Tahoe Quik Lube, Kiwanis win rec softball titles
Tahoe Quik Lube played second fiddle to J.B. Landscape in the city of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Men’s D League softball regular season.
However, Quik Lube didn’t have to worry about J.B. in the Sept. 2 postseason championship. Zephyr Cove Resort upset J.B. in the semifinals and then lost a 17-16 heartbreaker in the finals to Quik Lube.
Rob Barrera stroked two triples and a single and scored two runs for the champs. Nick Haven and Scott Ferguson also chipped in three hits for the champions, who trailed 8-7 after three innings but used a four-run fourth and six-run fifth to seemingly take control.
But doubles by Ken Colento, Brad Ellis and Chris Wright keyed a five-run sixth inning that allowed Zephyr Cove to creep within 17-15. Then Ellis’ one-out single scored Wright to make it a one-run game in seventh. But the next two hitters went down quietly.
Ellis and Ken Kolento led the runners-up with four hits.
Quik Lube 13, Cranky Boys 7
The Cranky Boys had its sights set on a semifinal upset, taking a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the regular-season runners-up unloaded for nine runs on 10 hits. Back-to-back doubles by Vic Insera and Mike Heckendorn keyed the comeback.
Rob Barrera, John Hitchcock, Vic Insera and Paul Nielson were in the groove with three hits apiece for Tahoe Quik Lube. Darryl Schue and Christian Anderson slapped three hits for the Cranky Boys.
Zephyr Cove 20, JB 12
J.B Landscape’s admirable 9-2 record and No. 1 playoff seed did it little good against streaking Zephyr Cove Resort.
The resort blew open the semifinal with a 13-run fourth inning. Brad Ellis, Tim Edison, Chuck Shapiro and Robert Foster provided a double and single during the rally.
Shapiro and Ken Colento had a team-high four hits.
Rick Cunningham, Joe Besson and John Shott delivered three hits for J.B. Landscape.
Coed American League
Kiwanis packaged six singles during a tiebreaking five-run sixth inning to outslug Heavenly 20-15 for the Coed American title.
Max Maxheimer, Wendy Elvyn, Ray Ortner, Mark Lehmann, Michelle Hogan and Jeff Benger each singled and all but Ortner crossed the plate in the pivotal sixth.
Heavenly’s Shane Collins tripled and scored Vicky Nau’s single to tie the score at 15 in the top of the sixth inning.
Brian Hogan led Kiwanis with four hits, including a triple, and scored three runs.
Heavenly’s Marcus Ramirez went 5 for 5 and scored four times. Two of his hits were good for a homer and triple. David Freer also homered for Heavenly.
In the semifinals, Heavenly used three hits apiece by Collins and David Marshall to double up Barton Hospital, 12-6. Barton’s Joe Russo delivered three hits, including a double and two-run homer.
Kiwanis cruised in the other semifinal, pounding out an 18-3 victory over Crossland Mortgage/First Security in five innings. Lehmann and Jeff Bender erased the pressure by belting a pair of homers for Kiwanis.
Max Maxheimer was double trouble, lashing three two-baggers for the champs.
Crossland’s Dan McGraw homered and doubled.
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