After 135 Runs In Seven Games, League Initiates “Mustang Rule”

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Westford Over 30 Softball wraps up another week with little change at the top as the Nashoba Valley Mustangs remain undefeated at 7-0 having scored 135 runs, an average of nearly 20 per game, while many of those games ended after just five innings. Defensively, the Mustangs are just as dominant having only allowed 36 runs over the same seven game span. At the other end of the spectrum, Healy Oil continues to look for their first win but face a tough Short Cut Landscaping team on Tuesday. Burtons currently retains the final playoff spot but faces a surging CSA Graphics this week.  CSA is right behind Burtons in the standings.
Floral Arts 15 – Burtons 2
Floral Arts defeated Burton’s Grill on Tuesday night, 15-2, in five innings. Burton’s took the early lead on solo shots by David Batchelder and Jerry Breen. Floral got some great hitting from Billy Luppold, who strokes a double and a single, and home runs from Mark Chambers (solo), Jeff Moore (two-run shot), Roger Whittlesey (three-run shot), Simon Tripp (solo), Mike Alonardo (solo) and two from Rob Beaudette (a solo and a two-run shot). Ryan Dunn made the play of the game with an over-the-shoulder basket catch in the outfield grass behind third base. Burton’s Jerod Colley made a great play on the mound on a laser come-backer to the mound in the fourth inning. The win gives Floral four straight wins to improve its record to 4-2 on the young season. Jerod Colley went 2-2 for Burtons to continue his solid hitting in 2016. Mike J continues to be missed by the Burtons lineup.
Willis Tents 12, CSA Graphics 5
CSA Graphics managed an early lead, but Willis soon posted five-run and six-run innings that CSA could not counter.  In the loss, nine of the CSA players had hits including Bill Cullen who went 2 for 3 with a homerun and Jim DeMarco who went 3 for 4 with a double.

CSA Graphics 15 – Drew Farms 14
CSA Graphics scored in each of the first five innings, leading to an 11-3 lead.  Drews posted nine runs in the top of the 6th and held CSA scoreless in the bottom half of the frame.  Drews added two insurance runs in the top of the 7th, but Matt Sepe (who was 4 for 5 with a double, home run, and six RBI on the night) evened the score in the bottom of the 7th with a three-run homerun.  Drews got one run in the extra inning, but CSA came right back to score two behind back-to-back hits from Bill Ryan (6 for 6, one homerun, four runs, six RBI) and Jim Coveno (3 for 6, including the walk-off).  Jim DeMarco went 4 for 5 and Darren Wizst had a homerun for CSA.

Mustangs 22 – Willis 5
Long ball barrage included blasts over the fence by Mark Cusano, Paul Selfrige, Keith Reynolds,  and Cormac Bordes all with two a piece. Don Cusano, Mike Kennedy, and Craig Smith each had one.  The last few long balls only counted as singles per the homerun limit rule, better named the “Mustangs Rule”.  Cusano got the win on the mound. for the undefeated Mustangs.