After an emotional off-season, Zwanger Pesiri really needed a win to start the year. ZP got that victory in a hard fought 23-22 slugfest against Changing Times. Acting Manager John DeFalco picked up his first "W" when Pete Mendelson singled in Bino Reverberi with the game winner in the seventh. The game only went seven innings because both teams hit early and often. Just about everyone got into the act. Joe Algerio and Tommy Dittmeier led the way with four hits each. Joe had a homer and Tommy hit the top of the fence. Jerry Mazza also hit a homer, one of his three hits on the night. Marc Fischer, Bino Reverberi, Rich D'Amico and Tyrone Clark also had three hits. Rookie John Hernandez made all the plays at third base and had two hits in his debut. Carl Dessel, John DeFalco and pitcher Brian Tinney had two hits each. ZP sends its best to team leader Tom "T" Ball and looks forward to his return as manager later in the season.
CT scored in every inning except the second. Kudos to Charlie #2, Rob, David, Anthony, Brad, Billy, Jack, Charlie #1 and Greg for a game well played. Over their past two games, CT has scored 49 runs. Lawn chairs to all the CT players!
Barco continued their fine start to the season with a tough 16-11 victory over LaCorte. The game was an exciting seesaw battle which came out in Barco's favor as they where fortunate enough to be the team that scored last. Barco started off with four runs in the first but LaCorte responded with three of their own in the bottom half, which set the stage the rest of the game. After LaCorte tied it in the second, Barco added two in the third to which LaCorte bounced back again with four runs in the third to go up 8-6 and another three in the fifth. Barco went ahead for good 12-11 after fifth with three in the fourth and again in the fifth; they then added four more in the sixth for the final score of 16-11. Defensively SS Russ Graham was solid again, coming up with a rally stopping DP with a lunging grab and a sparkling sliding backhander which came in critical junctions of the game that helped Barco to maintain their tenuous lead. Offensively the Barco Boys continued their timely hitting as nine players had RBIs as the entire line-up again came through with clutch hits. Leading the way was Terry McPartland with four RBIs on a 4-4 night along with Tony Ranieri who had a HR and three RBIs. Adding to the mix was Bill White & Dennis Ryan who had back-to-back triples to spark the four-run sixth, along with Rick Pedone who was 3-3 with two RBIs and Russ Graham who went 2-2 with two BBs and two RBIs. Personally the Barco families would like to extent their well wishes and a quick recover to Val McPartland on her recent surgery.
Autocraft started week two with a bang as Bob Ceriello led the charge with a three-run home run in the first inning. Aldo Balducci followed with a bases loaded triple in the next inning en route to a 32-10 victory over McCourt and Trudden. Rich Darjie held M & T in check pitching a stellar game as John Garrity played well at shortstop contributing eight put outs. Newcomer Mike Ferreti added three hits and three RBI's as Denny Oehl contributed a five hit, four run night.
The first game of the season for the new L&N, formerly Hampton Air started slow. The first three innings went scoreless with some great pitching from Ron Schwabe and some good defense. Granny O'Sheas got on the board first with two runs in the fourth. L&N answered with one in the bottom of the inning. After that it was hard to stop L&N. With table setters Chris Theo and Tom DeSantis getting on base Butch Flecker got into his groove pounding out two hits and four RBI's. Also, back from the IR with two doubles and three RBI's was the famous Joe Auer.
What broke the game open was a shot in the seventh by Jerry Sutherland after intentionally walking the batter before him he smacked a ball well over the left fielder head for a three-run homer. That pretty much sealed the first win of the year for our new sponsor L&N 18-6.