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REPEAT CHAMPS: Roche’s
Garage of Callicoon defended its title at last weekend’s
Edward Collins Jr. Memorial Tournament. Paul Exner, right,
gets congratulated by Anthony Marceano (20) after smashing
a two-run homer against Middletown Honda on Saturday
Roche's Garage Takes the Win
By Frank Rizzo
MONGAUP VALLEY — August 18, 2000 – The 19th annual Edward Collins
Jr. Memorial Softball Tournament saw Roche’s Garage of Callicoon
sweep through its opponents en route to defending its title.
It also placed Roche’s in the favorites’ role for this weekend’s
Turfler Softball Tournament.
Now considered the premier modified-pitch tourney in the tri-county
area, the Turfler has been dominated by Roche’s. The team has won 10
of the 20 “Turflers” played.
The Collins tournament is named after the 1970 Eldred graduate, one of
the finest all-around athletes the school produced. The veteran of
numerous softball teams died on April 9, 1981 of viral pneumonia. He
Roche’s took the minimum of five games to win the Collins. The
Roches’s 13 • McGillicuddy’s (New Paltz League) 1. Tim Martin
copped the win.
Roche’s 10 • Middletown Honda 2. Martin again was the winning
Roche’s 6 • Lewis Auto Parts (Monticello League) 2. Scott Mosher
was the winning pitcher.
Roche’s 10 • Copperfield’s/Grand Slam (Montgomery League) 2.
Mosher again was the winning pitcher in the championship game of the
Roche’s then beat Copperfield’s/
Grand Slam again in the championship game, 5-2, with Martin picking up
Copperfield’s had beaten Lewis 7-3 in the losers’ bracket final.
Mike Mancuso, a second-year player on Roche’s, picked up the Most
Valuable Player’s trophy by going 11-for-17 (.647) at the plate.
Mike Yager added three homers for Roche’s.
Dennis Dietrich of Smallwood, a member of Roche’s, friend of Ed
Collins Jr., and tournament director, said the only rain delay was on
Saturday from about 1:30 to 6 p.m.
The tourney was able to get back on track thanks to the help of the
Swan Lake Fire Department, which allowed the use of their softball
Proceeds from the tournament go to upkeep the park, which received
renovations this summer.
Tony Mancuso of Chester, a veteran baseball coach, took over the
manager’s role for the Roche’s softball team this season.
“They’re not professional athletes, but they’re very professional
the way they go about playing,” said Mancuso.
Mancuso predicted that Copperfield's “would be tough in the Turfler.”
Roche’s was also engaged in the Monticello Men’s League playoffs
this week. It was tied with Lewis Auto Parts 1-1 in a best-of-three
series to determine the “A” division champ.
The deciding game is set for August 30 at Collins Park.
See Tuesday’s paper for Monticello Men’s Softball League results.
“The Collins and the playoffs have been a great tune-up for the
Turfler,” said Mancuso. “We had been playing sloppy, going through