Written by Jerry Mazza Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00
Congratulations to Autocraft’s Brian Landy. He’s the Over the Hill Gang’s Player of the Week for Friday, June 29. Landy went four-for-four with two home runs and two doubles producing seven RBIs while scoring four times. He also made a key defensive play in left field throwing out an McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home (M&T) runner at third base for an inning and rally ending out.
After a week’s rest due to stormy weather the well-rested Autocraft team returned to its old form besting M&T 24-to-5 in seven innings. M&T jumped out to an early four-run lead but Autocraft bats responded by outscoring them the rest of the game. Denny Oehl pitched a gem as he walked no batters struck out three and held the M&T team in check for most of the game. Autocraft played solid defense turning two double plays and Brian Landy assisted by throwing out a runner at third base.
In addition to Landy’s power surge, Tom Vanasco and John Lakatos also hit three-run home runs each and Chris Piccininni went his usual four-for-four as he leads the Autocraft team in hitting this year. Frank Quatromani had his two multi-hit game as “Agent 99” continues to dink and dunk his way to a career year for the Over The Hill Gang League 2012 season.
Barco Construction continued its winning ways by beating the previously undefeated BK Sweeney’s by a score of 19-5. Barco knew they had to have a good defensive showing to keep the height-powered offense of Sweeney’s in check. And that’s exactly what happened. Great pitching again by Gary Jambor kept Sweeney’s power hitters at bay and Barco’s timely double plays ended Sweeney’s rallies.
Barco started out the game by putting up three in the top of the first on Kevin Moloney’s three-run homer. That’s two games in a row for Moloney showing his power. Sweeney’s only managed one run in the bottom of the first and didn’t score again until they scored two in the bottom of the fifth. By then, Barco had managed to score 7.
In the top of the sixth, Barco answered with another six to go up 13-3. Sweeney’s held Barco scoreless over the next two innings but was only able to score one run itself.
In the top of the ninth, Barco scored another six to go up 19-4. Barco could not let up defensively based on Sweeney’s reputation of coming up big in their last at bats, but they only were able to score another run.
Barco’s offensive leaders were Kevin Moloney three-for-four with five RBIs, Dennis Ryan three-for-four, Brett Moritz three-for-five and Bob “Twinkle Toes” Bergeson three-for-three.
Steve Jacobson is still icing down his shin after Geo Moerler’s rocket shot ricocheted off his leg. Jacobson was told he is allowed to use his glove to defend himself instead of playing goalie.