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Power Club Bats Down the Ninjas

As its name implies, Bill and Tony's Power Club packs a wallop in the Norwalk Parks and Recreation Wood Bat League. Pitching, defense and timely hitting are part of the equation, too.

Billy and Tony's won its third straight league championship Wednesday night with a 12-0 victory over Ninjas at Calf Pasture Beach. Pete Tucci's two-run single in the fifth gave the team the run-rule victory.

Billy and Tony's set the tone in the first inning with a two-out, four-run rally. Mike DePalma's RBI single drove in Dave Dunkelberger with the first run. Joe Ceruzzi added an RBI single, and Tony Lucione's two-run single completed the scoring. Tucci's booming triple and Kevin Remson's sacrifice fly in the second inning staked pitcher Dave Liberatore to a 6-0 lead.

"We got a lot of big two-out hits the whole game,'' manager Tony Cappuccia said. "We had a lot of clutch hits."

Dunkelberger ripped two hits and scored three runs. Remson went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. DePalma collected two hits and scored two runs, while Ceruzzi went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Tucci had two hits and three RBIs.

Liberatore surrendered five hits, and his team played flawlessly behind him. Ninjas did not have a runner reach third base.

Bill and Tony's went 10-4 during the regular season to finish second behind the Gators. The Ninjas (9-5 regular season) advanced to the championship with a 12-5 win over 99 Bottles earlier Wednesday.

"They're a good team, and they remind me a lot of this team when we were younger,'' Cappuccia said. "We all started when we were in our 20s." If Ninjas wants to win the league, they will eventually have to knock off Bill and Tony's. "We'll be here,'' Cappuccia said.

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