Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

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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