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Week 9: Wonders Edge 'Topes, Phils Deny Goats, Plugs Overtake Grays

Isotopes' batter, Scott Dunaisky waits for the pitch from Wonders starter, Rick Stacy Wednesday night at Herlihy Park.

Wonders 6

Isotopes 4

WP: Rick Stacy

LP: Steve Ostrowski

The Isotopes, with a depleted roster, battled to take a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning Wednesday evening at Herlihy Park, but a seventh inning rally by the Wonders handed the 'Topes their second consecutive loss.

Clutch, bottom of the order hits by Chris Ciepela and Jim Pietras ignited the late-game rally, knocking in three in the top of the seventh to spoil a fine effort from Isotopes starter, Steve Ostrowski.

Wonders starter, Rick Stacy found himself working out of jams all night, between bunt base hits, walks, wild pitches, errors, and a costly balk, but settled in with the game on the line, retiring the side in order in the seventh and securing the Wonders' fourth victory.

The Goats offense was led by Lundy Bancroft (3-3, 2 SB, 2 runs) and Mike Aurbour, returning from the DL, playing solid defense, and going 2-3 with a RBI.

A classic TNB 50 game; one fan commented, "You guys play well for your ages."

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

Goats 7

Phillies 8

WP: Colin Hosley

LP: Tom Conway

The Goats and Phillies battled it out Thursday night at Herlihy in a game that featured timely hitting from both sides. Knotted up at 6 through 4 innings, the Phils scored two in the fifth and hung on in the 7th for their second consecutive victory.

Paul Kaplan and Andy Klepacki ignited the Phils offense, each batting 3-3 and scoring two runs.

The Goats were led by John "Troop" Waitekus (2-3, 2 runs) and Todd Neumann (3-3, 2B, and a run).

The Goats rallied with a run in the 7th and the tying run at third, but a pop-up to the pitcher and a doubled-off runner at first ended the threat.

Eddie Esposito and Tom Conway pitched for the Goats. Colin Hosley went the distance for the Phillies striking out 3 and earning the win.

Game photos courtesy of Stu Clark

Game photos courtesy of Patrick Johnson

Grays 2

Plug Uglies 7

WP: Greg Elbaum

LP: Rick Fleurent

The Plug Uglies and the Grays faced off at School Street Park on a lovely summer evening. Rick Fleurent started for the Grays and Greg "E-Bomb" Elbaum got the start for the Uglies.

The home team Uglies got the scoring started in the bottom of the 1st with a 2 run shot by Jeff Cabana that scored Elbaum and Jeff Whitehead. The Grays responded with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd with a Fleurent single and an RBI bomb by Tim Sigda. In the bottom of the 3rd the Plugs came back with two runs driven in by Whitehead and Nolan Anaya, respectively. After 3 innings the score was 4-2 in the Plugs favor.

Two scoreless innings passed until the bottom of the 6th, with the Uglies hoping to get some insurance runs on a tenuous lead over the 1st place Grays. With two outs Chris Scanlon reached base on an error and advanced to third on an Eric Bennett opposite field single to right. Mike Olkin knocked in Scanlon and Big Steve Wall hit a blast that scored Bennett and Olkin. When the improbable two out rally was complete the Uglies were up 7-2.

Jeff Whitehead, who came on in relief in the bottom of the 6th, faced the top of the Grays lineup in the 7th. He was rudely greeted with an opposite field shot from Ken Hartwright that sailed over Scanlon's head in left field. With Hartwright standing on second the it looked like the Grays were threatening. But Whitehead stayed cool and got the next three outs quickly to secure the Uglies 4th win in a row.

Plug Uglies of note were Mike Olkin (3 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI) and Steve Wall (2-3, 2 RBI).

For the Grays Rick Fleurent pitched all 6 innings striking out 6 (3 different batters twice!).

Game photos courtesy of Jeff Whitehead

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