Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH 

GAME CHANGER (Kessler) 24, FRADKIN LAW (Rosenstock) 3

The Marlboro Softball Regular Season finale featured two of the best offenses in the league with one looking to become one of few teams in this league’s history to eclipse 300 runs, and one that set the single game runs record a week prior on the same field.

Unfortunately for Team Kessler it was a rough morning at East Francis as the hours spent doing seeding scenarios were all for naught, as Drashinsky & Conti handled business, handing GC the 8 seed and a date with Team Pollock in an appetizing 8-9 matchup. But regardless, Kessler wanted to finish the season strong and get some revenge from earlier in the year when Stock handed GC a one run loss and suspension to their captain.

And finish strong we did in a pretty easy 24-3 win. We don’t need to do the play by play in this one. The story is simple. The finishing touches on a MVP season from Jeremy Paster. The numbers are unbelievable and those of one of the best seasons in league history. League records in: HRs, Runs, RBIs, slugging and OPS. Fitting that he finished it out with an 8!! RBI night with two dingers. Five games with over 7 RBIs, six multi-HR games, 11 games with 3 or more hits. Give him the MVP folks, insane year.

JR, back from skipping games, chimed in with two HRs of his own as part of a four hit night. 10 HRs on the year, very impressive year. 

Other great games were had by nearly everyone as Broome and Gary chimed in with four hit nights and Lucas and Griffin each had three. Good pitching by Papa K as well, holding the potent Stock bats to only three runs. For Stock, Holden is a really good player, locking down LCF and providing offense. Hats off to Austin for settling in on the mound as well. And of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't shout E Stock out for a really great job managing this team in year one of his managerial career. Lots of adversity and finished with double digit wins.

Big finish to the year to bring some momentum (which supposedly means nothing according to Mitch Pollock) to the playoffs. Proud of the squad for leading the league in OBP, OPS, and actual runs (forfeit runs are fake) this season. Hope everyone enjoys the week off!

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer)  10      Ace Home Improvement (Ferrarese) 8

With the Western Division title on the line at the Marlboro Swim Club it was a 12 man Tuscany Rose squad (no Joel Podos) vs. a fully stacked 13 manned Ace Improvement team who was looking for revenge after an early season loss to the Tuscany boys.  Things started off slowly for Polzer's band of misfits in this one as Ace jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead through 4 innings of play.  Tuscany was hoping things wouldn't continue to trend this way as they got their doors blown off after starting in a similar fashion vs. Marrone last Sunday.  However, Tuscany turned it around this time with a big rally in the mid innings. Bottom 6 Ciaglia led off with a single, followed by a Klein walk, and BThompson single put up Nicky Laps with the bases loaded and 1 out.  He laced a RBI single, followed by a RBI single from Byko, a RBI double from AD, IBB to Polzer, and then two huge RBI hits by Joshi (who else?!) and Javy.  The 6 run inning gave Tuscany an 7-5 lead heading to the 7th.  But Ace responded, as they have for much of the season, scoring 3 runs themselves (it's hard getting the Blackburns out) to take an 8-7 lead.  Fast forward to bottom 8,  Nicky Laps, proving hes the clutchest human alive, led off with a YUGE leadoff double.  This was quickly followed by a Byko RBI single, and AD single (rare 1B, Byko is slow). Polzer then came up in a tie game with 1st and 2nd, he hit into a force out, but ACE threw the ball into the OF trying for a DP enabling AD to score from 1st!  Joshi then followed with another clutch RBI hit to give Tuscany a 10-8 lead heading to the 9th inning.  However things would not be easy for Tuscany as ACE had their top of the lineup coming up.  But CY Polz does what he does and got Blackburn, Ush and Blackburn all out 1-2-3 to close the door, including ending the season by inducing a foul strikeout!  A great comeback from Tuscany was led on the offensive side of the ball by AD MVP with 3 hits while other multi-hit games were had by Byko, Joshi, Javy, Patty Swaggs, and of course Nicky FN Laps.  The defense was solid all game led by the solid SS play of Javy as well as AD and Byko gobbling up everything in the OF.  For Ace, S.Blackburn proved why the brothers will still face a penalty next year as he made a number of nice plays at SS and was on base 3 times in defeat.  What a game and what a regular season for the Tuscany Rose team!  From predicted to be in the in play in game to clinching the 2 seed is quite the shock!  The never say die effort this group has is what makes them special and they're the true definition of the whole playing better than the sum of the parts.  They will now look to round 1 of the playoffs as they await to see who their opponent will be after the play-in games next week!  Take care, brush ya hair...

 

APPLE (IMN) 16 – GASTRO (Lapine) 13
"Because I was called out on the podcast, here is my one writeup to satisfy Mr. Carroll and the Blackburn boys. On the last game of the 2022 season, Team Apple would square off against a very good Team Lapine on a cloudy day at UH RIght. After surrendering one run in the top of the first, Team Apple would put up a 4-spot in the bottom on three consecutive doubles (Cole "ROY" Fluta, Joe Joraskie, & Nick Turano) and a homerun over the left field fence by JZ. Team Lapine would put up 2 more runs in the top of the third, cutting the lead to 1. But in the bottom of the fourth, the top of the order would not fail to produce once again. After back-to-back solo blasts over the left field fence by Joe Joraskie and Nick Turano and hits by JZ, Jesse Fishman and a sac fly by Andrew "I am the better Broome" Broome gave Team Apple a 7-3 lead heading into the 5th. Team Lapine was not done. They would put up a 2 spot in the 5th and a 5 spot in the 6th, tying the score at 10's. But Team Apple would unlock the tie, putting them up for good on rbi's by JZ and the captain himself in the sixth and four more in the 7th, bringing the score to 16-11. Team Lapine would scrape out 1 more in the 8th and 9th but that would not be enough. Team Apple goes onto victory 16-13 over a very good Team Lapine. The offense was led by a red hot Nick Turano (4-4 with 3 doubles and a HR 3 RBI's) and JZ (3-3 a walk, 2 doubles, a HR and 3 rbi's), Joe Joraskie (3-4 with 2 doubles, a homerun and 4 rbi's) and Greg Benish (3-3 with 2 singles and a double).  As the team was walking to the parking lot, one could hear the murmur of "Hey, Brian...when are you going to get hurt for the season so we can win a championship. Isn't that your secret to success....LOL. " Next up for Team Apple is the "PIG" next Wednesday against Team Lombardi. Good luck to all in the playoffs." 

 

GREEN CUT (Bomenblit) 11 – EBC (Goldfarb) 10

This was the second meeting between Bomenblit and Goldfarb with Team Bomenblit barely escaping an early season defeat by scoring 6 in the 9th inning trailing by 2 runs. Team Green Cut was without Ace pitcher Clamp for this one and turned to old faithful, Flash. The game was slow moving at first with a few runs put up by each team. Team Goldfarb put up 5 runs in the 4th on a few costly errors and big hits from Tony and Eric Becker. A few more costly errors by Team Bomenblit and the game was 7-3 in the bottom of the 8th. Four consecutive hits from Mugs, J. Tritto, Flash and B. DeRosa helped to set the table which brought up schef with runners on 1st and second with 2 outs trailing by 2. The crafty veteran scratched out a walk and then a 2 out triple by captain E. Bomenblit put team Green Cut up one. R. Bomenblit would also single in the inning scoring a total of 6 in the 8th, putting Team Bomenblit up 2, and an all too familiar feeling of a late 6 run inning for team Goldfarb started to creep in. The top of the 9th Team Farb led off with a single and then a can of corn pop up to left, only the ball found a hole in veteran Schef's glove. Team Goldfarb would end up scoring 3 in the bottom half and a one run lead. The bottom of the 9th was led off by rooking J. Collaroco, who got to second on a fly ball from Mugs and then scored on a double from J. Tritto. The speedy R. Perrone got the nod as a pinch runner when old faithful Flash came up to the plate. With what felt like the 50th ball hit at third base in the game, Flash hit a single down the line and a great throw from the left fielder made a very close play at the plate. But great wheels and an even better slide from Perrone helped Team Bomenblit secure the victory. Only thing left to do for these guys is to remember their bats come playoffs!

DIAMOND VISION (CONTI) 6 – GODDARD HOME (GODDARD) 0

Every team in Marlboro Softball wants to head into the playoffs with momentum, and team Conti accomplished just that in their final regular season game of the year.  Things got started early for team Conti, as Shawn Leonardi and Gary Laks combined for 3 RBI’s to give Diamond Vision an early 3-0 lead after the first.  In the third inning, ROY favorite Billy Allen deposited one into the trees for a solo homer to extend the lead to 4-0.  In the 4th and 6th innings, team Conti would tack on two more insurance runs and would cruise to a 6–0 victory.

The real story line in this game was pitching and defense. Darren was again sensational on the mound allowing only five hits and should strongly be thrown in the CY young discussion, while the defense truly sparkled behind him locking down the shutout.  The outfield gobbled every ball up and the infield defense was spectacular, especially by Mat Manochio at second base.  The offense for this one was led by Gary Laks with a 3 hit 4 RBI day, while the commish and Shawn Leonardi had multi-hit days.  Diamond Vision will have their hands full as they enter the playoffs against the Bomemblitt brothers and Clampf and Co. Happy and safe Labor Day to everyone!  Mat Manochio is the greatest player alive.

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 14 over LHRGC (LaRocca) 4

The final game of the 2022 Marlboro Softball season for the Tec-Tel Rays was a battle against the LHRGC Rays. The LaRocca fellas have secured their spot as the one seed, but winning this game was crucial for the fish if they had any hopes of locking up the 6 seed and choice of field. Would they pull it off? Both teams went scoreless in the first, but the fish would strike first blood with a 2 spot in the second. Raucher and Dan would reach base on a walk and single respectively only to be brought in by booming RBI singles from Cruz and Valentin. After another scoreless inning in the third, Tec-Tel would put up a whopping 6-runs in the fourth. Intoci, Raucher and Dan all reached base to start the inning. Cruz dinks another RBI single, Schiffman with an RBI walk and Joe Lee with a HUGE 2 RBI single (Some crafty base running on FC's would snag us the other 2 runs). RBI Singles from Edwin and Larry in the 6th and a sac by Jeff in the 7th would give Tec-Tel a comfortable 11-0 lead. However, LHRGCLMPNOP would not quit as they put up 4 in the 8th. The fish would respond right back with 3 of their own in the bottom half thanks to MORE RBI singles by Edwin and Joe Lee as well as a Papa D RBI walk. The Fish sealed the deal in the 9th to secure a 14-4 victory to end the 2022 Marlboro Softball regular season at 13-9 and thanks to a little help from our friend Mr. Conti, secured the 6 seed!  Another total team effort from the fish. Dan was a perfect 3-3 on the day with a walk, and absolutely locked down third base, including nubbing a rocket off the bat of the mighty Joe Peragine. Mike Cruz, Edwin and Joe Lee also had 3 hits of their own, with multiple RBI's for each of them. They drove in those crucial runs to lead to the victory! Santa had 2 doubles and locked down LCF, and Uncle Alan reached base 3 times with walks and smothered every ball at second base. For LaRocca, Zach Kane did not make out once and was going oppo all-day long. Additionally, Phil can really shove the rock! He pitched well and fielded his position as you would expect any shortstop to do. Another great season of Marlboro Softball. Enjoy the holiday weekend and good luck to all teams in the playoffs!

 

GENESIS (Pollock) d. SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 12-2

With a mini-win streak, seeding, and momentum on the line, a shorthanded Pollock squad of only 9 players, including no Mitch Pollock (get well soon) and DiNapoli, faced a Lombardi squad that has had plenty of experience playing not at full strength this season. All that aside, while Shore Smile has had a difficult season, they have been playing better and brought a lineup that has some dangerous bats and the always strong Jim Lombardi on the mound. Genesis, playing their 10th game at Union Hill Left, jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the home half of the first in predictable fashion... a Caputo blast. Both teams were scoreless in the 2nd inning, which proved to be the only inning Team Pollock didn't score. That stat was a misleading one for half the game, as Team Lombardi scored a pair in the top of the 4th to tie the game 2-2. But that was the only inning a Shore Smile player would cross home plate. Genesis added one run in the 4th and 5th and then took control of the game in the 6th, scoring 6 runs, batting around their short order, en route to the eventual 12-2 win to close out the regular season on a high note. Kudos to Jim, who didn't walk anyone unintentionally. For Genesis, the vets led the way, as Jeff Turner went 5-5 with a few clutch RBI hits, while Dan Difedele is getting hot at the right time, going 4-4. Mike Caputo capped an under-the-radar great regular season, adding 3 more hits and the aforementioned HR, while tracking down multiple balls all over the field. Glenn Roland, Bobby Frey (who made a highlight reel catch in RF), and Matt Pollock also had multi-hit games. Seeding-wise, Genesis only crept up to 9th, but take a feel good 3 game winning streak into the playoffs and a series against the might hitting Kessler squad. Happy Labor Day weekend and good luck to all as we head into the games that truly count.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST

FERRARESE (ACE) 15 – GODDARD (GODDARD HOME) 11

In the rematch of podcast hosts we had Team Cowboy take on Team Goddard. This game started with fireworks as Rookie Ian McDermott continued to murder the cookies Cowboy was tossing on the inner half as he hit a solo homer to put Team Goddard up 1-0, but Ace started off hot as well with a S. Black single and M Black with a NUKE to put the boys up 2-1. Goddard would answer right back with an almost heroic play from Podolla at the fence on a Callow Deep Fly, but instead off his glove and over the fence for Callow Bomb and a tie game at 2.
Heading into the 4th inning still all tied up the strongest part of Ace team let them down when Marc Goddard beat the shift for a double setting up 2nd and 3rd for McDermott who yes you guessed it wanted second helpings of the Cowboys Cookies, as this NUKE was hit out VERY QUICKLY, Chris Frometa added in a 2 RBIS Triple into the vacant hole in LCF beating the shift, in all Goddard would be leading 9-2, but in the bottom half of the 4th ACE would put up three of their own, when M Blackburn lead off with a double, and the very next pitch BDR Schindelheim singled him in. LoConte, Rosenthal, Toran, and Persily would all also single in the inning thus gaining some momentum back in this game. In the 5th all the momentum went Full Tilt to ACE, after 1st and 2nd no outs for Billy Boy turned into 2 outs and Billy on 1st, as Billy hit into the classic 4-6-5 Double Play, as the combo of LoConte, S. Black, and USH were all in sync and backed doored Frometa around 3rd. ACE would again score 3 more runs in the bottom of the 5th cutting the lead to 9-8, Tom Smith lead off walk started the frame, lead by a Rookie Stud Steve USHHHHkowitz double, an IBB to M. Black, allowed everyone’s favorite guy BDR to hit a bullet single into LCF, Frank LoConte then had a clutch 2 run single of his own.
Jeff and Mike traded zeros with some fantastic pitching, a few terrific plays by both sides, and a few Cowboy grunts or noises. Entering the 9th inning Goddard was looking for insurance runs, but they only found a lone run, but could have been plenty more, but with two outs and 2 on base ridiculous diving backhanded stop by S. Black on Callow’s bullet 1 hopper allowed ACE to escape kind of cheap and have a shot heading into the bottom of the 9th. Leadoff Singles from Evan and Pat was exactly what was needed for ACE to get the jackrabbits aka the Blackburn’s on the bases to run, Cowboy ripped a perfect single into RCF easily scoring one Blackburn and Martin coasted into 3rd easily, Persily tied the game with a laced single down the line and just like that ACE climbed all the way back, Cowboy was still so hyped he got his 1st hit and RBI since maybe mid-June, he forgot how many outs there were even though 6 guys reminded him, and Podolla flew into a Double Play. Other years that bone head play by Mike might have distracted him on the mound, but there is a new Sheriff in town this year. The 10th was a snooze feast 7 batters combined, 1 walk/hit…. ONTO the 11th with the top of the Goddard lineup coming up, Cowboy shot them down 1/2/3 thank you Mark, Ian and Tom, try another guy, as all three of them flew out, and thus setting the stage for someone to be Cowboy and Team Aces hero. Lead off single by Martin, and a single by BDR forced Goddard to walk LoConte to load the bases for Evan Rosenthal, who said “Fuck just one run, lets win by four” as he hit a BOMB over the LF fence and WALKKKKKKED US off at Union Hill.
THIS COME FROM BEHIND WIN, ALONG WITH TEAM POLZER GETTING CRUSHED SETS UP FOR A WINNER TAKE ALL OF THE WILD WILD WESTERN DIVISION 10:30 SWIM CLUB BE THERE…….

 

 

FRADKIN LAW (Stock) 43 – MAX (Steinberg) 32

After playing a wild game last week Team Stock looked to play a nice classic softball game vs team Steinberg.  Spoiler alert, that didn't happen.  Earlier in the season team Steinberg embarrassed team Stock in mercy rule fashion on UHR and I'd be lying if I didn't remind my team of that in my pre game speech.  So we returned to the very same field where the massacre occurred earlier in the season.  Steinberg was missing stud rookie Losch, Fradkin law was missing Wallenstein and Sircurella (speedy recovery Sal).  Fradkin Law would get on the board first.  Chase Sandler set the tone with a 2 run dinger.  Captain Stock would add to the lead with a Solo HR in the top of 2nd.  Levine chipped in with an RBI single later in the frame.  Team Steinberg responded with a 5 run inning to grab the lead but team Stock would respond in what would be the ultimate see saw game.  The top of the 3rd was highlighted by a grunting bomb HR from Doc Silverberg and a 2 run double from E Stock.  M Stock contributed an rbi single as well to give team stock the lead back, 8-5 as we headed towards the bottom of the 3rd.  Steinberg answered right back with 7 runs in their half the frame to re take the lead.  There was a lull in the action for the next inning and a half but team Steinberg would really cushion their lead by putting up 8 runs in the bottom of the 5th.  As we came off the field down now 21-9 I debated whether or not to have an "on me" in game meeting.  Instead of an official on me meeting I just decided to fire up the boys and ask them for a 10 spot this inning.  Nobody on team Stock had their head down as we've dealt with adversity all year and have come back many times this year when we were down a bunch.  So top of the 6th inning all hell broke loose.  The inning started innocently enough with Martino making a great play (routine play for him) in the hole to grab the 1st out.  Leadoff Levine would start the ultimate party with a rope down the RF line for a Solo HR.  After a Holden single, Chase ripped his 2nd ding dong of the day.  Next up the Doc was in again as he crushed his 2nd HR of the day.  Austin Silverberg would start another rally when he roped a single and then was brought home by "INDY" Robbie Juergens with a 1 out double.  M Stock would single next setting up 1st and 3rd for Captain Stock.  E Stock would keep the theme of the inning going by launching a nuke no doubter HR onto Union Hill Left.  As I rounded the bases I asked my team to keep it going.  With 8 runs in, the score was now 21-17.  Suds, Tepper, and Scott Sandler would keep the rally going with 3 consecutive singles.  Leadoff Levine and Holden Silverberg both delivered run scoring singles.  Next up was Chase Sandler who was already having a monster game and that monster game continued when he ripped a 2 run double to tie the game up at 21 all.  After a walk to Doc Austin delivered a 2 run single as Fradkin Law would retake the lead.  Team Stock would go on to score 4 more runs in the wild inning.  Team Stock hit 4HR's and scored 18 runs in the top of the 6th inning and now led 27-21.  You would think an inning like that might demoralize a team but Steinberg has a feisty team and would answer in the bottom of the 6th.  Steinberg would re take the lead by putting up 8 runs.  During the bottom of the 6th I brought in Austin to pitch and he did a good job getting us out of the inning.  Heading into the 7th Steinberg had a 29-27 lead.  At this point it felt like we had played for 4 hours and guys on both teams started to realize we were playing perhaps the wackiest game in league history.  Stocks bats remained relentless in the top of the 7th inning as they would re take the lead.  Jeremy got us going with a triple and fellow youngster Holden would drive him in with a single.  After a Chase double Doc roped a 2 run single.  Fradkin Law would score 5 more runs thanks to RBIs from Juergens, M Stock, E Stock, Suds, and Scott Sandler.  Team Stock scored 8 times in the 7th and now held a 35-29 lead.  This time Team Stock wouldn't relinquish the lead.  Steinberg added a run in the bottom of the 7th to cut the lead to 5.  In this crazy game nobody thought 5 runs would be enough so team Stock would look to cash in on some insurance.  Fradkin Law would get those insurance runs thanks to a 2 run double by the Captain and a 2 run triple from Suds.  In the top of the 9th Jeremy Levine hit a double to complete the cycle and Monster Sandler put an exclamation on the game with a Grand Slam.  Austin did an excellent job on the mound holding Steinberg to 3 runs over the last 3 innings  to get the save and preserve the win for his dad DOC (I believe that's the 1st time a father son combo got the W/Save) and team Fradkin Law.  As Sags stated on FB the final score of 43-32 looked more like a College Football conference game but I'm here to tell you it was actually the score in a softball game.  I don't think any of us who played in that game will ever experience another game like it.  Huge games were had for many on team Stock.  I had the best game of my life in the box going 6-6 with 2 HR's 3 doubles and 10 RBI.  Chase continued his big season by going 6-7 with 3 HR's, 2 doubles and matched Captain Stock with 10 RBI.  Leadoff Levine went 6 for 8 and hit for the cycle.  Doc showed off his power stroke going 4 for 7 with 2 dingers and 4rbi.  Suds went 4-5 with 5 rbis and 4 hit games were had by Holden, Austin, M Stock, rookie Craig Tepper, and Scott Sandler who has been heating up at the plate the last few games.  For team Steinberg Martino did his thing in the field and made some great plays, it's really a pleasure watching Tino use that glove.  The Deluise brothers crushed the ball all day long.  Greg sprayed balls down the line and in the gaps all day and brother Nick showed some impressive oppo power.  Deluise bros are a hell of a combo pick.  Lastly I wanna shout out Evan Steinberg.  I have tons of respect for that man.  It's not easy being a rookie captain but Evan has had my back since draft day offering advice and telling me I could always go to him if I had questions.  It's been a crazy roller coaster rookie managing year for me but it helps when you have guys like Evan coming up to you to say you're doing a good job.  All the respect in the world for you Evan, good luck to you and your squad the rest of the way.

 

GASTRO (Lapine) 3, GREEN CUT (Bomenblitt) 2

Pitching, defense and timely hitting has been the calling card for both of these teams all season and this game would prove that out once again. With two likely Cy Young candidates on the mound, and great defenses behind them, both teams had to scratch and claw to get a few runs across. Lapine struck first as Pat Brock led off the second inning with a walk and was moved into scoring position when Lambo earned a walk of his own. With two outs, Gene Conselyea lined a single to right to score Brock. Lapine would tack on two more runs in the 4th inning as Santigate and George reached base with a double and a walk and were driven in by a single and a sac fly by Turtz and Junior. This game would tighten up in the 7th when Bomenblitt's squad pushed two runs across, but that would be all that Lambo would allow for the rest of the game.  This was another statement game for Lapine's ace, as the only walk he gave up was intentional and he held an opponent to two runs for the second consecutive week.   

 

 

CONTI - PINGS

Coming off a tough loss to team Polzer, team Conti would look to get back on track against an always dangerous team Pingaro at the swim club.  Things would get started early for team Conti as they would plate 2 runs in the top of the first as the commish would drive in 2 on a bases loaded single.  In the second inning, Diamond Vision would tack on 4 more runs highlighted by a bases clearing double by Joe Grande.  In the third, team Conti would continue to tack on 5 more runs highlighted by a Matty Manochio booming triple (best cleanup hitter in the league), and a Rabinowitz 2 RBI single.  In the 5th inning, the middle of the team Conti lineup would again do some damage, as Gary Laks would drive in 2 runs with a line drive single.  In the 6th and 7th innings, Diamond Vision would tack on a few more runs which led to the mercy victory.  This game seemed to be just what the doctor ordered, as everyone on team Conti contributed in this one.  Darren was again excellent on the mound surrendering only a few hits to team Pingaro and the defense was stellar across the board.  The offense in this one was led by newcomer Shawn Leonardi with 3 hits, while the commish and the captain had 3 hit days of their own.  Multi-hit games were also had by Joey P, Mat M, G Laks, Sozzi, T Klein and J Grande.  On the losing side, Hempstead hits the ball extremely hard and AJ Ortiz looks damn good in uniform.  Team Conti will look to finish the regular season on a high note before they roll into the playoffs, but standing in their way will be a very tough team Goddard this Sunday at East Frances. 

 

 

GENESIS (Pollock) d. (IMN) Applebaum/JZ 12-11

With the way teams are bunched up, there was a chance a win could vault Genesis from the 14th seed to the 7th seed in one morning. But standing in our way (besides lots of help from other teams) was a captain-less Team Applebaum (AKA championship-form Team Applebaum) with a top of the order that went a stunning 15-15 last week. Team Pollock took advantage of a Caputo double and a couple of errors to take a quick 2-run lead, but IMN came right back with 3 runs in the home half and another run in the 2nd to take an early 4-2 lead. Both teams traded runs in the 4th, but in the 5th Applebaum/JZ scored 4 more runs to take what felt like a commanding 9-3 lead on a spacious Municipal field. In the top of the 6th, Team Pollock woke up and scratched out 3 runs to get within 3, but IMN came right back with 2 of their own to take the wind out of Genesis' sails. Now 11-6 heading into the 8th, the bottom of the Genesis order set the table with two big hits to help plate 3 more runs and get within striking distance after holding IMN scoreless in the bottom of the 8th. Needing two runs to tie the game, an author walk and a Jeff Turner single was followed up by a big hit from Monday's birthday boy Dan D to get Genesis within one run with no outs. A fielder's choice tied the game on the legs of a pinch-running Caputo, setting the stage for one of the stranger plays of the year. With the go-ahead run on 3B, Steven Frey hit a foul ball towards 3rd, and B. Cotter made a nice-running grab in play. But his momentum making the catch took him and the ball well out of play, and an alert Pollock brother (no not me, but also not Mitch... it was Ross) hollered and got my attention to note to the ump the runner should advance on the dead ball, and after a discussion, all agreed. Now taking a thin one run lead in the bottom of the 9th, IMN had their monstrous top of the order involved, but spoiler-alert, they weren't able to score and Genesis held on for the win. For IMN, J. Fishman was on base all morning, Cole Fluta was terrific both with the bat and glove, and Bruce Cotter also made some nice plays at the hot corner. For Team Pollock, Bobby Frey turned back the clock with a 3-3 performance, while Nick Dinapoli added 3 hits of his own. Mitch Pollock and Jeff Turner also had mult-hit games. One more week left and a shorthanded Pollock squad will take on a new look Lombardi team that has been playing better.

 

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 11 over SPS (Wallman) 10 in 14 Innings

No need to check your eye prescription, you read that one correctly. The late Swim Club matinee featured a Tec-Tel squad who was looking to further climb the ranks of the standings and an SPS squad who came off of a tough loss last week to LaRocca and Co. Sitting with 8 wins on the year, the Wallman fellas were hoping they could slide out a W to avoid a dreaded trip to the play-in game. Tec-Tel was down their stud outfielder in Goldrosen who is taking his time to rest with some daiquiris in Aruba and Jamaica, but the fish wanted to take this victory to keep their field seed low. Would they get there fast or would they take it slow??

Wallman would put up one in the first, and the fish would respond with 2 of their own thanks to RBI singles from Intoci and Pezzy Pickles. It was then all SPS for the next two innings as they would put up 4 while holding Tec-Tel to a goose egg. The Fish would finally put up one more after Santamorita hit a triple (that yes folks, hit off the RF fence at swim club) only to be brought in by RBI machine Intoci on a sac, however, Wallman would respond with three of their own in the 6th to make it 8-3 heading into the 7th. Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th, and things get extremely interesting, and this team continues to show just how much fight we have. Joe Lee and Dave Unterweiser lead off with singles. A Papa D fielder's choice would score Dave Unterweiser (8-4) Walks by the capt and Santa would allow Intoci to sac in a run (8-5). Raucher with a HUGE 2 RBI single to RF (8-7). Pickles legs out an infield single to bring up brother Dan who did what he has been doing all year long, abusing right fielders. He smokes a line drive to RF to bring the tying run across the plate. FREE SOFTBALL. Both teams would have their opportunities to score from the 11th-13th innings, but strong defense and pitching from both sides would shut it down. Inning 14, 12:37PM, Wallman and Co. were able to plate across 2, but the FISH KEPT SWIMMING. Lead off walks and singles by DU and Papa D, would allow the capt to bring across 1 run with a sac. A HUGE double by Santa would make it 2nd and 3rd 1 out. They intentionally walked Intoci to bring up Raucher, who hit a scorching line drive but Beja made a nice play to snag it. And then, Pezz steps up to the plate. With ice and pickle juice through his veins, he knew he had one job to do. He delivers a scorching 2 RBI single to RF to win the game!!! TEC-TEL WINS!

The fans certainly got their money's worth in this one. A total team effort yet again and another testament to this team's mental strength. It was a battle, and we stayed tough until the very end to pull off a W. We hit timely, we hit smart and we never gave-up, perfect equation for a victory. 3 hit games for Santa, Joe Intoci and Pezz (with the game winner of course), with multi hit games for JOE LEE, Edwin and Dan (who had the game tying hit). For SPS, the Krauss father/son combo traced the OF like gazelles and absolutely dominated at the plate. Additionally, on behalf of the entire Tec-Tel team, we wanted to send our best wishes to Kevin Juska, who went down with an injury in the middle of the game. Hate to see that happen to a great ballplayer and even better person. Get well soon pal. Tec-Tel looks to end the season with a W taking on LaRocca at the friendly confines of East Frances.

 

MGA (Marrone)18 – TUSCANTROSE (Polzer) 2 (7 innings)

Marlboro Softball success often comes down to peaking at the right time heading into the playoffs and that's been the chatter amongst the Gymnasts the last few weeks.  With that in mind a late season focused Team Marrone avenged an earlier season loss to Team Polzer with an impressive 18-2, shortened 7 inning victory.  One need only look at Team Polzer's runs against to realize how diffcult a task it is to mercy this divisional first place team who will certainly be a tough out come September.  And Team Marrone did it while missing 2 hot hitters in Brandon Tornetta and Justin Randell.  On this Sunday morning at East Frances, Captain Glen went to work early on the mound shutting down the Polzer bats in the top of the 1st without much stress.  In the bottom of the 1st, Team Marrone exploded for 9 runs with the 1st 9 men reaching base.  Hits from Kevin, Noel, Klecko, Dylan, Mike K., Glen, and Weitsen were capped off by a Grand Salami hit by the en fuego Jeff Yigdal; 9 batters in; 9-0 good guys!!  Team Polzer got a run back in the 4th only to see the Marrone squad come right back with another 6 in the bottom half to make it 15-1.  This 6 run outburst was sparked by 5 straight hits at he top of the lineup from Kevin, Kyle, Noel, Klecko and Dylan.  3 more Marrone runs would be added in the bottom of the 5th set up by a leadoff hit from the ex-skipper Randell followed by RBI hits from Kyle and Noel again. Team Polzer would plate 1 in the top of the 7th to complete the 18-2 final margin of victory.  As is becoming customary, offensive stars galore for Team Marrone with Dylan Dynov leading the way with a 4-4, 2 RBI performance.  Noel and Yiggy with 3 hits apiece including the aformentioned Grand Slam from Yiggy which broke the game open early.  2 hits apiece from Kyle, Kevin, Mike Klecko (congrats to dad on heading to Canton; J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS), Frank "The Tank" Ermel and Brad Randell.  Defensively, Dylan Dynov shifting to RCF for the first time this season with a tremendous diving catch early to thwart a potential rally, Klecko locking down 3B, and another pitching gem from Glen despite failing to add to his season strikeout total.  Yiggy, who obviously had a day also chipping in with the glove at 1B with a sprawilng stab to rob Justin Bykofsky late in the game.  Next Sunday a night date with Team Pingaro to close out the regular season which, depending on the outcome of the morning games could set up a scenario where many Play-in game eyes will be interested watchers as Team Marrone might ironically control the play-in fate of Team Wallman.   

 

GAME CHANGER (Kessler) 15, LHRGC (LaRocca) 7

When you’ve lost four out of five games and are coming off probably your worst played game of the year as a team, the last thing you want to see on your schedule is a 17-3 LaRocca team that is on pace for one of the best seasons in Marlboro Softball history and has a very strong 10, missing their 12 and 13. And to make matters worse, JR was out because he was gallivanting at a Saturday night wedding of people he didn’t even know (why he couldn’t come back Sunday, who knows?). And yes, Cy Young Ronnie was missing too but the story is set up better if the other stuff was mentioned first. So story short, the GC boys knew they were gonna have to come to play in this one. And they did. A walk to the captain and J-Bomb double would set the table for some runs early and a Broome sac fly and Lucas single did the job to bring in both. LHRGCNMOP responded RIGHT away as Peragine blasted a leadoff homer on a bomb that beat Danser in left. Not one but TWO outs on great throws home negated any further runs for LaRocca.  Kessler added another in the third on a huge two out single by Mad Max. In the bottom of the fourth, LaRocca scored four on a string of hits throughout the LHRGC order to take a 6-3 lead. But instead of sulking on what could've been a repeat of last week, Kessler responded right away with a massive two out rally. A two out single by Broome, a two out nuke double by Lucas and a go-ahead single by Max gave GC a 7-6 lead. The next inning, grey and blue followed up with four more as Danser reached on an error and then four consecutive hits by the bottom, Griffin, Wayne, Seth and Papa K added three and then a Paster sac fly gave GC an 11-6 lead.

Up 14-7 in the bottom of the 7th, Scott Preiss made the play of the game, robbing the judge himself of what would’ve been a bases clearing, two out double on a hard hit ball down the third base line, diving to stop the ball and rolling towards the bag to make an unbelievable play. Two of the 3 or 4 best third basemen in the league were playing in this game with Scott and Faz.

LaRocca really wouldn’t threaten after the 7th (besides for Sags threatening Papa K’s life on a 110 mph missile up the middle… he caught it) as Game Changer coasted to a MUCH needed 15-7 win over the obviously phenomenal LHRGC squad.

The star of the day (here comes the whole league shocked when i say this) was Papa K as he went 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and pitched probably his best game of the year on the mound (other than the Mayor’s Trophy game), holding a 10-man lineup that saw Peragine, Sags and Woody up every other inning to only seven runs while walking no one. 11-of-12 Kessler batters reached base at least twice in this one, with Paster and Max also going 3-for-4 and Broome, Lucas, Gary and Seth having two hit days. Great outfield defense as well as the JR-less group was flying and diving around all day.

Game Changer closes out the season next Sunday night against the high powered (43 runs, wow!) Stock squad in the nightcap at UHR. Bring your coolers! For those wondering at home, Paster is 1 away from the league runs record and 3 away from the league RBIs record.

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH

 

GASTRO (Lapine) 10, EBC (Goldfarb) 2

5.97 - That is the average number of runs that Travis Lamberson has given up over the last 10 games. For the season, Lambo has averaged less than 1 walk per game (.7 to be exact) and struck out 10 batters.... IN SLOW PITCH SOFTBALL!!!!!  In addition, it is impossible to get a ball past him up the middle. Hopefully the league is recognizing his performance and he is getting strong consideration for the Cy Young award.  As for the game, it was another example of how this Gastro team likes to play which is with strong defense and timely hitting throughout the lineup. The top three batters in the lineup, Getz, Santigate and George scored or knocked in five of the ten runs and Wags, Turtz, Junior and Lambo accounted for the other five. Santigate gets the nod for "hitting star" of the game with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 rbis but the defensive play of the game would have to go to Ken Panasidi who made a tremendous catch on a ball over his head to keep Santigate from a likely triple or inside the parker. With this win and a Bomenblitt loss, Lapine locked up the division for the season and at worst a 3 seed in the playoffs.  

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer)  9     Diamond Vision (Conti)   7

The game of the week in Marlboro Softball was the late game at Swim Club on Sunday morning as a red hot 13 manned Diamond Vision (11-8) squad who had won 6 straight faced off against division leading and league surprise Tuscany Rose (13-6), winners of 3 in a row themselves, but playing without their emotional leader Joshi on this AM.  What a matchup!

 

Things started off slowly offensively in this one as both Polzer and Drapkin brought their "A" games on the mound.  It wasn't until the bottom of the 4th inning when the scoring started with Conti's crew putting up a 3 spot as their top of the order put good back to back hits together.  Top 5 Tuscany responded, as they have all season long, with a 3 spot thanks to hits from Polzer, Javy, Joel Podos, followed by a laser 2 RBI knock by Ross Cohen.  It was such a nice hit he spent time admiring all the RBIs he was getting instead of running to 2nd base on an over throw...AD may or may not have yelled at him about this...Tie ball game, top 6, Tuscany added on more with a 4 spot thanks to huge hits by Jay Podos and Nicky Laps at the bottom of the order followed by hits from Byko, MVP-AD, Polzer, and Javy.  This gave Tuscany a 7-3 lead that they were able to hold on in the end with to win the game 9-7, despite a late scare as Tuscany rallied down 4 to get Conti up as the tying run.  But he hit it to where hits go to die...anywhere near Ross Cohen babyyyyyy...lol good game.

 

So how does Tuscany keep winning?  That's what everyone asks themselves, including half the members of the team!  Well when you make ZERO errors and walk ZERO guys that tends to help folks. So major credit goes to the defense and CY Polz for the win vs. the hottest team in the league.  Offensively, Byko is starting to heat up with back to back 3 hit games, while Javy, Polzer, AD, Nicky FUCKN Laps, and Jay Podos also had mult-hit games.  For Diamond Vision, Joey Pargament smoked the ball every time up and had at least 3 hits, the commish also played well with a multi-hit game and made a nice catch in CF so get off his back Conti!  LMAOO.   The win improves Tuscany to a staggering 14-6 record  (seriously Buckley can we get some SWAG?!?!) on the year as they continue to battle for the 2 seed and Western Division title.  Take care, brush ya hair... 

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 34 over Fradkin Law (Rosenstock) 16:

Looking to make it 2 in a row, the fish zipped over to downtown Marlboro to take on a hard charging Rosenstock team. They were looking to bounce back after a loss, and capitalize on Tec-Tel missing our stud left side of the outfield and dominant bats in Santaromita and Goldrosen and the hot hitting Dave Unterweiser. However, the game plan was set from the very beginning, and the team knew that if we stuck to that plan, it would be the best chance to succeed. Could they deliver?

 

Well, the Fradkin Law bats came out extremely hot. A lead-off Alfonso Soriano-ess home run by Jeremy Levine would be the start of what was a 12-run shellacking at the end of two. The fish had responded with 2 of their own throughout those innings, making it 12-2 after 3. I've said it all year long, the mental toughness of this team is unmatched. They could have hung it up after being down 10, but they didn't and would continue to battle and fight. A Schiff RBI single, plus a few timely RBI hits from Pezzy Pickles, Edwin and Cruz would allow the fish to put up a 5 spot between the 3rd and the 4th to cut the lead to 5. Fast forward to the 6th, Tec-Tel would regain the lead by putting up a whopping 7 runs thanks to the WHOLE team sticking to the game plan and a BOOMIN' grand slam by Joe Intoci who hit a moonshot to RF to take a 2-run lead. And once that lead was taken, the fish were full speed ahead. Tec-Tel put up a 20-run stint in the 7th and the 8th all thanks to sticking to the game plan and a few key hits, most notably a towering triple by Joe Lee! Rosenstock would put up another 4 in the 7th and 8th, but would not be nearly enough as the Fish picked up their 11th win of the season.

 

Total team effort across the board from the fish. Everyone on this team was on the same page, walking their way (31 times to be exact) to a victory. Papa D was a perfect 3-3 with 4 walks, 5 runs, and 4 RBI. Additionally, holding the heavy hitting Rosenstock squad to 4 runs through 7 innings is quite remarkable! 3 hit games from Intoci, Pickles, Dan and Schiff also helped our cause, with great efforts from all of them. Additionally, kudos to Marlboro's favorite ginger and Mike Cruz, for locking down LCF and RF respectively on a huge Mar El outfield. Not an easy feat! For Rosenstock, Chase Sandler hit 2 balls that I am 98% confident would have been home runs to RIGHT CENTER FIELD at swim! The dude hits the ball like a man and was a tough out all morning. Tec-Tel looks to make it three in a row against Wallman in the Swim Club matinee. 

 

GENESIS (Pollock) d. GREEN CUT (Bomenblitt) 8-2

With so many teams bunched up in the middle of the standings and looking to head into the playoffs with some positive momentum, Team Genesis knew they needed to put some tough losses in the rearview mirror. It wouldn't be easy against a Bomenblitt squad that came into Sunday 7-0 against division opponents. Both teams were held scoreless in the 1st, but Team Pollock scored one in the 2nd, three in the 3rd, two more in the 5th, and another two in the 7th for a 8-0 lead and eventual 8-2 win. It was a surprisingly uneventful game as the Bomenblitt bats were held off the board for most of the game by a 10-man Genesis squad that saw Bobby Frey and Cliff Fox hold down LF/RF, while Nick Dinapoli and Mike Caputo made some strong plays to lock down the left side of the infield. Mike Caputo (having one of the quietest great seasons ever), Noah Turner, and Matt Pollock led the way offensively with 3 hits each, while Glen Roland (3 RBIs) and Nick Dinapoli also had multi-hit game. While the Green Cut bats were uncharacteristically quiet, vets Steve Schefkind and Dave Clampffer had solid offensive games and as usual, Clamp pitched well. Next up is a rematch against an Applebaum squad that hurt us earlier this season.

 

MGA (Marrone), 16, ACE (Ferrarese) 5

The dog days of August often bring important down the stretch divisonal matchups with big seeding implications and this fine weather morning at Marlboro Swim Club was no different with Team Marrone defeating Team Ferrarese 16-5.  The win positions Team Marrone for a shot at some field choice selections if we can win 2 more and close out the season on a 3 game winning streak.  Things did not start off well for the Gymnasts as Team Ferrerese plated 3 in the top of the 1st set up by key hits from the Blackburn brothers.  Team Marrone responded with 3 of our own in the bottom half on a sac fly from Kyle and RBI hits from Noel and a welcomed newcomer Mike Klecko.  The game would stay tied until the bottom of the 4th when the Marrone crew exploded for a 6 spot highlighted by a Dunleavy triple, hits from Klecko, Mike K. Glen, Yiggy and a big 2 run single from Justin Randell.  Team Ferrarese would get 1 back in 5th to make it 9-4.  in the bottom of the 5th, the Gymmasts would add 2 more on RBI hits from Noel and that man Klecko again.  In the 7th, 2 more would be tacked on courtesy of RBI knocks from Kyle and Noel.  At 13-4, Team Ferrarese would score 1 to make it 13-5 only to see Team Marrone score 3 more in the 8th on RBI hits from Weitsen, Yiggy and Frank "The Tankl" Ermel for the final 16-5 margin of victory. Hitting stars were plentiful in the 16 run attack led by Tornetta, Kyle, Noel, Yiggy and the debuting Klecko all with 3 hits apiece.  Multi-hit games from Kevin, Glen and Ermel.  On the Ferrarese side, Steve Blackburn with a 3 hit day from memory.  Defensively, Captain Glen was in control on the mound; again only walking 1 and striking out his 25th batter on the season (yes, he keeps count every week).  The Marrone infield was on display all morning with Klecko locking down 3B and the up the middle duo of ex-skipper Brad Randell combining with Noel Santiago to turn 2 big double plays in the middle innings to thwart potential Ferrarese rallies while the game was close.   Kyle Dunleavy also adding a nice running catch to take away extra bases while the game was within reach.  Speaking of taking away extra bases, on the Ferrarese side, Martin Blackburn coming out of nowhere to rob Brad Randell of believe it or not extra bases making a crazy running catch behind the left fielder who was not expecting to watch the ball go over his head late in the game.  Next up another big divisonal marchup with the Gymnasts looking to avenge an earlier season tough loss against the 1st place Team Polzer at East Frances.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 17   Kessler (Game Changer) 6

A battle of central division rivals it was Kessler/Game Changer taking on Steinberg/The Max Challenge at Union Hill Right. A picture perfect morning with low humidity and partly sunny sky, so the sun was not a big factor today.  The first pitch of the game saw Tino blast a solo shot (his 5th on the season) over LCF as Steinberg jumped out to a 1-0 early lead. In the top 2nd, Steinberg would load the bases , but brilliant pitching from Andy and a solid double play started by Scott Pries would keep the score 1-0.  Kessler would tie it up in the bottom 2nd and added another in the 4th to take a 2-1 lead.  Steinberg would put up a 3 spot in the 5th, with Eric Arolick who would start it off as he’s been so hot of late with a single. After a FC by Feingold, Tino would blast a double to right center, followed by an RBI single from the capt. ES, then singles from the Deluise boys to give Steinberg the 3 runs.  In the 6th, Steinberg would score 6 and not look back. The consistent and solid Mike Ballo would have a day!!  In the 6th, Mike would leadoff with a single, one of his 5 hits on the day (5-5), and a bloody leg after a big play at the plate from a later play, followed by consecutive hits from starting with Billy Losch, with another solid day (4-5) and hits from Dan Singman (2-4) and Arolick again (3-5) with a controversial close play at the plate with Ballo slipping his hand in for the safe call. Capt. Ben didn’t like it but we think he eventually agreed.  Feingold would add a 2-run triple beating left/left center and Tino added another RBI thereafter. In the 9th, Greg would finally clear the RF fence with a majestic shot and first HR over the monster (his 2nd overall of the season). Steinberg eventually added 5 more in the 9th to put the game away with 17 runs on 31 hits!!!  Big day from Ballo 5-5, Billy 4-5, Tino 4-5, Greg, 4-5, and Arolick 3-5.  Steinberg’s squad also played well defensively highlighted by the capt. ES filling in at 2B for the vacationing Spears with some web gems most notably a nice dive to rob Jeremy on a liner up the middle and the always hard-hitting Wayne Sherman.  Jeremy also added to his league dominating HR lead, blasting a 2-run shot in the 9th.   Congrats to Greg Deluise who pitched a gem for the Steinberg win giving the team their 10-10 record! Another intradivision central battle next week as Steinberg takes on Rosenstock at UH!

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 7 vs SPS (Wallman) 6 (10 innings)

On a day without our 1 and 4, the LHRGC Baby Blues were matched up against the revamped Wallman team, featuring first baseman power hitter and sure gloved Frank Tripodi.    Good guys drop down one in the first on hits from RCy (.605 and 49 hits) and Shwag, with a SAC from LaLaLa Larry Rubin.  Evil Empire answers with 2 in the bottom of the frame.  Two scoreless innings until the good guys add 3 in the 4th on hits from.....RCy, Shwag and Rubin with consecutive SACs from Marcke and BFazz.  Wreckit Ralph leads off the 5th with a walk (the only walk The Savior gave up on the day) and scores (did he though) on a rbi single from Peragine. Yadda yadda yadda, bottom 9, 6-4 and SPS ties the game sending into overtime.  Top 9 AFAZZ sends a BLAST over the LCF head.  Kane moves him over (the play featuring Lugos asking JoeP to dance) and the go ahead score off of a single by Ol’ Pal Oh Mine, Ralphy Boy.  One run lead going into the bottom of the 10th.  2 outs, man on second, Big Sexy at the plate looking mean.  He rips one to Mark Carlin who rumbles, stumbles, flips, flops and cannot make the play.  A heads up JY never stops at 3rd forcing the play at the plate.  Carlin somehow recovers and throws a strike to end the game.  Kudos to Rubin (3 for 3, 2 runs, rbi), A Fazz (smoking the ball all night) and D’Amato (3 for 3, BB, game winning rbi).  RCy and Fred had 2 walks between them all day and pitched lights out.  Frank Tripodi hit the ball HARD all day and made some sick plays at first including a 3-3-4 DP.  Justin Krauss is still fast as fuck boy.  Next up is a matchup against Benny Kess at Marel.  With RCy on covid lockdown, on vacation, and sidelined with a pulled hammy, the captain will be serving cookies to JBomb and crew. 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH

 

Sacco - 11

Vanzetti - 10

A highly anticipated rematch by these two stallions opened with Capt. Pings walking around questioning whether or not he and I were going to end up fighting by the end of the game. To that, I told him, “I ain’t no band leader… yeah I heard that story…” Back to the Action. A challenge from the get go considering we were missing Evan Rosenthal and Podolla… that means we were short 2 outfielders and 1½ hitters. BFF. The big bats of Pingaro opened the game with 2 quick runs…shit. Ace came back and won the frame with three runs of their own featuring big hits by both Blackburns, Loconte, Pat Thomas, and Doc Toran. In the 3rd, Pat’s boys put up a 5 spot, so we put up a 5-er in the bottom frame… just to be dicks. This inning was highlighted by hits from Tom Smith, Stevie B, Ush, Toran, a Pat Thomas triple and a Marty B. HR. We then went on to score a few more to give us a 10-7 lead which made us slack a bit with the bats… poor choice as Pingaro rallied his troops to strike back. In the huddle, he could be heard yelling, “I don’t make you guys take BP for 20-30 hours/week and get here at 4:30 am to set up a tent just to lose to Cowboy who doesn’t even respond to texts about when and where the games are!” Pingaro’s men heeded the call and tied the game in the 8th. It would have been more if Cousin Frankie didn’t make an absurd Podolla-esque catch to stop the rally. Bottom 8th… Ush doubles, Pat Thomas walks, Toran FC’s to move the runners over, Cowboy walked (no one wants to face the wrath of a career .390 hitter), and then Persily steps in and hits a hard shot to 3B and then ran faster than ever before…his svelte frame suddenly morphed into that of a gazelle or even a mythical creature… like a half horse/half Marty Blackburn-centaur-type creature as he powered towards the bag…SAFE! Game over. Our second win in 3 weeks decided by a fielder’s choice…like fuckin gentlemen.

For Ace, Tom Smith, Paul Kamras (who still looked like he was in the encore of the Phish show from the night before), Cousin Frankie, Uncle Steve, @patthomastattoos, Ush (ROY), Marty, and Stevie B all had multi-hit games. For Pingaro, Bob Micari was on base all day and Hempstead murdered the ball.

Sitting pretty at 13-6…  not bad for a team predickted to go 8-14 #eatadick #blessed

 

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 10 over Game Changer (Kessler) 8

The Sunday matinee at the Swim Club featured the Battle of the BFF's: Kessler vs Drashinsky. This was a highly publicized contest as viewers from up and down the east coast (including Baltimore) were tuning in to see two teams duke it out for a critical win that would further help them rise in the echelons of playoff seeding. Additionally, as well known by many, I have never defeated my good buddy Ben as a captain, all games determined by no more than 2 runs. Would they pull it off??

The fish came out firing right out of the gate, putting up a 5 spot in the top of the first. Two walks to the capt and Santa brings up Jeff Goldrosen, who smokes a scorching single off of his former teammate to cross one. Uncle Alan comes up and then hits ANOTHER rocking single to plate across the second run. Joe Intoci would then hit a sizzling double to plate across 2 more runs followed by a clutch RBI single from Marlboro Softball's premier ginger, Pezz! The Game Changer Squad would not give up, as they would eventually work to tie the game by the 3rd inning, chipping away each inning and shutting school of fish down offensively. Strong pitching from the Papa's would hold both teams at 5-5 till the 7th. In the 7th, the Rays would put up a 4 spot thanks to CLUTCH RBI singles from Uncle Alan and Dan. However, in the bottom frame, the guy that puts the changer in 'Game Changer' Jeremy Paster did what he does best by hitting an absolute nuke over the monster in LCF at Swim to bring it to a one run contest. Fast forward to the eighth, where Pickles Pezzulo would plate across a HUGE RBI single to give the fish the extra one run insurance they needed to seal the deal. The Tec-Tel defense shut down the Game Changers in the 8th and 9th to secure the W 10-8!

Three hits a piece from Joe Intoci and Pezz with multi-hit games for Jeff, Alan, and All-Star Dan. The story of this game however, and what really sealed the deal was the fish defense, it was on lockdown! Some notable moments were Mike Cruz turning a double play at first base all by himself (snagging a line drive and stepping on first base to get the creeping runner), Joe Intoci full extension dive to snag a line drive that would have been a sure fire hit, Dan full extension jump to smother a line drive and of course, Mike Santaromita showing off his cannon of an arm by gunning down a runner at the plate and Dave Unterweiser making a great scoop and tag. HUGE in a close contest like this one. And lastly, Papa D was wicked on the mound, only walking two and striking out 1! For Game Changer, Paster and JR did what they have been doing all year long (mashing and locking down the middle OF). BFF Ben also hit very well, beating the BK shift a few times. Tec-Tel looks to make it a winning streak next week taking on the powerful Rosenstock squad at Mar El.

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 11     Goddard Home Improvement (Goddard)   4

Tuscany Rose was looking to make it 3 wins a row as they showed up to Marlboro Elementary vs. a big hitting 10 man Goddard squad (no Burke, Jared, Frometa....ouch!).   

After shutting down the top of the Goddard order early on, Tuscany was able to jump out to a 3-0 lead after 1 inning of play thanks to back to back to back hits by Byko, AD, and Capt. Polzer.  Goddard's team responded as their bottom of the order did some damage top of the 2nd to tie the game 3-3.  Javy then had 2 huge at bats consecutively to help break the game open for Tuscany.  With 2 outs, bottom 3, Javy laced a 2 RBI single, and then his next at bat bottom 6, he launched a RBI triple in the gap, followed by him scoring right after.  Once the dust settled the score was 9-3 and Tuscany then cruised the rest of the game for the fairly luxurious 11-4 win.  Aside from Javy's two massive hits, the offensive attack for Tuscany was led by Byko?!?!? (wow about time) with 3 hits, Polzer and Thompson also reached 3 times,  AD had two extra base hits, while other multi-hit games were had by Gary Klein (welcome back!), Patty Swaggs (not sure if he remembers them), and BHor.   CY Polzer was fully dominant on the mound in this one not allowing any big innings and finishing the game with ZERO walks (stud!).  Javy led the infield defense making a number of nice plays at SS as well.   For team Goddard: Steve Goldberg, Max Seidel, and Billy Ferro all had multi-hit games and they will certainly be a team to reckon with when they are in full attendance come playoff time (especially if they somehow get Billy Boy to sit out! haha).  The road to the playoffs doesn't get any easier for Tuscany as they face a red hot Conti squad, who has won 6 in a row, at Swim on Sunday.  Take care, brush ya hair.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3RD

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 11       CK Baseball (Pingaro)  9

In the final Wednesday night game of the Summer =(   it was a Western division battle at UHL featuring a 12 man Tuscany (no GKlein) vs an 11 man CK lineup (no Jacoby, Krant).  The Western Division is no joke so both teams knew how big of a game this was, and they did not disappoint the fans in attendance with how this game played out...

Things started out well for Tuscany when in the 2nd inning with consecutive hits by Joel, Ross, and Patty Swaggs, combined with a RBI hit from Nicky Laps, propelled Polzer's team to an early 5-0 lead.  Pingaro's squad would battle back, as they always do, highlighted by an ABSOLUTE MISSILE 2 run HR to CF by rookie Hempstead enabling CK Baseball to tie the game through 5 innings.  The middle of the Tuscany lineup (it's a team game!!!!) then came through big time again in the 6th inning with an enormous 2 RBI hit by CHAMPION Joel Podos and another 2 out RBI hit by Ross Cohen (who else?!) giving Tuscany a 9-5 lead.  CK then scored 3 runs in the 7th to make it close again as their bottom guy Seitz and Micari set the table beautifully for them (could not get these guys out all night!).  With the score 9-8, and after the WORST CALL SIMON HAS EVER MADE (yes I know that's a big statement), Tuscany knew they would need some insurance, and boy did they get some thanks to a 2 out BOMB by Thompson in the top half of the 9th inning with 2 outs to make the score 11-8.  Bottom 9, CK plated a run, had 1st and 3rd with 1 out and ATurano at the dish.  He hit a missile to the RCF gap that BYKO made a CLUTCH diving catch on, a game saving play, to make it 2 outs and keep the tying run at 1st base. YUGE!  CY Polz then did his thing and got the final batter to pop out for the the big 11-9 victory. 

What a win for Tuscany.  Despite MVP DiMarco only having 1 hit , and Byko 1 hit as well, but that's expected =/  they still won!!!  CY Polz was phenomenal in the victory walking no one intentionally and shutting down the middle all night; hopefully he walks home with CY YOUNG and MGR of the YEAR at the awards dinner.  The offensive attack was led by the middle of the order guys Joel Podos and Ross Cohen (kid loves the Wed night lights!) with 3 hits apiece, Patty Swags, BThompson each with 2 hits, while Nicky Laps also knocked around 2 hits and played gold glove 1st base on defense. For CK Baseball: Seitz and Micari were on base all night, and Heitzner had some nice opposite field hits as well.  This win vaults Tuscany back into the 2 seed overall and first place in the ultra tough Western Division.  They will look to make it 3 wins a row vs a hard hitting Goddard team on Sunday.  Take care, brush ya hair.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 31ST

 

Clemenza – 8

Tom Hagen – 4

Its been a while since I sat down to write a recap, but honestly I haven’t been hitting well this year and the whole purpose of this forum is for me to tout minor personal achievements to compensate for my various shortcomings and disappointments. I mean, do I really need to type a bunch of words just to share that the Blackburns had a bunch of hits and defied gravity, etc? Back to the action. So to catch everyone up…

-        We beat Lombardi. At one point, Podolla made a crazy diving catch and yelled, “its about time I deserved some RESPECT!”… With a .240 average, good luck there, Rodney

-        We beat Goldy… Becker did a shot with us after

-        We lost to Steinberg – Arolick slid into Tom Smith and I overreacted angrily in hopes of riling my team into an epic comeback… we lost several minutes later

-        We beat the Bomenblits shortly after Eric’s wedding. Congrats to him and his beautiful bride and enjoy having a whole new group of in-laws for Richie to offend. Huge hit to tie the game by Dr. Toran and to win the game by Paul Kamras (it was technically a fielder’s choice but I kept a Kessler-esque book for that one)

Back to the Action… East Francois, Sunday, 9am Team Ace versing the Mighty Team LaRocca. A statement game if we can pull it off. Both teams very quiet for the first three innings with the middle of Team Frankie Five Angels putting up one run. In the 4th, with two men on, Evan Rosenthal did what he’s been doing all year, driving in runs while maintaining a mediocre batting average. Huge triple that drove in 2 runs (with a little help from an absurd bounce). A big Ush single then brought in Evan and we held a 3-1 lead. While LaRocca drove in another run, Ace then put up 4 in the 7th as the team went station to station with a little single here, a little “how’s your sister” there and we held a nice little lead. While the big LaRocca bats threatened, Martin, Evan, Pat, and Podolla patrolled the outfield with fervor and impunity while Stevie B locked down the infield. Props to Rick and Toran for fielding a ton of balls to the right. In the end, we win 8-4. Team effort. Walk’s as good as a hit. Find some grass. Blah blah.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share this valiant effort… Cousin Frankie… leaves a day late for a family vacation last Sunday so that he can be there for the extra-inning victory against the Bomenblits. Due to the passing of our legendary grandfather, he flies back for the services Thursday and Friday, then flies back to South Carolina for another day of the vacation then drives through the night Saturday night just to play Sunday morning surviving on no rest, Adderall, Red bulls, and possibly crystal meth. A true team player and my vote for Charlie Hustle… Listen, I like Bobby Frey as much as his nephew likes the sweet leaf… but he’s won it enough. #godbless #stayinschool #1877kars4kids

 

 

CONTI (Diamond Vision) 11 – SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 6

Team Conti coming off 4 straight wins looked to make it 5 in a row against a hungry team Lombardi.  This would be an even more difficult task as Diamond Vision would be without their starting pitcher, Darren Drapkin, who was soaking up a few rays on the beach.  Things would get started early for team Conti as they would plate 3 runs in the top of the first highlighted by a captain Conti 2 RBI double.  Billy Allen would fire up the third inning with a laser triple and would be knocked in by the captain to make it a 4-0 lead.  Shore Smile would not quit though as they would plate 3 runs in the top of the 4th to cut the lead to one.  Team Conti would answer back with 2 of their own to keep the lead.  Again, team Lombardi would not quit as they would tack on 2 runs in the 7th inning to keep this one close, but Diamond Vision would pull away in the late innings as the top of the lineup mashed out key hit after key hit.  The key story of this affair would be ROY favorite Billy Allen who made his pitching debut and pitched a hell of game keeping the bats of team Lombardi off balance all day.  The offense for team Conti was led by Noel Gerena, who just missed putting one out of LCF at swim, with 4 hits.  Joey “I’m better than father” Pargament also had an excellent day out of the leadoff spot with 4 knocks.  Billy Allen helped himself to a 3 hit day, while the captain, Gary Laks and Joe Grande had multi hit days.  For Shore Smile, Pat Speccio was an impossible out and Paglio smoked the ball all morning.  For team Conti, they will look to keep the winning steak alive as they square off against 2.4 ERA Marrone and his crew at Manalapan.

 

GAME CHANGER (Kessler)  24, GODDARD HOME IMP (Goddard) 9

"What happened to the Kessler offense?" Was the question asked by many around the league over the last two weeks while the Game Changer bats took a two week vacation, leading to losses to Lapine and Apple. This week, with a nice tan, the bats were back on a beautiful Sunday for softball at Mar El against an undermanned (yet very strong 8) Goddard team.

The story in this one starts with two guys: 1. Mad Max Allegretti who had a career day setting a league record (unconfirmed but I'm going to take a lucky guess) with FOUR triples as part of a 6-for-6, five run, five RBI day. Batting in the cleanup spot today with JR and Lucas missing, Max stepped up big time to lead the offense while playing a lights out second base. 2. Seth "a HR away from the cycle" Kreisler who put in quality at bat after quality at bat. First inning two run double, third inning single, fifth inning walk, even his out in the 6th inning produced a run. And then in the eighth, Seth found the right field line for a RBI triple!! 3-for-4, 4 RBI day for Kreisler, hell of a game. 

After Goddard scored two in the first, GC came back with six of their own batting around. Two in the second on back-to-back triples by Max and Gary (welcome back!) made it 8-5 and that was the closest the game would be the rest of the way as Kessler extended it to 12-5 and never had the game within five runs after that.

Offensive stars were aplenty for the 10-man Team Kessler of course starting with Max and Seth. The captain was on base all day in the leadoff spot (only the umpire could get him out), Jeremy and Gary each got on base four times and Broome, Scott (welcome back!), Danser and Griffin each had two hits. Hats off to Gary for driving in 5 runs in the 5 hole. Also a very sound defensive game for Team Kessler highlighted by Max at second, Broome locking down SS all day, Danser catching everything in left and Paster tracking a Carroll ball that woulda been out at Union Hill, Swim Club and every other field in America for an out. 

For Goddard, the trio of Carroll, Burke and McDermott were scary as always with Tom and Burke hitting back to back dingers in the fifth. Burke made a really nice diving play in the outfield as well. Next up for Kessler, the second matchup of the season against BFFs Drashinsky in the 10:30 window at Swim. See everyone there.

 

Marrone (MGA)  21, Goldfarb (ERIC BRADLEY) 6 (8 innings)

Coming off an excrutiating 4 game losing streak, Captain Glen was all business on the team chat heading into a DH week with big playoff seeding implications.  Sidekick Klye Dunleavy was equally harsh during the week joining Glen in eviscerating the Randell pizza review recommendation with lower scores than Monmouth Gymnastics would give Simone Biles and Mary Lou Retton.  But the mood brightened a bit during the early morning with a 21-6 victory over an incredibly still winless Goldfarb squad.  But don't let that zero in the win column fool you; This team has plenty of talent at full strenghth and one win in the play-in  game and the Goldfarb squad is even with everyone else left for a new season.   As for this game, Team Marrone started off hot shutting down the Goldfarb bats in the top of the 1st and then plating a 5 spot in the bottom half.  4 straight hits to start from Brandon, Kevin, Kyle and Steve followed by a Dynov double, Mike K single and Marrone single capped off the inning.  4 more would be added in the 2nd set up by a leadoff Brad Randell single with hots from Brandon, Kevin, Kyle and Noel to follow.  At 9--0 Team Goldfarb would battle back in the 4th with a 5 spot of their own to try and make it a game.  The Gymnasts would reapond with 1 in the bottom half with a sizzling Dunleavy singling in an equally en fuego Kevin K.  The teams would trade runs in the 5th for a 10-6 Marrone lead.  Then the Gymnasts would open things up with a big 6 runs in the 6th with bpth Randell's starting the inning with singles followed by three straight hits from the top by Brandon, Kevin and Kyle yet again.  RBI hits from Noel and Dylan would complete the inning.  At 16-6, 2 more runs would be added in the 7th and 3 more in the 8th for the final 21-6 margin of victory.  Another great game from Glen on the mound walking only 1 and adding a K to his league leading total of 22.  Great play by Dylan Dynov at 2nd ranging back in the mid innings to carch a blooper and thwart a potential Goldfarb rally.  And multiple sick throws by Kevin K in LF including the most riduculous throw I've seen from not so shallow depth in LF, yes LF which should have thrown the batter out at 1st but for a missed call by the ump.  (confirmed by base coach Panassidi.)  Obviously offensive stars were a plenty with K;ye leading the way (5-5, 4 runs, 4 RBI), and Kevin right behind him with a 4-5, 4 runs effort.  Santiago, Dylan and Weitsen with 3 hits apiece; Mike K, Glen and Brad Randell with 2 hits of thieir own.  On the Goldfarb side, Rogiers and Gary Cohen with multi-hit days from memory.  Next on to a quick trip across town from the Swim Club to UHL to meet up with Team Pollock.

 

Marrone (MGA) 17, Pollock (GENESIS) 6

After an explosive game 1 with 21 runs, the bats usually go to sleep for game 2's of double-headers in Marlboro softball.  Biut not on this day as Team Marrone completed the DH sweep with a big 17-6 victorty over an always tough Pollock squad at UHL.   Things did start off quietly for the Gymnasts going down quietly in the first 3 inings of the game.  Team Pollkck would socre 1 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd for a 2-0 lead but the damage could have been much worse with Glen stranding multiple Pollock runners on the bases with the help of some solid defense from Noel at SS and Kevin K gunning down another runner at the plate from LF.  (Amazing that teams continue to run on him week after week).  Team Marrone would get things going in the 4th scoring 4 runs with the top of the order again putting together 4 straight hits from Brandon, Kevin, Kyle and Steve.  3 more would be added in the 6th with the top of the lineup doing it again; leadoff single from Brandon followed bh a Kevin single, Catania double and 2 more singles from Noel and Dylan.  Team Pollock would get one back to make it a 7-3 game heading to the top of the 8th where the Marrone bunch would score a big 2 runs.  With one out, the ex-skipper Brad Randell split the left side of the OF for a 1 out double, yes double.  Kyle and Glen gave higher scores on the Randell slide into second than the Grandma's pie in Bensalem, PA.  Then, Brandon Tornetta split the middle of the OF for a 2 riun inside the park dinger.  (Mike K had the stopwatch out and timed Brtandon around the bases faster than Randell from home to 2nd).  At 9-3 the never quit Pollock squad would tighten things up scoring 3 in the bottom of the 8th to make it 9-6.  But in the top of the 9th, Team Marrone would explode for a big 7 run inning highlighed by a Dynov double and a Justin Randell triple; his second triple of the game to provide the final 17-6 ,margin of victory.  Leading the way was solid rookie Brandon Tornetta with a 4-4, 4 run performance.  3 more hits from Kevin to keep up his torrid hitting.  Chipping in with 2 hits of their own, were Kyle, Noel, Steve, Mike K, and the father and son Randell combo.  Defensively, Glen repeated his performance on the mound with only 1 walk and 1 more strikeout bringing the total to 23.  He also kept Caputo in the park all day and limited his big bat to only 1 hit from memory.  Lockdown defense by the Marrone OF catching everything in the air including 2 nice running catches from Tornetta in RF.  On the Pollock side, Caputo with several nice plays at SS.  Next up the down the stretch divisonal play begins against Team Conti in Manalapan.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 12   Applebaum (IMN) 5

A battle of two captains buds on this last day of July both teams short staffed with 10 each. This one opened up with a bomb by the rookie Cole Fluta over the left field fence at UHR with Apple taking the 1-0 lead. In the bottom 2nd, Feingold drove in Young with a sac fly tying it up 1-1.  In the bottom 3rd, Steinberg’s Max Challenge squad scored 3, led by the hottest hitter Tino with another HR blastm his 4th on the season, over left field!  After a capt. ES walk and a Greggy single, brother Nick Deluise lined a doubled scoring both.  In the 4th, Steinberg would continue to add another 3 spot this time led by a two-out single by Jordan Spear, followed by a double from Tino and 3 consecutive singles from capt. ES, Greggy and Nick again.  In the 6th, Elliot K another hot hitter from Steinberg drove in a run with a deep sac fly. Steinberg would add 4 more over the next few innings including another 2 run HR bomb from Nick D, his 4th HR of the season in the 8th putting this one out of reach!

Congrats to Tino-going 3-3, HR, 2B, 2 BB, 4 RS, 2 RBIs; Greg 4-5, 2B, 3 RS, 2RBIs; and the hot hitting, rookie Nick D 3-4, 2 run HR, 2B, 5 RBIs. Greg did a solid job as well for another W that helped get Steinberg back to .500 @9-9. Big one next week vs. LaRocca!

 

Pollock (GENESIS) over Rosenstock (FRADKIN LAW) 17-14

One of the more fun aspects of being a veteran captain in this league is to see your coaching tree grow. Eric (and Mike) were one of my favorites to play with and all signs point to being a respected captain for many years going forward. But Sunday morning wasn't just about me feeling older... it was a key game for two teams currently in that no man's land zone of 2022 Marlboro Softball standings, where being .500 means you might be the 14th seed. Coming off a few recent tough losses, Team Pollock, without Roland and Gio today, needed to move past moral victories and getting the real ones for the W column. The Rosenstocks needed the same and started strong, taking any early 4-0 lead after their first two times up. In the 2nd, Genesis chipped away with clutch hits from Cliff Fox and Rob Rozencwaig. But that only seemed to wake Fradkin Law more, as stormed towards a 10-3 lead into the 5th, highlighted by the first of two Holden Silverberg home runs (yes, two over the fence HRs for this fast rising offensive star). But the bottom of the 5th changed everything. As he did all game, Bobby Frey led the inning with a walk (Bobby had 4 walks this game!) setting the table for the top, that came up huge with several clutch at bats to tie the game up 10-10. In the 6th, Fradkin Law took a one-run lead (probably via a Holden or Doc HR, I don't remember), but lead off walks to Bobby Frey and Nick Dinapoli led to the inevitable, a clutch 3-run HR from Caputo, followed by extra base hits from the Pollock bros to give Genesis a 14-11 lead. A resilient Rosenstock squad got to within one, but Genesis took advantage of some walks in the bottom of the 8th to expand the lead en route to the much-needed win (before a draining and injury-filled 2nd game loss). For Fradkin Law, besides the Silverbergs, all the usual suspects, including Chase Sandler and J. Levine were on base most of the morning. For Genesis, Mike Caputo had another great game, going 5-5 with 4 runs and 5 RBIs, while Nick DiNapoli set the table with 3 hits. Mitch and Matt Pollock, Noah Turner, and a surging Dan Difedele also had multi-hit games. I also want to wish for a speedy recovery for Holden, who ironically in a game to remember, suffered concussion-like symptoms later that day after colliding with Chase Sandler. Holden finished the game and it sounds like scans call for a quick recovery (fingers crossed). Next up for Genesis is a huge divisional game against an East division leading Lapine squad.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

 

(Goddards Home Improvements)20 -  (Monmouth Gymnastics) 19

Wednesday night game under the lights Team Goddard looks to keep the win streak going against Marrone. Top of the 1st Marrone plated 5 runs and held Team Goddard to zero in the bottom of the first. Top of the 2nd Marrone would score another  to give them an 8-0 lead. Note last time we played them we went up 12-0 and they came back to tie the game at 12 with 12 unanswered runs. Back to the game, in the bottom of the 2nd we would score 8 runs to tie the game. Inning was highlighted by Mcdermott with a double and a 3 run dinger in the inning, Rbi singles from Tyson and Baffuto and a sac fly from M. Goddard. Marrone would score 4 in the third and four in the fourth to take a 16-8 lead. Bottom of the fourth we would respond with 3 runs with Rbi doubles from Burke and J. Goldberg, to cut the lead to 5. Fast forward to the bottom of the 8th Team Goddard was down 6 with the top of the order up. Rbi Triple from Carroll, Rbi single for J. Goldberg, Rbi single for Baffuto, Rbi single for M. Goddard, and Rbi for Chiusano. Worst call I have ever seen almost cost us the game as Tom screened the shortstop as he was running to third and was called out for obstruction. Game was tied going to the Top of the 9th. Tom Carroll made some nice plays to hold them to 0. Going to the bottom of the 9th tied with 3,4,5, batters coming up. First two guys made out. Mcdermott would follow with a double. They walked J. Goddard to get to Chiusano. Billy Boy Chiusano hit a squibber 5 feet in front of the plate and beat it out even though his leg was hurting him. Big win for Team Goddard. Top to bottom Marrones team hit the shit out of the ball. For Team Goddard Burke went 5-6, Mcdermott 4-6, Baffuto with a hell of a day 4-5,  M.Goddard 3-5, Carroll 3-6, and J. Goldberg 3-5. Team Goddard looks to keep it rolling against Team Kessler Sunday. 

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 14 over Max Challenge (Steinberg) 3

It's Marlboro Softball in....PRIMETIME. The UHR Wednesday night slate featured a Central division match-up of Tec-Tel and the Max Challenge. Both teams coming off of wins without their ones, both teams are 8-8 fighting to rise in the league standings, but only one team could prevail victorious. Who would it be?

Steinberg and company jumped to a quick 2-0 lead at the end of 2. Then in the 3rd, the rays would sting some runs on the board. Joe Lee hussles out a ball on an E3 (this man is a true gamer and never gives up!), single by Papa D and a walk by Santa would lead to a 2 RBI Double by Goldrosen. Uncle Alan walked, which brought up Joe Intoci. Question for the reader, do you like apples? Intoci would then hit LASER bases clearing triple to bring in Jeff and Alan. 'HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM APPLES!?!'. All-Star Dan would knock Joe in with a single to total a 6 spot for the inning. Fast forward to the 5th, a DU walk, Papa D single and capt walk would load the bases for Santamorita. GOOD BYE. He jacks a grand salami deep into the Marlboro night sky! A double by Joe Intoci and RBI single by Dan would total a 5 spot for that inning to make it 11-2. Back to back doubles from Cruz and Schiff in the following inning would tack on one more for the fish and Max would score one as well. Oh..did I not mention that the tremendous defense of Tec-Tel would shut the high powered Max offense down scoreless for three straight innings? Wow, just wow!

Santa would hit ANOTHER BOOMIN' homerun in the 7th to add some extra insurance (I think they found that ball at the intersection of 79 and Tennent. If they could please bring that back that would be greatly appreciated as we are running low!). One more run in the 9th and lockdown defense would close the game at 14-3, FISH!  Solid team win for Tec-Tel. Jeff and Papa D would lead with 3 hits a piece (including the double for Mr. Goldrosen) with 2 hit games for Santa (2 HR's with 5 RBI), Intoci (2B, 3B and 3 steaks), Dan (2 RBI), Schiff and Cruz (both hitting doubles). Dave Unterweiser was HUGE in this game! He went 1-2 with 2 walks! This was vital to our success this evening and has been vital all season long. Way to go Dave! For Max, Greggy Meatballs kept his hot hitting and was on base all night. Losch hit (I think?) his first arc homerun over the fence? First one or not, it was an absolute rocket and a nice shot nonetheless. Lastly, Singman held down right field with finesse and grace, love to see it. Tec-Tel looks to keep it going against the lean mean green machine of Polzer this weekend at Manalapan. 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 24TH

 

FRADKIN LAW (STOCK) 15 – CK’S (PINGS) 13

Fradkin Law looked to keep things rolling at Muni against a solid Pingaro team without last weeks hero Chase Sandler.  Leadoff Levine does what he always does which is get on base.  Doc delivered a double to plate Jeremy to open up the scoring.  INDY Robbie would tack on another run with an RBI single to give team stock a 2-0 lead after half an inning of play.  Team Pingaro answered right away with their deep lineup scoring 6 through 3 innings while AJ held team Stock scoreless over the next 2 innings.  Trailing 6-2 in the top of the 4th Fradkin Law would explode for 12 runs over the next 3 innings.  Doc Silverberg and Suds highlighted the scoring over those frames with 3 run HR's.  Pingaros squad would fight back and add 6 runs over the bottom of the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings.  Fradkin Law held a 15-12 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th.  Team Pingaro scored once in the 9th and had the tying and winning runs on base but Doc was able to induce a ground out to SS to end the game.  Doc led the way and stayed white hot at the plate going 4-4 with 4 RBI.  Indy Robbie Juergens continued his clutch hitting going 3-4 with 3 RBI and also played a solid SS filling in for Chase.  Shout out to my former Captain Patty Pingaro who I have a ton of respect for.  He plays the game hard and the right away.  I'd run through 100 walls for that guy.  Up next for Fradkin Law is another former captain of this author team Pollack at Union Hill.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 8 d. Genesis (Pollock) 6

Having been in this league for over a decade, I have had the opportunity to watch how many players, captains and board members operate.  This weekend, I had the pleasure of playing against a captain that I admire and respect, who represents a team that plays the game the right way.  We have developed an underlying rivalry over the years dating back from when I played for Guy G, through my early years as a captain.  But through it all, we always played with a respect for each other and the game.  This Sunday at East Frances was no different.  The game was scheduled for 8:30, even though it was a single game with neither team having a double dip on this sweltering day.  However, the “original” schedule stated 9:00 am and when this captain sent out the pregame schpiel, he neglected to indicate the time.  8:30 arrives and already down our 10, our 1,5,7 and 13 were nowhere to be found.  Realizing the scheduling inconsistency, Matt removed all panic from the situation and said “get your guys here and we will start.”  That is sportsmanship fellas and this guy is, and always has been, solid in my books (either that or it was a payback for the Martino trade…thinking this through I’m 50/50 on that…lol).   Back to the action.  Team Pollock starts the first with a huge out, keeping DiNapoli off base in the first inning for the first time all year.  How do you contain Caputo?  You cannot …. but keeping DiNaps off base is a way to limit the damage he can cause.  The Birthday Boy (littleman17’s older brother) smashes a double and scores in the 1st for a 1-0 lead.  Pollock puts up another in the second and going into the bottom of the 4th, team LHRGC had THREE hits.  2 hits and a SAC in the 4th closed it to 2-1.  A scoreless 5th and 3 runs in the 6th (bottom gets on, Caputo does some damage) has the baby blues down 5-1 in the bottom of the 6th with SEVEN total hits on the day and the 10, 11, 12 batters up.  Fortunately for the squad, our fat guys have come through all year and today wouldn’t be different.  Big Ralph leads off with a SMASH to right center gap turning a sure HR into a standup double.  Ray Ray proves he is a team guy and takes a rare Pollock walk, and the captain delivers an RBI single paving the way for the top with 2 on and no outs.  Joe P smashed a ball that skips past the sun baked outfield scoring 3 more, a Sags walk, another Woody hit (4/4) and a productive out by Marc(k) plates 5 in the bottom of the 8th.  Caputo delivers a run in the 9th, but by then the fate of the game was sealed with the good guys winning a heartbreaker 8-6. Kudos to Matt for stellar pitching and defense up the middle.  Best defensive play to Noah Turner who robbed AFAZZ of a HR laying out like superman (aka Blackburn) for the putout with 2 men on.  Next up is another EF game against Cowboy Mike and the Blackburns.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 21   Marrone (Monmouth Gymnastics) 15

One of the hottest days in the year saw Team Steinberg-The Max Challenge taking on Team Marrone-Monmouth Gymnastics and a battle of good captain friends.  Steinberg missing Tino & the unexpected flight cancelation Saturday night for Greg Deluise, so it was Jason Young taking the mound.  Glen was also missing his #2 Santiago but it didn’t’ stop the Marrone team from jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Steinberg’s team would not press, scoring a 3 spot in the bottom 1st to close it to 4-3. After Marrone put another 3-spot in the top 2nd , Steinberg would score 4 tying it up in the bottom 2nd noted capt. ES’ 3-run HR beating right field. The teams would battle back and forth until the 6th, when Steinberg put up 6 highlighted by Dan Singman’s rocket beating RCF that went for a 3 run HR.  Steinberg’s squad of 11-all had multi-hit games-including Nick D 4-5, capt. ES 4-6; Richie Spear, Billy Losch, Dan S, Eric Arolick, Elliot K-all with 3 hits and Young, Ballo, Feingold and Jordan Spear all with 2 hits a piece.   Congrats to Jason Young who really did battle in the heat on the mound to earn another victory!  A truly great job by the Steinberg team as it isn’t every day you see a team score 21 runs while missing 1 & 2. Quick turnaround as Steinberg now 8-8 meets up with Drashinsky on Wed night, also 8-8!

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 10 over Gastro (Lapine) 9

Sunday's match-up consisted of two teams looking to bounce back after a loss on a scorching late-July morning. Irrational irrigation caused this contest to be moved from Swim club to Manalapan Field #2 (should we just change the name to Manalapan Softball at this point?). We had a field, and after half an inning, we had an umpire and then the stage was set for a close contest between two very good teams.

After a scoreless first, the fish drew first blood with a two spot in the second thanks to RBI singles by All-Star Dan and Schiff. Gastro would respond right back with four of their own due to some timely hits from the heart of their order. The story of the next few innings was defense and pitching on both sides, which was absolutely on lockdown. For Drashinsky, Goldrosen and Raucher kept the Right-Side Pepper Committee of Gastro in check, by vacuuming every ball that came their way. For Lapine, Santigate and Manochio locked down the middle. All the while, Papa D and Lambo were pounding the strike zone, keeping the bats on edge. 1 run was scored by Tec-Tel in the 4th from an RBI single from Valentin, but that was all for both teams through 6. In the 7th, the fish would take the lead with a 3 spot thanks to yet another RBI single by Uncle Alan and a BOOMIN' 2RBI Double by Pezzy Pickles. The Rays would get some further insurance in the 8th thanks for a clutch single by righty veteran Dave Unterweiser to start the inning and a SCORCHIN' triple by Jeff. A 4 spot would give Tec-Tel a 10-4 lead heading into the 9th. The Fish had kept Gastro scoreless until this point, but the bats were due for hits. Clutch hits from the top of the order and a 3 run inside the park HR by Manochio would make this a one-run contest. Tying run got to first via a walk (and of course, it was the fastest guy in the league Patrick Brock), to bring up Lambo, who aside from pitching great, was hitting absolute missiles all morning long. He hit a nice line drive to RCF, but hung up there just enough for the capt to make the catch on the run and secure a 10-9 victory over a scary good Lapine team.

This was a team win in every sense of the phrase. No Santaromita meant that everyone stepped up and did their job. Alan Raucher, who came straight from Branson, Missouri to our game went 3-4 with 3 runs scored and 2RBI. Now THAT is DEDICATION. Dan proved why he is an all-star by going 3-4 and played a lockdown 3rd base yet again. Multi-hit games for Pezz, Edwin and Dave Unterweiser (including a SIZZILIN' double), certainly would not hurt. For Gastro, Santigate was locked down at SS as always and Lambo pitched and hit great. Next up is an important division game against Steinberg under the lights of Union Hill Right this Wednesday.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 17TH

 

Lapine (GASTRO) 18, Kessler (GAMECHANGER)  1

If Travis Lamberson was not on your radar for the Cy Young award yet, this game should put him there. Up against the hottest offensive team in the league, Lambo pitched a gem, holding Team Kessler to 1 run over 8 innings and emphatically ending the game with a strikeout.  This was likely Team Lapine’s most complete game of the year as the defense all around the field was outstanding and the whole lineup contributed offensively. It looked like this was going to be a tight, low scoring game over the first few innings until Gastro scored 6 in the top of the 4th to go up 8-1. Lapine would add two more in the 6th and 7th innings before putting the game away with a 6 run 8th inning. Junior had a great game, going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and playing a tremendous 2nd base. Wags and Senior contributed with 3 rbi’s apiece.

 

Bomenblit 15 Goddard 7

A great steady game from both sides in this one. Big shout out to the 7-12 holes in the Bomenblit line up who combined for 9 hits in the 7th and 8th innings to help team Green Cut plate 5 run in the 7th and 4 runs in the 8th to extend to a 11-6 then 15-6 lead respectively. R. Bomenblit broke out of his 3 game slump going 4-4 in this one with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and an RBI. E. Bomenblit with a 3-3 day scratching out another HR and three runs scored and Stevie Schef with 4 ribbies. Continued great defense from team Green Cut.

 

Bomenblit 5 Lapine 4

Phil! Phil! Phil! P. Getz was peppered with more ground balls than total runs in this entire game. Some excellent defense on display from Phil in this one. Both teams played solid defense in this one. A big 2 out triple by S. SantiGREAT helped tack on to a 4-2 lead in the 6th inning. In the 8th inning a big 2 out single from Mugs and an even bigger two out monster double down the line from J. Tritto made the game 4-3 heading into the 9th inning. Team Lapine would strand one runner in the top of the 9th and Team Bomenblit would have the bottom of the 9th with the top of the lineup. R. Bomenblit and E. Bomenblit went back to back singles to set the table of 1st and 3rd with no outs. Tough day at the plate for Clamp but locked in for the clutch situations, big single to tie the game. Stevie Schef would come up with and smash a single to center scoring the runner from 2B which would be his 6th RBI in the two games today. Green Cut beating division leader Lapine would extend their division record to 6-0 and put them 1.5 back of the Division lead.

 

ROSENSTOCK (Fradkin) 15 – MARRONE (MGA) 14

Fresh off a doubleheader sweep Fradkin Law looked to keep it rolling vs a very good Marrone team.  Team Stock doesn't need extra motivation to play hard as it's a group of gamers but I'd be lying if I said Glen didn't provide us with some bulletin board material when he picked us for the play in game while he was a guest on the podcast.  Anyway to the game.  Doc shut down team Marrone in the top of the 1st and team Fradkin grabbed an early lead sparked by the young guns Levine and Holden Silverberg who led off the inning with back to back knocks.  Chase Sandler who had a decent day at the plate drove them in with a 2 run single.  Team Stock would tack on another run to take a 3-0 lead.  Glens boys fought back the next 2 innings putting up 7 runs to take a 7-3 lead as we headed for the bottom of the 3rd.  Usual suspects Levine and Holden started another rally in the 3rd that led to a 5 run Fradkin Law inning.  Chase,Doc, and rookie Robbie Juergens all had an RBI and the inning was highlighted by a Mike Rosenstock 2 run triple to re take the lead 8-7.  Both teams put up zeros over the next 2 innings.  After team Marone scored once in the top of the 6th Fradkin Law took advantage of some walks and put up a 4 spot.  Captain Stock plated Juergens with an rbi double and then foolishly was gunned down trying to stretch a double into a triple.  Sal Sicurella had an rbi single and leadoff Levine would conclude the scoring in the inning with a 2 run single.  Fast forward to the top of the 8th inning where team Stock held a 14-9 lead.  Team Marrone scored twice cutting the lead down to 3 and held us to no runs in the bottom of the frame.  Down 3 in the 9th team Marrone battled back to the tie the game.  As my boys came off the field I told them, "We need 1 run to win the game and have the top of the order up, if we can't score 1 run we don't deserve to win."  Pretty much the same line I used in last weeks walk off win.  Coaching 3rd base I was highly confident my boys would come through but the bottom of 9th didn't start off too well as Glen was able to get Jeremy and Holden out.  It was left up to Chase Sandler.  I noted to Chase to take a look at the RF line as it was wide open.  Chase stepped into the box already 4-4 on the day and on the 1st pitch smoked a ball down the RF line for a dramatic walk off HR.  Back to back walk off wins for Fradkin Law who have won their last 5 out of 7 games after a brutal 5 game losing streak.  Chase Sandler led the way going 5-5 with 4 rbi and 3 runs.  3 hit game for Jeremy Levine and Steve Wallenstein who was perfect at the plate on Sunday.  Multiple hit games were had by Doc who chalked up another W on the bump, Mike Rosenstock, and Sal Sicurella.  Shoutout to Austin Silverberg who has locked down LCF all year and made an incredible diving catch coming in on a ball in a key spot of the game.  Welcome to the league  Marrones rookies Santiago, Catania, Tornetta, and Ermel.  It's very rare to hit on all your rookie picks but it looks like Glen did just that.  Also kudos to Weitsen who hit an opposite field bomb.  Next up for Fradkin Law is former captain Patty Pings at Muni.

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer)  22       Eric Bradley Construction (Goldfarb)  6

What if before the game started I told you these facts about Eric Bradley Construction.  Featuring a 9 man lineup Tony went 4-4 with 4 missiles, Joe O beat the pants off BYKO in RCF, Guy Goldfarb laced 2 hits, and Sean Grant hit a NUKE..you'd probably think the final score would be different no?  

 

Unfortunately no Becker or Ryan Grant left Goldfarb's crew pitcher-less vs. a full 13 Tuscany Rose squad.  That would prove to be important folks.  After trailing 2-0 bottom 1, Tuscany Rose, thanks to a bunch of free passes from Weiss and A.Goldfarb, along with RBI hits from everyone, scored 14!!!! runs in the first inning...YIKES...that pretty much told the story of the game as Polzer's strom troopers then finished the job early for the mercy 22-6 win.  The team also learned that AD is a team guy in the win in that he has not gotten injured enough to hinder his stellar performance.  Another 3-3 game for the MVP.  CY Polz was solid as usual inducing a ton of weird spinning pop-ups off the Goldy bats while also smashing 3 hits at the plate.  Tuscany then headed to Marl El for their biggest matchup of the season vs. Marrone and his n00bs...

 

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 11     Monmouth Gymnastics  (Marrone)   2

After witnessing Marrone's team lose to Rosenstock in almost the same exact walk-off fashion as they did they week before (atta boy Chase!), Tuscany Rose looked to jump on an emotionally beaten Monmouth Gymnastics team in game 2 of their double header.  Polzer's team was amped up for this game as the two teams facing off in this one were 1-2 in the West standings, and the lineups couldn't have been fairer as it was a good ol fashioned 13 on 13 deathmatch.  

 

Tuscany jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 1 inning of play after back 2 back hits by Byko and AD were followed up by a nice RBI single from Javy.  The top of the order produced once again, this time in the 3rd inning, when 2 out hits by Byko & AD were then followed up by a HUGE 2 RBI knock by Polz, propelling Tuscany Rose to a 4-1 lead through 3.  With how good Polzer is at pitching slo-pitch softball that would pretty much be all Tuscany needed as they tacked on a run here and there before another big 5 run 8th inning to win this one 11-2.  AD put himself right a top the MVP conversation after his 4-4 game (7/7 on the day w/5 doubles, boosting his average to .750, not too bad).  Cy Polzer was fucking dominating on the mound all morning striking out more batters than he walked (including Glenn Marrone SWINGING!  Add that to your K count! hah).  Byko also contributed at the top of the order with a 3 hit game while ROYssy Cohen smoked 2 hits along with stellar defense at 2nd base.  The win puts Tuscany Rose atop the West standings with a 10-5 record (just like we all thought!).  Patty Swaggs and Co will look to keep their gear fresh and the winning momentum going into next week as they face the big bats of Team Lombardi.  Take care, brush ya hair.

 

Pollock d. Drashinsky 19-7

If you're reading this, I found Doug's email address! This captain/author was thrilled to be in attendance for his first win since May. But enough about me. Today was about Team Genesis and the all-around complete game we've mostly missed since our hot start to the season. The team is starting to heat up offensively, and a tweaked defensive alignment, that will likely carry forward, looked solid against a very good Drashinsky offense. The Tec-Tel bats got off to a good start, taking an early 2-0 lead in this one, but the Pollock bats quickly responded with 4 runs in the home half of the first and 3 more in the 2nd inning, which proved to be the commanding lead they needed. Just about everyone contributed, but the top of the order was especially effective, going 14 for 18 in this one. The ageless Dan D, Roland and Dinapoli led the way with 4 hits each, while Caputo, Mitch Pollock, and Jeff Turner added 3 hits each. Rob Rozencwaig also had one of his best zero hit games, going 0-0 with 3 walks, 3 runs scored, and a sac fly. For Tec-Tel, Santamorita was great as usual and while the score might indicate otherwise, the Drashinslky defense was solid and only made a couple of errors. Next up for Team Pollock is a very difficult doubleheader on All-Star Sunday against a Team Marrone that had a rare off morning and a league-best Larocca squad.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 16   Ferrarese (Ace) 3

After Team Steinberg-The Max Challenge picked up win #1 earlier in the day, they headed to Union Hill Right to face the very good squad of Team Ferrarese-Ace who also picked up a win in their 1st game.  Steinberg would score 1 in the 1st, with a double by JY and an RBI single by Greg D-who was perfect on the day in this game going 5-5, (3) 2Bs, 3 RBIs. BTW Greg was a perfect 8-8 on both games in addition to picking up 2 wins on the mound!  However, Ferrarese would pick up 3 in the bottom of the 1st on a blast by Martin B giving the Ace squad a 3-1 lead.  Steinberg would eventually score 13 unanswered runs in 6 of the remaining 8 innings putting up crooked numbers throughout.  In the top 2nd, Rich, Mike B, Dan, Eric would provide the hits only to relinquish a perhaps “blown call by the ump” at 1B to double off the runner on an absolute laser back to the mound by Jordan Spear where Mike Ferrarese threw to first, but regardless Steinberg took a 3-1 lead.  In the 3rd, the hottest hitting Steinberg hitter-Tino led off the inning with a shot over LF for a solo blast.  Then Greg would double, capt. ES would hit a blast to RCF almost to the fence where the other Evan Rosenthal would rob Capt. Evan of extra bases but Greg doubled tagged and scored.  Steinberg would blast more hits in the 5th, scoring 4-Ken Feingold single, Tino would come to the plate with 2 outs and deliver again. Another missile over LF for his second consecutive HR, this one a 2-run shot!  BTW, this was Tino’s best game thus season- going 4-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 RS and played flawless at SS!  The Max Challenge squad wasn’t done in the 5th. They picked up 2 more runs on BB by JY, Greg double and RBI single from capt. ES.  Steinberg added more and then put the game out of reach in the top 9th, after walk by Eric Arolick, Elliot’s FC, Feingold’s BB, Jordan Spear would blast another laser- 2 run RBI double to RCF. Tino added another RBI single to blow it open 16-3.  Congrats to the Steinberg beasts- Tino, Greg D-going 9-10 in this one. And congrats to Rich Spear for his 3-clutch hits; and congrats to Ballo and Elliot K had multi-hit games.  A very nice 23 hit attack for team Steinberg and solid defense outing, not to mention a big shout out to Greg D once again who pitched another gem and was a perfect 8-8 on the day with 2 wins on the mound!

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 5   Conti (Diamond Vision) 4

This warm summer morning saw Team Steinberg-The Max Challenge taking on Team Conti-Diamond Vision at everyone’s favorite East Frances field. It was a scoreless pitchers duel until the bottom of the 3rd when Steinberg’s team put up a 3-spot led by hits from Tino & Greg, walk by capt. ES, RBI sac from Nick D and clutch 2 RBI single from Rich Spear.  Conti’s team would get one back in the 6th, but Steinberg would get that one back by the clutch hitting Dan Singman who doubled, followed by the hot hitting Eric Arolick who singled him in with an RBI.  Conti would put up a 2-spot in the 7th and close the gap to 4-3 and eventually tie the game at 4-4 in the 8th.  Steinberg team would add 1 in the bottom of the 8th, singles by Greg, capt ES and RBI single by who else, Mr. Clutch, Rich Spear for the go ahead run.  Greg D would hold off the feisty Conti bats in the 9th to gain the win for team Steinberg.  Congrats Greg D a perfect 3-3 and Rich Spear on his multi-hit game!

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 14 vs IMN (Apple) 9

Game two at the Swim Club, after a long morning of watching softball, featured Team Judge vs. The Old Minion and his 8 studs.  Despite having only 9, Apple opened the game up 1-0 with Nick Turano scoring after his return from injury.  The Baby Blues answered with 3 in the bottom of the frame on hits from JoeP, Saggs, RC and a SAC by Memes.  The scoring continued in the bottom of the 3rd when Big Ralph lead off with a single and runs were driven in by Sags and Woody.  5-1 after 3, but in the 4th the sleeveless assassins added 2 and in the bottom of the 5th, LHRGC pulled away scoring 4 with leadoff hits from Kane and A Fazz, an RBI single from the captain and a 3 run gapper by JoeP.  BFazz drove in 2 in the 6th , but going into the bottom of the 8th, Apples closed the gap to 11-7.  That’s when Woody’s grandmother told him he better cash in or no cannolis, hitting a blast over the speedy and athletic “Sauce” driving in 2 and scoring on the relay.   For Apple, the aging captain had a few nice hits...Turano looks back to form.....JZ2B was dangerous all day, being walked in the 9th with 2 out and 2 on to help secure the victory.  Next up is a matchup against Team Pollock.

 

WEDNEDSAY, JULY 13TH

 

Kessler (GAME CHANGER) 26, Wallman (SPS) 12

A rarity in Marlboro took place on Wednesday night: a standalone game. With the other game getting moved (congrats to the Hooligans), Kessler vs. Wallman was the only game in town and on a beautiful summer night, the coolers were packed and the fans came out to see a central divisional battle with Kessler looking for revenge for an opening day loss (and walkfest) at Swim Club.  GC didn’t follow their normal formula of getting down 7-10 runs and coming back, as it was actually the men in gray and blue striking first with six in the first and four in the second to go up 10-0. Highlights of those first two innings include three consecutive RBI doubles by JR, Lucas and Max and the bottom guys doing their job with Seth and Andy both getting hits in each inning. And of course, there was a Paster HR to lead off the second, his first of three!! on the day.  Some really good defense by Broome and the rest of the gang held the really potent Wallman bats silent and in the fifth inning, Kessler broke this one open, scoring 11 runs and sending 15 batters to the plate. It started off with a single by Papa K before walks to Brooke and Paster set up JR and Lucas to bring them home. Once again the bottom came through huge with Ben and Danser knocking singles and Wayne booming a double over the Krauss combo in RF/RCF to score two. Walks to Seth and Broome set up MVPaster to rocket his second dinger of the day, this time a grand slam to tie his own league HR record at 14. Back-to-back, belly-to-belly as JR then raced one out of the park for his eighth of the year!   Wallman’s offense showed some fight with three in the fifth & eighth innings and sixth in the seventh to put up nine highlighted by a Lugos three-run shot of his own. In the ninth inning, Paster broke his home run record with an of course controversial grand slam (don’t ask) to put up runs 23-26 and secure the 26-12 win!   Has to be said every recap but what MVPaster is doing is insane. Another 3 HR, 9 RBI, on base 6-of-7 times night. In the last five games Jeremy is 16-for-21 with 11 HRs, 23 runs, 33 RBIs and 9 walks. He’s not the only one swinging a hot bat as JR had a four hit, four run 3 RBI night of his own and Lucas (hitting incredibly well of late), Max, Danser and Andy all had three hits while Wayne and Seth knocked two hits of their own. Every single guy in the lineup but the terrible captain (1-for-5, oof) was on base at least three times in what was another prolific offensive showing for GC. Now 20+ runs in five straight games. Next up, Game Changer will take their six game winning streak across town lines for a big one against a phenomenal Lapine team at Manalapan on Sunday. 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 10TH

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 19 over IMN (Apple) 9

The Fish were looking to bounce back after a tough loss last week. What stood in their way was a short-handed, but mighty Apple squad. They had won the prior week with only nine guys as well, so Tec-Tel needed to hammer down and play their game to get the job done.  The Fish put up 3 in the first 2 innings thanks to a nice RBI singles by Jeff and Uncle Alan, IMN responded right back with 4 of their own, not going down without a fight. Then the Rays started to chip away with the lead, putting up 4 in the 5th and 6th with the help of another RBI single by Jeff, RBI single by Cruz and a 2 RBI by Santaromita. Santa and Jeff knocked in some more runs with the addition of Papa D to put up a 5 spot in the 6th followed by another 5 spot in the 8th. All the while, the fish swarmed the depths of the Muni infield and outfield, holding the gritty Apple team scoreless for all but 2 innings. This was enough to secure the W!  4 hit games for Santa, Jeff (who was a perfect 4-4), Uncle Alan and the capt. 3 hit games for Pezz and Edwin and multi hit games for Cruz, Joe Lee and Papa D. Papa D was pounding the strike zone all day long. Kudos to Edwin Valentin who filled in for Joe Intoci at SS and did a masterful job holding it down! For IMN, JZ was a hitting machine and on-base all day long and Fluta made some really nice plays at SS.

Tec-Tel would unfortunately fall short to Lombardi in game 2 of our DH. But look forward to add another notch in the W column taking on Pollock across town borders.

 

Kessler 20, Pollock 18

Another week, another instant classic for Game Changer as the league’s hottest offense took on a really good Pollock team with one of the league’s biggest offensive threats of their own: Mike Caputo (who I got in the SECOND ROUND of the fall league in 2020 and didn’t win a championship… still eats at me). Anyway, I digress.  A GC game wouldn’t be a GC game if we weren’t down 7+ runs early and this one was no different as Pollock used a Caputo homer and hits up and down the lineup, including a great shot from Matt to take an 8-1 lead after two. Down 8-1 Paster was heard saying “have them right where we want them!” and as crazy as it sounds, he was right as this is now the fourth game in the last five where GC has been down 6+ runs and come back to win. Crazy.  It started in the third inning with four back by way of a Broome single, doubles by Paster and Lucas, a single by the captain and sac fly by Gary. Now down 10-5, GC scored one in the fourth and then broke out in the fifth with five to take their first lead of the game at 11-10 by clutch hits by the bottom of the order and a good eye, taking three walks, two with the bases loaded!  Now is when the game got crazy. In the seventh and eighth innings, Pollock and Kessler changed leads every half inning. First came Pollock in the top of the 7th, scoring three (started by a bases loaded walk of their own) to go up 13-11. In the bottom half, it was JRRRRR with a BOMB to dead center after an intentional walk to Jeremy, a three run dinger, JR’s 7th! of the year to regive GC a 14-13 lead.   Now Pollock’s turn, they scored four in the 8th (all with two outs) with a string of consecutive hits from the middle of their order starting with Roland. Now mid-eight: 17-14 Pollock. Time to rally AGAIN for the GC boys, this time for the last time. It started with a single from the skipper before a hobbled Gary (get better soon) bombed a double to score  him and cut it to a two run game. Wayne brought Gary in: one run game, 17-16. One guy on, a walk to Seth and Pollock error loaded the bases with one out for J-Bomb. Already with two walks on the day it set up an interesting decision as another walk would give us the lead so had to pitch to him. Bang. Paster Grand Slam!! 20-17 Kessler. Pollock of course made it interesting in the ninth, scoring one, but a great play by Papa K on a dribber ended it and Game Changer got its fifth win in a row.   The day starts and ends with Jeremy, who had another incredible day. On base all 6 times, 4-for-4, two HRs, two doubles, 5 runs, 7 RBIs. He’s been unreal. Lucas is really hitting of late and had a four hit day of his own with 3 ribeyes. The captain himself was the other one with a four hit day (none that traveled very far). Huge shoutout to Seth as well for drawing three massive walks to set the table for the top. Defensively, Fleetwood Max Allegretti made an insane play, robbing an extra base hit up against the LF fence, JR was tremendous in RCF and Gary filled in admirably at 3B. Next up, Team Lugos, oh wait I mean Wallman, on Wednesday night.

 

 

MARRONE (MGA) – WALLMAN (SPS)
No need to get the juices flowing for this one marked on the calendar between Marrone's Gymnasts and Team Wallman.  And in what rarely happens, the build up resulted in quite a treat for the fans as Team Marrone held on for an 11-9 victory at East Francis.  In another rare occurrence, things started off well for Team Marrone in the top of the 1st with the multi-colored crew scoring 4, highligted by 4 hits with a walk sandwiched in to start from Brandon, Kyle, Noel, Steve and Mike Kleschensky.  Team Wallman came right back with 3 of their own in the bottom half with hits from Collis and Juska to start things off.  However, the damage would have been much worse but for what happened when hitter #3 came to the plate with a run already in and Juska on at second.  Lugos picked out who he thought was his favorite target and smashed a rocket line drive to the right side only to watch the ex-skipper Brad Randell lay out full extension to the backhand side and snare the ball headed for RCF.  The karma filled play actually left Fred without words for a record few seconds.  After a scoreless 2nd, Team Marrone exploded for a 5 spot in the 3rd after hits from Kyle, Noel and Steve early in the inning and a big 2 run blast which bounced into the trees in LCF from Frank "The Tank" Ermel who might still be looking for the oxygen mask on that final 60 feet home coming around 3rd.  At 9-3 things seemed to be under control but the resilent Team Wallman started chipping away and cut the lead to 9-5 headed to the 5th.  Team Marrone would add 1 in the 5th with a hot Mike Klischensky driving in Catania who reached base to start the inning.  1 more would be added in the 6th with Brad Randell leading off with a single and coming around to score to make it 11-5.  Once again, the game seemed under control but Team Wallman battled back one more time with a 4 spot in the 7th on a combination of a few walks from Glen and some timely hitting.  At 11-9, the defense took over for Marrone over the final two innings for the 11-9 final margin of victory.  Further defensive highlights were a nice running catch from Mike Kleschensky in LF filling in admirably all day for brother Kevin, and Kyle with his usual lock down play in LCF.  Going to the bottom of the 9th and only up 2, Team Wallman had the top of the lineup coming up but big plays by Dylan on a shorthop grab against Collis and Brandon Tornetta with a great running catch by the trees down the right field line against Juska helped seal the victory.  Another great team performance from the Gymanst with everyone on the roster making contributions.  Mike K. with 3 hits complimented by Brandon, Kyle, Noel, Frank and Justin Randell with 2 hits apiece of their own.  Glen pitched a solid game and fielded several hot shots well up the middle adding 2 K's to bring his season leading total to 17.  On the Wallman side, Beja was on base all morning and without a doubt Fred is a tough pitcher to hit and will give that team a chance to win every game.  Next up for the Gymnasts a big double dip against Rosenstock and Polzer as we try and keep pace for a top seeding in the standings.

  

ROSENSTOCK - CONTI

Team Stock opened up their doubleheader on Sunday at Manalapan #5 against a very short handed Team Conti as they were missing captain Conti and stud rookie Will Allen.  Fradkin Law would grab the lead in the 1st and would never trail in the game.  This was a true team effort, every player on Team Stock had a hit.  Doc was an absolute monster in the box going 4-4 with a HR, 3B, 3 steaks and 3 runs scored.  3 hit games were had by Holden Silverberg who continues to smoke the ball.  Rookie Indy Robbie Juergens also had a 3 hit game.  Multiple hit games for leadoff Levine, Austin, M Stock, Suds, and Sal Sicurella who also delivered 2 RBI's.  The final score doesn't show how well Doc pitched in this game.  Doc only let up 1 run through 8 innings.  Credit to team Conti for continuing to fight in the 9th inning but Team Stocks defense which was great for 8 innings got a little sloppy in the 9th allowing some unearned runs to score in the last frame.  On a personal note it's great to be back out in the field at 3B with the boys (shoutout to Steve Wallenstein for locking down 3B when I was injured.  Turned my 1st triple play in this league (Juergens is an animal at 2B making the turn) and only my 2nd career triple play.  It was a great team win as we awaited team Polzer for game 2.

 

ROSENSTOCK - POLZER

Game 2 of the doubleheader Fradkin Law took on a very good Polzer squad.  This was a fun back and forth game that ultimately saw Team Stock getting the W with an 12-11 score.  After Doc put up a 0 in the top of the 1st Fradkin Law would open up the game with a 5 spot in the bottom of the 1st inning.  Leadoff Levine does what he always does which is get on base.  After Jeremy roped a double fellow youngster Holden Silverberg laced a single to drive in Levine.  Doc stayed hot ripping a double and then Rookie Juergens delivered a 2 run double.  Captain Stock would tack on another run in the 1st with a Sac fly to make the score 5-0.  Fast forward to the top of the 3rd where team Polzer had a big inning scoring 7 runs to take the lead.  Down 7-5 leadoff Levine did his thing with a leadoff oppo triple.  Holden then ripped a single to plate Jeremy.  Doc added a run with a Sac Fly and Austin would add 1 more run in the inning with an RBI FC to re take the lead 8-7.  Team Stock tacked on a run in the bottom of the 4th thanks to an RBI double by Steve Wallenstein plating rookie Craig Tepper.  Team Polzer fought back in the top of the 5th scoring twice to tie the game up.  Fradkin Law would re take the lead in the bottom of the 6th on an RBI single from the captain and an RBI FC from Suds to give Fradkin Law an 11-9 lead.  Both teams were held scoreless in the 7th and 8th innings.  We go to the top of the 9th, team Polzer down 2 with men on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs.  Rookie Lapetina would deliver a clutch 2 out single to tie the game.  Bottom 9 tie game, Austin Silverberg led off the inning with a bomb over the LF head as Austin raced around the bases for a triple.  Polzer then intentionally walked the next 2 batters.  It was up to the Captain, I told myself in the box "hit a fly ball and the game is over."  So of course on a 3-2 count I hit a groundball to SS but Austin raced home and beat the play on an anti climatic walk off grounder to give Fradkin Law the doubleheader sweep.  Big games were had by Levine who went 3-3 with a BB.  Rookie Juergens had another 3 hit game plus a BB and 2RBIs.  Multi hit games for Holden who also had 2 steaks, Chase, and M Stock who also drew 2 walks.  Kudos to AD who hit the ball hard all day (like he always does) and shoutout to rookie Lapetina who delivered a clutch hit on a tough pitch in the 9th to tie the game up.  This is at least the 3rd time I've seen him with a huge hit late in the game, this kid seems to have the clutch gene in him.  Proud of how my guys fought in both games.  Doc gets better every game on the mound.  Next up is Team Marrone at Mar EL.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 12 v LaPine (Gastro) 10

Early game at Swim pits the two teams against one another, lead by BFF’s Saggs and Santigate.  For LaPine, the return of Brock was offset by the loss of Meyer, but the Gastroenterologists came out swinging, opening up a 5-0 lead after the first half frame.  The baby blues got on the board in the 2nd off of a Rubin RBI single, and scored 3 more in the 4th after a Woody triple and an RC RBI single.  It stayed 6-4 until the top of the 7th when walking Brock to get to Keenan didn’t pay off and Denny the Legend cashed in a 2 run oppo single with the bases juiced making it 9-4 bad guys after 6 1/2.  That is when LHRGC deployed its nuclear weapon….not Saggs who lead off with a single, … ..but RUUUUUUUBIN who smashed his 3rd bomb of the season driving in 3 after Mar(c)k and Shwag had RBI singles,  5 runs in, tie game going into the top of the 8th where Lapine drops a run, up again by one going into the bottom.  If this team is going to win big games, the bottom has to perform, and after back to back to back singles by Ray-Ray, Rock and Joe P, Saggs hit a SAC and Woody hit a tough ball into the hole which allowed 2 more to score.  Ronnie did what he does in the 9th and the good guys win 12-10.  Besides his huge day at the plate, Rubin played stellar in the field sparking the team to a win.  For LaPine, Poppa Manoch killed it in RC and Getz played a terrific 3B.  Next up is the surging Applebaum team in the late game at Swim.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 3RD

 

WALLMAN (SPS) 17 – BOMENBLIT (GREEN CUT) 4

A month ago SPS was 4 games under .500 and things were looking bleak but Captain TW made (really was forced) the tough decision and put his 1 pick LCF on the mound.  Fred “The Savior” Lugos undefeated in 3 starts faced a tough Bomenblit squad at UHR. A walk followed by a bomb E Bomenblit homer gave GCA a quick 2 run lead.  A Beja triple in the bottom of the frame and SAC gave SPS a 1 run lead that they would never relinquish.  Bottom of the 2nd, 4th and 6th TW’s squad scored 3, 4 and 5 respectively to blow the game wide open.  The offense for SPS was led by Soskel 4 hits, while Collis, Juska (3 triples off the RF fence), Beja and the Savior all had 3 hits apiece.   Solid defense all around from SPS especially TW and Collis who made some great plays on the left side of the outfield.  The story of the game however was Lugos who pitched another gem and in 4 starts has not surrendered double digits run and 3 times has held the opponent to 4 run!   Next up the power house pizza review squad Marrone.

 

Marrone (MGA) 16 – Drashinsky (TEC TEL) 10

After a questionable forecast cleared up, the matinee at the Swim Club between Team Marrone and Team Drashinsky turned into a long, hot morning in the sun with Team Marrone posting a comeback 16-10 victory over Seth and company.  Things started off well with the Gymnasts holding down the visitors in the top of the 1st and then scoring 2 in the bottom half on a Kyle double and a Catania Sac Fly.  Team Drashinsky came right back with 2 in the top of the second to tie things up.  Team Marrone would take the lead back in the bottom half on a Yiggy RBI single to knock in Mike Klishensky.  Team Drashinsky would score 4 in the 3rd and 2 more in the 4th on a combination of hits from the top of the lineup (Intoci and Santamarita of note) and some Marrone wildness on the mound.  Down 8-3 in the 4th it was time for the comeback crew to get things together.  And so we did putting up a huge 6 spot higlighted by big three straight 2 out clutch hits from Weitsen, Yiggy and Ermel.  Team Marronw would add another in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th highlighted again by a clutch 2 out hit from that man Yiggy.  Another 2 sport would be added in the 7th following a leadoff walk drawn by the ex-skipper Randell and a big hit from Kyle to complete his 4-4 day.  Up 14-8, the never say die Team Drashinky would score 2 to cut the lead back to 4 highlighted by a Santamarita rocket double right over the 1st base bag.  Team Marrone would get the 2 insurance runs back in the bottom of hte 8th ignited by a leadoff hit from Kevin K. plus some nifty baserunning from Kevin all day long.  Brother Mike would drive him in and a sac fly from Captain Glen would drive in the other run for the final 16-10 margin of victory.  Offensive stars galore for Team Marrone in the 23 hit attack led by Kyle (4-4, 2RBI, Mike Klishensk (4-4, 3RBI) and the en fuego Captain Glen (3-3, RBI, Sac Fly) who is now 8-8 plus the SAC in his last 9 plate appearances.  A few Marrone defensive plays of note were Catania with a great running catch in the mid innings to save extra bases and thwart a potential rally and Dylan Dynov with a tremendous catch of a foul ball near the fence in right field ranging all the way from 2B.  On the Drashinsky side, Santamarita is worthy of a 1st round pick and mashed the ball all morning long.  Best wishes to Brandon Tornetta for a speedy recovery during the week who turned an ankle late in the game.  That's about the only thing that can slow that man down!!  Next up, one that's definitely marked on the calendar against a hot Team Wallman at East Frances.

 

Kessler (GAME CHANGER) 25, Pingaro (CK’S) 10

Looking to make it four in a row and seven of nine, the Game Changer gang had a full 13 for the first time all season against a very, very good Pingaro team that had seven guys at the field before the first of GC showed up (it has to be noted that Broome was the third guy to the field, a full 40 minutes early!). The skipper woke up to a text from the opposing captain saying CKs prized star AJ would be missing the game, Gina's water broke. The best possible reason to miss a game, CONGRATS to AJ and Gina!!! Only right for the baby to be born on a Sunday!

So it was next man up for Pingaro who called in Saler from the bullpen. Well, he no hit the hot GC bats through three innings who saw themselves down 7-0 after three. Papa K broke up the no-no with one out in the fourth which would lead to six runs. Ping would retake a 10-6 lead the next inning and held a 10-8 lead through five and a half before what I would guess is the highest scoring inning of the year in the league, a 15 run sixth! The 13 man lineup sent 20 to the plate, highlighted by two huge RBI hits from Max, three consecutive hits from Wayne, Seth and Andy in the bottom of the order and a bases-clearing double by Gary to go with eight walks. Now up 23-10, Paster and Lucas got RBI singles in the eighth to end the game at 25-10.

Hats off to the whole crew which saw everyone reach base and 11 of 13 record a hit (with the two guys who didn't each walking 3+ times). In three of the four wins of this current winning streak, Game Changer has been down at least six runs and never blinked, coming back each time. Says a lot about the team.  Broome led the way with three hits, Max reached base in all four ABs, Scott & Andy had two hits, and Wayne was crushing the ball, beating both the right and left fielder. 

For Ping, Hemp was on base all day as he's working his way to being one of the most feared hitters in the league. Hats off to Saler again for filling in on the mound, Turano played a very good SS as well. Next up for Kessler, Pollock on UH where I'm sure there will be a wager between Paster & Caputo on who will hit more dingers. 

 

ROSENSTOCK (Fradkin Law) 13 – GOLDFARD (Eric Becker Construction) 4
Team Stock was back on Manalapan field 1 to take on team Goldfarb.  The author of this write up chose the 1st base dugout last week the same side I was on in the playoffs last year when my season  ended on Manal #1 so I figured it was best to change it up to the 3B side for this weeks game.  Goldfarb opened the game with 2 runs in the 1st but Fradkin Law would answer in the bottom of the 1st.  Table setters Levine and Holden did their job getting on base for Chase Sandler who opened up the scoring for Team Stock with an RBI single.  Doc added a Sac Fly and then rookie Robbie Juergens, Mike Rosenstock, and Suds hit consecutive RBI singles.  After 1 inning of play Fradkin Law led 6-2 and wouldn't trail the rest of the game.  Stock would go on to add 2 runs in the 2nd on a 2 run triple from leadoff Levine scoring Scott Sandler and Sal Sicurella who had each got a hit to spark a mini 1 out rally.  Fradkin Law would tack on 3 more runs in the 3rd started by a smoked double by Austin Silverberg who has been absolutely mashing the ball.  Rookie Tepper continued his hot hitting with an RBI single to close out the scoring in the 3rd giving team Stock an 11-2 lead.  Team Goldfarb would fight back with 2 runs in the top of the 4th to cut the lead to 7.  Team Stock would close out the scoring on the day with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th, Austin brought home Chase with and RBI single and Suds hit a SAC fly.  The real story of this game was Doc Silverbergs pitching and Team Stocks defense.  Doc was excellent on the mound, not allowing an earned run in 8 out of 9 innings.  He was also able to induce 3 or 4 double plays.  Chase played a great SS showing off his range while him and Robbie Juergens are showing nice chemistry turning multiple DP's.  Multiple hit games were had by Levine, Holden, Chase, Austin, M Stock, Suds, and rookie Tepper.  Very proud of my team who keeps fighting and played a complete game on Sunday.  Next up for Fradkin Law is a tough LaRocca team under the lights at Union hill on Wednesday night.

 

Lapine (GASTRO)11 - Polzer (TUSCANYROSE) 3

You could not have scheduled a better matchup for a mid-season game, as these teams came into the week tied for the 2nd best record in the league and the winning team's coach would get the opportunity to captain one of the all-star squads. Despite the final score, this was a closely contested game until the eighth inning. Lapine took an early lead in the 1st with back to back triples by Santigate and George and a sac fly by Wags. Polzer took the lead back with 3 runs of their own, which included a "no-doubter home run" by Dimarco. Polzer held a 3-2 lead until the 6th when Santigate and George hit back to back doubles and Wags singled to give the Lapine a 4-3 lead. After a scoreless 7th, the rest of the Gastro squad decided to join in the scoring and batted around to plate 7, capped off by a 2 run triple by Dan Sr.. Lapine had seven players with multi-hit games but the offensive stars were clearly Santigate, George and Wags who were a combined 7 for 10 with 7 runs scored. Defensive props to both teams for a really well played game with a special nod to Santigate who made several outstanding plays at SS for Lapine and Joel Podos for Polzer who was busy all day and made a great running catch with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the 4th to Rob Dan Sr. of an extra base hit that would have cleared the bases. Congratulations Denny! The team is very excited and proud that you will be one of the All-Star game managers.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

 

Goddard 9 (Goddard's Home Improvement's) vs Larocca 5 (LHRGC)

Wednesday under the lights Team Goddard looks to get back on track against a hot Team Larocca. Top of the first Tom Carroll hit a bomb to right field to take a 1-0 lead. Going to the bottom of the 3rd Team Larocca would plate 2 runs to take a 2-1 lead. Top 3 we responded with a Tyson single and a 2 Run Homerun for Tom Carroll to make it 3-2 Team Goddard. Bottom 4 Team Larocca would score 1 with a line drive missle from Sags that went over the fence in left center for a homerun. Top 6th Team Goddard would score two with RBI singles from J. Goldberg and Frometa. Top 7th it started pouring out of nowhere and we had a rain delay. Ten minutes into the  delay the game was cancelled. Team Goddard gets a win? Not so fast, in the parking lot Simon comes out of nowhere and wants to play again. My guess is  he saw the other game still going on still and knew he had to. So game on back to the bottom of the 7th Team Lacrocca would score 1 to make it a 5-4 game. Top of the 8th Team Goddard would score four with RBI singles from J. Goldberg, Frometa, J. Goddard, and Chiusano. Final score 9-4 Team Goddard. Offense for Team Goddard was highlighted by J. Goldberg who went 4-5 with 2 RBI"S, Carroll who went 2-4 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI"S, Mcdermott with 2 hits and Frometa with 2 hits and 2 RBI"S. Jeff Goddard pitched a great game holding down the Larocca bats to only 4 runs. Next up for Team Goddard is Team Applebaum at Swim Club. 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH


WALLMAN (SPS) 14 Lombardi (Shore Smile) 4

SPS looking for 3rd straight win against a winless Lombardi squad that was missing their 1 and 3 picks.  Lugos on the mound quickly worked the strike zone in the top of the 1st inning holding Shore Smile to one hit and no runs.  A defensive miscue in the bottom of the 1st was followed by 4 straight hits a SAC and 3 more hits to give Captain TW a 6 run lead.  Single runs in bottom of the 2nd and 3rd and the score was 8 to 0 but the Lombardi crew fought back with 3 runs in the 4th making it a 5 run game.  The score was 11 to 4 going into the bottom of the 7th when Lujos sent a bases loaded triple to the Manalapan right field fence blowing the game wide open.  A 10 run victory made it 3 in a row while Lugos remains undefeated as a starting pitcher.  Fred was brilliant of the mound again while Juska put on a defensive clinic at 3rd.  Cap. TW made some nice plays in LF and led his offense with 3 hits and 3 RBIs.  Next up Bomenblit at UHR.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 11   Goldfarb (Eric Bradley Construction) 8

This late June Sunday matchup Team Goldfarb (Eric Bradley Construction) playing hard and seeking a win vs. Steinberg’s (The Max Challenge) shorthanded squad with 10.  Goldfarb jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom first. Steinberg got on the board in the 4th with leadoff hit from Tino, followed by a nice shot to the fence in right at UHL for a triple by Greggy and a SAC fly by the consistent Richie Spear for the runs. Goldfarb would hold onto a 6-3 lead until the 8th, when Steinberg’s team erupted with 3, led by Greggy (who pitched another very strong game with the team so glad he is back and not intending to miss any further games on the mound ), who earned a walk, followed by Richie again with another walk and after a single by the hot hitting rookie Nick D (3-4) with an RBI single, the also hot hitting Jason Young drilled a single advancing the runners. Dan Singman then came to the plate and lined a 2-run triple to the gap tying the game at 6.  In the top of the 9th, Steinberg would explode for 5 runs solidifying the lead.  After one out, capt. ES would start it off with a line drive single to center, Tino & Greggy walks, R. Spear would SAC fly and Nick D would walk, Young would drill a bases clearing triple to RCF gap blowing it open. Young also played a solid RCF, making a diving catch to save an inning. Congrats to Young-perfect 3-3 on the day, Nick D 3 hits, Tino and Capt ES also with multi hit games.  As mentioned, Greggy looked back to his solid pitching form and got better each inning for the win.  For Goldfarb, glad to see Kenny P and Sal are both ok after a close call in the OF.  Steinberg faces off against Lombardi July 3 with a short-handed squad once again at EF on July 3.

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 11      Genesis (Pollock)  10

Coming off one of the most brutal defeats possible at the hands of Benny Kessler and Co .on Wed night; Tuscany Rose looked to bounce back in a 12 vs. 12 battle (no BHor, Danny D) against Team Pollock in the late game at Swim Club.  Tuscany Rose came out of the gates SWINGING in the top of the first inning scoring 7 runs (6 with 2 outs!!) thanks to huge RBI knocks by JOSHI (who else), Ross Cohen (ADs greatest creation, sorry Dom), Gary Klein, BThompson, and Patty "the hitman" Ciaglia.  Despite the early 7-0 deficit, Team Genesis really did battle back well all morning. Their bottom of the order guys Rob RosenSWAG and BFrey  were HUGE, each starting 2/2, enabling them to score some runs on some laser hits by Caputo to get them back into the game.  The score was 8-5 heading to top 5, an AD walk (TEAM GUY!) to leadoff the inning sparked Tuscany to a 3 run frame thanks to another RBI hit by Joshi (this time a triple!), as well as another RBI knock by Rossy boy.  Genesis quickly responded with 2 in the bottom of the 5th frame so heading to bottom of the 7th Pollock trailed 11-7, when they then scored 3 runs thanks to a clutch 2 out 2RBI hit by Mitch Pollock to make the score 11-10.  Luckily for Tuscany their defense and CY Polz's pitching locked it down after that point getting the 7 outs they needed to hang on for the 11-10 win.  

Joshi led the offensive attack for Tuscany getting on base 4 times, Ross Cohen continues to shine as the GOAT Cohen in his rookie campaign going 3/4 (DC went 3/3 so keep working Rossy!), AD was 2/3 with an IBB, while other multi-hit games were had by Thompson, and Ciaglia.  Smart hitting has helped, but it's the defense that has won Tuscany games, and that was the case in this one.  The infield was solid all game led by the stellar SS play of Javy, and the OF locked it down as usual, including a diving catch in CF in the bottom of the 9th by Byko on Rob "can we please get this guy out once today!" Rosenswaig.  For Genesis, shout out to Mikey Caputo for locking down SS and hitting rockets all morning, Matt Pollock good job getting AD out for the first time in 3 months, and also props to Mitch Pollock, Rob R, and BFrey for solid multi-hit games.  With the win Team Polzer improves to 7-3 on the season, moving them into FIRST PLACE as they approach the 1/2 way mark in the ultra competitive West Division. They'll look to make it two in a row vs a tough Santigate-Lapine team at UHL next week  Take care, brush ya hair....

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 23 over Diamond Vision (Conti) 18

A weekend filled with softball was capped off with a battle at Mar El between two teams looking to bounce back after a loss. As if it was hard enough to play an 8:30 game in the sweltering heat after an all-day tournament, the elements of Mar El were a battle in and of itself. Running around the bases was like running through the Sahara desert, the outfield had enough grass patches to fill an Olympic size swimming pool, and the infamous cross wind made it a fun day for the pitchers and the outfielders. Who would edge it out in downtown Marlboro?

The motto for this game was 'Patience is a virtue'. Conti down their crafty veteran pitcher in Darren Drapkin meant that Uncle Bobby and Gary Laks were taking the mound for the Conti squad. I keep on saying this about this team because it is true, everyone buys in and does whatever it takes to win. The fish took the walks when they needed to and when they had a strike, they hit. This combination led to a 23 run attack against a very good Conti squad. While most of the offense on the Fish side were walks from a TOTAL team effort, there were a few key hits that led to our success as well. Most notably, a huge RBI double from Dave Unterweiser in the 7th to beat the right center fielder. Big DU went 2-3 on the day with 3 walks, talk about a team player and veteran knowing what to do in a given situation. Yes, we did score 23 runs, but this Conti team never gave up. They kept on battling and scoring in every inning, which made it very interesting at times. However, Tec-Tel would respond each time by putting up runs to keep the lead at a comfortable distance, ultimately leading to a W.

 

Multi hit games for Intoci, Dan, Joe Lee and DU, while skip had 3 hits of his own. Kudos to Mike Cruz for holding it down it RF, making some nice plays. Additionally, kudos to the infield, who despite the conditions, turned a few double plays to get us out of some jams. For Diamond Vision, Conti did what Conti does and Will Allen destroyed the ball all over the field. Additionally, seems that Joey Pargament will be a nice replacement for this team, hasn't lost his step at the plate and played a lock down RCF. Tec-Tel looks to get back on a winning streak next week as they take on Marrone during the Swim Club matinee. 

 

CK Baseball (PINGS) 20 - Goddard Home Improvements (GODDARD) 7

Coming off of a gut wrenching, game 1 loss at the hands of the Judge and his juggernaut, Team Pingaro schlepped over to Muni for game 2 of a doubleheader against Goddard.   A tall task was in front of us as the handy men trotted out a very formidable 10 man lineup while Team Pingaro had a full squad.  The Captains’ pre-game speech seemed to ignite everyone as the boys came out swinging putting up a 6 spot in the top of the first and never really looked back en route to a 20-7 victory.  Offensively, CK’s scored in all but 1 inning while AJ and the defense kept everyone but Tom Carroll at bay.  Rookie Chris Curti  led the way with a monster 4 for 5 day, while Steve Messina was a perfect 3 for 3 with 4 Rbis and smashed the ball throughout.  3 hits apiece for Anthony Turano, AJ, Saler and Heitzner,  while Hemp continued to rake with a pair of knocks and 3 runs scored.   AJ and the defense were very solid throughout both games, but did an excellent job of limiting the damage against the hard hitting bats of the Home Improvement fellas.  For Goddard, Tom Carroll was a machine collecting at least 4, I believe 5 hits, including a ball that would have cleared the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium.  Winners of 5 of 6,  Team Pingaro gets the Kessler crew next Sunday at Mar El where Ben will be hoping Costco has plenty of Jergens remaining.

 

Kessler (GAME CHANGER) 25 - Marrone (MGA) 23

Another game at Union Hill Right. Another instant classic. If you like offense this was the game for you as 48!! runs were scored, the most in any Marlboro Softball game this season. This game was a whirl of emotions for Team Kessler as the group was riding high after a come from behind Wednesday night win on the same field and like the game Wednesday, this one got off to an inauspicious start. After JR hit the first of five GC dingers in the top of the first, the gymnasts scored 11 runs in the bottom half in a mixture of a ton of hits, walks, and some defensive miscues. I couldn’t be more proud of the team in how, down 11-2, no one looked down or deflated and everyone believed we could chip away and make this a ballgame… and we did. GC scored in every inning but one from the third inning on, scoring four in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth, six in the sixth, and five in the seventh to make it a one run game through six and a half. Marrone scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to go up 23-20 before a top of the ninth inning that I’m sure was and will be talked about in league circles all week. Griffin (who will get to in a minute and has become Captain Clutch) led off with a walk to set the table before Broome would knock a one out single. After a meeting on the mound between Glen and Brad, the braintrust decided to pitch to the best hitter in the league, who was 3-4 with two bombs and four RBIs at this point. You can guess what happened next, tie game. Very, very admirable decision by Glen to pitch to Jeremy and go right at him, tons of respect there. Onto the bottom of the ninth, where the skipper was seen throwing a branch into the woods after a leadoff walk to the bottom of the order. However, the GC boys would get out of trouble and for the second game in a row, we head to extras on UHR! Like the other night, it was the bottom of the order doing the job as Scott drew a one out walk to put the go ahead run on base. With two outs, the rook came through for the second straight game as Griffin launched a bomb over the head of KD in LCF for a RBI triple to give Game Changer a 24-23 lead. Papa K followed up with a base hit of his own to add an insurance run for good measure. In the bottom of the 10th there were two HUGE defensive plays. First, with first and second and no outs for the Marrone squad, Scott Preiss started a 5-5-4 double play to get the first two outs. Then, after a single to give Marrone first and second two outs, HBO Max Allegretti made the play of the season, a running, all-out diving grab in foul territory to secure an emotional 25-23 win over a very, very good Marrone team. The offensive stars were aplenty for a Kessler team that has now scored 63 runs in its last three games. Of course it starts with JBomb who hit his first three of six home runs on the day (we’re going to go ahead and call that a league record) in a 4-for-5, six run, 7 RBI MONSTER performance. Lucas Preiss had his best offensive game of the year with a 5-for-6, 3 RBI performance. JR hit two HRs to give him six on the season in a 3-for-6 game. Broome, Max and Griffin also had three hits while all 11 guys on the GC roster had at least one hit as part of a 30 hit, 25 run performance. On the other side, this Gymnastics squad can really hit. Shoutout to Tornetta, Glen and Ermel, who maybe made one out combined all day. And the day was just getting started as Game Changer looked to make it three in a row against Goldfarb across the parking lot at UHL.



Kessler (GAME CHANGER)  21 – Goldfarb (EB CONSTRUCTION)  7



This stat line deserves to be the lede of this recap before we get into game action. Jeremy Paster on June 26: 8-for-10, 6 HRs, 10 runs, 15 RBIs. The best offensive day in Marlboro Softball history… And he’ll tell you he shouldn’t have gotten out twice.  Anyway, to game action. This one started off much better than game one for Team Kessler as two run home runs by Paster and Lucas, some walks and a Scott RBI single gave Kessler a 5-0 lead after one. Paster’s second home run in as many innings and fifth on the day, this time a three run shot and a Gary single put GC up 9-0 through two innings and a Gary two-run triple put Game Changer up 12-0 in fourth inning in what seemed like would finally be a win where GC can coast a little, something that the team hasn’t done at all this season. After Becker told Danser to move back two steps and hit it two steps in front of him (fuck you Becker), Goldfarb would get on the board with four runs in the fourth to make it a 12-4 game. In the top of the fifth, Paster hit his third home runs in five innings to reput Kessler up double digits, 14-4. Of course on a hot day there’s gonna be some fatigue that sets in, but after Goldfarb cut it to a 15-7 game through eight, Kessler scored six in the top of the ninth off hits from Griffin and Andy, doubles from Jeremy and Lucas, a two run single by Max and RBI triple by the skipper to give GC a two touchdown lead for an ultimate 21-7 win. Once again, all 11 on the GC roster got at least one hit in this one, led by four from Jeremy and Lucas, who combined for 12 RBIs. Broome and JR both knocked three hits in what was a great day for the top of the lineup. Hats off to Gary as well for a four RBI game. It is not easy getting two wins on a Sunday, especially a 90 degree Sunday, so hats off to my whole team for getting the job done. Credit to Papa K for pitching all 19 innings, also not easy. After a 1-3 start, GC is now 6-2 in their last eight. An always tough and well prepared Team Pingaro awaits next Sunday on July 4 weekend at Mar El

 

Bomenblit (Green Cut) 12 – Rosenstock (Fradkin Law) 5

A shorthanded Bomenblit team showed up for game 1 of a doubleheader coming off a great win against Team Steinberg. A big 2 RBI single in the top of the first from Perrone put Green Cut to help set the tone for the day. This was quickly answered with 3 runs in the bottom from team Rosenstock with a crushing HR from A. Silverberg. A great day at the plate from A. Silverberg only getting out once. Team Greecut would answer quickly in the top of the second with 3 more runs getting started with  J. Tilker who is having an excellent year as we hit the mid-way point of the season. Clamp battled on the mound the remainder of the game, limiting Rosenstock to just 5 runs and putting his body on the line for the team. Great performance from Scheff going 6-7 on the day (including game 2) and reaching base all 6 times in this game with 4 singles and 2 walks. Great defense as always from team Green Cut! Looking to bring the bats on Wednesday night against Team Apple.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22ND


American Spirits (COWBOY) 11 - Newports (CONTI)- 1

A rainy evening that would’ve been called off had we not had the commish playing in the game had early season rivals facing off yet again. For Team Conti, there was hope of continuing their comeback from early season woes and for Team Ace, there was hope of righting the ship after a 5-1 start stuttered into a 6-4 record. For Ace, all the stops were pulled and the team reevaluated everything. The braintrust met and determined that Ace would try a new defensive alignment (with Loconte going from doing jack shit in RCF to doing jack shit at 2B), a lineup change, and facial hair change that now has me on a list where I can’t be within 500 yards of a school. Back to the action…

As the mist permeated off of Mamone and Conti’s rugged Italian flesh, the Ace defense set the tone early with Podolla/Martin/Rosenthal/Thomas locking down the outfield and keeping the big top of the Conti order off the basepath. With a 1 run first, Ace got to work in the 3rd putting up 6 in the frame highlighted by a Martin blast and important hits by Podolla, Tom Smith, Ush, Ricky Shindles, Pat Thomas, and Persily. While the Diamond crew had some solid hits, the offense wasn’t consistent enough to score runs against the Ace D in what was their finest hour of the season.

Some more runs as the game went on gave us an overall 11-1 win and Dr. Toran broke out the ceremonial bourbon… this week was sponsored by Angel’s Envy which was tasty while having  a bit of an effeminate name and packaging. Kudos to the Blackburns with 4 hits apiece, Toran, Thomas, and Rick had 3 hits and Ush had a pair of hits while being lights out at 3B. For Conti, Will Allen and the guy with the rapey van hit well and Darren pitched well. Next up for Ace is Applebaum who is reaping the benefits of playing terribly for me last year to bring his rating down. Be there. Or don’t… its adult softball… who gives a shit.


KESSLER (GAME CHANGER) 17 – POLZER (TUSCANROSE) 15

The year is 2037, you flip on the TV, Marlboro Softball Classics is playing and what game is it? Kessler v. Polzer: June 22, 2022. Wow, what a game. This one had it all and was an absolute treat to the high paying customers of the third base fence as Game Changer came back from six runs down in the top of the ninth and scored two in the top of the 10th to defeat the hottest team in the league in Tuscanyrose. The game started very inauspiciously for Team Kessler, who was coming off a heartbreaking loss on Father’s Day. Through four innings, the GC bats only mustered two hits and with a pregame speech that said “hit it anywhere but Dimarco or Byko”, we made nine of 12 outs to the two of them through four frames. But eventually the bats woke up, scoring three in the sixth with five singles from the bottom of the order, the biggest a two run knock by Wayne Sherman. After Polzer went back up four, 8-4 in the bottom half, the top of the order did their job for GC, with Broome and Paster setting the table, JR bloopking a double and Lucas and Max hitting sac flies to make it a one run game. GC wasn’t done yet as the skipper (who had three hits that traveled a total of 61 feet) and Gary got base knocks and Danser and Griffin drove them in to take their first lead of the game at 9-8. Let’s skip to the bottom of the eighth where in a tied 9-9 game Polzer scored six runs to seemingly win the game, highlighted by a BOMB by Lapetina with two outs and the bases loaded, hats off to him, he played well all night. Now here’s the situation, the GC boys are down 15-9, entering the ninth inning with the bottom of the order up, staring at a subpar 4-6 record and last place standing in the central division, on the precipice of a three game losing streak with a good Marrone team coming up. The captain took a sorrowful walk down the left field line to the point where Gary came to coach third because he thought there was no one there. And there may or may not have been a “jumping off the GW” joke (maybe) on the live stream. BUT, as Michael Kay would say, miraculously, Game Changer had a rally in their bones. After Griffin led off with a fly out, GC had SIX consecutive guys reach base. HUGE shout out to the bottom of the order as Wayne, Seth and Andy all loaded the bases with hits with one out. Broome knocked a two run single to make it a four run game before of course Polzer walked Paster. Then with the bases loaded and one out down four, in the biggest at bat of the season thus far, JR comes up CLUTCH with a bomb to dead center field for a bases clearing triple to cut it to one! Lucas drove him in and just like that, tie game! In the top of the 10th, the captain got on via error (see, I don’t cook the book), Danser drew a walk and once again, the bottom of the order came up huge as Griffin and Wayne got the go-ahead hits to give GC a two run lead and ultimately a crazy, come from behind, 17-15 win. In total, 25 hits for Game Changer, 23 of them in innings 5-10 for their best offensive night of the year. It was largely the middle-bottom of the order doing the damage with Gary, Ben, Wayne, Seth and Andy all getting three hits (the last three guys in the order were 9-for-15). Big four RBIs for JR and three RBIs for Wayne & two huge clutch hits by the rookie Griffin Katz. I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring up the bottom of the seventh inning where JR, Danser & Broome all made tremendous plays in a tie game (Go watch it on the live stream at 1:05:20). Now back to .500, next up for Team Kessler is a Union Hill DH against Marrone and Goldfarb.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH

 

WALLMAN (SPS) 11 GOLDFARB (Eric Bradley Construction) 9

Father’s Day at East Francis featured SPS looking for their first 2 game win streak of the season against EB Construction seeking their first win of 2022.  Top of first, Team Goldy plated 3 runs after a leadoff walk was followed by singles from 4 of the next 5 hitters.  Becker back to the mound for EB Construction and he held the top of Wallman’s lineup to no runs and Goldy had a quick 3 run lead.  Fred settled down on the mound after the first as he held EB Construction scoreless for the next 5 innings.  Wallman would score 1 in the 2nd and 3 in the 4th behind hits from the J Krauss, Juska, Fred and JY.  SPS held a 4 to 3 lead going into the 6th when Goldy got 3 to take a 2 run lead but in the bottom of the frame the top of TW’s line up responded with 2 back to tie the game. In the bottom of the 7th hits from TW, R Krauss, Jordan and a Soskel SAC gave SPS a late run lead.   Top of the 8th one out and the tying run on first, Fred made a great snag up the middle and doubled off the pinch runner at 1st.  The top of the SPS order did it again by plating 4 runs in the bottom of the inning to make it a 5 run lead going into the 9th.  A leadoff walk and single from Weis brought Tony to the plate who was 2 for 2 at the time with an intentional walk. (he hates intentional walks) TR launched a bomb to RCF that J Krauss tracked down robbing the Goldy squad of an extra base hit.  E Becker up next drove in 2 runs with a double and a Sal single made it a 2 run game with the tying run at the plate.  A diving play at 2nd and another great liner snag by Fred ended the game and SPS got the 2 run win.  Fred pitched great in his 2nd start and is currently undefeated as a starting pitcher while a still drunk just back from Jenkinsons J Krauss played great in RCF.  JY led the SPS offense with 4 hits while the father and son Krauss duo and Captain TW each had 3 hits.  Thankfully nobody met at the Volkswagen after the game. Team Wallman looks to make in 3 in a row next week against Lombardi at Middle.  

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 16   IMN (Apple) 8

Coming off 3 straight wins Tuscany Rose was able to continue their winning ways defeating IMN 16-8 in the late Father's Day game at Manalapan Field 3.  Tuscany had an 11 man lineup (no Javy, Joel Podos) vs a scary NINE MAN Apple team that still featured a lineup of Turano, Fluta (made sick plays at SS), JZ, Yockel, Apples, Fish, Jaeger and the unstoppable Brucey Cotter (3 hits and Arenado-esque at 3B).  The first two innings of the game the MVP was Joshi as he got up twice in 2 out RBI spots and delivered both times with perfect liners in the gap, catapulting Tuscany to an early 8-0 lead they never looked back from.  Offensively, the top of the order was sizzling all morning for Tuscany featuring  Byko (4/5 4 runs) AD (3/4 HR, 4 runs), Polzer (2/3 BB), and  BHor (3/5).  Rookie sensation and international man of mystery Rossy Cohen also had himself a day as he continued to dominate MMS and the Cohen power rankings remaining undefeated on the year and going 3/3 at the dish with 3 runs scored. Defensively, Byko turned back the clock in LCF running down everything in sight including an all-out sprawling catch to rob Fluta of a sure hit.  AD filled in at SS flawlessly, and CY Polzer continued to dominate on the mound.  Nick Turano hit a Grand Salami in the 9th to help make the score look closer than it was as Tuscany really dominated most of this one.  Polzer will try to keep making all the preseason prognosticators look silly as they'll attempt to make it 5 wins in a row Wednesday night vs. a hard hitting, Union Hill loving, team Kessler.  Take care, brush ya hair...

 

 

CONTI (DIAMOND VISION) 10 – KESSLER (GAME CHANGER) 9
Looking to go on a winning streak, Team Conti squared up with a tough team Kessler in the early swim club matchup.  Things would get started early for team Kessler as they would plate 3 runs.  Diamond Vision would strike right back as they scored 4 of their own.  The 2 teams would trade runs over the next few innings, but team Conti would trail by 2 going into the 7th.  In the bottom of the 7th, Mat Manochio would ignite his squad as he would beat the left fielder for a 2-run dinger and tie the game at 9.  Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth where the first 2 batters for team Conti would make out.  Joey Grande would work a walk, an infield hit for Matty M, then an intentional pass to the captain to load the bases for Big Papi Noel Gerena.  Noel would deliver the dagger with a walk off single down the right field line for the Diamond Vision victory!  For Team Conti, the offense was led by Matty Manochio (for peak performance, get yourself a White Castle crave case the night before a game) with 3 hits.  Jomo also had a 3 hit game, while the captain, Noel, Rabinowitz, and Laks had multi-hit games.  Once again, Drapkin was remarkable on the mound only walking 1 and keeping the big bats of Kessler quiet for most of the game.  On the losing side, Benny bombs was a tough out and no light poles were damaged in this one (thanks Jeremy).  Team Diamond Vision will look to make it 4 in a row as they face the Blackburn's and team Ferrarese Wednesday night.

 

Pollock (Genesis) 17 Goddard Home Improvement) 2

After losing three games in a row for the first time since 2016, Team Pollock decided to make two huge changes. One was shipping the captain off to another continent to get away from the team(we’ll just tell everyone the trip to Barcenlona was for  “business”) and the second was making some lineup adjustments giving the top of the lineup a new look(Roland-Caputo-Dinapoli-Pollock). That new look lineup paid immediate dividends as the top four in the lineup all scored in the first inning highlighted by a two-run Caputo blast. Those four runs would be all the team would need as Nick Dinapoli was masterful on the mound giving up only two runs against a dangerous Goddard team, even with an absent John Burke. The entire infield was great today, especially Gio at third. The Pollock offense was the big story of the game, however, as the bats finally woke up after a bit of a slumber. Caputo led the way with a 4-4, two home run performance(almost a three HR game with a sac fly just being a foot shy from becoming a grand slam). Mitch Pollock also had his best game of the year going 5-5. Rob Rozencwaig, Gio, and Nick Dinapoli had three hit games, and Glen Roland and Cliff Fox also had multi-hit games. There have been no power rankings this year but Team Goddard would be a top 5 team despite their off game today. Next up for Team Pollock is a very hot Team Polzer as the Pollock brothers look to give Mama Pollock a happy birthday victory before going off on separate vacations.

 

Lapine (GASTRO) 22, Ferrerese (ACE)-12

There was some concern coming into this game for Team Lapine as they learned during the week that he would be missing Pat Brock and Dave Meyer due to injury. Maybe this led to some extra focus for the rest of the team as they led off the top of the 1st with 3 runs and then scored at least three in five out of the next six innings, en route to a 22 - 12 victory.  For the second game in a row, the entire lineup contributed offensively, with eight players having multiple hit games. Tim George led the way with with 4 hits, 4 runs and 4 rbi's, Jeff Turtz went a perfect 3 for 3 with two walks and 3 rbi's and Wags hit two impressive HR's to right field. It's probably not often that an "almost catch" gets mentioned as a highlight but watching Martin Blackburn running at full speed for a long fly ball hit  into the left center field gap and launching himself into a dive where he seemed to be flying parallel to the ground for a good 30 seconds, was something to see. I'm pretty sure he had it in his glove and lost it on impact with the ground but it didn't diminish how impressive the pursuit was.  Kamras and Rosenthal had three hits apiece for the Ferrarese squad. Next up for Lapine - Tom Carroll. Let's hope Joe Spoto isn't a last minute replacement for Goddard as it would be too much to bear.

 

ROSENSTOCK (Fradkin Law) 14 – LOMBARDI (Shore Smile) 9
Team Stock was looking to snap a 5 game losing streak vs Lombardi at Muni on a crisp June Father's day morning.  Lombardi grabbed the early lead scoring 2 in the top of the 1st.  Fradkin Law would answer in the bottom of the 1st as leadoff Levine does what he always does which is get on base.  After Levine's single Austin Silverberg would drive him in with a 2 bagger.  Next batter Doc Silverberg drove in is son with an RBI single.  Team Stock tacked on a run in the 2nd and 3rd inning giving them a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the 4th.  Lombardi scored 4 runs in the top of the 4th to give them a 2 run lead.  Fradkin Law would tie the game up in the bottom of the 4th inning. Doc lead off the inning with a single and was driven home by rookie Robbie Juergens who had a nice game at the plate going 3-4 with 2 Rbi.  Suds would tack on another run with a rbi groundout.  Team Stock would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 5th inning.  In the bottom of the 5th Steve Wallenstein started a rally with a leadoff double.  Scott Sandler was up next and delivered a knock and then Sal reached on an error.  Leadoff Levine got a steak with another hit and Chase Sandler doubled home 2 more runs.  Austin drove in another run with the most beautiful play in baseball, a sacrifice fly to give team Stock a 5 run 5th inning to give Fradkin Law an 11-6 lead.  Lombardi chipped away at the lead scoring 2 in the 6th and once in the 8th to cut the lead down to 2.  Team Stock would add 3 insurance runs in the 8th.  After father Doc was intentionally walked son Holden delivered a frozen rope to plate Chase Sandler.  Robbie and Mike Rosenstock followed with consecutive rbi singles to give Fradkin Law a 14-9 lead as we headed into the 9th.  Doc would seal the deal in the 9th and Team Stock successfully snapped their 5 game losing streak.  Big shoutout to Doc Silverberg for grabbing his 1st W as a pitcher.  Doc is getting better each game, he puts in the work on the side and will continue to get better as the season goes on.  Doc was also perfect at the plate going 3-3 with a walk.  Levine and rookie Robbie also had 3 hits.  Multiple hit games were had by Holden Silverberg and the Stock brothers.  Defensively Chase made a huge unassisted DP to stop a rally and Steve Wallenstein has been making all the plays at 3B with Captain Stock taking it slow with his calf injury (if Steve keeps this up I think I might have lost my position).  Now I have to address the gorilla in the room, team Stock lost Fradkin for the year and we all wish him a speedy recovery.  Simply put you can't replace an Ed Fradkin but this team will do it's best and we'll keep fighting for Ed the rest of the way.  On my drive home to Staten island I reflected on the game and thought about how cool it was for Doc to grab his first W on Father's Day with his boys flanking the outfield running down balls for him.  I know this day meant a lot for Doc and I'm happy we were able to grab the win.  Up next for Fradkin Law is fellow rookie captain Bomenblitt at Manalapan.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 19 vs.  Monmouth Gymnastics (Marrone) 13

On this windy Father’s Day the Baby Blues got to play the Puke Greens in an entertaining game on Union Hill Right.   The field was very dry, very hard, and very rocky.  Both respective infields had trouble and, for once, despite his 6 walks and 0 for 4 at the plate, Glen was correct that some of these runs were unearned.  Both teams, especially Team LaRocca, also struggled with the wind and the sun.  That said, the bats of LHRGC stayed hot and if I was employing the Benny Kess rule of hard hit balls, we would have had about 30 hits. RC was masterful in the wind (Zero Walks) and at the plate (4 for 4, 3RBI).  Another standout game from Pop-pop Saglietto (Phil’s grandpa) who almost walked off the premises after a weak Phil bloop single over fist base (he was mumbling “disgraciado” as Poppa Roberto consoled him).   Multiple hit games from JoeP, Sags, Woody, RC, Marky Memes, Shwag and Alan Fazz.  For Marrone, La Presidentina Kyle Dun was offensively unstoppable and the Randells (together they played 1.75 games this day) each had some hits.  The speed on Monmouth Gym is insane (when you say Dylan Dynov is the 4th fastest guy on the team, you gotta be pretty fast).  Tornetta and Collis should race for charity.  Next up is a double header against Bomenblit and Pings.

 

 

 

 

Bomenblit (GREEN CUT) 14 – Steinberg (MAX) 6
After a tough stretch at the plate, team GreenCut was eager to take the field against team Steinberg on Sunday. Without Greg on the mound, team Steinberg turned to pitcher J. Young to lead the way. A 4-2 lead from team GreenCut after 1 inning, there was no scoring from either team until the 6th. Young had a few walks late in the game which put pressure on the defense and allowed a few timely hits from Clamp who was 2-2 on the day with 5 RBI's and a triple. In addition to the great bat, a few solid defensive plays up the middle helped limit team Steinberg to just 6 runs on the day. Could have been cut in half without a few lollygag plays on defense. Also, another solid performance from A. Pugliese, P. Plevretes and Schef, going a combined 7-11. Hoping to keep the bats live as a double header this Sunday could be a great momentum builder.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 11   Pollack (Genesis) 4

You could feel some tension in the air when stepping foot onto Union Hill Left with some words about intentional walks. This quite frankly isn’t going away anytime soon so studs need to get used to walks. Then, at 8:01 pm the umps did a swap from Right/Left fields which was unexpected to say the least and Simon took his usual spot at UHL.  Oh, and he even accepts Venmo so Captains when you forget the $$ or don’t have exact change, it’s no biggie!  OK, As for the game, it was a battle of the missing “2”s, Steinberg’s Max Challenge missing their starting pitcher, Greg Deluise with an unexpected trip to the UK, and Pollack’s Genesis missing one of their top players obviously in Dinapoli and they had 10.   Jason Young took the mound for Steinberg and in his Marlboro Softball debut and after giving up a couple of early walks, settled down to throw a 4-run gem!  Congrats to JY (do not confuse him with the other JY) as this JY was nearly flawless throwing strikes, keeping the bats in check and the Steinberg D was also nearly flawless. Much of what Capt. ES envisioned all along!  The Steinberg team jumped out to early 2-0 lead in bottom of 1st with Capt. ES leading off with a single to right, followed by hits from his unofficial co-captain Richie Spear and JY helping his cause giving Steinberg the lead.  In the bottom 2nd, Steinberg would tack on 4 more, great hitting from Billy Losch finally adjusting to arc (2-4), followed by walk to Dan Singman, Eric Arolick continued his hot hitting with a solid single, who was then followed by Elliot Kreppel who is on fire in his last 3 games (2-3) singling in a run.  It wasn’t over yet, after a FC by the hustling Jordan Spear to 1B, capt ES launched a shot to dead center field splitting the gap with a 2-run triple giving Steinberg 6-0 lead. In the 3rd, Caputo would launch a missile to left getting Pollack on the board.  Steinberg would add 2 more in the 3rd, Richie Spear again followed by Nick Deluise (3-3, sac) contributing to the RBIs.   Pollack scored 3 in the 5th to close the gap to 8-4 but JY and the Steinberg D continued to make play after play.  A big shoutout to Kenny Feingold who played flawless in LF, making about 8-9 put outs and to Tino who continues his amazing play at SS!   JY would hold Pollack scoreless from the 6th inning on to gain the W!   Congrats on a great night to capt. ES and Rich Spear both going 3-4, with a triple each; JY on a multi hit night, Billy L, Nick D, and Elliot.  JY gets his 2nd start on Sunday at Swim vs. the Bombs.  Oh yeah, if you are still reading this far we saved the best for last- watch the FB playback if you want to see the energy get kicked up a notch with Richie chattering pretty much from 8-10pm that nearly started a bench clearer regarding the intentional walks.  I think the broadcasters may also still be drinking!

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8TH

 

WALLMAN LUGOS (SPS) 19 – APPLE (IMN) 3
Coming off 4 straight losses it was time for SPS to make some significant changes.  Fred made the decision and named himself the starting pitcher.  1,2,3 in the top first and things looks bleak for Team Wallugos.  Apple squad scored one in the bottom of the frame to take an early lead but as everyone watching could see, Fred with the ball was in total control.  Hits from Beja, TW, Brent, Lenny and Soskel and Wallugos took a 2-run lead they would never relinquish.  Both teams traded 2 runs in the 3rd but SPS busted the game open over the next 3 innings plating a combined 13 runs on hits from everyone in the lineup.  Fred on the mound, who played ridiculous up the middle was helped by solid defense from Beja and the right-side outfield Krauss combo.  This one was over in 7 as SPS got a badly needed win, 19 to 4.  Soskel led the 26-hit offense with 4 hits while Beja and Brent each had 3. Next up for Wallugos is the powerhouse Goddard crew.       

 

CONTI (Diamond Vision) 9 – BOMENBLIT (GREEN CUT) 3
After coming off a win against team Lapine, team Conti would look to make it 2 in a row on Wednesday night against a dangerous team Bomemblitt. 
 Team Bomemblitt would strike early as Eric B would send the first (or second) pitch of the game over the fence for a 1-0 lead.  Team Conti would answer right back with a homer of their own off the bat of superstar rookie Billy Allen.  In the second, Diamond Vision would plate 3 more runs with some nice hitting by the middle of the lineup.  Eric Bomemblitt would again homer in the middle innings trying to ignite his squad, but it wouldn’t be enough as team Conti would plate 3 more runs in the 6th inning highlighted by a captain Conti nuke.  That would be enough to seal the deal as team Conti would take this one 9-3.  The real focus of this affair was Darren Drapkin who was magnificent on the mound only allowing 5 hits on the night!  Multi-hit games were had by the captain, Jomo, Mat Manochio (try another pizza bagel), Billy Allen, Andrew Nichols and Rob C.  On the losing side, Eric Bomemblitt had 2 bombs and Colarocco flashed some leather in LF.  Diamond Vision will look for a few more W’s with the day/night double dip on Sunday.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH

 

CONTI (Diamond Vision) 16 – POLLOCK (Gastro) 15
After coming off a tough loss to team Pollock, team Conti looked to get back into the win column against an extremely talented team Lapine.  Things looked bleak for Diamond Vision as team Lapine would plate 5 runs early, and the energy was just not there for team Conti.  Another run for team Lapine and things were starting to get away from team Conti. A quick pep talk from the captain, and the diamond vision crew would go to work.  In the 6th inning, they would explode for 7 runs, as everyone in the lineup seemed to tear the cover off of the ball highlighted by a Mike Conti homer (thanks Karen).  Team Lapine would not go away though, as they would keep things close in the late innings.  In the top of the ninth inning, team Conti would manage to score a few more runs and thought they had this one wrapped up.  Team Lapine would not go down easily though as they had the tying run on first base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but team Conti's defense would tighten up to put the nail in the coffin.  A truly fun game to be a part of as both teams battled their asses off.  For Diamond Vision, the offense was led by the captain with 4 hits and a homerun. Billy "my cleats are broken" Allen, Noel "big papi" Gerena, and Mat "lockdown" Manochio had 3 hits games, while Jomo & Kurt had multi-hit games.  Kudos to the ageless wonder Darren Drapkin who was flying around the bases with a hustle double and to Mat Manochio who was again silky smooth at 2B.  On the losing side, Lapine was legit impossible to get out & Santigate is very good at softball. Team Conti will look to keep things rolling as they host team Bomemblitt under the lights Wednesday night.  


Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 17 over Eric Bradley Construction (Goldfarb) 2
It was an absolutely picture perfect day for a double header of softball. Tec-Tel started their day at Manalapan Field 5 against a hungry Goldfarb squad, looking to seek out their first W.After shutting down the EB bats in the first, Tec-Tel would tack on 4 runs highlighted by Santa sac, Jeff RBI single and a 2 RBI single from Pezzy Pickles (one of two on the day). After scoring two runs in the 2nd and 3rd, the Rays would sting across an 8 run frenzie in the 4th. A total team effort of singles and walks would propel the Tec-Tel squad during this inning, as everyone seemed to catch the hitting jitterbug! All the while, the defense was absolutely lights out, holding the Goldfarb squad scoreless till the 7th, where the Rays were able to seal an early victory 17-2.  This 23 hit attack was led by none other than Dan Drashinsky, who went 4-4 again with 2 RBI and a double. Pezz really stepped out today as well, going 3-4 with 5 RBI! 3 hit games for Goldrosen (3 RBI). Valentin, and the capt, while multi hit games for Santa (4 RBI), Intoci, and Papa D (who chucked the rock quite well today). For Goldfarb, Joe O mashed the ball and Sal made a lot of nice plays in LCF.  Tec-Tel would look to make it 5 in a row as they headed over to Mar El to face Wallman.

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 14 over SPS (Wallman LUGOS) 9
Tec-Tel arrived at Mar El ready to roll. Wallman had just come off a loss to the mighty Polzer squad, so they knew they had to bring their A-game as they would not want to go down with a 2-loss day.  The Fish came out scoring 3 in the top of the first highlighted by RBI singles from Santa and Cruz. Wallman would get one back in the bottom frame. Fast forward to the 4th, after Wallman tacked on another run, the Rays would respond with a 5 spot. This was a mixture of yes, you guessed it, walks and singles. This team will do whatever it takes to win (including taking pitches), and that is what led to our success in this inning and throughout the game. Tec-Tel would score another 2 in the 5th thanks to strategic hitting from Dan and an Uncle Alan Raucher RBI single, and another 4 in the fourth thanks to a RBI single from Goldrosen (who was inspired by the lyrics of Enrique Iglesias) and a 2 RBI single from Cruz. Wallman would not go down without a fight, as they would put up 6 in the 8th, however, it was not enough as Tec-Tel secured the W to make it 5 in a row!  Total team effort to win this game. The Mike's (Santa and Cruz) led the swarm of Rays in this W each having 3 with at least an RBI (Mike Cruz had 3!). Papa D pitched his heart out, pounding the strike zone and keeping the SPS bats at bay. Additionally, Joe and Dan locked down the left side of the infield, making every play that came their way. Truly a sight to see! For SPS, Justin Krauss is a hitting machine. He crushed it in the leadoff spot by being onbase all morning and played a solid RF. JY made some really nice plays at second base as well.  Tec-Tel looks to make it 6 in a row this weekend taking on Lombardi at Swim.

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 15   Goddard (Goddard Home Improvement) 9

A sunny, beautiful June Sunday on Union Hill Right saw Goddard Home Improvement (Goddard) taking on The Max Challenge (Steinberg) and a battle of former teammates with the Goddard Bros and Steinberg’s squad. This one started off with both teams putting up crooked numbers in the 1st – The Max scored 1, but Goddard despite missing a couple of top tier players in Burke and Jared Goldberg, put up a 4-spot.  Steinberg would eventually rally and put up a 5-spot in the 3rd and wouldn’t really look back.  Steinberg would add another 4 runs in the 7th and same in the 9th.   A shout out to Jeff Goddard who blasted a two-run bomb over the LCF fence for his first career HR in Marlboro softball over the fence.  Steinberg’s team would have multi-hits from the hot hitting .700 Mike Ballo, who has consistently been doing it all season as Mike went 4-5 in this first game of the twin-bill; Nick Deluise blasted a 2 run HR deep to left that helped put this one out of reach; followed by Jason Young, who would go 3-4 with a triple and Greggy Deluise 3-4 with a 6 RBI’s in the game; congrats to Tino, Elliot Kreppel who would be perfect in this one, going 2-2, 2 BB, 2 RS; and Capt ES who also with a multi-hit game in the leadoff spot.  It was a much-needed win for the Steinberg team!

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 22   Rosenstock (Fradkin Law) 7 (7 innings)

In this second game of the day for both teams, The Max Challenge (Steinberg) and Fradkin Law (Rosenstock) now “Fradkinless” saw the Steinberg team put a 9-spot in inning 2 batting around and pretty much put this one out of reach early. Of course losing Eddy their “1” pitcher is incredibly tough and Doc Silverberg did a really good job throwing strikes but unfortunately a difficult scenario.  Steinberg’s team pretty much hit top to bottom highlighted by everyone.  The entire lineup hit-highlighted by Nick Deluise – hitting his 2nd -2 run HR on the day, going a rockin 5-5 with 5 RBIs; congrats to Eric Arolick who was also a perfect 4-4 in this one; multi hit games for Greg D, Ja Young another 3-4 replicating what he did in game 1; Ballo, and Dan Singman with a bases clearing triple as Dan has been doing it all season so far!  Congrats to the Steinberg team and a great job on the mound by Greggy D who pitched solidly on the day obtaining his 3rd win!    Steinberg looks to continue winning ways next week playing Cowboy at Marl El!

 

 

GODDARD (GHI) 12 – FERRARESE (ACE) 10

Game 2 of the double header at East Frances for Team Goddard missing Burke and Goldberg. After losing the first game of a double header against Steinberg they look to bounce back. Team Goddard would score in the bottom of the 1st with a Tom Carrol triple that would score M. Goddard who got on base with a single. Going to the top of the fourth Team Ferrarese would score 3 in the inning. Highlighted by a  Martin Blackburn homerun that went into the trees. That would give them a 3-1 lead. They would plate 2 more runs in the 6th inning to make it a 5-1 game. Team Goddard would respond in the bottom of the 6th inning with 4 runs to tie the game. Frometa would start  the inning with a triple, followed by a Carroll walk and a Mcdermott triple that would bring in 2 runs. J. Goddard would follow Mcdermott with an RBI single and later in the inning Baffuto hit an RBI single. Going to the bottom of the 7th Team Goddard would plate another 4 runs. Highlighted by a Frometa RBI single, Carroll an RBI double, and sacs from J. Goddard and Ferro. Going to the top of the 8th Steve Blackburn hit an Single with an error that cleared the bases loaded. Team Ferrase would score 4 in the Top of the 8th to make the score 9-9. Top of the 9th Team Ferrarese would score one to give them a 10-9 lead. Going to the bottom of the 9th Tyson would start the inning off with a walk, followed by a M. Goddard walk, followed by a 3 Run DInger for Carroll who hit the ball into the right field woods for the walk off. Team Goddard bats woke up in the 2nd game with Carroll going 3-4 with a triple, a homerun, and a double, 5 Rbis and 3 Runs  J. Goddard went 3-3 with 2 RBIS. 2 hit days from M.Goddard, Frometa, Mcdermott and Ferro. Tyson had 1 hit and 2 walks. Next up for Team Goddard is Team Wallman at Union Hill Right. 

 

Marrone (MGA) 14 -  Applebaum (IMN) 9

With injuries and general games missed, in order to post a top regular season record in Marlboro Softball a team must have both offensive and particularly defensive depth to overcome weeks playing shorthanded.  A little come from behind grit, character and team chemistry doesn't hurt either.  All of that was evident on a beautiful Sunday morning at Union Hill Left for Team Marrone as the Gymnasts posted a 14-9 comeback victory over Team Applebaum playing without Noel, Brandon, and Frank the Tank.  As a result, Mike Klishensky manned the hot corner, Dylan slided over to SS and Yiggy manned RF.  Things did not start off well for the men in rainbow colors as we went quietly in the top of the 1st and Team Apple plated 3 in the bottom half highlighted by a JZ blast over the fence in LF.  Team Marrone would get one back in the 4th on a Dylan RBI knock which followed a Kevin K. double.  Apple would get the run right back in the bottom half for a 4-1 lead.  Apple would tack on 3 more in the 5th sparked by big hits from Yokes and Jessie Fishman.  Down, 7-1 going to the top of the 6th the Marrone grit and never quit attitude kicked in as the Gymnasts plated a huge 7 runs to take the lead 8-7.  The big inning started off with a Kyle walk followed by consecutive hits from Catania, Kevin, Dylan., Captain G, Weitsen, Yiggy, and Brad Randell to tie the game.  A Justin Randell Sac Fly would plate the 7th run for the lead.  The lead would be short lived as Apples would tie things in the 7th on a Nick Turano blast to LF.  Tied in the top of the 8th, Team Marrone would explode again, this time for a 6 run inning sparked by a leadoff hit from Weitsen, a hit from Brad Randell, a key walk from Justin Randell and consecutive hits from Mike K, Kyle, Catania, and Kevin at the top of the lineup.  Team Apple would plate 1 in the bottom of the 9th for the final 14-9 margin of victory.  Multi-hit games from Mike K. Kyle, Catania, Kevin, Dylan, Weitsen, Yigdal, and Brad Randell paced the Marrone offense.  Defensively, Dylan filled in nicely at SS and the Marrone OF was in lockdown mode as usual.  For Team Apples, Yockel, Fishman and JZ had multihit days from memory.    Next up its a big double dip against Pollock and Polzer which should go a long way toward defining the top of the standing as we approach the midway part of the season.

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 18   - SPS (Wallman)  9

Playing at the horses playground, aka Marlboro Elementary School, it was an 11 man Tuscany Rose team (missing RCohen, GKlein) vs a fully stocked 13 man SPS squad.   Pitching, defense, and the glorious swing of Anthony DiMarco (5-5, 3 doubles) were really the determining factors in the game for Tuscany.   

After trailing 5-3, Polzer's team was able to take the lead back going into the 6th inning when the game really broke open.  With 1 out Nick Lapetina hit a short SAC fly that scored Bryan Thompson from 3rd after Juska just couldn't hold on to the ball after the tag to complete what would've been a huge double play on a throw home by Freddy.  Instead a run scored on the play, Byko followed by squeaking a 2 run single past a diving JY, and a 2 run inning became a 5 run inning putting Tuscany in a very comfortable position.  Polzer's bunch would then put up a 7 spot in the 9th to run away with the 18-9 win.  When you make routine plays and have Dave "the robot" Polzer on the mound pitching to a 1.97 Marrone adjusted ERA it makes holding leads easy, and that's exactly what Tuscany did in the early game at Elementary.  Javy was also phenomenal all morning for Tuscany getting 3 hits and making a number of tough plays at SS.  Byko, Jay Podos, and Thompson were also on base 3 times a piece on the offensive side of the ball.  For SPS, Lugos had to have at least 3 hits as usual, while vets Lenny and JY were stinging the ball well all game.  Additonally, DC going 2-3 in the game as well pulls him within striking distance of Rossy Cohen in the Cohen power rankings as our guy Rossy remains an international man of mystery.  Team Polzer will look to make it 4-5 in a row next week when they play a double header at Union Hill Left vs Stock and Marrone.  Take care, brush ya hair

 

Kessler (GAME CHANGER) 10, Bomenblit (GREEN CUT)  5

One of the greatest things to do in Monmouth County? A Sunday Night Doubleheader under the bright lights of UH with the nooners flowing from the fans and the home runs flying out of the ballpark (even when the captain tells his pitcher/father to make the hitter “chase” and not throw a strike, but that was in game two). The first game of a crucial double dip for the GC boys pitted them against one of the most solid up the middle defenses in the league in a very good Bomenblit team. After Blit got three to start the game in the top of the first, Lucas brought in Paster on a RBI double to get one back. The captain started the second inning off with a slicing slap double down the left field line in the second and after hits by Scott and Danser, was brought in. GC had its own three run inning to take a 5-3 lead in the third by way of a you guessed it, two run bomb by Paster (his first of three on the day) and hits by JR, Ben & Scott. The GC defense was tremendous all day in this one with Scott making some phenomenal plays at third base and Paster tracking the down in the ball in LCF. The lead was never relented after the third inning as more hits by Paster and a two run bomb by JR extended the lead to what it would end at, 10-5. The defense and dare it say it… pitching won the game for GC but the bats were consistent throughout, which hasn’t been the case all year for this team. Four guys, Paster, JR and both Kessler’s had three hit days. Including the second game, Paster and JR were an INSANE 15-for-16 with SIX home runs and SEVENTEEN RBIs (the one out was JR, cmon man). Absurd evening for the heart of the order. For Bomenblit, Eric was absolutely incredible at SS as he continues to be one of the best in the league. Richie hit one out in the first and as always, Clamp pitched very well. In the next game, Paster, JR, Allegretti & Broome were 16-18 and we somehow lost… Next up, Goldfarb at Muni without one of our key guys (we’ll leave you guessing on who).

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 13 v SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 8
Game starts with me visiting my opposing captain to wish him good luck and health as we both play in a youthful game while suffering upper middle aged men injuries.  Low and behold I see my former team mate, M1 player and supposed friend giving newly donned shore smiler Jeff Paglio advice on how to defend against my team.  The blow to my heart was so significant that even now my chest hurts a little bit.  Now I know DiMarco was Pags best man, but this is Sunday softball – shoot a guy a text on a Friday or something (SMH).  Onto the game.  The good guys started out with a run in the first as Joe P set the tone, but experienced and crafty Jimbo kept our big hitters in check without ever needing to use the intentional walk.  For us, when Pags did get on base and use his ridiculous speed, he never assumed (and glaringly absent from the DiMarco pregame scouting report) that RAY RAY PORZIO would be at the plate to thwart the threat!  Ray coming up HUGE on the day with 3 hits and 2 RBI.  Other 3 plus hit games went to Shwag (3) and Joe P (5) - - although Joe will tell you he is struggling????   RC had three ribs as well.  For Lombardi I have to say this, they do not play like a losing team.  Jim has, and continues to make adjustments and this team is nowhere near as bad as their record.  Next up a nightcap against Benny Bicepts.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 25 v GAME CHANGER (Kessler) 17

At the start of this one, playing against former team mate, M1 player, and true friend, I was taking batting practice and my friend and doctor pointed out something in my footwork that affects my swing and my back issue, which enabled me to play in the game.  In hindsight, not sure that Captain Benny Kess feels that was the best move. Game starts out in nightmare fashion.  Phil walk not converted to a run, Broome hit or walk (they look the same actually), Paster HR, Rosenthal HR.  3-0 bad guys.  Bad feelings in the LaRocca dugout and chatter from the fans about Kessler on Union Hill.  While the Kessler’s had laser focus on Phil (really Ben, not so much Andy) no one saw SHWAG coming and he blasted a HR over the left field fence to get us in the game.  Shwag dominated the night going 4 for 4 with 3 runs and 3 ribs.  Other baby bluers with four hits included RC (5), Mark (4) and “this guy” (4).  For a team drafted for it’s defense, they really showed up with 34 hits on the evening during PRIME TIME.  Phil also had a great game offensively hitting his second moonshot into right centerfield orbit to basically seal the victory.  For G/C Jeremy and Jordan each had two blasts and Broome was unstoppable at the plate (also robbed B Fazz of 2 hits).  Max is also a very good hitter.    Next up is an E Franny matchup against the Blits.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST

 

MARRONE (MGA) 21 – LOMBARDI (SHORE SMILE) 13
The green slime got off to a slow start trailing 8-0 after two innings the gymnast cool as cucumbers as we  never panic . Everybody on the squad picks each other up and the enthusiasm is contagious, As the Greensters do they would come back and out score team Lombardi 21/5 the rest of the way. Igniting the comeback was a two run 317 foot laser moonshot Homer from rookie sensation Stephen ( black magic) Cantana !! Steve finished today 4/5 with 4 RBIs And probably just took the leaderboard for rookie of the year. Speaking of rookies and we have many the cousin combination of Tornetta  and Noel both going 3/5 with two doubles and 3RBIs.. Speaking of getting hot are four through seven batters where a combined 16/18 led by brothers Mike and Kevin K 8/9 with 4 doubles. Manning the hot corner and this kid has turned into a phenomenal third basemen  that’s our boy Dylan 4/4 ..Frank Ermel Another rookie that can smash the ball 3/5 Most notable the last two games were the speedster combination these four guys can downright fly Noel Santiago, Steve Catania ,Dylan Dynov and Brandon (tornado) Tornetta .. As we all know winning is always fun but  playing with a team of 12 of the nicest guys I can ever imagine makes it so much more enjoyable.. 16 other captains do not take the Lombardi’s lightly that team is way better than their record as we will soon discover next up is a battle with good friend JZ and team Apples  Lights out and everybody stay healthy

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 19 over Ace (Ferrarese) 10

The Wednesday night UHL marquis match-up featured the early season powerhouse Ace squad against a Tec-Tel team looking to make it 3 in a row. The vintage Expos and Rays uniform gave this game a nice 90's vibe. We tried to have this game played in Olympic Stadium in Montreal with Tony Bautista throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, but no dice.

Back to the action (Ferrarese, 2016). Solid pitching and defense from both squads would hold both teams scoreless through 2. Shutting the Cowboy Convoy down in the top of the third, the fish would tee off in the bottom half. The Rays would sting 7 runs across the plate with some key singles and walks across the board. After Ace scored 2 in the 4th, Tec-Tel would respond with 3 of their own highlighted by a Santa 2 RBI single. Onto the 5th, the Tec-Tel bats erupted and had the offensive showing we had been waiting for and knew we were capable of. Pickles Pezzulo would start the inning with a single, followed by another single by Dan (1 of 4 on the evening). Then, Alan Raucher proved why he is All-Star ELECTRIC by lighting up the field with booming triple to gap the LF and LCF to plate them both across (not an easy feat to gap one of the more solid left-side of the OF in this league with Podolla and Marty B.). Joe Lee, Papa D would single and Intoci would score one of them on yes, another single. An error would keep the inning going, as Mike Santa would hit another (you guessed it) RBI single to set the stage for Jeff Goldrosen. I know what you're thinking, RBI single right? NO SIR. He goes yard deep into the Marlboro night sky for a 3 run homer. Tec-Tel would slap on 9 that inning for a huge offensive showing. Cowboy and team would not go down quietly as they would plate 5 in the next inning, and 2 runs in the 7th and 8th combined. Onto the 9th, 19-10 Tec-Tel, looking to close this game out. First two men get on for first and second no outs. All of a sudden, a magical voice from the outfield grass yells to Dan at third base "Two steps to your left". Sure enough, that would turn out to be key as the ball was hit right at Dan, who stepped on third for out one, fired it over to Raucher at second for out two, who finally zipped it to Cruz (who made a beautiful stretch) at first for out three! A triple play to end the game and secure a 19-10 victory for the Rays to make it 3 in a row.

This was a true team win as everyone contributed to the W. MVP was hands down Dan Drashinsky. On-top of going 4-4 with a run and an RBI, he played a LIGHTS OUT 3rd base. Catching screamers off the bats of the Ace squad and making strong throws, he was crucial to getting out of innings and making key plays. Lead-off man Joe Intoci also had 4 hits of his own (with 3 runs and an RBI) and played a lock-down shortstop. 3 hits for Raucher, Joe Lee, Papa D and the capt as well as multi hit games for Santa, Jeff (with the HR) and Pezzy Pickles. Papa D also pitched very well, not walking a single batter. For Ace, The Blackburns as always, were tough outs all night and played extremely well in the field. Rick and Marc Persily hit the ball like men, just absolutely obliterating the ball all night long. Additionally, rookie sensation Ush played a great third base, making some nice plays with cannon of an arm.

Tec-Tel looks to make it 4 and 5 wins in a row this weekend with a double dip, starting with Goldfarb in Manalapan and then trekking cross-town to take on Wallman at Mar El.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 29TH

 

GAME CHANGER (Kessler) 9 – SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 6

Views from the Swingset: We don't need to revisit what happened to Game Changer's skipper last week, but after approval from the commissioner, the captain was allowed to watch his team, without him or his 1, face a hungry Lombardi squad with a full 13, from the top of a (nicely redone might I add) East Francis jungle gym. It was not a fun watch as the GC boys only had ONE HIT through six innings, as Jim Lombardi was lock down on the mound taking all the height the ump was allowing him to play with to silence the game changer bats. Luckily for Kessler, Papa K was solid on the mound as well (yes, I said it) so the deficit was only four at 5-1. The bats woke up in the eighth inning, scoring five runs to take a 6-5 lead, led by huge knocks from Griffin, Wayne, Andy, Max & Broome. With two outs and no one on in the ninth, GC got some insurance on some messy Lombardi defense and big hits by Scott and Danser. Lombardi staged a rally in the ninth with the top three guys in their order getting hits to cut the lead to 9-6. With two on and no one out, Max Allegretti, filling in phenomenally in left field, made the play of the day (in the whole league), making an unreal diving catch and doubling off an eager Phil Corde at second base to silence Lombardi's threat. 

Huge shoutout to the rook Griffin Katz who continues to mash at the plate, with another 3-for-4 day including huge hits when it mattered in the eighth and ninth inning. For Lombardi, hats off to Jim for pitching and hitting well all game. Best of luck to last year's Team Kessler great replacement Phil Corde as he heads to Texas! Next up, a big Sunday Night double dip against two of the top teams in the league in Larocca and Bomenblit. 

 

Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 13 over Green Cut Asset Mgt (Bomenblit) 5

Tec-Tel look to make it 2 in a row this week against a hot Bomenblit squad. Both teams were short handed and missing some key players throughout their lineup that would have surely made a difference, but hey, it's a sunny Sunday in Marlboro, so that means we're playing softball regardless. 

 

The fighting 9 of Bomenblit came out swinging with 2 runs in the first (oh no) and shut the top of the order down in the bottom frame. The Tec-Tel bats would awake from their slumber in the second by putting up a 5 spot in the 2nd highlighted by key singles from Dan, Schiff and Papa D as well as clutch walks from Joe Lee and Dave Unterweiser. A Raucher walk and a James "Pickles" Pezzulo single would start the third, and set the tone to score 6 runs over the course of 3 innings. All the while, solid defense would hold Green Cut to 3 more runs the rest of the game. Two extra insurance runs in the 8th highlighted by a Jeff Goldrosen RBI single would help Tec-Tel seal the deal for their second W.

 

The Defensive MVP of this game was Dan Drashinsky. He played a lock-down third base, diving and knocking down everything that came his way. His defense got us out of some mini jams to help us keep the lead. Schiff made an over the shoulder catch at first base, showing off his inner Mark Teixera. The capt led the way with 3 hits (including 2 triples) plus multi hit games for Intoci, Jeff, Cruz and papa D. However, it was Joe Lee that was the offensive MVP. Mr. Joe would get on base all 4 times with 3 walks and an RBI single up the middle. Talk about a team player! For Green-Cut, the Scheff, Colloracco and Mugavero outfield did a very good job covering ground and making plays. Not an easy thing to do at Swim. Additionally, Joe "Flash" Demaio did a great job for his first time on the bump. This is a good team that will be tough to beat down the stretch.

 

Tec-Tel looks to make it 3 in a row Wednesday night under the lights against Cowboy Mike and the Blackburn bros.

 

GODDARD (Goddard Home) 16 – ROSENSTOCK (Gorilla Law) 9

Memorial Day weekend and the late game at the swim club for Team Goddard taking on Team Rosenstock. Most teams were without their one pick because of the tournament down in Maryland. For Team Goddard they wouldn't have to worry about that but Team Rosenstock was missing their pitcher Fradkin. Doc would step in to pitch for his team. Top of the first Team Stock would plate 3 runs early to take a 3-0 lead. Team Goddard would respond in the first with one with Mcdermott hitting an RBI double. Going to the 2nd inning Team Goddard would put up a 9 spot. The inning started with the first 3 guys walking. Followed by an Iorio Sac fly, an RBI single from Steve Goldberg, 2 RBI double for Carroll, RBI single for Burke, and 2 RBI single from Frometa. After 2 innings Team Goddard led 10-3. Team Stock would get one in the 3rd. Going to the Bottom of the fourth Team Goddard scored 2 in the fourth and 3 in the bottom of the sixth with a 2 RBI single from Burke. Team Stock would score 1 in the 7th, 2 in the 8th and 1 in the 9th to make it a final of 16-9 Team Goddard. For Team Stock Chase and Levine had a day at the plate. Defensively Team Goddard turned four double plays and Billy Chiusano had a hell of a day at 2nd base. Leading the offensive charge was Burke 3-4 with a double, 3 RBIS and 2 runs, and Tyson with 3 hits. Frometa had 2 hits, a walk, and 2 RBIS. Jeff pitched a great game and didn't throw many balls. Team Goddard moves to 4-1 and looks to keep it going next week with a double header against Ferrase and Steinberg. Shout out to E Stock who hurt his leg, hope to see him back on the field asap.  

 

Marrone (MGA) 18 -  Lapine (GASTRO)  9

On a warm but non-humid 80 degree nice morning at Municipal Team Marrone got back in the winning column with a strong 19-10 victory over a solid Team Lapine. The Gymnasts would strike in the top of the 1st for a quick run thanks to a mishap in the field and a Catania single to drive home Noel.  Team Lapine would tie things up just as quick in the bottom half.  In the top of the 2nd, Team Marrone would put up a the first of 3 consecutive 3 spots  (try saying that 10 times) courtesy of RBI hits from Captain Glen, an en fuego Weitsen and the ex-skipper Papa Randell.  3 more would come in the 3rd highlighted by RBI hits from Dylan and that man Weitsen again.   And another 3 came across in the 4th produced by, of course,  "3" consecutive big doubles from Noel, Catania and Kevin K.  But we all know 10-1 in the 4th is not nearly enough in Marlboro Softball and sure enough Team Lapine battled back with 1 in the 4th and 3 in the 5th to make it a 10-5 game.  Team Marrone would then explode for 7 runs in the 6th sparked by a leadoff hit from Justin Randell, 2 singles from Brandon and Kyle followed by this time 4 consecutive doubles from Noel, Steve, Kevin K. and Dylan.  Team Lapine would get 3 back in the 7th and then the teams would trade single runs in the 8th for the final 18-9 margin of victory.  Hitting stars were plentiful for the Marrone crew with Catania, Kevin K. and Weitsen all with 4 hits apiece.  7 doubles and 2 triples highlighted the 30 hit attack and 10 out of 12 Marrone batters put up multi-hit games.  For Team Lapine, Wags, Tim George, the Manocchio's and Keenan all hit well.  Defensively, Captain G was in lockdown mode on the mound only walking one batter with usual stellar support from Kevin, Kyle, Steve and Brandon in the OF tracking everything down on the spacious Municipal field.  Key inning early on was Glen getting out of a bases loaded nobody out jam ending with Kyle making a nice running catch to take a hit away from Pat Brock.  Speaking of Pat Brock, he made a great running back catch to rob Justin Randell of extra bases in the middle innings.  More potential details to follow as the squad earned its first afternoon suare at la casa Marrone (or these days la casa Christine).  Next up a Wednesday night affair against Team Lombardi. . .

 

Pollock (GENESIS) d. Conti (DIAMOND VISION)  7-6, 10 innings

"Like father, like son." That, double plays, and clutch 2-out hits, were the stories of this game for Genesis, as Noah Turner made his first appearance as a lead off hitter and went 4-5, while Jeff Turner followed suit with 4 hits of his own, included the two-out extra-innings walk off. I may have already spoiled the ending, but this was a fun, close game throughout. The Conti/Mamone bats were quiet the first two innings, but they plated 3 in the 3rd inning to take a brief 3-1 lead. The Pollock bats responded with a 2-out rally highlighted by a clutch triple just past the reach of today's captain/commish, followed by another big hit from Glen Roland, to tie the game at 3. A pitcher's duel ensued (Drapkin was terrific as usual) as both teams traded shutout innings until Genesis came through with 2 runs in the 6th behind a clutch 2-out 2-RBI single from Gio S.(who also had a 3-hit day). Diamond Vision showed resilience though and scored two big runs in the 8th to tie the game at 5-5. Diamond Vision scored again in the top of the 9th to take a one run lead and had Genesis on the ropes before Jeff Turner led off the inning with a double (injuring himself in the process) and then with 2-outs Steven Frey saved the day with a huge single to send us to extra innings. The Pollock defense kept Team Conti off the board in the 10th, setting the stage for the bottom of the 10th, which had extra importance b/c Steven Frey had to leave and Jeff Turner wasn't able to play defense if the game continued. After a Noah lead-off hit and a walk, a double play (unbelievably the 4th on the day against Genesis) Roland was walked and an hobbled Jeff Turner laced the game winner down the 3B line to send the May/June warriors home with another win. Kudos to rookie Noah Gerena with another great offensive day (while rookie Sozzi also hit some nice hits/line drives). Mat Manocchio was also great at SS for Diamond Vision. For Team Pollock, besides the aforementioned, Mitch Pollock, Glen Roland, and Cliff Fox also had multi-hit games. Next up for the East division leaders is a doubleheader against well-rested Pingaro and Applebaum squads.

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer)   7       Max Challenge (Steinberg)  3

On short handed Sunday the game at Union Hill Left featured a 10vs10 matchup as Tuscany Rose (missing AD, Joel Podos & Joshi) faced off against Max Challenge (missing Martino, Greggy Meats and JYoung).  The difference in the game was one team had a CY Young candidate pitching and the other team had Rich Spear pitching. In Rich's defense he pitched well; but Cy Polz was flat out dominant in this one just like he's been all year (3 walks all season!).  Offensively, rookie Nick Lapetina was the hitting star of the game for Tuscany going 3/4 at the dish with a nice extra base hit mixed in.  Captain Polzer also chipped in with 2 big hits while Thompson was on base 3 times as well. The defense was very strong up the middle for Tuscany with Polz-Javy-Ciaglia almost turning 4 double plays while Thompson, Byko, and Rossy Cohen gobbled everything up in the OF.  For Max Challenge, Capt. Evan Steinberg was a stud all morning, lacing the ball every time up including a triple to RF, and he also locked down LCF defensively.  Nicky Gnocchi also chipped in with a bomb 2 run dinger over the LCF fence in defeat.  Hats off to you both.  However, Polzer's crew improves to 4-2 on the season with the win and will face a tough challenge in Team Wallman next Sunday....take care, brush ya hair.

Current Cohen power rankings:

1. Ross Cohen

2. Spencer Cohen (MIA)

3. Rory Cohen (retired)

3. Gary Cohen (retired)
5. P.Cohen (2000)
6. T.Cohen (2002)

4. Doug Cohen

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 19 - NO WORK NO SHOW BECKER CONTRACTING (Goldfarb) 1


On a Beautiful Sunday morning at Marlboro elementary, 10 vs 10, Team LaRocca took on Team Goldfarb in the early game. The theme of this game for team LaRocca was early and often. They started it off in the top of the first with 3 runs, followed by 9 runs in the third, 3 runs in the fifth and 4 runs in the eighth. Ronny kept the Goldfarb bats at bay while the defense turned 3 double plays, while only allowing 1 run. Utility man Joe Peragine led the way offensively (4 hits, 2 doubles, 2 rbi… and was phenomenal all day at short in Sags absence). Woody, Ronny, Mark, Rubin and Zach all chipped in with 3 hits a piece. Porzio and A-Faz also had multi hit games themselves. For Team Goldfarb Sean Grant had a multi hit game. Up next is another brutal day/night doubleheader vs Lombardi and Kessler.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25TH

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 12        LHRGC  (LaRocca) 11

The game of the year so far in Marlboro Softball featured an 11 vs. 11 battle between a 2-2 Tuscany Rose squad that has already out performed their pre-season predictions against a power house 4-0 LHRGC squad coming off their biggest win of the season.  

Early on the M1 boys got the scoring going as AD doubled for Tuscany and Sags tripled for LHRGC making the score 1-1 after one inning of play.  Team Rock then jumped out to a 5-1 lead over the next few innings propelled by a bunch of hits, highlighted by a 3 run dinger by Woody, hitting one over the RF fence just off of the outstretched glove of midget Byko.  Despite trailing early on, Tuscany was able to get back in the game, taking advantage after a Sags miscue on defense (rare!) leaving Byko on 2nd, AD on 1st after an IBB, which was then followed by hits from Polz, BHor, Javy and Joel Podos all in a row giving Polzer's squad a 7 run inning and an 8-5 lead after 3.  In the bottom of the 5th AD hit an bomb HR to RCF (opposite field over the fence!, holy shinto!) and while running around the bases you could literally see the flames coming out of Sags eyes watching AD not just touch first and walk back to the dugout.  Well Sags didn't waste anytime responding hitting an ABSOLUTE NUKE the very next inning to dead center for a HR after which he then touched first and walked back to the dugout...badass.  After the dust settled late in the game the score was 11-10 Tuscany trailed bottom 9.  Nicky Lapetina then came up with the biggest hit of his young MMS career launching a 2 out double to put himself in position to tie the game.  Now it all came down to Byko, who was struggling MIGHTLY on the night, but he came up BIG, hitting a game tying single in which he promptly got thrown trying to stretch it the 3rd after the ball got away from the catcher which lead to some funny facebook comments about bad base running, whoops!  In the top of the 10th inning Polzer and the defense were able to shut down the bottom of LaRocca's lineup.  AD then led of bottom 10 with his second IBB of the night, BHor and Javy followed with back to back hits with 1 out setting the stage for former LHRGC champion Joel Podos.  Podos then came through hitting a SAC fly to right that Polzer just beat out sliding into home as the game winning run giving Tuscany an ELECTRIC 12-11 walkoff win!  

What a prediction from BFazz!  What a game by AD and Sags!  Wow!!!  Offensive leaders for Tuscany were AD (1B, 2B, HR, 2BB), Polzer 3 hits, while multi-hit contributions also came from BHor, Javy, Joshi, and Lapetina.  On defense Ross "I'm now the number one Cohen in league!" Cohen played sensationally at 2nd base in only his 2nd career game while Polzer locked down the middle on the mound.  For LHRGC Saglietto proved why he is arguably the best player in the league with a monster night at the plate, while RC and Mark Carlin also made dozens of  nice plays defensively in defeat.  Tuscany improves to 3-2!!!!!! with the win and will look to try and make it 2 straight vs. Steinberg  as the league heads into short handed M1 Sunday.

 

Good luck to the boys in Maryland in this weekend!

 

SUNDAY, MAY 22nd

 

GASTRO (Lapine) 9, IMN (Applebaum)  7

This game was about strong defensive play throughout and the top of the lineup producing runs the first three times through the lineup. Brock, George, Santigate, Wags and Manochio Jr. had 2 hits apiece and scored or knocked in 8 of the 9 runs produced by the Lapine squad. However, your not going to win many games in this league scoring less then 10 runs unless you play good defense and the Gastro gang certainly did that. Several nice plays by Lambo on hard hit balls up the middle, an over the head catch by Pat Brock in center and a timely diving catch by Getz that  resulted in the runner being doubled off at first in the 6th were enough to limit the IMN sponsored squad to 7 runs and secure the win. Next up, Marrone on the wide open field at Municipal.

 

Tom Seaver - 4

Phil Niekro - 3

 

On the final day of the dreaded 2021 season, a visibly emotional Cousin Frankie looked deep into my soul and as his voice trembled stated, “never again shall it take this long to reach 4 wins”. It moved me to my core and made me realize that the best solution to this epically awful season would be to bring back 7 players from that shit team and see what happens. Back to the Action…

 

On the precipice of that 4th win stood the man who inspired me to write recaps to begin with, the self-proclaimed best pitcher in the league, Glen May-rone would face off against the everyone-in-the-league-proclaimed worst pitcher in the league, Cap’t Cowboy. A battle for the ages. As the potential for thunderstorms loomed, both teams rushed to get the game going. For Marrone, they had just secured a comfortable win minutes before while Team Ace lost badly that morning to a Dwight Howard-looking DeMarco and the Polzer gang and feeling like we had lost our mojo. Back to the Action… Honestly, a boring fucking game. Lots of leather flashing with Steve Blackburn making more backwards catches and Frank the Tank almost running through the fence to rub Dunleavy of an XBH. The hitting on both teams sucked such an exorbitant amount of penises that the defense was going to be the difference maker. Tied at 2-2 in the 5th both teams continued to come up empty at the end of each inning until the magical 8th. With the heart of the order up, Martin Blackburn… struck out which led to Marrone walking off the field to go stroke out. Upon completion, he gave up a single to Evan, walk to Rick, and a single to Frankie.With bases juiced…rookie Steve Ush drew a walk to take the lead…total boner-killer for Glen… Following up was Pat Thomas who drove in a big single to make it a 4-2 lead.

 

Top 9, big triple by Torreta to start the frame and make me worry. He was then sac flied in but the defense held true and finished out a 4-3 win. Ball game over…4-1 record. As Morgan Freeman once said, “I used to think it would take a man 6 months to win 4 games… Andy Dufresne did it in less than a month”. For Ace, Martin had 2 hits and we batted a collective .300. For Marrone, the rookies looked good and Santiago has a special place in my heart after referring to me as “unhittable”... #OVOXredemption #wutang

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer)  13    -   Ace (Ferrarese)   7

The 1030 game at Swim Club featured an 11 vs. 11 battle between Polzer n Ferrarese's squads.  Ace probably entered into the game a significant favorite as they were undefeated on the season coming in, but that's why they play the games folks!  After stranding Byko on 2nd base after a leadoff double in the top of the 1st; AD set the tone in the bottom half the frame making a diving "catch" with 2 outs to hold ACE's top of the order scoreless early on.  Javy got the boys going in the top of the 2nd in a 0-0 game with a single which was followed by hits from Klein, Joshi, and a timely throwing error on a Jay Podos ball to 3rd which gave the Tuscany boys a 3 run inning.  In the 3rd Byko singled, and was then chased all the way home Rookie of the Year style after AD beat the outfield giving Polzer's crew another 2 runs on the board.  After Ace scored 2 runs in the 4th to make the score 5-2, Tuscany responded with Byko getting on with a bloop and then AD hitting a blast, which was quickly followed by hits from Capt Polz n BHor propelling Tuscany Rose to a 9-2 lead they would hold on to the rest of the way, despite some late chances for ACE, for the 13-7 W.  AD added to his monster game at the plate (2B, 3B, HR) by throwing an ABSOLUTE MISSILE to hose rookie Ush at 3rd base to end the game bottom 9; really putting the cherry on top for Polzer's pals. Aside from AD on the the offensive side for Tuscany it was Byko leading the charge with a 4 hit game, Polz n Joshi with 3 hits, while multi-hit games were also had by BHor, Javy and Joel Podos.  Defensively Ciaglia played well on the infield while Podos n AD gobbled up everything in the OF.  The webgem of the game was made by Polzer on the mound as he made a sprawling catch near the first base line to snag an infield pop-up, way to move big fella!  For ACE the Blackburn boys were each on base twice in the losing effort.  Polzer's crew lost a tough game 2 to team Conti and will look to take down another undefeated team on Wed night under the lights vs. Team LaRocca.

 

ROSENSTOCK (Fradkin) 9 – KESSLER (Game Changer) 8
Team Stock started a grueling doubleheader early on a May Sunday morning that felt like an August Sunday morning at Muni vs Kessler.  Jermey Levine and Big Ed started the party for team Stock in the 1st.  Ed brought home Levine with a 2 bagger and would score later in the inning on a Sac Fly from Holden Silverberg.  Fradkin Law would tack on another run in the 2nd inning but then the bats went cold on a sizzling hot day for the next 4 innings.  Team Kessler scored once in the 1st, 3 times in the 2nd, and twice in the 3rd to take a 6-3 lead.  Fast forward to the top of the 7th inning with Kessler still leading 6-3.  Austin Silverberg, Holden Silverberg, and Mike Rosenstock got the inning cooking with 3 consecutive hits. E Stock would bring in a run on a fielders choice and team Stock brought in 2 more runs in the inning with the combination of hitting the ball down and hard and some aggressive baserunning to tie the game 6-6 as we headed towards the 7th inning stretch.  Ed really settled in on the mound putting up 4 straight 0's after Kessler was able to score in their 1st 3 innings.  Fradkin Law would retake the lead in the top of the 8th.  Sal Sicurella reached on an error followed by a single from Levine.  Ed then hit his 2nd double of the day giving Stock a 7-6 lead.  The DOC was in the very next batter with a clutch 2 run single giving team Stock some much needed insurance runs.  Kessler down 9-6 battled back in the 8th to score 2 making it a 1 run game.  Fradkin Law didn't score in the 9th, clinging to a 1 run lead as team Kessler had last licks.  Kessler would threaten in the 9th but ultimately didn't score as the author of this write up made the last play playing SS for the 1st time in his Marlboro Softball career.  Team Stock definitely caught some breaks late in the game to hold the lead but they were also playing the game without stud Chase Sandler so maybe we were due to catch a break.  Multi hit games from Jeremy, Ed, Doc, Holden, M Stock, E Stock, and rookie Craig Tepper who had another fine game in RF.  Shout out to Steve Wallenstein who played great at 3B for 18 innings in tough conditions.  Proud to see my boys step up and claw out a victory without 1 of their best players.  Kudos to JP for team Kessler who did his thing and hit the ball hard all day and J Rosenthal who hit a bomb.  Up next for Fradkin is good friend and former captain of mine team Goddard at swim.

 

Bomenblit (Green Cut) 11 - Goldfarb (EBC) 5

Stellar performances by both Clamp and Ryan Grant on the bump in this match-up. Solid defense from Green Cut and some timely double plays helped keep team Goldfard to under 5 runs in this one. A big momentum change early came from a diving play up the middle by R. Bomenblit, which turned into a double play ball to end the inning with runners on. It was 3-2 going to the bottom of the 7th when Team Goldfarb scratched across 3 to go up 5-3. In the bottom of the 8th Richie Bomenblit made another diving attempt on a ball only to dislocate his shoulder and take himself out of the game. He had to pop it back in on the sideline as he was due up to hit second in the 9th. Captain Eric Bomenblit led off the 9th with a single to hopefully begin the chase to tie up the game. Some great clutch hitting behind and a pair of HR's from Rookies Mugs and DeRosa in the 9th allowed Team Bomenblit to bat around and score 8 runs! Unfortunately Richie made two outs during the inning which he may have been from the shoulder injury. Team Green Cut would lock it down in the bottom half of the inning to secure the win. Another shout out to Rookie Justin Colloraco for also homering in the game for his first of the season. 

 

Bomenblit (Green Cut)  9-  Pollock (GENESIS)  5

A battle of two great pitchers! As always, Matt Pollock and Clamp were crushing corners and making batters hit their pitch all game long. Not many hits in this one, a few errors on both sides accounted for 3-4 runs for both teams. Clamp was able to catch two Caputo screamers right back through the box to help limit the offensive production of team Pollock. A 4 run 6th inning for team Bomennblit turned out to be the difference maker. Starting with an R. Bomenblit lead off single, hits from Schef Perry and Collaraco topped off by a double from DeRosa to tack across the 4. Additionally, Clamp and R. Bomenblit going 3-4 and a solid 3-3 performance from Joey the Flash helped team Bomenblit secure the 9-5 victory. Shout out to replacement Alex Plugiese making his first appearance in both games of the day's double header going a combined 4-7. 

DRASHINSKY (TEC-TEL) 9 – ROSENSTOCK (FRADKIN) 5
The dog days of summer have finally begun! On what was a swelteringly hot Sunday morning, the Tec-Tel Rays looked to get off the schneid and secure their first W for the season. After falling short to the LaRocca squad in game 1, the boys did not want to soak up the hot Marlboro sun for 5 hours to go home winless. In our way was a shorthanded Rosenstock squad, who was riding high after a W at Muni. A few lineup changes, some Leyenda, and some apples from the Food Emporium, we were ready to take on the world!  Tec-Tel came out swinging and went through the entire line up in the bottom of the first putting up a 7 spot! This was highlighted by a 3-Run jack by Santa and "death by singles" from Jeff, Cruz, Edwin, Alan, Dan and big DU. Tec-Tel would tack on another 2 in the second, and that was all we would score for the duration of the game. So as the reader could probably guess, the story of this game was defense. OF defense was lights out, keeping the big Stock bats in check. Joe Intoci was diving left and right, making it look so easy out there and making every play that was hit to him (I heard the 'Derek Jeter' chant from the Home Depot parking lot....quite inspiring). We would hold Stock to just 5 runs to secure our first win of the season. (Phew!)  On offense, Santa had his 3 run HR and multi hit games for Jeff, Edwin and the capt. On defense, as mentioned above, Joe was sensational as well as Jeff playing a lock-down 1st base. Papa D pitched well pounding the strike zone fielding his position well. For Stock, Doc had a 3-run blast (accompanied by a grunt of course) and E did a good job keeping the boys motivated.  Next up - a shorthanded Bomenblit squad at Swim. 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 15 vs. Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 6
Game 1 of the Day/Night double header scheduled for a miraculously dry Union Hill Left was against Captain Nice and family. Pitching and Defense, yadda yadda yadda, good guys win 15-6.  Highlights – 26 hits in 8 chances for the Baby Blues, with ZACK KANE going 3 for 4 with 3 RBI on a bases clearing triple in the 3rd (this is a theme today) and LaLaLa Larry Rubin with a 2 run JACK in the bottom of the 8th.  Another 2 RBI guy was AFAZZ (that’s right, the quieter unheralded Fazz) who went 2 for 4 this game.  Other players with extra base hits were: Joe P (dub); Saggs (trip); Marky Head Banger (dub); Porzio (dub).  The brothers Carlin also had 2 ribs a piece.  The game was briefly paused after my red headed step cousin tried to kill Marc(k) by beaning him in the head with a ball.  The Chief was called in to investigate and found no evidence of intent as Jimmy was unable to actually damage Mak(c)’s block head.   For Tec-Tel, Intocci with a strong defensive performance, Santa with a MONSTER HR in the 4th, and Pezz with zero strike outs.  Watch out league because despite their record, this team is very good.  Goldrosen is coming into form, hitting the ball with power once again.  After the game, the team was invited to meditate at the Yoga Studio to prepare themselves for Fred in the 8pm finale.

LHRGC (LaRocca) 17 v SPS (Wallman) 12
In the nightcap, it was a rematch of the 2021 finals as SPS and their tough ten-man (Doug was in skivvies with a packed cooler by inning 2) line-up, battled the Baby Blues with a full 13 (we were “ralphed” in the daily opener).  If it’s not bad enough to have to face Fred, KJ, Spann and JY to start a game, it’s fucking brutal to face them seemingly every inning.   To start the game, the good guys got two big outs, but Wallman’s veteran crew still managed to get 2 runs in.  The top of our lineup answered back with two to tie it with the score holding through 2.  However, in the third inning, and again in the fourth, the Toddiban brought runs across making it 4-2.  While the good guys answered with 6 runs in the 4th, the visitors quickly erased that lead scoring 5 of their own in the 5th.  9-8 bad guys after 5, with Lugos chirping and abusing the LaRocca defense with his bat, and the inning ending with Beja throwing out yours truly at the plate on a Joe P bomb to left field (I ain’t that fast). With all the momentum swinging in the opposite direction, and RC struggling a tad finding his groove, the Baby Blue defense held in the 6th highlighted by a sick KANE play at 1st (JZ who?).  Bottom of the frame had Saggs lead off with a double, followed by triples from BOTH Woody and RC, and an RBI double from BFAZZ.  11-9 good guys after 6.  Both teams held in the 7th and a huge DP in the 8th set the stage for Team LaRocca to separate in the bottom of the 8th plating 6 runs featuring another ZACK KANE triple.  SPS scored 3 in the top of the 9th on a throwback oppo blast beating the right fielder by Beja but it was not enough to prevent the victory.    This was a well-played and entertaining game by both teams and if there were 3 more innings, there would have likely been at least 2 more lead changes.  For Wallman, kudos have to go out to: Lugos, who continues to back up his mouth with his play; Juska, who is a menace at the plate and becoming a pretty good pitcher already; Brent, who looks very solid at 3rd and has massive power and upside; and, finally, Spann who played like a one all night, being on base and making amazing plays (maybe the play of the year) in right center. Next up is another night game this Wednesday against Polzer, MVDiMarco and Peragine Byko.

 

CONTI (DIAMOND VISION) 7 – GODDARD (GHI) 6
Coming off of 2 back to back losses, team Conti looked to get into the win column, but standing in their way was the juggernaut undefeated team Goddard.  In the first inning, team Diamond Vision would jump out to an early 4-0 lead as the top of the Conti lineup went to work highlighted by an Andrew Nichols triple.  Team Goddard would not go quietly though as they would tie the game up in the 3rd inning.  In the 4th inning, team Conti would jump back on top as rookie Noel "big papi" Gerena would hit an absolute nuke over the center field fence.  Team Goddard continued to threaten in the later innings, but Drapkin did an amazing job keeping the big bats of team Goddard off balanced mixing up all his pitches.  In the 9th, team Goddard would threaten, but again the defense behind Drapkin locked down to secure the victory.  For Diamond Vision, the offense was led by the commish  and Mat Manochio with 3 hit days, while M Conti, and R Conti had multi-hit games.  For team Goddard, Burke smashed the ball and Frometa and Iorio had muti-hit games.  Team Conti would sit in the 95 degree heat and await their next opponent in team Polzer fresh off a win.


CONTI (DIAMOND) 13 – POLZER (TUSCANY) 9

Fresh off a win against team Goddard, team Conti would take on a tough team Polzer also fresh off a victory on Union Hill Right.  Things would look bleak for Diamond Vision, as team Polzer would score 6 runs in the early innings highlighted by a massive homerun by 5 tool Dimarco.  Team Conti looked tired and sluggish, but the captain would not let the team die.  In the top of the 6th inning, Robby C and G Laks would get on base for rookie Anthony Sozzi who delivered a big 2RBI double that seemed to spark the comeback.  In the same frame, Michael "chicken parm" Conti would deliver a 2-run nuke over the LF fence.  Not to be out done, rookie Noel "big papi" Gerena delivered a nuke of his own, that got about 6 feet off the ground as it soared over the fence.  When the 6th ended, we had a tie game on our hands.  Things would remain close over the next 3 innings, until the top of the 9th where the middle of the team Conti lineup would put things away scoring 4 big insurance runs.  Again, Drapkin was flawless on the mound and had some nice help behind him as Billy Allen gobbled everything up in the OF, and Matty Manochio put on a show over at second base.  For the offense, team Diamond Vision was led by Mat Manochio with a 4 hit game.  Gary Laks had a hell of a game with 3 hits, while Noel, Jomo, Andrew & Drapkin had multi-hit games.  For team Polzer, AD did his thing out there, and Byko was a tough out as always. Team Conti will look to make it 3 in a row without their Captain (good luck fellas!) against team Pollock on UHR.

 

MARRONE (MGA) 19 – PINGARO (CK) 6

Team Gymnastics Cruise to victory in the first game of a night doubleheader in the scorching heat at Union Hill right.. 27 hit attack led by Kyle Dunleavy’s perfect 5/5 3runs scored and two RBIs. Hits up and down the lineup including  4/5 from the Smooth fielding Noel Santiago. 3 hits apiece for Dylan, Brandon, Mike W and Captain Marrone . Next up Good friend lapine until the bell rings :-)

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18TH

 

Lapine (GASTRO) 10 – Steinberg (MAX) 8 

The reason captains pray to get a draft number in the top 5 was on full display Wednesday night as the shortstops for Lapine and Steinberg put on a defensive show. Martino went 5-5 and almost turned two triple plays - one was bad enough, two would have been brutal. Thankfully, Lapine had his own stud at shortstop, in Steven Santigate, who ended one potential rally with a 6-6-3 double play and another with a barehanded grab and side arm laser to first to go along with a clutch 10th inning double. In addition to the strong play at shortstop, both teams were very sound defensively, keeping this game close throughout as the lead changed five times before Denny’s team put it away in the 10th. Everyone on Team Lapine had a hit, with Wags leading the way, going 4-5. Maybe the most important hits of the game came in the top of the 10th as Denny and O’Conner hit back-to-back singles to bring up the top of the order. Pat promptly knocked in one run with a double, junior plated another with a Sac fly and Santigate drove in the final run with a double. For Steinberg, Delouise and Ballo had 3 hits apiece with Delouise adding a home run to go along with his well-pitched game.

 

 

GENESIS (Pollock) 13 – SPS (Wallman) 12

Regular season games shouldn't be this emotional/fun, but this one sure was. The combo of being under the lights after another washed out Sunday, the (sort of) rivalry (based on these captains typically being top competitors in the same division in recent years), Team Wallman making it so far last season, Team Pollock coming in undefeated, the Caputo walk watch, the expectations of trash talking, and well, I guess that's enough of a build up. And the game did not disappoint. Team Wallman came out strong, as the top of their order all got on base to jump out to a quick 3-run lead in the top of the first. Not to be outdone, Team Pollock's top of the order responded as well with 5 runs for the early 5-3 lead, highlighted by a Noah Turner triple. SPS brought their bats though and blasted several line drives to plate 7 more early runs to take an early 10-6 lead over the shell-shocked Pollock defense. Pitching his first game of the season, Kevin Juska settled down after the 1st, holding the Genesis bats to only one run over the next 6 innings. The chess game portion of the game truly started in the bottom of the 5th, when SPS made the decision to walk Caputo (with 1st and 2nd and two outs) to load the bases. And the strategy worked out for Wallman, as a ground-out resulted in the end of the inning and the start of the trash talking. Team Wallman tacked on a couple of insurance runs and took a 12-6 lead into the bottom of the 8th. That's when the emotional tide of the game started to shift, when after a one out single by DiNapoli, Team Wallman made the controversial decision to put an angered Caputo on base for the 2nd time. This time around Roland made them pay and Genesis plated two runs to close the gap to 12-8 heading to the 9th. ThSPS bats went quietly in the top half of the 9th, setting the stage for a (spoiler alert) exciting finish. Tying the game would be a huge challenge for Team Pollock, as they were 7 batters away from the top of their order. Good hitting and good fortune set the stage right away, as the Pollock bats started with a dribbler, hit, and walk to get the first 3 batters on. That was followed by a sac fly and another fly-out and suddenly Team Wallman had control again, holding a 3-run lead with two outs and the bottom of the order still up. However, what should have been a game-ending ground out was missed, and that was followed by a safe call at 2B on a very close fielder's choice, and suddenly lead-off extraordinaire DiNapoli was up with the tying run at second base... and he did not disappoint, lacing a clutch single to tie the game. Now with 1st and 3rd, a fired-up Caputo stepped to the plate, knowing a penalized walk would end the game, and to the surprise of no one, Mike laced a single past third base for the walk-off win. Kudos to many SPS hitters, as Justin Krauss, Juska, and Lugos all crushed the ball most of the game (and seemed to be up every inning with their shortened line-up), while DC also added a couple of hits of his own. For Team Pollock, Nick DiNapoli led the way, going 4-4, while Jeff Turner added 3 of his own. Mike Caputo (who also played a great game at SS), Noah Turner, and Gio S also had multi-hit games. Now somehow 26-1 in May/June games since 2018 (of course I had to mention it), Team Pollock looks ahead to a steamy doubleheader against a very strong Team Bomenblitt and a banged-up but overdue Team Lombardi.

 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 1ST

 


Goddard's Home Improvement's (Goddard) 14 - Tec-Tel (Drashinsky) 9

Under the lights at Union Hill Right,  Team Goddard would finally get to play with the full squad. Top of the 1st Team Goddard would score one with a sac fly from J. Goldberg. Team Drashinsky would tie it up after the first inning. Going to the 2nd inning Team Goddard would score another run with a Baffuto RBI single to take a 2-1 lead. Not much action until the Top of the 4th where Team Goddard would put up a 6 piece. The inning was highlighted with a J. Goldberg RBI single, Mcdermott with a 2 RBI single, Ferro with a 2 RBI triple, and J. Goddard with an RBI single. After four innings the score was 8-1 Team Goddard. Going to the 6th inning Team Goddard would score 3 more with a leadoff double by Carroll, followed by a J. Goldberg 2 Run Homerun. 2 batters later Mcdermott hit a bomb for a homerun over the left field fence that landed in right field on Union hill left. Bottom 7 Team Drashinsky would score 4 to make it a 11-5 game. Top of the 8th Carroll led off with a missle over the right field monster for a homerun. Earlier in the game he just missed hitting another homer by a couple feet. (hit it off the top of the net in right field). Team Drashinsky wouldn't go quietly and would score 2 runs in the 8th and 2 runs in the 9th as well to make it a final of 14-9 win for Team Goddard. Offense for Team Goddard was led by Carroll going 4-4 with 2 doubles, a homerun, John Burke 3-4, J. Goldberg 3-3 with a homerun and 4 RBIS, and Mcdermott 3-4 with a homerun, double, and 5 RBIS. Ferro had two hits with one of them being a triple. J. Goddard had a great game pitching. He didn't have many walks and his command was great the whole game. Offensive for Drashinsky was led by Santaromita, Cruz, and Intoci. Team Goddard moves to 3-0 and looks to take on Pingaro and Lombardi in a rare  Sunday night double header. 

 

 

Soppressata (Ferrarese) 17 - Mortadella (Pingaro) 13
Well I’m a busy man so I’m gonna do this talk to text whatever happens happens you want punctuation go fuck yourself. On a nice Sunday morning the Ace squad came out to find Pingaro had already procured the field at the most likely been there since 4 AM. After coming off a rough first week Pingaro was hoping to strike early and did putting up two in the first inning while shutting down case openers. Not to be out done the Ace squad put up with you next inning To tie it up in the second inning. Both defenses tell their own on a tough municipal infield and both pictures went walkless for most of the game. Knowing all of America was watching my no walk streak did put the pressure on but I will have you know that street did come to an end and the eighth inning with an unceremonious fourth ball. Back to the action in the fifth inning the a squad put up six giving us an 83 lead which we thought was plenty of breathing but the Pingaro bats started to wake up and narrowed the gap. Top of the eighth the ace bats really hoped to put it away Throwing up a six spot and ending the inning with a 17 to 6 leaf. Feeling very confident we started to slack a little bit and Pingaro made us pay narrowing the lead to 17 to 13 with his top guys coming up the following hitting. Bottom of the ninth Scott Seitz leads off with a hit. Looks like trouble for us but if there’s one thing that never makes me shake in my boots it’s that cocky fucker Daren Saler. So like always we shut it down and he was a nice little win for ourselves and a two and oh record. For the Ace squad big games by both the Blackburn boys with Martin going yard, consistent hitting from bd Rick And frank the tank. Pat Thomas had a nice triple X Steve oosh had multihead game. For Pingaro rookie Hempstead was unstoppable at plate, Steve Mussina had a big hit and Chase Jacoby pitched a nice bp. Next up Wednesday against Maryland’s finest statistician.

GREEN CUT (Bomenblit) 11 – SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 4
Coming off a bitter cold Wednesday night game, team Green Cut was eager to wake up the bats Pedro Cerrano style. Team Bomenblit scratch across 2 in the first to take an early 2-0 lead. Another 3 in the 3rd made it a 5-2 game. In the very next inning, Jerry Tilker started a 2 out rally with his first double of the season. Greencut would get 6 consecutive hits to score 5 more in the 4th. Another ACE performance from Clamp on the mound and some lockdown defense held team Lombardi to 4 runs, keeping their bats on ice...for now. Next up, looks to be another pitcher's duel in Clamp vs. Pollock at Muni. At least there are no fences Caputo can launch one over this Sunday.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 12 vs Max Fitness (Steinberg) 10

Late Sunday night, after the meatballs and gravy, Team LaRocca (7 Italians) hosted Team Steinberg (5 Italians) at UHR for a little after dinner Amari and Sambuca.  With the return of Nicky Beans Martino, RC and the LaRocca squad certainly had their hands full against this well drafted and well crated Maxx Squad.   In fact, after the familiar war cry of “let’s go ladies” from “always the captain” R Spear, the Maxxis ripped off 3 runs in the top of the first.  Never deterred and hoping to eat some more meatballs from Greggy on the mound, the good guys answered with 5 runs of their own, highlighted by a 2 out, 2 RBI single from Larry Rubino (everyone’s Italian on Sunday!!) and the good guys never looked back (until the 8th inning that is – more to follow).  As I seem to say every week, it was timely hitting, pitching and defense that contributed to the LHRGC win with RC and Company holding the solid and powerful Maxx bats scoreless in 5 of 9 frames.  Offensively: another big game for Joey P; an absolute NUKE from Saggs; 2 beautiful drag bunts from Woody; and, multiple hit games from B Fazz, Rubino and Marco Carlino.  Defensively, the 1-6-3 DP in the 8th after the timely trip to the mound by the captain . . . plus Nicky Gnocchi catching a line drive off the shin for an out, were both big plays when the game got close again.  As for Maxx, Tino, Meatballs, Losch and el capitan all looked dangerous at the plate.  I have to also mention Mr. Clutch – Rich Spear who had multiple timely grunts to get on base.  Defensively anyone who believes that Nick Martino isn’t the best shortstop in the league is a stunad,  and if anyone wants to bet, Tino still has 30 dollars left to spend.  Finally, a word on Losciavo:  the guy did not tank the try out.  He is a consummate professional, sportsman, and still a very dangerous player both ways who just started hitting arc IN THE WINTER.  Next week is the early game at Swim against Team Lugos featuring former captains Todd and JY.   Funny feeling we will see a lot of knuckle balls in this one.

 

Goddard's Home Improvement's (Goddard) 13 vs Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 12

Early game at the swim club and with both teams winning last week to open up the season , one team will get their  first loss and one will be  2-0. Polzers squad started early in the first scoring 2 runs. Team Goddard responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game with  Burke hitting a missile off the base of the fence for an RBI double. Bottom of the  second Team Goddard would score one to take a 3-2 lead. Going to the bottom of the third inning which Team Goddard plated 8 on multiple bloop hits and a couple errors. J. Goddard hit a 3 run homerun, Goldberg had a 2 RBI single, and Frometa had an RBI single in that inning. Team Goddard wouldn't score again until the 7th inning. Team Polzer scored 1 in the fourth, 3 in the 5th and 2 in the sixth to make the score 11-8. Going to the 7th Team Goodard would score 1 to make it 12-8. Team Polzer scored one in the 8th and scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game. Bottom 9 Team Goddard would walk it off with an RBI single from Burke. Final score 13-12. For Team Polzer, Podos, Hor, Polzer and Bykoski had multiple hit games and Thompson hit a homerun. Polzer was a strike machine and didn't throw many balls.  For Team Goddard the hitting was led by John Burke going 4-4 with 3 RBIS, and multiple hit games from M. Goddard, Goldberg, Frometa, and J. Goddard who went 2-3 with a homerun and a triple. Next up for Team Goddard is Team Pingaro at Manalapan Rec field 2. 

 

 

GENESIS (Pollock) d. GASTRO (Lapine) 11-3

Two captains' poll darlings faced-off in this early, but important Eastern division evening match-up. Both squads were coming off impressive week one victories, and both knew tonight's game would be a true statement game for each. The Genesis bats set the tone early, plating 5 first inning runs, started by a Caputo HR. The Pollock defense then took over, holding a mighty Lapine lineup scoreless for the first six innings, before they plated 3 runs in the only inning they scored. But for Genesis, the fans got everything they paid for and more when Gio Sciandddhdhbsdalapore (or something like that) went yard with an over the fence HR in the 7th inning and followed it up with an inside-the-park HR in the 9th, topping Caputo on the leaderboard for HRs. This jet-lagged captain/author still can't hit, but was thrilled with his defensive support and the lessening of an early season pitching controversy (while excited to know the team is in great hands when Nick D is on the mound as well.). For Ken Glazier's Gastro of Ocean squad, Lambo was solid on the mound with just one (intentional) walk, while Pollock fave Dave Meyer had a couple of hits. Tim George also made a great play on a Caputo line drive out. For Genesis, rookie Noah Turner led the way with 3 hits (while looking smooth in RF)  while Caputo, Gio, Nick D, Mitch, and Roland also had multi-hit games. Now 24-1 in May/June since 2018 (I don't care if you're all tired of this stat, it's too weird/amazing not to keep mentioning until it comes crashing down on us), Team Pollock looks ahead to another important division game against the under-the-radar but really good Bomenblitt squad next Sunday.

 

GAME CHANGER (KESSLER) 11 – TEC-TEL (DRASHINSKY) 9

When we selected divisions at the bar night, there was really only one thing I was hoping for: not to be in the same division as Seth. And of course, I didn’t get my wish, so for the second year in a row everyone’s favorite best friends who text and call all week about softball will play twice this year as they battle for a steak dinner. And even worse, both started the season with a loss in Week One so this game would send one home 0-2.

Last year both our games were impacted a lot by Grubiack which made them even more tense, so it was nice to be at the mecca of Marlboro Softball, Union Hill Right, with a new (and much, much better) umpire. Broome and Paster began the day with singles for Game Changer in the top of the first andddd they got left on base, which would tell the story for both teams as the game went on with countless situations for both squad’s with leadoff guys on and not being able to score them.

Down 2-1 in the third, Team Kessler got a leadoff hit from Papa K and single from Paster before JR had a big two run single to give us a 3-2 lead before the rook Allegretti lifted one for a sac fly to make it 4-2. GC’s big inning came in the fifth as yet again Papa K set the table with a leadoff single followed by Broome getting on to give us the J-bomb of the season. 10 games on Union Hill this season folks, gonna be a lot of them. Runs weren’t done there as the rooks Max and Gary singled before Lucas hit a bomb off the left field fence to bring in one and the Captain and Papa Preiss brought in two more to give Kessler a 10-3 lead.

Credit to Seth’s team, as they did last week they fought back again scoring three in the bottom of the sixth and two in the eighth to make this a stressful one. The biggest half inning of the game came in the bottom of the seventh as team Drashinsky had the bases loaded with no outs only down four. Enter JR who HOSED out the runner at third with a perfect throw home to Kreisler for a gigantic double play to help get out of the bases loaded jam.

Up two in the ninth, another big double play at the hands of Lucas would help give Game Changer their first win of the year. Really solid team victory to enter the win column as six guys had at least two hits led by three from Paster, Lucas, and yours truly. After a week of being eviscerated by me for walking eight guys against Wallman, Papa K was much more in control on the mound today, holding this lineup to single digit runs is a big accomplishment. Good defense as well, not many errors to be had in what was a really good softball game. Team Drashinsky will be a force to be reckoned with this season despite the 0-2 start, Papa D was fantastic on the mound all day with the knuckle working and walking nobody. Santa and Seth both made tremendous diving catches to hold down the outfield as well. Up next, a Wednesday night tilt under the lights against a 2-0 Cowboy & Blackburn squad.

 

MGA (Marrone)14 – DIAMMOND VISION (Conti)  13  - 10 innings 

Team Marrone makes it 2 in a row to move to 2-1 on the season with an exciting comeback 14-13 win over Team Conti in 10 innings at Marl El.  The Gymnasts gave up a run in the top of the 1st but came right back in the bottom half to tie things with Catania scoring after a leadoff single. Team Conti would score 3 more in the 2nd but the "colorful" guys came back with 1 more on a Frank Ermel 2 out knock cutting the lead to 4-2.  In the 3rd, Team Marrone would tie things at 4 apiece set up by the ex-skipper Randell leading off with a walk followed by a Catania single, a run scoring single from Kevin Kleshinsky and a game tying fielders choice from Noel.  Team Conti would score a big 4 in the top of the 4th but again the Marrone bats would respond with 2 in the bottom half courtesy of the uncle/nephew combo; an RBI double from Weitsen and a clutch 2 out RBI single from Justin Randell.  In the bottom of the 5th, the Gym crew would score a big 4 spot of their own from the top of the order with Catania leading off with a walk followed by 3 straight singles from Kyle, Kevin and Noel.  An RBI at bat from Dylan, RBI single from Mike Kleshinsky and an "infield" sac fly from Captain G would get the 4 across to make the score 11-9 after 5.  2 more Marrone runs were tacked on in the 6th courtesy of an RBI single from Brad Randell and a sac fly by Catania.  Now 13-9 heading to the 7th the typical crazy Marlboro Softball finish would ensue. . .  In the 7th, Team Conti would rally for 2 runs with some hitting, a walk and a few rare to date defensive miscues from the Marrone bunch.  However, things could have been much worse.   First, Captain Marrone suddenly looked a bit woozy on the mound and needed a short respite to recover.  The news then broke that instead of following his normal regimen, he doubled up on his Viagra pills and forgot to take his blood pressure pills.  Fortunately, Glenn was OK for the rest of the game but I don't want to be him when he hears it from Christine and Gianna!!  When play resumed, Steve Catania made a ridiculous full speed layout diving catch to rob the Commish in shallow right center for the 2nd out in the middle of the rally.  Next up Jeff Yigdal would make a nice play on a hard hit smash to right from Mike Conti to retire the side with no further damage.  With Marrone now up only 13-11, Team Conti would rally again in the top of the 9th.  With 1 run in and bases loaded nobody out Noel Santiago made a great diving stop in the hole to get a force out at 2nd for a big 1st out of the inning.  Now with 2 already in, game tied and runners on 1st and 3rd on with only 1 out, big trouble loomed with that same commish and Conti combo coming to bat.  Somehow, Captain Glenn induced a pop fly from Mammone and got his glove just enough on a Conti rocket back up the middle to escape the inning without any further damage and still tied.  Team Marrone could not win it in the bottom of the 9th and held Team Conti in the 10th to set up the bottom of the 10th.  A leadoff hit from Noel turned into a double as he drew the throw back behind him from left field and he scampered into 2nd.  An intentional walk to Dylan would follow.  A smart and productive blast to right from Mike Kleshinsky moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd.  Another intentional walk to Glenn loaded them up for Weitsen who jumped on the 1st pitch and laced a exciting walk-off game winner for the Gymnasts.  The big offensive star for Team Marrone was that man Weitsen 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI along with Catania who chipped in 3 hits of his own.  Multi-hit games from Kevin and newbie Frank Ermel.  And an honorable mention to the Randell family who both got off the hitless schnid to start the season.  Next up we look to make it 3 in a row back at Marl El against Cowboy Mike and our beloved Blackburns. . .

 

FRADKIN LAW (ER) 16 – SPS (TW) 7
On a beautiful May Sunday morning Team Stock played Team Wallman minus the Toddfather.  Stock started off fast scoring 5 runs in the top of the 1st thanks to an RBI double by Chase, a 2 run single from the DOC and an RBI single by Suds who later added another RBI on a SAC fly.  Team Wallman fought back in the bottom of the 1st scoring 4 runs to cut the lead to 1. Mike Rosenstock plated 2 with a single in the top of the 3rd to make the score 7-4.  In the top of the 4th the DOC delivered yet again with a clutch 2 out 2 run single.  Stock would tack a on a run in the top of the 5th, 6th, and 8th inning making the score 12-4.  In the bottom of the 8th lightning fast Justin Krauss lead off the inning with a single followed by a walk from Juska.  Lugos and Beja had back to back RBI singles making the game 12-6.  JY then tacked on another run with a SAC fly.  Ed stopped the rally right there making a nice play up the middle followed by a fly out.  In the top of the 9th Jeremy Levine stroked an RBI single followed by a 3 run HR by Big ED off the branches.  Team Stock would go on to the win the game 16-7.  Another big game for Ed with 4 RBI's while pitching a great game as he held a good hitting  Wallman team scoreless in 7 out of 9 innings.  Doc Silverberg was clutch all day, he drove in 4 runs.  Levine was on base all day and scored 3 runs to go with an RBI.  Multiple hit games for Ed, Chase, all the Silverbergs and Mike Rosenstock.  Scott Sandler drew 3 walks and scored twice.  It was a great all around team effort for team Stock and a much better played game defensively.  Shout out to rookie Craig Tepper who had a nice bounce back game, looked smooth in RF and made all the plays that came his way.  Next up for team Stock is nice guy Seth and his boys on UHL.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH

 

Marrone (MGA) 6, Bomenblit (GREEN CUT)  3

Team Marrone donned the "colorful" Mpnmouth Gymnastics jerseys under the bright Wednesday night lights and evened its record at 1-1 with a tightly contested 6-3 victory over Team Bomenblit.  Pitching and defense goes a long way to the win column in this league and that formula was on display Wednesday night.  The cold and blustery conditions at UH were also conducive to a potentially low scoring game and appeared to keep much of the usual Opening night crowd at home.  Captain Marrone was locked in on the mound all night throwing high arcing rainmakers keeping the big bats of the Bombenblit brothers and company in check.  Glen was also zeroed in on the front tip of the plate which was found in several key spots.  But an arc pitcher can't give up only 1 earned run without defense and it was the early in the season revamped infield defense that rose to the occasion on this night.  The emerging gold glover Mike Schmidt aka Dylan Dynov was ridiculous at the hot corner registering close to double digit putouts from third base fielding balls to his left and one memorable one right over third throwing out a multitude of speedy Bombenblitt batters.  Speaking of which and a note to the league, Eric must have attended another draft and tryout at the Marlboro High School track timing the 40 as this team has guys that can really get down the line to 1st.  Noel Santiago was equally impressive at SS looking smooth as silk making play after play.  Hpnorable mention goes out to Cy Clamp who pitched a usual gem of a game himself and had several newbies asking me "is this guy one of the best pitchers in the league?"  This author doesn't need to answer that rhetorical question here.  As for the offense, Team Marrone got on the board in the bottom of the 1st with Kyle Dunleavy scoring after the 1st of his 2 triples on the night on a sac fly from rookie Steve Catania.  2 more would be added in the 2nd on a big 2 out 2 run Weitsen triple to center scoring Tornetta and Dynov.  1 more would be tacked on in the 4th courtesy of that 2nd triple from Kyle driven in by a fielders choice from Catania.  Team Bomenblit would score 1 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th to cut the lead to 4-2.  But the Marrone bunch would come back with a big 2 insurance runs in the 7th highlighted by a leadoff double from Kevin Klishensky and RBI double from whom else but hitting machine Dunleavy.  Team Bomenblitt would plate 1 in the 9th and almost made things more interesting for the final 6-3 margin of victory.  With the  low scoring game, offensive stars were limited to Dunleavy,(3-3, 2 3B, 2B, 3R) and the big 2 out triple from Weitsen.  For Team Bomenblitt, leadoff hitter Clamp was only kept off the bases in his final at bat.  Next up Team Marrone will look to get above .500 at Marl El against the commish and the rest of Team Conti.  

 

FRADKIN LAW (Rosenstock) 10 – IMN (Apple) 8

Opening Wednesday night for Marlboro "Spring" softball but it sure felt like a Fall league game with temps in the 40's and gusty winds.  Team Stock grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the 1st.  Apple made it a 2-1 game heading into the top of the 3rd when Gorilla Ed started a mini 2 out out really ripping a double to right.  Chase SS Sandler (how in the world did this savage not go in the 1st round?) brought in Ed with a double.  Next batter the DOC was in as he smashed a ball to LCF and did his patented grunt meaning 1 thing, he got all of it and would be touching them all but the ball was not carrying like it normally does in a Spring game so the DOC had to settle for an off the fence RBI double giving team Stock a 4-1 lead.  Apple tacked on 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th cutting the lead down to 1.  Stock added 2 runs in the 5th and Apple answered with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th.  Apple added a run in the 6th tying the game and then took the lead with 1 run in the 7th making it a 7-6 game heading into the top of the 8th.  With team Stock trailing in the game for the first time Ed led off the inning with a double.  Next up was Chase who hit an absolute bomb over the RCF fence for a 2 run dinger to give team stock an 8-7 lead.  The feat was even more impressive considering the weather.  Stock would tack on another run in the 8th making the score 9-7.  In the top of the 9th Ed brought in Mike Rosenstock who's off to a hot start at the plate with an RBI single making the score 10-7 as we headed into the bottom of the 9th.  Team Apple showed fight all night constantly battling back and the 9th was no different.  They loaded the bases with 1 out and the author of this write up atoned for his error earlier in the inning and made a diving play and tag to save a run.  With the score now 10-8 and the go ahead run in the box Big Ed was able to induce a foul out to 3B as the Captain caught the ball that ended game for his first career W.  This was not a pretty victory at all and we have a lot to clean up but good teams find a way to win games even when they don't have their A game.  Chase led the way going 2 for 3 with 4 rbis and 3 runs and played a solid SS.  Ed pitched a fine game and had 3 hits with 3 runs scored.  Kudos to Joraskie for team Apple as Joe pitched a good game against a tough lineup filling in for Papa Yoke.  Welcome to league Fluta and Sauce.  Next up for team Stock is the always solid Team Wallman at East Frances.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 24TH

 

SPS (WALLMAN) 18 – GAME CHANGER (KESSLER) 13
Opening Game for SPS at swim club featured the battle of the not so tall captains – Wallman v. Kessler.  Team Wallman jumped out to a quick 2 run lead in the first behind a J Krauss leadoff single, a Lugos walk and a Beja double.  Collis took the mound for SPS in the bottom of the 1st and held the powerful Kessler lineup to 1 run.  In the bottom of the 2nd a few walks and a defensive miscue or two led to 5 Game Changer runs and Benny took a commanding 7 to 2 lead.  3 back in the top 4th got TW’s crew back to within 2.  The top of the 5th with 2 outs and nobody on, leadoff J Krauss started a 6 straight hit rally that plated 4 that gave the taller captain, TW a 3 run but the lead was cut to 1 in the bottom of the frame.  Both teams scored 2 runs in the 7th and the game remained with SPS holding 1.  In the top of the 8th, 3 walks to 3 of the first 4 batters set up the bases loaded with J Krauss up and 2 outs.  For the 4th time of game J Krauss came through with a huge 2 RBI hit that was followed by hits from Juska, Lugos and Beja that led to 5 runs and gave SPS a 6-run lead. Down 8 in the 9th, the bottom of the Kessler’s order all reached base safely to load the bases for the top of the order with no outs.  Collis was able to hold the top of the line up to 3 runs and get his first victory of the season 18 to 13.  Morbid leader JY and Juska (who made the play of day diving down the line robbing Paster of double) led the infield defense for SPS while R Krauss, Lujos and TW controlled the big swim outfield. J Krauss and Beja had 4 hits apiece to lead TW’s offense while Fred, Juska, JY and R Krauss had 3 hits each. Next week SPS faces the Gorillastocks at EF.

 

Steinberg (The Max Challenge) 16   Drashinsky (Tec-Tel) 14

Opening Day 2022 at Municipal with Team Steinberg (The Max Challenge) taking on Team Drashinsky (Tec-Tel). It was a beautiful but chilly morning and the Steinberg Team ready for action despite being down their top player and 4th overall pick in the draft Nick Martino, who was out getting over Covid. Nothing could keep Nick away though from seeing the action, so he sat in the far-left field hill of Muni about 400 feet away from home plate all alone watching his team jump out with a 4-spot in the Top 1st.  Five consecutive hits led by leadoff Jason Young (JY), Greggy Meatballs, the Capt. ES, the veteran Richie Spear and newcomer from MVP Bill Losch! After a sac fly by the ever-promising, young stud Nick Deluise (6 rating hmmm?? We will see), Mike Ballo and Ken Feingold delivered with hits of their own. Team Drashinsky (Tec-Tel) responded with one in the bottom of the 1st with a liner by the solid Santaromita that got past the OF, who sprinted all the way around to cut the deficit to three.  However, in the top 2nd The Max Challenge/Steinberg squad would do it again scoring 6, to take a commanding 10-1 lead.  Here, Dan Singman (2-4, BB, 2 RS) would leadoff the 2nd with a solid base hit to get the rally going and turn the lineup. Young would do it again (2-4, 2 RS, BB) with another rock-solid hit who also BTW played an amazing RCF, followed by Greg D (2-5, RS) with a single of his own.  Spear, Losch, Deluise and Ballo would do it again with consecutive hits leading to another 4-spot. Eric Arolick (3-5, 2 RBI) would gain one of his 3 hits on the day to complete the 6-spot and his 2 RBI’s would later turn out to be the difference in the game so congrats Eric!  Team Drashinsky wasn’t finished though. They put a 5- spot on in the bottom of the 3rd and cut the deficit to five. Steinberg would add another 4-spot in the 6th, led by Capt. ES (3-5, 3 RS, 2 RBI) himself starting off the inning, singling followed once again by veteran Rich Spear, singling and BTW had a monster day (3-5, 3 RS, 4 RBI), and Bill Losch, singling who as well had a huge opening day (4-5, HR, 2 RS, 4 RBI)-Welcome Billy to Marlboro Softball! And Mike Ballo added a walk, followed by RBI single from Feingold.  Drashinsky continued to show their early gritty nature & battle putting up 3 in the 7th closing the gap to 4.  In the 8th, Losch continued his opening day domination blasting a solo HR deep into LCF bringing the lead back to five.  Drashinksy closed it again with 3 in the 8th to 2 runs. However, it wasn’t even to overcome as both teams went scoreless in the 9th. Greggy Meatballs showed his reliability as an “Ace” and who keeps increasing his value in Marlboro Softball and closed it out 1-2-3 in the 9th. Well done, Ace! Congrats as well to Nick Deluise in his opening day (3-4, Sac, 1 RS, 3B, RBI) and a warm welcome as well to the league for Nick!  A truly great battle and ultimate team win for the Steinberg-The Max Challenge squad!

 

Tuscany Rose (Polzer) 7     CK Baseball (Pingaro) 3

After getting sh!t on by basically every member of the league the entire preseason, Team Polzer, led by Dave's brilliant pitching on the mound, defeated Pingaro's always prepared crew at the lovely East Frances field 7-3.  The story of the game was the bottom of the 1st inning in which an AD double followed by singles from Polzer, BHor, Javy, reigning champion Joel Podos and rookie Lapetina propelled the boys to a 6 run inning that they would never look back from.  In a 7-3 contest defense was clearly the dominating factor for Tuscany Rose in the win.  With many people questioning who their SS would be Javy showed he can play with the best of them, making every play all morning, including a sparking play from deep in the hole where he threw the runner out from his knees!   Captain Polz was also absolutely lights out on the mound walking nobody and barely falling behind in any counts. DiMarco led the outfield D while submitting his v-early application for DPOY by making an absolutely absurd diving catch in between LF and LCF to rob big Bob Micari of sure single.  Offensively AD was on base all 3 ABs while multi-hit games were had by BHor, Javy, and Jay Podos.  For CK Baseball Ant Turano and AJ had multi-hit games in defeat.  Polzer will look to shock the world, and all the haters in this league, as they try to move to 2-0 next week vs Goddard's hard hitting squad.

 

Not OVOX - 10

Versing

Conti - 5

 

“...I just don’t see a coherent plan in Mike’s drafts other than getting 3 of his friends to go along with him, Loconte and Smith.  This means he starts off with almost half of his team already set in his mind before he even starts to prep for the draft.  As a result, he gets boxed into not being able to pick the best players for his team.  This author would like to see one draft where Cowboy Mike puts aside “friend” picks and decides to pick the best team, because I think he has the softball acumen to select a very good squad…Predicted Record, 8-14”.

 

Well this author would like to acumen on the face of that author…back to the action. It was a painfully long day of watching scores coming in when your own game doesn’t start until 8pm. And yes, my crew are gentlemen and allowed for a later start to accommodate JoMo’s kid’s Christening #godbless. Shockingly, Conti wasn’t asked to be the godfather. Honestly, Jacoby should be the godfather after wasting his first round pick on this guy for all those years. He asked me to be the godfather, but I replied here.  Back to the Action… Opening up against Conti at Union Hill is no easy task as Conti has a 97% HR rate against me at UH dating back to a walk-off HR on his 30th birthday. Anyways, 3 up 3 down to get us through the top of the first and a sigh of relief. Now for the debut of TEAM ACE in the bottom half… 7 runs right off the bats of Steve Black, Marty Black, BD Rick, Cousin Frankie, Ush, Pat Thomas Dr. Toran, Capt. Acumen, Big Pers, and Kamras. That’s more runs than we had by July of last year. Now while the hitting helped, the defense saved us. Martin Blackburn made the catch of the year. Case closed. I don’t give a frenchman’s fuck what happens for the next 20 weeks, the best catch already is in the books. Running back on a Noel Gerena bomb, does a 180, over the shoulder catch at the fence…insane. Not to be outdone, Steve Blackburn was a wizard and pulled us out of several jams to limit the Conti bats to 5 runs.

 

As the Ace bats went flat for several innings, we needed some insurance knowing the Conti top would be coming up in the 9th. No fear as Tom Smith started a rally followed by a hit by Podolla (yes, I took him again…fuck off), a SB walk and an MB single and Evan Rosenthal FC gave us two more runs and the insurance needed to stave off a comeback. 3 up 3 down in the 9th…good night, nurse.

 

In all, multi-hit games by the Blackburns, Rick, Frankie, Ush, Pat, Toran, and Persilly. Also, a certain Cy Young candidate had zero walks… as you would expect. For Conti: Nichols and Schmidt had some nice hits for a team that will definitely be a force to reckon with this year. Next up is a probably calm and collected Pat Pingaro and his underrated 6th round stud. #wutang

 

Pollock(Genesis) 14    Goldfarb(Eric Bradley Construction)  1

I’ll start this recap off with the obligatory, opening day was a beautiful sunny, no cloud in the sky day. Team Pollock began the season with a major rebuild (don’t tell the season ticket holders ) or some might call it a reverse mikvah, by exchanging Schwag, the Rubins and Goldberg for Caputo, Dinapoli,  Difedele and Gio. But it appears this might not be your typical reconstruction as the Genesis bunch rocked out 14 runs on 19 hits. With their captain missing somewhere in Vegas, Nick ( Cy Young )Dinapoli pitched a gem allowing only one run to cross the plate. The defense behind him was flawless, led by the smooth fielding Caputo and Difedele up the middle.

The hitting stars were Glen Roland (aging like fine wine) with 3 hits, including a dinger , the cy young candidate Dinapoli who had a multi hit game as did Steve Frey, Mitch Pollock, Jeff Turner, and Rob Rozencwaig.

Team Goldfarb puts an impressive team on the field,  they should bounce back and a have a successful season. Let’s hope Matt stars in the movie Lost in Vegas for another week, as we face the ageless wonder under the lights next Sunday.

 

GASTRO (Lapine) 14 – SHORE SMILE (Lombardi) 7

Denny Lapine was 3 for 4 and inches, if that, away from being 4 for 4.  We may be hearing chants of “Four more years!” before the season is over. This game unfolded just as Denny envisioned when he walked out of the draft room – steady defense throughout and solid hitting up and down the lineup.  How’s this for balance? The first six batters in the lineup combined for 12 hits while the next six batters combined for 11.  As for the game, it was tied until the top of the 7th when Sean Keenan and Dennis led off with singles, bringing the top of the lineup to bat with two on and no outs. A sac fly, a hit, a walk and a ground out gave Gastro a three run lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Three hits apiece for Santigate, George, Turtz and Lapine.  As for Lombardi’s team, it looks like Zach Schmidt was a great pick at 7 going 4/4 and playing a solid SS while Rob Corde picked up where he left off last season by hitting a bomb to left.

 

LHRGP (LaRocca) 17 vs. FRADKIN LAW (Rosenfradkin) 7

Opening Day 2022 with Team LaRocca hosting Team Fredo at Middle Swim E Francis  Marel in the late game (11 am).  The winds were swirling which was good news for both crafty veteran pitches (Finals MVP Carlin and Silverback Gorilla Fradkin). Game starts off with Sweet Swinging Left Jeremy (DAY-OH) Levine walking on three straight pitches (that wasn’t the plan Ronald) but Ed, Chase and Doc each flying out deep to end the inning leaving Levine stranded.   The good guys had Joe P (4 for 5, three triples) lead off with a single and successfully played small ball to drive him in on a Ronnie C single. The Evil OPS empire tied it up in the 2nd, but in the bottom of the frame the baby blue warriors went up for good on an AFAZZ two out single driving in two.  The story of the day was pitching, defense and some timely hitting.  RC and the boys held this monster lineup scoreless in 5 frames.  The top four batters went 14 for 19, and eight players had multiple hit games.   In a game when everyone did their job, it’s hard to point out a standout, but this week it goes to Ralph D’Amato (3 for 4, 2 RBI, 9 innings at 1B) who wasn’t in the lineup, even though he showed up an hour before the game, until he reminded the Captain he was there.   As for the enemy, Chase played a very good shortstop, Austin played his natural position (LCF) and showed why he should have, and will be, the drafted player going forward, and Ed pitched very well in the wind letting up only 2 walks all day.  Next up is Max Fitness (Steinberg) Sunday Night Prime Time.

 

Goddard's Home Improvement (Goddard) 20: Gymnastics (Marrone)15

Opening day 2022 at Union hill right with Team Goddard taking on Team Marrone. Team Goddard would start the top of the 1st inning with 13 runs and wouldn't score again until the 7th inning. You heard that right.  Back to the first inning where 6 guys, M. Goddard, Burke, Goldberg, Frometa, J. Goddard, and Chiusano  all had 2 hits in the first inning. Also in the 1st inning, Goldberg, Frometa, and Ferro had 2 RBIS each. Team Marrone would chip away with 2 runs in the 2nd  and 3 runs in the 3rd inning.  Going to the fourth inning Team Marrone would plate 8 runs  to tie the game. They scored 13 unanswered runs. All the momentum was going to Team Marrone as the Goddard Bats cooled down. Going to the top of the 7th Team Goddard would score 6 runs highlighted by Burke and a Goldberg RBI single. Also Ferro had a 2 RBI single in the 7th as well. Team Goddard took their first game with a final score of 20-15. For Team Marrone, Glenn had a day hitting, and Kevin Kleshinkski had two doubles, For team Goddard there was plenty of hitting to go around. Four hits a piece from M. Goddard, Frometa, and Burke. 3 hit games from Goldberg, Ferro, and Chiusano. As a total the team had 28 hits combined. Next up on the schedule is Team Polzer at the swim club. Team Polzer got a nice win in their first game against Pingaro. 

 

GREEN CUT (Bomenblit)  14 -Apple (IMN) 7

A rookie captain opener with a team of 5 rookies, could have gone either way! The game started with an opening day NUKE from Turano which put Apple ahead in the first inning by 3. Team Green Cut put up 5 in the bottom half with a quick answer. Team apple was missing rookie sensation Cole Fluta at SS for the season opener. The Green Cut rookies came to play though all playing solid defense, picking up at least one hit and bringing the energy to grab a win. The highlight of the game was Clamp's first strike out of the season on JZ. Questionable call or good pitching, we don't know. Great days at the plate from R. Bomenblit and Rob Perrone both going 3-4. Next up is the Wednesday night opener against Team Marrone. 

 

 

 

 
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