AUBURN — NAPA Auto Parts’ men’s softball team opened its season in the Auburn Players League Upper Division with an 8-7 win over fierce rival Haggerty Construction at Pettingill Park.

Haggerty started the scoring with a two-run home run in the top of the first, but NAPA answered immediately scoring three runs in the bottom of the frame. The first four batters reached base, including an RBI single by Wayne Usher, followed by a two-run double by cleanup man Denney Philippon.

Haggerty added runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 4-3 lead entering the bottom of the fifth, when NAPA finally jumped back into the score column with an RBI sacrifice fly by Darryl Vannah, scoring Clay Phillips, who had taken advantage of a walk in his at bat.

NAPA then fell behind 5-4 in the top of the sixth before plating four runs on four hits and a walk, all without recording an out. The hit parade included an RBI triple by Kevin Pontbriand and RBI singles by Wayne Usher, Kasey Clark and Phillips. Haggerty showed its grit by scoring two runs in the top of the last inning, falling one short.

Pontbriand (2 for 3 with a triple, an RBI and 2 runs scored),  Usher (2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored), Philippon (2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBIs and a run scored), and Clark (2 for 3 with an RBI) led the NAPA attack. Demetrius Starks (1 for 2 with a walk and 2 runs scored) and Phillips (1 for 2 with a walk, a run scored and the game winning RBI) both helped the cause.

NAPA looks to extend its season-opening run against defending league champion Gipper’s in its next game.

Mount Auburn Dental wins co-ed opener

AUBURN — Mount Auburn Dental kicked off the Auburn Co-ed softball campaign with a thrilling 13-11 victory over Average Joe’s.

The dentists were paced by Todd Cote, Jess Kelsea and Matt Morin with four hits apiece. Brian Ricker chipped in with an inside-the-park home run. Kris Profenno was the winning pitcher, striking out six.

The team would like to thank Dr. James Helmkamp and the entire staff at Mount Auburn Dental for their support of the team this year.

Auburn Rec scores

AUBURN — Auburn Parks and Recreation softball scores:

Men’s Lower

J-Mac’s Concrete 16, Advanced Orthotics 1

K&K Excavation 13, Main-Land 12

The Gamers 12, Assassins 3

Cascades 19, RCG Carpentry 14

Men’s Middle

Sea 40/Butler Bros. 11, State Farm 9

Outlaws 17, Jersey Boys 2

Fire House Grill 11, Buckfield Mall 10

Schemengee’s 8, Tail Gators 6

Skelton, Taintor & Abbott 13, Pepsi 12

Men’s Upper

Turn Key Homes/Varney Agency 7, Minot Gun Shed 6

Gipper’s 9, Poland Auto 8

NAPA 8, Haggerty Construction 7

Riverview Dental/MFFCU 28, Center Street Dental 17

Co-Ed Lower

Sons of Pitches 6, LSS Saints 4

Buddy T’s 16, Redemption Hill 1

Red Snappers 8, P&G 1

Co-Ed Middle

Dominators 6, Green Monstahs 2

George’s Pizza 6, KP’s Place 1

Center Street Dental 7, Fontaine Family Realty 5

Co-Ed Upper

Platz Nation 6, Corporate Intelligence 5

SWAT 15, Pedro O’Hara’s 10

Red Snappers 9, Wolf Pack 4

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