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Week 9: Grays Wallop Wonders, Goats Shock Phils, Plugs Pound Topes

Tom Conway allowed one run over 5 innings Thursday, leading the Goats over the Phils.

Wonders 3

Dorian Grays 12

WP: Chris Bernacki

LP: Mike Krezmien

The Wonders and Grays faced off Thursday night at Herlihy Park. Mike Krezmien got the start for the Wonders, Chris Bernacki for the Grays.

Shorthanded, the Wonders hung close through 4 innings, trailing 5-3, but a huge 5-run 6th propelled the Grays to the easy victory, their league-leading 7th win of the year.

Steve Powers and Dave Rist each banged out a pair of hits to lead the Grays' attack. Dan Alvord (2-4) and Mike Krezmien (2-3) led the Wonders' offense.

Fainting Goats 7

Phillies 2

WP: Tom Conway

LP: Ken Sloat

The FAINTING GOATS* met the red-hot Phillies Thursday evening at Mitchell Field in Holyoke. The GOATS* sent Tom Conway to the hill to face Phils' ace, Ken Sloat.

The GOATS* opened the scoring when Tony Maspo singled with one out in the 2nd. Third baseman, Paul Iellamo followed with a long double to left, scoring Maspo. Stu Clark singled, scoring Iellamo, and the GOATS* took an early 2-0 lead.

The GOATS* added another run in the third, when Dennis Holmes singled, stole 2nd, and scored on back-to-back singles by Conway and Todd Neumann, but the story of the night was Conway and the GOATS* defense. "TC" was spectacular, limiting the Phillies to 1 run on 4 hits, aided by 4 double plays. "This was the best we've played all year," remarked GOATS* manager, Stu Clark. "Everyone did their job. It was a total team effort."

The GOATS* scored four more in the 6th, in support of reliever, Todd Neumann, to seal the victory, their third of the year.

Four GOATS* batters recorded multiple hits; Conway, Neumann, Iellamo, and Holmes. Colin Hosley (2-3) led the Phillies.

*In keeping with custom, the Fainting Goats are referred to as the GOATs after wins.

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

Plug Uglies 7

Isotopes 1

WP: Mo Partee

LP: Gary Webber

The 3rd place Plug Uglies and the 4th place Isotopes met at School Street Park for their second meeting of the season, despite the threat of air quality issues looming above.

In the top of the first the Uglies got to work against Topes ace Gary Webber. Bill Evans led off and reached on an E-6, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball. Greg “G-Bomb” Elbaum singled and drove in Evans, and Matt Boulanger doubled to knock in G-Bomb. Jeff Cabana drove in Boulanger on a 6-3 groundout and the Uglies were up 3-0.

Elbaum started for the Uglies and cruised through 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, striking out 2 and giving up no runs. The Uglies tacked on 2 more runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings with RBI hits by Morris “Mo” Partee and Eric “I’m Always On Base” Bennett.

In the 4th inning the Uglies were threatening with a runner in scoring position when Steve Wall hit a bomb to left field that looked like a sure hit, but was snagged at the last minute by a racing Shawn Wrisley making a gold glove play. Webber induced another strikeout and the Topes were out of the inning.

In the bottom of the 4th the Topes were threatening with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. With Partee now pitching for the Uglies, Diego Ortiz grounded to short. Bill Evans fielded the ball and threw to home, catching Gary Webber in a classic rundown. Third baseman Jeff Cabana finally tagged Webber, then ran and tagged Mike Arbour, who was caught between 2nd and 3rd. Double play, inning over.

In the top of the 5th Cabana reached on an error and was knocked in by Bennett, who in turn was knocked in by Partee. In the bottom of the 5th the Topes finally broke through. David Leslie singled and scored on an RBI double by Jonathan “J.Z.” Zajak. But the home team couldn’t squeeze more runs out of Big Mo, who struck out Steve Ostrowski to end the inning. Plug Uglies 7, Isotopes 1.

The Uglies tried to add insurance runs in the top of the 7th but were stymied by a great defensive play by the Topes' shortstop and another K by Webber. The Topes went down 1-2-3 in the bottom frame against Whitehead and the ball game was over.

Radioactive Tope of the Game: Dave Leslie (2-2, 1 R, 1 SB). Ugly of the Game: Eric “Noodles” Bennett (2-2, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB)

Game photos courtesy of Jeff Whitehead

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