Rec softball: Seadogs win 20-19 in extra innings

The Pitstop Seadogs were one fifth-inning hit away from 10-running Viscuso Motors/7 Seas/A&S Auto Body in the combined Monday-Wednesday Men’s Recreation Division adult softball playoffs at Washington Field on Aug. 12. Viscuso got out of that jam and tied the game 19-19 in the top of the seventh inning.

The Seadogs, in place since the 1969 season, earned the title when it pushed a run across the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn the 20-19 victory.

Terry Loh doubled to lead off the decisive frame and Matt Ramos came in to run. Viscuso Motors’ pitcher Tim LaRouche intentionally walked Pat LaCroix before John Zollo reached base on an infield hit up the middle.

Viscuso Motors went with five infielders and brought its outfield in for a potential throw to the plate, but Kevin Connors slapped the ball to the left side of the infield and Ramos easily beat the throw home.

The drama-filled ending seemed unlikely during two stages of this game between Wednesday Division rivals.

Viscuso Motors took a 7-3 lead in the third inning, but Pitstop’s power surge of four straight extra-base hits to begin the home half of the frame keyed an 11-run uprising for a 14-7 Seadog advantage.

It was 19-11 after Chuck Williams singled home two runs in the bottom of the fifth.

With the bases loaded, catcher Gianni Viscuso came out quickly to glove Will Turner’s chopper and stepped on the plate before the game-ending run could score.

With the reprieve, Viscuso Motors scored twice in the sixth on RBIs from John Jasminski and Glen Maxwell and forced extra innings with a six-run seventh.

Dan Conboy had the game-tying hit with a two-out single to center. Chris Cadrin and Maxwell also drove in runs.

Defense had played a big part during regulation — with Ramos and Loh shining in the outfield for the Seadogs and Viscuso Motors’ Dave Chila making a great catch and throwing out a runner at home. Things got tighter in extra innings.

Viscuso Motors had runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth when Brian DePolo hit the ball to left-center. Loh took one step in, recovered nicely, and used all of his 6-3 frame to make a running snow-ball catch going toward the fence.

Chila was shaken up making a sprawling catch near the fence in left-center to rob Ramos of extra bases to end the fourth. He eventually had to take a seat and Conboy came on to play the outfield.

The cast had changed; but the end result for Ramos was the same. With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Ramos hit a blast down the right field line that Conboy gloved just inside the foul pole and a flying Ramos’ bid for a game-winning inside the park home run was denied.

Jasminski had an RBI single for Viscuso Motors in the top of the first, an inning that ended with the bases loaded when Loh scattered the geese along the outfield fence while making a one-handed catch on Conboy’s drive.

The Seadogs went on top 3-1 in the bottom of the inning.

Nick LaCroix, Zullo and Connors had RBIs. Chila charged Doug Turner’s base hit off the pitcher’s glove that carried into the outfield and made the throw to Viscuco at the plate to get the runner trying to score.

Five straight hits sparked a five-run Viscuso Motors’ rally in the second. Matt Griswold had a two-run single and Cadrin a two-run double before Billy Hoagland caught Jasminski’s liner and Will Turner made a fine play at shortstop to end the inning.

Tim LaRouche, frustrated by two base hits off his glove that went into the outfield an inning earlier, ended the Seadog second when he caught Will Turner’s line drive and turned it into a 1-3 double play with a throw to Cadrin at first to double off the runner.

John Sanner tripled and scored in the third to take Viscuso Motors’ lead to 7-3.

Ramos and Loh doubled to open the Seadogs’ 11-run third and LaCroix and Zullo followed with base-clearing triples. Seven singles were struck before the inning ended.

Ramos made a diving catch across the foul line in left and Zullo at third made a fine backhanded stab and throw in the top of the fourth, before Cadrin salvaged the frame with an RBI single.

Kurt Holden tripled home Doug Turner and scored on Williams’ single in the Seadog fourth for a 16-8 lead,. Nick Sarullo then started a 4-6-3 double play turned by Jasminski to Cadrin.

Sarullo, Viscuso and Griswold had RBIs in the fifth to take the score to 16-11.

Viscuso Motors (10-3) defeated 10-2 Bert’s Deli, 3-2, in its semifinal. Pitstop (11-2) advanced with an 11-2 victory over Junga Electric. No. 14 seed Junga, also sponsored by All Phase H&C, 7 Seas and Pala Painting, defeated No. 19 King’s Court, No. 3 Pace Electric and No. 11 Carp Energy to gain the semifinals.

Team members for the PitStop Seadogs include manager Doug Turner Sr., Rich Dzialo, Chuck Williams Sr., Billy Hoagland, Chris Palumbo, Mike Schumitz, Frank Peloso, Will Turner, Terry Loh, Matt Ramos, Tom Burrell, Mike Legan, Nick LaCroix, John Zullo, Billy Brocar, Chuck Williams, Billy Mills, Doug Turner, Brian O’Neil, Joe Zullo, Kurt Holden, Kevin Connors, Tommy Bogart and Sean Bogart.

Leading Viscuso Motors/7 Seas/A&S Auto Body were Matt Griswold, Brian DePolo, Pat LaRouche, Chris Cadrin, John Jasminski, Dave Chila, Dan Conboy, John Sanner, Tim LaRouche, Nick Sarullo, Gianni Viscuso, Vin DaMato, V.J. Sarullo, Glen Maxwell and Chris Morse.