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Captains Corner Article of the Week - See others at the Link to the Left
Apr 13, 2015, 10:31 pm

The Muckdog's swept, beating Unell's Bats 20-2 and London's Scrappers 9-3, to move into a first place tie in Division 1.

In the opener, the Muckdogs hit up and down the line-up with every player getting at least one hit and every player scoring. Scott Ulick's off-season workout program paid dividends with his getting 2 hits, including a double over the outfielders' heads. The second game was pitcher's dual between Muckdog's ace, Sean Greeley, and Scrapper's ace, John Burke. The Muckdogs broke open a 1-1 tie in the 4th, scoring 4, with a walk by Steven Shiller and singles by Todd LeCocq, JJ Eusay, Robert Reighter, Eli Gershenson, and Doug Storm.  In the 6th, the Muckdogs scored 4 more, with Steven Shiller leading off with a home run, then singles Sean Greeley, Jake Ledkins, JJ Eusay, and Robert Reighter, followed by an RBI by Eli Gershenson.

Doug Storm ended his holdout and gave a spark to both the offense and the defense. Sean Greeley pitched two great games, only letting up a total of 5 runs, and the Muckdogs' defense was solid in both games including a great running catch by outfielder Dustin Madlock.

Leading hitters on the day were Player of the Week candidate JJ Eusay 6-7, 2 2Bs, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, plus playing great defense at 4 positions (2B, 3B, LF and SS); Doug Storm 4-6, 2 2Bs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Travis Massey 4-6, run, RBI; Sean Greeley 4-7, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Robert Reighter 4-7, 2 runs, 7 RBIs; Eli Gershenson 4-7, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; and Jake Ledkins 3-6, 4 runs, 3 RBIs, and Steven Shiller 3-6, HR, 4 runs.

Captain's Corner Highlight Article - See more recaps by clicking on the link to the left
Apr 8, 2015, 2:31 pm

In the first game vs Roths Indians both teams had serious issues starting right into the sun on field 2. Super Sub Sam Struthers opened up with a double and consecutive hits from Barry Hersh/Justin Toone/David Shaw plated 2 runs. The bottom of the 1st was a rough inning with the Indians plating 8 runs and taking a commanding lead. Down 6 runs the bottom of the order Eddie Tann & Dennis Shaw got big 2 out hits before the top of the order cashed them in.  Mets played tremendous defense the rest of the way highlighted by Loren Jaffe's diving stop at 1b to save at least 2 runs.  Michael Barth was terrific on the mound allowing 3 runs over 5 innings shutting down the Indians potential comeback Down buy 1 run in the Top of the 5th the Mets exploded for 6 runs highlighted by back to back doubles by Toone & David Shaw followed by hits from by Barth/Jaffe/Kravitz/Enda/Roberts. We added some insurance runs in the 6th and won 19-10.

Game 2 vs Sanchez Rockhounds

Rockhounds opened with 3 in the top of the 1st and the Mets came storming back with 5 highlighted by Kyle Kravitz's over the fence HR on field 5 with no wind. The hounds came back with a few good innings of their own and took the lead but key at bats from Tann & Dennis Shaw turned the lineup over and allowed the top of the order to cash in and we held off a late rally to win 11-9.

Special Thanks to Super Sub Sam Struthers who was a perfect 7-7 on the day and played tremendous defense in LCF. 

POW Justin Toone who was also perfect on the day going 5-5 with BB & SAC with 2 2b's with 4 Runs and 5 RBI's.

Other stars included Barry Hersh who went 4-6 with a BB, 4 R & 3 RBI; David Shaw 5-6 with 2 2b's, BB, 4 Runs and 5 RBI

Captain's Corner Highlight Article - See more recaps by clicking on the link to the left
Apr 7, 2015, 8:45 am

After splitting the first week of games, the Cubs had the early games this Sunday and woke up ready to go.

The first opponent was Unell’s Bats which came in with a 2-0 record. The first inning POW Nominee Matt Rakofsky started off with a double and JT Pierce, Bob Davis and Nick Milton all had hits as the Cubs tallied two runs.  During the third inning the Bats threatened as they loaded the bases with no outs only to come up empty handed when Paul Rakofsky induced the hitter to pull it to Donnie Holtmann who tagged third and tossed home where Yossi Rudomin applied the tag for the double play.  The next batter went out and they were held scoreless.  Meanwhile, the Cubbies added single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings to go ahead 5 – 1.  In the bottom of the 4th the Bats threatened again and this time plated three runs to cut the score to 5-4. But the Cubs started of the top of the 5th with a triple by Matt Rakofsky, followed by singles from David Tennyson and JT Pierce, a double by Bob Davis and a single by Joel Cerefice.  After an out the hits continued with Donnie Holtmann doubling and singles from Paul Rakofsky, ChrisMusquiz and Robert Santiago then a double by Ben Rakofsky and a single by Yossi Rudomin.  When the dust finally settled the Cubs had scored 8 runs and took a 13 – 5 lead.  The Cubs added one in the 6th and the Bats came back and scored 4 but it wasn’t enough as the final score was 14 – 9.


  • Matt Rakofsky – 3 for 4 with double, triple and 3 runs scored

  • David Tennyson – 3 for 4

  • JT Pierce – 2 for 3 with 2 RBI

  • Donnie Holtmann- 2 for 3 with double, 2 runs and great defense

  • Paul Rakofsky – 2 for 3 with double and 2 runs

Game 2 Vs Garberless Grasshoppers:

After surrendering a run to the Grasshoppers in the first Matt Rakofsky again started the rally as he, David Tennyson, JT Pierce, Bob Davis and Joel Cerefice all singled…an error then a single by PaulRakofsky and the Cubs ended the inning up 5-1.  The Cubs added 2 in the 2nd and the Grasshoppers responded with 2 of their own in the 3rd.  After single runs by the Cubs in the 3rd and 4th and a run by the Grasshoppers in the 4th the score stood 9 – 4 after 4.  Joel Cerefice started another rally that scored 3 in the 5th with additional hits by Nick Milton, Chris Musquiz and Robert Santiago.  In the 6th the Cubs scored 4 more with hits by David Tennyson, an error, single by Bob Davis and triple by Joel Cerefice who scored right afterwards.  Final score ended up 16-3.  This game was also highlighted by two diving stops in the hole at short by Matt Rakofsky who fired to second to get the force.  David Tennyson also forced 2 runners at 2nd from LCF.


  • David Tennyson -- 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI

  • Joel Cerefice -- 3 for 4 with a triple and 3 RBI

  • Donnie Holtmann – 2 for 3 with a SAC and 2 RBI

  • Robert Santiago – 2 for 3

    POW Nominee is Matt Rakofsky who was 5 for 8 with double, triple and 5 runs scored as well as outstanding defense.

Week 3 ODDS & Dr. C Selections
Apr 5, 2015, 10:30 am

KNIGHTS        7:5    Indians
A's                6:5   G'HOPPERS
ROCKHOUNDS  7:5   Tigers
WHITE SOX     6:5   Mets
RANGERS        6:5   Cubs
A'S                7:5   Indians
DODGERS        6:5   Mets
BATS              6:5   M'dogs
M'DOGS          8:5   Scrappers
CUBS              7:5   Pirates
YANKEES         6:5   Knights
STORM            8:5   G'hoppers
I Pigs              6:5   ROCKHOUNDS
PIRATES          6:5   Scrappers
I PIGS            7:5   Dodgers
STORM           7:5   Yankees

DR. C Selections:
Knights, A's, Rockhounds, Mets, Rangers
Tigers, Rangers, A's, Dodgers, Muckdogs
Muckdogs, Cubs, Yankees, Storm, I Pigs
Pirates, I Pigs, Storm
Last week :  11-7
YTD:           22-14

Captain's Corner Article of the Week - See others at the Link on the Left
Apr 2, 2015, 9:48 pm


The Iron Pigs showed up sleep deprived and ready for battle.  Mr. Jeremy Pigott( team e-mail antagonist) was MIA in NOLA with pre-celebratory drinks all weekend, however, the Pigs marched on. 

Badger got things going with a single.  With a run already plated and a man on 3rd, Rookie sensation Mr. Chapman hits a shot  causing an error and plated another Pigs run.

Welcome to the top of the 2nd which found hitters 8-12 going 2-3 with 2 BB's helping spark a 7 run inning capped off by another Rookie senastion, Mr. Brumley's base clearing triple.  Big thanks to the true team unity of this club as everyone tries to find a way to contribute no matter where they play or bat in the line-up.

With the momentum on the Pigs side, the under-manned (unfortunate result of a 5 am email) Grasshoppers couldnt really get too much going aside from the bomb into the wind by Aaron Weintraub which burned captain Ryan Alford for a double and left the Captain's jock torched on the field.

Solid D in the infield and Solid D by the corner outfielders and RCF, along side of pitching Rookie Phenom Craig "Ace" Dyer, proved to be the key to victory in this early morning Sunday rubber match.   


GAME 2 -  TIGERS - 11  VS.  IRON PIGS - 14

With an hour delay, the Pigs found themselves cheering and rooting on the other players, especially the former Pigs themselves, for a show brotherhood and league camaraderie.

"Sub Sensation" Greg Winn put on a display on how to stretch and a few of us almost pulled a groin just watching the yoga master at work.  He put his stretching skills to good use as the Tigers peppered right field all through the game.  Although Mr Winn missed a few, he never got down and made solid plays that helped lead this Iron Pigs team to victory.  Thank you" Mr. Sub Sensation."

Badger once again sets the table as he doubles to start the game, and followed by three more hits and a costly Tigers error the Piggies were up 4-0 going into the field. 

This was a classic battle back and forth and with the Pigs up 6-1, but the never say die Tigers come roaring back by the 4th inning to find themselves with the lead 9-6. 

Once again, I cannot stress enough the Unity of this group of Iron Pigs.  Squandering the lead, no one got down and everyone looked for ways to contribute, ie; batting, defense, running bases, or overall good vibes.

Badger started the bottom of the 5th inning which sparked an offensive montage of hit after hit.  This inning saw 15 batters, 9 hits, 1 BB, and plated 8 and a lead of 14-9.

 Mr. Chapman saved the Pigs 'bacon' as he made an incredibly ridiculous catch in RCF to get the last out with runners on and the Tigers gaining momentum. 

This was a great battle of two teams ended with the Pigs on top, however, The Pigs know they were fortunate to escape the Tigers with a win.






Sid Finch Memorial Article of the Week
Apr 1, 2015, 9:08 pm

After two weeks of practice games mixed in with three weeks of bad weather, the Shalom League teams are itching to start regular season play.  In a bold switch from prior practice, Commisioner Wayne Casper told no one that the first four games would not count.  "I told nobody, not [his son and Storm captain] Kyle [Casper], not [Tigers captain Brian] Conn, not Logan, no one. Not even myself."  Seadogs star and self-described league b**** Justin Reed did not express surprise.  "Wayne never tells me anything, unless he needs something fixed."  Lead Seadog John Hauf exclaimed "I massaged the sub list for 168 hours without sleep and the games don't count?!"

Bats Captain John Unell, lamenting the injury of MVP Mike Baker, asked if Wayne would also declare the draft a practice and start that over.  "We could have two greatest days of the year," he said wistfully.  "I could skip Baker and grab more Epsteins - Barry, Judah, Jason, Zach, the other Barry ..."  

Ryan Alford, the leader of the Iron Pigs, did not seem fazed by the news that his league-leading 4-0 start was a mirage, noting "Fellas, we whupped you in practice, we'll whup you in games, we'll whup you in playoffs.  Who wants a drink on me?"

Vice-Commissioner Larry Farin seemed most confused.  "I keep Wu right?  He won't make an out all year.  I'd let Shaw be the Yankees before I give up Wu.  I could be the G-men."

Larry Goldstein, possibly the smartest captain in the league, ranted for some length:  I mean … simple as that. It ain't about that... I mean it's... It's not about that... At all. You know what I'm saying I mean... But it's...it's easy … to, to talk about... It's easy to sum it up when you're just talking about practice. We're sitting in here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we in here talking about practice. I mean, listen, we're talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it's my last. Not the game, but we're talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? … And we talking about practice. I know I supposed to be there. I know I'm supposed to lead by example... I know that... And I'm not.. I'm not shoving it aside, you know, like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I do. I honestly do... But we're talking about practice man. What are we talking about? Practice? We're talking about practice, man. [laughter from the media crowd] We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We ain't talking about the game. [more laughter] We're talking about practice, man. When you come to the Heritage Fields, and you see me play, you see me play don't you? You've seen me give everything I've got, right? But we're talking about practice right now. We talking about pr... [Interrupted].

When asked if he appeciated a fresh start for his 0-4 team, crazyab Garber could only cry.  "I create a schedule of beauty, perfectly symmetrical, and then he [Casper] rips it to shreds, with his practice games, his tripleheaders, inside fields one week, outside fields the next.  I was mostly sane Ab before I met that guy."

John Miller said he was not worried about Sundays right now.  "I need a player for today, Wednesday April 1, April Fools, you know."

Congratulations To Rob Shiller POW and Justin Howard ROW
Mar 31, 2015, 10:23 pm

Storm POW

Richard Smith 4/6, 2 RBIs, turned 2 key double plays in first game, and played solid 3B.



Steve Johnson    4-5, 2 BB's, 2 runs, sparkling defense at 2B

Lee McDonald    6-8, Double, 2 HR's, 8 rbi's


Yankees Pow/ROW

Danny Nutt and Alan Taper both 4 for 7 and solid defensively
Dustin Bone 5 for 8, 5 rbi's and one fence clearing homer.


Knights POW/ROW

Blake Jones 6/8 5 1b  1 3b 5 Runs scored 
Kevin Knox 5/7  4 1B and 2B 3 Runs scored



Scott Frazier - 7/5/7/5    w/(2)2B & 3B

Nick Helton - 7/5/5/1      w/3B & spectacular catch vs. Davis Cubs


White Sox POW/ROW
Tyler Samsel 6 for 6, 4 runs, 5 RBI's, 2 triples, 1double, great play in LCF with awesome speed and defense
Aaron Salamanca 3 for 5,1 run, 2 RBI's, 1 BB, great single in the 4th inning to add to the lead . Team player with great attitude!


Dodgers POW/ROW

Bradley Zane 6 for 6, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI AVG: 1.000, SLG: 1.167 OBP: 1.000
Richard Zane 5 for 7, 2 R, AVG: .714, SLG: .714 OBP: .714


Rangers POW/ROW

Shiller 10/10 7runs 2b,3b,hr, and 6rbis-spark plug city and great d

Justin Howard-7/9  5 runs, 2 2bs, 2 3b's, HR and 12 RBI's


Muckdogs POW/ROW

JJ Eusay – 6-8, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, great playing at 3B and 2B.
Jake Ledkins – reached on all 8 AB including 2B, 5 runs scored, great defense in LCF.


Mets POW

Justin Toone 5-5 1 BB 1 SAC 2 2b's 4 R 5 RBI 


Iron Pigs POW/ROW

Badger 8-9, double, HR inside parker, 5 runs, 4 RBI
Matt Brumley, 5-7, BB, 2 triples, 4 runs, 3 RBIs

Rockhounds POW

Thomas Kulcak – 7-7; BB, 3B, HR, 5 RBI’s, 6 runs scored GREAT DAY for him!!!


Cubs POW

Matt Rakofsky Along with great defense Matt was 5 for 8 with 2 doubles a triple and 5 runs scored.
Pirates POW

Greg oetzmann 3 for 3 1 rbi

Scrappers POW

Larry Taub.  Larry went 3 for 5 with a double and two singles.  Larry also had a good day in the field playing 2nd base and a little RCF

Indians POW

Tommy Apligian who went 6/7 with 4 Singles, 1 double, 1 triple, a sac fly, 5 RBI and 1 run.

Grasshoppers POW

Aaron Weintraub, 8 for 8.

Congratulations to Rob Shiller and Justin Howard as week 2's POW/ ROW
Mar 31, 2015, 3:48 pm

The 2 led the Rangers to a sweep this past Sunday. Details and all Nominees coming soon!

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