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2017-07-12 / Sports

Dudas’ win streak hits nine games

Glory Days Softball League

The Wallenwein’s Dudas recently pushed their Glory Days Softball League 50+ Division winning streak to nine games after taking down Bobby J’s, 10-3.

The Dudas started quickly with two runs in the first inning. That was the game’s only scoring until Bobby J’s struck for three runs on seven consecutive singles in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead. The inning could have been worse for the Dudas if not for two solid defensive plays from outfielders John Cimperman and Jeff Van Remmen to throw out Bobby J’s runners.

The Dudas answered back in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs with two outs, including a three-run home run by Joe Shanahan and a two-run double by Van Remmen.

The Dudas added three more runs in the top of the sixth on walks to Girard Green and Greg Merkle, as well as three consecutive hits by Cimperman, Dave Richards and Jeff Souder. After that the defense took over and held Bobby J’s scoreless the rest of the way.

For the Dudas, Mark Klocke was solid at the plate with three hits, while Shanahan collected two hits. Marty Hackford, Richards and Dan Bermingham each had two hits, as well. For Bobby J’s, Tim Bajdas, Guy Muto, Larry Jarmuz and Mark Buffington (Amherst) each collected two hits.

The Northeast Collision Americans, meanwhile, squeaked out a 7-6 win over the Comfort Window Panes. The Americans’ Ken Struck, Bob West, Jeff Benz, Rick Dekay, Jeff Becker and Dave Corbelli all finished with multiple hits, while Tony Rusinek pitched for his second win in two attempts, allowing just 11 hits and three walks.

The Americans’ defense played well, turning a double play to start the seventh inning. Paul Felsor ended the game by catching a fly ball.

Mike Cerny, Kevin Kowalski, Joe Wahl and Jonathan Bachus all had multi-hit games for the Panes, who saw Bob Kurowski triple to tie the game in the fifth inning. He ultimately scored the go-ahead run on a single by Bachus but the Panes were unable to hold on in the end.

The Comfort Funeral Home Cubs got knocked down by Nagel’s Tombstone Saloon in their clash, Billy Boncal and Mark Brinkel each went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Tombstone Saloon, with Boncal scoring three runs and hitting a triple. Joe Tighe, Tom Tighe and Ron Westfall contributed two hits each as Tombstone’s second through fourth hitters in the lineup accounted for seven of the team’s eight runs on the day.

Don Seider, in his second week back after breaking some bones in his foot, allowed just eight hits in going the distance to notch the win on the mound.

For the Cubs, Todd Bencklemen, Dave Popsuj (Orchard Park) and Gary Glynn all went 2-for-3 at the plate, with Bencklemen scoring the lone run. Defensively, Gary Paconi was stellar at shortstop, taking out two Tombstones in one play in the fourth inning by making a quick catch and throwing to first — with the runner jumping.

The West Herr Knights also defeated the Mostly Old Guys, 10-5. The Knights scored two runs in the first on singles by Rick Wells (4-for-4 on the night), Jerry O’Brien, Kevin Larson and Greg Stalker, each of whom went 2-for-3 on the night.

The Knights scored the seven run limit in the second — after an out — on singles by Wells, Stalker, Ed Streible, Brian Coyle, Steve Anderson, Kevin O’Brien, Jerry O’Brien and Al Malke, most of whom went 2-for-3 on the night. Two errors by the MOGs helped the Knights do their damage.

The Knights scored once more in the fifth on singles by Malke, Al Schum, Streible (3-for-3 on the night) and Wells. Wells ran for himself this week and for others as well, as Mike Hallinan, Jim O’Brien, Carl Bueme, Carl Markiewicz, and Kevin O’Brien were all unavailable.

Jerry O’Brien finished the night 3-for-3 at the plate.

60+ Division

The Senior MOGs won their seventh game in a row and clinched both the regular season title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs by knocking off the Old Bats, 8-3.

Tom Schiefflee led the Sr. MOGs offensively by going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Leo Noe (East Amherst) was 2-for-3 with a two-run double and had numerous defensive plays at shortstop. Armando Severo had a hit and a putout at home plate, while Bill Gonsa went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Ron Palmowski (East Amherst) made the catches in left center field, while Dave Rosenthal and Noe’s brother, John Noe (Tonawanda) also had two hits each. Pitcher Bob Richter (West Seneca) shut out the Olds Bats until they got their only three runs in the fifth.

The Comfort Funeral Home Senior Cubs, meanwhile, battled back from a 5-4 deficit to ultimately secure a 15-7 victory over the Tigers.

For the Tigers, Dennis Caruana and Rusinek had three hits a piece, while Larry Wisher and Wally Wilk each had two RBIs to drive in most of the runs for the Tigers.

The Senior Cubs were trailing the Tigers, 5-4, after two when pitcher Denny Collins entered in relief. Ed Conboy Jr. contributed two hits to help the Cubs come back.

Steve Scattoreggio went 3-for-3 with a walk, while Ken Lorenz and Bob Stampfer notched three hits each. Gary Steinmetz had a flawless day at shortstop and also added two hits, as did Denny McMullen and Ken Miller.

Standings
50+ Division
Team Record
Wallenwein’s Dudas 9-1
West Herr Knights 8-2
Nagel’s Tombstone Saloon 7-3
Bobby J’s 6-4
Northeast Collision Americans 4-6
Comfort Window Panes 2-8
MOGs 2-8
Comfort Funeral Home Cubs 2-8
60+ Division
Senior MOGs 8-2
Old Bats 5-5
Tigers 4-6
Comfort Funeral Home Sr. Cubs 3-7

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