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Heading into the final week of the season, our attention is drawn away from our fantasy football mock drafts and onto the Westford Over 30 playoff race. On Tuesday night, Floral Arts faces the Mustangs as Floral has dropped from the second place bye position to third place below Short Cut Landscaping. Drew Farms and Burton’s Grill face off in a winner take all game Tuesday night in a battle for the last playoff spot. Drew’s is hot but Burton’s is hungry for their first playoff series in several years. And, Short Cuts plays the team no ones wants to play in Pro Sports Therapy who are hitting and fielding under John Bodi’s management.
Pro Sports Therapy 10 – CSA Graphics 6
CSA jumped out early, scoring two runs in the first and another in the third. PST could have been in a much deeper hole but escaped the second inning with an unconventional and slightly controversial double play. CSA put up another run in the third to go up 3-0, but it could have been much more without a base running error that led to a triple play to end the inning. The top of the order contributed for CSA with Bill Ryan going 2 for 4 with two runs, Jim DeMarco going 3 for 4 with two runs, and Matt Sepe going 2 for 4 with three RBI. PST hurler Dave Chirokas took advantage, shutting down the CSA lineup from that point on only giving up a three-run homerun in the fifth by Tim greenwood (2 for 4 on the night). PST then broke out for six in the bottom of the 5th to take an 8-6 lead, taking advantage of CSA only having nine in the field. PST tacked on two more in the sixth for the final of 10-6. For PST, Chirokas paced the offense with two hits including a double and three RBI. Brian Dubey also had a big night, going 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
Willis Tent 23 – Burton’s Grill 17
Willis Tent outlasted a persistent Burton’s team winning 23-17 when it was all over. Willis led the whole way and kept Burton’s from ever getting ahead. Willis’ pitcher Rob Swinamer did a great job making a few Burton’s hitters swing at bad pitches. Swinamer also went 4-4 with two singles and two huge homeruns. Also for Willis, Rick Devanna went 5-5, and Andrew Metters, John Mangiartti, and Jeff Briggs each contributed a homerun. In addition, six of the eleven Willis players contributed to the win with a 3-5 night at the plate.
Burton’s brought it to within six in the final inning and had offensive contributions from several players along the way. Leading the charge were Charlie Chungo with another six RBI, two three-run homerun game. Chungo was 4-4 at the plate. Eric Cataline went 4-4 as well, including three doubles, a single, and four runs scored. Cataline goes for an extra base every time and it paid off with three extra base hits and the team lead in runs scored. Murph McKeon, 3-4, two RBI and three runs scored. Jeff Kott, 3-4, Jason Lenicheck 2-3 with a double and two runs scored, and Jerry Breen 3-4, four RBI and three runs scored.
Willis Tent 9 – Floral Arts 5
Willis Tent beat Floral Arts 9-5 as a result of the fine pitching of Bob Fleury as well as great infield and outfield defense. Floral’s usually high-scoring offense stalled against Willis. Floral got runs when Frank Lancelotta hit a three-run homer and Mark Chambers hit a solo shot in the seventh. In a night of numerous singles, a grand slam by Justin Swanson and a 3-4 night by Keith Wauters helped the winning cause. Eight Willis players contributed two singles each.
Mustangs 18 – Willis Tent 5
A very good Willis team was no match for the dominant Mustangs squad and lost to the run rule, an unfamiliar Willis experience. Mustangs winning pitcher Don Cusano had two homeruns, Bill Knute also had two homeruns (#29 and 30 on the season). Paul Selfrige, Mike Kennedy and Keith Reynolds also added homers for the Mustangs. Willis’ Rob Swinamer hit a blast halfway to Groton that almost reached the basketball court in the air; part of a 3-3 night. Rick Devanna 2-3 including a triple, Rob Fluery 2-2 and John Mangiaratti contributed with a home run for Willis in the lost.
Drew Farms 11 – Floral Arts 5
Drew Farms continues to put together a very strong end of season run in an attempt to lock up the final playoff spot. Drew’s beat an excellent Floral Arts team 11-5 keeping Floral to their second five run total of the week. Simon Tripp and Jeff Moore each homered for Floral, but beyond that there was not much offense on the losing side.
CSA Graphics 7 – Healy Oil 0
The two cellar dwellers of the league, Healy Oil and CSA Graphics met on Friday night. Neither team had nine players to start the game, but with guys on the way, started eight on eight. Healy batted first, and scored three in the top of the first. A ninth player arrived for Healy for the bottom of the first, but CSA was still able to bounce back with four runs. Singles from Bill Ryan and Darren Wizst followed by a double from Jim DeMarco starting the scoring. A couple more singles from Tim Piwowar and Zak Smolkin got the other two runs across. At that point Healy decided to invoke the forfeit rule and had the umpire end the game. We’re fairly certain the odds-makers in Vegas were not happy with the way this went down.