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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 led them into the holiday break...


Cubs win 3!!!!
Apr 10, 2017, 12:53 pm

Cubs win 3!


On Sunday, the Cubs opened the day with a 3-1 record facing the Marauders on field 7.  In a highly contested battle, the Cubs prevailed 9-5 by scoring 6 runs in the top of the 6th by earning 8 consecutive hits by David Tennyson, Cade McDougald, Jerry Levenson (3b), John Burke, Steve Uman (3b), Jonah Levenson, Dylan Levenson and Larry Schnitzer.  Great pitching and dandy defensive play by Dan Feldman at 3B and Dylan Levenson at 1B were key in this game.


In game 2, the Cubs faced the powerful hitting Yanks on field 1 with the wind blowing out.   In a slugfest, the Cubs exchanged single home runs by the Yankees sluggers with a grand slam and 3 run dinger by our own Cade McDougald.   The Cubs scored 6 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, 8 in the 3rd, and 7 in the 4th on their way to a 24-18 victory.  Alfredo Sardi, Dan Feldman, David Tennyson, Jerry Levenson all went 4 for 4 and Steve Uman collected 3 hits and Brian Alavara 2.   Larry Schnitzer scored multiple times, however, it was sadly as a pinch runner since he couldn’t seem to get on base in this game. 


In game 3 vs the Roughriders, the Cubs took an early lead and never looked back in earning their 3rd victory of the day.  Feldman went 3 for 3, Cade added another grand slam and 3 run homer, Jerry Levenson added 3 hits, Alvara went 3 for 3 as did Uman. 


For winning their last 6, Coach Schnitzer is rewarding the team with a week off next Sunday! 


Happy Passover and Easter everyone!

Grasshoppers split first four, plot to move up
Apr 6, 2017, 7:34 pm

The Grasshoppers sat out the rain delay contemplating their 2-2 record.  They have lost the first game each week and won the second, so from now on, they will play at least two second games each week. This week, they will play three of them.

 The schedule maker matched two of the pre-season favorites on Opening Day, when the Grasshoppers visited the Sty to play Alford’s Iron Pigs.  It was 3-3 after 3, but the Pigs busted out a 10 run fourth, then erased a possible rally with a nifty 5u-4 double play, and coasted to a 13-3 win.  Jeremy Pease, Aaron Sasson, and Darius Wu tried to lead the offense, but super fielding plays by Sean Brinkman and Ryan Alford kept the Grasshoppers down.

The GHop offense woke up in game 2, pounding several Renegade pitchers to give the Hoppers their first victory, 15-7.  Your team is in trouble if Abbey Garber gets on base twice in one inning, and that’s what happened in the second inning as the first of multiple errors opened the way to a nine-run inning. The Renegades cut the lead to 15-7, hardly safe by Shalom standards and had the bases loaded before finally succumbing.  

Aaron Sasson was Grasshopper of the Week and promptly began to hold out for a new contract.

Week 2 had the Grasshoppers scheduled to play two 2-0 teams, Roth’s Indians and Lachman’s Royals.   A Pease double and Wu homer put the Grasshoppers up early, but Drew Waggoner answered with his own homer to tie it.  The Indians took the lead two batters later and added six runs in the second.  The Grasshoppers narrowed the lead to 9-6 and 11-7, but were again victimized by a double play, falling to 1-2 on the season.

After a moving tribute to Hall of Famer Richie O’Connor, the Royals and Grasshoppers (all wearing RO on their jerseys) took field 1 for the first Game of the Week of the season.  The Royals plated six in the first but the Hops came right back with six of their own as the team hit for the cycle that inning.  Solo runs in the second and third made it 8-6, then four in the fourth and eight in the fifth put the Royals away, 20-8.  Alan London, Asher Feltman, and Bruce Ackerman combined to get on base five times in the last two innings to spark the rallies.  Aaron Nutt made several plays off the mound, as he was target practice all day, despite his endearing personality.  

Asher Feltman, signed out of Frisco to replace Sasson, was named Grasshopper Rookie of the Week and Danny Nutt was named Grasshopper Player of the Week. 

With their strength of schedule, the Grasshoppers are confident of a bid to the Big Dance, as their first four opponents have a combined 12-4 record.  

Mud Hens get their first 'W'
Mar 31, 2017, 7:32 am

Game 1 vs. Goldstein's Muckdogs

The Mud Hens came to play in the early game. We put up runs early and often, and played fairly solid defense (enough to get the win).

The highlight of the game was the grit we showed in our last at bat. We loaded the bases and Jerry Rogers took advantage of a disrespectful outfield and smoked a liner into the LCF gap for a 3 RBI, game-winning triple! [Editor's note -- further interviews with Muckdogs management reveal lots of respect for Jerry and worry that he's a line drive machine and would hit a game winning single -- but did not know about his tremendous power -- great hit]

Players of note:

Rob Shiller - 4 for 4 / 1 RBI

Craig Dyer – 4 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Eric Powers – 3 for 4 / 3 RBIs (did get taken out by a sniper in his third at bat)

Player of the Game = Jerry Rogers – 2 for 4 / 3 RBIs


Game 2 vs. Miller’s Marauders

The Mud Hens stayed true to form and came up empty at the plate in game 2.

The crusty veteran John Miller pitched a gem (pretty sure he slipped the home plate ump a $20 before the game).

We suffered another key injury when Mark Phares twisted his ankle late in game 1 and it steadily worsened throughout game 2. In a show of true grit, he moved over to 3B and battled through the entire game (#guttyperformance). This hash tag is specifically for Scott Lawrence to see if he reads my articles.

Players of note:

James ‘Hitting Machine’ Lee – 2 for 3 / 2 RBIs

Chihuahuas Split One Run Games
Mar 29, 2017, 4:14 pm

Game 1 saw the Chihuahuas up against the Rangers on a windy field 1. The Rangers came out strong plating 5 early runs in the first inning but the Chihuahuas answered as the first four hitters scored on a 2-run homer by Andrew Williams, a sac fly by Kevin Blake and an rbi hit by George Reed. The Rangers got two of the runs back as they took a 7-4 lead to the 3rd where the game really opened up. Great hitting and a few defensive errors saw the Rangers put up a 10 spot to take a commanding 17-4 going into the bottom half of the third. The Chihuahuas rally really got going with 2 outs, 2 runners on and only two runs scored in the inning. ROW candidate Ben Walk had a huge rbi single to bring up POW candidate Daniel Buhrow who had a booming 2 rbi double down the right field line. A costly error by the Rangers brought up the top of the order with two runners on. An rbi single by Tyler Samsel set up a 2 rbi triple by Williams. David Buhrow, after starting the inning with a walk, drew his second walk of the inning to set up Josh Winsor's 3 run homer over the center field fence. After a walk by Blake, Doug Storm shot the gap for an rbi double to cap off an 11 run inning where 15 Chihuahuas came up to the plate. A shut down top of the 4th by Winsor gave the Chihuahuas a chance to get their first lead of the game down 17-15. One run would score on a Scott Ulick single to cut the once 13 run deficit down to 1. The Rangers would respond with 3 of their own in the top of the 5th to go up by four. The pesky Chihuahuas would not go down easily despite starting the final inning with a flyout. Storm got things going with a single, Reed walked and Walk hit a huge 2 rbi double to give hope. Daniel Buhrow followed with his 4th hit of the game bringing in another run. Ulick and Samsel also singled to bring up Williams with the tying run on third and the winning run on second. With nowhere to put him the Rangers attacked the strike zone and Williams made them pay with a walk-off in the gap to score Buhrow and Ulick, giving the Chihuahuas their first lead of the game and capping off the 13 run comeback. The bottom half of the lineup was the hero as they kept us in the game until the ultimately won the game. Chihuahuas win a thriller 21-20.


Big Time Performers

Andrew Williams - 3-4, HR, 3B, BB, 6 rbi, 2 runs

David Buhrow - 1-2, 2 BB, 3 runs

Josh Winsor - 2-4, HR, 2B, 3 rbi, 2 runs

Doug Storm - 3-4, 2B, rbi, run

Ben Walk - 3-4, 2B, 3 rbi, 3 runs

Daniel Buhrow - 4-4, 2 2B, 3 rbi, 2 runs

Scott Ulick - 2-4, rbi, 2 runs


Game 2 saw the Dodgers of the dangerous Ortega trotting over to field 1. Coming off the high of a thrilling win the Chihuahuas had a strong start scoring 3 runs in the first with five straight hits from Andrew Williams, David Buhrow, Josh Winsor, Kevin Blake and Doug Storm. The Dodgers answered with huge hits in the bottom half scoring 5 of their own. The offense from both teams sputtered through the next few innings where the Dodgers found themselves up 8-3 going into the 5th. Williams scored on a David Buhrow sac fly but the Dodgers got that run back in the bottom of the 6th. Deja vu peeked its head as the Chihuahuas needed another last inning rally down 5. After a leadoff out, the rally started with a vintage infield single from the captain followed by a vintage moonshot from the number one pick. After a great running grab by Ortega in left center, the Chihuahuas wouldn't give up as they needed 3 runs with two outs. A single by Winsor, a double by Blake, and a throwing error saw the tying run reach base only down one. But the comback came up just short as the Dodgers made a nice play in the hole at short to get the final out at second. Chihuahuas lose 9-8.


Big Time Performers

Andrew Williams - 3-4, HR, 3B, 2B, 2 rbi, 2 runs

Josh Winsor - 3-4, 2 runs

Kevin Blake - 3-4, 2B, 2 rbi, run

Ben Walk - 2-3, 2B


Although the quest for 26-0 came up just a bit short, the Chihuahuas showed great fight until the end in both games and feel great with a 3-1 start to the season.

Royals Power Past Yankees in Doubleheader Split
Mar 28, 2017, 9:26 pm

Matt Bruce and Jake Runey dialed long distance in the Royals’ 9 – 4 victory over Farin’s Yankees in the opener of their doubleheader on Sunday. Playing their game on field 9, the first two innings were a battle against the Greek sun god Helios, not the Yankees, as both teams looked defenseless against the center of our Solar System. While the Royals were fortunate to score an unearned run off of Larry Farin in the bottom the first, it wasn’t until the bottom of the third that they could finally see the ball. After Andy Goodman singled to lead off the inning, back-to-back round trippers by Runey and Bruce made it a 4 – 0 game.

However, the lead was short-lived.

Matt Brumley’s 3-Run fence bomb, and Kyle Crouse’s solo shot in the top of the fourth evened things up at 4 – 4.
































Carlos Moran singled and scored in the bottom of the frame to help the Royals retake the lead. Runey’s RBI triple, and RBI singles by Moran, Mark Fishkind, and Clint Hauck keyed the Royals’ 4-run fifth. However, no lead felt safe with the Pinstripers’ big bats due up in the top of the sixth.

The inning began with two of the first three Yankees reaching base safely, but Fishkind was masterful as he worked out of the jam and preserved the 5-run lead.

Once again, the Royals’ formidable defense played a significant role in the victory, as the infield turned three, inning ending double plays. With a runner on first, Moran started the 5–4–3 double play in the top of the second. With runners at the corners in the top of the third, Fishkind knocked down a hard smash, and then turned and started the 1–6–3 double play. And finally, with Yankees on first and second in the top of the fifth, Greg Ritter turned the 6 – 4 – 3 double play.

Jake Runey  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 3B, 2-Run Fence HR
Clint Hauck  3 – 3, 1 RBI
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Matt Bruce  1 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, Fence HR

After a long, two-hour break between games, the Royals moved to field 1 to take on Garber’s Grasshoppers in the Game of the Week. After zooming out to a strong 6-run first, the Royals looked destined to sweep their opponents. However, it was not meant to be as the wheels came off – first defensively, and then in every other facet of the game – and the Grasshoppers rallied for a 20 – 8 triumph. After a shaky 6-run first, former Royal Aaron Nutt settled down, and held the Royals to two runs the rest of the way.





























Bruce, Fishkind, and Zac Aron led the Royals with two hits apiece.

Pirates sweep.
Mar 28, 2017, 1:53 pm

Well, it seems to be sweep or be swept. This week the Pirates turned around their week 1 misfortunes.  The timely hitting was back. The Buccos scored an abundance of runs in their doubleheader.  In the first game, the mighty Sea Dogs would not quit even after the Pirates had a huge inning. The Dogs never gave up and made a game of it. In the end, the Pirates needed all the runs they could muster. 

in The nightcap, the skipper Bob bunch got off to an early lead against the Unelless Roughriders. The Riders couldn't overcome the early deficient. The Bucs cruised to even their record at 2-2.

very uncharacteristic, was the New Bucs hit 3 bombs by 3 different guys. What's the Skip feeding the boys this season?  Newcomers to Pittsburgh Matt Parker and Stanley Thomas lead the hit parade. Defense and pitching held their own. See you next Sunday. 

Cubs win, Cubs win!
Mar 27, 2017, 12:57 pm

On a blustery day in Plano, the Cubs won a pair of divisional games by defeating the Renegades and Indians.  In game 1, the Cubs scored 4 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, 2 in the 4th and 7 in the 5th to seal the deal vs the Renegades.  Final score, Cubbies 17, Renegades 12.

In game 2, the Cubs handed the Indians their 1st defeat of the season by playing great D and scoring just enough to put the pressue on the Indians while winning a hard fought battle 10-3.  

POW nominee John Burke was masterful on the mound while collecting 3 hits and BB of his own, and ROW candidate Jonah Levenson played great in the OF while raking in 5 timely hits.

David Tennyson went 7 for 7

Cade McDougald had 4 hits (2 2Bs)

Alfredo Sardi 4 hits

Jerry Levenson 3 hits (2B)

Frank Rizzo 2 for 2 in game 2 with a BB

On this day, every Cub reached safely on base!


Red Sox Games of 03/26/17
Mar 27, 2017, 10:59 am

Two Victories Today

Game 1 Versus Dodgers

Good hitting by all as we went throught the line up 3.5 times.....highlight was Blake Jones with 3 hits and 6 RBI


Game 2 Versus Blue Jays

Lots of offense in this one....Matthew Rakofsky was 3 for 3 and two walks; Blake Jones was 4 for 4 with a home run and a walk; Brian Osgood was 2 for 5 with two doubles; Joel Cerefice was 3 for 4; Navin Rana was 3 for 4.

Again, good hitting by all as we went throught the line up 4.4 times


Day 2 of the season and the Sea Dogs.
Mar 27, 2017, 10:02 am

Sea Dogs drop 2 today.

Today was the first taste of playing from behind and losing in the bottom of the seventh. Some quirky rules where a blind out of position umpire can cost you the game and somehow be indignant about the fact that you question his call at all. Anyhow had we put up more runs in the previous innings we would have been fine.

The Visiting Pirates show the Sea Dogs how to hit safely all day long.

The Pirates jumped right out on the Sea Dogs right out of the gate with 4 runs. The Sea Dogs savvy veteran, John Hauf, (and perhaps long in the tooth) lead off; by leaning into the final pitch and walked setting the table for the Sea Dogs top all-around player in Jose Baho.  He smashed a single to right center field providing just enough distance to get the savvy vet to score from first. Baho then later showed his versatility by scoring on a infield hit.

The Pirates added 2 more in the second. The Sea dogs not willing to concede the inning without a fight. Tim Crites started off with an opposite field double setting the table for Rick “Do NOT call me, Ricky” Halperin. Rick came to the plate had a cray strike called against him and then smacked an unprepared Pirates outfield with a gorgeous rbi double.

Enter the 3rd inning where the Pirates ripped off 11 against the mighty Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs showing their resolve and stating that they would not go quietly into the night. Strung together a 12 run 3rd Lead by a 2 run Home run and a SAC Fly by Jose Baho. 16 Batters reached the plate this afternoon. Great Solve Sea Dogs!!!

Ultimately, the untimely awakening of the Pirates bats were simply too much for the Sea Dogs. The final score 22 to 16 Pirates were victorious.  

The Home team Rangers pull of a miracle win over the Sea Dogs.

The Sea Dogs put 4 runs together all day and played an important and flawless 6 and a ½ innings.

One again lead by the bat of Jose Baho who went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s and one run personally accounting for 3 of the 4 runs scored. Also, the outstanding defensive play of our Outfield, Greg “Badger” Hurst and Stephen “”Capt.”  Wedderburn.

A WARNING to those who may think that we may sit ideally by; today the Sea Dogs lost but the SCURVY DAWGS will seek a reckoning.


Grasshopper injury report
Mar 26, 2017, 8:09 pm

Questionable: Garber's glove

Doubtful: Garber's speed

Out: Garber's bat

A Tale Of Two Jays
Mar 26, 2017, 7:30 pm

The first game was not much to speak of against the Red Sox aside from our two hitting stars POW Ray Hebbler 2 for 2 with 2 singles and ROW Jimie Simeone 2 for 2 with 2 singles.

With Fire in their eyes the Jays came out strong against the Mets scoring 3 in the first and a massive 3b from David PinKus and some major hitting from the back half of the lineup with shots from Greg Oetzmann, Jimie Simeone and Jason Naranjo took advantage of a timely error to score 2 of our runs. More great hitting in the 3rd from Kelly Welton a a major 2b (despite the coach telling him it was a ball) from Ray Hebbler. The Jays cruised into their first victory of the year.

Marauder Musings
Mar 26, 2017, 2:08 pm

Game 1 against the undefeated Iron Pigs was more a Stevie Wonder softball game as the sun was shining brightly in the batters eyes. The Iron Pigs proved to be better guessers at where the softball would be by the time it crossed the plate as they rolled 7-1.

Game 2 against the Mud Hens, saw the clouds rolled in an hour too late, but after scoring a total of 6 runs in the first three games, the Marauders finally got the bats rolling. 4 walks, an error and a Freddie Wilmot single produced 3 runs in the opening inning to start the Marauder first rally of the year. A Tim Jamieson double and JJ Eusay dinger produced 4 in the second. Singles by Chase Berg, Robbie Franklin and Jeremy Golden set the table for a Jason Murray double to wrap up the Marauder scoring, propelling us to an 11-3 win, the first of the year.

JJ Eusay led the hitting with 4-6 and a home run. Mark Livesay was 5-7. Chase Berg and Tim Jamieson went 3-6.We are finally ready to get the season going after spotting the rest of the league a head start!

Mar 26, 2017, 2:03 pm

Ranger Rap

We made like a ballerina and split....should have won the first game leading 17-4 into the bottom of the 3rd....some leaky defense and good hitting by the Chow's allowed them to close to 17-15...3 more scored in 5th only to see the pesky dogs plate 6 bottom of 5th to beat us 21-20. In second tilt, we should have lost but won.  Trailing 4-0 into the bottom of the 7th, the Gers perform a miracle, plate 5, and win a thriller 5-4.

Ranger Stars:

POW-Barry Epstein...5/7, 2 runs, 4 rbi's, 2B, and 3B

ROW-DeShun Smith again....5/7, 4 runs, 6 rbi's, 2 2b's

Harlan Davis   3/5 2 BB's, 2B, 3B and 4 ribs

Mucker-4 hits and 3RBI's

Chino-4 Hits


Mets Split
Mar 26, 2017, 1:37 pm

Game 1 vs Conns Tigers

Jumped on the Tigers early Highlighted by the first of Matt Ruckel's 2 fence Homers. It was 7-2 going into the bottom of the 4th and the Tigers got 4 to make it 7-6. Mets answered back with consecutive hits by Shaw/Ruckel/Machado/Leon and a Holtmann Sac fly made it 10-6. Tigers wouldnt go away got 2 more in the bottom of the 6th to make 10-8 but Eddie Tann got a clutch 1 out single and the top of the order produced 4 runs to put the game out reach.


Rick Leon was terrific on the mound and 3-4 w/ 4 Rbis


Game 2 vs Reeds Blue Jays

They got 3 in the top of the first and the Mets answered with 5 runs in the bottom but we would only plate 1 more run as the Blue Jays opened up a lead on us and we couldnt come back. 


Mets POW Matt Ruckel 4-5 2BB 2 Fence Hrs 2 2bs 5 rbi

Mar 26, 2017, 1:15 pm

Another wonderful morning at the ballpark this morning.   The boys in Pig Red were ready to rock and roll all the while knowing they would be looking into the sun while batting on both fields 5 and 9. The stat line took a turn for the worse for most Piggies, but nonetheless, IRONPIGS left the fileds with a sweep.



The game started with Mauraders going silently in the 1st, and the Piggies getting on the board with a Niswonger RBI double (all this guy does is produce).  Captain Miller K's a Pig in the 2nd and the rest go quielty for 1-2-3 inning.  

By the third inning, the game was shaping up to be a barn burner in the K category when yet another Piggy was gutted by a Miller K, but the Piggies gathered some steam when "Boom Boom" Chad Matsuda smashed a single followed by a Wolff-man RBI double, immediately followed by a Tony "the Tiger" RBI single. 

Mauraders plated a run to make it a 3-1 game, but the Pigs' answered with a Niswonger, Ransom, Carver sandwich of hits creating 2 runs to up the score 5-1.

Piggies weren't done as former Capt Ronn, Boom Boom Matsuda and Wolff brand chili (all you can eat baby) each had a hit and helped create the final 2 runs of the ball game.

Miller's squad hasn't hit their stride as of yet with the Baker boys being a no show and the purgatory of field 5 the first 4 games of the season.  Not to worry as this salty squad will be rolling here shortly; best of luck to you this season gentlemen.

Player of the Game goes to Grant Carver with a 2-3 performance along with an RBI, but most of all he only gave up 1 run.

Honorable mention goes to Doug Wolff who is swinging a firestick these first  two weeks going 2-3 with a double, run, and an RBI


GAME 2 - IRONPIGS - 11  vs  YANKEES - 3

Pigs rolled up to field 9 confident and ready, but Yankee Skipper Larry Farin was looking sharp in pinstripes and confident and ready himself.

IRONPIGS first 4 batters came out swinging, hammering a double, triple, single and capped off by a Randy "Silent Assassin" Ransom ram-a-lam-a-ding-dong over the LCF fence.  Pigs' found themselves in the driver's seat early with a 4 run first inning.

Much like the first game for the Oinkers, all was quiet in the second inning so let's fast forward to the 3rd.  Tony Lowery(the second lead off) got things in rolling with a single, then top 4 of the order all get hits as well followed by Randy Ransom bringing everyone in with a no doubter over LCF fence, his second in as many plate appearances.

Ironpigs had a 9-1 lead, but were very cautious because the Bronx Bombers have Parr, Brumley, Bone and Crouse coming up and they can all go yard at will it seems; especially on field 9. Brumbledore hit a way too high and way too far ball for a 2-run homer, helping the Piggies realize the danger of the Yankee lineup. Other than Brumley's loud dinger, the Yanks simply couldn't get much traction offensively.

Matt Shwarts stayed perfect at the plate in the 5th innning with yet another hit, 3 in the game, which helped the Pigs' final offensive charge of 2 runs. Shwarts recieved some batting tips from his wife between games 1 and 2, and unlike most every husband he LISTENED.  Thank you Mrs. Shwarts!!!

Brandon Alford was one of 3 Ironpigs perfect in this game going 3-3, 2 singles and a double; and was excellent in RCF.  Jason Niswonger was another Baconator who was perfect at the plate this game going 3-3, with 3 RBI and 2 Runs; Did I mention all this guy does is produce?!?!?!?!

This game on friendly field 9 set up to be an offensive explosion for both teams, but the sun along with Carver and Farin's elite pitching didn't lend itself to such predictions. 

Player of the game goes to the Silent Assassin Randy Ransom 2-3, 2 HR's, 2 runs, 4 RBI's

Honorable mention is split between both Brandon Alford 3-3, 2 singles and a double and Jason Niswonger 3-3, 3 singles, 2 runs, 3 RBI's


Once again we need to give special thanks Mrs. Shwarts for her scorebook keeping and batting tips to Matt.  Liz Alford for taking Pictures of the games and being the best ball girl. Saint Pam always baking brownies and other treats and supporting the Pigs on FB and in person.  The Matusda family, Forniglia family and Brandon's new wife and son; Shannon and St. Nick

Yanks earn the silver medal in twinbill today
Mar 26, 2017, 1:15 pm

Lachman's Royals beat the Yankees 9-4 in our sun filled opener on Field 9. Hitting stars for the Yanks were Brad Parr 2-3, Dustin Bone 2-3 with two doubles, Matt Brumley 2-3 and a three run fence homer, Kyle Crouse hit a solo shot to tie the game 4-4 in the 4th, and Mike Anders 2-3.

In our second game Alford's 4-0 Iron Pigs beat the Pinstripers 11-3. Brad Parr had two more hits to raise his average to .700. Matt Brumley hit a two run dinger and Ron Roberts went two for two at the dish.

The Yankees look forward to week three as the calendar changes to April...

Red Sox Games of 03/19/17
Mar 25, 2017, 1:50 pm

Game 1 Versus Silverman's Rangers

The Red Sox offense started the season very well, scoring 11 runs in the first two innings.  This scoring outburst was highlighted by a 2-run Home Run by Blake Jones.

After the first two innings, our offense was stymied by the sun rising over the Church east of Field 9.  Both teams battled the sun for the entire game.

The Rangers did better against the sun than we did.  We ended up losing the game by 2 runs.


Game 2 Versus Conn's Tigers

The sun was a bit higher for the second game, but our offense still did not do too much.  We did score 11 runs highlighted by a solo Home Run by Brian Osgood.  We were victorious with those 11 runs.

For the day, rookie Joe Beasley was 3 for 5; Blake Jones was 4 for 6 with two home runs; Brian Osgood was 3 for 6 with a home run.



New Look IRONPIGS Sweep
Mar 24, 2017, 11:21 am

Opening day found the fields abuzz with excitement as the grizzled veterans and bright-eyed rookies were ready to get on with the season.  Nerves were getting the best of almost everyone as they all wanted to start the season with a victory. 




Garber's Gaggle of Grasshoppers were ready for a battle on fun, fun, fun field 4 with the wind whipping through the field and blowing in; a hitter's delght.  

The first couple of innings saw the G-men up 3-2 on the Piggies, but along came inning 4 where the Pigs' O exploded for 10 runs with 16 batters being sent to the dish.  The inning was capped off by Doug "Hungry Like The" Wolff coming up with the bases juiced and hitting a base clearing double.

Grant Carver was sensational on the mound only giving up 3 runs to the likes of Wu, Karabinos, Nutt, Nutt not to mention a salty back end of the lineup lead by Garber himslef with all kinds of bat control.  

Sean Brinkman made a game changing play in the 3rd inning in left field as Karabinos scorched a ball to the gap, and Brinkman, yes Brinkman, made a ridiculous sliding play to get the third out and hold the rally at bay.  The boys in Pig Red rallied around this and started to relax and play Pig Ball.

Ronn Forniglia was the only player for the Pigs not to record an out while at bat, and Chad Matsuda showed plate discipline by walking twice creating a run and rbi in the process.

 Player of the game goes to Doug "Steppen" Wolff for his defense and his 3 run double which opened the game up for the Pigs 

Honorable mention goes to Brinkman for his rally killing ridiculous play in left field to rob Karabinos of both extra bases and RBIs




Fresh off a victory, The Pigs' only sent 4 to the plate in the first, but Jason Niswonger plated himself with a ding dong with 2 outs.  

The Muckdogs came out swinging with timely hitting peppered with some pigs defensive errors and after he first 6 outs of the game, the Muckdogs were up 4-1.

Rookie sensation Grant Carver started off the second with a single coupled with a Brinkman, yes Brinkman, RBI  double.  Once again, the Piggies O didn't do much but still found a way to crate a run

"Boom Boom" Chad Matsuda started the rally in the 3rd with a double, and the next 6 pgi got on base creating 5 runs.  The Piggies were off and running with this momentum.  

Tony "The Tiger" Lowery flashed his gold glove at first base when a lefty Muckdog smashed a ball that he cleanly stabbed to snuff out any chance of rally the Dogs were trying to create. 

The next 3 innings saw the IRONPIGS send 15 runs across the plate and the defensive hold the dogs in check as the Piggies came out on the right side of the win column. 

Jason Niswonger was happy to not have any action at second base so he had to use all his energy for his triple and 2 taters in the game. 

Player of the game goes to Tony Lowery.  He was perfect at the plate (the only pig to do so ib game 2) and his defense at first was stellar! 

Royce Alford gets the honorable mention as he made a fantastic play in RF.  He "dove" for the ball; we all saw him catch the ball, take 4 steps, fall on the ground and roll over; I have seen this move for years as I too do it as well, the ol' Alford Dive and Roll move 

Thank you Mrs. Shwarts for keeping the books; Matt Shwarts was worth the trade because of your services 👍🏼

Special thanks to the IRONPIGS fans that came to support the Piggies efforts!! On behalf of the IRONPIGS, thank you all for giving up a couple hours Sunday morning to both support the ones you love and this wonderful league!!! 


Cuddles' Hens get stuck in the Mud on opening weekend...
Mar 22, 2017, 6:13 pm

Game 1 vs. Farin's Yankees

We started off slow and got behind early due to some solid hitting by the Yanks. We showed some fight late but not enough. We had a few guys playing positions they might not have been used to so our defense was a wee bit shaky as was our plate presentation.

Steven Shiller - 3 for 3 / 1 RBI (all with a strained calf) VALIANT EFFORT

Rob Shiller - 2 for 2 / 2 RBIs

James Lee - 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

JC Burks - 2 for 3 with a double


Game 2 vs. Schnitzer's Cubs

We got smoked, that's all there is to it. The Cubs came out like Mike Tyson and we were Lou Savarese.

Muckdogs lose 2 in season opener
Mar 21, 2017, 9:06 pm

The Muckdogs lost 2, losing to two big slugging powerhouses -- Roth’s Indians and Alford’s Iron Pigs, both with rookie pitchers who pitched well.

Despite the losses, the Muckdogs looked good opening weekend – solid fielding all around, led by 3B Matt Sorge, SS Nick Anderson, LCF Alex Bruu and RCF Stephen Cantrell – JT Pierce’s solid hitting 4/5, 5 RBIs including a fence clearing home run -- lots of good line drive hitting led by Robert Garcia 5-7, Scott Elfenbein 4/6 and Matt Sorge 3/6 – and solid pitching by Michael Barth.  Mark Elfenbein, Alan Taper and Stuart Rosenfield, all players with Muckdogs experience, played solid games. 


Pirates drop 2
Mar 21, 2017, 4:18 pm

If the Pirates learned anything from last year, "It's Not how you start, but how you finish."

Lack of timely hitting was the downfall opening week end, but Skipper Bob has the Buccos working overtime to cure those ills. Extra BP and sports psychologist never hurt anyone. So you better get to us early because this squad is in the feeling out process And vows not to repeat what happene last year. 



Chihuahuas Sweep Opening Day
Mar 21, 2017, 4:07 pm

Opening day for the Chihuahuas was a successful one as the early start and blistering sun on field 5 did not deter a 2-0 start to the season. Everyone up and down the lineup contributed in crucial situations.

Game 1 pitted the Chihuahuas against Skipper Bob and the mighty Pirates. Singles by Tyler Samsel, David Buhrow, Josh Winsor and Doug Storm plated 3 early runs in the first. The Pirates answered back with 2 of their own in the bottom half. In the top of the second two more runs scored for the Chihuahuas on a double by Samsel and a triple by Andrew Williams. The offense slowed down in the middle innings as the sun showed it's ugly face over the horizon. The Chihuahuas got 3 more in the 5th with a David Buhrow double and sac flies by Winsor and rookie sensation Rashad Patton. A key insurance run in the 7th gave the Chihuahuas a 9-5 lead needing 3 outs to go. But the Pirates would not go quietly as the gloves disappeared for a few batters. Having plated 1 run, the tying run at the plate and the dangerous Ben Enlow on deck, Williams snagged a ball up the middle and turned the 6-3 double play to secure a 9-6 Chihuahuas win.

Notable Hitters

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

Andrew Williams - 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, rbi (missed 3rd base rounding to go home)

David Buhrow - 3-4, 2B, 2 runs, rbi 


Game 2 brought the Blue Jays led by Justin Reed over to field 5. The nightcap saw the Blue Jays jump out with 3 early runs despite the Blue Jays captain getting robbed by the opposing captain at the fence in center field (sorry). The Chihuahuas scrapped 3 runs to tie thanks to a David Buhrow rbi single, a Winsor sac fly, and a Patton rbi single. After the Blue Jays were shut down in the second, Daniel Buhrow got the rally started with a single, Scott Ulick followed with a walk, and Samsel singled to load the bases for the number one pick. But Justin would get his revenge as he made a great lunging catch into the center field fence although two runs would score on the sac fly. The Jays responded with 5 of their own to take an 8-5 lead in the third. Both teams would swap runs to make it 9-6. The Chihuahuas took control of the game in the 5th. The inning started with walks by Ben (I can take a) Walk and Ulick, followed by rbi hits by Samsel and Williams. The Chihuahuas would take advantage of some timely errors as more runs scored on a rbi Keith Dlott single which ultimately led to a 7 run inning. The Chihuahuas came up to bat in the 5th with 5 minutes left and would run out the clock with huge hits from Daniel Buhrow, Ulick, Samsel, Williams, David Buhrow, Winsor and an unconventional walk off by Patton as time expired. 11 straight runs to end the game gave the Chihuahuas a 17-9 win and a 2-0 start to the 2017 campaign.

Notable Hitters

Tyler Samsel - 3-3, BB, 3 runs, rbi

Andrew Williams - 2-2, BB, sac, 2B, 3 runs, 4 rbi

David Buhrow - 3-4, 2B, 2 runs, 4 rbi

Josh Winsor - 2-3, sac, HR, 2 runs, 3 rbi

Rashad Patton - 2-4, run, rbi

Doug Storm - 2-3, run

Daniel Buhrow - 2-3, 2 runs

Scott Ulick - 1-1, 2 BB, 2 runs

Gold Gloves for the day

George Reed with outstanding defense in left field

Josh Winsor throwing strikes and fielding his position phenomenally


After the games the Chihuahuas captain was asked what he thought about his number one pick that he traded for. "Well he started off the year 0 for 1 which forced me out at second. I was already having second thoughts. David may need to have a talk with him as well since he cost him an rbi by missing third base (which gave Winsor a sac fly and saved his average). But overall he was who I thought he was. I wouldnt trade him for the world (pun intended). We are like Batman and Robin. Jordan and Pippen. And yes I play the role of Batman/Jordan."

The pesky dogs look to build on the strong start next week as the quest for 26-0 is very much in sight. Chihuahuas!


Royals' Rookies Ignite Doubleheader Sweep
Mar 20, 2017, 4:30 pm

On an unusually warm Sunday in mid-March – ideal conditions with a cloudless sky and temperatures in the low 70s – the Royals opened their 2017 season with a doubleheader sweep of Schnitzer’s Cubs and Miller’s Marauders. It was a tale of two very different games, coming from behind for an 11 – 7 win over the Cubs, and then routing the Marauders, 18 – 5. Two quality starts from pitcher Mark Fishkind, a relentless offense, and stellar defense fueled the triumphs. Fishkind picked up where he left off last year – dominating opponents – yielding only five earned runs in each game.

A pair of rookies played major roles in the Royals’ doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, rookie Jake Runey’s four hits paced the Royals’ 20-hit attack. After the Cubs scored three runs in the top of the first, the Royals answered with two runs, as Runey doubled and scored the first Royal run of 2017. Larry Lachman’s two run single, and Runey’s RBI triple keyed the Royals’ 3-run second.
































Five consecutive singles set the table for the Royals’ 4-run third to make it a 9 – 4 game. Single runs in the fifth and sixth provided valuable insurance as the Cubs scored two unearned runs in the top of the sixth. Runey and Lachman scored or drove in eight of the Royals’ 11 runs.


Jake Runey 4 – 4, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B, 3B
Larry Lachman
3 – 3, 1 Run, 4 RBI
Greg Ritter
3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Mark Fishkind
2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Tyler Turner
2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Zac Aron
2 – 3, 1 Run
Carlos Moran
2 – 4, 1 Run

In the nightcap, rookie Tyler Turner led the Royals with four hits and four RBI, as the Royals pounded out 30 hits in the resounding victory, which saw every Royal have at least one hit. Runey continued his big day with four more hits, and Andy Goodman, Carlos Moran and Zac Aron also joined the four-hit club as the Royals cycled through their batting order twice – in their 7-run first, and their 5-run seventh.
































Fishkind scattered eight hits, while the Royals’ formidable defense turned two double plays behind him. After shortstop, Greg Ritter turned the nifty 6–3 double play to end the bottom of the third inning, and keep the Marauders scoreless, the Marauders got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. An inning later, they were threatening to score more with runners at the corners with one out, when third baseman, Clint Hauck short-hopped a hard smash headed toward left, and flawlessly turned it into the inning ending 5–4–3 double play. The Marauders pulled to within eight runs with a 3-run sixth, but the Royals blew it open an inning later.

Tyler Turner  4 – 5, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B
Jake Runey  4 – 5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Zac Aron  4 – 5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Carlos Moran  4 – 5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Andy Goodman  4 – 6, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Greg Ritter  3 – 5, 3 Runs, 1 RBI
Clint Hauck  3 – 5, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Larry Lachman  2 – 5, 2 RBI

Sea "Scurvy" Dogs come out of gate strong!!!!!
Mar 19, 2017, 8:05 pm

Opening day- new teammates, new jersey's, new season.    After unveiling the new threads (Sea Dogs, Scurvy Dogs, Doctors Prescription?) it proved to be a great distration as the opponents took a few innings before identifying if they were playing the right team.   In game 1 against the Tigers we opened with a 9 run first and in the second game against the Dodgers we jumped out to a 6-0 lead.    Sea Dogs jumped out early in both games and controlled throughout both contests.    The Dodgers tried to make a comeback in the second, but good defense kept them at the depths of our Sea Dog ocean.    Today was a total team effort with good offense up and down the line up and overall some pretty solid defense all around the diamond.

Offensive Stars:

Jose "Killer B 1" Baho-   6-7 with a 2b, HR, 5- Runs and 5- RBI's

Badger-    3 Triples and great defense at SS

Stephen "Rookie" Wedderburn-  solid defense at 3B and LF with 4-6, 1- 2b 5- Runs  3-RBI

Patrick "Patty" Sanchez-  was in mid season form with his chatter and also added 5 hits including 2-2b's and a 3b

Leonardo Cova-  5 hits with 2- 2b

Rohit Gulhati-   3 hits with 4- RBI's,   Ralph Iuliano had 4 hits in the first game,  Robert Reighter great LF defense added 3 hits

Total team effort today!!!


The Jays Come Out Flat Eh!
Mar 19, 2017, 7:41 pm

A rocky two games for the Jays today.

Kelly Welton was a warrior filling in the shoes for Jon Banta.
Game 1
David Warren was outstanding and 3 for 3
Donte Cherry was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles
and Kelly Welton had a pair of Walks. Unfortunately it tailed off after that in route to a 23-5 loss.

Game 2
Was a back and forth tilt all the way to the end.
Kevin Knox lead the game with a 3b and followed that with a single his next at bat.
Jason Naranjo was on fire with 2 1b and a monster home run.
And Gary Frank crushed an inside the park home run.

With a much better offense the second game The Jays came on strong but ended up on the losing end of two games. We look forward to next weekend to get up to .500 for the year.


Marauder Musings
Mar 19, 2017, 7:36 pm

The Marauders got to the fields Sunday morning and found that they only had practice jerseys to play in so they played their two practice games and will be ready to open the season next week when their game jerseys arrive.

We enjoyed the camaraderie of The Davis Renegades and the Lachman Royals although it did seem that they were taking these practice games far too seriously. The Marauders will take the games seriously next week when the regular season starts.


Mar 19, 2017, 4:53 pm

Ranger Rap

Rangers were down 12-3 to the Red Sox.  Then scored 3 in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd and 5 more in the 4th to cap off a wonderful come back W.  Enda had a huge 2 run 3 bagger and Power sub Jared had 3 Ribbys including a 3 run big fly. Harlan Davis had two big hits as did Eppy and timely hits from bottom 3rd as well.  Night cap saw the Gers get out early and often with a 16-1 5 inning rout of the hapless Roughriders.  Highlighted by 7 ex base hits including two more ding dongs from Jared Power "ful", 2 b's and a 3B from rookie sensation Deshun Smith and Barry Epstein with two triples!!!

Ranger POW-Jared Powers  5/6 BB 3 HR's, 8 RBI's, and 6 runs

ROW Deshun Smith-4/6 BB 2 2B's  3B, 6RBI's, flashy D and game tying 2 run 1b in first tilt

Notables: Harlan Davis 5/6 bb 2 2b's 3 rbis  4 runs

Epstein-4/5 BB 2 3bs 5 rbis

Steve Enda- 4 hits 2 huge rbi's on gm 1 3 bagger


Cubs split on opening day
Mar 19, 2017, 4:53 pm

The Cubs started the 2017 season losing to the Royals in game 1 and defeating Corporal Klinger’s (look him up if you are under 35 and do not know who he is!) beloved Mud Hens in game 2.   In game 1, the Cubs could only plate 7 runs while a somewhat leaky defense gave up 11.  In game 2, the Cubs scored 3 in the 1st, and then opened up an insurmountable lead by scoring 9 in the 2nd while batting through the lineup plus 1.  In their final at bat, the Cubs scored 6 more to bring their total to a whopping 18.   Final score, Cubs 18, Mud Hens 1.

Offensive stars on the day: 

David Tennyson, 6 for 6, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs, 5 runs scored POW candidate

Dan Feldman, 4 for 6

Steve Uman, 3 hits, 3B

Larry Schnitzer, 3 hits

Jonah Levenson, 3 hits

Brian Alvara, 3 for 5  ROW candidate

John Burke, 2 for 3, 2 BBs

Cade McDougald, 2 for 5, 2B

Jerry Levenson, 2 hits, BB

Yankees split on opening day
Mar 19, 2017, 2:38 pm

On a warm breezy day on friendly field 9, the Yanks played longball in the opener and beat Cuddle's Mud Hens 24-8. Brad Parr and Dustin Bone each had a pair of fence bombs and combined for 11 rbi's from the one and two hole! The game was close until the top of the 4th when the Yanks batted around plating 15 to put the game out of reach. 

Tony Dillard was 3 for 4 with three rbi's. Matt Brumley was two for three with three runs scored. Kyle Krouse, Mike Anders, Rick Rosen and Jonathan Braun contributed with two safeties each. Xavier Jefferson was on base all four time up and scored three runs.

In game two the Yanks scored 11 but it wasn't enough as Drew Waggoner and Greg Aymond hit Ballentine Blasts for Roth's Indians. The Injuns won 15-11. Kyle Crouse was 3-3 in defeat with a fence blast and 3 rbi's. Jonathan Braun and Tony Dillard were both 2 for 2 with a walk. Matt Brumley hit a 3 run homer along with a double and 4 rbi's. Dustin Bone was 3 for 4 and Ron Robers was 2-3.

Yankee hitting stars today:

Jonathan Braun 4 for 5 with 2 walks  an

Tony Dillard 5 for 6 with a walk and 3 rbi's

Brad Parr 3 for 4 with 4 walks, 5 runs scored and two fence bombs with 6 rbi's

Dustin Bone 5 for 7 with two fence blasts and 5 rbi's

Matt Brumley 4 for 6 with five runs scored, two doubles, a fence homer and 5 rbi's

Kyle Crouse 5 for 7 with a fence homer and 3 rbi's

Rick Rosen 3 for 6 with a bb and 2 rbi's 

Mets take 2 Opening Day!
Mar 19, 2017, 11:30 am

Game 1 Ortega's Dodgers Field 4

First two guys were put out before a Ruckel mamouth Triple and Machado double got the Mets on the board. Dodgers got 4 and 3 in the first two innings to take a commanding 7-2 lead. In the 3rd Shaw tripled; Ruckel & Machado singled and Rick Leon legged out a triple and Holtmann capped of the scoring with a Sacrifice Fly. Mets got 4 more in the 4th with a Jeff Roberts single, walk to Jeff Goodman, Licurse FC & Art Rothenburg singled in a run getting to the top of the order and Meyer/Shaw doubled in two more runs. 

Game 2 Pirates Field 4

Held the Pirates scoreless and plated 5 in the bottom of the first. Meyer singled, Shaw walked, Ruckel Singled, Leon/Gohlke/Roberts/Goodman singled and Licurse drew a bases loaded walk to plate the last run. Took an 8-1 lead into the top of the 6th and the Pirates got a few runs but it was not enough.


POW Nominee Jeff Roberts 4-5 SAC 4 RBI Terrific RF play

Tigers Win The One That Counts
Oct 30, 2016, 4:37 pm

The Tigers entered Sunday with a lot of momentum resulting from 3 wins the previous week. That all disappeared in a hurry as we gave the Muckdogs 8 runs in the bottom of the first thanks to several errors. First inning blues were a common theme on the day, as we gave up 8 in game 1, 7 in game 2 and 8 more in game 3. Game 3 was the one that mattered and that was the only one that included a comeback

After losing to the Muckdogs 10-4 and to the Cardinals 22-7, the Tigers drew the JJ-less Blue Rocks for the tournament. The Rocks scored 8 in the first due to two bombs. The Tigers countered with 4 produced by 5 singles. With the Rocks up 12-5, we almost ran ourselves out of the inning with 2 outs running the bases. Triples by Dustin Bone, Robbie Franklin and Jerry Levenson produced 4 to cut the lead to 12-9. The score remained there until the bottom of the fifth when the Tigers scored 7 paced by a 2 run single by Kyle Crouse and a two run double by Donnie “Hitman” Holtmann. That lead was short lived as the Rocks countered with 5. We scored 1 to send it tied at 17 to the seventh. The Rocks went down 1-2-3. Robbie Franklin drew a leadoff walk, Jon Simonson moved him to second with a single and Jerry Levenson hit a deep fly ball to right that was dropped to let in the winning run. The hard luck Rocks ended their season with their sixth one run loss of the year.

Josh Winsor was 7-9 and was our POW candidate. Tommy Baer was 6-8, Jon Simonson 5-8, Hitman Holtmann 4-7 and Robbie Franklin 5-9. Next up are the Whitecaps.

Rising Tide Raises Rubber Ducks
Oct 29, 2016, 8:58 pm

After the Fall flood of 2016, the resilient Rubber Ducks bounced back into action on 10/9 with a double header sweep of the game Muckdogs and Raptors. Surrendering only 6 runs in 2 games on strong pitching from Chris Licurse and efficient team D, the Duckies put up 22 runs led by obscene batting stats from stars Darius Wu and Jared Powers. Contributions were made up and down the lineup with big extra base knocks by Patrick Sanchez (double), Wu (3 doubles and a HR), captain Alexander (triple) , Joe Machado (double), Jon Kilburn (double and HR), and Xavier Jefferson (triple).


Fast forward 2 weeks to the penultimate triple header of the season, the 5-2 Ducks came into the day looking to ruffle some feathers and solidify their spot in the playoffs (when that was a thing). First up on breezy and extra sunny field 9 were Goodman’s Cardinals—the “Battle of the Birds.” After returning their mascot’s missing giant foam finger, the visiting Ducks started the scoring by nearly batting around in the first—featuring bombs by D-Wu and “J-POW” Powers netting 4 runs. Subsequently, the Cards went quietly which set the tone for the game. Things got out of hand in the 12 run third inning when the Duckies notched 12 consecutive hits before getting their first out; Wu, Powers and Machado went yard and Kilburn added a triple. The tough Cardinals fought back but too little too late: final score 20-8 Rubber Ducks.

Game 2, the confident Ducks flew into a buzzsaw against the hot-hitting Miller’s Tigers. We couldn’t score enough runs and couldn’t slow them down at all as they pounded out 625 base hits (as I remember it) to steadily pull away. After the feathers settled, our batting stats didn’t look too bad with Kilburn going 3-4 and adding a HR, Sanchez 3-4, Wu 3-4 with two more long balls, Powers adding a Grand Slam HR, Tony Macaluso 2-3 with a double, and big Mike Anders 2-3 with two fence HRs! Final score 28-13 Tigers Frown.

Water off a duck’s back… needing a win in the third game against Spring champion Rakofsky’s Red Sox, the Rubber Ducks migrated to field 4 for our last contest of the day. The bats stayed hot, while solid pitching by Licurse and timely defense behind him was good enough to carry us to a big 14-3 win. Stars included Kilburn 3-4 with 3 runs scored adding a double off the fence, Wu 3-4 with 3 runs scored, Alexander 3-3 with a BB and 3 runs scored, Powers 2-3 with 2 runs scored, Machado 2-2 with a SAC and a run, Macaluso 1-2 with a BB on a bad wheel, and Licurse 1-2 with a BB and a run scored.

The Ducks go into the final stretch with a 7-3 record ready for a deep playoff swim… stay tuned.


Cards lose, win, lose in triple header
Oct 25, 2016, 7:40 pm

Game 1 vs. The RubberDucks

The RubberDucks offense would overpower the Cards in the first game of Sunday's tripleheader.  Things were close in the first 2 innings with the score being 4-0, but then the RubberDucks went off for 12 runs in the 3rd inning.  The Cards would tack on some runs in the final 2 innings but it would prove to be too little too late as the RubberDucks would go on to win 20-8

Offensive Stars:

Nutt:  3/3 2 R

Espinoza:  2/3 1 R 1 HR 

Game 2 Vs. Blue Wahoos

In a defensive matchup, the Cards would prevail in their second game.  They jumped out early in the first inning to a 2 run lead thanks to a single from Nutt, and RBI triple from Goldberg, and a sac fly from Espinoza.  Espinoza would hit his 2nd HR of the day in 4th to make it 3-1.  Some solid defense throughout the game would limit the Blue Wahoos to just 1 run and the Cards would extend their lead to 5-1 and that would be the final as the Cards notch their 2nd win of the season.

Defensive All-Star

Baho with 6 outfield put-outs plus throwing out a runner at home!

Game 3 vs. The Iron Pigs

2 big innings from the Iron Pigs would be the difference in game 3.  The Iron Pigs would get out to a big lead but the Cards would chip away with 5 in the first thanks to a 3 R HR from Espinoza (his 3rd of the day).  They would chip away some more with another 5 runs in the 2nd thanks to another 3 R HR from Espinoza (his 4th of the Day).  After that the Iron Pigs would open the flood gates with contributions up and down their lineup.  The Cards would tack on 7 in the third thanks to another HR, a 2 R HR, from Espinoza (his 3rd of the game and his 5th of the day) and a 2 R HR from super-sub Jacob Grubb.  17 total runs would be no match for the 30 runs allowed to the Iron Pigs.  Cards lose 30-17.  

Offensive All-Stars:

Nutt:  3/4 with 3 Rs

Espinoza: 3/4 3 HRs and 8 RBIs

Zimmerman:  3/3 1 2b and 3 Rs


POW:  Juan Espinoza:  6/8 5 HR, 5 R, 14 RBIs, 2 Sac Flies 

Tiger Sweep, move to 7-3
Oct 23, 2016, 2:47 pm

Warning to the rest of the league.., the Tigers hit their playoff stride on this beautiful Sunday morning. Game 1 against the Red Sox saw the Tigers jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first with JT Pierce having a big rbi double. Five more in the third paced by Josh Winsor’s 2 run double, gave the Tigers a 9-2 lead after 3. The Tigers led 10-4 as we headed to the last inning. A 7 run eruption gave the BoSox an 11-10 lead as the hometown Tigers had one last chance. With the bases loaded, Badger knocked in the tie run followed by Dustin Bone’s single to knock in the winning run 12-11.

Game 2 looked really tough against the power hitting Rubber Ducks on a short field with the wind blowing out. I believe the Duckies swatted 6 out of the park. Fortunately most were with the bases empty. The Tigers countered with two of their own, a grand slam by Dustin Bone and a 3 run dinger by Josh Winsor. Otherwise some awesome hitting as Winsor was 5-5, Ro O’Connor, Badger and Tommy Baer each 4-4, Dustin Bone 3-3, Donnie Holtmann 2-2 and Robbie Franklin 3-4 as the Tigers won in a waltz, 28-13.

After an hour to stiffen up, the Blue Rocks were next up. Coach Eusay went to a 5 man infield to stop the Tigers. The top 5 Tiger batters went a combined 18-24 (750) while the team as a whole went 26-42 (619). The Tigers won 20-9 to complete the trifecta on the day.

It was a day to fatten the batting averages as

Badger went 12-13, double, triple, 10 runs, 6 rbi’s

Ro O’Connor 12-13, 3 doubles, 9 runs, 4 rbi’s.

Dustin Bone 9-11, double, triple, homer, 8 runs, 11 rbi’s

Josh Winsor 10-12, 3 doubles, HR, 6 runs, 12 rbi’s

Tommy Baer 8-11, double, 4 runs, 2 rbi’s

JT Pierce 4-7, double, 2 runs, 3 rbi’s

Robbie Franklin 6-11, 5 runs, 3 rbi’s

That leaves the Tigers at 7-3, comfortably in a playoff position and peaking at the right time in the season.

Rivercats Split!
Oct 12, 2016, 6:22 pm

Rivercats Split

Game #1 vs the Blue Wahoos


Blue Wahoos jump on the board first in the 1st inning. Rivercats respond with 3 runs in the 2nd (as do the Blue Wahoos with 3 of their own). Rivercats take the lead in the 3rd inning with another run and then the Blue Wahoos decided to break it open with 3 in the bottom of the 3rd and 3 in the 5th.


Final Score:  Blue Wahoos 10                         Rivercats 4


Player Highlights

POW Nominee Sean Greeley 2 for 3 (Single and a Double)

ROW Winner Brandon Johnson 1 for 3 (Single)

“Baby J” Buhrow 2 for 3 (2 Singles)


Game #2 vs the Blue Rocks

The Rivercats walk off with a badly deserved win with a RBI Triple by POW Nominee Sean Greeley and a game winning RBI Single over the LCF head by ROW Winner Brandon Johnson (we do want to wish Rick Halperin a speedy recovery with a pulled hamstring playing RF. We hope that you get better soon).

Final Score:  Blue Rocks 10                              Rivercats 11


Player Highlights

POW Nominee Sean Greeley 3 for 4 (2 Singles, 1 Triple, 2 RBIs) Game tying hit

ROW Winner Brandon Johnson 3 for 4 (2 Single, 1 Double 3RBIs) Game winning hit

Brandon Yamauchi 4 for 4 (2 Singles, Double, Triple, 1 RBI). He also has his own cheering section as well!!!

Kyle Kahn 2 for 3 (2 Singles, 2 RBIs)

Larry “The Schnitz” Schnitzer 2 for 3 (2 Singles, RBI)

Jeremy Golden 1 for 2 (Single, Run scored, and a pulled hamstring)


We look forward to the triple header coming up against the Muckdogs, Raptors, and Whitecaps

Cards Drop 2
Oct 11, 2016, 10:21 am

Game 1 Home vs. Rangers

The Cards would jump on the Rangers early as they had a depleted team.  Things were looking good as the Cards had a 9-3 lead thanks to offensive support from Nutt, Espinoza, Zimmerman, and Casey.  The Rangers were on the ropes but a few defensive miscues allowed Ortega to remain alive with 2 outs.  He eventually would get on base and allow the Rangers to start a rally and take the lead and make it 14 - 9.  In the bottom the the last inning, the Cards would rally and cut the lead to 14 -12, but with two outs and 1st base open, Espinoza would draw an IBB (for the second week in a row).  Goodman could not keep the rally going as he flied out to LF for the last out of the game.  Cards lose 14-12.

Nutt:  4-4, 2 R, 1 RBI

Game 2 Away vs. Red Sox

Looking to salvage a split the Cards were away vs. Rakofsky's Red Sox.  The Cards would step up their defense in this game but some HRs from Lee McDonald and Tommy Apligian would put the Red Sox on top.  The Cards would get some long balls of their own from the power duo of Goldberg and Ezpinoza (they have both homered at least once every week).  The Red Sox would continue to add runs prompting the Cards to go to their bullpen and bringing in Zimmerman to pitch.  On the other side, Bob Davis would use an array of pitches to keep the Cards bats silent at the bottom of the order.  In the end the Cards were no match for the Red Sox as they went on to lose 17 - 8.  

Baho:  3-3, 2 R, 1 2B

Nutt:  2-3 2 R, 1 RBI

Goldberg: 2R HR; Espinoza: 3R HR


POW:  Aaron Nutt:  6-7, 4 R, 2 RBIs

Oct 10, 2016, 10:20 pm

Between the hours of dawn and noon NFL football games, the Shalom League softballers were met by a cool, crisp dewy morning at the friendly confines of Heritage Fields in Plano.  The ballpark was abuzz with eager players and teams looking to keep their umblemished mark as  unbeaten, or some simply tried to navigate their way to a win to help their playoff chances; but all teams were filled with the spirit of brotherhood. 


GAME 1  WHITE CAPS - 16  vs.  IRONPIGS - 16

The game started with the white caps getting on the board first.  Captain Tyler Samsel had the boys in blue warmed up and ready to roll.  Piggies were a bit frustated early with Craig "Ace" Dyer and his pitching as he seemed to locate his dealings into the sun on fun, fun field 9.  Ben Enlow was the one Pig not phased by the sun in the batters eye as he hit 3 no doubters over the short field fence in this game.  

Pretty tight ballgame, 6-2, until the 4th inning and the players in red became red hot, sending 14 men to the plate and scoring 10.  Big hitters Manny Madrigal and Ben Enlow both notched Jimmy Jacks, and everyone else found a way to get on.  Ace Dyer righted the ship and didn't allow another run the rest of the way and only faced 9 more batters throughout the game.

Tyler's team showed moxy as they did not give up and had a mini rally of their own.  Unfortunately, it was too little too late and the damage was done in the 4th.  


GAME 2  IRONPIGS - 5  vs.  EXPRESS - 6

With the hitting barrage and great defensive play in game 1, the Pigs were full of confidence and ready for the Banta led Express.  Banta has a team full of ex-Piggies; Randy Ransom, Brian Smallwood, Jason Chapman who were now enemies of the state (or at least for one hour).  

This game was an absolute defensive struggle and was waiting for someone to blink as their was not much offense to had on the bomber friendly field 9.  

Banta was masterful in his approach as he help 5 Pigs hitless and only gave up 3 extra base hits; one of those belonging to Brinkman who sizzled a ball to the fence for a double, and Manny was another extra base knocker who blasted a 2-run shot off his counterpart. Tony Lowery selflessly drew 2 BB's to help the team get base runners, but the team was not able to bring him around to score.

Banta was beast at the plate as well blasting a 2-run dinger which proved to be the difference in the game, and gave the Express the edge.  The Express stifled the Pigs offensive attack with 3 double plays in the first 4 innings.  

Not to be out done defensively, Brandon Alford robbed Greg Ritter of a homerun (or at least I saw it that way), and then stole a hard sinking line drive scorched by Randy Ransom.  David Warren locked down third base and Enlow sewed up shortstop.  Ronn was great at catcher, and always ready for any throw that may come his way.  Lachman and Lowery platooned first base and were terrific!! Greg Winn and Royce Alford were rock steady in RF.  Manny pitched a gem, but it was all for not as the bats went quietly as Banta bested the Pigs... 

Well done Express!!  

Ironpigs, you never gave up, you stayed positive and always looked for your next opportunity to contribute.  Thank you for that gentelmen! 


Lake Monsters drop two
Oct 10, 2016, 9:28 pm

At the Eusay Blue Rocks

Slated with the late start, the day started with yet another no call, no show.  The Monsters started off in an early hole down 3-0 after one from an oppo 3-run bomb by the overly jewlery'd canadian "PJ" Reed.  In the 3rd however, the Monster masher of the week, Keith Dlott started us off with his first of 4 doubles on the day, Rick Rosen followed with his fist of two hits on the game and the RBI were cleaned up by a Knox double and Lawrence sac fly.  The Stones answered with a run in the bottom of the frame making it 4-2 Stones. The top of the 4th saw three of the next four hitters collect doubles, Braun, BDS and Dlott (again) with the Ribbies being collected by Dlott and BDS. The bottom of the frame saw some leaky defense giving up 5 tallies and after 5 it was the Stones 9, Monsters 4. Top of the 5th the Monsters show some life with Brum returning to his spring form plating 3 with a 3 run bomb. Monsters get it to 9-7 after 5 and that would be all she wrote offensively for the men in green.  Stones plate two in the 6thto seal the deal, 11-7.  


Monster mashers:

Dlott:  3 for 3, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, 1 run

Brum:  3 run bomb 

Rosen:  2 for 2, BB, 2 runs


Vs the Banta Express


Lots of scoring early in this one. Express come out like a freight train putting 5 up in the top half of the first, Monsters answer back with 4 of their own with singles coming from Knox, Brum, Braun and Farin.  Doubles coming from BDS and Dlott (again).  RBI coming from a Jamieson SF, 2 from BDS and 1 from Farin. The only run scored in the following 3 frames came when Brum hit one off the wall on field 8 (we were playing on field 4) tying the score 5-5.  Monsters would only plate one more on the day in the 6th on yet another Dlott double. The crafty righty from Ohio turned off the runs spigot and the offense came to a halt. Express plate 5 in the final few frames taking home 10-6 victory. 


Monster mashers:

Brum:  3 for 4, a triple shy of the cycle, a majestic bomb, RBI and a run scored

Dlott:  2 for 3, 2 doubles, 1 RBI

Farin:  3 for 3, 3 singles, 1 RBI


This weeks POW:

Keith Dlott:  5 for 6, 4 doubles, 2 RBI, run

Rocks Split; Lose Another Walk Off
Oct 9, 2016, 4:27 pm

With a little extra time to sleep in, we matched up with the River Cats at 9:10 on Field 5.  In a see saw battle and the usual shoddy defense from the Rocks, we found ourselves in a 7-3 hole early.  A 4-run rally in the top of the 4th started with hits from Justin Reed, Tim Meyer, Leo Cova and Arlie Slack and ending with a HUGE double by the game's hitting star Rick Halperin.  In the top of the 5th, we added two more on a single by Justin.  With the game tied in the top of the 7th at 9, we took the lead on heads up base running by Matt Meyers.  But as this year has proven, no lead is safe with Captain Eusay around.  The Cats got a single and a triple to tie the game just getting by an outstanding diving effort from Rick Halperin in RF.  And deju Vu all over again as the game was ended with a walk off hit and another one run loss.  Great effort by the team in fighting to the finish.

Game 2 was on short field 8 against the gorgeous green jerseys of the Lake Monsters.  A short handed Lawrence squad proved to be a tough opponent.  A low scoring defensive game for the most part throughout.  Big 3 run bomb by Justin Reed in the bottom of the first set the tone.  With the score tied at 5 in the bottom of the 4th, we plated 5 thanks to great table setting by the bottom of the order.  We tacked on a couple more in the bottom of the 6th again due to the bottom setting up the top.  No comebacks this time as we shut the door in the 7th for an 11-7 Victory.  Outstanding defensive game by Matt Myers in RF and Tim Myer in RCF making some awesome catches to save big innings. 

Hitting Stars:

Rick Halperin 3 for 3 2B, 1B and a huge RBI before ending his day to injury

Justin Reed  4 for 5  2B, HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB


Tiger Tales
Oct 9, 2016, 1:58 pm

The Tigers opened the day with the sun shining in the batters eyes on field 9 against the Whitecaps. With the Whitecaps sporting a 1-0 lead the Tigers came up in the bottom of the third. Two walks and an error opened the door and Ro O’Connor’s two run single got us started and Dustin Bone’s triple was big in a six run inning. In the fifth Badger Hurst’s two run double and Robbie Franklin’s two run single sparked us as we added 5 more. The Whitecap bats never got untracked as the Tigers rolled 12-2.

Game 2 was against the undefeated Rangers. Rohit Gulhati started the scoring with a two run homer inside the park. The Tigers took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the third when the Rangers erupted for 9 runs. Trailing 12-7 entering the sixth, Triples by Dustin Bone and J.T. Pierce helped score 3 and close the gap to 12-10, but time ran out before we could get one more chance to bat. Hats off to the undefeated Rangers who won their fourth consecutive two run game.

Dustin Bone was our POW candidate with 4-6, two triples and three runs scored. Josh Winsor was also 4-6 and John Miller 3-5. Badger Hurst was outstanding defensively on the day.

Oct 8, 2016, 7:41 pm

GAME 1:   IRONPIGS - 11 vs. BLUE ROCKS - 7

The Piggies started the day on "Fun in the Sun" field 5.  The Pigs came out swinging with their eyes closed and sunglasses on.  They plated their first 3 batters thanks in large part to rookie duos Matt Shwarts and Brandon Alford.  As ususal, this field was not lending itself to being an offensive explosion type of game.  

Bottom 1 saw capt JJ Eusay blister a shot to the fence burning his adversary capt Alford in LCF (who in turn exposed his torched jock the rest of the game).  He later scored in the inning shrinking the piggies lead.  

Not much doing for the boys in pig red until the 4th inning, thanks to Mr. Shalom All-Time, Every-Time Justin Reed making ridiculous plays in LCF!!  Never down and alway spositive, the PIGS' Ben "Sweet" Enlow, David Warren, Manny Madrigal and Greg "Just" Winn saw all four bags helping the pigs gather the lead they would not relinquish.  

Winn, "DPB" Sean Brinkman, Larry "The Hitman" Lachman, Royce "Rambler" Alford were part of a big 7th inning that would have 4 straight singles helping two runs cross and ultimately putting the game out of reach on the sun drenched field 5.  



Excited and exhilerated to be rid of field 5, the piggies were ready for field 1 scoring 13 runs the first 2 innings on the wind friendly field!!  This game got off to a rockin' start for the pigs thanks to Ben Enlow who blasted a Granny Granny Ding Dong over the LCF fence while being only the 4th batter of the game.  The Pigs simply poured it on as much as they could because the dynamite loaded firepower of Lawrence, Brumley and Jamieson were ready for the challenge were not going quietly; carding 3 dingers of their own.

Stellar defensive play helped us win this game as well.  Brandon Alford, Matt Shwarts, Royce Alford and Greg Winn locked down the outfield while Ben Enlow, David Warren, Sean Brinkman, Larry "Scoops" Lachman, Tony Lowery, Ronn Rorniglia, and Manny Madrigal all suffocated the infiled with play after play and pitch after pitch.

Just like the pigs however, the Lawrence lead Lake Monsters do not know the word quit as they chipped and pecked their way back in the game.   Going into the final inning the pigs enjoyed being both home team and a cushioned score of 16-11.  Top of the lineup did the damage they were drafted to do and sending 2 balls to the only place that is both fair and unplayable.  With the Pigs on their heels, they Monsters ran out of steam only plating 4 for the inning.  Pigs survived and were lucky to do so.




Good ol' Field 3 into the wind!!  Ironpigs collectively changed their approach at the plate (no instruction or urging from the captain, they just kinda did so).  No one tried to be the man swining for the fence, and small ball was the theme of the hour.  The pigs had 27 hits, and only 3 of those went for extra bases.   Every player had a hit in this game, and all but 1 scored a run.  

This was one of those games that goes right for one team, and nothing goes right for the other team; better known as a "clunker" game.  This game in no way, shape or form was indicative of the talent and team that the Rubber Ducks both have and are.   It was just one of those games.  Captain Kelly Alexander has a damn fine ball team with a ton of talented ball players.  This team will make noise throughout the season.



A special thank you to Pam Marcantgonini, Marco Lopez and Alicia Shwarts!! These fans are always at the games cheering on the Pigs!!  Pam brings the most amazing brownies and cookies (if you have not tried them please swing by and grab one).  Marco always brings breakfast burritos for various players on the team.  Alicia while mentally pumpimg up her hubby Matt while he is trying to focus and bat, keeps the books (an absolute thankless job).  On beahlf of the IRONPIGS, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!! 

Rivercats take just 1 out of the 3
Oct 7, 2016, 5:55 pm

Game #1 Rivercats take 1 out of 3


Sorry for the late response (but I am going to make this short and sweet (my next report will be better)

Game 1 vs Rakofsky's Red Sox

Won 11 – 3

Players of the game

Tony Martin 3 for 4 (2 Singles and a Double)

Brandon Yamauchi 3 for 4 (3 Doubles)

POW Nominee Todd LeCocq 3 for 3 (2 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs)

Garreth Johnson 3 for 3 (3 Singles 1 RBI)

Kyle Kahn (great pitching subbing for Mr. Greeley) 2 for 3 (2 singles and a RBI)


Game #2 vs Lawrence's Lake Monsters

Lost 18-8

Players of the game

Tony Martin 3 for 4 (3 Singles)

ROW Nominee Brandon Johnson 2 for 3 (Single, Double, 2 RBIs)

Kyle Kahn 2 for 3 (Single, Double, 1 RBI)

POW Nominee Todd LeCocq 2 for 3 (2 singles and playing with a pulled hammy!)

Jeff Roberts 2 for 3 (2 Singles)

Garreth Johnson 1 for 2 (Double, 1 RBI)

Larry Schnitzer 1 for 2 (Single)

Jeremy Golden 1 for 2 (BB, Single)


Game #3 vs Goodman's Cardinals

Lost a heartbreaker in 7 innings 13-12

Players of the game

Brandon Yamauchi 4 for 4 (Single, 2 Triples, HR, 2 RBIs)

David “Baby J” Buhrow 2 for 3 (2 Singles, RBI)

ROW Nominee Brandon Johnson 4 for 4 (2 Singles,  Double, Triple, RBI)

POW Nominee Todd LeCocq 4 for 4 (3 Singles, Double, 2 RBIs)

Jeff Roberts 3 for 4 (2 Singles, Triple, 2 RBIs)

Garreth Johnson 2 for 3 (Double, Single, 3 RBIs)

Brian Alvara 2 for 3 (2 Singles)


We look forward to rebounding next week with a full squad and going over .500 against Roth's Blue Wahoos and Eusay's Blue Rocks

Muckdogs sweep week 1, swept week 2, set to sweep week 3
Oct 6, 2016, 8:15 pm

Tough week for Muckdogs, losing 3 -- the 1st two on walkoffs. 

Team still looks good. 

Highlights -- we got to play 3 on a beautiful day, no injuries, great fans, George Reed made amazing catch in the OF to nab a would be bases loaded clearing extra base hit, Zack Kazda reached 8/10, Derek Muck reached 8/10, Cuddles reached 7/10, Chino Abraham 6/10.

With Captain Goldstein missing week 1 the team won 2; with him back week 2, the team lost 3. In a resounding vote of confidence in Goldstein's managerial abilities, by a 7-4 vote  the team voted having Goldstein back as a player affected the team more than having him back as manager.

Scattershooting While Wondering…
Oct 4, 2016, 10:07 pm

WTH happened to the Rubber Ducks in game 3 on Sunday?

The Ducks had all 12 players present for the first time this season. All 12 had at least one hit and scored in the 16-6 victory over the Wahoos.

Against the Wahoos on field 4, Darius “Fuego” Wu started the day with two jimmy-jacks, added a double, slugged 3.33 and recorded 7 RBI for his efforts. His 0.857 batting average currently leads the league amongst players who have competed in all 5 games.

Patrick “Dirty” Sanchez ran a lot Sunday, reaching base his first 6 at bats against the Wahoos and Rivercats and scoring all 6 times. We hope he returns to play next weekend.

The Ducks batted around in the pivotal second inning against the Wahoos scoring 10 runs.

I like beer.

Our second and third games were originally scheduled to be played on field 6 where a ridiculous offensive outburst would have undoubtedly resulted, but last minute scheduling hijinks moved the games to pitcher-friendly field 3.

The Ducks got out to a fast start in their second game, scoring 6 in the first and second innings against rival aquatic species the Rivercats—punctuated by a wind defying, fence clearing 3-run smash by Jon “Killbomber” Kilburn who went 3 for 3 (4RBI) in the game. Not to be outdone, Jared “Money” Powers provided the fireworks in the second inning with a 2-run dinger of his own, finishing 2 for 2 with a SAC and 3 RBI. Wu showed restraint by walking twice, then almost knocked the fence down with a triple for good standing.

Extreme speedster Xavier “X” Jefferson went 2 for 3 from the 12 hole (scoring both times he reached base) and may be the fastest human playing Fall Ball--also unafraid to slide head first.

The agile big man Austin “Full Monty” Montgomery made his Ducks debut Sunday going 4 for 6 in his first 2 games and scored 3 times.

In the third game, the Ducks offense did a nose-dive recording 6 singles and one walk in a hide-tanning administered by the ever competitive and courteous Ryan “Ryno” Alford, his Dad, brother and hot hitting Iron Pigs squad. We’ll erase this one from our memory banks and gear up for next weekend.


Cards drop 2 but win the 3rd with a walkoff
Oct 3, 2016, 9:24 am

Game 1:  Cards vs. Express

The Express jumped on the Cards early and never looked back.  The 8 runs they scored in the top of the first would be enough to win but they went on to clobber the Cards by the final score of 28-5.

The cards offense consisted of the first 4 batters: Jose Baho, Aaron Nutt, Zach Goldberg, and Juan Espinoza who combined for 3 R, 5 RBI, and one HR from Goldberg.

The bottom of the order came through nicely with a 2B from Mark Franklin and 2 singles from Tim Barnes.  Both runners would come around to score.

Game 2:  Cards vs. Whitecaps

The Cards would score the same number of runs in the top of the first as they would in the entire first game.  The Cards strung together some basehits throughout the lineup to jump out to 5 run lead.  However the lead wouldn't last long as the Whitecaps would answer with 6 in the bottom of the first.  The Cards would answer with another 2 in the top of the 2nd with a HR from Juan Espinoza but that would be all that the Cards would score.  Some impressive glove work from Goldberg at SS, Casey in RF, Baho in LCF, Espinoza at 2B, and Nutt at P would keep this game a lot closer but nevertheless the Whitecaps would kill several rallies from some pretty impressive defense themselves.  The Whitecaps went on to win by the score of 11-7.

Game 3:  Cards vs. Rivercats

After dropping the first 2 the Cardinals would show their character and resilience in game 3.  This game was back and forth and it would take a come from behind rally in the bottom of the final inning to get the Cards their first win of the season.  In the bottom of the 5 inning Craig Einhorn would get things started with a walk, his second of the day.  Consecutive singles from Baho and Nutt would load the bases for Goldberg who would hit his second HR of the day, this one a Grand Slam to put the Cards up 11-10.  The Rivercats would answer in the top of the sixth with 2 runs to make the score 12-11.  Mark Franklin would start off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and would eventually come around to score on a Sac fly from Nutt.  With a couple bases empty the Rivercats would intentionally walk Goldberg and Espinoza to load the bases for Goodman.  With the game tied and two outs with the bases loaded Goodman notched a basehit to bring home the winning run to give the Cards their first win of the season.  Cards win 13-12!

POW:  Zach Goldberg:  5-10; 2 HR (1 GS); 5 R; 6 RBI


Rangers Sweep!! Move to 5-0
Oct 2, 2016, 8:43 pm

Game 1 Rangers - 12  Vs Williams Raptors - 5


David Shaw -  3-4  1B, 2B, HR, 2R, 3 RBI  David hit a 2 out 3 run blast in the 2nd inning to push the lead to 7-2. Solid Defense in LCF 

Brian Ortega - 2-3  2 2B, 2R

Troy Steele - 3-3  1B, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBI

Kyle Kravitz- 2-3  2 HR, 5 RBI 2R  Kyle Hit a 3 Run bomb in the first to give the Rangers a 4-0 lead. His second HR in the third inning was the nail in the coffin as the Rangers lead grew to 9-5. kyle was great in the field too. Playing lockdown defense at the hot corner. 

Wayne Casper - 1-3  1B, 1R, W 6IP, 2 K's- it's no secret the raptors have a formidable duo in Kid Williams and Mr. Niswonger.. wayne allowed 1 H in 6 ABs to the pair .. 

Aaron Sasson - 1-2  1B, BB,  solid defensively as usual at 2B. 

Mark Winnie 2-3  1B, 2B, R ol pooh bear seems to have a knack of starting rallies with timely hits or walks. His two out 2B in the 2nd inning turned the lineup over and a Shaw 3 run HR followed directly after. 


Game 2  Rangers - 11 Vs Goldies Muckdogs - 9


David Shaw -  2-4  2B, 2R

Brian Ortega - 3-3  HR, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 3R

Troy Steele - 3-4 HR, 2B, 1B, 5 RBI  With 1 out and the Rangers Down 9-8 in the bottom of the 6th Troy smashed a no doubt 3 Run HR to LCF to give the Rangers the walk off 11-9 Victory!!.. Troy made several plays on both sides of ball in game 2 carrying the Rangers to a victory. 

Gary Frank - 2-3   2 1B, Gary's single in the bottom of the 6th set the table for the TRoy Steele walk off.  

Gregg Oetzman -  2-3  2 1B, RBI, R

Wayne Casper 2 BB, RBI, W, 6 IP, K- not enough can be said of Wayne's performance in game 2. untimely errors ( most by the SS) plagued the Rangers in this game and Wayne masterfully steadied the ship and guided us to another win. 


Game 3  Rangers -  11  Vs Bantas Express - 9



David Shaw - 3-5  3 1B, 2R  David was great at leadoff spot all day. setting the table for the potent Ranger offense.

Brian Ortega -  2-4 HR, 3B, 3R, 3 RBI, BB 

Kyle Kravitz -  4-5  3 1B, 2B, 2R, 2 RBI - never mind the offensive production in this game. kyle made one big play after another at 3B Including a pair of diving stops and put outs. kyle was great on both sides of the ball today. And is hands down the rangers POW..

Wayne Casper W, 9 IP - after allowing 4 runs in the first inning wayne shut down the express offense. Allowing just 5 runs over the next 8 innings, including 2 scoreless in extras. 

Steve Solomon -  2-4  2 1B, RBI


Rangers POW 

KYLE KRAVITZ  6-10  2 HR, 3 1B, 2B, 7 RBI, 5R, BB 

great defensive play all day at 3B. 






Rocks get their first win!!!
Oct 2, 2016, 5:17 pm

Game 1 against an always Feisty Iron Pigs team was another close one throughout as we are acustomed.  Some pretty solid hitting but shaky defense proved to be costly.  Carlos Moran led the hitting with 3 hits and 4 big RBI.  We fought hard at the end but came up short.

Game 2 would see someone get their first win as the Blue Wahoos were winless as well.  Slow start with no runs in the first but after the slow start we would score in every single inning.  HUGE homerun by Leo Cova gave us a comfortable lead and then another bomb by Justin Reed gave us a huge cushion to coast to win number one!!!!  

Game 3 we were still celebrating the win and got jumped on by a gamely Whitecap squad.  Just all around shoddy defense was an issue again.  Hitting is not the issue as we plated 10 and fought until the end.  Captain Eusay went 3-3 with a HR and a 2B but he is clearly on the hot seat with Charlie Strong as he has way too much talent on his team to be 1-4.  Interviews are underway.  

Hitting Stars of the Day:

JJ Eusay 8/11 HR, 2 Doubles, 5 RBI

Tim Meyer 7/12 HR, 2 RBI

Carlos Moran 7/12 6 RBI

Leo Cova 5/12 HR, 5 RBI

Rick Halperin 5/8 Some HUGE inning starting hits and great speed on the bases!!

Tigers Win Two
Oct 2, 2016, 3:34 pm

After two weeks of rainy Sundays, it was a great day to play 3! Game 1 for the Tigers was against the Lawrence Lake Monsters. They scored 4 to start the game but the Tigers rallied for 5 on 2 walks and 5 singles. The Tigers broke the game open in the third with a big 11 spot as we had 13 consecutive batters get on base. Kelly Welton had the big hit, a two run double as the Tigers coasted after that 17-6.

Game 2 against Banta’s Express saw Jon Banta masterfully limit the Tigers to 7 singles as the Express romped 14-3.

The deciding match was against the Roth Blue Wahoos. The Tigers led 4-1 after 3 on the strength of a two run Josh Winsor dinger. The Wahoos rallied to tie it in the 4th. The Tigers squeaked out a run in the 4th on a Kelly Welton single and another run in the sixth, to hold on for a 6-4 win and two victories on the day.

Greg Badger Hurst led the way with some superb defense and 6-9 and 5 ribbies at the plate. Tommy Baer was 5-7 and Robbie Franklin 5-8

Pigs Take 2 in Fall Opener
Sep 17, 2016, 11:17 am

The pigs started the morning a little  shaken from the Spring campaign, but they were simply not broken. Spring runner up capt Matt Roth took the field with the Blue Wahoos, and were looking to come out with dominance with their two first round draft picks Drew "D-Dub" Waggoner and Mike "The Body" Baker. 

Not a ton of scoring here on both ends as the jitters seemed to be too much to handle for both teams.  Defense was the key to success early as both teams were simply on point and not giving an inch. Tony "Hitman" Lowery had a triple in the 6th that started a rally for the piggies and gave them the lead 9-6. Loveable Lachman the softball Guru had an outstanding game at bat and at first base. His positive attitude and defensive knowledge proved to be an invaluable edge as the Pigs D just wouldn't give up he crucial "bad" inning. 

The Wahoos saw their last at bat down 9-6 and started the rally with Capt Matt Roth knocking a double to the fence!!! 2 runs score and the game is 9-8 with the base juiced. Baker The Body took the batter's box looking to take the Pigs down and just didn't have enough on the long out to the fence. Pigs survived!! 

Good game gentlemen on both sides of the diamond. Good luck the rest of the way! 


Game 2 


Sep 14, 2016, 7:13 am

The Express opened up the 2016 fall season taking on Summer Champion Matt Rakofsky and his family of Red Sox as well as the blinding morning sun on Field 5. The Express were 4 starters shy and already utilizing the sub list where Brad Earls and Greg Fleischer helped out with significant contributions. After scoring 2 in the 1st off of a Randy Ransom double and another run in the 2nd, The Express batted around in the 3rd scoring 7 runs. The big blow in the inning was 3 RBI triple by Brian Osgood. The Express added 3 more in the last inning giving them a comfortable 13 – 2 win in a total team effort where every player had at least 1 hit.

Hitting Stars:

Randy Ransom          3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, 2RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Jason Chapman        3 for 4, 3 Singles, 2RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Kyle Crouse               3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, 3 RBI’s and a Run Scored

Mike Weber               2 for 3, 2 Singles, Walk, Run Scored


Game 2 had The Express taking on Summer Champ MVP Kelly Alexander’s Rubber Ducks on Field 1. The Express plated 3 in the 1st with an RBI single from Randy Ransom and a 2 RBI double from Rookie Kyle Crouse. An RBI double from Ransom and a Sac from Jason Chapman added 2 more to the books. The good guys scored 11 more runs in the final 3 innings with a huge dagger from a Brian Osgood 3-run fence blast and a 2 RBI single from Crouse. Another complete team effort win as once again, all players had at least 1 hit.

Hitting Stars:

Randy Ransom          3 for 3, Double, 2 Singles, Walk, 2RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Brad Earls                 4 for 5, Double, 3 Singles, 2RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Kyle Crouse               3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored


POW: Randy Ransom - 6 for 7, 4 Singles, 2 Doubles, BB, 4 RBI's and 4 Runs Scored

ROW: Kyle Crouse - 6 for 8, 4 Singles, 2 Doubles, 7RBI's and 3 Runs Scored

Muckdogs rally repeatedly to sweep opening day!
Sep 13, 2016, 7:42 pm

Muckdogs hosted Blue Rocks in season opener.  Rocks scored 12 in the top of the first, with Tim Meyer getting a business card from John Unell after hitting a grand slam.  Muckdogs responded with zero runs.  [Coach Goldstein planned ahead by scheduling Barry Epstein to pitch the second inning.  Maybe we should get him a grid that allows for multiple pitchers in one inning].  Back to the game report - with two out in the second inning, a seemingly harmless Blue Rock error was followed by six straight Muckdog singles, plating six runs.  As in the first inning, the Dogs had only one baserunner in the third, who did not score.  As in the second inning, the Dogs had two out and no runs in the fourth when the game turned.  12 straight hits and walks including Jason Naranjo's three run jimmy-jack equalled eleven Muckdog runs and an improbable 17-15 lead.  But Unell was not done giving up homers the Blue Rocks were not done hitting homers, as Arlie Slack hit one and then, with the bases loaded, Justin Reed blasted a salami, putting the Rocks back up 20-17.  Goldstein’s long distance genius would show up again though, as he had the lineup set up for the deciding home half with no time left.  Zack Kazda’s leadoff single was followed by a Cuddles Haas homer to make it a one-run game.  Derek Muck and Ray Hebbeler sandwiched singles around two outs, which left the game in Barry Epstein’s hands. Epstein was already 3 for 3, but the Blue Rocks chose to pitch to the lefty slugger.  The Monsta lined a ball to the fence, scoring pinch-hobbler Abbey Garber with the tying run and Hebbeler with the winning 21st run!  Epstein dropped the bat and walked off in the sunset (to get Sunday brunch! who negotiated his contract?).  

Notes: while LG was waiting for fantasy football to start, John's fantasy girl showed up.  He gave up 12 runs in one inning before Jan arrived.  With her in the park, he allowed 18 runs in 9 innings.  See Iris Gaines in The Natural…Chino Abraham was 4-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI…Steven Chang was on all three at bats with two hits,two runs, and two RBI.


Muckdogs batted first in game 2 against the Cardinals and scored a run.  Unell declared, “It’s ovah.”  It wasn’t. He gave up three home runs and the Dogs were looking to rally again, which they did, started by George Reed’s double in the fourth inning.  Following their first game pattern, the Muckdogs had two out before eight straight players reached. Seven Dogs scored that inning and seven more scored in the fifth.  After Unell inquired about the run rule, he gave up six runs to make it 15-10 going to the sixth. He got one back, knocking in Cuddles, and then gave up two more before finally shutting the door on a 16-12 win and a perfect opening day.

Notes: Haas was on all five times with three hits and two walks…Unell was also on every time, but the official scorer ruled one of those at-bats an error.


Player of the (half) Week: Barry Epstein, 4-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI including game-tying and game-winning RBI on two-out triple after time expired to cap a 21-20 victory after team was down 12-0.

Rookie of the Week: Ray Hebbeler, got on base three times each game in Muckdogs season-opening sweep.

Rivercats split
Sep 13, 2016, 4:56 pm

Rivercats Split   

Game 1 VS Miller’s Tigers

Things got off to a slow start by the visiting Rivercats as we gave up 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The Rivercats responded by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st starting off with back to back singles by Tony Martin and Brandon Yamauchi. Sean Greeley in the #3 hole ripped a double driving in 2 runs. David Buhrow with another singleand our ROW nominee Brandon Johnson driving in another run with a RBI double. Todd LeCocq hit a hard lineout to the 2B and then Jeff Roberts hit a single driving in 2 runs. We then scored 5 more runs in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd, 0 runs in the 4th and the game was called after the 5th Inning.

Final Score 14-4

Interesting tidbits!

Tony Martin almost hit a HR in the top of the 3rd inning (but unfortunately it hit the top of the fence and bounced back in).

Great pitching by Sean Greeley knowing where to position everyone and also to Larry Schnitzer for taking over 1B duties for Kyle Kahn (who we look forward to seeing during Week 2)

Offensive players of the game

Sean Greeley (POW Nominee): 3 for 3 (1 1B, 2 2B, 5 RBIs)

Brandon Johnson (ROW Nominee) 2 for 3 (1 1B, 1 2B, 3 RBIs)

Tony Martin and Brandon Yamauchi: 2 for 3 each (1 1B, 1 2B)

David “Baby J” Buhrow: 3 for 3 (2 1B, 1 2B 1 RBI)

Jeff Roberts: 2 for 3 (1 1B, 1 2B, 3 RBIs)


Game 2 vs Alford’s Iron Pigs

With our great momentum we came in ready to play the Iron Pigs as the visiting team. Iron Pigsstruck first with 2 runs in the 1st inning (we did not score unfortunately). We cut the lead to 2-1 with a RBI Single by Larry Schnitzer.  We gave up another run in the 3rd inning and score 1 in the bottom of the 3rd with a RBI Single by David “Baby J” Buhrow. We had the bases loaded and no outs and were unable to break the game open and put them out early (unfortunately we were not able to do so). Iron Pigs put up another 0 in the 4th inning and we score 3 more runs to make it 5-3 with a RBI single by Brandon Yamauchi and plated 2 run RBI Double by Sean Greeley. We went back and forth until the 7th inning when the Iron Pigs scored two in the bottom of the 7th (we were then headed to extra innings). Onto the bottom of the 9th…a Double, Intentional Walk to Alford, and a single drove in the winning run.

Final Score 6-5

Offensive players of the game

Sean Greeley (POW Nominee): 4 for 4 (3 1B, 1 2B, 1 RBI)

Brandon Yamauchi: 2 for 3 (1 BB, 2 1B)

Garreth Johnson: 2 for 4 (2 1B)

Brian Alvera: 2 for 2 (2 BB, 2 1B)

Larry Schnitzer: 1 for 3 (FC, BB, 1B, RBI)


Great job by the entire team altogether during both games and we look forward to next week playing the Lake Monsters and Express

Rubber Ducks Waddle Into Opening Day With a Split
Sep 12, 2016, 11:14 pm

Travelling to our first game of the season, and missing some regulars, the inaugural Rubber Ducks team met the formidable and very green Lake Monsters of Scott Lawrence fame. The Duckies made some noise in the first taking an 2-0 lead on hits by Tony Macaluso and Darius Wu, then RBI singles from Kelly Alexander and Jared Powers. The Monsters fought back with some pop of their own commanding an early 4-2 lead. After that, the game proved to be a squeaker, knotted up at 4-4 for several frames until the Ducks got 2 in the fifth from an Alexander RBI triple scoring Wu followed by a SAC from Powers. Too close for comfort against the aggressive Lake Monsters, the real damage was done in the sixth: Chris Coffman got the hitting started from the 10-hole followed by consecutive knocks from Patrick Sanchez, Wu, Alexander, Powers (a big double) and Joe Machado. Super sub John Chung finished the hitting with an RBI of his own and when the smoke cleared, the Duckies were up 12-4. A good defensive effort and solid pitching from Chris Licurse held the heart of the Monster’s order to just one more—final score 12-5, Rubber Ducks win!

Mighty Ducks: Chris Coffman 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored; Darius Wu 4 for 4, 3 runs scored with a double and SAC; Jared Powers 3 for 3 with a double, SAC and 3 RBI; John Chung 3 for 4. Patrick Sanchez 3 for 5.


Swimming with confidence, the Ducks migrated to field 1 to take on the mighty Banta Express. The bats started cold, only mustering 1 run in the first two innings and falling behind quickly to a furious Express offensive onslaught. The Duckies finally got to Banta and fought their way back in it batting around in the third inning, sparked by the bottom of the order again. Licurse and Coffman singled, then Sanchez, Wu, Alexander, Powers, Machado and Anders all reached base safely scoring 5 in the process--and taking a brief lead at 6-5. The Express’ Brain Osgood made sure that lead didn’t last long when he launched one over Wu and the LCF fence prompting duck face from several outfielders. The home Express took back the lead at 9-6 and never looked back. A game effort from the Duckies saw us scratch back with 5 more runs and an obligatory 2 run bomb from Wu, before the bats went to sleep and the game was over: 16-11 Express.


The Rubber Ducks are just getting their feet wet and plan on improving every week.

Cardinals drop a pair of heartbreakers despite several longballs
Sep 12, 2016, 4:30 pm

Game 1 Vs. Williams' Raptors

Things got off to a great start as the Cards quickly put up 4 in the top of the first however the lead would not last long as the Raptors responded with a 10 spot in the bottom of the first.  Singles from Einhorn, Nutt, and Goldberg would load the bases for Espinoza who then hit a Grand Slam to cut the lead to 10-8.  That would be all the offense the Cards would muster as the Raptors were able to continue padding their lead on their way to an 18-8 final.

Offensive Contributors:

Goldberg:  3 for 3, 2 Rs; Espinoza: 2 for 3, 1 GS, 5 RBIs, 2 Rs


Game 2 Vs. Goldstein's Muckdogs

As the saying goes, "Chicks did the long ball."  The Cardinals would test that theory with back-to-back-to-back homers from Goldberg, Espinoza, and Karabinos in the first inning.  The muckdogs were able to extend a rally due to back to back fly balls that Goodman lost in the sun as if he were forecasting what was to be in the Cowboy game later that afternoon.  I think the rest of the team has taken up a collection to invest in some sunglasses for their captain.  Duly noted, fellas, duly noted.  Espinoza would come up with another HR in the 4th, and then the Cards would come up big in the 5th inning with extra base hits from Goodman, Goldberg, Espinoza, and Karabinos who capped a 6-run rally with a 3-run HR.  Down by 6 runs going into the bottom of the sixth the Cardinals would not give up as they got their lineup turned over thanks to Barnes' third hit of the game.  But with runners on base and the tying run on deck, the Muckdogs would flash some leather and cut the rally in its tracks.  Cardinals lose 16-12.

Offensive contributors:  

Goldberg, Espinoza, Karabinos:  8 extra base hits including 5 HRs

Barnes:  3 for 3 with 2 runs


Williams's Raptors Win Game 1 - are too impressed with new jerseys to focus in Game 2
Sep 12, 2016, 8:34 am

Game 1: Field 3, 8:30 AM.

The Raptors defense looked a little shaky in the first inning as the Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on 4 unearned runs; however, their offense would respond to cover the damages in the bottom of the first. The first 7 batters reached base safely for the Raptors. Leadoff single for Zac Aron, opposite field double for Matt Parker, RBI single for Andrew Williams, 3 RBI dinger for Jason Niswonger, single for Scott Greenberg, BB for Jeremy Pease, and a single for Mitch Johnson. But the Raptors weren't done yet. They would continue to rally to score a square 10 runs in the first inning, which saw another RBI hit from Niswonger. The Cardinals would respond in the second inning with 4 runs off one swing from Juan Espinosa. Now, with the score 10-8 in favor of the Raptors, the game would finally settle down. Neither team would score again until the Raptors bottom half of the order put up a 4 spot in the bottom of the fourth inning, sparked by a 2 RBI triple from Ryan Greenberg. Solid defense from both squads would see the game continue 14-8 until the Raptors chance in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Raptors hit until time expired and scored 4 runs in the inning (another rally started by the bottom of the order, which saw a 2 RBI sac fly from Andrew Williams made possible by the hustle from Zac Aron from second base). Final: 18-8, Raptors win.


Game 2. Field 3. 9:45ish AM.

In opposite fashion of Game 1, the Raptors led off and failed to generate any offense. In fact, if my memory serves me right, John Miller had a 4 pitch inning in the top of the first. The Tigers would scrape across a couple of runs in the bottom of the first, and they followed it up with another run in the second. The Raptors offense came alive in the third for 6 runs. Jaime Aron started the inning off with a walk, Matt Parker singled to left-center, Andrew Williams hit a 2 RBI double to center, Jason Niswonger hustled out an infield single, Scott Greenberg hit a single to right-center, Jeremy Pease crushed a 2 RBI triple into the right-field corner, Mitch Johnson brought Pease home with a knock to left-center, and Ryan Greenberg got a knock before it was all done. But the Tigers responded immediately with 4 runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead back. The Raptors tied the game at 7 in the fourth, and took the lead with a run in the fifth. But Josh Winsor of the Tigers crushed a 2 RBI dinger to RCF to give the Tigers the lead at 9-8, and the next two hitters hit doubles and scored as part of the Tigers 5 run explosion in the fifth. The Raptors weren't able to come back, managing only 1 run in the sixth and no runs in the seventh (despite the makings of a rally from the bottom of the order). Final: 12-9, Raptors loss.


After week 1 the Raptors look like a team that will compete all season long.

Raptors PoW: Ryan Greenberg - 5 for 7 with a triple and sac fly, was in the middle of every rally, and a few fantastic ranging catches in RCF

Raptors RoW: Matt Parker - 3 hits and 3 runs scored in his first Shalom game, and lockdown defense at SS

Blue Rocks Drop Two Thrillers
Sep 11, 2016, 8:28 pm

The Rocks brought the big sticks to start the fall season in game one against the Muckdogs.  We scored 12 runs in our first at bat with every single player scoring. Huge inning was capped by POW candidate Tim Meyer's Grand Slam over the left field fence.  We would score 2 more in the 2nd and another in the 3rd.  But the game Muckdogs stormed back to take the lead in the bottom of the 4th 17-15.  In the top of the 5th, Arlie Slack led off with a big fence HR and the next 3 would reach base safely to load them up with 2 outs.  Justin Reed launched the teams 2nd Grand Slam of the game giving us a 20-17 lead going to the bottom of the inning with time expired.  The scrappy Muckdogs fought back and pulled it out 21-20.  Tough loss but we played very well and never quit.  

Game 2 saw us playing host to Ortega's Rangers.  After surrendering 4 in the top of the 1st, we would answer with six of our own.  In a see saw battle we entered the bottom of the last inning trailing by two runs.  In typical Blue Rocks fashion, after two quick outs Tim Meyer singled, JJ Eusay followed with his 2nd triple of the game to score Tim and pull is within one with the tyino run 60 ft away.  Justin Reed was walked intentionally and Carlos Moran hit what appeared to be a game tying single but captain Ortega made a great place to get the course at 2nd to end the game.  Another great game and the team showed a lot of heart.  


Hitting Stars on the Day:

POW: Tim Meyer.  7 for 8, GS HR, 4 RBI, 5 Runs Scored

JJ Eusay: 6 for 7, 2 3B, 2B, 5 Runs Scored and 3 RBI

Justin Reed:  3 for 4, GS HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB

John Hauf:  3 for 5, 2B, 2 BB, 3 RBI

Carlos Moran:  4 for 7, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 Runs 

Tiger Tunes
Sep 11, 2016, 8:12 pm

The Tigers opened the Fall 2016 season against Golden’s Rivercats. Batting first, the Tigers first 4 batters got hits and scored, to get off to a fast start. And then it ended, the scoring that is. A coaching mistake let the umpires end the game prematurely at 14-4 after 4 innings. The run rule is 20 after 4 and 15 after 5 for those that don’t want to make the same mistake!

After some quick batting practice, we were ready to take on the Raptors with a rejuvenated Andrew Williams. The Raptors led 6-3 heading to the bottom of the third. A triple by Josh Winsor sparked a 4 run rally to take a 7-6 lead. The Raptors rebounded to take an 8-7 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth, when a Josh Winsor home run followed by doubles from JT Pierce and Jon Simonson led to 5 runs and a 12-8 lead as the Tigers held on for a 12-9 victory.

Ro O’Connor was our POW candidate with a 5-6 day from the lead off position. Dustin Bone was 4-6, while Josh Winsor, JT Pierce and Robbie Franklin all went 3-5.

Goldstein gone = his team wins twice?
Sep 11, 2016, 1:41 pm

While LG was out setting his fantasy football lineup, his fantasy softball team won twice.  Details later.

Yanks win their 7th straight to reach the semi-finals!
Aug 17, 2016, 9:56 am

Tight battle versus Conn's (acting captain Sulzer) Tigers and the Yanks prevailed 14-13.

Jeff Roberts went 3 for 3 with 4 rbi's

Matt Ruckel was 3 for 4 with 3 rbi's

John Burke didn't walk a batter on the hill and was 2-3 at the dish with 2 rbi's

David Tennyson had two hits and 2 runs scored

Super subs Robert Garcia, Jonathan Braun and Jeff Lefkovitz were a combined 5 for 8 with 4 big runs scored.

The Yanks have now won seven in a row and face the Tigers again on Sunday. What's at stake you ask? A trip to the finals!



Yanks win their 5th and 6th consecutive games!
Aug 7, 2016, 3:01 pm

Game one on Field 3 vs Shaw's Mets in a "subway series" battle. Matt Ruckel took over the game with a two run blast and a three run double. David Tennyson clinched the game with a walk off grand slam for the Yank's 3rd run rule in a row...

Game two was a classic between William's Mariners on Field 2. Tight battle the whole way and then big hits from Ken Sprague, Tony Dillard and Michael Weber gave the Pinstripers a 9-8 lead. Jeff Roberts made a game winning catch in right to help the Bronx Bombers advance 9-8!

Thanks to Randy Ransom and Jeff Lefkovitz for subbing and helping the Yanks to a sweep!


2016 homers by team
Aug 5, 2016, 7:31 pm

2016 regular season team homeruns (excluding subs): 

Blue Jays  46 
Rangers 44 
Mets 38 
Astros 31 
Red Sox 30 
Iron Pigs 28 
Rays 28 
Mariners 24 
Angels 24 
Royals  23 
Nationals 22 
Storm Chasers19 
Indians 18 
White Sox 18 
Cubs 14 
Pirates 13 
Yankees 10 
Tigers  9 
Dodgers 5

Dodgers Advance To Big Boy Playoffs!
Jul 31, 2016, 7:24 pm

The mini playoffs pitted the Dodgers against the Royals in a one game winner take all game. Jason Murray led off the game with a single, took second on a fly ball out and when the throw to second bounced off his temple into short left field, he got up and ran two more bases to score the first run. In the second, 4 singles scored 1 run. In the third, Jon Simonson hit a sac fly to score the third run. Meantime, the Royals hit numerous fly ball outs. All of their hard hits were aimed at third base, where Jon Simonson played spectacular defense, stabbing several liners and throwing out every ground ball. The Royals finally scored an unearned run with two out in the bottom of the seventh but went out with the tie run at the plate and the Dodgers advanced with an amazing 3-1 win (yes this was slow pitch softball.)


Tim Murray was the sole Dodger to amass two hits in the game. Jon Simonson definitely won POW recognition for his stellar defense.

Mets Advance to the Big Dance
Jul 31, 2016, 1:41 pm

After the Rays eliminated the White Sox they were locked in to play the Mets and the Rays got 2 runs in the first. Unphased the Mets loaded the bases with no outs and got 0 runs. 

Second Inning was more the same as the Rays got 3 Runs and the Mets again loaded the bases this time getting 1 run. 


3rd inning the Rays got one run but during the inning Rick Halperin was hit with a comebacker and had to be removed from the game. Thanks to the new playoff sub rule in place (Special thanks to Bryan Roth) we were able to get Rick some help off the field and not suffer the automatic out. Down 6-1 entering the bottom of the 3rd Manuel Rajnov started the 5 run inning with a single and Meyer/Shaw loaded the bases and Ortega cleared them on a line drive to RCF. Aymond followed suit with run driving in single and after two fly outs Louis Goldfader delivered a big 2 out rbi single to tie the game 6.


Jon Kilburn came in relief for Rick and pitched well allowing 1 run in 4 innings but put up a zero in the 4th. After 2 outs Golden/Rajunov got two big hits to set the stage for Meyer/Shaw/Ortega/Aymond/Garcia to get consecutive hits and plate 5 runs in back to back innings. 


The 6th inning the Rays got 1 back but that would be all as the final was 11-7.


Special Thanks to Matt & Bryan Roth for subbing and helping our team.



SOX Split, focusing on playoffs...
Jul 28, 2016, 7:43 pm

The White Sox showed the power within cranking out 13 runs and giving up 5 to defeat the Red Sox in the first game of a "warm Sunday". It was a total team effort with hits from all players and a  couple of bombs over the fence by Mr. Wu who has been on a tear the last 7 games slugging 8 round trippers!!!! Good defense through out the roster and great attitude by all players despite a tough season. Game 2 was a hot, tough game and everyone were evidently thinking about anything but softball as the Yankees slapped the Sox badly. With a great attitude the Sox are looking forward to the playoffs to vindicate their season and show what they  can do.


Surging Royals Continue to Roll with Doubleheader Sweep Over Cubs & Rangers
Jul 26, 2016, 9:46 pm

All-Star Troy Steele and Ben Enlow scored or drove in 18 of the Royals’ 31 runs, as the Royals pounded out 40 hits in their doubleheader sweep over Schnitzer’s Cubs and Silverman’s Rangers on Sunday evening. The Royals – for the second time this season – scored over 30 runs in a doubleheader, played stellar defense – giving up a season low 12 runs in both games – and achieved both feats against two high caliber playoff teams.

In a rematch of their April 3rd game, the Royals avenged an 11 – 9 loss by routing the Cubs 20 – 7 in the opener. Steele and Enlow homered to lead the Royals, who scored in every inning. Enlow was a perfect 4 – 4, and Chino Abraham, Eli Gershenson, and Barry Epstein had three hits apiece to pace the Royals’ 25-hit attack.





























All-Star Jason Chapman, Darren Kammer, Matt Myers, Stan Thomas, and Zach Epstein contributed two hits apiece.

In the nightcap, the Royals took on the offensive juggernaut, known as Silverman’s Rangers. Coming into the game the Rangers had averaged 15 runs per game. In their April 3rd game, the Rangers came out on top, 12 – 6. Fast forward 16 weeks later, and the Rangers met a completely different opponent as the defensive-stalwart Royals avenged their April 3rd loss with an 11 – 5 triumph. Steele paced the 15-hit attack with three hits, while Abraham, Chapman, and Kammer had two hits apiece.





























The Royals, who have won four of their last five games, finished the regular season with a 12 – 14 record, qualifying for a bye as the fourth seed in the mini playoffs next Sunday. They’ll host the Dodgers at 10:00 am for the right to advance to the TSSL Playoff Tournament.

POW  Troy Steele  5 – 7, 5 Runs, 4 RBI, SF, 2B, Fence HR
ROW  Ben Enlow   5 – 7, 3 Runs, 6 RBI, SF, 2-Run Fence HR

Cubs split in 100 degree heat
Jul 25, 2016, 7:25 am

On the last Sunday of the regular season, the Cubs opened the day hosting the Pirates in the league's GOW.  In a back and forth affair featuring a pair of playoff bound teams including the regular season leader Pirates,  the Cubs outlasted the Weinfeld squad 17-16 by coming from behind in the bottom of the last to erase a 16-13 lead.  The big blow came from super sub Evan Berkowitz who hit a bases clearing 2B to tie the game at 16.   Chase Berg followed that up with a single through the middle scoring Berkowitz for the walk off win.  The Cubs are now 7 and 2 in one run games on the season.  Multiple hit stars in this game were Zack Kazda, Sean Greeley (HR), Baby J, Evan Berkowitz, Chase Berg, Keith Dlott, Larry Schnitzer.

After a victory in 100+ degree temps, the Cubs were quickly cooled down scoring only 7 against the Royals in the nightcap.  Kazda had a HR, Greeley 2 hits, Baby J 2 hits and that's about where the regular season ended for the Cubs!





Jul 24, 2016, 10:12 pm

Ranger Rap

Bad day for the Gers as they drop two...1st game was a close call as Dodger's rally for 2 in the bottom of the last two down the Gers 11-10.  Night cap saw a determined and game Royals squad hand the gers a 11-5 thumping.  Not much to talk about....there were some Ranger's worth mentioning:

Scott Lawrence continued his fine hittin with a 5/7 day and a 2B and 3B

Juando hit his 18th HR and had 5 RBI's and 2 2b's as well

Tim Crites had a nice day with 3 hits and a BB

Yours truly had 4 hits and a BB


Taub's Yankees sweep again as Burke pitches two gems!
Jul 24, 2016, 10:03 pm

In one of the most masterful pitching performances in Shalom League history, John Burke allowed just one run in the evening twin-bill. The defense was dynamic (especially David Tennyson's diving stops at short) as the 305 run Mariners scored just once and the White Sox were blanked in the nightcap.

The Yankees offense was on fire scoring 33 runs on 48 hits.

Pinstripe heroes:

POW Candidate Matt Ruckel 6 for 7, 5 runs, 3 doubles a triple with 9 rbi's (including two on a Sac Fly thanks to speedy Chris Blythe)

ROW Candidate Chris Blythe 6 for 7, bb and six runs scored

David Tennyson 6 for 8, 5 runs and 4 rbi's

Jeff Roberts 5 for 6, 4 runs and 4 rbi's

John Burke 4 for 6 with 4 rbi's

Ken Sprague 4 hits and 3 rbi's

Larry Taub 4 hits with a big triple and 3 rbi's

Seth Pepkin and Tony Dillard had 3 hits each 

Dodgers Are Mini Bound
Jul 24, 2016, 9:18 pm

The Dodgers entered the final weekend needing a sweep to get back to .500 and have a chance at avoiding the minis. It looked like a tall order playing the Rangers who had 43 home runs on a short field. It was a close game all the way with the Dodgers leading 9-7 after 5. The Rangers scored 3 to take a 10-9 lead as we entered the bottom of the seventh. Lead off singles by Jason Murray and Aaron Weintraub started the rally. An error tied it at 10. With 1 out and the bases loaded Jon Simonson ripped a single to center to score the winning run 11-10.

Game 2 against the Storm Chasers saw the Dodgers rally for 9 in the third to take a 12-5 lead. The Storm Chasers battled back over the next 3 innings to tie it at 12 as we headed to the last inning. A two run double by Simonson gave the Dodgers a 15-12 lead with the Storm Chasers coming to bat. With two out, Blake Jones got the winning hit to cap a big comeback knocking the Dodgers into the mini playoffs by a score of 16-15.

POW candidate Jon Simonson led the way with 6-6 including the big hit and the almost big hit. Aaron Weintraub was also 6-6, Aaron Nutt 6-8 and Danny Nutt 5-7.

Rays consistent
Jul 19, 2016, 2:14 pm

Another hard fought game goes down as an L, with an odd and heartbreaking ending.  We were visiting team, up by 1, 1 out, bottom of last inning with bases juiced.  Ball hit back to pitcher, we go to 2 for the 1st out, then the throw looks like it broke Badger's arm.  Well, the runner ran into his arm causing the ball to almost go into the dugout.  Ump didn't see it, ball game, they scored both runs to win.  It is what it is. We'll get it right in playoff time.


2nd game we were deflated from the heartbreaking loss and got stomped.  Only person that showed up was Austin Montgomery who went 2-3 with 3 RBI.

We still have the best fan in the league, Abby Hurst.  She's our POW.

The right Captain Larry (Taub) pushes all the right buttons as Yanks sweep!
Jul 10, 2016, 9:19 pm

Yanks beat Samsel's Shorthanded Storm Chasers 21-6 and Goldstein's Nats 10-5.

Bronx Bombers move to 13-11 in the race for one of the final four unclaimed playoff spots.

Pinstriper's heroes:

POW Candidate David Tennyson 8 for 9, double, triple, homer and 6 rbi's

Tony Dillard 5 for 6 with 5 rbi's

Row Candidate Chris Blythe 5 for 8, 4 runs, bb and a double

Captain Taub 6 for 8, 4 runs and 3 rbi's

John Burke 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 rbi's and stellar pitching

Seth Pepkin 4 hits and 4 runs

With only one week left, most teams don't know fate
Jul 10, 2016, 8:49 pm

Five teams know they will skip the minis and advance to the main playoffs: Pirates (clinched the #1 seed), Tigers, Rangers, Mariners, and Cubs.  Four squads know they will play July 31 in the minis (along with seven others seeking four spots in the main playoffs): Rays, Blue Jays, Iron Pigs, and White Sox.  Ten teams won't know until the sun goes down on July 24!

Jul 10, 2016, 3:11 pm

Ranger Rap Up

All the Ranger's needed was a stirring apperance by their long lost Captain Sil and they swept past the Mets and vaunted Buckos.  First tilt saw a hard fought 7-6 victory with a very pesky and well playing Met squad....both teams played good D but a 4 run 3rd and 2 run 4th stood up as the game closed out with tying run perched at 3B.

Second game saw the Gers fire on all cylanders against the 3 loss Pirates.  After a 4 run Top of 1st the Pirates rallied for 4 of their own.  A Ranger explosion of 8 in the 3rd, 3 more in the 3rd and 5 in the 4th closed out a 20 run output....in a shortened 5 inning game, the Ger's were victorious by a 20-7 count.

Many Ruby Rangers:

POW-Scott "lay down the" Lawrence was exceptional-a game saving catch in the first game...Scott never made an out....6/6 a BB, 3B, 3 HR's, 6 runs, and 7 RBI's!!!

Juan Espinoza (ESPY) ROW candidate was 5/7 2B, HR,  runs, and 2 RBI's

Matt The Brums Brumley-nice dip-6/7, 2 2B's, 5 RBI's, and 3 Runs-super D

BDS/BT-both had 4 hits and 3RBI's

TC-3 RBI's

DR C-2 2B's and great Pitching

Dwayno-2BB's, 3Runs, and 2 big hits

Cubs win a pair to clinch playoff spot
Jul 10, 2016, 3:09 pm

Game 1 had the Cubs visiting the Astros.  The Cubs scored 1 in the 1st, 2 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th, 4 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th as the Cubs controlled the pace of the game beating the defensive shifts of the Astros en route to an 11-6 win.  ROW of the week candidate Grey Davis led the way going 4 for 4 and Tyler Shulman made several key grabs in RCF to keep the Stros off the bases.  Mitch Zimmerman at 2B and POW nominee Sean Greeley at P also added in multiple key defensive stops.

Game 2 had the Cubs hosting the visiting Dodgers.  The Cubs were in control until the end of the game when a the Dodgers took a 10-7 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.  With one on and 2 outs, the Cubs put together 5 consecutive hits by Nick Anderson, Sean Greeley, Baby J, Mitch Zimmerman and a walk off winning RBI one by ROW candidate G. Davis.  Final score, Cubs 11, Dodgers 10.  

Dodgers Drop Two
Jul 10, 2016, 12:49 pm


The Dodgers needed two wins to get out of the mini playoff picture. Game 1 was against the 14-8 Mariners who featured power galore. The Dodgers were down 8-1 in the bottom of the third before knotting it at 8 thanks to a 2 rbi single by Tommy Baer and a 2 run triple by Dustin Madlock. The next inning the Dodgers took an 11-9 lead thanks to another timely 2 run single by Baer. The Mariners battled back with 5 then 3 more as the Dodgers fell 17-14.

Game 2 was against the Cubs. The Cubs had a 7-4 lead heading into the final inning. Singles by Dustin Madlock and Bruce Ackerman started the party. RBI singles by Jon Simonson, Mark Livesay, Aaron Nutt, Jake Runey and Robbie Franklin gave us a 9-7 advantage, then a throwing error gave us an insurance run and a 10-7 lead. But payback from week 1 came back to haunt the Dodgers as the Cubbies rallied for 4 with two outs to win a heartbreaker 11-10 repaying a 7 run rally in week 1 that the Dodgers gave the Cubs.


Hitting stars were POW candidate Aaron Nutt 6-7 supported by Jake Runey and Robbie Franklin both 5-8.

Nationals split to move into 8th place tie
Jul 3, 2016, 11:14 am

The Nationals split in the June 26 games, to move into a 4-way tie for the 8th and last automatic playoff spot. Missing 5 players, the Nationals, along with supersubs Derek Muck, Matthew Lefkowitz, Rick Maucieri and Tommy Richardson, beat Miller's Dodgers 12-11 and then lost to Roth's Indians 13-8. 

In the opener, the Nationals started strong with a 3 run first, with singles by Dan Feldman and Jose Baho, a double by Jake Ledkins, and singles by Robert Reighter and Lefkowitz, then added 4 more in the 3rd with a single by Feldman, a double by Ledkins, singles by Eric Powers and Muck, and a double by Reighter. The Nationals scored 4 more including 2 in the top of the 7th with a single by Baho, a triple by Powers, a single by Muck and a single by Reighter providing what turned out to be the winning run. Solid pitching by Maucieri and defense by the Nats held off a furious comeback by the Dodgers, for a one run Nats win. 

In the nightcap, despite homers from Baho and Powers, and some great defensive plays by Reighter, the Nationals lost to the Indians 13-8

Royals Score 24 Runs in Doubleheader Split
Jun 29, 2016, 7:09 pm

The Royals earned a split in their doubleheader on Sunday.  After dropping the opener to Apligian’s Rays 10 – 8, the Royals routed Lewin’s White Sox 16 – 4.

In spite of their loss to the Rays, what was important was the Royals played good enough to win the game.  A 4-run sixth inning enabled the Royals to carry an 8 – 7 lead into the bottom of the frame.  However, the Rays scored three runs in their half as time ran out to secure the victory.





























Ben Enlow  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 2B

Darren Kammer  3 – 3, 1 Run, 2B

Jason Chapman  2 – 2, 1 Run, 2 RBI, BB

Troy Steele  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B

Matt Myers  1 – 3, 2 RBI  

In the night cap, All Star Jason Chapman singled, doubled, and homered to pace the Royals’ 20-hit attack.  Chappy’s RBI double keyed the Royals’ 3-run first.  His towering 2-run fence blast started the scoring in the Royals’ 4-run third.  And he singled and scored in the Royals’ 8-run fifth. 










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Stan Thomas and Barry Epstein, each contributed clutch 2-run doubles in the victory.

Jason Chapman  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2-Run Fence HR
Darren Kammer  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, BB
Eli Gershenson  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 1 RBI
Zach Epstein  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B
Chino Abraham  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, BB
Rick Rosen  2 – 3, 1 Run
Ben Enlow  2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI
Stan Thomas  1 – 3, 2 RBI, 2B
Barry Epstein  1 – 3, 2 RBI, 2B

POW  Jason Chapman  5 – 5, 4 Runs, 5 RBI, BB, 2B, 2-Run Fence HR
ROW  Ben Enlow  5 – 7, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B

6 game win streak puts the Indians in the playoffs
Jun 29, 2016, 6:45 pm
Indians split after a 6 game win streak
After what was a season turning point for the Tribe after a fathers day sweep the Indians found themselves fighting for the last few spots in the playoffs. 
With the late afternoon tee off time against Goldstein's Nats the Indians plated 1 run off of a lead off home run by Tony Martin. It was quiet till the third inning with the score of 1-0 Lewis Zwick came to the plate and would start the trend of 9 straight Indians reaching base. Highlighted by 2 RBI singles from Brandon, and JT Pierce the Indians scored 5 in the 3rd and tacked on another 2 in the 4th with an RBI double from Brandon and an RBI single from Banta. The Tribe ended up putting the game away 13-7 after 3 runs in the 6th highlighted by a HR from Jeremy Pease, and another one from JT.
Game 2 against Shaw's Mets the Indians started off hit with the first 3 batters reaching base and scoring 2. After what would be a tough middle innings the Indians found themselves fighting a 8-2 deficit. The bats woke up in the 5th with 5 straight batters scoring and a Brandon Yamauchi grand slam.
 All good things, but came up just a bit shy as time expired and a final of 9-7 and a win for bad guys.

Pirates sweep... June
Jun 29, 2016, 5:21 pm

In what has been an amazing run, Skipper Bob's Pirates ran the table in June going 8-0.  Last week the Angels and Mariners fell victim to the surging Buccos. Mark Fishkind continues to dazzle opposing hitters with his Dipsy-Doodle Topsy-Turvey style of pitching. Fishkind now has a 17-0 record this season, giving up an average of less than 7 runs a game. I don't know how he does it. He held the Angels and Mariners to 3 runs apiece.

Offensively, the Bucs are very opportunistic. Capitalizing on opponents mistakes then coming up with timely hitting throughout the line up. Oh sure, there's Waggoner, having an MVP type season, but the rest of the line up doesn't give the defense time to relax.

There is something strange going on in Bucco Land. The squad has adopted the 79 Pirate " We Are Family" montra and it seems to work. Everybody pulls for each other. The fans have been very supportive. Big Eddie Davis is Skipper Bob's right hand man. All in All, 2016 has been a season to remember for Skipper Bob's 90th Birthday year.











50 Shades of Rays
Jun 29, 2016, 12:07 pm

New week, same stuff.  We let the Mariners jump on us and were beating us 14-2 at one point.  Then we decided it was time to play and scored just enough to lose by 1 14-13.  Heartbreaker, but again we showed we can play with any team in the league and we do not quit.

Game 2 saw us playing the other baby blue team (Royals).  We would do our best to win the battle of the baby blues and again we came out on top.  This time, we decided to play from the beginning of the game.  It was a close battle back and forth, but this time we came through in the clutch and won in the final inning, batting for time.  

Next week we play, we would like to use a taser to get us jump started in the 1st game.  Does anyone have one we could use? BDS?

Red Sox Grab Playoff Spot
Jun 29, 2016, 6:37 am

The Red Sox were excited to get another shot at Silverman's Rangers after a lose in their first matchup. The Red Sox were so excited in fact that they posted 15 runs in the first inning and batted through their order twice. This inning featured Rohit GulhatiAndy Mabry, Steve HaasMitch JohnsonRitchie O'ConnorMark Rappaport, and sub Mike Anders reaching base twice! While the Rangers did manage to hit several home runs, keeping O'Connor's home runs allowed at the top of the league, the Red Sox continued to score as well, bringing the final score to 21-9.

The Red Sox then faced Hauf's Astros, and despite having a solid 9 run inning in the 3rd, were unable to hold their lead, and unable to continue scoring, largely due to their second batter making outs twice with the bases loaded (ahem). The Red Sox fell 13-10.

Still, having finally seen the light of being over .500, however briefly, the Red Sox have latched onto the last playoff spot, and don't plan on giving it up.

Red Sox POW: Andy Mabry, 5 for 6, 3 BBs, 2B, 5 runs scored, and some incredible catches in the outfield.

Cubs continue playing tale of 2 Cubbies
Jun 26, 2016, 7:32 pm

The Cubs split once again on the last games for June.  In Game 1, the Cubs victory over the Yanks was lead by ROW candidate Zack Kazda who hit for the cycle while scoring 4 runs and collecting 5 RBIs.  Sean Greeley pitched a great game and went 3 for 4.  Tyler Shulman went 3 for 4, Baby J had 2 hits and a BB, Chase Berg had 2 hits and Grey Davis had 2 hits.  Shulman in LF made several sensational diving catches.

In game 2, the Cubs jumped out early over the Blue Jays, but all h** broke loose in the middle innings when the Cubs gave up 12 runs thanks to the generosity of allowing the Jays 3 extra outs in which to play with.  Final score, Jays 19, Cubs 9.  

Greeley ended the day 6 for 7, Kazda 7 for 8, Baby J 5 hits, Big Al Valenti gathered in a 3B, Shulman 3 hits, G Davis 4 hits, Keith Dlott 4 hits.  



Dodgers Lose Heartbreaker
Jun 26, 2016, 12:28 pm

The Dodgers were in need of a sweep Sunday after losing two the previous week. Game 1 was against the surging Iron Pigs, winner of 5 of their last 6 games. 5 singles and 2 walks started the Dodgers with a six spot. 5 consecutive singles in the second netted 3 more and a 9-3 lead. There was little drama or suspense as the Dodgers cruised 12-4.

Game 2 was against the Nationals. The National jumped out to a 7-2 lead after 3. The Dodgers rallied with 5 in the bottom of the fifth with rbi hits from Aaron Weintraub, Danny Nutt and Aaron Nutt to close the gap to 9-8. The National built a 12-8 lead as we headed to the bottom of the seventh. The Dodgers rallied for three with the tying run on second before a fly out ended with the score 12-11.

POW candidate Danny Nutt led the way with 5-6 and some sound play at ss. Aaron Weintraub went 5-7 Aaron Nutt and Jon Simonson 4-7 and Dustin Madlock 3-5.

Yanks lose a pair
Jun 26, 2016, 12:00 pm

Schnitzer's Cubs beat the Pinstripers 16-7 as rookie slugger Zac Kazda hit for the cycle. 

Jeff Roberts was a perfect 3-3 at the plate vs Sean Greeley. Matt Ruckel, Larry Taub, Mike Sheppard and Michael Weber contributed two hit apiece for the Bombers.


Conn's Tigers edge the Yanks in the nightcap 11-8. 

Larry Taub hit a 3 run homer in the first and was 2-3 with a walk and 4 rbi's.

Matt Ruckel and Tony Dillard each had two hits.

The Yanks are now 11-11 with four big games remaining to make the Big Boy playoffs!

Jun 25, 2016, 10:18 am

Father's Day saw the Pigs come out flat against highly tauted high ball hurler HOF Richie "RO" Collins for the Casper Red Sox, led by Captain Alford himself  going 0-fer in the rubber match.  Too may hits by the Sox just decimated the Pigs D and the very Little O couldnt recover.  Red Sox ended a Pigs season high win streak, and their timely hitting and defense seem to have them trending upward with 6 gaames to go.

Doc Levy was perfect as per usual at the lead off spot and "Timmy Son" Jamieson had a 2 run bomb for the only Piggies runs.  


Game 2 had the Pigs wondering how they were going to combat the high octane offense of the Rangers while they only mustered up 2 measly runs in Game 1.

The Rangers, uncharateristically, went 3 up 3 down to begin the game.  The Pigs used this as a spark as they saw all players see the plate in the first and scored 5 runs.  Dr. C was dealing but getting but getting squeazed and he had to throw cookies to the plate or risk walkikng batters; Pigs capitalized. 

The Rangers seemed down and out with 2 outs in the 3rd, but came roaribng with 7 runs to take a 10-6 lead.  Ironpigs as always stayed true to each other, trusting one another and cheering each other on as they countered with 8 runs of their own to hold the lead for good.

This was an absolute team effort from top to bottom; I would single out the "Stars" of the game, but this was a true "team victory" in every aspect of the phrase.  Proud of you Pigs, keep looking for your next opportunity gentlemen!!  - coach

Nationals sweep to reach 500 mark
Jun 25, 2016, 8:27 am

The Nationals won 2 games on the Father’s Day night games, and are now 10-10 on the season. 

In the opener, the Nationals beat the Storm Chasers 15-9. The Nationals started the game with 8 straight hits  and 7 runs – a triple by Dan Feldman, singles by Jose Baho, Craig Dyer and Jake Ledkins, a triple by Eric Powers, and then singles by Kyle Kravitz, Robert Reighter and Doug Storm. The Storm Chasers closed the lead to 7-6 and then in the 4th, the Nationals put up another 7 spot to put the game out of reach. A single by Storm was followed by a double from Scott Elfenbein, a triple by Larry Goldstein, a single by Stuart Rosenfield, a triple by Baho, a double by Ledkins and a single by Powers. Powers led the way with 4 RBIs.

In the nightcap, the Nationals went up on the Astros 6-3 in the 3rd after back to back homers by Ledkins and Powers but the Astros countered with 7 in the top of the 4th. Down 10-6 in the bottom of the 5th, the Nationals scored 5 to pull out the 11-10 victory.  Baho started out the inning with a single, Dyer followed with a double, Ledkins walked, Powers hit a SF,  and Kravitz and Reighter singled, Storm then singled to bring the score to 10-9 with one out, bases loaded. JC Burks then hit a grounder and legged it out to 1st to avoid the double play, the tying run scored from third and when the throw got away at first, Reighter who started on second kept running and scored the winning run. Elfenbein and Goldstein then ran out the clock with a single and a BB respectively. 

Leading hitters on the day included Craig Dyer 5-5, 2B, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Doug Storm 6-6, 2 RBIs; Eric Powers 4-6 HR, 3B, 2B, 1B, 3 runs, 6 RBIs; Scott Elfenbein 4-6, 2B, 2 RBIs, key single to run out the clock in game 2; and Jake Ledkins 3-6, HR, 2B, 4 runs, 4 RBIs.


Cubs split again.........
Jun 21, 2016, 12:02 pm

Game 1- The Cubs lost a heartbreaker to the Mariners 7-6.  The Cubs only had 8 total hits in the game with POW nominee Mitch Zimmerman leading the way going 3 for 3.  

Game 2- Another close one for the Cubs who lead the league in playing in 1 run games.  The Cubs took the lead in 3rd by scoring 5 runs and held on to dear life as they defeated the Rays 8-6.  The big offensive blow in this one was a 2B off the fence by Zack Kazda which netted 2 RBIs and 2 unearned runs as the Rays played hot potato with the ball in the field.  Baby J and Chase Berg each had 2 hits in this victory.

Dodgers Drop Two
Jun 21, 2016, 10:15 am

Sunday night softball did not seem to agree with the Dodgers this week as they dropped a double header to fall back in the pack at 10-10. Game 1 against the Astros saw the Dodgers build a 5-1 before the Astros powered into the lead on a Jason Niswonger home run. 11 hits by the Dodgers couldn’t compete with 12 runs from the Astros as we fell 12-8.

Game 2 against a short handed but still powerful Red Sox team saw the BoSox build a 12-1 lead after 3 ½. 7 runs over the next two innings thanks to 3 rbi’s from Tim Murray closed the gap but the Dodgers still fell short 15-10.

Hitting stars were POW candidate Danny Nutt with 4-5 and 5 rbi’s, Aaron Nutt 5-6, Jason Murray 4-8, Aaron Weintraub, Robbie Franklin and Mark Livesay 3-6. Top defensive play of the season saw Aaron Weintraub snare an over the shoulder grab while racing back to the fence. The losses leave the Dodgers in 9th place looking up at the playoff teams.

Red Sox Playoff Push
Jun 21, 2016, 7:44 am

The Red Sox started two games under .500 and needed two wins this week. A tall order considering they were down their #1 Banaszek and sturdy catcher David Bamberger. Our first game was against the hard hitting Iron Pigs on field 2 with the wind blowing in and the sun directly behind the pitcher, so runs were hard to come by early. After 4 innings we were up 5-0 before exploding for 8 runs in the 5th, pulling away to a 14-2 victory.

Game two was against the good-pitching and defensive Dodgers team on field 1. We got off to a hot start going up 8-1 early while scoring in each of the first 6 innings. One good hitting late inning by the Dodgers chased Ro O’Connor from the hill, but Mitch Johnson stepped in, and our 15 runs held up 15-10.

POW: Hall Of Famer RO O’Connor 8/9 with 4 runs scored and 5 rbi’s on one good leg.
ROW: Leo Cova, The Venezuelan 1B recruit went 6/6 with 4 runs scored and 3 rbi’s.  

Dynamite Defense helps Yankees sweep!
Jun 20, 2016, 3:28 pm

Game 1 vs Apligian's Rays on sunny Field 6. 

Defensive gems: John Burke snares liner in self protection

Jeff Roberts makes strong running "snowcone" grap in RCF

Chris Blythe guns down a runner at 3rd

David Tennyson makes two diving stops at short and turns two double plays!

Offensive keys:

Jeff Roberts belts a two out double scoring three runs

David Tennyson and Tony Dilard were each 3-3


Game two versus Lachman's Royals on Field 3

John Burke pitched another gem just allowing 4 runs to a powerful lineup

Yanks had 24 hits and four walks in 6 innings for 17 runs

Chris Blythe scored 4 runs, had two rbi's form the leadoff spot

David Tennyson was four for five with 3 runs and 3 rbi's

Matt Ruckel was 3-3 with two bbs, two doubles and 3 rbi's

John Burke knocked in 3 runs

Jeff Roberts and Tony Dillard each had two hits

Ken Sprague was 3-4

Big hitting Mike "Pudge" Weber was 3-3 with a walk, double and triple with 3 rbi's

Yanks move to 11-9 with four big games left in the regular season



Jun 19, 2016, 11:52 pm

Ranger Rap

Father's day saw the Gers split their double dipper under the lights.  In opener they eked out a 11-6 victory over a determined Lewin Pale Hose group.  The later tilt saw the Iron Pigs of Alford tumble an error prone Ranger group 15-12. There were a few bright spots as the Gers again rallied in both games to take the lead but were out rallied by the Pigs.


Ranger Ruby's

Juan Espy Espinoza with 3 HR's, 5 RBI's

JJ 2 2B's, HR, and 3 RBI's

Law 3 more 2B's

Brums 4 more RBI's

BDS 4 more hits

DR C 2 more BB's and a 2B for 2 RBI's


Whats Next????
Jun 18, 2016, 9:57 pm

The White Sox had a rough day playing Game 1 with 9 ballplayers. Despite the shortage of players they fought and scraped to the last out and never gave up. The club is confident that when all players are avaiable they will definitely put some wins back to back. Jeff Lewin, 3-4, 1 double, Tanner Elfenbein, 3-4 2 runs, 1 double , 1 rbi ,  Mark Elfenbein , 2-4, 2 runs , 1 rbi and Art Rothenburg, 3 rbi's, 1 bb, 1 triple bagger.

Game 2 continued to be a rough outing with a shortage of players. Jeff Lewin, 4-4, Darius Wu, 2-3 ( playing with a bad leg) and Evan Berkowitz , 4-5 each had a fence clearing home run but 11 runs were not enough to slow down the Astro's who put up 23.  Mark Winnie and Michael OConnor were unstoppable at the plate each going 3-3 and keeping the Sox in the game. The Sox are looking forward to the Mini's with a full squad and determined to prove a few wrong.

Happy Father's Day to all next Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Ray's Split
Jun 13, 2016, 3:20 pm

Game 1 of the day saw the Rays playing host to the hot Rangers.  Well they jumped on us early (surprise surprise) scoring 11 in the first 2 innings.  But, true to form, we clawed and scratched our way back and made it a respectable game, coming up just short, 12-14 being the final score.  We just didn't seem to get the clutch play, offensively or defensively, when we needed to.  However we did limit Scott Lawrence to 1-4 day with 2, count them TWO double plays (don't drop the bat when you come up to the plate!), so we have that as a positive.

Game 2 of the day saw us take our frustrations out on Shaw's Mets.  This time, we made sure we wouldn't get the short end of the stick.  Scoring 4 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd, 7 in the 5th, and then 7 more in the 6th.  Every single player had at least 1 RBI in this game with 6 guys having 3 or more.  This was truly a team effort, one that we know we are capable of.  Don't snooze on us...

POW: Jeremy "don't call me PIGott" PIgott.  Fresh off 2 week sabbatical, went 6-8 with 3 2b's (who knew he could actually run?...) and 4 rbi's.

Dodger Defense Up to the Task
Jun 12, 2016, 7:28 pm

The weather gods showed favor to the Shalom Softball League on Sunday, allowing us to get our games in before the rains came down. The Dodger offense was in slow gear against two veteran pitchers scoring only 11 runs on the day. Fortunately, the defense was up to the task giving up only 11 runs on the day.

Game 1 against the Angels and their wily veteran John Unell saw Unell limit the Dodgers to 4 runs on only 10 hits as the Angels held on for a 6-4 win.

Game 2 against the Tigers with Paul Rakofsky on the mound saw the Dodgers erupt for 5 in the top of the first before Rakofsky settled down limiting the Dodgers to 2 more runs over the rest of the game. The Dodger defense held the hard hitting Tigers to 5 for a 7-5 win and a split on the day.

Jason Murray was our POW candidate with 4-7. Matthew Lefkovits went 4-6 in a substitute role and Mark Livesay was 3-5. Aaron Nutt, Jon Simonson and John Miller all went 3-6. That leaves the Dodger record at 10-8 in a two way tie for sixth.

Jun 12, 2016, 1:45 pm

Ranger Rap

The Gers got back to their winning ways in two tight contests.  The opener against a slugging Ray's squad was a nail biter and final tally of 14-12. The Rays rallied from 11 down after two to a one run game after 3.  Gers got an important 3 spot in the 4th and held on to eke out the victory.

In the twinight second game, the Gers once again got off to a good start and scored an early 8 runs...The Nationals under the Goldstein mystique came fighting back to make it a game...the Gers added 6 more in the 4th and then held on for a 15-10 victory. The Gers flexed their power muscles in the two games with 6 HR's, 10 2B's, and a 3B for good measure-we also had 8 more BB's and the first game was only 5 innings!!!

Ranger Ruby's:

POW-JJ Eusay 6/7, 5 runs, 2 HR's, 2B, 3B, and 8 RBI's

ROW-Timmy Crites-5/6 2 runs and 2 rbi's

Scott Lawrence-a robust 3 HR's, 2B, 4 Runs, and 7RBI's

Atta Boy Roy White-5BB's and 4 Runs

Brums-2 2B's, HR, 5 Runs, 2 Rbis' and stellar D


BDS-2 2B's and 3 RBI's

DR C and LS-2 run doubles.....




Iron Pigs squeak out a win and Bucs fire the cannons in walkoff extras vs the Yanks
Jun 12, 2016, 1:19 pm

Pigs woke up to a 6-0 lead versus the Yanks in the first inning. Yanks rallied to take a 9-8 lead with rbi's from David Tennison, John Burke, Jeff Roberts, Larry Taub and Seth Pepkin.

The Oinkers tied it in the 5th and then Captain Alford's two run bomb doomed the Pinstripers 12-9. Burke had 3 hits and Roberts was two for two with a walk in defeat.

The Pirates nickel and dimed their way to a 9-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth in the nighcap. Six straight hits from Taub, Pepkin, Tony Dillard, Captain, Ken Sprague, Michael Webber got the Yanks to within 9-7. Sac fly from Chris Blythe and a rbi hit from David Tennyson tied it up at 9-9. Yanks held the Buccoes in check and we went into extra innings. After the Pinstripers went quietly, Seth Kaufman hit an inside-the-park homer to end things 10-9 Pirates.

Yankee top hitters:

David Tennyson 4 for 6 with two bb's, double, 3 runs and 2 rbi's

Seth Pepkin 4 for 6 and 3 rbi's

Larry Taub 3 for 5, bb, 3 runs and 2 rbi's



Cubs split, go from grizzly to baby bear.........
Jun 12, 2016, 11:01 am

The Cubs opened the day defeating the White Sox 19-9 behind a 4 for 4 game by Sean Greeley who gathered in a 2B and 2 HRs along with 7 RBIs.  Chase Berg collected 2 hits, Zack Kazda had a HR and 3 BBs, Baby J had 2 2Bs, Mitch Zimmerman went 4 for 4 and Arlie Slack had 3 hits and was just a HR short of the cycle. Every Cub reached base in the game while frustrating the short handed Sox in each inning.

In game 2, the Cubs collected only 6 hits while plating only 1 run in an 18-1 loss to the Angels.  

Blue Jays injury report (since the Commissioner is a Patriots fan)
Jun 10, 2016, 7:51 pm

Out: Abbey Garber (talent); Doubtful: Lee McDonald (bat); Questionable: Mitch Dunn (psyche); Probable: Mike Baker (golf cart)

Sox drop 2
Jun 8, 2016, 8:50 pm






Nationals win 2
Jun 7, 2016, 7:49 pm

The Nationals won 2 on Sunday, beating Lachman’s Royals 23-13 and Schnitzer’s Cubs 17-3 to move to 8-8 and in a four way tie for the 8th and final playoff spot. 

The opener featured a back and forth affair with strong hitting from both teams. In the first, Jake Ledkins hit a 3 run homer and Robert Reighter hit a 2 RBI double to stake the Nationals to a 5 run lead.  The Nationals broke it open in the top of the 6th – up 14-12, the Nationals put up a 9 spot.  That one inning featured a two run homer by Jose Baho, a three run homer by Kyle Kravitz and double by Stuart Rosenfield knocking in 2. 

In the nightcap, the Nationals continued their hot hitting, smacking 4 homers (2 by Ledkins, 1 by Baho, 1 by Kravitz), 3 doubles (Ledkins, Baho, Eric Powers). Great pitching by Craig Dyer and all around defense held down the previously hot hitting Cubs. 

Jake Ledkins captured league-wide Player of the Week honors. Leading hitters on the day included Jake Ledkins 7-8, 3 HRs, 3 2Bs, 9 RBIs, 5 runs; Kyle Kravitz 4-5, 2 HRs, 2B, 1B, 2 BBs, 4 runs, 6 RBIs; Jose Baho 6-7, 2 HRs, 3 2Bs, 7 runs, 6 RBIs;  JC Burks 4-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Craig Dyer 4-7, 5 runs, RBI; and Stuart Rosenfield 4-7, 2B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.


Pirates Sweep both Sox
Jun 6, 2016, 7:52 pm

The Pirates, behind the stellar pitching by Mark Fishkind, swept their double header

Sunday afternoon. Fishkind improved his record to 11-0, while helping his own cause with key base hits. Again, the Buccos were flashing their leather. Drew Waggoner was awesome at short stop. Alan Taper is lock down in right field and Seth Kaufman started a slick double play to end a rally. Not to mention, Steve Gadol with a nifty tag at home plate.

Offensively, Waggoner led the charge. The line up delivered key 2 out hits to keep the innings going and the runs scoring.

Skipper Bob has been very pleased with his boys. Another great turn out from our loyal fans. We really appreciate all the support. Keeping the "We are Family" slogan going, the squad is looking forward to next Sunday. See you then.


Red Sox have rough day
Jun 6, 2016, 3:34 pm

The Red Sox, despite being a slow-pitch softball team, managed to get only 4 hits in their first game in 7 innings. Amazingly, 2 of these hits happened in the same inning, with Mitch Johnson doubling and Ritchie O'Connor singling him in for the Red Sox only run. Their game against the Pirates ended 13-1.

The Red Sox hit much better in the second game. Steve Haas went 3 for 3 with a walk, 2 RBI double, and 2 run homerun, Andy Mabry went 3 for 4 leading off, Matt Casey was 2 for 3 with a double, scoring both times, and Steve Hankin went 3 for 3 with a double and 2 runs scored. A rough inning in which the Cubs scored 9 runs cost the Red Sox their momentum, and despite nearly staging a comeback after Danny Banaszek's 2 run homerun, fell short and were walked off. 

The Red Sox are looking forward to getting back to .500 in next week's games.

Mets split
Jun 6, 2016, 8:25 am

This Mets team is no stranger to walk off games and it seems every week are playing in at least 1 but this week we got two of them. Missing 5 guys is never easy and finding subs is an absolute nightmare.


Special thanks to Max Willard/Brandon Alford/John Chung/Ben Rakofsky for helping out this week.


Irong Pigs Field 4

Mets got the first two guys on in the 1st and got 0 runs while the Pigs got 3. 2nd Inning more of the same as we got the bases loaded with no outs and got 1 run this time. It was 3-1 Pigs going to the top of the 3rd inning and with one out Tim Meyer doubled to left, David Shaw doubled off the fence in RCF and made the mistake of going to 3rd and was thrown out which is a cardinal sin in baseball/softball especially when Max Willard doubles, Garcia/Goldfader single to tie the game at 3. Tim Jamesion hit his first of 2 bombs to give the pigs a 6-3 lead going into the 5th. Ben Rakofsky/Tim Meyer/David Shaw singled in a run and then Max Willard hit his first of 2 fence home runs of the game to give the Mets a 7-6 lead. The never say die Pigs got 3 back in the next inning to go up 9-7.  In the top of the 6th Goldfader/Halperin/Rakofsky singled and with 2 outs Rookie of the Year Tim Meyer hit a fence grand slam followed by another Shaw double (this time stayed at 2nd and not thrown out) and a Willard Fence Home Run. Pigs got 1 back and with up 13-10 Mets loaded the bases in the top of the 7 and Ben Rakofsky lined an absolute missile that Ryan Alford made an incredible catch on the run over his head to get a sac fly which would end saving the game as the Pigs got guys on and Tim Jameison HR mixed with some bloops gave the pigs a walk off win.


Game of the Week vs Tigers


Tigers got 3 in the first and the Mets answered back with hits from Meyer/Shaw and the first of 3 intentional walks to Willard forcing Robert Garcia to drive in the first of his 6 runs of the game and Brandon Alford helped tie the score with a single of his own. After trading zeros in the second both teams traded 1 run. Excellent pitching of Paul Rakofsky got Meyer/Shaw out and the only at bat he pitched to Willard he lined a double to center field and Garcia drove him to tie the game. Tigers got 3 in the top of the 4th and held the mets to no runs. Score would remain until the bottom of the 5th when Jeremy Golden singled, Shaw lined a double over Shillers head, another IBB to Willard and Garcia Cleared the bases. Tigers wer able to scratch 1 across in the 6th to tie the game but being the home team has its advantages in close games. To lead off the bottom of the 7th Shaw hit a towering pop up to Paul Rakofsky and Willard was promptly walked and Robert Garcia lined a shot to left center and it got by Shiller and Willard scored giving the Mets the victory.



Yanks sweep the 'Stros and Injuns
Jun 6, 2016, 8:18 am

Game one on Field 9 vs Hauf's Astros became the Justin Reed power show as he belted two long bombs to give Houston a 10-1 lead. The Yanks clawed their way back with two in the fifth thanks to  Jeff Roberts' 2 run single. Three more in the 6th as Matt Ruckel cleared the bases with a 3 run triple. Down 10-7 in the home 7th, John Burke led off with a triple that inspired the Pinstripers. Roberts singled Burke home then Larry Taub and Tony Dillard. After a fielder's choice, Mike Sheppard hit a liner that was snared but 3rd base coach Ruckel sent speedy Taub home to tie the score at 10. Chris Blythe had the game winning hit with two outs to cap the comback win for the Yanks.

Game two on Field 5 vs Roth's Indians. The Yanks got 4 in the first with six hits from Blythe, David Tennyson, Roberts, Taub, Dillard, Farin and a Ruckel walk. A Ruckel two run blast gave the Bronx Bombers a 6-2 lead and they cruised to a 10-3 win behind great pitching from John Burke.

Yankee heroes:

POW Candidate Jeff Roberts 7 for 7 with 6 rbi's and some impressive catches in left field.

ROW Candidate Chris Blythe 6 for 7, two bb's, 4 runs and the GWRBI in game one

Matt Ruckel 4 hits, bb, 2 Ballentine Blasts, Triple, 7 rbi's and 6 runs scored

David Tennyson 4 hits and several double plays turned at short

Tony Dillard, Larry Taub and Michael Webber 3 big hits each

Jun 5, 2016, 7:58 pm

Ranger Rap

Gers were a little tardy on their wake up trailing the game and short handed BJ's 9-1 after 2 innings.  The wake up finally came in the 3rd as the Gers exploded for the next 22 unanswered runs and garnered a hard fought 23-13 victory. It wasn't pretty but the eruption guided us home including a tape measure shot off the bat of Juando and 3 3B's off the bat of the Law man who is wielding an incredibly hot bat. BDS also belted two doubles and Dr C added 3 more BB's to his impressive total.


Second tilt saw the Gers regress into a rather ugly state making numerous errors and not getting their normal scoring punch when needed. As sloppy as we played, the score was knotted at 11-11 as we came to bat in the bottom of the seventh....we had the last man in our order up, but then the fearsome 5 coming to the plate...nary a run was scored...which is probably the first time this year.  After more sloppy defense and a couple of Angel hits, the Gers were down two and barelt wimperd in the 8th....all added up to a 13-11 loss at the hands of the masterful Junell.  Long season and at 11-5 the Gers are poised to improve and finish on a strong note.

Ranger Ruby's

POW candidate Scott Lawrence incredibly was 9 for 9 with a BB, 4 3B's, a  2B, 7 runs, and 8 RBI's!!!!

ROW cnadidate Juan Espinoza was 4 for 8 with a HR, 2B, BB, and 5 RBI's

Brums with 5 more hits including a 3B 6 more RBI's...now 60 for the season

JJ-a fine day with 3 BB's, and  hits and timely RBI's

BDS-2 2B's

Wayne Casper with 5 more BB's!!!

Roy White-6 Hits and 6 Runs

Cubs split
Jun 5, 2016, 3:13 pm

In game 1 vs the Nationals, the Cubs were out manned by the squad formerly known as the Muckdogs 17-3.  The Cubs could only collect 12 hits scoring 3 runs while watching the Nationals launch plenty over the fence.  

Fortuneatly, an hour off and a sampling of new energy drinks were just what the Cubbies ordered in preparation for their game 2 vs the Red Sox.  

In game 2, the Cubbies found themselves behind after 3.5, but in the bottom of the 4th, the Cubs scored 8 runs while gathering in 8 hits and a BB.  A 3 run shot by Sean Greeley put the Cubs ahead until the top of the 7th when the Sox answered with a homer of their own to tie the game at 14.  In the bottom of the 7th, Arlie Slack led off with a 2B, Schnitzer sacrificed him to 3rd with a grounder to the right side of infield, Chase Berg was offered a free base and Zack Kazda supplied the needed FC scoring the game winning run.  

Mitch Zimmerman is our POW going 5 for 6 with a 2B, SF and great hustle in LF and on the bases.  

Other offensive stars:

Chase Berg- 2 hits, BB

Zack Kazda- 4 hits, 2B

Sean Greeley- 3 hits, HR, 2 BB, 4 RBIs

Bob Davis- 3 hits, 2B

Baby J- 3 hits, 2B

Keith Dlott- 3 hits

Grey Davis- 4 hits, 3 RBIs

Arlie Slack- 2 hits, 2B, BB

Larry Schnitzer- 4 hits

Dodgers Split, losing a Heartbreaker
Jun 5, 2016, 2:13 pm

The Dodgers first game was against a short handed Blue Jay squad who were missing two of their power hitters. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the Jays had two more in reserve. Home runs by Lee McDonald and Manny Madrigal (2) left the Dodgers in a 9-2 hole heading into the bottom of the fifth. A five run rally sparked by a Dustin Madlock double closed the gap. The Jays added one and had a 10-7 lead as we headed to the bottom of the seventh with the bottom of the order up. Singles by Robbie Franklin, John Miller and Bruce Ackerman loaded them up. An error scored two to make it 10-9. A deep fly to the fence was caught and a fly to right ended the game with the Dodgers falling short of another thrilling comeback.

Game 2 against a struggling Rays team saw the Dodgers leave nothing to chance opening with 3 in the first and 7 in the second thanks to 5 walks and doubles by John Miller and Aaron Nutt. 5 more in the fifth with Robbie Franklin providing a bases loaded double as the big hit sent the Dodgers on to a comfortable 16-6 win.

Aaron Weintraub was our POW candidate with 6-8, John Miller had 5-7, Robbie Franklin 5-8, Jon Simonson 4-7 and Tommy Baer 3-5.

White Sox and Rays drink the same Cool-Aid, drop 3
Jun 2, 2016, 6:28 pm

Defense was there but offense fell asleep. Oh yea, the Rays and Sox must be drinking the same cool-aid. On the bright side , Art Rothenburg went 5-6, triple, double and 3 rbi's in the last 2 games attempting to wake everyone else up! Glad to have the  week off so the boys can re-group and get ready for the final push to the playoffs.

Pirates avoid being swept
May 26, 2016, 6:06 pm

The first place Pirates avoided being swept last Sunday by the hair on their chinny, chin, chin. In the first game, The Buccos got smoked by the hot hitting Royals. Game 2 provided little relief. Pirate bats went to sleep and couldn't muster any offense as the Mets dominated. In the nightcap, the Pirates got saved by the clock. Ahead by 1 run, time expired on the Blue Jays. It surely wasn't pretty, but we will take the W. Not to make any excuses, the Bucs were missing 3 key ingredients to their squad. Hopefully, vacations are out of the way. But on the bright side, the Black and Yellow are still in first place.

Rays drop 3
May 26, 2016, 12:56 pm

Defense was good enough to win, offense took the week off.  Nothing more to be said.

Mariners Show Heart in Sweep
May 23, 2016, 12:31 pm

Game 1. Field 3. Mariners @ White Sox

Williams's Mariners scored 1 in the top of the first, but the White Sox responded with 3 of their own in the bottom half. Again, the Mariners scored 1 in the top of the second, but the White Sox attacked with 5 in the bottom half to take a commanding 8-2 lead early with the wind blowing in. Sunday, May 22nd, told the story of the Mariners' fight. In the top of the third, the Mariners began their comeback with 3 runs and started playing shut down defense. After a scoreless fourth, the Mariners would take the lead in the fifth with 4 runs (highlighted by a RBI triple from Jason NARANJO and a go-ahead 2-run inside-the-park-home-run from Andrew WILLIAMS). After 2 runs exclusively from the bottom of the Mariners order in the sixth, the Mariners closed out the game for the 11-8 win.


Game 2. Field 4. Mariners @ Blue Jays

The Mariners scored 3 runs immediately with back-to-back doubles from NARANJO and Cade McDOUGALD and an inside-the-park-home-run from WILLIAMS. In the second, the Mariners scored 2 more, but the Blue Jays responded with 3 of their own. After another Mariners run in the top of the third, the Blue Jays tied the game with 3 runs in the bottom half. The Mariners would score 1 in the top of the fourth on some heads-up base running by Steve WALSH. McDOUGALD, after recording his league-leading 14th walk, and Tony MACALUSO would both score on a double by Jeff RADANOF in the sixth. The Blue Jays responded with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 9-8 ballgame going into the seventh. Both bottoms of the order were up, and the Mariners bottom stepped up and score a huge insurance run in the top half (Tony LOWERY doubled and scored on a NARANJO single). Then the Mariners defense shut down the Blue Jays in the bottom half for the 10-8 win.


Game 3. Field 1. Cubs @ Mariners (GAME OF THE WEEK)

Since this was the GotW, here's the action from both teams.

Top 1: Cubs' Chase BERG and Zack KAZDA single. BERG scored on Sean GREELEY RBI single, and KAZDA scores on a David BUHROW fielder's choice. 2-0 Cubs

Bottom 1: Zac ARON and Jason NARANJO single. Zac ARON scores on Tony MACALUSO single (almost caught on a jump by first baseman Al Valenti). NARANJO scores on Steve ENDA's RBI single. 2-2 tie

Top 2: John CHUNG singles. Arlie SLACK doubles. Al VALENTI walks. CHUNG scored on SHULMAN RBI single. 3-2 Cubs

Bottom 2: Jaime ARON singles. Zac ARON reaches on fielder's choice. Zac ARON scored on NARANJO triple. NARANJO scores on Cade McDOUGALD single. McDOUGALD scores on Andrew WILLIAMS double. 5-3 Mariners

Top 3: KAZKA singles and scores on GREELEY double. GREELY scores on BUHROW's single. 5-5 tie.

Bottom 3: ENDA stranded after leadoff double. 5-5 tie.

Top 4: Grey DAVIS and CHUNG single. DAVIS eliminated on 6-5 fielder's choice off bat of SLACK. Larry SCHNITZER singles. CHUNG scores on VALENTI sac fly. SLACK scores on SHULMAN single. SCHNITZER scores on BERG single. SHULMAN scores on KAZDA double. BERG and KAZDA score on GREELEY single. BUHROW singles. ZIMMERMAN singles, but GREELEY eliminated in run-down between third and home to end inning. 11-5 Cubs.

Bottom 4: Zac ARON singles and scores on NARANJO double. NARANJO scores on McDOUGALD single. McDOUGALD thrown out by KAZDA at third on WILLIAMS double. 11-7 Cubs.

Top 5: Grey DAVIS stranded after leadoff single. 11-7 Cubs.

Bottom 5: ENDA hits leadoff triple and scores on IULIANO single. LOWERY singles but is eliminated on Jaime ARON's base-hit-turned-fielder's-choice to right. IULIANO scores on Zac ARON single. Jaime ARON scores on NARANJO single. Zac ARON scores on McDOUGALD single. NARANJO and McDOUGALD score on WILLIAMS home run. MACALUSO doubles and scores on ENDA single. 15-11 Mariners.

Top 6: 3 up, 3 down. 15-11 Mariners.

Bottom 6: Fighting the clock, IULIANO is intentionally walked to start the inning to set up potential double play. LOWERY responds with single. Zac ARON burns LF for double as time dwindles to secure victory. 17-11 Mariners.


Mariners' PoW/RoW


Jason Naranjo: 11-12 with 3 2Bs and 2 3Bs, 9 runs scored, 5 RBI. Full extension running catch in CF.


Zac Aron: 5-13 (4-5 in GotW) with game-ending 3B, 6 runs scored, 4 RBI. Lockdown defense in LF.

Mets take 2 of 3
May 23, 2016, 9:13 am

Game 1 vs the Dodgers

Dodgers were held scoreless in the top of the 1st and the Mets jumped out to an early lead on a Shaw double and an Aymond rbi single. The Dodgers had their big inning getting 5 runs in the top of the 2nd and adding another 1 run in the 3rd to take a 6-1 lead. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the 5th when Greg Aymond lead off with a mamouth triple which was followed by RBI singles from Robert Garcia and Louis Goldfader. After 2 outs Aaron Sasson/Jeremy Golden/Dennis Shaw/Tim Meyer all reached base and then David Shaw cleared the bases with a triple giving the Mets a 7 run inning. Mets had an 8-6 and the Dodgers got 1 run in each of the next three innings taking the lead in extra innings. David Shaw came up with 2 outs in the 8th inning and hit a fence HR to tie the game and Ortega then launched a shot to left field that was brought in at the fence. Dodgers got a run on a Livesay HR and the Mets loaded the bases but couldnt get another run and lost another extra inning affair.


Game 2 vs the Pirates

Coming off another extra inning affair hosting the Pirates the Mets got a 0 on defense and Scored 4 in the bottom of the first on back to back singles from Meyer/Shaw then back to back doubles from Ortega/Aymond. In the 2nd inning after holding the Pirates scoreless the Mets got another 4 runs. Sasson walked and Jeremy Golden/Meyer/Shaw singled before Oretga launched a Fence HR. After 3 innings it was 9-0 Mets and we just jumped on the Pirates they were unable to come back. 


Game 3 vs the Angels

Mets got 1 run in the first inning on an Ortega double and Aymonds rbi single. The Angels got 3 in the bottom of the 1st to take  3-1 lead. After trading zeros Dennis Shaw led off the top of the 3rd with a walk and Tim Meyer who had missed a HR in the 1st hit a fence HR in the top of 3rd to tie the game at 3. 4th inning was scoreless but the Angels got 1 run in the 5th but were threatening for more but Brian Osgood was  thrown at 2nd by David Shaw and set the stage in the bottom of the 5th for the Mets to take the lead. Back to back walks to Ortega/Aymond and Robert Garcia hit a line drive 3 run fence HR to give the Mets the lead for good. Tim Meyer added another fence HR in the 7th to give the Mets some much needed insurnace and get them back to .500.


Three Thrillers for the Dodgers
May 22, 2016, 7:29 pm

Triple header Sunday produced three thrilling one run games for the Dodgers

Game 1 against the Mets saw the Dodgers string together 7 singles to post a 5 spot in the second. The Mets capitalized on numerous Dodger errors, both physical and mental, in the bottom of the fifth to score 7 and take an 8-6 lead. The Dodgers rallied with single runs in the sixth and seventh to tie it at 8. On to one pitch as each team scored one in the 8th. Mark Livesay led off the 9th with a tater over the right field fence and when the Mets heart of the order couldn’t score, we had victory number 1.

Game 2 against the Astros saw the Dodgers with an 8-3 lead after 3 before the Astros erupted for 10. The Astros held a 14-9 lead heading into the bottom of the last inning. A bases loaded double by Aaron Nutt scored three, tying the score, followed by a line drive single by Danny Nutt scoring the winning run in a dramatic 15-14 come from behind win.

Game 3 against the Red Sox saw the Dodgers score 4 in the first on 5 singles and maintained a lead until the bottom of the sixth when the Bosox scored 2 to tie it at 7. This time the magic wore out as the Dodgers were held scoreless and the Red Sox rallied for one to win 8-7.

POW candidates were plentiful for the Dodgers. The nod goes to Aaron Nutt who went 8-11 with two walks and two doubles, six runs and six rbi’s. Tommy Baer went 6-8, Danny Nutt 8-12 and Brad Zane 9-13.

After a 1-3 start the Dodgers have rallied to win 7 of the last 10 and are currently sitting in one of the 8 cherished playoff positions.

Yanks win a pair!
May 22, 2016, 7:10 pm

Casper's pesky Red Sox upended the Yanks in theire first game despite two hits each from Chris Blythe, Matt Ruckel, Jeff Roberts and Ken Sprague.

In game two, the Yanks used timely hitting and stellar defense (especially from Roberts in right field) to win a tight one. Ruckel hit two fence clearing bombs while David Tennyson and Tony Dillard chipped in with two hits apiece. Michael Webber had two huge rbi's from the 12 hole.

Game three was one for the ages versus Lachman's Royals. It was a nail biter throughout and then the Royals took a 9-6 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. Hits from Dillard and Blythe gave the Yankees hope and then with the bases loaded and two outs up strode Matt "The Mick" Ruckel. Suddenly a 52 core ball was drilled into the right field fence for a three run double for another walkoff win for the Bronx Bombers!

May 22, 2016, 5:10 pm

Ranger Rap up

The Gers had it all working in a trifecta of victory's on Sunday. 17 was their magic number as they scored 17 in each game played.  In the opener, Samsel's squad plyed gamely and rallied to just come up short 17-15...it was the last real test for the Gers.  The Gers changed up the defensive alignment with great success and it showed in improved defensive play.  Second tilt saw the Rangers explode for 12 in the first inning-they never looked back in route to a 17-3 victory over Lewin's pale hose. In the final tilt, a very hungry and game Pig squad kept it close for2 innings-then the Gers exploded for a large 8 spot in the third exerting their will and closing with a final 17-5 W.  Let's talk about superlatives on the day:

POW-Scott "laid down the" Law with an incredible day-Cycle in the night cap and overall 9/10, 2 BB's, 2 2B's, 1 3B, 3 HR's, , 9 Runs scored, and 14 RBI's!!!

ROW-Juando "ESPY" Espinoza with a power outrage-2 HR's in the first game-overall 8/12, 2B, 4 HR's, 7 Runs, and 10 RBI's-and stellar defense in new LF position ala Ian Desmond

Brums as usual-odd day for him-great for the rest of us who played great SS as part of his new day....8/11, 2 2B's, 3B, HR, and 8 RBI's


"Atta Boy" Roy White-7 runs, 2 BB's, and excellent D


ET-4 BB's

Dwayno-2 BB's

Dr C-excellent pitching and 2 more walks on his ledger

Woo HOO......

Some of Casper's suggestions adopted by MLB Competition Committee, others not so well received
May 21, 2016, 4:33 pm

A new strike zone could be on baseball's horizon and the old-fashioned intentional walk could be a thing of the past after both were agreed to by the competition committee at Major League Baseball's owners meetings this week, sources said.

The committee agreed on a motion to effectively raise the lower part of the strike zone to the top of the hitter's knees. The current rules stipulate that the zone begins at "the hollow beneath the kneecap," but the change is a reaction to a trend by umpires to call strikes on an increasing number of pitches below the knees.

The change in the intentional-walk rule would end the traditional practice of requiring the pitcher to lob four balls outside the strike zone. Instead, a team could signify it wants to issue an intentional walk, and the hitter would be immediately sent to first base, sources said.

www.shalomleague.org reporters have discovered that the new proposed intentional walk rule was adopted based on a suggestion by Shalom League Commissioner and MLB Consultant Wayne Casper in an effort to shorten game times.  Apparently Casper also suggested not making batters touch all the bases on fence clearing homers, as another time-saving suggestion, and that is under consideration by MLB. Casper has been seen as a rising star and a potential candidate as MLB Assistant Commissioner. Other sources reveal that other of Casper's suggestions for the competition committee were not as well received including: (i) adding a 31st team so MLB would have a prime number of team, eliminating all divisions, and just having one league where the best 8 records would make the playoffs, (ii) allowing batters to take an automatic out by just telling the umpire, and (iii) adding tripleheaders to the schedule.


Nationals lose 2 in last inning fashion
May 21, 2016, 9:54 am

The Nationals lost 2 squeakers.

The opener against Roth's Indians was a pitcher's duel between Craig Dyer and Jon Banta, with good defense from both teams. Craig Dyer helped his own cause knocking in 3 runs (6 RBIs for the day). Tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th, bases loaded, 2 outs, JT Pierce's well placed walk off single was the difference. 

In the nightcap against Miller's Dodgers, the Nationals' bats finally came to life but so did the Dodgers'. Down 6-0, the Nationals took a 9-6 lead, and the lead kept trading back and forth. The Nationals tied the game in the bottom of the 7th, but could not plate the winning run. The Dodgers won in extra innings 16-14.  Jake Ledkins led the way with 2 homers (6 RBIs for the day), and Dan Feldman, Jose Baho and Kyle Kravitz each had 3 hits in the game. 


The Harder Ray Fall
May 19, 2016, 3:01 pm

Well it was an interesting day for the men in baby blue this past Sunday.  First game against the hungry Pigs didn’t go very well for us.  The Pigs came out aggressive jumping on us early.  We didn’t do ourselves any favors, especially in the first 2 innings not plating a single run.  That hurts, especially on field 9 where balls fly out of there on a regular basis.  Of course captain Ryno had his team ready to secure their first win and he lead the charge with a couple of no doubter bombs.  They may have found a pitcher in Ronn Forniglia, you could tell there was a concerted effort to learn that position on the fly in just a couple weeks.  We put up 3 in the 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings but it was too little too late, losing by just a couple.


Game 2, after an hour break, saw us go head to head with Kid Williams’ Mariners.  They are as good as advertised, holding us to only 11 hits.  We put up 3 in the first inning, but could only muster up 1 measly more run the rest of the game.  Defense was solid overall with no killer innings, they just got up on us early and never let up.  Quality win for them and easy to see why they are tied for 3rd


Game 3 saw the royals come to the yard.  We were determined to show them who wore baby blue the best.  After losing the first 2 and playing just meh, we decided to hit.  We must have been some lucky SOB’s because out of the TWENTY SIX hits we had (plating a very efficient 23 of those guys—the highest for the entire league this week), apparently (according to one source) only 3 of our hits were legitimate.  The rest were “Larry Loopers”.  Death by 1,000 paper cuts, that’s what you’ll see when you play us.  Our biggest damages came in the 2nd inning where we plated 7 and then 9 more in the 5th.  Everyone contributed and we hit .650 as a team that game.  Now if we can only find a way to do that EVERY time…


Player of the Game and weekend has to go to Brian Smallwood who went 3-3 with a BB, scored 2x, an RBI and 1 baby girl delivered.  If you know Smalls, please extend him a warm congratulations.

Royals Split Jekyll & Hyde Twin Bill
May 18, 2016, 8:55 pm


The Royals played the part of the suave, elegant Jekyll in game 1 of their doubleheader by defeating Lewin’s White Sox 13 – 7.  But the Royals unleashed their inner Hyde in the nightcap, yielding 23 runs in a 23 – 6 thrashing by Apligian’s Rays.


Pitcher Barry Epstein cruised through the opener, scattering 11 singles, as the Royals defense backed him up with inspired, and at times, spectacular defense in one of the most dominant defensive performances of the year.


Trailing 2 – 1, and heading to the top of the third, Larry Lachman singled to lead off the inning. Scott Zimmerman drew a walk to put runners on first and second.  One out later, Ben Enlow rewarded the Royals’ faithful by unloading his third homerun of the season; a towering blast over the left centerfield fence, scoring Lachman and Zimmerman.  According to ESPN’s Homerun Tracker, the 408-foot homer left Enlow’s bat at 112.6 miles per hour, and traveled at an absurd 121.4-degree angle.


After providing the RBI single that produced the Royals’ first inning run, Troy Steele followed Enlow with his fifth homerun of the season, to almost the same exact location. Steele’s blast was hit so hard that it had not yet reached the top of its trajectory when it cleared the trees beyond the fence.






















White Sox











Jason Chapman’s 2-run double keyed the Royals’ 3-run fifth, and as an encore Steele blasted his second homerun of the game – sixth on the season – in the Royals’ 4-run seventh, his first multi-homer game of the season.



Troy Steele 3 – 4, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 2 Fence HRs

Ben Enlow 3 – 4, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 3-run Fence HR, GWRBI

Chino Abraham 3 – 4, 3 Runs

Stan Thomas 3 – 4, 1 RBI

Jason Chapman 2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B

Matt Myers 2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2B

Darren Kammer 2 – 4, 1 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B


For as good as Royals played in the opener, they were equally as bad in the nightcap.  The Rays benefitted from two critical fielding errors, one bad hop, and although only three of their 20 hits were hit hard, their other 17 hits managed to find green grass.  David Warren’s 3-run fence homerun highlighted their 7-run second inning. Chino Abraham led the Royals with three hits, and Enlow continued his stellar day by driving in three of the Royals' six runs.




























POW  Troy Steele  4 – 6, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, BB, 2 Fence HRs

ROW  Ben Enlow  5 – 7, 2 Runs, 6 RBI, 2B, 3-Run Fence HR, GWRBI in Game 1


Red Sox split again
May 18, 2016, 12:38 pm

The Red Sox opened Sunday with a strong showing against Hauf's. The Red Sox put up 3 in the first off a Steve Haas home run, and then put up 12 in the third, including a Danny Banaszek grand slam. Danny went on to hit another 2 run homer in the 5th. The Red Sox won the game 17-11.

Kudos to Haas and Banaszek for their strong offensive showing, to Mitch Johnson for his excellent pitching, and Andy Mabry for his SS play.

In their second game against the Rangers, the Rangers offense could not be stopped. The Red Sox were unable to answer with the constant scoring they needed. While this game did not go their way, the Red Sox look forward to next Sunday's triple header, and for a solid 3-0 sweep.

Cubs continue winning ways
May 17, 2016, 2:05 pm

On Sunday, the Cubs opened the day hosting the Blue Jays.  The Cubs jumped out early to take an 11-3 lead but the Jays battled back to tie the game at 11.  It took an extra inning gut check with Zack Kazda sliding under the tag of the Jays catcher to seal the 12-11 slide off win. 


Game 2 had the Cubs as visitors to the Yanks.  The game was tight until the end when the Cubs bottom of the order brought in 3 insurance runs to take away any hope of the Yanks catching up.  Final score, Cubs 13, Yanks 8.


Cubby Hitting Stars

Chase Berg- 4 hits

David Buhrow- 5 hits, 5 RBIs

Bob Davis- 4 hits, 2 2Bs

Keith Dlott- 2 hits, 2B

Zack Kazda- 6 hits, 4 RBIs

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits

Tyler Shulman- 4 hits

Arlie Slack- 3 hits, 3 RBIs

Al Valenti- Key hit in game 2

Mitch Zimmerman- 2 hits, 2 RBIs

Sub John Chung  3 hits


Mets Sweep
May 16, 2016, 7:31 am

Game 1 vs Garber's Blue Jays

Mets had bases loaded and no outs to start the game and got 2 runs  on the board quickly with sharp singles from  ROW candidate Tim Meyer and David Shaw before Brian Ortega walked and POW candidate Greg Aymond and Jon Kilburn brought them home. After holding the Jays scoreless Ron Roberts, Aaron Sasson and Jeremy Golden got singles generating a key run from the bottom of the order. Mets put up another zero on defense and then in the 3rd inning exploded for 6 runs with hits from Meyer, Shaw, Ortega, Robert Garcia & a big rbi Double from Louis Goldfader. After  batting around in the 3rd the Jays got 2 back and the Mets got 3 more in the 4th inning to take what felt like a commanding 12-4 lead. The Jays never gave and scored 5 in the bottom of the 5th and had the bases loaded before the Mets were able to secure a victory.


Game 2 vs the Indians


The Indians jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and the Mets were able to answer back with 2 in the bottom of the first. hits from Shaw, Ortega, Aymond and Garcia evened the score. the Indians kept adding on and the Mets were kept scoreless for 2 frames and were down 6-2 entering the bottom of the 4th before Greg Aymond led off with a bullet 2b to left, Kilburn, Garcia, Ron Roberts all got singles before Rick Halperin lined a big bases clearing triple over the left fielders head.  Not to be out done Aaron Sasson singled and Scored on Jeremy Goldens double and Dennis Shaw got a clutch single as the Mets batted around  and took the lead. The Indians however would not go away and kept chipping away and got 3 in the 6th and the mets went down in order forcing extra inngins after time had expired. The Mets got some incredible defensive plays from Brian Ortega and being the home team only needed 1 run to win the game. Tim Meyer singled, Shaw and Aymond walked setting the stage for Kilburns walk off Sac Fly.


Mets POW Greg Aymond 4-5 Hr 2b BB 4 R 4 RBI

ROW Hitting Machine Tim Meyer 6-7 3 R 3b

May 15, 2016, 5:45 pm

Ranger Rap


Looked great in the opener with 26 hits including 4 3B', 4 2B's, and two Ding Dongs and a decided 21-7 defeat of the Bosox.  Mr Hdye showed for the second tilt....pourous mistake prone defense and a total of 9 hits lead to a 14-5 loss to the Tigers. 

Short article-the coach wrenched his back and is suffering from spasms...looking forward to greener pastures and more consistent play next week.


Ruby Ranger's:

Scott Lawrence-5/6 with a BB, 3 2b's, 2 3b's, 5 runs, and 3 RBI's

JJ-4/5 2BB's, 4 runs, 2b, and rbi

Matt Brumley-5/7, 2 3b's, HR, 6 RBI's

Roy White-3 his and a BB

Brian Thompson-2 2b's and 3 rbi's

Juando Espinoza-Hr and 5 RBI's

Dr C-3 more BB's 

The Good Dodgers Show Up
May 15, 2016, 2:38 pm

The Dodgers entered play Sunday, one of ten teams at 4-5. In the four wins, they averaged over 15 runs. In the five defeats, they averaged a spartan 3.0 runs. Which Dodger team would show up after a 3 week hiatus?

Game 1 was against the Iron Pigs fresh off their first victory of the season. After 2 ½ innings the Iron Pigs held a 4-0 with Pig hurler Ronn Forniglia showing good control after a 3 week intensive training session in his back yard. Dustin Madlock started with a single that blossomed into a 6 run rally paced by 5 singles and 3 passes. The Pigs tied it back up at 6 before six more singles in the fifth produced six more runs propelling the Dodgers to a final score of 12-6.

Game 2 against the Muckdog Nationals saw another 6 spot by the Dodgers as doubles by Mark Livesay, Jon Simonson and Tommy Baer sparked the attack. The Nats scored 2 in the first and 7 in the second as Jake Ledkins flexed two over the fence. The Dodgers trailed 11-9 entering the sixth. A leadoff single by Robbie Franklin started another rally with six singles to net 5 and a 14-11 lead. The game Nats battled back to tie it in the bottom of the seventh at 14 apiece as we headed to extra innings of one pitch softball. An rbi double by Mark Livesay and a sac fly by Tim Murray spotted the Dodgers a tenuous 16-14 lead. The bottom of the 8th was an easy scoreless inning through the heart of the lineup, to preserve the 16-14 victory.

Jon Simonson, POW candidate led the way with 6-8 plus three diving catches at third. Danny Nutt was also 6-8, Aaron Nutt 5-7 and Mark Livesay 4-7 plus a home run. Dodger management is hoping that the new and improved Dodger offense is here to stay.

Blue Jays swept; major changes announced
May 11, 2016, 8:28 pm

Following the Nationals' announcement of the hiring of consulting firm Kathy Garber Analytics (KGA) to serve as team President and General Manager, the  Blue Jays filed tampering charges, but the League Commissioner ruled that the Jays did not have any contract with KGA. Blue Jays Coach Abbey Garber seemed resigned to losing his long-time consultant, saying, "I never get angry; it's only softball," but, in a surprise move, KGA bought the Blue Jays.  When Nationals captain Larry Goldstein complained, KGA President Kathy Garber told him he should have had a good corporate lawyer look at his contracts.

Turning to her newest acquisition, Kathy Garber said that, looking at the physiques of the Jays the last few weeks, she saw potential for a multi-sport franchise, starting with a dance team.   She immediately announced that as part of a trade in which she represented the Nationals and the Blue Jays, the Blue Jays gained exclusive 6 year draft rights to Beth, Chelsea, Stephanie, Camille, and Cozette Goldstein, and an option (not expected to be exercised) on Larry Goldstein.  "Those Goldsteins can dance," observed KG, "well, except Larry." She added "he has a great personality." 

 KGA has announced one key change for the Jays softball team. Noting that several players appear to have conflicts with games due to the locations of bars in the metroplex, she plans to open a bar at Heritage Fields and begin serving on Sundays.  The Blue Jays appear to be on their way to play great for the rest of the season.

Nationals swept; Major Changes announced
May 7, 2016, 1:17 pm

Following the Nationals being swept in the April 24 tripleheader, Nationals’ ownership announced that team Captain Larry Goldstein was being removed from his General Manager position and that his positions as team captain and manager were in jeopardy pending the results for the remainder of the season. Ownership announced that Goldstein had been relying on old school scouting techniques too much – mentioning that relying on Larry Silverman’s views at tryouts watching the footwork of players and relying on Justin Reed’s eyeball test of how quickly outfielders react to a hit ball – were no longer going to cut it in this vastly improved Shalom League. Ownership announced the hiring of consulting firm Kathy Garber Analytics (KGA) to serve as team President and General Manager. KGA’s vast spray charts and tendencies on every player in the league are expected to immediately help the Nationals’ positioning of its fielders. Many had thought those reports were owned by the Blue Jays (fka the Grasshoppers) but the League Commissioner ruled that the Jays did not have any contract with KGA and as such the reports belonged to KGA. Also announced as part of the deal, the Nationals gained exclusive 6 year draft rights to Teddy and Tommy Garber and an option (not expected to be exercised) on Abbey Garber. 

KGA has announced one key change so far. Noting that star player Scott Elfenbein’s WAR (wins above replacement) is a whopping plus 9 (the Nationals are 4-0 with him, 0-5 without him), KGA has a plan to be sure Scott Elf plays in the remainder of the games. Occasionally Elfenbein misses some games because his pharmacist job requires him to work some Sundays. KGA has implemented a plan whereby Nationals players would sub for Elfenbein at his pharmacy, so Elfenbein can play in the softball games. Although none of the other Nationals has formal training as a pharmacist, KGA has noted all them look good in a uniform and should be able to handle the job as long as they act with confidence and appear to have empathy with the customers. Several of the Nationals claim to have had informal pharmacy training in college.

The Nationals appear to be on their way to play great for the rest of the season.


“Let’s Play Three” – Royals Go 2 – 1 in Tripleheader
Apr 28, 2016, 3:54 pm


The lower half of the batting order is often overlooked, but in the Royals’ tripleheader on Sunday, it was the story of the game as the Royals defeated Millers’ Dodgers 9 – 5 and Hauf’s Astros 9 – 6, as tremendous character, great defense, and timely hitting were all on display in the tripleheader.


The middle third of the Royals’ order – Eli Gershenson, Darren Kammer, and Stan Thomas – went 16–for–22 with seven runs scored, and 15 RBI in the tripleheader.   Considering the Royals scored 22 runs in the three games, these three men scored or drove in all of them.


In game 1 against the Dodgers, Gershenson and Thomas drove in three runs apiece in the 9 – 5 victory. Gershenson’s 2-run single and Thomas’ RBI triple keyed the Royals’ 4-run second inning. Barry Epstein scattered 11 hits, in dominating the Dodgers. Epstein, who recorded his second consecutive quality start, did it with his bat and his glove.  He keyed the Royals’ 3-run fifth with a 2-run double, and in the bottom of the sixth he turned a sharp comebacker to the mound into a 1–6–3 double play.  It was the pivotal play of the game as the Dodgers had loaded the bases with only one out to bring the tying run to the plate, with the Royals clinging to a 7 – 3 lead.