HATEABLES WIN THEIR FIRST MEN’S TOWN SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
A lead-off home run by Eric Dralle in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Hateables their first Greenwich Men’s Town Softball Championship in a dramatic 15-14 victory over Longo Carting at Teufel Field.
It’s the first Town Championship for the Hateables in their first year together in the League. However, both teams have plenty of championship game experience between them. The Hateables are a “who’s who” of players who have played on many championship squads and Longo’s has played for the Championship the last five years, winning in 2015 and 2016.
The Carters outscored the winners 11-3 over the first three innings and it appeared they would force a deciding game in the double elimination tournament. But Hateables chipped away with four runs in the fourth. Longo’s responded with three scores in the fifth, but the Hateables refused to quit and exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh capped by Evan Kavanagh’s three run blast to force an extra inning and set up Dralle’s heroics.
In a game where every player on both teams had at least one hit, the winners got the most from their offense. Justin Valenti and Jeff Currivan were each three-for-four and Dralle’s game winner was part of a three-for-five night that included four runs batted in. Evan Kavanagh’s two home runs drove four more runs. Andrew Coffee’s two hits provided three more runs for the cause. Mike Fesko, Chad Young and Colin Dunster each had a pair of base hits. John Kavanagh singled and scored two runs and Frank Currivan blasted a home run as part of the seventh inning rally.
Longo’s was led by Antonie Lio who was two for three with a homer and batted in three runs. Chris Marullo’s two hits included a two run homer. Jason Herrmann also contributed two hits and two RBI’s. Michael Mohrin and Jason Grabowski each singled twice. Tyler Kavanagh, Frank Santoro, Jamie Longo and Tommy Bisignano also contributed on offense for the Carters, much to the delight of manager Teddy Lorch.
ROSA RENEGADES TAKE MEN’S TOWN “B” SOFTBALL TITLE
Rosa Renegades completed an exciting run through the Men’s Town “B” Softball Tournament by defeating Fairfield Pizza 9-4 and 13-7 to win the title. Championships aren’t exactly new to Rosa’s as they won the 2015 Men’s C Flight Tournament.
Faced with having to win two games over the Pizza crew, as they came out of the Loser’s Bracket in the double elimination tournament, the Renegades responded and timely hitting and big defensive plays.
The first game saw Rosa’s score six runs over the final three innings to take over a very close game. Fairfield struck first with a 1-0 lead but the Renegades showed great consistency in holding back their opponents. Alex Clarke and Alex Kreis were the hitting stars with each player going three-for-four. Joel Arroyo, Kyle Ballone, Ryan Curcuruto and Greg Belicka each had a pair of hits for the champions, with Arroyo driving in two runs. Alex McMurray had a key single and runs batted in during Rosa’s three run sixth inning.
Steve Caldwell led the way for the Pizzamen by going three-for-four. Matt Greco, Brandan Caffery and John Arist had two hits apiece. Manager Bobby Caldwell drove in two runs for Fairfield.
The Renegades broke open a 4-2 game with a six run fourth inning en route to a 13-7 victory in the deciding second game. While the Pizzamen rallied with two scores in the fifth and three more in the sixth, Rosa’s came up with three big insurance runs in their half of the sixth inning. Greg Belicka had another big game, this time game this time going three-for-three and Joel Arroyo had three hits in four tries. Alex McMurray and Nick Carriero made their hits count as each pounded two key hits and drove in four runs. Alex Kreis added a pair of hits and two RBI’s Alex Clarke had another two hit outing. Nick Ballone, Nick Niven and Manager Chris Rosa also contributed to the strong Renegade offensive attack.
Bobby Caldwell sparked the Pizzamen with a three-for-three night, including two triples, scoring two runs and driving in two. Nick Greco was again solid, with three hits including a solo home run. Roy Zold added a pair of singles to the cause while Jon Gucci, Rashe Campbell and Matt Wallace all hit safely for Fairfield.
The defensive stars for Rosa’s were: Kyle Ballone, Joel Arroyo, Alex McMurray and Nick Niven. Chris Rosa was the winning pitcher.
SUMMER RAIN CAPTURES MEN’S TOWN “C” SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Marko’s two run double in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Summer Rain to a thrilling 14-13 victory over Sam Bridge Nursery to claim the Men’s Town “C” Softball Championship at Teufel Field. It was a satisfying win for the Rainmakers who were the “C” runners-up in 2016. It was not easy for the winners who were trailing by a run with runners on first and second and two outs and the game on the line in the last inning.
It was a back and forth game all evening. Summer took a 5-2 lead in the opening inning and the score was tied at 6 following the second. Sam Bridge plated single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 9-6 advantage, but the Rainmakers put up sixth in the fifth and regained the lead, 12-9. But the Nurserymen rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh before Summer Rain pulled the game out in their final turn at bat.
Marko’s double capped a three-for-four performance included four RBI’s. Mike Marzulla and Stephen Napier had major supporting roles as each logged a pair of hits while driving
In two runs. Summer Rain made the most of their hits in the finals as Jim Kavanagh, Danny Catalano, Kevin Toohill, Lou Ambrogio, Neal Kavanagh, Paul Callahan and Doug Garofalo all contributed to the winner’s offense.
Sam Bridge also showed a potent offense as Mike McConnell and Mike Fina each logged three hits in four attempts. Jordan Capitanio made his two hits count by driving in three runs. Ian Barto, P.J. Zeale, Nick Lore, Mike Lefflbine and Geoff Cullen all had pair of hits for the Nurserymen. Doug Lefflbine and Nick Lombardi also hit safely for Sam Bridge.
Summer Rain Manager Jim Kavanagh gave plaudits to pitcher Doug Garofalo, who posted a remarkable 17-0 record on the mound for the victors this season
MILLER MOTORCARS CLAIMS MEN’S INDUSTRIAL SOFTBALL TITLE.
Miller Motorcars won the Greenwich Men’s Industrial Softball Title by holding off J. Pocker 14-13, in what turned into a thriller at Teufel Field. In winning the double elimination tournament, Motorcars ended the three-year reign of Pocker as Industrial Softball kings of Greenwich. And J. Pocker was not letting go easily. Down 14 – 6 in the top of the seventh, they rallied for seven runs and left the tying score at third basse when the final out was recorded.
Originally, it did not appear the contest would be that close. Miller took a 2-1 lead after two innings, but had two big innings ringing up five runs in the third and seven more in the fourth and appeared ready to cruise. Pocker chipped away to get a little closer. They also effectively shut down the Motorcar bats by retiring eight of the last nine batters.
Luis Garcia and Robinon Cabrera led the Miller attack as each went a perfect three-for-three and drove in three runs. Luis Nunez, Tom Brandon, Manny Delgado and John Hankel each had a pair of this for the Motorcars. Isaac Franco, Jesus Cruz, Alex Delgado, Manny Beltre, Hendry Calvo and John Nemeth also contributed on offense for the winners.
J. Pocker was sparked by Dick Pocker, who was four-for-five. Remy Totten had a big night as well with three-for-five, including a home run and 4 RBI’s. John McLoughlin, Rob Glennon, Christian Fumiso, Rob Gillick, Eric Morque, and Rich Cavataro picked up two hits each for Pocker, while Ryan Cavataro and Greg Bean also contributed.
Miller’s Manager John Nemeth was the winning pitcher and he mentioned that the entire tournament was a team effort for his club from the first game.
From the GSO Board Thank You all For a Great 2017 Softball Season