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TIN CAPS Domination
Oct 14, 2019, 1:25 pm
The Tin Caps swept another series finishing the season with the league's best record and a whopping 100 run differential!
 
Game 1 vs Sardi's Yankees
Paul Rakofski had the crazy honor of pitching for the opposing team for the 3rd week in a row. He seemed to have figured out the trick to shutting the Tin Caps down as the Tin Caps started a little slow and were chasing the Yankees through the 5th inning. However, in the 6th inning the Tin Caps bats came alive. Roosvelt Gonzales stared the inning with a double. Ryan Greenberg, BDS, Sean Harcourt & Jerry Rogers all followed with him. Brian Smallwood kept the inning going by beating out a double play attempt. When it was all done, the Tin Caps had scored 6 and put another 3 runs on the board to seal the victory.
 
Game 2 vs Millers Rangers
The Tin Caps hit early and often. Spencer Manz, Scott Greenberg, Matt Brumley, Tim Kaminski, Adam Karabinos and second lead off Brian Smallwood scored crossed the plate 23 times collectively with Spencer hitting the walk off home run to notch the 15 run rule.


Filibusters capture 8th “booty” of the year and will prepare “Royal Fortune” for playoff sailing in 2 weeks
Oct 13, 2019, 11:03 pm

The Marauders crew entered their last sailing adventure of the regular season with only one objective in the horizon, no injured players for the postseason, and marvelous enough the goal was successfully achieved in a high note!

Along the way, filibusters obtained other 3 major accomplishments: 1) Score at least 200 runs during the regular season (task easily done after 2 innings played – run #200 belonged to sailor Jay Swank!), 2) Be the # 1 team in the league with runs scored (task done – 209 runs total) and 3) double the number of wins in the Greeley’s pre-season prediction (task done – 8 REAL wins vs 4 predicted wins). Here is a recap on how the crew achieved this today:

Game 1 @ River bandits

In what it will be known in the years to come as the “Gangs Rivalry”, Marauders kicked their sailing the only way the know how to, by scoring a bunch of runs!.

A total of 5 runs were scored by the buccos at the top of the 1st, led by POW Jordan “Barbarossa” Allsup rbi double and Tim Jamieson 3-run bomb (his 11 of the season!). The bottom part of that same inning saw how the other experienced thieves will lightly strike the “Royal Fortune” with a couple of runs.

A somewhat silent 2nd and 3rd innings (3 runs in total by both teams), took the crew to a convoluted sailing in the bottom of the 4th, as a total of 4-runs were scored by the sweet water thugs against the precious “Royal Fortune”, led by a Grand Salami from the gang second-in-charge Mr Shwarts (at this point we ALL KNOW that Alicia is running that team), which tied the affairs after 4 innings.

An incredible quieted 5th (as no runs were scored on either side), gave a dramatic 6th inning-ending in which everything could happen. And it happened the Marauders way alright! As the buccos scored a total of 7-runs led by POW Allsup 2-run double and Cap’n Cova 3-run bomb (believe it or not his 9th of the season!). The filibusters then took the field for an easy game-ending, and the crew was close to doing so if it wasn’t for some “Canadian” thieve that hit a winded 2-run bomb that shortened the Marauders lead, but at the end it was not enough and the crew took home the 8th “booty” of the season with a final 14-10 victory!

Game 2 Vs Bats

Honoring Division 2 top-seeded team, this game 2 recap has been done “A la Buhrow’s style”, in other words, just using pics and gifs…

1st Inning – 3rd Inning

   

4th Inning

 

5th Inning

 

In sum, Batman, Robin, the Commissioner, Alfred and pretty much everyone in Gotham city attacked the “Royal Fortune” scoring a total of 21 runs, whereas the buccos only were able to prevent the shutdown thanks to a solo bomb from sailor Ariel Rodriguez in the 4th (his 8th of the season!)

Hitting Stars (2 games)

POW Jordan “Barbarossa” Allsup – 4/6, 2 2B, R, 4RBI’s

Ariel Rodriguez – 3/4, 3R, HR, 1 RBI

Cap’n Cova – 2/5, HR, R, 3RBI’s  

 

With 13 days ahead, the crew will regroup to boost and tune the “Royal Fortune” to begin the complex post-season sailing, a trip that envisions 3 stops along the way, being the first one the difficult Blue Rock island and from there anything can happen, from hunting apples to eat fishes, passing thru Caribbean storms with chanclas being thrown out all the way to green monsters speeding in dangerous cars, but time will tell..

Arr…



Yankees Epic Battles
Oct 13, 2019, 2:19 pm

10/13/19

In a fresh fall morning the Yankees got into the field without their pitcher but they had an awesome sub named Paul Rakofsky who did not get the email on time and showed up to the game wearing Boston Red Sox clothes and he was playing for the Yankees…

Game 1 vs Tin Caps

The game was an epic battle the first 6 innings. Tin Caps scores 3 on the 1st and the Yankees 1 produced by a Loiben double and a Jota Jota single. The 2nd was scoreless for the Tin Caps and the Yankees scored 4 when captain Sardi got a BB, Finley a single, Paul a sac fly and the power bottom did their job with 3 consecutive singles by Contreras, Frank and Salva and a huge double by Loiben.

The Tin Caps fought back and scored 3 on the top of the 3rd and the Yankees tied the game with one more by 3 consecutive singles by Jota Jota, Criswell and Sardi. The 5th was scoreless for both teams and the 6th was for the Tin Caps too.

The Yankees scored 2 on the bottom of the 6th by consecutive singles for Steele and Criswell and a huge double by captain Sardi burning the CLF. I guess he is using some kind of A-Rod advices lol.

Remember I mentioned that it was an epic battle till 6th inning. Until here the score was 8-7 with the Yankees leading and going into the top of the 7th. The Tin Caps decided to hit and they hit a lot…They scored 8 runs and the Yankees were scoreless.

Final Score: Tin Caps 15 – Yankees 8

Game 2 vs Emeralds

Moving from field 6 to field 7, the Yankees were not going to get sweep and guess what? They had another epic battle but until the 5th inning this time.

The Yankees were scoreless on innings 1 and 2 and the Emeralds scored 1 on the 1st. The Yankees got 3 on the top of the 3rd with 2 singles by Salva and Loiben and a huge dinger by Jota Jota Eusay! The Emeralds scored 1 more on the bottom of 3rd. The 4th inning was scoreless for both team and the Emeralds scored 2 more on the bottom of the 5th to take the lead.

The Yankees bat decided to turn the party on as his captain always said and every Yankee went to the batting box that inning. The lefty compadres got singles, Jota Jota a BB, The Steel brought 2 to the home plate with a long single, Criswell brought 2 to the home with a double, Sardi kept the party on and got a single, Finley got a single and the power bottom did it again, 3 consecutive singles by Contreras, Frank and Salva to end the inning with 8 runs. The Emeralds were hit hard and did not score on the bottom of the 6th.

The 7th inning was another moment to turn the party on and had an ensurance for the bottom of the inning. Andry Lopez got a BB, 3 consecutive singles by Jota Jota, Steele, and Criswell, another one by Finley aka “Jimbo” and another single by Robert aka “Primo” and the Yankees scored 5 on that inning.

The Emeralds scored one more and the final score was:

Yankees 16 – Emeralds 5.

POW – Jota Jota Eusay 4/5 2BB, 3 runs, 4 rbi’s, 1 double and 1 dinger

Jim Finley 4/7 3 runs and 3 rbi’s

Gary Frank 4/6, run and 2 rbi

Honorable mention: the whole team playing hard every game and giving all to keep the party on!

Rookie Captain Alfredo Sardi season record 9-6 and looking forward to win 3 on the playoff to get into the final.

Vamos Yankees!



Rays Split heading into the playoffs
Oct 13, 2019, 12:25 pm

Game 1 Vs the Padres

The Rays were looking to expand the 2 game win streak that we had going on from last week. Rays were down 14-6 in the last inning and were staging a comeback. Solo blasts by #Wumors and Niswonger cut the deficit to 14-8, but unfortunately we were not able to put it all together and we lost 14-8

Game 2 Vs Ortega's Timber Rattlers

It was a great pitching matchup between Hauf and Kramer in the first few innings tied 1-1 until the 3rd inning when the Rays bats got hot scoring 5 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th, and 2 in the 6th. The Rays enter the playoffs with a win as we come out on top 12-5

Co-POW's

Erik Clausen was 6-8 with 3 1B, 3 2B, 2 Runs Scored

Karlos "K-Rod" Rodriguez was also 6-8 with 5 1B, HR, 1 Run Scored and 5 RBIs

ROW Nominee was Leo Quinones who was 3-7 with 3 1B, 2 Runs scored and a RBI

 

Great team effort by everyone since we were missing Ruckel and Peterson and we look forward to our next opponent in the playoffs whoever that might be!



BLUE ROCKS LOSE 2 - BLAME DALTON UNDERWOOD
Oct 9, 2019, 9:09 am

Game 1 had The Blue Rocks taking on the River Rats captained by Ritter stealer Matt Shwarts on field 7. Blue Rocks dropped a nice 3 spot in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd with hits from Brandon Strull, Miguel Duron, Jason Chapman, Derek Muck, Donnie Holtmann and Tim Barnes. Unfortunately, the River Rats answered with 6 of their own to find us all square after 3 innings. A solo blast from Miguel Duron and a 3B from Muck (yes, a triple by Derek “Speed Kills” Muck) who scored on a Donnie Holtmann SAC Fly was all the good guys could put together in the 10-8 loss to open week 6.

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            3 for 3, HR, 2 Singles, 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Derek Muck               3 for 3, Triple, 2 Singles and 3 Runs Scored

Brandon Strull          2 for 2, BB, RBI and Run Scored

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on Buhrow’s Bats. A lackluster performance to say the least as the Rocks came out lethargic scoring only 1 run after 4 innings and only 5 for the game. Not able to put together any consistency or have 1 big inning, the Bats weren’t challenged and won 11-5.

We welcome back Jeremy Pease and thank Brandon Strull for his multi-week contributions and Mrs. Strull for allowing it to happen! Blue Rocks will re-group for the final week of the regular season!

Hitting Stars:

Brandon Strull          3 for 3, 2 Doubles, Single, 2 Runs Scored

Derek Muck               2 for 3, 2 Singles, RBI, Run Scored, 1 Barrel Role

Donnie Holtmann     2 for 3, 2B, Single, RBI

Co-POW:  Brandon Strull – 5 for 5, 3 Doubles, 2 Singles, BB, RBI, 3 Runs Scored

Co-POW:  Derek Muck – 5 for 6, 3B, 4 Singles, RBI and 4 Runs Scored



Storm rally back from close loss
Oct 9, 2019, 8:11 am

After a close game with the Rangers, in which Max Henry easily hit homeruns in only 3 of his 4 at-bats, the Storm were able to rally back and tie their season-high 20 runs in their second game against the Yankees in the tough sun on field 6.

In game 1, Brad Parr took the mound and pitched a solid game, despite some defensive troubles behind him. The Storm scattered some hits throughout the game, and even put together a nice 2-out rally in the top of the seventh, ignited by a solid line drive single from Doug Hogan, a single from Cody Strull, and a three run bomb from Dalton Fallaw, to tie the game 12-12. In the bottom of the seventh, with 2 on, one out, the Storm begrudgingly walked Max Henry to load the bases. On the following at-bat, Brian Osgood hit a fly ball to Matt Casey in right field. Casey fired home, but despite the excellent throw, Daryl Drake scored the winning run and closed out the game for the Rangers.

 

Not to be deterred, the Storm took their second game by... uh... force, and promptly scored 5 runs in the bottom of 1. They added on 4 in the second, 3 in the third, 5 in the fourth, and another 3 in the fifth. The game ended 20-14. Tornado Epstein pitched a solid game, while Dalton Fallaw, Peter Hogan, and Matt Casey all battled the irritating sun in the outfield. Cody Strull, Popeye Simeone, and Mitch Zimmerman all locked down the infield (minus Mitch's creative throw which will not be discussed here).

 

Hitting lines on the day:

Cody Strull- 6-8, 2B, RBI, 4 runs scored

Dalton Fallaw- 6-8, 2B, 3B, 2 HRs, 7 RBI, 5 runs scored

Brad Parr (Game 2)- 2-2, 2 BBs, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored

Peter Hogan- 3-6, BB, 2 2Bs, HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored

Mitch Zimmerman- 4-7, RBI, 4 runs scored

Brian Strull- 3-6, 2B, 2 runs scored

Jimie 'Popeye' Simeone, 4-5, SF, 2B, 4 RBI, 1 run scored



Contrary to Popular Belief, The Tin Caps can hit on ANY field
Oct 8, 2019, 6:43 pm

Game 1 vs Lawrence's Lake Monsters

The Tin Caps scored early and often, scoring 3 runs or more in each of the first 4 innings, then putting it in cruise control and letting defense handle the last 2 innings. Leo Mendoza, Jerry Rogers and Brian Smallwood provided punch at the bottom of the line up with 5 runs scored and 4 RBI between them. Scott Lawrence commented that the Tin Caps are very good .... that was evident throughout the whole line up and especially on defense!

 

Game 2 vs Myer's Mudhens

Once again the Tin Caps got off to an early lead, but it did last long as the Mudhens tied the score in the top of the 3rd after the 2nd Enlow bomb. That did not last long either. The often grumpy and snarky Matt Brumley started the bottom of 3 with a single and everything fell in place as 14 additional batters hit that inning with 11 runs crossed the plate. Great hitting and defense throughout the line up. Cy Young hopeful & Captain, Scott Greenberg was a bit worried after a heated Brumley-Greenberg exchange. But, the team rallied to their league leading 11th win led by a 3-3 performance by the slightly injured, POW candidate, Brian Smallwood.



The Batcave Chronicles Part 6
Oct 7, 2019, 8:01 pm

Game 1: Golden Rays @ Bats

 

 

The golden rays of the sun did not shine down on the bats for this game. While our defense never looked better holding the Rays top end to nothing for the first half of the game...that unfortunately did not last long. Cap went for a daring move by putting the 12th ranked player in the two-hole because of the stats he was having...hoping that good juju would pan over into a clutch game time situation. The Rays called the Batman’s bluff and intentionally walked Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow to get to Danny “Deathstroke” Buhrow...where his stroke definitely died and we were not able to gain the lead again. Lesson learned and this captain will head back to the bottom where his stats like to shine. 

 

Game 2: Bats @ Blue Rocks

 

 

“The night is darkest just before the dawn, and I promise you, dawn is coming.” (Let’s look past the fact that this quote is from a Batman villain). Thankfully...bats like to play in the dark...and after our third loss in a row...we were in dark times indeed...and the bats were over it! Bats came out strong taking an early and commanding lead against the Blue Rocks. Defense continued to remain solid. Some very random and unique plays tested the bats and their positions but thankfully we stuck with it and persevered. Justice was served and the bat signals were able to fly high once again! 

 

 

The training wheels are officially off the batmobile as we head into the final week! We are ready to go out and win our last two to secure the finest view for our batcave from the tippy top of our division bracket! #batsignalsup

 

Batman of the Week: 

Kevin "Man-Bat" Blake 3-6 R, 2B, RBI. Solid D at 1st base. 

Co-Rookie Batmen of the Week: 

Dylan "Deadshot" Buhrow 4-6 3R, SAC, BB, RBI. 

Ashley "The Riddler" Mort 6-8, 3R, HR, RBI. 

 



Monsters lose 2
Oct 7, 2019, 2:47 pm

Game 1, vs Tin Caps Field 8

The Tin Caps are really good.  

The Tin Caps should be favored to win it all.  

The Lake Monsters did not keep up with their sticks.  

Specer Manz was a man.  Tim (don't call him Timmy) Kaminski is NOT a 5.  If those two keep doing what they did yesterday, the Tin Caps will win it all. 

The weatherman wasn't there yesterday.  We missed him.  

Game 2, at the Emeralds, Field 8

The Lake Monsters lost 4-3 in 7 innings after a walkoff hit by a guy wearing Daisy Dukes shorts.

The guy who scored that winning run is old, really old and violates the softball code of no belt.  

I'll bet less than 5% of the people playing in this league have ever played a full 7 inning game with 34 minutes left on the clock.  No hitting, good defense and we all go home early.

Alex Bustillo is good at playing shortstop, like Ozzie F'ing Smith good.  

The Lake Monsters were distracted by old guy wearing short shorts.  Greeley needs to 86 the outfits he thinks are distracting.  Short shorts on old guy jumping at you when he pitches is much more distracting.  

We finish the season next week.  

Kevin Knox returns next week and I will let him know it's now November but it's still really October.  Please don't spoil this for us.  He needs to think it's November....shhhh!

Vamos Lake Monsters

POW: Max Braun, didn't make an out all day

ROW:  Bryce Braun, also didn't make an out all day and kept a great book yesterday



Call the Emeralds butter they are on a roll
Oct 7, 2019, 8:38 am

Want to start by saying Alex Bustillo played some of the best defense I can ever recall at SS in shalom.  Play after play, no errors, double plays and great throws to first every time.  We could not have won today without him.

The Emeralds continued their winning ways as of recently sweeping the day and now winning 5 of our last 6.  

Game 1 vs. the Mudhens saw the good guys jump out to a 10 run 1st inning sending 14 men to the plate. They game started with 4 straight doubles from Samsel, Leonard, Greeley and Bastillo. Mudhens got three of their own in the bottom half and they got another in the 2nd and it stayed 10-4 till the 4th when the "E's" got the sticks going again with 3 in 4th-5th-6th.  Solid pitching performance by John Unell and Alex Bastillo played outstanding defense at short. 

Game 1 Gems:

Tyler Samsel: 4-4, 3 runs, 2-2B, 2 RBI
Sean Greeley: 4-4, 1 run, 2-2B, 4 RBI
Tony Macaluso: 4-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Abbey Garber: 2-2, 1 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI
Steve Johnson: 1-1, 2 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Game 2 vs Lake Monsters was definitely a different offensive (can be taken 2 ways) game.

The Lake Monsters started the game with run in the top of the first. The Emeralds started with another double by Tyler and scored on a single by Greeley to open the scoring.  Open slightly that is.  Neither team scored in the second, the Ems got another in the bottom of the 3rd when Alex Bustillo singled home Reese to take a commanding 2-1 lead.  The Monsters came back with one in the top of the 5th to tie and one in the top of the 6th to take the lead.  The Emeralds answered when Jeremy Wagner brought home Tyler again to tie the game at 3.  John Unell shut down the Monsters in the top of the 7th...and it was time for the good guys to get to work. Abbey Garber took a 1 out walk then with 2 outs Unell came up huge burning the RF for a double scoring Abbey for the walk off 4-3 win. 

Game 2 Gems:  FIRST AND FOREMOST - ALEX BUSTILLO AT SS. 

Tyler Samsel: 2-2, 1 BB, 2 runs, 1-2B
Sean Greeley: 3-3, 1 RBI
Alex Bustillo: 1-1, 2 BB, 1 RBI...outstanding defense at SS
Abbey Garber: being able to run from 1st to home with amazing speed and agility.



Filibusters captured famous Lost Padres treasure using snakes to scare park rangers
Oct 6, 2019, 6:28 pm

After taking a week off to repair the famous “Royal Fortune” vessel, filibusters embarked on a new hunting adventure, this time to capture the Lost Padres treasure using some scary snakes to threaten park rangers safeguarding this legendary “booty”.

 

First stop – Capture and tame snakes (@Timber Rattler desert)

Did you know that the Marauders are successfully practicing a routine to start every top of the 1st with 6-runs? Well, if you didn’t know about it, let me tell you how the buccos did it again (for the 5th time) in this season:

Know Barbarossa Allsup? Well, this emblematic filibuster launched a 2-run bomb into the snake’s cave during the top of the 1st, followed by a solo shot from Co-POW Tim Jamieson and multiple singles from filibusters Hurst, Williams, Zwick and Co-POW Brian Alvara that helped the bucco’s their now routinely 6-run 1st inning.

Bottom of the 1st presented some struggles for the Marauders vessel, as aggressive snakes defend themselves with a 5-run attack to shorten the bucco’s lead to 1 run.

Fast-forwarding to the 4th, as pretty much nothing happened during the 2nd and 3rd in each side, the Marauders stroke the snakes to extended their lead in the 4th thanks to solo shot from sailor master Rodriguez, but then again snakes went ahead and bite the vessel with 2-runs in the bottom of that same inning, an attack that could have been a lot worse to the buccos if it wasn’t for the play of the game, an inning-ending double-play between bucco William and master sailor Zwick, who did an AMAZING stop at the play to keep the Marauders lead to a 9-7.

The 5th was indeed scary for the crew, as snakes ambushed the vessel with 3 runs to take their first lead of the game (10-9) heading into the 6th and last inning of the game. Cap’n Cova made his crew aware that capturing those snakes was fundamental to conquer the famous Lost Padres treasure, and the crew indeed followed the instructions of his captain, and scored a total of 12 runs (yes is not a typo) in the top of the 6th, led by multiple rbi’s extra-bases from Co-POW Tim Jamieson and Brian Alvara, as well as filibusters Barbarossa Allsup, London and Soeth, giving the Marauders a 21-10 lead, a lead that they will never surrender for the rest of the game and finally tame the snakes.

 

Second stop – To Conquer the famous treasure (@Los Padres national park)

Did I mention Marauders are practicing scoring 6-runs in the 1st inning? Well, I’m afraid this time against the Padres buccos failed as we score 7-runs in the 1st, led by 3-run blasts from Barbarossa Allsup and filibuster William (his first over the fence bomb in TSSL) as well as solo shot from Co-POW Jamieson to start the game in the same note we left the previous one (bombarding mode!).

After a quiet 2nd for the Padres park rangers, filibusters attacked again with 3 more runs, this time via rbi-singles from Co-POW Jamieson and Barbarossa Allsup, taking a comfortable 10-0 lead. A lead that got shortened by the park rangers, as in the 3rd they will strike with 6-runs the “Royal Fortune” and steal away some of the buccos “well earned” treasures.

But you know how the buccos feel when someone tries to steal their “well earned” treasures… A counterattack MUST be done, and that’s what the Marauders did in the bottom of the 3rd, with 3 more runs led by a 3-rbi blast from filibuster Soeth.

A minor 1 run attack was performed against the marvelous vessel in the 4th, but then again filibusters bombarded the park rangers with solo dingers from Co-POW Jamieson and Cap’n Cova to take a 15-7 lead after 5 innings.

The top of the 6th went in mute for the park rangers, and then the Marauders decided to finish the “booty” hunt with a 6-run attack led by Cap’n Cova Grand Salami and walk-off bomb from Co-POW Alvara (also his first HR in TSSL history) to run-rule with final score 22-7.

 

Hitting Stars (Both Games)

Co-POW Tim Jamieson – 7/7, 2BB, 5R, 3HR, 9RBI’s

Co-POW Brian Alvara – 6/7, BB, 4R, 2B, HR, 3RBI’s

Jordan “Barbarossa”Allsup – 6/9, 7R, 2 2B, 2HR’s, 9RBI’s

Erick Soeth – 4/7, 5R, HR, 4RBI’s

Alan London – 4/6, 2R, 4RBI’s

Cap’n Leo Cova – 4/8, 4R, 2HR’s, 7RBI’s

 

Filibusters will prepare the vessel for its final trip of the regular season, enjoy the earnings from the collected “booties” and make the correspondent arrangements for the upcoming post-season journey (a journey that the buccos locked down since day one!)

 

While this sailing report was being written a new picture had arrived at the Cap’n Cova room (please see below) that made him re-assess his POW’s recipients, adding this “new guy” into the mix...!!

 

 True POW -Little Baby Badger

 

Arr...!



Rangers Sweep for First Time
Oct 6, 2019, 2:34 pm

First up for the Rangers were the 8-3 Storm. It was the Max Henry Show in game 1. Max hit 3 home runs in the first 4 innings driving in 8 runs. Unfortunately, the Ranger defense kept the Storm in the game dropping 3 fly balls leading to 7 runs. The Storm rallied for 3 more runs in the 7th to tie the game at 12. The home town Rangers had one more chance in which Brian Osgood hit a Sac fly to right to score Daryl Drake with the winning run, 13-12.

Game 2 was against the Hot Rodding (Iron Pigs). A two run oppo blast from Max started the fun for his 4th dinger of the day. The Rangers held a 6-5 entering the 5th. Two run singles from Ryan Driggers and Max Henry added 4. An Alan Miano single in the 6th and final stanza increased the lead to 11-8 which was the final score as the Hot Rods did not score in their final at bat.

Max Henry was our POW with 6-7, 2 walks, 12 RBI’s as he carried the team to our first sweep of the season. Robbie Franklin was 5-8 with outstanding defense at 1b. Daryl Drake was 5-8, John Miller 3-4 and Brian Osgood 6-8 as we head to the final week of the regular season.



BLUE ROCKS SWEEP!
Oct 1, 2019, 8:14 am

The Blue RocksStrull-ed” onto field 7 to open up week 5 and take on the Mighty Mudhens captained by rookie skipper Matt Myers. The Mudhens opened with a solo laser HR from Ben Enlow giving them their only run of the game. The Rocks answered with a lead-off single by Brandon Strull followed by a single from Dalton Underwood before Miguel Duron launched a 3-run bomb to clear the bases. The Rocks added 2 more in the 3rd with RBI’s from Banta and Monty Slaver after leadoff hits from Underwood and Duron. With 3 more in the 4th the Rocks had a comfortable 8-1 lead which was highlighted by a Brandon Strull 3-run HR. The last inning was capped with 3 more runs with hits from Chapman, Banta, Slaver and Derek Muck before Donnie Holtmann laced a 2-out 2 RBI single to complete the scoring. Final Score: Blue Rocks 11 and the Mudhens 1.

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            3 for 4, HR, 2 Doubles, 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood    3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, and 2 Runs Scored

Derek Muck               3 for 3, 3 Singles and a Run Scored

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on Scottie Lawrence’s Lake Monsters with their magical 10-man lineup. The Rocks struck early with a lead-off walk by Brandon Strull, a double by Dalton Underwood and a 2RBI single from Miguel Duron. A base hit by Jason Chapman and a 2 RBI single by Monty Slaver put the good guys up 4-0 to start the game. The Lake Monsters didn’t answer in the home half and the Rocks added 2 more in the 2nd with hits by Seth Pepkin, Derek Muck and Brandon Strull. The Lake Monsters struck hard in the bottom of the 2nd putting up 7 runs to take 7-6 lead after 2. However, the Blue Rocks added 15 runs over the last 3 innings and held off a late rally from the Monsters to secure a 21-18 victory and complete the sweep! The entire team contributed over the last 2 innings but the big blows were a pair of 3-Run Bombs from POW Jason Chapman and league ROW Miguel Duron.

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            4 for 4, HR, 3 Singles, 6 RBI’s and 4 Runs Scored

Jason Chapman        4 for 4, 3 Singles, 3 RBI and 4 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood    3 for 4, 2B, 2 Singles, RBI and 3 Runs Scored

Monty Slaver             3 for 4, 3 Singles, 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

 

POW:             Jason Chapman – 6 for 7, HR, 2B, 4 Singles, 3 RBI’s, 5 Runs Scored

ROW:             Miguel Duron – 7 for 8, 2 HR’s, 2 Doubles, 3 Singles, 10 RBI’s and 6 Runs Scored



Chanclas sweep get back into the thick of it
Sep 26, 2019, 11:32 am

 

The Flying Chanclas win 2 games gaining momentum as we head down the home stretch of final games. Playing without the Captain Jake Runey, the Chanclas actually play a little bit looser without the fearless leader.

Game 1 starts out against the blinding field 5 sun and Sardi's Yanks.

After the Yankees plate 2 in the first, Chanclas answer back with 2 of their own thanks to a 2 RBI fence shot by RoW candidate Ryan Richardson. Things stay pretty quiet for the Chanclas as they only plate 1 more run in the middle innings before scoring 6 more in the final 2 frames to take the lead for good on a walkoff 3 RBI no doubt about it touch em all dinger by Ryan Richardson as the bottom of the order turned over and set the table to win it 9-8.

Hitting stars of the game:

Grayson Tackett- 2 hits and holding down SS

Super sub Cuddles-  3 hits and solid D at 3B and LF

Ryan Richardson - SF, 2 HRs 6 RBI

John Kilburn- 2 hits and excellent pitching after taking one off his hand

Stephen Wedderburn- 2 hits including an RBI 2B with solid defense

Kyle Crouse- 3 hits and solid defense in the OF

 

Game 2 against Miller's Rangers starts a little slow for the Chanclas as they didn't score untill the 3rd inning thanks to back to back extra base hits from Grayson Tackett and Cuddles. The bats got hot from there as 6 straight Chanclas score highlighted by a 2Bs from David Sedman and Ryan Richardson. The Chanclas put 2 more across the board in the 5th from back to back 2Bs from Nick Croce and Kyle Crouse to take the game 10-7.

 

Hitting stars of the game:

Grayson Tackett- 3 hits including 2B

Cuddles- 4 for 4 and great defense

Ryan Richardson- 2 hits, SF and excellent defense shutting down LCF

Jon Kilburn- 3 hits and excellent pitching including 2 strikeouts on the day

Kyle Crouse- 3 clutch hits

Nick Croce- 3 clutch hits

Matt Roth- 3 hits

David Sedman- 2 hits including a double the changed the game starting the 6 run inning



Filibusters failed twice in attempt to capture American treasures
Sep 24, 2019, 5:36 pm

There is no better way to describe Marauders last week than with the phrase “Close but no cigar”, as filibusters lost both games by one run even thou 30 buccos crossed the plate during the week. Surprising uh?

 

First Game vs Rangers

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you have short fields, fall leading scoring team, wind blowing out and 60% of spring roster champs? Easy… Homerun fest… And that’s exactly what happened during game 1 at Field 6, as a total of 15 home runs were hit during that game! (maybe a league record??)

The game started with a quick attack by the Miller “troopers” hitting the Marauder vessel twice, but buccos, as usual, stroke back with 4 runs in the bottom of the same 1st led by 2-rbi bombs from POW candidate sailor Tim Jamieson and Cap’n Leo Cova.

The 2nd inning went pretty silent with a minuscule attack to the Marauder ship (1 run to be exact). But then in the 3rd, , the filibuster vessel will receive a major shake as 6 rangers jumped into the ship and stoled some treasures that the “honest” buccos had collected during their sailing trips. Marauders decided to strike back with 5 runs in the bottom of that same inning led by another set of 2-rbi bombs this time from filibuster in-progress David Wang and sailor master Ariel Rodriguez as well as a solo shot from Jordan "Barbarossa" Allsup.

In the 4th inning, Marauders decided to change the route of the vessel, but then again, Miller “troopers” discover the buccos intentions and attacked the “Royal Fortune” (yes, our vessel has a name) with 6 more runs to take a 14-9 lead.

If that was not enough, the “Royal Fortune” received another ambush in 5th inning with 4 more runs that almost place out of circulation the vessel (fancy name to say “run-ruled the game”). But filibusters diligently repaired the marvelous ship by striking the Rangers with 4 more runs, this time led by 2-rbi dinger from Cap’n Cova and a solo shot from “Barbarossa” Allsup to shorten the Rangers lead 19-13.

The 6th will showcase the most exciting part of the trip for the crew, as for the FIRST TIME during the game the Marauders were capable to shut down the Rangers in one inning. Inspired after such a major achievement, the crew scored 5-runs in the bottom of that same inning (with no out may I say) thanks to 2-run HR bombs from speedy sailor Chirinos and “Barbarossa” Allsup as well as a solo bomb from POW candidate Tim Jamieson. Unfortunately, after that, Marauders ran out of gas and the “Royal Fortune” got stocked close to the Rangers shores with a 19-18 final loss.

 

Second Game @ Yankees

After a convoluted trip, Marauders headed to the nearest island available (Field 7) to capture some eastern treasures at Yankees shores, in what it will be remembered in the TSSL history as the first foreign-born captain's match-up, as Venezuelan skipper Alfredo Sardi faced his Venezuelan counterpart Cap’n Leo Cova.

The 1st inning began as all first innings for the crew…With a bunch of runs… Actually, six led by rbi doubles from far east filibuster Wang, “Barbarossa” Allsup and Cap’n Cova. But then again, a bumpy road was ahead for the “Royal Fortune” as Yankee's stroke back with 4 runs in the bottom of the first.

After a quite 2nd inning (with no runs for either side), the 3rd will saw how after master sailor Rodriguez drove 1-run via a 2 out double, Yankees will smash the precious Marauder vessel with 5 runs stealing more of the “well earned” treasures of the buccos and gaining a 9-7 lead.

A lead that only got bigger in the 4th after a 2-run attack, that was quickly counterattacked in the 5th by the buccos with a 3-runs inning thanks to a 2-rbi triple from POW Jamieson, shortening the Yankees lead to 1 run (11-10).

A silent 6th inning gave a movie ending setting for this TSSL historical affair as in the top of the 7th filibusters attacked the Yankees led by a 2-run rbi single from POW Jamieson giving the Marauders a minimal 12-11 lead. A lead that vanished in the bottom of the same inning as with 2 outs and the game tied at 12, Yankees will hit a line drive gapper into the outfield that brought Sardi home to end the game in a walk-off fashion 13-12.

 

Hitting Stars (2-games)

POW Tim Jamieson– 6/7, 5R, 3B, 2 HR’s, 8RBI’s

Jordan Allsup – 5/7, 5R, 2B, 3 HR’s, 5RBI’s

Cap’n Leo Cova – 5/7, 3R, 2B, 2 HR’s, 6RBI’s

David Wang – 6/8, 5R, 2B, HR, 3RBI’s

Ariel Rodriguez – 6/8, 4R, 2B, 3B, HR, 4RBI’s

Gustavo Chirinos – 6/7, 6R, 2B, HR, 2RBI’s

 

Marauders will regroup and take this week off to repair the precious “Royal Fortune” to continue their journey to capture more “booties”

 

Photo Credits: Katy Bertoletti (a.k.a Cap’n Cova wife 😊)

Arr..!



Storm Acquire Another Sweep
Sep 24, 2019, 9:58 am

Timber Rattlers at Storm

The Storm played a close game against Ortega’s Rattlers on field 8. Despite some early errors, the Storm defense solidified behind Tornado Epstein’s pitching, and with the game tied 8-8 going into the bottom of the 6th, the Storm’s top of the order brought home the winning run with 2 outs--Cody Strull singled, Dalton Fallaw walked, and Dustin Bone got the walkoff hit, scoring Cody.

Game 1 hitting lines:

Cody Strull- 4-4, 4 runs scored

Dalton Fallaw- 2-3, BB, 3B, HR, 2 runs scored, 4 RBIs

Dustin Bone- 3-4, 2B, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs

Brad Parr- 2-3, 2B, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs

Peter Hogan- 1-2, BB, 1 RBI

Mitch Zimmerman- 2-3

Storm at Padres

Going into game 2, the Storm were 5-0 in their weekend openers, but only 2-3 in subsequent games. After some solid hitting from the Padres, and some creative baserunning from the Storm, it looked like the trend of weaker performances might continue. Fortunately, Matt Casey ignited a rally after he annihilated his first career fence homerun in the top of the 5th. The Storm scored 6 more runs that inning to take a 9-8 lead. The next inning, Jimie Simeone hit his first homerun of the season to bring the score to 11-9, with Dalton Fallaw hitting a 2 run shot to make it 13-9. Tornado Epstein and the reliable Storm defense shut down the Padres in the bottom of the 6th with time expired to win only their third non-opener game.

Game 2 hitting lines:

Dalton Fallaw- 4-4, 2 3Bs, HR, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs

Brad Parr- 2-3, BB, 1 run scored

Mitch Zimmerman, 3-3, 3 RBIs

Brian Strull, 2-3, 1 RBI

Matt Casey- 2-3, HR, 1 run scored, 1 RBI

Tornado Epstein, 2-3, 1 run scored

Jimie Simeoen, 1-3, HR, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs

 

Storm POW and ROW: Dalton Fallaw, 6-7, BB, 3 3Bs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs, 4 runs scored.



The Batcave Chronicles Part 5
Sep 23, 2019, 7:23 pm

Game 1: Bats @ Tin Caps

I am starting to think that these guys’ caps are made out of something a little stronger than tin...because our batarangs didn’t even make a dent! We met our match with this foe...but the darkest night is just before the dawn, right? 

Although we were not able to dish out some justice...we did have some highlights from the battle...Tin Caps average 8 runs against them per game...we scored 10...so HA! 

Game 2: Emeralds @ Bats

 

Twas very windy the second game...and not in the direction that was going to help the bats fly into a victory. We came out ready to take our aggression from being run-ruled the first game out on the emeralds...and then they put 4 up on us. We came back and chipped away to take the lead...then the emerald lineup exploded into back to back to back to back to back to back hits that gave them a commanding lead going into the bottom of the 6th. Inning started with a “well-placed and strategerized” oppo-shot from captain Danny Buhrow. Lineup was able to get back up to the buff Batman who were able to put us within two runs but unfortunately we came up short again. 

Still proud of this team and all we have accomplished together! Gotham City can sleep soundly knowing that the Batmen will get back up and be ready to save the city once again on October 6th! 

Batman of the Week: 

Nick “Nightwing” Barr 5-7 2R, 2B, 2HR, 7RBIs

Rookie Batman of the Week: 

Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow 4-7 3R RBI

 



Monsters split but arrow trending up!
Sep 22, 2019, 10:28 pm

Game 1, Field 9 @ the Rays

The Monsters came to the yard with their sticks today!  It all started in the top of the 1st with Paulie V leading off with a single, Ronny Mendoza matches with a single and a Lawrence double scores them both and a Steve Enda base RBI base knock to put the Monsters in the lead, which they would never relinquish.  The Rays notched 2 runs in the bottom of 1.  The bottom of 2 saw the bottom of the order churn and burn!  Theron Patrick, who was a hitting machine all day starting things off with a single and an equally hot Ozzie following up with a single of his own.  Paulie V had an RBI double and Ronny with an RBI of his own.  6-2 after the top of 2 and the Rays answered with 2 of their own to make it 6-4 after 2.  There was only 1 run scored in the next two frames.  7-2 going into the top of the 5th and the flood gates opened!  A red hot Robert Santiago doubled to start things in the 5th, another single by Theron Patrick, a 2 RBI single from Paulie V, single by Ronny and a 3 run homer by Lawrence capped off a 5 run inning, 12-2 after the top of the 5th.  The Rays added 2 in the bottom of the 6th making it 12-6.  Monsters tack on 3 more insurance runs in the top of 7 with yet another line up turn over single by Ozzie a Paulie V 2 RBI jack and a Knoxy Rbi single.  Rays answered in the bottom of 7 with 3 but it was just not meant to be for them.  Final score Monsters 15, Rays 9.  

Monsters scatter 26 hits over 45 at bats and the bats have FINALLY awoken!

Monsters of the Game:

Paulie V huge in the leadoff spot!  4 for 5, 2B, HR, 4R, 5RBI (thanks to the bottom of the line up always being on base!)

Ronny Mendoza:  4 for 5, 3 Runs, RBI

Lawrence: 3 for 5, 2 2Bs, HR, 3R, 6 RBI

Ozzie:  3 for 4, 2 Runs

 

Game 2, Vs. Blue Rocks, Field 9

The Rocks came out hot in the first inning putting 4 on the board thanks to some great hitting mixed in with too many free passes from the dude pitching.  Rocks put two more on the board in the top of the 2nd making it 6-0 when the Monsters entered the bottom of the frame.  Knoxy leads things off with one of his 3 hits on the game, another single by Jonathan Braun, one of his 3 hits on the game, RBI double by Enda, walk by Santiago and Theron Patrick stays hot with a bases-clearing double, 3 RBI.  Ozzie AGAIN flips the line up with a single, Ronny has an RBI double followed by a Lawrence RBI single, Knoxy's second hit of the inning was an RBI double and after two full frames, the Monsters battled back to take the lead 7-6.  Top of 3 and the Rock retake the lead 8-7.  Bottom of 3 the Monsters poured another 4 on the board.  Santiago single, yet another Theron Patrick double a line up flipping single by Ozzie a Sac Fly by Paulie V and a BIG BIG fly by Ronny!!  Monsters retake the lead 11-8 after 3.  The Rocks had a field day henceforth pouring on 6 in the top of 4, retaking the lead 14-11.  Monsters didn't answer.  The hot hitting Rocks poured another 7 on the board in the top of the 5th making the score 21-11.  There was no quit in this group.  Needing 10 to tie the Monsters fell just short scoring 8 in the bottom of the 5th (the last inning) with the tying run at the plate.  Paulie V leads off with a single, RBI double by Ronny, Lawrence RBI single, Knoxy with his second double of the game and up steps Jonathan Braun who lasers a ball through the trees in LCF for a 3 run bomb!  We would only score one more run.  The fight in this team is something to be proud of, never quit!  We fell just a hair short but things are starting to click and the arrow is pointing up!

Monsters of the game

Ronny Mendoza:  3 for 4, 2 2Bs, HR, 4 RBI

Lawrence 3 for 3, 2 RBI, BB, 2R

Knoxy:  3 for 3, 2 2B, BB, 3R, RBI

JB:  3 for 4, 2R, HR, 3RBI

Santiago: 2 for 3, 2B, 2R

Theron Patrick:  3 for 3, 2 2B, SF, 2R, 3 RBI

POW:  

Theron Patrick

5 for 7, 2 2Bs, SF, 4 runs, 3 RBI

ROW:

Ronny Mendoza

7 for 9, 2 2Bs, 6R, HR, 5RBI



Rays split
Sep 22, 2019, 6:46 pm

Game 1 vs Lake Monsters

It was an evenly fought matchup with 10 players on both teams. Scott Lawrence was pitching for the Lake Monsters (to be honest, I’ve never seen him pitch before). It was a back and forth battle with the “rays” of sunshine in our eyes whenever we were at bat (I guess you can say that was an omen or something). We never gave up or surrender…but in the end, we lost 15-9.

 

Game 2 vs MudHens

We decided that we wanted to head into the break on a winning streak against the Mudhens. It was a back and forth battle between us. We had some injures to our lineup so my co-captain Jason Niswonger (by the way…today is his birthday) rearrange the players on the field and we were up 15-12 going in the 6th inning. The Mudhens put up 2 more to make it 15-14 and then grounded out to our 2nd baseman and the Rays won 15-14 (I will tell you this, the Mudhens are a underrated team and they fought hard the entire game). I want to tip my hat off to them and say that it was a hard fought game between both teams.

Thank you very much for Larry Farin coming in on such short notice and pitching for us (he knew where to play everyone and is just a great person to be around in general so thank you sir for coming out and pitching for us).

We will be looking forward to our next matchup against Buhrows Bats (#WaffleHouse) and the River Bandits as the Rays look to continue our steak of winning heading into the playoffs in a few weeks.

 

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Rangers Split
Sep 22, 2019, 4:58 pm

Game 1 for the Rangers was against the hard hitting Cova’s Marauders playing on the short field 6 with the wind blowing out. A power surge broke out as the Marauders out homered us 9-5, but the Ranger home runs generated 13 runs. Ryan Driggers opened the scoring with a two run homer in the first. Driggers added a 3 run blast in the third and Max Henry a solo blast. After 3 it was tied at 9. The Rangers added 6 more in the fourth paced by a grand slam from Max. Ryan Driggers added another 3 run blast in the 5th and the Rangers enjoyed a 19-13 lead as we entered the final stanza. The Rangers went scoreless and when the Marauders scored 5 with nobody out it looked shaky. We got past the meat of their order to save the day 19-18 by a hair.

Game 2 was against the Runey-less Flying Chanclas, the best dressed team in the league. This game the wind was blowing in and there were no dingers. A two run double by Max Henry and an RBI single from Cesar Garza got the scoring started in the first. The Ranger bats went quiet scoring 1 run over the next four innings and came up in the bottom of the sixth with one final chance to overcome a 10-4 deficit. The Rangers generated 3 runs on run producing singles from John Miller and Alan Miano but came up short 10-7.

Ryan Driggers was our POW with 4-7, 3 home runs and 8 RBI’s. Max Henry was 5-7 with two doubles and two dingers. Daryl Drake was 4-6, Brian Osgood and Cesar Garza were 4-7. Robbie Franklin was 3-5 with two walks and Gumaro Castillo was 3-5.



Power Bottom on fire and the Steel did it again!
Sep 18, 2019, 8:57 pm

9/15/19

Game 1 Vs Golden’s Rays

The Yankees arrived with one idea in mind and it was win 2 games. The NY crew scored with 3 consecutive singles by Loiben, Lopez and Jota Jota and the dinner was served for the Steel man! He hit his 1st HR of the day. The 2nd inning was similar with singles by the power bottom Frank and Salva, Lopez, Jota Jota and how else? The Steel men! Finishing with 3 more runs.

The 3rd inning began with Captain Sardi leading off and turning the party off, Primo and Tio followed his lead and the power bottom did their job again with 2 consecutive singles by Frank and Salva ending the inning with 4 more runs. The 4th inning with 2 consecutive singles by Jota Jota and the Steele men and captain Sardi was ready to turned the party on with a huge triple! He scored later with a single by Contreras aka “Tio”.

The Yankees did not stop there and began the 5th with 2 consecutive singles by the power bottom! Yeah they did it again – Frank and Salva were waiting for a dinger that Lopez hit and the Yankess scored 3 more.

The Rays were hitting some bombs by Wu and Niswonger but the Yankees played a better game and were able to yield “Vamos Yankees”

Final Score: 17-8

Game 2 Vs Banta’s Blue Rocks

After a long walk (thanks to the person to do the schedule), the Yankees arrived to field 5 with a lot of energy and scored 3 on the top of the 1st with consecutive doubles by Lopez, Steele, Criswell and a single by Sardi. However, the bottom of the 1st had some defensive issues on the Pinstripe crew and a dinger that Miguel Duron hit. At the bottom of the 2nd, the Blue Rock crew scored 2 more and the score was 9-3.

The Yankees reacted at the top of the 3rd with 4 runs. Loiben got a single, Lopez and Jota Jota consecutive doubles and the Yankee Steel hit a huge bomb! The Blue Rocks scored 2 more on the bottom of the 5th and the score was 11-7.

Nevertheless, the Yankee crew had a big surprise for the Rock’s. “Tio” opened the inning with a single, Anders and Frank followed him, Salva brought one home, Loiben hit a triple, Lopez and Jota Jota doubles and you know things are getting dangerous when the Steele is arriving to the bow and he did it again! Troy hit his 3rd HR of the day! Criswell got a BB and Captain Sardi had a surprise for Banta and his guys, he burned the CF with a massive double that brought Criswell to the plate. The Yankees scored 8 on the inning and closed the door by a dramatic victory.

Final score 15-11.

 

POW: Troy Steele 6-8 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, 6 runs and a double.

Honorable Mention --> Power Bottom: Gary Frank and Chris Salva combined 9/12 with 6 runs, 4 rbi's and turning the lineup almost every time. 

Mike Anders pitching another 2 great games!

Alfredo Sardi hitting 6-8 and Andry Lopez with a HR!

ROW: Sardi's Cooler full of water for 2nd weeks in a row. The cooler record is 4-1!

 



BLUE ROCKS SPLIT AS GAME 2 SLIPS AWAY LATE
Sep 18, 2019, 12:02 pm

The Blue Rocks continued with Super Sub Brandon Strull and Dalton Underwood manning the center field positions and Jason Chapman holding down SS. All went according to plan in game one as the Blue Rocks gave up only 6 singles to John Miller’s Rangers and their high-powered offense lead by the Driggers/Henry/Drake/Osgood quartet and the speedy “old guy” Tony Martin. The Blue Rocks were consistent in putting up runs in all 5 innings that culminated in an 18-1 run-rule victory. The barrage was lead by Miguel Duron who went 3 for 3 with 4 RBI’s and 2 fence bombs, one of which, has not landed yet. Also perfect on the day was David Pinkus who went 3 for 3 with 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored after taking last week off. Craig Einhorn and Tim Barnes accounted for 3 RBI’s to turn the lineup over while Underwood, Banta, Slaver, Pepkin, Muck and Holtmann all had 2 hits each to contribute to the 18 run / 21 hit attack.

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            3 for 3, 2 HR’s, Single, 4 RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

David Pinkus             3 for 3, 2B, 2 Singles, 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on the hated Yankees captained by the not hated rookie skipper Alfredo Sardi. The Blue Rocks gave up 3 in the opening frame and added 7 of their own in the home half and 2 more in the 2nd. Home Runs by Underwood and Duron had the good guys feeling confident. However, in the final inning, the Rocks let this one get away with a combination of miscues, bad luck and timely hitting by the Yanks – 8 runs for the pinstripers and a 15-11 loss for the Rocks. Offensively, contributions up and down the lineup and a solid effort by all.   

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            3 for 3, HR, 2 Singles, 2 RBI’s and Run Scored

Donnie Holtmann     3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2 RBI

Brandon Strull          3 for 4, 3 Singles, 3 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood    2 for 3, HR, 2B, 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Seth Pepkin               2 for 3, 2 Singles, 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

 

CO-POW’s:   David Pinkus – 5 for 6, 2 Doubles, 3 Singles, 3 RBI’s, 3 Runs Scored

                     Donnie Holtmann – 5 for 6, 5 Singles, 2 RBI’s, Run Scored

ROW:            Miguel Duron – 6 for 6, 3 HR’s, 3 Singles, 6 RBI’s and 4 Runs Scored



A very sunny, Stormy day...?
Sep 16, 2019, 2:50 pm

Pitching Ace Tornado Epstein continues to dominate field 5 in the early hours of the day.

Storm at River Bandits

The Storm began in the unlikeliest of places, the sunny field 5. The sun didn’t stop the Tornado, nay, it strengthened him, as Epstein shut out the River Bandits for 5 innings. The Storm hit well too, steadily scoring runs with 2 in the first, 2 in the third, 3 in the fourth, and 6 in the fifth. The game ended 13-4.

Game 1 hitting lines:

Dalton Fallaw - 3-3, BB, 2B, 2 runs scored, RBI

Brad Parr - 2-3, BB, 1 run scored, 2 RBI

Peter Hogan - 2-3, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI

Brian Strull - 2-3, 1 run scored, RBI

Jimie Simeone - 2-3, RBI

 

Bats at Storm

Game 2 on the shorter field 8 did not go as well, although it started off well with the Storm managing to escape the top of the first without surrendering any runs. This did not continue, however, with the Bats blasting multiple home runs throughout the game, and taking advantage of a plethora of fielding errors. The game ended 18-8.

Game 2 hitting lines:

Cody Strull - 3-3, 2 runs scored

Dalton Fallaw - 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 runs scored and 4 RBIs

Brad Parr - 3-3 1 run scored

Tornado Epstein - 2-3

Brian Strull - 2-3

 

Storm POW and ROW- Dalton Fallaw, 5 for 6, BB, 2 2Bs, HR, 4 runs scored, 5 RBI

 



Monsters have an uplifting split
Sep 15, 2019, 8:37 pm

Game 1 vs The Flying Flipflops, Field 9

The offensive flood gates FINALLY opened up for the Monsters!  It was early and it was often!  The Monsters sent 14 men to the plate, plating 9 runs in the top of 1, the Monsters were lead by POW Paulie Villarroel with two hits in the inning.  Extra base hits in the inning were collected by Ronnie Mendoza who played fantastic defense today, ROW, Lawrence and a 2RBI double by Theron Patrick. End of 1, Monsters 9, Flip Flops 0.  Goose eggs until the 4th frame where the Flip Flops finally got on the board with Rookie phenom Ryan Richardson's 3 run blast but the Monsters answered back with 7 of their own.  The bottom of the order which was huge all day, Santiago, Adwild and Ozzie did an OUTSTANDING job getting it back to the top.  Score after 4 was Monsters 16, Flip Flops 3.  The Flops had a 5 run inning in the 5th thanks to another blast by Rookie Richardson but the Monsters put up another 4 in the bottom of the 5th to finish the game, final score Monsters 20, Flops 8

Game 2 @ the Marauders, Field 4

It was a tightly contested game through the first 4 innings with the Mauraders holding on to a 7-2 lead.  The Monsters bats came alive in the 5th to swing the momentum.  Monsters plated all 12 guys in the 5th to put up an 8 spot.  The bottom of the order yet again got us back to the top with singles by Theron Patrick and Ozzie.  Paulie V and Ronnie both had singles, based loaded, 2RBI single by Lawrence, followed up by an RBI single from Taylor Guzman, a double by Mr. November (who is starting to heat up), a SAC Fly from Braun and a HUGE 2 RBI triple from Johnny Manjarrez but the Monsters back on top 10-7.  The Mauraders battled back answering with 4 of their own in the 5th to recapture the lead, 11-10.  The top of the 7th rolls around with a lead off triple by Paulie V and a Sac Fly by Lawrence to tie the score 11-11.  The one pitch extra frame rolls around and the Monsters went quietly and on the first pitch of the bottom of the 8th, the game ended on a dramatic, clutch walk off HR from the great Tim Jamieson.  Final score 12-11. 

The Monsters ended in a split but felt like a sweep.  Oustanding effort today by all involved.  We showed heart, we showed determination to claw back in the Mauraders game but just fell a hair short.  Character building weekend for the men in lime green.  Onward and upward gentlemen, good things are in our future!

POW:  

Paulie Villarroel

5 for 7, 2B, 3B, 6 Runs, 5 RBI

ROW: (The Padres have made up a new rule, you're a rookie if you have less than 10 years of Shalom service time)

Lawrence

6 for 6, 2B, 3B, 3R, SF, 7RBI

 



The Batcave Chronicles Part 4
Sep 15, 2019, 8:06 pm

Game 1: Alexander’s Hot Rods @ Buhrow’s Bats

With our heroes having conquered their division play...the Batmen looked towards the other side of the tracks to face new opponents. A wise man once said that when you are the new kid on the block...you find the biggest, baddest villains around and you show them what you are made of. Well...that is exactly what the Batmen did...starting with the Hot Rods. On Field 8, we served up our usual brand of justice by going up 10-2 early on. Unfortunately, this bad guy packed a real punch and was able to come back to take the lead late in the game 12-11. It was up to our bottom to batarang this lineup around and bring it back to our top. Then, up steps rookie sensation Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow who belts one to dead center for a walkoff to win Game 1. 

Remembering the Golden Goddess

The Bats would like to pause a moment to honor a fallen hero...the Golden Bat Goddess. She took a deathly blow to the back this morning that cracked her in two places. For anyone that has played with us...you know the glory of this bat and how many extra bases and homers it has helped to create over the years. Your beauty will be missed...but your 25 oz spirit will live on forever in our hearts. 

Game 2: Buhrow’s Bats @ Casper’s Storm

 

They say there is a calm before a storm...but that is not the case for this game. Fun Fact: Bats typically go wild when a storm approaches...and that is exactly what we did. Somebody turned on the lights in the batcave and extra base hits and homers went flying everywhere. Our defense did what it needed to in order to hold the storm to 8 runs. RIDICULOUS catches by Michael “Brainiac” Bourque and Sheldon “The Flash” Fulton to save multiple innings. Bats swept the weekend with an 18-8 finish. 


Two great games against two amazing opponents! We look forward to next week when we take on the other big bad of Division 1...the Tin Caps! 



Co-Batmen of the Week:

Missy “Batdog” Barr for her awesome team spirit! 

Kid “Commissioner Gordon” Williams 6-7, 5R, 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBIs

Nick “Metallo” Milton 4-6 4R, 3B, 3 RBIs

 

Rookie Batman of the Week: 

Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow 4-8, 2R, 3B, 5 RBIs. Walk-off hit to win Game 1. 

 

 

 



Filibusters to dine chicken broth and fried fish while heading to America’s shores
Sep 15, 2019, 6:17 pm

A Cap'n journey is not only about hunting treasures in the sea. Sometimes, a good skipper needs to make a stop and find some food for his crew, as it will be scary (to say the least) to be running a ship in the middle of nowhere with 11 hungry buccos with not even a can soup.

That’s why Cap’n Leo Cova changed the course of the vessel this time and stopped to hunt for some food along the way.

 

First stop – Hunt some muddy hens

The food hunt started early for the bucco’s as Co-POW candidate sailor Tim Jamieson launched a 2-rbi double against the Myer’s fowls bringing home filibusters Soeth and Allsup to total a 3-run inning in the top of the 1st. But those hens “clucked” back in the bottom of the 1st and took a 4-3 lead.

The 2nd inning saw some really hungry pirates eager to prepare a good chicken broth, striking back with a 10-run inning led by a 2-rbi blast from Tim Jamieson that brought sailor Jordan “Barbarossa” Allsup.

Sailor Rodriguez calmed down the loud hens in the 2nd, and then the 3rd saw how after big hits from master sailor Zwick and young apprentice Swank (who ran a HR short of hitting for the cycle!) reached base to give versatile sailor Soeth (who played at SS during Marauder # 1 pick absence - Badger) an opportunity to bring them back to the ship with a big 2-rbi double giving the buccos a 18-4 lead.

Hens remained quite in the 3rd, and hungry buccos stroke again with 5 more runs led by sailor Soeth 2-rbi double that brought home sailors Swank and Chirinos.

Fowls made minor “peckings” to the ship in the 4th and 5th, but nothing that prevented filibusters to dock safely at the port with a 25-6 final win.

 

Second stop – Hunt some wild fishes

After eating a delicious chicken broth, filibusters began their sail towards hunting a good entrée, and what better way to do it that heading into a deep lake filled with fishes (sorry “Monsters”).

The first inning can be defined as the “the calm before the storm” as both teams scored only 1-run. The second inning saw some Monster striking back with 1 more run the Marauder ship, but then buccos awakened from the nap they took after the delicious broth and started to hunt some Monsters thanks sailor Rodriguez single and extra-bases from bucco William and filibuster in-progress sub-Blake Jones, giving the Marauders a 3-2 lead.

3rd inning was a carbon copy of the 1st, with the only difference that the attack came from the filibusters thanks to a solo bomb from “Barbarossa” Allsup.

The 4th saw another good hunt from the buccos with 3-runs led by a 2-rbi double from Co-POW bucco Alan London, giving the Marauders a good 7-2 lead.

Did I mention the phrase “the calm before the storm”? Well, the 5th inning was storm alright, as wild Monsters attacked heavily the Marauder ship with an 8-run inning, giving them their only lead of the game with a 10-7 score. But what monsters didn’t know, is that once you strike this ship the counter-attack from the buccos will be HUGEEEEE. That’s what filibusters did in the bottom of the 5th scoring 4-runs (to re-take the lead immediately!) led by a 2-run double from Co-POW Jamieson.

A 6th calmed inning, that went pretty fast as Marauders played like gentleman’s wasting no time in the clock, gave the Monsters the opportunity to open the 7th inning, (with the top of their order may I say), and courageously they were able to tie the affairs forcing into the first extra-inning of the season for the filibusters.

The 8th inning looked promising for the Monsters as they started with their middle of the order, but then again sailor Rodriguez and outstanding defense from Co-POW Alan London knew how to control these wild beasts not letting them to score a single run, giving the Marauders to end the affairs in a movie fashion with a walk-off HR from Co-POW Jamieson who crushed a ball that has not fall yet for a 12-11 win and a good fried fishes as main entrée!

 

Hitting Stars (2-Games)

Co-POW Tim Jamieson – 6/8, 5R, 2HR, 8RBI’s

Co-POW Alan London – 6/7, R, 2 2B, 3B, 3RBI’s and All-Star defense in RF (including game-winning dive catch)

Jordan Allsup – 4/8, 2 2B, HR, 6RBI’s

Andy Williams – 6/7, 4R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI’s

Jay Swank – 3/6, 3R, 2B, 3B, 1RBI and almost hit for the cycle in game 1!

 

With a full stomach and happy faces, the filibusters will continue their “booty” hunting next week heading to 2 major American cities. A glimpse of Cap’n Cova sailing route can be observed below…

 

 Arr....!



Rays drop a pair
Sep 15, 2019, 5:34 pm


Game 1 vs Sardi's Yankees

Rays put up a 5 spot starting off the 1st inning and then it was going back and forth between us and the Yankees. The Yankees were placing the hits where we werent and they wont the game 17-10
Notable highlights

WUmors going 4 for 4 with 4 homeruns and 7 RBIs
George "Reed em and weep" going 3 for 3 with 3 singles and a RBI

Game 2 vs Miller's Rangers
It was a great pitching matchup between Miller and Hauf (I was thinking that it was going to be a HR slugfest). The Rays had 2 one with 2 out in the last half of the inning (but we couldn't tie the game at the end)
Rangers win 6-3

Our next matchup is against the Lake Monsters and the Mudhens (our team is better than our record, we will eventually get the ship all straighten out). One hot winning streak will get us back into contention (I am definitely not worried at all).

 

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Rangers Squeak Out A Split
Sep 15, 2019, 4:23 pm

The Rangers scored 7 runs Sunday but still managed a split. Game 1 was against Banta’s Blue Rocks. Hall of Famer Jon Banta pitched great sprinkling 6 singles over 5 innings and the Ranger defense was more than generous as the Blue Rocks rolled 18-1.

Game 2 was against the Goldenwonger Rays. A massive home run contest was expected with the Driggers-Henry-Drake trio battling the Ruckel-Wu-Niswonger bashers. Alas, there were no home runs and a pitching duel broke out. The Rangers scored 4 in the 1st as Tony Martin opened with a single, Max Henry doubled followed by singles from Daryl Drake, Brian Osgood, Cesar Garza and Robbie Franklin. Brian Osgood manufactured his own run in the 4th as he hustled a single into a double, took 3rd on a ground out and scored on a fielder’s choice. A Ryan Driggers single followed by a Daryl Drake double in the 6th scored the Rangers 6th and final run as the defense held the powerful Rays in check for a 6-3 victory.

Max Henry was our POW, leading the way with 4-5 and 2 doubles. Daryl Drake and Robbie Franklin went 3-5



Emeralds shine with 2 run rules
Sep 15, 2019, 3:17 pm

Emeralds shine this week and put it together on both sides of the ball.  We opened with Ortega's Rattlers and came out strong with 9 in the first starting the game with 3 straight doubles by Tyler Samsel, Reese Leonard and Sean Greeley.  The first 9 batters of the inning scored as well.  Second inning was more of the same scoring 4 more and another 9 in the 3rd. As impressive as the "O" was the defense was just as strong with John Unell pitching well and the "D" making plays all over the field.  Putting a complete game together in a 24-6 run rule.

Game 1 Gems:

Tyler Samsel - 3-4 2 runs 1-2B
Alex Bustillo - 3-4 2 runs 1-2B 1 RBI
Tyson Smith - 3-4 3 runs 1-2B 1 RBI
John Unell - 3-4 2 runs 3 RBI
Abbey Garber - 3-4 1 run 1-2B 4 RBI
Steve Johnson - 2-3 1 run 1 RBI

Game 2 against the Kahnvitz Padres, the Padres started with 2 big blasts from Baho and Primm but the good guys answered back with a big 2 run HR by Reese Leonard for the first yard HR of the year for the Emeralds.  The D then turned it on holding them scoreless while the offense poured in on scoring at least 2 runs in every inning. Plating 6 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and 7 in the 5th with the big blow being a walk off game winning run rule creating fence clearing Grand Slam by Tyler Samsel giving him 6 RBI for the game.  John Unell fought thru back problems to pitch another great game letting his defense do a great job behind him. Bottom of the lineup was huge with Bruce Ackerman batting 3 times with bases loaded getting a walk and a 2 run single and Unell getting 2 bases loaded walks getting 2 RBI. We had a balanced attack with 10 of our 12 batters scoring and 10 of 12 getting at least 1 hit. Emeralds with another run rule 19-4

Game 2 Gems:

Tyler Samsel (POW) - 3-4 2 runs 1-HR (fence Grand Slam) 6 RBI
Abbey Garber - 2-2 1 BB, 2 runs, 1 RBI
Joe Beasley - 3-3 3 runs



Hot Rods Off to the Races – Win 2 of 3!
Sep 11, 2019, 4:11 pm

Trying to build on our 2 game pre-holiday winning streak, the Hot Rods were the Visitors on field 7 to face the stingy defense of Greenberg’s Tin Caps. A defensive struggle ensued. After speedily falling behind 4-0 after the first frame (status quo) to Greeny’s fast starting squad, the defense was able to get some traction and the bats heated up to get within 1 run after 3 innings played at 5-6. Unfortunately, some good hitting performances were squandered here as the Rods bats could only muster one more run, falling 6-8 to the tin men.

Hitting Mechanics: Sam Cassell 3-4; Ryno 2-2, BB, 2B, 4 RBI; Joltin’ Joe Machado 2-3 2B; super sub Robert Garcia 2-3; Sean Brinkman 2-3.

 

Undeterred, we traveled to field 1 to face rookie captain Leo Cova’s booty-pillaging Marauders. Let me tell you those guys hit it hard! Captain Alexander got shelled for 5 runs in the first including a 3 run Cova bomb, but we fought back with 3 quick runs of our own. The Rods defense held in the second and the offense chipped in 5 more runs to take a 3 run lead at 8-5. More Marauders proceeded to go yard to scratch back even 8-8 after 3 innings played. We answered with 2 runs to inch into the lead in the fourth frame and dealt the death blow in the sixth inning with home runs by Cassell, Berkowitz and Alexander (the other law firm). Final score: 15-9 Hot Rods!

Hitting Mechanics: Sam Cassell 3-4, 3 runs, 2B, HR, 4 RBI; Evan Berkowitz 4-4, 4 runs, HR, 2 RBI; Ryno 3-4, 3 runs, 2-2B, 2 RBI; Captain Alexander 3-3, SAC, 2 runs, HR, 5 RBI; Robert Garcia 3-4, 2B, RBI.

 

In the final matchup of the day, the Hot Rodssquared off against the previously 4-0 Casper’s Storm in another important divisional battle, and the hotness carried over. We streaked to an early lead and never looked back in this one, though the Storm did make some noise in the last inning to get it close—we didn’t have to use our last at bat, saving some hits for next weekend. Final score: 12-9 Hot Rods!

Hitting Mechanics: Sam Cassell 3-3, BB, 3 runs, 2-2B; Ryno 2-2, SAC, 2 runs, 2B, 3 RBI; Captain Alexander 2-3, 2 runs; Joltin' Joe 3-3, 2 runs, 4 RBI; Robert Garcia 2-3, 2 RBI.

 

Hot Rods POW: Sam Cassell 9-11, BB, 7 runs, 3-2B, HR, 4 RBI from the lead-off spot, excellent OF defense. ROW: Evan Berkowitz 7-11, 6 runs, HR, 3 RBI, excellent OF defense. “The Law Firm” of Cassell and Berkowitz, holding down the middle outfield since Fall 2019.



Tin Caps - Best Defense in League History?
Sep 10, 2019, 4:40 pm

Could we be seeing history in the making?  After 7 games, the Tin Caps D has only allowed 29 runs. Next closest is 62??

The Tin Caps swept their way through Sunday's 3 game line-up with excellent Defense and sparse, yet timely hitting. Tim Kaminsky gunned out a player at 2nd base in the last game against Banta's Blue Rocks, Matt Brumley took a relay throw from outfield and gunned out a speedy Ryno barreling toward the plate against the Hot Rods. Not too mention the No Fly Zone created by the speedy outfield all day long.

The most exciting game of the day was against Goldens's Rays. The Tin Caps entered the top of the 7th a run down with the Resurgent Big Richard Smith leading off the inning. Smith delivered with a lead-off double off the fence, Jerry Rogers and Brian Smallwood both delivered with hits. When it was done, the Tin Caps sealed the victory with 6 runs in the inning. These triplets had also all scored in the other big rally of the game in the 5th inning when Leonardo Mendoza and Sean Harcourt started the inning with singles. Then the Triplets came through to help in the 4 run inning.  Go Tin Caps!



River Bandits Drop 2 of 3
Sep 10, 2019, 1:11 pm

The bandits showed up Sunday morning riding a hot 4 game win streak. The first matchup was against the yankees and what can I say there wasn’t much to talk about bandits fall for the first time of the season 17 to 5. The second game was against the LakeMonsters and the bandits were never able to get timely hits with people on base. Again the bandits fall 17 to 10. The final game of the day was the bats on field 4. The bandits came out swinging which we were not able to do all day by plating 6 in the top of the first inning. The bandits never relinquished the lead and won the game 12 to 5.  OUTSTANDING defense in right field all day from Ming Hung Tsai even throwing out a runner at home for the double play.  Dub Clark and the “Canadian” held down the left side of the outfield all day. (thank goodness because apparently the RC fielder didn’t have a clue). We will put these 2 losses behind us and focus on our Non Division matchups next week.

 

ROW    Ming Hung Tsai   ( “Outstanding Defense” ) 

 

POW   Dub Clark    4/8   Double, 2 Walks, and 5 Runs Scored



Emeralds struggle again
Sep 10, 2019, 11:45 am

Emeralds struggle again this week dropping all 3 games by a total of 5 runs.  We have been in every game and are hopefully on the verge of turning things around.  The lone Gem this week was Alex Bustillo. Multiple hits in each game and several diving or sliding plays at SS...Gold Glove level at SS this week.  We will come back next week looking to get that one extra hit or hop and get back on the winning side. 



BLUE ROCKS TAKE 2 OF 3 WITH 10 GUYS. PEASE DONE FOR THE YEAR
Sep 10, 2019, 11:30 am

The Blue Rocks received bad news to start the week after it was revealed that SS Jeremy Pease had ligament damage to his thumb and was done for the year. We wish Jeremy a speedy recovery and hope to see him on the fields come spring time. We also were without the services of veterans David Pinkus and Seth Pepkin. After a brief team discussion, the decision was made to roll with 10 guys for the triple header with our lone replacement player and super sub being Brandon Strull. Game 1 was against rookie skipper Leo Cova and his Marauders. The Blue Rocks busted out of the gate with 6 runs in the 1st highlighted by a Dalton Underwood fence blast and a grand slam from Donnie Holtmann – who? Donnie Holtmann. Unfortunately, the Marauders answered with 7 in the home half. The good guys proceeded to add 6 more runs in the next two innings with the key hit being a huge blast from Miguel Duron. Heading into the final inning and the game still in question, the Blue Rocks added 6 more runs to close out Cova’s crew with a big blast from Jason Chapman and a 3-run dagger HR from Underwood, his 2nd of the game and the team’s 5th of the game.

Hitting Stars:

Brandon Strull          2 for 2, 2 Singles, 2 BB, 4 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood   2 for 3, 2 HR’s, Sac, 6 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Miguel Duron            3 for 4, HR, 2 Singles, 4 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Monty Slaver             3 for 4, 3 Singles, 2 RBI’s and Run Scored

John Banta                3 for 3, 2 Singles, Double, BB and 2 Runs Scored

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on the gems known as Greeley’s Emeralds. The Blue Rocks gave up 3 in the opening frame and added 2 of their own in the top of the 2nd and 2 more in the top of the 3rd highlighted by a Donnie Holtmann 2 RBI double and a huge 2 run bomb from Jason Chapman. Down 5-4 in the 5th, Miguel Duron unloaded a monster blast after a leadoff single by Brandon Strull to take 6-5 lead. A tense bottom of the 7th became relief when Dalton Underwood tracked down a would-be game winning flair with a diving catch to end the game and seal the victory.

 

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            2 for 3, HR, Single, 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Jason Chapman        1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI’s and Run Scored

Donnie Holtmann      1 for 3, Double, 2 RBI

The trifecta game was against the fountain of youth captain, Scott Greenberg and his Tin Caps. Unfortunately, this hard fought battle was lost late. The Blue Rocks got on the board with 3 in the first and 1 in the 3rd before succumbing to the craftiness of the veteran Greenberg over the final 4 innings. A Jason Chapman bomb in the 1st, his 3rd of the day, and a solo blast from Duron, also, his 3rd of the day was all that could be mustered. Final Score: Caps 7 Rocks 4.

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            2 for 3, HR, Single, 2 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Jason Chapman        1 for 3, HR, 2 RBI’s and Run Scored

Donnie Holtmann      1 for 3, Double, 2 RBI

  

POW: Miguel Duron – 7 for 9, 3 HR’s, 4 Singles, 8 RBI’s and 6 Runs Scored

ROW: Dalton Underwood – 5 for 9, 2 HR’s, 3 Singles, 6 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored. Excellent defense in RCF all day including game saving catch in game 2.

SOW (Sub of the Week): Brandon Strull – 6 for 9, 6 Singles, 2BB, 5 Runs Scored. Outstanding defense in LCF all day including a huge put out on a play at the plate.



The Batcave Chronicles Part 3
Sep 9, 2019, 8:00 pm

Game 1: Bats @ Padres

 

 

FIELD 5! 8 IN THE MORNING! The Bats would like to officially nominate the SUN for Defensive Player of the Game! It really did a phenomenal job and was not biased for either team. Made it a very close game. Came down to which team’s power bottom could turn over the line up one more time and get the top back up. Bats took the first victory of the day 9-8 in the 7th. 

 

Game 2: Mudhens @ Bats

 

 

Sun was still bright on Field 9...but definitely an upgrade compared to game 1. Stopped an early bleed with an insane diving catch by Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow and then it was our turn to hit...and we did not stop! Short field and some frustrating ABs in the first game lead to another classic back-to-back slugfest by Kid “Commissioner Gordon” Williams and Nick “Nightwing” Barr! Ashley “Riddler” Mort got in on the homerun fun this game as well. Proved today as a full squad that we are a force to be reckoned with on these fields as we took game 2, 21-7. 

 

Game 3: River Bandits @ Bats

 

 

Well we used up all of our runs going into the final game. River Bandits lost their first two on the day...and they were over it! We were ready to find some AC as the Bats could not string it together to keep up with the power of Ransom, Reed, and Schwarts. I do not think Nick “Metallo” Milton and Ashley “Riddler” Mort could handle one more foul ball to left field! Those pesky River Bandits stole them a victory and the Bats went back to their caves to rest up for a rematch in the playoffs! 

 

Co-Batmen of the Week: 

Kid "Commissioner Gordon" Williams 8-9 SAC, 5R, 2 2B, 3HR, 13 RBI. 

Daniel "Deathstroke" Buhrow 4-6 3BB, 4R, RBI.

 

Rookie Batman of the Week: 

Ashley "The Riddler" Mort, 6-10 2R, HR, 3 RBI.

 



Rangers Fall Short of A Sweep
Sep 8, 2019, 9:01 pm

Triple header Sunday had the Mudhens as the Rangers first opponent on field 9 in the “Stevie Wonder Softball Extravaganza,” with neither team able to see the ball. The Mudhens managed 3 in the first and remained scoreless until the 7th. The Rangers scored 4 runs on 3 solo blasts by Ryan Driggers, Max Henry and Brian Osgood. When the Mudhens scratched out 1 run in the bottom of the 7th, we headed to extras tied at 4-4. Six singles and a walk produced 5 runs for the Rangers as they won 9-5.

 

Game 2 was against Ortega’s Timber Rattlers. After 4 in the first for the Rattlers, the Rangers broke loose for 6 in the third. Alan Miano had the big hit, a two run double. Heading into the last inning, the Rangers held an 8-5 lead. A two run Max Henry dinger started the inning and was supplemented by RBI singles from John Miller, Cesar Garza and Alan Miano to boost the Ranger lead to 13-5. The Rattlers rallied valiantly to close the final score to 13-11.

 

Game 3 against the Padres saw the Padres with a 14-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th when a Brian Osgood grand slam helped narrow the Padres lead to 14-7. After a scoreless Padres 7th, a two run Max Henry double followed by a two run Brian Osgood home run narrowed the Padre lead to 14-13 with two outs. The Rangers loaded the bases but failed to push the tying or winning runs across to fall 14-13.

 

Brian Osgood was “OsGreat” today as our POW with 9-12 with 3 HR’s, 7 runs and 9 RBI’s plus some nice “D” in LCF. Max Henry was 6-9 with 2 HR’s, Cesar Garza 7-12, and Jason Murray 6-11. Ryan Driggers was 7-11, Robbie Franklin 6-12, and Tommy Baer 4-8 with 4 walks.



Triple header plunder quest gave Marauders only a set of emeralds
Sep 8, 2019, 8:19 pm

In cooler than usual Texan summer morning, the filibusters embarked their journey with hopes of a TSSL triple “booty” hunt towards the islands of Blue Rocks, Hot Rods and Emerald, but destiny had other plans for the Marauder ship taking the boat into the Bermuda Triangle that almost gave the buccaneers 3 losses.

 

Game 1 vs Blue Rocks Island

Filibusters faced bad sailing weather from the get-go, as the natives from Blue Rock Island scored 6 runs in the first inning. Bucco’s fought back with 7 runs in the bottom of the 1st led by 2-run RBI extra bases from sailor Tim Jamieson and Cap’n Leo Cova.

That comeback was quickly stopped by Blue Rocker’s with a 3-run innings in the top of the 2nd and the 3rd. Marauders stroke back in the 3rd thanks to a 2-run bomb from POW candidate Ariel Rodriguez. But then again, Blue Rockers natives smashed the filibuster ship with 6 more runs in the 5th that let the Bucco's with little to none chance for a final comeback, even though a last inning 4-run attack commanded by sailors Soeth and Rodriguez

 

Game 2 vs Hot Rods Island

The second game of the day saw some angry pirates that wanted to take all the treasures Hot Roder’s had on their island. For that, the crew jumped into an early 5-run lead in the 1st thanks to singles from sailors Chirinos, Allsup, Soeth, Rodriguez and a 3-run bomb from Cap’n Leo Cova. But, boy oh boy, those Hot Roder’s were angry of this invasion as they stroke back the ship with 8-runs in the first 2 innings.

But as the Marauder motto says (yes, we have a motto!) “Never Surrender”, in the 3rd filibusters launched a surprise attack into the Hot Roder’s island thru back-to-back bombs from sailor Soeth and POW Rodriguez, tying the affairs after 3 innings. Unfortunately, that joy didn’t last long as Hot Roder’s bombarded the ship in the 4th with 2 more runs

Entering into the 6th, Marauders got a bit closer to collect the "booty" thanks to solo-bomb from Cap’n Leo Cova but then again, the courageous Hot Roder’s natives’ stroke back with 5-runs in the bottom of the inning, ending the quest affairs of the Marauder's ship

 

Game 3 vs Emeralds Island

After two toughs losses, Marauders felt that enough is enough, and decided to go for all the marbles against the Emeralds wasting no time by scoring 4 runs in the top of the 1st thanks for a 3-run bomb from Tim Jamieson. As in game two, the Emeralder’s natives attacked back the Marauder ship with 4 runs in the bottom of the first.

Bucco’s jumped again into Emeralder’s island in the top of the 3rd led by a 2-run dinger from Jordan “Barbarossa” Allsup. And then again, Emeralds scored 2 runs in the bottom of that inning.

In a really close affair, that looked almost like a carbon copy hitting match, Marauders finally found a room to differentiate themselves from the Emeralder’s in the 6th thanks to a 2-run dinger from POW Ariel Rodriguez (his 3rd of the day!) and closed the game retiring the last 6 batters in a row to capture the only booty of the day, a chest full of precious gems!!

 

Hitting Stars (3-games)

POW – Ariel Rodriguez 7/9, 3HR, 7RBI

Gustavo Chirinos – 7/9, 3R

Jordan Allsup – 7/9, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 4RBI

Erick Soeth – 5/9, 2 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI

Jay Swank – 4/6, BB and an AMAZING defense at 2B

 

Arr.....!



The "Steele" Yankees!
Sep 8, 2019, 7:17 pm

On sunny with really light wind morning and a triple header ahead, the Yankees had in mind to keep the party on from last week when they hay their first W.

 Game 1 vs River Bandits

The Yankees were going to score on every inning. Super Rookie Ari Loiben lead off with a hit, Jota Jota got a BB, the Steele got a hit and Anders brought Loiben home with a Sac Fly. The Bandits scored 1 to tie the game. However, the Yankees put 3 more on the bottom of the 2nd with consecutive singles by Roberts aka “Primo”, Criswell and Ian aka “Tio”, Frank got a sac fly, Salva and Loiben got singles and JJ got a BB with Bases loaded.

We scored one more on the 3rd with 3 consecutive singles by captain Sardi, “Primo” and Criswell. The Bandits fought back and score 3 on the bottom of the 3rd. The Yankees did it again and score 3 more on the top of the 4th with 2 singles by the “lefty compadres” and the first bomb of the day for Troy “The Yankee Steele”. The NY crew wanted to keep the party on and scored 8 on the top of the 5th. Captain Sardi turned the party on with a single, “primo” and Criswell did the same and “Tio” hit a triple! Frank and Salva hit 2 more singles, Jota Jota got his 3rd BB of the day and the dinner was served for the “Steele Man” who hit a Grand Slam!

The Bandits score one more on the bottom of that inning and the Yankees did the same with a solo dinger of Criswell on the top of the 6th. The Bandits scored a couple more but the damage was done.

Final Score: 17-7

Game 2 Vs Padres

The Padres scored 5 on the top of the 1st and the Yankees put 3 on the bottom with consecutive 2B by the lefty compadres, a defensive gift that Jota Jota received and a 2B by “The Steele”. The NY crew scored one more on the 2nd with consecutive singles by Criswell, “Tio” and Frank.

The Padres scored one more on the 3rd until they made some real damage with 4 on the 5th and 2 more on the 6th. The Yankees only score 1 more on the bottom of the 5th with consecutive singles by Frank, Salva and Loiben.

It looked like the Yankees did not enjoy to move from field 8 to field 4 because they did not hit well (except the Steele, who hit 3-3 with a 2b and rbi) and made some defensive errors.

Final Score: 12-5

Game 3 Vs Lake Monsters

Going back to field 8, Captain Sardi told his crew that this game was going to be really funny and involved a lot of “trash talking” because the Lake Monsters has 6 Venezuelans on their team and we were going to have some fun during the game.

The Yankees scored one on the top of the 2nd with s solo dinger by “The Steele”. The Lake Monster scored 2 on the bottom of that inning. After that nothing happened on innings 3 and 4. However, Captain Sardi turned the party on the top on the 5th with a double, followed by 2 singles by “Primo” and “tio”. On a tied game and opening the 6th, 4 consecutive singles by Loiben, Lopez, Jota Jota, The Steele, FC by Criswell, single by Sardi and FC by Robert.

On the bottom of the 7th, the Monsters scored their last one with a solo dinger and the rest was history.

The Yankees fly the W again and finished the day with a great 2-1 record. They are playing 4-3 and their mind is focused on keeping the party on!

POW: Troy Steele 8/10 3HR, 2B, 4 singles, 10 RBI and 4 runs.

Honorable Mention: Mike Anders pitching keeping 2 games with a low score and Brian Criswell with a nice come back day. Keep healing guys and see you next week.



A Ray of Sunshine is emerging
Sep 8, 2019, 5:12 pm

Rays win the last game of a 3 game series

Game 1 vs Casper’s Storm

It was a seesaw battle back and forth between Casper’s Storm and the Golden Rays. The Rays were down by 4 runs in the last inning and only manage to get 3 Runs that inning an lose in a barnburner 7-6

Game 2 Vs Greenberg’s Tin Caps

With the Rays up a couple of runs in the final inning, the Tin Caps bats just got hot at just the right time and put up a 5 spot in the top of the 7th. With the Rays middle of the lineup coming to bat, we just couldn’t put it together and we drop another heartbreaker 12-7

Game 3 Vs Runey’s Flying Chanclas

We were playing with 10 now with Peterson and Erik Clausen out and we decided that we were going to give it our all on the field in this last time to start a new streak (a winning streak). We put up 13 runs in the 1st inning (yes…I said 13). Then a 7 run inning in the 3rd and added 2 more in the 4th for insurance and the Rays are now starting on a good streak (a winning streak) 22-10 was the final. Ruckel and Wumors have been on fire as of late and they are our Co-POW this week with Quinones being our ROW. Also notable at bats was Niswonger running the bases after hitting a HR (when he thought that the RCF caught the ball). Dustin Madlock with 2 triples in the game, Turbo with a RBI double on the LF coming in on him, great pitching by Hauf (as always) and just a great all around team effort in general. We look forward to next week as we continue to keep the winning streak alive!

ROW Nominee: Leo Quinones - 6 for 10 with a Walk, 3 singles, 2 doubles, HR, 3RBIs and 2 Runs Scored

Co-POW Nominees: Darius “Wumors” Wu – 9 for 10 with 4 singles, 5 HRs, 17RBIs and 8 Runs Scored

Matt “Ruck Yeah” Ruckel – 9 for 12 with 7 singles, double, HR, 3 RBIs and 6 Runs Scored

 

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Blue Rocks with another TSSL Proverbial Split
Aug 27, 2019, 3:19 pm

The Blue Rocks opened week two matched up against Golden’s Rays and the all powerful lineup of Wu, Ruckel and Niswonger. The Blue Rocks jumped out early with 4 in the 1st inning. Hits by Jeremy Pease, Dalton Underwood and Miguel Duron set the table for a Jason Chapman 3 run HR. Rays got 2 in the home half. However, the good guys threw up a 7 spot in the 2nd. Hits by Dereck Muck, Donnie Hotlmann, Pease, Duron Chapman, John Banta and capped by a Monty Slaver blast, the Blue Rocks never looked back after getting up 11-4 after 2. Add in Miguel Duron’s 2 Home Runs and 3RBI’s and we have a final score of 14-4.

Hitting Stars:

Monty Slaver             3 for 3, 2 Singles, HR 2RBI’s

Miguel Duron            4 for 4, Single, Double 2 HRs, 3 RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

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

Jeremy Pease             3 for 4, Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on Kelly Alexander and his Hot Rods. After giving up a quick 2 in the 1st, Blue Rocks answered with 6 in the bottom of the 1st after batting around. Blue Rock bats went cold for a couple of innings until adding 4 runs in the 4th to get the game back to within 2. A leadoff single by Pease, a triple by Dalton Underwood and RBI hits from Duron and Chappy accounted for the scoring. We gave up 3 in the last inning but fought back with 3 of our own, falling 2 short in the loss. Back to back hits by Donnie Holtmann and Craig Einhorn to start the last inning were key in getting back to the top of the lineup. A double by Underwood, and back to back RBI singles from Duron and Chappy closed out the scoring. The Blue Rocks certainly had some struggles defensively as this game got a way from us in the 2nd and 3rd innings accounting for a number of unearned runs. We will take the full 2 weeks and sulk about this game before we come back recharged for the triple header on the 8th!

Hitting Stars:

Miguel Duron            4 for 4, 4 Singles, 3 RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood   3 for 4, Single, Double, Triple, RBI and 3 Runs Scored

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

David Pinkus             3 for 3, 3 Singles, RBI and Run Scored

Donnie Holtmann      3 for 3, 2 Singles, Double, RBI and Run Scored

 

POW: Jason Chapman - 6 for 8, 5 Singles, HR, 6 RBI’s and 4 Runs Scored

ROW: Miguel Duron – 8 for 8, 5 Singles, Double, 2 HR’s, 6 RBI’s and 6 Runs Scored



Emeralds don't shine
Aug 26, 2019, 5:01 pm

Not a lot to say about this week's games.  Emeralds dropped both by the same score of 13-9.  Left a lot of men on and had chances in both games.  We were cursed with atom balls...everything we hit hard we hit right at em.  We will take the week off, lick our wounds and come back with a vengence. 

Reese Leonard gets the nod again this week as POW going 7-8 and seeing his average drop to .882



Hot Rods Streak to 2 Wins!
Aug 26, 2019, 4:00 pm

Determined to bounce back from 2 disappointing losses, the Hot Rods tuned up their defense and took the field first against the speedy Emeralds led by wily veteran baller Sean Greeley. The team started slowly at the plate again, getting just 2 runs in the first on an Alexander single that scored Evan Berkowitz and Ryno Alford. After that, our hitting was sporadic and the Emeralds got out to a little lead. Our big inning came in the fourth after Chris Coffman got it started with a single and the Hot Rods proceeded to bat around, exploding for 7 runs and seeing 9 players reach base safely. The bottom of the order came up huge in this game with multiple hits; the fifth inning started with 9 through 11 all reaching base with singles and then scoring. After the dust settled, the good guys held on for their first win of the Fall: Hot Rods 13 - Emeralds 9.

 

Hot Hitters: Sam Cassell 3-3 with a SAC and a run; Ryno 2-3 with a BB, 2B, 3B and 2 runs; captain Alexander 3-4, 2B and 4 RBI; CBASS Alford 2-3 and RBI; super sub Chris Licurse 2-2 with BB and 2 runs; Kelly Welton 3-3 with 2B and 2 runs; Sean Brinkman 2-3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs.

 

Travelling to warm and sunny field 5 to face Banta’s Blue Rocks, the team was looking to build a winning streak against one of the league’s most feared pitchers, Jables. Much like the first game, we fell in a hole early, down 6-2 after the first inning. The Hot Rod sticks heated up and struck for 4 in the second on a single by Licurse, walk by Brinkman, consecutive RBI singles by the law firm of Cassell and Berkowitz followed by an RBI Ryno double. Holding the Rocks scoreless in the bottom half, the game was tied at 6 apiece before the good guys batted around and struck for 6 more runs in the top of the third inning on hits by CBASS, Travis Olander, Licurse (2 RBI), Welton, Cassell (2RBI), Berkowitz (RBI) and Alexander (RBI) plus a clutch walk by Ryno. This was a hard fought see-saw battle, that came down to the last out to save the game. Kudos to Ryno Alford for providing a few Sports Center worthy defensive gems. Final score: Hot Rods 15 – Blue Rocks 13.

 

Hot Hitters: Sam Cassell 3-4, 3 RBI and 2 runs; Evan Berkowitz 3-4, 3 RBI and 3 runs; Ryno 2-3, BB, two 2B, 3 RBI and 2 runs; CBASS 2-3, 2 RBI; Olander 2-3; Licurse 2-2, BB and 2 RBI.

 

ROW: Evan Berkowitz 4-7, SAC, 5 runs and 5 RBI plus top-shelf OF defense.

POW: Chris Licurse 4-4, 2 BB, 2 RBI and a put out at home plate.



The forecast calls for two more wins!
Aug 26, 2019, 2:39 pm

It may have been difficult to see the ball on fields 5 and 9, but that didn’t stop the solid Storm defense and pitching from securing their undefeated record for another couple of weeks. 

Tin Caps at Storm

Opening their day in the harsh sun on field 5 against veteran pitcher and new captain Scott Greenberg, the Storm opened decently with a Mitch Zimmerman leadoff base hit, followed by a Dalton Fallaw RBI triple, and a Brad Parr sac fly to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first. The Tin Caps took back the lead in the top of the second 3-2. In the bottom of the second, Tornado Epstein scored after ripping a double on an RBI single by Brian Strull, to tie the game 3-3. After shutting down the Tin Caps in the top of the third, Matt Casey and Fallaw each singled, and scored on base hits from Dustin Bone and Parr, giving the Storm a 5-3 lead, which they held until the conclusion of the game. 

Game 1 hitting lines:

Mitch Zimmerman - 2-3 leading off, scoring 1 run.

Dalton Fallaw - 2-3, 3B, 2 runs scored, RBI.

Brad Parr - 1-2, SF, 2 RBI

Tornado Epstein - 1-2, 2B, 1 run scored.

Brian Strull - 2-2, RBI.

 

Storm at Emeralds

Game 2 on the shorter field 9 opened much hotter for the Storm, with Mitch Zimmerman, Dalton Fallaw, Dustin Bone, and Brad Parr all opening with base hits, and rookie captain Kyle Casper homering off his estranged brother John Unell to take a swift 5-0 lead. The bats cooled off for a bit, with the Storm only getting 1 more run in the third inning off a Fallaw walk and a sac fly from Parr, until Bone ignited things in the sixth inning with a 2-run shot. Peter Hogan also hit a 2-run homer in the sixth, giving the Storm 10, and a six run lead. In the top of the seventh, the Storm put together a 2-out rally with Zimmerman getting a base hit right in front of back to back homers from Fallaw and Bone. Things looked rough in the bottom of the seventh as the Emeralds piled on 5 runs, but the league’s finest right fielder, Peter Hogan, put a stop to things with an excellent catch and throw home to Matt Casey (league’s finest catcher) for a game-winning double play. 

Game 2 hitting lines:

Mitch Zimmerman - 2-4, 2 runs scored

Dalton Fallaw - 3-3, BB, HR, 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs

Dustin Bone - 4-4, 2 HRs, 3 runs scored, 3 RBIs

Brad Parr - 2-3, SF, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs

Peter Hogan - 1-3, clutch HR, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs

Dustin Bone and Dalton Fallaw were fantastic in the outfield on the day, while all-rounder Mitch Zimmerman did a fine Cody Strull impersonation at SS. Tornado Epstein pitched two fine games, overshadowing some of his creative baserunning.

Storm POW and ROW- Dalton Fallaw, 5 for 6, BB, 3B, HR, 6 runs scored, 3 RBI

 



Splitsville again for the Monsters
Aug 25, 2019, 10:09 pm

Game 1, Field 3 vs. Mudhens

Back and forth affair in this game was highlighted by 99.6% humidity and a back and forth game on what's now known as the lowest scoring field through 4 games.  Good defense by both teams as neither team allowed the other a big inning.  This game was never more than a run or two differential the entire game.  Monsters defense held the Mudhens to 13 singles on the game. 

The highlight in this one was in the bottom of the last inning, the bottom of the order came through in the clutch!  Robert Santiago who was perfect on the game going 3 for 3, (yes, Tommy, we saw your number on Santiago's ball to the fence) getting us going after 1 out with a single.  Adwild had a seeing-eye single, OZZIE had a hard shot to right to load the bases with 1 out.  Paulie V comes up with bases loaded, hits one over the right fielder's head for a single to plate Santiago.  Game Winner goes to Paulie V who was the Monster of the week!

Santiago:  3 for 3, Double, Run

Paulie V:  3 for 4, 2 Runs and a GWRBI

TGuzman:  3 for 3, 3RBI

 

Game 2 @ Padres, Field 6

Monsters opened up with 4 in the first determined to hit the goombah's over/under of 26.5.  4 was all we could muster until the 4th inning when Paulie V hit a no-doubter for a Grand Slam plating Santiago, Adwild and OZZIE.  The Pads hit 7 HRs on the game and this one wasn't really as close as the final score of 23-8 would indicate.  This was the Pads in a walkover.  Side note, Prim and Kravitz if you're reading this, you will now be charged for your cage time at DBat, no more freebies from this guy! Kidding of course!  Well done gents, you put it on us and did so in fairly short order. 

Lake Monster of the Week:

Paulie Villarroel

6 for 7, 2B, 6RBI, 3 Runs, HR - Grand Slam, walk off single to win the game against the Mudhens

Honorable Mention:

Robert Santiago

Instrumental in turning over the bottom of the order today. 

5 for 6, Double, 2 Runs

Nicely done gentlemen! 



River Bandits Keep It Rolling 4-0
Aug 25, 2019, 9:24 pm

River Bandits continue rolling with 4 straight wins. Game 1 consisted of the visiting Padres scoring 2 in the top of the first inning. The River Bandits scored 6 in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. Final score 18-3. Game 2 brought the hungry Rattlers to play after losing a heartbreaker in extras. This game continued back and forth til time expired and the Bandits escaped with the W. Final score 11-9. Stellar defensive plays by our corner outfielders Dub Clark and Ming Hung Tsai. Brady Allsbrook continues to stay hot at the plate and great defense at 2nd base. Mike Thiele continues to pitch gems and let his defense make plays. Jeff Radnoff continues to scoop and stretch it out at first base to get those infield outs. Timely hitting from the 3-4-5 hitters helped us secure 2 wins today. Shout out to super sub Larry Goldstein for holding down catcher all day and being a speed demon on the bases.

POW - Randy (Handsome) Ransom   5/6 2B 4RBI

 

Post that should have been posted last week, oops…(8/18/19)

The River Bandits were able to steal 2 great wins this afternoon. First game was against the MudHens where we took the lead early and never relinquished it, ending the game 12-7.  The 2nd game started with the Bandits down 11-1 to the Rangers going into the bottom of the 2nd inning. After cooling off the Ranger home run marathon, the Bandits batted around in the 2nd inning to take the lead 14-11. Finishing the game with 5 home runs, of which 2 were grand slams, and coming out on top 19-14.

First I would like to tip my cap off to Greg Ritter, Jeff Radnoff,  and Randy Ransom for gutting it out and playing 5 games in total for the day. Dub Clark and Ming Hung Tsai shut down the outfield corners all day making great plays and keeping our team in both games. Brady Allsbrook and Beau Holloway came out today ready to hit, both going 5 for 6. Michael Theile was able to keep us in the games with great pitching allowing our very quick defense to make plays in the field. Thank you Bill Bailey for being a very “Energetic” 3rd base coach both games. Also Bob Carlson for taking 2 very key walks in our 2nd game and trying to play through a calf injury.

POW - Brady Allsbrook    5/6     2B,  3 RBI

ROW - (Mr. Versatile) Beau Holloway     5/6  HR, 3 RBI

Greg Ritter 5/7 2B, 3 RBI

Bill Bailey 3/6 1 RBI

Dub Clark 4/7 2B, 1 RBI



Rangers Get First Win
Aug 25, 2019, 8:10 pm

After an 0-2 start, the Rangers were hungry for a win. First up were Sardi’s Yankees. A two run Max Henry blast got the Rangers on the board early. The Yankees responded with 4. A Ray Hebbeler double scored 1 in the second and the Yankee offense generated 6 more thanks to some leaky defense by the Rangers. So with a 10-3 deficit, the Ranger defense tightened blanking the Yankees the rest of the way. A two run homer by Ryan Driggers and a solo by Max closed the gap to 10-6 after 3. In the 6th, Max Henry hit a two run blast, his third of the day. Rony Batagower followed with his own solo shot to close the margin to 10-9. The Rangers then loaded the bases with one out but couldn’t push the tying run across. The Yankees were able to utilize the rest of the clock to secure a 10-9 heart breaker.

 

Game 2 was against the undefeated Buhrow Bats with the Rangers still looking for victory number 1. A Daryl Drake triple brought home 1 and Rony Batagower brought him home. A Drake double knocked in another run in the 4th to close the margin to 4-3 in a pitching match up of last week’s championship series between Michael Barth and John Miller. In the 5th, opening singles by Alan Miano, Ray Hebbeler and John Miller loaded the bases for a bases clearing triple by Brian Osgood. That was followed by a Ryan Driggers blast that gave the Rangers an 8-5 lead. The Rangers added one in the 6th while holding the Bats scoreless for the Rangers first win 9-5 and the Bats first loss.

Max Henry was our POW going 4-6 with 3 home runs, 4 runs and 5 RBI’s.

Rony Batgower was 5-6 to show what he could have added last week in the championship series and had a home run. Brian Osgood was outstanding in the lead off position with 4-5 and a walk, 4 runs scored and 3 ribbies. Tommy Baer and Ryan Driggers added 3-6 and Ray Hebbeler 2-4.



The Batcave Chronicles Part 2
Aug 25, 2019, 7:46 pm

Game 1: Ortega’s Timber Rattlers @ Buhrow’s Bats

 

This game definitely lived up to the hype! Both teams coming into the week 2-0 and with a short field...both defenses were put to the test! We got to see almost the full Justice League in the field this week minus Ashley “Riddler” Mort and we proved that we are still a solid defensive team. Our bats came out of the cave early with our top 5 doing what they do best. Our bottom KAPOWed our way through the lineup to keep the top coming back up in opportune moments. Held the lead for the majority of the game...but the Rattlers got their POWER UPs to take the lead in the last couple of innings. Home team came up to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th to go into extras. With a one pitch only looming, Michael “Hitter’s Bane” Barth did another fantastic job with the help of our D to keep the damage minimal. Bottom turned the lineup...a couple walks...Kid “Commissioner Gordon” Williams with bases loaded...BOOM! POW! KACHOW! Walk off Grand-Slam to win the game! Both teams should be proud of that game. Lots of fun for sure! 

 

 

Game 2: Buhrow’s Bats @ Miller’s Champion Mariners...I mean Rangers!

Well, sadly, even the Justice League doesn’t win them all! The Rangers were coming into this game 0-3...and they were apparently over losing cause they came out with a vengeance. Being well rested after 3/4s of them played 5 games last week...their top did what they were supposed to do. We hung in there and stayed in the lead for the majority of the game but we met our match with a Driggers bomb and solid hitting to seal the deal for the Rangers. Daryl Drake will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming games for sure! Bat signals came up low in the sky for this one but the Batmen will continue to fight on to save another day! 

 

 

Batman of the Week: Kid “Commissioner Gordon” WIlliams 8-9 8R, 3 doubles, 3 HR, 10 RBI. Walk off Grand Slam in extras to win Game 1. 

 

Rookie Batman of the Week: Sheldon “The Flash” Fulton 3-8 4R, BB, double, 2 RBI. Lights out defense in RCF.

 



Marauders captured first “booty” of the season filled with flip-flops and fishes
Aug 25, 2019, 6:15 pm

After a rough sailing from last week, the buccaneers jumped onto the ship this Sunday with one mission in the horizon – to not be shut down again – And Oh boy did we accomplish that by scoring a total of 40 runs (2 games combined) and have only 1 inning where we did not score.

Game 1 @ Flying Chanclas

How do you know that you’re going to have a good softball day? When your leadoff starts with a solo HR on the first pitch he faces. That’s what corsair Gustavo Chirinos did in the top of the 1st, an inning that saw 6 filibusters saying “Ahoy” to the Homeplate, including POW Tim Jamieson who hit a monster 3-run bomb that still has not fallen down from the trees!

Second inning was, as Yogi Berra will say, “is like déjà vu all over again”, as after Jay Swank single to RF, corsair Chirinos hit his 2nd bomb of the day, followed by buccaneer Jordan Allsup solo HR to total 4 more runs in 2nd and start sailing in auto-pilot (oh yeah, we have an XXI century ship)

Helped by a marvelous defense by perennial gold glove winner Greg “Relampago Blanco” Hurst and outstanding control by league pitcher sensation Ariel Rodriguez, the corsairs cruised their sailing into the 3rd, and begun to wrap things up with the flip-flops with a big 7-run inning, led by Jordan “Barbarossa” Allsup 3-run dinger (his 2nd of the day) taking a 17-1 lead.

A few moons went by, a couple of non-damaging chanclas were thrown out to the ship but the corsairs knew how to sail to dock safely at the port with a final 19-8 win

 

Game 2 @ Rays

After a minor bite into the Marauder ship in the 1st (1-run) by the electric fishes, the “en-Fuego” corsairs took over a major lead in the bottom of the inning scoring 7 runs, led by 2 there run bombs from POW Tim Jamieson and Cap’n Leo Cova.

2nd inning saw another minor bite in the ship by the bold fishes (1-run) and the corsairs felt that was unacceptable. Corsairs Hurst, Allsup, Jamieson, and Soeth hit single bullets to those wild fished and then Capn’ Leo Cova decided it was time to bring his crew back to the ship and hit a 3-run double, helping the corsairs to score 5 more runs.

The Marauders ship had some sailing problems in the 4th with some aggressive Rays jumping into the ship (4 to be exact), but nothing than Sailing Master Ariel Rodriguez couldn’t handle with his amazing “hook” pitch arm. As a one pirate family, corsairs took this attack personally and scored 3 runs back led by a 2-run bomb by Tim Jamieson (his 3rd dinger of the day!), giving the “More Otters” a 15-6 lead.

A few moons went by, a couple of wild Rays tried to threaten to sailors in 6th, but then, again, the corsairs knew how to fight back and scored 6 more runs led by a 3-run blast from Sailing Master Ariel Rodriguez and solo dinger from Cap’n Leo Cova, ending into a final 21-8 win

 

Offensive Stars (2-games)

POW. Tim Jamieson – 6/6, 2B, 3HR, 7R, 9RBI (hitting .923 in the season)

Jordan Allsup – 6/8, 2 2B, 3B, 2HR, 7R, 7RBI

Leo Cova – 5/8, 2B, 2HR, 2 2B, 8RBI

Ariel Rodriguez – 5/7, 3R, HR, 4RBI (and GREAT pitching!)

Erick Soeth – 5/6, 2B, 5R, 1RBI

Gustavo Chirinos – 3/7, 2HR, 5R, 3RBI’s

Andy Williams – 5/7, 2 2B, 2R, 1RBI

 

The squad hit for a total of 10 HRs.

 

Arr!!!



Mucho Bueno and the Lefty's Compadres were born!
Aug 25, 2019, 3:43 pm

On a “Fall” season morning with a high humidity and hot weather, the Yankees got into the field with mission in their minds. Also, having Arevalo Gonzalez as a sub for Brian Criswell and their pitcher Mike Anders back into the field. Also, "The Lefty Compadres" were born. If you want to know who they are, please keep reading.

Game 1 Vs Rangers

Playing on field 6 with the sun facing the pitcher and the infield the Rangers score 2 on the top of the 1st to take the lead, but the “OF Lefty Compadres” of the Yankees were a big 1-2 during the day. Ari Loiben and Andry Lopez hit back to back doubles, JJ brought them home with a single and Troy Steele hit a dinger. The Yankees never lost the control of the game. The Rangers score one more on the 2nd, but the Yankees score 6 more with Ian Contreras leading off the inning with a double, Gary Frank a single and a double play almost killed the inning. However, the “Lefty Compadres” hit back to back doubles again to keep the party on! “Jota Jota” got a base, Steele, Arevalo, Sardi, and Roberts hit singles. The Rangers fought back and score 3 on the 3rd and 5th but the Yankees were able to take advantage of those 2 innings. This is the 1st W of the Yankees and Alfredo Sardi as a captain.

Final Score: 10-9

Game 2 Vs Mud Hens

After a nice walk from field 6, The Yankees played on field 1. Being visitor, the “OF Lefty Compadres” turned the party on pretty quick, Loiben hit a single, Lopez a double, “Jota Jota” brought one home with a SF, Steele hit a double and brought one more home. The Mud Hens got 3 on the bottom of the 1st and took the lead. However, the Yankees came back on the top of the 2nd with a combination of a double by Roberts aka “Primo”, a single by Finley and Anders, a defensive misunderstanding by the Mudhends when Ian Contreras was hitting that brought 2 more, a single by Frank, a double by Salva, a base by Loiben, a SF by Lopez. The Yankees added 2 more on the top of 3rd with singles by Sardi and Finley, a SF by Anders and a double by Contreras. Leading the game by 7 on the top of the 4rd, the Yankees had the “OF Lefty Compadres” turning the party on! Loiben got a doubles (yes one more), Lopez and Jota Jota singles, Steele a double, Sardi and Roberts aka “Primo” singles, and Finley hit his 2nd dinger of the season! Anders kept the party on and got a single, Contreras a double and Frank a single so after every Yankee hit in that inning they score 8 runs and were leading the game by 15. The Mud Hens got 4 on the bottom of the 4th.

However, the Yankees had bad news for them. Yes, the “Lefty Compadres” did it again! Loiben hit a single, Lopez a double, Jota Jota got a base and “The Steele” that brought the compadres home. Arevalo Gonzalez got a single and Jota Jota score and Sardi got a SF so a total of 4 on the inning.

However, the Mud Hens were not going to stop fighting and score 9 but it was not enough. The Yankees got his 2nd W of the day and were extremely happy with this week games. These 2 W were the 1st W of their captain on his rookie season as a captain.

Final Score 22-16

POW: Andry Lopez 6-6 with 4 doubles, 5 runs, 3 rbi and a SF. “Lefty Compadres”

ROW: Ari Loiben 6-5 with 3 doubles, 5 runs and a base “Lefty Compadres”

Honorable Mention: The Whole Team!

Troy “The Steele” 7-5 with a dinger, 2 doubles, 6 rbi’s and 4 runs.

Ian Contreras aka “Tio” 6-3 with 3 doubles, 2 runs and 2 rbi

Jim Finley aka “I have more HR's than Jota Jota” 6-4 with a dinger and 3 singles, 2 runs and 3 rbi’s.

Mike Anders 4-3 with 2 runs, 2 rbi’s, SF and a great pitching!

Alfredo Sardi 6-4 with a double, 3 singles, a SF, 2 runs, 3 rbi’s and a nice catch during game 2.

Jeff Roberts aka “Primo” 7-4 with 3 runs

“Jota Jota” Eusay 4-2 with 4 runs, 4 rbi’s, 2 BB and a SF.

Gary Frank 5-3 with a 1 run, 1rbi and a nice catch during game 1 (Power Bottom!)

Chris Salva 5-2 with a double, 2 rbi’s, 1 run (Power Bottom!)

Arevalo Gonzalez 7-2 with 3 rbi’s, 1 run subbing per Brian Criswell



TIN CAPS DEFENSE DOES IT AGAIN!
Aug 25, 2019, 2:21 pm

Game 1 Tin Caps vs Casper's Storm

Tin Caps came out strong in their first game with 1 run in first and 2 more in the second. The 2 runs came on a nice 2 out rally started by Leonardo Mendoza, then Sean Harcourt & Richard Smith did their jobs by getting hits with Smith's clutch single bringing in the aforementioned hitters. The Tin Caps did not mount a rally after that. However, once again, defense kept them within striking distance. But, the bats did not perform as well as the gloves.

 

Game 2 Tin Caps vs Runey's Chanclas

The Tin Cap bats came alive to start this game with 5 runs in the first and 3 in the second. Bats went a bit quite for a few innings, but put away the Chanclas with 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th. Once again, defense was the key as the Tin Caps notched their second shutout in as many weeks! Rosie Gonzales, Matt Brumley, Tim Kaminski and Brian Smallwood all went perfect in this game with Brumley only needing a home run in his last at bat for the cycle.

 

POW - TIN CAPS DEFENSE Allowing only 5 runs in the 2 games.



Hot Rods Sputter at Starting Line
Aug 22, 2019, 5:51 pm

 

With a noon start in blazing heat to start the Fall campaign, the Hot Rods tinkered on defense, started slowly and stalled in the late innings to drop a pair of “close ones” on short-porch field 7.

 

First up were Golden’s Rays, who provided plenty of pop in the top half of their lineup: shell-shocked captain/pitcher Alexander gave up back-to-back-to back dingers to the formidable swingers in the first inning, and later gave up another bomb to former #1 pick Darius Wu on a pitch that was a foot inside (*note to self). Quickly falling behind 10-2 in the second inning, the good guys kicked the offense into gear and got to within 2 of the slugging Rays at 12-14 after 4 innings played—but ran out of gas in the fifth, going quietly at the plate and giving up 5 more runs as time expired with some costly defensive misfires.

Hot Hitters: Sam Cassell 2-3 and 2 runs; Evan Berkowitz 2-3 and 2 runs; Ryno Alford 3-3 with 2B, 2 runs and 2 RBI; Joe Machado 2-3 with an RBI; Travis Olander 3-3 and 1 run; Sean Brinkman 2-2 with an RBI and 2 runs.

 

In the second game against Runey’s Flying Chanclas (nice unis!), the defense got a little tune-up but the results were similar. Behind 12-3 after 2 innings, the offense finally got going and made a run in the bottom of the seventh inning getting to within 3 before running out of gas again—final score 12-15 sandal tossers.

 

Hot Hitters: Evan Berkowitz 4-4 with two 2B, a 3B 3 runs and 2 RBI; Ryno Alford 3-4 with two 2B, 3 runs and 2 RBI; CBASS Alford 3-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored playing with a tweaked back.

 

ROW Evan Berkowitz: 6-7, two 2B, 3B, 5 runs scored and great defense.

POW Travis Olander: 4-5, BB and 1 run.



BLUE ROCKS OPEN WITH SPLIT - PACING THEMSELVES UNTIL TEMPS COOL
Aug 21, 2019, 1:29 pm

The Blue Rocks opened up the 2019 fall season taking on the very colorful Flying Chanclas Captained by Jake Runey. With a number of guys not playing for a few weeks, coupled with the fact that games started at noon with a heat index of nearly 150, The Rocks were pacing themselves for the fall grind. The Rocks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st with RBI singles from Jason Chapman, John Banta, Monty Slaver and David Pinkus. The Chanclas got on the board with a 4 spot in the top of the 3rd but the good guys answered with 3 more in the bottom half. Dalton Underwood got things going with a single followed by a 3B from Miguel Duron and RBI singles from Chappy and Slaver. Chanclas got 2 in the top half of the last inning giving them a 1 run lead. In the home half, Banta, Slaver and Pinkus all singled to start the inning and load the bases. A sac fly from Seth Pepkin tied the game and an intentional walk to Derek Muck loaded the bases again. After an infield fly to get the 2nd out of the inning, the table was set for a dramatic finish. With 2 outs and 2 strikes, Craig Einhorn laced a single to RCF for the GWRBI and an exciting walk off victory in the fall opener. Final Score 8-7.

Hitting Stars:

Monty Slaver             3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2RBI’s and Run Scored

David Pinkus             2 for 2, 2 Singles, BB

John Banta                2 for 2, 2 Singles, RBI and 2 Runs Scored

 

Game 2 had the Blue Rocks taking on Kyle Casper and the Storm. The good guys got off to a slow start falling behind 7-1 after 2 innings. Top of the 3rd yielded 4 runs with hits and runs scored by Craig Einhorn, Tim Barnes and Jeremy Pease and RBI’s from Dalton Underwood, Miguel Duron and Jason Chapman. The Blue Rocks held the lead briefly in the 5th with a Pease Single, Underwood 3B and a big HR Blast from Duron but gave up 3 in the bottom half of the inning to take the loss and a split for week one.

Hitting Stars:

Jeremy Pease             3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2 Runs Scored

Dalton Underwood   2 for 3, Triple, Single, 2RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

Jason Chapman        2 for 3, Double, Single, RBI

Seth Pepkin                2 for 3, 2 Singles, RBI

John Banta                2 for 3, Single, Double, RBI and Run Scored

 

POW: David Pinkus - 4 for 5, 3 Singles, Double, BB

ROW: Miguel Duron – 3 for 5, HR, Triple, Single, BB, 3RBI’s and 2 Runs Scored

 

 



Rangers Have A Slow Start
Aug 19, 2019, 5:18 pm

The Rangers opened the Fall season with 5 players coming directly from the grueling 3 game Spring Championship series. Energy levels were low but spirit was sky high.

Game 1 was against the defending Fall Champion Lawrence Lake Monsters.

Rookie Daryl Drake announced his arrival to the league. After a first inning pop up, he proceeded to hit 4 straight home runs. Unfortunately he was the only RBI producer in this game for the Rangers as we fell 14-6.

By now game 5 of the day was REALLY HOT but field 9 against the River Bandits produced 5 home runs for each team. The Rangers started the first with back to back to back home runs from Daryl Drake, Ryan Driggers and subbing Coach Cuddles. 6 more in the second was paced by a slam from Drake and a solo blast from Driggers giving the Rangers an 11-1 lead after 1 ½. The Bandits roared back with 13. Three more in the third for the Rangers tied it at 14 but the Bandits again responded with 4 as they went on to a 4 inning 19-15 win.

Daryl Drake was our POW and ROW going 5-6 with 4 home runs, 5 runs and 12 RBI’s. Ryan Driggers was 3-6 with 2 dingers. Gumaro Castillo went 2-3. Cuddles, Tony Martin, Robbie Franklin and Ray Hebbeler all went 2-4 and John Miller chipped in with 1-1.

The Rangers have given the league a 2 game head start but fully expect to be in the middle of the race this season without having to play 3 games before the rest of their fall season.



Emeralds split on hot opening day
Aug 19, 2019, 4:30 pm

Game one of the fall 2019 season was against the Greenberg’s Tin Caps. You could tell some of the players needed to knock the rust off with each team coming out of the gates slow...at the end of 4 it was 3-3.  Emeralds put up a crooked number scoring 3 in the top of the 5th with Bruce Ackerman starting it off with a single, followed up by singles from Tyler Samsel and Reese Leonard.  Jeremy Wagner brought those 2 in with a double.  But the Tin Caps answered with a bigger crooked number scoring 7 in the bottom of the 5th.  We each scored 1 more and the Emeralds fall 11-7 to open the season.

Emeralds Gems:

Tyler Samsel 3-4 3 runs
Reese Leonard 3-4, 1-2B, 2 runs, 1 RBI
Jeremy Wagner 3-4, 2-2B, 2 RBI
Joe Beasely 2-3

Game 2 was against the Goldenwongers Rays.  This game was definitely different than the first as both teams scored in the first 4 innings.  Each team got one in the first, the Emeralds popped 5 in the second highlighted by a 3 run inside the park HR by Leonard (great effort by Dustin Madlock btw).  But the Rays came back strong with 5 in the bottom of the 3rd and 4th taking a 12-9 lead. Neither scored in the 5th so with time running out the Emeralds needed to shine in the 6th as time ran out.  The first batter made an out then Tyler Samsel started things off, followed by the streaking (8 hits in a row) Leonard. They set the table as we scored 4 more before making out number 2.  The team at this point showed great heart and determination as we had 10 straight players get on base before making the 3rd out scoring 12 and taking a 21-12 lead.  The Rays have one of the most dangerous 2-4 hitters in the league and came back with couple hits and a 2 run bomb but the Emeralds were able to shut it down there walking out with a 21-14 victory.

Emeralds Gems:

Tyler Samsel - 4-5, 4 runs, 1-2B, 1 RBI
Reese Leonard - 5-5, 1-2B, 1-HR, 5 runs, 6 RBI (POW)
Alex Bustillo - 4-5, 1 run, 2 RBI
Joe Beasley - 3-4, 2 runs, 1-2B, 2RBI
Bruce Ackerman - 2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI

 

 

 

 



Taking the Fall League by Storm
Aug 19, 2019, 3:34 pm

It may have been 100 degrees and sunny Sunday afternoon, but that didn’t stop the Storm from blowing through their first two games and snagging a couple of solid wins.

 

Storm at Marauders

 

They opened strong against Cova’s Marauders, netting 3 runs in the top of the first off a two-run homerun from rookie Dalton Fallaw, followed by Dustin Bone doubling and scoring off a Brad Parr single. Some creative baserunning ended their scoring run a little early, but not to be deterred, the Storm put up 7 more runs in the second inning to bring their total to 10 runs, including a very convincing triple double from Brian Strull, base hits from Jimie Simeone, Matt Casey, and Parr, RBI doubles from Cody Strull and Bone, a sac fly from Fallaw, and one of those occasional home runs from rookie captain Kyle Casper

 

After taking it easy in the third, the offense was awakened in the fourth by a two-run shot by Bone, followed by a double from Parr. Base hits from Casper, Peter Hogan, and ace pitcher Tornado Epstein added another 3 runs, for a total of 5 in the inning and 15 for the game.

 

After taking it easy again in the fifth, the Storm were galvanized again in the sixth by another homerun from Dustin Bone. Base hits from Parr, Casper, Hogan, Mitch Zimmerman, and Casey led to another 4 runs, for a total of 5 in the inning. 

 

The Storm played a solid defense at all positions.

 

Game 1 hitting lines:

Cody Strull, 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 runs scored, RBI

Dalton Fallaw, 2-3, HR, SF, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI

Dustin Bone, 4-4, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 4 runs scored, 4 RBI

Brad Parr, 4-4, 2B, 3 runs scored, 1 RBI

Peter Hogan, 2-4, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI

Jimie Simeone, 2-3, BB, 1 run scored

 

Blue Rocks at Storm

 

Despite the heat, the Storm again opened strong in their second game, posting three runs in the bottom of the first off a series of base hits from Dalton Fallaw, Dustin Bone, Peter Hogan, and Mitch Zimmerman. They added 4 more runs in the second off a 3-run shot by Fallaw and a solo shot by Brad Parr. After a pair of scoreless innings, and going down 9-7 to the Blue Rocks, the Storm rallied in the bottom of the fifth to post 4 more runs off a series of base hits from Fallaw, Bone, Hogan, Zimmerman, a walk from Parr, and a sac fly from ace Tornado Epstein. Solid defense and excellent pitching ended the game after a scoreless top of the sixth from the Rocks.

 

Game 2 hitting lines:

Dalton Fallaw 3-3, HR, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI

Dustin Bone, 2-3, 2 runs scored

Brad Parr, 1-2, BB, HR, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI

Peter Hogan, 2-3, 1 run scored, 4 RBI

Mitch Zimmerman, 2-3, 1 RBI

Jimie Simeone, 2-2

Storm POW- Dustin Bone, 6 for 7, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 6 runs scored, made some excellent catches in LF.

Storm ROW- Dalton Fallaw, 5 for 6, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 5 runs scored, outstanding LCF defense.

 



Rays Split
Aug 19, 2019, 11:50 am

Game 1 vs Alexander Hot Rods

The Golden Rays started the season off against the the Hot Rods on Field 7 (minus Chris Peterson). The highlights of the game were Back to Back HR’s by Wumors, Co-POW nominee Niswonger, and ROW Leo “Quinonymous” Quinones. Madlock almost hitting a Grand Slam as it hit the top of the fence and bounced back in (but instead settling for a 2 run RBI Double), Co-POW Nominee Karlos “K-Rod” Rodriguez going 2 for 2 with a single, double, a walk and outstanding defense in the infield and outfield and just all around a great team effort. Rays win 19-12

 

Game 2 vs Greeley’s Emeralds

This was a back and forth matchup between both teams. Rays were up by 2 runs in the last inning and then the Emeralds put the pieces together in the last inning with hit after hit after hit and we just couldn’t make up for it.

Emeralds win 21-14

 

DJ Kitty (the official mascot of our team) is looking forward to having Chris Peterson join the Rays next week (as we will have a full team)

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Mudhens Slow Start On a HOT Day
Aug 19, 2019, 4:39 am

Game 1:

The Mudhens lose game one, after a slow start.

With only 1 run in the first 3 innings, and down by 9.  The Mudhens started to make their comeback, by holding the River Bandits to 2 runs over the next 3 innings and scoring 6.  Unfortunately it was a little too late, and the Mudhens come up short in the first game of the Fall 2019 Season 12-7.

Game 2:

Mudhens Overheat and lose game 2.

Looking to bounce back after the game one loss, the Mudhens score 3 to open game 2.  The Padres fire back with 4 runs in the first.  Then neither team can score in the stalmate of the next 2 innings, until the Mudhens bring 2 across in the top of the 4th.  The Padres fire back with 4 in the bottom of the 4th, and take the lead for good.  The Mudhens drop game 2 9-5 to the Padres.

POW: Jon Simonson - .500, double, 2 RBIs and some stellar defense at 3B

ROW: Matt Oyer - 2 for 3, RBI before exiting with an injury.



Mariners Win Spring Championship in a Thriller!
Aug 18, 2019, 8:54 pm

In what had to be one of the most exciting Shalom League Championship series of all time, the Mariners edged the Rail Riders 19-18 in extra innings in the deciding game 3 of the championship to win the 2019 League Championship. It was a match up of the power of the Mariners versus the speed and defense of Samsel’s Rail Riders.

 

Game 1 saw the Mariners open with 4 thanks to 2 run HR’s from Thomas Kulcak and Jordan Allsup. The Mariner defense was tight to start and gave back 3. A 3 run dinger from Allsup gave the Mariners a lead but the resilient Rail Riders responded with 5 to take a 9-7 lead. In the 5th the Mariners scored 5 thanks to a 2 run double from Allsup and a 2 run homer from Brian Osgood. Another 2 run homer from TK in the top of the 7th  gave the Mariners a 14-11 lead. The Rail Riders responded with a walk off win 15-14 in a heart breaker.

 

Game 2, the Mariners became the home team. A solo blast from TK and a two run blast from Jordan Allsup opened up a 3-1 lead after 1. The Rail Riders led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the third when the Mariners broke it open with 10. The Mariners started the inning with back to back to back blasts from Kulcak, Driggers and Allsup. Other big hits were a two run double from Tommy Baer and two run single from Ryan Driggers. The Mariners wrapped up game 2 with a 17-7 run rule in 5 innings.

 

The decisive game 3 saw the Mariners open a 5-0 lead after 2. Another TK 2 run blast was the big hit. The Rail Riders closed the gap to 6-5 after 3. The Mariners scored 6 in the third on 7 singles (a little small ball for a change). The never say die Rail Riders came right back with 6, so a 12-11 Mariners margin. A 3 run blast from Ryan Driggers and solo shot from Jordan Allsup helped the Mariners to score 5 in the 6th. The Rail Riders responded again with 6 to tie the game at 17. One more inning to go. When the Mariners came up empty, it looked bleak but held the opponents to a zero to send it to extra innings with one pitch per batter. A lead off walk to Rick Halperin brought Thomas Kulcak up with two outs. Could he do it again? Yes! Home run #7 for TK gave the Mariners a two run lead 19-17 heading to the bottom of the 8th. When the first two batters drew walks, it again looked bleak. The Riders scored a run and had two outs with the tying and winning runs on base. A hard ground ball up the middle found shortstop Ryan Driggers, playing 20 feet behind the infield, who made the play and the throw to second for the force and the final out. Victory to the Mariners by the absolute slimmest of margins!

 

Thomas Kulcak was the series MVP with a monster day, going 10-11 with 7 home runs, 10 runs and 14 RBI’s. Jordan Allsup, also a monster day with 8-10, 5 dingers, 6 runs and 14 RBI’s. Ryan Driggers went 9-11, 2 bombs, 8 runs, 8 RBI’s. Tim Murray had a huge day going 7-10 and providing key defense at third base. Hall of Famer, Eddie Tann, had his best day of the season going 5-10 with a double. Brian Osgood had 4 hits including a home run. Jason Murray in the leadoff position had 6 hits, scoring 8 runs. Kyle Crouse, a season long big producer also had 6 hits. Robbie Franklin, after a slow start went 4-6 in the last two games. Other important teammates were Captain John Miller, Rick Halperin and Tommy Baer. The Mariners under achieved during this rain delayed regular season finishing 10-8. They had to come out of the mini playoffs but got hot when it counts!

 



No "Bueno" for the Yankees
Aug 18, 2019, 7:54 pm

On a really hot noon of the Fall Opening Day, the Yankees had a bad beginning when his pitcher Mike Anders was hit on the arm during BP. I am glad he is fine and he may be back next week.

Game 1 vs Buhrow’s Bats

Ian Contreras stepped in as an emergency pitcher but the Yankees bats were not hot as the weather. We did not score till inning 4th and only had one more inning with runs. The Bats score on inning s 1, 3, 4 and 6 and we only got 7 runs total so it was not enough.

Jim Finley hit a dinger, Ari Loiben hit 3-3 with 1 double, Andry Lopez and Troy Steele got 2 hits each.

Final Score: 12-7

Game 2 vs Ortega’s Timber Rattlers

Missing our pitcher was no “Bueno” and we received 8 runs on the 1st inning. Ian Contreras received helped from another emergency pitcher Andry Lopez who kept the game close but the Yankees bats were not on their best day. Brian Criswell got hurt and the Yankees made some defensive changes in order to stay in the game. We score 1 on the 1st, 2 on the 2nd, 3 on the 4th and 4 on the last chance but it was not enough.

Jota Jota Eusay hit a dinger, Ari Loiben went 2-2 with 2 doubles and a bb, Andry Lopez went 3-3 with 2 doubles, Ian Contreras hit 2-2 with 2 rbi, Jeff Roberts went 3-3 with a double and 3 rbi.

Final Score 14-10

The team is optimistic and fought during both games. We will fly the W next week and hopefully we will have the whole team back and healthy.

POW: Ari Loiben hitting 5-5 5 runs, BB, 3 doubles, Ian Contreras hitting 4-3 with 2 rbi’s and stepping in as an emergency pitcher and Andry Lopez hitting 6-5 2 runs, 2 doubles, rbi and stepping in as a pitcher on the 2nd game.



The Batcave Chronicles Part 1
Aug 18, 2019, 7:44 pm

 

Game 1: Bats @ Yankees

The Bats were ready to fly out of their air-conditioned caves and take on the Yankees in their opening debut. With only ten bats flying around on the field...we were in for a long day! But our defense was flawless holding the Yankees to nothing their first time around. Our bats were strong with homers from Nick “Nightwing” Barr and Ashley “The Riddler” Mort (riddler because you never know what to expect but we sure do love it when he makes ball go boom)! We also had one of the strangest homeruns I have ever seen in Shalom from Kid “Commissioner Gordon” Williams as it bounced off the fence and we were not sure where it landed by the foul pole. We clapped anyway! Final score was 11-7. 

Great start to the season but our thoughts and hearts go out to the Yankees and Mike Anders. We hope for a speedy recovery with that injury and hope you are back playing in no time! 

Game 2: Lake Monsters @ Bats

“Oh Poop!” Was right! The Batmen were out looking for justice this game for last Fall’s Championship. And boy did we get it! In the time of day where I believe the Earth’s surface is touching the Sun...our defense was tired and hot but remained solid! Holding the Lake Monsters back and winning out the innings...not to mention an unexpected throw to 1st from LCF by Dylan “Deadshot” Buhrow to keep the top of their lineup from coming up. Lake Monsters made a comeback there in the back-half of the game but we kept fighting with more huge hits by Nick “Nightwing” Barr and a tremendous double by Michael “Champion Bane” Barth. Final score was 11-6 with a side of justice. 

Batman of the Week: 

Michael “Champion Bane” Barth! 2-5 2 walks, 2 runs, Clutch double, and 1 RBI. This champion was the “Bane” to a lot of hitters today as he pitched FIVE WHOLE GAMES  and did it lights out! 

Rookie Batman of the Week: 

Ashley “The Riddler” Mort. 4-8 2 runs, 2 doubles, 1 homer, and 3 RBI. 

Kevin “Blaze” Blake 4-8 with a run. Solid D at 1st while battling this heat! 

 



Tin Caps or Golden Gloves?
Aug 18, 2019, 6:40 pm

Game 1 vs Greeley's Emeralds

The Tin Caps bats started the game slowly. Able to match the Emeralds' single run in the first and continued to match through the 4th inning when the score was tied 3-3. In the 5th inning, the Emeralds broke it open with 3 runs. But, Sean Harcourt started the bottom of the 5th with a single, then a spry looking BDS followed with another single. Jerry Rogers followed up with a big double. Rookie Tim Kaminski put the dagger in the Emerald with a 2 run dinger that made the score 10-6. The Tin Caps scored 1 more in the 6th after Ryan Greenberg singled to start the inning and Sean Harcourt drove him in. Then the Emeralds were shut down after 1 run in the 7th. The Tin Caps showed great defense with the outfield running down most balls hit in the gaps!  All around a great defensive effort with nice offensive resiliency.

 

Game 2 vs Cova's Marauders

The Tin Caps, fresh off the momentum from a nice win, started fast. Scott Greenberg & Matt Brumley boosted their perfect afternoons with a lead off double and a single respectively.  The rest of the team did their jobs too and finished the inning with 5 runs.  Then the defense put on the clamps and did not allow any runs. Several times, the Marauders had runners in scoring position and the defense made the play in each clutch moment.

Rookie of Week - Tim Kaminski 4 for 6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI and solid left field defense.

Player of Week - The Tin Caps Defense!  7 runs vs Emeralds and a shut out against the Marauders ..... only 7 runs allowed in 2 games!!!



Marauders ship starts TSSL Fall treasure hunt in convoluted waters losing first 2 games
Aug 18, 2019, 6:02 pm

Game 1 @ Casper's Storms at Field 1

It is always a challenge when your season debut starts at 105+ degrees in the same field where a team just won a championship (kudos to Miller's Mariners btw) and having 2 players that were part of that intense and exhaustive final. 

Nevertheless, the Marauders took the field excited to win the 1st game of the season and started strong with 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st (after surrendering 3 in the top of the inning) with a huge 2 run bomb from Jordan Allsup and a 2-out 2 RBI double from Andy Williams. 

Casper's Storm retook their attack to the Marauder's ship during 2nd and 3rd innings increasing their lead over the corsairs, but in the bottom of the 3rd rookie TSSL pitcher, Ariel Rodriguez hit a 2-HR bomb to shorten the lead, but again the Storm's launched another attack in 4th that hit the morale of the sailors.

But this crew doesn't surrender easy, that's why on the bottom of the 5th after 2 outs and with a runner in first, Jordan Allsup went yard again with his second 2 run bomb of the game shortening the lead of the Storms.

Entering into the bottom of the 6th, and with a 10 run deficit (thanks to the 8 bombs launched from the Storm's during the game), the corsairs made a final attempt to win this one scoring 4 runs thanks to a 2 outs 2 RBI hit (4th of the game) from POW Greg "Badger" Hurst, but it was not enough and the Marauders lost in their debut by a 14 - 20 score.

Game 2 @ Greenberg's Tin Caps

No excuses, but OMG it was hot at 1 pm. That being said, in the wrap-up match of the day for the Marauders ship, the scenario changed dramatically from the first one. 

This game can be broken into 2 pieces. The first part (which is basically the 1st inning) it was all Tin Caps. They showed great defense and put a good 5 runs to take an early lead.

After that, it was a true pitcher duel, as the game just saw only 1 more run in the remainder 6 innings (between both teams) with a solid defense on both sides.

Unfortunately, for the fillibusters, things didn't work well on the offense side when it came to run production leaving up to 10 runners on base during the game, perhaps driven from the fact that all 10 hits from the Marauders (Badger-2, Chirinos-2, Cova-2) were singles, which might be on the few TSSL games with no extra-base hits from a team...

Offensive Stars  (2 Games)

POW Greg "Badger" Hurst (a.k.a "El Relampago Blanco") - 6/7, 3R, 2RBI  

Jordan Allsup - 4/7, 2R, 2HR, 5RBI

Tim Jamieson - 6/7, 2B, 3B, 2R

Overall it was a bittersweet start for the ship, as this crew (if you don't know us, see us below Smile) has a true championship material in spite of 0-2 opening day record...Long season ahead to prove it..

Arrrr!!!!



Lake Monsters Open With a Split
Aug 18, 2019, 4:40 pm

Game 1 @ Miller's Rangers on Field 5

Lake Monsters open the defense of their 2018 title against John Miller's squad, nearly half of them played and won a dramatic 3 game EPIC Spring Championship Series.  A beleaguered Rangers squad to say the least is what we got. 

The scoring opened up in the first with a Lawrence, 2 our home run (all homers in any Lake Monsters articles, assume they're fence bombs unless otherwise noted).  No scoring for either team in the 2nd.  In the 3rd, with 2 outs Paulie Villarroel hits a triple for his first hit of the year, Ronny Mendoza follows that up with a double and Lawrence hits a 2 run homer to cap off a 3 run inning.  Rangers put up 2 in the bottom half of their inning with a welcome to the league homer by Darryl Drake making the score 4-2 after 3.  In the 4th, hits by Lake Monsters' POW, Johnny Manjarrez, Benny Rakofsky got things rolling.  Theron Patrick, Adwild and Paulie V all had RBI singles making the score 7-2 after 4.  

The 5th inning was the nail in the coffin.  Leadoff Lawrence double, RBI single by Taylor Guzman, a 2 run double by Manjarrez, RBI single from Benny Rakofsky and a HUGE bases-clearing double from Ozzie, Ozzie, Ozzie!  Monsters plated 7 in the 5th making the score 14-2 after the top of 5.  Nearly out of time, the Rangers put up 4 in the bottom of 5 with another HR by rookie phenom Darryl Drake but in the end, the energy drained Rangers fell 14-6.

 

Game 2 @ Buhrow's Bats, Field 5

This was the "Revenge Game"!  The venom being spewed from the team in red was flowing and flowing freely and often!  Hall of Famer Michael Barth, playing his 5th game of the day, held the Defending Champs to 2 hits through the first three full frames, through the order once, while the feisty Bats plated 5 through 3 thanks to HRs from one Kid Williams and Nick Barr who apparently just loves hitting against the guys in lime green.  Side note that's probably around 6 homers in the last 3 games against the Monsters! Jerk! :).  Monsters showed some fight, however.  Top of 4 rolls around Paulie V leads us off with a single followed by a single from Ronny Mendoza, a Lawrence walk and Taylor Guzman has a nice 2 RBI single.  Mr. November knocks in Lawrence on a sac fly to make the score 5-3.  

The Bats were able to turn and burn their line up only having 10, Kid was perfect on the day, Barr was Babe Ruth...again and the Monsters just couldn't keep up with the scoring.  The last of the Monsters scoring was done in the 6th with another leadoff single from Paulie V, RBI double from Ronny Mendoza and an RBI double from Lawrence.  That was all, in the end, it was just not enough.  

Side note here, Scott Lawrence has actually now been on the field when Daniel Buhrow made an out!  A ball will be brought out to the field next week for a one time only autograph session where it will go in the wing of the Lake Monsters Legends room in the Hall of Fame, just around the corner from First Round Draft.  Well done Bats!  Best line up card that's ever been handed out as well!  Kudos who did that!

POW:  Johnny Manjarrez  4 for 5, 2 Doubles, 3 Runs, 2 RBI and a walk



Mariners Advance to Final Four
Aug 2, 2019, 3:29 pm

The Mariners entered Sunday’s Playoff games in the enviable position of needing a single victory against the surging Bulls to advance to the Divisional Finals the following week. Playing on field 1 with the wind blowing out looked like a home run fest was in store.

The Bulls scored 2 in the 1st. The Mariners responded with 4 thanks to a 2 run dinger from Ryan Driggers. A grand slam in the 2nd by Donald Prim gave the Mariners an 8-2 lead. The Bulls responded with 7 in the top of the 3rd to take a 9-8 lead. The Mariners tied it at 11 after 5 due to another 2 run dinger, this from Bradley Cox.

The Bulls broke the game open in the 6th with 9, as the bottom of their lineup came up big setting the stage for their power hitters. The Bulls went on to a 24-14 win.

While the Iron Pigs were eliminating the Grasshoppers, then the Rangers 14-13, they brought a lot of momentum into game 3 against the Mariners. The Mariners opened with 5 paced by solo blasts from Prim and Driggers and a 2 run single from Tim Murray. The Mariners held a 7-6 lead after 4. Bradley Cox slammed a two run homer as the Mariners scored 3. The Pigs responded with 6 to take a 12-10 lead into the final two innings. With two outs Eddie Tann started a rally with a walk. Two singles from Jason Murray and Donald Prim loaded the bases for Ryan Driggers who hit a very high fly ball that just had enough to clear the fences. Grand slam and the Mariners re take the lead 14-12. A key 2 run single from Tommy Baer upped the lead in the 7th as the Pigs had the heart of their lineup coming to bat. With 2 on and two out, Donald Prim made a nice play on a sinking line drive to secure the victory 16-12 and a chance to double dip the Bulls next week for a shot at the Big Dance. Kudos to the Pigs, who showed great heart on a gruelingly humid day with 3 straight games.

Big contributors on the day were Donald Prim 6-7, 3 dingers, Bradley Cox 6-8, 3 dingers and Ryan Driggers 4-6, 3 dingers. Brian Osgood went 4-8, Rony Batagower and Robbie Franklin both 4-7 and John Miller 3-4 with 3 walks. The Mariners look forward to their re match with the Bulls next week.



Extra Inning Thriller Highlights Royal Sweep in Round 1 of the 2019 TSSL Playoffs
Jul 17, 2019, 10:30 pm

In one of the best played games in TSSL history (postseason or otherwise), Kennin Doyle rifled a clutch, two out, RBI single to left field to drive in Chris Salva, and give the Royals their first lead of the game, 2 – 1, in the top of the eighth inning – extra innings – on Sunday, eventually propelling the Royals to a doubleheader playoff sweep: 2 – 1 over the 1 seed, William’s Diamondbacks, and 16 – 14 over the 5 seed, Eusay’s Astros.

In a game dominated by tremendous, relentless, highlight-reel defense, Mark Fishkind turned in a masterpiece, outdueling Diamondbacks’ ace, Mike Anders in what was unequivocally the two most dominant pitching performances in TSSL history. Diamondbacks’ middle infielders, All-Star Greg Hurst (SS) and All-Star Kevin Knox (2B) played a flawless game, with Knox making four spectacular diving stops to rob Royals hitters of base hits, while the Royals’ middle infielders, Mark Phares (SS) and Doc Levy (2B) matched their perfection, during which time they combined to turn three double plays to end Diamondback threats. Throughout the game, All-Star Ari Loiben made several sensational running catches in right centerfield to rob multiple Diamondback hitters.

The Diamondbacks scored their only run in the second inning, when All-Star Andrew Williams tripled to right to lead off the inning, and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Things appeared grim for the Royals as they trailed 1 - 0 and were down to their final two outs in the top of the seventh, when Joshua Forniglia stepped to the plate. Like most of the Royals, Forniglia was hitless in his two previous at-bats, as Anders had only given up six singles to that point in the game. Knowing the game was on the line, Forniglia, in an act of selflessness, worked the count full before drawing the first base-on-balls of the game. Matt Ruckel’s flyball to the left centerfield fence allowed Forniglia to smartly tag up and move into scoring position at second base…but now with two outs.

Phares stepped to the plate in what would become a defining moment in the game and in his season; a base hit would tie the game, an out would end the game and give the Diamondbacks a slow pitch softball game victory by the unheard-of score of 1 – 0. Phares, a long-time, talented shortstop in the league, was playing like a gold-glove shortstop on this day – on this stage – and was not going to be denied his rightful place in history. Phares delivered the clutch RBI single to tie the game, and then short-hopped a hard-hit ground ball to start the 6–4–3 double play to end the bottom of the seventh and force extra innings.

With two outs in the top of the eighth, Salva drew a critical walk, then advanced to third on Jimie Simeone’s huge double – his second hit off Anders, and the Royals’ first extra base hit of the game – to set the stage for Doyle’s heroics.

Playoff Final

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In a game the Diamondbacks played their hearts out – a game that neither team deserved to lose – the Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with two outs. With the tying run 60 feet away, and the winning run on second base, Fishkind – with the weight of the season on his shoulders – and a 3 – 2 count on the batter, induced the final Diamondback hitter to foul out to preserve the Royals’ improbable, come-from-behind, playoff victory.

In stark contrast, the playoff opener against the Astros turned into a nail biter for completely different reasons. After the Astros jumped out to an early 3 – 0 lead in the top of the first, the Royals cycled through their batting order in both the first and second innings to plate 13 runs, as every Royal had at least one hit, and seven Royals had two hits. Loiben and Fishkind singled to start the Royals’ half of the first, and then Joshua Forniglia launched the first homerun of the playoffs to tie the game up. Not to be outdone, Ruckel’s 3-run blast keyed the Royals’ 6-run second.

Trailing 13 – 3 after two innings – in a game that had the words “Run Rule” written all over it – the Astros displayed the tremendous character, heart, and determination that qualified them for the playoffs to begin with. Astros ace and All-Star, John Burke, settled in, and would allow only three more Royals’ runs the rest of the game, as Kelly Alexander started the Astros’ comeback with a 2-run moon shot off the light pole in left centerfield to spark their 5-run third.

 

Playoff Final

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The Royals scratched across single tallies in the next two frames, as Phares dialed long distance in the bottom of the fourth to make it 15 – 9, but JJ Eusay – the best opposite field hitter in the league – connected on a towering 3-run homerun over the right field wall in the top of the sixth, as the Astros scored four more. What had once been a 10-run Royals’ lead was now down to two, 15 – 13.

Loiben doubled and scored on Fishkind’s single in the bottom of the sixth, to give the Royals a much-needed insurance run, which was definitely required as the Astros plated one more run in the top of the seventh, and had the tying run at the plate when the game ended.

The Royals turned two double plays to end Astros’ threats in the second (1–4–3) and fifth (5–4) innings, bringing the total to five double plays in their two playoff victories.

 



Astros Split, Still Have a Pulse in Playoffs
Jul 15, 2019, 8:42 am

In Round 1 of the playoffs we looked to avenge a 1 run walk off loss to the Royals.  Lachman's squad continued their hot play by jumping out to an early 13-3 lead on some great hitting and a few sloppy errors.  We battled back in the 3rd to plate 5.  A 2 run blast from Kelly Alexander was the big hit in the inning.  John Burke would hold them to only 3 runs the rest of the way and we chipped away.  A 4 spot in the 5th got us to within 2 runs at 15-13.  A 3 run HR by the captain was the big hit in the inning.  The Royals answered with 1 and we had one more chance to steal the win.  We scored one in the 7th and brought the tying run to the plate before falling short 16-14.

Game 2 was a quick turn around and battling elimination agains the short handed Indians who were coming off of a loss to the Nuts.  Our bats started hot with 4 in the 1st.  A big 3 run blast from JT Pierce got things going.  The Tribe got 2 back in the 2nd and scored another 5 in the 3rd to pull to within 3 at 10-7.  We would tack on 2 more in the 4th and the pesky Indians scored a 3 spot in the 5th.  Nursing a 12-10 lead headed into the bottom of the 6th, we knew we had to make some noise with the heart of their order coming up in the 7th.  We answered the call with a 6 run outburst.  The first 7 guys would reach safely as we stretched the lead to 18-10.  Roth's squad would not go quietly as they scored 3 but we snuffed out the rally to earn the W and move on to next week.  

Hitting Stars

Kelly Alexander 5 for 6, HR, 3 RBI, 6 R

JT Pierce 5 for 7, HR, 5 RBI

JJ 8 for 8, 2 HR, 2 2B, 7 RBI, 6 R

Travis Olander 6 for 8, 2 RBI

Lewis Zwick 3 for 5



BULLS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!
Jul 3, 2019, 5:30 pm

Game ONE / Bulls out-hammered by the Baby Jays

The Bulls and Baby Jays squared off in the regular season finale and it was a slugfest! That Howard kid from the Jays hit two into Sundance Square, and the rest of the Jays came through as well. The Bulls played one of their best games of the year offensively, hammering out 25 hits, 8 HRs, and 19 runs. Congrats to the Baby Jays on the win and advancing to the playoffs.

Key Offensive Performances

Craig ‘Keg Dryer’ Dyer – 3 for 4 / 2 doubles / 2 RBIs

Jordan ‘Steal of the Draft’ Allsup – 4 for 4 / 2B

D Wu – 4 for 4 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs

Coach Cuddles Haas – 4 for 4 / 2 HRs / 7 RBIs

 

Game TWO / BULLS send the Cubs into Hibernation 

The Bulls carried their offensive momentum into the first game of The Minis and laid the wood to the Cubbies. Barry ‘Skinny’ Epstein filled in big time for Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin and pitched a gem (his bat was solid as well). The Bulls hammered out 24 hits, 2 HRs, and 17 runs. The offense was good from top to bottom which was key to the victory. Timely hitting and solid defense won this game, and put the Bulls one win away from making the big boy playoffs. Sorry Coach Schnitzer that you did not get to fly the W flag on your 28th wedding anniversary (sincere congrats though from all of the Bulls!)

Key Offensive Performances

Michael ‘Two Knees’ Cohen – 3 for 4 / 2 doubles / 2 RBIs

Eric ‘Alarm Clock’ Powers – 3 for 3 / Sac Fly / 3 RBIs

JC ‘All Star’ Burks – 3 for 3 / 1 HR / 4 RBIs

Jordan ‘All Star’ Allsup - 3 for 3

Coach Cuddles Haas – 3 for 3 / 2B / 3 RBIs

 

Game THREE / BULLS hold off a game Braves Crew

The Bulls went into game three against the Braves riding an offensive high, but tired and a little gimpy at the same time. The offense once again showed up and the Bulls put up runs in all but one at bat. Once again, Barry Epstein was solid on the bump and at the plate and held a good hitting Braves team to 8 runs. The Bulls were solid on defense, on the bases, at the plate, and in spirit, and were not to be denied. Step aside Allen Iverson and Jim Mora, because these Bulls are headed to the PLAYOFFS!!!

Key Offensive Performances

Michael ‘Two Knees’ Cohen – 3 for 4 / 1 HR / 2B / 3 RBIs

Barry ‘Skinny’ Epstein – 3 for 3 / 4 RBIs

Jordan ‘All Star’ Allsup – 3 for 3 / 2B / 1 RBI

JC ‘All Star’ Burks – 2 for 3 / 1 HR / 2B / 4 RBIs

 

Four-way tie for POW:

Darius ‘All Star’ Wu – 8 for 12 / 3 HRs / 8 RBIs

JC ‘All Star’ Burks – 7 for 9 / 2 HRs / 2B / 10 RBIs

Jordan ‘All Star’ Allsup – 10 for 10 / 2B / 1 RBI

Coach Cuddles Haas – 9 for 10 / 2 HRs / 2 Doubles / 13 RBIs



Mariners Win When It Counts
Jun 30, 2019, 7:15 pm

The Mariners played Ryno’s Iron Pigs in a makeup of multiple rain outs in the final game of the regular season. It was a real pitcher’s duel as Banta sprinkled 9 hits through 6 innings. The only damage was a 3 run dinger for Ryan Driggers and a sac fly from Tim Murray. The Pigs rallied late for a 5-4 victory.

The loss put the Mariners in the dreaded mini playoffs where after a 2+ hour wait, they would face the Dodgers. The Dodgers put up a 4 spot to start. A Driggers 3 run blast and a Kyle Crouse solo HR tied it after 1. The Mariners put up 7 in the third. Two run doubles from Driggers and Tim Murray were the big blows. A 3 run single from Kyle Crouse in the 4th upped the lead to 14-6. The Dodgers mounted a valiant comeback but were eliminated 15-14 as the Mariners advanced to the double elimination tournament starting on the 14th.

Major contributors to the mini playoff win were Jason Murray 4-4, Rony Batagower 3-3, Ryan Driggers 2-2 plus 2 walks, Kyle Crouse and John Miller 2-3. The Mariners open the tournament facing the Baby Jays.



Astros Win Big; Advance to Playoffs!
Jun 30, 2019, 12:56 pm

The Stros were riding a recent hot streak heading into Mini's Sunday and hoped to continue rolling.  However, there was a matter of the final make up regular season game vs. the Cardinals.

Astros @ Cardinals

Not much to write about.  Played with 9 players, JT Pierce pulled an Andrew Williams and overslept, Cardinals pounded the ball and we lost 15-2 in a glorified scrimmage game for both teams.  We finished the season with a 9-9 record one win away from the playoffs.

Astros vs. Red Sox

In a stroke of fate, the Stros' captain had his flight cancelled and was suddenly available for the late game.  However, the Red Sox came off of a huge comeback win of the 3 seeded Pirates and ambushed us in the first inning.  The Sox posted a 9 spot in the top of the first to bolt out to a HUGE lead.  However, with no time limit, the Stros' methodically posted their comeback and scored 19 unanswered runs to earn the W and advance to meet the Royals in Round 1 of the playoffs.  

JT Pierce got it started in the first with a HUGE grand slam HR to cut into the lead.  In the second inning we sent all 12 guys to the plate and the first 10 reached safely.  Huge triple from Greg Oetzmann to get the party started and after the dust cleared we had scored 9 and held a 13-9 lead.  John Burke did work holding them scoreless the rest of the game.  We would tack on another 6 in the 5th and ended the game with a run rule.  

Outstanding team effort and we are peaking at the right time.  See everyone on the 14th!

Hitting Stars (Playoff Game)

JT Pierce 2 for 3, HR, 5 RBI

Travis Olander, 3 for 3, 2 RBI

Super Sub David Caldwell, 2 for 3 (And an LSU fan which is extra points)

Super Sub Greg Ritter, 3 for 3, 3 Runs

JJ, 3 for 3, HR, 3RBI



Royals Sweep Their Way Into Playoffs
Jun 27, 2019, 10:09 pm

by Mark Fishkind

After a month of Sundays and then some, the Royals finally returned to the field to take on the mighty Grasshoppers, dangerous Red Sox and dynamic Blue Jays last Sunday evening. The Royals came into the weekend with a record of 7-8 and knew they needed to sweep all three games to give them an infinitesimal chance of making the playoffs and avoid the dreaded mini-playoffs. The Royals would also need some help from their friends to avoid the mini’s. The Royals came into the weekend handicapped as their captain and spiritual leader; Larry Lachman was in New York attending his son’s recital at Carnegie Hall (how cool is that!).

(Note to reader: the facts below may be a bit out of order as I can’t remember sh*t anymore).

Game 1  pitted the 7-8 Royals against the 12-3 Grasshoppers on field 3. Captain Abbey Garber drafted what looks like the cream of the crop this year but with 7 weeks off, anything was possible. The Royals came into this game with the attitude, “we have nothing to lose, let’s have fun”, and fun they had.

The first inning saw the game tied at 1 -1 as both teams were shaking off the rust and finding their way. In the second the ‘Hoppers plated 4 runs to the Royals 2, score 5 - 3 ‘Hoppers. The Grasshoppers plated another run in the third, while having one potential run gunned down at home by a laser beam throw from Joshua Forniglia to big Ronn Forniglia at the plate. The Bugs held the Royals scoreless in the bottom of the third and Garber’s Guys now had a 6 - 3 lead after three with the game appearing to be going the way of the insects. But wait! In the fourth the Royals shut down the Grasshoppers and an awakening was about to begin.

The bottom of the fourth saw Dr. Rick hit a strong single followed by three more singles and a walk to get to the top of the order.  All-Star Ari Loiben hit a SAC, followed by a 2-run single from Mark Fishkind that somehow found its way past Garber’s glove, then Joshua Forniglia hit a booming 2-run double to the fence. Mark Phares walked and scored on Cameron Oakes double to the fence. The Royals had one out (SAC) and had plated eight runs in the bottom of the fourth. The score after four was 11 – 6 Royals. The Royals defense then took over the game, turning two double plays by Cameron Oakes and securing the victory 11 – 10. One game played, one game won, the playoffs looked closer.

Stars of the Game:

Kennin Doyle:      2-3, run, RBI
Mark Fishkind :    2-3, run, 2 RBI
Joshua Forniglia:  2-3, run, 2 RBI, HR


Game 2 – the Royals travelled to field 7 for the first time this season to take on the always dangerous Red Sox, coached by HOF Paul Rakofsky. The Royals now stood at 8-8 as they took on the 2-14 Red Sox.

The Royals started the scoring after a triple by Ari Loiben and a walk to Fishkind, Joshua Forniglia plated Loiben with a SAC. The Red Sox took the lead in the bottom of the first 2-1 and that would be the last time they would cross home plate on this hot and steamy night. The Royals plated 3 in the second and third innings and then broke the game open with an 8 spot in the fifth inning, taking the game 16-2.

Stars of the Game:

Ari Loiben :            4 – 4, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 3B
Joshua Forniglia:     2 – 3, run, 3 RBI, SAC, 2- 2B’s
Jacob Forniglia:       3 – 4, 2 runs, 2B
Dr. Rick Levy:         2 – 3, 3 runs, BB, 2B
Chris Salva:           3 – 3, run, 2 RBI
Ronn Forniglia:       2 – 3, run, RBI

Royals D played strong as they turned 2 more double plays and handled everything in the outfield. The Royals could now see the promised land but could they get to that sacred place, the playoffs.


Game 3 – The now 9-8 Royals were set to do battle with Buhrow’s 10-6 Blue Jays on field 7. This contest brought the Royals against the devilish pitching of Sean Greely. If the Royals were to win this game it would have to be earned. The Jays were the visitors and struck first with three runs while holding the suddenly listless and tired Royals scoreless. Jays 3 – Royals 0 after one inning of play.

In the top of the second the Jays scored 2 more runs and it could have been more but a double play turned by Phares to Oakes to Simeone saved the inning for the Royals. The bottom of the second saw the Royals catch their second wind as Cameron Oakes lead off the inning with a banging solo HR to left center. As Oakes came back into the dugout, acting coach Mark Fishkind told Cameron that he owed him “two more HR’s before the game was over”. Jacob Forniglia then nailed a single to center, Doc Levy brought him home with triple to right center, singles by Chris Salva, and Jimie Simeone paved the way for RBI hits from Ronn Forniglia and Ari Loiben (2B); Mark Fishkind laced a single over Greely’s head to plate two and Cameron Oakes completed the hit parade with a two-run double. When the dust settled the Royals had collected 8 hits (HR, 2-2B’s, 3B), 9 runs and sent 13 batters to the plate. Royals 9 – Jays 5 after two innings.

Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth inning. The Blue Jays hung up another donut to start the fourth inning. During these three scoreless innings the Royals turned two double plays, a solo by Oakes to Simeone and another from Phares-Oakes-Simeone. The Royals also dusted a Jays runner at home when Ari Loiben unloaded a rocket to Ronn Forniglia to close out the top of the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth Kennin Doyle lead off with a double, followed by Ronn Forniglia’s single, Ari Loiben’s double, a walk to Fishkind, FC by Josh F., and a single by Mark Phares. This now brought up Cameron Oakes for his third at bat having hit a HR and double in his first two at-bats. Oakes had two men on when he settled into the batter’s box and then uncorked a bullet to LCF for is second HR of the game. As Oakes came into the dugout Fishkind looked at him and said, “you owe me one more.” Score after 4 innings – Royals 15 – BJay’s 5.

The top of the 5th saw the Royals pitcher struggle with finding the plate, walking 3, maybe 4 Blue Jay batters, including two with the bases loaded, letting the Jays cut into the Royals lead bringing the score to 15-10 after 4 ½ innings. The Royals in their half of the 5th innings continued to stroke the ball against Blue Jay pitching. Kennin Doyle hit his second double of the game, followed by a single from Ronn F., double from Ari L., 2-run HR from Joshua F. (2nd of the day), and a single from Mark Phares. This brought up Cameron Oakes with one on, and he owed his acting coach another HR. Cameron took his stance, waited for the ball to come down and then spanked it over the center field fence for his third homer of the game and RBI’s number 7 and 8. Royals 21 – Blue Jays 10 after five innings.

The Blue Jays came out hot in the six and plated 5 more runs to cut the lead to 21-15, but a double play from Oakes to Simeone put the nail in the coffin and the game ended with the Royals winning 21 – 15. The Royals three game sweep jumped their record to 10-8 and secured the #4 seed in the playoffs thus avoiding the mini’s.

Stars of the Game:

The Entire Royals Team came ready to play, had fun, and shocked the world! Defense rocked, 7 double plays and 2 runners cut down at the plate.

Ari Loiben:              3 – 4, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 3-2B’s
Joshua Forniglia :     2 – 4, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2B, HR
Cameron Oakes:      4 – 4, 3 runs, 8 RBI, 2B, 3-HR’s, 15 total bases
Kennin Doyle:          2 – 3, 3 runs, 2–2B’s
Ronn Forniglia:        2 – 3, 3 runs, RBI


POW:  Joshua Forniglia:      6 – 10, 8 RBI, 3-2B’s, 2 HR's, SAC, 15 total bases

ROW: Cameron Oakes:       7 – 10, 10 RBI, 3-2B’s, 3-HR’s, SAC, 19 total bases




Deez Nuts VS Millers Mariners
Jun 25, 2019, 1:54 pm

1st inning.4-12

The visiting Nuts put up 4 in the 1st as Aaron Nutt went deep.

Missing our pitcher, Grant Carver, the lugnuts were forced to call Bill Bailey out of retirement.  12 runs crossed in the bottom of the 1st as Bill worked hard to knock of the rust and find the strike zone.

2nd inning.5-12

Danny Nutt hit a rocket to score Bill Bailey and move the Lugnuts to 5 runs.

Bill found the zone and locked them down

3rd inning 5-12

no runs on two hits by Karlos and Kendal.

4th inning 12-20

The nuts explode and scored 7 to tie the game with 5 homeruns  from...

Tommy Apligian-HIS FIRST HOME RUN OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!

Miguel Duron, Jason Niswonger, David Wang, and Aaron Nutt.

Sadly your loveable Nuts gave the runs back as the mariners scored 8 to make the score 12-20.

5th inning 16-20

4 more runs crossed the plate with home runs by Duron and niswonger but the bad start was too much to overcome as the nuts were defalted and lost 16-20.



Jun 24, 2019, 7:51 am

Ranger Rap

Ger's pulled a Meatloaf and won 2 outta of 3-which is not bad when you beat the former division leading Grasshoppers and trail by two into the top of the 5th against the game Pirates only to score 13 runs and take an out in order to move to the bottom of the 5th and get 3 outs before the storms took over.  Wow!!!  Great victorys and a snoozer in the opener where the bats had not awakened in a 8-3 loss to the Stros.  13-11 over Hoppers and 19-8 over the Bucks.  Eppy was fantastic on the mound and Wags played with a bum shoulder in last tilt.  Kyle Casper hit two HR's in the last tilt, one a granny and played hurt as well.  His pop's Dr C had the key hit in 2nd game-a 3 run 2B. Sean Harcourt was big in 2nd game with two great BB's that fueled are victory.

 

Ruby Rangers:

Kyle Casper (POW) 5/9 1BB  2 HR's  10 RBI's

JP 6/9 2 BB's  3 2B's 4 RBI's

Weddy 7/8 2 BB's 1 2B 6 RBI's

Gustavo (ROW) 7/10 2B  3B 5 RBI's



Astros take 2; Come up just short of playoff spot
Jun 23, 2019, 9:59 pm

After getting reacquainted with teammates following the month plus hiatus, the Astros had to face some tough competition in the push for a playoff spot.

Game 1 vs Rangers

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, 6 out of the first 7 hitters singled to jump out to a 4-1 lead.  We would add one more in the second after a leadoff triple by Travis Olander and an RBI by JT Pierce.  John Burke and the Stros defense put the clamps on the Ranger offense until the 6th where they would score one.  We cruised to a 8-3 victory.

Game 2 vs Muckdogs

Huge matchup with playoff implications.  After holding the Dogs scoreless in the first, Kelly Alexander started the scoring with a 2 run bomb, his second on the day.  Goldstein's squad answered in the 2nd with 2 of their own.  Again the offense clicked in the 2nd after three hits in a row from Olander, Kelly Welton and Turbo Golden and capped off by a 2 run bomb by the captain.  The Muckys answered again in the 3rd with 3 to get to within 1.  Still up 1 in the bottom of the 4th, Turbo Golden with the gutsy perfomance of the day got the second of his 3 hits to start the inning.  A 2 run single by the coach and a sac fly from Rick Leon pushed the lead to 9-5.  Huge 5th inning for the Muckdogs as they plated 6 runs aided by a bomb from Kazda and claimed their first lead at 11-9.  With time running down in the bottom of the 5th, we would make our comaback.  Another rally started by the bottom of the lineup with singles from Olander and Golden set the stage.  John Burke got a hit to load the bases for Kelly Alexander who hit a Sac Fly to get us to within 1 with 2 outs and only a few minutes left to play.  They chose to walk the coach to pitch to Matt Shwarts.  Shwarts would make them pay with the game winning hit, a line shot double just out of the reach of the left fielder to clear the bases and put us up 13-11.  Two great defensive plays in the 6th by Matt Shwarts and Andy Williams throwing out runners at second on singles ended the game and gave us the huge win.

Game 3 @ Ortega's Cardinals (PPD Due to Weather)

Hitting Stars on the Day

POW: Kelly Alexander 4 for 6, 2 HR, 5 RBI, Great Catch in RCF

Turbo Golden 3-6, perfect 3 for 3 in game 2 playing injured and barely able to walk.  Started 2 HUGE innings with hits.  Truly gutsy perfomance.

Matt Shwarts 6 for 7, 2 Doubles, 3 RBI, Game winning double in Game 2

JJ Eusay 4 for 6, HR, 4 RBI

John Burke 5 for 7 2 RBI and outstanding pitching

 



Muckdogs win 2 of 3
May 18, 2019, 3:08 pm

In the Muckdogs’ Cinco de Mayo tripleheader, the Muckdogs beat the Yard Dogs 15-7 and the Lugnuts 11-6, and then lost to the Blue Jays 9-5. 

In the opener against the Yard Dogs, the Muckdogs jumped out to 5-0 lead in the first inning on hits by Seth Pepkin, Scott Lawrence, Ben Enlow, David Warren and David Pinkus, then continued with 1 in the 3rd, 4 in the 4th (3 run homer by Lawrence), 1 in the 5th, and 4 in the 4th to beat the Yard Goats 15-7. 
 
In the second game against the Lugnuts, the Muckdogs broke open a pitchers' duel in the 4th — double by Warren, single by John Hauf, single by Brian Smallwood, and fielders choice RBIs by Alan Taper and Brian Dickerson. then extended the lead with 4 in the 5th with singles by Pepkin, Zack Zakda, double by Lawrence, single by Enlow, single by Hauf, SF by Smallwood. Muckdogs win — 11-6.
 
In the 3rd game, the Muckdogs had worn out, losing to the Blue Jays 9-5, despite homers by Lawrence and Enlow. 
 
Leading hitters on the day were Muckdogs' POW Scott Lawrence 6-8, 2 HRs, 3 2Bs, 5 runs, 9 RBIs; Ben Enlow 5-8, 2 HRs, 5 runs, 7 RBIs; David Warren 6-10, 2 2Bs, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Zack Kadza 5-10, 2 2Bs, 4 runs, 1 RBI; John Hauf 5-9, 2B, 2 runs, 1 RBI; David Pinkus 4-6, 2 RBIs; Larry Goldstein 5-8, 1 run.


Buccos can’t make hay go 1 and 2
May 13, 2019, 4:27 pm

Skipper Bob‘s Buccos were looking to move up in the standings last week, but the triple header wasn’t kind. Pirates go 1 and 2 on the day. for game aain the Astros please reference JJs article. Game 2 saw the Pirates win in walk off fashion with Cody Strull hitting the walk off over the fence homer. See Lachmans led on how the Royals went down. In the nightcap, the Dodgers teed off on the Pirates. Runney had to go buy more balls after the fourth inning. Lost about a dozen over the fence. see Runneys article for a better take. So with a week off for Mother’s Day, the Buccos hope to return to their winning ways. See you Sunday vs the Andrew of Williams D-Backs. Until then, Shiver me Timbers. Be well. 



BULLS Split…Shocker
May 7, 2019, 2:22 pm

Game ONE / Bulls get revenge on the Rangers

As Jason Garrett likes to say, the Bulls played great in ALL THREE PHASES in game one. The Bulls came into their first game with week one pay back on their minds against the Rangers. The Bulls bats were red hot early, putting up 13 runs in the first two innings. The offensive outburst was sparked by Michael Cohen, Jordan Allsup, D Wu, JC Burks, and Theron Patrick. Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin pitched a solid game and kept the Rangers lineup in check. Finally, the Bulls defense played solid behind Farin and the Rangers never had a chance.

Key Offensive Performances

Michael ‘What Knee’ Cohen – 5 for 5 / 2B / HR / 3 RBIs

Jordan ‘Steal of the Draft’ Allsup – 4 for 5 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs

Theron ‘Yes that’s my first name’ Patrick – 4 for 5 / 1 RBI

JC Burks – 4 for 5 / 3 RBIs

D Wu – 3 for 4 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs

 

Game TWO / BULLS Stymied by Cerdos de hierro 

Thanks to a pointless additional inning against the Rangers (in the heat); the Bulls limped over to Field 4 to take on the porky squad managed by some guy named Ryno. The Pigs came out solid at the plate and got on top of the Bulls early. The Bulls bats were kept in check by the ace that is Banta until their last at bat. Ryno sent Brinkman packing late in the game to go cover First Round Draft (rumor is that it was really because of his poor attitude and atrocious pants) which sparked a late-inning rally by the Bulls. Alas, the pig slop was too much for the Bulls to handle.

Key Offensive Performances

Keg Dryer – 1 for 2 / 3B / 4 RBIs

D Wu – 2 for 2 / 2B / 1 RBI

Theron Patrick – 2 for 3

 

POW – Michael Cohen – 6 for 8 / 2B / HR / 4 RBIs

Honorable Mention = Theron Patrick – 6 for 8 / 1 RBI



Braves manage a split
May 6, 2019, 11:10 pm

Brumley’s Braves suffered another tough loss in extra innings before salvaging a split on the day with an ugly win in game 2.

 

Game 1:  Brumley’s Braves 8 @ Niswonger’s Lugnuts 11 (8 innings)

With a light breeze blowing in on field 8, the Braves and Lugnuts were engaged in a tight contest throughout.  Neither team held a lead larger than 3 runs at any point during this back and forth battle. The Braves came out swinging early with the first 4 batters recording hits until the Lugnuts wiggled out of the top of the 1st to avoid further damage.  After the Lugnuts were gifted a run in the 2nd, the top of the Braves order responded again to build a 4-1 lead before the Lugnuts put up a 4 spot in the bottom of the 3rd to take the upper hand.  Jim Finley pounded his first career TSSL HR to tie the game and shift momentum in the Braves’ favor before the bottom of the order reached base, including Chris Peterson working a big walk, to turn over the lineup and set up a go ahead RBI double by Spencer Manz and a bases loaded walk to Matt Brumley to tack on another run.  Tony Lowery added an RBI single in the 5th before the Lugnuts knotted the game at 8 with a 3 run inning of their own.  Both teams traded zeroes in the 6th and 7th before the Lugnuts finally broke the ice with a walkoff HR in extra innings.   

Of the Braves’ 8 losses on the season to date, this was the 5th one that occurred in the final inning after the game was tied or the Braves held the lead.  The Braves proudly continue to fight until the final out of every ballgame knowing that more close wins will end in their favor over the course of the season.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 10 @ Ortega’s Cardinals 8

Speaking of close wins, the Braves pulled one out in the nightcap against the Cardinals.  As the wind gradually increased on this day and blew in from RF on field 5, this game was a reminder for the Braves that this is a crazy sport where even some of the sloppiest games can result in a victory.  Spencer Manz smashed a HR to open this matchup, but a couple of bad hops and several Braves’ miscues throughout allowed the Cardinals to make this game interesting.  After the Cards grabbed an early lead, the Braves methodically clawed their way back by scratching across at least 1 run in each of the first 5 innings.  Ryan Greenberg doubled in the 2nd to set up a Tony Lowery sac fly, and Jerry Rogers singled in the 3rd to set up a Matt Brumley sac fly. The Braves finally put together a 4 run inning in the 4th as the younger Greenberg broke through with a game-tying RBI single and Jim Finley came up big once again with a 2-run base knock to give the Braves the lead.  Lowery then extended the lead with another RBI on a single.  In the 5thJason Chapman and Matt Myers chipped in with RBI hits of their own to help keep the Braves on top.  With the Braves up 9-8 in the top of the 7thBrumley led off the inning with a double and came around to score on a Chapman sac fly to give the Braves an important insurance run.  The gloves showed up in the bottom of the 7th when it mattered most as the Braves kept a big bat on deck to end the game and held on for the win.

 

POW/ROW - Spencer Manz - 7-8, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI 

 

After a week off, the Braves look forward to welcoming Jon Simonson back on 5/19 with a pivotal midday divisional tripleheader with 2 against Schnitzer’s Cubs and a makeup game versus Runey’s Dodgers.



Royals Split Jekyll & Hyde Twin Bill
May 6, 2019, 11:00 pm

The Royals played the part of the suave, elegant Jekyll in game 1 of their doubleheader by defeating Samsel’s Rail Riders 6 – 3. But the Royals unleashed their inner Hyde in the nightcap, losing to Weinfeld’s Pirates 12 – 10.

Royals’ Pitcher Mark Fishkind cruised through the opener, scattering nine hits, 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 – on field 9, no less.

After the Rail Riders jumped out to a 2 – 0 lead in the top of the first, the Royals scratched out single runs in the second and third to tie it up. The Rail Riders retook the lead with a single run in the top of the fourth, but it would be the last run they would score.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Rail Riders

2

0

0

1

0

0

0

3

9

Royals

0

1

1

2

2

0

x

6

10

Larry Lachman’s clutch, two out, 2-run double in the bottom of the fourth gave the Royals their first lead of the game, 4 – 3, and Ari Loiben’s clutch, two out, 2-run triple in the bottom of the fifth provided two incredibly huge insurance runs as Fishkind pitched three shutdown innings to close out the nail-biter, and outduel Rail Riders’ ace and former Royal, Michael Barth.

Loiben made two highlight reel plays with his glove, too. In the top of the second, with Rail Riders on first and second and only one out, Loiben, running full speed, caught a ball in the right centerfield gap that had extra bases written all over it. Apparently, the runners thought the same thing as Loiben fired a laser to second base to double the runner off of second to end the threat and the inning. In the top of the sixth, with another Rail Rider in scoring position and the Royals clinging to a 6 – 3 lead, Loiben made an even more spectacular diving catch to rob the Rail Riders, and record the final out of the inning.

Jacob Forniglia  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2B
Larry Lachman  1 – 2, 3 RBI, 2B, GWRBI
Ari Loiben  1 – 3, 2 RBI, 3B

For as well as the Royals played in game 1, their play went in the opposite direction in the nightcap. In spite of stranding nine baserunners, the Royals scratched, clawed and kept creating chances to escape with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday as they managed to take a 10 – 9 lead to the bottom of the sixth inning against the Pirates, only to see the Pirates tie it up, and then walk it off in the bottom of the seventh as Cody Strull hit a 2-run homerun to win it.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Royals

4

1

3

0

2

0

0

10

16

Pirates

6

0

0

3

0

1

2

12

16

A comedy of errors that led to six unearned Pirate runs, and a plethora of wasted offensive opportunities underscored the loss as Loiben and Mark Phares paced the Royals’ 16-hit attack with three hits apiece. One notable defensive bright spot occurred in the bottom of the sixth on the same play that the Pirates scored the tying run, when left centerfielder Joshua Forniglia threw a one-hop strike to catcher Chris Salva to prevent the winning run from scoring in a bang-bang play with 13 seconds left on the clock, earning the Royals a seventh inning and one last opportunity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

In addition to his bat, Chris Salva made four outstanding defensive gems at catcher; two each game. It’s not often catchers in our league are recognized for such a contribution, but Chris' defense was a critical to the Royals’ 6 - 3 victory on Sunday.



DBacks Rattle On to Four Wins in a Row
May 6, 2019, 3:11 pm

Game 1 - Field 8 - Eusay’s Astros @ DBacks

 

John Burke missed a #fencebomb by about 6 inches to start the game for the Astros. All 3 runs scored by the Astros in the top of the first came home on one swing by captain JJ Eusay, who hit a no doubter to left-center. In the bottom of the first Nick Barr hit his way on and advanced to second on a throwing error, where he scored on a single from Andrew Williams. After a scoreless second inning, the Astros exploded for 4 more runs in the third. Matt Shwarts hit a grand slam to left-center. Down 7-1, Doug Hogan led off the bottom of the third inning with a single to left. He came around to score on a double off the left field fence by Andrew Williams. The DBacks defense escaped a bases loaded jam in the top of the fourth. Kevin Knox led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run of his own to left field, but the DBacks just couldn’t string anything together on offense through four innings. Another home run from JJ Eusay put the Astros up 9-3 after the top of the fifth inning. Greg Hurst “Badger” and Nick Barr led off the bottom of the fifth with singles, which set up Andrew Williams and Leo Cova to hit back-to-back homers to make the score 9-7. After a shutdown inning on defense in the top of the sixth, the bottom of the DBacks lineup came up to bat as time expired. Adwild Perez and Alan London led off with singles to flip the lineup. And RBI single from Badger and a rally extending single by Nick Barr set up Andrew Williams for a 2-RBI walk off pop up carried by the wind to the base of the fence in right field.

Final Score: Astros 9 @ DBacks 10

 

Game 2 - Field 5 - DBacks @ Unell’s Yard Goats

 

The DBacks carried their walk-off momentum over to Field 5 and scored 5 runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a 2-RBI triple from super-sub Andy Goodman. Despite 3 of the first four Yard Goats reaching base on singles, they only managed 1 run thanks to the DBacks’ stellar infield defense. Kevin Knox ate up a tough hop and flipped it to Badger who turned the double play to kill the Yard Goats rally. After a scoreless second inning, Andrew Williams hit a solo home run to left-center. The Yard Goats would score two of their own in the bottom of the third, a rally started by a triple from former DBack David Greer. Kevin Knox led off the fourth with a bloop double to left and scored the only run of the game that inning. The DBacks would tack on another 3 runs with a fifth inning rally sparked by Doug Hogan’s leadoff single and capped off by back-to-back doubles from Nick Barr and Andrew Williams. After a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth from David Greer, Sam Cassell singled to right-center field to drive Greer home; however, the DBacks defense performed a perfect relay throw through gold glove candidate Badger who threw a strike to the plate for the force out. Greer was out by maybe 6 inches. The DBacks turned this defensive momentum into offensive production in the top of the sixth. They sent 10 guys to the plate in the sixth and scored 6 runs. With the lead 16-3, the first two Yard Goats reached base in the bottom of the sixth. It set up the defensive play of the season. Badger pounced on a one-hop grounder and reached forward to tag the runner from second before flipping the ball to Kevin Knox, who turned a perfect relay to first for the triple play. The DBacks would tack on 2 more runs in the top of the seventh and helf the Yard Goats scoreless in the last four innings of the game.

Final Score: DBacks 18 @ Yard Goats 3

 



Dodgers continue to win...and lose
May 6, 2019, 10:00 am

The Dodgers have been consistent...splits all season long. 

 

Game 1 saw the most complete game the Dodgers have played all season. The bats were hot and the long ball happened...alot. The five man defense was effective and were able to shut down the powerful Pirates 17-7.

 

The game saw the Dodgers hit 7 homeruns lead by Brad Cox, Justin Reed, & Jon Kilburn each with 2 in the game. Big Ruck also sent one out. 

 

After an hour break and some laughs with our new favorite server Kristina. The Dodgers were not in the right state of mind for game 2. The grasshopers found every hole and even when we got them to chase a pitch, hit it wrong, or whatever...it still landed in some grass. Theyve also held the Dodgers to 15 runs in two games. Incredible. 

POW: Brad Cox 4-6 3HR, 6RBI, 3R (Grandslam)

ROW: David Sedman 2-4 BB 1R 2RBI - Ultimate team player!



Mariners Drop In The Standings
May 5, 2019, 8:15 pm

Another Triple Header Sunday for the Mariners had them playing 3 top teams. First game was against the Rail Riders. Knotted at 3 after 1, the Mariners broke loose for 6 paced by a grand slam from Ryan Driggers. The Riders responded with 7. The Mariners tied it at 11 after 3 ½ but went down to defeat 13-11 as they couldn’t score in the final two at bats.

Next up were the Rangers. After the Rangers opened with 5, solo shots from Brian Osgood and Kyle Crouse closed the margin to 5-2. The Rangers built a10-2 lead heading to the bottom of the third when a 3 run Driggers blast narrowed the score to 10-5. After a two spot from the Rangers, Driggers came through the next inning with a second grand slam on the day as the Mariners were within 1 at 12-11. After a scoreless 5th, the Rangers had two down with no runs in when a throwing error opened the floodgates for 6. The Mariners valiantly battled back but dropped an 18-15 decision.

By 1:50pm, the temperatures had risen and the Mariner energy levels had dropped. Fortunately the Cubs were missing 4 of their regular players. The Cubs built a 10-4 lead after 3 when Ryan Driggers hit his fourth HR of the day, a 3 run blast. In the 6th, a solo blast from Thomas Kulcak and a two run blast from Kyle Crouse gave the Mariners a tenuous 11-10 lead. A Quintero blast sent it to extra innings where each team had the advantage of the top of their lineup coming up over the first two scoreless extra innings. In inning 9, TK lead off with a solo blast, Robbie Franklin had an RBI single and Rick Halperin a sac fly to net 3 for the Mariners. The Cubbies gamely battled back to score two with the bases loaded before the final out gave the Mariners a much needed “W” after two tough losses.

Five great candidates for POW this week. Thomas Kulcak gets the nod with 9-12, two 2B’s. 3 HR’s, 9 runs scored and 9 RBI’s. Ryan Driggers went 6-11 with 4 HR’s and a monster 16 RBI’s on the day. Brian Osgood was terrific in the leadoff role going 9-12, scoring 8 runs. Rony Batagower was also 9-12 with two triples and Kyle Crouse was 8-11 with two HR’s. The Mariners have two weeks to lick their wounds before a double header showdown with the Iron Pigs.



Another near sweep for the Stros prevented by the 1 run loss troll
May 5, 2019, 12:38 pm

An early start to the day and hopes to start a winning streak had the boys at the field and ready to rock and roll at dawn.

Game 1 @ DBacks

A hot start with the new look captain giving us a 3-0 lead on a HR and a huge Grand Slam HR by Matt Shwarts gave us a 7-2 lead after 3.  With the bottom of our order strugling to find their groove, the Dbacks kept it close and struck for 4 in the bottom of the 5th to shrink the lead to 9-7.  We shot a blank in the top of the 6th and the bottom of their order turned it over and Kid Williams got the walk off game winning hit. Final Dbacks 10 Astros 9. 

Game 2 vs. Pirates

In our previous matchup with the Buccos, our first game of the season, we put up 13 in the first at bat so we aimed to match that again.  We held them scoreless in the 1st and once again jumped on them early.  We would bat around and score 9 in the 1st.  Then the bats went silent and the defense got shaky.  Up 9-0 after 4, we forgot how to catch and throw for a bit and they scored 7 to get within 2.  We tacked one on in the 5th and shut them out in the 6th as time expired.  Final score Astros 10 Pirates 7.

Hitting Stars on the Day

POW- Greg Oetzmann- 3 for 4, 2 RBI, BB- Continues his red hot hitting from last week.

Matt Shwarts- 5 for 6, GS HR, 3 Doubles, 4 RBI and 1 glove with holes in it.

Rick Leon- 3 for 5, RBI 

JJ- 3-5, 3 HR, 7 RBI,  BB



Nuts hang tight for 2 W's
May 4, 2019, 12:59 am

Game 1 vs Bulls field 6

 

In what has become a trend recently, the Nuts came out on top via a 1 run walk off hit. We held the Bulls scoreless in the 1st inning on field 6 with the wind blowing out to RF (great pitching by POW candidate Grant Carver). Then, as we typically do, scored early and often in the bottom of the 1st, while we batted around, as 5 Nuts came across the plate highlighted by a 3run jack from the stud ROY winner, Miguel Duron (5 bombs on the day, 15rbi). After a quite 2nd inning with both teams putting up goose eggs, the Bulls came roaring back and put up an 11 spot. As usual, we didn’t fret. Our fearless leader, Jason Niswonger, started the come back with a leadoff bomb. A 3b by David Wang and rbi single by Carver, and 2 runs plated we were back in the hunt. 4th inning we decide to put up another 5 spot as the next 7 batters in a row got hits highlighted by the 2 jacks from Duron and Niswonger, sandwiched between doubles by the ageless Danny Nutt, David Want, and Carver. This put us up by 1. The Bulls came back and scored a run and we had chances but couldn’t match until the bottom of the final frame where Doug Wolf lead off the attack with a single followed by another single and then a Danny Nutt game winning RBI to take advantage of the hammer. Overall a well fought game by both sides. This game came down to whomever was batting last.

 

Game 2 at Rangers, field 2

 

Game 2 saw us visiting the red hot Rangers (at least 1 Rangers team is playing good ball…). This game proved to be a difficult task for both teams as the sun played a major factor. Defense was the name of the game with some web gems turned in by Wedderburn of the Rangers (crucial catch on the fence) and Aaron Nutt at SS for the Nuts. Karlos Rodriguez made a fine grab in LF to thwart a rally by the Rangers. Neither team could see the ball well at the plate and there were plenty of mishits especially early on. We didn’t score the first inning which is an anomally. However, in the 2nd our bats woke up a bit as 6 of 7 batters in a row had hits, all singles and we plated 5. Solid defense lead the way for us as Aaron Nutt started a conventional 6-4-5-3 on a lineout to short. A heads up play by Duron capped it off. Another bomb by Niswonger and doubles by Carver and Aaron, and we had clawed our way back into it. A little scare with one of the Nutts (Aaron) taking a ball off the face (ironic…) but a heads up play by Duron neutered a run from scoring. Nutt was able to shake it off and didn’t swell too much. We were able to turn an inning ending double play with to get to yet another extra inning affair where this time the Nuts fell a little short of the desired target and lost in walkoff fashion. We fought hard and long, yet the Nuts got beat. Again, it felt like whomever had the hammer was going to win this game.

 

Game 3 at Dodgers, field 1

 

Game 3 took the Nuts licking their wounds over to field 1. Finally, we would receive some reprieve from the orb that gives us life. After being pent up on field 2 and scoring our lowest output of the season, the Nuts started off hot and exploded for their largest run total of the season only behind the 21 put up against the Williamless Dbacks. Hit, hit, 3R Jack by Duron. Wang with a double, then a BB, and a 3R jack by Aaron. Before the Dodgers knew what hit them we had 6 on the board. 2nd inning started off in similar fashion with a hit, hit, Jack by Duron. The Dodgers have some good sticks and would not go with a whimper. They made it a close game but the Nuts would not relieve the pressure on them. We scored 4 more in the 3rd, another in the 4th, and the dagger was the bases clearing 2b by Karlos Rodriguez in the top half of the final frame to put the game on ice. More fine defensive plays were made, none bigger than Sir Danny Nutt’s over the shoulder catch at 2b in a crucial part of the game. Jason Niswonger had a fine catch in RC laying out for one (if you call a fish out of water flop laying out) coupled with a bossom buddy relay flip while on the ground to his fellow outfielder on another play (yes it was intentional). Overall this was our best effort on the day as both aspects of our game clicked against a good ball club.

 

Great games by all the Nuts as everyone contributed in some fashion. Overall the Nuts are 10-3 on the season with those 3 losses by a combined 4 runs, 2 in walkoff fashion. When the Nuts are playing well, we are hard to contain.

Regards,



Grasshoppers take first two, remain in first place
May 3, 2019, 7:06 am

The Grasshoppers plated 19 runs in back to back games to win two before losing to the Diamondbacks in the nightcap.  Game one started out close with the Red Sox, as each team scored two in the first and none in the second.  Ray Darragh and Steve Hankin scored in the third to regain the lead and then the G-men sent 17 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring 12 of them, on their way to a 19-3 victory.  Every player had a hit and scored; 9 out of 12 only got out one time each. Lee McDonald had two home tuns, Ray Darragh had a double and a triple, and Tony Macaluso walked only one and scattered 10 hits to get thew win.

Game two with the Muckdogs also started close, again with each team scoring twice in the first, but this time it would be a 6-run third and a 9-run fourth to propel the Grasshoppers to a 19-4 win.  Lee McDonald had another homer and a double in his 3 for 3 game, Tony Macaluso was also 3 for 3, and Johnny Manjarrez had two triples and 5 RBI.
 
Game 3 against the Diamondbacks did not go as well as the Grasshoppers fell 17-8.  After falling behind 10-3, Rookie of the week candidate Johnny Manjarrez hit a grand slam to help the Hops cut it to 10-7.  Reese Leonard scored to make it 10-8 with two on and one out, but the good guys were stifled by the snakes to lose out on the sweep.  Michael Babb, Lee McDonald, and Garreth Johnson got on base every time they batted.
 
Defensive play of the day: Robert Santiago catching a foul pop behind the plate. Smart move of the day: opposing captain Andrew Williams stopping the game to ask for lights. Bonehead play of the day: Abbey Garber turning his back on a ball and getting hit in his head.  To paraphrase Dizzy Dean, the doctors checked my head and found nothing.


Braves take 2 of 3
Apr 30, 2019, 9:49 pm

Brumley’s Braves earned 2 hard fought victories as part of Sunday evening's tripleheader.

 

Game 1:  Brumley’s Braves 6 @ Williams’ Diamondbacks 5

In a low scoring affair with a stiff wind blowing in on field 8, the Braves staged an exciting late comeback to earn the victory.  The D’backs put up 4 early runs in the contest to gain the early advantage until the Braves’ top of the order put together a few consecutive hits along with a sacrifice fly to tighten the score.  Spencer Manz later added a solo HR, but the two teams matched each other defensively for the majority of the game before the Braves came to bat in the top of the 7th down 5-3 with their backs against the wall.  Manz and Scott Greenberg led off the inning with hits before Matt Brumley tied the game with a 2-run double in the gap then scored on Clint Hathcock’s clutch RBI single to give the Braves the lead.  The Braves then held the D’backs scoreless in the bottom of the inning to cap off the win.

 

Game 2:  Lachman’s Royals 5 @ Brumley’s Braves 7

Again on field 8 for another pitchers’ duel, the Braves struck early in this one and held the lead for the entire battle.  Matt Brumley kicked off the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st, then the Braves bottom of the order rallied to set the stage for a 6-run frame in the 2nd.  Matt Myers, Jim Finley, Tony Lowery, and Chris Peterson all reached base in order to lead off the inning.  Spencer Manz recorded an RBI single before Scott Greenberg cleared the bases with a huge 3-run triple.  Clint Hathcock added another run-scoring single to make it 7-0.  Although the Braves’ bats went cold for the remainder of the game, the team played enough of its usual solid defense to stay on top until the final out was recorded.

 

Game 3:  Goldstein’s Muckdogs 10 @ Brumley’s Braves 6

The trek across the entire softball complex over to field 6 for a third game proved to be too much for the Braves as the team came up short in the late night affair.  The Braves never got it going offensively, with the wind repeatedly knocking down several of the team's fly balls to left field while the Muckdogs wisely took advantage of the jet stream to the right field corner.  Scott Greenberg, Clint Hathcock, and Matt Brumley put together 2-hit games for the Braves, with Hathcock and Spencer Manz going deep in this one.  However, the Muckdogs accumulated more runs, resulting in an L for the good guys.

 

POW - Scott Greenberg - 7-9, 4 R, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, solid pitching in windy conditions

 

The Braves will take the field next week with late morning/early afternoon games against Niswonger’s Lugnuts and Ortega’s Cardinals.



Cubs finish the day riding a 1 game win streak
Apr 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

The Cubs finished triple header week 1 losing 2 before leaving with a hard fought win.

 

In game 1, the Cubs faced the Indians. The Cubs led 6-3 going into the 5th, but gave up 7 runs in the bottom 2 without scoring in their final at bats to lose a game that could have easily been won. Final score- Indians 10, Cubs 6.

 

In game 2 visiting the Yard Goats, the Cubs offense was held in check until the last inning where the Cubs plated 6 drawing within 3, but with time on the clock, the Cubs found themselves out of innings as the Yard Goats held on to a 15-12 victory.

 

In the nightcap, the Cubs played spoiler to the heavily favored Rail Riders. The dynamic defensive duo of Jose Baho at SS and Alfredo Sardi at 2B turned a pair of double plays holding the RRs in check. Needing an offensive spark, Ian Contreras batting in the 10th spot, singled in both the 5th and 7th innings, and Larry Schnitzer bunted him into scoring position twice to turn the batting order over so the top could drive in 3 and 6 runs to help the Cubs plate 13 on their way to a 13-11 victory.

 

On the day, Jose Baho was our POW hitting 8 of 10 with 5 RBIs, and Brian Criswell was our ROW with 6 hits of his own. Darren Kammer held down the pitching duties. Other Cubby stars: Alfredo Sardi- 5 hits, 2 BB, Brad Parr- 7 hits, HR, Erik Claussen- 4 hits, BB, Sub Joe Calvano- 6 hits, Tanner Reinecke- 3 hits, solid D at 3B, Brian Alvara- 3 hits, put out at C, Andy Enright- 2 hits, Larry Schnitzer- 4 hits, 2 sac bunts.   : )



Pirates take 2 of 3
Apr 30, 2019, 5:10 pm

in what will be the first of consecutive triple header Sundays, the Pirates won 2 of 3. In game 1,   Cody Strull was the hero with a fenslce bomb grand salami putting the Buccos ahead  to stay. Ortega’s Cardinals were a formidable foe but Max Henry and Josh Winsor kept hitting, making the Bucco middle of the order vr tough on opposing pitchers. Arthur had a 4 game winning streak come to an end, when the Bulls put it to us. Base running blunders may have led to the defeat. The sun didn’t help either. But enough with the excuses, we got beat. In the 3rd contest, Miller’s Mariners saw their 8 run lead evaporate with a Pirate 10 run 5th. Buccos hung on to win 14-13. Skipper Bob went home very happy smiling all the way to the car and dreaming of the 5th inning all night. Max had 2 Hrs on the day continues to be an RBI machine. Winsor picking up whatever crumbs might be left going 8 for 9. Enda killing the ball. All in al, a nice day at the Yards for the Pirates. On to next week.  Shiver me timbers, Go Buccos. oh, going to check out the big club tonight in Arlington. I’ll ask Skipper Clint Hurdle for some advice for his AAA Softball team. Banny  may be scouting us onSunday. 



Two Out Of Three for the Mariners
Apr 29, 2019, 8:27 pm

Triple Header Sunday had the Mariners playing on 3 different fields in which the wind was blowing in at gale force strength on all 3. Pop flies were a total adventure. First up were the Indians. The game was a real pitchers duel knotted at 3-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth. After a walk, singles by Brian Osgood and Robbie Franklin loaded the bases with two outs. John Miller lined a single to right field scoring two. Tommy Baer followed with another run scoring single as the Mariners triumphed 6-3.

Game 2 was against JJ’s Astro’s. With the Mariners leading 8-5 after 4, the Mariners broke loose for 5 more paced by a mammoth blast into the wind by Ryan Driggers. The Astros mounted a 5 run rally in the last inning to close the final score to 14-10.

After an hour plus wait, we hosted the Pirates. The Mariners scored 3 in each of the first 4 innings to mount a 12-4 lead. The big blast was a 3 run homer by Thomas Kulcak in the second. The Pirates came to bat in the fifth and the wheels came off for the Mariners as they committed 6 errors leading to 10 runs. With time running out, the Mariners only scored one and went down to defeat 14-13 in what Skipper Bob termed one of the all time great comebacks by the Pirates.

Thomas Kulcak was our POW candidate this week as he went 8-10 with 2 doubles, a triple and home run. He scored 7 runs and knocked in 4. Kyle Crouse was 6-8 and Brian Osgood 5-9 on the day.



Apr 29, 2019, 6:48 pm

Ranger Rap

The Rangers had the rare 3 game sweep on Sunday extending their record to a lofty 10-3. In the opener against the Muckers they scored early and often in route to a solid 14-6 victory.  Second tilt was against a division leading Lugnut squad into a difficult hitters sun.  The game was a nail biting sea-saw contest with the Gers prevailing 11-10 in etras thanks to Coach Silverman's hitting into a double dip to send the game into extras-that with sacks juiced-oy veh!!! The Gers won in spite of this and carried their winning ways into the last tilt versus the Royals.  By installing a four corner offense, the Gers outlasted the Blue Royals 14-10-cruising after taking a commanding 11-0 lead. The triple header was the day of etras for the Gers-13 2B's in the trifecta 2 HR's and and 2 3B's.  62 total hits and 7 BB's for good measure-two of the games only went 5 innings!!!

Barry Epstein was stellar on the mound securing all 3 victories while showing great control and guile. Super sub Jerry "Seinfeld" Levenson had 7 his including 3 of those doubles.  Jeremy " Justice of the " Pease was spetacular as detailed below:

POW-really tough choice-Jeremy Pease-7/9, 3 BB's, 2 HR's, 3B, 8RBI's, and 8 runs

POW B-Shorty Yamauchi-11/12, 4 2B's, 10 Runs, 3 RBI's-the spark plug!!

ROW-Jeremy "Wags" Wagoner-8/10, 2B, 3B, 3 Runs, 3 RBI's and great D

More greatness-Weddy-8/10 2 SAC's, 11 RBI's, 2 2B's including game winner in 2nd tilt in extras

Kyle "not so freindly to pitchers" Casper-7/9, 4 RBI's, BB 2B and Sac-mostly on one leg

Gus and DR C-5 hits each

 

 



Troubling Trend of 1 Run Losses Continue for Stros
Apr 29, 2019, 1:42 pm

A long break was sure to affect many players coming back and created an even more increased premium on defense this week.  Coming in with 4 of our 5 losses being by 1 run, we needed to try to reverse the trend.

GAME 1 vs Mariners

The M's came out hot but we limited the damage to just 3 runs in the first.  We answered with 5 in the 3rd to take the lead but the defense struggled in the middle innings allowing 11 runs over the last 4 innings.  Trailing 14-5 going into the last at bat we mounted a furious rally scoring 5 to make it interesting but couldn't overcome the deficit.  14-10 Final.

GAME 2 @ Dodgers

Very fast start with 5 runs in the first at bat.  Dodgers answered with 3 on a bomb by Justin Reed.  Sticks went cold only scoring 5 over the next 3 innings but the defense held together keeping the score at 10-6 going into the final inning.  We scored 1 to make it 11-6 but the old skeleton came out and the defense crumbled and the Dodgers put on the pressure.  They scored 6 in the bottom of the inning to bring back that old 1 run loss bug to the Astros.  Final 12-11.

GAME 2 @ Bulls

Yet another fast start with 5 runs in the first but again true to form gave up 4 in the bottom of the inning.  The offense really clicked the entire game to keep us in it and finally taking a lead on a 2 run blast by Matt Shwarts his second of the game.  The Bulls would tie it up as we went to the final inning locked in a 13-13 tie.  With the top of their order due up, we knew we had to score and the bottom of the order came up huge.  Rick Leon who had another perfect 8 for 8 day led off with a single.  Travis Olander doubled to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Andy Williams who had been clutch with RBI all day hit a Sac Fly to give us the one run lead.  POW Candidate Gre Oetzmann singled to put runners are the corners with 1 out to set the stage for Turbo Golden in what would prove to be the game winning run on his huge single.  John Burke tacked on one more for insurance and we took the lead into the bottom of the inning.  After allowing a leadoff hit, Leon pitched brilliantly to Allsup and Wu and we retired Coach Cuddles to end the threat after they scored 1.  Final score 16-14.

Hitting Stars

POW: Greg Oetzmann 6 for 8, 2 Triples, Double, 6 RBI

Rick Leon 8 for 8, 3 RBI and some brilliant pitching in relief one game and complete game 3.

Andy Williams 5 for 7, 7 RBI and clutch hits all night

Matt Shwarts 4 for 7, 2 Bombs, 2B, 5 RBI



BULLS only able to grab one win in first round of night games…
Apr 29, 2019, 9:36 am

BULLS only able to grab one win in first round of night games…

Game ONE / Lugnuts hang on to defeat the Bulls in Extras

After a long layoff, the Bulls took on a Lugnut team who ended up with a squad of 10 after two late cancellations.? The Bulls had their single best half inning on offense by putting up 11 in the bottom half of the third. Unfortunately, that was almost the entirety of the offensive output. The Bulls were led at the plate by Jordan Allsup who somehow continued to perform after blowing out the sole of his shoe early in the game. The sun dipped late in the game and played a role in the final at bats for both teams.

Key Offensive Performances

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 4 / 1 HR / 6 RBIs

Game TWO / BULLS hang on to beat the Pirates

The Bulls would take nothing less than a win in game two of their triple header. Larry Farin had a masterful performance on the mound. He deftly used the star around which the earth orbits to his advantage, and the Bulls were able to score just enough runs to keep the Pirates at bay. The Bulls were led at the plate by Darius Wu, Eric Powers, Jordan Allsup, and Ron Roberts.

Key Offensive Performances

D Wu – 4 for 4 / 2 HRs / 5 RBIs

Eric Powers – 3 for 4 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 4 / Double

Ron Roberts – 2 for 2 / Double

Game THREE / BULLS unable to overcome good hitting and unfavorable umpiring against the Astros

The Bulls and Astros battled in game three in a contest that went down to the wire. The Astros hit the ball well, but two horrendous calls late in the game proved too much for the Bulls to overcome (one of which was a two homerun). Two wily veterans of the mound (Larry Farin and Rick Leon) dueled until the end. The Bulls were led at the plate by Jordan Allsup, Eric Powers, and Darius Wu.

Key Offensive Performances

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 4 / Triple / 4 RBIs

Eric Powers – 2 for 3 / Triple / 2 RBIs

D Wu – 2 for 4 / 2 RBIs

 

POW – Jordan Allsup – 9 for 12 / 1 HR / 2 Triples / 1 Double / 10 RBIs



Muckdogs split
Apr 13, 2019, 10:32 am

The Muckdogs split, beating Williams’ Diamondbacks 6-5 and losing to Weinfeld’s Pirates 10-6. John Hauf’s pitching and the entire team’s defense led the way, but the Muckdogs’ bats were cold.

The opener was a pitchers’ duel. The Diamondbacks put up a 4 spot in the 4th inning to go up 5-0, but the Muckdogs scored 5 in the bottom of the 4th on a single by Zack Kazda, a double by Ben Enlow, singles by David Warren and John Hauf, Muckdogs’ POW Seth Pepkin’s bases loaded triple, and then David Pinkus knocking home Pepkin. The Muckdogs scored the go ahead run in 6th, with Scott Lawrence hitting a triple and Ben Enlow knocking him home with a SF. 
 
In the nightcap, the Muckdogs faced the Pirates’ crafty veteran Art Rothenburg on the mound and could only manage to score 6 runs. Pirates’ slugger Max Henry crushed two homers in the game. David Pinkus got 3 hits and Brian Dickerson and David Warren picked up 2 hits each. 
 
Leading hitters on the day were: Ben Enlow 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; David Warren 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; David Pinkus 3-5, 2B, run, 3 RBIs; Zack Kazda 3-6, 2 runs; and John Hauf 3-6, run.


Dodgers split...for the 5th time
Apr 10, 2019, 4:49 pm

The Dodgers have split every week this season. Week 5 would not be different, but this time the home team lost both games. 

 

Game 1:

Dodgers came out hot and heavy. Jon Kilburn’s stick seems to be waking up with a first inning grandslam. Captain Runey playing through a separated shoulder was not a good idea, but lead the team with motivation and not his bat. Brad Cox continued his Home Run streak hitting at least one each week this season. The Dodgers played solid defense and handed the cubs a 14-8 loss. 

 

Game 2:

nothing to see over here. The Blue Jays came out with 7 runs in the first. The dodgers never got the bats going as The fuzzy monster on the mound known as Sean Greeley shut them down. The Dodgers later would switched to a 3 man outfield and shutdown the Jays offense, but it was a little late. Jays win 13-4. 

 

POW:

Jon Kilburn 



Royals Win 8-inning Thriller in Doubleheader Sweep
Apr 8, 2019, 8:29 pm

On Sunday, the Royals’ quest to sweep a doubleheader for the first time this season got off to a good start when they won the opener in dramatic, walk-off fashion in extra innings. In an instant classic, Ronn Forniglia (3 – 3) delivered the clutch hit of the game, sending a seeing-eye RBI single into left field that brought Larry Lachman home with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 8th, propelling the Royals to a come-from-behind victory in their showdown against the first place Niswonger’s Lugnuts, 11 – 10.

In the nightcap, the Royals followed the same script as the first game – stellar defense, timely hitting, and outstanding pitching, to defeat Unell’s (Patchwork) Yard Goats, 7 – 4.

The Royals’ defense surfaced in a big way, holding their two opponents to a combined 14 runs over 15 innings, while turning five double plays, and a highlight reel, game-saving outfield assist.

In the opener, the Lugnuts’ heart of the order – Jason Niswonger, Grant Carver, and Aaron Nutt – each went 3 – 4, as the Lugnuts tallied mirror image, 4-run first and third innings, jumping out to an early 8 – 2 lead. Coincidentally, both innings ended in identical fashion with Royals’ pitcher Mark Fishkind starting 1–6–3 double plays to limit the damage to four runs.

The Royals scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first, and then three more in the bottom of the third, courtesy of Joshua Forniglia’s first triple of the season to narrow the Lugnut’s lead to 8 – 5.

The Royals kept the deficit at three by turning in their third double play of the game 4–6–3 in the top of the fourth, and then took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the frame as two Lugnut errors contributed to the Royals’ five run explosion that featured Kennin Doyle’s 2-run double and Ronn’s clutch, two-out, RBI single – a precursor of things to come.

In the top of the fifth, with the Royals leading 10 – 8, the Lugnuts had runners on first and second with two out when the batter singled to right centerfield. Royals’ right centerfielder, Ari Loiben, charged the ball, and threw a one-hop strike to catcher, Chris Salva, to force the runner at home in a bang-bang play, and preserve the lead in what ultimately became a game-saving play.

Final

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5

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8

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Lugnuts

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4

0

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2

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10

20

Royals

2

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3

5

0

0

0

1

11

17

With time winding down, the bottom of the Lugnuts’ order came through and tied it up in the top of the sixth, as Kendall Anthony and leadoff hitter Tommy Apligian delivered clutch RBI singles. In the bottom of the sixth – as time expired – the Royals’ bottom of the order attempted to return the favor. With runners on first and third and two outs, Royals’ leadoff hitter, Mark Phares lined a hard hit smash up the middle that hit the palm of Carver’s glove and rolled away from the mound, allowing the winning run to score. However, the Royals’ emotions went from jubilation to disbelief to anger to, finally, acceptance, in a matter of seconds when the home plate umpire called Phares out because of the Pitcher Protection rule. Let’s keep playing…

Heading to the top of the seventh – extra innings now – the Lugnuts first three batters were Miguel Duron, Niswonger, and David Wang, who – up to that point – had either scored or driven in eight of the Lugnut’s 10 runs, as Captain Niswonger and Duron had both come within inches of going yard. Fishkind was masterful as he navigated the Lugnut’s most dangerous hitters, and got the game to the bottom of the frame still tied.

For the second consecutive inning, the Royals appeared to have won the game. In the bottom of the seventh, a one-out single by Joshua, and a two-out bases on balls to Fishkind brought Jacob Forniglia up to the plate with runners on first and second. Jacob rifled a single to left centerfield that Apligian – who was playing shallow – charged and threw a several hop strike to the plate that Pablo Villarroel managed to field cleanly a millisecond before Joshua scored in another bang-bang play. By this time, many of the Royals’ faithful were reaching for their Zantac as the two teams – still tied – headed to the eighth.

In the top of the eighth, the Lugnuts got their leadoff batter on, but the Royals turned their fourth double play of the game 6–3 to end the threat and send the game to the bottom of the frame, still tied.

Lachman singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Doyle followed with a single, and Jimie Simeone drew a crucial walk to load the bases … and set the stage for Ronn’s heroics.

Ronn Forniglia  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, BB, GWRBI
Larry Lachman  3 – 4, 2 Runs
Joshua Forniglia  2 – 4, 1 Run, 3 RBI, 3B
Kennin Doyle  2 – 4, 1 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Mark Phares  2 – 4, 2 Runs
Jacob Forniglia  2 – 4, 1 Run
Ari Loiben  1 – 3, 2 Runs, BB
Mark Fishkind  1 – 3, BB
Jimie Simeone  1 – 3, BB

In the nightcap, Fishkind outdueled Yard Goat’s ace, John Unell, in a low scoring affair on field 4. Fishkind turned in a masterpiece, scattering seven singles, with one walk over seven innings for the victory. Again, he was backed by a stellar defense that turned its fifth double play of the twin bill in the first inning.

Phares singled to lead the game off, moved to second on Loiben’s single, and both scored on Joshua’s second triple of the doubleheader.

In the bottom of the first, RBI singles by Alex Bruu, David Greer, and Leonardo Quinones enabled the Yard Goats to take the lead 4 – 3. Just like he did twice in the first game, Fishkind starting the 1–6–3 double play to end the threat and the 4-run inning.

For the next two innings, the Royals and Yard Goats traded zeroes as the wily veteran, Unell, kept Royals hitters off balance (and for most of the game).

 

Final

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Royals

3

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0

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7

13

Yard Goats

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0

0

0

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0

4

7

However, the Royals finally managed to solve Unell in the fourth as Loiben’s 2-run single and Joshua’s RBI double followed leadoff singles by Chris Salva and Ronn. Fishkind took it from there, pitching shutout ball from the second inning on.

In what is undoubtedly an amazing slow pitch softball statistic, in 15 innings pitched on Sunday, Fishkind – backed by the Royals’ dominant defense – put up zeroes in 11 of those innings.

Joshua Forniglia  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B
Ari Loiben  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Ronn Forniglia  2 – 3, 1 Run

Royals’ POW nominee, Ronn Forniglia, was an offensive star in both games, had the GWRBI in Game 1, and consistently AND reliably turned the lineup over in virtually every at-bat. In the history of our league, not too many guys who anchor the lineup have had such a powerful impact in a doubleheader sweep as Ronn did on Sunday.



Raise the Jolly Roger twice, Pirates sweep
Apr 8, 2019, 5:35 pm

Young Buccos with senior Arthur Rothenberg on the hill swept swept Sunday’s twinbill. In the first game , a depleted Red Sox team fell prey 22 -12. The Pirates hit through the lineup. Everybody jumped on the bandwagon which seemed to be contagious. In the second game, Arthur’s pitching held the hot hitting Muckdogs to 6 runs while the home team scored 10. POW nominee Max Henry was the hitting star belting 2 homers. On the day, Max was 6-8 2 HRs 2 doubles 9 RBIs and 5 runs scored While holding down the hot corner. Skipper Bob was very pleased on the day. He actually had a little hop in his giddy up. So on to next week. Early games on the schedule. Get some rest and shiver me timbers  



Nuts split a pair of Walk Offs written by Tommy Apligian
Apr 8, 2019, 11:51 am

Game 1 of the late games of the day for the Nuts saw us travel to field 4 vs Lachman’s Royals. We welcomed back Grant Carver, gone the past 2 weeks, from his tour of the world. The Nuts started off hot, plating 4 in the first like we have done so many times already this season. We held the Royals to 2 runs over the next couple innings and after the 3rd inning it was 8-2. Duron just missed a bomb in that 3rd inning as the ball went over the fence but came back because of mother nature teasing him.  Then the relentless Royals started chipping away, and before you know it they were winning. Again, mother nature teased us, this time it was Niswonger trying to go deep. Again she said nope, which proved to be an important play as he didn’t score that inning and this game went to extras. Down by 2, in the 6th with time running out, the Nuts knew it was now or never. Aaron Nutt started it off with a 2b, and Kendall and Doug Wolf each added hits. We tied up the game later in the inning but just couldn’t get over the hump. The Royals had their chance in the bottom half of the frame getting the bases loaded with 2 outs. But they hit a line drive back at Grant Carver, causing the Halo rule to come into effect (his hand still hurts btw), and the 3rd out registered. The Nuts had their chance again, but the crafty pitching of veteran Fishkind kept the bats at bay. In the bottom half of the frame, the Royals again had a chance to win it, with guys at 1st and 2nd, with 2 outs. This time their fortunes were ended with a play at the plate where ROY candidate Pablo Villarroel made a great play to field the low throw and tag the plate just before the runner crossed. So the Nuts are still hanging in there, with chance after chance to win. Again, the Nuts sticks went flat the 8th and final frame, putting only 4 guys to the plate. This time, in the bottom half, the Royals decided enough was enough and put the game. While we certainly did not play our best, we were in it from start to finish. The Royals were just a bit better this day, hats off to them.

 

 

Game 2 had us licking our wounds from that long 8 inning affair. We started off slow, as the Red Sox stuck it to us early and often. We only scored 2 the first inning on a 2run jack by Niswonger. Even with them missing Chad Yandell (suspension), Greg Aymond, and Dan Feldman (1,3,4), and a Rakofsky with a sore back, they were in the drivers seat most of the game. One inning had them going back to back to back jacks, while we were still reeling from our epic L. It took us several innings to get cranking (only scored 3 runs through 4) but we woke up in the 5th inning with the game on the line. Pablo Villarroel again was the firestarter getting on the sack to lead us off. Duron found his smooth swing and stroked a 2 majestic bomb that mother nature wasn’t going to mess up this time. After plating 4 in the 5th, the momentum was on our side. We took that to the field and shut down the Red Sox sticks. Down 11-6 coming into the bottom half of the final frame it was put up or shut up time. And in true Nut fashion, we hit hard and came up big. Leadoff hit by Kendall, then Doug, then Pablo, got it back to the top where every single hitter hit. 2 rbi’s here, 2 more by Danny Nutt, left the Red Sox in a tough spot. With men on 2nd and 3rd, up by 1 and no outs, they elected to give an intentional pass to Paul Bunyan who already went deep this game. Of course, that meant that Niswonger was due up next. And he promptly delivered a game winning slam to cap a 7 innning, come from behind win against the depleted Red Sox.

 

Revised POW: Jason Niswonger 5-7, 2 2bs, 2HRs, 6rbi, walk off salami (he’s too humble and won’t nominate himself so someone else had to write the article for him and do it, he’s also playing a solid RCF—minus the time he took out Karlos with a Johnny Lawrence sweeping of the leg)

 

ROY: Pablo Villarroel 2-6, 2 1b, 2r, 2 major rallies started/kept alive, big defensive plays at home to keep us in the games

 

Moral of today: It’s good to have the hammer. Oh, and for whomever is counting, the 2 losses by the Nuts are by a combined 3 runs. We play hard every time and will give it our all.



Not the Braves’ day
Apr 7, 2019, 8:40 pm

Brumley’s Braves, a team consisting of multiple Texas Tech fans, came out flat and never mustered enough energy to build a lead today, dropping a couple of divisional games in the process.

 

Game 1:  Silverman’s Rangers 14 @ Brumley’s Braves 10

On sloppy field 2, the Braves allowed the Rangers to have an 8 run inning early in this one and paid the price as their comeback attempt was too little too late.  Scott Greenberg and Clint Hathcock continued their solid offensive seasons, both going 4 for 4 in the contest.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 4 @ Alford’s Iron Pigs 6

On field 3, in yet another game this season with the wind blowing straight in, the Braves trudged through a defensive battle with the Iron Pigs but came up short in their effort to salvage a split on the day.  Spencer Manz, Scott Greenberg, and Matt Myers each contributed 2 hits in this game.

 

POW - Clint Hathcock - 5/6, 2B, SF, R, 3 RBI

 

In a postgame team meeting, the Braves opted to immediately wipe this week from their memories.  The team plans to show up ready to go early next week against Niswonger’s Lugnuts and Goldstein’s Muckdogs.



DBacks Split
Apr 7, 2019, 6:31 pm

Game 1 Field 4 DBacks @ Muckdogs

Badger led off the game with a walk and came around to score on a single from DBacks Player of the Week candidate Mike Anders. But the early action in this one was not a tale of things to come. Neither team would score until the fourth inning. Six of the first seven DBacks in the fourth reached base. Mike Anders led off with a double, and singles followed from Kevin Knox, sub Andy Goodman, Cesar Garza, Adwild Perez, and Badger. A sac fly from Nick Barr capped off the scoring at 4. Even though it blew the scoring of the game wide open, only scoring 4 runs in the inning felt like a missed opportunity. And the Muckdogs made the DBacks pay, responding with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth to square the game up again (a bases clearing extra base hit to deep left from Seth Pepkin capped off the Muckdogs rally). Unfortunately, the DBacks would go quietly the rest of this contest. A leadoff triple in the bottom of the sixth from Scott Lawrence proved to be the difference in the game as Ben Enlow brought him home with a sac fly.

Final score: DBacks 5 @ Muckdogs 6

 

Game 2 Field 3 Indians @ DBacks

Rob Shiller scored in the top of the first for the Indians on a Tim Jamieson sac fly. The DBacks came back with 7 runs in the bottom half to change the day’s tone. A leadoff walk from Badger set up RBI hits from Blake Jones, Leo Cova, Mike Anders, Tim Crites, and Adwild Perez. Again, the lineup turned over to the top with only 1 out, but the DBacks failed to capitalize. After a scoreless second inning, the Indians came out firing on all cylinders in the third; a 2 out rally was sparked by a hard earned walk from Stuart Rosenfield and 5 runs were scored on hits from Danny Banaszek, Tim Jamieson, and Michael Thiele. The DBacks wouldn’t respond until the bottom of the fourth. With the bases loaded, Mike Anders launched a ball to left that fought through the wind and sailed over the trees. #fencebomb #grandslam With an 11-6 lead, neither team would score for the remainder of this one. Good pitching and defense was the strategy today.

Final score: Indians 6 @ DBacks 11

 

Outstanding defensive plays

Mike Anders lined a ball towards the LCF gap against the Indians, and Rob Shiller made a backhanded catch on the run and threw the ball across his body behind the runner at second base. Jay Swank was covering the bag and fielded the throw on a wicked hop while stretching far into the baseline. It was a phenomenal defensive play.

Oswaldo Zurita didn’t have much luck against the DBacks defense. In his second at bat of the game he singled to right-center field, but a charging Adwild Perez fielded the ball on the run and threw a strike to second base to record a force out. Zurita also hit a ball through the right side, but Andy Goodman got a good jump on the ball coming in and threw him out to end the game.

 



Another 1 Run Loss; Stros Settle for Split
Apr 7, 2019, 6:25 pm

Finally we get the late start with game one being the GOW, but the early inning error bug bit us again.  We are justing waiting for night games.

Game 1 vs. Railriders (GOW)-

Top of the first saw us blunder and kick the ball around but held tight only allowing 1.  We answered with 1 in the second to bring a 1-1 tie into the 3rd.  Samsel's squad plated 4 in the top of the inning but we answered with a 5 spot to claim the lead. 5 consecutive singles by the top 5 batters led to the big inning.  The lead was short lived as they answered with 2 more in the top of the 4th to jump back ahead.  We scored 2 more in the see saw battle on a 2 run bomb by JT Pierce.  The Riders continued the trend and answered with 3 to start the 5th and we answered with 2 on RBI by Kelly Welton and Greg Oetzmann to tie it up again at 10.  They once again answered with 4 to take the lead into what would be the final at bat for the Stros.  A double by the captain and 4 straight singles brought us to within 1.  Barth clamped down and made a great snag on a shot up the middle to end the game.  Final 14-13.  Great Game.

Game 2 @ Indians

Game 2 started slow with only a solo HR in our first at bat and the Injuns pounding out 6 runs on some outstanding hitting.  Burke then tightened the screws with some solid defense behind him going the next 5 innings not allowing another run.  A huge 7 run 3rd inning gave us a 9-6 lead.  Turbo Golden started it off and the next 7 batters would single.  We added 2 more in the 5th on Matt Shwarts first dinger of the season.  Going into the bottom of the 7th holding a seemingly comfortable 12-6 lead and getting 2 quick outs, the defense got a bit shaky allowing the tribe to creep to within 2.  Burke retired the final out giving us the much needed 12-10 victory.  Gutsy win.

Hitting Stars on the Day

POW Candidate: Rick Leon- Perfect 8 for 8, 4 RBI and 5 runs scored

Andy Williams- 3 for 6 2 RBI, Great Defense in RCF

Travis Olander- 4 for 7, Sac Fly, 3 RBI, Solid 2nd Base Defense

Greg Oetzmann- 4 for 6, 2 RBI, Sac Fly

 



Bulls Week 5
Apr 7, 2019, 5:36 pm

MOREOF THE SAME FOR THE BULLS…

Game ONE / Grasshoppers swarm the BULLS

Grasshoppers seem to enjoy wet and muddy conditions because they came out swinging and put up a 10-spot in their first at bat. The Bulls settled down after that but could never gain any traction in the run column. The Bulls were led at the plate by D Wu, Eric Powers, and Larry Farin.

Key Offensive Performances

D Wu – 2 for 3 / 2 HR / 3 RBIs

Eric Powers – 3 for 4 / triple / 2 RBIs

Larry Farin – 3 for 3 / 1 RBI

 

Game TWO / BULLS come up short against the short-handed Mariners 

The Bulls battled in game two but the Mariners and some guy named Driggers came out on top. Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin was solid on the hill (and at the plate), and the middle to bottom of the lineup led the Bulls at the plate.

Key Offensive Performances

Larry Farin – 3 for 3 / 1 RBI

Theron Patrick – 1 for 3/ double / 1 RBI

George Reed – 2 for 3

 

POW – Larry Farin – 6 for 6 / 2 RBIs



Apr 7, 2019, 4:46 pm

Ranger Rap

Ger's came out ripping early and often against an undermanned but game Cardinal squad securing a 17-2 victory. Shorty with 4 run bomb, Jp with 3 2B's and KC a HR short of a cycle.  Even Sil had a big 2 out 2 rbi single.  In second game the Braves played a strong game but ye Gers were a bit bettter with a 14-10 win.The Wedanoator had 2 2Bs and a tater with 5 ribbies.  Huge bases clearing 2B by Dr C was one of the key hits in the game.  Both games saw the Gers play arguably their best defense of the season and Eppy pitched extremely well. Lots of xtra base hits on the day including 2 HR's, 11 2B'sand a 3B.

Ranger Ruby's

POW-Steve Weddy Wedderbern-6/7, 3 2B's, HR, and 8 RBI's

Jeremy" Justice of the " Pease-6/8, 6 Runs, 4 2B's, 4 RBI's and strong D

Shorty Yamauchi-Granny and excellent D

Gutavo "Gus" Chirinos-4 hits and a fine catch in LF

Kyle Casper-5/7 BB, 3 RUNs and RBI's, 2B, 3B

BB-5 hits

Harcourt-2 BB's and 3 hits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Mariners Squeak Out A Split
Apr 7, 2019, 3:19 pm

The Mariners came into this wet, misty Sunday hoping for a rainout as they were missing two of their sluggers. The Baby J’s were first up and a game we’ve already forgotten as they jumped on us early en route to a 21-4 thrashing.

After an hour to regain our composure, the Bulls provided the competition. 7 singles produced 5 runs in the bottom of the first and we had already exceeded game 1 production. After a 6 spot from the Bulls, a solo blast from Ryan Driggers in the third, narrowed the gap to 8-7. A two run homer from Driggers in the fifth put the Mariners on top 9-8. After a scoreless sixth for the Bulls, the Mariners came to bat in an eerily similar circumstance to the prior week in which they failed to bat out the remaining time which resulted in a monster comeback from the Braves. This time, the Mariners were not to be denied as hits from Tim Murray, Jason Murray and Rony Batagower produced 4 runs, eating up the remaining time for a 13-8 win for the Mariners.

Ryan Driggers was our do it all POW for the day going 6-6 with a double, 3 HR’s and 7 RBI’s. Robbie Franklin had a big 4-4 day, Jason Murray and Rony Batagower 4-7 and Tim Murray 3-5.



Cubs post stellar away record of 4-1!
Apr 7, 2019, 2:36 pm

The Cubs apparently are a much better road team than home team.  In game 1 at home playing the Dodgers, the Cubs were manhandled in a 14-8 loss.  The Cubs' bats finally awoke from their hibernation in the 4th, but it was too little, too late.

In the nightcap as the away warriors, the Cubs were down 5-2 in the 4th when the bats came alive in a 7 run scoring inning.  The big blast came off the bat of Brad Parr in a bases clearing HR.  Every Cub made it to base safely in the inning.  The Cubs plated 8 more in the 5th en route to a 19-9 victory.  Fly the W! Cubs Stars for the day:

Erik Claussen- 6 hits, 2B

Brian Criswell- 6 hits, 3B, great LCF play all day!

Jose Baho- 3 hits, 2 BB, HR, 6 RBIs

Brad Parr- 4 hits, 2B, HR (grand slam to seal game 2), 4 RBIs

Joe Calvano (sub)- 6 hits, BB

Darren Kammer- 4 hits, BB, 3 RBIs, solid pitching

Tanner Reinecke- 4 hits, BB, 3 RBIs

Ian Contreras- 1 hit, BB, important RBI and solid RF play

Brian Alvara- 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBIs

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits, 2 BB, 2 RBIs, 3 runs scored

 

 



Lugnuts week 4 recap
Apr 7, 2019, 9:21 am

game 1vs pirates 

win 10-11

stars of the game 

Aaron Nutt with 2 fantastic run saving catches of short pop ups. He's spry!

Danny Nutt 2/3 double walk 3 runs scored 2 RBI

Miguel Duron 3/4 4 RBI

 

Game 2 vs yard goats

win 14-15

stars of the game 

Tommy Apligian POW 3/3 walk  3 runs scored 

Danny Nutt 2/3 walk 2 runs scored

Miguel Duron 2/4 Homerun 4RBI 2 rund scored

david wang 3/3 bb two doubles 2 runs scored 

karlos rodriguez 2/3 double 4 rbi

doug Wolff 2/3 RBI

bill bailey 2/3 2ryns scored 

 



Apr 6, 2019, 1:39 pm

BULLS SPLIT for the Second Consecutive Week

Game ONE / Braves outlast the Bulls on a windy field 4

With the cold wind blowing in on field #4, the Bulls fought bravely against the Braves but came up a bit short. Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin held the braves to seven runs, while the offense was led by Jordan ‘Two Bagger’ Allsup, Michael Cohen, and JC Burks. Rumor has it Mr. and Mrs. Brumley were in attendance cheering on their high sock wearing son, but players in the game reported seeing only a pile of blankets in the stands.

Key Offensive Performances

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 4 / double

Michael Cohen – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI / triple

JC Burks – 2 for 3 / 2 RBIs

 

Game TWO / BULLS Offense explodes against the Cardinals 

The Bulls offense was en fuego in game two against the Cardinals, led by Jordan ‘Two Bagger’ Allsup, D Wu, Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers, and George ‘Sniper’ Reed. A seven run third inning, and a six run fifth inning capped with a GRAND SLAM by Allsup (winning runs), propelled the Bulls over a feisty Cardinal squad. 

Key Offensive Performances

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 4 / 2 doubles / HR (grand slam) / 4 RBIs

D Wu – 4 for 4 / 2 HRs / 5 RBIs

Eric Powers – 2 for 3 / double / HR / 3 RBIs

George ‘Sniper’ Reed – 2 for 3 / 2 RBIs

 

POW – Jordan Allsup – 6 for 8 / 3 doubles / HR (grand slam and game-winning runs) / 4 RBIs



DBacks Rattle On
Apr 2, 2019, 1:24 pm

For the second time already this season, the DBacks fought without Andrew Williams in the lineup; however, this time he did not oversleep and miss the action.

 

Game 1 Field 5 8:00 AM DBacks @ RailRiders

 

This is it. A team without a consistent presence in the lineup from their top draft choice matched up against an undefeated opponent. A contest between two squads contending for a shot at the belt. Pride. Bragging rights. Everything on the line…

Okay, I think I’ve far overhyped the seventh game of the season, but you get the point.

 

The bell rung and the fight was on. The DBacks scored one in the top of the first: Player of the Week candidate Nick Barr singled home superstar Peter Hogan. The RailRiders tied the game after flyweight Tyler Samsel reached base on a shalom double to RF. His ticket home was punched by Greg Ritter. Whether or not Samsel gets a hit may go to the judges’ decision. After a scoreless round two, the DBacks took the lead in the third in the same fashion they scored in the first (Nick Barr hits in Peter Hogan). After the RailRiders failed to score in the third, the DBacks had won that round.

Side note -- The DBacks shined defensively early on in this game, only allowing one hit over a period of 12 consecutive hitters. You could say they had the RailRiders pinned against the mat for a while.

With a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth Leo Cova, Mike Anders, and Kevin Knox led off the inning with hits and all came around to score. But the RailRiders fought back with three runs of their own to even the score in the fourth round (an uppercut swing from Jeff Radanof backed DBacks RFer Alan London into the corner to make the catch, and two runs scored on the sac fly). To start off the fifth round, Doug Hogan hit the ball to LCF and dodged the counter thrown by Samsel (translation: Doug got a hit and Tyler didn’t throw him out). This started a 2-run rally that gave the DBacks a 7-4 edge in the judges’ eyes. After shutting out the RailRiders in the bottom of the fifth, Mike Anders led off the sixth round with a roundhouse kick through the gap in right-center for a double that started another 2-run rally. With the score at 9-4, it looked like the DBacks had the RailRiders down for the count. But the RailRiders came out in the sixth with a ground and pound approach and fought to score 3 runs without hitting the ball in the air once. The tense 9-7 match heads to the seventh.

With the bases loaded and 2 outs, Mike Anders delivered a knockout punch single to left field that drove in two much needed insurance runs. Oh wait… that didn’t happen. His hit was ruled a foul ball. Reset.

With the bases loaded and 2 outs, Mike Anders delivered a knockout punch single to right center that drove in two much needed insurance runs. The ball barely escaped the reach of rookie stud Erick Soeth. BALL. DON’T. LIE.

11-7. RailRiders up against the ropes. Flyweight Samsel fights for a hard earned two-out walk to start a rally. The next 3 RailRiders reach base. With the tying run on first and the RailRiders down 3, Carlos Moran punched a one-hop rocket up the middle. On a full extension dive, DBacks Gold Glove candidate Badger “Greg Hurst” stole the base-hit away and flipped the ball to second for the force to end the game. K.O.

 

Final score DBacks 11 @ RailRiders 8.

 

Game 2 Field 4 9:10ish AM Royals @ DBacks

 

I’m through with the MMA/boxing references since I’m no longer talking about our matchup against Tyler the Terrible Trash Tackler (Quad T), but I will say that both the Royals and DBacks put an offensive beating on their opponents in game 2.

 

The Royals started off strong with 3 runs in the top of the first. Doubles from rookie Ari Loiben, first-rounder Josh Forniglia, and Hall of Famer Mark Fishkind highlighted this rally. The DBacks would tie the game in the bottom half of the frame with three runs capped off by an RBI knock from Kevin Knox. Royals Captain Larry Lachman started a 4 run rally to start the second in which the bottom 5 of the Royals lineup all reached base, but excellent pitching and defense from Mike Anders and the DBacks squad helped them escape a huge inning. Super-sub Blake Jones made a leaping catch in the LCF gap to rob Josh Forniglia of extra bases for the third out. The DBacks took that momentum to the plate and scored 6 runs. A near #fencebomb from Cesar Garza sparked an offensive outburst that eventually got around to Nick Barr and Blake Jones hitting back-to-back RBI doubles. The Royals struck again for 3 runs in the third courtesy of two sac flies. And the DBacks responded with 2 runs of their own in the bottom half, both scored on a single from Alan London. Down 11-10 in the top of the fourth, the Royals put together their biggest inning of the game to score 5 runs. Once again, this rally was sparked by the bottom of the Royals lineup and featured back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles from Ari Loiben, Josh Forniglia, and rookie Cameron Oakes. The DBacks slithered 2 runs across the plate in the bottom half of the fourth to bring the score within 2. Up 15-13, the Royals scored 2 more runs in the top of the fifth to widen the gap to 4. But the DBacks responded. In the bottom of the fifth, the DBacks exploded for their biggest inning of the day: scoring 7 runs and batting completely around the lineup. Singles from Cesar Garza, Alan London, and Doug Hogan flipped the lineup to set up an eventual grand slam #fencebomb from Player of the Week candidate Nick Barr. Blake Jones started another mini-rally that resulted in him scoring the last run of the inning on a Mike Anders sacrifice fly. With a 20-17 lead, the DBacks took the field with time running out to start the sixth inning. Mark Fishkind took advantage of the same fortunate gust of wind that pushed Nick Barr's ball over the fence and burned the outfield for a 2-RBI double and represented the tying run on second base with 1 out. After a walk taken byDoc” Rick Levy, two consecutive assists from Kevin Knox at second sealed the deal.

 

Final score Royals 19 @ DBacks 20

 

Some thoughts from Andrew:

- This was a really long captains’ corner article.

- I love the fight this DBacks team has. In a season with still so long to go, this team has overcome some pretty crazy adversity (certainly not the least of which has come from the top down).

- In three consecutive weeks the DBacks have a game with 20+ runs scored. Also, in NINE consecutive innings on Sunday the DBacks put up a crooked number on offense.

- Man… did it feel good ending Quad T’s undefeated run...

 



Royals Win Extra Inning Thriller, Then Settle for Doubleheader Split
Apr 1, 2019, 10:02 pm

The Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for an electrifying, extra inning, come-from-behind victory over Eusay’s Astros, 11 – 10, in the first game of their Sunday twin bill, and then dropped a frantic, back-and-forth second game to Williams’ Diamondbacks, 20 – 19.

In the opener, with the game-time temperature of 38 degrees F, and a 31-degree wind chill, Mark Fishkind outdueled Astros’ ace, John Burke, in a low scoring affair on field 4. The two teams combined to score only four runs through the first three innings, and 11 runs through five, in a game that saw rookies, Jacob Forniglia (4 – 4), Chris Salva (1 – 1), and Cameron Oakes play huge roles in the victory.

JJ Eusay’s dinger put the Astros on the board in the top of the first, the first of two solo shots by the Astros’ Captain.

The bottom of the order often gets overlooked, but they were crucial in the Royals’ 3-run second. RBI singles by Kennin Doyle and Ronn Forniglia sandwiched a sacrifice fly by Salva to give the Royals the early 3 – 1 lead.

A walk and four straight singles from the top of the Astros’ order set the table for a 5-run outburst in the top of the fourth, putting the visiting Astros back on top, 6 – 3, a lead they held going to the bottom of the fifth. That’s when the Royals began their comeback.

Salva singled to lead off the fifth, moved to second on Mark Phares’ single, and both scored on RBI singles by Ari Loiben and Joshua Forniglia.

Eusay’s second solo shot of the game put an exclamation point on the Astros’ 3-run sixth, giving them a commanding 9 – 5 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Astros

1

0

0

5

0

3

1

10

14

Royals

0

3

0

0

2

4

2

11

20

The Royals responded in the bottom of the frame. While there was enough time left to extend the game to seven innings, the first six Royals reached base – an error, followed by four singles and a bases on balls – such that time expired during the Royals rally. RBI singles by Larry Lachman, Doyle, and Jimie Simeone brought the Royals to within one, 9 – 8, bringing Salva to the plate with the bases loaded. Showing tremendous plate discipline, Salva walked to force in the tying run, 9 – 9. The rally stalled from there, sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the seventh, the Astros plated one to retake the lead. Down 10 – 9, Oakes sparked the third Royals’ comeback of the game when he singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, and scored on Mark Fishkind’s clutch RBI triple. A walk to Doc Levy brought Jacob Forniglia to the plate with runners at first and third, and Jacob sealed the win with his fourth hit of the game, bringing Fishkind home with the game winner.

Fishkind scattered 12 singles and the two solo round trippers in the victory. His pitching performance was backed by three double plays that wiped out Astros threats in the second (6–3), third (4–6–3), and sixth (6–3) innings, with shortstop Oakes turning all three.

Jacob Forniglia  4 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, GWRBI
Chris Salva  1 – 1, 1 Run, 2 RBI, BB, SF
Kennin Doyle  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI
Ari Loiben  2 – 3, 1 RBI, BB
Jimie Simeone  2 – 3, 1 RBI
Mark Fishkind  2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 3B
Joshua Forniglia  2 – 4, 1 RBI, 2B
Cameron Oakes  2 – 4, 1 Run

In the night cap against the Diamondbacks – with a 12-mph wind blowing out on field 4 – both teams scored in every inning. In a game where the lead changed hands seven times, the Royals scored a season high 19 runs, but they could not overcome defensive lapses that prolonged the Diamondbacks’ second and fifth innings. With the Royals leading 17 – 16, a moon-shot into the jet stream by Nick Barr turned into a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth, and catapulted the Diamondbacks back in front, 20 – 17; a lead they would not relinquish. The Royals scored two in the top of the sixth, and had the tying and lead runs on base with one out, but were unable to replicate the magic of game 1.

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

3

4

3

5

2

2

19

21

Diamondbacks

3

6

2

2

7

x

20

21

Joshua Forniglia, Oakes, Fishkind, and Salva paced the Royals’ 21-hit attack with three hits apiece.

At 3 – 5, the Royals are looking forward to finally putting it all together by executing in all facets of the game and sweeping their opponents next week, as they are scheduled to face the 7 – 1 Lugnuts who currently sit atop the standings. Of the Royals’ five losses in 2019, three have been by a total of four runs.

Cameron Oakes  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Chris Salva  3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B
Kennin Doyle  2 – 2, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Joshua Forniglia  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B
Mark Fishkind  3 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 3 2B
Ari Loiben  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 2B
Doc Levy  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, BB
Ronn Forniglia  2 BB, 2 Runs



Dodgers perfect at home...winless on the road.
Apr 1, 2019, 1:00 pm

Four weeks into the season and the Dodgers continue to split. 

Game 1 saw a high scoring affair with the Rangers. With a close playat the plate going the Rangers way the Dodgers player toss around giving the rangers a big lead. The power of the Dodgers never left them as super sub Justin Reed and upcoming Star Brad Cox each sent the ball very far. Jon Kilburn tagged his first of the season as well. The dodgers would win this one in extras.

Game 2 saw the dodgers come out fast with 4 and then die. Some more tossing the ball around gave the Iron Pigs all they needed. A big break up of a double Play by the beast of a man Derek Muck led to the big inning the Pigs needed to win. A well fought game on both sides finished with an iron pigs win 11-8. 

 

POW goes to Brad Cox 6-7 3R 4RBI and another Dinger. 



Mar 31, 2019, 10:04 pm

Rangers Rap

Ger's scored many runs in the opener-16-unfortunately the Dodgers scored 17 in extras to eke out the victory.  It was a rather charitable event as the Rangers created a comedy of errors allowing for a 501 3c deduction at the end of the game.  It was a tough loss but the Gers showed great fortitude and scratched out a hard fought 13-11 victory over the Cubbies in the night cap. Barry Epstein did a terrific job in relief to bring home the W.

Ranger Rubies

POW candidate : Weds 7/9 3 2B's and 4 RBI's

NO ROW but other fine performances;

Shorty Yamauchi-6/7 2BB's 4 2B's and 5 RBI's

Kyle Casper-another dinger, 2B, and 6 RBI's

Wags with 4 hits and a BB-coming out of his thaw

Gus Chirinos with 4 hits including a 2B and 4 RBI's

 



Braves sweep in convincing fashion
Mar 31, 2019, 9:35 pm

Brumley’s Braves evened their season record at .500 after winning a pitchers’ duel then putting the exclamation mark on the day by completing an improbable comeback.

 

Game 1:  Haas’ Bulls 5 @ Brumley’s Braves 7

With the wind knocking down every ball in the air on field 5, Brumley’s Braves and Haas’ Bulls found themselves in a low scoring game.  The Bulls opened the game by scoring 4 in the top of the 1st but were held to only 1 additional run over the remainder of the game.  The Braves scored 3 of their own to kick off the game, including back to back RBI doubles by Matt Brumley and Clint Hathcock.  The good guys added 3 more during the following inning after Chris Peterson and Jerry Rogers ignited a rally with back to back 2 out singles that were followed by a Spencer Manz RBI base hit and a 2 run double by Scott Greenberg.  Hathcock added another RBI double later in the game and the gloves did the rest as the Braves closed it out.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 26 @ Miller’s Mariners 15

This game on field 3 was one for the ages as the fans for both teams were left speechless after a surprise ending.  The Braves did their best Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impression in this contest.  The team started with 5 in the 1st, capped off by a 3 run Jon Simonson bomb.  After that, however, the bats went cold for an extended spell and the Mariners took the lead after a rare sloppy defensive inning for the Braves.  The Braves ultimately kept themselves in the game though, adding 4 more in the 5th on another rally started by a Chris Peterson single that helped turn the lineup over.  After 6 innings, the Mariners held a 15-9 lead before the game drastically took a turn in the Braves’ favor during the final frame.  Peterson once again got the Braves going by drawing a walk to lead off the inning before the team repeatedly passed the baton as 8 in a row recorded hits. Jim Finley tied the game at 15 with a clutch RBI single, then Tony Lowery came through with a sac fly to give the Braves the lead on the second out of the inning.  However, the Braves were far from done, as the squad then batted around in the frame for a second time to tack on 10 more insurance runs with 10 straight 2 out hits.  Spencer Manz cleared the fence for a grand slam to complete hitting for the cycle in the game, with Clint Hathcock and Simonson also adding HRs during the offensive explosion. The 17 run inning catapulted the Braves to victory.

 

POW - Scott Greenberg - 7/8, 2B, 6 R, 6 RBI, solid pitching and defense up the middle

ROW - Spencer Manz - 5/9, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, hit for cycle in game 2 (capped off by grand slam in final at bat)

 

The Braves look to continue their recent success next week with divisional matchups versus Silverman’s Rangers and Alford’s Iron Pigs.



Mariners Win Showdown, Lose Second
Mar 31, 2019, 4:37 pm

Showdown against the undefeated Grasshoppers in the Game of the Week started strong for the Mariners as Jason Murray and Thomas Kulcak led off with a doubles followed by a Ryan Driggers triple and Kyle Crouse home run. 4 more runs in the third were sparked by another Driggers triple and doubles by Rony Batagower and Brian Osgood to give the Mariners an 8-6 lead after 3. The Mariners created some space with 7 runs in the 4th and added 3 more in the fifth on a Thomas Kulcak 3 run dinger. The lead stood at 18-6 as we headed to the bottom of the final inning where the Hoppers gamely battled back for 6 but fell short 18-12 as the last undefeated team fell from the ranks.

The Braves came to visit for game 2. The Mariners built a comfortable 14-9 lead on the strength of two Thomas Kulcak blasts and solo shots from Ryan Driggers and Kyle Crouse. Coming to bat in the bottom of the sixth with 3 minutes left on the clock the Mariners just needed a couple of hits to run out the clock. Another solo blast from Driggers was all we could muster and gave the Braves just the opportunity they needed. They erupted for 17 runs to end the Mariner 5 game winning streak 26-15.

Ryan Driggers was our POW with 8-8, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 6 runs, 6 ribbies. Thomas Kulcak was 6-8 with two doubles 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s. Brian Osgood was 5-7, Kyle Crouse 5-8 with two bombs, Robbie Franklin 3-4, John Miller 3-5, Jason Murray and Rony Batagower 4-8, Tim Murray 3-6 and Rick Halperin and Eddie Tann both 2-4. The Mariners look to start another winning streak next week.



Muckdogs pull off 2 comebacks to sweep!
Mar 31, 2019, 3:02 pm

Game 1, Muckdogs @ Indians

Muckdogs came out cold in game one only scratching 3 runs in the first 3 frames giving up 8 in the bottom of the 3rd to a hot-hitting Indians team.  The top of 4 is when the flood gates opened for the 'Dogs sending 11 to the plate scoring 9 runs.  The bottom of the order came up huge all day turning the line up over, only playing with 10 was a help too.  Bottom of 4 saw David Pinkus start the inning off, Alan Taper with one of his 4 hits on the day, then Kaz singles.  Bases are now drunk with Muckdogs and a Lawrence Grand Salami (yes, it was a fence bomb), starts the rally.  Enlow follows it up with a solo shot of his own (first of 2 on the game).  David Warren single and Seth Pepkin, 2 RBI double erased the 9-3 lead going into the 4th.  The 'Dogs didn't stop in the 5th.  After shutting the Indians down in the bottom of 4, the 'Dogs batted around yet again.  Single by Kaz, a Lawrence walk and Enlow Jimmy Jacks a 3 run bomb to pad the lead (yes, this was also a fence bomb....can we stop saying fence bomb now in these articles and just assume they are all fence bombs unless otherwise noted?).  Tack on 4 more and the 'Dogs are now up 14-9.  Top of 6 rolls around and again the 'Dogs bat around.  A bunch of punchin' Judy singles mixed in with some free passes and the top of 6 netted another 5 runs.  Coming back from down 9-3 to post a final score of 20-12 the 'Dogs take the first game of the doubleheader.  

Enlow:  3 for 4, 2B, 2HRs, 4 RBI, BB, 3R

Warren:  3 for 4, 2 Doubles, 3RBI, BB, 4R

 

Game 2: 

Railriders @ Muckdogs

This game started much like the first one did.  Railriders coming off their first defeat of the season traveled over to 3 and got off to a hot start plating 4 runs in the top of 1.  "That's what speed do" was hollered by young Jedi Samsel on more than one occasion, mixed in with a "COME ON!!!" or two that could be heard on Field 9.  Bottom of 1 saw the 'Dogs come in scratch out two to cut the lead in half.  Over the next few frames, the 'Riders padded their lead to a comfortable 9-3 lead.  Well, then comes the 5th inning.  Bottom of 5 the 'Dogs send 14 men to the plate scoring 9 runs and hike their leg all over "that's what speed do and COME ON!!!".  The 'Dogs singled the 'Riders to death.  9 singles, a double and a Warren triple padded it just enough to squeak out a 12-11 win as the 'Riders had bases loaded with 2 outs.  A dribbler back to Hauf to end the rally sends the 'Dogs into next week riding a weekend sweep.  

Lawrence:  4 for 4, 2B, 3R, 2 RBI

Enlow: 3 for 4, 2R, RBI

Warren: 4 for 4, 3 RBI

Pepkin: 2-3, R, RBI

Pinkus: 2 for 3, R, RBI

Alan Taper:  2 for 3, R

POW:  Benny Enlow 6 for 8, 2B, 2HRs, 5R, BB, 5 RBI, error-free stellar defense!

Honorable Mention:  David Warren, 7 for 8, 2B, 4R, BB, 6 RBI.

 



Gifting Goats
Mar 31, 2019, 12:34 pm
The Yard Goats did it again as they helped the Rakofsky Red Sox to their first win of 2019.  They've now single-handedly given four teams their initial victory of the season.  Fortunately, now that every team has a least one win, that number won't be increasing.  And the Red Sox didn't just squeak by, they routed and run-ruled the Goats, 17-2.
 
In the nightcap, the Niswonger Lugnuts, still smarting from the lawful seizing of their desired team nickname (seniority of captains has very few perks - but dibs on team names is one of them), jumped out to a commanding lead.  The Goats didn't give up, but they finally succumbed 15-14, with the tying and winning runs on base in the bottom of the seventh.
 
Front-Yard Goats:
POW Nominee: Dustin Madlock - 6/0/4/1 and was flawless in RF
ROW Nominee: David Greer - 7/0/4/3 with a Fence Homer


Stros Gain Split; Snap Losing Streak
Mar 31, 2019, 12:25 pm

Bitter weather conditions greeted us this morning for the early slate keeping the bats cold in the first contest before warming up and salvaging a split.

Game 1 @ Royals-

After jumping out to a 1 run lead on a solo shot by the captain, we wouldn't score again until the 4th.  Defensive woes would be the story of this game and they started early as we gave up 3 runs in the first on numerous blunders.  Nevertheless, we stayed close only trailing 3-1 going into the 4th.  A walk and 4 straight singles from the top of the order set the table for a 5 run outburst giving us a 6-3 lead.  The Royals answered with 2 to get within 1 run.  We added on 3 more in the 5th on the second homer from the captain putting us up 9-5.  However, the captain giveth and taketh away as he proceeded to butcher several plays in the last inning allowing the Royals to tie the game and move to extras.  We would score one on a Shwarts single but the Royals would walk it off with an 11-10 win.  

Game 2 vs. Red Sox

The bats came out hot after holding the Sox scoreless in the top of the first.  Back to Back walks followed by RBI from JT Pierce and Rick Leon put us on the board with 3.  We would add on 6 in the 2nd to take a commanding 9-1 lead.  The Sox showed some grit with 5 runs in the 4th to pull to withing 3 and threatened in the last inning before we snuffed out the rally and got the win.

Hitting Stars on the Day:

POW Candidate: Travis Olander 4 for 6 with 2 RBI

Matt Shwarts: 5 for 6, 5 RBI, 3 R, Great defense in LCF

JJ: 5 for 5, 3 HR, 2 BB, 6 RBI, 6 R, Plenty of Errors at SS

JT Pierce: 4 for 6, 3 RBI, Sac Fly



The Lord take it away and the Lord give it
Mar 31, 2019, 11:59 am

Skipper Bob’s Pirates split today. getting walked off in an extra inning after being ahead 3 to the Niswonger’s and then in the nightcap,walking off Roth’s Indians after being down 3. The run differential netted out at 0. Great way to end a freezing, felt like Pittsburgh weather,kind of day. In the win, Brandon Strull hit 2 inside the park HRs. Arthur Rothenberg picked up his second W. And the Pirate squad went home happy. Thankfull, my fingers warmed up enough to write this, so until next week, pray for warmer weather and Go Buccos. 



Pirates season started Sunday.
Mar 27, 2019, 5:07 pm

It took 5 games, that Pirates broke into the win column beating the Baby Jays. Max Henry, Jonathan Braun and Josh Winsor all went yard. Arthur Rothenberg got his first W on the hill. In the nightcap, the Buccos fought hard but went down to the Braves. I guess the Pirates wore out after the first game. So a Sunday split, not bad. Let’s win 2 next week. 



RailRiders stay undefeated
Mar 27, 2019, 11:53 am

Game 1 at Braves Field 3

Not a lot of offense in this one with the wind blowing in from center. The RailRiders were held scoreless in the first inning for the first time this season as the Braves took an early 1-0 lead after 1. RBI singles from Robert Reighter and Jeff Radanof got the train rolling and Steve Nagel brought in the 3rd run of the inning on a 2 out sac fly as the umpires forgot there was only 1 out. An RBI single from Randy Ransom in the 3rd gave the RailRiders a 4-1 lead going to the bottom half of the 3rd but the Braves plated 4 of their own to regain their 1 run lead. Defense prevailed as nobody scored the next 3 innings. Needing a run to stay alive Erick Soeth and Carlos Moran got things going with 1 out singles. After a fielder’s choice at 2nd Jeff Radanof came up clutch with a 2 out RBI single to tie the game. Michael Barth followed that up with a go ahead RBI single of his own after a close play at the plate. The Braves now came up to bat needing a run to stay in the game. Some clutch hitting and plate discipline tied the game and loaded the bases with only one out setting up the Braves for a possible walkoff. The RailRiders captain would come through throwing out the winning run at home trying to score on a sac fly, sending the game to extras. Huge hits by Keith Dlott and David Caldwell set the table for the top. A costly error and a sac fly put two runs on the board and Soeth added another with an RBI single. The Braves couldn’t answer in the bottom half as the RailRiders win a thriller 9-6.

 

Tyler Samsel - 2-2, 2 BB, 2 runs

Erick Soeth - 3-4, RBI, 2 runs

Carlos Moran - 2-3, BB, run

Jeff Radanof - 2-3, 2 RBI

 

Game 2 vs Dodgers Field 5

Much more offense in this one moving to the crosswind field 5. The Dodgers came out of the gate strong scoring 4 in the 1st. But the RailRiders were riding high after the last game. 3 straight extra base started the inning with doubles by Tyler Samsel and Greg Ritter. Randy Ransom followed that up with a 2 run bomb. Jeff Radanof would plate a 4th run to tie the game early. The Dodgers would get 1 in each of the next 2 innings to take a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the 3rd. This would be the difference in the game as 15 hitters would come up to bat, 10 of them scoring. Ransom started it off with a leadoff homer. Carlos Moran then had an RBI single a few batters later. After the first out was recorded the RailRiders would get 9 straight singles with RBIs from Michael Barth, Keith Dlott, Sam Dlott, David Caldwell, Samsel, Ritter and Ransom again. The RailRiders would score 5 more in the 5th with RBI hits from Ransom, Moran, Reighter, and Radanof. A few late runs from the Dodgers wouldn’t be enough as the RailRiders improved to a perfect 6-0 with a 19-10 victory. Every RailRider would score at least a run in this one.

 

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

Greg Ritter - 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs

Randy Ransom - 4-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs

Carlos Moran - 3-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs

Jeff Radanof - 4-4, 2B, 3 RBI, run

Steve Nagel - 2-3, run

Keith Dlott - 2-3, RBI, run

David Caldwell - 1-2, BB, RBI, run

 



Forniglia’s Hot Hitting Earns Shorthanded Royals Doubleheader Split
Mar 25, 2019, 7:10 pm

Playing without their starting pitcher and shortstop, the Royals split their doubleheader on Sunday, defeating Ortega’s Cardinals, 13 – 10, and then getting routed by Alford’s Iron Pigs, 23 – 9.

In the opener – with the wind blowing in on field 4 – the Royals exploded for nine runs in the first inning against the Cardinals.  The Royals parlayed six hits – four doubles, one homerun, and one single – and five walks into the 9-run uprising.  Mark Phares and Ari Loiben opened the game with back-to-back doubles, and scored on Joshua Forniglia’s first homerun of the young season, an inside-the-park job.  Plate discipline was on full display as the next four batters drew bases on balls to make it 4 – 0, with Kennin Doyle having the distinction of driving in the fourth Royals’ run.  With the bases loaded, Larry Lachman doubled and scored on Jacob Forniglia’s 2-run single to double the score to 8 – 0.  Phares’ second double of the frame brought home the ninth and final run of the inning.

Pitcher Patrick Sanchez did a masterful job in keeping the dangerous Cardinal lineup at bay throughout the game, especially navigating their lineup the first time through.  His pitching performance was backed by two double plays that wiped out Cardinal threats in the second and fourth innings, with third baseman Jimie Simeone starting both; 5–4–3 and 5–4, respectively.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

9

2

1

0

0

1

13

13

Cardinals

2

0

4

0

4

0

10

11

After the Cardinals plated two runs in the bottom of the first, clutch hits in the second and third innings extended the Royals’ lead to 12 – 2.  Lachman’s two out, two-run triple in the second, and Joshua’s two out, RBI single in the third keyed each inning.

The Cardinals didn't fold and showed a lot of heart, as they began their comeback, putting together two 4-run innings in the third and fifth to pull within two, but Joshua singled to lead off the sixth and scored on Sanchez’s RBI double to give the visiting Royals a much-needed insurance run, and make it 13 – 10. The game ended in the bottom of the frame with a Cardinals’ runner on first, and the tying run in the on-deck circle.

The Royals finished the game with 13 hits, and made the most of them as eight were of the extra base variety.

Joshua Forniglia  3 – 4, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 3-Run HR
Larry Lachman  3 – 3, 1 Run, 4 RBI, 2B, 2 3B, BB
Patrick Sanchez  1 – 1, 2 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B, 3 BB
Ronn Forniglia  1 – 1, 2 BB
Mark Phares  2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2 2B
Ari Loiben  1 – 3, 1 Run, 2B, BB
Doc Levy  1 – 3, 1 Run, BB
Kennin Doyle  2 BB, 2 Runs, 1 RBI

In the nightcap, the shorthanded Royals moved to field 1, and – with the wind blowing out – could only admire the power display the Iron Pigs showcased, as Captain Alford went yard twice, driving in five runs, and rookie sensation, Dalton Underwood (.864 average, 1.409 slugging), unloaded a no-doubt fence grand slam, while driving in six for the game.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Iron Pigs

3

13

0

4

1

2

0

23

28

Royals

4

3

0

0

0

2

0

9

14

Joshua continued his torrid hitting, going 3 – 3, with all three hits two-baggers, while Phares, Loiben, and Jacob Forniglia paced the Royals’ 14-hit attack with two hits apiece.



Niswonger’s Nuts recap week 3
Mar 25, 2019, 1:38 pm

Game 1 10:20am Field 5 VS. Cubs

The Nuts were put into a tight spot this week but were able to pull out a victory.  Wang was leading the Nuts this game with spectacular defense and batting 1.000.  Danny and Aaron also contributed to a come from behind win as they touched the sack in the middle with stellar defense and tourning two multiple times. Final score 10-9

Stars of the game.

Aaron Nutt 3-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI

David Wang 3-3, 1 run, 3 RBI, BB

Bill Bailey 2-3, 1 run, amazing pitching.

 

Game 2 11:30am, Field 3 Vs Baby J's

It was bound to happen but the nuts got beat.  5 runs given up in the first inning was to much to overcome as the Nuts could not rise to the challenge of another comeback.  Final score 10-8

Stars of the game

Aaron Nutt 2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, BB

Miguel Duron 3-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR, 2B

Danny Nut 2-2, 1 run, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Pablo Villoreol 2-3, 1 run, 1 RBI

Bill Bailey awesome pitching.



Yard Goats Continue to be a Riddle, Wrapped in a Mystery, Inside an Enigma
Mar 24, 2019, 11:30 pm
The Yard Goats had the quintessential Temple Shalom Softball experience this week.  In the Opener, the Yard Goats routed the undefeated Silverman Rangers from pillar to post.  In the Closer, the Yard Goats were routed by the winless Haas Bulls from pillar to post.
 
The Yard Goats continue to show real sparks of greatness muddled by spasms of ineptitude.   Regardless, the arrow is pointing up, and with 20 games to go, there's plenty of time to right the ship.

POW Nominee - Dwayne Henson - 8/2/5/4
ROW Nominee - Sam Cassell - 7/7/5/0 w/BB


Braves split again
Mar 24, 2019, 8:54 pm

For the second straight week, Brumley’s Braves lost a winnable game in extra innings to an undefeated opponent then took their frustrations out on the next opponent in a big way to earn a split.

 

Game 1:  Samsel’s Rail Riders 9 @ Brumley’s Braves 6 (in 8 innings)

With the wind fiercely blowing in on field 3, Brumley’s Braves and Samsel’s Rail Riders were locked in a pitchers’ duel that mostly featured strong defense by both teams.  The Braves scored 4 in the bottom of the 3rd  during a rally in which each of the top 5 hitters in the order reached base, highlighted by clutch back to back run-scoring singles from Clint Hathcock and Jason Chapman to put the Braves up 5-4. That lead stood for several innings until the Rail Riders struck for 2 in the top of the 7th.  The Braves tied the game up on a huge single by Chris Peterson, but the potential winning run was later gunned down at the plate to send the game to extras.  A couple of defensive miscues contributed to the Braves’ downfall in the extra frame.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 32 @ Weinfeld’s Pirates 8

With the wind turned around on field 1, Brumley’s Braves brought their big boy bats for the nightcap. Just like the second game of the previous week, a complete team effort featured all 12 Braves scoring at least one run in the contest.  The Braves had a couple of huge innings, scoring 11 runs then 13 runs.  Consistent pitching and airtight defense never allowed the Pirates back in the game as the Braves cruised to victory.

 

POW - Jason Chapman - 7/7, 2 2B, HR, 4 R, 7 RBI

(Honorable mention:  Scott Greenberg - 7/7, 2 BB, 5 R, 3 RBI)

ROW - Spencer Manz - 4/8, 2B, 3B, HR, BB, 5 R, 5 RBI

 

The Braves are hoping that forecasted rain for next weekend holds off so they can match up against Haas’ Bulls and Miller’s Mariners late next Sunday morning.



The Mariners Are Rolling!
Mar 24, 2019, 5:29 pm

The Mariners are on a roll! Coming off of last week’s sweep we hosted the Muckdogs. The game was tied at 4 as the Mariners came to bat in the bottom of the 4th. The inning started with a walk, a Tim Murray double and a Rick Halperin single. The Mariners batted around to score 7 to take the lead. 5 more the next inning was sparked by doubles from Rick Halperin, Thomas Kulcak and Kyle Crouse as well as a Rony Batagower 3 bagger. The Mariners coasted home with a 16-5 win.

Next up were the winless Red Sox. This time the game was knotted at 10 after 4 innings. The Red Sox changed pitchers and proceeded to start with 5 walks and a single. 17 batters went to the plate for the Mariners as Ryan Driggers had the only extra base hit with a grand slam as 11 Mariners crossed the plate. Final score 21-10 Mariners.

We needed a computer program to pick the POW for this week as there were so many excellent candidates. Hall of Famer, Rick Halperin was the selection as he totally sparked the bottom of the order going 4-5 with a double and 2 walks. Brian Osgood set the table at the lead off position with 6-8 and 6 runs scored. Thomas Kulcak and Rony Batagower were 5-7, Ryan Driggers 4-6 with the slam and two walks, Kyle Crouse and Tommy Baer 4-7 and Robbie Franklin 4-6 plus two walks. For the second consecutive week, a total team effort for the Mariners.



Mar 24, 2019, 3:27 pm

Ranger's Rap

Gers had a rough day dropping a dip and tasting defeat for the first time in 2019!  Opener saw the Gers give up a lot of runs early and often showing great charity to the Yard Dogs-lots of leaky defense, BB's given up, and untimely hitting is a bad formula as they bowed 16-7 to Unell's squad.  More of the same in second tilt as the Indians took advantage of free passes, shoddy defense , and general lack of hitting to dominate the Gers 13-5.  We voted after the game and we are now pretending this week was nothing more then a bad dream!!!  Onword and upword as we move forward to better days to come.

Ranger Rubies:

Jeremy Pease and love was a shining star in a lousy team effort-4/6, 3 runs, 2B, and 2 RBI's

Shorty Yamauchi-super sub with 3/4, 2BB's, and a 2B

NO POW or ROW this week



BULLS GET THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON!!!
Mar 24, 2019, 2:03 pm

BULLS SPLIT and get their FIRST WIN!!!

Game ONE / Bulls come up short against the Diamondbacks

The Bulls were looking for their first win of the season against the Diamondbacks but came up just a bit short as Kid’s squad put the game out of reach in their last at bat. The league will be glad to know that Coach Williams was greeted with a standing ovation by both teams for his first at bat and he was sponsored today by Casio alarm clocks. Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin pitched a solid game but was let down by his defense once again (Captain Cuddles included). The Bulls battled though and took it to the wire with stellar offensive performances by Michael Cohen, Darius ‘D Wu’ Wu, Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers, Jordan ‘Two Bagger’ Allsup, and George ‘Sniper’ Reed.

Key Offensive Performances

Michael Cohen – 3 for 3 / 5 RBIs / 3 doubles

D Wu – 3 for 3 / 2 RBIs

Jordan Allsup – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI / 1 double

Eric Powers – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

 

Game TWO / BULLS show tremendous grit to get their FIRST WIN of the season against the Yard Goats 

The Bulls came out swinging in game two and would not be denied their first W of the season against a scrappy Yard Goat squad. The Bulls put up runs early and often and were led at the plate by Darius ‘D Wu’ Wu (hit a key HR into the wind on field 4 off the scoreboard), JC ‘Joshua’ Burks, Captain ‘Cuddles’ Haas, Michael Cohen, and Jordan ‘Two Bagger’ Allsup. Ron ‘Fountain of Youth’ Roberts also had a key double late in the game to drive in an insurance run. Larry ‘Pinstriper’ Farin pitched a masterful game and the Bulls’ defense stepped up and finally played to their potential.

 

Key Offensive Performances

D Wu – 2 for 2 / 1 HR / 4 RBIs

JC Burks – 3 for 4 / 4 RBIs

Captain Cuddles – 3 for 4 / Single, Double, and Triple (one hit shy of the cycle but I don’t hit like D Wu)

Jordan Allsup – 2 for 4 / 2 RBIs / 2 doubles

Michael Cohen - 1 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Ron Roberts – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

 

POW – Michael Cohen - 5 for 7 / 3 doubles / 7 RBIs



Pirates don’t like change
Mar 23, 2019, 2:44 pm

Well, for years the league has had 2 practice weeks. This year not so. well, nobody told the Pirates. The young Buccos look to turn it around in week 3. Remember boys, It’s not how you start, It’s how you finish. 



RailRiders cruise to 4-0
Mar 20, 2019, 2:04 pm

Game 1 vs Indians Field 2

The early morning jitters were noticeable (not knowing what was transpiring on field 8) after an alarming first inning for the RailRiders but the Indians had a lot of noise for only two runs in the top of the 1st. The RailRiders woke up by scoring 3 runs 3 different ways. Randy Ransom had an RBI single, Carlos Moran had an RBI groundout, and Robert Reighter had a sac fly. The bottom of the 2nd saw the bottom of the lineup come through as Jeff Radanof led off the inning with a booming double. Steve Nagel and super sub Ben Walk drew walks to load the bases for the top of the order. Tyler Samsel had an RBI single and Greg Ritter had a 2 run double. League Rookie of the week Erick Soeth capped off the inning with a 3 run bomb to left center to give the RailRiders a 9-2 lead after 2. Radanof led off the 3rd inning with a solo shot of his own as he is swinging a big stick early in the year. Defense prevailed through the middle innings. The RailRiders couldn’t miss the ball, scoring 5 runs in the 6th to kill the rest of the clock and take this one 15-4.

 

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

Greg Ritter - 2-3, BB, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 runs

Randy Ransom - 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs

Erick Soeth - 3-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 runs

Jeff Radanof - 3-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 runs

 

Game 2 at Pirates Field 6

The RailRiders didn’t sleepwalk going over to field 6 as they came out strong again in the 1st. The RailRiders have scored at least 3 runs in the first inning of the first 4 games this year. A leadoff double by Tyler Samsel and single by Greg Ritter set the table. Runs were manufactured by Randy Ransom and Carlos Moran as they both had RBI groundouts. Robert Reighter brought in the third run with a 2 out RBI single. Stingy RailRider defense would shut down the Pirates offense through the first 3 innings. Now up 4-0 in the top of the 4th, the bottom of the order came through again. After a Steve Nagel walk and Ben Walk single, Samsel doubled home a run. Ransom had an RBI hit and Erick Soeth had a sac fly to put up another 3 run inning. The Pirates bats woke up in the 4th scoring 3 thanks to 2 moonshots by Max Henry and Josh Winsor. The Railriders would respond in the 5th sending 11 guys to the plate. The first 5 runners would score on an RBI walk from Walk, an RBI single from Samsel, a 2 run single from Ritter, and a sac fly from Ransom. The 6th inning was even bigger as the RailRiders sent 13 batters to the plate thanks to some timely hitting and shaky defense. Walk and Michael Barth had booming doubles in the inning as 9 were plated and the RailRiders moved to 4-0 with a 21-6 victory. Outstanding defense up the middle from Moran and Ritter. Also spectacular catches in the outfield from Soeth and Reighter.

 

Tyler Samsel - 4-4, sac, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 runs

Greg Ritter - 3-5, 3 RBI, run

Randy Ransom - 2-4, sac, 4 RBI, 2 runs

Erick Soeth - 3-4 sac, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs

Jeff Radanof - 2-4, BB, 2B, RBI, 2 runs

Steve Nagel - 1-3, 2 BB, RBI, 4 runs

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

 



Muckdogs sweep
Mar 19, 2019, 9:39 pm

The Muckdogs won two, beating Lachman’s  Royals 9-8 in extra innings, and then beating Rakofsky’s Red Sox 16-3. The Muckdogs were led by solid pitching by John Hauf and several key defensive plays by Seth Pepkin, Zack Kazda, Scott Lawrence and David Warren.

In the opener, the Muckdogs took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on a single by Brian Smallwood, a walk by Zack Kazda, a double by Ben Enlow and a singles by David Warren and John Hauf. Smallwood and Kazda scores two more in the 3rd to stretch the lead to 5-0. Kazda smashed a 3 run homer in the 5th. The Royals inched back to tie the game, but then in the 8th, Valenti and Kazda walked, and Enlow doubled to score Valenti with the game winning run.
 
In the nightcap, the Muckdogs fell behind 2-0, then blasted their way to a 16-3 victory. Brian Smallwood led the way with a HR and a 2B. 
 
Leading hitters on the day were Muckdogs POW Zack Kazda 4-5, HR, 2B, 2 BBs, 4 runs, 4 RBIs; Brian Smallwood 5-8, HR, 2B, 4 runs, 7 RBIs; Ben Enlow 3-6, 2 2Bs, run, 5 RBIs including game winner in game 1; John Hauf 3-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; and Al Valenti -- reached on 5-6 ABs, scoring 5 runs.


Indians Wake Up Late, Take Game 2
Mar 18, 2019, 9:52 pm

GAME 1
Starting off on a sunny Field 2, Indians started out hot but fizzled quickly.

Going up against a good Rail Riders defense, led by Captain (and only Tyler in the league) Tyler Samsel, the Indians were kept off balance all morning with a total of 12 hits.

Final score: 12-4, in favor of the visiting Rail Riders

Hitting Stars:
Steven Shiller - 2 hits, 3B
Rob Shiller - 2 hits, HR
Tim Jameison - 3 hits, 2 2B
Matt Roth - 2 hits

GAME 2
The Indians travelled to Field 1, in what used to be America's Game of the Week, wake up with just enough offense and the right amount of defense to hold off 18-11 against Larry Lachman and the Royals.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Indians give up 3 in the top of the second. Quickly turning the tides, the Tribe put up 8 runs as eleven Indian batters reach base safely. Highlighted by back to back 2Bs by Stuart Rosenfeld's 2RBI 2B and Steven Shiller's 1RBI 2B. From innings 3-5, the Indians gave up 5 runs, and only plating 2. The Indians salted away the game, with seven straight Indians reaching base safely and scoring 6 runs. 

Hitting Stars:
Rob Shiller - 4 hits, 3B, 4 runs, 2RBI
Danny Banaszek - 2 hits, 2SF, 2B, 2 runs, 5RBI
Tim Jameison - 3 hits, 3B, 1 run, 3RBI
Matt Roth - 3 hits, 2 runs



Niswonger’s Nuts recap week 2
Mar 18, 2019, 3:51 pm

Game 1 8:00am, Field 5, Home team VS Astros

Field 5 should be off limits for scheduling unit after 9am.  Awesome pitching by Grant Carver utilized the sun perfectly holding the Astros to zero runs through 4 innings. Missing the strongest man in Shalom your Nuts managed to scratch out 8 runs before the sun rose high enough in the sky for a proper softball game.  The Astros rallied and scored 7 late to squeeze the Nuts and make them squirm.  Thank goodness the bottom half of the inning was not needed as time expired and the Nuts hold on to win 7-8. 

Stars of the game.

Tommy Appligian 2-3, 2 runs scored, triple

David Wang, 2-3, 1 run scored, triple, 1 RBI

Jason Niswonger, 2-3, 2 runs scored, HR, 2 RBI

Super Sub Ronnie Mendoza, 2-2, 2 runs scored, triple, 1 RBI

Karlos Rodriguez, 2-2, 1 RBI

Aaron Nutt, 1-1, Sac, 2 RBI

 

Game 2 9:00am, Field 5, Away team VS D-backs

Your Nuts did not get to start game 2 on time as the game was delayed 15 minutes while 24 different people tried to call Andrew Williams' family and friends to check on the unicorn himself.  Thankfully for the Lugnuts he was home tucked into his bed and dreaming of softball games past.  Another great pitching performance by Grant Carver held the Williamsless D-backs to only 3 runs on the day.  Inning 1 the Nuts come out hot and score 4 off an Aaron Nutt triple. Inning 3 went much of the same as 4 more runs score but it was Karlos that drove the team home with a double.  End of 3rd inning score was 8-0.  Inning 4 the Nuts bat around and score 6 runs without a single extra base hit.  In the bottom of the inning Andrews absence shows up again as the Dbacks can only scratched 1 run across.  End of the 4th score 14-1.  Inning 5 was a continuation of inning 4 as the Nuts bat around again and score 7 more runs.  This inning the Nuts were able stretch around the sacks and not stop at singles.  Tommy and Jason both made it to second base without stopping.  The newly deflated and trimmer Grant Carver showed off his speed and made it to third base with a stand up triple.  Final score 21-3.

Stars of the game.

Tommy Apligian 3-4, 4 runs, 2B, 1 RBI

Danny Nutt 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI

David Wang 3-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI

Jason Niswonger 3-4, 2 runs, 2B, 4 RBI,

Super Sub Ronnie Mendoza 3-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Aaron Nutt 2-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, triple

Doug Wolff 2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI

Bill Bailey 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI, BB.



Braves start a winning streak
Mar 17, 2019, 10:26 pm

Brumley’s Braves lost another close game in extra innings before taking it out on their Game of the Week opponent to salvage a split on the day.

 

Game 1:  Garber’s Grasshoppers 14 @ Brumley’s Braves 11 (in 8 innings)

In a chilly game on field 8, Brumley’s Braves slowly built a lead over the first several innings.  The team scored 4 in the 2nd inning with the bottom of the lineup stringing several singles together, then Jason Chapman added a sentimental 2 run HR in the 3rd inning after an emotional week. The Braves held steady until the Grasshoppers fought back with a big inning in the top of the 6th to take an 11-9 lead.  Spencer Manz led off the bottom of the 7th with a line drive that just cleared the fence before the Braves tied up the game on a fielder’s choice, but unfortunately the good guys couldn’t push the winning run across.  The Grasshoppers made them pay by putting the game away during the extra frame.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 21, Buhrow’s Jays 10

With the national audience tuned in for the game of the week on field 3, Brumley’s Braves rewarded their rookie captain with his first career victory as the team turned in its most complete performance of the young season.  The team put together a 2 out rally to score 5 runs in the 1st with the batting order passing the baton as 8 straight hitters reached base. The Braves built a football score 14-3 lead by the 3rd inning.  The team flashed some leather over the course of the game before Matt Myers put the game on ice with an exciting 3 run inside the park HR.  The Braves ultimately won 3 touchdowns to 1 touchdown and a field goal. This was a total team effort as every player on the Braves roster scored at least one run in the contest.

 

POW - Matt Myers - 7/7, 2B, HR, BB, 3 R, 4 RBI

ROW - Spencer Manz - 5/8, 3 2B, 3B, HR, SF, 5 R, 5 RBI

 

The Braves hope to keep the momentum going next week with late morning matchups against Samsel's Rail Riders and Weinfeld's Pirates.



Cubs fly the "W" twice!
Mar 17, 2019, 8:36 pm

The Cubs opened the day visiting the Bulls.  The Cubs plated 5 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd and 8 in the 3rd on their way to a comfortable 21- 6 victory.  Great hitting all around and a tremendous throw from the OF by Brad Parr gunning down a would-be runner trying to score at home stymied the Bulls.  The middle infield of Jose Baho and Alfredo Sardi along with solid pitching from Cliff Pollack were also instrumental in the victory.  

Game 2 had the Cubs hosting the favored Iron Pigs.  In a highly contested battle, the Cubs prevailed 11-6, thanks to a combination of solid defense including several key plays by Eric Claussen at 3B and the long ball off the bats of Baho, Parr and Pollack.  

Cubby Offensive Contributors on the day:

Alfredo Sardi- 3 hits

Brian Criswell- 6 hits, 3B

Jose Baho- 6 for 8, 2 HR, 7 RBIs

Brad Parr- 6 for 7, BB, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs

Cliff Pollack- 5 hits, HR

Darren Kammer- 4 hits, BB

Ian Contreras- 4 hits, SF

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits

Brian Alvara- 2 hits

Andy Enright- 1 hit, 1 run scored

Eric Claussen- 5 hits, BB

 



Is this real?
Mar 17, 2019, 7:43 pm

I had the weirdest dream this morning. I had a dream that the Diamondbacks played two softball games without their captain. I'm pretty fuzzy on the details, but I think they earned a split.



Red Sox 03/17/19
Mar 17, 2019, 3:51 pm

Red Sox Drop Two Again.....start the season 0-4

Game 1 was against the Diamondbacks without Andrew Williams....a game we should have won.....

on field 8, had 4 home runs....Matt Rakofsky, Ariel  Rodriguez, and 2 from Chad Yandell

Chad had 7 RBI for the game.

Game 2 was against the Muckdogs 

Our offense went dormant in this game, scoring only 3 runs.

 

 



Mar 17, 2019, 3:46 pm

BULLS Drop Two…Again

Game ONE / Durham Bulls lose to Cubs

The Bulls have started out just like the Durham Bulls in ‘Bull Durham’ (geez that sounds redundant), and in the words of an inebriated Joe Namath, we are STRUGGLING!!! The Cubs came out aggressive on offense, putting up 18 runs in their first three at bats, a lead that proved insurmountable. The Bulls were led at the plate by Jordan Allsup, Darius Wu, Coach Cuddles, and Eric Powers. Larry Farin was almost beheaded on the mound, and the only reason he made it to the next game intact was because of his crafty, veteran ‘get the hell out of the way’ moves.

 

Key Offensive Performances

D Wu – 2 for 3 / 2 RBIs

Coach Cuddles Haas – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

Jordan Allsup – 2 for 3

Theron Patrick – 1 for 2 / 2 RBIs

 

Game TWO / BULLS fall to the Dodgers

The second game of the Bull’s twin bill started just like the first. The Dodgers came out and put up 19 runs in the first three innings and never looked back. The Bulls were scrappy and put up 11, but couldn’t keep up with the Dodgers power. The Bulls got an outstanding offensive performance from Jordan Allsup, with three two-baggers (say that 10 times fast), and the bottom of the lineup was clutch with Theron Patrick, Ron Roberts, and Brian Conn contributing 4 hits and 3 RBIs.

Key Offensive Performances

Jordan Allsup – 3 for 3 / 3 Doubles / 3 RBIs

JC Burks – 1 for 2 / 2 RBIs (with a strained quad)

Ron Roberts – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

Coach Cuddles Haas – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

 

POW – Jordan Allsup – 5 for 6 / 3 Doubles / 3 RBIs



Mar 17, 2019, 2:36 pm

Ranger's Rap

The Ger's are still unblemished as they have a 4 game win sterak to start the season.  In the Ranger's usual fashion they win the opener on a walk off win in the bottom of the last as "hi ho" Silverman stroked a game winning single to score Shaun with the winning tally-Sil also got his 1st etra base hit in 10 years in the second frame.  Kyle Casper "the not friendly ghost" to opposing pitching ripped his 4th dinger of the season-a 2 run moon shot. Weddy had a 2b and HR in the game as well. Santos 2 2B's and 4RBI's and Shaun "playing" Harcourt had 2 hits and an RBI.

Nightcap was after an hour trip East saw a tough matchup with the Iron Pigs.  The Ger's Scored early and often and topok a 15-6 lead into the last inning-Ryno's squad rallied for 6 but on a stunning game ending catch my Jeremy "justice of the " Pease the boys held on for their 4th strait a 15-12 victory. Kyle as per usual had another towering 2 run Bomb.  Santos was 4/4, 3 runs, and 2 RBI's.  Weddy had 3 more hits and Joe Cab was 3/4 with 3 runs and 3 rbis' abd a 2b.  Not to be outdone, Gusty "Cherry" Chirionos was laos 3/4 with 3 rbi's.  Barry "ium" Eppy pitched great as a starter in this game and in relief in the opener-he also went 2 for 3 with 2 Ribbies in this tilt.

Ranger Rubies:

ROW-Enrique Santos- 6/7, 5 runs, 2 2B's, and 4 RBI's

POW-Steve "Weddy" Wedderburn-5/6, BB, 2B, HR, 3 Runs and 5 RBI's

Joe "Cabs" Cabutto-4/7, 2B, 3 Runs and 4RBI's

Gustavo "Gusty" Chirinos-5/7, 5 Runs, 2B, and 4 RBI's

Kyle "tha masher" Casper-2 more dingers and 5 big RBI's and terrific first game running catch/double play

Eppy-great pitching,3/5, SAC, and 3 RBI's

 



Mariners Sweep!
Mar 17, 2019, 2:23 pm

The Mariners came in with an 0-2 start but with a great team effort, exited the weekend at 2-2. Game 1 against the Dodgers saw the Mariners claw back all game, being down 7-6 after 3, 10-8 after 4 before finally evening the score at 10 after 5. The final innings saw the Dodgers score 3. The Mariners had the bottom half of the line up coming to bat. A bases loaded walk to Eddie Tann scored 1, a single by Jason Murray scored the second before Thomas Kulcak ripped a two run double to score two for a 14-13 walk off win.

Game 2 against the Cardinals saw the Mariners open with 6 thanks to a two run blast by Ryan Driggers. Driggers followed in the second with a two run double. The Cardinals kept pace as they trailed 13-12 after 4. The fifth inning was our final as Thomas Kulcak blasted a grand slam followed by a 3 run blast by Brian Osgood. The Cardinal couldn’t rally as they fell 21-13.

We had 3 terrific POW candidates today but the nod went to Thomas Kulcak who was 6-8 with 3 doubles, the grand slam, 9 RBI’s and a great diving catch in the final inning. Jason Murray was 7-7 with 6 runs scored and Ryan Driggers 6-7 with 2 HR’s, 3 doubles and 6 runs scored. Brian Osgood and Kyle Crouse went 4-7.As good as the top of the lineup was, the bottom of the lineup provided the difference in the game as Robbie Franklin was on base 4-7, Tommy Baer, John Miller and Rick Halperin 4-6 and Eddie Tann 3-6.

After a tough start, the Mariners are ready to challenge!



Yard Goats Take a Step in the Right Direction
Mar 17, 2019, 1:22 pm
 
The Yard Goats came into the week looking for their first victory of the season.  A late scratch (due to a mysterious illness) and a late arrival forced the Yard Goats to employee the Zugzwang gambit and flip flopped from the home team to the visitor.  That strategy resulted in the Yard Goats trailing by a touchdown, 14-7, heading into the top of the 7th.  Some timely hitting and some fortuitous help from the Weinfeldians defense, saw the Lawn Kids both get that touchdown and a two-point conversion to snatch a 15-14 lead.  The bottom of the 7th looked ominous as the heart of the Pirates lineup was due up.  A lead off walk was erased on the heads up play of Tony Dillard, who ham fisted a pop fly into an easy double play.  The next batter flew out and the YGs were in the win column.
 
The second game was against the Eusay Astros.  This also saw the home team jump out to a commanding lead, but this time it wasn't relinquished as the Astros dispatched the Goats, 12-5.
 
POW nominee Jacob Grubb was a perfect 9 for 9 with 2 doubles, a triple and a fence job homer.
 
ROW nominee Sam Cassell made several nice plays in LCF and went 6 for 9 with 3 runs scored.


Astros Split; Start a New Win Streak!
Mar 17, 2019, 12:48 pm

The schedule makers were not kind to the Nuts and Astros this week as we were moved from the late game to the early game on the famous "sun field". We had the first shot at it and posed a threat but a certain RCF for the Astros forgot to touch the correct home plate and was called out ending the rally.  The Nuts jumped on us in the bottom of the first with their captain who refused any batting gloves or sunglasses and hammed a pop fly over the lcf fence giving them an early 4-0 lead.  They would score 4 more in the 3rd to get out to an 8 run lead and we continued to be blinded by the light scoring zero until the 5th inning.  Kelly Welton's huge RBI triple followed by the red hot hitting Turbo Golden's RBI single got us on the board.  With time expired in the 6th, we mounted one last rally to make the Nuts a little sweaty.  3 straight singles by Burke, Kelly and JJ followd by a big double from Matt Shwarts pulled us to within 3 with no outs.  An RBI single from JT Pierce followed by another single from Rick Leon brought the go ahead run to the plate.  We scratched one in on a throwing error to make it 8-7 with one out.  The rally fell just short as the next two guys were retired. Gutsy finish and a lot of things to positive to pull out of this one.

Game 2 was a continuation of the late rally in the previous contest.  Unell's Yard Goats were coming off of a dramatic win and riding the emotion into this one scoring one in their first at bat.  We answered with a 3 spot on a 2 run HR by the captain and an RBI single from Travis Olander and never looked back.  3 in the 3rd and 6 in the 4th put this one out of reach as we cruised to a 12-5 victory to move to 3-1.  Some good hitting throughout the lineup and solid defense helped out in this one.

Hitting Stars on the Day

POW Candidate: Jeremy "Turbo" Golden 4 for 5, RBI, R moving his avg to .636!

Matt Shwarts 1 for 1 (Yes that is correct) 4 BB, Sac Fly, 3 RBI

Captain Eusay 3 for 4, 2 HR, 6 RBI

John Burke 5 for 7, RBI, 3R

JT Pierce 4 for 6 RBI



Grasshoppers hangover? Nope - 2 wins to start 2019 campaign
Mar 16, 2019, 5:54 pm

How would the Grasshoppers respond to their shocking loss in the 2018 championship?  After failing to resign any of their players (other than aging captain Abbey Garber), forecasts were mixed at best (so much so that fan of the year Kathy Garber boycotted the first two games).  Then veteran infielder/outfielder Tony Macaluso, when told he would take the mound on Opening Day, left town.  Garber tapped all-star third baseman Lee McDonald, who started drinking heavily, but made it to the games on time to pick up two wins.  Rookie of the week Michael Babb powered the 19-10 victory over Runey's Dodgers by hitting for the cycle.  If you had Johnny Manjarrez as the first Grasshopper to be intentionally walked, you win the pool.  For game 2, the G-men headed to field 7 to play Schnitzer's 1-0 Cubs.  Robert Santiago, Joe Machado, and Babb all went 3-3 as the Hoppers won 16-6.  Garreth Johnson was 6-8 on the day.  Next up: former Grasshopper Brian Ortega comes home to face his old team.  



PIGGIES FINISH WITH A SPLIT HOOF
Mar 14, 2019, 3:16 pm

Game 1: IRONPIGS - 8 vs BABY Js - 9

The little Piggies came out red hot scoring 4 in the top of the first. Dustin "Big Daddy" Bone provided the power with a no doubter 3-run Ding Dong.  

Great defense rocked along the majotiry of the game as rookies Blake Miller and Dalton Underwood led the charge defensively.  Both of these players provided web gems on several different occasions, and it will be fun to watch them flourish this spring. Banta was a mound magician as he did not allow one Rama Lama Ding Dong from the "Bad Mama Jama" bats of the Baby Js.  Jaime Aron provided a spark at catcher with stealing a couple outs with savvy veteran play.  You'd think the Piggies would be successful with a win, but credit Captain Buhrow for rallying his team.

The Baby Js never quit, and only led onmce through the entire game, which is the only time it counts!! Jeff "Wild Thing" Roberts made an extraordinary play to make the 3rd out in the top of the 7th, and then collects the game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th.  Wild thing was the player of the game. Congrats on a heck of a game sir.  Congrats Baby Js on a hard fought win, and thank you for the sportsmanship displayed in this triumph. Hats off to you all!!

 

GAME 2: BULLS - 9 vs IRONPIGS - 17

The little piggies mosied on over trying to get their minds right for the game against the Bulls.  The IRONPIGS have never beaten the Bulls in three years of play.    

Timely hitting with a little dink-dunk magic was the recipe for 17 in this game. Innings 1,2,5 saw 5,5,6 runs put up by the scrappy hitters of the Pigs.  

Once again, the boys in red relied on some defense to stifle the offense of the opposing team.  Miller made a play across the second base bag to rob Keg Dryer of a hit.  Brinkman made several defensive plays that help quiet the bats of the Bulls.  

The Bulls never quit and being down 17-6, they started a rally in the 6th. They saw 8 men come to the plate and scored 3 before making the final out.  These boys have fire power aplenty, so they are never out of any game.  

POW - Jaime Aron - 4-6 - run scored. Excellent awareness at the plate creating an out at home

ROW - Dalton Underwood - 7-8 - 6 singles, 1 triple, 3 RBI, 3 runs scored. Extraordinary defense with a diving catch to help shut down a rally.

 We welcomed back Derek Muck, and this little piggy locked down 3rd base.  Chris Coffman dropped some lbs in the off season so he can have a chance to drop some bombs on these shorter fields with the wind blowing out.  Dr. Gadol is still trying to warm up from freezing this last weekend, but started to thaw out as he collected a hit in his last at bat.  Kyle Kahn surprised us all with being medically cleared to play, and he didn't disappoint at all with 3 singles and a BB. CBASS worked RF beautifully and had a good day at the plate collecting three hits.  

All in all, The 2019 IRONPIGS are reasy to rock and roll this Spring.  



Riding to a sweep
Mar 13, 2019, 5:21 pm

Game 1 vs Royals Field 5

The Royals started out the contest with a run but the RailRiders got things going with 3 runs of their own thanks to RBI hits from Greg Ritter and Carlos Moran. After a scoreless second, the Royals bats woke up to score 5 in the third. But RBIs from Randy Ransom and rookie Erick Soeth cut the Royals lead to 1. The RailRider defense found its groove giving up only 1 in the 4th. Down by 2, the bottom half of the lineup came up big in the bottom of the 4th as Michael Barth, Steve Nagel, and Keith Dlott loaded the bases. Sam Dlott had an RBI single and Tyler Samsel had a 2 run single to get the lead back. The Royals retook the lead of their own in the 5th but the RailRiders had the middle of the order coming up. Some shaky defense and timely hitting put the RailRiders in position to take control of the game. Robert Reighter had an RBI groundout to tie the game. Then Barth and Jeff Radanof had huge 2 out hits to give the RailRiders an 11-9 win.

 

Tyler Samsel - 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Carlos Moran - 2-3, run, RBI

Michael Barth - 1-1, BB, sac, 2 runs, 2 RBI

Steve Nagel - 3-3, run

 

Game 2 at Red Sox Field 8

Feeling good coming off the opening win of the season, the RailRiders came out in the top of the first on fire. 7 straight runners reached with 6 of them scoring. 4 extra base hits in the inning from Greg Ritter, Randy Ransom, Jeff Radanof and the biggest hit of the inning was a bases clearing triple from Michael Barth. But the Red Sox came out of the gates strong in the 1st with plenty of extra base hits of their own. The RailRiders captain underestimated the wind and the hitters in the lineup as the Red Sox scored 8 runs. After a long defensive inning the bats could have gone cold but Sam Dlott led off the 2nd with a triple. David Caldwell followed that up with an RBI hit of his own. The RailRiders came up clutch again with 2 outs as Randy Ransom and Erick Soeth went back to back jacks. After a Carlos Moran double, Robert Reighter brought him in on a single to put a 5 spot up in the 2nd. We skip ahead to the top of the 4th with the RailRiders still up 11-8 where the RailRiders scored 2 more runs on a Ransom double. The RailRiders made some defensive adjustments and did not allow a run after the 1st inning taking this one 13-8.

 

Greg Ritter - 3-4, 2B, 2 runs

Randy Ransom - 3-3, BB, HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 runs

Erick Soeth - 2-3, BB, HR, 2 runs, RBI

Carlos Moran - 2-3, 2B, runs

Jeff Radanof - 2-3, 2B, RBI

David Caldwell - 2-3, run, RBI

 

Two team wins as all 12 of us made an impact offensively and defensively to start off the season with a sweep.

 



Niswonger’s Nuts recap week 1
Mar 11, 2019, 8:14 pm

Game 1, 9:40AM, Field 9, home team.

            By the grace of Lady Luck the Nuts got to rest and sleep in on Sunday with a late start after what is now known as the worst idea ever…daylight saving time. The Nuts were fresh for game one against Roth’s Indians who were riding a high after winning their season opener. Trust me folks, it was much more than some stuff and things happening in this game as others have stated. The Indians came out swinging behind the big bats of Danny B and Tim Jamison putting up 2 runs by way of the homer in the first inning quicker than the Nuts could even realize what was going on. But…. behind the defensive leadership of Tommy Appligian the Nuts were able to get out of the inning without further damage. The bottom of the first started with fireworks with 5 runs going on the board in the first 5 batters. Tommy hits a single, Danny walks, Duron does what Duron does (fence jack), Niswonger hits a single, and then not to be outdone Wang shows his length at the plate and goes deep. A couple more hits in the inning but no more runs crossed the plate to end the first. Inning two the Indians were held scoreless by outstanding glove work from the two Nutts in the middle flashing the leather and moving the Lugnuts to the bottom of the inning. A rally that is expected to be common place this year put 6 runs on the board with 6 singles, a walk, and a jack by Niswonger closed the inning in a score of 2-11. Top of three the Indians were held scoreless again from amazing by Aaron Nutt to finish the top of the inning. POW candidate Kendall Anthony started another rally showing off his new oppo shot he learned this offseason and lead the team to 3 more runs. Score at the end of 3 was 2-14. The Indians added 2 more runs in the top of the 4th but just couldn’t get anything going against an over performing defense. 4 more runs were added by the Nuts in the bottom of the fourth as Niswonger, Wang, and A. Nutt were loaded for POW candidate Kendall Anthony to bang home with a double followed by timely hitting and a Doug Wolff sac. Top of the 5th and the final stage of this game showed glimmers of what the experts are secretly scared of with this team. 4 errors spread throughout the defense allowing three more runs for the Indians as they tried make a miracle comeback. Niswonger, playing second base for an injured D. Nutt, made an unforgivable error to open the inning on a routine ground ball. Surprisingly Niswonger fielded the ball clean, something he is not known for, and the proceeded to throw the ball directly into the dirt at first base from ten feet away. This type of play from the coach started a domino effect that carried across the team like a plague. Luckily great plays from team leaders A. Nutt and Tommy Apligian allowed the players to settle back into place and win the game. Final score 7-18.

 

Game 2, 10:50AM, Field 1, Away team.

               Game two started very similar to game one as the Nutts pounded balls into the hard blowing wind scoring three in the first. In the bottom of the first inning the Lugnuts gave up three runs to tie the game as no one was able to concentrate with the distraction of Scott Lawrence’ shame shorts. End of 1, score tied 3-3. Top of the second inning the back half of the lineup continued to produce with singles from Anthony, Wolff, and oppo specialist Bill Bailey. Tommy Apligian drove in two runs with the inning ending in a score of 5-3. Grant Carver continued to pound the zone for the nuts and held the Muckdogs scoreless for the bottom of the second inning. Three more runs crossed the plate in the top of the third as Wang, Karlos, and A. Nutt all scored before the end of the inning with two more runners stranded holding their own. The third inning went similar to the second for the Muckdogs as they were once again held scoreless. End of 3 with a score of 8-3. Top of 4 was historic for the Lugnuts as it was the first and only inning this year that the team was held scoreless……..WOW!!!!!!!!!!! The tide began to turn and the Muckdogs began a rally peppering the right side of the defense and picking on a vulnerable defense. Smart pitching by Grant Carver noticed this and began pitching inside and forcing the Muckdogs to pull the ball and hit it to star left fielder David Wang. End of 5th with a score of 8-5. The Muckdogs did not score again this game. The Nuts put three more on the board in the top of the sixth behind a Niswonger homerun and the game ended 13-5.



Jays Split: Defeat Pigs but then get Ortega'd
Mar 11, 2019, 9:30 am

Opening weekend found the Baby Jays on the verge of going 2-0 but after an extra innings Ortega walkoff going home 1-1.

Game one found the Jays up against the legendary Alford Iron Pigs.  Both teams came out rusty and making mistakes.  The game went back and forth finding a Jays vicotroy at the end.  Game highlight was a Jeff Roberts right field webgem saving the vicotry.  

Jays Stars:

John "The Duke" Greogory = 3-4 with 2 doubles and great LCF play

Sean "Level 10 Tan Looks Sexy" Greeley = 3-4 and excellent pitiching and team leadership

Monte "Full" Slaver = 2-3 Sac, 2B, Great LF Defense

Mitchy "The Kid" Zimmerman = 2-2 BB, 2RBI, Great 2B Defense, 

Danny "Minivan Fancy-pants" Buhrow = 2-3...but sadly touched the wrong home plate (way to pull an Alford)

Joe "Get Back" Beasley = 2-3 2B, RBI and great D at 1B...picking all day

 

Game two found the Jays visiting the Ortega Cardinals and winning the entire game up to the point we lost.  A big 8 running first inning led to 20 runs by end of the game but in a last ditch effort the Cardinals found a way to tie in the 7th.  Two extra innings later the Jays decide to pitch to Ortega and he do what great players do.  FYI we are still looking for the ball so if you find it please tell Brian.  All around great game by both teams and I think the type of game we all love to be in (win or lose).  

Jays Stars:

John "The Duke" Gregory = 4-4 2B, 3B, 2BB, 2RBI

John John Howard = 4-5 BB, 2B, Big HR, 6 RBI

Taylor Guzman - 2-4 3B, 3R, and great 3B play with spanish lessons :)

Baby J = On the hot seat for letting this one get away

 



Royals Storm from Behind to Salvage Opening Day Doubleheader Split
Mar 11, 2019, 1:02 am

The Royals opened the season by falling to Samsel’s Rail Riders 11 – 9 in the first game of their doubleheader, but then stormed from behind in the nightcap to rout Weinfeld’s Pirates 17 – 8.

In game two, the Pirates exploded out of the gate with a 5-run first inning, highlighted by a 3-run blast by Max Henry, followed by a solo shot by Josh Winsor. It could have been worse. After Winsor’s homerun, the Pirates loaded the bases with one out, when Jimie Simeone and Cameron Oakes combined to turn the 4–6–3 double play, end the inning, and limit the damage to five runs.

Before the Pirates could make the Royals walk the plank, the Royals answered with a 5-run outburst in their half of the frame. Back-to-back RBI doubles by Ari Loiben and Oakes, and a 2-run single by Kennin Doyle keyed the inning.

 

Final

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In the top of the second, the Pirates’ bottom of the order plated one run to retake the lead, and had runners at first and second with two outs, turning the lineup over to the Pirates’ dangerous leadoff hitter, Cody Strull. Strull lined the first pitch, driving a missile into the left centerfield gap that Joshua Forniglia managed to short-hop before it could roll to the wall. The runner on second had already rounded third when Forniglia threw a rocket toward home plate that Ronn Forniglia miraculously caught on the fly – completely horizontal with full extension – while managing to keep his left foot on home plate, in a bang-bang play that prevented the run from scoring, ended the inning, and seemingly took the wind out of the Pirates’ sails.

The impact of the Forniglias’ defensive prowess was immediate as the Royals scored three in the bottom of the second and a single tally in the third to take the lead. Oakes completed the trifecta of defensive gems as he turned his second double play of the game, 6 – 3, to end a Pirates’ threat in the top of the fourth.

With the Royals clinging to a 9 – 6 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth, Oakes blew the game open with a 3-run blast over the left centerfield wall, his first homerun of the season. As Oakes whipped his bat through the strike zone and barreled a 2 – 1 pitch from Winsor, there was little doubt of the ball’s destination as it traced an arc through the overcast sky, landing 5.2 seconds later well beyond the trees.

Loiben (4 – 4), Joshua Forniglia (4 – 4), and Mark Phares (3 – 4) paced the Royals’ 20-hit attack as the Royals pounding out eight extra base hits – five doubles, one triple, and two fence homeruns – enroute to the come-from-behind victory.

 

Joshua Forniglia  4 – 4, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 2 2B
Ari Loiben  4 – 4, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2B, 3B
Mark Phares  3 – 4, 4 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Cameron Oakes  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 5 RBI, 2B, 3-Run Fence HR
Kennin Doyle  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Jimie Simeone  2 – 3, 1 Run, 1 RBI, Solo Fence HR
Mark Fishkind  2 – 3, 1 Run
Ronn Forniglia  1 – 2, BB
 

In the opener, former Royal, Michael Barth, outdueled Royals’ pitcher, Mark Fishkind. Fishkind pitched well enough to earn the victory, but opening day jitters on defense combined with cold bats (both literally and figuratively) made the difference. The Royals had multiple opportunities to pull this one out, but in the end, the Rail Riders made the plays and had the timely hits the Royals didn’t, and held on for the narrow victory. Fishkind and Phares, each, went 4 – 4, to provide half of the Royals’ 16 total hits in the loss.

 

Final

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Phares had a prolific day in his debut as the Royals’ leadoff hitter, as the veteran reached base in all eight at-bats, and set the table, scoring six runs in the doubleheader.

 



Braves start off 0-2
Mar 10, 2019, 10:45 pm

Brumley’s Braves gave their fans a couple of exciting comebacks to kick off the 2019 spring season but ultimately fell short in the final inning of both games.  

 

Game 1:  Ortega’s Cardinals 13 @ Brumley’s Braves 8

In what began as a pitchers’ duel with the wind blowing in on field 1, both teams matched each other to a 4-4 score into the 5th inning before the Cardinals put up a 4 spot in the top of the frame.  The Braves fought back with a run of their own in the home half of the inning on a Spencer Manz triple followed by a Scott Greenberg RBI double, then added 3 more in the 6th by stringing together several hits in a row, started with a triple by Clint Hathcock and capped off by a clutch game tying RBI single from Tony Lowery.  However, the Cardinals mounted a rally of their own in the top of the 7th by adding 5 runs to their total, which proved to be too much for the Braves in this game.

 

Game 2:  Brumley’s Braves 9 @ Runey’s Dodgers 12

With the wind blowing out to the LF corner on field 6, the Braves and Dodgers both launched several long balls in this contest.  The Braves hit 7 HRs, all of which amazingly accounted for only 9 runs.  Spencer Manz (2), Scott Greenberg, Matt Brumley (2), Clint Hathcock, and Jon Simonson each went deep in the nightcap.  In the final inning with the Braves down to their final out, the Dodgers were on the verge of finishing off an uneventful 8-4 victory before Tony Lowery singled and Jerry Rogers worked a walk to kick off the dramatics. Manz then clubbed a 3-run bomb, Greenberg mashed a huge game-tying shot, and Brumley followed with a HR of his own to put the Braves on top going into the bottom of the 7th.  After the improbable late comeback, the Dodgers responded by tying the game up and eventually won on a 3-run walkoff blast.

 

POW - Scott Greenberg - 5-6, 2B, game tying HR, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 RBI, excellent pitching

ROW - Spencer Manz - 4-8, 3B, 2 HR, 4 R, 4 RBI 

 

The Braves are looking forward to putting their full squad on the field next week to take on Garber’s Grasshoppers and Buhrow’s Jays in a doubleheader on field 5.



Diamondbacks 1-1 After 1
Mar 10, 2019, 9:04 pm

Game 1 Field 1: 9:40 AM

We started off strong against the Astros, who were coming into this contest having already won their first game of the day. The Diamondbacks capitalized on a couple of defensive miscues - that followed an intense leadoff walk from Player of the Week candidate Peter Hogan - made by the Astros in the top of the first that loaded the bases for Andrew Williams. After his grand slam gave the Diamondbacks the early advantage, the Astros responded with 3 of their own in the bottom half. Astros pitcher John Burke pitched excellently in this game, allowing only 4 runs in the remaining 6 innings to the Diamondbacks offense (a 2-run home run from Williams and a 2-RBI single from Nick Barr). The Astros were able to scrap across one extra run that the Diamondbacks were unable to match.

Final score Diamondbacks 8 @ Astros 9.

 

Game 2 Field 3: 10:50 AM

Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Anders pitched around a leadoff single from Yard Goat David Greer in the first to a shutout frame. And the Diamondbacks came out strong offensively yet again. A 4 run bottom of the first was highlighted by a 2-run-homer from Nick Barr. Another shutdown frame in the top of the second was followed by another 4 run inning offensively. Adwild PerezAlan London, and Doug Hogan each reached base to start the second inning and flip the lineup. The rally was highlighted by a 2-rbi single from Nick Barr. The Diamondbacks defense continued to shine as they turned an inning ending double play for their third consecutive scoreless frame in the field. And the Diamondbacks offense had their best inning of the day putting up 5 runs in the bottom of the third. This rally was once again sparked by the bottom of the lineup and was highlighted by a 2-rbi triple from Cesar Garza and 2-run-fence-bomb from Peter Hogan. The Yard Goats scored 3 runs in the top of the fourth, capped off by a 2-run-fence-bomb from Jacob GrubbAndrew Williams led off the bottom of the fourth with a homerun, and Tim Crites added a 2-rbi single to match the Yard Goats for the inning. The Yard Goats would score the next 5 runs in the game over the top of the 5th and 6th innings. With the score 16-8, and the over/under for the game set at 24.5, Cesar Garza added an insurance run with an rbi single in the bottom of the sixth.

Final score: Yard Goats 8 @ Diamondbacks 17 (with the over)

 

Captain's thoughts: It sets up to be a fun and competitive year for the Diamondbacks. We were right there in our loss, and it was a game that could've gone to either team, but give the Astros credit. They pulled it out and made the plays when we didn't. Solid defensive performances in both games underline the main story of the season for us. Player of the Week candidate Peter Hogan was stellar today. Good hitting performances from Alan LondonTim Crites, and Kevin Knox (who might've hit 3 home runs had we played on short fields).



Muckdogs split in season opening doubleheader
Mar 10, 2019, 6:34 pm

The Muckdogs split, coming out strong in the opener, beating Unell’s Yard Goats 21-4, and then losing the second game to Niswonger’s Lugnuts 13-5. 

In the opener, the Muckdogs pounded out 25 hits on short-fenced Field 6,  highlighted by back to back to back homers by Zack Kazda, Scott Lawrence and Ben Enlow. Great pitching by John Hauf and solid defense throughout led to the opening game victory. Paying his debt back from losing a Cowboys bet, Scott Lawrence played the game in I Love Joshy sliders, which appeared to provide the necessary distraction against the Yard Goats.
 
In the second game, with the wind blowing in on Field 1, the Muckdogs’ bats were stifled by Lugnuts’ ace Grant Carver. After an inning opening 3 run tie, the Lugnuts continued to steadily add runs to beat the Muckdogs 13-5. 
 
Muckdogs leading hitters on the day were: Muckdogs Player of the Week Scott Lawrence 5-6, HR, 3 2Bs, 4 runs, 5 RBIs; Zack Kazda 5-7, HR, 6 runs, 3 RBIs; Ben Enlow 5-7, HR, 2B, 4 runs, 5 RBIs; Brian Smallwood 5-8, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; David Warren 4-7, 2B, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; and David Pinkus 3-6, 1 run, 1 RBI.


Cubs Win (!), then lose................
Mar 10, 2019, 6:25 pm

The Cubs opened the 2019 Shalom League campaign with a split. In game 1 visiting the Mariners, The Cubs scored in every inning on the way to an 18-5 W. Offensive stars were plentiful in the opener as every Cub had at least 1 hit and scored at least 1 run. Defensive gems by Alfredo Sardi at 2B and Ian Contreras at 1B were key in the victory.

 

In the nightcap facing the undefeated Grasshoppers, the Cubs found themselves on the short side of the scoreboard in a 16-6 loss. Jose Baho and Brad Parr both found the opposite side of the fence but it was too little, too late.

 

Offensive stars for the Cubs:

Alfredo Sardi, 6 for 8, 2 3Bs, 6 runs scored (POW candidate)

Brian Criswell- 5 hits, 2 2bs, 3B (ROW candidiate)

Jose Baho- 6 hits, HR, 2 2Bs, 6 RBIs

Brad Parr- 5 hits, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

Eric Claussen- 4 hits, BB

Tanner Reinecke- 4 hits

Cliff Pollack- 4 hits

Darren Kammer- 4 hits, 3B

 

 

 



Mariners Spot the Field A Two Game Head Start
Mar 10, 2019, 6:08 pm

Opening day of the 2019 Shalom Softball season finally got here and brought lots of enthusiasm and hope for the upcoming season. First opponent for the Mariners were Schnitzer’s Cubs. This game served as the Mariner’s practice game as the Cubbies jumped on us quickly and often as they strolled to an 18-5 win.

Game 2 against Silverman’s Rangers was much more entertaining. The Mariners took a 9-5 lead through 3 ½ innings thanks to a 2 run Ryan Driggers blast in the third and a 5 run uprising in the fourth paced by a Jason Murray double and Thomas Kulcak triple. The Rangers responded with 2 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th to take a 10-9 lead as we headed to the final inning. Brian Osgood started with a double followed by a walk and single to load the bases. Rony Batagower scored one on a sac fly, followed by RBI singles from Robbie Franklin and John Miller. The Mariners held a tenuous 12-10 as we headed to the bottom of the final inning. The Rangers responded with 3 to win a heart breaker 13-12 over the Mariners.

Ryan Driggers was our POW with 3-4, 2BB’s, 4 runs, 4 RBI’s. Kyle Crouse was 5-7, Rony Batagower 4-5 and Tommy Baer 3-5. The Mariners will re group for next weeks contests against the Cardinals and Dodgers and will plan on better results.



Pirates drop 2
Mar 10, 2019, 5:30 pm

Skipper Bob’s Pirates got left at the starting gate this season. Thinking that the season will start next week, with practice games this week, it seemed the new Buccos were still on winter break. The Astros put 13 on the board before the Pirates even came to the plate. Not a good start. Max Henry supplied much of the offense with 2 bombs and a double but it wasn’t enough as the Pirates lost 22-9.

In the nightcap, the Royals out slugged the Pirates 17-8. It was a close game until Josh Forniglia’s rocket throw nailed a would be run at the plate. That play seemed to take the wind out of the Pirate sails. After that, the Royals cruised. 



Red Sox 03/10/19
Mar 10, 2019, 4:56 pm

Red Sox drpp 2

First game against the Indians we lost by one run.....had our opportunities to score, but were not successful.

Joel Cerefice had 4 RBI on a couple of singles; Ariel Rodriguez had 2 RBI on two doubles.

Game 2 saw our offense continue to struggle.

Bob Carlson had 2 RBI on a couple of singles.

Nick Milton had 2 RBI on a single.



Dodgers Split
Mar 10, 2019, 3:23 pm

The Dodgers came out cold and in much need of a spring training. New captain Runey showed off his 5 man infield with three errors in the first inning leading to six runs for the Grasshoppers. Down five after one the Dodgers got the bats going and scored seven runs in the second...then the bats became inconsistent. Garber’s Grasshoppers regained the lead and never looked back running out the clock and taking a 19-10 victory. 

 

Game 2 saw a colder & windy start on field 6. Nick Croce got the big bats going hitting a two run blast to get his stick going. Solid defense and pitching from the Dodgers led to the team leading the entire way until the last inning. Down 9-8 heading into the final at bat ROW Candadite Slapped a hard single followed by a walk by Tacket and another RBI single by Ruckel...up comes Brad Cox, who was a late traded addition to the Dodgers (many of which thought Captain Runey was crazy for making). Brad...just like his two previous at bats sent a rocket out over the LC fence for the walkoff HR and his third of the game. 

POW: Matt Ruckel 6-7 2-2b, HR, 4 runs, 6 RBI 

ROW: Zach St. Pierre 6-7 3b, HR, 5 runs, 4 RBI 

Offensive stars:

         Brad Cox 4-7 2b, 3HR, 3runs, 8 RBI

         Grayson Tacket 4-6 bb, 2b, 4runs



Mar 10, 2019, 2:52 pm

Ranger Rap

Ranger got off to a nice start sweeping past Cuddle's Bulls and then Miller's M's.  The first game was barn burner with the Rangers up by as many as 5 only to see the Bulls rally back and finally send the game to extras.  POW candidate Kyle "sluggo" Casper hit a two run bomb in the 1st and only extra inning to put the Gers up 10-8-they held up and retired the Bulls in the home half of the 8th securing thier first W of the season. KC hit two two run bombs in the game and The Weds also smashed a solo moon shot in the tilt.

2nd game saw the Rangers trailing most of the game-they were down 2-0 till that Bomber came to the plate and hit athree run clout in the home half of the 2nd-Kyle 3rd no doubter of the day-rumor has it that the ball is still carrying and on its way to Mesquite-what a shot.  The M's however were hungry and plated 7 of their own to take command early at 9-3.  Gers rallied for 2 in the 4th and cut the deficit to 9-5.  In the bottom 5, the Gers sticks awoke and rallied for 5 runs and took a precarious 10-9 lead into the 6th.  Miller's crew plated 3 in the 6th and took a 12-10 lead into the bottom 6.  The Gers had their bottom 4 coming up. After a BDS hard smash got caught, DR C got a solid 1b. The hard hitting coach worked a miracle walk followed by hits from Eppy and then Wags who drove in the final runs for a walk-off 13-12 victory!!!!

Ranger Rubys:

Kyle Casper POW: 3HR's, 7 RBI's, and BB-2000SP

Jeremy Pease: 5/7, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI's

Weddy-Monster HR and good D at the Hot Corner

Sean Harcourt-4 hits and 2 RBI's

Cabutto and Chirinos-4 hits each and good D

DR C-great pitching and 3 BB's and clutch hit

 

 

 

 



Yard Goats led to the Slaughterhouse
Mar 10, 2019, 2:52 pm
 
Opening Day 2019 found the Yard Goats saddled with the "Dr. C jinx" after being annointed as his favorite to win it all this year.  In a blantant show of contempt for the Commissioner, the Yard Goats went out and stunk up the joint, losing two lopsided blowouts to the Goldstein Muckdogs and Williams Diamondbacks.
 
The brights spots on the dreary day were Alex Bruu, who went 3 for 5 with a walk, 3-run homer and 4 RBI on the day, and POW candidate Tony Dillard, who went 4 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI.  ROW candidate Brady Allsbrook chipped in a couple of hits and has 2 game hitting streak to build on. The rest of the team apparently was still on Standard Time and bummed by not having our uniforms yet. 
 
In and all, it was a debacle of an opening but there are hopeful signs of better days ahead.


Indians start out in classic Indian fashion.... with a split.
Mar 10, 2019, 2:49 pm

Opening day 2019, brand new season, brand new outlook for the league. After a long off season of studying scouting reports, studying every player, and just flat out looking forward to this very day since last July. Roth's Indians looking great out of the draft room and a consensus playoff contender by the "experts" we start out in classic Indian fashion. Thats right... a split. 

Facing a very tough Red Sox squad on field 2, missing a few top players cetainly helped out as the Tribe ended up tying the game at 2 in the bottom of the first thanks to back to back doubles by Danny Banaszek and 2 RBI from Big time Timmy Jim Jamieson the Indians felt good and kept the momentum rolling scoring 1 in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd highlighted by a 3 run moon shot by Jamieson. Both squads settled down and a pitching duel erupted in the middle innings thanks to excellent pitching all around by Red Sox hurler Ben Rakofsky. The Indians ended up getting the would be game winning run of an RBI walk from sub Patrick Sanchez. Hats off to the Red Sox who battled back scoring 4 in the 6th to have the go ahead runners on base. Indians get the win 7-6 in a great opening day game. 

 

Heading all the way across the complex to field 9 for the next tilt against Niswonger's Lugnuts whom in this reporters humble opinion is one of the top offensive teams ever assembled. So playing on field 9 was fun. We got drilled. Some stuff and then some things happened. Indians lose 18-7 :(

Things we learned this game. The Lugnuts can hit very well. Miguel Duron is a big strong man. Tim Jamieson is just a professional hitter. Danny Banaszek can't throw to first base :)

 

Overall it was a great opening day after a long off-season. 



Mar 10, 2019, 2:49 pm
BULLS Drop Two
 
Game 1 / Durham Bulls lose to Rangers in Extras
 
The Bulls and Rangers played a very competitive opener, with the Rangers outlasting the Bulls in extra innings. The Bulls were led by Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers and Michael Cohen at the plate, while Larry Farin was solid on the hill (Kyle Casper – who could’ve known???). The Bulls played a solid game defensively, but could just not get enough runners across the ‘back’ plate.
 
Key Offensive Performances
 
Eric Powers – 3 for 4 / 3 RBI / 1 HR
Michael Cohen – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI
 
 
Game 2 / BULLS come up short against the Iron Pigs
 
The Bulls started slow in game two, while the Piggies started fast (not a good combo). The Bulls had solid offensive showings by D Wu, Cuddles, Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers, and George Reed. Reed took advantage of a pulled in Pigs outfield late in the game and blasted one to deep left for a triple and 2 RBI (all you could see was the back of Brinkman’s jersey). Unfortunately, the Bulls did not score enough and their crafty veteran pitcher Larry Farin was unable to overcome a shaky defensive effort.
 
Key Offensive Performances
 
Eric Powers – 5 for 7 / 6 RBI / 2 HRs
Michael Cohen – 4 for 8 / 4 RBI
D Wu – 4 for 6 / 1 RBI
Coach ‘Cuddles’ Haas – 4 for 6 / 1 RBI / 1 HR
 
 
POW – Eric ‘Pow Pow’ Powers – 5 for 7 / 6 RBI / 2 HRs
 


Stros Open with a Statement
Mar 10, 2019, 12:59 pm

The Stros opened the season picked by the "experts" to finish at the bottom of the division but began our mission to prove them all wrong.  Missing 2 starters, it would be a challenge but one we welcomed.

Game 1 @ Pirates

The statement began in the top of the first as we batting around before making an out and plated 13 runs when it was all said and done.  The first 10 players to bat scored.  For a team said to have no team speed and few extra base guys, we had 5 doubles and a HR the first time through the order.  JT Pierce having spent much of 2018 batting injury, started his season with a 2 Run bomb.  Kelly Alexander also had 2 hits in the inning.  We went on to score in all but one inning.  Big perfomances all around.  John Burke was perfect at the plate going 4-4 with a double and 4 RBI and Travis Olander went 3-4 also.  Jeremy "Turbo" Golden had a big 2 run double and Greg Oetzmann was 2-3 with a Double.  Solid defense and pitching were present leading us to an easy win to begin the season.

Game 2 vs. Dbacks

Field 1 presented a new challenge with the wind blowing in keeping the scoring down.  The Dbacks jumped ahead 4-0 in the first helped by some shaky defense and a big bomb from Kid Williams.  We answered with 3 in the bottom of the frame with RBI from Eusay, Shwarts and Olander.  We tied it up in the 2nd on a Sac Fly from Burke.  The snakes jumped ahead in the 3rd but we answered to reclaim the lead 8-6 on a big 2 run double by Kelly "Flash" Welton.  Our lead disappeared in the 5th, setting us up for the comeback win in the bottom of the 6th.  Tied at 8 going into the bottom of the 6th, Turbo Golden and Lewis Zwick led off with singles. Burke single but Zwick got thrown out at 2nd, leaving runners on the corners with 1 out.  Kelly Alexander picked up what would prove to be the game winning RBI on a Feilders Choice.  They led off the top of 7 with a single but Burke induced a double play grounder.  The next batter singled bringing up Greg "Badger" Hurst who flew out to LCF to seal the win. 

Hitting Stars of the Day:

POW Candidate: John Burke 6-7, 2 Doubles, 5 RBI, 5 Runs and Awesome pitching

Travis Olander: 5-6, 3 RBI, 2 Runs

JT Pierce: 4-7, 2 HR, 5 RBI

JJ Eusay: 6-9, 2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI

Jeremy "Turbo" Golden 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI  



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

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

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

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

Gems for the day:

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



Scrappers split
Oct 8, 2018, 10:51 pm

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

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

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

Brandon Yamauchi- 5-7, 5 runs scored. 



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

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

Game 1 Gems:

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

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

Game 2 Gems:

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



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

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

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

This week's POW:  No one

This week's ROW:  No one



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

Game 1 - Field 4 vs Alexanders Hot Rods

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

Game 2 – Field 4 vs Runey’s Rockies

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

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

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



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

Field 9 vs Myers Red Wings

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

Field 8 vs Casper Knights

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

 

POW

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



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

Game 1, Field 5 @ The Hot Rods

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

Kazda:  3 for 4, 3 runs, 3b

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

Burke: 3 for 4, Run, 3 RBI

Knoxy 3 for 4, 2RBI

Rads:  2 for 3, 2 RBI

 

Game 2, Field 4 @ The IronBirds

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

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

Einhorn:  3 for 3, Run, RBI

Tommy Baer:  2 for 3, run

Rads:  2 for 3



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Hitting Stars:

Paul Villarroel = 7 hits and 6 runs

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

Nick Barr = 5 Hits HR and 8RBIs

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

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

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

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

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

Gems of the game:

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

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

Gems of the game:

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

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

Gems of the game:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

Game 1 Fireflies Vs. Emeralds

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

 

Game 2 Fireflies Vs. Hot Rods

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

 

Game 3 Fireflies vs. Rockies

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

 

THE PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK JERSEYS GO TO:

 

 

POW:

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

 

ROW:

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

 

Other Noteable Performances: 

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

Game 2 – vs McDonald’s Reds, Field 9

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

 

Game 3 – vs Nisqonger’s Ironbirds

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

 

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

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



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

Game 1 @ Greenberg's Dash, Field 4.

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

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

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

Johnny Burke:  Cy Young pitching and Game Winning RBI

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lowery: 2 for 3, RBI, Run

Tommy Baer:  2 for 3, RBI

 

Game 3, vs Blue Rocks, Field 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

RG3:  2 for 2, SF, RBI

Monsters POW and Rookie of the week:

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



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

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

Gems for game one:

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

Game 2 vs. Greenburg's Dash

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

Gems for game two:

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



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

Game one field 9 VS. Preseason favorite Blue Rocks.

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

Game two field 5 VS. Scrappers.

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

 

 



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

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

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

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

 

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

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


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

 



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

DASH vs FIREFLIES

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

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

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

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

Brain Strull 2-3

Ryan Greenberg 1-1, 2 SAC, 3 rbi

 

DASH vs EMERALDS

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

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

Cody Strull 3-4, 2 runs scored

Ron Roberts 2-3

Brian Strull 2-3

 

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



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

GAME 1: CARVER’S FIREFLIES VS GREENBERG’S DASH        

 

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

 

GAME 2: BANTA’S BLUE ROCKS VS CARVER’S FIREFLIES

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

 

 

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

 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

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

 

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:

Ryan Driggers:

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

 

OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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

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

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

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

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

Johnny Burke:  3 for 4, 3B, 3RBI, Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kaz: 2 for 3, BB, 2Runs

Ortega:  2 for 3, BB, 3Runs, HR, RBI

RG3:  2 for 3, BB, Run, 3 Clutch RBI

Knoxy: 2 for 3, RBI, BB

Rookie of the week:

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

Player of the week:  

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

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



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

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

Jays Higlights Game 1:

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

Baby J w/ 2-3 bb, 2R

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

Brinkman w/ 2-3 2RBI

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

Jays Highlights Game 2:

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

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

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

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

Troyleen Tennyson 2-3 solid d

John Miller w/ great pitiching all day

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

 



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

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

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

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

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

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

Hitting Stars:

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

 

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

 

Offensive numbers on the day:

 

Brian Allsbrook- 3 hits, 3B, HR

Brian Alvara- 2 hits, BB

Ian Contreras- 2 hits

Brian Dickerson- 3 hits

Ben Enlow- 2B, 4 HRs

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

Danny Nutt- 6 hits, BB

Paul Rakofsky- 5 hits, BB

Justin Reed- 5 hits, BB

Stuart Rosenfield- 1 hit, 2 BB

Alfredo Sardi- 5 hits, SF

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits, 2 BB

 



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

Game 1 field 1 vs Farin's Yankees

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

 

Game 2 field 6 vs Weinfeld's Pirates

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

 

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

 



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

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

 

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

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

 

The Red Wings end of season awards are:

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

Game 1 vs. Grasshoppers-

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

 

Game 2 vs. Iron Pigs

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

- Carlos Moran



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

Game 1 vs Schnitzer's Cubs on Field 9

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

 

Game 2 vs Eusay's Orioles on Field 4

 

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

Licurse is our POW for his Clutch hitting and Masterful pitching



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

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

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

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



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

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

Game 1 vs Unell's Expos

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

Game 2 vs Shaw's Mets

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

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

Hitting Stars on the Day:

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

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

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

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

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



Jun 24, 2018, 3:55 pm

Ranger Rap

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

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

Ranger Ruby's

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

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

DR C  6/8  5 Runs  3 rbi's and 2 2Bs

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

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

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

Silverman 4 BB's and a hit



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

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

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

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

Yankee stars:

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

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

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

Carlos Montesinos and Ozzie Zurita both 3 for 5 

 

 

 



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

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

 

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

 

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



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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Diamondbacks

1

2

4

0

1

0

0

8

17

Royals

0

0

7

4

0

0

x

11

15

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

2

1

0

1

0

2

6

12

Yankees

0

2

3

0

5

x

10

20

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



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

Game 1 / Durham Bulls unable to solve the Mets

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

Key Offensive Performances

Mitch Zimmerman – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

Ray Darragh – 1 for 2 / 2 RBIs

 

Game 2 / BULLS outlast the pesky Rangers

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

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

JC Burks – 2 for 3 / HR / 3 RBIs

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

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 2B / 2 RBIs

 

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

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

 



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

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

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

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



Cubs split
Jun 17, 2018, 7:21 pm

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

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

 



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

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

Game 1 vs. Conn(less) Tigers

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

Game 2 vs Rockhounds

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

Stars of the Day

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

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

John Burke- 5 for 8, 3B

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

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

 



Jun 17, 2018, 3:46 pm

Ranger Rap

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

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

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

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

Dan Bailey7/7 with a BB and 7 Runs

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

Travis Olander 6/8 3 RBI's

Troy Tennyson 4 hits including 2 2B's

 

 



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

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

Happy fathers day to All!

Game 1 vs Haas's Bulls

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

 

Game 2 vs Hauf's Astros

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



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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 



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

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

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

7

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Royals

0

0

5

0

0

5

1

11

20

Grasshoppers

1

0

0

1

1

2

7

12

19

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

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

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

 

Final

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6

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Grasshoppers

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1

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0

3

0

5

7

Royals

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1

   2

6

0

x

9

12

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

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



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

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

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

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



Mets Split
Jun 11, 2018, 9:16 am

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

 

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

 

 



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

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

Game 1-

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

Game 2-

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

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

Hitting Stars on the Day

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

Game 1 vs Cubs, Field 5

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

Kelly Alexander - 2-3, BB, 4 RBI, run

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

Matt Sorge - 2-3, BB

Robert Reighter - 2-4, RBI

Joe Beasley - 2-4, run

Jim Finley - 3-3, BB, 3 runs

Keith Dlott - 3-3, 2B, 3 runs

Ben Walk - 2-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs

Jerry Rogers - 1-2, BB, 2 RBI, 2 runs

 

Game 2 at Orioles, Field 4

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

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

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

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

Matt Sorge - 2-3, BB, 2 runs

Robert Reighter - 3-4, RBI, 2 runs

Joe Beasley - 3-4, RBI, 2 runs

Keith Dlott - 2-4, RBI, 2 runs

Ben Walk - 2-4, RBI, run

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



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

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

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

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

 

Final

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6

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Yankees

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5

   0

0

2

0

8

16

Royals

1

2

   1

4

1

x

9

15

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

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

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

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

 

Final

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4

5

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7

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Royals

3

3

0

0

1

0

3

10

14

Diamondbacks

4

0

0

1

2

0

4

11

22

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

 



Jun 3, 2018, 9:40 pm

Ranger Rap

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

 

Ranger Ruby's:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 



Cubs lose a pair
Jun 3, 2018, 5:42 pm

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



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

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

Game 1 vs. 1st place Rockhounds

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

Game 2 vs. Tigers

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

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

ROW Arevalo Gonzalez 4 for 8, 4 RBI



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

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

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

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

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

 



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

Game 1 vs Astros

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

 

Game 2 vs Bulls

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

 



BULLS Split
Jun 3, 2018, 1:43 pm

BULLS Split

Game 1 / Durham Bulls beat the Rangers

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Ryan Driggers – 2 for 2 / HR / 4 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 1 for 1 / 3 RBIs

 

Game 2 / BULLS lose out to the Mets

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

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

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

 

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

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



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

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

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



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

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



Muckdogs sweep
May 13, 2018, 10:16 pm

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Tigers

0

0

4

0

1

0

5

8

Royals

4

4

0

0

5

0

13

14

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

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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

2

0

1

0

0

6

9

14

Bulls

2

3

0

4

4

x

13

17

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



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

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



May 6, 2018, 9:35 pm

Ranger Seran Wrap

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

 

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

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

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

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

C Rod- HR and 2B and 4 RBI's 



May 6, 2018, 6:46 pm

Los toros toman dos! (Bulls take two!)

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

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

Key Offensive Performances

Greg Aymond – 4 for 4 / 2 RBIs

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

Michael Barth – 2 for 4 / 4 RBIs

 

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

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Greg Aymond – 5 for 5 / 4 RBIs

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

Craig Dyer – 3 for 5 / 2 RBIs

 

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

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



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

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

Game 1 vs. Red Wings

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

Game 2 vs. Yankees

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

O's Hitting Stars

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Tommy Apligian 3 for 3 with a walk and two doubles

Jason Niswonger 2 for 4 with a HR and double

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

Erik Clausen 2 for 3

Doug Wolff 2 for 3

Ozzie Zurita 2 for 3



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

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

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

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



Muckdogs split
May 5, 2018, 8:30 am

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Thunder

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

8

10

Royals

6

0

0

0

1

0

2

9

20

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

1

0

1

2

0

0

4

13

Iron Pigs

4

4

0

0

5

0

13

17

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



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

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

 

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

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



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

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

 

 

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

Brian Smallwood-   5-7   1-2B

Freddy Barraez-   5-8

Jason Chapman-   4-6  2B  HR  

Danny Marti-   6-8   2B  3B  5 Runs

George Reed-   4-6

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



Indians Take 2
Apr 29, 2018, 8:01 pm

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

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

 

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

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

 

 



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

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



Apr 29, 2018, 6:57 pm

Durham Bulls Lose Two

Game 1 / Durham Bulls bested by the Expos

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Adwild Perez – 2 for 3 / 1 RBI

JC Burks – 1 for 3 / 1 HR / 1 RBI

 

Game 2 / Durham Bulls never a threat against the Astros

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

Key Offensive Performances

JC Burks – 3 for 3 / 1 HR / 1 RBI

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

 

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



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

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

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

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

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



Apr 29, 2018, 5:25 pm

Ranger Rap

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

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

 

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

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

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

 



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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Yankee stars for game two

Jeremy Pease 2 for 3 with two passes

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

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

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

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

 



Mets Sweep!
Apr 29, 2018, 4:06 pm

Game 1 vs Silverman's Rangers

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

 

Game 2 vs Unell's Expos

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

 

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

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



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

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

     Game 1 @ Red Sox

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

     Game 2 vs. Cubs

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

Hitting Stars

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

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

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

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

     



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

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

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

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

Cubs offensive leaders on the day:

Alfredo Sardi- 5 for 6, SF

Brian Allsbrook- 3 hits

Thomas Kulcak- 5 hits, 3B

Ben Enlow- 4 hits, HR, BB

Aaron Nutt- 3B, BB

Danny Nutt- 3 hits

Jonathan Braun- 3 hits, 2B

Brian Dickerson- 2 hits

Larry Schnitzer- 4 for 5

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

 

 



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

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

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

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



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

Game 1 vs Red Wings field 4

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

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

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

Jon Simonson - 3-3, RBI, 3 run

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

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

Ketih  Dlott - 2-4, 3 RBI, run

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

 

Game 2 at Yankees field 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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

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

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



Apr 24, 2018, 7:04 am

Durham Bulls SWEEP!

Game 1 / Durham Bulls edge the Muckdogs in EXTRAS

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Greg Aymond – 3 for 5 / 2 RBIs

Eric Powers – 3 for 5 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

 

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

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Eric Powers – 4 for 5 /2 HRs / 5 RBIs

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

JC Burks – 2 for 4 / 1 HR / 4 RBIs

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Royals

0

0

2

2

1

0

4

9

20

Rangers

1

0

1

2

0

1

0

5

9

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.

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

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Orioles

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1

2

0

2

7

14

21

Royals

3

0

2

3

3

0

11

15

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.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

1

7

0

1

0

6

15

  23

Expos

3

0

1

5

1

2

12

  16

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.

 

Final

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2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

Rockhounds

0

0

7

0

3

2

0

12

20

Royals

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

10

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.

 

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