Congrats to Skipper Bob and the Weinfeld Pirates! Spring Champions '23!
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Following a week one split, the law firm of Babb, Babb & Dlott were looking to better understand the identity of the Cannon Ballers. With fall commish Baby J visiting a land far, far away, super sub Jason "Chappy" Chapman filled in and Jarred Forniglia got the start in RCF.
Game one pitted the Ballers against Scott Lawrence's Lake Monsters. Just like week one, the Ballers batted only four in the top of the 1st, with only Clint Hathcock reaching base. However, the Monsters, looking to find their winning ways, only mustered up a single run in the 1st, 3rd and 5th.
The Ballers got things going in the 2nd with RBI singles by Kennin "I'm a tad faster than Uncle Ronn" Doyle and Danny "if you don't like the schedule, suck it!" Buhrow. The Ballers opened things up with a seven run 3rd during which they batted around.
Mikey "hold my visor" Bourque led things off with a single. Dylan "I know, I'm the best looking Buhrow" and Clint "I found the lost and found" Hathcock followed with singles of their own. Big Babb had the first RBI of the inning with a fielder's choice. Kyzer "stop with the Usual Suspects jokes" Hoover got his big day going with a 2-run triple. Luke "little" Babb and Kennin added RBIs as well.
12-3 Cannon Ballers take the Lake Monsters
Looking to complete their first sweep of the season, the Ballers headed to field 4, home to the Aviators. The Aviators top started the game netting 2 runs in the first, but that was about it on the day. The Ballers batted around once again in the 1st inning, scoring 9. After holding the Aviators scoreless in the 2nd, the Ballers batted around once again, plating 11 in the 2nd and went on to run rule the Aviators 23-3. Allsbrook's squad is really solid and will turn things around. Cannon Ballers highlights:
D. Buhrow (Dylan) 3-3, 2R, 2 RBI
Big Babb 3-3, 2B, 2R, 4 RBI
Kyzer 2-2, 2-2B, 2R, 2RBI
Little Babb 2-2, BB, 3R, RBI
Wetterlin 3-3, 2B, 3R, 4 RBI (batting .769 so far!)
Lowery 0-0, 3BB, RBI
Aces – 14 vs. AquaSox – 4
Who am I? What is my purpose in life? If one set of pliers is called a pair of pliers, what do you call two of them? The AquaSox were on a journey of self-discovery looking for answers to these deep questions and seem to have forgotten that there was a sports ball game to play.
The first two innings were a bad trip, man. Rookie Captain Andy Williams’ Aces came out firing away with home runs from Drew Wags and sub Dylan Hartley as well as hits from all over the lineup. The AquaSox didn’t do ourselves any favors either with numerous errors and defensive miscues.
The only offensive production we were able to muster was on a Mark Morris RBI walk and Rick Halperin sac fly.
The defense was cleaned up during the final 3 innings, but it was already too late in a 14-4 run rule loss. Yikes!
AquaSox – 10 vs. Biscuits – 7
After laying a fat turd against the Aces, the AquaSox needed to come back to the reality that we were, in fact, playing softball. Next up we had Edgerton’s Biscuits. With both teams coming off losses, the 0 had to go for one of us.
Joey Welter got things going with a double, and Will Ryan would send him home on a double of his own for our first and only run in the 1st inning.
Three more runs would be plated in the 2nd inning, starting with a Brian Osgood single, sub Ryan Greenberg single, Captain Keke RBI single, Mark Morris RBI single, and Ron Roberts RBI fielder’s choice.
Joey Welter absolutely crushed a no doubter fence bomb to start the 3rd inning. This was followed up with a Stutz double and Osgood RBI double. AquaSox 6- 4ish? (it was close the entire game that’s all I remember).
After a quiet 4th inning, the AquaSox finally broke this game open in the 5th. Stutz got that offensive mo-mo going with a leadoff triple, and he would be sent home on a Will Ryan RBI single. Nick “Boom Boom” Croce would add a single of his own. Osgood stepped up to the plate and showed off his improved athleticism with a 3 run inside the park “Shalomer”.
Edgerton’s Biscuits refused to go away quietly and put up one heck of a fight, but fell just short in the bottom of the 7th inning as the AquaSox walked away with our first victory of the season 10-7.
AquaSox Toad-ally Rad Players of the Week:
Chris Stutz 4-5 with 3B, 2B, 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs, lockdown LCF defense
Brian OsGreat 3-7 with a Shalomer HR, 2B, single, 4 RBI, 2 runs, excellent defense in RCF
Rick Halperin 2-4 with 2 singles, sac fly, 2 RBI, pretty much our entire offense game 1
Mark Morris 3-5 with 3 singles, walk, 2 RBI, 1 run, rock solid at 2B making several key plays
SC – 7
Tarpons – 13
The Storm Chasers were excited to get things started for the title defense with the first at bat. However, the first 3 swings were all good cuts by the top 3 in the lineup, they were all right at people which was an unfortunate theme for the day for the good guys. In the Bottom of the 1st the Tarpons showed their bats were ready to rock and roll, starting hot and scoring 6 runs to start their season. In the top of the second Carlos Cruz started the hitting for the season with a hard-hit line drive single, followed by a Joe Machado line drive single, followed by another line drive single by Junior to drive in Carlos and start the scoring for the Storm Chasers. JTP III hit a solid ball to score Joe which was then followed by a Muck walk to load the bases with 0 outs. Unfortunately, Rob crushed a line drive right to the SS in the perfect place for him to double off JT at 2nd to kill the momentum built up by the Storm Chasers before Omar grounded out in a fielder’s choice to end the top of the inning with the good guys down 6-2. The Storm Chasers were facing 2, 3, 4 in the Tarpon lineup in the bottom of the second who all got on in the first but were retired in order after a great play in LF by Joe Machado who also made another of the outs in that inning to keep the Storm Chasers within striking distance after 2.
The Storm Chasers came out with the bats they knew they were capable of in the top of the 3rd inning when Super Sub Donnie Baseball started things off with a line drive single followed by a Double by rookie Michael Murphy, then a Heath Jones RBI single to score DBHU, a Carlos Single to score Murphy all to setup Joe Machado to crush a 3 run fence bomb to put the Storm Chasers up 7-6 after the slow start. Junior followed that up with a single and JTP III got himself another single before the inning fizzled out at the bottom of the lineup. The Storm Chasers were able to hold the Tarpons to 1 run in the bottom of the 3rd to finish 3 innings of Shalom softball all tied up at 7.
Unfortunately, that was the end of the Storm Chaser scoring as we failed to score a run in the next 3 innings as the Tarpons put up another 6 runs in the bottom of the 4th after multiple just missed Plays for outs by the good guys ended the 4th inning 13-7. That’s where the game ended, and the Tar(m)pons drew first blood as they always seem to do.
Offensive highlights for the game:
Carlos Lopez – 3-3 with 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 RBI and 1 RS
Joe “Shoulder Heavy” Mochado – 2-3 with 1 Single, 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 RS – Great plays in LF!
JT Pierce III – 2-3 with 2 Singles and 1 RBI
SC – 5
Crawdads – 6
The Storm Chasers were looking forward to enjoying home field advantage in the second game to hopefully right the ship and get a Shalom Split. Unfortunately, the Crawdad’s had other ideas and came out with a 5 run top of the first inning after some close calls that started the game off a little chippy. The Storm Chasers unphased came back in the bottom of the 1st with a double by captain Peasey, a double by Heath Jones to bring in Peasey, a Single by Carlos to move Heath over and a SAC fly by Joe to bring Heath in before the inning wrapped up with the Crawdad’s up 5-2. The Crawdad’s would only score 1 more run the rest of the game as the Stom Chasers fizzled out putting up 0 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings keeping the score at 5-2. The Crawdad’s would score that 1 other run in the top of the 4th before the Storm Chasers would answer with a run of their own on a Single by Heath, single by Carlos and RBI by Junior to bring Heath in before the inning ended with JTP III going down hard with a Hammy injury that we all hope he will recover from quickly.
With 0 runs scored by either team in the 5th and the Crawdad’s going scoreless in the 6th there were 3 minutes left for the Storm Chasers to pull out the bats and see if they could rally with some last-minute glory. Things started off looking great when Heath started the party with a Double and even though Carlos made his first out of the day, Joe stepped up and hit a 2-Run fence bomb (his second of the day) to bring the score within 1 at 6-5. With 1 out Junior stepped up and drove the ball into LF and it got to the fence allowing him to get to 2B. Runner on 2B with 1 out and JT stepped up to the plate in serious pain to avoid the automatic out and nearly blooped one over Scotty Do, but Scotty made yet another solid play which he did all day to get to the ball and keep Junior at 2B. Muck came up with 2 outs and Heath on 2B as the wild card runner looking for a base hit to tie the game. Unfortunately, he chased a high pitch and flew out to end the game. Storm Chasers lose a tough one for sure, but showed the heart to stay in it to the end and this captain looks forward to what this team will do the rest of the season so don’t even think about counting us out!
Offensive highlights for the game:
Heath Jones – 3-2 with 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 1 RBI and 3 RS
Easy Peasey – 3-3 with 2 Singles, 1 Double, and 1 RS
Rob Garcia – 1-2 with 1 Single
Impact Players of the Week:
1-4 Carlos Cruz – 5-6 with 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 RBI and 2 RS
5-8 Joe Machado – 3-5 with 1 Single, 2 HR 6 RBI and 3 RS
9-12 JT Pierce III – 2-6 with 2 Singles and 1 RBI
Super Sub Donnie Holtmann – 3-4 with 3 Singles and 1 RS
Captain promises all expenses paid trip to Cabo for 2 wins and 2 losses
With the Playoffs looming in the not too distant future, the Captain ponders the team's playoff scenarios. After about 30 seconds the only scenario appears. Win 2 games and the Sea Wolves lose 2 and the number 2 seed is in Brooklyn. If that happens its Cabo for a month. So first up was the Brats from clan Buhrow. With the wind on field 2 blowing slightly out it looked to be set up for offensive game. Both Ariel Rodriguez and Abel Chavez had other ideas. First inning starts off moderately with both teams grabbing 2 to start. Rohit's leadoff single and Ryan Driggers dinger accounted for both of the Dodgers runs. Ariel and Leo Cova both had hits as well but were unable to cross home plate. Carlos Lopez grabbed a single in the second but no damage from either team was posted in the 2nd. The Brats managed another run in the third but the dodgers top it with a Rohit single and back to back doubles by Ryan and Ariel. A big inning became a possibility after Ariels 2b when both Jacob Stites and Matt Casey walked to load the bases but the captain came up short on knocking them in. After getting out of that inning the Brats seemed fired up and grabbed 5 runs in the 4th to take the lead. The Dodgers then tried to answer with Steve Enda and Dwayne Henson getting singles and Jay Swank drawing a walk to load the bases with only 1 out. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, some guy named Luke for the brats and made a great play for 2 outs ending the inning. The defense then started kicking in for the Dodgers and shut the Brats out for the rest of the game. Bottom 5 Kelly Stites leads off with a triple to get things started and is knocked in on Sac fly by Ariel. 3 more singles in the in the 6th for the Dodgers led to 0 runs. Dodgers are able to force a 7th inning with time running out. Jay walks and then Rohit singles. Kelly smacks a triple scoring both leaving the tying run on third and Ryan at the plate. Ryan then crushes one over the fence for the walk off 2 run HR. Brooklyn wins 9-8. 1 win done and1 more to go to Cabo...
Ryan Driggers- 3-4 1 2B, 2HR, 3 R, 5 RBI
Rohit Gulhati- 3-4 3 1B, 3 R
Steve Enda- 2-3 2 1B
I must give props to Buhrows Brats as they took an out every 12th guy and played incredibly well despite this handicap.
After escaping the grill of the Brats, the final game of the season approached. Cabo was in sight. The Grasshoppers arrived and immediately dropped 2. The Dodgers answered back with 2 of their own with another 2 run HR by Ryan. The Hoppers then grab 1 in the second. Matt and the Captain both walk but the team is unable to move them in the second. Hoppers grab 2 more in the 3rd. Jay and Rohit both single to start off the 3rd. Ryan knocks one in on a single and then Ariel rips one over the fence grabbing 3 RBI's. 6-5 Bums. Hoppers go scoreless in the 4th. The Captain leads off the inning with a pool cued shot that he hustles into a double. Then that Ortega guy makes a great play and promptly puts him in a pickle and then back to the bench. Field 2 has not been kind to the Captain. Exhausted from the pickle the Captain then messes up the books and somehow the Grasshoppers have 6 more runs in the next inning and somehow end up with 15 total for the day. During the 6th inning Jay and Kelly grabbed singles. Ryan singled one of them home and then Ariel hit another 3 run blast. In the final at bat for the Dodgers Carlos drew a walk and then Dwayne crushed one to deep left to score him. As Dodgers looked at the scoreboard they saw their dreams of Cabo dissipate. Only having 3 weeks off before the next game wasn't enough time to thoroughly vent the Cabo experience so reservations were canceled and practices were scheduled. Grasshoppers win 15-11
Ariel Rodriguez- 2-3 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI
Ryan Driggers- 3-3 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
Dwayne Henson- 2-3 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Pirates in 3 games (11-9, 8-10, 10-7)
Last week : 4-1
Renegades over Seawolves ( 11-8, 7-10, 10-6)
Pirates over Bananas (14-12, 13-12)
Last week : 5-7
Rookie of the Year:
Irv Munn Division - Todd Dicken
Irwin Kaufman Division - Noah Ballard
Irv Munn Division - Ryan Richardson
Irwin Kaufman Division - Darius Wu
Congratulations to all four and well-deserved! Way to represent your teams and our league!