Silver Surfers win in Senior Wood Bat League
The Voortman Cookie Silver Surfers pulled out a hard-fought 5-3 victory over True Buffalo Apparel in the 50+ Senior Wood Bat Softball League on Saturday at Cheektowaga Town Park.
The battle between undefeated teams featured great defensive plays and a late rally by the Surfers to pick up the win.
In the second game of the day, Joint Venture defeated BAV Services, 8-6.
True Buffalo Apparel loaded the bases in the first inning but scored just one run on an RBI single by Ron Palmowski.
An excellent relay from the outfield cut down another run as Ben Wilson of the Surfers scooped the throw and made the tag out at the plate.
True Buffalo Apparel added single scores in the next two innings as Greg Keurian scored in the third on an RBI single by Shawn Yost.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth, the Surfers pounded six straight hits after two outs to take a 5-3 lead.
Winning pitcher Bob Richter, Dave Carlson, Ken Mamon, Dave Wineman and Guy Muto all stroked singles while Kevin Larsen plated the go-ahead runs with a two-RBI double.
The Surfers’ defense turned two double plays in the final innings to seal the two-run victory.
Muto went 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Joe Saletta had two hits and played a strong game at second base.
Joe Lamanto added two hits and Mark Bellanca had seven putouts from his shortstop position for True Buffalo Apparel.
Joint Venture got into the win column with a come-from-behind 8-6 win over BAV Services.
BAV Services jumped to a quick 3-0 lead behind singles by Bob Majdanik, Lynn Boehmer and Dave Rusin.
Joint Venture got on the scoreboard with key hits by Mike Baetzhold and Charlie Parlato.
BAV Services kept the game close as Scott Myers drove in three runs with two singles while relief pitcher Art Meaney threw two shutout innings and made all three putouts in the sixth inning.
Joint Venture scored the winning runs on big hits by John Christman and Lance Skowron.
Winning pitcher Jon Robbins added two singles.
The Silver Surfers host BAV Services and Joint Venture tangles with True Buffalo Apparel at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cheektowaga Town Park.
The Senior Wood Bat Softball League is an independent organization sponsored by Wilson Distribution Services with players from the WNY area. Men over 50 years of age interested in joining a team can get information at www.woodbatsoftball.com.