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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, July 29, 1999 Page 11

CYAN YELLOW MAGENTA BLACK

THE WEEK IN SPORTS

WANAT, MUSANO, CICCOTTI GET 4 HITS APIECE

Depth Chargers Obliterate Johnny’s Lawn Care, 19-5

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

The Depth Chargers unloaded the ammunition and sank Johnny’s Lawn Care, 19-5, in the final regular season game in the B Division of the Scotch Plains Softball League at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains on July 20. Explosive experts Brian Wanat, Mick Musano and Paul Ciccotti detonated four hits apiece to lead the annihilation.

Trying to find the range, the Depth Chargers scored two runs in the top of the first inning. Guy Buoncane reached first safely on an error, Wanat

walked, Musano lofted an RBI sacrifice fly and Larry Marsella followed suit with an RBI sacrifice fly.

Another run was added in the second by the Depth Chargers when Buoncane and Wanat both singled and Musano lofted another RBI sacrifice fly. After squashing Johnny’s batters in the second, the Depth Chargers found their target three times in the third to take a 6-0 lead. Ciccotti chopped a double up-themiddle, Mike Lembo drizzled an RBI single to left, Phil Blancato blasted an RBI triple to right, then Wanat whacked an RBI single to center.

Johnny’s Lawn Care fired back with a run in the bottom of the third. Bob Pielhau punched a single to center and Hank McMorrian smashed an RBI double to right but was thrown out attempting to stretch his hit to a triple.

Charger Kevin Milliman stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth and looped a double to left, then advanced to third when the ball was mishandled. Buoncane sailed an RBI sacrifice fly to left. Wanat followed with a single to left then flew to second on a throw. Musano skid a grounder between the second

MATT FUGETT BLASTS TWO-RUN HOMER; DAVE ROTHENBERG ROLLS

St. Joseph Keeps Hammering Away; Nails the St. James “Gang”, 15-6 By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Matt Fugett drilled a two-run home run in the fourth inning to give his team all the runs it needed, but St. Joseph kept hammering away and nailed the leaderless St. James “Gang”, 15-6, in a St. Bartholomew’s

Oldtimers Softball League game at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains on July 22.

Carpenter Dave Rothenberg continued rolling offensively as he rocked three hits, including a triple, and drove in four runs.

Despite the absence of “Gang” leaders Jim and Matt Hoezel, St. James

got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the top of the first.

Darryl Eaton and Ed Belford both singled, then Terry Gallagher yanked an RBI single to left. Stan Lesnewski ricocheted an RBI single off the shortstop’s glove and Dennis Hercel bounced an RBI single past short.

Still wary of the “Gang’s” vicious reputation, St. Joseph cautiously scored a run in its half of the inning. Ed Marchelitis scampered around first toward second on an error, alertly darted to third on a grounder to third, then scored on Rothenberg’s slow roller to the pitcher.

The James “Gang” answered with a run in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Belford belted a triple to the fence in right, then deftly scored on Gallagher’s grounder to third.

St. Joseph banged loudly at the “Gang” hideaway with four in the bottom of the inning. Howard Jones hacked a single past the second baseman and Al Weber whacked a single to left. Marc DiFrancesco slid an RBI single to right, then Rothenberg rumbled the right field fence with a two-run triple. Frank Pepe gave St. Joseph a 5-4 lead with

MARIANI GETS 4 HITS, HRS, 5 RBI; DASTI, 4 HITS, 4 RUNS

Marian Avenue Motors Past Montrose Diamond Men, 9-7

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Joe Dasti was devastating as he went 4-for-4, including two doubles, and scored four runs to lead Marian Avenue past Montrose Avenue, 9-7, in Fanwood Old Men’s Softball Association action at La Grande Park in Fanwood on July 21. Marian slugger

Bill Mariani, who also had four hits, launched a two-run home run to cap a four-run gush in the third inning and totaled five RBI.

Dasti wasted no time in the top of the first as he beat out an infield single, stole second, then darted to third on an errant throw from the catcher. Mariani hacked an RBI

single, then a brilliant second-tofirst double play initiated by Montrose shortstop Jack Sullivan held Marian to one run.

In the bottom of the inning, Rob Shuten bounced a single past short and Dave Heintzelmann hammered a ground rule double into the net in left-center. Sullivan put Montrose ahead, 2-1, when he pounded a tworun double to center.

Montrose boosted its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the second. John Swisher laid down a perfect bunt single, Bill Swisher hopped a single to left, then Shuten chopped a tworun single past third.

Marian’s gush came in the third. Chris Lynch walked and Dasti looped an RBI single to right then moved to second on the throw home. Danny Mondelli scribbled an RBI single past first, then Mariani gave Marian a 5-4 lead with his two-run homer into the playground in left.

A great diving grab of a grounder by second baseman Mondelli to record the out and a leaping snag of a liner by Dasti at short, quelled any thought of a Montrose scoring threat in the third.

With Fred Ungeretti on first, Paul Arrigo slapped a single to left, then

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JEFF MAYERSON WHACKS 2 HOME RUNS, 8 RBI

Clockwork Orange Clocks C. B. I Big Blue Men, 18-10

By DAVID B. CORBIN

Specially Written for The Westfield Leader and The Times

Clockwork Orange amassed 28 hits to throw off the timing of the C. B. I. Big Blue Machine and ticked away with an 18-10 victory in Jewish Community Center (JCC) Softball League action at Tamaques Park in Westfield on July 25. Despite the clocking, C. B. I. slugger Jeff Mayerson crushed a grand slam home run, a three-run homer, two singles and totaled eight RBI.

The Big Blue Machine sputtered in the top of the first despite singles from Glenn Frank and Mayerson, but the Clockwork Orange men banged out four runs in the bottom of the inning. Andy Novick ripped a double past third, Ed Bartosik

bounced an RBI single to right and Dave Sanders slapped an RBI single to center. Curt Rubin’s single created an error in center that allowed another run and Dave Baer belted an RBI single to right.

The Orange men took a 6-0 lead in the second. John Zdatny sliced a double to right, Norm Grunberg curved an RBI single to right and Brian Shlissel spanked an RBI single to center.

C. B. I. timidly scored its first run in the third. Gerry Kirschenbaum lobbed a single over second, Howie Queller bopped a single to center and Mayerson poked an RBI single to center. The Clock men matched that run in their portion of the inning

when Zdatny scored from second on Grunberg’s single to right.

Steve Schwartz got the ball rolling for C. B. I. in the fifth with an infield single. Kirschenbaum keenly placed a single past second and Queller looped a single over second to load the bases. Mayerson strutted to the plate and hammered his grand slam homer to the furthest reaches of left field, making the score, 7-5.

Not deterred, Clockwork Orange immediately answered with three runs. Sanders smashed a double to center, Rubin rapped a single to center and Baer wiggled a single up-themiddle. Robin Cherkes hit an RBI sacrifice fly to left, Zdatny singled, then Grunberg hooked an RBI single over third. Shlissel concluded the scoring with an RBI sacrifice to right.

Due to Cherkes’ circus catches at first, C. B. I. failed to score in the sixth, then the Orange men pushed their lead to 12-5 with two runs in the sixth. Ken Moskowitz chopped a single past short and Sanders followed with a single past third. Baer bashed an RBI single over first, then Cherkes’ infield grounder brought Sanders in to score.

Big Blue temporarily stopped the Clock men with four in the seventh, tightening the score to 12-9. Dan Goldstein slashed a single to right and dashed to second on a miscue. Kirschenbaum knocked an RBI single to right and Queller zapped a single to center. Up came Mayerson. This time he launched a three-run homer to remote right which nearly alit in Garwood.

Clockwork Orange sounded the alarm and rang off six runs in its half of the inning, sending C. B. I. a clear

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his RBI grounder to the pitcher. The “Gang” felt the absence of its leaders when they failed to score in the fourth and St. Joseph answered with two runs in its half of the inning. Bob Brennan dribbled an infield single, then Fugett stepped up and blasted his two-run homer to right.

With a degree of timidity Gang members Tom Ulichny and Eaton both looped little singles in the fifth. Ulichny then tagged up on a fly ball to right and scored on an errant throw.

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David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

START OF AN RBI SACRIFICE FLY…Robin Cherkes of Clockwork Orange lofts an RBI sacrifice fly to left field in the fifth inning against the C. B. I. Blue. Things worked like clockwork as Clockwork clocked C. B. I., 18-10.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

OH YEAH! A TWO-RUN HOMER…St. Joseph slugger Matt Fugett makes sure that he touches home plate to complete his two-run homer. St. Joseph hammered the notoriously crafty St. James “Gang”, 15-6.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

LINE SHOT TOWARD SECOND…Marian Avenue hitter Charlie Baer lines a shot toward second in the second inning against Montrose Avenue. Marian squeaked out a 9-7 victory.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

BEATING THE THROW TO THIRD…Phil Blancato of the Depth Chargers beats the throw to third as third baseman Bob Pielhau of Johnny’s Lawn Care looks for the ball. The mighty Depth Chargers destroyed Johnny’s Lawn, 19-5, at Brookside Park in Scotch Plains on July 20.

David B. Corbin for The Westfield Leader and The Times

DARING SLIDE AT HOME AT THE FIORINO MEMORIAL…Will Picaro of the Westfield White Team (although wearing blue) slides toward home in the sixth inning but is tagged out by the Glen Ridge catcher during the first day of the John Fiorino Memorial Baseball Tournament held at Gumbert Field in Westfield on July 24. See some results on page 13.

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