Week #9: Holliston Senior Softball Wrap-Up: (thru 6/16/24)

The Hood upended Downtown, 14-6 despite being super nice by providing a catcher to their undermanned opponent.  OF Joe Gelzhiser (3-4, 2B, 3B, 4RBI) paced The Hood offense and had a key 2-out, 2-run triple in their 8-run 5th inning while SS Greg Andreola (3-4, 2B, 3R)and OF Tony Porciello (3-4, 2B, 2R) contributed as well.  P Shawn Peters (7IP, 7H, 3ER) gutted out the win on 1-leg and, with 2 on and 2 out, made a great diving catch of a low pop-up down the 3rd. base to end a Downtown threat. 

The Hood’s Shawn Peters (on knees) is congratulated by his 3B after his great catch.

The game marked the return on “Covid Pete” Warren (2-3, R) who opened the scoring for Downtown by running through a stop sign and scoring from 2B on a single like a cement mixer trying to make a yellow light.

Downtown’s ‘Covid Pete” headed for home despite the 3B coach’s efforts.

In front of pack housed on Father’s Day, Johnson North used the home crowd energy and nipped DYR, 22-3 as RF Dave ‘Big Tree’ Lyskowski (4-5, 2 HR, 2B, 7RBI)turned Damigella field into Flagg Field while teammate Ben Swarts (4-5, HR, 3RBI) joined the HR party too with is 2-run blast in the 3rdLF Jarrad Jordan (4-5, 2B, 3RBI) tracked down everything hit in his direction and finished with 31 put-outs.  P Tom McMahon (7IP, 6H, 2ER) was in complete control all night as DYR failed to get anything going offensively for the 2nd week in a row. 

DYR had no chance with this crowd supporting the Johnson North dads.  It was like being in Death Valley on Saturday night for an LSU football game.  Happy Father’s Day, indeed!

In the late game, Jasper Rock walked off Kingz, 11-10 as Jasper rookie, IF Jared Esposito (3-4, 2B, 3RBI) belted a bases loaded double in the bottom of the 7th for the win. Kingz jumped out early to a 7-0 lead thanks to a 3-run bomb from 3B Ross Dubuc (3-4, HR, 4RBI) into the playground. Jasper chipped away in the middle innings thanks to RBI doubles from 3B Doug Hermann (3-4, 2 2B, 3RBI) and 1B Neil Kuchman (3-4, 2B, 2RBI) to cut their deficit to 3. In the 6th, Jasper scored 3 to tie it at 9 but Kingz scraped across 1in the top of the 7th to take a 10-9 lead. Jasper then started the 7th with 3 consecutive singles by C Greg Williams (2-4, 2R) then OF Tom McCugh (2-4, R, RBI) and finally 2B Steve Peters (2-3, R) to set the stage for Esposito heroics.

Jasper’s Jared Esposito is mobbed by teammates after his walk-off double.

Brentwood beat Lions, 13-4 as P Doug Schmidt (7IP, 5H, 2ER) was masterful in the circle for the winners while 1B Brad ‘Twinkle Toes’ Lucas 

(2-2, 2B, 2R) paced the offense despite showing up in the 3rd inning.  Seems dance recitals are his thing and Sunday was a big one: The Spin Squad was at the Garden! 

The Spin Squad in action!  Can you really fault Brad here?

OF Garth Fondo (3-3, 2B, 2R) thwarted a Lions threat in the 5th with a laser throw to 3B Mike Budway to nail a runner trying to advance. Play of the game here was in the 6th.  Bases loaded 1-out for Lions and OF Ernie ‘the hit man’ Tomacelli laced a liner up the middle that Brentwood 2B John MacFadyen (2-3, 2R) snared out of the air and doubled off the runner at 2nd to end the Lions threat.

Brentwood’s John MacFadyen makes a diving snag of a line drive off the bat of Tomacelli..

Kampersal pounded South, 22-3 as P George Kampersal (7IP, 7H, 2ER) overcame his wildness from last week and issued zero walks in the win.  C Brian McShane (4-5, 2B, 4R, 2RBI) continued his impressive year at the plate as his off-season cage work at the Kampersal Dominican Softball Complex along with his commitment to ‘nutrition’ with a Bay-Area company called BALCO has really paid off. 

Apparently, Brian is not much of a reader.  We’ll see how the league responds to this..

South only had 8 so Kampersal took full advantage by spraying the ball to all fields to build an early lead.   Playing catcher for their undermanned opponent, Kampersal’s Mike DeFazio caught a foul tip off the bat of teammate/slugger Alex ‘The Big Hurt’ Kampersal in the 4th prompting the big guy to seek out his teammate in the dugout at the end of the inning:

Alex Kampersal letting teammate Mike Defazio know how he feels about the teammate-on teammate crime Defazio committed by catching his foul-tip.

Up by 20 in the 7th, manager Tom Kampersal felt comfortable enough to put McShane in fair territory and South veteran OF Dave Franco (3-4, 2B, 2RBI) promptly launched one over the new right fielder’s head for a 2-run double to cut the lead to 18.  OF Denis Dietz (2-4, BB,2R) continued his consistent outfield play with 3 put outs in the win.

Braggville knocked off Dalton Rd,  10-3, behind P Johnny Marsell (7IP, 7H, 3ER)and some stellar D behind him.  SS Jason Cooper (3-4, 2B, 2R) and 1B Ted Mottor (3-4, 3R, RBI) flashed some leather in the early innings to keep Dalton scorless through 4 innings while OF Dan Kittridge (2-4, 2B, 3RBI) had a busy night in the outfield w 6 putouts.  Interesting twist at the post game Braggville team cookout at the Mottor Compound.  Seems a surprise guest showed up to partake in team bonding festivities.  Could the dust up in the Kampersal dugout motivate one of those participants to look for a new home? If so, which one? 

My sources remain mum on the guest who showed up to the Braggville cookout but they did confirm it was a Kampersal player. I’ll have more as this story develops.

Mudville edged Anthony’s, 10-7 creating a 1st place tie in ‘B’ with the men from Anthony’s as P Eric Higgins (7IP, 8H, 4ER) dropped a 3rd strike right on the matt w 2-out and runners on second and third for a walk-off ‘K’ win.  3B Eric Kuharich (3-4, 2B, 3RBI) paced the Mudville offense while OF Rob Klimeczko (2-4, 2R) extended his strikeout streak to 2 weeks when he was caught looking in the 5th

Mudville’s Rob Klimeczko left holding his thoughts after he was caught looking in the 6th.

GAME OF THE WEEK for WK #10 (6/23/24))

Downtown (3-6) vs. DYR (3-6) at Damigella 6pm

  • Wk #1 of new playoff format and both teams are scuffling offensively.
  • Can DYR break out of their offensive funk?
  • The team that plays better defensively will win this one as the offenses are similar (pathetic)..

*Prediction: DYR 2 Downtown 1

’24 Record (5-3)


‘A’ Division Match Ups:

(#4) Johnson @ (#1) Kampersal – Kampersal

(#3) Dalton Road @ (#2) Braggville – Damigella

(#8) Jasper @ (#5) South – Patoma

(#7) DYR @ (#6) Downton – High School

‘B’ Division Match Ups:

(#4) The Hood @ (#1) Anthony’s – Stoddard 2

(#3) Kingz @ (#2) Mudville – Stoddard Beach

(#6) Brentwood @ (#5) Lions – Goodwill 

The higher seeded team is the home team for the playoffs.

Division A Standings through 16 Jun

3Dalton Road6300.6671039022
4Johnson North5400.556998915
8Jasper Rock2700.222591029

Division B Standings through 16 Jun

1Anthony’s East5400.5561058120
4The Hood4500.444911219

Ken Sawyers


  1. Ekuharich on June 21, 2024 at 9:41 am

    Great recap Ken…. If Don Lemon, Jake Tapper and Joy Reid had a baby it would be Ken Sawyers… your writing makes fake news look legitimate 🤣

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