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Burtons 16 – CSA Graphics 13
In a match between the sixth and seventh place teams (six teams make the playoffs), Burtons edged an improving CSA squad 16-13. Burtons opened the game with three runs, two on a John Geary single with the bases full, but CSA Graphics then answered with nine runs of their own in the first. CSA’s assault was led by Matt Sepe’s three-run homer (2 for 4 with two home runs on the night) and Mike Cioffi’s grand slam (3 for 4 on the night). Several big hits taking advantage of numerous Burtons miscues gave CSA a comfortable lead after one However, Burtons pitcher Jerod Colley, following sage advice to increase his arc, basically shut down CSA allowing only four more runs over the final six innings. Burtons hitting and defense was led by rookie of the year nominee Eric Cataline going 4-4 with two singles, a double, and a homerun, four runs scored and three RBI. Tim Scott, partnered with Cataline in the outfield, went 3-4 with two singles, one homerun, two runs scored and three RBI. Both Catalane and Scott continued their great defense making key grabs in left and left center including a game ending stab by Cataline. Other notables included Peter “Mario” Murano with two singles, the game tying RBI and a cardiac testing run scored from second base. Luke Boulanger and Jon Russo also chipped in with key homeruns for Burtons who are now at 5-5 on the season. Colley helped out himself dogging out a triple usually seen in a Tough Mudder event.
Healy Oil 22 – Short Cuts Landscaping 21
In a slugfest, Healy is now on the board with a win, it’s first, outdueling SCL in an eight inning battle, 22-21. This is a notable effort with a ninth place team beating a fourth place team and bringing SCl back to the pack. Healy saw the return of Tom Hudson on the mound who pitched a solid game. Healy Oil got off to an early start with a lead off home run by Matt Dowling who continues his hot streak of at least one home run in every game. Brian Herrmann followed shortly thereafter with a two run blast over the center field fence. From that point on it was a combination of singles and double for the remaining seven innings including a 10 run fourth inning that consisted of seven singles and a three run triple by Captain Bill Eaton. Healy loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth when Dan Nucci launched a walk-off single to win the game for Healy. Notable Healy defense was Wayne Meadows at third base. Also notable was that Healy started their grill and cooking at 6 PM for their 7:45 game and the smell of barbeque permeated the field for several hours making it feel like a night game at Fenway for all.
Healy Oil 10 – Pro Sports Therapy 9
Yes, it’s true, Healy Oil has won two in a row and have started to hit the ball well and are no longer a team to count on as an easy win. Healy jumped out to an immediate 3-0 lead on Pro Sports Therapy, but saw that quickly turn into a 3-3 tie after one inning. PST then posted four more in the second on a Ben Armstrong Grand Slam to take a 7-3 lead. Healy pitcher Wayne Meadows then shut down the PST bats for three innings incorporating many different pitching angles and depths.The Oilers chipped away and eventually took an 8-7 lead in the 6th. Once again, PST tied it up but Healy again grabbed the lead, putting up two more. PST continued to battle cutting the lead to one on another Armstrong homerun. A Jerry Cressman double that was just short of being a walk-off HR put runners at second and third with the tying run just 65’ away. Healy defied conventional wisdom, which would have had Meadows walk the clean-up hitter to load the bases and, instead, pitched to him and survived with a great catch by Brian Herrmann in right center field. Herrmann also went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. On the PST side, Ben Armstrong was again a force at the top of the order, going 4-4, scoring three runs and driving in five. Jeff Fuller was the tough luck loser for PST, matching Meadows throughout despite a defense that struggled at times.
Floral Arts 26 – CSA Graphics 3
On Friday evening, Floral Arts defeated CSA, 26-3, to improve to 5-2 on the season. Rob Beaudette made several outstanding plays at shortstop for Floral and went 4-for-4, with two home runs and seven RBI. Larry Mardany and Frank Lancelotta combined on the mound to keep CSA to just three runs, and neither allowed a home run. Floral Arts got strong offense from Geoff Pavao (4-for-4, three-run homer), Simon Tripp (3-for-4, two-run homer), Ryan Dunn (three-run homer), Lance Lotta (three doubles), and Roger Whittlesey (3-for-4, four runs).
Nashoba Valley Veterinary Mustangs 22 – Drew Farms 7
Don Cusano led the offensive attack (two HR, three RBI, three runs scored) and got the win on the mound. Baby brother Mark Cusano chipped in with three hits, including a homer. Fellow lefty Jack Erickson added teo hits, a blast of his own and four RBI. Righty Mike Kennedy contributed three hits and a big fly of his own, along with three RBI. Per usual, Paul Selfrige set the tone at the top of the order with three hits, including two doubles. The well balanced Mustang attack scored 10 runs, all with two out, in the second inning to start to pull away. Other Mustangs with two hits were Bill Knute, Cormac Bordes, Craig Smith, Paul Ligouri, and Dan Crogan, who also helped turn a nice infield double play to end a Drews rally.
Willis Tent 21 – Pro Sports Therapy 8
On a night filled with three, five inning run rule games, the big bats of Willis Tent put Pro Sports Therapy away early on the strength of two homeruns from both Rob Swinamer and Dennis Kane. Swinamer’s pitching shut down the PST bats early and his two run bomb staked Willis to a 3-0 lead after one inning. PST finally got on the board with two in the third, but Willis then erupted for seven runs. Swinamer (three run shot) and Kane (solo) went back to back in the inning. PST fought back with three more of their own with the key hit being a two-run double by Andrew Fletcher, but Willis matched those three runs quickly to make it 13-5 after four innings. PST continued to chip away to get within 5 but Willis brought out the big fly one more time when Kane got his second, a grand slam, in the midst of an eight run inning that would close out the game.