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After a competitive exhibition season, the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic Leagues regular season got off to an exciting start with a full slate of games throughout all five baseball divisions. In what promises to be a great season, the first week of action saw a number of close games that werent decided until the late innings.
14th Avenue Automotive opened its season with a 9-6 win over Golden Auto Body. 14th Avenue jumped out to an early lead, scoring eight runs in the first three innings behind key hits from Kevin Otis, Mike Berndt and David Burgermeister. Starting pitcher Jose Barcena held Golden to one run until the third inning, when the team rallied behind hits from Zachary Frankel, Mike Giaccio and Kevin Kelley to make the score 8-6. Joe Angenbroichs RBI gave 14th Avenue an insurance run, as Mike Berndt pitched a scoreless fourth to preserve the victory.
In a slugfest, Marios Pizzeria defeated 14th Avenue Automotive, 16-13. Marios was led by the strong pitching of Mathew Santeufemia and a three-run homer by Zach Simon, as they took an early lead. 14th Avenue fought back to take a 7-5 lead before Mario's broke it open in the third to make the score 12-7. 14th Avenue refused to give in and, powered by a three run triple by Mike Berndt (3-for-3, four RBIs), the score was 16-13, when the game was called because of darkness.
In a see-saw battle that saw the lead change hands four times, Eurotech Automotive held on for a 6-5 win over Cristom Construction. Strong pitching from Mike Kern and hits by Joey Depperman and Chris Franceschini led Cristom to a 2-0 first inning lead. Steven Stahuras second-inning double ignited a four-run rally that put Eurotech up 4-3 with Manny Barcena, Dennis Brennan and George Theofonis making key contributions. Mike Lowerys two-run triple in the fourth gave Cristom the lead again at 5-4, but Eurotech fought back to regain the upperhand at 6-5 when the game was called because of darkness.
Eurotech Automotive, behind the solid pitching of Nick Katakalides and Pat Berndt, beat a tough Graziano Ravioli squad, 11-6. First inning RBIs from Michael McCann, Steven Stahura and Steven Foley staked Eurotech to an early 4-1 advantage. After an exchange of runs in the middle innings, that included a two-run triple by Pat Berndt and a key hit by Pat Flynn, Graziano battled back in the fifth behind hits by Andrew Silvestri, Daniel Santeufemia, and Vinny Muro, as Greg Poverellis pitching shut down Eurotechs offense and the score tightened to 7-6. In the bottom of the fifth, Will Neubauers run-scoring double and Kenny Lehr's three-run home run gave Eurotech an 11-6 lead. Brian Kelley capped off the contest with a spectacular catch in left field that halted Grazianos rally in the top of the sixth and preserved the win.
©2001 Community Newspaper Group
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