Palisades puts up 30 runs in men’s softball rout

(Editor’s note: Diamond Dust is a weekly report of action in the Rome Men’s Softball Association compiled by league player and board member Jim Rizio. It spotlights feature games and standout players from each week’s games)

By Jim Rizio

Last year’s city tournament runner-up, Palisades, opened week 2 with a remarkable offensive show on Thursday night. The Palisades crew, affectionately referred to as "the police," put up 30 runs in five innings for an easy 30-7 victory versus Cloud 9. Trailing 3-2 after the first inning, Palisades scored four runs in the second, then batted around for 12 runs in the third before sealing the five-inning mercy win. Games can end early in Men’s Softball when a team leads by 20 runs after five innings. Derek Utter, Adam Keller and Jeremy Meyer each went 4-for-5 with four runs scored for Palisades.

In other Thursday Night action, Korp’s Corner, a Sunday night transfer, handed MidAir Flyers a 24-0 loss and are perched at 2-0 in the Jim Korpela League.

In the Sunday Night Community League, Rambl’in Again evened their record at 1-1 with a victory over Hroboni’s Greenhouse, 20-7. Rambl’in Again’s lead-off hitter, Kevin Brockway II, went a perfect 5-for-5 with four runs scored in the win. Also recording a perfect night at the plate was Joey Mittower, hitting 4-for-4 with three runs. Dave Keiser had two triples and finished 3-for-5 with three runs on the night for Rambl’in. Also on Sunday, favorites Westernville Legion was victorious versus B-52s, 16-4.

Evening rain shortened the Monday games in the Burt Smith League. Before the showers, Team D took care of Rome Pool & Spa’s Squad with a 9-4 victory on the near field. Wes Jackson and team captain Steve Pantola each went 3-for-3 with three runs scored for Team D. Dematteo’s beat NYC Style Barber Shop on the opposite field, 17-7. Team D and Dematteo’s are now atop the standings at 2-0. Later games were postponed to a later date.

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