Fall 2019 Standings

 Red League Standings and Game Summaries for Fall 2019

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 12, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Property Sisters 6 2 0 0.75
  Swing Orthopedic 6 2 0 0.75
  Camino Eye Care 5 3 0 0.625
  Liberty Buick 3 5 0 0.375
  Treedah Magee 2 6 0 0.25
  Gothic Landscaping 2 6 0 0.25
  
Thursday, December 12, 2019
PROPERTY SISTERS - 17   LIBERYT BUICK - 15
Property Sisters had another close game as they eked out a 17-15 victory over Liberty Buick. Keys to the win included a tough defense, 26 hits, a good start with 10 runs in the first 2 innings and the home run ball (4 in total- 3 that counted!!). Mike Anderson was a great addition filling in for the injured Dave Elkins as he belted 2 home runs, had 4 hits in total and pitched a stellar game. John Conacher and sub Dave Zuker also banged out 4 hits with Conacher scoring 4 runs. Well done John! Ray Gibson stroked 3 hits to assist in the hitting department. Don Ranieri made several great catches in right center and also slammed a home run. One of Zuker’s hits was also a home run. Thanks to Don Knowles and Jeff Silversteen for a fine job umpiring and thanks also to Bob Kloehn in the scoring tower.
The Liberty Buick Bashers came up a little short today, getting beat by The Property Sisters, 17-15. We started out real slow, only scoring 3 runs after 3 innings, but then we woke up and made a game of it before they mercied us. We seemed to have lots of deep, lazy fly balls that made it to the warning track, but the Sisters have a good outfield, and they hauled them up without too much trouble. We were hoping to catch them in the top of the 7th and end up with a tie game, avenging our 1/2 run loss our last meeting. Oh well, maybe next time. Our top performers today were Jay Schirpke, Al Cal, Garry Weslosky, all 4/5. Jeff Watson, Jim Opyd and Dennis Vance were all 3/4. The rest of us had 2 hits each. Very good game, and nice to be back at the Field of Dreams after the short break. Our excellent umpires today were Don Knowles and Jeff Silverstein


TREEDAH MAGEE - 19   SWING 0RTHOPEDICS - 12        
The Treedah Magee players dusted off their bats and scored a season high 19 runs in walking away from Greg’s first place Swing Orthopedics 19-12. In a season of tough breaks, the Realtors won just for the second time... both wins against the league’s top team. After a few missteps in the early innings, the defense came alive to shut down a very powerful Swing lineup. Rocco Jankowski, Mike Hirsch (3/5) and super sub Ron Wong (4/5 with a triple and double) made several inning ending great catches/ plays. Sub Chris Schwartz (4/4), Winning pitcher Mike Anderson (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4) and Al Deangelis (3/4) lead the team in hitting. Everyone in the lineup scored at least one run. Thanks to Bob Snelling for jumping in for an injured Marlin Campbell (2/2). One added note- the team is collecting some money to help extend Rod Wilterdink’s time back in cold Wisconsin.
Another great day at the Field of Dreams, unfortunately for Swing Orthopedics our opponent Treedah Magee took it to us again 19 to 12.  Top's Treedah boys have handed Swing their only two losses of the season. The Good news is we are still in first, tied with the Property Sister's.  Our offense was lead by Dennis Haak with a perfect day at the plate. Both Dave Zuker and Glen Soles had dingers along with multiple extra base hits each. Coach was offensive with a called third strike out.  He was heard saying he was happy to help with making sure everyone is properly hydrated. 
Thanks to Mike Jennings and Dave Fusaro for handling the umpire duties and Gary Ambruz the score board. Nice job guys.











CAMINO EYE CARE -21   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 16
Camino Eye Care defeated Gothic Landscaping by a 21 to 16 final score.  The Eyeball guys came out strong in the first 3 inning enjoying a 14 to 6 run differential.  We fell short in the run category in the final 4 innings allowing the Landscapers to score 10 runs to our 7.  Nonetheless, our efforts gave us enough magic to seal the victory.  On the defensive side, our outfielders were outstanding battling the sun tracking down numerous high fly balls. Case in point, John Truttman had several run saving catches in right center field followed by Greg Allseitz, Howard Sumner, Bob Snelling and Kris Schwartz all chasing down their share of launches.  The infielders also held their own!  Sub Dale Halder and little Dave Fusaro helped in limiting the Gothic team’s run production.  On the offensive side, numerous players contributed to our run total.  Specifically, Bob Kloehn had a 4/4 day, followed by Dave Fusaro, Howard Sumner and Greg Allseitz (one of which was a round tripper) having 4 hits each. Dale Halder, Bob Snelling and Rob White chimed in with 3 hits each.  Can’t leave out the two hits each by Kris Schwartz and Ralph Hollis (one of which was a blast over the left field fence).  Thanks to our two umpires Terry Graves, Dan Newman, and Rocco Jankowski in the scoring tower, who I’m sure had lots of fun pushing all those buttons!  Finally, special thanks to our aforementioned sub who has helped us out in the absence of our 3rdbasemen over the past several games.






 




Gothic Landscaping fell behind early to Camino Eye Care, and wound up on short end with a score of 21 to 16. Gothic had one bad inning but had good hitting throughout the game with many players hitting well. Led by sub Garry Weslowsky 5 for 5, Pete Semenak 4 for 4, Don Knowles 4 for 5, Lisa Pelletier 3 for 4 with a nice triple, Paul Becker was 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and Tom Goetz and Ralph McKeever rounded out hitting with 3 for 5.






 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 05, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 6 1 0 0.857
  Property Sisters 5 2 0 0.714
  Camino Eye Care 4 3 0 0.571
  Liberty Buick 3 4 0 0.429
  Gothic Landscaping 2 5 0 0.286
  Treedah Magee 1 6 0 0.143
  
Thursday, December 05, 2019
 CAMINO EYE CARE - 19   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTORS - 11
The Camino Eye Care squad defeated the Treedah Magee team by a score of 19 to 11.  Bob Topham’s group enjoyed slapping the Eye guys around for the first half of the game relishing a 9 to 4 lead by end of the 4th inning. Then the Eyes leather and bats showed up scoring 15 runs while allowing just 2 runs in the final 3 frames.   Once again, Rob White had a great day on the mound assisted by three double plays turned in the late innings by his supporting cast in the field.  Several players had 3 hit days including sub Garry Weslosky, Howard Sumner, Greg Allseitz, Kris Schwartz, Rob White, John Truttman and Chuck Cruz.  Bob Kloehn and the family duo of Dave Fusaro and Ralph Hollis added their 2 hit performances to our 27 hit total.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub for his work at 3rd base, limp along Dale Halder umping the bases and Jeff Watson calling the balls and strikes.  By the way, nice of you Arlene Weslosky for pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower for our game.
Under a new rule implemented today... The Treedah Magee Realtors only have to play three innings, thereby allowing the Realtors to win today going away 9-2 over Camino Eye Care. Oops... what a nice dream. Starting with the fourth inning the game unfolded in drastic fashion. The”Eye” guys definitely had their eyes on the ball, knocking out 17 runs over the next four innings with a “snowman - 8 runs” in the seventh inning. The Realtor Gang had no answer to Chuckie’s team in scoring just two runs over the final four innings on just six hits to lose 19-11.  Mike Anderson (3/4 with a HR), Dan Newman (3/4) and Wayne Weidenbach (3/4) provided some fire power to the lineup. Wayne pitched a fine game over his six inning stint. Thanks to Jeff Watson and Randy Biko for umpiring and Rob White up in the tower.




SWING 0RTHOPEDICS - 15      Liberty Buick - 7         
Another beautiful day at our Field of Dreams. Glad the rain never materialized so we could play today.  Swing Orthopedic defeated Liberty Buick 15 to 7.  Both teams looked to get off to a fast start and had their scoring threats quashed by great defensive plays.  First it was Liberty's AL Caillouette pulling off a double play and then Dave Zucker returning the favor in the bottom of the first to end Liberty's bases loaded threat with a double play as well.  Swing's defense only allowed 2 runs over the first 4 innings. Swing Othopedic scored runs in every inning to build a 14 to 2 lead with the help of Don Ranieri's towering blast along with Dave Zuker also answering the call with a blast to right center.  The boys in the grassy knoll will enjoy Zuke's more since it was a solo shot. I don't want to hear about others failing to get on base in front of you.  We all can't go 5 for 5 like you.  Gene Prosser continued his great pitching, he has to have the lowest ERA in the Red League. Thanks to Greg Allseitz and Don Ranieri for subbing today.  Also, John Conacher, thanks for coming in cold to fill in for Glenn Soles who had to leave with an injury. Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Ralph Hollis for handling the umpire duties, well done.  Also, special appreciation to co-scorekeepers Arlene/Darlene/Charlene/Marlene Weslosky.
Well, this won't take long. Liberty Buick scored 7 runs against the first place Swing Orthopedics, and our 5 in the fifth just prolonged our agony. Gene Prosser definitely has our number. Quite simply, we can't hit him. Greg's Gang took us to the woodshed today. We will be better next week. Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Ralph Hollis for umpiring..











PROPERTY SISTERS - 16   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 11
Property Sisters Realty ran their record to 5 wins and 2 losses with a hard fought 16-11 victory over Gothic Landscaping on Tuesday. The game was well played by both teams with the score being very close until the Sisters broke out with a 5 run sixth inning. Offensively Property Sisters was led by Dave Elkins who stroked two towering home runs one of which was a grand slam. Dave’s 6 RBI’s and his fine game on the pitching rubber were a great contributer toward the win. Leadoff batter Scott Roberts had a perfect four day- 4 at bats, 4 hits and 4 runs. Well done Scott! Don Ranieri, Ray Gibson and Elkins each banged out 3 hits aiding the winning cause. Thanks to Dave Zuker for playing third base subbing for Brian Pin. We hope to have Big Brian back for next weeks games and thanks to Brian for cheering and leading the WAVE in the bleachers!!! Big thanks to Lloyd Newlands and Dave Maligro for a fine umpiring job and Gene Prosser was his usual very reliable self in the scorekeeping tower.







 






Gothic was trailing Property Sisters by only one run going into 6th inning but wound up on the short end of the deal with a score of 16 to 11.  Both teams played well offensively and defensively. Gothic's leading hitter was Gary Ambrose with 3 for 3.  Don Knowles, Jim Saltzman and Lisa Pelletier were all 3 for 4.




Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 5 1 0 0.833
  Property Sisters 4 2 0 0.667
  Liberty Buick 3 3 0 0.5
  Camino Eye Care 3 3 0 0.5
  Gothic Landscaping 2 4 0 0.333
  Treedah Magee 1 5 0 0.167
  
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 16   CAMINO EYE CARE - 12
Great to be back playing Ball again.  Swing Orthopedic pulled out a hard fought victory over Camino Eye Care  16 - 12.  Swing Orthopedic's defense was the difference in this one.  Dennis Haak made several outstanding catches in Left, robbing what looked to be sure extra base hits from the Camino batters.  Dennis also had an excellent day at the plate as well going 4 for 5.  Dave Maligro also flashed the leather at second today handling everything hit his way.  His hang time on the line drive he snagged was awesome.  Dave Zuker continued his torrid hitting going 5 for 5 including a dinger.  Gene ( Cy Young candidate ) Prosser also enjoyed a 5 hit performance.  Glenn Soles knocked out 4 hits as well.  Now it's time to say, it's a darn good thing the coaches drafted the guys we did, because they bailed out both of us today.  2 for 10, what else can I say...
Thanks Tom Ranalls and Ralph Mckeever for handling the umpire duties.  Mark Jessen as always, great job on the scoreboard.  
We played Swing Orthopedic a good team today and came up short 16 - 12 . Greg Allseitz 3 for 3 and a sacrifice RBI Kris Swartz 3 for 4. Rob White pitched another good game. Everyone else had at least one hit on the day. Thank you  Ron Michalski for subbing and a 3 for 4 effort. We look forward to our next meeting and hope for a different outcome.Thanks goes out to Tom Ranalls umpiring behind the plate and Ralph Mckeever on the bases with Mark Nelson on the score board.



Liberty Buick - 20   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 14         
The Liberty Buick Boys came out firing on all cylinders this morning, after our extended holiday/rain-out break. It was great to get back to the field on a beautiful morning and see everyone. We managed a victory today against the Gothic Landscaping crew, final score, 20-14. It was a good game, the difference being that our big boppers, Randy Biko, Garry Weslosky and Ron Michalski all hit 3 run dingers that led to 5 run innings. They are our 3-4-5 batters in the order, and they did some damage today. Others that were on their games were Glen Ryan, 4-4, Al Cal, 3-3 with a SAC, Dennis Vance, 3-3. The rest of us had 1 & 2 hits each for a total of 26 hits. Beck's Landscapers had a good game as well, but couldn't quite get the runs needed in the bottom of the 7th. Thanks to Glenn Soles & Dave Zuker for doing a fine job wearing the vests
Too many zero's today and not enough time to make up the deficit in the later innings. Staying hot at the plate for Gothic Landscaping was Ralph McKeever going 4/4. Making only one out was Tom Goetz, Jeff Silversteen (with a couple laser shots), Gary Ambruz and Jimmy Saltzman. Paul Becker made his hit count... a three run long ball to right center field!  John Boland had a good game at 3rd and chipped in a 3/5 performance.  Also with two hits and good defensive games were Lisa Pelletier & Pete Houghton. Pete Semenak tossed in a hit and was kept hoppin in left field!  Gothic is having trouble scoring runs in certain innings. Defense is good enough to over come a few bad offensive innings but not this many. Liberty Buick took advantage of the openings they were given and deserved the win today! Gothic has a very good line up and once we get this thing figured out we'll be back in the hunt. Thank you to the umpires, scorekeepers, coaches and especially the field crew!  It's an honor to play on this field...one that most people can't fully appreciate until they play a handful of other fields used for senior softball.  We are extremely lucky to call Field of Dreams our home! 












PROPERTY SISTERS - 13   TREEDAH MCGEE - 12
Another squeaker at the ole ball yard on Tuesday as the Property Sisters improved their record to 4 wins 2 losses as they nipped Treedah Magee 13-12. In the battle of the realtors the key to victory for the Sisters was their strong defensive play as several players made great plays with perhaps the best being Eric Swobody catching the fly ball in shallow right field and then in this key situation doubling up the runner off first base to end the inning. Leading the hit parade with 3 hits apiece were Brian Pin, Dave Elkins, John Hammell, Tom Yurkunas and Eric Swobody. We all hope Brian Pin after his valiant effort in going after a foul fly ball can rehab quickly on his injured leg. Second game in a row for Brian to come up limping- hope this trend ends real quick! Thanks to Al Caillouette for a great job umpiring at home plate and for honing his math skills as the scoreboard went kerplunk. Garry Weslosky and Jamie White shared base umping duties and thanks to them and to Jeff Silversteen in the scoring tower in a tough situation.






 






Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve... so close. The Realtor Teams (Treedah Magee and Property Sisters) slugged it out today with Treedah’s team coming up short 13-12. The Treedah Gang took off at the game’s start scoring four runs with Mike Anderson clobbering a towering three-run homer that stuck in the top of the left field palm tree. Good defense keep Treedah’s team in the game as my good friend Gordie’s Sisters started to warm up. Marlin Campbell (4/4) and Skip Pavitt (3/4) scored half the team’s runs. Mike Hirsch (4/5) had an outstanding day at shortstop and at the plate knocking in three runs. Pitcher Rod Wilterdink keep Gordie’s Gang off balance for most of the game, but a few fielding missteps allowed the Sister’s to extend several innings to secure their win. We wish Big Brian a quick recovery after suffering a pulled muscle. Thanks to Jamie White and Al Cailloutette for umpiring and Lisa up in the tower.



 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 4 1 0 0.8
  Camino Eye Care 3 2 0 0.6
  Property Sisters 3 2 0 0.6
  Liberty Buick 2 3 0 0.4
  Gothic Landscaping 2 3 0 0.4
  Treedah Magee 1 4 0 0.2
  
Sunday, November 10, 2019
TREEDAH MAGEE - 13   SWING ORTHOPEDICS - 8
Well, well, well... move over everyone, The Treedah Magee Gang has awaken. The Realtors caught Swing Orthopedics on a cool morning and played with a great defense and timely hitting to breeze by the Swing Guys 13-8 in seven innings. Usually don’t highlight the top half versus the bottom of the lineup, but the bottom half carried the day by producing/ accounting for 9 of the 13 runs scored with Marlin Campbell (2/3) knocking in three runs. Winning pitcher Rod Wilterdink (4/4), Dan Newman(4/4) and Rocco Jankowski (4/4) we’re all perfect at the plate. Thanks Sub Rob Michalski (3/4) for being on base to spark key rallies. Thanks Jamie and Al for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
Swing Orthopedic lost its first game this year to Treedah Magee 13 to 8.  Treedah shutdown our offense from the very start of the game.  Rod Wilterdink on the mound was very tough on our squad.  Rick Armentano had a perfect day at the plate.  Dan Bourget chipped in with 3 hits as well.   The good news boys is, were still in first and will have an opportunity to get back on the winning side of the ledger Thursday. Thanks to Jamie White and Al Caillouette for handling the umpire duties and to Mark Jessen in the score tower.


PROPERTY SISTERS - 16 1/2   LIBERTY BUICK - 16       
Application of the ½ run rule in favour of the visiting team was the difference as Property Sisters defeated Liberty Buick after battling to a 16-16 tie after seven hard fought innings. John Conacher, Eric Swobody, Ray Gibson and Dick Stuckey each banged out 3 hits to lead the way, Other offensive highlights came from Don Ranieri and sub Mike Anderson who each homered and from Dick Stuckey who scored 3 runs. Ray Gibson’s triple was a beauty and a no doubter as he raced into third base! Thanks to Mike Anderson for filling in for Dave Elkins. Mike pitched a strong game against a very tough opponent. Thanks to Dan Bourget and LLoyd Newlands for umpiring and to Mark Jessen in the tower.
Well, we managed another tie today, but we were again the home team, so it's another loss by 1/2 run. That's two now. Great game though against Gord's Gang, the Property Sisters. We had a couple miscues on the base paths and had possible potential runs thrown out on great plays by the Sisters. These things happen. It was certainly nice to have our full squad this morning though. Our Allstar hitters for our game were Garry Weslosky and Ron Michalski, both 4-4, Jim Opyd, Dennis Vance, Ted Koch and Jamie White, all 3-4. Everyone else had one and two hits. We had a little dust-up on a call made by umpire Dan Bourget, and we apologize to Dan for our comments. Also, thanks to Lloyd and Dan for umpiring, and to Greg Kastelic for stepping in to help out.










CAMINO EYE CARE - 15   GOLTHIC LANDSCAPING - 3
The Camino Eye Care Team defeated Gothic Landscaping squad by a 15 to 3 score.  Our defensive effort in support of pitcher Rob White was to his liking!  With their help, he was able to hold Tom Ranalls solid hitters to just 3 runs in 5 innings.  On the offensive side, in the abbreviated game, the Eye Care group players having 3/3 days were Howard Sumner and Kris Schwartz.  Rob White and Bob Kloehn both went 2/2.  Other players contributing 2 hits each were Dave Fusaro, Ralph Hollis, and sub Dale Halder.  The remaining team members all chimed in with one hit.  Special thanks to our aforementioned sub who handled the 3rd base duties.  Nice job behind the plate yelling out all the calls Mike Anderson and John Conacher handling the bases.  Thanks Mark Jessen pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower.

 






We got three runs.  Have a good day.



 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 14, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 4 0 0 1
  Property Sisters 2 2 0 0.5
  Liberty Buick 2 2 0 0.5
  Camino Eye Care 2 2 0 0.5
  Gothic Landscaping 2 2 0 0.5
  Treedah Magee 0 4 0 0
  
Thursday, November 14, 2019
LIBERTY BUICK - 13   CAMINO EYE CARE - 11
Well we won Liberty Buick. Not quite sure how, but we did, against the Allstar Camino Eye Care Squad, 13-11. I think it was smoke and mirrors, but we will take it. We gave them 5 in the first, then Ted started throwing high heat, and we shut them out for the next 3 innings. They had 5 in the 5th, then again, another zero. We scored 3 in the top of the 7th, all our runs coming with 2 out, and held them to 1 in the bottom, to take the win. We had some outstanding performances from a few guys, Glen Ryan, 4 RBI's & Garry Weslosky, both had 4 big hits. Randy Biko, Lisa Pelletier and Ted Koch all had 3 hits.  We had a couple of super-subs, today, Lisa & Dave Dorn, who both played superb. Lisa stepped up when Dennis Vance showed up for the 2:45 game when we played at 12:15. I think that will cost him 2 dozen Dunkin Donuts and a mandolin solo, considering that his kidney and liver issues don't allow him to indulge in a 30 pack. There were 2 new excellent players out there today, Dave on our team, and Rick on the Eye squad. I love to see new guys out there. It was a fun day, lots of fellowship, and the Alaska guys bringing smoked salmon and sausage. We get Al Cal and Ric Mic back next week. We need them.. Have a great weekend. 
The Camino Eye Care Team lost to the Liberty Buick squad by a score of 13 to 11.  While it was low scoring game, it’s difficult to chalk up a victory in this league when you score only 1 run in 5 of the 7 innings.  However, the Eye Care group had a respectable defensive effort in support of sub pitcher, Rod Wilterdink, holding Jamie White’s gang to just 13 runs.  The game was tied at 10 going into the final inning.  The Liberty Buick outfit then tallied 3 runs in the final frame, and we were only able to answer with one run.  On the offensive side, Dave Fusaro continued on his hitting rampage having another 4/4 outing.  Greg Allseitz had a 3/4 day which included a first inning 3 run blast over the left field fence.  The remaining players chimed in with the team’s other 12 hits.  Thanks to sub Joe Pioli (soldier of fortune) handing the 3rdbase duties, Rick Watson (welcome to the league) who played 3 different positions, and of course steady Rod Wilterdink on the mound. Nice job Paul Becker calling balls and strikes, Terry Graves policing the bases and you too Gary Ambruz up in the scoring tower.

GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 16   TREEDAH MAGEE - 12       
Gothic Landscaping got a win today over Treedah Magee with a score of 16 to 12. We played an overall good game, especially on offense with everybody contributing. Top performers were Ralph McKeever, Don Ranieri, John Boland and Jim Saltzman were all 4 for 4. Paul Becker and Pete Semenak were 3 for 4.  Tom Goetz was 3 for 5. Good game team.
The Treedah Magee Team played good all around ball today and were tied 9-9 at the halfway point but then Gothic Landscaping put together a nice 5 run inning to walk away from the Realtors to win 16-12. Treedah could only score four runs over the last five innings. Terry Graves (3/5) led the way with a towering Home Run. Pitcher Wayne Weidenbach (3/4), Rod Wilterdink (3/4) and Marlin Campbell (3/4) all contributed three hit apiece. Rocco Jankowski made another spectacular shoe string catch to help keep the game close. Thanks to Randy and Jamie for umpiring and Dennis Vance up in the tower.











SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 21   PROPERTY SISTERS - 19
Wow, what a game between Swing Orthopedic and The Property Sister's.  Two hard hitting teams matched up for a great game for all those who were there to see.   Swing fell behind early as the Sister's flashed the leather in the first and held Swing to one run.  They then came out and put up 5 runs to take the early lead.  Over the next three innings Swing battled back to tie the game after 4 innings of play.  Swing then came out in the 5th and put 5 on the board  capped by Dan Bourget's blast and was able to hold the Sister's to one run.   Swing had a two run lead going into the 7th and added 3 more runs to take a 5 run lead.  In the bottom of the 7th Swing's defense came through as it has in all our previous games to secure the victory 21 to 19.   Dennis Haak went 5 for 5 and made a great catch to shut down a potentially big inning.  Dan also had a perfect day at the plate.  Glenn Soles did what he has been doing all year, driving in 5 runs today.  Another stellar day at first by Lloyd, who scared the hell out of Coach making that overhand through to home plate.  I prefer the underhand toss to second that you made the next play, though I thought I heard it called illegal for exceeding the 12 ft arc rule.  Greg Allseitz thanks for subbing for us today and helping us to win today. Thanks to Dan Newman and Wayne Weidenbach for handling the Umpire duties today. 






The stands were packed and the first base revellers were all in place to see the undefeated Swing Orthopaedic squad take on the Property Sisters. When the dust settled Swing had edged the Sisters 21-19 and in doing so ran their record to 4-0. Property Sisters dropped to 2-2. The Sisters had their best offensive effort this young season banging out 31 hits and scoring 19 runs. Don Ranieri and Brian Pin were perfect at the plate each going 5/5. John Conacher and Scott Roberts were each very productive at 4/5 and also scoring 4 runs apiece. Dave Elkins, Ray Gibson and Steve Katz each slugged 3 base hits to aid the Sisters cause. Dave Elkins assured the coaches that his catching hand is still in one piece after snagging two laser shots that were destined for center field. Dave was strong on the pitcher’s rubber again for the Property Sisters. Thanks to Dan Newman and Wayne Weidenbach for umpiring and to Ted Koch in the tower.



 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 3 0 0 1
  Camino Eye Care 2 1 0 0.667
  Property Sisters 2 1 0 0.667
  Liberty Buick 1 2 0 0.333
  Gothic Landscaping 1 2 0 0.333
  Treedah Magee 0 3 0 0
  
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
PROPERTY SISTERS - 11   GOLTHIC LANDSCAPING - 9
The Property Sisters hung on and defeated a gritty Gothic squad 11-9 on another sun splashed day at the ballpark. The game was close throughout and was tied 7-7 after 5 innings. Gothic took an 8-7 lead into the 7th inning but in the top of the inning the Sisters were able to bang out 7 of their 21 game hits and score 4 runs and take a 11-8 lead. The bottom of the 7th yielded only one run for Gothic giving the 11-9 final result. Players for the Sisters with 3 hits apiece were were John Conacher, Eric Swobody and Steve Katz. Having two hit games were Don Ranieri, Dave Elkins, Brian Pin, Ray Gibson and Tom Yurkunas. One of Ranieri’s hits was a no doubt four bagger. Dave Elkins pitched another gem keeping Gothic to just 9 runs. Thanks to Garry Weslosky for filling in for Scott Roberts today. The Sisters defense was nearly flawless today and was a strong contributor to the win. Thanks to Dan Bourget and Glenn Soles for a fine game umpiring and to Mark Jessen for his usual great job in the scoring tower. Property Sisters are now 2-1 in the early season and will face a stiff test when they face the undefeated Swing Orthopedic eleven on Thursday.
Gothic Landscaping was leading the Property Sisters 8 to 7 going into final inning, but came up short losing 11 to 9. Leading hitters were John Boland 3 for 3, Ralph McKeever, Greg Alseitz, and Tom Goetz with 3 for 4. Thanks to our subs and good job by umpires.  We hope to get back on winning ways on Thursday.
SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 17   LIBERTY BUICK - 9       
Another beautiful day at our Field of Dreams.  Swing Orthopedic defeated Liberty Buick 17 to 9.  After Liberty came out strong and scored 4 in the top of the 1st, Swings defense kicked in and only allowed 5 runs over the next six innings.  While it was a total team effort, Lloyd Newlands and Glenn Soles had an exceptional day in the field. Gene Prosser continued his great pitching.  Lloyd also lead the hitting going 4 for 4.   Gary Stueber and Dale Halder hit home runs.  Dale, that solo shot is going to cost you again.  Remember, hit them with runners on !!!!   Timely hitting was also key in today's win, 9 of our 17 runs were scored after two outs. Rick, thanks for playing while not feeling your best.  Great effort and more so, greatly appreciated.  Dave, we will try and keep up our play while you enjoy your overseas vacation. Enjoy and we will see you in December. Thanks to Tom Yurkunas and Brian Pin for handling the umpire duties, well done.  Mark Jessen, SCG's official scorekeeper did his usual masterful job.  Thanks Mark
Well, we were in this one for one inning, and that was about it. Scored 4 in the top of the first with 2 out, then went three zero's in a row, then 1, 1 and 2, to lose 17-9 to the first place Swing Orthopdeics. Our bats were hurting this morning, with only Randy Biko, Glen Ryan and Ted Koch registering 3 hits each. After that, the rest of us were pretty much crappy. Our defense was good, but just couldn't get anything consistent going offensively. Thanks to our super-sub this morning, Terry Graves. And to Tom Yurkunas and Brian Pin for umpiring. 











CAMINO EYE CARE - 18   TREEDAH MAGEE - 12
Camino Eye Care squad defeated Treedah Magee by an 18 to 12 score.  The realtor club, managed by my close friend Bob Topham, save one 5 run inning, were victims of 3 double plays which helped defuse any more multiple run scoring rallies for them.  While it is “Topps” thunder to recognize his squad’s achievements, I want to commend Rocco Jankowski’s acrobatic catch in left center field.  My pitcher, Rob White, who had an excellent outing on the mound, is still working thru that hit that he stole from him!  As alluded to above, our defense was exceptional today in support of Rob White.  On the offensive side, the Eyeball Guys had numerous hits.  Five players had perfect days at the plate: Dave Fusaro 4/4, Howard Sumner, Greg Allseitz, Ralph Hollis (including a 2 run blast) and sub Dale Halder all going 3/3.  Bob Kloehn and John Truttman both chimed in with 2 hits each.  I appreciate sub Dale Halder’s effort handling the 3rd base duties and hitting the ball all over the ballpark.  Thanks to Glen Ryan calling the balls and strikes, Jeff Watson on the bases and Ted Koch pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower.  While we are just 3 games into the season, it’s too early to tell if any team is going to break out of the pack and become the one to catch.  Nice draft job managers!  Looks like another season where it could come down to the end before a winner can be crowned!






The Treedah Magee Realtors gave it a good go but came up short in losing to the Chuckie’s Camino Eye Care Gang 18-12. At the half way point (middle of the 3rd), the House Sellers were only a run down, but then the Eye Care Guys got rolling again and opened a good gap that Treedah could not match. Mike Anderson (4/4) and Skip Pavitt (3/3) were perfect at the plate with Mike Hirsch (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4) and sub Jim Opyd (3/4) contributing three hits each. Thanks Glen Ryan and Jeff Watson for calling the game and Ted up in the tower.


 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 07, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 2 0 0 1
  Property Sisters 1 1 0 0.5
  Liberty Buick 1 1 0 0.5
  Camino Eye Care 1 1 0 0.5
  Gothic Landscaping 1 1 0 0.5
  Treedah Magee 0 2 0 0
  
Thursday, November 07, 2019
GOLTHIC LANDSCAPING - 17 1/2   LIBERTY BUICK - 17
Golthic Landscaping won a squeaker against Liberty Buick by the 1/2 run rule.171/2 to 17. Good job guys.
The Liberty Buick Bashers had a barn-burner against the Gothic Gorillas today in the first game, losing by 1/2 run in a 17-17 game. It was a great game, some good plays, some: well, not so good.  We went into the 7th inning tied at 13, we each scored 4 runs, so Gothic got the win by the half run. The Buick boys were led at the plate by Ron Michalski's 2nd HR of the year, Jim Opyd was 4-4, Glen & Jamie (cheap ones) each had 3 hits, and the rest of the crew had 1 & 2 hits each. Jeff Watson had a couple nice SAC flies. It was nice to see our whole crew there today. Thanks to Lloyd and Dale for wearing the vests. Have a good weekend boys. We will be missing some players next week due to tournament in Phoenix. Good luck to these guys.
SWING ORTHOPEDIC - 16   CAMINO EYE CARE - 11       
Another beautiful day of Arizona sunshine for the game between Swing Orthopedic and Camino Eye Care. Camino jumped out to an early 5 to nothing lead after the first inning.  Coach then realized he needed to scrap the Rover idea.  Honest guys, I will not bring it up again.  Swing Orthopedics then held Camino to 6 more runs over the next 6 innings.  Great defense guys.  Our hitting really kicked in the 3rd inning.  We banged out 23 hits over the final 4 innings, scoring 15 runs to take the lead and finish with our 2nd victory of the season.  Dan Bourget had a perfect day at the plate including a Home run.  Gene Prosser also had a perfect day.  Dale Halder hit his second home run of the year and that solo shot will cost you...  We hit 737 as a team for the game.  Great team effort in this hard fought game.  Special thanks to Don Ranieri and Scott Roberts for subbing.  We really appreciate it. Thanks Paul Becker and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and Jim Saltzman in the score keeping tower.  Great job guys.
The Camino Eye Care team was defeated by the Swing Orthopedic club by the score of 16 to 11.  While the game was a rather low scoring event, you don’t win games in this league when you score a total of 6 runs in all but one inning.  The game looked promising for the Eye guys after the first inning leading 5 to 0.  However, our bats seemed to go silent as we were unable to mount any big run producing rallies in the remaining innings.  Rob White’s effort on the mound, along with a respectable defensive showing, did manage to hold the orthopedic group to a total of 2 runs in 3 of their innings.  Thanks to our two subs John Conacher handing the shortstop duties and Brian Pin at 3rd base (making several run saving plays at the hot corner). On the offensive side Greg Allseitz was the only team member to have a 3 hit performance. Seven others contributed 2 hits each and the remaining three each chimed in with one hit.  Thanks to Paul Becker calling the balls and strikes, Jeff Silversteen for patrolling the bases and Jim Saltzman in the scoring tower.








PROPERTY SISTERS - 18   TREEDAH MAGEE - 14
The Property Sisters evened their early season record at 1-1 with a close 18-14 victory over Top’s tough and determined Treedah Magee squad. Wins don’t come easy in the red league as everyone knows and this game was no exception. Entering the bottom of the seventh inning with a 4 run lead scares the bee- jeepers of every manager in the league but today Property Sisters did not allow a run in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win. Scott Roberts and Brian Pin led the way with 4 hits each with one of Brian’s hits being a homer that nearly achieved orbital status. Three hit performances came from John Conacher, Don Ranieri, Tom Yurkunas and Dick Stuckey. Ranieri and Dave Elkins scored 3 runs apiece with Dave pitching another rock solid game. Eric Swobody made some great catches in what was a busy right field. Don Ranieri was equally solid in right center field. Glad to see Mike Jennings out as he umpired a fine game behind the plate. His sidekick Dave Fusaro ably assisted him umpiring the bases. Thanks as well to John Truttman in the scoring tower.




The Treedah Magee Team took it on the chin today in losing to Gordie’s Property Sisters Team 18-14. The Realtors ran out of gas after a 7-7 tie after three innings. Pitcher Rod Wilterdink (4/4) and Mike Hirsch (4/5) each had four hits. Mike Anderson (3/4), Wayne Weidenbach (3/4) and Murray Fairweather (3/4) added three hits each. The Magee Boys will regroup and come out strong next week to even up their record. Good to see Ken Stacey helping Gord in the dugout. Thanks Mike Jennings and Dave Fusaro for umpiring and John Truttman up in the tower.


 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -   Tuesday, Novomber 05, 2019
Team Wins Losses Ties Win PCT
  Swing Orthopedic 1 0 0 1
  Camino Eye Care 1 0 0 1
  Liberty Buick 1 0 0 1
  Treedah Magee 0 1 0 0
  Gothic Landscaping 0 1 0 0
  Property Sisters 0 1 0 0
  
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
 SWING ORTHOPEDICS -19   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING -15
Another GRAND day for the start of our Softball season.  A special thank you to Buck and his crew for getting the Field of Dreams ready for play.  Buck and crew, it has never looked better!  We all appreciate being able to play on this field.  Swing Orthopedics came out swinging to take an early lead helped by Dale Halder's first round tripper in the Red League. Gothic Landscaping battled back to take the lead in the middle innings.  It was a one run game going into the 7th when Swing Orthopedic put four on the board.  Gothic Landscaping rallied but fell short by a final score of 19 to 15 when Gene Prosser snaged a line drive up the middle.  Everyone contributed to the 33 hit effort  Thank you Greg Allseitz for subbing. Thanks to Bob Snelling and Ralph Hollis for handling the Umpire duties and to our favorite scoreboard operator Mark Jenssen. Welcome back Mark for another great season. Norm, the lines were perfect as always. Thanks

First inning, first game...disaster strikes.  John Boland (1-1) pulls a lower hamstring and is out for the game and probably a few more.  Tough to lose your lead off hitter and have the best game your team could have.  It was a back and forth game that did not go our way down the stretch.  Solid defense for most of the game just wasn't quite solid enough.  Twelve runs in the first three innings was encouraging...then 4 in the last four frames not so much.  The only perfect day at the plate was turned in by Don Knowles gong 4-4.  Ralph McKeever, Pete Houghton and Tom Goetz each had four solid hits!  Gary Ambruz, Jimmy Saltzman and Pete Semenak each chipped in 3 hits.  Paul Becker and Jeff Silversteen each had two hits and Paul tossed an excellent  game while Jeff played a very solid first base.  First game jitters and untimely injuries are hopefully behind us for the rest of the session.  We play that same game each time out, minus a couple errors and we're in good shape.  All in all very proud of our team for keeping their heads and dealing with some adversity.  Special thanks to Gary Ambruz who stepped in, after requesting the game off (bad back). Gary gave his all and it was very much noticed and appreciated.
CAMINO EYE CARE -15   PROPERTY SISTERS - 14       
Well the fall 2019 SCG Softball Red League Season kicked off today, and on paper, looked like some teams were more stacked with longball hitters than others.  None the less, we have learned that you got to play the games, and you never know what will happen, because in this  SCG Red League Softball anything can, and, will happen. Today, CAMINO EYE CARE defeated a strong long ball hitting club THE PROPERTY SISTERS (drafted by my close friend Gord Jones) by a one run victory in a 15 to 14 score.  The game was tied going into the final inning as the Eye Care group were able to keep the Sisters from scoring any runs in the top of the inning.  In the bottom of the inning, the Eye Care players posted the one run needed to buy the victory.  Pitcher, Rob White had a great day on the mound with the support from the defensive effort from his backup team’s effort that earned him the victory.   Boy, can the short managers get the right subs!  Thanks to Dennis Haak, Ron Michalski and Dale Halder who were instrumental in our victory!  Other CAMINO EYE CARE players and subs deserving recognition that contributed to the victor include:  Ron Michalski having a 4 for 4 day,  Howard Sumner going 4 for 5 , Sub Dale Holder with his 3 for 3 effort, and of course Dennis Haak, Dave Fusaro, Greg Allseitz and Pitcher Rob White all going 3 for 3 at the plate.  Thanks to umpires Greg Kastelic , Dave Maligro,  Mark Jessen in the scoring tower, and by the way, your effort in preparing the field for play is above and beyond recognition our gratitude NORM LUSTIG.
Chuck Cruz’s  Camino Eye Care squeaked by the Property Sisters 15-14 in the lid opening game of the fall Red league. The game was close throughout and was tied at 14 apiece after 6 innings. Camino silenced the Sisters bats with a solid double play in their 7th and then loaded the bases in their 7th before pushing across the winning run. The Property Sisters were led offensively by Brian Pin’s 3 hits, John Conachers 3 runs and Dave Elkins towering 3 run homer. To a man the Property Sisters agreed that 18 hits will not win many games in the Red league and all vowed to get the offensive juggernaut going next game. Dave Elkins pitched a strong game for the Property Sisters.








LIBERTY BUICK - 24   TREEDAH MAGEE - 12
Well, in the season opener Treedah Magee came out of the gate hot but then went cold after just two innings and a solid hitting Liberty Buick drove away and we never saw their tail lights losing 24-12 in six innings. Rocco Jankowski made a spectacular catch and had a good day (4/4) in the lead off spot. Mike Hirsch, Dan Newman, Ron Wilterdink, and Skip Pavitt all went 3/4 at the plate. Pitcher Mike Anderson, Wayne Weidenbach and Marlin Campbell contributed two hits each. Conditioning sessions will be held every night to help the players get around the longer base paths.




Well guys. START YOUR ENGINES. We are back at the Field of Dreams for our fall session. Man, does it feel good to be back in the AZ sunshine and great to see everyone again. We played the last game of the Red League this morning, and the Liberty Buick Bashers came away with a 24-13 victory against the Treedah Top Tornadoes. It was a close game for about the first 4 innings, then Terrible Ted got into his groove on the mound and kept Top's squad off the scoreboard for a couple innings. We pulled away in the end. Actually, there was a controversial call in our top half of the first inning, and our umpires missed a tag-up call with Jay on first, and in a classy move, Top came out and mentioned to the umps that, in fact, Jay did tag up on first after a great catch by Rocco in left-centre. This allowed our inning to continue and we scored 5 with 2 outs. Our Liberty squad came out firing on all cylinders at the plate, banging out 35 hits. Ron Michalski hit a dinger, Jay, Jamie, Randy, Ron, Glen, and Ted all had 4 hits. Everyone else had at least 3. We were missing Al Cal today, so we will welcome him back on Thursday. Anyway, our wonderful Red League is back in action. All the  teams look primed and ready for some action-packed fun. Thanks to Tom Yurkunas and Big Dick Stuckey for handling the umpiring duties today.


 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 11 5 0 22
Nancy Muslin Realtor 10 6 0 20
Paul Tone Insurance 10 6 0 20
Tride & True Pest Control 8 8 0 16
Heather Van Peursem 5 11 0 10
Canyon State 4 12 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22    Heather Van Peursem - 16   
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated Heather Van Peursem squad in their final game of the Sun City Grand Red League winter softball session 22 to 16.  By the end of the second inning, Tom Ranalls solid hitting lineup took an early 10 to 4 lead.  However, in the remaining innings the Nancys out scored our opponent 18 to 5.   Under the watchful eye of our sponser, Nancy Muslin, her team collected 30 hits.  Perfect days at the plate today included Garrry Weslosky 5/5, Kris Schwartz 4/4, Mike Jennings 4/4, and Jim Saltzman 4/4.  Co-manager Dave Fusaro chimed in with his 3 hits and Larry Biko, Dave Archer, Bob Kloehn, Bob Snelling and Glenn Soles all contributed their 2 hit days. This victory resulted in a 2nd place league tie with Jamie White’s Paul Tone Insurance team.  Congratulations to Bob Topham and his strong Great American Insurance guys for their 1st place finish.  Thanks to the umpires Lloyd Newlands and Don Ranieri and Jay Schirpke in the scoring tower.  Refreshing to have Don Nelson and Dennis Merkle, in a short ceremony at home plate, express our appreciation to out-going Red League Commissioner Dale Vander Kooi for all of his efforts through the years.


Tough last game of the year as Heather Van Peursem as usual jumped out to a nice 10-3 lead before falling to a good Nancy Muslin team 22-16.  Not many notable performances today...but there was one dandy!  Assistant coach Paul Becker went 3-3 with a walk and a home run that ended up landing in the Trojan Storage facility.  Nice day Senor Becker!  Making only one out was Gary Ambruz, Tom Goetz, Terry Graves and sub John Hammel (with an HR as well)!  Team Heather Van Peursem had a tough time this year developing continuity.  Injuries plagued our squad throughout the year and made it tough for players to get used to any one defensive position or spot in the batting order.  However, we hung in there and had a lot of good times and stuck together as a team which is always the goal going into the season. 
We'd like to thank our sponsor Heather Van Peursem for supporting her team throughout the year.  Bringing lunch was a real treat that the team enjoyed very much.  Thanks Heather!  How about a tip of the cap to Don Nelson and Dale V.  It was fantastic, uplifting, downright mind blowing to have Don Nelson be a special part of our softball season.  Showing up at the games, catching a few innings here an there, supporting all of our fund raising efforts....just incredible how Don Nelson has been kicking cancers butt.  His battle is far from over and we'd like to say thank you to Don for being such an inspiration to us all and helping us understand what's really important in life and at the ball park. Dale...thanks for 9 years of your time and efforts.  I know how much the players appreciate all you've done and we wish you well in your next retirement.  Lastly, a shout out to Ron "Daddy Wags" Wagner.  After a serious stroke a while back Ron has made it a point to get out and support his softball family.  It's always a pleasure to see you at the park Ron...keep smiling...your presence at the ball park is inspiring to all!  Next fall will be here before you know it...see you on the flip side!
 
Paul Tone Insurance - 21   Tride & True Pest Control - 7       
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers closed out their Winter Red League session with a win over the Tried-N-True team to finish with a 10-6 record.  The Cruisers started off slow posting a “goose egg” in the first, then proceeded to put together three consecutive 5 run innings to increase their lead. “Thin Man” Brian Pin got back into the HR groove with a 2-run shot in the 5th inning. The game was ended in great fashion by Randy “Sasquatch” Biko who went the yard with a two-run homer to finish up his 4 for 4 day. Three hit days were posted by “Pony Tail” Pavitt, Ryan, Pin, White and Jeff “Dr” Watson with the rest of the crew posting one or two hits to round out our 25-hit day.
Congratulations to Bob Topham and his Great American Title team for winning the Winter Session. Thanks to Bob Snelling and Dan Newman for their umpire duties and Tom Goetz up in the scorer’s box. A special thanks to Dale V for all his hard work during the 9-years that he spent on a supposed two-year term as Red League Commissioner.  And lastly, a thank you to the Cruz’s for all the post-game goodies. Drive safe and have a great Summer. See you all in the Fall…
Tride and True Pest Control took on the Paul Tone boys in the final game of the session today, and we came up a bit short. The Pests sputtered in the 1st then started to find their stride in the 2nd and 3rd only to peter out all together in the closing innings dropping the game to a fine tuned Paul Tone group. Rod Wilterdink, Don Ranieri and Howard Sumner were all 3-3 today at the plate but the rest of the bunch had already started their off season with the team only able to pull off an additional 11 hits combined. But no problem, there is always NEXT YEAR! Thanks to sub Lisa Pelletier who played her heart out. Hope all have a great summer and we’ll see y’all next fall!








Great American Title -14   Canyon State - 10 
The Great American Title Team wrapped up the Red League Winter Championship by edging Gordie’s Canyon State Team 14-10 to finish a shorten season 11-5. The GAT Gang was chased to the finish line by the Nancy Muslin Team and by the Paul Tone Insurance Team both finishing
10-6. All Red League players and coaches enjoyed a very competitive season with many memorable moments and laughs. Today we celebrated the retirement of Big Dale Vander Kooi as Red League Commissioner. Dale has been the Commissioner for the last nine years. All Star players Don Nelson and Dennis Merkel presented the Big Guy with a “Thank You” card and a gift card in recognition of his great contribution to our league and Softball Club.




Canyon State had plans to be a spoiler in the last game of the season  With a win, there would have been a three way tie for first place.  Like Mice and Men it didn’t materialize.  Sorry to Paul Tone and Nancy Muslin for keeping you out of first place.  We were close again, but couldn’t score runs in the later innings.  John Boland and J T had three hits each.  Mike Hirsch, Ralph Mckeever, Eric Swobody and Dennis Haak all followed with two.  We had a good group of guys and all played their best to the end.  Thanks Team, from Gord and Murray.  Looking forward to the Fall Season. 
Thanks to Randi Biko and Jamie White for umpiring and Brian Pin in the tower. 
A very heart felt THANK YOU to Dale for all your leadership over the last nine years. 
Have a great summer!


 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 10 5 0 20
Nancy Muslin Realtor 9 6 0 18
Paul Tone Insurance 9 6 0 18
Tride & True Pest Control 8 7 0 16
Heather Van Peursem 5 10 0 10
Canyon State 4 11 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Monday, April 09, 2018
Tride & True Pest Control - 12   Great American Title - 6    
The “Subs” set the tone today as Tride and True Pest Control took on Great American Title in the 2nd to last game of the season. Lisa Pelletier snagged the first crack of the bat with a stellar 4-3 out, and Ron Michalski on the next play did it on his own on a line drive to get the first 2 batters out in the 1st.   Many thanks to both of you for filling in today!! Not to be outdone, the Pests Don Urzada snagged the next one and it was off to a great defensive game for the Pests. The 2nd inning wasn’t so slick as SS Lloyd Newlands bobbled one for an easy double play which cost the Pests 2 runs that inning --- Lisa would have had that one!  I must say, however, that the strike to home plate -  Newlands/Yurkunas - to catch John Conacher by 3 steps is one worth remembering. The bats were lukewarm today  but it was enough to get it done.  Newlands was 0-3 and left the bases loaded in the 5th (again, Lisa would have done better!)  Home runs hit by Ron Michalski in the 1st  and Dan Bourget in the 3rd AND the 5th (Woohoo!! Nice going Dan!)  It was the defense today that told the story – we need to get on film the backwards, upsidedown catch by Howard Sumner in the 5th.  He makes those ones look so easy! The catch at the track for Coach Ranieri,  the line drive snag on 1st for John Hammel in the 6th AND the 7th with Dan Bourget snagging one on the other corner at 3rd in the 7th …. And finally, the David Peralta-esk catch by Don Urzada closed down GAT today.  Thanks to Paul Becker and Tom Ranalls for calling the game and to Mark Jessen in the tower.  Tride and True Pest Controllers trounce Great American Title 12-7.


Well, at the expense of only getting a few hits (17), The Great American Title Team got to watch a gem of a defensive game put on by Tride and True with The Pest Team shutting down the GAT guys and winning 12-6. The Title bunch could not mount a serious rally as all the Pest players pulled off some show-stopping catches. Dave Zuker and Mike Anderson each had three hit games and John Conacher, Dan Newman, Al Deangelis and Ray Gibson had two hit games. Thanks to Paul Becker and Tom Ranalls for umpiring and Mark in the tower.
 
Heather Van Peursem - 19   Canyon State - 9        
Well juggle the line up and the bats come alive.  Leading team Heather Van Peursem was first baseman Ron Michalski with a 4-4 day that included three home runs!  Nice day Reggie!
Also with perferct days from the plate were Tom Ranalls (3-3) Greg Kastelic (3-3) Tom Goetz (4-4).  Sub Gary Stueber played a nice defensive game in RC while going 2-5, thanks for the help Gary!  Paul Becker pitched a gem allowing only 9 runs and had three hits in four trips to the plate.  Gary Abruz and Lisa Pelletier left it all on the filed as they always do and contributed 3 for 5 days from the plate.  Terry Graves was 3-4 and made a few nice plays at 3rd.  Good ol Marlin...what a trooper...not feeling great but gave us his best effort as always and went 1-2 with some solid play behind the plate.  Hats tipped to Canyon State as they are completing a less than stellar season. As are we.  They have displayed great attitudes and came to play every day!  
Another promising offensive start for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning turned into a lopsided loss to Heather Van Peursem 19-9. Canyon could only score one run after the second inning and a team batting average of .490 on 19 hits won’t win games. Players getting 3 hits apiece were Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody and sub Garry Weslosky. one of which was a 3 run homer. Thanks to Garry for subbing and congrats to Ron Michalski on the Heather team for belting 3 home runs. Thanks to Dale Vanderkooi and John Conacher for umping and to John Hammel in the scoring tower.






Nancy Muslin Realtors - 29   Paul Tone Insurance - 19
The Nancy Muslin Realtors defeated a solid Paul Tone Insurance team today by a 25 to 19 score. The Nancys came to play today after losing their prior 3 games.  At the end of the 1st inning the Realtors trailed by 3 runs.  From the second inning forward they took the lead and never relinquished it.  The defensive effort by our outfielders was very respectable tracking down numerous long fly balls and our infielders did just as well.  Our offensive effort was exceptional having 5 players with 4/4 days at the plate including Garry Weslosky (with a blast over the center field wall), Bob Kloehn, Bob Snelling, Genn Soles and Jim Saltzman. Pitcher Mike Jennings followed with a 3 hit performance.  The reminder of the team all had a least one hit.  Special thanks to sub John Conacher who handled the shortstop duties which helped us seal the victory.  Thanks to the two umpires Terry Graves and Dave Maligro and Eric Swobody all by himself in the scoring tower.  Thursday’s games will be interesting when the winter session victor will be crowned.  Great to see it come down to the final day!  Very competitive league, congratulations managers for your draft choices!



The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers came out firing on all cylinders in the 1st inning, with Skip Pavitt hitting a lead-off triple, scored 5 in the top of the 1st, but then we fizzled out a bit, and lost to the Nancy Muslin Mashers, 29-19. We then proceeded to score only 0, 2 then 1 in the next 3 innings and Chuckie's Crew took advantage of our inability to score. They scored 5 in every one of those innings, and then walked away with the victory. The last 3 innings we once again got our bats going, but it was too late. We let them off the hook and you can't do that with this team. We had 28 hits overall, with Jamie White going 4/4, Skip Pavitt 4/5, Dennis Vance 3/3, Randy Biko and Brian Pin, both 3/4, both had dingers, Jay Schirpke 3/4 and Jeff Watson 3/4. Good game, but we were not quite good enough today. One more game to go. It's been a fun winter. I heard there may be some chicken involved on Thursday?? Thanks to Terry G and David M for umpiring.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, April 04, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 10 4 0 20
Paul Tone Insurance 9 5 0 18
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 6 0 16
Tride & True Pest Control 7 7 0 14
Canyon State 4 10 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 10 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Great American Title - 24    Heather Van Peursem - 7     
7 runs won't win many games in the red league.  Today proved that theory.  Great American came out swinging and played a very solid game to earn the victory.  Tom Goetz and Terry Graves were 2-2.  Making only one out were Tom Ranalls, Sub John Hammel (Thank you John), Ron Michalski, Greg Kastelic, Gary Ambruz and Marlin Campbell.  Heather Van Peursem just couldn't string any hits together when they needed them.  We'll try and play the spoiler role next week and cruise to the end of the season still having fun.  Well wishes to Steve Katz and Jeff Silversteen our matey's that are sidelined the rest of the year.
Today was one of those days when you fire on all cylinders... The Great American Title Team batted .795 (31/39 in five innings) to overwhelm a hard hitting Heather Van Peursem team 24-7. Five players were perfect at the plate with four hits each (Don Ranieri with a HR, Dave Zuker, Winning pitcher Mike Anderson, Al Deangelis with a HR and Ray Gibson). Three hit days were had by Rocco Jankowski, John Conacher and Gary Stueber with a HR. Thanks to Rod Wilterdink and Don Urzada for umpiring and Bob Kloehn in the tower. 
Tride & True Pest Control - 20   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 15      
Tride and True Pest Control was up against Nancy Muslin Realtor today in our 3rd from last game of the season.  With 3 home runs in the 1st,   (kudos to John Hammel, Don Urzada (really?? wow, nice!) and Coach Don Ranieri),  it was clear that the Pests came to play.  We aren’t going to mention the K on the board by spare Gary Stueber also in the 1st – though he had one in the last game as well and we gave him a bye on that one…… but TWO, Gary?!…..no way, you’re in the writeup!!  Just kidding!  Is that just 2 30 packs or 2 60 packs??  Ouch!  Thanks Gary, for putting up with the Pests!  Anyway, at the end of 4 the Pests were up by 1 and the game looked tight.  Someone juiced the Pests in the 5th and they scored 5 in both the 5th and 6th  innings while playing tremendous defense to shut down the opposition. Defensive Pitcher and great all round team mate Rod Wilterdink went 4-4 today – everyone else was par for the course. Thanks to umps Paul Ramos and Dale Vander Kool ….though best to brush up on the rules…… and to Ray Gibson in the booth.   Nancy’s scored 3 in the 7th but it wasn’t enough.  Pests close another one 20-15. 
 


The Nancy Muslin Realtor team were defeated by the Tried and True Pest Control group by a 20 to 15 score. The only bright part of the game for the Nancys was probably the afternoon sun.  We had an 11 to 10 lead by the end of the 4thinning but couldn’t keep up with the bug eradicators in the final 3 innings only scoring 4 runs to their 10.  The five players having 3 hits each included Larry Biko, Dave Archer, sub John Conacher, Bob Snelling and Jim Saltzman. The remaining players, save one, contributed 2 hits each. Thanks to the aforementioned sub and the umpires Paul Ramos and Dale Vander Kooi and the Bob Kloehn in the tower.





Paul Tone Insurance - 24   Canyon State - 23
Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers had an offensive battle with the Canyon State Crushers, and we outlasted them, 24-23, getting the 3rd out in the bottom of the 7th with runners in scoring position. Both teams came to play, and hit, and it was a great game. Both teams had over 30 hits. We were led by Randy (Boom Boom) Biko, who had 2 grand salami's and 8 RBI's. Our other big boppers were also hot, Dennis Vance, Al Cal, Brian Pin and Jeff Watson were all perfect at the plate. Glen Ryan, Jamie White, Jay Schirpke, Jim Opyd and Bill Parker only made one out each. Dennis Vance was a vacuum on 2nd base, his great catch with two out in the bottom of the 7th sealed the deal for us. It was our best hitting display of the season, as I'm sure it was for CS as well. Congrats to John (Beep Beep) Boland for his solo dinger. It will cost him, but I don't think he is too worried about that. Thanks to Larry & Lloyd for wearing the vests.



Another frustrating loss for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they dropped a 24-23 decision to Paul Tone Insurance. For the seventh time in 14 games Canyon lost by one run. Ouch!! Canyon had several great hitting performances- J.T. Templeton was 5/5 and scored 5 runs, Eric Swobody’s 3 hits and sac fly produced 6 RBI’s and Dennis Haak was 5/5. John Boland, Mike Hirsch and Ralph McKeever each stroked 4 hits. Hirsch had 4 RBI’s and Boland hit an over the fence four bagger! He immediately offered a 30 pack as he rounded first to the delight of the crowd on the first base line. Our 32 hits were not enough to get the job done and kudos to Paul Tone as they had a very good offensive game as well. Thanks to Larry Biko and Lloyd Newlands for jumping in to ump and to David Fusaro in the tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 9 4 0 18
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 5 0 16
Paul Tone Insurance 8 5 0 16
Tride & True Pest Control 6 7 0 12
Canyon State 4 9 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 9 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Monday, April 02, 2018
Paul Tone Insurance - 18   Heather Van Peursem - 14     
The Paul Tone Insurance cruisers came out on top of a real close game against Team Heather Van Peursem this morning, 18-14. We were pretty much behind most of the game, managed to catch up in the bottom of the 5th, go ahead in the bottom of the 6th, then hold on for the victory in the 7th. We had a total of 28 hits, and our top hitters today were Al Cal, Brian Pin, (one was a triple, if you can believe that??) and Jim Opyd, one 3 bagger as well, all 4/4. Dennis Vance and Jamie White were both 3/4. Skip Pavitt, Glen Ryan, Jeff Watson and Bill Parker all had 2 hits and many RBI's. Al Cal came in relief of Jamie on the mound, and had a lot better luck keeping the hard hitting Heather's from slapping the ball around. It was a good game and the standings are tightening up. It looks like it's going to be a close race to the finish. Thanks to Oregon Al and Rick Clot for umpiring.
 
After coming out hot and and jumping to an 8-0 lead the Heather Van Peursem squad laid some eggs and couldn't add enough runs down the stretch to hold off a solid Paul Tone Insurance team.  Making only one out was Tom Ranalls, Greg Kastelic, Paul Becker and Tom Goetz.  Still having fun and the team is sticking together well. Maybe the slump will end Thursday. 
Great American Title - 18   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 16     
The Great American Title Team and Chuck’s Nancy Muslin Realtor Team squared off today with the winner claiming sole possession of first place. The GAT guys battled back from a 9-2 deficit to win the top prize 18-16. Usually don’t highlight one segment of the lineup over another, but today the bottom half produced 10 runs, 15 hits, batted .833 and only registered four outs led by hot hitting John Truttman (4/4), Ray Gibson (3/3), Gary Stueber (3/4 with an HR) and Dan Newman 3/4). Others having three hit days were Rocco Jankowski, John Conacher and Tom Ranalls. Thanks to Jeff Silversteen and Terry Graves for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.
 


The Nancy Muslin Realtor team lost a close one to a solid Great American Title squad by an 18 to 16 score.  The Nancys tallied 14 runs in three of the innings but could only muster a total of 2 runs in the other four innings.  Not enough to run with the big dogs in this league!  While our defense was respectable, we needed a more consistent attack on the offensive side of the equation today.   We had three players with 3 hits each including Larry Biko, Dave 3/3 Archer and Bob Snelling.  The remainder of the Realtor group all contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to sub Jamie White for filling in at the shortstop position.  Thanks also to the two umpires Jeff Silversteen and Terry Graves and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.  Thursday is another day and the Red and white jerseys will come with their A game.   Nice to see Dennis Merkel in the peanut gallery today. Hang in there buddy!



Tride And True Pest Control - 26   Canyon State - 16
Tride and True Pest Control came prepared today for their match up against Gord Jones’ Canyon State boys.  The bats were hot early with the Pests scoring 5 in both the 1st and 2nd innings with a single out.  With a 10-6 lead after 2 innings the Pests settled back on their haunches with their bats going stone cold and made a game of it as Canyon State came roaring back.  End of 5, score 15-13.  The 6th inning was blanked by both teams so it was down to the 7th.  Not sure who juiced the Pests but the bats came alive as they roared through the order with everyone hitting on all cylinders.  Coach Don Ranieri hit a grand slam and both Lloyd Newlands and Greg Allseitz also cleared the fence for walks in the 7th.   Thanks to Gary Stueber for subbing and setting the tone in the 1st with the 1st Pest HR.  Dan Bourget was the other big dog clearing the fence in the 4th.  The fielding was great today with some pretty slick moves to get the force at second.  Howard Sumner’s diving underhand pass and Gary Stueber’s acrobatics on 2nd come to mind.  Don Urzada fouled out in the 4th to a crowd yelling ‘30pack!’ though I don’t think he heard them.  And we can’t forget Dennis Haak who airmailed a bomb out of left center field.  He was so surprised he just stood their enjoying the moment.  Congrats Dennis!  (first one , I hear) Thanks to Bob Snelling at the plate and Glen Soles in the field and to big Chuck and Bob Kloehn in the booth.  After the flip flop Pests clinch 26-16.




They say all good things must end and that certainly happened on Tuesday as Canyon State dropped a 26 to 16 decision to the power laden Tried and True Pest Control squad. The game was a nail biter until the fifth and sixth innings when Canyon bats went cold. Canyon had the bases loaded both innings with less than two outs and only one run produced making that the difference until the seventh when the Pests took total control. Dick Stuckey’s performance was massive as he batted 5/5 and Mike Hirsch, John Boland and Dennis Haak followed closely with 4 hits apiece. Dennis’ hits included a home run- well done Dennis! Jim Templeton, Eric Swobody, David Maligro and Gene Prosser each stoked 3 hits to add to Canyon’s total of 33 hits. Welcome back Gene after your eye surgeries- it is a bright new world! Thanks to Bob Snelling and Glenn Soles for umping and to Bob Kloehn in the scoring tower. Nice to see Merk at the park and great to have Connie back selling those goodies.

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 4 0 16
Great American Title 8 4 0 16
Paul Tone Insurance 7 5 0 14
Tride & True Pest Control 5 7 0 10
Canyon State 4 8 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 8 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Monday, March 26, 2018
Canyon State - 25   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 16     
Thirty five hits and 25 runs- both season highs for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they outlasted Nancy Muslin Realty and won 25-16. This was a true team effort and the wee bit of sputtering by the big Red Machine earlier in the season has been replaced by a team that is firing on all cylinders and has won 3 games in a row. Five hit performances by John Boland and Dennis Haak led the way for Canyon and 4 hit games came from J.T. Templeton, David Maligro and Dick Stuckey. Ralph McKeever, winning pitcher Ted Koch and Murray Fairweather each banged out 3 hits to complement the hitting barrage. Special kudos to David M. as he collected 5 RBI’s. Well done David! John Boland had an inside the park homer among his 5 RBI’s and J.T. slammed another round tripper among his 4 RBI’s. Canyon’s defense was solid all game especially in keeping the force alive with good outfield throws and defensive gems were turned in by Eric Swobody in right field as he dashed in to make a great catch and Mike Hirsch with a game ending catch on a line drive at his ankles. Thanks to Rick Clot and John Conacher for doing a great job umpiring and to Brian Pin for handling all those crooked numbers in the scoring tower.
 
The Nancy Muslin Realtors were defeated today by Canyon State under the sun drenched skies by a 25 to 16 score.  The game was close thru the first 5 inning with Gord Jones’s team leading by one run. The Nancy’s were not able to hang with them in the final two innings as they scored 10 runs to our 2.  Leading the offensive attack was Dave Archer with his 4/4 day followed by Bob Kloehn with his 3/3 effort.  Others with 3 hits included Kris Schwartz, Mike Jennings, and sub Jamie White.  Garrry Weslosky, Bob Snelling, co manager Dave Fusaro and Jimmy Saltzman each contributed 2 hits Thanks to the two umpires Rick Clot and John Conacher and Brian Pin in the scoring tower and of course our sub Jamie White.
Great American Title - 22   Paul Tone Insurance - 14       
Don Nelson came to play today. Don took over catching duties for one batter to help inspire The Great American Title Team to a solid win over a hard-hitting Paul Tone Insurance Team 22-14. The GAT guys knocked out 33 hits with everyone contributing. Starting at the top of the lineup Scott Roberts (4/5), Rocco Jankowski (4/5), John Conacher (4/5), Dave Zuker (5/5), Gary Stueber (4/5), Winning pitcher Mike Anderson (3/5 with a HR), Dan Newman (3/4), Al Deangelis (3/4) and Ray Gibson (3/4). Thanks to Dick Stuckey and Dave Maligro for umpiring and Jim Templeton up in the tower.
 


The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers got chewed up and spit out by the Great American Crew, 22-14, and they didn't need their last bat. Moon Doggie put a spell on us the first couple innings, and we could hardly get a hit, let alone score a run. We were losing 10-0 before we even got through our batting order, then finally scored 5 in the 3rd. However, we couldn't keep Top's Troops off the scoreboard. We were getting 0's and they were getting 5's. That usually isn't a recipe for winning a game. We had a total of 22 hits, with Skip Pavitt, Dennis Vance, Glen Ryan, Randy Biko and Al Calihoutte all going 3/4. Brian Pin and Jamie White had 2 hits, and the remainder chipped in with one. Great Am was certainly the better team today. The standings are all very close. Should be a fun two weeks. See you at the golf tourney. 

 Tride And True Pest Control - 23   Heather Van Peursem - 11
Well, it appears that reversing the batting order and putting the hitters at the top paid dividends today as Tride and True Pest Control took on the Heather Van Peursem Realtor team in the late game on a beautiful afternoon for ball! The Pests were led by Tom (slugger) Yurkunas, Greg Alseitz and super subs Mike Hirsch and Ralph McKeever all going 4-4. The rest of the Pests bats were hot as well scoring 5 runs in each of the first 4 innings and well on their way to 5 in the fifth to end the game.  That batting practice is paying off boys! Dad was is usual stellar self on defense at 3rd snagging a line drive bullet in the 1st inning along with anything else the entered his circle of doom! Best wishes to Tom Ranalls for a speedy recovery after taking a shot in the wrist on a hard grounder in the middle innings. Your golf team tomorrow needs you. Special thanks to mom (Douglas) for the brownies and umps Scott Roberts and Al Cal. Pests beat Heather VP team 23-11.


Marlin Campbell 2-2, Gary Ambruz 2-2, Tom Ranalls 2-2 with a walk and a HR.  Terry Graves 2-3, Lisa Pelletier 1-2.  Thank you to our subs...Dave Archer 2-3 and Gary Stueber 2-3.  Appreciate the help fellas! The Tried & True squad were pests today.  They came out swingin and went away swingin.  Heather Van Peursem looks to regroup and win a couple next week.  Steve Katz...we miss you and wish you a speedy recovery!  Best news of the day....we get Connie back next week!!!!  Way to show your support.  Please continue to support the beverage cart for the remaining two weeks of the season!

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 3 0 16
Paul Tone Insurance 7 4 0 14
Great American Title 7 4 0 14
Tride & True Pest Control 4 7 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 7 0 8
Canyon State 3 8 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Canyon State - 21   Great American Title - 20    
Canyon State’s Heating and Air Conditioning best hitting performance of the season gave  them a hard fought come from behind 21-20 victory over Great American Title. Thirty- three hits topped the previous games high point of 23 hits and the capper to the game but scoring 7 runs in the bottom of the seventh to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat was the true highlight of the game. All 7 runs were scored after two outs! Several players had 4 hits- John Boland, Ralph McKeever, Eric Swobody and Dennis Haak. Following closely behind with 3 hits apiece were Mike Hirsch, J.T. Templeton, David Maligro, Ted Koch and Murray Fairweather. J.T. included a home run in his 3 hits and collected 5 RBI’s. As Kris our intrepid scorekeeper said “J.T. returns to form”! Ted Koch pitched a stellar game for Canyon and had the winning RBI. Well done Ted! Cries of “break up the Red team” rang down from the bleachers after the game. Two wins in a row- WOW- look out here we come! Thanks to Mike “steady as she goes” Jennings and Glen Soles for umping and as always to Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.

 
Hats off to Gordie’s Gang... The Great American Title Team stumbled in the late innings and Canyon State put together a very impressive bottom of the seventh hitting barrage to win 21-20. After taking a 13-1 lead the GAT guys could only muster seven runs over the last four innings while the AC boys pushed across 20 runs in the last five innings. Top hitters for the Title Team were John Conacher (5/5), John Truttman (4/4), Dave Zuker (4/5 with a HR), Dan Newman (3/4), Al Deangelis (3/4),  Ray Gibson (3/4) and Rocco Jankowski (3/5). Thanks to Mike Jennings and Glen Soles for umpiring and Reliable Mark up in the tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22     Heather Van Peursem - 14       
Nancy Muslin Realtor defeated the hard hitting Heather Van Peursem team by a 22 to 14 score.  Guess what goes around comes around, as Heather spanked our behinds the last time we played them by a substantial margin.  Nice to see that in this league, on any given day, any team is capable of defeating the other 5 teams in the red league on any game day!  Nice drafting managers! Thanks to my colleague and friend Gord Jones for making my observation a reality today!   First of all, my apologies to Tom Ranalls and his team for not being cognizant that I had a player with a medical issue that had to be addressed in the later innings. Thanks for your patience.   Now getting on with the game. The Nancys seem to feed on each other’s success as we played pretty good defense, but it was over shadowed by our bats.  Since Ed Hickox’s major league umpiring schedule was delayed by a couple hours, we had him for one more game.  He did not disappoint, leading the hitting category with two round trippers over the left field fence in his 4/4 effort and being gracious enough to allow Garrry Weslosky’s home run count in his 4 hit day with our limited 3 homerun category!   Bob Snelling wasn’t about to be upstaged so he went 4/4.  Others with 3 hit days included Dave Archer and pitcher Mike Jennings. While we have a couple of guys with long ball capabilities, we enjoy our small ball routine with everyone contributing to our run total as demonstrated by Kris Schwartz, Larry Biko, Bob Kloehn, Glenn Soles, Jim Saltzman and my co manager Dave Fasaro all with 2 hits each which contributed to our 22 run total.  Thanks to our two umpires Mike Anderson on the bases and Dave Zuker behind the plate and of course Mark Jessen pushing all those buttons in the scoring tower. 
 


That time of year where subs seem to be at a premium...we had a couple good ones today.  Ray Gibson went 3-5 with some excellent defense at 2nd base and Tom Yurkunas went 3-4 with solid play in left field.  Coach Ranalls still struggling at the plate was 2-3 with a walk.  Ron Michalski a solid 2-2 and excellent play at 1st base.  Gary Ambruz 2-3 and excellent hustle in right.  Greg Kastelic back from a leg injury went 2-4 and made a couple dandy catches in RC.  Lisa Pelletier did her best Ozzie Smith impersonation at SS and came up with some exciting stops of her own!   Terry Graves and Marlin Campbell both with two hits played well the entire game.  Coach Paul Becker chipped in a hit and some solid pitching.  Heather Van Peursem just couldn't score enough runs to keep up with the Nancy Muslin quad today.  Thursday is another day! 

Paul Tone Insurance - 18   Tride And True Pest Control - 14
The Paul Tone insurance Cruisers had a real good, close game today against the Tride & True Pests, outlasting them 18-14. The score was tied, 13-13 after 5 1/2 innings, we were able to score 5 in our bottom go the 6th, then held the Termites to 1 run in the top of the 7th to seal the victory. Our defence today was very solid, especially our outfield, as they tracked down numerous hard-hit fly balls that could have easily fallen in for at least singles, sometimes more. Our bats came alive as well, as some of our guys thought it might be time to shake up the batting order a bit. It worked. Leadoff hitter, Skip Pavitt went 4/5 with 2 RBI's, #2 hitter, Dennis Vance was back after being away a week, and was a solid 5/5. The rest of us chipped in to total 29 hits. Glen Ryan, Randy Biko, Jim Opyd, Jeff Watson all had 3 hits. Everyone else had 2 hits. Great team effort with our 10 guys. Brian Pin was roasting his weiner out at Lake Pleasant and never made it back in time, but came to cheer us on. Thanks to Terry G and Garry W for umpiring.
Well, even with bringing in the big guns (Becker/Ranalls) the Tride and True Pest Controllers were unable to pull out a win today against the boys from Paul Tone Insurance.  It was a close one with the score tied up at the top of 6.  Pitching was stellar, thanks Paul, but we all know when you walk ‘Speedy Gonzales Shirpke’ its gonna cost you , and it did.  Tom Ranalls, at Short, was his usual ‘Cool Hand Luke’ making it look easy…… except for that wild throw home that cost us 2 runs……To be fair,  he did hit one out of the park in the 1st inning to get the Pests on the board early.  Thanks Tom!  There was some pretty interesting fielding today too.  Don Urzada was playing wall ball in LF. Coach Newlands bobbled a few but was generally on par for him.  Howard Sumner played tough out in RF today but the real hero was Greg Allseitz streaking across the field to make some stupendous ESPN Turning Point catches that should have energized the Pests….. It didn’t……   Ranalls, Yurkunas, Newlands were 3-4; Sumner and Allseitz went 3-5.  John Hammel hit a bomb out in the 4th for a 30 pack, and the only run that inning.  Thank you John!  With the game within reach in the 7th the Pests ran out of gas… or were gassed.  Pests lose today 14-18.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 21, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 3 0 14
Great American Title 7 3 0 14
Paul Tone Insurance 6 4 0 12
Tride & True Pest Control 4 6 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 6 0 8
Canyon State 2 8 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 25    Paul Tone Insurance - 13    
Good week for the Nancys both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  This time chocking up 32 hits and corralling over 12 deep fly balls blasted by Jamie White’s strong lineup.  Was kind of a bitter sweet victory, as we had to bid farewell to our team leading homerun hitter and shortstop Ed Hickox as his MLB umpire job trumps SCG Softball. He has been a great teammate but more importantly our friend.  Happy to see him have another stellar day handling his shortstop duties and going 4/5 at the plate which included another homerun over the left field fence and an inside the park homerun. Not to be out done, Garrry Weslosky mirrored Ed with a 4/5 day including his centerfield blast over the fence.  Would like to have seen Garrry try an in the parker but his legs most likely would have given out somewhere between third and home.  Can’t forget my co manager shorty Dave Fusaro breaking into the lineup from the DL list with his 4/4 day.  Six others contributing 3 hit each included Larry Biko, Dave I can field anything Archer, pitcher Mike Jennings, Bob Snelling, Glen Soles (3/3) and Jimmy Saltzman (3/3).  Thanks to the scorekeeper in the tower and all the umpires whose names escape me at the moment.

 
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers got taken to the woodshed and given a thrashin', 25-13 by the first place Nancy Muslin Realtor Mashers today in the first game. It wasn't really that close, but we did try to make a game of it at the end, but were too far back to give them much of a scare. Chuckie's Crushers are a good team, and if you have a slow start, they will bury you, which they did. We did have some bright spots at the plate, Randy Biko was 4-4 with a round-tripper and 3 RBI's. Always reliable Skip Pavitt was 4-4, Billy Parker and Jeff Watson were both 3-4 and all their hits were doubles, Al Cal was 3-5 and the rest of hits had a couple hits each for a total of 24 hits. Our first 3 or 4 innings have been bad the last couple games, and we find ourselves trying to fight back from fairly large deficits. Not always easy to do in this league. Sorry to see our favourite MLB umpire, Ed Hickox, have to leave and get back to work. Although, as our pitcher, I'm not sorry to see him go!! He kills me every time. Have a great season Ed, and see you back here next year. Good to see Don Nelson out again today. See you all next week.
Canyon State -17   Heather Van Peursem - 13      
A collective sigh of relief was heard at the ball yard on Thursday afternoon as the team in RED won a ball game! Several players immediately announced that with the Big Win they were making plans to go to Disneyland!! Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning played a superb defensive game and Ted Koch led the way on the pitcher’s rubber holding a strong Heather Van Peursem squad to 13 runs.Dennis Haak led Canyon’s hit parade as he was 4/4. John Boland, J.T. Templeton, Ralph McKeever and Eric Swobody chipped in with 3 hits apiece. Ralph and Eric scored 3 runs each to lead in that department. Thanks to Al Caillouette for subbing and scoring 2 important runs. Kudos to Mike Jennings and Larry Biko for umpiring and to Ed Hickox in the scoring tower. Everyone was wishing Ed a great major league season as he leaves to begin another umpiring year. Great to see Don Nelson and Ron Wagner at the park. You are an inspiration to all! Final score 17-13.

 


Well another stinker of a day for Coach Ranalls.  Trouble with balls carrying in the outfield breeze and using the handle of his bat for each plate appearance.  Onnnnnnn the bright side...Terry Graves 4/4 with a three run home run and solid play at second base, great day Terry!  Ron Michalski, Gary Ambruz and Lisa Pelletier all made only one out today...great job!  Subs: Al Deangelis (2/3) Jamie White (3/3) and Bill Parker (3/4) excellent hitting today guys and thanks for helping us out.  Larry Biko and Mike Jennings did a very nice job calling the game along with Ed Hickox up in the tower....you guys are very much appreciated!  Canyon State has had a rough road this year...a very good team losing by only one run a bundle of times.  They came to play today and all we could do was tip our hats!  Team Heather Van Peursem always keeps their heads held high and will show up next week expecting a couple wins. 

Great American Title - 14   Tride And True Pest Control - 13
The Great American Title Team took it right down to the end in edging a very determined Tride and True team 15-14. The late inning defense was superb as they held the Pest Team scoreless over the last two innings. Top hitters for the GAT Gang were John Conacher (4/4), Tom Ranalls (4/4 w three doubles), Gary Stueber (4/4), Dave Zuker (3/4) and winning pitcher Mike Anderson with a Homer. Thanks to Dave Fusaro and Marlin Campbell for umpiring and Greg Kastelic up in the tower.
Tride and True Pest Control took on Great American Title in a real nail biter today.  Although a bit of a slow start the Pests soon hit their stride and by the 5th inning were leading by a nose with the score at 14-13.  Once again the defense was strong with Coach Ranieri throwing another of his famous strikes from the warning track, this time zeroed into 3rd base for an impressive out.  Thank goodness Dad was there and poised for the bullet.  And speaking of Dad,  did you see that headfirst slide into 2nd in the 6th inning?  We have it on a training film for all the rookies coming into the league now if anyone is interested.  (hoorah Dad!!)  Many thanks to the umps Marlin Campbell in the field and Dave (call em as you see em) Fusaro behind the plate; and Greg Kastelic in the booth.  Notwithstanding all the heroics, Pests took an offensive dive in the 7th and lost 14-15. Batting practice Sunday at 8  ( you know who you are).

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 19, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 6 3 0 12
Paul Tone Insurance 6 3 0 12
Great American Title 6 3 0 12
Tride & True Pest Control 4 5 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 5 0 8
Canyon State 1 8 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
 Paul Tone Insurance - 15     Canyon State Insurance - 13
A beautiful early morning today at the "Field of Dreams" for the first game, Paul Tone Insurance vs the Canyon State Crew. The PT Cruisers came away with a 15-13 victory, but it went right down to the final bat in the bottom of the 7th with the Canyon Crew. Not much offence for the first 5 innings, score was 5-4 after 5. I guess we were both still a little groggy for this early morning. Then we both woke up, with PT getting 10 runs the last 2 innings, and CS getting 9. We had a 6 run lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but it didn't feel real safe. However, we kept them to 4 runs and won by a couple. Our offensive allstars today were Jamie White, 4/4, Jay Shirpke, Glen Ryan (I can see now after last weeks eye surgery), and Skip Pavitt, all getting 3 hits. Jay had a huge hit, and inside the park round-tripper that was worth 3 RBI's in the 7th. Skipper nailed one of the top of the LF wall that we thought was out, but it just missed. Randy Biko had a triple, if you can believe that. I guess that is what speed will do for you!!! Thanks to Tom Y and Dan B for wearing yellow for our game..

 
Well here we go again! Canyon State thought the early start may change their fortunes but it wasn’t to be as they dropped another game- this time to Paul Tone 15-13. The game was very well pitched by both Ted Koch for Canyon and Jamie White for the Insurance boys. As well both teams played very good defense. All Coach Gord can say is that it’s a good thing this is recreational softball and not the pros or he would be fired with a record like he has - one win and eight losses. Jim Templeton continued his hot hitting as he stroked 4 hits including a homer. He added 3 RBI’s to his ledger as well. Well done J.T.!  Three hit performances came from John Boland, Mike Hirsch, Eric Swobody and Dennis Haak.


Nancy Muslin Realtor - 19   Tride And True Pest Control - 7      
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated Tried and True Pest Control group by a 19 to 7 score.  The Nancys probably had their best defensive effort today in support of pitcher, Mike Jennings, holding Lloyd Newland’s long and hard hitting bug eradicators to a single digit.  The outfielders tracked down numerous warning track fly balls and the infielders also seemed to have their way topped off by Ed Hickox’s acrobatic diving catch of a lawn dart in left field.  Four players had perfect days at the plate – Larry Biko and Ed Hickox (with 2 left field home runs) went 4/4 and Bob Snelling and Jim Saltzman were 3/3.  Everyone else, save one player (whose name is being withheld, but you know who you are) contributed 2 hits.  Happy to see my co manager Dave Fusaro break back into the lineup and survive without injury!  Thanks to the two umpires Randy Biko and Jamie White and of course Mark Jessen pushing all those buttons in the tower.

 


Well there was blood on the field today as Nancy Muslin Realty massacred Tride and True Pest Control.  The Pests had 3 at-bats each if that tells you anything.  They were hitting today – but picked the spots – like right to the short stop or directly to center field.  Nancys’ was picking the holes inning after inning and it was 13-4 at the end of 5.  Dan Bourget hit one out of the park in the 5th to give us a glimpse of the talent on this team and Coach Don Ranieri threw a strike to the plate from center field which garnered some ooahs and aahs from the bleachers but other than those high points it was brutal.  The high point was the 30 pack that Ed (#11), from Nancys hit in the 6th.  Thanks to the Canadian team of Randy Biko and Jamie White for umping this tragedy; and to Mark Jessen in the booth.   Game over early – Pests lose 7-19.

Great American Title - 19   Heather Van Peursem - 15              
The Great American Title Team came on strong over the last four innings to best a good Heather Van Peursem team 19-15. A solid defensive effort was the key in holding Heather’s rallies to just a few runs. Big hitters for the GAT guys were Dave Zuker (4/4 with a towering HR), Dan Newman (4/4), Ray Gibson (4/4), Scott Roberts (3/5), Rocco Jankowski (3/5) and Al Deangelis (3/4). Hats off to Bob Snelling and Glen Soles for umpiring and Kris Schwartz up in the tower.
Good Ol' Marlin Campbell had the only perfect day at the plate going 4-4.  Nice job Marlin!  Thank you to our subs Eric Swobody (3-4), Ralph McKeever (2-4) and Jeff Watson (2-4).  Ron Michalski and Terry Graves had nice days going 3-4.  Paul Becker and Gary Ambruz both 3-5.  Heather Van Peursem had the lead for most of the game but just couldn't hang on.  As the coach I often give people a little jab here and there when they mess up....well my turn.  Going 2-5 and misjudging a fly ball that cost us a few runs could've easily been the difference.  Bad day for Coach Ranalls.  We'll come out Thursday and look to get back to within range of the leaders.  Thanks to Bob Snelling and Glenn Soles for umpiring.  Nice job fellas!  Hope you all got your NCAA boards ready....almost showtime!  PS...Nice to see Dennis Merkel out at the field this morning.  Hang in there buddy...we love you!
Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 14, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 5 3 0 10
Nancy Muslin Realtor 5 3 0 10
Great American Title 5 3 0 10
Tride & True Pest Control 4 4 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 4 0 8
Canyon State 1 7 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Tride And True Pest Control - 18   Canyon State - 17
The Tride and True Pest Controllers hosted Canyon State today in a barn burner!….  The State boys came out hot with 3 in the first and 5 in the next 2 to take a commanding 13-7 lead going into the 4th but the Pests lived up to their name and came back with a vengeance helped by a miraculous catch by the Fly Trap (Sumner) in the top of the 7th, pushing the game to a 17-17 tie after 7 full innings. The Pests then held Canyon State to no runs in the extra inning and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 8th to secure the victory!!! Hitting was spread around evenly with Newlands going 5-5 (one dinger), Sumner 4-5, Bourget 4-4, and the rest of the squad contributing key hits at crucial times. Special thanks to sub Lisa Pelletier who played a stellar 2nd base for the Pests. Thanks also to umpires Jeff Silversteen and Terry Graves for keeping the game under control, and to Brian Pin on the scoreboard even though it appeared he had no idea what he was doing, at one point having the score at 69-58! Pests outlast the State boys 18-17.

 
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning’s best offensive game of the season was again stymied with a one run extra inning loss-18to 17- to Tried and True Pest Control. Mike Hirsch and Dennis Haak each stroked 4 hits to lead Canyon and 3 hit performances came from John Boland and subs Jay Schirpke and Rob White. Thanks Guys! It seems that Canyon’s only luck this season has been bad luck as they absorbed their fifth one run loss but we are keeping our heads held high and to a man will keep trying to turn the season around. Thanks to Terry Graves and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and Brian Pin in the tower.


Heather Van Peursem - 17   Paul Tone Insurance- 16      
Excellent day on offense.  Above average on defense.  Jeff Silversteen and Ron Michalski went down looking at third strikes.  See ya Tuesday.


The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers came out on the short end of a 17-16 game to Team Heather Van Peursem. It didn't seem like we deserved to be that close, as we only had 7 hits and 3 runs the first 4 innings, and the HVP Heaters didn't need to bat in the bottom of the 7th. Once Beck got that front rubber thing straightened out, he pitched a good game. We finally came alive in the last 3 innings, but it was a little late. We had some decent performances at the plate: Jay Schirpke, Jamie White, Billy Parker and Skip Pavitt were all 3/4. Randy Biko was 2/3, one being a towering HR over the LF wall. Al Cal was 2/3, with a BB and SAC fly, and the rest chipped in with 1 & 2 hits. Looks like the rain outs are over. Hope we can heat up our bats with the warmer weather. Standings are very close, so it should be fun times right till the end. Thanks to Don & Lloyd for umpiring.
Great American Title - 29   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 20              
Move over Paul Tone and Nancy Muslin and make room for the Great American Title Team at the top after the GAT guys thumped a strong Nancy team 29-20. The Title team banged out 42 hits led by Scott Roberts (6/6), Gary Stueber (6/6 with a HR), winning pitcher Mike Anderson (5/6), Rocco Jankowski (4/5), Dan Newman (4/5 with a HR), Ray Gibson (4/5), John Conacher (4/6), Dan Bourget (4/6) and welcome to the team John Truttman (3/4). Thanks Bill Parker and Jeff Watson for umpiring and Lisa up in the tower.

The Nancy Muslin Realtors lost to Great American Title by a 29 to 20 score.  The Nancys defense was not as solid as we are accustomed to today. While the Realtors we were able to collect 27 hits it wasn’t enough to stay with Top’s strong hitting group who scored 4 or more runs in all but one inning. Offensive highlights for the day included Mike Jennings and Bob Kloehn having 4/4 days at the plate, Ed Hickox with his 3/3 day (including a blast over the left field fence), and Larry Biko, Garrry Weslosky and Dave Archer contributing 3 hits each.  Thanks to sub Rod Wilterdink for handling the 2nd base duties, Bill Parker and Jeff Watson the umpires who had their share of tough calls and Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower.
Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, March 07, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 5 2 0 10
Paul Tone Insurance 5 2 0 10
Great American Title 4 3 0 8
Tride & True Pest Control 3 4 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 3 4 0 6
Canyon State 1 6 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Paul Tone Insurance - 13   Tride And True Pest Control - 10 
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers game away with a hard fought, 13-10 victory against the mighty Tride & True Titans today. Another low-scoring, well played defensive game, that saw both teams put up numerous zeros on the scoreboard. We had a 7 run lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but it really didn't feel that it was a safe lead, knowing coaches Don & Lloyd have plenty of big-boppers on their team. However, we did hang on, allowing only 4 runs, thanks to some superb play by our guys, both infield and outfield. Our allstars today the plate were Alan Calihoutte, 4/5, Randy Biko, Brian Pin & Billy Parker/Glen Soles, all 3/4. Bill thinks we are still on Pacific Time, so we had to wake him up with a phone call to get him to the game. Thanks for stepping in for one bat, Glen. The rest of us PT Cruiser guys had 1 & 2 hits each. Great week for our squad. thanks to Rick C and Neuman for wearing the vests today. Have a good weekend boys..See you at the annual US/Canada games on Sunday.  Bring a little cash for a cancer donation..thanks. Don Nelson is throwing out the first pitch.

 
The Tride and True Pest Controllers took on Paul Tone Insurance today in what some would say was a one-sider…. Or maybe a non-starter….  The Pests made one of their slowest starts of the season scoring 3 runs at the end of 5 innings.  They did , however have 13 F’s which may have had something to do with it.  To be honest, the Insurance boys weren’t that hot either – but it was good enough to carry the day.  Coach Don Ranieri went 4-4 while Lloyd Newlands and Dan Bourget were 3-4….. that was a full swing, wasn’t it, Dan?? The Pests stoned the Insurance boys in the 7th and then just needed a mere 8 runs to win in the open inning.  Against all odds the Pests dug deep and …. Many thanks to our spares today, John (the snag) Truttman at 1st and Dale (Aloha) Mclaughlin in field.  Kudos to Rick Clot and Dan Newman who kept the game on track – and to Mike Hirsch in the booth.  No, they couldn’t dig deep enough….. Pests Lose 10-13.


Great American Title - 16   Canyon State - 13       
The Great American Title Team was able to match Gordie’s  Canyon State Team during the early innings and then applied some defensive pressure to squeeze out a 16-13 win. Winning pitcher Mike Anderson (3/4) helped his own cause with a towering HR in the second inning. Others going 3/4 were Scott Roberts, Rocco Jankowski, John Conacher, Gary Stueber and Ray Gibson. Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Glen Ryan for umpiring and Tom Goetz in the tower.

Another frustrating game at the ball yard on Thursday for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they went scoreless in the final 3 innings and lost to Great American Title 16-13. Ralph McKeever and John Boland had 4 hits each to lead Canyon. Sub Rod Wilterdink pitched a very strong game and contributed 3 hits. Thanks Rod! Ralph M. had 3 RBI’s as well. Thanks to Ralph Mc KCKeever for subbing today very much appreciated! Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Glen Ryan for umping and Tom Goetz in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22   Heather Van Peursem - 10               
The Nancy Muslin Realtors defeated a strong hitting Heather Van Peursem team by a 22 to 10 score. The Nancys defense was as hot as their bats today.  Our outfielders tracked down numerous warning track fly balls in the afternoon sun and our infielders had similar success with their grounders.  The Realtors 33 hit attack was led by Larry Biko and sub John Conacher with their 5/5 days followed by Bob Kloehn 4/4 effort. Others with 4 hits each included Garry Weslosky (including his two show off home runs for his visiting guests) and Dave I can’t find my mit and sunglasses because I put them in the wrong bat bag Archer.  Oh Yea Dave, that will cost you at least one 30 pack!  Kris Schwartz and Mike Jennings had 3 hits each.  Ok, to make Bob Snelling happy, his infield pop fly hit drove in the winning run.  The remainder of the squad had at least one hit.  Thanks to the aforementioned sub and also to Rod Wilterdink who came out of the stands to handle the 2ndbase duties when Glen Soles injured his thumb.

Lousy day at the plate for everyone involved on our side of the field.  I will say Ron Michalski had 4 RBI's and that about takes care of the positive stuff.  Well, except that it was a gorgeous day and we're all lucky to be on such a beautiful field playing a kids game.  That being said...Coach Tom should apologize once again for saying a bad word on the field that some in the bleachers heard.  It wasn't because of the score or winning or losing...it was  about some very poor  sportsmanship and I let a situation get the best of me today.  Team Nancy Muslin played a very good game and for that we tip our hats.  I guess I'll say it one more time (probably not the last) our umpires are unpaid volunteers who do the best they can to help us enjoy playing each and every Tuesday and Thursday.  What happened to love thy umpire week?  Anyway team Heather Van Peursem...pull up our big boy/girl undies and get ready for a strong March.  Team Nancy Muslin...great game and good luck the rest of the season!   Thanks to umpires Dale and Al D. 

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 4 2 0 8
Nancy Muslin Realtor 4 2 0 8
Tride & True Pest Control 3 3 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 3 3 0 6
Great American Title 3 3 0 6
Canyon State 1 5 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Tride And True Pest Control - 12   Great American Title - 10 
Tride and True Pest Control boys were up early today for the first game of the day and their bats took some time waking up.  Thankfully, they were slightly more awake than the boys from Great American Title who started out with two big goose eggs on the board in the first two innings.  As both teams cleared the cobwebs the game started to take shape with a 7-7 tie in the 5th.  Fielding was fair with nothing to really write home about.  The Pests surged ahead in the bottom of the 6th with a 5 run inning  complements of a massive hit out of the park by Dan Bourget (what a beast!)  and the Pests held GAT in the 7th.   Many thanks to the umps Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker and to Mark Jessen in the booth and to sub John Truttman for bailing Newlands out on a couple wayward throws to first!  Pests squeak out a win 12-10.

 
In a low scoring game to the end, The Great American Title Team was unable to muster any serious threat losing to Tride and True 12-10. After five innings, the score was tied at 7-7 and the Title Gang still had a good chance to put one in the win column. Then the flood gates opened and the Pest Boys broke out and rode a five run sixth inning to victory. Paul Ramos (3/4) had a good game banging out three hits and scoring three times. Helping Paul were Scott Roberts (3/5), Rocco Jankowski (3/4) and Gary Stueber (3/4). Thanks to Paul Becker and Tom Ranalls for umpiring and Mark up in the tower. Hats off to Norm and Mark for their generous efforts to assist the Red League in operating.



Heather Van Peursem - 15   Canyon State - 14      
Nice come from behind win today.  Down 9-0 at one point team Heather Van Peursem clawed their way back to a tight victory.  Perfect at the plate today was Marlin Campbell (4-4) and Lisa Pelletier (3-3) WITH AN INTENTIONAL WALK!  She can finally scratch that off her bucket list.  Only making one out each was sub Scott Roberts, Tom Ranalls, Ron Michalski, Terry Graves (Terry's only out cost him 30 beers as he watched a 3rd strike) ooops.  Should mention Paul Becker pitched a really nice game keeping the Canyon State boys dazed and confused at the plate.   Was a good all around team effort and I'm very proud that we didn't give up at any point.  Red league games are kinda like Sun City Grand drivers....anything can happen and it usually does.  Must BEWARE!  Thanks Scott for subbing.  Thanks to Al Caillouette and Paul Ramos for umpiring, nice job you guys!   Mark Jessen...another great game in the tower! 



Ten straight fly outs after taking a nine run second inning lead was Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning squads downfall. Heather Van Peursem Realty recovered from the early deficit and chipped away until finally dispatching Canyon 15-14. In Canyon’s six games to date this season this loss was the fourth by one run. As frustrating as the games have been there are highlights. Jim Templeton’s 3 hits were huge as they brought in six runs. Well done Jim! Other players collecting three hits apiece were John Boland and Ralph McKeever. Netting two hits each were Dennis Haak, Mike Hirsch, Ted Koch and Gene Prosser.Good luck to Gene as he has cataract surgeries in the near future! Thanks to Al Caillouette and Paul Ramos for umpiring and as always to Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
Paul Tone Insurance - 15   Nancy Muslin Realttor - 13              
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers took on the first place, Nancy Muslin Mashers, and came away with a hard-fought 15-13 victory. Once again, teams seem to be very even, and the close standings are evidence of that. Neither team had a great deal of hits, and the defence was solid on both squads. The PT Cruisers continue to be lead by the back half of our batting lineup, with both Jim Opyd and Skip Pavitt going 3/3, and each had 3 RBI's. Our first two batters, Jay Schirpke & Al Cal, always solid, each with a 3/4 day, and Jamie White chipped in with a 4/4 day at the plate (a couple cheap ones, but they all count). Randy Biko and Brian Pin hit the ball hard, but the Mashers  outfielders were up to the task and caught their hard line drives. Both teams went with 10 players today. Dennis Vance is on the DL for us, hopefully not too long, and Alaska Dave still has a purple leg for the Muslin crew. Hurry back boys. We need you. Thanks to Terry G and "Big Dick" for umpiring, and to "The Haakster" up in the booth. Nice ceremony for Mark before the game. Great to see Merk out at the ballpark for a bit today.
The Nancy Muslin Realtors lost to Paul Tone Insurance by a low scoring 15 to 13 game.  Both teams seemed to mirror each other’s efforts offensively and defensively throughout the game, but Jamie’s crew came out ahead in the end.  The Nancys has their chances trailing in the bottom of the last inning by 3 but couldn’t seal the deal for pitcher Mike Jennings who had another respectable game on the mound   Only Garrry Weslosky had a perfect 4/4 day at the plate.  Larry Biko also contributed with his 4 hits followed by Dave Archer and sub Marlin Campbell with 3 hits each.  Others including Kris Schwartz, Ed Hickox, Mike Jennings, Bob Kloehn, and Glen Soles chimed in with 2 hits each.  Was a welcome sight to have our sponser, Nancy Muslin, wearing her “Nancy’s Dream Team” jersey in attendance.  Maybe she is thinking of a manager change after witnessing the loss!   Was happy to see Dennis Merkle at the ball park with his patented enthusiasm!  Hang in there buddy, our thoughts and prayers are with you! Again, thanks to aforementioned sub and the umpires Terry Graves and Dick Stuckey who had several close calls to deal with and “whammer” Gene Prosser pushing the buttons in the scoring tower.
Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, February 28, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 4 1 0 8
Paul Tone Insurance 3 2 0 6
Great American Title 3 2 0 6
Tride & True Pest Control 2 3 0 4
Heather Van Peursem 2 3 0 4
Canyon State 1 4 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Heather Van Peursem - 21   Great American Title - 13 
Team Heather Van Peursem also known as team hot and cold, Jeckyl & Hyde...you get the picture...beat a very good Great American Title team today 21-13.  Coach Ranalls was cold at the plate going 2 for 5 and Coach Becker did a bit better at 3-5.  Perfect at the plate were Gary Ambruz (4-4), Ron MIchalski (3-3) and Terry Graves (3-3) with a very timely 3 run HR.  Only making one out were Steve Katz, sub Garry Wesloski, Jeff Silversteen and Lisa Pelletier with a not so standing up triple.  Other than a couple SUN balls our defense was pretty tight.  Good outfield play together with solid infield effort made for a key victory keeping team Heather Van Peursem only two games out of first place.  With a weather shortened season every game counts more than usual.   Thanks for subbing Garry Wesolski.  Glenn Soles and Larry Biko did a nice job officiating in a game where there were lots of difficult calls to be made.  A tip of the hat to the guys that go out there and take some abuse from players that just don't seem to understand that it's recreational softball and our umpires are volunteers that do the best job they can under some tough circumstances.  At the end of the year the questionable calls definitely even themselves out.  I declare next week "THANK EVERY UMPIRE WEEK!"  Take the time to tell them how much you appreciate them rather than be mad about a questionable call.  They do the best they can.  Thank you to Rick Clot for making sure our games are officiated. 
Just wasn’t The Great American Title Team’s day as Heather Van Peursem closed the door early and with emphasis winning 21-13.  The Title Team struggled on offense and defense. A perfect day to play,  our first Thursday game in a month. Scott Roberts and John Conacher led the way with four hits apiece followed by Gary Stueber, Al Deangelis and Dave Zuker with three hits each. Thanks Larry Biko and Glen Soles for handling the ump duties and Dave Archer up in the tower.


Nancy Muslin Realtor - 18   Tride & True Pest Control - 17      
The Nancy Muslin Realtors defeated a powerful Tried and True Pest Control team by a 17 to 19 score. The early afternoon game was played under a bright sunny sky which made every fly ball launched to the outfield an adventure. Some remarkable catches were made during the game by both teams.  The bug eradicators came out strong in the early innings, but by the end of the 4thinning, the Realtors equaled the score at 10.  The two teams proceeded to exchange the lead for the remainder of the game.  Entering the bottom of the final frame, Lloyd Newlands & Don Ranieri’s squad managed a 2 run lead. The Nancys were up for the challenge as they scored 4 runs (with the aid of a 3 run walk off homer) to seal the win for pitcher Mike Jennings.  Garrry Weslosky had an amazing 5/5 day to lead the hit parade, but Ed Hickox stole the show with his 4/4 performance at the plate utilizing all 3 of our game allotted home runs (including the game winner in the final inning) and another 2 base hit. This effort accumulated an impressive 9 RBI day for him.  The hit parade became infectious as Larry Biko, Dave Archer (with 5 RBIs) and Mike Jennings chimed in with 3 hits each.  Bob Kloehn, Glen Soles and Jim Saltzman contributed their 2 hit days which helped sustain our run scoring rallies.  Bob Snelling did an excellent job in his left field debut tracking down numerous fly balls. Thanks to the umpire group (which early on seemed to have a difference of opinion with our future Red League Commissioner) and the group up in the scoring tower who worked feverously to put all those numbers on the scoreboard in their proper place.



Tride and True Pest Control took on Nancy Muslin Realtor in another heartbreaker today.  Although the bats have warmed up a bit it still wasn’t enough to put a win on the board today.  Greg Allseitz was stellar in LC running down everything remotely in his field and Dad was running a third base clinic on how to be sharp on line drives.  Notwithstanding some noteworthy plays the Pests were once again stopped short.  Howard Sumner went 5-5 and Don Urzada was 4-4.  The rest of the guys were there in spirit if not in form.  Interesting calls on the field with thanks to John Conacher and to Scott Roberts at the plate.  And of course to Gary Stueber on the board.  Nancy’s squeak by the Pests  18-17.
Paul Tone Insurance - 21   Canyon State - 9            
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers played a solid Canyon State team today, and came away with a 21-9 victory. We were missing a couple of our Big Guns today, Al Cal & BP,  but our other 9 guys, and super-sub, Pres Tom, really came to play. Everyone was a star today, but the bottom of our line-up, Skip Pavitt, Jim Opyd, Billy Parker and Jeff Watson were exceptional. Jeff had a great week, hitting 1.000 over the last 2 games. As usual, Dennis Vance, Randy Biko and Jay Shirpke were combined for 10 hits. Our catcher, Glen Ryan, was again 4/5. Just imagine if he could see. Pres Tom was 5/5 and a solid SS replacement for Al Cal. Our LCF, Jay, saved our bacon a couple times, running down fly balls that not too many guys in our league would get to. He is fun to watch.Thank you to umpires Tom Y and Dan B. Also, hi to Merk. We miss you. GET BETTER!!
Under sun drenched skies on Thursday Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning was swamped by Paul Tone Insurance 21-9. Canyon State could not get anything going as their bats were as cold as an Arctic winter and their defense gave up too many extra outs to the Insurance boys to be successful. Canyon managed only 19 hits with sub Lloyd Newlands the only player to get 3 hits. Thanks for helping out Lloyd! It’s back to the drawing board for the Canyon State squad. Thanks to Tom Yurkunas and Dan Bourget for umpiring and to Greg Allseitz upstairs in the scoring tower.

 

** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 26, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 1 0 6
Great American Title 3 1 0 6
Tride & True Pest Control 2 2 0 4
Paul Tone Insurance 2 2 0 4
Canyon State 1 3 0 2
Heather Van Peursem 1 3 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22   Great American Title - 14   
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated Bob Topham’s league leading Great American Title squad by a 22 to 14 score. Game was frost delayed for a few minutes.  Hopefully, we have seen the last of the cold and rainy weather this year!  The Nancys didn’t seem to be bothered by the cool morning as their defense was so - so, but their bats were able to sustain 5 multi-run innings which was enough to seal the victory.  Pitcher Mike Jennings had another strong performance behind the screen as he held the solid hitting Title group to 9 runs in 6 of the 7 innings pitched.  Glen Soles had a perfect day at the plate followed by Larry Biko, Ed Hickox, Mike Jennings, and Jim Saltzman all with 4 hits each. Chiming in with 3 hits each were Kris Schwartz, Garrry Weslosky, Dave Archer, and Glen Soles.  Bob Kloehn and Bob Snelling contributed their 2 hits each which helped sustain several 2 out rallies.  Thanks to Don Urzada and Rod Wilterdink for their umpiring effort, Mark Jessen in the cold scoring tower and of course Norm Lustig for the early morning field setup.
The “Tuesday “ League continues with The Great American Title Team getting hammered by a strong Nancy Muslin Team 22-14. The GAT Boys we’re unable to generate a steady stream of hits and could not slow down the hot bats of Chuck’s Team. Top hitters for GAT we’re Gary Stueber (4/4), John Conacher (3/4), Al Deangelis (3/4), Scott Roberts (3/5), Rocco Jankowski (3/5) and Dave Zuker (3/5 with a towering HR). Thanks to Rod Wilterdink and Don Urzada for umpiring and Mark up in the tower.


Canyon State - 15   Tride & True Pest Control - 14      
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning wins a one run game! YAHOO!! To say a team was due is a huge understatement. After dropping 2 games in a row with one run deficits and trailing by 5 runs going into the bottom of the seventh Canyon stroked 7 hits and came away with the 6 runs needed to upend a strong Tried and True Pest Control squad. Eric Swobody slammed the deciding double and drove in the tieing and winning runs in the seventh. J.T. Templeton was instrumental as he banged out 3 hits collecting 4 RBI’s. Murray Fairweather was his steady self with 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Stroking 2 hits apiece in this low scoring and well played defensive game were Dennis Haak, Mike Hirsch, Ted Koch, Gene Prosser, Eric Swobody and Dick Stuckey. Gene “Whammer” Prosser pitched another stellar game and blazed around the bases from first to score the winning run. Well done team- our best effort of the young season! Kudos to the best scorekeeper around Kris Koch, to umps David Zuker and Mike Anderson and to Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.




What a beautiful day at the ballpark today! Tride and True Pest Control took on Canyon State in a real nail biter. Defense was solid on both teams with the score of 5-5 after 4 (yawn!!!). Dan Bourget hit one out of the park in the first inning but no Pest could follow that lead.  Lots of fly outs by the Pests (fifteen to be exact). Must have been all the hot air.... the weather..... not on the bench. This game came down to the wire with the Pests charged with holding the line in the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately the Canyon boys dug deep and pulled out the win scoring the needed 6 runs to end a tight game.... the weather has warmed up - now we're waiting for those bats to thaw out.  Thanks to Dave Zuker behind the plate today -- but you gotta loosen up, man!  Pests lose a heartbreaker 13-14.
Paul Tone Insurance - 23   Heather Van Peursem - 14            
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers finally put some solid innings and hits together, beating the Heather Van Peursem Sluggers, 23-14. Both our offence and defence were solid today, and was, by far, our best outing of the winter session. We hammered out 29 hits, and many of our runs were scored when we had 2 outs. That's always a good feeling. Top offensive performers were: Al Cal and Jeff Watson, both 4/4. Jay Schirpke, Glen Ryan, Dennis Vance and Jim Opyd all had 3 hits. The rest of us chipped in with 2 hits each, and everyone on the team had at least 1 RBI. Good clutch hitting boys. Thanks to Lloyd and Don for officiating.
Heather Van Peursem Lost to Paul Tone Insurance 23-14
 

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, February 19, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 3 0 0 6
Tride & True Pest Control 2 1 0 4
Nancy Muslin Realtor 2 1 0 4
Paul Tone Insurance 1 2 0 2
Heather Van Peursem 1 2 0 2
Canyon State 0 3 0 0
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Heather Van Peursem - 20   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 14   
Team Heather Van Peursem got on the win train in impressive fashion this blustery morning with extremely solid defense and timely hitting.  Our infield turned a beautiful double play and had many more fantastic plays that turned into the very important force out...getting the lead runner!  Batters 3 thru 7 went 19 for 20 with two home runs, four doubles and a triple.  Nice job by pitcher Paul Becker holding the opponents to only 13 runs.  Breaking ball was working well today. Gary Ambrus did not register a K this game but if he does in the future you won't be hearing about it.  Mrs. Ambruz makes one helluva Halibut dip!  Good enough to keep the coaches mouth shut and that's not easy.  Great team effort today!  Thank you to sub Herb Hannum...appreciate the effort and you braving the frigid temps!  
Nancy Muslin Realtor lost their first game of the young season to a strong hitting Heather Van Peursem club in a frost delayed morning game.  While the Nancys had a respectable defensive effort, their bats were as cold as the weather.   Pitcher Mike Jennings tried to help his own cause with a 4/4 day but it wasn’t enough.  Kris Schwartz, Garrry Weslosky, Ed Hickox and Bob Snelling (with 5 RBIs) contributed 3 hit each.  Save two 5 run innings, the Realtors were not able to mount any run scoring rallies to keep themselves in the game.  We plan to warm up the bats prior to our next game and see if that will get us back on the winning track.  Thanks to Alan Caillouette and Skip Plavitt umpiring, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower and of course Norm Lustig for the field prep.


Tride & True Pest Control - 22   Paul Tone Insurance - 19  
Although it was chilly out this morning the Tride and True Pest Control boys came to play.  The Paul Tone Insurance sluggers looked tough but the Pests surged ahead early and kept the pedal to the metal all game.  Bats were smoking with Dan Bourget, Coach Don Ranieri and John Hammel going 4-4, with each one of those sluggers blasting one out of the park! (sorry about the 30 pack John, but you know the rules….)  Rod Wilterdink was 4-4 as well and was great on the mound as he kept the strikes coming across the plate all day! Most of the rest of the team were 3-4 which made the Pests a tough team to catch.  Fielding was crisp with spare John Truttman leading the pack snagging everything even close to 1st base.  Thanks John for a great game even with 1 hour notice!  Lloyd Newlands at short was like a venus flytrap today… and yes Jay, he did beat you at 1st!! Nice job, its not often you beat Shirpke!  Tom Yurkunas, auditioning at 2nd base, showed the coaches he’s found his home as he made the final snag to end the game.  The outfield was dominant with Greg Allseitz snagging some real beauties in LC.  We’re thinking these Pests need this COLD weather just to keep them hopping! Pests take it 22-19.



Team Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers was out-hit today by the Tride & True Pests, losing 22-19 (I think that was the score). We didn't have much luck getting any outs, they hit the ball hard, and my neck was getting sore watching the balls go over the fence. We did have 29 hits in the game, more than we have had the first couple games, but fizzled out in the top of the 7th. Our top hitters today were Brian Pin, 4/4 plus a walk, Al Cal & Glen Ryan, both 4/5, Jay Schirpke and Jeff Watson, both 3/5, Jim Opyd, 2/3, and the rest of us had a couple hits each. Thursday looks like rain. Feels like snow. Thanks to Mike & Larry for umpiring.
Great American Title - 12   Canyon State - 11            
On an usually cool and windy day, the Great American Title Team held their breath during the bottom of the seventh inning to squeeze out a 12-11 win over a well coached Canyon State Team. In the seventh inning, the GAT gang made two great throw out plays at home plate and a race to third base to close the door on a bases loaded and no outs situation. Mike Anderson (4/4) picked up the win and helped his own cause with three doubles off the fence. Other hitters contributing were Scott Roberts (3/5) with several great catches fending off the bright sun, Ray Gibson (4/5), John Conacher (3/4), Al Deangelis (3/4) and Paul Ramos (3/4). Thanks to Jamie and Randy for umpiring and Jay up in the tower.
Deja vu! Tuesday’s game was another one run loss for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they dropped a 12-11 decision to Top and the great American squad. This is one game that Canyon probably should have won as they had the bases loaded with none out and down one run in the deciding bottom of the seventh inning. This can be a cruel game at times and Canyon could not score the tieing and winning runs. Full credit to Top and his crew, however as they made the plays they needed to snuff out Canyon’s chances. In the well played defensive game by both teams Canyon was led on offense by John Boland’s 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Dennis Haak and Murray Fairweather contributed 3 hits each to aid Canyon’ cause. Thanks to the Canadian boys from the Hat- Jamie and Randy for umping and to Jay in the scoring tower.
Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 2 0 0 4
Great American Title 2 0 0 4
Tride & True Pest Control 1 1 0 2
Paul Tone Insurance 1 1 0 2
Canyon State 0 2 0 0
Heather Van Peursem 0 2 0 0
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
 Paul Tone Insurance - 12    Canyon State - 11    
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers and Canyon State had to scrape the frost off the pumpkin early this morning, and then had to scrape the frost off our bats. It was a very slow start for both teams, a score of 1-0 after 3 innings, and a final score of 12-11 for the PT Crew. We needed 5 runs to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th, and we were lucky enough to get 6. Geno almost made a great back-handed catch on a line drive up the middle off of Skip Pavitt's bat, but he couldn't quite find the handle, and the winning run scored. Dennis Vance had a great day at the plate, hitting for the cycle, a single, double, 2 RBI triple in the 7th, and a "caught looking, 30-pack" K. Is that a cycle? Randy Biko, Jay Schirpke and Skip Pavitt were all 3/4. The rest of us chipped in with 1 & 2 hits each. Our team batting average is only .568, so we have some work to do if we want to compete with the teams in this league. Thanks to Lloyd & Don for umpiring.
On Tuesday Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning had a tough one run loss to Paul Tone Insurance. Final score was 12-11. Gene Prosser deserved a better fate as he pitched an outstanding game blanking the Insurance squad in 4 of the 7 innings. Canyon went into the seventh inning with a 5 run lead but could not close the deal. Both teams made great defensive plays but top honour goes to John Boland as he ran down a very deep line drive when the bases were loaded. Banging out 3 hits apiece for Canyon were John Boland, Dennis Haak, Ralph McKeever and Ted Koch. Dick Stuckey contributed 3 RBI’s and John Boland scored 3 runs to aid Canyon’s bottom line. Kudos to Don Ranieri and Lloyd Newlands for a fine job of umpiring and as always to Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 18   Tride & True Pest Control - 14   
The Nancy Muslin Realtors defeated a strong Tried and True Pest Control team in the second game of the SCG Red League Softball 2019 winter session.  No one earned any 30 pack awards for the Realtors as they were spot on both in the field and at the plate.  The Nancys and bug eradicators both came to play their A game today.  By the end of the 4thinning only one run separated the two teams.  The red and white jersey group were then able to tally 7 runs to Lloyd Newlands and Dons Ranieri’s T&TPC player’s 4 run effort in the remaining innings to seal the deal.  While everyone handled their defensive chores in support of Mike Jennings on the mound, one fly ball behind the shortstop position tracked down by Ed Hickox and a heads up play by catcher Jim Saltzman deserves special recognition.  The real estate team pounded out 29 hits in their six innings at the plate.  Mike Jennings helped his own cause with 4 hits that was matched by Glen Soles and Ed Hickox (with 5 RBIs). Not far behind with 3 hits each were Kris Schwartz, Larry Biko, Jim Saltzman and Garrry Weslosky (with 4 RBIs).  Was happy to have my co-manager, Dave - black and blue hamstring - Fusaro, in attendance with his game strategy input!  Thanks to the umpires Bill Parker and Jeff Watson and of course Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.

It was a great game today as Tride and True Pest Control took on Nancy Muslin Realtor under cool but sunny skies.  The bats were hot but not as hot as the boys from Nancy’s.  Coach Smiley Ranieri went 4-4 while Greg Allseitz went 4-5, Howard Sumner and Lloyd Newlands were 3-5, Dad and John Hammel went 3-4.  There was some tricky base running as Lloyd Newlands dipsy doodled along the home base line distracting the throw to first and allowing a safe hit in the first inning.  Dad was snagging everything at 3rd, even trying a bare hander in the bottom of 2.  Tom Yurkunas snagged a great one out in LF in the bottom of the 4th to put the game in hand but no one will forget the awesome snag in RF by Howard (the flytrap) Sumner at the bottom of 6 – even Garry Weslosky couldn’t believe it as he was rounding 1st!!  Thanx to Bill Parker and Jeff Watson controlling the game and for Mark Jessen at the score board.  Even with all the great plays it wasn’t enough to defeat the Nancy Muslin team.  Pests lose 14-18.  Boy was it great to be out at the ball field again!!
Great American Title - 23   Heather Van Peursem - 20         
The Great American Title Team held on for a 23-20 win over a hard hitting Heather Van Peursem team. Rocco Jankowski (5/5) and Paul Ramos (4/4) were perfect at the plate today. Dave Zuker (3/5) pitched a good game for the win and Mike Anderson (4/5) provided some late inning relief. The outfield - Scott Roberts (3/5), Dan Newman (3/4), Gary Stueber (3/4) and Rocco covered a lot of ground to keep Heather in check. Ray Gibson (3/5) poked a run scoring triple to right center to help build a good lead. John Conacher (3/4) made his typical good plays at Shortstop. Thanks to Dan Bourget and Tom Yurkunas for umpiring and Dad up in the tower. 
Great American Title did just enough to hold off a very good Heather Van Peursem team.  23-20 and a great game it was...very entertaining and close the entire way!  Perfect from the plate and the most lousy 5-5 you'll ever see was Tom Ranalls.  Next at 4-5 was Steve Katz, Gary Ambruz and Marlin Campbell.  Normally a guy would not mention a strike out given the fact his wife send Halibut dip and smoked salmon in a cooler for the coach....but no....nice K Gary.  Thank Mrs. Ambruz for the tasty treats!   Better defense was definitely there today...a few key hits and it was a W.  We'll be fine and get there...promise!  Nice job gang!  Thanks to the officials and scorekeeper for all the effort.  Paul Ramos...you took one like a champ trying to cut off that run....I apologize and you have my word I did everything I could to avoid that little confrontation.  

 Winter 2019 Red League Standings - Coming soon

Sun City Grand Softball -  WINTER 2019
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 05, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Tride & True Pest Control 1 0 0 2
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1 0 0 2
Great American Title 1 0 0 2
Paul Tone Insurance 0 1 0 0
Canyon State 0 1 0 0
Heather Van Peursem 0 1 0 0
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 17   Canyon State - 9 
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team started off the SCG Red League 2019 winter session with a victory over Canyon State by a 17 to 9 score.  The lead changed hands a couple of times in the early innings, and by the end of the third frame, Gord Jones’s squad led 9 to 7.  The Realtor group then proceeded to pull away with their hitting and leather.  Mike Jennings, with his reliable day on the mound, blanked Canyon State the remaining 4 innings with the support of his team’s defense which was highlighted by several double plays.  The win was bitter sweet for the Nancys losing David Fusaro with a hamstring issue that required him to be carried off the field (heal quickly little buddy).  On the offensive side, Dave Archer went 3/3 (because I didn’t count his 2 sac fly outs!).  On a more realistic note, Larry Biko and Mike Jennings both had 4 hit days, followed by Garrrry Weslosky, Ed Hickox, Bob Snelling each with their 3 hits, and of course Glen Soles and Jim Saltzman contributing their timely 2 hits apiece.  Special thanks to Rod Wilterdink with his 2 hit effort while filling in for our injured aforementioned assistant manager.  Nice job on the field prep Norm Lustig and Mark Jessen in the cold morning scoring tower.   It may be early, but my observation is that once again the winner’s ball cap won’t be earned until the final week!
Great to be back playing the game we all love! Let’s hope the weather cooperates and we can continue to get our games in. Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning ran into Nancy Musllin Realty and the result mirrored the hex that Chuck Cruz’ team had on the Canyon squad in the fall season. Final score was 17-9. Canyon had the lead for 3 innings before their bats went cold and they were blanked the last 4 innings. Highlights for Canyon State included Mike Hirsch’s 3 hits, Murray Fairweather stroking a pair of hits resulting in 3 RBI’s, an inside the park home run by Dennis Haak and a fine pitching performance by Gene Prosser who held the Realtors to three runs or less in 5 of the 7 innings. To a man Canyon State vowed to warm their bats for their tilt versus Tried and True Pest Control on Thursday. Big thanks to Dave Zuker and Rick Clot for umpiring and to the ever present Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
Great American Title - 12   Paul Tone Insurance - 9  
The Great American Title Team got off to a season opening good start by downing the Paul Tone Insurance Team 12-9. We want to welcome Gary Stueber (2/3) to the Red League and welcome back Dale Vander Kooi (2/3) from a 3 year layoff. The GAT gang after a week off banged out 18 timely hits and put on an outfield defensive play clinic to secure the win. Rocco Jankowski (3/3) showed everyone how to imitate a NASCAR car going around the bases on hitting an inside-the-park HR to right field. Then Mike Anderson (2/3) showed how you can walk around the bases by hitting a two run HR over the left field wall. John Conacher (3/3) was one hit shy of hitting for the cycle smashing a single, then a double, then a triple. Al Deangelis (2/3) and Dave Zuker (2/3) also had good hitting games. Thanks to Glen Soles and Bob Snelling for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower.


The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers came out a little slow today, and never caught up to the Great American Title crew, losing a low scoring affair 12-9. Our bats got stuck in the Polar Vortex last week, and we never got them thawed out in time for todays game, only registering 18 hits. We have to give Top's Boys credit though, their outfielders made some outstanding catches, that can easily be doubles and triples in some games. Their defence deserved the victory. Our top hitters were Glen Ryan, 4/4 and Jamie White, 3/4. After that, everyone had 1 or 2 hits. We are going to put our bats under our pillows for a couple nights to get them warmed up. Look at the bright side though, we are tied for 2nd place. Thanks to Glen S and Bob S for officiating.. And, thanks also to our super sub today, Garry Weslosky, for filling in for absent Randy Biko, who is back in the frozen tundra for this week's games. 
 Tride & True Pest Control - 20   Heather Van Peursem - 10         
What a start to the new season!! The boys from Tride and True Pest Control were up against Heather Van Peursen Realtor team and they came out hot! Howard (the flytrap) Sumner was up to his usual tricks picking off fly balls in RF with ease.  Greg Allseitz was swinging for the fence and challenging at home with his speed on the bases… minor detail….hands up means STOP!  Lloyd Newlands was mouthy as ever and vacuuming up hits at short stop  like nobody’s business – many thanx to Dan Bourget for that great glove and bailing out some of those throws at first base.   Further thanks to Gary Stueber at second who made it look easy.  Man, how did we not draft you?! On the mound Rod Wilterdink was a force both across the plate and with his fielding – better get them out of the infield boys or he’s got you!  With Tom Yurkunas behind the plate the boys were comfortable throwing hard home to save runs – and man, can that guy hit the ball!!  Dad, ever solid on third, kept the infield sharp directing the plays and keeping the infield in check.  John Hammel even showed up between tournament games to give his team a boost.  Nice to see Dale (move in!) McLaughlin back in play and to see that he hasn’t lost his form.  Thanks Mac for the spare.  And of course, Coach (Smiley) Ranieri was smiling from ear to ear today.  Pests beat Heather VP team 20 – 10
Well looks like another fast start out of the gate for team Heather Van Peursem.  Let's start with batters 1 through 4 going 5 for 15.  Ish.  Batters 5 through 11 went 14 for 20!  Nice job.  Jeff Silversteen and Steve Katz had perfect days at the plate going 2/2 and 3/3 respectively.  Making only one out were Marlin Campbell, Gary Ambruz, Ron "Babe Ruth"Michalski (with a round tripper) and Greg Kastelic.  The start of each new season always brings about some defensive issues that every team needs to adjust and work through before they can hit their stride.  While our team has a few positions locked in, we will try a few different combo's in the next few games.  This a great group of guys and a gal.  We will have fun, stay healthy (right Terry Graves?) and be competetive!  Terry took a fly ball that changed directions a bit on him off two fingers and then into the chest.  Chest was ok fingers not so much.  Some Feldine and a quick tape job and back out he went for the purple heart award of the day!  Get healed up quickly Mr. Graves we need you in that line up!  Team Heather Van Peursem will be back at it on Thursday looking to get to .500 then put the pedal to the metal and git er done!  Thanks to Glen Ryan and Skip Pavitt for an awesome job calling the game! 
Well looks like another fast start out of the gate for team Heather Van Peursem.  Let's start with batters 1 through 4 going 5 for 15.  Ish.  Batters 5 through 11 went 14 for 20!  Nice job.  Jeff Silversteen and Steve Katz had perfect days at the plate going 2/2 and 3/3 respectively.  Making only one out were Marlin Campbell, Gary Ambruz, Ron "Babe Ruth"Michalski (with a round tripper) and Greg Kastelic.  The start of each new season always brings about some defensive issues that every team needs to adjust and work through before they can hit their stride.  While our team has a few positions locked in, we will try a few different combo's in the next few games.  This a great group of guys and a gal.  We will have fun, stay healthy (right Terry Graves?) and be competetive!  Terry took a fly ball that changed directions a bit on him off two fingers and then into the chest.  Chest was ok fingers not so much.  Some Feldine and a quick tape job and back out he went for the purple heart award of the day!  Get healed up quickly Mr. Graves we need you in that line up!  Team Heather Van Peursem will be back at it on Thursday looking to get to .500 then put the pedal to the metal and git er done!  Thanks to Glen Ryan and Skip Pavitt for an awesome job calling the game!
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 24, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 10 7 0 20
Heather Van Peursem 9 7 1 19
Great American Title 8 7 2 18
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 8 1 17
Tride and True Pest Control 8 9 0 16
Canyon State 6 11 0 12
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Paul Tone Insurance - 16   Tride and True Pest Control - 26 
Not sure where the boys from Tride and True Pest Control were all season but they came out to play today against  the league winners Paul Tone Insurance.  Fielding was strong and the bats were hot with Jim Saltzman, John Conacher and Dad all going 4-4 showing all those young studs up at the plate.  Howard, the flytrap, Sumner was snagging everything in his neck of the woods and the team exterminated the league winners by a score of 26-16.  Too little, too late!  Anyway, thanks to the umps on today’s game and for the solid scoring from the booth.  Thanks to Ron Wagner for scoring on the bench and here’s hoping he’ll come back next round.  Thanks everyone for a great season, we had a lot of laughs.  In the coaching debut of Ranieri and Newlands we give them a solid 6-10 mostly for mouthiness…. I mean …..attitude.  Great Season everyone!!!!!!
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers got our butts kicked today by those pesky Tride And True Pest Control, by a score of 26-16 (or something like that). Not 100% sure, but I don't think we had a victory against them all season. It was a very close league, and all teams could win on any given day. Thanks to our super-subs today, Jim Templeton and Murray Fairweather, who both hit the ball very well. The fall session is done, and our team had a great season. To our guys that are moving on to other teams: Ron Michalski, Terry Graves, Dave Archer, David Maligro and Pete Carder, thanks for all being a class-act. We will miss you guys and wish you all the best. To our guys that are still with us: Jay Schirpke, Alan Callihoute, Glen Ryan, Randy Biko, coaches Jim Opyd and Jamie White are happy to see you back. To our newcomers: Billy Parker, Jeff Watson, Brian Pin, Dennis Vance & Skip Pavitt; welcome aboard. Bring your smiles to the ballpark, and lets have some fun. Thanks to Dale Vanderkooi and Rick Clot for doing the things you do for our Red League. See you in Feb. 
Heather Van Peursem - 28   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 22
Great game team Heather Van Peursem!  We secured second place all alone today and had a really nice second half of the season.  A couple highlights...Garry Wesloski with a nice sprinting catch to save a gapper in the open inning.  Ted Koch pitched a very nice game in his first mound appearance of the season.  Dick Stuckey...hustlin..movin and groovin like a 52 year old!  Lisa Pelletier showed why opponents should not run on another teams shortstop even if she's playing left center field with two outstanding throws to third base.  Kris Koch...thank you for being our scorekeeper.  Without you we'd have no runs and no batting averages.  You efforts were truly appreciated. Two items to finish up the fall season.  First.. Heather Van Peursem.  Thank's Heather for being a great sponsor, coming to the games to support us in victory and defeat.  The Firehouse subs and the bar tab...yay us!  Thank you for a very nice season ending team lunch.  Second...Donny Nelson.  Don came out again today to support his squad as only a true teammate would.  Don played catcher the first few innings and showed what team spirit and sportsmanship is all about.  I was humbled to see him on the field for what were my favorite three innings of any game I've ever played in Sun City Grand!  Thanks team!  See you for winter session!


The Nancy Muslin Realtor team lost the final game of the SCG 2018 fall season to Heather Van Peursem by a 28 to 22 score.  It was very competitive session as all six teams were capable of defeating each other on any given day.  Witness the Nancys - during this ten-week season found themselves, at one time or another, in every standings position from first place to the cellar and finally settling for a respectable 3rdplace at the finish.  Today, all the players on the Realtor’s team had an opportunity to exhibit their defensive skills at whatever position they desired and did an admirable job. The two teams were even treated to Don Nelson’s defensive skills behind the plate as he worked the catcher’s slot for both teams in the 1stinning. (Our thoughts and prayers are with you my friend!) The game lead changed hands several times for the first 6 innings, but in the final frame Ranalls Realty tallied 9 runs which was enough to seal their victory.  On the offensive side Marlin (I swing on every 3 and 0 count) Campbell had a perfect 4/4 day, Scott Caranahan, who pitched in for the injured Andy Campbell at shortstop also had 4 hits.  Five other player including Dennis Haak, sub Dave Fusaro, Mike Jennings, Jeff Watson, and Greg Allseitz had 3 hits each.  Contributing their two hits each were Glen Soles, Bob Kloehn and Brian Pin – one of which was another blast over the left field fence.  We missed the bat of Ken Krzeminski and team motivator Dennis Merkle who were absent.  Congratulations to managers Jamie White and Jim Oped whose Paul Tone Insurance team took the 1stplace finish and the hat!  Finally, on behalf of all the Nanacy Muslin Realtor team members I would like to thank our sponsor Nancy Muslin for her attendance at the game and treating us to lunch afterwards.  Although I’m not counting, I’ll bet all 30 pack debts have been paid off!!! 
Great American Title - 18   Canyon State - 17        
The last game of the first half turned out to be very close with The Great American Title Team edging a well-Coached Gord Jones Canyon State Team 18-17 in extra innings. Tom Yurkunas (3/5) made a great defensive play at third base then sealed the victory for the GA gang with the winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring Skip Pavitt. The GA gang finished the first half in third place (8-6-2) with 18 points, just two points behind League winner Paul Tone Insurance. Leading hitters were Scott Roberts (5/5), Rocco Jankowski (3/5), Mike Hirsch (4/5), Ralph Mckeever (3/5), winning pitcher Rod Wilterdink (5/5), super sub Murray Fairweather (3/5) and Rick Lints (4/5). Thanks everyone for a fun and competitive season. Thanks Rob White and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and Howard up in the tower.
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning came up one run short for the sixth time this season as they dropped an extra inning squeaker to Great American Title 18-17. In a well played game that see- sawed back and forth the Canyon Staters gave it their all  and showed that although their record does not show the results they wanted they were competitive every game they played. The defensive gem in the game belonged to John Boland who made a great catch to send the game to the extra inning. Offensively the Staters were led by Bob Snelling and his 4/4 performance. Coach Gord wants to thank all his players and assistant coach Bob Snelling for their solid efforts and commitment and wants to wish them success in the upcoming winter season!  Thanks to Rob White and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and to Howard Sumner in the scoring tower.

 

** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 10 6 0 20
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 7 1 17
Heather Van Peursem 8 7 1 17
Great American Title 7 7 2 16
Tride and True Pest Control 7 9 0 14
Canyon State 6 10 0 12
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
 Great American Title - 21   Tride and True Pest Control - 19
After a long layoff, The Great American Title Team had a solid outing scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth inning with two outs to outlast Tride and True Pest Control 21-19. The GA gang banged out 36 hits with everyone in the lineup getting at least two hits led by Scott Roberts (4/5), Rocco Jankowski (4/5), Mike “Glad to have you back” Hirsch (4/5), Ralph Mckeever (5/5), Zdan Newman (4/5), Jim Templeton (4/5),winning pitcher Rod Wilterdink (3/4), Skip Pavitt (3/5), Rick Lints (3/5) and Tom Yurkunas (2/4). Thanks to Rick Clot and Dale Vander Kooi for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower. 
With no chance to win the season, the Tride and True Pest Controllers came out early this morning with a chip on their shoulders.  Great American Title was ready to go but blanked the first end.  So as not to intimidate the poor fellas, Dad went out on strikes in the bottom of the 1st so that 60 pack brightened up the whole field!  Superb fielding by the Pests with Ranieri, Newlands, Fusaro and Sumner putting on a fielding clinic – running catches, dipsy doodles and the works. Man, those guys are good!   It was a close game with a score of 14 – 15 at the end of 5.  Conacher, Ranieri, Prosser and Saltzman were 4-4, Sumner, Newlands, Dad and White were 3-4 – oh, and did I mention Dads costly out in the 1st  inning?!?  Great American got on the bats in the last inning and scored 7 runs to give the Pests a challenge.  They needed 6 to win…….. and they powered out with 4.  Pests lose 19 – 21.
Heather Van Peursem - 16   Canyon State - 11
A very good performance by team Heather Van Peursem.  Perfect days at the plate from Tom Goetz, Tom Ranalls, Garry Wesloski and Ted Koch.  Only making one out was Lisa Pelletier and Gary Ambruz.  Lisa did a full marathon on Saturday in California and made it back and on the field for our game Tuesday.  Definite tip of the cap....nice going Lisa!  Dan Bourget found some sort of golden glove dust over on third base and made three nice stops...and actually followed with three nice throws!  Dennis "Pig Pen" Vance finished his fall season with a nice effort on defense and a couple base hits.  Dick Stuckey had a nice defensive game and ran out  a play at first base with more enthusiasm than I've seen from many players 20 years younger....way to go Dick!  Assistant coach Paul Becker found himself 60 beers in the hole early but had some really nice plays to wind up owing only 18 cold ones.  Ted Koch was Mr. Steady again...nice defense in left field and solid at the plate.  I'm going to miss him next session.  By the way...Ted Koch is going to take the mound for the last game on Thursday make sure you come and support him in his pitching debut for team Heather Van Peursem.  John Hammel...nice defense and good timing for the double in the 2nd inning!  Congrats to Paul Tone for locking up the championship hats today.  Thank you to our umpires Dale Vander Kooi and Rod Wilterdink.  Also a thank you to Ol' Reliable Mark Jessen for keeping the scoreboard in order.



Canyon State dropped a tough 16-11 decision to Heather Van Peursem. Great to be back playing ball again! Canyon collected 22 hits in the loss with Steve Katz providing a spark with his 4/4 performance. Contributing 3 hits apiece were John Boland, Ray Gibson and Kris Schwartz. Onward and upward with one game to go. Congrats to Jamie and Jim and Paul Tone for their championship! Kudos to Rod Wilterdink and Dale VanderKooi for a fine job umpiring and to Mark Jessen as always in the scorer’s tower..

Paul Tone Insurance - 21   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 11        
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers came to play today, beating the strong, second place Nancy Muslin Realtors by a score of 23-11 in a time-shortened, 6 inning game. The win wrapped up the fall session championship for our team, as it doesn't sound like we are going to be allowed to play any of the rained out games. It was a very close, enjoyable session, with every team being within a few points of each other throughout the schedule. It was a pleasure playing with the guys on our team. We did not have one incident on our bench when we were pointing fingers at each other, or the other teams. And, we never had one argument with an umpire. We just came to play, and had lots of fun doing it. Our squad consists of: Jay Schirpke - left centre Al Callihoute - SS Glen Ryan - catch Randy Biko - 1B Ron Michalski - 3B Terry Graves - right center Dave Archer & Roy Uecker - LF David Maligro - 2B Pete Carder - pitch Jim Opyd - RF and coach Jamie White - a little bit of everywhere and coach. We all contributed today for a big win. Great work guys. Thanks to Rick C and Bob S for umpiring.

Nancy Muslin Realtor team lost to a strong Paul Tone Insurance squad by a 21 to 11 score.  The Realtors were able to hang with Jamie White’s league winning group for the first 2 innings, but our bats went cold as the Nancys scored only 3 runs in the remaining 4 innings.  Offensive highlights included Dennis Haak and Glenn Soles having perfect 4/4 and 3/3 days at the plate respectively.  Brian Pin, Bob Kloehn, and Jeff Watson contributed 2 hits each and the remaining team members all had a hit.  Thanks to sub Gary Ambruz for handling the right field duties, Rick Clot and Bob Snelling for umpiring and Steve Katz in the scoring tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor team lost to a strong Paul Tone Insurance squad by a 21 to 11 score.  The Realtors were able to hang with Jamie White’s league winning group for the first 2 innings, but our bats went cold as the Nancys scored only 3 runs in the remaining 4 innings.  Offensive highlights included Dennis Haak and Glenn Soles having perfect 4/4 and 3/3 days at the plate respectively.  Brian Pin, Bob Kloehn, and Jeff Watson contributed 2 hits each and the remaining team members all had a hit.  Thanks to sub Gary Ambruz for handling the right field duties, Rick Clot and Bob Snelling for umpiring and Steve Katz in the scoring tower.


 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 11, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 9 6 0 18
Nancy Muslin Realtor 8 6 1 17
Heather Van Peursem 7 7 1 15
Tride and True Pest Control 7 8 0 14
Great American Title 6 7 2 14
Canyon State 6 9 0 12
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, January 11, 2019
Nancy Muslim Realtor - 15   Canyon State - 14                   
Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated the Canyon State quad 14 to 13.  The Realors offense and defense seemed out of synch today but got the job done. It took the first 3 inning to get thru the batting order.   In the fourth frame sub John Hammel jacked a two run homer over the left center field fence that sparked some life into the Nancys as they were able to eventually tie Bob Snelling’s team by the end of the sixth inning.  Trailing by 1 run in the final frame Nancy's Realtors were able produce the two runs necessary to pull out the victory.  Pitcher Mike Jennings and Ken Krzeminski had 3 hit days and Marlin Campbell went 4 for 4 topped off by his hit that drove in the winning run. ( I really didn’t expect that final hit on a 3 and 0 count at the plate! )  He must have missed the take sign.  Thanks to my aforementioned sub along with the two umpires Terry Graves and Dave Maligro and Rick Lints in the tower. 
Well it was tough loss today but you had to hand it to the Nancy Muslin team they hung in there and never gave up! Our sub Alan Cailouette led the way with a 4 for 4 hitting performance and excellent defense,Dave Zuker pitch a fine game and hit 3 for 4 along with 3 for 4 hitting from Kris Schwartz, Steve Katz, and Bob Applebaum! Gord will be back next week, He told me he was bringing the mojo from the north to finish the season!!
Paul Tone Insurance - 19   Great American Title - 7
The PT Insurance Cruisers finally came up with their first win of 2019, beating a solid Great American team, 19-7. We finally got our act together, both at the bat and defensively, and a couple serious standout, game-saving catches by Dave "Big Country" Archer in left field off the bat of the Moon Doggie. Not bad for his first game back, and our sub for the Roy Uecker departure. Our bats were really good. Jim Opyd said he wants to bat last, so he goes 3/3 with 4 RBI's to lead our team. Not bad for the 11th hitter. Jay Schirpke was 4/4, Alan Calihoutte, Randy Biko, Jamie White, Pete Carder and David Maligro all had 2 hits. Everyone else had at least one hit or BB's. A nice little celebration after the games with many refreshments. Thanks guys. Thanks to Rick Clot and Dennis Estes for officiating. See you next week.



The Great American Title Team could only bang out 13 hits to go along with 10 fly outs in five innings in getting “Merced” 19-7 by first place Paul Tone Insurance. Tom Ranalls (2/3 with an HR), Rocco Jankowski (2/3), Ralph Mckeever (2/3 with a great catch) and Rod Wilterdink (2/2) collected 8 of the 13 hits. Thanks to Rick Clot and Dennis Estes for umpiring and Gary Ambruz in the tower.

Tride And True Pest Control - 18   Heather Van Peursem - 11        
Whoa, what a ride! Tride and True Pest Controllers were out in full force today and boy were they hot against the boys from Heather Van Peursem Realtor.  Rob White picked off a line drive in the first to start the ball rolling.  It was one of those “look what I found” catches.  Way to stay alert there Rob!  Howard Sumner in RF put on a catching clinic picking off balls high, low and even virtually behind his back!! Four running catches to Howard’s credit today – man is that guy good!!  Not to be outdone, Rob White came back with a slick grounder at second and a frisbee throw, from his knees, to make the force out later in the game.  The final noteworthy catch was delivered by John Truttman at 1st.  Good thing he caught that line drive off Tom Ranalls bat or we might be visiting him over at Banner across the street.  And who was that guy from Heather’s that kept picking off all those hits into LF?  Man, Ted Koch , your value in the draft just went way up! Thanx to Coach Ranieri in the 5th – the boys love those 30 packs!  Jim Saltzman was a “beast” behind the plate….. again!  Many thanx to Umps Mike Anderson and Rod Wilterdink and to Roy Uecker in the booth.  Pests exterminate HVP 18-11.
Team Heather Van Peursem struggled the second half of the game and fell to Tried and True Pest Control.  Now three points behind the league leader every game is now a must win for team HVP if they want to add a hat to the trophy case.  Only one perfect day at the plate today and that was John Hammel (3-3).  Every once in a while a guy is called on to be the team utility player.  John Hammel did a fabulous job going from C to 1st to 2nd to L.  Nice game John!  Our shortstop Lisa Pelletier was 1-3 but hit the ball hard each time up, made key defensive stops and brought cookies.  What a teammate!  Making only one out was Dan (run 55 instead of 60 feet) Bourget, Sub Greg Kastelic (thanks Greg), Gary (Mr. Steady) Ambruz and Ted (make every catch from your knees) Koch.  Nice game Ted....100% effort in left field today!  Our sponsor Heather Van Peursem tried to bring some good juju to the team by sitting with us today on the bench.  That doesn't seem to be working...next Thursday's game she's coaching first base and bringing her team lunch!  Thanks for your support Heather Van Peursem!!


Games thru -  Tuesday, January 08, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 8 6 0 16
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 6 1 15
Heather Van Peursem 7 6 1 15
Great American Title 6 6 2 14
Canyon State 6 8 0 12
Tride and True Pest Control 6 8 0 12
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Canyon State - 19   Great American Title - 14            
In a shortened game Canyon State came out swing with 29 hits. Out defense was the best of the season turning all most 3 double plays!! Leading the way was super sub Lloyd Newlands with 2 home runs! A big part of the game was Greg Kastelic, Ray Gibson and Dan Newman 4 for 4 each and Steve Katz with 3 for 3 day!!!  Also out of his sick bed  the mighty Dave Zuker was errorless in the field and 4 for 4 at the plate, Wayne Weidenbach pitched an Excellent game with a key strike out to end the game!! Great job today by all!
The Great American Title Team got thumped by a solid performing hitting Canyon State Team 19-14. The GAT guys came out strong only to fizzle in the middle innings as The State boys closed out the game with a 10 run surge. Tom Ranalls (4/4 with a towering Grand Slam), Rod Wilterdink (4/4), Don Ranieri (3/4) and Rocco Jankowski (3/4) led the hitting attack. Don Ranieri put on a throwing clinic, throwing out runners at home plate and second base. Thanks to Dick Stuckey and Andy Campbell for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower. 
The Great American Title Team got thumped by a solid performing hitting Canyon State Team 19-14. The GAT guys came out strong only to fizzle in the middle innings as The State boys closed out the game with a 10 run surge. Tom Ranalls (4/4 with a towering Grand Slam), Rod Wilterdink (4/4), Don Ranieri (3/4) and Rocco Jankowski (3/4) led the hitting attack. Don Ranieri put on a throwing clinic, throwing out runners at home plate and second base. Thanks to Dick Stuckey and Andy Campbell for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower. 
Heather Van Peursem - 17   Nancy Muslin - 13 
Team Heather Van Peursem had a solid all around effort today and defeated a good Nancy Muslin team.  Perfect at the plate were John Hammel, Tom Ranalls, Gary Ambruz and Ted Koch.  Excellent defense kept the opponents at bay long enough to lock up the victory.  Making only one out were Tom Goetz, Garry Weslosky and Dick Stuckey.  Injuries are starting to deplete our troops a bit...Garry and Dan get better quick.  Dennis Vance...get that bronchitis and kidney stone issue sorted out and get back to floppin around in the dirt.  We need someone to do the scoreboard for Jay Schirpke in the 3rd game on Thursday!!!  Any volunteers?  I'll buy you two beers! 



Nancy Muslin Realtors lost a low scoring game to Heather Van Peursem by a 13 to 17 score.  Not much to brag about today.  When you score just 9 runs in six of the seven innings you won’t win many games in this league!  Our defensive effort was respectable, but our bats were as cold as the unseasonably cool weather.  While the Nancys collected 22 base hits they were too spread out to mount any effective rallies, save the 1stinning, when Brian Pin jacked a grand slam home run. Bob Kloehn held his own at 1st base and had a perfect 3 hit day at the plate.  Others contributing 3 hits each were “Wheels” Jeff Watson, Andy Campbell, Glen Soles and Greg Allseitz.  Thanks to sub Kris Schwartz who track down his share of fly balls in right field.  The Realtor group vow to bounce back next game and keep the chase for 1stplace interesting! 

Tride And True Pest Control - 17   Paul Tone Insurance - 16        
Well it was a nail biter in this last game of the day. Tride and True Pest Controllers were up against the Paul Tone Insurance boys who came out mighty on the bats. Defense was strong, thank goodness, because that kept our hopes alive until the Pests woke up their bats. Catcher Jim Saltzman made a diving catch and sacrificed his body in the 2nd to get the boys fired up. Of course it could have been the 30 pack in the bottom of the 3rd that Randy Biko donated…..or perhaps the SECOND foul catch by Saltzman at the bottom of 3 …..either way, the Pests woke up and their bats warmed up in the 4th and we had ourselves a ball game!  Heroics all round the outfield with Ranieri losing his hat but making a diving catch at RC, Newlands with a catch at the wall at LC, Sumner tracking one down in RF or the Fusaro catch in LF that saved the game!! 13 Pop flies for the Pests today. UGH!  Newlands and Ranieri went 4-4, Conacher and Truttman (who got back last night at 2:30 am) were 3-4, and Silversteen and Saltzman went 2-3 to keep the boys in the game.  Thanks to umps Tom Ranalls and Andy Campbell and to John Hammel in the booth.  Also a big thanks to DAD who kept the Pests on their defensive toes predicting where the PTI boys were aiming their bats.  Pests squeak out a win 17 – 16.
The Paul Tone Insurance Cruisers came up one run short today, in a 17-16 lose to the Tride and True Pest Control. It was a good, close game all the way through, and we had the tying run in scoring position, but David Fusaro made an excellent catch in LF off a hard hit line drive to the fence off of Ron Michaski's bat, that sealed the deal for the Pests. Great catch, good game. We had a total of 25 hits, with Jay Schirpke and Glen Ryan both going 4/5, Randy Biko with a solo dinger and 3 hits, as did Pete Carder and David Maligro. The rest of us had a couple hits each. This league is really close and its going to go down to the wire, with all 6 teams within a couple points of each other. Thanks to Tom R and Soupy Campbell for umpiring.


Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, January 03, 2019
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 8 5 0 16
Nancy Muslin Realtor 7 5 1 15
Great American Title 6 5 2 14
Heather Van Peursem 6 6 1 13
Canyon State 5 8 0 10
Tride and True Pest Control 5 8 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, January 03, 2019
Nancy Muslin Realtor -26   Paul Tone Insurance - 14    
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team began the new year with a victory over a strong, first place, Paul Tone Insurance squad. The game was played under an unseasonably cool but sunny afternoon.  The Nancys had a solid defensive and offensive outing which supported Mike Jennings pitching effort. Our bats seemed to enjoy the cool air resulting in 35 hits as the Realtors scored 5 runs in four of the six innings played and 3 runs in the other two frames. We really hit the jackpot with our two subs Dave Fusaro and Ray Ray Gibson. They handled the outfield and first base duties respectively, and combined, went 9/10 at the plate producing 10 RBIs. Thanks Guys! As mentioned,  the defensive effort was respectable holding Jamie White’s team to 14 runs. The most remarkable play may have been Jeff Watson tracking down a long deep fly ball hit to the right field corner in the final inning.  At the plate Ken Krzeminski, Mike Jennings and Ray Ray Gibson had perfect days, followed by Dennis Haak, Dave Fusaro and Andy Campbell with 4 hits each, and Jeff Watson, Greg Allseitz and Glen Soles contributing 3 hits each.  Brian Pin had a little show of his own launching another home run over the left center field fence, and on another play, treating us to a face plant when his left hamstring could no longer handle the load as he was sprinting to the plate. Great to see Dennis Merkel recovering from his back surgery and handling the score book duties from our dugout. Finally, thanks to umpires Paul Ramos and Bob Applebaum and Murray Fairweather in the cold scoring tower.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

The Paul Tone Boys came up a little flat today for the first game of 2019, losing to the Nancy Muslin Realtors, 26-14. I think we are still trying to digest our Xmas turkey and News Years cheer!! We were a little shakey defensively, and the Muslin crew came ready to play, with lots of hot bats. We had some good performances offensively, but 23 hits are not going to beat this solid crew. David Maligro was hot, 3/3, Jay Shirpke, Alan Calihoute, and Ron Michalski were all 3/4. Pete Carder, Jim Opyd, super subs Chris Schwartz and Steve Katz all had 2 hits. We are going to have a big burp before Tuesday's game, and get ready to play. Thanks to Chris and Steve for stepping up to sub when we needed players. Happy New Year everyone. It's great to be playing again..

Heather Van Peursem - 27   Canyon State - 17 
First off thank you to our three subs that filled in admirably for team Heather Van Peursem.  Rod Wilterdink, excellent job at the plate and holding down second base.  Dan Newman another excellent job at the plate and great job fighting the sun in RC.  Greg Alseitz with an inside the park HR and a double did a fine job flagging down balls in left field.  Jeff Watson and Dale Vander Kooi.....excellent job officiating.  Jerry...was that you i the tower?  THANK YOU SIR! 
Not making an out today was John Hammel 4-4 and Tom Ranalls 5-5.  Making only one out was Gary Ambruz, Paul Becker, Dan Newman and Tom Goetz.  Excellent defense all the around today.  Sun was tough but everyone did a great job fighting it off.  Thank you also to Connie for a great job keeping the food and beverage cart in order. 



1st game back not to back. We had 2 innings where we scored no runs or thing might have been difference. Leading the way for Canyon was John Boland,Stu Hannam, David Zuker all  4 for 5 ea. Also creating havoc for Heather Van Peursem  was Ray Gibson and Greg Kastelic  and Kris Schwartz 3 for 5 ea.  Many thanks to Paul Ramos  who played 3 difference positions and did well at them all, also Steve Katz did a good job in left field and hit 3 for 4 with a double.
Great American Title - 19   Tride And True Pest Control - 16        
After over a two week break in the action, The Great American Title Gang was able to power by Tride and True Pest Control in a six inning 19-16 win. The GAT team banged out 30 hits with everyone contributing. Stu Hannen (4/4), Tom Ranalls (3/3), Ralph Mckeever (3/3), Mike Anderson (3/3), Rod Wilterdink (3/3), Rocco Jankowski (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4), Al Deangelis (2/3), Rick Lints (2/3), Tom Yurkunas (2/3) and Skip Pavitt (2/3). Mike Anderson pitched a great game. Thanks to Paul Becker and Dan Bourget for umpiring with Tom Goetz in the tower. 
Well, the FINAL game of the day finally got started at 3PM today – just 45 minutes late due to the COLD weather! ….. Tride and True Pest Controllers hit the field with a New Years attitude that was beyond reproach.  Full of vim and vinegar, they got through 8 batters in the first and ended the inning 3-5.  They warmed up the bats in the second and tied the Great American Title team with 5 runs each.  By the end of 4 innings the score was 13-14 for the bad guys.  Fielding was crisp and our hats are off to Dad who tried a barehanded catch on a line drive over 3rd.  Ouch!! Now that’s a ball player!!  There was also a spectacular 9.5 rated dive by Dan Bourget at first.  No he wasn’t playing, he was umping… still a 9.5!  Thanks go to Pete Carder who filled in at 1st today and Dan 9.5 Bourget and Paul Becker behind the plate.  Also, thanks to Tom Goetz freezing in the tower.  Sumner, Newlands, Fusaro went 4-5; Ranieri and Prosser 4-4.  Pete Carder 3-4.  Pests lose by a nits snout 16-19.  Happy New Year everyone!  Here’s to health and happiness in 2019!!

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 18, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 8 4 0 16
Nancy Muslin Realtor 6 5 1 13
Great American Title 5 5 2 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 6 1 11
Canyon State 5 7 0 10
Tride and True Pest Control 5 7 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Paul Tone Insurance - 21   Canyon State - 16   
Paul Tone Insurance was able to pull away in the late innings to secure a 25-hit, 21-16 victory in a time-limited 6-inning game versus Canyon State. The PT squad, up by a single run going into the top of the 5th, were able to post a 5-run 5th inning and go on to secure a 21-16 Victory while shutting down the run production from Canyon State through solid pitching and solid defense. Top hitters for Paul Tone were sub Gary Weslosky going 4 for 4, with 7 RBI’s, 4 of which came in a single at bat when he hit a Grand Slam home run. Other 4 hit players were Jay Shirpke and David Maligro with David also posting 4 RBI’s.  Two other players had 3 hit days with the rest of the squad all contributing to the win with RBI’s and single and multi-hit days. Thanks to umpires Dale Vander Kooi and Rick Clot and scorekeeper Mark Jessen. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Tuesday’s game saw another tough loss for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they dropped a 21-16 game to first place Paul Tone Insurance. Canyon was tied 15 apiece after 4 innings in the time shortened game but could not finish off the Insurance boys despite being the home team. Ray Gibson was 4/4 and Don Ranieri, David Zuker and Bob Appelbaum banged out 3 hits each. Canyon may have found another pitcher as David Zuker pitched a scoreless final inning. Well done David! Thanks to Commissioners Dale VanderKooi and Rick Clot for umpiring and to Mark Jessen in the scoring tower. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone in SCG softball!

Nancy Muslin Realtor - 21   Tried And True Pest Control - 7
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team treated themselves to an early Christmas present by defeating a strong Tried and True Pest Control squad.  The Realtors brought their A game to the ball park today both at the plate and in the field. Pitcher Mike Jennings, with support from the team’s defensive effort, held Lloyd Newlands’ bug eradicators to 4 runs in one inning and only 3 more runs in the other 5 frames.  The Nancy Muslin 20 run hit parade was led by Brian Pin having a perfect 4/4 day including 2 home runs (the second one costing his manager a 30 pack of the league’s favorite beverage).  Five players having 3 hit days were Jeff Watson, sub Dan Newman, Mike Jennings, Glen Soles and Greg (I’ve lost 30 pounds) Allseitz.  Another five players having 2 hits each included Ken Krzeminski, Marlin Campbell and subs Jim Opyd, Alan Caillouette, and Nick Naselli.  Our 4 subs were a big contribution in the win (Thanks Guys!): Alan Caillouette handled the short stop duties in his patented flawless way, Dan Newman and Jim Opyd tracked down their share of fly balls roaming the outfield and Nick Naselli did himself proud at first base.  Thanks Dale Vander Kooi for working behind the plate, Randy Biko on the bases and Mark Jessen pushing the buttons in the score board tower.  Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season with your friends and family and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in January! Good luck to Dennis Merkel on his surgery.



It was a promising day out at the ball park today under clear blue sunny skies, the final day before the Christmas break.  Tride and True Pest Control was out in full force with only one spare (thank you to Ron Michalski) and the boys looked pumped as they hosted the Nancy Muslin Realtor team.  The heckling started early as Nancy’s threw 5 runs up in the 1st.  The Pests showed some exceptional base running in the bottom of that inning and it seems we need a clinic on force rules BUT, sorry to say, if you get run down by Brian Pin, between third and second,  it’s gonna cost you at least a 30 pack,  Lloyd!  The Pests are also investing in a cattle prod to get some runners off their bases  as the team seemed a bit sluggish today.  Howard Sumner came through yet again by hitting an in the park home run with 2 out in the second to keep the boys in the game.  John Conacher showed some soft hands at short and Dave Fusaro made a spectacular catch out in RF to hold Nancy’s to 1 run in the 3rd.  Bats were cold today with 4 innings showing goose eggs.  In the top of 6, Brian Pin (Nancy’s)  hit an empty bases home run ( his second HR that game) so we’ll be looking for your 30 pack!  And befitting this outing, the last pitch of the game, a called strike,  put John Truttman on notice for his owe 30 pack.  He is still massaging that kink in his neck from trying to keep his eye on that ball.  Many thanx to umps Dale Vander Kooi and Randy Biko and to Mark Jessen in the booth.  Pests exterminated 21 – 7….. but with all that beer they’re smiling into the Christmas break.  Have a safe and Merry Christmas everyone!!
Great American Title - 30   Heather Van Peursem - 30          
What a fantastic and entertaining game played by The Great American Title and Heather Van Peursem teams today ending in a mind boggling 30-30 tie. Time constraints limited the game to six innings but that didn’t hold back the 19 run explosion in the sixth inning. The GA Gang was up 21-20 after five. HVP scored 10 runs in the top of the sixth to take a 30-21 lead. We’ll hold onto your hats, The GA guys scored 9 times to tie the score 30-30. No one scored in the extra inning. GA had 43 hits - impressive in just six innings. Everyone had at least three hits with Mike Hirsch leading the way with six (6/6), followed by Ray Gibson (5/5), Dan Newman (5/6 with a grand slam), Al Deangelis (5/5), Scott Roberts (4/6), Ralph Mckeever (4/5 with a homer), Pete Carter (4/5) and Skip Pavitt (4/5). What a game. 
Well what is there to say.  A valiant effort by both teams.  Lots of back and forth action and everyone played with great sportsmanship and their heads held high through the final out.  This is the game that makes me proud to be a part of Sun City Grand softball.  Going 5-5 were Tom Goetz, Tom Ranalls and Paul Becker.  4-5 were Garry Wesloski and Dennis Vance.  3-4 Ted (I can play anywhere) Koch.  Gary Ambruz, Dick Stuckey and Lisa Pelletier came up with clutch hits at the right time.  Defense was all you could ask for from any team..everyone had spectacular plays and contributed a great deal!  Gary Ambruz caught the red eye in from Alaska and made some outstanding catches in right field to keep the game tight.  John Hammel played one of his best games of the year going 3-5 and without a flaw on defense.  While it's hard and probably not a good idea to single anyone out on defense....I'm going to go out on a limb and say Lisa Pelletier had a game saving diving stop at shortstop.  She couldn't get the out at third but the stop saved a run that would've been the undoing of a solid all around game by team Heather Van Peursem.  It truly was a solid game enjoyed by players and fans alike.  Don Nelson...I can't tell you what an inspiration you are to all of us at the ball park and in our daily lives.  You are facing your setback with courage and a smile for all.  This holiday season I hope everyone remembers what you are faced with and how elegantly you are handling it.  Please come and support us as much as you can....we love you my friend!  Good Luck to Dennis Merkel on his surgery!
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 7 4 0 14
Great American Title 5 5 1 11
Nancy Muslin Realtor 5 5 1 11
Canyon State 5 6 0 10
Heather Van Peursem 5 6 0 10
Tride and True Pest Control 5 6 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Canyon State - 25   Tried And True Pest Control - 20   
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning outlasted Tried and True Pest Control 25-20 in their hotly contested game today. Canyon had their hitting shoes on as they blasted 33 hits with sub Al Caillouette leading the way with a 5/5 performance and John Boland slamming 2 triples and an inside the park home run among his 4 hits. Four hit performances were Canyon’s order of the day with Terry Graves, David Zuker, Bob Appelbaum and Ray Gibson all contributing to the victory. Paul Ramos had a great game as well as his 3 runs were a key component. As all Red League managers know their team’s defense is every bit as important as the offense. Canyon’s defense was spot on today and was a major piece in the victory. Thanks to Dick Stuckey and Dan Bourget for the fine job of umpiring and to Pete Carder in the scoring tower. Great to see Ron Wagner and Don Nelson at the park today!

The Tride and True Pest Control boys came out swinging today!  The first 5 batters scored as Coach Ranieri, batting 5th, cleared the bases with a grand slam in the opening inning.  They pounded out another 5 runs in the second but then the Tride tide turned and the bats cooled off.  Although they held the lead through the 5th, it was tied up 20-20 at the end of 6.  Fielding was tough in the sun and the wind and we have put out a turf warning out in right center as Coach Ranieri had to drag back a divot he made in a diving catch, which he missed……save those for the golf course Don!   Newlands went 5-5, Ranieri was 4-4, Sumner and Conacher 4-5, White and Truttman 3-4.  Great pitching by Gene Prosser on the mound and Jim Saltzman behind the plate.  Unfortunately, the Canyon State team rallied to shut down the Pests bats in the 7th and scored 5 to win the game 25-20.  Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug……

Paul Tone Insurance - 21   Heather Van Peursem - 19
Paul Tone won a hard-fought battle with a tough Heather Van Peursem team by a score of 21-19. After an initial slow start by both sides, the balls started to fly and the hits and runs began to add up. The game was a close match throughout with both teams staying within a run or two of each other. The Paul T0ne squad was able to post back-to-back 5 run innings in the 6th and 7th to expand its lead over Heather Van Peursem by a score of 21-14 going into the bottom of the 7th.  The HVP team came roaring back, but fortunately for the PT Team, their effort fell short by 2 runs and the inning ended with them scoring a total of 19 runs. The PT 31 hit winning effort was led by led by Jamie White and David Maligro, both of who posted 4-4 days. Right on their heels was Al Cailouette who posted a super 4 for 5 day which included an HR, a 3B hit and 8 RBI’s.  Four other players posted 3 hit days including Glen Ryan who also hit a HR and accounted for 3 RBI’s. Thanks to umpires Dave Zucker and Rick Clot for calling a good game and to scorekeeper Gene Prosser for keeping us current on the board.


Heather VanPeursem and Paul Tone Ins. battled back and forth the entire game.  With the 6th inning being the difference with Paul Tone outscored us 5 to 2. The final score was 21 to 19 Paul Tone. The top hitter for the day was Ted Koch, he was 5 for 5 with 5 rbi's. Tom Goetz, Garry Wesloski, Don Ranieri, Dan Bourget and Dennis Vance all had 3 hits. 
Thanks to the umpiring crew and the man in the tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 17   Great American Title - 14          
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated a solid Great American Title squad 17 to 13.  The Realtors had a 1 run lead by the end of the 3rd inning, then put together a respectable offensive and defensive effort in the remaining frames to score 8 more runs and hold Topham’s strong hitting group to just 5 runs which was enough to seal the victory.  Our defensive effort trumped our offense.  A few circus catches made of hard hit line drives by Glen Soles and Bob Kloehn (whose wing span is longer than his manager’s height) were rally killers.  Not to be outdone, the youth of Greg Allseitz kicked in as he tracked down a long fly ball in the late afternoon sun to right field in the final inning which defused their final comeback attempt.  Pitcher, Mike Jennings had another good day on the mound but could use a refresher course on base running when the infield fly rule is in effect!  Three players having perfect days at the plate included Brian Pin 4/4, Mike Jennings 3/3, and Marlin Campbell 3/3.  Jeff Watson contributed his 3 hits as did our two north of the boarder subs John Conacher (with his solid effort at shortstop) and Garrrry Weslosky (catching his share of fly balls in left center field).  Thanks to the two aforementioned subs and sub Nick Nasalli who played his first game after a long stint on the injured reserve list.  Nice job behind the plate umpire Jamie White, with a little help from Randy Biko, and Terry Graves policing the bases and Lisa Pelletier in the scoring tower.  
The Great American Title played from behind all game and was unable to extend a last inning rally losing to Nancy Muslin Realtor 17-14. Great plays by the right side of the Realtor’s infield put out several attempts by the GA gang to take the lead. Top hitters were Ralph Mckeever (4/4), Dan Newman (4/4), Scott Roberts (3/4) and Skip Pavitt (3/4). Thanks to Jamie and Randy for umpiring and Lisa up in the tower.

 

** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 6 4 0 12
Great American Title 5 4 1 11
Heather Van Peursem 5 5 0 10
Tride and True Pest Control 5 5 0 10
Nancy Muslin Realtor 4 5 1 9
Canyon State 4 6 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Heather Van Peursem - 20   Tried And True Pest Control - 12   
Team Heather Van Peursem had things rolling a little better today out swatting the Tried and True Pest Control fellas in a pretty good game.  HVP pitcher Tom Ranalls threw a ball into catcher Paul Becker that he was not ready to catch and hit him in the right eye.  A little bruising and a bump...hopefully not a big shiner later today!  Sorry coach....coach feels bad he hit coach in face.  Anyway thanks to Ed Campbell and Greg Kastelic for the last minute assistance.  Good effort by all today...Tom Goetz with a circus catch and a 4/5 day at the plate, Ranalls and Bourget 3/4 with a walk and good defense by both.  Paul Becker 4/4 and excellent coverage behind the plate.  John Hammel 3/4 with some good catches in the outfield as well. Lisa Pelletier and Dennis Vance knocked down everything hit at them in the middle infield....they'd both make great Tide commercials.  Dick Stuckey gave up his body to stop several hard shots at first base and made a key play to end the game on a hard hit grounder.  Ted Koch 2/4 played fantastic in left field and kept runs to a minimum with a fantastic grab late in the game. Gary Wesloski went 3/5 and played good defense after his ceremonial blunder.   That's it... nice effort everyone! 

The Tride a True Pest Controllers were laboring today under harsh conditions as the Heather Van Peursem team ground the Pests under their shoes.   At the end of three they still had to get on the board but were amassing an impressive 7 fly outs!  Thank goodness, in the 4th, assistant coach Lloyd Newlands hit a lead off double to start the surge.  He then snuck in to break the ice and the Pests were off.  They scored 5 runs in the 4th but their defense was not as sharp as it could have been.  Lots of baubles on the in-field (save those for your Christmas tree!) Smart baseball however, when they walked 2 big hitters from Heather’s team to load the bases in the 5th.  Captain Don Ranieri then snagged a fly ball out in Center to hold their runs to 4 in the 5th.  Dave Fusaro, now up in the batting order, was 4-4 as was Smilie Ranieri 4-4.  Howard Sumner was 3-5, Lloyd Newlands 3-4, John (let’s move some furniture) Truttman was 3-4.  But 13 impressive FLY OUTS for the Pests.  They lose 12 – 20.  Many thanks to the Umps Randy Beko and Glen Ryan  and to Mark Jessen in the booth.
Paul Tone Insurance - 19   Great American Title - 7
The Paul Tone Insurance Boys came to play today, timely hitting, 29 hits, and some excellent defence, that gave us a 19-7 win over the strong, first place Great American Title crew. The GA's hit the ball hard, but our outfield was up to the task and tracked down many fly balls that could have easily been at least base hits, if not more. Both teams both scored 4 runs in the first inning, then we gradually built up a lead after each inning. Pete Carder pitched an excellent game, and helped himself out tremendously at the plate, going a perfect 4/4. David Maligro was also perfect at the plate, 3/3, as was Terry Graves, 4/4 and 3 RBI's. Jay Shirpke, Randy Biko, Ron Michalski, Roy Uecker, all went 3/4, and the rest of us chipped in a few hits here and there for the victory. I think we took over first place in the standings for the time being, but our league is so close that it can change in a hurry. Thanks to Lloyd Newlands and Don Ranieri for being the umpires, and Mark Jessen on the scoreborard.
After scoring the game’s first four runs, The Great American Title sputtered (only 17 hits) and was overwhelmed by the hot Paul Tone Insurance bats 20-8 in six innings. The bright spot for the Title Team and the fans was singing “Happy Birthday “ to Scott Roberts (3/4). Scott, Ralph Mckeever (3/4) and Skip Pavitt (3/3) each had three hits. Thanks to Lloyd Newlands and Don Ranieri for umpiring and Mark Jensen in the tower.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 14   Canyon State - 13       
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team squeaked out a victory against Canyon State Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing squad by a 14 to 13 score.  The victory wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win in this league!   The Realtors had a slim 9 to 5 lead by the end of 5 innings, but by the end of the next inning Canyon State managed to tie the game at 10 runs each.  In the final inning the Muslin group managed to outscore Canyon State by one run.  The game’s outcome was in doubt until the final out as the Canyon rally stalled with the tying and winning runs on base when the game ended.  On the offensive side, six Muslin players had 3 hit days including Dennis Haak, Brian Pin, pitcher Mike Jennings, Greg Allseitz, Marlin Campbell and Alan Caillouette. Thanks to our two subs Alan Caillouette who had his usual excellent defensive effort at shortstop, and Terry Graves who tracked down numerous fly balls in the outfield.  Nice job umpires Tom Yurkunas and Skip Pavitt and Rocco Jankowski in the tower with a little help from Kathy Boland.
Today brought another tough one run loss for Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning as they bowed 14-13 to Nancy Muslin Real Estate. The Realtors to date have had Canyon’s number as they remain undefeated in 3 games versus Canyon this season. Today also marked Canyon’s third one run loss in their six defeats. Hopefully Thursday can be a rebound game for Canyon and they can get the needed timely hits and play solid defense. Kris Schwartz was perfect at the plate for Canyon going 4/4 and scoring 3 runs. John Boland, sub Mike Hirsch and Dennis Estes slammed 3 hits apiece to aid Canyon’s cause. Estes also made several key catches in the outfield and Wayne Weidenbach pitched another strong game. Thanks to Skip Pavitt and Thomas Yurkunas for umpiring and to Rocco Jankowski in the tower.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 5 3 1 11
Tride and True Pest Control 5 4 0 10
Paul Tone Insurance 5 4 0 10
Canyon State 4 5 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 5 0 8
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 5 1 7
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Tride And True Pest Control - 17    Great American Title - 14
Tride and True Pest Controllers 17 … Great American Title 14. The crack of the bats began with temps in the low 40’s this morning but that didn’t deter the Tride and True Pest Controllers as they hosted Great American Title in the early game.  The challengers were hot with their first batter, Scotty Roberts, hitting a standup triple to set the tone for the game.  Tough defense by Dad at third, and then the Conacher /Dad combo held a bases loaded first inning to one run.  The Pests started strong  with lead off batter Howard Sumner hitting his own standup triple to set the pace.  With Conacher and Newlands aboard, Coach (and our hero) Don Ranieri blasted one out onto the road in left field to score 3 runs.  Ranieri was 4 for 4 today with 3 home runs, (and not a smile to be had).  The bats were working all round with Gene Prosser going 4 -4, Dave Fusaro 3-3, Howard Sumner, John Conacher and Lloyd Newlands 3-4 and Jeff Silversteen 2-3. Things started to tighten up in the 7th but Howard Sumners spectacular fly ball catch in left field seemed to take some wind out of their sails.  Dad nailed the coffin shut with a great line drive snag at third to end the game.  Many thanks to Dennis Estes at the plate and Wayne Weidenback in the field.

On a cold and early morning start, Great American Title could not generate the energy necessary to stay up with Tride and True Pest Control in losing 17-14. The Title Gang stranded 14 runners and were overwhelmed with the power surge demonstrated by the Tride players. Top hitters were Scott Roberts (4/5 with a triple), Mike Hirsch (3/5), Ralph Mckeever (3/5), Dan Newman (4/5) and Rod Wilterdink. Thanks Dennis Estes and Wayne Weidenbach for umpiring and Mark Jensen up in the tower.
Canyon State - 17   Heather Van Peursem - 15  
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning held off a tough Heather Van Peursem Real Estate squad and defeated them 17 to 15. Canyon toughened their defense today with the outfield playing nearly flawless ball and it showed in the game result. Wayne Weidenbach pitched a strong game and Dennis Estes went 4 for 4 including a home run and Don Ranieri stroked a home run among his 3 hits. Greg Kastelic hammered 4 hits and 3 hits each came  from John Boland, Ray Gibson and Bob Snelling. Canyon extended their win loss record to 4 wins and 5 losses in this extremely close Red League. Thanks to Randy Biko and Terry Graves for handling the umpiring duties and to the ever reliable Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
Heather Van Peursem lost in a close game to Canyon State Heating And Air Conditioning 17 -15. It was a close game, both teams played we.
Paul Tone Insurance - 22   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 16        
A real good game today vs the Nancy Muslin Realtor Boys. Paul Tone Insurance came up with a 22-16 win, keeping the Realtors to one run in the bottom of the 7th. The game started out in the 1st with a HR by both teams, ours was Al Calihoutte, and theirs was Sasquatch Brian Pin. Both teams had 4 runs that inning. It was then a close affair the rest of the way, with PT getting a couple 5 run innings in the 5th and 6th that sealed the deal. We had some real keys hits along the way, Al's HR and his 5 RBI's in total, and his perfect 4/4, David Maligro's bases loaded double cleared the bases in the 6th, and that was a huge hit. He had a great day, going 2/3 with 4 RBI's. Ron Michalski was 4/4 as well with 2 RBI's and a text-book slide into 2nd base. They had to call in the grounds crew after that one. Jay Schirpke was 3/4 with an inside the park HR, Glen Ryan, Randy Biko and Jim Opyd were all 3/4. Terry Graves was 2/4 with 4 RBI's, then the rest of us chipped in with a couple hits here-and-there for a total of 28 hits. Thanks to Beck and Garry W for their umpiring duties
The Nancy Muslin Realtors lost to the Paul Tone Insurance squad by a 22 to 16 score.  The realtor team’s defense allowed too many unearned runs to keep us in the game.  0n the offensive side, we were able to collect 25 hits, but had 15 fly outs.  Five players led the offensive attack with 3 hits each including Dennis Merkel, Andy Campbell, Mike Jennings, Ken Krzeminski, and Greg Allseitz.  Brian Pin contributed with his 2ndgrand slam of the season.  Thanks to sub Gary Ambruz who handled the right field duties and did his share of running for other players. Thanks also to umpires Paul Becker and Garry Weslosky and John Boland in the scoreboard tower.  

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 29, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 5 2 1 11
Tride and True Pest Control 4 4 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 4 4 0 8
Paul Tone Insurance 4 4 0 8
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 4 1 7
Canyon State 3 5 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Great American Title - 25 Heather Van Peursem - 21 
The Great American Title outscored Heather Van Peursem in the last inning to wrap up a well earned 25-21 win. Great pitching by Rod Wilterdink (3/5) and a one inning relief appearance by Rick Lints kept the strong Heather lineup in check (holding them to 21 runs was a nice achievement). The Title Gang knocked out 37 hits led by Mike Hirsch (5/5), Al Deangelis (5/5 with a bases loaded clearing double in the gap in the last inning), Scott Roberts (4/5), Rocco Jankowski (4/5), Ralph Mckeever (4/5), Dan Newman (4/5) and Mike Anderson (4/5). Thanks Rick Clot and Jeff Watson for umpiring and Dennis Haak up in the tower.

Another come from behind bid was snuffed out by Great American Title.  Team Heather Van Peursem laid an egg in the 3rd inning and it was tough to keep pace after that.  Tom Ranalls, Garry Weslosky and Tom Goetz were 4-5 in the batters box today.  Paul Becker 3-5 and Gary Ambruz 3-4 had nice days as well.  Our defense gave up too many extra outs to beat a good team today.  But guess what....the sun will come up tomorrow the same as it always does.  Tight standings this session.  Any team can and will beat any team on any given day, finally parity in the red league!  Proud of my team this year for effort and positive attitudes.  Keep up the great work and we'll see where the chips fall at the end of the session.  Thanks Rick Clot and Jeff Watson for doing a great job officiating.  Dennis Haak in the tower...thank you too Sir!  December 20th games have been moved to January 3rd, FYI.  Your welcome. 
   Tried And True Pest Control - 22   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 19  
Tride and True Pest Control squeaked out a win 22 – 19 today over a tough Nancy Muslin Realtor group. The Pest Controllers came ready to play today. On a mission to redeem themselves they got on the bats early running up a lead of 12 -0 at the end of 3 innings. Hitting their mid game slump they allowed 5 in the 4th but bounced back and blanked the 5th.  With a lead of 14 -5 going into 6th the slide continued.  Although Coach Don (Smiley) Ranieri hit the only HR in the 4th his efforts were not duplicated to that extreme.  Howard Sumner and John Conacher went 5 for 5, Jim Saltzman was 4 for 4, Gene Prosser, John Truttman, and Jeff Silversteen went 3 for 4. Pitching was stellar by Gene Prosser and, under pressure to pull out the win, Rob White came in to finish them off in the bottom of the seventh
Nancy Muslin Realtor lost to a solid Tried and True Pest Control squad 19 to 22.  Hard to believe the score was that close given the fact that the Realtor team didn’t score a run in 4 of the 7 innings.  The game became interesting in the final inning when a Muslin team rally brought 15 batters to the plate producing 11 hits and 9 runs. However, it wasn’t enough to get a win, but I’ll bet it gave the Newlands & Ranieri squad some tense moments. On the offensive side, Ken Krzeminski had a perfect 4/4 day at the plate followed by 3 hit days for Dennis Merkel, Jeff Watson, Glen Soles and Greg Allseitz. Best mention that Brian Pin had a grand slam homer in the 4thinning that tallied our first runs of the game.  Thanks to umpires Scott Roberts and Garry Weslosky, and Ralph Mckeever in the scoring tower.
Paul Tone Insurance - 17   Canyon State - 16      
Paul Tone had another very good game again today against Canyon State, two very evenly matched teams, and we got the win, 17-16. Our two games this week, we lose by 1 on Tuesday and win by 1 today. That's how close our Red League is. Mucho Fun!! Everyone pretty much contributed offensively for us today: Jay Schirpke, Al Caillouette, Glen Ryan, Ron Michalski, Jamie White all had 3 hits. The rest of the crew all had 2 hits, so we had a balanced attack. We hand 1 run lead going into the open 7th, and held the Canyon boys scoreless for a much needed win by the Paul Tone Boys. Good game, great week. Thanks to John Conacher and Jeff Silversteen (golden throat at Surprise Stadium) for umpiring our game.
Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning lost a tough hard fought game 17-16 to Paul Tone Insurance.The outcome was in doubt to the final out but a lack of offense in the last two innings by Canyon was a deciding factor. Canyon was led again by speedy John Boland as he slammed 4 hits and scored 4 runs in his 4 at bats. In addition to pitching a strong game Wayne Weidenbach was 4 for 4 at the plate. Three hit performances by Ray Gibson and Bob Snelling aided the Canyon squad. Ray and Bob also scored 3 runs apiece.Canyon’s record slipped to 3 and 5 but to a man they all agreed they would be ready to go next week! Thanks to John Conacher and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring and John Truttman for keeping score in the tower. Great to see Ron Wagner at the ball yard supporting his team!
 
 
 
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 27, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 4 2 1 9
Heather Van Peursem 4 3 0 8
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 3 1 7
Canyon State 3 4 0 6
Tride and True Pest Control 3 4 0 6
Paul Tone Insurance 3 4 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Great American Title -  19   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 13 
Today’s game matched Nancy Muslin Realtor vs Great American Title, the two First Places teams, against each other with The Title Gang muscling out the win 19-13 to take over sole possession of First Place. Great American came out strong with two straight five run innings to go along with their previous game’s five straight innings with five runs to record seven straight innings with five runs each. They finally cooled down somewhat but were able to stay just ahead of the Realtors in closing out the game. Rocco Jankowski (4/4) let the way with a well deserved “Inside the Park HR” with the bases loaded. Everyone contributed- Scott Roberts (3/3), Al Deangelis (3/3 HR and double), Mike Anderson (2/2 with a HR), Mike Hirsch (3/4), Ralph Mckeever (2/3), Dan “New Eyes” Newman (2/3), Skip Pavitt (2/3), Rick Lints (2/3) and Tom Yurkunas (2/3). Mike Anderson pitched a good game keeping the Realtor bats quiet. Thanks to Dave Zuker and Wayne Weidenbach for umpiring and Ken Jensen on the Scoreboard. Also, hats off to Norm for getting the field in top notch condition to play.

The Nancy Muslin Realtor squad lost to Great American Title team 19 to 13. After an extremely controversial top of the 1st inning the Realtors settled down, and under the circumstances, kept the game respectable. You don’t win many games against a team tied for 1stplace when you have just 22 hits and 3 rally killing double plays. We are a resilient group of ball players and will be ready to answer the bell for Thursday’s game. 
Canyon State - 21   Tried And True Pest Control - 9  
Five hit games from Dennis Estes and Ray Gibson led the charge as Canyon State Heating and Air Conditioning topped Tried and True Pest Control 21-9. Four hit performances were turned in by John Boland, Greg Kastelic, Kris Schwartz, Wayne Weidenbach and Bob Snelling. The team overall banged out 37 hits. The defense was solid and having Ray Gibson back in the lineup after his team’s second place result at last week’s World’s was a real shot of adrenaline for Canyon. Well done Ray!! Kudos to Mike Anderson and Dan Newman for umpiring in fine style and to Mark Jessen in the tower for the super job he always does. Great to see Don Nelson at the ball yard! His fighting spirit is an inspiration to all of us.
The boys from Tride and True Pest Control came out ready to eradicate Canyon State after the Thanksgiving break.  Both teams scored 5 runs in the first inning with no outs for the Pests but it went quickly down hill from there. Canyon State continued their 5 run scoring binge in the 2nd, 4th and 5th innings with the Pest Controllers floundering on the bleachers. In the bottom of the 4th the Tride and True defense tightened up and held off the Canyon boys 5th run with no outs thanks to crisp fielding of the Conacher/Douglas pair at Short and Third. Although there was a bit of a rally in the 5th it was pretty much a mercy kill on the Pests. Inhaling too much pesticide over the Thanksgiving break in this observers humble opinion. Many thanks to Mike Anderson for his inspirational umping behind the plate, to Dan Neuman for his questionable but correct calls on the bases … and a special shout out to John Conacher for finally showing up to a game!  Sumner, Newlands and Prosser went 3 for 3.  Douglas, Ranieri, White, Fusaro and Silversteen were 2 for 3.  Batting practice is Sunday at 0800 and attendance will be taken by coach Don (aka Smiley) Ranieri!
Heather Van Peursem - 15   Paul Tone Insurance - 14      
Team Heather Van Peursem had a nice little come from behind victory today.  Great defense and some timely hitting was necessary to topple a very good Paul Tone team.  HVP's offense was lead by Lisa Pelletier, Dennis Vance, Tom Goetz, Garry Weslosky and Ted Koch all having 3 for days from the plate.  Too many nice defensive plays to single anyone out but I'd have to say Weslosky and Vance made some catches that if I was a betting man....well...you get the idea.  It's nice to pick up a win coming back from a holiday break...should be mandatory bus trip to the batting cage the day before coming back from a holiday break.  We would like to thank our friend and teammate Don Nelson for coming out and showing his support.  He's really doing well and we couldn't have been happier to see our guy out and about at the ballpark.  Keep up the great work Don!  Gratitude extended to John Conacher and Rob White for maintaining peace and order throughout the game.  When a guy like Don Nelson shows up with his family and cheers on his team after all he's been through the past several months....makes you really think about what's important and what's just a game.  Lastly...thanks Dad for keeping tabs up in the score tower!  Sorry someone erased your circle.  P.S. I think Mr. Ambruz in right field deserves an atta boy for his solid and consistent defensive play in an often sun drenched right field.  There.  I'm outta breath...imagine that.
A very good game today, last game vs team HVP. Not a great deal of offence, but excellent defence played by both teams. A lot of hard hit balls that the outfielders made excellent grabs. The game was tied 13-13 going into the open 7th, Team Heather scored 2 runs, and the PT Boys could only manage 1 run, the tie run left standing on 3rd. Final score 15-14. Al Cal was perfect at the plate, going 4-4, Glen Ryan, Jim Opyd & Pete Carder all had solid outings, with 3 hits. The rest of us all had a couple, for a total of 25 hits. We started real strong, scoring 10 runs in the 1st two innings, then the lefty yanked himself and they brought in the right-hand heat. We were then pretty much shut down. All-in-all, a good, fun game. Thanks to Johnny C and Rob W for their umpire duties
 
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 15, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Great American Title 3 2 1 7
Nancy Muslin Realtor 3 2 1 7
Tride and True Pest Control 3 3 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 3 3 0 6
Paul Tone Insurance 3 3 0 6
Canyon State 2 4 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Great American Title - 25   Paul Tone Insurance - 12  
5+5+5+5+5=25... Great American Title maxed out every inning (5 runs) banged out 34 hits and only recorded 6 outs in overwhelming Paul Tone Insurance  25-12 in five innings. Six players were perfect at the plate all going 4/4 (Scott Robert, Rocco Jankowski, Mike Anderson, Skip Pavitt, Rick Lints and Super Sub John Hammel- with four impressive doubles). Al Deangelis and Tom Yunkunas only (ha) had three hits. Nice to see Mike Hirsch run at top speed to score a bases-loaded “Inside the Park Home Run” Rick pitched a near perfect game in gaining the win. Thanks to the Jankowski’s for the great Sloppy Joes after the game. Thanks Dale and Rick Clot for umpiring and Chuck Cruz on the Scoreboard. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone.

Well, the Paul Tone Insurance Boys had a rough week. We only had a couple things going on: (a) we couldn't score any runs, and (b) we couldn't keep the other teams from scoring. That's a bad combination. The Great American Title team gave us a solid thrashing, as they scored 5 every inning and put us out of our misery after 5 innings, 25-11. We had one real bright spot, super sub Gary Weslosky went 3-3 with 3 two baggers and some solid play in RCF. A couple of us had 2 hits: Pete Carder, David Maligro and Jamie White, and Al Cal had one hit, and was walked twice. So, in the end, 15 hits isn't going to win many games in the Red League. We will take the break next week and get our bellies full of turkey stuffed with some hitting pills. Happy Thanksgiving everyone..Thanks to Dale and Rick for umpiring.
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 24   Canyon State - 19 
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated Canyon State Plumbing, Heating & AC squad in a six inning slugfest game by the score of 24 to 19.  The Realtors scored 5 runs in all but one inning and tallied 4 runs in the other.  Our two subs, Roy Uecker and Tom Ranalls were 4/4, and one of Tom’s was a 3 run blast over the left field wall.  Thanks guys for your help and contribution to the victory!   The Muslin Realtor regulars played a respectable defensive game in support of pitcher Mike Jennings.  On the offensive side, the red and white jersey group were led by Dennis Haak with his 5/5 day at the plate, followed by Marlin Campbell and Bob Kloehn going 4/4, and Glen Soles with his 3/3 day.  Mike Jennings and Jeff Watson also joined in with their 3 hits. Thanks to our two umpires Al Deangelis and Mike Anderson and Rick Lints in the tower.  Hopefully, this Thanksgiving break will give everyone with aches and pains to do some healing.  Enjoy the holiday!
Canyon State dropped their second game in a row 24-19 to the hard hitting and hard charging Nancy Muslin Realtor squad. The “Cruzer” has his team firing on all cylinders and Canyon could not close the gap despite banging out 32 hits also for the second game in a row. David Zuker crashed 2 homers and 2 more hits and John Boland had 5 hits, scored 5 runs in 5 at bats. Well done John and David! Three hit performances from Kris Schwartz and Bob Snelling aided the Canyon offense. It was a sun drenched outfield at the ball yard and outfielders from both teams battled the sun all game. Thanks to Al DeAngelis and Miike Anderson for umpiring and Rick Lints for handling the scorekeeping. Happy Thanksgiving Week to all and let’s keep Don Nelson in our thoughts.
Heather Van Peursem - 26   Tride And True Pest Control - 23     
Team Heather Van Peursem had a nice come from behind victory today...trailing 23-19 going into the open frame the Realtors put up 7 unanswered runs and took home the victory 26-23.  Highlights of the game included Lisa Pelletier's bases loaded bomb over the left fielders head which drove in three runs and left her at third base only to score a short time later.  Move in on my SS will ya?  That was a clutch hit at the right time if I ever saw one.  Tom Ranalls went 6-6 with 6 RBI's, Dan Bourget 5-6 with 4 RBI's.  Ted Koch, John (next to be on a wanted poster) Hammel and Lisa Pelletier went 4-5.  Lisa also had 5 RBI's on the day with some very good defense at SS.  Tom Goetz, Paul Becker and Garry Wesloski went 4-6 with Becker totaling 6 RBI's for the day.  Dennis Vance and Gary Ambruz went 3-6 and contributed as well on the defensive side.  HVP used two pitchers to combine for the win as well as mixing up the defense several times to try and solve the hitting juggernaut that is Tried and True Pest Control.  They seem to save their best hitting performances for us. If I ever turn to robbing banks for a living John Hammel will be my partner in crime as he has the best poker face and line of BS to try and steal a call and win a game that I have ever encountered.  And I've seen a lot of them. Mr. Danoski...you would've been proud.   Jim Rumsey relocated himself to the first base coaches box and avoided injury for one game in a row now. Nice job Jim.  Special thanks to Moon Dog Mike Anderson and Call Them As I See Them Mike Jennings for doing an admirable job umpiring.  Score keeper Ray Gibson probably needed to take a nap after all that button pushing on the scoreboard, thanks Ray!  Special thanks to our score keeper Kris Koch lots of lead used in that pencil today.  Back to 3-3 before the Turkey Day break. I am thankful to have such a great league, great field, great teammates and a bunch of guys and girls second to none as far as softball teams and leagues go!  Looks like a pretty tight league this year where truly any team can beat any team on any day.  Keep Don Nelson and his family in your prayers. 
Tride and True Pest Control started strong today with a 5 run first inning and no outs! The bats continued strong with 3 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd and 5 in the 4th. At the end of 4 innings it was 20 -14 for the Pests. The analysis continues at press time to try to determine what happened after that. Perhaps the Pests inhaled some of their own bug juice as feedback from the boys was that they felt a little queezy. Come in, move out, come in, move out, so make up your mind Lloyd!!!!  Anyway, the Heather Van Peursen Realty team saw their opening and waltzed on through scoring 5 runs in each of the last two innings. Many thanks to our subs today, Greg Allseitz who went 5 for 5, Mike Anderson who was 4 for 5 and Dennis Haak who left it all on the field! Their help was greatly appreciated but it wasn’t enough to drag the team to victory. Pests lose 23-26. Thanks also for the superb umping by Dennis Estes and Mike Jennings.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Tride and True Pest Control 3 2 0 6
Paul Tone Insurance 3 2 0 6
Great American Title 2 2 1 5
Nancy Muslin Realtor 2 2 1 5
Canyon State 2 3 0 4
Heather Van Peursem 2 3 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 24   Heather Van Peursem - 16  
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team defeated a solid Heather Van Peursem squad by a 24 to 16 score.  The game was played in a sun drenched, cold and windy morning that made numerous fly balls an adventure for the fielders. The realtors had a respectable defensive effort in support of winning pitcher Mike Jennings.  On the offensive side of the coin, our bats were just as affective knocking out 36 hits.  The Realtor club attack was led by our two subs, Jim Oped and Ron Michalski, both having 6 for 6 days at the plate (wow!).  The Nancy Muslin regulars were led by Glen Soles, also having a perfect 5 hit day at the plate, followed by Marlin Campbell with his 4 hits, Jeff Watson, Bob Kloehn, Dennis Haak, and Brian Pin (who also had a 3 run homer) with 3 hits each.  Thanks to our two aforementioned subs, umpires Dale Vander Kooi and Lloyd Newlands and Mark Jessen in the cold scoreboard tower. Remember to keep Don Nelson in your thoughts and prayers!
Team Heather Van Peursem started out slow today...early and cold is my guess.  We did mount a comeback effort in the second half of the game but came up short.  Nancy Muslin's team played well offensively and defensively. Three regulars from HVP were gone today....Stuckey, Goetz and Vance.  Dick Stuckey, enjoy your vacation. Tom Goetz, hope the appointment went well.  Dennis Vance get that strep throat taken care of. Our sub Dave Fusaro and Rick Clot did an admirable job going 2-4 and 3-4 respectively.  Thanks to you both for stepping in today.  Tom Ranalls and Dan Bourget were 4-4, Paul Becker 3-5.  John Hammel and Ted Koch were both 2-4.  This team has a ton of potential that has yet to be realized.  Now 2-3 the next baby step is to get to 3-3.  From there we make a run!  Special thanks to our third base coach Jim Rumsey for taking one in the shin and hanging in there the rest of the game.  He turned down the Feldine and acted like a true warrior!  Lay down today and make Pat rub that leg with ice! 
Tride And True Pest Control - 21   Paul Tone Insurance - 20 
Tride and True Pest Control can be proud of their team today!  After that shalacking last week they came to play today. Howard Sumner started off with a standup triple and the boys responded with 5 runs in the 1st. John Truttman, standing in front of a full count  in the 3rd, hit a beauty into left field and then scored on a sac fly from Dave Fusaro. Defense was stellar with 3 up and 3 down in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th innings. Honorable mention to Dad for staying with a loose ball in the 5th to make the play at 1st for the 2rd out. He’ll be holding fielding clinics later in the week! Many thanks to spares Mike Anderson for superb pitching and Dale Vander Kooi at the plate today.  Pinch running to the extreme, Dave Fusaro turned on the burners from 1st to cross the plate for the 6th run in the 6th inning – sorry Dave but huge E for effort there! Paul Tone Insurance was shut down with Twinkle Toes Newlands at short and Flash Ranieri at center in the 7th. Strong at bats from Howard Sumner (5-5) and Gene Prosser (4-4) , Newlands, White, Ranieri, Vander Kooi and Anderson (3-4). Final score 20 – 10….. Conacher who??
The Paul Tone Insurance boys Came up a little flat today against the Tride And True Pest Control crew, losing 20-10. I think the Exterminators maybe put a little bug juice in our water bottles and it was poison for our bats, only getting 19 hits for the day. We maybe used up all our hits last week in the 7th inning during our big comeback. We had some good performances at the plate, with Jay Shirpke, Al Cal, Glen Ryan, Brian Pin and Jim Opyd all getting 3 hits. The highlight of the game was watching sub Brian Pin legging out a triple. That will be on You Tube later tonight. The league is good, everyone is beating everyone. I think only 2 points separate first and last. Makes for fun games. See you Thursday.
Great American Title - 27   Canyon State - 22    
A slugfest from the get go... Great American Title walloped 40 hits in outlasting Canyon State 27-22. Superb pitching by Mike Anderson (5/5) and a tighter defense in the middle innings was the big factor in gaining the lead and then fending off Canyon in the last inning. Everyone contributed with Scott Roberts (6/6) leading the way. Rocco Jankowski (4/6), Mike Hirsch (4/6), Ralph Mckeever (4/6), Al Deangelis (4/5), super-sub John Hammel (4/5), Rick Lints (4/5) and Tom Yunkunas (3/5) all had great performances. Thanks Jamie and Al for umpiring and Pete Carder on the Scoreboard.
Thirty two hits were not enough for Canyon State  to stop the hard charging Great American Title Top- led team. Score was 27-22. John Boland and Dennis Estes had fantastic days at the plate with each banging out 5 hits and scoring 5 runs in 5 at bats. Four hit performances by Greg Kastelic and David Zuker helped the offense as three hit days came from Kris Schwartz, Wayne Weidenbach and Bob Applebaum. Canyon’s defense was at times shall we say porous but full credit for the win to Great American. Kudos to Jamie White and Al Caillouette for handling the umpire duties and to Pete Carder in the scoring tower.
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 08, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Paul Tone Insurance 3 1 0 6
Tride and True Pest Control 2 2 0 4
Canyon State 2 2 0 4
Heather Van Peursem 2 2 0 4
Great American Title 1 2 1 3
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1 2 1 3
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Great American Title 13   Tride And True Pest Control - 1   
Celebrate, Celebrate... Great American Title (1-2-1) won their first game of the young season in besting Tride and True Pest Control 13-1 in five innings. Great pitching by Rod Wilterdink (3/3) and good all around infield defense was the key in earning the win. Up and down the lineup everyone contributed. Scott Roberts 2/3), Rocco Jankowski (3/4), Mike Hirsch (2/4), Ralph McKeever (3/4), Murray Fairweather (2/3), Rick Lints (2/3) and Tom Yurkanas (2/3). Thanks to Randy Biko and Big Dale for umpiring and Kris Schwartz on the Scoreboard. And yes, Coach Top will dust off and actually read the rules before the next game. 
The Tride and True Pest Control team hit their mid-season slump today when they left their bats at home.  As hard as it was to believe, they didn’t get one ball into the outfield in the first inning!  The second inning deteriorated further still and we will  not even comment on the third.  Finally, they surged forward scoring one run in the fourth,  but it was all over but the crying.  Most guys got 2 at bats which was 2 too many for this critical meeting.  Fielding was crisp but we’re still trying to determine how these Pest Controllers managed to turn the juice on themselves.  Exterminated !  13 – 1. Many thanks to the umps for calling the game and for Ron Wagner for score keeping.
Canyon State - 15   Heather Van Peursem - 9 
Canyon State evened their record at 2 and 2 with a hard fought victory over Heather Perseum Realty 15 to 9. Canyon had their offense and defense in synch as they were led by David Zuker who had four hits including two towering homers and three runs scored. Ray Gibson continued his torrid hitting with three hits and three runs scored. Others contributing three hits were John Boland, Dennis Estes and Wayne Weidenbach. Defensively Dennis Estes made several stellar plays at shortstop and Wayne Weidenbach pitched and held the strong hitting Realtors to nine runs. Bob Snelling made his debut at second base and was flawless in his performance.
The Heather Van Peursem Team was unable to put it together offensively, putting up 3 scoreless innings in today's game. Defensively, RCF Ted  Koch made some spectacular diving catches. Although Team Heather Van Peursem did not score enough runs to win the game, there was some good hitting. Manager, Tom Ranalls was 3/4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's, Danny Bourget was a solid 4/4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's, John Hammel was 3/3 and Garry Weslosky, Dennis Vance and Lisa Pelletier each had 2 hits.  Thanks to sub Don Ranieri.  Thanks to our umpires John Conacher and Lloyd Newlands and scorekeeper Rocco Jankowski. Thanks to our sponsor, Heather Van Peursem coming to the game to provide moral support.
Paul Tone Insurance - 29   Nancy Muslin Realtor 28   
Well folks, that was quite a game. We were tied 17-17 after 6 with the Nancy Muslin Realtor
Bashers after 6 innings, and then both teams proceeded to score 23 runs in the open 7th. They scored 11, the Paul Tone Insurence Boys never gave up and scored 12 in the bottom of the 7th for the win. Now that doesn't happen very often.. It was very entertaining and fun, except maybe the guys playing in right field may beg to differ. Then PT boys had some outstanding performances at the plate, Both Al Cal and Jim Opyd going 6-6, Jamie White 5-5 with an intentional walk, Jay Shirpke, Ron Michalski and Pete Carder with 4 hits, and everyone else with at least 3 hits. It was a crazy game between two evenly matched teams with lots of runs and excitement. Big Dick and Bigger Dan did a great job keeping things under control as umpires. Scorekeeeper Gibby was the busiest man of the day. His fingers must be sore!! 
The Nancy Muslin Realtor team suffered their 2nd loss of the early season to Paul Tone Insurance by a 29 to 28 run score.  The game was tied at the end of the 6th inning at 17.  In the top of the 7th inning the Realtors bats were hot as the team brought 16 players to the plate producing 13 hits and 11 runs.  However, in the bottom of the inning, the Insurance group trumped our score with their 12 runs and the victory.  The home seller team’s defense wasn't as sharp as we have been in other games.  On the offensive side, the team collected a respectable 37 hits for their 28 runs.  Marlin Campbell had a perfect 5 for 5 day, Dennis Merkel, Jeff Watson, Brian Pin, Ken Krzeminski, and Glen Soles contributed 4 hits each.  Thanks to sub Dennis Estes for handing the short stop duties, Dan Bourget and Dick Stuckey umpiring and John Boland on the scoreboard.  Hang in there Don Nelson, you continue to be in the red league family's thoughts and prayers.
Sun City Grand Softball -  FALL 2018
** Red League **
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, November 06, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Tride and True Pest Control 2 1 0 4
Heather Van Peursem 2 1 0 4
Paul Tone Insurance 2 1 0 4
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1 1 1 3
Canyon State 1 2 0 2
Great American Title 0 2 1 1
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Paul Tone Insurance - 16   Canyon State - 15
We started off the day at the ballpark with a great game between two very evenly matched teams, with Paul Tone pulling out a 16-15 win. Both teams started strong and it was an even game all the way through. We had a few defensive miscues early in the game, but then the PT boys buckled down and played a very solid defensive game the last 5 innings. It takes a couple innings to get the sleep out of our eyes.. Everyone contributed at the plate, with our large guys, Randy Biko and Ron Michalski both going 4-4. Glen Ryan continued his hot hand, going 3-4, Jamie White  and "welcome back Roy Uecker" going 3-4. Everyone one else had at least 1-2 hits. Pete Carder came up with the winning RBI in the bottom of the 6th. Good game, good competition. Thanks to umps Ken K and Glenn S.
Canyon State lost a squeaker 16-15 to Paul Tone Insurance in Tuesday’s opening game. Despite holding a lead for four innings Canyon State could not hold on as the offense dried up and the Insurance boys took the lead. Dennis Estes led Canyon with four hits and three runs and three hit performances were turned in by John Boland, David Zuker, Ray Gibson, Wayne Weidenbach and Bob Snelling. Once again Wayne Weidenbach pitched a strong game. Thanks to Ken Krzeminski, Glen Soles and Mark Jessen for doing a great job with the umpiring and scorekeeping. 
Tried And True Pest Control - 23   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 11 
Tride and True Pest and Termite Control started off slowly in the first inning with 3 runs.  In the bottom of the 1st, Brian Pin from Nancy Muslin Realty hit a Grand Slam to put them ahead 5 -3.  Not to be deterred, our Dream Team picked up the bats and started exterminating.  Leading by example, Coach Ranieri hit 2 homers, Jeff Silversteen had 2 stand up triples and Lloyd Newlands hit one out of the park. In all the excitement, there was some questionable base running by John Truttman but eventually he did manage to find his way to home plate!  Many thanks to our subs Al Caillouette and Rod Wilterdink helping out given Gene was missing and John C and Dad were both out in Bullhead City braving the 40 mile an hour winds.  Also thanks to the exceptional umping today notwithstanding some challenges.  Call em as you see em!!  In the end the Pest Controllers rallied to a convincing 23 – 11 victory!
The Nancy Muslin Realtor lost their first game of the early season to Tried and True Pest Control team by a lopsided score of 23 to 11. At the end of the 2nd inning the score was tied at 6 runs.  That’s when things went south. We scored only 5 more runs in the next 5 innings. Not many highlights to brag about. However, Andy Campbell had another perfect day at the plate with his 4 for 4 effort, Dennis Merkel came thru, as usual, with his 3 hits, and Brian Pin had a 4 run blast over the left field wall in the bottom of the first inning. Nothing else seemed very remarkable. No more low ball offers for the Real Estate group, we will come out selling next game!!
Heather Van Peursem - 20   Great American Title - 18 
In a battle that went  down to the wire, Team Heather Van Peursem held on to a 2 run lead.
In the bottom of the 7th with Great American Title having the tying runs on base, a great diving catch was made by SS Lisa Pelletier on a hard line drive that saved the win. Dennis Vance at 2B teamed up with SS Lisa for a couple of outstanding plays at 2nd base.  Offensively for Team Heather Van Peursem, Gary Ambruz had key hits in the 6th and 7th innings to keep the game tied.  Paul Becker was 3/5 with 3 runs and 3 RBI's including a home run. Danny Bourget was 3/3; John Hammel was 4/4 with a home run (30 pack). Dennis Vance was 3/4 with key hits in the 6th and 7th innings. Thanks for the good job by umpires, Jeff Silverstein and Rob White and also to the scorekeeper, Jim Saltzman.
Great American Title gave it a valiant run in the last inning with two outs scoring four runs but coming up short by two runs in losing to Heather Van Peursem 20-18. The Title gang banged out 31 solid hits to stay even with the Heather bunch 14-14 thru six innings. Title would have had 4-5 additional hits if not for the spectacular play of SS Lisa Pelletier and 2nd basemen Dennis Vance. Everyone contributed with great defense and timely hitting. Thanks Jeff Silversteen and Rob White in officiating an exciting game. Hats off to “Dad” up in the Scoreboard Booth. Big hitters were Scott Roberts (4/5), Ralph Mckeever (4/5), Dan Newman (4/5 w two doubles), Mike Anderson (4/5 w a HR and two doubles), Mike Hirsch (3/5), Rocco Jankowski (3/5), Rod Wilterdink (3/5) and Rick Lints, Skip Pavitt and Tom Yurkunas with two hits each.
Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2018
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Thursday, November 01, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1 0 1 3
Tride and True Pest Control 1 1 0 2
Heather Van Peursem 1 1 0 2
Canyon State 1 1 0 2
Paul Tone Insurance 1 1 0 2
Great American Title 0 1 1 1
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Canyon State - 16   Tried And True Pest Control - 13 
Canyon State notched their first victory of the young season with a closely fought 16 to 13 win over Tried and True Pest Control. Four hit performances by Ray Gibson and Dennis Estes led the charge for Canyon State. In addition to a strong pitching performance Wayne Weidenbach slammed out 3 hits. Others collecting 3 hits were David Zuker, Bob Applebaum, Paul Ramos and Bob Snelling. John Boland made two fantastic catches in left field to help seal the victory. Kudos to Mike Jennings and Andy Campbell for umpiring and to Dennis Merkel for handling the score keeping duties.
Tride and True Pest and Termite Control got off to a slow start in game 2 today. Losing to Canyon State 16-13. Stellar fielding once again from Howard Sumner. John Conacher was hot at short stop today but that was probably as a result of his warm up game at Traditions earlier in the day! Newlands and Dad went 4 for 4, Jim Salzman went 3 for 3.  The rest of you know there is batting practice on Sunday morning, right?  Mid game the momentum started to shift towards Tride and True Pest and Termite Control but unfortunately, Coach Ranieri was called away suddenly to places unknown and we were lost without him!!!! Special thanks to Ron Wagner for pinpoint accuracy in his scorekeeping.  Couldn’t have done it without you!
 Great American Title - 26   Nancy Muslin Realtor - 26
Both Nancy Muslin Realtor and the Great American Title teams had a slugfest day that resulted in 52 runs in a time limiting 6 inning game.  Both teams scored 5 runs in four of the six innings and 6 runs in two other innings.  Knotted at 26, both teams failed in the tie breaker format to get the win.  Although it’s not reflected by the final score, the realtor team had a respectable defensive effort, highlighted by Bob Kloehn’s circus catch at 1st base which helped preserve the tie.  On the offensive side of the coin, the real estate group chocked up 36 hits. (I’m sure the Title team had a least that many – probably over 72 hits for the game – wow!) Andy Campbell led our hit parade with a 5 for 5 effort.  Other perfect days at the plate included Jeff Watson and Brian Pin with their 4 hits and Greg Allseitz with his 3 hits.  Dennis Merkel, Glen Soles, and Dennis Haak (with his timely in the park round tripper) all contributed 4 hits each.  OK, I can’t leave out Marlin Campbell who had 3 timely hits too.  I think our two pitchers, Mike Jennings and Glen Soles are glad that game is over.  Thanks to our two umpires Bob Applebaum and Bob Snelling and whoever was in the tower. Finally, Don Nelson we are all pulling for you as you remain in our thoughts and prayers. 
For 5 near perfect innings, Great American Title felt like they were in control of a time shorten game.  Great American lead 24 to 21.  Then Nancy Muslin held Great American to two runs and came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning.  No runs were scored in the extra inning and the game ended in a tie.  Great American bats were on fire producing 38 hits in 6 innings.  Scott Roberts was the only batter with 5 or more hits, trying to keep up were 7 guys with 4 hits each; sub Paul Ramos, sub Jamie White, Dan Newman, Rod Wilterdink, Rick Lints, Skip Pavitt and Rocco Jankowski.  It was a great game until the sibling kissing at the end.
 Heather Van Peursem - 16   Paul Tone Insurance - 4
Heather Van Peursem won by mercy rule in 5 innings 16-4 over Paul Tone Insurance.  Dennis Haak made a bucketful of excellent catches in right center staring into a difficult sun. Brian Pin banged a three run homer off one of the left field pillars in the first. Gary Weslosky added an inside the park 3 run homer later in the game. Dick Stuckey corralled a bases loaded pop up from behind the plate with no outs to help the realtors avert a big inning later in the game. Rick Lints was stellar on the mound. Thanks to Rick, Brian, Dennis, Murray Fairweather and Dan Newman for subbing.
Well, this will be quick, and we did keep score this time!! The Heather Van Peursem boys came out firing on all cylinders, and the Paul Tone boys could of used some new spark plugs, losing 16-4. Thankfully, the mercy rule kicked in after 5 so we could get on to some more important things. However, today wasn't just abut the wins and losses, but more about our wonderful show of support for our friend and teammate, Don Nelson. Commish Dale did a great job getting us all together, and it was an emotional day for everyone, Don & his family included. We wish him all the best. Thanks today also to our super subs, Joe Pioli and Mac. 
The SCG Red League Softball Family began the afternoon with a reality check.  Commissioner Dale Vander Kooi led us in a ceremony recognizing Don Nelson for his numerous years as a red league ball player, and hopefully providing moral support to him and his family during their difficult task of combating Don’s illness.  It’s hard to process in our minds, when a family member is hurting, the best we can do is render our support and keep him in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Sun City Grand Softball -  Fall 2018
**Red League**
 Standings
Games thru -  Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Tride and True Pest Control 1 0 0 2
Paul Tone Insurance 1 0 0 2
Nancy Muslin Realtor 1 0 0 2
Canyon State 0 1 0 0
Great American Title 0 1 0 0
Heather Van Peursem 0 1 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Nancy Muslin Realtor - 21   Canyon State - 16
The Sun City Grand 2018 Fall Softball Season started well for the Nancy Muslin Realtor team by defeating a solid Canyon State Team by a 21 to 16 score.  The run differential for the first 5 innings was never more than 3.   In the final two innings, the Realtors were able to stretch their lead to seal the win for pitcher Mike Jennings.  The Real Estate group collected 29 hits led by Dennis Merkel, Andy Campbell, and Dennis Haak each having 4 hits and another 3 hits each contributed by Mike Jennings, Jeff Watson, Glen Soles, and Brian Pin (one of which was a homerun over the left field fence – hope it doesn’t go to his head!).  It was an enjoyable day getting to meet with all the red leaguers after the summer layoff.  Thanks to our sponsor, Nancy Muslin, who was in the dugout providing support to her team and treating us to bagels after the game.  Another shout out to the two umpires Rod Wilterdink and Dan Newman, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower, and Norm Lustig for the field preparation at this early hour!
In the season opener Canyon State fell to a strong hitting Nancy Muslin Realty team 21 to 16. Canyon State were led offensively by newcomer David Zuker (4 for 5) and veteran Bob Applebaum (4 for 4). Welcome to Arizona and SCG David! Three hit performances came from John Boland, Dennis Estes, Greg Kastelic, Wayne Weidenbach and Paul Ramos. Our 29 hits in total were not enough to subdue the Realtors. Wayne Weidenbach pitched a solid game for Canyon State.
Paul Tone Insurance - 15   Great American Title - 9
Welcome back everyone. Great to see everyone again, and also good to see a few new faces in our Red League. This is going to be a fairly short write-up, because we forgot to keep score for the first 4 innings. Oh well, Paul Tone Insurance beat the Great American Title, but I can't remember the score. I think it was about 15-9 or so. I do know that we had some key hits by Murray Fairweather, Glen Ryan and Dave Elkins in the top of the 7th, which have us a 6 run cushion and hung on for the win. Ron Michalski had a big day at the plate, banging one off the top of the wall, and great defence by shortstop Al were key factors in the win. Thanks to super-subs Murray & Dave E for really helping out today. 
A close game for a while, Great American Title struggled to put hits together.  Leading hitters for Great American Title were; Rocco Jankowski 3 for 3, Sub Don Ranieri 3 for 4 and Skip Pavitt 2 for 3 each with a double.  Everyone on the team hit the ball.
Tride and True Pest Control - 21   Heather Van Peursem - 9
Batter up!  Play Ball!! The Fall Season for the Tride and True Pest and Termite Control team kicked off this morning under sunny skies with the stands full of cheering fans.
This Dream Team was raring to go and started 5 – 4 – 5 – 5 in runs scored.  The first 14 batters hit a base hit single to get things rolling.  Coach Ranieri then walked and Assistant Coach Lloyd Newlands flew out to center.  Howard Sumner, John Conacher, Dennis Estes, Don Ranieri, Jim Douglas and Dave Fusaro went 4 for 4.   Lloyd Newlands, still warming up apparently, was 2 for 4 , bottom of the pack but promises to do better. Fielding was outstanding with Dave Fusaro in the first inning and Howard Sumner in the final inning making fantastic running catches to end the innings.  Mid fielders could take some pointers from those two fellows! Final score 21 – 9.  Great Start!!!!
For Team Heather Van Peursem, Tom Goetz was 2 for 3 and 2 runs scored. 
Tom Ranalls was 2 for 2 with 2 runs scored.  Danny Bourget was 2 for 2
including a 2 run home run.  Ted Koch was 3 for 3, including a triple
and 2 RBI's.  Team Heather Van Peursem could not score in consecutive
innings.   Having 0 runs in the 2nd and 4th innings.  Our team played
solid defense and lost to a team that made a total of 6 outs.  Thanks to
sub Scott Roberts; umpires Dave Maligro and Glen Ryan; and scorekeeper
Roy Uecker.  Special thanks go to Team Sponsor, Heather Van Peursem who
attended our first game.

 

Games thru -  Friday, April 13, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 15 5 0 30
Heather Van Peursem 14 6 0 28
Gothic Landscaping 11 8 1 23
Liberty Buick 10 9 1 21
Brian Keep and Associates 9 11 0 18
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 14 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 15 1 9
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, April 13, 2018
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 28   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 21
Gothic Landscaping team defeated Brian Keep & Associates in the final game of the Winter Red League Season 28 to 21. After the first inning, the Landscapers were able to take the lead and hold it throughout the remaining frames.  Bob Applebaum’s squad kept the game interesting with their own solid hitting attack.  After the past several outings, the gardener’s bats finally woke up and managed 37 hits. Leading the offensive effort were Don Urzada, Andy Campbell, and Marlin Campbell having perfect 4 for 4 days at the plate.  Others with 4 hit days included Murray Fairweather, Brian Pin, and sub Rocco Jankowski. Terry Graves, Nick Naselli, John Truttman, and sub Glen soles all chimed in with 3 its each.  Thanks to our last minute sub Glen Soles who handled the pitching duties, Rocco Jankowski in left field and Lloyd Newlands who was called into duty to relieve Andy Campbell in the 6thinning.  It was an interesting session for the Gothic Landscaping team.  We were able to field our full squad for just one game!  Thanks to all the 40 some subs who pitched in and graciously helped Chuckie get thru the 20 games.  As usual, thanks to the umpires Dale Vander kooi and David Elkins, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower and Norm for the early morning field prep. For those of you players heading to home for the summer, be safe and stay healthy!!
Brian Keep and Associates scored some runs today, but Gothic Landscape scored more in winning 28 to 21. The Consultants were led by subs Tom Rannells and Paul Becker each 5 for 5 . Rannells had 6 RBIs. Glen Ryan was 5 for 5 with 5 RBIs. Larry Biko was 4 for 5. Everyone else had at least two hits. Once again we couldn't get that elusive third out to stop any of Gothic's 5 run innings. It was a pretty good year at The Field of Dreams. Looking forward to next year.
Games thru -  Thursday, April 12, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 15 5 0 30
Heather Van Peursem 14 6 0 28
Gothic Landscaping 10 8 1 21
Liberty Buick 10 9 1 21
Brian Keep and Associates 9 10 0 18
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 14 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 15 1 9
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, April 12, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 27   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 14
On a cold and rainy day... nope. On a warm and windy day the Treedah Magee Team wrapped up the Red League Championship (15-5) by outscoring the solid Brian Keep and Associates Team in the late innings to win 27-14. The Realtors defense (three double plays) and good judgement on wind blown fly balls closed down several Keep rallies. Top hitters were lead-off specialist Rick Clot (5/6), Alan Caillouette (5/6), Greg Kastelic (4/6), Dan Newman (4/5), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (4/5), super Sub Ralph McKeever (4/5), always reliable Bob Snelling (5/5), all over the field Dennis Vance (3/5) and sub John Conacher (3/5). Welcome back Bill Parker - nice game. Thanks to The Commissioner (Dale) and Dave Maligro for umpiring and Howard Sumner on the Scoreboard.


There was no joy in Mudville for the mighty Brian Keepers have struck out. Filed out more exactly. Twelve of them. Combined with 3 DPs that didn’t leave much chance to keep up with league champs Treedah Magee. Congratulations to them, they had a super season. John Shuba was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate. Glen Ryan, Tom Rannels, and Larry Biko were all 3 for 4. Thanks to our two subs Rannels and Randy Biko who contributed 3 RBIs each. Last game tomorrow.
LIBERTY BUICK - 30   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 27   
There was much slashing and dashing in the last 2 games at The Field of Dreams. 57 runs were scored in each game. The 1:30 game was won by Liberty Buick 30-27 over AZ Vein and Vascular and the outcome wasn't determined until the last out was made. All Liberty players had at least 3 hits each in the 39 hit attack. Leading the way was leadoff Don "the kid" Ranieri 6-6 with a key 3 run homer in the open inning. Don also led with 6 rbi's. Jay Schirpke was 4-4 with 2 doubles and 2 triples. Sub Paul Becker went 3-3 with a double and 5 rbi's. Ralph McKeever finished 5-6 with a double and a home run. John Conacher, sub Dick Stuckey, and sub Tom Yurkunas all had 4-5 days. John 2 doubles. Dennis Haak, Kris Schwartz, and sub Larry Biko had 3-5 afternoons. Dennis a double. Another season ends. Safe driving to all our friends heading north. For the ones staying, you have about 10 days to nurse sore legs, backs, groins, hamstrings, feet, and arms before the spring session begins. 
THE VEINSTERS MADE A VALLANT COME BACK BUT WAS A BIT SHORT IN THE 7TH, LOSING TO LIBERTY 30-27.  IT WAS A 40 HIT DAY FOR THE ARIZONA VEIN BOYS.  LEADING HITTERS WITH A PERFECT 5 FOR 5 WERE, SCOTT ROBERTS AND GARY AMBRUZ. WITH 3 HITS EACH; GLEN SOLES, LLOYD ‘’ GIGGLES’’ NEWLANDS & JOHNNY ‘’HOLMES’’ HAMMEL.  3 HITS EACH; JOHN ‘’SPEED RACER’’ BOLANDS AND DA COACH. SCOTTY WENT YARD.  PLAYERS WITH A COUPLE HITS EACH; ROCKSTAR JANKOWSKI, TOMMY ‘’G’’ GOETZ AND JOE ‘’SONNY’’ PIOLI .   THANKS TO THE BOYS IN WHITE, NICE SEASON WITH GREAT GUYS, WE HAD A BLAST WITH ALL NICE GUYS, THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. THANKS TO NORM FOR LINING THE FIELD EACH AND EVERY DAY, AND MARK FOR KEEPING THE SCOREBOARD!!!  
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 29   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY -28 
The Heather Van Peursem “Boys in Black” closed out the Winter 2018 season in a tough toe-to-toe battle with the Foothills Physical Therapy squad. By the time the dust had settled, HVP was able to come away with a 29-28 victory in a pitcher’s duel game that most likely had a combined total of over 70 hits used in scoring the 57 total runs. Nine of the HVP team members had 4 hits for the day, many of which were for extra bases including home runs by Blaine Lutz (#15) and Randy Biko (#8). RBI’s were also garnered in abundance throughout the line-up as the boys strived to improve their contract negotiation positions for next season. Much thanks to umpires Skip Pavitt and Dale Vander Kooi and score keeper Kris Schwartz. Special thanks to our team owner/ sponsor Heather Van Peursem for her sponsorship and support of SCG Softball. Last, but not least, congratulations to Treedah’s Thumpers on their winning the Winter Red League session. Safe travels to all you “road warriors” as you wend your way toward your Summer destinations. See you all in the Fall…
Foothills Physical Therapy made only 9 outs the entire game and lost 29-28. Perfect games at the plate were had by Paul Becker (5-5 with a HR), Tom Ranalls (5-5), sub Glen Ryan (4-4), Jim Douglas (5-5) and sub Nick Naselli (5-5).  Other outstanding performances were had by Dennis Merkel (4-6), Rod Wilterdink (3-5), Ray Gibson (3-5), sub Terry Graves (3-5), sub Dan Newman (4-5). Once again thank you to our subs today..Dan Newman, Nick Naselli, Terry Graves and Glen Ryan. Your efforts and time were very much appreciated!  Thanks to Dale and Skip for officiating the high scoring affair. Kris Schwartz was an absolute magician in the scoreboard tower....hard to keep up with that much action!  Well that's the end of the road for this edition of Foothills Physical Therapy.  It was an absolute pleasure to play with so many accomplished players. Some hall of famers, many all tournament selections throughout the years and just all around good guys that made me proud to be their coach and a part of the Sun City Grand softball club. Thanks to all of you for a memorable season and I hope your all back on the field in Novemeber!  Chuck Cruz...you got a good wife. 

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 14 5 0 28
Heather Van Peursem 13 6 0 26
Gothic Landscaping 10 8 1 21
Liberty Buick 9 9 1 19
Brian Keep and Associates 9 9 0 18
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 13 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 14 1 9
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 9   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 9
Gothic Landscaping and Foothills Physical Therapy played an 8 inning 9 run tie game.  The Gardener’s defense allowed 9 runs but the offense could only come up with 14 hits producing 9 runs resulting in the draw. The Landscapers tied the game in the top of the 9thinning and neither team scored again.  Leading the Gothic Group with the bats were John Truttman and Brian Pin having perfect days at the plate with 3 hits each (which included Brian’s homerun), Andy Campbell’s 2 hits and numerous others with 1 hit each. Thanks to our sub Rocco Jankowski for handling the left field chores, umpires Blaine Lutz and Garry Weslosky, Mark Jessen on the scoreboard, and of course, Norm for his early morning field set up.


They say ties are like kissing your sister....I think both teams were satisfied with the tie today.  Excellent defense by both teams and not very many hits by either team.  I'm going with excellent pitching on both sides....ya that's it excellent pitching.  One perfect performance at the plate today from Foothills Physical Therapy and that was turned in by sub Jeff Watson (3-3).  Thanks for subbing my friend you did a great job!  John Conacher subbed as well and turned in another stellar performance at shortstop.  Thanks again John!  Making only one out were Rod Wilterdink, Jim Douglas (with about 5 excellent plays at the hot corner...great game Dad!) Dennis Merkel with a 3-4 day and Tom Ranalls 1-2 with a home run.  Rick Lints got a flat tire in right field and is sidelined the rest of the year...thanks for a great season and being a great teammate Rick!  Get better quick!  
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 20   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 16  
Before our game started this morning, Coach Ron of AZ Vein and Vascular suggested we have a moment of silence at the pitcher's mound for the members and families of the Humboldt Broncos Jr. hockey team. Their team bus was involved in an unbelievably tragic, fatal bus accident on the weekend, in which over half the team of young men lost their lives. In years past, we have all rode the buses to our sporting events. Then our kids did the same. And now, many of our grandkids are chasing the dream while competing in the many sports offered to them. May they all be safe. Class move Ron. Team HVP won our game against AZ Vein, 20-16. It was a good game and everyone played great.  
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR LOST TO HEATHER VAN PEURSEM TODAY 20 TO 16.  THE VEINERS HAD A COUPLE 30 PACK HRS. ONE BY GLEN SOLES AND THE OTHER BY DANIEL NEWMAN, SOLES FINISHED HIS DAY GOING 4 FOR 5. CHIPPING IN WITH 3 HITS EACH WERE, SCOTT ROBERTS, JOHN HAMMEL, ROD WILTERDINK, DAN NEWMAN, DAVE ARCHER & TOM GOETZ.
LIBERTY BUICK - 16   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 14   
Liberty Buick was able to hold hard hitting Treedah Magee Realty to runs in only 3 of the 7 innings and came away with a 16-14 victory. Defensive gems by left fielder Jay Schirpke, sub pitcher Dale McLaughlin, right center fielder Dennis Haak, and left center fielder Don Ranieri were huge. 23 hits don't usually win at Del Webb Memorial Field. Leading the way before being injured was David Maligro 2-2. John Conacher and Dale McLaughlin were 3-4, Dale a double. Jay Schirpke was 2-3 with  a double. Don Ranieri and Ralph McKeever were 3-5, Don a double and his 14th homer, a solo. Ralph a double. Kris Schwartz, Dennis Haak, and sub Tom Goetz were 2-4. Kris a double. Sub Stu McWilliam was 1-4. Tom Yurkunas was pulled from the parking lot and filled in nicely for David Maligro at third. The league championship boils down to the last day Thursday which is going to be even hotter than today's 89 degrees a game time. 
The Treedah Magee Team took it on the chin today losing in a close game to Liberty Buick 14-12. After a slow start the Realtors were able to mount a rally in the middle innings to take a 12-9 lead into the 7th inning. The Car Dealers scored 5 runs in the top half of the inning to take a 14-12 lead and then stifled the Realtors to take the win. Top hitters were Sub John Hammel (3/3 with a HR) and Greg Kastelic (3/4). The Treedah Magee team will rebound for their final game on Thursday. 
Games thru - Friday, April 06, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Treedah Magee Realtor144028
Heather Van Peursem126024
Gothic Landscaping108020
Brian Keep and Associates99018
Liberty Buick89117
AZ Vein and Vascular512111
Foothills Physical Therapy41408
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, April 06, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REAITOR - 19   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 6
The Treedah Magee team went into high gear today overwhelming a well Coached Foothills Physical Therapy Team 19-6 in six innings. The Realtors played without their prolific lead off hitter (Rick Clot .775) so went with the always reliable Bob Snelling (4/5) who proceeded to knock in 6 runs. In addition, in a rare move, the Realtors had to pick up three subs to help out. The “Three Amigos “ Ralph Mckeever (4/4), Larry Biko (4/4 with a triple) and Terry Graves (3/4) scored 10 runs and went 11/12 to help carry the scoring load. Also contributing were Greg Kastelic (3/5), Alan Caillouette (4/5), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/4), Line drive hitting Dennis Vance (3/4) and Ken Krzeminski (3/4). The players want to thank Treedah for attending the majority of our games and participating in the on field congratulations hand bump with the other team. We also like to wish our fellow friend and player “Ed Hickox” good luck and stay warm as he umps in the cold Big Apple’s Yankee Stadium. Thanks Don Ranieri and Murray Fairweather for umping and Mark Jensen on the Scoreboard.



Foothills Physical Therapy lost to Treedah Magee Realtor 19-6
Games thru -  Thursday, April 05, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 13 4 0 26
Heather Van Peursem 12 6 0 24
Gothic Landscaping 10 8 0 20
Brian Keep and Associates 9 9 0 18
Liberty Buick 8 9 1 17
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 12 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 13 0 8
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, April 05, 2018
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 11
Heather's Boys came to play again today with another quality defensive performance against the Gothic Landscaper Gorilla's, winning the game 17-11. Our play up the middle was superb, with 3rd base, Tom; SS Blaine and 2nd base Scott turning many DP's. Our outfielders made many excellent plays, with zero errors registered by them. That makes a pitcher's job a lot easier when the defence is strong. Once again, we were lead at the plate by Blaine Lutz, 4 hits with a first inning shot, and Randy Biko with 4 hits. I won't mention everyone, but all our guys had multiple hit games, all 2 & 3 hits each. A total of 30 hits with a balanced attack. Good to see Commish Dale back at the ball park, his shoulder all wrapped up after successful surgery. Thanks to John C & Mac for calling a good game. 



Gothic Landscaping were defeated by a strong hitting Heather Van Peursem team 17 to 11.  The Landscapers scored no more than 2 runs per inning for the first 6 innings of the game which isn’t enough to win in this league. However, they did mount their comeback effort in the final inning, but it fell short.  The offensive highlights of the game included five players having 3 hits each: Murray Fairweather, Don Urzada, Brian Pin, John Truttman, and Chuck Cruz.  Mike Jennings, Nick Naselli, and subs Bob Snelling and David Archer all contributed 2 hits each.  Thanks to the aforementioned subs, umpires John Conacher and Dale Mclaughlin and Dennis Haak pushing the buttons in the scoring tower. 
LIBERTY BUICK - 26   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 25   
Hits were abundant at the Field of Dreams today as Foothills Physical Therapy and Liberty Buick battled. Foothills P.T. scored 8 runs in the open inning to take a 25-18 lead. Undaunted Liberty Buick replied with 8 of their own to take a hard fought 26-25 victory. A season high 40 hits for the Buick dealer. 7 players for Liberty had at least 4 hits each. Sub Terry Graves led Liberty with a 5-5  day which included 2 doubles. Can our manager pick subs or what. John Conacher had a perfect 4-4 effort and had the game winning sacrifice fly. Dennis Haak, Jay Schirpke, and Don Ranieri all went 5-6. Jay a double and a team leading 5 rbi's and Don hit for the cycle for the first cycle of the year for Liberty. Dave Elkins was 4-5 with a double. Kris Schwartz went 3-4 and threw 2 more runners out at second base from his right field spot. Kris' accurate arm is no surprise to his teammates any more. Ralph McKeever went 4-6 with 2 doubles. David Maligro was 3-5 including a double. Skip Pavitt returned from a 2 game absence and was 1-1 but re injured himself on his way to first base. Murray Fairweather was pushed into emergency duty and went 1-4. 
Well somewhere in the softball manual it says you can't give a team 8 out in the last inning no matter how big your lead. It was a good day for the most part while most everyone seemed to enjoy the high scoring back and forth game. Welcome back Ray Gibson...nice job at shortstop and 4 for 6 from the plate!  Rick Lints had a great day batting 5-5 and made some great plays in the outfield. Dale MacLaughlin pitched well and made some good defensive plays while going 5 for 6 from the plate. Tom Ranalls was 4 for 5 with three home runs and 10 RBI's and a walk. Jim Douglas had a few key stops at third base and was 4-5 from the batters box. Jimmy Saltzman was one hit a way from a perfeect day at the plate going 4-5. Rod Wilterdink made a few nice cathces in the outfield and also chipped in 3 hits. Jim Templeton tweaked the old back bones again but managed to finish out the game catching and putting three hits on the board.  Foothills Physical Therapy has had many exciting games this year...coming out on top has not been our forte...but everyone is having fun and enjoying the season!  Thanks for hanging in there and being great sports throughout the entire schedule. Early Friday morning game tomorrow...don't break curfew fella's!  Assistant coach Becker was to give a post game interview but was excused due to excessive hydration issues.
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 18   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 6   
Brian Keep & Associates played a great game against AZ Vein.  The final score was Brian Keep 18 and AZ Vein 6.  Leading the Brian Keep boys were as follows: Don Ranieri was 4/4, Mike Hirsch 4/4, Larry Biko was 3/3 and Coach Bob Applebaum was 3/3.  Jeff Watson was 3/4, Dave Archer was 3/4 and Greg Kastelic was 2/3.  This was a great accomplishment by all the Brian Keep team, as the stats were 27/36 which equals .750 batting average.
WELL THE VEIN BOYS GOT BLOOPED TO DEATH COUPLED WITH NO HITTING LOSING TO KEEP 18-6. 5 OF OUR 10 GUYS ONLY BATTED TWICE. 11 TOTAL HITS.  ROCCO JANKOWSKI & JOHN BOLANDS 2 FOR 2. THANKS TO OUR SUBS TODAY, JOHN, KRIS & GARRY.  BACK TO PICKING OUT OF A HAT FOR OUR LAST 2 GAMES….DILLY DILLY.

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 13 4 0 26
Heather Van Peursem 11 6 0 22
Gothic Landscaping 10 7 0 20
Brian Keep and Associates 8 9 0 16
Liberty Buick 7 9 1 15
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 11 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 12 0 8
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
LIBERTY BUICK - 16   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 4
The streakiest team (both ways) at Sun City Grand stayed on a hot streak and won 16-4 over Brian Keep and Associates. Good defense once again from the leading Buick dealer in the West Valley Liberty Buick. Six players for Liberty had 2 rbi's each and all ten had at least 2 hits. Leading the way for Liberty was sub John Hammel 4-4 with one off the concrete blocks in center. Can our manager pick subs or what. Ralph McKeever at 4-5 stayed hot with 4 more line drives including a double in 5 trips to the plate. David Maligro, Dennis Haak, and Jay Schirpke were all 3-4. Jay another  inside the park homer with 2 outs. Jay also made an outstanding running catch at full speed. And Jay's full speed is pretty darn fast. Kris Schwartz was 2-3. Don Ranieri led off the game with another homer, his 12th, and went 3-5. John Conacher, Dave Elkins, and sub Bob Snelling were 2-4. John Shula for Brian Keep also made an outstanding, sliding, catch in left center. 
If ever the "mercy rule" was necessary and appreciated it was today. Liberty Buick pounded the Consultants of Brian Keep and Associates 16 to 4 in a 6 inning game. The Consultants just couldn't keep any innings alive. They left 13 men on base in 6 innings leaving no fewer than 2 on in any inning. Coupled with 10 soft fly out that doesn't usually spell a lot of runs and it didn't. Sub Greg Kastelic was 4 for 4 and sub Al Callouette, a late fill-in for injured Mike Anderson was 1 for 2. We'll be ready for Thursday's game.
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 15   TREEDAH MAGEE REALATOR - 14  
The Red League's Realtor's teams went at it today, Heather's Boys, vs Treedah's first place squad. It was a real hum-dinger of a game, with the "Boys in Black" squeaking out a 15-14 win over the first place Treedah' team. We had a 15-11 lead going into the open 7th, and we came up empty with another zero. Four runs is a pretty shaky lead against that squad, but we help them to 3 runs to sneak out with the win. Randy Biko made a game-saving, back-handed play on a hot ground ball, then a throw to home from his knees to keep the tieing run from scoring. It pretty much saved the game for us. Offensively, we scored 9 runs on 3 home runs, 2 from Randy and one from Blaine Lutz. The top of our batting order pretty much carried us, with John Boland, Garry Weslosky, Randy Biko, Blaine Lutz and Tom Yurkunas having multiple hit games. The rest of us were there for our defence, which was excellent as well. Our outfielders were busy, and they kept us in the game. Mathematically, we still have a chance to catch Treedah, but it is pretty slim. We have to win them all and then hope for some upsets from there. Should be fun..
The Treedah Magee Team came up short today against a powerful Heather Van Peursem Team 15-14. The Realtors trailing 15-6 mounted a valiant attempt scoring 8 runs in the last two innings only to see a great play by Heather’s First-baseman (Randy Biko who also clobbered two HRs) stop the rally. Top hitters were Rick Clot (5/5), Greg Kastelic (5/5), Alan Caillouette (4/5) and sub Larry Biko (3/4). 
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 21   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 9
AZ VEIN BEAT THE HARD HITTING GOTHIC TEAM 21-9. OUR NEW LEADOFF HITTER HAD A PERFECT 5 FOR 5 DAY; LLOYD ‘’ONE PITCH’’ NEWLANDS. 8 OTHERS HAD 3 OR MORE HITS EACH.  BLAINE LUTZ, TOM GOETZ, & ROD WILTERDINK ALL HAD 4 HITS. GLEN SOLES, JOHN ‘’HAMMER’’ HAMMEL, ROCCO JANKOWSKI, JOE ‘’THE KID’’ PIOLI AND HIS FATHER ALL HAD 3 HITS EACH. ROD WILTERDINK PITCHED HIS HEART OUT TODAY TO SEAL THE VICTORY. TOTAL TEAM WIN TODAY, TIMELY HITTING AND FIELDING TODAY.
Gothic Landscaping was defeated by AZ Vein and Vascular by the score of 21 to 9.  Can’t win many games when you fail to score in 4 of the seven innings.  Hopefully, it’s just one of those days when defensively and offensively nothing works well. Only defensive highlight was a catch made by Nick Naselli in right field.  On the offensive side, sub Alan Caillouette and Chuck Cruz were perfect at the plate with 4 and 3 hits respectively.  Don Urzada chimed in with his 3 hits also.  Nothing else to report except for the fact that all other players had 1 hit each. Thanks to our two subs Alan Caillouette and, “UBER Driver ”, Dan Newman, umpires Randy Biko and Rick Clot and Don Nelson in the scoring tower, with, I assume, his relatives pushing the correct buttons.

 

Games thru -  Friday, March 30, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 13 3 0 26
Gothic Landscaping 10 6 0 20
Heather Van Peursem 10 6 0 20
Brian Keep and Associates 8 8 0 16
Liberty Buick 6 9 1 13
AZ Vein and Vascular 4 11 1 9
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 12 0 8
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, March 30, 2018
LIBERTY BUICK - 22   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 12
Liberty Buick played one of their best games of the year this Friday morning and defeated an outstanding Heather Van Peursem squad 22-12. Amazing how much easier it is to win when you play good defense and hit. Sub second baseman Bob Snelling turned in a couple of great plays and overall our defense was very good. 34 hits and only 4 pufo's. Offensively we were led by 4 guys who were perfect at the plate. Ralph "the line drive machine" McKeever and Jay Schirpke were both 5-5. Ralph had 3 doubles even with a sore leg. Jay had a "Schirpke special" i.e. an inside the park HR and led us with 5 rbi's. Kris Schwartz is now back in town and had a 4-4 morning. Sub Terry Graves was 3-3. Can our manager pick subs or what! Al DeAngelis, playing his last game, went 3-4 with a double. Drive safely Al! John Conacher and Dennis Haak were 3-4, John a double. Dave Elkins and Don Ranieri were 3-5. Dave a double. Don would have had a "lawn dart" double if he hadn't decided to take a "selfie" as he slowly rounded first. Bob Snelling and David Maligro were 1-3 and 1-4 respectively. 
Well, this is the second time Heather Van Peursem have played the last game Thursday and 8:30 Friday. Needless to say, our early morning Friday's have not been good. The Liberty Buick Boys took us to school this morning, kicking us 22-12. We had four- zero's on the scoreboard, and that doesn't usually put you in the win column in any league. Our only bright spot was a towering home run by Blaine Lutz in the 6th, and Don Nelson going 4-4 at the plate. The rest of us should have stayed in bed. David and his gang showed excellent sportsmanship when we messed up with our courtesy runner rule. But it didn't matter. They kicked our butts anyway. Sorry to Dale and Top for having to witness and ump this fiasco. Let's go play golf!!
Games thru -  Thursday, March 29, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 13 3 0 26
Heather Van Peursem 10 5 0 20
Gothic Landscaping 10 6 0 20
Brian Keep and Associates 8 8 0 16
Liberty Buick 5 9 1 11
AZ Vein and Vascular 4 11 1 9
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 12 0 8
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 29, 2018
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 21   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 20 
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR HELD ON FOR A 1 RUN VICTORY OVER FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY 21 TO 20. 2 DEFENSIVE GEMS SAVED THE VEIN BOYS FROM BIG INNINGS, ONE BY ALAN CAILLUETTE AND ONE BY FLOYD NEWLANDS. GLEN SOLES DID A GREAT JOB PITCHING CAUSING 90 DILLY DILLY’S IN THE GAME. LEADING HITTERS WITH PERFECT DAYS AT THE PLATE TOM FURREY, GLEN SOLES & GARY AMBRUZ. THE BIG BANGERS WITH A HOMERUN EACH WERE LLOYD NEWLANDS AND ALAN CAILLUETTE. CHIPPING IN 3 HITS EACH WERE OREGON AL, DENNIS HAAK, JOHN HAMMEL & MURRY FAIRWEATHER.  ROCCO JANKOWSKI HAD 2 HITS.  FLOYD TOOK ROCCO TO DEL WEBB BURN CENTER, LAST REPORT HE’LL BE FINE BY TUESDAY……DILLY DILLY
Another hard fought game that ended up in the loss column.  Not one player had a perfect day at the plate today for Foothills Physical Therapy.  Sub John Boland, Jim Douglas, Jim Saltzman, Ed Mitchell and Rick Lints were all pretty close to perfect making only one out each.  Jim Douglas will be checking the grocery store ads to find a 30 pack sale...solo home run for the hall of famer!  Sub Brian Pin went deep as well....hopefully that soothed the pain of Wednesday's loss at the billiard table.  Sub John Conacher played a nice defensive game at shortstop.  Thanks to all three subs...we appreciate your efforts!  
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 19   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18  
The Treedah Magee Team after behind early in the game rallied late and held on to edge out a determined Gothic Landscaping Team 19-18 in six innings. The Landscapers had the Realtors number this season beating the Realtors twice. Timely hitting and some great plays carried the day for the Realtors. Top hitters were Rick Clot (4/5), Greg Kastelic (5/5 with a super catch), Alan Caillouette (3/5), Gene Prosser (4/4), Dennis Vance (3/4) and sub John Hammel (3/4). Thanks Jamie White and Gary Weslosky for umpiring and Dad (congrats on hitting a booming HR in an earlier game) on the Scoreboard. 
Gothic Landscaping lost a 6 inning game to the league leading Treedah Magee Realtor team 19 to 18.  The Landscapers had the lead for the first 4 innings but fell behind by the bottom of the final inning by 5.   In the bottom of that inning, the Gothic gardeners mounted a rally that fell short by one run.  Offensive highlights for the landscapers included Mike Jennings and Roy Uecker having perfect 4 for 4 days at the plate, Murray Fairweather collecting 4 hits, Don Urzada and Nick Naselli having 3 hits each and the remainder of the team collecting 2 hits each.  Thanks to sub Tom Ranalls handling the shortstop duties, umpires Jamie White and Garry Weslosky and Dad Jim Douglas pushing the scoreboard buttons.
HEAHER VAN PEURSEM - 27   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 22
Heather's "Boys in Black" brought their hitting shoes and bats to our game today, belting out 38 hits and beat a strong Brian Keep and Associates team, 27-22. We had an 11 run lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but it didn't  seem that it may be enough. We finally got our 3 outs, but it wasn't easy. We had some outstanding offensive performances today from our complete line-up. Garry Weslosky, Blaine Lutz, Don Nelson all had perfect days at the plate with 5 hits. Blaine had 3 doubles and a huge HR. Jamie White, Dick Stuckey and Scott Piemiesl all had 4 hits, John Boland, Randy Biko, Tom Yurkunus and Stu McWilliams pitched in with 3 hits each. Once again, it was an excellent team effort with everyone really contributing in beating a very good team. Thanks to RC and Dan for being excellent umpires.. 
Heather Van Peursem prevailed over the Brian Keep and Associates in a time shortened game 27 to 22. Not scoring 5 or more runs in an inning in this game was rare as it was done 8 out of 12 times. Being forced to play outfield in late March and early April in the 6th game of the day is just cruel and unusual punishment. If you ever do get a good jump on the ball you know you probably eventually lose it in the sun anyway. Having said that Jeff Watson went 4 for 4, Glen "Ray Charles" Ryan went 3 for 3. Don Ranieri was 3 for 4 with a "grand salami". Mike Anderson, Lou Provenzano, and Bob Applebaum all went 3 for 4. Ranieri had 5 RBIs, Provanano and Applebaum chipped in 3 each. We will be back to playing in the AM on Tuesday. Rick Clot and Dan Newman were excellent umping the game. Murray Fairweather was so-so in the scorers booth. 

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 12 3 0 24
Gothic Landscaping 10 5 0 20
Heather Van Peursem 9 5 0 18
Brian Keep and Associates 8 7 0 16
Liberty Buick 5 9 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 11 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 11 1 7
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR -  23   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 11  
The Treedah Magee Team continued with a great combination of defense and offense to outlast a solid Arizona Vein and Vascular 23-11. Dennis Vance (3/4) and Alan Caillouette (5/5) made several spectacular plays in the infield to thwart any Az Vein rallies. Top hitters for the Realtors were Rick Clot (5/5), Alan, Dennis, Dan Newman (3/4), Gene Prosser (3/4), Bob Snelling (4/4) and Dave Fusaro (3/4). We want to wish Ed Hickox (2/4) good luck in his upcoming Major League Baseball Umpiring duties as he departs for cities north. Thanks to Tom Ranalls and Ed Mitchell for taking on the umpire duties and Mark Jensen in the Scoreboard Tower.
THE AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR BOYS RAN INTO A BUZZ SAW TADAY LOSING TO 1ST PLACE TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR SQUAD 22-11.THURSDAY WE’LL BE PICKING OUT OF A HAT AGAIN!!   WE WORE OUT OUR OTHER ‘’HAT DRAW’’. LEADING HITTERS WERE; SCOTT ROBERTS, LLOYD NEWLANDS & TOM FURREY ALL WITH 3 HITS. CHIPPING IN WITH 2 HITS EACH; GLEN SOLES, JOHN HAMMEL, TOM GOETZ & BOB KLOEHN. TOM FURREY HAVE FUN NEXT WEEK WATCHING YOUR GRANDSON PLAY BASEBALL IN CALIFORNIA
BOB…..HAVE A SAFE RIDE BACK TO WISCONSIN AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EYE SURGERY!!!    KEEP US POSTED……IT’S BEEN A SLICE.
HOWARD, GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SURGERY ON WEDNESDAY!!!
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES23 FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY 20
What a grand day at the Field of Dreams. The Consultants from Brian Keep and Associates fought long and hard and finally won a close one in the seventh inning. They scored 8 times in the top of the seventh and then held Foothills to none in the bottom to win 23-20. All eleven players scored AND batted in at least one run during the game. The Keepers were led by the 5 for 5 efforts of Jeff Watson and Larry Biko. Mike Hirsch and Dave Archer had 4 hits each. Sub Randy "the other half" of the bashing Biko brothers had 4 RBIs. Watson, Archer, and Ron Michalski had 3 RBIs.
Winning the whole way and kapow!!!! Big seventh inning for Brian Keep squad.  Fun game to play in excellent sportsmanship on both sides.  Perfect days at the plate for Paul Becker (4-4 with a 3 run dinger) Dale MacLaughlin 4-4, John Conacher 4-4.  Only making one out were Rod Wilterdink, Jim Templeton and Jim Douglas.  Thanks to sub John Conacher who's efforts are always much appreciated and he rarely says no to a team in need!  Lloyd Newlands and Scott Roberts were more than adequate...quite spectacular actually in officiating the tight game.  Mark Jessen was accurate in the tower as always!  
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 20   LIBERTY BUICK - 12
Gothic Landscaping defeated a solid hitting Liberty Buick squad 20 to 11.  The Gothic team, for the first time this season without any subs, had a respectable offensive and defensive effort in their victory.  The game was a close battle thru the first five innings until the Buick Liberty bats went silent.  The Landscapers took advantage and continued to score enough runs to seal the deal.  Again, Mike Jennings had another solid effort on the mound holding the Buick big bats to just 10 runs and helping his own cause by going 5 for 5 at the plate.  As usual, Andy Campbell followed suit by having a 5 for 5 day also.  Other offensive highlights included John Truttman going 4 for 5 (and having a great day tracking down numerous fly balls in right center fileld) and Brian Pin, Don Urzada, Terry Graves, Roy Uecker, Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz all having 3 hits each.  The remaining Landscaping Gardeners all chimed in with multiple hits themselves.  Thanks to the two umpires Bob Applebaum and Larry Biko and, new to the scoreboard duties, Dave Archer who pushed all the right buttons (with a little coaching).
Homestanding Liberty Buick took their first lead in the bottom of the fifth 11-10. But scored only a single run the last three innings and lost to Gothic Landscaping, who didn't stop scoring, 20-12. After a poor, poor first inning defensively Liberty played better the rest of the game. Outstanding running catches by outfielders Dennis Haak and Don Ranieri helped our cause. 12 runs and 23 hits won't win many games, but we did have 6 line drive outs. Only 4 pufo's. Gothic won the lawn dart battle about 9-2. The top 5 hitters in Liberty's lineup went 14-20. The bottom 5 went 7-19. Leading the way were Jay Schirpke, Ralph McKeever, Don Ranieri, and John Conacher, all 3-4. Jay a double and a triple, Ralph and Don powered home runs. Dennis Haak, Dave Elkins, and Skip Pavitt were 2-4. Sub Larry Biko went 1-3. David Maligro and Al DeAngelis were 1-4. 
Games thru - Friday, March 23, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Treedah Magee Realtor113022
Gothic Landscaping95018
Heather Van Peursem95018
Brian Keep and Associates77014
Liberty Buick58111
Foothills Physical Therapy41008
AZ Vein and Vascular31017
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, March 23, 2018
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 18   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 17  
THE COACH RETURNS, AND WE WIN, THE FEAR WAS BACK!!!   AZ. VEIN HELD ON IN THE 7TH TO SECURE A ONE RUN VICTORY OVER THE KEEPERS 18-17. STELLAR OUTFIELD PLAY BY HOWARD SUMNER ‘’THE DUCK’’ & ‘’DAN NEWMAN’’ BEAUTIFUL JOB GUYS…….AS ONE OF THE COACHES ALWAYS SAYS, ‘’VERY NICE’’. TIMELY HITTING THE WHOLE GAME AND SUPERIOR PITCHING BY MR. ROD WILTERDINK. THE CEDARBURG, WI. DYNAMIC DUO OF HOT ROD WILTERDINK AND BOB ‘’TOO TALL’’ KLOEHN EACH WITH 4 HITS WITH TOO TALL’S BEING THE GAME WINNER.  ANDY CAMPBELL, 1ST PITCH NEWLANDS, HOWARD ‘’THE DUCK’’, ALL HAD 4 HITS. WITH 3 HITS EACH; JOHN ‘’THE HAMMER’’, ‘’ROCK STAR’’ JANKOWSKI & GLEN SOLES ‘’SOULMAN’’. THANKS FOR SUBBING ANDY CAMPBELL, DANNY NEWMAN AND ROD.  MARK DID A GREAT JOB ON THE SWITCHBOARD AS DID MR. BECKER AND MR. ‘’VANDERKOOI’’ UMPING.
Brian Keep and Associates fell a run short in a nail biter against AZ Vein and Vascular losing 18-17. The Surgeons stitched up the Consultants in the bottom of the seventh holding them to just a couple of runs. Although the Consultants scored in 6 of the 7 innings they weren't able to get the maximum 5 in any inning. We left a lot of guys on base as you might expect with 15 fly ball outs and only 2 ground ball outs. Ron Michalski came up bit with a 5 for 5 day. Mike Hirsch and Larry Biko were both 4 for 5. Sub Murray Fairweather, Jeff Watson, and Lou Provenzano were all 3 for 5. Lou had what might have been a game winning hit in his last at bat only to be denied by a slick outfield play by Howard Sumner as a sure double just died in his glove for the last out. It was an exciting game.
Games thru -  Thursday, March 22, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 11 3 0 22
Gothic Landscaping 9 5 0 18
Heather Van Peursem 9 5 0 18
Brian Keep and Associates 7 6 0 14
Liberty Buick 5 8 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 10 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 2 10 1 5
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 22, 2018
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 19   LIBERTY BUICK - 8  
Team Heather Van Peursem came up with an outstanding defensive performance today, getting a win against the solid squad of Liberty Buick. Our outfielders, Garry Weslosky, Don Nelson, John Boland and Stu McWilliams pretty much tracked down everything that was hit out there. And there were lots of hard hit line drives that ended up being caught by our guys, holding the Buick Boys to only 8 runs. We also had a very good day at the plate, with John Boland, Blaine Lutz and "Big Dick" Stuckey all registering 5 hits. Garry Weslosky, Jamie White, Don Nelson, Tom Yurkuas, Scott Piemiesl and Stu McWilliams all had 3 hits, with Garry hitting a 3-RBI dinger in the 2nd inning. Our super-sub today was Larry Biko, who played an excellent 1st base, filling in for brother Randy, who has a frozen mouth in Algondones, MX. I think he should buy a house down there.  Final score was 19-8. Day off next Tuesday, so see you Thursday. 
Do you want to hear the bad news or the real bad news? The bad news was Liberty Buick had only 19 hits. That's a session low. Liberty Buick lost to Heather Van Peursem 19-8. The real bad news was our defense. The 3 most routine plays at Del Webb Field all day, and that includes all Red and White league games, were dropped..............Liberty was led offensively by Ralph Mckeever who was 4-4. David Maligro was 3-4. Al DeAngelis was 2-3. Sub Tom Goetz, Don Ranieri, and John Conacher were 2-4. Don and John had doubles. Dennis Haak was 1-3. Skip Pavitt, Dave Elkins, and Jay Schirpke were all 1-4. Jay a triple. I have a call in to Coach Danoski, who changed Az Veins lineup with good results, and when he returns it I am sure our lineup will look differently next game. 
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 11   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSCCIATES - 10
Gothic Landscaping won a close low scoring game against Brian Keep & Associates 11 to 10.  I guess a win is a win!  The Landscapers trailed Bob Applebaum’s team most of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning when Gothic scored 4 runs to take the victory.  Not many highlights for the gardeners today except for Don Urzada having a 4 for 4 day at the plate and Murry Fairweather contributing 3 hits.  Our subs, on the other hand, did themselves proud.  Tom Ranalls had towering home runs his last two times at the plate, the most notable was his 7th inning 3 run blast that tied the game.  Paul Becker had another respectable day on the mound limiting the Brian Keep & Associate team to just 10 runs.  Rocco Jankowski handled the right field chores, had 3 hits for the day and with his fielder’s choice infield ground ball drove in the winning run.  Thanks to the two umpires, the scoreboard tender and our aforementioned three subs.
On a day when the circus visited the Field of Dreams for 3 games this game was no exception. I'm told by those who witnessed the games that a lot of crazy things happened. Those things are best left behind us, however once seen they are hard to unsee. Now to the good. Subs Dan Newman and Dave Elkins were 3 for 4 each. Dave Archer was his usual 3 for 4. Mike Hirsch rejoined the team after an injury rehab and was 2 for 4. Jeff Silversteen was 2 for 3. Ron Michalski had 3 RBIs and caught a sizzling liner 2 inches off the ground. He was 2 inches off the ground not the ball. Thankfully, Friday morning we have another chance.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 15   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 3
The Treedah Magee Team was energized today with the appearance of Treedah herself in the dugout overwhelming a well coached Foothills Physical Therapy Team 15-3. The Realtors took the lead early and closed down the Therapy Guys to win in five innings. Treedah at one point took over First Base Coaching duties to spur her sponsored team on. In another encouraging sign, the return of Alan Caillouette (3/4) went smoothly in the field and at the plate. Top hitters for the Realtors were: Rick Clot (4/4), Ed Hickox (3/4 with the game clinching hit), winning pitcher Gene Prosser (3/3), Super Sub Ralph Mckeever (3/3) and Ken Krzeminski (3/3). 
Foothills Physical Therapy lost to Treedah Magee Realtor 15-3, manager hopes for better results next week!!
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 10 3 0 20
Gothic Landscaping 8 5 0 16
Heather Van Peursem 8 5 0 16
Brian Keep and Associates 7 5 0 14
Liberty Buick 5 7 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 9 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 2 10 1 5
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 24   GOTHIC LANDSCAPERS - 20  
The Foothills Physical Therapy team pretty much put it all together today, offense and defense to knock off a very good Gothic Landscaping team.  Leading Foothills Physical Therapy in hitting today were Tom Ranalls (5-5 with 3 home runs a single and double) Jimmy Saltzman and Rick Lints (4-4) and Jimmy Templeton, Paul Becker, Ed Mitchell and Dennis Haak all making only one out apiece.  A big thank you to our subs John Boland, Garry Weslosky and Dennis Haak...it was a pleasure to have you aboard.  Lloyd Newlands and Scott Roberts did an admirable job keeping the piece between the lines and of course Mark Jessen pushing buttons in the tower.  See y'all Thursday!
Gothic Landscaping lost another close game, this time to Foothills Physical Therapy 24 to 20.  The Landscapers and the Foothills Physical Therapy teams were tied at 17 at the end of six innings. The Physical Therapy group then scored 7 runs in the top of the seventh, but the Landscaping batters in the bottom of the inning could only manage 4.  Offensive highlights were Andy Campbell, Brian Pin and Sub Kris Schwartz all having perfect 4 hit days at the plate with Murry Fairweather and Michael Jenninngs contributing 3 hits each.  All other Gothic players had 2 hits each.  Thanks to our aforementioned sub, umpires Lloyd Newlands and Scott Roberts, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower and, of course, Norm for the early morning field set up.
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 13   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 12
Team Heather Van Peursem finally got out of our losing streak, winning a hard-fought battle, 13-12 against AZ Vein and Vascular. It seemed to become a bit of a pitcher's dual, with neither team able to put big innings together. Each team had only one 5 run inning. Both teams played well defensively, with multiple double plays being registered. Heather's Boys only had 22 hits, with Garry Weslosky, Blaine Lutz, Randy Biko and Dick Stuckey all have 3 run outings. Blaine hit a 1st inning HR, and Randy had a bases loaded double that was a huge hit for us as it scored 3 runs. The rest of our squad had 1 and 2 hits each. Our defence really kept us in the game today. Thanks to Andy and Tom/Al-Cal for wearing the neon today, and Mark in the booth.  
Heather Van Peursem stopped AZ Vein and Vascular's winning streak!! Eeking out a 13 -12 win. It was a close game going all 7 innings! AZ Vein and Vascular could not pull it out in the bottom of the 7th. It was a very good game everyone had a good time. Scott Roberts and Lloyd Newlands were 4-4. With Lloyd beating out a 8 foot smash hit!! Sub Brian Pin, Bob Kloehn, Rocco Jankowski and Tom Goetz were 3-4. Everyone else had one or 1 or 2 hits. Thanks to Brian Pin, Rod Wilterdink, and Dan Neuman for subbing.
TREEDAH MAGEE - 18   LIBERTY BUICK - 16
The Treedah Magee Team continued with their hot and timely hitting to outlast a determined Liberty Buick Team 18-16. The Realtors played a great defensive game and with Super Sub Tom Ranalls (4/4) clobbering two HRs and knocking in 8 runs were able to stay ahead of the Car Dealers the entire game. Top hitters for the Realtors were lead off hitter Rick Clot (4/5), Greg (good glove) Kastelic (3/5), Ed (need a runner) Hickox (3/4) and Ken (follow the bouncing ball) Krzeminski (3/4). 
Liberty Buick battled league leading Treedah Magee Realty but could never get the lead and lost 18-16 at Del Webb Field. Liberty closed to within 18-14 with no outs in the bottom of the seventh but could only plate 2 more. 29 hits but 11 of the dreaded pufo's. Defense for Liberty was shaky at best. Leading Liberty offensively was Don Ranieri 4-4 with 3 home runs. He now has 10 on the year and 8 in his our last 5 games. He also had a team leading 7 rbi's. Don has been on a tear and is 41-48 for an on base percentage of .854. But Don needs some help! More timely hitting from his teammates. Dave Elkins was 4-4. Dennis Haak went 4-5. Skip Pavitt and David Maligro were 3-4. Skip a double. Kris Schwartz and Jay Schirpke were 3-5. Jay a double and a triple. Ralph McKeever and John Conacher were 2-5. John a double. Al DeAngelis was 1-5. The league needed Liberty to win this one to make the standings a little closer but Treedah had what it takes to prevail. 
Games thru - Friday, March 16, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Treedah Magee Realtor93018
Gothic Landscaping84016
Brian Keep and Associates75014
Heather Van Peursem75014
Liberty Buick56111
Foothills Physical Therapy3906
AZ Vein and Vascular2915
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, March 16, 2018
FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 19   LIBERTY BUICK - 18  
Well that was a barn burner.  Back and forth and tight the whole way!  Foothills Physical Therapy had help from two subs today that played really well.  Scott Roberts and John Boland going 4-4 and 4-5 respectively. Thanks for the assist guys!  Jim Templeton and Jim Saltzman had perfect days at the plate going 3-3 and 4-4 respectively.  Making only one out were Paul Becker, Jim Douglas, Ed Mitchell and Rick Lints.  Rick also pitched the entire game and when you hold the Liberty Buick powerhouse to 18 runs the pitching and the defense did their jobs well. Thank you to Dale and Chuck for umping the game and Mark Jessen for pushing buttons in the tower.  
Foothills Physical Therapy had what it took to win in the seventh inning and Liberty Buick didn't. Foothills took a 19-18 victory after being down one and Liberty batting in the top of the seventh. Liberty put up a zero after having the bases loaded and no outs. NO OUTS. In our last 4 games (2 one run losses, a tie, and a win) Liberty Buick has scored a total of 3 runs in the last inning. To win in the Red League you have to make the routine and near routine plays and have hitters step up. This morning again we didn't. Dennis Haak played a great game at second base, as did Al DeAngelis at third..............Offensively we were led by John Conacher who was 3-3 with two sac. flies. John tied Al DeAngelis and Dennis Haak with team leading 3 rbi's. Jay Schirpke and Dennis Haak were both 4-5. Jay a double and triple and Dennis a double. Dave Elkins was 3-4. 3-5 days included Ralph McKeever, Al DeAngelis, David Maligro, Kris Schwartz, and Don Ranieri. Ralph a double, Al a solo home run, Don a double. Skip Pavitt was 2-4. 31 hits. Couldn't close it out. 
Games thru - Thursday, March 15, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Treedah Magee Realtor93018
Gothic Landscaping84016
Brian Keep and Associates75014
Heather Van Peursem75014
Liberty Buick55111
AZ Vein and Vascular2915
Foothills Physical Therapy2904
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 15, 2018
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 18   LIBERTY BUICK - 17   
Good fortune continues to rain down on Brian Keep and Associates as the Consultants eek out another 1 run win in come from behind fashion. We scored 16 runs in the middle innings but were blanked in innings 1 and 6 before scoring 2 in the bottom of the seventh to defeat a valiant, but unlucky Liberty Buick team 18-17. In the Red League if you stay within range you always have a chance. The wind was blowing out and rather than use that wind to blow out any deep flys over the fence we were satisfied with the wind blowing infield popups out of range of the infielders. Sometimes it just pays to be lucky. Again we did not give away many runs defensively. Sub pitcher Mike Jennings gave up the maximum number of HRs, but 2 were solo shots. Great job Mike. Glen Ryan, Jeff Watson, and John Shuba made some great timely catches in the outfield. Sub Lloyd Newlands had 3 hits 4 runs and 4 RBIs. Thanks Lloyd. Shuba, Ryan, and Dave Archer were all 4 for 5. Ron Michalski, Larry Biko, and Sub John Hammel were all 3 for 4. Shuba, Michalski, and Biko had 3 RBIs, and Archer had the game winner.
Liberty Buick battled Brian Keep and Associates back and forth the whole game but came away with their first loss since February 15 by a score of 18-17. To win in the Red League with any consistency you have to make the routine plays and the near routine plays and today we didn't. Again, too many balls landed in front of us in the outfield. Too many playable balls landed just out of our reach in the infield. We were beaten in the "lawn dart" battle decisively. Leading the way hitting was again Don "the kid" Ranieri 5-5 with 2 solo home runs. John Conacher and Jay Schirpke were each 4-5. Jay a triple. Dennis Haak was 3-4 and had a team leading 5 rbi's. Ralph McKeever was 3-5 with a double. Skip Pavitt, Dave Elkins, Al DeAngelis, and Kris Schwartz were all 2-4. Elkins a home run. David Maligro was 1-4. 28 hits but only 5 extra base hits. Maybe we ALL need to be more aggressive like Jay Schirpke is on the bases. 
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 30   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 18 
The Treedah Magee Team came out on fire scoring big numbers in every inning overwhelmingly a well coached and strong Heather Van Peursem Team 30-18. Earlier in the week the Realtors could only muster 10 runs with 23 singles. Today the Realtors banged out 39 hits, including three HRs, two triples and six doubles.  Greg Kastelic (4/5 and five RBIs) hit for the cycle and Super-Sub Tom Ranalls (4/5) slugged two towering HRs registering six RBIs. Dan Newman (5/5) was perfect at the plate. Everyone else in the lineup had three or four hits ( Rick Clot - 4, Gene Prosser- 4, Dennis Vance - 4, Sub Ralph Mckeever-4, Ken Krzeminski -3, Bob Snelling-3 and Dave Fusaro-3). Bill Parker was injured early in the game... get well Bill. Thanks to Al Deangelis and Skip Pavitt for umpiring and the great work of Jay Schirpke on the Scoreboard. 
Team Heather Van Peursem was on the wrong end of a 30-18 score today against league-leading Treedah Magee, as we could not get any 5 runs innings put together. We had 31 hits, but a couple inning-ending double plays, and some very solid defence by the Treedah boys sealed our fate. Some very good offensive performances by our guys, John (Beep-Beep) Boland, 5-5 with and inside the park HR, Blaine Lutz, 4-5 with a dinger, Scott Piemiesl, 4-5, Garry Weslosky, 3-5 with a HR, Randy Biko and Don Nelson were both 3-5, and super sub Jim Saltsman was 3-4. The rest of us all had 2 hits each. it's been a rough week for the Boys in Black, but hope to get it going again next Tuesday. Thanks to Oregon Al and Skipper for umpiring, Jay for pushing the buttons. See you next week.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 21   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING -20
THERE’S NO STOPPING AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR NOW, THE VEINSTERS UPENDED GOTHIC 21-20. LED BY SCOTT ROBERTS, JOHN HAMMEL & HOWARD SUMNER ALL WITH 5 FOR 5 DAYS. EVER SINCE WE PICKED OUR BATTING ORDER OUT OF A HAT WE’RE UNDEFEATED!!  OUR NUMBER 4 HITTER; HOWARD HAS NOT MADE AN OUT!!  DAZZLING DEFENSIVE PLAYS BY GARY AMBRUZ AND DIVING PLAYS BY THE ROCKET MAN JANKOWSKI. ANOTHER STELLAR PITCHING PERFORMANCE BY GLEN SOLES, PUTTING OFF HIS LUNG TRANSPLANT SO HE COULD PITCH IN THIS GAME, WHAT A TEAM PLAYER!!!   OTHER LEADING HITTERS; SOLES , TOMMY GMAN GOETZ BOTH WERE 4-5, BOB KLOEHN WAS THE HERO WITH THE GAME WINNING HIT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH. RUMOR HAS IT, THE TEAM THAT WE PLAY NEXT TUESDAY IS THINKING ABOUT FORFIETING. A BIG THANK YOU TO GLEN RYAN FOR HIS PEP SPEECH IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH, IT WAS INSPIRING!!!  DILLY DILLY.
Gothic Landscaping lost a close one to Arizona Vein and Vascular by a 21 to 20 Score.  The Landscapers had 35 hits but wasn’t enough to beat a much improved (probably the result of Big Bird’s pre game pep talks) Vein and Vascular team.  Gothic group took a 20 to 17 lead into the 7th inning but couldn’t seal the deal.  Offensive highlights for the Gothic Gardeners included perfect days at the plate for Roy Uecker and Chuck Cruz with 5 and 4 hits respectively, three other players with 4 hits were Andy Campbell, Brian Pin and sub Tom Yurkunas.  All other players contributed multiple hits for the outing.  Thanks to our two subs Tom Yurkunas and Don Nelson and umpires Ken krzeminski and Rick Clot and, Gene Prosser in the scoring tower.  Welcome back to our left fielder Roy Uecker.
Games thru -  Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Gothic Landscaping 8 3 0 16
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 3 0 16
Heather Van Peursem 7 4 0 14
Brian Keep and Associates 6 5 0 12
Liberty Buick 5 4 1 11
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 9 0 4
AZ Vein and Vascular 1 9 1 3
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 24   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 22   
THE JUGGERNOT HAS STARTED TO ROLL!!!!  AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  BEAT FOOTHILLS 24-22  FOR THEIR 1ST WIN…….IT’S THE NEW BEGINNING…..BABY STEPS…A TIE LAST THURSDAY, A VICTORY TODAY, THERE’S NO STOPPING US NOW.  WHO’S OUR NEXT VICTIM……DILLY DILLY 6 PLAYERS HAD PERFECT DAYS AT THE PLATE; SCOTT ROBERTS, GLEN SOLES, HOWARD SUMNER, TOM GOETZ, JOHN HAMMEL & BOB KLOEHN.  PLAYERS WITH ONLY 1 OUT; LLOYD NEWLANDS, ROCCO JANKOWSKI, TOM FURREY, GARY AMBRUZ & DA COACH. IT WAS ALMOST A DISASTER IN THE BLOOPER DEPT FOR THE VEINSTERS BUT GLEN SOLES CAME IN TO PITCH AND SEALED THE VICTORY, GLEN PITCHED HIS HEART OUT. 
Back and forth most of the game and a seventh inning comeback that fell just short.  Congrats to the AZ Vein guys in securing their first win of the season.  I predict quite a few more for them before it's all said and done.  Leading hitters for Foothills Physical Therapy were Rod Wilterdink and Jim Templeton with a perfect 5-5's, Tom Ranalls, Paul Becker, Jim Douglas and Dennis Merkel all made just one out.  Some good pitching from Paul Becker and Dale McLaughliin helped keep things close.  Dale also made some pretty nifty snags at second base!  Thanks to Al Caillouette and Greg Kastelic for umpiring and Mark Jesson pushing buttons in the tower!  Extra day to recover for Foothills Physical Therapy this week as our next game is against the powerhouse known as Liberty Buick on Friday early AM.  Get better Ray Gibson...we need you!
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 22   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 10
Gothic Landscaping defeated a strong, league leading, Treedah Magee Realtor team by a 22 to 10 score.  The Landscapers seemed to catch Topham’s squad on an off day, but take nothing away from the Gothic group who had an outstanding offensive and defensive effort.  Pitcher Michael Jennings had another remarkable day on the mound limiting the Realtors to just 10 runs with the help from his team’s defense.  Offensive highlights included sub Dennis Haak having a 5 for 5 day, Murry Fairweather and Chuck Cruz having 4 for 4 days, Brian Pin having a perfect day at the plate, Andy Campbell with his 4 hit day, and all other Landscapers contributing multiple hits for the day.  Thanks to our two outfield subs Dennis Haak and Ralph Mckeever who did a great job tracking down fly balls, umpires Blaine Lutz and Randy Biko and Mark Jessen in the scoring tower.
The Treedah Magee Team was overwhelmed by a solid Gothic Landscaping Team 22-10. The combination of a porous defense and after scoring five runs in the first inning the Realtors’s offense disappeared, scoring only five more runs the rest of the game. In a game where the long ball is a game changer, the Realtors were only able to collect 23 singles. The Realtors could not get the ball out of the infield consequently the Landscapers recorded 15 outs in the infield. Top hitters for the Realtors were Bill Parker (4/4), Rick Clot (3/4), Sub Lloyd Newlands (3/4) and Bob Snelling (3/4). 
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 18   HEATHERN VAN PEURSEM - 15
It was another great day at the old Field of Dreams for the Brian Keep and Associates ten. We banged out 14 runs in the first 3 innings then held on ever so precariously for the win 18-15. Ron "Big Game" Michalski fielded his position like Brooks Robinson including a game ending catch on a low wicked liner headed down the 3rd base line. Sub pitcher Dave Elkins came up huge on a couple of liners up the middle and one not so much a liner. The rest of the team fielded pretty much every thing they could get a glove on and that proved to be enough. Glen Ryan was a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate and sub Greg Kastelic was a perfect 4 for 4. John Shuba, Dave Archer, Michalski, and Larry Biko each had 3 hits. Ryan had 5 RBIs, while Elkins, Archer, and Biko had 3 each. We are 6 wins and 5 losses and are looking up.
The Heather Van Peursem team lost another one today, partially due to a slow start at bat (down 10-4 after 3 innings) and to some exceptionally plays by the Brian Keep team. Most notably of those being two nice snags of low hard line drives by substitute pitcher Dave Elkins. Both of which helped to stem what looked to be potentially productive innings by the HVP team. The HVP team, however, slowly came back throughout the game and entered the bottom of the 7th down within a striking distance of 18-14. Unfortunately, the “Boys in Black” were only able to post 1 run in the 7th and fell short by a score of 18-15 while leaving 10 runners on base throughout the game. Leading hitters for HVP in the 27-hit attack were; John Boland 4 hits (2-1B, 2-2B), Blane Lutz 4 hits (3-1B, 1-2B), Don Nelson 4 hits (4-1B), Randy Biko 3 hits (2-1B, HR & BB), Tom Yurkunas 3 hits (4-1B) and Jamie White (3-1B). Randy Biko (4), Scott Piemiesl (4) and John Boland (3) accounted for 11 of the 15 total runs.

 

Games thru -  Friday, March 09, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 2 0 16
Gothic Landscaping 7 3 0 14
Heather Van Peursem 7 3 0 14
Liberty Buick 5 4 1 11
Brian Keep and Associates 5 5 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 8 0 4
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 9 1 1
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, March 09, 2018
GOTHIC LANNDSCAPING - 18   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 7
Gothic Landscaping defeated a strong Heather Van Peursem team by the score of 18 to 7.  The landscapers defense was respectable today and everyone up and down the batting order had multiple hits.  Pitcher Mike Jennings had another good day on the mound holding the hard hitting Peursem team to just 7 runs and helping his cause by going 4 for 4 at the plate.   Andy Campbell also had 4 hits for the day and another six players including Brian Pin, sub Bill Parker,Terry Graves, John Truttman, Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz all chimed in with 3 hits each. Thanks to our two outfield subs Bill Parker and Jeff Watson who tracked down numerous fly balls today, umpires Dale  Vander Kooi and Alan Caillouette , Mark Jessen in the scoreboard tower and, of course, Norm for his early morning field set up.
The bats for the “Boys in Black” Heather Van Peursem team were as cold as a winters day in Alberta this morning getting trimmed by coach Cruz’s Gothic Landscape crew by a score of 18-7. HeatherVan Peursem was down by 11 runs before even getting their 1st hit in the bottom of the third inning. The cold bats continued for most of the game and Heather Van Peursem was only able to muster a total of 8 runs in 3 innings while posting “goose eggs” in the remaining 4 innings as the Gothic pitcher worked his ‘Minnesota Magic’ and kept the HVP boys off the base paths. Highlight of the day for the HVP squad was a towering 3-run home by Randy Biko over the outstretched glove of Gothic’s left Center fielder who ran out of real estate going back for the ball. Leading hitters for the HVP team were John Boland (2B/1B), Gary Weslosky (2-2B), Randy Biko (1B, HR) and Scott Piemiesl (2-1B). Their 2 hits apiece accounted for 8 of the 12 total hits by the HVP Team. Thanks to Dale VanderKooi and Alan Caillouette for a well umpired game and conferring when needed to revisit calls.
Games thru -  Thursday, March 08, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 2 0 16
Heather Van Peursem 7 2 0 14
Gothic Landscaping 6 3 0 12
Liberty Buick 5 4 1 11
Brian Keep and Associates 5 5 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 8 0 4
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 9 1 1
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, March 08, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 25   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES -24
Whew... The Treedah Magee Team got a few breaks and some timely seventh inning hitting to overcome a six run deficit to beat an outstanding Brian Keep and Associates Team 25-24. Greg Kastelic (5/5) and Bill Parker (5/5 new bat) were perfect at the plate. Super-Sub Don Ranieri (5/6)- had the game winning hit. Other top hitters for the Realtors were sub John Conacher (4/6), Sub Dennis Haak ((4/5), Bob Snelling (4/5), Rick Clot (3/6) and Ken Krzeminski (3/5). 
Today Brian Keep and Associates ran into that dreaded bottom of the seventh rally where we couldn't for the life of us get that elusive third out. Treedah score 7 times with a little help from us and squeeked out the 25-24 win. We banged out a season high 34 hits for 24 runs including 3 round trippers, but alas it just wasn't to be. John Shuba was a perfect 5 for 5 and Larry Biko and Dave Archer were perfect 4 for 4s. Sub Tom Rannals and Mike Anderson were 4 for 5. Jeff Watson, Jeff Silversteen and Ron Michalski banged out 3 hits each. The homers were by Shuba, Ranalls, and Anderson. Days like this happen and I'm sure we will be teeing up again next Tuesday.
LIBERTY BUICK - 25   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 25 
Not often is a team able to withstand a 10 run inning and not come away with a loss. Liberty Buick and Arizona Vein Clinic battled to a 25-25 tie in 8 innings. AZ Vein plated 10 in the open inning. Liberty Buick scored 5 to tie. Both teams got one in the eighth. AZ Vein won the lawn dart game though in convincing fashion. I also see good things from them in the future as they battled back after being down 19-9 after 5 innings. Leading the way for Liberty was newcomer Ralph McKeever, 5-5 with a double. Ralph also tied John Conacher with a team high 5 rbi's. John was 4-5 with a double. Don Ranieri, who has been hot at the plate all year, was 5-6 with a double and a home run. David Maligro and Dennis Haak were also 4-5. Skip Pavitt was 3-4. Jay Schirpke was 4-6 and extended his consecutive at bats without making an out to 18 before it ended in the second inning. Kris Schwartz was 3-5. Al DeAngelis and Dave Elkins were 2-5. Al a double, Dave a home run.
WE HAVE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL… AZ VEIN TIED LIBERTY 25 TO 25 IN 8 INNINGS GAINING THERE FIRST POINT IN THE RED LEAGUE, THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!!!
SCOTT ROBERTS LED THE WAY WITH A PERFECT DAY 5 FOR 5, FOLLOWED BY LLOYD  NEWLANDS, GLEN SOLES, ROCKET MAN JANKOWSKI AND GARY AMBRUZ WITH 4 FOR 5. CHIPPING IN WITH 3 HITS EACH WERE; TOM GOETZ, JOHN HAMMEL, TOM FURREY AND DA COACH WITH 3 HITS EACH.  PICKING OUT OF THE HAT WILL CONTINUE NEXT TUESDAY AGAINST GOTHIC…WATCH OUT. AZ VEIN SCORED 10 IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH TO TAKE A 5 RUN LEAD , BUT THE HOT HITTING LIBERTY TEAM TIED IT TO TAKE IT TO EXTRA INNINGS, BOTH TEAMS SCORING 1 RUN EACH IN THE 8TH TO SEAL THE TIE. WE’RE OH SO CLOSE TO BUSTING INTO THE WIN COLUMN...DILLY DILLY, STAY TUNED.
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 22   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 20
Team HVP found themselves in a little bit of a slug-fest against a solid Foothills line-up today, and came out on top of the 22-20 score.  It was a beautiful day at the ball park, and the sun became a factor with a few of the fly balls to right field. We belted out 34 hits today, with perfect performances at the plate by Garry Weslosky, 5-5 with 3 triples of the wall, Blaine Lutz, 5-5 with 2 HR's, Randy Biko 5-5, and Scott Piemiesl, 4-4. John Boland was 4-6,Dick Stuckey was 3-5. The rest off us had 2 hits each. We had a 4 run lead going in to the bottom of the 7th, couldn't score any runs in the top of the inning, but were able to hang on, with the Foothills squad only scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the frame. It was a real good game. Thanks to Brian Pin and Tom Furrey for an excellent job as our umpires. Bright and early Friday morning, 8:30.
Foothills Phycical Therapy lost a close game to Heather Van Peursem 22-20.

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 7 2 0 14
Heather Van Peursem 6 2 0 12
Gothic Landscaping 6 3 0 12
Brian Keep and Associates 5 4 0 10
Liberty Buick 5 4 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 7 0 4
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 9 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 24   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR 14
 The Treedah Magee Team came out of the starting gate on fire and focused to hold off a determined Arizona Vein and Vascular 24-14. Ed Hickox (5/5) and Dave Fusaro (4/4) were perfect at the plate. Super-sub Tom Renalls (4/5 with six RBIs) had the catch-of-the-day... an over the shoulder grab of a blob hit just beyond the Infield area. Bill Parker (2/3) made a great play to double up a player to end an inning. Other top hitters were Rick Clot (4/5), Greg Kastelic (4/5 - recent Tournament Winner), Gene Prosser (4/5), Dennis Vance (3/5) and Bob Snelling (3/4).
OH WELL, THE SAGA CONTINUES……..AZ VEIN LOST TO TREEDAH 24-14.   THE 3 BOYS FROM THE NOGALES ROOKIE LEAGUE PLAYED WELL TODAY, COMBINING FOR 8 HITS; JOHN BOLANDQUEZ, JOE PIOLIQUEZ & DENNIS HAAKQUEZ.  LLOYD NEWLANDS AND DA COACH PERFECT DAYS AT THE PLATE. SCOTT ROBERTS HAD 3 HITS AND BOB KLOEHN, TOM FURREY, HOWARD SUMNER & ROCCO JANKOWSKI CHIPPED IN WITH 2 HITS EACH.   THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BANNED ‘’LAWN DART GAME’’ MANY YEARS AGO, BUT THE TREEDAH GUYS EXCELLED AT THOSE TODAY.   LLOYD NEWLANDS AND HOWARD SUMNER ARE CO-AUTHORING A NEW BOOK; ‘’HOW TO GET DOUBLED OFF 2ND BASE IN 2 EASY WAYS’’.   LOOKS LIKE WE PICK OUT OF THE HAT ON THURSDAY, MAYBE THAT’LL BE THE CHARM.
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES-18 FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY-6 
Brian Keep and Associates had it all working today in defeating Foothill Physical Therapy by an 18-6 score in 6 innings. Ron Michalski pulled off two, count em, two double plays with the bases loaded going 3rd base unassisted for the force and throwing home for the out at the plate. Needless to say those plays were huge. Asolid outfielder Dave Archer came in to play SS for the game and played flawlessly. The outfield ran down all the windblown fly balls which stayed in the park due to the wind coming in. At the plate we continued to get on any way we could. Archer, Mike Anderson and Jeff Watson were perfect at the plate going 4 for 4. Michalski was 3 for 3. John Shuba was 3 for 4 and pretty much everybody else had a couple of hits.
Foothills Physical Thearpy lost to Brian Keep and Associates 16-6
LIBERTY BUICK - 14   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 10
Liberty Buick scored 11 runs in the first 3 innings and held off an outstanding Gothic Landscaping team 14-10. For the first time Liberty had no 5 run innings. We tied our session low with only 24 hits. We also have room for improvement with a season high 14 of the dreaded pufo's (pop ups, fly outs) Leading the way for Liberty offensively once again was Jay Schirpke 5-5 with 3 doubles. Jay has now reached base on 17 consecutive plate appearances. He also played great defense in left field. Sub Bob Snelling made all the plays at second base and was 3-4. Don Ranieri had 2 solo home runs and was 4-5. Skip Pavitt, sub Jim Templeton, and David Maligro were all 2-4. Dennis Haak and Dave Elkins were 2-5. Ralph McKeever was 1-3 with 2 sac flies and a team leading 4 rbi's. Sub Bill Parker was 1-4 with a double and played good defense in right center. 
Gothic Landscaping lost to Liberty Buick 14 to 10.  Pitcher Mike Jennings actually did a good job on the mound limiting a hard hitting Liberty team to just 14 runs, but you don’t win many games when you score just 10 runs!  Offensive highlights for the Landscapers were Marlin Campbell and Mike Jennings with 3 for 3 efforts and Brian Pin and sub Lloyd Newlands having 3 hits each (Lloyd’s 4th inning hit was a grand slam blast over the left field wall).  Thanks to our subs Lloyd Newlands, Dan Newman, Stewart Mcwilliam, and Bob Kloehn.  Nice job umpires Mike Anderson and Larry Biko and Rick Lints in the score tower.
Games thru - Friday, March 02, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Heather Van Peursem62012
Treedah Magee Realtor62012
Gothic Landscaping62012
Brian Keep and Associates4408
Liberty Buick4408
Foothills Physical Therapy2604
AZ Vein and Vascular0800
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, March 02, 2018
LIBERTY BUICK - 25   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 17
Liberty Buick came out swing for the fences today belting out 36 hits against a very good Treedah team 25-17. Leading the way was Jay Schirpke a perfect 5 for 5. Don Ranieri, John Conacher, Dennis Haak, Tom Randalls, and Ralph McKeever were 4 for 5. With Randalls hitting a huge Bomb. Al DeAngelis was 3 for 4, John Hammel and Kris Schwartz going 3 for 5. Great Defense played by the entire team. Thanks to Ranalls and Hammel for subbing on an early Friday morning. Get Well soon Alan Caillouette.
The Treedah Magee Team stumbled out of the starting gate and could not overcome the early run barrage of Liberty Buick losing 25-17. Shortstop Alan Caillouette injured his shoulder chasing down a bloop hit and was replaced by sure hitting Randy Biko (3/4). Dennis Vance led all hitters with a 4/4 day including a towering HR. Other top hitters were Bob Snelling (3/5), Super sub Dave Archer (3/4), Bill Parker (3/4) and Dave Fusaro (3/4). The Treedah Magee Realtors will regroup and come out charged up for next week’s games. Thanks to Dale and Glen Soles for umpiring the early game and Mark Jensen on the Scoreboard. 
Games thru -  Friday, February 23, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 0 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 1 0 10
Gothic Landscaping 5 1 0 10
Liberty Buick 2 4 0 4
Brian Keep and Associates 2 4 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 5 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 6 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, February 23, 2018
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 17   FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 16
Gothic Landscaping defeated Foothills Physical Therapy in a close one run game 17 to 16 in the chilly Friday morning game. The Landscapers and Therapist team were tied at 7 runs each at the end of 3 innings. By the end of the 5th inning however, the Gothic team jumped ahead by 10 runs.  That's when the Foothills players mounted their 9 run comeback attack that fell short by one run.  Offensive highlights for Gothic were: sub right fielder Ralph Mckeever going 4 for 4, including a home run over the right center field fence, sub shortstop Mike Hirsch and Chuck Cruz having 3 for 3 days, and both Brian Pin and Terry Graves with their 3 hit performances. Thanks to all 3 of our subs, the two previously mentioned, and Joe Pioli in left field for contributing both offensively and defensively to our win. Special shout out to our two umpires Dale Vander kooi and Dave Elkins and, of course, Mark Jessen in the scoring tower. Can't forget Norm for his early morning field preparation that is appreciated by every home team manager in the league!
Foothills' rally in the bottom of the 7th inning came up 1 run short of beating Gothic.  Leading hitters were Gary Weslosky and Jim "Dad" Douglas were 4 for 4.  Jim Saltzman was 4 for 5 and Ray Gibson and Paul Becker were 3 for 4.  Thanks Al Caillouette and Gary Weslosky for filling in on such a cold morning.
Games thru -  Thursday, February 22, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 0 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 1 0 10
Gothic Landscaping 4 1 0 8
Liberty Buick 2 4 0 4
Brian Keep and Associates 2 4 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 4 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 6 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, February 22, 2018
LIBERTY BUICK - 26   BRIAN KEEP ASSSOCIATES - 17
Liberty Buick had on their hitting shoes today and tallied a session high 37 hits in a 26-17 victory over Brian Keep Associates. A cool, bright, and sunny day made it difficult for players, especially outfielders. 10 players for Liberty had at least 3 hits each. 4 players were perfect 4-4. Al DeAngelis led Liberty with a team high 6 rbi's including a home run. David Maligro, Ralph McKeever, and John Conacher joined Al in the 4-4 club. David and Ralph with doubles. Dennis Haak and sub Scott Roberts were 4-5. Scott a double. Kris Schwartz, Dave Elkins, and sub Stu Hannam were 3-4. Dave a double and a home run. Jay Schirpke was 3-5 with a double. Skip Pavitt was 1-4.....A scorekeeping recap error by our manager last Tuesday. John Conacher was 4-4 instead of the reported 2-4. That gives John 8-8 the last 2 games. 
Brian Keep and Associates had a pretty good hitting game with Glen Ryan, Ron Michalski, and Jeff Silversteen each going 4 for 4. Mike Anderson was 4 for 5 with one long dinger. Dave Archer had 3 hits and Mike Hirsch had a couple of hits including and inside the park HR. He also added 5 RBIs to go with Anderson's 3. Unfortunately the Consultants were unable to hold Liberty Buick to less than 3 runs in any single inning. We look forward to a breakout game both offensively and defensively the next time out of the box.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 12   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 11
Great defense and timely hitting carried the Treedah Magee Realtors in an exciting game past a solid Heather Van Peursem Team 12-11. Bob Snelling’s (2/3)  hit with two outs started a five run rally that gave the Realtors a comfortable lead before the HVP team came back strong with a Grand slam HR (Blaine Lutz). Ed Hickox (3/4) led the hitting with a solo HR and a Little League HR (single turned into getting around all the bases due to errant throws). Rick Clot (3/4) and Gene Prosser (3/4) also provided timely hitting. Bill Parker (2/3) made several incredible catches fighting off the sun. Ken Krzeminski went 2/3
It was a hard-fought battle for first place today at the Field of Dreams between undefeated teams, Treedah Magee and Heather Van Peursem. Team Treedah was victorious, winning the low scoring affair, 12-11 in 6 1/2 innings. Team HVP came our very slow, scoring only 6 runs in the first 5 innings, as Treedah scored 10 in the first 3. Then Treedah cooled off, scoring only 2 runs in the last 3 innings, and we almost caught them, but left the bases loaded in the top of the 7th with only 1 out. Blane Lutz hit a monster grand slam in the 6th inning to get us close, but that was all we could muster. Tom Yurkunas and Stu McWilliams were perfect at the plate, going 4-4, Randy Biko had 3 hits, John Boland and Dick Stuckey had 2 hits, the rest of us have room for improvement. It was a fun game against a very solid Treedah line-up. See you next week
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 6
Gothic Landscaping defeated AZ Vain and Vascular by a 19 to 6 score. The Landscapers came to today’s game with their A game both defensively and with their bats. Pitcher Michael Jennings had a great day on the mound allowing 2 runs in one inning and then holding the AZ team to just one run in each of the remaining frames. Having perfect days at the plate included Mike Jennings, John Truttman, Brian Pin, and Don Urzada all going 3 for 3. Both Brian Pin and Don Urzada had home runs as part of their effort. Don Urzada’s blast could be considered a walk off HR as his 3 run tally ended the game. Thanks to the hand full of subs who contributed to our win: Alan Caillouette with his usual defensive expertise at shortstop and contributing 3 hits, Jeff Watson handling the right field duties and having 2 hits, and Dennis Haak tracking down fly balls in left field and having 2 hits of his own. Thanks to the umpires Dick Stuckey and Tom Yurkunas and John Boland up in the scoreboard tower.
AZ VEIN LOST TO GOTHIC 18-6.  NOT TOO MANY HIGHLIGHTS TODAY. JOHN HAMMEL HITTING A 30 PACK BOMB. TOM GOETZ, TOM FURREY, SCOTT ROBERTS, GLEN SOLES & GARY AMBRUZ ALL HAD 2 HITS.  WE DON’T WANT TO PEAK TOO EARLY.
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Heather Van Peursem 5 0 0 10
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 0 0 10
Gothic Landscaping 3 1 0 6
Brian Keep and Associates 2 3 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 4 0 2
Liberty Buick 1 4 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 5 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTORS - 26   BRIAN KEEP ASSSOCIATES -23
On a cold and brisk morning the Treedah Magee Realtors were able to find their hot bats and overpowered a persistent Brian Keep and Associates 26-23. The entire lineup performed extremely well on offense and defense. The Realtors turned several timely double plays to thwart Keep’s momentum except in the last inning... down 12 runs, Keep and Associates scored 9 runs to close the gap only to run out of gas enabling the Realtors to wrap up the win. Top hitters were Ed Hickox (5/5), Bob Snelling (4/4), Rick Clot (4/5 - Catch me if you can), Alan Caillouette (4/5 with an HR), Dan Newman (4/5), winning pitcher Gene Prosser(4/5), Bill Parker (3/4), Ken Krzeminski (3/4) and Dave Fusaro (2/4 - welcome back). Thanks to Tom Furrey and Glen Soles for coming out and umpiring. As always - appreciate Mark Jensen’s fine work on the Scoreboard. 
Brian Keep and Associates had the misfortune of running into Treedah Magee for the second time in 5 games. Once again Treedah put up some big numbers in winning 26-23. Basically they made the tough plays when it counted and we didn’t. It was a solid effort however both offensively and defensively. The Consultants were led by 4-4 efforts of Mike Anderson and Dave Archer. Glen Ryan had 4 hits. Michalski, Shuba, Watson and Silversteen had 3 hits. Everyone else had two. The RBIs were fairly well spread out.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 8   LIBERTY BUICK - 17
Liberty Buick put one in the "W" column today with improved overall defense and defeated AZ Vein Clinic 17-9. A tie for session low with only 24 hits included 3 players who had perfect days. Kris Schwartz and Dennis Haak were both 4-4. Sub Stu Hannam was 3-3. Kris also made the plays you have to make in right center field. Dennis tied for the team lead with John Conacher with 3 rbi's. Sub Dave Archer played good defense also and was 3-4. Conacher had our only extra base hit and was 2-4. Al DeAngelis and David Maligro were also 2-4. Jay Schirpke was 2-5. Dave Elkins was 1-3. Skip Pavitt was 1-4.
In the battle of the cellar dwellers AZ Vein and Vascular lost to Liberty Buick 17 to 8 to take sole possession of last place! We will come back and make a better showing Thursday! Scott Roberts and Howard Sumner were 3-3. With Scott making his debut at short stop doing a fine job. Tom Goetz was 3-4. Lloyd Newlands, Rocco Jankowski and Jim Templeton were 2-3. Tom Furrey was 2-4. Everyone else had one hit. Thanks to Jim Templelton for subbing, Bill Parker and Ken Krzeminski for umpiring and Mark Jessen for running the scoreboard.
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 14
Heather Van Peursem had an excellent softball game today against Foothills Physical Therapy, winning 17-14 in a 7 inning game. Although there were not a lot of runs scored for a Red League game, there seemed to be lots of hits. We had 30 hits, and Foothills hit the ball hard as well, but some timely double plays and many runners left on base were the order of the day. Our top hitters today were Randy Biko, 5-5 with a HR, Blaine Lutz was 4-4 with a HR, Garry Weslosky was 4-4 with 2 doubles, Dependable Don Nelson was 4-5, John (Beep-Beep) Boland was 3-5 with 2 doubles, Scott Piemiesl and Stu McWilliams were both 3-4. Very good game on a day when we were all expecting very cool temperatures. It turned out to be a beautiful morning. Thanks John Conacher and Don Raniere for being the "Boys in Neon". 
Well usually we can brag about our defense and use lack of hitting as an excuse.  Today it was our defense that was sub par and the hitting although not outstanding came around a little bit.  Three hits a piece for Ray Gibson, Jim Templeton, Dale McLaughlin (1 HR), Jim Douglas and our sub for the day Dennis Haak.  Rick Lints pitched a very nice game and kept it close for us.  Jim Rumsey had a flawless day in the 3rd base coaches box.  John Conacher and Don Ranieri did an admirable job officiating the game.  A special thanks to Gary Ambrus for stepping in for scoreboard duties so that Dennis Haak could take Dennis Merkels spot today.  See ya'll Friday!
Games thru - Friday, February 16, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Treedah Magee Realtor4008
Heather Van Peursem4008
Gothic Landscaping3106
Brian Keep and Associates2204
Foothills Physical Therapy1302
AZ Vein and Vascular0400
Liberty Buick0400
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, February 16, 2018
HEATHER VAN PERUSEM - 18   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  - 6
Everyone came ready to play this morning for Team Heather Van Perusem, banging out 32 hits in a 18-6 win against the AZ Vein and Vascular squad. Blaine Lutz was 4-4 with 2 dingers, Don Nelson, Randy Biko (2 doubles), Dick Stuckey (3 doubles) & Tom Yurkunas all had 4 hits, Jamie White Scptt Piemiesel, John Boland and Garry Weslosky (2 doubles) all had 3 hits. Blaine Lutz came in to pitch the last 2 innings and did a great job. Once again, our defence was close to perfect, making some outstanding catches in the outfield. Great week for Heather's "Boys in Black". Thanks to Commish Dale & Top for getting up early to ump our game. See you next week. 
AZ Vein and Vascular couldn’t get anything going this cool morning!! Losing to Heather Van Peursem 18 to 6 in a five in game! Super subs Stu Hannam and Jim Templeton had  a perfect day at the plate Stu going 3-3 and Jim 2-2. Tom Goetz and Lloyd Newlands were 2-3. Everyone else had one hit. Thanks to subs Tom Ranalls, Stu Hannam, Joe Pioli and Jim Templeton for helping out today, also thanks to the umpires and Mark Jessen for running the scoreboard.
Games thru -  Thursday, February 15, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 0 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 3 0 0 6
Gothic Landscaping 3 1 0 6
Brian Keep and Associates 2 2 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 3 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 3 0 0
Liberty Buick 0 4 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, February 15, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 14   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  - 13
The Treedah Magee Realtors squeezed the winning run home in the bottom of the seventh to edge Arizona Vein and Vascular 14-13 in a closely contested game. Ken Krzeminski started the seventh inning off with a solid hit and JT (Jim Templeton) (3/5) smashed a hard ground ball that was headed thru the gap on the left side until (here we go again) Tom Ranalls made another spectacular play, diving to his left... collecting the ball only to be in an awkward throwing position allowing an alert Alan Caillouette (3/5) to seize the opportunity to score the winning run. Sub Blaine Lutz (5/5) powered two long balls to led the way along with Rick Clot (5/5) and Greg Kastelic (3/5 - with an HR). Bob Snelling moved around Right Field to made several nice catches. Want to thank our Commissioner Dale Vander Kooi and Ed Mitchell for umpiring and Chuck Cruz on the Scoreboard. Also, hats off to Ron Michalski and Greg Kastelic for arriving at the field early to remove standing water and apply absorbent so that we could start play on time. 
AZ Vein and Vascular lost a very close game to Treedah Magee Realtor team 14-13. Hitting for AZ Vein and Vascular were, Rocco Jankowski 4-4. Tom Furrey, Lloyd Newlands and Gary Ambruz 3-4. Glen Soles, John Hammeland Howard Sumner 2-4. Every one else had one hit. Thanks to Tom Ranalls for subbing today and making some get plays, and the guys that worked on the field to make it playable for this afternoon’s games.
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES-15  FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY-9
Brian Keep and Associates did today what they weren’t able to do in Tuesday’s game. They strung more than two hits together multiple times including one string of 8 straight. That provided a total of 15 runs. Coupled with holding Foothills scoreless in the final 3 frames it was enough for a satisfying 15-9 win. Mike Anderson was 5-5 with 4 RBIs. Jeff Watson was 4-5. Glen Ryan had 3 hits and 3 RBIs. John Shuba and Bob Applebaum each had 3 hits. A big thanks to Greg Kastelic, Ron Michalski and anyone else who pitched all morning to get the field playable.
Another day of cold bats for most of the team.  Defense steady as usual.  When you give up 14 and 15 runs in a game you should win that game.  The flood gates will open soon!  Thank you to Terry Graves, Ralph McKeever and John Boland for helping fill out our line up today.  Best hitting of the day was 3-4 performances by Wilterdink, JT, McLaughlin, Becker and a 2-3 from Terry Graves.  Tom Furrey and Glenn Soles did a nice job officiating...thanks guys!  
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 25   LIBERTY BUICK - 21
Gothic Landscaping defeated Liberty Buick in hard fought battle by the score of 25 to 21. The lead changed hands several times throughout the game as both teams struggled to stay ahead. In the top of the seventh inning the Landscapers bats came alive as they erupted with 10 hits producing 7 runs. Not to be outdone, the Buick Team mounted their own comeback in the bottom of the inning with two outs but fell short by 4 runs. Leading the Gothic offensive attack with perfect days at the plate were Andy Campbell going 5 for 5 and Brian Pin with a 4 for 4 day, (including his first home run with the new softballs the league is using). Other Gothic players having 4 hits were Terry Graves, who also had a homerun and Marlin Campbell. Thanks to our three subs Bill Parker, Rod Wilterdink, who both had 4 hit days, and David Archer for his 3 hit contribution. Thanks also to John Boland for replacing Nick Naselli in right field who pulled a leg muscle in the 6th inning. A special shout out to Greg Kastelic and Ron Michalski for working their magic to get the rain drenched field ready to play our afternoon games. Hats off to the two umpires Bob Applebaum and Jeff Watson and of course Jim Templeton in the scoreboard tower.
A common sight at Del Webb Field today as Liberty Buick had a lead after 4 innings again and couldn't hold on and absorbed a 25-21 loss to hard hitting Gothic Landscaping. Until we start making the routine plays for outs, start covering bases on force outs, run the bases smarter, and quit letting balls drop in front of us in the outfield, we are going to continue to struggle. A season high of 33 hits. Offensively Liberty Buick was led by newcomer Ralph McKeever and Dave Elkins who were both 5-5. Each had a double. Don Ranieri was 4-5. David Maligro and sub Larry Biko were 3-4. Larry a double. Kris Schwartz and Jay Schirpke were 3-5. Kris a double and Jay 2 doubles. John Conacher was 2-4. Skip Pavitt and Dennis Haak were 2-5. Dennis a double. Al DeAngelis was 1-4 with a 3 run home run. Schwartz, Elkins, McKeever, and DeAngelis each led Liberty with 3 rbi's each. On to next week and seeking better results than our 0-4 start. The season is still young. The Red League would like to applaud Ron Michalski and Greg Kastelic for their hours of hard work on our wet field that made it possible to play today.

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 0 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 3 0 0 6
Gothic Landscaping 2 1 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 2 0 2
Brian Keep and Associates 1 2 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 2 0 0
Liberty Buick 0 3 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17   LIBERTY BUICK - 12
Team Heather Van Peursem had another solid game today, beating a very good team in Liberty Buick, 16-13. This was pretty much a very close game all the way, we just outlasted them. Once again, our defence seems to be winning games for us, although not perfect, but very good. It sure helps when you don't give them a whole bunch of runs. We only had 25 hits, and our allstar hitters were the usual suspects: Blaine Lutz and Tom Yurkanis (&Jeff Silversteen), 4-4, Randy Biko, Garry Weslosky, "Big Dick" Stuckey & Jim Opyd, all 3-4. John Boland and Stu McWilliams were 2-4. Dick had a huge bases clearing triple that was very important in the win. So far, Heather's Boys are playing very well and having lots of fun. We will enjoy it while it lasts. Thanks to Big Lou Provenzano & Larry Biko for doing a great job wearing the neon vests. 
Liberty Buick could muster only 24 hits in 7 innings and fell to undefeated Heather Van Peursem Realty at Del Webb Field 17-12. Lack of timely hitting was our downfall today. Not making outs for Liberty Buick were Don Ranieri and Dennis Haak both 4-4. Dennis with 2 doubles. Ralph Mckeever and Kris Schwartz were 3-4. Mckeever a double. Dave Elkins was 2-3 with a double and a team leading 4 rbi's. Skip Pavitt and John Conacher were 2-4. Al DeAngelis, David Maligro, Wayne Weidenbach, and Jay Schirpke were all 1-4.
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 17   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 4 
Gothic Landscaping won their second game of the early season by defeating Brian Keep & Associates by a 17 to 4 score. The Landscapers solid defense and pitcher Michael Jennings effort on the mound allowed only 2 runs the first inning and another 2 runs the remainder of the game.  The five Gothic players having perfect days at the plate included Don Urzada, Murry Fairweather, John Truttman, Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz.  Andy Campbell had a 3 for 4 day and the remainder of the Gothic regulars chimed in with 2 hits each. Thanks to sub Joe Pioli for taking time off from his busy work schedule to handle the left field duties. Thanks also to Dale Vander Kooi and David Maligro for their umpiring and Mark Jessen for keeping the balls, strikes, outs and score correct for us.
Brian Keep and Associates couldn't string more than 2 hits together the entire game and managed only a total of 12. Than doesn't win many Red League games. Cold and wet conditions didn't provide for stellar defensive play either. The Gothic boys hit well and took advantage of a few miscues for a ton of runs. The final was Gothic 17 Keep and Associates 4. Dave Archer had half of the team RBIs with 2. John Schuba was 3 for 3, Larry Biko 2 for 2 and Mike Anderson 2 for 3. Thursday's game should provide a chance for redemption.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 14    FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERPHY - 4
The Treedah Magee Team turned to a solid defense to shut down a good hitting Foothills Physical Therapy Team 14-4. However, the defensive play of the game, month, Year was Tom Ranalls’s spectacular catch of Dennis Vance’s line drive (a sure double). Tom went airborne (to his left) to snag the ball at grass level. A standing ovation from all players and fans. Top hitters for the Realtors were Gene Prosser (5/5), Hot hitting Bob Snelling (4/4), Greg Kastelic (4/5), Alan Caillouette (4/5) and Rick Clot (3/5). Want to thank Andy Campbell and Mike Jennings for umpiring and sure-fingered Chuck Cruz on the Scoreboard. Also “Hats Off” to Norm Lustig for lining our field day after day. Norm was honored between games with a gift card for his outstanding contribution to the entire league. 
Treedah Magee hit a little bit.  Foothills Physical Therapy did not.  I'm going to sell houses.  See you Thursday afternoon!  Nice job Andy and Mike...not sure who had the privilege of scoreboard duty for this game but consider it a day off for you.  Chuck was that you up there?  Cheers to Norm for field set up each morning...thanks buddy!
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 0 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 3 0 0 6
Brian Keep and Associates 2 1 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 2 0 2
Gothic Landscaping 1 2 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 2 0 0
Liberty Buick 0 3 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17   LIBERTY BUICK - 12
Team Heather Van Peursem had another solid game today, beating a very good team in Liberty Buick, 16-13. This was pretty much a very close game all the way, we just outlasted them. Once again, our defence seems to be winning games for us, although not perfect, but very good. It sure helps when you don't give them a whole bunch of runs. We only had 25 hits, and our allstar hitters were the usual suspects: Blaine Lutz and Tom Yurkanis (&Jeff Silversteen), 4-4, Randy Biko, Garry Weslosky, "Big Dick" Stuckey & Jim Opyd, all 3-4. John Boland and Stu McWilliams were 2-4. Dick had a huge bases clearing triple that was very important in the win. So far, Heather's Boys are playing very well and having lots of fun. We will enjoy it while it lasts. Thanks to Big Lou Provenzano & Larry Biko for doing a great job wearing the neon vests. 
Liberty Buick could muster only 24 hits in 7 innings and fell to undefeated Heather Van Peursem Realty at Del Webb Field 17-12. Lack of timely hitting was our downfall today. Not making outs for Liberty Buick were Don Ranieri and Dennis Haak both 4-4. Dennis with 2 doubles. Ralph Mckeever and Kris Schwartz were 3-4. Mckeever a double. Dave Elkins was 2-3 with a double and a team leading 4 rbi's. Skip Pavitt and John Conacher were 2-4. Al DeAngelis, David Maligro, Wayne Weidenbach, and Jay Schirpke were all 1-4.
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 17   BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 4 
Gothic Landscaping won their second game of the early season by defeating Brian Keep & Associates by a 17 to 4 score. The Landscapers solid defense and pitcher Michael Jennings effort on the mound allowed only 2 runs the first inning and another 2 runs the remainder of the game.  The five Gothic players having perfect days at the plate included Don Urzada, Murry Fairweather, John Truttman, Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz.  Andy Campbell had a 3 for 4 day and the remainder of the Gothic regulars chimed in with 2 hits each. Thanks to sub Joe Pioli for taking time off from his busy work schedule to handle the left field duties. Thanks also to Dale Vander Kooi and David Maligro for their umpiring and Mark Jessen for keeping the balls, strikes, outs and score correct for us.
Brian Keep and Associates couldn't string more than 2 hits together the entire game and managed only a total of 12. Than doesn't win many Red League games. Cold and wet conditions didn't provide for stellar defensive play either. The Gothic boys hit well and took advantage of a few miscues for a ton of runs. The final was Gothic 17 Keep and Associates 4. Dave Archer had half of the team RBIs with 2. John Schuba was 3 for 3, Larry Biko 2 for 2 and Mike Anderson 2 for 3. Thursday's game should provide a chance for redemption.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 14    FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERPHY - 4
The Treedah Magee Team turned to a solid defense to shut down a good hitting Foothills Physical Therapy Team 14-4. However, the defensive play of the game, month, Year was Tom Ranalls’s spectacular catch of Dennis Vance’s line drive (a sure double). Tom went airborne (to his left) to snag the ball at grass level. A standing ovation from all players and fans. Top hitters for the Realtors were Gene Prosser (5/5), Hot hitting Bob Snelling (4/4), Greg Kastelic (4/5), Alan Caillouette (4/5) and Rick Clot (3/5). Want to thank Andy Campbell and Mike Jennings for umpiring and sure-fingered Chuck Cruz on the Scoreboard. Also “Hats Off” to Norm Lustig for lining our field day after day. Norm was honored between games with a gift card for his outstanding contribution to the entire league. 
Treedah Magee hit a little bit.  Foothills Physical Therapy did not.  I'm going to sell houses.  See you Thursday afternoon!  Nice job Andy and Mike...not sure who had the privilege of scoreboard duty for this game but consider it a day off for you.  Chuck was that you up there?  Cheers to Norm for field set up each morning...thanks buddy!
Games thru -  Friday, February 09, 2018
Team Wins Losses Ties Points
Heather Van Peursem 2 0 0 4
Treedah Magee Realtor 2 0 0 4
Brian Keep and Associates 1 1 0 2
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 1 0 2
Gothic Landscaping 1 1 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 2 0 0
Liberty Buick 0 2 0 0
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Friday, February 09, 2018
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 14
The Gothic Landscaping group defeated a solid hitting Foothills Physical Therapy team by a 14 to 18 score.  The Therapists took an early lead, and by the end of the fourth inning were in control by a 14 to 8 score.  The Landscapers then mounted their come back in the remaining innings with timely hitting and solid defense that held the Physical Therapy team scoreless for the remainder of the game and earn pitcher Mike Jennings his win.  Thanks to sub Jim Opyd for handled the left field duties and having a perfect 4 for 4 day at the plate.  Nick Naselli, Marlin Campbell and Mike Jennings also contributed with their 3 for 3 hits.  The remaining Gothic squad had 2 hits each to round out a 28 hit offensive effort for the group.
Not much to write about today.  Foothills Physical Therapy took it on the chin today losing a game they definitely could've won.  Defensive effort was there but the bats went 5,5,0,4,0,0,0.  Three perfect performances at the plate were had by Paul Becker (1-1), Jim "Dad" Douglas (2-2) and Dale McLaughlin (2-2).  Tom Ranalls was 3-4.  Rod Wilterdink, Jim Templeton, Ray Gibson, Ed Mitchell and Rick Lints were all 2-3.  Rick Lints and Rod Wilterdink split the pitching duties and kept us within rally distance.  Jimmy Saltzman had a 2 for 4 day and is home right now having exorcism's performed on his bats as those were the third and fourth outs he's made since November.  Dennis Merkel is at home attached to an oxygen machine after a second inning triple. Scotty Roberts and Lloyd Newlands officiated well and kept both teams in check.  Tom Goetz had an easy game at scoreboard controls...32 total runs!  Yuck.  Next week is the sub free for all with senior tournaments for many...thanks in advance to all the guys that are playing more games than required of them next week!
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 19   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR -9 
Heather Van Peursem  Boys are off to an excellent start for the 2018 winter session. We beat the AZ Vein and Vascular, 19-9 today, thanks to a great game by our defence. Our outfield of John Boland, Don Nelson, Jim Opyd and Stu McWilliams are sure making our rookie pitcher look like he knows what he is doing!! They came up with many clutch plays out there, to keep us in the game. The middle of our line-up were our allstar hitters today, with Jim Opyd going 5-5, Dick Stuckey, 4-5, Tom Yurkanis, Stu McWilliams and Garry Weslosky all 3-5, with many of our runs scored with an early 2 outs. Blaine Lutz hit a dinger on a day that didn't see many balls carrying all that well. Coach Heather was on our bench to cheer us on, and we appreciate her support very much. A great week for the Boys in Black. Thanks to Scott Roberts  and Lloyd Newlands for being the "boys in blue" today.
WOW WE GOT HIT WITH A ‘’WHITE OUT’’ TODAY FROM THAT CANADIAN MARVEL, JAMIE WHITE.  HE HANDCUFFED US BIG TIME, LOSING TO HEATHER 19 TO 9.  THE ONLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE VEIN BOYS; TOM GOETZ 3 FOR 3 WITH SOME SPARKLING PLAYS IN THE FIELD.  TOM FURREY ALAN CAILLOUETTE & LLOYD NEWLANDS ALL WITH 2 HITS EACH, THE REST OF THE TEAM MANAGED JUST 5 HITS.  DA COACH HAS CALLED FOR PRACTICE 5 TIMES IN THE NEXT 5 DAYS TO SEE IF WE CAN CATCH AND HIT.  BUT WE WILL WAKE UP ON FRIDAY, ALL IS SUNNY IN ARIZONA!!!  THANKS FOR UMPING WISCONSIN BOY WILTERDINK AND YOUR CREW. THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 25   LIBERTY BUICK - 14 
The Treedah Magee team played their first game of the second half and came out on top 25-14 over a determined Liberty Buick Team. The game was close for six innings then the Realtors sent all ten players to the plate in the seventh inning scoring 9 runs without making an out to close the door on Liberty Buick. Top hitters were: Bob Snelling (5/5), Ed Hickox (5/5), Alan Caillouette (5/6), Dan Newman (5/6), Rick Clot (4/6), Gene Prosser (4/5), Dennis Vance (3/5), Bill Parker (4/5) and Ken Krzeminski (4/5). We want to welcome Ed Hickox into our League. Ed had several good plays at third and swung a pretty good bat for being his first time playing. Also want to recognize Stewart Mcwilliam and Randy Biko for doing a fine job performing umpiring duties and Don Nelson on the Scoreboard. 
Liberty Buick struggled against Treedah Magee and lost 25-14. Jay Schirpke, with our only extra base hits had 3 doubles, and Skip Pavitt were both 4-4 in the Liberty attack that had 28 hits. Dennis Haak was 4-5 and Don Ranieri and Ralph McKeever were both 3-4. Dave Elkins was 3-5.  Wayne Weidenbach and David Maligro were 2-4. John Conacher, Kris Schwartz, and Al DeAngelis were 1-4. Schwartz kept it close early with 3 outstanding throws to nail 2 runners at second and one at home. 
TREADAH MAGEE REALTOR - 20   BRIAN KEEPAND ASSOCIATES - 16
The Treedah Magee Realtor and Brian Keep and Associates Teams played the first Red League Friday Game with the Realtors coming out on top 20-16. A well played game by both teams. Alan Caillouette (4/4) and super-sub Jim Templeton (4/4) led the hitting barrage. Rick Clot (3/5), Greg Kastelic (3/5), Dan Newman (3/4), Ed Hickox (3/4), Gene Prosser (3/4), Ken Krzeminski (3/4) and Bob Snelling (3/4) all contributed with three hit apiece. Thanks Dale Vander Kooi and Jim Opyd for calling a great game and Mark Jensen for pushing all the right buttons on the Scoreboard. 
In the inaugural Friday Red League game Brian Keep and Associates just couldn’t keep their innings alive while Treedah Magee could. In spite of 29 hits the consultants could only muster 16 runs. At the same time they just couldn’t get that final 3rd out to stop Treedah’s rallies. Jeff Watson was 4 for 4, while John Shuba and Glen Ryan were 4 for 5. Dave Archer, Mike Anderson and Lou Provenzano added 3 hits each. Six guys had 2 RBIs while 4 others had the remaining 4.
Games thru - Thursday, February 08, 2018
TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints
Heather Van Peursem2004
Treedah Magee Realtor1002
Brian Keep and Associates1002
Foothills Physical Therapy1102
Gothic Landscaping1102
AZ Vein and Vascular0200
Liberty Buick0200
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, February 08, 2018
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 14
The Gothic Landscaping group defeated a solid hitting Foothills Physical Therapy team by a 14 to 18 score.  The Therapists took an early lead, and by the end of the fourth inning were in control by a 14 to 8 score.  The Landscapers then mounted their come back in the remaining innings with timely hitting and solid defense that held the Physical Therapy team scoreless for the remainder of the game and earn pitcher Mike Jennings his win.  Thanks to sub Jim Opyd for handled the left field duties and having a perfect 4 for 4 day at the plate.  Nick Naselli, Marlin Campbell and Mike Jennings also contributed with their 3 for 3 hits.  The remaining Gothic squad had 2 hits each to round out a 28 hit offensive effort for the group.
Not much to write about today.  Foothills Physical Therapy took it on the chin today losing a game they definitely could've won.  Defensive effort was there but the bats went 5,5,0,4,0,0,0.  Three perfect performances at the plate were had by Paul Becker (1-1), Jim "Dad" Douglas (2-2) and Dale McLaughlin (2-2).  Tom Ranalls was 3-4.  Rod Wilterdink, Jim Templeton, Ray Gibson, Ed Mitchell and Rick Lints were all 2-3.  Rick Lints and Rod Wilterdink split the pitching duties and kept us within rally distance.  Jimmy Saltzman had a 2 for 4 day and is home right now having exorcism's performed on his bats as those were the third and fourth outs he's made since November.  Dennis Merkel is at home attached to an oxygen machine after a second inning triple. Scotty Roberts and Lloyd Newlands officiated well and kept both teams in check.  Tom Goetz had an easy game at scoreboard controls...32 total runs!  Yuck.  Next week is the sub free for all with senior tournaments for many...thanks in advance to all the guys that are playing more games than required of them next week!
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 19   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR -9 
Heather Van Peursem  Boys are off to an excellent start for the 2018 winter session. We beat the AZ Vein and Vascular, 19-9 today, thanks to a great game by our defence. Our outfield of John Boland, Don Nelson, Jim Opyd and Stu McWilliams are sure making our rookie pitcher look like he knows what he is doing!! They came up with many clutch plays out there, to keep us in the game. The middle of our line-up were our allstar hitters today, with Jim Opyd going 5-5, Dick Stuckey, 4-5, Tom Yurkanis, Stu McWilliams and Garry Weslosky all 3-5, with many of our runs scored with an early 2 outs. Blaine Lutz hit a dinger on a day that didn't see many balls carrying all that well. Coach Heather was on our bench to cheer us on, and we appreciate her support very much. A great week for the Boys in Black. Thanks to Scott Roberts  and Lloyd Newlands for being the "boys in blue" today.
WOW WE GOT HIT WITH A ‘’WHITE OUT’’ TODAY FROM THAT CANADIAN MARVEL, JAMIE WHITE.  HE HANDCUFFED US BIG TIME, LOSING TO HEATHER 19 TO 9.  THE ONLY HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE VEIN BOYS; TOM GOETZ 3 FOR 3 WITH SOME SPARKLING PLAYS IN THE FIELD.  TOM FURREY ALAN CAILLOUETTE & LLOYD NEWLANDS ALL WITH 2 HITS EACH, THE REST OF THE TEAM MANAGED JUST 5 HITS.  DA COACH HAS CALLED FOR PRACTICE 5 TIMES IN THE NEXT 5 DAYS TO SEE IF WE CAN CATCH AND HIT.  BUT WE WILL WAKE UP ON FRIDAY, ALL IS SUNNY IN ARIZONA!!!  THANKS FOR UMPING WISCONSIN BOY WILTERDINK AND YOUR CREW. THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 25   LIBERTY BUICK - 14 
The Treedah Magee team played their first game of the second half and came out on top 25-14 over a determined Liberty Buick Team. The game was close for six innings then the Realtors sent all ten players to the plate in the seventh inning scoring 9 runs without making an out to close the door on Liberty Buick. Top hitters were: Bob Snelling (5/5), Ed Hickox (5/5), Alan Caillouette (5/6), Dan Newman (5/6), Rick Clot (4/6), Gene Prosser (4/5), Dennis Vance (3/5), Bill Parker (4/5) and Ken Krzeminski (4/5). We want to welcome Ed Hickox into our League. Ed had several good plays at third and swung a pretty good bat for being his first time playing. Also want to recognize Stewart Mcwilliam and Randy Biko for doing a fine job performing umpiring duties and Don Nelson on the Scoreboard. 
Liberty Buick struggled against Treedah Magee and lost 25-14. Jay Schirpke, with our only extra base hits had 3 doubles, and Skip Pavitt were both 4-4 in the Liberty attack that had 28 hits. Dennis Haak was 4-5 and Don Ranieri and Ralph McKeever were both 3-4. Dave Elkins was 3-5.  Wayne Weidenbach and David Maligro were 2-4. John Conacher, Kris Schwartz, and Al DeAngelis were 1-4. Schwartz kept it close early with 3 outstanding throws to nail 2 runners at second and one at home. 
Games thru -  Tuesday, February 06, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Brian Keep and Associates 1 0 0 2
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 0 0 2
Heather Van Peursem 1 0 0 2
Treedah Magee Realtor 0 0 0 0
AZ Vein and Vascular 0 1 0 0
Liberty Buick 0 1 0 0
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 22   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING -21
Well, Team Heather Van Peursem has started the winter session with a hard-fought 22-21 victory against the Gothic Landscaping Gorillas. As of now, we are tied for 1st place!! We had some very good offensive performances this morning, with Blaine Lutz (welcome back from a year in exile at the frozen tundra of Alberta), going 4-4, John Boland, Randy Biko, Garry Weslosky, Don Nelson, Tom Yurkunis and Stu McWilliam all collecting 3 hits. The rest of us had 1 and 2 hits each for a total of 26 hits. Our team played excellent defence against a strong Gothic squad, giving rookie pitcher Jamie White his first win at Grand. After the player draft a couple weeks ago, both Jim Opyd and myself realized we didn't have a real pitcher, so we are going to have to handle this position by committee. It may be a volunteer position for the season. Mucho gracious to Dale Mclaughlin, David Maligro and Mark Jessen for being our umps and scorekeepers for our first game. It's great to be back with all the guys..  
Gothic Landscaping lost their opening game of the 2018 Winter season to Heather Van Peursem by the close score of 22 to 21.  While the score was close at the end, the Landscapers played catch up ball until the 7th inning when they mounted their offensive rally that fell short by one run.  Only Andy Campbell was perfect for the day with his 5 for 5 effort.  Both Brian Pin and Terry Graves contributed with 4 hits each.  Pitcher, Mike Jennings, did his part offensively having 3 hit along with Chuck Cruz.  Thanks to subs Dennis Haak who handled the left field duties and Don Ranieri who played left center field and had to show off his recent hitting instructions by belting a homerun over the left field fence in the 7th inning to close the gap by 1 run.  The season is early and the Gothic Group will bounce back!!
FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 18   LIBERTY BUICK - 17  
Pretty exciting game to begin the winter session.  Foothills Physical Therapy was led by Rod Wilterdink, Ray Gibson, Jim Douglas, Dennis Merkel and Ed Mitchell...all having perfect days at the plate.  Solid defense and timely hitting played a major role in this win.  I guess you don't have to hit it a long ways..it just needs to hit grass. Rick Lints pitched a nice game and gave way to Rod Wilterdink. Rod made the final pitch creating a game ending double play turned by Ray Gibson and the winning pitcher himself Rick Lints in the top of the 7th.  Nice job Foothills Physical Therapy!  Mark Jessen flawless as usual working the scoreboard.  Terry Graves and Marlin Campbell did a really nice job umpiring.  Thanks to all three. 
Liberty Buick scored 5 in the first inning and 5 in the last inning, but only 7 in the middle 5 innings and took one on the chin from Foothills P. T. 18-17. Foothills is a team of wise, cagey veterans who were smart enough to keep hitting balls in front of our outfielders who refused to come in. No balls were hit over our heads. Six players for Liberty Buick were 3-4. Among them John Conacher had a single, double and a home run and led Liberty with 5 rbi's and a couple of real nice plays at SS. Kris Schwartz and Wayne Weidenbach 3-4, each had a double. Jay Schirpke, Don Ranieri, and Dave Elkins were also 3-4, each with a home run. David Maligro, Dennis Haak and Al DeAngelis were 2-4. Maligro a home run. Skip Pavitt and newcomer Ralph McKeever were 1-4. McKeever a double. All three games today were one run games. Parity looks to rule the Red League. 
BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES - 16   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 15
After some shaky defense in the first several innings put Brian Keep and Associates in a small hole they rallied both offensively and defensively to take a 16-15 lead  into the sixth and final unlimited inning. They held Arizona Vein scoreless in the top of the 6th to eke out the win. The Consultants were led by SS Mike Hirsch 4 for 4 and 3 RBIs and pitcher Mike Anderson with a 2B a HR  and 4 RBIs. John Shuba, Dave Archer, and Larry Biko each had 2 RBIs as well as a bucket of hits. Jeff Watson, Bob Applebaum, and Jeff Silverstein each added 2 hits. The team looks forward to playing a rare Friday matchup with the ever dangerous Treedah Magee Realtors.
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR LOST A TIGHT ONE IN A GAME SHORTENED 6 INNING AFFAIR TO BRIAN KEEP AND ASSOCIATES 16 TO 15.  LEADING HITTERS FOR THE VEIN BOYS; ROCCO JANKOWSKI 3 FOR 3, TOM FURREY & STU HANNAM EACH WERE 3 FOR 4 WITH STU HITTING A BOMB.  TOM GOETZ, LLOYD NEWLANDGLEN SOLES, GARY AMBRUZ, HOWARD SUMNER & BOB KLOEHN ALL WITH 2 HITS EACH. “ONE PITCH” NEWLAND WITH A 30 PACK BOMB……I’M SURE THIS WON’T BE HIS LAST ONE!!   DA COACH IS VERY PLEASED WITH OUR TEAM, ALL NICE GUYS AND WE HAD FUN.
Games thru -  Thursday, January 25, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 15 5 0 30
AZ Vein and Vascular 11 9 0 22
Treadah Magee Realtor 11 9 0 22
Gothic Landscaping 10 10 0 20
Foothills Physical Therapy 7 12 1 15
Heather Van Peursem 5 14 1 11
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, January 25, 2018
  TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 18   LIBERTY BUICK - 17
The Treedah Magee Team waited until the late innings to turn up the heat to edge a very impressive and powerful Liberty Buick Team 18-17. The Realtors were able to get a top of the seventh 1-2-3 out inning and then went on to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Greg Kastelic (5/5) and Mike Anderson (3/4) led the way with towering HRs to begin the run to victory. Other top hitters were Ray Gibson (4/5), Dan Newman (4/5), Mike Hirsch (4/5), Don Nelson (3/4), Rick Lints (2/4), Rick Clot (4/4), Ed Mitchell (2/4). The Realtors finished the season in second place behind the first place Liberty Buick Team. Dad Douglas provided great inspiration to help move the team forward during the season. Glad we could give Murray Fairweather a few games to sharpen his game as we get ready to begin the second half. Thanks Dale Vander Kooi and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring today. Our prayers are with Bob Applebaum and his family as Bob provides care for his ailing Mother.
Solid defense was played by both teams today. Liberty Buick got outstanding infield defense led by third baseman Dennis Vance, second baseman John Boland, and shortstop Stu Hannam. Our usual bright sunshine was again there. In a good softball game Treedah Magee Realtors was able to push a run across in the bottom of the seventh to best Liberty Buick 18-17. Liberty was led by Dave Elkins 4-4 with 2 home runs. Dale "it's my world and you guys are only living in it" McLaughlin continued his hot streak with his fourth consecutive home run over 2 games. After a double he connected with another homer and was 3-4 on the day. He had a team leading 8 rbi's. Dale was met immediately after the game by a guy in a lab coat carrying a Dixie Cup. Dale's wife Nani says she has been giving him enzymes (true story). Good luck on your eligibility next session Dale. Don Ranieri was 4-5 with a double. John Boland was 3-5. Dick Stuckey, Don McDonald, and Dennis Vance were 2-4. Stu Hannam had 2 doubles in his 2-5 day. Bob Snelling and sub Rod Wilterdink were 1-4. Congratulations to the Liberty Buick team who finished with a 15-5 record in the tough, competitive, Red League. In my 6 years at Grand I can't think of another team that finished 10 games over 500.
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 5   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY -  
In a shortened 3 inning game due to an injured player Heather Van Peursem came out 2 runs ahead. Kris Schwartz took a ball off the beak in left field and Foothills Physical Therapy would like to wish him a speedy and successful recovery. Our season was just as I had planned, minus about five wins. The guys were great. Everyone had fun and supported each other while making new friendships along the way. Sad to see them playing for other teams next session. Congrats to Dave Elkins and the Liberty Buick squad for a really nice season. Thanks to everyone that has a hand in making Sun City Grand a great place to live and play softball. It's an honor to be a part of the softball club!
Sometimes, the score does not matter. We played 3 innings, Kris Schwartz got hit in the head with a fly ball that was in the sun,and he ended up with a broken nose and stitches. I just talked to him, and he is now just getting out of the hospital. He is very appreciative of all the help and concern that our guys showed to him, and wants to say a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that helped him. out. After all, it's just a game. Our health and injuries always should be our first concern. Class act by coaches Tom & Paul from the Foothills squad that agreed to our suggestion that our game came to an end. After all, we are just one big happy family. Thanks Chuck for all the food. See you in the second half.  
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 22   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 15
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR FINISHED STRONG WINNING 8 OUT OF THEIR LAST 9 GAMES.  TODAY BEATING GOTHIC 22 TO 15.  A SOLID 2ND PLACE FINISH.  LEADING HITTERS WERE, AS USUAL GENE PROSSER 4 FOR 4 FINISHING THE SEASON WITH AN .800 AVERAGE.   SUB JIM TEMPLETON 3 FOR 4 WITH 2 BOMBS.  RICK LINTS & GARRY WESLOSKY WERE PERFECT AT THE PLATE.  CHIPPING IN WITH 3 HITS EACH WERE; TOM GOETZ, ALAN CAILLOUETTE, GLEN RYAN &  JOHN HAMMEL. POINT OF INFORMATION; MR. JAMIE WHITE PITCHED FOR LAST PLACE HEATHER AND SECURED THE VICTORY WITH A STELLAR PERFORMANCE. WE HAD A BLAST WITH OUR AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR TEAM THIS SESSION, ALL GREAT GUYS AND WE HAD FUN!!!!! THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.
Gothic Landscaping lost the final game of the 2017 Fall Softball Session to AZ Vein and Vascular 22 to 17.  The Landscaping team kept the game within reach but could not come up with the needed rally to seal the deal.  Pitcher Rod Wilterdink and sub John Boland, who played right field, both had 4 for 4 days at the plate and sub Mike Hirsch, handling the shortstop duties, contributed his 3 for 3 day.  Marlin Campbell and Brian Pin, who hit his 14th homerun of the session, had 3 hits each.  Special thanks to the aforementioned subs for filling in for the day.  We hope that Kris Schwarts, who suffered a cut on the bridge of his nose in the second game, is doing well.  It was a good 2017 Fall Session.  Special thanks to Commissioner Dale Vander Kooi for his efforts, the field maintenance group that kept the fields well groomed, and those responsible for the new score board which was a welcomed sight.  Must not forget John Hammel with his e-mails that kept us up to date with administrative announcements and game summaries and of course Jim Opyd who handled the batting practice chores. Finally, a special shout out to all six teams that kept the race to the finish interesting.
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 15 4 0 30
Gothic Landscaping 10 9 0 20
Treedah Magee Realtor 10 9 0 20
AZ Vein and Vascular 10 9 0 20
Foothills Physical Therapy 7 12 0 14
Heather Van Peursem 5 14 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
 AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 22   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 13  
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR HAD A STELLAR DAY AT THE PLATE TODAY DEFEATING HEATHER VAN PEURSEM 22 TO 13. 6 PLAYERS HAD PERFECT DAYS AT THE PLATE ; ALAN CAILLOUETTE, GLEN RYAN, GENE PROSSER, JIM TEMPLETON, RON MICHALSKI AND RICKY LINTS.  CAILLOUETTE HAVING 7 RBI’S AND A HR. RYAN ALSO HIT A BOMB [WALK]  JAY SHIRPKE & TOM GOETZ WERE 3 FOR 4 GARRY WESLOSKY 2 FOR 3 AND JOHN HAMMEL 2 FOR 4. AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR ONLY MADE 5 OUTS ALL DAY. THANKS TO DALE VANDERKOOI AND ANDY CAMPBELL FOR STELLAR JOB OF UMPIRING.
It was a frosty morning at the Field of Dreams first thing this morning, and Team Heather Van Peursem game continues to be a little frozen as well. We started out very good against a solid AZ Vein and Vascular team scoring 5 runs the first 2 innings, but couldn't keep up with them through the 6 innings. We only scored 2 runs the last 3 innings, and played 6 due to the late start. Allstar hitters for the Realtors today were John Shuba, 4-4 with 3 doubles, Jamie White, Randy Biko, Gary Ambruz/Dennis Haak and super sub Dick Stuckey all with 3 hits. The rest of our crew had 1 and 2 hits each. One game remaining in this session, and Team Heather Van Peursem has had a tough go of it, but our guys have been great to play with, lots of laughs throughout. Thanks to Commish Dale Vanderkooi and Soupy Campbell for umping. Andy had to step up when we needed Dick to play for us
LIBERTY BUICK - 16   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 11
Liberty Buick jumped out to an 11-4 lead after 3 innings and held on for a 16-11 victory over Gothic Landscaping. Both teams played excellent defense with sparkling plays turned in at Del Webb Field. Dale McLaughlin our 73 year old right center fielder and pitcher, didn't have a home run the last 2 games and we thought something may be wrong. After a single first time up he followed with homers his next 3 at bats. That gives Dale 10 home runs in his last 9 games. This is great news to all the new young whippersnappers invading the Red League that you can still play quality softball well into your 70's or in Jim Douglas's  case into your 80's. Dale had help from Wayne Weidenbach and Bob Snelling who both were perfect at 3-3. Snelling a double. Don "53 years young" Ranieri was 3-4 with 2 homers of his own and a team leading 5 rbi's. Don McDonald and Dave Elkins were both 2-3. Elkins a home run. Stu Hannam and John Boland were 2-4. Hannam a double. Dick Stuckey and sub Tom Goetz were 1-3. Sub John Hammel had 2 rbi's with sacrifice flies. 
Gothic Landscaping lost to a strong first place Liberty Buick squad by the score of 16 to 11. The Landscapers were able to keep the game respectable but just couldn’t mount the needed offensive rally. Pitcher Rod Wilterdink did his part by keeping the Buick team within reach, but it just wasn’t met to be. Andy Campbell and Marlin Campbell were both perfect at the plate today with 4 and 3 hits respectively.  Both Dave Archer and Brian Pin also had 3 hits each. Brian Pin’s first hit of the day was another blast over the left field fence. Thanks to sub Nick Naselli for handling the right field duties and contributing a couple of hits himself. Thursday’s final games will be interesting as the red league's 2nd place finish is still up for grabs.
FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 25  TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 13 
Foothills Physical Therapy hit well today and beat Treedah Magee 25-13.  Foothills made only 6 out the entire game.  Going 4-4 were sub Jim Templeton, Paul Becker (with a home run), Lloyd Newlands and Rob White.  The rest of the team all went 3-4...that would be Silversteen, Ranalls, Yurkunas, Conacher , Soles and sub Chuck Cruz.  Regular Nick Nasselli was injured while subbing in the game prior to ours and was unable to go....get better quick Nick we'd love to have you back for the last game of the session on Friday.  Regular David Fusaro seems to hobbling along a little better than last week and should be able to contribute to his new team next session.  Regular Terry Graves has been doing battle with the flu bug and hopes to finish out the season on Thursday as well.  Andy Campbell and Jeff Watson were fantastic umpires and Bob Snelling did an admirable job pushing buttons in the tower.  Nice game fellas...let's finish strong on Thursday!  
Treedah Magee’s Don Nelson (3/3) blasted a rare HR in the first inning helping the Realtors stay with a red-hot Foothills Physical Therapy Team for a few innings before stumbling in a six inning 25-13 loss. Dan Newman (3/4) also clobbered a towering HR in the first inning. Other top hitters were Greg Kastelic (4/4), Mike Hirsch (2/4), Rick Lints (2/3), “Dad” Douglas (2/2 - great line drives), Rick Clot (2/3) and Murray Fairweather (2/3). As usual, the umps (Andy Campbell and Jeff Watson) did a fine job calling the game. 
Games thru -  Thursday, January 18, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 14 4 0 28
Gothic Landscaping 10 8 0 20
Treedah Magee Realtor 10 8 0 20
AZ Vein and Vascular 9 9 0 18
Foothills Physical Therapy 6 12 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 13 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, January 18, 2018
LBERTY BUICK - 18   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 17
Liberty Buick battled back in the bottom of the seventh with 3 runs to get by AZ Vein and Vascular today 18-17. AZ Vein had taken a 2 run lead with a 3 run home run by Alan Caillouette in the top of the seventh. Liberty was victorious because of stellar defense by SS Stu Hannam, 3B Bob Snelling, LC Don Ranieri, and RC Dale McLaughlin, who battled line drives and very bright sunshine to lead their team to a hard fought victory. Offensively it was Dick Stuckey who went 4-4 with a double. Stu Hannam with a long Home Run, Dave Elkins with a double, Dale McLaughlin and Don Ranieri were all 4-5. Wayne Weidenbach was 3-4. John Boland was 3-5. Bob "I promise I won't get thrown out at third again" Snelling was 2-4. Dennis Vance was 1-4 with a triple, and sub Jeff Watson was 1-4. FYI... Bob has said that before. Also, Stu Hannam has joined Liberty Buick for the remainder of the season replacing Pete "why did you leave us" Houghton. 
AZ Vein and Vascular lost a closely contested and great game to Liberty Buick 18-17. Tom Goetz and Alan Caillouette were 4-5 with Alan Caillouette having a 3 run home run in the 7th inning. Ron Michalski was 3-4. Sub Ray Gibson and sub Skip Pavitt were 2-4. Jay Schirpke and Glen Ryan were 3-5. Garry Weslosky and Gene Prosser were 2-5. Thanks to Bob Applebaum and Greg Kastelic for umpiring and Rick Lints for doing the scoreboard.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 19   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 13
The Treedah Magee Team got things back on track and edged past a good Heather Van Peursem
Team 19-13. The Realtors maintained a steady barrage of hits and runs led by Alan Caillouette (3/5), Dan Newman (4/5), Mike Hirsch (4/4), Rick Clot (4/4) and Murray Fairweather (3/4). Dad (Jim Douglas) was out playing a Senior Tournament and capturing first place. Thanks Scott Roberts and Lloyd Newlands for umpiring. 
Well, the season is winding down for us, and Team Heather Van Peursem is looking forward to a fresh start. Another beautiful day at the Field of Dreams, but we cannot seem to string together any 5 run innings to get a win. Team Treedah Magee beat us 19-13, and our offensive woes seem to continue. We had 26 hits in total, with solid outings by John Shuba, Skip Pavitt both going 4-5, sub Dennis Haak, sub Dick Stuckey and Gary Ambruz all going 3-4. The rest of us all had 2 hits. We were missing 4 regulars today due to sickness, but had great super subs in Dennis "The Haakster", "Big Dick" Stuckey, and newcomer Bob Kloehn, from Wisconsin. Welcome Bob, and hope you enjoy our wonderful Red League this winter. All filled in admirably Thanks to Bob Topham for showing great sportsmanship on a confusing play. Congrats to Liberty on your excellent championship season. Thursday's are fun!!
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 20   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 8  
Gothic Landscaping climbed back into a tie for second place by beating Foothills Physical Therapy 20 to 8.  The Landscapers came with their A game today with both their offensive and defensive efforts.  Pitcher Rod Wilterdink allowed the maximum 5 runs in only one inning and just 3 more runs the rest of the game. Four Gothic players had perfect days at the plate.  Jeff Watson went 4 for 4 and Marlin Campbell, Chuck Cruz and sub John Boland all went 3 for 3.  Dennis Haak, Brian Pin and Andy Campbell also had 3 hits each.  OK, Dave Archer went 2 for 2 before leaving the game with a leg injury, and Don Ranieri replaced him in the field and contributed a hit his only time at the plate. The rest of the Gothic squad all had at least one hit.  Again, thanks to Don Ranieri for replacing Dave Archer and speedster John Boland who did himself proud at the plate and handling the right field duties.
Foothills Physcial Therapy lost to Gothic Landscaping 20-8.
Games thru -  Tuesday, January 16, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 13 4 0 26
Gothic Landscaping 9 8 0 18
Treedah Magee Realtor 9 8 0 18
AZ Vein and Vascular 9 8 0 18
Foothills Physical Therapy 6 11 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 12 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
LBERTY BUICK - 21   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 6
The Liberty Buick squad started slowly defensively in support of pitcher Wayne Weidenbach in the first inning but finished strongly the rest of the way and prevailed over Foothills Physical Therapy 21-6. 34 hits in the 6 inning game. Only 5 extra base hits. Leading the way for Liberty Buick was John Boland  and sub Sam Newby both at 5-5. Dave Elkins was 3-3 with 2 home runs. Don Ranieri was 4-5 with a double and a home run and a team leading 5 rbi's. Stu Hannam  and Dick Stuckey were 3-4. Wayne Weidenbach, Dennis Vance, and Dale McLaughlin were all 3-5. Bob Snelling was 2-4. 
Congrats to a very strong Liberty Buick team that wrapped up the title today scoring 21 runs in 6 innings.  Foothills Physical Therapy couldn't put much together  today scoring 5 runs in the first, one in the second and not very many more after that.  Team batting average today was exactly .500.  Not going to win many games with that average.  Welcome back to Glenn Soles who was out for the majority of the first session after having eye surgery.  I'm still amazed each week at how this team sticks together and keeps a good attitude.  Lots of new guys to Grand and to the Red League and they are getting acclimated with the league.  Thanks to Mike Anderson and Rick Clot for officiating the game.  Ol reliable Mark Jessen came through once again with a perfect game at the scoreboard controls.  I'd like to apologize for an error on the last game report.  I had John Conacher's stats incorrect...he was a 5 for 5 last Thursday.   Sorry John!  By the way, John was an inch and a half away from a perfect 4 for 4 today as well.  Way to use that screen John!  Thursday we play Gothic in the late afternoon game...bats should be awake by that time of day.  Lastly, thanks to Jim Opyd for subbing for us today.  Very much appreciated.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 21    TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 20
AZ Vein and Vascular beat a very good Treedah Magee Realtor team 21-20. Treedah Magee started out scoring 5 runs in the first 3 innings before the AZ Vein’s bats and defense came alive and won a close game in the 7th inning! ALAN Caillouette had a great day going 5-5 with a home run and a triple with come great defensive plays. Glen Ryan, Tom Goetz, and Gene Prosser going 4-5 with Glen hitting a home run. Jay Schirpke, Garry Weslosky, and John Hammel were 3-5 with John Hammel with the game winning home run, for a single, with bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th. Sub Dennis Haak, sub Bob Snelling and Ron Michalski were 2-4. Thanks for subbing Dennis Haak and last minute getting Bob Snelling. Thanks for Dale McLaughlin and Tom Yurkunas for umpiring, and Mark Jessen for adding up all those runs on the scoreboard! Great job and thanks everyone. Congratulations to Liberty Buick for winning the second half of the season!!!
The Treedah Magee Team scoring 15 runs in the first three innings ran out of gas getting only 5 runs over the last four innings in a losing effort to a well-balanced Arizona Vein and Vascular Team 21-20. Top hitters for the Realtors were Ray Gibson (4/4), Don Ranieri (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4), Mike Hirsch (3/4), Mike Anderson (4/4) and Rick Clot (3/4). Thanks Dale McLaughlin and Tom Yurkunas for umpiring and Mark Jensen on the Scoreboard. 
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 16   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 14 
Gothic Landscaping got back on the winning tract by defeating Heather Van Peursem by the score of 16 to 14. The Heather Van Peursem team kept the game within 5 runs for the first six innings.  In the top of seventh, they mounted their comeback rally but fell short by two runs.  Before mentioning the Gothic Landscapers offensive highlights, it’s nice to point out that it’s Gothic’s first win since Dave Archer joined the team.  Way to go Sac Fly Dave Archer!  Four Gothic Landscapers had perfect days at the plate.  Both Dennis Haak and Andy Campbell were 4 for 4 and Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz were 3 For 3. The remaining 9 hits were contributed by the remainder of the squad as everyone had at least one hit.  Thanks to John Hammel for his subbing duties in Right field and offensive contribution to the win.
Team Heather Van Peursem came up with the silver medal again today against the Gothic Landscaping Gorillas, losing 16-14. We were down 16-11 going into the top of the 7th, but couldn't quite score enough runs to at least make them take their last bats. We played very well defensively, holding the purple squad to only 16 runs, but we only averaged 2 runs per inning. We had 28 hits, but left way too many runners in scoring position, snuffing out potential 5 run innings. We did have many bright spots at the plate, Randy Biko returned from the frozen tundra and went 5-5, John Shuba, Skip Pavitt and Jamie White were all 4-5, Scott Piemiesl and sub Tom Yurkanas were 3-4. Mike Jennings and Gary Ambrus had 2 hits. We were scrambling at the last minute with some guys calling in sick, so many thanks to Wayne Weidenbach and Tom Yurkanas for stepping up at the last minute as our super subs. Thanks to Ed Michell and Alan Cailouette for being superb umps.

 

Games thru -  Thursday, January 11, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 12 4 0 24
Treedah Magee Realtor 9 7 0 18
Gothic Landscaping 8 8 0 16
AZ Vein and Vascular 8 8 0 16
Foothills Physical Therapy 6 10 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 11 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE - 19    GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 12 
The Treedah Magee Team had a face-off with Gothic Landscaping to determine the second place Team. The Realtors came out on top 19-12 (6 innings) displaying their continued hitting barrage. A great defensive effort and timely hitting with two outs were the norm for the day. The Treedah team got a big break seeing “ The Archer” playing in the outfield (rather than sure-hit Scott Roberts). Dan Newman (4/4) led the way with a wall clearing three run HR in the last inning to secure the win. “Dad” Douglas got things going early with a hard hit double driving in three runs. Other top hitters were “Mr Leadoff” Ray Gibson (4/4), Greg Kastelic (3/4), the “Rick Boys” (Lints and Clot) both going 3/3, Mike Hirsch (2/3) and Bob Applebaum (2/3). Ed Mitchell played great at Second Base, making two great plays to end the game. 
Gothic Landscaping were defeated by Treedah Magee Realtor by the score of 19 to 12.  The Landscapers kept the game close for the first 4 frames, but faded in the remaining innings.  Offensive highlights for the game were Dennis Haak, Andy Campbell and Marlin Campbell having perfect days at the plate.  Both Rod Wilterdink and sub John Hammel contributed 3 hits each. Again, thanks to sub John Hammel.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 28    FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 19
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR CONTINUED THERE WINNING WAYS WINNING THEIR 5TH STRAIGHT BY DEFEATING FOOTHILLS 28-19. LEADING HITTERS WERE; THE KILLER “G’S” GARRY WESLOSKY, GENE PROSSER & GLEN RYAN ALL 4 FOR 4, WITH RYAN HITTING A HR. RON MICHALSKI 4 FOR 4 WITH A HR. ALAN CAILLOUETTE 4 FOR 4 WITH A HR., 7 RBI’S.  JAY SHIRPKE 4-5, JOHN HAMMEL 3 FOR 4 WITH A HR AND 6 RBI’S. JOE PIOLI 3 FOR 4, AND LOU PROVENZANO 2 FOR 3.
Foothills Physical Therapy was ahead 10-3.  Then things went south in a hurry.  When it was over Lloyd Newlands was 4-4 and Jimmy Saltzman, Paul Becker, Tom Ranalls, Tom Yurkunas, Nick Naselli, Rob White, Jeff Silversteen and Kenny Krzeminski all made only one out apiece.  Nick Naselli hit a two run bomb in the third inning and it was a thing of beauty.  Nicely done Nick!  Everyone kept their spirits up and really rallied around each other to try and get things going after a scoreless 4th inning but it just wasn't to be today.  Andy Campbell and Rod Wilterdink were fabulous in calling a great game and Ray Gibson manned the new scoreboard without issue.  Thanks guys!  
LIBERTY BUICK - 26   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17
Liberty Buick started 5-5-5 but could not get away from a good Heather Van Peursem team until the 6th inning and pulled out a 26-17 victory. 4 home runs and 37 hits overcame so-so defense. Dale McLaughlin and sub Sam Newby had perfect 5-5 days at the plate. McLaughlin had 2 home runs to give him 7 in the last 6 games. Sub Stu Hannam arrived Monday from Wisconsin ready to play. He went 4-4 with 2 doubles, a home run, and a team leading 5 rbi's. Wayne Weidenbach and Dennis Vance went 4-5. Don Ranieri had a double and a home run with his 4-5 day. Don McDonald was 3-4. John Boland was 3-5 with a triple. Dave Elkins 3-5 with 2 doubles. Bob Snelling had a triple and a 2-4 day. The Liberty Buick team would like to thank John Hammel who is having a really good year hitting the ball, but also for coordinating all 6 managers write ups for each game. Thanks John.
It was a battle of David (Heather Van Peursem) vs. Goliath (Liberty Buick) today at the Field of Dreams, and Goliath was victorius, winning 23-14?? Team Heather Van Peursem was able to stay even with the first place team for about 3 innings, then we just couldn't keep up with their hard hitting attack. We came up with zeros in inning 4 & 5, and only 1 run on the 6th and that was the end of it. We had 24 hits in the game, but that's not enough to beat these guys. Allstars for our team were Mike Jennings, 4-4, Skip Pavitt, sub Tom Furrey, Jim Opyd and Chris Schwartz, all 3-4. Everyone else on our team had 2 hits. Our super subs today were Greg Kastelic and Tom Furrey, who both played excellent softball. Thanks to John Conacher and Rob White for their superb umpiring duties. 

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, January 09, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 11 4 0 22
Gothic Landscaping 8 7 0 16
Treedah Magee Realtor 8 7 0 16
AZ Vein and Vascular 7 8 0 14
Foothills Physical Therapy 6 9 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 10 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Sunday, December 09, 2018
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 29   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 24 
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR HAD AN EXTRA INNING SLUGFEST WITH GOTHIC LANDSCAPING TODAY WINNING IN 8 INNINGS 29 TO 24.  THE VEIN BOYS PUT A 9 SPOT ON GOTHIC IN THE TOP OF THE 7TH , ONLY TO HAVE GOTHIC MATCH IT TO SEND THE GAME INTO THE 8TH. THE TOP OF THE 8TH ARIZONA VEIN SCORED 5 AND HELD GOTHIC SCORELESS. LEADING HITTERS FOR THE VEIN BOYS WERE, AS USUAL; GENE THE MACHINE PROSSER 5 FOR 5, JAY SHIRPKE AND RON MICHALSKI BOTH WERE 4 FOR 5, CHIPPING IN WITH 3 HITS EACH WERE, GARRY WESLOSKY,JOHN HAMMEL, LOU PROVENZANO, AND ALAN ALPHABET , WITH ALAN HITTING A HOMERUN. JOHN BOLAND HAD 2 HITS.
Gothic Landscaping lost an exciting extra inning game to AZ Vein and Vascular 29 to 24.  It was a close game thru the first 6 innings.  In the top of the 7th inning the Vein and Vascular bats came alive resulting in 9 runs.  Not to be outdone, the Landscapers answered the bottom of the inning with their own 9 runs to tie the score. The Vein and Vascular team continued their hot hitting and scored another 5 runs in the extra inning, but the Landscapers were unable to match that effort.  Offensive highlights for the Landscapers were Andy Campbell having a perfect 5 for 5 day at the plate, along with pitcher Rod Wilterdink’s 3 for 3 day.  David Archer, David Maligro both had 4 hits each.  Brian Pin also contributed 4 hits, two of which were home runs.  His second blast was a grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning that sent the game into the extra inning.  The remaining 14 Gothic hits were scattered among the rest of the team.  Everyone had at least 2 hits in the losing effort.  Thanks to sub Joe Pioli for handling the right center field duties.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 33   LIBERTY BUICK - 24
The Treedah Magee Team continued on their hot hitting barrage banging out 43 hits to overcome a solid Liberty Buick Team 33-24. Both teams pounded the ball and at the end of the sixth inning the Realtors only led by one run 22-21. Then the flood-gates opened with Treedah scoring 11 runs in the top of the seventh led by All-Star (sub) Tom Ranalls’s (5/5) three run HR and Ed Mitchell ‘s two hits in the seventh inning. Everyone had at least two hits. Top hitters along with Tom were Dan Newman (5/5), Rick Lints (5/5), “Dad” Douglas (3/3 along with two Sacs), Greg Kastelic (5/6), Don Nelson (4/5), Ed Mitchell (4/5), Ray Gibson (4/6 - playing with no gas in the tank), Mike Anderson (3/5 - pitching a great game), Rick Clot (3/5) and Bob Applebaum (2/5 who’s one inning of relief in the middle of the game slowed down the hot Car Dealer bats). Want to thank Glen Ryan and Garry Weslosky for umpiring and Mark Jensen on the Scoreboard. 
The Liberty Buick team ran into a determined and hard hitting Treedah Magee Realty team at The Field of Dreams and took one on the chin today 33-24. Poor outfield play, especially by outfielder and writer of this article Dave Elkins gave Treedah Magee too many outs resulting in the visitors starting 5-5-5-4. No quit in Liberty Buick though, we took the lead after 5 innings 21-19. Treedah then scored 11 in the open inning with superb hitting and Liberty could not answer. Leading the way for Liberty was Bob Snelling perfect at 5-5. Wayne Weidenbach, John Boland, sub Paul Becker, Dave Elkins, and Don Ranieri were all 4-5. Becker had 4 doubles. Boland and Elkins each had 2 doubles and a triple. Ranieri had 2 doubles. Dennis Vance and Dale McLaughlin were 3-5. McLaughlin with a home run, Vance with 2 home runs and a team leading 5 rbi's. Sub David Fusaro was 1-4 before severely pulling a hamstring hustling to beat out an infield grounder. Hope David is OK. Don McDonald was 1-5....An accidental omission from last Thursday. Dennis Vance was 3-5 with a double, triple, and a home run. Sorry Dennis. That's the first mistake I've made this year....Oops, that make two now. 
FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 22   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 11
Foothills Physical Therapy only made three outs the entire game.  Conacher displayed his blazing speed and collected an inside the park homer!  Saltzman, Becker, Ranalls, Newlands, Naselli, Silversteen, Krzeminski and Graves all had perfect days at the plate.  I'm not sure I've ever been part of a game where the winning team made only four outs.  Rob White pitched well, Tom Yurkunas was steady as ever at the plate and 3rd base.  Get this one....Bottom five of the line up went 14 for 15. That's a recipe for success.  Hopefully we don't misplace the recipe anymore.  Heather Van Peursem played a quality game themselves...just ran into a hot hitting team today.  Team HVP your sportsmanship and competitive spirit is very much appreciated.  Greg Kastelic and Mike Anderson did a fabulous job officiating and Rick Lints kept a tight watch over the scoreboard...Thanks Guys! Foothills Physical Therapy would like to wish David Fusaro a speedy recovery.  While subbing for the game previous to ours he suffered a terrible hamstring pull that will sideline him for quite some time.  David is a true competitor that I would welcome on my team anytime...get well soon my friend!
It was a battle of the cellar dwelling 5-9 teams late this morning, Heather Van Peursem and Foothills Physcial Theraphy When the dust settled (and there was lots it), Team Heather Van Peursem occupies last place all by ourselves. Foothills mercied us, 22-11 in 5 innings. They scored the maximum number of runs every inning, except the last, when they didn't need anymore. There were a few bright spots for Heather's Boys, but not enough, with only a total of 19 hits. Leading hitters were John  Shuba, 3-3, Jim Opyd, 3-3, Skip Pavitt, 3-4, Jamie White, 2-3 and Scott Piemiesl, 2--3. Everyone else had 1 hit. Thanks to Mike and Greg for doing a good job umpiring.

 

Games thru -  Thursday, January 04, 2018
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 11 3 0 22
Gothic Landscaping 8 6 0 16
Treedah Magee Realtor 7 7 0 14
AZ Vein and Vascular 6 8 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 9 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 5 9 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
TREEDAH MAGEE - 23   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 16   
The Christmas Break is exactly what the Treedah Magee Team needed in posting an impressive 23-16 win over a well coached and fun to play Foothills Physical Therapy Team. The entire line-up produced 36 hits with everyone getting at least two hits. Leading the way we’re Dan Newman (5/5), Mike Anderson (5/5), Rick Clot (4/4), Ray Gibson (4/5 with a lead off first inning HR), Greg Kastelic (4/5 with a HR and several nice catches), Don Nelson (4/5 with a super catch), Super-sub Brian Pin (3/4 clothes line shots) and Bob Applebaum (3/4). Want to thank Rod Wilterdink and Jeff Watson for making all the right calls and John Truttman for keeping the runs flowing on the new Scoreboard. 
Well the holiday break didn't do Foothills Physical Therapy much good.  Everyone seemed just a bit off kilter in this game.  Coach Ranalls would like to thank everyone for keeping a positive attitude even during rough games.  Foothills Physical Therapy team members have had each others back through both wins and losses this session and it seems even though we won't be winning any championships this winter everyone is enjoying themselves and building lasting friendships.  Positives from this game are Saltzman and Ranalls going 4-4 at the plate, Conacher, Becker and Yurkunas went a respectable 3-4 with the bats and Coach Becker hit a home run that may or may not have caused property damage over at Trojan Storage.  Next week is another week and I'm sure everyone will be ready for a competitive game next Tuesday AM.  The game was very efficiently umpired by Rod Wilterdink and Jeff Watson.  Great job you guys!  It would appear that John Truttman is up to speed with the new scoreboard procedures as the score unfortunately remained accurate through the entire game.  All kidding aside...Foothills Physical Therapy is having a happy, healthy season and we're even sprinkling in a few wins here and there!  Now we play the coveted role of spoilers....let's get spoiling!  One last thing....poor John Conacher, our soldier at shortstop....I think 35 balls or so whistled by you.  YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE ON ANY OF THEM!  Maybe we need a guessing coach to figure out where those balls are going to go
LIBERTY BUICK - 18   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 9
The Liberty Buick team played excellent team defense, hit 5 home runs, and had all 10 players with at least 2 hits to defeat a solid Gothic Landscaping team 18-9 in the battle for first place. Leading the way for Liberty Buick was Don Ranieri 4-5 with 2 home runs and a double and had his streak of 14 consecutive hits come to an end in the fifth inning. Dale McLaughlin was 4-5 with a homer and 2 doubles. John Boland was also 4-5 with a double and a team leading 5 rbi's. Don McDonald was 3-4. Subs John Hammel and Jay Schirpke were 3-5. Hammel a double and a homer. Wayne Weidenbach and Bob Snelling were 2-4. Dave Elkins was 2-5. The game is easier when you give only 3 outs in most innings! 
Gothic Landscaping lost to a strong Liberty Buick team by an 18 to 9 score.  After scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Landscapers bats were silent for the remainder of the game.  Offensive highlights for Gothic were pitcher Rod Wilterdink having a 3 for 3 day and newly acquired Dave Archer contributing 3 hits.  Brian Pin had another blast over the left field fence.  The rest of the Gothic team contributed to the remaining 11 hits.  Thanks to our outfield sub David Fusaro for his participation.  The Gothic Landscapers will bounce back next week!!
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 25   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR DEFEATED HEATHER VAN PEURSEM TODAY 25 TO 17 FOR THEIR 3RD WIN IN A ROW.  A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR SUBS TODAY; DON RANERI GOING 5 FOR 5, JOE PIOLI 3 FOR 4 AND JOHN BOLAND 3 FOR 4. OTHERS HITTING VERY WELL; TOM GOETZ, JOHN HAMMEL GOING 3 FOR 4. ALAN CAILLOUETTE 4 FOR 5 WITH A 30 PACK HR. GENE PROSSER A PERFECT 4 FOR 4 AND PITCHED VERY WELL. GLEN BLOOPER RYAN 3 FOR 4. RON MICHALSKI WAS 2 FOR 4.
The Heather Van Peursem team lost a fairly-close game to the AZ Vein And Vascular team in their first game in the new year. Trailing, but remaining within score-tying distance throughout the game the HVP squad was losing by a score of 16-11 going into the 5th inning. In the following 2 innings the HVP team was only able to match 6 of the 9 runs posted by AZ Vein And Vascular team in the same 2 innings and eventually lost by a score of 25-17. Leading hitters were Lloyd Newlands (4 for 5), Tom Furrey (4 for 5) and Sam Newby (2 for 3 with a BB) with the rest of the team accounting for the 25 hit total. Leading RBI getters were Tom Furrey and John Conacher with 3 each, and Lloyd Newlands, Al Deangelis, Gary Ambruz and Tom Yurkunis each with 2 RBI’s. Many thanks to subs Lloyd Newlands, Tom Furrey, Sam Newby, John Conacher and Tom Yurkunas for their exceptional play today. And special welcome back to Tom Furrey in his 1st game this season and Sam Newby in his first game played in overs a year’s time. Neither one showed no signs of rust and or skill deterioration in their play today.
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 19, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 10 3 0 20
Gothic Landscaping 8 5 0 16
Treedah Magee Realtor 6 7 0 12
Heather Van Peursem 5 8 0 10
AZ Vein and Vascular 5 8 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 5 8 0 10
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
 GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 22   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 21   
Gothic Landscaping won a closely fought battle against Foothills Physical Therapy by a 22 to 21 score.  The Landscapers trailed a strong hitting and defensively sound Therapy team for the first 6 innings but managed to stay within striking distance.  In the bottom of the final inning, trailing by 6 runs, the Gothic bats came alive with 8 hits producing 7 runs which sealed the victory for sub pitcher Rick Lints. Dennis Haak and Marlin Campbell were perfect at the plate with 5 and 4 hits respectively.  Other players with 4 hit days included Scott Roberts and sub Alan Caillouette, whose grand slam home run in the fourth inning kept the game within reach for Gothic. Those with 3 hit days were Brian Pinn, Chuck Cruz, and John Truttman, whose final inning hit drove in the winning run.  All other players had 2 hits each.  Again, thanks to our two subs for their contribution to the victory. The Gothic Landscaping Team wish everyone an enjoyable and safe Holiday Season. May this short time off give every ones aches and pains time to heal!
It was a disappointing loss for Foothills Physical Therapy heading into the Christmas break.  Our opponents hit em where we weren't!  One thing about Foothills Physical Therapy, win or lose they stick together a play hard.  No complaining, just good sportsmanship and lots of laughs.  That being said...we're gonna kick some butt after the new year!  Hitting well for Foothills Physical Therapy were Jim Saltzman (5-6), Paul Becker (4-5) and Tom Yurkunas (4-5).  Skip Pavitt and Randy Biko did a stellar job officiating and ol reliable Mark Jessen pushed all the right buttons up in the tower!  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season!  See you in 2018!!
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 22   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 19
The Treedah Magee Team broke a four game losing streak putting together enough five run innings including a spectacular five run push in the extra inning with two outs to edge Heather Van Peursem 22-19. All Realtor players had at least two hits banging out 33 hits as a team. All players were outstanding in the field and at the plate. Leading hitters were Ray “Glad you’re back” Gibson (5/5), Dave Fusaro (4/5), Dan Newman (4/5), Mike Anderson (4/5), Greg Kastelic (4/5), John Boland (3/5) and Rick Lints (3/5). Shortstop Tom Ranalls (2/4) extinguished any hope the Heather gang had of making a comeback in the late innings by taking over the pitching duties from Mike Anderson. The Realtors had to bring in four subs to replace players visiting family during Christmas time. Merry Christmas Everyone. 
The Heather Van Peursem lost an exciting, extra inning game to Treedah Magee by a score of 22-17. Down 17-10 going into the bottom of the 7th, the “Boys in Black” rallied to tie the game by scoring 7 runs to push the game into the extra inning. However, Heather Van Peursem was only able to match 2 of the 5 runs scored by Treedah in their half of the inning and lost by a final score of 22-17. The HVP team hit the ball well, but didn’t get them to fall when needed. Leading the 29-hit HVP attack were Randy Biko with 5 hits / 3 RBI’s including a home run, Alan Caillouette with 5 hits / 5 RBI’s including a home run, John Shuba with 4 hits 1 RBI and Dennis Haak with 3 hits / 3 RBI’s. Special thanks to subs Alan Caillouette, Dennis Haak and John Hammel for their efforts in today’s game.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 17   LIBERTY BUICK - 16
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  SQUEEKED OUT A RUN VICTORY OVER FIRST PLACE LIBERTY BUICK TODAY 17 TO 16. GLEN RYAN HIT 2 HOMERUNS AND ALAN CAILUETTE AND JOHN SHUBA EACH HIT ONE HOMERUN . OTHERS WITH GOOD DAYS AT THE PLATE WERE; JAY SHIRPKE 4 FOR 4, RAY GIBSON , AL CAILLUETTE & JOHN SHUBA  ALL WERE 3 FOR 4. CHIPPING IN 2 HITS EACH WERE GENE PROSSER, JOHN HAMMEL, AND LOU PROVENSANO. GENE PITCHED HIS HEART OUT TODAY, HOLDING LIBERTY TO JUST 3 RUNS IN THE FINAL 3 INNINGS. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE. DAN NEWMAN AND ED MITCHELL WERE OUTSTANDING IN THEIR DUTIES AS UMPIRES.
The Liberty Buick team had their 8 game winning streak come to an end today. AZ Vein Clinic out scored Liberty 12-3 the last 3 innings and won 17-16. Leading the way for Liberty Buick was Don Ranieri 3-3 with a home run. John Boland was 3-4 with a double, triple, and a homer. Both Ranieri and Boland led Liberty with 4 rbi's each. Don McDonald was 3-3 with a double. Dale McLaughlin was 3-4 with a double and a home run. Bob Snelling and Dick Stuckey were 2-3. Dennis Vance was 2-4 with a double. Sub Greg Kastelic was 2-4 with a triple. Alain Chabot, in his last game this season was 1-3. We will miss you Alain. Sub Mike Anderson was 1-4. Sub Jim Opyd was 0-3. Only 22 hits for a 7 inning game. 9 of the dreaded pufo's. (Pop ups fly outs)
Games thru -  Thursday, December 14, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 10 2 0 20
Gothic Landscaping 7 5 0 14
Heather Van Peursem 5 7 0 10
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 7 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 5 7 0 10
AZ Vein and Vascular 4 8 0 8
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, December 14, 2017
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 21   GOTHLIC LANDSCAPING - 9  
The Heather Van Peursem team bats thawed out from Tuesday’s cold start and came alive to gain a 21-9, 22-hit, 6-inning victory over a good Gothic Landscape team. Heather Van Peursem batters took the lead in the first inning and never relinquished it. The 22 hits combined with a stellar pitching and batting performance by Mike Jennings (3 strikeouts and 4 for 4 at the plate) sealed the win. Leading hitters for the team were the afore mentioned Mike Jennings and Skip Pavitt with 4 hits, Kris Schwartz, John Shuba, Randy Biko, AL Deangelis and Jim Opyd with 3 hits. Other team members chipped in with crucial hits when needed to keep the run tally going. Leading RBI team members were Randy Biko and Jim Opyd with 4, Skip Pavitt with 3, John Shuba, Mike Jennings, AL Deangelis and Roy Uecker each contributing 2. Special thanks to Dave Elkins and Dale Mc Laughlin for a good job of umpiring today.
Gothic Landscaping lost to Heather Van Peursem by a lopsided score of 21 to 9.    The Landscapers were never close after the first inning.  The wind may have been a factor, but both teams had to deal with it. The usually solid hitting Gothic group could only scatter 17 hits over 6 innings of play.   Dennis Haak had a 3 hit day and Andy Campbell, Lloyd Newlands, David Maligro, Stewart Mcwilliam, John Truttman, and pitcher Rich Lints all contributed with 2 hits each.  Thanks to Lloyd Newlands, and Rick Lints for subbing the game and Don Ranieri for relieving Andy Campbell in the 4th inning who suffered back pain issues after a defensive play.  The Gothic Landscaping team will bounce back next week!
LIBERTY BUICK - 24   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY -12
The Liberty Buick team kept up their hot hitting today with 37 hits and 4 sacrifice flies to only make 3 outs in the six inning game for a 24-12 victory over Foothills Physical Therapy. Pete Houghton, in his last game at Sun City Grand, went 5-5 with a double. We're going to miss you Pete. Don Ranieri was 5-5 with 2 doubles. Dave Elkins was also 5-5. Wayne Weidenbach, Dick Stuckey, and Dale McLaughlin were all 4-4. Dick 3 doubles, Dale a double. Alain Chabot and Bob Snelling were both 3-3. Bob a double. John Boland went 3-4 and had 2 doubles and a triple. Don McDonald was 1-3. Stuckey, Snelling, and McLaughlin led Liberty with 4 rbi's each...Great to see Red Leaguer Ron Wagner appear at the games today. Ron is recovering nicely, had a good time shaking hands, and we all hope to see him regularly. 
Foothills Physical Therapy had a difficult time handling first place Liberty Buick. Liberty Buick got off to early lead scoring 5 runs in each of the first four innings. The final score was 24 to 12. Leading hitters for Foothills was Rob White with 4 for 4 and Dave Fusaro  3 for 3. Paul Becker and Lloyd Newlands were 3 for 4, and Jeff Silversteen and Terry Graves were 2 for 3. Thanks to Dan Newman for filling in today. 
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 26   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 18
ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR HAD THEIR HITTING SHOES ON TODAY DEFEATING TREEDAH MCGEE 26-18.  DOWN BY 3 GOING INTO THE OPEN INNING THE VEIN BOYS SCORED 11 RUNS. LEADING HITTERS WERE JOHN HAMMEL WITH 2 TRIPLES AND 7 RBI’S, WHILE GOING 4 FOR 5. OTHERS WITH NICE DAYS WERE; DON RANERI 5 FOR 5, JAY SHIRPKE , TON GOETZ, ALAN CAILLOUETTE, ALL GOING 4 FOR 5. GLEN RYAN, GENE PROSSER AND AL DEANGELIS CHIPPED IN WITH 3 HITS EACH. A BIG THANK YOU TO OREGON AL AND DON FOR SUBBING FOR US …RANERI GOING 9 FOR 9 THIS WEEK SUBBING FOR US.  HAVE FUN IN VIRGINIA NEXT WEEK TOM GOETZ, HIS SON-IN-LAW IS RUNNING FOR THE U.S. SENATE , DAN WARD!!!   HAVE FUN TOM AND TRUDY.
Just when the Treedah Magee Realtor team was ready to shut down Arizona Vein and Vascular and walk off with a win, the AZ Vein and Vascular guys broke out for 11 runs in the last inning to easily close out the Treedah Magee Realtors 26-18. On another windy day and a late starting time the Treedah Magree Realtors were able to bang out 28 hits. Going perfect at the plate were Dennis Haak (4/4), Mike Hirsch (4/4) and Rick Lints (4/4). Three for four (3/4) hitters were Greg Kastelic, Don Nelson and Bob Applebaum. The Treedah Magee team will rise again. 
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 12, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 9 2 0 18
Gothic Landscaping 7 4 0 14
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 6 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 5 6 0 10
Heather Van Peursem 4 7 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 8 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
LIBERTY BUICK - 16   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 4
16 extra base hits propelled Liberty Buick to a 16-4 victory over Heather Van Peursem Realty at Del Webb Memorial Field today. 6 players didn't make an out today led by SS Dennis Vance 3-3 with a double and 2 triples. Dick Stuckey had a double and a triple with his 3-3 day and moved within 2 triples of the league lead held by Jay Schirpke and John Boland. John Boland was 3-3 including a double and a triple. Do you hear footsteps John? Don "his fast feet barely touch the ground" McDonald 3-3 with 2 doubles. Don Ranieri was 3-3 with a double. Alain Chabot had a double and a triple for his perfect day. Dale McLaughlin pitched well, fielded the middle, hit a home run and a double and went 2-3. Sub Jay Schirpke was 2-3 with a double. Dave Elkins was 2-3 with a home run. Wayne Weidenbach had his string of 13 consecutive hits over 5 games broken going 1-3. Bob Snelling was 1-3....As the home team for the first game I always get to the field early enough to get everything ready. But, as usual, my buddy Norm Lustig had it looking perfect already. Thanks Norm for everything you do for softball at Sun City Grand.
Team Heather Van Peursem was a little sleepy this early Tuesday morning, and could only muster-up 11 hits. That might win a hockey game, but it's not going to win a softball game in the Red League, especially against the #1 team, Liberty Buick. Those guys never let up with their bats. We had a couple bright spots, with both John Shuba and Randy Biko going deep yard. Our new lead-off man, Chris Schwartz had 3 hits, but we were done after 5 innings. The players for the 2nd game hadn't even arrived at the ball park yet, we were done so early. Anyway, hope to do better on Thursday. Thanks to Rob and Dave being the "blue guys" for our game. 
FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 23    AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  - 22
Foothills Physical Therapy pulled out a win in the bottom of the 7th by scoring 2 runs to defeat a very good AZ Veins team by a score of 23 to 22. There was good hitting throughout the lineup led by Lloyd Newlands, Dave Fusaro and Jeff Silversteen all 4 for 4.  Paul Becker was 3 for 3.  Terry Graves and Nick Naselli were 3 for 4, the key play of the game was in the bottom of the 7th when Jim Saltzman had the phenomenal hit to drive in the winning 2 runs.
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR LOST TO FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY 23-22. WE STARTED OUT HOT SCORING 20 IN THE FIRST 4 INNINGS, THEN FADED IN THE LAST 2, SCORING JUST 2 RUNS. LEADING HITTERS FOR THE AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR WERE ; ALL WITH 4 HITS EACH, JAY SHIRPKE, TOM GOETZ, ALAN CAILOUETTE, DON RANERI. JOHN HAMMEL HIT A 30 PACK HR. JAY SHIRPKE ALSO HAD A HR. RON MICHALSKI CHIPPED IN WITH 3 HITS
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 13   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 9
Gothic Landscaping defeated Treedah Magee Realtor by a l3 to 9 low scoring game. Neither team was to be able to sustain multi-inning rallies. The Treedah Magee team had one 5 run inning and scored another 4 runs in their other five frames. Not to be outdone, the Landscapers scored 5 runs in two innings and managed 3 other runs in their remaining innings. I guess good pitching trumps good hitters!  Congratulations Mike Anderson and sub Wayne Weidenbach for your efforts on the mound. The Gothic team defense did a respectable job that helped limit the Realtors to the single digit total. The Gothic offense, which managed 17 hits, was led by Andy Campbell, Marlin Campbell and Chuck Cruz having perfect days at the plate followed by Dennis Haak with his 3 hits. Everyone else on the team contributed to the little hit parade with at least one of their own - of course - Brian Pin deposited another ball over the left field fence. Thanks to subs Wayne Weidenbach, Lloyd Newlands and John Hammel (who replaced John Truttman at 1st base who was hit in the face during the 2nd inning by nasty ground ball bounce).  John has informed me, via a phone conversation, that he is doing fine - even though he may look like a raccoon for a while.
The Treedah Magee team played with more spirit today but still came up short against a good Gothic Landscaping team losing 13-9. Low scoring to start the game, both teams began to warmup to give the fans a reason to cheer. The Realtors went cold the last three innings putting zeros on the scoreboard for each frame. Mike Anderson and Rick Clot were the top hitters each going 4/4 with Mike hitting a HR. Dan Newman also contributed to the offense with a solid 3/4 performance. Greg Kastelic, Bob Applebaum and Ed Mitchell all had two hits. Hope John Truttman recovers from a line-drive that glazed off John’s cheek. Want to thank Lou Provenzano and Alan Caillouette for umpiring a well played and officiated game. We only wished that Tom Goetz on the Scoreboard could have pushed a few more “run buttons “ for Treedah. The Treedah team will bounce back. 

 

Games thru -  Thursday, December 07, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 8 2 0 16
Gothic Landscaping 6 4 0 12
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 5 0 10
Heather Van Peursem 4 6 0 8
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 6 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 7 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, December 07, 2017
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 13
There is joy in Mudville folks. Heather's Boys are on a two game win streak. It was a battle out there today for all teams, with the wind and sun reeking havoc with the fly balls. It wasn't a fun day for the outfielders, especially RCF and RF. However, back to our game. The strong Foothills squad got off to a quick start, and were leading Team Heather Van Peursem by a 13-2 score after 2 1/2 innings. Then, we finally woke up, scored 15 runs in the last 4 innings, and held Foothills to zero. Final score, 17-13. When we did come out of our slumber, we banged out a total of 30 hits. Solid performances at the plate for our usual suspects: Skip Pavitt, John Shuba, Randy Biko, Mike Jennings, Al DeAngelis and Scott Piemiesl all went 4-4. Roy Uecker & Gary Ambruz had 3 hits.  We scratched and clawed our way back in this one. That is what makes this Red League so much fun. Every team can beat anyone on any given day. Thanks to Big Lou & Al-Cal for umpiring. Have a good weekend everyone. Off to Tucson for a little fun this weekend. 
On an extremely windy and sun filled afternoon Foothills Physical Therapy had a 13 - 2 lead in the 3rd inning but came up short with a 17 to 13 loss to Heather Van Peursem. Top hitter was Jim Saltzman with 3 hits.  Thanks Don Ranieri and Rod Wilterdink for subbing for us on this difficult day.
    GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 31   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 28
Gothic Landscaping defeated Arizona Vein & Vascular in a 6 inning slug fest game by a 31 to 28 score.  The game was played under a bright sun and strong winds coming in over the left field fence.  This combination made fly balls to the outfield and pop ups in the infield an adventure for the defenders.  AZ Vein and Vascular, home team, were on a role scoring 5 runs in each of the first 4 innings.  The Landscapers kept it close by trailing only by 4 at that point.  The bats then came alive for the Gothic team as they scored 5 and 10 runs respectively in the final two innings which was enough to seal the deal.  Leading hitters for the Gothic group with perfect days at the plate were Dennis Haak, Scott Roberts, Brian Pin, Jeff Watson and Marlin Campbell.  David Maligro managed 4 hit and Andy Campbell, Rod Wilterdink and Chuck Cruz contributed 3 hit each. Thanks to sub Kris Schwartz who handled the 1st base assignment and Skip Plavitt and David Fusaro who played the outfield.
In a slug fest in the wind and sun AZ  Vein and Vascular lost 28 to 31 to Gothic Landscaping. Tom Goetz and Alan Caillouette were 5-5, with Alan hitting a home run! Glen Ryan, Garry Weslosky, John Hammel and Ron Michalsky were 4-5, with Garry and John hitting home runs only counting as walks! Gene Prosser and Jay Schirpke were 3-5. Lou Provenzano and Dan Neuman were 2-5. Thanks to Dan Neuman for subbing for our sub Ray Gibson, who got hit hard in the leg!! Hope you heal fast. Big thanks to Paul Becker and Jeff Silversteen for umpiring our game today!!
  LIBERTY BUICK - 20   TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 1
Liberty Buick parlayed solid infield defense on a day where the sun was as bad as I can ever remember to a 20-1 defeat of Treedah Magee Realtor. Solid defense by 1B Dick Stuckey, 2B Dennis Vance, SS sub Alan Caillouette, and 3B Don McDonald all the ground ball plays were made efficiently. Offensively Liberty Buick was led by lead off Pete "short timer" Houghton 4-4 with a double. 3 other players didn't make an out. Bob Snelling and Wayne Weidenbach were 3-3. John Boland was 3-3 with a double. Alan Caillouette was 3-4 with a triple and a team high 4 rbi's. Don McDonald, Dennis Vance, and Dave Elkins were all 2-3 with a double each. Don Ranieri and Dick Stuckey were 2-3. 
The Treedah Magee team struggled today mustering only one run and nine hits in four innings, losing to a well balanced attack by hard hitting Liberty Buick  20-1. John Conacher, “Dad” Douglas and Rick Clot had six of the team’s nine hits each going 2/2. We wish Ray Gibson a speedy recovery as Ray got walloped in the shin subbing in an earlier game. 
Games thru -  Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 7 2 0 14
Gothic Landscaping 5 4 0 10
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 4 0 10
Foothills Physical Therapy 4 5 0 8
Heather Van Peursem 3 6 0 6
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 6 0 6
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 22    AZ VEIN AND VACULAR - 15
Team Heather Van Peursem came up with a much needed victory this morning over a very solid AZ Vein squad. For the first time this season, we were able to string together 4-5 run innings for the first 4 innings. We then scored 2 in the 5th, and hung on to defeat the Veiners 22-17EATH in a 6 inning game. We all had our bats working today, with John Shuba, Randy Biko, Mike Jennings, Al DeAngelis, Scott Piemiesl, Chris Schwartz and Jamie White all having perfect days at the plate. With Randy Biko hitting a home run. All of our other guys had at least 2 or 3 hits. Our defence was also very solid, especially the outfield, coming up with some wonderful catches. Some days those hard-hit fly balls and line drives fall in for doubles and triples. Today, our guys tracked them down. Good work guys. Thanks to Mac and Don for umpiring..
AZ Vein and Vascular team left there bats at home this morning! Losing to a hot hitting Heather Van Peursem team 22-15. Even bringing in our ace closer Alan Caillouette couldn’t stop the hot hitting Heather Van Peursem team. Garry Weslosky, Gene Prosser and Ron Michalski were 3-3. Jay Schirpke was 3-4. Tom Goetz, Alan Caillouette and Glen Ryan were2-4, with Alan Caillouette hitting a home run. Hopefully we will have a better outcome Thursday. Thanks to Mac and Don for umpiring. Thanks for subbing Lisa and good luck on your surgery.
LIBERTY BUICK - 16    GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 15 
Liberty Buick hit early and led the entire game to defeat a real good Gothic Landscaping team 16-15 at Del Webb Field. 27 hits and only 4 pufo's. Leading the way for Liberty Buick was Wayne Weidenbach 4-4 with a double and a team high 5 rbi's. Dave Elkins was also 4-4 with 2 doubles and 2 home runs. 6 players were 3-4. John " he's not just fast" Boland had 2 doubles in his 3-4 day and made his first out after 12 consecutive hits over 4 games. Pete Houghton kept up his hot hitting with a 3-4 and 2 doubles. Dale McLaughlin 3-4 also with 2 doubles and 4 rbi's. Don "he never slumps" Ranieri 3-4 with a double and his 4th homer of the season. Dennis Vance and Bob Snelling rounded out the 3-4 hitters. Don McDonald was 1-3 with a home run. Dick Stuckey made a nice play at first base on a hard hit grounder for the last out of the game and the tying run on third and the go ahead run on second. 
Gothic Landscaping team lost a close one to a strong hitting Liberty Buick squad.  Liberty Buick long ball hitters were on fire in the first two innings accumulating a 10 to 4 lead.  The Gothic Landscapers and Liberty Buick lineups managed to hold each other to another 6 runs each for the next 4 frames.  The Gothic top of the 7th inning rally stalled at 3 runs resulting in the 15 to 16 loss.  Leading hitters for the Gothic Landscaping team were David Maligro having a 4 for 4 day at the plate, followed by Dennis Haak, Stewart Mcwilliam, Rod Wilterdink, Marlin Campbell and sub John Hammel (thanks John!) all accumulating 3 hits each.  Brian Pin also deposited another ball over the left field fence.
 FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 24    Treedah Magee - 9 
It was a nice game for Foothills Physical Therapy who finally had their entire team together today without any subs.  We had our share of "lawn darts" but we also had plenty of nice hard hits as well.  The team batted .711 going 32 for 45!  Nice day at the plate fellas!  Having perfect batting performances were Jim Saltzman, Paul Becker, Lloyd Newlands and John Conacher.  Newlands also lead the team with 5 RBI's.  Making only one out were Dave Fusaro, Tom Ranalls, Rob White and Ken Krzeminski. Foothills Physical Therapy had really good defensive performances from everyone.  Tom Yurkunas played a solid 3rd base.  Ol' reliable John Conacher had SS nailed down air tight today.  Silversteen, White and Krzeminski closed all the holes around 1st and 2nd base.  The outfield played well too...welcome back to Terry Graves who seems to be back in working order after shoulder surgery.  Treedah Magee has a nice team, they are a well coached class act.  Andy Campbell and Scott Roberts were outstanding as today's officials and Alain Chabot was stellar upstairs pushing buttons! 
The Treedah Magee team got hammered today 24-9 in six innings by a hard and soft hitting Foothills Physical Therapy Team. The Realtors bats went cold early and they could never generate a good run to get into the game. Several great catches were made by the Foothills players limiting the Realtors to just 17 hits. Top hitters were Ray Gibson (3/4), Mike Hirsch (3/3), Dan Newman (2/3), Mike Anderson (2/2) and Rick Lints (2/3).
Games thru - 

Thursday

November

30, 2017

    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 6 2 0 12
Gothic Landscaping 5 3 0 10
Treedah Magee Realtor 5 3 0 10
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 5 0 6
Foothills Physical Therapy 3 5 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 2 6 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 30, 2017
LIBERTY BUICK - 20    AZ VEIN AND VACULAR - 16
The Liberty Buick team kept up their hot hitting today making only 8 outs in 5 at bats for the game and a 20-16 victory over Arizona Vein and Vascular. Defense was a little shaky at times as we bent but didn't break. Leading the way for Liberty was sub John Conacher who was 4-4 with a double. Each of John's 4 hits produced an RBI which gave him a team high 4 for the game. Wayne Weidenbach and John Boland also didn't make any outs in the game going 4-4 and 3-3 respectively. Boland a triple. Pete Houghton was 3-4 with his third home run of the season. Don Ranieri and Dale McLaughlin were 3-4 each with a double. Sub Mike Anderson was also 3-4. Dick Stuckey and sub Kris Schwartz were 2-3. Bob Snelling was 1-3 and made 2 very nice plays at third base. The last to end the game.
Arizona Vein and Vascular lost a close game to Liberty Buick 20-16. Allen Caillouette and Glen Ryan were 4-5. Gene Prosser, John Hammel and Lou Provenzano were 3-4. Ron Michalski and Tom Goetz were 2-4, Jay Schirpke was 2-5. Gerry Weslosky was 1-4. Thank you Rick Clot for subbing the last couple of innings.
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 17   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 11
The Treedah Magee team held on the to pass the Heather Van Peursem  Team 17-11. Great defense by the outfield and infield was the key today. Top hitters were Mike Hirsch (3/4), Dan Newman (3/4), Greg Kastelic (3/4), Mike Andersen (3/4), Rick Lints (3/4), Rick Clot (3/3) and Ed Mitchell (3/3). 
Team Heather VanPeursem came up a little short again today, despite the help we had from our great sponsor, Heather, on the bench. Team Treedah Magee won the game 17-11. We just couldn't string together enough strong innings, despite our pitcher, Mike Jennings going 4-4 at the plate. Too many zeros and no 5 run innings, 19 hits doesn't usually result in a winning formula. We had 2 hit performances from John Shuba, Skip Pavitt, Jim Opyd, Randy Biko, Roy Uecker, Chris Schwartz, and 3 hits from Scott Piemiesl. The highlight was, there were lots of 30-packs on the grass when the game was over.   We have to get better, and I think we will do that next week. Have a good weekend everyone. 
 FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPY - 19    GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18 
In one of the more enjoyable games to watch this season Foothills Physical Therapy scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to post a victory over a very solid Gothic Landscaping team.  It was a seesaw battle from start to finish and the game was really well played by both teams.  Top hitters for Foothills Physical Therapy were Jim Saltzman and Tom Ranalls with 4 hits each.  John Conacher, Nick Naselli and David Fusaro had solid 3 hit games.  Rob White, Paul Becker, Tom Yurkunas and Jeff Silversteen all chipped in with multiple hit games as well.  Rob White pitched a very solid game against many tough veteran hitters.  Lloyd Newlands was exceptional in right center field and stole enough runs from Gothic that Foothills Physical Therapy stayed within striking range.  Ken Krzeminski played flawlessly at second base and our defense as a whole was fabulous today.  This game was a good example of what's so special about Sun City Grand Softball....win or lose both teams played hard, stayed healthy, had fun and had a healthy respect for each other and the game.  Win or lose...I was proud to be involved with this one!  Umpires were Mike Jennings and Scott Piemeisl...great job guys we very much appreciate your efforts.  Don Nelson also had a good game from the tower as he kept tabs on the scoreboard.  Thanks Don!
Gothic Landscaping lost a hard fought battle against the Foothills Physical Therapy team by one run.  The Landscapers and Therapists traded the lead several times during the game, but in the end, Foothills Physical Therapy came out on top 18 to 17. The Gothic Landscaping team accumulated 29 hit in the scrimmage led by Dennis Haak, David Maligro and John Truttman having perfect days at the plate.  Andy Campbell collected 4 hits, and Jeff Watson, Rod Wilterdink and Brian Pin contributed each with 3 hits.  Brian Pin added to his round trip total by depositing another shot over the left field fence. Thanks to John Hammel for subbing and handling his right field assignment.

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 5 2 0 10
Gothic Landscaping 5 2 0 10
Treedah Magee Realtor 4 3 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 4 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 2 5 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 5 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
TREEDAH MAGEE REALTOR - 25   AZ VEIN AND VACULAR - 17 
It took five innings of good softball before the Treedah Magee team came out on top over the Arizona Vein and Vascular 25-17. Bob Applebaum (3/5) pitched three shutout innings to end the game and any chance for Arizona Vein and Vascular to mount a rally. The offense came out strong after the one week layoff getting 35 hits. Greg Kastelic (5/5) was perfect at the plate followed by Dan Newman (4/5), Dennis Haak (4/5), Don Nelson (4/5), “Dad” Douglas (4/5), Ray Gibson (3/4) and Rick Lints (3/5). 
THE AZ. VEIN TEAM TOOK IT ON THE CHIN TO TREDAH MCGEE 25-17. WE PROVED TODAY WE WERE A FIRST HALF TEAM……SCORING 17 IN THE FIRST 4 INNINGS THEN 3 ZERO’S.
LEADING HITTERS WITH 4 HITS WERE GLEN RYAN & LOUIS PROVENZANO. 3 HITS EACH WERE ; SCOTT ROBERTS, TOM GOETZ, ALAN ALPHABET, GARRY SKY, GENO PROSSER, JOHNNY HAMMER. 5 ERRORS DIDN’T HELP MATTERS EITHER.  WE HOPE TO BOUNCE BACK ON THURSDAY.
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 17
Gothic Landscaping defeated Heather Van Peursem in a closely contested 6 inning game by 18 to 17 score.  The Gothic team kept the lead until the top of the 5th inning when Heather Van Peursem bats came alive scoring 5 runs to take a 16 to 13 lead.  The Gothic Landscaping answered in the bottom of the inning with their own 5 run tally, with the help of Brian Pin depositing another blast over the left center field fence with the bases loaded.  The Gothic team defense was respectable as was their hitting.  Leading the team with perfect days at the plate were Scott Roberts, Brian Pin, David Maligro and Rod Wilterdink.  Dennis Haak contributed with his 3 hit outing, and the remaining players scattered another 8 timely hits to help with the victory.  Thanks to sub David Fusaro who handled right field duties and contributed 2 hits. Once again, Rod Wilterdink had another outstanding pitching performance which was capped off by his final inning effort holding the Heather Van Peursem team to just one run which sealed his 18 to 17 win.
Team Heather Van Peursem for the silver medal again yesterday in our game against the Gothic Gorilla Allstars, losing by one run, 18-17. We just couldn't mount a comeback in the top of the 6th, and Gothic Landscaping never had to take their last bats. It was a well played game, and some of our stars at the plate were Randy Biko, 4-4 with a dinger, Skip Pavitt, 4-4, John Shuba, Jim Opyd, super-sub Gary Weslosky all had 3 hits. The rest of our crew all came up with 2 hits, but it wasn't quite enough. Good game Gothic.
LIBERTY BUICK - 32   FOOTHILLS PHYSCIAL THERAPHY -21
The Liberty Buick team scored early and often and defeated a really good Foothills team 32-21 with a season high 41 hits. Line drives were all over the lot. The bottom of the second was key with our first 2 batters making outs. Then we scored 5 after that. Not to be outdone Foothills was able to score 5 with 3 outs and nobody on in the bottom of the sixth to draw within 2 at 22-20. The top of the seventh had Liberty scoring 10 runs without an out to take a 12 run lead and a flip flop. Leading hitters for Liberty were John Boland 5-5 with 5 rbi's. Super subs Alan Caillouette with 5 rbi's and John "the hammer" Hammel were also 5-5 each with a homer. Hammel tied with Pete Houghton with a team high 7 rbi's. Caillouette hit and played great defense at short. Houghton and Don Ranieri were both 5-6. Ranieri his second homer. Dennis Vance was coming off a rough couple of weeks off the field and teamed with Dick Stuckey to go 4-5 each. Great to see Dennis playing again. One of the really good guys at Grand and always a pleasure to be around.  Wayne Weidenbach was 3-5. Dale McLaughlin was 3-6. Bob Snelling was 1-5. Our thoughts and prayers this week for ex player Mike Mathis who has a rough road ahead of him. 
Foothills Physical Therapy won the first inning 3-2 and had to play catch up after that the entire game.  Five runs in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings wasn't enough to overcome the hot bats of Liberty Buick.  Coach Tom was pretty happy with his teams effort today as they kept battling back and never gave up.  Defense was not the issue and neither were lawn darts...the other team won the game with a stellar day at the plate.  Having excellent days for Foothills Physical Therapy was lead off man Ken Krzeminski going a perfect 5 for 5, third baseman Tom Yurkunas also having a perfect day at the plate going 4 for 4 and second baseman Rob White making 4 for 4 look easy as well!  Paul Becker made only one out and hit the ball hard the entire game.  Tom Ranalls chipped in 3 hits and a meaningless last inning home run.  Others with two hits were Dave Fusaro, Nick Naselli, Jeff Silversteen, John Conacher, Lloyd Newlands (including a 4th inning dinger that kept hope alive) and Jim Saltzman.  32 hits and 21 runs is enough to win some games...not this one as Liberty Buick knocked the cover off the ball in the final and open inning scoring 10 runs without recording an out.  Game over.  Thank you to Randy Biko and Skip Pavitt for a fine job umpiring today's game...Roy Uecker must've had a sore finger after pushing the run button 53 times!  Tuesday's game was really fun to be involved in...way to hang in there Foothills Physical Therapy...sometimes you just have to tip your hat and get to Thursday's game.   Two more people I'd like to thank....Jim Rumsey who had a perfect day in the 3rd base coaches box.  Everyone who came to third base with no outs was allowed to relax for a moment before heading for home!  Last but not least our injured player Terry Graves.  Terry can't play just yet because of major shoulder surgery but it sure means a lot to have a guy show up and coach a base and offer to pinch run any chance he gets.  The atta boys and high fives between innings keep players smiling...great job Jim and Terry!
 

 

Games thru -  Thursday, November 16, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 4 2 0 8
Gothic Landscaping 4 2 0 8
AZ Vein and Vascular 3 3 0 6
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 3 0 6
Heather Van Peursem 2 4 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 4 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 16, 2017
AZ VEIN AND VACULAR - 22   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 16
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR DEFEATED A TOUGH FOOTHILLS TEAM 22-16. LEADING HITTERS WERE; LOU PROVENZONO 5 FOR 5, TOM GOETZ,JOHN BOLAND 4 FOR 5, GLEN RYAN, SCOTT ROBERTS, GARRY WESLOSKY  & MIKE ANDERSON ALL WITH 3 HITS EACH. CHIPPING IN WITH 2 HITS EACH WERE, JAY SCHRIPKEAND LISA PELLITIER.
Foothills Physical Therapy  fell behind early and just couldn't catch up.  A huge thank you to subs Dennis Haak, Brian Pin (3-4), Dan Newman (4-4), Rick Clot (3-4) and Rick Lints (3-4).  Welcome back to Jeff Silversteen who after a long overseas trip chipped in a couple hits and an RBI.  Other with 3 hit days were Tom Ranalls, Rob White and Tom Yurkunas.  After the Thanksgiving break things tend to go back to normal and the team doesn't have to bother so many subs to help them out.  Winter worlds is a drain on the entire red league this week every season.  Thanks to all the guys that agree to play more games than they would probably like to.  Your efforts are very much appreciated.  Dale Vander Kooi and Bob Applebaum did a fantastic job of officiating.  Mike Hirsch admirably tended to scoreboard duties...thanks Mike!  So...2-4 going into Thanksgiving break.  Not quite what we had planned but plenty of positives to build on!  Good luck to everyone the rest of the season and Happy Thanksgiving from team Foothills Physical Therapy!
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 29   TREEDAH MAGEE - 17
Gothic Landscaping defeated Treedah Magee Realtor by the score of 29 to 17.  Gothic Landscaping team jumped out to a comfortable early lead, but by the end of the 6th inning Treedah Magee Realtor had slowly worked their way back to within 3 runs. However, in the top of the final inning, the Gothic bats came alive with 11 hits producing 9 runs to finally seal the victory.   The Gothic group had a great day at the plate having 37 hits.  Jeff Watson and Chuck Cruz were perfect at the plate with 5 and 4 hits respectively.  Dennis Haak, Andy Campbell, Scott Roberts and Brian Pin all went 4 for 5, while Stewart Mcwilliam, Marlin Campbell and sub Wayne Weidenbach had 3 hits each. Again, Wayne had another solid pitching effort on the mound.
Treedah Magee’s bats were no match for the strong hitting Gothic Landscaping losing 29-17 today. After another slow start, Treedah Magee started to mount a respectable comeback getting to within three runs (20-17) before the Landscaping team busted out for nine runs in the top half of the seventh inning to ensure their victory. Hats off to Gothic’s Andy Campbell for assisting the umpire in making a correct call (base running) for Treedah. Top hitters for Treedah we’re Don Nelson (4/5), Mike Hirsch (5/5), Greg Kastelic (4/5), Dan Newman (3/5 with a HR), Roy Uecker (3/3), Rick Clot (4/4) and Ed Mitchell (2/3). 
LIBERTY BUICK - 21   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 12
A season high 30 hits and excellent defense led Liberty Buick to a 21-12 victory over Heather Van Peursem Realty at Del Webb Memorial Field.  Defensive gems were turned in by sub Lisa Pelletier at SS, sub Tom Ranalls at 2B, Don Ranieri in LC, Pitcher Dale McLaughlin, and Wayne Weidenbach made a real nice over the shoulder catch in RC. All 11 players for Liberty had at least 2 hits. Liberty was led by leadoff Don "he's big but he's fast" Ranieri who was 5-5 with a double and a homer. 3-4 days for Dick Stuckey, newcomer Alain Chabot, Wayne Weidenbach with a double, John Boland with a double and a team high 4 rbi's, and Bob Snelling. Lisa Pelletier was 2-3 with a triple and a team high 4 rbi's. Tom Ranalls was 2-3, Don McDonald was 2-4 with 2 doubles. Newcomer sub Ralph Hollis hit a homer in his debut game and was 2-4 as was Dale McLaughlin with a double. Liberty only made 6 outs the last 4 innings. 
Team Heather Van Peursem lost to Liberty the last game on Thursday by a score of 21-12. Once again, we were a little too inconsistent at the plate, but, to Liberty's credit, they played a helluva game defensively, with their outfielders making several great plays. We had some outstanding performances at the plate, just not enough of them. Randy Biko deposited a softball in the palm tree in LCF that never did come down. He was 4-4 at the plate, as was Roy Uecker. Oregon Al also had a great day, going 3-4 with two HR's, but only 1 counted. Gary Ambruz was 3-5, Scott Piemiesl and Jamie White had 2 hits each. Also, our game on Tuesday, I forgot to mention that John Shuba hit a HR in our victory. Sorry John. Both teams played very well defensively, but Liberty was the better team today. Thanks very much to Jay Schirpke for being our super sub today. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. See you in a couple weeks or so.

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 3 2 0 6
Treedah Magee Realtor 3 2 0 6
Gothic Landscaping 3 2 0 6
AZ Vein and Vascular 2 3 0 4
Heather Van Peursem 2 3 0 4
Foothills Physical Therapy 2 3 0 4
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
LIBERTY BUICK - 14   TREEDAH MAGEE - 13 
The Liberty Buick team started 5 and 5 in the first two innings then cooled after that but held on for a hard fought 14-13 victory over a solid Treedah Magee team. Great to see Treedah at the game again this week. I don't think she has missed many. Leading the way for Liberty Buick was Dave Elkins 3-3 with a double, home run, and a team leading 4 rbi's. Pete Houghton was 3-4 with his second homer of the season. Don Ranieri was 2-3 with a triple and a double. Alain Chabot, Dale McLaughlin, and Wayne Weidenbach were also 2-3. McLaughlin a double. Don McDonald was 1-2 with a triple. Sub Lisa Pelletier, Dick Stuckey, Bob Snelling, and John Boland were all 1-3. Boland a two run double. We tied a season low with 19 hits but played solid defense led by Lisa Pelletier at SS and outfielder Wayne Weidenbach who had nice games with the leather. Also tied a season low with only 5 of the dreaded pufo's. (Pop ups fly outs) After 5 games at The Field Of Dreams in the Red League, 1 game separates all 6 teams. As Bette Davis once said " It's going to be a bumpy ride". Our thoughts and prayers for Dennis Vance, who lost his dad yesterday morning. His dad was also a Sun City Grand resident. 
Treedah Magee struggled early getting behind 10-2 after two innings only to come on strong but came up short in falling to Liberty Buick 14-13. The team’s determination to battle back from a deep hole was very impressive. Treedah Magee herself took over Coaching duties at third base in the fifth innings and jump started the offense in scoring 5 runs. The Magee players were able to walk off the field knowing that they gave a hard hitting Liberty Buick squad a good run for their money. Top hitters for the Realtors were Dan Newman (4/4 with two homers), Mike Anderson (4/4 with two doubles), Ray Gibson (3/4) and Ed Mitchell 3/4). 
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 20   FOOTHHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 17
Team Heather Van Perusem came up with their second win of the season, with a 20-17 win over a very solid Foothills Physcial Therapy squad. We finally put some 5-run innings together, scoring 5 in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings to go ahead and keep the lead. Our offence was much better, with 27 hits. John Shuba and Jim Opyd were both 4-4, Randy Biko was 3-4 with a HR, Mike Jennings and Skip Pavitt were 3-4, Roy Uecker, Scott Piemiesl, Chris Schwartz & Jamie White all had 2 hits. Our defence was also the difference for us today. We were virtually error free in the field today, with Roy Uecker making an excellent shoe-string catch on a tough fly ball to seal the deal for us. All outfielders were very solid today. A good win for Team Heather Van Therapy. We needed it.
Frustrating day for the Foothills Physical Therapy squad.  Lots of subs required this week as many are participating in the Winter World Softball Tournament in Phoenix.  The lead exchanged hands several times throughout the game and in the end team Heather Van Peursem grabbed the lead and held on to it. Foothills Physical Therapy was led by Paul Becker, Tom Ranalls, sub Dennis Haak all 4-5 and a total of 9 RBI's.  Sub Dan Newman and Nick Naselli went 3-4 with Naselli grabbing himself 4 RBI's.  Sub John Hammel and Lloyd Newlands had nice 3-5 games.  Rob White, sub John Boland and Tom Yurkunas chipped in with a few hits, and Tom Yurkunas tallied 2 RBI's at a very important juncture of the game.  Again, thank you to our subs John Hammel, Dennis Haak, Dan Newman and John Boland. We very much appreciated your help.  Great job on the scoreboard by Mark Jessen and a little shout out to Mike Anderson and Greg Kastelic for doing an admirable job umpiring this morning. 
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 16   ARIZONA VEIN AND VASCULAR - 6
Gothic Landscaping defeated Arizona Vein and Vascular by a 16 to 6 score. The Gothic team started the bottom of the first inning with five runs and never looked back.  Some days everything seems to go your way both offensively and defensively.  In the seven innings, the infield turned 2 double plays and one triple play.  At the plate, everyone contributed with at least 2 hits.  Andy Campbell and Stewart Mcwilliam were both perfect at the plate with 4 and 3 hits respectively.  While Brian Pin was also perfect at the plate with 4 hits, his effort deserves separate billing because 3 of his hits cleared the fence.  Unfortunately, only his first inning blast counted as a round tripper in the score book because of the homerun rule.  Rod Wilterdink had another great pitching effort, allowing runs in just two of the seven innings.  It may be early in the season, but a glance at the standings indicates that it is going to be an interesting race to the finish with all the teams in the hunt.
AZ. VEIN AND VASCULAR FOLDED TO GOTHIC TODAY 15-6, NOT TO MANY HIGHLIGHTS; TOM RANALLS AND GLEN RYAN WERE 3 FOR 3
Games thru - Thursday, November 09, 2017
    TeamWon*Lost*Tie*Total Points
Treedah Magee Realtor3106
Liberty Buick2204
AZ Vein and Vascular2204
Gothic Landscaping2204
Foothills Physical Therapy2204
Heather Van Peursem1302
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 09, 2017
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 19   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 9 
AZ Vein and Vascular beat a good Heather Van Peursem team 19 - 9. Glen Ryan was perfect 4-4 with a home run and a double. Lou Provenzano was perfect 3-3. Tom Goetz, Alan Caillouette and Garry Weslosky were 3-4. Ron Michalski was 2-3. John Hammel, Gene Prosser and Jay Schirpke were 2-4 with Jay getting a in the park home run. Lisa Pelletier and Dan Newman were 1-2 both with walks. Heather Van Peursem played a good defense and hit the ball well, scoring 5 runs in the first 3 innings. Keep it up guys. Thank you Lisa Pelletier and Dan Newman for subbing today.
Team Heather Van Peursem came up short again today against the AZ Vein and Vascular, losing 19-9, but, we did get the silver medal.. We had a total of 21 hits, but cold just not get good back-to-back innings together and create more runs. I think we may need a good campfire meditation session, maybe sing a little Kum-By-Ya and than some Uuga-Chucka, Uuga, Uuga, Uuga-Chucka (I wonder how many of you will recognize that song)?? Anyway, we are going to get it together sooner or later, just a matter of when we string some good innings together. Our star hitters for today were Randy Biko, 4-4 with a dinger, Oregon Al & Skip Pavitt with 3 hits, Roy Uecker, Jim Opyd and Jamie White had 2 hits. All-in-all, another beautiful day at the "Field of Dreams". Have a good weekend everyone. 
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 18   LIBERTY BUICK - 13
Gothic Landscaping team defeated Liberty Buick in a 6 inning game by an 18 to 13 score.   The top of the batting order accounted for 12 of the teams 23 hits. Scott Roberts was 4 for 4 for the day and Dennis Haak, Andy Campbell and Marlin Campbell all were 3 for 3.  Once again Brian Pin went yard on his second plate appearance.  Rod Wilterdink had another good pitching effort, and with the help of the team’s defense, limited Liberty Buick to runs in only three of the six inning game.
The Liberty Buick team had a 5 run inning and 2 four run innings today, but unfortunately the other 3 innings were zero's and took one on the nose from a Gothic  team that played very well 18-13. Has anyone in the league seen Gothic's Dennis Haak make an out this year? Leading hitters for Liberty Buick were Don Ranieri and Dave Elkins both 4-4 with a double each. Wayne Weidenbach was 3-3. John Boland was 3-4. Sub John Conacher was 2-4 with a team leading 3 rbi's. Alain Chabot and Bob Snelling were both 2-4 with a double each. Dale McLaughlin 2-4. Dick Stuckey was 1-4 and sub Mike Hirsch was 0-4. Need more than 23 hits to win in our league. 
TREEDAH MAGEE - 26   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 14
Treedah Magee was on fire today overwhelming Foothills Physical Therapy 26-14 in six innings. The top of the order went 24 for 26 ( Rick Lints 5/5, Don Nelson 5/5, Mike Hirsch 4/4 with an inside-the-park HR, Greg Kastelic 3/4, Mike Anderson 4/4 and Dan Newman 3/4). The “Three Senior Amigos” - Rick Lints,  Dad Douglas (3/4) with two impressive doubles and Rick Clot (3/4) continue their hot hitting. Bob Applebaum (3/4) had several timely hits. The Realtors did not make an out until the third inning. A great team effort all around. 
Treedah Magee came out with their hittin shoes on and controlled the game from start to finish.  Foothills Physical Therapy just couldn't get much going and really struggled at the plate today batting .583 (21 of 36).  Defense was okay but not as sharp as the first three games. The good news is that defense did not cost us the game!  A special thank you to our subs starting with Ron Michalski. Ron has helped us out in three of our first for games and provided steady coverage at third base. It's not easy to sub and play in all of your own games so much appreciated Ron. David Maligro also attempted to sub for us but was injured early in the game and did not return to action...thanks David and we're all hoping for a quick recovery!  John Boland was also enlisted to help us out and did a fine job covering a couple different positions and going 2-2 and providing much needed base running support. Jim Saltzman 4-4 (again) and Paul Becker 4-4 led Foothills Physical Therapy in what was a shaky day at the plate.  John Boland was a nice 2-2 and others making only one out were Nick Naselli and Ron Michalski. Some days are just tough and this was one of them. Congrats to a tough Treedah Magee team that really came to play today. Also thanks to our umpires Dick Stuckey and Wayne Weidenbach for doing a fine job.  It was nice to see these two teams and the umpires keep the game moving along. The grounds crew finally got a Thursday with an early finish. They also deserve a big thank you for keeping our field one of the nicest in the country!!  
Games thru - Tuesday, November 07, 2017
    TeamWon*Lost*Tie*Total Points
Liberty Buick2104
Treedah Magee Realtor2104
Foothills Physical Therapy2104
Heather Van Peursem1202
AZ Vein and Vascular1202
Gothic Landscaping1202
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
  FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERPY - 21    GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 19 
It's never over til it's over....and this one wasn't over til was over!  Foothills Physical Therapy downed Gothic 21-19 moving to 2-1 on the young season in what was a back and forth battle that saw very good defense along with solid hitting on both sides.  First and foremost we'd like to thank our subs Ron Michalski and Joe Pioli.  You are both a pleasure to have on our team even if just for a few games.  Foothills Physical Therapy batted a respectable .666 for the game going 30 for 45.  Hitters were led by Ken Krzeminski (5-5) Paul Becker & John Conacher (4-5) Tom Yurkunas, Rob White, Jim Saltzman and Joe Pioli all 3 for 4.  Joe Pioli decided to lose one over the fence in the 5th to tally two very valuable runs.  Terry Graves stopped by to say hello to his new teammates.  Terry had shoulder surgery this summer but should be ready to go sometime prior to Christmas!  Also...a big welcome to Nick Naselli.  Nick will be filling in on a semi permanent basis while Terry Graves continues to work on that shoulder.  Up next for Foothills Physical Therapy is a tough Treedah Magee team on Thursday at 2:45. 
Gothic Landscaping lost a close one today to Foothills Physical Therapy by a 21 to 19 score.  The lead changed hands several times during the game, but Gothic couldn’t close the deal in the end. Gothic Landscaping team defensive and offensive effort didn’t show any chinks in their armor, just found that 29 hits wasn’t enough to win the ball game.  Dennis Haak lead the offensive attack with his perfect 5 times at the plate, and Brian Pin, David Maligro and Stewart Mcwilliam did their part with 4 hits each.  Thanks to subs Wayne Weidenbach, who had another respectable pitching effort, and John Shuba who defended the left center field area for the Gothic team.
 
TREEDAH MAGEE - 14   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 8
Treedah Magee Realtor went small ball today and with a good defense lead by Big Jim “Dad/ Granddad” Douglas (3/4) going outside his “circle” to make two fantastic plays held off a good Heather Van Peursem squad 14-8. The Realtors bang out 25 singles lead by Rick Lints (3/5), Greg Kastelic (3/4), Dan Newman (4/4) with the only extra base hit - a HR, Rick Clot (4/4) and Bob Applebaum (3/4). Pitcher Mike Anderson pitched a heck of a game holding the other team to just 8 runs. 
Team Heather Van Peursen couldn't quite get things going this morning, or carry the momentum forward that we had last Thursday, losing 14-8 to Treedah Magee. We could only muster-up 15 hits, and couldn't string them together to get a big inning or 2 going. Treedah's Allstars played a real solid game defensively, making several excellent catches in the outfield. Our hard hit line drives and long fly balls were gobbled up by their excellent outfielders, so they deserved the win. For Team Heather Van Peursem, Jim Opyd had a good day, going 4-4, Skip Pavitt, Chris Schwartz, Mike Jennings & Gary Ambruz each had a couple hits. What I am thinking now, is that whichever teams won today have to lose on Thursday, so we can all be 50-50 again. Make sure you guys all stay on this program!! Also, the infield at the "Field of Dreams" has ben fixed up to it's usual excellent standards. Thanks to the guys who did all the work. It's much better.
LIBERTY BUICK - 16   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR - 10
The Liberty Buick team hit early and brought their gloves for defense early and late and won 16-10 over AZ Vein Clinic today. 29 hits. Leading 13-2 after 3 innings with solid hitting and hanging on. Every player had at least 2 hits for Liberty led by Don "the kid" Ranieri and sub Andy Campbell at 4-5. Ranieri a homer. Don McDonald with a double and triple, Dick Stuckey with a homer, and Bob Snelling were all 3-4. Dave Elkins was 3-5. Alain Chabot and Wayne Weidenbach were 2-4. Pete "Special K" Houghton was 2-5 with a double and a 3 run Homer. Houghton and Campbell led with 3 rbi's each. 5 others had 2 rbi's each. This game is a lot easier when you play good defense. Right Sherlock?
AZ Vein lost to Liberty Buick 16-10 

 

Games thru -  Thursday, November 02, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Heather Van Peursem 1 1 0 2
Liberty Buick 1 1 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 1 1 0 2
Foothills Physical Therapy 1 1 0 2
Gothic Landscaping 1 1 0 2
Treedah Magee Realtor 1 1 0 2
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Thursday, November 02, 2017
HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 23   GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 22
Team Heather Van Peuesem has a monumental, bottom of the 7th, 12 run comeback in the first red league game today. We were losing 15-0 after 2 1/2 innings, finally scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, then held the Gothic Allstars to just 1 run in the last 3 innings. Trailing 22-11 going into the bottom of the 7th, we sent 16 men to the plate, and John Shuba drove in the winning run with the bases loaded. It was pandemonium on the HVP bench, the celebration bigger than the Astros at Dodger Stadium last night. Leading hitters were Scott Piemeisl & Chris Schwartz with 5 hits, John Shuba and Skip Pavitt with 4, plus a dinger by Shuba. Actually, 2, but the second one didn’t count. All the rest of us had at least 3 hits. Our guys never gave up. Good work team Heather Van Peursem. And thanks to Garry Weslosky and Dan Newman, our super-subs today.
Gothic Landscaping lost an 11 run lead in the seventh inning to Heather Van Peursem. Tough way to lose. Good news is we play again next Tuesday. We had 30 hits as a team. Top hitters were Andy Campbell 4/4, Scott Roberts 4/4, Brian Pin 3/3, Dennis Haak, Rod Wilterdink, sub Ray Gibson, Marlin Campbell each had 3 hits. Final score was 23 to 22.
 
TREEDAH MAGEE - 21   AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  - 20
Treedah Magee squeaked out a win versus AZ Vein and Vascular 21-20 on Thursday. It was a great game with both teams going full out. The Realtors defense was solid and the offense was led by Ray Gibson who was a PERFECT FOUR. He played the 4 position, had 4 AB’s, stroked 4 hits and scored 4 runs! Others contributing 4 hits each were pitcher Mike Anderson, Jim Douglas and Rick Clot. Anderson was again very stellar in the pitching position.
ARIZONA VEIN STARTED OFF ON FIRE WITH A 10-0 LEAD BUT FADED IN THE END. LOSING TO TREEDAH MAGEE 21-20. LEADING HITTERS WERE ALAN CAILLOUETTE 5 FOR 5, JAY SHIRPKE, GARRY WESLOSKY AND LOU PROVENZANO ALL 4 FOR 5.  3 HITS EACH WERE TOM GOETZ, JOHN HAMMEL & RON MICHALSKI
FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY - 26    LIBERTY BUICK - 17
Foothills Physical Therapy was missing 3 top players to tournament action over at Traditions. Mike Hirsch, Tom Ranalls and Dennis Haak filled in admirably and contributed to Foothills Physical Therapy's first win of the season 26 to 17 over a talented Liberty Buick team and move to 1-1 on the young season.  Batting leaders were Glen Soles (5-5), Jimmy Saltzman (5-5), Tom Ranalls (5-5), Ken Kryzeminski (4-4) and Dave Fusaro (4-5).  Subs, Mike Hirsch played a very solid shortstop, Dennis Haak nailed down a difficult sun infested right center field while Tom Ranalls found himself catching, playing second base and picking up the save out of the bullpen.  The sun is very difficult  for late afternoon games and our outfielders handled it as well as anyone could expect or ask of them.  Great job out there guys....Dave Fusaro must have some secret that allows him to look straight into the sun and still see a softball coming at him!  The team batted a very nice .750 getting 36 hits in 48 at bats.  Hats off to Dale Vander Kooi for stepping in to officiate for Ron Wagner and to Lou Provenzano for his late afternoon efforts as well.  Thank you both for your time!  Our team would like to offer it's well wishes to Ron Wagner for a very fast and successful recovery!
Liberty Buick suffered a 26-17 defeat to Foothills. 27 hits were not enough to offset poor defense. Liberty was led offensively by Pete Houghton who was 5-5 with 2 doubles. Dale McLaughlin was 4-5 with a double and a triple. Bob Snelling and Dennis Vance were 3-4. Don Ranieri was 3-5. Dave Elkins was 2-3. Don McDonald, Dick Stuckey, and newcomer Alain Chabot were 2-4. Bob Snelling and Dave Elkins led Liberty with 4 rbi's each. After the first week all 6 teams are 1-1. Looks like another season of exciting softball at Del Webb Field. 

 

Games thru -  Tuesday, October 31, 2017
    Team Won* Lost* Tie* Total Points
Liberty Buick 1 0 0 2
Gothic Landscaping 1 0 0 2
AZ Vein and Vascular 1 0 0 2
Heather Van Peursem 0 1 0 0
Treedah Magee Realtor 0 1 0 0
Foothills Physical Therapy 0 1 0 0
  
* Won = 2  Lost = 0  Tie = 1 in Total Points
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
GOTHIC LANDSCAPING - 19   TREEDAH MAGEE - 16
 Gothic Landscaping team defeated Treedah Magee in the opening game of the Fall 2017 SCG softball season by a 16 to 19 score.   Wasn’t hard to tell that is was the first game after a long layoff for many Gothic players by our defensive effort in the early innings.  Nonetheless, Gothic got on track defensively and offensively after a couple of innings.  Both Andy Campbell and Scott Roberts had 4 for 4 days at the plate and Dave Maligro, Rod Wilterdink and Brian Pin chimed in with three hits each.  Brian Pin had the only Gothic Homerun of the day.  As usual, Rod Wilterdink had another solid pitching effort.
Treedah Magee fell 19-16 to Gothic Landscaping in the league opener on Tuesday. The game was well played by both teams and in the end Gothic’s bats won the day. For the Realtors Rick Lints, Ray Gibson, Greg Kastelic and Rick Clot led the charge with four hits each in five at bats. Dan Newman chipped in with three hits and Mike Anderson had a very good effort as Magee’s pitcher.
 
AZ VEIN AND VASCULAR  - 21   FOOTHILLS PHYSICAL THERAPY -17
ARIZONA VEIN HUNG ON WITH A 21-17 VICTORY OVER FOOTHILLS ON OPENING DAY.
LEADING THE WAY WAS JAY SCHIRPKE WITH 2 TRIPLES AND A HOMERUN  AND 4 RBI’S, 4 FOR 5. GARRY WESLOSKY WAS 4 FOR 5 WITH 5 RBI’S. WITH 3 HITS EACH; TOM GOETZ, GLEN RYAN, GENE PROSSER, LOU PROVENZANO, ALAN  CAILLOUETTE, ALAN ALSO WENT YARD.  VERY TIMELY HITTING WAS THE KEY FOR THE VEIN BOYS TODAY.
25 hits and 17 runs did not add up to a win today for Foothills Physical Therapy.  Leading the way for Foothills Physical Therapy was Jim Saltzman (4-4)  Lloyd Newlands (4-5) with a late three run homer and Tom Yurkunas (3-4).  The team had a meeting prior to the game and that may have worn a few of the guys out.  It was the first game of a long season.  Lots of positives to take away from this loss...hardly any errors, excellent base running and a group of guys that seem to enjoy the game of softball. A special thank you to Dan Newman for subbing today and locking down right field. 
LIBERTY BUICK - 8   HEATHER VAN PEURSEM - 7
The Liberty Buick team rallied with 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 8-7 victory over Heather Van Peursem Realty. Good defense was played by both teams with plays by Dale McLaughlin at first base, Bob Snelling at second, Dennis Vance at SS, and sub Tom Ranalls at Third for Liberty. The bats were in early season form with only 18 hits. Bob Snelling was 3-3 to lead Liberty. Close behind were John Boland and Dennis Vance at 3-4. So 3 players had half of our hits. Vance had the game winning single with 2 outs. Wayne Weidenbach was 2-3 and pitched a good game. Dave Elkins was 2-4. Tom Ranalls was 1-4 and had a 2 run homer in the 7th and Bob Snelling also had a co-team leading 2 rbi's. Don McDonald, Dale McLaughlin, Don Ranieri, and Dick Stuckey had a hit apiece. 
For the first game of our fall season, it was an absolute "barn-burner", with Liberty scoring 4 in the bottom of the 7th to win 8-7. There were more runs scored in game 5 of the World Series than there was today in our softball game. I guess our pitchers are better.  Heather's team scored 6 runs in the first 2 innings, then we completely seized up after that, scoring 1 run the next 5. A couple guys had 3 hits: John Shuba and Skip Pavitt. The rest of us were kind of mediocre. Mike Jennings pitched a good game. However, on the bright side, we are tied for second place!!
We would like to welcome new players on our team to our wonderful Red League: Scott Piemeisl and Chris Schwartz. They are going to fit in just fine. Would also like to thank sponsor Heather Van Peursem for being on our bench to cheer us on., We should have put her in to pinch hit.
And, finally, thanks to all the organizers and commissioners of our league that get everything done before most of us get here: Dale Vander Kooi, Rick Clot, Jim Opyd, and any others that I have missed. Guys like me just show up 2 days before the league starts, and it is all ready to go. Great job guys. Looking forward to the fun and fellowship on team HVP..