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Drew Farms (4-1) sits in first place after two weeks of softball. But the reigning champs Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs (3-0) are eager to reclaim that top position in the standings. It’s a perch they’re used to. The Mustangs have started the season in a way, even considering the fact that they’ve won four championships in the past six years, which outshines previous starts. The Mustangs have scored 55 runs in their first three games and only allowed 5 runs! There is no team in the league that comes close to their runs-scored to runs-allowed differential of 50 runs.
Willis jumped out to an early 11-0 lead on Tueaday night, but Burton’s fought back to close within three before Brian Gallardo (2 HRs) and Mike Ellis hit homers in top of 7th to pull away. Jeff Briggs added 3 hits for Willis. Jerry Breen and rookie Steve Sawyer, both hitting their first home runs of the season, led Burtons offensively. Kieran Murray had a 3-hit night and Tim Scott’s aggressive speed on the base paths continued to result in run scoring opportunities.
Floral Arts 11 – Shortcut Landscaping 9
Strong pitching and good defense were the key ingredients in Floral’s win on Tuesday night. Jim Peloquin threw seven strong innings and Mike Alonardo, Rob Beaudette, and Ken Delaney homered in support. Chad Kirby made a great diving catch in left field for Floral. Dave Sullivan, Jason Humphries and Chris Clark provided strong offense for Shortcuts and Steve Jacobsmeier made some excellent plays at first base.
Drew Farms 16 – Pro Sports Therapy 14
Drew Farms continues to roll as they edged out PST, 16-14, on Wednesday night. PST fielded an undermanned squad that went down big early, came back to tie it up at 14-all in the sixth inning, only to see Drews win it in the seventh. Ben Armstrong hit a homer and notched 3 RBI, Andrew Fletcher had 3 hits (including two doubles), and Ryan Steele was 3-for-3 with a HR before being injured.
Shortcut Landscaping 18 – Gutcheck 3
GutCheck spotted SCL a quick and unlucky 13 runs in the first inning, and never managed to climb back from the deficit. Despite the l;oss, there were some highlights for Gutcheck, including Rob Rohlfs’ over-the-shoulder running catch in center field and a two-run home run by Darren Wiszt.
Floral Arts 18 – Willis Tent 4
On Friday night, Larry Mardany pitched a gem, holding the potent Willis bats to one home run, while Floral offense pounded out five long balls en route to 18 runs. Mark Chambers led the way, going 3-for-3 with a home run. Greg Marchand, Jim Peloquin, Ken Delaney, and Rob Beaudette also went deep. Willis’ Andrew Metters went 2-for-2 with Steve Damiani contributing with a two-run homer.
Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 22 – Healy Oil 0
The Mustangs continued their hot start with their third-straight mercy-rule win to begin the season and second consecutive shutout. Pitcher Don Cusano threw a two hitter for his second shutout of the early season. He added a home run and three RBI at the plate. Jim Ward set the table with four hits and three runs scored. Mike Kennedy added three hits, including a long home run and four RBI. He was also outstanding defensively at third base. Lefties Jack Erickson and Bill Knute contributed home runs for the Mustangs as well.
Drew Farms 14 – Shortcut Landscaping 9