Island Gourmet Rays win center’s softball World Series
Rays win! Rays win! Island Gourmet Rays that is.
In what all Tampa Bay Rays fans can hope is a precursor to the Major League Baseball 2013 World Series, Island Gourmet Rays scored an 11-10 win over Tyler’s Ice Cream Twins in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Softball League final game Sept. 6 at Birdie Tebbetts Field in Holmes Beach.
Island Gourmet Rays jumped out to an 11-4 lead after two innings, with help on homers from Max Gazzo and Greg Ross and an RBI triple from Mike Brusso in the first two innings.
Inexplicably, the Rays held at 11 runs and didn’t score again, while Tyler’s Ice Cream Twins started chipping into the lead with three runs in the fourth inning on doubles by Rob Manderine, Michelle Laade and Rob Alderson.
The Twins scored two more runs in the seventh inning on doubles by Alderson and Manderine and a single by Troy Shonk, but that was as close as they would get.
Greg Ross led the Rays offense with a 3-for-3 performance that included a home run, double and two RBIs, while Max Gazzo finished 3 for 4, including a home run, double and three RBIs. Kelsea Bachman and Paige Gillunwater each had a pair of singles, while BJ Keim added a two-run double in the victory.
Rob Manderine paced the Twins with a 4-for-4 performance that included a home run, triple, two doubles and four RBIs, while Rob Alderson went 3 for 3 with a double, triple and two RBIs. Michelle Laade was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, including a double and two RBIs, while Laura Alderson added a pair of singles and two runs scored. Troy Shonk singled and scored twice to round out the Twins’ offense in the loss.
Two teams emerged from pool play during Sept. 4 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Sam Samuels walked his way to the winner’s circle by defeating Hank Huyghe and Tim Sofran 22-16 in the finals.
The action on Sept. 7 also had two teams advance to the knockout stage. Dom Livedoti and Steve Grossman defeated Sofran and Jerry Disbrow 21-16 in the finals.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club celebrated Labor Day with a Sept. 2 coed scramble on the links and a cookout at the clubhouse.
Two teams tied for first place with a net score of 3-under-par 29. The winning team was decided by a scorecard playoff, where scores are compared starting with the most difficult hole and working through the card until a winner is determined.
The team of Bill Lowman, Al Pollack, Debbie Milder and Jim Lathrop won first place, while the team of Tom Nelson, Erma McMullen, Jon Holcomb and Dana Cessna took second place.
Nelson took the prize for closest to the pin on the third hole, while Diane Miller was closest to the pin on No. 8. Bill Lowman won the men’s longest-drive contest, while teammate Debbie Milder shot the women’s longest drive.
The women continued their Labor Day festivities on Sept. 3, playing a game called Red, White and Blue, in which they teed off from each of the colored tees three times for a nine-hole match.
Christina Mason grabbed first place with a 1-under par 31, two shots ahead of Meredith Slavin and Sue Wheeler, who finished in a tie for second place. Fran Barford, Tootie Wagner and Liz Lang were another shot back in a three-way tie for third place.
Judy Hanson had a chip-in on the seventh hole to round out the golf action for the day.