By Frank Rizzo
MONGAUP VALLEY August 22, 2000 An inspired
Frankies Restaurant crushed regular season champ
Currency Club in two straight games to win the Monticello
Mens Softball Leagues B division
On Tuesday night, Frankies buried Currency 26-7 and
clinched the title on Wednesday with a 7-3 win at Edward
Collins Memorial Park in Mongaup Valley.
Wednesday was a good day for the Monticello eatery; its
womens softball team won the Monticello
ladies title on the same field earlier that evening
(see story this page).
Currency Club a number of whose players played for
now-defunct Roarks Tavern started off
Wednesdays contest with an aborted scoring chance.
Joe Staudt led off with a single, and went to third when
Ed Rodriguezs high fly was dropped in left field.
Mark Carnell bounced to Chris Malley at short, and he
whipped the ball to catcher Pat Creegan to nab Staudt at
Pitcher Kevin Gannon then got dangerous cleanup batter
Dewey Cabrera (a veteran of the countys dominant
team, Roches Garage) to line to Jim Miller at
second, and he doubled up Rodriguez to end the threat.
Frankies struck back in its half of the first
against CC hurler Mike Greco. Chris Malley walked and
went to third on a groundout before scoring on a two-out
double by Dan Malley. Frankies then loaded the
bases, but Greco got Creegan on a fielders choice
for the third out.
Frankies doubled its lead in the second as Joe
Giangiacomos single scored Kevin Weatherly, who had
walked and stolen second.
In the fourth Creegan doubled, and after Kevin Weatherly
drew a walk, the catcher advanced to third on
Giangiacomos sky to right.
Weatherly stole second and Toby Stiles then flew out to
score Creegan. Gannon reached on an error, which scored
Weatherly and put Frankies up 4-0.
Miller provided a cushion in the fifth, his two-out homer
to deep left center scoring Doug Campbell, who had
CC finally got on board in the top of the sixth as Ralph
Lugo tagged Gannon for a three-run blast to score Carnell
and Cabrera both had reached on errors.
On the bottom of the frame Kevin Weatherly singled, stole
second, moved up on a groundout, and closed out the
scoring when Gannon reached on an error.
In the opener on Tuesday Frankies had gone up 6-0
and 10-3 when CC made it close with four runs in the six.
But in the top of the seventh Frankies exploded for
16 runs against losing pitcher Jo Jo VanKeuren to put the
game out of reach.
Dan Malley drove in five runs in the rout and had three
hits, including a double and a triple.
Keith Kisza and Giangiacomo added three RBI each while
Doug Campbell was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Gannon picked up the win, aided by a hitting attack that
featured four doubles and three triples.
This was Frankies second year in the league. It
lost the finals of the B division to Currency Club last
summer and lost to CC twice this past regular season.