By Nathan Mayberg
Monticello August 13, 2004 ABC Title won an extra-inning thriller over Trotters Bar by a final score of 19-16 last Friday in a Monticello Mens Softball League game at Kenneth H. Somerville Memorial Field.
Both teams were locked neck and neck throughout the game.
With the score tied 15-15 in the top of the eighth inning, Jeff ONeill hit a three-run double that secured the win for ABC Title. Steve Belgiovene knocked ONeill in with a single for another insurance run. Trotters could only muster one run in the bottom of the eighth.
ABC Title won the Coney Division and received a first round bye in the leagues playoffs, which began earlier this week. Trotters, which finished the regular season one game behind ABC Title in the standings, also secured a playoff berth.
ABC Title was led by Bobby Yakin, who had three hits and three RBI. Yakins hits included a stand-up triple and a double. He also scored three runs and reached base on a walk.
Winning pitcher Mike Greco also finished the game with three hits and three RBI. He displayed a powerful, natural swing and had one particularly deep shot to right field.
Jarryl Scott contributed three hits for ABC Title, including a home run.
Catcher Michael Michaelis turned in a strong game for ABC Title. Michaelis was also involved in a collision with Trotters top player and physical force Tim Mills at home plate. Mills was running hard all the way after hitting the ball over 300 feet to dead center field in the bottom of the seventh inning. A great relay throw nearly caught him, but Mills safely slid into the plate just barely ahead of the tag and right into Michaelis. The home run tied the score and sent the game into extra innings.
Mills completed an extraordinary performance by going 5-for-5 with six RBI, as well as making a tough catch while running backwards in center field. He also showed off a potent arm, throwing one runner out on the basepaths. He finished the regular season with a .618 batting average, five home runs and 25 RBI in nine games.
Other top hitters for Trotters were Joe Staudt, who went 5-for-5, and Keith Kurthy, who was also a perfect 5-for-5 in the game.
Ron Staudt added three hits for Trotters.