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Thrilling start to new season filled with homeruns BY PATRICIA ENGEL FOR THE ISLANDER Summer is winding down, kids are back in school, andplayers are back on the diamond. The Catalina Co-Ed Softball League opened their season Thursday night. For the first time in co-ed his- tory, there is a team with three generations playing on it. Straight Up Builders has mom Gracie Romo, son Larry Hernandez and grandson Anthony Hernandez. That's how it is living in a small town. First game had Bravo's Landscaping take on Straight Up Builders. Bravo's Landscaping got off to a good start with a solo home run from Justin Hernandez. A base hit was followed by a double from Ryan Hinkley, then two more base hits to bring home three more. Straight Up Builders answered back with a solo homerun from Josh Flynn. Straight Up Builders turned a walk into a run in the second. In the third, Bravo's Landscaping's Justin Hernandez opened with a double and later scored. Defense ruled the next inning. In the fifth inning Ryan Hinkley hit a double for Bravo's Landscaping, but was left strand- ed at third. In the bottom half, Danny Alonso hit a double for Straight Up Builders, but was left there. In the sixth inning the bats woke up again. With one out, Oscar Tejeda hit a double for Bravo's Landscaping. With two on, and two out, a base hit brought home a run, fol- lowed by a walk, then the inside the park Grand Slam from Isaac Felix. A total of five crossed the plate. In the bottom of the inning Robert Reyes had a double, fol- lowed by the inside the park homerun from Larry Hernandez. In the seventh and final inning Justin Hernandez had his second double of the night. He was left stranded at third. Straight Up Builders got their last at bat, but left a runner strand- ed at first. The game ended with the score Straight Up Buidlers 4, Bravo's Landscaping 10. For Straight Up Builders, Danny Alonso collected two hits. Josh Flynn, Robert Reyes and Larry Hernandez had one hit. For Bravo's Landscaping, Justin Hernandez was four for four. Right behind him was Oscar Tejeda at three for three. Ryan Hinkley, Rolando Gonzalez and Pictured is Anthony Hernandez, Larry Hernandez and Gracie R0mo. Three generations on the same softball team. Courtesy photo 1 #1 item for skydiving 2 Rear of vessel. 4 Digging tool 5 Atypeface 6 Have you lost your ____ ! 8 Sumptuously rich and luxurious 9 Easy to cut or chew, not tough 11 of events 13 Aslight earthquake 14 To throw gently 16 Sunscreen factor 19 Quickly remove from its place 20 Go up a incline or slope Across: 3 Driving adventure. 4 Lazy and slovenly person. -7 Fall behind 9 Present in wines 10 Electric cigarette 12 From Summerto Winter 13 Sudden feeling of excitement 15 Submarine eye. 17 Plant in the mint family. 18 Relating to the entire world 19 Kissafrog, geta _ Isaac 'Felix had two hits. With one hit were Joe Hernandez, Tyler Engel, Tino Rodriguez and Maria Reyes. Game two between Coyote Joes and The Lobster Trap turned into a thriller. In the beginning, Coyote Joes scored two off Allan Vega's home run. In the second, Coyote Joes kept the offense rolling with a walk, three base hits, and doubles from Allan Vega and Lalo Campos. A total of six came home. Defense ruled the next two innings. Coyote Joe's added another run in the fifth when Allan Vega opened with a double and later scored. The Lobster Trap woke up in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, The Lobster Trap used a walk, four base hits, doubles from Jimmy Felix and Valeria Medina to bring home seven. In the bottom of the sixth The Lobster Trap took their first lead of the game with four more runs home. In the seventh and final inning, Coyote Joe's tied the game on the two RBI inside the park homerun from Allan Vega. The Lobster Trap got their last at bat and opened with a base hit and a walk. With one out, Edgar Octavo hit the walk off single to bring home the winning run. Final score Coyote Joe's ll, The Lobster Trap 12. For Coyote Joes, Allan Vega was four for four. Jose Cuevas, Lalo Campos and Matilda Motija had two hits. Frank Rojol Francisco Bravo, Ron Bevins and Yoli Montano all contributed one hit. For The Lobster Trap, Nick Morones, Jimmy Felix, Edgar Octavo and Valeria Medina all had two hits. Chuy Sillas, Manny Hernandez, Yafet Mangesh t, Juan De La Cruz, Lupe Sanchez and Erica Mussing collected one hit. m ~B A WWll veterans shares personal tales of combat BY BILL THOMAS FOR THE ISLANDER As one soldier who truly expe- rienced 565 days of combat, I will describe a few moments of combat. We sailed out of the New York Harbor on a converted troop ship that was part of a sixty- ship convoy. We sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, destination unknown. Prior to any actual battles, as our convoy was sailing off the coast of Portugal, in an area known as "Torpedo Junction" (due to the great number of ships that had been sunk by German submarines,) we experienced the explosion of one of our ship's boilers. We thought our ship had been torpedoed by an enemy sub. The boiler was repaired so our ship was able to merge back into our original position in the Combat, Page 15 12 ! Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER