Frank's Rooter steals first place from Avenue
By Missy Hinks
ORD B League Softball
The Avenue Boyz saw their first-place lead slip away with a loss
to Frank's Rooter Service last week in the Ojai Recreation Department's
Softball B League. With both defenses on their game, runs were
hard to come by. Frank's opened the first inning with a run scored
by Matt Villegas. Holding the Boyz to only one run in four innings
of play, the Rooter boys took a three-run advantage. Over the
next three innings, the Avenue Boyz were unable to close the
gap and remained three runs short.
The final score was Frank's Rooter Service 9, Avenue Boyz, 6.
Third-place Chuy's created a cushion, by batting through their
lineup in the first inning and scoring four runs in the second,
for a total of 14 runs. The Silver Bullets team, known for their
home run hitting, did not let their fans down. In the first
three innings, home runs were belted by Chuy Cornado, Terry Schleicher,
Steve Wilson, Randy Villa, and Barry Bluhm, to come within six
runs of Chuy's. With a quiet fifth inning, it came down to the
final sixth inning.
The home run hitters were back in force for the Bullets, with
Chuy Cornado again slamming a solo home run, to help bring their
final score to 22. Undaunted, Chuy's John Fitzpatrick homered
to right center to bring in three of the five runs that took
the 24-22 victory.
Frank's Rooter Service (5-1):
· Steve Torres hit four for eight with three singles,
a right field home run and had two sacrifices.
· James Torres batted six for nine with two doubles to
go along with his two RBIs.
Avenue Boyz (4-2):
· Outfielder Ryan Aikens batted seven for nine, connected
with five singles and a double, while crossing the plate three
· Rob Grimm hit five for seven with four singles and a
double, to contribute two runs.
· Justin Pollock batted five for eight with two singles,
a triple and two right field home runs, for a total of six RBIs.
·Carlos Rodriquez contributed three singles, two doubles
and a two-run home run.
Silver Bullets (0-6):
· Terry Schleicher batted two singles, three doubles,
a triple, a home run, and a sacrifice fly.
· Barry Bluhm contributed a single, two doubles, two home
runs and batted in five runners.
ORD Men's C League
With only one more Sunday to play, Pat's Liquor keeps it's hold
on first place, with a win over Firehouse. Firehouse started
strong with 13 runs in the first four innings. Chasing seven
going into the bottom of the fifth, Pat's opened up with a six
run inning, to come within one. In the sixth, Pat's bats stayed
hot, with Dennis Carmichael hitting a home run to left field
and scoring three of their seven runs. Up by six runs Pat's was
able to hold the Firehouse crew scoreless and take the win.
The final score was Pat's 19, Firehouse 13.
Knowing they were going to have to make their move soon, second
place Wolfpack took two victories to stay one game behind first
place Pat's. Wolfpack plays off against Pat's Liquor next week,
in a critical game to determine top Winter League team. In their
win over Andria's Seafood, Andria's kept pace with the Wolfpack
until the fourth inning when five runs were scored by the Pack
on singles. Andria's rallied with two runs in the last inning,
but was unable to overtake the Pack.
The final score was Wolfpack 12, Andria's 9.
The Oak View Outlaws pulled out a victory over first-place Pat's.
The Outlaws waited until the last inning to surprise the liquor
store team. Chasing four runs going into the seventh, Outlaws
unleashed their home run hitters, Joey Combs, Clayton Wortman
and J.J. Lagos to help them score six of their seven final inning
The final score was Outlaws 9, Pat's 6.
The top Batters for C League:
Pat's Liquor (5-1):
· Randy Russel was an almost-perfect six of seven with
five singles and a double.
· Jim Greenway was six for nine with three singles, two
doubles, a triple and four RBIs.
· Justin Bracamonte went seven of eight with five singles,
two home runs and 10 RBIs.
· Lead-off Mark Smith slammed five singles.
Andria's Seafood (3-3):
· Lead-off batter Brian Edwards bawent six for nine with
five singles and a triple with five RBIs.
· Outfielder Jeff Benavidez hit five for seven with four
singles and a double.
Oak View Outlaws (2-4):
· J.J. Lagos was five for eight with three singles, a
double, a key home run and four RBIs.
· Joey Combs hit two singles and a home run.
· Coach Bob Myers was eight for 10 with seven singles
and a home run.
· Eric Norris hit six singles with four RBIs.
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