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Loose Caboose first baseman Brian Hobson caught a throw from shortstop Dewey Langhorne to get Rob Allen of Wedel Signs out in the second inning.
Perhaps Wedel Signs doesn’t like playing in the rain. That could be one explanation for why it put an early end to its Riverhead Men’s Softball League game against Loose Caboose on Monday night.
Another explanation, though, may simply be Wedel Signs’ busy bats.
Wedel Signs turned its offense on full blast, cranking out 28 hits in a 28-2 rout of Loose Caboose at Stotzky Memorial Park. The game, played in heavy wind and intermittent rain, was stopped after five innings because of the league’s 15-run mercy rule.
Mark Miloski, an outfielder batting sixth in the order, knocked in seven runs himself on 4-for-5 hitting. He fell a home run short of hitting for the cycle, and undoubtedly would have had a homer had not strong wind gusts held him to a two-run triple off the left-field fence in the second inning.
Charlie Zilnicki had opened the scoring for Wedel Signs (15-8) with an in-the-park homer in the first for the first two of his four runs batted in.
Three Mikes had big games for Wedel Signs. Mike Mowdy added four RBI, two of them coming on a double, and Mike Drozd brought in another four runs himself. Mike Bieber went 4 for 5 with a double.
Loose Caboose (5-18) was held to six hits, two of which came from leadoff hitter Fred Ligon.
Wedel Signs broke out to a 6-0 lead in the first, and stretched that lead to 9-2 by the second and 15-2 by the fourth. But a 13-run fifth by Wedel Signs in the fifth did much of the damage. The first seven batters that inning delivered hits, and Wedel Signs fueled the rally with 14 hits.