the top five in each team’s order.

Art’s Coco, Jerry Ferullo, Mitch Milewski and Murph Albert provided 12 of the team’s 16 hits (three apiece), with the biggest blows being back-to-back triples by Ferullo and Milewski. Calvary’s top five produced 13 of their 20 hits, with John Poulos’ 4-for-4 effort leading the way, closely followed by John Chase and Rod Robuccio with three hits each. The two reliable Steves, Brzozowski and Meltzer, chipped in with two hits each in defeat.

Jok’s Auto Sales 21,
Pine Street Eatery 10

Both teams scored in all but one inning, but Jok’s scored a total of 14 runs in three of them as they walked away with this one.

Manager Hap Webster, Don Fusco and Lester Johnson went 4 for 5, while Miles Page and sub Jim Edwards were a perfect 4 for 4 for the winners. Sub Charlie Howe managed three hits and Rick Latham, Ben Tosi and Hale Powell helped out with two hits each.

For Pine Street, Ray Floryan and sub Gary Royal went 4 for 4, while Dick Moushegian and Charlie Mooradian had three hits. Boh Buczynski and Kip Ferguson stroked two, as did Dick Stockdale and Dave Brody. Fine Pine Street defense was on display when a nice Moushegian-to-Royal-to-Ferguson relay cut down a runner at third.

Back-to-back triples by Webster and Fusco provided some additional offense for Jok’s, and a ball hit by Miles Page would have been a homer were it not for a runner-from-home situation in a game marked by a few odd situations that had the umpire and the managers thumbing through the rule book.