Bats heat up in softball

Highland Senior Softball would like to pay tribute to the men in blue (term for umpires)

Don Thomas, Jim Cissell, Steve Englebert and especially Tom Gaiownik.

The later played softball for several years and made many friends. He contacted a rare disease called

Guillain Barre syndrome which paralyzed him from the neck down.

After two years of prayer and therapy he is back on the field as an umpire. The iumpires code is we may not always be right but we're never wrong.

On the field in Monday's 60s league, Alan Jay upended Fairmount Services by a score of 11-5.

Wayne McNett had three hits and John Buja had four hits.

Fairmount Services was paced by Jim Holmes and Steve Blazing with two hits apiece.

The other game had league-leading Reflections (7-4) all over the VFW White Sox, 18-14.

Reflections had Bill Kelsey with four hits, Don Cunningham and Ron Rieches with three hits apiece.

Orlando and Dick Osterich added three hits apiece. Greg Ramos added a pair of doubles.

The White Sox Don Dobbert had four hits, Tom McNally smacked a bases-clearing double and Roy Oke and Jesse Hathaway belted two hits each.

On Wednesday, VFW 4300 rallied to beat the Alan Jay Red Sox 17-14

The White Sox had spectacular plays by Oke and Dobbert. Bill Wilson had five hits with a three-run homer.

The fielding stars Oke and Dobbert, had four hits each, John Miller smacked three hits and Woody Woodward with great relief pitching took the win.

The hitting stars for Alan Jay Red were Jamie Lopez and John Smutnik with four hits apiece.

The other game had the Cubs (6-5) over Farimount Services (6-5) by a score of 12-10.

Jim Kahn had four hits, Bill Scrase, Dennis Mitchell and JR Reed had three hits. Rudy Pribble had the win on the mound.

Fairmount Services stars were John Smutnik with three hits, including a home run.

Larry Allen and losing pitcher Bob Poulin had three hits and four players had apir of hits each.

The Reflections are one game ahead after 11 games.

Tuesday was makeup day with all doubleheaders.

First place KFC over a fighting Buttonwood Bay team that gave KFC two hard-fought games.

KFC won by scores of 12-7 and 17-16.

Ed Lindberg, Ron Lewis, Jerry Kaufman, Don Lariviere and John Schmidt led the offense, Rudy Pribble won both games on the hill.

Buttonwood in the first game had R.Vancuren and Fred Richardson with three hits each. The second game J.Noviss banged out three hits and John Degnen had a pair of hits.

Highland Ridge also won a doubleheader by scores of 11-10 and 7-0 over Silent Salesman.

The hitters for Highland Ridge were Bill Todd and Doug Hammond and Charlie Quinn. Doran Quigg had a home run, Ross Anderson a triple. Pete Mathews was the winning pitcher.

Silent Salesman had Woody Woodward, Dale Demeer and Dick Schlitz with big days at the plate.

In the second game, Highlands Ridge's Charlie Quinn earned the shutout.

Todd and Mel Gross had three hits apiece, Dennis Burkholtz and Bob Richards added a pair of hits and Charlie Quinn got the decision on the mound.

The Silent Salesmen were led by Woody Woodward, Dick Schlitz and Ken Crandell.

VFW 4300 swept Royal Palms by scores of 13-1 and 2-1.

Curt Brown, Don Cunningham had big days swinging the bat and winning pitcher John Kloet contributed three singles.

Gene Phillips and Gary Tankersley had two hits.

Fred Moore, Marv Kunella and Cunningham led the attack in the second game win.

On Thursday VFW 4300 came from behind for a 14-13 win over Highlands Ridge.

Gene Hamford had a big bat with two homers and six RBI. Andy Timmermanis and Curt Brown pitched in with three hits each, Dale Baughman had two doubles and John Kloet got the win.

Highland Ridge had Todd with four hits, Bob Richards with three and Quinn had a pair.

Royal Palms had Gallo Gonzalex shutting out Buttonwood Bay 11-0.

Royal Palms had Victor Rodriguez with a home run, Dick Osterich had three hits and Earl (the pearl)

Evans had two hits.

The final game of the day had KFC slipping by Silent Salesmen 15-14.

KFC 's Jerry Kaufman Bob Fox, Jose Torres and Rudy Pribble led the attack.

Silent Salesmen had Harry Bell, Dick Schlitz, Harold Bacome and Kyle Saunders with lots of hits.

With six games left in the season, KFC is in first place.