Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH – PLAYOFFS

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 13 – BURGER BROS (Paladino) 4

While I don't anticipate reading or writing many summaries throughout the playoffs, because this game marked the end to a Marlboro Softball Hall of Fame career, I feel compelled.  As for the game itself, it all started with some disturbing morning BP sessions, which were blamed on the brutal East Frances sun, which were followed by the echoing of the question "Why did you pick this field?" When the game began, it was two impressive double plays turned by Eliut Infante and Dave Clampffer that set the tone early, as both teams were scoreless heading into the bottom of the 3rd.  That's when VM Cleaning broke through in a big way, as the bottom of the order led off with 3 straight hits, while the top of the order drove the runs in, capped off by a 3-run "fruit-fueled" HR by Matt Pollock.  7 runs in the 3rd and 5 more in the 5th (highlighted by a big 2-run hit from Clampff and a big triple from Mitch Pollock) put the NL leaders up 12-0.  Offensively, MVP Infante went 3-3 with a walk, while Mitch Pollock, Gene Conselyea, Rob Rozencwaig, and Mike Gilston had multi-hit games, while Dave Meyer reached base 3 times and Mark Goldberg reach times twice, not including adding a clutch RBI.  As for Burger Bros., after the result of the game settled in, it was all about Donnie Mesmer, who went out in style with another multi-hit game, while patrolling SS for a final scoreless inning. Personally it meant a lot for this author to be a part of this game, as Donnie has been a captain and teammate for a few memorable seasons.  He most certainly earned both team's applause after the final handshakes, and while we'll miss him on Sundays, we'll be sure to see and hear him at the fields for years to come

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky)  15      CK Baseball (Granese) 12   F/11

In the final regular season game of the year Hot Corner looked to get back on the winning track as they faced a formidable CK Baseball squad who had a lot to play for.  The top of the Hot Corner lineup started out hot with the first four batters all reaching base and scoring to start the 1st inning.  With one in the 1st, MG then pulled a move out of the Conti/Mesmer playbook at SS, as he dropped an easy pop-up intentionally to turn a DP.  This got capt. JB fired up and paved the way for an exciting 11 innings of ball.  The score was 7-6 as the teams headed to the 6th inning.  Hot Corner then plated 5 runs in the inning thanks to bottom of the lineup setting the table and big RBIs by Matty P, Justin, and Becker.  MG's squad would not go down quietly and they then tied the game heading to the 9th inning.  After Hot Corner failed to score, they were at least able to shut down the top of the CK Baseball order in the bottom of the 9th, and the teams then headed to extra innings.  The teams traded zeros in the 10th.  Sewald then set the table in the 11th inning with his 3rd BB of the game, two outs followed, and Matty P then got a hit.  This then led to Capt. Justin's biggest AB of the season which he delivered on with a go ahead RBI single!  Becker was then walked, and Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky then put the game away with a YUGE 2RBI hit.  The win for Hot Corner gave them the season sweep over CK Baseball and vaulted them into the 2-seed in the very tough AL.  The offense was led by Matty, Justin, Kleschinsky, and Aronson who all had 3 hits.  The webgem of the game was made by Dave Barlow at 3B who dove to catch a ball near the foul line and then threw out a runner for a nice DP.  For MG's side Doug "the animal" Cohen was a force at the plate with 3 hits.  Their defense in the OF was also stellar led by Joraskie and Tracy who have arms that are as dangerous as North Korea's. Joshi also looked as sexy as ever filling in on the mound for Jim Lombardi.  In the first round of the playoffs Hot Corner will face a tough Lapine squad that they split with in the regular season.  Get ya popcorn ready!

 

SPONIC (Lapine) 9 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 7

The 2017 finale featured a long standing grudge match between teams with some history behind them and this Sunday's game did not disappoint. Both teams arrived at the field and had to sit through the end of the Pollock/Jacoby BFF marathon (as if anyone gives half a shit about the red rocket pink warriors take on the Sonic the Hedgehogs) which only fueled the fire of each team. For Team Lapine, this win would keep us out of the cellar and guarantee us a full first round playoff round. It was a heated, controversial affair with arguments over touched bags, BFFs, plate blocking, intentional walks, former BFF's, and surprisingly there were questions about how many fouls you get. Throughout the whole game, everyone was on edge and at each other's throats. It was divisive and the rage between these two teams may never be resolved. In fact, in mirroring the state of the nation, there was rumors that the Lapine camp is looking to have statues of Glen Marrone taken down from the various salt mines throughout the state. There is also talk that Team Marrone is pushing to have Dennis Lapine's bust removed from the roof of Bagel Talk. Back to the BFF Action...

 

A Conti-less Sponic put up three in the first and one in the second and then basically did nothing for the next hour. A little too comfortable with a small lead, Marrone came back and took a 5-4 lead heading into the 9th. In the top of the 9th, Jeremy Levine (a Rookie of the Year candidate... ok, at least in the top 20) came up huge with an RBI double to keep us in the game. Our defense came up tight in the bottom of the 9th, and next thing you know... free softball!

 

Top of the 10th: Lapine - single, Joe O - less than a single, Mark Carlin - single, Getz - nuthin, Spoto - intentional walk.... hot damn... bases loaded!!! Frank Loconte perused over the bats laying before him. He selected a red one, held it up and said, "this is the bat of Dennis Lapine. Forged by steel. Brought over to the shire of Marlboro by dragons during the early days of the Targarian empire..." Next thing you know, BFFs... WHAMMY!! TRIPLE, SON! 3 run lead. This was followed by another triple by Ferrarese who was then thrown out at home and looked like Douchey McDoucherson in the process. In the bottom of the 10th, Marrone threatened hard and put up two and had runners on 1st and 2nd. Mark Carlin made a very pretty snag at SS to get the runner at 3rd and end the game. For Sponic, Mark Carlin was 4/5 and delicious at SS (I've already forgotten all about Conti) and Spoto, Loconte and Levine had multi-hit games. For Marrone, young Pannasidi seemed to be on base all day and that Rastafarian Michael Podolla looked gnarly at 2B.

 

Get well Pat Thomas. Good Luck to all in the playoffs. Wu Tang. Stay in School. 

 

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 12 GASTRO OF OCEAN (LS) 4

On the final Sunday of the regular season AA was looking for its longest win streak of the season 3 in a row and a shot at the 4 seed in the tough AL.  Gastro came out firing in the 1st and if not for a ridiculous gap sliding catch by reigning MVP Mamone the early 2 runs could have been a lot worse. Team Sarcona came out firing like McGregor taking a 3 to 0 lead into the bottom of the 4th but that’s when Captain TW and company like Mayweather began to chip away.  A run in the 4th and 5th made it a 4 to 2 game heading into the bottom of the 6th when AA banged out 3 runs behind a lead off Drapkin double.  A couple great defensive plays in the top of the 7th kept the lead to 1.  In the bottom of inning, 5 straight hits led to 6 runs and the TKO when AA went up 11 to 4.  AA would get the next 6 straight outs and lock up the 4 seed and a first round date with fellow YITS MG and DC.  Once again the story of the game for AA was pitching and defense.  Drapkin who has been amazing all season pitched a 1 walk gem highlighted by an incredible flip diving catch where he stuck the landing – even the German judges gave him a 10.  If not for AA’s lite hitting most of the year Drapkin should have had a 20 win season the way he pitched surrendering the lowest runs in the league.  Defensively after the 1st inning, AA played flawless including web gems from JY, JOMO and Stewart.   JOMO also led the offensive with 3 hits while everyone on AA had at least 1 hit.  AA sends its condolences to the toughest out in the league Schef on his loss.

 

Ace Home Improvements 12  VM Cleaning 11  12 innings 

If anything is to be taken from the 2017 version of Ace Home Improvements, heart and desire were never to be questioned. Often not the most fundamentally sound team in the league, the never give up attitude of Team Jacoby was on full display early Sunday morning against VM Cleaning.  UHL was the scene when a very difficult 9 man lineup for Team Pollock raced out to early 8-0 lead.  With many of the guys in pink hung over from watching Mayweather-Mcgregor, it took the boys until the bottom of the third to wake up a little.  A four run third, and 2 run 4th cut the lead to 8-6 but Pollock would add 3 in the top  of the 6th to hold 11-6.  The game changed in the bottom of the 7th, when with two on and two out, Jared Goldberg roped a laser down the LF line off the glove of the outstretched Rubin that was ruled a fair ball, despite protests from the VM captain which ultimately resulted in two runs.  The Broome brothers, and Tom Polzer would follow with run scoring hits and we were knotted at 11 through 7. Over the next few innings both teams played very well defensively with each having rallies short circuited by strong glove work. In the bottom of the 12th, Jared and Polz set the table with hits, and a walk to Marc Broome loaded the bases with no outs, setting the stage for younger brother Andrew to play hero.  The red hot A Broome promptly smashed a line drive to left center for the game winning, walk off hit and a satisfying come from behind w for Team Jacoby.  The Goldbergs and Broomes were the unquestioned story of the day offensively.  A Broome and Steve Goldberg led the way with 4 hits apiece, while Marc Broome and Jared had 3 each to help pace a 24 hit attack. After giving up 8 in the first 3 innings, the defense settled in nicely allowing only 3 runs over the final 9 frames including a gem from Marc Broome at ss.  For Team Pollock, Jordan Krant was on base all day, while Eliut, Mitch, and Matt all had multi-hit efforts. On a personal note, the boys wish Cliff a speedy recovery after rupturing his Achilles and having surgery last week.  With the regular season behind us, and a Beilis win, Ace locks into the 7 seed and awaits either Feldy or Goldfarb in round one of the playoffs. Good luck to all..

 

NY LIFE(BH) 7 – PIZZA/PASTA (FELDY) 6

A late Saturday evening phone call from Steve gave us the sad news that Steve's Dad passed away.   While softball is an important part of our collective lives (and make no mistake this league is like family)- hearing that news puts things in perspective.  So Bobito and his Bobitians were thinking of Steve as we took the field Sunday - minus our heart and soul (Steve has had an MVP year for sure). While most of the seedings were set in stone- this first game of two for Big Red was very important to ensure we get the first round home game in 1 and 3 , and field selection.  It really was a fait d'acomplis we would face Randell in round 1 though. The game started very slowly for Team Bobito as Feldy had his cutter working retiring the first 7 batters- and goose eggs thru 4 innings.  Then as if a light went off- in the bottom of the 5th down 5-0 , Mike Cydel led off with a single , two quick outs , and then Max smacked a single up the middle- as did Zack Krauss.  Then the biggest hit of the day from Bob Chen as he drilled one over the RF head to clear the bases and get us to 5-3.  Another run in the 6th tightened it to 5-4- and when Feldy got an insurance run in the 8th to make it 6-4 , and had bases loaded and two outs with Eric Bomenblitt up in the top of the 9th - it did not look good.  But Greg Long (moved to third in the 7th) stole a hit as Eric B hit a bullet over Greg's head- but a leap and a grab kept the score at 6-4. Could team Bobito come back again in the ninth? Already three times this year Big Red has answered the call.  A lead off walk to Mike, a double by Greg, an Rbi single by Rich- a hard hit ground out by Max plated the tying run- followed by Zack Krauss putting runners on first and second.  Bobby C did his job lifting one to RF to move the runners over- and now decision time.   Its when its never fun for managers- but Feldy decides to load the bases by walking Callow- and Russ promptly blasts one over Seans head (almost a miraculous game saving diving catch by Eric) for the walk off win.  Lots of heros for Big Red- two hits for zack, bob (and a huge triple), Mike, and Greg.   And another superb pitching performance by Cydel.   No walks, deep strikes, kept the potent Feldy bats at bay (and yes they were missing Perloff and Rick) , and fielded his position perfectly.  Gregs big play in the field stands out as well.  For my mortal enemy Feldy- he continues to defy his age by hitting the ball hard all game including I believe 2 hits.  And of course Eric B - who hit the ball hard all day.  Now onto UHR and a date with Lenny and a winning record.  Who woulda thunk it?  Not the pundits that's for sure.   

 

NY LIFE (BH) 13 – GASTRO (SARCONA) 9
Big Red lived up to its name in the first two innings of this game as we scored 5 in the first inning and 4 runs in the second inning to take a 9-0 lead. But playing a 3 man OF (Greg had to leave necessitating a few defensive switches including the 3 man OF) against a potent Sarcona line up , you knew a 9 run lead was not safe.  And bada bing bada boom , Lenny scores 3 in the bottom of the second , 2 in the bottom of the 4th, we score three runs between the third and fifth inning- and Lenny counters with a couple of runs as well.  All of sudden entering the 6th inning it is narrowed to a 4 run lead.  But Mike , red hot all day leads of the 7th with a booming double - his fourth hit in the game- and some great at bats at the bottom of the line up moves Mike up to third where Bob C- capping off a great day gets his fourth hit of the game driving in an important insurance run.  Now with a 5 run lead - in the bottom of the 8th - and heart of the Team Lenny line up with the bases loaded and 1out- Cydel pitches out of it- getting a force out ground out and a long fly to Zack (who patrolled CF in that 3 man OF , like Paul Blair) . That effectively was the game- as Mike got the bottom of the line up in the 9th to get a hard fought 13-9 win- and cap off an improbable DH win.  Everyone in the line up got a hit- but the offense was led by Mike and Bob's 4 hit game, and Zack and JC with 3 hits as well.  Once again- you can not say enough about Mike's pitching today and all year. Seriously, 12 unintentional walks all year- and with the exception of one blowout on a Wednesday night has kept us in every game- always offering us a chance to win late- as we did in game 1 today.  The kid in LCF has had a sensational year- and not only is most improved- but needs serious consideration for defensive OF of the year. Made two more circus catches today.  Russ and Jordan were both solid in the OF allowing Zack to not over play from CF.  Tritto played solid at 2b - and JC made many great plays at SS today to go with his three hits.  Cant say enough about this team and its effort.  Look forward to another playoff match up Bradley. Hoping to find some payback for our two losses during the regular season.  Best of luck to all the team.  And most importantly we all send our condolences to our friend and team mate - Schef.  These two wins were for you!

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH

 

SPONIC PAINTING (DL) 4 ACTION AUTO (TW) 8

With 2 games left to play in regular season, AA was battling for the 4, 5 or 6 seed while Sponic and Captain Laypine were fighting to stay out of the dreaded 8 seed.  AA put up 3 quick runs in the top of 1st behind hits from Captain TW, Jomo, SuperSpann and a huge 2 out 2 RBI single from Toran.  A bomb triple from Laypine’s Ferrese made it a 3 to 1 game in the bottom of the 2nd.  A Jomo double, defensive miscue and POMO SAC made it 5 to 1 and in the next inning a Solon walk, JY triple and TW single made it 7 to 1 and looked like AA would cruise to an easy victory.  In the bottom of the 7th, with AA up 6 and 2 men on base Mike Conti unplugged the North Korean made nuclear Salvo and launched the first pitch he saw over the center field fence to get Laypine within 3 and make it a game.  AA would turn their 3rd 5-4-3 DP of the game in the bottom of the 8th and after adding a big insurance run in the 9thget Laypine out in order to end the game.   Timely hitting was the offensive story for AA while JY, JOMO and SuperSPann each had 2 hits.  The AA defense was amazing behind another no walk Drapkin pitched game.  Toran and POMO both made incredible sliding catches in the OF and Stewart was ridiculous at 3rd making play after play including starting 3 DPs.  Sarcona and MG losses moved AA to the 4 seed and a win next week against Big Lenny could lock that spot.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 11 – BURGER BROS (Paladino) 3

In most circumstances you would imagine the top-seeded team coming into a match up with the bottom seeded team to be very confident, but that wasn't necessarily the case for VM Cleaning for a few reasons, including... 1) Team Paladino won their first match-up earlier this season in convincing fashion 2) VM Cleaning have been in an offensive funk and came in losing two in a row  3) A few former Team Pollock faves, including the Mesmers and Paladinos, lead this "better than their record indicates" squad and 4) Already without Clampffer, an early morning "I need to take a sick day" text from Team MVP Eliut Infante meant a "bottom 11" VM Cleaning squad would have to score some runs on Municipal.  All those fears were erased early, as Team Pollock took an important 6-run lead in the first inning, led by a bomb from run-scoring machine Dave "Sonic" Meyer, who led the day offensively one hit away from the cycle.  Mr. Utility (and underrated) Mitch Pollock filled in well at SS and added a couple of hits, while the league's best back-up pitcher Alan Rubin stepped in and pitched another gem.  Extra-base machine Dave Conklin and Captain Matt P. also had multi-hit games.  A special shout out to MMS legend Mark Goldberg, who took the field in the 9th for his last career regular season appearance and helped complete a game-ending double play. (Speaking of MMS soon-retiring legends, get-well soon Donnie).  After clinching their respective seeds, these two squads are now locked in for a round one playoff rubber match(es), but before that, Team Pollock's run-differential leading squad (3 runs per game over the 2nd highest squad... for now at least) will have their hands full as they face-off against Team JJ next week, without the services of CY Clampff and D. Meyer, and down to a max 9 guys to close the regular season.

 

 

NY LIFE (BH) 11 – LHRGP LAW (GG) 5

Second week in a row Team Bobito was Family Kraussless - nonetheless, today,  we came up with an impressive 11-5 win over a very tough Team Goldy crew.  Both pitchers threw high deep strikes all game- and both had a clean game- no walks.  The difference for Team Bobito was the stellar play of Greg Long at SS  (necessitated by having to put JC back into his happy place- LCF)- diving and flopping all over the place- Greg thwarted a number of Team Goldy rallies.    The Goldies took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Rookie of the year candidate Sal Alfieri hit a booming HR to straight away CF.  In the bottom of the second The Big Red Machine (absent for the last few weeks) erupted for 5 runs as the bottom of the lineup came up big with a couple of hits to get to the top of the lineup as Bob Chen got a huge two out hit and the ever ageless Schef painted one down the LF line for a bases clearing triple. In the top of the fourth the bottom again sparked a rally- and Schef and Callow got two big two out hits to get it to 8-2.   Goldy chipped away and got it to 8 to 4 - but a huge alert play by Uncle Leo at first threw out a very frisky runner at the plate (PUGS making another great tag) trying to score from second on a play at first.  Some single insurance runs in the 7th, 8th, and 9th sealed the deal- and with Mitch Pollack cheering on Big Red (congrats to The Pollacks for securing the #1 seed in the NL )  - a 1-2-3  9th got Team Bobito back to 500 and a shot at home field in Round 1 of the playoffs.  Schef likely took over the NL batting lead with a 4 for 5 day and 3 big RBIS.  Two hit games by JC, Pugs, John, Greg, Rich and Leo- and also Three Huge RBIS by Max who hit the ball hard all day.  And then there was Mike Cydel- hard to imagine a 500 team courting a Cy Young  candidate but he has pitched fantastic all year- and today he was superb again.  Lots of great candidates including Safchick , who likewise pitched great today (as he has all year).  However today was Mike's day- just superb.  Next week- a season ending DH- where by my calculations with lots of permutations - we could finish anywhere from 2nd to 5th.   Need to understand all the tiebreakers- a three way 12-10 finish is doable- so is a 11-11 , and 10-12.  The most likely scenario though is ANOTHER first round match up with Team Bradley and his 8-12 (and two forfeit wins) squad.  In the meantime its my BFF Feldy and his Mask in game 1 - and Lenny in game 2.  

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 20  - STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 5  7 innings

Team Feldy coming off a 27 hit attack put up a 29 spot in this one to defeat a shorthanded Beilis squad who was playing with 9. Feldy took full advantage of the huge gaps at the Swim Club to jump out to a 7-0 lead in the 1st only to have Team Marty score 4 in the 2nd to stay close at 7-4. They never got any closer as their bats went quiet with them scoring only 1 run the rest of the game. Glen Roland had the game for the ages going 5-5 with 5 runs scored 3 ribbies and a triple to lead the team. He also had a great game defensively making a few diving catches. Jordan R a legit ROY candidate followed his 2 homer 7 ribbie game last week with a 4 hit 4 ribbie game including a triple. He is on fire. Eric B a legitimate MVP candidate had 4 hits 3 ribbies and played the heck out of ss. As a pitcher there is nothing better than having a guy who covers TONS of ground. Speaking of covering ground Richie B another ROY candidate playing 2nd literally ran to RF called off Bobby Frey and made a fantastic over the should catch. He also had 3 line drive bullets scored 4 runs and had a ribbie to finsh a great game. Mitch G also had 3 hits and played a superb 1b filling in for Rick who was sidelined with Gout.Rick still proved valuable as he did a great job coaching 3rd!!!! Multiple hits were had by Mikey( GET WELL SOON), Glenn, Sean, Bobby and Doc who has been a revelation with his bat the last month. Everyone in the lineup had a minimum of 2 hits. All 3 components were on display today and hopefully for the rest of the year. Kudos to the Beilis squad for never giving up even though playing with 9 especially on this particular field is extremely difficult. Next up my arch rival Bobito to end the regular season.

 

NJ Salt 18 – Gastro of Ocean 11

On a beautiful August morning NJ Salt took to the back of the Middle School to take on a 9 man roster of Lenny, Big Sexy and the rest of the probing guys from Gasto.   Salt started quickly as they have been doing in most first innings.  The boys in Red put up a 6 spot on 6 hits highlighted by Jeff Yigdal who hit one of his three triples on the morning.   Lenny’s crew came back with 3 to make the score 6-3 after 1.  The third was an explosive inning for both teams.  Salt put up 5 runs to make it 11-3 and by the time we finished the third inning the game was knotted at 11.  Gasto batted around was ignited by their power hitting pitcher Lambo who mashed his second homer of the game along with a majestic blast by Brock Hor. 

Heading into the 4th inning Doc started the inning off with a third walk.  This was the first walk that was not intentional.  Doc had his ire up with Lenny choosing to INT walk Doc in the first two innings with a runner on base both times with no one out.  Lenny took the high road and stated “Joe P said to walk you”.  After the fourth the score was now 14-11.  Glen finally stopped throwing meatball after meatball and was able to shut down the very potent lineup of Gastro the rest of the way.  In the 8th Salt put up another 2 runs with the top of the line up taking advantage of the 3 man outfield to make the final 18-11. 

Hitting stars on this 26 hit day were plenty.  Goddard hitting his groove since being moved to the outfield with a 4 hit day.  3 hit days out of Austin, KP, Mayronie, Yiggie (3 triples/4 RBI and played a great third) and Mike Mess.  Multi hit games were Podolla and Tyler.  Gastro mashed the ball in the first three innings Brock (HR), Lambo (2 HR) and can’t forget Joey P with his little dribbler down the third baseline…..Get well to Noel who seemed to tweak his hammy and finished the game pitching. 

Next up for NJ Salt to finish the season is Lapine on Union Hill. 

 

JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 17 – ACE (Jacoby) 14

Attendance was a little light at Met Life Stadium (aka UHR) but the fans present saw Team Jacoby miss a 9th inning field goal allowing Team Randell to hold on for a 17-14 victory keeping Jiffy Lube alive to grasp the 4 seed from Team Bobito heading into the final week of the regular season.  The Randell offense started off hot with the Birthday Boy Hector blasting one over the left field fence for a 2 run dinger highlighting a 4 run bottom of the 1st.  Team Randell would add 5 in the 2nd for an early 9-0 lead.  After an earlier season 13-0 drubbing at the hands of Team Jacoby after 2 innings of play it looked like the favor would be returned with a 9 run lead and Ben Kessler in control on the mound with Burnsy away.  But not to be as the resilient Team Jacoby kept coming back all morning long starting with a 4 spot in the 3rd to make it 9-4.  Same score heading to the 5th when Jacoby would plate 2 cutting the lead to 9-6 combined with Andy K re-aggravating a hammy injury forcing the interchangeable Kessler's to trade places between the mound and RCF.  Team Randell would respond with a big 4 runs in the bottom half highlighted by that man Hector again delivering a 2 run 2 out double after an intentional walk to the commish.  An interesting caveat in this game was earlier in the 2nd inning Hector was intentionally walked to get to the skipper who delivered a 2 run single and now JZ was intentionally walked to get to Hector who also delivered; not often you see the same guy intentionally walked and intentionally faced in the same game.  Up 13-6 in the 7th things seemed in control again but some close pitches just missing from Andy combined with Jacoby hitting had them score 3 in the 7th to make it 13-9.  Team Randell would answer again with 4 in the 7th highlighted again by Hector with a 2 run single to finish with a 3-4, BB, HR, 6 RBI day.  Once again, Team Jacoby would come back with 5 in the 8th to tighten things up at 17-14 but unfortunately the comeback attempt was dampened when Cliff Fox blasted one over Korny in RF for what appeared to be at least a triple and possibly an inside the parker.  But Cliff went down as he approached second base with what appeared to be a torn achilles.  Let's hope this premature diagnosis is wrong as this author knows full well how tough an injury and recovery that can be.  Team Randell sends its best to Cliffy for a full and speedy recovery.  In the 9th as referenced earlier, Andy K. blocked a final Jacoby field goal attempt from the mound for the final 17-14 margin of victory.  Offensive stars were plentiful for Team Randell with BJax, Intoci and the skipper providing 3 hits apiece along with Hector's big game breaking out of a prolonged slump for him.  Ben and Korny added multi-hit games of their own.  For Team Jacoby, Polz was on base all morning as usual peppering balls all over the field.  Defensively, props to the other Polzer for some nice catches in LF and Broome with several nice places at SS.  Next up looks like a unavailable Palladino squad leaving Team Randell hoping for help from Feldy and Lenny to knock off Bobito to secure the 4 seed and the dinner bet. . . 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH

 

STOMP THE MONSTER (MB) 12 – NU LIFE (HARRIS) 10

Team Beilis looking to make it three in a row  scored 8 runs in the first 3 frames led by a resurgent Pat Specchio who had 4 hits (on a pulled hammy). However this was not going to be easy as team Harris sans the Krauss's and J.Brent & Pugliese came back with 3 in the 3rd and 2 more in the 5th to tighten things up.Team Beilis added a run in the 5th and 3 in the 7th to take a 6 run lead going to  the bottom of the 7th....thinking that would do it Team Harris thought differently  scoring 2 , then with 2 in the bottom of the ninth Eric Rosenstock made a great  diving play and throw to save the game. Game balls to Pat S. and Dave  Mallow with a 4 hit day and to Chad ,Mike R. Eric R. Adam,Greg, and Marty all with multi hit games......kudos to Schef with a great diving catch in left and to the Seidel's and Chen with multi hit games....next up team Feldy in an early morning swim club clash

 

NJ Salt (MAYRONIE) 10 – Action Auto (WALLMAN) 3

Early game at the Swim Club, always nice to see Fogerty bright at early on a Sunday morning.  The game started quick for the Salt crew picking up 6 quick runs in the first inning.  Big 2 RBI hits from the Jeff’s Yigdal and Turtz.  The first inning set a nice tone to the morning for Glen and his merry BFF’s. 

Third inning the Captain himself came through with a big 2 out RBI hit to bring the score to a commanding 7-0 lead.  In the fourth Wallman got his team going where they plated 2 runs to make the home team start to worry a bit and we knew that this team was pushing hard to get back into the game. 

Heading into the 6th inning with the score 7-2 Solon stepped up and smoked a ball in the LCF gap for a round tripper.  Mayronie was able to put out the fire and get out of the inning with any further damage.  Bottom of the frame the game was put of our reach making the final 10-3.  Austin and Doc both singled and KP hit one over the better Mamone’s head in LF for a 3 run dinger. 

Congrats to Solon for his blast and JOMO for a multi-hit day along with making every play in the outfield.  Hitting stars for NJ Salt were “the cousins” Pat and Mike both with 2 hits.  KP with a 3-3 day/3 RBI. 

A quick get well to our fallen teammate Pat Thomas.  Pat tripped on first going hard for an infield single.  Apparently has a bum shoulder and possible concussion.  Speedy recovery Pat we need you back!!! 

Next up for Salt is Lenny, Tommy and ex Salt LCF stud Joey P. 

 

 

CK's (GRANESE) 5, Fradkin Law (APPLE) 3
The Feldman Line was in plain sight on this Sunday morning but CK's would go to work without their LCF/RCF combo. Nothing new for this team, who has yet to play a game with 13 all year and that's not a good thing. This was a classic MUNI game with not too many offense highlights but here they are. Apple with a run in the first. MG with 2 runs in the third on a captain triple and Lombardi Sac. Apple reclaimed the lead at 3-2 in the bottom 3rd. That was it for Apple as Lombardi and the D would send up 6 gooseggs after that. CK's needed to score to win and a 3-spot in the 7th was all they needed. Doug Cohen, injured and can't run, but has a lightning stick, singled to tie the game at 3. Hy Bick and Joey T with hits and Newman with a bases loaded walk. Lombardi with a run scoring fielders choice and that was it. Few predicted a Joshi-Tracy-Newman-Justin Bickoff OF to close out a game but that's what happened to ensure win #11.
Final two games against Elite Ballplayers and Captains Brock and Byko. Byko has to be thinking to himself that's he seen this play out before.....waiting for a red hot MG squad in the season finale to decide the top seeds in the AL. MG will be rooting his boys on from the Bahamas.

 

 

ACE (JACOBY) 14 - Burger Bros (PALADINO) 13 

Looking to make it two in a row for the first time all season, ACE squared off with Burgers Bros in an 8am tilt at East Francis. Captains Paladino and Jacoby knew the importance of this one as the loser would likely be headed for the NL 8th seed as the season winds down.  The middle and bottom of the ACE order helped put up a 4 spot in the 3rd and Jacoby held 4-1 through 4.  In the bottom of the 5th, a combination of timely hitting and some shoddy defense saw the wheels fall off for ACE as the Burger boys scored 9 times to take a commanding 10-4 lead.  A single run in the 6th, and 2 in the 7th, were offset by a 3 run bottom 7th for Paladino and his crew as they held 13-7 going to the 8th.   A 4 run frame highlighted by 5 straight hits and a sac fly from the top of the ACE lineup got the boys to within 2.  In the bottom of the 8th the Burger fellas had a chance to tack on, but some excellent outfield defense would thwart  the rally and the score remained 13-11.  With two outs and runners on first and second, Shawon Danser, would single home a run, Jared would follow with an rbi rope, and Polz would single home the eventual game winner to give Team Jacoby a 14-13 victory.

3 hits apiece for Danser and J Goldberg, while Polz, Marc Broome, Fox, JJ and Tilk all had 2 to pace the offense.

For Burger Bros, rookie stud Saler had a booming homer to left, the Mesmers combined for 6 hits and were on base constantly, as was Gary Cohen who we couldn’t seem to get out all morning.  A loss to J Brock in game 2 would dampen the mood a little, but we look ahead to Brad, B Jax and the commish next week at Union Hill where I’m sure memories of an early season loss at East Francis will have them looking for a little payback.

 

 

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 16  - LHRGB (Goldfarb) 10

Team Feldy playing Team Goldfarb with 9 still had their work cut out for them since Goldy had a powerhouse lineup who would be getting up a ton of times. Feldy put up a 6 spot in the top of the 1st and had a commanding lead of 10-1 after 2 1/2. In the bottom of the 3rd Goldy scored 5 to make it 10-6 and let Feldy know this will not be a walk in the park. The closest they got was 12-9 in the 4th and Goldy went quiet scoring 1 run in the last 5. HUGE GAMES were had by the middle of the lineup with Glen R getting 4 hits including a 2b and Rick following him with 4 of his own with 2 2bs and 4 ribbies but the STAR of the game was Jordan Rosenthal who was away for 2 weeks but had the game for the ages. He had 3 hits including 2 Aaron Judge missiles(each 3 run homers) over the fence for a whooping 7 ribbies. WOW his performance was stunning. Glenn and the quiet one Bobby F had 3 hit games and Bobby's included a gorgeous 3b down the right field line. Multiple hit games were had by WELCOME BACK Sean, Richie B, Mitch and Doc who has continued his hot hitting. Kudos to the whole Goldfarb squad who refused to go away and kept the game close until the last out. Next up best buddy Beilis at the Swim Club.

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 6 - JIFFY LUBE (BR) 2

After an anemic offensive showing in game 1, AA was looking to bounce back and get back to the dreaded Feldy line.  Jiffy Lube was coming off an impressive game 1 victory against the self-proclaimed best team in the league (just read Mitch’s blog).  This game had a lot of meaning for both teams as today’s author insulted Captain Bradley in the preseason predictions by predicting his squad would finish 9 & 13 and struggle defensively.  FYI Team Bradley is now 8&12 and has surrendered the 2nd most runs.  Hopefully this write up is not censored as those pre-season opinions are now facts. 

 

Now onto the game, basically both offenses sucked all game and the score was 2 to 2 going into the bottom of the 7th.  The highlights of the first 6 innings were an incredible diving stab by SuperSpann at 1st who slapped the bag from his knees to rob Intonci of a hit and superb over the shoulder grab in LCF by Benjamin Kessler to rob Doc Toran of an extra base hit.  In the bottom of the 7th a walk, hit and error/hit led to bases loaded 1 out with Paulie “from Brooklyn” Mamone coming to the plate.  As Paulie sauntered into the batter’s box the painful pre at bat ritual began.  He dug in the Filene’s Basement $20 cleats (originally $119???), wiped the plate with his right hand, jacked up the already short sweat pants, tipped his cap and twirled his bat. After all that, Paulie sent the first pitch he saw to the right field warning track for a bases clearing 3 rbi triple.  A mishandled relay throw allowed Paulie to score and seal the game.  The Jiffy Lube offense went 6 up and 6 down in the 8th and 9th and AA got a badly needed win.  Stewart and Paulie led the offense with 2 hits apiece. Drapkin was again great on the issuing no walks and the AA defense played flawless.  Kudos to Kid Kessler who played great in LCF, amazing that Capatin Bradley has gift ratings for Kid Kessler and Weitsen and is still under .500.  Next up Big Lenny as the 2 squads battle for the 5 & 6 seeds.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH

 

CK's (MG) 15, VM Cleaning (MP) 10
Quite a night at Union Hill as August 9th provided a rare late season glitch in the matrix as wins by MG and Feldy resulted in both captains getting above the Feldman line on the same night. Impressive. Equally impressive is the CK's offense, which has been on a tear averaging nearly 13 runs per game since the calendar hit June. With another two games approaching missing key players, CK's needed this one against the leagues #1 power rated ball club, VM Cleaning and the CyberPollocks. With Mitch taking his talents to Toronto, the Pollock offense, rated #1 in runs scored, still had high flying capabilities with Clamp and Gene "Airmail" Conselyea ripping the ball all night. CK's would jump out with 3 runs early with Justin Bickoff, Darren "game face" Wald, and Paul Lombo knocking in runs. A quick 3 run meltdown by MG and the defense would provide a tie game thru 5. The 6th was a bust out inning for CK's as they plated 6 runs behind 8 consecutive knocks from their relentless lineup. But as CK's does best, a quick give back as Pollock would score 5 quick runs to make it a 9-8 CK's lead after 6. At 10-8 in the 9th, CK's once again exploded in the 9th, this time for 5 runs. Paul and Hy with Rbi hits and Joe Tracy with bases clearing shot over Gene's head to cap the inning. In the 9th a brilliant play by Tracy in RF lead to a double play to end a 9th inning threat before it got too interesting. 10 players with multi hit games. 11 of 12 batters scored. Nuff said. Lombardi steady on the mound as always, wiggling out of a number of rallys. Tracy and Chris Ryan lights out on D. Next up is Applebaum and BFF Pingaro, who will be prepping for his managerial debut with the Italian Stallions and the Old Timers Game.

 

PIZZA/PASA (Feldy) 14 – GASTRO (Sarcona) 9 

Team Feldy playing a very good Sarcona squad who was without their 1 and 2 put on a 25 hit attack and was cruising to an EASY victory up 14-3 going to the bottom of the 9th. NOT SO FAST the never say die Sarcona team scored 6 runs and had guys on base when the last out was made. The moral of the story it isn't over until it's over. The Feldy squad was led by Mikey Perloff who had 5 hits to bring his average over .600 and join the elite hitters in our league. 3 hit games were had by Roland, Feldman, Nate, Doc Geller and multiples were enjoyed by Richie, Eric and Rick. All in all everyone throughout the lineup contributed. I would be remiss if I did not mention 2 great plays in the outfield by Feingold and Melnyk. Next up a Sunday clash vs the always tough team Goldfarb.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH

 

CK’s (MG) 17, Sponic (Laypine) 13

The only time CKs has played Laypine this year is on the back end of doubleheaders at Mar El.  The first time, CK’s was near mercied.   Today, CK’s would stay tough and get the split to stay at 9-9 and in the “thick” of the race for the four seed in the powerful AL.

Cks would jump out with 3 quick runs on hits from MG, Jim L and Zim Zim.   Lapine would have their big inning in the third as Mike Conti blasted a three run double to center chasing home three runs for a 5-4 lead.   But that’s when CK’s would get it going with

seven consecutive hits to lead off the 4th.  After the dust had cleared, seven runs in for an 11-5 lead.   Fast forward to the 7th.  Game tighter.  Lombardi fighting the wind for strikes.  At 11-9, a Joraskie two run blast over the drawn in RF would make it 13-9.  But CK’s hates it when it’s easy so let’s give back three runs in the bottom 8 to make it a one run game.  But not without some impressive leather to keep the lead as a near infield triple play and a ridiculous running catch by Joraskie would shut the door.  But the top of the order for mighty lapine loomed in the 9th.  In our half of the final frame, Zim, JBick, Joshy and Paul would get hits and for the second straight week, Ck’s had a runner thrown out at home with none out. WTF.  But when you need a clutch hit, you know it’s Doug Cohen time.   Despite an injured hammy, groin, leg and of course, liver, Cohen would get pulled for defense in the 9th but not before a clutch RBI single off the glove of Mike Conti followed by another Joraskie bomb triple put the game “out of reach”…Ck’s holds on 17-13.   Joe with 3 hits, 3 runs and 4 rbis including the triple and homer.  Joshi and Zim with 3 hits in game 2.  Both had 5 hits on the day.  Zim responding well after his demotion from the “2” hole.  Joshi playing 18 innings solid innings in LF with Tracy out  this week.  Joshi now fantasy eligible at P-1b-2b-3b-LF-RF.  For Team Lapine, Conti ripped the ball all day, Levine was very impressive in the leadoff spot, and Mike Ferresse smooth as silk getting wiped out by a sniper going down the first base line..get well Mike.      

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 10 – NY LIFE (Harris) 5

Team Pollock looked to stay hot in a rematch against a Harris squad that previously handed them their first loss of the season, while they also tried to exorcise the demons of their UH Right fail a couple of weeks ago. A good start set VM Cleaning on the right track, taking a 6-1 lead after two innings.  Mike Seidel and the solid Team Harris defense (which featured another Z. Krauss highlight reel catch) kept the Pollock bats off the board for four innings and got the score back to 7-5 heading into the 8th, before Team Pollock plated 3 big insurance runs on four 2-out hits, including the 2nd time Larry Rubin came through with a clutch hit after intentional walks to Jordan (RBI machine) Krant this morning. The aforementioned Larry Rubin and Eliut Infante (who makes his case for league MVP stronger each week) led the way with 3 hits each.  Matt Pollock, Mitch Pollock, Dave "Sonic" Meyer, and Dave Conklin also had multi-hit games.  For Team Harris, A. Pugliese and the Krauss family all contributed with triples.  A special thanks to Frank Larocca spending Saturday getting all (or most) of the league's fields game-ready, with an assist from VM's assistant GM/blogger Mitch Pollock on UH Right.  Next up for the current league leaders (sans Mitch Pollock, who left straight for Canada after this morning's game) is a make-up Wednesday night match-up against an underrated Team Granese.

 

 

ESPN Deportes is reporting Dolphins and Cutler closing in on a deal and Team Jacoby is a Sunday morning winner for the first time since the Dennis Carlin administration.

 

Ace (JJ) 9 - Pizza/Pasta (GF) 4

For the bloggers and Marlboro softball website readers, your eyes are not deceiving you.  Losers of 5 straight, 7 of 8, and nowhere to be found in the win column since the month of June,  ACE Home Improvements strung 9  innings of well- played softball together to grab a W in front of a capacity crowd of 4 at the Swim Club.   2 in the first got the fellas in pink off to a fast start but the bats went quiet for a few innings and Feldys crew scratched out a couple of their own so we were tied in the 6th.  With two outs and a runner on, the bottom of the ace lineup came up with a pair hits, and a bases loaded walk to Tilk gave the boys a lead we would never relinquish.  A two run single from J Goldberg, and an rbi knock from Polz capped the 5 run frame as ACE held 7-2 through 6.  Richie Bombenblit spun the captain around like a top in the bottom of the 7th with a two run blast to RCF that cut the lead to 7-4 but Team Jacoby would tack on single runs in the 8thand 9th for the 9-4 final.  Pitching and defense were the real story as Marc Broome was sensational at ss and Jared outstanding at 3rd as the left side played lock down “D” throughout behind Polz, who pitched a gem. Saturday bp for father-son Goldberg paid dividends as the duo combined for 5 hits, 3bi, and 3 runs scored including a Papa G booming double to LF.  3 hits for Polz, and 2 for Arolick  helped lead the 15 hit attack.  For Feldy,  Richie B was a pain to defend with a bloop single, and blast homer, while Mabel Schindels, and Perloff had 2 hits a piece.  Eric Bombenblit had what felt like 10 putouts, including being right in the middle of 3 double play balls to help thwart ACE rallies. A pair with Paladino and J Brock await next week as we look to put a win streak together and stay out of the NL basement.

 

STOMP THE MONSTER (MB) 8 – JIFFY LUBE (BR) 3

Fresh off a Wednesday night win, team Beilis did it's customary thing by scoring two quick runs in the first,  Randy came back with one in the 2nd..Beilis got single runs in the 5th and 7th to have an uncomfortable 4-1 lead in the 7th. Yoke  then did a marvelous job on the mound when Randy had the bases loaded and one out with JZ and Hector coming up, he got a infield fly by JZ and a smash to left but Louie was right there to grab it....Team Beilis exploded for 4 that's right team Beilis scored 4 runs in one inning. highlighted by the heart of the order Neil,Greg "Bulldog" Benisch with hits and a HUGE I mean a Monstrous blast by the captain it must have traveled 35 feet over the shorstops head for a sac fly, that put the game away...Kudos to Eric R. with three hits and Louie, Chad,Marcel,Dave, and Neil with multi hit days....and kudos to Burns for pitching a great game in place of Andy  next up Harris 

 

NJ SALT (GM) 17  - HOT CORNER (JB) 8

After a long three game losing streak (kind of enjoyed not doing the write ups…) NJ Salt was facing the top team in the American Division at the Middle School.  Hot Corner was missing Little Podos, The Shermanator and one other outfielder, just can’t recall who the third player missing was.  :-)

 

First inning Hot Corner went quiet with their top two batters bringing up was Mr. Becker who grounded a ball just passed the outstretched glove of Doc.  Becker pulled in with a double and 6 hits later they plated 5 runs all with 2 out.  This pessimistic scribe was muttering as he walked in for the bottom of the first, “here we go again”.  Salt was able to plate a couple to bring the score to 5-2 after 1.  Onto the bottom of the third with the score stuck at 5-2 Tyler works one of his two walks on the day which sparked a 2-run inning to bring the score to 5-4.  In the bottom of the 4th Salt put up another 3 to take a 7-5 lead thanks to a Pat Thomas blast. 

Now Mayronie is in one of those grooves.  He held Hot Corner scoreless for 5 innings.  Another 3 runs in the 6th in which Doc was intentionally walked with no outs bringing up the hung over KP who promptly killed his prediction of a clean 0-4 and singled into left.   Top of the 7th Hot Corner got back the 3 runs with their bottom getting on and setting up the top to do their thing.  Heading into the bottom of the 7th the score was 10-8 and the Salty guys basically put this one away with 4 runs and 3 runs in the 8th bringing the final score to 17-8.  Highlights were a Mike Podolla triple, Mark Goddard staying hot for a 4-hit day, a triple out of Mayronie and last but not least an INFIELD HIT from MR. 207!!! 

Hitting stars from the winning (not whining, sorry Justin it’s just too easy) team were plenty from a 24 hit parade.  Goddard 4-4, with most of the team having a multi hit day.  Marrone 3 RBI and again Paul Weinstein with his first career infield hit. 

Next up for NJ Salt in the early tilt at Swim Club is the reigning MVP, JY and TW.  Now this guy needs to make sure the reigning MVP brings that little wife of his to the game so I can get dolled up for her Sunday am. 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2ND


STOMP THE MONSTER (MB) 17 – BURGER BROS (PAL) 11

In the Avoidance Cellar  Bowl the clash of the titans was played with both teams  missing key players (although with these teams are there really any key players???)  Team Paladino coming off a blowout victory had Team Beilis  coming off a double dip defeat worried "Bigly" or is that Bigley (someone check with the White House).....Under threatening skies Team Beilis started off fast with a 8 run 1st inning with everyone coming out hitting. The pattern for this team is score in the first and wait till the seventh or eighth to score one more run, not on this night....scoring in the next 3 to go up 12-2. All seemed good for team Beilis but a determined Paladino squad fought back scoring 7 runs in the next two to tighten things up .  As the captain came back from his car after taking a few Xanax' Team Beilis  went on the score in the 7th and 8th to actually win a game.....Dave Mallow led the way with a 4 hit night and Mike R, Marcel, Adam and Marty (yes even a blind squirrel  finds an acorn every once and a while) with 3 hits,  It was multi hit game for everyone else...kudos to Ari with4 hits and multi hit games for Dan,Richie P. and Krepple...... next up Randell   

 

SUNDAY, JULY 30TH

 

"It's Always Sunny on Union Hill Right"

Starring Frank Loconte and the Sponic Youth 14

&

Applebaum and the Mighty Jay Heisenbergs 12

As a preface, I don't have the stats from these games, so I'm a gonna free style this one mad quick. Here goes... Team Lapine swept their second double header of the season. That's right, 4 games, 4 wins. Now I may not be a learned man or a Pollockonian statistician, but when else do we have double headers...oh that's right, in the playoffs, bitches. Be ready all of those atop the American League standings that should start strategizing to stay off of our radar. Back to the action... BFF. The game started off against Apples with a few runs traded back and forth. The sun however, played the biggest role in this game of any I've ever seen in my life. In one inning, two little bloop flies in the pitcher/2b realm dropped in when no one could place the ball. Sponic was able to capitalize on this and put a few runs in. Again, I don't have the stats on this game, so if you're mad at me for not getting credit...GFY. On another play, Phil Getz was chasing down a fly ball which was lost in the sun and just pegged him in the ass. Luckily, his glutes checked out to be ok and he can resume moonlighting as an assless chaps model. In another scary scene, a hard grounder took a odd bounce smashing into Spoto's face, ricocheting perfecting into the over-sized firstbaseman's glove of Rob Conti for the out. Bloodied but not down, all on the field came over to check of Spoto's injury. However, Mike Conti (a hands down nominee for the sportsmanship award) made it known that the shot from Spoto's face to Conti's glove was his most accurate put out of the day. In the end, Lapine's boys were down a few but threw some runs together in the top of the 9th and held on to win. Offensively (I don't have stats) Mike Conti hit a homerun, Frank the Tank Loconte drove all night back from North Carolina to go 4 for 4. I know that stat because I have at least 4 texts from him reminding me of said feat. I think Rob Conti and Denny Lapine had some hits too. Either way, this win took a team that started 0-7 and brought us out of last place finally. So yes mathematicians, we're 8-3 since then... For Applebaum, I think Steinberg and Fradkin hit well. Onward

 

Sean Herman and the Revolution (Sponic) 6

versing

The Man in the Iron Boot (Lord Beilis) 3

High off a morning win, Denny's crew was confident that they could keep the runs coming in the second half of the day. The runs overall were scarce for Lapine, but fortunately scarcer for Beilis. While it was a quick and low scoring affair, this game was not without some points of interest. Dr. Robert Conti was a perfect 2-2. Mike Conti hit an inside the infield triple. It was a grounder between the first and second basemen and as the RF charged in, it appeared as though no one knew where to go with the ball which was odd in that while Conti was running the bases he was basically narrating loudly what the fielders were doing wrong and what they should do instead. Sometimes, you gotta listen to those pearls of wisdom from Mike. Anyhoo, back to the action...BFF. Overall, some of our guys got hits and a huge factor in this turnaround is Ronald Carlin. He pitches with pinpoint accuracy and snags everything in his path. He is comeback player of the year. Anyone who votes otherwise will have their email inboxes flooded with Mark Carlin's inspirational memes (i.e. "Talent wins games, but heart wins championships" or "Someone's got a bad case of the Mondays", etc). On a personal note, I think I have reached softball menopause... for the first time, I was given (against my will) a pinch runner. Here I was, thinking I was a 39 year old embodiment of Italian virility and raw sexual presence... yet taken out to let Smokey the Bear Conti run in my place. This is a hard pill to swallow and i will gladly form a support group to discuss this transitional phase of life. Since Sunday, I have been trying to compensate by trying to meet up with college chicks via tinder.

 

JK, BFF, Word life, We keep winning, Peace Out, Stay in School

 

CK’s 9 -  Salt Factory 7:

CK’s, looking to get back to 8-8 before a huge 8/6 doubleheader, did so with a tight 9-7 victory over Marrone and the Salt crew.  Joraskie spirited the offense in the first two innings with a leadoff double in the first…he also capped a 5 run second inning rally with a 3 run blast to CF after a two out RBI single by Douglas Cohen (and you thought DC was only good at sticking his FB live camera in your face).  As agreed upon after the game, CK’s plans to make this the last time they sit on a lead…as a scary 8th inning almost led to a loss.   After Marrone had rallied for four in the 8th ,  to tie the game at 7,  still nobody out, the captain of Salt hit a laser blast to Right, over Joshi’s head, but out of nowhere came Zim, backing up the play from RCF, going behind Josh to make a sliding catch and save the game.   Zim might be a little cold with the bat, but what a glove!  I’ve been told that Bobito would not even be mentioning Schef’s defense if he saw Zim’s game saver.  After that the infield locked it down with a 6-4-3 that ended the 8th.  A two run rally in the bottom of the 8th behind RBI hits from Chris Ryan and Jim Lombardi set up the final inning.   After a one out walk, Lombardi induced another 6-4-3 to end the game with Chris Ryan making the pivot look easy.  On to Feldman and Laypine next week.    Looking to avenge a blow out lost to Lapine only a few weeks back….and look out for Glenny Feldman, who gave up 32 runs to Paladino, and will be looking for redemption as his ERA has clearly skyrocketed. 

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 7     Action Auto (Wallman) 4

The late game at Swim Club Sunday morning saw Bykofsky face a short-handed Wallman squad (no JY and Spann) as the teams re-entered American League play. Hot Corner had an extra boost to start the game as they welcomed back Billy-Boy Chiusano who was out for several weeks with a tough injury to his "clam." In the top of the 1st inning Wallman's top of the order was able to do some damage scoring 3 runs. However, Hot Corner was able to respond with 3 of their own in the bottom half thanks to RBIs from Becker, Mike K, and Wayne.  The score remained tied until Hot Corner added 1 in the 5th, 1 in the 6th, and 2 in the 8th, to account for the 7-4 victory.  The top of the order led the way offensively for Hot Corner with Matty P and Capt Justin knocking around 3 hits each, while Rookie of the Year candidate Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky had two XBhits and 2 RBIs.  The defense was led by CY Becker on the mound who walked NO ONE and made several nice plays up the middle.  The webgem of the game was made by Justin in LCF snagging a bloop off the infield dirt in the 9th inning and then almost getting the double-play throwing behind the runner at 1st (according to Facebook Live he was out!).  Lurie also was phenomenal leading the infield defense making a bunch of nice diving stabs at 2nd base (even though he's never played there!).  For Wallman's crew DiPaolo was a tough out all morning knocking around a few hits in defeat.  Bykofsky and Co. will look to get another winning streak going as they face LAMBO on the mound Wed night and Capt Byko will celebrate a guaranteed winning season until then!             PRESEASON PREDICTION 10-12......... =)

 

NY LIFE (BH) 9 – ACE (JJ) 7

First let me get the disclaimer out of the way- IT WAS a fortuitous win.  No doubt.  The Geeg's played without stud Goldberg (the younger one)- and without a Broome (not the SS).  And with an injured Geeg in the OF.  So kudos to that team for playing their hearts out and nearly beating The Bobitians.   That said- this game was also a referendum on the sure first ballot entry of Steve Schefkind into The Marlboro Softball HOF.  He saved our bacon for sure.  With Team Bobito holding a 3 run lead into the ninth (and not allowing a run from the first inning on) the bottom of Team Jacoby banged out a few hits , an uncharacteristic walk by Mikey to the walk machine Tilker- and all of a sudden a tie game- one out bottom of the ninth and the lead off hitter up. Doesn't look good for sure.  With a medium fly ball to RCF- Schef hurls a bullet to the plate- that short hops PUGS- who does a Mike Scioscia and sticks his chest out to block the ball and grab the ball in mid air off a rebound from his chest and tags the runner out with his bare hand.  Double Play!  What a throw by Schef- what a play by PUGS. And to the tenth we go-bottom of the Harris line up- Greg Long gets a single- and after two quick outs - Zack Krauss hits a bullet to CF- JC (running for Greg beats the throw to 3rd) and Zack legs it into 2nd.  Now the big decision for Geeg- to be talked about amongst the YITS for sure.  Walk Schef and pitch to Callow- or pitch to Schef.  Not an easy decision- but pitch to Schef they do- and promptly a 2 run single to score two.  Now to the bottom of the 10th and a Harris 2 run lead. A base hit by Danser- puts up the ever dangerous Polzer as the tying run- and a base hit to RCF- and here is that man again- Schef- gunning out the runner attempting to go to third- a knock your wind out of the sails throw by Mr Schefkind- HOFer.  Two more quick outs- and there you have it- a very fortuitous win.  Lots of credit to Team Jacoby for not giving up and playing hard all game (and their captain for gimping out a big fly double and a line drive single).. For Team Harris Schef was 3 for 5 and two huge assists from the OF, PUGS 2 hits, 2 big RBIS, and the aforementioned great play at the plate. John, Zack, and new arrival Bobby C also had 2 hits,  Mikey sandwiched 7 shut out innings between the first inning and 9th inning- and JC played another stellar game at SS.   Next week- a really tough match up against the front running Pollacks minus Schef- who will be marrying off daughter number 2 (looks like each summer there will be a Schef wedding ?) .   

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 3  Jiffy Lube (Randell) 0

TEAM GOLDFARB EXTENDOS THE WIN STREAK TO 4!

It was a beautiful morning at Mar El where the red hot Jiffy Lubers (4 game winning streak - - scoring 12, 12, and 20 runs in their last three) met the good guys from LHRGP (3 wins in a row) who were missing their Number 2 standout and ROY contender, Sal Alfieri and their Number 5 “Mr. Clutch,” Jeff Turner (who was touring with his lovely lovely in sunny Greneda).  On paper, it looked like a possible blowout for Jiffy, but as JZ2B stated in the warm-ups “this field is kryptonite to hitters.” 

 

Boy was he right.  With two outs in the top of the fifth it was still scoreless until Alex, Phil, Anthony, Gary and Eddie each singled, bringing in 2 precious runs for Team Goldy.  No more runs from either team (Jiffy never had a man on third) until the 8th inning, again with two away, when Scotty-do Sandler got things started and Mikey I/O (3/4, 2 2B) blasted his second 2-bagger of the game driving in an insurance run.  The Goldy D and Magic Marty did the rest to seal the 3-0 shutout.  In the last 27 innings, Magic Marty and the Goldfarb D have held teams scoreless in 26, including two shutouts in a row. 

 

Consistent with the mantra of El Capitan GG, defense and pitching win games and the good guys again delivered giving up no errors and no walks in this hard fought 3 – 0 win.  During this four game streak the LHRGP bats also came alive including: Adonis DiMarco .727; Salfieri .583; Alex Enfuego .722; Jaegerbomb .556; LaRocca .500; Scotty-do .642; and, Mikey I/O at .357.

 

Defensive Kudos to Marty Safcik (4 put outs, no walks) Scott Sandler (solid left field) and Phil Lipomi  (always in the right spot at shortstop). Defensive Kudos to Team Randel all around. 15 LHRGP men left on base is a testament to the Jiffy D (Burns at least 4 put outs, D Jackson with at least 6).  Next up are the flame broiled Burger Brothers (2 wins in a row along with 42 – yes f-o-r-t-y t-w-o – runs to go along with it) at Muni.

 

 

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 6  – STOMP/MONSTER (Beilis) 2

Memories of last game's weak 3-hit effort were fresh in VM Cleaning's minds, especially after being held scoreless by Steve Yockel for the first 4 innings this morning. They finally broke through with 2 big runs in the 5th to tie to the game, before adding one in the 6th and 3 more in the 7th en route to a 6-2 win.  CY Clampff was terrific again on the hill, holding Beilis' squad off the board for the final 8 innings, while also leading Team Pollock with 3 hits. Also contributing multi-hit games were Gene Consleyea, Eliut Infante (who had another stellar game at SS), Dave "Sonic" Meyer, Dave Conklin (who also had 2 big RBIs), and Alan Rubin (who returned much earlier then expected from a badly injured finger.).  Here's hoping for a speedy recovery for Stomp the Monster's Pat Specchio, who pulled his hamstring early, and gutted the game out until the very end. With a suddenly unhittable Team Goldfarb hot on their trail, Team Pollock needed this win on their way to face Team SALT in the 2nd game of today's doubleheader.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 20 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 6

Happy to leave Municipal, Team Pollock took their big boy bats to East Francis to meet up against Team SALT in the 2nd game of each squad's doubleheader.  It was the first inning VM Cleaning has been waiting for, as their first 9 batter reached base, highlighted by a Clampffer triple and a Mitch Pollock HR, helping them jump out to a 6-run lead after one and 9-0 lead after 3 innings.  After a tough early game defeat, it would have been easy for Team Marrone to give up, but to their credit they stormed back with 6 runs of their own to cut the deficit to 9-6.  It could have been more though for SALT, but after a Doc bomb, Conselyea and Infante combined on a great relay to the unmovable Mark Goldberg to nail Doc at the plate.  The scored stayed close heading into the 8th inning, in part thanks to a great over the shoulder running catch by KP to rob Conklin of an extra base hit. The VM Cleaning bats exploded again though with 6 runs in the 8th and 5 more in the 9th, highlighted by another HR from MVP-candidate Eliut Infante.  Clampffer was the leader again both on the mound and with the bat, going 5-5 to cap off a great morning.  Eliut Infante added 4 hits of his own, while Matt Pollock, Mitch Pollock, Jordan Krant, and Larry Rubin (again solid in LF) each had 3 hits.  Dave "Sonic" Meyer and Dave Conklin also had multi-hit games again. Captain Marrone hurt his hamstring mid-game today, but also gutted his way through (feel better), while Doc played a solid SS albeit playing through some pain.  No doubt SALT will rebound after a surprising short losing streak.  If not, they can at least enjoy all the SALT caps being worn throughout the league.  Next up for Team Pollock is a rematch against Team Harris, who handed VM Cleaning their first loss of the season.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 18 FRADKIN LAW (BA) 4
On the hottest muggiest night of the summer the big sticks of Fradkin Law minus Vega and their starting pitcher Karp faced off against the league’s top defense AA.  Making his debut as a replacement player for Captain Apple after a 4 year hiatus was the legend Eric Bohm.  Bohm showed up in the 100 degree weather wearing Justin Jacoby’s long sleeve black Atlantic City summer sweatshirt and when questioned why he would wear such a heavy garment on such a hot evening Bohm’s response was “ I don’t own any T shirts”?????????  Welcome back BOHM.

Now on to the game, Fradkin Law jumped out to a quick 2 run lead behind hits from their top 5 guys but the AA defense made some nice plays and limited the damage.  Pitching for Team Fradkin was the sponsor Big Ed who started the game with a walk but quickly settled in and found the plate unfortunately for Big Ed the defense behind him didn’t find the ball and after a bunch of hits and defensive miscues AA would lead 8 to 2 after 1 full inning.  In the 3rd Fradkin would get a run after a Big Ed bomb and cut the lead to 5 but in the bottom of the 4th an error and walk was followed by 4 straight hits and AA would take a commanding 7 run lead.  AA would tack on a bunch more over the next 4 innings and put this one away 18 to 4.  While AA was solid offensively it was the defense that stole the show.  TW was brilliant at SS while Matty Dipalolo made 2 spectacular plays in LF.  Drapkin was terrific again on the mound and the defense behind him played error free.  Offensively the night belonged to Captain TW and reigning MVP Mamone with a combined 8 hits and 7 runs scored.  Mamone is hitting .800 in the month of July.  POMO, Stewart, Rode and Matty Dipaolo each had 2 hits.  The score was not indicative of how well Big Ed pitched as he only walked 3 batters all night and for Fradkin Law Pat Pingaro smashed the ball and was on base all night.  Next up night shift worker Randell

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 6 – VM CLEANING (Pollock) 0

Team Goldfarb was eager to play this muggy Wednesday night at Union Hill Right seeking to avenge their mercy submission to VM Cleaning in Week 1.  The Pollock crew was also primed and ready with a full compliment of the players that constitute the most productive offense in the league to date.  Given the pitching and defense on both teams, it was expected to be a low scoring affair.  Inspired by a dedication chant of “Carol” before the game, the good guys opened up the first inning with ROY Alfieri and Adonis DiMarco getting on base only to be cleaned up by a Jeff Turner Gibson-esque blast over the left field fence.  LHRGP scored three that inning, but also left the bases loaded as the VM defense (Mean Gene) and Crafty Clamp stopped what could have been a very big inning.  For VM, that was the story of the game…three innings ending with bases loaded and 11 total stranded runners for Team Goldfarb.  In fact, despite getting men on base, LHRGP was held scoreless for the next five innings.  One would think that such a small lead against the productive VM offense would be precarious.  Not tonight.  Cy Safcik let up only 3 hits all game, forcing pop ups all night…and even when the big guns of VM hit the ball hard, LHRGP was there with stellar defense all around.  LHRGP picked up another run in the seventh when Jaeger, LaRocca, Sandler and Iorio had consecutive hits.  Given the speed of that crew, it’s worth mentioning that Li Pomi was a pinch runner somewhere in that mix.  Two more in the 8th on a bases loaded rip by DiMarco, and more good pitching and defense from Team Goldfarb sealed the deal for the 6-0 win.  Multiple hit games from: Alex “En Fuego” Goldfarb (3/4); ROY Alfieri (3/4); Adonis DiMarco (3/4, 2RBI); Jager (2/4); LaRocca (2/4); and, Scott “Guns/Still Found My Swing” Sandler (2/3).  For the good guys, defensive kudos all around including the Rawlings Extendo Glove which Dennis Lapine has confiscated for further investigation as to it’s legality.  Kudos to the entire VM defense, including yet another stellar play by Gilston, flipping his mask and pouncing on a Safcik bunt in the second inning.  COACHING TIP: Don’t hit it up the middle against Clamp…it’s not getting through.  Next up a game against Oscar The Grouch, The Beast, Gabbagool and the Fradkin Law crew at East Frances.  After being sadly disappointed by the no show (hence no cannolis) by Sarcona, Pingaro and LaRocca will be up at 4:30 am and at the field by 6 a.m. in full uniform with macchiato and  panino ….. sidge style.  Fugettaboudit!!

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16TH

 

OVER-UNDER GAME

Over (Doc) 17 Under (Austin) 2

What happens when you match up a bunch of studly under 35 A1s and A2s  against a lot of old broken down over 35 A1s thru A5s???  Answer to follow.  The 2017 over/under game pitted Captain Doc against his son Captain Austin.  The under squad was a 5 run favorite mid-week however an injury to J Brock which scratched him from his starting pitching role gave the over squad a glimmer of hope.  Captains Austin and Mamone had plenty of time to find a replacement for J Brock but their youthful arrogance decided pitching was easy and they didn’t want to lengthen the potent under offense.  The decision was made to start reigning MVP Mamone on the mound (ZERO CAREER STARTS).  If he were to struggle Pat Brock would be loose and ready to fill in. 

The over squad had a good defensive 1st inning behind 2 nice plays from MG at 3rd.  Mamone mowed down the first 2 batters he faced in the bottom of the 1st when Captain Doc stepped into the box.  Doc sporting shorts was proud to show off his ghostly white legs (either Doc is under house arrest or Amy keeps him locked in in house during the summer because his legs haven’t seen the sun since 1985).  Doc also leads the league in garments worn as the guy wears layer like he is going skiing with a hat, glasses, 2 gloves, spandex sleeves on each arm, 2 shirts and a bunch of under garments – he has to weigh over 375 when he steps into the box with all of his equipment.  All the gear helped as the first pitch he saw was sent over the left field fence to give the old guys a 1 to 0 lead.  The under squad quickly tied things up when Mike Conti unplugged his Salvo and launched one over to tie things at 1.  A nifty Infante to JY to Fradkin 6-4-3 DP ended the top of the 2nd.    Fast forward to the top of the 4th where the game was tied 2 to 2, Captain Austin stepped to the plate with a runner on first.  Junior delivered a laser one hopper to 2nd right at Dad’s baby maker but Doc all geared up handled the missile and completed a beautiful 4-6-3 DP and screamed “I don’t care if we lose that made my day”.  In the bottom of the 4th a few hits and walks from the bottom of the order brought ageless Schefkind to plate. Schef delivered a liner over 3rd to drive in a run and put 2 on for leadoff hitter Fradkin. (Schef is truly an annoyingly great hitter).  Fradkin would send Mamone’s fastball into orbit and give the over squad a 6 to 2 lead.  More solid defense from the over squad over the next 2 innings kept the game to 4 runs into the bottom of the 6th.  With the game still in reach for the under squad, the decision to not pick up a starting pitcher became a cataclysmic mistake.  Mamone quickly learned how hard it is to hit the mat when the pressure is on as the middle and bottom of the Over order walked 6 straight times.  P Brock entered the game and after 1 warm up pitch walked the first 2 guys he faced.  Question, you can’t wear a 1st baseman glove to play 3rd in this league but you can use a glove fused together with neon green electric tape???  After what seemed like an eternity of walks, leadoff Fradkin was given the green light and delivered a 2 run double.  The inning was highlighted by  Doc bomb Grand Slam and when all the dust settled the over plated 10 runs in the inning and put the game out of reach.  Thankfully the under didn’t lengthen their line up by adding a starting pitcher or they may have been shut out.  The board seriously has to figure out what to do with the over/under game for 2018 as this game has become a joke.  Perhaps Roland and Palidino can suggest some sort of taxi squad for this game in 2018 to make it interesting because like fine wine the over boys just get better with age.

For the over, Marrone was great on the mound giving up only 8 hits to the under studs and the infield defense behind him turned 4 DPs.  Infante, Doc, Schef, Fradkin and MG had a ton of hits to lead the Over offense.  Better luck next year to the under boys, they might want to start recruiting now.     

 

Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Buck Wild Softball Sunday”

Starring:

Lapine 18  - Feldman 11 

Facing off against a pre-season favorite in Team Feldy, Lapine’s boys knew they had to bring the ruckus if they were to keep this streak alive. Playing with a very strong 9, Feldman put his best 3 in the outfield (Roland and the Bomenblits) which felt like a four man outfield (see early season Team Brock). The Lapine bats adjusted nicely, putting up five in the first inning to keep things rolling from last week. However, the Fighting Feldys came back swinging, putting up six after two innings. But in the top of the 3rd, Team Lapine put up 4 more to put them in the driver’s seat from then on. That inning was highlighted by a big triple by Frank Loconte. Two innings later, Mike Conti hit a bomb to RF which really put things away. Quite frankly, Conti may be in line for an MVP nod this year had he not already offended, pissed off, or busted the balls of anyone that has a vote. Either way, he’s on a tear…but he’s not the only one. Mark and Ronnie Carlin (easily a comeback player of the year nominee) both had 4 hits apiece, Getz, M. Conti and Ferrarese had 3 hits each, while Spoto, Levine, Persily, and Lapine had multi-hit games. In terms of highlights, at one point, Rob Conti was running around the bases and as he got to third was given the green light for home which was, in fact, a terrible decision. Luckily, R. Bomenblit must’ve gotten a bad grip on the wet ball and threw and mile high hail Mary pass to the catcher. The ball had enough hang time for the on-looking Lapine players to debate and argue as to whether or not Conti should’ve been sent considering he moves about as quick as that guy Artie who comes to watch all of Denny’s games. Anyhoo, the balls was dropped, Conti was safe, cigarette smoking resumed…all is right with the world. For Feldman, Eric Bomenblit was great in CF and that Rosenthal kid is going to be a beast if he stays healthy. Get well to Bobby Frey who hurt his shoulder a few times but toughed it out and stayed in the game at 2B. Also, get well to Gorstein who had to move from 3B to 1B after suffering from menstrual cramps… kidding, he took a shot off his finger or something. Do you like apples? The team you all wrote off just won four in a row…how you like those apples?

 

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 12 – GASTRO (Sarcona) 6

We thought the stage was set at Muni for Sarcona to deliver the cannolis to his fellow goombas, but he was el absente, leaving instead Big Sexy at the helm of the always tough Gastro squad (also sans their sponsor/photographer).  Turns out both teams were short handed with LHRGP missing their #1 (DiMarco) and #5 (Fast Eddy Johnson) and Gastro missing their #3 (Hor), #5 (Big Lenny), #7 (Grant) and # 11 (Keenan).  This is where Guy Goldfarb stepped up.  After recently being crowned the winningest coach in the “10s”, Guy showed us why by shuffling a defensively depleted lineup:  injured but determined Jeff Turner took over at 3rd (where he made several key put outs); Gary “U.S.” Jaeger moved to right (snaring a few and keeping everything in front of him); Scotty “I found my swing” Sandler moved to left (and made a spectacular “diving”…….”lunging”…..”falling” play – also 4/4, 2R, RBI);  Guy took over 1B (also making several key put outs including calling off the entire infield for a backhanded snag of a tricky pop up); moving A Goldfard to RC (shut down as always); and, having “Sally Boy” Alfieri assume LCF (COACHING TIP: I doubt he will be drafted as anything else hence forth).   Another key GG coaching move was putting A Goldfarb at the top and Sal at number 2.  Since that switch both players have been HOT.  But, as our faithful leader always says, it’s not coaching that wins, it’s hitting and defense, and that was the story today.  Marty Safcik was on point as always and once again showed that he can field his position with several key defensive stops that kept Gastro at bay.  The good guys held Gastro scoreless for 8 innings, despite seemingly facing Gluck and Peragine almost every inning due to the nine man roster.  Offensively, Alex Goldfarb stole the show, almost hitting for the cycle, multiple extra base hits (including a HR), scoring 4 runs and driving in 3.  Scotty Sandler was at the game, with 4 clean strong hits in as many at bats.  Other multiple hit players: Alfieri 4/5; Jaeger 2/5; LaRocca 3/4; and Safcik 2/4.  Kudos to: Reese and Mikey I.O. who are swinging the bat extremely well; and, to Phil “do it foe Johnny” Li, who looked extra sexy in his summer uniform… stay gold Philly Boy.  Kudos for Gastro go to (yadda yadda yadda Gluck, yadda yadda yadda, Joe P) and to Ken Fiengold who took over at 3rd and shut down his position.  COACHING TIP – Lambo Jr. is fast…not fast for a big guy, just fast.  Next up is a week one rematch Wednesday night against VM (Pollock) … the highest scoring offense and stingiest defense in the league.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 17 – HOT CORNER  (Bykofsky) 4

In the league's top match-up of the week, ex-Rolling Hills camper Justin Bykofsky's squad lost to his former counselor's squad, as Team Pollock, for now at least, took over the league's #1 seed.  The morning didn't start as planned for VM Cleaning, after learning an early morning Rubin father/son BP session led to a finger injury for Alan Rubin, today's penciled in starting pitcher.  Of course, when you have the luxury option of handing the ball back to Clampffer, it helped to ease the pain (well, not literally for Alan, who did not have a fun morning).  And this morning featured vintage (and current) CY Clampffer, as he held a really good team scoreless through 7 innings en route to the easier then expected victory. Many expected Team Pollock to score a lot this year, and they are, leading the league in runs scored, but few would have predicted (as evidenced by the pre-season defensive grade of C+ and past Pollock teams) that VM Cleaning would also have the least runs against this late in the season. That defense was led by former MVP Dave Clampffer and current MVP candidate Eliut Infante, who helped turn four double plays on the day.  When Eliut didn't have his glove on, he was leading the team with his bat, connecting on an early important 3-run HR in the 3rd inning, the first of 2 no-doubter dingers today.  Fellow all-star (and re-inspired blogger) Mitch Pollock also had 3 hits (including his 3rd game in a row with a triple), while Rob Rozencwaig and an ailing Dave Conklin all contributed with 3 big hits each. Dave Clampffer, Jordan Krant, and Mike Gilston (who successfully called off Simon when yelling "I got it" to catch a foul ball in the 9th) each had multi-hit games. There's no rest for the wicked, as Team Pollock anxioulsy awaits a 2nd opinion from Alan Rubin's hand specialist and finally gets UH Right for the first time this season, facing a Goldfarb squad hot on their heels, in a highly anticipated Wednesday night match-up.

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 10 - STOMP/MONSTER(MB) 2

AA losers of 2 straight faced the struggling Stomp squad without their A1 in late the game at swim.  Both teams would go down quickly in the 1st but in the bottom of the 2nd AA would get 3 runs behind hits from Spann, POMO, Krain and Solon.  Stomp would get 2 back in the top of the 3rd to make it a 1 run but AA would get 4 2 out runs in the bottom behind hits from Captain TW and JY, a 2 RBI double from SuperSPann and bomb 2 run homer from POMO.  Stomp would threaten in the 5th getting the first 2 batters on but Stewart turned a nifty 5-5-4 DP and AA would escape the inning with no runs allowed.  A hit from JY and walk to POMO was followed by a monster dead center field double from Stewart to start the bottom of the 6th.  AA would get 3 in the inning when Rode and Krain drove in 2 more runs.  Drapkin and the AA defense held Marty the Boot scoreless 7 straight innings and got a needed 10 to 2 victory.     Drakpin was terrific on the mound while Stewart gobbled everything at 3rd and Matty Dipaolo made a couple of great plays in the outfield.  POMO was the offensive star of the game going 3 for 3 with a homer, walk, 3 Runs scored and 3rbis.  JY, SuperSpann, Captain TW and Solon each had 2 hits.  Next up an important Wednesday night division game against Frapplebaum.

 

NY LIFE (HARRIS) 8 – NJ SALT (MARRONE) 7

Drawing on my inner Dave Letterman- here are the Top Ten Reasons this game today mattered so much for both Captains-

 

#10-  Would the absence of Paul Weinstein impact the Team Offense of Team Marrone.  It was confirmed today by former Bobitian Mike Messinger that Paulie is the reason he is hitting better than his .196 last year for Team Bobito (got him to go to RF- I couldn't get him to do that!)

#9-  Could Bobito continue his winning ways against Mayronie?  Last years 5 Loss Team Marrone was 0-2 against Team Bobito. 

#8- Both pitchers have given up few runs this year- both pitchers deserve Cy Young consideration- so the spotlight would shine very brightly on both pitchers in this game. Walks or lack of Walks could be a key.

#7- On the Bobito side was Schef and Tritto - over 50 teammates of Marrone- on the Marrone side were former Bobitians  Yiggie,  Mikey Mess, The Bear Jew, and Bear Cub. Lots of bragging rights at stake

#6 - Both managers believe they have strong bottom of the line up players. In an expected tight game- another key

#5- By the 6th inning there would be lots of spectators from game 2 at the Swim Club

#4 - With Team Lapine winning a lot of late- Ferrase's write ups are getting lots of pub (and deservedly so)- both teams needed a win so the respective team authors can stay even with Ferrase.

#3-  Post game hand shakes could matter in future post season awards voting- could break the ice-sportsmanship always a key for getting awards consideration

#2- Marrone has won many squeakers this year- Bobito has lost many squeakers this year (7 losses by a total of 13 runs).  Would that trend continue or would law of averages prevail?

AND THE # 1 REASON THIS GAME MATTERED SO MUCH TO BOTH MANAGERS IS- This game would represent the 8th win for Team Harris for the season - significant not only because JY's team prediction for Team Harris was 7 wins- but MAYRONIE told Schef and I quote:  " I will lick your ass and Bobby's ass clean in front of the whole league at Union Hill at second base if you get 8 wins"

 

As for the game details- and answer to the top ten reasons this game mattered.   Team Marrone jumped to a 6-1 lead - until the bottom of the 7th (as the 2nd game crowd was starting to fill in) Schef leads off with a single, double by Callow, Russ a hit, a costly error on Preiss ball, and after two other tough plays- Alex "Pugs" Pugliese (by far the best 12 in the league) raps a two run rbi single to tie the game (more on Alex later).  Game now tied- zeros for both teams in the 8th.  To the 9th we go- and a duck snort, a laser single by KP and a missed DP opportunity plates the go ahead run.  Now to the bottom of the ninth - a key walk to Russ to open the inning- a hit by Preiss to RF puts the tying run at 2nd and the winning run at first (here comes Zack to run).  A medium fly ball by Jordan advances both runners- and a great throw by KP almost got Russ at 3rd.  After a short fly to LCF does no plate the tying run.  Up steps that man again.  PUGS!   Would he be walked intentionally or not.  I am sure in the history of this league not too many 12's get walked intentionally- it would have been unconventional to say the least- but pitch to him they do- and was Team Harris glad they did- a first pitch laser is ripped up the middle- Russ scores to tie- and with Zack flying around third Austin fires a bullet home - almost catching Zack- but he scores to win an exciting game and get that 8th WIN!   Kudos to a very gritty Marrone team- Austin has become a stud- Tyler beat the 5 man infield a couple of times- Messinger had 3 hits (all to RF!) and the defense except for that one inning was very good for Team Marrone.  I am sure they will have a say in who wins on their side.  As for Team Harris- PUGS is DA Man!  Three for four and 4 RBIS.  CYdel pitched another gem- just 1 walk (7 in 15 games) and Callow at SS and Steve in RCF made a couple of circus plays.   My apologies for the lengthy write up- but when egged on by the Yentas and Steve- it is hard to resist. Team Sarcona awaits next week. 

 

JIFFY (BR) 12 – TUSCANYROSE (Brock) 10

And the Comeback Kids were at it again; after coming back Wednesday night from 16-1 down to almost pull out an unlikely win against Team Feldy, the 7-1 deficit after 2 innings today seemed like a cakewalk and the men in red responded with a 12-10 come from behind victory over a solid Team Brock.  Things started in ominous fashion again for Team Randell going quietly in the top of the 1st and the bottom half starting off with back-to-back walks for Team Brock.  But Burnsy quickly found it on the mound and limited Team Brock to 2 runs in the 1st.  Some timely hitting from the Brock squad in the 2nd resulted in a 7-1 deficit after 2.  In the top of the 4th, Team Randell cut the lead in half scoring 3 on big 2 out hits from Weitsen (huge 4-4) day and Papa Kessler.  In the 5th, the Randell squad surged ahead with a big 5 spot highlighted by a 3 run blast down the right field line from Intoci after a hit from Henryk and walks to Korny and Wolle set the table for the top of the order.  Down 9-7 Team Brock would respond with 2 in the bottom of the 7th to knot things at 9.  In the top of the 8th, Team Randell would score a big 3 runs on an RBI double from Hector and a sac fly from the skipper.  At 12-9 in the bottom of the 9th things were getting tight quickly with Team Brock putting runners at 1st and 3rd and nobody out on 2 hits to start the inning.  But then there was Willie Mays now turned Keith Hernandez a.k.a. the commish to snare a line drive ticketed for right field and double the runner off first.  Undaunted, Team Brock would still get 2 more consecutive hits to have the tying runs on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs and Papa Drashinsky at the plate.  Dave hits a hot shot high hopper toward SS and there was Intoci smothering it with his chest and tossing over to the skipper for the force play to end it.  Don't look now but that makes it 3 out of 4 for the Randellettes who just might be that "dangerous" team come playoff time.  Big day for the aforementioned Weitsen (4-4) showing up his brother-law on this day who took a called strike 3 early in the game along with JZ heating up of late with a 3-4 performance.  Burnsy, BJax, Hector, Papa Kessler and Rosenthal chipping in with 2 hits apiece.  Defensively, Intoci was magical on several plays at SS and JZ with several nice plays again both at 2B and 1B settling in with the platoon at both positions.  On the Brock side mult-hit days as you might expect from Pat Brock and Torres.  Next up a date with Team Wallman at Union Hill minus Burnsy looking for 4 out of 5. . .

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12TH

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 25  - JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 20

Team Feldy on a 2 game losing streak needed a win badly versus Team Randell who was without a few of their starters. Feldy jumped out to a 4-0 lead with the big hit being a booming home run by Eric B that excited the crowd and got the team pumped. The lead jumped to 8-0 after 2 with you guessed another home by Eric B this time driving in 3 runs. Feldy scored 4 more in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th to take a commanding 15-0 lead in a laugher of a game. NOT SO FAST the 15-0 lead turned into a 20-20 tie after 8 PHEWWWWW. In the top of the 9th Mikey "The Machine" Perloff laced his 5th hit in 5 abs to get Feldy started. After an out and a walk to Eric B Feldy struck for 4 hits in a row with a sac thrown in to take a 5 run lead along with a season high 32 hits with Randell coming up for last licks. They went down with zero runs scored with a little controversy thrown in to give the resilient Feldy team the much needed victory. Kudos to Mikey Andrew and Glenn(10 hits combined for the Feldman's may never happen again) for 5 hit games. Solid Rick and Gorstein with 4. The aformentioned Eric B with 3 including the 2 homers, a double and 6 ribbies in a helluva performance. Glen, Richie and Bobby with multiple hit games. Congrats to JZ for a bomb homer to right and the whole Randell team for not giving up and causing me to have a stain in my undies.

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 9TH

 

36 Chambers of Sponic Painting (Lapine) - 7

NY Life (Harris) - 6

In the first game of a double header, Team Lapine was riding high off of a big Wednesday night win and came out looking to make it 2 in a row against BFF Harris. Both teams put up a few early and the game sat at 2-1 for many innings making this one of the most boring games in the history of middle aged men playing a significantly easier version of our national pastime. But anyways, the new-look Lapine defense held true and ultimately kept the bloodshed to a minimum. Ronnie Carlin is a vacuum on the mound and Frank the Tank Loconte had a game saving catch in deeeeep left late in the game. The Harris defense played well also, due in part to rotating their fielders every third pitch. For Sponic, Joe Olivencia and Mark Carlin had 3 hit games while Spoto, Rob Conti and his ne'er do well nephew Michael, and Ferrarese had multi-hit games. For Harris, young Krauss hit very well. In the end, Lapine came out on top, 7-6 winning its second game in a row. But could this hot streak continue...?

 

Jeremy Levine and the Sponic Painting Experience (Lapine) - 19

CK Baseball (Granese) - 8

Wait... what's this?... that's right... 3 in a row, bitches! After a close victory against Harris, Team Lapine looked to continue their good fortunes into the second game of a double dip. Team Granese looked a little slow getting to the field, with word that Joraskie threw a raging kegger at his house the night before...Doug Cohen still had a toga on and Granese was rumored to have streaked the quad. Back to the action... Lapine put up 3 in the first, but MG answered back with 4 of their own...oh geez. In the top of the 3rd, Sponic put up 6 runs courtesy of a big Mike Conti homerun and a bunch of hits before and after. From that point, Denny's boys were in the driver's seat. For insurance purposes, Joey O blasted an opposite field homerun which scored himself and Rob Conti. And this was some shot, because at the speed that Rob and Joey O. run, Spoto could've ran to wawa, bought a pack of cigarettes, smoked two of them and came back before either of them touched the plate. In all, Sponic had 30 hits with Getz going a perfect 5/5, Spoto and Ferrarese having 4 hits, 3 hits for Mike Conti and Capt. Denny, and multi-hit games by Mark and Ron Carlin, Jeremy Levine, Persily, Rob Conti, Joe O and Sean Herman. For Granese, Dougy Fresh and Joe Tracy had a bunch of hits. Lowlights of the game: Ferrarese was so thrown off by the majestic form and rugged sexual presence of Doug Cohen at the plate that he misplayed his fly ball for a double. Ronnie Carlin, still taking umbrage to an earlier recap that described him as less than fleet of foot, left early tagging up and was still out by at least 50 feet. Spoto looked at a third strike...with bases loaded. Who we versing next week, you ask? It doesn't matter, son! Our team is the tits. Peace out, stay in school.

 

VM Cleaning(Pollock) 12-  Action Auto(Wallmam) 7

Mark Goldberg provided the early fireworks as Team Pollock beat a tough Team Wallman in a battle of two of the top defenses in the league. The game started slowly for the NL leading VM Cleaning crew as Darren Drapkin and company limited us to only one run (a Mark Goldberg RBI single) through the first 5 innings. Meanwhile the top of Team Wallman’s lineup helped propel Wallman to a seemingly safe 5 run lead going into the bottom of the 6th.  Mark Goldberg would have none of this as he led off the inning with a gritty walk. It was the “lead by example” the team needed as we followed with seven consecutive hits, highlighted by a Mitch Pollock triple. In all, 7 runs scored giving Team Pollock an 8-6 lead. Going into the bottom of the 7th, Mark Goldberg looked at the score and said, “No. This is not enough” and lead off with another single giving Pollock a much needed insurance run.  Team Wallman would fight back in the top of the 8th. With two outs and nobody on base, a Spann blast cut the lead back to two. Wallman and Mamone followed with hits setting up second and third. After giving an intentional pass to Dipaolo, Team Pollock escaped further damage as Paul Mamone grounded out to end the inning. Team Pollock used the bottom of the 8th to put the game away.  First to lead off was Gene Conselyea with a MASSIVE shot to left that might still be travelling. After scoring an additional run, Team Pollock had first and second with two outs. Mark Goldberg, stood at the plate, surveyed the field, and thought, “My work here is still not done” and delivered a run scoring double down the right field line cinching the 12-7 victory. Team Pollock was led by Mark Goldberg, of course, going 3-3 with a double, walk, and 2 RBI. Gene C. and Dave Meyer also had three hits apiece and Mitch, Larry and Alan Rubin added two each. For Team Wallman, Mamone was on base all game and Spann was a star offensively as well as doing a great job defensively at second in place of Younger. Next up for Pollock is a much anticipated matchup with AL leading Team Bykofsky at Union Hill Left. 

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 9 – CK BASEBALL (Granese) 8

JAEGER-BOMB DELIVERS!

Having lost their last four games by a total of four runs, Team Goldfarb was looking for a spark during the 8am game at the swim club against Matty Ice and his CK squad.  LHRGP started slow, taking three innings to get through the lineup and despite continued stellar pitching by Safchik, the good guys were down four going into the bottom of the fourth with the top of the order up.  After Alfieri got on, four straight hits by DiMarco, Turner, LiPomi and Jaeger produced two runs.  The big inning was thwarted, however, by a heads up a 6-6-6 double play from Captain Matt.  CK looked solid through their half of the 7th and went into the bottom of the frame with a seemingly insurmountable 8-3 lead.  That’s when Turner (3/3, 2B, 1R, 1RBI) lead the inning off with a single.  Jeff tweaked his hammy on the play and missed the rest of the game.  That hit, however, ignited the team and sparked a 3 run inning with the good guys closing the lead to 8-6. With both teams retiring the sides in the 8th, LHRGP went into the bottom of the 9th still down two, with the top of the order up at bat. A triple by Alex; a SAC from Sal; a pass to DiMarco; and a single by LiPomi made it 2 on, 1 out, down one in the bottom of the 9th.  That’s when the cagey veteran Gary Jaeger (4/4, 3B, 1R, 3RBI) pulled on his batting gloves, kicked the dirt from his cleats and SMASHED a Jaeger Bomb over the CK outfield for a walk off game winning triple. 

 

“Pitching and defense win games” says Captain GG.  Marty was on again, and defensively solid as well helping his cause.  Tough to run on the Goldfarb outfield with yet another speedy player put out by Alfieri.  Multiple hit games from Alex G (2), DiMarco (2), Turner (3), LiPomi (2), Jaeger (4) and LaRocca (2) also helped the cause.

 

Defensive kudos to CK’s Zimm (who actually made some great grabs without sliding) and Lombardi, and hats off to Lombardi who smashed a triple to deep in left center.  A speedy recovery for JT, as Team Goldfarb needs your bat (.533) and veteran leadership to succeed. Next up: Sarcona at Municipal Sunday.  Rumor has it Lenny is brining cannolis (pronounced ga-noles) and black coffee for batting practice.

 

NJ SALT (Mayronie) 16 – ACE (Jacoby) 12

The Middle School stayed true to form as NJ Salt and Ace Alum went back and forth in an offensive battle.  Marrone’s crew followed the captain today as he lead the team to a big victory over JJ and company.  The first two innings had JJ’s bunch out to a 4-2 lead with some big hitting from both sides including a liner that split the outfield for a JJ dinger (good thing his hammy held up around the bases).  In the 3rd Salt brought 11 batters to the plate and 6 runs later had a nice 8-4 lead.  After 5 the score is now 9-8 thanks to a Jared bomb down the right field line.  The last few innings were all Salt as they put up another 6 runs to hold onto a 16-12 victory. 

Hitting stars were a plenty in this game sponsored by Coors Field.  For Ace, 3 hit games out of Arolick, Tommy T and Jared.  Along with dingers from Tommy T, aforementioned the JJ and Jared.  For the Salt Crew who banged out 22 hits was lead by our captain with a 4-4 (HR and 3 RBI).  Doc 2-4 (HR and 3 RBI).  You see league these two love birds do everything the same, true BFF’s.  Multi hits out of Austin 3 hits, KP, Podolla, Shawn, Tyler and yes you will read and not believe it Mr. Ball 4/207!!!! 

A quick get well to JJ who seemed to destroy his hamstring laying out to try to snare a Doc S missile that split the gap in the 7th inning.  Get well soon buddy!!! 

Next up for the FIRST PLACE (Mayronie made me mention that) NJ Salt crew in a Wednesday night battle is the super stud Brock and Co (who is about to say I Do in two weeks, early congrats to J Brock) and on Sunday Harris and Co with good friend JC. 


Randell 12, Sarcona 8

Things started ominous for Team Randell in the top of the 1st with the first 4 Sarcona batters reaching base. However, the defense clamped down and managed to escape the inning with only 2 runs on the board. Team Randell quickly responded with 3 of their own in the bottom half highlighted by an RBI double from Hernandez. 2 more would be added in the bottom of the second on a 2 run blast from Rosenthal. Burnsy then shut down the Sarcona bats until the 6th when Sarcona scored 1 cutting the lead to 5-3. In the bottom half, Team Randell would respond again scoring 3 with lead off hits by the brother-in-law duo of Randell and Weitsen setting the table for RBI hits from BJax and Wolle. Sarcona would get 1 back in the top of the 7th but again the Randell crew responded with 4 runs to effectively put things out of reach highlighted by a triple blast to left from Weitsen scoring Hernandez and the skipper. Papa Kessler would follow with an RBI single to cap off the inning. Although a 12-4 lead seemed comfortable enough heading to the 9th, the never quit Sarcona squad almost made things too close for comfort scoring 4 in the 9th. Team Randell was fortunate to retire the always dangerous Captain Lenny with 2 on and 2 away leaving the tying run on deck for the final 12-8 margin of victory. The Randell offense was led by Weitsen, BJax, and Ben with 3 hits apiece. JZ, Hernandez, Papa Kessler. Wolle, and the skipper chipped in with 2 hits of their own. Defensive stars were also plentiful with Rosenthal making several running, sliding catches in right and right center, along with Ben snaring a blast over his head. The infield was solid as well with JZ having his best defensive game of the year at both 2b and 1st base along with Burnsy pitching another solid game and fielding a multitude of balls up the middle. On the Sarcona side, the perennial hitting machine Brock Hor was on base early and often. Next up, a big Wednesday night divisional match up against Team Feldy who will be looking for revenge from their opening week defeat to Team Randell. However, to make it 3 in a row, Team Randell has its work cut out as they will be short handed with Intoci, Burnsy, and Papa Kessler away.

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldman) 9 – HOT CORNER (Bykofsky) 21

Without a single Captain nearing vicinity of the ballpark in this one, this game was destined to answer a question that no one has ever cared to think about. Who is least important to success? Your #1 pick, or starting pitcher? If the 1st inning was any indication of how things would go, well.. pitching is a major factor folks! The Boys', who are working on being double sponsored by Tito's Vodka, saw no problem walking around the bases in the first to grab a big lead (11 runs). Their first out of the game coming on Becker's (Senor Tito) second at bat. I have to say that from the time Andrew Feldman stepped in as a relief pitcher, this game moved right along. The kid was throwing strikes and he did well to minimize the damage that was already done. The Feldman crew was able to stay game, as we went back and forth shuffling runs here and there. The side story of this game however was the coming out party of rookie Michael Kleschinsky who went 6-6 w/ 7RBI. Mike was making a mess on the field, spewing the clicher all over the place as he slowly baited the outfield in and then blew the game open for good with a hell of a 3-run shot. The defense was super solid and J. Bykofsky can breathe easy as losing two straight would have muddled the standings of the dominant AL even more than it already is. With a lot of at bats in this one, hitting stars were Mike K. going 6-6, Wayne 4-5 (atta boy kid!), and Matty/Barlow/Becker with multiple hits. I recommend getting the handle of Tito's, you'll thank yourself later.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5TH

CK’s(Granese) 13, Action Auto (Wallman/Younger) 7

The biggest question headed into Wed night’s rivalry game of the week was NOT who would pitch for Team MG.   It was NOT will Team MG keep up their 2 win, 2 loss streak that has carried on since opening day (answer: they would).  HOWEVER, the biggest question we all wanted to learn was WHO THE HELL ARE THE BASH BROTHERS ON ACTION AUTO???    

 

Well, the answer to the later remains unanswered.  In a rematch of an ugly opening week clunker, CK’s bounced back with a big 13-7 win Wed night making it 4 wins in 6 games as they head into an important Doubleheader this Sunday.   Granese cousin Cy Drapkin was hot early, effortlessly painting the sky with 13 foot bullseyes and the #13strong lineup of CK’s would need production from all just to stay in the game.  A three run 3rd inning spearheaded by hits from Joraskie, Zim, and Chris Ryan provided the early punch.  But a bloop triple against the shift by Dipaulo would help key a 4 run 4th inning for Team Wallman and the momentum had shifted.  But mistakes lead to big innings against good teams and a few costly miscues by AA would open the door for a seven run crooked 5th inning that broke the game open.  After trading single runs late, the final was 13-7 as CK’s coasted to victory.   The defense was on the rise for CK’s as Tracy and Joraskie put their stamp on this game with some highlight reel plays and Zim “loves going to his knees” and Doug “Must Have in my OF” Cohen also remained solid despite the questionable light panels shining on their side of the field at UHR.  Chris Ryan continued his recent mastery at 2b making a number of great plays including turning a near disaster throw from Wald into a 5-4-3 DP.   And not to be overlooked is the job Joshi did on the mound tonight, as well as the prior 2 games, winning 2 of 3. 

 

Up next for CK’s baseball is a double dip with Goldfarb and Lapine.   The Champs will be tough to beat but Team MG owes them one after taking a beating at Swim Club last year.   But just as important we are looking forward to checking out the new look Lapine squad.  Hard to ignore the fireworks in the air tonight at UH Left.   Pretty sure the website said that Mike Conti hit 6 or 7 homeruns against Cy Becker.   The Granese guys are certainly jealous and would love to get a loaner on Mike’s fancy bat for the upcoming league Home Run Derby……       

 

 

A Tribe Called Sponic Painting 16

Bykofsky 5

After weeks of heartbreaking, slim margin BFF loses, Team Lapine was determined to come out and show the league that the team that was built for hitting could actually hit. And the hits came early for this squad as Denny's boys jumped to a 5 run lead early and for the most part never looked back. With veins juiced with mango Rita's ices (courtesy of the most chipper, enthusiastic umpire in the league), Mike Conti hit two homeruns in consecutive at bats. For each one he reminded the sold out crowd that, "c'mon bro...he's pitching underhand". Not to be outdone, the nail in the coffin was laid by not only the most suave and underrated outfielder in the league, but also the very hot hitting Phil Getz, who knocked in a grand slam that really put the game out of reach. Overall, the hitting was solid with 4 hit games by Mark Carlin, Getz, and Conti while Ron Carlin (who was great defensively on the mound) and Rob Conti had 3 hits while Spoto (smooth transition to 2B), Lapine and Persily had multi hits games. With the new look defense and the recently awoken bats, this squad is going to make every nay-saying BFF start to worry. Speaking of B-mf'n-FF's... captain Mayronie offered Denny a slow sensual kiss as a reward for beating the first place team... Denny declined and said he can instead direct that kiss to the backside of Mr. 207 during a Gastro of Ocean visit. For team Bykofsky, Justin told me to mention Joel Podos, so Joel Podos... consider yourself mentioned. You had some hits. Way to go. Tell your friends. Next week a double header against BFF Harris and team Granese with former Lapinettes Joe Joraskie and former Bomenblitt cousin Joe "Spicoli" Tracy. 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 2nd

 

SALT (GM) 7 – BURGER BROS (PAL) 6
July 4th weekend on UH Left had the NJ Salt crew pitted vs Burger Bros.  The first inning seemed to be the entire excitement of this game where the Salt boys were able to put up a 5 spot on 4 hits and none were from Doc S!!!  Doc is mired in a mini 6’6” slump where Mr. 207/Ball 4 is hitting his stride by having quality at bats. 

This was a very lack luster game for Marrone’s cast of BFF’s.  Not a lot of hitting, compliments of some good pitching out of Danny D who also fielded his position flawlessly.  Captain Marrone needs to speak to his team about the shoddy glove work and not having a killer instinct, as these two issues will need to be cleaned up come September. 

Burger Bros was able to scratch and claw back into this game making it 6-5 heading into the 7th inning.  Marrone was able to nail down the final 9 outs and NJ Salt escaped with a narrow 6-5 win.  

“Hitting” stars with multi hit games were Austin, Pat, KP and Goddard. 

Next up for NJ Salt is a tough JJ crew at the Middle School. 

CK’s (MG) 15, Stomp (MB) 8

CK’s becoming famous for two game streaks this season (LL-WW-LL-WW-LL-W?) started another one yesterday with a 15-8 win over Stomp (Beilis).   Sunday presented a trap game the week after a rough loss to Harris, losing a 3 run lead in the 9th with Joshi pitching his heart out.   Fortunately, as Lombardi continued to dance with Mickey Mouse, Joshi did not let down and battled his way to his first win on the mound this season.  3 runs in the opening frame, highlighted by the red hot Chris Newman’s 2 rbi single.  Both pitchers (Benisch was solid in relief of Yockel for Beilis as well) cruised along till the 5th.   A few hits and a missed ball by the CKs defense led to a 5 run beilis rally.   Marty was cheering like it was 2001 all over again.  However, after a tough call at first that went in favor of CK’s to start the 6th, the boys would explode for 9 runs on 10 hits and cruise home behind Joshi.   Some great plays early on from Tracy, Joraskie and Zim in the OF ….including a pair of runners thrown out at First from the OF.   The Beilis rookies didn’t like it much, but I’m sure the wily Veteran Boot Beilis assured them you gotta take outs however you can in this league.    Newman with 4 hits and 4 rbis on fire creeping back toward .500 after a slow start.   MG, Zim, Joe Tracy, Joshi, Paul L, and J. Bickoff with multi hit games.   Again, big battle in the American League against Wallman Wed night……don’t let that LIGHT runs/game fool you.  Todd named his top guys the Bash Brothers for a reason.  THEY CAN REALLY HIT.   So get your popcorn ready.

 

TW (AA) 13 JJ (ACE) 3
4th of July weekend means barbeques, drinking and softball and this holiday was Captain TW of AA against self-proclaimed manager of the millennium, the mouth of Manalapan fake cuz Captain Jacoby aka the other GG.  GG the disciplinarian was coming off a Wednesday night win without their A1 (anyone who cared to listen was reminded of that over and over).  In the 1st, GG would get a run on an error but AA would answer right back with 4 on 5 hits and 2 SACs.  Yappy GG would add 1 in the top of the 2nd and but AA would answer back in the 3rd and take a 5 to 3 lead into the 7th.  Team GG would get a run and cut the lead to 2 which got the mouth roaring and feeling good.  But the problem with yapping is sometimes it backfires and the mouth got zipped real quick in the bottom of the 7th when Paul Mamone the other brother deliver the nail in the coffin 3 run laser homer to right to seal the 4th of July deal.  Not satisfied with a 5 run lead Captain TW demanded to pour it on so AA added 5 in the 8th to close out the game and silence fake cuz. Today’s YIT BBQ will be extra special just hoping GG gets here soon.  From the AA side they did it all, played great defense, hit great and Drapkin pitched ANOTHER WALK FREE GAME.  Drapkin is absolutely ridiculous this season on the mound and the defense behind him has been great as well.  AA held Ace to a combined 6 HITS on the day. Offensively AA was led by JOMO and Toran – each with 3 hits and 6 runs scored.  TW, Matty D and Stewart had 2 hits apiece and Pauly Mamone had 4 RBIs.  Next up another Chatty Cathy – Captain MG union hill Wednesday night.

 

JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 7 – SPONIC (Lapine) 5
No need for concern about writer's cramp for the Skipper after a near 2 month layoff from writing a game summary.  So needless to say, it's good to be back in Tom Clancy form after a much needed 7-5 victory over Team Lapine at the brutally hot Swim Club.  Team Randell put up a single run to start the game courtesy of a BJax sac fly to drive in Intoci.  Burnsy and Ronnie took over from there on the mound through 4 innings keeping the score at 1-0 heading to the 5th.  In the top half, the Randell crew plated 4 with hits from Hector and the skipper setting the table for the bottom half of the order.  Some timely hitting from the Kessler duo combined with some generous Lapine infield defense and it was 5-0 Randell.  Nothing has been easy for the men in red this year and this game would be no different.  Team Lapine responded with 1 in the bottom of the 5th and their bats awoke in the 6th to score 4 more to knot things up at 5.  That score remained until the top of the 8th when Wolle started the inning with a clean line drive hit to left.  Another misplayed infield ball off Intoci's bat scored Wolle and Burnsy would deliver a big RBI single to plate Intoci making it 7-5.  Burnsy and the Randell defense (namely Ben Kessler) would hold on from there for the 7-5 final margin of victory.  Ben made several nice running catches in RCF all morning including 2 late ones to shut down potential Lapine rallies.  Andy K and Rosenthal also with nice OF catches earlier in the game aiding in this win.  Offensively, multi-hit games from JZ, Wolle and the skipper along with timely hitting from Burnsy and Hector.  For Team Lapine, the hitting machine Spoto with his usual multi-hit game as well.  Next up, going for the unheard of two in a row back at Swim Club for the late game against Lenny and company.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH

 

NY LIFE (Harris) 10 – BURGER BROS (Paladino) 8

Team Paladino playing short handed and playing with an injured captain (having to move to third and having to bat left handed with a pulled oblique) showed lots of heart- and gave Team Harris all it could handle.  Team Harris jumped to a 9-2 lead after 6 innings-highlighted by Alex "Pugs" Pugliese's triple bomb to RCF that cleared the bases. But a 4 run 7th by the gritty Team  team narrowed the gap to 9-6 and there it stayed until the 9th when "Uncle" Leo hit a bomb over the RF's head for a 2b and a much needed insurance run after a couple of infield hits. And in the ninth , after a lead off single , "Uncle" flashed some leather snaring a squirm duck snort headed for RF that likely saved the game.  After Captain Mike , batting left handed, got a single, newbie Katz hit a bomb that bounced over the fence- and when Dan Difedele hit a rocket up the middle deflected by Seidel- and not converted on the rebound- all of a sudden the tying run was on first with one out.  However , "Cy"del, pitching another walk free gem, induced a Ground Ball DP- Callow to Long to Uncle- their third twist of the game.  And this hard fought game was over.  The story of the game for Team Bobito was the bottom six in the lineup who were collectively 14 for 23- led by Uncle Leo's 4 for 4 (and web gem), Pug's 3 for 4, and Rich's 3 for 4.  And the defense again shined (minus a botched rundown) - three double plays- an absolute steal job from Callow from his knees in the hole gunning out a runner- and Long gobbling everything his way as well.  Now with a 7-5 record- Team Bobito has matched the predicted win total for the year- AND within one win of the 8 needed for Marrone to perform the promised felatio on Schef- at 2B- at UH-before the Mayor's Trophy Game. Doug may want to have his Facebook Live working that night.  Just sayin'.  

 

Ace Home Improvements 5 - Stomp The Monster 3

Looking to get the second half of the 2017 season off on the right foot, ACE squared off with “Boot” The Monster in what turned out to be their third and final Wednesday night game of the summer.  It only took until game twelve for Team Jacoby to realize that good defense and timely hitting make a huge difference between winning and losing in this league.   After allowing 2 in the first, the gloves were on display the rest of the way holding Marty’s crew to a single run over the final 8 frames en route to a 5-3 victory.  Shawon Danser and Marc Broome both made highlight reel plays while T Polzer was a vaccum at 3b behind brother Dave who pitched a gem for the win. Offensively, T Polz delivered the big blow in the 7th with a 2 out, 2 run single in a tie game to give ACE a lead they would never relinquish.   Broome, D Polz and JJ chipped in with 2 hits apiece in a game that lasted an hour and 3 minutes sending Fogarty to the cash register at Ritas much earlier than expected.  For Stomp, despite the misspelled jersey, Papa Yock had a multihit game and pitched very well in a tough luck loss. Kudos to Chad Kaplow for a defensive gem of his own with a sliding grab in LF along the fence.  Up next, fake cuz, the reigning MVP, and chirpy JY at Muni.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH

 

PIZZA/PASTA (FELDY ) 13 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 5

Team Feldy winners of 5 of their last 6 will have their hands full with Team Salt winners of 8 in a row and having the best record in the league. Salt jumped out to a 2 run lead in the top of the 1st but Feldy answered with 4 of their own to take the lead which they would never relinquish. Mikey Perloff led off the inning with the 1st of his 5 hits starting off his perfect game(5-5). The amazing thing is he hurt his wrist and was doubtful to play but played with a hard brace and was remarkable. Glen R, Eric B, Richie B and Rick followed Mikes hit to plate the 4 runs. It remained 4-3 until the 5th when Team Feldy went to work again scoring 4 runs to take an 8-3 lead. Mikey again got it started followed by hits by Glen, Rich and Glenn. The bottom of the 7th was when the game was put away with the 3rd 4 run inning of the day. The big hits were a 2b by Glen followed by a 2b by Rich which hit the fence in LC and a 2 out rbi single by Glenn. The offense was led by Mikey with his aforementioned PERFECT 5-5 day. ROY candidate Richie Bomenblit had a hell of a day going 4-5 with a 2b and 5 ribbies hitting the piss out of the ball. The 2 GMEN Glen and Glenn each had 3 hits and multiple hit games were had by Nate and Rick. Defense, Offense and Pitching were on display all morning. Congrats to Silverberg Jr  coming out of nowhere to make a spectacular catch when the game was still close. Next up the tough Brock squad with old friends Brock and the Drashinsky's.

 

NY LIFE (Harris) 8 – CK BASEBALL(Granese) 7 – 11 inn

While many of the players are no longer on the same team that squared off in the finals in 2015 (in fact the Krauss Klan was on that MG championship team) the MG vs Bobito game today was part reunion , part finals match up circa 2015.  And an exciting , well played game it was.  Team Bobito felt pretty good about going up against former Bobitian (and fave) Joshi pitching his first game of the year.  And let me tell you , he pitched a gem- often 3-1 and 3-2 counts did not end up as walks- Joshi made big pitch after big pitch- and kept Big Red bats quiet most of the day.  A 2-0 Big Red lead after the first inning evaporated as MG tied it in the fourth and took a commanding 3 run lead in the sixth highlighted by the red hot Justin Bickoff's second of three laser hits on the day (and certainly a contender for most improved).  Undaunted Mike "Cy"del slammed the door from there, helped by two double plays in the 7th and 8th innings- which leads us to the ninth.  Down three runs, schef leads off with a single, Callow gets a walk, Russ a walk, Jordan Brent a big hit (only a portend of things to come), and Mike Seidel works out a walk to gets us to within 1 run. Bases loaded no one out- the crafty MG turns an unassisted double play- but the tying run scores- and after the last out we go to extras.  "Cy"del got MG to go quietly in the 10th and 11th- and then in the bottom 11th the fun began- as Rus gets what looks like the winning hit off of MG's glove - then hitting schef as a runner - ump calls schef out though its off MG's glove first. To no avail play stands- and is left up to Jordan to beat his former manager with two outs.  And Jordan came through- ripping a single to  left scoring Callow with the winning run from second.  Kudos again to the aforementioned Joshi for pitching really a solid game. And again to Mike who hasnt given up more than 7 runs in any game this year. To the Big Red defense- but for the one inning (the 6th) played another flawless game.  And to Zack and Steve for setting the table in the three scoring innings. And finally to Jordan for the tying and winning hits.  After losing three one run games- Team Bobito finally wins one- against a really quality MG team (I predict a contender in their division). Wishing Scottie P all the best in his nuptials last night- and have fun on your honeymoon. See you in a few weeks.

 

 

 

BURGER BROS (PAL) 5 ACTION AUTO (TW) 6

After losing 2 straight and dropping to .500, AA was in desperate need of a win.  Things did not look good early on as AA committed 4 errors and were down 4 to 1 after 2 innings of play.  In the top of the 3rd, Toran and Drapkin started things off with back to back walks and hits from Solon and JOMO and AA cut Burger lead to 2.  Both teams would trade zeros for the next 3 ½ innings and AA was still down 2 entering the top of the 7th.  A 1 out double from SuperSpann and 2 out singles from Stewart, Paul Mamone, Toran and Drapkin and AA took a 1 run lead.  Burger down 1 in the bottom of the 8th had 2 outs and 1 with captain Palidino up – who delivered a laser up the middle but opposing Captain TW made a great diving stab and threw the runner out at 2nd. Holding a 1 run lead, Drapkin was able to get the final 2 outs of the game with the tying run on 2nd and winning run on 1st.  After the first 2 innings the AA defense was lockdown behind Drapkin who pitched another no walk gem.  Stewart and Captain TW were great all day and made several key plays.  The offense was led by JOMO (3 hits) who was robbed of a homer and the cycle by Gary Cohen who made an incredible over the shoulder catch.  Paulmo and Stewart each had 2 hits apiece.  Next up a battle of the fake cousins when TW faces GG the disciplinarian at Muni.   

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 7 – SPONIC PAINTING (Lapine) 6
VM Cleaning won their 5th game in a row, this time in walk-off fashion, against a shorthanded Team Lapine, stocked with some of Pollock's favorite ex-teammates, denying the league of another entertaining Ferrarese game summary.  Both pitchers were excellent today, as Alan Rubin once again successfully filled in for Clampffer on the mound, while Ronnie Carlin held the league's highest scoring team to only 4 runs through 8 innings before they broke through in the 9th.  Team Lapine (w/o M. Conti and M. Carlin) took advantage of a couple of VM Cleaning miscues and were in control for most of this game, leading 6-2 after 6 innings, as they looked to be on their way to an impressive upset over the NL leaders. However, after A. Rubin and the Pollock defense held Lapine's squad scoreless for the final 4 innings, VM Cleaning entered the bottom of the 9th down only 2 runs. Clutch hits from D. Meyer, Mitch Pollock, and Eliut Infante started things off perfectly for the good guys, loading the bases with no outs, and things finally started looking better for Team Pollock... that is until the author of this summary forgot to follow his own advice and hit a very weak grounder back to mound and making things more tense.  A clutch 2-RBI hit from Gene Conselyea, followed by an intentional walk to Jordan Krant, set the stage for Larry Rubin, who beat the OF for a the walk-off win. Offensively for Team Pollock, Mitch Pollock and Eliut Infante led the way with 3 hits each (and turned a big double play late in the game) while Dave Conklin, Dave Meyer, Larry Rubin, Gene Conselyea and Matt Pollock also had multi-hit efforts, while the game ball went to Dave Meyer's wife Courtney, who got her hands dirty and helped the grounds crew pump Municipal dry on Saturday night.  For Sponic Painting ( a team too talented to stay down for much longer), rookie Jeremy Levine was cheered on and on base most of the morning and while filling in admirably in RF, while F. Laconte had a big extra base hit and captain Lapine added a couple of his own. The NL leaders will look to make it 6 in a row next week, minus Gene and Matt, against a hot Sarcona squad, in a clash of winning streaks

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 9      Stomp the Monster (Beilis) 2    

On their first and only Sunday night game of the season Hot Corner Baseball was able to defeat Stomp the Monster 9-2.  Pitching and defense was the story of the game as Hot Corner allowed Marty's crew (thanks to a big knock by Beilis himself) to score 2 runs in the 5th inning and nothing else.  Eric "CY" Becker pitched his best game of the season only walking 2 batters, while also making a great play, darting off the mound to throw a runner out at first base that thwarted a mid-game Stomp the Monster rally.  The offensive attack for Hot Corner was led by Capt Bykofsky who bounced back after striking out! in his first AB to finish with 4 hits.  Becker roped the ball all night with 3 hits, while Lurie and Billy-Boy Chiusano chipped in with 2 hits.  Aronson was also on base all night.  Despite the win, Hot Corner suffered a MAJOR LOSS losing Papa Bykofsky for the rest of the season due to a back injury =(.   For Marty's team Steve Yockel pitched well (including robbing Matty P of a few hits) while also having a mult-hit game.  Hot Corner will look to keep their hot-streak going as they face a very formidable Goldfarb squad next week.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 10 – FRADKIN LAW (Apple) 7

On a beautiful Wednesday night pitted NJ Salt vs Fradkin Law on UH Left.  This was looking to be a slug fest between good pals Doc and Fradkin.  Looks like Doc got the upper hand in this one after Fradkin drew first blood in the season opener. 

Doc hit two monster bombs in the first three innings leaving the fence grabbers screaming to walk him!!!  Doc’s stat line was typically impressive 3-4 (2 HR’s/4RBI’s and a BB) if this guy isn’t the MVP/OPY I don’t know who is.

After 3 innings all tied up at 5-5.  Apple’s crew plates 2 more in the bottom of the 4th to take a 7-5 lead.  The top of Fradkin Law could not be stopped in the first 3 AB’s lead by AppleCrud  and Pat P with 3 hits apiece.  From the 6th inning to the 9th CY Glen figured things out and was able to shut down Fradkin Law while NJ Salt was able to capitalize on some key hits and some shoddy glove work.  NJ Salt put up 5 going away and finished the game with a very unpopular (to the fence) win 10-7. 

Hitting stars was the aforementioned Doc S with a monster game.  The scribe’s son Tyler P who is just making this Dad very proud with 3 huge hits/RBI and speed on the bases.  The Kid hits better than his dad and now can run faster.  Multi hit games out of Austin, Podolla, Goddard and S. Thomas. 

Congrats to all the parents who have graduations this week!!

Next up for NJ Salt as they look to improve upon their 8 game winning streak is Pizza Pasta and the Mouth of Marlboro Glen Feldy. 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 18TH

 

CK’s (MG) 18, Jiffy Lube (BRAD) 2, 7 inn

Ck’s looking to back up last week’s thriller at Middle…..bat hitters shift to the big ballpark at Swim Club on a hot late game on Father’s Day.

Things started well in the B1 with a pair of walks to start the game and CK’s would finish off the rally with a pair of runs to go up 2.  After a sweet 6-4-3 DP ended the top of the 2nd inning, CK’s would bat around in their half, plating 8 behind two out RBI hits from Hy Bickoff, Joraskie, MG and Chris Ryan.  Two more in the 3rd on a laser 2 run double, again from Hy, the Hebrew Hammer, which would make it 12-0.   By the 5th, CK’s was looking to crack open the Joraskie Family postgame tailgate (these guys are tremendous), so Justin Bickoff took things into his own hands drilling a ball into the LCF gap for a 3 run homer to put the game away.   This was JB’s second consecutive game with a bomb.   In the field, finally a sharp performance from this squad that is starting to find itself right as the heat of summer is arriving.   3 RBI games from Joraskie, Jim Lombardi, J.Bickoff and Hy Bickoff.   Happy Fathers Day to all and Happy Birthday to Hy the Hammer.  Quite the day.

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 7 – ACTION AUTO (Wallman) 4

Team Feldy losing Wednesday night to break their 4 game winning streak was looking to start a new streak and make it 5 out of the last 6. Things did not look promising in the bottom of the 1st as Team Wallman jumped to a 3 run lead. The bats were sleeping until the top of the 3rd where with 2 outs and nobody on Bobby F drilled a single to bring up the top of the order. Mikey P hitting like a stud all year long singled to bring up Glen R. He hit a long double over the LF'ers head to drive in 2 and wake up the team. In the top of the 6th Feldy took the lead with a 2 spot courtesy of a booming bases clearing double to the fence by Richie "Boom Boom" Bomenblit who followed singles by Mikey and Glen R. Team Wallman scored a run in the bottom of the 7th to tie the score at 4-4 going to the 8th. The teams traded goose eggs in the 8th to send the game to the 9th knotted at 4-4. Richie B led off the top of the 9th with a single to bring us to the star of the game. Rick S dug in and hit a laser to right which seemed to be rising by the second. A few seconds later it was settling in its new home over the fence to give Team Feldy a dramatic 2 run lead. They added another run on singles by Jordan R and Andrew F and a fielders choice to take a 3 run led which was more than enough for the victory. The defense, pitching and clutch hitting was superb today which usually leads to good results. Congrats to Glen R for leading the team going 4-4 with 2 ribbies a long double and each hit was a laser. Mikey P had 2 hits BUT hurt his wrist and we are all holding our breath. Multiple hit games were also had by Richie B, Rick, Jordan and Andrew to lead a well balanced attack. On the other side Double D pitched a whale of a game keeping Team Feldy off balance for 6 of the 9 innings. Next up NJ Salt which should be a great game.

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky)   7       NY Life/Seidel (Harris) 5

On Father's Day morning Hot Corner Baseball (missing their 5 and 6 picks!) faced off against NY Life at the crooked as f*ck East Frances field .  After a miscue in the first inning, and then two more earned runs by NY Life, Hot Corner found themselves trailing 3-0 as the teams headed to the bottom of the 5th inning.  With one out in the inning, the bottom four batters in the Hot Corner lineup reached base to set the table for the top of the order. Matty P then laced a BIG 2 RBI hit followed by Captain Bykofsky getting INTENTIONALLY WALKED!!! to load the bases for Becker.  Becker then smoked a 2RBI double, and after another RBI by Sherman, Hot Corner found themselves plating 6 runs in the inning.  Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky then added a big RBI hit in the 7th to account for all of Hot Corner's 7 runs.  Harris and Co. did not go quietly however, scoring 2 in the 9th to make things interesting, while stranding  the tying run on second base to end the game.  The offense for Hot Corner was led by Justin, who continued his torrid pace, going 3-3 (making him 19 for his last 21!!).  Billy Boy Chiusano also had a big game contributing 3 hits while HUGE multi-hit affairs were had by Jay Podos and Sal "the godfather" Sicurella.  The defense was led by CY-Becker on the mound who pitched another gem only allowing 4 earned runs.  Team depth really showed in this win for Hot Corner as a number of players played out of position and did a stellar job.  For NY Life, kudos to Z Krauss (who also made a sweet diving catch), Schef (as always), the Seidel Boys, and Tritto for being tough outs all morning.  Hot Corner will look to keep their winning streak going as they head to SUNDAY NIGHT SOFTBALL vs. Beilis (televised on ESPN8 "the ocho" aka Doug's iPhone).

 

SPONIC PAINTING (Lapine) 20 – ACE HOME (Jacoby) 19

Holy Father's Day, Batman! It was a game of miracles with two teams that no one could care less about facing off at the Middle School. Jacoby's squad of pink-shirted gingers put up 2 in the first inning, but Lapine's boys put up 6 over the next few innings to hold a nice lead. However, in the top of the 5th, Jacoby's fire-crotch militia put up 7 runs highlighted by a Jared Goldberg grand slam that was horribly misplayed by Ferrarese, potentially ruining his Father's Day and maybe even the remainder of his 30's. Fortunately, the bottom of the 6th yielded payback for Lapine as they put up 7 of their own, featuring homeruns by Ferrarese, Ron Carlin, and a HUGE triple by Rob Conti. In the 7th, Lapine put up another 4 runs with ANOTHER HR BY RON CARLIN...shocking because A. He usually doesn't hit for power and B. I never realized this but he runs slower than Stephen Hawking. With that insurance, all should've be good for Lapine, but we all know that nothing is ever easy for this team. Obviously, Jacoby's team put up 7 in the top of the 9th to take a 2 run lead..... shoot me in the face. Bottom of the 9th: Sean Hermanator - single, Mark Carlin - single, Spoto - 1 RBI single..... still down one... Francesco Belfiore-Loconte looked out at the field and said, "put your bats down.. you won't need them". In 36 years, I have never seen so much determination in his face... it was a confidence not seen since Quint announced that he would catch Jaws. He then stepped to the plate and blasted a game winning homer into left to bring a much needed win to Sponic Painting. For Lapine, Spoto 5/5, Ron "Flash" Carlin 4/4, 3 hits for Mark Carlin, Persily, and multihit games for Getz, Loconte, Levine, Lapine, Joe O., Rob Conti, and Herman. For Jacoby, Broome is a damn fine SS, and Justin Jacoby is as sexy as ever. Happy Father's Day to all the BFFs!

 

 

NJ SALT (MARRONE) 8 – LHRGP LAW (GOLDFARB) 7
NJ Salt took their 6 game winning streak to the friendly confines of Marl El to take on a GG less Team Goldfarb.  Goldfarb didn’t waste any time and jumped out to a quick 2 run lead in the top of the first off a few key hits.  Bottom of the first the Salt crew came thru with 6 consecutive hits to jump out to a 6-2 lead after 1.  Marty pitch amazing not walking a batter and shutting down Marrone and Co to one hit over the next 5 innings. 

Fast forward to the 7th inning and the score is now 6-5.  Team Goldfarb puts up two runs on some hits and a huge mental error that found our LCF going back in time to his lunatic days.  Not sure Mrs Doc S is talking to KP these days for unleashing a barrage of f bombs on her young cub Austin.   Enough of that….

Now NJ Salt has to show what kind of heart they have as they have proved during the first half of the season.  Now down 7-6 going into the bottom of the 7th Mr. Sparkplug Mike Podolla puts a charge into one and it just barely gets over Anthony Demarco’s glove in straight away center.   A lead off triple for Podolla puts the tying run on third.  Doc does what Doc does and delivers an RBI single to tie the game.  Goldy goes down quietly in the top of the 8th.  Bottom of the 8th.  Jeff Yigdal singles and Glen “Mayronie” decides that using the metal thing in his hand would be a wise thing on this beautiful Fathers Day.  Glen crushes a ball down the right field line for a huge triple to take the lead.  Jeff Turtz continues to produce with one of his 2 RBI’s on the day to give NJ Salt a two run lead going into the 9th.  Goldfarb gets a run with Reid Goldfarb starting the inning off with one of his two hits on the day.  Nice job Reid!!  Final Score is Salt 9-8 over a very good Team Goldfarb. 

Multi hit games out of Podolla, Doc, Yigdal and Turtz.  Turner hit very well for Team Goldfarb with a booming triple the other way and a big quick recovery to Anthony Demarco who hurt his foot late in the game. 

NJ Salt is going to try to keep their 7 game winning streak alive on Wednesday night and get some revenge from their opening day loss to Apple/Fradkin Crew. 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 12 – FRADKIN LAW (Applebaum) 3

Team Pollock continued its winning ways as they defeated Applebaum 12-3. Alan Rubin, filling in for Clamp, pitched his second masterful game of the season, holding Applebaum scoreless for the first 7 innings. Team Pollock got on the board early when Mr. RBI Jordan Krant hit a sac fly that was set up by walks to Dave Meyer and Gene. After adding two more runs in the third inning, Mitch Pollock was faced with the one managerial task of the day. We were up 3-0 but Team Applebaum had runners on the corners with two outs and Fradkin at the plate. Although it breaks the rule of "Don't put guys on base when you're winning", we walked Fradkin to load the bases. John Vega almost made us pay by hitting it hard, but lining out to end the threat. Making his bid for Manager of the Year, Matt called several times from Spain to get up to the second updates. When he heard we only had 5 runs after 7 innings, he demanded that we score more runs. Our team responded by putting up a 5 spot in the 7th, highlighted by Gene's second double of the game. Team standouts include Dave Meyer who had four hits and a walk,Gene Conselyea(3 hits including two doubles),Mike Gilston(2 hits and a walk), and Eluit Infante who continued his red-hot hitting by adding three hits and playing a tremendous game in the field. The game ball goes to Alan Rubin who had three hits, but more importantly kept a great offense in check, allowing only three runs and survived getting hit by a Fradkin line drive. For Applebaum, Evan Steinberg and Dave Schwartz(welcome back!) were tough to get out all morning.



 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14TH

 

Ace Home Improvements (JACOBY)  15 - LHRGP Law (GOLDFARB) 14

Desperately looking to get back into the win column Team Jacoby squared off against the hottest squad in the league in Team Goldfarb under the Union Hill lights Wednesday night.   A workman like 6-3 game in favor of ACE through 4 and a half, quickly changed in the bottom of the 5th.  With the bases loaded and no one out the fence line wondered in amazement why Dimarco was given an intentional pass to force home a run.  Lipomi would follow with a two run single and before all was said done Team Goldy would put up a 6 spot to take a 9-6 lead.  3 in the top of the 7th would get us even at 9, but a 5 run bottom of the inning would put LHGRP back up by 5.  Fast forward to the top of the 9th where ACE would put together their biggest inning of the season plating 6 and closing the door on a wild 15-14 victory.   Elevated to the leadoff spot, Polz led the way with 4 hits, while J Goldberg and Tommy T each had 3, as 9 of the 10 man lineup reached base at least twice. Not to be forgotten was Scott Seitz who was a catalyst all night with 3 walks and a base hit in his 5 plate appearances.  For Team Goldfarb, Dimarco grabbed everything in the OF and top to bottom the lineup swung the bats very well.  Up next a battle with Lapine where first baseman gloves will be handed out to all, in a Fathers Day pre-game ceremony.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 24 over PIZZA/PASTA (Feldman) 8 

Despite the fact that it rained somewhere in NJ over the past 24 hours, Team Pollock and Feldman were able to play their scheduled Wednesday night game. Unfortunately, a back injury forced Glenn Feldman mostly to the sidelines. Despite the best efforts from several “Factory” members, walks ruled the night as Team Pollock accumulated 17 free passes over the 7 inning game. The game began with missed opportunities for the VM Cleaning crew as we were only able to plate one run despite getting the first three runners on. Team Feldman, looking to get revenge for getting shut out our last outing, jumped to a 4-1 lead. The lead only last two innings, however, when Team Pollock’s bats(and patience) came alive and plated 13 runs in the third inning. After the outburst, the two teams carried on in a drama-free affair as the railbirds and camera crew flocked to the more eventful Jacoby/Goldfarb matchup. Hitting stars were about for the Pollock crew. Eluit Infante lead the way with a perfect 4-4, 5 RBI night. Meyer was also 2-2 with three walks. Gene, Jordan, Alan each had three hits, and Mark Goldberg with a hit and a walk.  For Team Feldman, Rick Schindelheim seemed to be on base all night. We wish Glenn Feldman and Jordan Rosenthal speedy recoveries. Next up for Team Pollock is the hard hitting Applebaum crew for an early Father’s Day matchup at the newly restored Swim Club. Happy Father’s Day to all.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 11TH

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 17 – JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 6

Sunday night game of the week had The Salty boys up against Jiffy Lube/Team Randell coming off a tough extra inning loss earlier in the day. 

First inning started off with a Podolla walk. Doc double, Goddard hit and a KP double. After the first Salt up 4-1. Third inning each traded a run each and after 3 score is 5-2.  Moving onto the the top of the 4th. Glen starts off the inning with a mind blowing hit to raise his average to .200 on the year. Turtz and Messinger back to back doubles. Doc grand slam and Pat Thomas adds a blast of his own. Salt crew put up their biggest inning of the season where they plate 9 and basically put the game out of reach.  

Hitting stars were plenty on this 20 hit night. Doc 4-5 / 2 homers/5 RBI. Goddard busts out with a 3 hit night along with Austin making dad proud with a 3 hit night one being a big triple. Multi hit games out of Messinger, Tyler P and yes Glen "Mayronie". 

Final score was 17-6.  For Jiffy Lube BJax had a nice night at the dish with 3

hits.  Get well to Captain Brad who hurt his back early in the game. 

Next up for NJ Salt is a GG less LaRocca Law. Word on the street is that Guy is so upset that his Ex BFF KP has moved onto the threesome love fest with BFF's Doc and Glen that Guy had to go to Florida to avoid seeing it up close and in person. 

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 15 – TUSCANYROSE (Brock) 4

The shaded dugouts came in handy on a sunny, humid morning at the Swim Club, as VM Cleaning looked to stay hot (see what I did there) against a captain-less TuscanyRose squad.  You're reading a game summary, which means Brock's team did not prevail.  Team Pollock got off to a fast start, scoring 3 quick runs in the first, and held a 4-0 lead before a resilient Team Brock came back to tie it up in the 4th behind a couple of key hits and a Seth Drashinsky HR that tipped off the Rubin Jrs glove in LF. However, in the 5th, Team Pollock bounced back with 6 big runs, and then tacked on 5 more in the 8th en route to the 15-4 victory.  It was another strong defensive effort for Team Pollock (that feels weird to write/read), led by their all-star and tournament winner at SS, Eliut Infante, as well as CY Clampffer, who returned to his home on the mound after a trip to 2B last week. Offensively for Team Pollock, RBI-machine Jordan Krant led the way with 3 hits, while Mitch Pollock, Larry Rubin, Dave Conklin, and the aforementioned Infante and Clampffer added multi-hit games. It was another 13 man lineup and big run output for VM Cleaning.  For Team Brock, Papa Drashinsky filled in admirably on the mound, walking none, while Pat Brock chased down blast from Infante, at the LCF Swim Club fence, taking away a certain HR.  It was an amazing catch to watch.  Next up for VM Cleaning is a Wednesday night showdown of pre-season favorites now living up to their hype, as Team Pollock squares off against a scorching (see what I did again) Team Feldman, most certainly looking for revenge after an early season shutout.

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 5  - FRADKIN LAW (Apple) 4  10 innings

Team Feldy going into the game down 3 top players decided to play their hearts out anyway with the 10 warriors that came out in this 93 degree sauna bath. NO Perloff, No Roland, No Rosenthal and the conventional thinking thought No Chance. Do not tell that to this team. Team Apple jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st but Feldy came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 1st on a single by Richie B and a double by brother Eric. Team Feldy went down quietly in the next 5 innings to find themselves in a 4-1 hole going to the bottom of the 7th. Rick and Glenn singled and Doc hit a sac fly to cut the lead in half at 4-2 going to the 8th. In the 8th Richie B hit a BOMB beating the LCF to make the score 4-3. That was his first of many bombs to come.The score stayed the same until the bottom of the 9th when Mitch G hit a laser and was robbed on a great diving grab by Wollman. Nate had a CLUTCH 1 out single and after a fielders choice things looked bleak with only 1 out to go. Seth K then stepped to the plate and delivered a single bringing BIG Bobby Frey up to bat. He took a deep breath and delivered a 2 out game tying single that really excited the crowd ( Stewie K ) and breathed life back into the team. Team Apple went down in the 10th and Team Feldy came up with the middle of their batting order. Eric promptly hit a bullet to left and Rick followed with a single to center putting runners on 1st and 2nd and bringing up the OLD decrepit  Glenn. He hit a hard single to right bringing home the winning running and sending Team Feldy home ecstatic. Many moves had to be made and they all worked out amazing. Richie played the hell out of SS and made EVERY play. He was GREAT. Eric playing LCF had a ton of chances some of the diving variety and was PERFECT. HAIL TO THE B BOYS!!!! Nate made all the plays in LF. Congrats to Rich, Eric and Glenn on 3 hit games. Rick on a multiple hit game. Bobby on the biggest hit of the game and everyone for playing their hearts out. Kudos to Karp on a very well pitched game. Next up Wed night in rematch with Pollock.

 

 

NY LIFE (HARRIS) 17 – ACTION AUTO (WALLMAN) 5

JY, care to do rewrite?  Here are a few things you may want to amend-
1- JY- There are several things that could be questioned - How do you draft the top LCF in the league 2nd overall pick with intention of moving him to SS where he will likely be an average SS???  BH- Callow played another great game at SS today
2- JY- Or you take an outfielder with the 2nd pick of the 3rd round that has never gone that high and likely would have been available 32 picks later(also over 50 and coming off knee surgery).
BH- Russ was 3 for 5 and 5 RBIS today- Brent was 5 for 5 and 2 RBIs  today, and Zack was 2 for 5 and 3 runs scored and manned LCF. Best Value pick in the draft
3- JY  - Or you take a guy that has pitched in this league for years with idea that you will move him to outfield and make a guy that has been retired for 4 years and just received his AARP card your starting pitcher???????  Did Bobby watch the video where his 8 pick and potential starting pitcher threw 150 pitches in a row short of the plate????
BH- I did watch the video and Seidel continues to pitch great. Leo doing a great job splitting first base duties
4-  JY- Is Captain Harris a mad genius or has he gone mad????  The majority of the league believes the latter but we all know there is always that one team that shocks the league.  Who is going to protect the 2nd pick of the draft in this line up????? Will the #2 pick have over 40 walks???  #2 pick will not need to bring his bat to Union Hill this season because the only way he sees a pitch at that field is his team is either up or down BIGGGGGGG.
BH-  Russ and Scott made TW pay for walking Callow 3 times.  And JC, the consummate team player was happy to go first to third all day
Big Red Machine lived up to its name today scoring 7 runs in the first inning and never looked back.  Schef was 4 for 5, Brent 5 for 5, and Russ and Scott 3 for 5.  The defense, other then inning 1 , played flawless. Seidel pitched his usual great game.  For TW , the always dangerous Dipaollo had two bombs, and I believe drove in 4 of the TW 5 runs.  Uncle Leo looking forward to going to the office tomorrow and Schef continues to count down for Marrone how many more wins Team Harris needs for him to perform fellatio on Steve at second base just prior to Mayors trophy game.  Next up the always dangerous Bykofskys on Fathers Day.

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 8  Sponic Painting (Lapine) 6

In the 1st of 2 games Team Goldfarb would try to extend their 6 game winning streak against Team Lapine who posted 19 runs in their Wednesday night win.  Team Goldfarb would strike first with 3 in the bottom of 2nd (although not without a little controversy, but I will leave that story for another day, though I think Team Lapine was penalized for too much leather in the IF).  After giving up 1 in the top of the 3rd, Team Goldfarb would extend their lead to 8-1 with 5 in the bottom of the 3rd.  The hitting for Team Goldfarb would pretty much stop there but Team Lapine would slowly creep back in the game as single runs in the 4th and 6th and 2 runs in the 7th closed the gap to 8-5 heading to the 9th.  With 1 run in, 2 outs and tying runs on 1st and  2nd up stepped Joe Spoto which would scare any team but Cy Marty Safchik would induce a long flyout to RCF leaving the final score 8-6.  The 7th win in a row for Team Goldfarb followed pretty much the same script as the other 6 with great pitching, great defense and some clutch hitting.  Jeff T and MVPhil  L led the winners offense with 3 hits apiece while Anthony D, The Judge, CY Marty and Reid Goldfarb chipped in with 2 each.   Ronnie Carline also pitched a great game for Team Lapine which also played solid defense.  The usual suspects seemed to lead the offense for Team Lapine (Mark Carlin, Joe Spoto and Phil Getz with Rookie Levine smashing a nice triple early in the game).

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 21 Burger Bros (Paladino) 8

The 2nd game of the day for Team Goldfarb had a start time of 1030 but an extra inning high scoring affair between MG and the Burgers Bros  would have the game start about 1 hour late.  With the temperature hitting somewhere in the 90s Team Paladino took the field at around 1130 with Danny D on the mound.  Team Goldfarb looked like they may plate a couple of runs in the top of the 1st but they ended up taking advantage of extra outs and by the time the top of the 1st was over 13 runs crossed the plate.  Each team scored 8 runs after the first leaving Team Goldfarb with a 21-8 victory and their 8th straight victory.   Both teams should be commended for staying tough in the heat as by the end of the game (some time after 110) Team Goldfarb was left with 9 and Team Paladino was left 10 men standing.  Alex G and Sal led Team Goldfarb with 4 hits each while Anthony D had 2 hits and 5 RBIs which included his 4th homer of the year.  Most of the credit has to go to Cy Marty as he endured the heat with 18 total innings of pitching between the 2 games.  The defense should also be commended as giving up 8 runs on the Middle School is not too shabby.  Ari Mesmer and Rich P had lots of hits for the Burger Bros who also had HRs from Scott Adler and Mr Saler (actually scored on a corner kick to RF from home plate).  Kudos to Dan D who weathered an early shot to the foot but lasted the whole game on the mound and get better wishes to Mike Paladino who cramped up terribly and was not able to finish the game though he gamely tried.  Again, credit to both teams for battling the heat.  Next up for Team Goldfarb is a Wednesday night affair against Team Jacoby who will be looking to reverse an early season loss followed by the Sunday game against the equally hot newly formed 3 amigos (Marrone, Doc S and Ken P).  Captain G will unfortunately be away not to sulk about the loss of his BFF Ken P but to actually take his tanning talents (Kens that is) to South Florida.  Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads. . . .

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 9      Ace Home (Jacoby) 7 

Armed with all 13 in attendance the Hot Corner Baseball squad was able to defeat Ace Home at the Municipal field Sunday morning 9-7.  Thanks to some timely hitting and some help from the Ace defense, Hot Corner was able to jump out to an early 6-0 lead.  Heading to the bottom of the 9th inning, HC held a  9-3 lead when Jacoby's team then put together a late rally that fell short to give Bykofsky's bunch the win.  Matty P helped to secure the win in the last inning by making a superb diving play in the hole to record the final out of the game.  The offense for Hot Corner was led by Justin who was 4-4 with 3 runs, while multi-hit games were also had by  Polguy, Wayne, and Aronson.  The Captain also made the defensive play of the morning, throwing out a runner at 3rd base, that ended the inning, AND prevented a run from scoring, to thwart a mid-game Ace Home rally.   For Ace Home, kudos goes out to Jared and M. Broome who hit the ball well all morning. Despite not hitting the ball as well as they normally do Hot Corner was able to pull out the victory and stay atop of the AL standings.    Hot Corner will look to keep the winning streak going as they face a tough Harris squad next week at East Frances.

 

CK's Baseball (MG) 23, Burger Bros (PAL) 21, 10 inn.
It took nearly 2.5 hours at the sweltering Middle School, but CK's Baseball and team MG was able to outlast Burger Bros and Paladino 23-21 in 10 innings.   Great hitting and a tiny strike zone (at least 30 flat or illegal pitches called) led to a box score that did not see a 0 in the run column until the 8th inning for either squad.  Clearly that's a Marlboro Softball record - Not proud of it.  By the end of the day, runs were scored in 17 of 20 frames.   As for the game, Paladino had jumped ahead 16-8, early but the bats of CK's would heat up.  A five run 5th inning with rbi hits from Ryan, Tracy and Lombardi  followed by a 4 run 6th inning highlighted by a homer from "I'm hitting .500+ this year, mark it down" Joraskie and a rbi triple from Lombardi again.  When all was said and done a misplayed ball through the legs of the CK's rightfielder (can't recall who was out there) turned a one run lead into a deficit headed to the 9th.   Two quick outs and the men in orange were ready to lose yet another heartbreaker......but a two out hustle double by Hit Man Joraskie followed by MG's other Must Have OF Zimm's clutch rbi single tied the game.   An MG triple gave CK's a one run lead.   But then in the B9, with one out and nobody on, a lazy fly to RCF for the 2nd out turned into debacle time, as Zimm's cleats went out from under him and the ball fell for a triple.  Two batters later, Burger Bros was ready to party with a walk off run sitting on third and the game tied.    BUT, two pop outs took the game to the 10th.   After a Joshi walk, Justin Bickoff powered up for a two run blast and that would end the scoring on the day.   Justin Bickoff and Joe Joraskie each with 4 hits including a homer.  MG pitched in with a rare 5 hit effort.   C.Ryan, Lombardi and Joe Tracey combined for 10 RBI's in the middle of the order, while Paul Lombardi also added a solo blast which helped spark the comeback      .  Next up is a Father's Day late game at Swim against Bradlee and their all star gold glove 2b, da Commish JZ

 

STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 7-  GASTRO (Sarcona) 4

On what looked to be the hottest day of the season Team Beilis  riding a two game losing streak, got late word his starting pitcher could not make the game ( a family issue)  needed a small miracle to pull out a win.... and they got just that when Greg "Bulldog" Benisch took the mound. Benisch pitched brilliantly holding a power laden Sarcona team scoreless  thru 4 innings. Team Beilis  waited till the 4th to score 3 with hits by Chris, and Adam with a walk to Mike R. loaded the bases and Dave and Marty with hits got them in. Team Sarcona  came back with two of there own in the 5th....Team Beilis answered with another 3 run inning in the bottom of the 5th, Lou,Pat,Eric and Chris, Mike R. Adam all got hits and Dave hit a sac fly for the 3rd run...Game Balls to Chris H. with 3 hits and to Lou, Pat,Mike R. Adam,and Dave with multi hit games....kudos to Peragine and Hor with multi hit games.....          

 

STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 12 – JIFFY (Randell) 7 in 10 innings....

It wasn't getting any cooler and Team Beilis was beginning  to wilt as Team Randy opened the game scoring a quick run in the first...game went back and fourth   till the 6th when Team Beilis scored 2 on Eric R.'s  2nd bomb of the game he had a triple in the  2nd and now a Homerun in the 6th  he added a RBI in the 8th to make it  a 3 run game going into the bottom of the 9th. Then Team Randy came back with  a 3 run inning that tied the game......Cy Benisch then leads off the 10th with a hit that was  quickly  followed by two outs, Lou S.then got a hit that scored a run on a errant throw to third, intentional walk to Pat and conventional walk to Eric left the bases loaded for Chris " Baby Doc" Holmes who promptly put one into the trees in left for a Granny and the finish touches on a pretty wild game.....Game balls to Newbies  Lou S. and Chris H. with 3 hit games and Eric R.,Chad, with multi hit games....Kudos to Brian, Hector and Burnsie with multi hit games for Randy's boys....next up a clash the Brock brothers    

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7TH

 

NY LIFE (Harris) 12 – TUSCANYROSE (Brock) 6

Ok , so it is now safe to say the pundits were wrong- Team Harris is pretty good- having lost four game by a total of 7 runs- competitive in every game and now with four wins after beating the first place Brocks 13-6.  Also only four wins away from beating the write up prediction and 4 wins away from having a promised Marrone public ass kissing of Schef at UH.  And the victory was led by the great pitching of Seidel , timely hitting from up and down the lineup , a first inning tone setter with a Callow bomb , but most notably the much questioned Krauss third round combo pick was instrumental in this win.  Russ was 2 for 3 , 2 RBIs , and made the other team pay for walking JC twice, Jordan Brent gunned down Patrick in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double , and then there was Zack.  Unquestionably the leader at the 1/4 pole for most improved , and in the mix for defensive OF of the year.  His second inning catch , robbing Billy Torres of a sure double, may be one of the best catches I have seen in this league. Laid out , running full speed, a la Swoboda , to make this incredible catch.  All caught on Facebook Live as well (take a look, it is a beauty).  While Team Bobito jumped to a 9-0 lead after 3, kudos for The Brock squad for making it interesting and getting to within 9-6.  But the Big Red Machine put up a two spot in the sixth with Zack and Schef setting the table for a Russ Krauss and Scott Preiss hit.  And now at 11-6 the Harris defense took over from there and cruised to a 13-6 win.  Two hits for Schef, Russ, and Tritto , and the aforementioned Callow bomb and 2 walks, led the way.  Kudos to The Brocks for a couple of laser hits and for Buck who tortured Russ in LF with one in front of him and one behind him.  TW and his best 9 next on sunday.

 

SPONIC PAINITING (Lapine) 19 – BURGER BROS (Pal) 11

It took what felt like forever.... longer than it takes Marty to run down to first...longer than it takes Glen MayRoni to go through his whole looking at the ball and posturing spiel before throwing a pitch...longer than it takes BFF Paul Weinstein to swing at a pitch... that's right, I'm talking about Team Lapine's first win of 2017. Don't get me wrong, our 0-6 record was not without some bright spots. A couple of times, we had 2 singles in the same inning, another time, we all showed up on time to the field... you know, big steps. However, on this wondrous Wednesday night, Sponic Painting was able to throw it all together and take down Burger Brothers, 19-11. The game was not a blowout by any means and could have gone either way for the first half of the game. After much trial and error, Captain Denny tried a new defensive alignment, moving legend Mark Carlin back into the infield at 2B and giving rookie Jeremy Levine move time at 3B. For the first few innings, Lapine's squad was showing signs of its early self as Paladino's team took advantage of the Sponic gloves looking looser than the Octomom and put up 4 runs early. However, Lapine's bats kept it close early on and the defense rebounded nicely as the middle infield combo of Mouth Conti and Mark Carlin will prove to be a force moving forward. In the 6th inning, Sponic bats finally showed up and put up 7 runs and never looked back. The Lapine offense was led by Joe Spoto 5/5 (3 2b, 1 3B), a 4 hit game for new leadoff man, M. Carlin, 3 hit games for Getz, Persily, Olivencia, and Ferrarese, and a perfect 2/2 for Sean Herman. For BB, Daren Saler hit the ball hard and Elliot Kreppel made an amazing grab to rob M. Conti of an xbh. In the end, we won a game finally and can now move on with our lives... BFF

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 12    CK Baseball (Granese) 11

It was a battle of the batting cages as Hot Corner Baseball faced off against CK Baseball on Union Hill left Sunday morning.  After 6 innings of play things were looking bright for Hot Corner as they held a fairly commanding 11-4 lead.  However, MG's squad would not give up as they battled back to make the score 11-10 heading to the top of the 9th inning.  CK Baseball then found themselves with bases loaded, no outs, down 1, with their 2-3-4 batters due to hit.  Matty P then made his best defensive play of the season, turning a sensational double-play, to help Hot Corner limit damage and finish the top of the 9th with a tie score 11-11.  In the bottom of the 9th Becker, Wayne, and Lurie all reached base with one out leading to Rob Bykofsky's biggest AB of the season.  Rob then launched a ball over the OFer's head for the WALK-OFF RBI hit and win for the Hot Corner boys!  The offensive attack for Hot Corner was led by Matty P, Justin and Becker at the top of the order who combined to go 11-14 with 7 RBIS and 9 runs scored.  3 hit affairs were also had by Sherman, Eric "he cant play second base" Lurie, and Papa Bykofsky.  The defense was led by Matty at SS, Becker on the mound, and Justin and Joel in the OF who each threw a runner out.  For CK Baseball, JOSHI (of course) was a tough out all morning, while multi-hit games were had by Joraskie and MG as well.  Hot Corner will look to stay atop of the AL Standings as they head into inter-league play vs Jacoby and Polzer next week.

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 6  - GASTRO OF OCEAN (LS) 5
The Sunday night game of the week featured AA coming off a 23 run offensive explosion against Gastro without Peragine and Gluck.  AA got 3 quick ones in the top of the 1st behind 2 defensives miscues, a JY RBI single and Dipaolo hit.   AA held Gastro scoreless thru the first 3 innings and both teams traded runs in 4th.  Dipaolo smashed a triple to the fence and Stewart was able to SAC him in.  It was 4 to 2 in the top of the 6thwhen Solon and SuperSPann singled to start the inning.  A Mamone walk, JY SAC and a Dipaolo RBI single gave AA a 6 to 2 lead which they carried into the bottom of the 9th.  Gastro fought hard and loaded the bases with 1 out and Melnyck delivered his 4th hit to make it a 2 run game.  With the bases loaded 1 out the tying run on 2nd and winning run at 1st B Hor stepped to the plate already with 3 hits in the game.  Drapkin delivered a great inside pitch and the always clutch B Hor just got under it and was only able to SAC in a run.  Drapkin was able to get the final out with the tying run and 2nd and AA squeaked out a needed win to stay in contention in the AL as Byko and Marrone don’t seem to lose.  After the 1st inning, Captain Lenny’s squad played great – Lambo was excellent on the mound and B Hor and Mellynck smashed the ball.  For AA the offense was led by Dipaolo with 3 hits and 2 runs while Krain, Solon and Rode had 2 hits apiece.   Drapkin didn’t walk anyone again and the AA infield was stellar turning 4 timely double playsWhile Jomo tracked down everything hit to the outfield.  Next up B Harris at Union Hill AGAIN.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 8 – ACE HOME (Jacoby) 3

While it's probably a stretch to call an early season game a "must win", after two consecutive losses (and a Wednesday night "sun out") VM Cleaning was anxious to get back on the field and try to start a new winning streak.  And with their LFr out again, they got creative (thanks to CY Clampff's willingness) and handed the ball to the crafty vet Alan Rubin for the start, allowing Clampffer to play 2B and Mitch Pollock to cover LF.  The results were even better then expected, as the defense played an error-free game (or close to it) and Alan Rubin pitched a gem (and made some big defensive plays) limiting the Jacoby bats to only 3 runs.  Offensively (and as usual defensively) Eliut Infante led the way with 3 hard hits. Matt Pollock, Jordan Krant, Mike Gilston, and Mitch Pollock (3 clutch RBIs) all had multi-hit games and continued strong starts to their seasons. Dave Polzer was also his usual self, getting on base most of the morning and pitching a very solid game for Team Jacoby. The Elias Sports Bureau is working to confirm a Marlboro Softball record, as Team Pollock has now had 3 different starters pitch complete game victories through only 7 games.  Looking ahead, VM Cleaning leaves the division for the first time this year, as the Pollock Bros. look to lead their confident squad against the Brock Bros. very strong squad.

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 7  - NY LIFE (Harris) 6 

Team Feldy playing 2 on this grand Sunday hosted mortal enemy Bobito in game 1. The pundits crushed Bobito for his draft but this team has excellent defense, excellent pitching and enough hitting to never be out of a game. Harris jumped out to a 1 run lead in the top of the 1st but Feldy tied it in the bottom half and added 4 in inning 2. The BIG hits were compliments of Doc Geller with a HUGE 2 rbi single followed by Seth Kreisler's just as HUGE rbi single to give Feldy a 5-1 lead, Bobito promptly scored 3 in the next frame and the score was 5-4 after 3. The two teams each scored 2 more runs to make the final 7-6. It was a dog fight with the outcome not decided until the final out was secured. Kudos to Seth Kreisler for leading the team with a perfect 3-3 and 2 rbi's. His new name after today will be Seth Jaquar. Congrats to Mikey P (the best leadoff hitter in the league who made a sensational catch), co-cap Glen R, Eric B (who nabbed at least three line drives with full extension acrobatic catches), Jordan, Andrew (who matched Mikey P with a great catch of his own) and Doc for multi hit games. On the other side of the ledger Mike Seidel pitched a gem and Krauss Jr made a high light reel catch in LCF. Game 2 vs Team JJ and Cy Polz .

 

PIZZA PASTA (Feldy) 9 – ACE HOME (JJ) 2

Team Feldman needing a sweep to get over .500 after a 1-3 start scored in 4 of the 1st 5 innings to take a 5-1 lead after 5 and a 5-2 lead after 6. The game remained in doubt until the top of the 8th when Team Feldman put up a 4 spot to put the game virtually out of reach at 9-2. Numerous double plays were turned with Eric B seeming to be in the middle of them all. Glen R led the attack with 3 hits including a double. Nate 2 hits, 2 runs and a double had a helluva game, Mikey P (seems to make every summary), Andrew, Rick and Jordan (another who makes the A list every week)  also had multiple hits. Team Feldy going for 4 in a row takes on Team Apple with the amazing Mr Fradkin in tow.

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 7  Stomp the Monster (Beilis) 4

Team Goldfarb looking to make it 6 in a row took on a tough Team Beilis whose 3 losses have come by a total of 3 runs (for all you mathematicians that is 3, 1 run losses).  Team Beilis would jump out quick with 2 in the top of the first but Team Goldfarb came back with 1 in the bottom half leaving the score 2-1 after 1 full inning.  After trading runs in the 2nd each team would score 1 more each and heading into 7th Team Beilis led 4-3.  Team Beilis would not score in the top half of the 7th which brought Team Goldfarb to the plate trailing by just 1.  With 2 walks squeezed between 2 outs Cy Marty S came thru with a clutch RBI single and this combined with a couple more hits Team Goldfarb left the 7th with a 7-4 lead which would turn out to be the final.  Both teams should be congratulated for their pitching and defense with Team Goldfarb able to take advantage of Team Beilis’s worst inning of the game (the 7th) which helped them to victory.  This is not to say that Team Goldfarb did not deserve victory as they played excellent keeping Team Beilis close until they were able to score multiple runs.  Alex, Marty S and Guy had 2 hits each for the winners while Steve Yockel must have had 2 or 3 in the loss.  Team Goldfarb’s overall defense has been great since giving up 22 in the first game of the season.  Both pitchers Marty S and Steve Y pitched well enough to win.  Team Goldfarb will take their 6 game winning streak into next weeks doubleheader against Team Lapine and Team Paladino.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 13 – SPONIC PAINTING (Lapine) 9  in 10 innings

An impossible win again as the Salty guys made it 5 in a row. Lapine struck first with

3 in the first. Make it 6-1 Den after 3. No worries for Team Salt as we have played from behind

Most of the season. Fast forward to the 9th and not looking good with 2 out its 9-4 Lapine,

Capt said guys its not over. Poddola responds with a 2 out Solo Shot making it 9-5. Magic time!!! 5 hits in a row by Goddard who was flawless at SS SAVING THE GAME WITH A DIVING PLAY, That only a lefty could make. Doc singles-Huge clutch hit from Mr Ken Panassidi the nail in the coffin from Pat(Money)Thomas. off to extra inns all knotted up at 9-9 

after Lapine went down quite in the 9th . Inn 10 started off with Jeff Turtz single followed by hits from Messinger , Sean Thomas and Tyler P, Sac fly from Spark Plug Poddola walk to Doc and Rbi Single from KP.  Hitting stars The Panassidi Family as the Young Panassidi continues to shine. Pop KP 4-5 and KP was lights out in the outfield running down everything in site. KP has been a team leader positioning his outfield.  Marrone was stellar again on the mound making several  plays up the middle. 4 More hits for Doc Making his Mark for MVP. 3 more for Rookie Pat T. Including 3 huge RBI'S. Austin we did not miss you(love Dad 2)

 

Next up 6 pm Sunday Night special against  JZ and Company 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 28TH

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 23 - SPONIC PAINTING (DL) 4

After an anemic offensive showing Wednesday night, AA got to middle bright and early for an extended BP and made a small tweak to the lineup moving SuperSpann to the leadoff.  After Sponic scored a run in the top of the 1st AA got things started quickly with a SuperSpann walk followed by a Captain TW line drive opposite field homer.  AA would bat 11 in the innings and score 7.  After 3 full innings AA had a comfortable 10 to 1 lead but Sponic got 3 in the top of the 4th and cut the lead to 6.  In the bottom half of the 4th Toran and Solon got things going with hits and a defensive miscue to load the bases for new leadoff SuperSpann who delivered a laser 2 run single.  Hits from Captain TW and Jomo loaded the bases and JY delivered a Grand Slam to put the game out of reach.  AA would plate 8 in the inning and add 5 more in the 6th to make it 23 to 4. As he has done all season so far, Drapkin pitched great and shut down the big bats of Lapine.  The AA defensive was its usual stellar self behind Stewart who made one great play after another at 3rd and when he sat in the 6th and 7th SuperSpann filled in and made an unbelievable diving play.  Offensively the top 5 for AA Super, Captain TW, Jomo, JY and Dipaolo all had monster games combining for 14 hits, 15 RBIs and 16 runs.  Solon, Toran and Kamras all had 2 hits apiece.  Next up Lenny S under the Sunday night lights. 

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 4 – NY LIFE (Harris) 3

In another defensive showdown, Team Goldfarb faced the veteran squad of Team Harris in the late game at the Swim Club.  Whether it was the Memorial Day weekend blues, or missing their skipper, the good guys came out flat and the veterans capitalized with a 2 run lead in the bottom of the 1st.  It looked grim for the LHRGP squad, down by three, as Siedel retired all but two batters through 5 innings.  Then, the “stocky” part of the order came up in the 6th.  That’s when Eddie Johnson lead off with a single, followed by a double from LaRocca, an RBI SAC from Safcik, and an RBI single from Iorio.  Just like that the GGs were within 1 and fighting their way back into the game.  Stellar acrobatic catches from Alex Goldfarb and Anthony DiMarco in the outfield, along with the sixth gold glove game from Phil “martino-who?” Li Pomi lead the way in the field keeping it close enough for the skipper-less LHRGP squad to mount a comeback.  With one out in the eighth, Li Pomi got his second hit of the game.  Jeager followed with another single and EJ was up, down 2, with a runner in scoring position.  EJ was smart and clutch, smacking a single to the right side, scoring LiPomi (the tying run) and making it 1st and 3rd with one out.  When it’s a tie, someone has to make a decision and the Judge was called upon to do just that, driving in the eventual winning run with his second hit of the game. Much respect to Team Harris as Safcik was smart to take the bats out of powerhouses Krauss and Callow, and stellar defense out of the veteran squad. Special kudos go out to Zack Krauss who runs like a deer and makes it look easy in LCF.  Next up for LHRGP is a bootless Marty and his STOMP The Monster squad at UH Right.

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldy) 17 – STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 8

 THE REAL Team Feldy showed up today at Union Hill Right with an EXPLOSIVE 31 hit attack that had all 12 players joining the hit parade. Jordan Rosenthal came up 4's (4 hits including a double 4 runs and 4 rbi's) and Mitch Gorstein (4 hits) paced the hitting attack. Eric B THE MVP had 3 hits and 3 rbi's and not to be outdone in the Bomenblit family Lil Bro Richie matched Eric with 3 hits of his own including a booming double. Rick S awoke from his slumber to get 3 hits including a double that hit all the way up on the Green Monster and would have been a long homer on left. Bobby F and Andrew also contributed 3 hits to the barrage as did Roland, Mikey P and Doc Geller with multiple hit games. The outcome was pretty much never in doubt as team Beilis could never have that big inning to get them back in the game. CONGRATS to Mr Rosenstock with a few highlight plays at 3rd and a booming Home Run off my sinker that never sunk lol. Next up a Wednesday night clash with Team Lenny.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 11 – GASTRO (Sarcona) 9

Make it 4 in a row for The Salty Guys with a hard fought 11-9 Victory.

 

Inn 1 Doc Dazzled the audience with a monster 2 run homer that started at

Marl EL and landed at Middle School.

 

The Sarcona boys battled back and took a short lived 4-2 lead after 5.

The 6th Started with Single by the Improving Sean Thomas followed by Tyler P

single and a huge walk to Mr 207(Ball 4) Wienstien. Then a Intentional Walk to Doc to

load the bases for Goddard, Mark delivered a sharp single to center. A huge 2 out triple

by rookie of the year Candidate Pat Thomas gave the Capt insurance runs.

 

Our 4 game win streak has not been Artistic but this upbeat Squad never gives in!!

Marrone was Dominant on the Mound. Hitting Stars the 2 Silverbergs & Pat T all 2-3.

 

Next up 1030 game at Middle School. Best Buddy Mark and Ron C 

 

Ace Home Improvements (Jacoby)  13 - Jiffy Lube (Randell) 0

What happens when your team gets pasted and gives up 22 on a Wednesday night? Logic of course would dictate that 4 days later you’d look completely different, click on all cylinders and pitch a shutout. Thus is life when you are playing Marlboro softball and the case with Ace Home Improvements on Sunday morning.  A two out hustle double by Polz in the bottom of the first seemed to set the tone and ignite a fire for Team Jacoby as the boys put up a 3 spot and never looked back.  6 in the 2nd, and 3 more in the 4th was more than enough as ACE rolled to a 13-0 win over Jiffy Lube.  When posting a shutout, pitching and defense will always tell the story as the guys were flawless behind Polz who pitched a gem.  Fox and T Polz snared everything in the OF and the brothers Broome were excellent up the middle.  Offensively the day belonged to Tommy Tvrdik who had his coming out party with a perfect 4 for 4 2rbi day, while Marc Broome might have found a new home in the 2 hole with 3 lasers, 2 rbi and 2 run scored in front of Polz who added another multi hit game to his season. Not a lot went right on this day for Jiffy, but kudos to the Kessler father son duo where  Ben was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate and Andy notched a couple of K’s on the hill in defeat.  Team Jacoby will need Jared to get his foot/ankle healthy for next week with a double dip against Pollock and Feldy.

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 18        Fradkin Law (Applebaum) 6

After a tough loss vs. Marrone last week, Hot Corner Baseball was able to get back on track Sunday vs. Fradkin Law (who was missing their 2nd and 5th round picks).  Hot Corner led this game from start to finish, but the game was really put away in the late innings with Bykofsky's bunch scoring 10 runs combined in the 6th and 7th innings en route to the 18-6 victory.  The Marlboro Fire Department had to be called after the game to try and cool off the hottest hitter on the planet, Eric Becker, who went 5-5 with 5RBIs.  Rookie of the year candidate, Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky also had his best game of the season going 3-3 with 6RBIS!  Another newbie, Bill "BILLY BOY" Chiusano contributed as well on the offensive side of things spraying around 4 hits, while Justin chipped in with 3 hits.  The defense was rock solid all-game behind CY-BECKER on the mound, with the web gem of the game being made by Chiusano in right field catching a pop-up and then hosing "Gabagool" Pingaro at 3rd base.  For Apples side, Pingaro was a tough out all morning as he even smoked a ball to LF for an extra base hit.  Ed Fradkin also ended up with 2 doubles in defeat.  Hot Corner looks to keep their momentum going as they face a formidable MG screw at UH Left next week.  

 

Burger Bros (Paladino) 14 - VM Cleaning (Pollock) 8
Burger Bros came into the game reeling from an 0-3 start and looked pretty dreadful in the process. Meanwhile Team Pollock came in looking and playing every bit of the strong favorite they were projected to be. To compound matters, BB would be without its 2 Saler and 6 Rich P while VM Cleaning would be without the Rubin combo. It looked bleak on paper, but that's why they play the games.

When Team Pollock jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st, Burger Bros could easily have folded, as the 1st inning as been a problem area in the early part of the season. But this BB squad came together in this game. Team Pollock would take a 5-1 lead in the 3rd but Team Paladino was resilient and clawed back to tie the game 6-6 after 5 innings. Then the bottom of the BB lineup awoke from its slumber to ignite a 6 run inning with 7 straight hits to essentially put the game away.

Welcome to Marlboro Softball Andy Katz, who was stellar on the mound not issuing any walks (I believe) and added 4 hits and 5 RBIs. Ari finally broke out as we knew he would with a 5-5 day and 4 runs. Consummate pro Danny D had a couple of hits including a bases clearing triple. Dukes, Rosenheim & Adler each had 2 hits to key the bottom of the lineup.

BB showed a lot of character in pulling out its first W. They'll need to continue to respond to the rally cry as capt Mike P will be on the other side of the globe next week.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH

 

FRADKIN LAW (Apple) 22 – ACE HOME (JACOBY) 14

On a nice Wednesday night for softball, and with the help of the Marlboro parks and recreation dept, a shorthanded Fradkin Law was looking to bounce back after surrendering a ninth inning comeback loss last week against a well managed Team Jacoby.  Fradkin Law would start early scoring 2 runs in the top of the 2nd but Team JJ would put up a field goal plus a safety in the bottom giving them a 5-2 lead after 2.   The scoring was plentiful in this one with Fradkin Law getting 4 more in the top of the 3rd and Team JJ tying the score in the bottom of the 4th.  Fradkin Law would then put up 1 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th giving them a manageable 12-8 lead going into the 8th.  That is where the bats got hot and the wheels fell off for Team JJ.  Fradkin Law would bat around and put up a 10 spot giving them a commanding 22-8 lead but the never say die attitude of Team JJ scored 5 of their own in the bottom to cut Fradkin Law's lead 22-13  heading into the 9th.  Team JJ would score one more in the 9th giving Fradkin Law a 22-14 win.  Lots of offense for Fradkin Law this game lead by Pat Pingaro going 5-6 (and being jinxed by the fence hangers his last at bat giving him his only out of the day) with 3 rbi's, Ed "The Beast" Fradkin going 3-4 with (2) doubles and a triple and 2 rbi's, John Vega going 4-6 and Kevin Applebaum going 3-4 with a triple and 3 rbi's.  Fradkin Law heads into Sunday against a tough Team Bykofsky without Evan Steinberg who will be basking in the sunny weather of Florida.

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 6 – ACTION AUTO (Wallman) 1

In their third night game in a row, Team Goldfarb faced the defensively tough Wallman squad.  The game went off as billed, featuring stellar pitching and defense all around.  Timely hitting and solid defense were the theme of this game.  LHRGP was up by 2 in the third when the pre-game antics between Darin “never-the-cy-young” Drapkin and Anthony “sign-my-balls” DiMarco may have gotten to DD who released a mistake shouting “oh no” before DiMarco promptly deposited the ball over the fence in left bagging 2 runs.  Kudos at the plate to DiMarco (1/1, HR, 2RBI); Alfieri (2/3, 3 Runs); Turner (3/3, RBI); and LiPomi (1/3, 2RBI). With four in a row, the GGs get ready for a late swim club matchup against the tough veteran Harris squad on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST

 

CK BASEBALL (Granese) 8 – FRADKIN LAW (Applebaum) 7

On a captain-less day, Team Granese secured their second win of the season with an exciting bottom of the 9th comeback victory. Team Applebaum led the whole game ignited by a 4 run 1st inning. After settling on the mound, clutch pitching from Jim Lombardi allowed only 3 runs over the next 8 innings. Team Applebaum threatened in the 8th, with 2nd and 3rd no out, but failed to plate a run. Team Granese chipped their way back bringing it to 7-5 at the end of 8, which would set the stage for the 9th inning comeback. With one out in the bottom of the 9th, a single by Joshi and back to back walks by Justin Byckoff and Zim-Zim loaded the bases. A RBI by Doug Cohen brought Team Granese to 7-6. Then Paul Lombardi drilled the game winning hit scoring two runs for an 8-7 victory. Great team effort for Team Granese with multi-hit games for Joraskie, Ryan, Newman, D. Wald (welcome aboard), Joshi, Zim and Paul Lombardi. For Team Applebaum, Mark Karp pitched great and Pat Pingaro and Ed Fradkin were on base all day.

 

NY LIFE (Harris) 8 – VM CLEANING (Pollock) 7

Make no mistake Team Pollack is one of the best teams in the league- virtually no weaknesses - and unquestionably one of the top players in the league in Infante and arguably one of the best pitchers in Clamp.  So when Team Harris was down 6-1 going into the 5th the odds were strong Team Pollack would end the day as still the only undefeated team in the league.  But Team Harris has no quit (ask Marty in game 1 of the DH today whether he got a little nervous in the ninth) and after Greg Long singled to open the fifth inning , two quick outs later he looked like he would be stranded at first . But  Zack Krauss having his coming out party today (8 for 9 for the day) singled- then JC hits a laser to left that beat the LF despite playing halfway to Howell - for a three run HR. Now down only two- Team Bobito scratched another run- to tighten it to a one run game.  Team Pollack stretched the lead to two in the bottom of the sixth. Then Zack Krauss leading off the 7th- gets on again with a bullet single- then a callow double- and a schef single and an RBI ground out ties the game. From there Seidel pitched as he has all year- deep strikes- and the Harris defense took care of the rest.  Seidel shaking off an ofer to this point hits a bullet double splitting the LF and LCF to lead off the eighth - and Callow took over from there as the pinch runner- tagging up on two fly balls to score what proved to be the winning run. Mean Gene Conseyla leads off the ninth for Team Pollack with what I think was his fourth hit of the game- but again the Harris defense and Seidel pitching gets the next three batters to win a hard fought game.  Kudos to Matt and Mitch for putting together a solid team- I have no doubt they will be a contender.  As for The Big Red Machine a huge day for the aforementioned Zack  Krauss with 8 hits on the day- Schef with 5 hits and 2 BB (and a K looking), JC with 4 hits, a HR, and 2B and a BB.  Going into next weeks contest again Team Goldy- 3-2 sounds a lot better than 2-3. Credit to the boys in Red for hanging tough and getting the W in game 2.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 20 – JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 8

This was a tale of two games as Team Randell came out strong and held a 5-2 lead after 4 innings, before the Pollock bats woke up en route to a 20-8 victory. VM Cleaning's two game-changing innings came via  flurry of hits right out of the gate, as the first 5 batters had hits when they scored 5 in the 6th inning, and the bottom of the order started the 7th inning with 4 straight hits as they plated 9 more big runs.  Those who dig the long ball would have enjoyed this game, as the teams combined for five home runs.  Team Randell had 3 of those via Kornhauser, H. Hernandez, and M. Burns (who had a deep RF drive that resulted in Captain Matt crashing into the Middle School soccer net). For Team Pollock, Eliut Infante led the way with 4 hits, while Rob Rozencwaig and Jordon Krant (HR) added 3 hits each.  Also adding multi-hit games were Mitch Pollock, Matt Pollock, and Gene Conselyea (who also had a great game two in a tough defeat).  Dave Conklin also flexed his muscles with his 2nd HR of the year.  Team Pollock faces Team Paladino next Sunday as they look to maintain/extend their early season division lead.

 

TUSCANY ROSE (JBr) 5 - Action Auto (TW) 9

After losing the 1st game of a double header by 1 run, AA moved to Muni to face the red hot Brocks.  AA got things started quickly scoring 2 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd and had a 5 to 1 lead going into the bottom of the 4th.  J Brock hit a blast in the bottom of the inning which got Tuscany within a run.  Going into the top of the 7th things were tied and with 2 on and 1 out Matt Dipaolo hit a bomb 2 run triple which he scored on an errant throw.  In the 9th SuperSpann would deliver a clutch 2 out single to drive in a big insurance run to give AA a 4 run lead which would hold as Drapkin shut down the top of the Brock order  in the bottom of the 9th.     Drapkin was brilliant on the mound walking 1 guy in 18 innings.  The defense for AA was its usual stellar self while the offense was led by SuperSpann and JY each with 3 hits. Captain TW, Jomo and Dipaolo had 2 hits apiece.  Next up the real GG Wednesday night. 

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 17  -   Tuscany Rose (Brock) 5

Throughout the course of of a 22 game season there are certain games that mean a little bit more than others.  That was the case on Sunday morning as Bykofsky faced his good buddies the Brock bros, Raucher, and Schiffman at the spacious Municipal complex in game 1 of a double-header.  The game started out pretty slow offensively for both teams as the defenses on each side played sharp early on. The 4th inning is when Bykofsky and his bunch took control of the game with an incredible 12-run outburst.  While Tuscany Rose did make 5 errors in the inning, big hits were still had in the 4th by Matty P (2 hits in one inning), Becker (2 hits in one inning), Wayne (smoking a 2 run double), as well as Papa Bykofsky and Aronson who each laced RBI singles.  The game was pretty much over after the 12 run out-burst.  The only other highlight on the offensive side for Hot Corner was rookie Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky  launching his first career Marlboro Softball HR.  Leading the offensive charge overall were Matty and Justin at the top of the order with 4 hits apiece, while Becker had 3 hits.  The defense for Hot Corner was rock solid all game behind CY-Becker on the mound.  The web-gem of the game was made by Capt Bykofsky running down a ball that was launched into the gap by promising looking rookie Binder.  For Tuscany Rose, kudos goes out to Pat Brock for smoking a 3-run laser HR out of Justin's reach in center field.  Bykofsky and crew of misfits looked to win game 2 but suffered a heartbreaking loss in the bottom of the 9th to Marrone (WE HAD A 5 RUN LEAD!).  Hot Corner will look to keep playing solid ball as they face the hard hitting team of Apples and Fradkin in the early game at East Fran next week.

Stomp the Monster (Beilis) 9 – NY LIFE (Harris) 6
Team Beilis coming off it's third 1 run loss started quickly by scoring 5 runs in the first two innings. Chris started the first inning  with a double,then hits by Marcel,Pat, and Steve kept it going Lou 's RBI sac got the 3rd run. Two runs in the 2nd on RBI hits by Chris and Steve.....Harris scored 2 in the 5th to tighten the game.....Team Beilis answered with 4 of there own highlighted with a RBI double by Greg "the hit machine" Benish ...Team Harris put up a run in the 7th and then put a scare in Team Beilis by scoring 3 runs and having the tying runs on base when the 3rd out was finally recorded. Game Balls go to Chris "Baby Doc" Holmes, and Pat  with 3 hits each and to Eric , Mike, Steve and Greg with multi hit games....Kudos to Big Zachary Krauss with a perfect 4-4 game for team Harris...next up Team Feldy 

 

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 27  Pizza & Pasta Factory (Feldman) 7

The 600 PM twilight game on UH Left was to see 2 veteran captains with lots of young players facing off against each other.   Unfortunately, Pizza Pasta Factory was missing their starting pitcher and captain, Glen.  This was one of those games where both teams hit the ball hard with one team finding all the holes and the other team hitting it right at fielders.  Team Goldfarb was the fortunate team as they broke away late to secure a 27-7 victory.  Mitch Gorstein taking the mound for Team Feldy was greeted by a bunch of hits in the top of the 1st which saw Team Goldfarb score 3 runs, however Team Feldy came right back with 3 and the score was knotted at 3 after 1.  After 2 quick out in the top of the 2nd a walk, single and an error loaded the bases, a single and another walk scored 2 leaving the bases loaded for Anthony DiMarco.  Anthony didn’t waste any time and hit the first pitch over the LF field fence for a grand slam giving Team Goldfarb a 9-3 lead.  Team Goldfarb scored 1 in the top of the 3, but Eric Bomenblit’s 3 run blast in the bottom half of the 3rd left the score 10-6.  With all the hitting on both teams the game was still in the balance at 14-7 heading to the 7th.  Mitch G who was pitching well seemed to tire a bit and a few walks, a couple of errors and some timely hits led to 5 runs in the 7th and 8 in the 8th which left the final score 27-7 in favor of Team Goldfarb (their 3rd win in a row).  Anthony D led the winners with 4 hits and 6 RBIs (including the aforementioned grand slam), Sal and Jeff T (4 RBIs) also had 4 hits.  The corners Gary and Eddie (4 RBIs) had 3 hits each with Phil, Frank, Reid (4 runs) and Guy chipping in with 2 each.  The defense was very good once again (led by Phil and Eddie) behind a solid pitching performance by Marty S.  Team Feldman was led offensively by Mike Perloff’s 3 hits and Eric B’s 3 run blast though many smoked the ball.  Next up a Wednesday game against Team Wallman followed by a Sunday tilt against the Big Red, Team Bobito.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 6 – ACTION AUTO (Wallman) 5

Excellent pitchers duel by 2 of the best was decided from The Bottom of the Salt order for the 2nd straight game. Huge hits from Sean Thomas 2-3 Tyler P(More about Tyler in game 2)

The nail in the coffin for the 2nd game in a row From Paul Wienstein. PW laced a line drive 2 run single with 2 men out. Our rookies shined again as spark plug Podolla and Pat(Hustle) Thomas both went 2-3. Excellent leather from Vet Doc and Ken P ran down everything in Left/Center. Yigdale 2-3

 

On to game 2(Miracle)  

 

NJ Salt(Marrone) 8 – HOT CORNER (Byko)7

This game is the reason why we never give up. Play each out and fight till the end!!.

Things Looked bleak as Byko Pitcher Becker pitched a master piece holding the big hitting

lineup of team Salt Scoreless from inn 2-8. With the Salty guys down 7-2 in top of the 9th

we went to work. Pat Thomas started off the 9th with a single followed by singles From Austin, Capt GM,Yigdale, Messinger....  Tyler P with fire in his eyes steps up and drills a line drive RBI single to set the game winning 2 run Single from Rookie sensation Mike Podola. 

Next up the Salt guys looking for 4 in a row against Buddy Sarcona and Joe P

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17TH

 

Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 18       Jiffy Lube (Randell) 8

Looking to make it 3 wins in a row, Hot Corner opened up the Wednesday night portion of their schedule vs a formidable 2-1 Jiffy Lube squad. Hot Corner came out of the gates extra sizzling scoring 4 runs in the top of 1st inning as 6 of the top 7 hitters in the lineup got hits to start the game off.  Things took a turn in the bottom of the 2nd inning with Hot Corner holding a 4-0 lead:  After two walks, 5 errors, and a few hits sprinkled in, Randell's crew found themselves plating 7 runs in the 2nd inning to take a 7-4 lead.  The game remained tight until the top of the 5th inning when Lurie came up with a HUGE 2RBI single with 2 outs to tie the game 7-7 giving Hot Corner some momentum.  An Aronson walk sparked the lineup for Hot Corner in the 6th inning, which was then followed up a few batters later by Jiffy Lube's catcher making a costly error with men on base (tossing the ball down the RF line). Matty P then came up and hit a BOOMING triple, giving Hot Corner a 5 run inning when all was said and done to make the score 12-5. Bykofsky's bunch then tacked on 5 more runs in the 8th inning to make the final score 18-8.  The offense was led by Eric Becker who continued his offensive onslaught going 4-5, while Matty P also had a career night ripping 4 hits himself (not to mention striking out LOOKING while at bat with a 10 run lead!).  Also contributing with 3 hit games were Justin, Joel Podos, and most importantly of all Sal "the godfather" Sicurella.  Aside from a very sloppy 2nd inning the Hot Corner defense was rock solid behind CY-Becker who shut down the top of Jiffy Lube's lineup all night.  For Randell's crew the Capt himself and Ben Kessler were tough outs at the dish as they each knocked around a couple of hits in defeat.  Joe Intoci also should be mentioned for making two SPARKLING plays at SS for Jiffy Lube.  Hot Corner will look keep their winning streak going as they prepare for a tough double-header on Sunday vs. the Brock Bros. and Marrone.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 5 – STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 4

Team Salt improved to 2-2 after a heart Breaking loss to Buckley and company last week. Opening Wed night saw a terrific Pitchers duel. Marty jumped out early with 2 in the  top of the first  and it looked like this could be a high scoring game.

 

Marrone and company would  settled down tossing goose eggs for the next 8 innings.

 

March 17th 2017 will be the day we will all remember  Paul Wienstien(AKA 207-BALL 4) Who stepped back in time with not 1 but 2 clean hits. 1 Beating the left fielder. Paul W has worked hard on and off the field, shedding lbs showing up at the field 1.5 hours early. Taking 50-100 swings. Great job my friend. Defense was on the menu tonight. Leading the way was Early rookie of the year Candidate Mike(Spark Plug) Podolla filling in for Ken P in left-center. Mike making one of the sweetest catches . Huge Triple by the Draft steal of the century. Pat Thomas. This guy is all out hustle on every play. Other hitting stars From the other Mike. Mr Messinger.  Jeff Yigdale. The game winner came from our hottest player Jeff(round 10!!) Turtz. With the game winner in the bottom of the 10th. Mark Goddard has settle down at SS and played flawless from inning 2-10. Mark made several nifty plays. Next up TW and Over 60 teammate Rob B  

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

 

CK BASEBALL (MG) 8 – GASTRO (LS) 4

Team MG and CK’s Baseball off the schnied with an 8-4 victory over Team Sarcona and Gastro at Union Hill Right.   Captain MG coming off a missed game was running late to this one and played in hideous black soccer coaching sweats jacked up to his armpits or so he was told.   As for the game, Team MG needed this one after an 0-2 start.  Sarcona would jump out with 2 early and then a lot of zeros would follow for both squads as the infield D dazzled on both sides.  

A two out MG rbi triple in the 4th cut the score to 2-1 and another pair of runs keyed by hits from Jim Lombardi, Joshi, and Justin Bickoff would nod things up at 3 after 5 innings.  In the 6th, the biggest inning of the early season plated 5 runs beginning with a Joraskie triple (he can go the other way oh my) followed by seven singles from all parts of the lineup.   The final was 8-4.   Lombardi, Ryan and MG turned a trio of infield DPs and Tracy and Joraskie each nailed a runner at home with great tags from Justin Bickoff.  Next up is a rough Mother’s Day late start against Denny Lapine.

 

Action Auto (Wallman) 16 - Fradkin Law (Apple) 0

No captain or team wants to face Frapplebaum at Middle School.  With the winds swirling, the air chilly and Frapple crew starting BP at 7am Captain TW knew his AA squad had to play better than last week to contain the big bats of Frapple.  AA got things started early with 3 in the 1st behind hits from TW, Jomo and Matt Dipaolo.  Another 3 runs in the 2nd and 4 in the 4th behind a Dipaolo grand slam and it was 10 to 0.  More hits from the top of the order followed by a 3 run JY homer and it was 16 to 0 after 5 full innings of play.  While the offense was cranking on all cylinders, it was Drapkin on the mound that made the difference in this one.  Drapkin kept the Frapple crew off balance all game pitching a no walk gem and snagging everything hit his way.  The Steel Curtain defense behind Drapkin played flawless   especially the left side of the infield TW and Stewart who made an incredible diving play.  TW, Jomo, Dipaolo and JY combined for 12 hits, 12 runs and 16 RBIs. Next up J Brock and his 8 man line up at Muni. 

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 6 – PIZZA/PASTA (Feldman) 0

This is not the Team Pollock your parents grew up with, as VM Cleaning, behind pitching wiz Dave Clampffer, shut out a very good (Eric-less) Feldman squad that plated 18 runs in 7 innings last week.  Obviously defense was the story today, as Clampff made some great defensive grabs, and was backed up by great infield play from Infante at SS and Mitch Pollock at 2B.  Mitch also was a perfect 3-3 at the plate, and Dave "Sonic" Meyer, was solid again at 3B also added 3 hits.  Eliut Infante and Larry Rubin contributed with big triples. For Pizza/Pasta, Glenn Feldman was very good on the mound, while Andrew Feldman was terrific in LCF (why are they a 7/8?).  Team Pollock will have its hands full next week, taking on a Team Harris squad off to a good start.

 

JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 10 – NY LIFE (Harris) 8

Another year, another dinner bet, another season of arch rivals Randell and Harris in the same division with 2 games earmarked on the schedule.  Although early in the season, this one was a big one with an undefeated Harris squad sitting atop the division and in position to open up with a 2+ game early lead in "dinner at Big Ed's."  (And I don't mean Fradkin cooking dinner)  One thing was also certain here; a team wearing red would win the game. But it would be the Randell crew evening things up for dinner and in the division at 2-1 pulling out a come from behind 10-8 victory over the Big Red machine.  Things looked grim early with Team Harris putting up a 5 spot in the top of the first courtesy of some generosity from the Randell outfield.  Uncle Leo held the Randell offense scoreless through the 1st 2 innings and the game still stood at 5-0.  In the bottom of the 3rd, the Randell bats awoke scoring 6 all with 2 outs.  RBI singles from Intoci and BJax got things going to set up 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs with 2 in.  Bobito then went to the career JZ hitting charts against Leo and issued the intentional walk to load them up for Hector.  Hector delivered with a huge double to left to score 2 making it 5-4.  A Burnsy single would tie it and a skipper liner up the middle would cap the inning of with a 6 spot on the board. 
Meanwhile, Kessler was now cruising on the mound headed to the bottom of the 5th when Randell would add 2 more on RBI singles from the commish and Bunsy.  At 8-5 in the top of the 7th, a resilient Team Harris would respond with 3 highlighted by a big 2 run triple from who else but Callow splitting the middle of the Randell outfield.  8's were wild at 8-8 in the bottom of the 8th when Team Randell would score 2.  Intoci would lead off the inning on 3rd base off a catchable but misplayed ball in the Harris outfield.  Turning point play probably came next when BJax grounded to Callow at SS who chose to come home to cut down the go ahead run but the play could not be made at the plate putting Randell up 1 and BJax at 2nd base.  BJax would score and Randell was up 2 going to the 9th.  In the 9th, Krauss Jr. was retired and Callow followed with a bloop double.  Krauss Sr. flew out to BJax leaving Brent at the plate as the tying run.  Another bloop off the bat to shallow right center followed which looked like big trouble but Hector was there to save the day with a fantastic sliding catch to seal the victory.  Many contributions in this one for Team Randell; Intoci and Burnsy led the way at 3-4; 2 huge hits from Hector along with multi-hit days from JZ, BJax, and the skipper.  Callow with a usual big day for Harris with 3 hits if memory serves right.  Defensively, the early story to the 2-1 start has to be Andy Kessler on the mound who has been nothing short of Cy Young caliber pitching through 3 games.  The skipper with another busy and solid day still getting comfortable at 3rd and of course the potential game saving catch from Hector in the 9th.  Next up a date with Beilis at Union Hill on Mother's Day . .
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Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky) 7    Sponic Painting (Lapine) 3  

Coming off their first win of the season, Hot Corner Baseball found themselves playing a dangerous Lapine lineup without the services of their #2 pick and ace Eric Becker.  This led to Matty Polguy's second career start on the mound and he did not disappoint.  Joe Spoto led off the game and scored for Sponic Painting giving them a 1-0 lead that they would hold onto until the bottom of the 3rd.  Sal "the godfather" Sicurella then came through with a YUGE 2 out RBI hit to tie the game up 1-1 and give some momentum to Hot Corner.  The score remained tied until the bottom of the 4th inning when Hot Corner exploded for a season high 3 run inning highlighted by big RBI hits from Joel Podos and Aronson. This would be a lead that Hot Corner would not let go of the rest of the way.  Capt. Justin then reached base and ended up scoring 2 more times throughout the course of the game, one time thanks to a laser RBI triple off the bat of rookie Mike K, to make the final score 7-3. The story of the game was pitching and defense.  The aforementioned Polguy was stellar on the mound only walking 3 batters all morning while ripping his way through the dangers Sponic lineup.  The double-play combo of Lurie and Chiusano at SS-2B was phenomenal turning 3 double-plays behind Matty.  The outfield defense was led by Joel Podos who made two beautiful catches to thwart some late-inning Lapine rallies.  The offensive attack was led by Lurie who was a perfect 3-3 at the dish while Capt Bykofsky helped out as well with 3 hits and 3 runs scored.  Kudos to Ronnie C and Laconte for being tough outs all morning for Sponic.  The Hot Corner boys will look to make it 3 in a row vs. Marrone and Big Dave next week, should be lit!

 

STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 11 – BURGER BROS (Paladino) 5

After opening the season with two heartbreaking loses team Beilis needed a win badly....then before the game the team doctors let the capt. know two players have back issues, and as this is happening  he see's  the doc work on the SS's arm...he quickly grabs the vile of Xanax from the car and swallows 5 pills to ease the pain.....anyway the game starts off with team Paladino getting off to a quick 2-0 lead....it was 4-1  when team Beilis started to score with 2 runs in the  4th  3 in the 5th  on the way to an 11 run effort.....The offense was lead by R.O.Y. candidates Pat Specchio and Chris "Baby Doc" Holmes  and 2nd year Eric Rosenstock ,Chad Kaplow, along with  Steve Yockal Dave Mallow and Neil Glassman  all with multi hit games...the big blow a Specchio 2 run HR.  kudos to Mike Paladino and Ari M with multi hit games as well......Next up  Team Randy 

 

LHRGP (Goldfarb) 8  Ace (Jacoby) 6 10 innings

The 6’oclock game on Union Hill Left while not exciting early turned into an extra inning affair that saw Team GG edge Team JJ 8-6 in 10 innings.  The first 3 innings saw no runs scored by either team but in the top of the 4th Team Goldfarb broke thru with 5 big runs though it liked they may score zero.   Reid G and Captain G opened the 4th with singles which looked like a start to a big inning but after getting the top 2 batters out it looked like Team Jacoby may escape but Anthony DiMarco clocked a 3 run HR over the LF fence.  A walk and 3 hits later 2 more runs crossed the plate making the score 5-0 after 3 ½ innings.  After a run in the top of 7th by Team Goldfarb, Team Jacoby came back with its first 2 runs of the game leaving the score 6-2 and that is the way it stood until the bottom of 9th.  Well Team Jacoby decided to wake up and plate 4 runs to tie the game at 6 and into the 10th we went.   Sal and Alex came thru with hits and with an intentional walk to AD the bases were loaded with no outs.  With Team Jacoby able to record an out with no runs being scored up stepped Phil LiPomi who promptly delivered a 2 run single and with no other damage the score stood at 8-6 in favor of Team Goldfarb.  Team Jacoby with keep the pressure on and had runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 out and up came Jared Goldberg who as everyone knows could end the game with 1 swing.  With the outfield very deep respecting Jared’s power Marty got Jared to hit a high but shallow pop into RCF which at first looked like it may tie the game (runners running with 2 outs) but Sal came flying in making a game ending sliding catch giving Team Goldfarb its 2nd win of the young year.  Team Goldfarb was led offensively by Anthony and Phil who both had 2 hits, a walk and 3 RBI.  Jeff T chipped in with 2 hits though being slowed by a stiff shoulder.  Eddie Johnson continued his stellar play at 3rd while Phil also had another nice game at SS.  Both pitchers Marty and Dave P pitched with good defense behind them.  Marc Broome and Shawn Danzer had multi-hit games for Team Jacoby (sorry if I missed anyone as I’m guessing there may have been a few more).  Next up for Team Goldfarb is Team Paladino who is probably due to score 25 runs this coming Sunday . . . .

 

 

 

SUNDAY APRIL 30th

 

PIZZA/PASTA (Feldman) 18 – BURGER BROS (Paladino) 3  - 7 innings

Team Feldman picked by the prognosticators as well as many captains to have one of the best teams in the league showed why the attention was well deserved. They jumped out to an 11-0 lead after 2 innings and the game was virtually over. Playing a nearly flawless game in the field and cutting numerous runners off on the base paths the defense was stellar killing any rally Team Paladino tried to get going. The hitting was relentless with the 2 rookies putting on a show. Richie Bomenblit was a perfect 2-2 2 walks with 4 RBI's and a booming triple on the day. Jordan Rosenthal was 3-4 with 4 RBI's including 2 doubles and 1 triple. Mikey Perloff who is not a rookie threw his hat in the ring going a perfect 3-3 with 3 runs scored saying you do not have to be 22 to be a force.To be fair the lineup hit very well but were helped along with numerous walks since their starting pitcher was away for the game. Kudos to Eric B for keeping his perfect season alive and Nate Goldwasser who made 2 clutch rally killing catches in RF and had 2 hits and an RBI to cap his day. Congrats to Doc Geller who had 2 hits and Seth Kreisler who made my write up easier by doing the best book anyone has done in my 13 years of captainship. Great bomb by Saler hitting a 300 foot shot over the RF'ers head with plenty to spare. Next up the surging Team Pollock at EF.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 8 – STOMP THE MONSTER (Beilis) 7

In a battle of back-up pitchers, Team Pollock narrowly edged Team Beilis in an important early season match-up. Things started really well for VM Cleaning, starting with a clutch 2-out 2 RBI hit in the first from Jordan Krant. After a 2-run HR from Eliut Infante in the top of the 4th, VM Cleaning thought they had a comfortable 7-0 lead. However, a more patient and resilient Team Beilis battled back against the tall lefty (Matt Pollock, with Clampffer and Alan Rubin out) to get within one run in the 7th inning.  The key moment of the game happened late, when VM decided made the difficult decision to pitch to the league's #1 pick (Specchio) with 2 outs and the tying run at 2nd base. Captain Matt was able to snag a bullet up the middle, and settled down the final 2 innings for the one run victory. Lots of credit goes to Greg Benish, who only learned today he would be on the mound and pitched a very solid game. The Beilis rookies were key contributors, including a clutch diving OF grab from Chris Holmes. Offensively for Team Pollock, Jordan Krant led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBIs. Eliut Infante, Mitch Pollock, Matt Pollock, and an under-the-weather Dave Meyer also had multi-hit games. Larry Rubin also had another solid defensive game in LF.  VM Cleaning looks forward to the return of Clampffer next week, when they'll take on a very strong Team Feldman in a battle of pre-season prediction favorites.

 

NY LIFE (BH) 9 – ACE HOME (JJ) 3

Before the game started Schef told the team the obvious- "2-0 sounds better than 1-1".  That's especially true given the league pre season assessment of Team Harris.  While it is still early- the Team Bobito formula in game 2 was the same as in game 1 - and likely for the balance of the season.  Team defense, sound pitching, and timely hitting.  Even though there were a couple of throwing errors this week , the defense shined when it counted- turning three double plays- and running most balls down in the OF.  And Seidel was just simply great - again.  Just one walk (the wily Tilker letting a very close 3-2 pitch go long)- throwing high and deep and keeping the Team Jacoby bats relatively quiet with the exception of Jared who had three hits and a super great sliding catch in the OF.  The Big Red Machine started the first inning as we did last week with a 4 spot and held a 5-0 lead going into the fourth inning.  And just like last week against Beilis, it seems Team Geeg seems to wake up when they fall behind 5-0.  And sure enough after 4 1/2 innings it tightened to 5-3.  With runners on first and second and no one out in the top of the sixth - Seidel gets a pop up and a Callow to Long to Tritto DP to end the threat.  A 3 spot in  the bottom of the  seventh lengthened the lead for Big Red to 9-3 highlighted by a Scottie P two out two run rbi . And from there it was Seidel and the defense.  The offense was lead by the aforementioned Scottie going 3 for 4 and three rbis and Jordan hitting rockets all day was 2 for 3 two runs and an RBI , Uncle Russ was 3 for 4 and three runs scored. Just another solid effort. Next week it is a short handed Team Bobito facing off against Team Bradley- and who gets the leg up on the Bradley vs Bobito end of the year dinner bet.  And yes Schef , 2-0 does sound better than 1-1.


Hot Corner Baseball (Bykofsky)  6    Action Auto (Wallman) 4

On an overcast morning at the Elementary School, Hot Corner Baseball was able to secure their first victory of the season over Action Auto, 6-4.  The scoring started in the top of the 1st inning, after Polguy and Justin reached base on balls just out of Drapkin's reach, and Eric Becker stepped up to the plate.  Becker then launched an ABSOLUTE BOMB of a HR to left field to put Hot Corner up 3-0.  HC added another run in the bottom of the 1st to jump out to a 4-0 lead. Wallman's crew added 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning thanks to big a RBI hit by Spann.  The teams played each other very tight the rest of the way as the bats remained relatively quiet throughout.  Thanks to a Becker triple in the 3rd, Hot Corner jumped out to a 5-2 lead that they would not relinquish.  However, Action Auto did pull within 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th, but Hot Corner's defense remained strong down the stretch holding on for the victory.  The aforementioned Eric Becker was the story of the game going 3-4 at the plate, falling just a double short of the cycle with 4 RBIS, while pitching another gem on the mound (only 4 runs allowed in each game so far).  Mike "the crusher" Kleschinsky and Matty Polguy chipped in offensively with 3 hits apiece, while multi-hit games were had by Capt Bykofsky, Sherman, and Chiusano.  The defensive play of the game was made by Papa Bykofsky at 3rd base (MAYBE YOU SHOULD LET HIM PITCH!) turning a very nice 5-4 DP to thwart a mid-game Action Auto rally.  Eric "he can't play second base!" Lurie was also solid defensively as he was able to corral a lot of tough throws to secure some force outs at 2B.   Kudos to Capt Wallman and Rode for getting some hits and playing solid defense for Action Auto in defeat.  Hot Corner will look to make it 2 in a row next week as they face Denny, Spoto, and Conti at UH Left.

 

FRADKIN LAW (Apple) 8 – SPONIC PAINTING (Lapine) 5

On a windy early Sunday night, Fradkin Law was looking to make it two in a row when they faced the very good bats of Spoto, Conti, Carlin and the rest of Team Lapine.  Fradkin Law's offense started right where they left off after their 17 run game last week, scoring 3 in the top of the first.  In the top of the second, Team Lapine would get a little help from lady luck when a rocket back up the box with bases loaded from Ed Fradkin hit the runner after just taking one step off of second base and then again in the top of the third when an aggressive base running mixed with a coaching error led to Schwartz being tagged out at home.  Karp would be in control, blanking Team Lapine through the first four with help from solid defense highlighted by a ESPN-like diving catch by Dave Schwartz in the bottom of the fourth.  Unfortunately, Dave separated his shoulder in the process of making the incredible catch.  Fradkin Law would pick up an additional two runs in the fifth after back to back singles from Fradkin and Steinberg, a sac fly by the captain, walk by Vega, running scoring sac fly by Pingaro, and a single by Schwag.  Team Lapine would finally get on the board scoring 1 in the bottom of the fifth.  Then in the seventh, Fradkin Law would add 2 more runs after RBI singles again from Patty P & Schwag.   Fradkin Law felt confident going into the ninth with a comfortable 8-1 lead but Team Lapine would not go down easy.  After a mix of hits and fielding errors, Team Lapine cut the Fradkin Law lead in half, scoring 4 runs in the ninth.  With a man on first, PJ Wollman would make the second ESPN-like catch of the game going horizontal, making a diving catch in centerfield and keeping the runner at first.  Fradkin Law would hold on and get their second victory of the year, bringing them 2-0.  Offensive stars for Fradkin Law was led by John Vega, perfect for the night 2-2, 2 walks and 2 rbi's, Patty P going 2-3 with 3 rbi's, Ed Fradkin also going 2-3 with 3 runs scored, and both Schwag and Ian Bloom each going 2-4.  Due up for Fradkin Law next Sunday is one of the pre-season favorites, Team Wallman, at back of the Middle School.  Lastly, Fradkin Law wants to wish Dave Schwartz a speedy recovery from his separated shoulder and hope to have him back sooner than later this season

 

LHRGP LAW (Goldfarb) 12  JIFFY LUBE (Randell) 5

How I hate the walk to the Municipal Field but thankfully that I have 2 sons playing with me all I need to carry is the scorebook and a number 2 pencil (and my big gut).   Mike Iorio was victorious in his first career start leading Team Goldfarb to a 12-5 victory over Team Randell.  The key may have been the top of the 1st inning as Team Randell scored only 2 runs after the 1st 3 batters reached base.  Team Goldfarb came right back with 4 in both the bottom of the 1st and 2nd innings and with another 3 in the 4th after Team Randell scored 1 in the 3rd the score stood at 11-3.  Not much scoring the rest of the way as Team Goldfarb plated 1 in the 7th and Team Randell scored 2 in the 9th making the final score 12-5. It was one of the games where Team Randell had runners on all day but couldn’t score.  Whether it was a play by Easy Ed at 3rd or Mike on the mound all Randell rallies ended fruitlessly.  This day was one for the ages defensively as the vacuum cleaner on 3rd for Team Goldfarb (better known as Easy Ed Johnson) must have been involved in at least 10 outs whether it was a ground ball or line drive.  Team Goldfarb’s infield defense had most of the action and all 5 (Ed, Phil, The Judge, Gary J and Mike) ate up all the ground balls and line drives.  I think the OF had maybe 5 fly balls all day.  The offensive stars of the day for the winners were Jeff Turner (3-3, 4 RBIs), Alex G (3 hits 2 runs), Phil L (2 hits, walk, , 3 runs) Frank (aka The Judge 2 hits, 2 RBIs including a long double), Ed J (2 hits) and Anthony D (3 RBIs).     Joe Intoci and Burnsy were the offensive stars for Team Randell with Joe and Bryan Jax leading the defense.  With not much offensive support Andy pitched a pretty good game for the Team Randell.  Game ball though goes to Mike Iorio for his 1st win in his 1st career start (his last year being picked in the 11th round).  He can share the ball with Ed J who deserves one as well.  Next up a Sunday twilight affair against Team JJ who Team GG could not beat last year.

NJ SALT (Marrone)14 – CK BASEBALL (Granese) 11

Word of advice. Watch out for team Granese!!! Lucky for us we caught them minus Stud MG and Joraskie. Team Salt sporting there new Red Jerseys desperate for a win after opening day disaster as Capt Marrone has struggled on the mound allowing 51 hits and 28 runs in first 2 games. On the bright side this team can rip the cover off the ball and the 5-8 combo of Podolla and Thomas  could be the bargain of the year along with a very Happy Ken P. Hitting stars KP 3-3 w/ 3 RBI'S.  M Podolla 3-4. Turtz 3-3 Sean Thomas 3-4 . Doc 3-3 with 2 run homer. Pat Thomas 2-4 triple and 3 huge RBI'S. For team MG Lombardi and C Ryan where on base all day long. Flash of leather from Mr Doug Cohen playing a very good R/C.


Next up 630 PM Sunday night special against all World Brocks and Good Buddy Buck 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY APRIL 23RD – OPENING DAY

 

ACTION AUTO (TW) 9 – CK BASEBALL (MG) 3
Game 1 at Union Hill Left for the 2017 season featured 2 pre-season favorites - Captain TW of Action Auto (AA) against CK Baseball's Captain MG.  This game had many underlying themes - Poker crew verse Poker crew, JY of LawCash verse MG of LawCash, Joraski and C Ryan beloved JY alumni now playing for the evil Granese empire and Mamones against the Lombardis (Italian Brothers?).
You could see Captain TW sweating early on when the top of 1st started with a walk and bad bounce single to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs and the heart of the MG order coming up.  Good pitching and defense and AA got out of the inning surrendering only 1 run.  A JY single in the bottom of the 2nd followed by a Super Spann triple and an RBI from P Mamone gave AA a 2 to 1 lead after 2 innings.  AA would add 1 run in each of the next 4 innings behind the bats of Super Spann, Krain and Stewart.  CK would add a run in the 8th to make it 6 to 2 but in the bottom half of the inning an error and another clutch laser from Super Spann would give AA another 3 runs and a 9 to 2 lead.  CK would get 1 back in the 9th but a 4-6-3 DP ended any late game comeback hopes.  The story of the game was pitching and defense - Drapkin was incredible on the mound giving up 4 hits on the day while Captain TW gobbled everything at SS and reigning MVP Jomo grabbed everything hit to the outfield including an incredible sliding catch to steal what would have been CK's 5th hit of the day.  Offensively AA was led by Super Spann with 4 hits and 4 RBIS, Krain with 3 big hits and TW and Stewart with 2 hits apiece.  Next up for AA is Byko at Marl El.

 

ACE Home Improvements (JJ)  7 - Stomp the Monster (MB) 6

Opening day brought the tale of two games to East Francis on Sunday morning when Ace and Stomp the Monster squared off. Highlighted by a homer from the rookie Specchio and the masterful pitching of Papa Yockel, Marty’s squad raced out to a 5-0 lead through 5.  With two outs in the 6th, Team Jacoby finally got going.  Danser legged out a hit, JJ followed with a single and Cliff Fox delivered the key note address with a 3 run blast between right and right center to get ACE on the board.  In the 7th, Seitz and Tilk set the table for the top and J Goldberg roped a 2 run single to cap a 3 run rally and give the boys a 6-5 lead.  The Monster crew scratched out a run in the bottom of the 7th and we went to the 8th tied at 6.   With one out, and JJ on third after an extra base hit, Fox played hero once again lining an RBI single to left center plating the eventual winning run as Team Jacoby held on for the 7-6 final.  Polz led the way with a perfect 4-4, while Cliff (2 for 3 4 RBI) and JJ had multi hit days. Polz was outstanding on the mound pitching a gem, and  although there were a couple of lapses, the defense held strong with Danser making two sensational diving grabs in RCF, and Cliff another in right.  There’s some room for improvement, but we’ll put this one in the win column and get ready for Bobito next week on Union Hill where JC need not bring his lumber.

 

FRADKIN LAW (BA) 17 – NJ SALT (GM) 11
Opening day of the 2017 season saw Fradkin Law starting off the season against Team Marrone at the unfriendly confines of the Municipal field.  Typically this field houses low scoring games but not this day.  Fradkin Law lead off the first scoring 3 highlighted by a run scoring triple by Mr. Fradkin.  Team Marrone would come back with 3 of his own in the bottom of the first to tie it up.  Fradkin Law would duplicate the first inning scoring another 3 runs in the top of the second with the bottom of the lineup starting it all off.  The bottom four of the Fradkin Law's lineup was hot all day going a combined 8-17.  Team Marrone would come back scoring 6 between the third and fourth inning giving them a 9-6 lead heading to the 5th.  In the top of the 5th, Jay Eisenberg would lead off with a single followed by another single by PJ Wollman bringing up Mr. Fradkin.  Ed would not disappoint hitting a 3-run homerun to dead center tying the game at 9.  Fradkin Law would score 8 more runs over the next 4 innings giving them an opening day victory, 17-11.  The offense was lead by Ed hitting for the cycle, going 5-5 with 8 RBI's.  Other offense stars of the game for Fradkin Law was PJ Wollman (3-4), Jay Eisenberg (3-4), Evan Steinberg (3-5), and John Vega & Ian Bloom (both going 2-4).  On the defense side, Mark Karp started off the season keeping Team Marrone off balance, striking out 4 batters, and John Vega laying out to make an awesome catch of a laser down the line.  Due up for Fradkin Law is a late game at UH Left against Team Lapine.

 

NY LIFE (BH) 8 – BURGER BROS (PAL) 2
Okay so its only one game.  So we wont get carried away.  Just suffice to say that at least for one week , the Team Bobito blueprint-  defense , pitching , and timely hitting was executed as was envisioned on draft day  (Yes there was a plan and Bobito was not drunk).  Mike Seidel pitched a clean game- no walks- and was supported by some solid defense.  Callow was tremendous at SS, Zack Krauss likewise played a stellar LCF , and Greg Long and Scottie Preiss picked everything that came close.  In fact Greg Long , set the tone in the top of the first with an incredible back to the infield catch of a duck snort in short RF and then fired to first to double off the runner.  Then in the bottom of the first The Big Red Machine sent 11 batters to the plate to score 5 runs- sending all the YITS , Yentas, and anyone else watching scurrying to the other field to watch the Feldy/Randell game.  After that inning newbie Katz settled down and pitched a solid game holding team Bobito to only three more runs .  Mike Paladino played his usual steady game at SS and helped snuff out a couple of potential rallies. For Team Bobito , Schef continued where he left off last year- going 3 for 3 and a walk, Callow was 2 for 2 and a walk- Mikey Seidel who pitched a gem helped his cause with a big hit , a walk ,and sac fly, Russ and John had two hits each and Uncle Leo making his long awaited return to the softball league drew a huge bases loaded walk in the first inning and had a clean single down the RF line whereby the ball was retrieved and thrown out of the game and held for Mr Friedlich.  All and all a solid W. Next week another surprise week 1 winner JJ and The Polzers await in the "who will be 2-0 to start the season"  game of the week. 

 


VM CLEANING (Pollock) 22 – LHRGP LAW (Goldfarb) 7

Opening Day in Marlboro Softball is a day all (or at least most) teams have high hopes for the season.  The Pollock brothers have been excited about how this year's draft unfolded since last month, and while it's only one game, they were thrilled to see their VM Cleaning squad live up to early expectations, defeating the defending championship captain's squad. The game was close for the first 3 innings, with Team Pollock holding a 3-2 lead, but that lead expanded to 5-2 after 4 innings, before a 7-run outburst in the 5th inning, started by a leadoff HR from Dave Conklin.  Nothing gets the Pollock's more excited then a 31-hit attack, but Team Pollock's defense was also strong, with excellent work from Infante at SS, Larry Rubin in LF, and Clampffer on the mound. Many offensive stars for VM Cleaning, including 4 hits each for Dave Clampffer and Matt Pollock, and 3 hits each for leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber, I mean Dave "Sonic" Meyer, as well as Eliut Infante, Mitch Pollock, Mike Gilston, and Dave Conklin.  Also with multi-hit games were Jordan Krant, Alan Rubin, and Rob Rozencwaig, while Larry Rubin added a HR.  For Team Goldfarb, A. DiMarco seemed to be on base all day, while Lipomi and Jaeger also had good games.  Next up for Team Pollock is a match-up against Team Beilis and his squad of rookie of the year candidates.  Both teams will look for the win without their aces on the mound.  On behalf of Team Pollock, good luck to all teams/players this season.

 

JIFFY LUBE (BR) 16 – PIZZA/PASTA (GF) 9
Opening day 2017 became opening evening for Team Randell and brought a matchup against Team Feldy against whom the Randell squad has enjoyed much success against over the years.  But this Feldy team looks quite strong on paper and is widely predicted to have great success this season.  Opening evening also brought a big fence grabbing crowd including some YITS who perennially predict a losing record for Team Randell.  At least for one game Team Randell proved the pundits wrong with a 16-9 victory.  Team Randell got on the board in the top of the 1st with a BJax single coupled with a 2 out RBI double from Hector.  Team Feldy came right back with 3 in the bottom half highlighted by an Eric Bomenblitt blast.  The Feldy crew would add 1 in the second to make it 4-1 and things looked a little grim early.  In the 3rd, Randell would put up a 4 spot to take the lead with the bottom 3 in the order reaching base setting things up for clutch 2 out run scoring hits from JZ, Hector and Burnsy.  Feldy retook the lead with 2 in the bottom half but Randell would respond on the see-saw with 2 in the 4th highlighted by a 2RBI double from Korny.  From there, Kessler found his groove on the mound holding the Feldy bats in check over the next few innings while Randell would add single runs in the 5th and 6th plus a big 4 run 7th to make it 13-6.  The 7th was highlighted by another 2 run double from Hector who had a huge night 3-4 (2 2B, 7RBI).  From there the teams would exchange a few runs for the 16-9 final margin of victory.  The offense was led by the aforementioned Hector and BJax with 3 hits apiece with Intoci, JZ, Burnsy, and both Kesslers chipping in 2 hits.  For Feldman, big multi-hit games from Bomenblitt and Roland.  The defensive story was the revamped BFF Randell infield with both JZ and the skipper busy all evening making plays at 2B and 3B respectively.  Next up, a Municipal field date with the reigning champ Goldfarb with the Randell returning players looking for some payback from the 2016 playoffs.

 

 

 
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