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The Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs are officially a dynasty. On Sundaynight they won their third championship in a row and their fifth in seven years as they swept Floral Arts in three games, out scoring Floral, 44-18, in the series. The Mustangs’ series win was the result of excellent defense and offense, with the entire line up producing in all three games. The outstanding Mustangs won 29 of the 31 games they played the season.
Floral Arts 12 – Willis Tent 10
On Tuesday, in the fifth and final game of the second round, Floral Arts erased a 7-4 deficit in the sixth inning by scoring eight runs to go up 12-7 against Willis Tent. In the top of the seventh inning, Willis made a quick out on a fly ball to left field, but then put two men on for power-hitter Rob Swinamer, who had homered earlier in the game. Swinamer then launched a three-run shot to put Willis within two runs. Floral pitcher Larry Mardany then induced two fly outs to earn the victory and send Floral Arts to the league finals for the seventh straight year. Roger Whittlesey (2-run homer, double, 4 RBI), Simon Tripp (homer), Geoff Pavao (homer), and Dave Janowsky (three hits) led the offense for Floral Arts.
Final Round of the Playoffs
Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 15, Floral Arts 2
In Game One of the final on Wednesday night, Paul Selfrige set the tone at leadoff for NVVM with three hits, a walk and three runs scored. Mike Kennedy and Jack Erickson added three hits and three RBI apiece. Jay Dolan chipped in with three hits also, while Mark Cusano had two hits, including the only Mustang home run of the game. Winning pitcher Don Cusano added two hits and two walks to aid his cause. Mustangs steady defense was led by outfielders Erickson and Bill Knute and third baseman Kennedy. Rob Beaudette (solo shot) and Roger Whittlesey (2-for-3, RBI), Frank Lancelotta (two hits), and Dave Janowsky (single) accounted for six of the eight Floral hits in the game.
Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 16, Floral Arts 5
In Game Two on Friday night, once again Paul Selfrige (2 RBI, 2 RS) produced three straight hits from his leadoff position for the well-balanced Mustang attack. Bill Knute contributed two hits, including a home run with 4 RBI. Cormac Bordes belted a homer of his own with 2 RBI. Jim Ward (2 RBIs, 2 RS), Don Cusano (2 RS), Mark Cusano (2 RS), Paul Liguori (2 RS, RBI) and Dan Crogan each had two hits. NVVM defense was outstanding all game and was led by left-center fielder Ward and third baseman Mike Kennedy.
Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 13 – Floral Arts 10
Amid misty and foggy conditions, the Mustangs achieved a clean sweep of Floral Arts in the final round of the playoffs, beating Floral 13-10, and gaining their fifth championship in seven years, third in a row. Jack Erickson hit two home runs for the Mustangs, while Paul Selfrige, Cormac Bordes, Don Cusano, and Mike Kennedy each homered once. Bill Knute made an outstanding diving catch in left field and Jim Ward threw a player out at the plate. Floral got offensive production from Ken Delaney (home run, two hits), Roger Whittlesey (2-for-4, home run, 3 RBI), Frank Lancelotta (2-for-4, home run), and Rob Beaudette (home run).