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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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2

3

4

5

6

7

8

R

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Lugnuts

4

0

4

0

0

2

0

0

10

20

Royals

2

0

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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3

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5

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7

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Royals

3

0

0

4

0

0

0

7

13

Yard Goats

4

0

0

0

0

0

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.

 

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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

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

R

H

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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2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Grasshoppers

1

1

   0

0

3

0

5

7

Royals

0

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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2

3

4

5

6

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Yankees

1

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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2

3

4

5

6

7

R

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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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4

5

6

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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

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Royals

2

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1

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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

1

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

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Orioles

2

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

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Royals

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7

0

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6

15

  23

Expos

3

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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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20

Royals

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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.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Pirates

0

2

3

0

4

1

10

18

Royals

3

3

1

4

0

x

11

13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

R

H

Royals

1

6

3

0

10

  20

22

Indians

10

0

0

3

0

13

16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Game 1 / Durham Bulls fall to the Rockhounds

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

Key Offensive Performances

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

Mitch Johnson – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Adwild Perez – 2 for 4 / 1 RBI

 

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

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

Key Offensive Performances

JC Burks – 2 for 2 / 1 HR / 3 RBIs

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

Eric Powers – 1 for 4 / 1 HR / 2 RBIs

 

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



Thunder Rolls
Mar 26, 2018, 9:00 pm

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

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

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



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

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

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

Numbers for the day- 

Alfredo Sardi- 4 hits

Brian Allsbrook- 2B

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

Danny Nutt- 6 hits, HR

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

Aaron Nutt- 6 hits, 4 HRs 5 RBIs

Jonathan Braun- 6 hits

Ian Contreras- 4 hits

Brian Dickerson- 2 hits

Larry Schnitzer- 3 hits, 3 RBIs

Brian Alvara- 3 hits, 2 2Bs



Mar 26, 2018, 6:15 pm

Ranger Rap

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

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

Ranger Supers:

Nick "Jim" Croci.....6/7  5 Runs 

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

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

Super sub Evan  4 RBI's and Ding Dong

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 



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

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



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

Rockhounds at Bulls field 4

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

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

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

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

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

Jacob Grubb - 2-4, 2 RBI, run

Robert Reighter - 2-4, 2B, RBI

Joe Beasley - 2-4, RBI

Keith Dlott - 2-4, run

 

Astros at Rockhounds field 7

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

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

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

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

Jacob Grubb - 2-4, RBI, 2 runs

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Great Day from:

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

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



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

Diamondbacks @ Grasshoppers (the battle of the Andrew Williamses)

Field 5, 6ish PM

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

 

Diamondbacks victory: 7-6.

 

Red Wings @ Diamondbacks

Field 2, 830ish PM

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

… until it wasn’t.

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

 

Diamondbacks victory: 25-24.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

 

Stros hit 9- HR's on day.

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

 (also a pretty good fielder btw)

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

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

Danny Marti-   1 HR

 

Great defense all around the diamond today.



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

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

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

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

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Red Wings

1

1

1

1

0

1

5

10

Royals

2

1

1

4

2

x

10

16

The win was a costly one for the Royals as Pierce suffered a severe hamstring tear in the top of the fifth and will likely be lost for most of the season.

Paul Villarroel   3 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, SF
JT Pierce  3 – 4, 1 Run, 3 RBI, 2B
Jose Baho  3 – 4, 3 Runs, 1 RBI, 2B
Carlos Moran  2 – 3, 3 RBI, 3B, SF
Greg Oetzmann  2 – 3, 2 Runs
Jaime Aron  1 – 2, 2 Runs, BB
 

In the nightcap, with the Royals fielding a patchwork defense, Greg Oetzmann (4 – 4) and Moran (3 – 3, 4 RBI) paced the Royals’ 20-hit attack in the victory over the Muckdogs, which saw every Royal have at least one hit.  In the top of the first, the Royals cycled through their batting order to take a commanding 6 – 0 lead.  Paul Villarroel – who was 2 – 2 in the inning – singled to lead off the game and moved to second on a walk to Pollack.  With one out Moran christened the new season by blasting a 3-run homerun over the left centerfield fence.  The ball was hit so hard that it had not yet reached the top of its trajectory when it cleared the fence.

One out later, the Royals staged an impressive 2-out rally on the shoulders of the bottom of their order.  Oetzmann tripled and scored on Larry Lachman’s double.  RBI singles by Al Valenti and Villarroel capped the 6-run first inning explosion.

Baho’s first homerun of the season – a mammoth, towering shot over the left field fence – and RBI single keyed the Royals' scoring in the second and third, while Aron continued his big day by rifling an RBI double and RBI single in the Royals’ fourth and fifth innings. 

With the Royals leading 12 – 2, Moran turned the Royals’ second double play of the day in the bottom of the fourth.  The Muckdogs had runners on first and second and only one out, when Moran fielded a ground ball to shortstop.  He tagged the runner heading toward third and threw to a stretching Aron to force the runner at second by a millisecond, completing the dramatic, 6–4 inning ending double play.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Royals

6

2

2

2

2

0

14

20

Muckdogs

2

0

0

0

5

4

11

18

Heading to the bottom of the fifth, the Royals were cruising with what appeared to be an insurmountable 14 – 2 lead.  Pollack had pitched four shutdown innings – including three consecutive scoreless frames – Baho had made half a dozen web gems in the outfield, and it looked like the game would end in a rout.  However, the score belied the Muckdogs’ perseverance and heart, as they began their epic comeback by scoring five in the fifth and four in the sixth.  With five runs in, two outs, and runners at second and third, Valenti made a game-saving scoop of Moran’s one-hop throw to first to end the fifth and preserve the 14 – 7 lead.

After holding the Royals scoreless in the top of the sixth – the first zero put up by the Royals all day – Eddie Tann singled for his third hit of the day, and David Wang launched a 3-run blast in the bottom of the frame to bring the Muckdogs to within four runs.  14 – 10.  The tension intensified as the Muckdogs scored one more run, reducing their 12-run deficit to three.  The high scoring thriller ended with a runner on first and the Muckdogs’ tying run in the on-deck circle.

Carlos Moran  3 – 3, 3 Runs, 4 RBI, 3-Run Fence HR
Greg Oetzmann  4 – 4, 2 Runs, 3B
Larry Lachman  2 – 2, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 SF
Jaime Aron  2 – 3, 1 Run, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
Jose Baho  2 – 4, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, Fence HR
Paul Villarroel   2 – 4, 1 Run, 2 RBI, SF
Rick Levy  2 – 4, 1 Run
Al Valenti  1 – 3, 1 RBI, BB



TIGER STARTS GREAAAAAT!!!!
Mar 19, 2018, 6:49 pm

Tigers vs Mets

Tigers open the season against the METS with a roar.  After a slow start the Tigers open with  the flood gates with two outs in the second with a 11 run tear.  Leading the way was Robert Garcia and Matt Ruckle with each scoring 2 runs. The Mets tried to answer with 2 in the bottom.  THe Tigers added more runs in the 3 and 5 inning.  The Mets tried to answer, but couldn't overcome the 2nd inning scoring. The Tigers won 18 to 9. 

 

Bulls vs Tigers.

The Tigers started strong against the Bulls in the second game by leading 7 to 1 after the first inning. The  Bulls came back and took the lead  12 to 7 with Tigers last at bat in the bottom of the 5th.  With bottom of the order coming up, Marc Kramen & Sam Jones each hit singles to get back to the top  order. Where they were able to scratch out 3 runs with two outs. Then the mighty Cesar Garza comes up and hits a double to tie the score at 12. The Tigers were unable to score anymore and lost 12 to 13.

 

 

 



Cubs confused on opening day
Mar 19, 2018, 10:24 am

On Sunday, the Cubs were more than somewhat confused as to when the 2018 campaign would actually begin.  With no uniforms, no caps and missing Ben Enlow and Alfredo Sardi, the Cubs fell to the Expos 13-8 and Astros 21-0.  When asked about his team's "offensive execution" for only scoring 8 runs in 2 games, Schnitzer borrowed from the Tampa Bay Bucs coach and replied, "I think that's a good idea."  

The Cubs will rebound next week when nearly a full squad is expected.



Mets Split Opening Day
Mar 18, 2018, 10:00 pm

Game 1 Field 5 vs Conns Tigers

Very tough opening game for the Mets. Defense was atrocious  from the get go and the offense was very slow out of the gate. We gave the Tigers a ton of extra chances and they made us pay. Bright spots in game 1 were Clint Hathcock going 3-3 with 2 doubles and Dustin Madlock getting 2 hits as well. We were getting clobbered and the at bats got much better in the last inning and we carried that momentum to the next game.

 

Game 2 vs Rakofsky's Red Sox Field 4 

After picking ourselves up we had a nice first inning with 4 runs scored. The Red Sox answered with 4 in the bottom of the 1st but the we just kept adding on were too much for the Sox to come back.  ROW JP Neyland was excellent defensivley and was 4-4 with 4 runs scored in game 2. David Shaw/Lee McDonald/Jon Kilburn drove in all the runs for the Mets. Team backed an excellent Licurse performance highlighted by two terrific defensive plays from Ron Roberts at 2b.

 

POW Lee McDonald 4-6 BB 3R 2 RBI 

ROW JP Neyland 6-8 4R excellent SS defense



Mar 18, 2018, 8:51 pm

Ranger Rap

In the season opener, the Ger's were not aware that the game had started and couldn't field or hit untill later in the game....pourous defense and lack of timely hits proved to be too much to overcome in an ugly 18-6 loss to Samsell's Rockhounds.  One bright spot was ROW candidate Nick "Jim" Croce who went 3 for 3 with a dinger.  Blake Jones also had a 3 run shot.

The Ranger's rallied in the second tilt creating a split on the day....the JJ Orioles were charitable making several errors around which the Ger's rapped out 18 hits including 8 2B's, a HR, and a 3B.  Dr C pitched well and the defense tightened up baby. It all added up to a 14-9 dercision for the Rangers.

Ranger Specials

Nick Croce  4/6, 4 runs, 4 RBI's and a Ding dong

Blake and "shake" Jones  3/5, 4 RBI's, 2B, HR

Jared Powers "that be"  3/5, 3 RBI's, HR

Carlos Rodriguez....C Rod  4/6, 2 2B's, 2 RBI's

Gary Frank  4/5, 3 runs, 2 2B's

Casper/Sil-2 BB's each



Durham Bulls win 2!!!
Mar 18, 2018, 7:22 pm

Game 1 / Durham Bulls handle Eusay’s Orioles

From the outset, the Durham Bulls put the gas pedal down and never let up against the Orioles in an impressive 14-8 victory. The story of this game was the offense provided by rookie Ryan Driggers, and the stellar pitching from veteran Michael Barth. The Bulls scored in four out of the six innings, and Michael Barth held a very powerful lineup in check for most of the game. Driggers blasted a homerun and had a whopping 8 RBIs. Adwild Perez chipped in two hits and Gumaro Castillo came through with a key RBI blast to left field for a double!

Key Offensive Performances

Ryan Driggers – 3 for 3 / 1 HR / 8 RBIs

Eric Powers – 4 for 4 / 2 RBIs

Craig Dyer – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 1 RBI

Game 2 / Durham Bulls need extras to defeat Conn’s Tigers

The Durham Bulls used consistent hitting and quality pitching to overcome a sketchy first inning in the field. The offense was led by Greg Aymond (back-to-back dingers) and Ryan Driggers, and once again, veteran pitcher Michael Barth was solid on the hill. The game Tigers rallied from a five-run deficit in the 6th to force extra innings. Rookie Ryan Driggers unloaded for a two out, go ahead homerun in the second extra frame and Barth shut the Tigers down for the victory.

Key Offensive Performances

Greg Aymond – 3 for 4 / 2 HRs / 3 RBIs

Ryan Driggers – 4 for 5 / 1 HR (game winning) / 3 RBIs

 

ROW – Ryan Driggers – 7 for 8 / 3 HRs / 11 RBIs

POW – Greg Aymond – 6 for 8 / 2 HRs / 4 RBIs



Thunder Topics
Mar 18, 2018, 3:59 pm

Opening Day looked like a wash out but the Softball Gods showed us favor and allowed our games to proceed. The opening game was against Garber’s Grasshoppers. The Grasshoppers started fast with 4. The Thunder countered with 4 after a leadoff double from Josh Forniglia in his Shalom league debut. Three more the next inning gave the Thunder a 7-4 lead before the Grasshoppers took an 8-7 lead heading to the bottom of the 4th. A double by Steve Hankin and a two run double by Alex Bruu put the Thunder on top by one. Two more from the Thunder increased the lead to 11-9 as the Grasshoppers fell one run short 11-10.

Game 2 was against the Strull powered Pirates coached by senior Olympian Bob Weinfeld. The Pirates led 3-2 after two innings when leadoff singles by Robbie Franklin, Tommy Baer and Steve Hankin got a 4 run rally started capped by a two ribby single from Scott Lawrence. A two run dinger from Grant Suman netted another 4 in the sixth as the Thunder led 12-8 heading to the bottom of the seventh. The Pirates rallied and Michael Bourque capped a great comeback by the Pirates with a two run blast down the right field line and a 13-12 Pirate victory.

Steve Hankin is our POW candidate with 4-5, a double, a triple, 4 runs and 2 rbi’s. Josh Forniglia is our ROW candidate with 4-5, a double, 4 runs scored and 3 rbi’s. In addition, Alex Bruu went 4-5, Grant Suman 4-6, Tommy Baer 3-5 and Ro Gulhati 4-7. Management was very pleased with the Thunder performance but disappointed that we couldn’t get the sweep to celebrate Ronn Forniglia’s 50th birthday.



Young Buccos Split
Mar 18, 2018, 3:27 pm

in a 1960 World Series rematch, go read Larry Farin‘s Game notes below. Pirates never got 

On track and Bombers took big time advantage. The ghost of Bill Mazeroski never appeared, so it was on to Game 2. 

In the nightcap, the Pirates got their first win, in walk off fashion, beating Miller’s Thunder 13-12. Michael Bourque supplied the heroics, the the game winning 2 out bases loaded line drive down the first base line knocking in the tying and winning run. Bourque was mobbed by his teammates. Smiles all around. The Bucco hitting was much better against Miller, accounting for 13 runs. Strull boys, newcomer Scott Richardson, Ralphie and of course Bourque were the hitting stars. Oh, Timmie Jamieson did have a couple of knocks of his own. Defense held up and it’s on to next weeks night games. Skipper Bob coming off a Big 5K title was very pleased with the split, adding “ It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” Carry on, Boys  

 



Orioles Confused about Opening Day
Mar 18, 2018, 3:16 pm

Due to the fact we didn't have uniforms today, the Orioles squad thought it was still practice games.  Poor communication from upper management was to blame.

Game 1 vs Haas' Durham Bulls was an event that should have had a tent over it and admission charged.  It started well for the O's with a 3 run first, but saw a quick answer of 3 from Cuddles Crew.  We took a 7-6 lead in the 4th on a 2 run dinger by Leo Cova but was short lived as the Bulls answered with a 5 run burst in the bottom of the frame to take an 11-6 and tacked on 3 more late. Final score 14-8 Bulls.

Game 2 vs. Silverman's Rangers saw an angry Rangers team come out firing to a 4-0 lead.  Silverman must have had a great motivational speech between games after their thrashing in game one.  They built up an 11-5 lead and never looked back.  Our bats and gloves were not present as we fell by a final of 14-9.  

A-Team performers today:

POW-Jeff Roberts 4 for 5, 3 Doubles, Triple, 2 RBI and 4 runs scored

Leo Cova 5 for 6 HR, Double, 5 RBI

John Burke was outstanding pitching but got no help from defense. Also was 3 for 5 at the plate with a Double and 2 RBI.

ROW- Nick Barr 4 for 6 HR, 2B, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored



Yankees Split on Opening Day 2018
Mar 18, 2018, 1:14 pm

In a rematch of the 1960 World Series, the Yanks hosted Skipper Bob's Pirates on Field 4. The Bronx Bombers scored 3 in the first and 5 in the second as Jeremy Pease had two hits with two runs scored in just two innings. Jason Niswonger and Stephen "The Bambino" Wedderburn were the rbi machines contributing 5 in 2 frames. The 9-12 batters all had hits in the second inning to build the lead as rookies Carlos Montesinos and Ozzie Zurita singled while veterans Doug Wolff and Mitch Dunn followed with safeties as well.

The Pirates rallied to make it a game but the Pinstripers prevailed 12-6 with solid defense especially Seth Pepkin in right field and Montesinos at second base.

 Larry Taub was a single's machine going 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored in his three plate appearances. The Pirates seemed to avoid pitching to Tommy Apligian as he was walked twice and hit a sac fly in his 3 at bats. 

The Yanks moved over to Field One to tangle with Casper's Red Wings. The Red Wings had a tough first game vs the Royals and took out their frustrations on the Bronx Bombers scoring 12 in the first inning and 23 for the game winning 23-15.

The Yankees had great hitting from Apligian (4 for 4 with a double and two fence bombs), Niswonger (3 for 4 with two runs scored), Wedderburn (3 for 4 with a bomb and 3 rbi's) and Erik Clausen (3 for 4 with a double).

 

 

 



Mar 17, 2018, 3:43 pm

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Nuts bang out 2 to come out on top!
Nov 18, 2017, 8:52 am

The Nuts came from the #7 seed in the Fall Shalom Playoffs to capture the league title by defeating the Brewers in a hard fought game 3 by the score of 11-10.

The eve started having the Nuts playing the once beaten Marlins in the 5:00 matchup. In a back and forth battle, the Nuts won a walk-off thriller 10-9 on a single by Sardi that scored Schnitzer from 2B. Pacing the important game #1 win were Samsel (2 hits, 2B, 3B), Sardi (2 hits, game winning RBI), Bone (2 hits), Captain Nutt (Series MVP, 3 for 3), Simonson (3 for 3), Chino (2 for 3).

Knowing they only needed one win for the championship, the Nuts played the Brewers for the 2nd time in 2 weeks and were quickly humbled as the bombing Brewers offense was too much for the Nuts to handle in this game. Final score, Brewers 19, Nuts 6.

In the 7 PM winner take all game, the Nuts were not to be denied as they took an early lead by scoring 4 in the 1st inning off hits by Samsel, Sardi, Nutt, Winsor and Simonson. 2 more runs were added in the 2nd and 4 in the 5th. Great pitching by Winsor and defensive gems by Samsel and Nutt kept the high scoring slugging Brewers to 10 runs after 7. With the game tied 10 a piece, the Nuts loaded the bases with Bone, Nutt and Simonson. With 2 outs and extra innings looming in, Chino singled in the game winning championship run with a liner to right scoring Bone and bringing home the title to the Nutts Nuts.

Captain Nutt was named MVP by going 3 for 4 including 2 HRs and 4 RBIs in the final game. The Nuts look forward to receiving their championship awards at the upcoming breakfast in December.



3 Nuts are better than 2
Nov 6, 2017, 5:19 pm

Looking to crack open the 2017 Fall Shalom Playoffs, the #7 seeded Nuts opened the day facing the #2 seeded Rangers. The Underdogs defeated the Rangers 11-3 backed by 3 hit performances from Samsel, Sardi, Bone, Anders and Simonson. Nutt, Chino and Storm each had 2 hits of their own and dandy pitching by sub Josh Winsor and defensive gems in right by London were key to the 1st win of the day.

Game 2 had the Nuts facing the powerful #1 seeded Brewers. Spectacular play at 2B by Sardi on a rally killing double play kept the momentum in favor of the Nuts as the Nuts prevailed 12-5. Samsel, Sardi, Bone, Nutt, Simonson and Storm all had 3 hits to fuel the victory.

After knocking off the #1 and #2 seeds, the Nuts now faced the #6 undefeated Marlins, AKA known as “Men in Orange”. The bottom of the Nuts batting order of Storm, Schnitzer and Ackerman all went 2 for 3 to rapidly turn the batting lineup over for the top as the Nuts cruised to a comfortable 15-6 victory earning the Nuts a spot to play for the Fall Title next Sunday. Samsel flashed some leather including a dandy double play in the win.



Marlins sweep to clinch 6 seed
Nov 1, 2017, 6:29 am

On a chilly Sunday morning, the Marlins came out focused and determined knowing that a potential playoff spot was at stake. Niswonger’s Cubs and Banta’s Express were the unlucky parties as the Marlins swept this week’s doubleheader.

 

In game 1, Niswonger’s Cubs competitively took the field with their regular lineup after resting the team's starters in their first game of the day. The Marlins took it out on the softball and built an early lead. The first two batters reached on base hits before Matt Brumley crushed a long ball, which quickly turned into back to back jacks after Matt Shwarts added the first of his two home runs in the game. Timely hitting and solid defense were on display for both squads in what became a seesaw affair. The Cubs held a late one run lead until Matt Myers smashed a deep fly of his own to tie the score. Going into the bottom of the sixth all knotted at 10, Kyle Kahn led off the inning with a single before hustling around to score on a clutch Jeremy Pease walkoff triple to make the home fans happy.

Notable performances:
Brian Smallwood (2 for 4)
Jeremy Pease (3 for 4, 2 extra base hits including a walkoff triple)
Matt Brumley (2 for 3, HR, 4 RBI)
Matt Shwarts (2 for 2, 2 HR, BB)
Matt Myers (2 for 3, game tying HR)
Tony Lowery (2 for 3)
Kyle Kahn (2 for 3, 2 R, rally starting hit, textbook barehanded play at 3B)

 

A lengthy delay awaiting the first pitch of game 2 was not enough to cool off a Marlins squad that came out ready once again against Banta’s Express. The Marlins took the lead quickly in this one and never looked back. This game featured Brian Smallwood, Matt Brumley, and Ryan Greenberg pounding out four hits each, as well as Scott Greenberg and Kyle Kahn pitching in three knocks apiece among several other contributors in a total team effort. Jeremy Pease flashed the leather with multiple webgems as the Marlins played airtight defense to keep the Express contained while the Marlins offense did its thing. The win resulted in the Marlins’ first sweep of the season and a playoff berth as the 6 seed.

Notable performances:
Brian Smallwood (4 for 5, 3 R, great running catch in LF)
Jeremy Pease (reached base 3 times, 3 R, ferocious D at 2B)
Matt Brumley (4 for 5, 3 HR, 8 RBI as well as a breezy swing and a miss)
Scott Greenberg (3 for 4, 2 RBI, solid pitching as usual)
Ryan Greenberg (4 for 4)
Tony Lowery (2 for 4)
Kyle Kahn (3 for 4, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Ronn Forniglia (2 for 3, BB, A+ pitch framing behind the dish)

 

POW: Jeremy Pease (4 for 7 with 2 BB, 4 runs, walkoff winner in game 1 to clinch playoff spot, defensive wizardry)



Nuts win 2, earn playoff spot
Oct 30, 2017, 1:39 pm

Needing to win 2 games for a chance at a coveted playoff spot, the Nuts started the day facing the Lake Monsters.  The Nuts’ bats came alive as they plated 18 runs off hits by nearly every member of the squad.  Alfredo Abraham was just a double short of a cycle, Tyler Samsel collected 4 hits (2 2Bs) and Alfredo Sardi collected 3 singles en route to an 18-8 victory.

Things were falling in place thanks to several teams losing a pair in the early games, and the Nuts knew that if they could defeat the White Caps, they had a mathematical chance to continue in the fall season.  In a game that was all Nuts from the start, the Nuts earned a much needed 19-3 victory.  Mike Anders (3 hits), Dustin Bone (2 hits) Aaron Nut (4 hits) and Alfredo Sardi (2 hits) led the offensive way.

The Nuts look forward to their playoff match up with the Rangers on Sunday.



White Sox End the Season with First Sweep
Oct 29, 2017, 11:59 am

The first game started off against Niswonger’s Cubs, and it looked like Niswonger wanted to give our team a head start with his batting line up in reverse order and slight change to his defensive alignment.  The White Sox did their best to take advantage early with 5 runs in the first inning starting with a home run by Carlos Rodriguez.  The White Sox were able to add on 5 more runs in the second inning by starting the inning with five straight base runners.  Niswonger’s Cubs were not about to go down easy, though. The Cubs were able to take advantage of some solid hitting and a couple of defensive miscues from the White Sox. The game remained close going into the sixth inning where the White Sox put up a final 3 runs to bring their total to 21.  The bottom of the sixth saw the White Sox hold on to the lead winning the game with their first victory of the year by more than one run, 21-17.

               

Game two, the White Sox were up against Casper’s Raptors.  The White Sox started the same way this game with 5 runs in the first inning while only allowing 1 by the Raptors.  That one run would be the only run that the Raptors would get as the White Sox played the best defense they have played all season against some solid shots from the Raptors. The game ended in a run rule in the fourth 16 to 1.  Everything seemed to go the White Sox way in game two giving them the first sweep of the season and first two wins of more than one run.

 

A big shout out to two great subs for the White Sox:

Ryan Tapley  4-6, 2 2B, 2 1B, 5 R, 3 RBI

Chad Matsuda 2-7, 1B, 2B, 2 R, RBI, Great Defense in left



Rubber Ducks Swirling Around the Drain
Oct 29, 2017, 2:24 am
After a promising start to the Fall season with a 21-5 run rule victory where our bats were on fire, Alexander's Rubber Ducks have largely underperformed letting many games get away from us early. Swimming upstream, we desperately needed 2 wins last Sunday to get back in the playoff race. The inspiration was there; our team was coming off a bye week that handed us the tragic loss of a beloved teammate and Shalom Softball brother Arlie Slack.
 
First, the Duckies squared off against the formidable White Sox of Brinkman/Alford fame on windy (the good kind) field 4. After some kind words from league mascot Sean Greeley, both teams lined up and participated in a brotherhood moment of silence for Arlie. Someone scrawled the initials AFS in the dirt by our dugout, matching our customized sleeves, we broke out to a rowdy scream of "Arlie"and the game began. Sticking first, the Sox JUMPED out to an 11-0 lead on great hits, fortuitous hits, Shalom hits and outright defensive miscues on our part. The Ducks were up against it again.
 
Encouraging each other in the dugout, we scraped by only 2 in the first. Then our defense bristled and kept the Sox from scoring. The last half of the order responded in the bottom of the second as Ben "Jammin" Rakofsky led off with a double, and we got a total of 7 back on no-doubt dingers from "Joltin" Joe Machado and Zack "Attack" Kazda (grand salami). The bottom came up huge again in the third frame; the first five Ducks reached base before Brian "Osgreat" Osgood roped a double, Matt Ruckel blasted one into the parking lot, and Jeff Radanof narrowly missed a tater settling for an RBI double--12 Ducks batted and 8 scored as we took the lead. The Duckies bats kept rolling, scoring 4 more runs in the fourth inning on hits by super-rookie Travis Olander, Chris "Chaos" Coffman, Sam "Superman" Jones, Kazda, Ruckel and captain Alexander.
 
Nearly an hour and a half into a crazy see-saw battle where defense was hard to come by, the Ducks found themselves down 23-22 going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Rallying around the memory of our missing brother Arlie, Sam Jones stayed hot leading off with a single from the 11 hole. After Osgood collected his fourth hit of the game moving up Jones, slugger Zack Kazda confidently smashed a 3-run walk-off bomb igniting an emotional Rubber Ducks come-back celebration! Ducks win 25-23
 
Osgood 4-4 SAC, 2B, 4 runs, 3 RBI
Kazda 4-5, 2B, 2HR (+grand slam) 4 runs, 9 RBI
Ruckel 3-4, HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI
Alexander 3-4 1 RBI
Radanof 2-3 SAC, 2B, 3 RBI
Rakofsky 3-4, 2B, 2 runs
Machado 3-4, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI
Olander 3-4, 3 runs
Coffman 2-4, 3 runs, 2 RBI
Jones 2-3, BB, 3 runs
 
In the second game, running way late, we moved over to windy SMALLER field 8 to face off against the red-hot Ortega's Expos. Hard hitting continued with a burst of 5 Duck runs in the top of the first: a single by "Mr. Perfect" Osgood, a double by Kazda, 2 run double by Ruckel, RBI double by Alexander and RBI hits from Machado and Radanof. Unfortunately, when they got their chance, the Expo bats were not to be denied this day as they exploded for (?!?!) runs! The Ducks faced the run-rule after the second frame before fighting back with 13 runs in the top of the third--hits aplenty with doubles by Machado, Jones, Radanof, a triple by Rakofsky and back-to-back bombs by Kazda (grand slam) and Ruckel
 
After that, we couldn't keep up. Maybe the emotion of the first game got the best of us, maybe the Expos are just that good, but the Ducks fell in another LONG game. We got our money's worth. The Ducks scored 23 but lose by 15... on the bright side we collected tons of hits, Ruckel lost 2 over the fence including a grand slam, and Brian Osgood and Jeff Radanof each launched dingers of their own. The stats were ridiculous on both sides...
 
Osgood 4-4 HR, 4 runs, 2 RBI
Kazda 2-4, 2B, GS HR, 3 runs, 4 RBI
Ruckel 3-4, 2B, 2HR (+grand salami), 3 runs, 7 RBI
Alexander 3-4, 2B, 3R, RBI
Radanof 4-4, 2B, HR, 3R, 2 RBI
Jeff Roberts 3-4, 1 run
Rakofsky 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI
Machado 4-4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI
Olander 2-4, 2 runs
Jones 2-3, 2B, 2 runs
 
Player of the Week: Arlie Slack
 
Look for the Rubber Ducks to finish up strong!


Marlins steady at .500
Oct 17, 2017, 11:21 pm
On a chilly Sunday morning at Heritage Yards, the Marlins saw the ups and downs in the Shalom League. In a close game against the Raptors, 6-6 after 3 innings, the Marlins busted out with their biggest inning of the year, batting around twice with the first 15 Marlins getting on base safely. Every Marlin got a hit and scored a run in the inning. For the game they get 2 HRs by Shwarts, 2 by Brumley, and a grand slam by Matt Myers. Big note, Capt'n Ronn with the bases loaded hitting a ball over the left fielders head turning a triple into a stand up double! Marlins win 22-6.
 
The second game was just the opposite, the Indians jumped on the Marlins with 10 runs in the top of the 1st. Ronn's team couldn't get that first game energy back, the Indians took an 18-2 lead at one time and cruised to a 25-8 win. The Marlins holding down the 7th spot in the playoffs with one week to go.
 
You've got to love the parity in this league!


Another split for the Raptors
Oct 17, 2017, 3:40 pm

Somehow preserving their playoff hopes despite consistently surrendering 10+ run innings, the Raptors played a decent game against the Nutts, and then after an hour off struggled to get any outs in the top of the 4th inning against the Marlins (despite being tied 6-6 going in). The Raptors will need to get their first sweep of the season in 2 weeks if they want to make it to the playoffs.



EXPOS SWEEP!!
Oct 16, 2017, 11:35 am

Game 1  EXPOS-38    DUCKS-23

 

The ducks opened the top half of the first by punching the spos right in the mouth. plating 5 runs on 8 hits and batting through lineup. but the Spos' were up for a fight and answered the ducks with a few hay makers of their own. sending 16 batters to plate and scoring 10 runs in the bottom half of the frame, Highlighted by a pair of 2 run bombs from Randy Ransom and John Kilburn. 

after holding the ducks to 2 runs in the top of the second the Spos erupted for 21 runs in the bottom half of the frame.  Led by John Burke's 3 hits in the inning and 2 a piece from fields, Garber, Oetzman, Hebbler, Johnson, the Kravitz clan, Ortega and Ransom(including his second HR of the game) the Expos found themselves with what seemed like a comfortable  31-7 lead after two..

however.. the Ducks were Game!! in what seemed like an instant the Ducks cut a 24 run deficit to 9, scoring 15 runs in the top of the 3rd..but in the rock em sock em flow of this game the Expos plated 6 more in the 3rd and eventually ended the game on a John Kilburn dinger in the fourth. 

 

Brett Kravitz 4-4  3B,  3 singles, 2RBI, 4R, SAC and as usual excellent defense in LCF

Ortega   4-4  a pair of wind aided HRs, a pair of 2B, 8 RBI, 4R, BB

kyle Kravitz   5-5  4 singles, 2B, 4RBI, 4R

Randy Ransom  4-5  2 HR, two 1B, 5 RBI, 2R

JB   3-4  2B, two 1B, RBI, 3R, BB

Kilburn  4-5  2 HRs, 2B, 1B, 4RBI, 3R

Ryan Fields 2-3  2B, 1B, 2RBI, 3R, BB   

Abbey Garber 2-4  3B, 1B, 3 RBI, 2R

G Oetzman 3-3  3 singles, RBI, 3R, BB

ray Hebbler  2-3  2B, 1B, BB, 3R    Ray made a huge play at plate..  managing to hang on to the ball while taking  an elbow to the nose (accidentally of course)

Steve Johnson 4-4  4 singles, 3 RBI, 3R

Lewis Zwick 1-2  1B, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2R   "Sweet" Lew does what he always does.. gets on base, turns our lineup over And start rallies. 

 

Game 2       EXPOS-13       CUBS-4

the Spos jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to an RBI single from JB and a 2 Run double by the "killbomber".. the cubbies answered with one of their own and were looking to add a few more with some aggressive base running but a great play by Lewis Zwick at the plate put a halt to cubbies in the first.. 

with one out and no one on Gregg oetzman tripled to start the expo rally in the 2nd.. an RBI single from Steve johnson followed by a Lewis Zwick walk, a brett Kravitz RBI double and triple by Ortega had the Spos out in front by a score of 7-1 after two innings. 

 A 3 run bomb by capt. Niswonger cut the expo lead to 7-4..

two runs in the 5th highlighted by an RBI triple from Ortega and a SAC fly from Kyle Kravitz and 4 more in the 6th off a garber 2 run double and a 2 Run single by Ray-Ray Hebbler gave the Spos the 13-4 victory.

 

EXPOS POW: Steve Johnson 6-7  6 1B, 4 RBI, 5R out of the 11 hole.. great d at 2B including a full extension diving stop!!

ROW:Brett Kravitz 7-8 2  3B, 2B, 4 singles, SAC 5 RBI, 6R

 

A special thanks to Kathy Garber for keeping the book. wonderful job, as usual

 

 

 



Lake Monsters salvage a split
Oct 15, 2017, 6:15 pm

Monsters @ White Sox 8:00 Field 9

Standard Operating Procedure, Monsters jump out to an early lead, 12-2 going into the bottom of the 3rd.  Brinkman's white stockings show a lot of heart and character, not giving up, in the end Captain Brinkman walks off the Monsters with a double to seal the comeback victory.  Though we came up short, Rookie Suman was 3 for 4 with 1 of his 3 HRs on the day.  DPrim was 3 for 4 with a bomb and Weddy was perfect on the game going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and 4 RBI.  Grant Carver was 2 for 4 and did a masterful job of battling the wind while on the bump.  Monsters fall to 5-6 on the season.

 

Monsters @ Rangers 9:00 Field 9

The task was tall facing the Rangers who'd only lost 3 games.  We just got walked off but didn't quit.  We laced them back up and won a hard-fought game against a game Rangers team.  8-8 going into the top of the 6th.  1 out, Foghorn Einhorn laces a single to RCF, another out and then the top of the order comes up and delivers.  6 straight hits with 2 outs in the top of the 6th, Suman, Prim, Weddy, Carver, JBraun and Strully put this one out of reach.  Rangers go quietly in the bottom of the frame and the Monsters get a much needed W!  Suman was 3 for 4 with 2 bombs, one of which being of the grand slam variety.  Weddy and Carver were a combined 8 for 8 with 8 RBI between them.  Tyler Turner was also 2 for 3 on the game.  Monsters get back to .500, 6-6 on the season.

 

ROW: Grant Suman 6 for 8, 2B, 3HRs (1 Grand Slam), 6R, 7RBI

POW: Grant Carver 6 for 8, 2B, 3R, 5 RBI and great pitching in tough wind.

 



Ranger Ramblings
Oct 15, 2017, 2:18 pm

The Ranger team resembles a MASH unit as we have had 3 surgeries this season with a 4th scheduled. Nonetheless, we had two games Sunday trying to preserve a 5 game win streak. The Whitecaps built an 8-5 lead after 4 innings despite two Tim Jamieson triples and a Brad Earls dinger. The Rangers rallied to close it to 8-7 with two runners on but a liner to shortstop ended the rally.

Game 2 was against the Lake Monsters. A 3 run homer by Nick Barr started the Ranger scoring. A two run single by Barr gave him 6 ribbies for the game as it was knotted at 8-8 going into the last inning. The Lake Monsters started with two down in the last and the floodgates opened as they rolled to a 13-8 win.

Nick Barr was our POW candidate with 4-5, a home run and 8 rbi’s. Tim Jamieson was 4-7 with three triples. The Rangers will re group in two weeks with a high concentration of subs for the playoff run.



Raptors snag a victory
Oct 3, 2017, 8:56 am

Despite playing on two very offensive oriented fields, the Raptors struggled to score Sunday, only managing to score in first game when they hit a home run.

 

The second game was an unusually quiet defensive/pitching battle which took place on field 9 against the power-hitting Cubs. Cade McDougald broke in his glove by catching 3 lineouts from the very persistent Justin Reed, who did hit the ball pretty hard. Wayne Casper gets a special nod for holding the Cubs to 2 runs on field 9.

 

Raptors' POW: Cade McDougald 3-5 2 HRs, 2B, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored, excellent SS defense
Raptors' ROW: Danny Marti 4-6, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored

 

 



Whitecaps "Recap" Week 4
Oct 2, 2017, 6:03 pm

Nothing much to say that we put up a hard fought effort with 3 players missing from our lineup (we tried our best, but we lost both games)

Game 1

Lost 13-6 against the Expos

 

Game 2

Lost 20-10 in 5 innings 

(our first game that was called against us due to the run rule)

 

Whitecaps look forward to rebounding in 2 weeks against the Rangers and Cubs (and we will defintely have a full team for sure).

 

Thank you for Matt Lekfovitz for Subbing on our team (it was a pleasure having you join us)

 

Jeremy "Turbo" Golden



EXPRESS SWEEP!
Oct 2, 2017, 1:17 pm

The Express started the day taking on rookie skipper Sean Brinkman and his pale hose. Despite a long ball by Rhino Alford in the 1st and skipper Banta not being able to retire Papa Royce, the Express claimed their 2nd victory of the season with good defense and timely hitting lead by Robert Garcia and John Banta, both going 3 for 3. A 3 run bomb by Alex Bruu in the 5th gave the good guys some breathing room to solidify the win. Final Score 10-6. 

Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2 Runs Scored

John Banta                3 for 3, 2 Singles, Double, 2 Runs Scored, 2 RBI’s

Game 2 had The Express taking on Kelly Alexander’s Rubber Ducks. The Express came out firing, scoring 5 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd and held a comfortable 13 run lead until the Ducks put 4 on the board in the bottom of the 4th. Top hitters were Robert Garcia and Alex Bruu both going 3 for 4 with the big blow again being a 3 run homer by Bruu to make the final score 16-10.

Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           3 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, Double 2 RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 2 Singles, HR, 5 RBI and 2 Runs Scored

 

POW: Robert Garcia - 6 for 7, 5 Singles, Double, 2 RBI's and 5 Runs Scored

ROW: Alex Bruu - 4 for 7, 2 Singles, 2 HR’s, 8 RBI's and 4 Runs Scored



Brewers split before much needed Bye Week
Oct 2, 2017, 11:50 am

Game 1, Field 3, 9:00 AM Brewers @ Cubs

The Brewers scored 3 in the top of the first, highlighted by a 2 RBI single from darkhorse MVP candidate Kyle Crouse. Ashley Mort beat out a double play ball by two full steps but was called out on the worst safe/out call I have ever seen to end the first. After a shutdown inning in the bottom of the first, the Brewers added a run in the second. Matt Parker beat out a double play ball but was called out on the second worst safe/out call I have ever seen to end the second. The Cubs cut the 4-run deficit in half in the bottom of the second before taking the lead with 3 runs in the third. The Brewers would only manage 1 run in each of the last 3 innings, and the Cubs would go on to win.

Cubs victory: 8-7.

Game 2, Field 1, 10:00 AM Whitecaps @ Brewers

The Whitecaps opened with a run in the first, but the Brewers responded with 5. After a shutdown top of the second, the Brewers exploded with 15 runs in the bottom of the frame. Six different Brewers scored multiple runs in the inning, highlight by a grand slam from Andrew Williams and a Kyle Crouse fence bomb to make it back-to-back homers. The Brewers wouldn't score again, but the Whitecaps would chip away for the next three innings to make the final score 20-10 in the fifth inning run rule.

Brewers victory: 20-10.



The Wrigley Rally
Oct 2, 2017, 8:02 am

Cubs vs Brewers 8-7

A back and forth battle that ends in the Cubs favor.  The Brewers jumped out early as the Cubs committed a string of fielding errors to give the Brewers extra outs.  Rallies in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings allowed the Cubbies to walk a way in a squeker 7-8.

 

Cubs vs Raptors 2-5

The pitching of Wayne Casper was just to much for the loveable loosers to overcome.  The Cubs turn in another great defensive effort allowing only five runs on field nine.  But when you only score two runs it is hard to win.  On a side note/silver lining...Tony Dillard put a dent in the fence and got his first triple of the season.



Nuts lose a pair
Oct 1, 2017, 7:54 pm

The Nuts opened the day sitting 4 and 4, but came away a disappointing 4 and 6 with 4 games to play.  In game 1 vs the Indians, the Nuts scored 1st and were feeling pretty good.  A grand salami was provided by sub Zaccardo and a 2 run blast by Anders gave the Nuts a 6-0 lead.  The Nuts added 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 1 in the 6th on the way to a 1 run defeat.  Final score, Indians 12, Nuts 11.

 

In game 2 vs the Rays, it was all Rays as the Nuts were held in check losing 13-6.  POW nominee Simonson went 3 for 3 and Bone played solidly in RCF in an attempt to keep the Nuts close.

 

The Nuts will rebound in 2 weeks in a final push to get a coveted playoff spot. 

 

 



Monsters lose 2
Oct 1, 2017, 7:45 pm

Rubber Ducks @ Monsters Field 9

Per usual, Monsters start off hot sending 8 to the plate in the top of 1.  Hits by TMac, Weddy, Blue Carver and Strully, Ribs by Prim, Carver and Strully.  End of 1, 3-0 good guys.  5 by the Ducks in the top of 2 was matched by 4 in the bottom half of the frame.  HRD (Human Rain Delay) Lachman leads off burning the LCF for a double, Goldy walks, TMac, Prim and Weddy clean up the messy bases.  Monsters would only score 3 more runs the remainder of the game while the Ducks kept the runs flowing throughout, final score, Ducks 19, Monsters 10.  

Bright spots, Prim was perfect on the game (and the day) going 2 for 2 with a single, laser beam over the fence, SF, 3 RBI and 2 Runs scored.  

JB (Braun) was also perfect on the game (and the day) going 2 for 2 with a BB and a run scored.

Monsters @ Expos Field 4

Per usual, Monsters drop a 6 spot in the top of 1 sending all 11 guys to the plate.  5 consecutive hits, TMac, Rookie Suman, Prim, Weddy, Carver and JB bot things rolling with mop-up duty on the Ribs by Tyler Turner and Lachman.  That was about all she wrote offensively in this game as we could only muster up one more run the entire game.  An Early exit to go watch football as the run-rule was in effect, Expos 17, Monsters 7.  

Bright Spots, Prim was 3 for 3, 2B, 3R, RBI

JB was 3 for 3 with a run scored.

Week off is just what's needed!  

POW: Jonathan Braun: 5 for 5, BB, 2 Runs

ROW: Donald Prim: 5 for 5, SF, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 4 Runs



Rangers Roll!
Oct 1, 2017, 6:41 pm

The Rangers are Rolling! First up were Casper’s Raptors. The Raptors held a 5-3 lead after 2 ½ innings when the Rangers broke loose for 7. The big hits were a run scoring double from Tim Jamieson, a two run single from Carlos Moran and a two run double from Robert Santiago. The Rangers held the Raptors and went on to win 11-5.

Game 2 was against Roth’s Indians. This game was knotted at 8 going into the bottom of the 5th and again the Rangers erupted for 6 on 5 singles and a couple of walks to win 14-8.

Our POW candidate was Badger, who led the way with 5 for 5, 5 runs scored and his usual outstanding defense. This will be the season ender for Badger as he under goes the knife prior to our next game. He will be sorely missed. Tommy Baer was 5-6, Nick Barr 4-6 and Carlos Moran 3-5. The results leave the Rangers in a tie for first with the Cubs with 4 games left in the regular season.



Lots of Runs not enough/White Sox Lose 2 More
Sep 28, 2017, 7:20 pm

The White Sox had a decent start to the first game against Casper’s Raptors plating 3 runs in the top of the first. Unfortunately, the Raptors scored 12 in the bottom of the first that was enough to secure the victory for the game. The White Sox did not give up, though. They kept scoring runs and made it a two run game into the fifth inning, but the Raptors tacked on 7 in the bottom of the fifth. The top White Sox producers of the game were Jason Chapman, Ryan Alford, Patrick Sanchez and Steven Garcia. Each one went 2-3 and where responsible for most of the runs scored during the game. 

 

Second game of the day was against Williams’s Brewers. This game had a little more excitement than the first. The White Sox took the lead in the first, 1-4, but gave up the lead in the second, 5-6. The game was tied 6-6 going into the fourth when the White Sox flipped the bottom of the lineup that allowed the top to do its job, bringing in 4 runs to take the lead 10-6. The White Sox were looking to earn their third one run win of the season going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Brewers also flipped the bottom of their lineup. Captain Williams came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs and was able to get a game winning hit to right center field for the one run victory. White Sox stars: Sub Tyler Shulman went 3-3 in the game, and Jason Chapman was able to get a huge 2 out, bases loaded, 3 RBI double for the game. 

 

The White Sox look to improve their record next Sunday against Forniglia’s Marlins and Banta’s Express.



Tale of 2 Rays
Sep 27, 2017, 5:40 pm

It was a tale of two Rays teams as the defensive lapses returned in the first game and contributed mightily to a 12-7 loss to the Indians. But the fellas bounced back in game two with solid defensive play and an offensive surge in beating the Raptors 21-6.

 In that first game, Josh Winsor continued his strong fall season with a two-run homer and a three-run shot. Ben Enlow added a two-run homer and Jeffrey Lewin contributed two singles.   

Winsor was an ace again on the mound in facing the Raptors and Lee McDonald (first action of the season) backed him with two singles, a double and a three-run homer. David Warren added his own three-run shot along with a single and double (both guys just a triple short of a cycle), and Max Henry had four hits, including a double. Nick Milton continued his solid output from the leadoff spot by getting on base three times. 



Nuts Come from behind in the opener but ran out of gas in 2nd game
Sep 25, 2017, 7:01 pm

 

Nuts vs Expos

Nuts came into the day .500 looking for its winning pair of the season. Not much to say in this game as the Nuts sticks didnt come alive until the last few innings. Highlight of this game was Doug Storms walkoff single as the Nuts scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to give us the 8-7 victory!

In game 2 the Nuts traveled to field 1 to play the Marlins who were also .500 to start the day.  Again not much offense from the Nuts. Marlins downed the Nuts 7-6 in this one.



Raptors open strong
Sep 25, 2017, 6:24 pm

The Raptors opened the day strong with 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning against the White Sox, batting through their lineup. Troy Steele hammered 2 grand slams during the inning, although the first one was mysteriously called back due to a very creative foul call. Jimie Simeone also smashed a 2 RBI triple during the inning. With some uncharacteristically solid defense, the Raptors held strong until the bottom of the 5th, when they put up another 7 runs, sparked by a Jimie Simeone solo homerun, and followed by a 3 run homer from Danny Marti and a solo bomb by Cade McDougald. The game was closed out 19-11 for the Raptors.

The second game was not so strong for the Raptors, as they were unable to put up any runs in the first, and found themselves down 12-1 after 2 innings. The Rays continued to smash the ball. Cade McDougald did hit a 3 run homerun in the 4th, right before the Raptors were run-ruled.

 

Raptors Player of the Week- Cade McDougald, 6-7, 2 HRs, 5 runs scored, 5 RBIs.

Raptors Rookie of the Week- Jimie Simeone, 3-6, 1 HR, 1 3B, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs.



Whitecaps "Recap" Week 3
Sep 25, 2017, 1:38 pm

Whitecaps Recap

 

Game 1 vs Lake Monsters

 

Lake Monsters jumped out early on us in the 1st inning with them scoring 4 (and us only managing to score 1). In the 2nd inning, the Whitecaps wanted to show the Lake Monsters that we meant business and put up a 10 spot that inning and having everyone in the lineup get a hit. We put up 6 more runs in the 3rd inning (and the game was called after 5). Great hitting all around on both teams!

 

Final Score

Whitecaps 18 – Lake Monsters 8

 

Game 2 vs Rubber Ducks

Whitecaps starting off hot in the 1st inning, but only put together  run that inning (incredible defense by the Rubber Ducks that inning). In the 3rd inning, we decided to settle down and put together 14 runs that inning (which included a 3 run HR by POW Rookie nominee Paul Villarroel). 5th inning started with a single by “Turbo” Golden, to go along with a 2 run HR by Sean Greeley, back to back singles by Jose “Lasagna” Baho and Brad Parr (I am still trying to think of a nickname for you) and another HR by Paul Villarroel (another 3 run HR). Whitecaps managed to score 6 times that inning and the game was called after 5

 

Final Score

Whitecaps 23 – Rubber Ducks 7

Whitecaps are 1 game behind the Cubs for 1st place and are leading the league in runs scored. This team is definitely a force to be reckoned with. We look forward to our next opponents (the Expos and Brewers). 

 

POW Nominee: Sean Greeley 8 for 8 (7 singles, HR, 6 runs scored, 3 RBIs)

ROW nominee: Paul Villarroel 6 for 8 (2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 HRs, 12 RBIs)

 



Sep 25, 2017, 9:05 am

Cubs vs Express 14-8

Amazing hitting by the Cubbies in game 1 Sunday.

Justin Reed 4-4, fence bomb, triple, two singles, two RBI

Steve Haas 3-4, double, two singles, one RBI

Darius Wu 3-4, HR, two singles, three RBI

Jason Niswonger 3-4, HR, two singles, four RBI

Larry Farin 3-4, three singles, one RBI

Nick Croce 3-3, three singles, two RBI

 

Cubs vs Lake Monsters 5-3

defensive struggle and great heart shown by both teams



Monsters on the wrong end of a sweep
Sep 24, 2017, 9:55 pm

Monsters @ White Caps Field 7

The day started off well with the Monsters getting off to a hot start scoring 4 in the top of the 1st as table setters TMac and Suman get on for Weddy who comes up and hits one off the top of the fire station on Field 7, Prim follows up with a double to be knocked in on an RBI single by the coach turned player, BDS.  The 2nd inning was much like the first as we string together some hits by Suman, Weddy and Prim to plate another 3 runs.....then, well lets just say the wheels came shooting off.  The Caps erupt for 10 in the bottom of two, the Monsters offense is shut down for only 1 more run the rest of the game and a good ole' fashion ass kicking commences, Caps 18 Monsters 8 falling to 5-2 on the season.

Cubbies at Monsters Field 3

This was a good old fashion pitchers duel with Farin playing the part of Greg Maddux and Blue Carver playing the role of Randy Johnson.  Farin scatters 8 hits over 6 innings, neither team could get just a whole lot going on offense and in the end the Monsters we sent back to the bottom of the lake to lick their wounds losing a tough one 5-3 falling to 5-3 on the weekend.  

Player of the week 

TMac: 4 for 6, 2 Doubles, 3 Runs (30% of our runs scored on the day)

Rookie of the week

Donald Prim: 4 for 5, 2 Doubles, 2 Runs (20% of our runs scored on the day)

Onward and upward gents, head up and we go get'em back next week!



Marlins split
Sep 24, 2017, 3:12 pm

Game 1:

 The Marlins start off hot with 4 runs in each of the 1st 2 innings, but just had an 8-7 lead. After a see-saw battle, the Rangers won it with 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th, 12-11.

 

Game 2:

 The Marlins traveled home to field 1 against the Nutts. In a hard fought defensive game the Marlins hung on for a 7-6 win. The big moment of the game was the game winning 320 ft. solo BOMB to LC by Matt "M&M" Myers in the 4th inning. With that win it kept the Marlins still in the hunt for one of the "Elite Eight" spots with 6 games remaining.



Ranger Ramblings
Sep 24, 2017, 2:37 pm

What a beautiful morning to play two! Game 1 was against the Marlins. They opened with 4, we responded with 6 as 9 of the first 10 batters got hits. Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth with the Marlins holding an 11-10 lead. Robert Santiago, Kelly Welton and Brandon Strull all singled to load them up. With one out, Tim Jamieson ripped a single scoring two for an exciting 12-11 win.

Game 2 against the Express saw the Rangers score another 6 spot in the first. Four more in the second left us with only a 10-7 lead after two. A three run blast by Tim Jamieson in the 4th and a grand slam in the parker by Ro Gulhati in the sixth sent the Rangers to a 20-7 victory.

Tim Jamieson as our POW candidate led the way with 7-8, a home run and 8 rbi’s. Carlos Moran was 5-6, Brandon Strull 5-8, John Miller and Badger 4-7 and Ro Gulhati 4-6.



Marlins take two of three
Sep 20, 2017, 3:27 am

 

Game 1

The Marlins find themselves up against the only undefeated team in the TSSL after week one, The Expos. Also, they will be facing them without their #3 draft pick and her husband Matt Shwarts, the outfield leader and (LC). The Marlins start the game with 3 runs in the top of the first inning. This was a hard fought defensive close game until Matt Brumley stepped up to the plate in the 5th inning. With two men on Brumley hits a 3 run bomb (HR) which in the end is all the Marlins needed to win the game 8-6.

 

Game 2

At the beginning of this game against the red hot Brewers, it started warming up temperature wise and one person for the Marlins felt it and not in a good way. The Marlins were either jet lagged from the trip over to field 7 or started to not feel 100% and decided to take this game off to prepare for game 3 of the triple header. They some how found a way to score Tony Lowery on a fielders choice hit ball and try for a double play, but with Matt Myers speed, that wasn't going to happen. Marlins had six hits and one run in a 13-1 beating from The Brewers.

 

Game 3 

Earlier in the week Capt'n Ronn of the Marlins had some minor health issues, according to him. And no, it was not because he drank too much Root Beer at a softball field and was hungover. His doctor told him it was his blood pressure acting up and quickly gave him some meds to prevent any kind of stroke. Also, his doctor suggested or maybe told Capt'n Ronn to take it easy through the weekend, just to be on the safe side. And at the beginning of game 3 Capt'n Ronn wished he would had listened to his doctor.

 

With game 3 ready to start against The White Caps, Capt'n Ronn was nowhere to be found. Unless you were looking in a shaded area with a faucet and cold water. After removing himself from the lineup and asking the Marlins to take the field without him, game three began.

 

Finally at the bottom of the fourth inning to the top of the 5th inning, Capt'n Ronn cooled off and was walking towards the quiet Marlins dugout and down by 2 runs. That did not last long once the Capt'n stepped into the dugout and started yapping away like always. Then, once the Marlins saw that their Capt'n was going to be alright, they rallied around each other and came closer as a team and pulled out a come from behind, extra innings win 8-7.

 

My hat goes off to the Marlins for coming together as a team when their captain needed them to do so. I can not thank them enough for putting their hearts into it and giving 110% to the end. If I could nominate all of them as POW, I would do it in a heart beat. If you would have witnessed it all, I believe you would agree.

 

Thank you guys,

 

Capt'n Ronn

usually #21

 

Also, a thank you to Jeremy Golden, the Captain of the White Caps, for understanding the situation and for his concerns. You're a good man in my book, I don't care what they say about you......lol.....jmwy

 



1 is better than none
Sep 19, 2017, 10:37 pm

The Rays were up against it Sunday. Ben Enlow was out, Joel Sandman Sands blew both quads and Ron Roberts had to depart early. But the Rays proved again that they can score bunches of runs, although not enough to avoid two out of three losses on the day.

The Rays fell in the first game 12-8 to the Lake Monsters and were carried by the big bat of Max Henry, who went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer. Supersub Powers collected two hits. The defense, meanwhile, continued to improve.

The team collected its first win of the season in game two, beating Alexander’s Rubber Ducks with a 14-run barrage. Jeffrey and Ryan Lewin had five hits between them. Nick Milton, Powers, Michael Weber and Roberts each had multiple hits.

In the final game of the day, the Rays scored 16 runs but fell by a run to Brinkman’s White Sox. Scrappy effort as the Rays came back time and again. Powers had two home runs (one a slam) and Josh Winsor added a double and a late two-run homer that kept the game close. Winsor also pitched mightily and smoothly handled a number of comeback balls to the mound.

Although the season record so far ain’t what it should be, the Rays are scoring runs, shoring up their defense and, as long as the captain keeps the disco playing, having fun playing ball.


Two Competitive Games/One Blow Out
Sep 19, 2017, 5:57 pm

The White Sox started the day against Golden’s White Caps. The White Sox played small ball the first two innings scratching across 3 runs with hits from Jason Chapman, Steve Garcia, Michael Bourque, Brandon and Royce Alford, and Dwayne Henson. Good ole Ryno brought the big stick to the plate in the third inning when he crushed a two run homer. The White Caps kept hanging around and finally went ahead to stay in the fifth inning. 

 

The second game against Ortega’s Expos was what most would call slightly depressing as the White Sox only scored one run compared to 23 from the Expos. The bottom four in the lineup only made it to the plate once, as the run rule went into affect. Mistakes were made on defense and the ball had trouble finding green on offense. Hats off to Ortega’s Expos for playing a great game. 

 

In a repeat of week one, the White Sox avoided a sweep by pulling out a victory in Game 3 against Apligian’s Rays. Carlos Rodriguez started the game off on a great note with a solo homer to left. Ryno and Patrick “Dirty” Sanchez followed up with a couple of doubles which were then followed by three straight singles from the middle of the lineup (Garcia, Brink, and Bourque). 4 runs made it to the plate to start the game in the first with 2 more tacked on in the second, 5 more in the third and another 5 in the fourth. The White Sox had to play solid defense in the bottom of the sixth to maintain a 1 run lead against the Rays. Big games from rookies Adwild Perez and Carlos Rodriguez along with veterans Patrick Sanchez and Brandon Alford were instrumental to this victory. 

 



Raptors continue to struggle
Sep 19, 2017, 12:08 pm

The Raptors gave up 5 runs with some very generous defensive play in their opener against the Indians, and despite Wayne Casper and Danny Marti singling their way on base, followed by a Cade McDougald fence home run, the Raptors' offense fizzled out, and they were unable to fully answer. This trend would continue through until the games final 17-11, with the Raptors generously gifting additional outs each inning, despite both Cade and Troy Steele pounding 3 run HRs over the fence.

 

The Raptors found a way to score against the beliguered Express (who were 2 players short of a full squad), and put up an initial solid 8 runs after batting through the order, including a grand slam from Troy Steele and an inside the park 2 run HR from Barry Epstein. This game ended 17-10 for the Raptors.

 

In their third game, playing against a cobbled together Lake Monsters team (which strongly resembled a certain Spring squad), the Raptors continued to generously provide their opposition with additional outs each inning, and despite the efforts of Cade McDougald with a 2 run HR in the third, and Danny Marti with his 3 RBIs, the Raptors were closed out of this one 18-9.

 

The Raptors POW is Cade McDouglald, who was 6-8 on the day, with 2 BBs, 3 HRs, and 8 RBIs.

The Raptors ROW is Danny Marti, who was 7-10 on the day, with a 3B, 6 RBIs, and who went against the grain and played excellent defense in LCF.



The Wrigley Rally
Sep 19, 2017, 9:47 am

Cubs vs Ducks 7-4

The glare shined bright as two teams battled the same enemy on field 5…the Sun. Darius Wu and Jason Niswonger both dialed long distance to put the Cubbies on the Board. Amazing pitching by Larry Farin to hide the ball in the sun and diving defensive plays by Chris Peterson helped to hold the Ducks to only four runs.

 

Cubs vs Rangers 12-3

The bats were turned loose as everyone got involved and the Cubbies steal another win. Justin Reed was on fire going 3-4 with two doubles into the wind and off the wall. Steve Haas, Darius Wu, Nick Croce, and Chris Peterson added two baggers as well as the team rallied to put up 12 runs. Larry Farin batted 1.000 and once again pitched a gem of a game giving up only three runs.

 

Cubs vs Nuts 7-4

In a very close game the Cubs came out on top while facing an excellent fireball pitcher on the Nuts. Darius Wu did what Darius Wu does and hit a three run blast into the wind on field four to tie the game at four in the third inning. The game remained tied until the fifth inning when Chris Peterson and Rick Lewis started the inning with back to back singles followed by walks to Steve Haas and Darius Wu. The bases were loaded for Jason Niswonger who hit a base clearing double that turned out to be the difference. Excellent outfield work by George Reed, Justin Reed, Eric Clausen, and Seth Pepkin ensured the game stayed close as a true team effort allowed the Cubs to fly the W flag.



Whitecaps "Recap" Week 2
Sep 18, 2017, 1:23 pm

Whitecap Recap

Game 1 Vs White Sox

Both teams played evenly…but the Whitecaps were down 7-6 in the 5th inning until we put 5 runs that inning and added another run in the 6th inning

 

Final Score Whitecaps 12 – White Sox 7

Hitting Stars for game 1

Sean Greeley – 4 for 4 with 4 singles, 3 runs scored,

Jose “Mr. Lasagna” Baho – 3 for 4 with 3 singles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBIs

Paul Villarroel – 3 for 3 with 3 singles, 1 run scored, 4 RBIs

Alex “Bust a move” Bustillo 2 for 2 with 2 singles, 1 run scored, 3 RBIs

 

Game 2 Vs The Nuts

As good ol’ JR would say…”this was a sloberknocker”

Whitecaps scored 6 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd, and 16 (yes…16 in the 3rd) and the game was called after 3 innings

Hitting Stars for game 2

Reece (Mr. Pieces) Leonard – 3 for 3 with 3 Singles, Walk, 4 Runs Scored, 2 RBIs

Sean Greeley – 4 for 4 with 4 singles and 4 runs scored

Jose Baho – 4 for 4 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, 6 RBIs

Paul Villarroel – 2 for 3 with 2 singles, walk, 2 runs scored, 3 RBIs

Alex “Bust a Move” Bustillo – 3 for 4 with 3 Singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Dustin Madlock – 2 for 2 with 2 singles, walk, 1 run scored and a RBI

Keith Dlott – 3 for 3 with 3 singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Aaron Sasson – 2 for 3 with 2 singles and 2 runs scored

Great hitting all around by the Whitecaps

Game #3 Vs Marlins

With 10 Marlins on the field (and missing their person sailing the Marlin ship Captain Ronn). The Whitecaps were trying to carry over what they had from Game 2 to Game 3. Unfortunately…we came up short in extra innings losing 8-7 (we do wish Ronn gets well soon though)

 

Star players of the game

The Z-Man Mitchell Zimmerman – 2 for 3 with 2 Singles, 2 runs scored and a RBI

Brad Parr – 2 for 3 with 2 singles and a RBI

Alex Bustillo – 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 runs scored

 

The Whitecaps are looking forward to going back to the normal schedule of 2 games every Sunday!

 

Our POW Nominees for this Sunday are

Reece Leonard (who is also our ROW nominee) – 6 for 10

Sean Greeley – 9 for 12

Jose Baho – 8 for 11

Brad Parr – 6 for 9

ROW Nominee Alex Bustillo – 7 for 9

ROW Nominee Paul Villarroel – 5 for 9

Dustin Madlock – 4 for 6



EXPRESS PLAY WITH 8 - LOSE ALL 3
Sep 17, 2017, 7:05 pm

The Express gambled by trying to play with 9 but a technical communication glitch left us with only 8 players taking on the Nutts. The Express started off with 3 quick runs in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd with a fence bomb from Alex Bruu. Express added a run in the 3rd and 4th before succumbing to a Nutt run rule. Final Score 17-7.

 

Hitting Stars:

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 2 Singles, HR, 2RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Steve Uman               3 for 3, 3 Singles, 2RBI’s

 

Game 2 had The Express taking on Casper’s Raptors. Again, we opened up the scoring with 3 in the 1st with a Robert Garcia HR. The Raptors answered with 8 of their own. We added 1 in the 3rd and 2 in the 4th highlighted by a Scott Frazier triple and a Robert Garcia double. But after shutting out the Raptors for 2 innings they bounced back with 4 runs in the 4th. The Express answered with 4 of their own in the top of the 5th with RBI singles from Bruu and Frazier. An untimely error gave the Raptors their last 5 runs to clinch a 17-10 victory.

 

Hitting Stars:

Robert Garcia           4 for 4, Double, 2 Singles, Walk, HR, 3RBI’s and 3 Runs Scored

Alex Bruu                  3 for 4, 3 Singles, walk, 1RBI and 3 Runs Scored

 

In game 3, the Express ran into the mighty Brewers captained by Kid Williams. Unfortunately, we ran out of gas playing with 8 guys all morning. The lone bright spot was 2 RBI double by Scott Frazier before the Brewers closed the day by run ruling the short-handed Express and handing us our 3rd loss of the day. Kudos to the team for fighting through the captain’s error.

 

Hitting Stars:

Greg Ritter               2 for 2, 2 Singles, Walk

Scott Frazier             1 for 2, Double, 2RBI

 

Express POW: Alex Bruu - 7 for 11, 6 Singles, BB, HR, 6 Runs Scored, 3 RBI's

 



Lake Monsters Roll to a sweep
Sep 17, 2017, 5:24 pm

Rays at Monsters, Field 9, 8:00 aka lovely sun....

Missing the big bopper, Benny Enlow, the Rays came out hot in the first plating 3 only to be answered by a 5 spot of our own powered by a Suman 2 run dinger.  Rays rally back in the third plating 5 of their own, Monsters answer with 2.  Heading into the bottom of 4, Monsters down 8-6, we sent 11 guys to the plate, 6 runs later the lead would never be relinquished.  The inning 4 fireworks had 6 straight hits, back to back HRs by subs BMac and Big Shot Bobby Davis.  That was all she wrote.  Monsters 12, Rays 8 moving to 3-1 on the season.

Prim: 3 for 3, HR, 2RBI, 2R

Weddy: 2 for 2, RBI, 3R

BMac: 2 for 2, HR, 3RBI, 2R

Bobby Davis: 1 for 1, HR, RBI, 2BB

 

Monsters at Indians, Field 9

Indians get off to a hot start as the score was Indians 10, Monsters 4 after 3.  The big inning reared its pretty little head in the 4th where the offense got kick-started plating 6 tying the score up at 10.  HDR (Human Rain Delay) Lachman sets the table by leading off with a triple (fastest I've ever seen him move) , 2 straight outs and then the top of the order comes up and with 2 outs, 6 straight hits.  Doubles by SUPER sub Lefkovits and rookie Suman, base knock by Prim, moon shot by Weddy, BMac starts another 2 out rally with a double to be plated by Big Shot Bobby Davis, again. Knotted up 11-11 going into the 6th, Suman leads off with a double, Prim base hit knocking Suman in and Weddy goes line drive over the fence that left a trail of ball entry into the bush.  3 run 6th inning and the Indians couldn't answer, final score Monsters 14, Indians 11, moving to 4-1.

Rookie Suman 4 for 4, 2 Doubles, 4 Runs

Prim: 3 for 4, 2RBI, 2 Runs

Weddy: 4 for 4, 2HR, 5RBI, 4 Runs

BMac: 3 for 4

HDR: 2 for 3

 

Raptors @ Monsters, Field 3

A bit of a sluggish start to this one as the Raptors were up 2-1 going into the bottom of 3......then, well let's just say the floodgates opened the following two innings as the Monsters send 25 guys to the plate in the 2nd and 3rd innings.  Every Monster hitter got at least one hit in the next 2 innings as 15 were plated in those two innings.  For the sake of brevity, there was a lot of good things that happened in those two innings.  Turner, HDR Lachman, Foghorn Einhorn and Timmy Barnes were all a combined 6 for 7 with 7 RBI and 5 runs highlighted by another extra-base knock by HDR.  This one essentially ended after the 3rd but the final score was Monsters 18, Raptors 9 moving to 5-1 on the season.

Timmy Barnes: 3 for 3, 2 RBI, Run

Foghorn Einhorn: 2 for 3, 2 Runs

Turner: 2 for 3

BMac: 3 for 4

Prim: 3 for 4, 2 Doubles and 2 Runs

Rookie of the week: 

Suman: 8 for 11, 2 Doubles, HR, SF, 5RBI, 7R

Player of the week:

Weddy: 8 for 10, 2HRs, 10RBI, 7R

Base Coach of the week:  BDS, directed lots and lots of traffic quite nicely.

Big thank you to BMac, Big Shot Bobby Davis and Super Sub Lefky as this week we were missing 33% of our drafted team. 

Big team wins, all contributing and group hugs all around be the men in green.



Brewers stay hot!
Sep 17, 2017, 4:55 pm

Game 1, 8:00 AM, Field 7. Brewers @ Rangers

The Brewers started hot with 5 runs in the top of the first highlighted by a 2 RBI single from Kyle Crouse and a double from Ashley Mort. They added 2 more in the second with a no-doubt fence bomb from POW candidate Matt Parker. But the Brewers would only add 1 run to that total over the next 6 innings. The Rangers offense was more consistent, and the game was tied after 6 innings. After a scoreless 7th and top of the 8th, The Rangers walked it off.

Defensive highlight - David Buhrow sliding catch in shallow right field + pop-up throw to first base for double play.

Rangers victory: 9-8.

Game 2, 9:00ish AM, Field 7. Brewers @ Marlins

The Brewers scored 2 in the top of the first with a fence bomb from Kyle Crouse. The next run scored was from the Marlins in the bottom of the second. Then the Brewers took the game over. A 4-run rally was sparked by Brian Alvara's leadoff single in the top of the third. The Brewers would add 3 runs off back-to-back home runs from Andrew Williams and Kyle Crouse in the fifth. And they put the game away with a 2-out 4-run rally in the sixth.

Brewers victory: 13-1

Game 3, 10:00ish AM, Field 9, Express @ Brewers

The Express scored 2 in the top of the first, but the Brewers would respond by sending 11 to the plate and scoring 6 in the bottom half. The Express would not score again. The Brewers send 13 to the plate in the second and scored 10 runs in the second capped off by a grand slam from Andrew Williams. After a scoreless third, the Brewers would walk-off into a run-rule off the bat of John Hauf.

Brewers victory: 17-2.



Rangers Roll Without A Lot of Runs
Sep 17, 2017, 4:09 pm

In week 1, the Rangers scored 53 runs and won 2 of 3 games. In week 2, the Rangers scored 20 runs but still managed to win 2 of 3 games. WHODATHUNKIT?

Game 1 against the 2-1 Brewers saw the Rangers fall into a 7-1 deficit after two innings. In the third, a bases loaded double by Tim Jamieson produced 3. In the 5th, a two run double by Nick Barr produced two more to tie it at 8. The score stayed tie at 8 after the sixth and seventh before the home team Rangers had a leadoff double by Tim Jamieson and a game winning rbi single by Steve McNeill to produce an exciting 9-8 win.

Game 2 against the Cubs saw “Larry the Legend” Farin (not in pinstripes) sprinkle 11 hits throughout 6 innings to pace the Cubs to a 12-3 win.

Game 3 against the first place Expos saw the Expos carry a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the 4th. Doubles by Ro Gulhati and Rick Halperin tied it at 5. The Expos scored 2 in the top of the fifth. The Rangers countered with hits by Kelly Welton and Badger Hurst before Tim Jamieson unloaded a massive 3 run dinger to take an 8-7 lead. The Expos threatened in the 6th but did not score ending it at 8-7 as the Rangers won 2 of 3 without reaching double digits on the day.

Tim Jamieson, our POW candidate, lead the way with 8-10, 3 doubles, a game winning HR, 5 runs and 6 rbi’s. Badger was 5-9 and Rick Halperin 4-7 with some nice defense in RF. Ro Gulhati and John Miller chipped in with 4-8 and Robbie Franklin 3-6.



Close But Only 1 Cigar
Sep 13, 2017, 9:44 am
Game 1 vs Lake Monsters
 
Field 8 provided the back drop for a sun backed pitchers duel. First inning offense gave provided a lead for the Marlins, but the Monsters chipped their way back to a 3 run lead going into bottom of 6th. With 2 on Matt Brumley hit a monster shot to tie the game, but the Monsters prevailed in the extra frames.
 
Game 2 vs Rubber Duckies
 
The Marlins scored early and often to run away with the game. Brian Smallwood brought the big wood and wheels as hit hit 2 inside the park home runs. The second was an in the park grand slam that slammed the door on the Duckies.
 
Game 3 vs Cubs
 
Again, the Marlins jumped up early. The Cubbies charged back to take it to extra innings. However, the Marlins late inning offense struggled. That's how softball go, but the Marlins will be a force to be reckoned with.


Ohfer
Sep 12, 2017, 9:57 pm

In their first game of the fall season the Rays lost to the Cubs 26-0. There were no highlights. There was one vow: To never talk of this game again.

 

The second game against the Rangers was much more competitive with the Rangers eking out a 19-17 win after a Rays comeback fell short. Jared Powers was a valuable sub on the day, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run. Max Henry had two homers, driving in four runs. David Warren had three-run homer and Nick Milton added three singles. Ben Enlow, Ryan Lewin and Ron Roberts each added two singles to the effort. Josh Winsor had a single and a double.

 

 

The final game of the day also was competitive but nonetheless resulted in a third loss as the Rays fell to the Expos 11-7. Powers had another strong game at the plate going 2-for-3, including a two-run homer. Milton had another two singles, giving him five hits on the day. Winsor had another single and double, and Enlow added two singles.



The Wrigley Rally
Sep 11, 2017, 4:19 pm

Cubs vs Rays 26-0

The Cubs jumped off to a blazing start with a 15 run first inning.  It was the 21st plate appearance before a batter did not reach base.  Big bats lead the way as everyone got involved in the rally.  Darius Wu hit 3 slamma jammas, Justin Reed hit a big fly, Seth Pepkin hit an inside the parker, and Nick Croce almost knocked the fence over with a smash double.  All the stars aligned as the loveable loosers shock the world and win behind the leadership of Larry Farin on the mound throwing a two hitter and batting 1.000

Cubs vs Indians 6-9

The free swinging Cubs continued the rally in game two putting up six runs in the first three innings lead by another Darius Wu jimmy jack.  Nick Croce put another dent in the fence for a double and Chris Peterson batted 1.000 on the game.  All was right in the world, until it wasn't...Everyones favorite loveable looser lived up to their name and gave up the always looming big inning as they could not manage to get out of their own way with throwing and fielding errors a plenty.  The momentum was just to much to overcome as the Cubs did not score again and fell in a heartbreaker to Roth's Indians.

Cubs vs Marlins 11-7

With dreams of an undefeated season dashed and heads hung low the Cubs make the cross town journey to field 7 to take on the Marlins.   Through three innings your loveable loosers were only able to scratch out one run.  That run was scored by, you guessed it, a Darius Wu long ball.  To start the fourth inning the Cubs decide enough is enough and now is the time to rally.  Justin Reed starts the inning with triple that scrapes the right field fence to stay in the park.  Steve Haas and Darius Wu rack up RBI doubles to regain momentum and propel the Cubs back into the game.  Down 4-7 going into the 6th red hot ROW nominee Chris Peterson hits a line shot single setting the table for station to station base running as Justin Reed and Steve Haas get on base to load the bases.  Captain "swing and miss" Niswonger gets lucky and hits a wind aided pop up that goes out of right field for a grand slam.  Bonus softball everyone we are heading to extra innings.  Tied 7-7 in the 8th Tony Dillard leads off with a single followed by a double from Chris Peterson to get two runners in scoring position.  Rick Lewis comes up BIG in the clutch and gets a sac fly to give the Cubbies the lead.  Three more runs are tacked on after to seal the deal and put the game out of reach.  This game was a great example of determination and the ability to overcome anything.  Congratulations to the Cubs and thank you for your relentless perseverance.   Go Cubs Go!!!



Whitecaps "Recap"
Sep 11, 2017, 4:02 pm

Game 1 vs Indians

Won 11-1 After 5 innings (Called for Run Rule). The sun was horrendous on Field 5!

Game 2 vs Raptors

Back and forth game where we were down 7-0 in the 1st inning..but we came together as a tean and won 16-11

Game 3 vs Express

Lost 12 - 11

We came back from 4 runs down in the top of the 6 only to come up short at the end.

 



White Sox Finish the Day on a Good Note
Sep 11, 2017, 2:15 pm

The White Sox came to play in game 1 against Miller's Rangers. We batted through the lineup in the first inning plating 7 runs with a huge double from first baseman, Steve Garcia. Even though we were able to add 10 more runs in the game, the Rangers proved to have more fire power that morning and were able to overcome a deficit in the top of the 6th inning to go ahead 25-17. The bottom of the 6th was uneventful. 

 

Game 2 against Nutt's Nuts was a low scoring affair. It seems both teams had a common struggle at the plate. The White Sox scratched across 2 in the 1st and 5th with a solo run in the 3rd to account for the total offense of the day. Again, the Nuts were able to best the White Sox by plating one more run with a 6-5 finish. 

 

Game three had the same run differential as game 2, this time in the White Sox's favor. Co-captain Ryan Alford starting the scoring with a 2 run homer in the 1st. The White Sox were able to plate 4 more runs in the next 2 innings, but were silenced in the 4th. The 5th inning started at the top of the lineup with Carlos Rodriguez with a single and did not finish until the White Sox sent a total of 14 batters to the plate. Highlight of the 5th was in Carlos Rodriguez's second at bat where he hit a two out grand slam that made the 5th a 10 run inning. As it turned out, every run was needed as the White Sox squeezed by with a 1 run victory!!



Brewers start hot!
Sep 11, 2017, 1:24 pm

Game 1, 8:00 AM Field 4, Brewers @ Raptors

The Brewers scored three runs in the first, highlighted by a 2 RBI single from the bat of Kyle Crouse, and executed the shutdown inning (shoutout to Scott Lawrence here) by retiring the Raptors 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. The bottom of the Brewers order would scrap across another run to make it 4-0, but the Raptors would explode with 11 runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding 11-4 lead. The Brewers fought back. Three runs in the third, shutdown inning. Seven runs in the top of the fourth saw the Brewers out front 14-11, but the Raptors fought back with 4 in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 15-14. The Brewers scored 2 in the top of the fifth to reclaim the lead 16-15, the go-ahead RBI off the bat of Kyle Crouse. But with an incredible pitching performance from John Hauf, the Brewers had back to back 1-2-3 innings defeinsively to hold on for the nailbiting victory.

Brewers victory: 16-15.

Game 2, 9:00ish AM Field 4, Expos @ Brewers

The Expos started well with a 3-run rally in the top of the first through the Kravtiz Bros. David Buhrow made a leaping catch at the fence in RCF to rob Ransom of extra bases and stifle the Expos rally. The Brewers matched that tally with a 3-run home run from Andrew Williams. A defensive double play turned by Matt Parker and Kevin Knox sparked a 3 up 3 down top of the second, and the Brewers would strike for 2 more runs off a fence bomb from Kevin Knox. Another 3-run rally through the Kravitz Bros in the top of the third saw the Expos take a lead they would not relinquish. They put up another 5 in the fifth to take a 11-5 lead. The Brewers would fight back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame and another run in the sixth, but it was not enough.

Expos victory: 11-9.

Game 3, 10:00ish AM Field 1, Brewers @ Lake Monsters

Deja vu.

The Brewers scored 5 runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a 3-run fence bomb from David Buhrow. (Side note - in the game rained out Buhrow also had a first inning home run against the Lake Monsters. Deja vu.) The Lake Monsters responded with 3 runs of their own featuring back-to-back home runs from rookie Grant Suman and sub Donald Prim. In the top of the second, the Brewers loaded the bases with no one out to spark back-to-back home runs of their own from Andrew Williams (grand slam) and Kyle Crouse as part of an 8-run frame that took control of the game with a 13-3 lead. The Lake Monsters put up their last 3 runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning which included a 2 RBI single from Sea Dog great Stephen Wedderburn. But the Brewers never looked back. 2 runs in the third, 2 runs in the fourth, and 5 runs in the fifth, highlighted by a Jim Finley injury-extra-base single to the fence and the first hit of the season from Matt Williams, made the final scored 22-6.

Brewers victory: 22-6.

The Brewers turned 3 double plays and had many offensive stars in week 1. They look to improve their record with a triple header this coming Sunday.



Monsters take 2 out of 3
Sep 10, 2017, 3:34 pm

Monsters vs. Marlins

The story of this game was the sun as it combined for a total of about 5 strikeouts for both teams.  Marlins scored early in the game plating 3 in the bottom of 1.  Monsters could only counter with 1 in the top of 2 on a Sac Fly by HRD (Human Rain Delay) Lachman.  Two scoreless frames until the top of 5 when Strully and TMac both drove in runs to knot it up at 3-3.  Monsters in the top of 6 plated 3 runs on a two out error.  Marlins come up in the bottom of the 6th and tie the game up on a 3 run jimmy jack from Brumley that was wind aided and a short field HR (kidding Brum!, that ball may have been on top of the church).  Extras saw the Monsters plate 2 on singles by Donald Prim and Weddy.  Marlins couldn't scratch in the bottom of the inning and Monsters win 8-6 to move to 1-0 on the season.

 

Monsters vs Express

Monsterus offensive game for the good guys in this one as it was 12-0 before the Express plated their first runs in the bottom of 3.  This one was never really in doubt though the Express tried to make it interesting.  Offensively TMac was a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk and 4 runs scored, rookie Suman was 4 for 5 with a HR with 4 ribs and Weddy also contributed with a parking lot shot, 4 ribs and 4 runs scored.  Story of this game though was Strully with back to back doubles, one at the base of the fence and another half way up the left field fence.  Monsters cruise to a 19-9 win to move to 2-0 on the season.

 

Brewers at Monsters

The Brew Crew hit'em early and hit'em often scoring 13 runs in the first two frames to our 6.  The hits just kept on coming as one team was seemingly running on fumes while the other looked to have been just gassed up.  This one really wasn't as close as the scored indicated, Monsters fall 22-6 (re-read that statement if it's confusing).  Prim and Suman left the yard today on back to back shots in the first and super sub, and by super sub that may be a bit of an understatement, Jeff Lefkovits capped off a perfect triple header by going 3 for 3 in game 3.  Young Lefky did not make a single out today in 11 plate appearances.  Monsters drop a game to go to 2-1 on the season. 

 

POW: Weddy, 6 for 9, HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 3 walks

ROW: Suman, 8 for 12, 2HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 2B 

Sub of the week:  Lefky, perfect on the day in 11 plate appearances



Nuts take the shaft in game 1 and win a pair in games 2 and 3
Sep 10, 2017, 1:52 pm

The Nuts started the fall season playing the Rubber Duckies on field 7.  It was all Ducks and no Nuts as the good guys were defeated 21-5.  Tyler Samsel and Jon Simonson each had a pair of hits in the one sided loss.  

Traveling to the far corners of Heritage Yards, the Nuts found themselves playing the White Sox on field 9.  The Nuts held on to win this highly contested game 6-5.  Samsel, Simonson, Alfredo Abraham and Larry Schnitzer all had 2 hits while Alfredo Sardi collected 3 walks.

In game 3, the Nuts moved to field 5 to face the Rangers.  The Nuts plated 3 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd and 5 in the 5th on their way to a 13-9 victory.  Aaron Nutt flashed the leather with a dandy diving grab to seal the victory with Rangers base runners ready to score.  Samsel went 3 for 3, Abel Chavez had 2 hits, Sardi had 3 hits and POW nominee Jon Simonson collected 3 hits capping off a 7 for 8 day with 2 doubles and 7 RBIs!

 

 

 

 

 



Raptors play well but only win final game
Sep 10, 2017, 1:17 pm

The Raptors came out excited to play, and hit well in all 3 games, but consistently had a poor inning in each game, giving up 9, 7, and 8 runs in each game respectively in a single inning. Fortunately, the Raptor defense held strong in game 3, giving up only a single extra run the rest of the game.

The Raptors had solid defense from Cade McDougald at SS, from Matt Casey at RF and 2B, from Craig Dyer at 3B, and Troy Steele at LF and RCF.

The Raptors Player of the Week was Troy Steele, who went 7-11, with 3 HRs and 7 RBIs.

The Raptors Rookie of the Week was Danny Marti, who went 6-11, with 3 Doubles and 5 RBIs.



Marauders Sweep First Two of Playoffs
Jul 30, 2017, 8:16 pm

The Marauders entered the Playoffs as the #3 seed. First up were the Yankees. Locked into a real pitcher’s duel, the Marauders came into the bottom of the fifth ahead 3-2. Chase Berg, Tommy Baer and Larry Goldstein led off with singles. After two were retired, Jason Murray and Tim Jamieson had big RBI singles as the Marauders netted 4. The Yankees responded with 3 to close it to 7-5. After the Marauders went down 1-2-3, the Yankees had one last chance. A couple of errors and a hit netted the Yanks one but the heart of the