By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO The Fitness Factory/D-Tech softball team just keeps rolling along.
Fitness Factory/D-Tech swept its way into the Monticello Men’s Softball League finals with 15-0 and 14-8 wins over Fallsburg Lumber on Monday night in one of the league’s best-of-three game semifinal series at Kenneth H. Somerville Memorial Field.
Fitness Factory/D-Tech met Styles Barber Shop in the best-of-three game championship series, which was scheduled to be played last night at Somerville Field.
In Monday night’s Game 1, Fitness Factory/D-Tech took an early lead and never looked back. After scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning, Fitness Factory/D-Tech extended its advantage to 10-0 in the bottom of the second.
With one out and two runners on base, Shane Conner singled to left field to bring JoJo VanKeuren in to score. Jay Falasca and Julian Dawson followed with back-to-back RBI singles to give Fitness Factory/D-Tech a 7-0 lead.
The next batter, Alex Salazar, singled to left field to score both Falasca and Dawson. Salazar moved to third base on an error and scored when Steve Rivera hit a sacrifice fly.
Fitness Factory/D-Tech scored its last five runs in the bottom of the third. Falasca smashed a two-run single and Dawson ripped a double to left field which allowed Conner to cross home plate.
Falasca scored when Salazar reached base on an infield hit. Moments later, Dawson scored on Rivera’s base hit to center field.
Dawson’s run gave Fitness Factory Factory/D-Tech a 15-0 lead and the game ended at that point due to the league’s 15-run mercy rule.
VanKeuren picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle for Fitness Factory/D-Tech.
Determined to see its season continue, Fallsburg Lumber grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of Game 2.
But Fitness Factory/D-Tech regained the advantage in the top of the second. Dennis Rivera scored on a single by Des Gonzalez to tie the score at 2-2 and Gonzalez scored on a single by Derwin Rivera to give Fitness Factory/D-Tech a 3-2 lead.
Falasca added a two-run single to make it a 5-2 game.
Fallsburg Lumber pulled to within a run in the bottom of the third. Darren Kenney walked to lead off the frame and he scored on an infield hit by Dave Luczyski. Jeremy Levner, who reached base with a double, scored on an error to cut Fitness Factory/D-Tech’s lead to 5-4.
However, Fitness Factory/D-Tech answered with four runs in the top of the fourth. The key hit in the frame was Falasca’s two-run, inside-the-park home run to right center field.
Harris Seletsky’s two-run single in the bottom of the fourth allowed Fallsburg Lumber to close its deficit to 9-7.
Unfortunately for the Fallsburg Lumber players, that was as close as they could get. Fitness Factory/D-Tech registered five runs in the top of the fifth to extend its lead to 14-7. Derwin Rivera and Conner had RBI singles and Keith Shaddock added an RBI double to spark the Fitness Factory/D-Tech offense.
Fallsburg Lumber scored the last run of the night in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Juarez began the frame with a single and crossed home plate on Mike Cardo’s single to center field.
Fitness Factory/D-Tech pitcher Tim “Chopper” Ackermann and the fielders behind him then held Fallsburg Lumber scoreless in the final two innings.