The World Series of the Good Fellowship Dartball League was held this past Saturday evening at the Bethlehem Church in Salisbury Mills. The Gardnertown Church swept the Moulton Memorial Crimson Knights two games to none in the best of three series by the scores of 4-2 & 4-1.
Four men were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The league celebrated their 85th season at the banquet and over 20 past Hall of Fame members were on hand to welcome the newcomers. The four new inductees were John Hunter, Roy Hadden, Al Timterio and Arnold Babcock.
COLEMAN AWARD SUMMARY
The 85 Annual Dartball Banquet & World Series was held at the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church last Saturday night. A wonderful roast beef dinner with all the trimmings plus homemade assorted pies were served to the 166 people in attendance. Highlights of the evening were four inductees into the Hall of Fame & the World Series. Inducted into the HOF this year were Roy Hadden from the Flames, John Hunter from Bethlehem Church, Arnold Babcock from the Flames & Al Temperio from Balmville/Latt.
Gardnertown won the first two games against the Crimson Knights, to win their third World Series title. All these events ends another very successful dartball season for all the teams in the Good-fellowship dartball league.
Gardnertown won two straight by the scores of 4-2 & 4-1 over the Moulton Memorial Crimson Knights to capture the title. In game one, Gardnertown jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning by hitting three straight one-out doubles. Jake Milite started the rally and Jim Ruggiero Jr plated him with a two bagger. Chris Slattery drove home the second run with a double. The Moulton Memorial Crimson Knights rallied in the 6th inning when Tim Brink posted a one-out single and the after the second out was recorded Aiden Brink nailed a two-bagger. Josh Picard proceeded to single in a run, making the score 2-1. Chris Slattery connected with a leadoff solo homer in the home half of the 7th inning to put Gardnertown up by the score of 3-1. In the 8th frame Gardnertown added an insurance when Jim Ruggiero Sr stroked a double and Chris Ruggiero knocked him in with a double of his own stretching the lead to 4-1. The Crimson Knights did not go quietly with Ian Brink and John Tery Jr hitting back to back doubles closing the deficit to 4-2 in the ninth stanza. However, the rally ended there with Gardnertown taking game one by the count of 4-2.
Game two, had a similar beginning as Gardnertown powered out 3 runs in the second inning. Chris Ruggiero, Jim Ruggiero Jr & red-hot Chris Slattery each banged out doubles for the first two runs. Frank Scotto and Arnie Griffin Jr then followed with singles to build an early 3-0 margin. Larry Picard Sr. started the Crimson Knight 3rd off with a double and two outs later, Aiden Brink added a ribby double cutting their disadvantage to 3-1. Nobody scored until Gardnertown added their fourth run in the 7th inning when Jim Ruggiero Jr and Chris Slattery hit consecutive doubles. This was the game’s final run as Gardnertown won 4-1 to gain the World Series title.
Top Hitters: For Gardnertown, Chris Slattery went 4 for 6, 3 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs. Jim Ruggiero Jr had 3 doubles and scored 3 runs. Jim Ruggiero Sr finished with 4 hits. Moulton Memorial had 5 doubles and John Terry Jr had 3 doubles.
Caption 1 – Arnold Babcock given his induction, surrounded by members of the Hall of Fame
Caption 2 – Gardnertown team the won the World Series.
Front Row (kneeling) left to right is Marty Hand, and Bob Fetter
Second Row (l to r) Ken Hand, Jim Ruggiero Sr., Chris Slattery, Jimmy Ruggiero Jr., Jake Milite, Arnie Griffin Jr., Arnold Babcock, Frank Scotto, Chris Ruggiero