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2018-06-13 / Sports

West Herr Automotive records shutout victory

Glory Days Softball League

The West Herr Automotive Group Knights posted a 16-0 shutout over Busy Beaver Lawn & Garden Beavers in a Glory Days Softball League 50+ Division battle on June 7.

All 10 batters in the Knights’ lineup were able to reach base during the 22-hit attack for winning pitcher Mike Hallinan, who contributed three hits of his own. Rick Wells broke out of a self-proclaimed hitting slump, going 4-for-4 with a double.

Jerry O’Brien batted 3-for-4 with two triples.

Kevin Larson continued to hit the ball very well this season with three hits, giving him seven over the past two games.

The Comfort Funeral Home, Inc. Cubs beat the Americans, 6-3. The win moved the Cubs past the Americans in the standings.

After a quiet first inning between both teams, the Cubs’ bats came alive in the top of the second with singles by Dave Weinman, Fred Marshall, Gary Steinmetz, Ron Palmowski, Tom Schiefflee and Steve Hochwald, and a two-RBI double by Gary Pacioni. The Cubs were off to a 5-0 lead.

The Americans responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning scored by Kenny Struck, Jeff Johnston and Jeff Benz.

All three had consecutive singles to put them on base, advancing with a little help from singles by Harry Louth and Greg Tripp.

The Cubs closed out the bottom of the fourth with stellar unassisted putouts by Gary Steinmetz and Gary Pacioni.

Pacioni was smooth at shortstop all evening while Steinmetz made eye-popping stops at the hot corner.

The Cubs started the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff single by Palmowski, followed by a hit into left center by Pacioni and a single by pitcher Bobby Richter that drove in Palmowski, who slid safely into home with some confusion in the minds of the Americans that appeared to have a good shot at taking out Palmowski but didn’t make the attempt.

Quick innings finished the game solid defense by both teams.

Palmowski showed grit and toughness sliding into home, while he was a perfect 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Pacioni was also 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, but it was truly a team effort, with 11 of 13 players contributing base hits.

Green Buffalo Pub upended last year’s season-long nemesis, Classic Awning Sons of Pitches, 9-6.

Both teams stung the ball all night, gathering 13 hits, each. Only the defenses kept the score from being higher.

Leading the way for GBP were Larry Jarmuz and Jim Freitus with two hits apiece. Mark Buffington had three singles.

Freitus had three RBIs, while Tim Bajdas and Darrell Gold each had two RBIs. Paul Young and Dave Stryker had the other two.

GBP took the early lead with two runs in the first and then four runs in the third, while Classic Awning was held scoreless by Jarmuz.

The left-handed Jarmuz was also credited with snaring a hard-hit line drive off the bat of John Hulslander.

GBP took a 9-3 lead into the seventh when the Sons of Pitches cashed in a walk and four singles to close to within 9-6.

The GBP defense took over and got the final two outs to seal the victory.

Next up for GBP is a doubleheader with first-place Wallenwein’s Dudas.

For Classic Awning, Pete Yuhas and Dave Vesneske had two hits with Vesneske hitting a two-run home run in the fourth.

60+ Division

This year’s new entry team, Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel & Restaurant Romers, remained tied for first place in the Glory Days 60+ division after improving its record to 5-1 with a decisive 14-5 win over The Comfort Funeral Home Sr. Cubs.

The Romers jumped out to a 10-0 lead after scoring the five-run limit in both the first and second innings.

The Comfort Funeral Home, Inc. Senior Cubs came off the field answered with five runs in the third.

The Romers added three more unanswered runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh to close out the scoring.

Leading the Romers with two hits each were Greg Hunt, Al Schum, Lenny Mazukiewicz, Dave Stepien and Kenny Miller.

Tom McQuillan, in relief of winning pitcher Len Mazukiewicz, shut down the Cubs, allowing only four runners to reach base and scattering three singles and a walk through the final four innings to preserve the win.

Both Denny McMullen and Fred Marshall were perfect at the plate with either a hit or a walk in each of their at-bats for the Cubs.

The Mogs (5-1) held on to defeat the Northeast Collision Jazz Dogs in a close contest, 4-3.

The Mogs jumped out to a four-run lead in the first and then Jazz Dogs pitcher Tony Rusinek pitched six shutout innings.

Larry Draper picked up his first two hits, helping the Jazz Dogs to score twice in the fourth and once in the fifth inning.

Mitch Rubin led the way for the Mogs with a two-RBI single in the first.

50+ Division Wallenwein’s Dudas ........ 4-0 Green Buffalo Pub .......... 3-1 West Herr Knights........... 3-1 Classic Awning................. 2-2 Comfort Funeral Home .. 1-3 Americans ......................... 1-3 Busy Beaver Lawn & Garden ............................................. 0-4

60+ Division Mogs .................................. 5-1 Tony Rome’s..................... 5-1 Comfort Funeral Home .. 2-4 Northeast Collision ......... 1-4 Bat Pack ........................... 1-4

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