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 15 – RECAP

Wed, Jul 22, 2015

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It was Muy caliente this Sunday at McCarren Park, was it not? What better time for some sizzling softball (some with extra innings- barf) followed by cooling off at one you favorite sponsor bars?

For those who ended up at The Gibson, they got to witness the real Ice Cream Bonanza in Williamsburg (CLICK ABOVE VIDEO FOR DETAILS).

 

11AM

Field #1: Loggers @ Berry Park ()

The real winner – Loggers’ new jerseys.

If you ever had a doubt, Sunday proved that the Loggers are a classy organization. Already hovering around a scorching 90 degrees at 10AM, the Lumberfolk had staked their claim under the lone shade tree on Field 1. Up walks WSL veteran hurler, Anthony Pizza, hoping to also be the early bird and trying to catch some relief from the sweltering heat. Instead of banishing Mr. Pizza to bake *pun* in the sun, the Loggers and Yetis agreed to share the 1B dugout. Everyone stayed cool, both literally and figuratively, and the game got underway after a nice, lengthy BP.

The scoring was early and often for both squads. After a Steve “Turbo” Lynch homer in the bottom of the 3rd, the Yetis took a narrow 6-5 lead. Logger “Snoop” led off the top of the 4th with one of his 3 hits on the day, which sparked a 4-run rally. He would then homer in the 5th, as the Green Machine would plate another 4 runs and start to pull away. “Rowdy” Tony B had 3 hits and 3 RBIs in support of his pitching effort. Lumberladies, Kristen P and “E-Rock”, combined for 4 hits to round out the Loggers highlights.

By the time the dust had settled on this game, the Yetis had scored in 7 of 9 innings and the Loggers put up at least a run in all but 1 inning. Yetis had a response to every Logger rally, but most of those responses just weren’t loud enough. Nephew Joey was a perfect 4 for 4, while Lynch “Mob” and Toolan both added 3 hits.

The final score was 19-13 in favor of the Loggers. What could you really expect from a team of snowmen on the hottest day of the season? With all those runs in that oppressive heat, sometimes the elements are just stacked against you. Luckily, Berry Park will face a 1-win Runaways squad next week. The Loggers will get the Teachers, as both teams will look for their first winning “streaks” of the year.

(Loggers 19 Berry Park 13)

Field #2: Turkey’s Teachers @ The Runaways (Shortz)

Shia defeated Jett in this low scoring fête.

This AM scorcher featured a solid Teacher effort across the (chalk) board defensively, as they rectified their double-digit errors of last week. DJ White Lightning of TNT pitched a gem allowing only 4 runs in this game of the “rebuilding year” teams. I think the last time they’ve kept their opponents score that low (and won) was…never. Their same but improved infield of Cesar Guzman (3B), Lloyd Kim (SS), Will Nunez (LF), and Mike Sill (1b) were responsible for a butt load of double plays, which was huge considering they were only able to plate 5 runs.

Meanwhile, the Runs’ defense was not-so-hot on this sizzling day, as they gifted three of the Teachers’ runs with good fundamentals gone awry.

On the offensive front, the Teachers chip away to plate single runs in more than 50% of their ups while the Runs’ ‘swing for the fences’ approach had not so desired results. I would know a bit more but this is the book I received:

Are you for real?

 

I do know (because Sam told me) that Jake went yard for the Orangiers in the ninth to make things interesting, but it was all for naught.

It was also noted that “umpires should only yell, ‘Foul’, on balls batted down the line. Yelling, ‘Fair’, can be confusing and it’s not what the pros do for that reason. No one ever yells, ‘Fair’, on a grounder to short or Shortz”. That’s coming from Runs Coach (and premiere WSL umpire) Blues Clues, so listen up Leo!!!

Moments after they shook hands, Haz et al escaped from the heat as if it were an erupting volcano and took refuge at the Turkeys Nest where the AC was a-blasting.

(Turkey’s Teachers 5 / The Runaways 4)

1PM

Field #1: Impose @ R Bar ()

Expectations were high for this battle between a pair of 1st place teams. The Bums from R Bar came into the game sporting the top offense in the WSL. They were also coming off a dominant victory, in which they plated 19 runs on a normally-stingy 86ers defense. Could they repeat that effort against the stingiest of all WSL defenses on Sunday? Impose had only allowed 2 teams all season to reach double digit runs on them.

Before I get started, let me just say this…Impose patriarch, Pete Hoffman, writes the most amazing rundowns of their games for us here at the WSL website. Win or lose, I always feel like I get a thorough, fair and equitable take on the action. Thanks Pete!

Impose led off the game with a quick 3-spot, fueled by a couple of 2-out hits from Jay Silver and Captain Pete. They would continue to amass runs, with big rallies in the 3rd and the 5th. Adam jacked his 7th homer of the year, while Christian Lee Roth and Derek Evers each contributed with big RBIs.

The Bowlers took and 11-3 lead into the late innings, but you just figured R Bar would eventually answer…which they did. Josh Rod hit a 2-run jack in the bottom of the 6th, as part of a 4 run inning. Impose would answer with 2 of their own in the top of the 7th, which pushed their lead back to 6. The Bums would strike again in the 8th, to the tune of 5 runs. Josh smashed another bomb and then John R hit one of his own.

Now we’ve got a 1-run game in the 9th inning! The bottom of the Impose lineup went down in order, which set up some high drama in R Bar’s last licks. Mikey Black led off with a hustle double. He would make a late break for 3B on a 5-3 groundout…and trot home after an overthrown attempt to get the double play back at third. Tie game. Bonus softball!

Ryan Bort would lead off the top of the 10th with a base hit, advance to 3rd on a Christian single and eventually score his 5th run of the day on a dribbler. R Bar just didn’t have another answer in the bottom half, as Impose earned their 9th win of the season. Amazingly, each team still shares 1st place in their respective divisions. They also get the chance to help each other out next week, as Impose takes on Enids and R Bar faces off with Black Betty.

(Impose 14 / R Bar 13)

Field #2: Crown Vic 86ers @ Clemerica (Alexander P. Dubin, Esq.)

Women doing all the work…

WHAT A GAME!

Two emerging powers of the WSL clash in an extra inning battle for the ages! In a game that promised to be a tough matchup for both sides, this contest did not disappoint.

86er captain and Jewish Sports Hall of Famer, Alvin “Buttah” Butterstein, led the way for his squad, going 3-4 at the dish with two rbi. Quigley, playing on a bad hammy, still managed two hits and a run scored, while QSMASH had the classic 2 RBI sac fly that I imagine was tracked down somewhere in Bed-Stuy.

For the Clemericans, this game marked the triumphant return of Leia from maternity leave and the debut of Cujo at the hot corner, as Bobby Maxwell was busy massaging Katie’s feet while she watched Georgia spring football. Go Dawgs. This game went to the 11th, all tied up until Kathryn Irby drove in the game winner with a shot up the middle, just out of the reach of a diving Markow. With a hard fought W, Crown Vic bounces back from a tough loss to R Bar and pulls to 8-4 on the year, only 1 game back of division co-leaders, Impose and Black Betty. The Clems fall to 7-6, 2 games behind Enids and R Bar in El Fashion Norte. We haven’t heard the last of either of these squads, as they will both surely be geared up and ready to do some damage come playoff time.

(Crown Vic 86ers 7 / Clemerica 6) 

3PM

Field #1: Turkey’s Nest @ 3 Kings (Homer Wadsworth)

Holy fucking hot out!

Sunday was one of those days where you ask yourself if you should have brought an extra pair of everything. Shade was a hot commodity and it was being thrown around big time at the 3 Kings vs Turkey’s Nest game. Remember in the preview where I said the Nest is like ‘whatever’ about playing softball and that they may or may not give a shit if they lose to 3Ks? Well I was wrong. Let’s fucking go with this recap.

The game started out with everyone in disbelief about how hot it was. DB for the Turks was having trouble finding the strike zone early and realized in the 2nd inning his kick move is like, his move, and he must do it to be the championship pitcher he is.

The softball got off to a bang right away with both squads plating a few runs early on with some clutch hits and aggressive base running. Vinny Rossi on 3Ks went 4 for 5 with 6 RBIs and hit a few dingers getting the game ball from Coach Nick. The big play came in the 7th when Jorge from the Nest tried stretching a single into a double. Franny Franchise climbed over the bag and made the play against his attempted theft but wasn’t done and popped up to throw out the runner trying to score from 3rd ending the inning.  Both calls were close and the ump was dressed down by the Nest for not getting out to see the play better.  The move by head Nester JL wasn’t just a proper calling out for more hustle from their ump but a rally cry for his team to “Let’s Fucking Go!”.

The Nest stuck in there and got fired up after some questionable comments were heard from the 3Ks side about one of their players after a play at the plate. This seemed to change the Nest from ‘the Boys of Summer’ to ‘Dudes Who Are Tired of Your Shit’. New catcher Jen 4’10 got on base constantly mystifying the other DB, Denis Bramley; JL was surgical from the outfield while Shafer was super busy chasing down bombs from the King’s power bottom of the order.

Although they didn’t win the game, some blood was shed, a new Turkeys Nest was forged in the heat, and a rivalry was born. Rumor is they also have a new player who’s supposedly pretty good. Like Zogs good. If the Nest go on to the success of last year this will be the game they remember that sparked everything. Mark my words, internet.

(Turkey’s Nest 13 / 3 Kings 26)

Field #2: AT United @ The Bedford (Alexander P. Dubin, Esq.)

Note: I was not actually at this game, so the stats will be an amalgam of what I have read, what I have been told and whatever the hell I want. Moving on … Ouch. A tough loss for the United to the Brunchers on Sunday, as the Bedford put up a quarter on the Green Machine, taking the contest 25-9. The score belies the game, however, The All-Stars held a lead after 2 and was down 10-8 after 5.

Clutch hitting from Johnathan, Matt and the newly betroth-erized Lauck, kept it respectable but in the end, you just can’t stop Sascha “The Hoff” Hoffman. Hoffenpfefer had 7 hits in 5 plate appearances, including a triple where he slapped every AT infielder on the butt as he rounded the bases. If he had done this drunkenly and lingered on the butt of the girl at second base, we would have called it “the Backerman” but alas, no such luck. Metzl went 5 for 5. I’m not making that one up. This league best start respecting the Metz. DJ Dino, ever the gentleman, walked every female on AT twice. Momma Dino would be so proud of her little bubby. Oh yeah, Doug hit another home run…

(AT United 9 The Bedford 25)

 

5PM

Field #1: Roebling Sports Club @ Gibson (Shortz)

The temperatures had not cooled from their fever pitch, (and I was overheated from watching the Acro-cats earlier with Czr in an unconditioned warehouse), so I moved the ice cream eating contest with Ados to the Gibson to be conducted post-match. Nobody wants to see “eat your melted sugar milk in 3-2-1”.

The game moved quickly early on with no runs scored in the first 2 innings. But like I said, the Remys are a thirsty bunch, and began their quenching with 4 runs in the 3rd after a huge blast from rookie Justin. The Gibson were also thirsty, and quickly answered back with 5 runs plated Martin, Aaron, Jose, and Todd, who had his own 3-run blast.

The score went back and forth as the game wore on. The Gibson tied it up in the 5th on a RBI double by Jose “Dos-Siete Alvarado. Then the Remys had another big inning in the 7th where timely base hits resulted in 5 runs scored, but the Gibson would not “go to sleep”. Two more Gibson runs were brought in by EH/RCF Jonathan Matamoros and LCF Aaron Kleinman who came through on 2 for 4 and nearly gunned down one of us down (it was too hot to remember who) at home from deep….deep LCF.

Co-captain A-Dos Franco hit his 1st HR of the season making Phil and Jake chase one far behind the field 2 bench capping his 2 for 4, 3 RBI day (self-nominated POTW). The Gibson could only muster 1 more run in their last licks by Martin, but victory would be just out of reach.

Side note: Like the rest of the WSL who continually find the need to group the ladies together in recaps in morbid fear that mentioning a woman on her own might dry up the league’s testosterone, The Gibson gives a big shout out to Sam Warden (P), Steph Gall (3B), and Ado Stare (2B) on a solid defensive effort. But look where they’re playing- they’re running you’re infield!

Post game, some cooled down in the open fire hydrant, while others cooled down with ICE CREAM.

(Roebling Sports Club 13 Gibson 10)

Field #2: Black Betty @ Enids (Homer Wadsworth)

“Welcome to 2B…”

By the time 5pm games rolled around, it was about 5:30, the shadows were finally closing in, and this season’s first big rivalry color war was on: Pinks vs Black.

The Pinks have been rolling this season with their new coach Dom at the helm directing traffic and pulling all the strings. The Bettys have a few good wins under their belt mixed in with some tough losses and one big blowout. With a lost to Clem’s last week and facing R Bar next week, they needed a win against the Pinks to put H’s crew back on track.

With blacktop games ending late, the Betty lineup was shook up a bit giving some opportunity for some folks to step up and deliver. One Bettyballer who answered the bell, AK, not only played a great RCF gunning runners down on the base paths but started throwing behind folks just to see if they’d bite. Jen 10 tested him on a deep fly ball on one play and tried tagging up only to get gunned down at second. A lot of innings for Enids ended earlier than they would’ve liked as they got doubled up over x3 times in the game.

SuperDave was also stellar at SS and went 2 for 4 with a big 3 run HR to put the Betty up late. Steve ‘Yo Go Middle’ had a great day hitting, well, up the middle and came up with a clutch RBI late to give some extra breathing room for the boys & girls in Black.

For the Pinks, Wally came back after a long hiatus and was his ageless self going 3 for 4 for his team while Jen 10 was getting on base, constantly peppering the middle with line drives and served as the welcoming committee for every Betty who got to 2B.

The game was a defensive gem with the few mistakes spelling doom for the losing team. The secret to some of these games is who takes advantage of the other team’s mistakes and capitalizes accordingly. And who wears their colors best.

(Black Betty 10 @ Enids 7)

 

WSL Player of the Week is…Adrian “ADOS” Franco! 

 

SPEECH!!!

WOW! Me? Really?

First I get hit by Joe Godsy, then he signs my ass and now THIS!!

I am honored. Thanks to my teammates (Todd, Dave, Will, and Ado) who have all deserved this award at multiple points this season. And thank you so much to the WSL! I can’t wait to tell my wife!

1. You nominated yourself. Cocky or confident?

Ados: Confidence! I love my team. I’ve demonstrated repeatedly that it is not about me, it’s a G-THANG! It was one of my best offensive performances that I can remember. I helped us take the lead with the first 2 RBI and kept us in it while scaring the crap out of the opposition with that HR that kept us in the game.

2. Does this award heal the wounds of losing Sunday’s ice cream eating contest…to a girl?

Ados: It surely soothes the wound. Not bitter considering that the true winner of the ice cream contest was the baby.

3. You certainly are a gentleman about LOSING. Has years on the Gibson given you practice?

Ados: My years of having fun with my fellow Gibsonites on and of the field have made losing irrelevant and the wins (notice it’s plural) SUWEEEEEEET!

4. The home run you SMASHED nearly took out the ATU party tent. Did you apologize?

Ados: I think they were more bitter about the summons they received for drinking in the park, so I heard. But then again knowing the good guys of ATU, they may have heard that I almost took out their tent and forgave me without communicating a “WTF!?!?” Or maybe it was my response to Vinny riding on our field in his banana seat bike during the game……..

5. What would you name a book about your life at this point? 

Ados: “Field of Dreamers”

I grew up in Williamsburg, BK. Been here over 30 years. Playing with the WSL means more than Sunday Funday to me. As a child I started playing in what we natives call the “Bodega Leagues” @McCarren Park. Prayed that the day would come in which I would see McCarren pool re-open. I then grew up, I’m happily married and my professional career is coming into fruition. Regardless of me forgetting everything I learned about baseball in my youth, the fact that I now play for the best F*@&ing Bar league in the country ROCKS!!! Seeing this neighborhood transition as it has and being involved in something so important to this neighborhood is a dream come true in itself. Just livin’ the dream.

 

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