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Marauders Invade The Old Star System, 11-5

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Marauders entered the Old Stars’ space and came out with an 11-5 looting in a JCC League game at Tamaques Park in Westfield on July 27. Both teams began the interstellar contest with identical 9-2 records.

Being the aliens, the Marauders batted first and immediately launched a five run assault on the Old Stars’ domain. Tom Lopez reached safely on a hard grounder to the second baseman, Dave Heiden rapped a single to center, then Marshall Feldman socked a single to left, driving in Lopez.

Jeff Silverstein continued by drilling an RBI single to left and Don Merkelson reached first on an error which allowed Feldman and Silverstein to score. Neil Leitner ripped a single down the third base line and Merkelson came tearing around third to score the fifth run of the inning.

The next scoring occurred in the bottom of the second when Tim Conroy of the Old Stars arced a leadoff single to shallow center, Scott Burns blooped a single to right, Jim St. Lifer slashed a sizzling grounder to third as Conroy scored and Marc Schweitzer bopped an RBI single for the second run.

The Marauders retaliated with one run in the third. Lopez skid a hot grounder to second and reached first safely, then tagged up on a fly ball to center hit by Heiden and scored when Feldman looped a single to right-center.

The Old Stars answered with a run in the bottom of the third as Bill Emmons savagely thrashed a single up the middle, Ron Branchman reached on an error and Steve Aronson drew a walk to load the bases, then Harry Semple sailed a sacrifice fly to center, bringing in Emmons.

The fourth inning proved to be too much for the Old Stars’ defensive system as the Marauders bombarded them with a five run shelling. Leitner walked, David Livingston top-spinned a bad hopper to short, then Barry Offitzer smashed a liner by third to score Leitner.

Richard Corman stepped to the plate and reached on an error which allowed Livingston to score, then Todd Krell drew a walk to load the bases. Rich Gallen singled home Offitzer and Corman and Jim Polonsky wiggled an infield single which allowed Krell to score.

The Old Stars emitted a flicker of light by scoring two runs in the fifth. Bob Kendler hopped a single past short, Jerry LeRoy hooked a single over the third base man, Emmons walked to load the bases and Branchman whacked a single to right to bring home Kendler. Aronson drove in the second run with a sacrifice fly to right.

The remainder of the game became a defensively dominated struggle which yielded some fine and interesting plays. Silverstein of the Marauders hit a pop-up so high that it could have been a home run in an elevator shaft, but gravity took hold and a patient Ron Manne caught it as it fell to earth.

In the sixth, St. Lifer of the Old Stars fired a warp-speed shot which was intercepted by a leaping Heiden at third. Manne and Emmons of the Old Stars combined to make a great putout of Gallen’s attempt to score in the eighth inning, then the game ended when the Marauders turned in a second-to-first double play.

The victory upped the Marauders’ record to 10-2 while the loss dropped the Old Stars to 9-3.

Marauders: 501 500 00 = 11

Old Stars: 021 020 00 = 05

JCC STANDINGS: (As of July 28)

TEAM W L T

Congregation Beth Israel. 9 - 1 - 1

Marauders 10 - 2 -0

Old Stars 9 - 3 - 0

Sour Grapes 7 - 5 - 0

Orange 4 - 6 - 1

White 4 - 7 - 0

Temple Emanu-el 1 - 10 - 0

Club 40: 0 - 12 - 0

Club 40 Runs into Sour Grapes, 11-6

The Sour Grapes did some stomping of their own on Club 40 during a JCC League game at Tamaques Park in Westfield on July 27 by squeezing an 11-6 victory.

John Kerstein and John Applebaum each blasted home runs for the Sour Grapes while Alan Kaufman had a double and recorded eight putouts in left field for Club 40.

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10/25/97.

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