Weekly Feature

2017-08-10 / Sports

Glory Days’ 60+ division playoffs begin

¦ 50+ division’s attempt to play makeup doubleheaders washed out

The Senior Mostly Old Guys recently took on the Comfort Funeral Home Senior Cubs at Westwood Park in the opening round of the Glory Days Softball League’s 60+ Division playoffs.

Leo Noe (East Amherst) and Dave Weinman led the charge during the Senior MOGs’ four-run fifth inning with consecutive triples, which helped them open up what had been just a 2-1 game at the time.

Pitcher Bob Richter (West Seneca) held the Senior Cubs to one run, while Dave Rosenthal and Noe had two hits each. Weinman and Ron Palmowski (East Amherst) made numerous game-sav- ing catches in the outfield.

The Comfort Funeral Home Senior Cubs, who scored eight runs the last time these teams met, could not get its offense going. Denny McMullen collected two hits, as did Fred Marshall and Steve Scattoreggio.

In the division’s other playoff game, after being thoroughly thrashed by the Old Bats on July 19, the Tigers came roaring back to beat their nemesis, 10-4, for a first-round playoff win.

The Tigers collected 26 hits on the day, with Dan Rozanski and Rick Walters each going 4-for-4 to lead the charge. Larry Wisher tripled and singled while knocking in four total RBIs, while Tony Rusinek, Wally Wilk and Darrell Borowiak all had three hits apiece. Larry Draper, Tom Swaciak and Ed Bauman all had two hits in a game that was a close 6-4 going into the seventh inning.

The bottom of the seventh opened with two strong defensive plays made by shortstop Dennis Caruana and ended with Rozanski catching the final out at second base.

George Folger anchored the infield from behind the plate and helped Rusinek throw a strong game for the win. John Roedel and Mike Batezhold played solid defense and kept the Old Bats in the game.

The next game for the Tigers will be against the Senior MOGs for the division’s championship.

Lightning and heavy rain, meanwhile, canceled the postponed make-up double headers in the 50+ division, leaving the season to conclude in a three-way tie for sixth place. The MOGs ultimately captured sixth place since they defeated the Comfort Window Panes in head-to-head competition and moved ahead of the Comfort Funeral Home Cubs due to a stronger schedule strength.

The Cubs edged out the Panes with their stronger schedule strength for seventh place, leaving the Panes playing the top-seeded Wallenweins Dudas on Westfalls Park diamond two in the 50+ division playoffs. The Cubs will take on the second-seeded West Herr Knights on Westfalls diamond one, the MOGs get the third-seeded Tombstone Saloon on Westfalls diamond three, and the fifth-seeded Northeast Collision Americans travel to South Wales to play fourth-seeded Bobby J’s.

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