Weekly Feature

2018-08-09 / Sports

Semifinalists set in 50+ Division playoff race

Glory Days Softball

Playoffs recently began in 50+ Division play of the Glory Days Softball League, leaving two games to play tonight to determine the participants in this season’s upcoming championship game.

Westfalls will host both semifinals at 6:30 p.m., with Wallenwein’s facing Classic Awning on Diamond II and West Herr taking on ALP Steel Corp. on Diamond III. The winners of each game will square off at the diamond of the highest remaining seed’s choosing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, to decide this year’s playoff champion.

The West Herr Automotive Group Knights earned their spot in the semifinals by knocking off Busy Beaver Lawn and Garden in a much more competitive game than their regular-season meetings, 7-4.

The Knights scored four in the first on an error, a single by Jerry O’Brien, a triple by Kevin O’Brien, a single by Greg Stalker and a triple by Al Malke. They added another run in the second on an error, a single by Steve Anderson and a fielder’s choice, then tacked on another in the third on a single by Kevin O’Brien, a double by Stalker and a sacrifice fly by Mike Hallinan.

The Knights posted another run in the fifth on a walk to Jerry O’Brien and a single by Stalker.

For the Beavers, a second inning run off Marty Cerny’s RBI double led off their attack. They added two runs in the third on a single by Ronnie Learn, a single by Jim Navagh, a walk to Tom Urbanski, a sacrifice by Mark Urbanski and a walk to Joe Wahl. They added one final run in the seventh on a double by Bob Kurowski and singles by Kevin Kowalski, Cerny and John Ryan.

For the game, the Knights saw Stalker finish 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Kevin O’Brien go 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Eddie Striebel go 2-of-3. Hallinan got the win on the mound.

Classic Awning, meanwhile, topped Green Buffalo Pub by an 8-4 count. The victors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run hit by Mike Flemming, who then scored on a Chet Lipka single. The score increased to 6-0 in the bottom of the third off a triple by Dave Vesneske, followed by John Hulslander’s double, and singles by Jim Bartram and Flemming.

GBP broke through in the fifth with a run on an RBI single by Larry Jarmuz, but Classic Awning struck again in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run double from Lipka. GBP came to life in the sixth with a mini-rally of three runs, but they still fell short when Bartram ended the inning with a double play.

Classic Awning then brought Don Seider in to pitch a scoreless seventh. The team’s defense played well in support of starting pitcher Hulslander, with Ronnie Westfall, Pete Yuhas and Bartram making nice infield plays. In the outfield it was strong defense from Tom Tighe and Lipka that kept things in order. Hulslander also helped himself with a grab of a line drive off the bat of Tim Bajdas — with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning.

Classic Awning collected 16 hits in the game, with Bartram and Tighe scoring two runs each. Paul Young led GBP by going 3-for-3, while Dave Stryker, Jarmuz and Joey Bellanti each had two hits. GBP did have a couple of nice defensive plays with Stryker, to Young, to Bellanti at third base.

The Americans, who are now sponsored by ALP Steel Corp., played the Comfort Funeral Home, Inc. Cubs in another playoff battle. The teams had split the season series during the year.

As the home team, the Americans’ defense played tight with multiple double plays and good fielding plays by shortstop Jeff Benz, pitcher Greg Tripp, second baseman Ken Struck and Jeff Giandonis in left field. The American hitters started hot as the first four batters crossed the plate, with Harry Louth’s blast into the woods in right field for a stand-up triple.

For the game, four hitters — Benz, Rick DeKay, Dave Corbelli and Jeff Jaris — were perfect at the plate. The Americans seemed to solve the pitching of Bob Richter, who in the past had frustrated many American batters. The final score of 10-1 will have the Americans moving on to play long-time nemesis West Herr in the semifinals.

For the Cubs, Steve Hochwald demonstrated how to get on base twice without hitting it out of the infield. The Cubs’ lone run came on a single by Fred Marshall, a throwing error that moved him to third and a Dave Weinman sacrifice fly that was just deep enough to score Marshall.

Bob Richter, John Marshall and Chuck Pelitera were all 1-for-3 at the plate, while Gary Glynn added a hit and also played well defensively in his debut at first base.

60+ Division

Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel and Restaurant went up against the determined Northeast Collision Jazz Dogs and lost an injury-plagued game, 6-2.

The Jazz Dogs’ Rick Walters went 3-for-3, while Dominic Patterson pitched a masterful game and held down the Rome hitters. Dan Rozanski started the game’s scoring for the Jazz Dogs with a walk, followed by hits from Walters, Larry Draper and Larry Wisher and another walk to Dennis Caruana. The fourth run was scored from a sacrifice fly from Wally Wilk for a 4-1 lead after one.

The game remained tight from that point on as Northeast held onto its 6-2 lead. Caruana, Jim Lohr and Rozanski led the Jazz Dog defense, with Wisher also playing well at first. Tom Swaciak and Joe LaMonto added speed to the base paths and in the outfield, while Darrell Borowiak hit a base hit out to left field to help score the Jazz Dogs’ last run in the fourth.

George Folger caught a great game from Patterson and kept the hitters off balance.

Tony Rome’s had one last rally chance in the seventh, but a diving catch in right center field by Wally Wilk thwarted that prospect, allowing the Jazz Dogs to push their winning streak to four games.

The Bat Pack, meanwhile, was on its home turf against the Mogs, who opened the game on a five-game losing streak. The Bat Pack drew first blood and, in a surprising ending, it was the Mogs that claimed the win as they ended their losing streak with their 9-3 victory.

Mogs’ left fielder Jim Manzella was 4-for-4 with three runs scored, while third baseman Leo Noe went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Paul Young, John Noe, Mitch Rubin, Steve Caprow and Chuck Pelitera each added a pair of hits, while Ron Palmowski pitched a great game, giving up one earned run.

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