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Behind the entire game and down by four in the final inning, and with two outs and the bases loaded, a clutch hit cleared the bases for a walk-off 30-29 win. A fun poem (authored by the winning team’s manager) follows!
“The Mighty Dana 69ers ”
The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Dana 69ers that day.
Trailing La Mesa most of the game was not the way.
Their manager asked Mackey, “do those fancy unis make you play better?”
Our composed and handsome manager nonchalantly said, we’ll let you know later.
La Mesa scored 9 times in the 1rst & 2nd innings some of crowd were shedding tears.
The fans were turning to Tommy Parks’ burgers and hot dogs to ease their fears.
Even with Dimasi, Calandro, Kowalsky, Morton and Short all scoring in the bottom
The East County men were far better hitters than anyone could fathom.
Diversity was the strength of the 69ers coming from all colors of the rainbow.
With Mackey, Hunt, and Ray Short we had the best pitchers ready to go,
Would it be enough for the heroic first baseman Plate to go a perfect five for five?
The great Dana hitters of Young, Jozsa, Atchley, Peitz, and Reyes kept hopes alive.
Base coaches, Roche and McHale roared, “we’re only chasing 4 to tie, and 5 to win”
Captain Chuck Eskins called out the bottom half of the lineup, and it was looking thin.
In the last frame lo and behold, Plate and Atchley score, on hits by Peitz & Hunt
And now the bases were loaded and La Mesa wished they could punt.
The men from the East could hardly believe their eyes, just now realized that,
As the locals all yelled and cheered, the mighty Mackey was advancing to the bat.
And now the yellow-colored sphere came lofting through the air
But Mackey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball hardly sped,
Ain’t my style said Mackey, STRIKE two the umpire said.
“Kill him, kill the umpire!’ shouted those on the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Mackey raised his hand.
And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Mackey’s blow.
Somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But no one in Pt. Loma can believe, the Mighty Mackey has struck OUT!
But…. Alas, our brilliant leader had planned this as a setup for more fun;
Tim Dimasi wins the game with a walk off triple, scoring three more runs.
Led by the amazing infield defense of Greg Hazelquist at 3rd, Ron Keil at shortstop, Bob Bronson at 2nd, Ed Jackson at rover and the rookie, Mike Allen at 1st base the Dana Allstars completely dominated the La Mesa Allstars in a 29 to 17 win today at our Dana home field.
Dana batters pounded out 37 hits in 8 innings including homeruns by Greg, Mike Rask, and Bill Luksic who hit a grand slam in the second inning.
Mike Rask made the defensive catch of the day (https://youtu.be/vkoWUFpyBBA) with an amazing play in center field. Rich Tapia and Terry Ball both pitched well and prevented the La Mesa team from getting any big scoring innings. Thanks to league president Dave Hunt for organizing the game and serving as team manager. A special thanks to Sal Yepiz for being honorary manager and scorekeeper. And thanks again to Norm Young for providing us with the best field in senior softball.
Click on Rosters to see which team you are on! New schedules are posted and have been sent to managers. First game is July 10. Don’t forget the Family/Exhibition & All Star Games (plus BBQ) this Saturday July 3.
With winning margins of 27 – 13 and 25 – 4, Navy Blue left no doubt as to who was the best team in the playoffs. In the second game, going into the open inning with a comfortable six run lead, Dann Crawford’s team scored 15 more, resulting in the Harbortown Sliders being eaten by random passersby when it seemed no one was going to show up for the post game party.
Week 1 of the playoffs saw the home team winning all four games with Red & Purple advancing to the semi finals.
Game schedule for Saturday June 26:
8:30am Red vs Navy Blue
10:15 (est) Purple vs Green
12:00 (est) Championship game
Party afterwards at Harbortown Pub. Please RSVP (look for an email on Tuesday) so we have a headcount.