Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

SUNDAY. APRIL 14TH – OPENING DAY

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 5 - VM CLEANING (Pollock) 3

Marlboro Softball opening day paired 2 pre-season favorites at the soggy and damp Swim Club.  Captain Pollock was without their star pitcher Clamp who was rumored to be in a Galaxy far far away, so Matt P was sent to the hill to get things going for VM Cleaning.  3 bloops in the bottom of the 1st had Pollock up 2 to 0 and the score would stay that way through 3 full innings.  A walk to Polzer in the top of the 4th was followed by 4 straights from Rookie Mark Z, JY, Gene and Jeff Lehman and Captain TW would take a 4 to 2 lead.  A few infield defensive miscues from Princeton would cut Captain TW’s lead to 1.  Polzer would give Princeton a 2 run cushion with an 8th inning double and on defense he would shut down VM over the next 2 innings to get TW his first victory of the season.  Polzer was brilliant on mound issuing 1 walk the entire day while Hy the Hammer and Doc Balar were a combined 6 for 6 for Princeton Spine.  Kudos to Matt Pollock who pitched a great game for the missing storm trooper Clamp.  Next up 2 weeks from now TW faces ripped apart beyond fake cousin Captain GG.  If GG Jacoby starts the season 0 & 2, 95% chance he gives up his team in 2020.  FINGERS CROSSED  

 

The White Harold Baines' (Ace) 17

Versing

Randell and the Rookies (Hot Corner) 4

Please allow this recap serve as my rebuttal to the half-assed prediction written about this elite squad of Adonis shaped dick-slingers. For Ace, opening day was held at East Francois against a strong, but Becker-less Randell crew. For Hot Corner, Brad selected some very impressive rookies in Goldrosen, Lsyzcycksykzszk, and Ciaglia (if your Ciaglia lasts more than 4 hours, please seek medical attention) that are all going to make names for themselves in the future. For Team Ace, we were missing Turner, but were all inspired to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

 

Hitting: B-

17 runs with all 12 players contributing with hits. Eric Bomenblit and Richard "the Dickster" Bomenblit with 4 hits a piece with the Dickster hitting a homerun and sprinting the bases like a straight up savage. Rookie Ray Porzio went a perfect 3/3, Seidenberg hit 2, not 1, but 2 triples. Multi-hit games for Rookie Kyle Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and Paul Kamras. Sounds like an A-.

 

Speed: C

C?!?!?! Did the author of this fake news look at our roster and only see me and Kamras' names??? Eric, Richie, and Podolla alone chalk us up to a B. And all three rounded the bases with speed, elegance, and aplomb. Is there another fucking team that has Carl Lewis, Willy Mays Hayes and Vince Coleman who we're being compared to?

 

Defense: C

Eric and Richie alone in the infield eat up everything in their path with strong corner infielders as well. In the outfield, Kyle Dunleavy WILL be a defensive outfielder nominee this year as the big cat effortlessly reigned in a ton of hard hit balls. Podolla ran down everything in left and in all, kept a hard-hitting offense to four runs (two of which were on an overthrow error by yours truly). Easily the worst prediction in any of the ones written in this year or any.

 

Pitching: D+

I walked one batter, and honestly, it was just because I felt like walking someone

 

There's my rebuttal. As for me, I'm going to settle in and watch Game of Thrones which is quite fitting, because in all honestly, winter is coming for this entire fucking league this season. Peace out, stay in school

 

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 12 – LJK (Harris) 7

Softball is fun winning  or losing  although today was lots of fun and excitement in the Marrone camp

with A cruise control Jog win from start to finish. With a team filled with BFF'S none greater then the Doc/Marrone duo. Until when Captain read the lineup and positions with Dave standing there with his new $240 Dollar 1st basemen glove that Glen kept hostage resulting 

in a very Angry hungover (Bat-Mitzvah) out till 3 am Silverberg. Mr Doc( I can still rock at 50)Responded with his greatest game going 4-4 with 2 homers a grand slam EST 400 feet dead center. Doc jogged the bases yelling Paster who!!!!!!

Other hitting stars was Captain Marrone 4-4 with 3 RBI and a laser triple. Mike Conti was flawless at SS and shined at the dish 2/3 with 2 doubles. Welcome back fan favorite Soskel 3/4. Smiling Justin Krauss 2-4.

Lots of leather from the speedy Zack Krauss in L/C running down everything hit his way including 2 remarkable catches.  Team Salt is young and fast with lots of enthusiasm.

On the loosing side team Harris has many big bats and none better then Corde who will be a first round choice next year. Next up is good buddy apple at East Frances   

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 20 – FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 5   8 inn

After a scathing pre-season prediction and rant about 7th round draft etiquette by former captain, the predicted dark cloud (and C- hitting) did not follow the rookie captain into his season opener.

 

Team Fradkin took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st but that was the last time they would lead in the game. Team Lombardi came back with 6 in the top half of the 2nd, scoring their 1st 2 runs by a fence rattling double by P. Lombardi. Lombardi defense was on lock down not allowing any runs in the next two innings. Team Lombardi added 3 more and 1 more for Fradkin in the 4th making it 9-3.  Then the explosion happened in the 5th. Team Lombardi sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 10 runs highlighted by a Peragine double and Raventos double and triple (in the same inning!) making it 19-3. The game was stopped in the 8th with a final score 20-5.

 

Great opening day for rookie captain and Team Lombardi with 23 hits and 20 runs. The hitting was lead by Goddard (5-5), Peragine (3-5) and multi hit games by Raventos, D.Drashinsky, Zim, P. Lombardi, Veneck and Tilker.

 

 

Gastro (Bykofsky)  11     Jiffy Lube (Applebaum)   10

After the fog cleared away the opening day matchup at the Middle School field featured a 12 man Gastro squad (no Cruz) facing off vs an 11 man Jiffy Lube team (no Tracy or Seidel).  Things got off to a rocky start for the Gastro boys in the 1st inning as some fielding miscues, followed by the top of the lineup going down 1-2-3, lead to an early 2-0 deficit.    Matty P then scored the first run of the season for Gastro off a big RBI knock by Scher (welcome back!) bottom 2.  Heading to the bottom of the 4th inning Gastro found themselves trailing 5-1.  The boys then responded by plating 5 runs of their own to take the lead as the first 5 guys in the batting order all reached base and scored to take a 6-5 lead.  Apples then battled back scoring 3 in the 5th to take an 8-6 lead.  This was a back and forth contest!  The 6th inning is when Gastro took control once and for all.  After Anslow made an absolutely stunning diving catch down the RF line (webgem of the game) to thwart a Jiffy Lube rally, momentum swung.   Bykofsky's boys then responded by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th thanks to big RBI knocks by Polguy, Yigdal and Anslow.  Marty CY-chick was then able to pitch out of trouble in the 9th inning, leaving DiNapoli on deck to end the game, and Gastro escaped with the 1 run win.  Matty Polguy was the offensive star of the game going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. JZ (free of Randell's purgatory!) was seen smiling most of the morning and also smoked 2 doubles. Other multi-hit games were had by Capt Byko, McElrath, Yigdal, Scher, and Anslow.  Defensively, Marty was great on the mound all morning walking nobody, while Matty P, Scher, and JZ locked down the infield defense.  For Jiffy Lube, DiNapoli, Gluck, Sherman and Papa Podos were tough outs all morning.  Burns also pitched well in his first season opener on the mound.  Gastro will look to make it 2-0 in two weeks as they face an always formidable MG squad at Swim Club.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 14 ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 5

With the rain and fog hitting us early this weekend, the league held their collective breaths waiting for the “GAMES ON” post from Commissioner JoMo.  Those on the LHRGC squad knew that their Ace Ronnie Carlin was ready to go “three sleeps ago” and boy did he deliver a gem.  RC is picking up exactly where he left off in 2018, with command of his pitches and stellar defense on the hill.  Nice play from rookie Rob “Read’em Their Rights” Miranda at 3B showing off a smooth glove and a nice arm.  Broome brothers both looked good defensively with lawyer in training Andrew flashing some nice glove in RC.  The Bludgeon Brothers (Mike and Kevin) locked down the left side outfield and Mark and Juice did the same on the right side of the infield.  While Team LaRocca looked good defensively all around, the man on the hill had a lot to do with keeping the dangerous bats of Action Auto at bay.  This writer saw Cap JJ shaking his head at some of the RC pitches while (shockingly) whispering “how is he a five.”

 

Offensively, the formula was simple, bat 10 guys then read’em their rights!  Keeping the pressure off of the rookie was important, and with the top of the order batting a combined 11 for 17, pressure didn’t enter the vocabulary.  Standouts were MBroome, MCarlin and both K brothers who combined for 11 hits and 11 RBIs on the day. 

 

Kudos on Team Jacoby go to Sweet Swinging Lefty Josh Levine who I think will end up being the steal of the draft for JJ and to Frank Calamia (drafted after MBroome) who hit 2 “moon shots” that may still be in orbit.  Frankie also looked awesome at 3rd, but nowhere near as good looking in a uniform than ABroome.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lambo who pitched very well (no walks) and smacked the ball around as usual, despite his new shmedium frame.

 

Next up is the star-studded Brock team featuring Marty Boot Bellis who has already recorded his first hit of the season.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) 18 – PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 11

It was opening night at Union Hill with a big crowd on hand for the Sarcona/Lapine East division battle. To say the season got off to a good start for Lapine would be an understatement as they bat around in the top of the first and send 19 batters up and score a possible record of 14 runs. Sarcona would plate two in their half of the inning including a long triple by Kaplow and Paster’s first HR of the season. Tom Carroll would later hit his first of 2019, a 3 run bomb over the RF fence.  As the Lapine bats quieted down, obviously exhausted from the first inning, Sarcona creeped back in to the game and was within 7 after 6 innings. Rookie Kevin “La” Bomba then proceeded to shut down Sarcona the rest of the way to earn his first W. Lots of stars for Lapine with everybody getting at least 1 hit. Tom Carroll led the way going 4-4 HR and 5 RBI’s and making every play at short. Rob Catania made his Marlboro debut with 3 hits 3 runs and a Ribby. Specchio and Sens each knocked in 3. For Lenny’s squad Roland made the defensive play of the night with a diving catch and Jared Goldberg made a perfect throw home to nail B Frey at the plate in the 9th. Jordan Krant gets the Stanley Cup award for playing just a few days after breaking a finger.  Congrats to Pat Specchio on his upcoming wedding.  As usual a well called game by the man in blue, Simon.

 

Sentinel (MG) 12, Ovox (GG) 3

Nobody wanted to get back on the field more than Captain MG.   And despite two finals appearances in the last four seasons, the preseason predictions remained unkind at 7-15 clearly citing the loss of cornerstones Lombardi and Zimm.    Why panic when you just reload???  Team MG, featuring four first year players,  came out strong and quickly pulled together behind the Captain’s master game plan.   After an early run, GoGo-Joraskie and SuperSpann would highlight a 3 run fourth inning with back to back RBI doubles.   In the 6th, MG, Steinberg, and newbie Chris Frometta with consecutive RBIs capped by Frometta’s laser triple.   At 9-0, the game was in hand and Mark Karp and the defense would cruise to a 12-3 victory, which was a shutout heading to the 9th.     The defense was led by Joraskie and Spann in the middle of the OF and Richie Spear at SS- gobbling up grounder after grounder.  MG has now played with three generations of Spears in this league (who saw that coming)???   Derek Rising would add a circus catch in RF and Karp dazzled all day pitching into the strength of the D.    Frometta with 4 hits, Rising with 3, Evan Steinberg a perfect day at the plate with 3 hits, and Joraskie with three knocks.  Next up will be a very shorthanded team MG against rival Byko.    

 

 

 

 
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