Standings

Joe Godsy Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Spike Hill 6 4 .600 122 113
Roebling Sports Club 5 4 .556 86 78
Turkey's Nest 5 4 .556 91 92
AT All-Stars 2 7 .222 67 93
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Gibson 8 1 .889 118 77
St. Anselm 5 4 .556 82 68
R Bar 4 6 .400 104 152
A Bar Runaways 1 7 .125 44 67
 
Joe Fashion Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
The Bedford Yetis 6 4 .600 103 108
Clems 5 4 .556 96 93
Loggers 4 6 .400 89 97
The Gutter 86ers 4 6 .400 121 129
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
3 Kings 8 1 .889 169 60
Kilo Bravo 6 3 .667 102 92
Parkview Scorpions 6 4 .600 118 93
Turkey's Teachers 0 10 .000 78 178

Schedule

Week 11 - Jun 24
11:00 Gibson @ 3 Kings 1
Loggers @ Turkey's Nest 2
1:00 R Bar @ Kilo Bravo 1
AT All-Stars @ The Bedford Yetis 2
3:00 Clems @ A Bar Runaways 1
St. Anselm @ Parkview Scorpions 2
5:00 Roebling Sports Club @ The Gutter 86ers 1

Last Week's Results

Week 10 - Jun 17
The Gutter 86ers14 @ Turkey's Nest 15
Clems9 @ AT All-Stars 2
Loggers13 @ Roebling Sports Club 6
Kilo Bravo4 @ Gibson 9
Parkview Scorpions29 @ R Bar 11
3 Kings0 @ A Bar Runaways 0
The Bedford Yetis16 @ Spike Hill 10
Turkey's Teachers5 @ St. Anselm 11

Playoffs 1st Round – RECAP

Tue, Sep 16, 2014

 

I wish for us to beat the Loggers next week!!!!

And then there were 8. Here’s How it all went down.

11am

Field #1: Pete’s 10 @ Black Betty (Shortz)

the claws are OUT!

For many who witnessed this early fête, things were looking sweet for the Candy folk early on, like really sweet. After a tight 3 innings, Pete’s Candy Store pulled ahead in the 4th, then 5th, then 6th innings.

 

Would we have our first upset on our hands?

HELL NO!

On the brink of elimination, Black Betty got the comeback juices flowing thanks to a visit by former Betty, Jessie ‘BALLGAME’ Sullivan, and also “Mitch’s Mullet” making the rounds on the Betty bench.

Betty chipped away at the lead, eventually overpowering the Candyfolk, with several legit (and McCarren) blasts, specifically at the hands of Dave ‘Teach’ Pretto, who returned off the DL to do two things- clear bases and lift spirits. For those “in the know”, he suffered a nasty leg injury in the line of softball duty, but got back into WSL form by completing the President’s Challenge. Anyone else fail to get their badge by missing one measly ‘activity’ (stupid curl ups)?

Pete’s countered with a HR to Bedford Ave by Beautiful Chad to push the lead to 2 heading in to the bottom of the 8th. In the top of the 9th, up 3 runs, Pete’s threatened revenge but couldn’t plate a run, (thanks in part to Steve ‘BBoy’ Peralta who whooped some ass in the hot corner).

In the end, not even the infield trifecta of defensive awesome- Max, Ed and Megan, could dull the claws of the Betty, who tore their way back from a 6-run deficit and advance to the elite 8.

(Pete’s 10 / Black Betty 13)

Field #2: Crown Vic 86ers @ Turkey’s Nest (Stryker)

Ohhhh Crown Vic….I feel your pain. Not a nice way to end the season but now you can just focus on drinking, heckling, and enjoying the WSL end of season festivities! The Turkeys came out hard and fast, scoring 7 runs in each of the first 2 innings. Then they slowed it down and just worked the hard D methodically, cupping balls and showing how strong their forearms are. Andy Breving won an “arm cannon” wristband from Shafer and John Louis for his attempt to throw a runner out at home plate from right center field. In the warped minds of Shafer and Louis, hitting the top bar of the backstop (aka almost throwing the ball over the backstop on a relay) is grounds for entry into the club. The 86ers tried to hold on with Filthy Jeff going 3-4 and Mayor Al Buttah going 2-4 with a 3 run McCarren homerun that got past Louis in LF.

JL, Jake, Mitch, and Shafer were a combined 23 for 17 with Shafer hitting 4 home runs and went for 2 cycles, average day for him. Speaking of Shafer, planet earth can all stop worrying about our relationship, he came through with the 11 beers he owed me and on top of that surprised me with a very expensive bouquet of roses. It was a very touching gesture made more “touching” when we shared a sexually charged embrace as he serenaded me with a song he composed, titled Saving All My Love for Stryker. It’s been such a pleasure writing about The Boys of Summer this year, some of the greatest human beings I have ever met. I’ll be rooting for you the rest of the way, and please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help the cause…..A-NY-THING!

(Crown Vic 86ers 5 / Turkey’s Nest 21)

1pm

Field #1: Clemerica @ Spike Hill (Stryker)

We lost. It was a lot to a little. O’Malley didn’t give me any of his team stats (not that I’d be able to list all of them) so I’ll give you what I remember. I did some unconventional warm ups with Hogan.

I wouldn’t really call it stretching. It seemed more like some sort of far eastern witchcraft combined with a bad acid trip.

Linda did some pitching during BP and was really throwing some junk, I guess she didn’t want us getting warmed up. As mentioned above, Shafer presented me with two lovely bouquets before the game, one of roses and the other of Budweisers.

Then the game started.

Leo led off with a double, then scored a “SP” on the play. For those of you that aren’t too familiar with WSL softball terminology, a SP is a Stryker Pant-sing. I guess Leo didn’t realize that you don’t have to sneak up behind me to get my pants off, it’s way easier than that. Clemerican J Rockaway had a really nice shoestring diving catch in RC and DBA hit a ball that put another hole in the Ozone layer. Those are our two highlights. O’Malley left the game early on his Razor Scooter. Pretty embarrassing end to the game when Spike Hill had us take 6 outs in the top of the 8th to end the game. Oh well…We went back to Clem’s and Breezey threw a sweet BBQ for the team. Mallory.V.P. showed up and found out what it was like to be part of the best team in the league and actually have fun after a game. We’ll see you next season Mal! It was a fun season, and as always, my fellow Clemericans battled and drank, we laughed and we cried, but we always had fun. I wouldn’t play for any other team in the world. Good luck Spike Hill you’re gonna need it against those beautiful Boys of Summer!

(Clemerica  -12 / Spike Hill 300,000)

Field #2: Reel2Reel @ Brooklyn Bowl (Shortz)

The effects of wedding season were loud and proud on field 2.

Both teams were working with a skeleton crew of exactly 10 (because, “weddings”). And half from each crew who did show were checking the watches every 30 seconds to make sure they’d have enough time to see Godsy marry a living human woman (I kid- Mazel Tov, Joe and Jen!).

That trademark Bowler defense (we’ve all come to envy) was truly on display for the softball masses. 2B Palma Blank and SS Derek Evers were an unbelievable duo up the middle. Jon Blank, playing on one leg, somehow kept everything in front of him in LF. Ben “Weapon” Weber was pressed into service in RF and made a few great plays and almost gunned out a runner at home.

Reel2Reel’s defense on the other hand was…also not terrible! We kept the Bowlers scoreless in 6 out of 10 innings, and when they were able to poke one through, the damage was never more than 2 runs per inning. Out usual defense M.O. is letting the Reels fall off for an inning or two so that’s progress people.

On the offensive side of the ball, Jeff Carroll lead the attack, driving in 4 of the 7 runs including a sweet 2 run homer that just cleared Phil’s glove in RC, forever haunting his dreams. And don’t get me started on Bowler Jeff, who drove in the tying runs in the 8th with a sweet opposite field liner.

Our bats were less for show and more for go, never hitting more than a double at a time. Tyler went 3-4, Ope went 3-5, and Shawn & Sir Hit-A-Lot Millard both went 2-4. But the real accomplishment for us? No one was physically injured (save a couple of bruised egos).

Both teams, refusing to receive the TKO punch, were deadlocked at 6-6 into the 10th. After a scoreless Reeler top half, Sam Farnsworth rocketed a gaper to left center that Reeler Jake skillfully kept it in front of him. With Sam on second, Christian Ver Halen crushed a liner into RF for the game-winning hit.

A bummer to get knocked out, yes, but there are far worst ways to lose (just ask our comrades across the field).

(Reel2Reel 6 / Brooklyn Bowl 7)

3pm

Field #1: Turkey’s Teachers @ Good Co. (WSL SUPER FAN)

Good Company showed up in droves for their game with the Turkey’s Nest Teachers. Everywhere you looked, there were Pinks. Mike V’s girlfriend was there, Sam Turner’s wife’s husband was there, as well as Wally’s better half. Additionally, the girl that’s dating Captain Calves’s boyfriend was there, so you knew that Good Company were looking solely on the first round – as Dom often says at the bar, “one round at a time”. Unfortunately for Tommy and Drew, one round is usually over very quickly because those boys love their shots, allegedly according to anonymous sources (WSL and its affiliates do not endorse this message, unless Dom is buying).

Teachers, on the other hand, were a bit more circumspect and full of belief that the children are our future, when “New Dad” Tristan walked up to the field after a sensible break from Sunday Softball to care for his newborn. The Teachers played like a team with no quit in them throughout the game. Under the tutelage of Grandmaster Haz, the second Nest kept the game tight with disciplined defense and some timely hitting, including a no doubt 2-run homer by fantasy softball sleeper, Efran. The Grey Fox’s crew was not to be denied their destiny this week; when the bottom of the 7th rolled around, the Pinks powered up and pushed 8 runs across the plate to begin to put the game out of reach. Haz’s crew didn’t fold, however, and got two quick outs in the 8th to potentially set up a miracle 9th in comeback. Yet, there would be no joy at the end in Haz-ville, after the Pinks rode a 2-out tsunami to the tune of 12 runs before the Teachers could record the 3rd out. The Pinks continue their drive to the championship next week versus the Soft Spot, while the Teacher’s head back to school and begin retooling for 2015.

(Turkey’s Teachers 7 / Good Co 32)

Field #2:  Loggers @ 3 Kings (Stache)

After one of the most discussed previews of my budding journalistic career, it appeared that one of the teams really took those motivational promo videos to heart! Despite the impassioned performance of 3 Kings own “Nature Boy” Nick Price, the heavily favored 3Ks team came out of the gates a bit sleepy. The “new look” Loggers would take every opportunity to capitalize on the hibernating 3Ks bats.

The game started with some light, back & forth scoring, which had the Kings ahead 3-2 heading into the 5th inning. The Loggers then decided to take control, plating 5 runs over the next 2 innings off the bats of Craig H, Brains and Jeff X. “Rowdy” Tony Basille kept the 3 Kings lineup in check, while his team dropped another 4 spot in the top of the 8th to put their lead at an almost insurmountable 11-4.

With the heart of the Kings lineup heading to the plate in the bottom half, they would finally answer the bell. RBI hits from Chris Valerio and Motown capped a 4-run rally to cut the lead to 3. After a quick 3 outs, the Kings went back to work with hits from Kenny and Tommy Kosak, which set up a 3-run, game-tying blast from Thomas Santoro. The Kings would put 2 more runners on, before ending the inning with the winning run on 3rd.

The Loggers went down easy in the top of the 10th and it looked like the Kings bats were ready to put the game away. Not so fast…the Loggers came up with some big defensive plays to send the game to the 11th inning. Sensing the moment, the Loggers got 4 straight hits, capped off by a monstrous blast from Jeff X. You just can’t script this stuff!

Backs firmly planted against the wall, the Kings kept fighting. They were able to string together some hits and push a couple runs across, but fell short in the end. The Loggers played a gutty game and rode their amazing energy right into a Round 2 playoff matchup with Black Betty.

(Loggers 15 / 3 Kings 13)

5pm

Field #1: Soft Spot @ AT United (WSL SUPER FAN)

In the battle of similarly armed teams, Union Pool triumphed over the Alzheimer’s & Tourette’s United in a classic first round clash. The Yeti’s jumped out quickly with a strong inning that saw the visitors take a 6-run lead off the bat (good use of that expression, I think). After that, it was the uphill battle for AT, because Soft Spot wasn’t giving away anything for free. The tone was set in the first inning when shortstop and funny man Jason Dietz proved that he still has a 6 inch vertical by skying to catching what would’ve been a sure hit and double for AT lead off man and speedster Lauck Blake. All throughout the game, the Yeti’s squeezed tight, with Steph scooping and firing at third base, Zak and Toolan turning sure hits into outs with aggressive plays, and Aaron joining the outfield highlight reel with fully in stride catch a would-be homer deep down the right field line (and would’ve given AT new life). This was one of the must see matchups on Sunday and it didn’t disappoint in the least. Soft Spot moves on to try to remind everyone, including Good Company, that the Pinks road to the semi-finals is neither a cakewalk nor a guarantee.

(Soft Spot 12 / AT United 7)

Field #2: Gibson @ R Bar (Stache)

Expectations were decidedly low for this matchup, which was mostly a straight up mismatch. The Bums from R Bar went about their business, early and often. Bubbs and Bobby sparked a 4-run rally in the 1st inning, then D-Lo blasted a homer in the next frame.

The Gibbys just never had a good answer for the R Bar offense, who scored in almost every inning and amassed 32 hits. Josh and Sam both had 2-run homers in the game. D-Lo, Natalie and Katie combined to go 6-7 with 3 RBIs.

The scoring ended at 24-3 and R Bar moves on to face Brooklyn Bowl in the 2nd round. I didn’t hear from the Gibbys afterwards, but I assume they still marched down Bedford to drown their sorrows in some sponsor bar libations.

(Gibson 3 / R Bar 24)

 

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