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Not A Great Week For Burton’s Grill On The Softball Diamond


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Westford Over 30 (Week Eight)

Willis Tent (7-5) won twice this week with decisive wins over Gutcheck (6-7) and Shortcut Landscaping (8-6). The Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs (13-0) remain the only undefeated team in the league and sit in first place in front of Floral Arts (10-3).

Pro Sports Therapy 8 – Drew Farms 7

Pro Sports Therapy bounced back to steal a win from Drew Farms on Tuesday night, 8-7.  Larry Zupkosky led the way for PST, getting the win on the mound and putting up three hits to lead the offense. Second baseman Andrew Fletcher got PST off to a quick start, driving in two runs with a triple and then scoring in the top of the first inning. The top of the order also responded, with outfielder Mark Urlage getting on base three times and shortstop John Bodi going 3-for-3 with a sac fly. Drews staged a furious rally in the bottom of the seventh, with the big blow being a Rob O’Neil double off the left field fence, but fell a run short. Todd Shepherd led the Drew’s offense with two homers.

Willis Tent 16 – Gutcheck 4

On Wednesday, Willis Tent scored five runs in the first inning and then exploded for 10 runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach against Gutcheck. Willis Pitcher Paul Duato shut down the Gutcheck offense, limiting them to just four hits. Willis’ Dennis Kane went 3-for-3 with two singles and a double, Kevin Adolph was 2-for-3 and scored three runs,  Brian Gallardo was 2-for-3 with a home run, Steve Damiani was 2-for-3, and Jeff Briggs had a 2-fo-3 evening. Gutcheck’s Matt Sepe led-off with a solo shot and Darren Wizst hit a three-run bomb.

Floral Arts 18 – Burtons Grill 6

The Floral offense opened up their throttle with their first seven home run game of the year.  Jeff Moore, Frank Lancelotta, Mike Alonardo, Rob Beaudette, Ken Delaney, and Simon Tripp (2) all struck for the long ball.  Roger Whittlesey went 4-for-4, and Dave Janowsky and Larry Mardany each had multi-hit games at the top of the lineup.  Dave Bachelder led the Burton’s offense with two home runs.

Willis Tent 20 – Shortcut Landscaping 14

Willis Tent’s offense came prepared for what would be a seesaw battle, jumping to a quick lead with seven runs. After the second inning Willis held the slight 8-7 lead, but SCL added four runs in the bottom of the third to lead 11-8.  But Willis fought back in the top of the fourth and took a 12 to 11 lead. With Willis pitcher Bob Fleury finally settling in, SCL only mustered a single run in the bottom fourth, pulling themselves to a 12-12 tie. Willis didn’t score in the next two innings, but SCL scored two, taking the 14-12 lead in the seventh. Willis’ bats exploded once again, this time with eight runs. Willis’ Steve Damiani went 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run, Dennis Kane was 3-for-4 with a home run, Rick Devanna was 3-for-4 with a single, double and home run, Bob Fleury was 3-for-4,  Andrew Metters went 3-for-4 and Brian Gallardo hit two homers.

Healy Oil 14 – Pro Sports Therapy 13

Healy Oil put up six runs in the sixth inning to post a come-from-behind win over Pro Sports Therapy on Friday night. Healy hit five home runs during the game. PST’s Ben Armstrong had a huge night, going 4-for-4 with a double, two homers, including a grand slam, 7 RBI, and an IBB in the seventh inning. Derek Donegan also had a big night in the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a couple of RBI.

Gutcheck 16 – Burtons Grill 1

Thanh Nguyen pitched a solid game to shut down his former team and was supported by strong defense all around. Everyone for Gutcheck contributed to the offense, scattering 21 hits over four innings. Jeff Curley was 3-for-3, Mark Lupien 2-for-2, Mark Priest 2-for-2, and Jimmy Sullivan (in his debut of the season) also 2-for-2 with 2 RBI. Jim DeMarco hit a grand slam in the third to break the game open.

Nashoba Valley Veterinarian Mustangs 23 – Shortcut Landscaping 10

NVVM out-slugged powerful Shortcuts in the late game Friday night.   The Mustangs pounded out 30 hits, including eight home runs. Lefty Bill  Knute has hit the ball over the fence in 7 of his last 8 plate appearances over two games. Against Shortcuts he had three home runs, 6 RBI, including a grand slam and four runs scored. Fellow southpaw Mark Cusano added three hits, including two home run blasts and 3 RBI. Righty slugger Don Cusano belted two homers, with another long ball counting as a single (4-for-4, 5 RBI, 4 RS). Jim Ward (4-for-4, 4 RS) set the table all night from the two-hole. Cormac Bordes anchored the stellar Mustang defense, turning two infield double plays from his second baseman position.