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DENNIS DIETRICH OF the Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Fire Department softball team follows through on a pitch during Thursday night’s ESFSL game at Edward M. Collins Memorial Park in Mongaup Valley. Dietrich allowed only one hit to help SMVFD defeat Monticello FD.

Firefighters Go
Head to Head

By Ted Waddell
MONGAUP VALLEY — June 27, 2006 – In Thursday’s night’s Eastern Sullivan Firefighters Softball League (ESFSL) game between Smallwood/Mongaup Valley FD and Monticello FD, the volunteer firefighters from the SMVFD defeated MFD by a final score of 17-0.
In the wake of a scoreless first frame, SMVFD went on a batting rampage. The squad scored 10 runs in the second, two in the third, three in the third and a couple of more runs in the sixth.
Dennis Dietrich, SMVFD’s veteran ace on the mound, pitched a one -hitter. Dietrich helped his own cause by going 3-for-5 at the plate.
Joe Bonnaci went 2-for-4 swatted a two-run homer.
MFD pitcher Brian Gregory got tagged with the loss.
Keith Kurthy, captain of MFD (1-4), summed up the game and the weather.
“It was a hot one, but we just come out here to have a lot of fun,” he said. “The guys come out here and do their best. That’s all you can ask.”
Tim Morey, captain of SMVFD (2-0), said, “We played pretty good as this was only our second game.”
Morey went 4-for-5 with a two singles, a double and a triple.
Also keying the SMVFD offense were Shannon Dietrich and Des Gonzalez. Both were 4-for-5 and Gonzalez scored four runs.

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