published: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Andrews Allstate takes two in Sebring 70s
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - The Sebring 70 and Over Softball League had a very nice day at the Highlands County Sports Complex, though the scores were relatively low compared to some days.
One big upset was Andrews Allstate Insurance who caused VFW4300 to experience their first loss of the season.
The final score was 4-2 with Allstate on top.
Their Gallo Gonzalez and Dick Ostrich each went 2-for-3, including a triple.
VFW's Bob Roth went 2-for-4 with a triple, Ron Lewis had a two-base hit, while Curt Brown was 2-for-4 and John Kloet had two hits.
Highlands Independent Bank had a winning score of 12-8 over Buttonwood Bay.
Bobby Fahnestock had a very big day, hitting 4-for-5 including two doubles.
He also made several good defensive plays.
Don Cunningham was 3-for-4 with the only home run driven in for the League.
Andy Timmermanis was 3-for-4, including a double, and Ron Lewis was 3-for-4.
Russ Moody went 3-for-3 and Harry Bell was the winning pitcher.
Buttonwood Bay's leading batter was Bob Wood, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Tony Christo also was 3-for-4.
All batting 2-for-3 were Fred Boyd, John Jeffrey, Tom "Moose" Morrissette, Nelson Richardson and Rick Vancuren.
Silent Salesman played Royal Palms for the third time this season and the Palms took the rubber match 14-9.
The Salesman fell behind 5-4 in the third inning and were not able to catch the hard-hitting Royal Palms team.
Both teams had base hits galore, but the Salesman got the prize for men left on base as they stranded two or three in every inning.
Palms Jim Longman went 5-for-5 and Jim Hensley had a double in his 4-for-5 times at bat.
J. C. Brown and Bobby Floodine each went 4-for-5.
Ray Concepcion was 3-for-4 and Charlie Quinn was the winning pitcher.
Silent Salesman's Don Goodwin had four singles in five at bats and Don Day had 3-for-4.
Having a 3-for-5 day were Norm Grubbs, Ken Crandall and Fred Moore.
Bill Todd connected for a double in his 3-for-5 times at the plate.
On Thursday the Silent Salesman took on the hot Andrews Allstate Insurance Team that had beaten the undefeated VFW4300 team on Tuesday.
The game started out like another merciless rout for the Insurance boys, as they batted around almost twice and scored 10 runs in the first two innings to lead 10-3.
At this point the Salesman's defense tightened, their bats heated up and they took the lead 12-10 after six innings.
What looked like a great comeback run went sour in the 7th inning as Allstate scored five more times to win 15-13.
Having a terrific day at bat for the Salesman was Bill Todd, as he slammed two homers and three singles.
Norm Grubbs had 4-for-5 with a double and Bob Iott and Jack DeFinney had three hits each.
Fred Moore connected for a double in the big three-inning rally.
Two hits each were credited to Don Day, Don Goodwin and Ken Crandall.
Allstate's Jerry Kaufman went 3-for-4, including a triple.
Gallo Gonzalez had a triple in his 1-for-3 times at the plate.
Dick Ostrich batted 3-for-4 with a double.
Eddie Lindberg was 2-for-4 with a double and Dale Baughman had 3-for-4.
All having 2-for-4 were Tom Ashley, Mel Gross, John Pena and Rudy Pribble.
VFW4300 came out on top of the Highlands Independent Bank with a final score of 19-12.
For the VFW team Ron Lewis was credited for going 2-for-2 with a triple and three walks.
Curt Brown had 4-for-5, including a two doubles.
John Kloet had 4-for-5, Cal Bready 3-for-4 and Bob Roth 4-for-6.
For Highlands Independent Bank Bob Fahnestock had two doubles in his 4-for-5 at the plate.
A quintet of players had 3-for-5, they were Ross Anderson, Harry Bell, Don Cunningham, Bob Fox and Don Sheets.
Royal Palms overcame Buttonwood Bay with a close 15-14 win.
In the 8th inning Buttonwood Bay was down three runs and scored two, but left the tying run on third base who didn't have a chance to score.
For the Palms Kyle Saunders had 3-for-4 with two triples.
Each having a double in their 2-for-4 times at the plate were J. C. Brown, Bobby Floodine and Jim Hensley.
Buttonwood's Jim Monroe was perfect at the plate hitting 4-for-4 with a double.
Tony Christo and John Jeffery were 4-for-5.
Tom "Moose" Morrissette and John Degnen each had a double in their 3-for-5 times up.
All going 3-for-4 were Fred Boyd, Jack Grasso and Nelson Richardson.
Thank you for the support these players get each Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at the Highlands County Sports Complex in Sebring.
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