Men's softball: OSDA wins Industrial title
OSDA defeated Milford Fire 12-4 to capture the Industrial League title at Foote Field in Milford on Thursday.
OSDA, the top-seeded team in the 13-team postseason tournament, defeated No. 8 MCW and No. 5 ADP to reach the title game. Seeded sixth, Milford Fire advanced with wins over No. 13 UI, No. 3 Subway and No. 2 Bridgeport Fire.
OSDA tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning, with Tim Batoh and Ray Pierro singling home Brad Batoh and Felix Lopez, who was running for Charlie Senft, who had singled.
Senft then shut out Milford Fire over the next three frames.
OSDA first baseman Bill Eanotti robbed Mark Bascetta of a base hit in the hole, after he snagged a ball hit to his right and beat the speedy Bascetta to the bag to open the fourth.
Leftfielder Kevin Ingraham ended the frame with a catch of Joe Urban’s sinking liner.
OSDA batted around to score seven runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Adam Bajko, Kenny Siksay, Ingraham, Rob Morehouse, Lopez, Brad Batoh and Charlie Senft had consecutive one-out singles with Morehouse, Lopez (two) and Brad Batoh accounting for RBIs. Great base-running by Ingraham allowed him to score on Lopez’ single.
Tim Batoh and Pierro (RBI) drew walks to extend the rally, and Tim Senft added a sacrifice fly.
Charlie Senft retired 6-of-8 batters over the next two innings. Andy Komoroski had a two-out hit in the Milford Fire fifth and Joe Sandagata had a two-out single in the sixth.
OSDA added a run in the bottom of the fifth.
Dave Salemme singled to lead things off and Siksay had a one-out base hit. Pat McGee got a force at second on Ingraham’s tough shot into the hole at first, before Morehouse lined an RBI hit to right-center field.
In the OSDA sixth, Kenny Popadic singled and was forced out by Joe Collier, who would score on Tim Senft’s sacrifice fly to take the score to 11-2.
Milford Fire scored twice in their last at bat.
McGee reached on a one-out error and Urban walked.
Gavin O’Brien, who played a great game at second base, singled to center for an RBI and Frank Murphy had a run-scoring single.
Charlie Senft knocked down a liner and tossed to Eanotti for the final out.
Milford Fire had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.
Phil Ciolini led off the inning with a single before Brandon Edo hit into a fielder’s choice, with Lopez giving the toss at second to Brad Batoh.
Ingraham went back to catch Dan Talaniec’s deep drive to the fence for the second out, but Sandagata walked to put two runners aboard.
Jeff Mauritz then powered the ball over Ingraham’s head to score two runs. The relay throw and Mauritz reached home at the same time, with Bajko getting the tag down as Mauritz slid past and put a hand on the plate.
First ruled safe by umpire Russ Pasacreta, Mauritz was called out on appeal to base umpire Ray Doran to keep the score at 2-0.
Edo turned an unassisted double play from his shortstop position in OSDA’s first at bat.
Team members for the title-winning OSDA team were Tim Batoh, Joe Collier, Ray Pierro, Kenny Popadic, Tim Senft, Bill Eanotti, Dave Salemme, Andy Bajko, Charlie Senft, Brad Batoh, Felix Lopez, Rob Morehouse, Kenny Siksay and Kevin Ingraham.
Milford Fire players were Brandon Edo, Dan Talaniec, Joe Sandagata, Jeff Mauritz, Mark Bascetta, Pat McGe, Joe Urban, Ryan Antonino, Gavin O’Brien, Doug Edo, Phil Ciolino, Justin Edo, Doug Turner, Gil Hoyt, Andy Komoroski and Frank Murphy.