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FANTASTIC DEFENSE AND PITCHING PREVAILS
Marian Ave. Softballers Fell Tenacious Poplar Place, 2-1
By DAVID B. CORBIN
Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times
Fantastic defense prevailed at La Grande Park in Fanwood when the Marian Avenue team squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the Poplar Place squad in Fanwood Old Men’s Softball Association action on June 8. The Marian men pulled off three double plays and both teams added several outstanding fielding plays.
Needless to say, the pitching performances were also outstanding. Manny Perez pitched six innings, allowing just five hits and three walks while striking out two for Marian before being relieved by ace Pete Lima, who slammed the door in the seventh, allowing only one single.
Poplar pitcher Bill Newell was untouchable in the first three innings as he retired the first nine Marian batters. Despite pulling a muscle in his back, Newell continued with a fine performance and finished allowing only four hits, one which was a perfect bunt, and one intentional walk while recording one strikeout.
Marian shortstop Joe Dasti was devastating to the Poplar hitters as he initiated two of the three double plays and scooped up ground balls better than an industrial Hoover vacuum cleaner. Dasti also initiated seven additional putouts.
It appeared that the game may have been an offensive battle when Mike Kelly of Poplar led off with a single to right field and Kevin Newell followed with a base-on-balls. With runners on first and second, the threat was doused when Dasti scooped a grounder, tagged second and fired to first for a double play. Then the threat was extinguished when Perez grabbed a grounder and threw the runner out heading to first.
Dasti led off the bottom of the first with a shot toward the gap in leftcenter, but Kevin Newell made a marvelous sliding snag to record the first out. Two additional outfield flies ended the inning.
Poplar had a second opportunity squashed in the second. Matt Smoot smacked a single to center, but Dasti did it again when he seized a ground ball off the bat of Dave Comer, threw it to second for the force, then second baseman Danny Mondelli whipped the ball to first to complete the second double play. The importance of the play magnified when Poplar hitter Mike Christensen followed by cracking a single to center.
The third double play arrived in the third. With one out and a runner on first, Poplar batter Bill Guarneri drilled a liner to Mondelli at second who quickly tossed the ball to first in time to catch the runner before he could return.
In such a closely contested pitchers’ duel, scoring opportunities were as scarce as water in the Sahara; however, Marian found a small oasis in the fourth. Lima looped a leadoff single over third, then Dasti laid down his perfect bunt single. A dropped ball after a strikeout allowed the runner to advance to third, then an RBI sacrifice fly to left field by Paul Arrigo gave Marian a 1-0 lead. After Bill Newell intentionally
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TEAM W L Pct. St. Louis 2 1 .667 St. Anne 2 2 .500 St. Jude 2 2 .500 St. Thomas 1 3 .250 St. Joseph 1 3 .250
TEAM W L Pct. St. Michael 3 1 .750 St. Patrick 3 1 .750 St. James 3 1 .750 St. Paul 2 2 .500 St. Blase 1 4 .200
St. Jude 9, St. Michael 8
In a very close game St. Jude scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning and then held on to win by one run as St. Michael’s came back in the bottom of the seventh. For St. Jude it was Steve Ferro leading the way with two hits. Tom “All World” Straniero, Steve Perella and Tony Perfilio each scored two runs. Jim Steger also had two RBI for St. Jude. Dom Valenzano lead St. Michael’s with two hits, three RBI and two runs scored and Nick Litterio was 3-for-3. Dan “The Man” Perrine, Bob Veeck and the Brothers Chupko each had two hits.
St. Joseph 10, St. Blaise 8
Pete Chemidlin led St. Joseph’s to victory with three hits, one RBI and one run scored as Charlie Kreyer had two hits and Joe Matuska had two RBI. Tony DeCristofaro had three hits and two runs scored and “Uncle” Floyd Roberts, Tom Reade and Ken Larson each had two hits for St. Blaise.
St. Patrick 10, St. Jude 6
St. Patrick scored five runs in the fifth inning as Bob Guy crushed a grand slam to lead St. Pats to victory. St. Pats had hits galore as Lee “The Crusher” DiDonato, Don “The Pepper Man” Robotham and Karl “Webmaster” Mende each had three hits. Steve Perella, Tony Perfilio and Bobby Pielhau each had two hits for St. Jude.
St. Anne 18, St. Paul 12
In a defensive battle with a total of 37 hits St. Anne overpowered St. Paul 18-12. Pete DeCristofaro, Chuck Krajcsik, John Wilkinson and Tony Giannaci each had three hits and
Gerry Riepe and Giannacci pitched in with three RBI each. Karl “Killer” Grossman crushed a home run that’s still rolling in the Jerseyland parking lot. For St. Paul, Bob “Stop tickling me” Elmi, Tom Engleman, Tony Baratucci, Tom Faitoute and Mike “All World” Hayeck each had two hits. Jerry “Garcia” Spitzer and Faitoute also drove in four and three runs, respectively.
St. James 15, St. Thomas 5
The James gang rode roughshod over St. Thomas with a 34-hit ambush. Tom Ulichny and Matt “Dillon” Hoelzel each were 5-for-5 to lead St. James. Stan Lesniewski (4 hits), Jim “Jesse” Hoelzel (4 hits), Ed Belford (3 hits) and Nate Mangiris (3 hits) also contributed to the victory. For St. Thomas, Ben Lobrace had three hits and Joe Shea had two doubles.
St. Louis 21, St. Blaise 12
In another slugfest, St. Louis crushed St. Blaise 21-12. Rory “The Golden” Ruhl and Jack Lynch each were 5-for-5 and Stan Grausso, Bob “Perry” Commo, Bob Pudlak and John Esposito had three hits each. Billy Hicks pitched in with four RBI. For St. Blaise, Tony DeCristofaro scored four times and had three hits to lead St. Blaise. Tom Reade had three hits and three RBI and Steve Magnotta had two hits and four RBI.
St. James 12, St. Anne 4
St. James continued its charge as they beat St. Anne 12-4. James “Gang” Hoezel lead the way with three hits and two RBI and Terry Gallagher added three RBI. For St. Anne Pete DiCristofaro had two hits and Gerry Riepe had two hits and two RBI.
St. Patrick 12, St. Joseph 10
St. Patrick scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on to win 12-10. Mike Camfield had two hits and two RBI and Eric Baum and Wayne Morse each had two hits. Jugglin’ Ed Marchelitis had three hits and Mark DiFrancesco, Joe Matuska, and Howie “Agent Orange” Jones each had two hits for St. Joseph.
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walked slugger Gary Ruban, shortstop Smoot chased a foul ball down the left field line and caught it as he slid, skidding into the screen.
Marian added a run in the fifth. Perez bounced a single up-the-middle and a fly ball to center allowed his courtesy runner to tag up and move to second. After the runner advanced to third on a ground out to second, Chris Lynch lashed an RBI single to center.
Despite having several scoring opportunities dampened earlier in the game by great defensive plays, Poplar finally scored a run in the top of the sixth. Bill Newell drew a walk, then Guarneri ripped an RBI double which took a wicked hop off a rock in left field.
Lima relieved in the seventh and forced the first two batters to pop up before yielding a single to center to Smoot. A grounder to third sealed the victory for Marian. Poplar slipped to 2-5 while Marian evened to 3-3-1.
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very strong as the season progressed and finished with the team’s secondhighest batting average at .442. He had 19 hits, including four doubles and one triple, and added 12 RBI, 12 runs scored, five stolen bases and eight walks.
Junior Dan Goehry was second in stolen bases with 10 and third in hits and runs scored with 20 and 15, respectively. He finished with a .323 batting average, had one triple, three doubles and nine RBI.
Schenk, a junior, matured well as a pitcher during the season and will most likely be the number one pitcher next year. Offensively, he was second in RBI with 16, had 13 hits with three doubles and a triple, scored eight runs, stole five bases and had five walks.
Junior Ed Jackson, who led the Raiders in assists, also had a smooth .321 batting average with nine hits, including three doubles. He scored seven runs, had four RBI, four stolen bases and four walks. Junior Jerry Salerno had a .292 average with seven
hits, 10 RBI, five runs scored, two stolen bases and seven walks.
Receiving some time at the plate, senior Rob Leichner and junior Rob Giordano each contributed one single.
With only four starting seniors lost to graduation, the Raiders will field a more experienced team next year.
first for the double play. On the next play, Luongo’s sharp liner to center was snared magnificently by Rezza who then proceeded to tumble heelsover-head.
Defense prevailed to start the lower half of the third when third baseman Gary Cardinale made a giant leap to stop a line drive in mid-flight; however, St. Jude recovered to up its lead to 4-1. Steve Pirella reached base safely and moved to second on a throwing error, then scored on Straniero’s RBI single to center. Moments later, Straniero scored on Tom Rutkowski’s RBI single to left.
St. Jude jumped its lead to 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Perfilio poked a single to left then later scored
on a complex error in right which allowed batter Mark Romaine to advance to third. Another error permitted Romaine to score.
The stage was now set for the remarkable come back. Consecutive singles by Mende, Matt Vastano and Frank Del Re loaded the bases for Guy, who then launched the ball onto the soccer field in remote right. Pietrusko followed with a single to center and DiDonato ripped a single to right but was thrown out with a perfect rifle shot by Rutkowski while attempting to take second. Robotham hacked a 15-foot RBI single to tie the score at six.
St. Jude was rattled and failed to score in the fifth, but Michalisin at
(As of June 8) TEAM W L T Pct. Russell Rd 6 2 1 .750 Sun Valley 3 1 1 .750 Willoughby 4 3 1 .571 Hunter 3 3 0 .500 Marian 3 3 1 .500 Montrose 2 3 0 .400 Poplar 2 5 0 .285 Shady Lane 2 5 0 .285
second made a great running catch of a blooper in shallow right.
The “Pats” took the lead 8-6 in the sixth. After Erik Baum singled, Michalisin slipped a single into right, then Mende hit into a force play. Vastano stepped to the plate and scribbled a two-run single to center.
After another silent inning by St. Jude, St. Patrick jumped its lead to 10-6 in the seventh. Luongo walked, DiDonato drilled a single past third and Rowbotham loaded the bases with a single up-the-middle. Cardinale dug in and bashed a tworun single to right-center.
St. Jude went mute in the seventh and St. Patrick picked up its second win of the season against one defeat.
St. Patrick 100 052 2 10 St. Jude 112 200 0 6 PUBLIC NOTICE
BOROUGH OF FANWOOD
Notice is hereby given that Ordinance No. 99-14-R
AN ORDINANCE REQUESTING THE CLERK OF UNION COUNTY TO PRINT UPON THE OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER 2, 1999 GENERAL ELECTION A NON-BINDING REFERENDUM PURSUANT TO N.J.S.A. 19:37-1 FOR THE PURPOSE OF ASCERTAINING THE SENTIMENT OF THE VOTERS OF THE BOROUGH OF FANWOOD REGARDING THE POSSIBLE CONDEMNATION OF CERTAIN PROPERTY COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE DEAN OIL PROPERTY AND LOCATED AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF SECOND STREET AND LA GRANDE AVENUE IN THE BOROUGH OF FANWOOD.
was passed and adopted on the second and final reading at a Meeting of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Fanwood held on June 10, 1999.
Eleanor McGovern Borough Clerk 1 T – 6/17/99, The Times Fee: $27.54
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POKING A SINGLE TO RIGHT…St. Jude hitter Tony Perfilio pokes a single to right field during the game with St. Patrick.
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Raider Pitcher Kevin Schenk Blue Devil Matt Krug
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EN ROUTE TO A FOUR-HITTER…Bill Newell of Poplar Place pitched a magnificent game and allowed only four hits against Marian Avenue.
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ABOUT TO HIT A FLY BALL TO CENTER…Gary Ruban of Marian Avenue takes a swing and drills a fly ball to center field during the game with Poplar Place at La Grande Park in Fanwood on June 8. Catcher Carlos Vasquez and umpire Bob Brelinsky await the outcome.
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