The Red Sox hosted Larry Silverman's Rangers in a best of 3 series starting at the odd time of 6 PM for the Shalom League. Under the sunny hot skies, the Rangers jumped out with 3 in the 1st and would never be threatened in the 5 inning game shortened by the run rule 14-3. The Sox only scored on a Justin Reed solo HR in the 1st and a 2 run 2B by Joey Welter in the 4th. The game was not in doubt and the Red Sox required the between games break to face elimination in the face.
Game 2 had the Sox score 2 in the 1st on a Welter 2 run blast. The Rangers scored 3, aided by the still struggling Sox defense, had the bases loaded, no out up 3-2 when Welter and Carlos Lopez turned in a very key play absolutely turning the tide. Welter fielded a Chuck Taylor smash, stepped on 1st and threw a strike to Lopez at the plate for the DP and the 3rd out quickly ensued without further damage.
Neither team scored in the 2nd but the Sox took their 1st lead of the day in the top of the 3rd started by a Jeremy Golden walk, a 1 out Greg Ritter single, a 3 run blast by Reed, a hit from Welter, an infield hit by Ariel Rodriguez, a 2 run 2B by Clint Hathcock and a SF by Kendal Anthony to cap the 6 run inning and an 8-3 lead. The rangers answered w 1 in the home 3rd, but the Sox scored 6 more in the 4th started by a Mark Phares 1B, a 1 out hit from injured Dan Mele, Golden's hit, a run scoring Lopez hit, and a 2 out grand slam HR by Reed and concluded with a run scoring 2b by Rodriguez. The 14-4 lead would not change and the game would again be shortened by the run rule in the red Sox favor this time dictating a winner take all game 3.
The sun disappeared for game 3 and it felt great on field 2. The Rangers scored 3 in the top of the 1st featuring a 2 run blast by pitcher Scott Lawrence (who only yielded 2 walks the entire series) but the Sox responded with 2 in the home 1st on 1 out hits from reed, Welter, Rodriguez (scoring 1) and a SF by Hathcock for the 2nd run. After keeping the rangers off the board, the sox tied the game 3-3 in the 2nd on a 1 out Phares hit, a single by Wayne Casper sending Phares to 3rd and a run scoring FC by Anthony.
The Rangers again were kept off the board and the Sox took a 2 run lead on back to back solo HRs by Reed and Welter. Neither team scored in the 4th or 5th although the Rangers left the bases loaded in the top of the 6th and the Sox finally added 2 runs on reed's 5th HR of the series and a run scoring hit by Rodriguez plating Welter. The Rangers would score 1 in the top of the 7th but the Sox prevailed 7-4 in a very tense exciting game.
After the Sox played a hideous game 1, they came together with very strong defense in the last 2 games lead by an immense all around game from Justin Reed -Absolute impact POW and Joey Welter associate impact POW! Special thanks to Kendall Anthony for complete effort , enthusiasm and connection with the team and to Dan Mele playing almost the entire 1st 2 games with a fractured glove hand and to Kyle Casper for subbing in game 3 and lending support to the Red Sox old captain and pitcher. Also to Greg Ritter, Clint Hathcock, Justin Howard, Ariel Rodriguez, who hit well despite brutal leg cramps, Mark Phares, Jeremy Golden and Carlos Lopez. The reversal of the series was due to these superlative efforts.
Notable stats : Justin Reed 7-8, 8 runs, 5 HRs 10 RBI ( out of 24 runs for the team) and fabulous defense! Joey Welter 7-8, 6 runs, 5 RBI, 2 2Bs, 2 HRs and outstanding 1B defense! special acknowledgement to Silverman's Rangers and his entire team who played well and pressured us the entire way and for their gracious meetings with us after game 3, as they had a strong season too!
In a game of importance, the Colts patiently stood by and waited to see who their opponent would be from the 8 am game. would it be the power Padres or vibrant-colored Mint Julips? well, I tell you shalom fans, the .45s drew the card of playing the Padres!
coming off an impressive hard-fought game by the Padres the Colts drew the home team and huddled around Captain & team manager the one and only Mr. John Hauff. The objective was clear.. have fun, play hard and play Colt .45s softball. The first inning saw Andy Holscher; sub-Greg Ritter and Heath Jones all draw 3 straight walks for Sean "Big Daddy" Greely to hit a single RBI followed up by Mr. Rookie of the year Brad Stanford with another Single RBI and Freddy "clutch" Barraez with Sac fly RBI to tie the game up to 3-3 ending the first inning. The second inning was quiet with the stellar defense on both ends to draw a 0-0 going into the 3rd inning. The Colts would put on an additional 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd with our top 4 hitters scoring in runs to hold the Padres yet again to a goose egg. The game would settle in with strong defense provided by the Colts to hold the Padres scoreless for the remaining of the game. With stellar pitching and an amazing second base play by sub- Greg Ritter the .45s would close out the game 8-3 to advance to the next round facing the Might Rangers.
The defensive highlight of the game goes to Sean Greely for holding the Padres to 3 runs in the first inning than zero for the remaining game until a couple last inning meaningless runs. Mr Greely was phenomenal holding the Padres in check. In addition amazing effort by both our Outfield Infield for great plays every inning.
SC – 7
Tacos – 4
DEFENSE, DEFENSE and MORE DEFENSE behind great pitching was the name of the game Sunday. If anyone said they would only score 10 runs in 2 games in the minis no one would give them much of a chance to win, but that is all WE needed to win 2 this last Sunday. With speed in the outfield all around, stellar infield play all around and one of the best pitchers of all time in Shalom on the mound we put pressure on these teams to score and they struggled as WE only gave up 6 runs in 2 games Sunday.
The top of the lineup would go down quietly in the 1st for both teams, but the middle of the lineup came through for the Storm Chasers in the bottom of the 2nd plating 3 runs to take a 3-0 lead after 2 as the Tacos would not score their first run until the 4th inning. The only issue with that is the Storm Chasers middle of the lineup delivered again scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th making it 7-1 after 4. The Tacos would put up 3 in the 6th but would go down quietly in the 7th to end the game 7-4 Storm Chasers!
Offensive highlights for the game:
Batters 7-12 in our lineup as the accounted for 6 of the 7 runs scored and all 7 RBI’s carrying the top of the lineup in this game!!!
SC – 3
Royals – 2
YOU ARE READING that score right! DEFENSE, DEFENSE and MORE DEFENSE behind great pitching was the name of the game Sunday again and even more so in game 2! The Royals were shutout through 6 innings and only scratched out 2 in the 7th to fall short 3-2. The Storm Chasers middle of the lineup once again stepped up big in this game and really hit much better than the score indicated as we left way too many runners on base, but it showed the bats were heating up, just had to fix timing going forward. These sticks are ready for this coming Sunday for sure!
3 callouts on HUGE Defensive plays that helped change the outlook of this game at critical times. First was a double play turned by Peasey and Super Sub Jake White that showed off Jake’s cannon of an arm to get us out of an inning right in time. Second was Ethan Barath robbing T-Mart of a sure fire run scoring hit in the 7th with a full speed running catch in right field. Finally, hats off to a serious heads up play by Taylor Guzman for faking out Ryan Richardson making him think he was throwing to first and instead catching him in a pickle between 2nd and 3rd that eventually led to him being out.
This team was built to hold teams in pressure situations and make the big plays, WE DID THAT SUNDAY!!! The last inning up 3 runs in both situations I told the team, “We were built for this moment, let’s go do what we know we can do!” That is what we did, and we are ready for any opponent ahead of us. LET’S GO STORM CHASERS!!!
Offensive highlights for the game:
Batters 4-9 in the lineup as they accounted for all 3 runs scored and all 3 RBI’s!!!
The fall registration signups will begin on Monday, July 18th as detailed below. In order to circumvent some of the challenges many experienced during the spring registration, we have established a seniority-based signup process with the following guidelines to provide a more balanced registration process for this fall. There are some additional conditions relative to missing weeks, unexcused absences, and designated registration time slots. Please read carefully and ask questions ahead of time. The cost for the Fall will be $152/person. This will consist of 8 weeks of double headers starting September 11th. There will be no weeks off, the last week of the season is October 30 with 3 weeks of playoffs, Championship is to be played on November 20th.
1. Everyone is grouped in categories, A through D. Category A represents 20 or more years in the League. Category B is 10-19 years of service in the League. Category C is 5-9 years of service in the League. Category D is less than 5 years of service.
Sign up times on July 18th
2. If you are going to miss more than 3 total weeks, you will be assigned a spot on the sub list. At registration, you will be asked what weeks you will be missing and will not be able to move to the next page until that is filled out.
3. If there is more than 1 unexcused absence, meaning it was NOT filled in as missing dates at sign-ups, the Captain who drafts you will have the authority to remove you from the team and replace you with someone from the sub list to play in your spot permanently. There will be NO refund for removal because of unexcused absences.
4. There has been a master sheet created by the Captains and Leadership. If you sign up in the wrong time slot, your registration will be canceled. Please make sure you find your name on the master sheet sent by your spring captain and sign up in the correct time slot.
5. Any names NOT on the Master Sheet (Rookies) will be able to sign up at 12:00 am on July 19th. If there are no slots remaining, those rookies will be subs only at the cost of $40/person.
Congratulations to the Dragons and Pirates who will play for the Shaw Division title
Congratulations to the Storm and red Sox who will play for the Abrams Division title
Pirates 6:5 Dragons to advance
Storm 7:5 Red Sox to advance
Odds to win the title:
Red Sox 7:2
Lugnuts (in 2) over Dragons, Pirates over Grasshoppers (in 3)
Storm over Juleps (in 2), Red Sox over Rangers (in 3)
Odds to win the title:
Lugnuts, Storm 7:2
Red Sox, Pirates 7:1
Rangers , Grasshoppers 8:1
Juleps, Dragons 12:1
Last week: 10-2
Game 1: Batmen vs Pirates
Even though the Batmen were down on their luck after their first defeat...there was still no hero in sight that could handle the hurricane force of the Pirates. Shalom City had to call upon the Batmen once more to take on the challenge...and send a storm to the Pirates that would create a massive blow to their bow. The Batmen never back down from a challenge! Pirates started the game by putting up an early 4 runs...but the Batmen swung back with 5 runs of their own in the bottom of the first. A 2RBI homerun by Dalton Fallaw, followed by a solo shot from Nick Barr, and a 2RBI single from Freddy Barraez put the Batmen back on top. The Batmen would continue to win innings with another 2RBI single from Nick Barr in the 2nd, and a 3RBI homerun from Dalton Fallow in the 3rd to give the Batmen 10 runs. The Batmen just had to keep the fight going until the victory was in sight. We may not have stopped the Pirates from plundering another town, but Shalom City was safe from their clutches on this day. Justice was once again served!
Final Score: Batmen 10 - Pirates 8
Game 2: Batmen vs the Isotopes
Fun Fact: As it turns out...Batman does not have a degree in nuclear engineering! Why the Commissioner thought the Batmen were qualified to handle a nuclear reactor baffles us! Detective skills and nine-pack abs can only get you so far in life. There was no punching our way out of this nuclear explosion. This reactor was packing too much heat and the Batmen were the ones with the meltdown. Good thing we are better suited to fight Clowns and Legends! The Commissioner will have his work cut out for him next weekend with all of the bat signals he is gonna have to turn on!
Side Note: Freddy ROCKED his Paw Patrol Punishment jersey!