Perennial champion Mesa Verde Partners assumed the role once more by upending the defending and regular Wednesday League champion Knights, 8-4, to win the league’s postseason tournament in the city of Laguna Beach Community Services Department’s summer 16" slow pitch softball league action.
Back-to-back home runs by Dave Meggison and Danny Lane during a five-run first inning by Mesa Verde Partners decided the outcome.
Steve McKinlay and Bill Toon also hit home runs for the winners.
Meggison also had an RBI double and Toon and Jeff Greenough each singled.
Phil McManus delivered a five-hitter to get the win. Micah Stovall and Keith Mulvaney hit solo home runs for the Knights.
Mesa Verde finished its summer campaign with a 10-2-1 record that included a pair of wins and a tie against the Knights. Its two losses came to the Knights (9-8) and Angels (7-6).
The Knights, meanwhile, went 11-2-1 with its two losses coming at the hands of Mesa Verde.
Mesa Verde’s roster also includes Bob Bonn, Dave Colbert, Steve Dixon, Scott Henderson, Chris Howell, Sheldon Karesh, Don Newhard and Jeff Pick.
In other league tournament finals:
Regular season champion Compound Fractures swept through the postseason playoffs and won the tournament by defeating Red Rum, 6-3, in the final.
Dave Strong threw a five-hitter and, batting in the No. 1 spot, hit two solo home runs and doubled in a three-for-three performance. Jason Watson hit a solo homer and singled.
Red Rum scored three runs in its first at-bat behind a two-run home run by Allen Krist and singles by Andrew Broderick, Josh Fara and Ryan Divel.
Compound Fractures won its final four games to finish with a 10-3 record.
Team members include Bruce Beach, Brandy Faber, Mike Carter, Ryan Holman, Steve Hurst, William Maniaci, Chris Mauro, Erik Nelson, Jimmy Quintana, Ryan Sirianni, Jason Steris, Russell Swarts and Jon Zose.
In other league postseason action:
DUI Fighters 9, Bamboo Bar and Grill 7
The DUI Fighters advanced to the second round of the winners’ bracket by defeating defending champion Bamboo Bar and Grill which slid into the losers’ bracket with the loss.
The DUI Fighters took a 5-0 lead through three innings then held on for the win.
Sean Bill went three-for-three with two solo home runs and Mica Brown, Scott Borthwick, Dave LeClair and Dave Stallone each had a home run.
Alexander Carter, Ryan Neptune and Jesse Westgaard each homered for Bamboo Bar and Grill.
Rotary 10, Accused 7
A seven-run third inning lifted Rotary past the Accused and into the second-round of the playoffs.
The inning featured home runs by Mark Mauer, Jonathan Cohen, Bob Bonn and Pedro Pulido.
Mike Adair accounted for three more Rotary runs by hitting a two-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the fifth.
Cedric Channels had a three-run hoe run and two singles and Walter Bell homered and singled twice to lead the Accused on offense.
Accused 12, Bamboo Bar and Grill 9
Matthew Daeley and Trevor Lyle hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to help propel the Accused past Bamboo Bar and Grill.
Walter Bell contributed a home run and single for the accused.
Wyatt Strateman and Tyler Waidley each homered and singled for Bamboo Bar and Grill which was eliminated for the double-elimination tournament.
Saloon 12, Team Viagra 5
Defending league champ Saloon defeated Team Viagra despite playing with just eight players.
The top of the order was productive for Saloon as Mike McKenzie homered twice, Scott Martin had two homers and a single, Pat Toohey hit two homers and doubled and Micah Stovall homered, doubled and singled.
For Team Viagra, lead-off hitter Nate Pivaroff homered and singled twice.
Sandpiper 12, Ganahl Lumber 8
Chris Raub racked up seven RBI with a first-inning grand slam and three-round homer in the fifth and later singled, powering Sandpiper past Ganahl Lumber.
Brett Nelson added a pair of home runs to account for three RBI for Sandpiper.
Jeff Heminghaus surrendered back-to-back home runs by Bob Bonn and Mitch Kruger and also walked three batters which led to Ganahl Lumbers’ first six runs, then pitched a two-hitter the rest of the way.
Team Viagra 14, Ganahl Lumber 10
Team Viagra cracked out six home runs to stay in postseason title contention while eliminating Ganahl Lumber.
Keith Mulvaney hit a pair of three-run home runs for Team Viagra.
Brent Mulvaney had two homers and singled, Nate Pivaroff hit a three-run home run and added two singles and Dylan Murphy homered and singled twice for Team Viagra.
Bob Bonn and Gary Armstrong each homered and singled for Ganahl Lumber.