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Sep 13, 2014 7:40 PM

Greater Nashua Senior Softball League Playoffs

Playoff Game #11 – Art’s Painting 4, Hanson’s Automotive 2 September’s sun figured as a twelfth player on the diamond and pitchers Chick Hamel of Art’s and Hanson’s Pete Burr took great advantage of it as they positioned blinding balls that beat the best batters on both benches. When the sun was not in play the fielders picked up the pace, hustling for balls that they had no business catching. Down by four runs and with the Painters threatening to score more, Hanson’s right fielder Mike Reilly put it in high gear and crashed the fence, barely missing a foul ball, nearly missing his teeth, and missing the rest of the game. Inspired by the play, the mechanics slammed the garage door down, shutting out the brushmen’s attempts to paint any more runs on the scoreboard. Down by only two in the seventh inning, Hanson’s found their bats and started hitting the ball hard but, with shortstop Steve Coco continuing his stellar play and the outfield playing deep, it was Art’s turn for D.. as in Dick Gillespie. Having been burned by Burr’s pitching in the previous inning and wanting to get even, Gillespie came up with a spectacular diving catch for the first out in the last on a crushed liner by Roger Neild that was just over the reach of the short fielder. Bob Larose had the best day at the plate for the winners, going 3 for 3 while Coco, Jerry Ferullo, the always tough Murph Albert and Carl Seidel followed closely with two hits each.


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