The weather was ideal again for the Sebring 70-and-Over Softball League at the Highlands County Sports Complex on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. On Tuesday, the Silent Salesman and Highlands Independent Bank played an exciting game with both teams hitting well.
The Salesman dominated in the run department for five innings with an 11-6 lead. The Bank boys proved they were not done yet and tied the score at 12 at the end of seven innings.
The Bank's rally in the eighth inning was cut short by a slick, inning-ending double play. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Salesman loaded the bases with walks and Don Day delivered the game-winning hit, as the Silent Salesman won 13-12.
Victor Rodriquez had a good day at the plate for the Salesman, going 3-for-4, including a triple. Fred Moore, Norm Grubbs and Bill Todd each had a double. Moore and Larry Ambuel connected for three hits each. Bob Iott went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Highlands Independent Bank's hits were all singles. Jim Quartier went 4-for-4 and Harry Bell was 4-for-5. Jose Torres went 3-for-5 and Ray Concepcion batted 2-for-3.
Royal Palms Bowling Center squeaked by Andrews Allstate Insurance with a 15-14 win. Palms' Doug Hanover had a two-base hit with the bases loaded. Charlie Quinn went 3-for-4 and Gene Hanford had a double and triple for his 2-for-4 effort at the plate. The Palms scored one run in the eighth inning to win the game. Jim Longman made two outstanding catches to aid his teammates.
Andrews Allstate Insurance had a good game, also. Galo Gonzalez had three triples and one single in his 4-for-5 day. Jerry Kuffman went 3-for-4, with a double and triple. Mel Gross was 3-for-4, including a double; and Tom Ashley and John Pena each went 3-for-4.
VFW 4300 toppled Buttonwood Bay with an 18-0 shutout, as Cal Bready Bob Fulcher and Bob Roth each had four hits. Ron Lewis and Dennis Burkholtz each chipped in three hits.
The closest game on Thursday was between the undefeated Royal Palms Bowling Center and Highlands Independent Bank, with Royal Palms getting the win. The Palms' Kyle Saunders and Andy Timmemanis each went 3-for-4, including a double. Mo Pier was 3-for-4. Quinn was the winning pitcher.
Highlands Bank had one home run off the bat of Don Cunningham, who went 3-for-4 on the day. Gene Phillips was 2-for-4, with a triple. Jose Torres went 4-for-4 and Harold Baucom had a 3-for-3 game. Going 3-for-4 was Woody Woodward.
Andrews Allstate Insurance got a win over the Buttonwood Bay Rebels, 14-7. Gonzalez hit a double in his 3-for-3 effort. Mel Gross was 4-for-4. Marvin Knutilla, Jerry Kuffman, John Pena and Rudy Pribble each went 3-for-3. Dick Ostrick rounded out the game with 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Several of the Rebels had a hot bat. Jim Monroe and Tom "Moose" Morrissette were 3-for-4 at the plate. John Degnen, John Jeffery, Nelson Richardson and Rich Vancureneach went 2-for-3, and the combination of Jack Grasso, Morrissette and Monroe turned three double plays.
The Silent Salesman played the first-place, undefeated VFW 4300 Team, hoping to end the VFW's winning streak. But VFW had other plans. They dominated the game from the start to breeze to an easy 19-8 victory.
VFW's Bob Fulcher went 4-for-4, including a two-base hit. Cliff Skearns had a double among his two hits. Cal Bready had two doubles, going 3-for-3. Bob Roth and Doran Quigg each had three hits.
The Salesman hit the ball well, but a couple of VFW double plays cut short potential rallies. Don Day led the Salesman with a double and three singles. Rodriquez went 4-for-4, scoring each time. Moore kept up his hot hitting with a 4-for-4 game.
The games are played each Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Bleachers are furnished. The sports complex is located behind the train depot in Sebring.