With another season in the books, we bring you our final recap of the year. Once more, duckduck and Good Company fell to their respective opponents, the league settled which division is mightier (the South) and Black Betty passed the Joe “Fashion” Fiorentino Williamsburg Softball League Championship Trophy over to its new owners, Spike Hill. Did we spoil the ending for you? Well that’s on you for not being there to behold the wonder that is Championship Day. Here’s one thing we won’t give away in the intro, game details and of course, the Spectacular End of Season Video!!!!!!!!!
Read on, readers.
Field #1: duckduck vs. Spike Hill (Shortz)
The familiar scene had a familiar outcome, as the “Davids” of the playoffs were finally knocked out.
Spike Hill held dudkduck 4-0 through 6 innings, with a growing concern amongst the Ducks that our pregame chant of “shut out” was going to bite us in the ass. We pulled it together in the 7th inning by loading the bases and hitting 2 sac flies to score 3, closing their lead to 1…only for Bobby “Carole Brady” to hit a 3 run homer after Leo and O’Mallery got on and they tacked on one more (aided but Mo’s super sexy triple in the 8th) to win 8 to 3.
Even with strong duck defense and Sgt. Andre’s questionable bang-bang calls that always went in favor of the Ducks, they still fell short of advancing to the final round.
And now I finish my recap, via my update on an Edgar Allen Poe favorite, “The O’Raven”
‘Spike Hill Prophet!’ said duckduck, `thing of evil! – Spike Hill prophet still, if team or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that trophy we both adore -
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant WSL heaven,
It shall clasp a sainted duckduck whom the angels name Champion -
Clasp a rare and radiant duckduck, whom the angels name Champion?’
Quoth the O’Raven, `Nevermore.’
‘Be that word our sign of parting, Coach or fiend!’ I shrieked upstarting -
‘Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Wine-tasting shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy Spiked-soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the celebrations above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’
Quoth the O’Raven, `Nevermore.’
And the Spike Hill O’Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid memory of broken softball dreams just above my chamber door;
And the O’Raven eyes have all the seeming of softball demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him succeeding throws his shadow on the floor;
And the Fashion Trophy, from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted by duckduck – nevermore!
(Spike Hill 8 / duckduck 3)
Field #2: Black Betty vs. Good Company (GBlack)
The clouds had cleared and the late night rainfall had drained away from the fields. (thanks to our incredible groundskeeping crew) The stage was set on Field #2 for the rubber match between these two very deserving semi-finalists. Good Co. was coming in with slightly more momentum than Black Betty, and it showed. The Pink playoff MVP Capt. Calves struck early with a shot and then Rob got in on the action and split the outfielders, giving them a decent lead. Great pitching from both sides had this game tight, but Good Co. was in position to win it. Having been down in Semi-Finals before and prevailing, The Betty leaned on their massive playoff experience and did not get rattled. If anything, they just pumped up the jams and danced more.
Down 5-7 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, The Champs used a walk to get the runners on with Camarra on 3rd and The Commish on 2nd, representing the tying run. There was a fly ball to RF and while Camarra tags and scored easily, Holland tried to channel Usain Bolt and listened to 3rd base coach Bud (Mr. Black Betty) as he tried to score, but was hosed by a mile on a fantastic relay throw from Stacy. Black Betty would score the tying run on the clutchest of hits by long time Betty vet, CI, forcing extra softball for all. Pinks did not score in the top of the 10th but Betty threatened in the bottom of the frame. Being home team allowed BB to be aggressive, and “aggro” they were. The One and Only JB$ laced a hit down the LF line and eventually found himself on 3B. First Betty Lady Jody comes to the plate and the tension rises some more. Pitch… and its a fly ball to right center a few feet behind the girl line… JB$ jukes towards home to draw the throw…. the rope from the outfield is bobbled.. JB$ slides heads first to win the game!!! The Betty advance to meet Spike Hill and have a chance at starting another 5-peat.
Great played games and well fought by both sides….especially with this hilarious play.
(Black Betty 8 / Good Company 7)
***All-Star Game (Stache)***
As a birthday gift to Sir Stache (and in exchange for the amazing cupcakes he gave us), we gave him carte blanche with the All-Star Recap. Take it away, good Sir.
With all the pomp and circumstance that one would expect from a WSL All-Star Game, the best (and worst) of the North and South divisions squared off on Sunday to determine which band of misfits could manage to play a fun, yet bizarre brand of softball! The stakes were low to possibly nonexistent. Hell, even the bragging rights on this one are marginal at best. Remind me again why we agreed to this? Oh yeah, because this league has more damn fun than any other in all the land!
There was a raucous crowd; full of both cheers and jeers, accompanied by the sharp-tongued, commentating duo from The New Additions (and their back feeding microphone) that amplified the atmosphere to ear-bleeding decibel levels!
With guest official Rebecca (AT) sporting her referee stripes & whistle the stage was set with all the high drama of an epic battle…then the game started.
The Southerners showed no hospitality in the top of the first, plating 4 big runs off North Division hurler Stryker (Clemerica), Nate (R Bar) and Baby Boy (Soft Spot) started the 2-out rally with a couple of base hits, followed by a ‘Stache (3 Kings) RBI double and then a 3 run homer from Allen (Good Co)! That’s fucking teamwork! Aided by the lefty-righty pitching duo of Tony (Loggers) and Dom (Pete’s) needed to lock down a victory, the South kept the hits coming!
Jen 10 (Loggers) was a “fucking machine” (meaning two totally different things based on the phrase’s delivery) and scored a run after Dre (Teachers) and Shane (Teachers) schooled the North with back-to-back hits once again in the 6th! Zak (Soft Spot) made a sweet diving grab in the 6th and followed it up in the 7th with a hit and a run!
The North certainly had their moments, although they were mostly on defense. Leia (Clemerica) robbed a base hit with a nasty snag at 2B, which drew the biggest cheer of the day (*cough* way more than the deafening silence following the Spike Hill victory *cough*)! Mallory.V.P (86ers) showed off her defensive wizardry at 3B with some sick plays and lefty SS extraordinaire Denis (Duck Duck) wasn’t about to let the ladies get all the highlights, so he led the North bats with an RBI triple.
The South Side squad was dominant in this one folks! Hopefully everyone had fun and we can get full participation from all the WSL teams next season? So many players remarked about how cool it was to actually play alongside each other! That’s what it’s all about! Couldn’t imagine a better end to the season than we had on Sunday!
We even had a halftime entertainment show featuring Violet Camarra singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, some B-boy dancing action by Steve, and some awful in between DJ-ing.
(Editors Note: DINOSAUR CUPCAKES!!!!!!)
(South Division 10 / North Division 3)
Field #1: Black Betty vs. Spike Hill (Shortz)
With both team “super crestfallen” that the sound system broke down (or sabotaged), the Championship game kicked off in the serious fashion that these two squads are accustomed. The game was tit-for-tat throughout; Betty scored two runs in the top of the first, Spike Hill answered the next inning to tie the game. The Championship was shaping up to be a real nail biter, with Betty up up 3-2, when Mitch Sparkles hit a two run bomb to put the Mighty Spike Hillians up 4-3. Fast forward to the 8th when O’Malley, in a “genius” move, had the team play JB$ shallow and he proceeded to triple to right field. A couple batters later, Aiden crushed a first pitch strike for a 3 run bomb to put Betty up 6-4 and 6 outs away from the Championship. Cut to the Bottom of the 8th, where Phil tripled to right and Matt Silverman had a clutch RBI single to put Spike Hill within within 1 run, but the Betty was able to shut down the bottom of the order.
The top of the 9th brought the top of the Betty lineup. Mike Camarra showed some two-out lightning with a double and Betty looked ready to tack on. With an intentional “Kill-a-man” walk, “Big Daddy” Kane masterfully coaxed a flyout from Bud to get out of the inning. Leo led off for Spike with a bloop hit to right field that Benny couldn’t quite get to, but kept in front to keep Leo at 1B. O’Malley drove another hit to right to advance Leo to 2nd and Bobby “Carole Brady” crushed the ball down the right field line for a double, which tied the game and put the winning run at third with no outs. Betty walked Powell, much to his surprise, to load the bases, and then Black-Betty-Championship-dream-killer Alex Dubin, after working the count full, crushed a line drive down the line that CI couldn’t quite get his glove on for the walk off win.
(Spike Hill 7 / Black Betty 6)
And then a bunch of craziness ensued at Good Co. that we will not post, some for legal reasons, some because we just can’t remember. Although in the year of 2-peats, DLo once again won the Cornhole Tourney (rigged!) and Matt Silverman once again won the bracket (rigged)
End of Season Video
Since it’s debut at the WSL End of Season Party, you’ve been clamoring for us to post this. Careful what you ask for! And for those that didn’t make the final cut, we implore you to simply BE MORE ENTERTAINING NEXT YEAR.
Great 2013 season everyone and thanks for all your support.
A Million Toodles,
See you all next Spring!
-The New Additions
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