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Captain's Corner Article of the Week - Click on Link to Left for all articles
Mar 19, 2014, 7:55 pm

The Royals rang in a new era as they began the 2014 season with back-to-back victories, defeating Hauf’s Sea Dogs 30 – 4 and Conn’s Tigers 9 – 6. Max Willard, Jonathan Braun, and Michael Barth had huge days for the Royals. Willard hit for a combined cycle for the doubleheader, and a slugging percentage of 1.625, Braun slugged five extra base hits in five at-bats for an astounding slugging percentage of 3.0, and Barth was spectacular as he won two games in extremely challenging weather conditions, with a miniscule slow pitch softball ERA of 5.0.

In the opener, the Royals faced a short-handed Sea Dogs team that was missing both their starting and backup pitchers. With a game-time temperature of 45⁰, a wind chill factor of 36⁰, and wind gusts as high as 24 mph blowing out on field 3, the Royals sent 21 batters to the plate, and parlayed eight walks and two homeruns into 15 runs to open the game. Willard christened the new season by blasting a 3-run homerun in his first at-bat as a Royal. The ball was hit so hard that it had not yet reached the top of its trajectory when it cleared the fence.

As the Royals cycled through their batting order for a second time in the inning, Bill Giudice came up to the plate with the bases loaded. Not to be outdone, Giudice launched a towering, fence clearing, grand slam to straight-away left field to put the Royals up 12 – 0. Gary Strouse closed out the first inning scoring with his second single and third RBI of the inning.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

R

H

Royals

15

5

4

6

30

22

Sea Dogs

1

0

3

0

4

7

But it was a masterful pitching performance by Barth in the most brutal softball conditions imaginable, that secured the victory. Barth scattered seven hits (six singles and one mammoth homerun by Tim Williams) over four innings, and walked only two. In a game that featured gale force winds blowing out to left field, Barth kept the ball down and in the strike zone, forcing the Sea Dogs to continually ground out to Royals’ shortstop, Giudice. Giudice was flawless in his impersonation of a human vacuum cleaner in cleats, as he either recorded or assisted in over half the outs in the game. Barth was so effective that Royals’ left fielder, Roy White, did not have a single fly ball hit to him during the game.

In the top of the fourth, Braun hit an inside-the-park, 2-run homerun, and Strouse stroked an RBI single to close out the scoring. Willard and Strouse both finished a perfect 5 – 5, while Strouse’s 6 RBIs lead the team.

Max Willard  5 – 5, 5 Runs, 5 RBI, 3B, 3-run Fence HR
Gary Strouse  5 – 5, 1 Run, 6 RBI
Jonathan Braun  2 – 2, 5 Runs, 4 RBI, 2B, HR, 3 BB
Bill Giudice  2 – 3, 5 Runs, 2 BB, 4 RBI, Grand Slam Fence HR
Michael Barth  3 – 4, 4 Runs, 3 RBI, BB
Robert Reighter  2 – 4, 2 Runs, BB

In the nightcap, Barth outdueled Tiger’s ace, Paul Rakofsky in a low scoring affair on field 2 with the wind blowing in. The other story of the game was Braun, who put the Royals on his back, belting three consecutive triples, scoring twice, and driving in three, accounting for five of the nine Royals’ runs.

As they did in the first game, the Royals started off strong. Chase Berg singled to lead off the game. Robert Reighter doubled him home, and Giudice singled and took second on the throw to the plate. Willard followed with a 2-run single, and scored on Braun’s first triple. Braun scored the final run of the inning on a ground out. After that, Rakofsky settled into a groove and held the Royals to one run over the next three innings.

After being held scoreless for three innings, the Tigers finally solved Barth and scored one in the top of the fourth. Heading to the top of the fifth, the Royals saw the top of the Tigers’ lineup load the bases to begin the inning, and then mount a furious 5-run rally as former Royals Justin Toone and Joel Cerefice keyed the inning with RBI singles.

 

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

R

H

Tigers

0

0

0

1

5

0

6

17

Royals

5

1

0

0

3

0

9

14

Knotted at 6 – 6, and heading to the bottom of the fifth, what looked like an early romp had turned into a real nail biter. With one out, Willard doubled and White walked to bring up Braun. Braun capped his stellar day by delivering his third triple of the game to give the Royals the lead for good. Barth’s RBI single added an insurance run, and then he made sure the lead stood up, closing the Tigers out in the top of the sixth.

Battling gale force winds, Willard, White, Berg, and Reighter made a number of highlight-reel catches in the outfield to preserve the victory, while Berg paced the Royals’ 14-hit attack with four hits in game 2.

Jonathan Braun  3 – 3, 2 Runs, 3 RBI, 3 3B, GWRBI
Chase Berg  4 – 4, 1 Run
Max Willard  2 – 3, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, 2B
Robert Reighter  2 – 4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2B


Week 2 Odds & Dr. C Selections‏
Mar 18, 2014, 11:19 pm

 Game  1

DRAGONS    7:5    A's
Indians         6:5    ORIOLES
Yankees       6:5    KNIGHTS
Scrappers     7:5    SEADOGS
PHILS            7:5   Lugnuts
Rangers        6:5   TIGERS
TWINS           6:5   Express
M'DOGS      11:5   Pirates
 
                 Game  2
R WINGS       7:5   O's
INDIANS        6:5   Dragons
RANGERS      6:5   M'dogs
PIRATES        7:5   Knights
SCRAPPERS   8:5   Twins
A'S                6:5    Royals
YANKS           6:5   Tigers
EXPRESS        6:5   Phils
LUGNUTS      7:5   Seadogs
 
                   GOW
ROYALS        11:5   R Wings
 
Dr C Selections:
Game 1: Dragons, Indians, Knights, Scrappers, Lugnuts, Rangers, Twins, M'dogs
Game 2: R Wings, Dragons, M'dogs, Knights, Scrappers, Royals, Yanks, Express, Lugnuts
GOW:    Royals 15-11
Last Week:  8-10
YTD:            8-10

Congratulations To POW Rick Beardsley and ROW Jared Powers
Mar 17, 2014, 9:53 pm

 

A big congratulations to this seasons first POW And ROW

POW Rick Beardsley pitched 2 great games in very difficult wind to lead Muckdogs in their 16-8 and 13-6 sweep. At the plate with wind blowing dead in from left both games, Rick went 6-6, 2 triples, a double, 5 runs, 8 RBIs.

ROW Jared Powers 9/5/7/11 with BB & (3)HR including a Grand Slam

 

 

Yankees Candidates    

POW Candidate- Kelly Alexander 4 for 6; 2 homers 8 rbi's including a walk off grand slam!  

ROW Candidate- Scott Greenberg 4 for 6, HR, 3 doubles and 4 rbi's; also 3 sparkling plays at 3rd base 

 
Rangers Candidates
 
POW Candidate- JJ Eusay 4/6 BB 2 runs, 7 rbi's
 
ROW Candidate- John Aaron-5 for 5, 2 BB's , 4 runs, 6 RBI's
 
 
Knights Candidate
 
POW Candidate- Justin Reed, 5-6, HR, 2B, 3 runs scored, 5 RBI
 
 
Express Candidate
 
POW Candidate- Todd Lecocq. 4 for 4.  2b.
 
 
Indians Candidates
 

POW Candidate- Aaron Nutt for going 5/9 with 1 single, 3 doubles, and a 3 run over the fence home run and a sac fly. 10 RBI on the day with 4 runs scored. And 2 wins as a pitcher.

ROW Candidate- Scott Frazier who went 3/6  with 4 walks 3 singles 3 RBI and 6 runs. 

 

 Muckdogs Candidates

 POW Candidate- Rick Beardsley, pitched 2 great games in very difficult wind to lead Muckdogs in their 16-8 and 13-6 sweep. At the plate with wind blowing dead in from left both games, Rick went 6-6, 2 triples, a double, 5 runs, 8 RBIs.

 ROW Candidate- Thomas Kulcak.  Even with wind blowing dead in from left both games, Thomas hit for the cycle between the two games leading the Muckdogs’ hitting on the way to their sweep. Thomas went 5-7, HR, 3B, 2B, two singles, 5 runs, 5 RBIs, solid outfield play.

 

 

Twins Candidates

 POW Candidate- Johnny Mann 6 for 7 (.857) 6 rbi's, 2 runs scored, 3 dbl's and arguably the best looking man on the team.

ROW Candidate- We have no rookies on the team unless you include me as a Captain Patrick Sanchez- 5 for 6 (.833) 5 runs scored (lead off) 3b and an ERA of 28.01 and too many errors as a coach today but that will change.

 

 

Red Wings Candidates

POW Candidates- Aaron Weintraub, 5-5, double, 4 runs

ROW Candidate- Tm Barnes, 4-5, 2 doubles, 2 RBI

   

Pirates Candidates  

POW Candidate- Brandon Strull 6for6, including 1 double, 1 triple, 1 Home Run 5 Runs Scored, 7 RBI'S in the leadoff position,great defense in left center  

ROW Candidate- Matt Gdovin - 6 for 7, including 2 Doubles, 6 Runs scored, 3 Home Runs, 10 RBI's, great Defense at Shortstop  

 
Dragon Slayers:
 
POW Candidate-  Brandon Yamauchi:  10/7/10/13 with (3)2B & (2)HR including a Grand Slam
 
ROW Candidate- Jared Powers: 9/5/7/11 with BB & (3)HR including a Grand Slam
 
 
Athletics Candidates
 
POW Candidates- Gene Reister 1-1 a bases loaded single with 2 rbi's. Gene fell on the way to first dislocating his elbow. He immediately scrambled to his feet and made it to first before running to the bench on his way to the hospital. This provided the energy for the team to win two games convincingly.

  ROW Candidate- ROW if Rich Johnson qualifies he was 5-8 with 2 doubles, a triple and a HR. 5 runs scored 4 rbi's

 
Fightin' Phils Candidates
 
POW Candidate- John Banta, 8-8, 2hr, 11 rbi, 7 runs, and 1 almost decapitation
 
ROW Candidate- Rick Hudak, 6-8, 1 hr, 4 rbi, 4 runs
 
 
 
Royals Candidates
 
POW Candidate- Jonathan Braun 5 - 5, 7 Runs, 7 RBI, 2B, 3 3B, 3 BB, HR Flawless defense at 1B
 
ROW Candidate- Max Willard 7 – 8, 7 Runs, 7 RBI, 2B, 3B, 3-Run Fence HR Flawless defense in LCF
 
 
Orioles Candidate
 
POW Candidate- Ken Behr 4-6  5 RBI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Welcome to Opening day 2014- We are Playing!
Mar 16, 2014, 5:59 am

week 1 Odds & Dr. C Selections‏
Mar 13, 2014, 10:11 pm

 Game  1

SCRAPPERS   6:5  Red Wings
Express        6:5  TIGERS
YANKEES      8:5  Phils
Muckdogs     7:5  ORIOLES
RANGERS      7:5  Twins
INDIANS       7:5  Pirates
Royals         7:5  SEADOGS
 
                 Game  2
A'S             7:5  Yankees
RED WINGS  6:5  Rangers
MUCKDOGS  8:5  Twins
LUGNUTS     7:5  Dragons
SCRAPPERS  6:5  Orioles
Express       6:5  PIRATES
KNIGHTS      7:5  Phils
 
                 Game  3
DRAGONS     6:5  Knights
SEADOGS     6:5  Indians
ROYALS      11:5 Tigers
LUGNUTS      7:5  A's
 
Dr. C Selections:
Game 1: Red Wings, Express, Yankees, Muckdogs, Rangers, Indians, Royals
Game 2: A's, Red Wings, Muckdogs, Lugnuts, Orioles, Express, Knights
Game 3: Knights, Seadogs, Royals, Lugnuts
 
YTD: 0-0

Congratulations Brian Ortega, 2014 preseason HR champion!
Mar 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

Brian hit 6 to edge Justin Toone (5) and Max Willard (4). Many contestants made for a good showing and while there was an absence of wind, the tournament was a reminder how fun long ball hitting can be! See you next Sunday for the start of the season!


2014 Division Odds and League Title Odds
Mar 6, 2014, 5:58 pm

League:

Royals, Muckdogs                        14:1
Rangers, Knights, Lugnuts             15:1
Yankees, Redwings, Express          17:1
Dragons, Orioles, Twins                18:1
A's, Indians, Sea Dogs, Scrappers  22:1
Pirates, Tigers, Phils                    50:1

Division A:

Muckdogs           4:1
Knights, Rangers  5:1
Yankees            10:1
Pirates, Tigers    20:1

Division B:
Royals                   7:2
Redwings, Dragons  6:1
Orioles, A's, Indians 8:1

Division C:
Lugnuts                    11:5
Express, Twins        6:1
Seadogs, Scrappers 7:1
Phils                     15:1

 


Move Clocks forward this Sunday Morning before the Games and HR Contest !
Mar 6, 2014, 4:06 pm

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