A showdown in the Montauk slow-pitch softball league on July 16 between the two division leaders, the Montauk Fire Department and Sloppy Tuna, an all-Dominican team whose player-manager is Jerry Uribe, resulted in a 6-1 win for the Fire Department.
Uribe said afterward that he was missing a few of his better players, promising a better game next time. Indeed, the play in Sloppy Tuna’s outfield that night was rather sloppy.
The Fire Department took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. After Ray Wojtusiak flied out, Joe Sullivan tripled and Andy Tuthill doubled him home. Jorge Bello, the cleanup hitter, singled, putting runners at the corners for Tommy Thorsen, whose fielder’s choice grounder to short enabled Tuthill to score the second run.
Uribe, who pitched for Sloppy Tuna, walked the next batter, Andrew Foglia, after which Marcos Serra flied out.
Sloppy Tuna had runners at first and second with two out in the bottom half, though Rob Nicoletti, the Fire Department’s pitcher, whose deliveries sometimes flirted with the 12-foot maximum height, induced Jonathan Cruel to fly out of Sullivan in center field.
The Fire Department tacked on two more runs in the fourth, one coming home from second on a bad-hop r.b.i. single by Sullivan and the other scoring from third on a base hit by Tuthill.
Sloppy Tuna got on the board with one run in the bottom of the fourth. After Uribe grounded out short to first, Elvis Rosario doubled and took third on the throw from the outfield. Carlos Serra’s groundout to short scored him. Pedro Garcia grounded out to Thorsen at first base to end the inning.
Some sloppy fielding, a walk, and two base hits enabled the Fire Department to make it 6-1 in the top of the fifth. Keith Steckowski and Nicoletti got the r.b.i.s.
Sloppy baserunning took Sloppy Tuna out of its half of the inning when Juan Cuevas was doubled up trying to get back to first, after Maiker Garces’s one-out flyout with runners at first and second.
Nicoletti’s high-arcing floaters continued to tantalize Sloppy Tuna’s hitters in their sixth. Leonel Santiago skied out to begin with, and Cruel launched a can of corn after him. Uribe broke Nicoletti’s spell with a line drive single, but the Fire Department’s veteran pitcher retired Rosario on a high fly ball for the third out.
Serra led off Sloppy Tuna’s last at-bat with a single, after which Garcia grounded out and Kelvin Ortega struck out. With Serra at second and two outs, Javy Abrue singled, but Serra was a dead duck as he made for home rather than hold up at third.
The win improved the Fire Department’s record to 8-0, and dropped Sloppy Tuna to 8-2.
Doubleheaders are to be played the first week of August, after which the playoffs are to begin. The top four teams in each of the two five-team divisions will make them.