LINDEN – The SMC team won the New Jersey Senior Softball Association (NJSSA) 50+ State B Division Championship in Linden over the weekend of July 10. The SMC squad, which plays in the Union County Senior Softball League, compiled a perfect 5 -0 record and swept Check Exchange of Middlesex County in the finals.
Harry Streep was the winning pitcher for all five games and also contributed many clutch hits batting in the clean up spot for Manager Ed Lubas’ team in the tournament. Outstanding performances both offensively and defensively were received from Bill Dugan, Jim McCullough, John Amato, and Ed Kushner over the five games.
In game one of the finals on Sunday, SMC battled back from an early eight run deficit fueled by a dramatic three run homer by Jeff Baier in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Ray Pelesko hit a two run double in the eighth inning to win it for SMC by a score of 16 to 15.
Game two was won by a score of 11 to 7 by SMC which was led by Walter Serfyn, Chris Paterek, Dennis Valvano, and Paul Levenberg in the championship clinching victory.
SMC had a perfect 3 – 0 record on Saturday parlaying outstanding offensive performances from Amato, Dugan, Lubas, McCullough, and Paterek in support of Streep’s pitching and defensive performance.
(Standing from Left) Jeff Baier, Paul Levenberg, Ed Kushner, Harry Streep, Ed Lubas, Water Serafyn, and Bill Dugan
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