SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 7 over 618 (Goldfarb) 3

On a sweltering hot Sunday, 618 and Gastro faced off for what would be a second game of a double header for both teams. Additionally, both teams were coming off losses by 1 run, so looking for some redemption.

618 would kick things off with one run in the top of the first. Gastro would answer right back with a run of their own thanks to a RBI single by Goldrosen. After a scoreless second, Gastro would plate across 3 more runs thanks to some key hits by Tyson and the Capt and a double by Santa. Tight defense and excellent pitching from RC and Papa D would hold both teams scoreless until the 8th inning where Gastro would add another 3 to their lead thanks to some key hits by Weis, Spitaletto and Woloshyn. 618 would plate across another 2 in the 9th but would not be enough and Gastro secured the W 7-3, finally getting off the schneid!

 Defense was the name of this game, and everyone on the Gastro squad locked down their positions. Much credit goes to Papa D, who pitched an amazing game in the sweltering heat, only allowing a total of 8 runs on the day (not bad for a 66-year-old!). Gastro looks to make it a winning streak next week against Polzer at Manalapan.

 

Marrone 22, Kessler 3 (7 innings)
Another swealtering morning of Marlboro softball this week for the first time at the 4th Street Freehold field with Team Marrone looking to get back on another winning streak.  Lots of storylines leading up to this one; was Ballo a one week wonder on the mound? Is Christine still talking to Glen after the first week in Europe? How many pep talk speeches did Ben deliver during the week to avenge the 2023 playoff upset series against the Gymnasts?  How would the boys respond to the loss of Clamp healing up after aggravating the calf injury? Randell's against former longtime teammates the Kessler's. . .  90 minutes later it all played out in favor of the Gymnasts after a surprsingly lopsided 22-3 victory over a very good Kessler squad coupled with word from Greece that US Customs and Immigration has flagged the Marrone passport preventing his re-entry into the United States.  The win moves Team Marrone to 9-7 and in position for one of the top seeds with a strong finish down the stretch.  The festivities got off to a good start with Ballo retiring the dangerous Kessler top quietly in the top of the 1st.  Team Marrone struck quickly in the bottom half plating 4 runs with 6 straight consecutive hits to start from Itrell, Noel, Brandon, Ballo, Martorano and Krant.  Team Bennie would respond with 1 in the 2nd.  Bottom 2, Team Marrone would add 2 on hits from Noel and Brandon driving in the back to back hits from the Randell father/son duo. 2 more would be added in the 3rd with Weitsen and Brad Randell delivering RBI hits to score a Martorano double and Arnold.  At 8-1, the boys in pink would blow things open with 7 in the 4th, batting around highlighted by another Martorano double and a 2 RBI stand-up double (yes you are reading this right) from Brad Randell beating the Kessler defensive shift.  Another run would be added in the 5th on an RBI single from Mike "Ohtani" Ballo driving in a leadoff hit from Itrell.  At 16-1, Team Marrone would bat around again in the 6th, scoring 6 more highligted by an Itrell Young blast over the left fielder for a 2 run triple turned into 4 bases with his legs escaping a run down between 3rd and home.  At 22-1 Team Kessler would post 2 in the 7th courtesy of a Ben triple down the right field line for the final 22-3 margin of victory.  With the final score, obviously plenty of offensive stars for Team Marrone starting with a rarity for sure in Marlboro Softball; every man in the 11 deep lineup with at least 2 hits.  Leading the way was Noel 4-4 (BB), Martorano (4-5) and Brad Randell with a turn back the clock 4-4 performance.  Itrell, Brandon, Ballo, and Krant with 3 hits apiece.  Arnold, Weitsen, McGuire and Justin Randell with 2 hits of their own.  For Team Kessler, Ben and Pargament Jr. with multi-hit games.  Defensively, it was the Ballo show again pounding in strikes, making several nice plays on hard hit balls up the middle and walking only 2 keeping his 2 game ERA below 3.00.  Next up we go for 3 in a row with a pivotal game in the overall standings against Team Rosenstock back at Union Hill.  

Pollock (Tec-Tel) d. Kleschinsky (CK Baseball) 16-6

In a battle of two teams trying to avoid the play-in game, Tec-Tel, w/o Mitch, Josh Walker, and Yockel, squared off against a Magariello-less CK squad. Team Kleschinsky got off to a fast start, holding the Pollock bats quiet for the first couple of innings, while putting up a couple themselves for the early lead. Team Pollock cut the lead in half in the top of the 3rd and tied things up at 2-2 in the 4th, before the Kleschinsky bats awoke in the home half of the 4th as they took a 5-2 lead. This game though was really decided in the visitors' half of the 5th, as Team Pollock exploded for 11 runs. In that inning, the first 9 batters all scored, capped off by a Santigate grand slam. Koko also managed to score 3 runs in one inning (two of his own and one as a pinch runner). The heat and the Pollock defense did the rest en route to the important win. For CK Baseball, Brayant Aponte was on base all morning, while Taco and Kleschinsky Jr also had good games at the plate. For Team Pollock, Captain Matt turned back the clock, with a return to the mound and a big day at the dish, going 5-6 with a double, two triples and 6 RBIs. Steve Santigate was great again with another 4 hits and the aforementioned grannie, while Koko, Juska, and Brian Walker each had 3 hits. Losch, Solano Jr, and Rob Rozencwaig also had multi-hit games. Tec-Tel will look to build on their first winning streak of the season, making their first journey to Mar El to face off against Bomenblitt and their merry video-makers.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 13 – LHRGC (LaRocca) 8

On a brutally hot Sunday morning, Shore Smile faced a dangerous LHRGC team on UHR. The game started slow with both teams going down silently in the 1st. In the top of the 2nd, LHRGC plated 2 runs but Shore Smile would cut it in half in the bottom of the inning scoring 1 run, 2-1. LHRGC scored 3 in the top of the 3rd taking a 5-1 lead but Shore Smile answered with 3 of their own bringing it back to a 1 run game, 5-4. LHRGC scored 1 in the 4th to hold a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the 5th when Shore Smile with a man on 1st and 2 outs scored 4 runs on a walk to A Turano and consecutive hits from Brent, P Lombardi, J Lombardi and R Krauss to take a 2 run lead, 8-6. Shore Smile added 1 in the 6th, 9-6. LHRGC would battle back scoring 2 runs in the 7th to bring it within 1, 9-8. In the bottom of the 8th Shore Smile strung consecutive hits from McFadden, Dunleavy, N Turano and Ushkowitz to plate 4 runs and take a 13-8 lead. In the 9th LHRGC had their top up and the leadoff got on base. Next play N Turano made a great play at SS turning a 6-6-3 DP. One more base runner and then the next batter flied out. Shore Smile wins 13-8.

For Shore Smile the defense was great all game with 3 players out of position and all 3 coming up big. Brent made all the plays at 2B with a nice play to his right and backhand flip to 1B to get the runner, Ushkowitz in LF made a huge running over the shoulder snow cone catch to stop a potential triple, and A Turano made a great backhand play and gun to 1B on a missile grounder down the 3B line that would have been Hot Soup, but turned out to be No Soup For You. Offense was led by Dunleavy (4/5), Brent (3/4) and N Turano (3/5) with multi-game hits from Ushkowitz, A Turano, J Lombardi and R Krauss. Also have to mention a double tag from 2B by McFadden on a 1 out long ball to LF. Jim pitched another good game with 1 walk. For LHRGC the big bats showed up with HR’s by Dave and Austin and an absolute bomb by Mahoney that almost cleared the net in RF. Frank pitched a good game giving up only 1 walk and getting 1 strike out.

 

TUSCANYROSE (DP) 6 d. 618 (GG) 5

There are games within the regular season that you just take the outcome and move on.  Whether a win or a loss…. you quickly forget about it and look forward to the next week.  Team Tuscanyrose found themselves feeling that way at approx. 10am Sunday morning.  A very humid Swim Club showcased Team Tuscanyrose against Team Goldfarb with plenty of seats available at the box office.  Tuscany would open the scoring with 2 in the top of the 1st inning with RBIs from Marty and Catania.  In the top of the 3rd Tuscanyrose would load up the bases where the captain would rip one up the middle scoring 2.  4-0 lead and Tuscany was on their way to what could have been a run away W.  However, the Goldfarb team would put up 2 in the bottom of the 4th and 3 in the 5th to take a 5-4 lead after 6 innings of play.  Tuscanyrose, who seems to gain confidence in the later innings of games, would come up empty in the top of the 7th.  Fast forward to the bottom of the 7th and 618 would threaten.  The green and gold defense would again be stingy and hold 618 to zero runs highlighted by a line drive rope from Navatta and yet another full fledge lay out by Martin to close out the 7th frame.  Riding the momentum to the 8th– Danser would single, Mat would single, and Marty would deliver the game tying RBI single to the right side to tie the game at 5-5. With first and third for Polz – he would hit into a weak 6-3 DP scoring Mat from third to take a 6-5 lead.  The stage was set for a Goldfarb 9th inning walk off win…. here’s the scenario.  Bottom 9 trailing 6-5 Team 618 would start with a walk from Guy!  Are you kidding me?!?!  Man on first for Brullo who hits what surely looks like a single to no man’s land RF, but JR comes up with his second over the shoulder catch in as many weeks – 1 out.  Klecko would rip a single and would have runners on first and second.  Up comes Mr. Nice guy Tony…. After working the count Tony would F10 moving the tying run to third.  First and third…2 outs would bring C. Schmidt to the plate.  Swinging first pitch – he would hit a one hopper to Polz who threw to Lou “need more orange cones” Baffuto – game over!  There wasn’t a ton of offense today, but Mat went (3-4) Martin (3-4) and Danser (2-3) ß batting a scorching .643 since moving to the double leadoff spot!  Nice move Cap! Tuscanyrose looks to make it 3 W’s in a row as they take on Seth and the rest of the Gastro squad in Manalapan on Sunday morning.        

 

Stock 11 Bomenblitt 4

It was another sweltering Sunday at Swim Club as Red Oak took on team Bomenblitt in the late game.  Team Stock was looking to rebound after a bad loss on Wednesday night and the Red Oak squad put up a huge 1st inning after Bomenblitt put up a run in the top of the 1st.  The Stock bats put up a 9 spot but what was most impressive about the rally was that all the damage was done with 2 outs.  Pacheco and Lambo kept the inning alive followed by consecutive RBI singles from Estock, Colarocco, Mendelson, Thompson, Lee, and Sicurella.  Martino closed out the inning with a RBI knock giving Red Oak a 9-1 lead.  Not much action after that in this game as Cowboy settled in and Lambo was dealing all morning, consistently hitting his spots.  Red Oak would go on to win the game 11-4.  3 hit game with a steak for Justin Colarocco who's really heating up at the plate.  Another 3 hit game from Bryan Big Daddy Thompson.  Ronnie Pacheco did his thing at the dish with 3 hits of his own.  Lambo helped himself with a couple of hits and RBI.  Usual suspects Picarello and Tino had multi hit days as did Sal Sicurella who's been really picking it up at the plate.  Solid bounce back win for the Red Oak boys who take on the Marrone squad at Union Hill.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH
Pollock d. Kessler 17-2 (7 innings)

Does the league still do game summaries (I haven't been checking)? And if so, are they still sent to Doug? It's been awhile for me, but if you're reading this, I assume the answer to these questions is yes. On this humid Wednesday night, a 10-man Team Pollock squad (now up to 35 games missed) took on a Caputo-less (get better quick Mike) Kessler squad, with the hopes of halting a 5-game skid. Things looked promising in the first for the visiting Game Changers, as they had 2 runners on with only one out, but the rally was thwarted by a rally-ending double play. A tweaked Tec-Tel lineup came out hitting and plated a couple of quick runs. Both teams traded runs in the 2nd and after 2 1/2 innings it was 3-1 Tec-Tel. The story of the game flipped in the bottom of the 3rd, where Tec-Tel plated 3 more as part of a 2-out rally behind doubles from Brian Walker and Vince Solano Jr. After the Game Changers responded with a run in the 4th, Team Pollock went on to score 9 unanswered runs, and even we couldn't manage to blow the big lead. Game ball tonight goes to Josh Walker, who not only smashed 4 hits, including his first league HR, but was also a cat on the mound, locking up the middle. Steve Santigate (who despite our poor record has been having a terrific season) added another 4 hits of his own (and played his usual great SS). Juska, Losch, and Matt Pollock added 3 hits each, while every other Tec-Tel'er had multi-hit games in just 7 innings. For the Game Changers, the bowling Meatball pitcher did everything he could at the plate, which included a RF homer. With play-in game ramifications, Team Pollock now looks ahead to Sunday, facing a currently struggling, but better than their record shows, Kleschinsky squad. It'll be a tough task without last night's star hitter/pitcher, Yock, and everyone's favorite 3 and former blogger. 38 missed games, but who's counting!

 

Meyer "SPS" 105 vs Rosentock "Red Oak" 4.
Red hot Meyers team seemed really intimidated by a rosentock squad who was taking BP @1:30 pm for an 8:00 game. Some pre game chirping between Yutko and Amato set the tone. Yutko said to amato, "let's see who homers first bitch." The answer was Yutko with his first career homer thanks to 200 mph winds. MVP candidate Ryan Amato would answer with 2 homeruns and 8 RBIs on the day. Bryan Frank had a few nice catches & 2 homeruns and 5 RBIs and a collision with brock... Team Meyer combined for 32 hits and 24 actual runs. Rubin stayed hot with 4 hits and incredible slidding grab going back to the fence, Juan doubled for the first time in his career, and Brock had 3 RBIs and got to keep the ball. Watch out if this guy gets hot.. Saler missed a homer by inches , dropped 2 balls in the outfield and forced another teammate to get thrown out on the bases. Im not sure who is a worse base runner saler or nacho. Dom is now batting just above .200 after smoking 3 hits and his joints all night. Ray smoked too. Dave fell after getting a hit. Dom walked another 3 guys and nacho came into close the game for his first career save. 

 

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SUNDAY, JULY 8TH

 

BOMENTBLITKESSLER RECAP
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Meyer 5 "SPS" vs Goldfarb 1  "618" 
Amato yet again with another day of bashing the ball at the plate... Mike Amato that is....perfect 3-3 while also holding down the hot corner. The other Amato was busy the night before pressing his body ever so closely against Anthony Dimarco. We were unsure if "AD" broke out the handcuffs. Saler brought beers and bagels something that hasn't been done in his entire career. He decided since he won't be in the running for MVP he can atleast try for Mr. Nice Guy and Sportsmanship Award. Pat threw another guy out which makes the team total outfield assists up to 16.  Wow!!! Nacho,O Connor, Amato, and Porzio have all made nice tags at home this year. O Connor made a scoop at first and scooped another umpire "5th out of 14 games" up after the game. Wags is still sexy and was on base all game. Defalco walked a guy today putting his total to 2 walks for the season. Juan was making diving stabs all day while Yadi cheered him on from the sidelines. Larry Rubin also said 11 words today. 
Post game --> Meyer celebrated with Olive Garden Salad for all. Yes... he did toss the salad.... Bryan Frank turned down these services


Marrone 15, Pollock 9

Another swealtering morning of softball; another bounceback win for the Gymnasts and a historic event as Captain Glen missed his first game since the turn of the century reluctantly choosing Christine and the Eiffel Tower over Union Hill Right.  The plan going in was a Brad Randell/Mike Ballo bullpen by commiteee approach; the plan going out was a 15-9 victory with Ballo Koufax on the mound and Tornetta contacting TSA to extend the Marrone trip in Europe.  The Marrone bats got Randell some early runs with a quick 5 spot to start highlighted by a triple from Noel Santiago driving in Itrell, an intentional walk to Martorano, another triple from Tornetta and a 2 run single from Weitsen.  Randell held it together on the mound in the bottom half surrendering 1 run to the Pollock top of the order.  In the top of the second, The Gymnasts would add 2 more courtesy of a 2 run dinger to left from Noel.  In the bottom of the second, a few hits, some wildness from Randell, and a costly infield miscue had Pollock back in it at 7-4 with bases loaded and one out.  Randell would walk in another run to make it 7-5 and word from the sideline came in via facetime that Christine was performing CPR on Glen somewhere on a Mediterranean beach.  The move was made to the tall righty Ballo out of the pen and what a job he did; pouring in strikes right away getting out of the inning at 7-6.  Team Marrone would now provide more run support for Ballo in the top of the 3rd posting another 4 sparked by hits from Ballo, Arnold, an RBI single from Weitsen, RBI single from Justin Randell and a 2 RBI single from Papa Randell. Team Pollock would try to chip away with a run in the 3rd and 4th to make it 11-8 but you could sense in the humid air that Ballo had things under control on the mound.  Things would remain scoreless until the top of the 6th when Team Marrone would add 2 on hits from Justin and Itrell that would score on a productive out from Clamp and a Noel double.  One more run was tacked on in the 7th for a 14-8 lead.  The teams would then trade runs in the 9th for the 15-9 final margin of victory.  Offensively, Ballo did it at the plate as well going 4-5 to lead the way; Noel (a single short of the cycle), Weitsen, and Justin Randell with 3 hits of their own along with Clamp, Brandon, and Arnold with 2 hits apiece.  But the story of the game had to be Ballo locking things down on the mound for 7 1/3 innings of relief to record the win.  Tornetta considering retirement at 1-0 as a manager.  Defensively, Martorano and Noel running down everything in the middle of the OF as usual.  For Team Pollock, Juska hit the ball hard all morning and Walker, Jr. an underrated pitcher who should get better and better as the weeks go on.  Next up a big matchup against Team Bennie who surely has this one marked on the calendar after the 2023 playoffs.  No doubt Ballo has earned the start next week with Christine nursing Glen back to life for another week. . . 

Ace (Byko) 10     Engage PEO (Apples) 4

It was a full 13 man lineup for Team Ace as they faced off against a tough 12 man (no Curti) Apple squad with everyone guessing who would be pitching for them.  Top 1 it turned out Pezz the GOAT would be on the bump for Apples, in this author's opinion, the correct choice.  

However, Byko was quickly able to ca$h his +180 to leadoff the game with a walk. Thanks Pezz!  DiNapoli followed with a double and it was 2-0 Byko early on.  The score was then tied up 3-3 after Abramson hit one of his 3! doubles on the day and Apples bottom of the lineup strung together a bunch of hits to get them on the board.  A Byko double enabled Ace to take a 4-3 lead, Mamone, Mikey "all-star" Steinberg, Gary and Kurt all then hit rockets top 4 to give Byko a 6-3 lead.  The defense then locked everything down for Ace while offensively Szemcsak  had a big 2 RBI knock later in the game to put it away for Byko's boys as they won 10-4.

DiNapoli was the star of the game on the mound basically walking ZERO? and keeping the dangerous bats of Apple at bay all morning.  Gary "Machado" Szecmsak made the webgem of the game with an absolutely filthy jump throw put out from foul territory at 3rd base, nasty! The offense was led by Abramson and Gary with 3 hits apiece while other multi-hit games were had by Byko, DiNapoli, Mamone, Mikey Stein, and Chip off the rip Costa.  Pezz pitched well for Apples in defeat and Joraskie was flying all over the field all morning.  Ace will look to make it 3 in a row vs a feisty Conti squad next week, stay tuned...

 

Stock 13 Kleshinsky 8
On a hot humid dog days of summer type of day the Red Oak boys took on CK Baseball.  The scene was Swim Club with the Stock club down their middle OF with Yutko and Colarocco away on vacation.  The scoring opened in the bottom of the 1st with back to back doubles by Picarello and Martino.  Team Kleschinsky took the lead in the top of the 2nd thanks to a 2 run double from Whalen.  This Red Oak squad has consistently answered the bell after allowing runs the previous half inning and Sunday was no different when the Stock bats put up 6 runs to re take the lead.  Joe Lee and Sal Sicurella started the party with RBI knocks.  The usual suspects of Picarello, Martino, Lambo, and Pacheco also ate some steaks in the bottom of the 2nd giving Red Oak a 7-2 lead.  CK baseball fought right back the next few innings plating 4 runs to cut the lead to just 1.  It was time for Red Oak to fight back and we did just that in the bottom of the 5th scoring 5 times.  The middle/bottom portion of the lineup did the damage this time around with Bryan Thompson, Jeff Mendelson, and Sicurella all delivering clutch RBI singles.  Tino capped the inning with a 2 run single making it a 12-6 game.  Red Oak would go on to secure the W with a final score of 13-8.  Nick Martino led the way going 4-5 with 4 RBI raising his avg to a cool .700 all while playing his standard stellar defense.  The Rabbi Mike Rabinowitz hot bat returned as he went 4-5.  Mike has been invaluable to this squad with big hit after big hit while locking down LF.  Safe to say he won't be drafted in the 9th rd next year.  Big Daddy Bryan Thompson had another nice day at the dish going 2-4 with 2 steaks.  Keenan was perfect at the plate going 2-2 while also drawing 2 walks.  Rookie Jeff Mendelson chipped in with 2 hits and a RBI.  Studs Pacheco, Picarello, and Lambo also had multi hit days and a steak a piece.  Lambo once again was solid on the bump against a mashing Kleschinsky squad.  I gotta end this recap with Sally Sics who had a day at the plate.  Sicurella went 2-4 with 2 big RBI and was a huge part of the W yesterday.  For team Kleschinsky JR is an absolute monster that is going to terrorize pitchers in this league for a long time, he hit a laser triple to the LCF fence.  Whalen had a nice day at the plate with at least 2 hits including a 2 run double.  Up next for Red Oak is team Meyer under the lights on Wednesday night.

 

TUSCANYROSE (DP) 13 d. LHRGC 9 (FL)

One would think a late afternoon game = cooler temps…. well F that concept.  On an absolute scorching hot UHR game Team Tuscanyrose took on the LHRGC crew to end the day’s slate.  Things did not start off well for the green and gold as LHRGC would quickly hang a 3 spot in the bottom of the first inning in what looked to be a preview to the HR derby compliments of Austin and Sags.  A quick response would net 3 runs back in the top of the second inning with hits from JR, Danser, Easton, a Tepper walk, and an RBI single from DJ Lou.  Fast forward to the bottom of the 4th Larocca, looking to build on their lead, holds a 6-3 lead with 2 outs and bases loaded with Nick Villani up.  Dan Jr tracks a fly ball halfway out to center field to make a spectacular over the shoulder catch to end the inning and create what turned out to be the changing point of the game.  Top 5 and the Tuscany boys would plate 3 runs off a huge misplay at second base knotting the score at 6-6.  Moving to the top of the 8th inning and this is where the good guys would take control of the game.  Single, single, single, single, F6, single, single and we produced a 5-run inning all but securing the W.  However, Team Tuscany always finds a way to make things interesting.  13-9 heading to the bottom of the 9th and after getting the first 2 outs…LHRGC would get a hit from Galiano (3-4) to keep the line moving.   Down 4 and a man on first would bring up murders row starting with Villani - Sags & Corde anxiously awaiting a chance to get an at bat.  Nick would hit a one hop rope to Polz who snagged it to end the game.  After all was said and done, a 21-hit output with big days from JR (3-4), and Easton (4-4) led to a 13-9 victory and keeps Tuscanyrose right in the mix with a record of 8 and 6.  Tuscanyrose finally gets off the UH fields (6 of the last 7 games) and takes their talent to the early game @ swim against the Goldfarb family, the Commish, the best practice swinger in the league DC, and the rest of the 618!       

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 7 – Gastro (Drashinsky) 6

On an extremely humid Sunday morning Shore Smile versed Gastro at the horrible 4th St field. Both teams started slow trading goose eggs in the 1st inning. Gastro scored 1 in the 2nd but that would be the last time they would hold the lead. Shore Smile scored 2 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th to take a 6-1 lead.  Gastro chipped away to bring it within 2 by scoring 1 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th. Shore Smile would add 1 in the 8th, holding a 7-4 lead going into the 9th. Shore Smile retired the 1st two batters and looked like they would get the win but things got interesting. Gastro got 4-5 consecutive hits scoring 2 runs and having the tying run at 3B and the leading run at 1B. Shore Smile would get the next batter to fly out and hold on for a 7-6 win.

N Turano led the offense for Shore Smile going 4-4 (3 doubles) and multi-hit games by Dunleavy, A Turano, Allegretti and J Lombardi. Jim pitched another good game with no walks. For Gastro JZ was on base all day, Tyson had a couple of hits and Dave pitched well.

     

 


SUNDAY, JULY 1ST


Stock 10 Goddard 2

After a bad loss on 4th street last week the Red Oak boys returned to the same field to take on the Goddard boys hoping to get back into the W column.  The ice was broken in the bottom of the 1st with the Red Oak bats putting up a 7 spot.  Captain E Stock showed he still has some power left in his bat as he ripped a 2 run triple.  Joe Lee and Big Daddy Bryan Thompson closed out the big inning with back to back RBI singles.  Red Oak bats were right back at it in the 2nd adding 2 more runs thanks to a Yutko RBI single and Lambo helped himself with a sac fly.  There wasn't too much offense after that with both teams scoring just 3 runs combined over the final 7 innings.  Team Stock went on to win the contest 10-2.  Lambo was fantastic on the mound all day and the Red Oak defense was phenomenal, a winning combination for sure.  It was the usual suspects providing the highlight reel plays in the field, Nick Martino made an insane diving play up the middle, popped up to his feet and delivered a strike to a fully stretched out Ronnie Pacheco.  It's the little things that matter and that stretch was the difference between the runner being safe or out.  Whether it's 1B or on the mound Ronnie always give it 111%.  Justin Colarocco has received recognition for being 1 of the best OF's in the league as he was nominated last year and continues to play an elite LCF this year. Cola made an incredible diving play coming in and at this point the team isn't surprised when he makes those types of plays.  Simply put the kid has been lights out all year roaming the OF for the Red Oak squad.  Joey Picarello continues to spark the lineup from the leadoff spot as he went 3-4. Tino has been on a tear all season and that continued on Sunday with yet another 3 hit game.  Yutko was ripping the ball all game going 3-3 with 3 RBI.  Ronnie Pacheco chipped in going 2-4 with two doubles and a steak dinner.  Colarocco's bat has been heating up, Justin went 2-3 with an RBI.  For team Goddard Cola Fluta hit a laser HR down the left field line and Jeff Goddard pitched a good game, better than the score would indicate as we only scored in 3 innings and he only walked 1 batter.  Up next for a short handed Stock team is Kleschinsky at Swim.

 

Tuscanyrose (DP) 16 d. CK Baseball (MK) 9

On June 30 – team Tuscanyrose woke up knowing they needed to get moving in the right direction to avoid a 3-game losing streak.  The cure – Hemp’s new white cleats (no), the endless texts from the vacationing DJ Lou (no), possibly the sack of bagels that Mat brought pregame for the team (no)…. the real cure was the ability to relax and play a complete game with a 10-man lineup.  This was no easy task as team Kleshinsky (who by the way definitely won the draft by having the most “nice guys” to ever fill out an MMS roster; “the kid”, Billy Boy, Karp, Taco, Ferro’s, and of course Mike to name a few) had other ideas.  The first 3 innings would be less than exciting with each team trading fly ball outs galore.  Tuscanyrose would open the scoring with one in the third off a Mat “Wonka” single to give green and gold a 1-0 lead.  CK would take the lead off an absolute blast from Mikey Gunz to left center field.  Bring it to the 6th and this is where Team Tuscanyrose was in need something…. a spark of sorts.  This came from the headband wearing # 34 LCF stud and the team responded in a big way with #34 himself launching a 2-run moon missile of his own to get the boys going.  Team Tuscany would plate 2 in the 6th, 4 in the 7th, and a 6 hit, 2 HR, 7 run 8th to put the game away for the watch guys.  On the defensive side of the ball, Mr. Utility Tepper made 2 sick plays at 1B snagging line drives that were surely headed for extra bases down the RF line.  At the dish…huge games by Marty (3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI), Mat (3-5, 3 singles, 2 RBI), Mr. Mustache (3-5, 2 singles, 1 HR, 3 RBI), and a man who seems to be thriving in his new role as double leadoff Danser (3-4, 2 singles, 1 double, 4 RBI) from the 10th spot.  For CK – Mike Jr continues to grow in this league as he hit 2 no doubt HR’s that may still be in orbit somewhere.  Team Tuscanyrose will celebrate this win and quickly turn their attention / focus to a very important Wed night division battle with Team Lombardi.  

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 9 – Monmouth Gymnastics (Marrone) 3

Shore Smile versed a hot gymnast squad (coming off a 3-game win streak) at the late game on UHR. Shore Smile started strong plating 3 runs in the top of the 1st, highlighted by a N Turano double and Allegretti triple.  Shore Smile would hold the gymnasts scoreless through 6 innings and control the game, while scoring 1 in the 4th on a P Lombardi sac and 2 in the 6th on a N Turano 2-run nuke. The gymnasts scored 2 in the 7th and 1 in the 8th but that was all they would get. Shore Smile plated 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th, highlighted by a J Krauss triple. Shore Smile win 9-3.

For Shore Smile, the defense was great, with the OF catching everything and a highlight reel by N Turano running from SS to LF making a sensational overhead catch. Jim pitched a great game inducing a ton of fly balls, hitting all corners of the plate and again giving up no walks.  The offense was led by Dunleavy (3-3, 1 walk), N Turano (2-2, 2 walks) and Allegretti (3-4). A Turano and Soskel both had multi-hit games.

For the gymnasts, Marrone pitched well and hit a bomb over the RF head for a double.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 8 vs ENGAGE PEO (Applebaum) 7 (10 innings)

After a much too close win Wednesday night, Team LaRocca continued to rely on good 3rd base play, hits from guys under 5’8”, and a winning RBI from their 4 (finally) to even out their record to 7-7.  Hawk Tua.  Next up is Polzer at UHL Sunday night. 

 

Kessler 9, Byko 8

Over the course of the long Marlboro Softball season, I think everyone will admit that there are some games that feel bigger than others or mean more. This one, on a humid and muggy Sunday morning in Manalapan was definitely one of those games.

A lot on the line for this one as it was a matchup of two of the best teams in the league, GC was playing the guy that said we would go 9-13, the winner was the all-star captain, GC is trying to erase the notion from an infamous podcaster that this is a "two team league" and of course, office bragging rights between Greg and JoeMo. 

This one lived up to the hype as it was close throughout with the biggest lead for either team being three.

Byko got off to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second before GC responded with four in the bottom of the third, started with back to back hits by Jay Podos (who had a huge day) and Papa K at the bottom before a fielders choice and intentional walk to Caputo loaded the bases for Greg who brought home two with a huge hit and Jeremy and Byko's squad throwing the ball around brought home two more to make it 4-1.

The other Podos (who is on fire of late) brought home another run the following inning to make it 5-3 Kessler. Byko would score the next five to take their biggest lead of the day at 8-5 in the next two innings but Kessler responded right away with the bottom in the sixth as huge hits by Adelsberg and Jay (again) tied the game at 8.

The game would stay tied at 8 until the ninth when the top of the ninth inning heard around the league happened. Bases loaded no outs after a Chase single, Leonardi double and JoeMo intentional walk (when was the last time that was typed? JK Joe...). Then magic happened, fielders choice and 1-2-3 DP to get Kessler out of it!! No runs and still a tie game headed to the bottom half.

The bottom did the job in the bottom half as Gary and Jay singled to give GC 2nd and 3rd. A questionable intentional walk to Papa K loaded the bases for the top where Caputo ended the game to give GC a huge win over a really, really good Byko team.

Most of the credit goes to the bottom of the order in this one as Jay had a 3 hit day, Gary had two and Joel reached base in three of four at bats. A three hit day including the walkoff for Caputo (welcome back) and two for Jeremy & AP. For Byko, Chase, Leonardi and Joe were on base all day and Dinapoli pitched very well, getting out of numerous jams. Congrats to Jim on being named the other all-star captain! Will be fun on 7.28. 

 

Meyer 16 "Sps" v Bomenblit 5

What a surprise to wake up on a Sunday morning to get to play another week of softball. It seems like Paul got to play with two softballs the night prior.... This game was all Meyer as they flashed the leather starting with the assless chaps Paul wore Saturday to his sausage fest " the 55 and older party." Back to the game... Ryan Amato blasted two nukes w/ 5 rbis, Juan was on base alot again...  "Este chico tiene pelotas grandes!."  Everyone chipped in for a complete game. Nacho got hitting lessons from Ryan Amato and is back to preseason form, Dom went 1-4 raising his average to a sizzling .186, Mike Amato keeps ripping the ball, smoking Ray rips two hits from the vape and two singles, The real Larry Rubin from 2017 has arrived and went 3-4, Meyer chipped in with two wobbles to first, Saler gets 1 double & 1 inning at shortstop, Frank smoked another outfielder, Pat did a moon walk to first & Wags just looked sexy out there.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD

 

ACE (Bykofsky)  9    Red Oak (Rosenstock)  8

In the world of Marlboro Softball, lets face it, some games definitely mean more than others regardless of the 1-0 or 0-1 in the standings.  That was the case on Sunday AM at 4th Street Field for Byko and Co (playing without midseason MVP Chase Sandler) as they faced a 7-4 Rosenstock squad (no Rabinowitz) who have been hot lately, are well managed, and have Martino; a dangerous combination.

Stock's boys came out of the gates quickly plating 3 runs in the first thanks to hits by Picarello, Tino and Pacheco. Ace would respond with 1 run bottom 1 thanks to a DiNapoli hit down the line.  A 3-1 lead then became a 6-1 advantage for Stock midway through the game as Picarello would strike with a booming triple to CF to give them a spark.  He's maybe slightly better than MStock...Moving on.  Bottom 6 Needles, Byko (thx to a miscue) DiNapoli and Leonardi all reach to get Ace a little closer 6-3.  The defense then went into lockdown mode for ACE.  Evan Abramson was stellar at SS filling in for Chase making 5-6 nasty plays and Needles was fucking electric at 2nd all game.  They deserve major props for stepping up in a game where they were called upon to deliver for the team in time of need.  

6-3 Stock leads bottom 7, Chip, MStein (stud), Gary, all set the table for Kurt the dirt Schmidt who smokes a 2 RBI single to tie the game 6-6!  Kurt immediately then wiped out his hit (LOL) by misplaying a ball in RF that EStock launched enabling Stock to take a massive (at the time) 2 run lead, 8-6 with 2 innings to play.  Byko's top doesn't score, uh-oh, so it all comes down to bottom 9.  Abramson leads off with a missile nukeeeeeee in the gap for a HR, 8-7, holy shinto! Chip walks, MStein moves him over with a bomb to RF for an out, and Gary the clutch MFer that he is then strokes a single to tie the game 8-8!  Kurt then almost hits a walkoff but is robbed by Colarocco, 2 outs.  Tom Bon single, PStein Walk, sets up bases loaded for Needles who walks it off with a RBI single!  What a win!

The hero was Needles on the day hands down.  3 hits and a "Hawk Tuah", a solid Sunday for our guy!!!  DiNapoli showed up with the bat delivering 3 hits as well.  For Red Oak kudos to Picarello, Tino, Ronnie, and Thompson who all had multiple hit games.  They are a tough team you don't wanna face down the stretch and it seems like Nick is everywhere on the field.  The win for ACE makes them 8-3 as they battle for the top spot in the standings.  Byko's boys face a tough team in Kessler next week with each team welcoming back their 1 with open arms...should be electric!

 

Kessler 25, Wallman 12

On a sweltering hot Sunday morning, Team Kessler arrived at Union Hill, where the Changers came into this game at 5-0, with a 10 man crew for the second week in a row with Caputo on his 22nd glass of wine in Italy, Ermel on the IL and Adelsberg in traffic to Long Island, to face one of the league's preseason favorites in Team Wallman.

The Kessler bats were just as hot as the temperatures outside all day, putting up its best offensive performance of the season behind 25 runs off 28 hits and nine walks that saw everyone in the Kessler lineup reach base at least twice and half the team reach base at least five times. 

Most of the runs came late but it started early in the first, with Nick plating the first run on a sac fly and AP getting the first of his four hits and the first two of his five RBIs on a big one out single to put Kessler up 3-0. AP did it again in the third and Gary followed to go up 5-0. A Nicky nuke pushed the Kessler run total to eight but Wallman would cut it to 8-6 in the 6th off a Becker nuke of his own and some very admittedly poor GC defense.

This is where I'm very proud of my squad as every time Wallman pushed close and things didn't go our way defensively, we answered with the bats. GC pushed it from 8-6 to 12-6 in the 6th behind a two run double by Greg and some fortuitous bounces and extended that to 16-6 in the 7th with a two out rally that included walks to both of the DeLuise brothers and back-to-back-to-back huge two out hits from AP (his fourth of the day), Joel (his third of the day) and Papa K (his... first of the day).

You usually think you're safe with a 10 run lead in the eighth inning but not so fast, as Wallman scored six in the top half to cut it to four. GC responded AGAIN, this time not with four but with NINE runs, six of which with two outs! Joey had two hits in the inning, including the final blow, a two out, two run double, Jeremy doubled, Greg drove in two and four straight hits by Joel, Papa K, Gary and Jay gave GC their biggest inning of the year to go up what would be the final 25-12 score.

Obviously lots of huge days but the Pargaments were fantastic, with AP going 4-for-4 with two intentional walks circa 2008, 4 runs and 5 RBIs and Joey going 4-for-6 with a walk, four runs and 2 RBIs. The father-son duo reached base in 12 of 13 at bats. Joel also had a great game, going 4-for-6, coming through both times Todd intentionally walked AP. Greg still hasn't made an out since he's been pitching (as I'm sure he's told you), going 3-for-3 with four runs and 5 RBIs of his own. Gary had three hits and Ben, who couldn't swing a bat effectively with a dislocated shoulder, somehow reached base in five of six at bats himself. 

Incredible job by GC going 2-0 with a +19 run differential with Caputo out. Next up, a huge game in Manalapan vs. another one of the best teams in the league, and a matchup of two captains that vastly underrated each other's teams in their preseason writeups, Byko. 

 

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 11 – Princeton (Bomenblit) 8

On a sweltering Sunday morning, Shore Smile versed a hot Princeton squad (coming off a 3-game win streak) at the late game on UHL. Princeton jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st but only held the lead until the bottom of the 2nd when Shore Smile sent 10 batters to the plate scoring 6 runs, highlighted by a R Krauss triple.  Shore Smile scored 2 more in the 3rd stringing a bunch of hits together to take a 8-2 lead. Princeton would chip away, scoring 2 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th to cut the lead to 8-6. Shore Smile plated 3 in the 6th holding an 11-6 lead. Shore Smile shut down Princeton in the 6th and 7th and then Princeton scored 2 in the 8th to bring them within 3, 11-8. Onto the 9th where Shore Smile stayed away from their usual 9th inning excitement and retired Princeton 1-2-3 to close the game out with an 11-8 win.

This was a very solid defensive game on both sides. Shore Smile was led by a perfect 3-3 day from A Turano, Allegretti and Brent and multi-hit games from N Turano and Kamras. Jim pitched a good game getting back to his no walk games. For Princeton, both E Bomenblit and AJ had 3 hits (2 hrs for Eric). Mike also pitched well only giving up 1 walk.

 

Marrone 16, Polzer 8

On a sweltering morning for a double dip, Team Marrone's first stop to keep the positive mojo going was a 16-8 victory over Team Polzer at Union Hill Left with an 11 man squad absent McGuire and Justin Randell.  Team Marrone got off to a quick start in the top of the 1st with 4 runs started by a leadoff hit from Krant, hits from Itrell and Noel capped off by a Martorano no doubter 3 run blast to left center (the first of his 2 dingers on the day). Team Polzer would respond with 1 in the bottom half to make it 4-1.  In the bottom of the second, 4 straight hits to start from the bottom of the lineup (Arnold, Weitsen, Glen and Brad Randell), a sandwiched sac fly from Krant followed by more consecutive hits from Brandon, Itrell, Noel and Martorano would result in 5 more runs for an early 9-1 lead.  Team Marrone would tack on another run in the 3rd on an RBI single from Papa Randell to drive in an earlier Arnold single.  Things would stay at 10-1 until the bottom of the 6th when Team Polzer came back with 4 of their own highlighted by a Catania 2 run triple.  In the top of the 8th t,he lead would be extended to 12-5 with two runs set up by leadoff consecutive hits from Martorano and Clamp driven in by a Ballo double and Glen Sac Fly.  In the top of the 9th, the Gymnasts would salt this one away adding 4 more highlighted by that second blast from Martorano; this time a 3 run shot to the right side and certainly one of the furthest shots in recent memory by a right handed hitter to right field.  Team Polzer would post 3 in the bottom of the 9th for the final 16-8 final margin of victory. Offensive stars were plentiful in the 16 run attack with Martorano leading the way with a monster 4-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI performance along with ROY and dare I say at this point MVP candidate Itrell Young also with 4 hits.  Noel, having a strong season in his own right and Captain Glen with 3 hits apiece.  Krant, Ballo, Arnold, and Brad Randell with 2 hits of their own.  Defensively, play of the game had to be another ESPY worthy catch by Martin Blackburn ranging over to right center fully extended lay out to rob Noel of what probably would have been an insider the parker.  Martorano, with a nice lay out catch of his own coming in to also rob a Polzer hitter.  Next up it would be lots more hydration and a trip over to East Francis to face Team Kleshinsky.

 

 

Marrone 9, Kleshinsky 5

On a normal weather day, it's tough to keep the energy level up transitioning to the second game of a doubleheader.  When it's 95 in the shade after a long game 1, 7 minutes in the car with the A/C cranked up to try and cool off over to East Frances and then back into the extreme heat it's even tougher.  And you could see in the heat exhaustion body language of both teams combined with the horrific sandbox conditions at East Francis that this one was likely to be a lower scoring affair.  Indeed it was until some late inning heroics decided the game.  Team Marrone would be sending out only a 10 man lineup for this one losing the hot bat of Ballo for Game 2.  Back to Team Marrone normalcy, things did not start off well going down quietly in the top of the 1st.  In the bottom half, Team Kleshinsky jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead highlighted by a Kleshinsky Jr. blast into the trees in LF.  The sluggishness on both sides continued until the bottom of the 5th when Team Kleshinsky extended the lead to 5-0 courtesy of an Aponte blast that rolled into the trees in LCF.  The Gymasts would get on the board in the top of the 6th scoring 2 on a walk to Papa Randell and a Tornetta nuke of his own to LCF ending up in the trees.  In the bottom of the 7th, Team Marrone would get one more to make it 5-3 on a Brad Randell single in the hole almost robbed by Aponte to drive in bro-in-law Weitsen working out an earlier walk.  In the top of the 9th, the heroics unfolded; leadoff hit from Clamp, Weitsen single, Arnold single, Glen Sac Fly, Brad Randell walk, a Krant fielder's choice that forced a defensive mistake trying to turn a hurried double play, Sac Fly from Brandon and then an absolute cannon shot over the right fielder down the line for a huge 3 run dinger by that man Itrell Young.  6 runs later it was 9-5 Gymnasts for the final margin of victory to pull out one of those games you need to finish in the top part of the standings.  Offensively, Itrell led the way going 4-5 with that big dinger, Arnold with 2 hits and Brad Randell on base 3 out of 4 times going 1-2 with 2 big walks.  Defensively, Itrell and Krant locked down the middle of the infield with solid play all morning.  Captain Glen with another gem on the mound walking only 1 and although not adding to the strikeout total did induce 4 foul tips so he had the knuckler working.  Next up we look to make it 4 in a row which will be tough without Martorano back at Union Hill against a formidable Lombardi squad.  

 

Fradkin Law 18 - 618 4

On a scorching hot Sunday morning Team Pingaro continued their road trip traveling to the friendly confines of Union Hill  Right to take on the real GG in the 11:30 game.   Two walks and a defensive miscue the bases with two outs in the top of the first for the lawyers and Ian Mcdermott made sure to cash them all with a bases clearing triple to get Team Pings out in front 3-0.  Single runs in the second and 4th opened it up to 5-0 until the restaurant owners climbed back into the game with 3 of their own highlighted by a moon shot dinger to left by Ed bff Klecko to cut the score to 5-3.  Unfortunately for the Farbs, that’s as close as they would get as Team Pings would out score them 13-1 the rest of the way,  en route to grabbing win number 6 on the season by a count of 18-4.    Mcdermott paced the offense with a 3 hit 4 rbi day, but 8 others had multihit  efforts as the entire 13 man lineup registered at least 1.  Ed pitched another gem and is easily in the cy young conversation with the team allowing less than 8 runs per game to date.  For 618, Klecks ball still hasn’t landed, and Zach Schmidt lined missiles all over the field.  Team Pingaro heads to Mar El for a pair next week against Drashinsky and the Bombenblit/Cowboy combo.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH

 

BOMENBLIT/POLZER RECAP
https://youtu.be/48gYhYpCtd4

Apple vs Golfarb

On a beautiful Sunday morning at swim club the Engage Apples took on the Fighting Farbs. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in the league and their families. 

First off congrats to Doug for winning the Hornik tournament yesterday. 

The Farb squad came out firing on the first scoring 1 in the first, and 2 in the 3rd to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Then to no surprise the goat himself Ronnie ace Carlin shut the Apple squad down one batter at a time. Scoreless through 3 team Apple needed a spark. With 2 outs Eddie Fausak hit a laser shot (little dinker) down the 1st base line for a double. Pete K would follow with an RBI single and the bats would stay hot. Kevin Kleschinsky followed with a double, Pezz with a double, and Steinberg with an RBI single we found ourselves with a tie ball game going into the 5th. Fighting Farbs would score another in the 7th to make it a 5-4 game. In the bottom of the 7th, Kevin Kleschinsky’s hustle to beat out a ground ball put him on 2nd with an overthrow to first. After a walk to Steinberg, Joe Joraski would come up with a huge 2 out RBI single to tie the game. Apple’s would plate 2 more to make it an 8-5 game. Apple would add another run in the 8th on an Apple9Finger single and team Apple would come away with a much needed win. For the Farbs, Klecko was on base all day, Tony continued to be a hitting machine, and RC has the best curveball I’ve ever seen. For Apple, multi hit game for Fausak, Pete K, Kevin K, Joraskie, and Persily. Solid defense and good pitching by Pezz got this team back in the win column. Next up for Apple is a Wednesday night matchup vs Kleschinsky 

 

Tuscanyrose 13 (DP) d. Engage PEO (BA) 3

A beautiful Wednesday evening saw a Polzer lead Tuscanyrose squad take on an Apple lead Engage PEO. The game was a snoozefest though 3.5 innings as all 3 runs scored were off SAC Flies - seeing Apple take a 2-1 lead.

The game would open up in the 4th when the middle of the Polzer order would get to work plating 3 runs with a string of hits from Polz, Hemp, BEASTon, Dan Sr & Dan Jr giving Polz a 4-2 lead.

Apple would get one more in the 6th making it a 4-3 game but the PolzPatrol would pull away as the top of the order would strike again, like they have all year, as Mat, Martin, Polz & Hemp would get on, and score with rbi’s from Cap’n Dave, Sr & Jr.

In the 7th Tuscanyrose would plate 4 more, this time sparked by singles from Lou BondsFutto & the ageless wonder Jerry Tilker, followed by RBI hits from Mat & Martin.  One more run from Easton hustle in the 8th would give Polzer a 13-3 run going into the 9th where they’d hold on for the win.

As always, the Polzer defense was lock down, led by Shawon, maybe Michael, Danser, who played an exceptional RCF on 1 good ankle & Easton continues to play outstanding in LF. Polz pounded the zone all day as per usual, and the rest of the fellas did their jobs.

Offensively, all 12 guys had a hit, with 7 guys having multiple, led by Dan Jr with 3 (welcome back to 2024 bud).

Most importantly, shoutout to Team Apple for not attempting to kill one another for the first time all year!

Next up for the PolzPatrol - Team CowBomenblit!

 

Marrone 11, Meyer 9

On a pristine weather Father's Day morning at Manalapan, (Happy Father's Day to all the softball dad's out there) Team Marrone came back to within 1 game of the .500 mark rebounding from a tough loss to Larocca last week with an 11-9 victory over a solid Meyer squad looking for another deep playoff run down the road.  For the Gymnasts, a trend held up and a trend was broken; the trend that continued was this is a resilient squad that seems to consistently bounce back from a tough loss the following week.  The trend broken was instead of giving another game away to the opposing team (although we tried our best to do so) Team Marrone took advantage of some defensive generosity from the opposing team to pull out a victory.  Things got off to an unusally good start for the boys in pink holding Team Meyer scoreless in the top of the 1st and putting up a quick 3 in the bottom half ignited with back to back hits from the sizzling Krant out of the leadof spot and Brandon to start.  A sac fly from Noel, hits from Martorano and Clamp capped off with a Sac Fly from Ballo and 3 runs were on the board.  Team Meyer would respond with 2 in the second.  A Sac Fly from Justin Randell to drive in a leadoff hit from Uncle Weitsen in the bottom half would make it 4-2 after 2.  Team Marrone would add 2 more in the 3rd set up again by back to back hits to start the inning from Krant and Brandon.  Team Meyer would get 1 in the 4th to make it 6-3 and the Gymnasts would get the run back in the 5th off a leadoff double from Justin Randell, essentialy a softball sacrifice to the right side by Papa Randell to set up an RBI single from that man Krant again.  At 7-3 Team Meyer would chip away with 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to make it a 7-6 game.  With 2 outs in the top of the 8th and 2 on, what could have been a deja vu game giveaway play occured when a great stop on the infield was unfortunately followed up with an errant throw to 1st which was then followed up with a botched rundown throw to to the plate with 2 runners caught up between 3rd and home and 3 runs later Team Meyer had a 9-7 lead.  Fortunately for Team Marrone, Team Meyer reciprocated with some charity defense of their own after Krant and Brandon once again started the inning with back to back hits resulting in the Marrone squad plating 4 runs for an 11-9 lead and the final margin of victory.  Offensively, Jordan Krant who is having a stellar first half of the season led the way with a perfect 4-4 morning along with his sidekick Tornetta with a 3-4 performance of his own. Martorano, Clamp, Weitsen and Captain Glen chipped in with 2 hits apiece.  For Team Meyer, as adverstised Amato and Frank mashed the ball all morning.  Defensively, Noel Santiago with a very solid day at SS filling in for the missing Itrell Young.  Nice luxury to have Noel as your backup SS. . . On the mound, Glen with another fine performance walking none and adding another K to his strikeout total.  Next up a big double dip against Kleschinsky and Polzer next week to try and get above the Mendoza line

 

Ace (Byko)  23     Tec Tel (Pollock)  5     7 innings

The very late game at UHR on a beautiful Father's Day morning featured Team Byko (missing Kurt and Needles) vs a 13 manned Pollock team.  Top 1 DiNapoli and Sandler set the table for Leonardi who promptly smoked a 3 run HR to center field to give the boys an early lead.  Pollock responded with some hits in the bottom of the frame to make it 4-3.

The ACE bats then just caught fire at the dish (31 hits in 7 innings) as MVSandler (4-4 7RBIs) took over the game with 2 monster nukes, including one to RCF over the monster ("Jesus Christ" was said a lot).  Rookie Mikey Steinberg continued his assault on Marlboro Softball smoking the ball all morning, finishing the day 5-5 with a booming double off the big wall.  Byko and Mamone thought it was 2016 and each had 4 hits, while DiNapoli continued his solid year with 4 hits as well.

The defense was lockdown for ACE except when Gary decided to throw like he tore his labia and not his groin. LOL.  Feel better Gary.  CY-Napoli also pitched amazingly, keeping the dangerous bats of Pollock quiet most of the game.  However, this Pollock team is dangerous and I expect them to make a run before all is said and done.  The Byko boys will be Sandler-less =( next week as they face a tough team Stock. Stay tuned..

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 12 – SPS (Meyer) 7

After a tough loss in Game 1, Shore Smile was looking to bounce back against a hot SPS team in their double dip at East Frances. Shore Smile plated 1 in the 1st and 2 in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. SPS responded with 1 in the bottom of the 2nd making it 3-1. Shore Smile opened it up in the 4th with 5 straight hits highlighted by a 2 run dinger by Allegretti to take a 8-1 lead. SPS chipped away scoring 1 to 2 runs in the next 4 of 5 innings but Shore Smile held the lead throughout the game plating 2 more in the 6th and 2 in the 9th with a solo HR from McFadden. Shore Smile wins 12-7.

Defense was very good by both teams with some nice plays on both sides. Shore Smile’s offense was led by A Turano (3-4, 4 rbi’s) and multi-hit games by McFadden, Dunleavy, N Turano and Allegretti. For SPS, Amato had 4 hits on the day and Wags hit the ball well with a triple down the RF line.

 

Kessler 10, Goddard 3

Few things before we get into the regularly scheduled programming here. 1. Happy Father's Day to all the great dads in the league & 2. Best wishes to Frank, who left the game early in the second inning with a knee injury. Couldn't ask for a better team guy. Here's to a speedy recovery and the best 12 in Marlboro Softball has seen being back on the field soon!

Now to the game... GC came into this one with no Caputo, Joel or Gary and then no Ermel after the first inning. Would take a three man outfield and mostly everyone playing a position they haven't played this year to win this one but did so, mostly on the back of a masterful performance from Greg, who was 6-for-6 from the plate with 3 runs and 3 RBIs and pitched a gem on the mound (yes, he pitched) allowing probably less than 10 hits in the whole game with a three man outfield. 

Jeremy, AP and Papa K (who was tremendous at third base all game... pitching controversy??) all had two hits with Jeremy splitting the LF-LCF gap for his second HR in three games. Really solid team win for the Changers to move to 6-3. Next up, the Preseason Favorite Wallman squad without Caputo again at UHR. 

 

Kleschinsky Family & Friends 12 - The Other Guys (Shore Smiles) 8 

The Kleschinsky Crew took the field yesterday in a display of athleticism usually reserved for roughing up Caitlin Clarke. But hey, who needs grace when you have grit...and apparently, a sudden, inexplicable ability to crush softballs?

The game started off pretty quiet with only 3 total runs for the first 3 1/2 innings which is about par for team K who has had trouble doing anything at the plate this year. But then a few hits in the 3rd led to Matty Ice and Tim (best) Ferro driving in 3 runs with back to back singles giving the good guys a 4 -1 lead. Shore Smiles would fight back a little before Team K put up another 6 all sealing the deal for a Fathers Day win. Shore put up 4 in the 7th and 2 in the 9th but fell short as Team K has now won 2 straight after dropping 5 in a row.

Leading the charge was Mike Jr., who went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored and Aponte decided to join the party, launching a majestic home run that brought in 2 RBIs and scored 2 runs, But the player of the game was Matty Ice who went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and a run (dude was a frozen fury at the plate, leaving opposing pitchers colder than a witch's kiss). And last but not least, Markarp found the fountain of youth stepping into a full time pitching role and going the distance, closing out Shore Smiles with no earned runs (just like Glenn)

For Team (upside down) Smiles, Ush, Justin K and Maximiliano were all 2-for-3 in the losing effort, while Soskel was a perfect 2-for-2 and probably went to sleep with his iPad in his lap replaying his performance.

The final score? Classified information to protect the other team's fragile ego. Let's just say the Kleschinsky Crew emerged victorious, with enough bragging rights to fuel them for months. Or at least until the next game, when they'll likely revert back to their usual form of enthusiastic fumbling and questionable batting stances.

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 16 over Triton (Conti) 14

A gorgeous weekend kept it rolling into Sunday as Gastro and Triton faced off for the early game at Union Hill Left. Even for the early game, fans were in attendance to show support for their fathers on Father’s Day. But boy, were they in for a great one.

Gastro took the lead early thanks to a JZ sac fly in the top of the first. Conti would then plate across 3 in the bottom of the second to make it 3-1 Triton. Gastro would then tie the game with 2 runs of their own thanks to a BOOMIN 2 RBI triple by JZ to right field. Gastro would add one more in the next inning thanks to a clutch RBI single by Steve Messina. The Colon Crushers would keep the runs coming in the next few innings. A 4-spot in the 5th thanks to a 3 run triple by JZ and an RBI single by Weis. Another 4 spot in the 6th thanks RBI singles from Tyson and the capt and 2 RBI sac fly from Santa. Then another 3 in the 7th thanks to RBI singles from Heitz and Vinny and a sac fly from MOOOOSE. All while holding a fierce Conti lineup to one-run. However, folks, this is Marlboro Softball, and this game proved that no lead is safe. In the 8th, the Triton squad bats came alive and would plate across 6, all from hard hit balls up and down the lineup. Gastro got some extra insurance in the 9th thanks to a RBI single by JZ.  Triton would then plate across another 4 in the bottom of the 9th, but it would not be enough, and Gastro secured a 16-14 W!

Santa and JZ continue to lead this Gastro offense. Santa a perfect 3-3 with 3R a double 2 RBI and a walk. JZ went 3-4 with 2 Triples and 6 RBI! 3 hit games for the capt, Weis, Heitz and Vinny. For Conti, kudos to their whole squad for battling and never giving up. Gastro looks to keep the wins coming as they take on Apple for the Sunday Night UHL game.

 

Stock 6 - Wallman 5
The weather was perfect for a nice Father's Day matchup between team Stock and Team Wallman at the friendly confines of Mar El.  EB Construction was expected to play with 9 but Captain Wallman was able to play giving his team a boost as it's no fun playing on an open field with a 3 man OF.  EB construction grabbed an early lead scoring once in the 1st.  After a Tino single and Yutko double the Red Oak boys would grab the lead thanks to RBI from Lambo and E Stock.  Stock would never trail again in the game.  In the bottom of the 3rd team Stock would double their lead thanks to a triple from Joey Picarello and sac fly from Martino.  Team Wallman tacked on a run in the top of the 6th making it a 4-2 game.  Red Oak had an answer in the bottom half of the frame, it was back to back run scoring singles from Ronnie Pacheco and Lambo stretching the lead to 4 runs.  EB Construction fought back over the next 2 innings scoring 3 times to cut the lead to just 1.  Lambo was able to shut down team Wallman in the top of the 9th to secure the W for the Red Oak squad.

 

There wasn't a lot of offense from either team so I'll start the shoutouts with my boy Lambo who pitched great all game against a very dangerous 10 man Wallman lineup.  Lambo also led the way with the bats going 3-3 with 2 RBI.  Joey Picarello's excellent rookie campaign continued as he keeps sparking the team from the leadoff spot, Picarello went 2-3 with 2 runs and a steak.  Tino kept rolling at the plate with a multi hit game and a steak dinner (Happy 1st Father's day Nick).  The Red Oak defense was on point all day.  For Wallman Hill's bat is as good as advertised, he has bigtime power and can place the ball where he wants.  Becker pitched a very good game and was lock down defensively up the middle.  Rookie Jesse Panassidi made a great diving play near the RF line.  Up next for Red Oak is Byko and his boys at 4th Street.

 

 

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 18 over Tec-Tel (Pollock) 16
A picture-perfect evening at Union Hill Right Wednesday night featured a Gastro squad looking to come back after a tough loss in extra innings on Sunday and a Pollock squad who was riding high after a close victory. Little did these teams know that they were about to enter a game that was one for the record books (apologies to the fans about not having the live stream).
Tec-Tel came out trucking plating across 4 in the top of the 1st. However, the Colon Crushers would match that 4 in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a JZ 2 RBI single, a Woloshyn sac fly and a Heitz RBI double. The Pollock squad did not take a liking to the score being tied, so what did they do? MASH! They scored 7 runs in the top of the second to take an 11-4 at the end of 2. Gastro would get one back in the bottom of the 3rd thanks to a Santa Solo nuuuuuuuuke over the right field monster, but Pollock would score 2 more runs in the top of the 4th and shut Gastro down to make it 13-5 after 4. After a scoreless 5th, Pollock would add 2 more runs to their lead to make It 15-5. Gastro remained cool, calm and collective and got to work in the bottom of the 6th by putting on a laser show! It started with a solo, inside the park homerun by the capt. Santa hits a triple, JZ knocks him in with a single. Weis hits a double and JZ scores thanks to another Jake Woloshyn sac fly. So with two outs…what happens? Dan knocks in Weis with an RBI single, Heitz hits a single, Vinny hits an RBI single, Steve MOOOOOSE Messina hits an RBI single, Dave Unterweiser hits an RBI single, Papa D hits an RBI single. Two runners on base for the mighty and speedy Stevie Tyson, would conclude this hit parade with a 3-run inside the park homerun. The Colon Crushers would plate across 11 runs to take a 16-15 lead!!! And once they got that lead, they never looked back. Gastro would score another 2 in the 7th thanks to a RBI double by JZ and a RBI single by Jake. The Gastro lock down defense was able to hold this hot hitting Pollock squad to only one more run to edge out an 18-16 victory!
This game showed the grit and mental toughness of the Gastro squad. No one ever gave up, got down on themselves or each other. Gastro just went to work and got paid with the W at the end. JZ lead the way for the offense going 4-4 with a double, 3 runs and 3 RBI. Santa and Weis followed with 3 hits apiece. It also should be called out that Santa made 3 INSANE catches in LCF that for sure saved extra runs and got the squad fired up to keep going and pushing towards the victory! Watching him command the outfield is a thing of beauty. The middle infield of Weis and Woloshyn continues to be on lock down and JZ and Vinny Spitz continue to be vacuums at first base. For Tec-Tel, they call him Santi-GREAT for a reason! He did his thing by making unreal plays at short. Additionally, Billy Losch was hitting missiles all night long. Gastro looks to create another winning streak as they take on a dangerous Conti squad at the early game at UHL.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH

 

Bomenblit/Drashinsky RECAP
https://youtu.be/aTuABcpjLto

 

618 (GG) 14 – CK’S (MK) 10
On this week's episode of WWE RAW, the struggling Farbs would take on the Kleshinsky/Ferro family at UHL. The day started as the week would end in totally bizarre fashion, as you pull into Union Hill and see Billy the Clam laying on top of the backstop with a tape measure. 

To the action: Espresso Martini boys would come to the plate in the top of the 1st with another new lineup, as their only bright spot Mike Klecko had to miss this week to perform a duet with his daughter at her dance recital. In classic Farb fashion, the boys go down with a wildly efficient 1-2-3 inning. The next few innings didn’t have much excitement as the Fershinsky’s would score 4 over the first 4. 

In the 5th, today’s 618 player of the game, Reid Goldfarb would take over. Reid put the team on his back, driving in two then scoring a run of his own to bring the Farbs back in striking distance at 4-3. In the very next inning, the Fershinsky’s were about to go quietly before Tfarb decided to do his best Spanish matador impression on a screamer from Junior. This would extend the inning and allow Aponte to make it hurt with a 3-run blast making the score 7-3.

After the last four games the fans at home were probably expecting the Farbs to roll over and die here, however Boy Wonder Reid came through again with a huge triple leading the Farbs to a 9-run 8th. After 2 more runs from 618 in the top of the 9th, the Farbs were able to squander the Fershinsky comeback and hold on to a 14-10 victory.

Big shout out to Reid who led the way going 3-4 with 4 RBI, Zach Schmidt stepping up in the leadoff spot going 3-4, DougFarb on base 3x and Brullo continuing his excellent LCF play chipping in with 2 big hits. Also want to shout out Mark and Alex for gritty performances battling through some injuries. For Kleshinsky, Aponte nuked 2 no doubters and Taco has really turned into a nice player at the plate, hitting absolute missiles all over the field.

Next up, Guy and his 3 sons will take on the Fightin Applebaum’s in a Father’s Day bout at Swim.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 9 – Goddard’s Home Improvements (Goddard) 8
Shore Smile faced off against Goddard’s Home Improvements in the very late game at UHR (started a little after 1:00). Goddard was coming off a big win in their first game and carried the momentum into the 2nd game. Both teams traded a run in the 1st inning, 1-1. Shore Smile took a 1 run lead in the 2nd only to be tied by Goddard in the 3rd, 2-2. Shore Smile opened it up a little plating 4 runs in the 4th, highlighted by a 2 run blast by N Turano, 6-2 (Nick was then intentionally walked his next 2 AB’s). Goddard scored 3 runs in the 6th on a 3 run HR by Fluta bringing them within 1 run, 6-5. Shore Smile added 2 runs in the bottom of the inning taking a 8-5 lead. Both teams were shut down in the 7th and 8th, onto the 9th. Goddard had their top up and strung together hits to plate 3 runs and tie the game. With runners on 1st and 3rd and 1 out, Shore Smile was able to turn a DP to get out of the inning. Bottom of the 9th, McFadden leads off with a clutch triple. Goddard walked the next two batters to load the bases. An IF pop by the next batter, 1 out. A Turano then laced a single to plate the winning run. Shore Smile wins 9-8.
Defense was very good by both teams, Shore Smile turned two double plays and 1 by Goddard. For Shore Smile, multi-hit games by McFadden, A Turano, Brent and J Lombardi. Jim pitched another good game with no walks. For Team Goddard, Fluta, Jacobs and Hor had multi-hit games.

 

Ace (Bykofsky) 7    Tuscany Rose (Polzer)    3

It was a battle of 3-less squads (no Polzer, no Mamone) as Team Ace took on Tuscany Rose at Union Hill Right.

Without Polzer the pitching duties on the morning were handed to Martin "Cy" Blackburn and boy did he deliver for Tuscany Rose.  Marty had it working the first half of the game on the mound and held the ACE boys HITLESS through 4 innings of play, perfect actually.  Luckily for ACE, they have a stud pitcher of their own in DiNapoli who matched zeros with Martin keeping the boys in the game.  0-0 top 5, Byko single to break up the perfecto, Chase then follows with 2 run nuke, 2-0 good guys, finally.  Abramson and MStein then sparked a little rally in the 6th inning to make it 3-0.  Polzer's pals responded though with big hits by MMonochio and Marty to make it 3-2 going to the bottom of the 7th.  PStein, Byko and Chase then all reached and were followed up by a YUGE 2 RBI double from Leonardi off the fencing.  The defense then held up the rest of the way en route to the 7-3 win for Byko's bunch.

Not much hitting from either side in this one as Byko, Chase and rookie Mikey Stein were the only ones to reach base 2x for Ace.  For Tuscany their offense was led by Marty, what can't the kid do, with 3 hits, Matt had 2 hits out of the leadoff spot, and that was about it.  Pitching and defense was the recipe for the win in this one as Ace will look to keep the momentum going next week vs. a suddenly hot Pollock squad.  Take care, brush ya hair...

 

Pollock d. Pingaro 8-6

Perhaps no team needed a win as much as the Tec-Tel Oilers. This team has been shorthanded all season and has been tied or held the lead late in every game, but as Bill Parcells said "You are what you record says you are." And if our record is going to tell a better story, we need to start closing out games more effectively. But it also takes a lead to get in that position, and coming into a match-up missing two starting OFrs (what's new?) and against a first place Pingaro squad, we knew it would be a big challenge. In the 2nd, a lead-off triple from the healthy (for now) captain followed by an RBI hit from Josh Walker gave Team Pollock an early lead. Fradkin Law came back with a run in the 3rd to knot things up at 1-1. In the 4th, the Pollock bats awoke as the top of the order started with 6 of 7 hits to begin the inning to plate 4 big runs. In the 6th, Tec-Tel started things off with 5 consecutive baserunners, helping us take what foolishly felt like a comfortable 8-2 lead into the 8th inning. A resilient Pingaro squad put up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to cut the lead in half at 8-4. Fradkin, who pitched a solid game, kept the Tec-Tel bats scoreless in the 9th (with the help of some nice plays at 1B from a banged up Pingaro and a stumbling, but acrobatic catch from JJ in RF) and off to the final 3 outs we went. After a routine groundout to start the bottom of the 9th, the Tec-Tel'ers breathed a sign of relief and started dreaming of an uneventful victory. Those dreams ended quickly when a rare appeal play claiming our 1B blocked the orange bag was granted, and suddenly the scary Pingaro top of the order was up with no outs and a runner on. In the blink of an eye, Fradkin Law had the winning run at the plate, but Josh Walker, who just keeps getting better on the mound, slammed the door shut for the final out. Pingaro's squad was led offensively by Tom Carroll (surprise, surprise) and their entire team played a very solid defensive game, turning four double-plays. For Tec-Tel, Steve Santigate (who has been awesome at SS) and Josh Walker led the way with 3 hits each, while Mitch and Matt Pollock, Koko, and Yockel also had multi-hit games. Now winners of 2 of their last 3, Team Pollock will look to continue to dig out the hole they've dug against another first place squad (Drashinsky) under the lights on Wednesday night. #LetsGoOilers

 

 

Stock 14 Apple 7
After playing in the last 2 thrilling games the Red Oak squad looked to keep things rolling vs Team Apple.  The Red Oak boys were down their 2,3,4.  For some reason Pacheco, Yutko, and Colarocco scheduled a group weekend trip to Alcatraz.  It sucks that we didn't have them on the field Sunday but it's nice to see teammates bonding and going on vacation together.  Guys would have to step up and I was confident they would.  On to the game.

Team Apple grabbed an early lead plating 2 in the top of the 1st.  Team Stock cut the lead in half in the 1st and then tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd thanks to a Mike Rabinowitz RBI single.  Apple's squad would have an immediate response in the top of the 4th scoring 4 runs to take a 6-2 lead.  This Red Oak group has been playing in a lot of back and forth games and the team has consistently fought back after their opponents have a big inning and Sunday was no different.  The Stock bats erupted in the 4th scoring 7 runs as they batted around.  This rally was no doubt sparked by back to back RBI knocks from Joe Lee and Sal Sicurella.  The top of the lineup did their job continuing the rally highlighted by a 2 run single from Joey Picarello and a Tino run scoring double.  The Captain who led off the inning with a double put the icing on the inning with a RBI single giving Red Oak a 9-6 lead.  Stock bats went right back to work the next inning and once again was sparked by the bottom of the lineup.  After a Mendelson single and Thompson walk Rookie Picarello brought them both around to score with a bomb Triple.  Red Oak would tack on another run doubling their lead to 6.  Lambo really settled in and only allowed team Apple to score once more in the game.  Nick Martino delivered some more insurance with a run scoring triple and Mike Rabinowitz who has been an RBI machine closed out the scoring with a steak single.  Red Oak would go on to win 14-7.

Just a monster TEAM win.  These are the real satisfying wins as a Captain, down so many top guys and having so many different players step up.  So many guys to shout out but I have to start with Joey Picarello.  He's a big strong kid so it was not a problem for him to carry the team on his back Sunday and that's exactly what he did going 5-5 with 5 runs and 4 RBI all while playing a solid LCF.  I can't say enough about this guy.  Obviously he's impressed on the field but he's been great off the field too, always pumping up the boys and willing to take the tough jobs even as a rookie.  Next guy is JOE LEE who went 2-3 with 2 runs and a steak but more importantly played a very good RF making all the plays.  As a Captain during the pre season I try and feel out my lower ranked players comfort level playing positions other than catcher as I know there will be games they'll be needed there.  During one of our 1st BPs I asked Joe if he is ok playing RF and his reply was "I'll be ready". Joe Lee is a man of his word.  Mike Rabinowitz stayed hot going 3-5 with 2 more RBI as he has been one of the teams best hitters with guys on base.  Captain Stock had a nice game at the plate with a 3 hit effort.  Nick Martino who's bat has been incredible this year went 2-4 with 2 runs and 3 RBI.  Sean Keenan was another big-time step up player on Sunday playing all 9 innings at 1B and did a good job of it.  Group shout-out to the OF of Rabinowitz Picarello Thompson Lee who played a flawless OF on a spacious field.  Lastly for Red Oak I gotta dap up my boy Lambo.  He knew we needed a big game on the mound from him and came through for the boys.  There's a reason this guy has pitched in so many big games over the last several years.  For team Apple Brian Appelbaum made a really nice play coming in RF.  And most importantly welcome back Kevin Kleschinsky.  So awesome to see Kevin back on the field and of course he hit the ball hard all day and also made a web gem at 3B making a diving play and showing off that cannon of his throwing out the runner from the ground, just ridiculous.  Up next for Red Oak is Team Wallman at Mar El as the Stock boys bring Ronnie, Mark, and Justin back into the fold making the family whole again.

 



WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH

 

Stock 18 LaRocca 16

Wednesday night at Union Hill with perfect weather for a softball game as Red Oak looked to keep the momentum going from their walkoff win as they faced off against a very good 10 man LaRocca lineup.  A nice crowd gathered for this game and I'm sure most of them expected a high scoring affair.  Well that's what they got in a game that had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of intensity.

Red Oak grabbed the early lead thanks to a Yutko single in the top of the 1st but a Sags nuke here and DOC grunt there and very quickly LaRocca had a 3-1 lead.  Team Stock went right back to work to retake the lead in the 2nd as Mike Rabinowitz delivered an RBI knock and Big Daddy Thompson came through with a clutch 2 run single.  Red Oak expanded their lead to 3 in the top of the 3rd after back to back RBI knocks from Yutko and Pacheco.  LaRocca would answer in the bottom half of the frame plating 2 but the Red Oak bats got those 2 runs right back thanks to Rabinowitz who has been thriving in big spots all year.  With the score 8-5 in the top of the 5th team Stock would get some breathing room as they put up a 4 spot in the inning.  Lambo helped himself with a steak dinner and that man again Mike Rabinowitz delivered again with 2 more RBI making it a 12-5 game.  In the moment this felt like it might be the turning point in the game, especially considering all 4 runs just scored came on a 2 out rally.  But the LaRocca boys weren't having it and went on to score 8 runs over the next two innings.  In the blink of an eye team LaRocca went from trailing by 7 to having a 1 run lead.  Momentum was clearly on their side and even more so when Phil was able to get through Red Oaks  1-4 hitters with no runs in the 7th.  There was a good chance they wouldn't have to see our top again.  Top 8 LaRocca up by 1.  After an E Stock walk and a double by Colarocco Red Oak was setup with Rabinowitz stepping up to the plate and once again Mike delivered with his 5th RBI of the game.  Sean Keenan and rookie Jeff Mendelson joined the party with back to back RBI knocks.  Thompson tacked on another run with a sac fly giving team Stock a 16-13 lead.  LaRocca cut the lead down to 1 after plating 2 in the bottom of the 8th.  Red Oak was looking for some insurance in the 9th and got some thanks to RBI singles from Lambo and Colarocco.  It probably would have been more insurance if not for a terrible send by the Captain that hurt a potential rally but anyway Red Oak went into the bottom of the 9th with a 18-15 lead.  LaRocca got 1 in the ninth but Lambo was able to slam  the door on the game securing the 18-16 W for Red Oak in a wild game.

Mike Rabinowitz led the way for Red Oak going 4-4 with 5 RBI.  Bryan Thompson kept it rolling with 3 RBI.  Very nice game for Justin Colarocco who went 2-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBI as he continues to play an elite LCF.  Rookie Jeff Mendelson chipped in going 2-4 with 2 RBI and made an incredible play at 2B going to his left.  Multi hit games for Tino,Yutko, Joey P, and Lambo.  The biggest threat for nuclear war is Phil Saglietto who nuked 3 times Wednesday night.  Doc also went yard and there may have been another nuke so sorry if I left it out.  Rookie Mahoney smoked one to the fence, same with Mike Vilani who is a steal as an 8.  Up next for Red Oak is Team Apple at Manalapan.  Team Stock will be pulling up to that game with their best 10 (thanks Lambo)

Marrone 13, Goddard 9

In what has become some good unusual luck of late in Marlboro Softball, the rain clouds held off just long enough on Wednesday night to allow Team Marrone to rebound from a tough extra innings loss on Sunday to Team Drashinsky with a 13-9 victory over Team Goddard.  The win makes it 3 out of 4 for the Gymnasts trying to find their stride and get a prolonged winning run together.  Team Goddard got out to an early lead in the top of the 1st off a solo shot from Jacobs after the 1st 2 batters were retired.  True to form, Team Marrone quickly responded with 4 in the bottom half courtesy of an RBI single from Itrell, Sac Fly from Marterano, Ballo RBI single, and Arnold Sac Fly.  The Goddard bunch would come back with a 5 spot in the top of the 3rd to take a 6-4 lead.  Once again the boys in purple and pink would quickly respond in the bottom half with 4 again started with 3 straight hits from Noel, Itrell, and Marterano capped off by a Ballo no doubter blast over the fence to LF.  In the bottom of the 4th, Team Marrone would add 1 more to make it 9-6 off an RBI single from Noel driving in Justin Randell who started the rally legging out a hit that Fluta made a ridiculous jump and throw play from deep in the hole at SS to almost rob him. 3 more would be added in the top of the 5th courtesy of a Marterano blast of his own to LCF along with RBI knocks from McGuire and Weitsen to drive in hits from Arnold and Krant.  What appeared to be a comfortable 12-6 lead was cut in half in the 7th with 3 from Team Goddard which would have been worse if not for a great play up the middle by Itrell to stab a ball headed up the middle to end the rally with multiple runners on the bases. Team Marrone would add an insurance run in the 8th on an RBi single from Weitsen to drive in Ballo who started the inning with a walk for the final 13-9 margin of victory.  On the offensive side, the full Marrone squad of 13 were all on the board with at least 1 hit with the scorching Noel and Ballo both leading the way with perfect 4-4, and 3-3 (BB) nights respectively.  Krant (3-4), Itrell, Mike M., Arnold, and Weitsen chipped in with mult-hit games of their own.  On the Goddard side, Fluta and Jacobs with multi-hit games as well.  Defensively, both SS's were spectacular; the aforementioned Fluta with several ranging plays in the hole and potential ROY candidate Itrell Young who also fired a missle to 1st to turn a big McGuire/Itrell/Ballo double play to end a potential Goddard rally early in the game.  Glen added another walkless game to his resume and recorded another K to the career strikeout total.  Next up back to Swim Club for a big matchup against Team LaRocca.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND

 

PRINCETON (BOMENBLIT) 13 – 618 (GOLDY) 8
https://youtu.be/zBw9ZsosjQQ

 

Kessler 17, Apple 6

A big doubleheader awaited Team Kessler on Sunday morning and the day started (and ended) inauspiciously with an early morning text that Joey P was in bed with a 102 fever. GC would have to play not one, but two games without its LCF and leadoff hitter.

The game didn't start so great either with the top of the Apple order scoring two in the first and holding the Kessler bats at bay through two. Jay Podos started a five run third to give Kessler a lead they'd never relinquish with a single. With one out, the top of the order saw five straight reach with a walk by the captain, a single by Caputo and a huge three run double by Greg (welcome back!). Nicky and AP added two more to give Kessler a 5-2 lead. 

In the following inning, one of the best plays you'll see an outfielder make in this league occurred (seems to happen a lot against our team), when with the bases loaded, Ben thought he had a grand slam, but Chris "Clemente" Curti had other ideas, making a full out extension dive going back away from the ball to save not one, not two, not three but four runs and keep the game 5-3.

This is where the momentum of the game could've changed, but Papa K held the Apple bats silent and then Kessler scored every other inning in the game to take this one 17-6. Greg led the way with the first two big blows early and six RBI in the game. Nicky and Caputo each had three hits while all 12 Kessler guys in the lineup reached base, and 10 reached base twice. Really solid win here down a major part of our team. 

The next game unfortunately didn't see the same offensive output but back at it next week in Freehold against the Conti crew. 

 

 

Meyer "SPS" 9 v Goddard "Home improvement" 5

Dom is famous (on Netflix), Oconnor is seeing somebody new, amato (father and son) are doing a cage match WWE next week, meyer is best lead off batter in nation, frank still ass buddies with saler, Wags still cute, Brock and his dad rig the book, Juan speaks English now, and we have a team bbq coming up. 



 

RED OAK (STOCK) 15 – TECTEL (POLLOCK) 14

After a very disappointing loss to team Pingaro Team Red Oak made the long trek from Union Hill Right to Union Hill Left to face off against another former Captain of mine, team Pollack.  Thankfully there was no traffic and we made it to the field to get some BP in.  Any Captain will tell you there's a good chance of a hangover in game 2 after a disappointing/ blowout loss in game 1 of a doubleheader.  I was eager to see how the team would respond after a bad loss.

Like in game one of the DH the Red Oak offense exploded in the 1st inning scoring 6 runs.  After knocks by Tino and Yutko Ronnie Pacheco broke the ice with a 2 run single.  Mike Rabinowitz would put the exclamation point on the inning when he came up with the bases loaded and ripped a grand salami to clear the bases.  Team Pollack cut the lead in half in the top of the 2nd making it a 6-3 lead for team Stock.  Bryan Big Daddy Thompson (thanks Mark) is absolutely white hot at the plate and that continued in a big way as he roped a solo HR to RCF to pad the lead to 4.  A feisty Pollack team would score 6 over the next 2 frames to wrestle the lead away from Red Oak.  Team Stock regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th.  Mark Yutko smashed a 2 run triple followed by RBI knocks from Rabinowitz and Sean Keenan who has been a hit machine all year.  Flash forward to the 7th where Pollack took the lead back after they put up a 5 spot making it a 14-12 game.  Red Oak tacked on a run in the bottom of the 7th making it a 1 run lead for Pollack.  Red Oak was able to keep Pollack off the board in the 8th and 9th inning thanks to some incredible defense from Nick Martino who almost turned his patented triple play but he'd have to settle for a double play which squashed a potential Pollack rally that could have provided some insurance for those guys.  So down by 1 with the hammer.  Pollack got the leadoff man out in the 9th so it was up to Thompson to get something going for team Stock and Bryan didn't disappoint as he ripped a single.  Rookie sparkplug Joey Picarello smashed a single setting it up for Tino who was already 4-4 in the game.  Martino came through for the boys as he roped a line drive single to RF as Thompson scored the tying run, Picarello running like a mad man kept running as there was an off line relay and scored the winning run giving team Stock a 15-14 walkoff win.  Incredible fight from the boys all day especially after a tough loss.

Nick Martino played banged up and I definitely didn't expect him to play SS but Tino is a gamer and leader of this team so he gutted it out and was out there at SS for his team all day providing excellent defense.  Martino did plenty of damage with the bat going 5-5 (8-9 in the DH) with 2 steaks.  Mike Rabinowitz had a huge doubleheader highlighted in game 2 as he went 3-4 with 5 RBI.  The Bryan Thompson tear continues as he went 3-4 with 3 runs and a dinger.  Ronnie 111 Pacheco is heating up at the plate, he went 3-3 with 2 RBI and also had another 3 knocks in game 1 of the DH.  Did I mention Pacheco added another W to his pitching ledger.  Ronnie got the job done with Lambo out ( Lambo had 4 RBI in game 1 and has been one of the best hitters with guys on base for Red Oak). Yutko hits the ball as hard as any player in the league and kept it rolling with 2 hits and 2 RBI.  The Captain had a multiple hit game along with 2 steaks.  Picarello and Keenan also joined the multi game hit party.  For team Pollack Captain Matt Pollack had 3 hits and 3 RBI (nice to see you back on the field Matt), Billy Losch also had 3 hits as he seems to be getting better every year.  Of course Steve Santigate was out there flashing the leather like he always does.  Up next for Red Oak is the Judge and his boys under the lights at Union Hill Wednesday night.

 

TUSCANYROSE (DP) 10 d. GAMECHANGER (BK) 5

After coming off a tough loss in game 1 to Team Wallman, and after waiting for what felt like a full day to play again (Really, League? An 830 / 12 double header? What are we doing?), Tuscanyrose was ready to bounce back against division rivals in Team Kessler to avoid losing 2 on the day.

The Polzer Bats were still napping from their long wait and went down quietly through 3 innings, while Team Kessler would take a 2 run lead.  Polzer would answer with one in the 4th after a Blackburn Double & Hempstead SAC Fly.  Kessler would get one back in the 5th taking a 3-1 lead into the 6th inning.  The Game would Change for good when the PolzPatrol bats would wake up.  After a lead off Mat triple, and a revenge IBB to Blackburn (Go To 1st, Pootz), The Captain would plate 1 with an RBI, which would set up a clutch 2 out 2 rbi single for Cold Beers Catania, giving Team Polz a 4-3 lead through 6.  They would tack on more in the 7th thanks to hits from Strings of hits from Easton, Jr & Toran which lead to a Tepper SAC fly, and would plate 5 more in the 8th with hits up and down the order - big RBIs from Polzer, Catania, Easton & Dan Jr, giving Team Polzer a comfortable 10-5 win to cap off the day.

For Team Kessler, Shoutout to Jeremy Levine for driving in 4 of the 5 Kessler runs & also to Andy Parg who played a great LF filling in for a shorthanded and injured Team Kess. Most Importantly: Get Well Soon Ben!

For Polzer, their defense was spectacular as normal, especially Hempstead @ 3B & BEASTon in LF (Get well soon cramps boy). Offensively, they were powered by Captain Dave (3 for 4, 3 RBI) & Catania (3 RBI) while Mat, Martin, Easton, Dan Jr, all chipped in with multi hit days.

Up next for Team Polz, a battle of who will show up earlier to Union Hill against Team Byko.

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 14 over Monmouth Gymnastics (Marrone) 8 in 10 Innings

A beautiful Sunday morning at Swim featured a match-up between two of the three purple sleeved teams in the league. The Gymnasts were coming off a nice victory the week before, and with their speedy, young team, Gastro knew they had to keep the runs coming early and often to make them tumble.

After a scoreless first, the Colon Crushers cartwheeled into an early 2-run lead thanks to clutch RBI singles from Steve Messina and Papa D. Gastro would add another 3 runs in the next inning thanks to a sac fly from JZ and a BOOMIN 2 RBI single from Heitz! The Marrone bats awoke in the next inning and were able to put together a 4-spot, cutting their lead to one. Gastro was able to get one back in the following inning thanks to ANOTHA RBI single from Heitz! A scoreless 6th would make it 6-4 Gastro. In the 7th, Gastro would increase their lead to 4 thanks to ANOTHA JZ sac fly and a pulverizing RBI single by slick Steve Weis! As Marrone squads do, they do not go down without a fight, and put up a 4 spot in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game. This was highlighted by a Jeff Arnold 2 run inside the park homerun (monster shot). Marrone and Gastro were able to hold the opposing teams scoreless in the 9th for some free softball. And when that 10th inning rolled around, Gastro looked like Livy Dunne on the balance beam, SIZZILIN! Gastro would plate across 6 runs in the top of the 10th, batting around the entire order with clutch and timely hits up and down the line-up. Gastro would then shut down the Marrone squad in the bottom half of the inning to secure the 14-8 victory. Judges gave this game a perfect 10!

Another gritty win for the Colon Crushers. Even when huge moments came across for Marrone, Gastro never lost sight of the end goal. They remained composed and when the moment presented itself, executed flawlessly. Multi-hit games for the Capt, Santa, JZ, Weis, Dan, Heitz and Steve Messina. JZ was absolutely lights out at first base and Papa D pitched great. For Marrone, Ballo hit extremely well, spraying the ball across all fields and locked down first base. Really great to have him back in the league. Gastro looks to keep the wins coming as they take on the Bomenblit squad at UHL.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 12 vs CK BASEBALL (Kleschinsky) 9

When you’re in the league long enough to start having a coaching tree, you cannot be surprised when you pop a calf running to first during an infield bloop that lands.  You also can’t be surprised when you actually root a little bit for your opponent to succeed (only a teensy bit, relax Corde and THANK YOU).  That said, the late game again at UHR featured CK Baseball and their powerhouse combo of MKJR, Aponte and Taco, verses a sixty year old rookie pitcher.  Good game to start, with LHRGC jumping out to a 2-0 lead on triples by Phil and Austin, a Corde warm soup SAC and a dink single by David.  The good guys added 3 more through 4 and CK cut it to 5-2 on a few hits and a walk. Going into the 7th it was 7-2 (solo shots from Phil and Austin) when CK made it a game, cutting the lead down to 2 with a BOMB from MKJR and a bases loaded, at the wall, SAC by Taco.  The Skulls answered right back with four of their own on hits from Ciaglia, Poppa Sags, David and Austin.  Mike Villani lead off the bottom of the 8th with his second double and was driven in by a double from FLASH.  Highlights for LHRGC were the offense generated by Austin, M. Villani and the bottom of the lineup.  Defensively, Mike Villani moved to SS when Phil took over for a hobbled captain on the mound.  Both of them locked down the infield the rest of the way.  You expect to have days from guys like Phil, Corde and Doc.  On this day, we had days from Mike Vill and Austin.  For CK, rookie Mags looks solid AF in the infield and can easily start at SS next year.  MKJR is an animal and looks to have awaken from his Sunday woes.  Mike Sr. got some retribution gaining his first hit off of his old captain with a hustle double in the first.  No tutu sightings from Frueh this week.  Taco is still 46 and an adonis.  NEXT up is a Wednesday night matchup against team Stock and a Sunday double dip against Marrone and Goddard.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 12 – ACE (Bykofsky) 11

In an early morning game, Shore Smile faced off against a red-hot, high scoring ACE team at Mar El with both teams having a 13 man lineup.  Shore Smile started the game plating 1 run but could have been more leaving bases loaded. Shore Smile retired the 1st two ACE batters but a hit and 2run HR by Leonardi gave ACE a 2-1 lead. Shore Smile would tie it up in the 2nd 2-2 but then ACE started to pull away scoring 3 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th, all on two outs (a theme for the day) holding a 6-2 lead going into the 5th. Shore Smile would score 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th only to be answered with 3 by ACE in the bottom of the 6th.  Both teams were held scoreless in the 7th and 8th and things didn’t look good going into the top of the 9th with ACE holding a 9-4 lead. Shore Smile showed their never give up attitude and sent 11 batters to the plate scoring 7 runs to take a 11-9 lead. Shore Smile got the 1st two batters out in the bottom of the 9th but the 2 out rally happened again with ACE scoring 2 runs on a misplayed ball. Game tied 11-11, onto extra innings. Both teams were held scoreless in the 10th and then Shore Smile plated 1 run on a family effort with singles by J Krauss, J Brent and rbi single by R Krauss. Things got dicey again as ACE had a runner on 2nd with 2 outs but Jim was able to get the next batter to fly out. Shore Smile wins 12-11 in 11 innings.

Another great team effort with 10 of the 13 Shore Smile batters having multi-hit games. Both IF and OF D was solid again.  Jim pitched another great game striking out 1 and giving up 1 walk. For ACE, Chase was on base all day including a 2 run bomb to RCF and Leonardi also hit a nuke to LCF.

 

Fradkin Law 18 - Red Oak 14 

Union Hill Right was the scene on Sunday morning when Fradkin Law played host to Red Oak.  E-Stock must have had his boys on a strict Saturday night curfew because in the top of the first those fellas came out swinging scoring 7x before Team Pings ever grabbed a bat.  Looking to get up off the canvas, the Lawyers sent 9 men to the plate in the bottom of the frame and trimmed the deficit to a skinny run at 7-6.    4 in the second and two more in the 3rd had Team Pingaro holding 12-8 as they battled back to take control of the game.   In the 6th, with the score 14-9, hits by Ross, Beef and Vince Caputo loaded the bases for TC who responded with a mammoth blast over union hills version of the green monster for a grand slam and an 18-9 Fradkin Law lead.  Red Oak made things interesting with a 5 run 8th to close the gap but in the end Team Pings would hold on for an 18-14 victory grabbing their 4th win of the year.  Schwag-Reiss broke out in a big way with a perfect 4 for 4 day, while TC, Vince, Perez, Pings and JJ all had multi hit efforts to pace the offense.   For Team Stock, shout out to Tino who had 3 hits despite playing with a bad hammy.  Ronnie P,  Captain Stock, and the newbie Piccarello all had multiple knocks in defeat.   Pings takes his team to Swim Club next week in the late game to face what will certainly be an angry Pollock team.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH

ENGAGE PEO (Apple) 13 – TEC-TEL (POLLOCK) 12
After such an easy win vs a practice squad Marrone team,  team apple played the underrated team pollock without joraski and Brian fazinno in a barn burner thanks to pezz walking 4 guys in the 9th inning.  Pollocks team jumped out to a 6 run lead on team apple in the first 3 innings. But in the bottom 3rd Tommy big sexy started the inning off with a hit  and helping start the 2 run inning. Apples team scored 4 more in the 4th with huge hits by apple and Lenny. game was close till the 8th where apple went up 3, and held on to win by 1.  Fazio broke out the hitting slump going 4-4 two doubles and a walk

Apple with a dislocated finger goes 3-5

Eddie not a 1 went 3 for 5 but made amazing plays with his glove in the outfield.  Up next double header vs Conti and then benny biceps

Ps Pezz went 3-4 still better than tornetta

 

Stock 12 - Conti 6
After a disappointing loss where the Red Oak bats went missing team Stock returned to the scene of crime at Mar El to hopefully score more then 1 run.  In there way was Team Conti.  The theme of the week was to wake up bats a la Major League.  We offered Jobu his rum and the captain even sacrificed a live chicken (please don't report me to PETA). Shit happens sometimes between Saturday Night and Sunday morning so instead of having 11 team Stock had 9 on an open field.  Ronnie Pacheco towed the rubber for the 2nd time this year and he didn't disappoint.  Red Oak got off to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st and never trailed in the game.  To be honest there wasn't a ton of action in this game, in fact the theme of this juego for Red Oak was productive outs.  Half of our runs came on outs. 5 sac flies and an RBI FC.  Ronnie pitched lights out all game giving up 2 runs through 8 innings before Team Conti grinded out 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th.  The 3 man Law Firm outfield of Yutko, Colarocco & Rabinowitz were up to the task and flawlessly handled the open field.  We all know how good Martino is at SS but you truly appreciate it more playing next to the guy.  He makes plays he has no business making and always seems to be in the right place at the right time.  Bryan Thompson was HUGE all day going 3-4 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored all while playing his 1st game at 1B and he handled the new position well.  Ronnie Pacheco also had 3 hits and 2 steaks and got the W on the mound. (I think his record on the mound is something like 7-1)  Rookie replacement Joey Picarello has really sparked this team and Sunday was no different as he had 3 hits and played a nice 3B.  Multi hit games were had by Martino who also drove in 3 runs, Yutko, Rabinowitz, Colarocco, and Joe Lee who had good at bats all game.  This was a nice bounce back effort after a poor showing.  Proud of the boys battling out there and doing the little things right which is usually the difference between a W and L in this league.  Up next is a double dip against 2 former Captains of mine, Pings and Pollack.

 

GAMECHANGER (BEN) 11 – PING (EF LAW) 4
Pingaro is always a game circled on the calendar when you look at the schedule each March because of the fire and intensity of the game but unfortunately this year's installment lost some of its luster with Pat missing TC and the Caputos and Kessler missing Greg, who is still nursing a calf injury.

To be honest, these games are no fun because Team Kessler had nothing to gain and everything to lose. Everyone and their mother thought we should win the game and win it easily. Those are sometimes the toughest ones. It started the way most thought it would go with Kessler scoring three in the first off a two run Caputo nuke and Frank Ermel (the best 12 in the league) RBI single. It would've been more runs but Pings himself made a terrific over the shoulder catch on a pop up to hold GC to only three. 

In the second inning, with two outs and no one on, GC had a big rally, plating five to take an 8-0 lead. The two guys at the bottom, Jay and Andy singled, and then Joey brought Jay in to add another. After a walk to Caputo, Jeremy, Nick, and AP all came through with huge hits, making the walk hurt to score four more. 

Kessler went up 10-0 in the third off a leadoff triple by Frank, Adelsberg single and then Papa K sac fly. From here? There's not much to report. Huge props to Beef for coming in and pitching lights out, limiting the Kessler bats to only one run through the last six innings. Pingaro threatened consistently as the game went on but some big plays up the middle by Papa K, Nicky and Jeremy in RCF prevented Pings from getting that huge hit as Kessler cruised to an 11-4 win.

Bunch of guys had two hits to pace the GC offense including Leadoff Parg, who scored three runs, Nick, AP, Ben and Frank. For Pings, credit to Perez and McDermott who swung the bat great and Mr. Bikhoff who played a great right field. 

Next up for Kessler, gonna need to bring the passports out for a tough late cross-town doubleheader against Apple & Polzer. 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 8 over CK Baseball (Kleschinsky) 7 in 11 Innings

A beautiful but hot Memorial Day Sunday featured 2, 2-less squads looking to not put a damper on their holiday weekend. East Frances was the scene for this match-up for Gastro and CK’s and would turn out to be a great equalizer as it kept the game low scoring, exciting with a lot of action towards the end!

CK’s came out of the gates swinging, putting up a 3 spot in the top of the 1st. Both teams would be held scoreless until the 4th inning due to tight defense and great pitching. Kleschinsky would score one, and Gastro would respond with their first run of the morning with an RBI single by JZ. After shutting CK’s down in the top of the 5th, Gastro narrowed the lead to 1 thanks to a clutch 2 RBI single by Steve Messina. Then the see-saw of runs started to begin. CK’s would put up 1 in the 6th, and then Gastro responded with another 2 runs thanks to a RBI single from Santa and a sac fly from JZ. Tie game! Kleschinsky would score one in the 7th, but Heitz wasn’t going to let that lead slip away, as he delivered an RBI single to keep the tie game in check. Strong defense would shut Kleschinsky down in the top of the 8th, and Gastro would take the lead thanks to another Santa RBI single. However, CK’s would not quit as they would score 1 in the top of the 9th and shut down the Colon Crushers to go into extra innings! Great defense and pitching would force the game to go into the 11th where Gastro would get the job done to win the game. Capt got things going with a single, a Santa walk and a huuuuuge clutch RBI single by the veteran JZ to win the game 8-7!

Not much offense to talk about in this game, but the defense was exceptional. Jake Woloshyn was lights out at SS, making every play including ones in the hole that few people can get to. Dan Drashinsky was a vacuum at 3rd, including jumping with all 5’6” of him to snag a Kleschinsky Jr. piss rocket that would have for sure been extra bases. Santa locked down LCF just like Papa D locked it down on the mound. For CK’s, Frueh pitched very well, Pat Ferro and Magariello locked down the middle infield and Mark Karp was on base all day. Gastro looks to keep the wins coming as they take on Marrone at the late game at Swim.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 17 v PRINCETON SPINE (Bomenblit) 3

After a big win last week, Team LaRocca faced off in the late game against the Bomenblit squad.  The good guys jumped out to a 2 run lead on solo shots by Corde (4/4 2 HR) and Doc (3/4 2 HR).  In the second, they plated 15 batters, scoring 11 more runs on 13 hits (a SAC and a put out at home making the difference).  LHRGC played solid defense and being up 15-0 saw the first appearance of Phil “Diaz” Saglietto to close out the game.  Highlights for Princeton were AJ Ortiz in LCF and Cowboy Mike’s yellow stockings.  Next up is another late UHR game against the Kleschinsky squad.

 

TUSCANYROSE (DP) 13 d. GODDARD HOME (MG) 4

A fantastic MDW weekend, would get all the better for Tuscanyrose as 1) On Time Catania would strike again showing up before BP started rocking a mean stache  2) Doc Toran the “Whiskey Whisperer” came locked & loaded and 3) Fan Favorite Dan Jr was celebrating a birthday.  Both teams would plate 1 in the first but Team Polzer would begin to pull away in the 3rd as Jerry Tilker (who continues to be a spark at the bottom of the order) and Mat Manochio (who continues to be awesome in the leadoff spot), would get on for a Blackburn 2 RBI double, followed by an RBI from Catania.  Team Polz, in similar fashion to the week before, would have 4-1 lead through 4 innings.  Looking to finally have an offensive breakout, Tuscanyrose would finally clock in, plating a plethora of runs in 5th, 6th and 7th.  In the 5th, a Mat BB would set up a 2-run homer for Martin - giving Tuscanyrose a 6-1 lead.  Then in the 6th, the middle of the order would plate 3 as a string of hits from Hempstead, Catania, Dan Sr - would set up a 2 RBI Single from Dan Jr & a SAC fly from Tepper.  The Polz Patrol would hold a 9-1 lead going to the bottom 6th, where a Fluta 3 run homer would cut the lead to 5 but the Polz Patrol would answer right back with 4 in the 7th as Captain Polzer, Hempstead, Sr & Easton would all plate runs.  From there, the Polzer Defense would lock down for the rest of the game, coasting to 13-4 win.  The storyline for Team Polz continues to be elite pitching and elite defense, as Mat Manochio was lights out at SS, Dan Jr loves turning double plays, and Easton was a vacuum in left, sucking up every that came his way.  Offensively, Catania is a beast with a 4 hit day (4-5, 2 rbi), 3 hit day from Blackburn (3-4 4 RBI, BB), and 2 hits from: Mat, Tilker, Dan Jr & Hempstead. With hits from everyone in the lineup!  Up next for the Polz Patrol is Wednesday Night under the light against one of the infamous group chat members - Mike Conti & the Triton Boys.


Ace (Bykofsky) 15    SPS (Meyer)  8

Team Ace was able to improve to 5-1 on the season with a fairly convincing victory, in a 13 on 13 deathmatch, over a very tough SPS squad at the friendly confines of Union Hill Right.  Ace took the lead early in this one and really never looked back the rest of the morning.

Byko's bunch was led by the offense performances of Nick DiNapoli and Shawn Leonardi who combined to go 7-7 on the day each with a NUKE over the UH fencing!  Chase Sandler also had a 3 hit morning and rookie Mikey Stein did his best to get in on the HR action mashing a deep shot into the netting, which apparently is a double, thanks Ed.  The defense for ACE was rock solid all morning behind Cy-Napoli  with the webgem of the day going to Chase Sandler for making a silly spinning play up the middle to get the runner at 1st. For SPS, Amato hit 2 nukes deep in to the CF woods, he's pretty good folks.  Gallardo, Saler, BFrank, Capt Meyer and Wags also had multi-hit mornings in defeat.

Ace will look to keep their hot hitting going as they face a very good defensive team in Kleschinsky under the Wednesday Night Lights this week.  Stay tuned...


Marrone 10, Goldfarb 7

Happily back to regularly shceduled game summary programming after the Marrone "fact sheet" Wednesday night Team Marrone puled out a big 10-7 win over a solid Goldfarb squad at the Swim Club early matinee.  Hopefully a statement win for this squad putting up a W against a good team missing arguably two "1's" in Marterano and Itrell Young.  Not easy in this league to put a strong defense on the field missing your SS and LCF but when you have another rookie McGuire to fill in at SS, Noel Santiago to move over to LCF along with defensive depth down the squad it's as good as it can be missing two top tier players.  Glen and the defense got some early help with the Gymnasts putting up a 4 spot out of the gate in the top of the 1st.  The inning was highlighted by 4 straight hits to start from Clamp, Noel, Brandon and Ballo along with a couple of Sac Fly's from Krant and Weitsen.  Team Marrone would tack on 2 in the 3rd on an RBI single from Ballo and another Sac Fly from Krant.  Team Goldy would respond with 4 of their own in the bottom of the 4th sparked by big hits from Klecko and a double to LF from the commish Ronnie.  The bats continued to go quietly for the boys in pink as Team Goldfarb scored two more in the 6th to tie things and another run in the 7th to take a 7-6 lead.  The 7th inning would have been bigger for the Goldy boys but for a big play from the ex-skipper Randell extending to smother a Klecko ball headed for the hole with 1st and 3rd noboby out and managing to cut down the lead runner at 2nd.  Speaking of big defensive plays, "Mr. Utility" Jordan Krant also saved a potential big inning with a running catch in deep RF of a bomb to rob Brullo of extra bases in the middle innings.  Down 1 in the top of the 8th it was time for the heart of the Marrone order to go to work and they did. 3 straight hits from Noel, Brandon, a blast of a triple from Ballo and a walk to Weitsen would all score courtesy of a third Sac Fly from Krant and hits from McGuire and Glen to plate a big 4 runs for a 10-7 lead.  The bottom of the 9th almost got interesting with back to back hits to start from Guy and the top of the lineup but Glen was able to pitch out of trouble for the final 10-7 margin of victory.  Noel and Brandon paced the offense with 3 hits apiece; Clamp hit ropes all morning chipping in with 2 hits of his own along with Ballo, McGuire, Arnold and Captain Glen with 2 hits as well.  Not to be overlooked were the 3 productive Sac Fly's from Krant all of which kept the runners moving on the basepaths.  In addition to the aforementioned defense both pitchers Ronnie and Glen were pounding the strike zone all morning as they usually do . . .  Next up back at the Swim Club for the late affair as Team Marrone looks to make it 3 in a row against the formidable Team Drashinsky.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND

 

Meyer 11 "SPS" V Conti 10 "TRITON" 

Team Meyer faced off against a Conti team on Wednesday night looking for their second straight win. With two strong pitchers in Darren and Defalco the game was ready to be a pitchers duel. Dom had a great first inning shutting the Conti top of the order right down. He made some great plays up the middle, as well as great special treats after the game that made the whole team fly home instead of driving. With his baking, the team seems unstoppable. Meyer’s squad got 1 in the bottom after Allen made a spectacular grab in left to rob Saler of extra bases. In the bottom of the second, sexy ass Wags started the SPS squad off to plate 5 runs. Fast forward to the bottom of the 8th, Team Conti scored 7 runs to take the lead over Team SPS. The damage would have been worse but Saler (4th round pick) threw an absolute seed to home to get out Allen at the plate as a little redemption. In the bottom of the 11th, big time Porzio started the inning off with a hit and Juan Gallardo  (3/5) tuvo golpe ganador del juego de beisbol para Team SPS. Team SPS won the game 11-10 to improve their record to 2-3. Amato (2-3, IBB) was on base all game but will now need a runner going forward if he doesn’t homer. Nacho (4-4) is also cutoff from running on the bases as he thinks he’s not 64 years old or something. Pat Brock got the bat going and made some spectacular plays on defense. Meyer homered in BP. Bryan Frank (3-4) stood by the bench to intimidate Team Conti in extras. For team Conti, the Rosenthal brothers and Frometa seemed to be on base all night, Conti walked like 5 times and some other guys contributed too. Team SPS will take on Team Bykofsky in a big matchup on Sunday at UH.

 

Marrone  16-  EB 12

 

FACTS

Fact 1 Itrel is a top 15 player in Marlboro

Fact 2 Itrel’s the fastest human I’ve witnessed

Fact 3 Marrones Squad is the fastest in the league

Fact 4 Mike Martarono is 5 tool Demarco clone

Fact 5 The terminator Is a strange dude and always comes up clutch

Fact 6 Brandon Tornetta is way better then Pezz

Fact 7 Christine’s Mellas speech  was precious

Fact 8 Don’t ever piss off gianna Marrone .. She didn’t learn much in college but she can brawl !!

Fact 9 Dave Clamp Is a very good teammate

Fact 10 we are Missing our 1 and 3 sunday

Fact 11  Eric and Richie are the best double play combo I’ve seen

And Fact 12 be kind and enjoy the game win or lose you never know when it’s your last game :-)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH

 

Meyer 8 "SPS" v Pollock 6 "Oilers" 

Marlboro Softball fans, gather 'round for a recap that’s nuttier than a squirrel’s lunch! The game kicked off with Meyer going 1, 2, 3 in the first, sticking to tradition the way Bryan Frank sticks to the squat rack. But hold onto your jockstraps, because Darren "Big Booty" Saler whipped out his giant foreskin—err, bat—and launched a double to start the second inning. Wags, hotter than DeFalco’s bong stem on a Friday night, cashed in with another RBI and got walked intentionally once, ending the day 2-2 with a walk and remains RED HOTT! Meanwhile, Ryan Amato, the Dad Bod God himself, decided that if he can’t hit homers, he’ll just hit abuse fielders with his 110 exit velo.

Pollock put up four runs in the first three innings but only managed two more over the next seven, thanks to some stellar defense by Pat Brock, who caught balls like he was in need of some cash in a Baltimore back alley. And lets not forget Juan Gallardo’s sweet shoot and Nacho's picturesque tag at the plate in the fifth,  Para Los ninos! That moment was a game-changer, preventing what would have been the winning run and causing a momentum shift bigger than a sumo wrestler on a seesaw. Even Paul O'Connor was FIRED up, and we all know how reserved and soft spoken he is..... The Pollock lineup only managed two hits in the next 17 at-bats after that. Dave Meyer, looking like a raw chicken stuffed inside a sweaty gym sock while legging out an infield hit, had himself a 3-for-4 day. But his crowning achievement? Finding a late-round steal at pitcher who threw another gem, snagged the last out, and scored the game-tying run in the top of the 9th, all thanks to Ray Porzio. Ray took his sack out and called for extras before grabbing his baby powder and his bat.

With the top of the lineup tacking on three runs in the top of the 10th, Meyer’s squad managed tack on a W to get this party started. They're bringing their Viagra and Dom’s mushrooms to Wednesday night’s matchup, get ready to keep this train rolling!

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 9 vs. EB CONSTRUCTION (Wallman) 8 (13 Innings)

With two weeks off since a tough loss to DiNapoli and Abrahamson, the LHRGC squad looked to bounce back against a newly aligned Wallman team who was looking to move their record into the winning column after some tough shorthanded outings.    Things started off well for Wallman in the first after putting up four runs with 2 outs, highlighted by an oppo nuke by DHARP.  LaRocca came back with 2 in the 2nd on hits from the Brothers Silverberg and a SAC from B Mahony.  Wallman tacked on a few runs through 7, when leading 8-2 the bats of LHRGC came to life in the 8th inning tying up the game on hits from N Villani, Phil, Corde, Austin, Mahony and M Vill.  The defenses played a big part in this game in the 8th,9th,10th,11th and 12th with multiple matchups of the TW top vs the FL bottom of the lineup.    This turned in the 13th when, with two outs N Vill got on, Phil was put on, and Corde delivered some hot soup to plate a run.  LHRGC held serve 6 straight scoreless innings to close out a very tight game.  Team LaRocca was lead offensively Phil and Austin with clutch hits by Corde and M Vill.  Defensively, everyone did their job turning several double plays but the highlight reel was Mike Villani’s acrobatics at 2nd   saving runs in the extras for sure.  For Wallman, they certainly found their defensive lineup as Hill is seriously a lock down 3rd baseman and DHARP showed excellent range at SS.  The outfield of Wallman, Lugos, Perrone and Beja are very smart and very solid and it showed.   The league also welcomes back The Buffalo Wild Wing himself (Hartley).  I supposed Jeff Friedman (6 for 6) should also get some kudos??  (LOL).  Next up is the Bomenblit brothers in the late game at UHR.

 

ACE (Byko) 16 – 618 (GG) 5
Coming off a win to team LaRocca, team Byko put another win in the books, despite facing a tough team Goldfarb.  This was an even tougher task, as the captain himself was hanging in Brazil with the rest of the NBA folk.

Things got started early for the Byko bunch, as the top of the lineup went into full attack mode plating 6 runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a booming 2 run RBI triple from Evan Abramson.  In the second inning, team Byko tacked on 3 more runs as Shawn Leonardi smashed a 2 RBI double and Chip Costa brought in the 3rd run with a deep sac fly.  In the 4th inning, the ACE boys added 2 more, but then the bats got a little quiet over the next few frames.  In the top of the 9th inning, it was an 11-5 game, but the top of the Byko lineup went into attack mode again and scored 5 more insurance runs to close this one out.  

Hits were plentiful as the Byko offense had multiple multi-hit stars.  Dinapoli, Leonardi, Jomo, and Abramson had themselves 4 hit days, while Mikey Steinberg and Chip Costa had 3 hit days.  On the defensive side, Nick Dinapoli continues his cy young season keeping the Goldfarb bats off balance all morning, and Brian Needles played a flawless second base making one SportsCenter web gem.  On the 618 side, Tony was a tough out and Zack Schmidt played a very solid RCF.  

Team Byko will look to keep the train rolling as they face the dangerous team Meyer on Union Hill Right next Sunday morning.  Also, team Byko would like to extend their condolences to the entire Goldfarb family. 

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 16 – Game Changer (Kessler) 6

In an early morning field change, Shore Smile faced off against Game Changer at Middle.  The game did not start well for Shore Smile as Game Changer jumped out in the top of the 1st with a bunch of hits plating 4 runs. Shore Smile stayed calm and again showed what they are made of by answering with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by a Justin Krauss 3 run HR. Both teams were held scoreless in the next two innings and then Game Changer recaptured the lead in the top of the 4th scoring two runs, 6-5, but that was all Game Changer would get. Shore Smile bats came alive scoring 6 in the bottom of the 5th to take an 11-6 lead and 5 more in the 7th to extend the lead 16-6. Shore Smile D was on lockdown allowing no runs through the last 5 innings. The IF ate up everything that came their way and the OF made a couple of great catches. Nice diving catches by Dunleavy and with a runner on 2B and 1 out McFadden made an incredible diving catch, somehow threw a strike while still on his back to A Turano who gunned down the runner trying to tag and go to 3B.

This was a great team effort with all 13 batters having at least 1 hit. Multi-hit games by McFadden, Dunleavy, N Turano, A Turano, Allegretti, J Krauss, Brent, P Lombardi and Kamras. Both IF and OF D was exceptional.  Jim pitched another great game keeping the batters off balanced and giving up no walks (only 1 walk on the season).

A great win for Shore Smile but more importantly was the camaraderie and support the team extended to the Krauss family. Again, Shore Smile sends their condolences to the entire Krauss family.

 

Tuscanyrose (DP) 4 d. Red Oak (ER) 1

A beautiful Sunday morning saw the seemingly rare 13 v 13 man matchup as Team Polzer & Tuscanyrose took on Red Oak & Team Rosenstock.  This one was a snoozefest folks, as Tuscanyrose takes home a 4 - 1 victory, led by defense, defense, Polzer pounding the strike zone and more defense.

Rosenstock would take a 1-0 lead in the 2nd.  Polzer would get 2 in the 4th thanks to a pair of doubles from Mat & Martin followed by a Polzer RBI single.  They’d add one more in the 5th with a pair of hits from Easton & Sr and they’d add 1 more in the 7th with an RBI from Mr. On Time Steve Catania.

As I said, the real story was the defense: The Manochio brothers up the middle & Hempstead on the hot corner were lights out all day, making every play hit their way, turning multiple double plays & knocking down every ball that touched dirt.  While Polzer pounded the zone like a modern day Vida Blue, fielding his position perfectly, and induced what felt like 200 routine fly balls. 

For Rosenstock, their defense was equally as lights out as Martino continues to be Martino with excellent assistance from a very limber Ronnie P (those semi split stretches are sick) Estock & Mendelson made a few nifty plays themselves & Colarocco covered a whole mess of Mar El terrain with ease.

Team Polzer looks to start another winning streak as they take on Team Goddard & the former Polzerites of Cole Fluta & Brock Hor.

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 19 over Goddard Home (Goddard) 12

Light, but steady rain forced this Eastern Division match-up between Gastro and Goddard Home to Coors Field, also known as Marlboro Middle School. Thankfully we were able to get this game in because it ended up being a beautiful day for softball, and a roller coaster of a match-up between two gritty teams.

Gastro came out the gates like a bat outta hell by scoring 2 in the first thanks to a RBI double by Santa and RBI single by JZ. However, the Goddard bats would respond immediately by putting up a 3 spot to win the inning. After a scoreless 2nd, Gastro plated 1 thanks to a little league HR by the Capt, that just got past the wickets of Peragine in LCF. However, the fisty Goddard squad would match that with another run, making it 4-3 after 3. In the 4th, Mikey Dimes Heitz would lead things off with a double, and would be brought in by Steve Messina and a beautiful RBI single. A single by Papa D would load two for the all-powerful Dave Unterweiser, who would then clear the bases with a triple to take the lead! However, Goddard would not quit, and they put up 5 runs that inning to make it 9-6 after 4. After a scoreless 5th, the Gastro bats would explode. Heitz gets things going with another double (this one was a stand-up double and will be marked in the book as such). Messina brings him in with a RBI single, Another Papa D single and ANOTHER bases clearing triple for Big Dave Unterweiser!! Tyson would knock in another run with a single, a walk from the would put 2 on for Mike Santaromita, who would clear the bases with a monster 3-run HR. 7 runs for the Colon Crushers in the 6th who would then hold Goddard scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. Then in the 7th, Gastro would continue to add to their lead. Same story with the heart of the lineup coming through in the clutch. Heitz lead things off with a single, Welcome back Vinny Spitaletto hit a single and then Steve Messina would bring in Heitz on another RBI single! Papa D singled, Dave Unterweiser continued to deliver by getting a Sac Fly, Then Tyson and Santa would deliver with RBI doubles total a 6-spot for the 7th. The mighty pitching and defense of Gastro would only allow Goddard to score 2 more runs for the rest of the game and would seal a 19-12 victory!

This was a gritty win for the Colon Crushers. Even when down, they battled and never lost sight at the end goal. The Gastro offense was led by the crafty veteran Dave Unterweiser, who went 2-2 with 2 3B’s, 5 RBIs and 2 walks. Have a day Dave! Mike Santaromita had 4 hits (2 2B and a HR) with 6 RBI and also caught everything in sight in LCF. Heitz, Steve Messina, Papa D and Tyson all had 3 hits and were crucial in keeping the lineup moving. Shout out to Papa D who showed his 66 year old grit by pitching with a broken finger (they call him Igor) and Heitz and Messina who locked down the corner OF at probably the toughest field for an OF. For Goddard, Juergens and Jeff Goddard were tough outs all day and Okun played an extremely solid first base. Gastro looks to keep the wins coming as they take on Kleschinsky next week at East Frances.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH

RED OAK (Stock) 13 – 618 (GG) 11
After a tough loss to Lombardi on Sunday Red Oak looked for some quick redemption as they took on the 3-0 Goldfarb squad on a beautiful Wednesday night that got kicked off by a ceremony honoring Herb Steinberg.  Great job by Eddie Fausak and all of team Apple.  Team Stock was missing Lambo so the Captain turned to Ronnie Pacheco to toe the rubber.  Red Oak got off to a quick start scoring 3 in the opening frame highlighted by a run scoring double from Sophomore Sensation Mark Yukto and a sac fly from rookie Joe Picarello.  Stock would tack on another run giving them a 3-0 lead.  After scoring 1 in the 1st Goldy would take the lead by plating 3 in the bottom of the 3rd giving Goldy a 4-3 lead.  Lead changes were the theme of the night as there were probably 5 or 6 lead changes in this back and forth game.  Red Oak would take that lead right back in the top of the 4th scoring 2 and then proceeded to stretch that lead in the top of the 5th thanks to a Martino double.  7-4 as we headed to the bottom of the 5th, Goldfarb would claw back into the game scoring twice in the 5th and would you guessed it retake the lead with 2 more in the bottom of the 6th to make it a 8-7 ballgame.  Stock took the lead right back thanks to a clutch double by Bryan Thompson who had a very good game at the plate all night.  So 10-8 as headed for the 7th inning stretch, Goldy fought back to tie the game at 10 a piece.  Red Oak would grab the lead for good in the top of the 8th thanks to a triple missile in the gap by Yutko that plated 2.  The captain would tack on another run with a sac fly giving Red Oak a 13-10 lead.  Goldfarb added a run in the bottom of the 8th and would threaten in the bottom of the 9th but Pacheco snuffed out a potential rally starting a double play and getting M Carlin to line out to end the game.  Just a fun game all around that had a little bit of everything.  I recommend giving it a watch as Byko was great on commentary as usual.  Gotta start the shout outs with Mr. Pacheco who did a great job on the mound, he pitched better then the score indicates as the Stock D was a little sloppy.  Bryan Thompson had a nice day at the plate going 3-4 with a steak.  Tino has been an extra hit machine and that continued on Wed as he went 2-3 with 2 doubles.  Mark Yutko stayed hot ripping a triple and double while plating 3 on the night while also making a couple of sliding catches in RCF.  Multi hit games were had by Ronnie Pacheco, Mike Rabinowitz, and Sean Keenan.  Joe Picarello did a good job at 3B and has been a nice addition to the squad.  Sal Sicurella made a hell of a play behind the plate on a tag play that would swing the momentum.  Just a great team win with contributions from the entire team.  For Goldy Tony crushed 2 balls to RF.  If the league handed out gold gloves Conner Schmidt would be the early favorite as he made several diving plays.  Lastly I gotta shoutout Guy Goldfarb who was a menace, on base 3 times and a clutch leadoff single in the 9th.  Up next for Red Oak is team Pollack

SUNDAY. MAY 5th

 

PRINCETON (EB) 10 – ENGAGE PEO (Apple) 9
https://youtu.be/AiIyujrTkWw?si=ZlEsCG2Y1iV5KKkF

 

618 (Goldy) 8 – GODDARD HOME (MG) 7 – 12 innings
Week 3 in FarbVille would feature a dreadful Sunday morning as the late game on UHL. The forecast didn’t look promising and there was a lot of pregame chatter about just making it to 5 innings (which would be ironic given this game went into 12 innings…). This author is running out of creative juices for these write ups given I haven’t won 3 games since I was a ToddFarb in 2021; also have to factor in that Cowboy is out here producing 94-minute comedic masterpieces after each Bomenblit win…

The highlight of the 1st was Jeff Goddard and his new spin-a-rama pitch, quickly shutting down the top of the Farb lineup. Then team Goddard would get going early, putting up 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Have no fear though, the real heart of the Farb lineup would answer back in the 2nd adding 3, seeing Connor, Alex, Navatta, Reid, and Doug all reach base. A quiet bottom of the 2nd from MGod Construction as RCMVP continues to mow batters down. By some miracle, the top of the Farb lineup was temporarily removed from life support and able to put up another 3 in the top of the 3rd to put the Espresso Martini boys up 6-3.

The story of the season for the 618Farbs continues to be pitching and defense as the rest of this game would be a back and forth of zeros until the 9th. In a game where everyone was concerned if we would make it 5 innings, we go to extras! In the top of the 10th, the middle comes through again with Ronnie, Connor, and Alex reaching base. After a few rough swings, the Farbs were still able to plate 1 to put some pressure on Goddard. Goddard would fire back with a run, both teams put up a 0 in the 11th, then in the 12th the Schmidts come through again as Zach blasts the go-ahead hit through the middle.

For Goddard, Jeff pitched great, Fluta made some sick plays at SS, and Perragine was an absolute hawk in LCF catching anything that went in the air. Once again for the Farbs, Ronnie pitched incredibly, Connor Schmidt had another multi-DP game at 3B, Tfarb proves fat kids can fly with a sliding catch into the fence, and Brullo looked very smooth in LCF. Connor, Alex, and Mark would add 3 hits each at the plate and Mike Klecko stays red hot with his 3rd multi-hit game. Will the bats ever come alive for this team? Time will tell…

Next up – the Farbs and Stocks will be on weather watch until their Wednesday night matchup at Lake UH.

 

Ace (Bykofsky) 19    LHRGC (LaRocca)  7

It was a pretty gross Sunday morning at the dangerous Union Hill Right as a Needle-less Team Ace coming off a 26 run outburst faced off against a full stocked LHRGC squad.  This was a good test for ACE early on in division play as LaRocca's bunch was everyone's top choice for best team coming out of the draft.

Joe Mo got the offense going for ACE top 1 in exciting fashion as he smashed a 2 run triple with 2 outs to take some early pressure off the boys, 2-0 after 1 inning.  DiNapoli then took control of the game on the mound holding the powerhouse squad on the other side HITLESS through 4 innings of play.  With that type of cushion to work with ACE was able to tack on thanks to big triples by rookie Mike Steinberg and Leonardi propelling them to a 6-0 lead heading to the top of the 5th.  Frank then issued a few free passes in the wet windy conditions leading to a 5 run outburst highlighted by a 2 RBI single from Leonardi (who else?!) and another big RBI knock from rookie Costa. 11-0 was the score after 4.5 innings and LHRCG then got the offense going via a Sags bomb to CF along with some timely hitting from the bottom lineup to make the score as close as 12-7.  However, ACE then pulled away late game highlighted by HRs from Chase and Leonardi leading to the 19-7 final.

The offense for ACE was spectacular on the morning scoring in 8 out of 9 innings.  Leonardi led the way going 3-4 with 4 RBIS, a triple and laser beam HR over the center field fence.  Chase Sandler chipped in with his 4th! HR of the year (maybe should have 5, don't get me started), DiNapoli smoked 3 hits, while other multi hit games were had by Joe Mo, Costa, Abramson, Schmidt and MStein.  The defense did their part on the morning as not many errors were made on either side. Szcemsak was solid at 3rd wearing his "Lyss" uniform.  For LaRocca, Villani had multiple hits out of the leadoff spot and also made a pretty diving catch in LCF.  They'll get in the groove soon, and when they do, look out!  ACE will look to make it 3 in a row vs Wallman next week...

 

TEC-TEL (Pollock) d. TUSCANY (Polzer) 11-6

"The Limping Wounded" really needed this one. On pace to smash the record for most player missed games, the once again short-handed Tec-Tel Oilers found themselves with a late game lead game lead they desperately needed to hold on to. Doing so against an undefeated Polzer squad only made things more challenging. Rewinding to the start, newly installed lead-off hitter Peter Kokoszca ("Koko" for the rest of these summaries) got things off on the right foot with a hit and scored on the first of Steve Santigate's 4 hit perfect day, for the early one run lead. In the top of the 3rd, four consecutive hits from the top of the Tec-Tel order helped plate 3 more runs and after 3 it was 3-0. Tuscany chipped away with a run in the 4th and Team Pollock added one more in the 5th for a 4-1 lead. It was a "here we go again" feeling, as Team Polzer plated 2 big runs in the 6th and another in the 7th to tie the game 4-4. All tied up heading into the 9th, the Pollock bats awoke in a big way, batting around for 7 tide-turning runs, highlighted by a lead-off double from Brian Walker and a base-clearing triple from Losch. For Team Polzer, the captain (hopefully feeling OK after taking a Juskla rocket off his knee) and Martin Blackburn where menaces all morning and Mat Monochio was stellar at SS. Manochio Sr also belted a blast over RF during a mid-game rally. For Team Pollock, the aforementioned Steve Santigate and ageless wonder Steve Yockel had 4 hits each, while hot hitters Mitch Pollock and Koko (who filled in at RF today, but has been great at 2B so far this season) had 3 hits each. Juska, Losch, Brian Walker (who filled in well at 2B), and Josh Walker (who has been pitching better every week) also had multi-hit games. As well, captain Matt P still leads the league with a 1.000 batting average. Next up, a rehabbing Tec-Tel squad will hope to field at least 8 guys for an early Mother's Day against match-up against an overdue Rosenstock squad, coming off a tough loss.

 

Fradkin Law (PINGS) 9 - Monmouth Gymnastics (MARRONE) 3

On a cool and crisp cinco de mayo morning Fradkin Law squared off with Monmouth Gymnastics in the early tilt at Swim Club.  Scoreless until the 4th, the gymnasts scratched a run across to grab a 1-0.  In the bottom of the frame hits by JJ and Vince Caputo set the table for Team Pings to grab a lead they would never relinquish plating 2, for a 2-1 lead.  Holding 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th, Team Pingaro scored 4x highlighted by a 2-out, 2 run single from the Captain  to give the lawyers a little breathing room and the eventual 9-3 victory.  Ed was terrific on the hill scattering only 3 runs against a very difficult 11 man Marrone lineup.  The defense was once again excellent led by Vince Caputo  who was running everything down in LCF.  Ross, Pings, JJ, Perez, and Mcdermott all had multi hit days to pace the offense in what was a true team W.   For Marrone, Glen pitched well in defeat. Early again at swim next week against a feisty Bombenblit squad.

GAMECHANGER (Kessler) 8, SPS (Meyer) 7
In the podcast appointed "game of the week", the captains with the two best 2023 records would meet on a surprisingly dry Union Hill Right in front of an expected packed fence.

And boy did this game live up to the hype, with neither team having more than a three run lead in the game and lots of twists and turns between two very good (don't let Meyer's record fool you) teams. The Lakers would score two in the first from Amato's first (of three, yes three) solo shots on the afternoon and a Bryan Frank little league triple that would take him home on a Saler sac.

Kessler responded in the bottom of the second after hits by AP and the captain set the table with second and third and no outs before the dynamic duo of Ermel and Adelsberg brought both home on a single and sac fly. Joey P in a flash forward for later in the game got a big two out RBI single to score Ermel and give Kessler their first lead of the game.

Meyer scored two to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth but again, the GC bats responded right away as Papa K and Joey set the table for a Caputo three run bomb to make it 6-4. A Nicky D solo shot (this game had 5 HRs) extended the lead to 7-4 in the fifth. Meyer chipped away from here with two runs in the seventh (one from yes another Amato HR) and one in the ninth, a clutch two out double by Saler to tie the game. 

Here we are. Tie game, bottom nine and the last four guys in the order up. The bottom does its job as it has done so frequently through three games with Adelsberg reaching via error and Gary lacing a single in the 5-6 hole. After Papa K moved the winning run over to second, Joey roped a two out single up the middle to end the game and move the Changers to 3-0!

This game was won on defense where the team everyone thought was terrible defensively didn't make a single error on the day. Offensively, the top two in the order did their job with Joey having a three hit day and Caputo going 2-2 with a 3 run HR and two walks. The captain, Gary and Frank also had two hits. For Meyer, Amato is a top 3 hitter in the league, especially on a fenced field. Credit to Defalco for pitching real well and fielding the position too. Next week for GC, a Mother's Day matchup with old GC friends Marty, Beaston, Toran, Danser and the Polzer squad. 

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 9 – Red Oak (Rosenstock) 8

On a cold dreary Sunday morning Shore Smile faced off against Red Oak in the early game at UHL. Shore Smile held Red Oaks top in the first and then turned on the heat plating 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st highlighted by a Nick Turano 2 run HR. Both teams would score back and forth throughout the game. Red Oak scored 1 in the 2nd and 4th bringing it to a 4-2 game. Shore Smile plated 2 in the bottom of the 4th, followed by Red Oak with 1 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th for a 6-5 game. Shore Smile put up 1 in the bottom of the 6th on a solo blast by Nick Turano, 7-5 game. Red Oak answered with 1 in the 7th and 2 in the 8th to take a 8-7 lead.  Shore Smile held Red Oak in the top of the 9th. Down 1 run going into the bottom of the 9th Jim called the team in for a rally talk. Nick Turano lead of with an unintentional/intentional walk, followed by another walk to Ushkowitz. Anthony Turano got a clutch double tying the game 8-8. Runners on 2B and 3B, an intentional walk to Allegretti to load the bases with no outs brought up Justin Krauss who hit a hard one hopper to the 2nd baseman who threw a slightly off line throw to home to stop the winning run but the catcher was unable to put the tag on. Shore Smile walks away with a great comeback win in the 9th.

A great team effort by everyone on Shore Smile. Multi game hits by McFadden, N. Turano (3-3, 2 HR’s), A. Turano, Brent and P. Lombardi. Jim pitched a good game giving up only 1 walk. For Red Oak, Lambo also pitched a good game and had 3 hits on the day

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 18 over EB Construction (Wallman) 7

On a chilly Sunday in Marlboro, the Gastro squad looked to make it 2 in a row against a very dangerous Wallman squad who was coming off a gritty Wednesday night win against Marrone. The field conditions were quite unfavorable, as the outfield grass was so high Shoeless Joe Jackson could have emerged from the outfield at any minute. Combine that with strong crosswinds and a shortened roster for both squads, it made this 10v10 match-up an interesting one.

The Colon Crushers came out swinging in the top of the 1st plating across 7 runs and batting around the entire lineup, highlighted by doubles from Santa, JZ and Dave “the Pulverizer” Unterweiser. Todd and Co. would respond with 2, but from here, the Gastro squad would hold this lead and never look back. Each team would plate across 1 in the second. Fast forward to the 5th, where Gastro would plate across another 7-spot highlighted by a two run HR by Santa and some clutch hitting from JZ, Weis, Jake and Mikey Dimes. Throughout these innings, the Gastro defense and pitching was on lockdown. Messina and Heitz locked down the corner OF positions making every play in sight and making strong throws to the cut-off man. JZ ate up everything at first and Papa D was locked down on the mound, making every play in site. You could hear the Igor chants all the way from MSG! The offensive attack and defensive lockdown would continue for the rest of the game, ultimately leading to an 18-7 victory for the Gastro squad!

Gastro had many multi-hit gamers in this 18-run attack. Weis and JZ lead the way with 5 hits, Santa with 4, and Jake, Messina and Unterweiser with 3. Heitzner was a perfect 4-4 with 2 walks and absolute catalyst in the middle of the lineup to keep it moving. For Wallman, Matt Hill was a tough out all morning and showed great control with the bat. Additionally, Harper played a lock down SS with some nice grabs and strong throws. Gastro looks to make it 3 in a row next week taking on the undefeated Goldfarb squad at 4th Street.

 

 

WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST

Ace (Bykofsky) 26  Princeton (Bomenblit) 12

After an ugly Sunday night loss Team Ace was able to bounce back in a big way in their first Wednesday night game on the season, defeating Bomenblit 24-12 in a 13 on 13 deathmatch.  Byko and his boys jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first inning and never really looked back scoring 10 runs over the next three innings and then 10 more runs in the 7th and 8th. 

On the offensive side when you score 26 runs there are going to be many highlights.  However, I think Chase Sandler hitting 3 nukes, including one missile over the RIGHT FIELD FENCE, is the main story here.  Shawn Leonardi also chimed in with his 1st dinger of the season as well. (Remember when Benny wrote no one else has any power?!? LOL)  The entire top of the Ace order was cooking with gas all night as Byko, Chase, Leonardi, and Mamone all had 4 hit evenings.  Rookies Chip Costa and Mike Steinberg also had nice nights with 3 hits apiece doing their part in the 31 hit attack.

The defense was ugly throughout for both sides in this one as the speed of the new and improved Union Hill is going to take some getting used to.  DiNapoli was able to pitch out of trouble all night and was mixing heights well on the mound.  Another highlight catch in LF by Leonardi to rob Podolla of extra bases was probably the webgem of the game Chase made in the hole.   For Princeton, the Bomenblit boys were menaces at the dish lacing the ball all night, and Mark Z was able to get in on the nuke action with a bomb of his own over the LF fence.  Be ready to hit when you play these fellas.

Ace will look to make in 2 in a row as they head back into division play to face a very tough Team LaRocca.  Stay tuned..

 

SUNDAY – APRIL 28th

 

PRINCETON (EB) 19 – CK BASEBALL (KLESCHINSKY) 4
 https://youtu.be/a-aQ-oS-8n0

 

618 (Goldy) 9 – EB CONSTRUCTION (Wallman) 6
In this proclaimed “Game of the Week '' we have more story lines than Days of Our Lives and the WWE combined; The Farbs facing off with the mighty Team Wallman. After a stunning upset for 618 in game one and very intense criticism of Coach GuyFarb’s lineup, he spent hours concocting a new strategy for this game where he made, *checks notes*, absolutely ZERO changes. To the action…

In the top of the 1st Team Wallman would plate one run and as everyone expected you could hear the chatter all the way to Freehold. Team Goldfarb would answer with a putrid 1-2-3 bottom of the 1st. After RCMVP shut down Wallman in the top of the 2nd frame, today’s hero “The Schmidt’s” went to work. Big Hoss Connor ends Beck’s perfect game with a 2 out single. Next up, Zach smokes a ball to CF that could count as a single and Harper dive/two base error, but this is Marlboro Softball baby, so Zach ends up with a big RBI triple.

Inning 3 would see another 0 from Wallman. Then in the bottom of the inning, the Farb’s (literally) would break the game open. After Reid and DougFarb reached base, coach Guy draws an incredible walk, to give their 5’7, 265lb SS/leadoff hitter (.000 avg at the time) a chance with bases loaded. TFarb comes through with 2 RBI’s, then Brullowitz would add another 2 on a base knock to give them 4 in the inning.

A lot of nothing over the next few innings until things got interesting in the top of the 6th. With two outs for Wallman, the bottom was able to do its job and turn the order. Perrone steps in with men on and rips a shot up the middle, Tony goes full extension and was able to get a glove on the ball knocking it over to 2nd base, but incredible hustle by the speedster Beja was able to keep the inning alive. Next up Matt Hill would deliver with a 3 run homer to bring Wallman within 2. RCMVP was able to stop the bleeding, getting Lugos to fly out and end the inning. The fireworks would end in the next inning when Navatta, Mark Carlin and ReidFarb would slam the door shut after an incredible relay from the outfield to get Harper at the plate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU34Qft_evA

For The Farbs, Connor played an incredible 3B with a potential play of the year (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11W6wCxVKYA) in a diving effort, added two hits, and brother Zach added 2 more hits. Klecko added another 3 hits, and a gaggle of Goldfarbs would accumulate 4 walks.

For Wallman, Hill’s homerun was very clutch and it is easy to see why he was a 1. Becker continues to build on last year, pitching very well and made several very difficult plays fielding the middle. Also, on a serious note, big shout out to Eric who did one of the most selfless/heroic things you can do in donating a kidney to his brother Jordan this offseason, big kudos to you Beck.

There you have it folks, stay tuned to see if the lineup changes next week…

 

TUSCANYROSE (DP) 11 vs SPS (DM) 3
While Tuscanyrose may be associated with top notch fine quality watches – we are now in search of a Casio $9.99 red light special for Mr. Catania.  As the clock ticked by….Mr. C had the captain pacing the sidelines of Mar EL, talking to himself repeatedly, and going through 2 or 3 lineup sheets wondering how he can go heads up against a loaded Meyer squad.  As the clock struck 8:59 am – here comes our 10th man to fill out the lineup.  This beautiful Sunday morning saw Team Polzer take on Team Meyer & their odd plan of attempting (and succeeding) in setting the record of hitting the most fouls balls in a single game.This game opened with Tuscanyrose plating one in the top of the first after a Blackburn double & Polzer RBI single. Meyer would answer with 1 in the 2nd but from that point the game was all Polzer.  The rest of the way we scored 1 in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th.
The story of the game came in the 4th inning where, after hitting an RBI double, DJ Lou Baffuto made 2 outstanding defensive plays helping cap off the classic 7-1-6 putout, followed by the even more classic 7-1-2 putout (yes, you read that right). 
In the 5th - RBI singles from Dan Jr & Easton drove in Blackburn & Polzer, who were on base all day and in the 6th - the bottom of the order started another rally as hits from Lou & Tilker lead to a Catania RBI single & a Blackburn 2 RBI triple.
Into the 9th we go as Team Polzer would extend some more with a 4 spot with RBIs from Tepper, Dan Sr (who made a beautiful diving play in the bottom of the inning), Baffuto & Catania.
Big shouts go to Baffuto (4-5 3 RBI), Tilker (3-5).  Dan Sr, Dan Jr, Blackburn, Catania & Polzer all contributed with multi hit days.  Captain Dave was fantastic on the mound, with 4 strikeouts (Dave, can you please slow it down for them?)
One final shoutout to Team Meyer’s rookie pitcher Dominic Delfalco who is a very good pitcher who pounds the zone early and often
Tuscanyrose takes on Team Pollock at Swim Club next Sunday.

 

MONMOUTH GYMNASTICS (Marrone) 6, TRITON (Conti) 5

Over a 22 game schedule in Marlboro Softball there are usually a handful of close games that determine significant seeding positon for some of the top teams in the standings. Although very early in the season, this game seemed like one of those days where Team Marrone didn't play their "A" game and was missing #1 pick Martarano.   However, Team Marrone found a way and got out with a tight 6-5 win over Team Conti at a soft Swim Club field after some unexpected rain overnight to even the record at 1-1.  Things did not start off well for the boys in pink as Team Conti plated 2 in the top of the 1st with the Conti/Allen combo at the top of the lineup getting things going.  Team Marrone quickly responded in the bottom half with 4 runs of their own highlighted by 4 straight hits to start from rookie Itrell Young, Tornetta, Santiago and Clamp.  Arnold and Weitsen delivered big hits in the rally and there would have been more runs if not for a nice throw to the plate to cut down a runner to end the inning off a Krant hit to RF.  Team Conti would tie the game with 2 runs in the top of the 3rd with the top of their lineup delivering again.  Things would remain tied at 4 until the bottom of the 7th with Drapkin and Captain Glen shutting down the offenses on the mound aided by some solid defense.  The defensive play of the game came in the top of the 5th with 2 outs and a runner on second when Itrell ranged far to his left up the middle and threw a missile one hopper that Ballo at 1st looking like Keith Hernandez made a ridiculous backhand scoop to end the Conti threat.  Absolute ESPY candidate on both ends of the play . . .  Getting back to the bottom of the 7th, the mastermind Glen's draft trade paid some dividends as Jeff Arnold delivered a 2 out, 2 on 2 run single to right for a huge clutch hit to give Team Marrone a 6-4 lead.  Team Conti would cut the lead in half in the top of the 8th putting 1 on the board.  Team Marrone would go quietly in the bottom of the 8th setting up some 1 run drama going the the 9th with the top of the Conti lineup looming.  Valentin would start the 9th with a single but Glen found a way to get out of trouble and induce a 2 out grounder to Clamp at 3rd with the tying run stranded in scoring position to record the final out.  Offense wasn't pretty but just enough with that man Itrell (who I predict will be a ROY candidate) leading the way with a 3-3 morning.  Noel and Arnold chipped in with 2 hits of their own including that game winning hit from Arnold.  On the Conti side, Mike and Will Allen with multi-hit games from memory.  Defensively, Itrell was solid all morning at SS and both pitchers threw complete games without a walk.  Kudos to Glen as well for making some big "pitchers" pitches in multiple big spots to work his way out of trouble.  Quick turnaround for Team Marrone Wednesday night against Team Wallman in a game you know the Gymnasts have marked on the calendar. . .

 

Gastro (Drashinsky) 14 over LHRGC (LaRocca) 11

On a picture-perfect Sunday in Marlboro, Gastro faced off against the mighty LaRocca squad for the late game at Union Hill Left. LaRocca and Co. were coming off a big win on that same field Wednesday night against the Edmonton Pollocks and were looking to continue their hot hand on that field. With Goldrosen enjoying his Euro Trip 2024 and Spitaletto still recovering from his injury, Gastro was down 2 mighty bats in their lineup. To win this game, it was going to be a battle in the trenches.

LaRocca and company come out of the gates like a bat outta hell, putting up 5 runs in the first; highlighted by back-to-back (belly-to-belly) home runs by Sags and Corde. However, the Colon Crushers would answer right back with 4 of their own. Capt led off with a double to be brought in by a towering blast over the right-field fence by Santa. A JZ double and walks from Weis and Woloshyn, and two more runs would be cashed in by sac flies from Dan and Heitz to make it 5-4 after 1. After a scoreless second, LaRocca would add another 2 to their lead. However, Gastro would keep their lead to 1 after scoring another 2 thanks to a lead off single from Santa, a JZ walk and clutch RBI single by Mikey Dimes Heitzner! Frank would add another 2 in the 4th while holding Gastro scoreless. The reverse would happen in the 5th, as the mighty purple put up another 2 runs thanks to back to back (belly-to-belly) home runs by Santa and JZ! LaRocca would score 1 in the 6th, but Gastro would respond in tremendous fashion by putting up a 5-spot! Singles from Papa D, Unterweiser and Steve Tyson would load the bases for the capt, who would deliver a 2 RBI single. A Santa walk (after calling Phill from the bullpen) and a JZ sac fly would make it 3. And then the ultimate gamer Steve Weis comes up huuuuuuuuge and delivers a 2 RBI single to make it 5. Frank would score 1 in the 7th, Gastro would score 1 in the 8th, and would hold a 3-run lead heading into the 9th with the scary LaRocca top up (oh boy). Speedy Villani gets an infield single. Papa D is able to get the mighty Phil to fly out to Santa. Rob Corde hits a hot soup liner down the third base line, but it is quickly turned into gazpacho as Dan Drashinsky snatches it and guns him down at first. And the nail in the coffin, Rookie SS Jake Woloshyn robbed Doc of a base hit by making a diving stop and throwing him out at first from his knees!! A tremendous end to a sensational game to give Gastro their first W of 2024.

The 18-hit Gastro attack was led by Mike Santaromita, who reached base 5 times today going 4-4 with 2 HR's, a Double and 3 RBI’s. JZ was a perfect 3-3 with a HR himself and 2 RBI’s and reached base 4 times. Steve Tyson had an excellent 3 hits and did his job by turning the lineup around all day long! This very powerful LaRocca team was held down with stellar defense. Heitz and Messina locked down the corner outfield while the JZ, Weis, Woloshyn and Dan infield were making plays all day. Make no mistake, this LaRocca team is very good! Phil had a great game, Frank pitched well, and Austin hit a homerun. Next up is the dangerous Wallman team at Mar El.

 

Shore Smile (Lombardi) 8 – Tec-Tel (Pollock) 6

Looking to bounce back after a tough loss to Polzer the previous week, Shore Smile faced old friends the Pollocks in the early game at UHR. Shore Smile jumped out to a quick lead in the top of the 1st with a lead off triple by rookie McFadden, sac fly by Dunleavy, walk to N Turano and then hits by Ushkowitz, A Turano, Allegretti, Brent and P Lombardi plating 5 runs. Tec Tel answered with 2 in the bottom of the 1st for a 5-2 game.  Tec-Tel chipped away plating 2 in the 3rd and 1 in the 4th to tie the score 5-5. Shore Smile threatened with the bases loaded and no outs but Santigate made a great play on a hard shot up the middle to turn a triple play. Tec-Tel pulled ahead in the 7th scoring 1 run, 6-5. Both teams put up goose eggs in the 8th, on to the 9th.  Shore Smile ended the game the same way they started.  A big lead off hit by Soskel, double by McFadden, ground out keeping runners at 2B and 3B, a walk to Turano, sac by Ush to tie the game, walk to Turano to load the bases and then a rope down the right field line by Allegretti for a grand slam… but wait an appeal on a runner at 3B and 2 runs were taken away from Shore Smile on a questionable/controversial call.  Going into the bottom of the 9th 8-6 (instead of 10-6) Tec-Tel had the top of their order up. Shore Smile shut it down not allowing any runs for an 8-6 win.

For Shore Smile, multi-hit games by McFadden, A Turano, Allegretti, Brent, J Krauss and P Lombardi. Kyle made an early statement for Defensive OF with a couple of great catches. Jim pitched a good game not allowing any walks in the 1st two games. For Tec Tel, Mitch had a great day at the plate going 5-5.

Next up is Rosenstock, early game at UHL.

 

GAMECHANGER (Kessler) 20, RED OAK Rosenstock 2

Week 2 of the Marlboro Softball season saw a pair of 1-0 squad(+)s, includ(+)ing one that this specific captain had(+) in their preseason top five, battle at the late game at swim club. 

Word(+) got out very early that Martino would(+) be out for this one, making this one a 12 vs. 13 battle. It started(+) very boringly as both teams went d(+)own quietly in the first two frames. Kessler took a 4-0 lead(+) through four, with Jay Podos (who has been FANTASTIC) to start the season bombing a sac fly in the second(+) and(+) Caputo’s third(+) homer of the year (in six at bats), a no-d(+)oubter into the Swim Club wood(+)s putting the first two on the board(+). Hits by Greg, Levine and(+) AP and(+) a Nick sac fly got runs three and(+) four across.

The next two innings was where the game broke open as Kessler scored(+) 7 in the 5th and(+) 8 in the 6th to take a 19-0 lead(+). We d(+)on’t need(+) to go through every d(+)etail of these two innings, but everyone in the lineup contributed(+). The middle/bottom started(+) both innings with the ferocious trio of Ermel, Adelsberg & Joel Podos going 6-for-6 with six runs. Jay, Joey, Caputo & Greg also reached(+) base in both innings to give GC a 19-0 lead(+).

D(+)own 20-0 in the 7th, Stock continued(+) to fight and(+) put forth two runs to make the final tally 20-2. So many stars in this one for Kessler. Have to start with Adelsberg who had a 4-for-4, three run showing and(+) is now 7-for-8 to start the year. In his second(+) game back in the league, AP showed(+) he’s just as good(+) a hitter as ever with a 4-for-4 d(+)ay. Caputo, Greg & Joel all had(+) three hit d(+)ays while Frank had(+) a solid(+) 2-for-3 showing. 

Next up for GC, the afternoon matinee at UHR vs. a Meyer team we know will be hungry for a win.

 

ENGAGE PEO (Apple) 13 – FRADKIN LAW (Pingaro) 7
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Marlboro, team Pingaro traveled to Union Hill Right to face off against his long time teammate and friend Applebaum and the Engage squad. Team Apple came out of the gate with hot bats. Back to back singles by Joraskie and Fausak was followed by an RBI single from Pete K. Steinberg would follow with a sacrifice fly, then a walk by rookie sensation Fazio loaded the bases for James ( throw a damn strike ) Pezzulo. Pez ripped a 2 run double to give Engage a 4-0 lead after 1. Engage would add 3 more in the 3rd to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Pings stud filled squad would add 3 in the top of the 4th inning to cut the lead to 7-3. Engage would add another 3 in the bottom of the 5th thanks to a stand up, or should I say fall down triple by everybody’s favorite ginger Pez to go up 10-3. Pings squad would answer right back with a 4 spot in the top of the 6th to make it a 10-7 game. Engage would answer right back with 3 more runs in the bottom of the 6th to make it a 13-7 game. That would be the end of the scoring as both teams played solid defense and made some great plays. For the Pingaro squad, TC and Fradkin as always had a multi hit game and smoked the ball. Beef hit the ball hard every at bat. The rookie brother combo Caputo’s are great ballplayers and will have a huge impact on the field. Schwag played a very good outfield, and Jacoby made a sportcenter diving catch in right field. For the Engage squad, multi hit game by Joraskie, Fausak, Pete K, Steinberg, Pezz, Curti, Persily, and an absolute hitting display put on by the stud himself Lenny long ball Sarcona going 4-4 and hitting the ball anywhere he wants. Rookie Fazio played a lockdown SS and is a great addition to the league. Engage will face a very good 2-0 Bomemblit squad at 8:30 next Sunday in Freehold. 

B Faz, get your ass back to 3rd this weekend. Thank you. 

 

GODDARD (MG) 12 – ACE (JB) 5
Team Goddard vd Team Bykoski on Sunday night under the lights. Team Goddard looking to get their first win under their belt. Top of the first Fluta singled and J. Goddard had an Rbi single to go up 1-0. Bottom of the 2nd Team Bykoski tied the game and in the bottom of the fourth they plated 2 more to take a 2 run lead making it 4-2. Team Goddard tied the game in the 5th with 2 runs with an Rbi single by Brock. Team Bykoski responded in the 5th with two of their own to take a 2 run lead. Going to the 6th Team Goddard put 4 in the board with Rbi singles from Fluta,Jacob's, Juergens, and M. Goddard.  After 6 innings it was 7-5 Goddard.  In the top of the 9th we would get some insurance runs tacking on 5. 2 Rbi triple for Juergens, Rbi sac for M. Goddard,  and a 2 Rbi double for Cotter.  Final score was 12-5 Goddard.  Hitting was led by Fluta 4-4, and 7 players had multihit games. Great pitching from Jeff Goddard, and the defense was locked down. Fluta had a great game at shortstop. For Team Bykoski Leonardi and Bykoski had multiple hits. Up next for Team Goddard is Team Goldfarb who is 2-0. 

 

 

SUNDAY – APRIL 21ST – OPENING DAY

618 (Goldfarb) 4 – LHRGC (LaRocca)
Opening day of Dougball… just kidding, good try Doug, it’s Ronball now.

On this brisk April Sunday morning, Guy Goldfarb and his 3 sons would be taking on the 22-0 LaRocca squad. While the bats may have been colder than the weather, this one turned out to be a pitching duel. Ronnie Carlin started his MVP campaign with an absolute gem and Frank “Wild Thing” LaRocca was great in his undahand debut, all he was missing was the cutoff shirt and glasses.

The Fightin’ Farbs would open the game with one run on a screaming line drive from HOF offspring Michael Klecko. After RCMVP mowed down the Wahoo faithful in the bottom of the first, Rick Vaughn would answer and blank the Farbs. In the Bottom of the 2nd the LaRocca bats started to heat up, plating 3 runs, however RCMVP would calm the storm and not allow another run after this.

Joe Klecko’s son, Connor Schmidt, and RC were the highlights for GuyFarb & Co. with Klecko hitting missiles all day, Connor adding a very timely RBI and turning 3 double plays. Ronnie was a magician on the mound and added 2 K’s to his stat line (Phil may need to channel his inner Pedro Cerrano and pray to Jobu).  Once the LaRocca bats get going this team will be scary and Frank was more than solid on the bump in his debut. Special shout to rookie Mike Brullo for an excellent first game in LCF only two days after the birth of his second child. Big Mazel Brullowitz.

 

Fradkin Law (PP)  8 - Triton (MC) 3

 Opening Day is always an exciting time in Marlboro Softball and today was no exception.  Leading up to the game most of the podcasters and prognosticators seemed to favor a shortened lineup Team Conti over a full squad Team Pings on a brisk, chilly morning  in the late game at Swim.  2 in the top the first got Triton out the gate early but the lead would be short lived.  In the bottom of the frame with two out and two on Nick Lapatina delivered a clutch two run single to tie the game at 2-2.   In the bottom of the third, 4 straight two out hits from the top of the lineup helped plate 4 runs as the Lawyers grabbed a lead they would never relinquish cruising to an 8-3 opening day victory.  They say pitching, defense and timely hitting are keys to a teams success and that was on full display Sunday morning.  Ed pitched a gem allowing only a single run after the first inning, and the infield defense behind him was outstanding highlighted by rookie Joe Caputos’ 5-5-3 unassisted double play to short circuit a Triton rally.  Early on, Mcdermott seems to have found a home at 2nd flashing leather throughout.  The offensive star was Justin Bickoff who was a perfect 3 for 3 on the day hitting ropes all over the field.  Rookie Vince Caputo, Ed and TC had multi hit games to help lead Team Pings to their first win of the season.   For Conti, the captain showed why he remains a first rounder with two bullet hits while playing an excellent ss and Billy Allen pitched well in the loss.  Team Pingaro gets Apple on Union Hill Right next week…

 

TUSCANY (Polzer) 9 def SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 7
A beautiful opening day, which started out nice and sunny, quickly turned cloudy in more ways than 1 for Tuscanyrose.  Shore Smile started the game with a Nick Turano 2 run homer (welcome back), who would repeat with another 2 run homer in his next AB giving Team Lombardi a 4-0 lead going to the bottom 4. Tuscanyrose would finally clock in as the ageless wonder Jerry Tilker led off the bottom of the 4th with a single, leading to rbi hits from Polzer & Hempstead, cutting the lead in half.  Team Lombardi would scratch one across in the 5th, to extend their lead to 5-2 but in the 6th, Captain Polz answered back with a 2 rbi single, to bring the lead to within 1.  Lombardi would threaten in the 7th after leadoff hits by Turano & KDun but the threat was neutralized by, stop me if you’ve heard this before, a Martin Blackburn full extension diving (catch turned double play) but they’d get 2 more in top 8 thanks to RBI hits by the Lombardi Brothers, extending their lead to 7-4.  In Bottom 8th - the clock struck midnight for Lombardi, as Tuscanyrose broke out with a 5 spot.  After singles from Mat & Martin, Captain Polzer cashed in a run with yet another RBI, which set up a clutch 2 out 2 RBI single from Dan Jr, tying the game. The inning was capped off by a 2 run homer by Welcome Back Shawon Danser, who would subsequently climb 75% of the East Frances backstop out of excitement, a feat more impressive than the homer itself.  Team Polzer would hold on in the 9th completing the 9-7 comeback victory.  For Polzer - multi hit days from Mat, Blackburn, Polzer (4RBI), Hempstead, Easton & Danser (HR, 2RBI) and who also played fantastic in RCF.  For Lombardi - Nicky Turano played a great shortstop while crushing 2 HR’s that may not have landed yet.  Dunleavy was 4-4 and was great in LCF.  Rookie Sensation Sean McFadden grabbed his first 2 hits of his Marlboro Career. He’s a good player folks, look out.  Team Polzer next up on Mar El (we think?) against the thumpers that are Team Meyer.

 

GAMECHANGER (Kessler) 15 -  TECTEL (Pollock) 11

Tik… Tok. Tik… Tok. That is how it felt like time was moving all day Sunday as after watching games all morning Sunday and pacing around all afternoon. Finally, it was time for opening night under the bright lights (well not actually because we can’t afford to turn them on) of a miraculously worked on Union Hill Left.

The game started out as most of the games seemed to go in the morning, not a lot of scoring. Two Caputo bombs and an Aldersberg RBI knock had Kessler up 3-0 through four. Then the fun (depending who you ask) started. The Pollock bats woke up to score four runs all with two outs and take a 4-3 lead in the fifth. As would be a theme all night, Game Changer responded right away with the Ermel-Adlesberg duo coming through with big two out hits to tie the game.

The following inning, Gary Cohen led off the inning with a hit before Papa K lined a nice shot to right and got a fortunate bounce to give Kessler the lead and get himself on third for Joey P to bring him home for another. What happened next was truly one of the best plays I’ve ever seen in this league. Looking to start the season 3-3 with 3 HRs (highly doubt that’s ever happened), Caputo thought he did just that as he did what happens when you hit a homer, hit the ball however the fence. Mitch Pollock (he’s a 2) made an incredible, adjectives can’t even describe leaping grab that everyone on the fence thought only Marty or Santa could even come close to. (Go watch it on the live stream… 34:30). Instead of a four run lead, it stayed at two, until Greg and Jeremy brought home another. After 6, 7-4 Kessler.

Pollock responded right away with a seven spot in the top of the seventh to take an 11-7 lead. Once again, the Changers didn’t flinch as AP, Ermel, Adelsberg and Joel notched hits to cut the lead to 1 at 11-10. The following inning, GC knew they had to strike with the top of the order up and did just that. Joey did the leadoff man’s job and got on with a single, Caputo got walked setting the table for Greg, who came through for the first of many times this year to tie the game. Jeremy followed, Nick followed, Ben hit a sac fly, Ermel and Adelsberg followed and just like that the Changers had a 15-11 lead!

Caputo made a sick Jeter diving into the stands esq play, crashing into the fence to the end the game and give the Changers their first win of the year. This one was truly a full team effort as all 13 guys on the roster either had a hit or RBI. The 22 hit effort was led by three apiece from Adelsberg, Frank & Jeremy. Caputo hit his two HRs while Joey, Greg and AP all had two hits. 

For Pollock, Josh Walker impressed in his debut, pounding the strike zone all night and hitting the ball really well. That Mitch catch cannot be talked about enough. Seriously, go watch it. Best wishes to Matt on a speedy recovery from a first inning calf injury. GC looks to make it two next week vs. a very good 1-0 Stock team in the late Swim game.

 

Ace Home Improvements (Byko) 9    Gastro (Drashinsky) 5

It was a chilly opening day as a 13 man Byko crew took on a Spitaletto-less (feel better) Drashinsky team in the early game at Swim Club.  After knocking Seth and his boys out last year Byko knew he would have his hands full in this one...

Things were quiet early on as both tops of the lineups went down without scoring.  This could have been much different though if not for a spectacular running catch made by Leonardi robbing JZ (hate to see it) to end the 1st inning.  Top 2 Joe Mo led off with a hit, Abramson followed, and they were then promptly driven in by 2 clutch RBI hits from Gary "Monster" Szcemsak and Kurt Schmidt.  3-0 Ace after 2 innings of play.  Bongiovanni and P.Steinberg top 3 strung together hits from the 12-13 spots in the order to make it 4-0.  Huge.  Seth's top of order then produced 2 runs bottom 3 as Santa and Goldrosen were smoking the ball all morning.  Ace responded though, plating another run in the 5th and 6th, followed up by a 3 run 7th inning with the big hit a double by Abramson.  Gastro threatened again late, and it was then Joe Mo who made the other spectacular catch of the morning robbing Goldrosen of a huge extra base hit with runners on base and 2 outs. Woo!   Ace then held on the rest of the way for the 9-5 win. 

On the defensive side DiNapoli was lights out on the mound for Ace. He walked zero, fielded the middle, and had the Gastro crew off balance for most of the morning.  Szemcsak made every play at 3B for Ace leading the infield D while Leonardi Byko Mamone Schmidt locked down the OF.  Multi hit games on the offensive side were had by DiNapoli, Mamone, Abramson, Szemcsak, KSchmidt, and Bongiovanni.  Notice how Byko and Sandler aren't mentioned once, because they didn't do d!ck and the team still won, not bad!  For Gastro shout out to Santa for a multi-missile hit game and a sweet sliding catch in the OF.  Goldrosen looks back to top form at the plate hitting nothing but rockets in BP and the game.  Their rookie Woloshyn was impressive for a 7th round pick and think he will get better at the SS spot with a few more games under his belt.  Also, f*ck you to Weis for robbing me leading off the game, prick. LOL.  Byko and his boys will look to make it 2-0 in the night game (wack) at Union Hill next week vs Goddard. 

 

MONMOUTH GYMNASTICS (EB) 3 – PRINCETON (BOMENBLIT) 6
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RED OAK (Stock) 7 – SPS (Meyer) 4

Happy Opening Day to all that celebrate!  Team Red Oak opened their season against defending champ Meyer and his boys at Manalapan field 1 on a beautiful Sunday morning.  Meyer's squad was missing Wags and Rubin while team Stock was down M Stock (get better big bro, we'll hold down the fort for you all year).  On the mound for Meyer was Rookie Defalco who started his Marlboro softball career with a shutdown inning in the top of the 1st.  Team SPS jumped out to an early lead plating 3 in the bottom 1st.  Rookie Jeff Mendelson would get red Oak on the board with the most beautiful play in the game, the Sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 3-1.  Lambo really settled in and didn't allow another run until the 8th inning vs a big hitting Meyer squad.  Team Stock grabbed the lead in the top of the 5th and never trailed the rest of the game.  Mike Rabinowitz run scoring doubled highlighted the inning while Sean Keenan chipped in with RBI single.  Red Oak added another run in the inning on a RBI groundout by Thompson they gave Red Oak the 4-3 lead.  The Stock bats were at it again the following inning and it would've been an even bigger inning if Captain Stock didn't have a terrible send with no outs but I was amped up and made a bad decision with the heart of the order coming up.  Anyway Tino smoked a triple and was brought home by reigning ROY Ronnie Pacheco.  Lambo then helped himself with a sac fly stretching the lead to 3.  Not too many more offensive highlights in this game as the pitchers and defenses did a nice job all morning.  Meyer would add on 1 more run and threaten late but Lambo was able to put the kibosh on any potential rally as Red Oak secured their 1st W of the season.  For team Stock I have to start with Lambo who held a short powerful lineup to only 4 runs.  He walked only 1 and trusted his gloves on a big field.  The Red Oak outfield of Rabinbowitz, Colarocco, Yutko, and Thompson played a flawless game and saw a ton of action.  Nick Martino led the way offensively for team Stock going 4-4 with a triple and 2 runs.  Mark Yutko had a nice day going 3-4 with a double and also locked down RCF.  Welcome to the league Jeff Mendelson who started his rookie campaign with a perfect day at the plate going 2-2 with an RBI and also playing a very solid 2B.  Very good start for Rabinowitz who looked sharp in LF and also at the dish where he went 2-3 with an RBI.  Keenan also had a multi hit game with a steak of his own.  Colarocco was everywhere in LCF and ended the game on a nice diving catch coming in.  For Team Meyer Juan Gallardo was on base all day with 3 hits.  Saler showed off his cannon with 2 assists.  Welcome to the league to pitcher Defalco was was very solid in his debut and I have to mention Cornacchia who was thrust into RF duties with Wags and Rubin out and did a nice job out there.  Next up for Red Oak is Team Kessler at Swim