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Short Cuts Landscaping 12 – Pro Sports Therapy 9
PST lost a close one to Short Cuts, 12-9. Short Cuts hitters tallied four homeruns and turned double plays in both the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win. On the PST side, Steve Sawyer again led the offense going 3-3 with three runs scored and an RBI. Donald Slate and Mark Urlage both drove in two runs with two hits and Derek Donegan was 2-2 with a sacrafice fly and two RBIs.
Nashoba Valley Veterinary Mustangs 22 – Healy Oil 4
Five of the Mustangs’ seven homeruns came from their powerful southpaw sluggers. Cormac Bordes and Jack Erickson pounded two long balls each, while Bill Knute (3-4, four RBI’s, three runs scored ) added one blast of his own and another that only counted as a single. Mustang righties Don Cusano (2-3, HR, three RBI’s, three runs scored) and Mike Kennedy (4-4, Grandslam, five RBI’s) also contributed to the victory. Paul Ligouri notched another win on the mound, while second basemen Dan Crogan made a nice over the shoulder running catch down the right field line to snuff out a potential Healy rally.
Nashoba Valley Veterinary Mustangs 23 – Short Cuts Landscaping 8
Big game specialist Paul Selfrige (5-5, two homeruns, five RBI, five runs scored) led off the game with a homerun and the Mustangs never looked back in their victory over rival Shortcuts. Bill Knute continued his torrid pace with three more homeruns (12 on the season with a few more blasts that were hit after his team was over the limit), eight RBIs and four runs scored. Don Cusano added a homerun to go with excellent pitching to keep powerful Shortcuts in check. Jim Ward was on base four times (four runs scored) from his number two spot in the order and made some outstanding catches in left center field. Jack Erickson contributed three hits, including a long homerun, and also made a tremendous catch against the fence. Paul Ligouri and Cormac Bordes chipped in with two hits apiece. The Mustangs played excellent defense and Selfrige helped turn two infield double plays to snuff out potential big innings for the sluggers of Shortcuts.
Burtons 23 – Healy Oil 5
Burtons played the game of their lives beating a winless Healy Oil by the run rule after five. A seven run first inning set the tone for the night as Burtons accumulated over 28 hits and hit the homerun limit. Dave Batchelder hit three including one to the opposite field with 5 RBI, Eric Catalane had two, Jon Russo and Jerod Colley each with one. And, John Geary, with his first of the season, was the eighth and thus, counted as a lowly single in the win. Raghu Mantena continued his torrid pace with six RBI. Nice hitting by Keiran Murray and Rick Waldron contributed to keeping Healy winless to date.
Drew Farms 12 – Burtons 9
Great pitching by Mark Kost kept Burtons off balance all night as Drews won 12-9. Coming off of a 23 runfest the night before, Burtons couldn’t muster any momentum until the bottom of the 7th when a rally brought the final score to within three. Fantasy Football stud Dave Batchelder went 3-3 and again played a Hanley-like first base. Greg Fitzgerald 2-2 with two RBI a run scored and some nice D at third. Charlie Chungo 2-3 with a double and RBI contributed defensively at third. Nice outfield work by Murph McKeon, Tim Scott and Brian, spell it correctly, Collamore kept Burtons within reach. Todd Shepherd hit another deep bomb and showed off his arm from left field for Drews
Pro Sports Therapy 7 – CSA Graphics 5
CSA and PST played a classic close and quick game that makes coming to the ball field in the heat of summer better than almost anything. Both squads scored a couple of runs early, but each their bats fall asleep for several innings thereafter. Not until the bottom of the 6th, did PST mount an attack, scoring five. PST broke out to score 5 runs, led by James Chen (on base twice and scored both times, not an easy feat on this evening) and Mark Urlage (2-2 on the night). CSA started the top of the 7th with two quick outs, but then attempted a rally. After two singles, Bob Cullen hit a three-run homerun. A sharp line drive to third was then aptly fielded to end the close game and hopes of a CSA comeback. Manager John Bodi had to turn back the clock a bit and play shortstop when the regular at that position became hurt. A diving play by the elder statesman going up the middle was a blast from the past but the ump called the runner safe. Either way, Bodi felt like he should be spending the next day in an ice bath. Highlights for both sides included great outfield grabs and a slick double play. Stars for each side includes Bill Cullen for CSA and Dave Chirokas for PST.