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Over The Hill Gang Softball Report: May 31, 2012

Congratulations to Lockie & Nowachek (L&N) Family Chiropractors outfielder Damon Pishva, the latest Over the Hill Gang Player of the Week. In only his second week back from arm surgery, Pishva went 4-for-4 runs scored. In the outfield, he made numerous outstanding catches to help lift L&N to a 14-2 win over McCourt and Trudden (M&T) Funeral Home.  

Pitcher Ben Greco has also been outstanding keeping the M&T batters off stride. Other top players were Thomas Joseph who was 3-for-3 with two RBIs; rookie Pete Hajko who had an over-the-fence two-run home run and four RBIs; and rookie Rich Apollo who hit a tremendous home run and had three RBIs. This was a complete team effort.

Zwanger Pesiri Radiology (ZP) is on a roll. Under the steady leadership of Manager Tom “T” Ball, ZP won its fourth straight, a 9-8 nail-biter over Barco Construction. Pitcher Brian Tinney was superb, holding a tough Barco lineup to only eight runs. Tinney picked up a critical strikeout in the ninth inning with two runners on base.  He then slowed a hotshot that looked like a game-tying single, turning it into the game ending 1-4-6 force.  ZP’s defense was solid all night. Pete Mendelson made a fantastic grab on the last play of the game and he also handled several other scorchers at second base.

Vinny Foppiano had a great sliding catch in the outfield. But right fielder Tyrone Clark turned in the defensive play of the game.  Clark made a spectacular running catch on a long drive deep in the corner to keep ZP within striking distance.

For the second week in the row, ZP rallied from behind late in the game to score just enough to win. Anthony Nicolich got the big hit this week, doubling home the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth. He scored John Hernandez who jumped off his couch to make the game and pounded out four hits.  

Tom Dittmeier and Rookie Sean O’Flynn also had keys hits in the ninth inning rally. For the night, Foppiano had three hits and so did Russ Graham facing his old team.   Jerry Mazza, Dittmeier, O’Flynn and Clark had two hits each.

John DeFalco and Bino Reverberi both drove in a pair of runs with two sac flies to round out the attack. ZP sends congratulations to another Brian Tinney. On the same day Tinney was on the mound for ZP, his son, young Brian, was pitching a spectacular, complete game playoff gem for St. Anthony’s.