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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nashua Senior Softball League results

IMEC 10,
Amherst Autoworks 9

This thriller wasn’t decided until the top of the seventh when Amherst, down by a run, loaded the bases with a walk and 2 hits with 2 outs. You could hear the collective sigh of relief from the IMEC team when the next man up grounded to second to end the game. Both teams had scored 5 runs in the third inning, but the three that IMEC managed in the fifth made the difference as the engineers had 11 fewer at-bats than Amherst but had one more hit than the mechanics. In fact, nine of the Amherst eleven got up four times while 7 of the winners stepped to the plate only 3 times, with no batter making it to the plate more than that. IMEC’s Jim Edwards and Al Ross went 3 for 3, and Charlie Howe, Ron Lewis, Paul Nickerson and subs Al Jarry and Woody Woodward helped out with 2 hits each in 2 at-bats. Amherst was led by ageless Al Abele’s 4 for 4, Geoff Geoffrion and Bob Liscio went 3 for 4, and Bob Lamontagne and John Ogrodowczyk stroked two hits each. ...

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IMEC 10,
Amherst Autoworks 9

This thriller wasn’t decided until the top of the seventh when Amherst, down by a run, loaded the bases with a walk and 2 hits with 2 outs. You could hear the collective sigh of relief from the IMEC team when the next man up grounded to second to end the game. Both teams had scored 5 runs in the third inning, but the three that IMEC managed in the fifth made the difference as the engineers had 11 fewer at-bats than Amherst but had one more hit than the mechanics. In fact, nine of the Amherst eleven got up four times while 7 of the winners stepped to the plate only 3 times, with no batter making it to the plate more than that. IMEC’s Jim Edwards and Al Ross went 3 for 3, and Charlie Howe, Ron Lewis, Paul Nickerson and subs Al Jarry and Woody Woodward helped out with 2 hits each in 2 at-bats. Amherst was led by ageless Al Abele’s 4 for 4, Geoff Geoffrion and Bob Liscio went 3 for 4, and Bob Lamontagne and John Ogrodowczyk stroked two hits each.

Pine Street Eatery 10,
Calvary Lock & Key 7

This was a contest between two teams that hadn’t seen smooth sailing lately, but Pine Street came out of the doldrums with 5 in the last of the sixth to garner the win. Bill Simmons and Dick Stockdale’s bats were best for the Eatery when they helped their holders to 3 hits in 3 at-bats. Two hits each came from Boh Buczynski, Ray Floryan, Lenny Rapone and Bob Sullivan with Rapone, Sullivan and Stockdale’s hits doing the most damage in the sixth. Calvary’s John Chase went 3 for 4 with a homer and John Poulos, Rod Robuccio and Bob Lavoie followed with 2 hits in 4 at-bats. Besides getting a clutch single in the seventh, Calvary’s Gerry Gajnos showed quick hands when he caught a foul pop in the second inning and Larry Hersh snared a hard liner on the backhand to slow the Eatery down a bit in the middle innings.

Jok’s Auto Sales 7,
Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 4

Tied at 3 after four, two doubles, four singles and a sac fly pushed 4 across for the winners while the seniors could manage only one lonely run after the third, that one coming on a Harry Doutt four-bagger in the sixth. Five in Jok’s lineup had two hits in their 3 at-bats: Hap Webster, Don Fusco, Ron Monteiro, Les Johnson and Miles Page. Doutt’s homer left him only a triple shy of the cycle as he had a perfect 3 hits in 3 at-bats while Harold Murphy, Peter Olson, Alan Hallee, Dale Stearns and sub Geoff Geoffrion managed 2 hits apiece for the Seniors.

Art’s Painting 21,
M&N Sports 16

If some of whatever these guys were drinking had made it to a couple of the earlier games, the scores wouldn’t have been so low. Art’s managed 53 at-bats and 30 hits to go with 4 walks in this slugfest, while M&N’s guys went to the plate 44 times and garnered 23 hits. The seventh inning was something to see when the Painters plated 6 runs in the top on 7 hits and a base-on-balls to take a nine-run lead, only to see the sportsmen come roaring back with 4 runs on 6 hits and a walk, just to make it interesting. Murph Albert and Art DiGiovanni had perfect days at the plate for the winners, each with 5 hits in 5 at-bats. Dick Gillespie and manager Jerry Ferullo stroked 4 each, Steve Coco and Rod Wood helped out with 3 apiece and Bob Larose and Jay McNay chipped in with 2 hits each. Skipper George Mosnicka’s sportsmen were led by Gary Royal’s 4 hit day and Frank Sommer and Mosnicka, each with 3 hits, one of Sommer’s being a triple that cleared the bases in the last inning. Mosnicka, not to be outdone, reached base 4 times, once with a walk. Dennis Cassily, Mike Ford, Bill Kotopoulis, Tom Anderson and sub Paul Valdanbrini poked 2 hits each for M&N.

IMEC 16,
Art’s Painting 9

Tied at eight after seven innings, IMEC sent 12 men up to bat in the eighth, and eight of them crossed the plate to take this one going away. Paul Nickerson was perfect for the winners with 4 hits in 4 at-bats; Jim Edwards, Charlie Howe and Paul Valdanbrini contributed 3 apiece; and Ron Lewis and sub Mike Ford managed two hits in 4 at-bats. Art’s manager Jerry Ferullo went 4 for 4, and pitcher and TV icon Chick Hamel was also perfect with 3 hits in 3 at-bats. Steve Coco, Murph Albert and Bob Larose helped Hamel out with 2 hit days, and Albert took a sure hit away from IMEC’s Dave Brody with an over-the-shoulder, backhand grab. With this win, the engineers beat the league’s top two teams on two successive weeks of play.

Amherst Autoworks 9,
Hanson’s Automotive 6

Hanson’s manager Woody Woodward got his team’s engine running with a lead-off homer in the top of the first, but that was the last time his team would lead in this relatively low-scoring affair, as the other mechanics would score in five of the six innings they had to play. The Hanson eleven stroked 4 hits and pushed across two runs in the seventh, but the drive stalled on two fielder’s choice plays and a liner to third. Al Abele and Bob Liscio each went 3 for 3 for the first-place Amherst team and Geoff Geoffrion and Thom Riley added three hits in four at-bats while Pat Cassier, John Ogrodowczyk and Dave Krumenacker stroked 2 hits each. Manager Geoffrion, not to be outdone by his counterpart Woodward, “went yard” in his first at bat which tied the game at the end of one. Roger Neild and Mike Reilly were best for Hanson’s with 3 hits and Zeke Zarakotas, Peter Burr, Rob Rich and Clarence Farwell helped out with 2 hits apiece.

Dr. Dionne’s Seniors 13,
Pine Street Eatery 4

Some mid-season roster changes helped the Seniors to their second win of the year, and it was a big one as they banged out 22 hits and never trailed. Steady Leo Melanson was perfect for the Seniors with 4 hits, and Peter Olson, Harold Murphy and Peter Monaco stroked three each. Wally Hedlund made a fine over-the-shoulder grab to go along with his 2 hits, and Bert Guimond and sub Jerry Ferullo equaled his offense for the winners. Pine Street threatened to put up some crooked numbers a couple of times, but each rally was squelched by a double play. Danny Birck led his team, as has often been the case, with 3 hits in 3 at-bats while Lenny Rapone, Charlie Mooradian, Bob Napolitano and Dick Stockdale whacked two hits each.

M&N Sports 4,
Jok’s Auto Sales 3

We all know that steroids or corked bats wouldn’t help any of us, but even if we had them, we’d have to attribute this low-scoring game to great pitching by Bill Kotopoulis and sub Steve Stitt and some timely defense. The difference between the two was really the third inning, when skipper George Mosnicka’s sportsmen plated 3 runs on 4 successive hits, the last being a Gary Royal double that emptied the bases, while the car guys could muster only single runs in the first, fifth and last. Paul Archer, Mosnicka, Royal, Mike Ford and sub Jim Edwards each had two hits for the winners, while Ron Monteiro, Ben Tosi and subs Dick Gillespie and Stitt stroked two hits each for Jok’s.