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Bulls Struggle Early

By JC Burks 09/25/2022, 7:00pm CDT

Solid Split on the Day

Bulls 17 Leones 5

This game started off as a battle of defenses with the two pitchers keeping a lid on everything with the Bulls down 1-0 through 4....this early inning struggle has become just a skosh worrisome for Captain Burks. 

Well the Bulls then busted out of the coral and scored 4 in the fifth, 5 in the sixth, and another 8 in the seventh. This run all started in the fifth with the middle of the lineup pulling the team on their back and firing 3 hard singles to load the basis, Garber getting a FC RBI, Ben BB, then Lewis "Big Stick" Zwick hammers a 2 RBI single, and Matt knocked in his brother for our 4th run of the inning. 

The Bulls D stood firm and hardly took a lick, the bats stayed hot with a few singles form Cesario, Brumley, Osgood doubled, a sac by Slaver, and 5 straight single by the middle bottom to hang 5 runs in the sixth. 

Again the defense stayed strong only allowing 1 run from the Leones, and the hats came completely off the bats when we had 9 straight Bulls get on base, with the cherry on top being a 2 run HR by Cesario.

The defense then again held it together only giving up a couple runs to bring home the 17-5 win!

 

Storm Chasers 16 - Bulls 5

The begining of this game felt like it needed Skip to say, "You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!"

It was a rough start as the Storm Chasers are equally as good at wrangling Bulls as they are at Storms and had us pinned down 9-0 after the third. 

Per the Bulls habit we finally got something on the board in the fourth Brumley kicking things off with a double, and then singles from Osgood, Slaver, Burks to get 2 runs on the board. 

The Strom Chasers answered with 2 of their own, then another 2 in the sixth and with our backs firmly against the wall we came out swinging with Cesario hitting an absolute piss missile homerun that got maybe 20' high and hit the net still gaining steam. A few more hard hits by Brumley, Osgood, Slaver and Burks gave 3 runs on the inning and having to take an intentional third out to avoid the clock stopping the game.

It was all for naught as the Storm Chasers put up 3 more in the 7th, and then Babb does what all great pitchers do and shut us down 3 up 3 down.

 

Bulls On Parade this Week are:

Brumley - 5-6, 4 singles, 1 double, BB, 4R with great pitching and leadership in the dugout

Slaver - 4-6, 4 singles, Sac Fly, 2 R, 4 RBI's

Zwick - 3-7, 3 singles, 2 RBI's, and a classic calm cool presence to the Bulls that helps everyone stay level and concentrating on the moment

Bulls Struggle Early

By JC Burks 09/25/2022, 7:00pm CDT

Solid Split on the Day

Bulls 17 Leones 5

This game started off as a battle of defenses with the two pitchers keeping a lid on everything with the Bulls down 1-0 through 4....this early inning struggle has become just a skosh worrisome for Captain Burks. 

Well the Bulls then busted out of the coral and scored 4 in the fifth, 5 in the sixth, and another 8 in the seventh. This run all started in the fifth with the middle of the lineup pulling the team on their back and firing 3 hard singles to load the basis, Garber getting a FC RBI, Ben BB, then Lewis "Big Stick" Zwick hammers a 2 RBI single, and Matt knocked in his brother for our 4th run of the inning. 

The Bulls D stood firm and hardly took a lick, the bats stayed hot with a few singles form Cesario, Brumley, Osgood doubled, a sac by Slaver, and 5 straight single by the middle bottom to hang 5 runs in the sixth. 

Again the defense stayed strong only allowing 1 run from the Leones, and the hats came completely off the bats when we had 9 straight Bulls get on base, with the cherry on top being a 2 run HR by Cesario.

The defense then again held it together only giving up a couple runs to bring home the 17-5 win!

 

Storm Chasers 16 - Bulls 5

The begining of this game felt like it needed Skip to say, "You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!"

It was a rough start as the Storm Chasers are equally as good at wrangling Bulls as they are at Storms and had us pinned down 9-0 after the third. 

Per the Bulls habit we finally got something on the board in the fourth Brumley kicking things off with a double, and then singles from Osgood, Slaver, Burks to get 2 runs on the board. 

The Strom Chasers answered with 2 of their own, then another 2 in the sixth and with our backs firmly against the wall we came out swinging with Cesario hitting an absolute piss missile homerun that got maybe 20' high and hit the net still gaining steam. A few more hard hits by Brumley, Osgood, Slaver and Burks gave 3 runs on the inning and having to take an intentional third out to avoid the clock stopping the game.

It was all for naught as the Storm Chasers put up 3 more in the 7th, and then Babb does what all great pitchers do and shut us down 3 up 3 down.

 

Bulls On Parade this Week are:

Brumley - 5-6, 4 singles, 1 double, BB, 4R with great pitching and leadership in the dugout

Slaver - 4-6, 4 singles, Sac Fly, 2 R, 4 RBI's

Zwick - 3-7, 3 singles, 2 RBI's, and a classic calm cool presence to the Bulls that helps everyone stay level and concentrating on the moment

Around the Pond

Bulls Struggle Early

By JC Burks 09/25/2022, 7:00pm CDT

Solid Split on the Day

Bulls 17 Leones 5

This game started off as a battle of defenses with the two pitchers keeping a lid on everything with the Bulls down 1-0 through 4....this early inning struggle has become just a skosh worrisome for Captain Burks. 

Well the Bulls then busted out of the coral and scored 4 in the fifth, 5 in the sixth, and another 8 in the seventh. This run all started in the fifth with the middle of the lineup pulling the team on their back and firing 3 hard singles to load the basis, Garber getting a FC RBI, Ben BB, then Lewis "Big Stick" Zwick hammers a 2 RBI single, and Matt knocked in his brother for our 4th run of the inning. 

The Bulls D stood firm and hardly took a lick, the bats stayed hot with a few singles form Cesario, Brumley, Osgood doubled, a sac by Slaver, and 5 straight single by the middle bottom to hang 5 runs in the sixth. 

Again the defense stayed strong only allowing 1 run from the Leones, and the hats came completely off the bats when we had 9 straight Bulls get on base, with the cherry on top being a 2 run HR by Cesario.

The defense then again held it together only giving up a couple runs to bring home the 17-5 win!

 

Storm Chasers 16 - Bulls 5

The begining of this game felt like it needed Skip to say, "You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!"

It was a rough start as the Storm Chasers are equally as good at wrangling Bulls as they are at Storms and had us pinned down 9-0 after the third. 

Per the Bulls habit we finally got something on the board in the fourth Brumley kicking things off with a double, and then singles from Osgood, Slaver, Burks to get 2 runs on the board. 

The Strom Chasers answered with 2 of their own, then another 2 in the sixth and with our backs firmly against the wall we came out swinging with Cesario hitting an absolute piss missile homerun that got maybe 20' high and hit the net still gaining steam. A few more hard hits by Brumley, Osgood, Slaver and Burks gave 3 runs on the inning and having to take an intentional third out to avoid the clock stopping the game.

It was all for naught as the Storm Chasers put up 3 more in the 7th, and then Babb does what all great pitchers do and shut us down 3 up 3 down.

 

Bulls On Parade this Week are:

Brumley - 5-6, 4 singles, 1 double, BB, 4R with great pitching and leadership in the dugout

Slaver - 4-6, 4 singles, Sac Fly, 2 R, 4 RBI's

Zwick - 3-7, 3 singles, 2 RBI's, and a classic calm cool presence to the Bulls that helps everyone stay level and concentrating on the moment

lugnuts week 2

game 1 tarpons vs lugnuts 14-10 loss

game 2 dragons vs lugnuts too much to not enough

We scored more runs in either game than all of last week combined.  Sadly it was not enough to pull off a win.  Super Subs Matt Ruckel, Mike Glosier, and Rodney McClure were great additions to help fill in some missing nuts.  Brian Smallz stepped up big time and slid into the leadoff spot and showed he as what it takes to continue to lead the team at the plate going 4-6 with 4 runs scored on the day.  Darius Wu was on fire with 4 homers and a triple/shalom inside the park homerun while going 6-6.  Freddy Baerez showed real athleticism by playing 4 different positions on the day and flashed his speed in the outfield.  John Braun smashed a double in game one.  Chris peterson hit for extra bases in both games with a double and a triple helping sky rocket his slugging percentage and earn a POW nomination.  And last but not least everyones favorite 11 who falls to the 12th Jeremy Turbo Golden went 2-4 and played through injury after getting hit by a wild throw to first in his first at bat.  Not the result we wanted but the awesome attitudes of Freddy B. and John B. kept the dugout upbeat and ready for the next challenge.

Around the Pond

The Ducks had a tough day at the park, but have several bright spots to build upon.

Game 1 vs Carvers 66ers.

Sub Kyzer Hoover played well all day long, and he performed admirably in the first game.  Any ball hit in his direction was gobbled up and his offense came through in the clutch.  Jacob Stites showed his speed in the outfield, making play after play, while Kelly Stites got on base with every opportunity he had.  The Ducks fought from behind to take a late lead heading into the final frame.  

Game 2 vs Banta's Blue Rocks

For reasons that baffle Banta still, someone decided to send him home on a hit to Kelly Stites in right field.  After watching the younger Stites flex his defensive chops in game 1, Kelly decided to show he still has the skills by throwing out Banta at home.  The Ducks outfield defense continued to be a strong suit of the team with Rohit Gulhati showing plenty of range in left field, making plays both on the line and in the gap.  David Fiorello toughed out back pain to play solid defense at SS.  Oh, and Justin Reed hit a Grand Slam.  The heat definitely got to this Duck towards the end of the game, as I had to enlist the much younger Jacob Stites to keep the positive voices going while I tried to cool down.

LUGNUTS WEEK 1

Blue Rocks vs Lugnuts

10-4 loss field 2.

Everyone's favorite team fell short this week to the Blue rocks.  Although we lost we did have a few shining moments.   Star handicapping goomba David Shaw was 3-3 with half the teams Rbi in the contest.  Fast Fingers Freddy was a wall at third making people question if Brumley is still the best glove in the league.  Brian Smallz was an inspiration as he lead off the 6th with hustle and later scored our first run of the season.    Johnathon Braun showed his versatility when he rotated positions mid inning to move from outfield to first base and later hit a seed in the 6th inning.  Doug "Iron Man" Wolff was pulled into the baseline by a throw from Chuck Knoblauch causing him to get trucked by the quick hustling blue rock.  Doug would later come up to the plate and blast the ball deep into the wind about 285' showing everyone that he is the not a man that gives up easy.  Chris Peterson let everyone know that the lugnuts won't be shut out as he hit an RBI sac fly to give the good guys their first run of the season.  Jeremy Turbo Golden lead off the top of the first to spark a rally that led to 3 runs in the inning.    

Game 2 66ers VS lugnuts

14-4 Loss

I would like to say that this game was a lot of back and forth but that just wont be true.  Two runs by each team in the first and then a go ahead run in the 2nd left the lugnuts feeling like they had righted the ship.  Good defense by the 66ers and the lugnuts hitting ATOM balls the rest of the game lead to the 66ers running away with a victory.   

Lets turn the page and see some of the silver lining from the game.  Sean Greeley lead the team in hitting going 3-3 with a double.

Jose Baho worked a walk, hit a double, and fielded 1.000 for the day.

Darius Wu hit 1.000 with 2 sacs and did Wu like things in LCF.

Jason Niswonger did not get his 1st baseman killed this game.

Smallz hit a triple to lead off the 2nd inning and showed great hustle.  That hustle later lead to a sac fly by Chris Peterson.

Braun made the best defensive play of the day on any field, yes better than tishindorf robbing the home run, as he came charging in with a fully body extension to catch a short hit pop up.

Travis Olander stepped up and played a great 1st base.

 Next week...WE WIN TWO!!!!!

Bulls Struggle Early

By JC Burks 09/25/2022, 7:00pm CDT

Solid Split on the Day

Bulls 17 Leones 5

This game started off as a battle of defenses with the two pitchers keeping a lid on everything with the Bulls down 1-0 through 4....this early inning struggle has become just a skosh worrisome for Captain Burks. 

Well the Bulls then busted out of the coral and scored 4 in the fifth, 5 in the sixth, and another 8 in the seventh. This run all started in the fifth with the middle of the lineup pulling the team on their back and firing 3 hard singles to load the basis, Garber getting a FC RBI, Ben BB, then Lewis "Big Stick" Zwick hammers a 2 RBI single, and Matt knocked in his brother for our 4th run of the inning. 

The Bulls D stood firm and hardly took a lick, the bats stayed hot with a few singles form Cesario, Brumley, Osgood doubled, a sac by Slaver, and 5 straight single by the middle bottom to hang 5 runs in the sixth. 

Again the defense stayed strong only allowing 1 run from the Leones, and the hats came completely off the bats when we had 9 straight Bulls get on base, with the cherry on top being a 2 run HR by Cesario.

The defense then again held it together only giving up a couple runs to bring home the 17-5 win!

 

Storm Chasers 16 - Bulls 5

The begining of this game felt like it needed Skip to say, "You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Lollygaggers!"

It was a rough start as the Storm Chasers are equally as good at wrangling Bulls as they are at Storms and had us pinned down 9-0 after the third. 

Per the Bulls habit we finally got something on the board in the fourth Brumley kicking things off with a double, and then singles from Osgood, Slaver, Burks to get 2 runs on the board. 

The Strom Chasers answered with 2 of their own, then another 2 in the sixth and with our backs firmly against the wall we came out swinging with Cesario hitting an absolute piss missile homerun that got maybe 20' high and hit the net still gaining steam. A few more hard hits by Brumley, Osgood, Slaver and Burks gave 3 runs on the inning and having to take an intentional third out to avoid the clock stopping the game.

It was all for naught as the Storm Chasers put up 3 more in the 7th, and then Babb does what all great pitchers do and shut us down 3 up 3 down.

 

Bulls On Parade this Week are:

Brumley - 5-6, 4 singles, 1 double, BB, 4R with great pitching and leadership in the dugout

Slaver - 4-6, 4 singles, Sac Fly, 2 R, 4 RBI's

Zwick - 3-7, 3 singles, 2 RBI's, and a classic calm cool presence to the Bulls that helps everyone stay level and concentrating on the moment

Dragons Win One, Lose One, Now 4-2

By Keith Dlott 09/25/2022, 5:15pm CDT

On a very hot, very humid summer morning…oh, wait…wait…I mean fall morning, the Dragons squared off against Knox’s Cyclones on field 2.  The home team Dragons played stingy defense and it started early, yielding just 1 run to the top of the Cyclones order.  In the home half of the first, Brandon Yamauchi laced a single to get things started.  Clint Hathcock followed with another single, then Ryan Richardson plated BY with a double.  Matt Hyson added an RBI single, leaving Scott Greenberg with two on and no outs.  With the right side drawn in, Greenberg launched one to right field for a gimpy two-RBI triple.  Zak Edgerton followed with a sac fly that scored Greeny and the Dragons led 5-1.

The Cyclones were not going to go down easy.  They capitalized on a couple of Dragons errors and scored 6 in the top of the 2nd.  The Dragons responded with a leadoff Ray Darragh double followed by a Stan Thomas single.  BY stayed hot with an RBI double, before Ryan Richardson launched a 3-run homer to right field, 9-7 Dragons.

The Dragons tightened up their D and Greeny continued to throw darts as the Cyclones went scoreless for the next 5 innings.  The Dragons added on 3 more runs as Hyson, Ryan Greenberg and Darragh all picked up RBIs and the Dragons won their second game in a row, 12-7.

The win streak wouldn’t last much longer as the Dragons flew over to field 3 for game 2 versus Barr’s Corny Dogs.  Ryan Richardson’s solo blast was all the Dragons could muster in the top of the 1st.  The defense stayed hot as the Dogs had only 1 run after 3 innings and it was 5-1 heading to the bottom of the 4th.  The Corny Dogs got hot and plated 3.  Neither team scored in the 5th, but after 6 it was all tied up.

The Dragons went down quietly in their half of the 7th.  Ashley Mort led off the bottom half of the inning and took the first pitch over the left field fence for a walkoff homer!  He picked a great time for his first fall home run.  7-6 Corny Dogs

Corny Dogs Quarterly: What can brown do for you?

By Nick Barr 09/23/2022, 2:30pm CDT

Week 1: What’s in a name? Would a Corny Dog without a stick taste so great?

Short answer is no. The brown clad Corny Dogs entered week one with high aspirations and boasting a lineup with potential to be one of the more potent in the league. Leo Cova and his Leones set out to prove the game is not played on paper and accomplished just that. Leadoff man Dylan “Burhow” Buhrow started the season off on a high note with a single to right to start the season off, however the offense sputtered from the start and was only able to muster a few hits over the first four innings. The only extra base hit came from the bat of “Weiner of the week” Ashley Mort with a second inning double. In the top of the fifth the Dogs showed signs of life as Justin Howard singled to start the inning, Mort walked, and Cesar Garza drove in the first run of the season with a single. Dustin Madlock would add to the lead with a sacrifice fly, but that would be the end scoring.

Final Score: Leones 10 Corny Dogs 2

Game 2 of the day saw the Corny Dogs move to Field 1 to face Pease and his Storm Chasers. Unfortunately the script was much the same, D. Burhow singled to lead off the game followed by an hour straight of Corny Dogs unsuccessfully trying to overpower the strong wind blowing in from left field. Pitcher Jon Kilburn mashed a solo dinger in the second for the first Corny Dog homer of the season. Mort continued his hot start with another double, but ultimately the offense simply did not do enough to earn a week 1 victory.


Final Score: Storm Chasers 13 Corny Dogs 2

Week 2: Walks Softly and Carry a Big Stick
A shift in the wind brought new hope to the still bronze clad bombers as the took on Brandon Alford and his Crawdads. The Corny Dogs jumped out to an early first inning lead with a three spot. The Kilburn boys Jon and Liam drove in the runs. The Dogs would chip in a couple more in the second Daniel Buhrow drew a walk, followed by a Garza walk, Dylan and David would bring them in with back to back singles and by innings end the total runs from the week prior had been surpassed. Unfortunately for the boys in brown the Crawdads answered with a 13 spot in the bottom of the frame. A couple timely defensive miscues and a patient eye from the Alford crew left the dogs looking to ketchup. A consistent offensive approach over the next couple innings including yet another Mort double and shortstop Ben Neyen were not enough as the damage had been done.

Final Score: Crawdads 16 Corny Dogs 11

Looking to avoid an 0-4 start the Softball team on a Stick moved over to field 1 to take on Uncle Ron and his Forniglia heavy Mudcats. Neyen started the two out rally in the first with a single, followed by a double by Captain Nick Barr, setting the stage for birthday boy Jon Kilburn to mash his second HR of the season. Corny Dogs would send 17 men to the plate in the second while putting up a season high 12 runs. Mort started the inning with a double, Madlock and CC Coffman were able to flip the lineup. David Buhrow drove in a pair with a double of his own before Barr squeaked his first HR of the season over the fence. Every Corny Dog reached base in the inning. Pitching woes allowed the Mudcats to stay in the game, but the Killbomber closed the door with his second dinger of the game and the Corny Dogs were able to hang on for their first victory of the season. 

Final Score: Corny Dogs 16 Mudcats 14

The Corny Dogs head into the second quarter of the Fall season with a 1-3 record and tough matchups with the Tarpons, Dragons, Blue Rocks and Empire 66ers on the docket. With their new maroon jerseys they begin their push towards a playoff spot.

Tarpons Snatch 2 Ws

By Tommy Apligian 09/23/2022, 2:15am CDT

Tarpons showed their stuff today

Tarpons Week 2

 

There’s a saying amongst fishermen, Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning, red sky at night sailors delight.  Well the Tarpons were clearly seeing red from the previous week. We let one slip away in the 2nd half of the last game and wanted revenge.  Unfortunately the Lugnuts were in a similar hole, at 0-2. Only 1 team could come out clean in this game and fortunately it was the Tarpons.  

 

We started off the 1st inning with a leadoff walk from Aaron Holmes.  A Driggers double, sac fly by STK, and double by the Peter Hogan and we were on the board with 2 runs. Over the next 2 innings we opened up the flood gates and put up a 10 spot.  Mitch Klaassen got the party started with a leadoff single, then Ted Hogan with his first fence bomb of the Fall.  Jorge Rivera and Jay Swank turned the bottom over with a couple of hits and then top kept it rolling with 3 more singles and 4 rbi’s.  We picked up where we left off in the 3rd inning scoring 5 again.  This time it was Thiele starting the rally with a leadoff single and moved up on a sac fly by Klaassen.  That heads up base running lead to an RBI single by Robbie Franklin and got the inning flowing. Another extra base hit by Ted Hogan (2b) and a 2 run triple by Jorge and yet another hit by Mr Swank padded the lead even more.  The 4th inning saw Mitchy the Kid Klaassen rip a 2 run bomb after STK hit a leadoff double. That 2 runs was great insurance as we ended up taking the W 14-10.  The bottom half of our lineup was special today and really propelled us to our 1st victory of the season.

 

Game 2 vs Muscles

 

When we stepped on the field on this game, we were feeling very confident from our first victory.  That MOMENTUM carried over into our play.  This time with a stiff cross wind that was playing havoc on the ball.  Both teams hit some really hard balls that would have gone out on another field but just got knocked down on this one.

We were visitors this time so it was our turn to strike while the iron was hot. With a couple of hits including a double by Driggers, we had guys on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. (We aren’t going to mention the 2 K’s in the inning—btw great job pitching by Croce today against us).  Thiele comes up with a clutch 2 out 2 run shot to put us on the board. That momentum kept carrying over into each inning as we held them scoreless in the 1st.  Once again our bottom came through again with the up and coming rook Ted Hogan (2b) and another single by Mr All I Do Is Get On Jay Swank.  That lead to a bases clearing triple by the speedy Holmes. An inside the park HR capped off the 4 run inning to give the Tarpons the lead and really gave us the confidence to keep pushing hard. After another excellent inning of pitching and defense by the Tarpons, we headed back to the plate in the 3rd and put the strain on the Muscles. STK lead it off with a 2b followed by yet another RBI single by Thiele. After a couple of walks loaded the bases, Jorge Rivera lined and rbi single and once the inning was over we had an 8-3 lead.  8 guys went to the plate this inning for us. While we only got 2 runs out of it (that’s a lot of noise for just 2…) it was taxing on their defense and flipped the lineup over once again. More great pitching and defense got us back to the plate quickly. Croce buckled down and their defense held us to 2 scoreless innings. Finally in the 6th and final frame, Jay Swank got us going again with a single. We got 2 more inside the park home runs* that resulted in 3 more coming across the plate.  Thiele once again shut down their offense in the 2nd half of the frame to end the game, 11-3.

 

2 great wins for the Tarpons today which gets us back to .500 and in the thick of things. Everyone contributed and did their jobs today. It was a true team effort.

 

Big shout outs today to Thiele who was 3-6 2r, 2 1b, 2b, 3RBI and outstanding pitching limiting the Lugnuts to 10 on a wind blown out field and 3 to the Muscles on a cross wind field

Jay Swank was clutch today going 4-5 with 3 runs scored

Jorge Rivera was clutch with the stick today going 3-5 with 2r, 1b, 3b, 3RBI and flashed the leather at 3b

Ted Hogan with his first fence bomb! and solid work in the outfield

Mitch Klaassen also came through in the 1st game with a timely fence bomb

In fact the last 4 batters hit .650 today with a ton of production and really lead the charge for our 1st W of the season.

 

Aviators Buzz the Tower After Sweep

By Allz 09/22/2022, 1:45pm CDT

Game 1:  Aviators vs Storm Chasers     Field 3   8:00am

The visiting Aviators were ready for take-off, and sent their entire lineup to the plate in the 1st inning.  Scoring 7 runs on 8 hits, as everyone was involved.   7-0 Aviators after 1st inning.

The 2nd inning was much the same; 11 batters, 7 hits, 6 runs.  All of the Aviators were putting the ball into play.   The Storm Chasers fired back with a run of their own.  13-1 Aviators lead after 2.

Both teams were quiet in the 3rd inning, and the score remained unchanged.  13-1 Aviators after 3.

The 4th inning saw 3 Aviators cross the plate on 4 hits & a sacrifice fly.  Mercy rule in effect.

Aviators 16,   Storm Chasers 1

High-Flyers of the Game:

B. Lee   3-3; 2B, 2RS

B. Parr   2-2; BB, 3RS, Excellent Pitching

B. Allsbrook   3-3; 2B, HR, 3RS, 6 RBI

J. Finley   3-3, 2RS, RBI

S. Harcourt   2-2; SF, 1RS, 2 RBI

 

Game 2:  Leones vs. Aviators      Field 4    9:10am

Aviators score quickly on hits by Lee, Loiben, & Collincini.  0-3 Aviators after 1 inning.

No teams score in the 2nd, but the Leones plate 4 runs in the top of the 3rd.  Lee & Loiben both reach base with hits for the Aviators, and are each rewarded with Runs Scored.  4-5 Aviators after 3.

Neither team was able to change the score in the 4th inning, as only odd numbered innings will allow a score.  The 5th inning starts with 2 runs for the Leones, who temporarily take the lead for the 2nd time in this game.  Brian Lee gets on base with a 2B, and ends up leveling the score at 6-6 after 5.

6th inning was even.  No scores, but drama builds.  Score still tied 6-6, going into the 7th inning.

Aviator pitching & defense holds the Leones to zero runs in the 7th, and sends Aviator batters 10, 11, & 12 to the plate.  BB for TMac, Single for T. Barnes, and BB for B. Alvara to load the bases with 0 outs in the bottom of the 7th.  Brian Lee could have celebrated a Sacrifice Fly…but that’s not his style.  Lee singles up the middle to walk it off!

Great pitching.  Great defense.  Great all-around team effort to pull out the win.

Leones 6,    Aviators 7

High-Flyers of the Game:

B. Lee   4-4; 2B, 3RS, Game-Winning RBI

A. Loiben   2-3; 2 2B, 2RS

B. Collincini   2-2; 2 2B, 1RS, 4 RBI

Mile High Club:

B. Lee   7-7; 5 1B, 2 2B, 5 Runs Scored, Game-Winning RBI

Lion's Cave - Week 2

By Leo Cova 09/21/2022, 6:45pm CDT

Leones felt under the pressure that represents holding an undefeated record in Shalom, and on Sunday the team was swept for the first time this season. When asked about the team performance during the press conference, coach Cova said “It is all my fault! I should never carry that cursed Marauder hat on my bag!” referring to the ‘inspirational’ outfit object he used in a past managerial experience

vs Cervezas (L 4-14)

One might say that the player's numerical disadvantage the Leones faced against the rival had a negative impact, but when a team averages less than 0.7 runs/inning against a 4mph pitch, hardly there aren't any other reasons to determine why the game was lost.

Nevertheless, the final score does not represent the true story of the game, as the feline squad battled and had the lead thru 4 innings, largely thanks to All-Star SS Drake who according to some unverified sources said “We will beat the Cervezas with just 5 players!” but as with every unverified source, no formal accountability can be drawn from such mighty words!

But it was not just Leones’s round #1 pick solid offense that kept the team in the game, but also the extraordinaire defensive plays and hitting contributions from second baseman Roberts and emergency right-fielder Diaz, who made probably the best catch of his life in the league, with a bit over of anticipated celebration. When asked about this catch, Diaz mentioned that he “Was so happy to make that play and show to his daughter and potentially future son-in-law what he is still capable to do”

vs Aviators (L 6-7)

After a tough loss and upon returning to a ‘full’ 11 roster, the Leones went to Field 1 in an effort to salvage the day and capture a split, but unfortunately for the felines rookie captain Allsbrook had other plans

Game started strong for the Leones thanks to offensive contributions from Drake and very well-rested Alexander, yet the team was not able to massively capitalize on those initial innings. When asked about how he achieved to be so fresh and relaxed, Alexander mentioned that it was “thanks to a very reliable wake-up call service from ran by former shalomer Andrew Williams” who  apparently offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if not called on within 5 minutes of the scheduled time

Guzman and Diaz did everything in their power to turn the line-up over and over again, but when you keep a very low per inning run average (1 per inning this time), it is very difficult to capture a win in this league, even if you have another solid pitching performance from HOF Epstein

Hold to just 6 runs in a tied game and heading to the bottom of the 6th, the solid Aviators offense had everything set up for a walk-off win, and so they did, putting the Leones on a .500 record for the season

 

Side note – Will like to mention that captain Allsbrook almost fell in tears after receiving Leones dedicated line-up, a practice that the coach has done in every game since his inception as a manager in the League back in 2019. Must say thou, that Aviator's captain post-dated signed his non-branded Line-up card, which is a decent enough effort for a rookie captain!

Dos Cervezas Compadre

By Alfredo Sardi 09/21/2022, 1:15pm CDT

Week 2 – 9-18-22

Game 1 at Cova’s Leones

On field 1 and 8am, the 2 Venezuelan captains were going to have their game with both teams playing with 11 players. However, the Leones had a sleepy one that did not show up until the 4th inning so they needed to take an out. The Cervezas score on the 1st inning with a triple by Jota Jota and a single by Andy “en fuego” Hoelscher (you will understand why he is called “en fuego”). The Leones answered back on the bottom of the 1st to tied the game. They add 2 more on the 2nd. The Cervezas scored one more on the 3rd after captain Sardi got a double and score after 2 sac flies from Jota Jota and Andy H. However, the Leones scored one more on the bottom of the 3rd. After a scoreless 4th, the Cervezas turned the party on on the 5th and scored 5 runs when Pablito got a single, Jota Jota a double and Andy a sac fly. Then 3 singles from Big Ben Enlow, Ronny and Hauf, a double by Andy Williams “Califas” and a single by Jeff Roberts “Primo”. The Leones could not score more the rest of the game.

However, the Cervezas were enjoying the sunny morning and keep the party on the top of the 6th with consecutive singles by Jerry Rogers and Pablito to flip the lineup, Sardi and Jota Jota got walks and the table was served for a Big Salami courtesy of Adny “en fuego” Hoelscher! Big Ben said “I am going to keep the party on” and hit a back to back. Then, Ronny got a double, Hauf a single, Andy “Califas” a Sac fly to complete the rally.

There is a rumor on the Leones dugout that Barry Epstein mentioned that his last Fall with the Tiburones he had a better captain than this Fall but it looks like it is just a rumor lol.

Final Score – Cervezas 14 – Leones 4

Game 2 vs Storm Chasers

After moving to field 2, the Cervezas we on fire and were not going to stop. The Storm Chasers scored 2 on the top of the 1st but the Cervezas answered back on the bottom with 4 runs after a single by Cap. Sardi, a triple by Jota Jota, consecutive single by Andy “en fuego”, Big Ben, Ronny and Andy “Califas”. The Storms scored 3 on the top of the 2nd to take the lead again but the Cervezas did their job and scored 3 morewith a 2 out rally when Jota Jota hit one over the fence finding Pablito and cap. Sardi on the bases.

However, the Storm Chasers scored one more on the top of the 3rd to put the game 7-6 and the Cervezas did not score on that inning. The 4th inning found the Cervezas turning the party on again with 2 outs when Sardi got a single, Jota Jota got another walk, Andy “en fuego” a single and Big Ben a double. After a scoreless 5th, the Storm Chasers scored 2 on the top of the 6th and the Cervezas answered back with 3 more after a single by Jerry Rogers, a double by Sardi, another walk to Jota Jota, a SF by Andy H and a single by Enlow.

Final score – Cervezas 13- Storm Chasers 8

Andy Hoeslcher – 5-5 HR (Big Salami), triple, 3 runs, 10 RBI, 3 Sac Fly

Jota Jota Eusay – 4-5 HR, 2 triples, 7 runs, 5 RBI’s, 3 walks

Jeff Roberts “Primo” – 5-6 RBI, Sac fly

Jhon Hauf great pitching only allowing 12 runs.

Mighty Mussels Week 2 Same Same But Different in Split

By Kendal Anthony 09/20/2022, 7:30pm CDT

Mighty Mussels – 9 vs. Dragons – 6

Another Shalom Sunday, another sleepless night.  Luckily for this rookie captain his team came in prepared to enter the Dragon(s).

The Mighty Mussels came out strong in the top of the 1st.  Singles by Reese Leonard and Donald Prim set up a 3 run no doubter fence bomb by B-Rad Earls.  A Danny Cortez double and Nick “Boom Boom” Croce single later put us up 4-0.

Dlott’s Dragons came out spitting that hot fire as well with 4 runs of their own highlighted by a Ryan Richardson missile of a bomb.

The start of this game made it seem as this would be a shootout, but both teams cooled off significantly as the Dragons headed into the 6th and final inning up 5-4.

Just when things were looking bleak, Brooke “Steel Balls” Prim stepped up to the plate and smacked a leadoff single which seemed to be Mighty contagious.  RBI singles by D Prim, Earls, Cortez, Croce, and Santiago would follow to put the Mussels up 9-5.

The Dragons would plate one more in the bottom of the 6th, but that would be it as the Mighty Mussels were able to extinguish a red hot Dlott's Dragons team with a 9-6 victory.

Tarpons – 11 vs Mighty Mussels – 3

Coming off a huge victory against Dlott’s Dragons, the Mighty Mussels were feeling the flow heading into game 2 against the Tarpons.

Apligian’s Tarpons, fresh off soaking up their first win of the season, put up a 2 spot in the top of the 1st to which these Mussels had no answer.  It was very clear that the Tampons were out for blood in the 2nd inning because they precisely hit every open hole in the Mussels outfield, which stretched the lead out to 6 or 8-0.

The Mussels would answer with 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd via Danny Cortez RBI single and Nick Croce fielder’s choice and one via Big Game James sac fly in the bottom of the 5th, but that would be all the offense we could muster in this one.

Captain Tommy Apligian’s squad can Tampax a very good punch and it showed as they won the game 11-3.  

Get Your Flex on Standouts of the Week:

Nick “Boom Boom” Croce- 4-5 4 singles, 3RBI and great pitching on the day with 3 strikeouts while also holding the combo of Richardson and Driggers to just 1 home run

Brad Earls- 3-5 1 HR, 2 singles, 4RBI and great toughness powering through a hamstring injury

Brooke Prim- 2-4 2 singles, excellent defense while continuing to flourish in the 2nd leadoff role

Cyclones 1st sweep of the season

By Kevin Knox 09/19/2022, 8:00pm CDT

Cyclones 4 Mudcats 3

Field 4 again for Cyclones to start the day. This time the wind was blowing in but not too bad.   Extreme defense and fantastic pitching on both sides. Spring champion Wayne Casper on the mound for the speedy cats was able to get himself out of jams as the Cyclones loaded the bases 3 times in 4 innings only to acquire 2 runs. One of those times the captain of cyclones walked back to the dugout hearing the words 'venticuatro, venticuatro'.  But all was not lost. The stellar pitching and great defense helped keep the game close until the 6th when the Cyclones scored twice as many runs as either team had at the time to go up 4-2. Time still hadn't expired at the end of 6 so to the 7th we went. More great defense and outstanding pitching finally put the Cats to sleep. Truly a team win.

Charles Lachman 0-1 ,2BB, 2 Runs. Another fantastic leadoff performance.

Ariel Rodriguez 2-2 1 1B, 1 2B, 1SF, 1 Run, 1 RBI Killing it at the plate and the mound. Holding that team to 3 runs. Crazy!

Cyclones 12 Crawdads 11

The Cyclones switch over to field 3 after their gritty win earlier. Alfords Crawdads were apparently waiting to snap us in half. The top of the first inning they popped for 4.  Spencer Manz grabs  a single, followed by a Joe Calvano 3B, and Ariel Rodriguez 1B cut the Craw lead in half. The Craw added 3 more runs in 2nd. A lead off single from Chuck Taylor,  a walk from Michael Barth, a single from David Abarca, and then a single from Carlos Lopez scores 1. 7-3 after 2. After the Craw scored 2 more in the 3rd. Joe gets a single and Ariel knocks him in with a 3B. Ariel and the coach have a chat and decide to put in the closer early.  End of 3, 9-4. Cyclones Big Bad Michael Barth takes the hill in the 4th. The Craw gets shut down. 0 for them. Unfortunately, the powerful aura of the closer stymied the Cyclones as well in the 4th. Still stunned in awe of Big Bad Michael Barth, the Craw was shut down again. Over the initial shock of letting the monster loose, the Cyclones got to hitting. Super sub Carlos drops in a single, followed Larry Goldstein drawing a walk, singles by Charles, Spencer, and Joe score 2 and load the bases for Ariel. He rips one to RF that gets by the fielder and Ariel races around the bases for an inside the park grand slam completing a cycle for the day. Evan and Gary drop in singles that allow Big Bad Michael Barth drive in 1 more run before the inning ends. 11-9 Cyclones. The Crawdads strike back with 2 to tie but had a chance for more but were unable to push anymore over with the bases loaded. Bottom 3 up for the Cyclones. After an out, Carlos beats the LCF for a double. Larry Goldstein then flexes his muscles and rips a single to move Carlos over to 3rd. Charles 'Clutch' Lachman steps to plate and smashes one over the RF. Game over. Walk-off. Cyclones win!

POW

Michael Barth came in and shut down the Crawdads, went 2-4, 2 1B, 2BB, 1 RBI (should have had 2 if the guy on second wasn't so slow)

Charles Lachman- 2 -5, 2 1B, 2BB, 2 RBI, 3 Runs. Game Winning hit and constantly getting on base in front of those big bats.

Ariel Rodriguez - fantastic pitching in game 1, hit for the cycle, inside the park GSHR, 7RBI stats speak for themselves, great leadership and fantastic attitude.

Almost forgot the Cyclones fan of the week , special thanks to Justin Reed for inspiring his fellow spring champions in that pivotal 5th inning.

Game 1

SC – 1

Aviator’s – 16

This is a game the Storm Chasers will look to put behind them and forget as we only mustered up 3 hits and 3 walks to scratch across 1 run while making a handful of errors through the first 2 innings to put ourselves way behind. Kudos to the Aviator’s as they hit the ball hard and with a lot of speed in the top of that lineup, they pushed it on the base paths to run rule us in 4. The Storm Chasers looked to bounce back in Game 2 like the week before to find our rhythm.

 

Offensive highlights for the game:

With 15 total At Bats and 1 run scored no real offensive highlights to share for this game.

 

Game 2

SC – 8

Cervesa’s – 13

Unfortunately, the luck of the Storm did not change much in Game 2. We started off a little better when M Babbs got the team going with a double followed up by an inside the park HR by Mr. Ortega himself to put the Storm Chasers up 2 after the top of the first. However, the Cervesa’s ordered a round for 4 in the bottom of the inning to go up 4-2 after 1.

The Storm Chasers would look to the middle to the bottom of the lineup to step up and they did scoring 3 runs by Will Ryan, Wilfredo Nieves and Super Sub Ethan Barath on a flurry of singles before their captain stopped the momentum with an inning ending double play. The Cervesa’s would order up 3 more as well in the bottom of the inning to maintain a 7-5 lead. The Storm Chaser’s would scratch out 1 more run on a Solo HR by Super Sub Matt Parker and hold the Cervesa’s scoreless in the 3rd inning to make the score 7-6 after 3.

Unfortunately, the Storm Chasers bats went cold only scoring 2 runs over the next 3 innings while the Cervesa’s put up another 6 runs to win this one 13-8. The Storm Chasers will lick their wounds and get ready to come back with a vengeance next week seeking to pull our record back to .500!

  

 

Offensive highlights for the game:

Brian Ortega – 2-3 2 HR’s, 4 RBI and 2 RS

Will Ryan – 1-2 1 RS

Super Sub Ethan Barath – 2-2 with a Double, 2 RBI

 

Impact Players of the Week:

Brian Ortega – 2-4 2 HR, BB, 4 RBI and 2 RS

Will Ryan – 2-4 1 RS

Super Sub Ethan Barath – 3-3 with a Double, 3 RBI