The Corner Café softball team blended together some classy veterans
with some high energy youth to win their 17th championship in the
North End Softball League. The Corner entered the playoffs as the one
seed posting a 9-1 regular season record. In the semi-finals the
Corner swept away Bricco with a two game to none series sweep. The
victory set up a rematch of last year as the Waterfront Café had
knocked out Cobblestone Café, 2 games to 1, to advance and meet the
Corner.

The highly anticipated finals lived up to the billing as the Corner
won two games to none with two hard fought victories. The scores of
8-7 and 9-8 indicated just how close these games were. Both games were
back and forth battles that came down to the last at bat. With
Waterfront’s Kevin Szczesuil and The Corner’s Steve Passatempo
throwing gas on the mound, these games came down to defense and clutch
hitting. The Corner, with playoff savvy veterans like Anthony Coppola,
Michael Murphy and Andrew Madden leading the way, also mixed in the
energy, speed and power of their younger players like Mike
Martignetti, Nico Irano, Rick Martignetti, Matt Murphy and Kevin
O’Sullivan to squeeze out both wins. The Waterfront were game in
defeat but at the end of the day is was business as usual and The
Corner claimed their 17th title for owner Richie Longo.

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After the game the Corner was serenaded with a championship rap
written and performed by player/entertainer Marc “Metro Saint”
Contrado.

Shown in the top picture:

Front row: Mike Unwin, Andrew Madden, Anthony Coppola, Mike Murphy Jr,
Michael Martignetti
Back Row: Michael Murphy, Nico Irano, Matt Murphy, Stephen LaBella,
Steve Passatempo, Mark Contrado, Ricky Martignetti, Kevin O’Sullivan,
Ralph Martignetti and Sherm O’Shaughnessy

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