Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

SUNDAY, JULY 15TH

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 8    Gastro (Randell) 1     7 innings

After a tough walk-off loss to LaRocca in Game 1, Hot Corner was happy to have Scott Seidenberg back in the lineup vs. a fresh 11 strong Randell crew.  The rain was the least of the players' worries at East Frances on Sunday.  The bugs were the issue.  Swarming all the fielders, making it very difficult to concentrate in the outfield.  The game was scoreless into the 4th inning when Scott Seidenberg smashed a solo HR with 2 outs.  Juice, Matty P, Iso Joe, Eric Mallow, Drapkin, and Dave Mallow all then reached in a row to give Hot Corner a 6-0 lead (which in the conditions felt like 100-0).  A SAC by EMallow and a RBI double by Drapkin accounted for the other runs.  After Billy-Boy lost control of the bat and launched it into the fence, the game was called in the 7th.  Matty P led the way on offense with 3 hits, while Seidenberg, JUICE, EMallow, and CY Drapkin each had two hits.  Darren was phenomenal on the mound limiting a strong 11 man lineup to just 1 run.  He also made a sick torpedo-like catch to rob Randell of a hit.  Weiss played well for Gastro in defeat.  Hot Corner moves to 12-4 and will be happy to go back to single headers next week.

 

RCF (Brock) 19 NJ Salt (Sarcona) 5

The sky looked ominous this morning, as both teams wondered if another double header was in their future. Luckily, the softball gods held the rain off for us (for a little while at least), as UHR was in surprisingly good shape. That being said, down rookie phenom Spencer Cohen and Bruce “Almighty” Cotter, RCF was ready to take on a Sarcona squad that had 9. Sarcona started the game off well with 3 runs on some nice hits, but RCF answered right back with 3 runs of their own. The game became tied in the first by a 2-RBI triple from Seth Drashinsky, scoring both Brocks, and a sacrifice fly from Scott Preiss. Sarcona would go onto score 3 more runs, but that was all they got the rest of the game. RCF kept on adding to their lead by chipping away each inning, notably an RBI double from Dave Drashinsky. The real magic came in the 8th inning, where the RCF offense exploded all with 2 outs. RCF had 9 consecutive hits leading to a 9-run attack to put a bow a much-needed victory (just in time for the rain). Shout-out time… multi-hit games for Captain Justin (4), Pat Brock (3), Seth Drashinsky (3), Scott Preiss (3), and Dave Drashinsky (3). Special shout-out to Marcel Taub, who went 2-3 with 2 walks, an RBI, and was crushing the ball today while playing a great 2B. Shout out to PJ Wollman who held the fort down in LF, Lucas Preiss for playing a great SS on a tough UH infield (while showing off his power with a double and a triple), great baserunning by Scott Adler, and two hit games for Marty Beilis and Dan Drashinsky. As for NJ Salt, Doc Silverberg was a tough out all game (with a HR), and Lenny Sarcona had great defense in RF. Next up for Team Brock, a big Eastern Division, Wednesday night showdown against Paladino under the bright lights of UHL.

 

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine)  10 – Dirty Sports (Applebaum)  4

Another Sunday – another double header in Marlboro Softball.  Game 1 vs Harris – rained out due to poor field conditions at Municipal.   As we left there for the short drive to Mar El for game 2, we weren’t sure we would play that either as to the two field are only 2 blocks away from each other and Mar El is usually under water after any rain storm.  But lo and behold, the field was in great shape and the game was on.    We needed this win to get us back to .500 for the first time since week 4.    While we waited for the Applebaum crew to arrive, Steve Yockel was the first hero of then day as he showed up with a bag of piping hot bagels to help fortify the troops.  No lox for Denny but beggars can’t be choosers.  As for the game, we started out well, holding Apples scoreless in the first and lighting it up in our half of the first – Andrew Amadeo, fully healed, starting it off with a double followed by a booming HR to center by Tom Carroll, a double by Spoto, a single by Phil, a double by Yoke and a SF by Stewart and we were out to a 4-0 lead after 1.  In the 3rd, hits by Phil, Yoke, Persily and Dave T led to two more runs and a 6-1 lead after 3.  In the 5th, a single by Persily was followed by a line drive home run to right center by Dave Trojani  giving us a 9-1 lead.  In the top of the sixth, Apples attempted a comeback and got the first two batters on base.  The next hitter smashed one up the middle right at Yockel who managed to get his foot in between the ball and the ground and it caromed over to Tom Carroll at short.  He threw over to first but the umpire saw that the ball never hit the ground and Persily threw over to third to double off the runner who had scampered home for a 1 – 6 – 3 – 5 double play.  A comebacker ended the inning for Applebaum with no runs and the game was effectively over at that point.  A couple of runs for Apples in the 7th, 8th and 9th made for the final 10-4 score.  A really nice victory as we move into a tie for 2nd in the Western Division.  Hitting stars on the day begin with Tom Carroll with a HR, a triple, a double and a walk – almost a cycle – maybe the walk can count as a hit.  Mrs. Carroll – please note – your son had a HR, a triple and a double – all in the same game – that’s not a typo.  Phil with 3 more hits and a walk, Yoke pitching another great game and making play after play in field, also had 3 hits, Dave T with two big hits including the homerun, and Andrew, Spoto and Persily also chipping in with multi hit games.  Defensive play of the game has to go to Mark Stewart who absolutely laid out to snag a liner up the middle in the 9th inning.  The hitting star for Apples was Mike Conti who hit a nice shot to right center for a home run.  Next up - another double header - the make up game against Harris and the regularly scheduled matchup against Wallman – both at Union Hill Left – the over/under on Tom Carroll walks for the both games is 6.

 

Sentinel (TW) 12 ACE (Ferrarese) 8

It’s hard to root against Team Ferrarese unless you are playing them because everyone wants to read Mike’s write up.  Captain TW and Sentinel Old Glory faced off against the young Ferrarese squad at a rainy but surprisingly puddle free Union Hill.  The 8:30 start time was delayed slightly not because of inclement weather, but because Ace’s young studs didn’t show up until 8:30.  Old Glory started out hot with 6 straight hits and 3 runs which could have been more if not for a perfect throw from Joe Tracey to nail a runner at home.  Ace would get 4 in the bottom of the inning behind a gap splitting Ferrarese homer.  The big inning which turned  the game came in the top of the 3rd behind 7 straight hits giving Old Glory a commanding 9 to 4 lead.  Tight Sentinel defense highlighted by a few nice plays from TW and Javy kept Ace scoreless for 5 straight innings.  A JT single and a JY triples in 6th plated 2 more runs for Sentinel and an 11 to 4 lead.  Ace got 4 runs over the final 3 innings but the lead was too big today for the Ferrarese boys to overcome and Old Glory got a badly needed 12 to 8 win.   Mike Seidel pitched a walk free gem while Gene, TW and Javy played great defense.  JY led the offensive with 4 hits while Gene and JT had 3 hits apiece.  For Ferrarese, the Bomenblitt middle defense is ridiculous – Richie made the play of the game.  This game was followed by a match up against fake cuz, self-proclaimed Captain of the Century, Bocas’ Best Body , “I GO I GO IGO”, Cal Ripken looking mother fucka GG Hugs Jacoby in a 9 inning rain soaked thriller. 

 

LHRGB (LaRocca) 11 vs Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 10

After the surprisingly ominous and lurking clouds dumped enough rain to cancel half of the morning battles, Team LaRocca  (with their fresh new shwag bat bags) and Team Bykofsky (featuring “the man they call Juice”) took the field at “old reliable” E Frances for their regular season battle.  Hot Corner started the game quickly in the first inning after Ronnie C let up a few hits.  Ronnie and the LHRGP defense then settled down holding the explosive Bykofsky bats (and legs) to one run.  In the bottom half of the frame LHRGP started hot, scoring 5 runs with hits from Red Hot Ronnie, Kevin Kleschinsky, Mike K, a double from Raventos and hits from Doc Balar and Sweet Swinging Lefty Jeremy Levine.  Another hot start for the good guys and facing the original double D (Daren Drapkin) LaRocca was feeling pretty good.  However, returning Cy Young award winner DD showed us why he is so revered, by retiring 15 of his next 17 batters and recording 2 strike outs through the end of the 6th.  During this time, Hot Corner put up 7 more runs plus 2 more in the 7th inning and were holding a 10-5 lead going into the bottom of that inning.  Kevin “Clutch” Kleschinsky lead off with a single, and with 2 outs, Raventos hit an RBI double, a single from Pezz and a 2 RBI single from Doc and it was a 2 run game.  LHRGP held Byko in the top of the 8th,  but in the bottom Malagold, LaRocca and Grossman loaded the bases with consecutive hits – Dynov drove in a run and Ronnie hit a SAC  to tie the game at 10 going into the 9th.  Bottom 9th LHRGP threatened the win with Mark Carlin’s double, but Polguy snagged a line drive off the Pezzullo bat to force it to 10 innings.  Solid D in the top of the 10th by Ronnie and Kyle set the stage for some LHRGP magic.  Doc leads off with his 3rd hit of the game, Malagold makes it 1st and 2nd and with 1 out and Mark Carlin at 2B (sub runner) Captain LaRocca drove in the game winner with a hit to left field.    Offensively, Kevin, Kyle, Mike, Mark, Pezz, Doc, LaRocca and Malagold had multiple hit games.  Defensively, Dennis McConville had 2 put outs at home (and Ronnie had the third) on the sick arms of Kevin K and Kyle Raventos.  For Hot Corner, Juice and Polguy played a good infield, with B Jax and Billy Boy each having 3 hit games.  Next up is Jeremy Paster and the Parabolics on Manalapan Field 3. 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11TH

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 7      NJ Salt (Sarcona)  5  

After playing the last few games at the wild and crazy Middle School, the Hot Corner crew was brought back to Earth offensively as they won a close game vs. a very scrappy NJ Salt team.  I guess the mark of a good team is winning without playing their best, and that was certainly the case Wed night. However, the fact that Hot Corner only gave up 5 runs while missing their starting LF, vs. a good lineup, is pretty impressive (Great game by Drapkin on the mound!). The top of the order for Hot Corner set the pace early on with Justin, Jackson, and Seidenberg each getting hits and scoring their first two ABs.  That combined with a big 2 out 2 RBI single by Eric "the vacuum" Mallow, and Hot Corner found themselves up 6-0 after 3 innings of play.  NJ Salt then outscored Hot Corner 5-1 the rest of the way but fell just short in the end.  The hitting for Hot Corner was led by 3 hit games from JBykofsky, BJax, and Matty P. The defense up the middle was excellent with Matty P making a bunch of nice stabs as SS, Eric eating up everything at 2nd, CY Drapkin making plays on the mound, and Justin and Jackson gobbling up everything in the OF. Even iso Joe made 2 nice plays in the 9th to seal the victory.  For NJ Salt, Joe Kastner pitched a great ballgame and Lenny made a bunch of nice plays on D in defeat.  Hot Corner will look to keep pace with the top teams in the league as the face a double-header on Sunday vs. LaRocca (Capt Byko's fave team!) and Randell.

 

GASTRO (Randell) 13  - LJK (HARRIS) 7

Make it 2 in a row for the revamped Team Randell defense with an important 13-7 victory over an always game Team Harris on a beautiful Wednesday night for softball at Union Hill with consigliere Feldman at the helm for Team Bobito with Bobby off in Havana taking photos with former umpire favorite Richie Greenberg.  After Clamp worked out of a jam in the top of the 1st, the Gastro boys got on the board in the bottom half on a 2 out 2 run double from Burnsy.  Things stayed scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when Team Randell tacked on a 4 spot courtesy of 5 hits from the top of the lineup with a Hector sac fly sandwiched in the middle of the rally.  The skipper would score a single run in the 5th to make it 7-0 and the game appeared to be blown open in the 6th with another 4 spot highlighted by a little "bing" from Hector following an intentional walk to Clamp.  Team Harris would score a single run in the top of the 7th to break a 15 inning scoreless streak Clamp had going against the Big Red Machine on the season.  Team Randell would respond with 2 more in the bottom half courtesy of an RBI single from Weis and a sac fly from JZ.  Team Harris would score 2 in the top of the 8th to make it 13-3 and the never say die Harris bunch rallied combined with some lazy Randell defense in the 9th to score 4 for the final 13-7 margin of victory.  For the Randell bats, JZ and Weis led the way with 3 hits apiece.  Hector and Burnsy chipped in with 2 hits of their own and the entire lineup from 1-13 contributed to the offense on this night.  For Team Harris, steal rookie pick Paul Marinello had 3 hits and was robbed of a 4th and Papa Goldberg hit the ball well all night for a multi-hit game.  Defensively, the new Randell defense was solid all night until a little laziness took over in the 9th.  Burnsy with some nice early grabs in left, Hector with several nice plays at 3rd including robbing the aforementioned Marinello later in the game, and Weis with probably his 2 best games at SS back to back now . . .  Needless to say, Cy Clamp was masterful again on the mound holding the Harris bats at bey all night long.  On the Harris side, that rookie Marinello with several nice plays at SS but perhaps the defensive play of the game was made not by Andy Kessler's glove at 2B but by Andy strategically placing the 2nd base bag in the perfect spot to rob the skipper of a line drive hit up the middle.  Yes, you read it right the skipper hit a clean liner up the middle headed for center field but the ball hits the 2nd base bag square and somehow caroms directly to Andy between 1st and 2nd base to record the out at first.  Never seen it in 25 years of softball and probably will never see it happen again.  Russ Krauss, always a gamer, with several nice running catches in LF as well.  Next up a big double header on Sunday against Jacoby and Bykofsky for the blue and orange to try and climb the league standings

 

SUNDAY, JULY 8TH

 

SENTINEL GYM (Wallman) 12 - NJ SALT (Sarcona) 11

Team Sentinel (AKA Old Glory) was looking to end their 3 miserable game skid this week..  They came in feeling good though.. DC and TW were certainly thankful for the late start at Swim Club as they were still recovering from their Saturday night Joraskie Beer Olympics win (Silver Medal winners - should have been GOLD)..   They were without their starting pitcher (Cy-Del), but if there is a better back up then Eric Becker, I don't know who it is.   Team TW was facing a 9-man Team Sarcona, and a 3 man outfield at swim club usually spells trouble....  Well, the Salty Sarcona's got off to a fast start plating 3 in the top of the 1st and managed a  5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 2nd..  That's when the Sentinel bats finally woke up.. They managed to bang out 7 hits (one more then they had all of last week) and now held a 7-5 lead...  The 2 teams would each put up some runs in the middle innings, but in the bottom of the 8th, the Wallman wonders would tack on 3 and now had would seemed to be a comfortable 4 run lead going into the top of the 9th..  Well Tommy "The Hit Man-Big Sexy" would lead off the inning with an infield hit, and now the Salty boys had some life..  A few hits here and there and now this was a 1 run game with the tying run on 3rd...   With DK (banned for life?) watching from the bushes, the Sentinel boys managed to get the 3rd out and escaped with a fortunate and much needed W..  Hitting stars of the game for team TW were Jeff "I swear I haven't hit into more than 1 DP this year" Turner (4 hits) and Eric Becker (3 hits) who also earned his first win of the year on the mound..    Shout out to Lenny (5 hits), Speccio (4 hits) and Team Salt for showing a lot of heart in this contest..   Next up for Team Old Glory is a double dip against Cowboy Mike and an injury riddled Team Jamoby..  Might this be the last time these two fake cousins face off on the softball field?  

 


ACE (Ferrarese) 15 – LJK (Harris) 8

So I don’t really have time to type this all out so I’m just gonna talk to text this entire recap. Here goes we faced Bobby Harris the first game of the double dip Harris want to win big first because he wants to move up in the pollock ratings and because he doesn’t want me writing a recap against the big red machine bff.. So after A big sitdown discussion about our line up with the Bomenblit brain trust we made some adjustments switching our one and 13 hitters this seems to pay off dividends as we put up 15 runs in the first game and then Jack shit in the follow up game against mentor/father figure/Obi-Wan Kenobi Dennis Lapine.. In this game to hitting stars were Joe Tracy who hit his third homerun of the year while also keeping me from looking like a total douche bag in the outfield by covering most of my terrain in right center. Eric Bomenblit was hot hitting as was Paul Kamras Michael Podolla Frank the Tank J EisenbergAnd cowboy Mike finally started hitting the ball again.. One big moment of the game was on a dramatic left field shift on Patrick Thomas Who tried desperately to hit opposite field and swung and missed his first attempt. Period not to go down swinging he try for Oppo again and had a dramatic RBI triple adding opposite field power to his already strong arsenal of tattooing comma having tattoos comma kneeling down to catch pop-ups. This one was big for us and that it shows that we can hit again and showed that we wouldn’t be intimidated by the mask of Glenn Feldman who hit very well for team Bobby as did Jared Goldberg. As previously mentioned our second game of the double dip ate a bag of dicks, but will be ready for our next double header against maraca and Walman period. Peace out stay school #EveryoneShouldStillBeWorriedAboutAceHardware

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine)  14 -  Ace Home Improvements (Ferrarese) – 3

Another doubleheader in Marlboro Softball and Denny Lapine’s Mortgage Boys split once again.  After a lackluster early morning affair in Manalapan which saw us put up no fight in an 8-5 loss to the Brock’s, we had a nice 15 minute car ride to think about how we could turn this around against the upstart Ace Home crew led by their rookie, cowboy hat wearing manager, Mikey F and his motley crew of youngsters decked out in the ugliest uniforms in the league (I mean no disrespect, but even if you were a fan of the Padres, why on earth would you want to broadcast that).  Things started off well for the Mortgage Boys as Andrew Amadeo broke up Karp’s no hit bid with a lead off single.  Amadeo, playing like an all-star the past few weeks, begged Denny to let him run for himself as he was working his way back from a pulled hammy from last week.  Denny agreed as long as he promised to take it easy, and of course he promptly tagged up from first on the next batter.  So much for running conservatively.  RBI’s from Spoto and Phil and we had 2-0 lead after 1.  Small ball over the next few innings had us up 4-3 going into the 7th.  Defensive play of the game by Joe Spoto in the top of the 7th robbing Rich Bomemblitt of a sure homerun with a crazy over the shoulder catch.  Bottom of the seventh and we broke it open – Phil led off with a single, a quick out, an RBI double by Stewart, and another out followed by 9 straight hits, ending with Phil’s second hit of the inning accounting for the last of our 10 runs, our biggest offensive inning of the year. Two more scoreless innings for the Acer’s and we had n easy 14-3 victory.  Great pitching from Yock, who held them scoreless over the final 6 innings.  Multi hit games from Phil, Amadeo ( a real gamer coming back from the hamstring injury and going to back to last week reached base like 12 straight times), Stewie, Captain Denny, Jordan and the ageless Bobby Frey.  The team, however, was led by Joe Spoto, who had three hits and the aforementioned defensive play of the game (year?) and along with his 4-4 in the first game was a ridiculous 7-8 on the day (and nearing .700 on the year) and has to be in any conversation this year when we start talking about MVP candidates.  Feel better Alon and let your wife work the blender next time!  Next up a doubleheader for the third week in a row against Bobito and his all star pitcher Glenn Feldman and Applebaum with former Denny BFF’s Dr. Rob Conti and his nephew Mike.

 

RCF (Brock) 8 – GREENWAY (Lapine) 5

After losing both games in the double header of last weeks scorcher, Team Brock was looking to battle back with two more wins for this week’s double header. The first of the two games were against Marlboro Softball Hall of Fame manager Dennis Lapine at the newly added Manalapan Field 3 (an unusual 8:45 start time). Team Lapine had a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd inning, which was then broken by a Pat Brock triple to bring Bruce Cotter in to tie the game at 2. More runs were scored that inning thanks to hits from Captain Justin Brock and Seth Drashinsky, bringing Team Brock in the lead 5-2. However, Team Lapine was not done yet, as hits from Papa Yokel, Marc Persily, the Frey brothers, and Amadeo kept Greenway Mortgage in the game. The score was 5-5 going into the bottom of the 5th, where RCF answered back with hits from Pat Brock, Justin Brock, and Spencer Cohen to bring back the lead 7-5. The RCF defense was able to shut Team Lapine down from there on out, as they won by a score of 8-5. Some shoutouts on Team Brock…Multi-hit games for both Pat and Justin Brock, with Justin having 3 RBIs. Stellar defense by all the RCF squad, notably Bruce Cotter at 3B and Justin Brock at SS with great catches and bullets to first (Marcel may need to play first base with a catcher’s mitt from now on). And of course, we cannot forget Dave “Whitey” Drashinsky for stellar pitching and defense on the hill. For the other team, multi-hit games for Amadeo, Spoto, and Papa Yokel. Lastly, congratulations to Patrick Brock and Seth Drashinsky on their all-star selections for Team RCF! Tune in this week as RCF takes on Sarcona at the Fenway Park of Marlboro, Union Hill Right.

Tec-Tel (Schef) v. Parabolic (Marrone)

Tec-Tel took on ParaPasters in the early game at East Francis.  Upon arrival, things looked bleak for Tec-Tel and Parabolic rolled out 10 strong and Captain Marrone was seen flirting and speak inappropriately with Ump Toni (who, once again called a great game).  On the field, Parabolic was looking to get in the scoring column first.  After a Paster triple, Leo was able to get Roland and Newman in order to strand the runner at third.  In the bottom-half of the first, Schef and Danny Jr. set the table for a Callow base-clearly double.  The Marrone bats were kept in check (minus the 3rd inning PasterBomb to Center), until the 6th.  Down 5-1, the bottom of the Marrone line-up set the table to a big 4 run inning to tie the game at 5.  Tec-Tel responded to score 2 in the bottom of 6 when Schef led off with his 3rd hit of the day. After Danny Jr. roped a double, Callow was intentionally walked to get to All-Star Perry.  Perry responded with a single to score Schef.  After a Dan Sr. fielder's choice, Danny D showed that he has amazing patience and balls of steel as he looked at 3 very close pitches for the RBI walk.  In the 8th, Parabolic scratched across and run and Schef did the same in the bottom of 8.  Down 2 in the 9th, Team Marrone threated with hits from Gellis and Glenn, but Danny Jr. robbed a likely game tying bloop over in shallow right field.  Roland stood on second with AP up and things once again looked bleak.  AP has made a living on delivering in these moments, but the softball gods were not on his side as his line-drive was right at Dan Jr. for the game ender.  For Schef, multi-hit games from Schef, Dan Jr., Callow, All-Star Veneck, and Tilk (who hit his first double since 1978! lol).   For Parabolic, Pasterbomb continues to take the league by storm, and if memory serves, multi-hit games from Marrone, Fishman, Schiffman and Gellis.  Next weekTec-Tel takes on MG and his dizzy bat skills. 

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock)_ d. LJK (Harris) 11-7

Following a disappointing effort/result in game 1 of their doubleheader (kudos to Clamp and Team Randell for shutting us down) Team Pollock, playing again without their 1 and 2 (AKA Infante's trade value) hoped to overcome their sleep Municipal field bats against a Harris-less LJK Headhunters, also looking for a rebound win.  Team Harris jumped out to an early 3 run lead, but VM Cleaning chipped away to eventually tie the score after 7 innings. In the top of the 8th, Team Harris scored what felt like 2 huge runs to take the lead, setting the stage for a much-needed Team Pollock rally.  It started with the bottom third of the lineup, as Alan Rubin, Alex Pugliese, and Rich Wolle set the table with 3 big hits. The top of the lineup didn't disappoint, following that start with 5 hits and a sac fly to plate 6 clutch runs to save the day for Team Pollock. Perhaps credit goes to Rob Rozencwaig's pre-game speech, although the affects of that Roddy Piper inspired talk didn't kick in until the 8th inning.  Offensively, the Rosenstock brothers starred for VM Cleaning, as Eric led the way going 4-4, while Mike went 3-3 with 4 RBIs. All-Star Dave Meyer, Mitch Pollock (who had a very good bounce back game at SS) and Schwag each also had multi-hit games. Credit to Alan Rubin, who pitched two strong games, and Eddie Johnson and Larry Rubin, for two more strong defensive efforts. Zack Krauss had a nice game for the Headhunters. Next up for Team Pollock is a marquee match-up against fellow All-Star captain and 10-3 squad Team Fradkin in a battle that may determine he eventual #1 seed and top power ranking spot (ignoring Team Byko for summary writing purposes).

Hot Corner (Bykofsky)  21   Dirty Sports (Apples)  17

Armed with all 13 players for the first time all season, Hot Corner was able to defeat a Melnyk-less Dirty Sports team in a back and forth game at the Middle School, 21-17.  Hot Corner showed resiliency once again this week coming back to win after trailing 8-2 early on.  The long ball was the story of the day for Hot Corner, as they were able to launch 4 HRs in the win.  The hits that really broke the game open were a HUGE 3 run HR by Dukes in the 8th inning, and Matty P's 3 run HR in the 9th (his second of the game!).  Hitting stars were abundant for Bykofsky's bunch in the win.   Matty P led the way going 4-5 (2 HRs, 5RBIs), Justin 4-5, Seidenberg 2-3 (with a HR), and the red hot CY Drapkin 3-4.  The defense was led by Scotty Seidenberg making a bunch of tough plays at third base, while  Capt Byko made the play of the game in the OF, robbing Lurie of a would-be HR as he chased down a ball over his head in the middle innings.  For Apples, Mike Conti was stellar at the plate, smoking the ball all game.  Mike "The Krain Train" also knocked around a bunch of hits in defeat.  Bykofsky's crew did not have much time to celebrate the win as power ranking leader Fradkin awaited them in game 2...

 

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 25     Fradkin Law 10 (Big Ed)    7 innings

Coming off a very tough win vs. Apples and Co, Hot Corner expected to have their work cut out for them vs. a very talented Fradkin Law team.  However, Hot Corner exploded out of the gates, scoring in every inning along the way, while cruising to the 25-10 win in 7 innings.  Five HRs! were launched by Hot Corner (gotta love hitting at the Middle School) with rookie Adam McElrath leading the way going 4-4 with 2 HRs!  Scotty Seidenberg connected on his 2nd HR of the day in the 4th inning which had to have an exit velocity near 115MPH...smoked!  Bryan Jackson and ISO Joe were also able to get into the HR party, each hitting their first of the year as well. The 29 hit attack was led by the aforementioned McElrath, and red hot B-Jax who was also 4-4. Justin chipped in with 4 hits, while Drapkin (on fire!) and Sally Slides each had 3 hits.  Kudos goes out to Jordan Rosenthal for crushing a HR to LF in defeat for Fradkin.  The big margin of victory was was certainly unexpected as this was a match-up of the 1 and 3 teams in the illustrious Pollock Power Ratings.  I guess Capt Byko and the rest of Hot Corner will anxiously await the next blog post =).    Bykofsky loses McElrath (bummer) for the next few games as they head into a Wed night game vs. Sarcona

 

LHRGP (LaRocca) 13 – INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (Granese) 11

Fresh off of their victory against RCF, Team LaRocca was moved to UHR and the rough early morning sun to go against a tough and streaking Granese team who won two in a row without el Capítan Matty Ice last week.  The game started off with a blast triple from Double D-Dynov, an RBI single from Red Hot Ronnie, a double from ROY candidate Kevin Kleschinsky and the good guys had 3.  Not to be outdone, Team Granese put up a 4 spot with big hits from the top and going deep into the order.  Malagold lead off the 2nd with a hit, moved over to 2nd on the 9th infield hit of the season from Grossman and scored on a hit from D-Dynov.  Matty Ice rips back with a blast triple of his own after his bottom got on base (scoring on an overthrow) and after 2 the good guys were down 7-4. From here, the defense settled down thanks to strong play from Kyle Raventos at short, and amazing defense from K-Kleschinsky.  Lets face it, team Granese is so dangerous because of their ability to take the extra base up and down their lineup.  Not today, as Top Defensive Outfielder Candidate Kevin Kleschinsky showed that he is the only outfielder in the league who can stop Colis Spann in his tracks from scoring from second base on a hit to the outfield.  After chipping away for 2 runs over 3 innings, Grossman lead off the 5th with his 10th infield hit of the year, DD got on base on a FC and then a Ronnie single, Kevin with his 9th double, Mike K with a SAC, Mark single, Kyle single, Balar single and with bases juiced, sweet swinging Jeremy Levine cleaned them off with a blast triple in the gap.  Malagold followed with an RBI single as LHRP dropped a seven spot on Team G.  The teams traded a few runs the rest of the way as LHRGP achieved their 5th win of the year.  Besides Kevin, kudos defensively go to Kyle, Mark and Doc “Willie Moneñez” Balar who scooped up everything that came his way.  Next up is a tough double dip against Juice (Byko) and Cowboy Mike.

 

Randell 10, Pollock 3

On a rare perfect weather Sunday morning for softball at Municipal the Randell boys secured a much needed win against one of the top teams in the league in Team Pollock who were without the reigning MVP Infante.   The 2 story lines of this game was R squared as in the 4 Randell Rookies (Weis, Crawford, Abramowitz, Okun) who went a combined 9-14 to spearhead the offense and the revamped Gastro outfield of Burnsy, JZ, Crawford and Aronson who made all the plays defensively. . .  As for the game details, Team Pollock was on the board first plating a run in the top of the 3rd.  The blue and orange responded quickly with a 4 spot in the bottom half set up by 4 baserunners in a row to start the inning with a hustling Crawford grounder followed by consecutive hits from Korny, Abromowitz and Okun.  A big 2 out hit from Hector would cap off the 4 run rally.  Team Pollock would get one back in the top of the 4th only to see the blue and orange respond again with 3 in the bottom half highlighted by a blast to left for a double by that man Okun again.  From there Cy Clamp seemed to be on cruise control against his former championship mates.  Team Randell would score 1 in the 6th with a leadoff hit by the skipper scoring on a Crawford double, 2 in the 7th on RBI's from JZ and Clamp and 1 in the 8th from Aronson driving in Burnsy after a leadoff hit of his own.  Team Pollock would get 1 in the 9th for the final 10-3 margin of victory.  Leading the way offensively was the aforementioned Okun (3-3) and Abramowitz (3-3) along with Clamp (3-4) all with 3 hits on the day.  Hector, Crawford and the skipper chipped in with 2 hits apiece.  On the Pollock side, ex-mate Wolle hit the ball well and also should have had 2 hits on the day but for a heads up play from JZ forcing out a runner at 2nd on an otherwise hit up the middle.  Defensively, the new Randell OF was solid with Burnsy active early in LF and the ever improving Crawford with a busy day in RCF.  Weis had a steady and busy day at SS.  And then there was Cy Clamp in control the whole way keeping his former mates off balance hitting the corners for strikes as only Clamp can do. . .  For Team Pollock, another improving player Larry Rubin with a great diving catch in LF to rob JZ of extra bases in the middle innings.  Next up a big divisional game Wednesday night against Team Bobito with division standings on the line and a potentially pivotal game in the Randell/Harris annual best record dinner bet. 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST

Fradkin Law 17 – Sarcona 13

 Fradkin Law 8 –Brock 3

 

After a 2-game slide where the league hoped and prayed that Ed’s team was collapsing, the opposite occurred.  With a double-header on one of the hottest days of the year, Ed’s team showed the prior two games were an aberration and they were back ready to dominate.

 

First up was big Lenny’s team featuring all 18 feet of the Silverberg clan.  It was a tough fought game that went into extra innings but in the top of the 10th Ed’s team had its first 6 batters score to put the game out of reach.  The star of the game had to be Kenny Feingold.  He went 5-5 with a grand slam home run, double, 3 singles, 3 runs and 4 RBIs, together with playing a stellar left field.  Polzer, Nick, and Murphy Sr. chipped in with 3 hits each as well.  Perhaps the funniest moment of the game occurred when Jimmy Murphy had an inter-family squabble with cousin Nick, but Nick had no idea what the argument was about.  Essentially, Jimmy was arguing with himself.  Regardless, there is still no better teammate in the league than Jimmy.  The entire team had a great laugh, including Jimmy, when he realized what was going on.

 

After playing 10 innings at Middle School Ed’s team headed over to East Frances to play the always dangerous Brocks with their super-secret weapon, Marty.  Brock’s team jumped out to a lead in the first inning, but then Ed’s team fought back to take the lead for good in the 5th inning by scoring 4 runs.  There were some tense moments of this game but thankfully with Chris Yee umpiring an excellent game sanity was restored without any further blowups. 

 

Nick continued his hot hitting with 3 hits and 2 RBIs while Phil also had 3 hits from the leadoff spot.  Polzer kept a hard hitting Brock team at bay by only allowing 3 runs. 

 

After playing 19 innings in the heat it was a great day for Ed’s team to come out with 2 wins.  There is only one thing left to say. . . . . WE ARE BACK MOTHERFUCKERS!!


Greenway Mortgage (Lapine) 19. -  Gastro of Ocean (Randell)  12

On what may have been the hottest weekend in Marlboro Softball history, the Mortgage boys came to play but only ended up with a split, winning against the Randellites in the early tilt at Swim Club and losing a heartbreaker to Bykofsky by a 9thinning run at the absolutely sweltering Middle School.  It was a long day but let’s get started.  I’m doing this from memory as I forgot to take picture of the scorebook, so we’ll see how close we get.    A quick run in the first – 1-0 good guys.  Nothing until the third when Randell put together a big rally and scored 7 to take a 7-1 lead.  A lot of teams might have lied down in the heat but not this team.  Chipped away with 3 in the 5th - Andrew A started the rally with a triple and came in to score on an outfield error.  Tom Carroll  - welcome back – hit an opposite field bomb for another couple of runs.  3 more in the 4th tied it at 7.  3 more for Randell and 3 more for us – tied at 10 after 6.  A real pitchers duel between Yock and Clamp.  5 more for us in the 7thand 4 in the 8thmade it seem worse than it actually was.  A lot of hitting for us led by Phil (“I got a new glove”) Getz with 4 hits.  Andrew, Tom C, Stewart, Yock, Persily, Spoto, and Frey with multi hit games.  I may have missed someone else because we had a lot of hits.  Kornhauser had real nice game for the Randell's.  Let me just add  - thank god there are dugouts at the Swim Club.  

 

Game 2 – started off great with 5 in the first and 6 in the second and then the heat got the best of us. Bykofsky seemed to score in every inning but we held tough and tied it up at 15 going into the 9th. We went down in the top and they pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 9th for the win. Dave Trojani had the hit of the game for us with a HR to left center.  Steve Yockel was an absolute warrior pitching 18 strong innings in the brutal heat.  We scored 19 and 15 in the two games in horrible conditions – that usually gets you two wins so we’ll take it.  This team never gives up.  Andrew A who has been killing it for us the past few weeks, tweaked a hammy - get better soon!  Next week – another doubleheader against the Brocks and former Denny BFF’s Frank the Tank Loconte and dark horse manager of the year candidate Cowboy Mikey F.

 

Tec-Tel (Schef) v. HeadHunters (Harris)

Regency bragging rights were on the line as Schef and life-long "Bobitian" JC faced off and Harris and his band of merry-men.  The ruckus started pre-game in 195 degrees at 8am and Tec-Tel shows up with a near-full quad for early swings.  A big radio blasting an odd playlist of Twisted Sister and Johnny Cash woke up both teams early.   Team Harris put up two in the top of the first (which was a win for Team Schef who historically is terrible defending the 1st inning).  Team Schef answered in the bottom-half with 8 batters producing 4 runs on a bunch of singles, extra bases, and a couple sac’s.  The third inning saw another rally from the top of the order as team Schef answers  Harris’ 3 run top with 6 of our own with 10 guys collecting 4 hits, a few walks and errors keeping the rally alive.  That seemed to be the back breaker as Leo goes on to throw 6 shutout innings, 7 bagels total for the game.  Fast-forward to the 5th inning and the bottom of the Schef order takes over. Danny D singles and takes second on a FC.   Next up Mike Veneck shuffles up on a flat, short inside pitch and drops it between RCF and RF.  The ball was perfectly placed between Ben Kessler and Justin Krause.  The two outfielders collided and the ball split them.  Unfazed by the collision, they played Rock Paper Scissors to decide who goes to the track to pick up the ball.   Meanwhile Mike does the 240 foot dash for his first career Marlboro softball home run.  Tec Tel top 4 guys of Schef, Intoci, Dan Jr. and JC go 12 for 14.   Many notable moments with 10 of us stomping on home plate, and multi- hit games from Schef (5-5), Joe I (4-5), Dan M, Callow, Dan M Sr, Mike V, Leo, Tom, Dick, Harry, Moe, Larry, Curley.  For Harris, the offensive star was Frank the Tank Calamia, who was perfect on the day with multiple doubles.  14 gallons of water, shade tents, and more rock music kept kept us all cool.  Shout out to Team Schef cheering section of wives, girlfriends,kids and Mike Conti.  In fact the Team Schef cheering section is so big that it appears that some of the guys may have both a wife and  a girlfriend attend the games.

 

Bananas and buds arrive for intermission.... we wait in the heat for game 2.... 

 

Tec - Tel (Schefkind) v. NJ SALT (Sarcona)

11am and still 195 degrees but now two banged up teams take the field.   Elders Leo and Tilk bowing out for shade and portable air conditioners.   Team Sarcona "fresh" off an extra-inning loss to Fradkin and crew arrived and both teams looked like they would rather be sitting by a pool.  The opening inning found team Schef still feeling intermission comma with Kastner’s 6-pitch inning resulting in 3 bone-head outs.  Team Sacorna couldn't capitalize and went down in order in the 1st, thanks in part to  pitcher Danny D's defensive snag off leader boarder Austin's bullet comebacker.  Still not sure how he got a glove up but he saved his own neck (literally).  Danny D continued on to keep the 1-2 punch of Silverberg’s off the bases for (Most) of the day.  Kudos to Dave for hobbling out a few doubles.   Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden can still be heard from the radio behind the Tec-Tel bench as a rally cry!   Tec-Tel plates 3 in the second, and continued to tack-on, and kept the lead the rest of the way. A game full of easy defensive innings left no competition.  In the 8th inning and 8 consecutive batters getting on, our lovely pickle-juice drinking ump (kudos to Toni for dealing with the heat and calling two great games) was telling us we were running it up.  Perry didn’t hear it, stepped around the cans and cigar butts, 14 gallons of water bottles, 8x10 glossy photos with circles and arrows and implements of destruction... grabbed a bat and hit one 600 feet onto the UHL parking lot.   OK Well thats a strike... next pitch he puts one 5-hole on SS for a few more runs.   Multi hit game from Schef, Joe I, Callow (perfect on the day), Dan M, Jr. (up the middle), Dan M Sr, Justin, Dan D, Trit, Veneck, Tom, Dick, Harry, Moe, Larry, Curly... fk’n everybody!  We are young!   This is “little league for grown ups”!.  There’s opinions out there about this (alleged) over the hill team.   We are the fountain of youth.  Editors Note:  The win was Tec-Tel's 7th of the year, matching the total predicted by one member of the leagues Board.  But I digress since, after all, "if you have nothing nice to say - say nothing at all”

 

 

INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (MG/Lombardi) 16 – CGAJ LAW (Goldfarb) 8

On a blistering hot day at No-Shade Elementary, Team MG took the field missing Capt MG and Ench. MG's bats came alive with a 24 hit attack led by Collis & Mike (4-5), Billy, Jim & Paul (3 hits) and Joe & Greg (multi hits). Both Paul and Joe also had a 3B bomb. Defense was led by Greg who played a stellar SS and Billy with some nice sliding catches. For Team Goldfarb, Alex hit the ball hard with a bomb of his own and Cruz filled in nicely on the mound.

 

INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (MG/Lombardi) 12 – GASTRO (Randell) 5

With 1 win under stand-in capt Jim's debut, Team MG was looking for the sweep. The game started slow tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the 4th when Team MG jumped out with 3 in the 4th, 1 in the 5th, 5 in the 6th and 2 in the 8th taking a 12-2 lead going into the 9th. Team Randell fought back and put up 3 in the 9th. Everyone on Team MG had at least 1 hit with multi hit games for Collis, Billy, Greg, Paul, Mike, Wayne and Hy. Joe also blasted a 3 run bomb. Defense was led again by Greg at SS, Justin at 2B and a ridiculous layout diving catch by Collis in RF. For Team Randell, Weis, JZ, Clamp and Burns hit the ball well.

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 16    Greenway Mortgage (Lapine) 15       9 innings not 10

After receiving a forfeit win vs Jacoby's banged up squad, Hot Corner looked to "sweep" a double header vs. a big hitting Lapine team at the Middle School.  Let me just start off by saying some wins in this league are more satisfying than others and this was one of them.  It's easy to win when you have the lead all game, but it takes guts and a lot of grit to come back and win. Despite trailing by the score of 11-3 after a few innings of play, Hot Corner was able to crawl back into the game bit by bit and walk away with the W. The middle inning comeback was propelled with the long ball despite Hot Corner missing the services of Scott "the hitman" Seidenberg.  Adam McElrath had maybe the best offensive game of his rookie season finishing 3-3 with a YUGE 2 run HR  in the 3rd inning to get Bykofsky's bunch some much needed momentum. Two batters later, Eric Mallow then launched one into orbit at Middle School for a 2 run HR and BOOM! Hot Corner was back in the game. Moving ahead to the 7th inning, down by 1, Frank Dukes used a 27oz bat instead of a 30oz one and smoked a HR to left field to tie the game!  Atta boy Dukes!  After Drapkin pitched out of a jam in the top of the 9th, getting Carroll, Spoto, and Getz out in a row with runners on in a tie ballgame, the stage was set for a walk-off.  Dukes led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk, and after Billy Boy reached base two batters later, it left the game in the hands of Capt Byko with 1 out.  Justin then stepped up and smashed a hit to drive in the game winning RBI and everyone couldn't have been happier, especially to get the F out of the sun!  The 26 attack for Hot Corner was led by Bryan Jackson with 4 hits, while 3 hit affairs were had by JBykofsky, Juice, McElrath, and Billy Boy.  For Greenway, Amadeo was 5-5 leading off, while HR's were hit by Trojani, Spoto, and Getz in defeat.  Bykofsky's crew moves to 8-3 at the midway point and will look to carry the momentum over into a double-header next week vs Apples and Fradkin. 

 

LHRGP (LaRocca) 20 RCF (Brock) 8

Very hot; a lot of hits; great pitching; better than expected defense; and we are out of the basement.  The good guys started it off right, putting up a six spot with singles from Red Hot Ronnie and Kevin Kleshinsky, followed up with a triple from Mike Kleshinsky….then hits from a healthy and scorching Mark Carlin (6 for 6 on the day) Jimmy Pezz (batting over 700 last 3 games) and a gap 3 run home run from sweet swinging lefty Jeremy Levine.  Brock battled back in the first with 5 on big hits of their own including a BOMB by Lucas P and after one, the euphoria of the top of the first was gone.  While in the past, this squad would press, of late, they just have fun and hit and today was not different.  Five more runs in the second and three in the third really put this game out of reach as great pitching and a solid defense held RCF to three runs the rest of the way.  Ronnie C has not only been a hitting machine this year (24 hits) his pitching has been “on”.  You know you are pitching well when Pat Brock says after the game “Ronnie was putting it places [for strikes] where I couldn’t do what I wanted with it.”  Besides Mark Carlin’s massive 6/6 game (with a double and a homer) other impressive notables were: Dave Malagold (5 for 6 with a big triple); Kevin Kleshinsky (5 for 6); Pezz (4 hits); Raventos (3 hits); Mike K (3 hits); and multiple hits by Dynov and Ronnie.  Lucas P was also impressive in the field as were the Brocks and Drashinsky. Don’t overlook the defense and hitting of Spencer Cohen who is turning into a Marlboro Softball player and will be big down the stretch for this group.

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 14 – PARABOLIC (Marrone) 3

I suspect the common theme of summaries this week will be about the heat, and as a team fortunate enough to only have one game today (albeit a late one), congrats to all with doubleheaders for surviving. As for the late match-up at the Swim Club, VM Cleaning was looking to stay hot (see what I did there) and cap off a terrific first half of the season, but knew they had to be on their game going against a very strong Marrone team (and VM Cleaning alum Mike Gilston) that couldn't wait to get back on the field after their Wed. night loss. With veteran Alan Rubin at the beach, VM Cleaning and this author were worried they might also have to overcome their back-up P losing the plate, the main cause of their last loss that feels so long ago. Parabolic started with a perfect defensive inning and put up a run in their half for an early 1-0 lead. In the 4th inning, Eliut (MVP) Infante led off with, and the Rosenstock brothers came through with big hits to get VM Cleaning a 3-2 lead. That's when the game-changing inning took place... Captain Matt suddenly lost the plate and after walking the bases loaded, preceded to walk in a run. Rob Rozencwaig was mentally preparing for the call as a patient Parabolic lineup had Matt Pollock sweating and on the ropes still with bases loaded and only 1 out. Running the next batter to a 3-2 count, Matt threw a 6' 1" pitch for a called strike 3. Running the very next batter again to 3-2, Matt threw a 6' 5" pitch for another called strikeout. Inning over and control problems over for the rest of the game. Team Pollock scored in 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th inning, highlighted by a Schwag insurance HR en route to the 14-3 win.  Offensively for VM Cleaning, Eliut  Infante keeps making this author look smart with another 4-hit performance, while Matt Pollock and Schwag (HR) added 3 hits each. Larry Rubin (who was great again in LF), Mike Rosenstock, and Dave Meyer each had multi-hit games and each finished the first half of the season with averages above .500. Things are certainly clicking right now for the defending champs as they go into the 2nd half as the (surprising to most) #1 seed. No rest for the wicked though as next up is a doubleheader against Team Harris and then Randell and Pollock-faves Clamp and JZ.
 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH

HEADHUNTERS (Harris) 10 – PARABOLIC (MAYRONIE) 9 – 10 inn

Lets start with the fact that the fans got their monies worth in one of the best games of the year.  Make no mistake , Team Mayronie is a very good team- and especially scary on Union Hill with lock ROY of Jeremy Paster. And then add in the fact that Mayronie had an 11 man line up against Team Bobito's 13 man line up- and I am certain not many along the fence thought Team Bobito could pull this game out. Especially after Marrone jumped to an early 5-0 lead after three innings. After three innings "The Big Red Machine" was also anything but BIG with just a couple of hits and no runs.  But in the fourth Ben leads off with a single followed by a hit from Zack and Jared to get our first run.  Then one more in the 4th and 5th and then all of sudden its a ballgame at 5-3 after 5.  But then in the bottom of the 6th- Paster hits a bomb- and after adding another run it is now 7-3.  Not sure many at the fence thought we had a chance- but Jared leads off the 7th with his third hit of the night- and Frank followed with a booming double in the gap in LCF.  After a Russ ground out RBI- Jordan continued his hot hitting with an RBI single and Glenn who has been el fuego at the bat (3 for 3 and a BB) brought in a run to make it just a 1 run game.  Our defense which was solid all night (no errors- and stellar plays by Frank, Paul ,Andy , and Jordan in the infield all night) along with Feldy's  superb pitching kept us close enough to keep chipping away. And from the 4th inning thru the 10th inning held this dynamic offensive team to 4 runs.  And there were a couple of bases loaded situation we wiggled out of.  And plenty of second guessing from the fans.  At least for this one night- most of the decisions worked out. Now to the 10th inning. And after watching it on facebook a couple of times - still in disbelief of what happened. Sort of like the 10th inning of game 6 of the 86 World Series. I can watch that inning 100 times and still not believe the Mets won that game.  Team Bobito takes a 2 run lead in the top of the 10th as Justin leads of with his second hit of the night - and then in succession- "the bottom" got two walks- Rosey who had a great game (2 for 2 and 2 BBs, and 3 runs scored) got on without seeing a strike and Bobito on a close 3-2 pitch also worked out a BB. After Ben flew out- Zack hit a tough grounder to SS- that could not be handled and the go ahead run scored- then Paul ( who was stellar at SS) got that huge Sac Fly insurance run.  Now the fun begins in the bottom of the 10th. With one out Gilston singles, Evan Binder walks (Feldys first unintentional BB of the night), AP singles and it is bases loaded and Paster up. Game , set , match for Mayronie?  Feldy makes a great pitch and Paster seeded the clouds with a ball a mile in the air to get Mayronie within 1 with a sac fly to Russ.  Glenn Roland then hits a missile up the middle that almost hits Binder at 2B- but does slow him down enough that when AP going from first to third is gunned down by Jared from RCF before Binder could score, Game over.  I know we all kill Simon from time to time- but this was not an easy call- and all you can ask is that he puts himself in the right position.  And he did to make that call.  And then "The Throw".  Jared made an incredible dart of a throw- and Frank made the slap tag.  Incredible finish.  And it just seems there are some teams that have other teams number.  And for the second year in a row Team Bobito gets a walk off win from Team Mayronie.  Trust me , I have been at the other end of these games often enough to know how tough a loss like this can be.  But good teams have to bounce back from losses like that - and they are a good team- and I expect they will bounce back (though they will take a hit in the power rankings with this loss).  As for Team Harris- after two really tough losses on sunday- we bounced back.  Showed lots of heart to get this win tonight.  And the Good Guyz prevailed.   Now its Team Schef on Sunday (with Schef , Uncle , and Consiglieri Tritto scouting tonight) and a huge reunion grudge match.  This is one match between BFFs that will not involve skins and junk. Just strictly the W and L.          

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH

Pat Thomas and the New Day Co-Op (Ace) 17

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Lenny and the Jets (NJ Pepper) 1

This weekend’s double header was a much needed morale boost for the Ace squad after a devastating, debilitating, heart-wrenching loss to Goldfarb on Wednesday Night. It took the wind out of our sails and thought it would set us back a few. It hurt... bad. It reminded me of when we were kids and Cousin Frankie was about 10 years old and punched this distant relative of ours in the nuts so fucking hard I thought the kid was going to puke out his vas deferens. That was the pain in my soul Wednesday Night. Back to the Action…

This game was relatively quiet early on with NJ Oregano scoring on a pretty play at home in which Tracy gunned the ball perfectly to Heisenberg who was about to make the tag but was thwarted when DiPaulo lept over him to step on the plate. We argued a little bit, but Karen told me to GFY and back to the action. Top of the 4th, we got on the board with 5 runs and then kept hitting until reaching 17 in the 7th. Again, our defense was on fire and kept the big bats of NJ Cumin at bay and didn’t let their guys getting on base mess with our heads. Offensive stars for Ace were Eric Bomenblit, Cousin Frankie and Michael Podolla who needed to finish the game quickly before the alcoholic shakes set in. Multi-hit games were had by the Dickster, Karp, Younghans, Pat Thomas, Tracy, and lets not forget Jay Eisenberg who had a big ass double when it counted and is bar none the best choice for the Charlie Hustle Award. Find me someone else that sprints out from behind the backstop everytime to back up 1B and I’ll produce Jimmy Hoffa’s corpse. For Team NJ Thyme, Doc is doing a great job at SS such a short time after surgery and I’m happy to see Kastner back in the league. Next up… fellow rookie captain, Ed Fradkin #blessed #stayinschool #ourdefensemakesfemalesmoist

 

Everybody Loves Frank Loconte (Ace) 19

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Big Ed (Fradkin Law) 13

After a big early win, Ace had about 5 hours to kill before the next game. The squad embraced each other and went their separate ways… Podolla went to the nearest purveyor of Mad Dog 20/20 or Zima… Eric went home to fantasize about what font his goofy name would be printed in on the top of the doubles leaderboard… Jay Eisenberg went in his car and blared Mott the Hoople records reminiscing about joints from Christmas’ past… and Dicky Bomenblit...he goes wherever his Irritable Bowel Syndrome takes him. Back to the Action… I’m sure everyone and their mother counted us out of the game from the get go. Good for you. I love this shit. We may have had a rough start, but now when those sexy ass brown and yellow uniforms march on to the Marlboro fields, hymens throughout this great land break inexplicably. Back to the action… Ace put up 4 in the first, but Fradkin answered back with 2 in the bottom frame. In the third, we put up 2...but Fradkin was relentless and put up 7 followed by 3 in the 4th highlighted by a huge Jordan Rosenthal homerun. Heading into the top of the ninth, we’re up 16-13… the rain started to trickle down gently upon our sweaty brows... the skies became cloudy… Simon looked wise and majestic in the moonlight… setting the stage for a big hit. Dickster and Eric set the table as they always do with a single/double… up comes Frank Loconte, slinging dick and taking no prisoners. As lightning struck, Frank blasted a homer over the fence to bring the score to a comfortable 19-13 heading into the bottom of the 9th. Our defense came through and bam, we’re 6 and 4, winning 6 of our last 7. Our offensive leaders were a plenty: Richie B (6/6), Cousin Frankie and Joe Tracy had 4 hits a piece, and Pat Thomas and Ryan Younghans 3 hits. Eric Bomenblit had 2 hits which both had to be doubles or he gets all douchy about it. For Fradkin, their lineup killed the ball up and down the order and they are truly the offensive powerhouse everyone talks about. Next up for Ace is a Wednesday Night rematch against Granese followed by a double dip against LaRocca and Paladino. #bff #wutang

 

Team Parabolic (Marrone) 6 – Team CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 5 in  10 innings -

In a mid-season matchup between two of Pollocks’ favorites (top 5) teams,  an 8:30 early start at Union Hill Left is no one’s favorite, and boy were the bats still slumbering – Team Parabolic (Marrone) scored 1 in the 1st  on an AP single and Raucher RBI, and 1 in the 2nd, then  Team Goldy chipped back and scored 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th . And that was it - a great defensive battle ensued as it was still 2-2 going into the bottom of the 8th, when the Mayronie’s exploded for a 3 spot from the 6 thru 11 hitters……  Goldy’s fun bunch scored 3 in the top of the 9th to tie the game, which included a 2-run triple to dead center (not sure from who).   Goldy went quietly in the top of the 1oth, then in the bottom, game ball award winner Jesse Fishman led off with his 4th hit of the game, Glen lined out to first, Schiffman got a single, and ABinder walked, bringing up the old pro Mikey Gilston, Mike hits a grounder to second and legs it out before Goldy’s crew could turn a double play.  Great hustle and determination running it out, he looked like Jake Taylor legging out a single in Major League the movie.  Must be said, there were some awesome plays at SS by Jeremy Paster and solid play at 3B by Alan Raucher.

 

Hitting star for this game was none other than Jesse Fishman going 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored.  Multiple hit games were also had by Alan Raucher, Andy Pargament, Glen Marone, Larry Schiffman, Chris Newman, and Alan Binder.

 

Next up for Team Parabolic, are the Bobitoians on Wednesday night and the monstrous defending champion Pollock crew in the late game at Swim Club.

 

Randell 10, Sarcona 7    

Alas, the 5 game losing streak has come to an end. . . Perhaps the men in blue and orange were just tired of the losing streak; perhaps it was a different and emotional pre-game speech from the skipper (not for publication).  I'd like to think it was a combination of both but the bottom line is the Gastro crew came together for a much needed win defeating a big hitting Sarcona squad 10-7 in the early EF matchup.  Team Randell got off to good start in the top of the first plating 2 on an RBI fielder's choice from Burnsy and a 2 out knock from Hector.  Team Sarcona got one back quick on a leadoff blast to right off the glove of the defender from the continuing younger and improving half of the Silverberg's, Austin.  (Ex-commish JZ is reviewing the scoring on the play with guest scorebook keeper Donny Mesmer).  Randell added 1 in the second courtesy of a bomb hit into the trees by the improving rookie Peter Crawford, who also had a busy and solid day in RCF.  2 more were added in the 5th on a 2 out bloop double from the BFF JZ and things were looking good at 5-1.  In the bottom of the 6th the Sarcona bats awoke with the bottom of the lineup setting the table for the top and after a bunch of hits were strung together Team Sarcona scored 4 to make it a new game at 5-5.  After a scoreless 7th, Team Randell came up with probably their biggest inning of the year thus far batting around and putting up a 5 spot with Okun starting it with a leadoff hit.  6 straight hits with a Bunsy sac fly sandwiched in between led to a 10-5 lead.  To the bottom of the 9th we go and the Sarcona crew would not go quietly.  With  1 run in and 2 outs it looked like the game was over but a Randell infield defensive miscue made things a little too interesting setting up the tying run at the plate with runners at 1st and 3rd.  And then Clamp came to the rescue inducing a comebacker to the mound to record the final out.  On the Randell side, Clamp led the way with 3 hits with JZ, Hector, the skipper, Korny and Okun chipping in 2 hits of their own.  For Team Sarcona, the Silverberg duo were on base early and often along with a muti-hit game from Kastner.  Defensively, the aforementioned Crawford is ever improving in the OF and the skipper filling in for Weis at SS thwarted an early Sarcona rally with a 2 out diving stop of a ball ticketed up the middle.  For Team Sarcona, Yigdal with a nice catch in RF robbing Burnsy of extra bases. . . Both pitchers Clamp and Kastner with solid games on the mound as the only walk that comes to mind on either side was an unintentional, intentional walk to JZ.  Next up a double dip against Lapine and Granese to see if the blue and orange can get some mojo going.

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 21      Intercounty Mortgage (Granese) 19

After a very disappointing loss to team Pollock, Hot Corner looked to get back in the win column vs. an always tough, although slightly short-handed (no 3,7,9 picks) MG squad.  With Bryan Jackson fresh off a flight from Nashville, and able to make it to the second game of the day, Hot Corner was feeling confident despite missing the services of JUICE for game 2.  This game was really almost like two different games in one.  Thru 5 innings of play Granese held a 8-7 lead with each team being propelled by 1st inning HRs by Spann and Seidenberg respectively.  From innings 6-9 chaos then ensued.  Hot Corner batted around in the 6 and 7 innings plating 14 total runs in those 2 frames with contributions from everyone. Fast forward to the 9th inning, Hot Corner found themselves up 13 runs, and despite going down to just 3 OFs they still felt fairly confident.  Of course that was idiotic to think.  MG's crew never gave up and scored a whopping 10 runs in the 9th, falling just short of forcing extra innings.  It was wild  to watch, and with the heat, wind, and ridiculously high length of the grass in the OF at Marl El, there wasn't much anyone could've done to stop it.  Captain Bykofsky led the way for Hot Corner in the win as he carried over his hot hitting from game one to finish 4-4 with two triples and two walks (8-8 on the day!).  Eric Mallow also broke out with a 5 hit affair while scoring 3 times, Matty P smashed 4 hits with 3RBIs and even avoided getting hit in the face by a grounder this game!  Action Jackson chipped in 3 hits fresh off the runway, and Billy Boy made the catch of his life sprawling out in LF to take a hit away.  Intercounty had some hitting stars as well including the captain MG (two HRs!), Spann (HR!), and Justin Bickoff (I think he was 6-6 with a HR!).  Maybe one day Hot Corner will actually have their 1-10 picks all at one game...already know that's not happening next week.  Next up a double header at Municipal

 

 

LaRocca Has a Redheaded Goofy step-cousin named Pezzullo (LaRocca) 11 – Wallman (Wallman) 8

I had a nice write-up planned, but its too hot and I just played 13 innings against Applebaum, so I will keep it brief.  The good guys fresh off their Wednesday night dramatics are playing like a team and it showed again on Sunday.  Contributions all around, but a BIG BOOST defensively with the return of Mark Carlin and super clutch hitting from Pezzullo (he is MY red headed step-cousin) with a 2 run triple which proved to be the game winning hit.  Offensively, Kevin Kleshinsky and Raventos stayed scorching hot; another BOMB double for McConville and multiple hits games from: Pezzullo (3); Kevin (3); Mark (2); Kyle (2) and Jeremy (2).  Defensively, Pezzullo moving to 2B was also a solid move as Double D Dynov keeps flashing glove (and his second hand) in the OF.   For Wallman, when you look in the dictionary at the word clutch, there is a picture of Rick Schindelheim (I have no idea how to spell his name, but the man can HIT).   The game was followed by a 13 inning barn burner where the LHRGP defense looked rock solid turning multiple double plays in the squeaker loss that still built team character.  Next up another double dip against Brock and Cowboy Mike.

 


VM CLEANING (Pollock) 8 – HOT CORNER (Bykofsky) 7

Captain Rob Rozencwaig had been preparing for this Sunday since the days of (incorrectly) arguing with this author that Keith Hernandez was better than Don Mattingly (pre-back injury). Today he had the final say as both Matt and Mitch Pollock (as well as Eddie Johnson) were absent, leaving managerial duties to him (with a helping hand from 14th rounder Mark Goldberg). Equipped with Pollock advanced scouting reports, Rob had free reign to make any in-game adjustments he saw fit, and he knew one mistake could cost the game against a really good Bykofsky squad. Things started well for VM Cleaning, as their short-handed lineup came out swinging with 4 consecutive hits for 4 early runs. Of course Team Bykofsky answered back and made it a 5-4 game after 5 innings.  Like a great boxing match, the counter punches continued, as VM Cleaning scored 1 more in the 6th and Team Bykofsky answered back with 1 in the 7th.  After a Facetime update for captain Matt (watching with a not-so-happy wife looked on at a Bahama resort) all was looking good until the dreaded text came... Team Bykofsky came up with two big runs in the bottom of the 8th to go up 7-6. Radio silence for what felt like an eternity followed by the good news. From what I've heard about the game, the main highlights... The reigning MVP was his usual self, leading the way with 3 hits, including a triple. Last year's Charlie Hustle winner (or whatever we call it) Larry Rubin was the defensive star of the morning, anchoring the OF and making at least 3 great catches. Rich Wolle led off the 9th inning with a huge walk, setting the table for a great pinch-running effort from Schwag and clutch hits from Eliut and the Rosenstock brothers. Alan Rubin also pitched another solid game. I'm also told (no surprise) J. Bykofsky was on base all morning. This summary is a bit longer than usual, but it's mainly because of how proud I am of this team so far (and yes, I know it's only 10 games). Guys are doing whatever is asked of them, playing positions that are in some cases not their first choice, and they do it without hesitation and with so much success. And yes, I can't help but mention we've already reached our 8-win pre-season prediction after only 10 games. In that author's defense, he wasn't alone with that pre-season prediction, as I know many others agreed after "The Trade".  Maybe bringing back 7 of our top 11 players from last year's championship squad wasn't such a bad idea after all?  In any case, we know we're only (almost) at the half-way point and so much can still happen (and besides, it's really the playoffs that matter much). But for now, we'll enjoy the current #1 seed and look forward to another huge test against Team Marrone (who are coming off another gutsy win of their own) in a battle of the top two picks (Infante and Paster) and two lefty captains/pitchers on the mound (no Alan next week). PS - Team Pollock wishes speedy recoveries for JJ and Paul Mamone.

 

Granese 17, Jacoby 8
When an anemic offensive attack finally scores 17 and gets a win, the game should feel great. However, a 5th inning OF collision between Jacoby and Paul Mamone put a bad mark on this game as both would leave the field and unfortunately appears that both will be miss significant time. Glad to hear that both are doing ok all things considered. After a 30 min break, the captains and commish decided to finish the last four innings with Jacoby playing with 8. Team MG bats would get going with help from the 3 man OF, and 27 hits later, the guys in orange finally had something to feel good about after a rough month and four game losing streak. At least for one day, less panic about September 5th play in game. Joraskie led the way with 5 hits on plenty of Jameson fuel. MG and Collis with 4. Justin Bick, G.Long and Marc Ench with 3 hits apiece. Despite losing Game 2 of the twin bill to Byko 21-19, Team MG finally got in on the action at Coors Field Marl El. 30 hits and 19 runs is a great way to pad some stats. Looking forward to moving up into the top 14 in the Pollock power ratings. Jokes aside, Kudos to the hottest hitting family duo on the planet as the Bickoffs had a day for all days. Senior Hammer with 4 hits and Justin going 9 for 11 including 6 for 6 against Cy Drapkin. Next up is a Wednesday nighter against the Padres and that foul mouth quick talking Cowboy Mike and his suddenly red hot ball club.

 

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine)  7   -    CK Baseball (Paladino)  3

A beautiful morning was overshadowed by two ominous early morning emails: 1) the first one from stud rookie Tom Carroll informing us he would be a no show for the game, and 2) from Phil G asking if anyone found his glove at the middle school last week.  What would Captain Denny do?  First, he put Andrew Amadeo at short and he responded with his best game of the year, and second – Phil borrowed a glove from his mom and all seemed to be right with the world.  As for the game – we gave up a quick run in the first.  Bottom of the inning, Amadeo led off with a triple and scooted home with the tying run when the one of either the Paladino’s, Panassidi’s or Sandler’s had a throwing error – not sure which one but they basically had every position covered so it had to be one of them.  The CK’s did not score for the next 7 innings as Steve Yockel was terrific on the mound walking no batters until the 9thinning when the game was essentially over.  The Mortgage boys scored single runs in the 2ndand 3rdincreasing the lead to 3-1. In the 5th, Bobby Frey started a big rally with a single.  Singles by Andrew A and Joe Spoto loaded the bases for Dennis’ favorite son-in-law, who lifted a high fly ball to RF for what looked like a routine SF, Bobby scored easily from 3rdand Andrew tagging from 2nd,  just kept running and also scored easily.  A third run in the inning made it 6-1.  Bottom of the 6th– the hit of the day- from super nephew Steven Frey, who bombed one over the leftfielder’s head. Steve ran beautifully for 235 feet, he looked like a gazelle.  Unfortunately, in this league a home run is 240 feet and the gazelle looked like someone got him with a shotgun out on the savannah and he slumped to ground 3 feet short of home plate where one of the Paladino’s or Panassidi’s or Sandler’s tagged him out at home.  At least he is moving up on the league leaderboard for triples.  Anyway, the CK’s scored two in the ninth and we went home with a 7-3 victory.  Andrew played great at short and led the attack with three hits. Joe Spoto and the aforementioned gazelle also had three hits and Phil (“maybe I’ll borrow my sister’s glove next week”) and Stewie chipped with two each.  No errors behind Yock’s great pitching and we won easily without Mr. Carroll (but please come back next week – we have a doubleheader).  Next up, the first of 4 doubleheader’s against Randell and Granese.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 13  Ace Home Improvements (Ferrarese) 11

Another night game,  another 3 players missing, another solid opponent, another early deficeit . . .  No problem . . .  Team Goldfarb with some late inning heroics hung on to defeat a really really good and scary Team Ferrarese 13-11.  Team Ferrarese flexed their muscles early and led this one 6-1 after 3 innings.  Team Goldfarb would get back into this one with 4 in the 4th (highlighted by Darren Saler’s 1st 2 run homer of the game) and trailed by just 1 (6-5) after 4.   Fast forward to the bottom of the 5th, new ball, top of Ferrarese order and Team Goldfarb would find themselves down by 5 once again.  Heading to the 7th Team Goldfarb would trail 10-6 but with 5 runs they would have their 1st lead of the game at 11-10.  After a single run by Team Ferrarese in the bottom of the 7th and a scoreless 8th  the teams headed to the 9th  even and this game would be decided by the top of each order.  Team Goldfarb knew they would have to score to have a chance in this one and 2 runs came across as Darren Saler’s (walked previous time up) blasted his 2nd 2 run homer of the game to give Team Goldfarb a 13-11 lead heading to the bottom of the 9th.  With the way Team Ferrarese’s top was hitting all night a 1st out seemed necessary but that didn’t happen as Jay E beat out an infield single.  After a fly out, Capt G decided to walk Eric B (homered early in the game) and 2 outs later Team Goldfarb broke their 2 game losing streak and had their 6th win.  Both defenses were solid, especially with Team Goldfarb having to shift around from their normal lineup and those players stepped up.  Team Goldfarb was led on offense by Darren Saler’s stellar night (3-4, 2 HR, 1 3B, 1BB, 4 runs, 4 RBI) but also got clutch hitting from rookie Michael Cruz (3 hits, 2 RBI) and Jeff Turtz who kept us in the game early with 2 hits when there were 2 outs).  Team Ferrarese was led by Eric B’s bombs but everyone in that lineup can hit it hard and far as future opponents will find out (no easy outs).  Both pitchers were on most of the night but this was 1 game where the batters decided it.  Next up a DH at UHL against Team Marrone and Team Jacoby who will be tough opponents even though the injury bug has hit them hard. 

 

LHRGP (LaROCCA) 18 – FRADKIN LAW (FRADKIN) 17

On a day where a video of a giant man dead lifting 680 pounds went viral, the HUGE underdogs of LHRGP took on the heavyweight favorites, Fradkin Law, in a Wednesday night thriller that wasn’t supposed to be interesting.  In fact, other than words of encouragement from Capt. Byko, not many people gave the LHRGP boys a chance.  The game started out with the bad boys of Fradkin Law at the plate.  4 bigs hitters, 4 big swings, 4 nice balls driven to the outfield.  3 outs, no runs.  The good guys start the bottom half with a walk from DD-ynov, a hit from Red Hot Ronnie, an RBI double from Mike “Bludgeon Two” Kleshinsky and a SAC from Raventos.  After one, 2-0.  The second and third innings showed the gaping hole left by missing Mark “el muchacho pequeno injurio” Carlin for the 5th game of this season and the professional hitters of Fradlaw, scored 4 and 5 runs consecutively.  Bottom 3rd started with four straight singles by DD, Ron, Rookie sensation Kevin “Bludgeon One” Kleshinsky, and another SAC from Raventos.  After 3 innings, 9-5, and we have a ballgame.  Over the next three innings, the good guys hunkered down on defense and held Fradlaw to 1 run while scoring 3 of their own in the 5th with hits by Dennis McConville, Ronnie, Mike K and a big double by Raventos.  10-8 after 6, and this is a ball---game.  Top of the 6th saw the power of Fradlaw come out with 3 runs with hits from their big guns along with timely hitting from the middle and bottom of their order.  But even though the good guys were down 13-8 in the bottom of the 7th, they never gave up.  The 7th started with a bomb double by McConville (2 for 4), and consecutive singles by: DD (3 for 4, 4 runs); Ronnie (4 for 5); Kevin Kleshinsky (3 for 5, 4 runs); Mike Kleshinsky (5 for 5); Kyle Raventos (2 for 3, 5 RBI); and James Pezzullo (2 for 4).  Jeremy Levine also drove in a run with a sweet single.  All in, LHRGP scored 7 runs and went up by 2 after 7 innings.  THIS is a Ball—Game!  Both teams were held scoreless in the 8th, leaving it up to the top of each team’s order to determine the game.  Fradkin law didn’t disappoint, with Phil Li Pomi leading off the 9th with a BOMB double off the left field fence, and even though they pitched around the dangerous hitters Fradkin and Rosenthal, Jimmy Murphy (who was an animal all night) drove in runs with a huge hit in the 9th.  Fradkin’s boys scored 4 in the top of the frame going up by 2.  Bottom 9 starts with hits from each Kleshinsky and a CLUTCH double by Pezzullo that drove in 2 runs tying the game with 1 out.  With Pezzullo on 3rd (on the play at the plate) and one out Fradkin walked 2 batters to get to Captain LaRocca with the bases loaded and the winning run at 3rd.  LaRocca had ripped a triple down the line earlier and was robbed of a hit on a laced line drive to the outfield as well.  It was a situation that every 54 year old kid dreams of.  This was now THE GAME.  The first base sideline was FILLED with Yentas, Yits, newbies,  and old timers.  Facebook live had at least 6 viewers (not including my mom) and it was time to shine.  Polzer on the mound, the pitch, a high arc that will land on the plate, the swing and channeling his inner Greg Grossman (7 infield hits on the year), the dribbler in fair play that somehow scores the winning run.  BALL GAME!   This is Marlboro Softball.  Anything can happen at any time.  Both teams played hard, had fun and showed good sportsmanship.  Defensive Kudos to Murphy Jr. of Fradlaw who ROBBED Balar of an extra base hit and to Balar himself for a solid 1st base effort.   Next up for LHRGP is a double dip against Wallman and Oscar the Giant Minion featuring new GM Patrick Gabagool Pingaro.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH

NJ SALT (Sarcona) 14 – CK BASEBALL (Paladino) 4

It was fitting that on a beautiful sunny Father’s Day that 4 father and son combos took to the field looking for a big win. The CK side had the Paladinos, Sandler’s and Panissidis while NJ Salt has the mighty Silverbergs. Who would make dad proud today and give him a victory to go enjoy the rest of his day on.....

CK jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with great hitting by KP and the top of the line up. After Sarcona’s crew got three tough outs they never looked back. Austin started the game like he always does with base hit and OG Doc brought him in with a single, who later scored to make it 2-2 . After the first inning the defense for Sarcona’s Savages was key to this victory. The Austin anchored outfield was on point as they caught everything hit at them. The infield with Doc and Mikey C turned numerous double plays, while Rhyno Is a vacuum at third and let’s nothing by him. The bats came alive and put up 14 runs with the biggest shit of the day was Matty Ice coming through with a triple to puts Sarcona boys in cruise control to victory. Austin who is always on base(4 hits) Doc was just crushing the ball along with the two rookies who are killing it and being Silent killers while they do it. Jules Levacchi went 4-5 with a a single after single and bomb of a double which should of been a homer in but he was playing hurt which kudos to him for being a team guy. S. Grant added three hits of his own and continues to be a hit machine. Lenny, Yiggy and Mike Censo where do clutch and came up big to help assure the victory.

The game ball goes hands down to Joe Kaster. Joe was hitting p ropes done the line all game and pitched an absolute gem of a game. Recording theee strike outs and his glove was on fire after all the put outs he made. Sarcona crew is riding two game win streak heading into next week DH at East Frances against two tough team in Gastro and Ace Home...

 

Fradkin Law  17 – GREENWAY MORTGAGE (Lapine) 8

 Every week a new hero emerges on Ed’s team, as this week it was wily veteran Cliff Fox that was the standout player.  Not only did Cliff fill in very ably for Ken in LF, who was out with an injury, but he also went 3-4 with a grand slam home run and 5 RBIs.  Other hitting standouts were Nick, who went 4-5 with 6 RBIs, Big T who went 3-5, and Jimmy Murphy who fell off the barstool to go 3-5 with 3 RBIs.  It is amazing what a diet of Jack Daniels and McRibs does for him.

 

Even missing 3 starting outfielders Ed’s team was able to contain a very powerful Lapine squad that has Carroll, Spoto and Troiani hitting 2, 3 and 4.  Polzer and a retrofitted outfield held them to a combined 3 for 11.  Props have to be given to Jordan who played his first game at RC and Big T in RF, as they were able to navigate the dangerous Middle school outfield. 

 

Next up for Ed’s squad is Larocca on Wednesday night at Union Hill Left and Sunday night versus the mad cowboy, Ferrarese.  

 

 

RCF 4 - Dirty Sports 0

Looking to rebound after a disappointing loss the previous week, Team Brock was eager to get the Father’s Day “W” over the hot Team Applebaum. It was a beautiful, but hot day at everyone’s least favorite field, Municipal. As the away team, RCF jumped on Apple’s team quick by scoring 4 runs in the first, mainly from a rocket 2 RBI triple from Lucas Preiss to right field. Had we known the fate of the game, we could’ve packed up there and started firing up the grills. Both teams were scoreless for 8.5 straight innings, due to great pitching and great defense. Some shoutouts … both Justin Brock and Herm Suarez pitched great games. As usual, good defensive plays by Preiss side of the infield, Pat Brock, Spencer Cohen, and PJ Wollman. Look forward to next week, RCF has a cross town double header starting with Schef in the early game at Middle and Wallman in the late game UHR. Hope all the dad’s had a great father’s day, we know all the father-sons on RCF sure did!

 

Richie Bomenblit and the Imodiums (Ace Home Improvement) 16

Versing

JZ’s Gimp (Kenny G’s Recto-Rooter of Ocean) 0

Four in a row! Four in a MF row! That’s right, douchbags, the team that was told to prepare for the September 5th toilet bowl play-in game is now in 2nd place and plans to continue to slide up the illustrious, noncontroversial Mitch Pollock Power Rankings index for weeks to come. Back to the Action…BFF. Father’s Day: a nice excuse to parent in a worse fashion than you normally do, but a perfect day to play some mf softball. The Ace Youth movement showed up on time (with the exception of Richie hunting down a port-a-john) and looked ready to build on last week’s momentum. Unfortunately, Randell was without his regular SS and Pitcher and would have to shuffle the deck a little. For Randell, the skipper filled in nicely at SS while Burns pitched well with few walks. Randell kept the Ace bats at bay for the first several innings, but by the 4th, Ace sensually erupted for 10 runs highlighted by a cannabis fueled homerun by Michael Podolla #blessed. In the driver’s seat with an 11-0 lead, the offense settled down a bit and just continued to do what we do best, catch and throw the ball. Again, our defense is the tits. Stop down Wednesday night and see it in action… it’ll get you moist. Back to the action. For Ace, the offense was led by 3 hit days for Podolla, Pat Thomas and Cowboy Mike, while Joe Tracy, Ryan Younghans, Cousin Frankie, Paul Kamras, and Jaybird had multi-hit games. For Gastro, Aronson had some great snags in LF while Peter Crawford is proving to be a great second-swing hitter. Wednesday night, watch us take on Daren Saler and the Goldfarbs at Union Hill. Give-aways include bobble-head dolls and dental dams

Wu-Tang, Stay in School, #bff



Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 9     CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 7

The Hot Corner crew (minus suspended bad boy McElrath) were excited to play on Father's Day morning, with this being only the second Sunday game they've been able to play in the last six weeks, as they faced a full 13 CGAJ Law team at the early game at Swim Club.  Some  base-running mistakes were the story in first few innings as Hot Corner jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 3 innings of play that could've been much more.  Hot Corner then extended the lead to 4-0 thanks to 2 out RBI knocks by Capt Byko and Action Jackson.  Goldfarb's crew then responded in the top of the 6th plating 3 runs to make it a tight 4-3 game.  Hot Corner then did what all good teams do, they responded ASAP!  Hot Corner had 2 on with 1 out with CY DRAPKIN coming to the dish.  Drapkin then smashed a 2 run double (biggest hit of the game), which led to a 5 run outburst that basically put the game away en route to the 9-7 victory.  Drapkin was absolutely BRILLIANT on the mound all morning as he pitched out a number of jams and kept Goldy's lineup off-balance for most of the game.  The defense behind Drapkin was led by Justin gobbling up balls in LCF and Matty P who made a number of nice running catches on bloopers.  The offensive attack was led by JUICE! who was a perfect 4-4.  Capt Byko chipped in with 3 hits, while multi-hit games were had by Jackson, CY Drapkin (batting .560!!!), and Dave Mallow.  Captain Guy Goldfarb was sensational for CGAJ in defeat as he launched two doubles to LF that really sparked his squad.  Saler and Sal Alfieri were also tough outs all morning.  With this win Hot Corner improves to 5-2 on the season despite not having their 1-10 picks all be there for a single game...impressive!  Byko and his band of misfits will look to keep it going as they have a double dip next week vs Pollock and MG.

Action Auto (Jacoby) 15 - Parabolic (Marrone) 9

With news late week that a bad hammy would keep Jomo on the shelf for a few weeks, Action Auto was set to take the field without both their 1 and 2 picks against a very tough Team Mayronie on Union Hill Right.  To the surprise of all us, Noel pulled in at 9am and pronounced himself ready to go giving the boys a nice lift as we looked to end a 4 game slide.  Through 5 innings Paroblic held 3-2 due in large part to a Paster 2 run laser over the LCF fence.   Team Jacoby bats got going in the 6th plating 5 to take a 7-3 lead. However, aided by a couple of defensive miscues, Marrones crew clawed back with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning and we were tied at 7 apiece.  AA scratched out a run in the 8th before batting around in the 9th scoring 7 times to ultimately put the game away for the 15-9 final.  Plenty of hitting stars on the day but none bigger than Sean Keenan who was a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and in the middle of everything all morning long.  Bryan Thompson stayed hot smashing 4 hits, while BHor, Lambo and Perloff continue to rake with 3 knocks each.  Noel was on base 3x including a hustle double to start the game setting the tone from the jump for a team looking to get back in the win column.  Lambo led a solid defensive effort by snaring everything through the middle and pitching a gem. For Mayronie, Jeremy Paster continues to run away with Rookie of the year honors roping missiles all over the field including a ball to the top of the RF fence to go with his dinger.  A very cranky, postgame AP had a couple of hits and played a solid RCF, while the rookie Fishman swung the bat well in defeat.  As Jomo continues to sit, Team Jacoby gets ready for a double dip against MG and Goldy next week.

SENTINEL GYM (Wallman) 12 TEC-TEL (Schefkind) 6
Fathers vs Grandfathers
Father’s day at East Francis matched up the red hot oldest team in the league Schef against Captain Old Glory TW. Schef and his 86 fans in attendance selected the shade while Team Sentinel was forced into the benchless scorching sun side. The blazing heat didn’t affect Old Glory early as a bunch of hits plated 4 runs in the first inning which could have been a lot more had Sentinel not run themselves out of the inning. After 3 full innings, Old Glory was up 6 to 0 but the heat and unnecessary Captain TW speech brought the offense to a screeching halt. Bombs from Dan D and K allow brought the game within a run. Old Glory Sentinel was holding the one run lead going into the bottom 8th with the Schef middle of the lineup coming up. With 2 out and runners on 2nd and 3rdUncle Leo delivered a liner to RF to drive in the tying run but a but dart from Gary Cohen in RF nailed the go ahead run out at home to move the game into the 9th knotted at 6. A quick out from the top Old Glory’s lineup had Captain TW panicked but hits from Gene and Turner and a JY walk would load the bases for Javy who delivered a laser RBI single and give Sentinel a 1 run lead but the Old Glory wasn’t done. Huge hits from G Cohen, Mike Seidel and Eric A busted the game wide open with a 6 run lead and Schef’s 86 fans packing. 3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the 9th and Captain TW and Old Glory got their 5th win of the season. Father’s Day brought out the offense for father and son Seidel who along with Mean Gene each had 3 hits. Back in his comfortable 7 spot, Javy had 2 huge 2 out hits. Seidel pitched a walk free gem (7 of 9 games this season with no walks) and Old Glory’s D did just enough to get a badly needed win. Next up a DH at Union against Larocca and Brock.

 

LJK (Harris) 17 – LHRGP (LaRocca) 6

Four in row!  Continuing our streak of scoring double digit runs and holding our opponent to single digit runs- The Big Red Machine took care of business playing the late game at Swim on Fathers Day.(after getting scheduled the late game for Mothers Day as well.  DC how does that happen?) defeating a very game LaRocca squad who played short handed for a couple of innings before reinforcements arrived.  By that time Team Harris jumped to a quick 6- 0 lead after 2 innings.  The defense as it has done over this streak was again really good. Paul made three or four great plays at SS including gunning a runner at the plate on a relay to short circuit a mid game rally. Jared layed out in RCF to take a sure double/triple and save a couple of runs as well.  And then there was Feldy.  Pitched a gem.  And for good measure had a bases clearing triple (not a typo- a triple!) to bust the game open in the 6th- when the game was getting tight.  And because it was Fathers Day- not to be outdone- the resurgent Papa Goldberg chipped in with 2 hits including another double!  Also not a typo.  Papa Goldberg is flat out el fuego. Speaking of el fuego Justin Krauss continued his hot hitting with 2 hits including a 2 rbi triple and jordan had another 3 hit game.   And then there was Papa Krauss (and uncle Russ) who had 3 hits.  Up and down the line up -everyone got a hit and either scored or drove in a run.  A really solid team effort by everyone against a team I predict will make noise before this season concludes- not buying they are a 1 win team.. There is a lot of firepower in that lineup.  And when they get everyone there , in my opinion, they will start getting some W's. A huge double header weekend for Team Bobito next week- and a chance to get above 500 after an 0-4 start. Who woulda thunk that?   

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 10 – INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (Granese) 4

On a beautiful Sunday morning (can't say that too often), Team Pollock defeated Team Granese in a re-match year's finals, made all the more interesting since both teams brought back several key players. Great pitching and clutch defense were the keys for VM Cleaning, as Alan Rubin was able to strand several runners in scoring position, with the help of 3 key double plays. In fact, besides putting up 4 runs in the 3rd inning to take an early 4-3 lead, Alan Rubin was able to keep a strong Granese lineup off the board every other inning. For Team Pollock, Eric Rosenstock was 2-2 with 3 RBIs and was a big part of each double play, while Eliut (repeat MVP?) Infante, Mitch Pollock, Eddie Johnson, Josh "Schwag" and skydiving Larry "Bird" Rubin all had multi-hit games. For Team Granese, Coliss Spann and Justin Bickoff were on the bases all morning. Next week a Pollock bros. and EJ-less VM Cleaning will be led by Rob Rozencwaig in his managerial debut as they look to pull off an upset and keep their (un)surprising great start going against a really good Bykofsky squad in a battle of 2-loss teams. Happy Father's Day all!

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH

 

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine)  15  -  Action Auto (Jacoby)  9
A gloomy day gave way to a beautiful night for softball as Dennis Lapine’s Mortgage boys tried to bounce back from a brutal doubleheader loss (both games by 1 run) against Jacoby on Union Hill left.  A good start was imperative to get the Sunday stink off our game and move us in the right direction.  In the top of the first, a leadoff walk to Phil followed by doubles by Carroll and Spoto and an rbi single by Yock gave us a quick 3-0 lead. And just like that the stink was gone.  A run by Jacoby in the 2nd cut the lead to 2. Top of the 3rd – Joe, Dave and Yock all got on and scored to make it 6-1.  A quiet next couple of innings offensively and few defensive miscues allowed Jacoby to creep back into the game and after 5 if was good guys 7-not so bad guys 6.  The bottom of lineup started the next rally as Alon, Dennis and Bobby all got on and scored as Tom Carroll’s second double cleared the bases and put us up 5 after 6.  Not sure if it was bottom of the 6th or 7th, but disaster loomed for Jacoby’s boys as Joe Mamone went down with what seemed like a pretty bad hamstring injury (Get better soon new-Commish) and Jacoby quickly dialed up his shrink as the potential loss of Joe M coupled with Noel’s ongoing achilles problem was enough to put him over the edge.  5 more runs over the last three finished the scoring for men in blue/yellow/grey/white/dark blue/etc. and the game ended 15-9.  The 26 hit attack (everyone on the team had at least 1 hit) was led by Tom Carroll with 4 hits including 3 doubles, Phil (with a one hopper to the fence and 4 runs scored), Spoto, and the captain DL with 3 hits apiece, and Yock, Andrew A., Alon, Persily and Bobby with multi hit games.  Defensively, Dave stepped in nicely at 3B and Andrew made a nice debut in the OF making some really nice catches.  Defensive play of the game was made by Joe Spoto with a sliding catch in short LF to stop a bases loaded rally.  Next up a Father’s Day tilt with the undefeated Fradkin’s at the Middle School. 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH

 

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 7  Sentinel Gym (Wallman) 5

Not ideal weather for softball but Team Goldfarb was looking to get back on the winning track after suffering their first defeat last Sunday night at the hands of the now hot Team Harris.  Their opponent would be the equally hot Team Wallman coming in with a modest 3 game winning streak.  Team Goldfarb who has played from behind in all of their wins this year made sure this Sunday was no different as Team Wallman jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 innings.  Staying true to form Team Goldfarb would score 6 in the next 3 innings and the score was now 6-4 after 6 in favor of the younger (not JY) team.  Team Wallman scored in in the bottom of the 7th but Team Goldfarb would get a big insurance run in the top of the 9th which after holding the home team scoreless in the bottom of the 9th made the final 7-5.  As for most close games there was many missed opportunities for both teams to score a few more runs.  Both defenses played solid as evidenced by the low score (Municipal can do that, though every field does that to me).  Captain Lou Salerno with led the offense with 3 hits as Jeff T, Andrew B and Darren S chipped in with 2 each.  Rick ‘the hit man’ Schindelheim led Team Wallman on the offensive side.  Sal Alfieri took over at SS as Marc Broome would have to leave this game in the third after a diving stop left his shoulder banged up but Team Goldfarb showed their depth as the many moving pieces played well as the positions changed.  It is good to report that Marc’s injury doesn’t seem to be as bad as first thought (he did come back for game #2).  Though Team Goldfarb did lose game #2 to Team Apple (whose team played really nice) they will look to start a new winning streak this coming Father’s Day against the always tough Team Bykofsky.   Funny as Team Goldfarb’s both losses were to teams with 0 wins at the time and now both of those teams are on multiple game winning streaks (Team G always glad to help out).  After all this is Marlboro Softball and teams are never as good as people think and never as bad either.  Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers this coming Sunday.  


NJ SALT (SARCONA) 11 – GREENWAY (LAPINE) 10
After a nail biting defeat at the hands of LaRocca squad, Sarcona’s Crew where not going to go 0-2 on this rainy Sunday at The Sand Box better known as Marlboro Elementary. 
Austin started the game in usual fashion with a base hit to continue his hot streak and show he is one of the best lead off hitters in the league. The Other Silverberg- Doc S followed with a double of his own to score Austin and the crew tacked in two more to take a 3-0 lead. With a hard task at hand Kaster shut down the side and contained the top of the line up including Carrol coming off a huge two homer in game in there first bout. The Crew tacked on one more to make it 4-0. While Lapines squad was quite.
Then it got interesting with Denny’s boys going off and putting up 6 runs in the 5th to take the lead. Yockel who pitched a great game contained the Sarcona bats while the bats of Lapine added a couple of more run to make it 8-4. In typical Sarcona Savage mode they battled back with a rip down first baseline by Kaster and S.Grant to help cut the lead. The biggest hit of the day game from Yiggy - Jeff Yigdal who help NJ Salt get back in the game.Both teams fought hard and the game was tied which brought us to extra innings for the second game of the day for Lenny’s crew.
Rhyno(R.Grant) led the top of the tenth off with a rip down third base line where Amadeo flashed the leather and made a great diving play but with a piano strapped to his back Grant beat the bad throw and advanced to second. With a smart tactical pinch run The hero of the day Yiggy pinch ran and ended up scoring on a once again clutch hit from Stud Austin Silverberg . With two down Lapine’s squad hit a blast to center where Specchio and Austin collided and Austin was able to hold the ball. This allowed Sarcona’s Island of Misfit Toys to hold Lapines team for the win. Getz, Spoto and Carroll where tough outs all day with the rest of the solid lineup this team has. As for the Crew Doc crushed the ball along with Austin and Pat. Hats off to Joe for pitching another hell of a game and going 3-4 at the plate. Next up for NJ Salt is a tough CK Baseball captained by Paladino at What you know Marlboro Elementary. 

 

FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 17 – PARABOLIC (Marrone) 13 

In what was billed as “game of the year” the one-loss Marrone squad squared off against the undefeated Fradkin team at Middle.  The game was close after 2 innings with the score tied 2-2, but then Jordan broke open the game with a 3-run homerun in the 4th inning as Ed’s team put up 4 runs to go ahead 6-2.  The defense stayed strong in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings as Phil and Murphy Jr. made some outstanding catches in LCF and RCF to keep Marrone’s hard-hitting team scoreless.  In fact, the entire outfield played an incredible game.  Ken in LF made several catches as Marrone’s lefties repeatedly tried to beat him that way; and, Big T (Terel Klein) in his first start in RF played a flawless games catching everything.  On top of his fielding prowess, T went 3 for 5.

 

Marrone’s team was done 8-2 going into the top of the 6th but then Paster hit an opposite field 3-run homerun to cut the lead in half and Marrone’s team added 2 more on top of that to make it 8-7 going into the bottom of the 6th.  As Ed’s team has done all year they responded by putting 3 runs on the board to increase the lead to 11-7.  Ed’s team then broke open the game in the bottom of the 8th inning by scoring 6 runs with the big hit being a grand-slam home run by Murphy Jr.  There is no scarier last hitter in the lineup in the league than James Murphy.  Down 10 runs going into the top of the 9th inning Marrone’s team never gave up and scraped together 6 runs, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit.  There seems to be no doubt that these two teams will likely meet in the playoffs.   

 

There were a great many players who had excellent days at the plate.  Jordan went 3 for 3 with a home run and 7 RBIs.  Nick was 4-5 with RBIs.  Cliff went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.  Papa Podos, who forms the best bottom of the order in the league with Murphy Jr., went 4-5 with an RBI.  All told everyone on the team had at least one hit.  There is little doubt that this team is perhaps the deepest team in the league when it comes to batting.

 

Ed’s team was missing two big components of their team, as shortstop Murphy Sr. was out of the state coaching and starting outfielder Joel Podos was an early morning scratch with an illness.  Jordan was able to fill in for Murphy at SS, Big T came up big in the outfield, and utility-man Cliff Fox moved in to play 2B.  With a full squad on Sunday at Middle against Lapine it will be exciting to see what Ed’s team can accomplish against Dennis and his slugger Tom Carroll.

Michael Podolla and the Wailers (Ace Home) 6

Vs.

M. Joshi Shayamalan and the Conti’s (Dirty Sports) 3 

After achieving their first win last week, there were several questions running through the minds of the Ace crew… Was a 13 run inning last week a fluke? Would any of the youngsters show up by game time? Were we a good team or just a bunch of strapping male models in the sexiest MF uniforms this league has ever seen? Don’t lie, you know you’ve been fantasizing about going back to your high school days walking through the halls in our retro Padres jerseys and just cleaning house with ass. Back to the action…

 

The opening three of the Ace lineup (Richie and Eric Bomenblit and Frank Loconte) has proven fruitful and opened the game with a quick three spot. Applebaum answered back with a couple and the game sat at 6-3 from the 6th inning on. To a softball purist, this game could be seen as a pitcher’s duel between the legendary arms of Mark Karp and Herm Suarez. To non-softball purists, this game was about as riveting as watching Dr. Rob Conti clean the shit out of someone’s gums.

 

For Ace, the offensive was led by Richie Bomenblit and Frank Loconte with 3 hits apiece, while Eric Bomenblit, Steve Toran and Michael Podolla had multi-hit games.  But the real star of the game is the Ace Home Improvement defense. Our infield is no joke. Are there great shortstops in this league? Yes. But does any other team have the combination of Bomenblit-Bomenblit-Younghans? No, bitch. I challenge any captain to look at the number of “DP’s” in their books and tally them all up and I guarantee our numbers will be the highest at year’s end. Our infield is the best. Anyone who disagrees can feel free to fellate me and all of my ancestors.

 

While I’m happy we beat Applebaum, I was happy to see that they got a win in the afternoon. Good crew of guys on that team (Michael Conti excluded). Next up, Mayronie… #blessed

 

 

Steve Toran and the Painkillers (Ace Home) 14

Vs.

Captain Mayronie minus the Artist Formerly Known as “Ball Four” (Parabolic) 10

After putting up a measly 6 runs in game one and after hearing that Marrone lost a nail-biter to the illustrious Edward Fradkin Esquire, the Ace boys knew they would have to get their hitting shoes on if they had a fighting chance. In the top of the first, Marrone’s boys did a merry-go-round of their BFF lineup and put up 5 runs in no time…not looking good for us. The Ace lineup has proven that runs can come from any spot in the order. Ace chipped away and put up runs every inning, eventually getting to a 7-7 tie. Unfortunately for us, Anthony DeMarco had to invite this friggin Paster kid into the league who crushed a homerun (as for me, I will have to work on articulating what I mean by “pitch around him”) to turn the game to 9-7. But the Ace boys would not relent, and put up 7 mf-in runs in the bottom of the 7th highlighted by a Pat Thomas 3B. Back to the Action Bronson…

 

For Ace, 3 hits apiece by Eric Bomenblit and Cowboy Mike while multihit games were had by a hot hitting Frank Loconte, Steve Toran,, Ryan Younghans, and Pat Thomas. For Mayronie, kudos to the captain for playing through injury like a soldier and Paster is mad good at hitting the ball.

 

Next week, Randell.

Peace out, stay in school, god bless, #wewonthreeinarowsogofuckyourselves #blessed

TEC-TEL (Schef) v. GREENWAY MORTGAGE (Lapine)

In Aristotelian fashion, the pre-game speech consisted of one sentence...."you can't sweep a double-header without wining the first game."  Adn win the first game Team Schef did, beating a tough Team Lapine 13-12 at UHR.  Schef put up a two spot in the top half of the first have back-to-back-to-back hits from the Captain, Callow and "Fireball" Plevretes.  The lead was short lived as Getz reached before Carroll hit a moon shot over the right field fence for a 2-run bomb (a sign of things to come).  Schef would answer in the second with 3-runs in the top of 2, capped by a 2RBI single from Tilk.  Lapine got 3 back in the both of 3 from Carroll's second homer to right. This one could not be retrieved, unless you physically knocked on the front door and asked the homeowner to get it off his porch.  So after 3 its Team Schef 5 and Carroll 5.  In the top of 4, Team Schef scores 5 as bottom does it again with the help of walks to Danny D and Pop-Pop Tritto before Tilk and Buck hit RBI singles. Schef put up 2 more in the 5th to take a "commanding" 7 run lead after 5 full.  Lapine scored 1 in the 6th and would not go away.  An error from Callow put Getz on, Carroll hit a ball, which only the net could catch for a double.  Spoto did what he does and Lapine scored 3 in the 7th.  Schef got 1 in the 8th to take a 4 run lead.  Lapine wouldn't roll over and scored 3 more in the 8th to get within 1.  At this point, Schef had taken his hat off  and put his arms behind his back in disbelief a total of 32 times.  Apparently, the Marlboro record for managerial, stress-related over-reactions is 35 so Schef is in the running for that award too when its time for his HOF induction.  The 9th went quietly as the rain started coming down and Schef pulled out the W.  Player of the game was Timeless Tilker (3-4 with 3RBI), but multi-hit games included Schef, Callow, Fireball, and Veneck.  For Lapine, the aforementioned Carroll is a moose, Spoto just hits and Getz sets the table, the team will be a handful come playoff time.  Onto Game 2

 

 

TEC-TEL (Schef) v. LHRGP LAW (Larocca)

The rain came down, Fireball broke out the swing-lube, the spectators brought donuts, Callow set up the tent, Danny D raked the field and Simon went to his car, dreaming about some Fish (in a jar) and cream sauce.  Forgive the Catholic author of this write-up but I don't have a clue what his was talking about.  Team Schef eagerly waited for Team Larocca to show.  When they did, it was obvious that they were feeling good, having pulled out their first W of the season.  A lot of unknown faces on LaRocca so I will refer to the draft results and try my best.  A replacement player walked to lead off the game as Leo's fragile bones were brittle from the 30 min lay-over.  The brothers Kevin K. and Mike K. get hits and a man, who I believe they called "doc" (possibly Balar) hit a ball over the 1st base bag for a double.  Move over Silverberg, there may be a new Doc in town.  LaRocca stranded a few and the damage was limited to 2 runs.  Schef scored 3 in the bottom of 1.  After hits from Schef and Callow, Fireball Perry (for back-to-back games) hit a HR to Left for a 3-run shot.  Larocca (batting 10) scored 3 in the 2nd and 2 in the 4th before Schef responded with 1 in the bottom of 4 on a Dan Sr. RBI single.  After 4 its 7-4 bad guys.  Schef got 3 more in the bottom of 6 as a sac fly from Schef scored Dan Jr., a walk to Callow, hit by Fireball and another RBI from Dan Sr.  LaRocca scored 2 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to go up 4 going into the bottom of 8.  Then the floodgates opened as Schef put up an 8 spot, started once again by Timeless Tink and "Lets Go" Buck with singles.  Dan Jr. followed with a single, Intoci single, Schef single, Callow out (booo), Fireball walk, Dan Sr. double, Dan D single, and Veneck single.   Top 9 and up 4.  Then Doc (maybe) hits a bomb to right first.  Danny D (who just got done yelling at himself for having a bad day), ran back, he spun, he spun again, he stretched, and made a ridiculous catch, diving to the ground.  The wind was taken out Laroca's sails and they went relatively quietly after that.  Team Schef was led with mult-hit games from Dan Jr., Schef, Callow, Fireball, Veneck (4-4), Tilk and Buck.  For Larocca, "the replacement", KK, MK, and "Doc" seemed to do most of the damage.  Next up is Team Wallman and here's to hoping that JY continues to hit under .300. 

LHRGP (LaROCCA) 16 – NJ SALT (Sarcona) 15

As the teams took the field on this damp Sunday morning, one thing was for certain, everyone was sore from playing in the Mayor’s Tourney yesterday.  On this day of upsets, a short handed Team LaRocca (M Carlin & J Pezz out with knee injuries) fell behind 2-0, but scored 5 of their own in the second to take the lead.  The 2nd inning was started off with hits from Doc Balar, Jeremy Levine and a smash double from Denis McConville.  The good guys lead 6-2 going into the 5th inning and seemingly broke it open with clutch hitting from the Bludgeon Brothers (Kevin & Mike Kleshinsky 14/18 on the day) and  (responding to threats of bodily harm from Bludgeon Brother One) a 3 run homer by Captain LaRocca.  The feeling of comfort for LHRGP was not long lived as the Sarcona Salts fought back with 9 runs of their own over the next 4 innings, tying it at 11 going into the 9th.  Top 9, Dylan Dynov lead off with a single and scored from first on a long single by Ronnie C.  Both Bludgeons got on base and with the bases juiced, Kyle Raventos smashed a base clearing triple and later scored on and RBI single from Balar.  This wouldn’t be Marlboro Softball without drama in the bottom half of the 9th when Sarcona’s Savages fought back and scraped together 4 runs before Raventos made another one of his stellar put outs with an assist from Balar at 3rd.  Defensively LHRGP looked like a team, with solid efforts from Malagold, Levine, Raventos and Dynov.  The brothers bludgeon made it look easy on the OF all day, robbing Doc, Austin, Specchio and others from extra base knocks.  Levine also made some SICK plays in right.  As for my goomba Leno and his squad, kudos go to: Tommy Sexias for being the Big Sexy;  Doc Silverberg, who despite catching 4 games yesterday played shortstop with much alacrity; and, Austin Silverberg who hits all over the field, plays crazy defense and competes hard as always.

 

LJK (Harris) defeats Action Auto (Jacoby) 17-8
No J Goldberg , No Marinello- No Problem!  A gritty Team Harris makes it 3 in a row and defeats the Gluckless Team Geeg 17-8.  On a wacky , rainy sunday- the lead off game at East Frances can be summed up in two words- "The Catch".  With Team Jacoby holding a 6-5 lead in the top of the 6th and runners on first and second and two outs and rookie sensation Ballo up at the plate- Zack Krauss made arguably one of the best catches in league history robbing Ballo of a sure HR- running at full speed, and laying out- catching the ball as he simultaneously hit the ground- for the third out of the inning.  A sure 3 run HR averted.  Maybe a little hyperbole to make that claim- but ask captain Jacoby- who stated that catch changed the fortunes of this game. Agreed!  And on cue with all the momentum in the bottom of the 6th following "The Catch"- The Big Red Machine- batted around and scored 9 runs to effectively close out the game.  Three more in the bottom of the 8th padded the final score. Always hard to look at one play in the middle innings and say that turned the game- but both managers were in agreement following the game.  Not to be overlooked was Feldy pitching a gem- one early inning walk and that was it.  Frank filled in at SS and made every play as did the entire Harris D after a couple of early shaky innings. It was lock down D the last 6 innings.  Offensively- every one hit up and down the line up- led by Ben and Papa Goldberg's 3 hits each.  Feldy and Jordan drove in 3.  For Team Geeg- Brock Hor and Ballo both had impressive offensive games. For Ballo- but for Zack- it could have been even better.      

Team Pollock(VM Cleaning) 9 vs. Team Brock(RCF) 5

With rain threatening to put a damper on another Sunday, Team Pollock was looking to get back in the Win column after a difficult loss last week. On the plus side, Team Brock was missing captain Justin. On the negative side, Pollock was without Matt and Eddie Johnson. After Brock jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a big Seth Drashinsky hit, Pollock bounced back with a four spot by getting hits from 6 of the first 7 batters. Pollock would add two runs in the bottom of the second thanks to 2 RBI Eluit Infante single. With a 6-2 lead, the rest of the game was in the safe hands of Alan Rubin, who limited Team Brock to only two runs over the final 8 innings. Team Pollock ended perhaps the longest homestand in Marlboro Softball history(8 games) with a 9-5 victory.  Big games for Pollock include Eluit Infante(3 for 4 after going 3-3 in last Sunday’s loss) and Larry Rubin (2-4 with 2 RBI after going 4-4 in last Sunday’s loss). Mitch Pollock, Eric Rosenstock, Mike Rosenstock Josh Rosenzweig also contributed two hits apiece. For Team Brock, Seth Drashinsky and P.J. Wollman were tough outs the whole game. With one win in the books, Team Pollock looked to have a big day with Team Jacoby up next at our favorite field, East Francis.

 

Team Pollock (VM Cleaning) 14 vs. Team Jacoby(Action Auto) 10

It may have been our first game as the visiting team this year, but Team Pollock felt right at home on East Francis after essentially making it our home field for last year’s championship run. Being the visitors we were forced to endure the benchless first base side. Seriously, Marlboro board! We’ve gotta have enough money in the budget for another bench! With Team Jacoby missing Gluck, Gyimesi, and Wasserman, we knew we’d have to score a lot of runs to stay in the game. Team Jacoby has a potent offense as it is and facing Mamone, Ballo, Perloff, etc. every other inning could potentially be a nightmare. Just like game one, Pollock jumped out in front with four runs in the first capped off with a big 3 run triple by Michael Rosenstock. As expected, Jacoby’s offense would bounce back with two in the first and four in the second giving them a 6-4 lead after two. As the rain picked up, the offenses quieted down over the next three innings. Trailing 6-5 going into the top of the 6th, Pollock retook the lead as six consecutive batters reached base (5 hits and one error) to start the inning. The lead was short-lived as Jacoby bounced back with three runs to tie it. With the score 9-9 in the top of the 7th and two outs and nobody in base, it looked like it would take a rally for Pollock to do some damage. However, Eluit Infante proved sometimes you only need one batter to have a rally as he launched a solo bomb to left-center field giving Pollock a 10-9 lead. Pollock would have another huge 4 running inning the 9th spearheaded by leadoff hits from Rob Rozencwaig and Alex Pugliese, giving us a comfortable five run lead going into the 9th inning. Team Jacoby battled back in the bottom of the 9th but it would not be enough.  Final score: 14-10. Big games for Pollock include Mike Rosenstock(4-4 with 4 RBI), Dave Meyer(3 hits), and Mitch Pollock(3 hits). Eluit Infante, Eric Rosenstock, Alan Rubin, and Rob Rozencwaig also had multi-hit games. For Team Jacoby, Travis Lamberson went 5-5  and Mike Ballo was a tough out all game. Team Pollock looks to continue a strong season against Team Granese at UH Left next Sunday, always weather permitting.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH

 

Tec-Tel (Schef) 16 over Gastro (Randell) 11

Wednesday Night Marlboro Softball had the usual, a text from Doug Cohen that the games were on after working on them for an hour plus and Simon showing up at 8:05.  Schef tried to get his team ready after witnessing Faresse’s 13 run inning on Sunday and having to read the write up.  Tec Tel came out of the gate flying with the first 5 men reaching base, Plevritis 3rd homer of the season and when the dust cleared it was 7-0 after one.  Schef tacked on 2 more in the second as Tilk and Buck scored.  The game was now 9-0 and the yentas decided to journey to Union Hill Left to watch the other game.  Randell, upset at not finishing in the top 3 for manager of the decade, got his team rolling with a 6 run 3rd inning.  All of a sudden, the game was again competitive at 9-6.   By the 6th inning it was now 13-11 with Team Randell chipping away.  Kudos to Weiss, Randell and Clamp who had 3 hits apiece.  But Team Schef, who has squandered 5 run leads in their only 2 losses, would not be denied as they tacked on 3 more in the 8th to put the game out of reach.  Callow, playing like his MVP year had 3 hits, along with Danny Difedele's 3 hit performance.  Rookie Sensation Dan Manochio Jr had 2 hits and a great catch in short right field.  Friedlich notched his 3rd win and did not walk a batter. The game featured Buck scoring from first base on an Intoci triple and not one argument was heard from Randell-Zaretsky.  Next up a double header against Lapine and Larocco.

LJK (Harris) 10 – HOT CORNER (Byko) 4

TWO in a row!  After an 0-4 start Team Bobito has beaten two of the better teams in this league.  OK , minus important players- but solid wins nonetheless.  And this win was spearheaded by the baby Bobitians- Ben 3 for 3 , Justin 3 for 4 , and Paul with 2 hits and part of a superb defense that twisted 5 infield DPs and a flyout/appeal on an early departure from first base for a total of 6 double plays.  And then there was Feldy- making three great plays up the middle and going 4 for 4.  If it wasn't for his mouth...….ah never mind.   After Byko jumped to a 1-0 lead- The Big Red Machine batted 11 players in the second inning and scored 5 runs- with the big blow being Papa Goldbergs base clearing double.  Papa Goldberg proving to be a steal as a 12 has been crushing the ball from game 1.  But the real story was the lockdown defense - as each time it looked like Byko was going to get a rally going it was a circus catch at the fence by Zack and either Calamia to Kessler to Brent- or Marinello to Kessler to Brent. FIVE TIMES. Paul was just superb tonight- as Feldy had the sinker working- and Paul just kept gobbling up everything.   After Team Bobito put up 2 runs in the third to take a 7-1 lead- Byko cut the lead to 7-3 in the 4th - with The Juice in the middle of it- as he was all night. Going three for four- and the one out was Andy ending the game with a great play to keep Juice from having a 4 for 4 night. A couple of insurance runs in the 8th widened the final score to 10-4. While a  2 and 4 record is still not great - it is better than 0 and 4.  But more importantly - this team is starting to gel.  We will see if we can keep the good times rolling on Sunday- with an always tough Team Jacoby standing in our way.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd

Sarcona 11 – Lapine 10  

As Team Sarcona took on Team Applebaum on a cloudy Sunday morning both captains knew one of them would finally get their first Win of the season.  Sarcona took the lead in the 2ndinning and kept it until the 4th the Apples took over until the 8th.  Going into the bottom on the 9th inning Sarcona’s team looked bewildered at the fact of maybe going 0-6 on the season.  But the flood gates opened as Benisch, DiPaolo, Silverberg, Specchio, Sarcona and Kastner all got on base with hits following by Yidgal, Censo and R. Grant leading to a game tying 5 run inning.  After Apples Speedy D. Melnyk scored in the top of the 10th. Sarcona came to bat down by 1 in the 10th. With Bensich coming up with hit number 3 on the day, followed by a double by Matt DiPaolo with Doc being then walked to load the bases Pat “The Replacement” Specchio singled to win the game to Sarcona.

 

It was a great game all around by both teams.  Sarcona’s crew had offensive days by many guys on the crew with three hits but Dave “Doc” Silverberg, Sarcona, Kastner, Yigdal “Yiggy”, Censoplano, Benisch and Ryan “Rhyno” Grant.  Kudos to Team Applebaum who had offensive days by Apples, Mike Conti (big homer – yes he beat me to right), Pat Pignaro and D. Melnyk.  Sarcona looks to create a Winning Streak (God Willing – lol) taking on a double header June 10th.

 

Fradkin 5 – Granese 4

After a month off due to rainouts both teams were anxious to get back on the field.  In an extremely well-played game Ed’s team gained a close 5-4 victory.  Playing on the large field at swim club both teams showed why they are two of the best fielding teams in the league as there may have been 1 error on each team all game.  As usual, Polzer pitched a great game in keeping Matt’s big hitters in check.  While everyone played well in the field, James Murphy seemed to tracked down every ball hit anywhere close to him.

 

At bat it was a team effort as 5 players had multi-hit games, Dave, Ed, Ken, Jay and big T, otherwise known at Terel Klein.

 

Fradkin 10 – Randell 7

In the second game of the day for Ed’s team they faced a tough Randell squad with the wind screaming in from right at Union Hill Right.  Any ball hit in the air in that direction was immediately knocked down like it had hit a brick wall.  Brad’s team went up 3-1 after 2 innings, but that lead only lasted until the 5th and 6th innings when Ed’s squad put up a total of 6 runs to take the lead for good.  Nick surprised no one by making a few spectacular plays at third, and James Murphy continued to make multiple catches in RCF.   

 

Hitting stars were Polzer, who continued his hot hitting on the day by going 3-4 with 2 RBIs, and Jordan, who went 3-3 with 2 RBIs as well.  Other players with multi-hit games were Ed with 2 hits and an RBI, and Mike Iorio with 2 hits.  However, perhaps the biggest hit of the game belonged to little Murphy who had an opposite field bases loaded triple that scored 3 runs and gave Ed’s team the lead.

 

Up next for Ed’s team is the first “game of the year” versus Marone on Sunday at Middle School.

 



The Smokin Jay Eisenbergs (Ace Home Improvements) 21

Vs.

Justin Callow and the Marlboro High School Class of ’72 (Tec Tel) 15

After a 0-3 start and a DEVASTING Wednesday loss to the likes of that Cal Ripken lookalike MF, Justin Jacoby, the Ace boys needed to right the ship and come out strong in their first away game. We needed a win in the worst way so that I could write my first recap, because quite frankly, that’s the only reason they even gave me a team. While a 21-15 win looks good on paper, it was not without worries and hiccups. First off, I drafted a team based on youth and speed. The pro’s of youth: speed, hustle, athleticism. The con’s: late nights, sleeping late, irresponsibility, drug habits, who knows. I’ll throw in some texts to help the narrative. Game time was 10:30

 

10:25: Bomenblits: “we’re 4 minutes away”

10:28: Tracy: “bro, I’m like 10 minutes away. I’m hustling bro”

 

The game started at 10:50 due to the early game running late. Bomenblits arrive at 10:49. As the away team, Ace came out strong putting up a 4 run frame. Unfortunately, our bats have tended to be hot only in the early frames and we knew we’d need to keep it going if we wanted to stay in this game. Like clockwork, Shef’s crew answered back with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning. Shit. We suck all over again. Or would we….?

 

11:19: Tracy: “Bro, I’m like super close bro”

 

The Ace bats went limper than a Cialis-less Boots Beilis (I knew you would read this) for the next several innings as Shef’s crew added on to make it 9-4 (kudos to Capt. Shef with a huge opposite field bomb) at the top of the 5th. The 5th inning was no joke; an all-out hitting assault that featured the entire lineup. 13 runs! You hear what I’m sayin… 13 runs, bitch

 

11:41: Tracy: “Bro, when I said I’d be there at 10:40, I meant Pacific time bro”

 

The huge 13 run inning featured clutch hits by everyone and their mother but especially Kamras (welcome back), Pat and Shawn Thomas, Mark Karp (who is batting .615), Ziggy Podolla, and capped off with a bomb homerun by the rookie sensation Ryan Younghans. Joe Tracy also hit in that inning upon his arrival after his long odyssey to Marlboro that included him in the back of a box truck with John Candy.

 

Team Tel Tec chipped away and were never out of the fight and put together a bunch of runs to end it at 21-15. First win, Jesus Christ, I’ve been constipated for a month worrying about this goddamn team. 26 hits in all, with everyone contributing. Big stars were Younghans (4/4 HR), Eric “Punctuality” Bomenblit (4/5, 4 doubles), and Rasta Podolla (3/4). Multihit games by Richie Bomenblit, Eisenberg, Pat and Shawn Thomas, Kamras, and Mark Karp (did I mention he’s at .615 and pitches like a rockstar). For Shefkind, the captain hit well and the bottom was clutch and kept moving the lineup along.

 

Next week, Apples and Mayronie double header. Stay in school, BFFs!

 

RCF (Brock) 17 Action Auto (Jacoby) 11

After a tough loss against Team Marrone on a Wednesday night, Team RCF looked to put a W on the board for this game. However, their Sunday match-up was not an easy task, as they were playing a fierce hitting Action Auto Team on a surprisingly cool, windy June day (who knows when we’ll actually get some comfortable softball weather). After team Jacoby scored 1 in the first, Team Brock got the game going with a 2 RBI triple from Captain Justin Brock. Team Brock would end up scoring one more that inning to make the game 3-1 after the first. However, Team Jacoby would not let an early lead get to them. In the fourth inning, the bottom of the order in the Action Auto Squad came through to score four runs to give them the lead 7-5. With great vengeance, the bottom of the order for Team Brock answered back in the 5th inning. With big hits from Bruce Cotter, Scott Adler, and some key walks, RCF took back the lead 8-7 going into the 6th. From then on, Team Brock never looked back. Starting off with back to back base hits from Scott Adler and Marty Beilis in the 7th, Pat Brock crushed a 3 run homer to right center field. With Lucas Preiss and Seth Drashinsky on base and two outs, Dan Drashinsky lined a ball to right center field for a 2 run triple, in which he scored due to an error. The final score was 17-11, with many shout outs to be had. The bottom of the order really came through for RCF, as both Scott Adler and Marty Beilis went 3-3 with a walk and 1 RBI. The famous Brock brothers both had 3 RBIs each.  In playing in his second game of the season, Marcel Taub had a strong 3 hit game with stellar defense at first base. Great defensive plays from Lucas Preiss, Scott Preiss in the infield, as well as Pat Brock and PJ Wollman in the OF. For team Jacoby, shout out to commish Joe Mammone for a 4 hit game. Next week, tune in as Team Brock takes on Pollock for another early game at the Swim Club.

 

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 15      CK Baseball (Paladino) 1

Despite having to wait 3 weeks to play, Hot Corner was able to win their 3rd straight game in a row as they defeated Paladino and Co. 15-1 at the late game at Swim Club.  The 26 hit attack was paced by Capt Bykofsky who had 4 hits, as well as Scotty Seidenberg, Juice (of course), McElrath, Matty P and CY Drapkin (scorching at the plate!!) who each had 3 hits apiece.  Billy Boy Chiusano provided his usual entertainment...crushes a double...gets thrown out on the bases twice and strikes out swinging....always a bag of fun with Billy boy!  CY Drapkin was locked in on the mound as he allowed 1 run in the first inning and zero the rest of the way.  Matty P, Seidenberg and E Mallow (playing in his first game this year) held down the infield D turning a number of nice double plays.  The webgems of the game were made by McElrath in LF who made a jumping catch, as well as Kenny P for CK Baseball who ran down a ball in the gap off the bat of E Mallow.  Kudos to Barlow who pitched well and smacked around a few in hits in defeat for CK.  Hot Corner will look to make it 4 wins in a row as they head into a Wed night showdown with Harris.

 

 

LJK (Harris) 18 – CGAJ LAW (Goldy) 7

OFF THE SCHNEID!  Team Harris (LJK Headhunters) beat a vastly undermanned Team Goldy 18-7 under the "lights" in the back end of a day/night doubleheader (And just beat the rain).  Hard to imagine our first win and my first write up would be the first week in June- but a combination of an 0-3 start and 4 rainouts (including our first Wednesday night game) was the formula for that happenstance.  A very gritty Team Goldy jumped to an early 3-0 lead when Sal Alfieri hit a 2 run bomb in the top of the first- a theme for Feldy today (giving up 6 bombs in our game 1 loss to Team Toddly).  This prompted Feldy to exclaim in bewilderment as he returned to the bench after the top of the first- "I gave up more HRS today than I did all last year".  In fairness , in game 1 there was a brisk "breeze" blowing out to LF at UHR this AM.  After the 3-0 start for Team Goldy- The Big Red Machine finally lived up to its name- as we responded with 8 runs and batted around. After Team Goldy came back with 2 more in the top of the second cutting the lead to 8-5 after just 1 and 1/2 innings- it looked like it was going to be one of those 31-30 games.. But things settled down after that- as the Harris D- especially the infield played a stellar game behind Feldy- who also settled down- as we only gave up 2 more runs the last 7 innings.  Frank made a couple of highlight reel plays at 3B-and Paul was solid at SS- including 2 double plays and perfectly executed run down to thwart a Goldy rally. Offensively Jared capped off a great day (6 for 8 for the twinbill) going 2 for 3 , 3 runs scored , 3 RBIS, and 2 2BS.  The Krauss Clan combined for 10 hits (Zack and Russ 3 hits a piece and Jordan and Justin had 2 hits a piece). Everyone but Bobito chipped in with a hit and at least one run scored. So a well balanced offensive showing.  For  Team Goldy- Sal played a great game at SS- saved a few more runs from scoring. Saler was a hit machine- as was the "other" Goldfarb- Reid- who had a couple of hits and played well at 2B.  However the highlight play of the game was Goldy himself -"sprinting" from 1B and lunging at the last minute to tag out Calamia at the plate - as they had no catcher because they only had 8 players..  Alex would have been proud!   A second attempt at a Wednesday Night game this week (rain in the forecast!) against a strong Byko awaits

 

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine)   9 -  LHRGPQRSTUVW Law (Larocca)  1

 On a cold and damp morning, coming off a two game losing streak and a four week rainout extravaganza, Dennis Lapine’s Mortgage boys made quick work out of Frank Larocca’s crew, 9-1.  For all intents and purposes, the game was over after the first inning, as Denny’s boys put up a 2 spot, with Mark Stewart knocking in the game winning run with a double to deep right.  3 runs in the 3rd and 3 more in 4th made the score 8-0 after 4 and they coasted to an easy victory from there.  Marc Persily led the 17 hit attack with 3 hits, with Phil Getz, Tom Carroll, Joe Spoto, Steve Yockel, Mark Stewart and Bobby Frey chipping in with two apiece. A late no-show led to some changes in the field with Tom taking over at shortstop and Jordan moving to 2nd, each making several nice plays behind the great pitching of Steve Yockel, who I don’t believe walked anybody, and who I think is still running around the bases.  Next up – a doubleheader (the first of 4) against Schef and Sarcona.  Feel better Mark Carlin – whose name and phone number are so prominently displayed on our uniforms this year.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 9 - Sentinel (TW) 14

At 6:30am Sunday morning team Sentinel was down to 9 players as Mike Seidel was under the weather, Turner was coming from a 10pm NYC dinner and Big Rick was still at work doing a 24 hour shift.  9 guys against the self-proclaimed 3rd power ranked team (3 of their 4 wins against winless teams BTW) was gonna be tough and Captain TW was in full blown panic.  A few texts later and Mike was up and ready to gut it out and JT and Big Rick would play on no sleep.  2 hits in the top of the 1st and Sentinel took a 2 run lead but 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st followed by 3 runs over the next 2 innings and Pollock had a 6 to 2 lead.   In the top of the 5 with 2 outs and one back to back walks brought Big Rick up and he would deliver a laser a 2 run double.  A 2 out walk to Javy was followed by a Becker 3 RBI double and Sentinel would take a 1 run lead.  That was short lived as VM would score 3 and take a 1 run lead.  In the top of the 8th a 1 out walk to Max Seidel would bring up Big Rick who delivered a game tying bomb homer to LCF.  2 hits and an error would load the bases for JT, and with 2 outs he ripped a 2 run a single to give Sentinel a 2 run lead.  3 runs in 9th behind another Big Rick 2 RBI hit would put the game away 14 to 9.  Offensive star of the week was Big Rick with 3 hits and 6 RBIs, while Becker and Javy had 2 hits apiece.  Mike Seidel under weather pitched a gem and Sentinel was back to .500.  Many excited to see this week updated power rankings.  Next up was Bobby Harris at UHR for a lovely Sunday DH

 

LJK HEADHUNTERS (Harris)12 - Sentinel (TW) 18

An early morning win had Captain Tw and Sentinel feeling good as they faced team Harris on the back end of a DH.  Harris would get 3 quick runs in the top of the 1st but Sentinel would tie it right up behind 2 fence clearing homers from Mean Gene and Turner (JT).  Harris held a 2 run lead going into the bottom of the 4th when Becker would lead off the inning with moon shot homer over LF.  JT with 2 on sent his 2 ball of the day over the fence to drive in 3 more while hits from the rest of the order would bring in a total of 7 runs in the inning.  In the bottom of the 5th, Sentinel would get another 4 runs behind 4 2 out singles and take a commanding lead.  The final blow of the game came in the 6th when Becker hit his 2nd homer of game, a grand slam and put the game out of reach.  For Captain Harris, the Goldberg duo had 7 hits and were on base all game while rookie Marinello played a great game at SS.  Becker and JT each had 3 hits with 4 combined homers and 9RBIs while Nate, Mean Gene and JY had 3 hits apiece.  Mike Seidel showed a ton of heart pitching 18 innings and getting 2 wins while feeling ill.  Next up undefeated Goldfarb at Muni. 

 

Team Paraboic (Marrone) 11 – Team Randell 2

On a very windy Sunday where the field had to be whipped into shape, we were able to welcome back softball for the first time in 4 weeks, Team Marrone took out Team Randell 11-2 in a very workman like effort.  Glen’s bunch scored a quick 2 in the 1st to take a 2-0 lead on a Glen Roland Sac Fly and an Alan Raucher single.  Yes sports fans, Alan Raucher played for the first time in 30 days. Marrone’s crew then scored 2 in the 3rd on an Andy Pargament 2 run triple, and then scored 3 in the 5th on a bevy of hits and walks keyed by an Evan Binder 2-run double going the other way.  Brad’s bunch got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th when they scored a man from third on ground into a double play by the Skipper. Glen’s bunch scored 1 in the 8th and 3 in the 9th to really put the game away.  In the 9th a Paster double, Roland walk, Newman double and another Raucher single keyed the rally.    Good team game all around in the windy conditions where Marrone was able to mix it up and allow very few base runners , and the hitting stars for the week were Evan Binder and  Alan Raucher with 3 hits a piece, and Jeremy Paster and Alan Binder, each with 2 hits. Glen’s bunch is now 4-1, and looking forward to next weeks’ DH with an early tilt versus Fradkin’s monster undefeated squad then the a 2nd game versus new manager Ferrarese.

 

WEDNESDAY,  MAY 30TH

Team  Marrone (Parabolic) 15 – Team Brock (RCF) 9 – 

After a 24 day layoff, a very entertaining game was played in front of a virtual who’s who of Marlboro Softball – you had the most of the YITS in the bleachers behind the plate with Big Ed, The Commish and Board member Pat.  You had the league’s #1 Fan Arthur in his season seat along the line, and even Big Dennis in a trench coat manning the Brock dugout.  Team Brock came out strong with 2 in the first, and 3 in the second to take a 5-0 lead, and it stayed that way until the bottom of the 5th when Glen’s bunch finally woke up with a big 5 spot to tie the game started by a big Alan Binder base hit (he’s literally on base every time this year hitting .769) followed by hits by Jesse Fishman, Evan Binder, Andy Pargament, and a big Jeremy Paster 2-run bomb.  Marrone’s bunch scored 2 more in the bottom of the 6th keyed by a Gary Jaeger booming triple.  Team Brock came back with 3 in the top of the 7th to take a 8-7 lead. Glen’s crew wouldn’t go away scoring 2 in the bottom of the 7th  on everyone’s leading candidate for Rookie of the Year, Jeremy Pastor’s second 2-run blast, and I mean utter blast deep to left, onto UHLeft.  Team Brock went quietly in the top of the 8th, then Team Parabolic put the game away scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the 8th on 7 hits a walk and a sac fly.  Pat Brock led off the 9th with a solo shot, but that was it for the Brock crew.  15-9 was the final score.  Good game all around for Glen’s crew – led by Gary Jaeger’s 4-4, Jeremy Paster  3 hits with 2 monstrous homers, Evan Binder 3 hits again (hitting a cool .700), Multi-hit games were also had by Captain Glen, Alan Binder (hitting .769) and rookie Jesse Fishman.   Next up for Team Parabolic is everyone’s favorite – Team Randell in an early tilt at UHLeft if the rain stays away.  Team Marrone potentially welcomes back Alan Raucher who is scheduled to be back from his 2 game, 30 day suspension) but it will probably rain again…….

 

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 11 – NJ SALT (Sarcona) 4

If a game is played with no one but family watching and a Facebook Live video that slipped through the black hole of the internet (only this author has access for some mysterious reason) does it count?  It better as a 13-strong VM Cleaning defeated a much too talented to not win yet Sarcona squad in their 5th of 7 straight home game to open the season.  The game was tied at 2 after the top of the 4th before VM Cleaning scored 4 runs in their half of the 4th and another 4 in the 5th en route to the win. Alan Rubin, pitching for the first time since April, was terrific and held a lineup that is overdue for a break out (it's OK by us if that starts after this game) to only 4 runs, while also going 2-2 with 3 big RBIs.  Also leading the way offensively with 3 hits apiece were Mitch Pollock and Mike Rosenstock, while their brothers (Matt and Eric) along with Eddie Johnson, and hot-hitters Rob Rozencwaig and Dave Meyer, had multi-hit games as well. Eric Rosenstock and (of course) Eliut Infante were strong up the middle, turning some nice double plays. For Team Sarcona, Tom Seixas had a a couple of clutch hits... and it was great to see Doc healthy enough to bat righty (and kind enough not to hit any HRs). Up next (weather-permitting, as all Sunday games need to be labeled this season) is co-champ Gene Conselyea and a good Team Wallman, AKA to us as the the author of our 8-15 pre-season prediction, who will surely be looking to slow down VM Cleaning's race to that win total.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD

 

Sentinel Gym (Wallman) 7 - INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (MG) 6

At 5:30pm Wednesday night UHR looked like a lake and by 6:30pm thanks to Captain TW, Ryan Wallman, DC, Max S and JY the field had never looked better.  With no Joraskie or Sherman on the Wednesday night Granese menu not an MG player was seen helping prepare the fields to get the game in.   This is one of those the games circled on the schedule as soon as team #s are assigned and the game didn’t disappoint.  MG jumped out to a quick 2 run lead but Sentinel put 4 and held a 2 run lead through 6 full innings.  In the top of the 7th, 2 hits were followed by a Jim Lombardi 2 run triple and MG would take a 1 run lead.  In the bottom of the 8th a TW hit was followed by Big Rick game tying triple and Mean Gene would SAC in the go ahead run.  In the top of the 9th Team MG would start the inning with back to back singles but a great play up the middle by Mike Seidel nailed the runner going to 3rd and it looked like Sentinel had a chance to get out the inning.  With 2 outs and 2 on Justin Bickoff delivered a game tying single at 6 apiece.  In the bottom of the 9th, new father Javy delivered his 3rd and biggest hit of the game to put the winning run on 1st.  Gary Cohen stepped to plate with no outs and placed the ball on the right field line with got by the diving MG right fielder to score the winning run.  Sentinel looks to make it 2 in row at Marl El against America’s favorite captain and fake cousin GG and his beloved eldest son Mamone. 

 

Action Auto (Jacoby) 11 - Ace Home Improvements (Ferrarese) 9  (12 inn) 

With mother nature wreaking havoc over the last couple of weeks, Wednesday nights slate at UH was in serious jeopardy. James Pezzulo spearheaded a groundskeeping effort along with JJ and Jomo about 2 hours before game time and Union Hill Left went from under water to playable.  In what turned out to be a well played, back and forth contest, AA was able to squeeze out an 11-9 victory in 12 innings.   With Team Jacoby ahead 8-5 in the 6th, a bang bang play at 2nd ruled in favor of Team Ferrarese kept the inning alive and allowed ACE to score 4 times to take a 9-8 lead.  In the top of the 8th, with two out and a runner on 2nd, Paul Mamone would deliver a clutch RBI double to tie the game at 9.  Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th.  Richie Bomenblit led off the inning with a booming triple to RCF and the stage was set for Captain Mike to earn his first win as a manager.  Team Jacoby would gather at the mound, walk the next two batters and bring in Mike Perloff from LF to be a 5th infielder.  2 pitches later, a liner up the middle to Perloff was snared and with an ACE runner a little too far off the bag at 2nd, Mike lunged for the tag and doubled him up.  The next batter flew out and AA would escape unscathed.  The teams traded 0’s for the next couple of innings until Paul Mamone struck again with an RBI single in the top of the 12th that proved to be the game winner. For Team Jacoby, Pomo was the story with 5 hits and 4rbi on the night.  A 4 for 5 night for JJ, and 3 hits apiece for Jomo, BHor and Perloff to help pace the offense.  The unassisted double play from Mike P saved the game, but Lambo and the defense held strong after the 6th not allowing a run the rest of the way.  For ACE, Richie Bomenblit smashed the ball all night with 5 hits, and he along with his brother were ridiculous up the middle defensively.  Special thanks to Jimmy Pezzulo who might be top 3 off the board in the groundskeepers draft.  Next up for AA, fake cuz, JY, neighbs, Mabel and a YIT battle at Mar El.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9TH

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 10       Sentinel Gym (Wallman) 4
Despite playing with less than 10 guys for the 3rd time in the 4 games, Hot Corner was able to improve to 3-1 on the season vs. a Becker-less Wallman squad on Wednesday night.  Bykofsky and his crew came out of the gates fast scoring 8 runs in the first two innings en route to the 10-4 victory.  Bryan Jackson led the offensive attack with 4 hits, while 3 hit games were had by Capt. Byko, JUICE, and Drapkin.  The 3 man OF played well in the win, even with Billy-Boy having to cover a lot of ground in LF.  Matty P led the infield defense turning a number of nice double plays while CY Drapkin was locked in the on the mound all night facing his former squad.  For Sentinel, the Seidel boys were on base all night as they seemed to hit the ball well each time up.  Hot Corner will look to make it 3 wins in a row when they face a tough Granese squad on Sunday (weather permitting).

VM CLEANING (Pollock) 23  - GREENWAY (Lapine) 17

Finishing up a 4-game homestand, Team Pollock won a see-saw battle against a fierce Lapine lineup under the UH Right lights. This game was much closer and more interesting than the final score differential might indicate. Team Lapine took control early, capitalizing on hits, fielding miscues and a Tom Carroll bomb to take an early 11-2 lead.  VM Cleaning chipped away at the deficit with 2 runs in the 4th, before exploding for 9 runs in the 5th, highlighted by a clutch Infante double and Schwag triple, which suddenly gave Team Pollock a 1-run lead. A resilient Team Lapine came right back with 4 runs though, highlighted by a Phil Getz HR to jump back to a 3-run lead of their own. The lead held until the 7th, when Team Pollock was able to take advantage of some fielding miscues with more clutch hits, scoring 6 runs to jump out to a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Just to be sure though, Eliut Infante, making an early case for back-to-back MVP awards, blasted a 3-run HR in the 8th to seal the game.  Lots of offensive heroes again for Team Pollock, as trade targets and run machine Dave Meyer and the aforementioned Eliut  Infante  (who made several huge defensive plays) each had 4 hits. Matt Pollock, Josh ("Schwag") Rosenzweig, Larry Rubin, and the clutch-hitting Alex Pugliese added 3 hits each, while Eddie Johnson, Mitch Pollock, and Mike Rosenstock also had multi-hit games. Weather-permitting, an important divisional match-up awaits on Sunday, as a potentially short-handed Pollock squad hits the road on Mother's Day to take on a very good Team Schef.  On behalf of Team Pollock, we also want to extend condolences to Marty Beilis and family on the passing of his mother.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 6

 

Fradkin Law 11 – LJK (Harris) 5 

Fradkin Law headed into its Week 3 game missing the entire left side of its outfield, Ken and Phil. As a result Ed moved Jordan from second to LCF and Murphy Jr. to LF; both difficult assignments on Municipal.  Despite not playing its best game of the year Fradkin Law held off a very game Harris squad who brought out the Mad Hungarian (aka Bobby Harris) to pitch and Brooks Robinson (aka Glenn Feldman) to play third base. 

Hitting stars of the game were Jordan who went 2 for 4 but with a huge opposite field 3-run homerun in the 3rd inning; Nick, who went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs; and, Dave who broke out with a 4 for 5 day.  However, the game ball goes to Mike Iorio who broke his 0 for the season slump with a 3 for 4 day with 3 RBIs while playing a solid first base.

In the field Nick continued his stellar play at third base starting two 3rd to first double plays and throwing out Glenn Feldman while basically lying on the ground.  Dave pitched another great game giving up only 1 earned run and keeping the other team off balance the entire game.

There was some family tension between Nick and his elder cousin Jimmy Murphy.  When Murphy was on 3rd base Nick hit a line drive that nailed Jimmy in the back.  It is a good thing they took different cars to the field on Sunday.

Next up for Fradkin Law is Randell at 9 a.m. at Marlboro Elementary School.

 

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 16      Ace Home (Ferrarese) 7

Hot Corner finished off their three game road trip to start the season with a 16-7 win over Ace Home.  This was the first game Hot Corner had more than 10 players due to the return of Matty P (welcome back!). After Hot Corner scored two runs in the first thanks to a clutch 2RBI hit by McElrath, Ace Home responded by pounding the ball in the bottom of the 1st as they plated 6 runs in the frame. CY Drapkin then found his groove on the mound from that point on, only allowing 1 additional run over the final 8 innings of play. The top of the second is when Hot Corner was able to regain the lead for good thanks to a seven run out burst highlighted by an iso Joe double, and 2 out RBI hits by JUICE and McElrath.  After scoring one in the 3rd and five more in the 4th, the game was pretty much over from that point with Hot Corner leading 15-6 (with Darren on cruise control it certainly felt like a safe lead).  Hitting stars were abundant (all 11 guys had multi-hit games!) in the 26 hit attack for Hot Corner.  Leading the way with 3 hit games were Action Jackson, Scotty Seidenberg, Adam McElrath, and Sal "the mauler" Sicurella.  The webgem of the game was made by McElrath in LF who made a beautiful jumping catch by the fence on a ball hit off the bat of Joe Tracy.  For Ace Home it should be noted they were missing their stud #1 pick Eric Bomenblitt.  Kudos also goes out to Capt. Mike for making Justin spin around like a top in the OF as he crushed one over his head.  Hot Corner will look to make it two in a row in another UH marathon as they face Wallman and Co. Wednesday night with only 9 guys...stay tuned.

 

INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (Granese) 8 – GREENWAY MORTGAGE (Lapine) 4
After a disaster on Wed night, Team Granese bounced back in the Sunday night twilight game with an 8-4 victory over Lapine. Pitching and defense set the tone early as Ench, MG, and Long sparked the infield and Lombardi put up zeros all night. The offense was sparked by Collis with 4 hits and fearless base running along with Wayne "play me at first and I'll produce" Sherman who also whacked out 4 hits. Big plays in the OF by Joraskie with a diving grab and Zim making a big catch against the wall on a deep fly from Carroll. Next up is the always tight battle known as MG vs BYKO. These teams have met in the playoffs round 2 in three straight years and will battle for the division all summer.

 

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 22  LHRGP Law (Larocca) 8

Sunday morning at the Middle School saw a couple of law firms and some old teammates pitted against each other.  This case was won by CGAJ (Team Goldfarb) as they defeated the LHRGP crew 22-8.  Team Larocca was not only down a couple of players (M Carlin and Raventos) but had a bunch of others nursing injuries but that did not stop them from playing hard for the full 9 innings.   For the first time this year Team Goldfarb played from front the whole day as they knocked out 31 hits.  Darren Saler started the scoring with his 3rd HR of the season as Team Goldfarb scored 1 in the top of the 1st.   After 2 full innings the score was 3-0.  Things started to click as usual in the 3rd inning for Team Goldfarb as they put up 6 runs and after Team Larocca came right back with 4 of their own in the bottom half of the frame Team Goldfarb scored 7 more in the 4th and the score stood 16-4 after 4 full innings.   A quiet down period followed and the score was 17-8 until the top of the 9th when Team Goldfarb plated 5 more and after a scoreless bottom for Team Larocca the final score was 22-8.  Team Goldfarb had its usual plethora of offensive stars which included Marc Broome with 5 hits (9 in a row), brother Andrew Broome (3 RBI, 4 runs) and Vic Alfieri (2 doubles 3 RBI) with 4 hits, Alex, Jeff Turtz, Cy Marty, Cy Cruz (1½ triples, 3 RBI) and the usual suspect Darren Saler (HR, 4 runs, 3 RBI) had 3 hits apiece.  The defense (OF and IF) was solid again behind Marty who returned from a 2 game hiatus with a solid performance on the mound.  Team Goldfarb kept the Team Larocca OF busy all day with lots of balls most run down by the Kleshinksy brothers who both had outstanding games despite having to navigate soccer players and soccer nets.  Ronnie Carlin hit well and made his defensive presence felt on the mound whenever he had a chance to make a play.  LHRGP is appealing this verdict and will look to even up the score when these division foes meet again.  Team Goldfarb will look to stay hot and make it 5 straight when it faces Team Jacoby this Sunday morning at Manalapan Rec in an early 800 AM start (ouch).  It’s a new season but Captain G will look to avenge the tough playoff loss from last season at the hands of Capt JJ.


VM CLEANING (Pollock) 22 – DIRTYSPORTS  (Appelbaum) 6 (7 innings)

VM Cleaning followed up last week's disappointing effort, using two big innings to defeat a shorthanded Dirty Sports 22-6.  A feisty Appelbaum squad looked up to the challenge early, jumping out to a 6-3 lead in the 3rd inning, before Team Pollock broke through for 8 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. VM Cleaning then broke the game wide open with another 10 runs in the bottom of the 4th en route to the early ending. Lots of offensive heroes for the good guys today, as Dave Meyer, Mitch Pollock, Matt Pollock, Eddie Johnson, and Larry Rubin all had 3 hits each. The four "Ros/zens" all hit well too, as Rob Rozencwaig stayed hot with another multi-hit game, as did Eric Rosenstock, Mike Rosenstock, and Josh "Schwag" Rosenzweig. With starter Alan Rubin out with a sore back, Matt Pollock was backed by a solid defense (especially the OF) and faced off against former championship teammate and mentor Herm Suarez (welcome back) and didn't walk a batter.  Herm also added a couple of hits. VM Cleaning looks ahead to a Wednesday night match-up against Team Pollock favorite Jordan Krant and the rest of a solid Team Lapine, as they try to quickly reach their predicted 8-win prediction.

 

PARABOLIC (Marrone) 31 – NJ SALT (Sarcona) 9 - 7 innings

Team Parabolic (Marrone) was in a good mood after Captain Glen made a huuuuuuuuge killing on the Kentucky Derby (thank god for 85 to 1 shots coming in 4th and inflating the Superfecta) and took it out on Team Sarcona at Mar El, by putting up 31 runs on 34 hits in a shortened game.  This was a grudge match between best buddies Glen and Doc.  Great barbs, witty jokes, and a lop sided game, All good in Marrone land……   It was a balanced attack for Team Parabolic led by ROY candidate Jeremy Paster who hit for the cycle with 5 rbis,  Andy Pargament had 7 rbis and was on base all day except for a fantastic diving catch by Austin Silverberg in the left center gap.  Evan Binder had 4 hits again with 4 runs and 4 rbis, 3 hit games for Roland, Jaeger, Gellis and Schiffman, and 2 hit games were had by Newman, Marrone, Allen Binder and Mike Gilston.  Total team effort today (except for suspended Raucher) as wod must have leaked out that there will be a team dinner/party at Chateau Marrone with a little surf & turf thanks to the ponies.  Team Marrone will try to keep up the great offense next week in a matchup  with one of the new managers, Mike Ferrarese at Union Hill Left.

 

GASTRO (Randell) 10 – RCF (Brock) 5        
No doubt the Mirage sportsbook closing line on this game was not promising for the Gastro boys with the oddsmakers in attendance last week for the drubbing at the hands of Team Wallman.  But the men in blue and orange defied the oddsmakers and presumably the picks in the Marlboro Softball underground weekly pool by defeating the previously undefeated Team Brock 10-5 in the Swim Club matinee.  Things did not start off well in the top of the 1st with the Randell bats going down quietly with the exception of a JZ 2 out walk.  Team Brock would score 1 in the bottom half in what could have been a bigger inning but for some nice Randell defense from Weis at SS and Thomas Abramowitz in RF(no relation to former Randell favorite Steve Abromowitz).  A Bursny leadoff single in the 2nd would set up the tying run to make it 1-1.  After holding down the Brock offense in the bottom half, the Randell offense went to work putting up a big 6 spot in the 3rd highlighted by 5 straight run scoring hits from JZ, Hector, Burnsy, the Skipper and Weitsen.  At 7-1 it was time for Cy Clamp to clamp down on the Brock offense which is what Clamp does best fielding everything up the middle and holding Team Brock to single runs in the 4th and 5th.  At 8-3 Team Randell would tack on 2 insurance runs in the 9th courtesy of a JZ liner to RF.  However, despite the 7 run lead, a resilient Team Brock did not go quietly in the bottom half plating 2 runs and leaving 2 men on when the final out was recorded.  Offensively, JZ, Weis and the Skipper led the way with 3 hits apiece.  Clamp, Hector, Burnsy, Weitsen and Okun chipped in with 2 hits of their own.  For Team Brock, Patrick Brock hit a shot to left center that JZ is still chasing to the Swim Club fence for a solo dinger.  On the defensive side, major contributions from Korny and Abramowitz keeping the right side of the OF together with Aronson out for a week, both robbing Patrick Brock of 2 more extra base hits with running OF catches.  Weis continues to settle in nicely playing a rangy and consistent SS.  On the Brock side, absolute gem of play by Lucas Preiss saving 2 runs with a running snare of a blooper to shallow left which kept Team Brock in the game through the middle innings.  (Easy to see how the apple doesn't fall far from the tree Scott (first with Jordan and now Lucas. . .)  Next up for the Gastro boys another big test against another undefeated Fradkin squad on Mother's Day which gets even tougher minus BFF JZ.

 

CK’S (Paladino) 12 – SENTINEL (TW) 6
Down 3 of our top 7 guys, the Paladino squad was up against a Wallman team missing Becker.  Looking for our first win of the season, team Paladino would start off hot with 5 straight hits plating 4 in the top of the 1st.  Wallman struck back in the bottom of the inning with a 3 run blast to get the game to 4-3.  After trading runs in the 3rd, Paladino would put up 3 more in the 5th off another hit barrage from the top of the lineup.  Team Wallman would get 1 back in the 6th and it was 8-5 Paladino heading into the 9th where the bottom finally got it going.  Consecutive hits from Eddie, Scott, and then Sean loaded the bases for the top of the lineup.  Goddard knocked in 2 on his fourth hit of the day, then Wallman would intentionally walk Mike Paladino to bring up the now .636 hitting Dave Barlow.  Mike P was shocked, and Todd must not have realized that he was walking Mike to bring up our hottest hitter.  Dave got his 4th hit of the day and knocked in another run.  Chase Sandler capped off the 9th inning with his 3rd hit of the day knocking in one more.  After the dust settled, it was 12-5 going to the bottom of the 9th.  Wallman would get 1 back, but no more as Barlow pitched a heck of a game in the absence of Andy Katz.  12-6 was the final score.  Kudos to Mark and Dave who had 4 hits each, Chase and Tyler who had 3 hits apiece, and Ed Paladino who had 2 hits and did a nice job in RF.  I will also mention that Tyler Panassidi started out the season 5 for 5.  Next up for team Paladino is a late Mother’s Day start at the swim club against Harris.

 

TEC-TEL (Schef) 19 over ACTION AUTO (Jacoby)

Team Schef took on the offensive Jacoby Machine in the early bird at Swim Club.  Uncle Leo, making his 3rd start for Team Schef after a 5 year pitching layoff, almost did not make it as a Gyamesi batting practice liner off Friedlich’s 65 year old fossil finger created an impossible swollen purple finger to grip the ball.  At Game time, Friedlich said he was a go.  It was a slug-fest early with Schef hold a 10-9 lead after 5.  Team Jacoby kept answering each inning as Brock Horr led the way with a 4 hit performance.  Other offensive Jacoby hitters included Gluck, The Mamone boys, Ballo & Lambo and most of the Jacoby team. Kudos to Jacoby for a great defensive catch in right center.  The difference in the game was Team Schef scoring 9 runs in the last 4 innings and shutting out Jacoby’s squad the rest of the way for a 19-9 win.  Team Schef pounded out 29 hits with Mike Veneck, fresh off a Marathon race personal best time, had 4 hits and 4 RBI’s.  Rookie sensations Dan Manochio Jr had 3 hits and Perry Plevretis had his second homer.  3 hit performances by Intoci, Danny “D”, Tritto and Schef helped contribute to the victory.  Next up a tough Pollock squad at Middle School.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND

 

RCF over Intercounty Mortgage 10-4

Nothing beats a Wednesday night game under the bright lights of Union Hill. It was a steamy one for the month of May, as it was a rematch of the American League semi-final, Team Brock vs. Team Granese. RCF was at a disadvantage, as they were missing their number one pick and fearless leader Justin Brock. And who would take the lonely UHL mound for the first Wednesday night game of the year?? No other than Dave “Whitey” Drashinsky, and boy did he pitch a gem! He did not walk a single batter! Keeping hitters in check with the famous Yonkers knuckler, he held the mighty hitting Granese team to 4 runs. But pitching was not the only aspect that lead RCF to victory, as the team came to hit. The hit frenzy started off in the first, after two hits from Pat and PJ, Seth Drashinsky brought those 2 in with a powerful 2-RBI triple to right field. After Seth scored on an error, it was followed by 2, RBI singles by Scott Preiss and Dave, putting a 5 spot in the first. But Granese was not going down without a fight, scoring 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd. Those were the only runs they would score as RCF kept hitting. After a few more RBI singles by Spencer Cohen, Lucas Preiss, Scott Adler and a sac fly by Marty ‘The Mick” Beilis, the final score of the game was 10-4. Now for some shoutouts…on team Brock, multi-hit games for Spencer Cohen, Dave Drashinsky, Seth Drashinsky (3 RBI), and Scott Preiss, who lead the way with 4 hits. Kudos to the left-side of the field, between the Preiss infield and a Pat/PJ outfield, who ate up every ball hit their way. For Intercounty Mortgage, shout out to Greg Long for some nice defense at 2B and Billy Torres, Matt Granese, and Jim Lombardi for some good hitting. Next up for RCF, Team Randell in the late morning match-up at the Swim Club.

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 18  NJ Salt (Sarcona) 3

A beautiful Wednesday night saw Team Goldfarb looking for their 3rd straight victory to start the 2018 season.  To do that they would have to beat a hungry Team Sarcona looking for their 1stvictory of the young season.  Things started great for Team Sarcona as a leadoff HR down the RF line by Young Silverberg and an RBI single gave Team Sarcona a 2-0 lead after the top of the 1st.   Team Goldfarb came back with a quick 2 of their own to knot the score at 2 after 1.   Team Goldfarb would go on to score 3 runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings and with 1 in the 5th the score 12-2 after 5.  Big Dave Silverberg launched one of his own moonshots for Team Sarcona’s last run in the 6th and then Team Goldfarb would score 2 in the 7th and 4 in 8th leaving the final 18-3 in favor of Team Goldfarb.  For the 2nd game in a row Team Goldfarb knocked out 25 hits led by Darren Saler (4-4, including his 2nd HR of the year, 11-12 on the year) and Marc Broome also 4-4 including 3 RBI.  Vic Alfieri (4 RBI) and Jeff Turtz had 3 hits apiece while Alex G, Lou S, Andrew Broome and Michael Cruz added 2 hits each.  Austin Silverberg led the offense for Team Sarcona with 3 solid hits.  Michael Cruz starting again for the vacationing Marty Safchik pitched a great game combining with an errorless defense to shut down a big hitting Team Sarcona.  Greg Benisch subbing for Lou Kastner (get well soon) pitched fine but just ran into a hot hitting team.  A couple of records may have been set or tied in this game as the father/son combo of Dave/Austin Silverberg both homered and the Goldfarb trio made all 3 outs in the 2nd inning (Reid did also smack a 2 run triple over the LF’s head in the 4th).  Team Goldfarb will look to continue its hot start on Sunday when they face former Team Goldfarb member Frank Larocca and his big hitters at the launching pad (Middle School).

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 29th

MG 9, Sarcona 4
Chilly and the wind blowing in strong from Left. Sounds like fun at Municipal. After a clutch 2 out hit by Lenny got Sarcona's crew out to a quick 2-0 lead, team MG battled back. Lightning Spann once again came out swinging turning a single to left into a hustle double including a forced overthrow that got him to 3rd to spark the squad. MG with a little league sac fly to the back of the infield dirt made it 2-1. Defense, pitching and Muncipal dominated until the 5th. Jim, Justin B, Mike C, and Marc Ench with consecutive 2 out hits and Team MG was in front for good at 4-2. In the 6th, a 5 run crooked number as the top of the order with 7 hits in 8 at bats including smart baserunning, overthrows, and old school Joe Torre style Yankee offense. Jim was in charge on the mound and in the field. Carle and Long continued to dazzle and Justin Bickoff showed off his versatility all over the infield. Next up a battle of 2-0 squads in the marquee Wed night matchup of the week....2017 semifinals rematch.....Brock vs. MG.

 

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 17  VM Cleaning (Pollock) 9

It was only Week #2 but an interesting matchup between last year’s champs and Team Goldfarb.  It was these 2 teams that made the big noise at the draft with perhaps one of the biggest trades in Marlboro Softball history.  Both teams are shaped by this trade and it seems after only 2 weeks that both teams will have successful seasons, however, Team Goldfarb was able to take the 1st matchup on this windy Sunday mid-morning at Marlboro Elementary 17-9.  As in Week #1 Team Goldfarb trailed 5-1 after 3 innings before the bats woke up.  Team Goldfarb would outscore Team Pollock 16-4 over the last 6 innings to make it 2 in a row to start the season and give Rookie pitcher Michael Cruz his 1st Marlboro victory.  Both pitchers (Michael Cruz and Alan Rubin) pitched will while battling the wind most of the day as the walk totals were particularly high but Team Goldfarb was able to capitalize with 25 hits with some clutch hitting while Team Pollock seemed to hit the ball at fielders in similar situations.  Michael Cruz was able to help himself with some nice defense and at the bat going 2-3 with 4 RBI.  Chad Kaplow and Alex G (2 RBI) had 4 hits each, Darren (2 RBI while staying hot) and Marc Broome collected 3 hits each while Vic, Sal (3 RBI), Andrew Broome (2 RBI) and Guy (this is true) chipped in with 2 each for the victors.  Eliut was a hitting machine (surprise) with Dave Meyer providing the long ball and former Team G 3rd baseman Eddie Johnson on base all day (also outstanding in the field).  Overall both defenses were fairly solid having to deal with all the baserunners.   Next up for Team Goldfarb is a Wednesday night (may actually be warm outside) affair with Lenny’s gang followed by the Sunday game against beloved former team member Frank Larocca.

 

RCF (Brock) 11 – LJK (Harris)

Team Brock woke up this morning thinking they were not going to play today. However, nothing stops the will-power of Marlboro Softball players, as captains Justin and Bobby found a way to make this Sunday great again. After a whirlwind of text messages, both teams got a 10:30 slot at the friendly confines of East Frances, and boy were we glad it happened. This was an offensive slugfest for Team Brock, as we just kept scoring and never looked back. It started off with 2 quick runs going into the 3rd inning. With runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out, Team Harris made the decision to walk rookie Spencer Cohen to load the bases for the other rookie Lucas Preiss, and he made them pay. Lucas blasted a shot to left center, beating the father-son, LF/LCF Krauss duo by a country mile for a grand slam. That bomb broke the game wide open for a 7-0 lead (Captain Justin hit an RBI double before Lucas’ grand slam). The offense did not stop from there, as everyone on Team Brock kept the hitting train going. If you combine that with great defense, allowing 1 run in 7 innings, you have the recipe for a RCF victory of 11-4. The MVP of the game without question was Lucas Preiss, as he went 2-4 with 6 RBIs in addition to his stellar defense at shortstop. Shout out to Pat Brock, Justin Brock, Scott Preiss, and Dan Drashinsky for multi-hit games. In addition, had some great outfield defense to handle the big hitters of LJK Headhunters. As for the red vests, shout out to Zak Krauss for his great defense in LCF and Jared Goldberg for his defense in RCF and 2B. Next up is a Wednesday night showdown between Team Granese, featuring Team Brock alumni Mike Carle and Billy Torres at Union Hill Left.  

 

Marronie 13-2 over Bykofsky

Parabolic (Team Marronie) gets off the schneid for the year and gets their first win over Team Bykofsky 13-2 at Mar El.  It was a much better team for Glen’s bunch this week after making 11 errors last week in the opener and gift wrapping a win for Denny Lapine’s bunch.  Team Marronie scored 4 in the first and 4 in the second and never looked back…….   Evan Binder led the way going 4 for 4 with 3 rbis, and playing a solid LF. Newbie Jeremy Paster had 3 hits and 2 rbis, Alan Binder was 3 for 3, and mutli hit games were also had by Andy Pargament Glen Roland, Captain Glen, Larry Schiffman and Mike Gilston.   It’s amazing how a team looks when they play solid in the field.

Next up for Captain Glen, back at Mar El again, is the NJ Salt team he sponsor’s for, Team Sarcona.

 

Fradkin Law/BSM 17 -- CK Baseball (Palidino) 1

Sunday morning it looked like this game would not take place because the fields at Union Hill were in horrible shape.  The infield at Union Hill Left was basically a lake.  Fortunately, after players from both teams worked on Union Hill Right for hours the field was in good condition to play the night game.

Ed’s team started slowly at the bat with the top of their lineup going out in order in the first two innings.  Even though some hard balls were hit Mike’s team made the plays in the field.  In the 3rd inning Fradkin Law broke through with 2 runs as Cliff Fox had the first of his 3 hits on the day.  After CK Baseball scratched a run across in the bottom of the 4th inning, Fradkin Law scored 4 runs in the top of the 5th with Jordan starting the onslaught with a 2-run blast over the fence after Nick led off the inning with a triple.  In the 6th inning Fradkin Law put the game out of reach by batting all 13 players and scoring 8 runs.  Terek, Murphy Jr., and Murphy Sr. all got on base to start the inning.  Ed came to bat and hit the first pitch for a line drive single that scored 2 runs.  Nick had a double to score 2 that put men on second and third for Jordan, whom Pallidino intentionally walked to load the bases to bring up Phil.  As he has done all year Phil came through with his second of three hits for the night.  Ed’s team ultimately added another run in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to end the game after that inning.

There were a number of players with multi-hit or multi-RBI games.  Nick continued his hot hitting going 3 for 4 with a single, double, triple and 2 RBIs.  Jordan went 2 for 3 with a home run, double and 2 RBIs.  Cliff went for 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.  As mentioned before, Phil went 3 for 4, but also had 2 RBIs.  Ed went 3 for 4 with 2 singles, a triple and 3 RBIs.  Joel continued his hitting ways by going 2 for 4; and Ken, while going 1 for 3 had 3 RBIs.  Murphy Sr. came through after a slow start his first two at-bats to go 2 for 4.  Altogether, it was a solid hitting effort by the team.  It will be very interesting to see this team when everyone is hitting on all cylinders.

In the field it was another stellar effort all around, as the pitching from Dave and the defense let up only one run.  There were no errors, 3 double plays by the infield, and the outfielders caught everything they possibly could. 

Next up for Fradkin Law/BSM is Sunday at 9 a.m. at Municipal against Bobby Harris’ LJK Headhunters.

 

SENTINEL (TW) 17 – GASTRO (BR) 1  - 7 INN

After an abysmal opening day performance, Sentinel’s Captain TW was looking to flex some muscle at Middle against Skip Randell without stud pitcher Clamp.  Burnsy on the mound for Randell would prove tough as Sentinel only scored 2 runs through 3 innings but in the 4th they would plate 4 and take a 6 to 0 lead.  In the bottom of 5th hits from the top 5 Sentinel hitters would lead to 2 men on no outs and Jeff Turner up.  Turner would deliver a bomb 3 run homer and put the game out of reach.  Captain TW and crew would get their first win of the season 17 to 1.  The defense for Sentinel was flawless while Mike Seidel pitched a walk free gem.  Turner was the offensive star of the game 4 hits, 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs.  Gene, Big Rick and Beck each had 3 hits.  Next up Palidino at East Frances

 

Action Auto 19  LHRGP Law 16 

Some overnight rain shifted the scene to Middle School for the second straight week as Action Auto and LHRGP squared off in the late game. The Judges’ crew came out of the car swinging and put up 5 in their half of the first to get off to a fast start. AA would respond with 7 in the bottom of the inning and the slugfest was on.  Through 4, this had the making of a Saints-Patriots shootout in the Superdome with Team Larocca holding 14-12.   However, Team Jacoby would score 4 times in their half of the 5th to take a lead they would never relinquish as the boys settled in defensively the rest of the way. AA would outscore LHRGP 7-2 over the final 5 innings of the game to hang on for a hard fought 19-16 win.  Rookies Mike Ballo and Les Gymiesi continue to pound the ball with Ballo going a perfect 4 for 4 on the day roping 2 more doubles, and Les smashing 3 hits including a long homer to right center to help put the game out of reach.  3 doubles for Jomo, while JJ and B Thompson also had 3 for 4 days to pace a 25 hit attack.  For Larocca, Ronnie was ridiculous with 5 hits and 5RBI while Mike Kleshinsky despite being banged up, was a line drive machine with 4 lasers. Defensively, rookie Kyle Raventos played very well at ss turning a 6-6-3 triple play while also collecting a pair of hits on the day. Team Jacoby looks for 3 straight when we face Schef, Callow, and 40% of the residents of Regency in the early tilt at swim club next week.

 

TEC-TEL (SCHEF) 6 – DIRTY SPORTS (APPLE) 5

On a muddy track at EF made playable by the Schef/Buck maintenance crew, Schef and Apple each desperately wanted that first win of the young season. Apple went ahead 1-0 in the first, but Clutch Buck knotted it in the 3rd with a rib single. The game went back and forth and was 5 up going into the 9th. Apple plated 1 in the top. In the bottom of the 9th, with one down, Schef had to get on, and obliged with a sharp single. With 2 outs, Perry ripped a triple to tie it up, but was left stranded. After Apple failed to score in the 10th, Tritto split the outfielders with a stand up double. Leo’s shot in the hole was misplayed at first, allowing Junior to slide the winning run home. Multi-hit games by Schef, Callow, Tritto. Monster from Perry with single, triple and home run. Nice pitching on both sides, and some well turned dp’s. On the Apple squad, Conti ripped 3 hits including a bomb to dead center. Next up for Schef is the early bird special at Swim against Jacoby. 

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND – OPENING DAY

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin) 11 – Sentinel Gym (Wallman) 2

Opening day brought together Todd Wallman, one of the league’s most experienced managers, against Ed Fradkin, a rookie manager for the Marlboro League.  Todd thought he would have the upper hand with a team of well-respected veterans including JY, Gene, Turner, Becker and himself.  Little did Todd know that Ed’s team with his cast of unknown new players (Nick), youngsters like Jordan, Joel and Murphy Jr., a returning old-timer (Murphy Sr.), the steal of the draft (Phil) and perhaps the best pitcher in the league (Polzer) were not to be messed with. 

The bludgeoning started in the 1st inning with Fradkin Law scoring 5 runs and then continued in the 3rd inning with them adding another 6.  It turns out that is all Ed’s team would need as Todd’s crew did not muster a run until the 5th inning when they finally pushed a run across.  Although Ed’s team hit the ball hard after the 3rd inning they did not add to their lead. 

The hitting stars of the game were DiNapoli with 3 hits and 2 RBIs, Lipomi with 2 doubles, Ken Feingold with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs, and Joel Podos who also had 2 doubles and 3 RBIs.   Polzer was a rock on the mound not walking a batter and fielding his position incredibly as Wallman’s team hit a number of hard shots up the middle with Dave making every play.  The entire team played great defense with only 1 error.  However, standouts in the field were Joel Podos who made a nice catch in RCF and then gunned out Doug Cohen at second base trying to tag up; and, DiNapoli who made a number of great plays at 3rd base including bullets hit by Gene and Becker. 

Next up for Fradkin Law is the father/son squad also known as CK Baseball in the Sunday night game of the week at Union Hill Left. 

 

Hot Corner (Bykofsky) 25       NJ Salt (Sarcona) 24     Time of Game: 2 hours 30 minutes (CRAZY!)

The craziness all began around 9am Sunday morning when Captain Bykofsky found out his ace, Darren Drapkin, would not be able to play due to an injury.  So with Matty P already on the IR, that left the pitching duties in the hands on Mike "Juice" Summerbell.  Fortunately for Hot Corner, Sarcona was playing with a LARGE handicap (Big Dave batting left handed) which evened out the sides a bit.  NJ Salt came out of the gates fast scoring 10 runs in the first 2 at bats.  At the end of the second inning, the sides became a bit more one-sided, when Dave Mallow took a ball off his finger and had to rush to the ER (get well soon Dave!), leaving Bykofsky and crew with 9 guys for the rest of the game.  However, the 9 guys remaining for Hot Corner were ready for the challenge and boy did they respond.  Despite trailing throughout the game by scores of 10-5, 13-7, and 19-13, Hot Corner fought back each time scoring in every inning but one all game.  There were two main hits that really stood out for HC.  The first was off the bat of Scott Seidenberg (welcome back!) who hit a HUGE 3 run HR over the LCF fence to give Hot Corner their first lead all game in the 8th inning, so clutch!  Adam "the natural" McElrath had the other biggest hit of the game as he came up with bases loaded, 2 outs, down 1, in the top of the 9th ininng after an IBB to Seidenberg and about 2 hours and 15 minutes of game play to that point.  Adam then came through (in his first game ever!) with a solid 2 RBI single to give Hot Corner a lead they would hold onto to somehow pull off a miraculous 1 run opening night victory.  Everyone did their part in the 33 hit attack for Hot Corner. Some of the offensive highlights were booming XBHits by "iso Joe" Ross and Frank (put up ya) Dukes.  Billy Boy Chiusano even scored 5 runs! (already surpassing his 2017 total).  Captain Byko led the way with 6 hits, while the real hero of the night JUICE!!! had 5 hits and fought for his teammates all night on the pitching mound  Seidenberg also smoked the ball all night going 5-6.  The webgem of the game was made by McElrath (playing SS), who made a beautiful spinning play behind second base to get a force out late in the game. Kudos goes out to NJ Salt in defeat as they hit the ball great all night long and really look to be a force on the offensive side of the ball when Big Dave starts hitting right handed again!  Stars for them included Sean Grant who was raking all nights with 5 hits, Austin (dont call me Doc) Silverberg was also on base all game, including a sweet inside the park HR down the RF line, and Pat Speccio  who made a triumphant return, launching a 3-run HR in the middle-innings.  Hot Corner will look to welcome Drapkin back to mound next week as they expect a pitching duel vs. Marrone and Co.

 

 

CGAJ Law (Goldfarb) 12  Tel-Tec (Schefkind) 9

A perfect setting for opening day at the Swim Club pitted the youngsters of Team Goldfarb against the experienced veterans of team Schefkind.  If you believe the pre-season write-ups this was a one-sided affair but as we know in Marlboro Softball anyone can be anyone especially if that anyone is a veteran Steve Schefkind coached team.  Coach Guy always stresses in the pre-game speech that your chances of victory increase if you don’t throw or run yourself out of a game and don’t make mental errors (physical errors happen to everyone).  The coach thought he made this message clear but maybe he should speak a little louder next time.  Team Schef plated 3 runs in the top of the first with a combination of hits, speed and Team G throwing the ball to nobody.  After Darren Saler launched a HR over the left field fence the score stood 3-1 Team Schef after 1.  The message still didn’t seem to get through as that combination of Team Schef hits and Team G playing catch with nobody led to 5 more Team Schef runs for a total of 7 in their 1st 3 at bats, luckily Team G’s hitting was awake as they only trailed 7-5 after 3 full innings.  Team G finally settled in but still trailed by 2 (9-7) after 5.  With the score 9-8 heading to the bottom of the 7th Team G scored had plated 2 runs to take the lead by 1 but a 2-out 2 run single by Sal Alfieri gave Team G the cushion it needed.  A scoreless 9th by Team Schef left the final 12-9 in favor of the young guns but all-in-all a pretty good game all-around by both teams.  The pitching matchup between Uncle Leo and the ageless Marty S turned out to be a good one after the early inning defensive jitters.  Uncle Leo did look like a youngster again as he caught 2 lines drives with the first 2 pitches he throw (it has been heard that he is still icing his glove hand).  Both teams showed defensive brilliance at times having to be on their toes the whole game with the speed of both teams (Team Schef is super-fast at the top).  Many offensive stars included Team Schefs Monochio’s, Intocio, Callow, Capt Schef and Plevretes.  Team G was led by Darren Saler (4-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI).  The Goldfarb trio had 6 hits with Alex 3-4, 2 RBI and Reid 3-3 so you math majors can figure out how many Capt G had (I’ll give you a hint, it is less than 1).  Sal A, Lou S, Andrew B, Michael C and Marty S all chipped in with 2 hits each.  Joe I, JC and Steve Schef led the defense for Team Schef while Lou Salerno at 3B and Chad Kaplow at 2B stood out for Team G (not saying others didn’t play well either but I am well over the character limit for this recap).  I will add that I think Team Schef will win more than the over-under of 7 set at the beginning of the season.  Next up an interesting matchup with Team Pollock (Eliut, I couldn’t pass up the trade made to me by Matt) at UHR next Sunday.   

 

 

INTERCOUNTY MORTGAGE (MG) 10 – ACE (FERRARESE) 2

Inter County Mortgage, aka Team Granese, got off to a hot start with a tidy 10-2 victory over new captain Mike Ferresse. Ferresse stepped out of his car looking especially handsome in his 1984 San Diego Padre outfit. However, before he could even claim the dugout with a bench at East Frances (Matt P would not have let this slip) the rookie leader faced a firestorm as one of his prized young draft studs was a late scratch. Sorry Cowboy Mike, I know what you're thinking. Just go get Pat Brock. It's been done before. Ah, not so easy. That athletic fella is not available, he's still playing with brother Justin. Moving along. As for the game, it was a nail biter for 7 innings. Joraskie and Spann got things rolling early with a single and double and team MG plated two 1st inning runs. Hits from Spann, MG, and Billy T would produce another two runs in the 4th and score held at MG 4, MF 2. At this point, Lombardi was already rolling along while Greg Long and Billy Torres were putting on a defensive show. These guys are going to fit in real nicely with the defending AL Champs. Same for that Spann fella. Who turned Captain Mike's already rough debut into a nightmare with a rob job of a 2 run Homer- an over the shoulder twisting catch you're just not going to see in this league very often. Spann would cap his ho-hum opening day with a 3 run homer into the trees in the 9th. Spann, Joraskie and Greg Long with 3 hits apiece. Lombardi tying a record set many times by Glen Marrone by allowing no earned runs. On to Sarcona, who I hear has already debuted their own version of Pat Brock.

 

RCF (BROCK) 11 – CK (PALADINO) 10

On a beautiful Sunday morning, Team Brock squared off against Team Paladino for opening day at Shutman’s Ravine at Marlboro Elementary. The 2018 Marlboro Softball season for Team Brock picked up right where it left off last season. Team Paladino got an early lead, scoring 3 runs in the first inning. After scoring 1 in the first by a Justin Brock RBI single, and a quiet second inning, Team Brock answered back with a booming, 3-run homerun by Seth Drashinsky. Team Brock gained some more insurance runs by a towering grand-slam by Captain Justin to bring RCF to a 9-4 lead at the end of 5. Fast forward to the 8th inning, where the Paladino squad put up 6 runs to take the lead 10-9. In the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, Team Brock did what it does best, got the job done. Pat Brock hit a line drive, opposite field single to start the 2-out rally. PJ Wollman rocketed the ball right back to the pitcher and used his quick feet to beat out the play at first. After Paladino made the decision to intentionally walk Justin, that left bases loaded for Sethy D. He came through in the clutch by hitting a single splitting the first and second basemen, driving Pat and Justin in to win the game! The win was topped off by the great defense up the middle, especially for rookie shortstop Lucas Preiss. He followed in the footsteps of his father Scott, as he held down the hot corner. Shout out to Pat Brock(4 Runs scored), Scott Preiss, and Bruce Cotter for multi-hit games, as well as PJ Wollman and Marty Beilis for multiple runs scored. Justin Brock lead the team with 6 RBIs, followed by Seth Drashinsky with 5 RBIs. For Team CKs, kudos to Mike Paladino and Andy Katz for multi-hit games, and Kenny Panassidi for his offense and stellar defense in LCF. Stay tuned for next week as Team Brock takes on the red vests of Team Harris at the south-paw side of Union Hill.

 

Pollock (VM Cleaning) 16  Larocca (LHRGP Law) 5

What better way for the defending champs to start their 2018 campaign than with a Sunday night showcase. The off-season buzz was whether Team Pollock gave up too much to retain the 2017 league MVP, Eluit Infante. Infante wasted no time proving his lofty status with a beautiful defensive gem turning what should’ve been a single up the middle into a double play. The first four innings were all about missed opportunities as Team Pollock stranded 8 runners on base through the first four innings. Team Larocca and his 7(!) rookies kept the game close, but the defending champs finally broke through in the bottom of the 5th turning a 4-3 nailbiter into an 11-3 lead. It was an inning where 9 out of their 10 hitters reached base, highlighted by a booming double by Josh Rosenzweig. The Pollock squad was relentless all night, scoring in 7 out of the 8 innings they came the plate. The offensive exclamation mark was provided by Eluit Infante’s two run blast over the left field fence. This victory was highlighted by the balanced offensive attack in which multi-hit games were had by 8 out of 10 players. Infante had four hits while Dave Meyer, Michael Rosenstock, Josh Rosenzweig, Rob Rozencwaig, and father/son combo Alan and Larry Rubin each had three hits.  The game also featured defensive gems from Infante at short, Larry in left, and most impressive of all, Eric Rosenstock in RCF. Meanwhile, Alan Rubin was in total control on the mound and Mark Goldberg kept a solid scorebook. For Team Larocca, Mark Carlin and Mike Kleshinsky had multiple hits and newcomer Dhimant Balar impressed with a triple. Team Pollock looks forward to playing with a full 13 next week as Eddie Johnson, Alex Pugliese, and captain Matt Pollock return. Matt Pollock will be trading partying with Hollywood Stars with playing right field in an adult mens softball league. It’s a trade I’m sure he’d make any day of the week. Speaking of trades, next up is trade partner Team Goldfarb next Sunday morning at UH right. 

 

Greenway Mortgage (Lapine) 20 – Parabolic (Marrone) 14

After two weeks of terrible weather for practice, opening day brought us a beautiful spring morning, very sunny, mid 50’s – perfect softball weather.  Everyone was anticipating a great matchup between Denny Lapine’s Mortgage boys and Glen “I think I might’ve drafted the greatest team in Marlboro Softball history” Marrone’s Parabolicols.  The game did not disappoint.  The Mortgage boys got off to a quick start with all three newcomers leading the way.  Top of the 1st, a lead-off bloop double by Andrew Amadeo followed by an absolute bomb to the top of the netting on UH Right by the Tom Carroll (might’ve been the best 1st AB in league history), a fielder’s choice, a booming double by Dave Trojani (more on him later) and an RBI single by the ageless Steve Yockel led to 3 quick runs which couldn’t have been scripted any better. Moving to the top of the 3rd, hits by Bobby Frey and Joe Spoto brought up Trojani, who blasted a 3 run HR into deep center field.  If it wasn’t for Carroll’s opening day performance, Trojani would be the story.  Top of the 5th, the really ageless wonder, Mr. “I don’t need a runner” Lapine  led off with a single, was dinked over to 3rd base and Tommy C. knocked him in with a SF.  Bottom of the 5th, the greatest team ever drafted, helped by a little shoddy defense, tied it up at 7 by scoring 5 times.  After that, the Mortgage boys put on a hitting clinic.  5 hits in a row in the top of the 6thplated two more.  In the 7th, after 2 quick outs, up to plate to start the rally comes Mr. Carroll, who promptly hit another bomb to the top of the netting in right field (this might’ve rolled into the infield if this was on UH left), a walk to Spoto, an RBI single by Trojani, a 2 RBI single by Yockel, and an RBI double by Phil “Dennis is my favorite father-in-law” Getz, completed the 4 run, two out rally. Top of the 8th, a drawn in outfield was beaten by a bomb from Mark Stewart (4 big hits on the day); RBI singles by Persily and Lapine brought in 2 more runs.  The Marrone’s, however, would not go away.  After all, when you are the greatest team ever drafted in Marlboro Softball history, you would expect nothing less.  Anyway, heading into the 9th– it was good guys 15 – bad guys 14.  Singles by Thomas (should we call him Tom, Tommy or Thomas – we should vote) and Spoto seemed to unnerve the pitcher on the other team as he proceeded to walk Yock and Phil.  You would think the pitcher on the greatest team ever drafted would handle the 9thinning pressure a little better.  RBI singles by Krant, Stewart and Persily finished the scoring for the Lapinester’s.  Yock put them away easily in the 9thand the victory was ours.  Solid defense for 8 good innings and one not so good inning backed great pitching from Yockel.  Hitting stars were numerous as everyone in the 13 person line up had at least 1 hit in a 32 hit attack led by Stewart’s 4 hits, 3 hits by Carroll (who killed it in the field as well, playing great at 2B), Trojani (5 rbi’s), Yockel (5 rbi’s as well – pitching and hitting at the same time like a middle aged, Jewish version of Shohei Ohtani), Phil, Krant, and Persily, and multi hit games from Amadeo, Spoto, and our other ageless wonder Bobby Frey (still killing it in the outfield). An overall great start to the season. Next up – an early (someone set an alarm for Mr. Amadeo) Swim Club tilt against former Lapine BFF’s Mike “I’m a captain now” Ferrarese and Frank the Tank Loconte.

 

Action Auto (JACOBY) 10  Dirty Sports (APPLE) 5

 A little chilly for the 8am start at Middle school when Action Auto and Dirty Sportswear got together to open the 2018 season.  Team Apple entered the game a little shorthanded with only a 10 man lineup but  that didn’t prevent them from jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first.  Team Mamoby would respond with a 3 spot in the bottom of the frame but through 4 we were knotted at 4.   The game changed in the 6th when tied at 5, AA would plate 4 runs highlighted by a booming 2 out double from rookie Mike Ballo and a run scoring single from Lambo. One more in the 7thwas more than enough as the Auto crew slammed the door on a well played 10-5 victory.  Several storylines in this one starting with Noel who roped lasers all morning from the lead off spot and had 3 hits and 2 runs scored.  Mike Ballo made his league debut, mashing a pair of doubles along with 2 rbi, while Les Gyimesi returned with a pair of hits including a long triple to RCF.  Perloff, Jomo, and Dave Unterweiser also had multihit games with 12 of 13 guys reaching base at least once.  Lambo pitched a gem striking out a pair, while the defense led by Noel and Mike P up the middle was outstanding.  For Apple, Melynk and Messinger had multihit games and Lurie played a dynamite ss in defeat. Up next AA gets Judge Frank and the Carlins  in the late game at Swim club.

 

 

GASTRO (Randell) 18, Harris (LJK) 3
Gastro of Ocean donned their Met royal blue and orange on Opening Day and similar to the boys from Flushing opened the season hot with an 18-3 victory over Team Harris at Union Hill Left.  Early on it looked like this game would be close with Randell scoring 1 in the top of the 1st on a Hector single to score Clamp only to have Team Harris match the 1 in the bottom half sparked by the legs and leadoff hit from Mr. Most Improved Zack Krauss.  From there, Team Randell scored early and often plating 4 in the 2nd, 4 in the 3rd, and 5 in the 4th to blow things open at 14-1.  No big bombs here just some timely consistent hitting up and down the lineup.  Some highlights were a 2 out hit from newbie Weis in the 2nd,  a 2 run single from Weitsen in the 3rd, and a string of 2 out run scoring hits in the 4th from Clamp, JZ, Hector, Burnsy and the skipper.  Team Harris would plate single runs in the 4th and 6th to make the score 14-3 until the Gastro boys tacked on another 4 spot in the 8th to make it 18-3 again sparked by a string of 2 out RBI hits from Clamp, JZ, Hector and the skipper with a non-RBI hit from Burnsy squeezed in as well.  Last season, clutch hitting with 29 hits and 18 runs seemed like half a season for Team Randell; in 2018 a 29 hit attack occurred in one morning.  Offensive stars were obviously plentiful with father to be Weitsen leading the offense with a 4-5 performance clearly energized by the announcement 18 hours earlier that its a baby GIRL Weitsen on the way in the Fall.  Mazel tov to bro-in-law Weitsen and sister scorekeeper Lindsey!!  Clamp, JZ (wearing his new jersey #17 in protest of his draft position), Hector, Burny, Korny and Uncle to be Brad chipped in with 3 hits of their own.  Aronson and newbies Crawford and Abramowitz added multi-hit games as well.  Defensively, Cy Clamp was in mid-season form on the mound controlling the Harris bats and fielding everything within reach up the middle proving again why Clamp is Cy Clamp.  Also a nice defensive debut from newbie Weis at short showing early on that he can play with the top SS's in the league.  On the Harris side newbie Calamia with a multi-hit game in his debut and showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with at the plate all year long.  Next up a quick turnaround to the 1st Wednesday night of the season weather permitting against Team Applebaum as the Gastro crew will look to make it 2 in a row to start the year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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