Wargo Flooring closed out yet another sensational season Tuesday evening at Vivian P. Walter Field in Lakeville.
The Wayne County Men's Softball League regular season champs added this year's tournament title to their gaudy resume by dealing Invisible Hunter an 8-2 loss in Game Three of the finals.
With this victory in the best-of-three series, Wargo's has now won an unprecedented eight consecutive league crowns and 10 of the last 11.
Invisible Hunter is a talented team that pushed Wargo Flooring to the very brink before finally falling in the season's last game.
The Honesdale-based ballclub took a 1-0 lead in the series by winning the opener 7-6. Wargo's bounced back in Game Two, rolling to a 9-0 shutout at St. Vincent's Thursday night and forcing Tuesday's grand finale.
Wyatt Davis gave the visitors an early lead, much to the delight of a big Invisible Hunter crowd that made the trip to Lakeville.
Erik Sandercock got things going with a one-out single off Wargo Flooring starter Bob Head. Moments later, Mead Sandercock ripped a single of his own, setting the stage for Davis.
The fleet-footed outfielder delivered a line drive single to right, chasing both Sandercocks home and giving the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
That lead didn't last long, though, thanks to Kenny Morris.
The veteran third baseman greeted Invisible Hunter starting pitcher Frank Bannan rudely, crushing a mammoth 3-run homer to straightaway leftfield. Morris' blast scored Mark Bell and Brian Blaum, giving his team a lead it would never relinquish.
Wargo's added to that its lead with two more runs in the home third.
Dave "Curly" Bell delivered the big blow, smoking a 2-run triple up the alley in right center. Morris and Justin Collins scampered home in front of Bell as Wargo's sent Bannan to the showers early in favor of reliever Ron "Kid" Hendeshot.
Page 2 of 3 - Gold Gloves
Invisible Hunter boasts one of the best young infields in the entire Wayne County Men's Softball League.
Those Gold Gloves were on full display in Game Three of the finals, as evidenced by two stellar plays in the early going.
First baseman Joel Watson ended the first inning by robbing Drew Boandl of certain extra bases, leaping high in the air to snag a blistering line drive.
Joel's younger brother, second baseman Jeremy, got into the act in the bottom of the third. Watson victimized Boandl again, diving to spear another whistling liner.
Wargo's chimed in as well, courtesy of second sacker Waldemar Gonzalez Jr.
"Waldo," as he is affectionately known by friends and teammates, stole a basehit from Mead Sanderock. He ranged into short rightfield, gloved a grounder and just nipped Sandercock at first with a nifty backhanded flip.
Seal the Deal
Wargo Flooring put the finishing touches on this latest championship with three more runs in the home half of the sixth.
Gonzalez joined the offensive attack by flicking an RBI single over the Invisible Hunter infield. Three pitches later, the champs brought their crowd to its feet with one of the rarest plays in softball.
Mark "Ma" Bell launched a towering flyball to deep left center. Brian Bolduc and Gonzalez each tagged up and took off as soon as the ball was caught.
Despite a strong throw from the outfield and an accurate relay, both runners scored ... including Waldo with a headfirst slide and a cloud of dust.
With the score now 8-2, all that remained was for Head to retire the final three batters and another championship would belong to Wargo's.
Page 3 of 3 - The fireballing righty took care of business with a potent mix of heaters and knucklers.
Head put away George Muller to end the game and set off one more celebration for the Wargo Flooing faithful.
Score by Innings...
INV 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2
WF 3 0 2 0 0 3 x - 8