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WNTN SOFTBALL 1999

Season Recap

While their 13-8 final record may be impressive, the 1999 season will go into the books as a disappointing one for WNTN, coming off back to back trips to the championship round of the Needham Community Softball League playoffs.

The loss of five impact players (Pete Smith, Greg Kassabian, Keith Garland, Ron Burnett & Ron Hobby) was too much for the club to overcome. While they tried to replace them with Pete Bosader, Chuck Texiera & Brian Pacheco, participation, chemistry and lackluster contrbutions from some veterans sent this team to an early vacation.

Sometimes statistics can prove valuable when analyzing what goes wrong. WNTN finished fifth overall in the 13 team league but posted only two wins all season against squads above them. And one was a first round playoff victory over Roche Bros. Normally a spectacular hitting team, the overall average was an alltime low of .430. Starters Ted Argentieri (.324) and Mike McLean (.290) suffered off-seasons at the plate. Jeff Miller hit .167. Veteran Rob Rudnick had his first sub-500 season at age 43, going 15 for 38 (.394).

Three reliable regulars (Darren Roy .620, Mike Hluska .612 and Dave Higgins .550) supplied most of the offensive spark. Higgins was slowed by a late season groin injury. George Langdon (.462), Mike Donley (404), Bosader (.437), Texiera (.421) and Pacheco (.418) had spurts of success at the plate, but slumped at the end.

Defensively, shortstop Mike Hluska is still one of the league's best, but the loss of two other great fielders (LF Pete Smith & 2B Greg Kassabian) hurt. Rick Barsam filled in admirably at C, Mike Donley was solid at 2B and Dave Higgins, Darren Roy and Brian Pacheco roamed the outfield well.

If the 2000 version of the WNTN softball team is going to get back to championship caliber, a lot will need to be addressed in the off season. Age, speed and conditioning are a few of those things.

1999 Schedule/Results
Record: 12-6 Playoffs: 1-2

Date Opponent Time
Wednesday April 28 CAFE LAMPARA 18-2 W
MacAdam Painting 4-20 L
Wednesday May 5 The Quest 17-2 W
Tuesday May 11 Daddy-O 23-5 W
Tuesday May 18 BUDMEN 17-0 W
Thursday May 27 THE QUEST 12-5 W
Thursday June 3 Crows II 14-9 W
R & R 9-21 L
Tuesday June 8 Roche Bros. 5-6 L
Monday June 14 FUBARS 12-4
Smoothies 8-9 L
Tuesday June 22 Nellys 12-1 W
Crows II 4-2 W
Thursday July 1 COKE 10-8 W
MacAdam Painting 7-11 L
Wednesday July 7 ROCHE BROS. 3-5 L
Thursday July 15 NELLYS 9-4 W
MacADAM PAINTING 6-5 W
Wednesday July 21 Roche Bros. (playoffs) 11-9 W
Monday July 26 ROCHE BROS. (playoffs) 1-7 L
Wednesday July 28 ROCHE BROS. (playoffs) 1-6 L

1999 Statistics

BATTING               G   AB   R   H  HR  RBI   AVG  2B  3B  BB  K  S
 1 Darren Roy        18   58  22  36   2   29  .620   2   2   2  0  1
 2 Greg Narleski      2    6   1   2   0    1  .333   0   0   0  0  0
 3 Dave Higgins      19   60  23  33   2   22  .550   4   1   6  0  1
 4 Ted Argentieri    12   37  10  12   0   11  .324   0   2   1  0  3
 5 Keith Ryan        14   20   3   5   0    1  .250   1   0   3  0  0
 6 Mike Hluska       18   62  30  38   0   15  .612   2   1   5  0  0
 8 Rick Barsam       19   36  10  14   0    9  .388   1   0   3  0  1
10 Mike Donley       17   47  13  19   0    6  .404   2   0   4  0  3
12 Steve Freeman      6   16   2   4   0    2  .250   1   0   0  0  1
15 Jeff Miller       17   30   4   5   0    5  .167   0   0   0  0  1
16 Brian Pacheco     14   43   7  18   0    9  .418   0   0   0  0  0 
17 Keith Garland      4    7   3   1   0    0  .142   0   0   2  0  0
20 Danny Farren       2    7   2   4   0    3  .571   0   1   0  0  0
21 Mike McLean       21   55   9  16   0    1  .290   1   0   1  0  0
22 Pete Bosader      15   48  12  21   1   21  .437   1   2   4  0  1
23 George Langdon    20   67  31  31   1    7  .462   3   1   4  0  0
25 Rob Rudnick       21   38   3  15   0    6  .394   2   0   1  0  1
26 Chuck Texiera     11   38  10  16   3    7  .421   0   0   0  0  0 
28 Greg Kassabian     5   14   4   8   1    4  .571   0   1   0  0  0
31 John Toyias        2    6   2   3   0    4  .500   1   1   0  0  0
  
   T O T A L S       21  704 203 303  10  168  .430  21  12  36  0 13


PITCHING       APP   IP   R  eR   W   L   ERA    S
Jeff Miller     15   68  57  45   6   3   4.63   4
Rick Barsam      1    7   5   5   0   1   5.00   0      
Ron Burnett      4   19  20  15   2   1   5.52   1
Keith Ryan       8   26  29  23   4   1   6.19   2
Dave Higgins     5   19  30  24   1   2   8.84   1


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