Boston Herald

Tuesday, July 30, 1991

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- The Trenton Giants Wiffle®Ball team moved within two games of clinching its bracket and six games of taking the grand prize at the National Wiffle®Ball Championship. The Giants won two games yesterday, knocking off The Hitmen from Springfield, Mass., 8-0 and the Medford Mustangs, 10-0. Fred Bastedo pitched a no-hitter in the first game and Mike Palinczar followed that up with a two-hitter in the second game. Chris Russell blasted three home runs in two games, including a grand slam in the nightcap. Russell had seven RBIs in the contest, while Palinczar and Bastedo has three RBIs a piece.

Pennsylvania All-Stars advance in tourney Tuesday, July 30, 1991 Boston-The Pennsylvania All-Stars shut out their first two opponents in the Wiffle®Ball Tournament and are two games away from the final four. They defeated the California state champions, 19-0, and the Connecticut state champions, 12-0. Mike Elko went 11-14 over two games in support of winning pitcher Ken Tucci.

Jersey Giants take 3rd The Jersey Giants earned a third place finish in the World Wiffle®Ball Tournament after losing to the Orangemen, 4-2. The Giants received $500 cash prize for achieving third. They advanced to within one game of the finals by defeating the Backstabbers, 4-0.

BOSTON- The Trenton Milkmen upset the defending NJ Wiffle®Ball champs, Good Times Tavern, 1-0 and advanced to the semifinal of the Wiffle®Ball World Series. Michael Soltesz scattered three hits over nine innings work and recorded 23 strikeouts.

Locals advance BOSTON- A pair of local teams have advanced in the National Wiffle®Ball Championships. The Garden State Gophers and Good Times won two games apiece, with Good Times erasing New York champion Cagney’s, 7-0, and scoring a 3-2 victory over the California Redlegs. Garden State stopped the Boston Herald Press, 33-5, and hammers Punjab Jewelers, 15-3. For Good Times, Ken Tucci added two home runs to his team leading total. Tucci now has six homers in the tourney. He was also the winning pitcher in the contest, getting support from Dan Cryan in the form of a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh. The gophers, playing in the losers bracket, got to home runs each from Brain Clark, Dave Carey and James Fanella. Mike Weiss and Ben Fruscione also homered for the winners and Glenn Scott pitched both wins.

The Trenton Giants advanced to the final 16 of the Wiffle®Ball World Series in Springfield, Mass. with a 2-0 win over the Fenstars (Mass.) yesterday. Mike Palinczar did the damage offensively with a two-run homer in support of Fred Bastedo, who hurled a one-hitter. Trenton will take on n opponent to be determined from the loser’s bracket 6p.m. tomorrow in the battle to reach the final eight.

Good Times Tavern romps BOSTON- Good Times Tavern opened up play in the World Wiffle®Ball Series by trouncing the Connecticut Rolling Rocks, 20-0. Ken Tucci collected five hits including two home runs and seven RBIs. The Rocks were the Connecticut state champions. Jack Pepper, Curt Pushman and Dan Cryan added five hits apiece for Good Times. The Tavern will play the Missouri Tigers tomorrow night.


BOSTON- The Trenton Milkmen hammered the California Redlegs, 12-3, in play at the National Wiffle®Ball Championships. Mike Soltesz was the winning pitcher, with the offense coming from Chris and Teddy Merias, Eric Bowden and Anthony Swiczak.

BOSTON- The Trenton Giants advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Wiffle®Ball World Series by shutting out Cagney’s of Albany, NY, 4-0 in their second game of the tournament. Chris Russell tossed a two-hitter for the Giants while Jim Geraci, Mark Rubino and Fred Bastedo each homered. The Giants defeated American Dreams of Boston, 12-2 in their opening game. Mike Palinczar allowed one hit while Geraci contributed a three run double and Russell homered.

Bryan Clark tossed a one-hitter as the Garden State Gophers downed the Connecticut Bluefish, 10-2. Ben Fruscione collected four hits while Mike Weiss and James Sannella added two hits apiece. Good Times Tavern moved to the semifinal round with an 11-0 win over the Indiana state champions, 11-0. Winning pitcher Ken Tucci clocked his fourth home run of the tournament and also had four RBI. The Trenton Milkmen downed the Hitmen of Ohio, 8-1. Ted Merias had four hits in support of winning pitcher Chris Merias. Good Times will take on the Milkmen on Thursday night in a key semifinal matchup.

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