Los Vatos Locos tops 46-team bocce league

WILMER PARK — Los Vatos Locos scored three points in the final frame to overcome Rolling Stoned in the championship game, 17-16, on Oct. 21, punctuating an unbeaten fall season in Ye Olde Towne Bocce League.

It was a wild finish between the top finishers in the Tuesday night (Rolling Stoned) and Thursday night (Los Vatos Locos) sessions.

Behind the one-two punch of team captain Freddy Araujo and his mother Betty Araujo, Los Vatos Locos took an early 5-0 lead.

It appeared to be a commanding lead, but proved to be not an insurmountable lead.

Paul Mied scored Rolling Stoned’s first point to end the shutout, and then Nancy Carter and Judy Mied picked up points in the next frame to shrink the deficit to 5-3.

Following captain Beryl Kemp’s lead, Rolling Stoned stayed close at 7-5, but then Los Vatos Locos scored four points in a row to pull in front, 11-5 — the largest lead of the afternoon for either side.

A rare four-point frame — Nancy Carter (two points), Kemp and Judy Miel — pulled Rolling Stoned back into it with the deficit down to 11-9.

Again there was another big swing in momentum with Betty Araujo punctuating a run of three points in a row to extend the spread to 14-9.

That’s when Kemp and her Rolling Stoned teammates asserted themselves by scoring the next seven points to get to within game point, 16-14.

Kemp tied it up at 14.

There were three lead changes in the next frame, with Paul Mied bumping a Los Vatos Locos ball away from the pallino to secure two points for his team.

But Los Vatos Locos rallied in the next frame to secure the come-from-behind win.

Los Vatos Locos finished with an unblemished 8-0 record, which included a semifinal victory over 1/2 A Dirty Dozen for bragging rights among the Thursday night teams.

In the other semifinal, Rolling Stoned eliminated Happy Watermelon.

At the end of the regular season, there was a four-way tie for first with Rolling Stoned, Happy Watermelon, Scalawags and Boccelaureates all coming in at 5-1.

Using points scored as the first criterion to break the tie, Rolling Stoned and Happy Watermelon were still deadlocked as each side scored 101 points.

Rolling Stoned came out on top in a comparison of points allowed — 64 by Rolling Stoned and 74 by Happy Watermelon.

Rolling Stoned’s team consisted of Nancy and Zane Carter, Mary Valenti, Scott Gornell, Paul and Judy Mied,
Beryl Kemp and Dave Burgevin.

Valenti and Gornell were not there for the championship game.

Los Vatos Locos was there in force as Betty Araujo, Freddy Araujo, Ian Park, Michael Connaire and Michael Nordstrom successfully defended the championship they won in the spring.

All told, there were 46 teams with about 400 players.

The fall season is only six weeks long, compared to 10 weeks in the spring.

For the first time, Washington College had an entry — players from the men’s lacrosse team.

“They were a fun addition and everyone enjoyed their participation and are looking forward to them rejoining us next year,” league Commissioner Frank Hurst told The Evening Enterprise in an email.

Ye Olde Towne Bocce League started in the fall of 2013 with a modest goal of attracting 25 players.

Instead, the turnout was 66 — enough for 10 teams.

The league has flourished, with hundreds of players in both the spring and fall seasons.

Hurst has been essential to the league’s success.

To mark the league’s 10th anniversary and celebrate its founder, biggest supporter and commissioner for life, the mayor and council declared Saturday, Oct. 21 as Frank Hurst Day in Chestertown.


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