Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

WEDNEDAY, SEP 8TH    

PLAY-IN GAME

Lapine 18 - Drashinsky 14 (play-in game)

The prelude to the playoffs began on Wednesday night as Team Lapine battled Team Drashinsky in the dreaded play-in game.  There was a big crowd on hand as the boys from Lapineville walked out with a dub.

With the injury to Mike Kleschinsky, EMM Loans brought in Pete Montano who got the game started with a hit in the first which would later be followed by a 3-run HR by E. Becker.  Team Drashinsky would tie the game but EMM Loans quickly answered back.  After a Weitsen hit in the 3rd inning, Tom Carroll hit his first of two home runs.  Tied at 5 going into the 5th, EMM would add 4 more runs.  Papa Drashinsky, elected to walk both Carroll and E. Becker to bring up Kevin Kleschinsky who delivered a clutch 2-RBI single.  

Still a close game in the 8th, Team Lapine put up a 6 spot on timely hitting and aggressive base running.  With the bases juiced, Chris Frometa smoked one to right for a bases clearing triple.  Consecutive hits/runs by Fishman, Getz, and Weitsen capped off a solid inning.  EMM added 3 more in the 9th inning on another Tom Bomb.  Seth’s squad scored a few in the 9th but it wasn’t enough to overcome the late lead Lapine’s team had built.  

EMM showed some solid defense on the night.  The outfield played stellar.  Fishman made an outrageous diving catch in LF.  Getz added a nice diving catch as well as throwing out a runner at first from CF.  Lapine had his team focused on Wednesday and they look to carry that momentum into Sunday’s meeting with the 1-seed Larocca squad.  

 

 

SUNDAY, SEP 5TH

 

Worst Team in the League – 12

Versing

Second Worst Team in the League – 8

 

After the most trying time in our lives, the longest regular season has come to a close but not without an exciting final week. America’s favorite sponsored team faced off again Lapine and Polzer at UHL. Lapine is one of three teams to succumb to the juggernaut mediocrity of Team OVOX along with reigning champs Steinberg and Wallman (I don’t know if you heard this, but those cocky fucks were supposed to be like really good…who knew). Back to the action. Realizing this was the last chance to lift the team average over the Mendoza line, Ovox came out swinging for the fences, putting up 3 in the 1st.

The game took a scary turn as Mike Kleshinsky went down after a dive that threw out his back and left him unable to feel his legs temporarily. Calm down, calm down… a few Kools and an EMT visit later got him back on his feet and able to have a few beers after the game. However, it must be a little demoralizing to be laid out after a nothing dive and have Denny Lapine and his buddy Artie Mushnik; two men that played in a pickup league together during their time serving in the Spanish-American War wondering what why this young pussy is down for the count. But I digress… with Christ’s love and the support of local medical services, Mike recovered (PS, Denny was calling Doug for a replacement player before the ambulance left the lot).

Back to the action…with Lapine down a top player, we knew this was usually where we shit the bed… and we started to… several sharts in the 7th and 8th innings took us from a 7-1 lead to a 8-7 deficit. Top of the 9th, bottom of our lineup. Rare hits by the captain and Papa Sandler tied up the game at 8. Top 10th: Juska, Chase and Evan Rosenthal all homer… yeah, you heard that correctly. You must be thinking I was pitching to them, but you are incorrect and can go fuck yourselves. Tight D in the 10th held them off and boom, we sweep the Lapine series. For Ovox, Chase hit 5 HR, Evan hit 2 HR on the day, Steve Toran and Cousin Frankie had career years.

A few hours later, Polzer came from behind and hit a walk-off HR to beat us… no shit

Wednesday, boys…be ready

 

SENTINEL (Wallman) 17 -LJ KUSHNER (Harris) 9

SPS on a 5-game win streak, needed 2 more wins to secure the Division and finish as the overall #2 seed.  Standing in their way were 2 teams both fighting to stay out of the Jacoby invitational aka “THE PLAY IN” game.  First up was Harris, who beat SPS May 9th at the same field – except SPS was without stud pitcher Clamp.  Harris won the game by a run and after the game and Harris’s 5th win of the early season Captain Harris was quoted as saying “who ever did my pre season prediction might want to rethink the 8 win season”.  Well the captain should have withheld that comment as with one game left on season they were currently at 8 wins.  Now to the game, Byko and Schef singled to start the game and it looked like a big inning was coming but some very good SPS defense and Captain TW’s crew got out of inning only down 1.   A leadoff walk in bottom of frame to Clamp led to 1 run for SPS and a tie game.  That was the last time the game would be in reach as in the bottom of the 2nd hits from TW, Mat, Jr, Sr, Pat and DC led to 7 runs.  5 more runs in the bottom of the 3rd and SPS led 13 to 1.  Harris would get 2 in the 4th but SPS answered with 3 and built the lead to 12.  Harris and crew would get 5 over the final 5 innings to make the final 17 to 9.  Clamp pitched a 1 walk gem and Mat, Beja and Jr locked down the defense behind him. The Captain, Mat and Pat led the SPS O with 3 hits apiece.  Now Harris had to hang around and hope SPS beat Goldfarb in game 2 to avoid the play in game.

 

JIFFY LUBE (Goldfarb) 9 SENTINEL (Wallman) 17

A Goldfarb loss and they were the 15 seed and in the play in game, so Guy’s crew came out swinging and plated 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st after SPS put 2 runs behind a tony homer in the top of the frame.  Hits from TW, JR and Sr tied the game in the 2nd and in the top of the 3rd SPS’s top of the line up produced 3 more runs and gave TW’s squad a 2 run lead after 3 full.  5 runs in the 6th and 7th gave SPS a comfortable 5 run lead, but Guy cut the lead to 4 in the bottom of the 8th.  Mat started the 9th with a single and Jr followed with a laser liner down the left field line for a 2-run homer.  Sr, Pat, DC, Clamp and Lugos all followed with hits and put the game out of reach 17 to 8.  SPS held on for a 8 run victory, a 7 game win streak, the Division title and  the #2 seed.  Clamp pitched his probably 10th walk free game of the season and the SPS defense on a tough middle school played lock down.  Jr, Sr and Lugos led the 26-hit attack with 9 combined hits.  Now Captain TW waits to see who SPS will face at Middle between Lapine, Goldfarb or Drashinsky.

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard)  9  -   Telecom (Pingaro)  6

Game took place at Municipal and when team Goddard arrived it looked like Pingaro's whole team was there before sunrise to do batting practice. To start the game Team Goddard held Team Pingaro scoreless and plated one themselves in the bottom of the inning. Going to the second inning Team Goddard put across another run with an RBI single from Ray. Moving ahead to the top of the fourth inning,  Team Pingaro scored two  with a 2 RBI single from the skipper. Bottom Four Team Goddard would respond with 6 runs highlighted by RBI singles by Raucher, Ray, Santigate, M. Goddard and sac fly from Eric Rosenstock. That would make the score 8-2 Team Goddard after four innings.  In the top of the fifth Team Pingaro  would respond with 3 runs highlighted by a Anslow 2 RBI single making the score 8-5 Team Goddard.   Not much action after that making the final score 9-6 Team Goddard. Team Goddard hitting was led by Ray with 3 hits and 2 RBIS, and 2 hit games from J. Goddard and Raucher. For Team Pingaro Micari was on base every time for them. Defensively,  Intoci made an unreal diving play at 2nd base for Team Pingaro. And for Team Goddard all around great defense and pitching.  Team Goddard starts the 1st round of the playoffs against Lombardi.

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 7 def Ovox (Ferrarese) 6

The last game of the regular season came down to team Game Changer vs team Ovox on a very lightly attended UHL.  After both teams played earlier in the AM, this was not much more than a glorified scrimmage as both teams pretty much knew their postseason fate.  Ovox would come out strong mostly on the back of Chase Sandler who by all accounts should be an annual candidate for OPY if not league MVP (multiple HR's in this contest).  G/C , coming off a tough extra inning loss to AD earlier, would sort of sleep walk through the first 3 innings until Paster would get us on the board with a HR of his own.  Down 2 heading into the bottom of the 9th - G/C would send up the top of the lineup....Paster would triple,  the creepy SS with the American flag hat and his wife's leggins on (Specchio) would single, getting Game Changer to within 1.  Polz would step into one, sending a shot to left that cleared the fence for the 2 run HR and a 7-6 victory.  Props to Murph Sr (3-3), Paster (3-4), and Turner (2-3) who all contributed to the victory.  For Ovox - it was the Chase Sandler show who had multiple HR's which were no doubters to LF.  Team Game Changer will take their .500 record and settle in for a series with the always calm, cool, collected, very laid back, and ALWAYS entertaining  Mr. Conti and the Cafiero Carpentry crew.  Good luck to all in the 2021 Playoffs!         

 

ACE (Dimarco)11  -  GAME CHANGER (Polzer)10 in 12 innings

Out West they have the big Redwood Tree forests but out east in the West we have ADs Tree Service (more on that below) and Sunday morning’s early game for the ACEs had all the feels of a playoff atmosphere with the division and 3rd seed on the line.  The game itself did not disappoint as neither team was able to hold more than a 3 run lead throughout the entire game and it felt as though one team would score and the other team immediately answered.  

The ACEs surrendered a couple in the first but were able to start things off in the usual ACE style, an M Broome single and ADs Tree Service came in to find the first victimized tree of the day as AD rounds them all and ties the game up at 2.  Not only was that huge for the ACEs, but with that run AD sets the new Marlboro Softball record for runs in a season.  Congrats AD! 

The Game Changers scratch off another run or two in the second and the ACEs answer again with back to back singles by Schmidt and Singman, an RBI single by OC and a Gary Klein Sac Fly levels the score once again.  It was the ACEs turn to take the lead in the 3rd with a Foxy single and another AD Tree Service victim, but this time the tree fought back and a nice bounce off of this tree followed by a nice relay in from the OF and throw to home punched AD out at plate.  The Game Changers were able to tack on a few more, although Yoke did record two strikeouts on the mound in this one and did not issue a single walk, and found themselves leading the ACEs in the 6th, but the ACEs once again responded as a call to ADs Tree Service was needed.  An M Broome single setup AD for another two run roundtripper on the day, this time sailing this one through the trees to smack the fence and it was a slow jog home for AD to tie it up.  However there was no quit in the GCs who managed to take a three run lead headed into the bottom of the 9th.  The ACEs stood mentally strong and tied it up as the bottom of the order has continued to produce as PK stayed hot to lead it off, followed by a Foxy single and ADs tree service delivers again (although not for free) to tie it up with another tree shot to LF to send the ACE squad into extras although they threatened to end it right then and there with a Saler triple and intentional walks to both Yoke and Woody loading up the bases with ACEs, but the ACEs couldn’t finish them off.  The ACEs held the GCs in check through 3 extras.  Unfortunately for the GCs it only took two batters in the 12th to end this one, as AD reached on a single and was able to score from first on a Saler double to end the game and clinch the division for the ACEs.  Hats off to the Polzer squad for a hard fought battle.

The ACE squad was led offensively by their captain AD who drove in 8 runs on 3 HRs, a triple and a single, and scored 4 times, and Saler with 4 hits, 2 doubles, a triple and a game winning RBI.  Other Multi-hit performances were had by  M Broome, Singman (who also took a ball off the throat in the first and still made the play), OC also with an RBI, and Cliff Fox.  On the other side of the field the GCs saw multi-hit performances by Specchio, Polzer and Paster.  The ACEs were awarded the 3rd seed and will face a Harris led Kushner Squad on Sunday.

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 29TH

 

SPS (Wallman) 8 Sal’s Pizza (Seindenberg) 7

SPS looked to make it 5 in a row as they faced off against Scotty Pods at Marlboro’s only playable field East Francis.  Sal’s jumped out to a quick 2 run lead behind hits from Pat and Ed and the top of the order but a few hits from TW’s top guys cut the lead to 1 in the bottom of the frame.  Both teams traded 3s in the 2nd as SPS scored when Mat, Sr, Turtz and Ralph all reached base.  In the bottom of the 4th down 1 SPS put up 3 more behind hits from Beja, JY, TW, Mat and a JR Sac.  Holding 2, the SPS locked down the defense as Beja turned 2 6-6-3 DPs and gave up 2 runs over the final 7 innings.  Tw’s squad added 1 in the 7th and SPS took a 3 run lead into the 9th.  Pod’s bottom 2 hitters started the inning with singles, but another 6-6-3 DP from Beja killed the Pizza rally.  Ed and Scotty drove in 2 runs to make it a 1 run game but Jr grabbed a long fly ball to hold on for the SPS victory.  Another walk free gem from Clamp and a great catch from Jr to save an inning gave Tw’s crew their 5th straight and kept their divisional title hopes alive.  Tony, Beja, Mat and JY led the offense with 2 hits apiece.  A DH sweep and 7 straight next week against Harris and Goldy would give SPS the division and #2 seed.

 

Pollock d. Harris 8-7

The first game of a rare Marlboro/Manalapan Softball morning triple-header featured two teams that needed this game, as Team Harris is fighting to stay out of the play-in games while Team Pollock is looking to hang on to their division lead and #2 seeding. If efforts to make a game count for something, Team Pollock held an edge as Glen Roland carefully negotiated his exit from soccer obligations to arrive late, Joe Spoto returned this morning from a wedding in the Poconos (AKA Lugos' regular commute) and this captain ended his 14-day residency at Caesars Palace late last night/this morning. It certainly looked early like it didn't count, as LJ Kushner seemed to be in total control with a clean 5-0 lead after 3 innings. Gastro, however, scored 3 big runs via a clutch 2 RBI double from Spoto and after Team Harris countered with another run, Gastro added 3 more in the 6th inning to knot things up at 6. The game remained tied heading into the 9th. For the visiting LJ Kushners, John Tritto was clutch with a go-ahead RBI single, putting the pressure on the Gastro boys. After a lead-off out, Jordan Krant got things going with is 3rd hit of the day, followed by 3rd hits from MVP-leader Martino and Spoto to load the bases, setting the stage for everyone's favorite 3, Mitch Pollock, who laced a 2 RBI walk-off line drive hit to secure the win. A shorthanded Team Gastro wraps up the regular season against a talented Marrone squad, hot off a nighttime doubleheader sweep, on Labor Day weekend.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 11 – OVOX (Ferrarese) 7

Shore Smile faced off against OVOX for the late game at E.Francis. The game started slow with both teams putting up a goose egg in the 1st. Lombardi then scored 3 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd holding a 5-0 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd. Ovox responded with 4 runs to bring the game within 1 run, 5-4. Lombardi put up 2 in the 4th and 1 in the 5th but Ovox put up 3 in the bottom of the 5th to bring them within 1 run again, score 8-7. Lombardi added 3 in the 7th and shut down OVOX giving up no runs in the last 4 innings for a final score 11-7. The defense turned 4 double plays stopping any momentum by OVOX. Mallow-Mallow turned 2 DP’s and E. Mallow 2 unassisted DP’s. P. Lombardi made a couple of nice layout scoops at 1B saving a couple of throws and S. Blackburn made a great diving catch in the OF. The offense was led by S. Blackburn 4-5 and Smalkin 3-3, with multi-hit games by Troiani, M. Blackburn, J. Lombardi, P. Lombardi and Tyson.

For OVOX, Toran excelled in the lead-off spot getting a hit every at bat. Congratulations to new father Juska on the birth of his daughter.

 

GAME CHANGER (Polzer) 12 def EMM LOANS (Lapine) 2

Sunday morning brought a cloudy, overcast, and humid feel to Manalapan #5 for the inner division battle with the 2010 Championship Manager Mr. Lapine.  EMM  would start off with 2 in the top of the 1st but that would be the only offensive damage G/C would have to overcome on the day.  Game Changer would cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 1st inning and would build on the lead in the 3,4,5,6th innings enroute to a 12-2 final.  Big days at the plate for Paster (5-5), Specchio (3-5), Junior Murph (3-4) and Pezz (2-2 w 2 BB's) setting the table in the bottom of the lineup.  Special Game Changer shout out to Brian Thompson who caught 2 balls in a row including one a skyscraper from Caroll.  All jokes aside this team is playing loose and starting to build our  confidence back up again after losing 2 in a row.  We head towards a double dip with Dimarco and Cowboy Mike to close out the regular season over the Labor Day weekend.       

 

Princeton Brain & Spine  (Goddard)  8  -   LHRGC  (Larocca)  5

Two games left of the regular season and Team Goddard looked to stay hot with Larocca and Pingaro as their last two games. Game took place at Manalapan rec 3, and the field looked perfect with no signs of rain, unlike other fields in other towns. Back to the game, Team Goddard held Larocca scoreless in the first and responded in the bottom of the first with 6 runs. RBI singles from M. Rosenstock, Santigate, Raucher, Cruz, and J. Goddard and a sac fly from E. Rosenstock. Larocca would get one in the top of the second to make it 6-1. Going to the bottom of the fifth, Team Goddard scored two on RBI singles from Leonardi and Raucher.  Team Larocca would score two in the sixth and two in the eighth to make the final 8-5 Team Goddard. Defensively for Team Goddard, Jeff Goddard had multiple plays up the middle and pitched a great game. Team Goddard offense was led by Mike Rosenstock and George with 3 hits a piece, Santigate, Leonardi, Raucher, and Jeff Goddard had two hit games. BIg win for Team Goddard to build confidence going into the playoffs, and also trying to move into the top 8 seed to be a home playoff team. Last game of the year for Team Goddard is against Team Pingaro Labor day Sunday at Municipal. Team Goddard is looking to stay hot as they are 10-3 in the last 13 games, after starting the season 1-7. 

 

IMN (Steinberg) 2   -   ACE (Dimarco) 14

Oh what a night for Marlboro Softball and the record books.  After a hurricane, and some more rain, and a week off and two field changes, the ACEs found themselves on Manalapan #5 for an away game under the lights against an IMN Steinberg led team.  With news of both Lombardi and Polzer Ws earlier in the morning, the ACEs knew they needed to produce in order to maintain their hold on the West and produce is what they did.  As a precursor, I have been paid an undisclosed amount of money through an undisclosed source to mention the name Saler 30 times in this write up, just in case you were wondering.  Thanks, Saler.

Things got started in their usual manner for the ACEs, as an M Broome Single and an AD double set the plate for Saler to not only give the ACEs the lead, but to also tie the Marlboro Softball Single Season RBI Record….and what does Saler do?  Saler does what Saler does, and Saler launched a double to the outfield to give Saler a share of the record. However, with 8 more inningings and two more games left on the schedule, it was only a matter of time until it was Saler’s record all of his own.  While at second, Saler even managed to draft Trevor Lawrence in the first round of Saler’s fantasy football draft that took place during the ACEs game. In all fairness to the final score, this game held tight until the 7th as great pitching and several defensive gems held IMN to just 2 runs all game.  Yoke on the mound made two great grabs (one maybe in self defense) to go along with another great pitching performance, AD hosed down a runner at home in the first and another at third the following inning, and A Broome also showed his arm as well...tossing a runner out at third from RC later in the game.

The ACEs scoring picked back up in a monumental 4th inning as AD launched a double to start it off (he hit one over in BP) bringing Saler to the plate with a chance to make history. As Tommy LaSorda once said, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination,” and there is no one more RBI hungry and determined than Saler, and Saler proved that as Saler plated AD with a liner to right to obtain the all-time Marlboro record for RBIs in a season.  CONGRATULATIONS DAREN SALER! Of course, this record won’t stand as it's only the 4th inning and the ACEs still have two more games to play.  

The ACEs held a slim 3-2 lead heading into the 7th when (you won’t believe it), M Broome started it off with a walk, AD launched a double, Saler was given a free pass, but after a Yoke Sac Fly, Woody reached on an error that plated two, and A Broome drove one in on a FC to bring the ACE lead to 7-2.  It was the 8th inning that really opened things up though as Schmidt started it with a line drive double but with two outs the magic happened.  Kamras ripped an RBI single, Fox hit a double of his own, M Broome plated PK on a single, AD cleared the bases with a triple, but not to be outdone, Saler launched a triple of his own to plate AD to break Saler’s previously set RBI record in the 4th inning, and a Yoke Poke ™ plated Saler to bring the ACE lead to 13-2.  The ACEs would plate one more in the 9th, set up by A Broome reaching on an error, a hot Hayden single, and a Schmidt RBI FC to bring the final score to 14-2.  After the game, Saler had this to say about Saler’s RBI record, “Look Saler’s new RBI record is great but the real champ here is A Broome who helped Saler with Saler’s fantasy football draft throughout the game, because Saler only has time for RBIs….once sec my pick is up.”

The ACE squad was led offensively by their captain AD and the RBI record holder Saler.  Saler reached base in all 4 ABs and was just a HR shy of the cycle and also drove in 4 to take the single-season RBI crown.  AD also reached base in every AB, scored each time, hit 3 doubles and triple, and drove in 2.  Outside of AD and Saler, multi-hit performances were had by M Broome with two singles, a walk and a RBI, Hayden with two hits, Schmidt with a single, double and an RBI, and PK with two singles and an RBI.  Saler.

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

NJ Salt (Marrone) 14 – Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 9

The two biggest games of the year for the Salt squad took place on Sunday evening at Manalapan Field #3. We knew this because Austin used the internet to see that our field was changed (these kids these days with their rock n roll music and flashy hand-phones). Since the same internet has the standings, we knew we needed to win to stay out of the play-in game…plus, Glen wouldn’t shut-up about it. As a matter of fact, it was his whole speech, literally, like: “All right guys, we need this game, okay, we need it…Team on 3…1,2,3 TEAM!”

The first inning saw the first 5 Salt hitters reach base and RBIs by Doc, Dylan and Holden would catapult Salt to a 5-0 lead. Nothing happened in the 2nd inning. The third would see 2 quick outs followed by an Austin single and the a Mike “all He wants to do is Hit Homers” Caputo bomb to left to put Salt up 7-0. Team GG would plate 2 in the 4th but in the bottom of the inning a lead-off double by Holden followed by 6 consecutive singles would put Salt up 12-2. The 5th was boring. The Sixth would witness 2 more Goldfarb runs but Salt would get one back with a Beef RBI single in the bottom. Skip the 7th because why not and Goldfarb would cut it to 5 with a four-piece in the top of the 8th. In the bottom of the 8th Glen would get us one back with a single and after one run in the top of the ninth, the final score would be set, 14-9.

Great Game all around for the Salt hitters with multi-hit games by Amadeo, Caputo, Dylan, Holden, Dan, Glen, Jeff Steve and Beef. Next up in right below this…

 

NJ Salt (Marrone) 15 – LJ Kushner (Harris) 9

Game 2 of our must win double-header was against a Harris team missing their starting pitcher and their 7th round steal and MMS triples leader, David Wagreich, to start the game.

After a couple of walks to start the bottom of the inning, an RBI single by Doc and a Sac fly by Dylan would put Salt ahead 2-0. Glen would keep Team Harris off the board in the 2nd and in the bottom of the inning he would hit a lead-off double. That would be followed by walks to Yig and Eric Barbesh’s brother and then RBI singles by Beef and Unter. An RBI by Amadeo would lead to Mike Caputo coming to bat with an open base. Look, all he wants to do is hit bombs (and throw out the lead runner at second while falling away from the base, on one foot, with absurd accuracy and velocity) but mostly hit bombs…and Team Harris would not let him…”LEAVE CAPUTO ALONE, LEAVE HIM A-LOOOONE!!!” He was mad so he took his base from behind and anger-fucked it. Then Doc came up, with the bases loaded and promptly doubled, clearing the bases and giving Salt a 7-0 lead. Team Harris would get a couple back over the 3rd and 4th innings. In the 5th, Austin would lead off and single and Team Harris would…walk…Caputo…again. We all know chicks dig the longball. How is this young man supposed to impress the gaggle of young ladies in attendance if he can’t homer? Aside from playing bottomless, he can’t. Team Harris would get 3 in the 6th to make the score 10-5 but in the bottom half a BDD single followed by walks to Glen, Jeff and Steve and a run scoring out by Beef would get 2 of them back for a 12-5 lead. The 7th saw a single by Austin and an RBI single by Doc make it 13-5. They did pitch to Cap in the seventh because not doing so would have put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. The ball he hit was grabbed, over the fence in right center for an amazing out but another foot and people fuckin tonight. The 8th showed team Harris getting 3 in the top but RBI singles by Beef and Unter would cut into that progress and make it 15-8. Harris would get one in the ninth but they needed 7 so the game was over because math.

Team Salt were “fuckin savages in the box” in this one raking up on-base opportunities with Austin, Caputo, Doc, Holden, Glen, Jeff, Steve, Beef and Dave U all reaching base multiple times.

Next up for Team Salt is the final game of the regular season against Team Pollock, 0930, UHR on make-up day 9/5/2021. Take Route 9 to Union Hill Rd and take the exit. Continue eastbound for approximately ¾ mile and the park will be on the left. There are 2 fields, it is the field on the right if you have your back to the road

 

  

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25TH

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddardd)  17 -   Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky)

Wednesday night under the lights with two teams looking to stay out of the bottom four. Game started a little late but at least the umpire showed up and we didn't have to use two lucky fans like the other game. Even though our umpire was late I will give him a pass for the weeks prior cherry ices which were very good by the way. Back to the game, Team Drashinsky started the top of the first hot, scoring 4 runs on multiple hits. The game would remain scoreless until the bottom of the third, where J. Goddard and Karp walked to set up a Santigate 3 run homerun. Two batters later Jacobs followed with a solo homerun making the game 4-4.  Top of the fourth Team Drashinsky got a big two out hit by Sicurella with a hit down the third base line to take a one run lead.  Going to the bottom of the fifth Team Goddard scored four runs, with a 2 run RBI double by Leonardi and a Tim George RBI single to make the score 8-5 Team Goddard.  In the bottom of the sixth after being walked his second time, Santigate hit a solo homerun to make the game 9-5. Going to the eighth inning Team Drashinsky scored two runs on a captain 2 run inside the park homerun cutting the lead to 9-7 Team Goddard. Bottom of the 8th Team Goddards bat exploded for 8 runs, with 2 RBI single from George, RBI single from Jacobs, 2 RBI double for future captain Eric Rosenstock, RBI single for Leonardi and Karp. And let's not forget CRUUUUUUUZ.. Cruz had 2 triples in the inning and played a great first. Final score 17-7 Team Goddard as they look to stay hot and keep it rolling. Jeff Goddard pitched a great game and the defense behind him was solid as well, highlighted by Tim George making some nice plays going back in Left Center. Team Goddard offense was led by Tim George who was 4--5  with 3 RBIS, and with 3 hits Cruz and Jacobs. Multiple hit games by Santigate, Eric Rosenstock, and Leonardi. For Team Goddard they have won 9 out of their last 12. Next up for Team Goddard is Team Larocca at Union Hill Right on Sunday morning. Also shoutout to Papa Drashinsky, hope you feel better soon and are back out there next Sunday. 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18TH

 

EMM LOANS (Lapine) 21 -SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 17

Wednesday night at Union hill provided one of the wildest games of the season as the conundrum that is Team Lapine was on full display. They spent half the game looking like a tee ball team during their first practice, and the other half looking like Murderer’s Row.  A microcosm of their season.  EMM Loans committed approximately 43 errors in the first 5 innings.  However, their captain Denny was not deterred and team hype man J.Becker brought his Red Bull energy to get the team going.  Lapine’s gang would finish the game with every player having multiple hits.

Down 13-1 after 5 innings, it wasn’t looking good for the 5-win EMM Loans squad.  The sixth inning looked to be more of the same before a 2-out rally added 6 runs and cut the deficit to 13-7. The rally was started by the captain and ageless wonder Dennis Lapine who finished the game 3 for 4 and also included a “Tom bomb” over Union Hill’s version of the green monster as well as a Kevin Kleschinsky 3-run inside the park home run.

The seventh inning saw Lapine’s team add another 5 runs behind more timely hitting and aggressive base running.  The momentum at this point had clearly swung in the direction of the underdog EMM Loans.  After cutting the lead to 13-12, EMM scored 6 more runs in the eighth to put the lead to 18-13.  Big time at-bats continued from Jaegar, Kreisler, Lapine, Weitsen and Tom.  The fellas from Lapineville scored 3 more in the 9th to add some cushion.  Lombardi’s boys made a late push adding 4 in the bottom of the 9th but it was too little too late.  

In innings 6 through 8, Team Lapine’s top 3 in the batting order (Weitsen, Tom, E. Becker) combined to go 7 for 7 with a homer, 5 RBIs, 8 runs, Intentional walk, and a sac fly.

Lapine's squad got tremendous contributions from Steve Wallenstein with some clutch hitting, Chris Frometa who filled in at third base for an injured Mike Kleschinsky and made a huge double play, and Phil Getz who played a fantastic left field along with some timely hitting.  Lombardi’s team was playing well early as the Blackburns did typical Blackburn things like stretch a single into a triple.  Unfortunately, EMM bats turned into Lightbringer from Game of Thrones to get the DUB. 

Next up for Prime Time Lapine is Ovox.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 10 vs PLATINUM (Benny Kess) 9

Wednesday night classic at UH Left.  Nice try Ben, shoulda walked LaRocca.  Next up Team Nice on a bright Sunday morning.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15TH

 

ACE (Dimarco) 20   -   EMM LOANS (Lapine) 5

The ACEs took on an experienced conference foe in Lapine’s EMM Loans squad early at the Swim Club on Sunday.  As the ACEs were looking to turn things around after dropping two straight, with Lombardi & Polzer within an ear’s shot of first place in the West.

Things did not start out great for the ACEs, taking the field first as Loan Squad were able to take advantage of their first chance at the plate and scratched off four in the first with timely hitting and an error or two by the ACEs.  However, the ACEs were able to half the lead in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff single by the single machine Mr M Broome (Brother of Lawyer, A Broome, ESQ) with a Yoke Poke™ bringing him around to score and a Woody double saw Yoke, I mean M Broome (credited Yoke), come around for the second of the inning, and from here on out the ACEs just keep pushing the pedal down on offense and locking it up in the field.  The Aces exploded in the second for 8 runs and would proceed to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game.  The 2nd inning saw all the damage done by singles starting with a red hot Hayden, then the always light on his feet Singman, OC loaded them up with a single and Gary Klein brought in two more on a single of his own.  A Fox RBI single was followed by a M Broome single, an AD walk forced in another, and Saler cleared them all scoring three on a single of his own, advancing to second on a throwing error.

After a scoreless third and fourth, the ACEs struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning for 4 more led by an AD single, a Saler double scores the captain, and a Yoke Poke™ setup Woody to plate two more to continue to threaten the league in the triples category, and who would later score on an A Broome Sac Fly.  The ACEs threatened in the 6th but could not take advantage, but cashed in for 4 more runs in the 7th led by a DiMarco double, a Saler RBI single, a Yoke Poke™, an A Broome RBI Single, Hayden plated one on a FC, and Schmidt brought in the last run of the inning on a Single.  The game ended via mercy in the 8th after a Klein Double, a Fox walk, and an AD single loaded the bases for Saler who plated two runs on a single and the last and final run saw AD cross the plate for the game ending score on an errant Loans throw.

The ACE squad was led offensively by a massive 7 RBI performance for Saler on a Double and three singles.  Three hit performances were had by AD with two doubles and an RBI, Yoke also with an RBI, Hayden also with an RBI, and Gary Klein with two RBIs. Multi-hit games were also had by M Broome, Woody with three RBIs, Singman, and Fox with an RBI. Multi-Hit performances were had by both Becker and Tom on the loans.  The ACEs will be hosting a conference filled double header on East Francis on Sunday taking on Polzer and Lombardi with tons of playoff implications on the line.

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

SPS (Wallman) 20 Salt (Marrone) 19

Looking to make it 4 wins in a row, SPS faced the fighting Mayronies who were battling to stay out of the dreaded play in game.  Top 1st, 5 of the top 7 hitters for team Wallman reached base to take a quick 3 run lead and if not for bad base running blunder and a great Dynov catch the damage could have been much worse.  After holding Salt scoreless in bottom of frame, SPS put up 2 more behind a walk, error and Turtz RBI.  The teams would trade 1s in the bottom of 2nd and top of 3rd to give TW a 6 to 1 lead but Mayronie came back with 4 and cut lead to 1 after 3 innings.  Over the next 4 innings Salt would put up 7 runs while SPS plated 3 giving salt a 12 to 9 lead going into the 8th.  Sloppy infield play by both teams led to a lot of unearned runs including a 12 foot pop up with tons spin to SPS’s 1B that couldn’t handle the tricky ball which led to another salt chance and an RBI single.  Top 8th, 2 outs nobody on and Fred tony and Beja all hit to cut the salt lead to 1.  In the bottom of 8th, 2 outs nobody on and out came the Heckler Marrone brought with him.  His outburst seemed to ignite the Salt offense as hits from their bottom 2 guys, Amadeo, an intentional walk to Caputo and bases loaded rocket by Doc led to a 2 out 6 run explosion and a 7 run lead going into the 9th.  The top of the 9th started off with a Captain TW single, hits from Jr and Sr and 2 walks and another hit from DC brough the SPS top of the order to the plate.  A Clamp single brought in 1 run and made it a 3 run deficit.  A huge bases clearing triple and heads up base running from Lugos scored 4 and the lead was now 1.  2 quick outs in the bottom of frame and it looked like game was over but Salt got 1 to tie things up and the winning run was on 3rd with Amadeo up (who was perfect on the day) so it looked like the game was over.  Amadeo hit a laser, but Beja was there to snag the ball and send game to extra innings.  A TW walk and a Sr infield hit in the 10th gave SPS a 1 run lead in 10th but Salt had the meat of their order coming up.  Caputo got on via error to start the inning and Doc and Austin moved the tying run to 3rd with 2 outs.  A one hopper to Beja was handled for the final out which completed an miraculous SPS comeback and silenced the Mayronie heckler who was on his 5th beer by 10:20am.  The loss moved Salt to the 1 seed in the play in game and the win gave SPS a chance to still win their division.  For SPS, Tony, Turtz and Lugos combined for 11 hits 10 runs scored and 8 RBIs.  Clamp pitched a 1 walk gem (intentional) at a very windy Mar El.  Dynov made 2 insane catches in RCF that saved Salt a lot of runs.  Next up TW’s crew looks to make it 6 straight against Harris and Goldy.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 16 – Game Changer (Polzer) 8

Shore Smile faced off against a tough Game Changer squad for the late game at Swim Club. The game started out with both teams trading runs through each of the 1st 5 innings. Going into the 6th with the game tied 5-5, Game Changer put up 1 run to take a 6-5 lead. Lombardi’s bats got hot plating 4 in the 6th, 3 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th. Game Changer scored 1 in the 7th and 8th but Lombardi’s 27-hit attack took a commanding 16-8 lead going into the 9th. The 1st two Game Changer batters reached base but Lombardi was able to turn a game ending double play for the win. The defense was solid, with once again ridiculous catches by both Blackburns in the OF. Everyone on the team had at least 1 hit with S. Blackburn, Young, E. Mallow, Smalkin, D. Mallow and Lurie with 3 hits and Troiani, M.Blackburn and P.Lombardi with 2 hits. Jim was tough on the mound again giving up only 1 walk and snagging some liners up the middle. A true team victory. Next up is Lapine under the lights for a Wednesday night game.

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard)  11 -    Platinum Group (Kessler)  6

Team Goddard looked to keep the momentum going as they played a double header at Municipal. First game against Kessler with no Leonardi, Raucher or Karp so the defense would have to step up. Team Kessler scored 3 in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Team Goddard would answer in the bottom of the second with 2 runs with RBIS from Cruz and Ray. Team Kessler would add one in the top of the fourth  and one in the top of the fifth making it a 5-2 lead for Team Kessler. Bottom of the 5th Team Goddard had a big inning with 6 runs with RBI hits from Jeff Goddard with 2 RBIS, and  George, Jacobs and Eric Rosenstock all had RBI hits in the inning. Top of the 8th Kessler would get another run making it 8-6 Goddard. Going to the Bottom of the 8th a Ray walk, a Goddard single, and a Santigate inside the parker to give Team Goddard another 3 runs. Final score was 11-6. For Team Kessler Evan Binder went 4-4 hitting the ball all over the field.  Ben made a nice diving play in Right Field to take away an extra base hit. For Team Goddard the defense stepped up with guys being out and Jeff pitched a great game. For Team Goddard three hit games from Eric Rosenstock, and Mark Goddard. Multi hit games from George and Jacobs. Team fought hard all day long and almost pulled off the double header sweep. In the second game, with 9 guys, Team Goddard was up 5 in the 9th and Team Conti scored 7 in the 9th to take the lead. And eventually get the victory in extra innings. With no 1,3, and 6 Team Goddard showed fight, guys played positions they weren't used to and battled all game. Team Goddard takes on a Pingaro squad next week at Municipal. 

 

Goose (Team Kessler) 9

v.

Maverick (Team Drashinsky) 7

Game 2 of this steamy double dip taught me a few things:

Steve Weis saying he’s running out to get a coffee is code for “I have to take a steamy mud pie before game 2, I’ll be there 30 seconds before first pitch.”  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlGLDn7DXM0

Either way, I’m here for team paint jobs before we play LaRocca in 2 days if it means everyone’s going 4-4 with two doubles and a triple.  Don’t let Stevie get hot. 

Ben REALLY doesn’t like flat pitches.  Or KP making jokes about his boy Seth (sorry about the Top Gun reference).

I REALLY don’t like dead branches left in the East Frances woods (or 1-2 backdoor sliders, seriously that’s a great pitch Dave Drashinsky has developed)

As for the game itself, it was back and forth, which is to be expected when the game starts with a literal turkey vulture decapitating a motherfucking possum in center field.  Bad omen.

We got out to a 7-3 lead (I think) and allowed Team Drashinsky to claw back in after a Jordan Preiss bomb over my head.  It would be a tie game headed to the bottom of the eighth after Ben made some big time, risky, and necessary decisions which held the ‘95 Angels scoreless in the 7th and 8th.

We would score 2 in the bottom of the 8th after a Javy triple.  Javy was a cool 3-3 on the day btw (look out in September, my man is just getting hot).

In the 9th team Spine Correction would threaten after an almost homerun by Seth was tracked down by the gazelle himself, Kyle D. Dunleavy (the D stands for Drake bc he’s always up in his feelings).  Second and third, 2 outs still, but Andy was able to make two really clutch pitches and get the last fly out to right-center.

 

The May/June/July Losers and Sponsor with the Mallouk hanging over them (OVOX) 13

The Better Levine and the Worse Bomenblit (Steinberg) 4

 

Recap of the Recap: see here

Back to the Action… I keep hearing from guys in this league, “Hey, I miss reading your recaps”…. Oh yeah? Well stop beating my fucking team and maybe I can resume the only thing I’m good at in not only this league, but in my sordid life. So after literally months of getting close in each game, we finally closed one out. But as expected, the OVOX boys were not confident going into the game. The day before the game, the captain spotted Richie B outside of the Walk-in clinic for a rapid AIDS test. He shared how his prodigal brother would be missing the game due to a COVID/STD variant. Now this should be good news for us, but A. we know how to blow a game under even the most advantageous conditions and B. we were going to be missing Juska, Rosenthal, and Loconte… our only good players (Podolla, do not text me about this comment. You are not good and neither am I… fuck it).

Seeing who our remaining players were the captain went back to the 1970’s Padres jerseys recipe… letting the motorcycle madman Uncle Steve Toran lead off and a pretty unconventional fielding arrangement (i.e. Applebaum in LF as his legs are 10% more functional than Big Sherm’s). These moves paid off nicely. First off, Tom Smith set the tone for the entire game by snagging a would-be hit while playing 2b to boost our lockdown defense and fire us up. As for the lineup, Steve Toran did not disappoint in the lead-off spot going 5 for 6 with a steady stroke that only a man that has laid out many a colonoscopy patient could employ. Who else had nice stroke, you ask??? Me, on my ride home reflecting on the game as well as Toni’s little comments about my pitches being “too deep”… works like a charm. But honestly, Wayne Sherman had a great game. How do I know? Because he is texting me at this very minute reminding me to write this recap and highlight his 4/4 game… AND… he ran some bases… who knew??? Chase Sandler?!?!?! In case you forgot about the reigning MVP, he went 5/6 and is 10/11 over the past two games… buckle up bitches, because Scotty’s baby boy is breaking out and ready to “get weird”.

In all, everyone chipped in with hits with Brock, Apple, and Podolla having timely hits and the Captain looked like a young Glenn Marrone on the mound (minus the salt and dick slinging). For Steinberg, Doc Bhalar murdered a HR to RF and I appreciate Steinberg not letting Richie play SS so I could watch him scowl for two hours. Next up are some other teams that think they have an easy week ahead…

Momentum is a bitch… watch your backs

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 9 vs Tec Tel (Pingaro) 1

After losing to the top team in the league to start the day, LHRGC bounced back against a tough Pingaro team who traveled for a game 2 on a hot Sunday.  Good job getting the split.  Next up is team Benny Kess Wednesday night for the make-up game.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4TH

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard) 14 -  NJ Salt (Marrone)  5 

Wednesday Night under the lights, with two teams fighting to stay out of the bottom four teams to avoid the play-in game. In the top of the first Team Marrone plated one to give them a 1-0 lead. Team Goddard responded in the bottom of the first with 3 runs of their own, with a 2 RBI single from Leonardi and an RBI  bases loaded walk for Eric Rosenstock.  Going to the bottom of the third Team Goddard scored 2 more runs to make it 5-1 after 3 innings. In the bottom of the sixth Team Goddard scored another 4 runs, with a 2 RBI single from Mike Rosenstock, an RBI double for Erick Rosenstock, (THE STOCKS) and Cruz had an RbI. Top of the 7th brought a 3 run homerun for Caputo down the line to cut the lead to 9-4. In the Bottom of the 7th Team Goddard responded with 2 runs, RbI single for Jacobs and a sac fly for George. Going to the bottom of the 8th Team Goddard scored 3 more runs, with an RBI for Cruz and an RBI single For Ray (SUDS). Final score 14-5 and Team Goddard takes 7 out of there last 9 games after starting the first half of the year slow. Defense has been great and so has the pitching. Offense for Team Goddard was led by Mike Rosenstock who went 4-4 with 2 Runs and 2 RBIS, 3 hit games for Raucher and Santigate, and multi hit games for Eric Rosenstock, Jacobs, and Mark Goddard.  Team Goddard looks to keep it rolling against Team Conti Sunday at the middle school. 

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 16 over Ace (Dimarco) 13

The Wednesday night Union Hill Right match-up featured the Western Division 1st Place Ace squad against the Back Boys of Monmouth Spine looking to bounce back over a Sunday loss. A rather cool evening for the dog days of August, but when the lights came on, this game was as hot and intense as can be.

 

Dimarco and company would jump to an early 5-0 lead after 2. Baserunning blunders and bad decisions would lead to the lack of scoring for MS over these two innings. A little mid-inning motivation from the greatest hype-man there is, was and ever will be Richie Spear, and the boys were laser focused and ready to take on the task at hand. Monmouth Spine would put up 3 in the 3rd thanks to a lead-off double by Jordan P., single by the capt, and key walks from Richie, Joe T and Dan. However, Ace would put up another 4 in the bottom half of the inning (wow can this team hit). MS would respond with 4 of their own in the 4th thanks to timely hitting from Mike Rabinowitz, Joe O, Jordan S, a sac by Papa D, walk by Jordan P and a BOOMIN' double by Richie Spear to bring em home! After shutting them down in the bottom half and picking up another 2 to tie the game at 9 in the 5th (thank you Mike and Joe O!) Dimarco would put up a 4-spot to make it 13-9 after 5.

 

Then the fun began as the Backboys just kept battling and chipping away. Key walks and timely hits would allow MS to put up 2 in the 6th to cut the lead to 2. Fast forward to the 8th, when the team worked the count and was able to walk in a run and cut the lead to one, we had bases loaded, two outs for nobody better, JOE GAMETIME O! He would deliver a bullet up the middle to bring in 2 runs, and then some very smart base running by Mike Rabinowitz would allow MS to snag another run across the plate to have a 2-run lead heading into the bottom of the 8th (he needed to show the team how it was done). MS would pick up one more in the 9th, just the extra insurance they needed to seal the deal. All the while, the Back Boy defense and pitching held this powerhouse Dimarco squad scoreless from the 6th-9th innings to secure the W.

 

All around great win for the boys. This team's attitude and mental grit is simply unmatched. MVP of the game at the plate was without question Joe O. Not only did he get the biggest hit of the game, he went 4-5 with 3RBI! The Capt had 4 hits of his own, Richie and Jordan P had 3 hits apiece (Jordan also had 3 walks and 4 runs, he was onbase everytime he was up in the leadoff spot, can you ask for more?) and multi-hit games for Joe T. and Mike. Kudos to Mike R for stepping up at 2B and Pezz for making a tremendous throw from left field to snag a runner at the plate, and of course Jordan Spear for making a tremendous scoping catch to lay down the tag! For Ace, needless to say Dimarco played great and showed why he's one of the top players in the league. Yockel and Hayden were on-base all night, while the arms of the Ace OF were keeping all of the MS speed at bay. Monmouth Spine looks to continue their hot hand as they start the final stretch of division play, leading it off against BFF Team Kessler and crew at the friendly confines of East Frances.

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1ST

GAME CHANGER (Polzer) 14 SPS (Wallman) 20

SPS was looking to make it 3 in a row and inch closer to division leader Pollock but standing in their way was the hard hitting shorthanded Polzer squad.  Good news for Game changer, they had a great 9 man lineup, the bad news they had 3 outfielders at Coors Middle.  A 2 out hit from Tony was followed by a Beja double in the top of the 1st to score 1 but Polzer’s crew had 7 of their first 8 batters reach base safely and they jumped out to a quick 7 run lead.  TW, JR and Pat plus a Sr SAC would get 3 back in the 2nd cutting the lead in half and Clamp, Fred, Tony and TW would get hits in the 3rd to make it an 8 to 6 game. A Jr hit to lead off the 4th ignited a 5 run inning which were highlighted by Clamp and Prince of Darkness Lugos doubles and SPS led 11 to 8.  A defensive miscue (happens when you have a short stubby 2nd baseman as a target) in the bottom of the frame gave Polzer 2 back and in the bottom of the 5th a lot more hits from Game Changer gave Polzer a 13 to 11 lead.  DC, Clamp, Fred, Beja and JY all got hits in the 7th to give TW a 1 run lead that was quickly erased in the bottom half of inning when Polzer tied things up.  2 outs nobody on in the 8th, Sr, Pat and Turtz had huge hits to give TW a 2 run lead that would increase to 6 when SPS scored 4 in the 9th.  A DC single was followed by 2 quick outs but consecutive hits from Tony, Beja, JY, Tw and Mat put the game away.  3 up and 3 down in the bottom of the inning and SPS had their 3rd straight win and moved to within a game in the division.  For Polzer’s squad, Paster was absolutely ridiculous in the center of 3 man outfield tracking down everything hit within a 100 feet.  Beja made some great plays at SS for SPS and Clamp pitched a walk free gem.  Tony and the Captain led the offense with 4 hits each, while Fred, Pat and Clamp had 3 apiece.  Next up a division game against Goldfarb. 

 

SAL’S (Seidenberg) 7 – EMM (Lapine) 5

Playing without the big bat of Fradkin and missing him on the mound as well, the Pizza Men knew it would take a team effort to get past a pesky Lapine squad at East Francis. The game started off slow with Lapine taking a 1-0 lead thanks to the only error made by the Dough Boys all game, a wild throw out of play. Sal's would trail 2-1 in the 4th when they plated 5 runs from the top 5 guys in the batting order. Ed who? Collis would continue to lock it down on the mound making 2 great catches on foul tip pop ups towards the dugouts. No other pitcher in the league makes those 2 catches but Collis has speed and quickness unlike any mortal. The Lapine swuad chipped away in the 6th and 7th, but a key insurance run in the 8th would help Sal's go on to the 7-5 victory and snap their 2 game losing skid. Hitting stars for the Pizza crew were Justin Krauss 2-4 with 2 speedy doubles and Dave Meyer 3-3. For Lapine, Becker was on base all 4 times and pitched really well too. For Sals, the season is in their hands. They control their own fate. 5 games left and thanks to tie breakers and upcoming divisional opponents, 5-0 would guarantee them the division title and the #2 overall seed. First, its Pollock at Muni. 

 

LaRocca 15 vs Harris 7

Early Sunday at Muni to accommodate    JZ1B and his aching body of various nondescript ailments.  Harris team boasting a short lineup with A Tritto and Bobbito having previous commitments.  The reapers started strong lead by leadoff Perrone (4/4) and JZ1B (4/4) with hitting from the entire team.  RC looked great on the bump with a solid infield defense that turned numerous double plays to gave the good guys the edge 15-7.  Saggs also a defensive standout tossing strikes to Shiff and whomever else decided to cover the bag.  Defensive highlights were a Chiusano, Carlin, Lombardi put out at 3rd and an unassisted double play by Marky Memes.  For the bad guys, Callow hit and early bomb and Shef and Byko seemed on all day.  Defensive highlight was watching Callow play 5 man infield to shut us down late.  Next up is Gabbagool with MVP Turano, Rookie of the Year Ortiz, co-captain of the year, Jacoby, Father Patrick, ATSS, Joey 2bags and the rest of the Tech Tel studs.

 

Intercounty Mortgage (Steinberg) 23     Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10

As we hit August on the 2021 calendar, it was a matchup with the short-handed, gutty Drashinsky squad & the streaky Steinberg team.  Today, team Steinberg showed up scoring a season high of 23 runs and 31 hit-attack and showed what a true team effort is all about.  All 13 would successfully find hits on this day, led by the hottest hitting IMN player Jeremy Levine!  5’s ran wild for Jeremy in this one as he led off the game and didn’t look back!  5 for 5, 2 Home Runs, 5 RBI’s, 5 runs scored – an altogether perfect day for the lead off hitter!   Congrats Jeremy on an amazing game.  OK, so Jeremy led off the game with a single, followed by Capt. ES single, after SAC fly by Eric B (who also had another stellar game – going 3 for 4, 2B, 5 RBI’s, 2 RS), Richie & Joe would move the runners along (Richie- 3/5, HR, 2B, 4 RBI’s, 3 RS) and Joe (2/5 wo BTW gutted it out with the hip injury), tee’d it up for Doc Balar to who drove in RBI as Steinberg took 2-0 lead.  Drashinsky squad minus 1-2-3, yep 1-2-3 came right back with 4 of their own in the bottom to jump out 4-2.  Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough.  Steinberg’s team hit top, middle, bottom and never let up. Scoring 8 in the top 2nd led by more – Kenny Feingold (2-4), Lambo with a bomb 2B that missed going out of the big Manalapan #3 yard by a few feet, Josh Levine, Marc P, Bruce, Brian, Jerry all reaching base. Turning it back to the top where Jeremy, Capt ES (another ¾ game for him), Eric, Richie again with big clutch hits. 

Steinberg would hold a 14-7 lead going into the 6th and then with 2 outs Jeremy came to the plate facing the well improved, papa Dave Drashinsky on the mound. Jeremy would hit an opposite field 3 Run HR to blow it open. Again what a day. Steinberg would add more in the 7th and 9th to finish it out with the football like score of 23-10.  Congrats Lambo as well for picking up his 7th win and for making some really tough line drive outs killing the Drashinsky rallies.  Steinberg to face intra-division rival Lapine next Sunday at UHR!

 

 

Tec Tel 15 - NJ Salt 7

5 in a row and 6 of 7 for Team Pingaro after knocking off NJ Salt Sunday morning on Union Hill right.  The Marrone crew jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead but after sending 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd and scoring 9 times, Tec Tel pulled ahead 10-3 and never looked back.  4 more in the third was more than enough offense as Team Pings cruised to a 15-7 win in what was once again an excellent team effort.  AJ led the offense with a perfect 3 for 3  2BB day while Anthony, Pat, Anslow, JJ and Joe Lee all chipped in with multi hit days.  The sun was certainly a factor for both teams defensively but AJ was once again outstanding filling the strike zone with only one intentional walk to his ledger.   For Salt, Caputo had a multihit game including a homer, and Holden hit a long fly dinger to beat the slow footed RCF in defeat.  Team Pings sends their deepest condolences to the entire Silverberg family on the passing of Dave’s father earlier this week.  Next up for Tec-Tel, Larocca in a game with very little significance.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 11 – Platinum Group (Kessler) 8

Shore Smile met up with Platinum Group on a very comfortable August day for the late game at Swim Club. Not sure if they were giving away free bagels but there was a very unusual large Marlboro Softball turnout watching this game. Lombardi started the game getting Platinum Group to go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st. In the bottom of the 1st Lombardi started strong sending 9 batters to the plate scoring 5 runs, highlighted by a 2-RBI bomb double by P. Lombardi. Lombardi put up 2 more runs in the 3rd to take a 7-0 lead and things were looking good. Then Platinum Group started to chip away scoring 3 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th to make it a 7-5 game. Lombardi took the 2 back in the 6th on a M. Blackburn 2-run HR. Lombardi added one in the 7th making it 10-5. Both teams put up a run in the 8th, Lombardi holding an 11-6 lead going into the 9th. Platinum Group threatened, plating 2 runs and with runners on base, Lombardi locked it down to hold on to win 11-8. Defense was strong again with E.Mallow making some nice plays at SS and yet another ridiculous catch by M. Blackburn (seems like a weekly occurrence), a definite leading candidate for 2021 defensive outfielder. The offense was led by Troiani (3-3, walk), Klecko (3-4) and multi-hit games by M. Blackburn, S. Blackburn, E. Mallow and P. Lombardi. Jim was solid on the mound with no walks and snagging everything up the middle.

Next up, back to division play against Dimarco.

 

ACE (Dimarco) 15   -   CAFIERO (Conti) 6

The Western division playoff race is heating up, as the division leading ACEs managed to drop games on back to back Sundays...but this Sunday they were looking to turn it around against a tough Conti led Cafiero Carpentry team.  Let’s just say ACEs nailed them with some excellent defensive plays, pitching and an early and consistent offensive attack that saw ACE base runners on in every inning.

A scoreless top of the first gave the ACEs an early opportunity to strike and that is exactly what they did, as they were able to plate 5 in the bottom of the inning.  An M Broome Single and A Broome walk set up the beef for plenty of RBI opps, as an AD RBI double was followed by a Saler Sac Fly, a Woody RBI single, a Yoke RBI Single, a Klein RBI Single, and a Kamras RBI single to end the first inning damage.  A great tone setter as the ACEs picked up two more runs in the second (Broken Record Warning) started off by a M Broome single, an AD Double, as League Leading RBI man Saler brought the boys home with a hustle double. M Broome set up another run in the 4th with a single and Saler plated another run with a triple blasted over the RFs head that he DIDN’T slip at third on to end the inning, making it 8-0 ACEs.  The Carpenters were able to finally end the scoreless drought bringing in a pair of runs, but it was too little to late at that point, as the ACEs were making plays all over the defensive side of the field with a Singman diving catch in RF, PK showing animal like instincts behind the plate snagged a foul pop up and Yoke just kept dropping them on the plate even picking up a backward K on the day.  Wanting to leave nothing up to fate, the ACEs plated two more in the 7th on a YOKE DOUBLE….YES A YOKE DOUBLE.  HE RAN TO SECOND BASE.  Based on all accounts and a stat check from the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first Yoke double since September of ‘89.  Yoke said after the game, “I prefer singles, so I can let the younger faster guys score my runs.”  As Schmidt picked up the third and final RBI of the 7th on a FC.  The 8th inning saw M Broome plate Singman with a triple, and the Captain/Coach AD brought home three more including himself with a HR.  Also, with his last AB of the day, team player and not a stats guy Saler drew a walk in his final AB, to bring the final score and a “W” for the ACEs with a 15-6 win over the carpenters.The ACE squad was led offensively by 4 hit performances by Marc Broome who scored every time on base and picked up an RBI, and AD who picked up 4 RBIs on (2) doubles, a single (only the second of the year), and a three run bop.  3 hit performances were had by Saler who drove in 3, walked once and was just a HR shy of the cycle, and Yoke who hit a double, drove in two and also walked.  Honorable mention to OC who reached base in 3 of 4 ABs.  The Conti team was led offensively by multi hit performances by both Conti himself and Deluise.  The ACEs look to continue the winning ways under the Union HIll lights on Wednesday night against Drashinsky’s Monmouth Spine.

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard) 9 -  Gastro (Pollock) 2

After a bad start to the first half of the regular season, Team Goddard has won 6 out of its last 8 games. Taking on Team Pollock at Union Hill left, Team Goddard looked to keep it rolling. Team Pollock started out with an early leady scoring one in the first and one in the fourth to make the game 2-0 Pollock after 4 innings. In the top of the 5th Team Goddard scored 3 runs to take a 3-2 lead. In the top of the 5th Jacobs and Leonardi started with back to back singles, followed by a Mike Rosenstock sac fly. Eric Rosenstock would single after that, followed by RBI singles from Jeff Goddard and Cruz. Going to the top of the 6th Team Goddard had a breakout inning scoring 6. First two guys made out in the inning making it a 6 run two out rally. Started with a single from Mark Goddard, Double by Santigate, Tim Geoge walk, followed by a Jacobs 2 RBI single and then  a Leonardi 2 RBI single. Mike Rosenstock singled another RBI, followed by a Raucher hit and an Eric Rosenstock RBI single. After 6 innings the game was 9-2 and the game ended with a score of 9-2 with not much action after the 6th inning.  Great Pitching by Jeff Goddard and a great defensive game  by Eric Rosenstock who had a day at 3rd base. Team Goddard hitting was  led by Santigate and Raucher with 3 hit games. Multi hit games for M. Goddard, Jacobs, Leonardi, Eric Rosenstock, and Cruz. For Team Pollock Spoto made a nice diving play in the outfield and Mitch made a nice diving  play at 2nd to start the game. Team Goddard looks to keep the momentum going against Team Marrone Wednesday night under the lights. Both teams need a win to keep out of the bottom four teams. 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28TH

 

Tec-Tel 15 - Cafiero 14

 The fence line at UHL was treated to one of the better games of the season when Tec-Tel and Cafiero squared off under the lights Wednesday night.  Conti and AJ exchanged two run homers in the opening inning and after each team plated 3 in the first, and 4 in the second, we were tied at 7 through two innings.  What was setting up as shoot out, quickly changed as AJ and Deluise settled in over the next few innings.  Small ball in the bottom of the 6th resulted in an rbi groundout, and after Nick Turano rocketed a dinger to left, Tec Tel held 9-7. While AJ kept dealing,  the bottom of the Team Pings order helped tack on 2 more in the 8th highlighted by a big, two out Malagold single to give us an 11-7 lead heading to the 9th.  Jomo led off the frame with an infield single and after Conti blasted his second of the game, the lead was quickly cut to 11-9.  Some spotty Tec-Tel defense, a few key hits including a 3 run inside the park homer for the rookie Nicholls and the 4 run lead evaporated, turning into a 3 run deficit with last licks coming for Team Pingaro.  Making a strong case for league MVP, Nick led off with a booming double and after AJ singled him home there was once again life for Tec-Tel.  Anthony singled,  a 2 base miscue on a liner from Gene, and a free pass to the Captain loaded the bases with no one out with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.  First pitch swinging,  Anslow hit a hard grounder to short where Mike fielded it and threw home but the ball evaded the catcher allowing both Anthony and Gene to come around and score as Team Pings won in a wild walk off 15-14.   3 hits each for both Turanos, AJ, Gene and Anslow while Intoci and Joe Lee had a pair to pace the offense.  AJ pitched very well and deserved some better fate in the 9th after putting up 6 straight scoreless innings.  For Cafiero, a huge night for the HR derby champ and Captain with a pair of dingers, while Jomo, Deluise, Rhine and Nicholls all swung the bat well in a tough loss.  4 straight and 5 of 6 for the fighting Pingaros as we get set for Glen and his bff Doc on Sunday.

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 14 over IMN (Steinberg) 7

A Wednesday night tilt with IMN was on tap for the G/C team who was looking to lose the taste of last Sunday’s tough loss to team Kessler.  We have not had back-to-back L’s since the beginning of June and tonight we kept that streak intact.  A leadoff single by Paster and an All Star Rick booming double off the netting would get G/C on the scoreboard first for the 1-0 lead.  Team Game Changer would add to that lead in the top of the third as we would plate another 3.  A single by Miranda, a Paster walk, singles from Specchio and Polzer, would set the table for Danser’s double to bring the score to 4-0.  Team Game Changer would add an additional 2 runs in the 5th making the score 6-0.  We know that no lead is ever safe as IMN would come alive in the 7th plating 4 runs of their own to cut our lead to 6-4.  G/C would then bounce back in the top of the 8th scoring 4 of our own.  Hits by Miranda, Specchio, Polzer, Danser, and a Paster HR would give Team Game Changer the momentum it needed to close out this contest.  However, giving credit to the IMN team they did not go down without a fight.  IMN would score 4 in the bottom of the 9th inning to make it close but the comeback would fall short.  Huge days at the plate for Miranda (3-4), Paster (3-4 & a BB), Specchio (4-5), and Danser (4-5).  Team Game Changer will look to make it 2 in a row as we head to middle school for a battle with Todd and the Sentinel crew.     

 

SUNDAY, JULY 25TH

SENTINEL (Wallman) 11 LHRGC Law (Larocca) 8

When news broke Thursday that Clamp would be missing his 4th game of the season Sunday, Captain TW curled up in the fetal position and alerted the troops.  SPS is 0&3 on the season without Clamp and Sunday was against the league’s powerhouse crew Larocca Law.  Late Saturday night it was decided that Marlboro’s crankiest and most miserable player Fred (never happy) Lugos would take the mound.  3 up and 3 down in the top of the 1st brought Lugos out in the bottom of the frame to make his pitching debut.  No outs and bases loaded, the game seemed doomed but crafty Fred threw a knuckle ball and Beja turned a game saving 1st inning 6-6-3 DP.  Frank’s crew would get 2 in the inning, but the damage could have been a lot worse.  SPS got 2 back behind hits from Beja, Pat, Jr and DC.  An error in the bottom of the 2nd led to 2 unearned runs for LHRGC and a 2 run lead.  Nobody told Fred the unwritten rule of softball where a pitcher is no supposed to yell at his fielders for an error, so SPS 3rd baseman had to listen to the misery rant for 12 minutes over the miscue.  At one point the prince of darkness Lugos told his 3B “you have 6 gloves maybe try one that can catch a ball!”  1?back in the top of the 3rd was followed by 3 runs from Frank and they took a 4-run lead into the 5th.  4 runs in the top of the 5th behind a ball that was scored an error by captain TW but to everyone else including Captain Frank it was hit.  Regardless, SPS tied things and in the 6th with DC on 2 outs, hits from Tony, Beja, JY and Mat led to a 3 run lead.  Both teams traded single runs over the next 3 innings and Lugos got the complete game win.  While Fred was 2 for 11 on fielding balls hit up the middle, his pitching was brilliant as he held the monster bats LHRGC to 1 run over the final 6 innings.  Kudos to Fred for picthing a 2 walk gem!   Beja and Mat up the middle were great for SPS while JY, Lugos, Jr, Beja and DC each 3 hits to lead the offense.  JZ and Perrone were on base all day for Larocca.  Next up for SPS is Polzer at middle.

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 19 over EMM Loans (Lapine) 12

No 1, No 2, No Problem. The Back Boys knew they had their work cut out for them on this cloudy Sunday in Downtown Marlboro as they were missing their 1, 2 and 13 picks and playing a gritty Lapine squad (also missing their 2, 7 and 11) looking to claw out a win.

Lapine and Co. would get off to the races with a 2-spot in the top of the 1st. However, Monmouth Spine would respond right back with 6 of their own, highlighted by a 3-run HR by Lucas Preiss and 2-run HR by Mike Rabinowitz (both absolute bombs to LF). After shutting EMM down in the second, the Backboys would put up another 4 highlighted by back-to-back doubles by Dan and Joshi. Lapine would put up another 3 in the 3rd, but MS would answer right back with 3 of their own thanks to a 2RBI single by the hitting machine himself Richie Spear and a RBI single by Papa D. Lapine would not go down without a fight, scoring 5 runs from the 4th-8th innings. The Backboys would pick up 1 in the 7th, but would put the dagger in the 8th by putting up a 5-spot, highlighted by RBI singles by Papa D and Richie Spear and a 2-RBI single by Lucas. Lapine would score 2 in the 9th, but would not be enough and Monmouth Spine would secure the W.

This was a great win for the back boys. Not only did everyone step up when we needed them most, this is the highest scoring game we've had all season. The next-man-up mentality was in full effect, as everyone just filled in the open positions and executed them flawlessly (Pezz in LCF, Joshi in LF, Lucas at SS, Richie at 2B and Joe O at 1B). Papa D lead the 19 run slugfest by going a perfect 4-4 with a 2B, 2RBI and 3R. Richie (3RBI), Lucas (5RBI), Mike (2RBI) and Capt Seth all had 3 hits of their own with multi-hit games for Dan, Joshi and Jordan Spear. For Lapine, Chris Frometa pitched great (the secret is out gentleman, this dude can pitch) and also was on base all day, Tom Caroll hit a ball to Colts Neck that may still be flying (wow) and Phil "As Good As It" Getz made a tremendous play in RCF on a Pezz bomb that would have for sure been extra bases.  Monmouth Spine looks to keep adding onto the win column as they head cross-town to face Steinberg at Manalapan.

 

 

GASTRO (Pollock) 13 -  Dimarco 7

Coming off two losses and a lethargic effort last Wednesday night, Team Pollock needed this game in a bad way to get their mojo back. However, they knew Dimarco and his first place squad had this game circled on his schedule since Mitch's last power rankings, so a good early start would be key, And that's exactly what we got, taking away most of the drama from this game. The home end of the first saw the Gastro boys start the game 7-7 while plating 5 runs, and then followed that up with 4 more in the 2nd inning, on their way to an early 11-0 lead. Offensively for Gastro, Jordan Krant used the whole field to go 3-3 while Alan Rubin also added 3 hits. It was multi-hits galore for most of the rest of the lineup as Martino, Spoto (who clearly shook off the rust), Roland, the Pollock bros., Larry Rubin, and Rob Rozencwaig all got on multiple times (as did B. Frey with two walks). Kudos to Schwag for stepping up and into third base, while also enjoyng a closer view of our MVP N. Martino, who helped turn 4 double plays. For ACE, Darren Saler was clutch while adding to his RBI total, while also adding a couple of OF assists (and nearly more), while A. Dimarco blasted a 3-run HR in the 9th. Next up for Gastro is squad that is much better than their record indicates.

 

LJ KUSHNER (Harris) 9 – SHORE SMILE (LombardI) 8

I wish I knew before I went to the Middle School this AM that Cirque Du Soleil was in town.  Not sure which Blackburn made more circus catches- but if you were not involved in the game you would have paid an admission to see this show. Without exaggeration , they combined for at least four acrobatic catches that likely saved a minimum of 7 runs.  That said , the Harris Defense was pretty solid as well. In the end the stellar pitching by Mikey and the defense was the difference.  And some timely hitting. Down 5-0 in the first inning- Team Harris fought back to tie it 5-5 after two innings. And you thought here you go - another Coors Field AKA Middle School special. But from that point on- only 7 more combined runs were scored between the two teams- as both teams took turns making plays.  A few controversial plays thrown in and you had quite an exciting morning.  Down 8-7 going into the 9th- Martin Blackburn - with one out hit a slicing line drive to LF that Schef dove for and missed- and once you miss that ball- Blackburn or no Blackburn that's a HR at Coors Field. Team Harris navigated its way out of the 9th with no more damage-and here ya go into the bottom of the 9th. Wags leads off with a single and pinch runner Byko tags and goes to 2nd on a long fly by Callow.  Lombardi chooses to pitch to Kush and Kush promptly hits a bullet to LF and the streaking Byko taking off at the crack of the bat beats the ball home for the winning run.  Really solid pitching by both pitchers.  Also the aforementioned Blackburn circus show- but kudos to Byko, Schef, and Callow who patrolled the vast OF tremendously as well. Two hits each for Byko, Wags , and Kush....and a 3 for 3 and a splendid day at first base for Johnny T.  Keeping this mini 2 game winning streak going against the tough LaRocca team next week will be a tester ....but you gotta beat the best if you want to contend. Game on!

 

 

Intercounty Mortgage (Steinberg) 14     NJ Salt (Marrone) 5

The battle of last year’s final two teams saw today’s win go to the Intercounty Mortgage – Team Steinberg.  Lambo was all fired up after some great pitching performances and was looking to do it again today!   After Salt held a 2-run lead going into the bottom of the 4th, Capt. ES led off with what has become an all-too-often walk from Marrone (unofficial stat shows Glen walking Evan 7 of 8 previous AB’s going to back to last yr), but anyway Steinberg’s team would rally after a bullet by Eric Bomenblit to 3B, followed by a deep sac by Richie, followed by the hottest hitting IMN star today and sponsor-Joe Joraskie. Joe nailed a 2-run double tying the game 2-2.  Joe would dominate today going 4-4 (2B, RS, 5 RBI’s).  The game would seesaw back and forth when Marrone took a 5-3 lead into the 6th.  Steinberg would break out. After the first 4 hitters in the 6th would get on (back to back hits led by the Levine bros’, Jeremy, Josh, Capt ES with a walk, Eric nailed another shot to left, scoring 2.  Steinberg wouldn’t stop there. Joraskie added another 2 RBI single giving Steinberg a 7-5 lead.  Team Steinberg added another 4 spot in the 7th – led off by the hot, always consistent and who keeps the clutch hitting going Marc Persily (2-4, 2B, 2 RS); followed by another hot hitter-Bruce “welcome back” Cotter hahah like we’ve never heard that one. But Bruce has really picked up his game with another mult-hit game himself; followed by Brian Aronson who had an early slower start to the season but ripped the ball today like the old BA-going 3-4, RS, 2 RBI’s; then the ageless Jerry Tilker who routinely contributes reached base, and lastly the Levine Bro’s doing it again- Jeremy Levine once again who raced to Municipal from an early flight home to nail another bullet, 2-run single AND Josh who looks like a strong Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot, nailing his 2nd consecutive bullet single RBI.  Steinberg added another 3 runs in the 8th – consecutive reaches on base with Eric, Richie, Joe , Lambo, Kenny Feingold, Marc P and Bruce to blow it open.  I should also add Lambo looked sharp again and the Steinberg D nearly flawless, putting down the tough Marrone bats including Doc & Caputo among others.   Short week – Steinberg team looks to make it 3 in a row this coming Wed night 7/28 under the lights facing the tough Polzer team!

 

Tec-Tel 9 - Sals Pizza 6 

Defense, pitching and timely hitting was the story in the late game at Swim when Scotty Pods and his Sal’s pizza squad hosted Tec Tel Sunday morning.  Big two out hits from Sea Biscuit in the 3rd, and the Captain in the 5th had Team Pingaro cruising 6-0 through 5.  In the 7th, after Joe Lee picked up another 2 out hit to plate a couple with the bases loaded, the boys held 9-0.  Over the final 3 innings, the pizza peeps chipped away, but ultimately the big lead was insurmountable as Team Pings held on for a very clean 9-6 win and guaranteed at bare minimum, a .500 regular season record.  Offensively, the team was lead by the raging hot Joe Intoci with 3 more hits and a walk, while Pat keeps smashing with 3 knocks of his own.  Nick, Sea Biscuit and Joe Lee all had a pair the bulk of which came in huge spots.  The bigger piece to this win was AJ and the defense.  The big fella was brilliant on the mound pitching shutout ball through 6, while Anthony Turano flashed ridiculous leather  making several dynamite plays at ss to help keep the big pizza bats at bay throughout.   For Sal’s, Ed, who rarely takes bp, was on base all day with 4 hits while defending the mound extremely well after borrowing Henrik Lundqvists’ goaltending equipment.  Scotty Pods’ also made a super play on an AJ missile in the loss.  A week one rematch with the homerun derby champ and his favorite 2 pick is up next on Wednesday night.

 

Team Pitching and Defense (Team Kessler) 6

V.

My Daddy (Team Polzer) 3
I’m always anxious when I have to hit against Big Daddy Polz, especially after I run the Belmar marathon the night before.  I know there’s a lot of talk around who the best pitcher in the league is, but it’s Dave (at least until Justin Brock decides to stop leaving me on read about coming back to the league).  Add to this my favorite umpire, who last year told me there was a slide and avoid rule, topped with the normal Dunleavy Sunday morning text: “hey guys ugh I might’ve  misplaced my jersey bro.  I think it’s gonna be a close call for me to get there by 9.”  The vibes were not high to start.

The heart palpys translated to the first inning as I decided to run us out of an inning after we scored our first run.  Turns out, that would be all Andy would need for the first five. He may have been punking us with the whole, I love to walk the bottom of the order thing.  Classic prank. Ultimately you can only hold that lineup scoreless for so long as Team Polz put up 2 in the fifth from a bunch of hits from their usual suspects (don’t remember exactly who did what- does it really matter? We have a literal homerun derby for when you lunatics want to put your big dicks on display).

Anyway, we were down 2-1 in the seventh inning of a game where both pitchers deliver the ball at 6 mph. Luckily for us, our middle and bottom were able to bail us out as they’ve done all year long.  Biggest shout outs to Andy and Big Time Tommy who started the three run 7th inning that would ultimately win the game for us. Also shout out Big Puma aka Lenny with a huge double in the 8th inning to add some insurance to our lead.  We would find a way to hang on in the ninth.  No back to back losses.  

Now I guess I’m going to rest up, as I understand there’s a softball olympics coming up next week.  That is a real life sentence I just typed out.  Y’all really didn’t play in enough beer olympics in college. #JustaKidFromAkron

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 18TH

 

Tec Tel 13

Sentinel 10 

Hmmm, where to begin…. I guess it’s fitting to circle back to draft day when phones were ringing across the league and predictions for all 18 teams were being written by a select few Captains. This guy is a reach, that guy stinks, this guy is great value etc.  If you are reading this particular write-up, then please peruse the “other announcements” section of the website and scroll down to the 9-13 Cowboy Mike prediction for Team Pingaro.  I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. If not, I’ll just tell you that it’s July 18th and Team Pings has win number 10 in tow with 7 games to play.  Oh, and if you haven’t seen the standings, Cowboy would give his left testicle to sniff 5, let alone 10 js…

 

To the action.. No Clamp for TW on this day but a 4 spot in the first had his team off and running.  Tec Tel would show some patience in the bottom of the frame, and after 2 hits and 4 walks the deficit was cut to 4-3.  In the second, with two on and one out, the always quiet and never chirpy Lugos stepped to the plate and smashed a long fly ball to right field where Dan Navatta made the defensive play of the season for Team Pings and possibly the league. With his back to the infield, Navatta, busted it toward the Manalapan 3 fence, went over the shoulder and made a ridiculous diving catch to not only rob Fred of a 3 run homer, but turn into an inning ending 10-4 double play.  Dan’s play and Freds’ mouth seemed to get Intoci all fired up as he smashed a long 2 run triple over the head of the Sentinel LCF in the bottom of the 2nd to give Team Pingaro a 6-4 lead.  The game was tied at 6 through 4, but Tec Tel was able to outscore TW’s squad 7-4 the rest of the way for a hard fought 10th victory by a score of 13-10.  3 hits each for Nick Turano, Intoci and Malagold, 2 for Navatta and AJ, while Captain Pings and Jay Rosenthal were both on base 4 times with two hits and two walks a piece.   For Sentinel, multi-hit days for the vast majority of their 11 man lineup including Beja who flat out raked, mashing a homer while Fred,  Tony and fake cuz captain all swung well in defeat.  On the hill, Danny hung tough and pitched well filling in admirably for Clamp.  Next up, Scottie Pods in the late game at Swim Club as Captain Pat tries to add to his resume and Manager of the Year candidacy.

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 11 over OVOX (Ferrarese) 6

The Monmouth Spine Captain showed up at Municipal at 6:30AM with a bathing suit thinking he would be able to go for a morning swim. Much to his pleasant surprise, there was not a puddle to be found, the field was in perfect condition, so he swapped the bathing suit for baseball pants.

 

Sunday's Muni Match-Up for Monmouth Spine featured the OVOX Pirates, a team with way too much talent and can turn it around at any time. The Back Boys knew they needed to keep the foot on the gas to get the job done.

 

The Back Boys came out of the gate on fire, putting up a 5 spot in the 1st highlighted by a RBI double by the Capt, 2RBI single by Dan, and consecutive RBI singles for Lucas and Pezz. Fast forward to the 3rd, where OVOX would put up 2, to which Monmouth Spine would respond with 6, highlighted by another 2RBI single by Dan, RBI singles from Pezz, Joe O and Jordan Spear. Those would be the only runs that the Back Boys would score for the day, but lockdown defense would only hold the Cowboy Convoy to 4 more runs to secure the 11-6 W. 

 

MVP of today's game was Dan, going 3-4 with 4RBI 2R and playing a lockdown 3rd base (including a sliding snag on a Loconte missile). Richie Spear and Capt Seth also had 3 hits a piece, with multi-hit games for Pezz and Joe O. Joe Tracy and Jordan Priess continued to show their dominance at LCF and SS respectively, making every play that came their way. Papa D pitched another gem, keeping the big bats of OVOX in-check. For Ferrarese, Chase was on base all-day, Evan Rosenthal played a great SS, and Loconte made a sick catch in LCF to rob Joe T on what would have been a for sure HR.

 

Monmouth Spine looks to keep the win train rolling with Lapine at Mar El next week. Congrats to all the All-Stars on their success this year and Mike Conti on winning the HR Derby!

 

NJ Salt (Marrone) 18 – Ace Aluminum (Dimarco) 10

Usually there would be some cute little “headline” that uses our opponent’s sponsor to set-up the story. For example, something like Ace Aluminum plans for victory foiled by dominant Salt squad…but not this week. This week is going to be a little different. No cock jokes, no Glen Marrone did this or that, no silly nicknames…just game recap.

The day started out with most of the team finding out we DID indeed have a game and that Mar-el apparently has a drainage system on par with Yankee Stadium. In our group chat Zach Kane asked Danny D to bring his big rake which we all know means “I want to see your cock” so we were already off to a good start. Glenn took credit for the weather being nice and it was time to play. Look, I know I give Glenn a lot of grief in these recaps but in all fairness, he’s a really good sport about it AND he gives me A LOT of material. In all honesty though, he’s a good guy, solid business, nice house/cars, good father…but even the best of us need to be bailed out, picked up from time to time. Well, that was today and the picker-upper was Doc Silverberg, Glenn’s friend of almost 75 years. The 1st inning looked eerily familiar to last week as the opponent got up for 2 but in the bottom, Mike Caputo launched a ball off the moon and tied it up. Salt would win the inning on a fielder’s choice, error thingee and hold the lead 3-2 after one. Ace tied it up top two and took the lead top three. Bottom of the 3rd and Doc Silverberg, the greatest offensive player in Marlboro Softball history, would have a moment by hitting a monster 3 run homer and the next batter, his son Austin, would follow with a homer of his own, for the Father/Son back-to-back and a belly2belly. The 4th inning was meh. The fifth would see Ace put up a 3 spot and in the bottom, after a quick ribby single by Amadeo, Ace would walk Caputo to pitch to Doc. As it turned out, that was as big of a mistake as that stuck-up bitch not selling shit to Julia Roberts hooker character in Pretty Woman. Doc would blast a Grand Slam which would bounce off some tan house about 300-400 yards away. Bottom of the 6th would feature RBI’s by Holden and Glenn and the 7th would show us what happens when you hit a bloop in front of an outfielder playing at Municipal for a game at Mar-el as Doc would drop one in for a 2-RBI Double. After 2 from Ace in the 8th Zach Kane would drive in one for Salt in the bottom half and Glenn would lock the game down in the ninth for NJ Salt’s 3rd straight victory.

During Salt’s 3 game win streak…10-10, (2) 2Bs, (2) 3Bs, (2) HRs, 8 Runs, 15 RBIs, 1 Sac, 1 BB. Doc said he changed something in his swing, yeah, no shit huh. Top of the Salt line-up was ridiculous again, multi-hit games by Amadeo, Caputo, Doc, Austin, Dan, Zach and Dylan. Good luck to the Salt Reps in the Derby and ASG tonight. Do Work. Next up for Salt is lunch and then naps.

Steinberg (Intercounty Mortgage) 8 Harris (LJ Kushner) 1It was the late game at Swim Club and team Steinberg (IMN) facing off vs. a tough Harris (LJ Kushner) team.  Lambo said he was ready to get back to some more winning ways on the mound and his Steinberg team did not disappoint!   Lambo was sharp!  Pitching out of jams the first couple innings with runners in scoring position and less than 2 outs.  I don’t think we’ve seen Lambo with this much determination all season, but today it showed!  It was not easy as the former Cy Young, Mike Seidel kept his Harris team close pitching out of trouble as well.  Steinberg did however, score in each of the first 3 innings – to jump out to a 5-0 lead.  Then, never looking back. Eric and Richie dominated the offensive lineup with 3 hits a-piece, along with that guy again Lambo who was unstoppable on the mound, but also with the bat! Hit after hit after hit for the Ace, looking as sharp as ever also with the bat!   Additionally, everyone in the lineup for Steinberg contributed with hits, sac flies, productive outs, moving the runners along, etc., which has plaqued the team much of the season. But not today!   It appears Capt ES is starting to figure out the missing components as this IMN team has won 3 of their last 5.  Additionally, the Steinberg D played nearly flawless D, which has not been something seen consistently this year surprisingly.  Congrats as well to Jeremy Levine who has done an amazing job since taking over the leadoff spot, along with Doc Balar, Kenny Feingold and Bruce Cotter for also having multi- hit games today!  And lastly a big shout out to Joraskie for relinquishing his captain & leadership responsibility for today with his son’s baseball tournament game.  Great job by Joe to be there today for team Steinberg, contributing to another much needed win! 

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 11 vs Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 4

Matchup of neighbors and friends as Team Reaper went up against the Jiffy boys at a windy Middle School field.  LHRGC was playing short handed as RP and NL "called out sick/drunk/other/my dog ate my homework").  No worries as today marked the return of BILLY BOY and Joel Podos did not have a Blue Claws game.  Top 1 Sags gets on, JZ1B (now leading the team in average) moves him to 3rd , Jordan rips a triple and Santa hits a blast for a SAC.  2-0.  Then Mark gets on, RC hits a double and Joel Podos drives in 2.  4-0 after the top frame.   Joe P leads off and gets on, scoring one in the bottom of the first.  Bottom 3, 4-1 and Joe P hits one to the captain who misjudges it, leading to 3 runs in the frame,    4-4 top 4 and the Reapers come alive with the middle and bottom of the order doing the damage. 9 to 4 after 4 and the good guys never looked back.  Very good team win with the top of the Order being handled by Drapkin (draft picks 1 through 3 were a combined 3 for 15) who was given a high strike zone that benefitted both pitchers,  Big game for Joel Podos going 4 for 4 with 4 RBI.  Next up is Wallman at Swim early.  

 

GAME CHANGER (Polzer) 10 def CAFIERO CARPENTRY (Conti) 9 – 10 Innings

As we thought our game was to start at 9:30 - we were treated to a pregame appetizer featuring the Commish & Mr. Conti versus the angry Little League parents/the golf cart maniac of the rec department. As we went from field 2 to field 1 back to field 2 – both teams were getting antsy to get the game started.  Finally – as a crisis was averted and the tiny tots moved their game to another field – we were set for the showdown against a no doubt top 3 team in Cafiero Carpentry. 

After 3 innings – the carpenters would hold a 3-1 lead as both offenses were not really clicking on all cylinders…yet.  Some tough plays in the field would have team G/C behind the 8 ball as Conti and crew would take full advantage of our miscues and would come out holding an 8-2 lead in the 7th.   Team Game Changer would need to have an emergency conference in the bottom of the 8th.  Anger and frustration would take over as team G/C looked to finally get moving.  Singles by Pezz, Buck, Miranda, and Paster would set the table for a 7-run outburst and would bring G/C all the way back to tie the score 9-9.  As Conti would be held scoreless in the 10th – the scene was set for a potential walk off.  A controversial free pass to Paster would start the inning as well as put the winning run on first with no outs.  Murph would then rip a single and with that we had 2 men on and no outs.  Polzer would step up and lace a single down the left field line sending G/C home with the 10-9 win.  Multi hit games by Paster, Polz, Rick, and junior Murph coupled with another seed from Paster to Pezz at the plate would be the formula for a win.  For team Cafiero…. props to Greg for having the off-speed pitches working (3K’s) and Mike for always keeping everyone entertained.   Game Changer looks for 2 in a row as we have a date with the Kessler crew on EF.  

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 10 – Gastro (Pollock) 7  (11 innings)

Capt. Jim was looking to shake things up and made some defensive and offensive changes that paid off. The game didn’t start as hoped, Team Lombardi went down 1-2-3 in the top of the first. Gastro jumped with 4 runs taking advantage of a couple of early miscues. Lombardi plated 2 in the top of the 2nd on a 2-run blast by E. Mallow. Gastro responded with 2 of their own to go up 6-2 at the end of two. Both teams put up goose eggs in the next 3 innings. Then Team Lombardi got their bats going plating 2 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th to tie the game 6-6 at the end of the 7. Gastro put up 1 run in the bottom of the 8th to take a 7-6 lead going into the 9th. M. Blackburn started off the top of the 9th with a hit, S. Blackburn moved him over to 2B and Jim knocked him in with a hit to tie the game 7-7. Team Lombardi was able to hold Gastro in the bottom of the 9th, on to extra innings. The top of the 10th Team Lombardi went down 1-2-3 with Gastro’s top coming up but Lombardi was able to hold them to no runs. The top of the 11th started with a Tyson lead off hit but was forced out at 2B on a FC . Then with 1 out and man on 1B, the next 4 of 5 batters all got hits, plating 3 runs. Team Lombardi was able to hold Gastro in check in the bottom of the 11th for a much needed win, 10-7. Team Lombardi got back to their winning formula of offense, defense and pitching. Everyone on the team contributed with at least 1 hit. The offense was led by J. Young with 3 hits and multi-hit games by Troiani, M. Blackburn, J. Lombardi, P. Lombardi, E. Mallow, D. Mallow and Adler. The defense was strong with some highlight reel catches. Two HR saving spectacular catches by Troiani - running, turning, twisting, jumping outstretched catches and a catch by M. Blackburn that no one on the field thought he could get or believe that he caught it (defending his defensive outfielder title). Jim was also tough on the mound after giving up the initial 6 runs in the 1st two innings, shutting down the Gastro offense over the next 9 innings giving up only 1 run.

For Gastro, Martino had his usual great game at SS and both Martino and Roland had 3 hits each.

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard) 6 -  Sal's Pizza (Seidenberg) 5

After beating Team Wallman last week, Team Goddard looked to keep the momentum going against Team Seidenberg. Both teams have won 4 out of their last 5 games. We had the early game at the swim club and after the rain the previous night, the field was playable with not much water damage. Team Seidenberg was without his 10 and 13 so not a good start having to face their best 11 guys including Fradkin, Brock, and Scotty Pods.. Team Goddard was held scoreless in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first it was second and third for Fradkin who hit a long fly ball to right, which ended up getting him 2 RBIS with a double tag from Pat Brock. Going to the Top of the third Team Goddard scored one with singles from Pugliese, and J. Goddard, followed by a Karp RBI single. Going to the Top of the fourth Team Goddard put up another 2 runs, highlighted by a Santigate homerun, Tim George followed with a double, and Jacobs had an RBI single. Team Seidenberg responded in  the bottom of the fifth with a 2 RBI hit from Pat Brock. Going to the sixth inning  M. Goddard led off with a single to start, followed by a George RBI triple, and an RBI single by Mike Rosenstock. In the seventh inning Team Goddard tacked on one more with a Ray RBI single. Team Seidenberg would score one in the 9th to make the final 6-5 Goddard. Nice defensive plays from Fazzino at 3rd, Spann in Right center made a diving catch, and Krauss in Right field made several nice plays. Hitting on Team Seidenberg led by Fradkin and Brock with 2 RBIS and 2 hits a piece, and  A. Fazzino was 3-3 with a walk. Team Goddard offense was led by Jacobs with 3 hits, and Santigate, Leonardi, and Ray with 2 hits a piece. Jeff Goddard pitched a great game in a low scoring game.  For Team Goddard it felt good to get another good win against a good team. Defense has been solid on the recent stretch we have been on . Taking 5 out of our last 6 we look to keep it rolling Sunday against Team  Goldfarb at Union Hill.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 11TH

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard) 14 - Sentinel  (Wallman)  5

After getting rained out Wednesday night because the town refused to take care of two small puddles on Union Hill Right. The Goddard Squad looked to keep the ball rolling. By the way the little league dad's put 10 minutes into raking the field and had a practice on the field that we got cancelled on. Back to the game, Team Wallman was without Clamp and Dan Manochio Jr took the mound to take over pitching duties. (Only 3 walks by the way). Team Goddard plated 7 runs in the bottom of the first after holding Team Wallman scoreless in the first. Highlighted by a Jacobs 2 RBI single. Going to the second inning Team Goddard got another 3 runs with RBI singles by Jacobs and Santigate. After that the game slowed down with Team Wallman scoring 3 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th making the final score 14-5. Doug Cohen made great diving or (falling) play in right field to save an extra base hit. Team Wallman hitting was led by Younger who I don't think made an out all day and Matt Manochio who had 3 hits. For Team Goddard we had 21 hits and 14 runs led by Santigate going 4-4 with a double and 4 runs scored, Jacobs who went 3-4 with 5 RBIS, and Mike Rosenstock who went 3-3 with a walk. Multi hit games by Raucher, Mark Goddard and Jeff Goddard. Top 4 batters went 10-12 with 9 runs and 7 RBIS, and 2 walks. Jeff pitched a great game and a well defensive game played by Team Goddard. After taking 4 out of the last 5 we look to take on Team Seidenberg who just beat Larocca with 9 guys. 

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. IMN (Steinberg) 17-7

After being eliminated in last year's semi-finals by many of these Steinberg players, Team Pollock was ignoring the standings (and the end of May/June) and hoping for a small token of revenge. And thanks to DC's efforts yesterday to secure a dry replacement field for us, the Manalapan Rec 2 morning match-up was set. The Gastro Road Warriors jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but it was the 2nd inning that set the tone of the game, when with two outs and none on, Gastro's last 5 hitters all reached base on hits/walks to put us up 4-0. The IMN bats responded in the 2nd though, scoring two and cutting the lead in half. Not to be outdone by the bottom of the order, Gastro's 2-6 hitters all got hits and helped plate 5 more runs. Not much more excitement the rest of the way towards the 17-7 final. For IMN, the Bomenblitt Bros. hit well, and Jerry Tilker "blasted" an extra base hit in the 9th. For the Gastro boys, Glen Roland continued his impressive hot streak, leading the way with another 4 hits and another 4 RBIs. Mitch Pollock, Schwag, Bobby Frey, and Nick Martino (who is clearly putting together an MVP season) added 3 hits each. Alan Rubin, Captain Matt, and Steven Frey also had multi-hit games. Incredibly this B-rated defense, that was analyzed to have a slow OF and weak right side, has only given up over seven runs once this season. We'll be tested again next week as a very talented, but currently struggling Team Lombardi awaits Team Pollock in their Val finale.

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10 over Game Changer (Polzer) 4

After the week off, the Back Boys were anxious to get back on the diamond. The Polzer squad was coming off an exciting win on Wednesday before the bye, so Monmouth Spine knew they needed to bring their A-game and jump on them early. 

 

Well sure enough, both teams got off to a slow start and were held scoreless through 2. The thick air of Mar El kept some hard hit balls from both teams up in the air. Monmouth Spine would strike first with a RBI single by Jordan P. Polzer would answer with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 3rd, making the score 2-1. Then, the Back Boys started to chip away. Joshi brought in Joey T on a SAC after he mashed a double, to tie the game in the 4th. Monmouth Spine would put up a 4 spot in the 5th, highlighted by a RBI single by Rabinowitz, RBI TRIPLE by JOE O, SAC by Sweet Sal, and RBI Single by Joe T. The Back Boys added to their lead in the 6th and 7th with some more help from no other than Joe O with an RBI single, a BOOMIN' 2-Run HR by Jordan P and a sac by Lucas P would add another 4 spot. All the while, the Monmouth Spine defense was sensational, holding this powerful Polzer lineup scoreless for 4 straight innings. Polzer would put up another 2 in the 8th to be trailing by 6, but this would be enough to secure the W. 

 

Another game where everyone on the team contributed to the win. The Monmouth Spine offense was led by Joe O, who went 3-3 with a 3B, 2RBI 2R and a walk. The Capt also had 3 hits for himself, with multi-hit games for Jordan P, Joe T, Joshi, Pezz, Mike, and Papa D. Defense and pitching continued to prevail for the back boys. the left side of the field was lockdown. Pezz and Joe Tracy held the fort in LF and LCF, and Jordan P showed off some smothering defense, making a tremendous diving play to snag a line-drive (insane!). Joshi also played a fine 1B!. For Polzer, Jeff Turner was a tough out all game showing off his craftiness, and Pat Specchio did not make it easy for us as well, having some hard hits of his own.

 

All around great win for the boys. Monmouth Spine hopes to continue to add to the win column against Ferrarese at Muni next week.

 

John Glover’s 14th Continental Regiment (Team Kessler) 12

v.

My Internet Father (Team Ferrarese) 7

 

TEAM KESSLER INJURY REPORT- WEEK 12

Jeff Goldrosen: Questionable (Entire knee)

Kyle Dunleavy: Out (Getting drunk in the Pacific Northwest)

Steve Weis: Out (Family obligations and such)

Binder Jr: Probable (Belmar Flu)

Gio: Out (Family obligations and such)

Kessler Jr: Probable (Neck spasms from God knows what)

I felt it was necessary to provide our injury report here because I needed to rationalize saying out loud that I was proud of a group of grown men for playing softball on a Sunday morning. Our lineup was so outrageous that KP was literally laughing out loud when el cápítan read it off. At one point I heard my dad and Lenny discussing who the elders would eat first if it got to that point.

As per the norm in this stupid league, when all the signs point one way, the exact opposite happens. We ended up plating 7 runs and batting around (plus three) in the first and never really looked back. Team Ferrarese didn’t play poorly at all; I think they made one error the entire game. We were just able to lock it down defensively (with a 9 man team) which is by far our biggest on-field accomplishment this year. I did enjoy the outburst from Cowboy Mike--”Are you really that pissed off?” “Nah, not really I just wanted our team to show some emotion.” Also shout out Podolla and Chase, playing against those dudes always brings immaculate vibes.

As far as notables go, we had a bunch of dudes step up in a huge way. Javy (again, literally no idea how to spell his last name, but he’s one of my favorite teammates of all time) had a MONSTER day all around. A perfect five for five with a double and filling in at shortstop looking like Trevor Story. Tyler P. also had an unbelievable day with 2 hits and the defensive play of the game at second base. TP really stepped up when we needed him, playing completely out of position and doing it flawlessly.  My dad and Lenny also played the entire game at first and third respectively with zero defensive miscues. Andy took KP’s advice “to not walk the fcking bottom” and pitched tremendously. Last and most importantly, Big Time Tommy had 3 laser hits. I truly have never been happier for a teammate having a big day. 

On the real, we’re all wishing my outfield mate Jeffrey a speedy recovery from… we’re not quite sure yet (flawless health care system).  Hope to have him back later this season. Next game we might go with a tribute the way the White Sox did for Eloy Jimenez when he strained his pec

 

SAL’S (Seidenberg) 13 - LHRGC (LaRocca) 12

While the Captain's away, the boys will play. I was thrilled to hear about the gutsy victory by the Pizza men against the top seeded LaRocca squad. The game was tied in the 9th inning, and I'll let the stylistic writing of Ed Fradkin, Esq tell the story....

no outs, man on first and their second to last bat hits a ball to Meyer at 3rd who throws to Fazz at 2b and he throws to first to turn 2.  We then got their last batter out and their top of the order never got up in the 9th inning. 

Russ Krauss—2 outs bottom of the 9th with men on 1st and 2nd and he hits a laser down the left field line that Rob Perrone makes a diving attempt to get but hits off his glove and Collis scores from 2B. 13-12 Walkoff Final. 

 

The Captain is proud of his team, happy to be back, and eager for another win when they face good pal Goddard in the early game at the Swim Club. 

 

NJ Salt (Marrone) 13 – Shore Smile (Lombardi) 7

Deep Salt line-up turns smiles into frowns for Lombardi squad as Team Marrone heats up for second straight dub…

                We show up at Middle School for BP and Glen is wearing the world’s biggest chip on his shoulder…something about being passed over by Steve Martin Blackburn for a Kessler or two in the Sadie’s Hope Tournament Draft and he won’t shut-up about it, lol. Turns out his chip was a Dorito, Cool Ranch Flavor, because he was almost hitless (I already told him my jokes were at his expense this week). In all fairness, Glen didn’t walk anybody in this game (I have to stay in the Will so positive Glen stuff is necessary). Okay, onto the actual Game, not practice, but the game…

…The first inning saw a quick 2 runs by the Lombardi team get immediately answered by 2 from Salt and the first inning was erased. So the score is zero/zero…wait, this isn’t cornhole, sorry. Two/Two after one and Doc Silverberg already has a triple and an RBI. The 2nd inning was uneventful but Lombardi would put up 2 in the third to make it 4-2. The bottom of the inning would see an Amadeo single, Caputo double, Doc double and Austin single and the Salt-Shakers were in full complimentary swing as the Marrone team would take a 5-4 lead. The Bottom of the 4th and 5th would yield 2 more Salt runs for a 7-4 lead and after a Lombardi run in the 6th and a boring 7th the score would stand at 7-5 Salt, Top 8, let’s fuckin go. Right before this inning Glen and Doc would embrace in a very sensual hug and Glen would announce “I’m with him now!” to his girlfriend. Apparently Doc wasn’t feeling it and they broke up right before the inning because Glen would allow the tying runs to score in the 8th (he’s the pitcher, it’s all his fault even if it’s not)…oh, btw, since Doc told Glen “No”, Glen IS available. If anyone is looking for a financially independent power-bottom you can find him on Grinder under the screen name “Salty when Wet”. The 8th starts with singles by Amadeo, Doc, Austin, Holden and Glen which accounted for 4 runs. Some clutch pinch-running by Doc would help score another run and an RBI by Beef would cap the scoring for the inning at 6 Salt runs, a 13-7 lead. After a Marrone lockdown 9th and a second straight W for NJ Salt we would get a phone call from Joe that we had earned a promotion to 4th place in the division. The Phil Helmuth Guide to Winning says “if it wasn’t for luck I’d win every hand”…so if the other teams would lose we’d be higher, it’s not our fault Pollock hasn’t lost since Memorial Day, lmfao.

GREAT games by Doc (3-3 with 5 RBI’s), Austin (3-4, 2 RBI’s) and Zach Kane (3-3, 2 runs scored)…multi-hit games by Amadeo, Caputo, Steve Barbesh and Beef. Nice win all around. Next up for Team Salt is probably a rainout

 

Tec-Tel 13 - Jiffy Lube 8 

After a 10 day layoff, team Tec Tel got back at it when we traveled to Union Hill Right to take on Jiffy Lube.  Through 4, a back and forth battle had the game tied at 5-5.  With two outs and no one on in the 5th, Gene, the captain, Navatta and Anslow strung together 4 straight hits to give the good guys an 8-5 lead.  In the bottom half of the 6th, Corde smashed a 2 run dinger, AP tripled to right and before long the game was once knotted up again, 8-8.  In the 7th, Anthony Turanos 2 run homer highlighted a 3 run inning and after Nick crushed one of his own in the 9th the boys never looked back going on for the 13-8 victory.   4 hits each for Navatta and AJ, while Pat, Anslow and Joe Lee had 3, to pace a 28 hit barrage for Tec Tel where all 12 batters were on base at least once. Solid defense today was certainly key as the outfield led by JJ and Nick  came up with a couple of big plays to short circuit Jiffy rallies.   For Goldy, multi hit days  for Corde, Dinapoli, and AP while Double D pitched very well on the mound pushing the height limit into the trees when possible.  Plenty of friendship rivalries up next when we face TW and his band of misfit toys at Manalapan.

 

LJ KUSHNER (Harris) 7  -  ACE (Dimarco) 14

The ACE squad took on a tough veteran Harris squad on East Francis Sunday morning looking to utilize the extra week of rest and to continue their winning momentum.  With any veteran squad though, ACE knew they needed to continue playing good defense and keep the bats hot.

With two weeks of pent up energy the ACE squad was looking to put a hurtin’ on some balls...softballs and they did it early.  The first inning saw All-Star Marc Broome do what he does and led it off with a single and set the table for the captain (all-star selected) to crank a shot over the outstretched glove of the Harris RF (may of even hit his glove) which led to another AD HR, who almost lapped Broome coming home.  Always a team player Saler drew a walk to setup more RBI potential for the ACEs, as an ageless Yockel singled, a Woody RBI single then scored Daren, Gary Klein then loaded them up with a single of his own, allowing Singman to plate one and reach first himself, to set up Schmidt for a bases loaded, bases clearing double, and for those counting that put the ACE squad up 7 runs in the first.  The veteran Harris squad was able to reboot in the second to pick up 3 of their own and another in the third to bring the score to 7-4.  Not comfortable with a 3 run lead, the ACEs struck again in the 4th for 3 more runs. 3 singles to start off the inning by Singman, Schmidt & O’Connor, who would all come around to score.  The first two runs were plated on a timely Fox single, Kamras advanced the runners with a single of his own to allow Hayden to pick up an RBI on a Sac Fly making the score 10-4 ACEs.  In the 5th with the meat of the order due up Saler kicked things off with a hussle double (I mean...man this guy is fast), to have Yoke bring him in with the patent Yoke single (who tossed another great game and made a couple nice defensive plays on the mound), followed by a Woody walk, Klein reached on an error, a Singman RBI single, and a Schmidt RBI single to cap off the scoring in the 5th making it 13-4 ACEs.  Harris was down, but not out as they were able to pick up 3 more runs over the next 4 innings but it was too little too late.  For good measure Saler put one in the LF trees in the 7th to score the captain (2nd place in runs scored) and almost himself if it weren’t for some amazing OF play by the Harris team which saw the LF Schef toss a perfect relay in between two trees to rob Daren of a HR.  The Harris OF was on all day as Schef made a great catch on an out of play ball foul ball blasted by O’Connor, and Bycofsky robbed Schmidt, Willie Mays style, on an almost certain XBH as well.  When the dust settled, the ACEs picked up their second straight W 14-7 and will be taking on NJ Salt led Marrone team at Mar El on Sunday.

The ACE squad was led offensively with 3 hit performances by All-Star Daren Saler w/ an RBI, Yockel w/ an RBI, Schmidt with 4 RBIs, and Paul Kamras, and multi-hit games were had by the All-Star Marc Broome, the All-Star and Captain AD w/ 2 RBIs, Woody w/ a RBI, and Singman w/ 2 RBIs.  The Harris team was led offensively by JTritto who went 3 for 3, Callow and Wags each picked up a pair of hits and Schef was able to reach base successfully on each AB.
Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30TH

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 12 vs Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 11

The primetime Wednesday night showdown with Team Goldfarb did not start off the way we had hoped.  While Pezz is off in witness protection, Murph and DiNapoli joy riding down Rt. 18, and the DC kiss of death possible rain text – we knew that we were in for a long night.  Once the game got underway – G/C found themselves down 0-3 rather quickly in part to 1 of 3 Corde bombs on the night.  Trailing 0-6 heading in the bottom of the 4th inning Team Game Changer would finally decide to wake up.  Usually, a pop up that stays in the park off the bat of Paster is a good thing.  However, on UHR any fly ball could lead to an adventure and that is exactly what happened.  The ball was lost in the lights and dropped in for a double to keep the inning alive.  Big Dick Rick (Specchio’s code name for Rick) would then rope a triple to center plating a run and cutting the deficit to 6-3.   G/C would plate 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning.   A walk to Murph, single by Danser, and a walk to junior murph would set the table for a huge 2 rbi single down the left field line by Buckley.  A 2 out 2 rbi single by Polz and a 2-run blast from Paster would put G/C up 10-6

As we head to the top of the 7th (one out man on third) Krepple racks a line drive to left.  Paster catches the line drive and proceeds to throw an absolute one hop dart to Buckley’s glove for the double play at the plate keeping the score 11-8.  Team Goldfarb would not go down quietly scoring 3 in the 8th tying the score at 11.   On to the bottom of the 8th - a lead off intentional walk to Paster, a walk to Specchio, and a single by All Star Rick would give G/C the go ahead run it needed. 

For Jiffy – a well deserved tip of the cap to Corde for his 3 HR display and R. Grant who did a fantastic job on the mound.  With a little more experience and some seasoning – this fella has the makings of a starting pitcher in his future.  Happy July 4th

 

Pollock d. Pingaro 17-2 (7 innings)

The weather forecast called for rain, a norm for Gastro night games this season, but held off to just be hot and steamy, allowing us to sneak in one more marquee match-up before the bye week. Besides being winless (0-2) under the lights this year, the real challenge was a highly-regarded Pingaro squad. But this Gastro squad was extra motivated tonight, not only because they knew they would be performing in front of a legion of naysayers (or at least those questioning "how are they doing it?", but also because of the Val countdown and our goal to win these last few games with him. And Val was as motivated as ever, facing his friend and ex-captain. It's the end of June, and the law of averages (and our next opponent) might prevent me from writing a summary after our next game, so let me, on behalf of our entire team, express how much we have valued playing with Mike Valentino. Needless to say he isn't just a premier lead-off hitter, he's also been a lock down third baseman, and has been the heart of our team. He makes everyone on our team better (well, maybe not me, I can't hit anymore, but definitely the other guys) and we're all sad we only have one more game left with him on the field. Yes, we're getting a solid Italian replacement and another good guy on July 18, but there's no replacing Val. OK, as they say, "back to the game". Team Gastro was in the strange (for us) position of being the home team, so we hoped we could limit a great Pingaro lineup that started heavy at the top with the Turano bros., Intoci, Ortiz and co., and we did just that, allowing no runs. The home half started with a bang, as the first four Gastro hitters got hits (including 3 doubles) and plated 4 runs for the good guys. After a couple of back-and-forth shut out innings, the Pollock bats awoke again, plating more runs in the 4th-7th innings to secure the 7 inning win. The aforementioned Val was a big part of the story, leading the way with a 4-4 performance to get himself back above his personal Mendoza line of .600. Our hottest hitter, Glen Roland added 3 more hits (and two more extra base hits), as did Jordan Krant. And for anyone who watched the game, they also got to see our MVP put on another clinic, as Nick Martino had another stellar night in the field, while blasting a 3-run HR in another multi-hit effort. Larry Rubin and Rob Rozencwaig also had multi-hits. For Tec-Tel, it was mostly a night to forget, but even still Nick Turano had a couple of hits, including a 2-run bomb in the 6th inning, and a beautiful diving catch in the 2nd. Truth is we were fortunate to catch Pingaro and squad on an off night, and feel bad for their next opponents. On that note, we want to wish the Pingaro family our deepest sympathies on the passing of Pat's sister. Here's to hoping all have a safe, fun, and happy holiday weekend.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 27TH

 

Tec Tel 8 - EMM  Loans 4

Looking to stop a 2 game slide, Team Pingaro squared off with the high powered bats of Team Lapine in our 3rd game in the last five at the back of the middle school.   A couple of tweaks to the batting lineup saw Tec Tel plate 4 runs before EMM was able to record an out in the top of the first as we raced to an early 4-0 lead.  Team Lapine cut it to 5-2 after 4, but a 3 spot in the top of the 5th gave Team Pings a 6 run lead and enough cushion to hold on for the eventual 8-4 final.  For Tec Tel two main storylines dominated this one.  Offensively, elevated to the lead off spot, Nick Turano continued to mash going for 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored, while it’s time to stop referring to AJ as the “reach” at 2 because 3 more hits, including a pair of doubles doesn’t  give justice to the complete picture and his value to this team. That story is told on the mound where the guy was just masterful shutting down the EMM bats throughout which included inducing a 6-4-3 double play in the 7th with runners on the corners and 1 out.  Navatta and Nick were excellent in the outfield snaring a few balls that were ticketed for hits as the defense played one of its best games of the season.  For Dennis’ crew, Becker hung tough and pitched well in defeat while also blasting a homer to left that still hasn’t landed.  Jesse Fishman played a lights out left field making several nice grabs and also homering, while father time has no clock for Captain Lapine as he had 2 laser singles in 3 at bats.  The second hottest team in the league in the Pollocks is up next on Wednesday.  On a final note, Team Pingaro would like to express our sincerest condolences to Captain Pings on the passing of his sister. 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 13 vs Game Changer (Polzer) 7

To start, when you are playing on Union Hill against guys named DiMarco, Paster, Turano, Caputo, Becker and Carroll (no offense to anyone I missed), you can walk them at any time.  This is Marlboro Softball, and for a guy who can wreck a game with one swing, giving them first base may be the smartest move you can make as a captain.  To the action...bad guys lead off with a run in the top, answered by an RBI single from JZ!B driving in the red hot Rob Bo.  Billy Boy gets on with 2 out and steals a run in the bottom of the 2nd on a Shiff hit.  Bottom 4 the good guys plate 3 on hits from Santa, JR, Ronnie, Jo Podos and Billy Boy.  Up 6 to 1 in the 6th Paster cuts the lead to 3 with a monster mash to deep left. Up 7 to 3 in the top of the 8th, the reapers see their lead vanish as the GCs plate 4 partly due to the oppo clutch hit by Turner driving in a deuce.    To say both teams were sleeping the 8th inning may be an understatement,  Bottom 8 Sags and JZ get on, Santa is intentionally walked to face JR who drives in 2.  Marky memes stays red hot plating another and Jo Podos delivers a huge hit, scoring himself on an overthrow.  6 runs and a lead that would stick against an excellent Polzer team.  Next up is an early swim game against Sals Pizza.

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. PLATINUM (Kessler) 18-7

This was perhaps the most interesting and unheralded match-up of the week, as the league's top scoring team squared off against the league's stingiest defense. Team Pollock knew they had their hands full, not only facing a hot Kessler and co., but doing so without their usual LF and 1B. But the Frey's were ready to step up, as a hobbled Bobby Frey locked down an OF spot while Steven manned first base. Gastro's road warriors (we've been the visiting team 9x already) scored 3 runs in the first behind clutch RBI hits from Glen Roland Schwag. The scary Kessler bats didn't blink and came back with 3 of their own in the bottom half of the first. But the Gastro bats responded big time, with a 2-out no runners on rally to score 5 in the 2nd and 7 in the 4th en route to the big win. The script also continued on the defensive end, as the Pollock defense (led again by Martino's gold glove and another errorless effort from Val) limited the Platinum bats to only 2 runs through the next 7 innings, before they tacked on a couple more in the 9th. For Platinum, Goldrosen, Dunleavy, and E. Binder got their share of hits, and will surely terrorize their next opponents. For the red-hot Gastro squad, Val, Nick Martino, Glen Roland, and Steven Frey led the way with 3 hits each, while Schwag (who added another HR) and Mitch Pollock also had multi-hit games. It'll be all hands on deck for Wednesday night, as a great Pingaro team awaits Team Pollock and Val, who has been looking forward to facing his other favorite captain.

 

SALS (Seidenberg) 14 – SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 1

After a 21-2 route on Wednesday Night, the Sal’s Pizza bats were hungry for more, hoping to end the Jekyll and Hyde pattern of scoring a lot then scoring a little. They wouldn’t waste anytime on a hot and sweaty day at Muni as a 4 run first inning would set the pace as Sal’s sent 9 batters to the plate. In the bottom of the 1st, the dreaded Blackburn combo reached base, however, they would be left stranded thanks to solid defense and great pitching from Ed. That would be the theme of the day as the pizza men piled on the runs while not allowing any until the 7th when the shutout would be ruined. 14-1 the final and back to back wins for Sal’s by a combined 35-3 score. Ed was incredible on the mound, throwing strikes and fielding his position. The defense behind him was great all game, turning a couple of double plays and not making any errors. Hitting stars were Pat Brock going 5-5, Anthony Fazzino 3-3 and Brian Fazzino 3-4. Multi hit games for 5 others and everyone in the lineup got at least 1 hit. For Lombardi, Martin was on base every time he got up and Paul seemed to own Ed with 2 hits on attempted 2-strike strike put away pitches. This captain is happy for the week off as guys need this mid season break, but after the last 2 games, this Sal’s team is starting to look like the team we thought we would see this season. 

 

Princeton Brain & Spine (Goddard) 11  -Ovox (Ferrarese) 6

The early game at the swim club had both teams fighting for a win to try and stay out of the bottom four teams. Team Goddard scored one in the top of the first. Team Ferrarese responded in the bottom of the first with four runs of their own, led by a hit by Rosenthal that cleared the bases. Team Goddard got one back in the top of the second to make it a 4-2 Ferrarese lead. Going to the fourth inning Team Goddard scored two to tie the game. Team Ferrarese responded in the bottom of the fourth with two runs to take the 6-4 lead. Team Goddard scored two in the sixth with an inside the park homerun from Santigate, 3 in the 7th, and two in the 8th to take an 11-6 lead. The final score was 11-6 Goddard. Jeff Goddard pitched a good game for Team Goddard. For Team Ferrarese Podolla made a great diving catch in left to save a couple of runs from scoring. Also for Team Ferrarese Pat Thomas had a good hitting day along with Rosenthal. Team Goddard's offense was led by Cruz, Raucher (Two doubles) and Jacobs had 3 hits each. The Captain, Santigate and Ray had 2 hits each. Team Goddard has taken 3 out of the last 4 and looks to keep the ball rolling in two weeks against the Drashinsky squad on Wednesday night softball. Happy 4th of July to everyone in the league.

 

 

Salt (Marrone) 13 – Cafiero Carpentry (Conti) 11

Cafiero hammers Salt for 11 earned but Doc and Dan Domination leads to exciting conclusion as NJS screws Conti for the dub…

Only after the game was over did this writer find out the Cafiero squad was predicting a mercy-rule ending and early departure from Manalapan Field #2 on this hot Sunday morning. As much as that may have fired up some of the Salt squad who heard it, it was also warranted, as our team has been about as bad as we could be over the past 4 games leading into this showdown. On this day, however, we would remember that it’s “undahand” and break out of a nasty 4 game slide.

The first inning saw the vaunted top of the “Cafie” crew mash out 5 runs and put us in an immediate hole that we would struggle to climb out of over the past few weeks but today was different. In the bottom, after 2 quick outs, Doc would triple and hits by Holden, Austin and BDD (Big Dick Danny in case you haven’t been following along) would drive in a pair to make it 5-2 after one. 2 hits and a walk in the 2nd followed by a Sac by Dave Unterweiser would get us one closer after 2. The 3rd inning saw Caf get 2 more but Salt would win the inning with 3 of our own on a double by All-World Sensation Mike Caputo and hits to follow by Doc, Holdin, BDD, a walk by Dy-namic Dylan Dynov and a sac by the Capt Marrone. No one did shit in the 4th. The fifth inning brought us NBT and the top of our line-up (who scored 11 of our 13 in this one). Amadeo and Caputo singled and aggressively put themselves at second and third so Caf walked Doc to load the bases with no one out to set up the force(s). The move immediately backfired as three straight hits by Holdin, Austin and BDD would drive in a total of 5 and make it 11-7 going into the top of the sixth. We thought we were cruising but Glen was in a giving mood at this point in the game and after an uneventful 6th would allow Caf to score 4 in the 7th and tie the game. I know these write-ups are supposed to be supportive and it seems like I’m throwing my captain under the bus but don’t worry, it gets worse…I mean better, he has his moment, lmao….and Here. We. Go. The Eighth inning saw a dominant Marrone, who had 3 strikeouts in this game, shut down the Caf bats and in the bottom of the inning, after a BDD single and with 2 outs, our Captain, Glen Marrone, would unleash a monster blast that beat the right fielder and rolled to the wall. Glen dug deep and found his “inner-Schefkind” sprinting towards third and as he got there the ball was fedEx’d from the relay-er and rolled all the way to the fence. As Glen approached home and stepped on the plate he yelled out “yeah, motherfuckers!!!” much to the delight of all the parents who had small children in attendance. The clutch-ness of our fearless leader would put us up 13-11 and after a relatively quick ninth and a victory, our captain, in shear unfiltered delight and unregulated excitement would yell and jump around on the mound as if we were each being paid a million dollars for the game and we decided to donate our share, to him.

Great games up and down the line-up especially at the top with Caputo, Doc, Holdin, Austin and Dan combining to go 14 for 18 with 11 runs scored and 9 RBI’s. Next up for Salt is Monday, we don’t play on Mondays

 

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10 over LJ Kushner (Harris) 5

Looking to continue to add onto their win streak, Monmouth Spine would brace themselves for a double header on a hot, June morning at UHL. The fiery Harris squad would be the first squad in their path, looking to bounce back after a loss the week before to team Kessler. It was great to see a mini-reunion of the infamous Big Red Machine 2012 Championship team, as the likes of Kush, Callow, Joshi, Pops and of course Bobito. What a great team that was...

"Back to the action" (Ferrarese, 2018). Solid defense and pitching held both teams scoreless thru 2. The Back Boys would strike first with a 3 spot in the third from in on an inside the park HR from Jordan Preiss. Another 1 in the 4th on RBI triple by the captain, followed by another 4 in the 5th thanks to 2, RBI singles from Jordan P and Joshi (who's been crushing it in the two hole) and lastly, 2 in the 6th at the hands of another 2RBI single by brother Dan, would bring MS to the 10. All the while, the MS defense would hold the Harris squad scoreless till the 8th inning, highlighted by tremendous OF play from Pezz in LCF and Joshi in LF (yes, we were down our stud LCF Joey T). Bobby and crew would put up a total of 5 in the 8th and 9th, but that would result to not be enough and Monmouth Spine secured the W.

Jordan P, Joshi, Richie, Capt, Joe O and Papa D all had multi hit games to contribute to the W. I said it above, but Pezz and Joshi played their hearts out on the left side of the OF. Kudos to them for stepping up and getting the job done. For Bobby and crew, Schef made an unbelievable catch off of a Pezz scorcher to LF which was sure to be an extra base hit (He definitely still has it!) and Noel Gluck did what he does best by playing a lockdown SS.

The Back Boys would fall short to Goldfarb in the next game of their DH to end their winning streak (boy can they hit). Monmouth Spine looks to get right back on the horse after the bye week as they take on rookie captain Goddard under the bright lights of Union Hill on Wednesday 7/7.

Have a fun and safe 4th weekend everyone! 

 

 

SENTINEL (Wallman) 6 - ACE (DiMarco) 17

For those reading this game summary just know that Daren Saler pays half of my salary and the other half is from an LLC that Daren created.  Jokes aside, ACE laced them up for a late Sunday morning showdown at the Swim Club for a tough matchup against a formidable Wallman led Sentinel team with plenty of bats and a good pitcher in Clamp.  

The ACE Squad was looking for another statement win and wanted to get up early, as they knew the SPS team could hit up and down the order.  The ACE squad delivered big early with a 1-2-3 top of the first and were able to plate 5 to kick off the party in the bottom of the first.  It was the type of part that needed no invite as everyone got involved early as the Broomes do what they do best and that is set up AD and Saler for RBI opps as AD plated 1 with a double and Saler picked up two on a monster Sac Fly to left that had AD burning up the base paths to help his boy out with another RBI for the ever elusive two RBI Sac Fly.  A Yockel single setup Woody for another RBI triple which should see him flirting with the league lead in triples, and Gary Klein picked up the final RBI on a Sac Fly of his own.  Defense...defense….defense.  Yockel was tossing them today and the ACE squad was flying around and making plays.  M. Broome angry with his All Star snub, ended an SPS rally with the bases loaded in the third to tag a runner out after a grounder to short then fire a strike to Cliff Fox at home to apply the tag to the runner headed home and the inning was over unscathed.  Andy Broome not to be outdone, did manage to help turn a DP himself later in the game with help from Klein and Schmidt, and Singman was able to make two nice catches in right early as the ACE defense and pitching held the SPS in a 5-0 hole through 3, but M Broome continued his success at the plate in bottom of the third with a single to setup an easy Saler RBI double that almost put a hole in the RF fence.  Unfortunately missing first base was not part of the equation but with excellent speed he was able to run back to first, tag first and slide into second with a double and an RBI, 6-0.  It was the ACEs 5th inning offensive onslaught that blew the hinges off the door as they were able to bat around and plate 9 runs starting with singles by O’Connor, Fox and Hayden who later scored on a (2) RBI single by M Broome, an RBI single by Andy Broome, an RBI line drive double to left by the Captain AD, a Saler monster double to pick up 2 more RBIs and his 5th on the day, a Woody double and RBI, and capped off with Gary Klein’s 2nd of 3 Sac Fly RBIs.  SPS was able to mount a few offensive bursts in the 6th & 7th to keep the game going but it was too late and too little.  The ACE squad picked up a pair in the 8th as Saler continued his day at the plate with another double and the ageless Yockel drove him in with a single and Gary Kelin got his third and final Sac Fly on the day.  



The ACE squad was led by a 5-RBI and 3 hit performance by Saler (who also came inches from hitting on over in BP), Marc Broome who went 4-4, 3 Runs and 2 RBIs, and multi hit performances were had by A. Broome, DiMarco, Yockel, Woody, and O’Connor.  Honorable mention goes to Gary Klein for his 0-1 day, but he managed to pick up 3 RBIs on his Sac Fly dominant day.  The SPS offense was led by multi-hit performances by Lugos, Wallman & JY..  

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 23  IMN (Steinberg) 8

Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 28  Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10

With 2 straight wins coming into the weeks DH Jiffy Lube was looking to keep the momentum going.  They would face the defending champs in Team Steinberg and then a just as hot Team Drashinsky in game 2.  Jiffy Lube has been gaining some confidence as the bats seemed to start waking up but nobody could have expected what happened this past Sunday.

Game 1 saw Jiffy Lube jump out to an 13-1 lead after 3 innings only to see Team Steinberg score the next 7 and cut the lead to 5 after 5.  Team Goldfarb would come back with the next 10 runs to end the game 23-8.  Game 2 would see Team Goldfarb score 11 in the first and would lead 17-1 only to see Team Drashinsky (who like Team Steinberg would never give up) keep cutting into the lead.  After seeing the lead trimmed to 17-8 Jiffy Lube would score 11 of the next 13 runs making the final 28-10.   Team Goldfarb did hit a lot and when you mix in some walks the timely hitting produces some big innings.  Game 2 did have Team Drashinsky missing a couple of stars (get better Lucas) but Team Goldfarb only played with 10 missing a few stars of their own.  Many offensive stars and any team with 2 games like that would see stats that look awfully good (its still all about the W’s though).  Sean Grant would lead the hit parade with 9 hits on the day while Alex (fighting some alcohol issues) had 8 while Rob C, Andy P and Mike H had 7.  Crazy thing is that Team Goldfarb hit 3 HRs down the LF line on Marl EL but no HRs on UHL.  All in all Jiffy Lube scored 51 runs on 57 hits on the day.  Not to be overlooked at all was the solid defense and pitching of Ryan Grant (in for the vacationing DD) who also had 7 RBIs on the day.  The games may have been mercies but it should be noted there was no giving up by ether opponent and it was just our day today.  The new formula for Team Goldfarb is to party into the early morning so we will be hosting late night pre game parties starting at 2AM each of the remaining weeks.  Next up a tough UHR Wednesday night matchup against Team Polzer.  My advice is to take the under . . .  Don’t worry Jeremy we wont walk you  . .   at least not till the 4th inning . . .   

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 20TH

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10 over NJ Salt (Marrone) 7

Fathers Day is one of the best days of the year for Marlboro Softball. One of the true joys is having the opportunity to play on a team with your dad. This game was filled with Father-Son Combos (Spear's, Silverberg's, and of course Drashinsky's). Nonetheless, there were two teams looking to come out victorious at what ended up to be a competitive, close game at Manalapan Rec (shout out to the rec center for making the field look great!)

 

The Back Boys would come out swinging, putting up 4 in the first on a two out rally highlighted by a RBI Single by Richie Spear, a clutch single by Lucas, and a bases clearing triple by Dan beating the right fielder. However, Marrone would answer right back with 4 of their own to tie the game. Marrone put up another in bottom 2, and then MS responded with 3 of their own, with a booming 2 RBI single up the middle by Joe Tracy and yet, another RBI single by, you guessed it, Richie Spear (this guy is a machine!). Marrone nubbed another run in the 4th, but good defense (highlighted by an incredible line drive, on-the-move snag by Jordan P at SS) and pitching would hold both teams scoreless till the 7th. Monmouth Spine would knock in 3 more runs, thanks to another RBI single by Dan and 2RBI single by Mike Rabinowitz. Marrone would put up another 1 in the bottom half of the inning, and then the MS defense was able shut the high powered Marrone offense down for the final two innings. In the 9th, Joe Tracy made a fantastic catch going back on a Doc missile to LCF and Richie and Jordan P turned a 3-6-3 DP to end the game and secure the W!

 

Defense prevailed again for the Back Boys, locking it down at every position. Papa D pitched another great game and kept the Marrone bats at bay. The Monmouth Spine offense would be led by Richie and Dan with 3 hits a piece (Dan was a HR away from the cycle, Richie had 2 RBI and Dan had 4RBI). For the Salt Squad, Caputo was a tough out all day and played a flawless SS, and Amadeo locked down LCF.  

 

Monmouth Spine will look to continue to add onto the win column with a double dip at UHL left next weekend against Harris and Goldfarb.

 

Happy Father's Day to all the dads in the league!

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. CAFIERO (Conti) 10-2

On a beautiful Father's Day morning, Gastro family members, young and old, filled the Union Hill Right 1B side and hoped Team Pollock could continue to stick to their winning formula (strong defense and timely hitting) against a top-rated Conti team. Gastro jumped out to an early one run lead in the first and the Carpenters tied it up in the 2nd behind an extra base hit from Terel Klein. Gastro rallied for two runs in the 4th inning to take the lead for good. This was an (underhand) pitching duel for 7 innings, as the score was only 3-1 heading into the 8th. That's when the Gastro bats woke up, plating 4 runs in the 8th and another 3 in the 9th en route to the 10-2 victory, surprising yet another podcast guest. For Team Conti, captain Mike did add to his HR total with a blast, while Greg Deluise pitched much better than the double digits indicate. For Team Pollock, Mark Goldberg brought the bagels and his bat, leading the way with a 3-3 performance. Larry Rubin and Captain Matt also had multi-hit games. It's the midway point, so I'll take this opportunity to credit my guys for playing amazing defense so far, and for overcoming an 0-2 start to win our last 8 of 9 games. Another big test lies ahead as the Gastro gang faces the big hitting Ben Kessler and his impressive squad. Happy Father's Day all and congrats to the all-stars.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 10 vs OVOX (Ferarase) 8

Sweltering game at the Muni desert between two of the sexiest captains in the league.  LaRocca still sidelined from his masturbation injury, waiting for the league to replace him with Holmes.  To the action... scoreless first, 4 zip in bottom of the third, and the Ovox bats come alive plating 7 runs on multiple hits, none better than a blistering double off the bat of Frankie Lo. We're down but not out.   Scoreless 4th but in the top of the 5th the good guys answered with 5 of their own to go up for good.  The teams traded runs down the stretch ending the game 10 to 8.  Notable pitching performances from RC and Cowboy (this is not a typo).  JZ1B was again a difference maker on D.  Sags with 3 doubles was the offensive leader of the team.  Next up is a Wednesday night matchup against Marrone at Union Hill.

 

Steinberg - Intercounty Mortgage 10  Seidenberg - Sal's Pizza 5

On this warm, humid Father’s Day it was the “Battle of the Berg’s”, Team Intercounty Mortgage, Steinberg vs. Sal’s Pizza, Seidenberg.  After the first 3 batters of Steinberg reached on 3 consecutive walks, Eddie Fradkin would miraculously pitch out of it giving up 0 runs in the top 1st.  Team Seidenberg would put up a 2 spot in the bottom 1st.  They added 1 more in the 2nd to hold a 3-0 lead. The gritty Steinberg team would battle in the 3rd after 2 outs, Jeremy Levine, Eric B & Richie B would all single on consecutive at bats getting Steinberg on the board.  Seidenberg squad would hold a 4-1 lead going into the 6th. The IMN Steinberg team would put a 3 spot on the board tying the game at 4-4. Leadoff Jerry T would work a walk, when Richie & Joe J would add consecutive singles, followed by a capt. ES double off the racing Pat Brock who made a great attempt, but came up short.  In the 7th, the Steinberg team would do it again and add 5 runs. Kenny Feingold, Marc Persily would single and with 2 outs, Brian Aronson would come up clutch hit, nailing a line drive down the 3rd base line keeping the rally going!  Those 2 outs with RISP are not easy, but Brian showed his experience and came up big!  Jerry T would single keeping the rally going, followed by consecutive singles by the top – Jeremy, Eric and Richie all once again driving in RBI’s!   In the 8th, capt ES and Doc Balar would add hits and put up 1 more. Steinberg held on to claim their 2nd win in a row 10-5.  Congrats to Richie and Kenny with 3 hits, Jeremy, Eric, capt ES also contributing with 2 hits as well.  Richie was a perfect 3-3, BB, 2 RBIs on the day!  Steinberg looks to make it 3 in a row next week vs. his old championship teammates Goldfarb & sons at Marl El!

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 10 def Tec-Tel (Pingaro) 8

There are games on the schedule that you circle before the season starts and the late tilt on UHL against Coach Pingaro and the Tec-Tel crew was one of those games.  While there were many intertwined relationships – Pingaro/Murphy, Polz/JJ, Paster/AJ…. we knew that we needed to bring our A+ game to stand a chance of pulling out the victory as the clear cut underdogs.

Team G/C wasted no time scoring as we took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks in part to Paster’s bomb to left (one of two on the day).  Tec-Tel would cut the lead in half as they scored 1 to make it a 2-1 game after 1 inning.  In the top of the 3rd inning – Team Game Changer would put forth their best inning as we had 6 hits and scored 4 to take a 7-1 lead.  As we know in Marlboro softball – no lead is ever safe and Tec-Tel came right back with 4 of their own in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  From that point on – both defenses would settle down and bats would cool.  Team G/C would add 2 runs late in the 8th and 9th to hold on for a 10-8 victory.  This was a very well-played game with minimal errors.  Team Game Changer would end the day with 3 hit games from Paster, Murphy, Thompson, and Pezz while the team pounded out 22 hits. 

For Team Tec-Tel – Nick Turano is a definite candidate for MVP as he is terrific at the plate and tracks everything in the OF.  While not seeing AJ pitch in person until today – it is clear to see how he is a CY candidate for this year as well as years to come.  Team G/C will ride this win and look to double down as we take on another top team in LaRocca on UHR.      

 

Benny’s Beefcakes (Team Kessler) 24

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The Aggressive Seidels (Team Harris) 9

Don’t know if anyone could tell, but I took a week off from writing one of these bad boys. The last recap el capitán edited p heavily (probably for the best, but we got our asses handed to us the week after he did so hoping he lets me go into this one raw dog- TBD).

It was nice to be on the other side of one of these after last week’s skull fucking Team Pizza Boy gave us. We were able to pull away 9-0 (7 of the 9 were earned) after three innings which would end up being too big of a hole to climb out of for Team Harris.

I give Team Harris a lot of credit for not quitting and putting up 9 over the middle-third of the game. They’ll be there in the round of 8 in the playoffs. I know it’s no secret that this Wags dude is v good, but my goodness did he wear us out all day. Shout out him. Other than that, Ben hit for a m’fing cycle (including two BOMBS) which guarantees our book will be audited for the 7th time this year.

7 things I know I know (an ode to PFTCommenter):

  1. The all-star game format needs to be changed yesterday. I’m all for every team having representation, but make it 1 player mandatory not 2. Our squad has five all-stars this year and we’re sending two; would’ve been nice to see guys like KP and Ben get recognized for career years. Let’s send the most deserving guys, not the biggest names. #notmyformat
  2. Speaking of KP, it was nice to see our team get fired up for once, even if that means him and my dad getting in the octagon- we’ll work it out over Jamaica's finest export.
  3. Might have to send my father away on golf trips more often, 3-5 with a double and the longest hit ball I’ve seen from him since I hit puberty.
  4. I don’t think Callow is going to run on me again; not because I have a good arm (I don’t) but because if he sees me sniper cellying again we might have Marlboro Softball UFC 2.
  5. Speaking of Callow, I did agree with him pointing out our team would DOMINATE a tug-of war contest. Tough to argue against. Team Beefcake ain’t missing no mealzzzz.
  6. AK45 batting last has been huge for us. Having someone who can turn the lineup is so big for the top. I’m also contractually obligated to mention he’s really hitting his stride on the mound as well.
  7. Dunleavy takes great notes on the opposition with nuggets like “older guy”- really made the difference yesterday ;)

 

 

EMM Loans (Lapine) 10 V Princeton (Goddard)  8
The sun was shining on a fantastic Father’s Day in Marlboro and there was a big crowd at East Francis rooting for the team from Lapineville.  Team Lapine played a solid team game to get their 4th win of the season.  Everyone contributed at least 1 hit in the DUB.  Princeton came out hot with 3 quick runs in the first with RBIs from Santigate, Leonardi, and Raucher.  EMM Loans answered with a Fishman hit that brought in Frometa.  The first inning also saw E. Becker strike out looking as Karp threw a gem of a pitch just a shade below the 18 foot threshold.  Becker would utilize the Cadillac sized strike zone the rest of the game getting Princeton hitters swinging at some tough pitches.  

 

The ageless wonder Lapine drove in a run in the second inning to cut the lead to 3-2.  In the fourth inning, Carroll started off with a double and would later score followed by Fishman and M. Kleshinsky.  E. Becker had a solo HR in the sixth inning and Kevin Kleshinsky joined in with a HR of his own in the seventh.  Princeton’s Karp had a clutch 2-out 2 RBI single to left to keep the game 7-6 after seven innings.  The following inning, Wallenstein and Frometa would get on base and E. Becker blasted a shot out of E. Francis and somewhere by the fire station.  With a 4-run lead in the ninth inning, a slight miscue in right field brought in a run for Princeton… and by slight miscue, I mean the right fielder (who shall remain nameless) misplayed the trajectory of the line drive by approximately 74 feet while also screaming “I got it” at the top of his lungs.  Fortunately for Lapine, the “I got it” caused a Princeton runner to slow down and inevitably hold at third.  A double play a few batters later would end the game.  

 

Overall, EMM has been playing some good softball.  Everyone up and down the lineup is contributing both offensively and defensively.  The defensive changes seem to be paying off over the past few games.  Next up for Lapine’s squad is Team Pingaro at the middle school.  

 

Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 14  Ace Aluminum (DiMarco) 13

A beautiful Father’s Day morning turned out to be a day for a pretty exciting game (actually 13 vs 13) between Jiffy Lube (looking for its 2nd win in a row) and first place Ace.  After getting the Jiffy Lube hitters out 1-2-3 in the top of the first Ace took a quick 2-0 lead with 2 runs in the bottom half of the first.   Thankfully Jiffy Lube woke up and scored the next 10 runs (highlights being a Nick Dinapoli solo HR and Rob Corde’s 3 run blast) taking a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of 6th.   Like any DiMarco team there is no giving up (especially with his son in attendance) and Ace came right back with 5 in the bottom of the 6th and cut the lead to 10-7.   It was now Team Goldfarb to answer back and they did with 2 in the 7th (highlighted by an Elliot Kreppel double) and 2 in the 8th (Rob Corde’s 2nd HR a 2 run shot) giving Jiffy Lube a very much needed 7 run lead at 14-7.  Though Ace only scored in 2 innings past the 1st they were surely huge ones as a 6 spot in the bottom of the 8th cut the lead to 1 and after holding the visitors in the top of the 9th the score stood 14-13 heading to the home 9th.   Jiffy Lube was able to get the Ace batters out in order giving them their 3 win of the season and 2nd in a row.  Offensive standouts for Jiffy Lube were Rob Corde (3-4, 2 HRs, 5 RBI, 3 runs scored), Sean Grant 3 hits, Nick D (2 hits, HR, 2 RBI) with Joe Peragine, Mike Heitzner, Darren D and Ryan G having multi-hit games.  Darren pitched well and the defense played really well too, led by Nick D at 3rd and Joe Peragine in LCF (pegged a guy out at the plate) but Team DiMarco just hits the ball up and down the order.  Captain DiMarco hit his usual HR, while former Goldfarb stars (the Broomes and Darren Saler) hit the ball well and a shoutout to Woody for hitting a  nice shot to RCF fence during the 6th run 8th inning.   Would also mention that Darren Saler almost robbed Rob Corde of his 1st HR.  2 games next week against Team Drashinsky and former Team Goldfarb finals MVP Evan Steinberg and the defending champs.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16TH

 

Princeton Brain and Spine (Goddard) 14 - LJ Kushner (Harris) 10

After beating a Polzer squad last week Team Goddard looked to get back to back wins for the first time this season. Game took place at Union hill right with both teams missing key players. Harris was without Callow and Goddard was missing Raucher. Team Harris took an early lead in the top of the first plating one. Team Goddard responded in the bottom of the first with the first two guys getting singles, followed by a Tim George homerun over the left center field fence to give Team Goddard a 3-1 lead. Going to the top of the third team Harris scored 2 runs with a Wagreich RBI double to right field to tie the game. Bottom of third Team Goddard got one back to take the 4-3 lead.  Going to the Bottom of the fifth Team Goddard scored three highlighted by Santigate 2 RBI double that hit the fence giving Team Goddard a 7-4 lead. Going to the top of the 7th Team Harris scored 3 to tie the game. Going to the Bottom of the 8th Team Goddard had the top of the lineup up at the right time. Bats came alive and had a big inning with 8 hits and 7 runs highlighted by a Leonardi double, Eric Rosenstock double, and a Jeff Goddard triple, and a big hit by Ray that got him 2 RBIS. For team Harris Max Seidel had a great game hitting the ball all over the field. Something tells me his rating may change next year. Wagreich, Bykofsky, Gluck and  A. Trito hit the ball great all night also. For team Goddard Santtigate was 4-4, Eric Rosenstock 4-4, 3 hit game from Jeff Goddard, and 2 hits from Cruz, Mike Rosenstock, and Tim George. Team Goddard played a well played defensive game and hopes to keep the ball rolling against Team Lapine Sunday at East Francis.

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 7 over Shore Smile (Lombardi) 3

It's been a tough stretch for the Back Boys. We've endured some tough losses, some missing guys and lack of run production has caused this team to fall short over the past few weeks. However, the positivity has always remained constant, and despite the losses, the morale of this team is strong, knowing that we can turn it around at any point in time. And there was no better time to get a notch back in the win column, on what was a picture-perfect Wednesday night under the bright lights of Union Hill. Only problem was that in our way was a young, gritty Lombardi squad, looking to bounce back after a weekend loss to Goldfarb.

 

Monmouth Spine would be held scoreless through two, while Lombardi put up 3. The Drashinsky offense got started in the 3rd, plating 1 one thanks to Joe O. The Back Boys would score 2 in the 4th, highlighted by a Papa D Single, Jordan Priess double, who would eventually be brought in by the hands of Joshi and Joe T. MS would plate another 1 in the 5th, 2 in the 8th thanks to a Pezz single, and another insurance run in the 9th thanks to Lucas Preiss RBI single, but it turned out that only the one run in the 5th was needed to secure the victory. The Back Boys held the fiery Lombardi squad scoreless for 7 innings. The infield turned at least 3 double plays, featuring insane scoops from Richie Spear at first base (not to mention he also made a tremendous play by showing off his hops by robbing a line drive single to save what was a sure fire hit). The Preiss dominated the middle, featuring a spectacular play by Lucas to rob Scott Adler on what looked like a sure hit. The outfield kept the speedy Lombardi line-up in check, hitting the cut-off man and getting the ball in quick. All that said and done, Monmouth Spine picked up the W.

 

Total team effort on this W. Pezz and Papa both went 3-3, with multi-hit games for Dan, Mike Richie and Jordan Spear. Kudos to Joshi for crushing it batting 2nd, he did his job! Papa D pitched great and fielded his position very well to keep the Lombardi squad at bay. For the Lombardi Squad, Eric Mallow was a tough out all night. Between Marty and Steve Tyson, they may have the two fastest guys in the league on one team...insane! Marty did a great job tracking down balls in the OF and Steven made some awesome plays at shortstop. And of course, Jim on the mound, not many better gentlemen, he pitched great. 

 

I'm proud of the boys. The mindset of this team is unmatched. Everyone is all in no matter what happens and gives it 200% on the field. You can't ask for much more. Monmouth Spine looks to continue their winning ways by trekking cross town to take on Marrone at Manalapan.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 13TH

 

SPS (Wallman) 20 IMN (Steinberg) 5  - 8 innings

After a Becker beatdown Wednesday night, SPS was looking to find their bats and get back on the winning track.  TW’s squad jumped out to a quick 3 to zero lead but Steinberg in top of 2nd would knot things going into the bottom of the frame. IMN got the first 2 outs to start the inning but 6 hits from SR, DC, Jr, Lugos, Clamp, Beja and JY plus a Tony walk led to seven 2 run out and 10 to 3 lead.  Steinberg would get 2 back in the 4th but 5 more in bottom of 5th from SPS all but put the game away.  Clamp and the SPS outfield would lock down the defense and a Clamp missile to right in the 8th capped the mercy win.  Captain TW and Lugos made some amazing plays in the outfield (Fred catches everything even though it looks like he is running in slow motion or with shit in his pants).  Clamp with another walk free game and Mat continued to prove why is the best 2B in the league.  Lugos led the offense with 5 hits and including Beja, Clamp and Tony those for 4 guys combined going 14 for 15, 13 runs and 11RBIs.  Next up Lombardi at Mar El.

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 24 –  LJK (Harris) 7  - 7 innings

After suffering a loss to team Wallman last week, team Conti got back on track against a solid and veteran team Harris.  Things got rolling early for the Carpenters as they dropped 5 in the top of the first inning, but team Harris answered right back with 2 of their own highlighted by a Callow laser homer.  In the 4th inning, team Conti tacked on another 4 runs helped by a Commish homer.  Team Harris kept it close and put up a few runs in the bottom of the 4th before team Conti erupted with a 10-run 5th inning, highlighted by a Billy "can't hit the cutoff man" Ferro.  Team Conti continued to put the pedal to the floor in the 6th inning as Greg Deluise joined the homerun party, hitting a moonshot to RF for a 2-run homer.  The defense locked down in the 7th inning, capping off another mercy victory for team Conti. There was no shortage of hitting stars on the day as the Carpenters pounded out 31 hits on the day.  The offense was led by the Commish with a 5 hit day while Deluise, Rhine, Rising had 4 hits on the day.  Ferro (7 RBIS), Arolick and Porzio had themselves 3 hit days while Conti and Klein had 2 hits .  The defense for team Conti was once again solid as Andrew "Diamond Vision" Nichols continues to shine in RCF and Deluise continues to pitch brilliantly.  For team Harris, Byko seemed to be on base all morning and Wagreich continues to swing a hot bat.  Team Conti will look to keep things rolling Sunday morning as they square off against team Pollock who has not lost a game in June since 2001.  

 

SAL’S PIZZA (Seidenberg) 28 – PLATINUM (Kessler) 7   - 7 innings

A long day at UHR was going to be an adventure for the Pizza men. Not only were several players beat from the tournament on Saturday, but they would have to play 2 games without top hitter and pitcher Ed Fradkin. After a tough loss in game 1 of the double dip, the lone brightside heading into game 2 was finding their backup pitcher in Collis. This dude was an absolute warrior. Not only did he settle the game down coming in to pitch in game 1, but he got drilled in the head by a Saler laser throw from the outfield and still managed to pitch well and stay hot at the plate for game 2. As for this game, Sal's took advantage of some early miscues by the normally sure handed Kessler squad to grab an early lead with 8 runs in the first 2 innings. Batting only 10 would serve as advantage as the lineup turned over several times. Hitting stars galore in this 31 hit, 28 run barrage in just 7 innings! Brad Randell 4-4. The Krauss combo each went 5-6. 3 hits for Polguy, Scotty, Collis, Meyer and B-Fazz. Inside the park homers for Brock and J-Krauss and a regular homer for Scott(I aint legging out shit). Overall, a nice bounceback after losing game 1 and earning a split of a double header without Fradkin can only be seen as a win. For Kessler, Dunleavy was on base every time (stop me if you've heard this before), Binder went 3-3 (yes his place on the leaderboard is legit), and Lenny went 3-3 with 3 absolute bullets to left field. Forget about this blowout loss, that team is very solid. Up next for Sal's a Swim Club date with Steinberg. 

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. MONMOUTH SPINE (Drashinsky) 15-4
The 10:30am start worked out well for Team Pollock, as Val arrived in Newark International in time to play, while some of us got to sneak in some offspring soccer/little league games without missing much time (congrats to Andrew P. and the Manalapan Braves). OK, sorry, no one really cares about any of this, but I'm trying to juice this summary up a little. As for the game at hand, Gastro faced a struggling Monmouth Spine squad, but one with enough talent to challenge most teams any Sunday. And it looked like this morning might be one of those Sundays, as they held a 1-0 lead after 3 innings. That all changed in the 4th inning, when the Gastro order re-set and started the inning with six consecutive hits on their way to a seven run inning, highlighted by another Glen Roland triple. Team Pollock added another 6 runs in the 7th inning, en route to the 15-4 win. Nick Martino had another great game, leading the way with 5 hits. Glen Roland continued his hot streak with another 3 hits, while Val, Mitch, Rob Rozencwaig, Jordan Krant, Larry and Alan Rubin all had multi-hit games as well. For Monmouth Spine, Jordan Preiss played a good all around game, Seth Drashinsky was flying and diving around the OF and Papa Drashinsky only walked one batter and pitched better than the score indicates. Team Pollock is also holding their breath after Steve Frey injured his wrist sliding into 3rd on a triple. After an 0-2 start, Gastro has now won 7 of their last 8, but will have their hands full on Sunday, facing a Conti squad that hasn't lost a game in June since June 6, 2021.

 

Steinberg IMN 12  Pingaro Tec Tel 7

A game of two very good captain friends – Pingaro Tec Tel & Steinberg Intercounty Mortgage!  Last year victory went to ES, so Pingaro Tec-Tel hoping for redemption.  Union Hill Left was the site of Game 2 doubleheaders for both teams. Team Pingaro Tec Tel jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top 1st, with Team Steinberg IMN matched the score in the bottom 1st. The game remained scoreless till the 4th, when the Pingaro squad put up 2.  Team Steinberg, came back with a 4 spot in the bottom half led by Eric B, Richie, Joe, Capt. ES & Doc Balar, all reaching base with consecutive hits (walk to Richie).  In the 6th, Team Pingaro rallied, but Ace Lambo fielded a ball hit back to the mound and turned a great 1-6-3 Double play to end the inning, perhaps a turning point in the season for the Steinberg team, struggling quite a bit on defense this season.  In the bottom half 6th, Team Steinberg would do it again led by the same players in the 4th. After one out, Eric nailed a double down the left field line, Richie walked intentionally to get to the ever-waiting to explode Joe J, who nailed a 2 run double, capt ES would add a sac fly leading to the 3 runs.  Steinberg would blow it open in the 7th adding 4 more, Marc P, Bruce & ageless Jerry Tilker, Jeremy, Eric & Richie with all consecutive hits.  A big shout out to AJ, and Nick T for their home run bombs on UHL!  And on the Steinberg IMN team, big kudos to the top led by Jeremy, Eric, Richie, Joe, capt ES, Doc Balar and Marc P all with multiple hit  games.  On defense, this may be the turning point with a nearly errorless game, the beginning of hopefully many now that Lambo is back from his what feels like a month of vacation!   Good to have him back on the mound!  Next up for team Steinberg, a battle of the “Berg”s, where they play Steinberg plays Seidenberg at Swim Club on Father’s day!

 

Tec-Tel 26 - Ovox 19

 If you like hitting, and watching the ball take miserable hops all over the field, then the middle school on Sunday morning was where to be.  A 5-5 softball game turned into an NFL battle as Rodgers hit Davante in the back corner of the end zone to help seal a hard fought Tec-Tel victory.  The entire complexion of the game changed in the 6th when tied at 8, Ovox batted around in the bottom of the inning, plating 10 to take a commanding 18-8 lead.  As he always does, Captain Pings politely asked the boys to chip away in the top of the 7th and 9 runs later we once again had a ball game as Tec-Tel pulled within 18-17 with the extra point pending.  The 9 running inning seemed to deflate Team Cowboy as they went quietly in their half of the 7th.  In the 8th, Team Pingaro would finally grab control plating 6 highlighted by the first of two late inning 3 run homers from Nick Turano as the fellas went on for the eventual 26-19 win.  The entire team had at least 2 hits, Gene, Jay and AJ paced the squad with 4 each. Nick had a pair of 3 run bombs,  the Captain had 3 knocks and Navatta was a perfect 3 for 3 with 2 walks.  For Team Cowboy,  Juska was a machine, while Chase, Evan Rosenthal and Wayne all raked.  A game two loss to Steinberg dulled the mood just a little but we’ll take the split and move on.  Polz is up next in a late Union Hill at start on Fathers Day.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 16 vs EMM  (Denny the Legend) 5

Always highly anticipated to face my old captain and even more so to go up against Tommy the Monster, The Bash Brothers (Kleschinsky) and Becker the Mouth (not a loud mouth, just always open for beer and shots). Fortunately for Becker, I was sidelined due to a gym injury and the kitchen was closed . . .  but my pom-poms were on display all day.  To the action…….Sags started it off for the reapers with a double that he extended to 3rd base on a throw, and the ageless wonder JZ1B drove him in on a back side “buntish” out.  The inning ended on a Santablast that was covered by a DEEP outfield (no home runs for either team today).  1-0 Reapers.  The EMMMMS came back in the 2nd putting up 2 to briefly hold the lead until Ronnie C, Joel Podos and Billy Boy drove in 3 runs to give the good guys the lead for good.  A productive top and a bottom that extended the order (big hits from Pappa Podos today) all day contributed to 16 runs against a tough team.  Kudos go out to Tommy Carroll who finally went oppo sending a blast to left field that fortunately hit Rosenthal glove to slow it down to a single.  (The umpire was giving Tommy tips on softball - nice of him to help the kid out LOL).  Defensively Philthy Phil and Mark C had good days seemingly stealing hits from the EMMMMMMMers.  The defensive play of the day, however, was when not so fat Mike K ripped a grounder to JZ1B who turned the 3,3 (diving) double play and ALMOST made it a triple play with his Jeteresque flip to the plate.  Kudos to LaPine himself who showed he can still hit like a pro as well as Tommy Carroll on his stellar shortstop play.  Next up is a battle against fellow goomba and my all time favourite teammate Miguelooch Ferrarrarraarraazzi at the Muni desert.

 

Princeton (Goddard) 11-   Game Changer (Polzer) 10

After losing a close game last Sunday night  against team Lombardi, Team Goddard looked to rebound and get back on track against a tough Polzer squad.The game took place at Manalapan Rec Center field 2. The Ump got there and didn't rush batting practice as he was looking for the nearest restrooms. So 3 and out wasn't enforced for the last couple hitters.  Team Polzer took an early lead in the first inning plating one. Team Goddard answered and tied it up in the bottom of the first making it 1-1. In the second inning Goddard held Team Polzer scoreless and scored 1 making it 2-1 Goddard. In the 3rd inning Team Goddard scored 4 runs highlighted by a Leonardi double. Team Polzer responded with 3 in the fifth  inning, making the score 8-7 Team Goddard after 5. In the  bottom of the 6th Jacobs hit an inside the parker to make the lead 9-7 after 6. This game came down to the last out in the 9th inning. Team Goddard Hitting highlighted by Captain Goddard going 4-4, along with Mike Rosenstock and Jacobs with 3 hits a piece, and 2 hit games by George, Ray, and Pugliese. Team Polzer hitting led by Paster and  Schindelheim (who in all my years in the league I've yet to see him make an out when I play him.) Defensively for Team Goddard, Leonardi made 2 really nice catches, and for Team Polzer Turner had a nice throw to third to throw out a runner.  Team Goddard looks to keep it going against Team Harris this Wednesday night. 

 

SAL'S PIZZA (Seidenberg) 7 - ACE (DiMarco) 17
The ACE squad was looking to stay hotter than AD after an intentional walk against a tough Seidenberg team on Sunday morning on UHR.  The ACE squad couldn’t help but notice a 10 player squad with a lot of different faces in different places, missing their first round selection in dual hitting and pitching threat Fradkin, as well as two other key players.  Still the ACE team knew they could not be taken lightly with pop and speed all through the order.  Unfortunately for Sal’s Pizza they were unable to plate any runs in their first turn at the dish, and required two first inning pitching changes, in the bottom of the first, as neither of the first two pitchers could find the plate to help the ACE squad plate 9 runs in the first.  The ACEs first inning scoring barrage was fueled by 9 team walks, a massive Saler grand slam, and a M.Broome RBI single.  9-0 is a tough place to be after one, but all respect goes out to Sal’s Pizza own Collis Spann.  After Collis took the mound, Sal’s Pizza was able to settle down, not to mention Collis managed an inside the park homerun and thankfully was okay after taking a line drive throw in from the outfield off the side of the head as he was rounding 3rd base later in the game.  However, 9 runs was all they needed on the day as Yoke continued his pitching dominance and the ACEs were able to hold a tough Sal’s Pizza team to 7 on the day.  The ACEs were hitting and fielding all day as the defensive gem of the day is handed out to Cliff Fox for a head first diving catch in RF to rob Polguy of a hit.  After the first inning, the ACE squad was able to pick up another run in the second on a Yoke sac fly, 3 more in the 4th, led by a Dimarco two run blast to left, an A. Broome Sac fly, and an RBI Single by Yoke.  The ACEs plated one more run in the 7th on a Klein RBI Single (after some impressive play at 3rd on the day) and the bottom of the order in Kamras and Hayden both singled in the 8th for RBI FC opps for both A. Broome and the captain AD to top off the ACE scoring on the day.  As they say, a win is a win, and you always want to play and beat a team at full strength but it is not hard to imagine this game being much closer with a fully stocked Sal’s Pizza team.  The ACEs are looking to stay hot at UH next Sunday against a Goldfarb team who is riding high after defeating the West’s first place Shore Smile Lombardi team.  The ACEs were provided with three hit performances by leadoff stud M. Broome, the captain AD, and the rookie Schmidt, as Saler, Klein & Hayden each picked up a pair of hits on the day.  The Sal’s Pizza offense was led with three hit performances from Pat Brock, Meyer & Krauss.  

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

Platinum (Kessler) 13 vs NJ Salt (Marrone) 8

The first leg of a cross town doubleheader took the Platinum Group to Muni to face a shorthanded Marrone squad, missing future league MVP Caputo and son of the Platinum Group sponsor Dylan Dynov. Salt was gifted a run in the first inning by some lackadaisical Platinum defense but PG immediately responded, putting up a five spot in the second and three spot in the third to take an 8-1 lead. In the second, KP (who is as hot as anyone in the league right now at the plate) led off with a single, Gio followed with his own before Salt left the left field line open for the captain who slashed it that way for a RBI double. Javy followed with his own RBI knock, Tommy Sexy drew a clutch walk, Papa K reached on an error and Weis would start off his fantastic day in style with a RBI double. In the third, Evan and Jeff led off with singles, KP drove Evan in and Lenny and Ben got hits to add three more. Platinum has been in this spot a lot this season (a sizable early lead) and has consistently let the other team get back in the game (as tends to usually happen in this great league we call Marlboro Softball), and looked like it would be the same case here as Marrone scored five in the 6th to make it a 9-6 ballgame. But this time Platinum responded with one in the eighth and three in the ninth to take a 7 run lead into the last frame and ultimately hold on, 13-8. All 11 members of PG had at least one hit in the game, led by four from the skipper and three from Jeff, KD and Weis. KP had two knocks and made a tremendous diving grab in right while Weis continues to play an amazing SS. For Salt, Amadeo was consistently on base and the Silverberg's all had good games as usual. We won't mention here what transpired about an hour after this one over at UHR... Next up, a meeting with Bobito, Kush and the crew on Father's Day at the Middle. 

 

Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 8    Shore Smile (Lombardi) 6

Forgive the grammar and spelling errors as the author has not written one of these in 4 weeks.  Jiffy Lube needing a win would face-off against West leading Shore Smile in the early game at Swim Club.  The recap of the game will probably be as short as the game took.  After opening up with a 6 hit, 5 run top of the first Jiffy Lube would watch Shore Smile slowly chip away at that score, finally taking a 6-5 lead themselves heading into the top of the 9th.  4 hits plus a few intentional walks led to 3 runs and an 8-6 lead for Jiffy Lube.  After Shore Smile went down in order in the bottom of the 9th Jiffy Lube would have their second win of the season.  Both pitchers Darren and Jim L pitched good games behind mostly solid defenses.  The Jiffy Lube offense was led by Nick D (3-3, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI) while Joe Peragine, Alex and Elliot K chipped in with 2 hits each.  For Shore Smile the offense was pretty much held in check but as always the Blackburns are tough outs and this offense and defense makes Shore Smile a top team.  Regardless, a good win for Jiffy Lube as 4 of their 7 losses are by 3 runs or less so coming from behind and winning a close one is all the better.  Next up Team DiMarco and Goldfarb former players (Anthony D, the Broomes, Daren Saler, Cliff Fox and Paul Kamras) on UHL.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 16 vs EMM  (Denny the Legend) 5

Always highly anticipated to face my old captain and even more so to go up against Tommy the Monster, The Bash Brothers (Kleschinsky) and Becker the Mouth (not a loud mouth, just always open for beer and shots). Fortunately for Becker, I was sidelined due to a gym injury and the kitchen was closed . . .  but my pom-poms were on display all day.  To the action…….Sags started it off for the reapers with a double that he extended to 3rd base on a throw, and the ageless wonder JZ1B drove him in on a back side “buntish” out.  The inning ended on a Santablast that was covered by a DEEP outfield (no home runs for either team today).  1-0 Reapers.  The EMMMMS came back in the 2nd putting up 2 to briefly hold the lead until Ronnie C, Joel Podos and Billy Boy drove in 3 runs to give the good guys the lead for good.  A productive top and a bottom that extended the order (big hits from Pappa Podos today) all day contributed to 16 runs against a tough team.  Kudos go out to Tommy Carroll who finally went oppo sending a blast to left field that fortunately hit Rosenthal glove to slow it down to a single.  (The umpire was giving Tommy tips on softball - nice of him to help the kid out LOL).  Defensively Philthy Phil and Mark C had good days seemingly stealing hits from the EMMMMMMMers.  The defensive play of the day, however, was when not so fat Mike K ripped a grounder to JZ1B who turned the 3,3 (diving) double play and ALMOST made it a triple play with his Jeteresque flip to the plate.  Kudos to LaPine himself who showed he can still hit like a pro as well as Tommy Carroll on his stellar shortstop play.  Next up is a battle against fellow goomba and my all time favourite teammate Miguelooch Ferrarrarraarraazzi at the Muni desert.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 9TH

 

EMM Loans (Lapine)15 - SPS (Wallman) 2

Veteran captain Dennis Lapine had a few words for the team text chain before the game… “Let’s get a DUB” …. Followed by Phil Getz jumping in with “word.”   True story.  

Wednesday night was an important game for EMM Loans following a disappointing 2-7 start to the season.  On this warm evening in June, Team Lapine brought their A-game both offensively and defensively in a 15-2 rout over Team Wallman.  E. Becker and Caroll set the tone, combining for 7 hits, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, and 4 Runs.  The rest of the squad followed suit.  

After a scoreless first inning, Lapine’s crew put up 3 runs in the second with consecutive hits from Getz, Ted Williams aka Mike Weitsen, and Fishman.  J.Becker followed with a sac fly and Wallenstein drove in 2 on a double to right field.  The underdogs then tacked on another 4 runs in the fourth inning before the fireworks display in the 5th.  Becker and Carroll had back to back jacks followed by a K. Kleshinsky double and he would eventually score the third run of the inning giving Lapine a 10-0 lead.   Following 2 more runs in the sixth, Jaegar and E. Becker led off the seventh with hits.  Then Caroll blasted a homerun about 40 feet into UHR to make it 15-1.  Wallman’s crew would add an extra run but it was too little too late.

In addition to the timely hitting, the EMM Loans defense was on point led by some great catches in left field by Fishman.  Frometa started multiple 3-6-1 double plays and E. Becker was lights out on the mound (well, as lights as you can be throwing underhand to grown men).  A few defensive tweaks saw M. Kleshinsky at third base and he did not disappoint.  By far, the most complete game of the season for EMM Loans.

Next up for EMM Loans is the Judge and his jury. 

 

PLATINUM GROUP (Kessler) 9 - ACE (DiMarco) 13
The ACE squad had little time to celebrate coming away with two wins on Sunday, as they were set to take on the Platinum Group in a primetime showdown at UHR.  The pregame tunes were questioned by some and enjoyed by most, but the ACE Squad was looking to keep a spotless record in primetime.

The game didn’t start out all that great for the ACE squad as they saw a Kessler led team slowly chip their way into the lead as it felt like each team traded sac flies and singles, but the Platinum Group found themselves leading the game 9-2 headed into a game changing bottom of the 5th inning for the ACE squad, as they managed timely hits one after another as everyone got a turn at the dish and the ACE squad was able to plate 6 that inning to bring them within a run 9-8.  The timeless Yockel and the always light on his feet Singman each picked up an RBI, while the rookie Woody (was able to find the outfield after his league leading 5th infield single of the day earlier in the game) and the young vet M. Broome each plated a pair of runs.  With work left to do the ACE squad turned to the bottom half of the order yet again in the 7th as O’Connor roped a double to get the party started followed by a Foxy RBI single, and Singman picking up an RBI single for the go ahead run, which would be his third and final hit of the day.  Not liking the minewt one run lead, the ACE squad turned to the big bats at the top of the order this time around as Kessler passed up the opportunity to pitch to the captain AD as he was given a free pass to face the ever dangerous Saler, and he made them pay in a big way with a massive 3 run homer to left to provide Yoke with the breathing room he and the defense needed to close out the game in the 9th.  

The ACE squad saw M. Broome and Singman collect 3 hits and 2 hit performances by Saler, Woody, O’Connor & Fox.  The Ace squad takes on a tough Seidenberg led SAL'S PIZZA team on the same field on Sunday morning looking to continue their winning streak.  

Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 6TH

 

SPS (Wallman) 12 – PLATIMUM (Kessler) 9

SPS was up against 2 tough teams in the sweltering heat at Swim which had a kiddy pool behind home plate.  The field was repositioned and home plate was moved up several feet for both games bringing home runs in play for Kessler’s Goldrosen and Conti’s Conti. 

Game 1 – the Kessler crew jumped out to a quick 2 to 0 lead in the top of the first but Captain TW’s squad responded with 6 runs over the first 3 innings to take a 6 to 2 lead.  That lead would have been much greater if not for 2 great plays by Platinum’s KP and Dunleavy who made incredible catches on the right-side outfield to keep the game tight.  Platinum got within 1 over the next 3 innings but the SPS offense in every inning including the bottom of the 8th when Turtz and Sr singled and were driven in by Big Ralph and DC in the bottom of the 8th to give TW enough cushion and hold on for the win.  Clamp pitched another gem and Mat and Beja up the middle gobbled up everything hit their way.  The SPS offense was led by Sr and DC who were each 3 for 3 (DC’s 3 hits went a combined 11 feet). Tony, Clamp, Beja, Harris and Turtz all had 2 hits apiece.

 

SPS (Wallman) 9 – CAFIERO (Conti) 6

Game 2 – Conti and a great 10 coming off a first game win.  Cafiero jumped out to a quick 3 to 0 lead over the first 3 innings.  Conti’s crew was cut short of additional runs when Lugos nailed a runner at home and the yapping began.  Hits from Mat, Tw and booming triple from Pat got SPS to within 1.  Both teams traded 2 runs in the 5th but a single from DC in the bottom of the 6th was followed by hits from Lugos and Tony to tie the game.  A single from JY in the 7th and RBI hit from Captain TW gave SPS their first lead of the day but with 2 outs in the top the 8th a defensive error led to 1 Conti run and tie game. The bottom of the 8th started with an out but hits from Sr and Ralph were followed by a DC walk and a sacrifice fly from Jr to take the lead again. With 2 outs and men on 1st and  3rd Captain Conti walked Lugos and put another run in scoring position and face 3 hitter Tony R.  Tony delivered a laser 2 RBI single and SPS took a 3 run lead into the top of the 9th.  2 quick outs in the top of the 9th and it seemed like the game was over, but the bottom of Conti’s crew got hits and gave Cafiero hope as the lead was now 2 with runners on the corners and the Captain up.  Conti swung at the first pitch flipped the bat and said “SEE YA” but the ball landed in the other Captains glove on the warning track to give SPS the victory.  Greg pitched great the Conti boys and their outfield is ridiculously good.  Clamp threw a no walk (I THINK) gem and again middle infield played amazing (Beja and Mat).  Lugos led the O for SPS with 3 hits while Tony, Ralph, TW and Pat chipped in with 2 each.  Next up Wednesday night against SPS’s favorite former player E Beck and the Lapine squad.

 

Salt (Marrone) 17 – Game Changer (Polzer) 10

Mike Caputo’s 2 HR, 7 RBI performance a Game Changer for Team Salt, leads vicious 22 hit attack against worthy opponent…

Team Salt knew it was going to be a hot, long day (not one-day tournament long like some of you animals play in but still long). We knew we needed 2 wins going into our double-header and standing in the way was a very good Team Polzer with #1 overall pick Jeremy Paster and perennial All-Star Dave Polzer ready for battle. Team GC got off to a quick start with 2 runs in the first but Salt came back in the bottom half with RBI’s from Doc on a Sac Fly and Austin with a rope single to tie it up. The 2nd saw 2 more GC runs but it was the bottom of the inning where the fireworks started. Glen started the inning with the best walk ever, followed by a Jeff Yigdal double and Zach Kane single. Beef would drive in one with a Sac and Dave U another with a single of his own. Magic Mike (he probably hates that) then came to the dish with 2 out and 2 on and launched a bomb to left that would make the tally 7-4 after 2. Team GC scored 2 more in the 3rd to pull within 1 but the relentless Salt attack would not faulter and would not fail.  Singles by Austin, Holden, Glen, Jeff and Zach would plate 3 more and “Shock and Awe” was up 10-6 after three…(yes, it’s only the third freakin’ inning)…Clearly the game was taking too long because Salt made 7 consecutive outs to help speed the game up (not all heroes wear capes…except Glen, he wears a cape. Sometimes just a cape…and a bow tie, the sight ruined my day as well, but I was the cameraman and bills gotta get paid). The next Salt run came in the 6th with a Dynamic Dylan Dynov Double and Sacs by Holden and Glen to get him home. Score 11-8 after six and it is still anybody’s game. The 7th would start with singles by Zach, Beef, Dave and Dan with his “Alabama Tree Snake” but a heads-up play by Team GC would temporarily limit any damage from all that noise. Key word is “temporarily” as Mike Caputo would unleash Hell with a mammoth Grand Slam into the Home Depot parking lot making it 15-8 and the whole game is changed, from close to comfy with one swing. The 8th saw Holden and Glen drive in Dylan and Austin and after 2 runs scored and a bases loaded threat in the ninth, the final score would be set…Salt 17, Game Changer 10.

Big louds to Dan, Cap, Amadeo, Austin, Dylan, Holden, Jeff, Zach and Dave U with multi-hit games. A tip of the cap to John Buckley who beat the shift for his only hit but also walked FOUR times, well done. Next up for Team Salt was a loss to Team Lapine.

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. EMM LOANS (Lapine) 7-4

Team Pollock faced some heavy questions heading into this game... 1) Could they rebound after giving up double digits for the first time this season in a lopsided loss their last time out? 2) Could they claim victory after being predicted on the podcast to win a match-up for the first and only time this season? and 3) Could they survive a doubleheader in 90+ degrees while wearing black brick jerseys? Well I'm submitting a summary, so I guess that answers that. Gastro jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Lapine's squad scored a run the next 3 innings to take a 3-2 lead. Gastro scored 2 big runs in the 5th behind doubles from Steven Frey and Alan Rubin, and good base-running from Schwag. In the 6th, Gastro scored 3 big insurance runs to take the lead for good, capped off with an RBI triple from Schwag. The Gastro defense held a talented Lapine offense to only 1 run after the 4th inning. Speaking of EMM Loans, E. Becker hit well and pitched a very solid game, holding us to only 11 hits, while Weitsen showed off some oppo power. Nick Martino,  Matt Pollock, and Schwag had multi-hit games.

 

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. OVOX (Ferrarese)  21-3 (7 innings)

A fairly quick early game gave Gastro some time to rest up while team Ferrarese took BP for their first game of the day. The score you already know, and the fairly boring summary you're about to read is all the evidence you need to know Team Ferrarese did not prevail. It's been about defense all season for Team Pollock, but 21 runs in 7 innings was the story here. More than that, the top 4 Gastro hitters went 14 for 15. Team Pollock started the game with 5 consecutive hits and 4 runs and never looked back. So many offensive stars to note, but none more than Glen Roland, who went 4-4 with 4 extra base hits and 7 RBIs. Val (shocker) was also terrific, going 4-4 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBIs, while Nick Martino (3 runs, 4 RBIs), Mitch Pollock, and Alan Rubin had 3 hits each, while Jordan Krant also had a multi-hit game. In regards to our opponents, I'll just say I'm glad we caught them on an off day, and look forward to seeing their improvement against the rest of the league. Team Pollock has rebounded from a slow start, winning 6 of our last 7. And since it's been talked about enough, I'll jinx us and put one of my brother's weirder stats in writing... in the last 4 seasons, Team Pollock is 0-5 in April games and 27-2 in May/June games. I'm not sure that makes any difference next week or the rest of the month, but it's pretty crazy On a much more serious note... RIP Mike Gilston. Anyone who ever played with him knows how good a guy he was and how much he cared about the league. He'll be missed.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 8 – Princeton (Goddard) 5

Shore Smile (Team Lombardi) faced off against Princeton (Team Goddard) at UHR on a very hot Sunday night game of the week. Game time the temp was still 91° but both teams were ready to go. Lombardi plated 1 in the top of the 1st on a Holmes rbi single but Princeton started as hot as the temp crossing 4 runs across the plate in the bottom of the 1st taking a 4-1 lead. After that, Jim locked down the pitching and the defense took care of the rest allowing only 1 run over the next 8 innings. D. Mallow lead off the 3rd with a walk and then hits by Tyson, Troiani and M. Blackburn plated 2 runs. Team Lombard scored 2 in the 6th on a bomb triple by Troiani and 3 in the 8th on a clutch 2 out single by M.Blackburn scoring 2 runs. Team Lombardi held on to win 8-5. The offense was led by Troiani and M. Blackburn each going 3-3 with a walk. The outfield defense was stellar, highlighted by M.Blackburn throwing a strike from LCF to Tyson at the plate who put the tag on a Princeton runner trying to score from 2ndon a hit. P. Lombardi showed off his glove and acrobatics at 1B by making several difficult scoops and layouts keeping his foot on the bag to get the runner out each time. For Princeton, Santigate hit the ball well getting at least 3 hits and played a great SS. Next up is Team Goldfarb at the early Swim Club game.

 

Doughboys 12 - "Nice Guys" 7

The Fireworks were on display at East Francis Sunday. Some early game altercations seem to fire up the Pizza squad. After plating 3 runs in the top of the first, Sal's would go on to score runs in 7 of the 9 innings played. What seemed like a 20-2 runaway win, was actually much closer to that. Drashinksy's boys fought all day, scraping 3 runs across in the 4th, turning a 7-1 game into a 7-4 battle, but the real nice guys would add insurance runs and go on to the 12-7 win. Strange to see if was only a 5 run game, since the outcome was never really in doubt. Hitting stars for Sal's were Ed Fradkin 4-5 with a double and an altercation, Scotty Pods 3-4 with a homer and a bigger altercation, Mat Polguy 2-3 and quiet as a mouse, and Anthony Fazzino 3-3 and looking intimidating with his size. Speaking of size, The Sal's squad clearly had the weight advantage in this one. Shoutout to the Randell duo with 2 hits each. For the other guys, Seth made a ridiculous gold glove catch to rob B-Faz of a sure home run, and Richie Spear made one of the smoothest plays at second to rob the fastest guy in the league J Krauss of a hit. Joe O was a hitting machine, on base all day and Sal Sicurella hit a double to remember. Don't let the smiles fool you folks, this team has spunk. Up next for Sal's, a double dip at dreaded Union Hill. 

 

Platinum Group (Kessler) 11  - Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10

Heading to East Frances from the Swim Club would end up being a cathartic experience as something didn’t seem right with our team in game 1 of our doubleheader. Maybe it was the early start, maybe it was the 97 degree heat, maybe it was Lugos verbally accosting every player on our team (I’m pretty sure he was the one chirping- always tough to tell if it's him or his beer belly talking); whatever it was, we seemed to be able to shake the rust as we came to bat as the visiting team against the notorious troublemakers of Marlboro Softball in the Drashinskys (tbh was a little worried as I only got 2 hugs from Seth instead of my normal 3).

As for the game, we were up 6-0 after four innings and decided we really don’t need to do the whole scoring thing anymore. A ton of credit goes out to team Drashinsky who was without their number one draft choice and were able to scratch out a couple big innings to take a 8-7 lead through seven. 

 

After KD gave Platinum a 2 run lead entering the bottom ninth, it was such a mild, non-humid day on Sunday, we just wanted to play a few more, so Drashinsky tied it up and we went to extras. We would end up scratching out one in the tenth on a sac fly and hold the Jim Edmonds throwbacks scoreless in the bottom half. Ugly win, but hey they don’t ask how pretty she was, they ask if you got the job done.

 

Few housekeeping notes:

KD sends a TON of winky faces in group chats for someone who isn’t trying to smash

Two weeks in a row with me getting Gio to smile is 100p my biggest accomplishment this year

Big Daddy Lenny is really starting to find his groove after taking a year off #JustMyThoughtsComingFromASportsJunkieRegardlessMyOwnSportIPlay (only the reals will get that reference)

 

Tec-Tel (Pingaro) 7 - ACE (DiMarco) 10

Defense, team play, and hitting were a constant team dialogue for the past two weeks for the ACE squad following a team held inspirational BBQ.  After a hot start and a few tough losses, the ACE team found themselves on the wrong side of .500 and in need of some wins to right the ship.  However with a double header scheduled at the middle school, the ACE squad was looking to pick up two W’s and climb back on the right side of .500. That being said, they knew they had a tough first test with the division leading Tec-Tel team on a sweltering hot day with the only shade being provided by Cliff Fox and his continuously evolving “Fox Lounge.”

First at the dish, the ACE squad wanted to come out swinging and were able to pick up one in the first on a Saler RBI single bringing home DiMarco to get the game started. That single run could have been more if it weren’t for a great throw from Turano in LCF to nail a runner at third on a DiMarco double, which wasn’t the only questionable third base coach inspired base running blunder on the day for the ACE squad.  From there, the ACE squad kept the tough Tec-Tel team at bay led by a pitching gem from the ageless Yockel, only issuing a single walk all game, backed by some outstanding defense and an active OF with room to roam on the middle school field.   The ACE squad picked up another three runs in the second off of an RBI single by Schmidt and two additional RBIs on a Kamras bases clearing triple.  The third inning saw Saler plate one with a double and O’Connor bring in a second via Sac Fly.  The fourth inning saw Schmidt up with two on as he was able to connect on one, plating A. Broome & Woody on an attempted HR, after another questionable call to send him on the solid Tec-Tel OF arms.  Both O’Connor and DiMarco were each able to pick up an RBI in the 6th & 8th innings respectively to provide the ACE team with all the runs they would need on the day to earn the W.  As the score shows, this game was a battle and always within striking distance until the final out.

Multi-hit games on the ACE squad were provided by Yockel (2), DiMarco (4), Saler (2), A. Broome (2), and Schmidt (2).  The Tel-Tec team offense saw both Pingaro & AJ pick up 3 hits and A. Turano with a pair of hits as well  Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

Princeton (Goddard) 10 - ACE (DiMarco) 17

The temperature was rising but so was the ACE squad morale after a great win over the Pingaro led Tec-Tel team.  Always a motivational leader, Yockel let the boys know that this should in no way be considered a Trap Game versus a 1-5 Goddard led Princeton team, who had lost a few very close and tightly contested games in weeks past.

The iron was struck hot, and early on, as the ACE squad was able to plate 5 in the first inning off of single after single and a sac fly.  The second inning saw the ACE squad plate another two with two runs scoring on and a timely Yockel single.  The third inning led off with an O’Connor single, an A. Broome RBI triple and a Schmidt HR attempt that was able to plate A. Broome and himself on a dropped throw at home by the catcher, and another questionable third base coach decision.  The Princeton team was able to settle in as they tried to hold off an ACE squad that picked up 10 runs in the first three innings, as they were able to quiet the ACE bats in the 4th and 5th innings, but that wouldn’t last long as the ACE team blew the lid off in the 6th inning plating 6 more runs.  RBIs were had by M. Broome (who made several sensational defense plays at SS on the day), Yockel, DiMarco, two by Woody, and another one from Fox.  Woody was able to pick up the final ACE RBI of the game in the 7th with a triple that also happened to find the back of the soccer net for a goal that was perfectly placed out in RCF. All day, Princeton fought but ACE was able to thwart any attempts at any big innings with a tough defense, a second Yockel gem of a pitching performance on the day, and a diving catch here and there (Hayden).  There will be no time to celebrate these victories as the ACE squad had a quick turn around for a Wednesday night showdown against a tough Kessler team.

Multi-hit games on the ACE squad were provided by M. Broome, Yockel,O’Connor, A. Broome, Schmidt, and Woody.  The Goddard squad housed 5 impressive 3 hit performances by, Goddard, Jacobs, George and both Rosenstocks.  Written by: Kurt Schmidt

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2ND

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 26 – IMN (Steinberg) 11 – 8 inn

After a rain filled Memorial Day weekend, team Conti squared off against team Steinberg under the Union hill lights.  With Lambo on vacation, team Steinberg turned to Persily on the mound to get things going.  A hungry team Steinberg jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first, but team Conti struck back immediately with 4 of their own.  4 more runs for team Conti in the second inning, but team Steinberg answered right back with 4 of their own highlighted by an Eric Bomemblitt 3 run blast.  In the 5th inning, Team Conti put the pedal to the floor and exploded for a huge 11 run frame highlighted by a Captain Conti laser homerun (his 5th of the year). A few more runs followed in the 7th inning, capped off by a booming Greg Deluise triple that put the final nail in the coffin, leading to another victory and mercy for team Conti.  The offense for team Conti was led by Greg Deluise (4-5) while Conti, Jomo, Alfieri, Rhine, Rob C and Porzio had multi hit games.  On the defensive side, Andrew Nichols showed off his defensive prowess going airborne for 2 web gems (hate to see it).  Team Conti will look to stay hot this Sunday with a tough double dip against team Goldfarb and team Wallman.

 

GAME CHANGER (POLZER) 10 – SALS (SEIDENBERG) 8

Due to local blackout restrictions in the Marlboro area this game was not seen by the Facebook audience.  That was unfortunate because they missed a great game.  Team Game Changer knew coming into this match up that they would have to play near flawless defense, take advantage of timely hitting, and get a few breaks along the way in order to hang with a loaded Sal's pizza lineup.

  The two teams traded 0's to open the contest but Sal's would strike first plating 4 runs in the second inning.  A Paster solo bomb would kick off the bottom of the 4th inning leading to a 4 run outburst and tying the game up at 4 heading into the 5th inning.  Game Changer would find a way to scratch out another 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 7-4 lead.  Although quiet thus far - the likes of P.Brock, Eddie, and Scotty Pods have the potential to come alive at any moment.  That would be the case as Sal's would put pressure on G/C in the 8th inning.  Stepping up to the plate was the aforementioned Eddie Fradkin as the tying run ( a pitcher's worst nightmare).  Knowing that his 2 walks occurred already - no doubt Eddie was sitting on a pitch to drive.  Well...he gave it a long ride as he hit a laser to the fence only to fall into Specchio's glove on the track- crisis averted for the G/C squad.  Holding hammer - the G/C squad had their top up in the bottom of the 9th.  After 1 quick out and a Paster walk - up stepped Mr. Specchio.  Pat delivered an absolute moon shot to LCF to send Team Game Changer home with the walk off 10-8 victory. A great team victory with multiple hits from PasterSpecchioDanser, and Jimmy "Murph" Murphy.  Team Game Changer will look to make it 2 in a row as we take on NJ Salt on UHR.   

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26TH

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 15 vs Gastro (Pollock) 6

Wednesday night against a tough Pollock team.  First inning hits by the top and a Reiss/Shwag BOMB HR gave Gastro the early lead.  Reapers come back with a Sag blast to make it close in the 4th.  Down by 3 going into the 6th the bottom of the order drives in a few, Perrone gets a huge double and Santaromita hits a HR further into right field than I ever saw, likely landing over the house.  Can’t wait till he figures out how to hit.  Next up is Lombardi and the brothers Blackburn at Swim for the late game.

 

Tec-Tel (Pingaro) 17 - LJ Kushner (Harris) 14

For awhile it looked as if Wednesday nights games would be washed out by the early evening rains that came pouring down.   A new drainage system and bone dry weather for the last 3 weeks softened the fields just enough for the games to go on.  Union Hill Left saw a full 13 for Team Pings and a strong 11 man squad for Team Bobito.   Scorching hot Nick Turano belted a Seidel two seamer over the left center field fence to jump start the offense and put Tec Tel up 1-0.  Bobbys crew would immediately respond with 5 in the 2nd and 1 more in the 3rd to grab a commanding 6-1 lead.  In the 4th, after the Turanos’ set the table, AJ would rope an RBI single and the Captain would smash a 2 run triple as the boys clawed back to get even at 6.  Anthony, Nick and AJ would be at it again in the 5th combining to drive home 5 to give us an 11-6 lead one we would never relinquish. A couple of big innings on each side through the final 4 but Team Pingaro would hold on for a gritty 17-14 win.   A breakout night for the Captain with 4 hits to lead the offense, while Anthony Turano,  Navatta, and Micari had 3 each.  Nick was on base 4x including 2 hits and a homer, and Intoci, AJ, and Jay also chipped in two, in what was a complete team effort.  For the LJ Kushners, Gary Cohen and Max Seidel had 7 hits between them and were impossible to get out,  while  the newcomer Wags and Ballo also swung the bats well in defeat.  E Steinberg and most of his 2020 championship team are up next in the early tilt at swim club.  The boys also want to congratulate Nick Turano on his engagement.

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 23RD

 

PRINCETON (Goddard) 20 – IMN (Steinberg) 8
After starting the season 0-5 Team Goddard  looked to get their first win against his former captain and the Steinberg squad. After starting the first 5 games as the visiting team, game 6 would be no different. They will know the feeling of a home game in the 7th game of the 
season.Team Goddard was without pitcher Jeff Goddard so Mark Karp was the starting pitcher.  Team Goddard scored 3 runs in the top of the first to take an early lead. Steinberg answered in the bottom of the first with 1 run to make it 3-1. In the top of the Second  Team Goddard scored 6 runs, with Santigate hitting a 2 run homerun and 3 doubles in the inning.  Team Steinberg scored 1 run in the bottom of the third and 3 in bottom of the Fourth cutting it to 9-5. In the bottom of the sixth Team Steinberg plated another run to make it 9-6. Team Goddard would finally score 3 runs  in the 8th inning after not scoring a run since the second inning, making the score 12-6. Team Steinberg responded with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth making it 12-8.  Team Goddards bats erupted in the 9th with 7 hits and 8 runs on 4 Homeruns.  Team Goddard offense led by Santigate 4-5 with two homers, George was 4-4 with a double and a homerun, Leonardi 3-4 Captain went 3-5 with a double and a homerun, Cruz 3-4, and 2 hits a piece by Mike Rosenstock, Raucher, and Ray. Mark Karp pitched a great game for Team Goddard.  Jerry Tilker for Team Steinberg went 3-3 and found the hole every time. Team Goddard couldn't get the crafty veteran out. Next up for Team Goddard is Team Dimarco at Union Hill. 

 

SPS (TW) 21 Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 8

After a sloppy Wednesday night game SPS made a few defensive changes and looked to bounce back against SPS co-tenant and partner Monmouth Spine.  Team Drashinsky grabbed 1 run lead in top of first, but 5 hits from the top of TW’s line up brought Mat M up to the plate with 2 on and 2 out in bottom of the frame.  A few offensive adjustments at the suggestion of Mat’s hitting coach led to a bomb 3 run homer giving SPS a 6 to 1 lead and they would not trail again.  Good defense from SPS over the next 3 innings only allowed Monmouth Spine 1 run.  SPS tacked on 5 runs over those same innings and gave TW a commanding 11 to 2 lead.  Monmouth would not quit and scored 6 runs in the next 2 innings making it a 4 run game but a bases loaded double from Big Ralph led to 10 more runs and 21 to 8 lead that held for the SPS victory.  Tony (no pressure in RCF) led the offensive assault with 4 hits, 3 runs and 4 RBIs.  Fred had his usual 3 hits and Ralph had 2 (really 3) hits and 3 RBIs.  Game ball went to Mat M who played great defensively and had 5 rbis.  Next up should a loud one at Mar el when the Hatfields (Lugos/Manochio trio) verse the McCoys (Conti/Deluise)   

 

CAFIERO (CONTI) 17 – SALS (SEIDENBERG) 1
Coming off a beating to team Lombardi on Wednesday night, team Conti got back on track against the ever-dangerous team Seidenberg on Union Hil Left last night.  Things got started early for the Carpenters as captain Mike smashed one over the left field fence for a solo homer.  Team Conti tacked on another run in the second inning followed by a big 4th inning.  Mike got things started again by ripping a smelling salt and another solo homerun followed by a barrage of hits from the rest of the team, making it a 5-run inning.  In the 5th inning, the Carpenters went on the offensive again, scoring 7 runs highlighted by a booming Billy Ferro double.  Team Conti locked things down in the 7th inning which led to the mercy victory and their 5th win of the year.  To say Greg Deluise was brilliant on the mound would be an understatement.  Greg delivered a no walk 4 hit masterpiece while behind him some slick Conti defense delivered, like Andrew Nichols who gobbled up everything hit in his direction.  The offense for team Conti was led by the captain with a 4-4, 2 homerun game while Derek Rising had a 3-hit game.  Multi-hit games were also had by Alferi, Deluise, Rhine, Jomo, Ferro, Nichols, Pomo and Porzio.  Team Conti will look to keep things rolling this Memorial Day weekend but standing in their way will be the 20-2 predicted Team Wallman and soft spoken Lugos.  

 

Marrone (Salt) 10 / Ferrarese (Ovox) 11 inn
The RMS OVOX hits a Silverberg, “Texas” Holden’s poker face spells disaster for all on board, details at 11th

We are NOT fans of Swim Club, at least that was the case BEFORE this game and that attitude was justified as we had been shellacked on 2 occasions at this site. The only way to change that is to play hard and win and up until the final out, the latter did not feel secure, at all. The late game at “The Swim” started off with a scoreless first for both teams. In the top of the second Salt got on the board with a Dylan D single, Texas Holden single and ZACHHHHHHHHHHHHH (apparently he spells it with 13 H’s and not a K like I spelled it last week, who knew!?) Sac Fly to score “Dy-namic” Dylan from second base making it 1-0 but the OVOX squad would come right back and tie it 1-1 after two. Nothing happened in the third but in the top of the fourth we broke out. The inning started with Mike Caputo hitting a MONSTER Homerun OUT of Swim Club and into the trees. Austin Silverberg singled and Dylan walked to load ‘em up for the Captain, Glen Marrone, to do his only positive contribution of the ye…day and sac Doc Silverberg to the home plate. Holden Silverberg would hit a bullet and after a ZACHHHHHHHHHHHHH  single, Steve Barbesh would beat the right fielder and clear the bases (except for himself of course, then it would be a homer). Salt leads 6-1 and we are feelin’ ourselves. There was, however, no quit in the OVOX squad as they got 2 back in the bottom of the fourth. Salt would score 1 during NBT but OVOX would bounce right back with 2 more in the bottom of the 6th.  Score is 7-5, top 7, a couple of singles followed by a Beef Sac (LOL) and runners are at 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, Dave Unterweiser would drive in 1 with a sac and then Danny D and his Mandingo WarHammer would drive in another to make it 9-5. Again, though, with the no quitting thing…OVOX drops a 4 spot to tie the game in the 8th and this shit is exciting. The ninth was unproductive for both teams and the 10th showed some promise but ultimately ended up being poop. On to the eleventh and Here. We. Go. The inning would start out with another Austin Silverberg single and after 2 fly outs, a Stoic, Unfazed, Poker-Faced “Texas” Holden Silverberg would step to the plate. Holden would unleash a Mammoth Triple, over the left fielder’s head and one-hopping off the fence. 10-9 Salt and now we have to hold them. Ovox got 2 runners on in the bottom of the 11th with 1 out and Brian Applebaum coming to the plate. I said out loud to anyone who would listen “there is def going to be a play at the plate here, Brian is too clutch to not hit a rocket somewhere, prob right”…one pitch later and a screamer headed in between the second base bag and the second baseman BUT Doc Silverberg with full extension snags the liner and flips to covering Mike Caputo for the Force, double-play, Ball Game!!!!! What a way to end it.

The shouts this week go to Danny D, Caputo, Andrew, Austin, Zach and Steve with multi-hit games and the big holler goes to Holden Silverberg with 4 hits including the Game-Winner. Next up for Salt is….

Platinum Group (Kessler) 27 – Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 25

Not by Evan Binder:

“3-0 without the captain”, 0-2 with the captain”: the talk heard around the league (and from the Platinum Group itself) for Team Kessler entering Sunday’s showdown with Team Goldfarb. To have this happen in my first year as a captain (which I have dreamed about since I was in like fourth grade, no joke), I came into this balmy Sunday morning feeling like I needed a dub in my return to not officially (Franks post was unofficial) get voted off the island and it couldn’t have started off better, with the Platinum boys first not giving up double digits in the first, then scoring four, then putting up a nine spot and a six spot to take a 19-2 lead after three. The 19 runs in the first three frames were highlighted by FOUR homers, a KP three run homer, a KD grand slamma, a Goldrosen solo shot into the trees and a Ben three run four bagger over the right fielder. The captain and Kenny P were each 3-for-3 in the first three innings with a HR and 4 RBIs apiece.

Now, usually when you read 19-2 in a recap, you could stop reading, assume the game was over, and get into the stat portion of the writeup. But not here, as the Goldy group chipped away and chipped away, making this truly a wild one, with a nine run fourth inning to cut the lead to eight and a three run fifth to cut the lead to five, 19-14. Weis and Dunleavy each had big knocks in the fifth to retake an eight run lead, 22-14, but as anything in life, this wasn’t easy, as a combination of walks (a lot of them) from the Kessler & Kessler pitching staff and timely hitting brought Goldfarb back in it, to ultimately have the tying run on second base in the ninth inning before Papa K, who would get both the win and the save on the mound in this one as he started the game, got taken out, and then put back into seal it, got the final out to secure a football esq insane 27-25 win at East Frances.

Offensive stars were aplenty for Team Kessler led by the captain himself, who had a career-morning (at the plate, not the mound) going 6-for-6 with two HRs and 5 RBIs, Jeff, who was on base in all 6 of his at bats, with 4 hits, 2 walks, a homer, 4 runs and 3 RBIs and KP, who is as good a fifth round pick as there is in this league, going 4-for-4 with 3 runs, 4 RBIs and a three run homer. KD also had a four hit day, notching a team-high 6 RBIs with a grand slam and his 7th double of the season. Weis and Lenny had three hit days and Papa K, Allen and Tommy Sexy all had two hit days. Back to back 30+ hit games for Team Kessler, not too shabby. For Goldfarb, the whole team, up and down, hit the ball well with homers and multiple hits from Corde and recent Kessler friend Dinapoli. 

Next up, a meeting with fellow rookie captain Scotty Pods in a battle of 4-2 teams at the Middle School.

 

 

Team Bobito beats Team Lapine 28-16
I am begging - in fact I am imploring Mayronie to continue to pick against Team Harris every week.  Not that he has a history of getting his picks right- but when he guaranteed we would lose BECAUSE we dont have enough offense to hang with the very potent Lapine offense (an interesting prediction given we scored 15 EARNED RUNS against him earlier in the year) - I knew we were looking good.  So the team with NO OFFENSE exploded for 28 runs- 15 runs in the first two innings. And the "impotent" line up missing their 1A  (Callow) and their 13 (the walk machine- just kidding!) still garnered 37 hits and 3 walks- as FOUR hitters went 5 for 6 (Byko, Schef, Wags, and Kush).  Throw in 4 for 5 for Ballo , and 3 hits for A Tritto and Max and it was an onslaught. Every one in the line up got a hit , every one scored a run- and Wags added two more triples and 4 RBIS to his league leading total.  And a special shout out to Johnny "Gold Glove"  Tritto who made like Keith Hernandez at first base- diving and snagging everything in sight..  Throw in two diving catches in the OF - one by Wags and one by Schef - and but for those defensive gems it might have been a closer game. Credit to the Lapine group despite being down 21 to 3 after 3 innings and clawing back to outscore us over the last 6 innings.  But it was too much of a hill to climb.  G Jaeger , Fishman ,and Weitsen did most of the damage for The Lapine group.  Next up the very tough Pingaro group and their rookie sensation AJ DeOrtiz. 

 


LHRGC (LaRocca) 22 vs. ACE (DiMarco) 7

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ATTENTION:  Team LaRocca is looking for Rob Perrone, who was possibly inconspicuously missing/absent/invisible from todays game . . . .  back to the action….. In a highly anticipated reunion with the Brothers Broome, a confident LHRGC team hosted DiMarco’s BOMB squad at the desert field commonly known as MUNI.  With the self proclaimed best top five in the league starting the game, it was inevitable that DiMarco would put some numbers up early, and they did just that with 2 outs on hits by and into returning star Darren Saler.  But in the bottom of the first, the Reapers answered back with consecutive hits from Sags/JZ/Santaromita and the first of 2  SAC flys  by JR.  (NOTE:  Better Broonme made perhaps the play of this early season tracking down a Rosenthal sac-blast in the 3rd.)  After one, the good guys were ahead for good and, in fact, scored in every inning with 26 hits over 8 innings.  Everyone on the team produced offensively, including “NO-SHOW Nick Lombardi" who went 3/3 with 4 RBI’s playing himself just outside of the dog house.  Marky Memes smashed a retro, circa 1997 blast triple INTO left filed in the seventh which prompted an unamed DiMarco player to gasp “he can do that now?"  UPDATE:  2 more foul tips (??) and a backwards K for the captain, who followed that folly up with a game ending RBI walk off triple . . . scoring the winning run on an overthrow.  FU Specchio!  Ronnie C was himself again in the box and on the bump, despite the umpires proclamation that this is a 10ft league (BAFFLING).  Defensively the team looked solid all around, hunting down hard it balls all day.  For DiMarco, kudos offensively go to Cliff Fox who hit the ball hard all day and had multiple hits.  Defensively, beside B-Broome's ridiculous catch, I have no idea why anyone tries to run on Darren Saler, the man carries a lethal weapon as his arm.  Next up is a Wednesday night match-up against my boy Val, Nick M and the brothers Pollock at Union Hill Right.

 

Tec Tel 10  - Shore Smile 6

 Fresh off of a brutal extra inning loss against the fighting Ben Kesslers, Tec Tel welcomed the leagues only remaining unbeaten to sun drenched Union Hill Right on Sunday morning.  Red hot Shore Smile put up a 3 spot to open the game and grab an early 3-0 lead. From that point on, AJ and the defense would lock down a potent Lombardi lineup allowing 3 runs the rest of the way.  As AJ was putting up zeros, the boys chipped away and with some timely two out hitting, outstanding base running, and flat out hustle as Team Pingaro would get even at 4 through 5 innings.  In the 7th, trailing 5-4, the top of the Lombardi lineup scratched out a pair of runs to grab a 6-5 lead.  Tec Tel would immediately respond in the bottom of the frame with two, and re-take the lead 7-6.   In the 8th with two out and no one on, 4 straight hits from JJ, Intoci, Nick and AJ helped plate 3 more which provided enough cushion to slam the door in the 9th handing Shore Smile their first loss of the season, 10-6.  Nick Turano continues his torrid hitting with 4 more ropes while Intoci and JJ had 3 each to pace the offense.  Highlighted by a terrific grab from Navatta in RF to rob Shores’ captain of extra bases, the defense behind AJ was excellent as the guys were sharp throughout.  For Lombardi, Jim hung tough on the mound after dealing with some dehydration issues, Martin made an unbelievable play with his back to the infield to take extra bases from Navatta,  Smallkin blasted a triple,  and Trojani was on base all day. No time to celebrate, as we quickly turnaround against Bobito Wednesday night under the lights.

 

GASTRO (Pollock) d. GAME CHANGER (Polzer) 13-7

Two of the league's hottest teams squared off at Middle School Sunday, both coming in with 3 game win streaks. Gastro knew they had their hands full, facing off against a nearly unstoppable J. Paster, last year's CY Polzer, and a roster deep with top league veterans. Both captains pitched out of jams in the first, giving up only 1 run each. Gastro took a brief 2-1 lead in the 2nd before Game Changer jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the 4th, highlighted by a long triple off the bat of Rob Miranda. But the revitalized Team Pollock bats fully awoke in the home half of the 4th, kick-started by a leadoff HR from Glen Roland. Gastro would go on to score 11 more runs over the next 4 innings, capped off with a bomb from Schwag. Gastro's league-leading defense also led the way, holding the Game Changers to only 4 runs through the first 8 innings (highlighted by Martino pulling off an unassisted DP on a hard grounder from Paster), before a Paster bomb in the 9th. For Team Pollock, Steven Frey continued his terrific offensive start, going 4-4, while Val and Nick added 3 hits each. Jordan Krant also had a multi-hit game, while the aforementioned Schwag added two walks to his HR. Next up for Gastro is another streaking and top opponent in Team Larocca, another match-up we're likely picked to lose. Should be fun!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19TH


The Flying Kent Tekulves (OVOX) 15

Darth Clampffer and the Evil Empire (Sentinel) 11

By: Evan Binder

 

0 and 5 at Union Hill this season…

A pitcher that has already given up 80% of the league’s homeruns at Union Hill…

No Brock Hor…

An opponent that was predicted to win 20 games…

“Never tell me the odds” – Han Solo to Princess Leia after not pulling out

 

Back to the Action… Yeah, the odds were not in our favor facing a well-rounded Team Wallman but Team OVOX rolled up with yet another defensive alignment that paid off very nicely. Tied at 2 after the first, The OVOX defense kept the Wallman hit parade at bay with game changing catches by Podolla, Uncle Steve Toran and Ink Master Thomas. Every time I got into trouble, these guys bailed me out. BFF… In the somethingith inning, we scored 5 and 4 as the we used a station to station approach followed by an Evan Rosenthal bomb to cap it off.

 

I know I project an air of confident swagger and mediocre dick energy, but holding an 11-3 lead on dreaded Union Hill made me think to myself, “self…it’s not IF I fuck this up, but how”. Luckily, the OVOX bats tacked on another 4 runs, highlighted by a Chase Sandler bomb and solid all around defense. Bottom 9th, top of the Wallman lineup…shoot me. Aside from a Tony single, only four batters stepped in with Francesco catching the final out followed by a sigh of relief as we walked off the field triumphantly flaunting our 2-5 season record. For OVOX, this was a full team effort highlighted by a 3 hit game by Cousin Frankie, multi-hit games by Rosenthal (HR), Podolla, Pat Thomas, Tom Smith, Juska, Cap’n Crunch and a HR by Chase. For Wallman, nice hitting by Lugoz and Clamp. While I do feel the Wallman squad has potential to be a championship-caliber team, I could hear a dejected Doug Cohen muttering, “I wish Conti never traded me away…” and looked off into the literal setting sun while reflecting on the figurative setting sun of his own existence. Next up, Team Marrone injects some of his Cialis into his broken finger to face us at the Swim Club.

 

On a real life note, we wish our condolences to the entire Conti Family.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 16TH

SENTINEL (Wallman) 14 SAL'S PIZZA (Seidenberg) 8

Facing Ed and crew at UHR is not what any captain wants to see when the schedule comes out but that what SPS was against.  Sal’s pizza was 4 & 0 coming into the game and riding high from a 21 run assault last week including a Seidenberg grand slam that he personally discussed with the 233 members of the league at some point during week.  This game also paired a lot of work relationships TW/Ed, Fazz/Lugos and JY/Collis. SPS went down with no runs in the first and Sal’s quickly jumped out to 2 to 0 lead behind a Collis single.  A Beja leadoff hit in the 2nd cut the lead in half and in the top of the 3rd SPS took a 4 to 2 lead behind hits from Dan Sr, DC and bases clearing triple from Tony.  A couple of defensive miscues in the bottom of the frame and an Ed off the net double led to 3 runs for Sal’s and 1 run lead.  The game was tied at 5 in the 4th but 2 out hits from Mat and TW gave SPS a 1 run lead.  Hits from Fred, Tony, Clamp and JY led to 3 runs in the 6th but a clutch 2 out hit from Collis in the bottom 7th tied things going into the 8th.  Big Ralph got things going with a single and the top the top 6 hitters in the SPS line up all hit to give Captain TW a commanding 6 run lead that they would hold for next 2 innings handing Sal’s their first loss of season.  After the game 23 of the 24 players that played shook hands, an unnamed player showed incredibly poor sportsmanship when he darted off the field and into parking lot quicker than he did when he was thrown out at first from LCF.  Lugos led the offense for SPS with 3 hits while Tony, Clamp, Beja, JY, Sr and Turtz all had 2 hits each.  Clamp after a leadoff walk was lockdown as he kept the big bats of Seidenberg in check.  Next up Wednesday night against Cowboy Mike and company.  

 

NJ Salt (MARRONE) 13 / Jiffy Lube (GOLDFARB)  4
This writer arrived at the field to find the entire team already there, in rows, doing calisthenics as our Captain yelled instructions through a bullhorn. Shortly thereafter, we were called together and told there would be some changes to the line-up and Danny D (with his massive hog) would be leading off. It didn’t work…well not at first but after his at-bat, BDE (Big Dick Energy) turned to us and said “that won’t happen again!” and he wasn’t lying. Team Salty ended up scratching a run across anyway in the first thanks to a Mike Caputo (who is actively chasing DiMarco’s doubles record) two-bagger and a Doc Silvahboig RBI Single. In the bottom of the second, Team Goldfarb took advantage of Team Salt’s bullshittery and scored 4 runs making it 4-1 and there began a “here we go again” vibe on the busted up side of Municipal (if anyone hasn’t seen it yet, you’d think Danny D unrolled his cock near the bench because the fence is destroyed). The score would stay 4 to fucking 1 for the next FOUR full innings. Four innings of “c’mon guys, let’s hit” “who’s up? Sounds like hits” “fuck, pick me up fellas” etc. It was mind-numbing…and then, the 7th…saying it was 7 in the 7th is really an understatement because this team has been beating ourselves in the early goings of the 2021 season…not hitting in big spots, not communicating, not catching the ball and in one half of an inning, at least to this writer, it all changed. Dan Difedele led off with a single, Caputo singled and Amadeo drove in Danny with a single of his own. Doc was walked to set up the force and Austin made the strategy a bad one with a “laser” beam single followed by a Dylan Dynov 2 RBI knock. The team captain, who will remain unnamed by his own request, got one of his three hits and was driven in 3 batters later by Zack “The Undertaker’s Brother” Kane. An Iorio GiDP would end the inning but not before Team Salt had broken the game wide open and the score read 8-4. For a team struggling to find our grove, it may as well have been 100-4, but we weren’t done yet. The 8th started out with a 1 out Double by the “The Best Dave on the Team” and then an RBI single by BDE and another Caputo double. Both of those Sumbitches were driven in by Amadeo and Salt held an 11-4 lead with 6 outs to go. On to the ninth and our very humble captain would shingles er, um…single (sorry, he’s old, I get confused) and Holden Silverberg would unleash a monster triple to drive him in. Zack Kane would cap the scoring with his 3rd RBI of the contest. A quick 9th and finally, a victory, as Team Salt takes it 13-4.

Every Salt player got at least 1 hit in this one, big shouts to Danny D, Caputo, Amadeo, The Captain, Holden, Zack and Steve Barbesh ALL with Multi-hit games. Guy Goldfarb represented his squad with a couple of lasers. This next part is necessary because I don’t want to get cut from his will, a HUGE extra holler to our Captain, Glen Marrone, a lot of you don’t know this, but he is an avid spelunker and broke his finger diving into a Man’s Hole, I mean Manhole to “explore”. Legit, his Italian-sausage finger is disgusting, when I saw it I didn’t know if I should cut it off to save his life or throw some peppers and onions on it. A multi-hit game AND NO WALKS!!!! With a broken FREAKIN’ neck/finger.

Next up for Team Salt is 2 clicks away, on this same website you’re on right now…do your own research.

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 13 – MONMOUTH SPINE (Drashinsky) 4

Coming off a 2 game winning streak,  team Conti would look to make it 3 in a row against team Drashinky at East Frances.  A few hits of smelling salts and things would get started.  In the first inning, the Carpenters would get on the board early as they would plate 4 runs with the top of the lineup doing their thing.  Team Conti would continue to tack on runs over the middle innings with some solid at bats from the middle of the order.  In the 6th inning, team Drashinky would threaten, down 4 runs with 2 outs, the captain Seth would blast a shot to LCF only to be robbed by the commish making an over the shoulder diving grab to end the inning.  Team Conti would put the nail in the coffin in the later innings highlighted by homers from Alfieri and Jomo.  The offense for team Conti was led by the aforementioned Alfieri with 3 hits, while Deluise and Jomo had multi-hit games.  Deluise was once again brilliant on the mound walking zero batters behind some solid defensive play.  The carpenters would hang at East Francis and wait for the arrival of team Goddard for game 2.  

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 11 – PRINCETON (Goddard) 8

In game 2 of the double header, team Conti would welcome a hungry team Goddard, looking for their first win of a young season.  Similar to game 1, the Carpenters would get rolling early in the 1st inning dropping 4 runs and would follow it up with 3 more in the second highlighted by a captain Conti homer.  2 more runs in the third inning would give team Conti a nice 9-0 lead, but team Goddard would not go quietly.  Fast forward to the 7th inning, team Goddard would only trail by 1 run, but the Carpenters would shut the door behind some slick fielding by Terel Klein robbing a would be Tim George homer.  In the 8th, team Conti would score 2 more runs and put team Goddard away sweeping a very difficult double header.  For the offense, team Conti was led by Andrew Nichols with a 3 hit day, while Conti, Alfieri, Deluise, Rising and Klein had multi-hit games.  On the losing side, Santigate looked like the real deal and the bottom of the Goddard lineup were tough outs all morning.  Team Conti will look to make it 5 in a row against an undefeated Team Lombardi Wednesday night under the lights. 

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 15 vs. Princeton Spine (Goddard) 7
Coming into today the captain was nervous about going shorthanded (Santaromita & Shiffman on vacation) against a hungry division rival Goddard team that could have easily been 3-0 rather than 0-3 to start this season.  Compound that with a hung over Perrone and a missing in action  Lombardi and the captain’s agita tripled.  After a pre-game speech, the embattled squad took the field with 5 position changes on defense.  Not the warm and fuzzies that a captain wants in this situation.  Walking past RC I let him know in no uncertain terms that the game was on his shoulders today . . . and he didn’t disappoint.  RC threw 7 scoreless innings, started two 1-6-3 double plays and had a few other put-outs to boot.  He also did not walk a batter and was rarely behind in the count.  After taking some medicine from Dr. Ho, he reverted back to being an animal at the plate, with 4 hits on the day, including a double in his first at bat. (did anyone see how hard he hit that???).   Enough about Ronnie…..the game started with the good guys retiring the first 3 batters and scoring one in the bottom of the first with some small ball from Sags/JZ/Jordan.   This combo would go 12 for 14 on the day, sparking run producing innings throughout.  However, a good start was not all it took to get the dub.  Goddard’s team of mashers would, in fact, put up 5 and take a 5-2 lead going into the bottom of the third, where, with 2 outs, Sags/JZ/Jordan started off a  6 run frame that put the reapers ahead for good.  Defensively, everyone contributed, but Billy-boy Chiusano gets creds for the play of the game robbing Captain G in a big spot on his diving lay out snow cone grab in right.  With all of this positive news (not to mention Captain LaRocca’s Guiness book of world record 9 foul tips on the day) perhaps the biggest news of the day was Saglietto settling into his role as our number one.  Sags looked confident, if not dominant, on both sides of the ball today.  Offensively, Mark Carlin also deserves a shout.  This veteran knows what it takes to win, and although he only had one hit today (an RBI single in the 3rd) he drove in 3 additional runs with 2 SAC flies in spots that helped seal the victory.  As for Princeton, Slim Tim George was impossible to get out, even hitting one of those whacky swim club triples off the right filed line when RC thought he finally had him. Raucher and Mark Karp also had several hits keeping the order moving and Team Goddard threatening all day.  Defensively, Steven Santigate has shown some of the best hands I have seen fielding his position and was an absolute steal in this draft.  Next up is the tough DiMarco2B squad featuring Paul O’Connor and the Broomies at Muni.

 

Aretha Franklin 11 Bobito 6  (summary written by the third string catcher)

The amateur experts on the weekly podcast had team Gastro at 0-5  at this point in the season, but

what they fail to comprehend is that defense doesn’t go into slumps and you don’t need power to win in this league.

So all I’m asking for is a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T as we TCB (take care of business).

So  on this beautiful Sunday, team Franklin went up against a hot Bobito team at the Manalapan little league field. We were led by Val the hit machine , who laced 3 line drives and scored 3 runs in this 11-6 win. Give this man a little love , an incredible 3rd baseman and tremendous teammate.

The game was broken open in the 5th when Gastro dumped a 6 spot ignited by the under appreciated little Rubin , followed by hits from the disregarded Krant and the overlooked

Rob Rozenscwaig .

Capt Matt who should be revered as a top pitcher in this league got every big out when it

mattered . Mitch who needs no recognition , came up with multiple clutch hits.

For team Bobito Max Seidel pitched tremendous and continues to improve every year.

So we got to have a little RESPECT  (just a little bit)

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 8 – OVOX (Ferrarese) 5

Shore Smile (Team Lombardi) faced off against OVOX (Team Ferrarese) at UHL in the 1st game of a double-header. Ovox jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st but Lombardi’s top answered with 3 runs taking a 3-1 lead at the end of 1.  Both teams traded goose eggs in the 2nd and 3rd inning. Ovox put up 2 runs in the 4th to tie the game but Lombardi scored 1 to retake the lead 4-3 and never gave it up the rest of the game. Team Lombardi scored at least 1 run in the last 4 of 5 innings for a 8-5 final. Another team effort where everyone contributed. The offense was led by S.Blackburn, M.Blackburn, Smalkin and P.Lombardi with multi-hit games, the defense was strong again with great catches from all the outfielders and a diving/sliding catch by E. Mallow from 2B into the outfield. Jim pitched a great game keeping OVOX batters off balance and in-check all game. For OVOX Evan Rosenthal hit a solo hr and T. Smith was on base all day. On to game 2 against Dimarco.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 10 – ACE (Dimarco) 5

Shore Smile (Team Lombardi) started the game with the top producing again with hits from Troiani, S.Blackburn, a Sac by Young, and then consecutive hits by Holmes, J.Lombardi, E.Mallow and Smalkin. Lombardi plated 3 runs but could have been more if not for a good play by ACE at 3B as Lombardi’s 4th run was crossing the plate (but not counted). Jim held the top of the order to no runs in the 1st. ACE scored 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd to tie the game at 3-3. Lombardi added 1 in the 4th only to be answered with 2 by ACE taking a 5-4 lead at the end of 4. Team Lombardi scored 2 in the top of the 5th to retake the lead and then went into shutdown mode allowing no runs in the next 5 innings. Lombardi tacked on 3 in the 8th and 1 more in the 9th to secure their 2nd victory of the day. Hitting was led by E.Mallow (3-3), S.Blackburn (3-4), and multi-hit games by Troiani, Holmes and P.Lombardi (with a bomb triple). The defense was sharp with the outfield tracking down all fly balls and Smalkin making a nice diving catch in RF, D. Mallow showing his speed chasing and tagging a runner out in a rundown and a S.Blackburn-E.Mallow double play that took ACE out of a possible big inning. Jim pitched another gem against one of the highest scoring teams in the league. For ACE, Saler was on base all day with 2 doubles and Klein had a couple of hits down 3rd. Next up is a hot Conti team, Wed night at UH.

 

Team We Don’t Really Do the Whole Defense Thing (Platinum Group) 17

v.

The Law firm of Turano-Ortiz-Turano (Tec-Tel) 16

Gotta be honest, I didn’t expect to be doxxed by captain Benji after week one. Wouldn’t have minded staying anon for another few weeks, but hey that’s life in the big leagues I guess (live look at Cowboy Mike reading my write-up last week). 

We would have to play this defensive clinic without Javy and Ben again as they both seem to have this whole work thing regularly I guess. When I pulled up at 8:30 it looked as though team Pingaro had already taken 2 rounds of BP, stretched, thrown, stretched again, and sang Kumbaya. Meanwhile, I was happy to see our team really take the whole warm up thing seriously once 8:55 rolled around. We would have an ELECTRIC team huddle and our band of gold glovers were ready to take the field.

All told, I am starting to see some confidence in our team being instilled as we develop our identity of letting the other team score double digit runs in the first. Nothing but credit to team Pingaro who hit the snot out of the ball in the first inning and dropped 11 runs right on our faces. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the 4 extra outs (2 of them from me) we gave them however.

11-0 headed to bottom 1, right where we want ‘em. We would start to chip away- one run in each of the first 4 innings (shout out KD and KP on the homeruns- I may just hire someone to call Dunleavy slow before each at-bat from now on). Still down 10 after 4.

In the fifth we would put up a 4 spot highlighted by doubles from KP and KD again. However these pale in comparison AK45’s TRIPLE- boy was it a treat watching that gazelle gallop around those bases. In the sixth, we would put up 5 more with a rally started by the boys at the bottom again.

Down 4 headed to bottom 8. AK45 would start ANOTHER rally with a bases empty single. He, KD, and myself would all score after three consecutive singles.

We would be able to hold Team Pingaro scoreless in the top of the ninth, coming to the plate with a chance to extend the game. Gio (I literally have no clue how to pronounce his last name) would lead us off with a big time single. The only problem with Gio is keeping his emotions under control, my man is WAY too excitable. This would set up big daddy Lenny for the most clutch hit of the game- a MONSTER double to tie things up.

It would seem from here that someone at Buffalo WIld Wings hit the extra innings button as we would not be able to advance Lenny one base and went down 1,2,3. Just making it interesting.

Us defensive geniuses were able to hold the middle of Team Pingaro’s lineup scoreless in the top of the tenth (bless up). We would head to the bottom of the tenth needing only one. Yep, you guessed it, AK45 would start us up with a hit. Steve Weis would pinch run and go first to third on a KD single. Now a chance to win the game, infield and outfield in, your boy would hit a TOWERING fly ball to deep... shortstop, only to be bailed out by Steve tagging up and scoring. Walk-off sac fly in the books I guess.

While I like to joke around about our team’s defensive prowess and general morale, we do have some absolute BALLERS at the plate and showed tremendous resolve to not get down after a 10 run first inning against a GREAT team. Again, everyone contributed with at least one hit.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to try to inject electrolytes into every orifice of my body- playing this game after the second vaccine shot was not my brightest idea. 

 

P.s. Normally a walk-off of any kind would be my highlight, but getting a hug from Big Time Tommy after the game made me feel things I haven’t felt since my college graduation

P.p.s. looking forward to another NOVEL being written about us in the Pollock Power Rankings at the coveted 11 spot again #hihaterzzzzz

P.p.p.s. I don’t actually have any issue with the rankings at all and do agree with Cowboy Mike, there are a lot of Russell Westbrooks who get all up in their feels when any type of ranking/prediction comes out- it’s old man softball, it’s not that serious.

 

GAME CHANGER (POLZER) 18 vs EMM LOANS (LAPINE) 8

A slated 10:30am first pitch at a muggy Manalapan #2 was on tap for the boys in blue and white.  Team Game Changer started off slow over the first 3 innings as Becker had the off speed action working on his pitches with some nifty glove work to shut down the G/C offense.  However, this would not last long as team G/C would finally wake up in the top of the 4th plating 6 runs to take a 6-1 lead with the big blow coming from Danser on a base clearing double to bring home 3.  From there we would continue to build as we had 4 runs in the 5th and 8 in the 6th to take a commanding 18-3 lead. Team Lapine would not go quietly as they would come back with 5 of their own in the bottom of the 7th inning but it was a case of too little too late.  Shouts to G. Jaeger for slapping the ball all over the field and T. Caroll for making some sick picks at SS.    

 

For team Game Changer the recipe is simple:  hit & play smart defense - that is what we have continued to do throughout this 3 game win streak.  Paster 3-4, Murphy (the ageless wonder) 3-4, and the scalding hot Danser 3-4. The team chemistry/attitude is riding high but we all know this is Marlboro softball and anything / everything WILL happen.  The one constant is nothing can be taken for granted.  We will need all hands on deck as we take the show to Middle for a showdown with the Pollock crew.       

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12TH

 

Benny’s Pre-pubescent Boy Toys (Platinum Group) 16

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The Greatest 2-3 Team in Marlboro Softball History (IMN) 8

By Evan Binder:


I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at all nervous writing my first ever recap here. Between the poignant references to 1969, the absolutely ELECTRIC storylines surrounding team bench choices, and grammatical genius of Cowboy Mike Ferarerarese, I have some big shoes to fill.

 

That said, this Wednesday night game got off to a disconcerting start when captain Benji AND Javy both unexpectedly got called into work at the last minute. Between this and the Panassidis having the worst case of allergies these two eyes have ever seen, it looked as though it was going to be a grind for team Boy Band the entire night.

 

To my surprise, we employed a new strategy in the first inning of only allowing 2 runs to score. I think this is a good game plan going forward, especially when juxtaposed against last week when Mike Conti’s jacked up smelling salts squad put up a 10 spot on us in the first (by the way, big miss on a sponsorship opportunity there with NJ Salt).

 

Anyway, we responded in the bottom of the first with a 4 spot highlighted by a Jeff Goldrosen yabo (by the way this guy fucks in case you haven’t seen his number). We held the defending champs scoreless in the top of the second and came back with a 5 spot in the bottom half, started by 3 majestic singles from Allen Binder, Tommy Sexiestassintheleague, and Andy Kessler. The inning was capped off by Kyle Dunleavy and Jeff Goldrosen doubles which gave the completely clean shaven crew a 9-2 lead headed to the third inning.

 

The middle of the game was pretty quiet, all things considered. I did enjoy Andy re-inventing analytics by walking the bottom of the order to face the top, only to have FOUR strikeouts. AK45 looked like a goddamn majestic wildebeest mowing them down out there. 

 

The game was relatively non-eventful from here until the ninth inning. Kyle Dunleavy caught a fly ball deep in the left-center gap as Allen Binder bellowed from the mountain tops that the ball was WAY over his head. Tremendous team work, boys. KP chimed in with some family-friendly banter throughout the inning centered around fresh broccoli and intra-family activities. Team Steinberg went on to have a 2 out rally and put up 3, but ultimately came up short. Not to be too lovey-dovey here, but Team Steinberg is so much better than their record indicates. The Levine brothers are the most under-rated picks in the league DO. NOT. @ ME., Lambo pounds the zone, Evan knows how to move guys around and get the most out of them, oh and by the way they have the best middle infield in the league.

 

A few big offensive nights for team Kessler: Evan Binder was 3-4 and educated Dunleavy on what a push-pop is (the :33 mark of this video really gets into it). The aforementioned Elon Musk fanboy himself had a big night going 5-5 (kinda) with a shit ton of RBI and runs (don’t really remember how many, who cares it’s old man softball). Steve Weis was a #lowkey stud looking like Francisco motherfucking Lindor (defensively) at shortstop, then adding 3 hits including a double. 

 

All around great team win as everyone had at least one hit and contributed to the 16 run offensive bukake. We’ll have our work cut out next week against Patty Pingaro and his undefeated juggernaut. All I know is no one is allowed to grow a beard again this season.

 

RUNS SCORED WITH: 2

RUNS SCORED WITHOUT: 16

 

Jiffy Lube (Goldfarb) 13  EMM Loans (Lapine) 12

Looking for their first win of the year Jiffy Lube would be facing a tough lineup in Team Lapine.  Though 0-4 Jiffy Lube remained upbeat and confident on this Wednesday night at UHR.  Team Lapine would quickly put men on base in the top of first but Team Goldfarb would escape with allowing just 1 run and with 2 of their own in the bottom of the 1st (Sean Grant 2 out bases loaded single) would lead 2-1 after one full inning.  The odd innings seemed to be the scoring innings as Team Lapine would score 3 in both the 3rd and 5th innings and led 7-2 after 4 ½ innings.  Team Goldfarb would score 2 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to cut the lead to 1.  Onto the 7th (odd inning) saw Team Lapine plate 3 in the top half but Team Goldfarb would not quit and put up 3 of their own in the bottom half of the inning.  Trailing by 1 going to bottom of the 8th Joey Pargament would lead off with a long triple putting the tying run on 3rd.  Lou Salerno would tie the game with a sac fly.  Darren Drapkin and RG would single and after a FC the captain would also single to load the bases.  Joe Peragine would step to the plate and  promptly single to drive in 2 giving Team Goldfarb a 12-10 lead heading to the 9th.  As all us math majors know 9 is an odd number and Team Lapine would tie the game with hits by Jesse Fishman and Steve Wallenstein.  Move to the 9th where Nick DiNapoli led off with a single and took 2B on a bobble by the OF.  After an intentional walk to Rob Corde, Alex hit a long fly to RCF moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd and after another intentional walk up stepped the Joey Pargament again and he quickly delivered the game winning line drive single.  Team Lapine may have loved the odd innings tonight but Team Goldfarb fought back scoring 11 runs in the last 5 innings.  Team Goldfarb was led offensively by the Joe’s (Peragine and Pargament) with 3 hits each 5 total RBIs.  Also chipping in with 3 hits were Andy Pargament, Nick D, Ryan Grant and Guy Goldfarb (not a misprint).  Sean Grant and Lou Salerno had 2 hits each.  Darren pitched a good game and the defense was pretty solid led by, yes, Joey Pargament at SS.  Team Lapine who had 22 hits were led by Tom Carroll’s 5-5 night (who was fighting thru cramps all night) and 3 hits apiece for Mike Kleschinsky, Phil Getz, Gary Jaeger and Steve Wallenstein.  On the defensive side for Team Lapine Tom Carroll ate up everything at SS and Gary Jaeger pitched really nice in relief of the vacationing Eric Becker (hope you caught some big fish).  Up next for Jiffy Lube will be Team Salt this Sunday on Municipal.  Does anybody know the times that the tram operates and will take us to the field from the parking lot.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 9TH

 

The Excitable Applebaums (OVOX) 7

Versing

Body By Mike Kleshinsky (EMM Loans) 6

 

Some captains get their teams because they hang the fence on Wednesday Nights, work on the fields, or start a podcast. I was granted a team because I bring two things; sexy jerseys and recaps. This season has so far fallen short on both. I’ll admit that the “We Are Family” Pirates jerseys are not my best work and well… you have to actually win a game to be able to write a recap. I will say our jerseys are not the worst as I was unfortunately not present at the 1987 Kid ‘N Play concert where they were giving out the Team Pollock jerseys. Back to the action… After a rough 0-4 start, Team OVOX made some defensive changes that seemed to click. Was this based on the advice of Fred Lugoz you ask? Yes, I took some of his ideas and you know what… you can add me to the list of 5 people in this league that don’t hate his guts. Furthermore, some people asked if I was upset by his comments about my team on the Podcast. That answer is a definite no. What I do find upsetting is the people that gobble up all the blogs and podcasts etc yet can’t deal with any criticism towards their own team or play. You can’t predict someone to win without predicting the other team to lose. There are no participation prizes. We are all middle-aged losers.

 

On to the game…the new look OVOX squad took the field with Evan Rosenthal flashing some leather at SS which helped to keep Lapine from blowing their early lead open wide. Lapine held a lead for the entire game, but double plays and some nice snags by Juska and Steve Toran (who dove about 30 seconds after he made the catch and we were already off the field, but it was pretty breathtaking) kept us out of a few bases-loaded situations. In one controversial play, Tom Carroll hit a rocket down the line that hit off the ass of Fishman at 1B. As he was still on the bag, it was deemed in play and moved the runners along. While we went back and forth on the call and pulled up the following clip for guidance, Chase could be heard from the outfield saying that he would take a hard shot on the ass off of Carroll any day of the week. hmmm

 

Back to the action… Down 6-0, Brock Hor helped us claw back with a 2 run single in the 4th and we would not score again until the 7th fueled by RBI singles from Chase and Brock and an RBI BB from Apple.

 

Bottom 8th, down one run… Steve Toran leads off with a base hit. Wayne Sherman with the tying run on 1st hits a gapper to center and legged it out for a double. From a distance he resembled a svelte Willie Stargell and he was now at 2B with the win 120 feet away which is about 119 feet more than I want him running. So yeah, I got him a runner. Tom Smith singled and with 2 outs and 2 on, Juska singled to bring in the would-be winning run. Top 9, Lapine went down 1,2,3 for probably the only inning of the game.

 

For Lapine, Getz was a hit machine, but Denny will mark them all as errors to keep his 6 rating while Wallenstein spent the day trying to ruin my modeling career going up the middle. For OVOX, Juska has been a steal as a 2 collecting 3 hits while Wayne, Brock, and Toran has multi-hit games. As a franchise, OVOX now has its 2nd win (thanks to the valiant efforts of Schef last year) and we look to keep it rolling next week against Marrone refugees (Blackburns) and the Lombardi boys.

 

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 6 – IMN (Steinberg) 5
Shore Smile (Team Lombardi) squared off against IMN (Team Steinberg) at UHR. This game was all about pitching and defense. After shutting down IMN 1-2-3 in the top of the 1st, Team Lombardi jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a walk and some timely hitting by Troiani, S. Blackburn, Young, E. Mallow and Smalkin. In the 2nd Team Lombardi held IMN to another goose egg while adding 3 more runs with hits from Lurie, D. Mallow, Tyson, Troiani and a sac fly by S. Blackburn. Lamberson was able to settle in after the 2nd inning and held Team Lombardi the rest of the way giving up no additional runs (although it would prove later that 6 was all Lombardi would need to secure a win). IMN put up 1 in the 4th, 1 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th bringing it to a 6-5 game at the end of the 7th. Both teams were held in check in the 8th and then the game got interesting. The top of the 9th IMN had their 13 then top of the order up trailing by only 1 run. The 1st batter got a single. 1 on and no outs with their leadoff hitter up. Jim buckled down and got him to pop out to RCF. The next batter got a hit. With runners on 1st and 2nd, 1 out and IMN’s #3 and 4 hitter up is wasn’t looking good but Jim was able to get the next batter to pop up down the 3rd base line where Lurie made a spectacular running over-the-head basket catch for the 2nd out. The next batter flied out to the RCF and Team Lombardi got the win. Although not much hitting on the day, Team Lombardi was lead by S. Blackburn, Smalkin and D. Mallow with a multi-hit game. Jim pitched a great game keeping IMN off balance and in-check all game. For IMN, Lamberson was solid on the mound making it tough for Team Lombardi all game.  Next up is a double header against Ferrarese and DiMarco.

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 16 def ACE (Dimarco) 15

In a high scoring affair for UHL – team Game Changer hung on for the victory over a loaded Ace Squad.  The pregame hype had this game pegged as a potential HR derby but it turned out to be a very played back and forth contest.  After giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st – G/C came back with 4 of their own to take a 4-2 lead.  A Saler bomb in the 3rd would tie the score at 6.  Each team would have their share at holding the lead as the back and forth continued.  G/C could have found themselves in a deeper hole if it were not for a fantastic line drive snag by Thompson on a ball which was sure to roll down the right field line.  The hitting for Game Changer would continue to produce scoring opportunities as we fought to stay with striking distance.  ACE took the lead in the top of the 8th to go up 15-13.  G/C would not be intimidated as we scored 3 in the inning capped off by a Buckley 2 out, 2 rbi single to give G/C the lead for good.  Specchio, Turner, and Danser continued to stay hot as they each had 4 hits a piece while Buckley and Murph chipped in 4 hits and 5 walks between the two of them.  Game Changer will continue to stay hot as we face a tough Lapine team late at Manalapan #2.   

 

GASTRO (Pollock) 19 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 7

After sharing practices with the Salt squad on several occasions, both teams knew they had to defeat a talented group (and top defensive SS's) to avoid a dreaded 1-3 start. The problem in the early going for Team Gastro has been putting up early runs, especially when we have been the visiting team. That was not the case today, as Team Pollock put up 4 runs in the first inning and 11 in the first three to take an early 11-1 lead. Credit to Marrone's squad though as they put up 5 runs to narrow the lead, before Gastro's defense tightened up again en route to the 19-7 win. The offensive outburst for Team Pollock will likely do little to quiet the weekly naysayers, and that's fine by us. Gastro's defense has carried this squad so far, and it was nice to play our most well-rounded game, against a team that is much better than their record indicates. Offensively, Gastro got team-leading and slump-breaking performances from Glen Roland and Schwag, who had 3 clutch hits each. Mitch Pollock stayed hot with two more doubles, while big bro Matt, Martino, Larry Rubin, and Rob Rozencwaig also had multi-hit games. For Salt, Mike Caputo surprised no one with a couple of extra base hits, while Amadeo also had a couple of hits and played a solid OF. Next up for Gastro on their tour of Monmouth county fields is an unsurprisingly good (at least to us) Team Harris in an early Manalapan game.

 

SALS (Seinberg) 21 – JIFFY (Goldfarb) 6
A Mothers' Day affair in Manalapan got captain Scott excited as the Manalapan Rec was the site for many of his younger athletic accomplishments. (Many is a generous word) Playing without stud SS and heart of the team Darren Kay, it was important to jump out to an early lead. Getting the first at bat for the first time this season, the Pizza Men took advantage, scoring 5 runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a Fradkin homer. (Get used to reading this). In the second inning, Justin Krauss led off with a single, followed by a Pat Brock Double (Part of a 4 hit day). Goldy (or maybe DiNapoli) decided to walk Ed, loading the bases for the Captain, who would deliver on the first pitch crushing a grand slam over the left field wall. (It was so majestic, I made Ed run the bases so I can trot and touch em all, dick move on my part, but I was having fun. You hit a grand slam, you choose if you want to run or not. Did I mention it was Majestic?) 9-0 good guys after 2. Goldy responded with 4 in the bottom of the frame, but a Pat Brock triple and Fradkin sac fly would extend the Pizza lead. Fast forward to the 6th where the same exact situation as the first inning came around. Again they walk Ed to pitch to Scotty Pods with the bases loaded. Seeking his second grand slam of the game, his eyes got too big and would settle for a Sac fly. Collis and Meyer with RBI hits after that and more runs on the board for Sal's. Fast forward to the 8th and after another Fradkin homer, the Dough Boys put up 6 to secure the 15 run lead and end the game after 8 innings. Hitting stars were Pat Brock, 4/5 with 2 doubles and a triple, Fradkin with 2 homers and 5 RBI, the Captain with the Grand Slam and 5 RBI, Collis with a 3 hit game, a homer shy of the cycle, Meyer with 3 hits and Russ the ageless Krauss with 4 hits. All together, a 27 hit, 21 run game and a 4-0 start. For Goldy, DiNapoli and Drapkin battled through injuries and Reid was on base all day. Lou had a great game at third and at the plate. This Rookie captain is still upset over the loss of DK, but thrilled his team rallied around it for a big win. Up next a battle with 20-2 prediction Wallman at UH. 

 

LJK (Harris) 12 – SPS (Wallman) 11
Full disclosure- the game of the week grudge matches/rivalries was not a Picasso.  For starters Team Projected 20-2 was missing ace Clamp.  Then in the 4th inning Team Bobito ace Mike Cy-del got hit in the face with a wicked up the middle smash that careened off the front pitching rubber at back of the middle school.  Mike was attended to by Marlboro's finest and EMT- and happy to report he is doing well in spite of a nasty cut above his eye.  But now both teams had to manage without their star pitchers.  For Team Bobito  former Rutgers stud pitcher Noel Gluck had to come in cold and did a phenomenal job in tough circumstances. Likewise Dan Jr - after a rocky start settled down and held The Big Red Machine to zero runs from the 4th inning on. Both pitchers closed the kitchen up the middle.  Cant say the same for the rest of their respective defenses as both teams gave away runs.  And it was a tale of two games - the first 4 innings belonged to the Bobitians and the last 5 innings belonged to Team Toddly.  The Wallmans jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first- however The Big Red Machine led by that man again- Wags- plating two with a bases loaded single - followed by a Schef single to plate a couple of more runs.. By the time the smoke cleared 6 runs had scored.  2 in the fourth and 4 more in the 4th - highlighted by a Schef triple over Fredericks head (on an ill advised squeeze of Schef) to raise the lead to 12 to 3.  Had Schef not been held together with chewing gum and duct tape it would have been a home run and a 13 to 3 lead. In fact should have been a home run but for the duct tape. That said-  it puts Schef within 3 triples of leading the team and the league in triples. While the Team Bobito bats got stale - the Wallman bats kept chipping away going into the 9th inning.  It was still a comfortable 12-6 lead but within range. In the 9th,  a couple of hits , a couple of miscues , a walk, a couple more hits- and before you know it it was 12-11 with 2 outs and men on first and third. And here comes The Stat Man- DC- and the best 10 (or is it the best 11?- so confused with all The draft day Wallman deals)- strolling to the plate. I felt like saying "Byko right field"- but let it go.  And glad I did- as DC smoked one up the middle , slicing it toward RCF - and out of nowhere came Byko laying full out to rob DC of the game tying hit.  Credit to The Wallmans for staging a comeback and having to go without their ace.  Similarly , credit to The Bobitans as well. A gritty win- in a game that easily could have slipped away- especially after watching their pitcher get whacked in the face. I have no doubt- it is possible- these two teams could be playing more than just the remaining regular season game. Two really good teams.  Kudos to Noel for going 3 for 4 , scoring two runs , and saving our ass with a stellar "save" on the mound- also to Byko who was flying all over the field today- not just that last out- as well as going 2 for 3 , a walk , and 3 runs scored.  Schef, Kush , Wags, and Gary Cohen all chipped in with 2 hits each.  For The Wallmans- aside from Juniors admirable pitching and his multiple hits- Beja and Pudge hit the ball hard and had multiple hits as well.  Close out division play with The Flying Pollacks next week.  Always a competitive game between these two teams.

 

Tec-Tel 16 - Princeton Brain and Spine 15  in 10 innings

A cool and crisp Mother’s Day morning had the wind blowing out at Mar El as Tec-Tel looked to make it 4 straight wins to open the season.  Rookie Captain Goddard had his team ready to go as they came out swinging, plating 3 in the top of the first to set up what would be an Ali-Frazier type battle.  In the bottom of the frame, Pingaros crew would respond with a 4 spot highlighted by an Anthony Turano 2 run single.  Tied at 4 in the 3rd, Nick Turano would rocket a laser to left center field for a 3 run homer and the technical fellas would go up 7-4.  The teams traded blows over the next several innings when a 5 run 8th for the Brain and Spine boys could have sent Tec-Tel to the canvas for good grabbing a 15-12 lead.  However, a resilient Pingaro team got up off the deck and countered.  After Gene drew a bases loaded walk and Captain Pings roped a 2 run single in their half of the 8th, the game was knotted at 15.  In the top of the 10th, a scrappy Goddard squad had first and second, one out, with the heart of the order coming up. The rally would be short circuited as JJ and Nick would make back to back plays to snare a pair of line drives ticketed for hits and Tec-Tel would get out of the jam unscathed.  With two outs in the bottom of the 10th, AJ would double and Anthony issued a free pass.  Captain Pings summoned the worst 6th round pick in the league to pinch run at second base, as Sea Biscuit Gene came to the plate. First pitch swinging, the tall fella roped a missile down the left field line for a run scoring hit that would have plated Marty Beilis with the game winning run and a walk off winner for Tec-Tel, 16-15.   3 hits, 4RBI and a homer for Nick Turano to pace the offense while Anthony, Intoci, AJ, Gene and Malagold all had multi hit days to help lead the way. For Princeton, Santigate will be a stud for years to come in this league mashing 5 hits including a homer. Cruz had a long dinger to right, while Rauch and Jacobs both had bomb triples for what is arguably one of the deepest lineups in the league.  Next Up, the Kessler family back at Mar El.

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 20 – PLATINUM (Kessler) 2

The Municipal center set the stage for a Mother's Day battle where team Conti squared off against team Kessler.  The Platinum Group (team Kessler), jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Carpenters immediately struck back with 2 of their own highlighted by a Billy Ferro double.  Jump to the 3rd inning where team Conti erupted for a 9 run inning where the entire lineup seemed to smash the ball all over the field.  Team Conti kept the pedal to the floor over the next few innings as they would continue to rake and tack on runs.  Greg (don't call them meatballs) Deluise continued to pitch brilliantly behind a solid Conti defense and only allowed 2 runs to a solid Kessler squad and solidified the mercy win.  The offensive onslaught was led by their pitcher Greg with a 4-5 day (2 doubles!).  The captain Conti, the commish, Pauly Mamone and Nichols had big 3 hit games while Alfieri, Rhine, Arolick had multi-hit games.  The bottom of the Conti order cannot be overlooked as they seemed to spark every big inning with timely walks.  On the losing side, KP seemed to be on base all day and didn't look a day over 35 snagging balls in the outfield.  Team Conti will look to make it 3 (maybe 4) in a row as they have a tough double header on the schedule going up against Drashinsky and Goddard next week.

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SUNDAY, MAY 2ND

 

SENTINEL (Wallman) 17 JIFFY LUBE (Goldfarb) 14 

After a sloppy game 1 loss to Mayronie, SPS came out game 2 looking to tighten the defense. 

The pre-game speech did not seem to have been heard as a couple 1st inning errors led to 4 Goldfarb runs.  Team TW cut the lead in half in the bottom of the inning behind a Dan Jr. walk followed by Lugos and Clamp hits.  More sloppy defense in the top of the 3rd led to 3 more Goldy runs and a 7 to 2 lead.  With 2 outs and nobody on in the bottom of the frame DC ignited a rally with a walk that was followed by 6 straight hits and 5 runs to tie the game at 7s.  Captain TW got another big rally going in the 4th inning with a leadoff hit that was followed by hits from Dan Sr, Turtz, DC, Jr, Lugos, Tony and Clamp and SPS now held an 11 to 7 lead.  Goldy would get 1 back in the 6th but SPS responded again when Pat Harris, Turtz and Ralphy started the inning with consecutive hits and the top guys all hit to plate 6 and give TW a commanding 17 to 8 lead.  Goldy would make it game by putting up 2 in the 7th and 4 in the 8th behind a Corde 3 run blast.  SPS locked down the D in the 9th and held on by an ass hair for the win.  Clamp was great on the mound and Captain TW played terrific in LF.  A lot of hitting stars on the day including Lugos who was 4 for 4 (8 on 8 for the day) and Monday more miserable than usual. BAFFLING!!!!!!   Clamp, Jr, TW, Tony and Beja each had 3 hits.  Next up Pop Pop Harris and crew at Coors Middle.

InterCounty Mortgage (Steinberg) 18 over EMM Loans (Lapine) 9. The 2021 version of Team Steinberg showed up to Mar El to witness the end of a great DiMarco vs. Lapine game before the 1st game of our Day/night DH. We were witness to Lapine’s Impressive extra innings win over an Undefeated DiMarco Squad in walk off fashion. So Lapine already had momentum on their side. Fortunately Team IMN and Lambo were able to hold the potent bats at the top of EMM Loans lineup to 1 run in the top of the 1st. Then we were able to take the lead as Eric and Richie both singled and scored which seemed to be a theme on this day. Actually it was 5 hits in a row and we go up 2-1. Fast Forward to the bottom of the 2nd and 3rd and the Team Steinberg bats explode with 5 runs each inning to take a 12-2 lead going to the 4th. Josh Levine had a beautiful triple to RCF in the 2nd. Lapine got 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 7th to get to 13-7 but that’s as close as they got as the final was 18-9. Hitting stars were a plenty for Team Steinberg as Richie went 5/5 scoring 3 times and 2rbi. Eric was 4/5 with 2 runs ad 4rbis as well.  That’s a nice 1 2 punch for sure. The Levine brothers each had 3 hits a piece (Josh 1b,2b,3b) to help pace this 27 hit attack. Cotter and Tilker were on base with multiple hits as usual and Lambo and Evan had 2 hits as well. Lambo pitched great out of trouble multiple times. However the Golden Glove of this game goes to Bruce “ Welcome Back” Cotter. Bruce looked like the next coming of Graig Nettles gobbling up everything at 3B and making strong throws to Evan at 1st. For Team Lapine, Carroll hit a shot to right that is still going for a 2 run HR in the 9th. Team IMN also hopes Gary Jaeger feels better after he had to leave the game with an injury.

 

InterCounty Mortgage (Steinberg) 10 over OVOX (Ferrarese) 6. – Team IMN came back out to the fields after about a six hour break for the second game of our Day/Night DH vs. OVOX. The crowd was plentiful for this Sunday Night prime time affair but the late arrivals missed the highlight 1st inning for team IMN. With one out Eric and Richie go back to back with Bombs over the LF fence to start the game. Evan tried to make it 3 in a row but settled for a triple. A SAC fly later from Lambo and IMN took a 3-0 lead. OVOX scores 2 in the bottom of the first so Team Steinberg had to answer. Josh Levine who had a day today w 6 hits in the twin bill got on for the 1st of his 3 hits on the night. Balar who was clutch drove in Josh w single to right and we were back up by 3. The score was 7-4 going into the 9th when Team Steinberg had the middle of the order all get on. The Skip then unleashed our wheels as Joe, Eric and Richie all pinch ran and all scored for the insurance runs we needed. The final score was 10-6 as OVOX put up 2 in the 9th as well. Other multiple hit contributors were EVAN, BALAR, and Feingold. The story of this game though was the defense and pitching by LAMBO that was on display for the league to see. Eric and Richie made some really nice plays including a key DP. However the play of the game was MR. Cotter who fielded a grounder, ran to 3rd (man on 1st and 2nd) for the force out and then cocked his rifle of an arm and one hopped the ball to EVAN who held the bag for a huge inning ending double play.  After further review, the runner was out as this was a close call. HUGE Play in the game. It’s now 3 games in a row and each game we’ve given up less runs than the game before as we gel together as a defensive unit. We’ll need that D as we look forward to playing the undefeated Team Lombardi next week at UHR.

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 17 def Ovox (Ferrarese) 9 

After a tough loss in game 1 to team Lombardi - Game Changer looked to rebound against a Cowboy Mike led OVOX team on UHR (or so we thought - more to come on that later).  Game Changer would come out of the gate on fire with 8 straight singles and a quick 7-0 lead.  OVOX came back with a few of their own after a Chase Sandler bomb to narrow the lead.  

 As the clock struck noon we were greeted by Mr. Nice guy and former MMS player Chris Ryan who informed us that the little league game was to take place - permit in hand.  Both teams packed up and took the walk over to UHL to finish our game after the conclusion of the Wallman vs Goldfarb matchup.  Team Game Changer never looked back once play resumed.  Huge game at the plate for Murphy with 4 hits, Thompson with 4 hits,  and the old captain putting up 5 of his own.  All in all - solid all around defense and a 25 hit performance was more than enough to coast to the 17-9 victory. 

For OVOX - Loconte seemed to be on base all game and with the likes of Sandler, Juska, and Rosenthal this team is too good to be 0-4.  They will be a tough team to handle come playoff time.  Team Game Changer will look to build on this win as we take on a tough Dimarco team on UHL.    

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 11 – Game Changer (Polzer) 7

Game 2 Team Lombardi faced first year captain Polzer (Game Changer) at UHR.  Team Lombardi jumped out to a fast lead in the top of the 1st sending 10 batters to the plate scoring 5 runs. Game Changer put up 1 in the bottom of the 1st on a Paster HR.  Game Changer scored 1 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th to tie the game 5-5 at the end of 5. Team Lombardi’s bats went silent after their 1st inning assault, then in the top of the 7th exploded with another 5 run inning highlighted by a clutch bases loaded 2 out single by Tyson driving in 2 runs. Lombardi added 1 in the 8th holding an 11-5 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. Game Changer threatened scoring 2 runs, with no outs and 2 on base but Team Lombardi shut it down for a final score 11-7. Everyone had at least 1 hit in the 21-hit attack, with Holmes and P. Lombardi leading the way with 3 hits and multi-hit games by Troiani, Young, E.Mallow, Lurie and D.Mallow. The defense was strong again turning a couple of double plays between the Lurie-Blackburn-Mallow infield, the outfield gobbling everything up, Jim robbing a single on an up the middle laser and an incredible running-jumping-overhead catch at the fence by Smalkin in RF saving 2 runs.

For Game Changer, Polzer was tough on the mound and added a couple of hits and Murphy was on base all game with at least 3 hits.

Next up is a tough Team Steinberg at UHR.


SALS (Seidenberg) 15 – LJK (Harris) 8

After a 3-2 muddy win last Sunday night, the Pizza crew were anxious to get on a dry field Sunday morning. After a mis-measured mound by Captain Scott, Fradkin had trouble finding the plate in the top of the first inning. Several walks and timely hits by team Harris and the dough-boys found themselves in an early 4-0 hole. A 2 out Triple by the Captain followed by a Spann single cut the lead was down to 4-1. DK started off the second inning with a single, part of a 3-3 day, and timely hitting through the lineup would plate 2 in the bottom of the 2nd. 4 more would cross in the 3rd inning thanks to by back to back to back hits from Fradkin, Scott and Collis. Team Harris fought back and in the bottom of the 8th it was a 10-7 ball game. After back to back hits from Justin Krauss and Pat Brock, Bobito chose to walk Fradkin to load the bases for Scotty Pods, who would come through with a 2 run single, opening the flood gates for a 5 run inning as Sal's cruised to a 15-8 win and a 3-0 record. Game ball went to Darren Kay with an absolute monster game at shortstop stealing at least 3 hits from team Harris and another great day at the plate going 3-3. The Captain himself Seidenberg led the hitting attack with a 4-4 performance and multi hit games for Fradkin, Collis and the 2 Justins. For Harris, rookie Wagreich hit a monster triple over the right fielder and proved early he is not a 7th round pick. Welcome back Kush who played solid at 3rd and Strike Seidel was around the plate all game with just 1 walk not including the intentional passes. Up next for the Pizza men, a matchup in Manalapan against Goldfarb. 

 

CAFIERO (Conti) 11 – LHRGC (Larocca) 7
After suffering a tough loss to team Pingaro to begin the season, team Conti looked to get into the win column against a very tough team LaRocca.  Things would get started early for the Carpenters as they plated 3 runs in the first inning, highlighted by a captain Conti triple.  The 2 teams would trade runs over the next few innings, until team Conti would put up a 4 spot in the 4th inning with some nice hitting from the top of the Conti lineup.  In the 6th inning, team LaRocca would threaten to come back as rookie Santamorita hit a ball into orbit for a 2 run homer. (had 2 on the day - his second has yet to land).  In the 7th inning, team LaRocca would again threaten with runners on base, but would be shut down by the stellar defense of Matt Rhine, turning a beautiful double play.  Billy Ferro would put the nail in the coffin in the 8th inning with a laser triple into the woods.  Greg Deluise pitched another brilliant performance behind his defense only walking 1 batter on the day.   The aforementioned Rhine was lights out at the hot corner.  For the offense, the team was led by the captain with a 3-4 day. Multi-hit games were also had by Alfieri, Ferro, Deluise, the Commish and Klein.  On the losing side, hats off to JZ and captain Frank who seemed to be on base all morning, and to Santamorita with his 2 bombs.  Team Unda Hand looks to start a win streak when they face off against another rookie captain Kessler at Municipal.

 

 

LJK (Harris) 14 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 6
After an opening game loss to Team Seidenberg (look out league DK is Back!!!!- he played brilliantly) Team Bobito handed Team Marrone its second loss of the season - after Mayronie secured his first win of the year against the preseason faves Team Wallman . We wont know until teams start playing outside their division- but it is the opinion of this author that The Central Division is the toughest division. What a gauntlet of games. Back to the action in game 2-  Team Mayronie jumped to an early 2-0 lead  - but The Bobitians came back in the bottom of the third with 5 runs when the Tritto Boyz doubled and singled to lead off the inning. After a walk, the Big Three went to work- JB , JC , and  ROY candidate Wags (4 for 5- 2 runs, and an rbi ,and his fourth triple of the year) all singled to bring in the tying and go ahead runs.  From there Mikey Cy-del kept pumping strikes- and the defense took care of the rest.  It also didnt hurt that we played at Swim Club and two Caputo bombs were caught at the fence (at UH they were no doubters). One more in the 4th , three in the 5th and 4 in the 7th extended the lead to 13 -4 before a couple of late runs in the 8th and 9th made for the final 14-6.  Aside from the aforementioned Wags- Schef was 4 for 5 against his BFF Marrone and JC 2 for 3 two doubles, 2 runs , and two Rbis before he had to leave early.  For The Mayronies Amadeo I think was 3 for 4- all classic up the middle missiles.  Next up a much anticipated battle with Team Wallman where Schef gets to say hello to Freddie and JC gets to say hello to a cast of a 1000 YITS.

 

Tec Tel (Pingaro) 15 - Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky)  

After last weeks rain washed out the schedule Team Tec Tel was set for a double dip with game 1 at the ever popular Municipal field against Monmouth Spine. Trailing 3-2 in the top of the 4th, Team Pings would put up a 4 spot to take a lead they would never relinquish.  4 in the 5th, and 4 more in the 7th would put the game out of reach as the boys in navy and Vegas gold would go on for the 15-8 victory.  The Turano brothers, who would go on to have monster days overall, combined for 6 hits, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. Rookie AJ Ortiz had 3, including a pair of doubles, while Jay Rosenthal also had 3 to pace the offense. Dave Malagold and Joe Lee had each collected a couple of knocks as everyone in the 13 man lineup had at least 1. Defensively, although spotty at times, Team Pingaro was stingy behind AJ, shutting down multiple rallies when it mattered most. A young and scrappy Drashinsky team got solid contributions from the newbie Rabinowitz as well as Papa Dave who both swung the bat well with a pair of hits in defeat.  The Judge and his crew were up next at East Francis in Game 2.

 

 

Tec Tel 12 (Pingaro) - LHRGC (LaRocca) 0 

Despite winning 15-8 in game 1, Coach Pingaro addressed the boys and asked for a better defensive effort as we took the field against one of the leagues pre-season darlings  in Team Larocca for game 2 of the doubleheader.  A low scoring battle had Tec Tel holding 3-0 through 4 as the middle infield defense was outstanding from the outset.  3 more in the 6th highlighted by an Anthony Turano 2 run single gave Team Pings some breathing room at 6-0.  In the 8th, with 2 out and nobody on, Jay Rosenthal drew a walk and the flood gates would open.  7 batters later, 6 more had scored after Gene and the Captain both had 2 run singles to open the lead to 12 and the eventual 12-0 final.  3 hits each for both Nick and Anthony, while and Intoci and Gene had a pair to lead the way.  The story in this one however was pitching and defense. “The Reach” AJ Ortiz, is quickly becoming a household name as he mixed pitches and was flat out ridiculous snaring everything through the box.  Anthony Turano and Intoci were excellent up the middle turning multiple double plays, a few of which were started by the first year pitcher. In the end, Coach Pingaro got his point across and the team responded accordingly with a terrific defensive effort to keep the big bats of LHRGC off the scoreboard and move to 3-0 on the young season.  Shiff and RC had multi-hit games for Team Larocca, and the young Podos showed off his laser arm with a great throw to nail a runner at the plate.  Next up, Goddard at Mar El as Tec Tel anxiously awaits the updated Pollock rankings.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 16 – SPS (Wallman) 6
As I sit here thinking of how to recap this game I can’t help but be distracted by the shitshow performance we showed in Game 2 of our double-header, however, I am not doing that write-up so I’ll push through and talk shit for a paragraph or two and move on with my day.

You know it’s going to be a good day when the opposing team, favored to win more games this year than they play, walks a runner into scoring position ON PURPOSE in the top of the first and chooses to pitch to Doc Silverberg instead of a Rook (btw, the Rookie in question IS scary good). That being said the strategy almost worked, but after Doc moved the runners over, Austin drove in 2 for an early lead for Team Salt. Glen was in mid-season form showing the knuckleball to the batter in an attempt to crush their spirit and make them quit. Nothing happened in the second inning. In the Top of the third an error and a single by the Son-in-Law Andrew Amadeo (he should drop the Andrew and just go by Amadeo, like Ronaldo or Prince) set up Mike “Trout” Caputo who laced an RBI double to left and was followed by the second best Dave on the team who crushed a follow-up double to give Salt a 6-1 lead. The fourth was productive as it contained a Dylan Dynov double and Holden Silverberg single which resulted in a Salty 7-1 lead and we were COASTIN’…or so we thought. Team Wallman scored some runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, not sure how, probably on errors and stuff, lol and the score was 7-5 after four (yes, all this reading and we are only in the Fourth inning). Top 5 and New Ball Time (future-ly referenced as NBT) and 3 more runs followed by 3 in the 6th gave Team Salt a 13-5 advantage as the innings faded away. A 7th inning bomb from Caputo and 2 more hits from the Holden-Dylan duo, who were 8 for 8 in the game and the final score would be set…oh, the other team scored one more run somewhere in there too. Final tally, pre-season championship favorites 6, team predicted to win half as many games 16.

In all seriousness, Team Wallman is very good and their line-up is stacked, great game fellas. Huge shout-out to Amadeo, Caputo, Doc, Austin, Holden, Dylan and Zack ALL with multi-hit games. The real hero, of course, is this writer who made ALL 27 outs and “bared the cross” for his team…wait, is it bared or beared, whatever.

 

GASTRO (Pollock) 7 – JIFFY LUBE (Goldfarb) 6

Hot and cold starts as the season begins are always exaggerated. That said, after a really tough loss Sunday night, this morning's game felt like a "must win game" for Team Pollock. And thanks in part to this author, things weren't looking good for the Brick-wallers, as the first two Goldfarb batters reached on walks, and then after a couple of hits, a botched play, and another controversial umpiring call, Gastro was down 5 and faced a start as ugly as our jerseys. With the bats still a bit cold and facing a crafty Drapkin on the mound, Gastro knew they needed to chip away and take advantage of opportunities. Fortunately the pitching and defense settled in for Team Pollock and the score was 5-2 heading into the bottom of the 6th inning. That's when, after a lead off out, the top 4 batters for Gastro of Ocean reached base and helped them tie the score and re-energize the team. A resilient Goldfarb squad answered back with a run of their own in the 7th and Team Pollock tied things up in the bottom of the 8th, setting up the 9th. The Pollock defense held firm in the top of the 9th, while a Jiffy Lube infield error helped Gastro start a rally keyed by a big hit from Val and a game-winning single from Jordan Krant, after the bases were walked loaded. The Gastro squad and Ken Glazier all exhaled and enjoyed a much needed victory. Kudos to MVP finalist Pergaine, R. Corde and A. Goldfarb, who all had big hits, and for Drapkin for doing what he normally does, pitching and fielding well. For Team Pollock, Mitch Pollock stayed hot with another 3 hits and two doubles, while Jordan Krant broke out of his mini-slump with 3 of his own. Larry Rubin and, of course, Val (another great day at 3B) also had multi-hit games. Next up for Gastro of Ocean is a really good Team Marrone. 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 18TH – OPENING DAY

 

SENTINEL (Wallman) 6 - GASTRO (Pollock) 2

The Pollock rule of allowing the home team to select their dugout was instituted after a small Fib prior to the finals several years ago. The 2021 began with a Pollock player testing that rule when they demanded Team Wallman move dugouts as Gastro was home team and wanted the 3rd base side.  Gastro was not home team and was forced to park their gear on the 1B side to officially begin the season.  Full sized SS Tony who was asked to move and fired up from the request made a dazzling play in the top of 1st for SPS but the runner beat the ball however Captain Wallman and crew got out of the inning unscathed.  With 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st a Cy Clamp single followed up a Tony double to give SPS a 1 run lead.  The next inning a Dan Jr walk was followed by hits from TW, Dan Sr and Pat Harris to give Wallman a 3 to 0 lead. 2 more runs in the next inning behind Beja, Clamp and Mat M hits and SPS had a comfy 5 to 0 in the bottom of 3rd.  SPS would only add 1 more run for the day but it was enough to get their first victory of the season as Gastro would add 2 runs over 2 innings for a 6 to2 final.  Defense led the way for SPS as Clamp, Tony and Dan Jr played terrific up the middle.  Offensively Clamp, Dan Sr and Pat Harris led the way with 2 hits apiece.  Next up Goldfarb at UHR.

 

Game Changer (Polzer) 11 - IMN (Steinberg) 10

     As the saying goes "To be the best you have to beat the best".  This proved to be the case as the Game Changer squad drew the 2020 defending Marlboro softball champs to kick off opening day 2021.  G/C started off hot as we plated 4 runs in the first 2 innings.  After a fabulous relay from RF nailed Joraskie on a close call at the plate - bandana wearing Pezz held onto the ball to make a fantastic play.  G/C and IMN would trade runs back and forth the next few innings.  We knew the bats of IMN would not go quietly (how could you think otherwise with the Bomenblit duo, Joraskie, and the captain himself??)  However, it was Mr. Welcome back Cotter with a huge blast over the outfielder's head to plate additional runs for team IMN.

     We move to the bottom of the 8th inning down 2.  After 1 quick out, Miranda singles, Polz grounds out.....2 outs and 1 man on - up comes Mr. Game Changer himself Paster.  Surely you can't give him anything to hit right....it wouldn't matter as Paster would deliver a bomb into the trees trying the game at 10.  The IMN team  was held scoreless in the top of the 9th to setup the potential walk off win.  Leading off the 9th - Rick smacked a double sending Turner to the plate to be the hero.  Turner ripped a ball down the left field line plating the winning run and sending G/C home with the win.  

     19 hits and a solid defensive performance helped get win #1.  JT, Rick, and Paster all had 3 hits while Pezz had 2 to keep the bottom of the lineup moving.  Team Game Changer will look for win #2 as we face off against cowboy Mike and the OVOX crew on an early draw at Swim.   

 

Monmouth Spine (Drashinsky) 10 over Princeton (Goddard) 9

On a gorgeous opening day for the 2021 Marlboro Men’s Softball season, Monmouth Spine looked to start off the season on a high note against a gritty Goddard squad. The team knew that the keys to winning this game was to play sound defense and keep the big bats of Leonardi and George in check, but would they execute?

The Princeton bats came out swinging, putting up 2 in the first which could have been a lot more if not for a stellar double play by the Preiss bros (welcome back Jordan and Lucas!). Monmouth responded with a 5 spot, highlighted with hits from Jordan P., Rich Spear, Dan D. and Pezz. Then the bats went silent till the 7th inning, however the defense remained superior. Joe Tracy made two unbelievable catches in LCF (one of them running into the fence…true stud!) and the infield was on lockdown mode. But give credit to this feisty Goddard team, they know how to hit. They would put up 7 runs from innings 2 through 7. Then the Monmouth bats woke up from their slumber. Captain Seth lead off the 7th with a triple only to be knocked in on a single by rookie sensation Mike Rabinowitz. The Monmouth Spine D would hold Goddard scoreless in the eighth to set the team up for a hitting attack. Singles by Sal Sicurella (welcome back!) and Papa D would put ducks on the pond for Joe Tracy, who knocked in one of them with a single. Richie Spear would then hit a double to tie the game up at 9. Then the hustling Lucas Preiss was able to leg out a single to bring the go-ahead run across the plate. The stellar defense locked down the Princeton squad in the 9th to hold one to victory.

The gentlemen of Monmouth Spine never gave up and was resilient against a tough team. Richie Spear led the way with 3 hits with multi-hit games from Joe Tracy, Mike Rabinowitz and Pezz. Papa D pitched well and had some great defense to back him up. For Princeton, kudos to the Santigate/Raucher up the middle combo, who made some really nice plays and Mike Rosenstock who was a tough out all game. Monmouth Spine will look to keep the L column empty as they take on fellow softball junkie and BFF Team Kessler at the same place same time.

 

 

SAL’S PIZZA (Seidenberg) 14 – NJ SALT (Marrone) 9

A beautiful opening day at Middle School was almost not for rookie captain Scott Seidenberg. A little too excited to start the season, Scotty Pods locked himself out of his apt. A 75 dollar fee and quick response by maintenance and The Captain showed up at the field with plenty of time to spare. As for the game, Marrone jumped out to an early lead thanks to an Austin Silverberg 2 run Middle School home run. The Pizza boys would respond in the bottom of the 1st putting up a 5 spot led by extra base hits from Brock, Fradkin & Collis, and an all business Sac fly from the Podfather. (Had to get that in) The Dough Boys added 2 runs in the second, went quiet for a little and then put up 3 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to secure a 14-9 win. The play of the day came when Mike Caputo launched a ball into orbit that I swear, I'm not just saying this, might have been the furthest ball I have ever seen hit in Marlboro Softball, only to be tracked down and caught by Pat Brock playing somewhere on the corner of 520 and Wyncrest. An incredible relay throw to DK who fired a laser to Seidenberg to double off Amedeo, who was running thinking it was a sure home run, only to have to go back to first to tag up and then try and get to second. Seriously, still can't believe Pat caught that ball. The Game Ball went to Darren welcome back to Sunday mornings Kay, who went 3 for 3 with a home run and 4 RBIs. Special shout out to Ed Fradkin who went 4 for 4 with a double and a triple (his Achilles is fine) and Justin youngest kid in the league Randell, who debuted with a 3 for 3 performance. All in all, a 22 hit barrage and Team Seidenberg is 1-0. Tip of the cap to Glen Marrone, who only walked 1 batter all day. Up next for the Sal's crew, a Sunday Night Prime Time standalone matchup against Pollock. 

 

LJK (Harris) 8 – JIFFY LUBE (Goldy) 2

There is always an air of excitement before the start of a season.  Sitting out last year, off season surgery , and putting together a team  of  "friends"  that could compete made this an especially notable day for this author.  I couldn't ask for a better group of guyz to go into this my last season?  While there were some prognosticators that did not share my belief that we had the right blend of youth , veteran presence , softball IQ. pitching ,defense , and up and down the line up tough outs ( with yours truly as the only exception) - I had full confidence we have "IT".   And going up against a very tough Team Goldy would be a good test.  Defense and pitching would dominate for both teams- but in the end we were just a little bit better in all three phases of the game.  After Team Goldy took a 2-0 lead which they held until the top of the fourth , Byko led off the 4th with a single , followed by hits from  Noel, JC , Wags (more on his MSL debut later), and Schef - when the dust settled we scored 4 runs- and took a 4-2 lead. Mikey Cy-Del was great- including starting a couple of DPs that kept Team Goldy off the board from the third inning on. In the 8th with the game still very much in doubt at 5-2 ,  Bobito led off the inning with a walk, after a rare error by Team Goldy put runners on first and second , and now two outs,  that man ROY candidate Wags hit a bomb triple to clear the bases and give us the cushion we needed.  Third hit of the day by Schef (not a bad 4A after all) brought in Wags and from there it was the defense that ensured the 8-2 win.  Defense was solid all day- no errors- a couple of double plays- no bone head throws- just  a solid effort.  The offensive attack was led by the aforementioned three hits by Schef-  JC , Wags , Byko, and Max (definitely an early candidate for most improved!) two hits each.  For Goldy- Peragine and Alex had a couple of hits- and Peragine made like Ron Swoboda circa 1969 with a full lay out top of the grass highway robbery of one of Noel's bullets up the middle.  Granted it is only one game- with lots of games still to play- but at least for this one day and one game we played a clean game that ended in a W.  Next up Schef's BFF and master oddsmaker Jimmy The "Mayronie"....  

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 15 – EMM Loans (Lapine) 10
On the opening Sunday night game of the Marlboro Softball 2021 season, it was Lapine vs Lombardi. The UHL fences were packed in hopes for a good game and the two teams did not disappoint the crowds. Lapine jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on a Becker HR. Lombardi came back with 1 in the 3rd only to be answered with 2 by Lapine. The same scenario in the 4th with Lapine leading 6-2 at the end of 4. Lombardi plated 3 and Lapine 1 in the 5th with Lapine holding a 7-5 lead. Lapine tacked on 1 more in the 6th. In the 7th Lombardi scored 1 and Lapine 2, for a 10-6 Lapine lead. Then the hitting explosion took place. Lombardi sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the 8th scoring 9 runs taking a 15-10 lead. Lombardi was able to shut down Lapine in the last two innings to hold on for their 1st win of the season. Lombardi defense was strong turning 3 double plays, some nice catches in the OF and solid hitting highlighted by 7 doubles. It was a complete team win, everyone contributed. Lapine should not be taken lightly, they are a very dangerous team with strong hitting all through the line-up. Next up for Lombardi is 2-0 DiMarco.

Tec-Tel (PINGARO) 8 - Cafiero Carpentry (CONTI) 4 

They say pitching and defense win games.  That’s exactly what happened for Team Pingaro when the boys  squared off with first year Captain Conti,  and his Carpenters to open the 2021 campaign at the friendly confines of the Swim Club. Post draft chatter had many feeling that captain Pat completely reached for his 2nd rounder, but if week 1 is any indication, the nay-sayers will be singing a different tune as the summer moves on.  Rookie hurler AJ Ortiz pitched an absolute gem in his first Marlboro Softball action and the defense behind him was equally strong as Tec-Tel allowed only 4 runs in the season opener doubling up Cafiero 8-4.  Defensively, Anthony Turano was a vacuum at 2b while Navatta and Anslow locked down the right side of the outfield.  Malagold and the sophmore Navatta paced the squad with 3 hits apiece with Intoci, Anthony Turano and Captain Pings collecting 2 each to lead the offense.  The Judge and his juggernaut are up next, back at the swim club as Team Pingaro looks to make it 2 straight to start the season.

 

Ace (Di Marco) 15 OVOX (Ferrerase) 14

After and epic opening night, The Aces and the Cowboys were set to square off again on Sunday on UHR. Yoke would set the tone early for team AD with a base hit and Di Marco would bring him home with a Mammoth 2 run HR onto UHL. Saler would start it up once again with a two bagger and was quickly brought in by a Gary Klein rbi single. The First Place Ace squad wouldn’t score again until the 4th when captain 5 Tool would send his 4th HR of the early season into orbit. After 4 innings Team Tool found themselves down 13-3. It was a mix of timely hitting/multiple hits from Tom Smith, Wayne Sherman, The Best Nine of All Time Pat Thomas, Evan Rosenthal, Frank Loconte, Brock “The Hammer of Thor” Hor, Kevin “On That” Juska, and a HR by MVP Chase Sandler. Captain Di Marco would call his team in for a huddle and gave a “We got nothing to lose at this point, let’s just try to play relaxed and have some fun” type speech. After 10 errors in 4 innings, Di Marco thought it would also be a good idea to shake up his defense, run 4 OF, and step onto the dirt for the first time in 6 years as he held down 2B for the remainder of the game. The speech/Def Adjustments worked, as team Ace held a powerhouse offense to just 1 run in the remaining 5 innings of the game. The Ace offensive comeback was sparked by consistent offense the rest of the game as they left NO innings without a blue box colored in. Andy Broome would lead the way reaching base 3 times and scoring all 3 times. Paul O’Connor would come alive with 3 hits and 3 Rbi of his own. Gary Klein continued to be a force in the middle of the lineup with a 3 hit game, Fox held down double leadoff duties reaching base twice and scoring 2 runs, Poppa Yoke and Woody continue to shine at the top of the order reaching base at will. As we head into the bottom of the 9th the Ace squad still found themselves down by 4. “The Big Hurt” Kurt Schmidt would start the inning off with a walk, followed by consecutive singles by Klein and A Broome. With 1 run in and down 3, the hero M Broome would step to the plate. He would connect on an outside pitch and split the gap in RCF. Broome would run through a stop sign after a defensive miscue and dive in headfirst as the winning run. First Place Ace would win their second straight game and take a 2-0 record onto Marel Sunday as they take on a highly Underrated Lombardi squad.

 

LHRGC REAPERS (LaRocca) 12 - - BENNY KESS (Kessler) 5

Apologies for the late recap, but after the game I was on a plane to Del Boca Vista looking to buy a place in the elusive phase 1 section to no avail.  Back to the game….opening day at Marel on a field that surprisingly handled the rain very well.  Team Reaper (LHRGC) against Team Benny Kess (Tool Time?).  Benny Kess on the mound vs Veteran Ronnie C.  Win for the good guys 12-5.  Things to note, after shutting down Team LaRocca on 4 pitches to open the game, Ben continued to pitch very well only letting up 3 walks on the day. Unfortunately, Ronnie C was on point all day and (except for Binder) held Team Kess in check.  The LHRGC lineup was also very deep, with every player recording at least one hit and 9 players with multiple hits.  Team Kess lead off the scoring with 1 in the bottom of the first on hits from Binder, Dunleavy and Goldrosen (starting top 5 shortstop Goldrosen that is).  But in the 2nd, the skulls came back with 3 runs of their own with a 2 out, 2 RBI double from the captain and a clutch hit from everyone’s favorite, Shiff giving them the lead for good. LaRocca’s defense, lead by JZ1B, got the team out of a few jams and was assisted by some base running blunders by Ben’s squad.  The lineup seemed to generate hits and move runners all day accumulating 12 runs on smart running and clutch hits. Offensively, in addition to the old men who each had 3 hits, HC Phil and Rookie Santa hit the ball well and JR smashed a late HR.  Defensively: having a former MVP play 1B is a luxury; Marc Carlin can play well during the day; and, don’t challenge me to play the outfield the whole game ever again, because I have the house money right now and I am taking it home with me! Welcome back Costa Rican Perrone and Billy Boy Covid!  Actually, both teams played very well defensively with maybe 1 error between them (LaRocca says no error, Big Daddy Andy K, Esq. calls it an error).  Next up is the Gabbagool Game against Captain Pings.

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14TH – OPENING NIGHT

Di Marco (Ace) 15 Ferrarese (Ovox) 12

When the Handsome Commish and his trusty sidekick DC texted Cowboy and I about opening the season Wednesday night, we couldn’t say YES any faster. 10 minutes later, all 26 players responded “in” and one of the most viewed Marlboro Softball games of all time was about to take place at the house that 5 Tool built right behind the Home Depot aka Union Hill Left. 

The clock struck 1830 Hours and team Ace had all 13 players on the field for BP and fielding practice. Captain No Fun in training aka AD was ripping ground balls to all of his infielders in between BP swings making sure all his guys got their reps. An hour and a half later, Simon would yell “Batter Up” and the 2021 season was under way.

Team Ace would make history early sending up the oldest leadoff hitter in Marlboro Softball history to the dish. Steve Yockel aka poppa Yoke with the stroke, delivered and set the tone for a 2 run first inning for team AD. Rookie sensation Mike “Woody” McLaughlin would get his first career hit and Di Marco would follow with one of his patented doubles to LF. The good guys would plate 2 runs but team Ferrarese wouldn’t fold that easy. MVPOPOTYGOAT Chase Sandler would do what he always does and that his just flat out hit and eat his ribs. ERosenthal and the Best Nine of All Time Pat Thomas would contribute with timely hits as will giving Team Ovox a 3-2 lead.

In the third inning it was the ageless wonder Yoke and Woody singling and mingling on the bases. The Tan Mamba aka the Bronze Warrior AD would get his pitch and send it deep deep into the night (see video footage from Glenn Marrone for more details) for a 3 run HR. Team Ace would wind up taking a 7-3 lead but again, that pesky Ovox squad failed to go away tying the score 7-7 after a plethora of hits from Cowboy Mike, Juska, and MVP Sandler.

In the 5th team Ace would pull away once again. Yoke would single for the third straight AB, AD would walk, and Daren Saler would Double to LF plating 2 runs. Up 11-7 team AD thought they were safe, but once again they were wrong. Team Ferrarese would follow up with 3 runs of their own making the score 11-10. 

The 8th inning would start with a walk from woody and a Two Run F7 by Di Marco. Daren “I sometimes still wish he was Z” Saler would follow with a solo shot and hitting only the second farthest HR of the night into the LF trees. Team Ace took a 14-10 lead into the bottom of the Ace but once again, the Cowboys would counter with 2 of their own.

In the 9th team Ace would add one last run after A BroomeStick, Glenns BFF Klein, and The 2020 Most improved player Paul OConner would parlay 3 straight singles together. With a 15-12 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th, team Ovox once again rallied the bats. With 2 outs, down 3, and 2 men on base, Evan Rosenthal would barrel one up and send it 1 foot shy of a game tying Hr and right into Saler’s glove. Final 15-12 Ace.

Team Ace and Team Ovox will run it back in what will likely be another barn burner on Sunday at UHR. Both teams will look for a W to avoid dropping any further in the Pollock Power Rankings. 

 

 

 

 

 
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