Standings

Joe Godsy Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Spike Hill 13 6 .684 243 194
Roebling Sports Club 11 8 .579 220 177
Turkey's Nest 9 9 .500 178 199
AT All-Stars 4 14 .222 138 203
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Gibson 15 4 .789 238 169
St. Anselm 13 6 .684 214 151
R Bar 7 11 .389 175 244
A Bar Runaways 4 14 .222 120 178
 
Joe Fashion Division
NORTH W L PCT RF RA
Clems 13 6 .684 223 171
The Bedford Yetis 10 8 .556 205 207
Loggers 7 11 .389 158 166
The Gutter 86ers 8 11 .421 201 216
 
SOUTH W L PCT RF RA
Kilo Bravo 13 5 .722 233 165
Parkview Scorpions 11 8 .579 215 174
Turkey's Teachers 0 18 .000 132 312
- 1 1 .500 10 17

Schedule

Championship Sunday - Sep 23
11:00 Parkview Scorpions @ Clems 1
Roebling Sports Club @ Spike Hill 2
2:00 North Champion @ South Champion 2

Last Week's Results

Championship Sunday - Sep 23
Parkview Scorpions0 @ Clems 0
Roebling Sports Club0 @ Spike Hill 0
North Champion0 @ South Champion 0

Week 11 – RECAP

Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Soggy fields for our absentee fathers to play on (just kidding, you’re all wonderful Dads) + rain-related rule changes (surprise) + a guest commissioner (WHO DID SUCH A GOOD JOB!!!!!) = Sunday. 

11AM

Field # 1: Turkey’s Nest @ Impose ()

It was a combination of wet fields, missing umpires, and blacktop extra innings that caused tempers to flare early on Father’s Day. I’ll take the blame for the games starting almost an hour late on Sunday, since (as acting commissioner) it was (by default) my fault. Despite everything, the games got played and we were back on schedule by 3pm!

Despite the delays, it really didn’t seem to effect either team adversely. Turkey’s Nest came out with guns blazing in the 1st inning, scoring 3 on the back of Glenn Mobley’s clutch hitting. Impose didn’t blink and matched the Nest in the bottom of the frame, plating 3 of their own on RBI hits from Ryan Bort and Christian Lee Roth. So much for the excruciating wait, huh?

Now that over half the scoring in the game was out of the way in the 1st inning, it was time for the defense to take control. Each team would only score in 2 out of their 9 innings. Impose would get 2 in the 4th, when Jeff Carroll snatched the lead on an RBI single to move the score to 5-3. That advantage was short-lived, since Andy Breving would key a 3-run rally in the top of the 5th to take the lead back.

The bottom of the 9th would be tense, as Impose threatened to rally. After a leadoff single from Godsy, Ryan would hit into a fielder’s choice to force the 1st out at second base. Christian would follow that with a “double” into the Nest outfield, where Mr. Breving would snatch it up and fire a strike to 3B…which culminated in the “blown call” heard round the borough.

The ump called the runner out! Oh, the humanity! Lucky for the WSL, we often get the benefit of “instant replay” via our brilliant league photographer, Erik Pendzich. Sorry Imposers, that looks a lot like an out on film. Regardless, it certainly doesn’t look like the blown call of the century. Now with 2 outs and an Impose runner in scoring position, the next batter stranded the tying run on 2B and ended the game.

(Turkey’s Nest 6 / Impose 5)

Field # 2: AT United @ Black Betty (Homer Wadsworth)

As close to HH-ing as these two dads will allow…

What a weird way to start a Sunday but it almost sorta worked out for everyone! Sorry 5pm….you haaaaaaad to take BP, didn’t you……it’s in the rule book that you are entitled to it, time permitting, but who’s watching the clock and who really reads the rule book?!?!

The grounds crews for the league got to the fields earlier (7am!) than the dog group that meets up on Field 1 Sunday morning and worked like Keebler elves to get the fields right while most definitely experiencing some heat exhaustion (props to Sam & prince-logo-guy). Once the field and players were properly baked, everyone collected eventually and the great sport of softball began….at like 12pm or so, but who really cares! It’s gonna be gorgeous for the rest of the day and we should get all the games in …right…..right? There are so many sun icons on my weather channel app that nothing could possibly go wrong for any team playing later in the day. So. Many. Icons.

The Betty’s got on the board first and right away ATU responded. The Betty tacked on a few more but the ATU shrugged that shit off and got a few back. As umpire Mike Stoshnelis said ‘ATU had an answer for every Betty rally, but the Betty rallied more frequently, thus causing the score differential to go in their favor resulting in a win.’ God…that guy is so nerdy but according to the Betty pitcher, he umped the FUCK out of that game in his first time ever behind the dish. Ferreal! LouG (3 for 3\photogenic hug with GBlack) said after the game Mike’s really not a bad guy. I don’t know why everyone thought the moustache thing made him look so evil…..I thought he looked kinda sexy. I guess evil sexy, if anything. I’m really enjoying the league, though, and it’s not just Mike.’

As for softball, the Betty Dads were in full effect with new daddy-o SuperDadDave and Principal Pretto getting into a short lived HR contest. With Holland in Japan, both teams battled with the sun and its specific angle that, this particular weekend, caused more harm than any other angle of the sun on any other weekend of the year. (credit – AM radio) That’s why yer burnt, yo!

The ATU weren’t their usual selves but one dude seem intent on being in on every play making shit happen everywhere. PeteMo played a great game in some challenging conditions and did a helluva job being the premiere SS he is. He barehanded a few balls (can’t:help:it), made 2 great double plays, and generally got everything within drone range. ATU threatened but seemed to be lacking something and not just a tent with cold cuts. They are some cool people and make showing up anywhere between 11am to 12pm enjoyable in the first place. It’s all in the photos.

(AT United 7 Black Betty 13)

 

1PM

Field # 1: Berry Park @ Gibson (Shortz)

This has nothing to do with the game. Lynch Mob RULES!

It’s hard to win a game when 5 of your players jump ship and 5 more are no shows. Such was the case with the journeymen (and journeywomen), The Gibson. Still, they managed to tape together a squad to include Allen from Enid’s, and almost got us a 3rd win. But didn’t I warn you about Winnie? Didn’t I somehow confuse you that Winnie was possibly coaching your team too?

New Skipper Winston and his ‘winless since week 1’ Yetis were ready to do whatever it took (minus hookin’) to pull out a ‘W’. Wasting no time, they plated 4. Zak lead off with a double, Joey brought him home with a tater, Ryan ‘your shift on me is futile’ was batted in by Toolan ‘Walk Hard’ who was then batted in be Pizza(and so on and so on). Everyone in a Yeti uniform got on base at least once, and continually out hit The Gibbers.

But the Gibson threatened to come back on more than one occasion, thanks to core Gibsonian David ‘The Glovner’ Kovner (4-5 with 1 HR & 5 RBIs (on our POTW radar)), Will ‘my fellow Robot’ (4- 5 day with a triple and 2 clutch RBIs), interim Co-Cptn and team leader Todd Kovner (5- 5 with 3 runs scored), and Martin Smolinski even got his first HR of the season.

But Winnie’s leadership made all the difference, and the Gibson was sent packing…back to the Gibson…which thankfully, was open this week.

(Berry Park 13 / Gibson 11)

Field # 2: Turkey’s Teachers @ Clemerica ()

That’s not water…

Yay! It’s the annual day of atonement for Haz. Years ago, he would sink Stryker’s battle…sack on a scorcher up the middle. He has continually paid for his indiscretions with poor attendance, even poorer defensive efforts, and a lot of losses. Father’s Day would be no different. Despite fielding a full 12-man lineup, the Teacher’s would feel the pain of 1000 busted testicles.

Andre Rodriguez would lead off the game for the Teachers with a hit, as all 6 batters would reach safely in the top of the 1st inning…unfortunately, all 3 outs would be made on the bases. That 3-run TNT rally would quickly be matched by the Clemericans in the bottom half, when they plated 3 of their own…and then 7 the next inning…and 12 more over the remainder of the game.

Bobby, Markow and DBA would all homer for the Battleship in the rout, while Stryker would avenge his missing “comrade” and Breeze would steer the ‘ship to a 6-4 record. “Those Nut Takers” move to 1-9 on the season and get Enid’s next weekend. Luckily, Pink’s hurler Capt. Calves wears the biggest cup known to man. Swing away, Haz.

(Turkey’s Teachers 7 / Clemerica 22)

 

3PM

Field # 1: The Runaways @ Crown Vic 86ers (Homer Wadsworth)

The Runaways vs 86’ers game was a close one with the Vic pulling out the win this weekend winning 16-8 or so….depends on who you ask or if you trust ‘the web’. Al ‘Bummer’ Bauman was miffed when the website revealed a misprint in who won the game. Even when they win a game the 86ers have to fight to make it right on the internet AND they have to do it with Sgt. Dre’s back still hurting! So fucked up!

The Runaways were still without their manager this week and hung with the Vics for the most part of 7 innings but the 86ers were too powerful to overcome with their big names taking care of business like a boss. JQ was a single shy of the cycle (that’s like the guy in the gym who thinks all the dumbbells are too light for him); QSMASH hit 2 dingers, one that ricocheted off the top of the Field 2 dugout and the other onto the Automotive School Parking roof; and last, but never the least, Mallory ‘Walkoff Weekend’ had a few RBI’s and went 2 for 3 on the day keeping the infield mojo going for her squad.

As for the Runaways, their highlights in this losing effort were some good defensive plays by SS Mike Gembecki and Maggie making a few ridic catches of her own. According to sources on the team, all 3rd base coaches (basically, anyone standing near 3rd base) have been instructed to always send Dom on any play that involves him running harder and longer around the bases. The Runaways really enjoy the red face that somehow emerges under that immaculate tan of his when he’s pushed to shoved. We love you Dom! Your team, however, might be trying to kill you.

The Vics are rolling and scoring which the Mayor explained to this reporter is key to their success. “Yo….our outfield is so deep, it’s sick. We just gotta score runs….. I know?!?!’’ The schedule isn’t too kind to the team with the Nest, Bums and the Clemericans in their future but with a 6-3 record they’ve set themselves up nicely for a July full of potential.

(The Runaways 16 / Crown Vic 86ers 8)

 

Field # 2: Loggers @ Roebling Sports Club (Shortz)

I missed WAY. TOO. MUCH.

Even without Logger Tony, who was off getting married (congrats, my friend), the Loggers were finally able to add one in the Win column this week against my beloved Remys. When I asked interim coach, Jake “Wha happen?”, his response was so eloquent (and I so lazy), that I have cut and pasted said response for your reading pleasure.

“All game long they kept hitting singles and doubles, tacking on to their slight lead and then put up 4 in the 8th. After we put up a goose egg in bottom 8, they tacked on another insurance run to go up 11-6. Bottom 9, we started with 3 singles in a row to load the bases, Justin hit a sac fly making it 11-7, then Policy Shawn hit a single making it 11-8, (could this be a comeback to redeem ourselves for last week’s disaster?!). Then RSC Sean hit another sac fly to plate a 9th run to make it a 2 run game. With two outs, one on, and the tying run at the plate I stepped drove the ball into deep left center where Snoop made an over the shoulder catch, ending the game by robbing me of what would have been my 3rd HR of the game…and would have tied it….ughhh.”

Even a well played game with multiple lead changes, great defense by both teams, and some timely hitting still hurts for the losing side. But it’s nice to hear some of our rookies represented. Clinchy played a stellar 2B, went 2 for 2 with 2 walks, and if Justin had just stayed at 3rd instead of getting thrown out at home going for a HR he could’ve hit for the cycle (stop being greedy, newbie).

As for the Loggers, not only did I miss the hit parade of Craig (3-4 with 5 RBI’s and 3 runs scored), Brian B (3 hits) and Brian P (2 hits and 2 runs scored), but I also missed veteran Mike Saris ‘JayZ-ing’ it up? Damn you, weekends off! And remember when I mentioned before that Tony was away getting married (you get two shout outs, buddy!)? Well, Jay Mort (3-5) took over the pitching duties and was declared their MVP.

The Loggers hope to take some momentum into next week’s game against Black Betty, primed for a rematch of last year’s playoff loss, while we play some (of my many) best friends on ATU.

(Loggers 11 / Roebling Sports Club 9)

 

5PM

Field # 1: The Bedford @ R Bar (Homer Wadsworth)

He’s the only one allowed to take BP.

After a crazy rain delay to begin the day, the 5pm match ups looked like they were going to be everything everyone was hoping for…..minus the torrential downpour that made everyone run for cover and into the Gibson for slushy pina coladas.

With O’Malley wearing his sweaty t-shirt on the hill for the Bedfordians and Bubbs in the fancy white RBar getup, the game got off to a defensive start with the Bedford Brunchers taking an early lead into the middle innings with the Bums on their heels but always in the game.

Seems both teams didn’t feel the need to send in official recaps, but lucky for you folks, I was positioned behind the backstop watching both games intently, pointing out to one of the local entrepreneurs, Kate B, the little things in the game that sometimes go overlooked. Like which player intensely grabs his hat from his head when running, or who runs through first base even though they clearly just hit a single and should round the bag instead. You know. The little things. Even from the other field, you could see the Enids\3Ks game taking shape into some big teams facing off. It was a really good day for top notch co-ed softball and for watching players find their summer groove during summer solstice…and really… it’s all about the angle.

The game only went 5 innings and the biggest play came when Bedford’s Phil made a diving catch amidst strollers and the light post when the Bums cried bobble\drop and got doubled off ending the inning, giving the Bedford something to smile about. The umpire, Mitch, got the full peanut gallery treatment and handled the call like a pro. Nothing says integrity like sticking to a call you start to doubt based on reactions of players. It happened earlier in the Impose\Nest game, but Erik’s photo once again proved the call was right. If yer out, it’s probably because the ball beat you to the bag, you didn’t slide or you should just be faster next time.

Hopefully, both these games will be continued at a later date and the intensity will be there like it was last weekend.

(5 innings is apparently not 6- no game!)

Field # 2: 3 Kings @ Enids ()

GOOD JOB, MIKE!

Some days I would really like to hit the reset button. Acting as stand-in WSL commissioner on Sunday, I woke up at 5:30am to assess the weather forecast and get a quick bite to eat. By 7am, I was on the fields with my trusty squeegee. After removing all of the numerous puddles, I had to make my way to the blacktop for a doubleheader at 9am. I soon understood the how poorly my day was going to progress, as the games were delayed to allow the surface to dry. With a dozen umps and players likely “stranded” until their games finished, I knew the WSL games were going to suffer.

After an extra-innings (of course) win, the horde of blacktop players and umps rushed over to get the 11am WSL games going…at around noon. I got an ear-full or three from some disgruntled managers, but I think we managed to be reasonably back on track by the 3pm time-slots. All the while, we were blessed with a warm and sunny day…after the forecast looked miserable 24 hours prior.

Finally, after what seemed like the longest day of my life, 3Ks would take the field to face the Pinks at 5pm…ish. Sadly, my day would not get any better. Enid’s would essentially manhandle the Kings, until the game would have to be called in the 6th inning. That’s when the skies would open up and end the WSL action for the day in the most fitting way I could imagine…completely undoing all the hard work that Justin, Sam Warden and myself put in to get the fields ready in the AM.

The “final” would be 12-3 for the Pinks. Jen 10 homered, Coach Dom did some hitting and Sam Turner made a cool catch on the dirt mound. The Kings didn’t do much to speak of, but we all had a little fun sliding in the mud afterwards. 3Ks drop to 8-2 on the year and look to get back on track next week against the Gibson, while Enid’s will face off against TNT and look to get their own 8th win.

UPDATE: Apparently this game counts as 6 innings were played (as opposed to 5 innings- sorry, Mo) and making up rules as we go along is what makes this league so super great!

(3 Kings 3 / Enids 12)

 

WSL Player of the Week is…Bobby Maxwell!

 

SPEECH!!!

As a kid growing up in a small southern town I could never have imagined one day I’d be accepting an award of this magnitude in New York City. Following in the footsteps of WSL greats like Q, D Lo (pebbles) and Czr is a great honor. Some naysayers may bring up that the week I won POW also featured 4 of the league’s best teams getting rained out and thus eliminating them from contention…But to them I say “sorry no takesy backsies.” Also a shout out to the Turkeys Teachers, they fought us hard this week but I never could of won this award without them.

1. How are you settling in aboard the Battleship- did you need some dramamine?

Bobby: Honestly I think I was born to play for the Battleship. I enjoyed my time with Spike Hill but I always felt like something was missing inside. Almost instantly after becoming a Clemerican I realized that emptiness I felt could be filled with Breezy’s BBQ and copious amounts of bud heavy. As for the Dramamine, before every game Stryker gives me a drink to “help me get my sea legs” but I can’t speak to what it contains.

2. If you could do The Amazing Race with anyone from the league (past or present), who would it be and why?

Bobby: With no knowledge of how The Amazing Race works, I would choose my fellow battleship teammate, Kelly. It’s impossible to not like him and regardless of how we did on the game show, getting Kelly’s antics out there for the general population would go a long way in getting the buddy cop screen play I’ve written funded (Starring Kelly and Shafer).

3. I hear those post-match celebrations at Clem’s get pretty wild. Tell me one thing the league is missing out on by not attending.

Bobby: With all due respect to the WSL, it’s amazing players and the lovely people who manage the website…What happens at Clem’s stays at Clem’s (unless you ask Nat to send you the pictures).

4. What’s it like being in the shadow of teammate (and GF) KFrenchKiss?

Bobby: Katie caught the WSL bug after joining our first ever fall season. Playing on a team with ButtahBelz must have really had an impact on her because after the fall she decided to join me on the Battleship. At first playing together ala Chelz and Kev was awesome, but the honeymoon came to an end in Week 5 when I missed a game and the league learned 4 things. Katie loves kittens, sombreros and tequila, she is also substantially more fun than myself.

5. Are human beings just machines?

Bobby: That’s a tricky question, if a machine can develop human emotions does it cease to be merely a machine and become human? No one can deny former POTW Doug is a machine designed purely to destroy softballs, but can Doug love and therefore is he human? I for one hope so.

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