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New Era remains undefeated in men's softball play

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SCH/SFD team member Bill Harris keeps his eye on the ball as he swings at a pitch in men's softball league play earlier this week. The squad, which represents Sunnyside Community Hospital and the Sunnyside Fire Department, will look for its first win of the season next Thursday when it plays the Wild Boyz team.

With a pair of wins this week, the New Era team maintained its perfect start to the Lower Valley Men's Softball Association's 2010 season.

New Era played the SCH/SFD team on Tuesday this week and prevailed in a doubleheader sweep.

Scores weren't available for the games, but SCH/SFD's Damian Ramos in the losing effort went 3-4 at the plate.

With the pair of victories, New Era improved to 4-0 on the season.

In other action this week, Team Impact/El Valle (TI/EV) and Wild Boyz split a doubleheader on Tuesday. TI/EV won the first game 8-4 and lost the second 6-3 to the Wild Boyz.

Dave "Chief" Palomarez was 5-7 for the day with two home runs for TI/EV, and teammate Gilbert Briones was 4-4 in the game one victory.

An early challenger to New Era's fast start is the SL/D team, which improved to 5-1 with sweeps over the Krush and SCH/SFD.

While SL/D pitcher Jeff Bentley handcuffed the Krush on Wednesday night to just five runs combined in leading his team to 11-2 and 11-3 victories, Bob Sarmiento Jr. delivered at the plate for SL/D with a 6-7 day.

Other hitting stars on Wednesday for SL/D were Russ Bentley (5-8 with a home run) and Tony Gonzalez (4-6).

SL/D extended its win streak to five games last night, Thursday, with the wins over SCH/SFD. Dave Sanchez, Tony Gonzalez and Sarmiento all homered in the 20-5, 19-0 sweep.

SL/D, the LVMSA's defending champs, will take on early frontrunner New Era next Thursday in a key league match-up.

LVMSA Standings

New Era 4-0

SL/D 5-1

Krush 3-3

Wild Boyz 3-3

TI/EV 3-3

SCH/SFD 0-6

NOTE: Standings, stats and scores are presented as reported by LVMSA coaches.

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