Wayne County Men' Softball League "Midsummer Classic" attracts hundreds to HomerDome Classic
Last year, the West All-Stars demolished the East, 14-5, and claimed their first win in the Wayne County Men's Softball League second annual tangle of talent.
Top players for the East Team, sponsored by Dunn’s Sawmill, hailed from Winchester Archery, Ravenhaus, Cordaro’s, Lake Region Urgent Care, Kestlers, Dunn’s Sawmill; and County Waste.
The West Team, sponsored by Get It Right Tape, consisted of gents from Gravity Inn, Pioneer Construction and Wargo Flooring.
Reggie Bunnell managed the East while Ray Russo skippered the West.
On the Field
Batting first, and facing Gravity’s Paul Debish, the East got off to a nice start. A no-out double from Winchester Archery’s Mead Sandercock, scored Kestler’s Jake Gastinger.
Joel Watson drove home both Erik and Mead Sandercock, making it 3-0.
Defensivly, Pioneer Construction’s Jason Kromko combined with Ken Morris for a double-play before a pop-up retired the side.
Facing Kestler’s Richie Walker in the bottom of the inning, Jason Kromko hit a 1-out single and then was driven home when Morris put one over the fence, making it 3-2.
East’s defense took care of the remaining West batters and closed the inning with good fielding, but did allow a lone single from Pioneer Construction’s Donnie Howell.
Walker scored on a 1-out homer from Dunn’s Jim Watson, making it 5-2, but fly balls were easily handled by the West to retire the side.
Pioneer’s Justin “Jutter” Kromko singled in the second, but was forced out by a base hit from Gravity’s Dante Terenzio, who, in turn was left on base a East’s defense tightened up and ended the inning.
Erik Sandercock’s double and base hits by Joel Watson and Ravenhaus’ Victor Rivero, got runners on the bags.
However, Pioneer’s Kevin Kromko snapped up a 1-out line drive, tagging the runner and making the throw to Morris at first to hold off any further advance by the East in the third inning.
Gravity’s Mike “Poz” Pozarycki singled for the West, but made it only as far as third base and after three innings it was still 5-2 in favor of the East.
Pioneer’s Bob Barna took over mound duties for the West in the fourth but it didn’t slow down the East.
Cordaro’s Craig Ciarrocchi and County Waste’s Justin Swanick scored on a single by WA’s Ron Hendershot, who later tallied a run as well.
Walker then came home on a 2-out single by Lake Region Urgent Care’s Chris Breidenstein, who in turn crossed the plate thanks to a RBI single by Erik Sandercock.
Barna snapped up a line drive, turned, and fired to second, getting the double play to end the side.
Jim Watson relieved Walker in the bottom of the fourth.
Wargos’ Justin Collins and scored on a hit from teammate Dale Snyder.
Then with one out and one on first, West’s defense put to rest the side with a 6-3-5 double play.
After four frames, the East was up 10-4.
Granquist would bring home Rivero and Joel Watson when he slapped one far over the left wall on the first pitch delivered to him.
They loaded the bags again before their stint at the plate was done but a 2-out pop-up retired the side. Terenzio and Debish made it to base for the West, but a fielder’s choice by Kevin Kromko took out Dibish.
Barna singled to load the bases, but a line drive and a fly were both handled well and the fifth ended with no addition runs for either team.
Mead Sandercock’s 2-out triple drove in Erik.
Then, just like the previous inning, Granquist took another one downtown and brought Rivero and Watson along for the ride.
Ciarrocchi scored on a double by Hendershot before all was done for the East in the sixth.
Collins doubled with one out and came home on a double by Howell before a grounder and pop-up ended the inning with the East in command, 18-5.
The East settled for a hit from each Watson and made no gains scoring against Debish, who was back pitching.
The West would get one more chance.
Terenzio singled with one out and then went on to score on an error making it 18-6.
While Kevin Kromko managed a 2-out double to keep things alive, a ground out ended the game and the East All-Stars went on to claim the win, 18-6.
“I’m surprised the score wasn’t closer,” Walker stated post-game. “They had the bats to do it and I didn’t strike anyone out. Our team played well in the field and we kept the errors down.”
John Granquist was named the MVP of the game and presented with trophy by organizer Kyle Barna.
Barna thanked the game sponsor, Three Guys & a Beer’d brewing as well as the team sponsors and all of the players, coaches, and fans that came out to support the event.