— Over the course of the past decade, Wargo Flooring has established a genuine dynasty on the local diamond.
On Tuesday evening at Western Wayne, Wargo’s sealed the deal on an 8th straight Wayne County Men’s Softball League title with another exciting win.
The Varden-based squad used a combination of stellar pitching, explosive offense and Gold Glove defense to sweep this best-of-three series from Gravity.
Wargo’s dominated Game One, blasting six homeruns en route to a 20-3 rout at the Homer Dome.
Game Two proved to be more of the same. The series moved to Varden and Wargo’s leapt out to a big lead before umpires halted things in the 6th inning due to lightning.
When the contest resumed on Tuesday, the outcome was a foregone conclusion. Gravity rallied to make it a game, but Wargo’s held on for a 19-13 win.
Ken Rizzi Sr. emerged as the mound star of the ‘12 championship series.
The veteran righty baffl-ed Gravity batters with his trademark knuckler, killing off one rally after another with pinpoint pitching.
Brian Bolduc also went to the hill for Wargo’s in Game One. However, it was Rizzi who came on in the second to put out the fire and work the rest of the game.
Wally Kulick was in the circle for Gravity in Game One and suffered the loss.
Richie Walker took the mound in Game Two and absorbed the defeat.
Suffering a sweep in the finals was a bitter pill for Gravity players to swallow.
The Waymart-based ballclub rolled to the regular season title, piling up 14 wins in 16 starts and earning the tournament’s top seed. Gravity ended up with an overall mark of 18-4.
Wargo Flooring struggled early in the season, but caught fire when it mattered most. Wargo’s headed into the tourney as the #5 seed with an 11-5 mark.
From there, coach Russell Gregory’s team reeled off six consecutive wins to claim the 2012 crown.
Wargo’s terrorized Gravity pitchers in both of these contests.
Shortstop Mark bell crushed a homerun in each game. Justin Collins unload-ed a 3-run shot in the opener, while Lenny Wargo, Drew Boandl and Dave Bell also contributed solo shots.
Brian Blaum led the way in Game Two, going 3-for-4 with an RBI double.
Boandl and Wargo also chipped in with two baseknocks apiece.