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Clockwork Orange Crushes Unsuspecting C. B. I., 19- 7 By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Timing was perfect for the Clockwork Orange as they banged out five home runs and amassed 29 hits to crush the unsuspecting Congregation Beth Israel (CBI) Blue, 19- 7, in Jewish Community Center Softball League action at Tamaques Park in Westfield on June 21. After previously knocking the Red Thunder from the ranks of the unbeaten, CBI felt that fortune would be on its side; however, CBI would soon experience an "untimely" misfortune in this game.

The Orange started benignly by ticking off only one run in the top of the first. Brian Shlissel slapped a single to left and later scored on Dave Sanders' bouncing single up- the- middle. Ed Bartosik bashed a double but did not score in the inning. Additional runs were prevented when Al Gross of CBI made a running snag in left field.

After allowing only a single to Jason Weisholtz, Clockwork Orange resumed its offensive business in the second. Dave Baer bounced a single past third, Jon Zdatny looped a single to center and Robin Cherkes chopped an RBI single to left. Later, Jeff Marx sacrificed Zlatny home and Cherkes scored on Norm Grunberg's slap to left.

Down 4- 0, CBI Blue went on the attack. John Alpert poked a leadoff single and Jay Lowenthal launched a triple to center to drive in Alpert. Joel Horowitz skid a sacrifice grounder to the right side and Lowenthal lumbered home to make the score 4- 2.

The time was right for the Orange in the third. Bob Vogel banished the

ball over the left fielder's outstretched arms and rounded the bases to record the first home run of the morning. Bartosik back spun a single to center, Dave Kadish hooked a single to right and Baer bopped an RBI single down the right field line. Zlatny zipped an RBI single to left and the Orange savored a 7- 2 lead.

CBI could not get on track in the third so Clockwork Orange got things rolling again in the fourth. Grunberg led off with a single to right and Shlissell slammed an RBI triple to center. Ira Riesenberg rocked a tworun homer to the deepest part of center. Vogel punched a single to left and later, Kadish knocked a single to right- center. Baer barreled to the plate and bashed a single to center, allowing Vogel and Kadish to score. The Orange had seized a 12- 2 lead.

Weisholtz and Alpert singled in the fourth for CBI, but were unable to score and the Orange went on the offensive again. Cherkes crunched a leadoff homer to deep, deep left to put the Orange ahead 13- 2 going into the bottom of the fifth. Horowitz hacked a single for CBI but was also unable to be driven home.

With no mercy, Clockwork Orange banged out three more runs in the sixth. Riesenberg singled to left, but became the first victim of a fine second- to- first double play initiated by the CBI shortstop Weisholtz. Sanders squibbled a single into the glove of the diving shortstop. Bartosik stepped up and blasted a two- run

homer to deep center and Kadish followed with a triple to center. Baer brought Kadish home with a single to right- center.

Time was not on CBI's side and the Blue had to get things rolling. Jerry Kirshenbaum belted a single to right, Gross arced a single to center and Marty Marks drove Kirshenbaum home with a single over third base. Gross and Marks scored on Alpert's single to center; but CBI's rally would soon end when Lowenthal lashed a double to center and Alpert rounded third and headed for home, but was nailed at the plate on a perfect throw from Riesenberg.

The Orange held a 16- 5 lead entering the eighth and wanted more. Vogel hopped a single to left and Sanders hammered the fifth homer of the day for the Orange. Bartosik and Kadish each collected their fourth hits of the morning, then Bartosik scored when Baer reached first safely on an error.

Still reeling and now behind 19- 5, CBI pleaded for dignity. Larry Sanders squeaked a single to center and moved to third after an error. With one out, Schwartz screamed a single up- the- middle and Sanders scored. Later, Schwartz scored on an error by the first baseman, but the final CBI batter popped out to left- center and the Orange had won, 19- 7.

Clockwork Orange upped its record to 3- 2 while C. B. I. slumbered to 2- 3.

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first to end the inning. The flogging of Poplar reached a furious state in the third. Sicala launched a towering leadoff double off the net above the screen in deep left- center. Smith reached safely on an error as Sicala screamed home. Russo smashed what was probably the longest single ever hit at LaGrande Park as the ball bounced off the net near the foul pole in extreme left field.

Mahoney hit into a fielder's choice as Smith sped home. Fred Gambia reached first on an error, and later, both Mahoney and Gambia advanced a base on a passed ball. Frias bopped a two- run single by second, then Park slammed his two- run homer over the screen in left to put Willoughby in the lead, 9- 0.

Poplar Place was shaking and failed to get a runner on base in the fourth but Willoughby answered with another three runs in its part of the inning. Cerchio drew a leadoff walk, Walz danced a single to center and Sicala skid an RBI single through second. Walz scored when Russo lobbed a single over short and Sicala scored when Mahoney hit into a fielder's choice.

Down 10- 0, Poplar Place just wanted to get onto the scoreboard and nearly did. Dafchek hooked a single down the first baseline. Later, Kelly hacked a two- out single by the second baseman but another fine play by the Willoughby shortstop stifled any Poplar uprising.

The Willoughby offense wilted in the bottom of the fifth and Poplar finally scored a run in the sixth. Tom

Smith curled a single over second and John DeNoia blasted a double off the screen in left field. Chris DeNoia drove Smith home with a sacrifice fly to left.

Willoughby rose with its 13th run in the sixth. Sicala squibbled a single by third and Russo plunked a single to shallow right- center. Mahoney sacrificed Sicala home with a fly to center. Gambia and Frias later added singles with no further damage to Poplar Place.

Poplar made one final thrust in the seventh with Bill Newell singling to center, Kelley singling to right- center and Kevin Newell loading the bases with a walk; however, Smith's ground out to short ended the game.

Several fine fielding plays were made during the game. Willoughby third baseman Joe Smith caught everything which came near him, including two successive diving snags in the fifth inning. Both shortstops also made brilliant defensive plays.

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Cellular Signal Upsets The Mattress Factory


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Jairo Henaoz's two- run triple in the sixth pushed Cellular Signal of Westfield past the 1997 Champion Mattress Factory, 9- 7, in Westfield Men's Softball League action at Memorial Park in Westfield on June 19. Down 7- 3, Cellular Signal picked up three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to pull off the stunning upset.

Kevin Zippler whacked a leadoff double, zipped to third on an errant throw, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Lombardi to give the Mattress Factory a 1- 0 lead. In the top of the second the Factory sprung to a 6- 0 lead, adding five more runs. Mike Varano rapped a one- out single to left, tagged up on a fly ball to center, then scored when Gary Nikorak cracked a double to left.

Rob Rowland reached first on an error and Zippler walked to load the bases. Lombardi stepped to the plate and launched a three- run triple to deep center field, then scored on the misdirected throw.

Although things looked dim, being down 6- 0, Cellular Signal brightened with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mike Bernardo bashed a single down the left field line, Rich Reiner drew a walk and Paul Zaborsky loaded the bases with a looping single to left. Don Mangione lifted a double over first base and both Bernardo and Reiner came in to score.

Cellular Signal edged closer in the third. Gabe Bravo, who bounced a single to center, scored when Vinnie Cocchia chopped a single to right to make the score 6- 3.

Varano had a single for the Factory and Bernardo had a single for Cellular Signal in the fourth but no runs were scored. In the fifth Tom Perotta got his second hit of the game by pummeling a solo home run to center, putting the Mattress Factory ahead 7- 3. Ron Shovlin followed with a single to center and moved to third on an error; however, he was left stranded on third base.

The Signal offense lit up in the bottom of the fifth. Joe Mrozek

reached first on a force play and moved to third on Al Checchio's single to left. Bravo walked to load the bases, then Mrozek scored on Ron Lusk's sacrifice to center. Cocchia crunched a triple to center which brought home Checchio and Bravo to make the score 7- 6 in favor of the Mattress Factory.

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FOMSA STANDINGS: (As of June- 22) TEAM W L Hunter Avenue 7 2 Willoughby Road 6 2 Russell Road 5 3 Montrose Avenue 5 4 Shady Lane 2 4 Sun Valley 2 4 Marian Avenue 3 7 Poplar Place 2 6

Comcast which had 27 hits. Mick McNicholas and Henry Barnes homered and Willie Morrison and Barnes doubled for Legg Mason.

Nilsen Detective Agency 25, Union Center National Bank 8

John Wactor, Lou Kruk had 4 hits each. Carl Reider had a double and home run and Dave Dempsey went 3- for- 3 for Nilsen.

Cheeques 12, Antoines Pub and Grill 11

Joe Tarulli, Jerry Faruolo, Tony Muccia, Vic Gorman, Gary Wiese, John Lyp and John Patricco had multiple hits for Antoines. Wiese and Bob Matten adding triples.

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John Lyp, John Patricco, Stu Cofsky, Mike Denci, Pete Barnes,

Jerry Faruolo, Joe Tarulli, Bob Matten, Gary Wiese, Vic Gorman and Rich Hyer had multiple hits as Antoines combined for 28 hits. Faruolo had a home run.

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Union County Senior Softball League

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Union County Sr. Softball 50+ Division Results Mets Capture University

League Baseball Crown

The Mets captured the Westfield University League (ages 13- 16) Championship on June 18 with an 18- 2 defeat of the Athletics. The closer battles occurred in the Divisional Championships where the Mets were able to win a hard fought 12- 11 last- inning victory over the Cardinals and the Athletics held on in a 5- 4 battle over the Yankees.

The Mets (14- 2) were led all season by a pitching triad of all- star selections Tyler Patla, Sharad Mattu, and Bryan McDermott, which proved overpowering in the championship game.

Stellar defense was the Mets strong suit throughout the season as McDermott, Mattu and Patla along with Brian Lanza, Mike Nahaczewski, David Seligman, and Billy Subjack held down an airtight infield.

Good outfield play contributed soundly with Danny Rea, Dave Ucciferri, Geoffrey Grow, James Gordon and Joe DeCampo ruling the outfield.

The team never lacked offensive punch, averaging 13 runs a game with everyone contributing. The most consistent hitting came from Patla, McDermott, Nahaczewski and Lanza. All- Star catcher Ryan O'Donohue provided the most power and led the team in RBI and home runs with 5. Hustle and good

sportsmanship were the Mets' motto for 1998.

All league participants are thankful to Commissioner Brad Chananie who held things together through a rain filled season with all teams able to complete their schedules and participate in a successful playoff.

Varano slapped a one- out single and Chris Masterson punched a single to left; however, the Mattress Factory was unable to manufacture any runs in the top of the sixth and Cellular Signal returned to bat. Bernardo and Reiner both walked, Mangione reached first on an error as Bernardo scored the tying run, then Henaoz hammered his two- run triple down the right field line to give the Signal its 9- 7 lead.

Perotta managed to get a double in the seventh but the Mattress Factory could not rebound from the impact of the last two innings and Cellular Signal prevailed.

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SP- F Jazz Defeats Westfield, Piscataway in "Soccerama"

The Scotch Plains- Fanwood Jazz entered the Soccerama Soccer Tournament in Rahway on June 20 and secured two solid victories. Coach Joe McGuire decided to switch his offensive players to defense and his defensive players to offense and got super results.

Against Westfield, Shannon Hauser excelled on defense and Maddie Wasser performed flawlessly in goal to lead the Jazz to a 3- 1 victory.

With the Jazz ahead 1- 0 midway in the first half Bitsy Kipping worked the ball free from the right side and slid across a perfect pass to Briana Falco out in front of the goal. Falcotook advantage of the opportunity and boomed a shoulder high shot past the goalie to give the Jazz a 2- 0 edge.

Later on, Falco's sister Gaby returned the favor to Kipping with a nice crossing pass that Kipping deftly deposited for goal number three. Westfield tried a late rally, but the swarming defense by the Jazz and two stellar stops by Lauren Hercel insured the victory.

In game two Allie Hambleton showed how well she can play defense as she spent most of the second half at fullback breaking up attacks and teaming up with the steady and sure Jess McGarry to shut down Piscataway. The Jazz had a 2- 0 lead in the midpoint of the second half when Lauren

Mains danced her way past two defenders and found Gaby Falco free on the left wing. Falco wasted no time in teeing up the ball and firing a goal in the far corner of the net.

Just two minutes later some persistent work by Becca McGuire paid off as she worked the ball free in the center of the field. McGuire unselfishly passed up her own shot and slid the ball over to Gaby Falco, who was once again wide open on the left wing, and blasted in her second goal as the Jazz came away with a 4- 0 triumph.

Westfield 8's Open With "Perfect" 8- 0 Victory

The Westfield National 8- year old traveling baseball team opened its season on June 14 with a perfect game that ended in a 8- 0 victory over Berkeley Heights. Starting pitcher Aidan Granstrand dominated by hurling six strikeouts in the first two innings.

The Nationals took the early lead by scoring two runs in the first inning with hits or walks from Ray Connery, Evan Shapiro, Granstrand and Justin Olsen. The third and fourth innings saw Mark Melino continue the dominance at the mound with five additional strikeouts.

The Nationals rallied again in the third to score five runs and

added an additional run in the fifth. The scoring in the third and fifth innings were led by Melino, Alex Kopp, Max Suri, Kevin Paul and William Evans. The game was closed by Shapiro who registered three strikeouts in the last two innings of the game.

Outstanding defensive plays were made by Justin Olsen behind the plate, Ray Connery at second and a thrilling perfect game saving catch by Evans in deep right field to end the game. The Nationals are coached by Mike Melino, Joshua Suri, Mark Kopp and Gary Shapiro

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times OUT AT THIRD… Ralph Russo of Willoughby Road is called out on a force play by umpire Bob Brelinsky. Third baseman Steve Skaar of Poplar Place completes the play. Willoughby won 13- 1 at La Grande Park in Fanwood on June 16.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times LOOPING SINGLE TO LEFT… Paul Zaborsky of Cellular Signal laces a looping single to left field in the second inning against the Mattress Factory during a Westfield Men's Softball League game at Memorial Field in Westfield on June 19.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times POINT OF CONTACT… Mets leadoff batter Joe Decampo begins his swing and is about to make contact with the ball as Athletics' catcher Mike Defazio prepares to catch the ball. The Mets ran away with the University League baseball title, winning 18- 2 at Tamaques Park in Westfield on June 18.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times THE PITCH… Mets pitcher Bryan McDermott delivers the baseball at the start of the University League title game.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times IN TO SCORE… Kevin Zippler of the Mattress Factory breezes in to score against Cellular Signal.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times THE SCORE… Norm Grunberg of Clockwork Orange zooms in to score.

David B. Corbin for The Leader and The Times MIGHTY SWING… Jason Weisholtz of C. B. I. whacks a single to right field against Clockwork Orange on June 21.
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