WARNING: This league is an entire fucking conspiracy. How the fuck do seeds 2, 3 and 4 in the Black Betty division get eliminated in the first round? How is that possible? Did Betty make the ultimate deal with the Devil? Does Betty have the fucking CIA working for it? We don’t know how but we know it’s a conspiracy! Look at the numbers…. RSC wins by 3…. 86ers win by 2…. Runaways win by 1…. 3-2-1…. and the 2-3-4 seeds get eliminated. It’s a code man… Betty is fucking with us… Meanwhile in the Fashion division, seeds 1-2-3-4 all win… Isn’t that convenient? This is bullshit… I bet the rules committee had something to do with this. We can’t stand for this anymore. It’s time we start kneeling! It doesn’t matter if Bobby loses his Pantene endorsement deal or people find a way to dislike Dubin even more (if that’s even possible), we need to protest this bullshit…
Ok – so if it’s not a conspiracy, then all this talk about parity must be somewhat true. These weren’t the first upsets this season. For the most part, any team can beat any team in this league. These are single game elimination playoffs and anything can happen especially when defenses tighten up and offensive production takes a hit. Only Spike and Betty held teams to 8 runs or less a game during the regular season but on Sunday 7 of the 8 winners held the other team to 8 runs or less! As we move to Round 2, the pressure is only going to build as teams realize they are one win away from Championship Sunday.
Field #1: Turkey’s Teachers @ Black Betty (Belz)
First round of the playoffs happened this Sunday when you were busy setting up your Fantasy Football team. In the midst of all the Autumn going around, (including HRC getting pneumonia) there were a few upsets, a few broken hearts and a few unsurprising wins from higher ranked teams. One of those usurprising wins was the Betty\Teachers game that ended as no shocker to anyone and even managed to ruffle some Turkey feathers in the process.
No one can really say how upsetting it is to have a guy hit an opposite field HR up by more than a dozen, homerun trot from the first step out of the box, hold up a #1 finger the entire time and then do a split + spin move on the plate. No one does that, so no one really knows how to react. Unless it’s JB$ and all bets are off. Witnesses say a few Betty OldTimers showed up and JB$ got inspired. Sorry, Haz.
The Teachers came out swinging in the 1st inning and got some runners on base but a few running mistakes later they went from 1st and 2nd with no one out, to a runner on 1B and 2 outs. The Betty’s made some nice defensive gems and got out of the first inning squeaky clean. They came up to bat and railed off 7 runs off singles, double and home runs by Jake and Julio. The carnage didn’t end in the first as somewhere in the 5th or 6th they had back-to-back-to-back HRs pushing the score from a little bit to a lot of bit. Jake Levine had 3 dingers on the day and accounted for a bunch of his team’s RBIs. All in all, the Betty hit 8 HRs and scored the most runs they’ve had all season. Must be September..
As a serious part-time reporter there wasn’t much to this game as the other upsets were definitely the bigger stories of the day. However, I did find it weird that the Teachers decided to not pitch the guy who got them into the 2nd Rd last season on his pitching and bat skills. David Martin has made his name in this league through his fearlessness on the hill, his love and passion for the game and his helmet. Instead, Haz decided to throw some of his other arms off the bench either in an attempt to preserve Dave for the second round or keep him for the late innings if the game stayed close.
(Turkey’s Teachers 8 / Black Betty 28)
Field #2: Bedford Yetis @ Three Kings (Shilling)
In the early part of this game it was natural for people to think that history was repeating itself. After solid regular seasons, the Three Kings were upset in the first round the past two years and found themselves down 8-2 to a scrappy Yetis team. Three Kings pulled themselves together pulled off a 2 out rally that played 7 runs. This is it! Three Kings are going to get through the first round now… right? Well – not so fast.
Yetis wasn’t going to let Three Kings off that easy. They answered back with a 5 run inning of their own and took the lead again. At this point Three Kings could have accepted their first round fate of years past and got down on themselves but it seems like 2016 is different for this team. They have rebounded from several low points and seem to keep coming back. With the Yetis up 13-9, Three Kings put together ANOTHER 2 out rally that scored 5 runs and put Three Kings ahead 14-13. From there, Three Kings who add on another 5 over the next few innings with Yetis chipping away with two more but never retaking the lead.
The Yetis were the only team to score more than 8 runs and lose this weekend so tip your hat to a WSL fan-favorite team for fighting till the end. For Three Kings, their offense lead them to victory with several players have 3+ hit games. Denis had 4 hits and 3 runs, Johnny had 3 hits, 4 runs with an HR, Joe T had 3 hits and 5 RBIs, Franzese had 4 hits with 2 HRs, Segini had two HRs and Laura & Chris each had 3 hits. An impressive performance for Three Kings who advance to the second round for the first time in a long time….
(Yetis 15 / 3 Kings 19 )
Field #1: Soft Spot Runaways @ Spike Hill (Grambo)
Well–you’ve heard by now–the Softspot Runaway Oranges came in and beat the #2 seed–#1 power ranked–Spike Hill Craigslisters. It was a glorious sight–all games and breathing in the park stopped as the ball went off PeteMo’s bat and landed about 100 feet away in Mike G‘s glove–the underdogs did it–beating the favored Spike Hillians 8-7!!
The Runaways got to this point after a pretty rough season series against their division mates. In week three they lost by 6, and in week 16 took a drubbing–falling 22-3. But things were different for the playoffs and the team knew it–after a healthy two weeks off, the Oranges coalesced behind team leaders Sam and Chad–and got together for practices and strategy sessions. And this week–they had the starting lineup that they envisioned before the season–which, due to injuries and summer vacations–never really got there completely.
And it paid off on game day–the Runaways played a great game–limiting mistakes and making Spike Hill pay for theirs. Jason Dietz, always the baller–was taking extra bases all game. Cesar came through in two big situations with runners in scoring position. Mike G, Ian, and Greg caught everything in the OF–Gambecki caught about fifty balls, we think. Henri pitched a perfect game–never gave them what they wanted and it was glorious. And Chad–well he was Chad–he hit a sixty foot ‘HR’ that showed just how brutally his team punished Spike Hill for any fielding mistakes.
As for the game–it was close, back and forth, and both teams played nearly perfect ball. In the bottom of the ninth–after leading most of the game–Soft Spot found themselves up one. Do or die…the first ball in play was SMOKED up the first base line–a double for sure. Well, it would have been except for the plat of the game by Jake Urbanski–he backhanded the ball right into his glove and strolled over the first–one out. The second batter lined a grounder over to Mikey Black at third–catch, throw, out. Two down–and you know the rest of the story. Runaways win 8-7.
(Runaways 8 / Spike Hill 7)
Field #2: Gibson @ Kilo Bravo (Shilling)
This one was decided before it began….. The top ranked offense vs the worst ranked offense. Not surprisingly, the game was a slaughter. Because this game was over early it allowed Wally to get back to posting random shit on the WSL Facebook page.
(Gibson 3/ Kilo 30 )
Field #1: AT All-stars @ Turkey’s Nest
Turkey’s Nest had to play with 9 players since they only had one girl…. and also had to take an out every time the 10th spot in the batting order came up. Apparently, 9 was still too much for AT to handle. Nest takes an easy one 11-2.
(AT 2 / Nest 11)
Field #2: Roebling Sports Club @ St. Anselm (Clinchy)
In the 1 pm game, a shock ran through the park. Soft Spot had just toppled Spike Hill, and for a moment, there was disbelief, quickly followed by a huge whooping celebration for the underdog. Suddenly, the scene was set for other underdogs, including yours truly, RSC, to claim their time in the sunlight. RSC knew this would be a tough game. St. Anselm is a hard hitting, defensively strong ball club that had a bunch of losses during the regular season that could have easily been one in the wins column. Basically-they couldn’t be underestimated. On the other side, the Remy’s were experiencing a once in a lifetime comeback. And it was feeling mighty fine. Both teams were chomping at the bit to take this first victory in the playoffs.
With a cry of “Murder” (per usual), RSC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. St. Anselm answered the murderous call with 3 of their own, hitting line drives and a few grounders through the holes. Ready to hit again, the great Roebling Sports Club hammered 3 runs in the 2nd. Three straight doubles were hammered by new guy Pat and vets Ope and Halling. Clinchy laced a single and Sean earned a sac fly. In the 3rd-5th innings, RSC added 7 more runs, while only allowing 1 earned run. In the third, Hogan roped one of his four hits to right, and Kevin, Justin, and “Policy” Shawn added 3 more hits, including the first of two triples for Justin. It should be noted that his second triple actually hit the ice cream truck parked on Driggs. Try to hit it farther next time, ok? In the fifth, the top of the line up came through again with Hogan, Babkow, Kevin, and Justin scoring. In the bottom of the 6th inning, St. Anselm earned a run putting the score at 11-5.
In the last three innings, St. Anselm held RSC scoreless, while chipping away at their lead. Overall, Roebling played solid defense with great pitching from Mark, but some misplayed balls in the outfield brought life to the #3 seed. St. Anselm scored 2 in the seventh and 1 in the eighth, causing RSC to feel some heat. Luckily for RSC, they held on and earned a grand upset on the day; advancing with an 11-8 victory. Murder was heard on the streets outside Roebling and North 8th late in the the night, and it was well earned. RSC takes on Soft Spot this week, and again, can’t take them lightly. It’ll be a battle for the ages-who will show up to win?
(RSC 11 / St. Anselm 8)
Field #1: Gutter 86ers @ Clemerica (Shilling)
In the preview we talked about two teams going in different directions but evenly matched. That’s exactly what happened. It was a close game that went into extra innings with the hotter team finding a way to get out of round one with a 10th inning shot down the first base line that turned into a 2 run home run.
Both of these teams have huge potential in 2017… Clems get to start planning for 2017 now while 86ers move on to the 2nd round for the second straight year.
(86ers 10 / Clems 8)
Field #2: Brooklyn Loggers @ R Bar (Craig)
As previously noted, Loggers took the regular season match-up against R Bar so last year’ champ was not looking past this first round match up. The Loggers struck first and opened the game scoring a run in the top of the first frame. R-Bar answered when 2016 homerun champ John Rocchio went yard to tie it. R Bar tacked on another run when a triple by Bubbs was followed by a triple by Josh. Loggers answered with another run before R-Bar scored 3 in the 2nd highlighted by a 2 out single by Adam making it 5-2.
After throwing a couple more runs into the mix, R Bar struck with a 6 run 6th inning on 6 consecutive hits with 2 outs….. This effectively put the game away. R Bar then padded the score with 4 in the 8th highlighted by an opposite field homerun by Bobby Knapp. R Bar stars of the game included: Bubbs who went 4 for 4 with a walk and 4 rbi’s and Adam Caccavale who chipped in 3 hits including 2, 2 out RBI singles.
(Loggers 7 / R Bar 17 )
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