The Over Hill Gang softball league began its 2009 season on one of the most beautiful Opening Nights anyone can remember. Everyone is glad to be back and looking forward to a great season.
Changing Times opened with an impressive 27-10 win over LaCorte's Family Auto. The rookies came through for C.T. with both guys having 5 for 5 nights. David Thorburn hit for the cycle and John Najdek had 3 triples and 2 singles. John Hughes also was 5 for 5 and Jerry Iavarone went 3 for 3 with a home run. Charlie Ginley drove in 5 runs, including a three run homer. It was an all around team effort and everybody got into the hitting act.
Barco Construction started on a positive note with a terrific opening night game and hard fought, 14-7 win over McCourt and Trudden. Although their bats were cool most of the game, the Barco defense was solid and at times sterling which kept the score close till their bats came to life. Dennis Ryan started with a superb running grab of a liner in the 1st which set the tone for Barco's defense but it was Dave Saur who was the defensive star of the game. Dave had an outstanding game in R/C as he made numerous sparkling plays, tracking down what seemed like every hard hit ball M&T smacked. Not to be outdone was the play of middle infielders Russ Graham and Steve Jacobson who turned four DPs, which helped to keep M&T from mounting any sustained attack. Barco did jump out to a one run lead in the 1st on Kevin Moloney's 2 out hit and added a second run in the 4th on Dave Ringer's clutch hit but they trailed by one before scoring four runs in the 7th and eight more in the 8th to open up a 14-3 lead before M&T responded with four in the 9th. Offensively Barco had contributions from the entire line-up as nine players had RBIs, of which eight times they were delivered with clutch 2-out hits. Bob Diamond was a perfect 3-3, along with Dave Ringer (3 hits, 3 RBIs), Steve Jacobson (3-4) and Gary Jambor (3 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) to lead the Barco bats. The Barco Boys of Summer wish to extend a warm welcome to rookies Russ Graham and Jim Werlmann and Dave Ringer who is returning from a year on the IR.
In the opening game, Granny O'Shea's and the new Lockie & Nowachek Family Chiropractors played scoreless ball until the 4th inning when L&N knocked across the first run of the year. O'Shea's came away with two of their own in the bottom of the fourth thanks to RBI singles by Brian Mulcahy and Gary Innes. L&N stretched out their run scoring over the next few innings to 14 runs to take a commanding lead. Even a bases clearing triple by Granny's Billy Gonzalez couldn't help O'Shea's get back on track as L&N won the game 18-6.
Granny O'Shea's would like to wish Lenny Balestrieri, Jay Donovan, Bruce Kubart and Bob Meyers well as they recuperate on the DL this year. Thanks for visiting in the dugout with the team. Good luck to our new O'Shea's rookies: Dan Crawford, Mike Dreher and Billy Gonzalez. Have a great year and enjoy the league.
FYI to our OTHG league members: A new batter's box has been installed on the 60 foot field for both right and left handed batters. The box should help eliminate those problem trenches as everyone digs in to get a base hit. Let us know your feedback. If all goes well, the OTHG league will work with TOB to install the same setup on the 90-foot field.