Standings

Joe Godsy Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Turkey's Nest 7 5 .583 118 117
Spike Hill 7 5 .583 143 145
Roebling Sports Club 6 6 .500 130 113
AT All-Stars 3 9 .250 101 133
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Gibson 9 3 .750 147 108
St. Anselm 7 5 .583 114 89
R Bar 5 8 .385 127 190
A Bar Runaways 3 10 .231 80 136
 
Joe Fashion Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
The Bedford Yetis 8 5 .615 144 144
Clems 7 5 .583 125 117
The Gutter 86ers 5 8 .385 153 158
Loggers 5 8 .385 119 133
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
3 Kings 11 1 .917 220 76
Kilo Bravo 8 4 .667 150 119
Parkview Scorpions 8 5 .615 149 116
Turkey's Teachers 0 12 .000 92 218

Schedule

Week 14 - Jul 22
11:00 St. Anselm @ The Bedford Yetis 1
Parkview Scorpions @ AT All-Stars 2
1:00 Turkey's Teachers @ Turkey's Nest 2
3:00 Clems @ R Bar 1
The Gutter 86ers @ Gibson 2
5:00 A Bar Runaways @ Loggers 1
Kilo Bravo @ Roebling Sports Club 2

Last Week's Results

Week 13 - Jul 15
WSL Women's League0 @ WSL Women's League 0
Loggers13 @ R Bar 7
Clems3 @ St. Anselm 8
A Bar Runaways6 @ The Gutter 86ers 4
The Bedford Yetis3 @ Gibson 10
Turkey's Teachers7 @ AT All-Stars 14
A Bar Runaways9 @ Roebling Sports Club 6
Kilo Bravo15 @ Spike Hill 16
Parkview Scorpions4 @ Turkey's Nest 13

Week 2- RECAP

Wed, Apr 22, 2015

Wins, loses and “brawls”.

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of the WSL.

11AM

Field #1: Black Betty @ Roebling Sports Club (Homer Wadsworth)

The second week of the WSL was a chance for teams to show their week 1 loss was just a fluke and could chalk it off as ‘spring training, while others were out to prove that they are indeed ready for primetime. Two teams who lost their week one opener got that opportunity to rebound and really start to feel better about themselves at .500. The match-up between Black Betty and Roebling Sports Club was on.

Black Betty lost to Impose last week and the online magazine world was turned on its ear for one Sunday. The Bettys were looking to storm back from their loss and prove to themselves that they are indeed back in Black. They got off to a slow start and scratched a few runs across the board to take an early 5-0 lead into the first few frames. With JB$ out cleaning up another golden yoga mat at the Northern Jersey yoga finals, Lou G ‘Skywalker’ took to the hill and seemed to retired everyone but Babkow, the RSC 3B who had a fine day in the field and at the plate.

The game was lodged at a 9-1 lead somewhere in the middle innings and it looked like the next team to blink would make a run and put the other squad away. Benny, Chels, Ken and Leo ‘Is the New Black’ turned around the lineup and amassed over a dozen hits collectively. Ken also worked a crucial walk with the bases loaded with his team barely holding onto a 18 run lead in the 9th. The Betty didn’t allow more than 6 hitters to bat in any inning and held RSC to only 4 hitters or less in 6 of the 9 innings.

As for the Roebling’s, ‘Uncle’ Hogan scored both runs and both were knocked in by Mark Halling. Sadly, these were the only highlights for RSC in 20-2 drubbing and they came up Shortz. It’s still early in the season and this team isn’t going away. Even with their defeated record they qualified for the playoffs last week when they all showed up to the fields. Actually, one highlight the reporter recalled seeing was a play by Jake HH in LF on Field 1 that included the light pole, a dog on a leash, a stroller\mom\dad combo and a frisbee. McCarren kismet. I don’t even remember if he caught it.

(Black Betty 20 / Roebling Sports Club 2) 

Field #2: Enids @ Gibson (Shortz)

What did I say, Enid’s? Don’t. Get. Too. Complacent. But that’s exactly what the Ladies did, and it almost cost them. The solid as fuck Gibson showed McCarren park some Softball magic:

We saw Stellar defense! Especially from Newbies RF Aaron and LCF Ranger Mike, plus core Gibsonite LF Todd Kovner, all scoring combined 3 RBIs on 7 hits.

We saw hits galore! Especially from Ado, who reached base 4 times with an RBI, Co-Captain Adrian “A-Dos” Franco, with 3 hits and 1 RBI, and from 2nd Baseman Greg who went 5-5 with 2 triples and 3 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored (we’ll keep you on the WSLPOTW radar, sir).

We also witnessed the consequence of trying to find your “Chi” while standing in the batters box (see R Bar recap for tips on behavior).

But Enid’s being Enid’s, we also saw their usual offensive onslaught- sort of. Allen hit a 3-run dinger to start the day off, with a little help from KT (2/3 with a walk), 10-ifer (2/2 with 2 walks), and that cuddly monster Czr (4/5 with a double). But with 3 runs separating the two teams by the 7th inning, it was less than a comfortable lead.

Gone are the days where the Gibbers rely on 1 player to carry the team…to the Gibson. What I saw (from across the field), was a team effort as they kept Enids to only 13 runs. If only they hadn’t left more than 10 runners stranded, this would be a far better recap.

Aprés match, Commander Dom noted, “The Gibson are for real and I couldn’t be happier.” He went on to add, “Enid’s really didn’t miss Drew and Tommy. Ouch.

(Enids 13 / Gibson 9)

1PM

Field #1: The Bedford @ Berry Park (Shortz)

Broken cocktails, broken dreams

Man, was it a skeletal Yetis crew on Sunday. Even their mascot, toothless Halle Berry, was a no show to this week 2 defeat vs. the Mighty Bedford Hillians.

Despite the personnel setback, the Yetis managed to stick with The Bedford (minus 2 runaway innings). Aaron led the Yeti offense, going 4-4 on the day, while Stephanie and Annie followed suit, each going 3-4.

The “Big Bud” sexiest moment of the game occurred when Mia got tea bagged by Linda at home. Well played, Yetis third base coach.

Baby Granddaddy Winston made his pitching debut for Berry Park, but was sent back to the bullpen mid-game…around the same time the mighty Hillians’ bats came alive. Capped by Kris’ “the name I tried to go by in the 2nd grade but everyone kept calling me Kristin” key RBI double in the 5th, it was murder-time for the Bedford.

Doug “the 3B Vacuum” hit his 2nd HR of the season, only to have his HR thunder stolen by Alex and Mo snagging their own HRs. Father Powell redeemed himself from the last time his daughter came to “watch Daddy play…and get no hits” by going 5-5. The Bedford Hillians pulled away once more in top of the 9th with another 5 runs to clinch the ‘W’.

Lesson: Never put my BFFFFFFFFF in the bullpen corner.

(The Bedford 19 / Berry Park 11)

Field #2: 3 Kings @ Turkey’s Teachers ()

Coming off a couple of opening day losses, the Teachers and Kings locked up on Sunday looking for win number one of the 2015 campaign. Heavy headwinds and a chill in the air kept the ball in the park, but could not keep the runs from crossing the plate.

The Principle has his squad ready to go, matching 3Ks run for run until the 4th inning. With Haz himself leading the charge offensively, posting a perfect 2hit/2walk day at the plate and holding it down on the (fictitious) bump. Newcomer Connor Irish added 3 hits on the day, as well as playing some solid defense at SS. The real story of the day ended up being the injuries on the TNT sideline. All that early offense led to no less than 2 hamstring pulls, including the speedy Efren. (Get well soon guys!)

After a slow start in week 1, the Kings looked to set the tone for this game with 3 quick runs in the 1st inning. From that point, it seemed that the flood gates were bound to open…which they did. 3Ks combined for 15 runs in the 4th and 5th innings to really take control of the game. The hit parade included 6 from Thomas Santoro, 5 from Motown and 4 each from Denis & Adam. The original tattooed terror, Matty No Times, made a solid return to the mound, while also reaching base 4 times! Chris Valerio hit the only homer of the game, launching a blast to deep center.

As always, the teams shook hands and retreated to the local bars to celebrate/brood. I was happy to see a lot of the same faces on the TNT sideline from last season and I believe Haz has a solid core of players to build from.

(3 Kings 27 / Turkey’s Teachers 8)

3PM

Field #1: Loggers @ AT United (Shortz)

Green and green got it on and I was there to watch! I was also there to sample the sick spread provided by AT OG Vinny.

Not that I received anything from ATU (AGAIN!), but I did see they had 9 players turned 10 when Ado from The Gibson stepped in. I was then delighted to see my buddy Frank “Phrankenstein” had joined the team and league.

Quick 411 on Frank– Fastest guy in a N. 11th Street race, loves cats (in a manly way), and hits B-B-B-BOMBS! He gave us a taste of the latter on Sunday and you WILL see more. I also witnessed my BEST FRIEND PeteMo get 4 beautiful, strong, line drive, NOT blooper, hits. Who am I kidding- in our beer league that plays on Chernobyl-style fields, they’re ALL legit hits.

The score may indicate that ATU won, but with so much Logger hitting (or just ANY information in general), it seems the outcome should be the opposite.

Al “Go Jets” Chiaino went 2-4 with a bomb to home plate on field 2 which was a thing of beauty. Brian B exacted some offensive revenge on his former team going 2-3 with 2 RBI’s. And then there was Nelson “The One Man Show” Nunez. Going 3-4 with a sac fly (bringing his avg. to .833) and 2 runs scored. He stretched 2 of his singles into doubles and even provoked an ATU throwing error because of his super speed. You should race Frank!

Homer’s two cents: The new All-Jeans Team member is Jimbo from ATU.  He’s a WSL HOF pitcher and his jeans will have their own glass case display someday.   Next week’s AJT members will feature x2 ladies of the WSL who’s dungarees do them no disservice on the diamond.  I also need to confirm that last week wasn’t just laundry day. 

(Loggers 6 / AT United 13)

Field #2: The Runaways @ Turkey’s Nest (Homer Wadsworth)

Last week I got my assignment to cover the Turkey’s Nest vs. The Runaways. Two storied teams of the WSL. One charismatic player who should have his own sports celebrity podcast (Shafer) and the other a softball stud with his own Dire wolf (Chad). The Nest, just off their Finals win against the highly favored Betty squad, came into the game after a season opening win looking to beat a Runaways team that was hoping for some cognitive science rationalization they’d never get.

The Goldilocks Principle is simple. Based on the children’s story about the famous ‘lil miss prissy who didn’t like any of the beds she was crashing in or the free pudding hookup, the story of Goldilocks is based on extremes. Too cold, too hot…etc. The Principle was applied by the Runaways manager in the 7th inning as he manned 1B and watched Lady Nester Laura take pitch after pitch with nothing to her liking. Too far outside. Too high. After a 2-0 count the Runaway’s manager screamed, “Who does she think she is, Goldilocks?” The umpire and players were confused by the comment, then calculated that Rambunctiousness of the player involved + beers = some cognitive science shit Sam learned in years of psychological warfare on the hallowed dirt of McCarren. The comment would come back to potentially haunt the game forever. But not really.

After 8.2 innings of hard nosed softball with stellar plays by both SSs Mitch and Max, some great pitching and some sloppy base running, the game came down to the final frames with some tense moments. After the Goldilocks comment, Kristy (AJT candidate?) and Laura got on, and Korny moved them into position for Shaf. With 2 outs the runners were held up for the big bat on deck and the bases were stacked with the Nest ready to open a 4-3 run lead into much, much more. Well, at most 8-3.

The Right Fielder be like “What chalk?”

After one masterful pitch for strike one by pitcher Disco Dan, Danny ‘Blacktop’ gave him props then laced the second offering down the right field line tailing foul. The umpire behind the dish sprung into action, trained his eyes on the ball and ruled it foul after seeing it land in foul territory. The Nesters all claimed to have seen a puff of something when the ball landed, insinuating the ball was ‘way fair’. Was it too fair? Too foul? What would Goldilocks say? From Jordan: “The ump called it foul. Said that ‘the white powder wasn’t necessarily foul-line chalk and that it could’ve been anything: Cocaine, meth, anthrax, talcum powder, fairy dust- Anything. God Bless us for having that ump call our game.” After the controversial call the Nest held the Runaways down in the 9th for the win.

(The Runaways 3 @ Turkey’s Nest 4)

5PM

Field #1: R Bar @ Clemerica ()

 

/START SOAPBOX

Here we are. Adults playing a child’s game. Angry. Disrespectful. Cursing. How it should be, right?

We all have heard the back story. The bad blood is thick. This guy did this and that guy said that. Menacing glares all around. In the end, it’s a softball game and RBar defeated Clemerica to the tune of 19 to 4. Seemingly, no fun was had and everyone appeared to be unhappy or smug about it afterwards. Yay! (I know SOME people probably had fun…geez.)

I guess this wasn’t the best week for sportsmanship in the WSL. I know I am not perfect and neither is my own team. Heated competition is the backbone of the WSL and we all get caught up in it. There are plenty of people I don’t like, but there are 100 times more that I love. They are scattered across every team in the league. Remember that! The WSL is a community…of natives and transplants…young and old…men and women…talented and, well, not so talented…all playing a GAME that we love! Let’s try to act like it, as much as possible.

My hope is that we all can work a little harder on our inner Wyld Stallyns. Let’s be excellent to each other! Love you guys!

/EXIT SOAPBOX

(R Bar 19 / Clemerica 4)

Field #2: Impose @ Crown Vic 86ers ()

Lining up for the late game on Field 2 were the new look 86ers and the new name Impose posse. Traditionally, these teams have relied on strong defense and timely hits…which is, apparently, still the case. Palma and MAL-V-P both flashed the leather at 2B, while Ben “The Weapon” Weber had an #SCTop10 play in the the 1st inning to thwart a Crown Vic rally.

The runs were few and far between in this game, with both teams dropping a lot more zeros than crooked numbers. Impose was led by 3-4 efforts from Joe Godsy and Derek Evers, but nobody was able to drive them home regularly…or at all. The 86ers, on the other hand, scraped together a couple of small rallies to post their 8 runs.

Opening Day “Player of the Week”, Mike Q, continued to drive in runs on Sunday. He was backed up by solid days from Ben Weisman and Dave Osborne.

Impose would look to make it interesting in the 9th. After the former Bowlers plated a few runs, 86er hurler Nat Murray stranded the bases loaded and capped off the victory. Crown Vic remains undefeated on the year (I know…Week 2) and will face off with Black Betty next weekend. Impose will look to right the ship against RSC in Week 3.

(Impose 3 /Crown Vic 86ers 8)

 

The WSL Player of the Week…Nelson Nunez!!! 

1. Tell us something about yourself we can’t find on your Facebook page?

Nelson: My profile pic doesn’t do justice to my amazing dancing abilities.

2. What is your pre-game ritual?

Nelson: I’m known for my speed, so stretching is important. Aside from the usual pushups and sit-ups to warm up, I usually squeeze an hour of meditation along with an hour sesh each of Bikram and Vinyasa yoga followed by a little primal therapy where I yell for 15 minutes at different frequencies to align my chakra.

3. If you could get any person (in or out of the WSL) on your team who would it be?

Nelson: I’m more of a Sting guy myself, but Rowdy Roddy Piper would be a better fit for the Loggers.

4. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?

Nelson: A chickpea veggie burger with a quinoa chocolate cake.

5. Who’s your favorite Disney Princess?

Nelson: Jasmine. She gave that rapscallion Aladdin a chance.

 

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