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Two-time defending champ OFSC back in title series

GI’s second baseman Nick Parise shows the ball after tagging OFSC runner Jim DeStefano. DeStefano was called safe on the play.

GI’s Mark Giglio connects for a hit during the Moosic Old Forge Men’s Softball playoffs this week.

GI’s pitcher Mike Lettieri throws to first base for an out.

OFSC third baseman JJ Thomas throws across the diamond for an out at first base as shortstop Jared Yanniello looks on.

OFSC shortstop Jared Yanniello makes a play to first.

Old Forge Social Club second baseman Mike Wincovitch makes a play to first during his teams win over GI’s Bar.

photos by rick notari

GI’s catcher Dan Zaykowski is upended after taggin out Mike Ferrit on a play at the plate.

The Moosic-Old Forge Men’s Softball League playoffs got into full swing this week with two semifinal matchups that featured the two-time defending champion Old Forge Social Club versus the red-hot GI’s Bar, and Café Rinaldi against the top-seeded Moosic Diner.

On Thursday, Moosic Diner evened its series with Rinaldi’s with a 19-9 win to force a third and deciding game on Monday at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will take on OFSC in the title series beginning on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. The Social Club swept GI’s Bar in the other semi with a 19-4 win in Game 2 of its series.

The semifinals started Wednesday night at Pagnotti Park in Old Forge with OFSC and Café Rinaldi picking up opening game victories. OFSC was the second seed entering the playoffs and took a 1-0 lead on GI’s with a 17-5 win, while fifth-seeded Rinaldi’s beat Moosic Diner, 13-2.

Moosic Diner and Social Club finished the regular-season tied with 21-7 records but The Diner earned the top-seed on a tiebreaker.

GI’s Bar (18-10) was third, while Caramanno’s Deli (17-11) was fourth. Milano’s Steak House (10-18) finished sixth, Old Forge Glass (8-20) was seventh, and Jigsaw Johnny (1-27) was eighth.

In the opening round of the playoffs, Old Forge Glass upset Milano’s in the play-in series, 2-0. OF Glass was ousted however in the next round by third-seeded GI’s Bar by the scores of 15-10, and 25-21.

Café Rinaldi battled back from a 23-8 loss in the opening game to upset Caramanno’s to take Games 2 & 3, 19-13, and 17-15 to stay alive.

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