With the threat of showers heading our way and expected to arrive around 1000 o'clock, thirty six players showed up and played one heck of a game. While it looked like a lopsided early on, the outcome was not determined until the last batter came to the plate.The hitting team of Herbie O, Zelazny, Witmer, DeRidder, Matta,Simon, Thompson, Moots, Hartley, Miller, Mills, and Baker were managed by Jeff Simon. They started strong and built a solid lead through the first four innings..While establishing the lead, one could sense disaster coming as their run production went from three in the first, to two in the second, one in the third, down to zero in the fourth. The big hits being a homer by Zelazny, a triple by Witmer, and a double by HartleyThe Kirk Coffman managed sitting team of Coffman, Dampier, Butler, Finnegan, Ayers, Lopez, Kline, Marinancci, Wells, Terry Smith, and Merritt went three and out in the first and third innings, while scoring one in the second and fourth. Two doubles by Reg Finnegan provided the power.The fielding team managed by Steve Hill consisted of Regan, S Hill, Giordano, Scarbrough, Davis, Marino, D. Hill, J Smith, McPatlan, Fabian, Taylor, and Morley. In the first inning, Scarbrough had a triple to score two and then scored on a Marino single. They went three and out in the second and third, and then erupted for five in the fourth. They did this with six singles and a double by D Hill. So going into the fifth inning the score was Team Hill 8, Team Simon 6, and Team Coffman 2.In the fifth inning, Team Simon responded with four runs to retake the lead. Gerry DeRitter's triple drove in three of the runs. Not wanting to fall farther behind, Team Coffman was unable to score despite hitting four singles.Team Hill managed one run as Bobby Reagan had a lead off home run. In the sixth, Team Simon went four and out, while Team Coffman got right back into the game with three runs as Reg Finnegan hit a hard shot in the gap for a triple. Team Hill managed to score one lonely run.With the scored tied between Teams Simon and Hill and Team Coffman a scant five runs behind it was anyone's game. Unfortunately for Team Simon it was a three and out inning so they took the field trying to save at least a tie. Team Coffman got their first two batters on and were looking pretty good for making a run at the leaders when the wheels came off. They failed to score leaving the bases loaded. Team Hill started the seventh with their first two batters making outs. These were followed by a single by S Hill. Needing a lone run to win, you know nothing was going to stop "the rocket" if the ball gets out of the infield. Giordano did not disappoint as he hit one to the grass and Steve motored around the bases to secure the victory.
Final Score Team Hill 11, Team Simon 10, and Team Coffman 5.Key PerformancesHerbie O 3 for 4Zelazny 2 for 3 with a homerWitmer 3 for 3 with a tripleReagan 2 for 4 with a homerS Hill 3 for 4Giordano 3 for 4 with game winning tripleFinnegan 3 for 3 with two doubles and a triple