Riverview-Dars created a two-way tie for the top spot by knocking off previously undefeated Laughing Crow Winery this past Monday night as the Town and Tavern Modified Softball League gears up for its mid-season tournament this weekend in Norwood.
The league’s mid-season tournament is slated for this Saturday at the elementary school field on Prospect St. and the Fireman’s Field on Sports Ave. League officials are holding a food drive as well and fans are asked to bring canned food items or boxed dry goods such as cereal as a donation. Items can also be dropped off at the Gandy Dancer Restaurant in Norwood.
The tournament is slated to start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
JUNE 9 GAMES
Riverview-Dars 5, Laughing Crow Winery 3: A mid-season showdown of league leaders turned into a pitcher’s duel that ended with Riverview-Dars pulling into a tie for the top spot by handing Laughing Crow Winery its first loss in 10 games.
Riverview-Dars got off to a fast start scoring three times in the first inning before Laughing Crow hurler Brandon Marsh settled down to retire 16 of the next 17 batters he faced.
MVP John Richards matched the pitching effort with four scoreless innings before allowing the first Laughing Crow run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Ian McQuinn. Kirk LaPage came around to score in the sixth to cut the deficit to 3-2 before Riverview-Dars countered with a pair of run in the top of the seventh before going to survive a final threat.
Richards allowed the three runs on 10 hits while striking out three for the win. Matt Macaulay (2rs) and Tim Keleher (1rs) both went 2-3 with a double to anchor the winning offense.
Marsh gave up five runs on eight hits in taking the loss while going 1-3 with a run scored along with Matthew Bresett and LaPage.
Coast Guard 15, Casino 0: Jarred Shope, Dustin Currier, Chris Deshaies and Jake Ward combined to pitch the first shutout of the year while a six-run first inning helped boost Coast Guard to the win. Currier wound up as game MVP going 2-4 with a homerun and two runs scored. Derrick Levac was 3-3 with three runs scored. Aaron Marshall went 3-4 with a triple, double and two runs scored.
For Casino, Michael Lucey had two hits, including a double. Jarred Lanning was 2-3 and Trevor Austin singled.
Parishville Amvets 22, Rampage 10: MVP Dennis Tebo, Jr., led a balanced Amvets offense going 5-5 with a double, triple and four runs scored. Brandon Fefee had three hits and scored three times while Jeremy Waite was 4-5 with a triple and three runs scored.
Jake Pitcher anchored the Rampage effort with three hits, including a homerun, two runs scored and two RBI. Jim Monroe was 3-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Pit Stop-Big Boys 26, No Law Warriors 8: Coming off their bye, Pit Stop got back to business by putting up 26 runs in four innings against the Warriors. MVP Nick Belile went 3-3 with two homeruns and three runs scored. Joe Arney was 3-3 with two doubles and three runs scored while Brett Derouchie went 3-3 with a double and three runs scored.
For the Warriors, Jeb Euto slugged a pair of homeruns. Ian Lynch doubled and scored a run while Tyler Smith singled and scored once.
Timber Tavern 17, Norwood Legion 12: After falling behind 12-2 through four innings, Timber Tavern stormed back to score 15 unanswered runs over their final three at-bats to pull out the win. MVP Derek Brown led the way going 3-4 with two homeruns, a double and three runs scored. Brion Brothers was 3-4 with two doubles and a run scored while Jarred Bullocks was 3-3 with a homerun, double and two runs scored.
Dakota Vallance was 3-3 with two runs scored in the losing cause. Mark Plante homered, singled and came around to score twice while Michael Monica went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored.
JUNE 5 GAMES
No Law Warriors 12, Casino 6: The Warriors scored four runs in the sixth to break open a close game as Jeb Euto held the bottom six batters of the Casino lineup to just two hits. MVP Matt Crowley paced the winning offense going 2-2 with a double and two runs scored. Erik McLaughlin was 2-4 with a homerun and two runs scored while Devon Euto was 3-4 with a run scored.
For Casino, Todd Planty led the way going 3-3 with a double and two runs scored. Justin Bartholomew (double) and Eric Brabant both went 2-3 with two runs scored.
Riverview-Dars 20, Timber Tavern 15: Timber Tavern built and early lead and held it until the top of the seventh where Riverview-Dars took control with a decisive six-run rally. MVP Terry Paige pitched the win in relief, striking out two, while leading the way offensively going 4-4 with three doubles and four runs scored while driving in the go-ahead run in the seventh. Joe Foster went 3-5 with two homeruns and three runs scored while Troy Kovach was 4-5 with a triple, homerun and four runs scored.
For Timber, Trevor Keleher went 4-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Justin Caringi was 3-4 with three runs scored and JP Sochia went 2-3 with three runs scored.
Laughing Crow Winery 17, Gandy Dancer 8: Laughing Crow batted through the order in the fist two innings picking up 10 runs while holding a potent Gandy lineup to eight runs.
MVP Michael Bresett led the way batting 4-4 with a homerun, two doubles and four runs scored. Brandon Marsh fanned one in pitcing the win and went 3-5 with a double and three runs scored while Andrew Stone was 3-5 with two homeruns and three runs scored.
For Gandy, Joe Rockhill went 3-4 with a homerun and three runs scored. Michael Harper was 2-2 with a run scored while Jason Newcombe singled and came around to score three times.
Norwood Legion 17, Parishville Amvets 7: The Legion scored at least five runs in three of the seven innings in pulling away to the win. MVP Bill Thomas had four strikeouts pitching the win and sparked the offense going 4-4 with a homerun. Mark Plante and Mark Benware both went 4-4 with two homeruns and three runs scored while Jayden Pernice was 3-4 with a homerun and three runs scored.
Justin Storie led the way for the Amvets, going 2-4 with a homerun, double and two runs scored, Jeremy hit his fifth homerun of the season in a 2-4 effort that also included a double while Dennis Tebo, Jr., was 2-3 with a run scored.
Coast Guard at Rampage was postponed
(all games 6:45 p.m.)
Thursday: Pit Stop at Coast Guard (Helena), Timber Tavern at Rampage (Louisville), Laughing Crow Winery at Norwood Legion (Fireman’s Field), Casino at Parishville Amvets (Fireman’s Field), Gandy Dancer at Riverview-Dars (Tri-Town).
Monday: Laughing Crow Winery at Coast Guard (Helena), No Law Warriors at Gandy Dancer (Norwood Elementary), Casino at Norwood Legion (Fireman’s Field), Parishville Amvets at Timber Tavern (Fireman’s Field), Riverview-Dars at Pit Stop (Tri-Town).
(as of June 11)
Laughing Crow Winery 9-1, Riverview-Dars9-1, Gandy Dancer 8-2, Coast Guard 6-2, Pit Stop-Big Boys 6-3, Norwood Legion 4-6, Parishville Amvets 3-7, Timber Tavern 3-7, No Law Warriors 3-7, Rampage 1-8, Casino 1-9.