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Mustangs Survive Challenge From Floral Arts


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It was another week of dominance for the undefeated Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs (12-0), as they scored 62 runs in three games and their miserly defense only allowed 14 runs. Gutcheck (5-6) also had a good week, winning both their games and moving into sixth place.

Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 12 – Floral Arts 6

Bill Knute (4 RBI) and Mike Kennedy (5 RBI) both went 3-for-3 with a home run apiece for the NVVM. Jack Erickson added a home run blast of his own. Don Cusano homered and got the win on the mound. Jim Ward played outstanding outfield defense for the Mustangs. Jonathan Morgan (3-for-4) hit well for Floral.

softball logoPro Sports Therapy 8 – Burtons Grill 3

Led by a strong mound performance by veteran Dave Chirokas, Pro Sports Therapy earned their second win of the season over Burtons. PST jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first, powered by Jerry Cressman’s 2-run homer. PST continued to score, posting at least run in every subsequent inning after the second. Cressman led the PST attack with 3 hits (including the HR) and 2 RBI. Chirokas also drove in a pair of runs on the night.

Willis Tent 22 – Healy Oil 17

Healy got off to a quick start, leading 6-2 by the second inning, but Willis came charging back in the third and added seven runs to take the lead, 9-6. Healy answered with five runs in the fourth inning, but Willis exploded with nine runs in the bottom of the fourth, taking the lead for good. Willis’ John Mangiaratti hit a grand slam, Rick Devanna went 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double, and Andrew Metters was 3-for-4 with a homer.

Gutcheck 3 – Pro Sports Therapy 2

In a rare pitcher’s duel, a former Pro Sports Therapy player Bill Cullen took the hill and shut down his old team, limiting the PST offense to single runs in the fifth and seventh innings. But in the third inning, PST pitcher Dave Chirokas gave up a leadoff home run toJim DeMarco. Rey Vienneau followed with a single and scored on a John Haskin hit. Darren Wizst hit a sac fly to score Haskin, providing all the offense Gutcheck would need for the win.  Gutcheck played excellent defense, including turning a bases-loaded double play. PST outfielder Ben Armstrong made multiple diving catches and went 2-for-2, and shortstop John Bodi was 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Drew Farms 19 – Healy Oil 14

Down by one in the top of the seventh, facing two out and no one on, Drews scored seven runs to pull out an exciting win over Healy. Rookie Rich Rago hit a grand slam, which Drews followed with another three runs to seal the victory. Rookie Pete Morowiak garnered his first hit to keep the inning going. Other than a couple of rough defensive innings, Drews played solidly with contributions from Bill Faherty, Alex Lelchook, Joe Welch and Sal Buonacore.

Gutcheck 14 – Shortcut Landscaping 12

A back and forth battle where Gutcheck eventually sneaked ahead in the sixth inning and held off the Short Cut bats in the final frame.   Thanh Nguyen led the way offensively, going 4-for-4 with four home runs, accounting for six of Gutcheck’s runs. Jim DeMarco hit a solo home run, and Billy Cullen contributed a solo shot and two doubles, and six RBI. Josh Haskin was 2-for-3. Jeff Stabach made several key plays in the outfield, including a diving catch that ended an inning, keeping runs off the board.

Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 9 – Healy Oil 5

Mike Kennedy went 3-for-3 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead NVVM to the win. Jack Erickson continued his hot hitting with 2 hits, including a home-run blast and 3 RBI. Don Cusano added three hits, 2 RBI, and solid outfield defense.

Floral Arts 3 – Willis Tent 2

Rob Beaudette knocked in two runs in the sixth inning to give Floral a 3-2 lead, and Floral’s defense, especially the outfield defense, helped make the lead stick. Dave Janowsky (2-for-2) and Jonathan Morgan (2-for-2) were key contributors for Floral. Willis’ John Mangiaratti hit a home run and a double, and Paul Duato pitched a great game.

Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 41 – Pro Sports Therapy 3

The reigning champs scored 16 runs before Pro Sports Therapy had a chance to bat. Then the Mustangs tacked on another 26 runs over the next four innings to win by mercy rule. The first-place Mustangs clubbed 11 home runs, four of which were reduced by a league rule to singles.