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Week 4: Grays Rally, Defeat Wonders, Plugs Shut Out 'Topes, Phils Stomp Goats

Paul Griswold gets the out at third Thursday evening at School Street Park.

Grays 10

Wonders 7

WP: Chris Bernacki

LP: Chris Ciepiela

Wonders' only available pitcher Chris Ciepiela, scattered 9 hits through six innings in a stellar effort, but the Grays rallied with 7 hits in the top of the seventh to remain undefeated. The winless Wonders were sparked by a five-run first, but Grays' starter Chris "Nacho" Bernacki settled down, giving up just two more runs the rest of the way to seal the deal. Ciepiela, with her golden glove, helped her own cause by turning a rare 1-5-3 double play in the fifth inning. The Grays were led by Ken Hartwright (3-3, 2R), Tim Sigda (2H, 2R), Jay Sadowski (2H, 2RBI), and Steve Monette (2H, 2R). Tim Bombard and Steve Powers each doubled.

Isotopes 0

Plug Uglies 3

WP: Jeff Whitehead

LP: Gary Webber

It was another beautiful night for baseball at Herlihy Park for a matchup between the Isotopes and the home team Plug Uglies. It turned out to be masterclass in pitching, taught by 'Topes ace Gary Weber and his Ugly counterpart, Jeff Whitehead.

The short handed Uglies, who needed to borrow a right fielder from the Isotopes for the duration of the game, got right to work in the 1st with singles from Bill Evans and Matt Boulanger. Whitehead drove in Evans with a sacrifice and Morriss “Mo” Partee drove in Boulanger with an RBI single. Weber induced two infield flies and got the Topes out of the inning, but their bats went down 1-2-3 in the bottom frame. Uglies 2, Topes 0 after one.

From there Webber settled in for three solid innings, giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. He held things down, hoping the usually potent Isotope hitters would come to life. But Whitehead had other plans. Though they were able to get runners in scoring position 3 different times, Whitehead kept his cool and shut down the Topes through five.

In the bottom of the 5th Evans singled, stole 2 bases and was driven in on a Jeff Whitehead single. 3-0 Uglies.

In the 6th Dave Warner led off with a walk and Diego Ortiz reached on what should’ve been a double play ball, all runners safe. But once again Whitehead kept his cool, striking out Ed Cauley looking. Then Eric “Noodles” Bennett made a tough play in foul territory, getting a critical 2nd out. Whitehead struck out Daniel Hill and the Plugs were out of trouble. In the bottom of the 6th Weber got back to work and took down the Uglies 1-2-3 with 2 Ks.

In the 7th Shawn Wrisley led off with a single and the Topes were threatening again. But Whitehead went the distance, inducing two fly outs and striking out the last batter to end the Isotopes' chances and secure the shutout. Plug Uglies 3, Isotopes 0.

Ugly Player of the Game: Jeff Whitehead (7 IP, 7 Ks, 0 R), (2-3, 2 RBI). Most Atomic Isotope: Gary Webber (6 IP, 5 Ks, 3 R)

Game photos courtesy of Jeff Whitehead

Goats 2

Phillies 8

WP: Ken Sloat

LP: Pres Pieraccini

The Phillies squared off against the shorthanded Goats at School Street Field on Thursday. Despite starting the game with only 8 players, the Goats came out firing on all cylinders in the top of the first. Some shaky Phillies defense and a single by Paul Iellano loaded the bases with no outs, but the Phillies defense finally found its footing. Andy Klepacki forced the Goats runner at the plate for out number one. Then, Phillies pitcher Ken Sloat fielded a bouncer up the middle and started a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning.

The Phillies bats picked up where the defense left off. Micah Winston and Ken Sloat each singled and stole a base to start the bottom of the first. A Paul Griswold single single drove in Winston to put the Phillies ahead 1-0. Two batters later, Colin Hosley drove in two more with a single. A Goats error and a Jon Ross single loaded the bases. Jack Eisenstadt walked, to make it 4-0. Then, Ron Totten capped off the first inning with a sac fly to left field to make it 5-0 at the end of one.

Sloat would make the lead stick, pitching a solid 7 innings. Sloat gave up two runs on five hits, earning a complete game victory.

The Phillies hitting stars were Micah Winston (1-3, 2 BB, R, SB), Ken Sloat (2-3, R, SB), Paul Griswold (1-3, R, RBI, SB) and Colin Hosley (1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB), but the real MVP was Ron Totten, who gave up his at-bats to catch for both teams after an injury to Goats' catcher, Eddie Esposito.

Game photos courtesy of Dave Roback

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