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Emeralds have outstanding team weekend
Oct 29, 2018, 1:03 pm

After being off for several weeks the Emeralds came out in game one rusty and it showed being blanked for the first time in the first inning...but after that the team hit it's stride. Every player had at least one hit and 9 of the 10 had at least 2. Each player also scored at least 1 run enroute to a 23-10 win over the Reds. The team was powered by Rookie Sam Cassell hitting for the cycle...Rookie Ronny Mendoza going 4-5 with 2 HR and Rookie Erick Soeth 3-5 also with a HR and 5 RBI. We saw the return of our lockdown 3B Freddy Bareaez which was a nice lift for the team and vets Garreth Johnson and Rick Halperin each have 3 hits. 

Game 2 was the long awaited showdown against the talented Lake Monsters and the game did not disappoint. The Monsters jumped out early with a 3 run blast by captain Lawrence and the Emeralds come in and start with a donut in their turn in the first. We answered with 4 in the second and third then were blanked again in the 4th and 5th...we came in the last of the 6th with time out and down 13-8 with the top of the lineup up and the heart to never quit. The inning started with 3 straight hits by Sam, Tony Macaluso and Sean Greeley...then the monsters got 2 outs...the Emeralds had to really bear down and they sure did really off 5 straight hits by the bottom of the lineup (AGAIN) which they have time and time again this season and we were able to tie it up.  We went into extra innings shutting out the monsters and we were able to come in and scrap again and get the walk off run and win 14-13.  Tony Macaluso was huge in this game going 5-5 with 4 runs and 2 RBI. Freddy was 3-4 Rookie Chris Salva was 3-4 and HOF Rick Halperin was also 3-4.

Game 3 vs. the Red Wings again saw us down in the first after again giving up a homerun (our pitcher can't keep anyone in the park). But this time the Emeralds answered with 4 in the bottom of the first to take the lead.  We were able to keep the barrage up and scored at least 1 run every inning leading to another 18 runs. Ronny Mendoza paced the Emeralds this game again going 4-5 with another dinger and 4 RBI. Freddy belted out 4 hits going 4-4 with 3 RBI and Garreth was again 3-4.

Gems for the day:

Freddy Bareaez: 9-12 1-2B 6 runs 5 RBI
Ronny Mendoza: 10-15 3 HR 6 runs 10 RBI
Rick Halperin: 8-11 7 runs
Garreth Johnson: 8-11 5 runs 2 RBI
Sam Cassell hit for the cycle in game 1.

Scrappers split
Oct 8, 2018, 10:51 pm

Game 1-  Scrappers face the pesky Fireflies.  In a game of we score, they score, we get help from Mike Cohen's 2 blasts and Jimie Simeone's base loaded salami.  Took a 17-11 lead into the final inning.  Generously gave back 5 runs but stranded their tying run at second for a 17-16 victory.

Game 2-  Made Greeley's Emerald's shine by giving up 10 in the first.  Played even the rest of the way and lost 16-7.

Mike Cohen- 6-8, 2 homers, 8 RBI's, 6 runs scored.

Brandon Yamauchi- 5-7, 5 runs scored. 

Emeralds not a passing fancy, stone cold ballers
Oct 8, 2018, 6:29 pm

Game 1 against one of the best pitchers ever in Shalom...John Banta.  We got one in the top of 1 but they answered with 2...got another in the 2nd...then in the 3rd 4th 5th and 6th the bats got hot posting a lot of crooked numbers.  Had solid defense and evey player had at least 1 hit.

Game 1 Gems:

Garreth Johnson: 3-4 2 runs
Ronny Mendoza: 5-5 2 runs 1-3B 4 RBI

Game 2 vs. Rookie captain Barry Epstein saw the Emeralds hold the scrappers on the top of the first then come in and plate 10. Emeralds had every player score at least 1 run and 1 hit. With again solid defense and strong hitting the game stayed in hand with the good guys winning 16-7.

Game 2 Gems:

Garreth Johnson: 3-4 1 run 1 RBI
Ronny Mendoza: 2-3 sac 1 run 1-2B, 3 RBI

Lake Monsters drop 2
Oct 8, 2018, 4:29 pm

The streak had to come to an end sometime....

Keeping this as short and sweet as possible.  Shorthanded and out of position we lost two.  We didn't play well enough in any phase of the game to win over the Blue Jays or the RedWings.  We were 10 for 29 in game one thanks to some really good pitching by John Hauf and 15 for 33 against Winsor.  We will look to bounce back next week as we have two tall orders looming with the Emeralds and the Fireflies with nearly a full squad and two weeks remaining in the regular season.  

This week's POW:  No one

This week's ROW:  No one

DASH Continue Win Streak with Another Sweep
Oct 8, 2018, 2:27 pm

Game 1 - Field 4 vs Alexanders Hot Rods

The Dash did not get off to their usual early lead. But, did put up 5 runs in the 2nd and continued to strike each inning thereafter.  David Warren lead off the 2nd with a single and Johnny Manjarrez & Ryan Greenberg followed suit. The big blow in the inning came on Cody Strull’s 1st in the park home run of the season. Cody hit a nearly identical shot in the 4th and ended up with another round tripper.  Unfortunately, the Dash were just short of a run rule in the 5th. Then in the 6th the Dash put it away with hits throughout the line up. However Jeremy Pease pulled a hamstring on the way to 3B and is lost for the season.

Game 2 – Field 4 vs Runey’s Rockies

The game started as a pitcher’s duel and it appeared the Dash may be missing Pease’s bat. But, the bats came alive the 2nd time through the order on a rally started by Dustin Madlock with the Dash scoring 4 runs in the inning and 5 the next inning to put the game out of reach. Tyler Samsel, Ryan Greenberg & Johnny Manjarrez kept the NO FLY ZONE alive with great defense and Cody Strull shored up the infield with diving stops, 2 unassisted double plays and two 1-6-3 double plays.

POW  Cody Strull with great defense at SS. Atleast 6 diving stops and multiple double plays. 2 HR

ROW  Johnny Manjarrez 5-7, BB, 2B and solid right field defense.

Dash Win 2 With Defense, Timely Hitting & Speed
Oct 2, 2018, 11:29 am

Field 9 vs Myers Red Wings

In true Dash fashion, the team jumped to an early lead by scoring 4 in the first inning and adding more in the 2nd, 4th & 6th. Strong defense kept the Red Wings down with only 3 runs through the end of 6. In the 7th, with the Red Wings starting to mount their come back, Jeremy Pease skied atleast an inch over the left field fence to rob JJ Eusay of a towering homer (that was actually out). That played really put a damper on the Red Wings and kept them to 4 runs in the 7th for another Dash win.

Field 8 vs Casper Knights

Once again, the Dash puts runs up in the first, but only 1 more in another defensive battle through the first 6 innings. Down 3 runs in the top of the 6th, the Dash put 4 runs on the board . Then in the 7th, the Dash added 5 more to put the lead out of reach. The Knights made a Valient comeback, but ended 2 runs short. Great defense all day by Jeremy Pease!



Jeremy Pease 7-9, 6 runs, 6 rbi double, triple GREAT defense in left field including robbing JJ Eusay of a home run.

Lake Monsters Collect 2 more W's
Oct 1, 2018, 11:27 am

Game 1, Field 5 @ The Hot Rods

This game started out much like all of the others, score a couple of runs in the first, give up a handful in the first and right the ship from there.  Knoxy and John Burke collecting Ribbies in the first knocking in the Kaz/Ortega combo, down 4-2 after one.  No scoring by either team in the 2nd.  Top of the 3rd the floodgates opened for 6 in the top half of the frame.  RBI collectors in this inning, Lawrence (2), Johnny Burke and Knoxy again with 1 a piece and Jeff Radanof with the other.  The score after 3 1/2, 6-2 Monsters.  Top of 5 rolls around with back to back doubles by Kaz and Ortega (2nd on the game) who collected an RBI on his.  Lawrence RBI single and a bases loaded walk from Kendal Anthony for an RBI would notch the 3rd run of the inning.  That was basically all she wrote at the Monsters would surrender only 1 more run in the bottom of the 5th, the final score, Monsters 12, Hot Rods 5

Kazda:  3 for 4, 3 runs, 3b

Ortega:  3 for 4, 4 runs, 2 doubles, RBI

Burke: 3 for 4, Run, 3 RBI

Knoxy 3 for 4, 2RBI

Rads:  2 for 3, 2 RBI


Game 2, Field 4 @ The IronBirds

Shocker!  Monsters start off with 1 in the top of the 1st, surrender 4 in the bottom giving up only 2 more runs the remainder of the game.  The 6th inning was a doozie, sending 11 to the plate, scoring 6 in the frame. Adwild Perez walks, back to back hits from Tommy Baer and Craig Einhorn, Fielder's Choice by Kaz, consecutive RBI singles from Ortega, Lawrence, Roosevelt Gonzalez, SacFly by Burke, RBI single from Knoxy and the lead ballooned to 7-4 in the span of 10 minutes.  A game IronBirds team pushed it to 7-6 going into the top of the 7th.  

Top of the 7th sees Kendal Anthony start with a leadoff single, Tommy Baer single, Craig Einhorn (3 hits on the game) comes up with an RBI single, Ortega RBI single and a bases loaded Lawrence walk.  The Monsters were up 10-6 going into the bottom of the 7 with 3 extra insurance runs and that is all they would need to win, 10-6.  

Einhorn:  3 for 3, Run, RBI

Tommy Baer:  2 for 3, run

Rads:  2 for 3

Blue Rocks win 2!
Sep 30, 2018, 8:51 pm

The Blue Rocks won a pair of 1 run games by defeating the Knights 7-6 and the Scrappers 3-2.  In the early game, Captain Banta accounted for 4 RBIs on 2 hits and a SF.  Darren Kammer came up with the game winning SF in the 6th.  The Blue Rocks played great D all day and sub Brad Earls made a sensational catch running out to left for the game sealer. 

In the late game, brilliant pitching and tight D helped the Blue Rocks escape with a 3-2 victory.  Not a lot of offense, but key hits by Allsbruck, Kammer and the elder Forniglia were just enough for this game.  The game winner was provided by a SF from Banta scoring Schnitzer from 3B.  

Kuddos to the Jeremy Wagner, Josh Forniglia, sub Brad Earls and Brian Dickerson for flashing the leather with game saving defensive gems.

Knights come back to win 2
Sep 20, 2018, 9:26 am

The Knights played a very close game with the Baby Js in their opener, and unfortunately despite having multiple opportunities to come back and close out the game, were unable to seal the deal.

In their following games against the Red Wings and the Red Sox, the not-red Knights surrendered 4 runs in the first inning to each team, and then held them down to win 17-7 and 12-4 respectively. Darius Wu was a modest 8 for 8 in these two games, with a 50% home run rate. He actually hit 5 HRs on the day.

Gary Frank was the player of the game in the first game, going 3 for 3 with 3 extra base hits.

Darius stole the show in the next 2 games, but John Unell was also 5 for 7 with 2 walks, exceeding his walk total from the entire Spring season in just 1 weekend.

Jason Hanlin also had a big bases loaded 2 RBI single in the game against the Red Sox, instigating a nice multi-run inning.

John Unell has been commissioned to perform an anti-rain dance this weekend. We're all very excited to see how he does.

Baby Jays Enjoy Some Meatloaf!
Sep 18, 2018, 4:54 pm

The Baby Jays enjoyed winning two out of three this last Sunday and that ain't bad.  I could bore our poor readers with the mundane details of the 3 games but all that can really be said is Defence, Pitching, and CBASS.  First, The Jays offense struggle throughout the day but was ancored by a strong defense led by Paul VillarroelRyan Alford, and Sean Brinkman, which allowed the Jays to stay in each game winning 2 and coming just short in the 3rd.  Second, the Jays would be nowhere without the steady pitiching and calm leadership of John Miller.  Last and not least, ending the day with a Brandon"CBASS" Alford in the park walkoff will allow any team to leave the park happy.  

Hitting Stars:

Paul Villarroel = 7 hits and 6 runs

Ryno "Back Plate" Alford = 5 Hits, HR, 4 RBI, 2B

Nick Barr = 5 Hits HR and 8RBIs

Larry "Comish" Silverman (but don't call him Silverman...you can call him Larry, or Mr. Silverman, or as my son calls him the gross guy who spits) = 5 Walks!

Troy Tennyson = Last we heard he joined a new team in Thailand and has yet to be seen???  More to come in later articles.  

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The Emeralds dominate on both sides of the ball
Sep 17, 2018, 10:32 pm

I had a great article that took me 30 minutes to write then the damn site deleted it so going to sum it up quickly...

Game 1 Emeralds win 20-11 scoring 4 in 1st, 5 in the 2nd, 4 in the 4th and sealed it with 7 in the 6th.

Gems of the game:

Sam Cassell: 3-4 1 run, 1-3B, 2 RBI
Sean Greeley: 3-3 3 runs, 1-HR, 5 RBI

Game 2 Emeralds stay rolling with a 16-10 victory scoring in the first 4 innings and 5 of 6 innings.

Gems of the game:

Sam Cassell: 3-4 3 runs, 1-3B, 1-HR, 2 RBI
Sean Greeley: 4-4 2 runs, 1-2B, 3 RBI
Mitch Zimmerman: 4-4 4 RBI

Game 3 The Mean Green explode for a 32-3 run rule with EVERY batter having at least 2 hits and EVERY batter scoring at least 2 runs.  We scored in all 4 innings and batted around in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and had back to back HR by rookies Ronny Mendoza and Erick Soeth.

Gems of the game:

Sam Cassell: 4-4 5 runs, 2-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI
Tommy Apligian: 4-5 4 runs, 1-3B, 3 RBI
Sean Greeley: 4-5 3 runs, 3-2B, 6 RBI
Ronny Mendoza: 4-4 3 runs, 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 RBI
Erick Soeth: 3-4 2 runs, 1-2B, 1-HR, 2 RBI
Mitch Zimmerman: 3-3 2-BB, 4 runs, 1-2B, 3 RBI

ROW Sam Cassell 10-12  10 runs  9 RBI  2-2B, 2-3B, 2-HR

POW Sean Greeley 11-12 8 runs, 14 RBI, 4-2B, 1-HR

Blue Rocks Win a Pair
Sep 17, 2018, 8:53 pm

Starting the day 0-2, the Blue Rocks began on Field 9 vs the Reds where the sun played a factor in both team's offensive struggles early on.  Facing the daunting task of being down 6-1 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, the Blue Rocks mounted a typical Shalom League come back by plating 6 runs for the walk-off 7-6 victory.  Walks by Ron Forniglia, Larry Schnitzer and Greg Ritter and a timely hit by Josh Forniglia set up a bases loaded walk-off 2 RBI hit by John Banta sealing the victory.

In game 2, the Blue Rocks faced Red Sox on Field 4.  This one was all Blue Rocks as the Rocks coasted to a 15-6 victory.  The younger Forniglia, Ritter, Banta, Brian Allsbruck, Jeremy Wagner, Darren Kammer, Ryan Fields, Ben Enlow and Brian Dickerson all gathered in 2 hits a piece.  The big offensive blow in this game was 3 run inside the parker by Kammer.  

Game 3 found the Blue Rocks back on Field 9 facing the league leading Lake Monsters.  This was a close competitive game that found the Blue Rocks on the losing end of a 9-8 walk-off.   J. Forniglia, Ritter, Enlow, and Banta all had 2 or more hits.

Our POW is Darren Kammer- 5 hits, 7 RBIs, HR, 2 2Bs

Lightning Bugs prove they are for real
Sep 17, 2018, 3:02 pm

Game 1 Fireflies Vs. Emeralds

            Fireflies lost 20 to 11 to the Emeralds.  This is honestly one sentence more than anyone wearing a Fireflies jersey wants to hear about that game 😉


Game 2 Fireflies Vs. Hot Rods

            The Fireflies came from that very disappointing loss to the Emeralds and decided to leave that game where it was, in the past.  The bugs quickly opened a lead by batting around in the first inning and honestly didn’t look back.  We quickly remembered what our gloves were for and played defense the way that we know how and protected the lead that the offense lead by leadoff man extraordinaire Donald Prim spotted us to.  The middle of the order (Ryan Driggers, Jason Naranjo, Tim Jamieson & Andy Williams) up its GLOWING ways while going a combined (12 for 16, 2-2b, 4-hr, 7 runs & 9 ribi’s).  Not to be outdone the bottom half of the order lead by BDS, Dwayne Henson & Brian Alvara supplied 10 hits, 5 runs & 7 rbi’s.  And when you add to this the fact that we found a backup pitcher (Let’s face it we all know the bug’s pitcher is as wheels off as they come) it was a very good bounce back game for the Fireflies.


Game 3 Fireflies vs. Rockies

            This game started off just where the last one left off with the Flies scoring runs behind that powerful top of the lineup, but the Rockies did a great job of shutting down the momentum that we had going.  You can blame it on the sun or the triple header if you want but I personally blame it on those guys wearing purple for playing very tight defense behind some good pitching.  All I know was this game was way too close for my comfort entering the late stages of this game and thankfully the bottom half of the Fireflies lineup took control as time ran out in the top of the 6th lead by a lead off single by Jim Finley which was followed up by base hits Alvara, Ricks, Keller and then a bases clearing bomb by leadoff man Prim.  Thankfully for the good guys this 5 run inning was enough to hold off the Rockies.  Hats off to them I can’t imagine having to play a triple header in that heat with only 9 guys. 






Ryan Driggers: 9 for 10, 1-BB, 3-1B, 6-HR, 10-Runs & 11 Rbi’s



Donald Prim: 9 for 11, 6-1B, 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 9 Runs & 5 Rbi’s


Other Noteable Performances: 

Jason Naranjo: 2 Home Runs & 5 Rbi's on his 1st 2 swings of the season

Brian Alvara: 6 for 8 with 1-BB & 2 Runs

Andy Williams: 7 for 11, 6-1B, 1-HR, 3 Runs & 4 Rbi's & Pitched a few innings to the Hot Rod's Murders Row

DASH experience Heartbreak, Depression & Finally Elation
Sep 17, 2018, 2:24 pm

Game 1 – vs Lawrence’s Lake Monsters, Field 4

In one of the best games in the history of DFW sports, the Lake Monsters and Dash fought for 11 innings before the Lake Monsters Prevailed 9-8. Both teams showed great defense as they battled back and forth. With the Dash down by 1 in the bottom of the 7th Johnny Manjarrez led off with a singled and scored to tie the game. The Lake Monsters went up by 2 in the 8th then in the bottom Jeremy Pease & Tyler Samsel set the table and Scott Greenberg singled them home to tie the score again. Neither team scored in the 9th, then the Lake Monsters went up by 2 again in 10th. In the bottom it was Pease and Samsel setting table and scoring again to tie the score. In the final frame, the Lake Monsters went up and the Dash were unable to answer.


Game 2 – vs McDonald’s Reds, Field 9

The Dash did not show their normal speed and resiliency. The Dash must have been tired and still bothered by losing the 12 inning heartbreaker and lost 13-1.


Game 3 – vs Nisqonger’s Ironbirds

Cody Strull energized the Dash with a lead off single and the Dash was back. Both teams played strong defense. With the Dash down 6-5 heading into the bottom of the 6th, Brian Strull got things started with a double to the fence. The Dash scored 3 in the 6th and held on to win.


POW – Johnny Manjarrez 7 for 10 and some great defense in Right Field

ROW – Johnny Manjarrez   7 for 10 and some great defense in Right Field

Lake Monsters collect a hard earned sweep, win 3
Sep 17, 2018, 12:21 am

Game 1 @ Greenberg's Dash, Field 4.

This one should be an instant ESPN Classic.  12 total innings played in this game to decide a winner.  This game was a back and forth affair with a ton of great defense played by both teams combined with equally great pitching matching Scotty Greenberg against Johnny Burke.  The score was tied 5-5 after 7.  The Monsters collected two runs in the top of 8 from an Ortega double, RBI Lawrence Double followed by a Rosie Gonzalez single.  The Dash answered back with the "speed kills" top of their order powered by Strull and Samsel.  A scoreless 9th by both teams.  The 10th had huge RBI's by RG3 and Knoxy knocking in Kazda who'd singled to start the inning and Lawrence who singled as well.  Again, the Dash wouldn't go away with two of their own in the 10th.  Each team had a scoreless 11th inning.  The 12th inning rolls around, two quick outs, a Lawrence double off the left field fence, an intentional walk to RG3 and up steps Johnny Burke to deliver the go-ahead RBI single scoring Lawrence on the play.  Making the score 9-8 after 12 and a half.  The Dash couldn't answer back to tie and the Monsters outlast a very game Dash squad.  

Roosevelt Gonzalez/RG3/Rosie:  5 for 5, 2 RBI, IBB, Vacuum at 3rd Base

Lawrence:  5 for 6, 3 Doubles, RBI, 3 Runs

Johnny Burke:  Cy Young pitching and Game Winning RBI


Game 2: Vs. Runey's Rockies, Field 1

This was a bit of a mismatch from the get-go.  The Rockies were undermanned playing with only 9 on a big field.  The Rockies started the top half of one by plating 3 runs.  The Monsters started the scoring with the Kazda/Ortega combo, Kaz single and Ortega hits one about 3/4 up the light pole, off said pole, a majestic shot.  Side note, he never saw a strike the rest of the game which was quite disappointing, he does pay to play so pitch to him, please. 

The Rockies scoring was done until the 5th.  The Monster inning came in the 4th sending 12 to the plate.  RG3 continued his perfect day leading off with a double and later scored on a Knoxy RBI single.  Tony Lowery chipped in with an RBI single of his own, Einhorn had a bases juiced RBI single. Kaz had a 2 RBI double and RG3 ended the inning with a triple, his second extra base hit of the inning.  You ask how did that end the inning?  Well, let's just say the wrong plate was touched to stop the Rockies bleeding.  That was all it took to wrap this one up with the Monsters coming out on top 14-4.

Kaz: 2 for 3, 2b, 2RBI, 3R

Ortega: Light Tower Power 1 for 2 with nothing else to even swing it the rest of the game

RG3: 4 for 4, 2B, 2 Triples, 2RBI, 2 Runs

Johnny Burke: 3 for 4, 2b, RBI, 2 Runs

Knoxy: 3 for 3, 2B, RBI, Run

Lowery: 2 for 3, RBI, Run

Tommy Baer:  2 for 3, RBI


Game 3, vs Blue Rocks, Field 9

This one pitted 2, 2-0 teams on the day.  The Rocks came out with 4 in the top of 1, first time all year the Monsters defense was a little leaky, chip away was the mantra.  Kaz doubles to start the top of the 1st, Ortega has a double to knock Kaz in.  RG3 had a Sac Fly to plate Ortega, 4-2 Rocks after 1.  Banta and good Rocks defense held the Monsters in check, Rocks 6 Monsters 2 through 4 1/2. 

Bottom of 4, Ortega 2B, Lawrence BB, RG3 single and up steps Johnny Burke with the bases drunk.  Bases clearing double for Burke and a huge RBI single by Radanof to knock Burke in knotting the score at 6. 

Rocks score 2 in the top of the 5th and the Monsters don't answer.  Nothing in the top of the 6 for the Rocks, 8-6 going into the bottom of 6.  Ortega leads off with a solo shot, Lawrence does the same thing, back to back HRs to tie the score 8-8.  Rocks go quietly in the top of the 7th. 

Bottom of 7, tied 8-8, Adwild Perez steps up and delivers a leadoff single, 2 quick outs, Kaz comes up clutch with a single, runners on 1st and 2nd with Ortega up and gets an unintentional/intentional walk.  Bases juiced, two outs, score tied, Lawrence with a ball to Right Field over the outstretched glove of Darren Kammer and that's a wrap, Monsters win 9-8 moving to 5-0 on the season.  

Great team win!  Great heart and never give up attitude!  Battle-tested and ready for the next opportunity!

Ortega: 3 for 3, 2 Doubles, HR, 2RBI, 3 runs scored after successfully touching the right plate 3 straight times!  YAY!! :)

RG3:  2 for 2, SF, RBI

Monsters POW and Rookie of the week:

Roosevelt Gonzalez:  11 for 11, SF, 2b, IBB, 2 3b's, 4 Runs, 5RBI and most importantly, GOLD GLOVE Defense

Emeralds have a couple of Gems...take 2 to open season
Aug 28, 2018, 8:36 am

In Captain Greeley's long awaited return to the coaching ranks the team came out strong and spotted him 16 runs in the top of the first inning sending 21 players to the plate. 11 of the 12 scored and 11 of the 12 had at least 1 hit in the inning. We went quietly in the second then scored 2 more in the 3rd and was held scoreless again in the 4th. But with our stellar defense and holding the Rockies scoreless it was a run rule at the end of the 4th. Not only was the offense on point but the defense throwing a shut out in game one was outstanding. Turning a couple double plays and strong everywhere.

Gems for game one:

Mitch Zimmerman 3-3 1 run 1 RBI
Tommy Apligian 2-3 1-3B, 1-BB, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Garreth Johnson 2-3 1 run, 2 RBI
Tony Macaluso 2-3 1 run, 3RBI

Game 2 vs. Greenburg's Dash

The dash came out strong with 6 in the top of the first with some good hitting and a little help from us. The Emeralds answered back with 3 in the bottom of the inning with a 2 run blast from rookie Ronny Mendoza. The guys in green were trailing the whole game but never quit chipping away with a run in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd then another big inning tying it in the bottom of the 5th with 3 more. The Dash stayed on us putting another run up in the top of the 6th as time ran out taking an 11-10 lead. In the bottom of the 6th Garreth Johnson, Chris Salva and Rick Halperin all came up HUGE with 2 singles and a walk turning over the lineup and getting it back to the top where rookie Sam Cassell came up big with a bases loaded double scoring the tying and winning run with an awesome walk off come from behind win 12-11.

Gems for game two:

Ronny Mendoza (ROW candidate) 2-3 1 HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI
Tony Macaluso (POW candidate) 2-2 1 BB, 1 run, 1 rbi
Garreth Johnson 3-3 (clutch hit to start the 6th) 1 run

Iron Birds week 1
Aug 27, 2018, 2:59 pm

Game one field 9 VS. Preseason favorite Blue Rocks.

The visiting Iron Birds jumped out to an early lead in the first inning thanks to a 3 run double by Eric Clausen. Micheal Barth shut down the rocks in the first two innings with the help of a home run robbing leaping catch from stud LCF Matt Shwarts.  Four more runs were put on the board in the third inning as Eric Clausen comes to the plate and hits a 3 run dinger making the score 8-0.  Banta's Blue Rocks fought hard and put up 3 in the bottom of the third and 2 in the bottom of the fourth making the score 5-8.  Matt Shwarts showed off that he is more than just a pretty glove and hit a solo fence bomb to make the score 5-9 as the Iron Birds win the first game of the season.

Game two field 5 VS. Scrappers.

Three runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning along with some VERY questionable calls sent the Iron birds to the bottom of the 2nd inning down 7-0.  But, this Iron Birds team has not quit in them as they rallied and sent 6 straight hitters to the plate each getting a single and plated 5 to close the 2nd inning 7-5.  Going into the bottom of the fourth inning the Birds were down 11-5 with 12 minutes left on the clock.  It took 15 batters to run out the 12 minutes and Birds win with a final score of 11-15 running away with it.  Highlights from the last inning include Super Sub Nick Croce denting the fence with a base clearing triple and amazing zone awareness by the Bird hitters as they recieved three bases loaded walks.



Knights split with solid performance
Aug 27, 2018, 2:56 pm

In their opener against the Reds, the Knights scored 4 in the top of the first off a Darius Wu grand slam, and then struggled in the bottom of the first, surrendering numerous errors and giving up 6 runs. Darius Wu responded with a 3 run homer in the top of the second, and the Knights gave up only 1 in the bottom of the second to bring the game to 7-7.

In the top of the third, the Knights added on 7 more runs off of singles from Wayne Casper and his son John Unell, a walk from Matt Casey, a 2 RBI double from Rohit Gulhati, a 2 run homerun from Matt Ruckel, a triple from Darius Wu who then scored on a sac fly from super-sub Joel Cerefice. The Knights shut the Reds down in the third and fourth innings, and added 4 more runs on in the top of the 5th, including a bases-loaded 2 RBI double from Joel Cerefice after an intentional walk to Wu, which was followed by another 2 RBI double from Michael Borque.

Wu was solid both at SS and LCF, Ruckel took over SS in the third inning and made several excellent plays, including a double play on a snagged linedrive, Matt Casey made an excellent catch in RF to deny an extra base hit, and John Unell had an excellent catch in RF as well as playing a solid first base.


In their second game against the Lake Monsters, the heat had taken its toll on the offense, and things were much quieter. The heat also seemed to be distorting the air behind home plate, resulting in a very strange and inconsistent strike zone.

The Knights did not score until the third inning, when Gary Frank got things moving with a leadoff hit, resulting in 4 runs scored after follow-up hits from Rohit Gulhati, Matt Ruckel, Michael Borque, and JC Burks.

Despite an excellent effort in the final inning, resulting in 4 more runs scored to bring the score to 9-8, the Knights were unable to keep the Lake Monsters' Jeff Radanof from hitting a game-winning sacrifice fly. The Knights are looking forward to rematching the Lake Monsters in the playoffs in a full on 12v12.


The Dash Score Early & Split
Aug 27, 2018, 1:30 pm


The Dash came out of the gate quickly and put 5 runs up in each of the first three innings while the fireflies were fluttering around. Johnny Manjarrez (2-3) had some timely hits and 3 rbi. Play of the game by Tyler Samsel who was playing shallow and raced back to catch one over his shoulders while sprinting toward the fence, proving the Dash outfield is a NO FLY ZONE. The Fireflies mounted a comeback, but good defense prevailed and the comeback was thwarted.

Tyler Samsel 4-4, 2 rbi, 3 runs scored

Scott Greenberg 3-3, 2 rbi, 3 runs scored, BB

Johnny Manjarrez 2-3, 2 rbi, 1 run scored

Brain Strull 2-3

Ryan Greenberg 1-1, 2 SAC, 3 rbi



The second game started similar to the first as the Dash, dashed across the plate 6 times in the first inning, led by Jeremy Pease’s in the park homer. The scoring slowed after that and the Dash failed to hold the Emeralds in the final inning after taking the field with a 1 run lead.

Tyler Samsel 4-4. 1 rbi, 3 runs scored

Cody Strull 3-4, 2 runs scored

Ron Roberts 2-3

Brian Strull 2-3


Player of the week Tyler Samsel 8-8. 6 Runs Scored, 3 rbi

Fireflies era begins with split
Aug 27, 2018, 12:02 pm



To say the Fireflies season started off badly would be an understatement.  The Fireflies took the field looking confident sporting the league’s best-looking jersey and logo but very quickly that confidence was shaken.  The Dash lived up to their name and before you knew it the score was 10-2 the bad guys (thank the Lord the scoreboard was broke).  It would be easy to blame the shaky start on some of the talk about how bad the team was going to be but that’s not it.  It’s plain and simple we played bad.  We had great players making dumb errors in the field and honestly, I had just met some of our team and didn’t know where to play them on defense.  Good thing the game isn’t just a 2-inning game because in the 3rd we started to figure it out.  Our leadoff hitter Donald Prim found a way on and then was quickly knocked in from a blast by Rookie of the Year candidate Ryan Driggers which was followed up by another fence clearing shot from Tim Jamieson which was followed up by two more runs to make it a respectable score heading into the 4th.  It’s no surprise to anyone wearing the glow in dark jerseys that once we figured out where to play everyone in the field that our defense shored up and actually gave us a chance but we had just dug ourselves too big of a hole.  Unfortunately, the play of the game was made by Mr. 4 – 10 himself (Tyler Samsel) when he robbed Brian Ricks of a momentum shifting double with a Willie Mays style catch at the fence.  While the Lightening bugs came up short in game 1 it was still an encouraging game because once we figured out our defense we were a totally different team.



This game could not have started any differently than game 1.  The Fireflies took the momentum they had earned from coming back in game 1 and applied it towards the Blue Rocks.  The Blue Rocks came out swinging and put up several in the 1st inning and I know some in the bright green had to be thinking “here we go again” but we were able to shut them down and keep the damage to a minimum.  We then came in and did what we do best and that’s score runs.  Lead by our leadoff man extraordinaire Donald Prim (4 – 4 with 4 runs) the bugs answered back with 5 of their own in the bottom of the 1st.  This is when the defense of the Fireflies pretty much started to take over.  Over the next several innings with some stellar defense and lucky pitching the Fireflies held the vaunted Blue rocks offense to just 2 runs for a total of 7 for the entire game.  While the bugs were flashing the leather, they did not forget that to win the game you need to hit the ball and we did that in a big way.  Everybody on the team got on base at least once and all but two reached safely multiple times helping put up 18 runs on the scoreboard and this was all without a home run from our powerful top of the lineup.  This is what I’d call a perfect team win



All I can say about this team is that buried beneath all the chatter about the funny name, the logo and the crazy draft strategy this is a pretty talented group of guys who seem to be an even better group of men.  I look forward to playing out this season with you.   Who knows where we will finish in the final standings or even if we will make the playoffs, but I can promise you one thing that we will have fun while we are out there and that is what this league is all about. 



Tim Jamieson:  6 for 6 – 1 bb, 3 2b, 1 hr, 7 rbi’s & 5 runs all while playing both corner outfield positions and adding much needed protection to the middle of our lineup



Ryan Driggers:

4 for 5 – 2 bb, 1 2b, 1 hr, 4 rbi’s & 5 runs while batting 2 hole and playing great defense at SS



Jim Finley: 6 for 6 with 5 singles & 1 double along with 2 rbi’s

Adam Karabinos: 5 for 7 with 5 singles, 3 runs & 6 rbi’s

Brian Ricks: 2 runs scored with 2 rbi’s all while playing multiple positions in the field & in his 1st ever slow pitch softball game










Lake Monsters Collect 2 W's
Aug 26, 2018, 10:46 pm

Game 1, Field 8, Home vs. Epstein's Scrappers

The Monsters got out of the block quickly in this one.  4 runs in the bottom of the 1st highlighted by Brian Ortega taking his frustrations out parking one, driving in Kaz who led off with a single.  Rosie Gonzalez also had his first career Shalom hit with a triple.  John Burke followed Rosie's triple with a triple of his own.  The 2nd inning was even better than the 1st, Monsters sent 10 to the plate, scoring 5 with extra-base hits by Kaz, Lawrence, Rosie Gonzalez (again).  9-1 after two complete.  After the 2nd inning, the offense quieted down a bit plating 4 more the rest of the game.  The Scappers lived up to their name, fought back valiantly only to come up a bit short.  Pitching and defense were also a very vital part of the W!

Ortega: 2 for 2, SF, BB, HR, 2B, 3RBI, 3 runs

Rosie Gonzales:  4 for 4, (HR shy of the cycle), 2 Runs, 3 RBI

Johnny Burke:  3 for 4, 3B, 3RBI, Run

Adwild Perez:  3 for 3, 2 runs and some gold glove defense not just in this game but all day long.

Game 2, Field 8 home vs. Casper's Knights

This was a bit of a defensive battle in the early going with not a ton of scoring.  The first inning only netted 1 run with again an Ortega missile most likely closer to the street than the fence it went over.  The 3rd inning was when the scoring came in bunches.  Adwild leads off with a walk, Kaz singles, Ortega walks, Lawrence double with bases loaded plating 2 and the Monsters finish with 4 in the frame.  

The 4th inning was the turning point of the game.  Leadoff single from Tony Lowery who hit into some tough luck all day, Kaz walks, flyout to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd, intentional BB to Lawrence to load'em up for the big guy, Rosie Gonzalez who came up with a CLUTCH single plating 2.  Burke caps off the inning with an RBI single bringing the Monsters total to 3 for the inning and 8 for the game up to that point.  

The Knights fought back to take the lead in the top of the last inning 9-8.  Bottom of the last inning rolls around with a leadoff single by Ortega followed by a Lawrence single moving Ortega to 3rd.  Once again Rosie (RG3) knocks in Ortega to tie the game 9-9.  Runners on 1st and 2nd, Burke hits a pop up to shallow right, Lawrence tags from second to third.  1st and 3rd, 1 out and up steps the man of the hour Jeff Radanof.  Rads hits a ball to right field, Lawrence safely tags from 3rd and Rads is the hero for this game.  

Keys to the victory, Burke keeping the meat of their order relatively in check, mostly solid defense, save for one leaky inning, patience at the plate graciously taking 6 free passes, 5 of those free passes led to runs scored (walks are a killer) and clutch hitting by Jeff Radanof and our Rookie of the week Rosie Gonzalez.  

Kaz: 2 for 3, BB, 2Runs

Ortega:  2 for 3, BB, 3Runs, HR, RBI

RG3:  2 for 3, BB, Run, 3 Clutch RBI

Knoxy: 2 for 3, RBI, BB

Rookie of the week:

Roosevelt Gonzalez:  6 for 7, 3B, 2B, 7RBI, 3 runs

Player of the week:  

Brian Ortega:  4 for 5, 2HR, 2B, 4RBI, 6 runs, 2BB

Great team wins and great momentum builder going into the off week.  Well done gentlemen!

Baby Jays Are Back!!!
Aug 26, 2018, 6:06 pm

     The Baby Jays are back and no its not 2013.  This is the new and improved Fall version and once again they are WINNING (well really just a split but still pretty good).  Game one found the Baby Jays up agianst the 1st pick Alexander Hotrods who I can now report "hit ball far."  The Rods lost a few of their brand new dozen Tattoos as they defeated the Baby Jays 14-6.  

Jays Higlights Game 1:

Ryno 3-3 w/ 2b, RBI, and became the first in league history to touch the wrong home plate

Baby J w/ 2-3 bb, 2R

Cbass w/ 1-1 SF, 2B, BB, 2RBI

Brinkman w/ 2-3 2RBI

     In game 2 the Baby Jays faced off with another Rakofsky's Redsocks team.  The Baby Jays had a tough time getting the offence started but the 4th inning the game began to turn when it saw a massive 2 run Ryno bomb , the 6th saw a Nick Barr 3 run dinnger, and the 7th witnessed back to back from Ryno and Barr to lead the Jays to a 10-8 victory.  Defense was solid across the board and looking to be a very formitable unit.   

Jays Highlights Game 2:

Paul Villarroel w/3-4 2B, 3R

John "Champion" Hauf w/3-4 2R, RBI

Ryno w/3-4 2HR, 3R, 5RBI

Nick Barr w/4-4 2HR, 4RBI 2R

Troyleen Tennyson 2-3 solid d

John Miller w/ great pitiching all day

Daniel "Fancypants" Buhrow...no one looks as good in Royal as you :)


TRANQUILO!!! O's win 3 to set up Rematch with Astros
Aug 6, 2018, 11:13 am

Coming in to the day we had to win 3 games to stay alive.  A one game at a time approach pitted us against the 4th seed Red Sox.

Game 1 vs. Red Sox- The Sox bolted out to a 2-0 lead after one but we answered with 6 to take the lead we would never relinquish.  Defense started out shaky but great pitching by John Burke held it down.  We would pound our way to a 15-5 victory.

Game 2 vs. 1 seed Rockhounds- Moving to field 1 would surely benefit the offense and boy did it.  A tight game early as we fell behind 3-0 after 1.  We drew to within 1 in the 2nd but the Hounds answered with 2 to go up 5-2.  John Burke went to work and held them to just 2 more runs the rest of the way and our offense flexed its muscles again.  In the 3rd inning, a Matt Swarts walk followed by back to back doubles from Burke and Justin Reed and a 2 Run HR by the captain gave us a 6-5 lead.  The fireworks capped it off in the 7th.  Back to Back to Back to Back HRs from Justin, JJ, Nick Barr and Arevalo Gonzalez put it out of reach.  Final score 16-7.

Game 3 vs. Mets- The Mets had the benefit of rest after their loss to the Astros and came out fresh and hot plating 4 runs in the top of the 1st.  Our offense stayed hot and answered with 6 to take the lead.  We would add on another 6 in the 2nd to go up 12-4.  But the Mets refused to go away.  They would score 11 runs over the next 3 innings and we went into the 7th inning clinging to a 16-15 lead.  After a lead off out JP Neyland singled and Greeley moved him to 2nd on a ground out.  With 2 outs David Shaw crushed a ball to the RCF fence where Matt Shwarts made the catch to end it.  Final 16-15.

What a day for the entire team.  47 runs scored in 3 game, 9 HR in two games and most inportantly 3 wins!  The stage is now set for a re match with the Astros who sent us to the losers bracket with a 3-1 loss.  We will have to beat them twice but we are ready for the challenge.  

Hitting Stars:

Nick Barr: 8 for 9, 2 HR, 3B, 3- 2B, SF, 6 RBI (Cylce in Game 3) and AMAZING defense.

John Burke: 10 for 12, 3B, 2B and Outstanding Pitching

JJ: 7 for 10, 3 HR, 2B, 9 RBI

Justin Reed: 9 for 12, 2 HR, 3-2B, 9 RBI Highlight Reel catch in LCF in Game 2.

Arevalo Gonzalez: 8 for 11, 2 HR, 2-2B, 10 RBI

Thunder Wins To Advance
Jul 30, 2018, 5:31 pm

The Thunder entered the playoffs as a #1 seed having the luxury of a first game bye. They drew the Royals who were a 21-17 winner over the Yankees. After a 3 week layoff, would the Thunder bats be silent as so many other teams experienced in games 1? There was a quick answer as the Thunder struck for 14 in the bottom of the first. Big hits were triples by John Miller, Tommy Baer and Ro Gulhati, followed by back to back to back home runs from Josh Forniglia, Scott Lawrence and Alex Bruu. Leading 15-1 heading into the bottom of the 4th, Scott Lawrence led off with a double. Alex Bruu hit a deep fly to right center in which Lawrence turned on the jets and scored from second with the winning run in a 16-1 run rule.

The win sets up a showdown with the Grasshoppers next Sunday in the finals of the winners bracket. Scott Lawrence led the Thunder with 3-3, Alex Bruu, Robbie Franklin and John Miller were 2-2 and Ro Gulhati and Josh Forniglia 2-3 in a total team effort.

Cubs fly the W, Twice!
Jul 23, 2018, 6:35 pm

The Cubs began the day facing the Expos on field 8 in balmy 88 degree temperature.  The Cubs held a slim lead after 4 by the score of 5-4.  Both offenses made up for the early morning lack of hitting affair by ending the regulation 7 innings knotted at 15 a piece.  In the top of the 8th, the Cubs plated 8 runs on their way to an extra inning doosey win by the score of 23-18.  The 3 big offensive shots by the Cubs were a bases loaded clearing triple in the 1st by Brian Allsbrook, a 3 RBI HR following an intentional walk also by Allsbrook in the 3rd, and game clinching grand slam by Ben Enlow in the 8th.  


In game 2 playing the favored higher seeded Bulls, the Cubs started of slowly, perhaps still somewhat gassed from the extra inning game and change of field locations.  The Cubs scored 4 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 5 in the 5th, and 5 in the 7th.  After regulation, the scored was knotted once again, at 17 this time, forcing the Cubs to play the 2nd extra inning game of the day.  The key plays in this game were a dandy defensive grab at the fence by Reed, a rare Sac Foul to the catcher where Aaron Nutt scored shocking both players and fans alike, and a monster blast by Enlow that may still have not entered the atmosphere.  The Cubs scored 1 in the 8th, and a strategic defensive move held the Bulls scoreless for an 18-17 victory. 


Offensive numbers on the day:


Brian Allsbrook- 3 hits, 3B, HR

Brian Alvara- 2 hits, BB

Ian Contreras- 2 hits

Brian Dickerson- 3 hits

Ben Enlow- 2B, 4 HRs

Aaron Nutt- 4 hits, 4 BBs, run scored on Sac Foul!

Danny Nutt- 6 hits, BB

Paul Rakofsky- 5 hits, BB

Justin Reed- 5 hits, BB

Stuart Rosenfield- 1 hit, 2 BB

Alfredo Sardi- 5 hits, SF

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits, 2 BB


Mets Split and Clinch the 5 seed
Jul 10, 2018, 11:46 am

Game 1 field 1 vs Farin's Yankees

Shorthanded off the bat missing stud shortstop JP Neyland and All Star Killbomber in Arkansas was bad but our Pitcher showed up in the 3rd innning so we played with 9 for 2 innings. Not a lot of highlights for the Mets in game 1 as Shaw was 4-4 and All Star Lee McDonald was 3-4 with 2 HR's. Game got out of hand and the we used the end of game 1 to get ready for the next game


Game 2 field 6 vs Weinfeld's Pirates

The antihesis of game 1...as the visitors we jumped all over the Pirates and every member of the team had at least 2 hits. Shaw/McDonald/O Brien/Hathcock/Machado belted 9 home runs. Ron Roberts had 2 doubles, Madlock/Coffman had 4 hits each and Licurse batting left handed chipped in 3 hits, The Hebbs had 2 hits as well as the Mets cruised to a victory and a bye in the mini tournament.


POW Lee McDonald who ended the year with 20 jacks went 7-8 with a BB and 5 HRS


Red Wings get past .500 again... briefly... again.
Jul 10, 2018, 9:44 am

It was all going right. The Red Wings beat the Red Sox 16-11, and the teams immediately ahead of them in the standings had each lost. The 12-11 Red Wings spent an hour spectating and waiting for their final game against the Astros. 


Despite steadily scoring in the first three innings of the game, the Red Wings were unable to score in the final 4 innings, and lost 14-7 to the Astros, and went from snagging the 4th playoff spot all the way down to the seventh overall position, forcing them to go on and win 2 games in the minis due to tiebreakers. 

All of that is okay though--this team has never liked doing things the easy way.


The Red Wings end of season awards are:

Batting Champ- Sean Greeley, who only hit .779, which he would assure you was not good enough.

Home Run Champ- Brad Parr, who cranked 9 home runs this season.

Golden Glove- Steve Shiller, who played 3 different infield positions, and 3 different oufield positions throughout the year.

Sneaky Slugger- Matt Casey, who accumulated 12 extra base hits by burning unsuspecting outfielders.

The 'Kyle Casper' Award- Jeff Lewin, who used strike outs and swings and misses to lure the opposition into a false sense of security, before he belted the ball to the fence (10 extra base hits).

The Traveler's Award- Mike Cohen, who spent most of the season traveling abroad, and is definitely hoping the Red Wings advance through the minis... and then advance to the second week of playoffs, so he can play his 12th game.

Thunder Rolls To Clinch First!
Jul 8, 2018, 8:57 pm

The Thunder entered the final weekend of the regular season with a top two playoff berth clinched and trying to maintain their number 1 seed. First up were the Bulls who led 3-0 after 1 when the Thunder offense kicked into high gear for ten in the second. Big hits were a lead off home run from Scott Lawrence, a triple from Alex Bruu and a 3 run inside the parker from Josh Forniglia. The Thunder scored 7 more in the 5th with a lead off home run from Josh Forniglia followed by a Lawrence double, Bruu triple and then a big fence home run from Dan Feldman (his first since 2001!), to open an 18-4 lead. The Bulls rallied late to close the final margin to 20-15. The victory was sufficient to clinch the #1 seed over the Grasshoppers.

Game 2 was against the struggling Tigers who were playing with 9 players. The wounded Tigers held a 4-2 lead as we entered the bottom of the 3rd as the Thunder struck for 8. The big hits were a 3 run bomb from Josh Forniglia and a 3 run homer from Dan Feldman, his second of the day and second in 17 years! Better test that guy! Final score was 10-6 as the Thunder scored their fifth sweep in the last six weeks. Final record for the season was 17-7.

POW was Dan Feldman 4-5 with 2 walks, 2 home runs, 4 runs and 5 RBI’s. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 4-6, 3 home runs, 4 runs and 8 RBI’s. Scott Lawrence was 5-7 with 3 doubles and an HR, John Miller 2-2 with 3 walks, Alex Bruu and Badger both 4-7, Kendal Anthony and Robbie Franklin both 3-5 and Ro Gulhati 2-4 with 3 walks.

Grasshoppers sweep into the playoffs
Jul 8, 2018, 7:17 pm

The Grasshoppers rounded out the regular season with a sweep, beating two tough teams from the Handsome Captains Division, Eusay's Orioles, 12-6, and Cuddles' Bulls, 15-4, in an all-orange final day of the season.  

The Hoppers struck immediately as sub Sam Cassell singled and scored on a Tony Martin single and then All Star Brian Ortega homered to make it 3-0.  Cap'n JJ responded with his own 3-run bomb to tie the score.  The G-men kept the pressure on in the second with singles by Player of the Week candidate Donnie Holtmann, Steve Johnson, Rick Lewis, Martin, John Banta, and Grayson Tackett surrounded a Cassell sac fly and Ortega's second homerun of the game, to make it 8-3.  Holtmann and Ortega made stellar defensive plays to keep the Orioles off the board on the second.  Andy Williams started the third inning rally with his second straight single and scored on Holtmann's double ahead of two more G-men, stretching the lead to 11-3.  Justin Reed's solo shot made it 11-4, but Tackett took that run back with a sac fly in the fourth.  After a John Burke triple, Reed hit his second homer of the game to cut the score to 12-6, but Banta's pitching and nifty infield defense kept Eusay's men from getting any closer.  The win guaranteed the Grasshoppers the overall 2 seed in the Goofball Captains Division and a first round bye, so Steve Johnson said bye and John Chung joined the squad.
Game two was on field 7 and again the GHops scored first.  After a 1-2-3 top of 1, a Cassell double, Ortega homer #3, Banta double plus three singles and a sac fly equaled a 4-0 lead that would not be relinquished.  Eric Powers homered to take one run back, but Ryan Fields made two nifty catches in left field to prevent Bull rallies.  Ortega decided to pad his double total with one in the third and one in the fifth, and Banta knocked him in each time.  Sub John Chung tripled and singled as the Hoppers batted around in the fifth to put the game out of reach at 14-3.  All Star John Banta declined relief help and closed out the 15-4 win.
The Grasshoppers finished the season 16-8, one game behind Miller's Thunder and are looking forward to the playoffs.  

Shorthanded O's Deliver 1 Victory and a New Baby soon!
Jul 8, 2018, 3:24 pm

For the first time this season, the O's had to dip into the sub pool and play shorthanded.  A three way tie atop the division created plenty of drama.

Game 1 vs. Grasshoppers-

     Garber came in missing his 2 and 3 but picking up former Rockets PG Sam Cassel proved to be more than a formidable opponent.  They plated 3 in the 1st helped by a bomb from Ortega.  We answered with a 3 run bomb by the skipper.  However, some out of place defenders, shoddy defense and lack of offense proved to be too much to overcome in a 12-6 defeat.  Justin Reed stayed red hot with two bombs.


Game 2 vs. Iron Pigs

     Captain Alford always has his boys ready to play and they were a pesky opponent.  On a short field with the wind blowing out, we needed all the offense we could muster.  The top 5 in the order carried the load with 4 HR and 18 of the RBI coming from the 3,4 and 5 hitter.  Arevalo Gonzalez was 4-4 with HR's from the left side and right side earning out ROW honors.  The Pigs would fight but we held on for a 22-17 victory.

We will enter the Playoffs as the 3 seed and look forward to the challenge.  Amazing season with some awesome players and still more work to do.  Matt and Alicia Shwarts were missing for good reason.  They will be bringing their first child into the world soon as she went into labor this morning.  Mom, Dad and Baby will be raring and ready for the Playoffs on July 29th.

With a little help from our friends...
Jul 8, 2018, 2:23 pm

The Yankees swept the Mets and Red Sox today and vaulted from the 7th spot to the 4th seed in one day. Thanks to their two wins and victories from John Hauf's Astros, Larry Schnitzer's Cubbies and Tyler Samsel's Rockhounds the 3% chance came through and the Bronx Bombers are playoff bound.

Game 1 vs Shaw's Mets: 23 hits and by the offense and some stellar defense from Larry Taub were enough for the 20-10 win. Tommy Apligian and Seth Pepkin each contributed three hits and "The Power Bottom" of Carlos Montesinos, Ozzie Zurita and Mitch Dunn went 6 for 11 and kept flipping the lineup. Jason Niswonger and Doug Wolff both had 3 rbi's and Steve Wedderburn hit a titanic blast to seal the victory.

Game 2 vs Rakofsky's Red Sox- 24 more hits from top to bottom led to another 20-10 win. Erik Clausen and Carlos Montesinos were a perfect 3 for 3. Tommy Apligian had three safties including a triple and fence blast. Jason Niswonger chipped in with 3 hits and two rbi's while Steve "The Bambino" Wedderburn hit three majestic bombs knocking in 6 big runs.

Vamos Yankees!! See you in the Big Dance on July 29th!

Depleted Rangers swept.
Jul 8, 2018, 12:09 pm

The Rangers, unexpectedly played with 9. The task was tall. After scoring 6 in the first 2 innings of game 1 v. Iron Pigs the Rangers were ushered into the minis. Captain Larry will return in 2 weeks. Notes: Blake Jones had 4 hits and 2 Hrs. Nick Croce had 4 hits.

Going Streaking! Not yet...
Jun 30, 2018, 3:48 pm
The Royals came into Sunday having split almost every week so far this season. Some Royals thought about taking cues from Frank The Tank on shedding baggage to go streaking but our first opponent had other thoughts. The Indians brought out their whipping stick and laced line drives all over the field. An 11-4 score doesn’t reflect how thorough the arse whipping was. We’ll see ya in the playoffs Jefe’s!
In the second game, the Royals and Pirates decided to play football. After the Royals put up a touchdown and field goal in their first two innings, the Pirates answered back with a touchdown. The back and forth continued, but in the end, the Royals power running game was too much. The final score was 29-13 and the streak of splits continues.
Kudos to POW candidate JT Pierce for leading the Royals charge!
JT Pierce  3-3,Fence HR, Double, 2 Walks, 4RBI
Jose Baho  4-5, Double, 4RBI
Paul Villaroel  3-4, Walk, 3RBI
Carlos Moran  4-5, Fence HR, Triple, 2 Doubles, 8RBI
Chris Salva  2-2, 2 Walks
Al Valenti  1-2, 2 Walks, 3RBI
Doubleheader Stats:
Royals POW:  JT Pierce  4 - 6, 4 Runs, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 2B, 3-Run HR
Royals ROW:  Paul Villarroel  5 - 7, 5 Runs, 3 RBI, BB

- Carlos Moran

Mets Exact Revenge and Sweep
Jun 25, 2018, 11:29 am

Game 1 vs Schnitzer's Cubs on Field 9

Last time we played Schnitzer's Cubs they annihilated us 31-10 in a game that saw the worst inning in Shalom league history with 25 consecutive runs scored.....This game started the same way as the Cubs launched Home Runs to take a 3 -0 but this game would be different as All-Star Killbomber launched a 3 run HR and got everything tied up . Mets exploded in the 2nd inning Coffman singled/ Roberts & madlock walked and Licursed burned the left fielder and gave us a lead we would not surrender as the top of the order set the table for All-Star Lee McDonald to launch his first of 2 missiles towards the Church parking lot...not to be out done Joe Machado hit a 3 run fence HR to give us extra cushion. JP & Ron Roberts were terrific defensiviley making every play. Licurse was excellent and limited the Cubs damage while the Mets were able to win 15-10.


Game 2 vs Eusay's Orioles on Field 4


Not ideal conditions with the wind blowing in and Rich Lackey behind the plate....but Licurse was masterful and Ron Roberts/JP turned several double plays. Only got one in the first as Shaw was doing stunt work for Coach Traub running the bases and got doubled off.  In the 3rd inning we capitalized on the bottom of the orders timely hits. Roberts single, Madlock doubled and the Hebbs got an rbi knock Neyland/Shaw/McDonald/Kilburn to drive in the runs to take a 6-2 lead that we wouldnt give back. Special props to All Star Clint Hathcock for being excellent defensively and hitting the ball to Left field to beat a shift!

Licurse is our POW for his Clutch hitting and Masterful pitching

Thunder Continues To Roll
Jun 24, 2018, 9:02 pm

The final games of June saw the Thunder draw the Red Wings in game 1. After a 1 spot from the Wings, the Thunder came up with 6. The big hit was a two run double from John Miller. A two run inside the parker from Josh Forniglia (dude is fast!) gave the Thunder a 9-2 lead after two. The Thunder wrapped up their scoring in the fifth with 3 more thanks to a Scott Lawrence double, Alex Bruu triple and singles from Alex Bustillo and Dan Feldman as they held off the Wings 12-8.

Next up was a tough Indian squad. The Thunder started strong with 9 and finished strong with 5, but could only squeak out 3 runs in the middle 5 innings. A barrage of singles in the first inning netted 9. As the Thunder bats went to sleep, the Indian bats awoke to take a 12-9 lead after 3. With time running out on the clock the Thunder was down 12-11 when Steve Hankin hit a huge double scoring Tommy Baer from first with the tie run. Holding the Indians scoreless sent the game to extra innings. A triple from Josh Forniglia, a Scott Lawrence double and an Alex Bustillo 3 run blast started the Thunder out with 4, adding one more for a 17-12 lead. The deflated Indians were held scoreless to end the game 17-12.

Scott Lawrence was our POW with 6-7, with 3 doubles and 6 runs scored. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 4-8, two triples and a home run and 5 runs scored. Alex Bustillo added a sparkling 7-7 with a home run. Tommy Baer and Ronn Forniglia both added 4-7 as the bottom 5 hitters went 17-34 on the day.

O's Split to Create 3-Way Log Jam Atop the Division
Jun 24, 2018, 5:52 pm

A split in the penultimate Sunday of the season leaves us tied with the Hounds and Sox.  Sunday the 8th should be a doozy!

Game 1 vs Unell's Expos

     The first game in a stretch of 4 on fields into the wind saw a low scoring game.  We plated 3 in our first at bat aided by a 2 run bomb by last week's league POW Justin Reed.  He would add his second bomb in the 5th on the front end of a back to back with Nick Barr.  The defense was solid and snuffed out any rally the Expos would attempt to mount.  Matt Shwarts was 4 for 4 in what could very well be his final game before becoming a proud papa!  Final score 9-3 and earning out 15th victory of the season.

Game 2 vs Shaw's Mets

     Field 4 flexed its muscles today.  The Mets got the timely hits to overcome some outstanding defense early by Arevalo Gonzalez and Jeff Roberts.  Unfortunately, we had an atrocious 3rd inning defensively and the Mets took advantage plating 5.  On field 4 in these conditions, a defecit it tough to overcome.  Not much offense to speak of as we dropped this one 10-3.  

     We now find ourselves tied with the Rockhounds and Red Sox for the top spot in the division.  It all comes down to the final week to see who takes this thing.  

Hitting Stars on the Day:

POW: Matt Shwarts- 5/7, 2 RBI, 4-4 in game one.

ROW: Nick Barr- 3/6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI

Justin Reed: 4/7, 2 HR, 3 RBI

Jeff Roberts: 4/6, Some outstanding defense in RF

Arevalo Gonzalez: 3/6, 2 RBI, Amazing defense at SS all day

Jun 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

Ranger Rap

The Gers swept on Sunday for the first time this year!!! That's now 5 of our last 7 and a very definite uptrend. The opener saw the Gers score early and often against a game Tiger squad.  Super subs Jerry Levinson and Travis Wood helped stir the pot in game 1 with 6 hits and 4 RBI's.  Rangers rapped out 20 hits in a 5 inning game and coasted to victory.

The 2nd tilt saw the Rangers explode for 23 runs and 24 hits including 5 HR's....Jared hit the actual lights and his 2nd moon shot.  Blake homered in 3 consecutive AB's and had 8 RBI's in the game. Rangers scored in every inning and put the Cubs away with 7 in the 3rd and 4 more on the 4th....this game also went but 5 Innings.

Ranger Ruby's

ROW Jared Powers  6/7 6 runs  5 RBI's and 3 HR's

POW Blake Jones  4/8  5 runs  8 RBI's and 3 HR's

DR C  6/8  5 Runs  3 rbi's and 2 2Bs

Jerry Levinson 5/8  3 runs  5 rbis  2 2bs

Troy Steele  5/7  4 runs  2 rbis and a  2b

All Star Croce  5/7  3 runs  4 rbis and a 2b

Silverman 4 BB's and a hit

Yanks edge Goldstein but lose to Garber
Jun 24, 2018, 2:38 pm

In game one on Field 5, Goldstein fielded 9 guys most of which he never ever drafted on the Muckdogs. The Subs and Mucks started out strong and took a 7-2 lead into the bottom of the 4th inning. The Bronx Bombers batted 16 in the frame with 12 of them scoring standing up. Steve Wedderburn had a single and double in the inning and Jason Niswonger hit two no doubters (used to be called Ballentine Blasts in the Bronx) and had 5 rbi's in the inning!

The Muckdogs scored a touchdown to tie the game at 14, In the bottom of the last, Ozzie Zurita singled and then Jeremy Pease singled folllowed by another single from Tommy Apligian. The Muckdogs were not happy to see Jason Niswonger stride to the plate with one out and the bases juiced. Jason ended things by one hopping the left field fence as the Yanks won a wild one 15-14.

In game two the "walking wounded" faced Garber's Grasshoppers and all-star pitcher Jon Banta. The Pinstripers managed only 8 hits and lost a wind aided game 10-4. Captain Garber may have hit one of the shortest home runs in League history...

Yankee stars:

POW Candidate Tommy Apligian 5-7 with a double and 3 rbi's

Steve Wedderburn 4-5, sac fly, two doubles and 2 rbi's

Jason Niswonger 3-5, two fence blasts with 6 rbi's

Carlos Montesinos and Ozzie Zurita both 3 for 5 




Red Wings get past .500... briefly
Jun 21, 2018, 12:14 pm

After a solid win 15-12 against the Muckdogs, in which the Red Wings were able to exact revenge after a questionable (read: absolutely terrible) call ended their comeback efforts 2 weeks prior, their bats fell unusually silent against the Pirates on field 8. In only their third time this year to not reach 10 runs in a game, the Red Wings dropped their second game 13-9, and came back to a .500 10-10 record.


Rob Shiller and Matt Casey made some excellent catches in the outfield in an overall solid defensive effort from the Red Wings.


The Red Wings player of the week was Rob Shiller, 4-5, 3B, BB, 3 runs scored, 3 RBIs, excellent LCF play, with a nod to Scott Elfenbein who was 5-7, 2B, and 2 runs scored.

Royals Storm Back to Defeat Diamondbacks, but Settle for Split Doubleheader
Jun 19, 2018, 1:33 am

With the wind blowing in on field 8, Williams’ Diamondbacks cruised to an early 7 – 0 lead against the Royals behind All-Star and former Royal, Randy Ransom’s 3 – 3, 2 2B performance and Jason Naranjo’s 2-run homerun over the right centerfield fence into the teeth of the wind. However, the Diamondbacks’ lead evaporated in the bottom of the third as the resilient Royals cycled through their order, sending 13 batters to the plate, scoring seven to tie the game at 7 – 7. For an encore, the Royals scored four more runs in the next inning.
































What made both innings so impressive is that the Royals scored all 11 runs with two outs, with the bottom of the order serving as the catalyst in each inning.

With one out in the third, Larry Lachman singled, Chris Salva walked, and one out later Al Valenti delivered a clutch, 2-out RBI single to drive in the first Royals’ run, and turn the lineup over to the top of the order with runners on first and second. Paul Villarroel’s RBI single made it 7 – 2, and brought All-Star Jose Baho to the plate, who promptly doubled to make it a 7 – 4 game. Cliff Pollack, Carlos Moran, and Tony Macaluso followed with their own clutch 2-out RBI singles before the final out of the inning was recorded.

The bottom of the order was the catalyst again in the Royals’ 4-run fourth. Lachman singled to lead off the inning. Jaime Aron singled, and Valenti drew a bases on balls to load the bases with one out. One out later, Baho and Pollack delivered back-to-back, 2-out, 2-run singles to enable the Royals to take their first lead of the day 11 – 7. From that point on Pollack was lights out as he yielded four hits and one run the rest of the way, including a 1-2-3 top of the seventh to close out the huge come-from-behind victory.

Jose Baho  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B, GWRBI
Cliff Pollack  2 – 3, 1 Run, 3 RBI
Paul Villarroel   2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 1 RBI
Larry Lachman  2 – 3, 2 Runs
Al Valenti  1 – 2, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, BB

In the nightcap, the Royals took an early 3 – 0 lead against the red-hot Yankees who had just defeated the Thunder in the first game of their twinbill. But from that point on the Royals bats went cold as the Pinstripers outscored the Royals 10 – 3, behind Tommy Apligian’s 3-run homerun over the left field fence in the third, and Larry Taub’s 2-run triple in the fifth, his first triple of the year.





























Moran had three of the Royals’ 12 hits, while Baho and Greg Oetzmann had two hits apiece.

BULLS Survive the 2 ½ Hour Layover to claim a SPLIT
Jun 18, 2018, 10:33 am

Game 1 / Durham Bulls unable to solve the Mets

For the second time in June, the Bulls were unable to solve the Mets. Poor offensive output combined with shaky outfield play allowed the Mets to grab the win in a game that had zero highlights (on both sides).

Key Offensive Performances

Mitch Zimmerman – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

Ray Darragh – 1 for 2 / 2 RBIs


Game 2 / BULLS outlast the pesky Rangers

The short-handed Bulls (lost Aymond to a bad hammy) jumped on the Rangers early and often and were able to hold off the short-handed Rangers (lost Carlos Rodriguez to a knee injury). The Bulls lineup produced from top to bottom offensively, and the defense played much better. The crafty veteran Michael Barth held the Rangers’ power hitters in check until their last at-bat, and by then it was too little, too late. 

Key Offensive Performances

Coach ‘Cuddles’ Haas – 3 for 3 / 2 HRs / 7 RBIs

Ray Darragh – 4 for 4 / two doubles / 3 RBIs

JC Burks – 2 for 3 / HR / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 4 for 4 / 1 HR / 2 RBIs

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 2B / 2 RBIs


POW – Ray Darragh – 5 for 6 / 2 doubles / 5 RBIs

ROW – Ryan Driggers – 4 for 7 / HR / 2 RBIs


A Split For the Thunder
Jun 17, 2018, 7:38 pm

The Thunder drew the Yankees for a Father’s Day tilt. The Thunder was riding a 6 game win streak but some so so defense from the normally steady Thunder defense and two bombs from Jason Niswonger put the Thunder in a 10-3 hole. A two run HR from Alex Bruu sparked a 5 run rally to narrow the gap to 10-8. The Thunder couldn’t pull out any magic in the seventh falling 12-8.

Game two against the Iron Pigs had a much better start as a two run double from Alex Bustillo followed by a Dan Feldman triple netted 4 for the Thunder. Inning 2 saw a grand slam from Josh Forniglia followed by solo blasts from Alex Bruu and Alex Bustillo. Nonetheless, a game Pig squad kept pace 11-7. A bases loaded triple by Josh Forniglia in the sixth maintained the Thunder lead at 18-14. The Thunder scored 2 more to run the final score to 20-14 and a split for the day allowing the Grasshoppers to move back into a tie for first.

Alex Bruu was our POW with 5-6, double, 2 HR’s, 4 runs and 8 RBI’s. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 5-7, double, triple, HR and 7 RBI’s. Other big sticks were wielded by Dan Feldman and Alex Bustillo 4-7, Steve Hankin 3-5 and Kendal Anthony 4-6.

Cubs split
Jun 17, 2018, 7:21 pm

Facing 2 teams that had victories over the Cubs early in the season, the Cubs were looking to play some solid ball while gearing up for their date in the minis with an opponent to be determined.  In the 8 AM game, the Cubs handled the division leading Rockhounds while surprisingly holding their potent offense to only 1 run.  In the 12-1 victory, RF sensation Alfredo Sardi made 3 spectacular catches along with 3 of the routine variety.  Aaron Nutt had a pair of 2Bs, Thomas Kulcak and Ben Enlow each had 2 2Bs and 1B, POW nominee Danny Nutt went 3 for 3 and Brian Allsbrook collected 2 hits.  

In the 9:10 game, the Cubs played solid ball but lost in walk-off fashion to the Red Sox by the score of 12-11.  Kulcak collected 2 hits, Enlow 3 including a 3B, D. Nutt went 4 for 4 (7 for 7 on the day), Jonathan Braun and Brian Dickerson had 2 hits each, and Larry Schnitzer collected 3 hits and 3 RBIs.  Sardi was solid in RF and the infield of Allsbrook, Enlow and D. Nutt was steady.  Kulcak had another strong outing as to be expected from the speedy LCF.


O's Sweep! Tied for 1st Place!
Jun 17, 2018, 6:38 pm

Finding out that the Rockhounds lost game 1 presented us with a great opportunity to pull even for the top spot with a sweep.

Game 1 vs. Conn(less) Tigers

     We played as if we were looking past the Tigers and had to grind this one out.  We took an early 2-1 lead on a 2 run bomb by Justin Reed.  The Tigers would take a 6-2 lead as our offense scuffled.  Down 7-3, we would mount a rally in the 4th to pull even at 7.  Big RBI's by Leo Cova and Arevalo Gonzalez in the inning.  We held them scoreless until the bottom of the 6th with time winding down.  "Mr. Clutch" himself Lewis Zwick got a HUGE 2 out double to break the tie.We would continue to bat out the clock and score 3 more to take the 11-7 victory. 

Game 2 vs Rockhounds

     The stage was set for a huge game for a share of 1st place and the best record in the league.  It started out with both teams swapping a 2 run 1st inning.  Our offense exploded in the 3rd for 8 runs and batting around.  John Burke started it with a triple followed by a single by coach and a 2 run bomb from Justin Reed. Three singles in a row by the bottom of the lineup and a bases clearing 2B by Tim Barnes capped by a 2 run single from Matt Shwarts gave us a comfortable lead.  We would add on in the 4th with 5 more on Justin's 3rd HR of the day and yet another huge 2 RBI Double from Lewis Zwick.  However, as expected, the Hounds would storm back to make it a game with 10 runs over the next two innings.  Going into the 6th we held on to a 15-12 lead and added one more on a David Pinkus triple.  With time expired, we got them 3 up 3 down and joined them atop the division.  They do have one more division win and have the tie breaker at this point.  Great day for the O's.

Stars of the Day

POW Justin Reed 6-7, 3 Hr, 2B, 5 RBI, 4 Runs

Jeff Roberts: 7-7, 2B, 4 Runs

John Burke- 5 for 8, 3B

Lewis Zwick: 3-7, 2-2B, 4 RBI

Tim Barnes: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI


Jun 17, 2018, 3:46 pm

Ranger Rap

Splitzky for the Gers as they take the opener 15-14 over Unell's Expos.  Blake Jones was in Fuego hitting 3 HR's and plating 7 RBI's.  Jared Powers and Nick Croce had 4 hits each as well....and last minute super-sub, Dan Obrien did not make an out the entire day!!! Troy Boy Tennyson also hit two doubles and had 3 RBI's.

Second tilt saw the Bulls hit often and a game comeback by the Gers came up short as they lost 19-14.  Powers once again had 4 hits as did Travis Olander.  Nick Croce had 2 more hits including a Granny and had 5 RBI's total.Franky had a 2B and DR C 3 hits.

POW:  Blake Jones 5/8, 3 HR's, 9 RBI's  5Runs

ROW: Nick Croce  6/8 HR 2B 7 RBI's and 3 Runs

Dan Bailey7/7 with a BB and 7 Runs

Jared Powers with a perfect 8/8 day 5 Runs and 3 RBI's

Travis Olander 6/8 3 RBI's

Troy Tennyson 4 hits including 2 2B's



Yanks sweep on Father's Day!
Jun 17, 2018, 2:15 pm

The Yanks pounded out 21 hits to edge Miller's 1st place Thunder squad 12-8.

Jeremy Pease was a perfect 4 for 4, Tommy Apligian was 3 for 3 with a sac fly and Erik Clausen had a perfect game at the plate going 3 for 3 with a sac fly and 3 rbi's. Doug WolffSeth Pepkin, Ozzie Zurita and Carlos Montesinos chipped in with two hits and Jason Niswonger hit two fence homers with 5 big rbi's!

In game two the pinstripers faced the hot Lachman Royals on Field 9. The Bronx Bombers prevailed 10-6 thx to solid defense and some timely hitting. Tommy Apligian (3 for 3 with a fence homer and 3 rbi's), Larry Taub (3 for 3 with a triple and two rbi's), Jason Niswonger (2 for 2 with and IBB), Seth Pepkin (3 for 3 with a rbi), Mitch Dunn (2 for 2 with two big runs) and Jeremy Pease (2 for 3 with two runs) paced the attack. Doug Wolff's snowcone grab at first staved off a big Royal's rally.

Great job getting back to a .500 record team. Vamos Yankees!

Pirates. Splirsville again
Jun 17, 2018, 12:45 pm

skipper Bob’s Pirates split again. That’s at least 3 weeks in a row. Getting very boring to write about. 2 weeks ago the Bucks lost to Redwinga and beat the Grasshoppers, this week was the opposit. Shalom softball at its finest. I really dont have any stars or goats. Just typical Skipper Bob Pirate softball. Ricky Leon pitched well enough to win two, before his up coming wedding. Best of luck to Rick and his beautiful bride. Have a great wedding and an even better honeymoo. We’ll miss you. So to all, have a great week and let’s win 2 next week. 

Mets Split on Fathers Day
Jun 17, 2018, 12:10 pm

Happy fathers day to All!

Game 1 vs Haas's Bulls

Drew the sun drenched field 9 at 8am and got 2 runs early on hits from JP/Shaw/Lee/Kilbomber. Licurse pitched incredibly well limiting the Bulls highpowered offense to just 2 runs through 5 innings and let the us score for him. Lee McDonald/Clint Hathcock hit fence home runs to give us a 9-2 lead heading to the last inning. Stevey's boys got it to 9-5 with the bases loaded but we escaped with a win.


Game 2 vs Hauf's Astros

Not a lot of highlights as the Astros were clearly the better team as the Mets totaled 5 hits for the entire game. 

Red Wings get second sweep
Jun 12, 2018, 12:37 pm

The Red Wings opened their double header against the Iron Pigs with some solid defense, shutting down the Iron Pigs in the top of the first, and then put together a solid run of hitting through their order--featuring RBI basehits from Michael CohenKyle CasperJeff RadanofDoug Storm, and Matt Casey--to score 6. The next 2 innings were quiet for both teams, until the Piggies scored 2 at the top of 4, and another 1 in the top of 5. After 3 scoreless innings, the Red Wings finally responded with 2 more after Rob and Steve Shiller reached base and Sean Greeley and Michael Cohen each knocked a Shiller in. The Iron Pigs responded with 2 more runs in the top of 6 to bring the score to 8-5. Ryan Lewin led off the 6th with a single, and was promptly scored by a Rob Shiller triple, which he snuck home on after an errant throw, bringing the score to 10-5. With some solid defense in the top of 7, the Red Wings secured the first game 10-5.


Getting things started in the second game as the away team, the Red Wings scored 4 after their first 4 batters reached base. The Iron Pigs responded with a single run in the bottom of 1. Going into the top of 2 up 4-1, the Red Wings batted through their order to score 8 more, and held the Iron Pigs scoreless in the second, third, and fourth innings. Securing 8 more runs to reach a score of 20-2 after 5, the Red Wings forced a run rule and ended the game.


Defensively, Michael Cohen's return was a welcome sight at short, as Rob ShillerBrad Parr, and Matt Casey shut down the outfield. As usual, Steve Shiller was tasked with playing a new position, and solidly held down second as well as RCF. Sean Greeley pitched two solid games, holding the power-hitting Piggies to only 7 runs on a short field. Doug StormRyan Lewin, and Jeff Radanof secured the infield and each made plays, solidifying this as the finest defensive performance of the Red Wings' season, and bringing them back to .500!

Red Wings Player of the Week: Rob Shiller 4-5, 3 walks, 2B, 3B, 6 runs scored, and some outstanding catches in LCF.
Red Wings Rookie of the Week: Michael Cohen 5-7, 4 RBIs, 4 runs scored, excellent SS defense.


Royals Blow Lead, Split Doubleheader with Grasshoppers
Jun 11, 2018, 10:43 pm

The Royals missed a golden opportunity at a doubleheader sweep Sunday evening as they played Garber’s Grasshoppers 13 innings, and Royals’ pitcher, Cliff Pollack, dominated the Grasshoppers in every inning, except one. Unfortunately for the Royals that one inning was the bottom of the seventh in game 1, when Dustin Bone’s 3-run homerun capped a 7-run comeback that enabled the Grasshoppers to emerge victorious, 12 – 11.
































The loss featured two 5-run innings by the Royals, and stellar offensive performances from Carlos Moran and JT Pierce. Moran’s three hits paced the Royals 20-hit attack, while Pierce dialed long distance with a 2-run moon shot in the Royals’ 5-run sixth, his first homerun of the year since his return from the disabled list. Pollack, Pierce, Paul Villarroel, Jose Baho, Tony Macaluso, Greg Oetzmann, and Jaime Aron contributed two hits apiece, while Al Valenti drew two bases on balls.

In the nightcap, the Royals started off slow, but scored their first three runs with two outs in the second and third innings. Travis Woods’ two out single in the second plated the first Royals’ run, while Moran and Pierce drilled two out RBI singles in the third.

It was a very different story in the Royals’ 6-run fourth. The first seven Royals reached base safely via a hit or a walk, as six of them scored to break the game open, 9 – 2. Oetzmann and Larry Lachman singled to lead off the inning. Plate discipline was on full display by the bottom of the Royals’ order as consecutive walks to Aron, Woods, and Valenti produced the first two runs of the inning, and turned the lineup over to the top of the order with the bases loaded and nobody out. Villarroel followed with a huge 2-run single, and Baho singled to reload the bases as the final two runs scored on fielders’ choices.





























The Grasshoppers made one last attempt at a comeback when they scored three in the fifth, but there would be no repeat of their late-game heroics in game 2, as the Royals’ lead was never in danger thanks to Pollack’s domineering performance.

Paul Villarroel   3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
JT Pierce  2 – 3, 1 Run, 3 RBI, GWRBI
Jose Baho  1 – 2, 1 Run, BB
Travis Woods  1 – 2, 1 Run, 2 RBI, BB
Jaime Aron  3 BB in 3 At-bats, 1 Run
Al Valenti  2 BB in 3 At-bats, 1 Run, 1 RBI

Thunder Continues to Roll
Jun 11, 2018, 2:51 pm

The Thunder and the Muckdogs were matched up Sunday night. Both teams came in riding 4 game win streaks but only one streak could continue. The Muckdogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead as the first 5 Thunder players were retired. Dan Feldman broke up the no-no. Robbie Franklin knocked in two and Tommy Baer one to start the Thunder scoring. The Muckdogs continued their home run parade to go up 9-3. Alex Bruu responded with a 3 run blast. The Muckdogs by now were playing with 9 players due to injury and led 12-7 as we entered the bottom of the fifth and final inning. A leadoff double from Ro Gulhati was followed by a Josh Forniglia bomb, 12-9. A Scott Lawrence double, and singles by Alex Bruu and Alex Bustillo netted one more, 12-10. An intentional walk to Dan Feldman put the winning run on base before Kendal Anthony singled one home, 12-11. A bases loaded walk to John Miller tied it at 12-12 before Robbie Franklin hit a sac fly to right field bringing in the final run for a 13-12 come from behind victory.

Game 2 started much stronger for the Thunder as RBI triples from Scott Lawrence and Dan Feldman gave the Thunder a 5-2 lead after 1. 5 more in the third were paced by an Alex Bruu HR and Robbie Franklin 2 run single. 4 more in the fifth were sparked by a Ro Gulhati 2 run single to give the Thunder an 18-10 lead. The teams both scored 3 in the final stanza to give the Thunder a 21-13 win and sweep for the day.

Josh Forniglia was our POW with 5-6, a double, triple and HR, 4 runs and 6 rbi’s. Kendal Anthony was our ROW with 5-6, 3 runs and 4 rbi’s. Other major contributors were Alex Bruu 4-6, 2HR’s, Dan Feldman 4-5, 2B and 3B, Alex Bustillo 4-6, John Miller 3-5, 2 bases loaded walks, Robbie Franklin 4-6, 6 rbi’s, Ro Gulhati 3-5 and Scott Lawrence and Tommy Baer 3-6. The sweep moves the Thunder into first place all alone entering the final three weeks of the season.

Mets Split
Jun 11, 2018, 9:16 am

Drew the Rockhounds on field 5 and were missing guys to start the game and they jumped out to an early lead on a Brumley HR and we cut the lead to 4-3 in the 5th and a 65 foot pop up that landed fair and two walks led the Rockhounds taking game 1. Game 1 highlights were Joe Machado's 2 run fence HR and Kilburns excellent pitching.


Game 2 we jumped on them early for 5 in the first highlighted by an Obrien HR. We held them in check the whole game thanks to masterful pitching by Licurse and Mcdonald/Kilburn/Machado added HR's to put the game away sealing a split.



O's Start with 11, Finish with 9 and a near sweep.
Jun 10, 2018, 10:28 pm

Double Header on field 1 vs. the Astros had the makings of offensive fireworks and it didn't disappoint.

Game 1-

     Trailing the entire game, but kept in striking distance by Leo Cova's 3 HR perfomance.  Down 12-8 going into the last inning and time running out, the offense answered the bell with a HUGE 9 run inning.  Lewis Zwick started the big rally with a lead off double then after a 2 out 2 run shot by the skipper, Arevalo Gonzalez connected on a 3 run bomb to give us a 1 run lead.  Leo hit the 3rd of his tri fecta and Jeff Roberts capped it with a triple.  9 runs with 2 outs and shut them down in the bottom of the inning for the 17-12 win.

Game 2-

     The Stros came out red hot jumping out to a 13-3 lead after 1 1/2 helped by some shoddy defense.  We would come back to answer with a 14 run inning to take a 17-14 lead.  All but one player got a hit in the inning.  The Stros would then answer to tie it at 17.  They would take a 22-17 lead and we mounted a huge threat that was thwarted when Cova seemed to tie the game with a single but was called out for stepping out of the box.  We got 2 to get to within 22-20 and held them to a 0.  Going into the last at bat we trailed by 2 and had the winning run at the plate but a massive choke job by the skipper ended it with a weak pop out to RF.  

     So proud of how the team battled all day and never gave up.  Great job by the Astros and some amazing hitting.

Hitting Stars on the Day

POW: Leo Cova 4-7, 3 HR (All in one game!), 5 RBI

ROW: Arevalo Gonzalez: 6-8, HR, 6 RBI

Nick Barr: 6-8, 2-2B, 2 RBI

Jeff Roberts: 6-8, 3B, 2B, RBI-Near Cycle in game 1

John Burke: 6-8, 3B, 6 Runs

Skipper E-say: 5-9, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 massive choke job

Yankees refuse to play another night game this year...
Jun 10, 2018, 10:08 pm

Roth's Indians swept the Yankees 9-4 and 7-5 in two fine defensive games by both squads. Josh Winsor pitched well and the Pinstripers only managed 7 hits in game one. In game two the Indians wriggled out of trouble as the Yanks had 14 hits but left 11 runners on base.

Some excellent defensive plays were turned in by Erik Clausen, Seth Pepkin, Mitch Dunn, Jeremy Pease and Jason Niswonger. 

Yankees with 3 hits tonight were Tommy Apligian, Steve Wedderburn and Ozzie Zurita.


Rangers Split with hot Red Sox
Jun 10, 2018, 9:06 pm

Game 1 was a fast moving low scoring affair. The Rangers scored 1st in  the 1st on a Blake Jones blast.  The Red Sox tied it in the 2nd. In the 3rd Carlos Rodriguez homered. Darius Wu tied it in the 5th with a solo shot. In the top of the 6th the Rangers scored 3 on a Jared Powers 3 run bomb. Unfortunately the Rangers yielded 4 in the home 7th for a 6-5 defeat.

Game 2 had the red Sox score 2 in the top of the 1st. It would be their only runs of the game. The Rangers kept scoring led by 2 blasts apiece by Jones and Powers. Hitting accomplishments were throughout the line up as the rangers run ruled the mighty sox 17-2.

Hitters: Jones- 3 HRs, 5 runs; Powers 3 HRs, an in tentional walk ( 2 total); Gary Frank 3 runs 2 2bs; Nick Croce 4-4 game 2; Travis O'Lander 2 hits game 2; Troy Steele 3 hits , 3 runs game 2. Well done all around!

Muckdogs sweep, run win streak to 4
Jun 7, 2018, 11:39 pm

The Muckdogs swept, beating the Red Wings 19-18 and Indians 17-14, and remained undefeated in May and June.

The opener was a slugfest on field 7. The Muckdogs plated 5 in the first -- double by Greg Ritter, followed by singles by Drew Waggoner, Reese Leonard, David Wang, Ryan Greenberg, Richard Smith and Barry Epstein, 4 in the 2nd -- double by Theron Patrick, walk by Eddie Tann, single by Scott Greenberg, double by Ritter, single by Waggoner, and single by Wang, 9 in the 3rd -- singles by Smith, triple by Epstein, singles by Larry Goldstein, Eddie Tann, S. Greenberg, Ritter, and a grand slam by Waggoner, triple by Leonard, double by Wang, singles by R. Greenberg, and Tony Dillard. Red Wings ace Sean Greeley kept the Muckdogs scoreless in the 4th. Then the Muckdogs had top of the lineup up in the bottom of the 5th with time expired. Bases loaded two outs, but Muckdogs could not put a run across. Extra innings -- Indians don't score in the top of the 6th. Dillard, Smith and Epstein -- three straight singles to lead off the 6th to win the game.

Game 2 on field 6. Waggoner hits a 2 run homer in the 1st. Singles by Tann, Ritter, Leonard, Wang score 4 more. Ritter, Waggoner Leonard, Wang single in the 5th to score two more. Then top of the 6th, Muckdogs down 14-8, walk by Dillard, then two outs, 4 minutes on the clock, bottom 3 in the lineup, Muckdogs decide to go for it, figuring they might not get up again. Walk by Goldstein, single by Patrick, walk by Tann, single by S. Greenberg, double by Ritter. Now 14-13 Indians Ritter on 2nd Waggoner at the plate, Intentional walk to Waggoner, Leonard singles to tie the game at 14. David Wang -- 3 run homer to put the Muckdogs up 17-14 -- so scored 9 with 2 outs. Bottom of the 6th, Indians get 2 on, 2 out, batter hits a gapper between RCF and RF, but RCF Ryan Greenberg makes the play of the year, full out dive to catch the ball just before it hits the ground -- Muckdogs win 17-14.

Leading hitters on the day, David Wang 6-6, game winning homer game 2, 2B, 3 runs, 8 RBIs; Greg Ritter 7-8 3 2Bs, 7 runs, 4 RBIs; Drew Waggoner 5-6, 2 HRs, 6 runs, 6 RBIs; Reese Leonard 6-8, 3B, 4 runs, 5 RBIs; Ryan Greenberg 3-6, game saving catch; Richard BDS Smith 3-6, Barry Epstein 4-7, 3B, 3 RBIs including game winner RBI game 1; Eddie Tann 2-4 plus 2 BBs, 4 runs, 1 RBI.

Rockhounds Sweep, Stay in First Place
Jun 6, 2018, 1:28 pm

Game 1 vs Cubs, Field 5

With a few clouds and a slightly earlier start, the sun was not a factor like normal on field 5. The Cubs scored 4 to start off the game with some timely hitting and a few untimely errors on the Rockhounds part. The Rockhounds plated 2 in the bottom of the 1st on a leadoff single by Tyler Samsel and a triple by Matt Brumley who scored on a wild throw to third. The Rockhound defense got the rust off and was lock down shutting down the Cubs offense in the 2nd. The bottom half of the 2nd was the theme of the game. Singles from the bottom 4 hitters including Jim Finley, Keith Dlott, Ben Walk and an RBI from Jerry Rogers started off the inning. An RBI groundout from Samsel and a 2 run single from Kelly Alexander helped plate all four runners who started the inning. The Cubs answered with two of their own in the 3rd to tie the game. The Rockhounds would explode in the 3rd. After a leadoff out, Joe Beasley, Finley and Dlott all singled to load the bases. An RBI single from Walk and an RBI walks from Rogers and Alexander plated 3. Brumley then cleared the bases with a 3 run triple, his second of the game. Jon Simonson and Robert Reighter plated 2 with RBi singles of their own for a 13 batter, 8 run 3rd inning. The defense shut down the Cubs again in the 4th and the Rockhounds added to the lead with 3 in the bottom half. With the score 17-6 the Cubs rallied with 7 in the top half but the Rockhounds ran out the clock in the bottom half of the inning to take the game 17-13.

Kelly Alexander - 2-3, BB, 4 RBI, run

Matt Brumley - 3-4, 2 3B, 4 RBI, 2 runs

Matt Sorge - 2-3, BB

Robert Reighter - 2-4, RBI

Joe Beasley - 2-4, run

Jim Finley - 3-3, BB, 3 runs

Keith Dlott - 3-3, 2B, 3 runs

Ben Walk - 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs

Jerry Rogers - 1-2, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs


Game 2 at Orioles, Field 4

The Rockhounds got on the board with a single from Matt Brumley and a 2 run homer from Jon Simonson. The Orioles countered with a 2 run homer of their own in the bottom half to even the score heading into the 2nd. Neither team scored in the 2nd inning and teh Rockhounds did not score in the top of the 3rd either. The Orioles scored 4 in the 3rd to take a 6-2 lead. The Rockhound bats would finally wake up in the second half of this game. Simonson led off the 4th with his 2nd home run of the game. Matt Sorge and Robert Reighter continued the rally with singles. Joe Beasley, Jim Finley and Ben Walk all had RBI singles as the Rockhounds plated 4 to tie the game and grab momentum of the game. A shutdown bottom of the 4th brought the Rockhounds up to bat again. Kelly Alexander led off with a single to set up a 2 run bomb by Brumley. A walk by Sorge and a single by Reighter had teh Rockhounds looking to do more damage. A fly ball to right by Beasley moved the runners up to 2nd and 3rd which proved to be huge as a mental mistake by the Astros on the next hitter kept the inning alive. With 2 outs the Rockhounds strung together 4 more hits. An RBI single form Keith Dlott, a single from Ben Walk, and a bases clearing triple from Jerry Rogers was the hit of the inning as 9 runs scored in the 4th inning. The defense stepped up again shutting down the Astros defense in the 5th and 6th while adding another run in the top of the 6th to take a 16-6 lead into the 7th inning. Beasley and Dlott singled and Rogers walked to load the bases. An RBI single from Tyler Samsel and a 2 run single from Alexander plated 3 to put the game out of reach. Rockhounds win 19-8.

Tyler Samsel - 4-5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBi, run

Matt Brumley - 3-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs

Jon Simonson - 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs

Matt Sorge - 2-3, BB, 2 runs

Robert Reighter - 3-4, RBI, 2 runs

Joe Beasley - 3-4, RBI, 2 runs

Keith Dlott - 2-4, RBI, 2 runs

Ben Walk - 2-4, RBI, run

Sunday was a true team performance as everyone did their part offensively and defensively. Not one person stood out above the rest because of everyone producing with hits, runs and RBIs up and down the lineup.

Royals Rebound in Game Two to Salvage Doubleheader Split
Jun 4, 2018, 11:40 pm

Al Valenti delivered a clutch, 2-out RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to bring home the winning run as the Royals came from behind to capture a see-saw win over Farin’s Yankees 9 – 8.

After trading runs in the first, Jason Niswonger’s bases clearing triple keyed the Bronx Bomber’s 5-run second inning. As the Royals came to bat in the bottom of the frame, they found themselves trailing by five, and looking to begin a comeback.

Two in the second, and one in the third made it a 6 – 4 game. The bottom of the order often gets overlooked, but they were crucial in the Royals’ 4-run fourth. Larry Lachman and Valenti sandwiched two bases on balls around a single by Jaime Aron to begin the inning and load the bases. Paul Villarroel, Jose Baho,and Tony Macaluso delivered RBI singles, and Cliff Pollack’s sacrifice fly drove in the fourth run to give the Royals their first lead of the game 8 – 6.





























After the Pinstripers tied it at 8 – 8 in the top of the fifth, Rick Levy and Greg Oetzmann singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. They were at second and third two outs later when Valenti came through with his dramatic hit to give the Royals their precarious one run lead.

The Bronx Bombers came to bat in the top of the sixth with time running out, and the top of their order due up. Jeremy Pease singled and was on second base with two outs when the dangerous Niswonger – who had already driven in half of the Yankees’ runs – came to the plate. With first base open, Pollack, who had been masterful since the second inning, pitched to Niswonger carefully and ran the count full. On the payoff pitch Niswonger sent a rocket toward deep right field. In a full sprint backward toward the fence, Macaluso made a sensational leaping catch just in front of the fence to rob Niswonger of certain extra bases, and end the game and preserve the victory.

Al Valenti  1 – 1, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2 BB, GWRBI  
Rick Levy  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Paul Villarroel   3 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Tony Macaluso  2 – 3, 1 RBI
Jaime Aron  2 – 3, 2 Runs
Larry Lachman  1 – 1, 1 Run, 1 RBI, BB, SF

In the opener, the Royals and William’s Diamondbacks played an exciting game where the lead changed hands six times. When the Royals scored three runs in the top of the seventh, a victory looked almost certain. Unfortunately for the Royals, the Diamondbacks were the home team, and in a strange twist of fate the seventh inning mirrored the first inning as the Diamondbacks put together a stunning rally for the come-from-behind victory.
































Pollack’s three hits paced the Royals’ 14-hit attack, while Villarroel, Baho, Lachman, Carlos Moran, and JT Pierce contributed two hits apiece. Macaluso also drew three bases on balls.


Jun 3, 2018, 9:40 pm

Ranger Rap

Ranger's lose the opener in a tough tilt 14-11 to the Cuddle's Bulls.  Spotty D and a couple of not timely hits lead to the demise. Second tilt saw the Ranger's finally get back into the win column with a nail biting 17-15 victory over the Unell Expos.  The Ger's are seeing some positive signs as they gear up for the last 3rd of the campaign.


Ranger Ruby's:

POW of the week...Troy "man of" Steele 5/6  4 Runs  4 rbi's  2 2B's HR

ROW...Mario Lopez .....4/6 4 runs  5 RBI's 2bleheader cycle HR, 3B, 2B, 1B

Jared Powers....5 runs, 2 HR's (one that still hasn't landed), 2 BB's,  4 RBI's

Blake Jones....6/8, 4 Runs

Nick Croce....4/7 3 runs, 3 rbi's, 2 2B's

DR C....3 more BB's , 2B and 4 runs

Gary Frank....5/7  2 Runs  5 RBI's and 2 2B's

Troy Tennyson... 4/7 3rbis and a 2B

Thunder Sweeps and Moves Into First
Jun 3, 2018, 7:58 pm

After a month off due to rain and holidays, the Thunder faced the 8-6 Yankees. The bats started really rusty with an assortment of dribblers, nubbers and pop ups but Alex Bruu’s grand slam provided a great start with a 9-0 lead after 1 ½ innings. Bruu returned 3 innings later with a solo blast to up the Thunder lead to a comfortable 15-4 margin. The Yanks pecked away over their last two at bats to close the final margin to 15-10.

Game 2 was against the Iron Pigs. The Piggies opened with 5 and the Thunder responded with 4 paced by a Scott Lawrence RBI double and a two run single by Justin Howard. The Pigs took an 11-7 lead to the bottom of the 4th when the Thunder knotted it up with a 3 run blast by Josh Forniglia followed by a solo blast by Scott Lawrence. 11-11 heading to the 5th and the Pigs went scoreless. The Thunder came to bat with 4 minutes left in the game. A single by Tommy Baer and a huge triple by Kendal Anthony produced a run followed by another thanks to a Ronn Forniglia single. The clock ran out with the Thunder still batting for a 13-11 win and a sweep on the day, moving the Thunder into a first place tie with the Grasshoppers.

Alex Bruu was POW with 5-7, a double, 2 HR’s and 8 RBI’s. Josh Forniglia was ROW with 5-6, a HR, 3 runs and 4 rbi’s. Other big sticks were Kendal Anthony 5-7, Ronn Forniglia and Ro Guhati 4-7, Justin Howard 4-6 and Tommy Baer 3-5.


Cubs lose a pair
Jun 3, 2018, 5:42 pm

The Cubs lost a pair on Sunday.  17-13 to the division leading Rochhounds and then to the 2nd place Red Sox 16-10.  Danny Nutt went 6-6 with 3 RBIs, Thomas Kulcak went 6 for 6 with 2 3Bs and a 2B, Alfredo Sardi collected 3 hits, and Larry Schnitzer went 3 for 4 with a BB.  Other than that, the offense was fairly quiet.  The Cubs are apparently saving the hitting barage and timely defense for the minis..................

Orioles Split but Maintain 2nd place
Jun 3, 2018, 2:13 pm

After a month long hiatus, the O's had to shake off some rust to right the ship.

Game 1 vs. 1st place Rockhounds

Tight ball game after the two teams traded 2 run first innings.  Nick Barr had the big 2 run bomb to answer the hounds 2 run 1st.  A 4 run 3rd started by a 2 run bomb by Justin Reed gave us a 6-2 lead, but a defensive implosion in the 5th spelled our demise as the Hounds took advantage.  Final score 19-8.

Game 2 vs. Tigers

The offense provided the spark and John Burke shut out the Tiggers.  Big games by POW Matt Shwarts who was 4 for 5 and ROW Arevalo Gonzalez who was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI.  Big win to get us back on track.

POW Matt Shwarts 7 for 9, 2 Doubles, 4 Runs

ROW Arevalo Gonzalez 4 for 8, 4 RBI

Yanks win two silver medals today
Jun 3, 2018, 2:02 pm

The Pinstripers were outpitched and outhit by Miller's Thunder 15-10 and by Lachman's Royals 9-8.

In game one Jeremy Pease was 3-4 with his first fence homer of 2018! Larry Taub and Doug Wolff each collected two hits and Steve Wedderburn hit a tape measured blast off the end of his bat.

In a hotly contested game two, Jeremy Pease had 3 more hits, while Steve WedderburnTommy Apligian, sub John Chung, Doug Wolff and Ozzie Zurita two safeties each.

The Yanks expct to rebound next Sunday night under cool Heritage breeze.


Mets Sweep to get back to .500
Jun 3, 2018, 1:49 pm

Game 1 vs Astros

Astros were shorthanded early with 9 guys and naturally we only got 2 runs highlighed by Player of the Week Lee McDonalds first of 5 fence Jacks. In the 2nd inning Mets got hot as a firecracker and scored 9 runs. Had 5 consecutive hits from Dustin Madlock, Ron Roberts, Chris Licurse, Ray Hebbler, and JP.  After another Sac fly Lee hit another HR followed by the Kllbomber's HR, and Hathcock hit a 2 run HR. Took a commanding 15-0 lead and some sloppy defense followed but a 20-13 final for the Mets to creep back toward .500


Game 2 vs Bulls

Stevey's Bulls came out and smacked us in the mouth for 4 to start the game but we got 5 in the bottom of the 1st with another Lee Fence 3R HR and Kilburns 2nd of the day. Both teams traded zero's in the second and the Bulls got 3 in the 3rd. We got 2 back  in the 3rd down 1. In the bottom of the 4th Ronny Roberts/ Licurse/Hebbs/JP got big singles and Shaw cleared the bases with double and Lee McDonald put the game away with another Fence HR. Bulls got a few more but it was not enough as the Mets swept to get back to .500


Jun 3, 2018, 1:43 pm


Game 1 / Durham Bulls beat the Rangers

The Bulls shook off the rust and defeated a game Rangers squad. Wiley pitching veteran Michael Barth, deftly navigated his way through the power portion of the Rangers lineup, and helped his own cause at the plate by going 3 for 3 with a three RBI triple. Rookie Ryan Driggers chipped in with a HR and four RBIs.

Key Offensive Performances

Michael Barth – 3 for 3 / 1 triple / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 2 for 2 / HR / 4 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 1 for 1 / 3 RBIs


Game 2 / BULLS lose out to the Mets

The Bulls showed rust in the outfield in game 2 (Coach Cuddles especially), and did not have enough offensive power to stay with the Mets. Offensively, Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers led the way for the bulls with a triple, HR and 5 RBIs.

Key Offensive Performances

Michael Barth – 4 for 5 / Bases loaded (and clearing) Triple / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 3 for 5 / 1 HR / 6 RBIs

Eric Powers – 4 for 5 / Triple, HR / 5 RBIs


POW – Michael Barth – 4 for 5 / Bases loaded (and clearing) Triple / 3 RBIs

ROW – Ryan Driggers – 3 for 5 / 1 HR / 6 RBIs

Doubleheader week lives - June 10 evening
May 30, 2018, 9:00 pm

We will drop the June 10 opponents (who were all repeats of earlier games) and make that doubleheader week. This insures that every team is still scheduled to play every other team at least once. Two pairs of teams will play at 5 and 7:20, two will play at 5 and 6:10, and six will play at 6:10 and 7:20. 

The schedulemaker will randomize which pairs play at which times and post a revised June 10 schedule soon.

It's Doubleheader week!
May 17, 2018, 10:13 pm

Schedulemaker has a little fun - everyone plays true doubleheaders this week.  That should help us stay on time and may even stoke a rivalry or two.  Big games in both divisions: Indians - Yankees, Grasshoppers - Royals, and Orioles - Astros, among others.

Muckdogs sweep
May 13, 2018, 10:16 pm

On May 6, the Muckdogs swept, beating the Tigers 15-9 and the Mets 14-7. Two very solid games, with great pitching, defense and hitting up and down the lineup.

In the opener, the Muckdogs started strong -- opening the top of the 1st with 5 straight baserunners -- walks by Scott Greenberg and Greg Ritter, followed by a triple by Drew Waggoner and singles by Reese Leonard and David Wang -- to jump out to quick 3-0 lead. David Wang smashed a two run homer in the 3rd after Reese Leonard's triple. In the 5th, Eddie Tann started a 4 run inning with a single, followed by singles by Scott Greenberg and Greg Ritter, a double by Reese Leonard and a single by David Wang. The game was a tight one going in the last inning, when the Muckdogs scored 6 to secure the 15-9 victory -- S. Greenberg 1B, Waggoner 1B, Leonard BB, Wang SF, Ryan Greenberg 2B, Barry Epstein 1B, Richard Smith 3B, Goldstein 1B.

Game 2 was against the power hitting Mets on field 9 and Scott Greenberg did a great job of holding the Mets to 7 runs. The Muckdogs again came out strong, scoring 3 in the first on David Wang's 3 run HR. In the second, a single by Epstein, a 3B by Theron Patrick, a walk by Tann, 1B by S. Greenberg, walk by Ritter and 3B by Waggoner led to 5 runs. Scott Greenberg hit a HR in 4th. Singles by Ryan Greenberg, Epstein and Smith followed by a fielders choice by Goldstein led to 2 more, and the Muckdogs closed it out in the 6th, with a two run homer by Waggoner.

David Wang captured league-wide Rookie of the Week Honors -- 5-6, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs; Muckdogs' POW -- Drew Waggoner 5-8, HR, 2 3Bs, 2B, 7 RBIs; Scott Greenberg reached 6-8 (scoring 6 runs) including an HR, and kept two strong teams under 10 runs.

Red Wings drop 2 more
May 9, 2018, 7:46 am

The Red Wings had another disappointing weekend, in which a few errors in the field allowed their opponents to snag explosive innings in each game. Sub Brett Luskey  had a nice weekend going 4-7 with a triple; the rest of the squad had a few notable moments but overall a disappointing performance. The team will be using their week off to shake the funk and come back with two wins.

Royals Total Ten Extra Base Hits, Turn Three Double Plays in Doubleheader Split
May 7, 2018, 11:12 pm

The Royals rebounded from a 13 – 9 loss to Haas’ Bulls in the first game of their doubleheader Sunday morning to defeat Conn’s Tigers in decisive fashion, 13 – 5.

Ten of the Royals’ 28 hits were of the extra base variety, including six doubles and four triples. Rookie sensation, Paul Villarroel, led the offense with a 5-for-6 performance, collecting three triples and driving in three, and was the catalyst in the nightcap in every inning that the Royals scored.

After the Royals held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the first, Villarroel tripled to lead off the bottom of the frame. Jose Baho’s RBI double and Cliff Pollack’s RBI single accounted for the first two Royal runs, and Rick Levy picked up where he left off last week, delivering a clutch, two-out, 2-run double to cap the scoring at four.

The bottom of the order – Larry Lachman, Jaime Aron, and Al Valenti – came through in the bottom of the second, loading the bases and scoring on Villarroel’s bases clearing triple.

Matt Ruckel’s grand slam in the third inning, and solo homer in the fifth put the Tigers back in the game at 8 – 5, but Villarroel singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, as the first six Royals reached base safely on the way to plating five.





























Pollack turned in another masterpiece, scattering eight hits, with no walks over six innings for the victory. He was backed by a stellar defense that turned three double plays in the first (6–4–3), second (4–6–3), and fourth (6–3) innings to kill Tiger rallies.

Paul Villarroel   3 – 3, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2 3B
Cliff Pollack    3 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B
Jose Baho  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B, SF
Rick Levy  2 – 2, 3 RBI, 2 2B, SF
Jaime Aron  1 – 1, 1 Run, 2 BB

In the opener, several uncharacteristic defensive lapses resulted in four unearned runs, and the Royals had a tough time solving former Royal great, Michael Barth, who held the Royals to seven hits for the first five innings. The Royals held Ryan Driggers hitless until the fifth, when he unloaded his 11th homerun of the season a grand slam to put the game out of reach.  By the time the Royals solved Barth in the sixth – and doubled their hit total – it was too little, too late.





























Carlos Moran paced the Royals’ 14-hit attack with three hits while driving in three. Villarroel, Levy, and Tyler Shulman contributed two hits apiece in the loss.

Pirates stop the bleeding, gain split
May 7, 2018, 7:38 pm

Skipper Bob’s Pirates avoided a four game losing streak by walking off against the Rangers in the second game. Down 13-12 the Buccos plated 2 for the walk off W. The Pirate’s Didn’t fare well vs the Samsels in the first game. Tim Jamieson continued to pound the ball, going 6 for 6 hitting for the cycle with 5 runs and 4 rbis On the day. Scott Richardson supplied the game winner in the night cap to send the Pirates and their fans home happy. Still a long way to go in the season. The Pirates realize it’s not how you start by how you finish. Happy Mother’s Day to all and we will see you in 2 weeks. 

May 6, 2018, 9:35 pm

Ranger Seran Wrap

Ger's lost a pair leading in both games into the last inning of play.  Bad ump call, bad defense, and timely hitting contributed to the 2x implosion.  Gers are licking their wounds and reconsidering their GM and Coach along with all players.


Some light in our hour of darkness:  Jared Powers hit a 3 run tape measure shot in first tilt....HR's also by Steele and Rodriguez.  Jones with a HR in 2nd tilt.

ROW: Jared Powers-5/4  2BB's  4 Runs 6 RBI's

POW: Troy Steele  6/7  3 RBI's and a HR

LSil-3BB's and 2 hits in 6 PA's

C Rod- HR and 2B and 4 RBI's 

May 6, 2018, 6:46 pm

Los toros toman dos! (Bulls take two!)

Game 1 / Durham Bulls hold on against a scrappy Royals squad 

The Bulls got out to a quick lead, added 4 runs in each of the 4th and 5th innings, and held on to beat the Royals. Mr. Barth kept the Royals in check until the end of the game, when the Royals put up a last inning push that fell a bit short. On offense, the highlight of the game for the Bulls was provided by Ryan Driggers when he hit a GRAND SLAM in the bottom of the 5th to put the game out of reach. The defensive highlight of the game for the Bulls came from Adwild Perez. Coach Lachman blasted a ball to deep right, and Adwild made an over the shoulder (head really) catch in a full sprint! Watch ESPN tonight for the highlight.   #WillieMaysHaysPerez

Key Offensive Performances

Greg Aymond – 4 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 1 for 4 / 1 HR (grand slam) / 4 RBIs

Michael Barth – 2 for 4 / 4 RBIs


Game 2 / Durham Bulls hammer the ball late to clip the Red Wings

The Bulls started slow in this game, but came on strong at the plate to beat the Red Wings. The Bulls were led offensively by Greg Aymond (5 for 5 / 4 RBIs – on a sketchy hammy), Ryan Driggers (3 for 5/ HR / 3 RBIs), and Coach Cuddles (4 for 5 / GRAND SLAM / 6 RBIs). Two players were key in this game at the plate as well. Craig ‘Crash’ Dyer was stellar at leadoff, and the last hitter in the lineup, Adwild Perez, went 3 for 4 and started two, two out rallies. Bartolo Barth pitched a solid game against a solid team to get the W.

Key Offensive Performances

Coach Cuddles Haas – 4 for 5 / 2 HRs / 6 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 5 for 5 / 4 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 3 for 5 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

Craig Dyer – 3 for 5 / 2 RBIs


POW – Greg Aymond – 9 for 9 / 2 doubles / 6 RBIs (all on a dicey hammy)

ROW – Adwild Perez – 5 for 7 / and an ESPY worthy catch in RF

O's Win Streak Snapped at 9 Straight
May 6, 2018, 5:42 pm

All good things must come to an end.  Credit the Yankees for outplaying us in game 2.

Game 1 vs. Red Wings

Another week starting at 8 am on Field 5 with no clouds to block the sun.  We were trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the 3rd when the offense woke up.  A 3 Run inning sparked by hits from the top 4 hitters in the lineup tied the game at 4.  The Wings answered with 3 more in the top of the 4th to regain the lead before we exploded in the bottom of the inning.  A leadoff triple by John Burke started things and the bottom of the lineup did their usual with singles and flipping the lineup.  Matt Shwarts and Justin Reed kept it going as we capped a 7 run inning.  Burke locked it down on the mound the rest of the way as we tacked on a few more for a 20-9 victory and number 9 in a row.

Game 2 vs. Yankees

The Yanks came in riding a hot final inning in their previous contest and answered out 2 run first with 3 on bombs.  Then they commenced to pelt us with bloop singles and built a large lead.  We battled, but the Yanks were the better team this game and cruised to an 11-5 victory.  The streak ends and hats off to Larry Legends squad.  9 in a row aint too bad!!

O's Hitting Stars

POW- John Burke 4 for 6, 3B, 2B, RBI, and yet another amazing pitching day.

ROW-Arevalo Gonzalez  4 for 7, 2B, 2 RBI, Awesome SS Defense

Captain E- 5 for 7, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 runs

Leo Cova- 5 for 7, HR, 3B, 4 RBI

Yanks bang out 41 hits and sweep the Rangers and O's
May 6, 2018, 3:04 pm

The Yanks wasted no time in jumping on Texas with two in the first and two in the second. Hits from Jeremy Pease, Tommy Apligian, Jason Niswonger, Carlos Montesinos and Ozzie Zurita fueled the rallies.

The Rangers fought back by playing long ball on Field 8 and took a 9-8 lead going into the top of the 7th. The Pinstripers batted 16 in the inning scoring 12 runs with Mitch Dunn's triple being one of the biggest hits of the inning. The Yankees won 20-10 in a game that was much tighter than the score indicated.

9 Yankees had two hits each while Steve "Bambino" Wedderburn went 3 for 4 and a sac fly with 6 huge rbi's. Jason Niswonger had a perfect game going 4 for 4 with a walk and hit for the cycle along with 4 rbi's


The Bronx Bombers than strolled over to Field One to host Eusay's O's who had won a league best 9 consecutive games.

The Yankees got timely hits up and down the lineup and played flawless defense in winning 11-5.

Tommy Apligian 3 for 3 with a walk and two doubles

Jason Niswonger 2 for 4 with a HR and double

Steve Wedderburn 3 for 4 with a HR and 4 rbi's

Erik Clausen 2 for 3

Doug Wolff 2 for 3

Ozzie Zurita 2 for 3

Thunder Makes Their Move and Sweeps
May 6, 2018, 3:01 pm

The Thunder entered Sunday with a 6-6 record having split the previous 3 Sundays. It was time to make a move. That was a tall order as first up were the 10-2 Rockhounds. The Thunder took a 4-1 lead after 1 thanks to a two run double by Grant Suman, an rbi double by Alex Bruu and an rbi single from Robbie Franklin. The Thunder held a shaky 5-3 lead as they entered the bottom of the 5th. Leadoff singles by Steve Hankin, Kendal Anthony and Ro Gulhati scored 1 before Scott Lawrence knocked in two more with a triple and the Thunder led 9-3. The Rockhounds were limited to just two more runs as they suffered only their third defeat of the season 9-5.

Next up were Unell’s Expos minus John Unell which made them shift their defense around as their shortstop started as pitcher. The Thunder broke it open early with 9 in the second. Josh Forniglia had the only extra base hit with a double. The Thunder led 11-4 in the fourth when Josh hit a two run blast followed by a solo blast from Grant Suman. Four more in the next inning put the game away as the Thunder romped 20-6.

Ro Gulhati was our POW with 3-5, 2 BB’s, 5 runs and 4 rbi’s from the leadoff position. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 4-7 with a double, HR and 4 rbi’s. Robbie Franklin was 4-7, Kendal Anthony 3-5, Steve Hankin 3-6 and John Miller 2-4 with two BB’s as the bottom of the order were heavy contributors to the Thunder sweep. The sweep leaves the Thunder only 1 game out of first.

Muckdogs split
May 5, 2018, 8:30 am

The Muckdogs split the April 29 games, beating the Pirates 17-8 and then losing to the Grasshoppers 7-5.

In the opener, the Muckdogs scored 7 in the first inning, with their first 8 batters reaching based including a 2B by Reese Leonard and a HR by Drew Waggoner. Then in the third inning, the Muckdogs added 7 more with 8 straight batters reaching base including 2Bs by David Wang and Greg Ritter, to stretch the lead to 14-1, and then held off a comeback by the Pirates.

The second game was a pitchers' duel between Muckdogs' ace Scott Greenberg and Grasshoppers' ace Jon Banta, and the Muckdogs came up just short in that one.

Richard "BDS" Smith's fielding versatility led a strong Muckdogs defense on the day with Smith playing 5 positions -- 3B, 2B, 1B, LF and RF.

Leading hitters on the day included Muckdogs Player of the Week Drew Waggoner 4-7, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs; Scott Greenberg who continues to be an on base machine 3-4 plus 2 BBs; Ryan Greenberg 4-6, several great catches in the OF; Tony Dillard 3-5 plus a BB; and Greg Ritter 4-7, 2 2Bs.

Grasshoppers split, remain in first place
May 2, 2018, 8:33 pm

Garber’s Grasshoppers split two low-scoring games, dropping the first to Casper’s Red Wings, 10-6, before winning the nightcap, 7-5, over Goldstein’s Muckdogs.  

Zack Kazda started the day with a hit, leading to a run in the first, but Sean Greeley struck a mad homer to retake the lead for the Red Wings.  The Grasshoppers left two on in the second inning but picked up two runs in the third, when Brian Ortega doubled in Tony  Martin and then scored on Dustin Bone’s hard single.  The Hoppers left two more in the fourth and went quietly in the fifth and sixth, except for an Ortega solo shot, before finally waking up in the seventh.  Andy Williams’ second hit of the game knocked in Grayson Tackett (who had doubled) and Abbey Garber, to make it a 10-6 game.  After a Steve Johnson single, the Grasshoppers had the tying run in the on-deck circle, making it a save situation if Coach Casper brought in a closer for the Red Wings.  Casper stuck with Greeley, who coaxed a fly out to end the Grasshopper win streak at three.  

The G-men headed to field 4 to take on the smartest coach in the league, Larry Goldstein, and his Muckdogs. Jon Banta started a nifty 1-6-3 double play in the top of the first and then, in the bottom, Ortega, Bone and Tackett all had RBI singles after a Tony Martin double, giving the Grasshoppers an early 3-0 lead.  The Muckdogs chipped away with single runs in the second and third, but the Hops took those back on a Martin single, Ortega double, Bone sac fly, and Banta triple (yes, triple for Pop).  It stayed 5-2 for two more innings, but then the sly dogs took advantage of changing winds to plate three runs in the sixth, tying the game.  With one out, Brian Ortega untied it, hitting a high 3-1 changeup from Scott Greenberg over the right field fence.  After Bone and Banta singled, Tackett got the insurance RBI.  Banta and his defense put the Dogs down in the seventh, earning a split for the day.

At 8-4, the Grasshoppers lead their division as we near the halfway point of the regular season.

Dedication: Andy Williams, 3-5, despite a flat tire.

Consistency: Brian Ortega, game 1: single, double, homer; game 2: single, double, homer.  Ortega also had the defensive play of the week making a diving catch of a liner with two men on base.

Dramatic Walk-off Earns Royals Doubleheader Split
Apr 30, 2018, 10:27 pm

Tyler Shulman’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the Royals to a 9 – 8 victory over Miller’s Thunder in the nightcap of their twinbill on Sunday. Playing on field 9 with the wind blowing out, the Thunder led 8 – 6 after an inning and a half, and it looked like whoever was going to win the game was going to have to score 20 runs. But somehow the game morphed into a masterful pitcher's duel between the Thunder’s ace, John Miller, and Royals' ace, Cliff Pollack, as the score remained virtually unchanged heading to the bottom of the seventh.

Alex Bruu’s 2-run double helped the Thunder take the early 4 – 0 lead after half an inning. The Royals answered by exploding for six runs in their half of the first. With one out, Jose Baho and Pollack singled. Back-to-back doubles by Carlos Moran and Shulman made it 4 – 2. Tony Macaluso drew a bases-on-balls to load the bases, and Rick Levy delivered a crushing, bases clearing double to make it 5 – 4. Larry Lachman’s RBI single capped the scoring to give the Royals a 6 – 4 lead.

Josh Forniglia made sure the Royals’ lead was short-lived when he blasted a 3-run homerun into the jetstream and beyond the trees in the top of the second. From that point on, Pollack and the Royals’ lockdown defense took over. After yielding eight hits in the first two innings, Pollack scattered two hits and one walk over the final five frames.
































In the top of the fifth, the Thunder had a runner on first with only one out, when Paul Villarroel made a stunning, shoelace catch while sprinting in from right centerfield. The runner on first – like everyone else on the field – thought Villarroel had no chance to catch the ball, and was around second base when reality set in – for the 9–3 inning ending double play.

In the top of the sixth, Baho made the first of his two web gems when he recorded the first out with a tremendous sliding catch with his outstretched glove just millimeters above the ground. But that catch paled in comparison to the game-saving catch he made in the top of the seventh. The Thunder had runners on second and third with two outs when Tommy Baer drove a missile into the left centerfield gap. Running full speed with his back to the infield, Baho leapt and caught the ball in midair to deny Baer of certain extra bases, and the Thunder of at least two crucial insurance runs.

Levy’s RBI single – his fourth RBI of the game – brought the Royals to within one in the bottom of the fifth and set the stage for the Royals’ thrilling comeback in the bottom of the seventh.

Al Valenti drew a nerves-of-steel, clutch walk on a 3–2 pitch to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and turn the lineup over to the top of the order. Villarroel singled to right, moving Valenti to third, but he hit the ball so hard that the right fielder’s throw arrived at third at virtually the same time as Valenti. Valenti’s immaculate, head-first slide – the first of his 10-year TSSL career – ensured the tying and winning runs were now on base with nobody out. After Baho’s sacrifice fly tied the game, Pollack helped his own cause by smashing a double, to put runners on second and third with only one out. The Thunder elected to intentionally walk Moran, bringing Shulman to the plate, who delivered the Royals’ first walk-off victory of the season.

Rick Levy  2 – 3, 1 Run, 4 RBI, 2B
Tyler Shulman  3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B, GWRBI
Cliff Pollack    3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 2B
Jose Baho  3 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, SF
Larry Lachman  3 – 3, 1 RBI
Tony Macaluso  2 – 2, 1 Run, BB
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, BB, 2B

In the opener, the Royals’ bats never got on track versus Alford's Iron Pigs, whereas the Iron Pigs’ batted balls had no problem finding green all day. Former Royal, Matt Myers, went 4 – 4, and turned in several defensive gems in the field.




















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Baho, Pollack, Macaluso, and Lachman contributed two hits apiece in the loss.

Red Wings fight back to split
Apr 30, 2018, 1:38 pm

In their first game against Roth's Indians, the Red Wings had two of their signature innings in which they gave up linedrive after linedrive, surrendering 8 runs in each inning. Their offense was unable to produce enough runs to overcome the Indians' solid hitting.


In their second game against the 7-3 Grasshoppers, the Red Wings had a strong opening inning thanks to a 3 run homerun from Red Wings' player of the week Sean Greeley, and played a solid defensive game against the Grasshoppers to close out the game 10-6. 

The Red Wings are looking forward to playing more defensive-oriented games with the winds finally calming down at Heritage Yards.

Astros- Answer with 2
Apr 30, 2018, 7:28 am

After a very poor showing the pervious week the Astros had a big bounce back weekend.   In a pivotal divisional matchup against the Mud Hens we struck early and often as we plated 7 runs in each of the first 2 innings.   The innings were highlighted by HR's by David Ruiz and Jason Chapman.   Defensively we were very strong as they only had one inning they scored any runs.     This one was over early and we traveled to the cross-wind field 5 for a hopeful sweep.    Facing a depeleted Rangers squad this game started much slower.   We were able to scratch across our first run in the 2nd following a George Reed RBI single.   The 3rd inning we were able to gain a some distance as had 4 straight hits highlighted by Danny Marti's 2B and David Ruiz's 3B.    Added another 4 spot in the 5th which included David Ruiz circling the bases as well as a Jorge Quintero double.    Again defense reigned supreme as I had plenty of great defense behind me.   Astros appear to be back on the tracks and look forward to next week.



David Ruiz-   5-7   2-HR's  1-3B   4- Runs and 10- RBI's

Brian Smallwood-   5-7   1-2B

Freddy Barraez-   5-8

Jason Chapman-   4-6  2B  HR  

Danny Marti-   6-8   2B  3B  5 Runs

George Reed-   4-6

Terrific defense today from David Ruiz, Jorge Quintero and George Reed

Indians Take 2
Apr 29, 2018, 8:01 pm

After the cold weather, and virtually splitting every week to date the Indians sweep on the day.

Starting out with the fan favorite 2 and a half hour split, the tribe started out with a division game against The Redwings potant offense on field 1. The Indians Start out with 2 in the bottom of the first highlighted by back to back doubles by Danny Banaaszek and player of the week candidate Josh Winsor. Bottom of the 2nd was when the bats woke up as every Indian reached base scoring 8 runs highlighted by a Matt Parker RBI Triple and a Darren Kammer 2RBI Double. After giving up 7 runs and being shut down for 2 straight innings by steller Redwing pitching the tribe woke up for good and plated an additional 9 runs highlighted by a Matt Parker Grand Slam to win 19-12.


After a 2 and a half hour break filled with tacos and beer courtesy of Rusty Tacos the tribe finally got to play the 2nd game of the day in a defensive battle against the Pirates.

After putting up 2 in the top of the first the tribe found themselves down to a score of 2-5 after 2 innings. The bats finally joined the rest of the team as they awoke from their post taco food coma and scored 4 runs with RBIs from Kyle Crouse, Steve Enda (2), and the captain Matt Roth to take the lead 6-5. Finally salting the game away 8-5 by adding an additional 1 run in the 5th and 1 run in the 7th.



Pirates drop a pair
Apr 29, 2018, 7:44 pm

Well, the weather warmed up, and the Pirates bats went cold. Ice cold. The Muckdogs got off to an early lead and coasted to a victory. In the second game, scoring only 5 runs won’t do it in this Shalom league. The Indians had enough to top the Buccos 8-5. Not much to talk or dwell on this week. The Pirates need to rebound next week to get back to .500. Have a great week. Until then, see ya....

Apr 29, 2018, 6:57 pm

Durham Bulls Lose Two

Game 1 / Durham Bulls bested by the Expos

This game was a back and forth contest and the Expos came out on top. The Bulls were led by the bottom of half of the lineup, where the 8-11 hitters combined to go 7 for 11 with 4 RBIs. Michael Barth pitched a solid game but the Bulls just could not string enough hits together to get the job done.

Key Offensive Performances

Gumaro Castillo – 2 for 3 / 2B / 2 RBIs

Adwild Perez – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

JC Burks – 1 for 3 / 1 HR / 1 RBI


Game 2 / Durham Bulls never a threat against the Astros

The Bulls hitting issues continued in the second game and never threatened the Astros.

Key Offensive Performances

JC Burks – 3 for 3 / 1 HR / 1 RBI

Ryan Driggers – 1 for 2 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs


POW – JC Burks – 4 for 6 / 2 HRs / 2 RBIs

Thunder Loses Heart Breaker to Split
Apr 29, 2018, 6:03 pm

Our patience was finally rewarded with a beautiful weather Sunday. First up were 9 players from the Diamondbacks. It sounds like a good idea but it means you have to face Andrew and their other sluggers every ninth batter.

The Thunder scored 4 in the first and 5 in the second sparked by a Scott Lawrence triple and double and a Grant Suman single and two run bomb to take a 9-5 lead after 2. The Thunder carried a 11-9 lead to the bottom of the sixth when Josh Forniglia crushed a 2 run triple, Scott Lawrence an RBI double followed by a Grant Suman triple to score 5 and run out the clock for a 16-9 Thunder victory.

Game 2 was a barn burner against the Royals. Alex Bruu’s two run double sparked a 4 run first. Josh Forniglia’s 3 run homer produced 4 more in the second and the Thunder led 8-6 after only 1 ½ innings. Royal hurler Cliff Pollack limited the Thunder offense to 2 hits over the following 5 innings as the Royals scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th to come from behind for a 9-8 win.

Scott Lawrence was our POW with 5-6, 3 doubles, a triple, 4 runs and 6 rbi’s. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 4-6, a double, triple and homer, 6 runs and 6 rbi’s. Ro Gulhati was 3-4 with 3 BB’s and Kendal Anthony 3-5

Apr 29, 2018, 5:25 pm

Ranger Rap

Rangers lose a tough one in opener 19-10 as Mets score the last 9 runs slapping the boys around.  Bad D, and not enough hitting is a bad combo.

2nd tilt saw the Ger's down a total of 4 starters in key spots and a hard fought 11-5 loss to the Astros.  Too much defensive kindness and lack of hitting contributed to the final result...Gers were 12 up 12owm in their first 4 innings AB....oy veh!!!


Super sub Fred Wilmont continued his hot hitting....5/6

Troy Tennyson-breaking out with 3 hits and a 2B

Mario Lopez-in first tilt was 2/3 with a 2B and 3 RBI's


Yanks have two character building losses
Apr 29, 2018, 4:13 pm

Alford's Iron Pigs used their patented "bloop and a blast" to edge the Bronx Bombers 14-10.

Ozzie Zurita was 2 for 2 with 2 walks and two rbi's

Erik Clausen was 3 for 4 with a triple and two rbi's

Tommy Apligian returned with a 2 for 3 start and a rare bb.


Game 2 ended in joy for the Williams' Diamondbacks and heartbreak for the Yankees. The DBacks were down 6 going into the bottom of the last inning. Timely hitting from the bottom of the lineup led to Randy Ransom's walk off winner...

Yankee stars for game two

Jeremy Pease 2 for 3 with two passes

Jason Niswonger 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homer, 4 runs and 4 rbi's

Tommy Apligian 2 for 2 with 2 doubles, a sac fly and a walk with 3 rbi's

Steve Wedderburn (on one leg) was 3 for 4 with two fence homers (including a grand salami) and 6 rbi's

Larry Taub a perfect 1 for 1 with 2 bbs and a sac fly


Mets Sweep!
Apr 29, 2018, 4:06 pm

Game 1 vs Silverman's Rangers

Drawing field 4 for the early start is always fun...and the Rangers came out swinging scoring 6 runs in the top of the. Mets answered with 4 from a Shaw double, Kilburn sharp single and Hathcock single to cut the defecit. Rangers got 2 more in the 2nd to go up 8-4 and the Mets got 2 as well thanks to Ray Hebbeler starting a rally with a single followed by hits from Neyland/Shaw/McDonald drove in a pair. Rangers got another 2 to go up 10-6 and in the bottom of the 3rd Clint Hathcock and Cris Coffman started it off with singles; two quick outs followed but Ron Roberts and Ray Hebbeler got big hits allowing the top of the Mets order to cash in in for 6 runs. Mets defense decided to show up and got a zero before hitting out the clock for 7 runs to get a 19-10 victory.


Game 2 vs Unell's Expos

Typically the Mets "split" and fresh off an 8 am victory we opened up with 5 quick runs highlighed by a Machado two run single and a Clint Hathcock fence Homer. Expos came all the way back and took the lead in a back-forth game. Game was 10-10 going into the 5th and Coffman started the 3 run inning off with a hit, Licurse walked, Roberts singled and JP hit a big clutch triple down the RF to give us the lead for good. We tacked on two more runs in the top of the 6th and Licurse was masterful with a lead and got us our first sweep of the Season.


POW Lee McDonald 5-6 2BB's 4R 2b 5 rbi. Excellent defense in LF/3b

ROY- JP Neyland 7-7 BB 6 R 2b 3b 4 Rbi & incredible defense at short stop

O's sweep to extend win streak to 8! One game back of the Hounds!
Apr 29, 2018, 2:40 pm

     Finally a gorgeous weather day for softball and we draw Field 5 at 8 am with a blazing sun.  No worries.

     Game 1 @ Red Sox

     As anyone would expect on Field 5 at 8 am, a defensive battle.  Once again we played from behind early after the Sox put up 3 in the first and jumping to a 3-1 lead.  Both teams would remain scoreless until the 6th.  We loaded the bases and John Burke drew a walk to push one across and Jeff Roberts tied it with a Sac Fly.  We would go to a one pitch contest in the 8th inning.  An RBI double for Nick Barr broke the tie and an RBI single by Burke and Sac fly from Roberts gave us a 6-3 lead.  Burke nailed down the win completing yet another gem.  6-3!

     Game 2 vs. Cubs

     Facing the Cubs who also just came off of a one pitch 8th inning but on the wrong side, we knew we had a challenge ahead.  However, the O's bats showed up huge.  Led by Lewis Zwick who made just one out all day, we jumped out to a huge lead after 3.  A monster 9 run inning led by the first of two bombs from Justin Reed and hitting all down the lineup gave us a big cushion and all Burke needed.  We would tack on another 8 to get the run rule victory 19-3.  We did get to enjoy watching another majestic bomb from Enlow.

Hitting Stars

POW: Lewis Zwick-5 for 6, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

ROW: Nick Barr- 7 for 7, Hr (really a 4 base error on Kulcak but its Shalom), 2B, 4 RBI

John Burke- 4 for 6, 2B, 2 RBI and making his case as the best pitcher in this league

Justin Reed- Finally getting to the .500 mark going 4 for 7, 2 Bombs, 5 RBI and more outstanding defense in LCF.


Cubs lose a pair
Apr 29, 2018, 1:32 pm

The Cubs dropped a pair in the early games on 4/29.  Down 16-4 vs the Tigers, the Cubs clawed back to tie the game 16 in regulation.  After giving up 3 in the top of extras, the Cubs couldn't plate any of their own.  Final score, Tigers 19, Cubs 16.

In game 2 vs the Orioles, the Cubs were out hit and and out played throughout the game.  Final score 19-3 Orioles.

The Cubs did show some offensive spark, but not consistent enough on the day to allow them to fly the W.

Cubs offensive leaders on the day:

Alfredo Sardi- 5 for 6, SF

Brian Allsbrook- 3 hits

Thomas Kulcak- 5 hits, 3B

Ben Enlow- 4 hits, HR, BB

Aaron Nutt- 3B, BB

Danny Nutt- 3 hits

Jonathan Braun- 3 hits, 2B

Brian Dickerson- 2 hits

Larry Schnitzer- 4 for 5

Looking for plenty of subs next week, the Cubs hope to find themselves back in the win column.  



The Muckdogs -- clearly a warm weather team
Apr 28, 2018, 7:38 am

The Muckdogs, undefeated in games over 80 degrees this season, lost two more close ones -- to Haas's Bulls 12-11 in 9 innings and to Eusay's Orioles 17-13. 

In the opener, Bulls' captain Cuddles Haas made several gold glove plays in LCF and hit two opposite field drives to lead the way for the Bulls. In the nightcap, Scott Greenberg, David Wang and super sub Adam Karabinos all hit fence homers for the Muckdogs but it was not enough to beat Eusay's talented squad.

Leading hitters on the day were Muckdogs POW and ROW Reese Leonard 7-9, 3 2Bs, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Adam Karabinos 6-6 hitting for the cycle; Drew Waggoner 5-7, 2 2Bs, 5 runs, 2 RBIs; Tony Dillard 5-7, 1 run, 4 RBIs; and David Wang 5-8, HR, 2B, 3 runs, 6 RBIs.

Rockhounds Offense Explodes in Sweep
Apr 24, 2018, 4:39 pm

Game 1 vs Red Wings field 4

With the wind gusting out on field 4 a high scoring affair was anticipated with two of the leagues top offenses. The Red Wings scored 3 in the first on a Michael Cohen blast. But the Rockhounds came alive right out of the gates not wanting the losing streak to fester. A 14 run first inning saw 18 batters come to the plate and only 1 out was recorded through the first 16 hitters. The inning was capped with a Jacob  Grubb grand slam to left. Everyone either scored or had an rbi in the inning. Tyler Samsel, Kelly Alexander, Matt Brumley, Jon Simonson and Grubb all had two hits in the inning. The 3rd inning provided some offense from the bottom of the order with rbi's from Matt  Sorge, Jim  Finley, Keith  Dlott and Jerry Rogers. The 4th inning saw 3 solo homer from Alexander, Brumley and Grubb. The Red Wings couldn't get the big inning to get back into the game. Final 23-13.

Kelly Alexander - 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBi, 4 runs

Matt Brumley - 3-4, HR, RBI, 3 runs

Jon Simonson - 3-3, RBI, 3 run

Jacob Grubb - 3-3 ,BB, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs

Matt Sorge - 2-2, BB, Sac, 2 RBI, run

Ketih  Dlott - 2-4, 3 RBI, run

Jerry Rogers - 1-2, BB, Sac, 2 RBi, run


Game 2 at Yankees field 9

High winds plus short field equals a lot of runs with two more potent offenses. The game started off with a Tyler Samsel single and a Kelly Alexander walk. RBI's from Matt  Brumley, Matt  Sorge and Joe Beasley scored the first 3 runs in this offensive game. The Yankees were held to 1 in the bottom half and the Rockhounds were feeling good until they were held scoreless in the 2nd stranding a runner at second. Then the Yankees erupted for 12 runs in the bottom half due to some timely hitting and few defensive mistakes. After having the worst inning of their season so far, the Rockhounds knew they had plenty of game left and would respond. Brumley led off the 3rd with a solo shot and Sorge provided an rbi double to get the score to 13-5. A shutdown inning from the defense got the momentum going in to the 4th inning. With 2 outs and nobody on, 7 straight Rockhounds reached base. Walks from Samsel and Alexander set the table for a Brumley rbi double. POW candidate Jon Simonson followed with a 2 run single of his own. Jacob Grubb singled and Sorge walked to load the bases for a bases clearing double off the fence by Beasley. 6 runs scored in the inning all with 2 outs to cut the deficit to 13-11. The Yankees got 1 back in the bottom of the 4th to take a 3 run lead. The 5th was deja vu as the Rockhounds rallied with 2 outs and nobody on. A patented Samsel slap single started things off. Alexander singled and Samsel scored on a throwing error. An intentional walk to Brumley set the stage for a 3 run blast by Jon Simonson to give the Rockhounds their first lead since the first inning. Grubb went back to back as 5 runs were scored in the inning with 2 outs again. With the hammer, the Yankees got 3 back in the bottom half to take a 1 run lead going into the final inning. Down 1, the Rockhounds needed to not only tie the game but score multiple runs with the top of the Yankees lineup looming the next inning. The day ended as it started for the Rockhounds with another huge inning. A leadoff single by Jerry Rogers got the unstoppable train moving as all 10 hitters got a hit before making an out including a Samsel double, Alexander homer, Simonson homer and Sorge double. After making the first out of the inning the Rockhounds went on repeat as the lineup started a 2nd time in the inning including a Samsel 3 run homer and Simonson's 2nd homer of the inning. 14 runs scored sending 18 batters to the plate. The final score was not indicative of how close the game was. Final 30-17.

Tyler Samsel - 4-5, BB, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 5 runs

Kelly Alexander - 3-4, 2 BB, HR, 3 RBI, 4 runs

Matt Brumley - 5-5, BB, HR, 2 2B, 3 RBi, 6 runs

Jon Simonson - 6-6, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 runs

Jacob Grubb - 3-6, HR, RBI, 3 runs

Matt Sorge - 4-4, BB, sac, 3 RBi, 2 runs

Joe Beasley - 4-6, 2B, 4 RBI, run

Jerry Rogers - 2-4, sac, 2B, RBI, run

Everybody had a hit and a run scored in both games and everyone had an rbi in game 2 as well in route to scoring 53 runs on the day.


Red Wings drop 2
Apr 24, 2018, 8:57 am

In a disappointing day, the Red Wings continued their streak of being a part of high scoring games, but unfortunately did not hit particularly well in either game.

Red Wings Player of the Week was Brad Parr, 6 for 7, walk, 3 doubles, homerun, 3 runs scored, 4 RBIs.

Apr 24, 2018, 7:04 am

Durham Bulls SWEEP!

Game 1 / Durham Bulls edge the Muckdogs in EXTRAS

This game went 9 innings, and was a battle from the get go between two evenly matched squads. The Bulls came out of the gate hitting and playing defense. Some guy named Cuddles made what some said was a great catch in LCF, robbing our favorite Plano police officer and part-time weatherman BDS of a sure double and ending an early inning scoring run by the Muckdogs. The Bulls got solid offensive production from the middle of the lineup, and pitcher Michael Barth was stellar on the mound. The Bulls scored three in the top of the 9th, and Mr. Barth was able to close it out in the bottom of the 9th with some one pitch magic. 

Key Offensive Performances

Steve ‘Cuddles’ Haas – 4 for 6 / 4 runs scored / 3 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 3 for 5 / 2 RBIs

Eric Powers – 3 for 5 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs


Game 2 / Durham Bulls outlast the Diamondbacks in a HR Derby

From the first pitch, the Bulls were in a dogfight against the Diamondbacks. With a 25mph wind blowing out on field 8, the homeruns were plentiful. The Bulls scored six in the first and kept up the scoring pace throughout the game. Yu Barth did what he could to keep the game close, as the wind plus the Diamondbacks talent made it difficult as they hit bomb after bomb. The Bulls got outstanding offensive production from their four, five, six, and seven hitters (6 HRs and 18 RBIs), while the rest of the lineup did an awesome job of getting on base and crossing the plate.

Key Offensive Performances

Ryan Driggers – 5 for 5 / 2 HRs / 6 RBIs

Eric Powers – 4 for 5 /2 HRs / 5 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

JC Burks – 2 for 4 / 1 HR / 4 RBIs


POW – Eric Powers – 7 for 10 / 3 HRs / triple / 2 doubles / 8 RBIs

Royals Lose Late Lead, Settle for Doubleheader Split
Apr 23, 2018, 11:39 pm

Playing both of their games on field 1 with the wind blowing in, the Royals defeated Silverman’s Rangers 9 – 5, before Eusay’s Orioles staged a dramatic comeback in their last at-bat to steal game two, 14 – 11.

In the opener, Cliff Pollack outdueled Ranger’s ace, Wayne Casper, in a low scoring affair that saw every Royal get at least one hit. The Rangers took the early lead in the bottom of the first as Jared Powers unloaded a homerun over the right centerfield fence, into the teeth of a 16-mph wind.

Jaime Aron was the catalyst in the Royals’ two-run rallies in the third and fourth innings. He walked and scored the first Royal run to lead off the third. In the fourth, after the Rangers had tied it at 2 – 2, he came to bat with the bases loaded, and delivered the clutch, two out, 2-run single to put the Royals back on top 4 – 2.

After the Rangers tied it again in the bottom of the fourth, the two teams exchanged runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Jose Baho doubled to lead off the Royals’ fifth, and came around to score on Carlos Moran’s RBI double.

Heading to the top of the seventh, the Royals appeared to be in good shape with the top of their order due up, with the game tied 5 – 5.
































Paul Villarroel singled to lead off the seventh. Baho’s single moved him to second, and Moran’s second double of the game drove in Villarroel to break the tie. After Pollack drew a bases on balls, consecutive singles by Ryan Gronholz, Greg Oetzmann, and Larry Lachman added three critical insurance runs to make it a 9 – 5 game.

Pollack pitched a perfect, 1–2–3 bottom of the seventh, and turned in a masterpiece, scattering nine hits, with only one walk over seven innings for the victory.

Paul Villarroel   3 – 4, 1 Run
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 2 RBI, 2 2B, SF, GWRBI
Jose Baho  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2B
Cliff Pollack  2 – 3, 1 Run, BB
Brent Collins  2 – 3, 1 Run
Ryan Gronholz  2 – 4, 1 RBI
Greg Oetzmann  2 – 4, 1 Run
Larry Lachman  2 – 4, 1 RBI
Jaime Aron  1 – 2, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2 BB

In the nightcap, the Royals followed the same script as the first game – stellar defense, timely hitting, and outstanding pitching – to carry an 11 – 7 lead into the top of the sixth, with the bottom of the Orioles’ order due up. But the bottom of the Birds’ order came through, and a seven-run outburst followed to give the Orioles the come-from-behind victory.





























Baho went 3 – 3, and scored three runs, while Villarroel, Oetzmann, and Tony Macaluso contributed two hits apiece.

Stop the Presses, Pirates sweep
Apr 23, 2018, 5:36 pm

May be it was having Steve Gadol back in the lineup, the Skipper Bobless Pirates pulled off an improbable, awesome sweep. Playing in the warmest conditions in three weeks , the Buccos bats came alive. Scoring over 20 runs in both games, uncharacteristic for the Pirates, hitting 7 over the fence bombs and 1 inside the parker. May be the Black and Yellow squad likes the wind blowing out in tropical conditions. Tim Jamieson had 3, while Guiness loaded Jimie Simione had 2 also collecting 13 RBI( Steve Busby reference for not using RBIs) including the go ahead bomb in the last inning vs the Cubbies. Super sub Mike Voss was a stellar 8-9 with a bomb. ROW candidate Bradley Cox had a bomb and was 7-8. Micheal Bourque provided the inside the park verity HR flying around the bases like only he does. Brandon Strull was his usual steady self at the dish and playing a lock down LCF. Oh, not to forget, Rick Leon got his bat back and stroke going a sweet 7-8. the Expos went down in the second game 21-8. All in all, a super day for the surging Pirates. Skipper Bob very happy and excited with the outcome. Looking forward to doing the same next week. So Pirates repeat whatever you did Saturday night, wear the same clothes on Sunday. But Tim and Gadol please show up 10 minutes earlier. Thanks and have a great week. 

Yankees score 41 runs en route to a split
Apr 22, 2018, 9:13 pm

Game one vs Unell's Expos- The Yanks pounded out 30 hits while edging Montreal 24-18. Steve Wedderburn deposited 3 Tattoos over the right field fence while driving in 6 big runs. Star sub Brandon Yamauchi went 4 for 4 and scored 4 while driving in 3 from the leadoff spot. The Pinstripers 10-12 hitters went 9-12 with 6 rbi's as Carlos Montesinos, Ozzie Zurita and Mitch Dunn each collected three hits.

In game two versus Samsel's Rockhounds, the Yanks held a 17-16 lead before the League Leaders scored 14 in the top of the last inning. Rockhounds prevailed 30-17.

Larry Taub and Erik Clausen were perfect 3 for 3 at the plate. Seth Pepkin doubled twice with 4 rbi's and Jason Niswonger hit two fence blasts on one leg...

The Yanks are now 6-4 on the year just one game back of Garber's Grasshoppers for top honors in the division.

Thunder Topics
Apr 22, 2018, 9:00 pm

Another Shalom Sunday, dodging weekend rains and playing two games with the winds howling out. 40 runs later the Thunder achieved a split

Game 1 against Hauf’s Astros (minus Jorge thank Heavens) started with a 3 run HR by Grant Suman in the first. Five more in the second sparked by a two run double from Scott Lawrence gave the Thunder an 8-3 lead after two. A two run dinger by Scott Lawrence in the 6th kept the Thunder ahead 13-8 before the final stanza saw an inside the parker by Ro Gulhati help produce 6 more and a 19-8 win.

Game two was against Schnitzer’s Cubs ( minus Mr Schnitzer, not quite the same effect as missing Jorge). The game was tied at 14 through 5 innings thanks to a two run Grant Suman HR, a solo blast from Scott Lawrence, a solo blast from Josh Forniglia and a 3 run and 2 run blast from Grant Suman. The Cubs erupted for a 10 spot but the Thunder came back with 2 walks and 8 hits to start the inning before falling short 24-21.

Dan Feldman was our POW with 7-8 and two walks. Grant Suman was our ROW having a monster day with 9-10, 2 doubles, 4 home runs, 7 runs scored, 12 rbi’s and outstanding defense in LCF. Other Thunder stars were Kendal Anthony 6-8 in his break out game, Scott Lawrence 6-9, Josh Forniglia 5-9, Ro Gulhati 4-7, John Miller 3-5 and Robbie Franklin 5-10.

Apr 22, 2018, 7:49 pm

Ranger Rap

Gers have another splitzky as they lose a tough opener 9-5 to the Royals.  Hitting was sparse with only 9 hits total. Jared did Power a blast against the wind and super sub Freddie Wilmont had two of the hits including a laced 3B.  Blake Jones also had two hits but just not enough offensive noise.

2nd tilt was an offensive explosion as we hammered out 28 hits including 6 2bs, 5 Hr's, 3 3B's, and BB's.  When the dust cleared, the Gers had themselves a 25-12 victory over the other Casper team. Tons of hitting stars as mentioned in Ranger superlatives below.

Gers continue to play Jeckl and HYDE and plan to rally as we move forward.

Ruby Ranger's:

ROW-Jared Powers-5/7 BB 3 HR's 5Runs and 5 RBI's

POW-super sub....Freddie Wilmont  5/7 BB 2B  3B 2 HR's 4 runs and 7 RBI's

Nick Croce 4/7 2 runs 3B

Gary Frank   5/7 BB 2 2B's 3B 5 Runs and 2 RBI's

Travis O  4/7 a 2B and 4 RBI's

W Casper 2nd game on base 5 times including 2 2B's and 2 more BB's

C Rod  HR 3B and 4 RBI's in 2nd game


Mets Split..Again
Apr 22, 2018, 4:27 pm

Game 1 vs Roth's Indians

Drawing the field 5 8am time slot is always miserable with the sun. Mets drew first blood with a Neyland walk, Shaw single and Lee McDonald legit field 5 fence bomb. That was followed by consecutive hits from Machado, Hathcock, and Coffman. Held the potent Indians team in check while we added another 4 runs in the second with consistent timely hitting from Neyalnd/Shaw/McDonald/Machado/Hathcock/Coffman/Madlock & Licurse. Knew the Indians wouldnt stay down long and chipped away slowly and we were able to tack on a few insurance runs before the Indians made a run on us but it was too little too late. This was the most complete game the Mets had played with excellent pitching/defense/hitting



Game 2 vs Alford's Iron Pigs

Finally get a game on field 1 and the wind is blowing striaght in....Gave up 5 out of the gate with awful defense and were able to get 3 runs back. Give the pigs credit they made a lot of good plays running down rockets in the gaps and didnt give us anyting. Defense was inconsistent and we gave up a few more before trying to battle back but it was too little too late. 


POW Cris Coffman 4-7 with several Clutch RBI's

Row JP was 6-7 BB 5R 2b and a shalom league HR


O's play comeback kids to push streak to 6 straight!
Apr 22, 2018, 3:46 pm

Riding a 4 game win streak, we drew two tough opponents this week that were primed for the matchup.

Game 1 vs. Goldy's MDogs

     The Dogs' bats came out smoking and jumped out to a 10-1 lead after 2 1/2 giving us an uphill climb.  We came alive in the bottom of the 3rd plating 7.  Back to back homers from the captain and our POW Nick Barr started the rally and big timer Lewis Zwick capped it with a HUGE 3 run base clearing double.  Goldys crew answered with 3 in the top of the 4th, but we would finally take the lead in the bottom of the frame after scoring 6.  A lead off bomb from Matt Shwarts got it started and big RBI doubles from ROW Arevalo Gonzalez and David Pinkus gave us a one run lead.  We would tack on 3 more insurance runs and shut them down the rest of the way for a 17-13 victory.

Game 2 @ Royals

     The Royals coming off of a big win over the Rangers and acustomed to the windy field 1 conditions proved to be a game opponent.  A low scoring affair throughout, saw the Royals pull away late for an 11-7 lead on some good hitting and sloppy defense from the O's.  Going into the final inning with time expired and the bottom 3 in our lineup due to bat, it was time for a rally.  Big time singles from David Pinkus and Lewis Zwick filpped the lineup.  A walk to Justin Reed loaded them for Shwarts who would also draw a walk.  Captain laced a 2 run single to center to draw us within 1 run.  Nick Barr was clutch driving in the tying run.  John Burke came up with a HUGE single to give us the lead.  Leo Cova would add one more with an RBI single.  A big double play in the bottom of the inning helped us to close the door on number 6 in a row!  The O's are HOT!!!

POW: Nick Barr 5 for 7, 2-HR, 7 RBI, 4 Runs Scored

ROW: Arevalo Gonzalez 6 for 8, 2-Doubles, 3 RBI and Great SS defense

Lewis Zwick: 2 HUGE hits one in each game.  3 run double in game one and winning rally starting single in second game.

Other clutch performances from Kelly Welton, John Burke and Leo Cova!!!

Rockhounds Streak ends at 7
Apr 17, 2018, 4:24 pm

After a blistering hot start to the season, the Rockhounds were looking to stay undefeated as long as possible.

Game 1 at Iron Pigs field 8

With the wind gusting out, a close high scoring affair was anticipated. The game started with a walk from Tyler Samsel, singles by Kelly Alexander and Matt Brumley, and a walk by Jon Simonson. Then Jacob Grubb hit a booming 3 run bomb to give the Rockhounds a 5 run first inning. The Iron Pigs answered with two of their own in the bottom half. But the Rockhounds put up 5 more in the second starting with a Jerry Rogers walk followed by singles from Samsel and Alexander. A 2 run double by Brumley, an rbi double by Simonson, an rbi single by Grubb and a sac fly by Matt Sorge did the damage for the inning. The Pigs got one back and shut down the Rockhounds offense before scoring 5 in the 3rd to cut the deficit to 10-8. With the top of the lineup hitting, the Rockhounds knew they needed to put some runs up. The first 7 hitters got on base thanks to singles from Samsel, Alexander, Brumley, Grubb, Sorge and Robert Reighter and a walk mixed in there from Simonson. A sac fly from Joe Beasley plated the 6th and final run of the inning as all 11 hitters came up to bat in the inning. With the score 16-8 the pigs rallied like champs to score 8 of their own to tie the game. Going into the last inning with the score tied the top of the Rockhounds lineup came up big again. A leadoff stretch double by Samsel started things off. Singles from Brumley and Simonson set up another 3 run bomb from Grubb giving the Rockhounds a 4 run lead. Kelly's pitching and the defense behind him shut down the pigs to extend the streak to 7 games. Rockhounds win 20-16.

Tyler Samsel - 3-3, BB, 2B, 4 runs

Kelly Alexander - 3-4, 3 runs

Matt Brumley - 4-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 runs

Jon Simonson - 2-2, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 4 runs

Jacob Grubb - 4-4, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 runs

Matt Sorge - 2-3, sac, 3 RBI, run

Robert Reighter - 2-4, 2B, RBI


Game 2 vs Grasshoppers field 8

With 8-0 in sight, Garber's squad had other ideas as they aimed for first place in their division. The grasshopper started out right with 4 in the top of the 1st. The Rockhounds answered with another 5 run first inning. A 3 run no doubter from Matt Brumley, an rbi single from Robert Reighter, and hustle from Matt Sorge rounding 3rd on a fielder's choice accounted for the 5 runs. The Grasshoppers were shut down the next two innings but the Rockhounds could only score 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd. Down 8-4 the Grasshoppers exploded for 7 runs in the 4th and 6 runs in the 5th. The timely hitting escaped the Rockhounds in the 4th leaving the bases loaded and were held scoreless in the 4th and 5th. 3 runs came across in the last at bat but it wasnt enough as the Grasshoppers handed us our first loss of the year 17-11.

Tyler Samsel - 3-3, 2 2B, BB, RBI, 3 runs

Kelly Alexander - 2-3, sac, 2 RBI, run

Matt Brumley - 2-3, HR, BB, 5 RBI, run

Jacob Grubb - 2-3, 2 2B, 2 runs

Matt Sorge - 1-2, BB, run

Jerry Rogers - 1-2, BB, 2 runs

Mets Split Two Walk Offs
Apr 16, 2018, 1:12 pm

Game 1 vs Lachman's Royals

After giving up 1 in the first on a Baho HR the Mets came out strong with 4 in the first highlighted by a big 2 out rbi by Dustin Madlock (foreshadowing what would come later on). The game was back in forth and the Royals took a commanding 13-7 lead midway through three innings. Mets got walks from Madlock, Coffman and POW Ray Hebbeler got a big RBI single that lead to a big inning followed by hits from Neyland/Shaw/Kilburn/Machado/Hathcock. Royals were never say die and took the lead on us going into the bottom of the 4th as time expired. Cris Coffman and Ron Roberts singled and got on base for a Neyland shot to RF and then a 3 Run Fence HR by Shaw brought the Mets to within 1. Down to our last out Machado tied the game with a fene HR and then Clint Hathcock hit a double off the fence, Parrish was walked to set up a force and Madlock hit a shot off Carlos Moran who did a great job to get in front of it but Hathcock made a great read on the bases and kept running for the walk off win!

JP 4-4 3R Rbi 2b

Shaw 4-4 4R HR 5rbi

Killbomber 3-4 2b/HR 4 rbi

Clint Hathcock 3-3 BB 3 R 2b 2 rbi


Game 2 vs Caspers Redwings


This was probably the most bizzare game I have been apart of in the Shalom League. Both Teams seemed to score at will and whoever had the last at bat was going to win. Every memeber of the Mets had at least 2 hits in this game and after trading the lead every inning we scored 15 runs in the top of the 5th taking a 10 run lead into the last inning.  Typical shalom league fashion where no lead is safe we were walked off in heart breaking fashion.

JP 3-5

Shaw 4-5

Killbomber 5-5 2 HRs

Clint 5-5 3 2bs HR

Parrish 4-5 2b 2 rbi

Madlock 3-4 2rbi

Ronny Roberts 3-3 3b

Ray Hebbs- 3-4 2 2bs 4 rbi


Pirates lay 2 eggs
Apr 15, 2018, 9:17 pm

who knew how valuable Steve Gadol would be. The Gadoless Pirates dropped a pair today. Losing badly to the Bulls and Orioles. The Old Buccos had their problems with the blustery conditions.  Let’s just forget about this week and move on. Have a great week, be safe. 

Muckdogs frozen out in doubleheader
Apr 15, 2018, 8:35 pm

The Muckdogs lost two close ones on a cold and windy day, losing to Rakofsky's Red Sox 20-19 and to Hauf's Astros 18-15. 

In the opener, the Red Sox staged a great comeback and won the game in walk off fashion. In the second game, the Muckdogs were down 18-6 going into the bottom of the last and the Muckdogs scored 9 to come up just short.

Leading hitters on the day were Muckdogs Player of the Week Tony Dillard 5-5 plus 2 BBs, 4 runs, 4 RBIs; Muckdogs Rookie of the Week David Wang 5-7, HR, 3B, 2 2Bs, 4 runs, 8 RBIs; Reese Leonard 4-7, HR, 2 2Bs, 6 runs, 5 RBIs; Scott Greenberg 4-6 plus BB, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Theron Patrick 4-7.

Thunder Splits Two Slugfests
Apr 15, 2018, 4:38 pm

The Thunder had two games on field 9 with the wind howling out, but missing two of our big sluggers. It appeared that no lead would be safe on a day like today. Josh Forniglia stepped up in a big way with the first 4 HR’s of his Shalom career!

Game 1 was against JJ’s Orioles. The biting cold affected the Thunder defense in the first as the O’s plated 7. The Thunder was down 13-3 after 3 ½ innings. The O’s power with 7 HR’s was too much to keep up. A solo blast from Josh Forniglia and a two run blast by Grant Suman were all the Thunder could muster as they fell 21-13.

Game two was against Silverman’s Rangers coming off a game 1 victory in which they gave up only 4 runs. 13 runs in the top of the first for the Thunder featured a double and 3 run dinger by Josh Forniglia, an rbi single and two run HR from Grant Suman, a single and double from Brandon Yamaguchi, two singles from Dan Feldman and a triple and single from Robbie Franklin. After 3 innings the Thunder had a 17-8 lead, definitely not enough today. A two run homer by Josh pushed the lead to 19-9 after 4. The Thunder piled on 10 more in the 5th and final frame, the big hits being a 3 run HR by Josh Forniglia a triple from Brandon Yamauchi and a double from Grant Suman. The Rangers valiantly fought back to score 10 more and bring the final score to 29-20.

It was a feast for batting and slugging averages on the day as POW candidate Josh Forniglia went 9-9 with 2 doubles, 4 HR’s , 8 runs scored and 12 rbi’s. I guess we can call that his coming out party! ROW candidate Grant Suman was 5-8 with 2 HR’s and 6 rbi’s. Sub of the week Brandon Yamauchi was 8-9 with 2 doubles and 3 triples. Robbie Franklin had a huge day at 6-7, Dan Feldman was 5-9 and Ro Gulhati, John Miller and Mark Winnie all went 4-7. The division race tightened today as the 4-4 Thunder are only 1 game out of first place.

Cubs split
Apr 15, 2018, 3:56 pm

Starting the day in 37 degree temps with a strong wind, the Cubs faced the Indians.  In a back and forth affair, the Cubs lost a heartbreaker 20-19 in extra innings.  In game 2, the Cubs stayed focused throughout and held on to defeat the Diamondbacks 16-14 thanks to a great fielding effort from Aaron Nutt on the mound and a dandy grab by Thomas Kulcak in LCF.  Ben Enlow (6 for 6, 3 HRs, 3 BBs) had his most important hit of the day in the top of the 6th when he legged out an infield hit to 1B, setting up Nutt's 3 run blast to put the Cubs ahead for good.  

Offensive stars for the day:

Sardi- 2 hits, 4 BBs,

Allsbrook- (ROW Candidate) 6 for 7, 2 2Bs

Kulcak- 6 hits, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

Enlow- (POW Candidate) 6 for 6, 3 HRs, 3 BBs, 9 RBIs

Nutt- 3 hits, 2 BBs, Game winning HR

Braun- 3 hits, 2 2Bs, 3 BBs, SF

Dickerson- 2 hits, 2 BBs

Contreras- 3 hits, 2 3Bs, SF

Schnitzer- 3 hits

Alvara- important single in game 2

Rosenfield- 2 hits, BB


Second straight sweep for NY in the Season of Tommy!
Apr 15, 2018, 3:45 pm

The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname vs Conn's Tigers. 24 Yankees went to the plate in the first inning and18 runs scored. Doug Wolff, Carlos Montesinos, Ozzie Zurita and young sub Zach St Pierre each collected two hits in the first frame. Five players scored four runs (Jeremy Pease, Jason Niswonger, Larry Taub, Erik Clausen and Seth Pepkin as the Yanks cruised to a 35-6 win.

Some solid slash lines:

Zac St Pierre 5/3/3/4 with a triple and an inside the park grand slam

Jeremy Pease 2/4/2/2 with two bbs and two doubles

Jason Niswonger 4/4/3/6 with a triple and two Church hitting fence bombs

Steve Wedderburn 3/3/2/1 with a bb

Larry Taub 2/4/2/2 with two bbs

Erik Clausen 2/4/2/2 with two bbs

Seth Pepkin 3/4/3/7 with a bb and two doubles

Doug Wolff 4/2/3/2 with two doubles

Carlos Montesinos 3/2/2/1 with a bb

Ozzie Zurita 4/1/3/3 

Mitch Dunn 3 walks


Game 2 was tighter affair vs the Cuddleless Bulls. The Yanks held on to win 11-4 with great defense all around.

Steve Wedderburn was 3-3 and two hits from Montesinos, Pepkin, Taub, Niswonger, Pease and St Pierre. 

POW Candidate Seth Pepkin 5 for 6, bb, 3 doubles and 9 rbi's

ROW Candidate Carlos Montesinos 4 for 6, 3 runs, with two rbi's


The Pinstripers have now won 4 in a row! Vamos Yankees!!

Apr 15, 2018, 3:34 pm

Ranger's Rap

st game saw the Rangers end their losing streak with a hard fought 7-4 victory over the Grasshoppers. Ranger's best Defense of the season.  Sprinkle in a bit of timely hitting for Blake and Carlos who combined for 5 rbi's and 4 of the runs and tada!!!

2nd tilt saw the Ger's spot Millers Thunder 13 runs in the 1st....the Gers rallied but the lead was just too much to overcome and the loss was 29-20....Blake Jones perfect 4/4 4 HR's and 8 RBI's should not be overlooked.  Solo shots by Troy  Steele, CRod, and Gary Frank also were prominenet....unfortunately sloppy defense and a slugging Thunder struck down the Gers.

Ranger Royalty

POW Blake " me and mrs." Jones...7/8 2B 4 HR's 5 Runs and 12 RBI's!!!

ROW Carlos "and Charlies' Rodriguez  ....5 hits  6 runs HR and 3 RBI's

DR C....4 more BB's 2 Hits and 4 runs

Travis Olander ...6/7  3 runs and rbi's

Troy Steele and Gary Frank with solo shots



Orioles Fly High in the Wind!
Apr 15, 2018, 3:11 pm

The schedule Gods finally have turned in our favor with field assignment and we took advantage.  Lots of hitting stars on the day for the second weekend of sweeps.

Game 1 @ Miller Thunder

    Facing a Thunder team missing their top 2 stars, we took control early with an 7 run 1st.  A 2 run homer by captain Eusay followed by 6 straight hits got us out of the gate.  Ace John Burke went to work doing his usual masterful job holding Miller's squad to just 3 runs after 3 on an offensive field.  We picked up the pace once again plating 4 in the 4th and 8 more in the 5th.  Justin Reed, Nick Barr, Kelly Welton and John Burke all went big fly.  Justin had two in the game along with captain.  We went into the last inning with a very comfortable 21-7 lead and did our usual fumble rooskie to allow 6 before shutting the door.  Great team win!

Game 2 vs. Weinfeld's Buccos

     Trailing 2-0, we started out fast once again with an 8 run 1st frame.  Matt Shwarts decided to play along and started it with a bomb.  Nick Barr had another and the bottom of the lineup stayed red hot keeping the scoring going.  We kept the gas pedal down and took advantage of some control problems form Pirates Ace Rick Leon and some leaky defense.  We scored in every inning cruising to a 23-10 victory.  Arevalo Gonzalez, John Burke, Leo Cova, David Pinkus and Tim Barnes all had a perfect game at the plate.  Great win to complete another sweep.

Orioles Hitting Stars:

POW: Justin Reed 5 for 5, 3 HR, Double, 3 walks, 8 RBI, 6 runs

ROW: Arevalo Gonzalez 6 for 8 switch hitting, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 5 runs

Nick Barr: 5 for 8, 3 Hr, 2 Doubles, 7 RBI

David Pinkus: 5 for 6, 2 RBI

John Burke: 5 for 6, HR, 2 RBI

Kelly Welton: 4 for 5, HR, 4 RBI


Comeback kings...?
Apr 15, 2018, 11:51 am

In their bid to be a part of as many comebacks or near-comebacks as possible, the Red Wings opened their first game against Conn’s Tigers strong, scoring 6, 10, and 11 runs in their first 3 innings to put the score at a solid, nearly impossible-to-lose 27-2 going into the bottom of the third. It was at this point that the Red Wings decided to surrender a very reasonable 19 runs in a single inning in order to strategically run out the clock and win the game 27-21.

Rob Shiller was 2-3 with a homerun, double, walk, 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs.
Steve Shiller was 4-4 with 3 doubles, 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs.
Sean Greeley was 4 for 4 with a homerun, 3 runs scored, and 6 RBIs.
Mike Cohen was 3 for 4 with a home run, 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBIs.
Jeff Radanof was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.
Doug Storm was 3 for 3 with a double, SF, and 4 RBIs.
Ryan Lewin was 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs.
Matt Casey was 3 for 4 with a homerun, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.

In the second game against Shaw’s Mets, the Red Wings enjoyed a back and forth with the Mets, scoring 6 runs each of the first 3 innings, and setting themselves up with a nice lead going into the fourth inning, 18-13. And then the Mets scored 15 runs.

With time nearly expired, the Red Wings went into the bottom of the fourth down 18-28. Sean Greeley and Mike Cohen each solo-homered to make it 20-28, at which point, with 2 outs, captain Kyle Casper bravely drew a mostly-intentional walk as time expired, and the Red Wings put together a fantastic two-out rally. Jeff Lewin and Doug Storm singled, Ryan Lewin doubled, Matt Casey and Rob Shiller drew walks, and Steve Shiller hit a bases-clearing double to bring the score to 26-28. Sean Greeley was intentionally walked, and rookie Mike Cohen finished his Shalom League debut by hitting a 3 run walk off homerun. The final score was 29-28 Red Wings.

Rob Shiller was 2-3 with 2 walks and 4 runs scored.
Steve Shiller was 2-3 with 2 walks, 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs.
Sean Greeley was 3-4 with a walk, homerun, 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs.
Mike Cohen was 4-4 with 3 homeruns, SF, 4 runs scored and 8 RBIs.
Jeff Lewin was 4-4, with a homerun, 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs.
Doug Storm was 3-4, with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs.
Ryan Lewin was 4-4 with 3 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs.

Red Wings POW-Ryan Lewin, 7 for 8, 3 doubles, 5 RBIs, 3 runs scored.

Red Wings ROW- Mike Cohen, 7 for 8, 4 homeruns, 2 doubles, 10 RBIs and 7 runs scored.

Royals Come from Behind to Win Game Two and Salvage Doubleheader Split
Apr 9, 2018, 11:04 pm

At the time, the possibilities didn't run through the mind of the Royals’ Al Valenti. "But now that I think about it," the Royals’ first baseman said, "It was pretty awesome. I knew it was important, but I didn’t know it was that important." What had Valenti and the rest of his Royals teammates all excited was his game-saving catch that ended the fifth inning, and energized the Royals to rally for a thrilling come-from-behind win in game two of their doubleheader, defeating Unell’s Expos 15 – 12.

In a game where the lead changed hands five times, the Royals found themselves trailing late in the nightcap until a 6-run sixth inning catapulted them to the comeback win. Jose Baho and Paul Villarroel each went 4 – 4 and scored three runs apiece, while Baho led the team with four RBI.

Villarroel singled to lead off the game and scored on Baho’s single to give the Royals a short-lived 1 – 0 lead. In the bottom of the first, when David Buhrow launched a 1-2 pitch over the left centerfield fence, the homerun portended things to come.  Kaleb Runkle followed with a solo shot to virtually the same location to give the Expos the 3 – 1 lead.

In the top of the second, with one out, the Royals’ offense exploded in a salvo of nine consecutive singles, scoring seven, while sending 13 batters to the plate to retake the lead, 8 – 3. In the bottom of the frame, the Royals’ defense pitched a shutdown inning. The Expos had runners on first and second with only one out, when Rick Levy short-hopped a sharp grounder toward third, stepped on the bag, and threw in-time to second to complete the 5 – 4 inning ending double play.

Baho tripled and scored on Carlos Moran’s single in the fourth to make it 9 – 4, but the Expos kept chipping away, and in the bottom of the fourth tied things up when Donald Prim came up with the bases loaded and belted a grand slam on the first pitch he saw. 9 – 9.





























After holding the Royals scoreless in the top of the fifth, the Expos took the lead once again in the bottom of the frame by scoring one run, and had runners on first and second with two outs when Kenny Puls came to the plate, with the dangerous Prim (3 – 4, 4 Runs, 4 RBI, 2 2B, Grand Slam) on deck. Puls hit a screamer toward right field that was caught by Valenti, when he made a spectacular, lunging, back-handed grab. Valenti’s game-saving, defensive gem kept the deficit to one run, ensured Prim would lead off the sixth with the bases empty, and completely changed the complexion of the game.

Down 10 – 9, a single and a fielding error in the top of the sixth allowed the Royals to have runners on first and second with only one out, and the heart of their lineup due up. And the heart of the lineup delivered. Baho lined the clutch single that tied the game, Tony Macaluso followed with a 2-run single to put the Royals back on top, and Greg Oetzmann singled in one more, bringing Larry Lachman to the plate with runners on first and second. Lachman’s 2-run double cleared the bases and broke the game open, giving the Royals an insurmountable 15 – 10 lead.

The Expos still had some fight left in them, scoring two more runs in the bottom of the frame – as Prim doubled and scored to lead off the inning – but the Royals held on for the emotional, come-from-behind victory.

Jose Baho  4 – 4, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 3B
Paul Villarroel   4 – 4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Carlos Moran  3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Al Valenti  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI  Game-Saving Catch to End the 5th Inning
Tony Macaluso  2 – 4, 3 RBI, GWRBI
Larry Lachman  2 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B
Greg Oetzmann  2 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Tyler Shulman  2 – 4, 2 Runs
Aaron Patterson  1 – 2, 1 Run, BB

In the opener, the Royals matched zeroes with Samsel’s Rockhounds for two innings before the wheels came off in the third. Legitimate Rockhound hits along with uncharacteristic Royals’ fielding errors and miscommunication resulted in three unearned runs in the Rockhound’s 7-run third. Despite getting 10 hits and drawing two walks, the Royals’ sleepy offense never woke up as they stranded 11 runners in the game, unable to find a groove in the cold weather.

Kudos to Kelly Alexander, who pitched a great game, the Rockhounds’ bottom half of the lineup, who delivered multiple key hits, and Captain Samsel for his outstanding play in left centerfield, which included two outfield assists. While the better team did win on Sunday, the Royals know they didn’t play the kind of softball they’re capable of – that they’ve demonstrated in virtually every other game this season – and look forward to their rematch with the Rockhounds on August 19th.
































Baho, Oetzmann, and Tyler Shulman led the Royals with two hits apiece.

Rockhounds stay undefeated
Apr 9, 2018, 4:50 pm

Going into week 3 at 4-0 the Rockhounds had their hands full with two tough opponents and even tougher weather conditions.


Game 1 at Royals field 8

The Rockhounds came into this matchup having played an opponent with 0 losses each of the first 4 games. This was no different in a battle of the last two undefeated teams of the 2018 season. There was not a lot of offense early as both teams were getting warmed up, literally. Scoreless going into the 3rd, the Rockhounds opened the game up with a 7 run inning. POW nominee Ben Walk had a leadoff double to get things started. Back to back singles by Jerry Rogers and Tyler Samsel scored the first run. A Matt Brumley sac fly and rbi singles from Jon Simonson, Jacob Grubb, Robert Reighter and Jim Finley continued the rally and momentum. The top of the 5th saw the Rockhounds score 3 more with 6 straight hits from Matt Sorge, Reighter, Joe Beasley (rbi), Finley, Walk (2 rbi) and Rogers. With a 10-0 lead late the Rockhounds cruised from there allowing 1 run in the 5th and 6th and scoring 2 more on back to back home runs from Kelly Alexander and Brumley. Rockhounds win 12-2.

Kelly Alexander - 1-2, 2 BB, HR, RBI, 2 runs

Matt Brumley - 2-3, sac, HR, 2 RBI, run

Jon Simonson - 2-4, RBI, run

Robert Reighter - 3-4, RBI, run

Joe Beasley - 2-4, 2B, RBI, run

Jim Finley - 2-4, RBI

Ben Walk - 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, run

Jerry Rogers - 3-3, run


Game 2 vs Muckdogs field 8

Coming off a comback win, the Muckdogs were looking to get a sweep and end the ROckhounds 5 game win streak. Drew Waggoner hit a 3 run homer to get the Muckdogs out to an early lead. Doubles by Kelly Alexander and Jon Simonson got one back. The Rockhounds found their stride in the 2nd plating 3 more on a rbi single by Ben Walk and 2 run double by Tyler Samsel to go up 4-3. After another stout defensive inning the Rockhounds came up to hit in the 3rd. Singles from Matt Brumley and Jacob Grubb set up a clutch 2 out 3 run homer from Joe Beasley. The Muckdogs got those 3 runs back in the 4th to close the deficit to 7-6. A few scoreless half innings later the Rockhounds saw a chance to take control of the game late. Grubb doubled to lead off the bottom of the 5th and scored on a a rbi single by Beasley. A double by Jim Finley set up a 2 rbi double by Walk to extend the lead to what would be a final of 10-6 and a record of 6-0. 

Tyler Samsel - 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Kelly Alexander - 2-4, 2B, run

Matt Brumley - 2-4, run

Jon Simonson - 2-4, 2B, RBI

Jacob Grubb - 2-4, 2B, 2 runs

Joe Beasley 2-3, HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs

Jim Finley 2-3, 2B, 2 runs

Ben Walk - 3-3, 2B, 3 RBI


The bottom half of the order carried the team throughout both games offensively. The defense was stout all around. Kelly pitched two gems and added two more strikeouts to bring the season total to at least 6. Infield was solid everywhere with spectacular plays from Brumley and Simonson. And the no fly zone was outstanding especially with the arms accounting for 4 outfield assists on the day. 

Mets Split
Apr 9, 2018, 8:47 am

Game 1 vs Millers Thunder

We welcomed back Cris Coffman from injury and after promptly giving up a pair of runs in the first. JP Neyland tripled to start of the game and we got hits from Lee McDonald, Jon Kilburn, Clint Hathock and a clutch 2 out 2 rbi single from Devin Parrish to get us the lead at 3-2. Thunder took a 5-2 lead in an inning where Chris Licurse took line drive off his pitching elbow (had to miss the rest of the day). Kilburn came in and pitched great in relief holding the Thunder to 3 more runs over 3+ innings of work. Once the Mets were down by several runs the top of the order took over in the 5th inning. 3 consecutive doubles from Neyland/Shaw/McDonald followed by sharp singles from Kilburn/Machado/Hathcock/Parrish and Sac Fly from Coffman gave us the lead for good. With the Thunder trying to get us out in the bottom of the 6th and time running out Lee McDonald put the game on ice with a 2 run Fence HR. 


Players of the game

JP Neyland 2-4 3b 2R

David Shaw 3-3 SAC 2 2B 3 R 3 rbi

Lee McDonald 4-4 2b HR 4 R 3 RBI

Jon Kilburn 3-3 2R rbi

Joe Machado 2-3 R 2 rbi

Clint Hathcock 2-3 R Rbi

Devin Parrish 2-3 with 3 clutch rbi's


Game 2 vs Garbers Grasshoppers

We came out hot with back to back doubles from Neyland/Shaw and another by Kilburn with a single from Machado and a shot to the fence on field 4 by Hathcock gave us a 3 run lead.  Hoppers got 3 of their own and in the 2nd the bottom of the order came alive with hits from Cris Coffman, Ron Roberts, and Ray Hebbeler gave way for Neyland and Shaw to drive in a few runs to give us a 6-3 lead. Unfortunately that would be all the runs the we could get in game 2 as the Hoppers tacked a few more on and Banta got the top of the order 1-2-3 in the 6th to end the game.


Players of the Game

Ray Hebbeler 1-1 BB

JP Neyland 2-3 2b R RBI

David Shaw 2-3 2b 2 rbi

Jon Kilburn 2-3 2b 2 rbi

Joe Machado 2-3



Yanks sweep in the season of Tommy!
Apr 8, 2018, 6:49 pm

Was it the new uniforms and cool white Pinstripe hats? Was it the 39 degree weather at 8am? Or was it the Tommy Gun factor coaching third in his eskimo attire?

Whatever it was, the Yanks edged Hauf's Astros 12-5. Jermey Pease and Erik Clausen both went 4-4 and Ozzie Zurita was a perfect 2-2 with a walk. Excellent defense from Pease, Clausen, Jason Niswonger and Larry Taub kept the hot hitting Astros walking back to their dugout muttering to themselves. Super sub Zach St Pierre was 3-4 with a homer.

In game two vs Schnitzer's Cubs, Ben Enlow's two titanic blasts gave Chicago a big lead until the bottom of the 7th. There was no time left on the clock and the Cubs held a four run lead. Steve Wedderburn singled to start the rally and Erik Clausen worked out a walk. Larry Taub sharply singled and then Captain Yankee got a hit. Seth Pepkin hit a huge double to tie the game and after a Doug Wolff intentional pass, Carlos Montesinos hit a walk off single to win it 14-13 for the Bronx Bombers!

POW Jeremy Pease 8 for 8, home run, 6 runs scored and 4 rbi's

ROW Ozzie Zurita 3 for 5, bb and two runs scored


It’s Splitsville again for the Pirates.
Apr 8, 2018, 5:13 pm

On a early cold blustery  April Sunday morning, the Weinfeld Pirates split a again. The Pirates outscored the formidable Red Sox12-5.  Powered by Guiness loaded Jimie Simone, going a hard 3 for 3 with a over the fence bomb. Michael Bourque and Tim Jamieson also contributed mightly  in the win. Rick Leon proved that pitchers can pitch and hit. in the second game of the twin bill, the Buccos went down the the mighty Astros. Spotting the Astros a10 run lead after 2 innings, the Pirates did make a game of it losing 10-6. On the day, defense was suspect, pitching good, hitting Good in spots. Steve Gadol and Irwin Kaufman contributed with their sticks. 3 week sub Voss helped also. Defense needs to improve for the Pirates to make some noise in the post season. So that’s all for this Week. Until we write again, play on boys. Have a great week. 

Tigers - Split - The tail of two Teams
Apr 8, 2018, 3:43 pm

Tigers  - Start this morning against  the Hopers.  The team came out and looked it was chasing a laser light on the field. The Tigers scored  2 runs in the first 4 innings and being down 20 to 2.  The something happend  and the Tigers woke up and scored  9 runs in the 5th. The ralley ended with a circus catch by Brian Ortega.  Final scoare Hops 20 Tigers 11.


The Second game against Iron pigs  was a a different story.  The Tigs open with 1 run in the first. The Pigs scored 3 in the bottom.  The teams changed leads  until the 5th  when Tigers opend up the lead with a single by Grant Carver.  The next two batters made outs then the 7 batters got on base opening up a 6 run lead. THe final score was Tigers won 14 to 7 over the pigs. 

It Is All About the Jerseys!
Apr 8, 2018, 3:42 pm

As previously suspected, the O's were waiting for jerseys to start taking things seriously.

Game 1 vs D'Backs- In usual fashion, field 4 proved to be a defensive field.  An RBI single from Tim Barnes in the top of the 2nd gave us the early lead that was matched by the opponent in the bottom of the frame.  Despite non existent hitting and shoddy defense from the team skipper, we were able to regain our lead in the 3rd on a sac fly and RBI single from Arevalo Gonzalez. Young Williams' squad scraped one across in the bottom of the 4th but absolutely masterful pitching from John Burke shut them out the rest of the way. Huge 2 run bomb by POW Leo Cova into the wind sealed the deal.  Orioles win 6-2!

Game 2 vs. Indians- The tribe was coming off of an offensive explosion and victory on Field 1 but was quickly introduced to the beast of field 4.  The O's offense exploded in the 1st inning for 5 big runs.  2 run bomb by the skipper followed by a huge 2-run triple by Burke and RBI from Cova plated the runs.  We added 1 in the 2nd on back to back triples from Barnes and Kelly Welton and 3 in the 3rd on RBI from Jeff Roberts, Burke and David Pinkus.  Burke continued his unbelievable pitching holding the Indians scoreless through 4 until Turbo Golden ended that after calling his shot and burning Justin Reed in LCF for a double and scored.  With the game on cruise control for the O's, we started packing too soon as the Tribe capitalized on same shaky defense to pose a threat and get within 2 runs with 2 outs and the tying run on 1st.  Burke got the final out on a grounder back to him to end it and preserve the sweep!

O's Stars of the Day

POW: Leo Cova 4 for 6, Hr, 3 RBI, Run

John Burke: Amazing pitching all day and 3 for 6 at the plate with a triple and 3 RBI

ROW: Nick Barr 3 for 6, Perfect in game 2 with a 2B and 2 runs

Tim Barnes: 2 for 5, Triple, BB, RBI 

Apr 8, 2018, 3:23 pm

Ranger Rap

Ugly day for the Gers...in the opener,Ranger's led 9-4 only to see the Muckdogs rally for 6 in the bottom of the 7th for a walk off win.  Heartbreaker.....

Game 2 ....more heartbreak as Willaim DBacks trailed 8-4 into the 6th....unfortunately they tallied 10 runs in the last two...Gers 2 in the 7th only made the score 14-10 as they lost in sloppy fashion.

Ger's are 2-4 bit it's a long season and the Man of Steele is back....

Really good Rangers:

Carlos "C Rod" Rodriguez (ROW)  6/8 3B's  HR and 6RBI's

Jared "I got the " Powers  4/6 and 3 RBI's

Dr C  3/5 2 BB's 2B

Gary Frank  4/5 BB and 2 RBI's

Silverman  1st hit of the season!!!

Red Wings sweep to get back to .500
Apr 8, 2018, 2:18 pm

In their first game against the Cubs, the Red Wings posted a solid 3 runs to open the game, with Red Wing Player of the Week Steve Shiller starting things off with a walk, Sean Greeley doubling Steve in, two more walks from Brads Parr and Earls, and a solid 2 run RBI single from Jeff Radanof. The Red Wings loaded the bases in the second after three back to back walks from Scott Elfenbein, Rob Shiller, and Steve Shiller, setting Sean Greeley up for a solid 2 RBI single, and a follow up homer from super-sub Brad Earls. The Red Wings finished the game out 17-6 after posting 6 more runs in the 4th and 3 more in the 5th.

Rob Shiller was solid leading off, 1-2 with 2 walks, scoring every time he reached base.
Steve Shiller was 1-1 with 3 walks, scoring every time he reached base.
Sean Greeley popped out to the short stop in the 5th inning for his only out of the day.
Brad Parr was 2-3 with a walk, and knocked in 3 runs.
Brad Earls (super-sub) was 3-3 with a walk and a homerun, knocking in 4 runs.
Scott Elfenbein continued to be every pitcher’s bane and went 1-1 with 2 walks, scoring every time he reached base.

In their second game against the Expos, after a well-placed bribe to Oscar Fernandez to keep him off the field yet again, the Red Wings continued their solid hitting, posting 2 runs in the first, 8 runs in the second, 1 in the third, 1 in the fourth, and 3 more in the fifth to secure a 15-8? win and sweep the day. Rob Shiller made some excellent catches on some very hard hit balls in LCF, while Steve Shiller played a solid third base. Sean Greeley pitched a solid day and had multiple put-outs from the rubber.

Steve Shiller was 2-3, with a walk, and also reached on an error, scoring 3 more runs.
Sean Greeley was 4-4 with a 3-run homerun, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs.
Jeff Radanof was 3-4 hitting into the comically huge Expos’ shift, with a run scored and 2 RBIs.
Kyle Casper accidentally hit a ball out and also accidentally made a few catches in RCF.
Scott Elfenbein had a perfect day robbed from him after a base-running error, going only 2-3 with a fielder’s choice, and scoring 2 runs.


The Red Wings' player of the week was Steve Shiller, 3-4, 4 walks, 7 runs scored, 2 RBI, came in to play third base for 1.5 games and was excellent.

Thunder Drops Two
Apr 8, 2018, 1:15 pm

The Thunder entered this Sunday at 3-1 with every game being close, from 1 to 3 runs difference. That ended today. Game 1 was close until the last inning when the Mets broke loose for a 13-8 win. Josh Forniglia led the way with 4-4, Scott Lawrence 3-3, Ro Gulhati 3-4 with 4 ribbies and Tommy Baer 2-3.

Game 2 was against Rakofsky’s Red Sox, who found a way to warm up on such a blustery cold day…they circled the bases 28 times in a 28-9 romp. Thunder highlights were a two run dinger for Scott Lawrence and 3-3 performances from Dan Feldman and Tommy Baer.

Scott Lawrence was our POW with 5-6 a double and homer. Josh Forniglia was our ROW with 5-8 which included 3 doubles and a triple. Dan Feldman and Tommy Baer both went 4-5

Orange you glad we have Banta?
Apr 7, 2018, 10:39 am

Garber's Grasshoppers got off to a late start against Williams' Diamondbacks after some umpire confusion and Dbacks struck first.  With two on, friend-of-Grasshoppers Randy Ransom took a couple of close pitches before knocking a three-run homer on the way to a four-run first.  Jon Banta doubled in Tony Martin and Dustin Bone to cut the lead in half and then the pitching and defense (including five double plays) on both squads took over.  Andrew Williams scored his second and third runs of the game in the third and fifth innings (one bomb) to stretch the lead to 6-2 before the Grasshoppers rallied in the bottom of the sixth for three runs.  With one out, Zack Kazda singled and Tony Martin walked ahead of a Brian Ortega RBI double.  Dustin Bone then plated two with a double of his own, making it a 6-5 game going to the seventh.  With two on and two out, the Grasshoppers issued a rare intentional walk to reigning MVP Williams, choosing to face Ransom, the only DBack with a perfect day up to that point.  Donnie Holtmann made a diving stop of a Ransom smash and threw to Andy Williams, who got the force on the speedy Andrew Williams to keep it a one-run game going to the bottom of 7 … or so we thought.  The call was overruled by the home plate umpire, plating a run, so the Hoppers needed at least two from the bottom of the order.  Ryan Fields singled and scored one, and the tying and winning runs were on base but Ted Hogan made a nice catch in right to kill the comeback.

The G-men groused and moaned over to field 6 to face a Yankees team advertised to have the most power in the league, but the Grasshoppers struck first and didn’t stop, scoring 6 in the first inning, highlighted by 2-RBI singles by Holtmann and Williams.  Brian Ortega added a 2 run homer in the second, but there was still concern over a lineup that started with ex-Grasshopper Pease, Apligian, Niswonger, Wedderburn, until the Hops batted around in the third.  Rookie of the week nominee Rick Lewis smashed an RBI hit over Apligian and then the big boys took over.  Kazda and Martin joined Lewis on base before all scoring on Ortega’s monster grand slam past the fire station.  After Bone singled, Banta hit his first home run of the season.  Grayson Tackett joined the party, walking and scoring on a Fields single; an inning later, Tackett would knock in Ortega and Bone, pushing the Grasshoppers to 20 runs for the game.  Meanwhile, Player of the week nominee Banta scattered 8 baserunners, holding the hated Yankees to 3 runs. 

The Grasshoppers lead the league in defense, giving up an average of 7 runs a game.

Muckdogs split
Apr 1, 2018, 8:38 pm

Week 2 the Muckdogs split, beating the Farin-less Yankees game 1 16-7 and losing to Alford's Piggies 16-12 in the nightcap. 

Week 2 featured rookie Reese Leonard's Shalom League debut and he did not disappoint -- 7/7 plus a BB, grand slam, 2 2Bs, 4 runs, 8 RBIs and great play in LCF. 

Game 1 the Muckdogs got off to a quick start -- 3 in the 1st on Ryan Greenberg's 3 run blast, then 7 in the second with 5 straight singles from sub Kevin Blake, Theron Patrick, Captain Goldstein, Eddie Tann and Greg Ritter, followed by Leonard's grand slam plated 6. Scott Greenberg's BB, Barry Epstein's 2B, followed by Kevin Blake's single added the 7th run of the inning. Muckdogs scored 6 more to win 16-7.

Game 2 against the Iron Pigs started much slower with the Muckdogs falling way behind. After 2 scoreless frames, the Muckdogs scored 4 in the 3rd and 5 in the 4th, leaving them behind 16-9 going into the bottom of the last, Goldstein doubled, David Wang doubled, three walks in a row and a single by Epstein, brought the tying run to the plate, but the Muckdogs fell just short.

In addition to POW and ROW Reese Leonard, other leading hitters on the day included Hall of Famer Eddie Tann's reaching in 4 of 6 ABs, scoring 3 times, 2 RBIs; Greg Ritter 4-7, 4 runs; David Wang 4-8, 2B, 4 runs, RBI; Scott Greenberg reached in 6 of 8 AB plus a SF, 4 runs, great pitching; Barry Epstein 4-8, HR, 2B, 5 RBIs; and Ryan Greenberg, 3-5, 2 BBs, SF, HR, 2B, 3 runs, 6 RBIs.

Royals Complete Epic Comeback against Indians, then Stun Pirates in Doubleheader Sweep
Mar 28, 2018, 12:27 am

It looked like the Royals’ sixth inning lead against Weinfeld’s Pirates was about to go away with one swing of the bat Sunday evening. As time expired in the top of the sixth, the Royals held a precarious 11 – 10 lead over the Pirates with the tying run on third and two outs, when the Pirates’ Brian Strull drove a ball to deep left field, just inside the foul line. The frozen rope would have been a game-tying hit if it wasn’t for Tyler Shulman. Running full speed toward the foul line, Shulman tracked the ball down and dove at the last possible second to make a sensational, horizontal with full extension, diving catch to rob Strull of certain extra bases. After he landed and realized the ball was in his glove, Shulman leapt in the air with his glove and fist raised to celebrate the Royals’ stunning victory and doubleheader sweep with his teammates who mobbed him. The dramatic conclusion came after the Pirates started the inning down 11 – 9, with runners at second and third and nobody out.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Shulman walked and moved to third on Jose Baho’s double. RBI singles by Carlos Moran and Rick Levy staked the Royals to the early 3 – 0 lead. Baho’s 2-run single was the key hit in the Royals’ 3-run second, while Paul Villarroel and Shulman provided RBI singles in the Royals’ 4-run fourth.





























Let’s reset, because it was unbelievable defense that won this game. Shulman’s web gem wasn’t the only flash of leather from the Royals’ outfield. Rookie Paul Villarroel registered two critical outfield assists, in turning two rally killing, inning ending double plays that preserved the one-run victory.

In the top of the second, with two runs in, one out, and Pirates on first and third, the batter flied out to medium depth right centerfield. Villarroel caught the ball and fired a strike to fellow rookie, catcher Aaron Patterson, who blocked the plate, and in one motion caught the throw and tagged out the sliding runner from third to complete the bang-bang, 9–2 inning ending double play.

In the top of the fifth, the Pirates had rallied to score four runs, and trim the Royals’ lead to 11 – 9. With four runs in, one out, and Pirates on first and second, Cody Strull launched a mammoth flyball to deep right centerfield. On any other night this ball would have been gone, but with the wind blowing in on field 7, Villarroel caught the ball up against the fence, as both runners tagged up to advance. Villarroel threw a laser to Moran, who strategically positioned himself on the first base side of second base. The ball hit Moran’s glove as the runner from first began his slide, which upended Moran, who – while falling backwards – held onto the ball and tagged the runner before he could reach second base, completing the dramatic, 9–6 inning ending double play.

The Pirates came to bat in the top of the sixth, down 11 – 9, and quickly put runners on second and third with nobody out. A sacrifice fly made it 11 – 10, as the runner on second advanced to third with only one out. Cliff Pollack induced the next Pirate to ground sharply to shortstop. Moran fielded the ball cleanly, looked the runner back to third, and then threw the batter out at first … and set the stage for Shulman’s heroics.

Tyler Shulman  2 – 2, 3 Runs, 2 RBI, BB, Game-Saving Catch to End the Ballgame
Aaron Patterson  2 – 2, 2 Runs
Jose Baho  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B
Cliff Pollack  2 – 3, 1 Run
Carlos Moran  1 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI

Earlier in the evening, the Royals overcame a nine-run deficit to storm back and defeat Roth’s Indians 20 – 13. Playing on field 2 with the wind blowing out, the Royals found themselves in a massive 10 – 1 hole heading to the top of the second inning.

However, that’s when the Royals started their epic comeback against the Indians. Scoring six runs in the top of the second, three more in the third and 10 runs in the fifth – when they sent 14 batters to the plate – the Royals could not be stopped. After the first inning – when it seemed like the Indians could not be stopped; their attack relentless, hit after hit after hit – Pollack settled down, found a rhythm, and pitched three solid shutout innings.


























The Royals started the top of the second with five consecutive singles, plating two runs. But no hit was bigger than when Patterson came up to bat with the bases loaded and rifled the sixth consecutive hit – a 2-run double – to bring the Royals back to within five runs. 10 – 5. With runners on second and third and only one out, Villarroel followed with a tremendous drive to deep center field that – while it was caught – was deep enough to score both runners. 10 – 7.

In the third, Moran launched a 2-run fence homerun, Greg Oetzmann’s RBI single tied the score at 10 – 10, and the momentum felt like it was all on one side … until the bottom of the fourth. That’s when Indian’s super sub, Justin Howard, untied the game with a clutch, two out, 3-run jack over the left field fence to put the Indians back on top 13 – 10. It could have been worse. The Indians’ fourth inning leadoff batter singled, but was erased with the next batter when Levy made an incredible backhanded stab on a liner down the third base line to begin the 5–4–3 double play.

Undaunted being down 13 – 10, the Royals answered the Indians’ uprising by exploding for 10 runs in the fifth. Moran doubled to lead off the top of the fifth. Back-to-back triples by Pollack and Tony Macaluso made it 13 – 12. Levy tied the score with a fielder’s choice, and then back-to-back doubles by Oetzmann and Larry Lachman put the Royals back in the lead for good.

The bottom half of the lineup is often overlooked, but in this game the bottom half of the Royals lineup combined to go 10 – 15, 9 Runs, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 3 2B, SF. Overall, the Royals pounded out 22 hits, with nine of them going for extra bases.

In a game where the lead changed hands four times, Moran also turned two rally killing 6–4 double plays in the Indians’ third inning, and in the fifth inning to end the game.

The Royals turned a team-record five double plays in the doubleheader as they demonstrated a tremendous resiliency, improving their record to 4 – 0 on the young season.

Carlos Moran  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, BB, SF, 2B, 2-Run Fence HR
Aaron Patterson  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, BB, 2B
Greg Oetzmann  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Larry Lachman  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B, SF, GWRBI
Paul Villarroel   2 – 3, 1 Run, 3 RBI, SF
Tony Macaluso  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 3B
Rick Levy  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Tyler Shulman  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, HR
Cliff Pollack  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 3B
Jose Baho  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B

Durham Bulls go O’fer
Mar 27, 2018, 7:29 am

Game 1 / Durham Bulls fall to the Rockhounds

Not much to see here. Michael Barth pitched a solid game as usual, but the Bulls defense was shaky from the get go. The porous defense combined with a below average offensive performance kept the Bulls from mounting a serious challenge to the overweening Rockhound...

Key Offensive Performances

Ryan Driggers – 1 for 4 / 1 HR (into the wind on field 4) / 1 RBI

Mitch Johnson – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Adwild Perez – 2 for 4 / 1 RBI


Game 2 / Durham Bulls lose a close one to the Red Sox

The Durham Bulls played better in game two, but the defense was still shaky behind Mr. Barth. The Red Sox had solid hitting, highlighted by a smoking hot blast to the left field fence by their classy manager Mr. Paul Rakofsky. The Bulls offense was led by the Ryan Driggers (1 HR), Eric Powers (1 HR), and JC Burks (2-run, game-tying HR in our last at bat). The Bulls manager made the decision NOT to intentionally walk D Wu in the Red Sox last at bat with one out, the speedy Matty Rakofsky on 1B, and the wily Osgood on deck. As you can guess, the talented Mr. Wu went after a decent pitch (short of the plate) and hit it out to win the game.

Key Offensive Performances

JC Burks – 2 for 2 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 2 for 3 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

Eric Powers – 1 for 4 / 1 HR / 2 RBIs


POW – JC Burks – 3 for 5 / 1 key HR / 4 RBIs

Thunder Rolls
Mar 26, 2018, 9:00 pm

Sunday Night Shalom Softball brought to you by NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in their off season gig were here to broadcast the Thunder games. Casper’s Red Wings provided the competition for game 1. Tied at 1 after 2, saw a 3 run blast by Scott Lawrence give the Thunder a temporary lead. The Wings responded with 5. The Thunder came right back with 6 sparked by rbi singles from Ronn Forniglia, Josh Forniglia, Ro Gulhati and Alex Bruu before Scott Lawrence finished the scoring with a two run double. Two innings later Scott added a two run single and in the 7th he added an rbi double for his 5th hit and ninth rbi of the game to give the Thunder a 17-8 lead. The Red Wings roared back with a 7 spot but fell short 17-15.

Game 2 was against the previously undefeated Roth Indians missing two of their big sluggers. Alex Bruu opened the scoring with a two run blast followed by Lawrence’s solo blast. The Indians scored 5 in the third to tie it at 6. A two run Josh Forniglia single in the 4th and a leadoff double by Dan Feldman in the 5th followed by rbi singles from John Miller and Tommy Baer gave the Thunder a 12-7 lead heading to the last inning. The Indians could only score two to close the final margin to 12-9 and give the Thunder an early season sweep.

POW candidate Scott Lawrence led the way with 6-7, 3 doubles, 2 HR’s and 10 big ribbies. ROW candidate Grant Suman was 6-8 and was superb on defense. Other hitting stars were Dan Feldman 3-3, Ro Gulhati 5-7, Ronn Forniglia and Alex Bruu 4-7 and Robbie Franklin 3-5.

Cubs win, Cubs win! Fly the flag!
Mar 26, 2018, 7:47 pm

The Cubs started the night 0-2 after a rocky start and were looking forward to getting themselves in the W column.  Facing the Rangers, the Cubs scored 5 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd.  Trailing by 1 going into the 6th, the flood gates opened with a 2 out rally plating the final 6 runs of the game on their way to a much needed W. The big blow coming off the bat of a very gutty performance by POW nominee Aaron Nutt who blasted a 3 run homer a half inning after taking a serious shot in the gut while fielding the pitching position.  Ben Enlow had a grand slam of his own. Alfredo Sardi, Thomas Kulcak, Danny Nutt and Jonathan Braun each had a multi hit game.  Final score, Cubs 15, Rangers 9

Game 2 had the Cubs hosting the Mets with the wind blowing out on field 6.  Trailing 10-3 in the bottom of the 3rd, the Cubs answered with 24 runs of their own.  25 consecutive batters of the Cubs reached base including 1BB, 1 error, and 23 hits (8 HRs, 1 3B). Every Cub had 2 or more hits in the inning!  Final score, Cubs 31, Mets 11

Numbers for the day- 

Alfredo Sardi- 4 hits

Brian Allsbrook- 2B

Thomas Kulcak- 2 grand slams, 6 hits on the day 8 RBIs

Danny Nutt- 6 hits, HR

Ben Enlow- 7 for 7, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs

Aaron Nutt- 6 hits, 4 HRs 5 RBIs

Jonathan Braun- 6 hits

Ian Contreras- 4 hits

Brian Dickerson- 2 hits

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits, 3 RBIs

Brian Alvara- 3 hits, 2 2Bs

Mar 26, 2018, 6:15 pm

Ranger Rap

Ger's made like a ballerina with a splitzky....1st game was a tough loss to the game Cubs 15-9....Cubbies plated 7 in a sloppy 6th inning with the Ger's up by 1 at the inning's start.  Got the first two outs but the last one did not come soon enough with a game that slipped away.

2nd tilt the Gers got bust early and often with 14 in the first 3 innings...they never looked back with a comfortable 23-6 victory over the fangless Tigers.

Ranger Supers:

Nick "Jim" Croci.....6/7  5 Runs 

Carlos Rodriguez...C Rod.....5/7  4 runs  2 2B's  HR  5 RBI's

Blake "Indy" Jones.....5/7   3 runs  3B HR 5 RBI's

Super sub Evan  4 RBI's and Ding Dong

Mario Lopez.....5/6  3 runs  2 2B's  HR   2 RBI's

DR C....4/5 2 BB's 2 RIBs

Gary "beans and " Frank.....BB   3B and 6RBI's






Pirates spit once again
Mar 26, 2018, 4:50 pm

Buccos split the Sunday night twin bill. Reminded me of the Clint Eastwood movie, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The Royals were up to the task beating the Pirates 11-10. For the Buccos, it was an Ugly game. Bad News Bears type of game, where we just let this one slip away. Base running plunders, throwing the ball needlessly made for a frustrating game, to which the tying run was on third base with 2 outs and out of the blue, super sub Tyler makes the best diving catch of his life to secure the victory for the Royals. The bats didn’t give up which gives the Pirates promise moving on. In the nightcap, the Pirates bats were relantless beating the Iron Pigs 19-9. Every Pirate hit safely. Very encouraging for Skipper Bob’s Crew. Michael Bourque continues to be on fire, Brandon and Cody Strull are alway on. Tim Jameison and Ralph Iuliano contributed mightily. Oh,not to forget RickLeon’s perfect 6 for 6 night. Skipper Bob was a no show celebrating his 62nd Annversity. We all hoped he relived his wedding Night. He did call me 3 times though. Well, carry on men. Have a good Passover, Easter and whatever else you might Celebrate. Until next time....

Rockhounds Take Sole Possession of First Place
Mar 26, 2018, 4:27 pm

Rockhounds at Bulls field 4

The week 2 night games pitted 2 of the 3 undefeated teams from the handsome captains division. The Rockhounds picked up right where they left off scoring 4 in the first with 6 consecutive hits from Kelly Alexander (single), Matt Brumley (rbi double), Jon Simonson (single), Jacob Grubb (rbi single), Robert Reighter (rbi double) and Joe Beasley (rbi single). The defense was stifling early shutting down the Bulls potent offense in the first. An error and a single from Jerry Rogers set up rbi hits from Tyler Samsel and Alexander.  Two more runs would score on a Simonson rbi groundout and a 2 out single from Grubb. An eight run lead is never comfortable in this league as the Bulls plated two of their own in the bottom of the second, shut down the Rockhounds offense and plated four more in the third to cut the deficit to 8-6. But the top of the Rockhounds lineup came up clutch in the 4th started by a leadoff triple by Samsel. An rbi single from Alexander and another single from Brumley set the table for a 2 run double from Simonson to give the Rockhounds an 11-6 lead after 4. Keith Dlott led of the 5th with a single and 2 more runs would score on a Samsel single and error that led to a sprint around the bases. Rockhounds up 13-6. No scoring happened until the bottom of the 6th when the Bulls got some offense going scoring 2. But the Rockhounds sealed the game late thanks to an inside-the-park homer from Samsel followed by a Brumley rbi single just after an Alexander triple. Rockhounds win 15-8 and move to 3-0.

Tyler Samsel - 4-5, HR, 3B, 3 RBI, 4 runs

Kelly Alexander - 5-5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs

Matt Brumley - 3-5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs

Jon Simonson - 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, run

Jacob Grubb - 2-4, 2 RBI, run

Robert Reighter - 2-4, 2B, RBI

Joe Beasley - 2-4, RBI

Keith Dlott - 2-4, run


Astros at Rockhounds field 7

A matchup of the last division B undefeated teams would take place on a windy wind blowing in field 7 to determine early sole possession of first place. But the wind would not derail the six combined homers in this wild back and forth tilt. I noticed immediately that both captains were hitting leadoff for this one (according to Elias this is the first time in Shalom history that both captains hit leadoff in the same game, while both were undefeated, during night games...probably). The Astros struck early on another Jorge Quintero blast to left center that rolled down the other side of the fence. The Rockhounds came out flat the first few innings and couldn't get any offense going. The Astros struck for another run in the 2nd and 3 more in the 3rd to take a 6-0 lead heading to the bottom of the third. With 1 out, nobody on, and no momentum offensively the Rockhounds needed a spark in the worst way. Jerry Rogers stepped up and provided the spark with a huge double over right field. A bloop double by Tyler Samsel set up a 2 run single by Kelly Alexander. After a walk and a flyout, 4 straight two out hits from the middle of the order kept the rally going, capped by a Jim Finley rbi double. Keith Dlott added an rbi single to boot as the Rockhounds sent 12 to the plate and scored 7 to take the lead out of nowhere. The theme of the game was answering the other team every inning as the feisty Astros answered with 3 of their own to retake the lead 9-7. But the top of the Rockhounds lineup did their job with a leadoff single by Samsel followed by a 2 run fence bomb from Alexander. Matt Brumley followed that up with another fence bomb as they go back to back to retake the lead 10-9. The Astros tied it up in the 5th and the Rockhounds went quiet. The Astros offense opened up in the top of the 6th as they scored 4 runs on a 2 run single by Quintero and a 2 run homer by Chapman. With time winding down and the top of the order up, 4 runs were needed to tie the game. A leadoff out to start the inning wasn't ideal but the Rockhounds would not give up that easily. A patented infield single from Samsel started things off. Alexander followed that up with an rbi single to right. Brumley hit a shot off the left field fence to bring the tying run to the plate. Jon Simonson hit a sac fly to cut the deficit to 2. Jacob Grubb now came up as the tying run and smoked a low liner through the hole to left that got through the legs of the outfield sending Grubb all the way to third as the tying run. Robert Reighter took an unselfish walk trusting the guy behind him to get the job done. That guy was Joe Beasley who hit a grounder through the hole to bring in the tying run. A flyout to end the inning left the winning run stranded on third and kept the game going into extras and one pitch. Great pitching from Alexander shut down the Astros offense bringing the Rockhounds up to bat needing only 1 run. Mr. spark plug himself Jerry Rogers hit a 1 out single and provided the confidence for Samsel to hit a no doubter walk off fence bomb to win the game. A great gutty team win. Final 16-14. 

Tyler Samsel - 4-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs

Kelly Alexander - 3-4, HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs

Matt Brumley - 3-3, BB, HR, 2B, RBI, 3 runs

Jacob Grubb - 2-4, RBI, 2 runs

Robert Reighter - 2-3, BB, RBI, run

Joe Beasley - 2-4, 2 RBI (clutch game tying hit), run

Jerry Rogers - 2-4, 2B, 2 runs (game winning run)

The "Greeley Curse" has stranglehold over the O's
Mar 26, 2018, 8:45 am

Sports is full of "curses" and the Shalom league is no different.  As everyone I am sure knows, Sean Greeley targeted the O's as the best team in the league.  This is now known as the "Greeley Curse".  From now on, if he picks your team as the best, enjoy the ride.

Game 1 vs. Mets- Very tight game on a defensive field for 4 innings as we sat tied at 2.  The 5th inning saw the O's come to life and plate 4 to take the lead.  A 2 run single from Nick Barr and a 2 run double from John Burke did the damage.  The Mets answered with one, but we tacked on 5 more in the 6th to seal it.  A big grand salami from Justin Reed capped the O's first win of the season.  The streak begins!!!!

Game 2 vs. Expos- After sitting and dealing with field assignment confusion, the O's got off to yet another sluggish start offensively.  In a 6-1 hole going into the bottom half of the 3rd, we started a 2 out rally on a single by Lewis Zwick.  Arevalo Gonzalez drove in 2 runs on a double but the rally died there.  Trailing 11-3 in the bottom of the 6th, we made a push to take come momentum.  We plated 4 on RBI from Justin Reed and Jeff Roberts to pull within 4.  After holding them scoreless in the top of 7th, we were unable to push any runs across in the bottom of the inning and taking the loss 11-7. Streak ends......

Great Day from:

POW Candidate Matt Shwarts- 4 for 6, 3 Doubles, 4 runs scored

ROW Candidate Arevalo Gonzalez- 4 for 5, Double, 2 Walks, 3 RBI

Diamondbacks Take Two! ...somehow
Mar 26, 2018, 12:47 am

Diamondbacks @ Grasshoppers (the battle of the Andrew Williamses)

Field 5, 6ish PM

The Diamondbacks led off in the top of the first, and the game started as so many do for the DBacks with a Jason Murray single. Andrew Williams also reached base, setting up a Randy Ransom home run to give the DBacks a 3 run lead. But they weren’t done there. David Greer, Patrick Sanchez, and Peter Hogan singled consecutively to plate a fourth run in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, the Grasshoppers would strike for two runs of their own on a Banta 2-bagger. The Diamondbacks were unable to capitalize off a leadoff single from Player of the Week candidate Ted Hogan in the second. But the Diamondbacks defense posted a 3 up 3 down frame (highlighted by a 6-4-3 double play). A leadoff single from Andrew Williams in the third set up an RBI knock from rookie standout David Greer. The Grasshoppers’ Andy Williams led off the bottom of the third with a single (I just realized that both Andrew Williamses led off the same inning with singles) but was eliminated immediately as a force out in a 6-4-3 double play. Some clutch pitching from Patrick Sanchez helped steer the DBacks out of the inning before any damage. The DBacks stranded Mike Anders in the fourth after he led off with a double. But the DBacks’ defense stepped up again in the bottom of the fourth with another 6-4-3 double play (three straight innings with a double play). An Andrew Williams solo home run in the fifth made the score 6-2. After a scoreless bottom of the fifth and top of the sixth, the Grasshoppers struck for 3 runs, highlighted by RBI hits from Brian Ortega and Dustin Bone. The DBacks found a way to scrap across a run in the top of the seventh to make the score 7-5. And the Grasshoppers started off the bottom of the seventh with 3 consecutive singles to load the bases with no one out. But more clutch pitching from Patrick Sanchez sealed the deal as the ‘hoppers would fall 1 run short.


Diamondbacks victory: 7-6.


Red Wings @ Diamondbacks

Field 2, 830ish PM

The Red Wings started the game off strong with the top 4 hitters in their lineup all scoring, highlighted by a no doubt 3-run fence bomb from Brad Parr. The DBacks would respond with 3 of their own (after a leadoff single from Jason Murray of course) with RBI hits from Jason Naranjo, David Greer, and Patrick Sanchez. But the Red Wings would explode for 10 runs in the top of the second inning. It seemed like the Diamondbacks would never get to hit again. And when they did hit again, they went quietly for no runs. The Red Wings kept the pressure on with 5 more runs in the top of the third, again highlighted by a 3-run no doubt fence bomb from Brad Parr. And with the score 19-3, the game was ALL Red Wings.

… until it wasn’t.

A radical coaching decision left the DBacks without a third base coach when Jason Naranjo set the tone for a comeback with a leadoff home run to start the bottom of the third. Seven of the next eight DBacks would get on base, capped off by a 3-run fence bomb from Player of the Week candidate Ted Hogan! But the inning was done there. A second rally was started with a Jason Murray double and capped off with a Randy Ransom fence bomb. It was a massive inning for the DBacks, which put them right back in the game. But down by just a few runs, the Red Wings would strike for 5 more runs in the next inning to make the score 24-15. There was no third base coach again for the DBacks as Patrick Sanchez led off the inning with his third consecutive double of the game, and the DBacks would plate four runs without making an out. With the score 24-19, they would make consecutive outs (one of them a sacrifice fly to drive in the 20th run - which was Ted Hogan who hit a triple off the fence). So the DBacks would have to rally down by 4 with two outs. They strung together seven consecutive hits after time had expired for a walkoff win. Mike Anders drove in the winning run.


Diamondbacks victory: 25-24.

Orange you glad we have Ortega?
Mar 23, 2018, 10:39 pm

The schedule maker did not do the Grasshoppers any favors putting them on field 5 for opening day against two of the best captains in the league, John Miller and Ryan Alford.  The first game was back and forth as the Grasshoppers jumped on Miller’s pitching for four in the first inning, on doubles by Zack Kazda, Brian Ortega, and Jon Banta, RBI singles by Dustin Bone and Donnie Holtmann, and a sacrifice fly from Ryan Fields.  Miller’s Thunder responded with 4 of their own and three in the second, sparked by the bottom of MIller’s crafty lineup.  The Hoppers got two back when Ortega homered after a Tony Martin single and then took the lead on a 2 RBI single by Kazda after hits by Abbey Garber and Andy Williams.  Grasshopper nemesis Steve Hankin doubled to start another Thunder rally, so Ortega hit his second bomb of the game to tie the score. After the Thunder tallied two more, the Grasshoppers needed their bottom half to come through.  Williams hit a huge double and Steve Johnson followed it with an RBI grounder, but the Grasshoppers fell 11-10.

The G-men flipped the script in game two, falling behind by four before they batted.  Ortega got one back with yet another homer, which barely evaded Chief Pig Ryan Alford’s glove.  After some good defense by both squads and another run by the Pigs, the Grasshoppers had their first big inning of the season.  Rick Lewis and Grayson Tackett singled and then, with two outs, the Hoppers wrapped six singles around Ortega’s fourth straight homerun (!) to go up 7-5.  Needing some insurance in the fifth, Martin walked, Ortega singled for a change, Bone doubled in a run, Banta knocked in another with a sac fly, and Fields plated one more with a single.  Meanwhile, Bone and Fields were the anchors of a tough defense behind Jon Banta’s pitching, each making big catches to prevent Pig rallies.  Not willing to play silly clock games with time running out, Steve Johnson singled to start the sixth, clinching the Grasshoppers’ first win of the season.  

Grasshoppers Player of the Week:  Brian Ortega - 6 at bats, 6 hits, 6 runs, 4 HR, double, single, 8 RBI

Grasshoppers Rookie of the Week: Andy Williams - 2-6, double, solid work at second base

Grasshoppers WTH: Jon Banta, in two games, gave up a total of four walks plus triples plus homers (probably the best WTH in the league)!

Muckdogs fall just short of splitting
Mar 20, 2018, 10:22 pm

The Muckdogs lost 2, losing to Williams' Brewers 23-7 and to Lachman's Royals 14-11.

Not many highlights in the opener -- sub Johnny Mann smashed a 2-run homer in his first at bat, rookie sensation David Wang also smashed a homer, and ace pitcher Scott Greenberg held Andrew Williams to 1/3 on short fence field 9 (i.e., only one homer in 3 ABs). That's about it for highlights other than marveling at the Brewers' great hitting up and down the lineup.

The Muckdogs got off to a slow start in game 2 also, falling behind 14-2, then scored 5 in the 5th then 4 in the 6th (last) inning, with their rally falling just short. Hall of Famer Eddie Tann played a key roll in both rallies, and ended up going 3-3 for the game. David Wang smashed a 3 run homer. 

Leading hitters on the day: Muckdogs POW and ROW David Wang 5/6, 2 HRs, 5 runs, 5 RBIs; Greg Ritter 4/5 plus a BB, 3 runs, RBI, great SS play; sub Johnny Mann 4/6, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Ryan Greenberg 3/6 2 RBIs; Barry Epstein, 2/4 plus a bases loaded BB, Eddie Tann 3/5, 2 runs.

Astros look great out of the box!!!!!!
Mar 19, 2018, 8:32 pm

Figuring Jose Altuve won the MVP it would be a good idea to draft as many Venezuelans as possible.    The Astros with a Venezuelan flavor began it's 2018 campaign against Rakofsky's Red Sox.    After limiting the Red Sox's to two runs in the first we came out of the gate firing on all cyclinders.   Our first 3 batters reached base to load the bases followed by a 350 ft shot to the fence by rookie Jorge Quintero which just stayed in to lead to our first run on the SAC fly.   Jason Chapman quickly followed with a 3- Run fence clearing shot that would set the tone for the remainder of the day.    We took a 4-2 lead into the 2nd inning.    After blanking the Sox we exploded with 7 more in the 2nd extending the lead to 11-2.   The inning was highlighted by a 2- RBI double by All Star catcher Craig Einhorn and again was capped off by another fence clearing shot by Jason "Thor" Chapman!!!    Looking like we had the game in hand early the Red Sox stiffled our bats and kept chopping away at our lead to close to 11-10 entering the bottom of 5th.   Needing some offense rookie's David Ruiz and Jorge Quintero hit back to back HR's and we scraped in another run to take a 4 run lead into the final frame.   Again the Sox wouldn't go quitely as they scraped across 3 runs to close within one and only a coaching error sending a player from 2nd to 3rd cost them a chance to tie.    Astros scrape by with a 14-13 victory.

Feeling good about getting the first win the Astros traveled to Wrigley to face Schnitzers depleted Cubs.   Again we got off to a fast start highlighted by Jorge Quintero's 2-run blast get us an early 2-0 lead.   A 5- run 3rd and 8- run 4th put this game away early.   In the two innings we hit 3- HR's and 5- 2B's.     The HR's were hit by Danny Marti and who else, 2 more by Jorge Quintero.   The 5th inning we added the final 5 runs highlighted by giving Jorge an IBB to load the bases setting up a Grand Salami by Jason Chapman.   Besides the hitting parade we showed stellar defense by giving up zero runs and I think only one hit.


Stros hit 9- HR's on day.

POW/ ROW candidate- Jorge Quintero   5-5   4-HR's   6- Runs  9-  RBI's   BB and SF  

 (also a pretty good fielder btw)

Jason Chapman-   4-6   2- 2B   3- HR's  6- Runs  8-  RBI's

David Ruiz-   4-6  1- 2B   1- HR  6- Runs  4- RBI's    

Danny Marti-   1 HR


Great defense all around the diamond today.

Moran Leads Total Team Effort in Royals’ Opening Day Doubleheader Sweep
Mar 19, 2018, 7:38 pm

The Royals rang in a new era as they began the 2018 season with back-to-back victories, defeating Casper’s Red Wings 10 – 5 and Goldstein’s Muckdogs 14 – 11. Two quality starts from pitcher Cliff Pollack, an amazingly consistent offense, and stellar defense fueled the triumphs. Carlos Moran had a huge day for the Royals as he went 5 – 6, with a triple and 3-run fence homerun, drove in seven runs, and was the catalyst for two spectacular double plays. Meanwhile the Royals scored in every inning of the twinbill except one.

In the opener, Pollack outdueled Red Wing’s ace, Sean Greeley, in a low scoring affair on field 1. In the top of the first, the Red Wings jumped out to a quick 1 – 0 lead and had runners on first and second with only one out. The next batter hit a sharp grounder into the hole at shortstop. Moran fielded the ball cleanly and ran towards the runner on second, who stopped dead in his tracks. At the last second, Moran threw to Jaime Aron for the force at second, and Aron made a heads-up play by quickly firing a laser to Rick Levy at third, who applied the tag to complete the unorthodox 6–4–5 inning ending double play.

After JT Pierce’s double keyed the Royals’ 2-run first, the two teams traded 1-run innings for the next two innings. With the score tied at 4 – 4, the Royals broke it open in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings. Aron was the catalyst as he drew a bases on balls to lead off the fourth, singled in the fifth, and scored in both innings. The 4-run rally in the fourth featured RBI singles by Jose Baho and Pierce, and Moran’s crushing 2-run triple.











Red Wings


















The win was a costly one for the Royals as Pierce suffered a severe hamstring tear in the top of the fifth and will likely be lost for most of the season.

Paul Villarroel   3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, SF
JT Pierce  3 – 4, 1 Run, 3 RBI, 2B
Jose Baho  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 3 RBI, 3B, SF
Greg Oetzmann  2 – 3, 2 Runs
Jaime Aron  1 – 2, 2 Runs, BB

In the nightcap, with the Royals fielding a patchwork defense, Greg Oetzmann (4 – 4) and Moran (3 – 3, 4 RBI) paced the Royals’ 20-hit attack in the victory over the Muckdogs, which saw every Royal have at least one hit.  In the top of the first, the Royals cycled through their batting order to take a commanding 6 – 0 lead.  Paul Villarroel – who was 2 – 2 in the inning – singled to lead off the game and moved to second on a walk to Pollack.  With one out Moran christened the new season by blasting a 3-run homerun over the left centerfield fence.  The ball was hit so hard that it had not yet reached the top of its trajectory when it cleared the fence.

One out later, the Royals staged an impressive 2-out rally on the shoulders of the bottom of their order.  Oetzmann tripled and scored on Larry Lachman’s double.  RBI singles by Al Valenti and Villarroel capped the 6-run first inning explosion.

Baho’s first homerun of the season – a mammoth, towering shot over the left field fence – and RBI single keyed the Royals' scoring in the second and third, while Aron continued his big day by rifling an RBI double and RBI single in the Royals’ fourth and fifth innings. 

With the Royals leading 12 – 2, Moran turned the Royals’ second double play of the day in the bottom of the fourth.  The Muckdogs had runners on first and second and only one out, when Moran fielded a ground ball to shortstop.  He tagged the runner heading toward third and threw to a stretching Aron to force the runner at second by a millisecond, completing the dramatic, 6–4 inning ending double play.





























Heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Royals were cruising with what appeared to be an insurmountable 14 – 2 lead.  Pollack had pitched four shutdown innings – including three consecutive scoreless frames – Baho had made half a dozen web gems in the outfield, and it looked like the game would end in a rout.  However, the score belied the Muckdogs’ perseverance and heart, as they began their epic comeback by scoring five in the fifth and four in the sixth.  With five runs in, two outs, and runners at second and third, Valenti made a game-saving scoop of Moran’s one-hop throw to first to end the fifth and preserve the 14 – 7 lead.

After holding the Royals scoreless in the top of the sixth – the first zero put up by the Royals all day – Eddie Tann singled for his third hit of the day, and David Wang launched a 3-run blast in the bottom of the frame to bring the Muckdogs to within four runs.  14 – 10.  The tension intensified as the Muckdogs scored one more run, reducing their 12-run deficit to three.  The high scoring thriller ended with a runner on first and the Muckdogs’ tying run in the on-deck circle.

Carlos Moran  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 3-Run Fence HR
Greg Oetzmann  4 – 4, 2 Runs, 3B
Larry Lachman  2 – 2, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 SF
Jaime Aron  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
Jose Baho  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, Fence HR
Paul Villarroel   2 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI, SF
Rick Levy  2 – 4, 1 Run
Al Valenti  1 – 3, 1 RBI, BB

Mar 19, 2018, 6:49 pm

Tigers vs Mets

Tigers open the season against the METS with a roar.  After a slow start the Tigers open with  the flood gates with two outs in the second with a 11 run tear.  Leading the way was Robert Garcia and Matt Ruckle with each scoring 2 runs. The Mets tried to answer with 2 in the bottom.  THe Tigers added more runs in the 3 and 5 inning.  The Mets tried to answer, but couldn't overcome the 2nd inning scoring. The Tigers won 18 to 9. 


Bulls vs Tigers.

The Tigers started strong against the Bulls in the second game by leading 7 to 1 after the first inning. The  Bulls came back and took the lead  12 to 7 with Tigers last at bat in the bottom of the 5th.  With bottom of the order coming up, Marc Kramen & Sam Jones each hit singles to get back to the top  order. Where they were able to scratch out 3 runs with two outs. Then the mighty Cesar Garza comes up and hits a double to tie the score at 12. The Tigers were unable to score anymore and lost 12 to 13.




Cubs confused on opening day
Mar 19, 2018, 10:24 am

On Sunday, the Cubs were more than somewhat confused as to when the 2018 campaign would actually begin.  With no uniforms, no caps and missing Ben Enlow and Alfredo Sardi, the Cubs fell to the Expos 13-8 and Astros 21-0.  When asked about his team's "offensive execution" for only scoring 8 runs in 2 games, Schnitzer borrowed from the Tampa Bay Bucs coach and replied, "I think that's a good idea."  

The Cubs will rebound next week when nearly a full squad is expected.

Mets Split Opening Day
Mar 18, 2018, 10:00 pm

Game 1 Field 5 vs Conns Tigers

Very tough opening game for the Mets. Defense was atrocious  from the get go and the offense was very slow out of the gate. We gave the Tigers a ton of extra chances and they made us pay. Bright spots in game 1 were Clint Hathcock going 3-3 with 2 doubles and Dustin Madlock getting 2 hits as well. We were getting clobbered and the at bats got much better in the last inning and we carried that momentum to the next game.


Game 2 vs Rakofsky's Red Sox Field 4 

After picking ourselves up we had a nice first inning with 4 runs scored. The Red Sox answered with 4 in the bottom of the 1st but the we just kept adding on were too much for the Sox to come back.  ROW JP Neyland was excellent defensivley and was 4-4 with 4 runs scored in game 2. David Shaw/Lee McDonald/Jon Kilburn drove in all the runs for the Mets. Team backed an excellent Licurse performance highlighted by two terrific defensive plays from Ron Roberts at 2b.


POW Lee McDonald 4-6 BB 3R 2 RBI 

ROW JP Neyland 6-8 4R excellent SS defense

Mar 18, 2018, 8:51 pm

Ranger Rap

In the season opener, the Ger's were not aware that the game had started and couldn't field or hit untill later in the game....pourous defense and lack of timely hits proved to be too much to overcome in an ugly 18-6 loss to Samsell's Rockhounds.  One bright spot was ROW candidate Nick "Jim" Croce who went 3 for 3 with a dinger.  Blake Jones also had a 3 run shot.

The Ranger's rallied in the second tilt creating a split on the day....the JJ Orioles were charitable making several errors around which the Ger's rapped out 18 hits including 8 2B's, a HR, and a 3B.  Dr C pitched well and the defense tightened up baby. It all added up to a 14-9 dercision for the Rangers.

Ranger Specials

Nick Croce  4/6, 4 runs, 4 RBI's and a Ding dong

Blake and "shake" Jones  3/5, 4 RBI's, 2B, HR

Jared Powers "that be"  3/5, 3 RBI's, HR

Carlos Rodriguez....C Rod  4/6, 2 2B's, 2 RBI's

Gary Frank  4/5, 3 runs, 2 2B's

Casper/Sil-2 BB's each

Durham Bulls win 2!!!
Mar 18, 2018, 7:22 pm

Game 1 / Durham Bulls handle Eusay’s Orioles

From the outset, the Durham Bulls put the gas pedal down and never let up against the Orioles in an impressive 14-8 victory. The story of this game was the offense provided by rookie Ryan Driggers, and the stellar pitching from veteran Michael Barth. The Bulls scored in four out of the six innings, and Michael Barth held a very powerful lineup in check for most of the game. Driggers blasted a homerun and had a whopping 8 RBIs. Adwild Perez chipped in two hits and Gumaro Castillo came through with a key RBI blast to left field for a double!

Key Offensive Performances

Ryan Driggers – 3 for 3 / 1 HR / 8 RBIs

Eric Powers – 4 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Game 2 / Durham Bulls need extras to defeat Conn’s Tigers

The Durham Bulls used consistent hitting and quality pitching to overcome a sketchy first inning in the field. The offense was led by Greg Aymond (back-to-back dingers) and Ryan Driggers, and once again, veteran pitcher Michael Barth was solid on the hill. The game Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit in the 6th to force extra innings. Rookie Ryan Driggers unloaded for a two out, go ahead homerun in the second extra frame and Barth shut the Tigers down for the victory.

Key Offensive Performances

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 4 for 5 / 1 HR (game winning) / 3 RBIs


ROW – Ryan Driggers – 7 for 8 / 3 HRs / 11 RBIs

POW – Greg Aymond – 6 for 8 / 2 HRs / 4 RBIs

Thunder Topics
Mar 18, 2018, 3:59 pm

Opening Day looked like a wash out but the Softball Gods showed us favor and allowed our games to proceed. The opening game was against Garber’s Grasshoppers. The Grasshoppers started fast with 4. The Thunder countered with 4 after a leadoff double from Josh Forniglia in his Shalom league debut. Three more the next inning gave the Thunder a 7-4 lead before the Grasshoppers took an 8-7 lead heading to the bottom of the 4th. A double by Steve Hankin and a two run double by Alex Bruu put the Thunder on top by one. Two more from the Thunder increased the lead to 11-9 as the Grasshoppers fell one run short 11-10.

Game 2 was against the Strull powered Pirates coached by senior Olympian Bob Weinfeld. The Pirates led 3-2 after two innings when leadoff singles by Robbie Franklin, Tommy Baer and Steve Hankin got a 4 run rally started capped by a two ribby single from Scott Lawrence. A two run dinger from Grant Suman netted another 4 in the sixth as the Thunder led 12-8 heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Pirates rallied and Michael Bourque capped a great comeback by the Pirates with a two run blast down the right field line and a 13-12 Pirate victory.

Steve Hankin is our POW candidate with 4-5, a double, a triple, 4 runs and 2 rbi’s. Josh Forniglia is our ROW candidate with 4-5, a double, 4 runs scored and 3 rbi’s. In addition, Alex Bruu went 4-5, Grant Suman 4-6, Tommy Baer 3-5 and Ro Gulhati 4-7. Management was very pleased with the Thunder performance but disappointed that we couldn’t get the sweep to celebrate Ronn Forniglia’s 50th birthday.

Young Buccos Split
Mar 18, 2018, 3:27 pm

in a 1960 World Series rematch, go read Larry Farin‘s Game notes below. Pirates never got 

On track and Bombers took big time advantage. The ghost of Bill Mazeroski never appeared, so it was on to Game 2. 

In the nightcap, the Pirates got their first win, in walk off fashion, beating Miller’s Thunder 13-12. Michael Bourque supplied the heroics, the the game winning 2 out bases loaded line drive down the first base line knocking in the tying and winning run. Bourque was mobbed by his teammates. Smiles all around. The Bucco hitting was much better against Miller, accounting for 13 runs. Strull boys, newcomer Scott Richardson, Ralphie and of course Bourque were the hitting stars. Oh, Timmie Jamieson did have a couple of knocks of his own. Defense held up and it’s on to next weeks night games. Skipper Bob coming off a Big 5K title was very pleased with the split, adding “ It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” Carry on, Boys  


Orioles Confused about Opening Day
Mar 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Due to the fact we didn't have uniforms today, the Orioles squad thought it was still practice games.  Poor communication from upper management was to blame.

Game 1 vs Haas' Durham Bulls was an event that should have had a tent over it and admission charged.  It started well for the O's with a 3 run first, but saw a quick answer of 3 from Cuddles Crew.  We took a 7-6 lead in the 4th on a 2 run dinger by Leo Cova but was short lived as the Bulls answered with a 5 run burst in the bottom of the frame to take an 11-6 and tacked on 3 more late. Final score 14-8 Bulls.

Game 2 vs. Silverman's Rangers saw an angry Rangers team come out firing to a 4-0 lead.  Silverman must have had a great motivational speech between games after their thrashing in game one.  They built up an 11-5 lead and never looked back.  Our bats and gloves were not present as we fell by a final of 14-9.  

A-Team performers today:

POW-Jeff Roberts 4 for 5, 3 Doubles, Triple, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored

Leo Cova 5 for 6 HR, Double, 5 RBI

John Burke was outstanding pitching but got no help from defense. Also was 3 for 5 at the plate with a Double and 2 RBI.

ROW- Nick Barr 4 for 6 HR, 2B, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored

Yankees Split on Opening Day 2018
Mar 18, 2018, 1:14 pm

In a rematch of the 1960 World Series, the Yanks hosted Skipper Bob's Pirates on Field 4. The Bronx Bombers scored 3 in the first and 5 in the second as Jeremy Pease had two hits with two runs scored in just two innings. Jason Niswonger and Stephen "The Bambino" Wedderburn were the rbi machines contributing 5 in 2 frames. The 9-12 batters all had hits in the second inning to build the lead as rookies Carlos Montesinos and Ozzie Zurita singled while veterans Doug Wolff and Mitch Dunn followed with safeties as well.

The Pirates rallied to make it a game but the Pinstripers prevailed 12-6 with solid defense especially Seth Pepkin in right field and Montesinos at second base.

 Larry Taub was a single's machine going 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored in his three plate appearances. The Pirates seemed to avoid pitching to Tommy Apligian as he was walked twice and hit a sac fly in his 3 at bats. 

The Yanks moved over to Field One to tangle with Casper's Red Wings. The Red Wings had a tough first game vs the Royals and took out their frustrations on the Bronx Bombers scoring 12 in the first inning and 23 for the game winning 23-15.

The Yankees had great hitting from Apligian (4 for 4 with a double and two fence bombs), Niswonger (3 for 4 with two runs scored), Wedderburn (3 for 4 with a bomb and 3 rbi's) and Erik Clausen (3 for 4 with a double).




Mar 17, 2018, 3:43 pm

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Nuts bang out 2 to come out on top!
Nov 18, 2017, 8:52 am

The Nuts came from the #7 seed in the Fall Shalom Playoffs to capture the league title by defeating the Brewers in a hard fought game 3 by the score of 11-10.

The eve started having the Nuts playing the once beaten Marlins in the 5:00 matchup. In a back and forth battle, the Nuts won a walk-off thriller 10-9 on a single by Sardi that scored Schnitzer from 2B. Pacing the important game #1 win were Samsel (2 hits, 2B, 3B), Sardi (2 hits, game winning RBI), Bone (2 hits), Captain Nutt (Series MVP, 3 for 3), Simonson (3 for 3), Chino (2 for 3).

Knowing they only needed one win for the championship, the Nuts played the Brewers for the 2nd time in 2 weeks and were quickly humbled as the bombing Brewers offense was too much for the Nuts to handle in this game. Final score, Brewers 19, Nuts 6.

In the 7 PM winner take all game, the Nuts were not to be denied as they took an early lead by scoring 4 in the 1st inning off hits by Samsel, Sardi, Nutt, Winsor and Simonson. 2 more runs were added in the 2nd and 4 in the 5th. Great pitching by Winsor and defensive gems by Samsel and Nutt kept the high scoring slugging Brewers to 10 runs after 7. With the game tied 10 a piece, the Nuts loaded the bases with Bone, Nutt and Simonson. With 2 outs and extra innings looming in, Chino singled in the game winning championship run with a liner to right scoring Bone and bringing home the title to the Nutts Nuts.

Captain Nutt was named MVP by going 3 for 4 including 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in the final game. The Nuts look forward to receiving their championship awards at the upcoming breakfast in December.

3 Nuts are better than 2
Nov 6, 2017, 5:19 pm

Looking to crack open the 2017 Fall Shalom Playoffs, the #7 seeded Nuts opened the day facing the #2 seeded Rangers. The Underdogs defeated the Rangers 11-3 backed by 3 hit performances from Samsel, Sardi, Bone, Anders and Simonson. Nutt, Chino and Storm each had 2 hits of their own and dandy pitching by sub Josh Winsor and defensive gems in right by London were key to the 1st win of the day.

Game 2 had the Nuts facing the powerful #1 seeded Brewers. Spectacular play at 2B by Sardi on a rally killing double play kept the momentum in favor of the Nuts as the Nuts prevailed 12-5. Samsel, Sardi, Bone, Nutt, Simonson and Storm all had 3 hits to fuel the victory.

After knocking off the #1 and #2 seeds, the Nuts now faced the #6 undefeated Marlins, AKA known as “Men in Orange”. The bottom of the Nuts batting order of Storm, Schnitzer and Ackerman all went 2 for 3 to rapidly turn the batting lineup over for the top as the Nuts cruised to a comfortable 15-6 victory earning the Nuts a spot to play for the Fall Title next Sunday. Samsel flashed some leather including a dandy double play in the win.

Marlins sweep to clinch 6 seed
Nov 1, 2017, 6:29 am

On a chilly Sunday morning, the Marlins came out focused and determined knowing that a potential playoff spot was at stake. Niswonger’s Cubs and Banta’s Express were the unlucky parties as the Marlins swept this week’s doubleheader.


In game 1, Niswonger’s Cubs competitively took the field with their regular lineup after resting the team's starters in their first game of the day. The Marlins took it out on the softball and built an early lead. The first two batters reached on base hits before Matt Brumley crushed a long ball, which quickly turned into back to back jacks after Matt Shwarts added the first of his two home runs in the game. Timely hitting and solid defense were on display for both squads in what became a seesaw affair. The Cubs held a late one run lead until Matt Myers smashed a deep fly of his own to tie the score. Going into the bottom of the sixth all knotted at 10, Kyle Kahn led off the inning with a single before hustling around to score on a clutch Jeremy Pease walkoff triple to make the home fans happy.

Notable performances:
Brian Smallwood (2 for 4)
Jeremy Pease (3 for 4, 2 extra base hits including a walkoff triple)
Matt Brumley (2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI)
Matt Shwarts (2 for 2, 2 HR, BB)
Matt Myers (2 for 3, game tying HR)
Tony Lowery (2 for 3)
Kyle Kahn (2 for 3, 2 R, rally starting hit, textbook barehanded play at 3B)


A lengthy delay awaiting the first pitch of game 2 was not enough to cool off a Marlins squad that came out ready once again against Banta’s Express. The Marlins took the lead quickly in this one and never looked back. This game featured Brian Smallwood, Matt Brumley, and Ryan Greenberg pounding out four hits each, as well as Scott Greenberg and Kyle Kahn pitching in three knocks apiece among several other contributors in a total team effort. Jeremy Pease flashed the leather with multiple webgems as the Marlins played airtight defense to keep the Express contained while the Marlins offense did its thing. The win resulted in the Marlins’ first sweep of the season and a playoff berth as the 6 seed.

Notable performances:
Brian Smallwood (4 for 5, 3 R, great running catch in LF)
Jeremy Pease (reached base 3 times, 3 R, ferocious D at 2B)
Matt Brumley (4 for 5, 3 HR, 8 RBI as well as a breezy swing and a miss)
Scott Greenberg (3 for 4, 2 RBI, solid pitching as usual)
Ryan Greenberg (4 for 4)
Tony Lowery (2 for 4)
Kyle Kahn (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Ronn Forniglia (2 for 3, BB, A+ pitch framing behind the dish)


POW: Jeremy Pease (4 for 7 with 2 BB, 4 runs, walkoff winner in game 1 to clinch playoff spot, defensive wizardry)

Nuts win 2, earn playoff spot
Oct 30, 2017, 1:39 pm

Needing to win 2 games for a chance at a coveted playoff spot, the Nuts started the day facing the Lake Monsters.  The Nuts’ bats came alive as they plated 18 runs off hits by nearly every member of the squad.  Alfredo Abraham was just a double short of a cycle, Tyler Samsel collected 4 hits (2 2Bs) and Alfredo Sardi collected 3 singles en route to an 18-8 victory.

Things were falling in place thanks to several teams losing a pair in the early games, and the Nuts knew that if they could defeat the White Caps, they had a mathematical chance to continue in the fall season.  In a game that was all Nuts from the start, the Nuts earned a much needed 19-3 victory.  Mike Anders (3 hits), Dustin Bone (2 hits) Aaron Nut (4 hits) and Alfredo Sardi (2 hits) led the offensive way.

The Nuts look forward to their playoff match up with the Rangers on Sunday.

White Sox End the Season with First Sweep
Oct 29, 2017, 11:59 am

The first game started off against Niswonger’s Cubs, and it looked like Niswonger wanted to give our team a head start with his batting line up in reverse order and slight change to his defensive alignment.  The White Sox did their best to take advantage early with 5 runs in the first inning starting with a home run by Carlos Rodriguez.  The White Sox were able to add on 5 more runs in the second inning by starting the inning with five straight base runners.  Niswonger’s Cubs were not about to go down easy, though. The Cubs were able to take advantage of some solid hitting and a couple of defensive miscues from the White Sox. The game remained close going into the sixth inning where the White Sox put up a final 3 runs to bring their total to 21.  The bottom of the sixth saw the White Sox hold on to the lead winning the game with their first victory of the year by more than one run, 21-17.


Game two, the White Sox were up against Casper’s Raptors.  The White Sox started the same way this game with 5 runs in the first inning while only allowing 1 by the Raptors.  That one run would be the only run that the Raptors would get as the White Sox played the best defense they have played all season against some solid shots from the Raptors. The game ended in a run rule in the fourth 16 to 1.  Everything seemed to go the White Sox way in game two giving them the first sweep of the season and first two wins of more than one run.


A big shout out to two great subs for the White Sox:

Ryan Tapley  4-6, 2 2B, 2 1B, 5 R, 3 RBI

Chad Matsuda 2-7, 1B, 2B, 2 R, RBI, Great Defense in left

Rubber Ducks Swirling Around the Drain
Oct 29, 2017, 2:24 am
After a promising start to the Fall season with a 21-5 run rule victory where our bats were on fire, Alexander's Rubber Ducks have largely underperformed letting many games get away from us early. Swimming upstream, we desperately needed 2 wins last Sunday to get back in the playoff race. The inspiration was there; our team was coming off a bye week that handed us the tragic loss of a beloved teammate and Shalom Softball brother Arlie Slack.
First, the Duckies squared off against the formidable White Sox of Brinkman/Alford fame on windy (the good kind) field 4. After some kind words from league mascot Sean Greeley, both teams lined up and participated in a brotherhood moment of silence for Arlie. Someone scrawled the initials AFS in the dirt by our dugout, matching our customized sleeves, we broke out to a rowdy scream of "Arlie"and the game began. Sticking first, the Sox JUMPED out to an 11-0 lead on great hits, fortuitous hits, Shalom hits and outright defensive miscues on our part. The Ducks were up against it again.
Encouraging each other in the dugout, we scraped by only 2 in the first. Then our defense bristled and kept the Sox from scoring. The last half of the order responded in the bottom of the second as Ben "Jammin" Rakofsky led off with a double, and we got a total of 7 back on no-doubt dingers from "Joltin" Joe Machado and Zack "Attack" Kazda (grand salami). The bottom came up huge again in the third frame; the first five Ducks reached base before Brian "Osgreat" Osgood roped a double, Matt Ruckel blasted one into the parking lot, and Jeff Radanof narrowly missed a tater settling for an RBI double--12 Ducks batted and 8 scored as we took the lead. The Duckies bats kept rolling, scoring 4 more runs in the fourth inning on hits by super-rookie Travis Olander, Chris "Chaos" Coffman, Sam "Superman" Jones, Kazda, Ruckel and captain Alexander.
Nearly an hour and a half into a crazy see-saw battle where defense was hard to come by, the Ducks found themselves down 23-22 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Rallying around the memory of our missing brother Arlie, Sam Jones stayed hot leading off with a single from the 11 hole. After Osgood collected his fourth hit of the game moving up Jones, slugger Zack Kazda confidently smashed a 3-run walk-off bomb igniting an emotional Rubber Ducks come-back celebration! Ducks win 25-23
Osgood 4-4 SAC, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBI
Kazda 4-5, 2B, 2HR (+grand slam) 4 runs, 9 RBI
Ruckel 3-4, HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI
Alexander 3-4 1 RBI
Radanof 2-3 SAC, 2B, 3 RBI
Rakofsky 3-4, 2B, 2 runs
Machado 3-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Olander 3-4, 3 runs
Coffman 2-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Jones 2-3, BB, 3 runs
In the second game, running way late, we moved over to windy SMALLER field 8 to face off against the red-hot Ortega's Expos. Hard hitting continued with a burst of 5 Duck runs in the top of the first: a single by "Mr. Perfect" Osgood, a double by Kazda, 2 run double by Ruckel, RBI double by Alexander and RBI hits from Machado and Radanof. Unfortunately, when they got their chance, the Expo bats were not to be denied this day as they exploded for (?!?!) runs! The Ducks faced the run-rule after the second frame before fighting back with 13 runs in the top of the third--hits aplenty with doubles by Machado, Jones, Radanof, a triple by Rakofsky and back-to-back bombs by Kazda (grand slam) and Ruckel
After that, we couldn't keep up. Maybe the emotion of the first game got the best of us, maybe the Expos are just that good, but the Ducks fell in another LONG game. We got our money's worth. The Ducks scored 23 but lose by 15... on the bright side we collected tons of hits, Ruckel lost 2 over the fence including a grand slam, and Brian Osgood and Jeff Radanof each launched dingers of their own. The stats were ridiculous on both sides...
Osgood 4-4 HR, 4 runs, 2 RBI
Kazda 2-4, 2B, GS HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI
Ruckel 3-4, 2B, 2HR (+grand salami), 3 runs, 7 RBI
Alexander 3-4, 2B, 3R, RBI
Radanof 4-4, 2B, HR, 3R, 2 RBI
Jeff Roberts 3-4, 1 run
Rakofsky 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Machado 4-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI
Olander 2-4, 2 runs
Jones 2-3, 2B, 2 runs
Player of the Week: Arlie Slack
Look for the Rubber Ducks to finish up strong!

Marlins steady at .500
Oct 17, 2017, 11:21 pm
On a chilly Sunday morning at Heritage Yards, the Marlins saw the ups and downs in the Shalom League. In a close game against the Raptors, 6-6 after 3 innings, the Marlins busted out with their biggest inning of the year, batting around twice with the first 15 Marlins getting on base safely. Every Marlin got a hit and scored a run in the inning. For the game they get 2 HRs by Shwarts, 2 by Brumley, and a grand slam by Matt Myers. Big note, Capt'n Ronn with the bases loaded hitting a ball over the left fielders head turning a triple into a stand up double! Marlins win 22-6.
The second game was just the opposite, the Indians jumped on the Marlins with 10 runs in the top of the 1st. Ronn's team couldn't get that first game energy back, the Indians took an 18-2 lead at one time and cruised to a 25-8 win. The Marlins holding down the 7th spot in the playoffs with one week to go.
You've got to love the parity in this league!

Another split for the Raptors
Oct 17, 2017, 3:40 pm

Somehow preserving their playoff hopes despite consistently surrendering 10+ run innings, the Raptors played a decent game against the Nutts, and then after an hour off struggled to get any outs in the top of the 4th inning against the Marlins (despite being tied 6-6 going in). The Raptors will need to get their first sweep of the season in 2 weeks if they want to make it to the playoffs.

Oct 16, 2017, 11:35 am

Game 1  EXPOS-38    DUCKS-23


The ducks opened the top half of the first by punching the spos right in the mouth. plating 5 runs on 8 hits and batting through lineup. but the Spos' were up for a fight and answered the ducks with a few hay makers of their own. sending 16 batters to plate and scoring 10 runs in the bottom half of the frame, Highlighted by a pair of 2 run bombs from Randy Ransom and John Kilburn. 

after holding the ducks to 2 runs in the top of the second the Spos erupted for 21 runs in the bottom half of the frame.  Led by John Burke's 3 hits in the inning and 2 a piece from fields, Garber, Oetzman, Hebbler, Johnson, the Kravitz clan, Ortega and Ransom(including his second HR of the game) the Expos found themselves with what seemed like a comfortable  31-7 lead after two..

however.. the Ducks were Game!! in what seemed like an instant the Ducks cut a 24 run deficit to 9, scoring 15 runs in the top of the 3rd..but in the rock em sock em flow of this game the Expos plated 6 more in the 3rd and eventually ended the game on a John Kilburn dinger in the fourth. 


Brett Kravitz 4-4  3B,  3 singles, 2RBI, 4R, SAC and as usual excellent defense in LCF

Ortega   4-4  a pair of wind aided HRs, a pair of 2B, 8 RBI, 4R, BB

kyle Kravitz   5-5  4 singles, 2B, 4RBI, 4R

Randy Ransom  4-5  2 HR, two 1B, 5 RBI, 2R

JB   3-4  2B, two 1B, RBI, 3R, BB

Kilburn  4-5  2 HRs, 2B, 1B, 4RBI, 3R

Ryan Fields 2-3  2B, 1B, 2RBI, 3R, BB   

Abbey Garber 2-4  3B, 1B, 3 RBI, 2R

G Oetzman 3-3  3 singles, RBI, 3R, BB

ray Hebbler  2-3  2B, 1B, BB, 3R    Ray made a huge play at plate..  managing to hang on to the ball while taking  an elbow to the nose (accidentally of course)

Steve Johnson 4-4  4 singles, 3 RBI, 3R

Lewis Zwick 1-2  1B, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2R   "Sweet" Lew does what he always does.. gets on base, turns our lineup over And start rallies. 


Game 2       EXPOS-13       CUBS-4

the Spos jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI single from JB and a 2 Run double by the "killbomber".. the cubbies answered with one of their own and were looking to add a few more with some aggressive base running but a great play by Lewis Zwick at the plate put a halt to cubbies in the first.. 

with one out and no one on Gregg oetzman tripled to start the expo rally in the 2nd.. an RBI single from Steve johnson followed by a Lewis Zwick walk, a brett Kravitz RBI double and triple by Ortega had the Spos out in front by a score of 7-1 after two innings. 

 A 3 run bomb by capt. Niswonger cut the expo lead to 7-4..

two runs in the 5th highlighted by an RBI triple from Ortega and a SAC fly from Kyle Kravitz and 4 more in the 6th off a garber 2 run double and a 2 Run single by Ray-Ray Hebbler gave the Spos the 13-4 victory.


EXPOS POW: Steve Johnson 6-7  6 1B, 4 RBI, 5R out of the 11 hole.. great d at 2B including a full extension diving stop!!

ROW:Brett Kravitz 7-8 2  3B, 2B, 4 singles, SAC 5 RBI, 6R


A special thanks to Kathy Garber for keeping the book. wonderful job, as usual




Lake Monsters salvage a split
Oct 15, 2017, 6:15 pm

Monsters @ White Sox 8:00 Field 9

Standard Operating Procedure, Monsters jump out to an early lead, 12-2 going into the bottom of the 3rd.  Brinkman's white stockings show a lot of heart and character, not giving up, in the end Captain Brinkman walks off the Monsters with a double to seal the comeback victory.  Though we came up short, Rookie Suman was 3 for 4 with 1 of his 3 HRs on the day.  DPrim was 3 for 4 with a bomb and Weddy was perfect on the game going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and 4 RBI.  Grant Carver was 2 for 4 and did a masterful job of battling the wind while on the bump.  Monsters fall to 5-6 on the season.


Monsters @ Rangers 9:00 Field 9

The task was tall facing the Rangers who'd only lost 3 games.  We just got walked off but didn't quit.  We laced them back up and won a hard-fought game against a game Rangers team.  8-8 going into the top of the 6th.  1 out, Foghorn Einhorn laces a single to RCF, another out and then the top of the order comes up and delivers.  6 straight hits with 2 outs in the top of the 6th, Suman, Prim, Weddy, Carver, JBraun and Strully put this one out of reach.  Rangers go quietly in the bottom of the frame and the Monsters get a much needed W!  Suman was 3 for 4 with 2 bombs, one of which being of the grand slam variety.  Weddy and Carver were a combined 8 for 8 with 8 RBI between them.  Tyler Turner was also 2 for 3 on the game.  Monsters get back to .500, 6-6 on the season.


ROW: Grant Suman 6 for 8, 2B, 3HRs (1 Grand Slam), 6R, 7RBI

POW: Grant Carver 6 for 8, 2B, 3R, 5 RBI and great pitching in tough wind.


Ranger Ramblings
Oct 15, 2017, 2:18 pm

The Ranger team resembles a MASH unit as we have had 3 surgeries this season with a 4th scheduled. Nonetheless, we had two games Sunday trying to preserve a 5 game win streak. The Whitecaps built an 8-5 lead after 4 innings despite two Tim Jamieson triples and a Brad Earls dinger. The Rangers rallied to close it to 8-7 with two runners on but a liner to shortstop ended the rally.

Game 2 was against the Lake Monsters. A 3 run homer by Nick Barr started the Ranger scoring. A two run single by Barr gave him 6 ribbies for the game as it was knotted at 8-8 going into the last inning. The Lake Monsters started with two down in the last and the floodgates opened as they rolled to a 13-8 win.

Nick Barr was our POW candidate with 4-5, a home run and 8 rbi’s. Tim Jamieson was 4-7 with three triples. The Rangers will re group in two weeks with a high concentration of subs for the playoff run.

Raptors snag a victory
Oct 3, 2017, 8:56 am

Despite playing on two very offensive oriented fields, the Raptors struggled to score Sunday, only managing to score in first game when they hit a home run.


The second game was an unusually quiet defensive/pitching battle which took place on field 9 against the power-hitting Cubs. Cade McDougald broke in his glove by catching 3 lineouts from the very persistent Justin Reed, who did hit the ball pretty hard. Wayne Casper gets a special nod for holding the Cubs to 2 runs on field 9.


Raptors' POW: Cade McDougald 3-5 2 HRs, 2B, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored, excellent SS defense
Raptors' ROW: Danny Marti 4-6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored



Whitecaps "Recap" Week 4
Oct 2, 2017, 6:03 pm

Nothing much to say that we put up a hard fought effort with 3 players missing from our lineup (we tried our best, but we lost both games)

Game 1

Lost 13-6 against the Expos


Game 2

Lost 20-10 in 5 innings 

(our first game that was called against us due to the run rule)


Whitecaps look forward to rebounding in 2 weeks against the Rangers and Cubs (and we will defintely have a full team for sure).


Thank you for Matt Lekfovitz for Subbing on our team (it was a pleasure having you join us)


Jeremy "Turbo" Golden

Oct 2, 2017, 1:17 pm

The Express started the day taking on rookie skipper Sean Brinkman and his pale hose. Despite a long ball by Rhino Alford in the 1st and skipper Banta not being able to retire Papa Royce, the Express claimed their 2nd victory of the season with good defense and timely hitting lead by Robert Garcia and John Banta, both going 3 for 3. A 3 run bomb by Alex Bruu in the 5th gave the good guys some breathing room to solidify the win. Final Score 10-6. 

Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2 Runs Scored

John Banta                3 for 3, 2 Singles, Double, 2 Runs Scored, 2 RBI’s

Game 2 had The Express taking on Kelly Alexander’s Rubber Ducks. The Express came out firing, scoring 5 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd and held a comfortable 13 run lead until the Ducks put 4 on the board in the bottom of the 4th. Top hitters were Robert Garcia and Alex Bruu both going 3 for 4 with the big blow again being a 3 run homer by Bruu to make the final score 16-10.

Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, Double 2 RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 2 Singles, HR, 5 RBI and 2 Runs Scored


POW: Robert Garcia - 6 for 7, 5 Singles, Double, 2 RBI's and 5 Runs Scored

ROW: Alex Bruu - 4 for 7, 2 Singles, 2 HR’s, 8 RBI's and 4 Runs Scored

Brewers split before much needed Bye Week
Oct 2, 2017, 11:50 am

Game 1, Field 3, 9:00 AM Brewers @ Cubs

The Brewers scored 3 in the top of the first, highlighted by a 2 RBI single from darkhorse MVP candidate Kyle Crouse. Ashley Mort beat out a double play ball by two full steps but was called out on the worst safe/out call I have ever seen to end the first. After a shutdown inning in the bottom of the first, the Brewers added a run in the second. Matt Parker beat out a double play ball but was called out on the second worst safe/out call I have ever seen to end the second. The Cubs cut the 4-run deficit in half in the bottom of the second before taking the lead with 3 runs in the third. The Brewers would only manage 1 run in each of the last 3 innings, and the Cubs would go on to win.

Cubs victory: 8-7.

Game 2, Field 1, 10:00 AM Whitecaps @ Brewers

The Whitecaps opened with a run in the first, but the Brewers responded with 5. After a shutdown top of the second, the Brewers exploded with 15 runs in the bottom of the frame. Six different Brewers scored multiple runs in the inning, highlight by a grand slam from Andrew Williams and a Kyle Crouse fence bomb to make it back-to-back homers. The Brewers wouldn't score again, but the Whitecaps would chip away for the next three innings to make the final score 20-10 in the fifth inning run rule.

Brewers victory: 20-10.

The Wrigley Rally
Oct 2, 2017, 8:02 am

Cubs vs Brewers 8-7

A back and forth battle that ends in the Cubs favor.  The Brewers jumped out early as the Cubs committed a string of fielding errors to give the Brewers extra outs.  Rallies in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings allowed the Cubbies to walk a way in a squeker 7-8.


Cubs vs Raptors 2-5

The pitching of Wayne Casper was just to much for the loveable loosers to overcome.  The Cubs turn in another great defensive effort allowing only five runs on field nine.  But when you only score two runs it is hard to win.  On a side note/silver lining...Tony Dillard put a dent in the fence and got his first triple of the season.

Nuts lose a pair
Oct 1, 2017, 7:54 pm

The Nuts opened the day sitting 4 and 4, but came away a disappointing 4 and 6 with 4 games to play.  In game 1 vs the Indians, the Nuts scored 1st and were feeling pretty good.  A grand salami was provided by sub Zaccardo and a 2 run blast by Anders gave the Nuts a 6-0 lead.  The Nuts added 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 6th on the way to a 1 run defeat.  Final score, Indians 12, Nuts 11.


In game 2 vs the Rays, it was all Rays as the Nuts were held in check losing 13-6.  POW nominee Simonson went 3 for 3 and Bone played solidly in RCF in an attempt to keep the Nuts close.


The Nuts will rebound in 2 weeks in a final push to get a coveted playoff spot. 



Monsters lose 2
Oct 1, 2017, 7:45 pm

Rubber Ducks @ Monsters Field 9

Per usual, Monsters start off hot sending 8 to the plate in the top of 1.  Hits by TMac, Weddy, Blue Carver and Strully, Ribs by Prim, Carver and Strully.  End of 1, 3-0 good guys.  5 by the Ducks in the top of 2 was matched by 4 in the bottom half of the frame.  HRD (Human Rain Delay) Lachman leads off burning the LCF for a double, Goldy walks, TMac, Prim and Weddy clean up the messy bases.  Monsters would only score 3 more runs the remainder of the game while the Ducks kept the runs flowing throughout, final score, Ducks 19, Monsters 10.  

Bright spots, Prim was perfect on the game (and the day) going 2 for 2 with a single, laser beam over the fence, SF, 3 RBI and 2 Runs scored.  

JB (Braun) was also perfect on the game (and the day) going 2 for 2 with a BB and a run scored.

Monsters @ Expos Field 4

Per usual, Monsters drop a 6 spot in the top of 1 sending all 11 guys to the plate.  5 consecutive hits, TMac, Rookie Suman, Prim, Weddy, Carver and JB bot things rolling with mop-up duty on the Ribs by Tyler Turner and Lachman.  That was about all she wrote offensively in this game as we could only muster up one more run the entire game.  An Early exit to go watch football as the run-rule was in effect, Expos 17, Monsters 7.  

Bright Spots, Prim was 3 for 3, 2B, 3R, RBI

JB was 3 for 3 with a run scored.

Week off is just what's needed!  

POW: Jonathan Braun: 5 for 5, BB, 2 Runs

ROW: Donald Prim: 5 for 5, SF, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 Runs

Rangers Roll!
Oct 1, 2017, 6:41 pm

The Rangers are Rolling! First up were Casper’s Raptors. The Raptors held a 5-3 lead after 2 ½ innings when the Rangers broke loose for 7. The big hits were a run scoring double from Tim Jamieson, a two run single from Carlos Moran and a two run double from Robert Santiago. The Rangers held the Raptors and went on to win 11-5.

Game 2 was against Roth’s Indians. This game was knotted at 8 going into the bottom of the 5th and again the Rangers erupted for 6 on 5 singles and a couple of walks to win 14-8.

Our POW candidate was Badger, who led the way with 5 for 5, 5 runs scored and his usual outstanding defense. This will be the season ender for Badger as he under goes the knife prior to our next game. He will be sorely missed. Tommy Baer was 5-6, Nick Barr 4-6 and Carlos Moran 3-5. The results leave the Rangers in a tie for first with the Cubs with 4 games left in the regular season.

Lots of Runs not enough/White Sox Lose 2 More
Sep 28, 2017, 7:20 pm

The White Sox had a decent start to the first game against Casper’s Raptors plating 3 runs in the top of the first. Unfortunately, the Raptors scored 12 in the bottom of the first that was enough to secure the victory for the game. The White Sox did not give up, though. They kept scoring runs and made it a two run game into the fifth inning, but the Raptors tacked on 7 in the bottom of the fifth. The top White Sox producers of the game were Jason Chapman, Ryan Alford, Patrick Sanchez and Steven Garcia. Each one went 2-3 and where responsible for most of the runs scored during the game. 


Second game of the day was against Williams’s Brewers. This game had a little more excitement than the first. The White Sox took the lead in the first, 1-4, but gave up the lead in the second, 5-6. The game was tied 6-6 going into the fourth when the White Sox flipped the bottom of the lineup that allowed the top to do its job, bringing in 4 runs to take the lead 10-6. The White Sox were looking to earn their third one run win of the season going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Brewers also flipped the bottom of their lineup. Captain Williams came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs and was able to get a game winning hit to right center field for the one run victory. White Sox stars: Sub Tyler Shulman went 3-3 in the game, and Jason Chapman was able to get a huge 2 out, bases loaded, 3 RBI double for the game. 


The White Sox look to improve their record next Sunday against Forniglia’s Marlins and Banta’s Express.

Tale of 2 Rays
Sep 27, 2017, 5:40 pm

It was a tale of two Rays teams as the defensive lapses returned in the first game and contributed mightily to a 12-7 loss to the Indians. But the fellas bounced back in game two with solid defensive play and an offensive surge in beating the Raptors 21-6.

 In that first game, Josh Winsor continued his strong fall season with a two-run homer and a three-run shot. Ben Enlow added a two-run homer and Jeffrey Lewin contributed two singles.   

Winsor was an ace again on the mound in facing the Raptors and Lee McDonald (first action of the season) backed him with two singles, a double and a three-run homer. David Warren added his own three-run shot along with a single and double (both guys just a triple short of a cycle), and Max Henry had four hits, including a double. Nick Milton continued his solid output from the leadoff spot by getting on base three times. 

Nuts Come from behind in the opener but ran out of gas in 2nd game
Sep 25, 2017, 7:01 pm


Nuts vs Expos

Nuts came into the day .500 looking for its winning pair of the season. Not much to say in this game as the Nuts sticks didnt come alive until the last few innings. Highlight of this game was Doug Storms walkoff single as the Nuts scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to give us the 8-7 victory!

In game 2 the Nuts traveled to field 1 to play the Marlins who were also .500 to start the day.  Again not much offense from the Nuts. Marlins downed the Nuts 7-6 in this one.

Raptors open strong
Sep 25, 2017, 6:24 pm

The Raptors opened the day strong with 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning against the White Sox, batting through their lineup. Troy Steele hammered 2 grand slams during the inning, although the first one was mysteriously called back due to a very creative foul call. Jimie Simeone also smashed a 2 RBI triple during the inning. With some uncharacteristically solid defense, the Raptors held strong until the bottom of the 5th, when they put up another 7 runs, sparked by a Jimie Simeone solo homerun, and followed by a 3 run homer from Danny Marti and a solo bomb by Cade McDougald. The game was closed out 19-11 for the Raptors.

The second game was not so strong for the Raptors, as they were unable to put up any runs in the first, and found themselves down 12-1 after 2 innings. The Rays continued to smash the ball. Cade McDougald did hit a 3 run homerun in the 4th, right before the Raptors were run-ruled.


Raptors Player of the Week- Cade McDougald, 6-7, 2 HRs, 5 runs scored, 5 RBIs.

Raptors Rookie of the Week- Jimie Simeone, 3-6, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs.

Whitecaps "Recap" Week 3
Sep 25, 2017, 1:38 pm

Whitecaps Recap


Game 1 vs Lake Monsters


Lake Monsters jumped out early on us in the 1st inning with them scoring 4 (and us only managing to score 1). In the 2nd inning, the Whitecaps wanted to show the Lake Monsters that we meant business and put up a 10 spot that inning and having everyone in the lineup get a hit. We put up 6 more runs in the 3rd inning (and the game was called after 5). Great hitting all around on both teams!


Final Score

Whitecaps 18 – Lake Monsters 8


Game 2 vs Rubber Ducks

Whitecaps starting off hot in the 1st inning, but only put together  run that inning (incredible defense by the Rubber Ducks that inning). In the 3rd inning, we decided to settle down and put together 14 runs that inning (which included a 3 run HR by POW Rookie nominee Paul Villarroel). 5th inning started with a single by “Turbo” Golden, to go along with a 2 run HR by Sean Greeley, back to back singles by Jose “Lasagna” Baho and Brad Parr (I am still trying to think of a nickname for you) and another HR by Paul Villarroel (another 3 run HR). Whitecaps managed to score 6 times that inning and the game was called after 5


Final Score

Whitecaps 23 – Rubber Ducks 7

Whitecaps are 1 game behind the Cubs for 1st place and are leading the league in runs scored. This team is definitely a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to our next opponents (the Expos and Brewers). 


POW Nominee: Sean Greeley 8 for 8 (7 singles, HR, 6 runs scored, 3 RBIs)

ROW nominee: Paul Villarroel 6 for 8 (2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs)


Sep 25, 2017, 9:05 am

Cubs vs Express 14-8

Amazing hitting by the Cubbies in game 1 Sunday.

Justin Reed 4-4, fence bomb, triple, two singles, two RBI

Steve Haas 3-4, double, two singles, one RBI

Darius Wu 3-4, HR, two singles, three RBI

Jason Niswonger 3-4, HR, two singles, four RBI

Larry Farin 3-4, three singles, one RBI

Nick Croce 3-3, three singles, two RBI


Cubs vs Lake Monsters 5-3

defensive struggle and great heart shown by both teams

Monsters on the wrong end of a sweep
Sep 24, 2017, 9:55 pm

Monsters @ White Caps Field 7

The day started off well with the Monsters getting off to a hot start scoring 4 in the top of the 1st as table setters TMac and Suman get on for Weddy who comes up and hits one off the top of the fire station on Field 7, Prim follows up with a double to be knocked in on an RBI single by the coach turned player, BDS.  The 2nd inning was much like the first as we string together some hits by Suman, Weddy and Prim to plate another 3 runs.....then, well lets just say the wheels came shooting off.  The Caps erupt for 10 in the bottom of two, the Monsters offense is shut down for only 1 more run the rest of the game and a good ole' fashion ass kicking commences, Caps 18 Monsters 8 falling to 5-2 on the season.

Cubbies at Monsters Field 3

This was a good old fashion pitchers duel with Farin playing the part of Greg Maddux and Blue Carver playing the role of Randy Johnson.  Farin scatters 8 hits over 6 innings, neither team could get just a whole lot going on offense and in the end the Monsters we sent back to the bottom of the lake to lick their wounds losing a tough one 5-3 falling to 5-3 on the weekend.  

Player of the week 

TMac: 4 for 6, 2 Doubles, 3 Runs (30% of our runs scored on the day)

Rookie of the week

Donald Prim: 4 for 5, 2 Doubles, 2 Runs (20% of our runs scored on the day)

Onward and upward gents, head up and we go get'em back next week!

Marlins split
Sep 24, 2017, 3:12 pm

Game 1:

 The Marlins start off hot with 4 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings, but just had an 8-7 lead. After a see-saw battle, the Rangers won it with 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th, 12-11.


Game 2:

 The Marlins traveled home to field 1 against the Nutts. In a hard fought defensive game the Marlins hung on for a 7-6 win. The big moment of the game was the game winning 320 ft. solo BOMB to LC by Matt "M&M" Myers in the 4th inning. With that win it kept the Marlins still in the hunt for one of the "Elite Eight" spots with 6 games remaining.

Ranger Ramblings
Sep 24, 2017, 2:37 pm

What a beautiful morning to play two! Game 1 was against the Marlins. They opened with 4, we responded with 6 as 9 of the first 10 batters got hits. Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth with the Marlins holding an 11-10 lead. Robert Santiago, Kelly Welton and Brandon Strull all singled to load them up. With one out, Tim Jamieson ripped a single scoring two for an exciting 12-11 win.

Game 2 against the Express saw the Rangers score another 6 spot in the first. Four more in the second left us with only a 10-7 lead after two. A three run blast by Tim Jamieson in the 4th and a grand slam in the parker by Ro Gulhati in the sixth sent the Rangers to a 20-7 victory.

Tim Jamieson as our POW candidate led the way with 7-8, a home run and 8 rbi’s. Carlos Moran was 5-6, Brandon Strull 5-8, John Miller and Badger 4-7 and Ro Gulhati 4-6.

Marlins take two of three
Sep 20, 2017, 3:27 am


Game 1

The Marlins find themselves up against the only undefeated team in the TSSL after week one, The Expos. Also, they will be facing them without their #3 draft pick and her husband Matt Shwarts, the outfield leader and (LC). The Marlins start the game with 3 runs in the top of the first inning. This was a hard fought defensive close game until Matt Brumley stepped up to the plate in the 5th inning. With two men on Brumley hits a 3 run bomb (HR) which in the end is all the Marlins needed to win the game 8-6.


Game 2

At the beginning of this game against the red hot Brewers, it started warming up temperature wise and one person for the Marlins felt it and not in a good way. The Marlins were either jet lagged from the trip over to field 7 or started to not feel 100% and decided to take this game off to prepare for game 3 of the triple header. They some how found a way to score Tony Lowery on a fielders choice hit ball and try for a double play, but with Matt Myers speed, that wasn't going to happen. Marlins had six hits and one run in a 13-1 beating from The Brewers.


Game 3 

Earlier in the week Capt'n Ronn of the Marlins had some minor health issues, according to him. And no, it was not because he drank too much Root Beer at a softball field and was hungover. His doctor told him it was his blood pressure acting up and quickly gave him some meds to prevent any kind of stroke. Also, his doctor suggested or maybe told Capt'n Ronn to take it easy through the weekend, just to be on the safe side. And at the beginning of game 3 Capt'n Ronn wished he would had listened to his doctor.


With game 3 ready to start against The White Caps, Capt'n Ronn was nowhere to be found. Unless you were looking in a shaded area with a faucet and cold water. After removing himself from the lineup and asking the Marlins to take the field without him, game three began.


Finally at the bottom of the fourth inning to the top of the 5th inning, Capt'n Ronn cooled off and was walking towards the quiet Marlins dugout and down by 2 runs. That did not last long once the Capt'n stepped into the dugout and started yapping away like always. Then, once the Marlins saw that their Capt'n was going to be alright, they rallied around each other and came closer as a team and pulled out a come from behind, extra innings win 8-7.


My hat goes off to the Marlins for coming together as a team when their captain needed them to do so. I can not thank them enough for putting their hearts into it and giving 110% to the end. If I could nominate all of them as POW, I would do it in a heart beat. If you would have witnessed it all, I believe you would agree.


Thank you guys,


Capt'n Ronn

usually #21


Also, a thank you to Jeremy Golden, the Captain of the White Caps, for understanding the situation and for his concerns. You're a good man in my book, I don't care what they say about you......lol.....jmwy


1 is better than none
Sep 19, 2017, 10:37 pm

The Rays were up against it Sunday. Ben Enlow was out, Joel Sandman Sands blew both quads and Ron Roberts had to depart early. But the Rays proved again that they can score bunches of runs, although not enough to avoid two out of three losses on the day.

The Rays fell in the first game 12-8 to the Lake Monsters and were carried by the big bat of Max Henry, who went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer. Supersub Powers collected two hits. The defense, meanwhile, continued to improve.

The team collected its first win of the season in game two, beating Alexander’s Rubber Ducks with a 14-run barrage. Jeffrey and Ryan Lewin had five hits between them. Nick Milton, Powers, Michael Weber and Roberts each had multiple hits.

In the final game of the day, the Rays scored 16 runs but fell by a run to Brinkman’s White Sox. Scrappy effort as the Rays came back time and again. Powers had two home runs (one a slam) and Josh Winsor added a double and a late two-run homer that kept the game close. Winsor also pitched mightily and smoothly handled a number of comeback balls to the mound.

Although the season record so far ain’t what it should be, the Rays are scoring runs, shoring up their defense and, as long as the captain keeps the disco playing, having fun playing ball.

Two Competitive Games/One Blow Out
Sep 19, 2017, 5:57 pm

The White Sox started the day against Golden’s White Caps. The White Sox played small ball the first two innings scratching across 3 runs with hits from Jason Chapman, Steve Garcia, Michael Bourque, Brandon and Royce Alford, and Dwayne Henson. Good ole Ryno brought the big stick to the plate in the third inning when he crushed a two run homer. The White Caps kept hanging around and finally went ahead to stay in the fifth inning. 


The second game against Ortega’s Expos was what most would call slightly depressing as the White Sox only scored one run compared to 23 from the Expos. The bottom four in the lineup only made it to the plate once, as the run rule went into affect. Mistakes were made on defense and the ball had trouble finding green on offense. Hats off to Ortega’s Expos for playing a great game. 


In a repeat of week one, the White Sox avoided a sweep by pulling out a victory in Game 3 against Apligian’s Rays. Carlos Rodriguez started the game off on a great note with a solo homer to left. Ryno and Patrick “Dirty” Sanchez followed up with a couple of doubles which were then followed by three straight singles from the middle of the lineup (Garcia, Brink, and Bourque). 4 runs made it to the plate to start the game in the first with 2 more tacked on in the second, 5 more in the third and another 5 in the fourth. The White Sox had to play solid defense in the bottom of the sixth to maintain a 1 run lead against the Rays. Big games from rookies Adwild Perez and Carlos Rodriguez along with veterans Patrick Sanchez and Brandon Alford were instrumental to this victory. 


Raptors continue to struggle
Sep 19, 2017, 12:08 pm

The Raptors gave up 5 runs with some very generous defensive play in their opener against the Indians, and despite Wayne Casper and Danny Marti singling their way on base, followed by a Cade McDougald fence home run, the Raptors' offense fizzled out, and they were unable to fully answer. This trend would continue through until the games final 17-11, with the Raptors generously gifting additional outs each inning, despite both Cade and Troy Steele pounding 3 run HRs over the fence.


The Raptors found a way to score against the beliguered Express (who were 2 players short of a full squad), and put up an initial solid 8 runs after batting through the order, including a grand slam from Troy Steele and an inside the park 2 run HR from Barry Epstein. This game ended 17-10 for the Raptors.


In their third game, playing against a cobbled together Lake Monsters team (which strongly resembled a certain Spring squad), the Raptors continued to generously provide their opposition with additional outs each inning, and despite the efforts of Cade McDougald with a 2 run HR in the third, and Danny Marti with his 3 RBIs, the Raptors were closed out of this one 18-9.


The Raptors POW is Cade McDouglald, who was 6-8 on the day, with 2 BBs, 3 HRs, and 8 RBIs.

The Raptors ROW is Danny Marti, who was 7-10 on the day, with a 3B, 6 RBIs, and who went against the grain and played excellent defense in LCF.

The Wrigley Rally
Sep 19, 2017, 9:47 am

Cubs vs Ducks 7-4

The glare shined bright as two teams battled the same enemy on field 5…the Sun. Darius Wu and Jason Niswonger both dialed long distance to put the Cubbies on the Board. Amazing pitching by Larry Farin to hide the ball in the sun and diving defensive plays by Chris Peterson helped to hold the Ducks to only four runs.


Cubs vs Rangers 12-3

The bats were turned loose as everyone got involved and the Cubbies steal another win. Justin Reed was on fire going 3-4 with two doubles into the wind and off the wall. Steve Haas, Darius Wu, Nick Croce, and Chris Peterson added two baggers as well as the team rallied to put up 12 runs. Larry Farin batted 1.000 and once again pitched a gem of a game giving up only three runs.


Cubs vs Nuts 7-4

In a very close game the Cubs came out on top while facing an excellent fireball pitcher on the Nuts. Darius Wu did what Darius Wu does and hit a three run blast into the wind on field four to tie the game at four in the third inning. The game remained tied until the fifth inning when Chris Peterson and Rick Lewis started the inning with back to back singles followed by walks to Steve Haas and Darius Wu. The bases were loaded for Jason Niswonger who hit a base clearing double that turned out to be the difference. Excellent outfield work by George Reed, Justin Reed, Eric Clausen, and Seth Pepkin ensured the game stayed close as a true team effort allowed the Cubs to fly the W flag.

Whitecaps "Recap" Week 2
Sep 18, 2017, 1:23 pm

Whitecap Recap

Game 1 Vs White Sox

Both teams played evenly…but the Whitecaps were down 7-6 in the 5th inning until we put 5 runs that inning and added another run in the 6th inning


Final Score Whitecaps 12 – White Sox 7

Hitting Stars for game 1

Sean Greeley – 4 for 4 with 4 singles, 3 runs scored,

Jose “Mr. Lasagna” Baho – 3 for 4 with 3 singles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs

Paul Villarroel – 3 for 3 with 3 singles, 1 run scored, 4 RBIs

Alex “Bust a move” Bustillo 2 for 2 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs


Game 2 Vs The Nuts

As good ol’ JR would say…”this was a sloberknocker”

Whitecaps scored 6 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, and 16 (yes…16 in the 3rd) and the game was called after 3 innings

Hitting Stars for game 2

Reece (Mr. Pieces) Leonard – 3 for 3 with 3 Singles, Walk, 4 Runs Scored, 2 RBIs

Sean Greeley – 4 for 4 with 4 singles and 4 runs scored

Jose Baho – 4 for 4 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, 6 RBIs

Paul Villarroel – 2 for 3 with 2 singles, walk, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs

Alex “Bust a Move” Bustillo – 3 for 4 with 3 Singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Dustin Madlock – 2 for 2 with 2 singles, walk, 1 run scored and a RBI

Keith Dlott – 3 for 3 with 3 singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Aaron Sasson – 2 for 3 with 2 singles and 2 runs scored

Great hitting all around by the Whitecaps

Game #3 Vs Marlins

With 10 Marlins on the field (and missing their person sailing the Marlin ship Captain Ronn). The Whitecaps were trying to carry over what they had from Game 2 to Game 3. Unfortunately…we came up short in extra innings losing 8-7 (we do wish Ronn gets well soon though)


Star players of the game

The Z-Man Mitchell Zimmerman – 2 for 3 with 2 Singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Brad Parr – 2 for 3 with 2 singles and a RBI

Alex Bustillo – 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored


The Whitecaps are looking forward to going back to the normal schedule of 2 games every Sunday!


Our POW Nominees for this Sunday are

Reece Leonard (who is also our ROW nominee) – 6 for 10

Sean Greeley – 9 for 12

Jose Baho – 8 for 11

Brad Parr – 6 for 9

ROW Nominee Alex Bustillo – 7 for 9

ROW Nominee Paul Villarroel – 5 for 9

Dustin Madlock – 4 for 6

Sep 17, 2017, 7:05 pm

The Express gambled by trying to play with 9 but a technical communication glitch left us with only 8 players taking on the Nutts. The Express started off with 3 quick runs in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd with a fence bomb from Alex Bruu. Express added a run in the 3rd and 4th before succumbing to a Nutt run rule. Final Score 17-7.


Hitting Stars:

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 2 Singles, HR, 2RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Steve Uman               3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2RBI’s


Game 2 had The Express taking on Casper’s Raptors. Again, we opened up the scoring with 3 in the 1st with a Robert Garcia HR. The Raptors answered with 8 of their own. We added 1 in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th highlighted by a Scott Frazier triple and a Robert Garcia double. But after shutting out the Raptors for 2 innings they bounced back with 4 runs in the 4th. The Express answered with 4 of their own in the top of the 5th with RBI singles from Bruu and Frazier. An untimely error gave the Raptors their last 5 runs to clinch a 17-10 victory.


Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           4 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, Walk, HR, 3RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 3 Singles, walk, 1RBI and 3 Runs Scored


In game 3, the Express ran into the mighty Brewers captained by Kid Williams. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas playing with 8 guys all morning. The lone bright spot was 2 RBI double by Scott Frazier before the Brewers closed the day by run ruling the short-handed Express and handing us our 3rd loss of the day. Kudos to the team for fighting through the captain’s error.


Hitting Stars:

Greg Ritter               2 for 2, 2 Singles, Walk

Scott Frazier             1 for 2, Double, 2RBI


Express POW: Alex Bruu - 7 for 11, 6 Singles, BB, HR, 6 Runs Scored, 3 RBI's


Lake Monsters Roll to a sweep
Sep 17, 2017, 5:24 pm

Rays at Monsters, Field 9, 8:00 aka lovely sun....

Missing the big bopper, Benny Enlow, the Rays came out hot in the first plating 3 only to be answered by a 5 spot of our own powered by a Suman 2 run dinger.  Rays rally back in the third plating 5 of their own, Monsters answer with 2.  Heading into the bottom of 4, Monsters down 8-6, we sent 11 guys to the plate, 6 runs later the lead would never be relinquished.  The inning 4 fireworks had 6 straight hits, back to back HRs by subs BMac and Big Shot Bobby Davis.  That was all she wrote.  Monsters 12, Rays 8 moving to 3-1 on the season.

Prim: 3 for 3, HR, 2RBI, 2R

Weddy: 2 for 2, RBI, 3R

BMac: 2 for 2, HR, 3RBI, 2R

Bobby Davis: 1 for 1, HR, RBI, 2BB


Monsters at Indians, Field 9

Indians get off to a hot start as the score was Indians 10, Monsters 4 after 3.  The big inning reared its pretty little head in the 4th where the offense got kick-started plating 6 tying the score up at 10.  HDR (Human Rain Delay) Lachman sets the table by leading off with a triple (fastest I've ever seen him move) , 2 straight outs and then the top of the order comes up and with 2 outs, 6 straight hits.  Doubles by SUPER sub Lefkovits and rookie Suman, base knock by Prim, moon shot by Weddy, BMac starts another 2 out rally with a double to be plated by Big Shot Bobby Davis, again. Knotted up 11-11 going into the 6th, Suman leads off with a double, Prim base hit knocking Suman in and Weddy goes line drive over the fence that left a trail of ball entry into the bush.  3 run 6th inning and the Indians couldn't answer, final score Monsters 14, Indians 11, moving to 4-1.

Rookie Suman 4 for 4, 2 Doubles, 4 Runs

Prim: 3 for 4, 2RBI, 2 Runs

Weddy: 4 for 4, 2HR, 5RBI, 4 Runs

BMac: 3 for 4

HDR: 2 for 3


Raptors @ Monsters, Field 3

A bit of a sluggish start to this one as the Raptors were up 2-1 going into the bottom of 3......then, well let's just say the floodgates opened the following two innings as the Monsters send 25 guys to the plate in the 2nd and 3rd innings.  Every Monster hitter got at least one hit in the next 2 innings as 15 were plated in those two innings.  For the sake of brevity, there was a lot of good things that happened in those two innings.  Turner, HDR Lachman, Foghorn Einhorn and Timmy Barnes were all a combined 6 for 7 with 7 RBI and 5 runs highlighted by another extra-base knock by HDR.  This one essentially ended after the 3rd but the final score was Monsters 18, Raptors 9 moving to 5-1 on the season.

Timmy Barnes: 3 for 3, 2 RBI, Run

Foghorn Einhorn: 2 for 3, 2 Runs

Turner: 2 for 3

BMac: 3 for 4

Prim: 3 for 4, 2 Doubles and 2 Runs

Rookie of the week: 

Suman: 8 for 11, 2 Doubles, HR, SF, 5RBI, 7R

Player of the week:

Weddy: 8 for 10, 2HRs, 10RBI, 7R

Base Coach of the week:  BDS, directed lots and lots of traffic quite nicely.

Big thank you to BMac, Big Shot Bobby Davis and Super Sub Lefky as this week we were missing 33% of our drafted team. 

Big team wins, all contributing and group hugs all around be the men in green.

Brewers stay hot!
Sep 17, 2017, 4:55 pm

Game 1, 8:00 AM, Field 7. Brewers @ Rangers

The Brewers started hot with 5 runs in the top of the first highlighted by a 2 RBI single from Kyle Crouse and a double from Ashley Mort. They added 2 more in the second with a no-doubt fence bomb from POW candidate Matt Parker. But the Brewers would only add 1 run to that total over the next 6 innings. The Rangers offense was more consistent, and the game was tied after 6 innings. After a scoreless 7th and top of the 8th, The Rangers walked it off.

Defensive highlight - David Buhrow sliding catch in shallow right field + pop-up throw to first base for double play.

Rangers victory: 9-8.

Game 2, 9:00ish AM, Field 7. Brewers @ Marlins

The Brewers scored 2 in the top of the first with a fence bomb from Kyle Crouse. The next run scored was from the Marlins in the bottom of the second. Then the Brewers took the game over. A 4-run rally was sparked by Brian Alvara's leadoff single in the top of the third. The Brewers would add 3 runs off back-to-back home runs from Andrew Williams and Kyle Crouse in the fifth. And they put the game away with a 2-out 4-run rally in the sixth.

Brewers victory: 13-1

Game 3, 10:00ish AM, Field 9, Express @ Brewers

The Express scored 2 in the top of the first, but the Brewers would respond by sending 11 to the plate and scoring 6 in the bottom half. The Express would not score again. The Brewers send 13 to the plate in the second and scored 10 runs in the second capped off by a grand slam from Andrew Williams. After a scoreless third, the Brewers would walk-off into a run-rule off the bat of John Hauf.

Brewers victory: 17-2.

Rangers Roll Without A Lot of Runs
Sep 17, 2017, 4:09 pm

In week 1, the Rangers scored 53 runs and won 2 of 3 games. In week 2, the Rangers scored 20 runs but still managed to win 2 of 3 games. WHODATHUNKIT?

Game 1 against the 2-1 Brewers saw the Rangers fall into a 7-1 deficit after two innings. In the third, a bases loaded double by Tim Jamieson produced 3. In the 5th, a two run double by Nick Barr produced two more to tie it at 8. The score stayed tie at 8 after the sixth and seventh before the home team Rangers had a leadoff double by Tim Jamieson and a game winning rbi single by Steve McNeill to produce an exciting 9-8 win.

Game 2 against the Cubs saw “Larry the Legend” Farin (not in pinstripes) sprinkle 11 hits throughout 6 innings to pace the Cubs to a 12-3 win.

Game 3 against the first place Expos saw the Expos carry a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 4th. Doubles by Ro Gulhati and Rick Halperin tied it at 5. The Expos scored 2 in the top of the fifth. The Rangers countered with hits by Kelly Welton and Badger Hurst before Tim Jamieson unloaded a massive 3 run dinger to take an 8-7 lead. The Expos threatened in the 6th but did not score ending it at 8-7 as the Rangers won 2 of 3 without reaching double digits on the day.

Tim Jamieson, our POW candidate, lead the way with 8-10, 3 doubles, a game winning HR, 5 runs and 6 rbi’s. Badger was 5-9 and Rick Halperin 4-7 with some nice defense in RF. Ro Gulhati and John Miller chipped in with 4-8 and Robbie Franklin 3-6.

Close But Only 1 Cigar
Sep 13, 2017, 9:44 am
Game 1 vs Lake Monsters
Field 8 provided the back drop for a sun backed pitchers duel. First inning offense gave provided a lead for the Marlins, but the Monsters chipped their way back to a 3 run lead going into bottom of 6th. With 2 on Matt Brumley hit a monster shot to tie the game, but the Monsters prevailed in the extra frames.
Game 2 vs Rubber Duckies
The Marlins scored early and often to run away with the game. Brian Smallwood brought the big wood and wheels as hit hit 2 inside the park home runs. The second was an in the park grand slam that slammed the door on the Duckies.
Game 3 vs Cubs
Again, the Marlins jumped up early. The Cubbies charged back to take it to extra innings. However, the Marlins late inning offense struggled. That's how softball go, but the Marlins will be a force to be reckoned with.

Sep 12, 2017, 9:57 pm

In their first game of the fall season the Rays lost to the Cubs 26-0. There were no highlights. There was one vow: To never talk of this game again.


The second game against the Rangers was much more competitive with the Rangers eking out a 19-17 win after a Rays comeback fell short. Jared Powers was a valuable sub on the day, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run. Max Henry had two homers, driving in four runs. David Warren had three-run homer and Nick Milton added three singles. Ben Enlow, Ryan Lewin and Ron Roberts each added two singles to the effort. Josh Winsor had a single and a double.



The final game of the day also was competitive but nonetheless resulted in a third loss as the Rays fell to the Expos 11-7. Powers had another strong game at the plate going 2-for-3, including a two-run homer. Milton had another two singles, giving him five hits on the day. Winsor had another single and double, and Enlow added two singles.

The Wrigley Rally
Sep 11, 2017, 4:19 pm

Cubs vs Rays 26-0

The Cubs jumped off to a blazing start with a 15 run first inning.  It was the 21st plate appearance before a batter did not reach base.  Big bats lead the way as everyone got involved in the rally.  Darius Wu hit 3 slamma jammas, Justin Reed hit a big fly, Seth Pepkin hit an inside the parker, and Nick Croce almost knocked the fence over with a smash double.  All the stars aligned as the loveable loosers shock the world and win behind the leadership of Larry Farin on the mound throwing a two hitter and batting 1.000

Cubs vs Indians 6-9

The free swinging Cubs continued the rally in game two putting up six runs in the first three innings lead by another Darius Wu jimmy jack.  Nick Croce put another dent in the fence for a double and Chris Peterson batted 1.000 on the game.  All was right in the world, until it wasn't...Everyones favorite loveable looser lived up to their name and gave up the always looming big inning as they could not manage to get out of their own way with throwing and fielding errors a plenty.  The momentum was just to much to overcome as the Cubs did not score again and fell in a heartbreaker to Roth's Indians.

Cubs vs Marlins 11-7

With dreams of an undefeated season dashed and heads hung low the Cubs make the cross town journey to field 7 to take on the Marlins.   Through three innings your loveable loosers were only able to scratch out one run.  That run was scored by, you guessed it, a Darius Wu long ball.  To start the fourth inning the Cubs decide enough is enough and now is the time to rally.  Justin Reed starts the inning with triple that scrapes the right field fence to stay in the park.  Steve Haas and Darius Wu rack up RBI doubles to regain momentum and propel the Cubs back into the game.  Down 4-7 going into the 6th red hot ROW nominee Chris Peterson hits a line shot single setting the table for station to station base running as Justin Reed and Steve Haas get on base to load the bases.  Captain "swing and miss" Niswonger gets lucky and hits a wind aided pop up that goes out of right field for a grand slam.  Bonus softball everyone we are heading to extra innings.  Tied 7-7 in the 8th Tony Dillard leads off with a single followed by a double from Chris Peterson to get two runners in scoring position.  Rick Lewis comes up BIG in the clutch and gets a sac fly to give the Cubbies the lead.  Three more runs are tacked on after to seal the deal and put the game out of reach.  This game was a great example of determination and the ability to overcome anything.  Congratulations to the Cubs and thank you for your relentless perseverance.   Go Cubs Go!!!

Whitecaps "Recap"
Sep 11, 2017, 4:02 pm

Game 1 vs Indians

Won 11-1 After 5 innings (Called for Run Rule). The sun was horrendous on Field 5!

Game 2 vs Raptors

Back and forth game where we were down 7-0 in the 1st inning..but we came together as a tean and won 16-11

Game 3 vs Express

Lost 12 - 11

We came back from 4 runs down in the top of the 6 only to come up short at the end.


White Sox Finish the Day on a Good Note
Sep 11, 2017, 2:15 pm

The White Sox came to play in game 1 against Miller's Rangers. We batted through the lineup in the first inning plating 7 runs with a huge double from first baseman, Steve Garcia. Even though we were able to add 10 more runs in the game, the Rangers proved to have more fire power that morning and were able to overcome a deficit in the top of the 6th inning to go ahead 25-17. The bottom of the 6th was uneventful. 


Game 2 against Nutt's Nuts was a low scoring affair. It seems both teams had a common struggle at the plate. The White Sox scratched across 2 in the 1st and 5th with a solo run in the 3rd to account for the total offense of the day. Again, the Nuts were able to best the White Sox by plating one more run with a 6-5 finish. 


Game three had the same run differential as game 2, this time in the White Sox's favor. Co-captain Ryan Alford starting the scoring with a 2 run homer in the 1st. The White Sox were able to plate 4 more runs in the next 2 innings, but were silenced in the 4th. The 5th inning started at the top of the lineup with Carlos Rodriguez with a single and did not finish until the White Sox sent a total of 14 batters to the plate. Highlight of the 5th was in Carlos Rodriguez's second at bat where he hit a two out grand slam that made the 5th a 10 run inning. As it turned out, every run was needed as the White Sox squeezed by with a 1 run victory!!

Brewers start hot!
Sep 11, 2017, 1:24 pm

Game 1, 8:00 AM Field 4, Brewers @ Raptors

The Brewers scored three runs in the first, highlighted by a 2 RBI single from the bat of Kyle Crouse, and executed the shutdown inning (shoutout to Scott Lawrence here) by retiring the Raptors 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. The bottom of the Brewers order would scrap across another run to make it 4-0, but the Raptors would explode with 11 runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding 11-4 lead. The Brewers fought back. Three runs in the third, shutdown inning. Seven runs in the top of the fourth saw the Brewers out front 14-11, but the Raptors fought back with 4 in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 15-14. The Brewers scored 2 in the top of the fifth to reclaim the lead 16-15, the go-ahead RBI off the bat of Kyle Crouse. But with an incredible pitching performance from John Hauf, the Brewers had back to back 1-2-3 innings defeinsively to hold on for the nailbiting victory.

Brewers victory: 16-15.

Game 2, 9:00ish AM Field 4, Expos @ Brewers

The Expos started well with a 3-run rally in the top of the first through the Kravtiz Bros. David Buhrow made a leaping catch at the fence in RCF to rob Ransom of extra bases and stifle the Expos rally. The Brewers matched that tally with a 3-run home run from Andrew Williams. A defensive double play turned by Matt Parker and Kevin Knox sparked a 3 up 3 down top of the second, and the Brewers would strike for 2 more runs off a fence bomb from Kevin Knox. Another 3-run rally through the Kravitz Bros in the top of the third saw the Expos take a lead they would not relinquish. They put up another 5 in the fifth to take a 11-5 lead. The Brewers would fight back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame and another run in the sixth, but it was not enough.

Expos victory: 11-9.

Game 3, 10:00ish AM Field 1, Brewers @ Lake Monsters

Deja vu.

The Brewers scored 5 runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a 3-run fence bomb from David Buhrow. (Side note - in the game rained out Buhrow also had a first inning home run against the Lake Monsters. Deja vu.) The Lake Monsters responded with 3 runs of their own featuring back-to-back home runs from rookie Grant Suman and sub Donald Prim. In the top of the second, the Brewers loaded the bases with no one out to spark back-to-back home runs of their own from Andrew Williams (grand slam) and Kyle Crouse as part of an 8-run frame that took control of the game with a 13-3 lead. The Lake Monsters put up their last 3 runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning which included a 2 RBI single from Sea Dog great Stephen Wedderburn. But the Brewers never looked back. 2 runs in the third, 2 runs in the fourth, and 5 runs in the fifth, highlighted by a Jim Finley injury-extra-base single to the fence and the first hit of the season from Matt Williams, made the final scored 22-6.

Brewers victory: 22-6.

The Brewers turned 3 double plays and had many offensive stars in week 1. They look to improve their record with a triple header this coming Sunday.

Monsters take 2 out of 3
Sep 10, 2017, 3:34 pm

Monsters vs. Marlins

The story of this game was the sun as it combined for a total of about 5 strikeouts for both teams.  Marlins scored early in the game plating 3 in the bottom of 1.  Monsters could only counter with 1 in the top of 2 on a Sac Fly by HRD (Human Rain Delay) Lachman.  Two scoreless frames until the top of 5 when Strully and TMac both drove in runs to knot it up at 3-3.  Monsters in the top of 6 plated 3 runs on a two out error.  Marlins come up in the bottom of the 6th and tie the game up on a 3 run jimmy jack from Brumley that was wind aided and a short field HR (kidding Brum!, that ball may have been on top of the church).  Extras saw the Monsters plate 2 on singles by Donald Prim and Weddy.  Marlins couldn't scratch in the bottom of the inning and Monsters win 8-6 to move to 1-0 on the season.


Monsters vs Express

Monsterus offensive game for the good guys in this one as it was 12-0 before the Express plated their first runs in the bottom of 3.  This one was never really in doubt though the Express tried to make it interesting.  Offensively TMac was a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk and 4 runs scored, rookie Suman was 4 for 5 with a HR with 4 ribs and Weddy also contributed with a parking lot shot, 4 ribs and 4 runs scored.  Story of this game though was Strully with back to back doubles, one at the base of the fence and another half way up the left field fence.  Monsters cruise to a 19-9 win to move to 2-0 on the season.


Brewers at Monsters

The Brew Crew hit'em early and hit'em often scoring 13 runs in the first two frames to our 6.  The hits just kept on coming as one team was seemingly running on fumes while the other looked to have been just gassed up.  This one really wasn't as close as the scored indicated, Monsters fall 22-6 (re-read that statement if it's confusing).  Prim and Suman left the yard today on back to back shots in the first and super sub, and by super sub that may be a bit of an understatement, Jeff Lefkovits capped off a perfect triple header by going 3 for 3 in game 3.  Young Lefky did not make a single out today in 11 plate appearances.  Monsters drop a game to go to 2-1 on the season. 


POW: Weddy, 6 for 9, HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 3 walks

ROW: Suman, 8 for 12, 2HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 2B 

Sub of the week:  Lefky, perfect on the day in 11 plate appearances

Nuts take the shaft in game 1 and win a pair in games 2 and 3
Sep 10, 2017, 1:52 pm

The Nuts started the fall season playing the Rubber Duckies on field 7.  It was all Ducks and no Nuts as the good guys were defeated 21-5.  Tyler Samsel and Jon Simonson each had a pair of hits in the one sided loss.  

Traveling to the far corners of Heritage Yards, the Nuts found themselves playing the White Sox on field 9.  The Nuts held on to win this highly contested game 6-5.  Samsel, Simonson, Alfredo Abraham and Larry Schnitzer all had 2 hits while Alfredo Sardi collected 3 walks.

In game 3, the Nuts moved to field 5 to face the Rangers.  The Nuts plated 3 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd and 5 in the 5th on their way to a 13-9 victory.  Aaron Nutt flashed the leather with a dandy diving grab to seal the victory with Rangers base runners ready to score.  Samsel went 3 for 3, Abel Chavez had 2 hits, Sardi had 3 hits and POW nominee Jon Simonson collected 3 hits capping off a 7 for 8 day with 2 doubles and 7 RBIs!






Raptors play well but only win final game
Sep 10, 2017, 1:17 pm

The Raptors came out excited to play, and hit well in all 3 games, but consistently had a poor inning in each game, giving up 9, 7, and 8 runs in each game respectively in a single inning. Fortunately, the Raptor defense held strong in game 3, giving up only a single extra run the rest of the game.

The Raptors had solid defense from Cade McDougald at SS, from Matt Casey at RF and 2B, from Craig Dyer at 3B, and Troy Steele at LF and RCF.

The Raptors Player of the Week was Troy Steele, who went 7-11, with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs.

The Raptors Rookie of the Week was Danny Marti, who went 6-11, with 3 Doubles and 5 RBIs.

Marauders Sweep First Two of Playoffs
Jul 30, 2017, 8:16 pm

The Marauders entered the Playoffs as the #3 seed. First up were the Yankees. Locked into a real pitcher’s duel, the Marauders came into the bottom of the fifth ahead 3-2. Chase Berg, Tommy Baer and Larry Goldstein led off with singles. After two were retired, Jason Murray and Tim Jamieson had big RBI singles as the Marauders netted 4. The Yankees responded with 3 to close it to 7-5. After the Marauders went down 1-2-3, the Yankees had one last chance. A couple of errors and a hit netted the Yanks one but the heart of their order failed to push the tie run past third as the Marauders advanced 7-6.

Game 2 was against the Royals who we had tied for second by losing our last two games of the regular season. Was it better to have the bye or to get a game under your belt? That became obvious in the first inning as the Marauders erupted for 9 as the Royals seemed to bobble every slow roller. Two rbi singles were hit by both JJ Eusay and Robert Santiago. In the third inning 4 more runs were knocked in by JJ and Jason Murray to increase the lead to 14-1 as the Marauders played a short game with a 17-2 run rule victory.

Jason Murray had a huge day with 7-7. Larry Goldstein in a substitute role was 4-5 in another huge day. Birthday Boy Mark Livesay celebrated with 4-6, Robert Santiago, Tommy Baer and Turbo Golden all went 3-5 and John Miller 4-7.

The Iron Pigs are up next Sunday in the finals of the winner’s bracket. It’s a great time of year to catch fire.

Yanks sweep to advance out of the Mini's!
Jul 23, 2017, 3:31 pm

Wild game one versus Cuddles' Mud Hens on friendly Field 9. Mud Hens come out firing and take a 7 run lead. The Pinstripers bat around in the 2nd inning scoring 12 runs thanks in a large part to Matt Brumley's grand salami and Kyle Crouse's fence blast. 

Going into the bottom of the 7th, the Yankees held a 16-10 lead but the pecky Hens scratched and clawed their way back and JC Burke's 3 run homer tied it at 16. We were on to extras. The Bronx Bombers came alive as Brad Parr hit his second tater of the game to fuel the rally. Dustin Bone singled and Brumley hit his 2nd bomb. Crouse followed with his second jimmy jack. Rookie sensation Eddie Valencia crushed one over the left field wall to give the Yanks a 21-16 victory.

10 Yanks had two hits or more with 30 total safeties for the game. Parr was 3-5 with two homers and 5 rbi's from the leadoff spot. Bone 4 for 5, Brumley 2 homers and 6 rbi's, Crouse 3 for 5 with two homers, Jonathan Braun 3 for 4, bb and triple, Valencia 3 for 4 and a homer, Mike Anders 3 for 4 with 3 rbi's. Chris Peterson 2 for 4.

Game two vs Roth's Indians was also on Field 9 and the Yanks kept slugging scoring 5 in the first, 5 in the fourth, six in the sixth and winning 20-15.

Brad Parr 4 for 4 with 2 fence blasts

Dustin Bone  3 for 4 with a dinger

Matt Brumley 3 for 3, bb and homer

Jonathan Braun 4 for 4 with 4 runs scored

Eddie Valencia 4 for 4 with a wall homer and 5 rbi's

Mike Anders 2 for 4 with 2 rbi's

Tony Dillard 2 for 4 with a rbi


Royals Storm From Behind to Defeat Pirates, Clinch Playoff Second Seed, and First Round Bye
Jul 11, 2017, 11:39 pm

After a mid-season lull that saw the Royals endure a seven game losing streak – partly due to the losses of pitcher, Mark Fishkind, and infielder, Clint Hauck, and partly due to the Royals finding the most bizarre ways to give ballgames away that they had won – they made their mid-season woes a distant and irrelevant memory by defeating Weinfeld’s Pirates 13 – 7 in the first game of their twin bill on Sunday, thereby securing Division 2’s second seed and a first round bye. In addition to their own victory, the Royals needed a little bit of help, which came via the Pirates and Mets who defeated the Marauders earlier in the day.

Carlos Moran was masterful as he scattered 10 singles in the victory. Super-sub, Mitch Johnson connected on a 3-run blast in the bottom of the first to put the Royals up 4 – 0 in an inning in which the Royals only managed two hits. The Pirates quickly responded with six runs in the top of the second, with their rally fueled by former Royals, Stan Thomas and Darren Kammer.

All Star Jake Runey’s 2-run single keyed the Royals’ 3-run second that saw them retake the lead 7 – 6. As an encore Runey made a game changing play the next inning. The Pirates had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the third when Runey made a spectacular backhanded stab of a hard hit ball up the middle. With his momentum carrying him into the outfield, Runey threw across his body and behind him to shortstop Greg Ritter, who completed the highlight reel 4–6–3 double play to end the inning.

After Matt Bruce’s double and Andy Goodman’s RBI single provided an insurance run in the Royals’ half of the third, both teams went scoreless in the fourth. The Pirates managed to plate one in the top of the fifth to make it a one run game, 8 – 7, and increase the tension heading to the bottom of the fifth.





























Moran led off the bottom of the fifth by drawing a crucial bases on balls. Ritter singled him to second, and Bruce drove in the first run with an RBI double. Consecutive walks to Johnson and Zac Aron drove in one more, and set the stage for All Star Larry Lachman, who cleared the bases by rifling a triple into the right center field gap, opening the game up and giving the Royals an insurmountable 6-run lead.


Matt Bruce  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B
Jake Runey  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Steve Solomon  2 – 3, 1 Run
Mitch Johnson  1 – 2, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, BB, 3-Run Fence HR
Larry Lachman  1 – 3, 3 RBI, 3B
Zac Aron  1 – 2, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, BB

Afterward, the Royals were celebrating their playoff berth at The Ginger Man.  Just as the second round of Arteveldes arrived, their astute Captain looked around and exclaimed, “Hey!  Where’s Jake?”  Turns out, Runey,3 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, was the only Royal who remembered the Royals had a second game that day against Samsel’s Chihuahuas. By the time the cavalry did show up, however, it was too late.  Ritter contributed a single, double, and RBI, but the Chihuahuas prevailed 20 – 5.

The newsflash from the game was that the Royals succeeded in making Andrew Williams look like a mere mortal as he went 4 – 4, 4 Runs, 4 RBI, 2 2B, BB. Unfortunately, David Buhrow and Josh Winsor picked up the slack, each going yard for the Chihuahuas, and scoring or driving in 14 of their 20 runs.


























To thank the Pirates and Mets for their help, the Royals gifted every player and staff member of each team with a bottle of 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The well-rested Royals head into the TSSL Playoffs as winners of three of their last four games, and a renewed sense of confidence.

Jul 10, 2017, 8:56 pm

Game 1 / Mud Hens make it rough for the Roughriders

The freshly bathed hens showed up ready to play against Unell’s Roughriders. From the get go, Seth ‘Where Have You Been All Season’ Pepkin was a master of the soft toss and held the Roughriders in check the entire game. The defense behind him was solid, with Mark ‘I GOT IT’ Phares catching every infield fly in sight. The semi-clean feathered ones were led at the plate by Eric ‘Noodle’  Powers, Mark Phares, and Rob Shiller.

Offensive Hens

Eric Powers – 3 for 3 (2 doubles and 1 triple) / 2R / 2 RBIs

Mark Phares – 2 for 3 (1 fence HR) / 1R / 3 RBIs

Rob Shiller – 2 for 3 / 2R / 1RBI


Game 2 / Mud Hens go full ESPY on the Blue Jays

The dusty barnyard fowl overpowered the blue fowl with amazing defense, and again, solid pitching from Seth ‘Sure I Can Pitch’ Pepkin. The defensive highlights started with an amazing, full sprint catch by Rob ‘American Pharoah’ Shiller in short left that the aging Mud Hen shortstop probably should have had. One out later, James ‘Put My Glove Up At The Last Minute’ Lee made a sprinting over the shoulder catch that made Nellie Cruz look like a high school outfielder. And finally, not to be outdone, Mark ‘The 2B Bully’ Phares made a full horizontal diving catch behind second base to start a sweet double play that the aforementioned aging shortstop somehow managed to complete. The dive by Phares would have brought Ryno to tears.

Offensive Hens

Rob Shiller – 2 for 2 / 2 R / 1 RBI

Eric Powers – 2 for 3 (2 doubles) / 1R / 2 RBIs

Craig Dyer – 3 for 3 / 3R

Cuddles Haas – 2 for 3 (fence HR) / 1R / 2 RBIs


Mud Hens POW – Eric Powers (5 for 8 with FOUR doubles, 1 triple, and 4 RBIs)

Pirates split
Jul 10, 2017, 6:23 pm

Skipper Bob's Pirates clinched a playoff spot last week, so with not much to gain in the standings, the Buccos had some fun. While missing Enlow and Parker, Jared Powers filled in nicely hitting 2 bombs to help beat The Millers  Marauders. Brandon Strull made his Shalom pitching debut and got his first W. The bats were solid getting timely hits throughout the lineup. .  In the 2nd game, the Royals were too tough. Skipper Bob had more fun playing guys where they wanted to play. All in all, the Pirates will be playoff ready, trying to erase the memory of last years playoff debacle. Hopefull, we can bring Skipper Bob his 7th Shalom championship and Brandon Strulls first. Rest up boys, we will see ya on the 23rd. 

Cubs win a pair and clinch playoff spot
Jul 10, 2017, 9:46 am

Needing just 1 win to secure a playoff spot, the Cubs opened the day against the Blue Jays.  The Cubs scored 5 in the 1st, 5 in the 2nd and 4 in the 3rd on their way to a 16-11 victory.  John Burke made his 1st appearance since suffering a broken wrist and pitched masterfully while the offense had hits up and down the lineup.  Multiple hit Cubs: Sardi (1B, 3B), Feldman (1B, 2B), Tennyson (1B, 2B), McDougald (2 HRs, 2 2Bs, 7 RBIs), Jerry Levenson (3 hits), Uman (2B, 1B), Jonah Levenson (2 hits), Burke (2 hits), Dylan Levenson (3 hits).


In game 2 vs the Chihuahas, the Cubs expected a lot of fireworks and a high scoring affair.  The fireworks all came off the bat of Cade as he went 4 for 4 with 4 HRs knocking in 14 RBIs.  Sardi and Feldman each went 4 for 4 and Tennyson and Jerry Levenson (HR, 2B) each had 3 hits.  The Cubs defense was solid in holding the powerful Chihuahas to only 4 runs as the Cubs went on to win a comfortable 19-4 game in a matchup of playoff bound teams. 

Marauders Drop Two
Jul 9, 2017, 7:58 pm

The Marauders came into the final weekend of the regular season with a one game lead over the Royals for second place. Game 1 against the Pirates saw the Pirates playing out of position with Brandon Strull on the mound rather than gobbling up fly balls to LCF. That didn’t matter as he sprinkled 10 hits and 4 walks throughout the game as the Pirates rolled 11-4. The only real damage was a 3 run dinger by Nick Barr.

Game 2 was against the power laden Mets. The Mets set the tone early opening with back to back homers. The onslaught continued as 4 players homered including 3 by Matt Ruckel. The Met built a 19-5 lead before the Marauders rallied too little too late to close the final gap to 19-10.

A big day by POW candidate Tim Jamieson was negated, who went 6-6 with two doubles and a home run. ROW candidate Nick Barr went 3-6 with two home runs and 5 rbi’s. Jason Murray was 5-8, Mark Livesay and Robbie Franklin both went 3-5. The double dip will cost the Marauders the second place bye as the Royals won one to move into a tie and having won the only head to head contest.

Jul 9, 2017, 6:48 pm

Ranger Rap

Rangers lose Rangers lose.....minis here we come!!! Lost two and nothing much to say....except look out for the Rangers now that we have you where we want you....



Sugar Bear Wilkerson....4/6

Evan Berkowitz was excellent

Muckdogs ready for minis
Jul 9, 2017, 5:58 pm

The Muckdogs last weekend strategy of trying to have their minis opps be overconfident in the minis worked to perfection with the Muckdogs losing to the Tigers 11-8 and the Red Sox 18-12. The Muckdogs sat star players Nick Anderson, JT Pierce and Matt Sorge, so they'd be fully rested for the minis.

The first game was a tight game with the Muckdogs pounding out 18 hits, but not enough timely ones, stranding 13 runners. The second game was also a tight game until the Muckdogs uncharacteristically made too many untimely errors. 

Highlights of the day including Robert Garcia's continued hot hitting 5-7, 2 2Bs, 3 runs, 5 RBIs; Alex Bruu's great defense in LCF including gunning down a runner at the plate with a    strike to, and great tag by, catcher Stuart Rosenfield; Alan Taper 5-7, 5 RBIs; Michael Barth 5-8, 2B, 4 RBIs; Scott Elfenbein 3-5.

Yanks split to end the regular season
Jul 9, 2017, 4:07 pm

The Yanks digged in against the Silvermanless Rangers and came away with a 12-4 victory. 7 Yankees contributed 2 hits to the win including Brad Parr, Dustin Bone, Matt Brumley, Jonathan Braun, Eddie Valencia, Mike Anders and Chris Pederson (who hit an inside-the-park two run dinger to bust the game open.

The Pinstripers played great defense in their 2nd game but a Lee McDonald 3 run homer in the first gave Unell's Roughriders a 3-1 win.

See many of you in the Mini playoffs on July 23rd!


Mets Sweep
Jul 9, 2017, 1:12 pm

Game 1 vs Renegades


Renegades scored in every inning they hit and made us pay for our horrible defense and got 4 in the top of the first and we answered back with Back2Back HR's from Shaw/Ruckel followed by hits from Machado/Roberts before a Licurse Sac Fly got us to within 1.

After 5 more runs in the top of the 2nd coupled with a Mets 0 and one in the top of the 3rd the Renegades took a commanding 10-3 Lead. With 1 out Shaw walked Ruckel doubled and consecutive hits from Machado/ Roberts/ Licurse set the stage for John chung to clear the bases and scoring on an errant throw (Shalom-HR) with hits from Adwild Perez/Gohlke/Art Rothenburg tied the game at 10.

After surrending 3 Mets got 2 back then gave up 4 in the top of 5th Mets were down 5 runs with the clock running out. Gohlke singled, Art Walked and with two outs Shaw singled a run inand Ruckel hit a 3 run Fence HR to bring us within 1 with 2 outs. Machado doubled and Jeff Roberts got a clutch single to send the game to extra innings. Renegades answered with 3 in the top of the 6th extra frame and  had a 3 run lead. 


Licurse started it off with a 2b and after 2 consecutive outs Gohlke singled and Art hit what looked like the last out of the game to 3rd but thanks to an error at 1b it allowed Tim Meyer to single a run in and David Shaw hit a Walk off 3 run HR to clinch the  game.


Game 2  After an Hour off and several changes to the defensive allignment & order

Shaw & Ruckel lead of the game with back to back Fence HR's and jumped all over the Mauraders. Took a commanding 9-2 lead and although the Mauraders cut it to 9-5 it was not enough as the Mets just put the game out of reach with multiple fence HRs from Ruckel /Machado/ Meyer.

Player of the week Matt Ruckel 8-8 5 Fence HRs 2b 3b 8R 13 RBI

Jun 28, 2017, 8:02 am

Game 1 / Mud Hens can’t keep up with the Marauders

The grimy roosters fielded 9 players against crusty veteran John Miller’s Marauders and couldn’t keep up with the bottom of the fence, double power of JJ Eusay and his teammates. The Hens were game and the sportsmanship between the two teams was enjoyable.

Offensive Hens

Craig Dyer – 4 for 4

Mark Phares – 2 for 4 / 1 RBI

JC Burks – 1 for 4 / 1 RBI (triple)


Game 2 / Mud Hens go into extras but lose to the Muckdogs

Jerry ‘Max Scherzer’ Rogers took the mound and was impressive – holding the Muckdogs to 9 runs. This was a very evenly matched game and the main offensive highlight for the filthy Hens was an over-the-fence HOMERUN from JC ‘we don’t have a Joshua here’ Burks – his first in Shalom!!!

Offensive Hens

JC Burks – 1 for 3 / 1 HOMERUN / 2 RBIs

Mark Phares – 3 for 5 / 1 RBI

Steve Haas – 1 for 2 / BB / SAC FLY / 3 RBIs

Alan Teich (pronounced TIE – SH) – 2 for 4 / 1 RBI

Rough Day for the RoughRiders
Jun 26, 2017, 12:20 am

The Temple Shalom Softball RoughRiders quickly fell behind the Conn Tigers 6-0, then fought back to take a 7-6 lead only to give up an 8-spot in the bottom of the fourth in route to another loss.  The nightcap was a little more thrilling, with the RoughRiders storming back from a large deficit only to fall short, 13-12.  With the Minis looming, the RoughRiders will look to retool and reorganize for better days ahead.

Marauders Stay Hot
Jun 25, 2017, 7:56 pm

The Marauders are hot! Sunday’s games were wins 6 and 7 in a row against two short handed teams. Game 1 against the Mud Hens who were missing their pitcher and playing with 9 started fast for the Marauders thanks to a two run triple by JJ Eusay followed by a two run homer by Mark Livesay to give a 7-0 lead after 2 1/2. The Marauder defense got sloppy allowing the Hens to tie it at 7 over the next two innings. The Marauders countered with 10 in the next two innings with the big hits being a 2 run double by Mark and an rbi triple by JJ. The Marauders won 17-8.

Game 2 was against the league leading Iron Pigs who were also missing their pitcher among others. The Pigs took an early 2-0 lead before the Marauders struck for 11. A two run double by Tim Murray, a triple by Tim Jamieson, followed by a JJ Eusay home run followed by a Mark Livesay home run were the big hits. Mark Livesay ended the game with a home run to complete a 19-4 run rule victory.

Hitting starts were again numerous. Jason Murray duplicated last week’s Player of the Week performance with 6-7, but that wasn’t enough for a second nomination as that went to Mark Livesay with 5-6, 3 home runs (must be the Bat) and 8 rbi’s. Nick Barr was again our ROW (and only rookie) with 4-6. JJ Eusay was 5-7, with two doubles, two triples and a dinger (first career dinger on field 4). Tim Murray was 5-7, Robbie Franklin 3-4 and Tim Jamieson 4-7.

Muckdogs split
Jun 25, 2017, 5:48 pm

The Muckdogs split, losing to Davis' Renegades 10-3 and beating Haas' Mud Hens 9-8 in extra innings. 

The first game didn't have much memorable from the Muckdogs perspective other than Alan Taper making several nices catches in RF. 

In game 2, the Muckdogs were down in the 6th 8-5, 1st and 3rd, 2 outs, with slugger Alex Bruu at the plate. Fearing a 3 run blast to tie the game, the Mudhens intentionally walked Bruu, and Nick Anderson made them pay with a bases loaded, bases clearing double to tie the game. 2 innings later in the bottom of the 8th, almost the exact same situation, 1st and 3rd (with Scott Elfenbein and Stuart Rosenfield getting on with clutch one pitch walks), 2 outs, Bruu at the plate, and the menacing Nick Anderson on deck. This time the Mudhens pitched to Bruu who ended the game with a hard hit ball that scored the winning run. 

Top performers of the day:

Muckdogs POW -- Nick Anderson 4-6 2 2Bs, 6 RBIs; Muckdogs ROW -- Alex Bruu 5-7, 2B, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Robert Garcia 5-8, 2 runs; Michael Barth 3-6.

Order For a Double Royale with Cheese Drenched in Mayo!
Jun 25, 2017, 4:36 pm

Game 1 - Royals 16 Grasshoppers 15

After 7 straight losses, most of which were by one run, and down 11-2 in game 1.. The Royals said enough is enough. Heading into the final 3 innings the team played solid defense and pecked away at the Grasshoppers lead. With the bases loaded, two outs, and the game tied at 12, Mitch came up said "I bet I can hit it over them mountains". Smash it he did, to the base of those 10 foot Plano mountains, which drove in 3 runs that allowed the Royals to take their first lead of the game. Although the Grasshoppers tied the game on their top half of the inning, with no time left on the clock and two outs, Super-Sub Danny came up and hit a smash to left center that drove in the winning run. 

Game 2 - Royals 5 Yankees 2

High off the mayo and the team's first win in 3 weeks, the Royals scored 3 on their top half of the first. At the bottom of the 5th with runners at 1st and 2nd, and one out, the Yankees attempted to score their second run of the game but Royals left center fielder Matt Bruce had other ideas... as the line drive single came in and the second base runner attempted to score, Matt checked his hat, read the word in the back of it, took a breath, hop skipped, thought about diving, and fired a strike home to gun out the runner. It was a play indicative of the Royals will to win on Sunday.

Player of the game: Each of the 10 men that hit the field today... they were truly team wins.

Go Royals!

– Carlos Moran 

Jun 25, 2017, 2:21 pm

Rangers Rap

The Gers made like a Ballerina and split on Sunday. In first encounter the Gers played maybe their best defensive game of the year in a 9-3 victory over the Chihauhas....limiting Kid Williams to 1 HR and 1 other hit...amazing.  2nd tilt against the league leading Sea Dogs showed a return to bad defensive form in a sloppy 9-6 loss...there was also an abscence of hitting mostly in this game as well.  Eppy did pitch well and has really rounded into form of late.  The Gers are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs as they head for home.

Ranger Ruby's

POW-Troy again Steele.....2 HR's, 2B, and 6 RBI's

ROW-Derek Muck....4/6, 3 runs, and 2 RBI's

Steve Enda....4/6 and 2 2Bs

Josh Sugar Bear Wilkerson  .....BB, SAC, 2B, and 2 Hits

Yanks split a pair on Field 5
Jun 25, 2017, 12:20 pm

Yanks defense was full of Webgems in game one as Matt Brumley singlehandedly snuffed out three Iron Pigs rallies. Brad Parr and Dustin Bone were both 3 for 4 at the dish while Brumley had two hits a sac fly and 4 rbi's. Tony Dillard, Ron Roberts and super sub Jason Hall each had two big safeties in the 10-5 win.

Game two was a defensive struggle as the Yanks only managed ten hits in 7 innings. Brad Parr went 3 for 3 while Dustin Bone and Matt Brumley both went two for three.

Lachmanless' Royals prevailed 5-2.

POW was Brad Parr 6 for 7 with 4 runs scored from the leadoff spot and several running catches in left. 

Grasshoppers’ season in haiku
Jun 24, 2017, 10:57 am

first six weeks: all splits

next four weeks: sweeps up and down

four games left: win out!

Mets Split
Jun 20, 2017, 9:49 am

Lost game 1 to the Chihuahuas due to very sloppy defense and a lack of timely hitting. Only highlights were Rick Leon going 3-3 and Matt Ruckel's fence HR.


Game 2 vs the Sea Dogs was a different story. Sea Dogs got 5 in the top of the first and we answered back with 13 runs in the bottom of the first where ever player had at least one hit. Sea Dogs rallied but were in too big of a hole early to come back. 


Red Sox 06/18/17
Jun 19, 2017, 6:49 pm

Red Sox has a tough day with the line up.....a late (i.e. early morning scratch) had us scratching for players......thank you to Sub Chairman Matthew Roth and John Hauf for allowing interuptions to their first games to line up players.

We were with only 9 players for the first half of the first inning of our first game and gave up 8 runs, and the Roughriders did not look back.  John Unell pitched fantastically and held our offense to 8 sporadic singles.  

The second game against the league leading Sea Dogs was a different story.  

The offense came alive featuring a great offensive display by Dwayne Henson going 4 for 4 with 2 RBI.

As has been for most of our wins, the bottom of the line up held up the team.....

For the day:

Dwayne Henson 6 for 7 with 2 RBI

Irwin Kaufman 4 for 5 with 1 RBI

Ben Rakofsky 3 for 7 with one 3B

Pirates Split
Jun 19, 2017, 5:35 pm

Skipper Bob's Pirates, missing their #2 split Sunday, beating the Blue Jays and going down to the Dodgers. The tale of Shalom softball, looking good one game and totally out of it the next. Matt Parker broke out of his 1 week slump by killing the ball. Brad Epstein impressing his girl friend and dog looked super with the stick and made some web gems in left. Bourque, Thomas Kammer and Slack were steady as they come. Frazier was awake and looking good even though his girlfriend and dog were nowhere to be found. Dunn and Gadol had great  fan support and played to the crowd. Skipper Bob was looking forward to making his Farher's day Bob burgers for the Weinfeld clan. And older Strull was just happy to be walking off the field in one piece. The Buccos held serve in the standings needing 1 win to clinch a top 4 in the division race. Big Ben Enlow had an off week with the bat but looked very youthful at shortstop, making play after play. So on to next week we go. Have an awesome week and until next Sunday, See Ya. 

Chihuahuas Clinch Playoff Berth
Jun 19, 2017, 3:12 pm

The Chihuahuas began the day against the Mets on field 5. The pups got 3 runs in the first inning on a 2 run double by David Buhrow and a sac fly by Kevin Blake. The game came to a hault offensively as the Chihuahuas took a 3-2 lead into the 4th. Andrew Williams led off the inning with a double. Then 3 straight singles from Josh Winsor, Blake and Doug Storm plated 3. An rbi single from Keith Dlott brought in a 4th run to extend the lead to 5. 2 more insurance runs would come across in the 5th as the pitching and team defense carried the team to a 9-3 victory.

Tyler Samsel - 2-3, rbi, 2 runs

Andrew Williams - 2-3, 2B, rbi, 2 runs

David Buhrow - 2-3, 2B, 2 rbi, run

Kevin Blake - 2-2, sac, rbi, run

Doug Storm - 2-3, 2 rbi, run

Keith Dlott - 2-3, rbi (could have been 3-3 with 3 rbi if Kevin wasn't a ball magnet)

Ben Walk - 1-2, run

Game two moved to field 7 against the Roughriders. The top of the first began with a single by Tyler Samsel and a double by Andrew Williams. A sac fly by David Buhrow and an rbi groundout by Josh Winsor got the Chihuahuas an early 2-0 lead. With the score the same going into the third Daniel Buhrow started the rally with a leadoff single. After a fielder's choice, 3 straight singles by Samsel, Williams and Buhrow plated 3 runs to extend the lead to 5-0. Winsor was strong on the mound as the game stayed 5-0 going into the 6th where the Chihuahuas would blow it open. A walk and 5 straight singles from Williams, Buhrow, Winsor, Blake and Storm plated four and a fifth was topped off on a sac fly from Rashad Patton. Williams would hit a grand slam in the 7th and the Roughriders would spoil the shutout with a final of 14-2.

Tyler Samsel - 2-2, 2 BB, 4 runs

Andrew Williams - 4-4, HR, 2B, 5 rbi, 4 runs

David Buhrow - 3-3, sac, 4 rbi, run

Kevin Blake - 1-2, BB, rbi, run

Rashad Patton - 1-2, sac, rbi

George Reed - 2-3, run

Jun 18, 2017, 10:34 pm

Rangers Rap

The Gers swept two on Sunday showing some real signs of life as we approach the hardware hunt.  It was redemption Sunday as we played two squads who previously took us down.  The opener was against the Tigers who were not tame at all.  It was the story of Isaac as sacrafices reigned supreme....we had 3, 2 by the Man of Steele who also hit a three run bomb to help pad our lead. This was by far the best pitching performance in a twin bill by Mr Epstein who was almost not around fro most of the second game-details to follow on that....all said it was a very nice 15-11 victory as the Tiger's did plate 4 in the last to make it close.

Second act was a rematch with the BJ's who cam out slugging with an early 3 spot....as mentioned Justin Reed hit a smash up the middle that almost ended Barry's day/life....it is important to report that this was clearly unintentional my Mr Reed-in fact, in an act of true sportsmanship, Justin declared himself out on the play and headed immediately to the dugout....this was truly a great show of true sportsmanship and thankfully no one was hurt....viva la Justin.  In a see-saw game it was 8-6 Gers into the bottom 4....Gers scored 2 and then 4 and finally led 14-6 into the last...BJ's did not then blow off the game...they scored 3 more to make the game a bit uncomfortable but when the smoke cleared we had a hard fought 14-9 victory. The Gers exploded for 5 3b's in this game by 5 different players!!! Awesome baby.....

Ranger Ruby's

POW-Troy Steele  4/5 2B, 3B, HR 4 Runs, and 8 RBI's

ROW-Derek Muck   5/6 3B 4 Runs 3 RBI's

Lefky  3/5 4 runs  BB 2 RBI's

Eppy  4 hits  5 Runs 2B 2Rbi's and great pitching

Harlan Davis  3/4 3 runs 3 rbi's  3B HR BB

Steve Enda  4/6  2 3B's  2B  3 Rbis  3 runs

Josh Sugar Bear Wilkerson  3/4  BB 3B 3 RBI's

New addition Brent Collins  3/5

DeShunn late arriving Smith  4/6 3 runs  3B and RBI 

Marauders Are Surging
Jun 18, 2017, 8:12 pm

The Marauders came into Sunday’s games in 4th place, 1 game behind the Cubs and Royals and 1 game ahead of the Grasshoppers and Renegades. First up were the Garber Grasshoppers. The Hoppers started with 3 thanks to Wu dinger. A walk and six singles produced 5 for the Marauders. Three more the next inning thanks to a Tim Jamieson double gave us an 8-4 lead. The Hoppers pecked away to take a 10-8 lead. RBI singles by John Miller and Tommy Baer tied it at 10. The Hoppers took an 11-10 lead but the Marauders gamely fought from behind with a two run double by Mark Livesay to take a 13-11 lead. The Hoppers went down easily in the seventh for the Marauders third straight victory in their last at bat.

Game 2 was against a game Cubbie team who were missing John Burke on the mound. 5 in the first were aided by 4 walks and rbi doubles by Nick Barr and Mark Livesay. JJ Eusay slammed a 3 run homer in the second. The Marauders broke it open in the fourth with an 11 spot. The big hits were a 2 run homer by JJ and a bases clearing double by the Turbo Man (Jeremy Golden). Some late inning strategy backfired for the Cubs as the Marauders scored 5 more to win going away 25-10.

POW nominations were very tough among 6 studs for the day. Jason Murray gets the nod with 6-7, 2 walks and 7 runs scored from the leadoff position. Nick Barr was our ROW with 6-8, 7 runs and 8 rbi’s plus 3 doubles. JJ Eusay was 6-9 with 11 rbi’s and 2 home runs. Mark Livesay was 5-8 with 7 rbi’s, two doubles and 2 homers. Chase Berg was 5-6 plus a walk in his best outing of the season. In addition Jeremy Golden was 4-7 with 4 runs and 3 rbi’s.

The sweep leaves the Marauders all alone in second place with 4 games left in the regular season. After a 1-5 start, the Marauders have become a team to be reckoned with.

A very happy Father's Day for the Muckdogs!
Jun 18, 2017, 6:19 pm

Despite Alex Bruu slipping onto his backside in LCF, Mark Elfenbein getting thunked in the upper sternum on a bad hop at 2B, and Stuart Rosenfeld running so hard his shoe exploded, the Muckdogs had a blast beating the Grasshoppers and Yankees, winning 2 for the first time since April 9 (when we played those same teams).

Robert Garcia 5 for 7, BB, 2 doubles, 4 R
Alex Bruu 3 for 4, 3 SF, 4 RBI, some excellent LCF catches
Matt Sorge 5 for 8, 5 R
Alan Taper 5 for 8, 5 R, earning a Sunday afternoon nap
Michael Barth 5 for 6, BB, GWRBI

RoughRiders win by 20, lose by 12
Jun 18, 2017, 5:56 pm

The Temple Shalom Softball Dr. Jekylls utterly destroyed the Rakofsky Red Sox in the opener, 22-2, and then the Temple Shalom Softball Mr. Hydes were pummeled by the Samsel Chihuahuas in the closer, 14-2.  Neither game was competitive and resulted in the RoughRiders being relegated to the Minis but on the cusp of an Opening Round bye.  Fully a quarter of the team was enjoying their Father's Day somewhere other than the park (ably subbed for by Jacob Grubb and Jeremy Duchin).  Next week games will feature even more subs as half the team will be gallivanting around the country seeking solace from the turmoil of a team that just can't put it all together for a full weekend.

Jun 18, 2017, 2:50 pm

Game 1 / Mud Hens score early and often to defeat Roth’s INDIANS…

The angry, dirty hens came out with a chip on their shoulders and a new pitcher on the mound and jumped on the Indians. With quality (and timely) hitting, solid defense, and outstanding pitching by Seth ‘Yu Darvish’ Pepkin, the dirty birds led from the get go and never looked back. The Hens offense was led by Steven Shiller, JC Burks, and Seth Pepkin who contributed a combined 7 hits and 9 RBIs.

Offensive Hens

Seth Pepkin – 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs

JC Burks – 3 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Steven Shiller – 1 for 3 (inside the park HOMER) and 4 RBIs


Game 2 / Mud Hens walk off Lachmann’s Royals…

The soiled roosters started off slow but fought back gamely and beat the Royals with a walk off win in the bottom of the 6th. Seth ‘Yu Darvish’ Pepkin held the mound down while the middle of the lineup came through once again in the run production department. The offense was led by Mark Phares, JC Burks, Steven Shiller, and Seth Pepkin. Down by one run in the bottom of the 6th inning with the clock at zero, Steven Shiller stepped to the plate and hit a two run scoring triple for the walk off win!

Offensive Hens

JC Burks – 3 for 3 with 4 RBIs

Mark Phares – 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs

Steven Shiller – 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs

Seth Pepkin – 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs

Yanks earn a Father's Day split
Jun 18, 2017, 1:54 pm

The Yankees edged Schnitzer's Cubs 21-14 with some patience at the plate and a couple Ballentine blasts from Matt Brumley and Eddie Valencia. Rick Rosen had a perfect game at the plate going 2 for 2 with a walk and 3 rbi's. Eddie Valencia was 3 for 3 with a walk, fence homer and 5 rbi's. 

Game 2 was tight battle with the Goldsteinless Muckdogs. The Pinstripers led throughout thanks to Matt Brumley's 4-4 game with 3 doubles and a fence homer with 6 rbi's. Mike Anders was a perfect 3 for 3 at the dish with 2 rbi's. The Muckdogs came back in the bottom of the last to plate five runners and win 15-14.

Yankee hitting heroes:

Matt Brumley 6 for 7 with a walk, 4 doubles and two fence homers with 10 rbi's

Eddie Valencia 5 for 6, walk, 2 doubles, fence homer and 7 rbi's

Rick Rosen 4 for 5, walk, double and 5 rbi's

Yanks take the silver twice
Jun 13, 2017, 7:58 pm

The Yanks were swept in their late night double dip, which consisted of 2 frustrating games that were filled with some miscues and clutch hitting by the Marauders and Grasshoppers.

Brad Parr capped off a nice day at the dish by going 7 for 8 with a homer and four doubles! Dustin Bone, who represented the Yankees well in the HR derby earlier in the day, also added a bomb during live game action. 

The Pinstripers will look to rebound next week as their Captain will be back to toe the rubber and lead the charge.

Chihuahuas Split
Jun 13, 2017, 4:48 pm

Game 1 saw the top two teams in Division A clash for the second time this season as offense was hard to come by with a howling wind blowing in from left field. Two runs in the first inning on a David Buhrow triple and an rbi single by Josh Winsor would be most of the scoring by the Chihuahuas in this one. Timely hitting and a few defensive errors gave the Sea Dogs a lead they would not give up on their way to an 8-3 win.


Andrew Williams - 2-3, HR, 2B, rbi, run

David Buhrow - 2-3, 3B, rbi, run

Kevin Blake - 2-3


In game two the Chihuahuas rebounded as they do after every loss and came out strong. 3 early runs were scored on single from Josh Winsor, Kevin Blake and Doug Storm. The Red Sox answered with a few of their own before the Chihuahuas scored 5 more in the second. Single from Daniel Buhrow, Eric Woodward, Andrew Williams and David Buhrow did the bulk of the work in the inning and was capped off by an rbi double by Kevin Blake. The third inning was even better as 13 Chihuahuas came to the plate scoring 8, 7 with 2 outs. The bases were loaded with a walk by Rashad Patton and singles by Keith Dlott and George Reed. Daniel Buhrow had a huge rbi single. With two outs in the inning Tyler Samsel had a 2 run single to set up a 3 run moonshot by Andrew Williams. Two batters later Winsor had a 2 run blast to left field.The Red Sox rallied to get with within 4 in the late innings but stifling defense and an insurance run on another rbi double by Blake brought home the win. Chihuahuas win 17-12 to avoid their first sweep of the season.


Tyler Samsel - 2-3, sac, 3 rbi, 2 runs

Andrew Williams - 4-4, HR, 3 rbi

David Buhrow - 2-4, 2 runs

Josh Winsor - 3-4, HR, 4 rbi, 2 runs

Kevin Blake - 4-4, 3 2B, 3 rbi

Doug Storm - 1-2, 2 BB

George Reed - 2-2, BB, run

Daniel Buhrow - 2-3, rbi, 2 runs


JUne11 Day Recap
Jun 13, 2017, 8:19 am

The 2017 Temple Shalom Softball League RoughRiders extended their winning streak to 4 games in their Opener on Sunday with a thrilling 12-11 victory over the Shaw Mets. Peter Hogan was a hero by going 4 for 4, and Steve Garcia had a key two-run single. Super subs Mike O’Connor and Austin Montgomery were also instrumental in the victory as they combined for 5 hits and 3 RBI. Next up were the Sanchez SeaDogs, sporting the best record in the League. A tight 3-3 game was blown open in the 3rd when the SeaDogs put up an 11 on the 11th.

ROW candidate Jayson Goldman went 5 for 6 on the day. The winning streak has ended but the Minis-bound RoughRiders are now in the thick of the battle for a Minis bye.

Marauders sweep
Jun 12, 2017, 9:03 pm

Game 1 for the Marauders was against the hard luck Muckdogs who were missing 5 of their regulars. The Muckdogs mounted an 8-2 lead going to the bottom of the third. Leadoff hits by Steve Hankin, Turbo Golden, Jason Murray and Nick Barr started a rally. Tim Murray’s bases loaded single was the big hit as the Marauders scored 7. An inning later a 2 run homer by JJ Eusay gave the Marauders a 12-10 lead. The Muckdogs rallied for 3 to take a 13-12 with one last chance for the Marauders. 8 singles produced 6 runs when the clock ran out for an 18-13 Marauder victory.

Game 2 was against the Yankees without their leader, Larry the Legend. I think the batting averages were higher than the fielding averages in this game as the usually steady Marauder defense sprung some holes. In a close game all the way, the Yanks took a 12-11 lead into the last inning. The Marauders scored 7 paced by Mark Livesay’s second home run of the game. The Yankees could only counter with two as the Marauders completed the sweep 18-14.

Hitting stars were plenty as Mark Livesay was our POW candidate with 5-7, two home runs, 4 runs and 8 big rbi’s. Nick Barr was our ROW with 5-8, a home run, 5 runs and 5 rbi’s. Joining in the fun was JJ Eusay with 6-8 and a home run plus a spectacular running catch in left center where he collided with the fence knocking him face down to the ground, managing to hold on for the out. JJ will be put through the team concussion protocol but is expected back for next Sunday’s games. Jason Murray was 5-8, Tim Murray 5-8 with 5 rbi’s, John Miller 3-5 and Chase Berg 3-6

Pirates sweep.
Jun 12, 2017, 5:31 pm

Skipper Bob's Pirates swept Sunday's double header and it wasn't pretty But effective. Birthday boy, Darren Kammer pitched and hit well  he overcame some shoddy defense and only walked 1 batter to pick up 2 wins. in the 1st game, the Tigers took a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the 6th. This game was painfully slow and ugly for the Pirates till this point. But with 3 minutes or so remaining , the Buccos put together a 1 out rally that plated 5 runs. Big Ben Enlow came through with a bases loaded double and Michael Bourke provided the walk off base hit that sent the Pirates celebrating. In the nightcap, the Rangers were a formidable foe until the Buccos plated 13 in the top of the 6th. The Pirates were ahead 8-4 till then, but with the help of some Ranger defense and timely hitting the flood gates opened up. Stan Thomas, Arli Slack, Brandon Strull, Bourke, Enlow and Big Bad Brad Epstein continue to come up big. A side note, While Coaching 1st base, Skipper Bob took an errant throw from short onthe fore arm and cheek. Never wavering or falling down, the Skip continued keeping score on the bench. Doctors Gadol and Dunn took care of him mentally and physically. Glad to report no broken bones but a big bruise. In the future The Skip will be relegated to the bench and keep score. He's a tough bird and took one for the team. Winning helped the hurt as it always does. See ya. 

Jun 12, 2017, 4:47 pm

Ranger's Rap

The Rangers took a step back Sunday and dropped a double tilt....1st game was close till a decisive Pirate rally in the 6th-but 13 runs scored as the Gers made a host of errors to open the floodgates.

Second game saw a tight contest with the Ger's holding on to a 10-9 lead into the 5th.  The Dodgers score lone tally's in the 5th and 6th to eke out a 11-10 victory....some sloppy Ranger play contributed mightily to the cause.  Rangers will have to regroup quickly as the minis loom largely in their future.


Ranger Ruby's

POW-Jeff Lefkovitz-5/6 4 runs as lead off hitter

ROW-Sugar Bear Wilkerson continues his hot hitting-4/6, 2B and 3B

Harlan Davis-4/6

Steve Enda-4/6 and a 3B

Eppy-4 RBI's



Mud Hens still stuck in the mud...
Jun 12, 2017, 4:14 pm



Game 1 / Mud Hens get steamrolled by Davis’ Renegades 6-27

After leading 5-4 after the first inning, the Mud Hens fell apart and were outscored 23 to 1 the rest of the game. The brother-in-law team of JC Burks and Eric Powers hammered the ball and contributed a double, triple, and 3 RBIs between them. The Hens also discovered a new pitcher…

Offensive Hens

Eric Powers – 1 for 2 (double) / 2 RBIs

JC Burks – 1 for 2 (triple) / 1 RBI


Game 2 / Mud Hens rally falls short against Alford’s Iron Pigs 8-9

The Mud Hens got behind early with some very shaky defense in the second inning, but tightened up and fought back gamely. Eric Powers and James Lee each had 2 RBIs, and rookie Alan Teich provided the highlight of the game with a 2 run triple in third inning.

Offensive Hens

Eric Powers - 1 for 3 / 2 RBIs

James Lee – 3 for 3 / 2 RBIs

Alan Teich – 1 for 3 (TRIPLE!!!) / 2 RBIs

Cubs split
Jun 12, 2017, 6:54 am

In game 1 vs the Grasshoppers, the Cubs played a highly contested game losing 12-9.  Starting short-handed, the Cubs gave up 4 runs in the 1st when the men in orange took advantage by “hitting it where they ain’t”  The Cubs clawed their way back by scoring 5 in the 2nd, but by games end, it was too little too late. 


In game 2 vs the Muckdogs, the Cubs took an early lead and put it out of reach with a 7 run 4th inning with successive hits by Alvara, Schnitzer, Sardi, Feldman, Tennyson, McDougald, sub Reece Leonard and Uman. Final, Cubs 14, Muckdogs 6.


Thanks to our subs who helped us earn a much needed split: Theron Patrick, Reese Leonard, Gary Sanders.


Hot hitting Cubs:

Alfredo Sardi  4 for 6, 2B, 3B, 2 BB

Dan Feldman 4 hits, BB

Cade McDougald 6 for 7, 2 BB, 2B, 3B, 8 RBIs

Steve Uman 4 hits

Brian Alvara 4 hits (3 in game 2)

Larry Schnitzer 4 for 5, 2 BB

Muckdogs lose 2
Jun 11, 2017, 10:44 pm

The Muckdogs lost 2 -- 18-13 to Miller's Marauders and 14-6 to Schnitzer's Cubs. 

Muckdogs POW Michael Barth had a solid day at the plate going 4-6, 2B, RBIs. 

Robert Garcia went 4-7 with 2 2Bs, 4 runs, and several great plays at 3B.

Alex Bruu blasted his team leading 8th homer and knocked in his team leading 35th RBI. 

Grey Davis played great RCF and showed off his speed on the bases, scoring from 2nd on a flyout and later stretching a single into a double.

Stuart Rosenfield continued his hot hitting going 3-6, with 2 runs and an RBI.

JT Pierce also continued his season long great hitting, going 4-6, 4 runs, 3 RBIs.

Sub Frank Zaccardo was a big contributor, going 5-7, with a double, 3 runs, 4 RBIs.

Dodgers battle the elements to win two
Jun 11, 2017, 10:01 pm

It was a great day for softball, with temps hovering around 90 and the sun out and shinning... right in players faces.. Reeds Blue Jays surrender 16 runs in the first 3 innings ... but came rouring back to push the game to the final inning. Even with the sun over the shoulder of both pitchers (making it really hard to see the ball) the Jays refused to give up hitting and hitting until they had pulled the game within three. They held the Dodgers scoreless but couldn't quite jump out and we headed into the final inning with 3 minutes to go. The visiting Dodgers scored 2 runs on a pair of clutch hits from Kravitz and Kilburn to jump to a 19-16 lead going into the bottom of the inning. The Jays didn't go quietly but alas only picked up one of the needed three for a final of 19-17

The second game of the day was a pitching dual as the teams moved out of the sun (so now only the 3rd baseman and short stop had to deal with it...) but into the wind. Gusts of wind blowing in from Left field made for a few interesting plays as the game started with 2 runs scored by the Rangers which were quickly matched by the Dodgers on a 2 run blast by Ortega. The game was a battle from start to finish and the Rangers just wouldn't go away. Going into the bottom of the last inning with 2 outs Zack "Gonzo" Gonzales worked his way on base to bring up Lewis Zwick with two outs. Big Lou never wavered as he hammered a ball over the right center fielders head to score Zack from first.

The Jays Keep Hanging In There
Jun 8, 2017, 12:44 pm


Game 1 Was a tough game for the Jays. Not much offense to speak of only scoring 2 however some highlight reel grabs by Jimie (Scarface) Simeone, line drive grabs from David Warren and a fully extended lay out grab by Greg Oetzmann kept us in the game. The Yankees Offensive was too much for the Jays as we were bested 11 to 2.

The Second game was a closer tilt. The Jays captain had complete faith in Ray Hebbeler over at first all game even if he didn't and was outstanding both games. It looks like he has found his calling on the softball field. Jimie Simeone decided to throw the team on his back and in route to his POW nomination. He was going to smash the ball all over the field for a perfect 3 for 3 and lead the Jays to an 11 to 10 victory.

This league is about......
Jun 7, 2017, 7:39 am


As many of us know, this league is about camaraderie, brotherhood, sportsmanship, and fun.

In our game this past Sunday versus the Grasshoppers, the umpire missed putting a run on the scoreboard for our team.  I, nor any of our players or scorekeepers, caught the error.

But, the opposing Captain, Abbey Garber, did catch the error....and brought it to my attention.

Abbey, thank you for being quality individual you are on and off the field, and your many years of service to the league.


Paul Rakofsky


Red Sox 06/04/17
Jun 7, 2017, 7:34 am

Red Sox Win 2!!!!!

As many of us seasoned players in this Temple Shalom League know….all teams have the same 1-5 or 6 caliber draft picks….but it is the bottom of the order, the bottom of the draft, that makes or breaks your team.

This past Sunday, the bottom four hitters in our line up batted 577…..15 hits, 1 BB, 1 Sac, and 6 runs scored…..that is FANTASTIC….as that turns the order over to allow the top of the order more at bats.

Great Offense from Brian Osgood....6 for 8 with 2 HR, and 7 RBI

Dear Diary,
Jun 7, 2017, 1:28 am

My effort to derail the canadians' season has failed. The fast-twitch response proves formidable. Now I must pray that I have not incurred the wrath of the eskimo. Dare I close my eyes?


Cubs split and hope not to recreate the Rangers win 10 then go 3-11
Jun 5, 2017, 10:16 pm

In game 1, the Cubs faced the Pirates on field 9.  Jerry Levenson got the scoring started with an RBI single in the 1st, followed up by a mighty blast from sub Freddie Wilmont plating 3 more runs.  The Cubs scored 2 more in the 3rd off of hits by David Tennyson, Cade McDougald and Jerry Levenson.  The Cubs were held scoreless through the 7th, and in bonus ball, they scored 2 off of hits by Dan Feldman, Tennyson, McDougald and a 2 RBI shot by Jerry Levenson (4 RBIs in the game!) to take an 8- 6 lead.  The Cubs held on to beat the Pirates 8-6.

In game 2 vs the Mets, the Cubbies took an early 6-0 lead, but the wheels came off in the 4th when the Cubs allowed 11 runs.  The Cubs scratched back to trail by 1 in the 5th, but with 2 men on and 2 outs, the Mets defense held on to eek out an 11-10 win.

Hats off to:

POW  Cade McDougald- 3 hits, 2B, 3 BB, tremendous D in LCF climbing the fence on 2 occasions to haul in much needed outs that could of/would of been HR balls!

ROW  Jonah Levenson- 2 hits, 3B, game saving in catch in extra innings in game 1 vs Pirates as Cubs clinch the victory




Chihuahuas Consistent During Sweep
Jun 5, 2017, 2:05 pm

The Opener began with a late morning tilt against the captainless Mud Hens. The Mud Hens put up an early 4 spot but the Chihuahuas would answer 3 of their own with a 2 run homer by MVP Candidate Andrew Williams and a solo shot by Josh Winsor. After a scoreless second inning the Mud Hens plated 4 more with their top of the lineup to take an 8-3 lead heading into the 4th inning. Then the Chihuahua bats came alive as the first 8 batters reached base and all scored. The inning started with singles from Doug Storm, Rashad Patton and Keith Dlott. George Reed followed with an rbi walk and Ben Walk plated two more with a hard single into center field. A Daniel Buhrow walk set up a 2 run single by Tyler Samsel and the inning was capped by Williams' 3 run home run. The momentum of the 4th inning carried throughout the rest of the game as the Chihuahuas got some insurance late, the defense was stifling and the pitching of Winsor sealed the deal. Chihuahuas win 14-9.

Prime Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 1-1, 3 BB, 2 rbi, 3 runs

Andrew Williams - 4-4, 3 HR, 7 rbi, 3 runs

Doug Storm - 3-4, run, great defense at third

Rashad Patton - 2-2, BB, 2 runs

George Reed - 0-0, 3 BB, rbi, run

Ben Walk - 1-2, sac, 3 rbi, run


Game two moved to field 4 against the Yankees. This game had much of the same feeling as the first game. The top of the first started off with a single by Tyler Samsel and a two run homer by Andrew Williams. Three straight singles by David Buhrow, Josh Winsor and Kevin Blake loaded the bases. A run would score on an rbi fielder's choice by Doug Storm and 2 more runs would score on a huge 2 out rbi double off the bat of Keith Dlott. The Bronx Bombers would power their way back in it with 3 of their own in the bototm half top cut the deficit to 5-3. The second inning rally for the Chihuahuas started with a single by Daniel Buhrow, a double by Samsel and a walk by Williams. David Buhrow scored his brother on a deep sac fly. Back to back to back rbi singles by Winsor, Blake and Storm scored 3 more with an additional run scoring on a wild throw back into the infield. 5 runs scored in the inning and 4 of them with 2 outs. The Yankees got 1 back in the bottom half of the second. The Chihuahuas got that run back on another 2 out rbi single by Daniel Buhrow as George Reed hustled all the way from first to score on the play. The teams swapped runs in the 4th inning as the Chihuahuas took a 12-5 lead into the 5th. Williams extended the lead with his second 2 run homer of the game. The Yankees got 3 on a moonshot homer to center but that would be all the scoring as the defenses played solid the final two innings. Chihuahuas win 14-8 with 10 runs being scored with 2 outs including the final 8 runs.

Prime Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 4-4, 2B, 3 runs

Andrew Williams - 2-2, 2 BB, 2 HR, 4 rbi, 3 runs

Josh Winsor - 3-4, rbi, run

Kevin Blake - 3-4, rbi, 2 runs

Doug Storm - 2-4, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Keith Dlott - 2-4, 2B, 3 rbi

George Reed - 2-4, run

Daniel Buhrow - 2-4, run

Tigers Take 2 – First sweep of the Season.
Jun 5, 2017, 12:49 pm

Tigers vs Renegades,


Tigers  opened the scoring in the first with 3 runs. The Renegades tied  the  score in the bottom of the first. Then the flood gates opened with  Tigers bottom of the order and they scored 6, 7, and 5 runs in the next three innings.  This was led by Matt Martinez, Zack Kazda, Kelly Alexander, and Scott Greenberg with 17 runs.  Zack stood out with two GRAND SLAMS and 9 RBI.



GrassHoppers vs Tigers.


Game 2 would be a claw bitter.  The Tigers again opened the score with 2 runs in the first. The Hoppers tied in the top of the second.  The Tigs went ahead in the bottom with 1 run.  The Grasshoppers then scored like the plague from the bible with  7 runs in the 3rd inning.  The Tigers responded with 2 in the bottom but found themselves behind  11 to 7 at the end of  5th  inning.  That’s where it stood in the 7th inning with two outs.  The  Tigers roared with  6 consecutive singles  with Matt Casey scoring the tying run in the bottom of the 7th and driving the game into extra innings.   The  eight inning went scoreless for both teams.  The top of the 9th the Hoppers opened with a single.  The next player  flew out. Than I word that was only spoken since the 1980’s  winter Olympics happened.  A miracle play.  Scott Greenberg, leaped off the pitcher’s mound on a bunt fly swing and slid across the field 5ft grabbing the ball  1inch off the ground for the fly out and then turned and threw to first catching the runner leaning for the double play.  In the bottom of the Matt Martinez hits a a hard single.  Zack keeping his perfect hitting streak alive hits a hard double to the gap scoring Matt and getting the win.

Old McDonald had a 3-run homer E-I-E-I-O...
Jun 5, 2017, 11:11 am

The 2017 Temple Shalom Softball League RoughRiders extended their winning streak to 3 games on Sunday as they started the day with a three-run homer by Lee McDonald and concluded the day on a three-run walk-off homer by McDonald. In between those two blasts were contributions from Thomas Kulcak (6 for 7 with 4 bombs and 9 RBI), Michael Hickey (7 for 7 and solid defense at short) and clutch hitting from Steve Garcia (8/3/5/2). The victories over the undermanned and jet-lagged Goldstein Muckdogs and the Roth-ladened Roth Indians resulted in the RoughRiders’ convenient (store) record of 7-11. While still seemingly destined for the Minis, the RoughRiders enjoyed their first sweep of the year and a small ray of sunshine during an otherwise dreary weekend.


Jun 4, 2017, 6:01 pm

Ranger Rap

Rangers made like a ballerina and split on Sunday.  Game effort against division leading Pigs in the opener came up short....time and score 16-12 final. Big 8 run rally in the 5th closed the gap to 13-12....unfortunately Pigs killed the last 3 minutes while plating 3 more in bottom half....Man of Steele had a HR and 4 RBI's in the loss.  Enda was a perfect 3 for 3 and Sugar Bear Wilkerson had a 3B and 3 RBI's-he has really come on this last few weeks like gang busters. Super sub...Clint Hathcock had two doubles as well.

Second tilt saw a solid 11-4 Ranger victory over the Mucky Dogs.  4 BB's and again a big hit by Sugar Bear led the way.  Enda completed his perfect day with a BB and two hits.  Lefky fueled the offense all day long in the two hole.  Troy had 3 hits and 3 RBI's to cap off a strong day for him.

The Gers stand at the convience store number of 7-11 as they inch up the standings in a resurgent playoff run.

Ranger Ruby's

POW Troy Steele....4/5 1 HR 7 RBI's

ROW  Josh Wilkerson ....4/6 2B 3B 6 RBI's

Steve Enda.....5/5 BB

AL Valenti.... 2/3 3 BB's

Derek Muck....4/6 BB 3 Runs 4 RBI's

Lefky.....4/5 BB 4 Runs



Pirates split
Jun 4, 2017, 5:29 pm

Skipper Bob's Pirates gained a split today. After sleep walking once again in the first inning by giving up 4 runs, the Buccos held the Cubs to Just 2 more runs in 7 innings. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Big Ben Enlow supplied most of the offense, belting 2 bombs. The second one tied the game at 6. The Buccos could not rally in the 7th to put the game away. So in the extra frame the Cubs scored 2 and the Pirates couldn't respond. We had our chances but just let this one slip away. Two leaping grabs by Cade at the fence didn't help either. In the nightcap, the Pirate bats came alive beating the Muck Hens 18-3. This game saw fence bombs by Arlie Slack and Scottie Frazier. Frazier showing off his power for his girlfriend and dog who were in attendance. Brad Epstein almost had a bomb but his effort missed by about 2 feet. Epstein did make a spectacular catch and now is finding his groove. He is much better when he doesn't wear his Texas Rangers jackeT. Stan Thomas and Darren Kammer continue to pound the ball. Defense was solid.  Pitching good enough to win 2. Just came up a little short. On to next week. 

Mets Get off the mat and Sweep!
Jun 4, 2017, 3:14 pm

Game 1 vs Lachmans Royals

Royals got 3 in the first; Mets went 1-2-3. Royals got 5 in the top of the 2nd to take a commanding 8-0 lead. In the bottom of the 2nd back to back hits from Machado & Meyer (2b) set the stage for a Chung Sac fly; Leon singled, Goodman walked, And super sub Louis Goldfader & Art Player of the Week Rothenburg singled in 2. Royals got 2 more in the 3rd to go up 11-4. Mets answered with 3 in the 3rd with a Shaw single, Ruckel double, walks from Machado & Meyer and big 2 rbi knock by John Chung cut the lead to 11-7. Goodman/Goldfader/Rotheburg loaded the bases but a double play and a Shaw single got 2 runs home. Royals got 1 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th to take a 16-9 lead going to the bottom of the 6th. Licurse started the 7 run rally with a walk, Goldfader singled, Rothenburg hit a fielders choice that gave the Mets life. Eddie Tann drew a clutch walk and Shaw/Roberts/Ruckel/Machado all got hits and Tim Meyer hit an absolute Rocket off the fence in Left field to tie the game sending it to extra innings!!

With everything at 1 pitch Rick Leon was masterful and held the Royals scoreless for 2 innings. Licurse and Goldfader walked setting the stage for Art Rothenburg with 2 outs to line a line drive over the LCFer's head giving the Mets the walk off win!


Game 2 vs Schnitzer's Cubs

De ja vu all over again with the Cubs getting 1 in the first, 2 in the second, and 3 in the 3rd while the Mets bats were lifeless. In the Top of the 4th the Mets erupted for 11 runs and it all started with a Ruckel single, 3 consecutive walks, a Rick Leon Single, Licurse single, Jeff Goodman 2b, Goldfader walk, Rothenburg SAC, Tann walk, Shaw double, and Roberts single capping off the major turn around. Cubs were held until the bottom of the 5th where they had the winning runs on but we held on and won 11-10


Special thanks to super subs Louis Goldfader & John Chung who were terrific!


Player of the week Art Rothenburg 2-4 BB SAC game winning walk off 2b also threw out a runner at 3rd in extra innings


Marauder Musings
Jun 4, 2017, 2:25 pm

The Marauders had two tough games Sunday, against the 14-2 Sea Dogs and the 11-5 Dodgers. Game 1 against the Sea Dogs saw them take a 4-0 after 1 ½. A leadoff double by Nick Barr started the rally, Robbie Franklin, Tommy Baer and Jason Murray all had rbi singles to score 5. A three run homer by Tim Jamieson in the fourth gave the Marauders a 9-7 lead. In the last inning with an 11-10 Marauder lead, the Sea Dogs rallied behind the big home run power of their Baho/Wedderburn duo to score 6. The Marauder rally fell just short in a 16-15 loss.

Game 2 against the Dodgers was a much lower scoring contest. Nick Barr hit a solo blast in the second to start the Marauder scoring. A grand slam by J.J. Eusay was the big blow in the third giving the Marauders an 8-2 lead which held up for an 8-4 win.

Tim Jamieson was our POW with 5-8, 3 rbi’s, a triple and a homer. Nick Barr was our ROW with 5-7, 4 runs scored, 2 doubles and a homer. The Marauders are still holding on to the coveted 4th spot in the division to avoid the mini playoffs.

Splitsville for the Yanks
Jun 4, 2017, 2:17 pm

Late morning start for the Pinstripers vs Justin Reed's Blue Jays. Jays' hurler Jon Banta was pitching just south of 2nd base and baffled the Bronx bats for the first five innings allowing just one run as Toronto led NY 2-1. All that changed in the sixth when 13 consecutive Yankees reached base scoring 10 runs. The Yanks defense was sparkling especially Matt Brumley at short turning double plays and hustling after pop ups all over the diamond. Brum also went 4 for 4 at the dish. Brad Parr and Jonathan Braun each chipped in with three hits while Kyle Crouse, Tony Dillard and Mike Anders had two safeties. Ron Roberts had a big two run blast while Rick Rosen singled and scored.

Game two vs Samsel's Chihuahuas on friendly field four. Sey Hey Kid (#24) Andrew Williams was kept to only a pair of fence bombs so he hasn't quite reached 30 dingers yet this year...

Samsel's squad prevailed 14-8 but Brad Parr had three more hits (including a Ballentine blast) and made some splendid grabs in left field. Dustin Bone played like Dimaggio in left center and had a double and a homer as well. Kyle Crouse hit a 3 run dinger to make the game closer and Matt Brumley collected two more hits in the nightcap and was flawless gobbling up grounders at short.

Looking forward to the night games next week in the Bronx!

“Let’s Play Three” – Royals Go 2 – 1 in Tripleheader
May 26, 2017, 11:21 pm

In a tale of two very different games, the Royals swept their doubleheader against Goldstein’s Muckdogs; winning in a rout, 17 – 9, and then holding on for dear life in a 9 – 8 nail biter.

Jake Runey had a huge day for the Royals, hitting for a combined cycle, and a 1545 slugging percentage. Runey had two singles, two doubles, a triple, one mammoth fence homerun, and one inside-the-park homerun, as he scored five runs and drove in eight.

In the opener, the Royals used a pair of big innings to defeat the Muckdogs in game that was far closer than the final score indicated. Runey’s 2-run blast keyed the Royals’ 5-run first inning. The Royals could have had a huge first inning, but with the bases loaded and two outs, Jaime Aron’s well-struck liner into the right centerfield gap was caught by a diving Alan Taper to end the inning, and limit the damage to five runs.

Mark Fishkind’s RBI double, and Clint Hauck’s RBI single plated two more in the top of the third to give the Royals a 7 – 1 lead.

The Muckdogs threatened in the second, but with runners on first and second, Fishkind turned a sharp comebacker to the mound into an inning ending 1–6–3 double play. The determined Muckdogs continued to fight back, and scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth, to make it a one run game, 7 – 6.





























The Royals’ trademark this season has been their ability to cycle through their batting order at least once per game, and Sunday was no exception as they sent 13 batters to the plate, and scored 10 in the top of the fifth. The inning started off with consecutive singles by Carlos Moran, Greg Ritter, and Matt Bruce, and was highlighted by three 2-run triples: one by Fishkind, one by Jaime Aron, and one by Runey.

Runey and Fishkind led the Royals with four RBIs apiece, and, together, scored or drove in 13 of the 17 Royals’ runs.


Mark Fishkind  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B
Jake Runey  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 3B, 2-Run Fence HR
Clint Hauck  2 – 2, 3 RBI, SF
Matt Bruce  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 2B
Steve Solomon  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Tyler Turner  2 – 3, 2 Runs, BB
Carlos Moran  2 – 4, 1 Run
Greg Ritter  2 – 4, 2 Runs
Jaime Aron  1 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 3B

In the nightcap, the Muckdogs let it be known that their bats were alive and well, as they scored seven runs in the first two innings. Moran rifled a 2-run single and Fishkind laced an RBI double as the Royals answered with five runs in the bottom of the first.

The game turned, however, on a spectacular defensive play in the top of the third by the Royals right fielder, Tyler Turner.

Leading 7 – 5, the Muckdogs threatened to extend their lead as they led off the third with consecutive singles, and had runners on first and third. One popout later, their next batter smashed a rope down the right field line. The runners took off as the line drive had extra bases written all over it. Turner, running full speed, made a spectacular, game-saving catch around his shoe laces to rob the Muckdogs, and then alertly threw the ball to first baseman, Larry Lachman, to double off the runner on first for the 10–3 inning ending double play.

From that point on it was a pitcher’s duel between Fishkind and former Royal, Michael Barth.
































The Royals were able to score single tallies in every inning after the second, and then hold on as the Muckdogs broke through against Fishkind in the top of the seventh, and had the tying and lead runs on base when the game ended on a brilliant, gold glove play by catcher, Steve Solomon.

Greg Ritter  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Larry Lachman  3 – 3, 2 RBI
Matt Bruce  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Jake Runey  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 2B
Mark Fishkind  2 – 3, 2 RBI, 2B
Carlos Moran  1 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI

The Royals concluded their day with a makeup game from April 2nd, against Unell’s Roughriders. Perhaps it was the heat, but by 12:40 the Royals’ formidable defense went AWOL, yielding nine unearned runs in what turned out to be a very winnable game.





























Runey and Lachman paced the Royals’ 20-hit attack with three hits apiece.

While the Royals lost for the fourth time this season, it is worth noting that three of their four losses have been by one run each.

Jake Runey  3 – 4, 1 Run, 4 RBI, HR
Larry Lachman  3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Steve Solomon  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Matt Bruce  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Andy Goodman  2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Greg Ritter  2 – 4, 1 Run
Clint Hauck  2 – 4, 1 Run
Mark Fishkind  1 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B, BB

Dodgers Riding High
May 25, 2017, 3:06 pm

It was another great week for the dodgers, although with the rain coming down Sunday it was almost a never was... but the rain moved on and the call of "Play Ball" was made. In the first game of the double header against Unells Roughriders the Dodgers came out swinging. The bottom half of the lineup (Dustin Madlock, Garreth Johnson and Zack "Gonzo" Gonzalez) continue to do work, rolling the lineup over and over to a final of 19-11.

The second game continued but with Unell's Roughriders slowing the onslaught... with only a Jon Kilburn Home run in the  top of the 1st inning.  The battle raged on but again the trio continued to get on base and provided the spark needed to power the dodgers to another victory in a hard fought 11-7 Victory.

The dodgers are Riding high after winning 11 of their last 13.

Crazy Stat : Dodgers have 52 Walks as a Team.  An Astounding 3.25 per game.

The 2017 RoughRiders have been rode hard and put up wet...
May 24, 2017, 11:18 am

The 2017 Temple Shalom Softball League RoughRiders head into the Memorial Day Weekend seemingly destined for the Minis. Regardless, hope springs eternal as the RoughRiders are on a one-game winning streak. The 5-11 RoughRiders feature a roster consisting of six rookies (each of whom was disappointed to learn that mid-season trades are prohibited) and six wily veterans (each of whom was disappointed to learn that they’re only at the mid-season point of the schedule). Regardless, it’s not where you start in this League but where you end up. As their mascot Teddy Roosevelt said:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Yanks split vs the Renegades
May 22, 2017, 4:07 pm

Game 1 (8-5 win)

Farin's Yanks (under interim captain Matt Brumley) came out focused and played a complete game featuring clutch hits on offense, solid pitching from Mike Anders and airtight defense. The visitors got the scoring started quickly after Matt Brumley's triple scored Brad Parr , Parr added an rbi single in the next frame, scoring Mike Anders who had led off the inning with a knock. Matt Brumley hit a sky high solo hr in the 3rd inning before Dustin Bone added a 3 run line drive homer in the 4th. The Yankees added one more insurance run in the 6th on an RBI single by Kyle Crouse before closing the door on Davis' Renegades with some impressive defensive plays in the field to bring home the 8-5 victory.

Game 2 (16-11 loss)

Davis' Renegades came out for revenge in game 2 and promptly put up a crooked number on the board in the top of the first. The Yankees kept it close for most of the game by stringing together a multitude of hits, but all were singles with the exception of and rbi double by Eddie Valencia. Although the team was undone in this one by two inconsistent innings in the field (including the final inning when the Renegades pulled away), this one featured more positives for the Yanks to take with them into their next matchup in an effort to keep things moving in the right direction.

Muckdogs lose 2 to Royals but…
May 22, 2017, 11:41 am

In game 1 SS Matt Sorge had 3 PA but 0 AB, and in game 2 he got thunked in the cup (at least third time this season), spun into a painful split (well, really only about 165 degrees), and also got his arm nearly stretched off, ending up laid out in the dirt/grass again.  JT Pierce was the only Muckdog to have more than 3 hits on the day, including a 2RBI triple.  Fish largely pitched around Alex Bruu, but he still managed to crack a couple of singles to go along with his walks.  Alan Taper made a fabulous bases-loaded catch in RF to save the inning, reminiscent of his CF days before Alex was born.  Stuart Rosenfield hit a fun-to-watch 2RBI double over the outfielders heads.  Stephen Cantrell made a great squeeze-the-glove dive-forward catch in RCF.  Nick Anderson took a few pitches yesterday (baby steps!) and hit a nice 2RBI triple.  Robert Garcia brought his son to the dugout and then forgot how to hit in game 1, but remembered in game 2 to continue his fantastic season at the plate.  Scott Elfenbein and Michael Barth combined for a sweet and improbable 3-1 play to get the young and speedy Zac Aron out at 1B.  Mark Elfenbein had a beautifully-solid last-inning single such that he could leave for work feeling good!

A Missed Opportunity
May 21, 2017, 8:01 pm

The Marauder season started very slowly scoring an average of 4.6 runs per game in the first six games. That may explain a 1-5 start. The next 7 games produced an average of 17.5 runs per game and resulted in a 6-1 record. This Sunday we reverted to habits of old.

Game 1 against the Indians showed promise with 3 runs in the first. One more run in the fifth gave us a 4-1 before the Tribe rallied for 5 and went on to a 6-4 win.

Game 2, also against the Tribe, started even better with 6 in the first paced by a Mark Livesay double, a Nick Barr homer and a Chase Berg triple. Inning two was also productive with six more, paced by JJ Eusay’s double and a two RBI single by Nick Barr. 12 runs through 2 innings you say. 5 more scoreless innings led to a 12-9 squeaker and a split on the day with the Indians.

Game 3 was a makeup against the Blue Jays and veteran hurler Jon Banta. Banta pitched a gem limiting the Marauders to 7 hits and a 6-3 loss. That drops the Marauders to 8-8 on the season and tied for the crucial 4 spot which avoids the mini playoffs. It was a missed opportunity to give not give up double digit runs on the day but to only win 1 of 3.

Nick Barr was both our POW and ROW with 7-11 with 3 runs, 6 rbi’s and a home run. Nick brought his wife out to watch the game and it looks like she spurred him on to higher performance.

The Jays Salvage a Win On The Day
May 21, 2017, 5:31 pm

 The Jays may have been on a hot streak however that ended today. We run into the big red machine known as the Sea Dogs. Jason Naranjo and David Warren were on fire the first game both perfect from the plate with 2 1b and a 2b for Jason and 2 1b and a walk for David.

Game 2 Vs the Sea Dogs was alot more exciting at the end. In the 5th inning Jason Naranjo kept his hot hitting alive with a monster 3 run homerun. The Jays mounted a comeback to bring the game to 15 to 11, and the already banged up Sea Dogs skipper shaking in his boots, the Sea Dogs closed us out. Jimie Simeone had a hot game with a 3b and a 1b scoring both times, while Ray Hebbeler not only intimidated the Sea Dogs pitcher both games but singled and scored that game as well.

Game 3 Vs the Marauders, after a short 2 hour nap the Jays came out to win the 3rd game. With stellar pitching by Mr.Banta the Jays kept the Maruaders to 3 runs all game. Naranjo was perfect at the plate again with 2 1b and a 2b, Banta was 2 for 3 with a pair of 1b and David Pinkus had a pair of 1b.

Pirates split with Bosox
May 21, 2017, 4:07 pm

Parity Parity Parity. This was a Shalom softball kind of double header. Lose the first game by 1 run, win the second games by 1 run. 1st game, Skipper Bob's Buccos didn't leave the parking lot till after the top of the first. The Red Sox went on to score 11 before a Pirate came to bat. But unflustered, the Pirates came back but fell 1 run short to lose 13-12. in the second game of the twinbill, it was the Buccos who held on to win 12-11. Last out was made with the tying run on first. Surely, these close games are taking their toll on Skipper Bob. We don't mean to do that. The hitting stars were Michael Bourke, Big Cat Mitch Dunn and Arlie " don't cut me any" Slack. Pirates defense was spot on but the Red Sox were a formative foe today. doesnt get any tighter that today. 

Mets Split
May 21, 2017, 12:38 pm

Held the Rangers scoreless in the top of the first and got 3 in the bottom from a Shaw single and back to back doubles from Ruckel & Machado. Rangers got 4 in the top of the 2nd and both teams traded zeros until the 4th inning where the Rangers took a 5-3 lead. In the bottom Jeff Roberts led off with a triple, Licurse walked, Goodman singled and Art Rothenburg had a clutch 2 run double to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. Unfortunatley the Rangers got 9 in the top of the 5th & put the game away.


Game 2

Shaw lead off the game with a fence HR to center and the Mets got 5 in the top of the 2nd from singles from Meyer & Licurse. Goodman answered witha  2 run triple, and Donnie Holtman who was injured in game 1 got a clutch double and after a confrence on the mound Shaw was walked to load the bases and Roberts/Ruckel got hits extending the lead to 6-0. Both teams traded runs the rest of the way but the Mets were able to salvage a split. 


Player of the Week Jeff Roberts 4-6 2 3bs 

Chihuahuas Take 2 out of 3
May 17, 2017, 12:05 pm

Game 1 was a mid morning affair against the Indians. The Indians came out strong scoring 3 in the first but the Chihuahuas got 2 back on a David Buhrow sac fly and a Josh Winsor single. After holding the Indians in the 2nd, the Chihuahuas scored four more after 3 straight singles by George Reed, Daniel Buhrow and Tyler Samsel set the table for Andrew Williams. All four runs would score after a misplayed ball in right field. Another shut down inning by the Chiahuahuas defense in the 3rd helped take control of the game for good. A hustle infield single by Reed got things started. Doubles by Daniel Buhrow, Williams, David Buhrow and Winsor led to a 5 run inning all with 2 outs. The Indians scored 3 more in the 4th to cut the lead to 16-6. Rashad Patton got things going again for the Chihuahuas witha single and would score on a Daniel Buhrow sac fly. Three more runs would score on an rbi single by Samsel and a 2 rbi single by David Buhrow. After the Indians scored 2 in the top half of the 5th, the Chihuahuas would answer back yet again. Singles by Kevin Blake and Doug Storm led off the inning and set up a 2 rbi triple by Keith Dlott. He would later score on a sac fly by Reed. In the 6th two more runs were scored on home run by Williams to give the Chihuahuas a 20-8 final.

Big Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 4-4, BB, 2 rbi, 5 runs

Andrew Williams - 3-4, BB, HR, 2 2B, 4 rbi, 4 runs

David Buhrow - 4-4, sac, 2 2B, 4 rbi, run

George Reed - 2-2, BB, sac, rbi, 3 runs

Daniel Buhrow - 2-3, sac, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Game 2 was a late afternoon clash against the Muckdogs of Larry Goldstein. A two run home run by Andrew Williams got the Chihuahuas on the board in the first but the Muckdogs would get two of their own to tie. The muckdogs took control of the game in the 2nd with 7 runs of their own. The Chihuahua bats really slowed down with 1 run in the third. Two muckdog runs scored in the 4th to bring their lead to 11-3. The Chihuahuas would score 4 late runs but it wasn't enough as the Muckdogs get the win 12-7.

Big Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 2-3, BB, 3 runs

Andrew Williams - 3-4, HR, 3B, 3 rbi, 2 runs

David Buhrow - 4-4, 3B, rbi, run

Kevin Blake - 2-4, run

Keith Dlott - 2-3, 2B, rbi

Game 3 brought the Chihuahuas to field 8 against the Renegades. A lot of scoring early as the Renegades scored 5 in the first. The Chihuahua bats came alive again after the lull in game 2. A two run homer by Andrew Williams got the Chihuahuas on the board. A walk by Josh Winsor and single by Kevin Blake set up an rbi single by Doug Storm. Another run scored on a Keith Dlott sac fly to cut the lead to 5-4 after 1. The Chihuahuas would get 3 more in the 2nd with a walk from Daniel Buhrow, single by Tyler Samsel, walk by Williams to load the bases. David Buhrow would plate 2 on a single and another would score on an rbi single by Blake. The Chihuahuas kept the foot on the gas with another 3 run inning in the third on a 3 run homer by Williams. The Chihuahua defense was textbook again holding the Renegades scoreless in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. A solo home run by Williams added another insurance run as the Chihuahaus win by a score of 11-6.


Big Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 2-3, BB, 3 runs

Andrew Williams - 3-3, BB, 3 HR, 6 rbi, 4 runs

David Buhrow - 2-4, 2 rbi

Kevin Blake - 2-4, rbi, run

Doug Storm - 2-3, rbi

Rashad Patton - 2-2, BB

Renegades take 1 of 3
May 11, 2017, 8:07 pm

Game 1 – Field 9 Renegades vs Red Sox.

The morning started well as the Renegades came up with 3 runs in the first with hits from Jason Chapman and Frank Zaccardo.  The Red Sox scored a pair of their own and then added 2 more in the second while holding the Renegades scoreless. Lawrence. Chapman and Zaccardo then came through with hits  in the third to plate 2 for the Renegades to take a 5-4 lead.  The Red Sox continued their pattern of 2 runs each inning for the 3rd and 4th to take an 8-5 lead.  In the 5th the big bats came out for the Renegades as Clint Hathcock, Scott Lawrence and Jason Chapman hit back-to-back-to-back solo HR’s to tie the game at 8.  The Red sox countered with 6 in their half of the inning featuring a Blake Jones grand slam to take the 14-8 lead.  Two runs in the 6th for the Renegades and a final score of 14-10 for the Red Sox.

Renegades highlights:

Jason Chapman 3 for 3 with Hr and 2 RBI.

Scott Lawrence 2 for 2 with Hr and a walk.


Game 2 – Field 5 Renegades vs Rangers

In the middle game of the triple header the Chris Blythe led off with a hit and scored the sole run in the 1st inning. The Rangers put one on the board in the 2nd and the Renegades came back with 3 of their own after an error then hits by Jeff Lewin and Wayne Casper.  Tim Barnes came up and hit a Sac Fly to left that was misplayed and all three runners were able to score to put Renegades up 4-1.  Each team plated 2 in the 3rd then the Renegades added 3 more in the 4th. In the Renegades 5th 2 runs were scored after Frank Zaccardo and Jeff Lewin ended up scoring on a hit by Tim Barnes and miscue on a Steven Chang hit.  Final score was 11 – 5.

Renegades highlights:

Jeff Lewin 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored


Game 3 – Field 8 Renegades vs Chihuahuas

Renegades came out swinging in this game with Chris Blythe hitting a double, Clint Hathcock a single and Scott Lawrence a double. Frank Zaccardo, Kyle Casper,Wayne Casper and Tim Barnes also added singles in the inning and when the dust settled the Renegades had plated 5 runs.  Undeterred the small dogs came back with 4 of their own and it looked like a slugfest would ensue. This was not the case as the Renegades managed only 5 hits and 1 more run before succumbing 11-6 to the Chihuahuas.

Chris Blythe, Clint Hathcock, Scott Lawrence and Tim Barnes all had 2 hits each with all but Clint having a double.

For the Renegades it was a dissapointing day as pitching and fielding were pretty good and we were competitive in the losses against two teams that played well.

Royals Settle for Doubleheader Split for the Second Straight Week
May 9, 2017, 9:11 pm

Sunday saw the Royals split their doubleheader, defeating Conn’s Tigers 17 – 2, and succumbing to Hauf’s Sea Dogs 9 – 8.

Every Royal had at least one hit in the doubleheader opener against the Tigers. After a scoreless first, the Royals sent 11 batters to the plate in their 6-run second, which featured 2-run singles by Jaime Aron and Clint Hauck. After the Tigers plated two in the top of the third, the Royals responded with two of their own, and then for an encore cycled through their batting order in their 8-run fourth.



























Mark Fishkind turned in another masterpiece, scattering six singles, with no walks over five innings for the victory, as the Royals turned two traditional double plays, 6–4–3 and 4–6–3, behind him. The bottom of the order – Larry Lachman, Steve Solomon, and Aron – came through again, going a combined 3 – 6, 5 Runs, 4 RBI, and drawing three bases on balls.

The game ended by run-rule after the Royals took a 15-run lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Andy Goodman  2 – 3, 1 Run, 4 RBI
Matt Bruce  2 – 3, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Mark Fishkind  2 – 3, 1 Run
Clint Hauck  2 – 4, 1 Run, 3 RBI
Carlos Moran  2 – 4, 2 RBI
Jake Runey  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 3B
Jaime Aron  1 – 2, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, BB
Steve Solomon  1 – 2, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, BB
Larry Lachman  1 – 2, 1 Run, 1 RBI, BB

In the nightcap, the Royals lost because Abbey Garber and his Grasshoppers were in the stands watching the game. Only twice in 13 games have the Royals lost focus and were unable to play a fundamentally sound defensive game, and both times involved the Abbey and his Grasshoppers.

Abbey’s words; true story…

In a battle between two first place teams, the Royals – in spite of several defensive lapses – still took an 8 – 7 lead to the bottom of the sixth, and – for the second consecutive week – were within one play away from sweeping their opponents. Lamentably, they uncharacteristically failed to turn a double play with one out, which would have ended the game, but instead opened the door for the Sea Dogs to score two unearned runs for the 9 – 8 come-from-behind victory.




















Sea Dogs









In a game where the lead changed hands four times, the Royals started off strong, plating five in the first, but Patrick Sanchez, pitching in relief of John Hauf, was able to hold the Royals to three runs the rest of the way. Sanchez also starred at the plate, as he smashed a fence grand slam in the Sea Dogs’ 5-run third inning.

Aron and Greg Ritter led the Royals with two hits apiece.

Muckdogs split, sort of
May 7, 2017, 4:58 pm

The Muckdogs beat the Chihuahuas 12-7 and lost to the Blue Jays 10-5 and to the Dodgers 19-12.

In the opener against Blue Jays, the Muckdogs has a hard time getting runs across the plate against Blue Jays’ ace pitcher Jon Banta. After leaving the bases loaded twice in the first three innings and unable to plate a run, the Muckdogs scored 4 in the 4th to tie the game on a walk by JT Pierce, a double by Michael Barth, and singles by Alan Taper, Stephen Cantrell, Scott Elfenbein, and Stuart Rosenfield. The Blue Jays pounded out 6 more runs, and the Muckdogs lost 10-5.

In the second game, the Muckdogs batting around in 2nd against the Chihuahuas to pull out to a 9-4 lead and held on to win 12-7. In that big 2nd inning, the bottom of the lineup got the team going in classic Shalom league manner --  captain Goldstein reaching on an error, Scott Elfenbein legged out a single and when the ball got away from the 1st baseman, Goldstein scrambled to 3rd, the throw to third got away from the 3rd baseman and Goldstein scored. Matt Sorge and Robert Garcia followed that up with a singles and then Alex Bruu blasted a 3 run homer, Pierce singled, Anderson tripled, and Barth and Taper singled to cap off the 7 run inning.

In the 3rd game, the Muckdogs jumped out to 10-1 lead hitting up and down the lineup, capped off by a JT Pierce 3 run blast. But then the Dodgers' bats got hot and the Muckdogs' bats cooled off, with the Muckdogs on the losing end 19-12. 

Leading hitters on the day were Muckdogs Player of the Week Stuart Rosenfield 6-8 RBI; Scott Elfenbein 5-8, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Muckdogs Rookie of the Week Alex Bruu 7-11, HR, 3 2Bs, 4 runs, 6 RBIs; Robert Garcia 7-10, 3B, 2 2Bs, 7 runs, 2 RBIs; and JT Pierce 5-9, HR, 4 runs, 5 RBIs.


Pirates win 3 to extend winning streak to 5
May 7, 2017, 4:19 pm

Skipper Bob's Pirates continued their winning ways. On this beautiful Sunday at Heritage Yards, the Buccos won 3 games by a total of 5 runs. I guess it was a little timely hitting and timely fielding that got the Bucs over the top. Brad Epstein's bat woke up while Stanley Thomas and Michael Bourke continue to be a force. In the 1st game, the Pirates held off the Yanks 8-6. The 2nd game saw the Pirates get some revenge on the Indians. It was the Tribe that knocked out the Pirates in last years playoffs. The Pirates led 7-0 only to have the Tribe come back and tie it. In the top of the 7th, the Buccos scored 3 and held the Indians in the bottom of the 7thto only 1 for the victory. The 3rd game was a battle of will. At that point, the day was long and thankfully the Pirates were the home team. The Grasshoppers were a tired group as was the Pirates. But down by 1 in the bottom of the 7th, Brandon Strull tied the game and Matt Parker supplied the game winner in walk off fashion. That's the 2nd week in a role Parker has gotten the walk off. Thumper BEN Enlow had a bomb in the 1st inning. Steve Gadol was an on base machine. So men, enjoy Mother's Day, rest up And we will see you in 2 weeks. And thank God the tripleheaders are over. 

Marauders SWEEP! Have won 5 of last 6.
May 7, 2017, 2:54 pm

On a gorgeous day for softball, the squad continued their winning ways with everyone playing their part.  Game 1 on the show field vs. the Red Sox was a barn burner.  We started fast with 2 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd for a 4-0 lead.  The Bean towners answered with 10 runs in the next 3 innings to get out to a 10-7 lead.  A big 6th inning started by a Tim Jamieson bomb and finished with rbi from Steve Hankin and Jeremy Golden to ties us a 10.  After holding the sox to nothing in the top of 7, the stage was set for the walk off.  Jason Murray led off with a single and took 2nd on a bobble by the outfielder.  Mark Livesay sealed it with a bullet to RF for the win.

Tim Jamieson- 2 for 3 with a fence Bomb

Tim Murray 3 for 3

Mark Livesay 4 for 4 with two doubles and GWRBI

Tommy Baer 2 for 2 with a 2 run triple

Game 2 was against the stuggling Tigers.  We started out strong not wanting to take them lightly like we did the Yanks last week.  Six in the first followed by 3 and 5 in the next two innings gave us a comfortable 14-4 lead. We cruised after that finishing with a two TD win 21-7.  Lots of hitting stars this game. We have climbed to within 3 games of 1st place in the division.

Mark Livesay 3 for 4 with a triple

JJ Eusay 4 for 5 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI and 4 runs

Tim Jamieson 3 for 5 HR, triple and 3 RBI

Hats off to Tommy Baer for filling in with some great pitching and JJ Eusay captaining to a 3-1 record with captain Miller missing.

POW Candidate was Tim Jamieson- 5 for 8 with 2 HR, 3B, 5 runs, 4 RBI 

We look forward to the return of our captain John Miller for the triple header in 2 weeks!

Mets Sweep
May 7, 2017, 2:12 pm

Game 1 field 9 vs Farin's Yanks


Game was 1-1 for the entire game and once we took the lead they answered back. Went into extra innings and caught a lucky break before Ruckel/Machado/Meyer homered to put the game out of reach stopping our losing streak at 4.


Rick Leon was terrific holding the Yanks to 2 runs in 8 innings


Game 2 vs Haas' Mudhens

After putting up a zero on defense the Mets scored 13 runs in the bottom of the first and put the game away early. Every player on the roster had at least 1 hit. It was a total team effort on both sides of the ball and Rick Leon was terrific on the mound giving up 4 total Runs in 13 innings pitched.


POW is Tim Meyer who was 6-8 with a fence HR and 6 rbi


Cub's bats go into hibernation
May 7, 2017, 2:10 pm

The Cubs lost a pair on Sunday.  In game one vs the Sea Dogs, the Cubs could only collect 10 total hits.  Alfredo Sardi, Dan Feldman and Steve Uman each had 2 hits a piece and that's about all she wrote.   Sea Dogs 9, Cubs 6.

In game 2 vs the powerful Dodgers, the Cubs held the opponent to 2 runs.  Odds makers said that if the Cubs could hold Ortega, Greeley and company to 2 runs, they would win easily.  This was not the case as the Cubs could only plate 1 run while getting 6 hits.  David Tennyson and Steve Uman had 2 hits a piece.  Final, Dodgers 2, Cubs 1.  

The Cubs look forward to a much needed week off to prepare for the triple header on May 21.


May 7, 2017, 1:49 pm

Ranger's Rap

Break out the presses-Rangers win, Rangers win-after a 7 game hibernation the Gers in a thrilla form the filla8 prevail in a hard fought 11-9 victory over the Grasshoppers.  Good hitting from Chino Man of Steele, Troy, Sugar Bear Wilkerson, and Steve Enda...and a 2 run 2B by Eppy helped the offense get back on track...Eppy also pitched extremely well untill he split open his hand....Silverman in a rare pitching relief performance closed the door...2nd game saw a reversion to old Rangers ways in a 11-5 loss to the Renegades.  Barry gutted up his splity hand a nd pitched a gem...unfortunately his fielders let him down committing 7 errors and the bats got quiet once again...Al Valenti did slug a two bagger and Sugar Bear Wilkerson had a great 3 for 3 second game at the platter. Try Steele made a great catch and double play that highlighted a very pourous D.

Ranger Ruby's:

POW-Troy Steele....3/5 2 2B's and 4 RBI's

ROW-Josh "sugar bear" Wilkerson  5/6 2 runs and 2 rbi's

Steve Enda-4/6, with a 2B and 3B


Yanks drop a pair
May 7, 2017, 12:55 pm

Game one versus Shaw's Mets on hitting friendly Field One. Solid fielding by both teams keeps this game knotted at 2-2 in the sixth inning. Both teams don't score in the seventh so we have free softball into the 8th. Two out rally for the Mets as Matt Ruckel hits a grand slam, Joe Machado and Tim Meyer go deep as well and the Mets win 9-2.

Four Yankees collected two hits each: Brad Parr, Dustin Bone, Jonathan Braun and Eddie Valencia.

Game two versus Weinfeld's Pirates. The Yanks score one in the first but the Buccos get 5 in the bottom of the frame. Yanks get three back in the 3rd on rbi's from Kyle Crouse, Jonathan Braun and Eddie Valencia. The Pinstripers take a 6-5 lead in the 4th with rbi triples from Dustin Bone and Matt Brumley. The Pirates take the lead in the 6th with two runs and then hold on for an 8-6 win. 

Two more hits from Brad Parr, Dustin Bone and Matt Brumley pace the squad.

Red Sox 05-07-17
May 7, 2017, 12:10 pm

A split for the Red Sox today....and yet another loss by one run scored in the bottom of the last inning.....that makes us have 7 (of our 9 losses) by a total of 10 runs....four 1 run losses, three 2 run losses

A great day for Blake Jones going 6 for 7 with 2 HR's and 9 RBI 

A great day for Nick Milton going 4 for 6 including 1 2B, and 1 3B

A great day for Ben Rakofsky going 4 for 5 including 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, and 2 SAC



May 6, 2017, 8:50 pm

Game 1 

The Pigs came out swinging and took control of the game early thanks to some Big Offense from Jason Niswonger and Randy Ransom.  The defense was not bad either as they held the power hitting offense of the Royals to just 3 runs through 4 innings on a wind aided field 9.  However, the never say die Royals came roaring back to take a 12-11 lead with hit after timely hit.

The bottom of the last inning, The Piggies had hit from Ronn Forniglia and Matt Shwarts thatset the stage for a walk-off win 14-12.


Game 2 

The Mudhens were absolutely on fire and butt stomped the IRONPIGS!!! 

Field 1 was brutal with the wind blowing and gusting to RF, and the mudhens took advantage. The little pigs had no answer for former IRONPIG pithcer Craig Dyer as he held the pigs to a season low in runs scored.

The Mudhens were the better team from the first pitch to the last out on this blustery Sunday morning.


Game 3

Fresh off defeat, the Pigs did not have time feel sorry for themselves as Capt. Shaw and the Mets were ready for the rubber match on field 4.

The Ironpigs jumped to an immediate lead with  a Niswonger blast to centerfield into the wind.  Holy Moly what a shot!!

The Mets scrapped back and were in striking distance by the end of the game with bases chucked and the top of the line up coming up, but a game ending 6-5-4 double play fininshed the Mets afternoon.


A couple Piggies gutted it out with injuries; Randy Ransom, Jason Niswonger, Chad Matsuda and Doug Wolff all deserve a special thank you for giving all they haad for the IRONPIGS Sunday.

If I told you, the Grasshoppers would give up 17 runs each game …
May 4, 2017, 8:10 pm

and that both games would be decided by double digits …

On an unusually chilly windy day, the Grasshoppers thought it was a good omen when the first-place Cubs only scored two runs after getting their first three batters on, but when three hard-hit balls by the first three Hoppers hit landed in gloves, it was hard not to wonder who the fates favored.  Half an inning later, the Cubs were up by 10 and then pretty quickly it was 16-0.  The Grasshoppers then started fighting back, with back-to-back triples by JEREMY PEASE and DARIUS WU.  A two-out walk and three more hard hit balls made it 16-4, with time for one or two more innings.  Cubs got one more and the Hops went back to work.  AARON NUTT and Pease scored ahead of Wu’s homer to make it 17-7 and then two more GHoppers got on, but the rally fizzled after time expired, so the G-men had to hope for their fifth straight split.

Pease, Wu, ADAM KARABINOS, and DANNY NUTT all got on 2 of 3 times.  The dugout got a little too excited over an ABBEY GARBER single.  Every man got on base, but we did not put together the monster inning … hmm [play foreshadowing music].

With two out and no on to start game two, three consecutive singles off of the Yankee skipperTM scored one run, and the Yanks answered with one of their own.  MATT MYERS doubled and scored on ALAN LONDON’s single to make it  2-1, giving no indication of the fireworks to come. [play a little more scary music].  After retiring the Yankees in the second, the Grasshoppers batted around for the next three innings, scoring 12, 11, and 11 runs, on their way to a 36-6 lead.  But, when the wind is blowing out at The Stadium, hold all tickets and your hats.  The Bronx Bombers put a few balls over the fence in an 11-run inning of their own, drawing to 36-17 before finally succumbing to the Grasshoppers.

Too many highlights to mention, but every man scored at least twice, all knocked in a run, ANutt hit for the cycle and 6 RBI, JPease got on 5 of 6 times, as did Wu, as did JEFF RADANOF.  Wu, Radanof, Karabinos, Myers, London knocked in four runs each.  ASHER FELTMAN scored three times, as did the coach.  Grasshopper of the Week:  BRUCE ACKERMAN, 3-4, bases-loaded walk, four runs scored, DOUBLE!

53 combined runs highest for a game in this wind-blown season...Grasshoppers were first team to score 30 since Apligian’s Rays scored 33 in July 2016...Silverman’s Rangers tallied 31 earlier that season...Goodman’s Cardinals also scored 17 in a loss in Fall of 2016.  Paul, Bob, any of the Larrys remember any other big numbers?

… then you might not expect that the Grasshoppers would outscore their opponents for the day.

Pirates sweep
May 3, 2017, 7:32 pm

Skipper Bob's Buccos had a very nice Sunday beating the Rangers and Tigers. With Blustery condition, The Pirates put a 9 spot on the Rangers in the bottom of the first. Then the bats went to sleep and the Rangers fought back to take the lead. With the Bucs up by 2 in the 7th, Troy Steele tied the game. Going into the bottom of the 7th, score tied Young Strull kept the inning alive that allowed Matt Parker collect the walk off hit with 2 outs. Parker was mobbed by his mates. final score Pirates 13 Silvermanless Rangers 12. in the nightcap, the Pirates beat the Tigers 14-9. Pretty uneventful game, as the Buccos were wind blown just wanting to take care of business and head back to the house. 

Cubs win(d) streak now at 10!
May 2, 2017, 12:01 pm

The Cubs continued their winning ways by defeating the Grasshoppers and Muckdogs on a cold, blustery Sunday morning. 


In game 1, the Cubs scored 2 in the 1st and 8 in the 2nd on their way to a convincing 17-7 victory.  Alfredo Sardi, Dan Feldman, David Tennyson, Brian Alvara and Jonah Levenson all collected 3 hits in the game while the elder Levenson (Jerry) went 4 for 4 showing all the young ones how to set the pace for players half his age!   John Burke was masterful on the mound throwing a lot of strikes into a stiff wind and Cade McDougald made play after play in LCF. 


In game 2, the Cubs scored 6 in the 1st, 6 in the 2nd and 5 in the 5th.  Jonah Levenson singled home his dad in what became the all important 18th run of the game.  Tied in the bottom of the 6th, super sub Eddie Cohen doubled, Sardi was issued a free walk and Feldman singled to load the bases.    With 1 out, Tennyson hit the game winning SF scoring Schnitzer who was pinch running for Cohen.  Trememdous D from Cade in LCF and the middle duo of Tennyson and Sardi kept just enough Muckdogs off the bases.  Final score, Cubs 19, Muckies 18.


Game 2 hitters of note:

Sardi 4 for 4

Tennyson 4 for 4

McDougald 4 for 4 with 3 HRs (1 Grand Slam) and 9 RBIs

Jerry Lev 4 for 4 (8 for 8 on the day!)


May 2, 2017, 8:52 am


Game 1 / Mud Hens hold off Davis’ Renegades 18-17

After trailing 3-12 after the first inning, the resilient Mud Hens clawed their way back into the game with solid and timely hitting throughout the entire lineup. After a sketchy defensive first inning behind him, Craig Dyer held the feisty Renegades to 5 runs over the next 4 innings to allow the Hens to get back in the game.

Offensive Hens

Coach Cuddles - 4 for 4 / 5 RBIs

Rob Shiller – 3 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Eric Powers – 2 for 3 / 4 RBIs

Seth Pepkin – 2 for 4 / 4 RBIs


Game 2 / Mud Hens defeat Alford’s Iron Pigs 17-6

The Mud Hens jumped on the Bacon Boys early by scoring 8 runs in the first inning and never let off the gas. Solid pitching and defense allowed the Hens to keep the ‘Pigs at Bay’ and come out with their second W of the day.

Offensive Hens

Mark Phares – 3 for 4 / 6 RBIs (3 doubles on a sketchy ankle!)

Eric Powers – 4 for 4 / 4 RBIs (Fence HR)

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 2 RBIs


Game 3 / Mud Hens outlast Rakofsky’s Red Sox 24-22

The Hens and Red Sox went toe-to-toe from the batter’s box and the Dirty Birds came out on top even after a last inning barrage by the Sox.

Offensive Hens

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 6 RBIs

Steven Shiller – 4 for 5 / 5 RBIs

Jim Finley – 4 for 4 / 1 RBI

Royals, One Out Away from Sweep, Settle for Doubleheader Split
May 1, 2017, 10:03 pm

Leading 12 – 11, in the bottom of the sixth, the Royals were one out away from a doubleheader sweep. Carlos Moran’s 3-run tape measure shot, and Greg Ritter’s 2-run single enabled the Royals to score nine runs in their two previous at-bats to overtake Alford’s Iron Pigs. The highlight of the game – likely the entire doubleheader – was the heroic display of will, hustle, desire, and heart by Matt Bruce. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and runners on first and second, Ryan Alford skied the ball into medium depth centerfield. Because Alford had gone yard in two of his three previous at-bats, Bruce was appropriately positioned up against the left centerfield fence. With two outs, the runners took off with the crack of the bat. Bruce ran full speed for what seemed like an eternity. While calculating the ball’s angle of descent, he sacrificed the well being of his own body as he extended his glove into the proper position and dove head first. Completely horizontal, the ball landed perfectly in the webbing of his glove. For a brief moment in time, Bruce was suspended in mid-air with the ball securely in his glove, and the game was over…until his brief flight was stopped by a violent collision with the ground. The ball bounced out, Alford circled the bases for his third homerun of the game, and the Iron Pigs came from behind to end Royals’ the winning streak at six.




















Iron Pigs










Greg Ritter  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B, 3-Run Fence HR
Larry Lachman  2 – 2, 1 Run, 2 RBI, BB, 2B
Jaime Aron  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Matt Bruce  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, Fence HR
Jake Runey  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Clint Hauck  2 – 4, 1 Run

In the opener, the Royals scored at least 20 runs for the fourth time in their last five games to extend their winning streak to six, defeating Roth’s Indians 20 – 13. The Royals crushed four fence homeruns – two by Jake Runey – cycled through their batting order twice – in their 8-run second inning and their 5-run fourth – and scored in every inning.





























Four the doubleheader, Ritter’s seven hits paced the Royals’ 40-hit attack that included six fence homeruns, Jaime Aron anchored the lineup with a 5 – 6 day, and Moran did an outstanding job pitching both games in gale force winds.

Greg Ritter  4 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, Fence HR
Jake Runey  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, BB, 2 2-Run Fence HRs
Jaime Aron  3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Matt Bruce  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B, 2-Run Fence HR
Andy Goodman  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Clint Hauck  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 2B
Carlos Moran  2 – 4, 2 Runs
Gregg Fleisher  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

Here Come The Jays...
May 1, 2017, 8:32 pm

The Jays finally sweep and it's with 9 players. Some unfortunate timing left the Jays short handed, but they were up for the challenge. 

Game 1 VS The Tigers

For the first time all season the Jays scored 7 runs in the first inning. David Warren had 2 doubles in the first inning. And POW Kevin Knox seemed back to his normal All Star self powered by his donuts he smashed line drives everywhere pretty much at will today. Up and down the lineup hit well and match that with Jon Bantas stellar pitching (in the crazy wind only walked 1 player all day). 


Game 2 VS The Dodgers

Feeling confident the Jays met the Dodgers and new with Sean Greeley on the mound for the Dodgers nothing is ever certain. But Kelly Welton, and Kevin Knox didn't seem to mind with a combined average of .800 for the game. Great defense by David Warren and a game ending catch by sub Jacob Grubb led the Jays to a 12 - 9 victory. 

Red Sox 04/30/17
May 1, 2017, 4:36 pm

Red Sox continue in tough waters....

Currently 8 losses....6 by a total of 8 runs

Rough day for all with the wind....

On the day, we scored a total of 44 runs, but only one victory

Fence home runs on Field 8 with the wind blowing out to left by Blake Jones and Joel Cerefice.

On the day, 7 RBI from Joel Cerefice, Brian Osgood, Matthew Rakofsky, and 8 RBI from Blake Jones.

A GREAT job by the bottom 5 hitters in our order.....for the day the bottom five hitters batted 412 with 8 RBI.....Dwayne Henson, Ben Rakofsky, Navin Rana, Irwin Kaufman

Scurvy Dawgs Win TWO
May 1, 2017, 9:56 am

Roughriders Game –


Facing the dubious pitching of John Unell and the offensive juggernauts, Lee McDonald and Thomas Kulcak the Roughriders took the filed admist swirling monsoon force winds against the obviously better looking Scurvy Dawgs.


The visiting Scurvy Dawgs reeled off 4 runs and using 9 batters to do so. It was apparent that the Scurvy Dawgs were ready to hit and play tough disciplined ball.


In the Bottom of the first, however, we quickly realized that pitching with gale force winds would cause our novice pitcher some fits we lost the battle of the first inning 4 runs to 6. Too many walks were given up to the challengers.


The second inning; however would prove to be owned by the far more handsome Dawgs. A 2 run home run followed by a Baho triple sparked the top of the second leading to 6 run inning with some great RBI shot from Greg “The Badger” Hurst, Leo “’The Lion” Cova and Robert “Railroad” Reighter.


In the bottom of the second the winds died down and the Scurvy Dawgs defense was perfection holding the Riders to Zero.


Top of the third we are shut out and the Rough Riders earn 3 back. The following 2 inning the Scurvy Dawgs put up put up 3 insurance runs each inning. The bottom of the sixth time has run out only up by 3 the bases are loaded and John Unell before the antagonists Lee MacDonald and Thomas Kulcack. Our pitcher luckily bated John Unell at swinging at an outside pitch only to be smothered by the GOOD intentions of “Raffie” Iuliano for the final put out of the GAME.


Offensive Notables

Jose Baho 2 for 3, 2 runs rbi and a SACRIFICE, great outfield leadership

Stephen “The Rook” Wederburn  2 for 2, plus 2 BB’s, 2 runs and an RBI

Badger 4 for 4, 3 runs, 3 RBI’s, great infield leadership

Paddy 4 for 4, his first cycle in 11 years not that I have been counting 3 runs 2 rbi’s

Robert R 3 for 4, 2 rbi’s

Chihuahua's Game

The Chihuahuas are really good!!! Andrew Williams was stupid hot!!! His first at bat he mishit the ball off the handle and reports are that it just landed. His second at bat he fouled of the first pitch so I thought I would give him such a horrendous  inside there would be no way he would swing. WAIT. Let me set this up properly it was soo inside I am not sure how he even got out of the way of it and it was 3 inches off the ground when he hit it.


IT TOOK .374 seconds to hit the top of the LF fence on a frozen rope. All of this simply proves that the only way to pitch to Andrew is when he is sleeping.


It this game we had many important hit a SAC fly by Rick Halperin, a RBI single by Jose Baho, a RBI single by Greg Hurst, and a 2 RBI single by the great LEO Cova.


All in all we had some great defense by Rohit, Jose, Wedderburn , and the Badger to get us off the field many times when we needed to get off the field.


Again to end the game we had 2 outs bases loaded and Baby J at the plate. An inside pitch provided a fly ball that Jose Baho mad sure that he came up with to end a very contentious game and sole lead into first place.


Offensive Notables

Stephen Wedderburn 2 singles and a solo homerun against the WIND, really who does that? 3 runs and 2 RBI’s

Badger – 2 singles and a double, 2 runs and 2 RBI’s 3 for 3

Patrick – 2 for 2, 2 BB’s, 3 runs, 1 RBI, 1 single, 1 double


For the DAY

Badger and Patrick both batted 1.000 for the day!!! Kudos Gentlemen

Both are nominated for the player of the week and

Stephen Wedderburn, as our token Rookie, you get rookie of the week again. Yet every week you do something to earn the honor and not just a defacto reprentitive.  

Marauder win streak ends at 4.......just barely.
Apr 30, 2017, 5:34 pm

Riding a 3 game win streak coming into today, the team looked to continue to hot hitting with captain John Miller in abscencia.  First game was against another captainless squad in the Muckdogs.  We jumped on them quick with 5 but they answered with 6.  After two innings tied at 8, we made our move.  We scored in every single inning to complete a 23-13 rout and stretch the win streak to 4 games.  Tim Jamieson had a monster game going 4 for 4 with a big 2-run fence bomb along with a double and 4 rbi. Steve Hankin showed the power and speed on a nifty triple as well.  Great team win in some tough windy conditions. 

After sitting around in the wind for an hour we started game 2 sluggish and with some sloppy defense against a Yankee team coming in hungry after a big loss.  With Larry Legend Farin on the mound it was tough to get going.  Trailing 10-4 in the 5th, the offense showed some life.  Leadoff walks from Robbie Franklin and Jeremy Turbo Golden followed by a Jason Murray single loaded the bases.  Mark Livesay plated one on a sac fly.  Nikita Blair walked to load them again and JJ Eusay made it hurt with a huge fence Grand Slam bomb off Farin to get the home team within one.  After shutting the Bronx Bombers down in the 6th, Turbo struck again with a huge game tying rbi single.  Off to the 7th with a 10-10 game. The bottom of the Yanks lineup came through big with 4 runs but we still had some fight.  3 straight singles to start the inning from Livesay, Blair and Eusay and we were in great shape.  Tim Murray hit a ball to RF after a Jamieson out which was misplayed and scored another to make it a 1 run game.  After a Chase Berg groudout and a Tommy Baer single we had the tying run at second but a sharp liner by Hankin was snared by Brumley to end the rally.  Great comeback effort but fell just short.  Outstanding effort by the boys on a tough windy day.  We are ready for 3 next week!

Hitting Stars of the Day

POW Candidate JJ Eusay 7 for 9, 3 Doubles, Grand Slam HR, 7 RBI and 7 runs scored.

Tim Jamieson- 5 for 8, 2 Run Fence HR, Double, 4 RBI

Super Sub Nikita Blair- 5 for 7 with 3 RBI, 6 Runs scored and great pitching in some very tough conditions.

Mark Livesay- 5 for 8, Triple, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI.

Yanks take a page from Meatloaf and sing 2 out of 3 ain't bad
Apr 30, 2017, 3:31 pm

Game one vs Garber's Grasshoppers was a tight one for the first two innings knotted at 1-1. Who would have thunk that the game would end 36-17 in favor of those pesky insects?

Yankee bombers: Brad Parr 3-4, double, fence homer and 4 rbi's

Dustin Bone 3-4 with 3 fence blasts and 5 rbi's

Matt Brumley 4-4, 2b, triple and 2 fence taters (one righty one lefty)

Game two was a tighter contest vs the Millerless Marauders. Yanks prevailed 14-13.

Yankee heroes: Xavier Jefferson 3-4, double and 3 game winning rbi's

Dustin Bone 3-3, bb, double, fence bomb and 2 rbi's

Matt Brumley 2-3, bb and two triples

Mike Anders 2-4 with a rbi

Tony Dillard 2-4 with a double

Late game 3 (beginning around 1pm) vs Conn's Tigers... Yanks scored 8 in the top of the first and didn't look back winning 24-5.

Pinstriper Power:

Brad Parr 5-5, double, fence bomb, 4 runs and 3 rbi's

Dustin Bone  4 for 5, 5 rbi's and 3 runs scored

Matt Brumley 3-4, bb, 2 runs and 2 rbi's

Ron Roberts 2-3, bb, 3 runs, double and 3 rbi's



Grasshoppers split, stay in the hunt
Apr 29, 2017, 9:53 pm

The Grasshoppers, winners of the last game each of the first three weeks, came out determined to win the first game and they did so in fine fashion with a 22-6 win over the Blue Jays.  Whether AARON NUTT was inspired by the absence of his pitching partner ADAM KARABINOS or motivated by going up against ace Jon Banta we’ll never know, since his captain doesn’t permit younger players to give interviews.  Regardless, ANutt outdueled Banta, walking only two and allowing seven hits.  Nutt had plenty of support as the Hoppers scored five in the first, six in the third, and seven in the sixth, in their best offensive game of the season.  The first five batters of the game (ANutt, JEREMY PEASE, DARIUS WU, JEFF RADANOF, and DANNY NUTT) were knocked in by Radanof, DNutt, and MATT MYERS, but the Jays quickly made it 5-4.  The second inning was quiet but eight of nine Ghoppers reached in the third as AARON SASSON, Myers, ASHER FELTMAN, ABBEY GARBER, ALAN LONDON, and ANutt all had RBIs.  Radanof plated Wu in the fourth and then 3 of the last 4 Grasshoppers (Feltman, London, and BRUCE ACKERMAN) scored in the fifth and sixth innings, capped by Wu’s first homer of the day.  All G men had RBIs and all but Garber scored.  Too much offense to detail here - look at the box score.  

Sportsmanship notes from Game 1:  Justin Reed raking the damaged field to try to make it safe for infielders, Aaron Nutt not stalling out the game in the fifth.

The Grasshoppers were denied their first sweep by the Chihuahuas in an exciting game.  The bad guys went back to back to back in the first but Darius Wu’s Jimmy Jack with ANutt and Pease aboard tied the game three batters into the bottom of the inning, and it stayed 3-3 until the evil little dogs hit two more solos in the third, but DNutt and Sasson knocked in Pease and Wu to retie the game.  The red menace put up five to open a 10-5 lead, which was cut to 10-6 on an ANutt homer, but then Andrew Williams stepped up in the sixth, with three homers in his first three swings.  Good sports Grasshoppers pitched to him with one on and one out, making it a 12-6 game.  Too bad for the Chihuas that AW is a free agent after this season.  Aaron Nutt’s second homer (this one with Feltman and Garber on) cut it to 12-9 but the Grasshoppers could not finish the comeback, losing their first nightcap of the year.  

Player of the week nominee is Aaron Nutt: 6-8 plus BB, 5 runs, 7 RBI from leadoff, 2 homers, excellent pitching (held Kid to four homers).

Grasshoppers and Shalom League Rookie of the Week is  Asher Feltman on base 4-7, scored 4 runs, 2 RBI, patrolled RCF!

Chihuahuas Extend Winning Streak to 4
Apr 27, 2017, 3:37 pm

Another early, crisp, cool 8 am start saw the Chihuahuas open against the undefeated Iron Pigs on field 8 with the wind blowing out. The Iron Pigs put up 5 quick runs in the first but the Chihuahuas would get 3 back on a David Buhrow home run. In the bottom of the 2nd the Chihuahuas would plate 8 runs on an rbi walk by Scott Ulick, a 2 rbi single by the captain, a 3 run homer by POW Andrew Williams and a 2 rbi double by Doug Storm. The Iron Pigs would get 1 back in the third but the Chihuahuas would put up another crooked number. Singles by George Reed and Ben Walk got things started to set up an rbi by Ulick. Singles by Samsel and Williams loaded the bases for a bases clearing double by David Buhrow, who later scored on a Josh Winsor single. Up 16-6 in the 4th, the Chihuahuas got a shut down inning before putting up another run on an rbi double by Walk. 3 Iron Pigs runs in the 5th would be answered on a 3 run homer by Williams and a 2 run single by Keith Dlott. It was a strong showing by everyone as every player had a hit and either a run scored or an rbi. Chihuahuas win 23-10.


Big Time Performers

Tyler Samsel - 3-3, BB, 2 rbi, 4 runs

Andrew Williams - 4-4, 2B, 2 HR, 7 rbi, 4 runs

David Buhrow - 3-3, BB, 2B, HR, 6 rbi, 4 runs

George Reed - 2-4, 2 runs

Scott Ulick - 1-2, BB, 2 rbi, 3 runs


Game 2 put the Chihuahuas 3 game winning streak up against the savvy veteran Abbey Garber and his Grasshoppers. In a matchup of top two picks, the hype didn't disappoint. The Chihuahuas struck in the top of the first with back to back to back home runs by the threatening trio of Andrew Williams, David Buhrow and Josh Winsor. But Darius Wu would be heard from as he helped his squad tie the game at 3 after the 1st. After a scoreless 2nd, the Chihuahuas scored two more on their 4th and 5th solo home runs of the game by Williams and Winsor again. Once again the Greasshoppers would tie the game with two of their own heading into the 4th inning. The turning point in the game was with 2 outs and nobody on when Scott Ulick drew a walk to start a rally. A single by Tyler Samsel set up Williams third home run of the game to bring in 3. But the rally wasnt finished there as David Buhrow singled, Winsor doubled and Kevin Blake hit a huge 2 rbi single to bring the score to 10-5. After 5 inning the Chihuahuas were in front 10-6 looking for some insurance runs. After Ulick reached on an error, Williams hit his 4th home run of the game. The Grasshoppers wouldn't go quietly as they responded with 3 of their own going into the 7th inning. The Chihuahuas were shut down in the top half but would return the favor as the Grasshoppers went in order to preserve the 12-9 win.


Big Time Performers

Andrew Williams - 4-4, 4 HR, 7 rbi, 4 runs

David Buhrow - 2-4, HR, rbi, 2 runs

Josh Winsor - 3-4, 2B, 2 HR, 2 rbi, 3 runs

Kevin Blake - 2-4, 2 rbi


The Chihuahuas extend their winning streak to 4 by hitting 10 home runs in the two games including 6 by Andrew Williams.


Pirates split.
Apr 25, 2017, 4:00 pm

Pirates stun undefeated Pigs in first game. Thumper Big Ben Enlow jacked 2 bombs, while Young Strull, Rookie Parker and Scooter Frazier continue hitting at a torrid pace. The second game the Buccos put up 20 runs only to come up 1 short. An undermanned muckdog squad hung on and beat a disappointed Pirate team that Skipper Bob said "we let this one slip away  It hurts." Skip didn't sleep much Sunday night. The Old Professors' wheels are churning. Health has been an issue but the Pirates are hoping for a healthy full squad soon. Until next week, good luck and play ball.

Royals Roll into First Place with Doubleheader Sweep
Apr 24, 2017, 11:18 pm

At 4:53 am Sunday morning, Matt Bruce sent an email to the Royals’ captain, telling him that he was too sick to play softball. At 6:39 he confirmed he was too ill and needed to stay home and rest. At 6:54 he changed his mind.

The Royals’ two opponents probably wish he hadn’t.

Bruce had a huge day for the Royals, hitting for a combined cycle for the doubleheader, and the first place Royals extended their winning streak to five games with a doubleheader sweep over Rakofsky’s Red Sox 13 – 4 and Silverman’s Rangers 21 – 6.

Bruce had two singles, a double, triple, and a towering fence homerun, as he scored five runs and drove in seven. Oh, and he made several highlight reel catches in left centerfield, including a horizontal with full extension, diving catch.

In the opener, the Royals got off to a slow start, but roared from behind to defeat the Red Sox. Bruce singled and scored in the second, and his 2-run triple keyed the Royals’ 5-run third. In the fifth, the Royals cycled through their batting order as Gregg Fleisher, Larry Lachman, Jake Runey, and Andy Goodman provided RBI singles.




















Red Sox









Mark Fishkind turned in a masterpiece, scattering nine singles, with no walks over six innings for the victory.


Jake Runey  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 3B
Larry Lachman  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Matt Bruce  2 – 3, 3 Runs, 2 RBI, 3B, BB
Gregg Fleisher  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Greg Ritter  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Tyler Turner  1 – 2, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2 BB

The pillars of the Royals’ season – tremendous pitching, a relentless offense, and a formidable defense – were on full display in the nightcap, as the Royals scored over 20 runs for the third time in their last four games.

In the top of the first, former Royal, Troy Steele, golfed what appeared to be an unhittable pitch over the left field fence to put the Rangers on top, and key their 3-run inning. As they have done all season, the Royals quickly answered in their half of the frame. A Turner single and an RBI double from Greg Ritter made it 3 – 1, when up stepped Bruce, who muscled up and hit a towering 2-run homerun that landed well beyond the trees in right centerfield.


























Once again, the Royals kept the line moving, batting their entire lineup in their 7-run second and their 5-run fourth. The bottom of the batting order is often overlooked, but in those two innings, the last three batters – Lachman, Steve Solomon, and Jaime Aaron – led off, and had five hits and a walk to set the table for the top of the order.  Tuner, Runey, Carlos Moran, Ritter, Fishkind, and Goodman stroked RBI singles in the second, while Ritter’s bases loaded walk and Bruce’s 2-run double keyed the scoring in the fourth.

Virtually every Royal made at least one terrific defensive play, as the Royals turned two double plays in the game. With the Royals clinging to a 4 – 3 lead, and Rangers at the corners with only one out, Runey started the 4–6–3 double play to end the top of the second. In the fourth – with Rangers at first and second, and only one out – former Royal, Barry Epstein, launched a deep fly that Goodman caught up against the right field fence. The runner on second advanced to third, and then attempted to score as Goodman hit Fishkind with the throw into the infield. Fishkind’s alert relay to Jaime Aron was just in time to turn the uncommon 10–1–2 inning ending double play.

Matt Bruce  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 5 RBI, 2B, 2-run Fence HR
Greg Ritter  3 – 3, 4 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB
Mark Fishkind  3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
Steve Solomon  3 – 3, 2 Runs
Jake Runey  3 – 4, 4 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B
Andy Goodman  2 – 3, 3 RBI, BB
Tyler Turner  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Larry Lachman  1 – 2, 2 Runs, BB


EpilogueBruce is resting at home this week, and should be back at 100 percent strength next Sunday…

Sea Dogs Take 2 in totally different fashions!!!!
Apr 24, 2017, 12:39 pm

Game 1 vs Farin's Yankees was our first complete victory of the season.   With the 20-2 final we obviously flexed some offensive muscle as well as shut down the mighty Yankee bats through some stellar defense behind our pitching.      We jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one and never looked back addding 4 more in the 2nd, 6 in the 3rd and closing the door in the 5th  5 more.       


Game 2 we decided to just play one inning.   The depleted Mud Hens put up a great fight and controlled the majority of this game opening up a 8-0 lead through 4.      We did nada, zero, nothing at all through the first four innings offensively.     Defensively we did hold our own so we still had hopes of mounting a comeback.   Our rookie super star Stephen Wedderburn finally got us on the board with a 2 run shot to RF in the 5th.       We held them in the 6th and then took the plate with approximately 10 minutes to go and only two more AB's to get something going.     And we did!!!!    The next 14 players reached base and what was a 6 run deficit was now a 5 run victory with time expiring.     The team never quit believing and once thing got rolling there was no stopping us.        

Cubs winning streak now at 8!
Apr 24, 2017, 7:52 am

The Cubs continued their strong early-season push, sweeping another weekend while pushing their winning streak to 8 games in a row. The Cubs saw two very different games lead to similar “Fly the W” results, as they came from behind to beat the Red Sox 13-11 in Game 1 and jumped out early and took care of the Tigers, 25-1, in Game 2.


Against the Red Sox in Game 1, the Cubs found themselves behind 11-4 after the top of the 4th inning thanks to some solid hitting by the Red Sox. That’s when the bats decided to get going. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs plated 4 runs. RBI singles by Dan Feldman, Jerry Levenson, and Steve Uman brought the runs home. The Cubs then turned on the defense in the top of the 5th, holding the Red Sox scoreless in a crucial shut-down inning. Taking advantage of the momentum turn, the Cubbies scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to take the lead. Dylann Levenson and Brian Alvara led off with back to back singles, Alfredo Sardi scored one with a double, and Feldman brought in two more with a single. A David Tennyson double and unintentional/intentional walk to Cade McDougald led to a crucial Levenson sac fly to bring in the Cubs 13th run. After another solid defensive performance in the 6th inning, holding the Sox scoreless, the Cubs ran out the clock in the bottom of the 6th for the tight come-from-behind win.


The Cubs were ready to build off that Game 1 momentum with Game 2, but had to sit around for an hour thanks coach Schnitzer (who was absent) not bribing the schedule-maker enough. Nevertheless, when Game 2 started, the Cubs took advantage of an undermanned Tiger team by jumping out early and often for a ton of runs. The Cubs batted around twice in the game, scoring 6 in the 2nd inning and 8 in the fourth.  Meanwhile, John Burke pitched a masterful game, and Sardi and Tennyson turned a few nifty double plays in the infield, holding the Tigers to a single run (which they scored in the first inning). Hitting superstars for the Cubs in Game 2 were McDougald (POW nominee) continuing his power tear at the plate but also hitting for average, going 3-3 with 2 fence-clearing HRs (one still hasn’t landed) and 7 RBIs. All Cubs contributed to the hitting display, including the first fence-clearing home run for Jerry Levenson, who wanted to run the bases solely to have more time to talk trash to his kids in the dugout.


Stats for the twinbill:

Cade McDougald: 5-5, 3 walks, 3 HRs, 9 RBI, 6 runs scored

Jerry Levenson: 7-8, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 3 runs scored

Alfredo Sardi: 5-8, 2 walks, 2 triples, 4 RBI, 7 runs scored, excellent defense at 2B

Dan Feldman: 7-8, 1 walk, 1 triple, 5 RBI, 6 runs scored

David Tennyson: 6-9, 3 RBI, 6 runs scored

Steve Uman: 6-8, 4 RBI, flawless shortstop in last inning of Game 2

John Burke: 4-8, 3 RBI, 1 triple, 4 runs scored, fantastic pitching 

Muckdogs split while missing 5.5 regulars
Apr 23, 2017, 4:15 pm
Game 1 Loss:  Mets 18, Muckdogs 8
The Mets simply hit Barth too well today, but kudos to:
Alex Bruu 2 for 3, SA, HR, 4 RBI,
Robert Garcia perfect 4 for 4, 2B (try not to hit our 1B coach next time though!),
Alan Taper perfect 3 for 3, 2B, and
sub Eric Woodward perfect 3 for 3
Game 2 Win:  Muckdogs 21, Pirates 20
Bottom of 5th (last) inning, we’re up 21-14. We get the first Pirate batter out, but then things start to get dicey and they score 6 runs. So at 21-20, man on third, 2 outs, we intentionally load the bases and move the OF in. ’Twas a good decision, as a fly-out to shallow LF ends the exciting game! BTW, we only had 9 players! Kudos to:
Stephen Cantrell 4 for 5, 2 2B, 3R, and great chase-down horizontal-diving almost-catch, covering all of CF
JT Pierce 4 for 5, 2B, 5R, 4RBI,
sub Barry Karesh, 2 for 4 with injured finger, BB, 2 RBI,
sub Jacob Grubb, 3 for 5, 3RBI, nice game-ending catch, and
whole Muckdogs team for batting .558 and running smartly/aggressively to post our highest run total to date!

Marauder Bats Come Alive in Sweep
Apr 23, 2017, 4:03 pm

The Marauder offense started very slowly this season by averaging 5 runs per game through the first 6 games. Game 7 last week finally showed some signs of life. 40 runs in two games Sunday against two Hall of Fame pitchers was just what the doctor ordered.

Game 1 against an undermanned Ranger team featured a 3 run dinger by JJ Eusay in the first which preceeded his two run dinger in the 5th and Mark Livesay’s grand slam also in the 5th. The Marauders romped 22-7.

Game 2 against the Roughriders saw the Marauders fall behind 10-3 heading into the bottom of the 4th. A leadoff double by Tim Murray sparked a rally in which the Marauders plated all 9 runs after two were out. Big hits were an rbi single by JeremyTurbo” Golden, a two rbi single by Jason Murray and a two rbi double by Nick Barr. Six more runs in the 5th iced the game when Tim Jamieson cracked a 3 run homer. The Marauders won 18-10 as the Roughrider offense stalled.

JJ Eusay led the way with 5-5, 4 walks, a triple and two home runs. It also included a great diving catch in the outfield. Jason Murray was 6-8, Tim Murray, Chase Berg and Tim Jamieson all 4-6 and Tommy Baer 3-4. The team showed great patience drawing 14 walks on the day. Keep this kind of performance up and the Marauders will be a team to be reckoned with.

Blue Jays Were Crushed
Apr 23, 2017, 3:42 pm


A rough day for the Jays. POW goes to Jason Naranjo who was 3 for 3 with a walk and a sac. And was the only Jay to score twice today.

Yanks earn a pair of silver medals today
Apr 23, 2017, 2:42 pm

Hauf's SeaDogs run ruled the Yanks 20-2 in our first game. 

In game two Ortega's Dodgers took a 6-0 lead. Matt Brumley's grand salami got the Pinstripers back into the game. Brad Parr's 3 run homer gave the Yankees more hope and in the top of the 7th down 12-9,  Rick Rosen led off with a solid single. Brad Parr crushed another fence homer to make it 12-11. Dustin Bone doubled and Jonathan Braun singled Bone home to tie the game at 12. The Dodgers were able to push home a run in the bottom of the seventh to win in pop up walk off fashion 13-12.

Yankee bats for today:

Jonathan Braun 5 for 6 with two rbi's

Brad Parr 3-5 with a bb and two fence blasts with 5 rbi's

Matt Brumley le grande salami

Dustin Bone 5-6, 3 runs, double and rbi

Tony Dillard 3-5

Eddie Valencia 3-5 with a double and rbi

Rick Rosen 2 hits and 2 runs scored

Yanks believe they are the best team ever assembled in the history of Shalom League. 


Apr 23, 2017, 12:44 pm

Ranger Rap

Another tough day for the Gers who lose a pair...both tilts were run ruled 15 deficit stinkers with a lack of fielding and hitting....Ranger stars were Troy "man of" Steele who had 2 Hr's and 4 RBI's.  Roberto Santiago "Chili" had 4 hits and Enda a 3 bagger.  Muckster had 4 hits as did Chino...that's about all that I can say for now....we are laying in the weeds and will start our real season soon.

Apr 22, 2017, 4:58 pm

The IRONPIGS have had some fortune this spring season as they have started off to a scorching 7-0 start.  The Pigs realize they are fortunate to be unscthed thus far and are not taking lightly their undefeated start as they are constantly preparing and practicing to get better as individuals and a team as a whole.  



Field 5 found the piggies once again in the young season, but the bats were hot out of the gate putting up 6 runs in the 1st inning thanks in part 3 single baggers knocked by Grant Carver, Royce Alford and Brandon Alford all brought home by to a bases clearing 3 RBI Brinkman triple (yes you all read that correctly, a Brinkman triple with runners on).  

The Dodgers answered quickly in the top of the 2nd as they batted around and Capt Ortega hit the grandaddy of them all to plate 4 on one swing of the bat capping off 8 runs.  

Not to be denied, the Pigs rallied around each other with tony Lowery leading the charge with a hit followed by a Shwarts ding dong.  4 extra base hits this bottom of the 2nd, and the Piggies back up 11-8.  

Not much doing by either team in the 3rd inning, but the 4th inning saw a double from Poker Phenom Jason Niswonger immediately followed by a Silent Assassin, Randy Ransom Jimmy Jack Corndog over LCF fence to push the boys up 14-8.

The Pigs prevailed 14-10

Player of the game: Sean Brinkman - 3-3 - trpl, 3 RBI, run

Honorable mention: Randy Ransom - 2-3 - dbl, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs

                                  Matt Shwarts - 2-3 - HR, 2 RBI, 2 runs


Game 2   IRONPIGS - 11  vs  INDIANS - 8

Fun lovin field 2 at 6pm is a beating for a batter as it is exactly like playing field 5 sunday mornings.  

Pigs plate 1 in the top of the first and here come the Indians who didn't seem to mind the sun at all with 6 in the bottom of the first...Uh Oh!! 

True to IRONPIGS' form, no player panicked in the dugout and everyone rallied around each other to chip back at a 5 run defecit.

The second inning started off with a "CBASS" Brandon Alford walk and once again an RBI Brinkman triple (the man was totally out by 6 steps but apparantly slid under the tag by opposing Capt Matt Roth). Pigs' Asst. Capt Ronn Forniglia brought in Brinkman with a sac fly finishing the Piggies scoring for that inning.

4th inning comes up for boys in red and sees them with 5 straight productive plate appearances; "SteppenWolff" pushes 2 runs home with a triple and Tony Lowery once again produces positivity at the plate bringing in Wolff from 3rd with a much needed sac fly. 

The final score 11-8 as the Pigs simply did not panic and chipped back a little every inning as the boys scored in every single inning of this sun drenched game

Player of the Game: Sean Brinkman - 2-3 - Dbl, Trpl, RBI, 2 runs

Honorable Mention: Chad Matsuda - 2-3 - Dbl, 2 RBI, run from the 10 hole

                                 Doug Wolff - 1-3 - one enormous Triple, 2 RBI, run


Again on field 2, the sun just killed the Pigs' batters (40 more min of sun) but at least they were somewhat used to it... 


Game 3  RENEGADES - 9  vs  IRONPIGS - 10

Piggies were a slow out of the gate in this one only getting 1 run in the first, but the 2nd inning was sizzling with the Piggies grabbing 7 runs and batting 12. 

Cbass got the action going with a double followed by yet another Brinkman triple; I know, anither Brinkman triple (only took the boys 7 season of shalom league to have one Sunday like this).  Ronn and Boom Boom Matsuda nothc base knocks, and SteppenWolff grabs another game swinger with a base clearing double!

Cbass does it again in the 3rd inning grabbing a three bagger and Ronn does it again with another sac fly on the day.  

The IRONPIGS laid the hammer down the first 3 innings, and then took the foot off the gas.  This lack of killer instinct  almost cost the ball club the victory as the Renegades did not go quietly.  They rallied in the late innings to pull to 1 run and with runners on Kyle Casper, who already made a game saving catch in RF, tattooed a ball to dead CF but the Pigs' magic held up as Shwarts chased it down for the last out of the top of the 5th with only 3 minutes left to play in the game.

Player of the Game: Brandon Alford - 3-3 - dbl, trpl, 2 runs and got the rally going in back to back innings

Honorable Mention: Sean Brinkman - 2-2, trpl, BB, RBI, run

                                Doug Wolff - 2-2 - dbl, 2 RBI, run

Pirates go 1 and 2
Apr 18, 2017, 8:46 pm

The Pirates were hard luck losers of 2 of 3 games. Losing both in walk off fashion. Skipper Bob and the Buccos gave great effort but came up a little short. Scott Frazier and Matt Parker were hard to get out. Ben Enlow continued to show power Knocking 3 bombs, turning around games 1 with a Grand Salami. 

The beauty of Shalom League is its parity and that was very evident on triple header Sundaynight. The Pirates are looking forward to having their whole squad Together. Hopefully, some time soon. Good night. 

Royals Offense Explodes for 61 Runs in Tripleheader Sweep
Apr 12, 2017, 5:24 pm

The Royals continued their tear to open the 2017 season Sunday evening, defeating:



Final Score

Davis’ Renegades

16 – 10

Haas’ Mud Hens

23 – 11

Reed’s Blue Jays

22 – 19

As good as the start has been so far, the offense has been the key component to the team's hot start, scoring 107 runs in its first seven games. Sunday’s 61 runs were the most by any TSSL team in league history for a tripleheader. The record is one more than what Miller’s Tigers scored last fall on October 23, 2016, and two more than what Miller’s A’s scored during a spring season tripleheader, on May 4, 2014.

With the wind blowing in on field 3, the Royals opened the tripleheader against the Renegades. The game was played in consistent high winds of 25 mph, with gusts up to 41 mph. In a game that saw the Royals turn their batting order over in two different innings, Tyler Turner, who went 4 – 4, singled to start the game. Jake Runey’s RBI triple, and RBI singles by Carlos Moran, Matt Bruce, and Larry Lachman keyed the Royals’ 6-run first inning.

The Renegades started the bottom of the first with a walk and a single, and looked poised to trim the Royals’ lead. That’s when the Royals’ defense made two highlight reel plays. A single to left centerfield by Scott Lawrence seemed destined to make the score 6 – 1, but Matt Bruce charged the hard hit ball, and threw a laser to catcher, Jaime Aron, to cut down the runner from second base for the 8–2 putout. With runners at first and second, and now one out, the next batter hit a high chopper up the middle that pitcher, Mark Fishkind, leapt and stabbed in mid-air, and then whirled around to begin the 1–6–3 inning ending double play. After Moran drove in Turner for the Royals’ seventh run in the second inning, the Renegades scored two in the second, and one in the third to make it a 7 – 3 game.


























After cycling through their batting order in their 6-run first, the Royals did it again in their 8-run fourth, as Runey’s second triple of the game drove in the first two runs. In spite of being down 16 – 3, the Renegades showed a lot of character as they fought back in the bottom of the fifth as time expired. Scoring seven runs, they had two runners on base when the final out was made.

Runey, Moran, Bruce, and Lachman led the Royals with 3 RBI apiece.

Tyler Turner  4 – 4, 4 Runs
Matt Bruce  3 – 4, 1 Run, 3 RBI
Carlos Moran  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI
Greg Ritter  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 2B
Jake Runey  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 2 3B
Larry Lachman  2 – 3, 3 RBI
Steve Solomon  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI

In the second game, the Royals would have to come-from-behind twice in order to defeat the determined Mud Hens on field 4, where – for the second consecutive game – the wind was blowing in.

In a game where the lead changed hands four times, the Mud Hens wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the first inning, as they plated six. The Royals answered in the bottom of the frame with a seven spot. Turner singled to lead off, and came around to score on Runey’s inside-the-park homerun. RBI singles by Fishkind, Andy Goodman, Zac Aron, and Steve Solomon keyed the rest of the 7-run inning, as the Royals, once again, batted their entire lineup.

After the Royals extended their lead to 10 – 6 in the bottom of the second, the Mud Hens rallied for five runs in the top of the third to retake the lead 11 – 10. The Royals failed to score in the bottom of the frame, and after holding the Mud Hens scoreless in the top of the fourth, came to bat in the bottom of the fourth with 10:28 left on the clock.

The Mud Hens would never bat again.









Mud Hens














For the fourth time on Sunday, the Royals not only cycled through their batting order in their 13-run fourth inning, but they came within four batters of turning the order over twice in the same inning. Zac Aaron had the plate discipline and distinction of drawing two consecutive bases loaded walks in the inning to drive in two runs. Moran, Greg Ritter, and Bruce singled to begin the inning, and tie the game, as the first eight batters reached base safely (six singles, one bases on balls, and one Mud Hens error) and scored.

Carlos Moran  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
Greg Ritter  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Zac Aron  1 – 1, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 3 BB
Jake Runey  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2-Run HR
Matt Bruce  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI
Mark Fishkind  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 2 RBI
Tyler Turner  3 – 4, 3 Runs
Andy Goodman  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, BB
Steve Solomon  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Larry Lachman  1 – 3, 1 Run, 4 RBI, BB

For the nightcap, a football score broke out on field 2, as the Royals took on the mighty Blue Jays with the wind blowing out. In what was a heart-stopping thriller, game 3 saw the Royals survive a four-run first and 13 runs by the Blue Jays in their final two at-bats.

The Blue Jays took a 4 – 0 lead to the bottom of the first, only to see Bruce and Goodman rifle 2-run singles to even things up at 4 – 4.

After holding the Blue Jays scoreless in the top of the second, for the fifth time on the day – stop me if you’ve heard this before – the Royals kept the line moving, sending 14 batters to the plate, scoring 10 of them, to take a 14 – 4 lead. The bottom of the order – Lachman, Solomon, and Jaime Aaron – came through for the Royals as they batted six times in the inning, hitting four singles, and drawing one walk. Lachman singled to lead off, Solomon walked, and Jaime Aaron singled to load the bases. Turner, who drew a bases on balls to lead off the first inning, drew his second consecutive walk to force in the first run of the inning. Up stepped Runey, who cleared the bases with his second inside-the-park homerun of the day; this time a grand slam.










Blue Jays
















With the wind blowing out, and the Blue Jays loaded with power bats, even a 14 – 4 lead did not feel safe. Justin Reed began the Blue Jays epic comeback by unleashing a violent uppercut of a swing that launched a mammoth 2-run homerun to straightaway center field in the top of the third. However, the Royals won the inning when they plated three in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by Runey’s 2-run fence homerun. Runey crushed the ball so hard that it had not yet reached the top of its trajectory when it cleared the right field fence.

The Royals 5-run fourth gave them just enough cushion to overcome the damage of the Blue Jays’ 7-run fourth and 6-run fifth, as the high scoring thriller ended with the Blue Jays' tying run in the on-deck circle.

Jake Runey  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 8 RBI, 3B, Grand Slam, 2-Run Fence HR
Matt Bruce  4 – 4, 4 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B
Mark Fishkind  4 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Steve Solomon  2 – 2, 1 Run, 3 RBI, BB
Andy Goodman  3 – 4, 3 RBI, 2B
Larry Lachman  2 – 3, 2 Runs
Tyler Turner  1 – 2, 4 Runs, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Apr 11, 2017, 4:56 pm

Ranger rap

Lost 3....sad day

Marauder Musings
Apr 10, 2017, 9:41 pm

Game 1 against the Cubs was a real pitchers duel as the wind was blowing in. The Marauder’s had a 5-3 lead after 5 innings before the wheels came off the defense. 5 errors led to 6 runs and the Cubs rolled 9-5.

Game 2 against the Chihuahuas had the wind blowing out to left field. Andrew Williams had a field day casually blasting his first two over the fence and Baby J added another. Still the defense held them to 8 but the Marauder offense mired in a season long slump could only manage 6. A 2 run blast by Nick Barr in the first and a solo blast by JJ Eusay provided limited fireworks but wasn’t enough as the Marauders fell 8-6.

Game 3 against the Grasshoppers was just what the slumping Marauders needed as we exploited some holes in the defense plus erupted for a season high 18 hits romping 15-2.

POW candidate JJ Eusay led the way with 5-8, 2 BB’s and a HR. Clint Hathcock went 6-11 with 4 doubles and John Miller went 5-10.

Jays Lose 2 But Pick Up A Much Needed Win
Apr 10, 2017, 2:23 pm

Game 1 VS Pirates

Offensively a slow game. Banta pitched great in crazy wind and not much happend until the 3rd inning when Banta had a bases clearing single with key singles from David Warren and Jason Naranjo. POW Kelly Welton was perfect 2 for 2 with 2 singles and 2 runs scored.


Game 2 VS Rangers

An interesting tilt to say the least. When the dust settled the game was back and forth. Going into the bottom of 6th with Greg Oetzmann on 1st Kelly Welton BLASTED a 3B to win the game for the Jays.


Game 3 VS Royals

This was a much more offensive game. David Warren was perfect at the plate with line singles everywhere. He was 4 for 4 and scored everytime. Naranjo was his typical solid self scoring 3 out of 4 times with 2 doubles and a single. Kevin Knox joined the fun with 3 line singles of his own. And Mr. Steady Kelly Welton was 2 for 3 with a single and a triple.

Yanks wait until game three to start their winning streak
Apr 10, 2017, 2:22 pm

Game one the Yanks faced Schnitzer's Cubs on Field One with a slight breeze at their backs. The Yanks hit back to back to back homers with Dustin Bone, Matt Brumley and Kyle Crouse providing the fireworks. Brad Parr hit a three run jack in the Yanks 10 run second inning. The Cubs kept hitting as well and came back for a 24-18 hard earned win. Yanks with 3 hits were Brad Parr, Dustin Bone, Matt Brumley, Kyle Crouse and Mike Anders.

In game two versus Goldstein's Muckdogs pitcher Michael Barth had the Yankee's number with 5 strikeouts/foul outs in the six inning affair. Brumley and Crouse stayed hot going 2 for 3 and Ron Roberts had a two rbi triple for the Bombers only extra base hit of the game. Muckdogs prevailed 16-4.

Game 3 was a tight battle with Rakofsky's Red Sox. The Sox got out to a 9-4 lead before the Yanks scored 4 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd. Mike Anders and Xavier Jefferson each collected two hits in the innings and Kyle Crouse's 3 run double was the huge blast into the wind. The Sox came back and tied the game at 11 in the top of the 6th. Eddie Valencia singled to start the bottom of the sixth followed by Mike Anders delivering his third hit of the game. Xavier Jefferson lined a single which scored fleet footed Eddie V with the walkoff win.

Hitting stars for game three were: Jonathan Braun, Mike Anders and Xavier Jefferson all 3 for 3. Kyle Krouse 2 for 2 with 3 rbi's and an IBB.

Yanks on a strict diet of cookies l