Under a bright full moon over Marco Island, Joey’s Pizza did what no one else had been able to do all year; they defeated NeNe Kitchen in the championship game of the City of Marco Island Adult softball league 5 to 3.
In something you don’t see often in adult softball, the championship game was a defensive battle with both teams making great plays in the field.
The game started off as most this year with NeNe jumping out ahead as they held Joey scoreless in the top half of the inning while scoring two runs on Brad Frazier’s double scoring Eric Nagel and Wes Alberry. In the second inning once again on good fielding plays NeNe held Joey’s scoreless while adding one run in the bottom half on Greg St Amour’s single scoring JP Nachef making it 3-0 after two, but that would be all the runs NeNe would score the rest of the evening.
In the top of the third, Joey’s captain Santo Gentile started it off with a single, Shane Moore followed with a walk, and when Steve Pahr with one of his 4 hits for the night hit the ball deep to the outfield, Santo scored on an over throw at the plate moving Moore to third and Pahr to 2nd, and with Joey Oliverio single into the outfield Moore and Pahr scored and the game was tied.
The game remained tied after 4 innings on great defense work by both teams. The 5th saw Steve Pahr adding another hit and when Justin Hanna added his 2nd hit of the night Joeys moved ahead of NeNe’s 4 to 3. Once again good defense work by Joey’s Luke Lutkemeyer at 2nd base and Santo Gentile, who played like a man possessed in center field left NeNe in the unfamiliar position of being behind by one. In the top of the sixth great defensive plays by NeNe’s Pat McGuire and Lee Vanderjagt held Joey’s in check and Joeys responded with its own solid defensive work no runs were scored. Going into the 7th the game remained 4 to 3 but once again Joey’s Steve Pahr getting his 4th hit of the night moved into scoring position at second and on Justin Hanna 3rd hit of the night, Joeys added another run moving ahead by two. In the bottom of the last inning NeNe with the heart of its batting order coming up felt they could still pull out the victory. NeNe Captain Jason Berning started it off with a single to deep center field. Next up Lee Vanderjagt, and with a shot to third baseman Mike Buis couldent get through Berning was thrown out on the force play at 2nd. Now with Vanderjagt on first, JP Nachef came to the plate but a hit to 2nd baseman Zach Lutkmeyer who tossed the ball to SS Steve Parh turning the double play the undefeated streak for NeNe was over and gave Joey’s the championship trophy.
On behalf of the City of Marco Island I want to thank all the participants of this year’s Adult softball League, Congratulate regular season Champion NeNe Kitchen who ended with a 17-1 record and Joey’s Pizza as the end of the season tournament Champion.
Have a great off season, and come out and watch some fun Co-Ed Softball which started Thursday April 19th at Winterberry Park.