Eatontown, Little Silver squads locked in first-place tie Softball teams match wins in pair of high-scoring games

Staff Writer

By jack oakley

Eatontown, Little Silver squads locked in first-place tie
Softball teams match wins in pair of
high-scoring games

The Eatontown and Little Silver fire departments are alone on top of the Shore Firemen’s Slow Pitch Softball League after Sunday’s action.

Eatontown was forced to overcome a stubborn Oceanport team, 25-21, while Little Silver outhit Belford with only nine players, 20-12.

Monmouth Beach rallied from a 6-0 deficit to edge Oceanic, of Rumson, 8-7 and knock the latter out of a tie for first place all the way down to fourth. Fair Haven outscored Red Bank, 18-13, in the other loop tilt.

Eatontown went out to a 12-0 lead after the first inning then sat back and watched as Oceanport created a 19-19 deadlock after six innings. Eatontown scored six times in the top of the seventh at Blackberry Bay to keep a share of the top spot.

In the seventh, Jeff Myskowski, Jim Lastella and Ken Sneat singled for a run, but the next two batters went out. Ken Kawas singled to keep the rally alive and Bill Mego doubled. Bubba Gaetano singled in a pair of runs and Joe Miller and Frank Cannella followed with hits to account for the six runs.

Miller went 5-5 on the day while Lastella and Myskowski were 4-4. Mego had three hits including a triple and a home run.

Chick Reyes went 4-4 for Oceanport while Jim Gallo had three hits including a pair of home runs. Paul Terwilliger and Brett Brummer hit for the distance for Oceanport.

Mego tripled and homered in Eatontown’s big first inning. Miller Kawas, Vito Ruffino, Lastella and Brian MacLaughlin had doubles. A buffet was set up at second base for MacLaughlin.

Gallo and Brummer hit home runs for Oceanport in the fourth inning, and Gallo notched his second in the sixth when Oceanport scored six times to tie the game.

Little Silver snapped a 4-4 tie with five runs in the fourth inning, and tacked on six in the fifth to grab a 15-5 lead.

Manager Larry Buccheri led the winner’s offense with a perfect 4-4, while Peter Gibson, forced to play the outfield, had a home run as Mike Kircher wandered around the Palisades in a daze.

Chick Bruno, Tom Burns, Joe Visciano, and Tony and Mike Flego each had three hits.

Little Silver scored all its fourth inning runs after two outs. All the runs were unearned. Singles by Tony and Mike Flego launched the barrage with Jim Jiminaro reaching on an error. Buccheri, Bruno, Tom Burns and Visciano singled.

In the fifth, Visciano’s triple and a Bruno double were the big hits. Gibson smacked a solo home run in the sixth.

Sean Kroeper had three hits for Belford with a triple. Ken Whonoze and Frank Whonoze each had four hits.

Down 6-0 going into the bottom of the fifth, Monmouth Beach scored four times, tacked on a run in the sixth and a pair in the seventh to send the game into overtime.

In the eighth, Ed Ott walked for Oceanic but was stranded and it was the Beach Boys’ turn.

Ron Catelli reached base on an error and didn’t stop until he breezed into second. Peter Keeshen then "walloped" a single to right field to score Catelli with the winning run.

Bryan Keeshen had singled to open the seventh and Allan Jones split the right and center fielders for a home run. An error and John Keller’s single scored a run.