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PITCHER KATHY-JO HOYT of Roark’s, left, and shortstop Toni Catino watch as third baseman Brenda Avery attempts to throw out Susie Parks of Mr. Willy’s in Tuesday’s championship playoff game.

Roark's Roars to Victory

By Frank Rizzo
MONGAUP VALLEY — August 24, 2001 – In what can be called “The Battle of the Restaurants,” Roark’s Tavern made short work of Mr. Willy’s in the Sullivan County Women’s Softball league “B” Division championship series.
Following a 21-6 win at Somerville Field in Monticello on Monday, Roark’s won 20-6 on Tuesday at Eddie Collins Park in Mongaup Valley.
It marked a clean sweep of the two playoff rounds for Roark’s.
Kathy-Jo Hoyt pitched all four games.
In Monday’s opening round game between the two Monticello eateries, Roark’s won via the 15-run mercy rule.
Brenda Avery led the offense by going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple, four runs scored and five RBI. Tini Kaiser also went 4/4 with four runs scored.
Liz Appman, Amy Bruderman, and Theresa Nietzel all batted 3/4 while Hoyt helped herself by going 2/3.
In Tuesday’s clincher Roark’s wasted no time against Mr. Willy’s hurler Chrissy Schiff.
Taking advantage of three errors, including a three-base miscue, Roark’s jumped out in front 3-0 after one.
Mr. Willy’s closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the first thanks to RBI hits by Diane Meyer and Schiff.
A clutch of errors and fielding misjudgements magnified the three Roark’s hits in the third as the visiting team pushed six runs across to take a 9-2 lead and put the game away.
A three-run homer by Nietzel highlighted the fourth. Consecutive RBI singles by Appman, Bruderman, Shannon Holland, Jenna Pantel and Tracey Gaughan ballooned the lead to 17-3.
With two outs in the fifth Avery reached on a three-base error that scored two runs, and then crossed the plate herself on a single by Appman to up the advantage to 20-4.
Mr. Willy’s avoided the 15-run rule in its half of the fifth. A two-run homer by Lisa Dowling scored Tina Johnstone, who had singled, and finalized the score at 20-6.
Appman went 4/4 to lead Roark’s, and was joined in the hitting parade by Nietzel, Avery and Kaiser (all 3/5) and Holland (3/4). Hoyt and Pantel went 2/4.

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