Games played Feb 1-6, 2019
Mother nature revealed her diversity in the desert with gorgeous weather on Friday, chill and high winds on Monday, and cold, wind and rain on Wednesday. The feisty seniors of BAJA donned their cleats for double-headers on Friday and Monday, but couldn’t take the fields on Feb. 6 due to uncooperative weather, thus all Allison and Catino League games were cancelled.
Feb 1: While the rest of the country was enduring negative temperatures, the BAJA Spirit League was faced with sunny blue skies and 70 degrees as they hit the fields for their Friday double-header. The Shawn Smith RE/MAX team took the day’s honors, scoring 19 runs and earning 4.5 points with a win, plus a tie for second overall.
Donning the capes for the realtors were Buzz Baczewski (7-for-10 with an over-the-fence bomb) and Bob Kaiser (inside-the-park four-bagger). Sisters Dorie Carroll and Donna Harrison anchored a stingy defense alongside Dave Fehringer and Paul Klouda.
The Hilltoppers came in second on the day, earning 4.0 points off 15 runs with a win for a third place finish. Hitting Hilltopper heroes were Connie Schultz (10-for-12 and two round-trippers), Brad Beaver (11-for-12 and a dinger) and clutch hits by Ray Ellis while exceptional defensive plays by Al Clayton and Cheryl Meyers sparked the team’s rally.
The Mustangs stayed in first place in the Spirit League despite coming in third on the day with a second-place Game 1 plus Game 2 second-place tie, earning 3.5 points off 13 runs.
Top wranglers offensively for the Mustangs were Gilbert Moss (10-for-12), Penny Durgan and George Heatherington, while the Durgan and Moss duo were involved in five double plays on the day.
CHUCK CATINO LEAGUE
Feb 1: Quail Creek Country Club took two from Scott Chancellor Realty Executives, 18-6 and 18-14. Enter the Sandman; INSANE relief pitching by Rich “Mariano” Malinowski (8-for-8 on the day) closed out three innings in the second game on a total of five pitches resulting in three double plays. The undermanned Chancellor Executives came up short in both games despite superb defense by Harley Thompson and Paul Vitale, plus excellent hitting by John Brassell, Chas Palacios and Robert Ruble (sub).
Afternoon: The usually reliable defense of Tom Hostad Realty couldn’t cage Animal Care Center of Green Valley as the Animals came out roaring for a sweep of the realtors, 23-21 (extra inning) and 15-3 (six-inning mercy). Leading critter-hitters were Norm Brooks 9-9, Mark Hess 8-8 (moonshot) and pitcher DeWayne Schmidt 6-8. David Lee and Debbie Sequin led Hostad hitters with five hits apiece.
Feb 4: Pitching prevailed in two low-scoring games as Quail Creek Country Club swept Tom Hostad Realty 13-8 and 13-1. Quail Creek pitcher Leo Neville faced 39 batters in game one and only walked two in high-wind conditions. Country Club ace Mike Hebert took the mound in Game 2, allowing only one run with no walks while facing just 24 hitters. The property listers defense couldn’t close the deal as Arlie Lyons, Greg Rawlings and Jim Reedy led the realtors’ sparse offense.
Afternoon: Animal Care Center of Green Valley swept Scott Chancellor Realty Executives 22-20 and 15-12 to take over sole possession of second place. Top Animal hitters were Dennis Grimm 8-for-8, Mark Hess 7-for-8, and Karl Bartholomy (off injured reserve) 6-for-7. The Executives battled the Animals close till the end behind offensive and defensive leaders John Brassell, Dave Erickson, Harley Thompson and Paul Vitale (HR).
IVAN ALLISON LEAGUE
Feb. 4: Insurance Center of Green Valley swept 3½ Happy Barbers 20-12 and 17-10. Craig Anderson (two round-trippers), Randy Drenning (two four-baggers), and Gregg Hartman (one dinger) took advantage of the high winds to drive in runs with the long ball for the insurers. The Barbers had their chances with bases loaded four times but left them loaded by hitting into inning-ending double plays. Leading Barber hitters were Charlie Tarjan, Bob Dibble and Pat Ribotto (two one-run homers).
Afternoon: Coming off four straight losses, Two Girls Pizzeria turned their ovens up and toasted Hickey Automotive in two mercy wins, 23-11 and 24-12 in the afternoon set. Gary Anderson, Tom Trecker and Lamar Troutman registered key outs on defense, while Dave Feagan (7-for-7 with a dinger), Wes Anderson, Jerry Bost and Gale Van Hoorn led the offensive hit parade. Highlights for the auto crew included perfect days at the plate for Rick Hoen, Joe Simental and John Patterson.
All Wednesday, Feb. 6 games were cancelled due to inclement weather.
BAJA Senior softball is played every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Canoa Preserve (County) Park – Chuck Catino Softball Complex in Green Valley. For more information on BAJA softball, go to www.bajasportingclub.com
BAJA Softball Standings – Through February 06, 2019